Satellite Dish Ordinance: Steps to Reality

June 13, 2012
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The vast and incredibly ugly proliferation in this neighborhood and in neighborhoods all over the city of satellite dishes placed on the front facades of homes like antlers hanging over a fireplace is a situation about to be drastically changed, that is, if legislation filed by Councillor Sal LaMattina is passed by the Boston...

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The Boardman Street Fly-over

June 13, 2012
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The owners of Suffolk Downs announced last week that they will be spending $40-$50 million on traffic improvements as part of their Suffolk Downs casino effort. This is a big chunk of change to be spending on traffic mitigation, which will be highlighted by the construction of a Boardman Street fly-over to remove congestion...

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Remembering Junior Lombardi

June 13, 2012
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A birthday remembrance in last week’s East Boston Sun Times recalling the memory of Albert “Junior” Lombardi caused our minds to wander just a bit. First off, it is impossible to believe that 9 years have passed since Junior died and that East Boston is a far less lively political place than when he...

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A Day at the Races: Trainer Bernardini, Jockey Davis Each Record Three Win at Suffolk

June 13, 2012
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Trainer Jay Bernardini and jockey Jacqueline Davis each enjoyed three-win days before an enthusiastic Belmont Stakes Day crowd of 8,333 at Suffolk Downs on Saturday, June 9. Bernardini broke the ice for his first win of the season in the fifth race with Gesu ($10.20), ridden to victory by David Amiss. He and Amiss...

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Obituaries 06-13-2012

June 13, 2012
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Judith Bostrom Retired Employee of Bianco Inc. of Revere Judith A. (Collins) Bostrom of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on June 8 at the Leonard Florence Center of Chelsea following a long and arduous struggle with cancer. She was 68 years old. Born in Boston and raised and educated in East Boston, she...

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Casino Advisory Committee Holds First Meeting

June 6, 2012
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Casino Advisory Committee Holds First Meeting

Mayor Thomas Menino’s Host Community Advisory Committee met for the first time last Thursday at City Hall to begin the process of hearing from residents on what sort of mitigation they would like to see if a casino is approved at Suffolk Downs in East Boston. While the committee is still in its infancy...

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Local Casino Plan Officially Unveiled

June 6, 2012
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Local Casino Plan Officially Unveiled

The casino plan that East Boston residents will soon have the opportunity to vote for or against was unveiled Tuesday by owners of Suffolk Downs. While dramatically different from plans touted back in 2010, the proposal by Suffolk Downs’ principal owners and Caesar’s Entertainment includes a $1 billion investment to build a 300 room...

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Satellite Dishes Are on the Radar for LaMattina

June 6, 2012
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City Councilor Sal LaMattina met with city officials last Thursday to go over his solution to address the clutter of satellite dishes hanging off the fronts of many East Boston’s multi-families. LaMattina and officials worked to tweak some of the language before sending the final version to the Council for a vote. If passed,...

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The Plan is Put Forward

June 6, 2012
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At a media event Tuesday morning, Suffolk Downs officials laid out their plans to the public about what exactly they are proposing to build at the race track should they be granted a casino license. What they revealed is that they want to build a casino with all the accompanying accoutremont but doing it...

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Good Luck, Francisco Urena

June 6, 2012
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The city of Boston has chosen East Boston resident Francisco Urena as its new Veterans’ Service Commissioner. The Marine combat veteran is taking over leadership of Veterans’ Service Department at a time when veterans have already returned home by the tens of thousands from Iraq and soon will be returning, from Afghanistan. The returning...

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The K Trust Does It Again

June 6, 2012
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We wish to thank the K Trust for once again awarding worthy East Boston students heading for college generous scholarships at its awards dinner last week. The K Trust, not to be confused with the local Kiwanis Club, is made up of six members: Chairman Phil Freehann, Michelle Weiss, George Gambale, Dom Caruso, Debbie...

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Scenes from East Boston Little League

June 6, 2012
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The 2012 East Boston Little League season is trucking along with several minor, major and senior league games being played ach week across Eastie. From Noyes Park to the East Boston Stadium to Festa Field, there has been great excitement and participation this year. Below are scenes from a recent Major League game between...

