Townie Tidbits

December 10, 2015
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HOLIDAY CONCERT AT ST. MARY’S CHURCH, DECEMBER 13 Once again, Christmas is approaching Charlestown  and thanks to St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish, the Friends of the Charlestown Library and the folks at Hammond Residential Real Estate, This year’s holiday concert will take place on Sunday, December 13 at 3:30 PM inside beautiful St....

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Warren Tavern Ready to Host Toys for Tots event Saturday

December 3, 2015
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Warren Tavern Ready to Host Toys for Tots event Saturday

By Seth Daniel One of the largest holiday events in Charlestown – with a focus on helping children – will take place this Sunday evening when the Warren Tavern hosts its annual Toys for Tots Donation Drop Off gathering. Kim Mahoney of the Warren Tavern said it is one of the most exciting and...

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Holiday Concert on Dec 13

December 3, 2015
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Holiday Concert on Dec 13

St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish together with Friends of the Charlestown Library & Hammond Residential Real Estate Announce a Free Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 13th at 3:30 at St. Mary’s Church, 55 Warren Street The Copley Singers, Brian Jones, Director, returns this year this year with another popular and wide ranging a...

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Community Sorts Through Details Of Casella Trash Transfer Proposal

December 3, 2015
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By Seth Daniel A smattering of residents and Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) members heard big plans on Monday night from Casella Resource Solutions to establish a trash transfer station at its property in the Bunker Hill Industrial Park that would bring 650 tons of trash every day into the Town to be unloaded and...

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Local Tree Lighting is set for Sunday

December 3, 2015
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the schedule for this year’s 20th Anniversary Mayor’s Trolley Tour and Enchanted Tree Lightings occurring in Charlestown on Sunday, December 6 at 3:15 p.m. in Thompson Square. “We are fortunate in the City of Boston to have a community that celebrates its cultural diversity, but also comes together to...

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Mishawum Extension Bridge Re-Opens Quietly

December 3, 2015
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Just as quickly and quietly as it closed last summer, the Mishawum Extension Bridge has re-opened to drivers on Rutherford Avenue. City officials noted that the bridge – a critical U-turn option for local drivers looking to go into Boston and avoid Sullivan Square – opened Oct. 30 after major repairs. The extension closed...

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Police Briefs 12-03-2015

December 3, 2015
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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:Good Books for Gift Giving

December 3, 2015
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By Karen Cord Taylor It’s December. Time for a holiday gift book roundup. Two recommendations are the works of Massachusetts authors whose books, no matter what the titles, are really about relationships. No One Ever Told Us That: Money and Life Lessons for Young Adults, published by John Wiley & Sons, is downtown Boston...

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Townie Tidbits

December 3, 2015
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CHARLESTOWN HAS A TALE OF TWO TOWNS TO SHARE WITH ONE ANOTHER Decembers are for remembering and sharing especially in Charlestown where folks rarely forget their humble roots and all their blessings. Townies also know that many struggle once again especially around the Holidays.     Once again , “Harvest on the Vine” has been...

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Table for Two

November 26, 2015
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Table for Two

Kristen and John Sullivan enjoy appetizers together during the Charlestown Mother’s Association Gala on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Knights of Columbus. The blockbuster event drew hundreds of residents and elected officials, and featured very lively and interesting auction items.

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Harvest on the Vine is A Singular Resource For Food Emergencies

November 26, 2015
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Harvest on the Vine is A Singular Resource For Food Emergencies

By Seth Daniel The people pushing two-wheeled carts and toting cloth bags began lining up just after 7 a.m. last Friday morning, Nov. 20, to get a prime position for the annual Harvest on the Vine (HOV) turkey and trimmings distribution. Not a bad idea to get in on the action early, naturally. But...

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NEW Health Center Opens in Charlestown

November 26, 2015
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Statistics show that Charlestown has some of the worst health indicators in the City – and in some cases – in the state. The diabetes rates are the highest in Boston. The rate of opiate overdose deaths is three times as high as the state average. Heart disease is high, as is low birth...

