Madaro Urges MBTA to Fund Blue-Line/Red-Line Connector

April 7, 2017
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By John Lynds As the MBTA begins revising and updating its Capital Investment Plan (CIP) and the State Transportation Investment Program (STIP), State Representative Adrian Madaro gave testimony last week urging the ‘T’ to incorporate the Blue-Line/Red-Line Connector,  a major transportation initiative promised years ago to the East Boston community as part of Big...

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Thank You, Pierpac

April 7, 2017
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There are few activities for East Boston youth in the summer months that are more superb than the sailing program conducted by the Piers Park Sailing Center.  For more than 20 years, this program has had children out on the water learning how to sail. However, the last few years have been a struggle...

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Make It Your Moment: One Boston Day

April 7, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh The Boston Marathon showcases the best of Boston. People from all backgrounds and all neighborhoods line the streets and celebrate one another and our city. Runners are cheered on by complete strangers, because everyone is in it together. And even when the finish line is nowhere in sight, we...

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Magic Win EBYBL Championship

April 7, 2017
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The Magic won the 2017 EBYBL Championship beating the Warriors 20 to 14. Coaches Mario Santos and Anthony Holman were very pleased with the play of their team. It was truly a team effort. Jaden Marshall was high scorer. Amaya Yarde and Brooklyn Cartegena rebounded well against the taller Warrior team lead by Adoni...

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Obituaries 04-05-2017

April 7, 2017
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Gail Bernice Sweezey Retired Registered Nurse Gail Bernice (Stewart) Sweezey passed away on March 24 surrounded by her family. She was 70 years old. Gail was born on December 13, 1946 in Everett to the late Robert Joseph   Stewart  and  Alice   Bernice   Stewart.   She   was   a   proud graduate of University of Massachusetts in Boston...

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Demolition Begins on Orient Heights Housing Development

March 31, 2017
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Demolition Begins on Orient Heights Housing Development

By John Lynds The long-awaited project to overhaul East Boston’s largest public housing development is one step closer to reality. Construction crews began demolition on the aging Orient Heights Housing Development, a place that has part of East Boston’s landscape for over a half a century. In December the Boston Housing Authority, East Boston...

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Buddy Mangini Honored with New Square

March 31, 2017
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Buddy Mangini Honored with New Square

By John Lynds The corner of Bennington and Wally Streets has long been the historic start of the Columbus Day Parade in East Boston. So it was fitting last Thursday that the triangular island at the intersection was named after the man that organized the biannual parade for the past 25 years. Mayor Martin...

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PierPac Votes to Award $25K to PPSC:Sailing Center will Reopen for 2017

March 31, 2017
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By John Lynds Following a successful community fundraiser at Maverick Marketplace Cafe to help raise money for the struggling Piers Park Sailing Center (PPSC), the East Boston Project Advisory Committee Inc. (PierPac) voted unanimously last week to award PPSC a $25,000 grant. The grant will ensure the Sailing Center reopens for the 2017 sailing...

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GSCA Vote on 114 Orleans St Ends in a Tie

March 31, 2017
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By John Lynds After four community meetings and several abutters’ meetings the Gove Street Citizens Association took a vote Monday night on the proposed residential development project at 114 Orleans St. that resulted in a tie. GSCA members voted 14-14 on the project after the developer made several more changes after holding off on...

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City Holds First Meeting on Noyes Park Renovations

March 31, 2017
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By John Lynds The City of Boston officials held the first in a series of meetings at the Marty Pino Center to begin getting community feedback on how residents would like to see Noyes Park transformed. Mayor Martin Walsh recently announced $3.1 million in spending to overhaul Noyes Park in Orient Heights. The Walsh...

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Trump Fails to Put Kids First in “America First” Budget

March 31, 2017
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By Senator Sal DiDomenico President Donald Trump recently released his 2018 budget, outlining billions of dollars in cuts to vital governmental agencies and services. Almost laughably, the Administration has titled its budget “America First,” despite zeroing out and reducing funding for programs that help millions of Americans. Included in those cuts was the complete...

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How We’re Investing in our Boston Public Schools

March 31, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh Education provides a solid foundation for a growing and thriving city. An investment in our children’s education is an investment in Boston’s future. We want the best future possible for our kids, and their school days filled with opportunity, growth, and promise. That’s why we’re going to invest a...

