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Eastie Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley

Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently announced the schedule for the 2018 Enchanted Trolley Tour, a Boston holiday tradition of lighting holiday trees throughout the City. This year, the Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour will start on Friday, November 30 and end in Sunday, December 2, in neighborhoods throughout Boston.

The East Boston Trolley Tour will be Sunday, Dec. 9 from 5:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. in Central Square.

“I’m excited to kick off this holiday season by visiting neighborhoods throughout Boston with our trolley tour and tree lightings,” said Mayor Walsh. “This is a great time for us to come together and celebrate our neighbors, our city, and our communities. I encourage all to attend this weekend of family-friendly celebrations.”

For the 23rd year, the Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour will continue the festive tradition of lighting holiday trees while bringing holiday spirit to children across Boston. The event is sponsored by Bank of America, and includes visits with Santa, holiday performances, tree lightings, and more.

“Bank of America is proud to continue our support of Mayor Walsh’s Enchanted Trolley Tour, a long standing tradition that brings joy and excitement to neighborhoods and families across the City,” said Miceal Chamberlain, Bank of America Massachusetts President. “We thank the City of Boston for all they do to provide our customers, teammates, and communities the power to give back and make a difference during the holiday season.”


NOAH’s 2018 Annual Dinner

Dear Friends and Colleagues, please save the date!

NOAH’s 2018 Annual Dinner is being held on Thursday, December 13, at 6 p.m., at Spinelli’s in East Boston.

Many thanks to our event sponsors, including Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Boston Private Bank, Klein Horning LLP, NeighborWorks America, United Way of Mass. Bay & Merrimack Valley, and others.

Everyone always compliments us on Spinelli’s wonderful buffet. Enjoy roast beef, chicken or a penne pasta vegetarian option, with “Death by Chocolate” cake. Children’s meals include pizza and cookies; please email us to let us know how many children will be attending and their ages. Childcare is located in an adjacent room.

Our fundraising raffle prizes include restaurant gift certificates, museum passes, and more.

We hope that you can join us to celebrate this holiday season! We will be announcing the program soon.


Phil Giffee

Executive Director

Thursday, December 13th, 6 p.m.

Spinelli’s, East Boston


Thursday, December 13, 2018

6:00 p.m. EST

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282 Bennington Street

East Boston, MA 02128

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Sponsorships:  Event sponsorships are available on the registration page.

Pricing: Tickets are only $50. Children’s tickets are $5 each. Community, senior and client discounts are also available; please email Linda Miller-Foster or Phil Giffee for more information.

Tables: Tables of ten are available at a discounted rate of $450.


The Gove Street Citizens Association special December meeting

The Gove Street Citizens Association is having a special meeting on December 10 to discuss the Frankfort Gove Street Project (aka Mt. Carmel Project). The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the MacLean Community Room which is located on the lower level of the Rental Car Center Facility at Logan Airport. This project calls for 112 units to be built along Frankfort and Gove Streets and within the former Mt Carmel church. .

The Gove Street Citizens Association will not have a monthly meeting for December since it fall on Christmas Eve, December 24.


Join us for the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association’s Holiday Potluck!

The Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association’s Holiday Potluck will be Monday, December 10, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jeffries Yacht Club, 565 Sumner Street

All are welcome!

Bring a dish to share, and enjoy a fun evening with neighbors.

BONUS: This potluck counts as a “monthly” meeting for the purposes of voting in January, February, and March.

At this year’s holiday potluck, we will be collecting items for the clients of the East Boston Community Soup Kitchen.

At this time of year they are especially in need of:

Clothing items

Gloves, hats, and scarves (clean and serviceable)

Socks, and men’s and women’s undergarments (new and unworn)

Personal hygiene items

Toothbrushes and travel size toothpaste

Travel sizes of soap, shampoo, and deodorant

Combs and brushes

Feminine hygiene products

See you there! Happy Holidays!

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association Board of Directors:

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


East Boston Library

Holiday Celebration

Please Join the Friends of the East Boston Library onDecember 6, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m. for a Holiday Celebration.

Delicious refreshments available and music provided by A Touch of Class.

Poetry Reading by Kathleen Monteleone of The New Colossus and Emma Lazarus’ Silent Auction.

The Unveiling of a newly restored King painting The Viking Ship.

And book Sale will be going on.

Come celebrate the holiday season with friends and neighbors.


Friends of the East Boston Greenway December Meeting

The Friends of the East Boston Greenway will meet on Thursday, December 6, 2018, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Anna DeFronzo Center – 395 Maverick Street, East Boston.

The Agenda is as follows;

Police Report

Greenway Updates

Short Street update  – Harborside Neighborhood Association-East Boston

Update & discussion of Barr Foundation Waterfront Initiative grant.

  • “Future Waters / Agua Futura” art installation: up and running
  • #FutureWATERS closing ceremony is on Dec 9. 12-3 p.m.
  • Placemaking (Formerly Innovation Market): Moving to the Caboose
  • Lighting Installation: Saturday, December 8th from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Community Event: TBD
  • BSLA Design Challenge: Challenge is out, will wrap up by mid-January
  • Priority Plan: 25% complete, Draft plan under review, will circulate later one
  • Greenway Galleries: develop over the winter for spring
  • Umass Salem state survey: Link:

Maintenance Committee Report

Discussion:  Suffolk Downs to join the Council?

  • Project link + Meetings

New Business

  • Greenway Dog Group!

Upcoming 2019 meeting dates:

  • January 2019


East Boston Senior Lunch Program

If you are 60+ years of age, 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 ETHOS Congregate Meal Program provides a hot, nutritious lunch, along with wonderful socialization, Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  A suggested donation of $2 is asked.

We welcome seniors from our East Boston Community and surrounding areas.



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 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  A suggested donation of $2.00 is asked.


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.



The class will be held at Robert DeLeo Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street 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 info call 617-846-8538.


East Boston Social Center’s Senior Program now offering Spanish Language Classes

The Senior Program at the East Boston Social Centers is now offering Spanish Language Classes for adults over 60 years old.  Classes are held every Wednesday at 10am in Room 209.  All are welcome to attend.  Class is taught by Mr. Montaro.  No need to register, just come by on Wednesday at 10am for this fun class.  The East Boston Social Centers is located at 68 Central Square.


Harbor View Neighborhood Association annual Holiday Party

The Harbor View Neighborhood Association will be having their annual Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the East Boston Yacht Club on Rice Street. Come join your neighbors for a relaxing and fun night with food and drink.

You are welcome to bring a favorite food item if you wish but most importantly join us for music and raffles to celebrate the holiday season. For further information call 617-877-0232.

Community Calendar

Community Meetings


Harbor View Neighborhood Association

First Monday of every month

6:30 p.m. at the Edward Brooke Charter School, 145 Byron St.


Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association

Second Monday of every month.

6:30 p.m. at the Jeffries Point Yacht Club, 565 Sumner St.


Orient Heights Neighborhood Association

Third Monday of every month.

6:30 p.m. at Ashley Street YMCA, 54 Ashley St.



Friend of the East Boston Greenway

Fourth Thursday of every month.

6:30 p.m. at the Anna DeFronzo Center, 395 Maverick St.


Central Square Flats Civic Association

Third Wednesday of every month

7 p.m. at Paris Street Community Center, 112 Paris St.


Gove Street Citizens Association

Fourth Monday of every month

6:30 p.m. at the Noddle Island Community Room, Logan Rental Car Center


Eagle Hill Civic Association

Last Wednesday of every month

7 p.m. at East Boston High School Cafeteria, 86 White St.

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