Townie Tidbits

June 24, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani

IT WASN’T MY FAULT

Last week, at the Chamber of Commerce marketplace at the Bunker Hill Mall I was told I recently was in error in my recent piece on the People’s Firehouse story.  I never thought I wrote the word, “Butterflies,” I thought I said “Honeybees.” however, even that apparently wasn’t good enough. I promise from now on never to compare people with insects again.

RAISING BUCKS FOR CHARLESTOWN LITTLE LEAGUE

Caught up with two Townies who play Charlestown Little League baseball over at the Bunker Hill Mall recently outside Whole Foods collecting funds for their baseball program.It is good to see little kids still like baseball.

Paton  Nyhan and Connor Woods ( l to r)

photo by Sal Giarratani

REMEMBER WHEN PRICES WERE CHEAP?

 I was walking along Pearl Street recent and passed 12 Pearl Street where I lived back when I was only 20 years old. Down the street a bit there were three matchbox houses at 32, 34 and 36 Pearl. In 1969-70, one of them went up for sale for, can you believe, $9,900. If we knew then what we know now, we could have been millionaires today.

Number 12 Pearl Street today still looks pretty much the same as yesterday  except the rents.

Photo by Sal Giarratani

THEY MUST BE HALF ITALIAN THERE

There is a beautiful stone lion that sits out-front between 284 and 286 Bunker Hill Street. I always thought, you needed two lions out front and one would not do. Then, I realized the folks there must only be half-Italian.

This might not  go over big time here but in the North End, it would be a big joke making everyone laugh.

BEV MAKES GREAT GRAVY

I hear Beverly Gibbons makes the best gravy in Charlestown. I was told this by both Bev and her gravy mentor City Councilor Sal LaMattina. When my mom married my dad, he tried to tell her that spaghetti sauce was actually gravy. She looked at him like he had two heads. To my mom, that brown stuff is used on turkeys or meat loaf but never on pasta.

My dad gave in and started calling it sauce too.