Medford St sees Boom of Proposals

April 7, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Neighbors gave tacit approval to one development on Medford Street and a firm thumb’s down to another seven-unit building on Medford and Belmont Streets Monday night at two abutter meetings the Charlestown Community Center. The backside of the Town has long been budding with promise for residential development, but in the...

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Red Cross to Hold Blood Drive in Charlestown on April 23

April 7, 2016
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The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive in Charlestown at the Charlestown Teamsteres, 544 Main St. from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 23. Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to donate blood this spring to ensure a sufficient supply for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country.  Donated...

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Nine Residents to Run Marathon for Dana-Faber

April 7, 2016
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On April 18, Emily Hodge, Keely Macmillan, Marie Caulfield, Jennifer Hayes, Lindsay Murachver, Laura Ducie, David Hayes, Caroline Doyle, and Brendan Densmore from Charlestown, Massachusetts, will run to conquer cancer as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge<http://www.RunDFMC.org> team in the 120th Boston Marathon(r). These nine residents, along with more than 550 Dana-Farber Marathon...

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Police Briefs 04-07-2016

April 7, 2016
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CHARLESTOWN BEAT 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...

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Townie Tidbits

April 7, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani TWENTY MILES AN HOUR? Seems like there is a push both at City Hall and up on Beacon Hill statewide to lower the speed limit on most streets in cities and towns down to 20 miles an hour. In Boston, District 3 City Councilor Frank Baker says too many people in...

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Boston Strong

April 7, 2016
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That is the slogan, a rallying cry, that came out of the senseless bombings of the Boston Marathon in 2013.  While the culprits and their associates are either dead or in jail, their actions still live on for the familes who lost their loved ones and the survivors that still carry the wounds that...

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Sports 04-07-2016

April 7, 2016
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TOWNIE SPORTS By Kevin Kelly PLAY BALL!!!  Efforts are underway to form “Townie” youth baseball teams (ages 13/14, 15/16 and 18-under) to compete in the Middlesex Summer League. The league includes teams from Lexington, Brighton, Winchester, Revere, Somerville, Medford, Arlington and Waltham. The schedule would include home and away games with each city/town. If...

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McGonagle and McGoff Tournament

April 1, 2016
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McGonagle and McGoff Tournament

Barney McGonagle, Joann Castro and Lisa McGoff were thanked for their continued involvement and presented with flowers from some of the Charlestown players.

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Boston Creates Reveals Five Goals Outlined in Upcoming Cultural Plan

April 1, 2016
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Boston Creates Reveals Five Goals Outlined in Upcoming Cultural Plan

By Seth Daniel The Boston Creates team held its final Town Hall meeting at Bunker Hill Community College on Monday night, March 28, and revealed five goals that will be used to form the upcoming Boston Cultural Plan – due out on June 17. Julie Burros, chief of arts and culture, moderated the meeting,...

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Reaction to BRA Extension Favorable

April 1, 2016
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By John Lynds Charlestown’s elected officials are reacting to last week’s vote by the City Council to extend the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s (BRA) 14 urban renewal districts by six years. “I supported this extension because it empowers the BRA with the tools necessary to control development and address areas of blight,” said Charlestown City...

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Pilot Street Cleaning Program is Now Permanent

April 1, 2016
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In cooperation with Charlestown residents and elected officials, the City of Boston today announced that a pilot Street Cleaning Program that has been underway in that neighborhood since July of 2015 will be implemented permanently effective immediately.  Vehicles parked in violation of the posted Street Cleaning regulations on streets in Charlestown will no longer...

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Murphy Running for Register of Deeds Post

April 1, 2016
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By John Lynds After serving 18 years in the Boston City Council, former At-Large Councilor Stephen Murphy was voted out last November. The loss shocked many supporters of the widely popular incumbent during the city’s general election last year. Murphy was the only incumbent not reelected to an At-Large seat and was beat by...

