Enjoy A Happy — and Safe — Holiday Weekend

December 23, 2016
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By a coincidence of the calendar, both Chanukah and Christmas arrive this weekend, and we wish to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers of the Jewish and Christian faiths (and those of no faith at all) a happy and joyous holiday weekend. The eight-day Festival of Lights gets underway after sundown...

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Obituaries 12-21-2016

December 23, 2016
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Eugene Caponigro Retired letter carrier Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, December 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107), Revere for Eugene A. Caponigro, who died on Saturday, December 17 following a long illness at the Jeanne Jugan...

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Trinity,CDC,BHA Break Ground on Orient Heights Development

December 16, 2016
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Trinity,CDC,BHA Break Ground on Orient Heights Development

By John Lynds For nearly two decades, city and state officials have been trying to figure out the best way to rehab and improve the aging Orient Heights Public Housing development. Last Wednesday the long-awaited project to overhaul East Boston’s largest public housing development is one step closer to reality. The Boston Housing Authority,...

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Is Eastie Ready for Sea Level Rise? New Report Exposes How Vulnerable We Are

December 16, 2016
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Is Eastie Ready for Sea Level Rise? New Report Exposes How Vulnerable We Are

By John Lynds Climate Ready Boston’s report, the city’s comprehensive assessment of the climate change risks it will face in the coming decades, was released last week with some unsettling news for East Boston. According to the report, Eastie has the most land area of all Boston neighborhoods exposed to coastal storms in the...

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Higher Taxes:Council Votes to Increase the Maximum Residential Tax Exemption in Boston

December 16, 2016
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By John Lynds When real estate values are on the rise in neighborhoods like East Boston, the next step is usually higher value assessments by the city and an increase in property tax. However, Mayor Martin Walsh submitted a plan that was approved by the City Council last week that will give some tax...

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Several Eastie Schools Will Get Extended Learning Time

December 16, 2016
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By John Lynds The City of Boston last week announced that several East Boston public schools would receive funding to extend the school day and provide more learning time for local students. The money Eastie schools will receive is part of a $14 million investment in the city’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget. “I am...

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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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