Obituaries 02-16-2011

February 16, 2011
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Frances Lepore St. Anthony’s Parish Devotee Frances A. (Belmonte) Lepore, a lifelong resident of Revere, died at the Bear Hill Nursing Center of Wakefield following a long confinement on February 10. She was 86 years old. Born and raised in Revere and a 1942 graduate of Revere High School, she was a dedicated wife,...

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Clean Air Act – Proposal by LaMattina and Arroyo might be a Hard Sell, but it’s Worth the Effort

February 16, 2011
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Society has come to a place where many of us who might be inclined to light up a cigarette or a cigar in our own homes would be ordered instantly and without regard for protocol, in most instances, to put out the cigarette or the cigar or be asked to leave the house immediately....

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Take a Deep Breath … Balloon City Preps for a Busy Holiday

February 10, 2011
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Take a Deep Breath …  Balloon City Preps for a Busy Holiday

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Everyone sends flowers for Valentine’s Day so why not be different and send a balloon? This is the question the owner of Balloon City on Bennington Street in Orient Heights is asking. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Christine Yannetty Bernstein, who has successfully run the popular balloon and...

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Jerry Zullo, Self-made Businessman, Fixture in Neighborhood

February 10, 2011
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Jerry Zullo, Self-made Businessman, Fixture in Neighborhood

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Jerry Zullo, a longtime businessman who owned several restaurants in East Boston for nearly a half a century, died on Saturday, February 5 following complication from pneumonia at the Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers. Mr. Zullo was born and raised in Chelsea and attended schools there until the eighth grade. Mr....

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EBSB Reports Significant Gains

February 10, 2011
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EBSB Reports Significant Gains

-By Joshua Resnek The year of 2010 was a great year for Meridian Interstate Bancorp, the owner of the East Boston Savings Bank. Company officials said business was up substantially and especially at the bank’s East Boston locations this year. Fourth quarter results and year-end results released last week revealed an upward trend in...

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Ecco Plans a Special Four-course Dinner

February 10, 2011
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Ecco Plans a Special Four-course Dinner

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Building on a successful New Year’s Eve fixed dinner and new head chef, owners of Ecco Restaurant and Lounge onPorter Street in East Boston is hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner on Monday, February 14. The $60 per person prefixed four course meal offers an appetizer, second course of soup or...

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Police Briefs 02-09-2011

February 10, 2011
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January 31 John Shea of 148 Saratoga Street, East Boston, was arrested on an outstanding parole violation. February 1 No arrests. February 2 No arrests. February 3 Ira Jones of 49 Elmore Street, Roxbury, was arrested and charged with possession of Class D drugs with intent to distribute within 1000ft of a school zone....

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Basile on the Rise- Rep earns a key post from the speaker

February 10, 2011
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Representative Carlo Basile has received an important post from the Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. This does not come as a surprise. Basile is a loyal soldier for the speaker and the speaker has returned the support by showing that he, too, is loyal to those who are loyal to him. This is...

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Bad Timing- A strike at Suffolk Downs won’t Help anyone

February 10, 2011
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If ever a strike by some employees of Suffolk Downs was ill-advised, it is ill-advised right now. Horse racing at Suffolk Downs is not a right. It is a business. And as a business, it has been struggling for quite some time. Striking right now – disrupting the track’s vastly depleted gambling revenues by...

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Obituaries 02-09-2011

February 10, 2011
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Dorothea Saulnier Retired Special Needs Teacher Dorothea ( Musi ) Saulnier of Saugus, formerly East Boston, died on February 7. A retired special needs teacher in the Boston Public Schools, she was the beloved wife of the late Henry Saulnier; loving mother of Henry Saulnier and his wife, Gail, of Saugus, Dorothea “Gerry” Millerick...

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Snowwhere to Park

February 2, 2011
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Snowwhere to Park

john@eastietimes.com With each passing storm it’s getting harder and harder to park in East Boston for residents living on streets that are subjected to the city’s parking ban during snowstorms. People along major arteries like Bennington, Chelsea and Meridian Streets usually don’t cringe when Mayor Thomas Menino declares a snow emergency. For many residents...

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Horseman’s Association Rejects Simulcast Bid

February 2, 2011
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Horseman’s Association Rejects Simulcast Bid

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com It’s no secret around here that Suffolk Downs Racetrack in East Boston has seen better days. The finically strappedthoroughbred racetrack has been bleeding money each year holding out hope that a casino gaming bill will be the racetrack’s saving grace to shore up horse racing and the track’s revenue. Committed...

