Courageous Sailing Gala on July 19

July 18, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Courageous Sailing center is planning a major milestone next Tuesday, July 19, with a party dubbed ‘Make-A-Mark’ that will celebrate 20 years in existence and also raise money for sailing scholarships to benefit Charlestown kids. The Make-A-Mark will take place on Pier 4 at the Courageous Sailing boathouse from 6-10...

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Charlestown YMCA Fundraiser

July 8, 2016
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Charlestown YMCA Fundraiser

Residents gathered last Wednesday night at Courageous Sailing Pier to help support the local YMCA. Shown at the fundraiser are, from left, Myer Segal (center), guest speaker, with his mother, Kara Ryan, and James Morton, President/CEO of the Greater Boston YMCA.

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Foster Opens New Massage Practice in Charlestown

July 8, 2016
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Foster Opens New Massage Practice in Charlestown

By Cary Shuman Cristina Foster has found her passion and life work and it is in the field of massage therapy. Cristina came to the United States in 2008 from Colombia, where she had practiced massage therapy to help family and friends. After studying under Teo Corely, director of the Teoma Institute of Massage...

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Mayor Stresses Investments in Parks, Schools at Coffee Hour

July 8, 2016
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Mayor Stresses Investments in Parks, Schools at Coffee Hour

By Seth Daniel Mayor Martin Walsh visited Doherty Park on Bunker Hill Street Tuesday morning, June 28, for a meet and greet with neighbors, and in doing so he highlighted several budget items that he believes will help Charlestown and the City overall. “We had the largest Parks budget ever submitted to the Council...

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Residents Give Input At Meeting on Rutherford Avenue Design

July 8, 2016
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Almost 200 residents attended an informational session at the Knights of Columbus Hall last Thursday night by city officials from the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) concerning some of the design changes that could affect the Sullivan Square-Rutherford Avenue Corridor. James Gillooly, BTD Deputy Commissioner told the crowd that the objective is to try to...

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2016 Sand Sculpting Festival on Revere Beach Planned for July 22-24

July 8, 2016
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The Revere Beach Partnership is proud to announce the dates and theme for the 2016 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival, hosted at America’s first public beach, Revere Beach, established in 1896. The annual festival draws upwards of 900,000 spectators from all over the country who come to watch master sand sculptors compete for...

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Street Closures Posted Near Longfellow Bridge

July 8, 2016
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MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), will close Memorial Drive/Land Boulevard westbound in the vicinity of the Longfellow Bridge from 11:00 PM on Saturday, July 9, to 12:00 PM on Sunday, July 10. The closure is necessary to perform track work on the Longfellow Bridge using a crane positioned on the roadway. Detour routes and...

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Ninth Graders Showcase Entrepreneurial Skills

July 8, 2016
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The 5th Annual BUILD Business Plan Competition was held at the Omni Parker Hotel in Boston on Saturday, June 4th. More than 125 Boston high school freshmen gathered in teams to pitch their business plans to a panel of volunteer judges comprised of Boston business leaders, for the chance to win up to $1000...

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Townie Tidbits

July 8, 2016
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CATCH THE McTEGGARTS FEVER  I am down at Faneuil Hall Marketplace all the time. Over time I became a fan of the McTeggarts, a great Irish band that plays over at the Black Rose on a regular basis.  Recently, while selling items at Johnny Two Dogs stand, Jim Bryne and Mike O’Brien came over...

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Letter to the Editor

July 8, 2016
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Thank you Dear Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association, I wish there were more words to describe how thankful I am to have been chosen to receive the prestigious James Cushman Scholarship. But a sense of pride is not the only thing I have obtained from your organization; the practical application is almost immeasurable for my...

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Sports 07-07-2016

July 8, 2016
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Sports Roundup WAY TO GO HUGHIE!!! Hats off to Malden Catholic senior Hugh O’Donnell for his selection as the 2016 Lt. Michael Quinn USMC Scholarship winner. Hughie, who plans to attend Norwich University in the fall, was a member of the Super 8 champion Lancer hockey team as well as a soccer and lacrosse...

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Obituaries 07-07-2016

July 8, 2016
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Sean Michael Boyle Former resident of Charlestown Sean Michael Boyle, formerly of Charlestown, died suddenly on June 24.  He was 55 years old. The son of the late William Boyle and Edna (Doherty) Boyle of Charlestown, he leaves behind his son Sean Allison and his, wife Caroline of Methuen, his daughter, Noelle of Holbrook,...

