Arroyo Calls for Fair Wages at the Airport

October 20, 2011
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At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo held a hearing last week to investigate the wage policy at Logan Airport in East Boston. The hearing stems from reports that workers at the airport are earning less than minimum wage. “This is a matter of fairness for our working families,” said Arroyo, who chairs the committee that...

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Units Will Be Built to Assist Former Residents of Family Shelter

October 20, 2011
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The East Boston Community Development Corporation (CDC) will use $945,000 in Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) subsidies to create seven units of affordable housing for former homeless families that are transitioning to independent living from Crossroads Family Shelter on Havre Street. Crossroads Family will provide support services to the residents. All units...

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Collapsed Buildings: Community Rallies Around Displaced Residents

October 20, 2011
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It isn’t often that two buildings collapse literally in this community. Yet this is exactly what occurred earlier this week on Chelsea Street where two century-old structures simply disintegrated, turning from residences into heaps of rubble in an instant. Dozens of long-term residents who were living in those buildings which no longer exist lost...

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Obituaries 10-19-2011

October 20, 2011
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Nicholas Simonelli Longtime owner of Everett retail market Nicholas L.  Simonelli of Everett died at home on October 15.  He was 82 years old. Born in East Boston and a longtime resident of Everett, he was a businessman who owned a retail market on Ferry Street at Cottage St in Everett for many years....

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Hip Hop Star Big D ready to play in Brazilian Beauty Contest in East Boston

October 19, 2011
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An emerging Hip Hop Act ready for a breakthrough towards the mainstream, the East Boston-based  Big D is currently working on his first album, promising mixed influences from Reggaeton, Urban Hip Hip to R&B and lyrics that praise the glamorous side of the fame. On October 22nd, Big D will be the feature presentation...

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Zumix is a Finalist for White House Arts Award

October 12, 2011
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Zumix is a Finalist for White House Arts Award

The White House has announced that East Boston’s premier popular music and performing arts program has been named a finalist for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. Zumix, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building community through music and the arts, will be hosting “The House Party” at their facility on the corner...

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Lamattina Convenes Hearing on Trash Removal, Litter

October 12, 2011
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Lamattina Convenes Hearing on Trash  Removal, Litter

City Councilor Sal LaMattina said all options are on the table to deal with East Boston’s trash and litter problem following a hearing he co-chaired last week with Councilor Rob Consalvo. At the hearing LaMattina and Consalvo took testimony from Boston Public Works (BPW) staff and residents on what they thought could curb trash...

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Fuel Company Fined by the EPA

October 12, 2011
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The company that refuels planes at Logan International Airport accused of spilling hundreds of gallons of jet fuel into the water between the airport and East Boston by a group of New England clammers, has been fined up to $177,500 from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to demonstrate that they are able to...

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A Ringing Endorsement of Holy Redeemer Church

October 12, 2011
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This week, the congregation from one of East Boston’s oldest churches that was recently restored will take part in a citywide celebration to mark the raising of an historic bell, made by Paul Revere in 1801, to the Old South Meeting House clock tower. On October 12 at 2 p.m. Eastie’s Holy Redeemer Church...

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Brown in Town: Senator Has a Productive Visit to East Boston

October 12, 2011
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The local visit recently by our US Senator Scott Brown gave many in this neighborhood a chance to see the senator up close and in real time and to meet him, to shake his hand and to have a few words. He was invited here and taken around the neighborhood by former Senate President...

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Protests Downtown: Demonstrations Might Be a Sign of Worse Things to Come

October 12, 2011
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The so-called Occupation of Boston protesters demanding a re-ordering of our capitalist society has attracted about 1000 demonstrators who have been camping out at Dewey Square and who have now moved to the Rose Kennedy Greenway. About 100 of these peaceful demonstrators – protesting the lack of jobs and asking for a redistribution of...

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Grand Slam Organization Lives Up to Its Name

October 12, 2011
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The Grand Slam Youth Baseball organization is thriving under the direction of owner-operators Gerry DiVenuti Sr. and Charlie LoGrasso. In 2007 the organization was founded as a fall baseball league for children 12 and under. In 2008 it expanded to 15-under Big Diamond play and in 2009 it added an 18-under Big Diamond division....

