Tommy Butler: Classy, Diplomatic and Sure to Be Missed at Massport

March 9, 2011
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Tommy Butler: Classy, Diplomatic and Sure to Be Missed at Massport

By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com His job was to balance the needs of the Massachusetts Port Authority with the needs of the communities impacted by Logan Airport operations. At community meetings in East Boston, Winthrop, Revere, Chelsea and South Boston, Thomas Butler, known here as ‘Tommy’, was the ever lovable punching bag for community activists...

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Betty Ann’s Packs‘em In

March 9, 2011
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Betty Ann’s Packs‘em In

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com A peculiar thing happens each Saturday and Sunday at the corner of Bennington and Moore Streets. At about 9 a.m. a line begins to form at the corner and sometimes stretches for some distance down Bennington. The people in line are not waiting to buy sold out tickets to some...

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Time to Make a Push – Expanded Gaming Legislation Needs to Be Brought Before the House

March 9, 2011
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It is the right time and we are in the right place to urge the Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, to make haste in bringing to the floor of the House a new version of the expanded gambling bill. We have known the Speaker for a long, long time and what he has...

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Smooth Sailing: EBYC Clinches Top Seed as Playoffs Approach

March 9, 2011
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With two weeks remaining, EBYC has secured the #1 seed in the EBMHL playoffs and the Regular Season crown. As the remaining 6 teams jockey for position you can be sure that it is going to come down to the wire. With the #1 seed the EBYC have secured a frst round bye in...

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Police Briefs 03-09-2011

March 9, 2011
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Monday, February 28 Phillip Falcucci of 120 Winthrop Parkway, Revere, was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Tuesday, March 1 Richard Nunez of 30 Falcon Street, East Boston, was arrested and charged with assault & battery by means of a dangerous weapon (gun) and unlawful possession of a firearm. Tina Farulla of 41 Bennet Avenue,...

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Obituaries 03-09-2011

March 9, 2011
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Angelina Rotondo Nurse’s Aide, Member of Red Hat Society and Winthrop Senior Center Angelina L. Rotondo of Lewis Avenue, Winthrop died at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston on February 28 after a brief illness. She was 81 years old. Born in East Boston, she was the daughter of the late Maria (Puzzo) and Gaetano...

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Strike Up the Broadband

March 3, 2011
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Strike Up the Broadband

Councillor Sal Lamattina, Comcast Senior VP Steve Hackley and Mayor Thomas M. Menino are picturedwith Juliana Grillo of the East Boston Salesian Boys and Girls Club at last Friday’s broadbandinternet event at the Chinatown Neighborhood Center. The Salesians Boys and Girls Club will bethe benefi ciary of a new partnership between the city and...

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Woody’s Makes a Pitch for Expansion at OHNC Meeting

March 3, 2011
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Woody’s Makes a Pitch for Expansion at OHNC Meeting

By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Neighbors of Woody’s Liquors on Saratoga Street in Orient Heights are unwilling to support any expansion of John Wood’s business until he cleans up his act and shows he can be a better neighbor.   At an Orient Heights Neighborhood Council meeting (OHNC) Monday night a lawyer for Wood, Daniel...

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East Boston Man, 40, Faces Numerous Charges Following a Shooting on Maverick Street

March 3, 2011
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By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com   An East Boston man led police on a wild chase through the Sumner Tunnel after shooting a man on Maverick Street.   Richard Nunez, 40 of East Boston was eventually arrested and charged with Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and...

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From the Top Down – Decorated Officer Convicted of Fraud

March 3, 2011
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By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com   He was picked as America’s Top Cop, was a candidate for Ward I City Council and the 2005 East Boston Times Man of the Year, but now Boston Police Detective Eliezer Gonzalez can add a criminal conviction to his list of achievements.   Gonzalez 48, of East Boston plead...

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And They’re Off! – Live Racing Set to Return to Suffolk Downs

March 3, 2011
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As we head toward spring and the rebirth of everything frozen and covered with snow and ice for months already, at least we do so in the knowledge that there will likely be 80 days of professional horse racing taking place at Suffolk Downs. All the agreements necessary to make this happen apparently came...

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Expensive Holidays – This Experiment isn’t Adding Up

March 3, 2011
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The so-called Suffolk County hack holidays – Bunker Hill Day and Evacuation Day – were literally done away with last year when the governor agreed with the Legislature that more money would be saved than is spent keeping Suffolk County offices open on these two days than closed.   So two important historical events...

