East Boston’s Rocco Telese Awarded Purple Heart

September 29, 2017
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East Boston’s Rocco Telese Awarded Purple Heart

By John Lynds In 1944 East Boston’s Rocco Telese was a 19-year-old soldier fighting for his life as allied forces stormed the coast of Italy. Telese was a soldier and scout for the U.S. Army infantry during the Battle of Anzio.  The battle was an pivotal moment of the Italian Campaign during World War...

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Eastie Native Arrested in Wife’s Slaying

September 29, 2017
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By John Lynds Like many East Bostonians Andrew MacCormack grew up in his family’s modest home on Saratoga Street in Orient Heights, attended Eastie schools and graduated from Savio Prep before it closed its doors in 2007. Andrew, or Andrew Mac as he was known, was a pretty skilled hockey player growing up, and...

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Congressman Capuano to Speak at Breakfast

September 29, 2017
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East Boston Main Streets and the East Boston Chamber of Commerce invite East Boston resident and business owners to a networking breakfast with keynote speaker Congressman Michael Capuano.  The event will be held on Tuesday, October 10th from 7:30am-9:00am at Spinelli’s Banquet Hall located at 282 Bennington St. in East Boston. This is a...

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Plaza Undergoing Massive Rehab

September 29, 2017
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By John Lynds Owners of the 380 unit Shore Plaza affordable housing development on Border Street have started a massive and much needed rehabilitation. LIHC Investment Group and Weston Associates Inc. announced they are spending over $14 million to improve the aging 10 acre development’s facade, interior and open space. According to Andrew Gendron,...

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Suffolk Downs Owner says Amazon Could Be Good Fit for Racetrack

September 29, 2017
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By John Lynds Tom O’Brien’s group, HYM Investment Group, LLC, is all in on trying to attract Seattle-based Amazon second headquarters (HQ2) to the 161-acre Suffolk Downs property his group purchased in the spring. At a council meeting in neighboring Revere, which shares the Suffolk Downs site with East Boston, O’Brien told council members...

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And Our Flag was Still There

September 29, 2017
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By John Lynds Over the course of this Nation’s history the American Flag has stood for many things. In its infancy it stood for revolt against England. It stood for the possibilities of a new and better country. It stood for democracy and freedom. However, throughout the course of history the Flag has meant...

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Trump is Moving US Closer to War

September 29, 2017
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We were listening to the segment on 60 Minutes Sunday night in which Oprah Winfrey was interviewing pro-Trump and anti-Trump voters from Michigan, and we were struck by the comment of one man as to why he voted for Trump. He voiced a common refrain that many Trump supporters expressed during the campaign: The...

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Obituaries 09-27-2017

September 29, 2017
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Edith Farinola Long time self employed electrologist Edith A. Farinola, a lifelong resident of East Boston, passed away on Saturday, September 23, She was born on March 29, 1921, was a graduate of Burdette College and was self-employed for many years, along with her sister, Lucille, at her Electrolysis Practice located in the Little...

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Working Together

September 22, 2017
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Working Together

Pictured at the Fighting Addiction in the Hub event on September 15 are, (left to right) Hon. John E. McDonald, Jr., First Justice EB Court, Tom Tassinari, Chief Probation Officer,EB Court, Michael Pavone, Deputy Superintendent Winifred Cotter, Boston Police Department and Commissioner Joseph Finn, Boston Fire Department. Pavone who is an EB resident spoke...

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Piers Park Sailing Kicks Off after School Sailing

September 22, 2017
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Piers Park Sailing Kicks Off after School Sailing

By John Lynds After a seven year hiatus, Sailing After School has returned to the Piers Park Sailing Center (PPSC), another sign that the popular neighborhood sailing center is thriving following a near closure this past spring. “We hope to expand and become a provider of year-round youth programs,” said Executive Director Alex DeFronzo....

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Combat Opioid Abuse:HRSA Increases Funding for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services at EBNHC

September 22, 2017
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By John Lynds Last Friday afternoon at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Federal Health Resources and Services Administrator (HRSA) Jeffrey Beard announced an investment to increase funding for substance abuse and mental health services at the Health Center. The funding will help EBNHC combat opioid abuse with integrated mental health services. EBNHC will...

