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Year in Review:A Look at the People and Events of 2016

January 4, 2017
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Year in Review:A Look at the People and Events of 2016

By John Lynds On Saturday night the final seconds of 2016 will tick away and East Boston residents will join the world community and look to a new year with optimism and hope. In this small community the year was filled with stories of triumph, victory, success, tragedy and adversity. This year marked a...

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Done in July:City Updates Business Owners on Central Square Rehab Progress

December 23, 2016
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Done in July:City Updates Business Owners on Central Square Rehab Progress

By John Lynds Central Square Project Manager Charlotte Fleetwood, representing the City of Boston Transportation Department, was on hand during a community meeting with East Boston business owners last week to give an update on the ongoing rehab project. Over the past few months Eastie business owners have become anxious over when the project...

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Secretary Ash Addresses Large Crowd at NOAH’s Annual Meeting

December 23, 2016
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Secretary Ash Addresses Large Crowd at NOAH’s Annual Meeting

By John Lynds Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth Jay Ash was the keynote speaker at East Boston’s Neighborhood of Affordable Housing’s annual meeting last Thursday at Spinelli’s. Ash, a lifelong Democrat and former Chelsea City Manager, was Republican Governor Charlie Baker’s first cabinet secretary pick in 2014 told the crowd...

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Police Make Major Drug Bust in Eastie

December 23, 2016
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By John Lynds What started off as a call eerily similar to the incident that left two East Boston police officers seriously wounded back in October, turned out to be a big win for Boston Police rather than a tragedy. Last Thursday a call reporting a man with a gun inside a Bennington Street...

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Buddy Mangini Elected Chamber President

December 23, 2016
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By John Lynds Longtime East Boston Chamber of Commerce Officer and community leader Albert “Buddy” Mangini was elected as the Chamber’s new president during elections held last week. Mangini, perhaps one of the most recognizable faces in the neighborhood through his work with numerous civic associations, will take over the presidency from Marisa Di...

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Coppersmith Village Project Another Step Closer to Reality

December 23, 2016
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By John Lynds East Boston’s Neighborhood of Affordable Housing’s (NOAH) project to transform a former industrial site in the neighborhood into a mixed use development is one step closer to becoming a reality. It was announced that NOAH closed Friday, December 16 on over $26 million of funding, allowing the 71-unit mixed-income project near...

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Trinity,CDC,BHA Break Ground on Orient Heights Development

December 16, 2016
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Trinity,CDC,BHA Break Ground on Orient Heights Development

By John Lynds For nearly two decades, city and state officials have been trying to figure out the best way to rehab and improve the aging Orient Heights Public Housing development. Last Wednesday the long-awaited project to overhaul East Boston’s largest public housing development is one step closer to reality. The Boston Housing Authority,...

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Is Eastie Ready for Sea Level Rise? New Report Exposes How Vulnerable We Are

December 16, 2016
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Is Eastie Ready for Sea Level Rise? New Report Exposes How Vulnerable We Are

By John Lynds Climate Ready Boston’s report, the city’s comprehensive assessment of the climate change risks it will face in the coming decades, was released last week with some unsettling news for East Boston. According to the report, Eastie has the most land area of all Boston neighborhoods exposed to coastal storms in the...

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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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