October is Italian-American Heritage Month

October 6, 2014
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October 1, 2014, will mark the 15th anniversary of Italian-American Heritage Month in the state of Massachusetts. A grand ceremony at the State House that day (6-10 p.m.) will kick off a month-long series of Italian-related events and happenings all across the Commonwealth. Organized by the Italian American Heritage Month Committee, the ceremony will...

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Bremen Street Library

October 6, 2014
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Four years ago Carlo Basile stood in front of the Orient Heights Branch Library and took a stand. At that time, with two libraries ready to close in Eastie and no funding to construct another, Basile played political hardball against the Boston Public Library’s Board of Trustees and city on behalf of East Boston....

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NOAH’s Youth Crew

October 6, 2014
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Kudos to NOAH’s youth crew and their director Chris Marchi for the very impressive rehab of the park and community garden on Border Street. The crew not only learned a valuable lesson about helping to shape and restore a community but again learned about how to do things environmentally friendly. The crew completed the...

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Sports 10-01-2014

October 6, 2014
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EBMHL opens season In the words of the late John Parziale, former president of the East Boston Youth Hockey Association, “What action at Porazzo Rink”! Tuesday night September 9, 2014, the 2014-2015 season kicked off in grand fashion with The Parziale Family taking to the ice to drop the first puck on this long...

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Obituaries 10-01-2014

October 6, 2014
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Richard Calla Retired AT&T Senior Technician Funeral services and interment were held privately at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden for Richard W. Calla who died unexpectedly on September 23 after being rushed to Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett from his Revere home. He was 73 years old. Born in Arlington, his early years were...

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East Boston Library Earns LEED Gold Certification

October 6, 2014
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East Boston Library Earns LEED Gold Certification

On Tuesday, Mayor Martin Walsh announced that the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library earned the prestigious LEED Gold certification. The new 14,600 square foot, $17.25 million library opened last year after a year of construction and is located at the corner of Bremen and Prescott Streets facing the Bremen Street Park....

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Maverick Marketplace Looking At Another Top Award in Hub Contest

October 6, 2014
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Maverick Marketplace Looking At Another Top Award in Hub Contest

After winning the prestigious 2014 Boston Preservation Alliance award for their historic rehab of 154 Maverick St., John and Melissa Tyler now have the chance to walk away with the ‘Fan Favorite’ award from the Boston Preservation Alliance. The Tylers’ Maverick Marketplace was one of 10 Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA) award winners this past...

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Using Zero Carbon to Make a Local Garden

October 6, 2014
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It may sound a little bit Amish but East Boston’s Neighborhood of Affordable Housing’s (NOAH)  Community Building and Environment Department’s youth crew led by Chris Marchi recently completed a ‘zero carbon’ rehabilitation of a garden and park on Border Street. The park, that connects Meridian Street to Border Street near the former Meridian Street...

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Future of Suffolk Downs Site

September 29, 2014
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With the 79-year-old historic thoroughbred race track poised to close at the end of the year there remains one big uncertainty–what will the former track be developed into. During the course of touting a casino way back before Eastie residents rejected the Host Community Referendum 55 percent to 45 percent, Suffolk Downs had to...

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Letter to the Editor

September 29, 2014
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Talking trash Dear Editor: This week I would like to talk some trash. First, I  have never seen the area around Day Square so clean until this summer when Bobby Diggins a friend of mine from South was assigned this area by public works. He deserves some credit for all work in keeping this...

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DOR Announces Tax Amnesty Program For Qualified Massachusetts Taxpayers

September 29, 2014
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The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR)  announced a two-month amnesty program designed to encourage the payment of delinquent taxes by individuals and businesses. The tax amnesty program was proposed by the Legislature and the language was included in the fiscal year 2015 budget signed by Governor Patrick in July. The amnesty program, which will...

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Obituaries 09-23-2014

September 29, 2014
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Joan Russo New England Telephone Retiree Joan G. (Connolly) Russo of East Boston passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital on September 18. She was 81 years old. Joan was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving during the mid 1950s. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a telephone operator for New...

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Joey Cuzzi Retires from ‘Y’ After Overseeing Expansion

September 29, 2014
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Joey Cuzzi Retires from ‘Y’ After Overseeing Expansion

At a time when most non-profits were doing some belt tightening due to the fiscal climate across the U.S., Executive Director of the East Boston YMCA Joey Cuzzi was expanding. If you asked Cuzzi why she would expand at a time when everyone else was downsizing she’d say there is a need and with...