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District 1 City Council Candidates Head into the Final Stretch

September 22, 2017
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By John Lynds With the Primary Election for the District 1 City Council seat set for next Tuesday (September 26) the three candidates have been sprinting to the finish line. In the final week of the election East Boston’s Lydia Edwards and Margaret Farmer and the North End’s Stephen Passacantilli have been knocking doors,...

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East Boston Man Sentenced for Illegal Firearm Dealing

September 22, 2017
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An East Boston man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for illegal firearms dealing in the Orient Heights public housing projects in East Boston. James Warner, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In April 2017, Warner...

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City Appoints Garcia New Neighborhood Liaison

September 22, 2017
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By John Lynds With former East Boston Mayoral Liaison Claudia Correa taking on a new role at the city’s Inspectional Services Department,  there has been a void left in the neighborhood when it comes to constituent services. While Neighborhood Service’s Deputy Director Tomas Gonzalez has been filling in since Correa’s departure in July, city...

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Zumix Radio Block Party Set for Sept 23

September 22, 2017
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By John Lynds East Boston’s popular music and performing arts non-profit will host the Second Annual Zumix Radio Block Party on Saturday September 26. Zumix’s free community block party will kickoff at 2 p.m. on Orleans Street from Sumner to Everett Streets with an  afternoon of music, art and food to help celebrate Zumix...

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Student Arrested for Bringing Gun to EBHS

September 22, 2017
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By John Lynds It was one of the few remaining Boston Public High Schools that never had to use the metal detectors issued to the school. East Boston High School (EBHS), with the exception of a few scuffles year to year between students, never really had the need for the extra security precaution. The...

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Trinity Financial Begins Pre-Leasing for Boston East

September 22, 2017
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By John Lynds With the $71 million boutique luxury residential project at the Boston East site on Border Street set to open in December, Trinity Financial is following in the footsteps of other successful waterfront development projects. With projects like Clippership Wharf selling out prior to the actual opening of the development, Boston East’s...

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LaMattina Endorses Passacantilli for City Council

September 22, 2017
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Stephen Passacantilli, a North End civic leader and Boston Public Schools parent running for District 1 City Council has been endorsed by City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina.  LaMattina has represented Charlestown, East Boston, and the North End on the City Council since 2006. Passacantilli has also been endorsed by East Boston’s Ward 1 Democratic Committee and...

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Edwards Releases Housing and Development Policy

September 22, 2017
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Lydia Edwards, candidate for Boston City Council, released a comprehensive development and housing policy platform outlining her plan to mitigate overdevelopment, protect the character of our neighborhoods, and ensure that city government fights to keep middle class families in Boston. “Our neighborhoods are at a pivotal moment that requires bold, innovative leadership,” says Edwards....

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Candidate Farmer Pushes for Community Action on Opioid Crisis

September 22, 2017
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Focusing on the Boston and state-wide opioid-related overdose and death epidemic and the 400% increase in deaths from 2000-2015, Margaret Farmer, Candidate for Boston City Council, has called for creating a Boston version of the Angel program, pioneered and already successful in Gloucester, where an individual can walk into a police station and ask...

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How We’re Recognizing Recovery Month

September 22, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh I wouldn’t be where I am today without the recovery community — and I know many other Bostonians have had the same experience as me. That’s why it’s so important we create strong pathways to recovery, and why I’m proud Boston recognizes September as Recovery Month here in our...

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Letter to the Editor

September 22, 2017
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Community Volunteerism Hello Friends, East Boston has been a longtime transient neighborhood of Boston, home to the city’s newest immigrants. Currently, the neighborhood is undergoing a dramatic population shift as several new housing developments go in, and East Boston appears to the rest of the city to be one of the “last affordable places...

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Fall Is Here — Make the Most of It

September 22, 2017
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Although those of us who are fortunate to live near the coast may choose the summer as our favorite time of year, fall is the top choice of many of our fellow New Englanders — and a close second for the rest of us — when we are asked what is our favorite season....

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Obituaries 09-20-2017

September 22, 2017
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Mary LoConte Accomplished seamstress Mary C. (Viola) LoConte of Saugus, formerly of Revere, passed away on Thursday, September 14 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was 81 years old. Mary was an accomplished seamstress who worked on Newbury Street in Boston for many years custom making wedding gowns and doing window displays....

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