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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In this Case, ‘Almost’ is Good Enough

February 16, 2011
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In this Case, ‘Almost’ is Good Enough

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com East Boston has always been known for its cuisine and now it’s producing some talented chefs. One of those Eastie chefs has just won the top prize during the New England Regional S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef competition. Last week, Cambridge School of Culinary Arts student and Eastie resident, Anthony Messina,...

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Obituaries 02-16-2011

February 16, 2011
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Frances Lepore St. Anthony’s Parish Devotee Frances A. (Belmonte) Lepore, a lifelong resident of Revere, died at the Bear Hill Nursing Center of Wakefield following a long confinement on February 10. She was 86 years old. Born and raised in Revere and a 1942 graduate of Revere High School, she was a dedicated wife,...

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Clean Air Act – Proposal by LaMattina and Arroyo might be a Hard Sell, but it’s Worth the Effort

February 16, 2011
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Society has come to a place where many of us who might be inclined to light up a cigarette or a cigar in our own homes would be ordered instantly and without regard for protocol, in most instances, to put out the cigarette or the cigar or be asked to leave the house immediately....

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Take a Deep Breath … Balloon City Preps for a Busy Holiday

February 10, 2011
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Take a Deep Breath …  Balloon City Preps for a Busy Holiday

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Everyone sends flowers for Valentine’s Day so why not be different and send a balloon? This is the question the owner of Balloon City on Bennington Street in Orient Heights is asking. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Christine Yannetty Bernstein, who has successfully run the popular balloon and...

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Jerry Zullo, Self-made Businessman, Fixture in Neighborhood

February 10, 2011
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Jerry Zullo, Self-made Businessman, Fixture in Neighborhood

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Jerry Zullo, a longtime businessman who owned several restaurants in East Boston for nearly a half a century, died on Saturday, February 5 following complication from pneumonia at the Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers. Mr. Zullo was born and raised in Chelsea and attended schools there until the eighth grade. Mr....

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EBSB Reports Significant Gains

February 10, 2011
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EBSB Reports Significant Gains

-By Joshua Resnek The year of 2010 was a great year for Meridian Interstate Bancorp, the owner of the East Boston Savings Bank. Company officials said business was up substantially and especially at the bank’s East Boston locations this year. Fourth quarter results and year-end results released last week revealed an upward trend in...

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Ecco Plans a Special Four-course Dinner

February 10, 2011
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Ecco Plans a Special Four-course Dinner

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Building on a successful New Year’s Eve fixed dinner and new head chef, owners of Ecco Restaurant and Lounge onPorter Street in East Boston is hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner on Monday, February 14. The $60 per person prefixed four course meal offers an appetizer, second course of soup or...

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Police Briefs 02-09-2011

February 10, 2011
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January 31 John Shea of 148 Saratoga Street, East Boston, was arrested on an outstanding parole violation. February 1 No arrests. February 2 No arrests. February 3 Ira Jones of 49 Elmore Street, Roxbury, was arrested and charged with possession of Class D drugs with intent to distribute within 1000ft of a school zone....

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Basile on the Rise- Rep earns a key post from the speaker

February 10, 2011
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Representative Carlo Basile has received an important post from the Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. This does not come as a surprise. Basile is a loyal soldier for the speaker and the speaker has returned the support by showing that he, too, is loyal to those who are loyal to him. This is...

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Bad Timing- A strike at Suffolk Downs won’t Help anyone

February 10, 2011
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If ever a strike by some employees of Suffolk Downs was ill-advised, it is ill-advised right now. Horse racing at Suffolk Downs is not a right. It is a business. And as a business, it has been struggling for quite some time. Striking right now – disrupting the track’s vastly depleted gambling revenues by...

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Obituaries 02-09-2011

February 10, 2011
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Dorothea Saulnier Retired Special Needs Teacher Dorothea ( Musi ) Saulnier of Saugus, formerly East Boston, died on February 7. A retired special needs teacher in the Boston Public Schools, she was the beloved wife of the late Henry Saulnier; loving mother of Henry Saulnier and his wife, Gail, of Saugus, Dorothea “Gerry” Millerick...

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Snowwhere to Park

February 2, 2011
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Snowwhere to Park

john@eastietimes.com With each passing storm it’s getting harder and harder to park in East Boston for residents living on streets that are subjected to the city’s parking ban during snowstorms. People along major arteries like Bennington, Chelsea and Meridian Streets usually don’t cringe when Mayor Thomas Menino declares a snow emergency. For many residents...

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Horseman’s Association Rejects Simulcast Bid

February 2, 2011
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Horseman’s Association Rejects Simulcast Bid

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com It’s no secret around here that Suffolk Downs Racetrack in East Boston has seen better days. The finically strappedthoroughbred racetrack has been bleeding money each year holding out hope that a casino gaming bill will be the racetrack’s saving grace to shore up horse racing and the track’s revenue. Committed...

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Hanging in the Balance

February 2, 2011
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Hanging in the Balance

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com There’s an effort underway by the Friends of the Library group in East Boston to make sure the historic paintings that currently hangs in the Meridian Street branch of the Boston Public Library remain in the community and have ample space to be displayed once the new library is constructed on...

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APAC kicks off Earned Income Tax Credit Program

February 2, 2011
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APAC kicks off Earned  Income Tax Credit Program

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Most people don’t want to think about it but it’s the time a year to begin thinking about filing 2010 tax returns. For many working people in East Boston there’s some relief from the confusing process of figuring out taxes. East Boston APAC, in partnership with the City of Boston,...

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Finding More Room for More Snow

February 2, 2011
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-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com As we are besieged with yet another major snow storm, the City of Boston’s snow crews made their best efforts toremove as much snow that had piled up on East Boston’s street corners and sidewalks. Beginning Friday and working through the weekend into Monday night, crews used front loaders to...

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Snow, Snow, Snow-This is a Winter We won’t soon Forget

February 2, 2011
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Once again, the neighborhood is about to be buried with another major dumping of snow. Moving around during January was difficult. Now it is going to be even more difficult and dangerous. Another snow emergency is very likely to exist Wednesday into Thursday causing business disruption, possible school closings and will act as well...

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