Loftel Project Approved by the Boston Zoning Board

April 1, 2016
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By John Lynds Following votes in favor of the East Boston Loftel project by both the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association (JPNA) and the Gove Street Citizens Association (GSCA) and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved the project at its meeting last Tuesday. The $20 million projects plans...

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Letter to the Editor

April 1, 2016
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Rent control but worse  TO THE EDITOR, As someone who has rented for all my life, I understand the feelings behind those in or supporting a city ordinance calling for just cause evictions but I have to agree with attorney Jeff Turk who stated in the March 16 East Boston Times that the idea...

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The Final Report

April 1, 2016
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For more than 25 years the federal courts have been monitoring the cleanup and quality of Boston Harbor as submitted by the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority.  The final report as ordered by the courts was submitted March 18. Those of us who grew up in the Boston area and used the local beaches can...

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Zumix Going Strong at 25

April 1, 2016
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Having a safe and positive environment for teenagers is as needed today as it was 25 years ago when Madeleine Steczynski and Bob Grove started ZUMIX from their living room to help local teenagers.  Over the years, ZUMIX has grown from a summer program with 25 teenagers to a full-time agency with more than...

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Obituaries 03-30-2016

April 1, 2016
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Mario Vincent Martino Of East Boston Mario Vincent Martino of East Boston passed away on March 23. He was 96 years old. The cherished son of the late Domenico and Raffiella (Caruso) Martino, he was the beloved husband of Rosemarie (Figliolino) Martino of East Boston; loving father of Elaine Martino and Doreen Andrews and...

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Just Say No:Tanner Delivers his Message of Hope to EBCC Students

March 25, 2016
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Just Say No:Tanner Delivers his Message of Hope to EBCC Students

By Cary Shuman Michael Tanner knows first hand how substance abuse can derail a young person’s life. The 31-year-old East Boston resident is a recovering substance user who is trying to help students make the right choices. Tanner has been delivering his inspirational message to East Boston Central Catholic (EBCC) sixth, seventh, and eighth...

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EBNHC’s Ernani DeAraujo Receives Emerging Leader Award

March 25, 2016
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EBNHC’s Ernani DeAraujo Receives Emerging Leader Award

By John Lynds East Boston Neighborhood Health Center General Counsel and Compliance Manager Ernani DeAraujo was named an Emerging Leader by the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy, which is part of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University “I’m honored to have been selected as a Geiger...

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McClellan Highway Billboard Battle Heats Up

March 25, 2016
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McClellan Highway Billboard Battle Heats Up

By John Lynds The developer of the Hilton Garden Inn on McClellan Highway, First Bristol Vice President James Karam said he could not recall agreeing to the Impact Advisory Board’s request to not place any large signage on the property. At Monday night’s Orient Heights Neighborhood Council (OHNC) meeting regarding Logan Communications proposal to...

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EBSB to Change the Concept of ‘Mobile’ Banking

March 25, 2016
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By John Lynds On a cold winter morning East Boston Savings CEO Richard Gavegnano was sitting in traffic in New York City and witnessed something amazing and had an epiphany. “There I was in New York for a meeting,” said Gavegnano. “I was stuck in traffic and I looked out the window, it had...

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After a Two Year Closure,Government Center MBTA Station Reopens

March 25, 2016
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After a Two Year Closure,Government Center MBTA Station Reopens

By John Lynds On Monday City Councilor Sal LaMattina headed over from City Hall where he could see from his office window the construction of the Government Center MBTA station progress over the past two years. “This has been hard for my constituents in East Boston,” said LaMattina. “So many people rely on the...

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5 Simple Habits to Help Our Children Thrive

March 25, 2016
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Did you know that 80% of a child’s brain development occurs during the first three years of life? That fact presents a challenge: it means we can’t wait for schools to prepare our kids to learn. But it’s also an opportunity, because much of what youngsters do need to become lifelong learners is right...

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Letter to the Editor

March 25, 2016
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Parking is not a right To the Editor, As I read last week’s East Boston Times, I saw the letter to the editor from an irate foe of  Resident Only Parking program. The program pushed by the Eagle Hill Neighborhood Association is one that I support. Parking in my neighborhood for folks without the...

