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When Is a Lodging House Not a Lodging House?

February 26, 2015
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 I am not too sure what is a house sharing host and how does this person differ from an innkeeper or a lodge owner? I am glad that Joe Bianco’s experience sharing rooms in his Green Street house with out of town visitors to Boston. he alludes to former guests who stayed with him...

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Letters to the Editor

February 26, 2015
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Joe is great Dear Editor: I just wanted to send you a note relating to your story about Joe Bianco and his AirBNB place on Green Street. Joe’s great. My wife and I had been renting in Charlestown on Warren Street in 2013 when our son was born. Of course, my sister (from the...

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Taxing the Host: Charlestown AirBNB Host Defends Service

February 23, 2015
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Taxing the Host: Charlestown AirBNB  Host Defends Service

A package lay on the doorstep of Joe Bianco’s Green Street home some time back. The package had come from an Australian family. It contained candy, pictures of Australia, other Aussie cultural favorites and even some Vegemite to top it all off. It’s the kind of thing guests at his unit – a first...

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Engaged Charlestown Ready for Next Steps

February 23, 2015
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Engaged Charlestown Ready for Next Steps

After what has been termed a successful beginning last Wednesday, Feb. 11, in an initial all-Charlestown forum with some elected officials and Wynn Resorts, the effort has continued this week with the scheduling of regular office hours and ongoing meetings. John Tocco of Wynn Everett announced this week that he will begin holding monthly...

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Charlestown Community Health Assessment Online Survey Now Available

February 23, 2015
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Charlestown residents will have their say about the community’s overall health by completing a Quality of Life survey beginning this week.  The survey can be taken online or in paper form and is a continuation of the larger Community Health Needs Assessment done in 2012, which featured numerous meetings and charities and surveys. “We...

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The Winter of Our Discontent

February 23, 2015
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Although the temperatures have been below zero with wind chills even colder, tempers have been rising among just about all of us as the snow and our frustrations continue to pile up. Yes, life is difficult in the city, where parking spaces are non-existent, tickets are being issued, cars are being towed, traffic is...

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Don’t be Fooled

February 23, 2015
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Like an annoying alarm clock that predictably shouts its tone, late last week and this week several establishment lawmakers and transportation pundits began blaming the MBTA’s implosion on a lack of taxes and on the majority of voters who repealed the automatic gas tax increases last November. Don’t be fooled, please. In the daily...

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Letters to the Editor

February 23, 2015
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Helping Charlestown Recovery House To the Editor: On January 23rd, 2015, a few close friends got together for the Fourth Annual Swim-a-thon for the Charlestown Recovery House. Held at the YMCA in Charlestown, as in the past, awareness and funds were raised in hope that the residents of the Recovery House may continue their...

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Wynn Community Meeting With Engaged Charlestown Proves Productive, Useful

February 12, 2015
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Wynn Resorts officials revealed that the most current traffic counts for Sullivan Square and Rutherford Avenue showed the casino project would generate around 523 new trips during peak hours – a 15 percent increase – during an extensive meeting at Bunker Hill Community College Wednesday night with residents that covered five critical topics regarding...

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Wynn Officials, Boston Meeting to Discuss Traffic

February 12, 2015
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Despite the City of Boston’s cold reception of Wynn Everett when it comes to negotiating mitigation agreements and other such things, apparently working out traffic problems with Wynn has not been so taboo – including very detailed discussions of traffic fixes in Sullivan Square. Bob DeSalvio, vice president of development for Wynn Everett, told...

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