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Arbitration Award Could Cost City $23 Million This Year

February 18, 2016
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By Seth Daniel A recent state arbitration decision with the Boston Police’s Detectives Benevolent Society could cost the City $23 million this year in back pay – and another $9 million per year going forward – and now is in front of a frustrated City Council committee. In late December, Arbitrator Lawrence Holden Jr....

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Boston Massacre Revisited

February 12, 2016
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Boston Massacre Revisited

Re-enactors Rob Creen (playing Samuel Adams here) and Arielle Kaplan of the Freedom Trail Foundation recreate the Boston Massacre for students at the Harvard Kent School on Tuesday, Feb. 9, just in time for the historic event’s 246th Anniversary on March 5. Students learned the intricacies of many Revolutionary War events during the presentation...

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Charlestown Gets A Wynn-Fall:Walsh Confirms Money to Stay Entirely Here

February 12, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Mayor Martin Walsh confirmed this week that the Wynn Everett money paid to the City in the form of an existing $1 million check and the upcoming annual $2 million community mitigation payments will stay entirely in Charlestown, but will be given out through a City Hall – and not a...

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LaMattina Fights to Keep MBTA Late Night Service Up and Running

February 12, 2016
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By John Lynds Many of his constituents rely on the MBTA’s late night service to go back and forth to overnight shifts in Boston so it comes as no surprise that City Councilor Sal LaMattina is fighting to keep this service intact. In a letter to MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, LaMattina said...

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‘Charlestown Dogs’ Looks to Increase Social, Responsible Owners

February 12, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Just a few weeks ago, Charlestown residents Chris Lovell, Kristen Lanni and Rob O’Brien found themselves on the receiving end of puzzled looks from dog owners up at the Monument. The trio, however, said they didn’t blame people for the strange looks. After all, they were filling holes in the Monument’s...

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Council Questions Content of BRA Urban Renewal Extension Plan

February 12, 2016
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By Jordan Frias After a year of community outreach, public meetings and public engagement, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) appeared before the City Council’s Committee on Planning and Development on Tuesday, Feb. 9, to discuss urban renewal. Urban renewal has been a contentious subject for residents, and neighborhood groups. At last week’s Charlestown Neighborhood...

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Flaherty to Introduce ‘Pot’ Shop Location Restrictions

February 12, 2016
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By Seth Daniel As the City and state continue to deal with medicinal marijuana dispensaries, and the prospect of legalized marijuana seems to be gaining headway, City Councilor Michael Flaherty re-introduced a zoning text amendment at Wednesday’s City Council meeting to bring some controls to the situation before such businesses begin the frenzy of...

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MGC Calls Boston,Wynn Agreement a Treaty Benefiting All Parties

February 12, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) unanimously approved the Surrounding Community Agreement (SCA) between Boston and Wynn Everett on Thursday, Feb. 4, calling it a “treaty” that will bring forth new cooperation and new solutions for Charlestown and the region. The MGC discussed the agreement at its meeting and took action on...

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YMCA Campaign Kickoff

February 4, 2016
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YMCA Campaign Kickoff

The Charlestown YMCA had its kick-off party on Thursday, Jan. 28, at RSM (formerly McGladrey) in City Square. The party signified the start of the 2016 Annual Campaign. Proceeds from the event benefit kids, teens, families and military service members of the Charlestown community. Shown from left Vicki Valhouli, YMCA Board Member Jon Swanson,...

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Boston,Wynn Come to Terms on Casino

February 4, 2016
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By Seth Daniel In the end, it was Mayor Martin Walsh and Wynn CEO Steve Wynn who got down to the nitty gritty – successfully negotiating directly with one another all last week on a Surrounding Community Agreement (SCA) for Boston that has some accommodations for Charlestown, including mitigation money for traffic and direct...

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