Ryan Calls for a More Structured Moratorium on One Charlestown

December 23, 2016
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By Seth Daniel When City officials informed State Rep. Dan Ryan about the 90-day delay on review of the One Charlestown development, his said he took it all in slowly, and ended up with more caveats to that course of action than comments on the actual delay. This week, Ryan said he is most...

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Welcome Sign Makes A Mysterious Disappearance in Thompson Square

December 23, 2016
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By Seth Daniel All signs are now pointing at mischief and thievery in the disappearance of the custom-made wooden ‘Welcome to Charlestown’ sign that recently vanished from the median strip on Thompson Square. Many residents who paid for and maintained the sign now fear it could be hanging in a dorm room somewhere in...

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BPS Officials Take Positive Approach In Working on Edwards School Lot

December 23, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Boston Public Schools (BPS) officials took a more collaborative and positive approach in dealing with residents about the Edwards Middle School parking lot in a meeting on Monday night, Dec. 19, and believe they may have carved out a solution that works for everyone. After a contentious meeting on Oct. 27...

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Tips Offered on Making Christmas More Green

December 23, 2016
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This holiday season, Republic Services encourages consumers and customers across Boston to incorporate sustainability into their celebrations and family gatherings with helpful sustainability tips. Click here to view Republic’s 2016 holiday recycling video. During the holidays, Americans on average generate 25 percent more waste than normal, or almost 1,000 pounds of waste per household....

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Donations, Help Come in Abundance as Community Empathizes with Fire Victims

December 23, 2016
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By Seth Daniel There has been no shortage of helping hands in the Town since the six-alarm fire at 142 Bunker Hill St. last Friday left 25 people displaced from their homes just 10 days before Christmas. All over Charlestown, organizations and individuals have answered the call – as they always do – to...

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Police Briefs 12-22-2016

December 23, 2016
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Charlestown Beat Warrant 12/14/16 – Officers in the area of Vine Street placed an individual under arrest for an outstanding warrant. Larceny 12/15/16 – A victim on Washington Street reported a bag containing clothing and money was stolen from his car. Forgery/Counterfeiting 12/16/16 – A victim on Rutherford Avenue said a white male attempted...

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Townie Tidbits

December 23, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani THE SAN PATRICIOS I am a history buff since forever. In college I took the first Irish History class every taught there. Ninety-nine percent of my classmates had Irish surnames. I was the only Sal in the class. The professor’s name was Burke too. Within the last 10 or so years...

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Remember Those in Need

December 23, 2016
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Although the holiday season for most of us will be filled with fun and joy, it is incumbent upon all of us who are fortunate to be doing well in our lives to remember that there are many among us, our neighbors and fellow citizens, for whom this holiday season is neither joyous nor...

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Enjoy A Happy — and Safe — Holiday Weekend

December 23, 2016
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By a coincidence of the calendar, both Chanukah and Christmas arrive this weekend, and we wish to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers of the Jewish and Christian faiths (and those of no faith at all) a happy and joyous holiday weekend. The eight-day Festival of Lights gets underway after sundown...

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Six-alarm fire tears through Monument Laundromat building Friday

December 16, 2016
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Six-alarm fire tears through Monument Laundromat building Friday

The sun was just rising around 6:40 a.m. when Gretchen Anjomi of Lexington Avenue smelled smoke – and not the kind of smoky smell that comes from a chimney. Soon, she also heard smoke alarms start to blare as flames and heavy smoke began to pour out of the three-story Laundromat building across the...

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Warren Tavern Toy Drive

December 16, 2016
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Warren Tavern Toy Drive

Governor Charlie Baker joined hundreds of Charlestown residents for the annual Warren Tavern Holiday donation party to Toys for Tots last Sunday, Dec. 4. The event benefits the statewide drive sponsored by the Marines.

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Santa at Pier 6 by Boat — of Course

December 16, 2016
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Santa at Pier 6 by Boat — of Course

Santa Claus gave his reindeer a break and travelled to Charlestown by boat on Saturday, Dec. 10, landing at the Navy Yard and greeting children and festive revelers at Pier 6 Bistro. Santa was greeted heartily by everyone and all had a good time.

