Mary Ellen Welch, Woman of the Year

December 31, 2015
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Mary Ellen Welch, Woman of the Year

For more than a half century East Boston’s Mary Ellen Welch has been the steward of social, political and environmental activism in the neighborhood. Welch, a longtime community activist and educator, has sought to house the poor, improve the air quality in Eastie and helped bring a neighborhood with the least amount of open...

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Senator Anthony Petruccelli, Man of the Year

December 31, 2015
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Senator Anthony Petruccelli, Man of the Year

When Senator Anthony Petruccelli announced he would resign from office in January sent a shock wave through East Boston as the community felt they were losing a very effective political leader and advocate on Beacon Hill. For 17 years Petruccelli represented the community, first as a State Representative and later as a State Senator,...

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Three Arraigned in Connection with Christmas Day Break-In

December 31, 2015
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Lawyers for the three Lynn men charged with a home invasion on Christmas Day on Saratoga Street in East Boston are claiming the whole thing was a misunderstanding and one of the defendants was simply trying to retrieve a cell phone that he had left behind at the residence. Francisco Ramirez, 33, Jose Ventura,...

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Year in Review:A Look at the People and Events of 2015

December 31, 2015
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On Thursday night the final seconds of 2015 will tick away and East Boston residents will join the world community and look to a new year with optimism and hope. In this small community the year was filled with stories of triumph, victory, success, tragedy and adversity. This year marked a significant period of...

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Letter to the Editor

December 31, 2015
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Thank you NOAH To the editor,     Recently, attending the 28th annual dinner for the Neighborhood Of Affordable Housing (NOAH), I found out that in the last three months, over 143 folks who went through the organization’s first time home buyers programs are now new homeowners. I also was informed once again about the...

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Enjoy the New Year Safely

December 31, 2015
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“If this is the last, let’s make it a blast!” all too often is the thought of party-goers on New Year’s Eve as we usher out the old year and ring in the new. But New Year’s Eve is a day just like any other — by which we mean that too much “partying”...

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A New Year’s Resolution: Let Go of Our Anxiety

December 31, 2015
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The intersection of the coming of a New Year and the passing of the previous one offers all of us the opportunity to pause and reflect upon both what has transpired and what awaits us. The opening lines of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, Ring Out, Wild Bells, sums up what we all feel at...

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Obituaries 12-30-2015

December 31, 2015
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Christopher Rudolph Zarba, Sr. Gifted composer, pianist and music educator; first conductor of the Boston Ballet Orchestra; accomplished portrait and landscape painter; lost son on 9/11 Christopher Rudolph Zarba, Sr. of Winthrop, previously of Medford and East Boston, passed away peacefully at home on December 21 at age 92 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease....

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Merry Christmas from Santa and the Kiwanis

December 24, 2015
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Merry Christmas from Santa and the Kiwanis

On Monday, December 21 the students at the Patrick J. Kennedy Elementary School on Saratoga Street got a special visit from Santa Claus, courtesy of the East Boston Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanis have had a longstanding relationship with the Kennedy School and have run programs there like the Reading Buddy program. Santa handed out...

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Veteran,Don Tabbut Visits Guild Students

December 24, 2015
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Veteran,Don Tabbut Visits Guild Students

Story and photo by Marianne Salza Although it has been more than seven decades since the surprise Japanese strike on American soil at Pearl Harbor, World War II Navy veteran Don Tabbut still vividly remembers the devastating attack. On Dec. 4, Tabbut shared his story about the Dec. 7, 1941 raid to Curtis Guild...

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LaMattina,City Council Lifts BYOB Ban in Eastie

December 24, 2015
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Last week, the Boston City Council voted in favor of lifting the long-standing ban on BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) in small neighborhood restaurants like those that line many of the streets in East Boston. The bill, introduced by At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu, would allow patrons to restaurants with 30 seats or less...

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Di Pietro Elected New Chamber President

December 24, 2015
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Longtime East Boston Chamber of Commerce Officer Marisa Di Pietro was elected as the Chamber’s new president during elections held last week. Di Pietro, East Boston Social Centers Development Director, will take over the presidency from Scott Heigelmann who has served since February 2014. “I am very humbled and honored to have been elected...

