The Easter Holiday: The Beginning of Better Things

April 20, 2011
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Just about everything has changed in our lives during the past few decades. Nothing is the way it used to be anymore. Easter, however, remains the year’s most hopeful holiday for Christians everywhere, bringing together family and friends for a great East dinner and the children for the search for eggs filled with candy....

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Thanks Mr. Speaker: DeLeo Steps to the Plate

April 20, 2011
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Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo has ordered his leadership to officially begin discussing an expanded gaming bill at the beginning of May. We applaud the speaker for beginning this important push. This comes as great news locally, as an expanded gambling bill passed this year would likely lead to a casino at Suffolk...

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Obituaries 04-20-2011

April 20, 2011
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John Pisano Former East Boston resident John J. “Shelly” Pisano, formerly of East Boston, died on April 15th at the V.A. Medical Center of Brockton following a long illness. He was in his 90th year. A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Lynn YMCA and the Mass....

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Best Buddy – Mangini Named Kiwanian of the Year

April 13, 2011
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Best Buddy – Mangini Named Kiwanian of the Year

By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com It was an outpouring of support for the one man that has defined what it means to ‘give back’ to the community of East Boston. Last Friday at Spinelli’s in Day Square, the East Boston Kiwanis Club honored Albert ‘Buddy’ Mangini with the 2010-2011 Kiwanian of the Year award for...

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This Year’s Event Tops the $90,000 Plateau

April 13, 2011
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This Year’s Event Tops the $90,000 Plateau

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com The East Boston YMCA raised well above their goal of $90,000 at another successful annual breakfast last week. The breakfast, held last Thursday morning at the Logan Hilton, drew over 500 ‘Y’ supporters to the event to raise money for the agencies childcare programs and scholarships. A new addition to...

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A Government Shutdown wasn’t Going to Shutter APAC

April 13, 2011
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By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com We’ve heard a lot of rhetoric about ‘change’ in American politics from all political parties. But real change comes when people go against the trend and focus their efforts on helping people. That is exactly what East Boston APAC and its parent company was prepared to do if a government...

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Renovation of Welfare Building set to begin

April 13, 2011
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By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com It’s a unique development that will transform the decaying Welfare Building on Maverick Street into a vibrant commercial development. John and Melissa Tyler got approval in May 2009 from the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) to develop the Welfare Building at 154 Maverick St. after a lengthy community process. Now...

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Man of the Hour – Menino is in Top Form During East Boston Event

April 13, 2011
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More than 600 people attended Mayor Thomas Menino’s fundraiser at the Logan Hilton on Sunday morning. By any measure, it was a huge time for the mayor who made remarks that on the one hand will keep him a contender for a possible next term while at the same time prevented his present term...

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Police Briefs 04-13-2011

April 13, 2011
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Monday, April 4 Joseph Dempsey of 444 Harrison Avenue, Boston, was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Malden District Court. Jaime Argueta of 24 Decatur Street, East Boston, was arrested and charged with unarmed robbery. Tuesday, April 5 Mark LePage of 398 Proctor Avenue, Revere, was arrested and charged with armed bank robbery....

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Obituaries 04-13-2011

April 13, 2011
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Harold German Operated Pharmacy in East Boston for many years Harold “Harry” German, a life long resident of Chelsea, died on Wednesday, April 6. He attended Chelsea Schools, graduated from Mass. College of Pharmacy in 1944 and operated a pharmacy in East Boston with his late brother, Sidney, for many years. He was a...

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A Very Quick Dip: Brave Residents Turn Out for the First Annual Cupid Splash Fundraiser

April 6, 2011
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A Very Quick Dip: Brave Residents Turn Out for the First Annual Cupid Splash Fundraiser

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Knowing the water would be frigid, participants in the First Annual Cupid Splash Fundraiser at Constitution Beach Saturday said the anticipation was the worse part. “I knew it would be cold and waiting around looking at the water was the worst part,” said Derek Brodin who braved the 40 degree...

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New Gaming Bill on the Table – Senator Petruccelli Proposed Legislation that Should Please Both Sides

April 6, 2011
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New Gaming Bill on the Table – Senator Petruccelli Proposed Legislation that Should Please Both Sides

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Senator Anthony Petruccelli has submitted a compromise casino gaming bill in the Senate, cosponsored by Representative Carlo Basile, that calls for three resort-style casinos and one racino in Massachusetts that would immediately bring million of dollars in revenue to the state through licensing fees, capital improvements and taxes. “While we...

