East Boston CDC Responds to Boston East Site Criticism

August 15, 2012
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East Boston Community Development Corporation (CDC) head, Al Caldarelli responded to criticism in the neighborhood that he is trying to pull off a bait and switch concerning the CDC’s plans for the Boston East Site. There has been growing concerns among Eastie residents that the CDC and Trinity Financial is changing its original plan...

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Suffolk Downs Files for State Commercial Gaming Licenses

August 15, 2012
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Suffolk Downs made it official last week and formally declared its intent to compete for one of Massachusetts’ commercial gaming licenses by filing the state’s form and submitting the required non-refundable $400,000 fee with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. “We begin this formal part of earning a license to develop a world-class destination resort at...

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Ethanol Trains Stopped by Bill

August 15, 2012
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Governor Deval Patrick signed a transportation bill last week that gave approval to an amendment offered by Senator Anthony Petruccelli that stops train delivery of ethanol through a number of cities and towns, which includes East Boston. Instead, the bill orders that further studies be made of the efficacy of transporting 1.7 million gallons...

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Suffolk Downs Applies for Casino License

August 15, 2012
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Last week, Suffolk Downs president Chip Tuttle delivered a $400,000 check made out ot the State Gaming Commission, Suffolk Down’s required fee, and a non-returnable one at that, while at the same time filing a letter of intent saying they will formally apply for a casino license. Richard Fields, the owner of Suffolk Downs,...

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Governor Quashes Ethanol Delivery Trains; Petruccelli Motion the Difference

August 15, 2012
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East Boston residents have Governor Deval Patrick and Senator Anthony Petruccelli to thank for putting the kibosh on ethanol delivery through this neighborhood by rail once a week. The plan to use trains to transport 1.7 billion gallons of the highly flammable fuel through Revere to a depot here met its end last week...

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Obituaries 08-15-2012

August 15, 2012
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Charles ‘Chickie’ Femia Of Swampscott, formerly of Lynn Charles S. “Chickie” Femia of Swampscott, formerly of Lynn, died on August 11. He was the husband of Jane Ellingwood Femia; father of Charles S. Femia Jr. and his wife, Diane of Derry, NH, and the late Jayne Femia; grandfather of David and Daniel Femia, both...

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What’s Next for the Boston East Site?

August 8, 2012
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What’s Next for the Boston East Site?

A small section of Border Street next to McDonald’s is all that remains of East Boston maritime history—a place that gave birth to majestic era of Clipperships. Now, a rusted wrought-iron fence, crumbling brick columns and old docks are all one sees there. But beyond the fence, rotting pier pilings and unkempt landscape are...

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Jeffries Point Volunteer Clean Up in Action

August 8, 2012
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Jeffries Point Volunteer Clean Up in Action

Jordan Roff moved into the neighborhood of Jeffries Point a little over a year ago and immediately noticed a very solvable problem, Roff, 31, and a student said he was shocked at the amount of trash and litter on his new street so this summer he decided to act. “I saw a need for...

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Teens Clean Up Belle Isle Marsh

August 8, 2012
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Teens Clean Up Belle Isle Marsh

Boston Natural Areas Network’s Youth Conservation Corps is at it again and has spent the past few weeks restoring a portion of the Belle Isle Marsh behind the Boston Casket Company. The Corps’ work has included minor landscaping of paths and walkways, mowing grass areas, laying mulch, and, above all, identifying and removing invasive...

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New Street Waterfront Meeting Canceled, Future of Project is Uncertain

August 8, 2012
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A Boston Redevelopment Authority sponsored meeting concerning the New Street waterfront project was abruptly canceled last week–adding to growing frustration that development along East Boston’s shores is again stalling. The meeting was scheduled for Thursday, August 2 but at the last minute the developer, New Street Reality Trust pulled out of the meeting offering...

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Funding for Ferry Service Arrives in East Boston

August 8, 2012
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“Not only am I a believer I’m an apostle,” said Boston Redevelopment Authority head Peter Meade sitting in his office Tuesday when asked if he was a believer in the future of East Boston’s waterfront. “But the biggest champion is Mayor (Thomas) Menino and no one is more frustrated over the lack of progress...

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Charity Walk Moves to Revere Beach

August 8, 2012
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One can hardly mention the name ‘Doc Bob’ without getting a story about how the late orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Robert Harney, cared for a person in a way above and beyond what would be expected of any physician – let alone a surgeon. He would make house calls during snowstorms. He would take detours...

