Joey Cuzzi Retires from ‘Y’ After Overseeing Expansion

September 29, 2014
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Joey Cuzzi Retires from ‘Y’ After Overseeing Expansion

At a time when most non-profits were doing some belt tightening due to the fiscal climate across the U.S., Executive Director of the East Boston YMCA Joey Cuzzi was expanding. If you asked Cuzzi why she would expand at a time when everyone else was downsizing she’d say there is a need and with...

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Eagle Hill Residents Seek Equity In Use of Logan Airport Runways

September 29, 2014
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Eagle Hill Residents Seek Equity  In Use of Logan Airport Runways

East Boston activists are asking Massport to be a partner in putting pressure on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure certain runways are being used as promised following numerous complaints over the summer from Eagle Hill residents. At last week’s Eagle Hill Civic Association meeting, residents raised the issue to Massport officials that...

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BRA Says Yes to New St. Project

September 29, 2014
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BRA Says Yes to New St. Project

Following a community meeting hosted by city officials to hear feedback about a proposed  East Boston waterfront development project last month–Gerding Edlen, a Portland, Oregon-based developer received Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approval for its project on New Street. Last week the BRA voted unanimously to approve the project that will redevelop an old industrial...

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MGC Gives Casino License to Wynn

September 20, 2014
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MGC Gives Casino License to Wynn

It came down to risky versus safe, and in the end the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) chose the riskier bet in awarding the Greater Boston resort casino license to Wynn Resorts on Tuesday afternoon. The vote ended up 3-1 to give it to Wynn, mostly based on jobs numbers and economic development benefits. Those...

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Suffolk Downs to Close as Result of MGC Decision

September 20, 2014
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Suffolk Downs to Close as Result of MGC Decision

East Boston voted against a cash windfall last November during the Host Community referendum and now with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission awarding the Boston-area gaming license to Wynn Everett on Tuesday–Eastie’s famed race track will close according to Suffolk Downs ownership. In a statement from Suffolk Downs COO Chip Tuttle he said the management...

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Development at Suffolk Downs

September 20, 2014
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The long-awaited decision from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has come and Everett is the winner.  What seemed like an incredible long shot when Everett’s Mayor Carlo DeMaria announced that Steve Wynn was looking at a site in Everett back in December 2012 for a hotel-casino now is just a small step from reality....

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ZUMIX 5K Road Race is Set for this Weekend

September 20, 2014
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This weekend Zumix, East Boston’s popular music and arts for youth program, will hold its 4th Annual Run 2 the Beat 5K Road Race. At 9 a.m. on Sunday, September 21 runners will take off from Piers Park at 108 Marginal Street and the flat and fast racecourse take the runners through Eastie’s incredible...

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Obituaries 09-17-2014

September 20, 2014
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Rita Tritto Boston Crossing Guard For More Than 25 Years Rita T. (Fabiano) Tritto of East Boston passed away on Sunday, September 14. She was 81 years old. She was a Crossing Guard for the City of Boston for over 25 years. The beloved wife of the late Anthony Tritto, she was the loving...

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EBNHC To Hold Forum On Keeping Heart Healthy

September 11, 2014
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The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and Boston Medical Center are pleased to present “Keeping Your Heart Healthy as You Get Older,”  a free workshop for all community members.  The session will be held on Wednesday, September 17th from noon to 1:15pm on the 4th floor of the Health Center’s 20 Maverick Square Building. ...

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Sports 09-10-2014

September 11, 2014
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Jets lose home opener, 30-0 The East Boston High football team kicked off the season with a disappointing home opening loss to Latin Academy last Friday evening.  The Dragons scored in the first quarter and had a commanding lead at 22-0 at halftime.  Neither team scored in the third.  A fourth quarter touchdown had...

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Obituaries 09-10-2014

September 11, 2014
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Louis ‘Red’ Schraffa US Postal Service Retiree Louis A. “Red” Schraffa of East Boston died on September 3. Red” was a Vietnam Era veteran of the US Army and a retired 33 year employee of the US Postal Service- Back Bay Annex. The beloved husband of Lillian A. “Lilly” (Scalfani) and the son of...

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Perfect Attendance Means $5,000 For Lucky Kindergarten Student

September 11, 2014
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Perfect Attendance Means $5,000 For Lucky Kindergarten Student

A lot of kinder gardeners and their parents will be shooting for perfect attendance this year for the chance to win some college scholarship money. At Friday’s Countdown to Kindergarten Parade, East Boston Main Streets (EBMS) Director Max Gruner announced that Main Streets has teamed up with Airmall have to present a $5,000 college...

