Charlestown Coalition Launches New Web Site

August 5, 2017
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When Turn It Around youth group member Wellington Melo was growing up in Charlestown, he said he was often found selling drugs in the community and getting further and further involved in the court system. Having a sense of hopelessness, he said it didn’t bother him because he only cared about getting money. After...

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Passacantilli Earns Major Labor Endorsements

August 5, 2017
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Stephen Passacantilli, a North End civic leader, Boston Public Schools parent, and former staffer to City Councilor Sal LaMattina has been endorsed by prominent local labor unions in his campaign for Boston City Council.  At a rally on Saturday, Passacantilli announced endorsements from UNITE HERE! Local 26, Painters and Allied Trades DC 35, Boston...

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Police Briefs 08-03-2017

August 5, 2017
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Larceny from a Building 07/24/17 – A victim on Rutherford Avenue reported unknown person(s) removed a pre-paid card-reader machine from the building laundromat. The machine contained cash. A surveillance video of the crime is available, and detectives will investigate.   Burglary – Residential – Force 07/25/17 – A victim on Franklin Street reported when...

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Townie Tidbits

August 5, 2017
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Story and Photos By Sal Giarratani REAL HOUSING FOR REAL PEOPLE When I was a little boy living on Salutation Street in Boston’s North End, my parents paid $25 per month for a two bedroom apartment. It was a small apartment but big enough for the four of us. Back in 1955, rents were...

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Letters to the Editor

August 5, 2017
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EDWARDS IS OUR CANDIDATE Dear Editor: We are supporting Lydia Edwards for district city councilor because we believe she will be an effective community organizer on the front lines of gathering Charlestown around important community concerns. In her significant previous job experience, she has proved capable of building bridges and setting an inclusive table...

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An Outstanding Appointment

August 5, 2017
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We wish to take this opportunity to congratulate our State Sen. Sal DiDomenico for his recent appointment by Senate President Stan Rosenberg as the Senate Chair of the newly created Italian Caucus of the Massachusetts legislature. The establishment of the Italian Caucus comes at the urging of the Italian Consul General to Massachusetts, Nicola de Santis, who...

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Sports 08-03-2017

August 5, 2017
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Townie Sports By Kevin Kelly TOWNIES TAKE PLAYOFF OPENER In the opening round of the Middlesex Summer League Babe Ruth playoffs on Aug. 1, #2 seed Charlestown overcame an 8-4 deficit with a 12-run explosion in the 5th and 6th innings to run away from Lexington by a score of 16-8. Leading the way...

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USS Constitution Afloat Once More

July 28, 2017
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USS Constitution Afloat Once More

By Seth Daniel It’s not often that the Navy Yard is filled with hundreds of excited spectators at 10 p.m. on a cool Sunday night. But when history is unfolding before their very eyes, it can become a motivation for just such a special trip. Hundreds of Charlestown residents and visitors to the Town...

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Climate Ready Boston Brings Show, Project to Charlestown

July 28, 2017
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Climate Ready Boston Brings Show, Project to Charlestown

By Seth Daniel As the study wraps up for looking at sea-level rise in Charlestown, city officials and consultants working on Climate Ready Boston took an interesting show and open house to the Schrafft’s Center last Thursday night. The loose format allowed residents to circulate through the room to various stations – learning about...

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Engine 50 Moves to Sullivan Square

July 28, 2017
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Engine 50 Moves to Sullivan Square

By Seth Daniel On Monday morning, Engine 50 pulled out of its historic station on the Training Field and closed its doors for the last time in a long time. There was no fight this time over the closure, nor were there protests to keep the “People’s Fire Station” intact. That’s because it was...

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Institute of Health Professions Receives Honors

July 28, 2017
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MGH Institute of Health Professions in Charlestown is the only school in the City of Boston named to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Honor Roll in the prestigious education magazine’s 2017 “Great Colleges to Work For” survey. The MGH Institute is one of just 42 colleges in the United States listed on the survey’s highest category...

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Residents to Run in Falmouth Road Race for Dana Faber

July 28, 2017
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On August 20, Charlestown residents Stephanie Berdik, Molly Biedenbach and Meghan Leary, will run the 45th annual New Balance Falmouth Road Race to help conquer cancer as a member of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s team. Along with more than 300 Dana-Farber teammates from New England and beyond, they will cover the seven-mile race course with...