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Hanging in the Balance

February 2, 2011
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Hanging in the Balance

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com There’s an effort underway by the Friends of the Library group in East Boston to make sure the historic paintings that currently hangs in the Meridian Street branch of the Boston Public Library remain in the community and have ample space to be displayed once the new library is constructed on...

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APAC kicks off Earned Income Tax Credit Program

February 2, 2011
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APAC kicks off Earned  Income Tax Credit Program

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Most people don’t want to think about it but it’s the time a year to begin thinking about filing 2010 tax returns. For many working people in East Boston there’s some relief from the confusing process of figuring out taxes. East Boston APAC, in partnership with the City of Boston,...

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Finding More Room for More Snow

February 2, 2011
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-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com As we are besieged with yet another major snow storm, the City of Boston’s snow crews made their best efforts toremove as much snow that had piled up on East Boston’s street corners and sidewalks. Beginning Friday and working through the weekend into Monday night, crews used front loaders to...

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Snow, Snow, Snow-This is a Winter We won’t soon Forget

February 2, 2011
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Once again, the neighborhood is about to be buried with another major dumping of snow. Moving around during January was difficult. Now it is going to be even more difficult and dangerous. Another snow emergency is very likely to exist Wednesday into Thursday causing business disruption, possible school closings and will act as well...

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Our Two Cents- Otherwise Stellar Article Misses the Mark Where the Maverick Projects are Concerned

February 2, 2011
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A very well done piece in the Sunday Boston Globe looked into the life and times of the Cinelli family of East Boston. Obviously, this was a dysfunctional family whose parents tried their best to bring their children up in such a way, as they would be decent people. But this wouldn’t be in...

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Obituaries 01-02-2011

February 2, 2011
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Phillip Steven Condella Of  Pennsylvania, formerly of Revere Phillip Steven Condella of Scranton PA. formerly of Revere, died January 21 after a  courageous three year battle with cancer._ He was the son of the late Steven and Ustania  _Condella and the father of the late Phillip Jr. He is survived by three sons, Michael...

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Charter School Outlines Plans to Occupy Old Star of the Sea School

January 26, 2011
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Charter School Outlines Plans to Occupy Old Star of the Sea School

By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com The Boston Redevelopment Authority and architects for Excel Academy Charter School pitched plans last week to turn the former St. Mary’s Star of the Sea School into Excel’s new home. Rumors have been floating around for the better part of a year that Excel was in negotiations with the Boston...

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Central Square Meeting Focuses on Traffic and Parking Concerns

January 26, 2011
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Central Square Meeting Focuses on Traffic and Parking Concerns

By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com The fourth in a series of community input meetings regarding the redevelopment of Central Square took place last week at the East Boston Social Centers. While previous meetings were brainstorming session of sorts with at least 50 people giving their impressions of what is good and bad about the square as...

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Top Dollar

January 26, 2011
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Top Dollar

Petruccelli named chair of financial services committee By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com East Boston Senator Anthony Petruccelli was appointed chairman of the second most important committee in theMassachusetts Senate aside from Ways and Means late last week. Petruccelli will serve as Chairman for the Joint Committee on Financial Services. Petruccelli’s appointment was made by Senate...

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Justice Is Done

January 26, 2011
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A new chapter for John Forbes Last week, John Forbes walked out of Federal Court in Boston. Federal Judge Richard Stearns chose to give Forbes the second chance he was looking for and which he worked so hard to earn during the past year. Judge Stearns could have sent Forbes away for five years....

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Project Bread Applauds Changes to Meal Guidelines

January 26, 2011
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Project Bread Applauds Changes to Meal Guidelines

By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s changes to the guidelines for school meals served in the U.S. reconfirmed what EastBoston based Project Bread has been saying all along through pilot programs in Boston schools–including the Mario Umana Middle School Academy in East Boston–that kids need more healthy options. So when Secretary Vilsack...

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Savio Prep Developers Detail Their Vision for the Property

January 26, 2011
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By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com The developers, who have proposed to buy and redevelop the former Savio High School on Byron Street in East Boston held a meeting Monday night at the Orient Heights Neighborhood council to brief residents on the proposed plans. The Coliseum Investment Group, who was responsible for the condo development at...

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