More and Better Low Income Housing is on the Way

March 8, 2012
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Progress on the project to construct 27 new affordable apartments on Maverick Street for low-income families is moving along with the shell of the building already completed. MassHousing has approved $2.2 million in loans for the Greenway Apartments in East Boston being developed by the East Boston Community Development Corporation (EBCDC). Last year the...

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Eastie a Great Place to Live, but We Already Know That

March 8, 2012
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Boston Magazine has named East Boston one of the ‘Best Places to Live’ in its March 2012 issue. In this month’s issue, Boston Magazine said Eastie made the list because it is an adventurous eater’s paradise with an affordable housing stock and the promise of waterfront development. Using the chef from the North End’s...

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Spring Cleaning Made Much Easier by Mild Winter

March 8, 2012
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Street sweeping here is imminent as the city revs up for yet another crack at cleaning this neighborhood as the winter comes to an end. One thing is decidedly different this year as opposed to last year. There has largely been the absence of winter as we have come to know it in New...

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Congressman Capuano Visits Eastie for Friday Lunch

March 8, 2012
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Last Friday, Congressman Mike Capuano visited East Boston to dine with friends for lunch at Rino’s on Saratoga Street. It was a friendly lunch, an off the record interlude for the seven term congressman who represents Boston. Those who ate with him described Capuano as the ultimate loner – a man on a mission...

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Season Ends for the Jets

March 8, 2012
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In a Division 1/north quarterfinal game last Saturday afternoon in East Boston, March 3, Charlestown (18-4) defeated City League champion East Boston 61-58 and now advance on to a semi-final game against Central Catholic on Thursday, March 8 at Reading High School.   Despite the loss, East Boston had a great season, winning the city...

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Police Briefs 03-07-2012

March 8, 2012
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ARREST REPORT Sunday, February 26 Kevin Harrison of 55 Montmorenci Avenue, East Boston was arrested and charged with  vandalism. Keith Gurry of 281 Brandywyne Drive, East Boston was arrested and charged with assault & battery. Monday, February 27 Carlos Velez of 21 Howard Street, Milford was arrested and charged with shoplifting. Joseph Boyd of...

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Obituaries 03-07-2012

March 8, 2012
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Ernest Lawrence East Boston Resident Ernest J. Lawrence of East Boston died on March 3.He was the loving son of the late Ernest F. and Barbara ( Coombs) Lawrence; dear brother of Elaine Ellis of New Hampshire, April Lawrence of East Boston and the late Stephen Lawrence and cherished uncle of Jay Ellis of...

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Eastie Hockey Club to Hold Benefit

February 29, 2012
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Eastie Hockey Club to Hold Benefit

The Boston Massacre Men’s Hockey Club is hosting a charity game on Saturday, April 7 at 6 p.m. in memory of Nunziato Orlando who died on Tuesday, February 7 after a long battle with Muscular Dystrophy. He was 33. The event will be the 1st Annual Skate for Nunz Charity Game and will raise...

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Spinelli’s to Hold Exposition for Quinceañera and Boda

February 29, 2012
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Spinelli’s to Hold Exposition for Quinceañera and Boda

Spinelli’s has been the popular home for East Boston youth sports banquets, Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, and Rotary events and all kinds of social gatherings through the years. It’s also been “the” place for weddings and birthday parties for East Bostonians and neighboring residents through the years. Spinelli’s will showcase its birthday and wedding...

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Captain Mancini Promoted to Deputy Police Superintendent

February 29, 2012
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Captain Mancini Promoted to Deputy Police Superintendent

District 7 Captain Frank Mancini, the driving force behind East Boston’s dramatic drop in crime over the past two years, has been promoted to Deputy Superintendent of the Boston Police. Mancini, who was the past Director of the BPD’s Anti-Corruption Office emigrated from Italy as a boy with his family and grew up on...

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Dealing with Trash

February 29, 2012
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After surveying trash put outs on trash day across East Boston, Eastie resident Chris Marchi has submitted his findings to city officials for review. Marchi has been working with the city for the past decade on ways to analyze and solve litter and trash occurrences on the streets in the neighborhood. For the past...

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Getting Better with Time

February 29, 2012
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It is very rare for the Boston City Councillor from East Boston to receive top billing in a lead Boston Globe editorial yet this is exactly what occurred recently for our Councillor Sal LaMattina. LaMattina’s efforts to control the ugliness and the depressing spread of satellite dishes mounted on the front of buildings and...

