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Success: No Ethanol Trains Here!

Many thanks to the MA Joint Ways and Means Committee members, who passed an amendment to the budget that once signed into law, would stop Global Oil from transporting millions of gallons of ethanol by train across the Commonwealth and into their facility on the Chelsea Creek. Global Oil then met with Senators Petruccelli, DiDomenico and Jehlen to say THEY WERE WITHDRAWING THEIR PROPOSAL to transport ethanol by train because there's too much opposition! This was a huge victory for the members of NOAH's Chelsea Creek Action Group and the Chelsea Collaborative's Greenspace, who worked tirelessley to help bring this about. Congratulations and thank you to all of our members and friends who contacted members of the Conference Committee and have advocated for long months.

Our work to stop the ethanol trains continues. This week, NOAH staff and members of the Chelsea Creek Action Group met with Rosemary Powers, the Governor's Deputy Chief of Staff for Government Affairs. We urged the Governor to support the amendment that would deny a Chapter 91 license to ethanol storage or blending facilities in densely populated neighborhoods. The devastating train accident in Quebec over the weekend underscores the risks to public safety of transporting hazardous materials by train through urban communities, so we hope that the Governor will act now to prevent a future disaster. While in the statehouse, we also paid a visit to Senator Anthony Petruccelli to thank him for his tremendous leadership on the ethanol issue.

NOAH's 25th on Thursday, June 20th!


Thanks to all who joined us for NOAH's 25th Anniversary Fundraiser on the evening of June 20th from 5:30 to 7:45 PM at the Hyatt Harborside. This fun waterfront event celebrated NOAH's 25th anniversary, and honored Citizens Bank, one of our long-term supporters. The keynote address was given by John Jacobs, co-founder of the Life is good apparel company.

Our thanks go to Mssrs. Beal and Sargent for Co-Chairing this event. We are grateful for all support enabling us to serve oft-disenfranchised, disadvantaged, residents and communities in the years ahead.


Champion Sponsor:
Citizens Bank
Host Sponsors:
Bank of New York Mellon, The Beal Companies & Dellbrook Construction
Captain Sponsors:
Deloitte & MHIC
Table Sponsors:
Alexander Aronson Finning PC, Bartlett Hackett Feinberg PC, Boston Private Bank, Boston Community Capital, DiMella Shaffer & MassHousing
Friends of NOAH:
Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Columbia Pictures, Corcoran Management Company, East Boston Savings Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Narrow Gate Architects LTD & Smolak & Vaughan LLP


NOAH 25th Annual Dinner Featured Under Sec. Gornstein & Sen. Petruccelli

City Councillor Feliz Arroyo joined Aaron Gornstein, Under Secretary for Housing and Community Development, and Senator Anthony Petruccelli and NOAH guests at our 25th Annual Dinner on Thursday, December 13th at Spinelli's in East Boston.  Councillor Felix Arroyo presented NOAH Executive Director Philip Giffee an Official Resolution congratulating NOAH for its 25 years of service to the community. Senator Petruccelli gave the keynote address, discussing issues such as foreclosure prevention law, stopping trains carrying Ethanol (at least short-term), challenges in the FY14 budget, and more. He also congratulated Phil and NOAH on reaching its 25th year, saying that the community was blessed to ahve a strong community partner like NOAH. Under Secretary Gornstein talked about the Governor's new goal of creating 10,000 housing units, noting that such housing was critical to the economy, as it will keep families here in Mass. and also attract new skilled workers. He discussed the CDP Act, and the fact that NOAH was one of only 27 CDC's in the State able to compete for its grant and tax credit funding. He commented on the Grand Opening of Stevens Corner earlier this year, and said he was looking forward to a Ground Breaking in Carlisle soon. He noted that new awards will be announced in January; NOAH has an application in for the Sitkowski School project in Webster. Later, there was a Silent Auction of the CCAG  Youth photographs of East Boston, with many eager purchasers.


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