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EOEA Ruling:Massport Must Provide Full EIR for Terminal E Project

December 24, 2015
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Secretary Matthew Beaton of Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEA) ruled this week  that Massport must provide the state with a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Terminal E project following  comment letters calling for a full EIR. Massport, who was going through the MEPA (Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act) review process,...

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Enjoy the Holidays Safely

December 24, 2015
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Holiday get-togethers with family, friends, and co-workers are wonderful things, but all too many of such gatherings will result in tragic consequences that will be in the headlines the next day. All of us should be sure not only to limit our own holiday partying, but also be the caretaker of those whom we...

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Don’t Forget Those in Need

December 24, 2015
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While the vast majority of us are able to enjoy the holiday season to the fullest, and take for granted holiday traditions such as the sharing of gifts, the warm embrace at holiday gatherings of friends and family, and a nice Christmas dinner, the reality for too many among us is far different. So...

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Merry Christmas

December 24, 2015
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Another Christmas is at hand and families will gather, as they have done for generations, to celebrate the holiday season with our friends and loved ones. Peace on earth, joy to the world, and the like may be platitudinous phrases when spoken at any other time of the year, but during the Christmas season...

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Mayor’s Cup Youth Hockey Tournament Begins

December 24, 2015
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Boston’s youth hockey players was  ready for action as the 2015 Mayor’s Cup Hockey Tournament on Sunday, December 20. Hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department with support from presenting sponsor the Boston Bruins Foundation and additional support from P&G Gillette, teams from throughout Boston participate in this citywide tournament to vie for...

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Obituaries 12-23-2015

December 24, 2015
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Diana Russo Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea Diana (Cardone) Russo of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on December 20. Born and raised in Chelsea and a long time member of St. Anthony’s Ladies Sodality, she was the daughter of the late Vito and Vilma (Rizzo) Cardone,  the beloved wife of the late Thomas A.;...

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Breakfast with Santa

December 17, 2015
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Breakfast with Santa

The Hilton Garden Inn hosted a Breakfast With Santa event Sunday at the hotel on Boardman Street. Guests enjoyed a delicious breakfast and had the opportunity to greet Santa Claus. In the photo above Dina Acevedo and her grandson, David Hernandez, meet Santa Claus in the special reception area.

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Orient Heights Tree Lighting

December 17, 2015
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Orient Heights Tree Lighting

Mayor Martin Walsh joined East Boston families Saturday night in Orient Heights Square for the Annual Orient Heights Tree Lighting and Holiday Parade sponsored by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, the East Boston Chamber of Commerce and Todisco Towing. The event also included free food, performances and a special visit from Santa.

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Officials Seek Further Review of Terminal E Project

December 17, 2015
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Officials Seek Further Review of Terminal E Project

In a joint letter to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EAA) East Boston’s three elected officials, following a chorus of growing concern in the community to Massport’s plans to expand Terminal E,  are asking for several compromises from Massport and the EEA regarding the project. Sen. Anthony Petruccelli, Rep. Adrian Madaro...

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Public Interest Attorney Lydia Edwards Announces Her Run for State Senate

December 17, 2015
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Public Interest Attorney Lydia Edwards Announces Her Run for State Senate

East Boston advocate for domestic workers, working families, immigrants and the disabled launches campaign Boston, MA – Lydia Edwards, a public interest attorney and union member at Greater Boston Legal Services and East Boston resident, has announced that she is running for State Senator for the First Suffolk and Middlesex district. State Senator Anthony...

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Loftel Project Approved by the BRA

December 17, 2015
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Loftel Project Approved by the BRA

Following votes in favor of the East Boston Loftel project by both the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association (JPNA) and the Gove Street Citizens Association (GSCA) the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved the project at its meeting last week. The $20 million projects plans to convert the old industrial building on the corner of Porter...

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Maria Roccadella Roberto Passed Away December 8

December 17, 2015
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Maria Roccadella (Palumbo) Roberto, the matriarch of the Roberto family and the glue that held the Spinelli’s enterprise together for over 30 years, has died. Mrs. Roberto died peacefully with her loving family by her bedside on Tuesday, December 8. Mrs. Roberto immigrated from Groppo, Italy when she was 25 years old and settled...

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