Community Rights

Two community organizers joined me on Zumix Radio to discuss community rights: New Hampshire Community Rights Network Michelle Sanborn, and long-term local (East Boston) community leader Mary Ellen Welch.

For listeners’ reference, Mary Ellen mentions the book Rites of Way.

To learn more about New Hampshire’s community rights movement, check out and

Tackling Hunger in Massachusetts

Project Bread‘s Eric Si and Maura Ackerman joined What’s Up Eastie? to discuss the statewide problem of hunger and what Project Bread is doing to tackle that.

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Project Bread is celebrating its 50th Walk for Hunger & 5K Run. Register at  Funds you raise as a walker, runner, or volunteer are distributed to hundreds of anti-hunger programs across the state that help the 1 in 10 food-insecure residents in Massachusetts.

Access points for free summer meals for those 18 and under:
Project Bread’s year-round multi-lingual FoodSource Hotline: 800-645-8333Individuals can also chat live with counselors at

  1. Call the FoodSource Hotline at 800-645-8333
  2. Text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877
  3. Visit
  4. Download the SummerEats app on iOS or Android, get SummerEats!


Community Preservation

On Jan 31 2018, City of Boston’s Community Preservation Director Christine Poff came on What’s up Eastie? to explain how CPA works in general and how its implementation in Boston is likely to unfold. Two community members also joined me on the show to add color and ask questions.

Listen to the show here:

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CPA Director Christine Poff on ‘What’s up Eastie’ with show host Kannan Thiruvengadam

Suffolk Downs Development

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Alex DeFronzo, a member of the Impact Advisory Group for the development, Magdalena Ayed, Director of The Harborkeepers, and Mary Ellen Welch, long term community activist in East Boston, came on What’s Up Eastie? to discuss this development and the community engagement process for impact assessment and mitigation.

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Learn More:

Get Involved:

Reach Out:

Organization Individual Title Phone Email

(Boston Planning and Development Agency)

Tim Czerwienski Project Manager 617-918-5303
HYM Tom O’Brien 617-248-8905
Paul Crisalli 617-248-8905
Douglas J Manz 617-248-8905

(Mass Environment Policy Act)

Page Czepiga Environmental Analyst 617-626-1021
Lauren DeVoe Project Contact 617-607-0091

(Impact Advisory Group)

Alex DeFronzo
Joe Mario
Margaret Hammond
Roberta Marchi
Joe Arangio
Debra Cave
Ben Downing
Margaret Farmer
Madeleine Steczynski
Ernani DeAraujo
Kathy Orlando
Claudia Sierra
Ann Margaret Gutierrez
Erica Capogreco
Eleanor Catino



Eastie Journalism

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How do you get your news? What do you think about the quality of journalism today? My guests Jordan Frias, President of the New England chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and Mary Ellen Welch, long term East Boston community activist, discuss local and city print news media. How has coverage changed since the time of East Boston Community News (1969-1989)?

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From East Boston Community News last issue dated May 16, 1989