City’s Veterans Commissioner Weds Jennifer Siegler

August 25, 2014
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Boston’s Commissioner of Veterans’ Service Department Francisco Urena and Jennifer Siegler were married on Friday, August 15th in Lincoln, Massachusetts. The wedding was held at the Codman Estate, a historic home built in the 1700s. Urena and Siegler met when Siegler was a loan officer for Santander Bank and Urena was seeking a loan to buy a...

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Police Briefs 08-21-2014

August 25, 2014
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Armed Robber Arrested There have been two incidents this month where guns have been taken out of the hands of criminals through diligent police work from District A-1/15.Last week officers from District A-1/15 responded to a radio call for an armed robbery in the area of 140 Main Street in Charlestown. Once they arrived ,...

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Charlestown Residents to Participate in Jimmy Fund Walk

August 25, 2014
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On Sunday, Sept. 21, Darcy Goldman, Aimee Goudas, Natalie McManus, Elianna Nuzum, Catherine O’Connor, Danielle Valle-Fitzgerald and matthew Wicker, residents from Charlestown will walk up to 26.2 miles along the historic Boston Marathon® route in the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai. They will join an expected 8,500 walkers with the goal of raising more...

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Summer’s End

August 25, 2014
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Summer always seems to go by too quickly — “Tempus fugit,” (Time flies) as the ancient Romans would say — and that is especially true when we’ve had a summer that just didn’t happen such as we have had this year. For those of us who look forward to the heat, humidity, and languid days (Nat...

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National Night out

August 13, 2014
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National Night out

Senator Sal DiDomenico attended Charlestown’s Family Night and National Night Out in Doherty Park on Tuesday August 5, which brings the community together to raise awareness about crime in our neighborhoods. “I am always happy to attend this event and want to thank Charlestown Against Drugs, the Boston Police Department, and the business community...

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MGC to Charlestown: “We Will Decide”: Walsh, Residents Upset over Decision of No ‘Surrounding Community Status’ for Boston

August 13, 2014
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After months of failed negotiations between the City of Boston and Wynn Everett to nail down a ‘surrounding community’ agreement, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) stripped the city of surrounding community status last Thursday at a public hearing. The MGC said it determined that Boston had waived its surrounding community designation by “refusing to...

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Grants Announced for Building Healthier Charlestown Community

August 13, 2014
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Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI) and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital recently announced the distribution of $118,628 in grant funding through Building a Healthier Charlestown to two Charlestown collaboratives. The grants follow a community health assessment and community health improvement planning process conducted in 2012 by the CCHI and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital...

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Wynn Unveils Transportation Plan: $65 Million in Major Traffic Improvements Are Planned

August 13, 2014
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Wynn Everett officials unveiled its transportation plan, outlining a series of major improvements to roadways, intersections, sidewalks, bikeways, traffic lights, and signage on the routes leading to the proposed $1.6 billion casino/resort on the former Monsanto site in Everett. Robert DeSalvio, senior vice president – development for Wynn Resorts and Alexandra Siu, manager, traffic...

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Townie Tidbits

August 13, 2014
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YOU TAKE THE HIGH BRIDGE And I”LL TAKE THE LOW BRIDGE By now everyone in Charlestown seems to know about the new bridge being planned to replace the aging 116 year old structure that looks old enough to be on the Freedom Trail. This paper ran a news story last week on the construction...

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On Wynn’s Traffic Plans

August 13, 2014
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Dear Secretary and Commissioners, It is my understanding that the design plans and traffic analysis for the Sullivan Square portion of the Wynn Everett 2014 FEIR (Final Environmental Impact Report) have been removed. If so, this is completely unacceptable on many levels. First of all, the DEIR (Draft Environmental Impact Report) included plans to mitigate...

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Dan Ryan Settling in As State Representative

August 8, 2014
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Dan Ryan Settling in As State Representative

It’s been a busy few months for State Representative Dan Ryan since being sworn in as the Charlestown and Chelsea state rep back in April. Ryan was tossed out of the pan and into the fire and thrown into the middle of the state’s budget process. “When I was sworn in the House had...

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North Washington Street Bridge Plans Moving Forward

August 8, 2014
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North Washington Street Bridge Plans Moving Forward

The plan to tear down the century old North Washington Street Bridge that connects Charlestown to the North End is moving along. The $90 million plan calls for tearing down the aging steel bridge and replacing it with a more modern bridge that is not only more user friendly to cars but also to...