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Preservation Reports Successful Cataloguing of Historic Homes Here

July 1, 2016
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Preservation Reports Successful Cataloguing of Historic Homes Here

By Seth Daniel The Charlestown Preservation Society (CPS) reported last week at its annual meeting that a historic property cataloguing effort last month by Protect Charlestown was a tremendous success and will be the baseline for working to protect more historic properties in the Town. “The big thing we needed to do start documenting...

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Fence Issue Brings Divide between Essex Street,Mishawum Neighbors

July 1, 2016
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Fence Issue Brings Divide between Essex Street,Mishawum Neighbors

By Seth Daniel Mary Bailey has seen it all in her 90 years when it comes to Mishawum Park. She once lost her home on the now-defunct Mill Street to the affordable housing family development many years ago when it was built in the 1970s, having watched her home be taken through eminent domain...

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MBTA Red Line Weekend Diversion and Longfellow Bridge Closure, July 8-11

July 1, 2016
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MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), will close the Longfellow Bridge and implement an MBTA Red Line diversion during the weekend of July 8 through July 10. WSC will close the Longfellow Bridge to all vehicular traffic, except MBTA buses, from 11:00 PM on Friday, July 8, to 5:00 AM on Monday, July 11. The...

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Amendment Aims to Lower Speed Limits in City

July 1, 2016
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By Dan Murphy State legislators are proposing a bill amendment that would lower speed limits in Boston’s densely populated neighborhoods and in “designated safety zones” established by city officials. The amendment, co-sponsored by State Reps. Denise Provost, Dan Hunt, Elizabeth Malia and Jay Livingstone, would lower the speed limit from 30 to 25 mph...

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BMC HealthNet Donates Food to Harvest on Vine

July 1, 2016
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BMC HealthNet Plan donated more than 300 pounds of non-perishable food to the Harvest on the Vine Food Pantry. Harvest on Vine is dedicated to helping struggling members of the Charlestown community by providing food distribution two times a month. The pantry, established by Saint Mary – Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, serves approximately...

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Police Briefs 06-30-2016

July 1, 2016
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CHARLESTOWN BEAT POLICE/COMMUNITY MEETING: Meet the police & discuss public safety issues on the last Wednesday of every month at the police station, 20 Vine Street, at 6:00 p.m., 2nd floor, community room. POLICE RELATED INFO: Contact the District A-1 Community Service Office at 617-343-4627. REPORT DRUG DEALING: Contact the District A-1 Confidential Drug...

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End of School Year Reflection

July 1, 2016
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By Tommy Chang When we started the 2015-2016 school year, we set out to work as a team. A school year full of victories and challenges is drawing to a close and we feel an incredible sense of purpose for the work that lies ahead. We are focused on building a better Boston Public...

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Letters to the Editor

July 1, 2016
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Historic  treasure returned to Charlestown Dear Editor, I thought I might share a Historic Treasure that has been found and returned to the Bunker Hill Monument Grounds in Charlestown, MA on June 11, 2016 Massachusetts Chapter  Number 2 of the “Rolling Thunder” Motorcycle group from Provincetown, MA. found a Historical  Bronze Plaque with the...

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Townie Tidbits

July 1, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani CHARLESTOWN IS ROOTED INSIDE ME I did not move to Charlestown until I was 20 years old going to Boston State College. It took years but my mother finally got my dad to move here. I grew up in both the South End and lower Roxbury in St. Philip’s Parish which...

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Enjoy A “Safe and Sane” Holiday Weekend

July 1, 2016
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When Americans celebrated the Fourth of July at the turn of the 20th century, they did so in such rowdy fashion that vandalism and destruction of both public and private property were commonplace. This rampant hooliganism was suppressed only when public officials and the public-at-large decided that the holiday should be observed in a...

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The Words That Shook the World

July 1, 2016
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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. When the members of the Second Continental Congress gathered in Philadelphia in June, 1776, it was not at all...

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Lafta Took Hard Lessons as Iraqi Refugee to Make Most of All Opportunities in USA

June 24, 2016
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Lafta Took Hard Lessons as Iraqi Refugee to Make Most of All Opportunities in USA

By Seth Daniel There are a lot of inspirational stories that float around at graduation time – students succeeding against all odds – but few can top Charlestown’s Bilal Lafta, who graduated as the valedictorian this month of the Boston Community Leadership Academy (BCLA) in Hyde Park. He will attend Brown University in Providence...

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