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Higher Taxes:Council Votes to Increase the Maximum Residential Tax Exemption in Boston

December 16, 2016
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By John Lynds When real estate values are on the rise in neighborhoods like East Boston, the next step is usually higher value assessments by the city and an increase in property tax. However, Mayor Martin Walsh submitted a plan that was approved by the City Council last week that will give some tax...

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Several Eastie Schools Will Get Extended Learning Time

December 16, 2016
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By John Lynds The City of Boston last week announced that several East Boston public schools would receive funding to extend the school day and provide more learning time for local students. The money Eastie schools will receive is part of a $14 million investment in the city’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget. “I am...

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D.A. and Police Looking for Answers as Body Discovered in Belle Isle Marsh

December 16, 2016
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By John Lynds On Friday a body of a badly decomposed male was found at Belle Isle Marsh.  However, authorities have yet to release the name of the victim or whether or not the remains could be that of an Eastie teen that went missing last month. “The victim is a male,” said State...

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Joseph DeGrace III Will be Named the Next Fire Chief for Massport Fire Rescue

December 16, 2016
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A public servant for the past 28 years, Joseph DeGrace III will be named the next Fire Chief for Massport Fire Rescue. DeGrace began his career at Massport as a firefighter in 1992. Through the years he has responded to thousands of aircraft and medical emergencies and been promoted through the ranks. DeGrace will...

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City of Boston Discusses Future Eastie Police Station

December 16, 2016
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By John Lynds On Monday night the City of Boston sponsored a meeting at East Boston High School to discuss the long awaited construction of a new police station at the City Yards across from American Legion Playground in East Eagle Square. The city has conducted a site feasibility study of the site and...

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Mayor’s Annual Trolley Tour

December 9, 2016
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Mayor’s Annual Trolley Tour

Mayor Martin Walsh gets some help counting down the tree lighting at the Annual Trolley Tour and Tree Lighting Sunday evening in Maverick Square.

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Eastie College Student is An Entrepreneur in the Making

December 9, 2016
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Eastie College Student is An Entrepreneur in the Making

By John Lynds Like many neighborhood children his age growing up in East Boston James Testa attended local schools until going off to Malden Catholic on a scholarship. He played every sport in Eastie from baseball to basketball to Pop Warner and even took a shot at lacrosse. However, his real passion was business....

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BPHC Helps Launch Mass Health Connector’s Open Enrollment Program in Eastie

December 9, 2016
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BPHC Helps Launch Mass Health Connector’s Open Enrollment Program in Eastie

By John Lynds At the East Boston Branch Library last Wednesday the Massachusetts Health Connector hosted a regional launch of its ‘Open Enrollment’ multilingual outreach and education campaign. The program launched here is designed to reach remaining uninsured populations across the Commonwealth. Dozens of Eastie residents turned out for the event and were able...

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Mayor Walsh Looks to Change Boston’s Eviction Process

December 9, 2016
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By John Lynds Mayor Martin Walsh last week proposed a new home rule petition to the City Council aimed at protecting residential tenants from arbitrary, unreasonable, discriminatory, or retaliatory evictions. The home rule petition, said Walsh, would also help ensure that tenants and former homeowners are aware of their rights under state law. “This...

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New Speed Limit on Eastie Streets

December 9, 2016
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By John Lynds One of the biggest complaints at the various community group meetings each month is speeding. Residents have long had a gripe with motorists barreling down Eastie’s main thoroughfares such as Bennington and Saratoga Streets traveling well above the speed limit. Last week the City Council approved Mayor Martin Walsh and Transportation Commissioner Gina Fiandaca’s request to lower the default speed...

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