Closure of Orient Heights branch is put on hold

June 22, 2010
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Following a special meeting by the Boston Public Library’s Board of Trustees and threats from the state legislature to withhold BPL funding unless they kept libraries open, the trustees approved a recommendation to delay the planned closure of the Orient Heights Branch Library in East Boston. The recommendation to keep Orient Heights and three...

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The Library Saga – Battle won, but as for the war …

June 22, 2010
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The East Boston Branch Library in Orient Heights has received a reprieve from the City of Boston. Our branch library and three others scheduled to close because of the budget shortfall and the changing times lives to fight another day – and apparently will do so for the length of the summer and probably...

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Gambling Forum – This is your chance to be heard

June 22, 2010
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On June 30 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Don Orione/Madonna Shrine, 111 Orient Ave. proponents and opponents of casino gambling at Suffolk Downs will be getting together at a forum sponsored by the Times-Free Press and organized by John Ribeiro. This is the first public forum to discuss the issues related to expanded...

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Arrest Report 06-22-2010

June 22, 2010
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Monday, June 14 No arrests. Tuesday, June 15 Anton Watler of 109 Homestead Street, Dorchester, was arrested and charged with armed robbery. Richard Dirocco of 14 Kingman Ave, Revere, was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace and resisting arrest. Dirocco was also found to have outstanding default warrants for possession of Class B...

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Obituaries 06-22-2010

June 22, 2010
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Marco Enzo Giangregorio East Boston resident Marco Enzo Giangregorio of East Boston died on June 19. He was the beloved son of Lorenzo and the late Giovanna (Giammarco) Giangregorio; loving brother of Ralph Giangregorio of Haverhill, Marilyn Orlowski and her husband, Steven, of West Peabody, Michael Giangregorio of East Boston and Pasquale Giangregorio and...

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A healthy start – Ground broken on new EBHNC development

June 17, 2010
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A healthy start – Ground broken on new EBHNC development

It’s a monumental project that will forever transform Maverick Square by investing federal stimulus funds to create a brand new health care facility in the area. On Monday, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) officials, joined by local elected officials and leaders of the health care industry, broke ground on what is sure to...

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Suffolk officials state their case for expanded gaming

June 17, 2010
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Senator Anthony Petruccelli stood with Suffolk Downs Racetrack at a Senate hearing last Tuesday on expanded gaming in the state. Petruccelli testified alongside Suffolk Downs’ Chief Operating Officer Chip Tuttle saying that the benefits for his district (which includes East Boston, Revere and Winthrop) far outweighs the negative impacts a resort-style casino at Suffolk...

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YMCA receives a Better Beaches grant

June 17, 2010
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Last year, the East Boston YMCA took advantage Save the Harbor / Save the Bay’s grant program and brought a YMCA’s Beach Kick-Off Day and an end of season beach dance to Constitution Beach. The program brought public school kids to the waterfront on their day off with games and activities on the beach,...

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Remember the Host – Neighborhood deserves new revenue streams for serving as home to a casino

June 17, 2010
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We are in favor of a casino in Suffolk Downs as part of the state’s expanded gambling venue. As we have written many times, a casino means many new jobs, hundreds of millions in new construction and infra structure investment and new taxes for the state – and for the city of Boston. The...

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Center of Town – The revitalization of Maverick Square

June 17, 2010
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There is a new and better energy in Maverick Square. It is apparent to everyone who transits through the square that the place is being remade entirely. Now with the new health center facility about to break ground, the square will be remade once again. Store fronts have been refurbished, and in the most...

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Arrest Report 06-16-2010

June 17, 2010
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Monday, June 7 Fernando Cervantes of 366 Meridian Street, East Boston, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Tuesday, June 8 No arrests. Wednesday, June 9 No arrests. Thursday, June 10 Thomas Galvin of 64 Everett Street, East Boston, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to violate the...

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Obituaries 06-16-2010

June 17, 2010
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Carmella ‘Millie’ Alu East Boston resident Carmella "Millie" Alu of East Boston, formerly of Winthrop and Belmont, died suddenly on June 14. She was the loving daughter of the late Michael and Catena (Buttiglieri) Alu; dear sister of the late Vincent Alu; cherished aunt of Michael Alu of Louisiana,Tina Alu of Cambridge and the...

