Townie Tidbits


When I think about the New England Patriots, I remember earlier in the season when the Patriots started playing a bit ugly, lots of folks outside Patriot Nation were already digging the team’s grave, but that kind of talk is so premature for this team. Worse, Patriot Haters seem

to come from New York City, and I have found plenty on my Austin, Texas, visits, too.

However, you can never count the Patriots out. They keep fighting because the players know that you only lose when you stop fighting. Also, the Patriots own the Fourth Quarter and always those last few minutes like no one else.

This all sounds like a Townie to me. What do you think?  Send in a comment to [email protected]. Let me know what you think.


The Charlestown YMCA will be holding its Community Kick-Off Party in support of its 2019 Annual Fund on Feb. 21 starting at 10 a.m. at Blackmoor Bar and Kitchen at 1 Chelsea St. For more information, go to


Can’t believe it but Starbucks in Thompson Square just celebrated its first birthday on Feb. 2.


Tommy MacDonald just wanted me to pass on the news of an upcoming Harvest on Vine fundraiser on April 25 at

6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall. More details will follow.

Thank you for your generosity and volunteering in January. We ran an extra food distribution for the furloughed workers of National Parks Service. The event went perfectly, thanks to you. We gave out roughly 4,000 pounds that day. The rangers and maintenance crew were

grateful, and we were thankful to show our gratitude to them. The National Parks Service keeps Charlestown’s historic sites well-managed and spotless, notably the Navy Yard and Monument.

Saturday, Feb. 9, 9:30 a.m., Food Distribution

Friday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m., Pantry Set-up

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6:45 p.m., Food Distribution


Saturday, March 9, following the distribution. We are holding an Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) meeting in my office. ISP is a national program that brings spirituality to homeless or recently homeless men and women. ISP was started 20 years ago by a Jesuit priest in Chicago and now operates in 30 cities. This will be the first ISP meeting in Charlestown, with the goal of making it a weekly meeting. All are welcome to attend. ISP has an excellent webpage if

you want to learn more about the program.


Last week while during some research for my commentary, I was sitting just below the balcony wall when a kid upstairs apparently flung a children’s book over and it fell onto the keyboard of a young lady down below. I never saw anyone jump as high as she did and so did I.

The book by the way was “Berries and Birdseed.” Thank God it wasn’t a dictionary. I hope the young woman doesn’t get any library PTSD over it.

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