Police Briefs 08-10-2017

August 10, 2017
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Charlestown Beat Aggravated Assault 08/02/17 – As a result of a fight/disturbance on Bunker Hill Street, two individuals were placed under arrest and charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon. The matter is under investigation.   Larceny 08/02/17 – A victim on Rutherford Avenue reported his roommate took his credit card, as...

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Letters to the Editor

August 10, 2017
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WILL VOTE FOR PASSACANTILLI Dear Editor: I am writing to weigh in on the upcoming election for our District City Councilor.  There’s an impressive field of candidates running this year, but I have decided to support Stephen Passacantilli.  As a resident of the Navy Yard, I want a City Councilor who will be responsive...

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Townie Tidbits

August 10, 2017
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Story and Photos By Sal Giarratani SEAN T. FLAHERTY REMINDS ME OF ME Sean T. Flaherty of Charlestown has become of recent a constant letter writer to the Boston Herald. I usually agree with at least 90 percent with his opines. Seems he has become a favorite of many more conservative Boston Herald readers....

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Glen Campbell

August 10, 2017
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The passing this week of Glen Campbell, the country singer who crossed over into the pop genre in the late 1960s with hit records such as By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Galveston, and many others, marks the end of an era for those of a certain (older) generation. His records...

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Trump at the Helm — God Help Us

August 10, 2017
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President Donald Trump’s daily pronouncements typically are greeted by most Americans with a mixture of sarcasm and humor. Whether he is tweeting about something that he asserts is “sad” or speaking nonsensically at a Boy Scout jamboree, for the most part we accept most of what he says with a combination of resignation and...

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Townie Sports

August 10, 2017
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By Kevin Kelly TOWNIES DROP PLAYOFF TILT The Charlestown Babe Ruth team saw their season come to a halt Monday, after dropping an elimination playoff game to Arlington by a score of 8-4. Give credit to the Arlington pitcher who tossed a complete game with an astonishing 20 strikeouts. That does not mean, however,...

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Kids are the Real Superheroes at Spaulding

August 5, 2017
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Kids are the Real Superheroes at Spaulding

By Seth Daniel Spaulding Rehab patient Michael Sassine wasn’t supposed to even still be alive, but this week, the young man was not only alive, but he was high-fiving Spider Man. Earlier this year, Sassine had not a care in the world, but in February, the young man got pneumonia that nearly took his...

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Our Streets Already Slow? Officials Reject Slow Streets Application

August 5, 2017
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By Seth Daniel A grass-roots group of residents in the Monument Avenue area are disappointed this week after having learned that their application was not accepted into the City’s first round of Neighborhood Slow Streets (NSS) districts, but already are organizing a stronger network throughout the Town to apply for next year. Five areas...

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Cambridge College Ready for Move to Charlestown

August 5, 2017
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By Seth Daniel One of the foremost colleges in the region for adult learners is uniting its four schools in Cambridge on one brand new campus in Charlestown’s Hood Office Park. Plans have been in the works for more than a year, but this week, officials said they are nearly done with construction and...

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Roller Hockey Wonderland Starts Sat

August 5, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Festivities will get underway on Friday night as Kitchen Kup roller hockey tournament founder Joe Brennan will muster up the troops for the annual blind draw of team pairings for the tournament. The Kitchen Kup has become an exciting summer tradition for Charlestown residents and hockey enthusiasts as well. Many mark...

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Always Here Health Care Finds Inviting New Home on Church Court

August 5, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The commute couldn’t get easier for Brooke Martindale and her husband, Terry, who work and live in Charlestown, operating Always Here Home Care from a new location on Church Court – just a few blocks from where they make their home. Martindale started the business in 2009 after watching her grandmother...

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Legislature Passes Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

August 5, 2017
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Last week, the Massachusetts Legislature passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which guarantees reasonable accommodations and safety measures for pregnant workers. Senator Sal DiDomenico and Representative Joseph McGonagle both voted in support of this legislation that makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against, refuse to employ, or terminate an individual due to...

