The Bubble Bursts:Tennis Center Threatened with Closure after Decades

December 1, 2017
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By Seth Daniel It appears to be game, set and match for the Stillman Tennis Center and the CHAD tennis program – as the City plans to tear down the beloved ‘Bubble’ tennis center next week after unexpectedly determining it to be structurally unsound. The Bubble has offered tennis leagues and instruction at affordable...

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Former Navy Yard Power Plant to be Razed

December 1, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The former Central Power Plant in the Navy Yard – known as Building 108 – is set to finally be demolished at a much lower cost than expected, Boston Planning and Development officials said. The highly contaminated plant sits at the corner of Third Avenue and Ninth Street, and Edward O’Donnell...

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CNC Community Corner

December 1, 2017
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The monthly meeting of the Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) will be held on Tuesday December 5 at 7pm in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 545 Medford Street. The public is invited to attend and bring up issues during the open floor.   The 2018 Spaulding-CNC Community Partnership Fund will be accepting grant requests starting...

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Warren Tavern Ready to Host Toys for Tots

December 1, 2017
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By Seth Daniel One of the signature events in the Charlestown holiday season is all about giving to those less fortunate, and this year the Warren Tavern’s Toys for Tots Open House effort is pleased to announce all donations will stay local in Charlestown. The annual Open House is on Sunday, Dec. 3, from...

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Kennedy Center Holding a Holiday Drive

December 1, 2017
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Help Charlestown children this holiday season by participating in the Kennedy Center’s Annual Holiday Drive. The Kennedy Center has identified more than 200 individual families representing more than 500 children throughout Charlestown that need your help! Many of the families served by the Kennedy Center are surviving on extremely limited incomes and struggle to...

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Hood Park Ready to Build Parking Garage, Significant Retail on Campus

December 1, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Owners of the Hood Park have filed a Letter of Intent with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) this week to commence with building its long-promised parking garage, but with a new twist – that being a significant addition of 70,000 square feet of retail space. “After 35 years, Charlestown...

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School Committee Set to Review New School Start Time

December 1, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Within the Boston Public Schools (BPS), there are numerous different start and end times to the school day, and after more than a year of study, the School Committee is ready to review a policy as early as next week that could change those times significantly across the city. After hearing...

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Police Briefs 11-30-2017

December 1, 2017
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Charlestown Beat Breaking and Entering 11/18/17 – As a result of a radio call to Devens Street for a report of a break-in, a suspect was placed under arrest and charged accordingly.   Indecent Exposure 11/20/17 – A victim in City Square reported she observed the suspect – a male about 50 years old...

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Townie Tidbits

December 1, 2017
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By Sal Giarratani A DOG NAMED AFTER TOM BRADY IN SOUTH AUSTIN On my recent vacation to Texas, I was enjoying the fantastic temperatures taking many long powerwalks wearing shorts and cut off tee shirts. Yes, the days  start off in the mid-40s but by noon things go up to say  60-65 degrees or...

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GOP: Tax the Middle-Class and Give Cuts for the Richest

December 1, 2017
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Although there still are many variations of the Republican tax plans in the House and Senate that eventually will need to be worked out, they all share a common theme: Raise taxes for the middle class and cut taxes for the very wealthiest. If ever there was a tax plan that could be devised...

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Townie Sports

December 1, 2017
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COUPLA CHARLESTOWN FIRSTS Congrats to Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk for notching his first NHL goal on Friday in front of the home crowd at the TD Garden – also with his dad, John, watching. He also scored his first point (an assist) in a 3-2 shootout triumph against the New Jersey Devils last...

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Obituaries 11-30-2017

December 1, 2017
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Joan Matarazzo Of Medford, formerly of Charlestown Joan G. (Curran) Matarazzo, a 55 year resident of Medford, formerly of Charlestown, entered into eternal life on Monday, Nov. 27 at home. She was 82 years of age.
Joan was born in Boston on June 24, 1935, a daughter of the late Lawrence R. Curran and Elizabeth...

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CMA Annual Gala

November 25, 2017
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CMA Annual Gala

Finnish ex-pats Juho Jousta and Katri Jousta enjoying the Charlestown Mothers’ Association (CMA) gala recently, at the Education First Headquarters in North Point.

