Community News Briefs

February 2, 2018
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EHCA Meeting set for Jan. 31 The Eagle Hill Civic Association will hold its January Meeting on Wednesday, January 31, at 7 p.m. at East Boston High School inside the cafeteria. The agenda is as follows: * Station 7 Updates: Officers Danny Simons and Jim Martin * 514 Saratoga St. Legalize an existing occupancy...

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Police Briefs 01-31-2018

February 2, 2018
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District Seven Police Report January 22, 2018 Around 01:15 am in the area of 28 Bennington Street a White Hispanic Male with an address in Somerville Ma, was arrested and charged with Assault & Battery and Disturbing the Peace. Around 09:45 pm in the area of Maverick Square a Black Male with an address...

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A Home for All Bostonians

February 2, 2018
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The City of Boston is at a watershed moment as we find ourselves with the exciting opportunity to define our neighborhoods future for generations to come. While I am incredibly hopeful for the future of this city, I am keenly aware of the challenges that face so many Bostonians on their own pathways. Many...

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How We’re Making Boston a City That’s World-Class Because It Works for the Middle Class

February 2, 2018
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From around the world and across our nation, people look to Boston for hope, for opportunity, and for a chance to build a better life. From the first immigrant who set foot on the Shawmut Peninsula to the first student from Puerto Rico who stepped into a new classroom this fall, for nearly four...

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Obituaries 01-31-2018

February 2, 2018
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Carmela Petroccione She brought fun and joy into the lives of family and extended family Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, Jan.  31,from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107), Revere for Carmela A. “Auntie Mill” “Millie” Petroccione who passed...

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Mario Umana Academy Receives Grant to Expand STEM Program

January 25, 2018
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Mario Umana Academy Receives Grant to Expand STEM Program

By John Lynds When the Mario Umana Academy originally opened it did so as the Umana/Barnes School of Math and Science. At the time, there was talk of including the school as one of Boston’s ‘exam schools’ but the community fought to keep the school a community school for East Boston students. The school...

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BPDA Hosts Meeting on Walley Street Project

January 25, 2018
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BPDA Hosts Meeting on Walley Street Project

By John Lynds The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) held a public meeting last Thursday night at the Hilton Garden Inn regarding the 11-19 Walley St. housing proposal as part of Article 80 small project review. The developer, MG2, has been working on tweaking and revising the project for over a year with...

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Sen Boncore Appointed Chair of Transportation

January 25, 2018
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By John Lynds With a major international airport, highway, toll plaza and the MBTA Blue Line in his district, it made sense for Senate President Harriette Chandler to appoint Sen. Joseph Boncore (D-Winthrop), who represents East Boston, Revere, Winthrop, the North End and part of Cambridge, as the new Senate chair of the Joint...

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Boston Makes Amazon’s Headquarters Shortlist

January 25, 2018
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By John Lynds As HYM Investment Group, LLC and the City of Boston scurry to permit a chunk of Suffolk Downs’ 161-acre parcel in order to make it ‘Amazon ready’ the Seattle-based company released its list of 20 metropolitan areas that have made the shortlist for Amazon’s second North American Headquarters (H2Q). Boston and...

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Councilor Edwards to Serve on Boston’s Neighborhood Housing Trust

January 25, 2018
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Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards, representing East Boston, Charlestown and the North End, was sworn in by city clerk Maureen Feeney on Wednesday to serve on the Boston’s Neighborhood Housing Trust (NHT). The trust, established in 1983 and revamped to suit the city’s growing population in 2001 and 2013, prioritizes funding for affordable and...

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Madaro to File Legislation Requiring Massport to House its Own Ambulance at Logan Airport

January 25, 2018
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Residents who live in East Boston are well aware of the need for additional EMS services for the neighborhood. A recent Boston Globe article noted that while the average wait time for an ambulance in the City of Boston is six minutes for a Priority 1 call, East Boston residents wait an average of...

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OHNC Votes Down Saratoga Street Project

January 25, 2018
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By John Lynds The long saga of trying to redevelop a former auto mechanic shop into a market rate residential development hit a roadblock at Monday night’s Orient Heights Neighborhood Association meeting. OHNC Members voted 23 to 6 against the project at 944-946 Saratoga St., the former site of D&Z Auto Repair adjacent to...