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East Boston is Growing According to Latest Census

April 6, 2011
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-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com East Boston’s population grew by 5.5 percent since 2000 and has officially become a minority majority neighborhood according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Department. As of 2010 the population of Eastie had grown to 40,508 residents compared to when 38,413 resident lived here a decade ago. But...

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Petruccelli’s Expanded Gambling Bill a Roadmap the Governor will Approve

April 6, 2011
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Our State Senator Anthony Petruccelli has filed legislation that provides for an expanded gambling bill that the Senate would likely pass and which he would like to place on the governor’s desk in a matter of weeks. Our Representative Carlo Basile has co-sponsored the bill. He is right to do so. Speed is of...

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Patrick Sullivan Awarded Boston Bruins Sportsmanship Award

April 6, 2011
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By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Patrick Sullivan, a junior forward for the East Boston High School hockey team was recently awarded the 2010 Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (MIAA)-Boston Bruins Sportsmanship Award. Sullivan is known as a team leaders on the ice and someone who the players on the East Boston team look up to. He...

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Obituaries 04-06-2011

April 6, 2011
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Rev. Rocco Crescenzi Longtime Administrator and Director of Don Orione Nursing Home Rev. Rocco Crescenzi, son of Domenic and Philomena, died at the Don Orione Nursing Home on April 3 after a brief illness. He was 95 years old. He was the last of six children. The family was very close, loving and religious,...

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Police Briefs 04-06-2011

April 6, 2011
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Monday, March 28, 2011 Terina Smith of 100 Meridian Street, East Boston, was arrested on several outstanding warrants. Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Martir Jacobo Alvarez of 67 Condor Street, East Boston, was arrested on several outstanding warrants. John Giannino of 58 Upham Street, Malden, was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and refusal to...

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Greenway Headway

March 30, 2011
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Greenway Headway

john@eastietimes.com Proponents of the plan to connect East Boston’s park system with a “greenway extension” won a small victory this week as the Boston Conservation Commission granted a two-week delay of their decision on a buffer between the neighborhood and Massport’s proposed Green Bus Depot. Proponents, in return for support for a Bus Depot...

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House Money – Eastie Man Wins State’s First-ever $1m Powerball Prize

March 30, 2011
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House Money – Eastie Man Wins State’s First-ever $1m Powerball Prize

By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com East Boston’s Mark Wilson is a richer man is richer after winning the state’s first ever $1 million Powerball prize. Wilson collect his cash prize last Thursday at the Massachusetts Lottery’s Braintree headquarters after, what we can assume was a very sleepless night. “I am going to buy a house,”...

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Drug Suspect’s Lawyer: My Client was Used as a ‘Mule’

March 30, 2011
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Drug Suspect’s Lawyer: My Client was Used as a ‘Mule’

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com The lawyer for an East Boston woman busted for allegedly trying to traffic cocaine into Boston through Logan International Airport on Sunday said her client was a victim of drug dealers who used her as a “drug mule”. Karen Morla Ramos, 22, of East Boston was arraigned Monday in East...

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Let’s Make a Deal – The Speaker and the Governor Appear to be Sitting at the Same Table

March 30, 2011
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Speaker Robert DeLeo appears to be coming closer to reaching an agreement with Governor Deval Patrick about what exact shape and form an expanded gambling bill will take. All signals are pointing to a dramatic increase in interaction between the governor and the speaker – and in fact, a meeting apparently held by the...

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Playoffs Kick off in Grand Fashion

March 30, 2011
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Last Tuesday evening, at the Porazzo Rink The quest for the EBMHL Cup began for 6 teams. It was an evening of amazing hockey, near upsets, and a huge letdown. Game one of the evening saw the Comets, who were the cellar dwellers for the entire season, show up fired up and ready to...

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Obituaries 03-29-2011

March 30, 2011
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Andrew Pappas Former East Boston resident Andrew A. “Andy” Pappas, born and raised in Somerville, formerly of East Boston, died on March 23 after a long illness with his beloved wife by his side. He was 60 years old. A graduate of Somerville High, Class of 1968, he loved his dogs, cars and cooking....

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Residents Are Wary of Giving King Tacos Owner a Hall Pass

March 23, 2011
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Residents Are Wary of Giving King Tacos Owner a Hall Pass

By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com While East Boston resident and restauranteur Raul Santos’ intentions of opening the third in a string of the locally successful King Tacos restaurants are good, some abutters at Monday’s Orient Heights Neighborhood Council meeting were wary of Santos’ intentions of having half the business being run as a function hall....

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