Storymobile in Charlestown for July and August

July 16, 2012
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The ReadBoston Storymobile will be rolling through the streets of Boston this summer providing children with fun, interactive storytelling events and free, new books to take home. The goal of the Storymobile program is to promote regular reading and to build literacy skills outside of the classroom.  The phenomenon of Summer Slide, which puts...

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House Passes Transportion Financing Bill for MBTA

July 16, 2012
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State Representative Eugene L. O’Flaherty, joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives recently in passing legislation that closes the MBTA’s gap for the upcoming fiscal year and provides vital assistance to the regional transit authorities. “I’m pleased that the House is aiding the MBTA through this legislation in order to offset debt...

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The Empty Neighborhood

July 16, 2012
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The surest sign that the full blossom of the summer is upon us following the July 4 holiday is that one can find a parking space more easily just about everywhere. Anecdotal evidence suggests strongly what many Charlestown residents have known for decades – that after the July 4 holiday or slightly before it...

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Police Briefs 07-12-2012

July 16, 2012
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From Boston Police Area A-1 POLICE/COMMUNITY MEETING: Meet the police & discuss public safety issues on the  third Tuesday of every month at the police station, 20 Vine Street, at 6:30 p.m., 2nd floor, community room. POLICE RELATED INFO: Contact the District A-1 Community Service Office at 617-343-4627. REPORT DRUG DEALING: Contact the District...

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Naming Public Places in Return for Payment

July 16, 2012
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The T has decided to sell naming rights for its various stations throughout the city in order to bring in more income. It is probably bad public policy to begin naming our public places for a price to virtually any corporation who wishes to pay it. Like everything else having to do with policy,...

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Here Comes Summer

July 16, 2012
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The Supreme Court has ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passes muster with the Constitution. Mitch McConnell and company have had their chance to sputter, spit and go spastic over Justice John Roberts’s betrayal. So summer can now begin. Summer, at least in the way New England celebrates it, is the...

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Workings of an Idle Mind…

July 16, 2012
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Little League news WILLIAMSPORT TOURNAMENT UPDATE:  The defending District 9 champion “Townies” raised the bar on drama, experiencing both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in the first two-rounds of playoff action. Charlestown outlasted Mission Hill 10-9 in a back-and-forth barn-burner that included enough twists and turns to satisfy any chiropractor. ...

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Obituaries 07-12-2012

July 16, 2012
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Michael Burton Charlestown Resident Michael J. Burton of Charlestown died suddenly on July 7. He was 51 years old. He was the loving father of Bridget Burton; beloved son of Judy M. (Ring) Burton and the late Robert E. Burton; devoted brother of Kathy Riley and her husband, Richard, Nancy Murphy, Robert Burton Jr....

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Gathering Draws Hundreds on Saturday Night

June 29, 2012
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Gathering Draws Hundreds on Saturday Night

Last Saturday night, hundreds of men, women and children from all walks of life from this neighborhood and beyond gathered for an evening of dancing, music and poetry on a  basketball court at 25 Corey Street in the Bunker Hill Public Housing development. Once the sun went down, the bright stage lights came on...

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Three Charlestown Skaters Chosen by NHL and Bruins

June 29, 2012
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Charlestown’s Matt Grzelcyk was picked by the Boston Bruins in the National Hockey League Draft last weekend. He was the 85th overall selection. With this early success, Grzelcyk was chosen by his dream team. “This is what I have dreamt about my entire life,” he said when chosen. “It is a dream come true...

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End of an Era: After 45 Years in Charlestown, Tiny Tots Program Closes Doors

June 29, 2012
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After 45 years of being a staple in the Charlestown community, the appreciated Tiny Tots Program at the Harvard Kent Elementary School silently shut its doors, leaving many Charlestown parents with no other options. For months, a petition circulated throughout the community with the hopes that enough money could be raised to continue the...

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The Importance of Ice-hockey Here Highlighted by NHL Draft Picks

June 29, 2012
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News last weekend that the Boston Bruins and two additional National Hockey League teams have chosen Charlestown skaters to play for them in their annual draft is an extraordinary event in every way. First of all, being chosen to play professional hockey if you are a skater is a life consuming task and one...

