D.A. and Police Looking for Answers as Body Discovered in Belle Isle Marsh

December 16, 2016
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By John Lynds On Friday a body of a badly decomposed male was found at Belle Isle Marsh.  However, authorities have yet to release the name of the victim or whether or not the remains could be that of an Eastie teen that went missing last month. “The victim is a male,” said State...

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Joseph DeGrace III Will be Named the Next Fire Chief for Massport Fire Rescue

December 16, 2016
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A public servant for the past 28 years, Joseph DeGrace III will be named the next Fire Chief for Massport Fire Rescue. DeGrace began his career at Massport as a firefighter in 1992. Through the years he has responded to thousands of aircraft and medical emergencies and been promoted through the ranks. DeGrace will...

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City of Boston Discusses Future Eastie Police Station

December 16, 2016
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By John Lynds On Monday night the City of Boston sponsored a meeting at East Boston High School to discuss the long awaited construction of a new police station at the City Yards across from American Legion Playground in East Eagle Square. The city has conducted a site feasibility study of the site and...

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Letters to the Editor

December 16, 2016
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A bit overkill Last week I was in attendance at the annual Golden Age Club Christmas Party which was packed with all those ladies in red as usual. Santa Claus was there as always and everybody loves him so much, he is everyone’s Buddy ( I hope you got that). There were so many...

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Trump and the Vote

December 16, 2016
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We love how many of the national commentators and pundits always point out that while Donald Trump won the presidency, he didn’t get the popular vote. Well, it’s clear Donald Trump’s strategy was to reach the 270 electoral votes he needed to become the President of the United States. And that’s what he did,...

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Obituaries 12-14-2016

December 16, 2016
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Rocco ‘Rocky’ Giovanniello MWRA Retiree, past member of Mystic Valley Gun Club and Winthrop Elks Rocco “Rocky” Giovanniello of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully on December 12. A past member of Mystic Valley Gun Club and Winthrop Elks, he was a former employee of The MWRA for more than 30 years...

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Mayor’s Annual Trolley Tour

December 9, 2016
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Mayor’s Annual Trolley Tour

Mayor Martin Walsh gets some help counting down the tree lighting at the Annual Trolley Tour and Tree Lighting Sunday evening in Maverick Square.

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Eastie College Student is An Entrepreneur in the Making

December 9, 2016
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Eastie College Student is An Entrepreneur in the Making

By John Lynds Like many neighborhood children his age growing up in East Boston James Testa attended local schools until going off to Malden Catholic on a scholarship. He played every sport in Eastie from baseball to basketball to Pop Warner and even took a shot at lacrosse. However, his real passion was business....

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BPHC Helps Launch Mass Health Connector’s Open Enrollment Program in Eastie

December 9, 2016
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BPHC Helps Launch Mass Health Connector’s Open Enrollment Program in Eastie

By John Lynds At the East Boston Branch Library last Wednesday the Massachusetts Health Connector hosted a regional launch of its ‘Open Enrollment’ multilingual outreach and education campaign. The program launched here is designed to reach remaining uninsured populations across the Commonwealth. Dozens of Eastie residents turned out for the event and were able...

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Mayor Walsh Looks to Change Boston’s Eviction Process

December 9, 2016
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By John Lynds Mayor Martin Walsh last week proposed a new home rule petition to the City Council aimed at protecting residential tenants from arbitrary, unreasonable, discriminatory, or retaliatory evictions. The home rule petition, said Walsh, would also help ensure that tenants and former homeowners are aware of their rights under state law. “This...

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New Speed Limit on Eastie Streets

December 9, 2016
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By John Lynds One of the biggest complaints at the various community group meetings each month is speeding. Residents have long had a gripe with motorists barreling down Eastie’s main thoroughfares such as Bennington and Saratoga Streets traveling well above the speed limit. Last week the City Council approved Mayor Martin Walsh and Transportation Commissioner Gina Fiandaca’s request to lower the default speed...

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Eagle Hill Civic Association Approves Day Square Project

December 9, 2016
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By John Lynds Last Wednesday the Eagle Hill Civic Association approved a development project in Day Square on the corner of Prescott and Chelsea Street by a vote of 11 to 5. According to the attorney for the project Diane Modica the Roberto Family, owners of Spinelli’s, currently own the property  at 341 Chelsea...

