Obituaries 11-01-2017

November 3, 2017
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Virginia Lee Fyler Self-appointed Mayor of Maverick, tenacious advocate for children, police and seniors Virginia Lee (Collins) Fyler, a life-long resident of East Boston, died on October 29 at the age of 78. Virginia was the self-appointed Mayor of Maverick, a true lifelong advocate for all of East Boston. She was a tenacious advocate...

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Robert Casaletto Settling in as EBCCS’s New Principal

October 27, 2017
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Robert Casaletto Settling in as EBCCS’s New Principal

By John Lynds East Boston Central Catholic School (EBCCS) Principal Robert Casaletto knew he had some very big shoes to fill once longtime principal and educator Maryann Manfredonia stepped down at the end of the 2017 school year. “She (Manfredonia) was my second grade teacher,” said Casaletto. “To go to school and then become...

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Maxine Tassinari-Teixeira, Longtime Columnist for East Boston Community News, Passes at 74

October 27, 2017
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Maxine Tassinari-Teixeira, Longtime Columnist for East Boston Community News, Passes at 74

By John Lynds Maxine ‘Max’ Tassinari-Teixeira, a lifelong resident of East Boston, and longtime columnist for the East Boston Community News, has died. Mrs. Tassinari-Teixeira, or ‘Max’ as she was affectionately known in the community, died suddenly on Friday, October 20 surrounded by her loving family. She was 74 years old. A prolific writer, ...

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Family Attacked at Shore Plaza

October 27, 2017
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By John Lynds As Shore Plaza undergoes a multi-million dollar face lift, a resident at the housing development is saying a little paint and new windows isn’t going to solve the incidences of violence. Jennifer Gore-Cartagena posted Facebook pictures of the injuries she sustained during a melee she said was caused by a group...

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Boston wants Amazon Headquarters to Come to Suffolk Downs

October 27, 2017
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By John Lynds In 2013 the residents of East Boston spoke loud and clear when they voted to reject a resort-style casino from coming to Suffolk Downs Racetrack. After the vote came the inevitable question of ‘what’s next?’ for the aging thoroughbred racetrack. For the past four years residents have advocated for a smart...

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NOAH’s Climate Summit Set for Saturday, Oct. 28

October 27, 2017
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By John Lynds On a recent Saturday morning a storm system sat over the North Shore, and dumped four inches of rain on Lynn, Winthrop and the Orient Heights section of East Boston. The slow moving system overwhelmed storm drains and flooded streets, backyards and basements across the area. When the flash flood waters...

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Can the MBTA Continue to Name Ferries in Honor of Donald McKay and Not Have a Real Stop in Eastie?

October 27, 2017
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By John Lynds East Boston residents have been clamoring for a full service ferry for years. City Councilor Sal LaMattina has worked to bring a ferry to the neighborhood that will include stops in Eastie, Charlestown, the North End and the Seaport District, but that plan has stalled. There is one ferry operating between...

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City Opens Small Business Center at EB Library

October 27, 2017
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By John Lynds Last Thursday, the City of Boston Office of Economic Development launched the Small Business Center at the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library on Bremen Street. The launch begins a seven week residence at the library. The Small Business Center workshops will include high-impact professional training, networking and one-on-one...

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Cambridge College Looks to Build on Amazing History in New Charlestown Location

October 27, 2017
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By Seth Daniel For 100 years, Cambridge College built an amazing foundation of educating adults – many of them being adults who were balancing work and family life with their continuing education – on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge and now they are embarking on the next chapter of their history in a consolidated, modern...

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Passacantilli: Traffic Congestion in East Boston is Unacceptable

October 27, 2017
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Stephen Passacantilli, a local civic leader and Boston Public Schools parent running for Boston City Council District 1, has released a detailed plan to address East Boston’s traffic crisis. Passacantilli said, “Traffic congestion could very well be the most pressing and pervasive quality of life issue facing East Boston today. I hear concerns about traffic from East Boston residents...

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Edwards Advocates for Community-Led Process for Potential Amazon Bid

October 27, 2017
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With pending new neighbor Amazon bringing 50,000 new jobs and thousands more people and cars, city council candidate Lydia Edwards sees this moment for what it is: an opportunity for East Boston to lead. “Amazon could land in our backyards and we need to start planning as a community. Proactive and responsive leadership is...

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Police Briefs 10-25-2017

October 27, 2017
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District Seven Police Report October 15, 2017 Around 6:30pm a resident of 810 Border Street reports that while answering a knock at the door a suspect (Unknown if male or female due to the suspect wearing a mask) forced their way into the apartment and removed $20.00 US Currency while armed with a knife....

