Living in an urban community is never easy. The traffic, noise, the lack of large areas of green space, the living on top of your neighbors and the crime are never easy to take. Indeed, for many the grass does look greener in other communities.
While East Boston does have it share of the above-mentioned issues, it also has a lifestyle that has made this a community of choice for generations of residents.
In East Boston, you are not just a face, but a name with lineage of whom your parents, brothers, sisters and grandparents are.
However, keeping this sense of community alive is not an easy task.
The renaissance that East Boston has been experiencing for the last several years just did not happen, but happened because of local people.
Last Thursday night, the East Boston Chamber of Commerce recognized 16 individuals who in their own way have made a difference to the betterment for our community at their annual Prosperity Awards.
We congratulate Claudia Correa, City of Boston
Ernani DeAraujo, EBNHC
Amanda Donis, East Boston Beauty Academy
Phillip Frattaroli, Restauranteur, Cunard Tavern
Joe Guarnaccia, East Boston Athletic Board
Robert Lewis, Jr., The BASE Founder and President
John Lynds, East Boston Times
Capt. Kelly McCormick, District 7 Police Captain
Michele McPhee, Bestselling Author, Talk Radio Host, and Journalist
Lisa Melara, East Boston Soup Kitchen
Angus Mui, Great Chef Restaurant
Johnny Pizzi, Comedian
Louis Silvestro, Channel Fish
Madeleine Steczynski, Zumix
Luis Vasco, Taco Mex Restaurant
Sal laMattina, the recipient of the “Buddy Mangini” Selfless Dedication to the East Boston Community Award!
We thank the East Boston Chamber officials for taking the time and effort for recognizing these recipients at a wonderful time. These are the efforts that make East Boston a place to call home.