Countdown to Kindergarten Parade

September 10, 2015
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Countdown to Kindergarten Parade

  East Boston’s kindergartners parade down Meridian Street last Thursday during the annual Countdown to Kindergarten Parade.

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From Triple Decker to Corner Office

September 10, 2015
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From Triple Decker to Corner Office

Richard J. Gavegnano is not your typical Chairman, CEO and President of a $3.3 billion financial institution.  Looking back he has come a long way from his early years of growing up in East Boston with a single mother and Italian immigrant grandparents. As a kid, growing up in a triple decker on Neptune...

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East Boston Stabbing Victim Named

September 10, 2015
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Investigators have released the name of the East Boston teen found to be apparently stabbed to death on the shoreline of Constitution Beach Monday morning. According to Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Jake Wark, the deceased was 15-year-old Wilson Martinez of East Boston. State Police detectives assigned to Suffolk County D.A. Daniel Conley’s...

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Fran Rowan,Longtime Community Leader Dies at 79

September 10, 2015
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Fran Rowan,Longtime Community Leader Dies at 79

Fran Rowan, who spent a lifetime selflessly helping the people of East Boston with kindness and charity, has died. Rowan, a local legend who 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, died on...

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Mi Pueblito Opens Second Location in Orient Heights

September 10, 2015
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Mi Pueblito Opens Second Location in Orient Heights

In a little over a decade the building at 964 Saratoga St has seen four restaurants open and close–some to the delight of neighbors. For the past decade, with the exception of John Lee’s Chinese Food restaurant that had a short stint at the location, the building has housed some trouble establishments. Fights, loud...

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Senator Petruccelli, Senator Tarr Set Record Straight Over MassGOP Accusations

September 10, 2015
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The state’s Republican Party’s attempt to highlight partisan politics during the budget process has backfired and both Democrat State Senator Anthony Petruccelli and Republican State Senator Bruce Tarr are setting the record straight. Last week the MassGOP released a press release with the headline, “Petruccelli’s Shady, Wasteful Earmark Exposed By Baker Veto”. The state...

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Remembering Community Leader Fran Rowan

September 10, 2015
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There is no corner that does not have Fran Rowan’s imprint on it. From the Meridian House that now bears her name to the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center to the Atlantic Works Artist Building on Border Street that is home to the East Boston Artists Group to Zumix or to the countless people...

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East Boston High School Football Season Begins

September 10, 2015
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The East Boston High football season gets underway this week.  The Jets will travel over to Jamaica Plain and clash with English High at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11.  Practice began on August 24 with a good turnout of new and returning players.  Thus far, two have been designated captains: Edwin Munguia and...

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Obituaries 09-09-2015

September 10, 2015
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Angela Scafati Former Revere resident Angela A. (DiGregorio) Scafati in Melrose, formerly of Saugus and Revere, died on September 5 after a long and courageous battle with illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Pulitano and the late Silvio Scafati; devoted mother of Ann Louise Cardello and her husband, Billy of...

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Summer Fun on the Harbor

September 2, 2015
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Summer Fun on the Harbor

Piers Park Sailing Center closed out its summer program for East Boston kids last week. The free sailing program ran from July through August 28 where hundreds of local kids ages 9 and older took advantage of the program that teaches the fundamentals of sailing. Here a group of kids return to port after an...

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Annual Countdown to Kindergarten Set for Sept. 3

September 2, 2015
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East Boston Main Streets and Countdown to Kindergarten along with the East Boston Social Centers, EBYMCA, Little Folks, Head Start, the Boston Police, and the MBTA will host the 15th Annual Countdown to Kindergarten Parade. With the help of many groups and individuals and the generosity of local merchants every child in East Boston...

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Mount Carmel Church,Surrounding Property Sold for $3.05 Million

September 2, 2015
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When Benny Tauro immigrated from Avellino, Italy to East Boston in 1952 he brought with him a strong sense of family and the belief in the Catholic Church. It was here that he found a second home among the Italian community that was part of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish. “If it...

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BRA Seeks Comments on Bennington St. project

September 2, 2015
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BRA Seeks Comments on Bennington St. project

As part of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Article 80 review process the BRA hosted a community meeting last Thursday evening regarding the proposal to build a large housing project at 1181-1183 Bennington St. At the meeting the BRA said the comment period will last until September 7 with public comment periods on the...