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Clammer’s Lawsuit Has Merit

August 8, 2012
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Local clammers crying out for justice in the wake of a fuel spill that is apparently connected with the extermination of clambeds adjacent to Logan Airport runways have filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against the Massachusetts Port Authority and Swissport/BOS Fueling. With their suit, the clammers are attempting to be compensated for losing...

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Foreclosure Prevention Bill; Step in Right Direction

August 8, 2012
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Foreclosures in East Boston have been a serious problem for about five years. It is believed the worst is behind us but there remain a great number of homeowners who owe more than their homes are worth and who are struggling to pay mortgages they cannot afford. The Mitt Romneys of this world say...

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Tennis, Literacy and Summer Fun

August 8, 2012
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The program that blends tennis and literacy activities throughout the summer months is close to completing another successful summer at Constitution Beach in East Boston. Tenacity’s Summer Tennis & Reading Program (STRP), which serves over 4,400 Eastie and Boston youth of all ages with tennis, literacy and fitness programs is taking place weekly at...

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Obituaries 08-08-2012

August 8, 2012
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Esther Marie Restuccia Belmont Resident Esther Marie Restuccia of Belmont died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on August 4. An employee of the Gillette Company for over 40 years, she was the dear sister of Nicholas Sr. and his wife, Theresa of Centerville and the late Grace Restuccia; loving aunt of Nicholas Jr....

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Heading to Harvard: East Boston Resident Jacqueline DelMuto Will Attend Prestigious University in Cambridge

August 1, 2012
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Heading to Harvard: East Boston Resident Jacqueline DelMuto Will Attend Prestigious University in Cambridge

East Boston resident Jacqueline DelMuto waited anxiously on March 29 for a very important email. It was admissions notification day for many of the nation’s prestigious universities and DelMuto, like high school seniors nationwide, waited for their decision on her candidacy. “The feeling in the school that day as everybody was waiting for the...

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Building permit pulled for waterfront construction

August 1, 2012
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Sources close to the players trying to develop East Boston’s waterfront confirmed that Roseland Property has filed a building permit with the state to begin construction on its waterfront project. While Roseland Property’s Joe Shea could not be reached for comment, his company’s project, the much-anticipated Portside at East Pier located next to Eastie’s...

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Foreclosure Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

August 1, 2012
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The state’s foreclosure prevention bill backed by Senator Anthony Petruccelli and Representative Carlo Basile that will help thousands of homeowners in East Boston, and across the state, find ways to stay in their homes by working with banks was sent to the Governor’s desk last week. The legislation, Senate Bill 868/House Bill 3516, An...

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Local Clammers Proceed with Lawsuit Against Jet Refueling Company and Massport

August 1, 2012
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Local clammer John Denehy and 19 other clammers affected by the massive clam die-off in 2010 that they say was caused by a significant oil spill at Logan have filed a lawsuit in federal court against Swissport/BOS Fueling, one of two fueling companies contracted to refuel airliners at Logan, and Massport. Denehy and the...

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The New Beginning

August 1, 2012
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When Mayor Menino announced in January that the East Boston waterfront would be in for major development he wasn’t kidding. Although it has taken some time for development groups to get their soldiers in line and ready to fight, one major developer, Roseland has just announced it has taken out a building permit for...

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Hubway Bicycles for Eastie?

August 1, 2012
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There was a great deal of fanfare last week in Boston when the mayor announced that Hubway – the temporary bicycle rental firm that has become so popular with tourists and residents – will be adding an additional 400 bicycles and new racks of them in the neighborhoods to meet expanding demand for the...

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Police Briefs 08-01-2012

August 1, 2012
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July 22, 2012 Michael Anthony Bellanti of 119 Lexington Street, East Boston was arrested and charged with drinking alcohol in public. Omar Restrepo of 64 Eutaw Street, East Boston was arrested and charged with drinking alcohol in public. A juvenile male of East Boston was arrested on numerous default warrants. Stephanie Vozella of 22...

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Obituraries 08-01-2012

August 1, 2012
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Ruth Webster East Boston Resident Ruth E. (Corey) Webster of East Boston died on July 28. She was the beloved wife of the late George; devoted mother of Debra Oliveri of Winthrop, Donna Roberts of New Hampshire and the late Lynne Webster, loving companion of the late George A. Bolognese; cherished grandmother of Amanda,...

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