A Tragedy That Affected All of Us

August 3, 2018
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The news reports this weekend about the tragic motor vehicle accident that claimed the life of a 32-year-old Cape Cod man who had just become a new father  — as he was returning home at night from the hospital after visiting with his wife and child — caused all of us to pause for...

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Hands-Free Driving Law Needed

August 3, 2018
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Public safety advocates have been disappointed this week that the legislature has failed to adopt a bill in this legislative session that would ban the use of mobile electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle unless the devices are used in hands-free mode. Distracted driving is a huge and ever-growing problem, surpassing drunk driving...

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Three Pros, Lots of Fun: First Pick up with a pro Event Goes off Spectacularly

August 3, 2018
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Continuing their tradition of giving back to the Town, three pro hockey players with deep Charlestown roots delighted kids from the neighborhood last Friday night, July 27, when they came to Bryan McGonagle Rink for some relaxed and informal street hockey fun. The first-ever event – dubbed Pick Up with a Pro – was...

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Townie Sports

August 3, 2018
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MAYOR’S CUP AND CITWIDE LEAGUE UPDATES The 11’s got knocked out of the Mayor’s Cup July 28 in the semifinals by Parkway, 14-3. Great tournament, boys! The summer Citywide league team went 1-0 last week with a win vs. ADSL and a rainout. They played the North End this week in South Boston.  ...

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The People’s Lawyer:Campaign Headquarters On Main Street Right at Home for AG Healey

July 28, 2018
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The People’s Lawyer:Campaign Headquarters On Main Street Right at Home for AG Healey

In the off-hours from work, when Attorney General Maura Healey needs to spend some time in her campaign headquarters, she doesn’t need to drive long distances across the state. She simply puts on her sneakers and takes a light jog from her home on the Training Field down to Main Street – where she...

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Spare Bedrooms in Boston Homes Critical to Solving Housing Crisis

July 28, 2018
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Spare Bedrooms in Boston Homes Critical to Solving Housing Crisis

When Nesterly founder Noelle Marcus was at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studying housing issues and living in the throes of the affordable housing crisis here, she had a shocking moment when she saw some numbers. One in three households, she learned, in Boston would be headed by a single person over the age...

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Edwards Playground/Eden St Meeting to Begin on Aug 6

July 28, 2018
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The City has scheduled the first in a series of meetings to discuss the $1.4 million facelift for Edwards Playground and Eden Street Park. The plan was announced in May as part of Mayor Martin Walsh’s Capital Budget plan. The meeting will be for the purpose of sharing what residents would like to see...

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Training Field to Host Concert

July 28, 2018
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The Charlestown High School ensemble band will be center stage in the Training Field on Saturday afternoon, July 28, in a unique event to help bolster usage of the Field and bring students and neighbors together. Billy Kelly, president of Friends of the Training Field, said they will hold the concert in the Training...

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Neighborhood Round Up

July 27, 2018
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HARVEST ON VINE FOOD PANTRY The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry this week is requesting bags of rice and cans of ravioli, two of the most popular items that fill the shelves. Any donation on non-perishable foods that you could make would also be greatly appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at the Food...

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Encore Announces RideShare Lot to Prevent Unnecessary Congestion

July 27, 2018
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In an effort to head off a problem long before it starts, Encore Boston Harbor said late last week that it has plans to debut a special RideShare (Uber, Lyft) lot specially designed to keep such vehicles off of Lower Broadway and not waiting in the neighborhoods around Charlestown and Everett. The lot has...

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Chain Forge Petitions to Remove Trees

July 27, 2018
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The Chain Forge Hotel project has petitioned the City of Boston to remove 10 mature street trees on First Avenue in the Navy Yard. A hearing on the matter will be held by the Boston Tree Warden on Aug. 2 at 10:30 a.m. in 1010 Massachusetts Ave., Third Floor, Roxbury (ISD Building). The trees...

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Commissioner Evans Bids Farewell After 39 Years at BPD

July 27, 2018
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Police Commissioner William Evans announced at a press conference Monday morning that he would resign from his post as commissioner to spend more time with his family and to be the head of public safety at Boston College (BC). At the same time, Mayor Martin Walsh announced the historic appointment of the first African...

