Eastie Watch: East Boston Democratic Caucus

East Boston Democrats will hold a Democratic Caucus to select 2013 Convention Delegates on March 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Paris Street Community Center.

The purpose of the caucus is to pick convention delegates to nominate candidates for 2013 U.S. Senate Democratic primary.

All registered Democrats in East Boston are eligible to participate and the caucus is open press.

Delegates to the 2013 Massachusetts Democratic Party nominating convention will select candidates to compete for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. The convention will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell.

The East Boston Democratic Caucus will elect delegates and alternates to the 2013 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women. Those not elected as delegate and/or alternate, who meet the qualifications, may apply to be add-on delegates in the youth, minority, and disabled categories.

For more information contact Ed Deveau, Caucus Chair at [email protected].

Renew Boston Comes to East Boston

Mayor Menino’s Renew Boston program and the East Boston YMCA will co-host an energy efficiency workshop and free ice cream social for residents, property owners, landlords, and renters at the East Boston YMCA on Saturday, March 2 at 3 p.m.

“To succeed in our ambitious climate action strategy, we need our residents and businesses to do their part in embracing clean energy solutions,” said Menino. “Renew Boston provides them with a suite of resources to take the next step in greening their homes and businesses through energy efficiency and solar energy, work that creates local, green jobs in Boston.”

Visitors can make ice-cream sundaes as presenters provide information on no-cost energy assessments for single-family homes and buildings with 2-4 units, opportunities for 75% off insulation and air sealing improvements up to $2,000, rebates for heating and water system upgrades, and zero percent interest financing on qualified energy efficiency improvements.

Mayor Menino announced Renew Boston in 2009 as a program to serve Boston residents and businesses with energy efficiency and alternative energy incentives. His goal was to create innovative public/private partnerships in order to achieve ambitious citywide goals for saving energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating green jobs.

Since Renew Boston was launched in early 2010, it has provided more than 14,000 energy assessments and has weatherized and insulated more than 3,000 homes and businesses.

Renew Boston partners with utilities—Nstar and National Grid—to coordinate incentives in order to provide qualifying homes and businesses with no-cost energy audits and rebates for efficiency improvements. In 2010, Boston dedicated most of its funding from the City’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block grant (EECBG), under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to Renew Boston. The Renew Boston program leveraged $4.8 million of the $6.5 million EECBG grant funding to expand upon the existing energy efficiency incentives and services for Boston residents and businesses. The no-cost energy efficiency improvements for residents were provided by Mass Energy Consumers Alliance and Next Step Living, a Boston-based energy services company.

For more information on how to participate in the program Boston residents can call Erin Taylor at 617-524-3950 x141 or [email protected]

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