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Sal Giarratani Plays a G-Man in ‘Black Mass’ Film

August 1, 2014
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Sal Giarratani is character even without the cameras rolling so it’s no wonder he landed a minor role in the upcoming Johnny Depp movie ‘Black Mass’ based on the life of Irish Mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. Giarratani, a retired police officer, part-time teacher and columnist for the Charlestown Patriot Bridge, will appear in the...

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Townie Tidbits

August 1, 2014
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REMEMBERING MY UNCLE JOE My mother’s side of the family was pretty large and growing up I  had plenty of Irish uncles in my life. My mother’s family has its roots back in the Old Country in West Cork and more specifically on Bere Island, a fishy town down at Ireland’s most southwestern point....

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Downtown View

August 1, 2014
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Citizen Bob You’ll soon realize I like this man very much so I’ll say it up front. I first met Bob O’Brien, the retiring executive director of the Downtown North Association, when he showed up, uninvited, in 1990, to a meeting of the what we called the Cambridge Street Study Committee—“study” because we didn’t...

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Tiny Bubbles

July 25, 2014
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Tiny Bubbles

Children played with bubbles, ran around the pier, and danced together during the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center’s Injury Prevention Fair last Saturday, July 12.

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The Ones That Didn’t Get Away: Charlestown Resident Marco Savage Wins Youth Fishing Tournament

July 25, 2014
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The Ones That Didn’t Get Away: Charlestown Resident Marco Savage Wins Youth Fishing Tournament

More than 40 teens from Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston took part in the 4th Annual Fan Pier Celebrity Youth Fishing Tournament on Thursday, July 17th. The tournament began at 7:30 with a quick breakfast at on the docks and a few encouraging words from tournament...

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BRA Approves $4m: Rutherford Ave. Project

July 25, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority recently approved a  $4 million transit orientated project on Rutherford Avenue. The Rutherford Landing project at 463 Rutherford Ave. promises to bring transit-oriented housing to Charlestown. The $4 million project will replace a dilapidated, three-story building at 463 Rutherford Avenue with a four-story residential building. The development, proposed by 463...

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New Tolling System in Effect on Tobin

July 25, 2014
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On Monday morning MassDOT activated the new all-electronic tolling system on the Tobin Bridge/US 1 southbound. The new system is the first phase in a plan to convert all of MassDOT’s tolled facilities to an all-electronic system. The new system is completely cashless; drivers should not stop to pay the toll. “This is a...

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Townie Tidbits

July 25, 2014
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AUSTIN AND CHARLESTOWN SHARING AMERICA TOGETHER Austin, Texas over 1,500 miles away from Boston and Charlestown shares the same pride in American history. As I turned the State Capitol in Austin, I saw countless monuments to those who fought and died for their families, homes and nation. Eighty-five miles away in San Antonio, you...

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Letter to the Editor

July 25, 2014
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Action needed on splash pad Dear Editor: I am writing this message to request some action regarding the splash pad that was installed recently in Ship Yard Park. This is the 1st season the Splash Pad is in operation. It was designed for children to enjoy in the warmer months. I attended a few...

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USS Constitution Underway on July 4th for Last Turnaround Before Dry Dock

July 11, 2014
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USS Constitution Underway on July 4th for Last Turnaround Before Dry Dock

At 216 years old, the USS Constitution was still as majestic as ever during her July 4th turnaround in Boston Harbor. This is the last time Old Ironsides will be underway until 2018 as she goes into drydock later this year for restorations. The drizzly weather from the approaching Tropical Storm Arthur did not...

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