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MGC Announces Releases Diversity Goals and Grant Opportunities

April 1, 2016
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is pleased to announce the release of Diversity Goal and Business Technical Assistance Grant Opportunities with a goal of optimizing the outcomes for the diversity goals outlined in Chapter 23K related to the diversity hiring and contracting goals of the casino developers.  The Expanded Gaming Law specifically requires that...

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Police Briefs 03-31-2016

April 1, 2016
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CHARLESTOWN BEAT 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...

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Townie Tidbits

April 1, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani I LOVE PLAYING GOOD GUYS, BAD GUYS AND FAKE COPS    About 10 years ago I signed up for the movies as an extra. I had a bit part in “Stiffs” starring Danny Aiello, playing a low-level hood. More recently, I was an FBI agent in “Black Mass” and a wealthy...

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The Final Report

April 1, 2016
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For more than 25 years, the Federal courts have been monitoring the quality and necessary cleanup of Boston Harbor as submitted by the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority.  The final report as ordered by the courts was submitted March 18, 2016. Those of us who grew up in the Boston area and enjoyed the local...

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Obituaries 03-31-2016

April 1, 2016
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Sean Patrick Honohan Student at Perkins School for the Blind Sean Patrick Honohan died at home with his family on March 23. Sean was a student at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. Sean’s family would like to thank all of his nurses and care givers, especially Bernadette, Auntie Tiff and Jen....

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Taking One Step at a Time — The Charlestown Irish Way

March 25, 2016
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Taking One Step at a Time — The Charlestown Irish Way

By Seth Daniel When it comes to being Irish and being immersed in Irish culture, Hannah Campbell couldn’t be more saturated in the auld sod – coming from a Charlestown family that bleeds green. It’s why she has continued to compete in Irish Step Dance at the highest levels, advancing to the World Championships...

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Housing Developer and Community Working to Make Project Successful

March 25, 2016
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Housing Developer and Community Working to Make Project Successful

By John Lynds For decades the Bunker Hill Housing Development has been an isolated section of the community with Bunker Hill Street being the dividing line between two Charlestowns. The city’s designated developer for the state’s oldest and largest public housing development, Corcoran-SunCal, hopes to change that with their plan to redevelop the entire...

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6 More Years:Council Grants BRA Extension on 10-3 Vote

March 25, 2016
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By Jordan Frias The extension of the 14 urban renewal districts was approved by the City Council for a six year period on Wednesday, March 23, as proposed by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The BRA was originally seeking a 10 year extension that would have allowed the 14 urban renewal plans to expire...

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Holy Week Services Listed at St John’s

March 25, 2016
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Holy Week services at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 27 Devens St.,  continue with a Maundy Thursday potluck supper and service, starting at 6 pm on On Thursday March 24. Good Friday services will be held on March 25, with a service for children at 4:30 pm and the traditional service at 7 pm. The...

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Community Help Sought to Find a New Name for CSAC

March 25, 2016
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The Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition was formed in 2004 to address the drug-related hospitalizations and deaths in Charlestown at that time. For the past 12 years, this community coalition has used existing community resources, has organized programs to respond to identified needs, and has harnessed the community’s energy and commitment to create a safe,...

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Wynn Non-Profit Money Will Not be Held up by Somerville Appeal

March 25, 2016
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By Seth Daniel City officials said this week that the original $1 million check delivered by Wynn Boston Harbor to Charlestown non-profits more than a year ago is not hindered by the continued litigation with Somerville. Samantha Ormsby of the Mayor’s Press Office confirmed this week that the $1 million will become available to...

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Dearth of Small Space:Theatre Groups are Getting Squeezed Out of Boston

March 25, 2016
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By Seth Daniel It’s never easy on the cutting edge, or else it wouldn’t be the cutting edge. But at the same time, when it comes to the cutting edge and fringe small theatre companies in Boston, it also shouldn’t be impossible – say theatre company participants and advocates. Yet such is the case,...

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