Concerns:BPDA Holds Meeting on Hilton Garden Inn Expansion Plans

August 17, 2017
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By John Lynds Residents, members of the project’s Impact Advisory Group (IAG) and union workers showed up by the dozens last Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn on Boardman Street to air their grievances with First Bristol over broken promises to the community as the development company plans an expansion of the hotel. According...

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Elected Officials Call for Toll Plaza Meeting

August 17, 2017
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By John Lynds While MassDOT officials remain focused on easing congestion at the Sumner Tunnel toll plaza, East Boston’s elected officials and residents have had enough. Since MassDOT took down the tunnel’s toll booths as part the All Electronic Tolling (AET) project and reopening the plaza to vehicular traffic in May, Eastie resident have...

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JPNA Votes in Favor of Two Projects

August 17, 2017
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By John Lynds The Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association voted in favor of two projects at Monday night’s meeting. The first project at 275 Webster St. received support by a vote of 17 to 4. Owner Onnelly Parlow plans to take the existing three family and renovate the interior and exterior of the home. The...

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Lydia Edwards Waterfront Accessibility Plan

August 17, 2017
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Lydia Edwards, Boston City Council candidate and East Boston resident, released a comprehensive waterfront accessibility plan with recommendations for more open space requirements and harbor planning, climate resiliency, and water transportation opportunities. In her full proposal, she states “For Charlestown, the North End and East Boston, our city’s waters and waterfront are invaluable assets...

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How We’re Creating Affordable Housing

August 17, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh Boston is a diverse city made up of residents of all backgrounds, all education levels and job sectors spread out over 23 neighborhoods. Some of us were born and bred here, some with families that have been here for decades, some received a wonderful education or job here and...

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Letter to the Editor

August 17, 2017
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Putting us first Dear editor: As someone deeply invested in East Boston, I want to ensure that our next City Councilor has a record of local engagement and activism.  I appreciate the fact that Stephen Passacantilli has been active in the community — as past president of his local neighborhood council, youth sports coach,...

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Additional Racing Dates at Suffolk Downs

August 17, 2017
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All-too-often, it is easier to say, “No,” than to say, “Yes.” However, the decision by the owners of Suffolk Downs to go before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) last week to request two more days of thoroughbred racing is yet another example in a string of actions by Suffolk’s ownership of saying, “Yes,” to...

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School Will Be Back — Drive with Care

August 17, 2017
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With school bells ringing for the start of the 2017-18 school year next week and the week thereafter, commuters will have to adjust to the prospect of schoolchildren and school buses returning to our streets. All of us who drive to work in the early mornings on weekdays have to admit that not having...

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Another Alcohol-Related Tragedy

August 17, 2017
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Perhaps it is because we have children who are teenagers, but the news Monday morning of the death of a 16-year-old girl on the Merrimack River in a jet-ski accident in which alcohol allegedly was involved hit us particularly hard. According to news reports, the 32-year-old man who has been charged with drunken boating...

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Obituaries 08-16-2017

August 17, 2017
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Ronald Catena Boston and Florida public and political activist Ronald A. Catena of Ft. Lauderdale Florida, formerly of East Boston and Revere, passed away on August 3 at Holy Cross Hospital, Florida after a short battle with cancer. Ron spent most of his working life in Boston, directing public and political affairs  for the...

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Mayoral Liaison Claudia Correa Leaves Post for Job with ISD

August 9, 2017
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Mayoral Liaison Claudia Correa Leaves Post for Job with ISD

By John Lynds East Boston resident Claudia Correa, who has served as Mayor Martin Walsh’s liaison to the neighborhood for over two years, announced that she has left her post to take a job with the city’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD). Correa, who was first hired as the Mayor’s liaison to Eastie in February...

