Election Was No Surprise When Looking at Shrugs and Smiles

November 18, 2016
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By Seth Daniel When jaws dropped last Tuesday night and Wednesday morning as the national election returns began to favor President-elect Donald Trump, one apolitical political predictor had a very big “told you so” moment. Boston area businessman and political prognosticator Don Khoury is known for turning down the sound on political races. By...

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Schrafft’s Signs to be Replaced This Month

November 18, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Many have noted over the past week the fact that the iconic Schrafft’s illuminated sign at Sullivan Square went dark. Bill Bush of the Flatley Company told  the Patriot Bridge that the sign going dark is just temporary. He said the existing signs were getting old and needing replacing, so the...

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Townie Tidbits

November 18, 2016
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GIVING THANKS AND HELPING OTHERS  Isn›t the above the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Families gathering together for what they have and who they love. It is truly the sharing of life with others In Charlestown, a number of years ago, Townies came together to help the needy have a real Thanksgiving to remember and...

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Letter to the Editor

November 18, 2016
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Takes issue with column Dear Editor: I am a resident of Charlestown and a regular reader of the Patriot Bridge. I’d like to respond to Sal Giarratani’s Townie Tidbits column of 10/7/16. It bothered me when I read it, and has not left my mind since. With the events of the past week post-election...

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Moving Forward

November 18, 2016
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh There’s no way around it: this has been a divisive national election. For many months, we have been following the presidential race, and in the early morning hours of November 9th, that race was finally decided. As many of you know, I supported Secretary Clinton. Waking up on Wednesday...

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Sports 11-17-2016

November 18, 2016
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Townie Sports Roundup By Kevin Kelly Congratulations to my friend and fellow Townie George “Jecka” McCabe for being inducted into the Xaverian High School Hall of Fame this month. George coached the Hawks for 24 seasons, 17 as the head coach. Coach McCabe won two Super Bowls, nine conference titles and coached pro legends...

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Obituaries 11-17-2016

November 18, 2016
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Gregory Belliveau Lifelong resident of Charlestown Gregory L. “Greg” Belliveau, a lifelong Charlestown resident, entered into eternal life suddenly while at work on Tuesday, November 8. He was 53 years old. Greg was born in Boston on July 12, 1963, a son of the late Joseph Belliveau and Virginia (Mello) Polk. He grew up...

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Vesey Does It:Harvard Star with Charlestown Roots makes Smooth Transition to NHL

November 11, 2016
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Vesey Does It:Harvard Star with Charlestown Roots makes Smooth Transition to NHL

By Cary Shuman Local hockey fans made the short trip to TD Garden Saturday night to see Jimmy Vesey, a product of a close-knit Charlestown family, play his first National Hockey League game against the team he grew up rooting for as a young boy. Vesey, a 23-year-old Harvard graduate and the reigning Hobey...

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No Surprises in Charlestown Vote

November 11, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Kevin and Patti Staley did their best to get out of the house early on Tuesday morning – an effort they thought might help them elude the long lines they anticipated at the Harvard Kent School polling place. Both said with a laugh on Tuesday morning, as they stood at the...

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City Hall Open House Coming November 16 at Harvard Kent

November 11, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Mayor Martin Walsh and his Town Liaison Chris Breen will hold the first-ever Open House in Charlestown on Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Harvard Kent Gym where virtually every department from City Hall will be on hand to take questions and resolve situations. The meeting will have a development...

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Townie Tidbits

November 11, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani JOHN’S ANNUAL HARVEST FAIR  Once again St. John’s Episcopal Church will be holding its annual Harvest Fair in the Parish House from 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday, November 12 with a turkey dinner served from noon until 2 pm. For more details, go to www.stjohns02129.org or call 617.242.1272.  ...

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Let’s Remember — And Thank — Our Veterans

November 11, 2016
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This Friday, November 11, marks the annual observance of Veterans Day. The holiday originated as Armistice Day in 1919 to mark the first anniversary of the end of World War I, which formally was concluded on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918. The first world war was...