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Leo Mahoney, owner and founder of Eastern Minerals, dead at 82

June 10, 2010
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Leo Mahoney, owner and founder of Eastern Minerals, dead at 82

Leo D. Mahoney, a Lowell businessman with substantial holdings in Chelsea and throughout the world – and with a long history of philanthropy here and wherever he did business – has died. Mr. Mahoney, whose salt pile on Marginal Street is perhaps one of the best known, most easily recognized and at times controversial...

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Chelsea Bridge plans weekend closure to complete important construction

June 10, 2010
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Chelsea Bridge plans weekend closure to complete important construction

Construction on the new Chelsea Street Bridge has moved to the East Boston side of the Chelsea Creek and the bridge’s project consultant John Vitagliano said this week closures will be limited to nighttime only, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Vitagliano added that this weekend, June 12 and 13, the bridge will be closed...

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Major hotel development about to get underway

June 10, 2010
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Representatives of Hilton Homeward Suites have applied to the Building Department for a permit to construct a 100 room hotel with a large conference facility on Beach Street adjacent to the Wyndham Hotel, City Manager Jay Ash has announced. The new hotel will cost about $60 million to build and furnish. Several hundred people...

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City Manager Jay Ash voices his opinion at State House on casinos

June 10, 2010
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Chelsea City Manager, Jay Ash who co-chairs of the Coalition for Jobs and Growth, joined a carpenter and a painter, both of whom have experienced long-term unemployment, at a press conference about the jobs that will be created around resort casinos on Tuesday at the State House. “We are grateful to the State Senate...

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CHS Track

June 10, 2010
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Senior Xavier Ortiz competed in the All-State Track and Field championship on Saturday, June 5th at Westfield State College.  He competed in the 200 meters where he was seeded 15th out of 28 competitors.  Ortiz ran a personal best 22.71 seconds and qualified for the state finals.  In the state finals, Ortiz ran a...

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Leo Mahoney

June 10, 2010
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The owner of Eastern Minerals left quite a legacy – and that legacy was built by a man whose word was his bond and who very badly wanted to do the right thing when it was necessary. For many, many years Mr. Mahoney bore the brunt of serious efforts to dislodge him from his...

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Arrest Report 06-09-2010

June 10, 2010
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Monday, May 31 Rigoberto Gonzalez, 52, 57 Hawthorne St., Chelsea, was arrested for being incapacitated person. Semia Gupton-Chandler, 30, 7 Hosmer St., Mattapan, was arrested for shoplifting. Dominique Anastas, 27, 294 Cooledge St., Revere, was arrestsed for common nightwalker. Tuesday, June 1 Jose Juarez, 46, 206 Saratoga St., East Boston, was arrested for in...

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Obituaries 06-09-2010

June 10, 2010
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Elizabeth Lopes Former Seamstress and Teacher’s Aide Elizabeth C. (Russell) Lopes, a former seamstress and teacher’s aide, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family early Sunday morning June 6 at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a brief illness. She was in her 100th year. Born in Winchester, she was the daughter of the...

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Lighten up – Petruccelli wants to overturn ban on cigar bars

June 10, 2010
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Lighten up – Petruccelli wants to overturn ban on cigar bars

The controversial decision by Boston’s Public Health Commission (BPHC) to ban smoking establishments like Tuff’s Tobacco Cigar Shop on Bennington in East Boston may be overturned at the State House. Senator Anthony Petruccelli cosponsored a bill last week that would make the BPHC’s 2008 ruling to close all cigar and hookah bars by 2018...

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Apprentice jockey notches first career victory on the Eastie oval

June 10, 2010
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Apprentice jockey notches first career victory on the Eastie oval

Apprentice jockey Jorge Fuller Vargas, son of former New England jockeys Abby Fuller and Jorge Vargas, recorded the first win of his career on Saturday at Suffolk Downs before an appreciative crowd of 6,813. After trailing the field for the first half-mile, Vargas improved position aboard Morgan, a three-year-old filly, before surging past the...

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Out of hiding – Escapee turns himself in without incident

June 10, 2010
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Out of hiding – Escapee turns himself in without incident

The man who jumped out of a Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department prisoner transportation van outside of the East Boston District Court, stole a Boston Public Works truck and led police on a car chase through Chelsea, Revere, Everett, and Malden before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot Friday was caught last night in...

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Vazza’s sells Henry St. property to the EBNHC

June 10, 2010
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Vazza’s sells Henry St. property to the EBNHC

Owners of Vazza’s Funeral Home, whose roots in East Boston go back to the 1920s, have sold their location here at 11 Henry St. in Maverick Square to make room for the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center’s ambitious plan to construct a brand new state-of-the-art facility in the square. The early 1900s brick building,...

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