Townie Tidbits

November 1, 2014
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WHO  IS THIS GIARRATANI GUY? I hear time to time from folks who wonder why I care so much about Charlestown but live in East Boston. The answer is simply economics. If I could afford Charlestown again, I would be here again. Hopefully, I will end up back in my favorite neighborhood going back...

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Co-op Bank Announces Appointment of Rufo

October 25, 2014
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Co-op Bank Announces Appointment of Rufo

The Cooperative Bank is pleased to announce the recent hiring of David J. Rufo, Mortgage Originator. Previously, David worked at Washington Trust Mortgage Corp, as a Senior Mortgage Consultant David specializes in all residential home purchases, first time buyers, jumbo loans, refinances and more. David says, “Clients are not just one transaction” David works...

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Casino Business:Ryan Facilitates Meeting of Residents and MGC

October 25, 2014
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Massachusetts Gaming Commissioners (MGC) met with Charlestown residents last Wednesday at the Schrafts building to discuss the  designation of Wynn Everett as the recipient of the Boston-area casino license. Commissioners James McHugh and Gayle Cameron were on hand to answer any questions and clear up any confusion Charlestown residents had regarding the process and...

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Wynn to Hold Forum for Employment and Vendors

October 24, 2014
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As soon as Wynn Resorts received the Greater Boston casino license, the calls began pouring in from potential employees and vendors. All of them had questions. Now, through a series of six information sessions, Wynn Resorts hopes to provide some initial answers to the throngs of folks wanting to know how to get involved...

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Campaign Commercial Stresses Environmental Clean-Up

October 24, 2014
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A new ‘No on 3’ commercial now being broadcast on Boston television stations features former Everett teacher Mary Bagarella and stresses the importance of keeping the casino legislation in order to clean up the extremely polluted former site of the Monsanto Chemical Company – a site that’s just a few hundred yards from Charlestown....

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Letters to the Editor

October 24, 2014
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The Insidious Gaming Industry Influence Dear Editor: In the last six weeks, the insidious influence and impact of the gaming industry on the Commonwealth’s political and criminal justice systems has become clear.  The Massachusetts Gaming Commission and the federal and state law enforcement offices have embraced and responded to the casino influence public policy...

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Obituaries 10-23-2014

October 24, 2014
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Helen Paz Worked at Schraffs Candy Company in Charlestown Until Its Closing Helen F. Paz, a lifelong resident of Charlestown, entered into eternal life on Friday, October 17 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following a brief illness. She was 71 years old. Helen was born in Somerville on September 6, 1943, a...

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Exploring Charlestown’s Past

October 16, 2014
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Exploring Charlestown’s Past

In celebration of archeology month, City of Boston Archeologist, Joseph Bagley, led a tour from the Bunker Hill Monument, through the big dig, and down to City Square on Oct. 7. Presented by The Charlestown Historical Society and the Charlestown Preservation Society, the tour was free and open to the public. It covered 3,000...

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Among the Best in Boston: Halloween 2014 Events for Charlestown

October 16, 2014
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In 1985, eight families decided to “take back the night” for Halloween. After suffering “Mischief Night” and Halloween with smashed pumpkins, egged homes and slashed tires, Maggie Moss Tucker and Paul Tucker hired a police detail to protect their home and cars.  Tired of fear, they used their energy and money to collaborate with...

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Kerry, Patrick Tour WITC in Charlestown

October 16, 2014
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Last Thursday U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry joined Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom Philip Hammond at Charlestown’s  Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s (MassCEC) Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC) to tour the facility and talk about global climate change. Kerry, Patrick and Hammond took...

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CNC Seeking Nominations for Board Seats

October 16, 2014
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The Charlestown Neighborhood Council is currently accepting nominations for the seven (7) At-Large Seats as well as nominations for the Precinct 6 seat which was recently vacated. To be nominated, 25 signatures of Charlestown residents 18 years of older are required.  Nomination papers are available at the Charlestown Library or by contacting Judy Brennan...

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The Bridges of Suffolk County

October 16, 2014
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Everyone knows the Longfellow Bridge is being rebuilt. It is scheduled for completion in late 2016. But other bridges across the Charles and other waterways are also undergoing changes. Here’s an update of what is happening, starting with the bridge farthest away from the downtown and moving east. Prepare yourself for lots of new...

