Community News

Councilor Edwards to Host Neighborhood “Tea Time” at Tawakal Halal Cafe

Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards will be hosting a neighborhood “tea time” at Tawakal Halal Cafe in the Jeffries Point neighborhood of East Boston. Tawakal Halal Cafe is a locally owned restaurant specializing in Somali cuisine and traditional Somali tea. Tawakal has recently been lauded by the The Boston Globe and featured in Bon Appetit magazine as one of the top new restaurants in the country. The tea time will be held this Saturday, October 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In announcing these coffee hours, Councilor Edwards expressed her excitement to meet with community members one-on-one in an informal setting in order to address concerns and improve the quality of life for residents. Coffee will be provided and all are welcomed to attend. For more information, please contact [email protected] or call (617) 635-3200.

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Agenda

Wednesday, October 23, 2019;  7 – 8:30 p.m.

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center: Training Building

250 Sumner Street


(subject to change)

16 &18 Cottage Street. – Add rear and 4th story additions & roof decks to both properties.

 182 Webster Street – Change occupancy from 3-family to 4-family, construct rear addition on 4th floor, construct exterior rear-deck and stairway and extend Unit #1 living space into the basement.

We thank the EBNHC for letting us use the space.

We MUST be out of the building by 8:30PM.

2019 Planning & Zoning Meeting dates are available at

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association Board of Directors:

Cindy Baxter | Rachel Blomerth | Mary Cole | Margaret Farmer | Andrew Pike.

Pirandello Lyceum Wine Tasting

The Pirandello Lyceum will host a Wine Tasting featuring Wines of Sicily presented by Dr. Tino Valdesolo

The event will be on Sunday, November 3 from 5-8 p.m. at Spinelli’s Function Hall 282 Bennington Street, East Boston, MA

Tickets are $50 per person/ Make checks out to Pirandello Lyceum and  send to : Pirandello Lyceum, Wines of Sicily P.O. Box 565 , East Boston, MA 02128.

RSVP: Domenic Amara at [email protected].

Gove Street Citizens Association Monthly Meeting Agenda

Monday, October 28, 2019

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Catherine Leonard-McLean Community Room

Logan Airport Rental Car Center

• Welcome & Announcements

• Introduce new Gove Street President – Lorraine Curry

• Boston Police Updates – Sargent Martin & Officer Simons

•  Office of Neighborhood Services Updates – Lina Tramelli

• Neighborhood Updates – Nat Taylor

• Revised GSCA By-Law Administration Proposal- Shawn Lu / Nat Taylor

Approval Voting at the November 25 Monthly Meeting.

• Project Presentations:

• 10 Geneva Street

A proposal to erect a 4 story multi-family dwelling (7 units) with parking at grade.

1st Presentation / No Vote – Attorney Richard Lynds

• 255 Maverick Street

A proposal to raze the existing building and erect a mixed use 4 story building with 9 residential units and one retail unit with parking at grade.

1st Presentation / No Vote – Attorney Richard Lynds

LOCATION: The Catherine Leonard-McLean (formerly Noddle Island) Community Room is located on the first floor of the Logan Airport Rental Car Center, situated at the end of Porter Street. Free event parking in front of the building and in the Porter Street parking lot adjacent to the building.

YMCA of Greater Boston Junior Celtic’s Youth Development Basketball League Double Teams Life Skills and Drills

Calling all youth basketball players! The YMCA of Greater Boston, in partnership with the Boston Celtic’s Shamrock Foundation, is kicking-off the nonprofit’s fall youth basketball development league for youth starting at age 3 through the 4th grade with registration opening Oct. 21 through Nov. 1. The program begins Oct. 28. All YMCA members are invited to play in the eight-week program.

 The goal of the league is to teach youth players the values of the Boston Celtics with an emphasis on health. The clinic schedule includes a mix of large group activities and exercises, small break out drills, friendly competitions and improvement-based games.

 How it works: Premiere youth basketball coaches will divide participants into instructional and recreational teams based on age. A current Celtics player and other VIPs will be in attendance to engage with players and participate in activities. Sportsmanship, positive attitude, work ethic and primarily FUN is encouraged throughout the season. Each participant will receive a special edition Jr. Celtics reversible shooting shirt, access to special events with Celtic VIPs, two tickets to Celtics 2019 Open Practice and a team photo.

Participants who register prior Nov. 1 will save $10. For more information, to register, or to see if and when a clinic will be offered at a YMCA of Greater Boston branch near you, visit:

About the YMCA of Greater Boston

The YMCA of Greater Boston is one of Massachusetts leading nonprofits committed to strengthening communities by improving health, empowering youth and activating people for good. Every day, the Y works with thousands of men, women, and children to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has access to Y programs and services. As the nation’s fifth largest charity, the Y is creating a community of caring people through meaningful memberships. For more than 167 years, the Y has been developing skills and emotional well-being through education and training, welcoming and connecting diverse populations, preventing chronic disease and building healthier communities. The YMCA of Greater Boston is America’s first Y.

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.

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.

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.

Atlantic Works Presents Two Artists

PARIS STORIES – by Sandrine Colson


SICILY … IT’S COMPLICATED! – by Diane Modica

Oct. 5, 2019 through Oct. 26, 2019

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

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