News in Brief

Suffolk Downs Hosting Pop-Up Drive-In for Halloween Films

The HYM Investment Group is bringing the Halloween spirit this fall with The Spooky Screen at Suffolk Downs. To provide the region with a social-distancing friendly activity for all to enjoy, the owners of the former racetrack will be hosting a pop-up drive-in Halloween movie series. There will be two showings per day, at 6 and 9 p.m., from Friday, October 23 to Sunday, October 25. As an extra treat, each ticket includes a special trick-or-treat box with candy and snacks to be enjoyed during the shows.

HYM is recreating history at the Suffolk Downs site, which, in addition to the famous horseracing track, was once home to a drive-in theater from 1957-1970. This Spooky Screen at Suffolk Downs is a continuation of the Summer Screen at Suffolk Downs experience. All info can be found at or on the Summer Screen Facebook page.  

The Spooky Screen at Suffolk Downs is a pop-up drive-in movie series designed to be a fun and safe activity to enjoy this October. The movies featured are Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus, and Scream. 

A film will be shown at 6 and 9 p.m. each night from Friday, October 23 until Sunday, October 25. 

All drive-in events take place in the parking lot outside of the Suffolk Downs Clubhouse located off Tomasello Way at 525 William F McClellan Hwy, Boston, MA 02128. 

Viewers will be able to park their cars on-site to enjoy the films. Each vehicle will be parked 6 feet apart from each other, attendees will remain in their cars unless going to the bathroom, and attendees will be required to wear a mask any time they are outside of their vehicle. All events will require one ticket per car to enter and tickets will cost $30. All visitors should practice city and state recommendations on social distancing.

Next OHNC Meeting Set for October 19

The next meeting of the Orient Heights Neighborhood Council (OHNC) will be Monday, October 19, 2020 at 6:30pm via Zoom.  The Zoom meeting information is 


• Introductions – Welcome and report from the board

 New Board Introductions

 Chairperson:  Toni Noble

Vice Chairperson:  Noah Lewkowitz

 Secretary:  Tara Monuteaux

 Public Safety – (tentative) 

 Station 7 Community Update: Sgt. Joe Cintolo & Officer Dan Simon

• Announcements

 Eastie Tree Giveaway

When: October 24, 10:00am – 1:00pm

 Where:  TBD (Either Liberty Plaza or Constitution Beach)

 For more info:  [email protected]

 Orient Height Senior Center update from the Age Strong Commission

• Development Presentations – new and voting matters


154 Faywood Ave: driveway extension to include an additional parking space.

 1188 Bennington Street – redevelopment of existing 22,000 sf industrial site from industrial to residential (43 units, 32 parking spaces, 6 IDP Units) – previously presented at the September 2019, and July 2020 OHNC Meetings


 1088 Saratoga Street – updated presentation (renovation and addition for existing 2 family dwelling and change occupancy to 5 units with 3 parking spaces. 

 1132 Saratoga Street – Vacant Lot on Shawsheen – Proposal for 6 residential units, with 7 parking spaces (plus 4 parking spaces for existing 2 family dwelling) (Initial Presentation)

• Adjournment

 The next OHNC meeting will be on Monday, November 16th, 2020

Councilor Edwards to Host Neighborhood Coffee Hours

Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards will be holding her East Boston neighborhood coffee hours at Pazza on Porter (107 Porter St).

Pazza on Porter is a locally owned Italian restaurant. The coffee hours will be held this Saturday, October 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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

Boston City Council to hold hearing Housing Stability

Notification Act

 The Boston City Council’s Committee on Government Operations will hold a hearing docket # 1032 , the Housing Stability Notification Act, filed by Mayor Walsh on October 5. The hearing will bring in stakeholders including housing advocates and tenants’ rights organizations along with administration officials to review the proposed ordinance and discuss how it could be expanded upon to protect tenants, landlords, and homeowners from the crisis they face after the

state’s eviction and foreclosure moratorium ends on the 17.

Streaming will be live at b on Wednesday, October 14 at 3:30 p.m.

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