Townie Sports

September 1, 2016
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By Kevin Kelly If anyone knows of any fall season “Townie” high school and collegiate athletes, let us know and we will post periodic updates on their teams. FALL SPORTS (high school) GOLF Devin Gallagher, Boston Latin (junior) SOCCER Mark Williamson, Boston Latin (senior) Liam Kennedy, Matignon (senior) Maeve Fittz, O’Bryant (senior) Jackie Gentis,...

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Performing At City Square Park

August 29, 2016
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Performing At City Square Park

Howie Newman (right) and Jackie Damsky (left) performed at City Square park on August 11 to a large crowed of families on the lawn. The concert was sponsored by the Friends of City Square Park and the Charlestown Mothers’ Association.

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Bunker Hill Housing Development Moves Closer to Being Re-Done

August 29, 2016
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By John Lynds Developers responsible for the project to replace the aging Bunker Hill Housing Development in Charlestown officially filed their ‘Letter of Intent’ with the Boston Redevelopment Authority this week. In its letter to the BRA, Corcoran-SunCal wrote that they plan to demolish the existing 1,100 units of public housing; construct 1,100 brand...

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Sweet Rice Gets Neigborhood Nod on Liquor License, Sidewalk Dining

August 29, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The new Sweet Rice Restaurant got positive reviews at a small abutters meeting on Monday night, clearing the path to an appointment with the Boston License Board in pursuit of an All Alcohol Restaurant license and permission for sidewalk dining. Sweet Rice, on Main Street, opened earlier this year after the...

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Boston Nearly Last in Rankings for Being Pet-Friendly City

August 29, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The population of dogs in Boston is em-“barking” on a continuing surge in numbers, but a recent study on pet-friendly cities has indicated that out of the top 100 cities in America, Boston ranks 98th – and some dog owners agree that the City needs to do more to accommodate pets...

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Rosie the Riveter to Invade the Navy Yard this Friday, Saturday

August 29, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Charlestown Navy Yard is often a prime place for telling the story of the USS Constitution and the Cassin Young – not to mention the history of shipbuilding on the waterfront site that stretches back centuries. Tourists and locals flock to the Yard for such history. However, one story deeply...

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MassDot Moves Forward On All Electronic Tolling for Tobin Bridge,Turnpike

August 29, 2016
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board acted Monday to move ahead with plans to completely demolish Interstate 90 toll plazas by the end of 2017 as a milestone in the state’s progress toward All Electronic Tolling (AET) along Interstate 90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike), the Tobin Bridge, and Boston tunnels. At Monday’s Board meeting,...

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Police Briefs 08-25-2016

August 29, 2016
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CHARLESTOWN BEAT Robbery – Carjacking 08/15/2016 – A victim on Rutherford Avenue reported as he exited the bank and returned to his car, a white male swung open the driver’s door, motioned as if he had a weapon and took the victim’s car. A description was broadcast, and officers observed the motor vehicle on...

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Townie Tidbits

August 29, 2016
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YEE! HAA! GOING BACK TO TEXAS Once a year for the last nine years, I have been taking what I refer to as my vacation to America. I love Massachusetts but my politics bleeds red not blue. Even though I visit the epicenter of Texas liberalism, compared to Boston, Austin may be weird as...

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Harnessing the Creativity of Boston’s Artists to Build A Better City

August 29, 2016
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh I was excited to join the Mayor’s Mural Crew last week, as they celebrated their 25th anniversary of beautifying our City. I picked up a paintbrush, and colored in a mural of ballet dancers on the wall of the performing arts center on Blue Hill Avenue. As I painted...

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BRA Calls for Public Hearing on Graphic Arts Building

August 19, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is expected to approve a public hearing today, Aug. 11, at its Board meeting that would being the Planned Development Area (PDA) process for the Graphic Arts project on Sullivan Square. In public materials, the BRA recommended that the Board allow for the advertisement of the...

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State Approves Six-Year Urban Renewal Plan for BRA,City

August 19, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has approved the six-year extension of 14 urban renewal districts in the City of Boston – per request of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) – and the state agency has an eye to the future of those areas. While the public debate...

