Community News

Saint Vincent dePaul Clothing Drive

The St. Vincent dePaul Clothing Drive will take place on October 5th, Saturday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Oct. 6, Sunday, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Salesian Boys and Girls Club parking lot on Byron Street.

There will also be a Mini Flea Market to raise funds for St. Vincent dePaul at the same time and location.

So come by, say hello, and drop off your donations of clothes to “Help those in Need”.

HVNA Agenda for Oct. 7 Meeting

October 2019 Harbor View Neighborhood Association Meeting is set for Oct. 7, 2019 at Brooke Charter School at 6:30 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.)

Welcome/ Introduction (5min)

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

Announcements/ New Secretary Chris Assante (5min)

McLean Park/St Mary Park Update, Subcommittee Chair Barbie Puopolo (10min)

100 Byron Street 2nd Presentation and VOTE, Attorney Matthew Eckel for Forbes family.

 Proposal to erect a 2.5 story single family home on subdivided lot. (15min)

Steve Scire,  Sammy Carlo’s Deli and Jay Grey, Owner Food for Thought. Presentation and discussion about a GastroPub Test Kitchen at Sammy Carlo’s. (15min)

437 Frankfort Street 2nd Presentation. Richard Belliveau owner and Attorney Richard Lynds. Update to erect a 6 Unit, 6 parking space building in an existing yard. (10min)

Presentation of changes to the By-Laws.  Proposed changes:  requiring abutters meeting prior to hearing/vote, minimum voting age (10min)

116-120 Moore Street, 1st Presentation, Attorney Richard Lynds for Debbie White. Demolish existing 9 Unit building and build a 19 Unit complex with 17 parking spaces (30min)

Atlantic Works Presents Two Artists

PARIS STORIES – by Sandrine Colson


SICILY … IT’S COMPLICATED! – by Diane Modica

Oct. 5, 2019 through Oct. 26, 2019

Opening Reception – Saturday, Oct. 5, 6-9 p.m.

3rd Thursday Reception – Oct. 17,  6-9 p.m.

 In Paris Stories and Sicily … It’s Complicated …, the artists are exploring their origins and how they influence who we are through stories and various places. From physical locations to the world of the invisible and beliefs, we are who we are through our experiences and stories we have heard, created or followed. In their two-person exhibition, Sandrine Colson and Diane Modica, each tell stories about places close to their heart and beliefs by taking you through a journey of imagination or reality depending on the tale being represented under their brush.

For Sandrine, her journey as a painter began from childhood influenced by her grandmother’s artistic guidance and continued through various studies, her world travels, native Provence in France and current Boston residence.  In her Paris Stories, a series of unique and original pieces of mixed media work tell each a different story about the “city of light.” Each piece – represents unique events, memories, words, and accounts of fictional or real people, past events or emotional journeys related to Paris. Each invites the viewer to let his or her imagination decides where the story goes, somewhat guided by the composition created.

For Modica, this exhibit reflects her continuing search for the connection to her family roots in Sicily.  A Boston native, both sets of her grandparents emigrated from Mineo, Sicily to the U.S. in the early 1900’s.  While one raised its family in Boston and the other in Portland, Maine, the two sides always remained  in contact with one another.

 As in previous shows, Modica mines the complex and rich history and heritage of her Sicilian roots. Sicily, a strategically located  island at the boot of Italy , survived centuries of invaders including Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians and Spanish all of whom left their mark  on the island and its people. Using colorful mixed media including painting, collage, stitching, textiles and written text, she finds a visceral and visual bond between the past and the present.  

ATLANTIC WORKS GALLERY is East Boston’s Collaborative Space for Art and Ideas. Established in 2003, it is a member-operated gallery located on the top floor of 80 Border Street on the waterfront. It is T-accessible (Maverick stop on the Blue Line) and there is usually ample parking.  For detailed directions, information about members, future shows, etc, please visit

Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks

The Delvena Theatre Company will be presenting Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks at the Boston Public Library, East Boston Branch, 365 Bremen Street, Boston, MA on Thursday, October 3, at 6 p.m..

