A Very Quick Dip: Brave Residents Turn Out for the First Annual Cupid Splash Fundraiser

April 6, 2011
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A Very Quick Dip: Brave Residents Turn Out for the First Annual Cupid Splash Fundraiser

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Knowing the water would be frigid, participants in the First Annual Cupid Splash Fundraiser at Constitution Beach Saturday said the anticipation was the worse part. “I knew it would be cold and waiting around looking at the water was the worst part,” said Derek Brodin who braved the 40 degree...

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New Gaming Bill on the Table – Senator Petruccelli Proposed Legislation that Should Please Both Sides

April 6, 2011
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New Gaming Bill on the Table – Senator Petruccelli Proposed Legislation that Should Please Both Sides

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Senator Anthony Petruccelli has submitted a compromise casino gaming bill in the Senate, cosponsored by Representative Carlo Basile, that calls for three resort-style casinos and one racino in Massachusetts that would immediately bring million of dollars in revenue to the state through licensing fees, capital improvements and taxes. “While we...

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East Boston is Growing According to Latest Census

April 6, 2011
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-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com East Boston’s population grew by 5.5 percent since 2000 and has officially become a minority majority neighborhood according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Department. As of 2010 the population of Eastie had grown to 40,508 residents compared to when 38,413 resident lived here a decade ago. But...

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Petruccelli’s Expanded Gambling Bill a Roadmap the Governor will Approve

April 6, 2011
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Our State Senator Anthony Petruccelli has filed legislation that provides for an expanded gambling bill that the Senate would likely pass and which he would like to place on the governor’s desk in a matter of weeks. Our Representative Carlo Basile has co-sponsored the bill. He is right to do so. Speed is of...

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Patrick Sullivan Awarded Boston Bruins Sportsmanship Award

April 6, 2011
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By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Patrick Sullivan, a junior forward for the East Boston High School hockey team was recently awarded the 2010 Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (MIAA)-Boston Bruins Sportsmanship Award. Sullivan is known as a team leaders on the ice and someone who the players on the East Boston team look up to. He...

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Obituaries 04-06-2011

April 6, 2011
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Rev. Rocco Crescenzi Longtime Administrator and Director of Don Orione Nursing Home Rev. Rocco Crescenzi, son of Domenic and Philomena, died at the Don Orione Nursing Home on April 3 after a brief illness. He was 95 years old. He was the last of six children. The family was very close, loving and religious,...

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Police Briefs 04-06-2011

April 6, 2011
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Monday, March 28, 2011 Terina Smith of 100 Meridian Street, East Boston, was arrested on several outstanding warrants. Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Martir Jacobo Alvarez of 67 Condor Street, East Boston, was arrested on several outstanding warrants. John Giannino of 58 Upham Street, Malden, was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and refusal to...

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Greenway Headway

March 30, 2011
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Greenway Headway

john@eastietimes.com Proponents of the plan to connect East Boston’s park system with a “greenway extension” won a small victory this week as the Boston Conservation Commission granted a two-week delay of their decision on a buffer between the neighborhood and Massport’s proposed Green Bus Depot. Proponents, in return for support for a Bus Depot...

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House Money – Eastie Man Wins State’s First-ever $1m Powerball Prize

March 30, 2011
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House Money – Eastie Man Wins State’s First-ever $1m Powerball Prize

By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com East Boston’s Mark Wilson is a richer man is richer after winning the state’s first ever $1 million Powerball prize. Wilson collect his cash prize last Thursday at the Massachusetts Lottery’s Braintree headquarters after, what we can assume was a very sleepless night. “I am going to buy a house,”...

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Drug Suspect’s Lawyer: My Client was Used as a ‘Mule’

March 30, 2011
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Drug Suspect’s Lawyer: My Client was Used as a ‘Mule’

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com The lawyer for an East Boston woman busted for allegedly trying to traffic cocaine into Boston through Logan International Airport on Sunday said her client was a victim of drug dealers who used her as a “drug mule”. Karen Morla Ramos, 22, of East Boston was arraigned Monday in East...

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Let’s Make a Deal – The Speaker and the Governor Appear to be Sitting at the Same Table

March 30, 2011
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Speaker Robert DeLeo appears to be coming closer to reaching an agreement with Governor Deval Patrick about what exact shape and form an expanded gambling bill will take. All signals are pointing to a dramatic increase in interaction between the governor and the speaker – and in fact, a meeting apparently held by the...

