Neighborhood Round Up

MAPS OF HISTORIC CHARLESTOWN FOR SALE NOW AT  THE LIBRARY

Several years ago a history committee created a map of some of the historic buildings in Charlestown. There are 23 historic structures illustrated on the map which also contains the history of Charlestown, Boston’s oldest village. The maps are 18-x-24 inches and designed to be mounted in a standard-sized frame. The price is $10 for the black-and-white map, the colored version is $20 and both include a mailing tube.. They are available at the circulation desk of the library during regular hours.  Proceeds from the sale of the maps are used for programs for adults and children in the Charlestown Branch Library. These maps make great gifts for friends who don’t live here any more, college students and, new residents in town.

HARVEST ON VINE FOOD PANTRY

The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry is requesting this week boxes of cereal, small bags of rice or mac ‘n cheese. Any donation of non-perishable foods that you could make would also be greatly appreciated.

Donations can be dropped off at the Food Pantry at 49 Vine St. (Hayes Square), The Cooperative Bank at 201 Main St. and at the Parish Center on 46 Winthrop St. (across from the Training Field).  Financial donations can be sent to: Harvest on Vine, Parish Center, 46 Winthrop St., Charlestown, MA 02129. For more information, call Tom MacDonald, director, at 617-990-7314.

‘CHARLESTOWN & BEYOND’ CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS

Join host Kathy “Cookie” Giordano as she celebrates the Holidays on this week’s Charlestown and Beyond Show, aired on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 6:30 p.m.  Special guests will be joining in to share their greetings and good wishes for the New Year.

Charlestown & Beyond appears on BNN-TV Boston Comcast channel 9, RCN channel 15, and Verizon channel 1961 on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Reruns can be seen on the same TV stations on Thursdays at 11:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. It can also be seen on Youtube at Charlestown and Beyond and Facebook at “Charlestown & Beyond.”

To contact Cookie go to [email protected] or call her at 617-477-1406.

MGH High Street Holiday hours

For the Holidays MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center at 73 High Street will be open Monday Dec. 24, until 3 p.m. and will be closed on Christmas Day with regular hours the rest of the week. The center will be open regular hours on New Year’s Eve and will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Happy Holidays!

CHARLESTOWN LIONS CLUB IS COLLECTING COATS!

The Charlestown Lions Club is collecting coats for children, babies and adults until Jan. 7, 2019. Our Charlestown Cooperative Bank has generously offered to bethe collection site for the coats again, and they may be dropped off at the bank during regular banking hours.All coats must be in good condition with no rips, tears, broken zippers or permanentstains and all pockets should be emptied. The coats will be delivered to Anton’s Cleanersin Somerville where they will be cleaned free of charge and then distributed to those inneed of warmth this winter.

USS CONSTITUTION TO COMMEMORATE HISTORIC BATTLE

USS Constitution will host a ceremony on Saturday, December 29, from 11:30 a.m. to noon to commemorate the 206th anniversary of the War of 1812 battle between USS Constitution and HMS Java.

Participating in the ceremony will be USS Constitution’s 75th Commanding Officer Cmdr. Nathaniel Shick, Constitution Museum’s Gallery of Operations Manager Gary Foreman, and other invited guests. The program will include readings from deck log entries surrounding the battle and a gun salute from USS Constitution at noon, followed by a moment of silence.

Under orders to “annoy the enemy and to afford protection to our commerce,” Capt. William Bainbridge, 9th Commanding Officer of USS Constitution, headed to the Brazilian coast in search of merchant vessels. Finding the HMS Java, the two ships engaged in battle. The battle saw USS Constitution’s spars and rigging damaged, her wheel completely shattered, and her captain wounded in both thighs from shrapnel. Despite these setbacks, Constitution was able to best her enemy, and Java struck her colors after a hard fought three-and-a-half-hour battle.

Defeat of HMS Java was a significant turning point in naval engagements for the remainder of the War of 1812.

For more news and information on USS Constitution, visit: www.navy.mil/local/constitution or www.facebook.com/ussconstitutionofficial.

COULD YOUR DOG BE A PET THERAPIST?

Each week at Mass General Hospital, a group of dogs bring joy and comfort to patients through the Pet Therapy Program. Mass General’s Volunteer Department is seeking volunteers to expand the Pet Therapy Program. Candidates must have a dog who is at least 1 year old, enjoys and is comfortable with being with people, and is willing to be screened through MGH’s designated certification agency. Must be available to visit patients on a weekly basis.  Regular hours for Pet Therapy are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.  However, hours can be flexible.  Contact Jackie Nolan at 617-724-1753 for more information.

Harvest on Vine Food Pantry

The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry is requesting boxes of cereal and small bags of rice, two items that empty the shelves fast. Any donation on non-perishable foods that you could make would also be greatly appreciated.

Donations can be dropped off at the Food Pantry at 49 Vine St. (Hayes Square), The Cooperative Bank at 201 Main St. and at the Parish Center on 46 Winthrop St. (across from the Training Field).  Financial donations can be sent to: Harvest on Vine, Parish Center, 46 Winthrop St., Charlestown, MA 02129. For more information, call Tom MacDonald, director, at 617-990-7314.

CHARLESTOWN LIONS CLUB COLLECTING FOR DISASTER RELIEF

The Charlestown Lions Club is collecting donations to go to disaster relief. The donations will be used to benefit those affected by the local gas explosions and recent hurricanes in the South.

ALL proceeds will be donated – there are no administrative  costs.

Checks may be made out to Charlestown Lions Club – LCIF and sent to:

P.O. Box 290474, Charlestown, MA 02129 If you have any questions, please email Moe Gillen [email protected]

MICRO HOCKEY     IS BACK!

Charlestown Youth Hockey has opened registration for Micro Hockey, which is a Learn-to-Play Hockey program for boys and girls, 5 to 8 years of age, who have not yet played organized team hockey.  Only basic skating skills are necessary.  Younger players may qualify after a coach evaluation.  The program will run on Saturdays from 10 to 11:45 a.m.  The first session will run through March 9.  Space is limited.  To register or obtain the required equipment list, go to WWW.CYHA.COM and click on the MICRO HOCKEY tab.  Email questions to [email protected]

FAMILY SUPPORT MEETINGS

New family support group for people suffering from alcohol or other addictions is meeting Mondays at 7 p.m. at the First Church in Charlestown. For more information call Shawn 781-733-1327.

CHARLESTOWN HIGH SCHOOL FUNDRAISER

The Friends of Charlestown High are presenting Night on the C-Town a fundraiser featuring music, food, raffles, and more. Dec. 13, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Check it out at https://NIGHTONTHEC-TOWN.EVENTBRITE.COM.

WINTER ART LABS FOR KIDS AT ESSEM ART STUDIO

Register for Art Labs at Essem Art Studio facilitated by artist, creative, and fellow Charlestown mom, Sophia Moon.Art Labs are loosely facilitated activities that permit exploration and creative play so little ones can develop confidence in creating art and self expression through various mediums—acrylic paints, watercolors, color pencils, modeling clay, and/or miscellaneous art/craft supplies. Art Labs can be modified for all ages and are also meant to be interactive so if you are bringing your little one(s), come ready to have fun and get messy. All materials are provided. All children must be accompanied and remain under the care of a parent/guardian at all times. If you would like to book a private party/event, please email us at [email protected]

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