Enjoy the Weekend — Safely

May 27, 2016
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We saw a statistic the other day that seemed baffling: The death toll on our nation’s roads and highways once again is on the rise. Last year, there were 38,000 highway fatalities in America. That’s about 100 Americans killed every day in motor vehicle-related crashes and accidents. In addition, there are hundreds of thousands...

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Let’s Remember the True Meaning of Memorial Day

May 27, 2016
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Memorial Day, our most solemn national holiday, will take place this weekend. It is symptomatic of our national culture that for most Americans, the true meaning of Memorial Day has long been lost amidst the excesses of our materialistic society. Since the 1960s, when Congress voted to make it part of a three-day weekend,...

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Charlestown High to Lose Air Force JROTC

May 20, 2016
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Charlestown High to Lose Air Force JROTC

Budget cuts and declining enrollment have forced Charlestown High School to close its Air Force JROTC program at the end of this year. The program has been a fixture at Charlestown’s parades and other patriotic events since moving from the Umana Barnes HS in the 70s. JROTC is a citizenship program which teaches leadership and...

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Morrissey Scholarship Gala

May 20, 2016
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Morrissey Scholarship Gala

A huge crowd assembled on Friday night, May 13, for the 2nd Annual Ryan ‘Duce’ Morrissey Scholarship Gala at the Knights of Columbus. Two scholarships were awarded in memory of ‘Duce’ on the night. Here, Steve Morrissey, “Sis” Morrissey, Krystal Zimmerle. scholarship recipient, Michaela Morrissey, Craig Morrissey. (Front) Wallace Lang, Kellie Burke, Riley Burk and...

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Rep Ryan Secures Earmarks in House Budget to Help Charlestown

May 20, 2016
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By John Lynds Representative Dan Ryan was able to secure several line items for Charlestown and Chelsea when the House approved a $39.56 billion Fiscal Year 2017 budget. Ryan, who represents both Charlestown and Chelsea, secured $1.2 million for the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs that will help both Clubs in Charlestown...

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Noonan to Serve as Parade Marshal,to Host Annual Banquet on this Friday

May 20, 2016
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Noonan to Serve as Parade Marshal,to Host Annual Banquet on this Friday

By Seth Daniel When it comes to filling a room, Danny Noonan and his wife, Kathleen (Wrenn) Noonan, have no problem bringing a crowd – mostly family members to be certain – and when it comes to leading the Bunker Hill Day Parade, there is no doubt Noonan will fill the lines out for...

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BRA Hires Continuum to Help Re-Brand Itself as a More Approachable Agency

May 20, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Looking to become a more friendly and approachable agency, and to part from its negative history, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board approved a contract with Boston-based Continuum design and marketing company to help rebrand the agency as more trustworthy. The approval came at the BRA’s Thursday meeting, May 12, and...

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Councilor LaMattina Calls for Ferry Service Connecting Charlestown, Eastie and North End

May 20, 2016
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By Seth Daniel It’s not hard to see East Boston or the North End from pretty much anywhere in Charlestown. Sometimes, it almost looks like one could swim right over with little effort. However, getting there by land – that’s a whole other story. That’s why Councilor Sal LaMattina has put in a Council...

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Upcoming Events Planned at the Charlestown Working Theater

May 20, 2016
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Charlestown Working Theater presents theatre KAPOW’s Raining Aluminum, an original piece based on the parallel storylines of the 1917 explosion in Halifax, Nova Scotia (and the subsequent American relief efforts) and Halifax’s involvement in Operation Yellow Ribbon (the Canadian initiative to handle the diversion of civilian airline flights on 9/11). This will be the...

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Police Briefs 05-19-2016

May 20, 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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Downtown View:Fish,Flowers and Fresh Produce

May 20, 2016
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By Karen Taylor Last year for my birthday one of my daughters gave me flowers. These were not the usual birthday flowers. They were delivered to my door for several weeks from the one-eighth acre garden of Ferriss Buck Donham of Arlington. The flowers Ferriss provided were different from those available from even the...

