Police Briefs 02-18-2016

February 18, 2016
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Charlestown Beat Drugs 02/04/16 – As a result of a drug investigation in the area of Old Ironsides Way, an individual was placed under arrest for possession of a Class B substance (cocaine). Drugs 02/04/16 – As a result of a drug investigation in the area of Bunker Hill Street, an individual was placed...

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Downtown View:Jaywalking is Safest

February 18, 2016
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It gladdened my heart last week to read that state Senator Harriette Chandler, a Democrat from Worcester and the Senate Majority Leader, proposed raising the fine for jaywalking from $1 to $25 for a first offense up to $75 for third offenses and more. She thinks this will save lives. I was delighted for...

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Never Too Early to Start

February 18, 2016
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Boston City Councilor Michael Flaherty has re-introduced a zoning text amendment to limit the number of marijuana shops in a certain geographic area. Flaherty is calling for no more than one shop per one mile radius. This makes sense to us. Boston is called a walkable city. For those of us who call Boston...

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Sports 02-18-2016

February 18, 2016
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TOWNIE SPORTS By Kevin Kelly COLLEGE On the hockey front, Salem State sophomore wing Danielle Kelley and freshman wing Jacqueline Sindoris each notched an assist in the Vikings 3-2 conquest of Becker. Sindoris added a goal in the Vikings 3-1 rematch victory over Becker…BU senior defenseman Matt Grzelyck tallied an assist in the Terriers...

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Boston Massacre Revisited

February 12, 2016
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Boston Massacre Revisited

Re-enactors Rob Creen (playing Samuel Adams here) and Arielle Kaplan of the Freedom Trail Foundation recreate the Boston Massacre for students at the Harvard Kent School on Tuesday, Feb. 9, just in time for the historic event’s 246th Anniversary on March 5. Students learned the intricacies of many Revolutionary War events during the presentation...

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Charlestown Gets A Wynn-Fall:Walsh Confirms Money to Stay Entirely Here

February 12, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Mayor Martin Walsh confirmed this week that the Wynn Everett money paid to the City in the form of an existing $1 million check and the upcoming annual $2 million community mitigation payments will stay entirely in Charlestown, but will be given out through a City Hall – and not a...

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LaMattina Fights to Keep MBTA Late Night Service Up and Running

February 12, 2016
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By John Lynds Many of his constituents rely on the MBTA’s late night service to go back and forth to overnight shifts in Boston so it comes as no surprise that City Councilor Sal LaMattina is fighting to keep this service intact. In a letter to MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, LaMattina said...

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‘Charlestown Dogs’ Looks to Increase Social, Responsible Owners

February 12, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Just a few weeks ago, Charlestown residents Chris Lovell, Kristen Lanni and Rob O’Brien found themselves on the receiving end of puzzled looks from dog owners up at the Monument. The trio, however, said they didn’t blame people for the strange looks. After all, they were filling holes in the Monument’s...

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Council Questions Content of BRA Urban Renewal Extension Plan

February 12, 2016
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By Jordan Frias After a year of community outreach, public meetings and public engagement, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) appeared before the City Council’s Committee on Planning and Development on Tuesday, Feb. 9, to discuss urban renewal. Urban renewal has been a contentious subject for residents, and neighborhood groups. At last week’s Charlestown Neighborhood...

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Flaherty to Introduce ‘Pot’ Shop Location Restrictions

February 12, 2016
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By Seth Daniel As the City and state continue to deal with medicinal marijuana dispensaries, and the prospect of legalized marijuana seems to be gaining headway, City Councilor Michael Flaherty re-introduced a zoning text amendment at Wednesday’s City Council meeting to bring some controls to the situation before such businesses begin the frenzy of...

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MGC Calls Boston,Wynn Agreement a Treaty Benefiting All Parties

February 12, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) unanimously approved the Surrounding Community Agreement (SCA) between Boston and Wynn Everett on Thursday, Feb. 4, calling it a “treaty” that will bring forth new cooperation and new solutions for Charlestown and the region. The MGC discussed the agreement at its meeting and took action on...

