It Was Bound to Happen

March 31, 2017
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The news last week that officials at Suffolk Downs Racetrack are entertaining offers to sell the 160 acre site should come as little surprise to local officials and residents. Ever since the bid to place a casino at the site failed, everyone should have known that this day would be coming. The question is...

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Obituaries 03-29-2017

March 31, 2017
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Sabino DiPierro Past member of Laborer’s Union Local 22 Sabino DiPierro of Winthrop passed away peacefully with his loving family by his bedside early Friday morning, March 24. A past member of the Laborer’s Union Local 22, he was the beloved husband of more than 57 years to Graciela (Rondon) DiPierro; devoted father of Girolamo and his...

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EBNHC Pace 500th Enrollee Celebration

March 24, 2017
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EBNHC Pace 500th Enrollee Celebration

The EBNHC, celebrated its 500th Enrollee at Neighborhood PACE (formerly Elder Service Plan) on Monday at the PACE program’s Lewis Mall location. Here EBNHC staff and PACE participants cut the cake on the milestone.

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Zumix and Local DJs to Hold Fundraiser for Zumix

March 24, 2017
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Zumix and Local DJs to Hold Fundraiser for Zumix

By John Lynds Twenty local disc jockeys from Boston’s past and present will help Zumix, East Boston’s popular music and performing arts program for youth, raise money for the local non-profit’s 94.9FM Zumix Radio and teen programs this Friday. All last year, Zumix celebrated its 25th anniversary in the neighborhood. The celebrations and events...

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EBNHC CEO Manny Lopes Elected to Board of Directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

March 24, 2017
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EBNHC CEO Manny Lopes Elected to Board of Directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

By John Lynds East Boston Neighborhood Health Center CEO Manny Lopes was elected to Board of Directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts last week. Lopes, who also serves on Blue Cross Blue Shield’s foundation, joins Martin Meehan, President of the University of Massachusetts, and Corey E. Thomas, President and CEO of Rapid7,...

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Suffolk Downs Owners Heading to MGC in Possible Sale of Track

March 24, 2017
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By John Lynds Sterling Suffolk LLC, the owners of Suffolk Downs Racetrack in East Boston has formally requested Massachusetts Gaming Commission to approve the sale of the track, according to Suffolk Downs COO Chip Tuttle. The Gaming Commission will take up the request at the March 30 meeting. “There is an old racing law...

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Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Rattle Eastie Agencies

March 24, 2017
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By John Lynds Last week, President Donald Trump released his proposed budget and the deep cuts that help support some of East Boston’s most vulnerable residents have shaken heads of neighborhood agencies that depend on federal funding. Programs like APAC’s Fuel Assistance, Project Bread’s after school and summer meal program and the numerous programs...

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Buddy Mangini to be Honored Thursday

March 24, 2017
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By John Lynds The community will gather on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the traffic island where Wally Street meets Bennington Street to honor Albert ‘Buddy’ Mangini. Mangini has long been a man who has defined what it means to ‘give back’ to the community of Eastie and on Thursday the island at the...

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Navy’s Plans to Phase Out Peacoat Threatens Eastie’s Sterlingwear

March 24, 2017
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By John Lynds Sterlingwear of Boston, in its third generation of leadership, is an all-American story of success. The company started as Viking Clothing in 1965 by Lorenzo Fredella and his two sons, Frank and Anthony.  At that time, the primary work consisted of cut and sew operations for other clothing manufacturers and retailers....

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Police Briefs 03-22-2017

March 24, 2017
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Hero cops to be honored at Freedoms Foundation Award Ceremony in Eastie By John Lynds The two Boston Police officers who saved the lives of East Boston Officers Richard Cintolo and Matt Morris during a shootout last year in October on Gladstone Street will be honored by the Bay State Chapter of Freedoms Foundation...

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Letters to the Editor

March 24, 2017
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Take a stand together Drug addiction is growing rapidly and it is affecting our friends, family and neighbors within our community. We need to find a way to help these individuals before it’s too late. I have been doing some research, and found that there are helpful programs available. “Sectioning” or “pink slipping” is...

