Julia Mejia, City Council At Large Candidate

How can regular people have more of a say in city government? Should youth play a role, too? At what age should voting begin? What, besides affordability, does public transportation need? How much of the newly built housing should be affordable?

Listen to Council At Large candidate Julia Mejia address these questions, and more.

Julia Mejia on What’s up Eastie?

Alejandra St. Guillen: City of Boston Council At Large Candidate

“Are you going to community meetings? Are you going to school committee meetings? Don’t let anyone tell you your voice is less important. Youth engagement leads social change.” – City Council at large Candidate Alejandra St. Guillen

What is Alejandra St. Guillen‘s take on the city council‘s work ahead for the City of Boston? As a candidate for the city council at large position, what will she bring to the table? Listen to the candidate herself. The interviewers are Frank O’Brien of the Allandale Foundation and Kannan Thiruvengadam, host of What’s up Eastie?

Harvest Fest At Belle Isle Marsh

The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation put together a fun and educational Harvest Fest on Oct 20, 2019. Families attended, got free fresh organic local produce (Kale, Brussel sprouts, Pepper, Eggplant) from Eastie Farm, interacted with a Barred Owl and Starling thanks to Mass Audobon, made animal figurines from seed pods and other plant parts with Harborkeepers, decorated pumpkins, and added sign panels in the making of a life-size Right Whale, an endangered marine mammal. Mothers Out Front, Citizens Climate Lobby, and Our Climate were all there as well. The Right Whale art was conceived and coordinated by Our Climate. Bike to the Sea was also present sharing information about biking from various inland areas to our beautiful harbor. Second Nature sang beautiful melodies throughout the festival.

Pictures by Harborkeepers (Magdalena Ayed and Heather O’Brien), Mothers Out Front (Julia Burell), and Friends of Belle Isle Marsh (Kannan Thiruvengadam).


AirProofing East Boston

How clean is the air in East Boston? Is there anything you can do about the so called ultra-fine particulate matter that have been linked to pulmonary diseases especially in children? East Boston residents and Mothers Out Front – East Boston Chapter members Julia Burell and Gaby Perry were on What’s up Eastie? discussing their campaign to clean indoor air in East Boston, along with Professor Scott Hersey from Olin College of Engineering.  Julia Burell is also a member of Airport Impact Relief Inc. Earlier this year,  working with Olin College, AIR Inc. launched an air quality monitoring network in East Boston.

To join the Air-proofing campaign, sign up on airpartners.org.

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Julia Burell, Mother Out Front

Gaby Perry, Mother Out Front


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Professor Scott Hersey, Olin College of Engineering

Science on the Shore

This episode is part of the CASL (Communities Advancing Science Literacy) series high-lighting the work in progress in East Boston under the CASL program.

Wait! Does Piers Park Sailing Center trick kids into learning science? How? Listen to Executive Director Alex DeFronzo’s response:

Approach to Piers Park Sailing Center dock underwater in the storm of Jan 2018
PPSC youth having fun in Boston Harbor
Alex engaging youth at Maverick Landing Community Services Makerspace in making a sailboat