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Walsh Close to Signing Deal with Mohegan Sun

July 11, 2014
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After losing his bid to get the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to delay awarding a Boston-area casino license until after the November ballot question aimed at repealing the state’s gaming law last week, Mayor Martin Walsh avoided arbitration and is close to inking a surrounding community agreement with Mohegan Sun in  Revere. While Walsh’s press...

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Tour of ‘Inside Haymarket’ Offered

July 11, 2014
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Each Friday and Saturday from dawn to dusk, Haymarket, Boston’s centuries-old open-air market adjacent to Government Center, the North End, and Faneuil Hall, offers a unique shopping experience. Sellers of fresh produce have clustered in Haymarket since around 1830, although vendors started congregating here at least 100 years earlier. Haymarket vendors sell huge varieties...

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Downtown View: The Welcome Mat Is Yanked for Banks

July 11, 2014
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What’s so bad about a bank? They seem pretty benign. Then why do ten Boston neighborhood shopping districts, including those in the North End and Charlestown, make them or any professional office a conditional or forbidden use on the first or basement floors? Why did the Boston City Council recently vote to make banks...

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Obituaries 07-10-2014

July 11, 2014
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Carl Zellner Retired Boston City Planner; helped design Big Dig and Boston roads and parks;avid Boston historian Carl A. Zellner, a former longtime resident of Boston and Charlestown, passed away June 29 at Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis with his family at his side. He was 78 years old.
Carl was born October 4, 1935 to...

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Zen and Now

July 3, 2014
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Zen and Now

Members of Gardner’s Regiment, Charlestown Militia strike a pose outside of Charlestown Yoga. Pictured (l-r) Tom Coots, Ed Roche (black coat) and Joe Brown (green coat)

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Despite Boston’s Pleas, MGC Will Issue License

July 3, 2014
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) voted unanimously – 4-0 – to move ahead with the issuing of gaming licenses despite a November ballot question that could wipe out casino gaming altogether. Commissioner Jim McHugh led the charge saying it only makes sense to stay the course. “Proceeding now makes good sense and is good...

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Local Youths Give Ideas for Programs in City Budget

July 3, 2014
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Over the past few months Charlestown youth had their say on how the city’s budget could help programs near and dear to them or what they would like to see improved in the neighborhood. Last week, Mayor Martin Walsh announced the winning projects of the ‘Youth Lead the Change’, participatory budget initiative with Charlestown...

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BCYF Block Party Is on July 17

July 3, 2014
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Mark your calendar and bring your friends and family to a fun and free BCYF Neighborhood Block Party!  Every Thursday night in July and August from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., the BCYF Neighborhood Block Party will offer a variety of activities which, depending on the location, will include an inflatable obstacle course, a DJ,...

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Enjoy a Safe and Sane Fourth

July 3, 2014
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Back at the turn of the last century (i.e., 1900), newspapers exhorted their readers to observe a “safe and sane” Fourth of July. That’s because in communities big and small all across America, the founding of our nation had become a popular excuse for roving groups of young men to engage in mayhem of...

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Townie Tidbits

July 3, 2014
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“Who’s on first?” -Lou Costello Sometimes it is hard enough to know what time it is or how to shop when you forget the shopping. list on the kitchen table. Right? However, over the past year or two something has bugged me. Doesn’t anyone know when Charlestown was founded? I thought I knew until...

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