Crosby Addresses EBCC Members

September 18, 2013
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Crosby Addresses EBCC Members

Chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Stephen Crosby attended an East Boston Chamber of Commerce dinner Monday night at Spinelli’s to brief residents here on the commission’s process for granting a casino license in the state. “What the state wanted was intense and robust competition,” said Crosby Monday night. So the legislature set up...

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West Nile Virus Found in Eastie

September 18, 2013
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For the first time this year a mosquito pool in East Boston has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).  Tests performed earlier this week confirmed a WNV-positive mosquito pool in the neighborhood even after the city conducted a targeted mosquito-spraying program last month in Orient Heights. Despite the new findings, there have still...

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Umana School Receives $25,000 Grant

September 18, 2013
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Interim Superintendent John McDonough announced last week that the Mario Umana Academy in East Boston is receiving a $25,000 planning grant to launch a two-way bilingual program next year. The BPS Dual Language Advisory Board, which includes educators, non-profit leaders, foundations and members of the business community, selected the Umana as part of a...

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Get out and Vote

September 18, 2013
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Next Tuesday, voters from across Boston will be going to the polls in a primary election to choose two candidates for mayor from a crowded field of 12 candidates. Ever since Mayor Thomas Menino announced in April that he would not be seeking re-election, these 12 candidates have been going out to meet voters...

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City Council Race

September 18, 2013
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Although the fierce mayoral campaign has drawn most of the attention of  Boston voters and the media over the past four months, there also has been a very active City Council race. With more than 18 candidates vying for different seats, this election very likely will be decided by just a few hundred votes. ...

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Pop Warner

September 18, 2013
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East Boston Pop Warner football is in full swing and played games against Everett Sunday at East Boston Memorial Stadium. The league is two games into the season but organizers said that numbers are way down this year and are still looking for players’ ages 7 to 15. “We have a weight requirement so...

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Obituaries 09-18-2013

September 18, 2013
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Jerry Lanney Retired Milkman Jerry Lanney of East Boston died on Sunday, September 15 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 90 years old. The husband of the late Esther Lanney with whom he shared 63 years of marriage, he was born in Boston and was a lifelong resident of East Boston. He was...

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Listening to Your Heart

September 11, 2013
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Listening to Your Heart

Soon there will be an interactive piece of public art displayed outside the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center in Maverick Square that will play music based on your heartbeat. “Pulse of the City”  is an innovative new public art installation that creates different music and rhythms based on the heartbeats of the people who...

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Suffolk Downs Files DEIR for Casino Site

September 11, 2013
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Suffolk Downs filed Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) last week with the state for the proposed Caesars Resort. Suffolk Downs officials are touting the commitments to sustainable development and operation in the DEIR would make the resort the most environmentally ‘green’ casino resort in the world. On Monday, East Boston and Revere residents were...

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A Lifetime Helping Others

September 11, 2013
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Fran Rowan has spent a lifetime selflessly helping the people of East Boston with kindness and charity. She has possessed the uncanny ability to make most people around her believe in the causes she was fighting for because those causes were simply the right thing to do. Over the years Rowan has been the...

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Nicastro to Be Honored by ABCD

September 11, 2013
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In many ways Michael Nicastro has become the face of the East Boston neighborhood Health Center. As the Health Center’s community outreach director Nicastro is always in the neighborhood looking for ways EBNHC can help people and other organizations. However, Nicastro’s willingness to lend a hand extends beyond his Health Center duties and is...

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Remembering 9/11: the Fight Against Extremists Still is Ongoing

September 11, 2013
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If someone had said on September 10, 2001, that America would be embroiled militarily in affairs in the Middle East for the next 12 years, one would have thought that person to be crazy. Indeed, no one would have dared predict such a scenario even on September 12, 2001. But the tragic events of...

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Men’s Hockey Kicks off Another Season

September 11, 2013
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The fifth installment of the EBMHL kicked off last Tuesday night at the Porazzo Rink on Constitution Beach in East Boston. After a long summer the boys were ready to roll, as game 1 saw Captain Peter Hanlon and his squad, Milano’s Deli take on Captain Dave Berardinelli and his troops, Team Basile. An...