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Gambling Commission Choices Being Made

February 29, 2012
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Time is rapidly approaching when the State’s newly authorized gambling commission must be in working order and ready for the mandate set by the Legislature when it passed the expanded gambling bill which allows casinos in Massachusetts. The timely naming of the commissioners is important to East Boston as we are in the running...

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Police Briefs 02-29-2012

February 29, 2012
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Monday, February 20 Pedro Mejia of 86 Lexington Street, East Boston was arrested and charged with assault & battery. Marvin Alvarenga of 472 Sumner Street, East Boston was arrested and charged with assault & battery and several outstanding warrants. Wednesday, February 22 No Arrest. Thursday, February 23 Allel Bouteldja of 156 Cottage Street, East...

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Obituaries 02-29-2012

February 29, 2012
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Joseph “Giuseppe” DiFabio Of Stoneham, formerly of East Boston Joseph “Giuseppe” “Peppino” DiFabio of Stoneham, formerly of Medford and East Boston, died on February 22. He was the loving husband of Nelida (D’Keini) DiFabio; devoted father of Dr. Liliana DiFabio of Boston, Louie DiFabio and his wife, Teresa of Revere and Alex DiFabio of...

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Dishes Maybe Coming to an End

February 22, 2012
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Dishes Maybe Coming to an End

The days of haphazardly hanging satellite dishes off the sides of houses is about to come to an end in East Boston. In October, City Councilor Sal LaMattina toured Eagle Hill with representatives from U.S. satellite dish companies like Direct T.V. and showed them how the neighborhood has been blighted by dishes hanging off...

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Stepping Back into Time at Roy’s

February 22, 2012
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Stepping Back into Time at Roy’s

When you step into Roy’s Cold Cuts and Pizzeria in East Boston it’s like stepping back in time. For over three decades at the 198 Marion St. location very little has changed. The counters and deli slicer are in the same spot, the Beatles and other 1960s memorabilia that adorn the walls  are the...

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Y Program Teaching Kids the ABC’s

February 22, 2012
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Y Program Teaching Kids the ABC’s

In a move to help local kids gain literacy skills and meet new Boston Public School’s (BPS) Acceleration Agenda goals, the East Boston YMCA has launched an ambitious reading program in its after-school sites. With the BPS setting a goal to have all children “reading by the end of grade 1 and reading to...

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Nucci Tapped for Advisory Bd: 23 Member City Board to Look at School Issues

February 22, 2012
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Mayor Thomas Menino and Boston Public School Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson have tapped East Boston resident John Nucci to serve on the new 23-member board that will make up the city’s external advisory committee for improving school choice. Nucci, former President of the Boston Public School Committee, served as At-Large City Councilor and is...

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Fares are Rising

February 22, 2012
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The MBTA is saying that services will remain intact, entirely without cuts, if fares can go up by 25%. At first blush, this sounds much better than Draconian cuts that would have affected all public transit users in Boston’s neighborhoods and the cities and towns served by the MBTA in the Greater Boston nexus....

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Good Luck, Diane Modica

February 22, 2012
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Last week, Diane Modica was installed as the President of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce. Modica is among the most widely known and supremely capable women in this neighborhood, having served as a Boston City Councilor from East Boston. She was also serving as Vice-President of the Chamber before moving up to head...

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Eastie Hockey Appears Underdog in City Rivalry

February 22, 2012
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If you look at the history the odds seem to be stacked against the East Boston High School boys hockey team to beat rival Latin Academy in Thursday’s Boston City League Championship at Northeastern’s Matthews Arena. This will be the fifth time the Jets and Dragons have faced off in the title game with...

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Obituaries 02-22-2012

February 22, 2012
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Edith Lafleur Of Virginia, formerly of East Boston Edith ( Alessandroni) Lafleur of Virginia, formerly of East Boston, died on February 16. She was in her 89th year. She was the devoted mother of Richard Lafleur and his wife, Fran of East Walpole and Rosemary Wlaschin and her husband “Butch” of Virginia; dear sister...

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Local Student Earns Full Scholarship

February 15, 2012
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Local Student Earns Full Scholarship

An East Boston high school student studying at Boston Latin School can take a little breather now that she knows she’ll be getting a free ride in college. Boston Latin senior Angie Isaza was awarded a four-year scholarship through the Posse Foundation to attend Bucknell University in Pennsylvania starting in Fall 2012. The news...

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