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Cuts to ‘T’ Service a Possibility: Any Changes Not to Take Effect Until 2013

January 19, 2012
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Charlestown residents are worried that the MBTA’s effort to clean up its operating deficit could have a profound effect on bus service in Charlestown. The MBTA announced last week that it was considering major changes in bus routes throughout Suffolk County, and this would include Charlestown. In fact, the MBTA is considering eliminating bus...

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Menino Stresses Schools in State of City Speech

January 19, 2012
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Mayor Thomas Menino’s 19th annual State of the City speech at Faneuil Hall Tuesday night was vintage Menino. Governor Deval Patrick and nearly everyone important in Suffolk County politics and Boston city government were present as the mayor delivered an address that was very well received by the loud and boisterous crowd that filled...

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Election 2011: Murphy Returned; Flaherty Denied

November 14, 2011
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The big surprise of Tuesday’s election was former city councilor and mayoral candidate Michael Flaherty. He was not returned to office. Voters throughout the city, and in Charlestown, voted more for Council President Steven Murphy than for former councilor Flaherty. “I am pleased and humbled with the results. I am grateful to all my...

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VOTE Charlestown Gets Underway November 8

November 3, 2011
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A new organization in Charlestown determined to increase voter turnout on November 8 and into the future is swinging into action. Vote Charlestown is non-partisan, collective, inclusive, and is almost apolitical with regard to political candidates running for public office. “This organization is all about bringing all factions, everyone, in fact, together in Charlestown...

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Friendly’s Files for Bankruptcy; Charlestown Location to Close

October 6, 2011
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Charlestown’s Friendly’s is being closed, it has been revealed. The doors are now locked and everyone working there has lost their job. Friendly’s officials said it is one of 30 underperforming locations to be closed in Massachusetts. The company has filed for bankruptcy in order to reorganize itself, to streamline the operation and to...

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Triple Play? House and Senate Report Out on Gambling Bill; Gov. Patrick Offers his Conditional Approval

August 25, 2011
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As expected, the House and the Senate have agreed on legislation for expanded gambling and have reported it out from committee and have made it available to the public in an action taken Tuesday by House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray. Governor Deval Patrick said he approved of the legislation and...

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State May Close Charlestown Court

July 14, 2011
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The state’s top judges have told Governor Deval Patrick they want to close the Charlestown Court and ten other courthouses across the state in order to save money. They also told the governor that he should stop hiring judges because the court system can’t afford to hire the support staff necessary to validate their...

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Graphic Boomer Tell All Memoir – The Evening News with Walter Cronkite

June 20, 2011
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Graphic Boomer Tell All Memoir – The Evening News with Walter Cronkite

The Evening News with Walter Cronkite evokes a time, the years 1967-1971, and the shift in ideals and experience through the closely observed eyes of Jack Krivitsky. He goes off to college in 1967 straddling two worlds: the upper middle class Jewish world where he’s grown up privileged on Boston’s North Shore, and is...

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Senator DiDomenico bests newcomer Barbara Bush

November 4, 2010
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Senator DiDomenico bests newcomer Barbara Bush

State Senator Sal DiDomenico defeated Charlestown’s Barbara Bush in her first foray into the political arena in balloting Tuesday. DiDomenico received 29,268 votes to Bush’s 8474 total for a 78% – 22% margin of victory. “I am extremely pleased,” DiDomenico told the Patriot-Bridge. “The people have spoken powerfully. I won’t let them down.” Earlier...

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The Townie in The Town

September 30, 2010
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The Townie in The Town

Frank Garvin was born on Washington Street, was raised by his grandmother and his aunts and uncles on Austin Street and spent much of his youth just being a regular Charlestown kid during the early 1960’s. As an adult, he became a police chief. While some of his childhood friends chose different paths, he...

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