Crime Down Here

January 10, 2013
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Charlestown saw the most dramatic drop in crime in 2012 than any other neighborhood in Boston. Crime was down 24% in 2012 and there were 161 less total Part One crimes when compared to 2011. The dramatic decrease in crime in 2012 makes Charlestown the safest neighborhood to live, work, do business or raise...

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Murphy Elected to Lead City Council

January 10, 2013
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At-Large City Councilor Stephen Murphy was unanimously elected by the council Monday to serve another two-year term as the body’s president. After being elected Murphy immediately appointed Charlestown City Councilor Sal LaMattina to serve another two-year term as his vice president. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to again lead the body,” said Murphy....

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Welcome Back, Mayor Menino: It’s Nice to Have Tom Menino Back on the Job

January 10, 2013
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We wish to add our voice to the chorus of residents who have been delighted to see the return of Mayor Tom Menino  to his office at City Hall. For one thing, it will be a relief to see an end to the speculation about this or that possible scenario by the pundits and...

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Vice-President Sal LaMattina

January 10, 2013
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Charlestown’s Boston City Councillor Sal LaMattina has once again shown his political acumen with his colleagues in government by being named the vice-president of the Boston City Council by Boston City Council President Steven Murphy. LaMattina might well have been the Boston City Council president himself this time around if he hadn’t deferred to...

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Police Briefs 01-10-2013

January 10, 2013
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Breaking and Entering 12/25/2012 – At around 4:33 p.m., the victim reports unknown person(s) broke into her house on Corey Street. Fire 12/25/2012 – Officers responded to Main Street at around 5:21 p.m. for a report of a building fire. On arrival, police observed smoke coming from the building, and upon further investigation, learned...

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Obituaries 01-10-2013

January 10, 2013
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Capt. John ‘Jack’ Rooney USAF (Retired) Capt, John T. “Jack” Rooney, USAF (Retired) of Centerville entered into rest on Monday, December 10. He was 77 years old. “Jack” was born on March 11, 1935 in Charlestown, to the late John T. Rooney and Teresa Collins Pollack.  He proudly served his country in the United...

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Zelma Lacey House /Warren Prescott School Annual Christmas Card Contest Ceremony

January 4, 2013
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Zelma Lacey House /Warren Prescott School Annual Christmas Card Contest Ceremony

The lobby of Zelma Lacey House was abuzz with students from the Warren Prescott, on site to celebrate the annual award winners for the Christmas Card Contest. Each year the school partners with Zelma Lacey House for its annual Christmas Card Contest in which students of all grades submit entries of cards with themes...

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O’Neill to Be Re-appointed to School Bd.

January 4, 2013
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As the Boston School Deartment (BPS) moves forward with its overhaul of the student assignment process, parents in Charlestown can rest easy knowing the schools and students here will be well represented on the Boston School Committee. Mayor Thomas Menino announced he has re-appointed Charlestown resident Michael O’Neill to the Boston School Committee for...

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Christmas Tree Collection on Until Jan. 18

January 4, 2013
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With the holidays in the rear view mirror, Charelstown residents can kick their trees to the curb for composting during the next two weeks. Boston’s Public Works Department will collect Christmas trees for composting from January 7 to January 18. Remove all ornaments, decorations, and stands from trees and do not put trees in...

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Obituaries 01-03-2013

January 4, 2013
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Jan McGinn Daughter of late  Chelsea Soldiers Home Commandant Jan (Quigley) McGinn of Concord, formerly of Chelsea and Charlestown, died on, December 30. She was the daughter of the late Commandant of the Chelsea Soldiers Home, John L. Quigley and his wife, Jean; wife of Paul O. McGinn; mother of Matthew R. and Benjamin...

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Warren Prescott School Chorus

December 27, 2012
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Warren Prescott School Chorus

On Thursday, December 20th students in grades 3-8 from the Warren Prescott School Chorus performed a holiday medley at Copley Place as part of the Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion initiative in concert with the i Create campaign. Throughout the month of December Copley Place hosted Boston Public Schools as they presented music and...

