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John Festa Passes Away Suddenly at 67

February 9, 2012
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John Festa Passes Away Suddenly at 67

John Festa, a man who dedicated his life to helping addicts in East Boston and the surrounding communities stay sober died suddenly at home on Wednesday, February 2. Festa, affectionately known as Johnny Boy, was convicted in the early 1970s on a drug-related manslaughter charge but was able to turn his life around after...

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Massport Spokesperson Richards Dies

February 9, 2012
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In East Boston, where a development project by Massport historically brings a bit of controversy, Lowell Richards was know even among staunch Port Authority critics as a man that carried himself with dignity and had respect for the opinion of the community. Richards, who served as Massport’s Chief Development Officer for the last 13...

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Hotel Developer Buys Land Near Potential Casino Site

February 1, 2012
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Hotel Developer Buys Land Near Potential Casino Site

With the possibility of a resort-style casino coming to East Boston a Fall River based developer has purchased a large swath of land on McClellan Highway less than a mile from Suffolk Downs. First Bristol Corp., known for the development of Hotels and high-end residential units in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut recently purchased...

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Rino’s Opening Second Location

February 1, 2012
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Rino’s Opening Second Location

The owners of Rino’s Place, the famed Italian restaurant on the corner of Saratoga and Putnam Streets that was recently on the Food Network last year, is days away from opening a new cafe at 300 Saratoga St. across from Rino’s current location. The café, which will be called Prima e Dopo, Italian for...

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Councilor to Register: Lamattina Weighing Run for Register of Probate and Family Court

February 1, 2012
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Councilor to Register: Lamattina Weighing Run for Register of Probate and Family Court

City Councilor Sal LaMattina is seriously considering leaving his post as Ward I City Councilor to run for Register of Suffolk County’s Probate and Family Court seat vacated by Richard Ianella. LaMattina, a life-long resident of East Boston, was first elected to the Council in 2006 and serves as the Council’s Vice-President. LaMattina met...

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Massport Donates to YMCA Fundraiser

January 26, 2012
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Massport Donates to YMCA Fundraiser

Back row, from left, East Boston YMCA Capital Campaign Chair Derek Brodin, YMCA Executive Di­rector Joey Cuzzi, Massport Interim CEo Dave Mackey and Senator Anthony Petruccelli celebrate with Y preschoolers Massport’s donation of $25,000 to the Y to kick off the Y’s annual fundraising campaign.

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A Basic Necessity: Sanford Continues Coat Drive for Children

January 26, 2012
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A Basic Necessity: Sanford Continues Coat Drive for Children

In 1998 Richard Sanford read a story in his hometown paper in Pennsylvania that both angered and inspired him. “I learned that children in my town were freezing while waiting for their school bus, because they had no winter coats,” said Sanford at Maverick Landing in East Boston Saturday. Sanford said he was puzzled...

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Front and Center: Waterfront Potential Gets Big Boost at Menino’s State of the City Speech

January 26, 2012
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In his annual State of the City address last Thursday at Faneuil Hall, Mayor Thomas Menino, as he did in his annual Chamber of Commerce Speech two months back, pointed to East Boston as a neighborhood full of opportunity for development and job growth. While the Chamber speech focused on Eastie idle waterfront development...

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Orient Heights Stop to Be Rebuilt In’14

January 26, 2012
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The $51 million project to replace the decaying Orient Heights MBTA station on Bennington Street has begun and according to the T’s Project Manager John Favorito major construction should be underway in the summer and last until spring of 2014. “Residents may have noticed that we have begun staging the area and creating work...

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Eastie Rents Just Keep Going Up, Up and Up

January 19, 2012
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Eastie Rents Just Keep Going Up, Up and Up

East Boston has arrived according to a San Francisco based marketing company for rental brokers and landlords. A recent study of the rental market in Eastie by RentJuice has shown that the neighborhood’s asking rent soared nearly 14 percent last month making it one of the largest rental spikes in the city and Greater...

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