Charlestown High Program Emerges from Budget Cuts to Become a Regional Leader

November 24, 2016
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By Seth Daniel It was just one year ago that Charlestown High’s Sunny Pai was considering his employment options as he came to grips with the fact that highly-publicized funding issues in the Boston Public Schools were going to force his innovative Diploma Plus program to shut down. It didn’t look hopeful through the...

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Charlestown Open House Deemed A Major Success for City

November 24, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Close to 900 Charlestown residents turned out on Wednesday, Nov. 16, for the first-ever traveling City Hall in Charlestown – a pilot event that went so well the City will look to replicate it across the neighborhoods. “The City Hall Open House in Charlestown was a great opportunity for myself and...

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Hamersley Speaks on the ‘Beast’ That Is A Thanksgiving Turkey and Closing His Restaurant

November 24, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Popular writer and former restaurateur Gordon Hamersley made a name for himself in the South End with a Red Sox cap always on his head and a wonderful recipe for chicken. This week, however, he talked turkey. In his first talk since he and his wife, Fiona, closed their destination eatery...

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Police Briefs 11-24-2016

November 24, 2016
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CHARLESTOWN BEAT Violation of Auto Law 11/08/16 – As a result of a motor-vehicle stop on Alford Street, an individual was placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle after suspension/revocation. Robbery – Bank 11/10/16 – Officers responded to the Citizens Bank on Austin Street for a bank robbery call. They were informed that...

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Letter to the Editor

November 24, 2016
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The Charlestown Lions Club Is Collecting Coats! Dear Editor: The Charlestown Lions Club is collecting coats for children, babies and adults during the months of November, December and into early January. Our Charlestown  Co-operative Bank and its manager, Tom Coots, have  generously offered to be the collection site for the coats again this year/  ...

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Townie Tidbits

November 24, 2016
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL AND DON’T LOOK NOW BUT CHRISTMAS IS SNEAKING UP TOO   Last week while walking down Main Street I stopped at Zume’s for my usual, a vanilla latte with skim milk and whipped cream. Next I stopped by Bunker Hill Florist already decked out for Christmas both inside and out. It...

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Remember Those in Need

November 24, 2016
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For the vast majority of Americans, Thanksgiving and the holiday season is a joyous time when the abundance that life offers is most apparent in a wealthy nation such as ours. But the sad reality for many of our fellow citizens is that the holiday season brings little, if any, joy. Those who are...

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2016
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Thanksgiving is the ultimate family-centered holiday. Thanksgiving has no religious connotations, no national-celebration connotations, and no required gift-giving. It asks nothing more from each of us than just showing up (other than for the person who is doing all the cooking) and enjoying the company of our family and friends and then having a...

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Flip Those Pancakes

November 18, 2016
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Flip Those Pancakes

THE CRANKY COOKS: Showing a little Townie consideration for one another in the kitchen are volunteer cooks Lisa Collins, Bob McLean, and Bob McGoff. The three worked hard all morning long to keep pancakes cooking on the griddle for the annual Charlestown Lion’s Club Veterans Day Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 13.

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Capuano,Ryan Counsel Democratic Voters after Trump,Republican Wins

November 18, 2016
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Capuano,Ryan Counsel Democratic Voters after Trump,Republican Wins

By Seth Daniel After a shocking Election Day result that included not only a win by President Elect Donald Trump, but also a Republican sweep through the U.S. Congress and many state legislatures, federal and state leaders for Charlestown have been out on the trail consoling Democratic voters. In many cases, while some are...

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One Charlestown Meets Organized Opposition at Community Meeting

November 18, 2016
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By Seth Daniel A group of neighbors – from the furthest reaches of Medford Street to the abutting Newtown apartments – have seemingly begun to unite against the current proposal for the One Charlestown redevelopment of the Bunker Hill Housing Development – one of the largest proposed building projects in the history of the...

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BPS Backtracks on Parking Lot Plan at the Edwards School

November 18, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The controversial Boston Public Schools (BPS) plan presented to the community last month that would have dramatically reduced the parking situation for residents at the Edwards Middle School lot on Main Street has been scrapped for a new, more flexible plan that embraces residents. In a letter to residents on Monday,...

