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



Public Access to East Boston’s Waterfront

Mary Ellen Welch is becoming a regular on “What’s up Eastie?” 🙂 And I couldn’t be happier about that. Joining Mary Ellen, were Magdalena Ayed of Harborkeepers, Alex DeFronzo of Piers Park Sailing Center, and John Walkey of Chelsea Greenroots, to discuss public access to East Boston’s waterfront.

Photo credit: Magdalena Ayed


Immigration Law


We don’t have to tell East Bostonians that immigration is a hot button issue. On today’s show we take a deep dive into immigration and immigration law with our guest Matt Cameron, an immigration attorney at Cameron Law Offices right here in East Boston. Listen and learn more about the immigration process; you may also find that a few immigration myths and mis-facts about undocumented people are dispelled along the way.

Get connected to Matt and the attorneys at the Cameron Law Offices through the link above, and through the following channels:

  • Cameron Law Offices: (617) 567- 0508
  • Facebook: Matt Cameron

If youth are looking to get involved with immigration issues, check out Student Immigration Movement (SIM).

Also check out the book, Guarding the Golden Door, that Matt recommends as a great grounding in American immigration law and history.