The death of Wonderland

August 25, 2010
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Wonderland Dog Racing Track closed last week. The track shut its doors without much notice on a lazy Friday morning at the end of summer. Thus ended a track with a seven-decade history and an industry in one fell swoop. The end was coming but was hastened by the failure of the state to...

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Meridian Market at St. Anthony’s

August 25, 2010
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If you’re heading over to the feast of St. Anthony in the North End this weekend, you will find a pleasant surprise. Meridian Market has taken a place on Endicott Street. The Noviellos will be cooking up great Italian treats that will certainly be noticed among all the others. When you get there and...

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Arrest Report 08-25-2010

August 25, 2010
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Monday, August 16 Kevin Daniel Murphy of 107 Falcon Street, East Boston, was arrested and charged with possession & distribution of Class D marijuana within 1000ft of a school. David King of 158 Rent Avenue, Medford, was arrested and charged with operating without a license. Miguel Landaverde of 15 James Street, Lynn, was arrested...

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Obituaries 08-25-2010

August 25, 2010
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Joseph Bonfiglio East Boston resident Joseph Bonfiglio of East Boston died on August 22. He was the beloved husband of Theresa (Bruno); loving father of Peter Bonfiglio and his wife, Rhonda; cherished grandfather of Joseph, Nicole and Jodi Ann. His Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church, East Boston. Arrangements were...

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Full speed ahead – Chatowksy charts a course for his career as an artist

August 12, 2010
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Full speed ahead – Chatowksy charts a course for his career as an artist

When artist David Chatowsky was commissioned to paint Jersey Barriers at the ongoing HarborArts outdoor exhibit at the Boston Shipyard and Marina on Marginal Street he was encouraged by locals to paint a clipper ship. “Everyone kept telling me ‘you have to do a clipper ship’ and I kept hearing about the Flying Cloud,”...

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A sweet graduation for these sixteen

August 12, 2010
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A sweet graduation for these sixteen

In the small press room in the old Logan Airport Tower, a group of employees gathered last Wednesday for a special event. Sixteen Massport workers from East Boston and surrounding communities working various custodial jobs throughout the airport reached an important milestone, graduating from Massport’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL) class. The...

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BRA chief talks about waterfront projects during a visit to Eastie

August 12, 2010
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BRA chief talks about waterfront projects during a visit to Eastie

Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) chief John Palmieri knows East Boston has been anxiously awaiting waterfront development projects to commence along the water’s edge and he believes developers of these highly anticipated projects are beginning to regain confidence as the real estate market rebounds. At a luncheon last week, Palmieri said the projects stalled once...

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Last Gasp – There’s still hope for casino legislation

August 12, 2010
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The expanded gaming bill is not dead, yet. There is the chance the legislation could come back to full blown life if the legislature is brought back into session, and soon. That is a possibility because the state is set to receive $675 million in federal funding that would require the legislature to assign...

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Arrest Report 08-12-2010

August 12, 2010
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Monday, August 2 Herberto Rigoberto of 276 Chelsea Street, East Boston, was arrested and charged with attempted unarmed robbery. Tuesday, August 3 Maria Martinez of 373 Meridian Street, East Boston, was arrested on outstanding warrants for operating under the influence of alcohol & leaving the scene of property damage. Joel Agosto of 61 Havre...

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Obituaries 08-12-2010

August 12, 2010
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Lucia Martorano California resident Lucia Martorano of California, formerly of East Boston and Revere, died on August 4. She was 88 years old. She was the wife of the late Gaetano Martorano; mother of Antonette Squillante-Chiampa and Frank Martorano, both of Revere and Lucille and Joseph Martorano of California; sister of the late Carmella...

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Arroyo is making East Boston his business

August 4, 2010
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Arroyo is making East Boston his business

It’s become a joke of sorts in East Boston. Whenever you see an At-Large City Councilor cruising the neighborhood you mutter to the person next to you ‘it must be an election year’. With the exception of At-Large City Councilors like Stephen Murphy, who has aligned himself with many of the neighborhood’s struggles and...

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Santarpio’s and Belle Isle Seafood garner ‘Best of Boston’ honors

August 4, 2010
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Santarpio’s and Belle Isle Seafood garner ‘Best of Boston’ honors

East Boston has long been a food mecca and a place where things are done right from sandwiches to Italian food to Mexican to Brazilian cuisines so it’s no surprise when an East Boston eatery shows up on Boston Magazine’s annual ‘Best of Boston’ issue. Boston magazine named two area businesses among 194 winners...