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Obituaries 09-11-2013

September 11, 2013
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Angelo ‘Sonny’ Todisco Co-Founder of DePiano & Todisco Adjusters, Member of Many Organizations Angelo A. “Sonny” Todisco of Revere died at the Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital, Boston on September 4 following a long illness. He was 85 years old. “Sonny” was born in Boston’s North End and came to live in Revere at one year...

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All BPS Students Now to Receive Free Meals

September 4, 2013
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All BPS Students Now to Receive Free Meals

For the first time ever Boston Public School (BPS) students, regardless of their income status, will receive a free breakfast and lunch during the 2013/2014 school year that begins today (Wednesday). Boston now becomes one of the largest cities in the nation to join “Community Eligibility Option”. The program waives meal fees for all...

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Medical Marijuana Non Profits Vying for Limited Licenses

September 4, 2013
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East Boston Attorney Michael Ford is representing one of the 21 applicants that applied to become registered medical marijuana dispensary operators in Suffolk County last week. Ford is representing the nonprofit corporation Humanitarian Medical Marijuana, Inc. who is vying for one of five licenses to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in the county as...

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Voters Looking for Next Mayor to Make Educational Changes

September 4, 2013
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According to a recent survey of Boston voters education ranked as the top priority and said they would support a mayoral candidate who will invest in improving Boston public schools rather than opening more charter schools. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Boston Teachers conducted the survey and sampled 626 registered voters...

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LaMattina is Hopeful on Casino Agreement

September 4, 2013
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Look at any streetscape in San Francisco and you will find pristine homes that have remained true to their late Victorian Era roots. Almost every postcard from San Francisco depicts either the Golden Gate Bridge or a row of Victorian Homes brightly painted and basically untouched since the turn of the last century. East...

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Election Now in Full Swing: Many Issues, Candidates for the Voters to Consider

September 4, 2013
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With the dog days of summer officially behind us, the attention of voters turns to the candidates for the various municipal offices who are now in the stretch run of getting out their campaign messages. Here in Boston,  the September primary will feature a mayor’s race among a horde of candidates seeking to succeed...

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Congratulations, Diana Nyad: Her Swim Was Quite a Feat on a Number of Levels

September 4, 2013
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The news that long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad successfully had crossed the Straits of Florida from Cuba to Key West this past weekend brought a degree of wonder and joy to all who learned of her accomplishment. First and foremost, this had been Ms. Nyad’s life-long goal after four previously-unsuccessful efforts stretching over a span...

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Obama Made the Right Call: the President’s Decision to Ask Congress Was Correct

September 4, 2013
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We realize that we are by no means foreign policy experts, but we simply wish to say that it is our view that President Obama made the right decision is seeking the approval of Congress before bombing Syria for its violations of international law regarding the use of chemical weapons. In our view, the...

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Obituaries 09-04-2013

September 4, 2013
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Elvira ‘Vera’ Celeste Of Revere, formerly of East Boston Elvira A. “Vera” (Monterisi) Celeste of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on September 3. She was in her 92nd year. The beloved wife of the late Angelo “Scungie” Celeste with whom she shared 67 years of marriage, she was the loving mother of Robert...

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NOAH’s Free Drop-in Program

August 28, 2013
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NOAH’s Free Drop-in Program

The consensus in East Boston has always been that more, not less, programs for youth are better for the community and families. With one of the highest concentrations of children and teens in the city, Eastie has always called for more summer, daycare and after-school programs. Like the East Boston Social Centers and East...

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East Boston Guaranteed Millions in Boston Host Community Agreement

August 28, 2013
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East Boston Guaranteed  Millions in Boston Host  Community Agreement

The long-anticipated host community agreement signed by Mayor Tom Menino Tuesday afternoon proved to be the most lucrative agreement signed to date in the state with several East Boston benefits announced – including a new youth center, a new senior center and $20 million of the annual impact fees going just to Eastie. Overall,...

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