Archive for January, 2018

Mario Umana Academy Receives Grant to Expand STEM Program

January 25, 2018
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Mario Umana Academy Receives Grant to Expand STEM Program

By John Lynds When the Mario Umana Academy originally opened it did so as the Umana/Barnes School of Math and Science. At the time, there was talk of including the school as one of Boston’s ‘exam schools’ but the community fought to keep the school a community school for East Boston students. The school...
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BPDA Hosts Meeting on Walley Street Project

January 25, 2018
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BPDA Hosts Meeting on Walley Street Project

By John Lynds The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) held a public meeting last Thursday night at the Hilton Garden Inn regarding the 11-19 Walley St. housing proposal as part of Article 80 small project review. The developer, MG2, has been working on tweaking and revising the project for over a year with...
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Sen Boncore Appointed Chair of Transportation

January 25, 2018
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By John Lynds With a major international airport, highway, toll plaza and the MBTA Blue Line in his district, it made sense for Senate President Harriette Chandler to appoint Sen. Joseph Boncore (D-Winthrop), who represents East Boston, Revere, Winthrop, the North End and part of Cambridge, as the new Senate chair of the Joint...
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Boston Makes Amazon’s Headquarters Shortlist

January 25, 2018
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By John Lynds As HYM Investment Group, LLC and the City of Boston scurry to permit a chunk of Suffolk Downs’ 161-acre parcel in order to make it ‘Amazon ready’ the Seattle-based company released its list of 20 metropolitan areas that have made the shortlist for Amazon’s second North American Headquarters (H2Q). Boston and...
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Councilor Edwards to Serve on Boston’s Neighborhood Housing Trust

January 25, 2018
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Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards, representing East Boston, Charlestown and the North End, was sworn in by city clerk Maureen Feeney on Wednesday to serve on the Boston’s Neighborhood Housing Trust (NHT). The trust, established in 1983 and revamped to suit the city’s growing population in 2001 and 2013, prioritizes funding for affordable and...
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Madaro to File Legislation Requiring Massport to House its Own Ambulance at Logan Airport

January 25, 2018
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Residents who live in East Boston are well aware of the need for additional EMS services for the neighborhood. A recent Boston Globe article noted that while the average wait time for an ambulance in the City of Boston is six minutes for a Priority 1 call, East Boston residents wait an average of...
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OHNC Votes Down Saratoga Street Project

January 25, 2018
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By John Lynds The long saga of trying to redevelop a former auto mechanic shop into a market rate residential development hit a roadblock at Monday night’s Orient Heights Neighborhood Association meeting. OHNC Members voted 23 to 6 against the project at 944-946 Saratoga St., the former site of D&Z Auto Repair adjacent to...
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Boston Public Library

January 25, 2018
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Boston Public Library kicks off 2018 with its 2018 Lowell Lecture Series – Speaking Up, Speaking Out: Voices of Social Justice, exploring social justice issues relevant to today’s world with activists including internationally known transgender speaker Ryan Sallans and Bernice A. King, the daughter of Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr....
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Help Sought to Find Missing Person

January 25, 2018
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By John Lynds Joey Brancato is a 21-year-old Winthrop native who has seemed to have disappeared off the face of the earth a week before Thanksgiving. On November 18 Joey was last seen in Roslindale at 10 Mendelsohn St. in the company of an acquaintance. According to family Joey had a past history with...
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‘Timeout’ for Reading:NBA Referees Stop by Donald McKay School to Show Importance of Literacy

January 25, 2018
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By John Lynds NBA referees Bill Spooner and Aaron Smith stopped by the Donald McKay School last Thursday to take part in the TIMEOUT for Reading program, a collaboration between Scholastic and the National Basketball Referees Association (NBRA). Through this program, NBA referees volunteer their time to act as mentors, stressing the importance of...
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