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Absentee Ballots Now Available for Sept.9 Primary

August 8, 2014
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Absentee ballots are now available for the State Primary Election, which will take place on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Absentee voters are required to fill out a new application each calendar year. Applications may be obtained by calling the Election Department at 617-35-3767, or through the Department’s website: www.cityofboston.gov//elections. If a voter is unsure...

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Thank You to Mr. Paul Murphy and Mr. Andrew Criscione

August 8, 2014
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I would like to thank you very much for the MGH HealthCare Center, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Charlestown Merit Scholarship. Your generosity is much appreciated I will put the funds to good use at the University of Missouri. Many Thanks, Sincerely, Mather Hoyt

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Charlestown Runners Help Dana-Farber Falmouth and Jimmy Fund

August 8, 2014
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On August 17, 3 runners from Charlestown, MA, will run the 42nd annual New Balance Falmouth Road Race in Falmouth, Mass., to help conquer cancer as members of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s team. Kimberly Cook, Stephen McCaffrey running for Team Lanzoni and Rebecca Santos along with more than 225 Dana-Farber teammates from New England and beyond, will...

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A Month in the Country

August 8, 2014
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(first published in August 2013) For the first time since I was 18 years old, I have spent a month in the country. And what a beautiful country it is. Fifty shades of green complimented by the bluest sky ever. Puffy clouds ranging from gray to bright white. Dozens of goldfinches, which my father-in-law...

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Charlestown’s Whole Foods Helps Neighborhood

August 1, 2014
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Charlestown’s Whole Foods Helps Neighborhood

Whole Foods Market in Charlestown, the supermarket giant that took over the Johnny’s Foodmaster in Thompson Square is continuing its good neighbor policy since arriving in the neighborhood. Whole Foods made a commitment to help Charlestown residents go to college and offset some costs through its “5 Percent Day”. The Charlestown Whole Foods donated...

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Alford St. Bridge to Be Completely Operational Friday

August 1, 2014
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Senator Sal DiDomenico recently announced that he has been informed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Mass DOT) that the Alford Street Bridge will be completely open on Friday, August 1..  Mass DOT is currently in the final stages of barrier construction, and all four lanes will soon be open. “I am excited to...

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Darcy Ertl Takes Second Place In Mayor’s Garden Contest

August 1, 2014
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced the winners of the Mayor’s 2014 Garden Contest that included  Darcy Ertl from Charlestown who won a second place award for Porch, Balcony, Deck or Window Box Garden..   Now in its 18th year, the contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, and shrubs, and, in the...

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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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