Editorials

An Olympics in Boston?

January 16, 2015
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The prospect of hosting a Summer Olympics in Boston has been bandied about for many years, but it now appears as though things might get serious in light of Boston’s selection as the top choice of American cities to contend for the designation world-wide in 2024. As far as we know, in terms of dollars and cents,...

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Townie Tidbits

January 16, 2015
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BOSTON SUES GAMING COMMISSION  OVER EVERETT CASINO SITE  Plans by Wynn Resorts’ plan to build a resort casino at the Everett -Charlestown line now is facing a new hurdle thrown by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in the form of a lawsuit against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for denying folks in neighboring Charlestown and all...

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Ring Out the Old….

January 4, 2015
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The New Year always provides us with a time of reflection, both upon the year that has passed and upon the one to come. The opening lines of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, Ring Out, Wild Bells, sums up what we all feel at this time of year: Ring out, wild bells, to the wild...

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Letter to the Editor

January 4, 2015
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Thank you for the support Dear Editor, “In the end it will not matter to us whether we fought with flails or reeds. It will matter to us greatly on which side we fought”.— G.K. Chesteron There are many in Charlestown, 7000 plus citizens who voted YES to repeal the casino law. Thank you,...

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Not All News is Bad

January 4, 2015
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Most readers probably think 2014 has been a year of bad news and more bad news. I won’t bore you with the details. You know what they are. But there have been a few bright spots for Bostonians that should help 2015 be more satisfying. Cleaner streets are the best news. This has been...

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Merry Christmas: Still Time to Help Those in Need

December 24, 2014
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Christmas is almost upon us and it promises to be the merriest Christmas in many years for most Americans. Our long, twin nightmares of deep economic recession and seemingly-unending wars in the Middle East are over. It is fair to say that as a nation, we are in a much better place than we...

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Downtown View: Wishing Charlie Well

December 24, 2014
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Charlie Baker won the gubernatorial race in November fair and square. I do not necessarily believe he won because he was a different candidate than he was four years ago. I do not necessarily believe he won because Martha Coakley was a weak candidate. Maybe she was, but maybe she wasn’t. Conventional wisdom is...

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Townie Tidbits

December 23, 2014
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CHRISTMAS IN CHARLESTOWN Well, it is almost Christmas again. Time certainly flies by, the older we get. There is no place better to experience Christmas than in Charlestown especially on a snow covered day brightened up by the sun above. For me, it is memories of midnight Mass at St. Mary’s Church. Today we...

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Downtown View: Interesting Passageways are Returning

December 4, 2014
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In 2010 in this column, I urged developers to create permeability at the ground level of big buildings. I especially wanted them to replicate the historic little lanes of downtown Boston—Spring Lane, Pi Alley, Winthrop Lane—or to create Boston versions of the Burlington or Prince’s Arcade in London and Paris’s passage couverts. These covered...

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CSAC is Always There

December 4, 2014
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Charlestown is a community of great resilience that comes together in good times and in difficult times. You will often hear residents say, “How can I help?” or “What can I do?”.   The Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition (CSAC), a program of the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement, encourages participation in coalition activities. We...

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