DCF Needs a Complete Overhaul

September 4, 2015
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Governor Charlie Baker has publicly stated that the embattled Department of Children and Families (DCF) still needs to improve but he feels DCF is heading in the right direction. What direction? North, South, East, West or the usual merry-go-round circling approach. In fairness, his administration has inherited the problems facing DCF. That certainly does...

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St. John School Summer Camp

August 28, 2015
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St. John School Summer Camp

St. John School held it’s 3rd year of summer camp which ran from July 6th through August 7th. The campers enjoyed many fun activities during their five weeks. This summer, Michele DeMarco of the SJS afterschool program directed the camp along with counselors: Ms. Jessica Nagle, K3B Teacher, Ms. Julie Fiore, K5A Aide and...

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Flip Flop Regatta

August 28, 2015
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Flip Flop Regatta

With the Nantucket Lightship in the background, Adrian Ionescu and his ship, the Migration, sail back to their homeport of Charlestown during last Saturday’s (Aug. 15) Flip Flop Regatta. The Regatta was held out of Courageous Sailing in Charlestown and raised funds for the Ally Foundation to end sexual violence.

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Capuano Hopes Casino Will Spur Regional Discussion

August 28, 2015
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Congressman Michael Capuano weighed in this week – as he has in the past – on the traffic discussions that have once again come up in Sullivan Square and Rutherford Avenue – saying he hoped that the latest rounds of discussion spurred by the Wynn casino proposal could result in careful thought and a...

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Transportation Secretary Clears Wynn on Traffic Mitigation

August 28, 2015
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In a battle of the written word this week between top state officials, the power of the pen has seemed to swing the way of Wynn. Dueling letters of support and opposition from several officials ended on Monday with the top transportation official in the state writing that Wynn’s traffic plan had satisfied her...

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DiDomenico Took on Greater Budget Role

August 28, 2015
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For State Sen. Sal DiDomenico, the past summer has been unusually busy as he has spent the warm weather months with an inside seat to the State Budget process, serving a member of the Conference Committee that hashed out the funding document this year and completed its work earlier this month. As vice chair...

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Police Briefs 08-27-2015

August 28, 2015
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Drugs 08/18/15 – As a result of a drug investigation in the area of Carney Court, two individuals were placed under arrest for possession of cocaine Breaking and Entering – Residence 08/21/15 – A victim on Cambridge Street reported when he returned home, he saw his front doors had been forced open, and both...

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Townie Tidbits

August 28, 2015
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“LUCKY” ENGINE 13 On my recent trip down to Texas, I found out they have an Engine 13 at the Downtown Austin firehouse. Most firefighters might cringe a bit if they were assigned to a company 13 but not Texans. One firefighter said everybody wants to be a part of Engine 13. One firefighter...

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The Ones That Didn’t Get Away

August 20, 2015
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The Ones That Didn’t Get Away

Charlestown resident and former Boston Bruin, Shawn Thornton (far left) is shown here last Thursday at the Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Striper Fishing Derby on Fan Pier. He is pictured with Joe Fallon, Michael Fallon and KISS 107’s Billy Costa.

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Navy Volunteers Help at Warren-Prescott School

August 20, 2015
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Navy Volunteers Help at Warren-Prescott School

Hands from all over the world came together to lend themselves towards a major sprucing up of the Warren-Prescott School and grounds on Tuesday – officially known in the neighborhood as Navy Day. Some 72 members of the Navy volunteer crew and scores of parents, teachers, neighbors, students and former students braved the heat...

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Four Receive Scholarships from MGH and Spaulding

August 20, 2015
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Charlestown residents Mackaila Garcia, Nathaly Guerrero, Caroline Ward, and Kailey Zhu are the recipients of the 2015 Partners HealthCare Charlestown Merit Scholarship. Presented for the sixth year by Partners HealthCare System affiliates MGH Institute of Health Professions, MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, each student will receive a $1,500 scholarship as they enter their first year...

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Wynn Resorts will be Using Green Initiatives in Everett

August 20, 2015
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Wynn has announced that the $1.7 billion Wynn Resort in Everett will exceed state regulatory requirements for environmental sustainability and feature advanced green initiatives, including the use of solar power and rainwater harvesting. The Wynn Resort in Everett is being designed to achieve a Gold or higher LEED ranking. The land remediation will advance...

