News in Brief

Normal Postal Delivery Schedule to Resume on Tuesday

Postal employees across the commonwealth will pause on Monday, February 15, to celebrate President’s Day. Retail offices will be closed and there will be no collection or street delivery of mail except for guaranteed overnight parcels.

Full retail and delivery operations will resume on Tuesday, February 16.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

The East Boston Chamber of Commerce Commemorates President’s Day

The East Boston Chamber of Commerce will be placing a display of American flags to commemorate the upcoming President’s Day on Monday, 2/15/21 at the Daniel H Solari Square outside the Chamber of Commerce office at 464 Bremen Street.

President’s Day is a celebration of United States’ Presidents.  It is a day to remember the founding of our nation.  Please note that the flags are for display purposes.  If anyone wishes to obtain a flag, please feel free to contact the Chamber at to purchase a flag.  You can take a selfie of yourself or others with the flag display and post it on social media with the hashtag #eastbostonchamber to enter in a raffle for a free US flag like those found in the display.

We will announce the winner on the East Boston Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page.

Spanish Version:

Nota de prensa

Cámara de Comercio de East Boston                          5 de febrero de 2021

Veronica Robles 617-308-2314

La Cámara de Comercio de East Boston conmemora el Día del Presidente.

La Cámara de Comercio de East Boston colocará una exhibición de banderas estadounidenses para conmemorar el próximo Día del Presidente el lunes 15 de febrero, 2021 en Daniel H. Solari Square, frente a la oficina de la Cámara de Comercio en el 464 Bremen Street en East Boston.

El Día del Presidente es un día para recordar la fundación de nuestra nación. Tenga en cuenta que las banderas son para fines de exhibición. Si alguien desea comprar una bandera, póngase en contacto con la Cámara de Comercio por medio de la página oficial en 

Para participar en un sorteo de una bandera estadounidense tómese una selfie solo o con otras personas en donde se encuentran las banderas en exhibición y publicarlas en las redes sociales con el hashtag #eastbostonchamber. 

Anunciaremos al ganador en la página de Facebook de la Cámara de Comercio de East Boston.

StoryWalk Series Coming to Boston Parks

Families and caregivers looking for a fun February vacation children’s activity are invited to head outside for the first-ever StoryWalk series in City of Boston parks, available starting Friday, February 12, through Friday, March 12. StoryWalks can be found in Brighton, East Boston, Hyde Park, Roslindale, and Roxbury, with a bilingual Spanish/English installation in centrally-located Franklin Park. Children and families participating are encouraged to wear a face covering, stay six feet away from others, and enjoy with members of their own household.

A StoryWalk is an innovative and delightful way for children and adults to enjoy both reading and the outdoors. Laminated pages from children’s books are attached to wooden stakes and installed along outdoor paths. As visitors stroll through the park, they are directed to the next page in the story. StoryWalks have been installed in 50 states and 13 countries and are now coming to Boston’s parks. Boston Public Library branches near the StoryWalks will offer activities for families to enjoy, including craft activities and live book readings on Facebook Live.

“Parks Department staff have been working to find new and innovative activities tailored to the current social distancing guidelines, and the Boston Public Library offered to lend the StoryWalk materials for installation in parks,” noted Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Boston Parks and Recreation’s first StoryWalk is a great perfect way to encourage children to exercise and get some fresh air, while learning and discovering a great book. When City departments collaborate, residents win.”

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department teamed up with the Boston Public Library, the Highland Street Foundation, and the New England Patriots Foundation to produce a series of StoryWalk installations in five neighborhood parks across the city with additional support provided by Xfinity. The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

The distance between stations will naturally support social distancing, but visitors are reminded to stay 6 feet away from those who are not members of their own household. Face coverings must be worn in public parks. If participants find the StoryWalk to be crowded, they are encouraged to come back another time or choose a different StoryWalk location.

Lopresti Park, 33 Sumner Street, East Boston

Book: “The Dot”

Language: English

Description: Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher’s encouragement leads her to change her mind.

For more information on the StoryWalk Series, visit

For current social distancing guidelines in City of Boston parks please visit:

Orient Heights Neighborhood Council Meeting Agenda

The next meeting for the Orient Heights Neighborhood Council will be held Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. For your information and so that you may post and share it, the agenda is below:

Orient Heights Neighborhood Council Meeting Agenda – Tuesday February 16th, 2020

Location: Zoom

Meeting starts at 6:30 pm, but the Zoom link will open at 6:00pm to get acclimated. The meeting will be recorded.

Zoom meeting information:


Public Safety  

Station 7 Community Update: Officer Dan Simons

Announcements & General Presentations

East Boston Transportation Justice Coalition

The TJC is a coalition of neighbors fighting to unify concerned East Boston residents and voices to find community-driven, equitable solutions to Eastie’s transportation challenges.

You can help improve transportation safety in East Boston by taking their survey at:

Updates from Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards

Lydia Edwards has served as City Councilor for the 1st district of Boston since 2017. She represents East Boston, Charlestown, and the North End.

Renegade’s Pub

Change of majority ownership in existing business which currently holds a neighborhood-restricted liquor license. The change in ownership requires a new liquor license application pursuant to the neighborhood-restricted license rules. Otherwise, no changes are proposed to the existing business.

Orient Heights Design Review Committee

Presentation on Design Review Committee process and meeting timeline. While the existing bylaws do not need to be amended a vote will be taken on moving informational development presentations to the Design Review Committee meetings. All development presentations that are up for a vote will remain in OHNC meetings, and Design Review Committee meeting notices and agendas will be sent out the same as OHNC meetings are.

Development Presentations


137 Leyden Street – New three-story building with six 2-bedroom units varying from 961 sq ft to 1,199 sq ft with a total of five parking spaces.


6-8 Saint Andrew Road – renovation of existing rear deck. Scope includes extending deck to upper floor, addition of an egress stair, and extension of first floor portion of deck. Renovation of rear basement access stair/door also included.


The next OHNC meeting will be held on Monday, March 15, 2021.

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