Community News Briefs

Good Friday Way of the Cross service

The community is invited to join us on Good Friday, March 30, at 6:00 pm, as the leaders of Central Assembly of God Church, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church,   Iglesia Nuevo Amanecer, and other East Boston congregations will be participating  together in an ecumenical Way of the Cross service.  Following in the footsteps of Jesus, we will visit sites near Maverick and Central Squares, pray for them, and shine a light on the good things that are happening all around us.  We will begin at Maverick Square near the subway station.  All are welcome to join us as we name God’s presence in the heart of our neighborhood.  In case of bad weather we will meet at Central Assembly of God Church at 50 Bennington Street in East Boston.   For more information call Rev. Britta Carlson at  507.951.4660.


Paul Pingaro Scholarship applications now available

Applications are now available for the Paul Pingaro Scholarship at The Martin Pino. Thanks to a generous donation from the Salvator and Maria Pizzi Foundation, we will now give out two $1000.00 Scholarships this year. Eligibility requirements for Applicants are as follows: Applicant must be a resident of East Boston, a graduating High School senior, must be accepted into an accredited college or university and turn in a completed application no later than April 27, 2018. For More information please call 617 635-5121 and ask for Joe Weddleton.



General public and rink users welcome to attend ice allocation meeting

EAST BOSTON, MA – On Thursday, April 19th, the general public and current rink users are invited to attend the annual ice allocation meeting for the Porrazzo Rink. The meeting will take place at 5:00 PM in the lobby of the arena and will touch on the allocation process for ice time, review the 2017/18 season, and discuss the upcoming 2018/19 season.

The Porrazzo Rink is located at 199 Coleridge Street in East Boston, MA 02128 and is a public ice skating facility managed by FMC Ice Sports.

About FMC Ice Sports:

Facility Management Corporation is an innovative leader of public recreational facility management, specializing in ice arena operations. FMC has been operating community ice arenas since its inception in 1992. The primary focus of the company is the development and expansion of affordable skating opportunities and the extension of the operating season at the ice arenas, providing year-round programming to local skating enthusiasts. For more information, please go to or call 1-888-74-SKATE.


Harbor View Neighborhood Association Meeting

April 2, 2018 at 7pm(doors open at 6:30pm)

East Boston Yacht Club 1 Rice Street


Welcome/Introduction (5min)

Station 7 Update Sgt. Martin and Officer Dan Simons (10min)

ICA Deputy Director Kelly Gifford re: “The Watershed”(15min) To present the new plans for the expansion of the Institute of Contemporary Art in the East Boston Shipyard.

BPDA Kristina Ricco and Jared Staley (15min) To discuss the role of the Boston Planning Development Agency in community development with Q&A.

656 Saratoga Street VOTE Atty. R. Lynds for MG2 (20min) Proposal is for construction of 40 units and 30 parking spaces. Subject to Article 80E review with BPDA.

181-183 Coleridge Street  2nd presentation Atty. Quilty, Ryan Acone for ROCK Development.(15min) Proposal to erect 20 units with parking and community space. Subject to Ch. 91 and Article 80.


Eagle Hill Civic Association March Meeting

Hosted by Eagle Hill Civic Association

Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

East Boston High School, 86 White St. in the school’s cafeteria


* Station 7 Updates: Officers Danny Simons & Jim Martin

* N.O.A. H. Youth Updates

* BDPA: Overview of Dept. procedures & protocols Q & A

* Michael Welsh: 76 White Street Restoration: VOTE

* Wilfredo Villanueva: 288 Chelsea St. Rebuild and enclose rear porch

* Lorene Schettino: 33 Condor St. ,Erect a roof deck on building currently undergoing renovations. VOTE

* Richard Lynds: 113-115 Falcon St., Proposal for a 6 unit dwelling on vacant lot with 6 parking spaces

40 William Kelley Sq.- Proposal to erect a 12 unit residential structure with retail on the first and second levels


Boston Ward 1 Republican Committee meeting April 3

East Boston Republicans will meet Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Jeveli’s Restaurant at Day Square in East Boston.  The meeting will begin at 6:00 p. m.  East Boston voters registered as “unenrolled” or as Republicans are encouraged to join us at this meeting.

Discussion at the meeting will be about the Massachusetts Republican Convention in Worcester in late April.

For more information please call Chris Morton at (617) 569-4075 or e-mail us at [email protected].


East Boston Social Centers to Hold Annual Pizza and Comedy Fundraiser April 12

The East Boston Social Center will hold its Annual Spring Fundraiser, a Pizza and Comedy night at Prince Restaurant in Saugus, on the evening of Thursday April 12th, 2018 – doors open at 6:30pm. We look forward to seeing you and sharing a great night of laughs, pizza and friendship.

The East Boston Social Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit multi-service agency that has served the children, families, and senior citizens of East Boston since its founding in 1918. That’s 100 years!  Stay tuned for our Anniversary Gala later this year.

Net proceeds from this event will support the Social Centers’ programs, which serve over a thousand members of the East Boston and Greater Boston community each year. The Social Centers provide fully licensed and accredited Early Learning and After School programs for children ages two months through fourteen years, free after-school programming for at-risk teens, a Summer Program, as well as nutritional and social and recreational programming for the elderly, and community space for advocacy, self-help and community groups.

Ticket price of $35 per person includes all you can eat cheese pizza, free soft drinks and a hilarious comedy show with some of the area’s best comedians.  Other menu items and a cash bar are also available for purchase.

There is also a Raffle for4 Red Sox tickets, an assortment of gift certificates, baskets and much more.  Chances are $20 for a book of 10 (Need not be present to win).

