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24th Annual Eastie Pride Day a Success

August 22, 2012
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24th Annual Eastie Pride Day a Success

The forecast for rain and showers didn’t stop thousands of residents from flocking to Piers Park Saturday to take part in the 24th Annual Eastie Pride Day–one of the longest running annual community celebrations in the city. “I can’t believe it’s been 24 years,” said Eastie Pride Day founder, City Councilor Sal LaMattina. “Last...

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Fidelity Investments Takes Part in “Transformation Day” at the Mario Umana Middle School Academy

August 22, 2012
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Fidelity Investments Takes Part in “Transformation Day” at the Mario Umana Middle School Academy

An army of volunteers from Fidelity Investments was at the Mario Umana Middle School Academy last Thursday to take part in a ‘Transformation Day’ at the school. Over 400 Fidelity employee volunteers were on hand to upgrade science classrooms, in-classroom greenhouses, the library and the school’s gymnasium. Workers were also busy cutting lumber to...

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AG sides with Logan Employees Over Pay

August 22, 2012
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Last February, a number of employees at Logan International Airport showed up at Massport’s monthly board meeting to file several grievances against contractors doing business at the airport for unfair labor practices. The testimony shed light on potential “sweatshop-like” conditions at companies that are contracted for a host of passenger services at Logan. Employees...

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Host Community Advisory Committee Lacks Direction

August 15, 2012
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Host Community Advisory Committee Lacks Direction

Last Tuesday, the City of Boston hosted a meeting for residents to offer ideas and opinions on how mitigation money should be spent if a resort-style casino came to Suffolk Downs in East Boston. The suggestions, explained the City of Boston’s Jay Walsh, would be passed along to the city’s Host Community Advisory Committee....

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DCR Cuts Ribbon on New Tennis Courts

August 15, 2012
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DCR Cuts Ribbon on New Tennis Courts

Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Ed Lambert joined elected officials and area youth to officially cut the ribbon on the new tennis courts at Constitution Beach last Wednesday. DCR’s $300,000 project demolished and replaced the two tennis courts at the beach with a new three tennis court facility. The project also installed...

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East Boston CDC Responds to Boston East Site Criticism

August 15, 2012
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East Boston Community Development Corporation (CDC) head, Al Caldarelli responded to criticism in the neighborhood that he is trying to pull off a bait and switch concerning the CDC’s plans for the Boston East Site. There has been growing concerns among Eastie residents that the CDC and Trinity Financial is changing its original plan...

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Suffolk Downs Files for State Commercial Gaming Licenses

August 15, 2012
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Suffolk Downs made it official last week and formally declared its intent to compete for one of Massachusetts’ commercial gaming licenses by filing the state’s form and submitting the required non-refundable $400,000 fee with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. “We begin this formal part of earning a license to develop a world-class destination resort at...

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Ethanol Trains Stopped by Bill

August 15, 2012
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Governor Deval Patrick signed a transportation bill last week that gave approval to an amendment offered by Senator Anthony Petruccelli that stops train delivery of ethanol through a number of cities and towns, which includes East Boston. Instead, the bill orders that further studies be made of the efficacy of transporting 1.7 million gallons...

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What’s Next for the Boston East Site?

August 8, 2012
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What’s Next for the Boston East Site?

A small section of Border Street next to McDonald’s is all that remains of East Boston maritime history—a place that gave birth to majestic era of Clipperships. Now, a rusted wrought-iron fence, crumbling brick columns and old docks are all one sees there. But beyond the fence, rotting pier pilings and unkempt landscape are...

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Jeffries Point Volunteer Clean Up in Action

August 8, 2012
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Jeffries Point Volunteer Clean Up in Action

Jordan Roff moved into the neighborhood of Jeffries Point a little over a year ago and immediately noticed a very solvable problem, Roff, 31, and a student said he was shocked at the amount of trash and litter on his new street so this summer he decided to act. “I saw a need for...

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