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Father John Nazzaro Stepping Down as Boys & Girls Club Director:Will Stay on as Director of Mission at the Club

August 9, 2017
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Father John Nazzaro Stepping Down as Boys & Girls Club Director:Will Stay on as Director of Mission at the Club

By John Lynds Despite rumors floating around East Boston that Salesian Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Fr. John Nazzaro is leaving the club nothing could be further from the truth. While Fr. Nazzaro is stepping down as the club’s Executive Director,  he will remain at the Boys & Girls Club as the Director...

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Zumix Youths to Play with BLO at Hatch Shell

August 9, 2017
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By John Lynds The East Boston band founded by four Zumix teens that recently released their first studio album will be performing before thousands of music fans tonight (Wednesday, Aug. 9) at 7 p.m. at the Hatch Shell. The band Wild Painting, who released their first EP ‘Emotions’ two weeks ago will take part...

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City Pulls Eastie Snapchat Filter Icon

August 9, 2017
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By John Lynds The City of Boston’s technology department got a little ahead of itself the other day and tweeted out the city’s new Snapchat filter icons for each neighborhood. While Dorchester’s icon was a triple-decker, Roxbury’s was the Fort Hill tower, and Charlestown’s was the Bunker Hill Monument, Eastie’s icon was Logan Airport’s...

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NOAH Youth Crew Makes Case for More Trees in Eastie

August 9, 2017
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By John Lynds Back in the mid-1970s the Boston Globe featured an article about the late Anna DeFronzo’s quest to get more trees planted in East Boston when Kevin White was Mayor. DeFronzo, a longtime community activist told stories of her youth and walking under the bent branches of tree-lined streets instead of just...

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Jason Ruggiero Appointed to Massport’s Community and Government Affairs Department

August 9, 2017
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By John Lynds Lifelong East Boston resident Jason Ruggiero has been appointed Assistant Manager for Urban and Community Relations for Massport’s Community and Government Affairs Department. Massport recently restructured the department and Ruggiero’s position will focus on addressing East Boston residents’ and community groups’ issues and concerns with Logan. The position was formerly known...

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Impossible Dream Team Reunion:Conigliaro Family Hosts ’67 Sox Celebration Aug 17

August 9, 2017
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By Cary Shuman The Conigliaro family, the Boston Red Sox, and the Farrelly Brothers will host the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox on Thursday, Aug. 17 at Tony C’s on Boylston Street in Boston. Some players from the ’67 team that won the American League pennant and lost to...

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The Heroic Quest: Why Tony C Still Matters

August 9, 2017
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By Anthony T. Guerriero Whether as long ago as Greek mythology or as recent as this week’s New York Times Bestseller list, the hero has always occupied a special place in storytelling.  The hero is celebrated as an idol, as a tangible representation of greatness.  But what separates the hero from all others is...

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Walsh’s Movie Nights in Eastie August 21

August 9, 2017
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Movie Nights, part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s ParkARTS program, will give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy popular films under the night skies in 11 City parks in August and September. All shows begin at dusk (approximately 7:45 p.m.) and are sponsored by the Boston Parks...

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Boston Children’s Festival Comes to Franklin Park

August 9, 2017
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department are proud to present the 2017 ParkARTS Boston Children’s Festival on Tuesday, August 22, at Franklin Park in Dorchester from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  ParkARTS is made possible in part through the generosity of Holly and David Bruce. Children and families from...

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MG2 Presents Updated Plans for Saratoga Street Parcel

August 9, 2017
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By John Lynds Representatives of real estate developer MG2 presented a second set of plans for a large Saratoga Street parcel at Monday night’s Harbor View Neighborhood Association (HVNA) meeting. MG2 plans to develop the 16,500 sq. ft. vacant lot at 656 Saratoga St. into market rate housing. Since the last time HVNA heard...

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Four Bids Come in for Condor Street Parcel

August 9, 2017
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By John Lynds Four development teams have submitted bids to the City of Boston in regards to the city-owned lot on Condor Street across from the Hess site. The city put out Request for Proposals (RFP) following an Eagle Hill Civic Association meeting in February. At the meeting the city listened to residents’ input...

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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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