Letter to the Editor

January 4, 2015
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Thank you for the support Dear Editor, “In the end it will not matter to us whether we fought with flails or reeds. It will matter to us greatly on which side we fought”.– G.K. Chesteron There are many in Charlestown, 7000 plus citizens who voted YES to repeal the casino law. Thank you,...

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Not All News is Bad

January 4, 2015
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Most readers probably think 2014 has been a year of bad news and more bad news. I won’t bore you with the details. You know what they are. But there have been a few bright spots for Bostonians that should help 2015 be more satisfying. Cleaner streets are the best news. This has been...

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Obituaries 12-31-2014

January 4, 2015
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Mary Heffernan Goodrich Lifelong Homemaker Mary R. ‘Fifi’ Heffernan Cunneen Goodrich of Mechanic Falls, Maine died Monday, December 22 at her home. She was 70 years old. She was born in Boston on September 26, 1944, the daughter of George Michael and Mary Rita McLaughlin Heffernan. She married Myron Goodrich on September 17, 1983...

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The Sounds and Sights of Christmas

December 24, 2014
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The Sounds and Sights of Christmas

Copley Singers Director Brian Jones addressed the audience on Sunday evening, Dec. 7, at the annual concert in St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish. The concert brought in a packed house as the singers performed alongside the church’s historic Woodberry and Harris organ.

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It Is the Season for Breaches, Account Takeovers and Card Thieves — so Beware

December 24, 2014
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When it comes to identity theft, there is no time like the holidays. Christmas and New Year’s are prime times these days for thieves to gain access to credit cards, debit cards, bank accounts and a host of other personal information through security breaches or simple scams. No matter how they get one’s information,...

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The 12 Scams of Christmas 2014

December 24, 2014
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1.You’ve Got Mail! Think twice before clicking links in shipping notification emails, and always verify the shipping company before giving out your personal information. Deceptive Advertising Beware of deals that are too good to be true as they could steal our personal information and ruin your holiday cheer. Chilling Charities ‘Tis the season to...

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Merry Christmas: Still Time to Help Those in Need

December 24, 2014
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Christmas is almost upon us and it promises to be the merriest Christmas in many years for most Americans. Our long, twin nightmares of deep economic recession and seemingly-unending wars in the Middle East are over. It is fair to say that as a nation, we are in a much better place than we...

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Downtown View: Wishing Charlie Well

December 24, 2014
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Charlie Baker won the gubernatorial race in November fair and square. I do not necessarily believe he won because he was a different candidate than he was four years ago. I do not necessarily believe he won because Martha Coakley was a weak candidate. Maybe she was, but maybe she wasn’t. Conventional wisdom is...

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Decorating Soley Street

December 23, 2014
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Decorating Soley Street

In spite of rainy weather, Soley Street residents gathered for their annual street decorating on Saturday December 6.

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Resident to Head Bruins Pharmacy

December 23, 2014
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Resident to Head Bruins Pharmacy

A Charlestown resident will head the official pharmacy of the Boston Bruins NHL hockey team. Joseph Skellie, a Charlestown resident was named America’s Compounding Center (ACC) Pharmacy Manager last Thursday. ACC is a Newton based and family owned pharmacy that specializes in custom-made prescriptions for pain management, hormone therapy for men and women, sports...

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Exhibits at Spaulding and Harborview Turning Navy Yard into a Haven for Art

December 23, 2014
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Exhibits at Spaulding and Harborview Turning Navy Yard into a Haven for Art

Among the features that Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital has for its patients is a commitment to the use of art to help engage and inspire. That commitment also extends to the community by providing exhibits and pieces in its public spaces that speaks to that mission. Collaborating with its neighbors at the HarborView at the...

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Christmas at the Pops

December 23, 2014
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Christmas at the Pops

Boys and Girls Club members attended Christmas at Pops on Wednesday, December 10 at Boston Symphony.  Members had dinner at the State Suites located on the lower lobby level at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel prior to attending the Pops.

