Winning Garden Focuses on Native Plants and Unique Open Spaces

August 31, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The mailbox at 2 Auburn Sq. isn’t the typical mailbox. In fact, it’s more of a flower garden, but yet a functional one. Then again, the front yard also isn’t the typical yard, having bird cages with foliage, native plants and plenty of nice things to enjoy in the out of...

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Saving Memorial Hall Continues

August 31, 2017
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By Seth Daniel While work on the inside of the old Memorial Hall on Green Street has continued on the inside for the past year, and several milestones have been met, now work is getting ready to start outside – and an exciting new partner has come forward to help. Joe Zuffante of the...

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Silence is Golden – and Melodic – in BPL’s Courtyard Concerts

August 31, 2017
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By Seth Daniel As the sun shone brightly last Friday afternoon on the shrubbery of the Copley Library’s celebrated Courtyard, string music from the Boston Philharmonic permeated the air as shadows danced off of the columns and statuary. It was like a scene right out the Victorian television series ‘Downton Abbey,’ except there were...

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Edwards Offers Transportation Plan

August 31, 2017
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Candidate for Boston City Council Lydia Edwards released a transportation infrastructure policy proposal this week with recommendations to mitigate traffic congestion, parking issues, and public-transportation deficiencies. “I have a vested interest in increasing the quality of life of my district neighbors who deal with the same traffic congestion and parking issues as I do...

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Some Wondering If State Gaming Law is Too Strict on Hiring Rules

August 31, 2017
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By Seth Daniel A host of state officials and criminal justice reform organizations have locked hands on the issue of hiring casino workers, targeting the “automatic disqualifier” provision in the Gaming Law as something that puts an unfair burden on residents with small-time criminal records and could even prevent someone from even getting a...

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Police Briefs 08-24-2017

August 31, 2017
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Charlestown Beat Larceny – Bike 08/14/17 – A victim on Ninth Street reported his dark-green LL Bean bike was stolen from in front of his residence. The bike was locked, but the lock was broken and left behind. Security footage may be available.   Larceny 08/16/17 – A victim on Third Avenue reported unknown...

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Townie Tidbits

August 31, 2017
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Story and Photos By Sal Giarratani EDWARDS LOOS LIKE A PLAYER IN CHARLESTOWN TOO Over 200 grown folk from Charlestown attended a Community Cookout by District 1 council candidate Lydia Edwards at the Monument Street basketball court, and it looked like a great time by all.   GIANT RALLY IN CHARLESTOWN FOR WALSH Mayor...

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Letters to the Editor

August 31, 2017
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SUPPORTS PASSACANTILLI Dear Editor: I am writing to express my support for Stephen Passacantilli.  I will be casting my vote for Stephen in this September’s City Council election.  I’ve lived in Charlestown my whole life. I grew up here, I raised my family here, and I’ve retired here.  I have been impressed with the...

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Flashlight Walk

August 17, 2017
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Flashlight Walk

Officer Tammi Espinola lights the way with Melvin Jones during the annual Boston Police Flashlight Walk on Bunker Hill Street Monday night, Aug. 14. The walk proceeded up Bunker Hill Street from Hayes Square to Doherty Park. Afterwards, families and friends enjoyed a movie night from the Boston Parks Department.

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Jazz Combo

August 17, 2017
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Jazz Combo

James Finke, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, and Federal Court Judge Rya Zobel, both of Charlestown, took in the smooth sounds of the U.S. Navy Band Northeast Jazz Combo at the Training Field on Tuesday night, Aug. 8. Numerous neighbors and friends joined one another on a perfect night for jazz in the...

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New Tea Bar Opens at Old Sorelle’s Location

August 17, 2017
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New Tea Bar Opens at Old Sorelle’s Location

By Seth Daniel The new Tea Bar by Evy location held a soft opening on Thursday at the Monument Avenue location off of Main Street, with its signature cold-brewed tea products and loose teas becoming a quick hit in the Town during several, hot summer days. “We’re really excited to be open and really...

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Sullivan Square Improvements Out to Bid, Contract Coming

August 17, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Bids have gone out for the short-term off-site traffic improvements that Wynn Boston Harbor is required to complete before it opens its doors in 2019, with contracts on the project likely to be awarded in the next few weeks. Wynn officials told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that they are working towards...

