Turn-around effort is on Target

March 4, 2010
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East Boston’s Curtis Guild Elementary School is one of eight of the district’s ‘turnaround’ school that will benefit from a grant from the Target Corporation to fund an artist residency and ticket access program with Citi Performing Arts Center. The goal of the program is to improve school success, engage families and strengthen community...

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Zumix sets opening for March 29

March 4, 2010
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Zumix, the popular youth program that combines music and performing arts in an after school setting, announced that its new home on the corner of Sumner and Orleans streets will officially open on Monday, March 29. “Zumix is thrilled to announce that after five years of hard work, their beautiful new firehouse is opening,”...

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Trash and Litter – As the snow lifts, a new problem is revealed

March 4, 2010
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Once again, East Boston’s streets and sidewalks all need a good sweeping as the long winter has caused trash to be strewn everywhere. The snow has melted; the trash locked in the ice and under the snow for so many months has appeared in full blossom. It is ugly. It is frustrating to look...

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Arrest Report 03-04-2010

March 4, 2010
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Wednesday, February 17 Roberto Del- Rosario of 8 Marcella Street, Cambridge, was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle w/o a license. Thursday, February 18 Valdera Deoliviera of 131 Orleans Street, East Boston, was arrested and charged with operating after suspension. Jessica Pirelli of 31 Lebanon Street, Malden, was arrested for several outstanding...

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Obituaries 03-04-2010

March 4, 2010
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Ann Gianturco Retired Registered Nurse Ann R. (Marino) Gianturco RN of Chelsea, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, died on February 26. She was 95 years old. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Nicholas D. Giantruco with whom she shared 51 years of marriage. She was a graduate of East Boston...

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LNG tanker arrives without incident

February 25, 2010
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LNG tanker arrives without incident

The Maran Gas Coronis, the LNG tanker carrying liquefied natural gas from Yemen to New England came into Boston Harbor skirting East Boston, Charlestown and Chelsea on the low tide without incident early Tuesday morning before docking at the Distrigas Terminal in Everett. Despite protests from Mayor Carlo DeMaria, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and...

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Thinking small – New District chief wants to reduce crime in Eastie

February 25, 2010
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Thinking small – New District chief wants to reduce crime in Eastie

There’s a new police captain in town and he’s making it his mission to greatly reduce crime in East Boston. Boston Police veteran Frank Mancini, who had a stint serving at District 7 several years back, has replaced Captain Robert Cunningham who retired from the force last month. As the new commander of District...

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LaMattina will chair new combined committee, as well as Ways and Means

February 25, 2010
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LaMattina will chair new combined committee, as well as Ways and Means

The Boston City Council has merged the Committee on Aviation and Transportation and the Committee on City and Neighborhood Services as the new City, Neighborhood Services Committee. City Council Michael Ross has appointed City Councilor Sal LaMattina to chair the new committee as well as co-chair Ways and Means. For the newly created committee,...

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Ranking Unjustified – J.D. Power’s assessment of Logan Airport is off course

February 25, 2010
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The J.D. Power Company performs customer-satisfaction studies. It’s recent report on Logan Airport, which it ranked about the lowest in its look at major airports in America, is way off base. East Boston residents have had a love – hate relationship with the airport for about 50 years. Being employed there is one thing....

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LNG Tanker – Discussion shouldn’t fade when Yemeni tanker leaves Boston Harbor

February 25, 2010
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The first LNG tanker from Yemen slipped through the utterly placid waters of Boston Harbor on its way to docking in Everett on the low tide Tuesday morning. Those of you standing along the East Boston shoreline saw a ship slip under the Tobin Bridge that looked so big you might have reached out...

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Obituaries 02-25-2010

February 25, 2010
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Joseph Passaggio Boston Edison/NStar retiree Joseph (Joe) Passaggio of Hanover, formerly of East Boston, died at home surrounded by his loving family on February 20. He was 67 years old. Mr. Passaggio graduated from Boston College High School in 1959 and Boston College in 1968. He spent his career at Boston Edison/NStar where he...

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Despair and hope

February 17, 2010
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Despair and hope

A young man named ‘Bobby’ from the Meridian House – a drug addiction treatment facility in East Boston-stood up and told his story to a crowd of residents, volunteers and health care workers on Saturday at East Boston’s drug summit. “I was a good kid, from a good home with no problems,” said Bobby....

