Letter to the Editor

March 5, 2015
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Showing pride Dear Editor: During this exceptional snowy winter, Charlestown residents showed pride in their community by clearing away snow from hydrants in complying with the fire department’s “adopt-a-hydrant” campaign. But as the city continues to remove snow from Boston streets, fire hydrants are inadvertently being buried with snow turning into ice. In order...

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Annual Brian McGonagle Tournament Held Sunday

March 5, 2015
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This past Sunday the 21st annual Brian J. McGonagle Tournament was held at Emmons-Horrigan-O’Neil Rink where teams from Charlestown and the North Shore competed for three days to see who was best.  The Revere/Everett Squirt team took home second place and the Charlestown Mite team took home first place in their respective divisions.  Brian...

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North Washington St. Bridge Plans Gets a New Look:Residents Like the Look, But Concerns Over Auto Capacity

February 26, 2015
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North Washington St. Bridge Plans Gets a New Look:Residents Like the Look, But Concerns Over Auto Capacity

Charlestown residents and members of the Charlestown Preservation Society’s (CPS) Design Review Board cheered the beautiful and modern design of the proposed, $90 million North Washington Street Bridge, but jeered the fact that the proposal didn’t seem to have expanded capacity to handle newfound traffic from projects like the proposed Wynn Casino. City Engineer...

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Neighborhood Gets Passing Grade for Sidewalk Shoveling

February 26, 2015
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As compared to other neighborhoods in Boston – and given the tight quarters of the neighborhood – Charlestown residents pulled their weight when it came to grabbing a shovel and getting to work throughout the Snowmageddon of the previous month. City officials told the Patriot Bridge that from Jan. 23 through Feb. 18, there...

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BPS Superintendent Search Narrowing

February 26, 2015
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It has come down to four candidates in the Boston Public Schools superintendent search for a job that many in the City and School Department have found – after an exhaustive 12-month process – to be one of the foremost urban school opportunities in the country. Those four candidates include Dr. Dana Bedden, supt....

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Harvard/Kent to See Extended School Hours

February 26, 2015
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It’s official. After the Boston Teachers Union voted in favor of extending the school day by 40 minutes at the Harvard/Kent School in Charlestown school the Boston School Committee voted in favor of the proposal. The historic vote was the last step in the process of giving Harvard/Kent student extra learning time. “This is...

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Townie Tidbits

February 26, 2015
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WHAT DID WE DO TO DESERVE THIS WINTER? The Winter of 2015 was going along so well until the late evening of January 26 when the first blizzard hit us with something like over 26 inches. Since then, it has been one long continuous blizzard. I can now say the Blizzard of ’78 has...

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When Is a Lodging House Not a Lodging House?

February 26, 2015
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 I am not too sure what is a house sharing host and how does this person differ from an innkeeper or a lodge owner? I am glad that Joe Bianco’s experience sharing rooms in his Green Street house with out of town visitors to Boston. he alludes to former guests who stayed with him...

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Letters to the Editor

February 26, 2015
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Joe is great Dear Editor: I just wanted to send you a note relating to your story about Joe Bianco and his AirBNB place on Green Street. Joe’s great. My wife and I had been renting in Charlestown on Warren Street in 2013 when our son was born. Of course, my sister (from the...

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Taxing the Host: Charlestown AirBNB Host Defends Service

February 23, 2015
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Taxing the Host: Charlestown AirBNB  Host Defends Service

A package lay on the doorstep of Joe Bianco’s Green Street home some time back. The package had come from an Australian family. It contained candy, pictures of Australia, other Aussie cultural favorites and even some Vegemite to top it all off. It’s the kind of thing guests at his unit – a first...

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Engaged Charlestown Ready for Next Steps

February 23, 2015
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Engaged Charlestown Ready for Next Steps

After what has been termed a successful beginning last Wednesday, Feb. 11, in an initial all-Charlestown forum with some elected officials and Wynn Resorts, the effort has continued this week with the scheduling of regular office hours and ongoing meetings. John Tocco of Wynn Everett announced this week that he will begin holding monthly...