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Obituaries 06-06-2012

June 6, 2012
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Amedeo Ritsi, Sr. East Boston Resident Amedeo Risti, Sr. of East Boston died on May 28. He was the beloved husband of Jeanne (DelTergo) Risti with whom he shared 57 years of marriage; loving father of Stephen Risti and his wife, Denise of Stoneham, Michael Risti of Maine, Amedeo Risti, Jr. and his wife,...

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Suffolk University Law School Graduation Ceremonies

May 31, 2012
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Suffolk University Law School Graduation Ceremonies

 It was a family affair for the Nucci family of East Boston during both the Suffolk University and Suffolk University Law School graduation ceremonies on Sunday, May 20, at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston.   Proud dad, John Nucci, vice president of Government and Community Affairs at Suffolk University, was there to...

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Local Auto Repair Sued by Coakley for Illegal Dumping

May 31, 2012
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East Boston environmental activists that have worked for decades to try and keep the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation clean are fuming after it was revealed this week that a local auto repair shop was caught dumping there. D&M Auto Doctor on Bennington Street, a business that residents have complained about for years and has...

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Mayor Says EB Waterfront Development Very Close

May 31, 2012
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At a meeting held inside city hall last week with members of the local press, including Reporter John Lynds of the East Boston Times Free Press, Mayor Thomas Menino made it plain and clear that the East Boston waterfront is  a step away from contracts being signed for the development of the waterfront. Responding...

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Thank you, Kiwanis

May 31, 2012
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Any time 13 local seniors in high school receive scholarships from a local organization as they prepare to go to college in the fall is a terrific occasion to celebrate and to acknowledge. This is exactly what occurred recently when the local Kiwanis Club headed by Edward Coletta, made its annual K-Trust Scholarship awards...

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Eastie High Students Fare Well in City League Championship

May 31, 2012
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Despite May showers on both days, the annual city league track championship for the Boston Public Schools took place at recently White Stadium. The two-day event was a colorful sight as students from East Boston and other Boston high schools competed in the many events. While Latin Academy is the new city champion with...

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Obituaries 05-30-2012

May 31, 2012
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William Martino Of Florida, formerly of East Boston William F. Martino of Port St. Lucie, FL, formerly of East Boston, died on May 26. He was the beloved husband of the late Florence G. (DeMattia); devoted father of William, Linda (Quigley), Florence, Donna (Arone), Edward, Michael and Richard. Funeral Services will be held at...

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Petruccelli, Basile Lead Efforts to Get Foreclosure Prevention Bill Passed

May 31, 2012
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The state’s foreclosure prevention bill that will help thousands of homeowners in East Boston, and across the state, find ways to stay in their homes by working with banks was passed by the House last week. The legislation, Senate Bill 868/House Bill 3516, An Act to Prevent Unlawful and Unnecessary Foreclosures, was filed by...

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Making the Big Time: Two Eastie Restaurants Featured on Television

May 24, 2012
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Making the Big Time: Two Eastie Restaurants Featured on Television

Guy Fieri and the crew from Diners, Drive Ins and Dives (Triple Ds) were back in East Boston last week filming at two popular restaurants in the neighborhood. In 2010, Fieri made Rino’s Place on Saratoga Street a national sensation by featuring chef and owner Tony DiCenso on the widely successful show. Overnight Rino’s...

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Anchoring Maverick Square East Boston Health Center: Great Example of Stimulus Bill at Work

May 24, 2012
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Critics of the country’s economic stimulus bill should look no further than the new East Boston Neighborhood Health Center’s (EBNHC) new building in Maverick Square to see how federal money has spurred growth and commerce in a once economically depressed area. Built with $12 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) money, the...

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Memorial Day 2012

May 24, 2012
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The long weekend for those of us living safely throughout the nation is much more than that for all of us. Whether we recognize and feel the intensity of the Memorial Day holiday or not, whether we  understand what sacrifice and battlefield death are all about, the one day of the year which is...

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Even Though Local Team Lost: Tournament Was a Big Winner

May 24, 2012
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The East Boston High School baseball team lost to Madison Park Saturday in the second game of the annual Strike Out Colon Cancer baseball tournament Saturday at East Boston Stadium but despite the loss the tournament was a big win for coach Phil Brangiforte. Malden beat Newton North in the first game and then...

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