BYOB Licenses Approved by License Board, Would Apply to Charlestown

January 29, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Council President Michelle Wu hailed a decision by the Boston License Board late last week in finally approving regulations that would allow small restaurants outside of the downtown neighborhoods to apply for a ‘Bring Your Own Bottle’ license. Wu proposed the measure more than a year ago, patterning it off of...

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MyCharlestown.Org Goes Live, Looks to Be Info Source for Community

January 29, 2017
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By Seth Daniel More than 30 Charlestown non-profits and residents turned out last Wednesday, Jan. 18, for a meeting to launch the new MyCharlestown.org website and to talk about what will be and can be offered on the new site operated by SCI, Inc. and sponsored by Spaulding and MGH. The site is up...

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Police Briefs 01-26-2017

January 29, 2017
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Warrants 01/17/17 – As a result of a radio call to Monument Street, an individual was placed under arrest for an outstanding Dorchester court warrant. Robbery 01/18/17 – A victim on Bunker Hill Street stated while he was walking from the corner store, two black males approached him, grabbed him by the collar and...

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The State of Our City

January 29, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh On January 17th, I had the honor of standing in front of the city I love and explaining all that we’ve accomplished together, and what we have to look forward to in the upcoming year. As I looked out into the audience at Symphony Hall, I was overwhelmed with...

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Charlestown YMCA is Much More Than Just a Good Deal on Fitness Programs

January 29, 2017
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By Julia Ludwig and Rosemarie Boucher The Charlestown YMCA is so much more than the standard fitness center. Yes, with the renovated and expanded gym facilities and outstanding selection of group classes for reasonable rates, it is known as the “best deal in town” when it comes to fitness options. This is secondary to...

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Sports 01-26-2017

January 29, 2017
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Townie Sports By Kevin Kelly OLD SULLY’S NOT CLOSING, HILLBILLIES   STILL PLAYING On Saturday, February 11, appearance at “Old Sully’s” by the Bunker Hillbillies is still on. It has all the makings of a special evening. It is also an excellent opportunity to “roast” the rumor-mongering Kevin “Alfalfa” Kelly, who reported last week that...

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Walsh Mentions Local Projects in State of the City Address

January 20, 2017
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Walsh Mentions Local Projects in State of the City Address

By Beth Treffeisen In a packed Symphony Hall, Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered his third State of the City Address before embarking on his re-election campaign. In his address, Walsh committed to keeping Boston accessible to all residents by investing more money in affordable housing and upgrading infrastructure and transportation options. In an effort...

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Officials Look to Add 151 New Liquor Licenses in Three Years

January 20, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Putting last year’s low-level feud over control of liquor licenses for Boston in the past, Mayor Martin Walsh and the Boston state delegation, including Charlestown, are looking this year to cooperate in releasing more than 150 new liquor licenses in creative ways to applicants as a way of spurring economic development...

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Community Meetings on One Charlestown Scheduled for Tonight

January 20, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Two members of the Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) and others have scheduled the first in a series of public meetings starting today, Jan. 19, on the One Charlestown redevelopment of the Bunker Hill Housing Development. The meeting, announced in a letter by Amanda Reinfeld and William Galvin of the CNC, as...

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Ryan Appointed to Transportation Committe

January 20, 2017
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By Seth Daniel House Speaker Bob DeLeo announced late last week that State Rep. Dan Ryan has been appointed to the House Temporary Transportation Committee to focus in on additional issues that go beyond Ryan’s normal duties on the regular Transportation Committee. “In his role on the Transportation Committee this past session and his...

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Councilor Jackson Announces Bid for Mayor;Calls for a More Equitable Growth Citywide

January 20, 2017
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By Seth Daniel When Councilor Tito Jackson took to the podium to announce his bid for mayor at the Haley House Cafe in Roxbury last Thursday, Jan. 12, he didn’t paint himself as a candidate for one particular group of people, but for all of the people of the city – in particular those...

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Gym Hockey Program Boasts Long History, Beginning Point for Many Players

January 20, 2017
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By Seth Daniel When it’s snowy outside and cold during the dark mornings of January and February, there’s one place for the past 30 years that folks have come alive – and that place is around the uniquely Charlestown sport of Gym Hockey. The Charlestown Gym Hockey League has deep roots in the Town,...