Thank you for your continued generosity to the East Boston Social Centers and support of the community of East Boston. We look forward to seeing you on April 12th!

To purchase tickets for the event or for raffle chances, please call Marisa at (617) 569-3221 ext. 107, email at [email protected]  – or contact any of our Board members.

You may also purchase tickets online at:



The East Boston “K” Trust is now accepting college scholarship applications from qualified high school seniors.   Applications are accepted from all seniors who are East Boston residents (one year minimum) regardless of where they attend high school. The only residency exception is for seniors who are members of the Key Club of East Boston High School.  Scholarships are awarded to students based on scholastic achievement, community involvement and financial need.

Applications with complete instructions are available at all area high schools (please see guidance counselor for an application*).

All applications must be completed and submitted by Thursday March 29 to:

East Boston K-Trust

ATTN: Marisa Di Pietro

East Boston Social Centers

68 Central Square

East Boston, MA 02128

Applicants will be interviewed at Spinelli’s in East Boston on Tuesday April 10, at 5:30 p.m.

Scholarship winners will be honored during a special East Boston Kiwanis and East Boston “K” Trust Scholarship Dinner on Tuesday, April 24, at 5:30pm at Spinelli’s in East Boston.

Dinner cost is $25 per person and RSVP’s are required.  *Applications are also available at the EB Social Centers, Room 103, at 68 Central Square

Contact Marisa Di Pietro, [email protected]  or 617-569-3221 ext. 107


East Boston Branch Library

Check out What’s Happening at the East Boston Branch Library

Children’s Concert ,

Saturday, March 31st at 3:30 p.m.

Come join in the fun when the Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble visits the library to present an interactive concert for children.


A free 8-week choral program for children ages 7-12

April 2 – May 24

Mondays and Thursdays from 5-6pm

East Boston Library – 356 Bremen Street, Boston, MA 02128

The Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) is excited to expand our programs to the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library! Geared towards children ages 7-12, these 8 weeks will be packed with skill-building, cultural exchange, and tons of fun, culminating in two performances in May. The East Boston Choir will perform in BCC’s Season Finale Concert at Dorchester’s Strand Theatre on Sunday, May 20 and in a community concert at the East Boston Library on Thursday, May 24.

Interested? Join us on Monday, April 2 from 4-5 p.m. for a special kick-off rehearsal for parents and children. This event will include an orientation to BCC, time to meet and mingle with other families in the choir, BCC swag giveaways, and food from a local restaurant!

For more information, please contact Jana Hieber at 617-245-6043 or [email protected]. Or visit our website at

Women Healers of the World

Saturday, April 7th at 12:30 p.m.

Join speaker and herbalist Holly Bellebuono for her presentation, “Women Healers of the World,” based on her award-winning documentary book. Holly features 31 women from 20 countries and 16 healing traditions, highlighting their inspirational stories, their work with plants, and their influence on their communities and on medical practices around the world. Holly spent 7 years traveling and interviewing women whose work with plants carries on centuries of tradition.

April School Vacation Events:

Jedlie’s Magic Circus

Tuesday, April 17th at 2 p.m.

The always zany Jedlie is back to astound and amaze us with his Magic Circus tricks. Get ready for a rollicking good time in this fast paced interactive magic show.  For children ages 4 and up.

Mike the Bubble Man

Wednesday, April 18th at 1:30

Mike the Bubble Man brings magic and science to the stage with this interactive show about BUBBLES!

Through music, choreography, and comedy, bubbles-in all different shapes and sizes-come alive, sparking imagination and  wonder.  You’re never to old for a love for bubbles, especially when there’s a chance to see the world from inside one.

Are We Climate Ready?

Saturday, April 21st at 11 a.m.

Join the Boston climate conversation to talk about what it means to be “climate ready”.  Meet neighbors and learn how climate change will affect our neighborhoods and the possibilities for our community to benefit climate action.  This will be a bilingual presentation in English and Spanish. To learn more contact Ruth Nieves at or call (617) 935-1483

For information any of these programs, call or come in to the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen Street, (617) 569-0271.


Boston Public Library’s free homework help underway

Boston Public Library’s free Homework Help program began and runs through May 24, 2018, offering free afterschool help and mentorship provided by high-achieving high school students at most BPL locations across the city. The program, offered Monday through Thursday from 3:30 -5:30 p.m. is open to students in grades K-8; no registration required. Boston Teacher’s Union (BTU) tutors are also available during select weekdays from 4-6 p.m. for students in Grades K-12. Visit for complete information. Most homework help mentors and program participants are Boston Public Schools students, though it is open to all, and BTU tutors are either current or retired Boston Public Schools teachers.


Tech goes home

Tech Goes Home is a computer based program with the goal of ensure that all low-come residents of Greater Boston are equipped with the tools, training, and access to support 21st-century skills development. The TGH program offers resident the ability to improve their quality of life as new member of the online community.

What’s included for Boston residents?

  • 15 Hours of Computer training
  • A web based curriculum designed to help you access resources throughout the Internet.
  • The option to purchase a brand new computer for just $50
  • Help accessing significantly discounted high-speed Internet for qualified participants

If you interested in participating or have any questions,Speak to a staff at ABCD East Boston APAC or Call 617-567-8857



The class will be held at Robert DeLeo Senior Center, 35 Harvard St., Winthrop  for residents age 55 and above.

Whether you have Italian ancestry, or just want to learn one

of the world’s most beautiful languages, join us at  informal  and friendly

Italian language and culture classes.  Wednesday afternoons from 1:15 to  2:45 p.m.

For info call 617-846-8538

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