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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Townie Tidbits

July 3, 2014
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“Who’s on first?” -Lou Costello Sometimes it is hard enough to know what time it is or how to shop when you forget the shopping. list on the kitchen table. Right? However, over the past year or two something has bugged me. Doesn’t anyone know when Charlestown was founded? I thought I knew until...

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Letters to the Editor

July 3, 2014
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Thank you Sal  LaMattina Dear Editor: The members of the Abraham Lincoln Post want to take this opportunity to thank our city of Boston district councilor Sal La Mattina for his generous donation of a new flag on June 14 to celebrate Flag Day at Memorial Hall. Also a special thanks to Judy Evers...

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Obituaries 07-03-2014

July 3, 2014
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Carl Zellner Carl Zellner passed away Sunday June 29th at Cape Cod Hospital. As a local historian Carl was a dedicated and great friend of Charlestown. His obituary will be published next week in The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge.  A memorial service is planned for the future at the Bunker Hill Museum and rather than flowers,...

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Battle of Bunker Hill Commemorative Exercises

June 27, 2014
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Battle of Bunker Hill Commemorative Exercises

Mayor Martin Walsh and Veterans Affairs Commissioner Francisco Urena attend the Battle of Bunker Hill Commemorative Exercises in Charlestown on Tuesday, June 17. Children from the Warren Prescott School are seen here performing a musical medley.

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Harrington Elected ‘Mayor of Charlestown’

June 27, 2014
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Harrington Elected ‘Mayor of Charlestown’

The Townie Association had a very busy Bunker Hill Day weekend. On Friday, June 13th, Charlestown elected the 2014 Mayor of Charlestown, Kelliegh Harrington and said thank you to 17th Mayor of Charlestown, Shannon Lundin at the annual Night Before Banquet. The race lasted two months as each candidate sold votes in their name....

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SJC Allows Casino Question on State Ballot in November

June 27, 2014
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The statewide group that is trying to repeal the Massachusetts expanded gaming legislation scored a major victory Tuesday when the Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of allowing a casino repeal referendum question on November’s statewide ballot. The ruling will allow people in Massachusetts the right to vote on repealing the casino law and...

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BRA Approves Ropewalk Project

June 27, 2014
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Last Thursday, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board voted to approve the $34 million Ropewalk project at the Charlestown Navy Yard. The board also voted to extend the designation of Frontier Enterprises, Inc. as the project developer. Frontier Enterprises, Inc., plans to rehab the existing historical buildings and build 90 residential units (20-30 percent...

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CNC to Meet on 463 Rutherford Ave.

June 27, 2014
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The Charlestown Neighborhood Council Development Committee will hear a presentation by Bruce Daniels of 463 Rutherford LLC with respect to the proposed development at 463 Rutherford Avenue (corner of Rutherford Avenue and Baldwin Street).  The meeting will be held on July 1 at the Schrafft’s Center located at 529 Main Street at 7:00 p.m....

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The SJC Ruling

June 27, 2014
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Tuesday’s decision by the Supreme Judiclal Court ordering that the question of whether Massachusetts can issue licenses for casino gambling must be placed before the voters for a referendum in November is one of seismic proportions, with the epicenter situated right here in the Everett-Chelsea-East Boston-Revere-Winthrop area and its reverberations extending throughout the state....

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Townie Tidbits

June 27, 2014
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ANOTHER PARADE IS HISTORY Well, I had a great time at the Bunker Hill Day Parade on Father’s Day. It seems like a great twofer. One time the parade was almost never held on Father’s Day when it actually took p;lace only on the Seventeenth of June but since moving to the Sunday before...

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Bunker Hill Day

June 19, 2014
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Bunker Hill Day

Thousands of people lined the streets of Charlestown to celebrate Bunker Hill Day on Sunday, June 15. Here, Color Guard Eric Morin of the Westbrook Fife and Drum Corps unfurls his flag in preparation for marching through the parade route.

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Freedom Trail Gets A Makeover

June 19, 2014
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Freedom Trail Gets A Makeover

While Charlestown celebrated the Bunker Hill Day and all the history that goes along with it, the city of Boston scheduled a much needed upgrade for the Freedom Trail. Mayor Martin Walsh announced that $50,000 will be spent to replace 2,000 feet of the painted sections of the historic Freedom Trail in Charlestown, Downtown...

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