Battle of Bunker Hill Road Race Returns to Its Roots on June 14

May 28, 2015
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This year marks the 47th Annual Battle of Bunker Hill Road Race on June 14.   The event initially began as a race for the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club members and through the years it grew into a well-known and highly regarded competitive Road Race that raises crucial funds for the Club.  A...

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Police Briefs 05-28-2015

May 28, 2015
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Breaking and Entering – Non-Residence 05/20/15 – A victim reported that he responded to an alarm on First Avenue. While inside the home, the victim observed a white male suspect, who saw him and fled the area. Officers observed pry marks on the door, but it was unknown at that time if anything was...

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If Neighborhood Supports Parking Change, Walsh Would Also

May 28, 2015
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Mayor Martin Walsh told the Patriot-Bridge last week that if all the required signatures are gathered and the neighborhood supports the proposed resident parking change, he would also back any such change. “If the neighborhood wants it, I would absolutely support it,” said the mayor. “We want to make sure the traffic patterns aren’t...

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Letter to the Editor

May 28, 2015
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Thank you “Old Schoolboys” Dear Editor: I would like to thank the Charlestown “Old Schoolboys” Association, and the families of Philip X. Carr and William Powers, for selecting me as a scholarship winner.  The financial support they provide to “Townie” kids goes a long way to helping us obtain a college degree.  Again, thank...

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Imagine Boston in 2030

May 28, 2015
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Last week, I announced Imagine Boston 2030, the first citywide planning process in 50 years. It will be a two-year planning process to create a roadmap for success leading up to Boston’s 400th birthday. Boston is a city of neighborhoods and, more importantly, a city of neighbors who care and look out for one...

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Runner Completes Marathon

May 21, 2015
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Runner Completes Marathon

Charlestown resident Megan McNamara ran the 119th Boston Marathon in memory of her father Leo McNamara, who passed away in June of 2014 after five courageous years as a stroke survivor. Tedy’s Team was formed 10 years ago with the American Stroke Association following Tedy Bruschi’s stroke in 2005 to support and honor survivors...

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CWT to Present Award to Kelly Family

May 21, 2015
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CWT to Present Award to Kelly Family

The Charlestown Working Theater will present the second annual Creative Community Impact Award to the Kelly family, who had made significant contributions to the CWT and to the Charlestown creative community for over 15 years. The award will be presented at CWT’s Annual Comedy Fundraiser on Friday, June 5th starting at 7pm. For information...

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Navy Yard Ropewalk Project Receives BRA Approval

May 21, 2015
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Charlestown’s Ropewalk project down at the Navy Yard will share in $39 million in federal and city funds to create more affordable housing opportunities in the neighborhood. The $34 million Ropewalk project, which received Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approval in April, will create 80 units of housing with 26    units being affordable. The funding,...

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Residents Dig in for Fight over Armory Project

May 21, 2015
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“Listen to me!” Charlestown resident Tom Ward yelled midway through the Charlestown Neighborhood Council meeting last Thursday, May 14. “Just listen to me!” Ward’s sentiment echoed the goal of the 40 or so residents who gathered at the meeting for C-Town Ventures, the developers of the Charlestown Armory redevelopment project, to hear them out....

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Resident Starts Drive To Save Iconic Lightship

May 21, 2015
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The red glow of the Nantucket Light Ship – now docked in East Boston indefinitely – can be seen as a red dot on the other side of the Harbor from Charlestown, but it’s potentially sad story is resonating on this side of the Harbor thanks to a new partnership hoping to save the...

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Police Briefs 05-21-2015

May 21, 2015
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Charlestown Beat 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 A-1 Confidential Drug...

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Enjoy a Safe Holiday Weekend

May 21, 2015
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Memorial Day weekend marks the traditional start of the summer season, bringing with it the anticipation of sunshine and warmth, of vacations, and of time spent with family and friends. So we ask our readers to stop right now — and think for a moment — about all of the good things that we...

