Author: Sal Giarratani

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GRANDPA’s OWEN GETS BAPTISED Two Sundays ago down in Norwood Center at St. Catherine of Siena Parish,  my first-ever grandchild, Owen Richard Morrison got christened. I still can’t believe how fast life passes by us. I still remember my daughter…

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FREE COFFEE AT BUNKER HILL MALL Two weeks ago while parking at the Bunker Hill Mall, I noticed a large crowd gathering around this neat old bus. The closer I got to this sight, I  noticed it was a coffee…

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MORE FEEDBACK ON POTATO SHEDS MONUMENT Dear Sal: I am a reader of Townie Tidbits, which is how I learned about the history of the potato sheds – thank you for spreading the word and for your continued attention to…

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WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN TO OUR POST OFFICE? The news is out there at the end of this year, basically the Charlestown post office must leave the Bunker Hill Mall because the owners of the mall and CVS Pharmacy are working…

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MOVING FROM ENGINE 50 TO POTATO SHEDS The Engine 50 Birthday celebration was great a few weeks ago thanks to so many folks who made it happen, especially the energetic Julie Hall, who now presides over the Charlestown Historical Society.…

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CASTLE ISLAND BREWING TAKES BEER GARDEN TO CHARLESTOWN Castle Island Brewing Company has now opened a beer garden,  which will run through the end of the summer over at Constitution Wharf in Charlestown. It had previously planned to open the…

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THE VIEW FROM THOMPSON SQUARE On this past Monday, I met up with Julie Hall is spearheaded today’s Engine 50 Birthday Party at at the Monument.  Engine Company #50 has been in operation since July 26, 1918, at 9 a.m.…

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“YO AMO LA PAZ” Over this summer, community activists in East Boston  have been holding peace marches for a safe summer in the neighborhood. One sign carrier held up a sign in Spanish that read YO AMO LA PAZ, translated…

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MEN OF THE CLOTH IN CHARLESTOWN Growing up outside Charlestown, I remember the towering presence of Father Brock. He was the chaplain  at Boston City Hospital for decades when I was living my life in the South End and Lower Roxbury. He and…

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HARVEST ON VINE BBQ CELEBRATION The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry held a super celebration on Tuesday, June 12. It was a big hit. The parking areas was standing rom only. The food line looked like a ticket gate at…