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Boston City Council News and Notes

January 20, 2017
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Boston City Council brings in the new year at their first meeting held last Wednesday, January 11, with a number of refiles. The Council operates on a one-year legislative cycle within a two-year term, meaning that proposals that aren’t voted on by the end of each year become inactive and need to be refilled...

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Bunker Hillbillies to Appear at Old Sullys on February 11

January 20, 2017
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By Kevin Kelly Though not official, “Old Sullys” will be closing it’s doors permanently before the end of winter. With this in mind, former members of the Bunker Hillbillies will make one last appearance at “Old Sullys” on Saturday night, February 11. Steve “Dead Eye” Coyne, Jim “Prairie Fire” Honohan, “Jesse” James Sullivan, Kevin...

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Police Briefs 01-19-2017

January 20, 2017
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Charlestown Beat Larceny 01/12/17 – The victim on 13th Street reported unknown person(s) stole her Novara bicycle, valued at $2,500, from her houseboat. Cameras were operational on the dock at the time, and detectives are investigating. Warrant 01/12/17 – Officers on Vine Street placed an individual under arrest for an outstanding warrant. Vandalism 01/13/17...

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Facing Boston’s Gender Wage Gap

January 20, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh When I first took office in 2014 I pledged to listen, learn and lead. It quickly became clear that leading on gender equity was essential to our City’s success. Not only is it the right thing to do, it is important to our economy as a whole and businesses’...

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Townie Tidbits

January 20, 2017
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By Sal Giarratani FOLLOW-UP TO LAST WEEK’S IDEA  I passed my idea about resuscitating Townie Santa back to life with Tommy MacDonald and a few of us will be talking about it real soon. Townie Santa is too good an idea to let go. If I hear anything I will get back to you...

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Attention Democrats:Grow Up

January 20, 2017
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Donald Trump is set to be inaugurated tomorrow (Friday). Certainly, that is a day and an event that no serious person on any side of the political spectrum ever thought might be possible. However, that is the reality that we have to deal with — and it is an outcome that every American unhesitatingly...

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Sports 01-19-2017

January 20, 2017
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Townie Sports By Kevin Kelly HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY In the latest MIAA hockey power rankings (RPI), the boys teams included #3 Malden Catholic, #5 B.C. High and #13 Arlington Catholic. The girls teams included #9 Boston Latin and #30 Matignon…Matignon wing Charisse Flanagan tallied an assist in a hard fought 4-3 loss to perennial...

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It’s Official

January 13, 2017
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It’s Official

School Committee Chair Michael O’Neill takes the Oath of Office from Mayor Martin Walsh last week in a City Hall ceremony. He was elected chair of the School Committee last Thursday, Jan. 5, for the fifth year in a row.

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Memorial Hall Receives Grant, Efforts Now on to Restore Historic Building

January 13, 2017
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Memorial Hall Receives Grant, Efforts Now on to Restore Historic Building

By Seth Daniel When one walks up Green Street, one sees the Boys & Girls Club, the church and other notable buildings along one of the more picturesque thoroughfares in the Town. But the most historic, grand and first building on that thoroughfare has seriously fallen into disrepair over the last several years –...

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One Charlestown Developers Analyzing Comment Letters

January 13, 2017
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By Seth Daniel As 2017 gets up and running, a delay in the One Charlestown development review process hasn’t completely stopped the wheels from turning for the development team of Corcoran/Suncal. This week, the team said that despite the breather in the process – granted just before Christmas by the Boston Planning and Development...

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Spaulding Grant Money Ready for Second Year of Distributions

January 13, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The second round of non-profit grant funding from the proceeds of a community fund provided during the construction of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is ready to proceed, with an application deadline of Jan. 20. It is the second year of a five-year process, said Peg Bradley of the Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC),...

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Rep Ryan Ready to Tackle Issues Facing the District in New Legislative Session

January 13, 2017
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By Seth Daniel State Rep. Dan Ryan returned to Beacon Hill last Wednesday, Jan. 4, after the Winter Break to take the Oath of Office with his colleagues at a swearing-in ceremony on the floor of the House of Representatives, and to get to work on the issues facing his district. “I want thank...

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