A Month in the Country

August 8, 2014
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(first published in August 2013) For the first time since I was 18 years old, I have spent a month in the country. And what a beautiful country it is. Fifty shades of green complimented by the bluest sky ever. Puffy clouds ranging from gray to bright white. Dozens of goldfinches, which my father-in-law...

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Charlestown’s Whole Foods Helps Neighborhood

August 1, 2014
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Charlestown’s Whole Foods Helps Neighborhood

Whole Foods Market in Charlestown, the supermarket giant that took over the Johnny’s Foodmaster in Thompson Square is continuing its good neighbor policy since arriving in the neighborhood. Whole Foods made a commitment to help Charlestown residents go to college and offset some costs through its “5 Percent Day”. The Charlestown Whole Foods donated...

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Alford St. Bridge to Be Completely Operational Friday

August 1, 2014
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Senator Sal DiDomenico recently announced that he has been informed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Mass DOT) that the Alford Street Bridge will be completely open on Friday, August 1..  Mass DOT is currently in the final stages of barrier construction, and all four lanes will soon be open. “I am excited to...

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Darcy Ertl Takes Second Place In Mayor’s Garden Contest

August 1, 2014
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced the winners of the Mayor’s 2014 Garden Contest that included  Darcy Ertl from Charlestown who won a second place award for Porch, Balcony, Deck or Window Box Garden..   Now in its 18th year, the contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, and shrubs, and, in the...

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Sal Giarratani Plays a G-Man in ‘Black Mass’ Film

August 1, 2014
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Sal Giarratani is character even without the cameras rolling so it’s no wonder he landed a minor role in the upcoming Johnny Depp movie ‘Black Mass’ based on the life of Irish Mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. Giarratani, a retired police officer, part-time teacher and columnist for the Charlestown Patriot Bridge, will appear in the...

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Townie Tidbits

August 1, 2014
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REMEMBERING MY UNCLE JOE My mother’s side of the family was pretty large and growing up I  had plenty of Irish uncles in my life. My mother’s family has its roots back in the Old Country in West Cork and more specifically on Bere Island, a fishy town down at Ireland’s most southwestern point....

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Downtown View

August 1, 2014
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Citizen Bob You’ll soon realize I like this man very much so I’ll say it up front. I first met Bob O’Brien, the retiring executive director of the Downtown North Association, when he showed up, uninvited, in 1990, to a meeting of the what we called the Cambridge Street Study Committee—“study” because we didn’t...

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Tiny Bubbles

July 25, 2014
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Tiny Bubbles

Children played with bubbles, ran around the pier, and danced together during the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center’s Injury Prevention Fair last Saturday, July 12.

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The Ones That Didn’t Get Away: Charlestown Resident Marco Savage Wins Youth Fishing Tournament

July 25, 2014
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The Ones That Didn’t Get Away: Charlestown Resident Marco Savage Wins Youth Fishing Tournament

More than 40 teens from Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston took part in the 4th Annual Fan Pier Celebrity Youth Fishing Tournament on Thursday, July 17th. The tournament began at 7:30 with a quick breakfast at on the docks and a few encouraging words from tournament...

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BRA Approves $4m: Rutherford Ave. Project

July 25, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority recently approved a  $4 million transit orientated project on Rutherford Avenue. The Rutherford Landing project at 463 Rutherford Ave. promises to bring transit-oriented housing to Charlestown. The $4 million project will replace a dilapidated, three-story building at 463 Rutherford Avenue with a four-story residential building. The development, proposed by 463...

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New Tolling System in Effect on Tobin

July 25, 2014
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On Monday morning MassDOT activated the new all-electronic tolling system on the Tobin Bridge/US 1 southbound. The new system is the first phase in a plan to convert all of MassDOT’s tolled facilities to an all-electronic system. The new system is completely cashless; drivers should not stop to pay the toll. “This is a...

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Townie Tidbits

July 25, 2014
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AUSTIN AND CHARLESTOWN SHARING AMERICA TOGETHER Austin, Texas over 1,500 miles away from Boston and Charlestown shares the same pride in American history. As I turned the State Capitol in Austin, I saw countless monuments to those who fought and died for their families, homes and nation. Eighty-five miles away in San Antonio, you...