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Obituaries 10-12-2011

October 12, 2011
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David ‘Davie’ Carrozza  East Boston resident David “Davie” Carrozza of East Boston died on October 8. A late member of the Allied Craftsmen Union Local #3 and a US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Arline C. (Goulart) ) Carrozza with whom he shared 46 years...

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A Fields Day for the Bradley School

October 5, 2011
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A Fields Day for the Bradley School

Suffolk Downs Racetrack and the Fields Family Foundation, the charitable foundation founded by the track’s principal owner Richard Fields, have pledged $40,000 in a joint contribution to use the track’s equipment and labor from track employees to restore the play structure at the Bradley School on Beachview Road in East Boston that was damaged...

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Brown Tours Neighborhood as U.S. Senate Race Heats Up

October 5, 2011
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Brown Tours Neighborhood as U.S. Senate Race Heats Up

With the latest polls showing U.S. Senator Scott Brown in a virtual dead-heat against Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, Brown in now getting local help from an unlikely ally. Last Wednesday, former Senate President Robert Travaglini, a staunch democrat who oversaw the passage of gay marriage and universal health care in the Commonwealth during his...

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Two Big Thank You’s: Suffolk Downs and Richard Fields Step to the Plate on Behalf of the Bradley School

October 5, 2011
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The nearly brand new children’s park at the Bradley School was the victim of an arsonist recently. You have to wonder, who would set fire to a kid’s playground next to a public school? What kind of monster or monsters could do such a thing? How little humanity does one have to possess to...

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Thousands Participate in Walk Now for Autism

October 5, 2011
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Thousands of walkers joined together at Suffolk Downs on Sunday, October 2 to raise much-needed funds for critical scientific research and to increase autism awareness at the 11th Annual Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Just as thoroughbred racehorses do four days a week at Suffolk Downs, walkers gathered in the paddock before...

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Obituaries 10-05-2011

October 5, 2011
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Josephine Butera Chelsea resident Josephine Butera, a 50 year resident of Chelsea,  died on October 2 at the Rosewood Nursing Care Center in Peabody. She was 88 years old. She was the devoted mother of Russell Butera and his companion, Lil, Phillip Butera and Janice Coolidge and her husband, Al, all of Peabody. She...

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Rental Car Project is Moving Forward

October 5, 2011
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The Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association voted in June to send a letter to state and federal officials urging them to force Massport to test the ultra-fine particulate matter that may spew from the proposed five-level, 2.8 million square foot, 9,000 parking space garage that will serve as Logan Airport’s Consolidated Rental Car Facility or...

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Arson Blamed for Blaze at the Bradley School Playground

September 28, 2011
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Arson Blamed for Blaze at the Bradley School Playground

Authorities are seeking a single arsonist or group of arsonists that lit the brand-new playground at the Bradley School on Beachview Road on fire over the weekend. Boston Police and the Boston Fire Department investigated the cause of the fire and believe it was the result of arson. Now authorities are scouring the neighborhood...

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Details Are Slow to Materialize in Brutal Attack on Webster St.

September 28, 2011
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Details Are Slow to Materialize in Brutal Attack on Webster St.

There is still a shroud of mystery surrounding the violent attack of an East Boston woman last Wednesday on Webster Street. The woman remains in serious condition at an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. People who knew the woman, whose name has not been released by investigators, have reported that there is a possibility...

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Last Drop: Task Force Shuts Down Illegal Liquor Operation

September 28, 2011
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It’s a group that began in 2009 when Eagle Hill residents collaborated with the Boston Police and the City of Boston to address problem properties in the neighborhood. Now three years later East Boston’s Problem Property Task Force (PPTF) is as strong as ever and showing they mean business. Last week, as a result...

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FOL Members Tour Mattapan Branch with Design Team

September 28, 2011
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The Friends of the Library group charged with being a conduit between the community and developers of the new library in East Boston recently toured the newly built Mattapan branch library and saw things they liked and did not like. William Rawn Associates who will be charged with designing the new Eastie library is...

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Gaming Debate: Job Creation Rightfully takes Priority

September 28, 2011
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With the House version of the expanded gambling bill already passed, the state Senate has now taken up the measure for discussion. That discussion is taking place right now and will apparently last the week. A vote on the Senate measure will come at the beginning of next week. Senator Anthony Petruccelli, our man...

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