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Charlestown Community Health Assessment Online Survey Now Available

February 23, 2015
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Charlestown residents will have their say about the community’s overall health by completing a Quality of Life survey beginning this week.  The survey can be taken online or in paper form and is a continuation of the larger Community Health Needs Assessment done in 2012, which featured numerous meetings and charities and surveys. “We...

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The Winter of Our Discontent

February 23, 2015
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Although the temperatures have been below zero with wind chills even colder, tempers have been rising among just about all of us as the snow and our frustrations continue to pile up. Yes, life is difficult in the city, where parking spaces are non-existent, tickets are being issued, cars are being towed, traffic is...

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Don’t be Fooled

February 23, 2015
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Like an annoying alarm clock that predictably shouts its tone, late last week and this week several establishment lawmakers and transportation pundits began blaming the MBTA’s implosion on a lack of taxes and on the majority of voters who repealed the automatic gas tax increases last November. Don’t be fooled, please. In the daily...

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Letters to the Editor

February 23, 2015
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Helping Charlestown Recovery House To the Editor: On January 23rd, 2015, a few close friends got together for the Fourth Annual Swim-a-thon for the Charlestown Recovery House. Held at the YMCA in Charlestown, as in the past, awareness and funds were raised in hope that the residents of the Recovery House may continue their...

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Wynn Community Meeting With Engaged Charlestown Proves Productive, Useful

February 12, 2015
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Wynn Resorts officials revealed that the most current traffic counts for Sullivan Square and Rutherford Avenue showed the casino project would generate around 523 new trips during peak hours – a 15 percent increase – during an extensive meeting at Bunker Hill Community College Wednesday night with residents that covered five critical topics regarding...

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Wynn Officials, Boston Meeting to Discuss Traffic

February 12, 2015
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Despite the City of Boston’s cold reception of Wynn Everett when it comes to negotiating mitigation agreements and other such things, apparently working out traffic problems with Wynn has not been so taboo – including very detailed discussions of traffic fixes in Sullivan Square. Bob DeSalvio, vice president of development for Wynn Everett, told...

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Tax Rate Drops for Homeowners

February 12, 2015
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The City of Boston has released its 2015 tax rates and is down from $12.58 per one thousand dollars in assessed value to $12.11. However, the lower tax rates shows that the average single family property tax bill increased slightly, from $3,417 last year to $3,525, an increase of $108 due to rising real...

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More Substance Counselors Are Needed in Our Region

February 12, 2015
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Opioid and prescription drug abuse is on the rise in Massachusetts and has been for awhile. In the month of January, there were several overdoses in this area. Fortunately first responders arrived to assist many of these individuals by administering Narcan. We urge Governor Charlie Baker not to debate the word “cuts”  and let...

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More Snow

February 12, 2015
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We’ve seen record-setting snowfall in the past two weeks in Boston, creating difficult challenges for Department of Public Works crews who have been working around the clock to remove the snow from the streets and roadways.  These storms have been unusual in the total snowfall accumulation and there has been really no melting of...

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Congratulations New England Patriots

February 12, 2015
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In what is being called the best Super Bowl in history – at least from a New England Patriots fan’s viewpoint – the hometown team captured its fourth Vince Lombardi Championship Trophy with a thrilling 28-24 victory over Seattle. We’ve been fortunate over the last 15 years to watch the greatest quarterback (Tom Brady),...

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Guest Opinion

February 12, 2015
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Boston faces some of the highest electricity prices in the nation, and in January, rates increased by 29 percent. This puts many Boston residents in a very tough spot, in particular, those residents who heat with electricity. While the City does not have control over these prices, we are using every lever we can...

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Large Crowd Expected to Attend Wynn Meeting here on Feb. 11

February 9, 2015
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Residents and elected officials are gearing up for the first of what is hoped to be several face-to-face, unified meetings between all Charlestown residents and Wynn Everett officials. Though the City is not taking a lead in the meetings and discussions due to ongoing litigation over the casino license with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission...

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LaMattina Assigned to Key Committee Posts

February 9, 2015
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Charlestown City Councilor Sal LaMattina will continue to chair the committee on Economic Development, Planning and Labor and will serve as vice chair of Neighborhood Services & Veterans Affairs as well as Environment and Parks. “I honored to be able to continue my work on development not only here in East Boston but across...

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