Charlestown Working Theater Marks its 40th Year of Stage Performances

March 4, 2016
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Charlestown Working Theater Marks its 40th Year of Stage Performances

By Seth Daniel When the Charlestown Working Theatre (CWT) prepared to open up for its first show in 1975 – a short play called ‘The Lottery’ – founder Peggy Ings and those helping her form the innovative theatre didn’t know whether they were going to get greeted with eggs or roses. It turned out...

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Council Approves Detective Contract

March 4, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Boston City Council voted unanimously last week to approve an arbitration award for a 29 percent pay increase over six years for the Boston Police’s Benvolent Society of Detectives Benevolent Society. Councillors did not choose to reject the measure, which was suggested by the Boston Municipal Research Bureau – as...

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Bunker Hill Tenant Task Force Retains GBLS

March 4, 2016
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By John Lynds As the project to replace the state’s oldest public housing development progresses, tenants from the Bunker Hill Public Housing Development have secured legal counsel to help navigate the complex issues surrounding the project. Late last month, the Bunker Hill Tenant Task Force voted unanimously to retain Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS)...

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Tunnel Removal Plan to be Reassessed,Planning Process to Begin

March 4, 2016
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By Seth Daniel In 2013, the City and a group of some residents decided to move forward with the ‘surface option’ plan for Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square that would, among other things, remove the tunnel pass-through, but just as that plan moves further into design, this week the City said it will reassess...

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Police Briefs 03-03-2016

March 4, 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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Letter to the Editor

March 4, 2016
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Chapter 61 and Charlestown Dear Editor: Chapter 61 has been bandied about in the local newspapers recently regarding Somerville’s lawsuit against the proponents of the Wynn Casino. Just what is chapter 61 and why we in Charlestown should be concerned? Chapter 61 is a Mass. law that determines a project’s impact on the surrounding...

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Townie Tidbits

March 4, 2016
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REMEMBER LAST WINTER WHO DOESN’T, RIGHT? I found a great photo that shows just how bad last winter was. This year›s winter has been beautiful to date. Even with minus 9 degrees, if it gets followed in 24 hours by a 52 degree day, everything is fine with us. MAYOR OF SOMERVILLE HOLDS UP...

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In like a Lamb

March 4, 2016
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Walking around on Sunday was a real pleasure. The sun and warm temperatures had everyone out in the parks ans playgrounds. People were sitting on the benches soaking up the rays or just outdoors enjoying the weather. What a difference from two weeks ago when to venture outside even for a few minutes was...

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Townie Sports

March 4, 2016
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Matignon whirling dervish Rose Sullivan, daughter of Patrick and Janet “Twinkle” Sullivan, and St. Clement rugged winger Matt Dighton, son of George and Juliann Dighton, reached a significant milestone during the winter sports season by surpassing the 100 point mark for their high school career. What makes the achievement so special for the pair...

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Labeck Signs with UMass/Amherst

February 26, 2016
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Labeck Signs with UMass/Amherst

On National Signing Day, Christian Labeck ,17, Boston College High School Senior from Charlestown, committed to play soccer with the UMass-Amherst Minutemen (Atlantic 10-Division 1). Labeck has been a three year starter for the BC High Varsity Soccer team. In 2015, he was a Senior Captain, lead the Catholic Conference with 21 points and...

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Wynn Halts Construction:Thousands of Jobs in Limbo Following Curatone’s Environmental Appeal

February 26, 2016
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Wynn Halts Construction:Thousands of Jobs in Limbo Following Curatone’s Environmental Appeal

By Seth Daniel In a shocking follow up to the environmental license appeal filed by Somerville on Feb. 12, Wynn Everett officials made a startling announcement Wednesday afternoon in saying that they would halt all construction activities, put off seven job fairs, institute a hiring freeze and cancel the April groundbreaking – but they...

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Cunha sees Charlestown Housing Development as an Opportunity for the Entire Neighborhood

February 26, 2016
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By John Lynds Charlestown Neighborhood Council Chair Tom Cunha said the redevelopment of the Bunker Hill Housing Development could be an opportunity for the entire neighborhood to leave a legacy for future generations. Cunha, who grew up in the state’s oldest public housing development as a kid, said he is happy that the developer...

