Community News Briefs


Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards will be hosting neighborhood coffee hours in East Boston during the summer months in an effort to bring City Hall accessibility to the community. The first coffee hour will be held this Friday, June 22nd from 10 a.m. to noon at locally owned Angela’s Cafe in Orient Heights at 1012 Bennington Street across from Orient Heights train station.

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.


Gove Street Citizens Association Monthly Meeting Agenda

Monday, June 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Catherine Leonard-McLean Community Room

(formerly Noddle Island Community Room)

Logan Airport Rental Car Center

  • Welcome & Project Updates
  • City of Boston Updates – Jose Jesus Garcia, Neighborhood Services
  • Piers Park Sailing Center

Executive Director Alex DeFronzo will provide updates regarding the Piers Park Sailing Center.

  • Massport

Jason Ruggiero, Assistant Manager, Urban and Community Affairs for Massport will provide project updates.

  • Project Presentations
  • 197-207 Maverick Street

This project consists of the demolition of the existing commercial structure containing Maverick Street Market (ask 205 Maverick) and construction of a new 5 story, community based redevelopment (without displacement) containing a new home for the existing marketing and potential laudromat operation, if desired, along with 55 residential units and 34 off-street parking spaces.

Attorney Joe Hanley, 1st presentation

  • Suffolk Downs

Project updates presented by Thomas O’Brien, HYM Investment Group

Next Meeting date: Monday, July 23, 2018

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.LOCATION – The Noddle Island Community Room 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.LOCATION – The Noddle Island Community Room 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.


Jeffries Point Neighborhood Yard Sale

On Saturday, June 23, and Sunday June 24, Jeffries Point will once again have their Neighborhood Yard Sale! Hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local residents are also encouraged to put out items and label them “Free” to have others take them.  “I receive more questions about this event than almost any other community activity” says organizer Margaret Farmer “People enjoy the chance to meet neighbors, clean out some items and spend a relaxed afternoon in the neighborhood.”

Several organizations will put out tables to fundraise. The East Boston Soup Kitchen, located inside Our Saviors Lutheran Church 34 Paris Street will be participating, with all proceeds going to support the Soup Kitchen and their Tuesday programming.

Girl Scout Troop 72124 will be in front of 10 Orleans Street selling the LAST of the Girl Scout cookies for this year. Funds raised will be to pay for Girl Scout activities. Buy now, or forever miss your Thin Mints.  Delivery will also be available that morning within walking distance, with a guaranteed cash sale.

Participating addresses include:

193 Webster Street, on Saturday

198 Everett Street

463 Sumner Street

277 Webster Street

144 Marginal Street

101 Cottage Street

156 Porter Street, on Saturday

84 Webster Street, on Saturday

241 Webster Street

295 Webster Street

418 Sumner Street

The Gumball Factory at 150 Orleans will include several participants outside

All community members are encouraged to participate; look for the listing on East Boston Open Discussion on Facebook to add your address. The event is not limited to Jeffries Point, everyone across East Boston is welcome to put out a table and a sign. Lemonade stands are HIGHLY encouraged.

Suffolk County court users who owe criminal case fees can now skip the trip to their local courthouse and pay online with ePay, the Massachusetts Trial Court’s new web-based payment system.  Over 200,000 payments made in person at Commonwealth courthouses each year will now be able to be made online with ePay.

ePay will be available for payment of fees in criminal cases in all eight divisions of the Boston Municipal Court Department and Suffolk Superior Court on May 14, 2018.

“People expect to be able to make court-related payments online – just like they can for most services,” says [court] [Clerk Magistrate/First Justice [name]].  “ePay is much more convenient than having to pay fees in person, and doesn’t require taking time off from work to get to the courthouse.”

Court users can use ePay for payment of probation fees, victim witness fees, or most other criminal assessments at participating courthouses.  Use of ePay via PayPal or credit card involves a small convenience fee that goes to processing vendors.

In 2017, nearly three-quarter of the Trial Court’s 298,000 criminal case payments were made at the counter by check or cash. As use of ePay grows, court visitors can expect shorter lines to enter their local courthouses and at the counter.

ePay was recently piloted at six courts and will be rolled out statewide through June 2018. For more information, please visit


Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association P&Z Agenda

Wednesday June 20, 2018 7 p.m.

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Training Building

250 Sumner Street

AGENDA (subject to change)

210 Webster Street: 1st appearance. Proposal to expand rear addition. Lyle Bradley.

159-165 Everett Street: 3rd appearance with updates. Proposal to combine lots and erect a 9 unit residential dwelling with parking. Attorney Richard Lynds.

30 Orleans Street: 3rd appearance with updates. New construction of 3 unit residential building on open lot. Presented by Felipe Robiglio. Architect: Joy Street Design.

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association Board of Directors:

Renee Scalfani | Dan Bailey | Cindy Baxter | Mary Cole | Andrew Gelling


Social Centers Senior Lunch

If you are age 65+, The East Boston Social Centers at 68 Central Square in East Boston has a table and a meal waiting for you.  The Senior Lunch Program Sponsored by Kit Clark Senior Services provides a hot, nutritious lunch along with wonderful socialization Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  A suggested donation of $2 is asked.


