Boston Parents say No on 2

November 4, 2016
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Mary Battenfeld and Odette Williamson As Boston parents with deep commitments to improving educational opportunities for all children, we oppose ballot Question 2.  This extreme lift of the state charter cap will destroy opportunities for many children, in order to create options for some others. Our children have been Boston Public Schools students since...

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Townie Todbits

November 4, 2016
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REMEMBERING BOB FITZGERALD Recently read an obituary in the Boston Globeon the passing of Robert P. Fitzgerald, grandson of legendary Boston Mayor John «Honey Fitz» Fitzgerald. His son Robert Jr. stated, «When you›d walked  down the streets of Boston with him, it wasn’t just him, it wasn’t just the guys in suits who came...

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Letter to the Editor

November 4, 2016
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Parking at Edwards School lot Dear Editor, I have been a resident of Charlestown for about seven years, and have resided across from the Edwards Middle School for the last five. During this time, I and many of my fellow residents have utilized the school parking lot adjacent Main Street. Signs posted around the...

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Little League MVPs

October 28, 2016
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Little League MVPs

Co-MVP Award recipients, Noel Gallagher and Hayden Groh, showing off the hardware during the Charlestown Little League Banquet on Monday, Oct. 24, at the Knights of Columbus Hall. The League honored several young people and teams from last summer’s season.

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Resident Advocacy Results in Reversal Of ‘Highway Up the Hill’ on Allston Street

October 28, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Allston Street is one of the narrowest streets on the back side of the Town. It’s also one of the most used cut-throughs for drivers, and as residents have watched a growing number of cars speed up the big hill to Bunker Hill Street – they began to hit a breaking...

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Spirits of Charlestown Tell a Unique Story; Give a Voice to the Voiceless

October 28, 2016
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By Seth Daniel History is a way of life in the present of Charlestown, and there are lots of people who know volumes about the life and times of residents of the Town in periods gone by. But few have actually talked to them. That’s where Charlestown’s MaryLee Trettenero comes into the picture, leading...

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Sullivan Sq Underpass Closed this Weekend

October 28, 2016
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The Boston Public Works Department announced today that the Sullivan Square Underpass will be closed for routine maintenance this weekend.  No traffic will be allowed to use the underpass from 9 PM on Friday, October 28, through 6 PM on Sunday, October 30. The maintenance to be performed is in preparation for the upcoming...

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CNC Community Corner

October 28, 2016
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Candidates sought for seats on CNC The Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) will be conducting its At-Large election to fill seven seats on the CNC. Prospective candidates are asked to collect a minimum of 25 signatures from any Charlestown resident 18 years of age and older to secure a spot on this year’s ballot. Once completed,...

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CSAC to Change Name to The Charlestown Coalition

October 28, 2016
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By Seth Daniel With more than enough abbreviated organizations in the Town and the state, the former CSAC is moving to something much simpler. The Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition (CSAC) has been in existence as an umbrella organization under the auspices of Mass General Hospital community benefits for years, but this month – during...

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Wynn Boston Harbor to Begin Sign Ups for Special Loyalty Cards

October 28, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Local residents will have first crack at getting special status from the Wynn Boston Harbor in the company’s loyalty card program, with sign ups for the ‘Red Card’ program beginning next week and continuing with local events. Wynn announced this week that they would hold the first informal sign up at...

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Under the Bridge:Residents Seek to Re-Use Land Under Tobin

October 28, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The dead spaces under the Mystic/Tobin Bridge have long been reserved for a lot of nothing. Few people ever wanted to be caught there after dark and it was considered an area to drive by and not look too closely at – for fear of what one might see. Nowadays, it...

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Police Briefs 10-27-2016

October 28, 2016
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Charlestown Beat Larceny-Bike 10/18/16 – A victim said he parked his bike in front of 55 Constitution Road, but when he came back, it was gone. A witness said he saw a tall black male wearing a blue coat take the bike. Warrant Arrest 10/19/16 – Officers on Bunker Hill Street placed an individual...