On a scorching hot day in Fall River, back in August of 1892, a heinous crime occurred. Spinster Lizzie Borden was accused, tried and acquitted of the vicious axe murders of her father and stepmother. This true unsolved mystery has fascinated people for over 100 years. Two people died on that day in 1892, but Lizzie continues to live on in American folklore.

An edutainment production, written by Fran Baron and directed by Joseph Zamparelli, the show will feature Lynne Moulton and Joseph Zamparelli in multiple roles.  The performance includes a mock trial that invites the audience to participate by questioning Lizzie and deciding her guilt or innocence. Did she or didn’t she? You be the judge on October 3rd at the Boston Public Library, East Boston Branch.

Lynne Moulton has performed several roles for Delvena Theatre including her IRNE nominated Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Sissy in Piece of My Heart and also for numerous other theatre companies in the New England area.  She received her acting training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art under the direction of Sir Robert Palmer and at Trinity Rep Conservatory.   

Joseph Zamparelli is a professional actor, director and producer.  A graduate of Boston College (Psychology/Theater Arts) he went on to the professional training program at Circle in the Square Theater School in NYC.  In addition to commercial film and television work, he is Producing/Artistic Director of BostonAlive.

The Delvena Theatre Company was founded in 1992 and has performed at various venues, most often at the Boston Center for the Arts.  The company was nominated for five Independent Reviewers of New England awards.  Its production of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ was on Theatre Mirror’s Best List for acting, directing and production.  Presentations of ‘Anna Weiss’ and ‘Beyond Therapy’ were included on Theatre Mirror’s best play list and ‘Blue Heart’ was placed on Aisle Say’s best list.

For more information, call the Library at (617) 569-0271.

The JPNA Fall Fling is Back by Popular Demand

By popular demand, the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association is bringing back the Fall Fling, their neighborhood cocktail party to encourage local residents to meet one another.

The Fall Fling will be on Thursday, October 3, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Embassy Suites at Boston Logan Airport. Tickets are on sale for a cost of $25 in advance and $35 at the door.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite, or the JPNA webpage at, A variety of restaurants with easy access to Jeffries Point are being asked to participate, providing food tastings.

“Neighbors want the chance to meet other neighbors” stated Margaret Farmer, Co-Chair.

“Hopefully, everyone will meet someone on their street they didn’t know before!” JPNA Vice Chair Rachel Blomerth added, “We really appreciate the sponsorship of Embassy Suites, Portside Development and the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center to make this event possible.”

Ryan Persac of The Persac Group real estate is the “King of the Bar”, sponsoring an open beer and wine bar from 7 to 8 p.m. for all attendees. There will be a full cash bar available for the entire event as well. The event was last held in 2016, when residents gathered at CrossFit Jeffries Point.

“Funds raised will help us provide free events, such as the 3 movies we did this summer with NOAH, as well as neighborhood potlucks and park beautification” explained JPNA Secretary Mary Cole.

East Boston Social Center’s Senior Program offering Spanish Language Classes

The Senior Program at the East Boston Social Centers is now offering Spanish Language Classes for adults over 60 years old.  Classes are held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Room 209.  All are welcome to attend.  Class is taught by Mr. Montaro.  No need to register, just come by on Wednesday at 10 a.m. for this fun class.  The East Boston Social Centers is located at 68 Central Square.

Learn Italian Free

The class will be held at Robert DeLeo Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street Winthrop  for residents age 60 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.

Grace Church News and Events

Grace Church Federated is an Episcopal/United Church of Christ church located at 760 Saratoga St. in East Boston.  All are welcome.  Please join us for Sunday morning worship at 9:30 a.m., followed by a coffee hour.  We also have a food pantry on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until noon in the church basement.  There are a number of ways you can help us to serve East Boston.  Volunteer at or contribute to the food pantry.  Sing with the Festival of Lessons and Carols choir.  Bring a dish to the monthly Sunday evening community suppers.  Participate in the Sunday worship service.  Help with SundaySchool.  Visit the Grace Church web site at or call the church at 617-569-5358 for more information.

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