Obituaries 02-24-2016

February 26, 2016
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Martina ‘Lena’ Peppino Longtime cashier at Packard’s Pharmacy Martina “Lena” Peppino of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away February 21. She was 93 years old. A cashier at Packard’s Pharmacy in East Boston for many years, she was the cherished daughter of the late Salvatore and Maria (Bufalino) Peppino; dear sister of the...

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Good Goaling

February 18, 2016
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Good Goaling

East Boston High School’s Thomas Guarino knocks the puck away against Latin Academy.

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BRA Approves Bennington Street Residential Project

February 18, 2016
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BRA Approves Bennington Street Residential Project

By John Lynds A new market rate housing development project in Orient Heights was one of eight projects approved last week by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The BRA approved the $9 million 1181 Bennington St. project at its monthly meeting. In September the Orient Heights Neighborhood Council voted 18-0 in favor of the...

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Madaro Defends Bill to Create a Wage-Floor of $15 an Hour for Logan Workers

February 18, 2016
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Madaro Defends Bill to Create a Wage-Floor of $15 an Hour for Logan Workers

By John Lynds Last week East Boston State Representative Adrian Madaro testified before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development defending his bill, co-sponsored by Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett), to raise the base pay for Logan Airport workers to $15 per hour. The bill, filed by Madaro and DiDomenico,  would create a wage-floor...

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Top Law Enforcement Officials Attend Eastie Crime Meeting

February 18, 2016
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Top Law Enforcement Officials Attend Eastie Crime Meeting

By John Lynds The city, state and federal top law enforcement officials were in East Boston last Thursday night to brief residents on the recent violent crime in the neighborhood and subsequent federal sweep that netted 56 alleged MS-13 gang members reportedly responsible for the homicides, shootings and other violence here since September. Led...

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Gabriela Coletta Runs for State Committeewoman

February 18, 2016
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Gabriela Coletta Runs for State Committeewoman

By John Lynds East Boston resident Gabriela Coletta has tossed her hat into the political ring and will be on the ballot  during the Massachusetts Presidential Primary on Tuesday, March 1 as a candidate for Democratic State Committeewoman. Coletta, a lifelong Eastie resident who grew up on Eagle Hill with her sister, Angela, and...

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Eastie Resident Scott Heigelmann to be Official Voting Member of the Grammys

February 18, 2016
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By John Lynds East Boston resident and former East Boston Chamber President Scott Heigelmann was accepted Friday by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) as an official voting member of the Grammys. As the Founder and CEO of Boston-based entertainment marketing firm Heavy Inc., Heigelmann’s work in the industry includes producing,...

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Letter to the Editor

February 18, 2016
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The common good Letter to the Editor My family has been in East Boston for three generations. We had a typesetting company that owned half of the Times Free Press for just a short time. As a teen I learned first hand that newspapers are not always neutral but are subject to economic and...

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Never Too Early to Start

February 18, 2016
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Boston City Councilor Michael Flaherty has re-introduced a zoning text amendment to limit the number of marijuana shops in a certain geographic area. Flaherty is calling for no more than one shop per one mile radius. This makes sense to us. Boston is called a walkable city. For those of us who call Boston...

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This Is Everyone’s Fight

February 18, 2016
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh made clear to local parents last Thursday night that Boston, state, federal and Suffolk County officials are addressing the recent spike in violent crimes in our neighborhood, both with programs aimed at deterring local youths from being swept up in the violent life of gangs like the MS-13, and added...

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Obituaries 02-17-2016

February 18, 2016
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Joan Foster-Goggin NE Tel & Tel retiree Joan M. (O’Leary) Goggin, a 55-year resident of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14 at the West Revere Nursing Center after a long illness. She was 75 years old. Raised in East Boston and a graduate of Fitton High School,...

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Nucci Appointment to Massport Draws Praise

February 12, 2016
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Nucci Appointment to Massport Draws Praise

By Cary Shuman East Boston residents and legislators are lauding the appointment of one of the neighborhood’s favorite sons, John Nucci, to the Massachusetts Port Authority Board of Directors. Nucci lives in East Boston and understands the impacts of Logan International Airport on the community. Residents have commended Nucci, senior vice president for external...