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CNC to Hold Permit Hearing

December 23, 2014
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At 7:00PM on Monday, January 5, 2015, the Charlestown Neighborhood Council will hold a public hearing on the request of the Oysteria Restaurant, located at 12 Park Street, for a conditional use permit for a Take Out License, for food to be eaten off premises. The meeting will be held at the American Legion...

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Candelight Lessons and Carols Service to be at St. John’s

December 23, 2014
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As part of its celebration of Advent and Christmas, Saint John’s Episcopal Church will offer a Candlelight Lessons and Carols Service on Saturday, December 20th at 5 pm.  In a church aglow with candlelight, readings of scripture will be interspersed with choral anthems and carols sung by the congregation. The service at Saint John’s...

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Townie Tidbits

December 23, 2014
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CHRISTMAS IN CHARLESTOWN Well, it is almost Christmas again. Time certainly flies by, the older we get. There is no place better to experience Christmas than in Charlestown especially on a snow covered day brightened up by the sun above. For me, it is memories of midnight Mass at St. Mary’s Church. Today we...

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Celebrating Small Business Saturday

December 4, 2014
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Celebrating Small Business Saturday

Norma Baars and her son, Wiatt, owners of Charlestown Ace Hardware were busy on small business Saturday at their local store that is located at 5 Austin Street.

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Expanded Green Line Could Make Commuting Much Easier

December 4, 2014
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Expanded Green Line Could Make Commuting Much Easier

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) plans to contribute close to $1 billion towards the $2.3 billion Green Line Extension project, which will make commuting to points north of the neighborhood to Somerville and Medford a whole lot easier.  The Green Line Extension project is an initiative of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and...

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Holiday Festivities Set for this Weekend Here

December 4, 2014
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Charlestown has a big holiday weekend coming up, with activities for young and old to enjoy. Start on Friday evening with a visit from Mayor Marty Walsh and Santa as the Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley rolls through Thompson Square for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.  On Saturday and Sunday visit Charlestown Open Studios on all...

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‘Small Wonders Exhibit’ planned at Charlestown Open Studio

December 4, 2014
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The Charlestown Open Studio and “Small Wonders Exhibit”, hosted by the Artists’ group of Charlestown, will be held at the StoveFactory during the first two weekend in December. Open Studios will take place on all three floors of the StoveFactory at 523 Medford Street, Charlestown on December 6th and 7th from 11am until 5...

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Christmas Market Fair set for this Sunday

December 4, 2014
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On Sunday, December 7 the Townie Association Inc. will host the Charlestown Christmas Market Fair inside the Thompson Square Building (the old Five & Ten Cents Bank) from 10am – 3pm as a stop along the Charlestown Christmas Stroll. The Christmas Market Fair will feature various vendors and small business owners from Charlestown, who...

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Downtown View: Interesting Passageways are Returning

December 4, 2014
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In 2010 in this column, I urged developers to create permeability at the ground level of big buildings. I especially wanted them to replicate the historic little lanes of downtown Boston—Spring Lane, Pi Alley, Winthrop Lane—or to create Boston versions of the Burlington or Prince’s Arcade in London and Paris’s passage couverts. These covered...

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CSAC is Always There

December 4, 2014
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Charlestown is a community of great resilience that comes together in good times and in difficult times. You will often hear residents say, “How can I help?” or “What can I do?”.   The Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition (CSAC), a program of the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement, encourages participation in coalition activities. We...

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Letter to the Editor

December 4, 2014
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Why was street cleaning  stopped? To the Editor:  I, as much as anyone, can appreciate Department of Public Works employees’ desire to take off early on the day before Thanksgiving. It makes holiday travel “over the river and through the woods” so much more convenient—particularly if snow is predicted.  However, for those of us...

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Obituaries 12-04-2014

December 4, 2014
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Eugene F. “Buddy” Whelan Of Charlestown Eugene F. “Buddy” Whelan, a lifelong resident of Charlestown, entered into eternal life on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following an extended illness. He was 80 years old. Buddy was born in Boston on December 31, 1933, a son of the late Thomas...

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