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LaMattina Holds City Council Hearing on Ferries

November 18, 2016
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By John Lynds City Councilor and Chair of the Committee on Parks, Recreation and Transportation Sal LaMattina held a hearing last Thursday at City Hall to discuss the plans to bring a ferry to Charlestown, East Boston, the North End and South Boston. The hearing, co-chaired by Council President Michelle Wu and Councilor Bill...

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Election Was No Surprise When Looking at Shrugs and Smiles

November 18, 2016
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By Seth Daniel When jaws dropped last Tuesday night and Wednesday morning as the national election returns began to favor President-elect Donald Trump, one apolitical political predictor had a very big “told you so” moment. Boston area businessman and political prognosticator Don Khoury is known for turning down the sound on political races. By...

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Schrafft’s Signs to be Replaced This Month

November 18, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Many have noted over the past week the fact that the iconic Schrafft’s illuminated sign at Sullivan Square went dark. Bill Bush of the Flatley Company told  the Patriot Bridge that the sign going dark is just temporary. He said the existing signs were getting old and needing replacing, so the...

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Townie Tidbits

November 18, 2016
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GIVING THANKS AND HELPING OTHERS  Isn›t the above the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Families gathering together for what they have and who they love. It is truly the sharing of life with others In Charlestown, a number of years ago, Townies came together to help the needy have a real Thanksgiving to remember and...

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Letter to the Editor

November 18, 2016
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Takes issue with column Dear Editor: I am a resident of Charlestown and a regular reader of the Patriot Bridge. I’d like to respond to Sal Giarratani’s Townie Tidbits column of 10/7/16. It bothered me when I read it, and has not left my mind since. With the events of the past week post-election...

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Moving Forward

November 18, 2016
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh There’s no way around it: this has been a divisive national election. For many months, we have been following the presidential race, and in the early morning hours of November 9th, that race was finally decided. As many of you know, I supported Secretary Clinton. Waking up on Wednesday...

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Sports 11-17-2016

November 18, 2016
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Townie Sports Roundup By Kevin Kelly Congratulations to my friend and fellow Townie George “Jecka” McCabe for being inducted into the Xaverian High School Hall of Fame this month. George coached the Hawks for 24 seasons, 17 as the head coach. Coach McCabe won two Super Bowls, nine conference titles and coached pro legends...

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Obituaries 11-17-2016

November 18, 2016
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Gregory Belliveau Lifelong resident of Charlestown Gregory L. “Greg” Belliveau, a lifelong Charlestown resident, entered into eternal life suddenly while at work on Tuesday, November 8. He was 53 years old. Greg was born in Boston on July 12, 1963, a son of the late Joseph Belliveau and Virginia (Mello) Polk. He grew up...

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Vesey Does It:Harvard Star with Charlestown Roots makes Smooth Transition to NHL

November 11, 2016
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Vesey Does It:Harvard Star with Charlestown Roots makes Smooth Transition to NHL

By Cary Shuman Local hockey fans made the short trip to TD Garden Saturday night to see Jimmy Vesey, a product of a close-knit Charlestown family, play his first National Hockey League game against the team he grew up rooting for as a young boy. Vesey, a 23-year-old Harvard graduate and the reigning Hobey...

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No Surprises in Charlestown Vote

November 11, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Kevin and Patti Staley did their best to get out of the house early on Tuesday morning – an effort they thought might help them elude the long lines they anticipated at the Harvard Kent School polling place. Both said with a laugh on Tuesday morning, as they stood at the...

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City Hall Open House Coming November 16 at Harvard Kent

November 11, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Mayor Martin Walsh and his Town Liaison Chris Breen will hold the first-ever Open House in Charlestown on Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Harvard Kent Gym where virtually every department from City Hall will be on hand to take questions and resolve situations. The meeting will have a development...

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Townie Tidbits

November 11, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani JOHN’S ANNUAL HARVEST FAIR  Once again St. John’s Episcopal Church will be holding its annual Harvest Fair in the Parish House from 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday, November 12 with a turkey dinner served from noon until 2 pm. For more details, go to www.stjohns02129.org or call 617.242.1272.  ...

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