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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Police Briefs 07-20-2011

July 20, 2011
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Monday, July 11 Demetrius Phiffer of 164 Cottage Street #6, East Boston, was arrested and charged with distribution of Class A drugs, distribution and possession of Class B drugs within 1000ft of a school. Juan Estrada of 8 Knox Park, Everett, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for operating an unregistered motor vehicle. Tuesday....

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Obituaries 07-20-2011

July 20, 2011
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Samuel Baptista Retired Boston Police Detective Samuel “Sam” Baptista, a retired Boston Police Detective, of Orient Heights East Boston, died unexpectedly on July 17. A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Beachmont Post VFW and East Boston Post 77 D.A.V. He was the beloved husband of the...

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Leaving No Stone Unturned in Pursuit of a College Education

July 13, 2011
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Leaving No Stone Unturned in Pursuit of a College Education

Leandra Terrero, an East Boston fifth grader and student at the Edison School in Brighton, will most likely attend college thanks to a new program based in Boston Public Schools to increase the number of students earning college degrees. This week, The Steppingstone Foundation launched the College Success Academy–a program that begins with a...

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Taylor Steps Down as CMO; Bentley Ascends to Top Spot

July 13, 2011
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Taylor Steps Down as CMO; Bentley Ascends to Top Spot

Dr. James Taylor, one of the most recognizable figures at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) for over four decades, has stepped down as the health center’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and will assume the role of CMO Emeritus/Senior Medical Advisor. Taylor handed over the reins of the health center’s CMO position to Dr....

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Summer Food Program Receives a Major Donation from Walmart

July 13, 2011
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Summer Food Program Receives a Major Donation from Walmart

With school out and summer in full swing, children that receive free or reduced breakfast and lunches during the school year might have been out of a meal if it wasn’t for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsored by the East Boston YMCA. Many children in Eastie depend on school breakfast and lunches...

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As Temperatures Rise, BPD Heats Up Its Efforts to Combat Crime

July 13, 2011
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Two East Boston residents were among 22 arrested during a citywide sweep by the Boston Police Department (BPD) aimed at reducing violence on the streets of Boston. Jamal Lawrence, 22, of East Boston was arrested for warrants for Assault and Battery and Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon while Benito A....

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The Dead of Summer:The Heat is on Full Blast

July 13, 2011
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It is the dead of summer, that moment in our lives and in the life of the summer when there is as much summer in front of us as behind us. For those of us who love the heat, who love the summer, who wait for it all winter and who yearn for it...

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Police Briefs 07-13-2011

July 13, 2011
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Monday, July 4 No arrests. Tuesday, July 5 Paulo Rivera of 28 Everett Avenue, Chelsea, was arrested and charged with operating without a license. Johnny Alberto Rodriguez a homeless male was arrested and charged with possession of a dangerous weapon. Wednesday, July 6 Koshin Abullahi of 395 Lee Burbank Highway, Revere, was arrested and...

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Knights Start Second Half of the Season in First Place

July 13, 2011
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The second half of the season began Wednesday, July 6, 2011 with the Knights dropping a disappointing rain shortened game, 7 to 0, against Medford. The Medford Maddogs have not lost since the Knights no-hit them in May to win 9 in a row. Thursday, July 7th was a little nicer to the Knights...

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