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Let’s Stay Cool and Calm on Legal Marijuana

December 9, 2016
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If recent news reports are to be believed, some in our state are hyperventilating about the imminent legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts which was approved by voters in the recent election. Their opposition primarily is two-fold: First, that more under-age youth (under 21) will begin to use marijuana, and second, that there will be...

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Red Cross, Bruins to Hold Blood Drive in Honor of Eastie Officers

December 9, 2016
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By John Lynds The Boston Bruins, Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association and the American Red Cross will join forces to hold a special blood drive at the TD Garden on Tuesday, December 13 in honor of the two East Boston Police Officers wounded in a gun battle in October. Officers Richard Cintolo and Matt Morris will be honorees...

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Obituaries 12-07-2016

December 9, 2016
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Angela Faretra Of East Boston Angela M. (Guarino) Faretra of East Boston passed away peacefully on November. She was the loving daughter of Guido and Pasqualina (Morelli) Guarin; beloved wife of the late Richard Faretra; devoted mother of Janelle Faretra of California and Marissa Faretra of Boston and dear sister of Augustino Guarino of East Boston....

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OHNC Gives Approval to Smaller Breed Street Project

December 2, 2016
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OHNC Gives Approval to Smaller Breed Street Project

By John Lynds Attorney Richard Lynds representing the owners for the proposed development on Breed Street in Orient Heights presented a scaled down version of the original proposal at last week’s Orient Heights Neighborhood Council (OHNC) meeting. OHNC members ultimately supported the project by a 20-12 vote. The plan calls for the demolition of...

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ZBA Approves McClellan Highway for Medical Marijuana Site

December 2, 2016
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By John Lynds Less than a month after voters in the Commonwealth voted to approve the recreational use of marijuana, the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) voted unanimously in favor of establishing a medical marijuana facility being pitched on McClellan Highway. Newton-based Happy Valley Ventures LLC is pitching a medical marijuana dispensary at...

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Eastie Elves Event Set for December 2

December 2, 2016
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By John Lynds The 13th Annual Eastie’s Elves fundraiser, a yearly tradition that draws more than 500 people to the Christmas toy drive, will kick off Friday, December 2 at the Hyatt Boston Harbor at 7 p.m. The price of admission is one unwrapped toy that will be donated to a local non-profit agency....

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Eastie Documentary to be Released at Zumix December 11

December 2, 2016
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By John Lynds A new documentary film by documentary filmmaker Lucus La Battaglia that some say is five decades in the making will hold a premier screening at Zumix on Sunday, December 11 at 5 p.m. at the Zumix Firehouse, 260 Sumner Street. La Battaglia’s film titled Destination: East Boston,  traces the roots of...

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The Secret Weapon to Ending America’s Health Crisis: Schools

December 2, 2016
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By Kenneth Thorpe America has a big, fat problem. A whopping 13 million American children are obese  — and millions more are about to join their ranks. By 2025, according to a report in Pediatric Obesity, the nation will house 17 million obese kids.  This is alarming. Obesity can lead to a slew of...

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Rep Madaro Continues Eastie’s Elves Tradition

December 2, 2016
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We join the East Boston community in thanking State Rep. Adrian Madaro for his decision to serve as the host of the Annual Eastie’s Elves fundraiser, continuing a tradition started by former state representative and state senator Anthony Petruccelli. The Madaro Family Charitable Fund will host the event for the first time this Friday,...

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Eastie Soars Over Southie with a 59-12 Win on Thanksgiving Day

December 2, 2016
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Meeting for the 99th time on Thanksgiving morning at White Stadium, the East Boston High football team defeated South Boston by a score of 59-12. This was Eastie’s eighth straight win against Southie on Thanksgiving Day. One senior going out in style in his last game as a Jet was Joel Pastrana who scored...

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Obituaries 11-30-2016

December 2, 2016
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Edith Abbott Third Order Franciscan member and long time health aid Edith (Ruggiero) Abbot of East Boston passed away peacefully on November 25. Edith was a Third Order Franciscan member. She worked for over 23 years for Angel’s Attic and Home Health Aid for Intercity. The beloved wife of the late William J. Abbott,...

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Curtis Guild Paint Night

November 24, 2016
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Curtis Guild Paint Night

Antonietta Brownell, parent council, with her husband, Matthew, and son, Joshua, a kindergartener, during the Curtis Guild Elementary School’s Family Paint Nite at the school on Friday, Nov. 18. The event was sponsored by Milano’s Deli and families went home with a fall foliage scene.

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