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Relay For Life planning event set for Feb. 25

February 17, 2010
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Relay For Life planning event set for Feb. 25

It was one of the best fundraising events to date. In the neighborhood that was on one hand solemn and filled with emotions, tears, and the remembrances of those who lost their battle against cancer and on the other hand an event that inspired and was filled with hope and triumph. Over 180 local...

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Permanent connection – EWC holds a seminar on social media

February 17, 2010
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The fairly new subgroup of women of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce that began at the end of 2008 held another successful seminar last week at the Atlantic Works Gallery at 80 Border Street. The Chamber’s Eastie Women Connect (EWC)–a group that provides a forum for women of all ages to connect and...

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Arrest Report 02-17-2010

February 17, 2010
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Monday, February 8 Vincent Vaccaro of 72 Marginal Street, East Boston, was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace and leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage. Brenda Martinez of 58 Homer Street, East Boston, was arrested and charged with shoplifting. Tuesday, February 9 Vander Alves of 271 Sumner Street, East Boston,...

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DeLeo is the Key – Will the speaker favor casino legislation or scaled-down slot machine measure?

February 17, 2010
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There is a countdown of sorts going on with the gambling initiative the House and the Senate will offer to the governor. It is believed a gambling bill offering two or three casinos will be the outcome of all the discussion and debate – and that job creation above all will dominate the strategy...

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Obituaries 02-17-2010

February 17, 2010
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William Franzese Sr. Trial Attorney, Member of Many Organizations Attorney William P. Franzese Sr. of Orlando Avenue, Winthrop died at home on February 10 after a brief illness. He was 80 years old. Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Jenny (Ciampa) and Carmeno Franzese. A resident of Beachmont, Revere...

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A new day dawns – The Notos plan second location in Wakefield

February 11, 2010
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A new day dawns – The Notos plan second location in Wakefield

Since 1952, first as Santoro’s and later as Sonny Noto’s, little has changed at the sub shop and restaurant at the corner of Central Square and Bennington Street. When Sonny Noto’s father-in-law, Tony DeRosa, bought the building six decades ago he wanted to serve good, home cooked subs and other specialties to East Boston’s...

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Coast Guard OKs Yemeni shipment

February 11, 2010
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The public need for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has outweighed the risk of allowing a Yemini LNG tanker from entering Boston Harbor, passing yards away from East Boston’s shoreline and offloading in Everett at the end of this month. The United States Coast Guard, following a hearing last month led by House Speaker Robert...

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Second man convicted in multi-state ID scam

February 11, 2010
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A Texas man has been convicted in federal court last week of helping a convicted East Boston man steal credit cards from health club locker rooms and take more than $400,000 in cash advances at horse race tracks in at least 10 states. Dennis Savarese, of Texas, was convicted of conspiracy, aggravated identity theft...

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Arrest Report 02-11-2010

February 11, 2010
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Monday, February 1 Jose Cruz of 6 Pearl Street, Chelsea, was arrested on a default warrant for disorderly conduct. Patricio Aguilar of 250 Maverick Street, East Boston, was arrested and charged with operating without a license. Joshua Jenkins of 414 Meridian Street, East Boston, was arrested and charged with possession & distribution of Class...

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Wally Bowe – Neighborhood loses a great friend

February 11, 2010
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This neighborhood has produced its share of special people over the decades of its modern history. Wally Bowe, who died recently, was one of those. He was 53 when he died suddenly at his home in Saugus. Father, husband, mentor, giant of a man – Bowe – was one of the pillars of this...

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Drinking Life – Bostonians imbibe less but enjoy it more

February 11, 2010
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Be aware that the most recent issue of Men’s Health Magazine listed Boston as the least drunk city in the United States. Yonkers, New York and Rochester, New York came in second and third with Salt Lake City dropping to fourth. The drunkest city in the United States, according to Men’s Health Magazine, is...

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The Super Bowl – The game was worth the wait, after all

February 11, 2010
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There was a little bit of everything for those of us who took the time to watch the Super Bowl Sunday. For many of us who take an interest in such things, without the Patriots taking the field for battle the game had virtually no meaning. For those of you who bet on Indianapolis,...

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