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John Hancock Life Purchases HarborView Building in Navy Yard

August 17, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Two major American corporations swapped ownership of the HarborView apartment building in the Navy Yard this week, with John Hancock Life purchasing the luxury building for $149.25 million from Prudential Financial. The sale was first reported by Bldup.com on Monday. Lois Siegelman of the Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard said...

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Council Candidate Edwards Releases ‘Waterfront for All’ Plan

August 17, 2017
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Lydia Edwards, Boston City Council candidate and East Boston resident, released a comprehensive waterfront-accessibility plan with recommendations for more open space requirements and harbor planning, climate resiliency, and water-transportation opportunities. In her full proposal, she said, “For Charlestown, the North End and East Boston, our city’s waters and waterfront are invaluable assets for recreation,...

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Adult Education Beyond Academics

August 17, 2017
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How do you measure success?  In business, success is defined by profits. In academia, success is calculated by grades.  In adult education, success is measured one student at a time, as each takes what he or she needs from the services provided. Charlestown Adult Education, in conjunction with the Kennedy Center and CharlestownWorks, has...

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Dr. Paula Milone-Nuzzo Begins Presidency of MGH Institute of Health Professions

August 17, 2017
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Paula Milone-Nuzzo, PhD, RN, FHHC, FAAN, officially has begun her term as the sixth president of MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to provide leadership to the MGH Institute,” said Dr. Milone-Nuzzo, who also will hold the position of John Hilton Knowles professor. “The IHP’s focus...

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Boston Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Offenses

August 17, 2017
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A Boston man pleaded guilty this month in federal court in Boston to federal firearms offenses committed at the Bunker Hill Housing Development. Jeffrey Joseph, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of dealing in firearms without a license, one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, and one count of...

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Same Old Thing: Showtime to Feature Series about Charlestown Bank Robbers, Irks Some in Town

August 17, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Were Charlestown folks able to get the ear of hometown Hollywood stars Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, they might suggest the two locals find some new material after hearing of their latest show that will once again feature Charlestown’s past as a criminal hotbed. Showtime Network announced in late July that...

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Passacantilli Campaign Knocks on 8,000th Door

August 17, 2017
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Stephen Passacantilli’s campaign for Boston City Council District 1 has announced a major milestone.  This past week, the campaign knocked on their 8,000th door and leads all other campaigns in social media engagement with over 1,300 Facebook followers. Passacantilli is a North End civic leader, Boston Public Schools parent, and former staffer to City Councilor Sal...

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Police Briefs 08-17-2017

August 17, 2017
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Charlestown Beat Larceny-Bike 08/09/17 – A victim on First Avenue reported her blue, specialized bike was stolen from a bike rack in front of Spaulding Hospital. A surveillance video of the crime is available.   Larceny-Bike 08/09/17  – A victim on First Avenue reported his white Vita specialized bike was stolen from a bike...

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How We’re Creating Affordable Housing

August 17, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh Boston is a diverse city made up of residents of all backgrounds, all education levels and job sectors spread out over 14 neighborhoods. Some of us were born and bred here, some with families that have been here for decades, some received a wonderful education or job here and...

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Letter to the Editor

August 17, 2017
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A true public servant Dear Editor: This letter is being written on behalf of Stephen Passacantilli, candidate for City Council in District 1, which covers Charlestown, the North End, and East Boston. Since April of this year, when Stephen asked me if I was willing to help him in his pursuit of Sal LaMattina’s...

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Townie Tidbits

August 17, 2017
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Story and Photos By Sal Giarratani TOWNIES ALWAYS SUPPORT ST. JOSEPH The Saint Joseph Society held its July procession recently through the streets of the North End. Few folks outside the club know that there are many folks who call Charlestown their home either born there or living there now that there is actually...

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School Will Be Back — Drive with Care

August 17, 2017
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With school bells ringing for the start of the 2017-18 school year next week and the week thereafter, commuters will have to adjust to the prospect of schoolchildren and school buses returning to our streets. All of us who drive to work in the early mornings on weekdays have to admit that not having...

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