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Jane Reitz Honored at Annual ABCD Gala

October 13, 2014
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Jane Reitz Honored at Annual ABCD Gala

Charlestown resident Jane Reitz was recently honored by the Boston ABCD John F. Kennedy Family Service Center as its volunteer of the year. Reitz picked up the honor at ABCD’s Annual Community Awards Dinner last month at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Reitz has played a key role in the JFK center’s annual Holiday...

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Kerry, Patrick Among Officials Touring WTTC in Charlestown

October 13, 2014
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Kerry, Patrick Among Officials Touring WTTC in Charlestown

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond of the United Kingdom will meet Governor Deval Patrick in Charlestown this morning to tour the neighborhood’s Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC). The group will tour the facility and deliver remarks at 9:15 a.m. at the facility located 100 Terminal Street Building 80....

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Leaf Collection Schedule Announced

October 13, 2014
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Boston’s Fall Leaf collection will begin on Monday, October 13, and take place through Saturday, November 29. Boston Public Works Department (PWD) will collect and compost residents’ leaves and yard waste. In April 2014, Mayor Walsh announced that PWD was expanding its Leaf and Yard Waste Collection program to include weeks during June, July,...

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CNC to Meet on Parcel 39A

October 13, 2014
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The Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) Development Committee will hold a monthly coordination meeting for the Parcel 39A development (Starboard Place) on October 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Institute of Health Professions, Building 36, Room 322. Representatives from Consigli and Kavanagh Development will be on hand to give updated information with respect to the...

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Harvard/Kent Parents Plan Fundraiser

October 13, 2014
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Join the parents of Harvard Kent School  at the Bunker Hill Knights of Columbus on Medford St. for Paintnite to support the Harvard Kent School, on Thursday October 16 from 6-9. Tickets must be purchased online at www.paintnite.com/pages/events/view/boston/839295 for $45. For additional question please contact Colleen Collings at ccollings@bostonpublicschools.org

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Townie Tidbits

October 13, 2014
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MA This year would have been my mother’s 105th birthday and it brings back those great old memories growing up when my family celebrated with lots of cake and ice cream. The good thing for all of us was the fact that each of us had a birthday in each of...

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Wynn Resorts Backing ‘No on Question 3′ Effort

October 13, 2014
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After mostly staying out of the casino repeal vote discussion – otherwise known as Question 3 – Wynn Resorts announced last weekend that they would become involved in the ‘No on 3’ campaign over the next month. When the casino company won their license on Sept. 16, officials from Wynn said they hadn’t made...

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Sullivan Sq. Redesign to Be Discussed on Oct. 26

October 13, 2014
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With the estimated addition of 25,000 more cars traveling through Sullivan Square because of the Wynn Casino and with Wynn paying for re-building the square, the opportunity to hear and ask questions of the architect of a plan for re-building the square is very timely. Sunday, Oct ober 26,  Skip Smallridge will be the speaker...

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Letters to the Editor

October 13, 2014
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Thank you Dear Editor: Thank you to the Charlestown Schoolgirls Association and the Somerville City Club for selecting me for the 2014 scholarship. This generous scholarship will help me as I pursue a career in Nursing.  I am currently a sophomore at Plymouth State University. I was unable to attend this year’s luncheon to...

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Local Facility to Start Turning Food Waste into Fuel

October 6, 2014
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The state’s commercial food waste disposal ban kicked in this week and by year’s end the Charlestown Maritime Center will begin producing fuel from compost for the Massachusetts Water Resources Agency’s (MWRA) wastewater treatment plant at Deer Island in Winthrop. The ban will divert food waste to energy-generating and composting facilities and reduce the...

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Archaeology Walking Tour: From Bunker Hill through the Big Dig

October 6, 2014
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On October 7, from 12 noon to 1:00 pm. The Tour will be led by Joe Bagley, City of Boston Archaeologist. The Tour will begin on the Steps of the Lodge located at the base of the Bunker Hill Monument. The event will end at City Square and cover over 3,000 years of Charlestown history..  Highlights...

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Ryan Seeks to have MGC Meet Residents

October 6, 2014
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Representative Dan Ryan has invited members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) to a meeting for Charlestown residents on Wednesday, October 15th to provide information on their recent decision to designate Wynn MA, LLC as the licensee in Region A and the conditions attached to that license.  The meeting will be held at The...

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