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Letter to the Editor

March 31, 2017
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Our hands are tied Last week’s letter writer who urged the community to stand together as we deal with the growing threat of drug addiction negatively impact all of us. We can not pretend there is no problem,. There is clearly an issue as we watch the growing number of fatal and near fatal...

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How Low Can They Go?

March 31, 2017
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The political goings-on in Washington these past few weeks truly have been unprecedented within the lifetime of anyone alive today. The budget outline submitted by President Trump a few weeks ago, followed by the failed attempt to take away health insurance from millions of Americans, represent policy-making that seeks to assert to an unprecedented...

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Congratulations Buddy

March 31, 2017
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Last week, a traffic island near Bennington and Wally Streets was named in honor of Buddy Mangini. There are certain people who come to mind when you think of East Boston and one of these is Buddy Mangini. Whenever the cause for helping comes from the Kiwanis Club, or the East Boston Chamber of...

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It Was Bound to Happen

March 31, 2017
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The news last week that officials at Suffolk Downs Racetrack are entertaining offers to sell the 160 acre site should come as little surprise to local officials and residents. Ever since the bid to place a casino at the site failed, everyone should have known that this day would be coming. The question is...

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Obituaries 03-29-2017

March 31, 2017
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Sabino DiPierro Past member of Laborer’s Union Local 22 Sabino DiPierro of Winthrop passed away peacefully with his loving family by his bedside early Friday morning, March 24. A past member of the Laborer’s Union Local 22, he was the beloved husband of more than 57 years to Graciela (Rondon) DiPierro; devoted father of Girolamo and his...

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EBNHC Pace 500th Enrollee Celebration

March 24, 2017
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EBNHC Pace 500th Enrollee Celebration

The EBNHC, celebrated its 500th Enrollee at Neighborhood PACE (formerly Elder Service Plan) on Monday at the PACE program’s Lewis Mall location. Here EBNHC staff and PACE participants cut the cake on the milestone.

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Zumix and Local DJs to Hold Fundraiser for Zumix

March 24, 2017
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Zumix and Local DJs to Hold Fundraiser for Zumix

By John Lynds Twenty local disc jockeys from Boston’s past and present will help Zumix, East Boston’s popular music and performing arts program for youth, raise money for the local non-profit’s 94.9FM Zumix Radio and teen programs this Friday. All last year, Zumix celebrated its 25th anniversary in the neighborhood. The celebrations and events...

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EBNHC CEO Manny Lopes Elected to Board of Directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

March 24, 2017
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EBNHC CEO Manny Lopes Elected to Board of Directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

By John Lynds East Boston Neighborhood Health Center CEO Manny Lopes was elected to Board of Directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts last week. Lopes, who also serves on Blue Cross Blue Shield’s foundation, joins Martin Meehan, President of the University of Massachusetts, and Corey E. Thomas, President and CEO of Rapid7,...

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Suffolk Downs Owners Heading to MGC in Possible Sale of Track

March 24, 2017
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By John Lynds Sterling Suffolk LLC, the owners of Suffolk Downs Racetrack in East Boston has formally requested Massachusetts Gaming Commission to approve the sale of the track, according to Suffolk Downs COO Chip Tuttle. The Gaming Commission will take up the request at the March 30 meeting. “There is an old racing law...

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Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Rattle Eastie Agencies

March 24, 2017
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By John Lynds Last week, President Donald Trump released his proposed budget and the deep cuts that help support some of East Boston’s most vulnerable residents have shaken heads of neighborhood agencies that depend on federal funding. Programs like APAC’s Fuel Assistance, Project Bread’s after school and summer meal program and the numerous programs...

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Buddy Mangini to be Honored Thursday

March 24, 2017
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By John Lynds The community will gather on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the traffic island where Wally Street meets Bennington Street to honor Albert ‘Buddy’ Mangini. Mangini has long been a man who has defined what it means to ‘give back’ to the community of Eastie and on Thursday the island at the...

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Navy’s Plans to Phase Out Peacoat Threatens Eastie’s Sterlingwear

March 24, 2017
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By John Lynds Sterlingwear of Boston, in its third generation of leadership, is an all-American story of success. The company started as Viking Clothing in 1965 by Lorenzo Fredella and his two sons, Frank and Anthony.  At that time, the primary work consisted of cut and sew operations for other clothing manufacturers and retailers....

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