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Why I Am Yes on 2

October 28, 2016
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By Marty Walz If all you know about Question 2, the ballot question that would lift the cap on public charter schools, is what you’ve seen on TV – chances are good you’re confused about how to vote. As the author of the current charter school law when I was a state Representative and...

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Townie Tidbits

October 28, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani NO NEED FOR ANY HERO WORSHIP I enlisted in the United States Air Force right after graduating from Boston English High School  and lately when I go to public events, someone at the podium is always asking veterans in the audience to stand and everyone starts clapping for them like conquering...

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Have A Safe and Happy Halloween

October 28, 2016
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Halloween will be observed this Monday, and that means that  scores of children and others will be roaming our streets during the early-evening hours as they go about their ritual of trick-or-treating in our neighborhoods. It is up to each one of us to be extra-observant if we are operating a  motor vehicle during...

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Guess the Weight

October 21, 2016
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Guess the Weight

Will Allen holds the “guess the weight” pumpkin during the Grand Opening celebration of the John Harvard Mall on Sunday, Oct. 16. The Upper and Lower Malls underwent significant renovations over the past year and have now been re-opened to the public. The Friends of the John Harvard Mall helped to celebrate the occasion...

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Democrats Meet

October 21, 2016
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Democrats Meet

Jay O’Brien, vice chair of the Charlestown Ward 2 Democratic Committee, prepares to speak about the importance of the upcoming Nov. 8 election for Democratic voters. The Ward 2 Committee gathered at Blackmoor Restaurant on Monday night to talk about issues and to rally for the election.

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Walsh Arranges for City Hall Come to Charlestown for a Night

October 21, 2016
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By Seth Daniel There are questions and concerns – and times when one might be absolutely stymied – that cannot be resolved in a Mayor’s Coffee Hour or a Mobile City Hall visit. To that end, Mayor Martin Walsh and his Town Liaison Chris Breen have organized the first-ever Open House in Charlestown on...

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Halloween Plans Taking Shape for Activities

October 21, 2016
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Halloween will have one great big treat this year, and it’s not chocolate or sugar, but it’s still sweet. The colossal Halloween celebration this year will make a return to the fully-renovated Training Field after having been displaced for one year due to construction work on the park last Halloween. And yes, Mother Goose...

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Charlestown’s Best Dressed Launches Personal Styling Service

October 21, 2016
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By Marianne Salza When a woman slips on that perfect dress, she exudes boldness. Her posture is poised, her smile glows, and her wrists jingle with metallic bangles. It is the radiant expression that Best Dressed Co-Owner Nikoleta Lirantonakis loves to see when styling her clients. Now that she and her sister and co-owner,...

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New Development Plans Unveiled at Assembly Row

October 21, 2016
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By Seth Daniel As several developments in Assembly Row are now up and running, and others have just completed their steel skeletons, all of which are quite visible from Charlestown and of great concern here due to unresolved transportation plans, developers for the Row this week announced plans to proceed on a 1.9 million...

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Wynn Boston Harbor Tears Through Slurry Wall Construction

October 21, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The slurry wall foundation that supports a majority of the Wynn Boston Harbor building is nearly completed, more than a month ahead of schedule, and work crews are in the process this week of digging out the parking garage area. “The slurry walls are nearly done,” said Greg John on Wynn...

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Refugee Exhibit Now Going on at Long Wharf

October 21, 2016
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Most Americans do not know what it is like to have to leave your home, your neighborhood and your country and undertake a perilous journey that you do not know what awaits you if you are lucky enough to survive the crossing. However, for more than 65 million people in places like South Sudan,...

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BTD Meeting to Focus on Underpass Issue on Rutherford Ave

October 21, 2016
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By Seth Daniel In every major issue, there is a moment when it’s time to get down to brass tacks. With the Sullivan Square and Rutherford Avenue traffic planning process – which was reignited last summer after so much major development around the corridor caused a reconsideration of an existing plan – the brass...

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