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Police Briefs 02-11-2016

February 12, 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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Building America’s Most Age-Friendly City

February 12, 2016
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh Here in Boston, we are committed to making our city a place where everyone can succeed — of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. This is our guiding principle as we plan and build the future of our city. That’s why an essential goal of our citywide plan is to...

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Townie Tidbits

February 12, 2016
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MY DAD WAS MY HERO My dad passed away in 1989 at age 76. He retired after a 34 year career as a medical worker at Boston City Hospital in January 1978. He loved his career being a caregiver.    The first six years of retirement were good to him but the last six...

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Enjoy the Long Weekend — And Thank Washington and Lincoln

February 12, 2016
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The President’s Day long weekend is upon us, a time when we can take a bit of a respite from the onslaught of winter (which finally started getting into gear this week) and enjoy time with our families during the public school vacation week. For some of us, the break means a family ski...

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Sports 02-11-2016

February 12, 2016
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TOWNIE SPORTS By Kevin Kelly HERE WE GO AGAIN With a Catholic Conference co-champion feather stuck in their cap, courtesy of junior wing Sean Wrenn, Malden Catholic (MC) seems a lock to go deep into the Super 8 tournament. A gut-wrenching defeat to St. John Prep in last year’s title game has fueled the...

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Obituaries 02-11-2016

February 12, 2016
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Carol Orpen Long time accountant and secretary Carol A. Orpen, a 40 year resident of Malden, formerly of Somerville and Charlestown, entered into eternal life on Friday, February 5 following a courageous battle with cancer. She was 70 years old. Carol was born in Boston on August 17, 1945, a daughter of the late...

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YMCA Campaign Kickoff

February 4, 2016
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YMCA Campaign Kickoff

The Charlestown YMCA had its kick-off party on Thursday, Jan. 28, at RSM (formerly McGladrey) in City Square. The party signified the start of the 2016 Annual Campaign. Proceeds from the event benefit kids, teens, families and military service members of the Charlestown community. Shown from left Vicki Valhouli, YMCA Board Member Jon Swanson,...

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Boston,Wynn Come to Terms on Casino

February 4, 2016
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By Seth Daniel In the end, it was Mayor Martin Walsh and Wynn CEO Steve Wynn who got down to the nitty gritty – successfully negotiating directly with one another all last week on a Surrounding Community Agreement (SCA) for Boston that has some accommodations for Charlestown, including mitigation money for traffic and direct...

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$1m Check for Charlestown Still Remains in Escrow at MGC

February 4, 2016
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By Seth Daniel A little over a year ago, Wynn Everett delivered a $1 million check to the City of Boston for Charlestown non-profits – a stipulation spelled out in the licensing agreement with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC). However, the City shocked more than a few people when it refused to accept the...

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Community Groups Start Presentations For CNC, Spaulding Funding Grants

February 4, 2016
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The Spaulding-Charelstown Neighborhood Council  (CNC)  Community Partnership Fund is holding a series of presentations by the 17 applicants for this year’s funding. There will be three more sets of presentations to be held at 7 pm at the American Legion Hall on 26 Adams Street on the following dates –  Tuesday Feb. 9, Wednesday...

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LaMattina to Fight Casella Trash Transfer Station

February 4, 2016
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By Seth Daniel City Councilor Sal LaMattina vowed this week that the Casella Trash Transfer station is a dead proposal. The trash transfer station was the subject of a raucous public meeting in Charlestown last week, where virtually no one voiced any support for the measure. A previous meeting in December drew a small...

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Long-Despised BWSC Plant on City Line Could be History

February 4, 2016
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While Boston’s decision to end its fight with Wynn was huge news in Charlestown, and money on the table was a huge part of that discussion, a surprise addition touted as a gift to Charlestown was perhaps the icing for the Town and for Everett – eliminating the long-disdained Boston Water & Sewer Commission...

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Chartering a New Beginning at the Monsanto Site

February 4, 2016
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There’s something to be said for cleaning up after others, but in the case of Bob Delhome and his company, Charter Environmental, they are cleaning up the sins of the past caused by so many others – that being some of the state’s worst environmentally polluted sites. Currently, the 19-year-old environmental remediation company is...

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