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Little Bruins Program Premieres to Huge Young Hockey Audience Here

November 11, 2016
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By Seth Daniel  One of the best deals in youth hockey hit Charlestown this fall with the Little Bruins program expanding to the Town and finding huge success in its inaugural year – spurring hope for organizers than more young boys and girls will continue through the Charlestown Youth Hockey (CYH) program. The program...

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Obituaries 11-10-2016

November 11, 2016
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Mary ‘Mae’ Looney Lifelong resident of Charlestown Mary E. “Mae” (Sullivan) Looney, a lifelong resident of Charlestown, entered into eternal life on Saturday, November 5 at the Courtyard Nursing Home in Medford. She was 73 years old. Mae was born in Boston on December 15, 1942, a daughter of the late James P. Sullivan...

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The 2016 Election – What’s on the Ballot?

November 4, 2016
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Q.1 Expanded Slot Machine Gambling This proposed law would allow the state Gaming Commission to issue one additional category 2 license which would permit operation of a gaming establishment with no table games and not more than 1,250 slot machines. The proposed law would authorize the Commission to request applications for additional license to...

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Marching Around the Monument

November 4, 2016
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Marching Around the Monument

The 31st March Around the Monument went off without a hitch once again this year on Monday, Oct. 31. Candy flowed like a river into the bags of trick-or-treaters and the Training Field was outfitted with the best decorations to date. Here, the Frederick Family stood outside their Monument Avenue home, which appeared to...

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E-inc Realizes Its Goal of a Museum, Hosts Fundraiser Nov 9

November 4, 2016
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E-inc Realizes Its Goal of a Museum, Hosts Fundraiser Nov 9

By Seth Daniel The Charlestown-based after-school program e-inc has come a long way from operating an inventive program for kids out of an empty apartment in a housing development along Medford Street some 14 years ago, but now they are ready to take an even bigger step in converting most of their building in...

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Residents Upset Over Change for Parking at Edwards School

November 4, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Townies around the Eden Street area have been parking their cars in the Edwards Middle School parking lot since, perhaps, Mr. Edwards was still alive. No one can be quite sure how long the gentlemen’s agreement has been ongoing between the school and the community regarding the very valuable parking lot,...

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One Charlestown Comment Period Extended Through Nov 23

November 4, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) announced that it would be extending the community comment period for the One Charlestown redevelopment of the Bunker Hill Housing Development for several more weeks. The current comment period with its extension on the first leg of the process, known as the Project Notification...

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St John’s Turns 175: Ready to Celebrate a Milestone Around the Capstone

November 4, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The old St. John’s Episcopal Church doesn’t look a day over 150 years old, but its appearance belies its true age of 175 years, and this coming week, on Sunday, Nov. 6, the Parish community will come together to celebrate that major milestone. Rev. Tom Mousin told the Patriot Bridge that...

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Sullivan Sq Design Meeting Brings Out Residents

November 4, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani Last week, the Boston Transportation Department hosted a Sullivan Square Design meeting in a packed Knights of Columbus Hall. Residents came to listen to city and state officials explain a number of options still on the table to make Sullivan Square work for both pedestrians and motorists that use this passage...

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A Day in the Life of Council President Michelle Wu

November 4, 2016
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By Joseph Prezioso In spending a day with Council President Michelle Wu, one quickly sees her talk is her walk. The sun hadn’t quite made it up Thursday morning when City Council President Michelle Wu began rushing around her Roslindale home to get out the door and get on the go. A lone jogger...

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St John’s Episcopal Church to Hold Annual Harvest Fair on November 12

November 4, 2016
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St. John’s Church at 27 Devens Street invites everyone to the 177th Harvest Fair on Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the church’s Parish House. Admission is free and items for sale include books, crafts, plants, toys, jewelry, and baked goods. There will also be a Silent Auction with a...

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Counseling Center Renamed at MC

November 4, 2016
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The School Counseling Center at Malden Catholic High School was recently dedicated in honor of the Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation in recognition of the Foundation’s $250,000 gift in support of the school’s Essential Malden Catholic Campaign. “Malden Catholic is grateful to the Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation and its Trustees for their support of the...

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