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Liquor Licenses to be Released Sept 1,But Charlestown Loses Out On Most

August 19, 2016
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By Seth Daniel On Sept. 1, the last 25 liquor licenses from the 2014 neighborhood-friendly license initiative spearheaded by Councilor Ayanna Pressley will be released, but Charlestown restaurants will lose out on getting a shot on at least 20 of those licenses – having to compete with downtown, Back Bay, Fenway and other high-profile...

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Council President,Mayor See Through Different Lenses On Pot Question

August 19, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Council President Michelle Wu has admittedly never tried marijuana. And, while at Harvard University, she recalls her and her roommates being very disturbed by some of the other students who filled the hallways with marijuana smoke from time to time. That said, she has come out in favor of the ballot...

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Police Briefs 08-11-2016

August 19, 2016
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CHARLESTOWN BEAT’ Larceny 08/02/16 – A victim reported while visiting the Bunker Hill Monument, she placed her gold Fossil pocketbook down next to her, and a short time later, she observed the bag was gone. Larceny 08/04/16 – A victim on Prospect Street reported that unknown person(s) stole the four Michelin tires from his...

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Townie Tidbits

August 19, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani MICHAEL’S MISSION TURNS INTO MISSION POSSIBLE  Everyday four people die in Massachusetts from heroin overdoses. On July 2, 2015, Michael Cain was one of those four a day. Young Michael had just celebrated his 24th birthday on June 18. Michael was one of 1,526 people who lost their lives to heroin...

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The Olympic Spirit Still Exists

August 19, 2016
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For almost all of us, the Olympics have provided memories that have lasted a lifetime. We can all measure how old we were, or where we were, when we recall Olympic moments both from our youth and through adulthood. For example, who among us (of a certain age) does not remember, as if it...

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Sports 08-11-2016

August 19, 2016
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Townies make comeback to defeat Somerville, 6-4 By Kevin Kelly Charlestown (9-6) rode the arms of starting pitcher Jared Burhoe (3-2, 3.50 ERA) and Jason Smith (5-1, 1.90 ERA, 2 saves) to keep the potent Somerville Reds (11-3) offense in check and advance to the Summer League Babe Ruth championship game against top-seeded Watertown...

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Cookie Jar Tourney

August 8, 2016
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Cookie Jar Tourney

Nathan Mainey tries to steal the ball from Camden Greatorex during the Second Annual Cookie Jar Roller Hockey Tournament at Eden Street last Saturday, July 30. The annual tournament is the youngster’s version of the larger Kitchen Kup, which takes place this coming weekend at Eden Street. The Cookie Jar is put on by...

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Ferry Service Scheduled to Begin on Pier 4 This Week

August 8, 2016
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Ferry Service Scheduled to Begin on Pier 4 This Week

By Seth Daniel Many would have said that walking from Pier 4 to Pier 3 to pick up the Ferry Shuttle shouldn’t be such a big deal. Residents of the Navy Yard heard that argument for years from planners, community members and City officials. Those residents always pointed out that such journeys when it’s...

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New Web Site Lets People Talk About BPS Master Plan

August 8, 2016
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The Boston Public Schools (BPS) in partnership with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s City Hall to Go, announced “BuildBPS Kitchen Table Talks,” which are “pop-up” spaces for Boston residents to engage with one another, as well as BPS staff, about the district’s 10-year educational and facilities master plan. One of those meetings will be held...

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BCYF Issues New Regs for ‘Drop-In’ Sites

August 8, 2016
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By John Lynds While most Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) summer camps are already regulated by City of Boston’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD) and the Department of Public Health (DPH), Charlestown’s ‘drop-in’ program will have to follow rigorous new standards in the wake of Kyzr Willis’ accidental drowning last week at the...

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Somerville Did Not Ask for Reconsideration, May Look at Judicial Review

August 8, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The City of Somerville confirmed Tuesday afternoon that it would not pursue reconsideration of the Chapter 91 license granted to Wynn Boston Harbor last week by the state Department of Environmental Protection. That said, a mayoral spokesperson indicated they might seek judicial review of the decision in Superior Court. “The City...

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Wynn Boston Harbor Construction Slated to Start for Real this Week

August 8, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Some 16 cranes sit waiting this week on the Wynn Boston Harbor site. Hundreds of workers, likewise, are waiting in the wings. Wynn Boston Harbor folks were counting the minutes Tuesday afternoon and into Wednesday, Aug. 3, waiting simply to get one piece of paper that they said would unleash construction...

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