Successful Eastie Pride Day

August 21, 2013
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City Councilor Sal LaMattina, the Eastie Pride Day Committee and all the volunteers and donors that made the 25th Anniversary of this yearly neighborhood event such a great success deserve a big pat on the back. This year’s Eastie Pride Day drew one of the biggest crowds with thousands of residents and former residents...

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Obituaries 08-21-2013

August 21, 2013
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Ida Poto Retired Seamstress Ida F. ( Scannapieco ) Poto of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on August 12 at the Massachusetts General Hospital  surrounded by her family. She was in her 98th year. Ida, who was employed as a seamstress for Picariello and Singer and the Lanza Mills, was born in East...

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Eastie Pride is This Saturday

August 14, 2013
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Eastie Pride is This Saturday

This weekend, residents in East Boston will be celebrating Eastie Pride.  This event that started 25 years ago to bring a neighborhood together was the idea of  present City Councilor Sal LaMattina, who was the  community liaison with the Ray Flynn administration in 1988.  Today, this event has grown from humble beginnings attended by...

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Tylers Achieve Their Milestone in Transforming Welfare Bldg.

August 14, 2013
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Tylers Achieve Their Milestone in Transforming Welfare Bldg.

After spending the past year redeveloping the old Welfare Building at 154 Maverick St. into a small business incubator space, John and Melissa Tyler announced last week that they have received their occupancy permit from the City of Boston and are open for business. Already the shoe repair shop, café, a small business called...

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Simpson is Kiwanian of the Year

August 14, 2013
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Simpson is Kiwanian of the Year

The East Boston Kiwanis Club has named Carol Simpson, a longtime community volunteer and employee of East Boston Savings Bank, the 2013 Kiwanian of the Year. Simpson, former treasurer of the Kiwanis who now serves as a board member, will be honored at a special celebration on Friday, September 20 at Spinelli’s Function Facility...

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Federal Cuts Would Impact Local Families

August 14, 2013
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U.S. House Republicans are proposing to cut a crucial program that helps hundreds of families in East Boston buy food and fend off hunger throughout the year. Republicans are drafting a farm bill to cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In Eastie the SNAP program supports low-income families and allows...

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We Must Prepare for Rising Sea Levels

August 14, 2013
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Benjamin Franklin coined the expression 200 years ago, “You should buy land because they are not making it anymore.”  Well, that may not be exactly true for the last 100 years,  as all the communities on the water have been reclaiming low-lying marsh land.  One just has to look at the the Back Bay...

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Thank You, Massport

August 14, 2013
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Today’s Massport officials are far different from those whom  our parents who lived in our community during the 1960’s had to contend with.  Back in the 1960’s, Massport was an agency that just took what it wanted, regardless of the impact on the community.  One only has to look back  at the neighborhood of...

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Adam Homaki Takes Part in Annual Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Swim

August 14, 2013
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An East Boston resident showed his swimming prowess by completing and winning a recent Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Swim and Paddle Board competition. On Saturday August 3rd, at the BCYF Curley Community Center in South Boston, 50 swimmers and 35 paddlers took part in Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Swim and Paddle Board for Boston Harbor,...

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Obituaries 08-14-2013

August 14, 2013
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Charles Ingersoll Of Winthrop Charles G. Ingersoll of Winthrop died on August 7. He was the beloved husband of Sandra (Sarno), devoted father of Charles Ingersoll of Melrose, David Ingersoll of Saugus, Mark Ingersoll of Saugus and step father of Kim Elaine Zirpolo of California, dear brother of  William Ingersoll of Randolph, Richard Ingersoll of...

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Library Opening Set for Nov. 2

August 7, 2013
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Library Opening Set for Nov. 2

The City of Boston has set the date for the opening of the new East Boston branch library for Saturday, November 2, at 11 a.m. Construction of the new 14,600 square foot, $17.25 million began in the spring 2012 and will be located at the corner of Bremen and Prescott Streets facing the Bremen...

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Police Investigate Possible Border Street Homicide

August 7, 2013
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Police Investigate Possible Border Street Homicide

Boston Police homicide detectives are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the body that was found on Border Street last Thursday. Police are treating the incident as a homicide and have yet to identify the victim and circumstances surrounding the woman’s death. On Thursday, August 1, Boston Police responded to a radio call for a...