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Visit the Farmer’s Market

August 8, 2014
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Visit the Farmer’s Market

The Charlestown Farmer’s Market, sponsored by the Kennedy Center, opened for the 2014 season on July 9th. The market is open from 2:00PM until dusk on Wednesdays through the end of October. Stillman’s Farm brings fresh produce to the market each week and sells the produce at reasonable prices.

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Absentee Ballots Now Available for Sept.9 Primary

August 8, 2014
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Absentee ballots are now available for the State Primary Election, which will take place on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Absentee voters are required to fill out a new application each calendar year. Applications may be obtained by calling the Election Department at 617-35-3767, or through the Department’s website: www.cityofboston.gov//elections. If a voter is unsure...

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Thank You to Mr. Paul Murphy and Mr. Andrew Criscione

August 8, 2014
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I would like to thank you very much for the MGH HealthCare Center, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Charlestown Merit Scholarship. Your generosity is much appreciated I will put the funds to good use at the University of Missouri. Many Thanks, Sincerely, Mather Hoyt

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Charlestown Runners Help Dana-Farber Falmouth and Jimmy Fund

August 8, 2014
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On August 17, 3 runners from Charlestown, MA, will run the 42nd annual New Balance Falmouth Road Race in Falmouth, Mass., to help conquer cancer as members of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s team. Kimberly Cook, Stephen McCaffrey running for Team Lanzoni and Rebecca Santos along with more than 225 Dana-Farber teammates from New England and beyond, will...

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A Month in the Country

August 8, 2014
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(first published in August 2013) For the first time since I was 18 years old, I have spent a month in the country. And what a beautiful country it is. Fifty shades of green complimented by the bluest sky ever. Puffy clouds ranging from gray to bright white. Dozens of goldfinches, which my father-in-law...

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Charlestown’s Whole Foods Helps Neighborhood

August 1, 2014
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Charlestown’s Whole Foods Helps Neighborhood

Whole Foods Market in Charlestown, the supermarket giant that took over the Johnny’s Foodmaster in Thompson Square is continuing its good neighbor policy since arriving in the neighborhood. Whole Foods made a commitment to help Charlestown residents go to college and offset some costs through its “5 Percent Day”. The Charlestown Whole Foods donated...

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Alford St. Bridge to Be Completely Operational Friday

August 1, 2014
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Senator Sal DiDomenico recently announced that he has been informed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Mass DOT) that the Alford Street Bridge will be completely open on Friday, August 1..  Mass DOT is currently in the final stages of barrier construction, and all four lanes will soon be open. “I am excited to...

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Darcy Ertl Takes Second Place In Mayor’s Garden Contest

August 1, 2014
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced the winners of the Mayor’s 2014 Garden Contest that included  Darcy Ertl from Charlestown who won a second place award for Porch, Balcony, Deck or Window Box Garden..   Now in its 18th year, the contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, and shrubs, and, in the...

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Sal Giarratani Plays a G-Man in ‘Black Mass’ Film

August 1, 2014
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Sal Giarratani is character even without the cameras rolling so it’s no wonder he landed a minor role in the upcoming Johnny Depp movie ‘Black Mass’ based on the life of Irish Mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. Giarratani, a retired police officer, part-time teacher and columnist for the Charlestown Patriot Bridge, will appear in the...

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Townie Tidbits

August 1, 2014
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REMEMBERING MY UNCLE JOE My mother’s side of the family was pretty large and growing up I  had plenty of Irish uncles in my life. My mother’s family has its roots back in the Old Country in West Cork and more specifically on Bere Island, a fishy town down at Ireland’s most southwestern point....

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Downtown View

August 1, 2014
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Citizen Bob You’ll soon realize I like this man very much so I’ll say it up front. I first met Bob O’Brien, the retiring executive director of the Downtown North Association, when he showed up, uninvited, in 1990, to a meeting of the what we called the Cambridge Street Study Committee—“study” because we didn’t...

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Tiny Bubbles

July 25, 2014
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Tiny Bubbles

Children played with bubbles, ran around the pier, and danced together during the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center’s Injury Prevention Fair last Saturday, July 12.

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