Passacantilli Releases Veterans Platform

August 9, 2017
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Stephen Passacantilli, a North End civic leader, Boston Public Schools parent, and former staffer to City Councilor Sal LaMattina has released his Veterans Platform.  Passacantilli is running for District 1 City Councilor, which includes the neighborhoods of East Boston, Charlestown, and the North End. Passacantilli said, “Our veterans have sacrificed much to defend the...

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National Night Out

August 9, 2017
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The annual National Night Out festivities once again were well-attended by residents of our community last week. National Night Out was created in 1984 and is held on the first Tuesday in August as a means of increasing awareness about police programs in their local communities. Although crime rates generally have been down across the country...

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Obituaries 08-09-2017

August 9, 2017
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Virginia Facada Of East Boston Virginia C. (Centeio) Facada of East Boston died, peacefully on August 5th in her 99th year. The beloved wife of 69 years to Manuel Facada, she was the devoted mother of John Facada and his wife, Alice Lippert of Virginia and Albert Facada and his wife, Roberta of East...

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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren Tours EBNHC

August 5, 2017
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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren Tours EBNHC

By John Lynds Last week the Democrats had a huge victory as the U.S. Senate failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obama Care. While there was much to celebrate as several Republicans, like Senator John McCain, cast votes against the Senate bill to repeal Obama Care, Senate Democrats like...

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175 McClellan Highway Eyed for Large Development

August 5, 2017
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By John Lynds Gate Residential Properties, LLC and Bulgroup Colorado LLC. have filed a Letter of Intent with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA)  to develop 175 McClellan Highway into a mixed use development. The 143,139 sq. ft. parcel currently houses Sterlingwear of Boston, a U.S. Navy peacoat manufacturing plant, Planet Fitness, the...

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Barnes School Senior Housing Celebrates Milestone

August 5, 2017
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By John Lynds Before the first tenant moved into the Barnes School Senior Housing Development ten years ago, East Boston Community Development Corporation (CDC) Executive Director Al Caldareli had been trying for years to convert the abandoned former school and historic building into housing. “The process goes back 15-20 years,” said Caldareli. “The school...

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It’s All in the Name:Eastie Band, Wild Painting, Releases First CD

August 5, 2017
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By John Lynds The first time you hear the alternative rock band Wild Painting play live you quickly realize this is a band that should be on the radio. The band, founded last year by four East Boston Zumix teens, Angelina Botticelli, Mario Duenas, Mario Jarjour and Juan Gutierrez, seamlessly blends indie/synth pop and...

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Discount Sox Tickets for Area Students

August 5, 2017
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For less than the cost of movie ticket, East Boston students can enjoy the magic of Boston Red Sox baseball at Fenway Park this summer. The Red Sox are offering young fans affordable tickets to games through the team’s Student 9’s program, which provides high school and college students the opportunity to purchase $9...

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Mural on Greenway to Feature Eastie Grandmothers

August 5, 2017
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By John Lynds Boston’s Office of Immigrant Advancement’s Heidi Schork,who runs the office’s Mural Crew program is looking for community involvement for an upcoming mural at the East Boston Greenway. Schork and the Mural Crew are starting one mural in Eastie on Paris Street in about two weeks and the other project down on...

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A New Collective, the Shout Syndicate Announces a New Fund for Greater Boston Youth Arts Organizations

August 5, 2017
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A new collective, The Shout Syndicate, made up of music industry veterans in Boston, has come together to help support Boston-area youth arts programming. The group announces the first three of many fundraising efforts aimed at establishing a competitive grant program for local arts organizations that focus on out-of-school programming for youth. Mayor Martin...

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Hilton Garden Inn to Hold Public Meeting on Adding Hotel Rooms

August 5, 2017
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By John Lynds Several years ago when First Bristol first pitched a hotel at a vacant lot along Boardman Street and McClellan Highway that had been a community eyesore for decades, it came with several community benefits. One of those benefits that won many over who were otherwise not too keen on having a...

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Eastie Resident and Entrepreneur James Testa’s Energy Drink Taking Off

August 5, 2017
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By John Lynds When East Boston resident James Testa launched his energy-drink company last winter as part of a entrepreneurship class he was taking as a senior at Suffolk University, he didn’t know what to expect. Testa, who graduated from Suffolk in the spring, said the positive response he received after launching his product...

