Townie Tidbits

August 20, 2015
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BY SAL GIARRATANI “You can go to hell but as for me, I will go to Texas.”        -Davy Crockett  I just got back from my annual vacation to America down in Austin, Texas. Our nation seems to becoming what it never was before. Once Boston was America where we were proud...

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Jazzing It Up

August 14, 2015
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Jazzing It Up

Bandleader Jill Altshuler on the saxophone leads the Harvard Alumni Jazz Band in a rousing number for more than 100 people who gathered last Thursday night, Aug. 6, for the free summer concert on the water at the Menino Playground adjacent to Spaulding Rehab. Sponsors for the concert were The Friends of the Navy...

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Flood Plan Adjustment Will Reduce Trucking

August 14, 2015
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After Hurricane Sandy destroyed the coast of New Jersey and wreaked havoc on New York City a few years ago, coastal development has never been the same. Before, a goal of elevations that started above the 100-year flood plains were the standard for most developments to avoid costly flooding issues and flood insurance. More...

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Poll Taxing Dispute Over Local Casino Vote Stirs Emotions:Ryan Says Time to Get Best Agreement, Not a Vote

August 14, 2015
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When it comes to Charlestown getting a vote on the Wynn casino project, strong emotions from all angles seem to have popped up lately. In a phone conversation that ended “badly,” according to comments by Steve Wynn in Tuesday’s Boston Globe, Mayor Martin Walsh hung up on him when a disagreement over a Charlestown...

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At Home on the Stage:Eleven Year-old David Sullivan Stars in BCT Production of ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.’

August 14, 2015
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At Home on the Stage:Eleven Year-old David Sullivan Stars in BCT Production of ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.’

Charlestown resident David Sullivan appeared in the lead role of Ching Ho, a comedic henchman, in the Boston Children’s Theatre’s (BCT) production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.” at the Shore Country Day School in Beverly. He performed in three shows. David, an 11-year-old sixth grader at the Advent School, was introduced to the stage...

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Market Basket Prices Rise, Still Much Lower than Competitors

August 14, 2015
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A Boston-based consumer survey group released its comprehensive annual supermarket price survey this week and found that prices are going up overall – most notably at the Market Basket chain where prices have risen by 9 percent since last year’s internal company upheaval and subsequent (and expensive) resolution. The survey by ConsumerWorld.org – a...

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Letter to the Editor

August 14, 2015
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The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reserves the right to edit letters for space and clarity. We regret that we cannot publish unsigned letters. Please include your street and telephone number with your submission. The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge publishes columns, viewpoints and letters to the editor as a forum for readers to express their opinions and to encourage...

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Predicting the Future

August 14, 2015
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Karen is taking a break. In 2009, she asked several Bostonians to predict the future. How did they do? Last June, I bet you didn’t think we’d be here now: Obama as president, Hillary as secretary of state, the economy gone bust, General Motors in bankruptcy, Lehman Brothers no more, Sal DiMasi under indictment....

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Saving Millions

August 14, 2015
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Mayor Martin Walsh and the Boston Department of Public Works are to be congratulated for seizing the opportunity to convert about 70% of the city’s street lighting into LED lights. The initial cost for this project was estimated to be just north of $15 million.  However, between the special federal grant program and savings,...

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Stay Safe

August 14, 2015
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After the long and cold winter that we experienced, all of us are taking every opportunity to get outdoors this summer.  However, everyone (including our children) needs to take a moment before dashing outside in view of the warning recently issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that raises the West Nile Virus...

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Obituaries 08-13-2015

August 14, 2015
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Laurence E. Dewey Formerly of Charlestown Laurence E. “Larry” Dewey, a longtime resident of Somerville and formerly of Charlestown, entered into eternal life on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at the Parkland Medical Center in Derry, New Hampshire following a brief illness. He was 69 years old. Larry was born in Somerville on November 29,...

