Boston Officials Give Up Claim as Host Community Status to Wynn’s Project

September 12, 2013
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Following a Massachusetts Gaming Commission hearing last Wednesday, at which the city of Boston was directed by the Gaming Commission to “work out” its issues with Steve Wynn’s casino proposal for Everett, or face the likelihood that the Gaming Commission would rule in Wynn’s favor, the city of Boston announced on Friday that it...

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Educational Survey Shows Mayoral Candidates Similarities, Differences

September 12, 2013
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Like most issues in this crowded mayoral race, seven candidates who responded to a survey on educational priorities conducted last month by the nonprofit Downtown Schools for Boston share the same basic position on education: All school-age children must have equal access to quality schools and the new school Superintendent must make that happen....

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Remembering 9/11: The Fight Against Extremists Still is Ongoing

September 12, 2013
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If someone had said on September 10, 2001, that America would be embroiled militarily in affairs in the Middle East for the next 12 years, one would have thought that person to be crazy. Indeed, no one would have dared predict such a scenario even on September 12, 2001. But the tragic events of...

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Obituaries 09-12-2013

September 12, 2013
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Richard Francis Whalen Café Owner For More Than 50 Years Richard “Cheech” Francis Whalen, husband of the late Angela (Scalo) Whalen, died, surrounded by his children, on August 22 at Sherrill House, Jamaica Plain, after a long illness. Born in Meriden, CT on May 19, 1931, he was the son of the late Lawrence...

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Laceys Present Backpacks to Harvest on the Vine

September 5, 2013
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Laceys Present Backpacks to Harvest on the Vine

Joey and Charlotte Lacey presented Tom MacDonald, Director of Charlestown’s Harvest on the Vine, along with team members Judy Burton and Mary Walsh over 30 backpacks filled with school supplies to be distributed to children in need in Charlestown. This is the fifth year of the Jenny’s backpack program.  “We want all children to...

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MGC: “Settle This Dispute” to Boston and Wynn Officials

September 5, 2013
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is giving the proponents of the Wynn Everett Casino proposal and the City of Boston until the end of the week to resolve an ongoing dispute over whether or not Boston should be considered a host community. Former Mass Governor William Weld, testifying on behalf of Wynn at a...

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Harvard Alumni Jazz Band on Sept. 8

September 5, 2013
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The Friends of the John Harvard Mall Initiative are hosting the Harvard Alumni Jazz Band on Sunday, September 8 at 5 p.m.   The event is free to the public. The event is being held to raise awareness about the park’s history and the Friends group that is raising money to assist with the upcoming...

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Residents Seeking Host Community Status for Wynn Casino Project in Everett

September 5, 2013
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Charlestown residents have started an online petition urging officials to declare the neighborhood a host communities for the proposed Wynn Everett Casino. The petition, which can be found at http://www.change.org/petitions/petition-to-declare-host-community-status-for-charlestown?utm_campaign=petition_created&utm_medium=email&utm_source=guides, had 430 signatures as of Wednesday. The residents are joining a growing chorus of Boston elected officials like City Councilor Sal LaMattina and Representative...

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Congratulations, Diana Nyad: Her Swim Was Quite a Feat on a Number of Levels

September 5, 2013
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The news that long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad successfully had crossed the Straits of Florida from Cuba to Key West this past weekend brought a degree of wonder and joy to all who learned of her accomplishment. First and foremost, this had been Ms. Nyad’s life-long goal after four previously-unsuccessful efforts stretching over a span...

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Obama Made the Right Call: the President’s Decision to Ask Congress Was Correct

September 5, 2013
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We realize that we are by no means foreign policy experts, but we simply wish to say that it is our view that President Obama made the right decision is seeking the approval of Congress before bombing Syria for its violations of international law regarding the use of chemical weapons. In our view, the...

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Police Briefs 09-05-2013

September 5, 2013
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Larceny 08/26/13 – A victim on Austin Street reported while she was sitting on a bench, she placed her red, flowered tote-bag beneath the bench to her right. About 10 minutes later, she noticed it was gone. Drugs 08/27/13 – As a result of a drug investigation in the area of O’Meara Court, two...

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Tight Hike

August 29, 2013
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Tight Hike

A group of children from the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club went to Sutton’s MA Purgatory Chasm State Reservation. The Children Prepared all summer with hikes learning safety and getting outdoor hiking experience. This led them to their final trip of the summer at Purgatory Chasm State Reservation. Courtney Tipping took the lead on...