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LaMattina Fights to keep MBTA Late Night Service Up and Running

February 12, 2016
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By John Lynds Many of his constituents rely on the MBTA’s late night service to go back and forth to overnight shifts in Boston so it comes as no surprise that City Councilor Sal LaMattina is fighting to keep this service intact. In a letter to MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, LaMattina said...

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EHCA Votes to Grant Beer and Wine License

February 12, 2016
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EHCA Votes to Grant Beer and Wine License

The Eagle Hill Civic Association (EHCA) recently voted 18-4 in favor of granting a beer and wine license to a new store that plans to open at 402 Saratoga St. The proponents of the beer and wine license, Julius Sokol and Matthew Gateman, have already purchased the building, which includes residential units, and performed...

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MS-13 Raid Brings Discussion on Immigration,Border Policies

February 12, 2016
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With the indictment of 56 individuals two weeks ago in a vast crackdown on the MS-13 street gang, surprise was certainly in order for the depth of how involved Everett was in the matter, but now that surprise has turned to questions about policies regarding illegal immigrants at the southern border – and just...

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Enjoy the Long Weekend — And Thank Washington and Lincoln

February 12, 2016
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The President’s Day long weekend is upon us, a time when we can take a bit of a respite from the onslaught of winter (which finally started getting into gear this week) and enjoy time with our families during the public school vacation week. For some of us, the break means a family ski...

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Sports 02-10-2016

February 12, 2016
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East Boston High boys track team crowned City Champs By John Lynds The East Boston High School boys indoor track team was crowned City Champions last week during the annual city league meet. The Jets boys team has not won a City League Championship in 20 years and faced some stiff competition from arch-rival...

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Obituaries 02-10-2016

February 12, 2016
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Mary Giorgio Of East Boston Mary S. (Vitale) Giorgio of East Boston passed away on February 5 surrounded by her loving family. She was 85 years old. The beloved wife of the late Mario Giorgio, she was born in Boston, the daughter of the late Rocco and Antonetta (Blasi) Vitale. She was the devoted...

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College Teammates Lally and Arinella Coach Against Each Other

February 4, 2016
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College Teammates Lally and Arinella Coach Against Each Other

The Eastie AquaJets had a meet against Archbishop Williams of Braintree last week and this meet featured former college teammates coaching against each other.  Our own Dave Arinella and Joe Lally, both Brandeis University grads, went toe to toe in a close fought meet which Williams won by 4 points.  Coach Lally presented Coach...

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20th Annual Taste of Eastie

February 4, 2016
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20th Annual Taste of Eastie

Danny Cordon of Maverick Marker Place Cafe at the Main Streets Celebration of the 20th Annual Taste of Eastie.

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Eastie Says Goodbye to Longtime Barber Mr.C

February 4, 2016
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Eastie Says Goodbye to Longtime Barber Mr.C

By Tom Tassinari   It’s a typical East Boston story, one that we have all witnessed countless times in Eastie and that I am sure we will witness for many more years and generations to come. I went in for a hair cut last week and there is a change in the wind.  Carmen...

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Eastie Gang Members Are Target of Giant Federal Sweep

February 4, 2016
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Eastie Gang Members Are Target of Giant Federal Sweep

By John Lynds One third of a violent street gang, allegedly responsible for the murders of three teens in Eastie since September, a number of shootings and other violent acts were apprehended during a federal sweep here and surrounding communities last Friday dubbed “Operation Mean Streets.” Fifty-six alleged leaders, members, and associates of the criminal...

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John Nucci Appointed to Massport Board of Directors

February 4, 2016
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John Nucci Appointed to Massport Board of Directors

On January 28th, the Massachusetts Port Authority Community Advisory Committee (Massport CAC) unanimously elected lifelong East Boston resident John Nucci as the committee’s appointment to the Massport Board of Directors. Nucci is the Senior Vice President for External Affairs at Suffolk University and has more than 40 years of experience in Boston government and...

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BPS Open School Parking Lot to Residents

February 4, 2016
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By John Lynds With on street parking at a premium in East Boston there is a new city initiative to alleviate some of the time spent circling around the block several times hoping for a spot to open up. Starting this month the Boston Public Schools will adopt a new parking policy at Eastie...

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