Editorials

Enjoy the Weekend — Safely

May 27, 2016
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We saw a statistic the other day that seemed baffling: The death toll on our nation’s roads and highways once again is on the rise. Last year, there were 38,000 highway fatalities in America. That’s about 100 Americans killed every day in motor vehicle-related crashes and accidents. In addition, there are hundreds of thousands...

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Let’s Remember the True Meaning of Memorial Day

May 27, 2016
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Memorial Day, our most solemn national holiday, will take place this weekend. It is symptomatic of our national culture that for most Americans, the true meaning of Memorial Day has long been lost amidst the excesses of our materialistic society. Since the 1960s, when Congress voted to make it part of a three-day weekend,...

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Downtown View:Fish,Flowers and Fresh Produce

May 20, 2016
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By Karen Taylor Last year for my birthday one of my daughters gave me flowers. These were not the usual birthday flowers. They were delivered to my door for several weeks from the one-eighth acre garden of Ferriss Buck Donham of Arlington. The flowers Ferriss provided were different from those available from even the...

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Townie Tidbits

May 20, 2016
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THE “FATHER DAN” TO THE RESCUE Recently, the Boston Fire Department added a new boat to its fire fighting fleet. It was named after Rev. Dan Mahoney who has been a fire chaplain since 1964. Father Dan has been a vital part of the Boston Fire Department, St. Francis de Sales Paish and all...

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New Fundraiser in Charlestown Directed to Help the Homeless

May 13, 2016
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By Seth Daniel One Charlestown resident and Tempo Cycle are combining efforts to have two innovative fundraisers this month to benefit a jobs program for the homeless in Boston. Anthony Toppi, a steering committee member for Project Place in the South End, kicked things off by hosting a 45-minute spin class for charity last...

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Townie Tidbits

May 13, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani WELL IT WAS QUATRO DE MAYO TIME AGAIN  While many out there celebrate Cinco de Mayo every May 5, I am one of those “May the Fourth be with you” celebrants since MAY 4 is my Birthday Day. I still refuse to get old or accept those senior freebies out there. Not all, Thanks...

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Impact of Charter Schools on Charlestown

May 7, 2016
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By Debra Dobbs As the statewide debate over the expansion of charter schools continues and November’s ballot question to lift the existing cap on charter school looms, it’s important to consider the impact of charter schools on Charlestown. This year alone, charter schools will siphon off $119,405,100 in funds that would otherwise stay in...

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Townie Tidbits

May 7, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani QUOTE TO NOTE “Donald Trump is going to put up a wall and the Mexicans are going to pay for it in order to keep themselves out. Brilliant. And who made the greatest wall? China. So we have to outsource the work to them. We have our own immigration problems in...

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Townie Tidbits

April 28, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani REMEMBERING THE DAY THE POTATO SHEDS FRENCH FRIED ITSELF  One of my mother›s brothers worked down at the Potato Sheds for years for the F.J. Ward Produce Company. Eventually, he graduated from Bentley College and then bought the business when Mr. Ward retired. My Uncle Jim Callahan was smart. He kept...

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Letter to the Editor

April 28, 2016
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Have fun –  and help preserve our historic Town! Dear Editor: Last fall, the Charlestown Preservation Society (CPS) launched a new Task Force entitled Protect Historic Charlestown (PHC). The mission of the Task Force is to help protect the historic character and the architecture of Charlestown in partnership with the City of Boston. The...

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