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Mishawaum Extension Bridge Closed for Structural Problems

August 20, 2015
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Though many might not be aware – or perhaps found out through near accidents when trying to turn – the Mishawaum Extension Bridge across Rutherford Avenue has officially closes to vehicles. Though there is no signage announcing the fact, jersey barriers have been placed across the small turning lane that is very popular with...

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Police Briefs 08-20-2015

August 20, 2015
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POLICE/COMMUNITY MEETING: Meet the police & discuss public safety issues on the last Wednesday of every month at the police station, 20 Vine Street, at 6:00 p.m., 2nd floor, community room. POLICE RELATED INFO: Contact the District A-1 Community Service Office at 617-343-4627. REPORT DRUG DEALING: Contact the District A-1 Confidential Drug Line at...

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Letter to the Editor

August 20, 2015
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Getting it Right for Greater Boston Dear Editor: As a resident of Charlestown, the proposed Wynn casino impacts on our environment, health and traffic have been a major concern for many of us in this community. But it’s really not just about Charlestown, it’s about the impacts on all the communities surrounding the greater...

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Mayor’s New Number is 311

August 20, 2015
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By Martin J. Walsh   Bostonians are the eyes and ears of their communities. That’s why, in every neighborhood, I’m always asking residents what we can do better. I count on your responses to make our city services the best they can be. But I can’t take every request myself. That’s why the Mayor’s...

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Townie Tidbits

August 20, 2015
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BY SAL GIARRATANI “You can go to hell but as for me, I will go to Texas.”        -Davy Crockett  I just got back from my annual vacation to America down in Austin, Texas. Our nation seems to becoming what it never was before. Once Boston was America where we were proud...

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Jazzing It Up

August 14, 2015
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Jazzing It Up

Bandleader Jill Altshuler on the saxophone leads the Harvard Alumni Jazz Band in a rousing number for more than 100 people who gathered last Thursday night, Aug. 6, for the free summer concert on the water at the Menino Playground adjacent to Spaulding Rehab. Sponsors for the concert were The Friends of the Navy...

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Flood Plan Adjustment Will Reduce Trucking

August 14, 2015
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After Hurricane Sandy destroyed the coast of New Jersey and wreaked havoc on New York City a few years ago, coastal development has never been the same. Before, a goal of elevations that started above the 100-year flood plains were the standard for most developments to avoid costly flooding issues and flood insurance. More...

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Poll Taxing Dispute Over Local Casino Vote Stirs Emotions:Ryan Says Time to Get Best Agreement, Not a Vote

August 14, 2015
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When it comes to Charlestown getting a vote on the Wynn casino project, strong emotions from all angles seem to have popped up lately. In a phone conversation that ended “badly,” according to comments by Steve Wynn in Tuesday’s Boston Globe, Mayor Martin Walsh hung up on him when a disagreement over a Charlestown...

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At Home on the Stage:Eleven Year-old David Sullivan Stars in BCT Production of ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.’

August 14, 2015
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At Home on the Stage:Eleven Year-old David Sullivan Stars in BCT Production of ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.’

Charlestown resident David Sullivan appeared in the lead role of Ching Ho, a comedic henchman, in the Boston Children’s Theatre’s (BCT) production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.” at the Shore Country Day School in Beverly. He performed in three shows. David, an 11-year-old sixth grader at the Advent School, was introduced to the stage...

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Market Basket Prices Rise, Still Much Lower than Competitors

August 14, 2015
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A Boston-based consumer survey group released its comprehensive annual supermarket price survey this week and found that prices are going up overall – most notably at the Market Basket chain where prices have risen by 9 percent since last year’s internal company upheaval and subsequent (and expensive) resolution. The survey by ConsumerWorld.org – a...

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Letter to the Editor

August 14, 2015
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The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reserves the right to edit letters for space and clarity. We regret that we cannot publish unsigned letters. Please include your street and telephone number with your submission. The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge publishes columns, viewpoints and letters to the editor as a forum for readers to express their opinions and to encourage...

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Predicting the Future

August 14, 2015
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Karen is taking a break. In 2009, she asked several Bostonians to predict the future. How did they do? Last June, I bet you didn’t think we’d be here now: Obama as president, Hillary as secretary of state, the economy gone bust, General Motors in bankruptcy, Lehman Brothers no more, Sal DiMasi under indictment....

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