Townie Tidbits

June 16, 2018
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ANOTHER GREAT PARADE HIGHLIGHTS  THE TOWN’S HISTORY AND ITS PEOPLE I love the Bunker Hill Day Parade. Never miss it if I can help it. Doesn›t matter the weather but I do believe it is always even  better when the weather cooperates as it did this past Sunday. A perfect day to celebrate the...

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A Tragedy with a Lesson for All of Us

June 16, 2018
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Most of us probably never heard of Charlotte Fox, who was the first American woman to ascend three, 26,000-foot or higher mountains, including Mt. Everest. Yet she tragically made the news recently when she was found dead at her home in Telluride, Colorado, apparently from a fall while she was descending a steep flight...

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Glenda Jackson — A True Inspiration

June 16, 2018
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Glenda Jackson, the brilliant British actress, is 82 years old. Yet despite being an octogenarian, she won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a play Sunday night. Performing on the stage on Broadway is grueling work — eight shows a week — for anyone, let alone a person who is well beyond...

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A Great Day for All Bostonians

June 16, 2018
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Saturday’s Boston Pride Parade, in which mayors from across the nation and  coast-to-coast joined with our Mayor, Marty Walsh, in showing their support for the Rainbow Resistance, was a manifestation of the depth of support for the LGBTQ community throughout the United States. This show of strength is needed more than ever because it...

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Touch-A-Truck

June 12, 2018
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Touch-A-Truck

Tripp Nugent enjoying his time on a pay-loader last Sunday, June 3, during the kick-off event for Charlestown Pride Week – the Touch-a-Truck event by the Charlestown Mothers Association (CMA). The event brought many kids, their parents, elected officials and some real big trucks.

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Battle of Bunker Hill Parade Kicks off at 12:30 P.M., June 10

June 12, 2018
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Battle of Bunker Hill Parade Kicks off at 12:30 P.M., June 10

The Battle of Bunker Hill Day Parade will have a ribbon cutting and musket volley in Hayes Square on Sunday, June 10, and then the fun will all begin as the columns of marchers head up Bunker Hill Street at 12:30 p.m. The Parade route this year has been slightly modified again, with everything...

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Encore’s Charlestown Mitigation Fund Distributes $178,000 in Local Grants

June 12, 2018
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When Billy Kelly’s phone started ringing earlier this week, he knew it must mean more progress in getting lights on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the Training Field. And he was right. Kelly’s Friends of the Training Field organization was one of 41 organizations that received $178,500 in grants from the Encore Boston...

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CNC has Concerns on Sullivan Sq Project

June 12, 2018
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The Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) met on Tuesday night, June 5, and heard development plans for Sullivan Square, while also getting to the bottom of a long-standing issue about the rental of the Courageous Sailing pier. The meeting was also highlighted by a visit from Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who gave an update of her...

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A Peek into Luxury: Encore ‘Golden Rooms’ Show Off What is to Come

June 12, 2018
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Even though the outside of the Encore Boston Harbor tower isn’t completed, there is already an opportunity to get a peek at the lap of luxury that is soon coming to the shores of the Mystic River. “This is the first run where you fit out all the rooms for quality, specifications and dimensions,”...

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Two North End Restauranteurs Partner to Bring Flavor of the North End to Encore Boston Harbor

June 12, 2018
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Encore Boston Harbor has picked two North End restaurant legends—Frank DePasquale and Nick Varano—to operate a 135-seat, 5,200-square-foot Italian restaurant at the Five-Star, $2.5 billion Encore Boston Harbor Resort. ‘Fratelli’ (which means brothers in Italian) is the first local restaurant partnership between DePasquale and Varano and the first locally-operated restaurant at the 3 million-square-foot...

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Indigo Ag in Hood Park Gets Major State Job Creation Grant

June 12, 2018
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Indigo Agriculture – headquartered in the Hood Park campus – has received a major life sciences job creation grant this week in excess of $1 million. The Gov. Charlie Baker Administration announced $20 million in tax incentive awards to 23 life sciences companies this week, including $1.125 million to Indigo. The awards were approved...

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Hood Park Kicks off Community Discussion, Trading Open Space for Height

June 12, 2018
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The first in a series of three planning and design charrettes regarding the future of Hood Park was held on May 30, just a week after the company proposed a 230-foot office building on its campus – double the height of the current allowable limits. Mark Rosenshein, of Trademark Partners, LLC, began the meeting...