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The Watershed:An Example of How New Ideas and Partnerships Can Move Innovative Projects Forward

March 24, 2017
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh,City of Boston  Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss  Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston East Boston has long championed the arts, public parks, and the waterfront. In summer 2018, the Institute of Contemporary Art will become part of this vibrant landscape with the opening of the Watershed, a new...

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Hispanics Shouldn’t Over-Interpret Trump’s Election

March 24, 2017
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By Gus West It’s safe to say that Donald Trump doesn’t have many fans in the Hispanic community. The real estate mogul rose to power spewing rhetoric that was openly hostile to Latinos. He’s promised to deport more undocumented immigrants and build a wall along the nation’s southern border. And who can forget his...

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Obituaries 03-22-2017

March 24, 2017
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Arthur Fisher, Jr. Of Lynn, formerly of Revere Arthur W. Fisher, Jr. of Lynn, formerly of Revere, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 16. He was the husband of Linda J. Ciampa of East Boston; father of Yvette Ciampa of East Boston, and Arthur Ciampa and his loving companion, Traci of Revere; son of Frances...

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March Madness

March 17, 2017
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March Madness

Eastie streets were empty Tuesday morning as the Winter Storm Stella bore down on the East Coast. The snow and high winds turned Constitution Beach into a winter wonderland.On Barnes Avenue, a snow plow is at work making sure the streets are cleared for traffic.

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Shamrock Splash

March 17, 2017
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Shamrock Splash

Piers Park Sailing Center was the top fundraising team (shown above)this weekend at the Harpoon Shamrock Splash to benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. Outfitted with body paint and accompanied by a pirate, Piers Park raised a record-breaking $8,245 for East Boston beaches.

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Community Rallies to Save Piers Park Sailing Center

March 17, 2017
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By John Lynds Since 1997, the Piers Park Sailing Center (PPSC) has provided free sailing for inner city children living in East Boston who otherwise would never get the chance to acquire the invaluable skill that not only teachers the science of sailing but unmeasurable life lessons. However, according to several sources, at the...

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Eastie Doing Well Under ISD’s New Grading System

March 17, 2017
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By John Lynds Boston’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD) Commissioner William Christopher said East Boston restaurants are bringing their “A” game under ISD’s new letter grading system for food establishments in East Boston  and others across the city. Christopher reported to the East Boston Times that so far 61 Eastie locations have been inspected and...

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Assault Suspect Caught and Charged

March 17, 2017
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By John Lynds A grainy surveillance image circulating on social media prompted a suspect wanted in connection with a sexual assault last week to turn himself into police. Miguel Angel Zelaya-Garcia, 25, of East Boston was arraigned and plead not guilty to indecent assault and battery charges. Judge John McDonald ordered Garcia to be...

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HVNA Looking to Participate in Slow Streets Program

March 17, 2017
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By John Lynds At last week’s Harbor View Neighborhood Association (HVNA), member Halle Auerbach gave a presentation on how the HVNA could possibly take part in the city’s new ‘Slow Streets’ program. Neighborhood Slow Streets is Boston’s new approach to traffic calming requests in the City, with a focus on street designs that self-enforce...

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JPNA Votes Down Marginal Street Project

March 17, 2017
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By John Lynds After eight community, abutter and planning and zoning meetings, the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association (JPNA) voted 18 to 14 against a condo development project at 298 Marginal Street. Attorney for the project, Diane Modica, and architect, Beth Whittaker, again made their pitch to JPNA members to transform a vacant lot with...

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Go Boston 2030 Aims to Transform the Way People Move Around Boston

March 17, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen There is no question that Boston is booming with both increased development and with an influx of residents. Between the years 2000 and 2010, Boston’s population grew by five percent to more than 620,000 residents. By 2030, the population is expected to exceed 700,000. Already, Boston has crowded roadways, trains, and...

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Happy St Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2017
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St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays that brings a smile to everyone’s face — a day when everyone is Irish for a day. St. Patrick’s Day actually is a significant one in American history, marking the date in 1776 on which the British armed forces evacuated Boston (hence the official nomenclature, Evacuation...

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow — Not

March 17, 2017
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Even though we have had a mild winter, the major snowstorm this week was not welcome! By mid-March, we are ready for winter’s bleakness to depart and for spring to arrive. Yes, we know that March comes in like a lion. As lifelong New Englanders, we are ready for anything that Mother Nature may...

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