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Townie Tidbits

May 20, 2016
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THE “FATHER DAN” TO THE RESCUE Recently, the Boston Fire Department added a new boat to its fire fighting fleet. It was named after Rev. Dan Mahoney who has been a fire chaplain since 1964. Father Dan has been a vital part of the Boston Fire Department, St. Francis de Sales Paish and all...

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A Clean Sweep

May 13, 2016
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A Clean Sweep

Double duty: Landon and Austin Grant – twin fourth graders – were ready to pitch in for Boston Shines at the Warren Prescott School Garden on Friday, May 6. The annual neighborhood clean-up took place at several locations in the town on Friday and Saturday.

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Schoolboys Award 17 Scholarships to Local Students

May 13, 2016
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Schoolboys Award 17 Scholarships to Local Students

By Seth Daniel The Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association delivered 17 scholarships on Monday night, May 9, to students in the Town. The annual Scholarship night precedes the larger Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association Annual Reunion, which will take place on Sunday, May 16, at the Knights of Columbus. That event is one of the largest...

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Council Calls on BRA for September Meeting

May 13, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Boston City Council is wasting no time in bringing the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) back onto the carpet to have an earlier than expected review of Urban Renewal activities and the promised two-year action plan – issuing a letter last week calling for a September meeting. The letter was discussed...

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Ryan Questions Community Preservation Act

May 13, 2016
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By Seth Daniel As momentum begins to gain ground for the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in Boston, Charlestown State Rep. Dan Ryan is apt to hold off on the runaway enthusiasm for what is essentially a property tax increase. Ryan said he is still educating himself on Boston’s proposal, but doesn’t see it as...

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Police Briefs 05-12-2016

May 13, 2016
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CHARLESTOWN BEAT OUI 05/03/16 – Officers responded to High and Sullivan streets for a motor vehicle accident. As a result of the subsequent investigation, an individual was placed under arrest for operating under the influence. Shoplifting 05/03/16 – As a result of a radio call to Austin Street for a shoplifter, officers placed an...

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New Fundraiser in Charlestown Directed to Help the Homeless

May 13, 2016
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By Seth Daniel One Charlestown resident and Tempo Cycle are combining efforts to have two innovative fundraisers this month to benefit a jobs program for the homeless in Boston. Anthony Toppi, a steering committee member for Project Place in the South End, kicked things off by hosting a 45-minute spin class for charity last...

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Townie Tidbits

May 13, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani WELL IT WAS QUATRO DE MAYO TIME AGAIN  While many out there celebrate Cinco de Mayo every May 5, I am one of those “May the Fourth be with you” celebrants since MAY 4 is my Birthday Day. I still refuse to get old or accept those senior freebies out there. Not all, Thanks...

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Did I Touch Home Plate?

May 7, 2016
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Did I Touch Home Plate?

Joseph Brienze, CHAD Athletics, scores after hitting a home run in his first game of the season. The Charlestown Little League kicked off its season last Saturday, April 30, at Ryan Field.

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In the Top Five:Charlestown One of Most Important Archaeological Sites in the United States

May 7, 2016
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In the Top Five:Charlestown One of Most Important Archaeological Sites in the United States

By Seth Daniel A few years ago when Boston City Archaeologist Joe Bagley was preparing to move the City’s voluminous collection of Colonial artifacts from the North End to a new office in West Roxbury – he got a good look at the boxes and boxes of artifacts from Charlestown. It was an eye-opener....

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Bridgewater Center Now Accepting Applications

May 7, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The new Bridgeview Center is accepting applications for its 61 units of affordable housing on the other side of Rutherford Avenue, the first residential project on that side of the Town. Applications became available for the building on Monday, April 25, and the first information session took place on May 2....

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Boston Licensing Board Approves Lift on BYOB Ban

May 7, 2016
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By John Lynds Following the Boston City Council’s lead, the Boston Licensing Board (BLB) voted unanimously last Thursday lifting the long-standing ban on BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) in small neighborhood restaurants like those that line many of the streets in Charlestown. According to a statement from the BLB, the board will work on...

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Police Briefs 05-05-2016

May 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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