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Sanders Headquarters in Charlestown is Busy with Last-minute Activities

February 26, 2016
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By Katy Rogers Leading up to the Massachusetts Primary on Super Tuesday, March 1, and following the big win in New Hampshire, the Bernie Sanders Campaign office in Charlestown has been flooded with supporters from around the Boston area on a daily basis – fanning out all over the city to reach voters in...

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Second Rally Held to Protest School Cuts

February 26, 2016
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By John Lynds Parents and educators are not backing down and held a second rally last week to protest school budget cuts proposed to close a $50 million budget gap at Boston Public Schools. Families and education stakeholders marched on City Hall and the State House last Wednesday during BPS school vacation week as...

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Police Briefs 02-25-2016

February 26, 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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Old Charlestown Schoolboys is Philanthropic

February 26, 2016
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By Charles McGonagle It was sometime around 1950 when I first became aware of them. I guess that I was 10 years old, or so, and I was spending a good deal of my time at the old Charlestown Boys Club, my home away from home. They came in great numbers; topcoats draped over...

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Letter to the Editor

February 26, 2016
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Governor Councilor Backs Calvin Brown for State Democratic Committeeman Dear Editor, On March 1, 2016, “Super Tuesday,” Everett voters of the Democratic Party will go to the polls to nominate a candidate for the U.S. Presidency and elect two State Committee members (one male and one female). I am respectfully requesting that the voters...

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Townie Tidbits

February 26, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani DEXTER STREET  TO SULLIVAN SQUARE  How many folks in Charlestown have any idea where Dexter Street is located? No, it isn’t over in the Neck but rather across the Alford Street Bridge. It is the last or first street depending on your direction in Charlestown and a stone’s throw from where...

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Everyone Can — and Should — Vote Tuesday

February 26, 2016
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Other than for anyone who has been living under the proverbial rock for the past few months, it is fair to say that the 2016 Presidential primary election campaign has drawn the most controversy and the most attention in our nation’s history. There are many reasons for this, chief among them being the candidacies...

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Sports 02-25-2016

February 26, 2016
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Townie Sports MARCH MADNESS ALMOST HERE The MIAA high school tourney pairings for basketball come out on Friday, and on Saturday for hockey; 13 teams with “Townies” are already qualified. That doesn’t even include the sensational hockey talent at the collegiate level. Our “green square mile” is so special. In hockey, Despite two losses...

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Charlestown’s Kelly on Defense

February 18, 2016
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Charlestown’s Kelly on Defense

Pope John’s Patrick Kelly, of Charlestown, watches the ball that Malden Catholic’s Cameron Zahner looks to pass during a barnburner of a game last Wednesday, Feb. 10. The heartbreaking loss for Pope John, 67-65, ended a 10-game winning streak for the hot high school hoops team.

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Harborview Health Club Schedules Grand Opening

February 18, 2016
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Harborview Health Club Schedules Grand Opening

Harborview Health Club, a new and exclusive club located within the Harborview at Navy Yard community 250 First Avenue in Charlestown is pleased to announce its Grand Opening, scheduled for March 1. “We are excited to announce the Grand Opening of the Harborview Health Club, and with it, offering special introductory membership rates for...

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Somerville Files Appeal to Key Casino License,Likely to Create Delays for Wynn

February 18, 2016
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 By Seth Daniel The Wynn Everett casino has found another mayor with a bone to pick regarding the $1.7 billion resort casino – this time being Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone. Last Friday, Curtatone and his City filed a request for a hearing to challenge the state’s Chapter 91 waterways license that was just about...

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Arbitration Award Could Cost City $23 Million This Year

February 18, 2016
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By Seth Daniel A recent state arbitration decision with the Boston Police’s Detectives Benevolent Society could cost the City $23 million this year in back pay – and another $9 million per year going forward – and now is in front of a frustrated City Council committee. In late December, Arbitrator Lawrence Holden Jr....

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