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Local Woman Takes Part in Swim Across America Relay

August 7, 2015
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Local Woman Takes Part in Swim Across America Relay

On July 10, a cloudy Friday morning, Coleen Lynch of Charlestown and about 100 other swimmers from the Boston area – along with former Olympian swimmers – met up at the Boston Harbor Hotel to take part in the 22-mile relay Swim Across America (SAA) event in Boston. Lynch joined Olympians Carlton Bruner, Kristy...

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Street Light Conversions Saves Taxpayers Millions

August 7, 2015
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The new electric streetlights may be a brighter white, but they have saved the City some deep green in a hurry. Just one year into the LED (Light-Emitting Diode) streetlight conversion program, the City of Boston estimates that it saved $4.7 million in 2014 with just 71 percent of the City retrofitted. Also, through...

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WNV Risk Level Raises in Boston

August 7, 2015
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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)  announced that they have raised the West Nile Virus (WNV) risk level to “moderate” in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Newton, Revere, Somerville, and Watertown. This change is due to multiple WNV-positive mosquitos being found in a relatively small geographic area of the Commonwealth...

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Walsh Announces the Creation Of 175 More Youth Jobs

August 7, 2015
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Mayor Martin Walsh announced on August 3 the creation of 175 additional youth summer jobs for nine community-based organizations, according to a press release. The jobs were created through $230,000 in corporate and individuals sponsorships to the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Fund. “Jobs provide Boston youth with meaningful work experience,” said Walsh, according to the...

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Police Briefs 08-06-2015

August 7, 2015
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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 Line at...

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Townie Tidbits

August 7, 2015
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SAY A PRAYER FOR JOE SHADROUI      I just returned from my annual vacation to America in Austin, Texas and picked up a copy of the July 24 Patriot-Bridge and was shocked to read the story on Joe Shadroui and the teri8ble accident he had on Main Street getting whacked by a car. ...

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No Olympics in 2024

August 7, 2015
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It’s now official that there will be no Summer Olympics in 2004 in the City of Boston. Perhaps things could have been different with a better strategy of rolling out the plan, but the proposal never garnered a clear-cut majority, either of residents or the politicians, who wanted to see the Olympics held in...

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Send Joe a Smile with a Sunflower

August 6, 2015
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Send Joe a Smile with a Sunflower

By Seth Daniel Every since Bunker Hill Florist owner Joe Shadroui was tragically hit by a car on Main Street July 16, a consistent stream of concerned well-wishers have filed through the door of the popular neighborhood florist asking what they could do. Until now, employees of the shop that have been scrambling to...

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Summer in Charlestown

July 30, 2015
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Summer in Charlestown

Emery Deroeve, 4 ½, Riann Greatorex, 5, Reilly Bartlett 7, and Apryl Michaels, 8, enjoy the July 10 Splash Dance Party hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at Doherty Playground in Charlestown. Future Splash Dance Parties will be held in conjunction with the ParkARTS Artists in Residence children’s workshops on Wednesday, July...

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Disabled Marine Gets Hero’s Welcome in Charlestown

July 30, 2015
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Disabled Marine Gets Hero’s Welcome in Charlestown

After traveling through such remote places as Stillwell, KS, Gunnison, CO and Damascus, VA, Toran Gaal – a double amputee Marine Corps Veteran – hand cycled into the Charlestown Navy Yard and the Charlestown Police Station on July 22 to a warm welcome that was well deserved.  There to meet him was a host...

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Graphic Arts Project Design Gets Positive Nod from CPS

July 30, 2015
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Developers from Berkley Investments were on hand in a rare summer meeting of the Design Review Committee (DRC) of the Charlestown Preservation Society (CPS) on Monday, July 20, to review early plans for a large development at the Graphic Arts Building on busy Sullivan Square. The 90-minute detailed presentation got nearly all positive reviews...

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U.S. Attorney Calls Boston Casino Lawsuit ‘Vicious’ in Court Filing

July 30, 2015
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The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts struck a major setback to the Boston casino lawsuit against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) last week, calling the suit “vicious.” The disclosure by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz came in a filing at Federal Court on the casino land deal case involving Charles Lightbody, Dustin DeNunzio and Anthony...

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Police Briefs 07-30-2015

July 30, 2015
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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 Line at...

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