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Boston Signs Casino Agreement with Suffolk Downs

August 29, 2013
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Boston Signs Casino Agreement with Suffolk Downs

With a Steve Wynn resort casino being proposed next door in Everett and a Suffolk Down/Caesars Entertainment resort casino being proposed for East Boston, Charlestown residents have found themselves in the middle and, thusly, have been watching closely all the developments in the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s (MGC) licensing application process. To that end, there...

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The Forgotten Poet of Charlestown

August 29, 2013
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The Forgotten Poet of Charlestown

Charlestown was home to many famous people.  John Harvard’s deathbed donation to the new university authorized by the Massachusetts Bay Colony, resulted in Harvard University being named after Harvard. Warren Tavern helps keep alive the memory of General Joseph Warren, who did not live in Charlestown, but did die at The Battle of Bunker...

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Old Ironsides on the Move

August 29, 2013
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Old Ironsides on the Move

The USS Constitution gets underway in Boston Harbor in commemoration of her battle with HMS Guerriere in the War of 1812.

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Environmental Study on Logan Airport Impact Soon to Be Released

August 29, 2013
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Charlestown residents have been long awaiting the results of a Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) study of the environmental impacts of Logan Airports on the health of residents here. The study was to be released in the spring but as the spring came and went environmental activists began scratching their heads wondering what...

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Summer’s Last Gasp: Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend Safely

August 29, 2013
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The forecast for the Labor Day weekend is for sunny and warm weather — a perfect combination for outdoor activity of all kinds on the official last weekend of summer. As we look back at the past three months, it seems as if it were just yesterday that we were celebrating the arrival of...

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School’s Back: So Be Careful Driving on Our Streets

August 29, 2013
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School either already has begun or will be back in session shortly in communities  all across the state — and that means motorists who have become accustomed to child-free streets during the morning commute once again must become eagle-eyed and on the lookout for children and school buses on our roadways. The start of...

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Police Briefs 08-29-2013

August 29, 2013
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Warrant Arrest 08/22/13 – Officers in the area of Russell Street placed an individual under arrest for an outstanding Salem Court warrant charging larceny over $250. Larceny in a Building 08/22/13 – A victim reported while at the gym on Third Avenue, unknown person(s) broke into his locker and removed an iPod. A second...

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Charlestown, a Hockey Hotbed Attracting Players Across Boston

August 29, 2013
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When Brian Leetch moved to the North End after signing with the Boston Bruins for the final year of his Hall of Fame career in 2005, he made a telephone call looking for a hockey program for his oldest son. He quickly found what he wanted in Charlestown. Leetch, who grew up in Connecticut...

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Women’s Self Defense Course Well Attended

August 22, 2013
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Women’s Self Defense Course Well Attended

The Boston Police Department District A-1 Downtown/A-15 Charlestown hosted a women’s self-defense course on August 20. Sergeant Gary J. Eblan, Registrar of the Boston Police Academy, presented an engaging and informative class, Street Smarts: Reducing Your Odds, to about 40 people. Street Smarts emphasizes trusting one’s instincts, recognizing dangers, and knowing one’s options. “This...

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Award Winners

August 22, 2013
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Award Winners

William J. Kemeza, President of Boston College High School, is pleased to announce that the following Charlestown students received special awards  at an end of the year assembly to honor BC High undergraduates. Christian F. Whalen Labeck ‘16 (left) won an Exelauno Oratory award in Latin I. Matthew Gray Perkins ‘14 won an Excellence...

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Mayoral Candidates Discuss Priorities for Greenspace

August 22, 2013
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More than 300 citizens turned out to the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse on Thursday night for the Park and Open Space Mayoral Forum to hear 10 Boston mayoral hopefuls discuss their future plans for the city’s greenspace if elected. Boston Architectural College President Ted Landsmark and Boston Globe journalist Derrick Jackson moderated the forum,...

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Boat Owners Get More Time at Shipyard Quarters

August 22, 2013
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The owner of the Shipyard Quarters Marina in Charlestown who has spent the last year allegedly ignoring orders from city and state agencies to clean up his marina received an order from a judge this week. A judge has ordered that the shipyard’s owner, Martin Oliner, to halt any attempt to evict boats. Judge...

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