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Obama in Cuba

March 25, 2016
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The decision by President Obama to open the diplomatic doors to Cuba and begin the process of bringing that nation into the modern world acknowledges something that has been a reality for decades: the Cold War is over. Yes, the dictatorial regime of the Castro brothers is antithetical to the democratic values we espouse....

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Happy Easter

March 25, 2016
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It’s hard to believe that another Easter already is upon us. Not only does Easter come early this year, but Monday’s snowstorm hardly seemed Easter-like. But regardless of what Mother Nature has in store for us, Good Friday and Easter Sunday will be here this week, and those of the Christian faith will begin...

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Obituaries 03-23-2016

March 25, 2016
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Jane Picardi Of East Boston Jane E. (Seigfried) Picardi of East Boston, formerly of Auburn, PA. died on March 19 after long illness. She was 94 years old. Jane was a proud US Army WAC during World War II. The beloved wife of the late Antonio S. Picardi with whom she shared 66 years...

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Toll Plaza Removal:Project Could Lead to Future Depression of Route 1A and the Reconnection of Historic Streets?

March 17, 2016
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Toll Plaza Removal:Project Could Lead to Future Depression of Route 1A and the Reconnection of Historic Streets?

By John Lynds In the early 1930s an entire section of East Boston was decimated by the construction of the Sumner Tunnel and East Boston Toll Plaza. A thriving section of the community that ran along Porter Street from Central Square to Bremen Street was dotted with shops, push cart vendors and homes. These...

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Gov Baker Signs Landmark Opioid Bill

March 17, 2016
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Gov Baker Signs Landmark Opioid Bill

By John Lynds Over the past few years the scourge of heroin addiction has hit home with a string of deaths from overdoses in East Boston. The overdose deaths showed that this neighborhood is not immune to the growing epidemic and the drug has seemed to become more dangerous due to its purity than...

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City Council Holds Hearing on Just-Cause Evictions

March 17, 2016
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City Council Holds Hearing on Just-Cause Evictions

By John Lynds Attorney Jeffrey Turk of the law firm, Turk & Quijano, said the Right to Remain Coalition’s proposed city ordinance calling for ‘just-cause’ evictions sounds a lot like rent control but only worse. “It’s not rent control, it’s property control,” said Turk at a City Council hearing Monday on the issue. For...

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LaMattina Would like to see Handicap Parking Audit for Eagle Hill Area

March 17, 2016
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By John Lynds With some Eagle Hill residents and business owners split on the plan to make all of Eagle Hill resident permit parking, City Councilor Sal LaMattina thinks he’s found a solution. “I think we are going to try two-hour parking except for resident’s with parking permits,” said LaMattina. “This has worked in...

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Letter to the Editor

March 17, 2016
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Oppose a Resident Parking Only program To the Editor, As an Eagle Hill resident, home owner, taxpayer, and voter,  I am vehemently OPPOSED to a Resident Parking Only program on my street and in my area. I just read in the EastBoston Times dated March 9, 2016 that the Eagle Hill section of East...

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Worth A Try

March 17, 2016
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For years, plans to change the brick wasteland that is City Hall Plaza into a more vibrant part of the city life has been bandied about by city officials. Officials have even tried to move events from the over used Boston Common to City Hall Plaza in recent years. The underuse of this open...

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Obituaries 03-16-2016

March 17, 2016
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Carmella Palmieri Former employee of Sky Chefs Logan Airport Carmella (Scrima) Palmieri of East Boston, passed away March 12. She was 84 years old. A former employee of Sky Chefs Logan Airport, she was the beloved wife of the late Thomas A. Palmieri; loving mother of Elaine Curtis and Joan Bonwith and her husband,...

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Boston Public School Students District-Wide Walkout

March 11, 2016
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Boston Public School Students District-Wide Walkout

On Monday Boston Public School students staged a district-wide walkout to protest proposed budget cuts to school in East Boston and across the city. Over 1000 students marched to Faneuil Hall across the street from City Hall demanding that the Mayor and School Committee reconsider the cuts to fill a $40 million budget deficit.

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Celebrating 25 Years

March 11, 2016
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Celebrating 25 Years

Zumix students perform during one of the many shows the popular East Boston youth music program has had over its 25-year existence. In April Zumix will celebrate 25 years in the community with events and other activities.

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