Townie Tidbits

August 31, 2017
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Story and Photos By Sal Giarratani

EDWARDS LOOS LIKE A PLAYER IN CHARLESTOWN TOO

Over 200 grown folk from Charlestown attended a Community Cookout by District 1 council candidate Lydia Edwards at the Monument Street basketball court, and it looked like a great time by all.

 

GIANT RALLY IN CHARLESTOWN FOR WALSH

Mayor Walsh has a big lead over Tito Jackson, but he isn›t taking anything for granted. A big rally was recently held in Charlerstown, and the biggest news was that Lorrie Higgins is a major part of this Women for Walsh rally

Former City Councilor Michael McCormack thinks Higgins appearance indicates that Walsh isn’t letting up his guard against Tito. Says MCormack, “She’s a very personable, very nice, very professional. She’s an asset to the Walsh campaign.” And as Higgins stated herself, “Don’t take for granted for a minute that Marty Walsh can get reelected.”

 

CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO TWO FAMILES

Phyllis Bryant recently passed away at 93 years old. Born in Boston and raised in Charlestown, she was a certified social worker at the Kennedy Center for more than 40 years and a strong advocate of the elderly and a voice for the mentally impaired. Bryant was a former board member of the Lindemann Center in Boston and past president of Parents and Friends of Exceptionable People in Charlestown.

Also passing away was Brother Joe Gillen (George Carey Gillen). He was 87 years old when he died in early August in the Philippines and was a missionary religious brother in the Brothers of Mercy of St. John of God for 71 years of his life.

His two brothers Moe and Bob have announced that there will be a memorial Mass for him on August 20 at 900 am. Stay tuned for more details.

 

CASSANDRA IS FINDING THOSE MISSING Rs NOW

Bumped into Billy Boyle doing some voter outreach outside the Passacantilli Charlestown headquarters last week, I stopped to chat a while.

He’s there for a few hours every day meeting and greeting all who pass by him.

While we two were talking, Joe Zuffante walked up with his daughter, Cassandra. The next day she was flying to London. Strange thing, she has started finding all those missing Rs, we Bostonians have lost. Now she’s sounding like an English woman.

My nephew Dominic down in Austin, Texas is finding all the Rs that he never knew existed too. Now he’s starting to sound pretty Texan and cowboyish too.

I don’t need no stinkin’ Rs. I like my Boston accent and my Roxbury-Charlestown dialect, too. I carry it wherever I go and use it proudly.

 

AST BOSTON SOUP KITCHEN GETS TOWNIE HELP

The latest addition to the East Boston Soup Kitchen staff is Eddie Green from Soley Street. He joined the team last week. I have been there every Tuesday for the past six months. It will soon be celebrating its first anniversary. Time flies when people are hungry.