Mosquitoes in Eastie Test Positive for WNV

August 10, 2011
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Mosquitos in East Boston for the first time this summer have tested positive for the West Nile Virus (WNV).  Hyde Park, and South Boston where also added to the Boston Public Health Commission’s (BPHC) list of confirmed WNV positive pools that contain infected mosquitoes. Last month, WNV positive mosquitoes were found in West Roxbury,...

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The Economy: Our Credit Rating and the Future

August 10, 2011
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How many of you out there during the past three years have been told by your credit card companies that the rate you pay is going up, that the amount you have available to borrow has been cut in half or that you need to pay the card off because your borrowing privileges have...

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Vargas Notches 3,000th Career Win at Suffolk Downs

August 10, 2011
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Veteran jockey Jorge Vargas recorded his 3,000th career victory on Monday, August 8 at Suffolk Downs when his mount Want Ad was elevated via disqualification to win the fourth race of the afternoon. “That wasn’t how I wanted to get it,” said Vargas, a 53-year-old veteran of New England racing.  “But, it is been...

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Obituaries 08-10-2011

August 10, 2011
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Salvatore Abbruzzese Tailor Salvatore Abbruzzese of East Boston and Revere died on August 8 after a long illness. He was 80 years old. A tailor, he was born in Italy and lived in East Boston and Revere for most of his adult life. He was the beloved husband of Ercolina “Lina” (Dell’Aquila); devoted father...

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Capt. Mancini Provides the Lowdown on Crime Statistics

August 3, 2011
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Capt. Mancini Provides the Lowdown on Crime Statistics

Crime in East Boston keeps on plummeting according to new crime statistics released by the District 7 Captain Frank Mancini. The release of these new statistics is part of Mancini’s practice of providing regular crime updates to the residents and business owners of Eastie. In 2010 Eastie saw just a 5.5 percent reduction in...

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LaMattina Disposes Helpful Information on Trash Removal

August 3, 2011
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LaMattina Disposes Helpful Information on Trash Removal

East Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina was out pounding the pavement last Wednesday, taking pictures of how residents in Jeffries Point correctly or incorrectly put out their trash on trash day as part of his new pilot program to curb litter in Eastie. It’s no secret that East Boston has long struggled with the...

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Walker Graduates from YMCA Training Program

August 3, 2011
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East Boston resident Craig Walker received his graduation certificate from the YMCA Training Inc. program during an impressive graduation luncheon and ceremony held on July 29 at the Omni Parker House. YMCA Training Inc. provides access to employment that offers family-supporting wages and benefits to unemployed and underemployed adults. The program, part of the...

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Accused Killer Held Without Bail; New Details Emerge

August 3, 2011
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The East Boston teen accused of killing a family friend because the older man was molesting him, videotaped the gruesome aftermath of the killing. Marco Tulio Flores, 17, of East Boston is accused of duct taping the face and wrists of 27-year-old Jaime Galdamez, allegedly strangling him to death with a chain, and dousing...

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Future of Cigar Bars: Business Owners Have Time to Figure out Strategies for Survival

August 3, 2011
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The recent veto by Governor Deval Patrick of  Senator Anthony Petruccelli’s bill that would have given Cigar bars a life in perpetuity after 2018 does not indicate a crack in the political dam. Petruccelli remains a good friend and colleague of the governor and the two are exceptionally cordial and tend to agree on...

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Maura Bang: She Will Be Greatly Missed

August 3, 2011
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Maura Bang, a longtime friend and associate of Mario Real Estate, died last week. She was a savvy real estate person well known in this neighborhood and loved by her family. Our condolences go out to all the Bangs.

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Obituaries 08-03-2011

August 3, 2011
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Maura Bang Winthrop resident Maura A. (Carney) Bang of Winthrop, formerly of Croton, NY, died suddenly on July 24. She was the beloved wife of Peter V. Bang; mother of Christopher V. and Melissa Bang, both of Winthrop. Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery,...

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Patrick Stubs Out Sen. Petruccelli’s Bill that would have Saved Cigar Bars

July 27, 2011
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Patrick Stubs Out Sen. Petruccelli’s Bill that would have Saved Cigar Bars

Senator Anthony Petruccelli’s bill to save local cigar bars like Tuff’s Tobacco on Bennington Street in East Boston or Minas Envios on Maverick Street went up in smoke last week with a last minute veto of the bill by Governor Deval Patrick.  Petruccelli cosponsored a bill that would have made the Boston Public Health...

