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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Our Two Cents- Otherwise Stellar Article Misses the Mark Where the Maverick Projects are Concerned

February 2, 2011
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A very well done piece in the Sunday Boston Globe looked into the life and times of the Cinelli family of East Boston. Obviously, this was a dysfunctional family whose parents tried their best to bring their children up in such a way, as they would be decent people. But this wouldn’t be in...

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Obituaries 01-02-2011

February 2, 2011
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Phillip Steven Condella Of  Pennsylvania, formerly of Revere Phillip Steven Condella of Scranton PA. formerly of Revere, died January 21 after a  courageous three year battle with cancer._ He was the son of the late Steven and Ustania  _Condella and the father of the late Phillip Jr. He is survived by three sons, Michael...

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Charter School Outlines Plans to Occupy Old Star of the Sea School

January 26, 2011
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Charter School Outlines Plans to Occupy Old Star of the Sea School

By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com The Boston Redevelopment Authority and architects for Excel Academy Charter School pitched plans last week to turn the former St. Mary’s Star of the Sea School into Excel’s new home. Rumors have been floating around for the better part of a year that Excel was in negotiations with the Boston...

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Central Square Meeting Focuses on Traffic and Parking Concerns

January 26, 2011
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Central Square Meeting Focuses on Traffic and Parking Concerns

By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com The fourth in a series of community input meetings regarding the redevelopment of Central Square took place last week at the East Boston Social Centers. While previous meetings were brainstorming session of sorts with at least 50 people giving their impressions of what is good and bad about the square as...

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Top Dollar

January 26, 2011
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Top Dollar

Petruccelli named chair of financial services committee By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com East Boston Senator Anthony Petruccelli was appointed chairman of the second most important committee in theMassachusetts Senate aside from Ways and Means late last week. Petruccelli will serve as Chairman for the Joint Committee on Financial Services. Petruccelli’s appointment was made by Senate...

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Justice Is Done

January 26, 2011
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A new chapter for John Forbes Last week, John Forbes walked out of Federal Court in Boston. Federal Judge Richard Stearns chose to give Forbes the second chance he was looking for and which he worked so hard to earn during the past year. Judge Stearns could have sent Forbes away for five years....

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Project Bread Applauds Changes to Meal Guidelines

January 26, 2011
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Project Bread Applauds Changes to Meal Guidelines

By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s changes to the guidelines for school meals served in the U.S. reconfirmed what EastBoston based Project Bread has been saying all along through pilot programs in Boston schools–including the Mario Umana Middle School Academy in East Boston–that kids need more healthy options. So when Secretary Vilsack...

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Savio Prep Developers Detail Their Vision for the Property

January 26, 2011
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By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com The developers, who have proposed to buy and redevelop the former Savio High School on Byron Street in East Boston held a meeting Monday night at the Orient Heights Neighborhood council to brief residents on the proposed plans. The Coliseum Investment Group, who was responsible for the condo development at...

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Sports 01-26-2011

January 26, 2011
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Basketball team coasts past Wareham The East Boston High School boys basketball team has improved to 4-3 on the season with a 79-53 over Wareham Saturday. Senior Walter Lewis had a game high 18 points to lead the Jets. This was the Jets’ third win  in a row. Eastie beat Madison Park 65-62 at...

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Obituaries 01-26-2011

January 26, 2011
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Lucille Frontera Of East Boston, formerly of the North End Lucille (Cicerone) Frontera of East Boston, formerly of the North End, died on January 23. She was the devoted mother of Andrea Frontera Binger and her husband, Desmond, of Salem and James Frontera, Jr. of East Boston; dear sister of Grace Ann Simboli of...

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Bright Beginning

January 19, 2011
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Bright Beginning

Menino delivers a positive message in State of the City address -By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com If you expected to hear some sobering news from Mayor Thomas Menino during his annual State of the City address last week there was none, only positive reflections of a city that is moving forward in a tough economic...

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Freedom Trail Scholars Visit Bradley Elementary

January 19, 2011
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Freedom Trail Scholars Visit Bradley Elementary

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com As the school day was in full swing at the Manassah E. Bradley Elementary School chants could be heard from down the hall, “Lobsterbacks, go home!  Lobsterbacks, go home!” This was the sound of fourth grade students taking part in the Freedom Trail Scholars program, an interactive history program touring...

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Madaro Set to Replace Sulprizio as Basile’s Top Legislative Aide

January 19, 2011
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Madaro Set to Replace Sulprizio as Basile’s Top Legislative Aide

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Representative Carlo Basile’s Chief Legislative Aide Michael Sulprizio will be leaving his post at the State House to replace Fran Riley as Director of the Harborside Community Center in East Boston. Riley, a longtime fixture at the Harborside retired last year after decades of service to theprogram. “I am excited...

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A Firm Hand will Regulate Nail Salons

January 19, 2011
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-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com It’s one industry in East Boston that has operated for decades without the proper checks and balances. With public health and the health of workers at risk the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) voted last week to regulate nail salons here and in the rest of the city. Seeking to...

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Pulling No Punches

January 19, 2011
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Petruccelli was right on the money Senator Anthony Petruccelli was absolutely right on in asking the Massachusetts Parole Board to place a moratorium on all future parole hearings until a full, comprehensive review of the Board’s policies and procedures could be conducted. The senator from East Boston did this two days before the governor...

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Sal LaMattina

January 19, 2011
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Councillor earns well-deserved post Eastie’s Boston City Councillor Sal LaMattina has once again shown his political acumen with his colleagues in government by being named the vice-president of the Boston City Council by Boston City Council President Steven Murphy. LaMattina might well have been the Boston City Council president himself this time around if...

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The Patriots

January 19, 2011
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Great season, disastrous ending The utter and complete collapse of the Patriots at Foxboro against the Jets last Sunday was an enormous disappointment to all of us who depend on the Patriots on Sunday for something to look forward to. They were defeated by the Jets just like that, like with the snap of...

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Harborside Community Center Swimming Team is Making Waves

January 19, 2011
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Swim Coach Diana Vergara recently started up a swim team at the Harborside Community Center consisting of 10 swimmers ranging in ages from 7-17 years old. The name of the team is Harborside Swim Team. “On February 4, 2011 we are having a swim meet at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) against the...

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Obituaries 01-19-2011

January 19, 2011
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Calvin Wentworth Retired Delivery Truck Driver Calvin Wentworth of Revere, formerly of Chelsea and Everett, died January 17 at the Chelsea Healthcare Facility after a long illness.  He was 81 years old. He was a member of the English Revere Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and others before that since the age of 10 when...

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