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Feliz Septuagesimo Cumpleaños: Angela Lopez Celebrates Birthday with Family and Friends

August 7, 2013
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Feliz Septuagesimo Cumpleaños: Angela Lopez Celebrates Birthday with Family and Friends

Angela’s Café namesake, Angela Atenco Lopez, celebrated her 70th birthday at Spinelli’s in East Boston.  Lopez, whose mastery in the kitchen helped put Angela’s Cafe on the corner of Lexington and Brooks Streets on the culinary map, was surprised by the visit of her family from Mexico, Texas and New York.  Family who could...

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Bomb Scare at Post Office

August 7, 2013
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Following the Boston Marathon bombing in the spring, the Boston Police Department is leaving nothing to chance. Last Friday at 1 p.m. the Bomb Squad was called in to investigate a suspicious package outside the East Boston Post Office on Meridian Street.  BPD was already on a heightened alert that day after the State...

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MBC Holds Meeting on Local Beaches

August 7, 2013
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A lot has improved at Constitution Beach since the formation of the Metropolitan Beach Commission (MBC) was formed in 2006. At the time the beach lacked a bathhouse and concessions, the water bubblers didn’t work, there was a huge sinkhole at the southern entrance of the beach, the tennis courts needed to be replaced...

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August is Here

August 7, 2013
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Yes, the days have become noticeably shorter and there has been a chill in the air at night. And when the calendar turns to August, as it has, it’s sort of a signal that the new school year is not that far away and soon another summer will be in the books. But the...

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Our Little Oases: Congratulations to Garden Contest Winners

August 7, 2013
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Living in the city is  a challenge for gardeners, whose garden space typically consists of roof decks or small plots that usually have  more concrete than earth.  So we cherish our open spaces and continually fight to take back any land that can be turned into a green, open space where anyone can go...

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Diamond Girls Are Enjoying a Successful Softball Season

August 7, 2013
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The Diamond Girls softball team, consisting of local players age 13 and under, is competing in the Middlesex Softball League against teams from area communities. Head coach Bob Gilbride and assistant coaches  Daryl Martin, and Miguel Mariner are the leaders of the Diamond Girls team. The team plays two games a week including a...

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Obituaries 08-07-2013

August 7, 2013
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Antoinetta ‘Dolly’ Mercurio Housewife Antoinetta (Lepore) Mercurio of East Boston passed away August 3. She was 95 years old. A housewife, she was the beloved wife of the late William “Puggy” Mercurio with whom she shared 75 years of marriage; devoted and loving mother of Elizabeth Furkart of Florida and her late husband, Paul,...

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Triple Decker Moved to Make Room for Expanded School at Savio Site

July 31, 2013
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Triple Decker Moved to Make Room for Expanded School at Savio Site

The moving of Salesians Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Father John Nazzaro’s house across Byron Street slowed traffic and drew a crowd Saturday. Spectators lined the street and watched as the triple-decker at 619 Bennington St. was slowly lifted and then hauled across a city street. The entire process took most of the...

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Local Woman Wins City’s Garden Contest

July 31, 2013
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Local Woman Wins City’s Garden Contest

East Boston resident Kimberly Roberts’ spectacular roof garden earned her first place honors for Porch, Balcony, Deck, or Window Box Garden in Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s 2013 Garden Contest. But Roberts wasn’t the only one receiving honors for having one of the best green thumbs in the city. Lyle, Kara, and Lily Bradley of...

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Political Muscle: Lamattina, Petruccelli, Basile Get Mbta Not to Shut Down Government Center Stop

July 31, 2013
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It was no secret people in East Boston were pretty unhappy that the project to fix all the wall panels in the Callahan Tunnel would coincide with a two-year closure of the Government Center MBTA station. However, it was announced this week that the MBTA would hold off on the closure of Government Center...

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Spraying to Start on August 1

July 31, 2013
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On Thursday evening the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) will begin spraying in East Boston to help control the mosquito population in the neighborhood. The Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project will use truck-mounted aerosol sprayers to complete the work on Thursday, August 1, between dusk and 11:30 p.m.  Spraying is scheduled to take place...

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Great Teamwork

July 31, 2013
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State Representative Carlo Basile, Senator Antony Petruccelli and City Councilor Sal LaMattina deserve full credit for preventing a commuters’  nightmare for  Eastie residents. No one can argue that safety whether for the public transportation system or driving through the tunnels should be a top priority. However, the original plan from the inner workings of...

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