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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Developer Still Can Not Get: JPNA Approval for Dwelling

February 15, 2012
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The developer for the controversial plan to build a three family dwelling on a vacant lot at 16 Murray Ct. has narrowed the variances needed from the City of Boston from eight to two but still could not get support from the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association (JPNA). On Monday, the JPNA voted 12-4 to...

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Purification Plant Fund Cutting Could Impact Clammers

February 15, 2012
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Already hurt by the alleged Logan Airport jet fuel spill in late 2010 that decimated a large number of soft-shell clams, local clammers that dig the beds surrounding the airport in East Boston are now facing a new challenge that threatens to wipe out their existence in the area. The Newburyport Shellfish Purification Plant,...

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Modica Installedas Chamber Pres.

February 15, 2012
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On Thursday night at Spinelli’s Diane Modica was installed as the East Boston Chamber of Commerce’s new President by Senator Anthony Petruccelli. Last week’s installation also included the swearing in of the Chamber’s new board members and officers. Modica, Eastie’s former City Councilor, has served on the Chamber since 2003 and recently served as...

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It’s Tax Season Again: and APAC Can Help

February 15, 2012
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Most people don’t want to think about it but it’s that time of the year to begin thinking about filing 2011 tax returns. For many working people in East Boston there’s some relief from the confusing process of figuring out taxes. East Boston APAC, in partnership with the City of Boston, has kicked off...

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Arinella’s Retirement Marks New Courthouse

February 15, 2012
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David Arinella, chief probation officer for the East Boston District court for the past five years has retired. His retirement signals the end of a long and distinguished career of a man who came to be noted over the years for his intellectual powers as well as his ability to be fair and to...

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Ten Days Away

February 15, 2012
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Can you believe, spring training begins in Florida in ten days. The Red Sox have already sent their equipment to the Sunshine state and their new manager Bobby Valentine is said to be ready to go. Perhaps the Red Sox this coming season can do a bit better than the Patriots and bring home...

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EBMHL Winding Down, Playoffs Near

February 15, 2012
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Only five weeks remain in the EBMHL’s third season and with all squads advancing to the playoffs at the end of the regular season, the jockeying for position has begun. Lightning Express, the surprise of the EBMHL, still after 21 weeks of play remains the top dog just above the surging and very dangerous...

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Police Briefs 02-15-2012

February 15, 2012
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Monday, February 6 Jhoyner Perez of 117 Maverick Street, East Boston was arrested and charged with distribution of Class B drugs within 1000ft of a school zone. Kara Kelley of 87 Arlington Street, Watertown was arrested and charged with breaking & entering of a motor vehicle in the nighttime. Tuesday, February 7 A juvenile...

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Obituaries 02-15-2012

February 15, 2012
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Edna Cantalupo East Boston Resident Edna (Chase) Cantalupo of East Boston died on February 8. She was the beloved wife of the late Gaetano Cantalupo; devoted mother of Diane Serra and the late Robert Cantalupo; dear sister of Robert Chase and Clifford Chase; cherished grandmother of three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.In accordance with...

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Petruccelli Seeks Stricter Law on Prescription Drugs

February 9, 2012
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Petruccelli Seeks Stricter Law on Prescription Drugs

It’s an issue that hits close to home for Senator Anthony Petruccelli. With a cousin who had battled prescription drug addiction, Petruccelli is now advocating for stricter laws regarding dangerous prescription drugs and more funding for drug abuse education. “My cousin was recently at East Boston Central Catholic to talk to seventh and eighth...

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John Festa Passes Away Suddenly at 67

February 9, 2012
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John Festa Passes Away Suddenly at 67

John Festa, a man who dedicated his life to helping addicts in East Boston and the surrounding communities stay sober died suddenly at home on Wednesday, February 2. Festa, affectionately known as Johnny Boy, was convicted in the early 1970s on a drug-related manslaughter charge but was able to turn his life around after...

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Massport Spokesperson Richards Dies

February 9, 2012
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In East Boston, where a development project by Massport historically brings a bit of controversy, Lowell Richards was know even among staunch Port Authority critics as a man that carried himself with dignity and had respect for the opinion of the community. Richards, who served as Massport’s Chief Development Officer for the last 13...

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28 Million and Rising

February 9, 2012
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We again ask Massport to pay close attention to the increasing difficulties that come with servicing 28 million passengers coming and going from Logan Airport in a single year. That number will easily reach 30 million in the next three to five years and if the economy grows as expected, that number will be...

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Lowell Richards

February 9, 2012
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The death of Lowell Richards is a loss for East Boston, for his family and for all of us who knew him and respected the good work he did as the head of development for Massport. Mr. Richards was a self-effacing type totally without bluster who disliked the limelight. Over the years of his...

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Eastie Swimmers Split Week

February 9, 2012
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After losing a regular season swim meet to archrival Latin Academy last Tuesday, the East Boston High School coed swim team finished third in the Boston City League Championship this week. Latin Academy took their 21st title in the 22-year history of the event followed by O’Bryant and Eastie. The Aqua Jets scored 51-points...

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Obituaries 02-08-2011

February 9, 2012
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Louise Marchionda Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston Louise (D’Errico) Marchionda of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston and North Reading, died on February 3. She was the beloved wife of the late Guido; cherished daughter of the late Savino and Antonia (DiPaola) D’Errico; loving mother of Diann Anzalone and her husband, John of Winthrop,...

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Hotel Developer Buys Land Near Potential Casino Site

February 1, 2012
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Hotel Developer Buys Land Near Potential Casino Site

With the possibility of a resort-style casino coming to East Boston a Fall River based developer has purchased a large swath of land on McClellan Highway less than a mile from Suffolk Downs. First Bristol Corp., known for the development of Hotels and high-end residential units in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut recently purchased...

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