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Monuments at John Harvard Mall Get a Little Brighter this Summer

July 28, 2017
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By Seth Daniel For perhaps a generation, the stone monuments on the sides of the John Harvard Mall had important historic information on them, but the condition of the markers prevented most of that from being communicated to residents and tourists passing through the old mall. This week, that has all changed. Ivan Myjer...

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Passacantilli Officially to Open Charlestown Headquarters

July 28, 2017
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Stephen Passacantilli, a North End civic leader, Boston Public Schools parent, and former staffer to City Councilor Sal LaMattina, will officially open his Charlestown Campaign Headquarters this Saturday.  Passacantilli is running for District 1 City Council, which includes the neighborhoods of East Boston, Charlestown, and the North End. On Saturday, July 29, Passacantilli will hold an office grand-opening...

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Police Briefs 07-27-2017

July 28, 2017
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Charlestown Beat Assault and Battery 07/19/17 – A victim on Polk Street reported he stopped his motor vehicle to allow a person to cross the street. At this time, a Latino male near the victim’s car thought he got too close to the person crossing and punched the victim in the mouth through his...

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Townie Tidbits

July 28, 2017
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Story and Photos By Sal Giarratani KUDOS TO CHARLESTOWN YOUTH HOCKEY Sorry for being so tardy, but I wanted to congratulate the coaching staff, parents and player in the Charlestown Youth Hockey program, which had a well-attended Annual Appreciation Banquet at the Knights back  in June. As Steve Lakus observed, «We are proud of our...

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Imagine Boston 2030

July 28, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh “We will listen. We will learn. We will lead.” That is a promise that I made to Bostonians after being sworn in as the 54th mayor of the City of Boston. Now, almost four years later, we have put forth Boston’s first citywide plan in over 50 years —...

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National Development is Undertaking Major Renovation, Rebranding at Constitution Center

July 20, 2017
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The Constitution Center, three-building campus, in the Charlestown Navy Yard might have the best view of the waterfront, the Zakim/Bunker Hill Bridge and the Boston skyline, and now owners National Development are looking to bank on that view with a major renovation and re-orientation of the property. Building trends and personal preferences often go full circle, and nowhere is that more apparent than in...

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Wynn Boston Harbor Gets 4 A.M. Liquor License

July 20, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The push by Wynn Boston Harbor to include a 4 a.m. liquor license for casinos in the state budget paid off Monday when Gov. Charlie Baker signed off on a Budget that included the special license in an “Outside Area” of the budget. Local officials responded with some concerns, including Charlestown...

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BLO Returns to Hatch Shell with Free Concerts

July 20, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen With summer in full swing, it is time to sit back, relax, and enjoy a free night of classical music, courtesy of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Under the leadership of Music Director Christopher Wilkins and Executive Director Jo Frances Meyer, the 2017 season of free concerts at the DCR’s Hatch memorial...

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Victoria Johnston Quezada Recently Attends Space Camp

July 20, 2017
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Victoria Sofia Johnston Quezada of Charlestown, recently attended Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center. The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving. Johnston...

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Friends of MGH Cancer Center Hosts Annual Luncheon

July 20, 2017
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The Friends of the Mass General Cancer Center – a group of active volunteers who raise funds to bridge exceptional medical and supportive cancer care through innovative programs that promote whole-person healing – recently hosted their annual Spring Luncheon, which drew a crowd of nearly 300 to the Four Seasons Boston Hotel. The event...

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Arts Facilities Report Addresses Longstanding Needs in Charlestown

July 20, 2017
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By Seth Daniel After a year of studying the longstanding crisis regarding space for the performing arts, the City unveiled a study on July 10 that codifies the problem of affordability, unmet needs and basic space for the many artists looking to enliven the city’s cultural soul – a problem that had been only...

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Passacantilli Releases Senior Platform

July 20, 2017
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Stephen Passacantilli, a North End civic leader, Boston Public Schools parent, and former staffer to City Councilor Sal LaMattina has released his Senior Platform.  Passacantilli is running for District 1 City Councilor, which includes the neighborhoods of East Boston, Charlestown, and the North End. Passacantilli, the grandson of former City Councilor Frederick C. Langone, said, “As Boston...

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