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Let Us Never Forget Their Sacrifice

May 21, 2015
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Of all of our national holidays, Memorial Day is the most solemn. Memorial Day reminds us of the Supreme Sacrifice that has been made by so many of our fellow citizens to keep us a free people and provides us with an opportunity to honor their sacrifice. Memorial Day has its roots in what...

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Leadership Scholarship Awards Six Seniors, Brings in New Crop

May 14, 2015
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Leadership Scholarship Awards Six Seniors, Brings in New Crop

They had been so small, but they returned all grown up. Six high school seniors that once walked the halls of the Harvard-Kent School and received the Leadership Scholarship Award when they were much younger, much smaller students, at the school. Now, in their senior year of high school, all six students are headed...

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Armstrong is Ready to Entertain This Saturday for St. John’s

May 14, 2015
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Armstrong is Ready to Entertain This Saturday for St. John’s

When accomplished Soprano Nancy Armstrong moved to Charlestown, it was because of how easy it was to park. That should give a hint to just how long the talented early music singer has called the neighborhood home. “I lived in the Back Bay for 12 years, but as my private vocal student lessons began...

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Engine 50 Firehouse Rehab Set

May 14, 2015
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The country’s oldest public firehouse will get major overhaul over the next five years with money that has been earmarked in the city budget. The Engine 50 Firehouse at 34 Winthrop St. in Charlestown will receive a $3.5 million investment according to Mayor Martin Walsh. “Engine 50 in Charlestown is the oldest public firehouse...

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Police Briefs 05-14-2015

May 14, 2015
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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 A-1 Confidential Drug Line at...

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Letter to the Editor

May 14, 2015
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The D.O.I. #1 “Thank You” Dear Editor: The members of the D.O.I. #1 would like to thank the families and Dear Editor: friends of Claire Lynch, Mary “Sis” Farrell and Patricia “Patti” Harty for their support and generous contributions to the Daughters of Isabella #1 Claire Lynch Memorial Scholarship. These women were dedicated, hard...

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New Bridges to Hope in the Wake of Long Island

May 14, 2015
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On October 8th of last year, I had to make a painful but necessary decision. The Long Island Bridge, after years of neglect, had to be shut down. The decaying 63-year-old structure posed imminent danger to the clients and staff of the shelter, transition, detox, and treatment programs housed on Long Island in Boston...

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Townie Tidbits

May 14, 2015
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DID CHARLESTOWN’S POST OFFICE MUSIC DIRECTOR   FORGET BEN E. KING? Legendary R & B artist Ben E. King passed away on April 30. He was the unforgettable lead singer for the Drifters and solo star whose voice gave us great rhythm ‘n blues classics such as ‘Stand by Me,”  “There Goes My Baby”, and of course “Spanish Harlem.”...

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Gloss to Speak at CHS

May 7, 2015
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Gloss to Speak at CHS

Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the Brattle book Shop and a regular on Antiques Road Show will be giving a talk at the Charlestown Historical Society on Tuesday May 12 at 7:00PM, at the Bunker Hill Museum, 43 Monument Square. Gloss will talk about the history of his shop and share anecdotes related to book...

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Residents Turnout for Parking Meeting

May 7, 2015
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Some 35 Charlestown residents showed up on Monday night, May 6, for a community meeting to explore changing the resident parking program in the neighborhood. Erin Woods and Shannon Fabiano-McLaughlin have been leading the beginnings of an effort to make a major change to the Resident Only 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through...

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Charlestown Garden Tour on June 13

May 7, 2015
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Explore twelve private hidden gardens of historic Charlestown on Sat. June 13, 2015 from 10:00-3:00.  This year’s tour boasts a wide variety of horticulture and landscape features from fruit trees to cobble walkways and the garden at the PBS “This Old House” project of last year.  Described as a “work in progress” by the...

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Armstrong to Perform at St. John’s Church

May 7, 2015
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Soprano Nancy Armstrong will perform selections from the American Song Book at a celebratory concert on Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 pm at St. John’s Church. The concert will include works by Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, and others. Donations are welcome, but there is no charge for the concert, and a reception will follow in...

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