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Nothing doing – Petty politics dooms casino legislation

August 4, 2010
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The shame in this whole affair of trying to expand gaming in Massachusetts is that the state legislature and governor refused to see past petty politics and egos and missed an opportunity to pass the one thing everyone in government wanted — three resort casinos in the state. Only in Massachusetts could something like...

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Foreclosure legislation should benefit East Boston residents

August 4, 2010
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Predatory lending, no-doc loans and subprime mortgages all contributed to high level of foreclosures in East Boston—a neighborhood not quite decimated by the problem but an example of how bad things got for a blue collar community when the economy tanked With home foreclosures continuing to rise in the state in spite of the...

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Red Sox players visit east Boston

August 4, 2010
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Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) annual Fenway Challenge/ Sox Talk came to Memorial Stadium Field in East Boston Monday. The winners of the Fenway Challenge, a skill competition in running, hitting, and throwing for boys and girls, ages 6-14, met Sox players and coaches and will be treated to a Red Sox...

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Perfect Summer – August in New England

August 4, 2010
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Forgive us our obsession with the New England weather and its nuances. However, we are endlessly fascinated by the weather. Watching the weather and measuring its heartbeat is almost as interesting as being inside the chambers of the State House watching an expanded gambling bill die a horrible death on Beacon Hill. The summer...

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Arrest Report 08-04-2010

August 4, 2010
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Monday, July 26 No arrests. Tuesday, July 27 Juan Chavez Guzman of 43 Waite Street, Malden, was arrested and charged with armed robbery. Kevin Michael Hembrough of 282 Chelsea Street, East Boston, was arrested on several outstanding drug offense warrants. Wednesday, July 28 Edwin Gonzalez of Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, was arrested and charged...

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Obituaries 08-04-2010

August 4, 2010
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Juanita Trombley East Boston resident Juanita M. (Capone) Trombley of East Boston died on July 31. She was the loving mother of Denise Trombley and her companion, Frank DiLuigi, of East Boston and the late Jason Trombley; beloved life long partner of Edward Alves of East Boston; dear sister of the late Carol Capone;...

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Piers Park Sailing Center hosts U.S. Junior Sailing Championship

July 20, 2010
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Piers Park Sailing Center hosts U.S. Junior Sailing Championship

Piers Park Sailing Center on Boston Harbor last week hosted the U.S. Sailing’s Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championship. The country’s best junior sailors competed in the national semi-finals with the winners advancing to the National Championship in San Diego at Mission Bay Yacht Club. The regatta consisted of eight junior (14-18 years old) teams...

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Farm Central – A fresh, new beginning for weekly market By John Lynds

July 20, 2010
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Farm Central – A fresh, new beginning for weekly market By John Lynds

The East Boston Farmers Market, sponsored by the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) returned to Central Square in East Boston last Thursday with more fresh, locally grown produce than ever before. Farmers will be at the selling fruits and vegetables every Thursday from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. through October 7. Community Initiatives Coordinator...

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Colombian ambassador visits East Boston

July 20, 2010
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Colombian ambassador visits East Boston

It was an exciting day for Colombians in East Boston this week as they had the rare opportunity to sit with their native country’s ambassador to the U.S. Ambassador Carolina Barco Isakson, the daughter of Colombia’s former president Virgilio Barco Vargas, held a special meeting Monday at Zumix on Sumner Street with Colombian political...

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Filing the necessary environmental reports is next stop in the process

July 20, 2010
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The state’s environmental secretary has approved the MBTA’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Red Line/Blue Line connector project. However, the MBTA’s DEIR will not satisfy all environmental studies and it must file a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) according to Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles’ decision. There’s been a...

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Counterfeit charges filed against a brother-sister duo

July 20, 2010
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An East Boston man and his sister have both been arrested and arraigned in connection with using fake identities to create counterfeit checks and using those checks to steal over $120,000 from auto auction houses around the state. Amarildo Silva, 30, was arraigned on charges of Possession of Counterfeit Notes, Identity Fraud and Forging...

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Slots at the Tracks? – In the end, compromise will prevail

July 20, 2010
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Governor Deval Patrick has said he will not sign a casino bill that provides slot machines for four racetracks in Massachusetts. State Senate President Therese Murray – and the senate – has essentially said the same thing. Only House Speaker Robert DeLeo and the House have voted to order slots into the four tracks...

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