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Letter to the Editor

July 25, 2014
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Action needed on splash pad Dear Editor: I am writing this message to request some action regarding the splash pad that was installed recently in Ship Yard Park. This is the 1st season the Splash Pad is in operation. It was designed for children to enjoy in the warmer months. I attended a few...

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USS Constitution Underway on July 4th for Last Turnaround Before Dry Dock

July 11, 2014
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USS Constitution Underway on July 4th for Last Turnaround Before Dry Dock

At 216 years old, the USS Constitution was still as majestic as ever during her July 4th turnaround in Boston Harbor. This is the last time Old Ironsides will be underway until 2018 as she goes into drydock later this year for restorations. The drizzly weather from the approaching Tropical Storm Arthur did not...

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Walsh to Host ‘Mondays With the Mayor’ July 14 At Bunker Hill CC

July 11, 2014
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh will host the third “Mondays with the Mayor” on Monday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Bunker Hill Community College, 250 Rutherford Ave.,  Charlestown. The event is part of a series of community town hall meetings designed to engage with residents and maintain accessibility and transparency in the Walsh administration....

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Walsh Close to Signing Deal with Mohegan Sun

July 11, 2014
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After losing his bid to get the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to delay awarding a Boston-area casino license until after the November ballot question aimed at repealing the state’s gaming law last week, Mayor Martin Walsh avoided arbitration and is close to inking a surrounding community agreement with Mohegan Sun in  Revere. While Walsh’s press...

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Tour of ‘Inside Haymarket’ Offered

July 11, 2014
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Each Friday and Saturday from dawn to dusk, Haymarket, Boston’s centuries-old open-air market adjacent to Government Center, the North End, and Faneuil Hall, offers a unique shopping experience. Sellers of fresh produce have clustered in Haymarket since around 1830, although vendors started congregating here at least 100 years earlier. Haymarket vendors sell huge varieties...

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Downtown View: The Welcome Mat Is Yanked for Banks

July 11, 2014
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What’s so bad about a bank? They seem pretty benign. Then why do ten Boston neighborhood shopping districts, including those in the North End and Charlestown, make them or any professional office a conditional or forbidden use on the first or basement floors? Why did the Boston City Council recently vote to make banks...

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Obituaries 07-10-2014

July 11, 2014
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Carl Zellner Retired Boston City Planner; helped design Big Dig and Boston roads and parks;avid Boston historian Carl A. Zellner, a former longtime resident of Boston and Charlestown, passed away June 29 at Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis with his family at his side. He was 78 years old.
Carl was born October 4, 1935 to...

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Zen and Now

July 3, 2014
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Zen and Now

Members of Gardner’s Regiment, Charlestown Militia strike a pose outside of Charlestown Yoga. Pictured (l-r) Tom Coots, Ed Roche (black coat) and Joe Brown (green coat)

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Despite Boston’s Pleas, MGC Will Issue License

July 3, 2014
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) voted unanimously – 4-0 – to move ahead with the issuing of gaming licenses despite a November ballot question that could wipe out casino gaming altogether. Commissioner Jim McHugh led the charge saying it only makes sense to stay the course. “Proceeding now makes good sense and is good...

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Local Youths Give Ideas for Programs in City Budget

July 3, 2014
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Over the past few months Charlestown youth had their say on how the city’s budget could help programs near and dear to them or what they would like to see improved in the neighborhood. Last week, Mayor Martin Walsh announced the winning projects of the ‘Youth Lead the Change’, participatory budget initiative with Charlestown...

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BCYF Block Party Is on July 17

July 3, 2014
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Mark your calendar and bring your friends and family to a fun and free BCYF Neighborhood Block Party!  Every Thursday night in July and August from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., the BCYF Neighborhood Block Party will offer a variety of activities which, depending on the location, will include an inflatable obstacle course, a DJ,...

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Enjoy a Safe and Sane Fourth

July 3, 2014
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Back at the turn of the last century (i.e., 1900), newspapers exhorted their readers to observe a “safe and sane” Fourth of July. That’s because in communities big and small all across America, the founding of our nation had become a popular excuse for roving groups of young men to engage in mayhem of...

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