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CNC Spaulding Partnerships Award $100,000 to 18 Organizations

June 12, 2018
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It was a celebratory atmosphere in the Knights of Columbus Hall on Tuesday evening when the Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Partnership awarded $100,000 in grants to 18 small community groups. It was the third year for the Spaulding mitigation money to be distributed, with $100,000 to be given out over...

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Ryan Endorses Carvalho for District Attorney

June 12, 2018
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On Monday during Charlestown Pride Week, State Rep. Dan Ryan of Charlestown announced he is endorsing his State House colleague, Evandro Carvalho of Dorchester, for District Attorney in the race to fill the seat being vacated by Dan Conley. “Evandro and I were sworn-in within weeks of each other,” Ryan said. “We hit it...

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Bunker Hill Day Special

June 12, 2018
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Thomas Knowlton:  Bunker Hill hero, father of Special Forces   The rag-tag precursor to the Continental Army that fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill for the Colonists can hardly be thought of as an elite Special Forces unit, but the father of today’s modern Army Special Forces cut his teeth right on Bunker...

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Letters to the Editor

June 12, 2018
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THANK YOU Dear Editor: To the Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association. I would like to Thank You for selecting me for one of the Schoolboy Scholarships. This Award will be put to good use as I continue my education at Stonehill College. Christopher Page THANK YOU Dear Editor: To the Old  Charlestown Schoolboys Association. I would...

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Townie Tidbits

June 12, 2018
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SUMMER IS STILL HARVEST TIME IN TOWN Our pantry membership is growing, thus we need your support more than ever. Along with the 160 registered families that came for food last Tuesday, 17 new families signed up. We have five volunteer opportunities in June. Distribution 1 Set-up, Friday, June 8, 4:00 p.m. Distribution, Saturday,...

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Schoolboys Dinner

June 1, 2018
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Schoolboys Dinner

JUST LIKE OLD TIMES: Dan Smith, Keith Lordan, John Scheiffern, Bill Smith, and Bill Lordan enjoyed the 105th Old Charlestown Schoolboy’s Association dinner last Sunday, May 20, in the Knights of Columbus Father Mahoney Hall. President Bob Flynn presided over the affair, which saw a packed house once again for the oldest organization in...

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Hood Park Files for 230-Foot Office Building on its Campus

June 1, 2018
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A little over one month after the community and some elected officials rose up to defeat a proposed text amendment regarding building height at the Boston Zoning Commission, Hood Park has filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) for a building that is twice the current height...

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Edwards says Now Is the Time to Push MassPort for Mitigation

June 1, 2018
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Even though MassPort occupies a significant amount of land on Charlestown’s waterfront, Councilor Lydia Edwards said the Authority isn’t giving Charlestown its fair share of mitigation – and many times it isn’t even inviting the Town to the mitigation table. “When we walk away from the table, we should always know we’re walking away...

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Here Comes Charlestown Pride Week: Associates Unveil Jam-Packed First Week

June 1, 2018
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The Battle of Bunker Hill Day isn’t until June 17, but in Charlestown, the party starts right about now. The Bunker Hill Associates unveiled their calendar of events for Charlestown Pride Week this week, and it showed a packed week of fun starting this Sunday, June 3, and continuing full speed until the Associates...

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CNC Corner

June 1, 2018
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The monthly meeting of the Charlestown Neighborhood Council will be held on Tuesday June 5, at 7 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 545 Medford St. At 6 p.m., we will be giving out the awards from the Spaulding-CNC Community Partnership Fund.  All are invited to attend, to celebrate, and to thank our...

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MyRWA to Take a Serious Look at Mystic River Waterfront

June 1, 2018
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The Charlestown waterfront along the Mystic River remains largely hidden and inaccessible – a stark contrast to the east side which has seen significant investments in the Harborwalk and other waterfront parks. Through a robust community outreach process, which is kicking off with an Open House Event on June 14, the Mystic River Watershed...

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Encore’s Off-Site Construction on Speedy Timetable

June 1, 2018
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One can’t help but marvel at the 20-plus story casino tower and resort coming to life across the Mystic River in Everett while passing by, but it will likely be the massive amounts of road construction that will become more prominent this summer as the casino puts the pedal to the metal to get...

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