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MGH Institute Donates to Several Local Charities

December 27, 2012
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MGH Institute Donates to Several Local Charities

The faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the MGH Institute community have come together to  generously support several charities in Charlestown and other worthy organizations during this season of giving. The organizations supported  include: • Dennis McLaughlin House, Charlestown. The Institute contributed $1,500 to help support homeless mothers who are recovering from drug or...

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Council Passes Ordinance Aimed at Improving Rental Apartments

December 27, 2012
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City Councilor Sal LaMattina was one of nine councilors voting in favor of a new ordinance that aims to make the rental housing market in Charlestown safer, cleaner and healthier by conducting regular inspections of rental apartments every five years. The City Council approved the City of Boston’s Rental Inspection Ordinance 9-4 this week...

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Residents Seek to Raise Money for Victims of Sandy Hook

December 27, 2012
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The anonymous Charlestown residents behind the Holiday display at the neighborhood’s Preservation Park are using the display of inflatable Christmas Characters to raise money for the victim’s of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. The residents behind the colorful display, who still want to remain anonymous, said all the money they...

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Ring out the Old…. We Wish Our Readers a Happy and Healthy 2013

December 27, 2012
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We often quote a verse from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Ring Out Wild Bells” when we write our annual New Year’s editorial. We write about the events that happened in the old year and discuss those that may come in the new, as well as our hopes for a better year than the year before....

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Police Briefs 12-27-2012

December 27, 2012
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Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon 12/17/12 – As a result of a fight on Eighth Street, a victim was punched in the face and received a laceration from a pencil that the suspect was holding in his hand. The suspect was located at the scene and placed under arrest. Warrant Arrest 12/18/12...

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Obituaries 12-27-2012

December 27, 2012
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Henry Pat Welch Of Charlestown Henry Pat “Patsy” “Putzie” Welch of Charlestown died on December 24. Originally from Charlestown, he spent many years of his life in Somerville, Medford, Boston, Lakeville, and Battle Creek, Michigan. He was the cherished father of Mary Welch of Somerville, Patricia Welch and Patrick Welch, both of Lakeville and...

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Toys for Tots Drive

December 20, 2012
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Toys for Tots Drive

Students from the Good Shepherd School are shown making one of their many donations to Toys for Tots Drive

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Little Girl with a Big Heartsaid

December 20, 2012
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Little Girl with a Big Heartsaid

Payton Mae is 6 years old. When asked what she would like for her birthday- she said she felt she had enough toys and that she wanted to celebrate with family and friends but wanted to donate her gifts to the Pediatric Unit of the Shriners Hospital in Boston. Payton celebrated her 6th Birthday...

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Conservation Commission Vote Imposes Fine on Quarter’s Marina

December 20, 2012
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The Boston Conservation Commission voted unanimously to fine the owner and trustee of the Shipyard Quarter’s Marina $25,000 per day until repairs are made to several of the piers which have created hazardous and unsafe conditions. The capacity crowd applauded when the decision was announced to impose the maximum fine at a hearing Wednesday...

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Local Reaction to the Tragedy at Newtown

December 20, 2012
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Although it was 150 of miles away, the senseless killing of 20 first graders and six school staffers last Friday at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. hit home as if happened right here in Charlestown. On Friday we all became resident of Newtown. District A-1 Captain Thomas Lee said has put...

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The Tragedy in Newtown

December 20, 2012
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Friday’s massacre of 26 kindergarten students and teachers in Newtown, Connecticut, was shocking to every American. But it was not surprising. Mass murders of innocent American citizens, young and old alike, have become routine in the United States. There is not one place where Americans gather, whether they be churches, schools, shopping malls, public...

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A Mobile City Hall

December 20, 2012
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City Hall on wheels — are you serious?  That is a question that many in our neighborhood may be asking our City Councillor.   Our need for this type of service is negligible since we live within a fifteen minute walk at the most from City Hall.  But for many other residents in neighborhoods like...

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Police Briefs 12-20-2012

December 20, 2012
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Vandalism 12/10/12 – A victim reported that unknown person(s) on Medford Street cut down four trees – two at the baseball field and two behind the tennis dome. Some type of hatchet appears to have been used. Assault with a Dangerous Weapon – Gun 12/12/12 – A victim reported at about 7 p.m. while...

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