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Ryan,Didomenico Vote for Resolution To Encourage Corporate Gender Diversity

November 26, 2015
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Senator Sal DiDomenico and Representative Dan Ryan recently joined their colleagues in the Legislature to unanimously adopt a resolution to encourage equitable and diverse gender representation on boards of companies in the Commonwealth. The Senate passed the resolution in July, followed by the House of Representatives in October. “This resolution will help to ensure...

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Townie Tidbits

November 26, 2015
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WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE OLD BANK BUILDING?    The street level shops get closed and are staying empty. This beautiful building  is as much a part of Charlestown as is the Bunker Hill Monument. You know, I think the old Bunker Hill Florist space might be perfect for a nice family style restaurant....

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Skatepark Opens,Haven for Those with Wheels

November 19, 2015
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Skatepark Opens,Haven for Those with Wheels

By Seth Daniel One of the most interesting places for things on four wheels – or even two wheels – is right in Charlestown at the Paul Revere Park, as the long-promised skate park was unveiled last Saturday, Nov. 14, under the highway. The Lynch Family Skatepark, named after Peter Lynch of Fidelity Investments...

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Alford St.Bridge Problems Continue to Plague Commuters

November 19, 2015
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By Seth Daniel It appears $57 million and three years of inconvenience weren’t enough to have a shipshape Alford Street Bridge that works seamlessly – as it was announced this month that there are numerous problems with the bridge more than a year after it opened. The Boston Herald first reported the story. “Following...

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Assessments are up;Taxes are Down in Boston ’16 Residential Properties

November 19, 2015
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By John Lynds This week the City of Boston mailed the assessed values and property tax rates to homeowners in Charlestown. The 2016 tax rate is lower than 2015’s rate of $12.58 per one thousand dollars in assessed value. The city lowered the 2016 rate to $11 per one thousand dollars in assessed value....

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CNC Holds Election for Seven Precinct Seats

November 19, 2015
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The Charlestown Neighborhood Council Precinct election of its seven precinct seats was held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Area 15-A Police Station in Hayes Square. The following candidates elected from each precinct are as follows: Precinct 1:   Judy Brennan,  28 Washington Street Precinct 2:   Dave Whelan,   23 Ferrin Street Precinct 3:   William...

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City Agrees to Move Charlestown Zip Car Spaces after Local Backlash

November 19, 2015
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By John Lynds The City of Boston couldn’t have picked a worse location in Charlestown to place Zip Car parking spaces. About three weeks ago, the City’s Transportation Department quitely installed two Zip Car parking spaces on Bunker Hill Street across from the Grasshopper Restaurant. The installation was met with immediate backlash from business...

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Police Briefs 11-19-2015

November 19, 2015
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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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Townie Tidbits

November 19, 2015
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BY SAL GIARRATANI MY GRANDMA HARRINGTON WAS CALLED MA HARRINGTON IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD    Over the years, I enjoy searching my roots on both sides of my family, the Harringtons from Charlestown and the Giarratanis from the North End. I actually know more about my Sicilian roots with far more oral history passed on...

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Boston Library is in Top Tier

November 19, 2015
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By Mayor Martin Walsh A library card gives you access to not only printed books and e-books, but streaming audio books, movies, music, television shows, and digital magazines and comics.  Last month, during ‘Library Card Sign Up Month,’ more than 6,600 individuals signed up for a free library card with the Boston Public Library....

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Obituaries 11-19-2015

November 19, 2015
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Stephan Slesar Cardiologist Stephan J. Slesar of Charlestown died at home on November 14. He was 83 years old. He was the husband of Corinne for 55 years; father to Tara of Reston, Virginia, Joseph and his wife, Amy of Charlestown; “Obi” (grandfather) to Kailey, Dominic and Ionie of Charlestown; father to Stephan Jr....

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Soldiers’ Home Annual Veterans Day Services

November 12, 2015
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Soldiers’ Home Annual Veterans Day Services

The Chelsea Soldiers’ Home held its annual Veterans’ Day services on Thursday, Nov. 5, in the St. Michael’s Chapel on the campus. Honored on the day were Charlestown’s Cmdr. Robert Gillen (retired Navy) and Charlestown native Father Patrick Healy.

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