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Vesey Brothers to Headline Street Hockey Event at McGonagle Rink

July 27, 2018
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Two hockey stars with Charlestown ice in their veins will come back to the Town for a special pick-up game with the pros on Friday night, hosted by Bardown Strength and Conditioning. Jimmy Vesey of the New York Rangers and Nolan Vesey of the Edmonton Oilers/University of Maine are headlining the event, with both...

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CHS Graduates the Class of 2018

July 27, 2018
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Graduation exercises for the Class of 2018 took place on Monday, June 11, at the Case Gymnasium on the campus of Boston University. Shortly after 3 p.m., the graduaåtes clad in red caps and gowns filed into the arena and took their seats in a reserved front section as a newly formed school band...

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Encore Boston Harbor Looks at Temporary Parking

July 27, 2018
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Encore Boston Harbor wants to develop a second, large hotel on vacant land across from its site in a few years. Until then, they are hoping to put in parking. Encore Boston Harbor is petitioning Everett City Hall to allow a zoning change for temporary parking of around 840 cars up to three years...

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Police Briefs 07-26-2018

July 27, 2018
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Charlestown Beat Larceny 07/16/18          – A victim on Chestnut Street reported an Amazon package containing electronics and a glass globe was stolen from his home.   Burglary – Residential 07/21/18          – A victim on Pleasant Street reported unknown suspect(s) forced open the rear door of his home, entered and removed various electronics. Detectives are...

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Townie Tidbits

July 27, 2018
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THE VIEW FROM THOMPSON SQUARE On this past Monday, I met up with Julie Hall is spearheaded today’s Engine 50 Birthday Party at at the Monument.  Engine Company #50 has been in operation since July 26, 1918, at 9 a.m. sharp.  The firehouse at Winthrop Street now being remodeled is the oldest firehouse in...

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Letters to the Editor

July 27, 2018
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THANK YOU Dear Editor To Friends of Ryan “Duce” Morrissey Scholarship Fund and the Morrissey family, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for awarding me with your generous scholarship toward my education at Matignon High School. My family and I are extremely grateful for all you do for the...

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Church Needs to Take Swift Action on Sexual Abuse

July 27, 2018
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For the past several days, articles in the national media have reported accusations of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual improprieties with several adults and his criminal violations of the sexual abuse of minors.  These alleged actions, when committed by any person, are morally unacceptable and incompatible with the role of a priest, bishop or cardinal. I...

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Charlie Baker Represents All of Us

July 27, 2018
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A recent news article in The Boston Globe quoted a number of reportedly important RepubIican party members who asserted that they have been disappointed in the performance of Gov. Charlie Baker because he has been “too liberal.” They are upset with his support both for social causes they deem “liberal” and for his assent...

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Vesey Signs Two-Year Contract with the New York Rangers

July 27, 2018
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New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced this month that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Jimmy Vesey on a two-year contract. Vesey, 25, skated in 79 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 17 goals and 11 assists for 28 points, along with 20 penalty minutes. He established...

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Townie Sports

July 27, 2018
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KITCHEN KUP ON THE WAY Kitchen Kup founder Joe Brennan announced that the annual roller hockey summer spectacular will take place the first week of August once again, rolling out (no pun intended) on Aug. 4 and 5 in Eden Street Park – a/k/a/ The Kitchen. The competition is expected to be intense once...

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Edwards Coffee Hour

July 21, 2018
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Edwards Coffee Hour

City Councilor Lydia Edwards has started having coffee hours in Charlestown regularly, with her second one taking place at the Grasshopper Café on Friday, July 13. Edwards and her staff met with residents to talk about concerns and also gather opinions about her legislative priorities. Edwards said she will continue the meetings throughout the...

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Softball Action

July 21, 2018
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Softball Action

Kayla Vitale of the Charlestown girls softball U12 league rounds third base looking to score a run in the girls game against Winchester Monday, July 16, at the playing fields. The Charlestown girls took an exciting game, 18-15.

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