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Councilor’s Column:My Vision for East Boston

October 27, 2017
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There’s something special about City government, where our job is to help people immediately and tangibly. From constituent services to programs and policies, our work at the local level focuses on real solutions to the struggles that our residents face. Today constituents are asking local government to do much more than just fill potholes....

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Letters to the Editor

October 27, 2017
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Lifelong Eastie Resident Supports Lydia Edwards To the Editor, I am a life-long resident of this wonderful community of East Boston. And I do mean life-long: I am 96-years old and I’ve seen a thing or two. I am a WWII veteran, and raised a family here with my beloved wife Edna.  My parents...

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Enjoy A Happy and Safe Halloween

October 27, 2017
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Although mischief and vandalism on Halloween has been on the decline in recent years compared to what the parents and grandparents of today’s youngsters experienced in the past, it still is incumbent on every parent to make sure that their children — especially teenagers — do not engage in lawless activity and are home...

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Massport and East Boston

October 27, 2017
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What a great day it was last week when Massport stepped up to fund the long- awaited Piers Park Phase II, and the operational funding for a new East Boston senior center and an extended financial commitment to the East Boston Foundation of $500,000 per year for the next 10 years. All of these...

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Obituaries 10-25-2017

October 27, 2017
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Ray Barron Legendary Boston advertising, marketing and public relations executive Ray Barron, legendary Boston advertising, Marketing and public relations executive, who was referred to by many as a “renaissance man” for his accomplishments in business and creative arts, passed away peacefully on October 15 at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford....

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Fielding Questions:Two Remaining District 1 City Council Candidates Square Off During Forum

October 21, 2017
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Fielding Questions:Two Remaining District 1 City Council Candidates Square Off During Forum

By John Lynds Following September’s Preliminary Election, the field of candidates vying for the District 1 City Council seat was narrowed down from three to two with East Boston’s Lydia Edwards and the North End’s Stephen Passacantilli heading into the General Election set for Tuesday, November 7. At Monday night’s Orient Heights Neighborhood Council,...

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City,Massport Announce New Commitments to Eastie:Piers Park Phase II, New Senior Center to Receive Funding

October 21, 2017
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City,Massport Announce New Commitments to Eastie:Piers Park Phase II, New Senior Center to Receive Funding

By John Lynds Funding for the long awaited Piers Park Phase II, operational funding for a new East Boston senior center and an extended financial commitment to the East Boston Foundation were some of the line items announced by the city and Massport during a ceremony Tuesday at Piers Park. After several months of...

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National Online Food Magazine Recently Names Santarpio’s Pizza One of the Best Pies in America

October 21, 2017
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National Online Food Magazine Recently Names Santarpio’s Pizza One of the Best Pies in America

By John Lynds An online food magazine has told America what East Bostonians have known for decades—Santarpio’s Pizza has one of the best pies going in the U.S. In the Daily Meal’s annual ‘101 Best Pizzas in America’ list that was released last week, Santarpio’s was named #31 on their best pizza list. The...

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ISD New Pilot Program in Eastie gets BPDA Approval

October 21, 2017
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By John Lynds In the spring, Boston Inspectional Service Department (ISD) Commissioner William Christopher made the rounds at East Boston community meetings to drum up support for a new pilot program his department was proposing. Christopher told residents that Eastie was picked as one of three neighborhoods to take part in the city’s Additional...

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Dante Alighieri Sends Relief for Storm Ravaged Puerto Rico

October 21, 2017
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By John Lynds Dante Alighieri Montessori School Principal Glenda Colon was raised in Puerto Rico, so when Hurricane Maria hit the island as a Category 4 storm she was glued to the T.V. hoping for the best. “I was born in Boston, but moved and was raised in Puerto Rico surrounded by many family...

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Police Briefs 10-18-2017

October 21, 2017
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October 9, 2017 No Arrest. October 10, 2017 Around 1:30am in Maverick Square a white female from Revere Ma, was arrested on several outstanding warrants (Shoplifting, Concealing Stolen Goods & Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws). Around 11:20am in the area of Meridian Street a white Hispanic male from East Boston was arrested on an...

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Letter to the Editor

October 21, 2017
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Badge of honor Dear Editor, When I recently read a letter from a supporter of my son’s opponent that read, “If she wins the final election, Lydia will be the first councilor not of Italian heritage, the first person of color, and the first women (sic) in 25 years in the District 1 seat,”...

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