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Massport’s Backpack Project helps Homeless Children get Ready for School

July 27, 2011
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Massport’s Backpack Project helps Homeless Children get Ready for School

There has long been a partnership between Crossroads Family Shelter in East Boston and the Massachusetts Port Authority. For years, Massport has been a corporate partner in helping Crossroads fulfill its mission to help the homeless that stay at the shelter on Havre Street. Recently Massport has joined forces with Ropes and Gray LLP...

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City will Pay for New Facility if State Fails to Deliver the Funds

July 27, 2011
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City will Pay for New Facility if State Fails to Deliver the Funds

Despite being wait listed for state funding to build a new, state-of-the-art library on Bremen Street in East Boston, Mayor Thomas Menino has decided to go forward with the plan and said the city will foot the bill if state funding is not a reality.  The city applied for a grant of $8 million...

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Selling a Church: Mt. Carmel Parishioners Face Blunt Realities

July 27, 2011
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The Archdiocese of Boston will apparently be selling the Mt. Carmel Church building. Mind you, it will not be selling the church itself, rather, just the land and bricks and mortar associated with the structure. After all, how do you sell a church? Or in this case, how do you sell a church building?...

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The Debt Ceiling: Life will Go On — Guaranteed

July 27, 2011
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If you’ve ever been in default on a loan, a car loan, a home loan, a charge card – a situation many of us understand from first hand experience – then you know what the US is facing if August 2 comes and the nation defaults on its debts. First off, that moment will...

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In a State of Delirium

July 27, 2011
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The East Boston Little League Junior 13-14-year-old All-Star team is on the verge of making history. Only a best-of-three series versus Quincy stands between manager Shawn Theriault, coaches Vin LePore and Leo Marchese, and the Eastie players of their goal of bringing the organization its first Massachusetts state championship in 28 years. As Eastie’s...

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Obituaries 07-27-2011

July 27, 2011
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Marion Parsons East Boston resident Marion L. (Noble) Parsons of East Boston died on July 23. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert W. Parsons; mother of Roberta Hunter of Revere; grandmother of Virgina Gannon, Butch Hunter and Deborah Raso; sister of the late Doris Winn, Virginia, Thomas and Harry Noble. She...

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Something is Boiling on Sumner Street

July 20, 2011
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Something is Boiling on Sumner Street

While most waterfront development in East Boston has sat idle since the housing market crashed three years ago, one developer is extending an olive branch to the community and making something happen on his waterfront parcel where nothing has happened for a while. Philip DeNormandie, of the DeNormandie Companies, which owns the Hodge Boiler...

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Fall Guy: DeLeo Says Debate will Begin in September

July 20, 2011
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Fall Guy: DeLeo Says Debate will Begin in September

Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo affirmed his commitment to advance legislation for an expanded gambling bill in September during an appearance at a legislative luncheon Monday at the Winthrop Lodge of Elks. Appearing at the event with State Sen. Anthony Petruccelli, DeLeo told the gathering, “One of the major items that I...

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Archdiocese Plans on Selling Our Lady of Mt.Carmel Church

July 20, 2011
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When Benny Tauro immigrated from Avellino, Italy to East Boston in 1952 he brought with him a strong sense of family and the belief in the Catholic Church. It was here that he found a second home among the Italian community that was part of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish. “If it...

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Expanded Gambling: DeLeo Prepares Legislation

July 20, 2011
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House Speaker Robert DeLeo has announced that he is planning to have an expanded gambling bill on the governor’s desk for his signature in September. He made this announcement at the annual legislative luncheon in Winthrop, which was held by the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce earlier this week. His unambiguous remarks are a reflection...

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Good Doctors: The Torch is Passed at the EBNHC

July 20, 2011
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The torch has been passed from Dr. James Taylor to Dr. Mari Bentley at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. Dr. Taylor, for almost 40 years the EBNHC chief medical officer, has stepped down. Dr. Bentley has taken over his position. Dr. Taylor’s tenure as chief medical officer runs tandem with the great success...

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YMCA Campers Enjoy a Day of Horseback Riding

July 20, 2011
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Kids in East Boston are getting a rare opportunity this summer that most inner city youth would never have a chance of experiencing living in a concrete jungle. Suffolk Downs provided children at the East Boston YMCA horseback riding lessons each Thursday for eight weeks. The program was part of the famed racetrack’s 2009...

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