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Excel Academy Students Take Part in Model UN

September 2, 2015
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Excel Academy Students Take Part in Model UN

Last Friday, students from Excel AcademyHigh School  took part in a Model United Nations simulation at the State House. Governor Charlie Baker took the opportunity at the event to address the students, praise Excel Academy’s successes and tout the charter school legislation that he plans to file this fall. Excel, one of the top...

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Community News Briefs

September 2, 2015
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14th Annual Walk of Hope of Hope for ALS A large number of teams have signed up for the 14th annual Walk of Hope for ALS, a 3.5-mile walk around Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield to benefit The Angel Fund. The Walk, which will be held on Saturday, September 12th, 2015, begins with registration at...

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Support for Labor Unions is Growing as We Mark Labor Day

September 2, 2015
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Support for labor unions is on the rise, jumping five percentage points between 2014 and 2015. According to a Gallup poll conducted in August, a majority of Americans approve of unions, including a full two-thirds of young people aged 18-34. Americans approve of unions and most would like to see unions’ power maintained or...

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Letter to the Editor

September 2, 2015
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Oppose the tax increase To the Editor,  I am writing to express my opposition to the proposed two percent tax increase on all alcohol sales in the City of Boston. Below I have listed just a few reasons why I am against this proposal.  -Nearly 50% of the average cost of a bottle of...

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New School Year Begins

September 2, 2015
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The Boston public schools are beginning their new year under the leadership of a new superintendent of schools, Dr. Tommy Chang, who took office July 1. Dr. Chang has the challenging task of leading a school department that is responsible for the education of Boston’s 57,000 students. Dr. Chang was known for his innovative...

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Obituaries 09-02-2015

September 2, 2015
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Vincent Malgeri Navy Yard retiree Vincent J. Malgeri of East Boston passed away peacefully on August 26 in the Veterans Hospital in West Roxbury after a brief illness. Vincent, who served his country in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict and later worked for many years in the Navy Yard, was born on...

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Free Kayaking Event

August 28, 2015
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Free Kayaking Event

East Boston residents enjoy a day of kayaking at Constitution Beach during the first ever free kayaking event at the beach. The organizers of the free kayaking event, which was only suppose to last 10 days, have decided to extend free kayaking at the beach until August 30.

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Loyal to the End:D and Z Auto Repair Will Close Its Doors after 25 Years in Business

August 28, 2015
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Loyal to the End:D and Z Auto Repair Will Close Its Doors after 25 Years in Business

D and Z Auto Repair, a community fixture for local residents since 1990, is closing its doors. Joseph Zirpolo and Bill DelloRusso, friends and owners of the neighborhood auto repair shop, have decided to retire after 25 years of operating their business located at 944 Saratoga St. “It’s been a fantastic 25 years,” said...

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BRA Pulls Snow Farm Proposal

August 28, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) pulled the proposal to discuss turning the Condor Street Hess Site into the city’s snow farm during this upcoming winter from last week’s agenda following political pressure from Eastie’s elected officials. Senator Anthony Petruccelli, Representative Adrian Madaro and City Councilor Sal LaMattina all vehemently opposed the plan to turn...

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East Boston Student Starr Desmond Awarded Four-year Full Tuition Scholarships to Attend Berklee

August 28, 2015
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East Boston Student Starr Desmond Awarded Four-year Full Tuition Scholarships to Attend Berklee

Zumix graduate and East Boston resident Starr Desmond was one of 13 young musicians from underserved communities in Boston and across the U.S. who were awarded four-year full tuition scholarships to attend Berklee at an emotional presentation at the Berklee Performance Center this month. Desmond, a talented vocalist and piano player who has attended...

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Together, Let’s Keep Moving Boston Forward

August 28, 2015
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On January 8, 2015, Boston was given the incredible opportunity to explore bidding for the 2024 Olympic summer games. It was a historic moment that sparked a months-long discussion about our city’s future. And from the very beginning, we were thinking about a future for Boston much beyond the 2024 Olympics. We started thinking...

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