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Jack Kelly Takes Part in Boston Triathlon

August 5, 2017
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By Seth Daniel As the morning sun beat down on Carson Beach in South Boston last Sunday, Charlestown’s Jack Kelly stood on the beach with hundreds of other participants getting amped up to begin the first leg – the swimming portion – of the Boston Triathlon, he had a panic moment. Being more of...

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Charlestown Coalition Launches New Web Site

August 5, 2017
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When Turn It Around youth group member Wellington Melo was growing up in Charlestown, he said he was often found selling drugs in the community and getting further and further involved in the court system. Having a sense of hopelessness, he said it didn’t bother him because he only cared about getting money. After...

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Passacantilli Earns Major Labor Endorsements

August 5, 2017
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Stephen Passacantilli, a North End civic leader, Boston Public Schools parent, and former staffer to City Councilor Sal LaMattina has been endorsed by prominent local labor unions in his campaign for Boston City Council.  At a rally on Saturday, Passacantilli announced endorsements from UNITE HERE! Local 26, Painters and Allied Trades DC 35, Boston...

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Police Briefs 08-03-2017

August 5, 2017
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Larceny from a Building 07/24/17 – A victim on Rutherford Avenue reported unknown person(s) removed a pre-paid card-reader machine from the building laundromat. The machine contained cash. A surveillance video of the crime is available, and detectives will investigate.   Burglary – Residential – Force 07/25/17 – A victim on Franklin Street reported when...

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Townie Tidbits

August 5, 2017
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Story and Photos By Sal Giarratani REAL HOUSING FOR REAL PEOPLE When I was a little boy living on Salutation Street in Boston’s North End, my parents paid $25 per month for a two bedroom apartment. It was a small apartment but big enough for the four of us. Back in 1955, rents were...

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Letters to the Editor

August 5, 2017
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EDWARDS IS OUR CANDIDATE Dear Editor: We are supporting Lydia Edwards for district city councilor because we believe she will be an effective community organizer on the front lines of gathering Charlestown around important community concerns. In her significant previous job experience, she has proved capable of building bridges and setting an inclusive table...

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An Outstanding Appointment

August 5, 2017
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We wish to take this opportunity to congratulate our State Sen. Sal DiDomenico for his recent appointment by Senate President Stan Rosenberg as the Senate Chair of the newly created Italian Caucus of the Massachusetts legislature. The establishment of the Italian Caucus comes at the urging of the Italian Consul General to Massachusetts, Nicola de Santis, who...

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Sports 08-03-2017

August 5, 2017
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Townie Sports By Kevin Kelly TOWNIES TAKE PLAYOFF OPENER In the opening round of the Middlesex Summer League Babe Ruth playoffs on Aug. 1, #2 seed Charlestown overcame an 8-4 deficit with a 12-run explosion in the 5th and 6th innings to run away from Lexington by a score of 16-8. Leading the way...

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USS Constitution Afloat Once More

July 28, 2017
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USS Constitution Afloat Once More

By Seth Daniel It’s not often that the Navy Yard is filled with hundreds of excited spectators at 10 p.m. on a cool Sunday night. But when history is unfolding before their very eyes, it can become a motivation for just such a special trip. Hundreds of Charlestown residents and visitors to the Town...

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Climate Ready Boston Brings Show, Project to Charlestown

July 28, 2017
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Climate Ready Boston Brings Show, Project to Charlestown

By Seth Daniel As the study wraps up for looking at sea-level rise in Charlestown, city officials and consultants working on Climate Ready Boston took an interesting show and open house to the Schrafft’s Center last Thursday night. The loose format allowed residents to circulate through the room to various stations – learning about...

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Engine 50 Moves to Sullivan Square

July 28, 2017
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Engine 50 Moves to Sullivan Square

By Seth Daniel On Monday morning, Engine 50 pulled out of its historic station on the Training Field and closed its doors for the last time in a long time. There was no fight this time over the closure, nor were there protests to keep the “People’s Fire Station” intact. That’s because it was...

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Institute of Health Professions Receives Honors

July 28, 2017
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MGH Institute of Health Professions in Charlestown is the only school in the City of Boston named to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Honor Roll in the prestigious education magazine’s 2017 “Great Colleges to Work For” survey. The MGH Institute is one of just 42 colleges in the United States listed on the survey’s highest category...

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