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Eagle Hill Residents Seek Equity In Use of Logan Airport Runways

September 29, 2014
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Eagle Hill Residents Seek Equity  In Use of Logan Airport Runways

East Boston activists are asking Massport to be a partner in putting pressure on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure certain runways are being used as promised following numerous complaints over the summer from Eagle Hill residents. At last week’s Eagle Hill Civic Association meeting, residents raised the issue to Massport officials that...

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BRA Says Yes to New St. Project

September 29, 2014
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BRA Says Yes to New St. Project

Following a community meeting hosted by city officials to hear feedback about a proposed  East Boston waterfront development project last month–Gerding Edlen, a Portland, Oregon-based developer received Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approval for its project on New Street. Last week the BRA voted unanimously to approve the project that will redevelop an old industrial...

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MGC Gives Casino License to Wynn

September 20, 2014
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MGC Gives Casino License to Wynn

It came down to risky versus safe, and in the end the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) chose the riskier bet in awarding the Greater Boston resort casino license to Wynn Resorts on Tuesday afternoon. The vote ended up 3-1 to give it to Wynn, mostly based on jobs numbers and economic development benefits. Those...

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Suffolk Downs to Close as Result of MGC Decision

September 20, 2014
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Suffolk Downs to Close as Result of MGC Decision

East Boston voted against a cash windfall last November during the Host Community referendum and now with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission awarding the Boston-area gaming license to Wynn Everett on Tuesday–Eastie’s famed race track will close according to Suffolk Downs ownership. In a statement from Suffolk Downs COO Chip Tuttle he said the management...

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Development at Suffolk Downs

September 20, 2014
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The long-awaited decision from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has come and Everett is the winner.  What seemed like an incredible long shot when Everett’s Mayor Carlo DeMaria announced that Steve Wynn was looking at a site in Everett back in December 2012 for a hotel-casino now is just a small step from reality....

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ZUMIX 5K Road Race is Set for this Weekend

September 20, 2014
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This weekend Zumix, East Boston’s popular music and arts for youth program, will hold its 4th Annual Run 2 the Beat 5K Road Race. At 9 a.m. on Sunday, September 21 runners will take off from Piers Park at 108 Marginal Street and the flat and fast racecourse take the runners through Eastie’s incredible...

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Obituaries 09-17-2014

September 20, 2014
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Rita Tritto Boston Crossing Guard For More Than 25 Years Rita T. (Fabiano) Tritto of East Boston passed away on Sunday, September 14. She was 81 years old. She was a Crossing Guard for the City of Boston for over 25 years. The beloved wife of the late Anthony Tritto, she was the loving...

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EBNHC To Hold Forum On Keeping Heart Healthy

September 11, 2014
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The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and Boston Medical Center are pleased to present “Keeping Your Heart Healthy as You Get Older,”  a free workshop for all community members.  The session will be held on Wednesday, September 17th from noon to 1:15pm on the 4th floor of the Health Center’s 20 Maverick Square Building. ...

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Sports 09-10-2014

September 11, 2014
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Jets lose home opener, 30-0 The East Boston High football team kicked off the season with a disappointing home opening loss to Latin Academy last Friday evening.  The Dragons scored in the first quarter and had a commanding lead at 22-0 at halftime.  Neither team scored in the third.  A fourth quarter touchdown had...

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Obituaries 09-10-2014

September 11, 2014
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Louis ‘Red’ Schraffa US Postal Service Retiree Louis A. “Red” Schraffa of East Boston died on September 3. Red” was a Vietnam Era veteran of the US Army and a retired 33 year employee of the US Postal Service- Back Bay Annex. The beloved husband of Lillian A. “Lilly” (Scalfani) and the son of...

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Perfect Attendance Means $5,000 For Lucky Kindergarten Student

September 11, 2014
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Perfect Attendance Means $5,000 For Lucky Kindergarten Student

A lot of kinder gardeners and their parents will be shooting for perfect attendance this year for the chance to win some college scholarship money. At Friday’s Countdown to Kindergarten Parade, East Boston Main Streets (EBMS) Director Max Gruner announced that Main Streets has teamed up with Airmall have to present a $5,000 college...

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