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EBHS Gets All New Windows

August 5, 2017
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By John Lynds Being located under a flight path, East Boston High School received soundproof windows from Massport decades ago. However, those windows are long gone and were replaced several times with windows from Boston Public Schools. “The last round of windows lasted for a while but they are falling apart now,” said EBHS...

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Passacantilli Earns Major Labor Endorsements

August 5, 2017
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Stephen Passacantilli, a North End civic leader, Boston Public Schools parent, and former staffer to City Councilor Sal LaMattina has been endorsed by prominent local labor unions in his campaign for Boston City Council.  At a rally on Saturday, Passacantilli announced endorsements from UNITE HERE! Local 26, Painters and Allied Trades DC 35, Boston...

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Letters to the Editor

August 5, 2017
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SEEKING NOMINATIONS Dear Editor: The Board of Directors of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Prosperity Awards Gala!  The event will be on Thursday November 9 at the Hilton Airport Hotel in East Boston.  Sponsorships are available. The Prosperity Awards were established to honor and recognize East...

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East Boston Health Center Leads the Way

August 5, 2017
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Last week, the US Senate tried to undo the Affordable Care Act or Obama Care.  This system while it is not perfect and as a matter of fact it is far from the mark, still it provides a safety net for literally millions of Americans who would not otherwise be able to afford any...

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Obituaries 08-02-2017

August 5, 2017
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Phyllis Abbatessa-Dwyer Longtime East Boston area political and cultural activist Phyllis S. Abbatessa-Dwyer of Margate, Florida and East Boston passed away July 21. She was 76 years old. A retired employee of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department and the onetime owner of the Lefty Shop in Faneuil Hall, she spent much of her free time,...

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Garlic Festival

July 28, 2017
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Garlic Festival

Mariam Hamtini playing with a pinwheel in the Eastie Farms garden on Sumner Street last Saturday, July 22, during the annual Garlic Festival at the Farm. The former abandoned lot has turned into a haven for volunteers to cultivate plants and produce – much of which goes to soup kitchens in the area and...

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OHNC Votes Down Large Saratoga St Project

July 28, 2017
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OHNC Votes Down Large Saratoga St Project

By John Lynds In many ways Orient Heights has been viewed as a suburb within East Boston. It’s mix of one-and-two-family homes, large backyards and driveways set the neighborhood apart from the more urban parts of Eastie like Jeffries Point and Eagle Hill. So it’s no surprise Orient Heights residents, specifically those who are...

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Summer Learning Comes to Harborside Community Center

July 28, 2017
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Summer Learning Comes to Harborside Community Center

By John Lynds According to Boston After School and Beyond studies (BAS&B), research shows that up to two-thirds of the achievement gap between low-income students and their higher-income peers can be explained by unequal access to summer opportunities. Recognizing this issue, BAS&B has teamed up with Boston Public Schools and community based providers to...

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Rep Madaro Appointed as Co-Chair of Italian Caucus

July 28, 2017
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By John Lynds Growing up in East Boston in the 1990s, Rep. Adrian Madaro was exposed at a very early age to the proud Italian traditions celebrated throughout the neighborhood. While Eastie’s unique restaurants, annual Italian cultural celebrations and family members had a profound impact on  Madaro’s identity as an Italian American growing up...

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Residents Disappointed Eastie Not Included in Boston’s Slow Streets Program

July 28, 2017
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By John Lynds Late last week, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) announced the list of neighborhoods that will be included in the city’s Slow Streets program. Out of 47 neighborhoods from across the city that applied to in the program, the city only picked five neighborhoods–news that was disappointing to two Eastie community groups...

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Imagine Boston 2030

July 28, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh “We will listen. We will learn. We will lead.” That is a promise that I made to Bostonians after being sworn in as the 54th Mayor of the City of Boston. Now, almost four years later, we have put forth Boston’s first citywide plan in over 50 years —...

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Letter to the Editor

July 28, 2017
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EXCITING PROPOSALS Dear Editor: The new owners of Suffolk Downs, HYM Investment Group, have an exciting proposal to transform their approximate 160 acres of land in East Boston and Revere. HYM representatives have met with various community members and groups touting the benefits of their proposal for job creation, housing, and open space. At...

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