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Walsh Announces Transportation Plan for Grades Eight to Twelve

September 11, 2014
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Walsh Announces Transportation Plan for Grades Eight to Twelve

With some uncertainty surrounding the Boston Public School bus contracts at the start of the school year, Mayor Martin Walsh launched a new initiative to help the growing number of older students that opt for public transportation get to school safely. 
Walsh, joined Boston Public Schools Interim Superintendent John McDonough and MBTA General Manager...

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MBTA Motorcycle Officers Hit on Bennington Street

September 11, 2014
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MBTA Motorcycle Officers Hit on Bennington Street

Two MBTA motorcycle officers were struck and seriously hurt by a motorist Friday morning on Bennington Street. The two officers were reportedly heading to the East Boston Kindergarten Parade to escort students through the streets when they were struck. One officer on the scene said, “they were on their way to a parade”. Witnesses...

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Sen.Petruccelli Crafts Bill To Curb Drug Addiction

September 11, 2014
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This year a string of drug related deaths rocked East Boston and drew attention to the current problem with opiate addiction and addiction to other substances. The deaths further amplified Senator Anthony Petruccelli’s efforts to help craft a more comprehensive substance abuse bill with his colleagues. Late last month the House and Senate’s substance...

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Troopers Stop Trucks Looking For Violations

September 11, 2014
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Environmental activists in East Boston have long complained about added truck traffic on McClellan Highway because of the increase in fine particulate matter. Groups like the Chelsea Creek Action Group have advocated for a de-industrialization of heavy industry and freight forwarding operations on the Creek side of the highway which is the main thoroughfare...

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Mayra Cuevas Named Principal of New Eastie School

September 11, 2014
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Life has come full circle for Mayra Cuevas. As a young student growing up in East Boston, Cuevas attended the Dante Alighieri Elementary School, graduated from East Boston High and still makes Eastie her home. This year, Cuevas has returned as principal at the Alighieri to head up the school’s new Montessori model. Last...

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Sports 09-03-2014

September 3, 2014
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East Boston High Jets gear up for the fall football season With a new field to play on and renovations to Sartori Stadium nearing completion, the EBHS football team will clash with Latin Academy for game one on Friday evening, September 5 at 6 p.m. Its year two of a new play-off system for...

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Obituaries 09-03-2014

September 3, 2014
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Dr. Robert Sbordone Javelin Champion, Published Author, Famed Clinical Neuropyschologist Dr Robert J. Sbordone of Laguna Beach, California passed away on August 3 in Mission Viejo, California. He is survived by his brother Richard Sbordone of Winthrop, cousins and many friends throughout the United States. Bob was raised in East Boston and attended Boston...

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Police,Officials Tour Maverick Landing

September 3, 2014
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Police,Officials Tour Maverick Landing

District 7 Captain Kelley McCormick joined with East Boston’s elected officials and community leaders from Maverick Landing last week to tour the public housing development following a shooting there last week. “We did a walk through with Maverick Landing’s Tenant Task Force, our elected officials, ROCA and NUBE to find ways to address some...

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Petruccelli Backs Coakley

September 3, 2014
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It’s getting down to the wire with the Tuesday, September 9 State Primary set for next week just around thecorner. Political allegiances are now being set up for the final push to November when a democratic nomineewill square off against a republican challenger for governor. On Tuesday, State Senator Anthony Petruccelli threw his support...

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Lamattina Urges Residents To Obtain Renter’s Insurance

September 3, 2014
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After several large fires over the summer in East Boston, City Councilor Sal LaMattina is urging residents to take out renters’ insurance for their apartments. The last major fire, a six-alarm blaze on Sumner and Webster Streets, left 19 people homeless. The neighborhood quickly banned together to collect clothes for the families as well...

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Roiff Eyes Development Near Eastie’s Waterfront

September 3, 2014
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When Paul Roiff shows up in a neighborhood, potential developers, realtors, homebuyers and renters start to pay attention. Roiff, a hotel developer and restauranteur known for Mistral, a French/Mediterranean bistro, Mooo Steak House, the 2000 renovation of the 1903 Beaux Arts building to create the luxury hotel XV Beacon and The Inn at St....

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White St. Developers Take a Deferral Until Next Zba Hearing

September 3, 2014
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With only five out of seven board members presiding over Tuesday’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) the developers of 100-102 White St. decided to take a deferral on the project until the next ZBA hearing. The developer would have needed a unanimous vote from the five board members to get the project passed. A...

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