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BPDA Grants IAG Delay Request On One Charlestown

December 16, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) announced on Wednesday that it will grant the 90-day moratorium on Development Review of the One Charlestown project, a request made by the project’s Impact Advisory Group (IAG) last month and supported by a wide-swath of the Town. A spokesperson for the BPDA said...

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Transfer of Site Management in One Charlestown is Reason of Concern among Some IAG Members

December 16, 2016
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By Seth Daniel At least one member of the Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for One Charlestown is feeling a little betrayed by how the transfer of ownership is now being contemplated between the developer and the Boston Housing Authority (BHA), though the BHA said they have found success using the same model all over...

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Wynn Boston Harbor to Start Putting Up Steel

December 16, 2016
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By Seth Daniel There’s something about steel columns and beams that make a building project much more tangible no matter how many millions of dollars one pours into removing soil and setting foundations. And that kind of cold steel reality is about to come to bear for the Wynn Boston Harbor development in only...

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Keeping Warm with Charlestown History, Blanket Proceeds Will Benefit St. John’s

December 16, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The historic sites in Charlestown are a comforting sight to those who live in the neighborhood and those who once lived here, and now there’s a gift for the holidays whereby those sites can fight off the cold weather. St. John’s Church has debuted Charlestown blanket throws this year and is...

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Police Briefs 12-15-2016

December 16, 2016
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Charlestown Beat Warrant 12/05/16 – Officers in the area of Vine Street placed an individual under arrest for an outstanding warrant. Larceny from Building 12/07/16 – A victim on Belmont Street reported video surveillance from her outdoor security camera showed a white male ascend the front stairs of her home and steal light bulbs...

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Townie Tidbits

December 16, 2016
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THEY BUILT A WHAT IN ELECTRICITY CLASS?  A longtime friend of mine graduated from Charlestown High School back in 1972 and he recently told me a story worth repeating. It seems like everyone knows about the old Charlestown Prison where they use to execute prisoners every once in a while but not since 1947....

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The Most Wonderful Time of Year

December 16, 2016
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As Andy Williams once crooned, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and the festiveness of the Christmas season is something to enjoy every December. The wonderful holiday light displays that adorn homes are a sight to behold. The annual visit by Santa, accompanied by the Winthrop Fire Department, on Christmas Eve is...

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A System That Needs To be Addressed

December 16, 2016
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That was certainly an eye-opening story in the Boston Globe last week about raising the minimum wage to $15 and the effect it will have on Mass. residents and small businesses. The most startling quote to us was from a single parent who said she would be better off making $18 an hour than...

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Obituaries 12-15-2016

December 16, 2016
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Marilyn Doherty Education Advocate, wife of the  Honorable Gerard Doherty Marilyn M. (Dillon) Doherty, a longtime resident of Charlestown and Worthington, entered into eternal life on Friday, December 9 at the Curahealth/Kindred Hospital in Brighton. She was 85 years old. Marilyn was born in Allentown, PA, a daughter of the late William J. Dillon...

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Holiday Countdown

December 9, 2016
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Holiday Countdown

Santa Claus and Mayor Martin Walsh throw the switch to turn on the lights at Thompson Square during the annual Enchanted Trolley stop last Sunday, Dec. 4. Numerous families, and children especially, converged on the Square to get a chance to speak to the Jolly Elf.

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IAG Members ask for 90-Day Breather on One Charlestown

December 9, 2016
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IAG Members ask for 90-Day Breather on One Charlestown

By Seth Daniel Members of the One Charlestown Impact Advisory Group (IAG) have requested in writing a 90-day moratorium on Development Review of the One Charlestown project given all of the information that has come into their hands as a result of the massive redevelopment project, but this week some City officials deny having...

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Coming to the Neighborhood:AMC Chooses Charlestown, buys City Square Building for $13.1M

December 9, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) announced this week the purchase of its future organizational headquarters located at 10 City Square in Charlestown following the September sale of its long-time Beacon Hill headquarters on Joy Street. “We’re thrilled,” said AMC President John Judge. “It’s an exciting time for organization. We’re the country’s...

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