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Townie Tidbits By Sal Giarratani: Charlestown Rocks with Personal Stories

March 28, 2014
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A neighborhood isn’t defined by its geographic borders but by its people and history. Charlestown is only one square mile but inside this little patch of land are a million stories past. present and hopefully into the distant future. My mother always told me that I was Irish like her. Her family settled in...

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Downtown View: Downtown Changing, Good for All

March 28, 2014
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An important part of Boston is in flux—good flux. It will be interesting to see how the details work themselves out. You have probably known the district as Downtown Crossing ever since it got a little seedy, the Washington Street subway station changed its name, Jordan Marsh became Macy’s, and Filene’s and the basement...

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Guest Op-ed Basic City Services From Mayor Martin J. Walsh

March 28, 2014
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As Mayor of Boston, I am fortunate to have the ability, and responsibility, to make a difference in the lives of our residents on a daily basis. One of the most important ways we do this is through basic city services – efforts that often times go unnoticed. The men and women who pick up our...

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Charlestown Beat

March 28, 2014
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POLICE/COMMUNITY MEETING: Meet the police & discuss public safety issues on the  third Tuesday of every month at the police station, 20 Vine Street, at 6:30 p.m., 2nd floor, community room. POLICE RELATED INFO: Contact the District A-1 Community Service Office at 617-343-4627. REPORT DRUG DEALING: Contact the District A-1 Confidential Drug Line at...

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Police Briefs 03-27-2014

March 28, 2014
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Warrant 03/18/14 – Officers in the area of Tufts Street placed an individual under arrest for an outstanding Chelsea Court warrant charging shoplifting. Robbery – Firearm – Residence 03/18/14 – A victim on Carney Court reported when she returned home, she saw two white males wearing black masks in her apartment building. The suspects...

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Hundreds Pay Final Respects to Flo Johnson

March 19, 2014
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Hundreds Pay Final Respects to Flo Johnson

Florence Johnson was laid to rest this past Saturday morning at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlestown.  More than 200 people attended her funeral, including members of the Rolling Thunder veterans motorcycle group and many veterans from Charlestown. Johnson was a Gold Star Mother, having lost her son Edward (Teddy) in the Vietnam War....

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Life in Charlestown in 1630 Talk at Library on Tuesday

March 19, 2014
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Life in Charlestown in 1630 Talk at Library on Tuesday

What was life like in Charlestown in in the early 1600’s? Just 10 years after the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth; a group of settlers from the Old World crossed the Atlantic on the ship Arabella and landed in Charlestown, just 2 years after it was founded. The passengers included Anne Bradstreet who was 18...

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BRA Grants Approval to Changes at Hood Site

March 19, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) this week approved a project change to the proposed research and office park planned for Hood Dairy Site in Charlestown.   The $25 million project at 500 Rutherford Ave.  is part of a 20-acre development plan that will transform the existing industrial plant into a state of the art...

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Attend the Casino Meeting on March 26

March 19, 2014
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Growing up in the 1960s, a popular show on television was Dragnet, where the main character Sergeant Joe Friday would always say, “Just the facts, ma’am.” For many Charlestown residents and organizations, the facts are what are missing from the Wynn Resort proposal in Everett.  There seems to be a huge chasm between the...

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Police Briefs 03-20-2014

March 19, 2014
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Breaking and Entering 03/10/14 – A victim on Pleasant Street reported while at home, she heard a male swearing in a loud voice and her lawn patio furniture being moved. Upon investigating, she found a male suspect had made his way through a rear door into the common hallway. The suspect, who was unsteady...

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