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The ‘Sun’ is Setting on Second EBMHL Season

March 3, 2011
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  The EBMHL’s second season began with Urban Sun Tanning rolling over the competition, but with 3 weeks remaining,  have suffered 6 consecutive losses giving way to the East Boston Yacht Club who have stormed through the league to take first place thanks to the 72 pts from Charlie Daniels and the outstanding goaltending of Chris Grossmann. For...

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Obituaries 03-02-2011

March 3, 2011
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Charles Zuffante Member of DAV and Sons of Italy   Charles T. Zuffante of East Boston died on February 28. He was a US Army veteran of World War II, a member of D.A.V. Post 77 of East Boston and the Sons of Italy. He was the beloved husband of the late Anna (McGrane)...

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Wall Street Pioneer Bernard Beal Visits Young Business Students

February 23, 2011
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Wall Street Pioneer Bernard Beal Visits Young Business Students

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com East Boston High School students participating in the school’s Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Foundation for Investor Education’s Stock Market game got a surprise visit last week from Wall Street pioneer Bernard B. Beal. Beal, the billion-dollar dealmaker and CEO of M. R. Beal & Company, was on...

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Permanent Collection – Historic Leonard King Paintings will be Incorporated into Design of New Building

February 23, 2011
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Permanent Collection – Historic Leonard King Paintings will be Incorporated into Design of New Building

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com It’s good news for residents that were trying to keep the historic paintings that currently hang in the Meridian Street branch of the Boston Public Library in East Boston. It was announced this week that the painting by Frederick Leonard King would be incorporated into the design of the new...

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Excel Given the Go-ahead to Open Two more Charter Schools

February 23, 2011
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By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com The Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education has endorsed East Boston’s Excel Academy Charter School’s application for two new charter schools in Boston and Chelsea. Commissioner Mitchell Chester endorsed Excel’s plan late last week and it will need final approval from the Massachusetts Department of Education on February 28....

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A Solid Return – Ryan Lee Displays an Impressive Degree of Honesty in Returning $2,000

February 23, 2011
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East Boston resident Ryan Lee found $2,000 in a plastic bag in the snow on Meridian Street two weeks ago. The Project Bread employee did not pocket the money. He took it to the District Seven police station and handed it over to the police. What he found was a deposit waiting to be...

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World Beater – The Global Reach of Dr. Gene Sharp

February 23, 2011
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Dr. Gene Sharp in our midst is a wonderful find. Inside an unassuming apartment in the neighborhood, he runs one of the most prominent information centers on how to overthrow oppressive regimes. What he runs is called the Albert Einstein Institute for Non-Violent Struggles. It is believed by other scholars that his work has...

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Sen. Petruccelli Appointment is right on the money

February 23, 2011
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We congratulate Senator Anthony Petruccelli on his recent appointment to the chair of the Banking and Financial Services Committee by Senate President Therese Murray. In this position, Senator Petruccelli will make good use of his analytical skills, which are substantial and especially meaningful for this new position as banking and finance are the pillars...

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Obituaries 02-23-2011

February 23, 2011
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Anneliese Barletta Worked at East Boston Social Center Anneliese (Meissner) Barletta of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, died on February 20. Mrs. Barletta worked at the East Boston Social Center. She was the beloved wife of Phil Barletta with whom she shared 58 years of marriage; loving mother of Evelyn Auld and her husband,...

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Is Roseland Ready to Resume Work on Pier One?

February 23, 2011
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-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com It’s been close to four years since East Boston has heard anything about the Portside at Pier I project. The property developer Roseland, property owner Massport and even elected officials have been tight lipped on a stalled project that was supposed to breath new life into the dilapidated waterfront and...

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Grand Gesture – Project Bread Worker Returns Dough to Owner

February 16, 2011
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Grand Gesture – Project Bread Worker Returns Dough to Owner

john@eastietimes.com Let’s be honest. Most of us would have pocketed $2,000 in cash if we found it laying in a snowbank and no one else was around. But East Boston resident Ryan Lee did the exact opposite when faced with the scenario mentioned above. Two weeks ago Lee, an Eastie resident and employee at...

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Global Reach – East Bostonian’s Writings are an Inspiration to the Egyptian Cause

February 16, 2011
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Global Reach – East Bostonian’s Writings are an Inspiration to the Egyptian Cause

john@eastietimes.com Some said it was the ‘people power’ protests in Tunisia that set it off, others claim it was Facebook that made it easy for protesters to rally an entire country against Hosni Mubarak. But there is one thing for certain, the writings of one humble East Bostonian has shaped the future of Egypt...

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