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Garlic Festival

July 28, 2017
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Garlic Festival

Mariam Hamtini playing with a pinwheel in the Eastie Farms garden on Sumner Street last Saturday, July 22, during the annual Garlic Festival at the Farm. The former abandoned lot has turned into a haven for volunteers to cultivate plants and produce – much of which goes to soup kitchens in the area and...

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OHNC Votes Down Large Saratoga St Project

July 28, 2017
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OHNC Votes Down Large Saratoga St Project

By John Lynds In many ways Orient Heights has been viewed as a suburb within East Boston. It’s mix of one-and-two-family homes, large backyards and driveways set the neighborhood apart from the more urban parts of Eastie like Jeffries Point and Eagle Hill. So it’s no surprise Orient Heights residents, specifically those who are...

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Summer Learning Comes to Harborside Community Center

July 28, 2017
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Summer Learning Comes to Harborside Community Center

By John Lynds According to Boston After School and Beyond studies (BAS&B), research shows that up to two-thirds of the achievement gap between low-income students and their higher-income peers can be explained by unequal access to summer opportunities. Recognizing this issue, BAS&B has teamed up with Boston Public Schools and community based providers to...

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Rep Madaro Appointed as Co-Chair of Italian Caucus

July 28, 2017
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By John Lynds Growing up in East Boston in the 1990s, Rep. Adrian Madaro was exposed at a very early age to the proud Italian traditions celebrated throughout the neighborhood. While Eastie’s unique restaurants, annual Italian cultural celebrations and family members had a profound impact on  Madaro’s identity as an Italian American growing up...

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Residents Disappointed Eastie Not Included in Boston’s Slow Streets Program

July 28, 2017
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By John Lynds Late last week, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) announced the list of neighborhoods that will be included in the city’s Slow Streets program. Out of 47 neighborhoods from across the city that applied to in the program, the city only picked five neighborhoods–news that was disappointing to two Eastie community groups...

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Eastie Week

July 19, 2017
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Eastie Week

Danielle Vecchio (front) looks within during a meditative portion of the Kundalini yoga class, led by yoga instructor Peggy McClellan, at the East Boston Social Centers on Thursday, July 13, as part of Eastie Week. The event was a combined Paint Night and Yoga Night to celebrate the annual neighborhood tip of the hat.

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Two Eastie Students Picked for the Umana Fellowship

July 19, 2017
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Two Eastie Students Picked for the Umana Fellowship

By John Lynds Williams Rodriguez and Guadalupe Pena, both heading into their junior year in high school after this summer, have been picked as this year’s Mario Umana Fellowship in Public Service. Rodriguez, a student at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, and Pena, a student at East Boston High School,...

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NOAH Holds Second Climate Ready Workshop

July 19, 2017
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NOAH Holds Second Climate Ready Workshop

By John Lynds Amphitheater-like seating on the water’s edge, community swimming pool docks, hilly lawns, a living marsh were some of the ideas that community members came up with at East Boston’s Neighborhood of Affordable Housing’s first Climate Ready Workshop to protect the vulnerable community from sea-level rise. Last Thursday, some of these ideas...

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Eastie Murder Suspect Caught in Texas

July 19, 2017
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By John Lynds A month after 16-year-old Carlos Villatoro-Nunez’s family reported him missing,  his body was found near the Bennington Street entrance of Belle Isle Marsh on December 9, 2016. His murder was part of a string of brutal gang killings that left a half dozen teens in Eastie dead between 2015 and 2016....

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BPDA Approves Three Local Projects

July 19, 2017
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By John Lynds At last week’s Boston Planning and Development Agency’s (BPDA) July meeting.  officials approved three East Boston projects that will add 161 residential units to the neighborhood. The board approved the projects at 114 Orleans St., 99 Sumner St. and 10-16 Everett Street. All three projects are in the Jeffries Point/Maverick area...

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