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Playoffs Kick off in Grand Fashion

March 30, 2011
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Last Tuesday evening, at the Porazzo Rink The quest for the EBMHL Cup began for 6 teams. It was an evening of amazing hockey, near upsets, and a huge letdown. Game one of the evening saw the Comets, who were the cellar dwellers for the entire season, show up fired up and ready to...

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Obituaries 03-29-2011

March 30, 2011
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Andrew Pappas Former East Boston resident Andrew A. “Andy” Pappas, born and raised in Somerville, formerly of East Boston, died on March 23 after a long illness with his beloved wife by his side. He was 60 years old. A graduate of Somerville High, Class of 1968, he loved his dogs, cars and cooking....

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Residents Are Wary of Giving King Tacos Owner a Hall Pass

March 23, 2011
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Residents Are Wary of Giving King Tacos Owner a Hall Pass

By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com While East Boston resident and restauranteur Raul Santos’ intentions of opening the third in a string of the locally successful King Tacos restaurants are good, some abutters at Monday’s Orient Heights Neighborhood Council meeting were wary of Santos’ intentions of having half the business being run as a function hall....

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The No. 1 Place for Quinceañera Preparations

March 23, 2011
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The No. 1 Place for  Quinceañera Preparations

By Cary Shuman For the Free Press If Ana Lanzilli is the queen of the Quinceañera party, then that makes Spinelli’s in East Boston Quinceañera Central. Lanzilli is the function coordinator at Spinelli’s Banquet Facility that is preparing to host the Second Annual Quinceañera Expo on Friday, April 1 at 7 p.m. inside its...

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The Mayor Picks an Opportune Time to Unveil ‘green’ Initiative

March 23, 2011
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The Mayor Picks an Opportune Time to Unveil ‘green’ Initiative

By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Mayor Thomas Menino was in East Boston on St. Patrick’s Day Thursday to kickoff his new ‘Going Green’ initiative at the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing on Border Street. Putting a new twist on the a day where everyone across Boston goes green with shamrock ties and green shirts Menino said...

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Vacant Buildings Will Not Be Turned into Condos

March 23, 2011
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By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com There has been long standing concern in East Boston over large properties in the neighborhood whose original use has been surrendered and are left vacant for years. In Eastie plans to redevelop these properties have been slow moving like the Welfare Building on Maverick Street, the former Salesians Boys and...

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Father Nazzaro – Boys & Girls Club Director is Making a Big Impact

March 23, 2011
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Everyday, Father John Nazzaro makes life just a little bit better and more meaningful, and safe, if you will, for East Boston youngsters lucky enough to attend the Salesian Boys and Girls Club which is housed in the former Dom Savio Hall on Byron Street. With 17 employees and a whole lot of interest...

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Positive Addition – Marshalls Will Be Good for the Neighborhood

March 23, 2011
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The news that Marshalls is moving into the Liberty Mall comes as very good news to the East Boston community. First of all, Marshalls is a first class, major league, big time retailer that needs no introduction here. The store stands for quality and price and is perhaps the top retailer of its kind...

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EBYC Earns Top Spot in Regular-season Standings

March 23, 2011
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The EBMHL Season 2 is in the books. Another fantastic season at the Porazzo Rink wrapped up last Tuesday evening with all teams playing for playoff positions. It was a season of ups and downs for many of the teams in the EBMHL in a season where any one of the seven teams could...

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Police Briefs 03-23-2011

March 23, 2011
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March 14 Carmen Vargas of 40 Dehon Street, Revere, was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Cristina Pepin of 20 Waverly Street, Lynn, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for assault & battery. William Vargas of 87 Marion Street, East Boston, was arrested on an outstanding...

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Obituaries 03-23-2011

March 23, 2011
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Maria DiSalvo Accomplished Bocce player, played every year with Boston’s Mayor Menino Maria D. (Padula) DiSalvo died at the Kindred Hospital in Peabody on March 20. She was 84 years old. Mrs. DiSalvo was born in Civitanova del Sannio, Italy on May 14, 1926 to the late Domenico and Lucia (Lastoria) Padula. She was...

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A Close Watch from Afar

March 16, 2011
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A Close Watch from Afar

By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com As fears about an increase in radiation levels from a damaged nuclear power plant in Japan rise in the wake of the worst earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the Pacific country last week, some in East Boston are keeping a close eye on the developments. In Eastie, there are...

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Maverick Landing Residents Honored

March 16, 2011
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Maverick Landing Residents Honored

By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Two East Boston residents that were instrumental in lobbying for federal funding to revamp the old and decaying Maverick Housing Projects into the new Maverick Landing development under a federal HOPE VI grant were honored last week for their years of service. Ruth Capone and Elly Saraceni, both members of...

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