Community News


The Orient Heights Neighborhood Council (OHNC) will meet on Monday, Oct 15 at YMCA 58 Ashley St., beginning at at 6:30 p.m .

Agenda is subject to change.

Introductions – Welcome and report from the board

Public Safety – Station 7 Community Update Sgt. — Jim Martin & Officer Dan Simon, BPD District 7

By-Laws Changes – OHNC Jurisdiction/Map

Informative Presentations – Plan East Boston & IPOD — Jason Ruggiero, BPDA

Development Presentations – New and voting matters

VOTE: 100 St Andrew Rd, adding a dormer to the house.

VOTE: 144 Addison St, replace 900-car parking lot with 270 units (35 affordable) and 179 off-street parking spots.

VOTE: 2 Ford St, demolish existing auto repair shop, combine lots creating a new lot (9,417 square feet), erect 4-story mixed-use structure containing 27 residential units (including 4 IDP units), 1,590 sq ft of retail at ground level, 23 garage parking spaces.  Project subject to Article 80E-2.

VOTE: 45 Gladstone St, proposal to erect a three-unit residential dwelling with four parking spaces.

VOTE: 70 Wordsworth St, proposal to erect a five-unit residential dwelling with four parking spaces.

Next meeting: Monday, Nov. 19, 2018

Boston Book Festival:  East Boston Edition 2018

The Boston Book Festival is back again at the East Boston Branch Library on October 13, from 10:30 to 4 p.m.  Readings, workshops and interactive activities including

a visit from Pete the Cat, a discussion on writing and publishing featuring local authors, a writing workshop for tweens from Daniel Jose Older and much, much more.  To get a full schedule of events go to:



Come visit our Bremen Fall Festival – co-hosted by Excel Academy’s Young Women’s Group & The East Boston Public Library. Activities for the whole family include carnival games, food trucks and much more. Interested in enrolling in Excel – come say hello and learn more about us. Be one of the first 100 to arrive to get a free lunch! This Saturday, Oct. 20, at noon. 401 Bremen St., East Boston. Located in our Parking Lot.

Venga a nuestro Festival de Otoño, organizadopor Excel Academy, El Grupo de MujeresJóvenes de Excel Academy y auspiciadopor la Biblioteca de East Boston. El eventoseráel  Sábado, 20 de Octubre a las 12pm.  En 401 Bremen Street, East Boston. Ubicadoennuestroestacionamiento. Habrán actividades para toda la familiaincluyendojuegos de carnaval, camiones de comida y muchomás. Si ustedesta interesadoen inscribir a suhijo(a) en Excel, estaesunaexcelenteoportunidad para aprendermássobrenosotros. ¡Si es uno de losprimeros 100 enllegar al eventousted obtendra un almuerzo gratis! Venga con sufamilia y no se lo pierda!



Grace Church Federated is a United Church of Christ and Episcopal church located at 760 Saratoga Street, East Boston.   All are welcome.  Please join us for our Sunday morning service at 9:30 a.m., followed by a coffee hour.  We also have a Food Pantry open to all East Boston residents, every Saturday from 10:00 – Noon.  For additional information regarding our church services or food pantry, please visit our website:



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 am until 1:00 pm.  A suggested donation of $2.00 is asked.



Countdown to Kindergarten Playgroups

Fridays at at 10 a.m.

Parent-child playgroup for childen 1-5 years old. Moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers are welcome!

Grupos de Juego

Paras niños 1 hasta 5 años. Damos la bienvenida a los padres, losabuelos y otrosadultos que cuiden a losniños!

USCIS Information Session Friday, October 12th from 10-1 p.m.

In this drop-in session, a USCIS (Citizenship and Immigration) officer will answer questions about immigration issues, including: • Naturalization and Citizenship • Permanent residency • Immigration benefits • Avoiding immigration scams • Finding low-cost and safe legal advice NOTE: Staff will not be able to address specific case questions. If you need case-specific information, visit your local USCIS office or call the USCIS Customer Service Center at 1.800.375.5283. This is a cooperative effort of USCIS, BPL and the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement.


Salsa Storytelling Series

Mondays, Oct. 15, Nov. 5 and Dec. 10 from noon-1:30 p.m.

Have you lived the kind of stories that can’t be made up? Have you always wanted to write down your life experiences? Everyone has a story and only you can tell yours. During each of the three workshops in this series, we’ll listen to classic salsa songs for inspiration. The great [email protected] can teach us a lot about making characters come to life, social commentary, and simply great storytelling.  Bilingual in Spanish and English according to the preferences of the group. Some class materials are in Spanish only.

October 15-Theme: “La vidaes un carnaval,” Celia Cruz

Senior Social Club,

Thursday, Oct. 18 and Monday, Oct. 29  from 1-3:30p.m.

Join us for a new club at the East Boston Branch Library. Make new friends and meet old ones over a cup of coffee, some snacks and some fun activities.  Some of the activities that will be offered are film screenings, games, dancing, and book discussion.

Thomas Jefferson, the Foodie Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson is considered the most complex of America’s Founding Fathers. His influence on the American system of government is well known, but what is not is Jefferson’s influence on American Cuisine.  A former faculty member of  Salem State University’s History Department, Massport’s Anthony Guerriero paints a unique picture of Thomas Jefferson one that might make you rethink his legacy.  Sponsored by the Friends of the East Boston Branch Library

Halloween  Dance Party

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 10:30-11:30 am.

Let’s Boo-gie! Wear your Halloween costume and come dance with us to silly songs. For ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult. Groups welcome.

Score Boston Workshop: Starting Your Own Food Business:  What You Need to Know

Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.

In this workshop, you will learn initial steps to take in starting your own restaurant or food-service related business.  The workshop will address not only the basics of starting a business of this type, but also many important do’s and don’ts of undertaking a very rewarding but sometimes risky, start-up of a food business.  To register, visit:

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