Community News

OHNC meeting agenda

The next meeting of the Orient Heights Neighborhood Council (OHNC) will be Monday, June 17, at 6:30 p.m .at the YMCA gym on 58 Ashley St. 

The agenda is as follows

Introductions – Welcome and report from the board (President, VP, Secretary)

Public Safety – Station 7 Community Update — Sgt. Jim Martin amd Officer Dan Simon

Community Presentation – Rita Lava from Maverick Lansing Community Services

Development Presentations – New and voting matters

INFO: 116 Waldemar Ave, Demolish the existing structure and erect a twenty-five unit residential building with fourteen parking spaces.

OHNC Board Nominations – For the September, 2019 – August, 2020 year.

President (current: Joe Ruggiero, who is stepping down) – Nominations to be made at the June 17 meeting, and a vote to take place at the July 15 meeting.

Note: the current Vice President (Liz Bagley) and Secretary (Sarah Plowman) were elected in September 2018 and are in the middle of serving a two-year term.

Next meeting: Monday, July 15, 2019.

Support Group Meeting Scheduled

National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater North Shore is hosting a Family & Friends Support Group and a new Individual (Peer) Support Group on Wednesday June 26, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick St., Beverly MA. The two groups are for family and friends of those dealing with mental health challenges and for individuals (peers) and they meet the last Wednesday of Every Month . For more information e-mail [email protected] or call 617-984-0504 and leave a message. Also visit

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed for Super Awesome Pop-up Installation (June 14 and 15)

After months of hearing about the BSLA Design Challenge and the proposed installation by Toole Design, the time has come to install everything. And we need your help to do this.

EBG Gove Street Crossing Placemaking Installation Details

Friday, June 14 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Painting on the Greenway

Area clean-up

Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Painting on Gove Street

Planting plants

Furniture moving

Other Useful Information

Expect to get dirty.

Lunch, snacks, and water provided, but please bring a reusable water bottle.

Please send me an email ([email protected]) if you can make it or if you have questions. Also, here is the Facebook event post to sign up as well.

Please tell your friends to swing by to help.

Events at the Pop-up

I’ll be sending along more information soon about events.  If you’re interested in helping plan some event for the weeklong pop-up installation on Gove St.

Strawberry Festival at Grace Church

Grace Church Federated, 760 Saratoga Street, East Boston, will have a fund-raising Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the church basement. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Festivalgoers will eat strawberry short cake and hear songs by a local singing group as well as participate in a sing-a-long. For tickets, please call the church at 617-569-5358.

East Boston High Class of 1969 50th Reunion

September 28, 2019  

Winthrop Elks Lodge

191 Washington Ave.

Winthrop, Ma 02152

7 p.m.-11 p.m.    $50 Per person

Any classmate who has not received a ‘save the date’ postcard, or for more info

Please contact  Corinne (Caggiano)  Barisano via email: [email protected]

Mayor Walsh Announces 2019 Coffee Hour Series

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host the 20th Annual Neighborhood Coffee Hour Series in local parks citywide through June 19.

“I look forward to the Neighborhood Coffee Hours every year as a way to start the spring season by getting out to the neighborhoods to engage directly with our residents,” said Mayor Walsh.

The Neighborhood Coffee Hours give residents the opportunity to speak directly with Mayor Walsh and staff from City departments about open space and other needs in their neighborhoods.  Through these discussions and a suggestion box at each site, Mayor Walsh looks forward to hearing how the City of Boston can improve upon local parks, public areas, and city services.

Participants will enjoy coffee and breakfast treats provided by Dunkin’ Donuts and fresh fruit from Star Market.  In addition, each family in attendance will receive a flowering plant grown in the city’s greenhouses as a gift from Mayor Walsh.  Residents at the event will also be eligible to win a raffle prize from Dunkin’ Donuts. Information will be available on City programs from the Boston Public Library, Boston Public Schools, Boston Police Department, and Boston Centers for Youth & Families.

All coffee hours will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted.  Locations are weather permitting. Dates for the full schedule of Mayor Walsh’s 2019 Neighborhood Coffee Hours are as follows:

Wednesday, June 12

Noyes Park

86 Boardman Street, East Boston

Thursday, June 13

Adams Park

4225 Washington Street, Roslindale

Wednesday, June 19

Mozart Street Playground

10 Mozart Street, Jamaica Plain

For more information and updates on possible weather cancellations, please contact the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at (617) 635-4505, online at Facebook or Twitter @bostonparksdept, or by visiting

Grace Church News Services

Grace Church Federated is an Episcopal/United Church of Christ church located at 760 Saratoga Street in East Boston.  All are welcome.  Please join us for Sunday morning worship at 9:30 a.m., followed by a coffee hour.  We also have a food pantry on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until noon in the church basement.  There are a number of ways you can help us to serve East Boston.  Volunteer at or contribute to the food pantry.  Sing with the Festival of Lessons and Carols choir.  Bring a dish to the monthly Sunday evening community suppers.  Participate in the Sunday worship service.  Help with SundaySchool.  Visit the Grace Church web site at or call the church at 617-569-5358 for more information.

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 10 a.m. in Room 209.  All are welcome to attend.  Class is taught by Mr. Montaro.  No need to register, just come by on Wednesday at 10 a.m. for this fun class.  The East Boston Social Centers is located at 68 Central Square.

Learn Italian Free

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 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 p.m.  A suggested donation of $2 is asked.

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

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.

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