Excel Academy Fundraiser

Reminder: there’s still time left to purchase your tickets!

Wednesday, June 27,

Cocktail Reception Featuring

Excel Academy Students and Live Music

Starts at 5:30 p.m.

Seated Dinner Starts at 7:00 PM

Featuring Keynote Speaker

Sam Kennedy, President and CEO

Boston Red Sox

Excel Academy Charter High School

401 Bremen Street, East Boston

For additional information about individual and corporate sponsorships, please contact:

Jake Foy, Manager of Development at Excel Academy Charter Schools

857-256-2449  |  [email protected]


St Lazarus Bowling League Foxwoods trip

The Joe Guarino/ St Lazarus Bowling League is having a day trip to Foxwoods on Sunday, June 24.

The buses leave at 7:45 a.m. from St. Lazarus Church on Ashley Street East Boston.

The cost is $28 per person which includes a $10 food coupon and $10 in slot play.

​Muffins, turnovers and juices are served on the bus.

For tickets call: NunnyCelona at 781-245-6622 or JG at 617-571-6027


East Boston    Tech Meetup

The purpose of the East Boston Tech Meetup is to build a community of people currently working in tech or those aspiring to move into a tech career who live or work in East Boston. These meetings will be held in the heart of Maverick Landing conveniently located steps from the Maverick T station, in the Maverick Landing Meeting House at 31 Liverpool Street.


Boston Public Library’s free homework help underway

Boston Public Library’s free Homework Help program began and runs through May 24, 2018, offering free afterschool help and mentorship provided by high-achieving high school students at most BPL locations across the city. The program, offered Monday through Thursday from 3:30 -5:30 p.m. is open to students in grades K-8; no registration required. Boston Teacher’s Union (BTU) tutors are also available during select weekdays from 4-6 p.m. for students in Grades K-12. Visit for complete information. Most homework help mentors and program participants are Boston Public Schools students, though it is open to all, and BTU tutors are either current or retired Boston Public Schools teachers.


Tech goes home

Tech Goes Home is a computer based program with the goal of ensure that all low-come residents of Greater Boston are equipped with the tools, training, and access to support 21st-century skills development. The TGH program offers resident the ability to improve their quality of life as new member of the online community.

What’s included for Boston residents?

  • 15 Hours of Computer training
  • A web based curriculum designed to help you access resources throughout the Internet.
  • The option to purchase a brand new computer for just $50
  • Help accessing significantly discounted high-speed Internet for qualified participants

If you interested in participating or have any questions,Speak to a staff at ABCD East Boston APAC or Call 617-567-8857.



The Boston Parks and Recreation Department announces the return of free youth Sports Centers at White Stadium in Franklin Park, M Street Park in South Boston, and East Boston Stadium featuring professional instruction in a number of popular sports from July 9 to August 17.

The Sports Centers are offered free of charge to Boston residents and open to boys and girls ages 7 to 14.  The program offers progressive skill development to city youth in July and August.

The East Boston Summer Recreation and Sports Center at East Boston Memorial Park is a full day drop-in program for Boston residents ages 7 to14.  Children may participate in a number of supervised activities including sports, games, and arts and crafts.  The program runs Monday through Friday from July 9 to August 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Pre-registration is recommended and space is limited.  For more information, please call (617) 961-3085 or email [email protected]

The South Boston Summer Sports Center at M Street Park is a full day drop-in program for Boston residents ages 7 to 14.  The program runs Monday through Friday from July 9 to August 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Children can participate in many traditional and non-traditional recreation activities.  Parents may register their children for one day, a week, or the entire summer. For more information, please call (617) 961-3084 or email [email protected]

The White Stadium Sports Center in Franklin Park will feature several sports Tuesday through Friday from July 10 to August 17, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with participants choosing a favorite to take part in each week.  The sports offered throughout the program include volleyball, lacrosse, tennis, basketball, Double Dutch, track and field, football, soccer, and baseball/softball.

The White Stadium Sports Center also hosts Monday workshops from July 16 to August 13 offering boys and girls the opportunity to participate in a five-week reading, writing, and math enrichment program.  Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  For more information on all White Stadium Sports Center programs, please call (617) 961-3092 or email [email protected]

Highly skilled clinicians will teach all Sports Center sessions.  Please note that lunch is provided at all locations but participants must provide their own transportation and pre-registration is required for both groups and individuals.  For more information or to register, please go to



The class will be held at Robert DeLeo Senior Center, 35 Harvard St., Winthrop  for residents age 55 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 information call 617-846-8538.



Lasell College held its 164th commencement on May 12, granting 398 Baccalaureate degrees and 125 Master’s degrees, before an audience packed with family, friends, and members of the Lasell community on Taylor Field.

Graduate included:

Alexa Amato of East Boston

Commencement speaker DonatoTramuto, president and founder of the nonprofit Health eVillages, shared with graduates his steps toward success with many stories from his own experiences growing up and becoming a corporate leader.

The audience also heard messages from Lasell College President Michael B. Alexander, who addressed both undergraduate and graduate recipients. Alexander encouraged them to dream big and to embrace opportunities for personal and professional growth.

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