Townie Tidbits


Our pantry membership is growing, thus we need your support more than ever. Along with the 160 registered families that came for food last Tuesday, 17 new families signed up. We have five volunteer opportunities in June.

Distribution 1

Set-up, Friday, June 8, 4:00 p.m.

Distribution, Saturday, June 9, 10:00 a.m.
Distribution 2

Set-up, Monday, June 25, 4:00 p.m.

Distribution, Tuesday, June 26, 7:00 p.m.   
Cook-out: Tuesday, June 12, 5:00 p.m.
We need volunteers, SO COME ON DOWN!


I love the Bunker Hill Day Parade held annually in Charlestown. It has always been my favorite holiday parade. Growing up we almost never missed more than two or three of them. It was a chance for my mom to touch base with her Townie roots. As  a young woman her family moved to Malden but my mom was always back in town. Her friends were all there, she was a city girl at heart. She would love top dance all the time down at Rogan’s Hal in City Square.

My mother stayed I touch with many of her old friends right into old age when they all started dropping like flies as my mom would put it. My earliest recollection of the parade was watching it down at City Square across from Station 15 where the cops were ice cream men on parade day. Loved those Hoodsies. Can still taste them especially as the parade starts to get really near.

I started marching in them back in 1981 with the Peoples Firehouse #2 Committee contingent. I remember the parade decked out in my Larry Bird shorts working near Bobby Walsh. We were conquering heroes that parade day. We kept our Engine 50 in Charlestown in the Winthrop Street Firehouse. The city had their ideas but we had ours. We won the day by taking action stopping the city from removing the apparatus out of town

Over the years I have a collection of great memories stored up in my head safely tucked away into a storage facility up there. I›ve marched in the sun, shade, dry, wet and humid. My best weather would be sunny,  about 82 with a southern  wind. Get a little tan and some good exercise.

I will be marching again this year. If you see me marching by you, yell  out my name. If you’re lucky, you might get a selfie  with me for next week’s Patriot edition. Who knows. I could make you famous like me.

Hope to see everyone on Sunday. Stay cool or hot as weather permits. Watch what you’re eating or drinking. Keep everything happy and place the 2018 memories up inside your own storage facility in your own head.


Sal Giarratani and Bobby Wallace walking in the 1981 parade with the crew from the Peoples Firehouse.


Photo by Maria Girvin ( I still remember her too)

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