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Boston Public Library

January 25, 2018
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Boston Public Library kicks off 2018 with its 2018 Lowell Lecture Series – Speaking Up, Speaking Out: Voices of Social Justice, exploring social justice issues relevant to today’s world with activists including internationally known transgender speaker Ryan Sallans and Bernice A. King, the daughter of Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr....

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Help Sought to Find Missing Person

January 25, 2018
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By John Lynds Joey Brancato is a 21-year-old Winthrop native who has seemed to have disappeared off the face of the earth a week before Thanksgiving. On November 18 Joey was last seen in Roslindale at 10 Mendelsohn St. in the company of an acquaintance. According to family Joey had a past history with...

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‘Timeout’ for Reading:NBA Referees Stop by Donald McKay School to Show Importance of Literacy

January 25, 2018
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By John Lynds NBA referees Bill Spooner and Aaron Smith stopped by the Donald McKay School last Thursday to take part in the TIMEOUT for Reading program, a collaboration between Scholastic and the National Basketball Referees Association (NBRA). Through this program, NBA referees volunteer their time to act as mentors, stressing the importance of...

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Don’t Judge the Eastie Aquajets by their Record

January 25, 2018
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The East Boston High School swim team has had a tough season record wise.  They currently stand at 0-7.  The Aquajets lost a lot of close meets this season but not because of a lack of effort by this young group of talented swimmers.  The Aquajets do not have the numbers they had last...

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Local Students Receive Academic Achievements

January 25, 2018
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Local students named to Curry College Dean’s List Curry College is proud to announce that the following area students were named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2017 semester: Gianna Beshere of Winthrop John Conway of Boston Renata Pinto of East Boston Cassandra Quinones of East Boston Stephanie Rizzo of Boston Carmen Rugamas...

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KO Pies Drops Off Money Raised During Hipster Olympics to McKay School

January 25, 2018
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By John Lynds For two years the Donald McKay School in East Boston has partnered with KO Pies at the Boston Shipyard and Marina on Marginal Street to host a fun-filled event that raises money for the school. Back on Nov. 4 the school’s staff and community supporters headed down to KO Pies to...

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Police Briefs 01-24-2018

January 25, 2018
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District Seven Police Report January 14, 2018 Around 3:30 am in the area of Montmorenci Avenue a white female with an address in East Boston was arrested and charged with Domestic Assault and Battery. Around 5:50 am in the area of 268 Bremen Street a white male with an address in the North End...

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Letter to the Editor

January 25, 2018
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This one ain’t working To the Editor, As I read the page one story ( Rep. Madaro blasts Trump administration for ending temporary status for Salvadorians, East Boston Times,  January 10),I had mixed feelings over the plight of my Salvadorian neighbors living in this community. However, previous presidents granted these immigrants fleeing dictatorships or...

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Energy Companies Have Helped Texas, and the Nation, Recover from Harvey

January 25, 2018
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By Andrew Langer Hurricane Harvey dumped enough rain on Texas to fill the entire Chesapeake Bay. Widespread flooding caused an estimated $190 billion in damage, meaning Harvey could be the most expensive storm in American history. The hurricane hit the energy sector particularly hard. Over a dozen oil refineries along the Gulf Coast shut...

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Have We Hit Bottom Yet?

January 25, 2018
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In the early 1960s, there was an iconic TV commercial for the long-defunct National Airlines (which merged into Pan American in 1980) with the tagline, spoken by the pert, blonde stewardess, “Is this any way to run an airline? You bet it is!” Soon enough, that tagline took on an ironic twist in popular...

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Support the Annual Taste of Eastie

January 25, 2018
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On Thursday night over 300 residents will descend upon the Logan Airport Hilton to take part in the annual Taste of Eastie–a yearly event that many see as one of the neighborhood’s signature gatherings. For decades Eastie has been a food haven with old classics like Rino’s, Santarpio’s Pizza, Javelli’s, Jalisco, Angela’s Cafe and...

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Obituaries 01-24-2018

January 25, 2018
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Nicholas ‘Nick the Greek’ Gregory Beloved husband and father Nicholas L “Nick the Greek” Gregory died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Jan. 13. He was the beloved husband for over 46 years of Barbara (Cortese) Gregory, devoted father of Nicholas Gregory and his wife, Jennifer and Dana Gobbi; dear brother of Ernest, John and...

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