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Harvest on Vine, Volunteers Serve Nearly 700 Families for Thanksgiving

November 25, 2017
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Harvest on Vine, Volunteers Serve Nearly 700 Families for Thanksgiving

By Seth Daniel It was like a well-oiled machine on Tuesday afternoon as volunteers and coordinators for the Harvest on Vine Food Pantry provided all the ingredients for 695 families to have Thanksgiving dinner. Around 1 p.m. the line of about 500 families – all from Charlestown – began to form around the distribution...

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Doherty to Speak at Knights about His Book

November 25, 2017
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by Kathy Whelan Giordano Eighty-nine years ago the Doherty family on Washington Street was blessed with a baby boy who they called Gerard. Looking back now, what a remarkable event this was for Charlestown and America.  This Irish kid who loved to play football, suffered through dyslexia in grade school and the bullying it...

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Pier 5 Found to be Severely Structurally Deficient

November 25, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Several things came from the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) meeting on Nov. 14 about the status of things in the Navy Yard, but none were as disappointing as the news that Pier 5 is far more deteriorated than anyone expected – and likely cannot support anything on it, including...

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CNC Community Corner

November 25, 2017
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NO CONTESTS FOR COUNCIL SEATS The Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) has received the required nomination papers for each of the seven precinct seats up for consideration this year. A minimun of 25 signatures from residents of the precinct were necessary to secure a position on the ballot for the Nov. 18, 2017, election. Since there is only one person running...

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DiDomenico Receives Legislator of the Year Award

November 25, 2017
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Senator Sal DiDomenico recently received the 2017 Legislator of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) for his work on behalf of Massachusetts public schools and the students of the Commonwealth. Senator DiDomenico was nominated for this recognition by the Everett School Committee and accepted his award at the MASC...

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Charlestown High Football is Back on the Map with Williams,Cahill

November 25, 2017
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By Seth Daniel After a number of challenging seasons since the 2001 State Champion football team, Charlestown High Coach Dave Cahill (a long-time Charlestown resident) was expecting another season with promise, but just not enough skill players to get the ball moving forward. Then junior Quarterback Steven Williams came back home to Charlestown from...

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Boston EMS to Stay in Place for Another Year, Looking for New Home

November 25, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) has approved the lease of land for the Charlestown ambulance station near Sullivan Square for another year, but beyond that the City and Boston EMS will likely be looking for a new home – and it might not be in Charlestown. The BPDA approved...

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The Big Comeback: Once Gone, Turkeys Are Now a Common Sight in Most Communities, Even in the City

November 25, 2017
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By Seth Daniel There aren’t too many comeback stories that begin with the phrase, ‘Gobble, Gobble,’ but the story of the once-prolific wild turkey in Massachusetts certainly begins and ends with just such an utterance. Though the wild turkey disappeared from Massachusetts for nearly 180 years, the Thanksgiving bird was once everywhere in the...

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O’Neill Selected as Finalist for 2017 Green-Garner Award

November 25, 2017
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The Council of the Great City Schools announced that it has selected Boston School Committee Chairperson Michael O’Neill, of Charlestown, as a finalist for its 2017 Green-Garner Award that recognizes outstanding leadership among urban school district superintendents and board members. O’Neill, who is among 11 finalists vying for the nation’s top award in urban...

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North Washington Street Bridge to Have Lane Closures Through Next Week

November 25, 2017
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The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is advising drivers that outbound delays are expected in the vicinity of the North Washington Street Bridge due to maintenance that started Monday, Nov. 20. The work will require a lane reduction on the bridge in the outbound travel lane adjacent to the curb. It is expected to be...

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Inpiring Students:SAP CEO McDermott Meets with CHS Students

November 25, 2017
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On Monday, Oct. 16, some 35 students from Charlestown High School’s (CHS) C-Town Tech Career Pathways Program got a once-in-a-lifetime visit from SAP Chief Executive Officer Bill McDermott. McDermott spoke to CHS students about his life growing up in a working class family in Long Island, opening his first business as a teenager, and...

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