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Youth Link and Charlestown

June 29, 2012
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An event organized by Youth Link and held here last weekend that drew hundreds to the Corey Street basketball court in the Bunker Hill Public Housing Development could be the beginning of a much more meaningful relationship if Youth Link’s Matthew Swartz has anything to do with it. Youth Link aids at risk youth...

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Obituaries 06-28-2012

June 29, 2012
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Paul Smith Of Reading, formerly of Charlestown Paul F. Smith of Reading, formerly of Charlestown, died on June 20. He was the beloved husband of Alice G. (Swales) Smith; devoted father of Joann Smith of Charlestown, Paul F. Smith, Jr. and his wife, Wilma of Lynn, Wayne Smith and his wife, Catherine of Oregon...

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Flag Retirement Ceremony

June 22, 2012
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Flag Retirement Ceremony

Members of the American Legion James Conway Post 26 held their annual flag retirement ceremony last Thursday. Shown in the above photo Charlestown Militia Captain Tom Coots get rteady to dispose of a flag. Flag burning is the proper way to dispose of older flags that are no longer used for public display. Shown...

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Next Time You’re at the Movies, ‘Think of Me’

June 22, 2012
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Next Time You’re at the Movies, ‘Think of Me’

Romantic comedies teach us that relationships always have a happy ending. They don’t. Action movies teach us that good always beats out evil. It doesn’t. And horror movies teach us that the killer is always avenged. He isn’t. But in the new independent film Think of Me, a genuine truth is unveiled as the...

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Charlestown Bust Nets Police Drugs, Guns, Cash

June 22, 2012
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Boston Police carried out  series of well timed raids last week in the Bunker Hill Housing Development here which netted drugs, guns and cash. Police arrested a total of 20 persons, all of whom were arraigned last week in Charlestown District Court. Police reported they seized large amounts of heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana and...

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Trash Collection Still Set for July 4

June 22, 2012
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Boston Proper trash and recycling is collected on every holiday with the exception of Christmas.  On Wednesday July 4th  there will be regular trash collection in Beacon Hill, North End, Chinatown, Financial District and in Charlestown. Charlestown, is rarely impacted by holiday collection, the whole of  Charlestown is serviced weekly on a Wednesday.  There...

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Preservation Society Meeting June 21

June 22, 2012
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Charlestown Preservation Society invites members and people interested in CPS to its Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 21 at 6 pm at the Stove Factory Gallery, 523 Medford Street. In addition to recent accomplishments, the meeting will report on the strategic planning outcomes and give a sneak peek of a new publication aimed at...

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After the Parade…

June 22, 2012
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Last week’s festivities went off like clockwork and attracted a huge crowd. Everything went off without incident and the neighborhood once again shined for this year’s celebration of Bunker Hill Day. Parades have become a thing of the past nearly everywhere at this point in time. The times have changed. We have changed with...

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The Heat

June 22, 2012
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The summer appears to finally be upon us with a bit of scorching heat set to run its course for a few days. The weather forecasters have whipped nearly everyone into a near frenzy about the heat, depicting it as a blizzard, a hurricane or a tornado but not mentioning those names. The heat...

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Police Briefs 06-21-2012

June 22, 2012
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Breaking and Entering – Residence – Day 06/11/12       – A victim on Cambridge Street reported that between 9:30 a.m. and noon, unknown person(s) broke the front stairwell door and entered her home. Money, jewelry and various electronics were taken. Detectives are investigating the incident. Search Warrant 06/12/12 – As a result of an ongoing...

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Obituaries 06-21-2012

June 22, 2012
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Dr. Robert Harney, Jr. Award Winning Sports Physician  Dr. Robert A. Harney Jr., of Winthrop, died peacefully on June 13 after a courageous battle with cancer. A graduate of the University of Guadalajara and Boston University Schools of Medicine, Dr. Harney was a well respected orthopedic surgeon in the Boston area for over 25...

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Bunker Hill Day Up for National Holiday Status

June 15, 2012
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Bunker Hill Day Up for National Holiday Status

Local residents, leaders, historians and everyone in the neighborhood holding Bunker Hill Day near and dear were absolutely moved and dramatically by news coming out of Washington earlier this week that our Congressman Mike Capuano will be asking that Bunker Hill Day be established as a national holiday. This came as incredible news to...

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