Biga Breads is Still Baking, Just Not in Charlestown

August 30, 2012
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Biga Breads is Still Baking, Just Not in Charlestown

After almost 20 years of operating in Charlestown, Biga Breads, the quaint neighborhood bake shop at 50 Terminal Street, has quietly cooled its oven and closed its doors. “We were recently forced to move from Charlestown when our landlord ran into permitting trouble at the building where we were located,” said wistful owner Deana...

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Charlestown Parking Regs Up for Discussion

August 30, 2012
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Charlestown’s parking regulations are going to get a solid once over now that the Neighborhood Council has announced it will be hosting a meeting to discuss what is perceived as one of the most important zoning regulations. The CNC earlier this week announced its September agenda. To be discussed, among others, is the regulation...

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Charlestown’s Dentaquest Foundation Recognized at Health Summit

August 30, 2012
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The DentaQuest Foundation in Charlestown was recently recognized for its service in oral health by the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA), National Dental Association (NDA), and Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID), at the first-ever Multicultural Oral Health Summit. The philanthropic organization committed to the improvement of optimal oral health is headquartered on Medford Street,...

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Yoga is All About the “Bare Bones”

August 30, 2012
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It’s 11 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and instead of heading to brunch, you’re sitting cross-legged on a mat that isn’t as comfortable as the salesperson promised. While you watch the taut and lean yoga students glide into the studio, toting coconut water and colorful mats, you contemplate how foolish you will look attempting...

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How Things Have Changed

August 30, 2012
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The John Hancock Life Insurance Company has a big stake in Charlestown – a $45 million mortgage on the property located at 30 Coldwell Street. Units there, in what is known as a Mezzo Design Lofts project, are among the prettiest and most modern in the neighbourhood. A three bedroom loft goes for $3500 a...

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Swimming in Charlestown

August 30, 2012
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The Charlestown Y is offering swimming lessons this fall that begin on September 9. Space is limited so you need to call now to sign up your son or daughter to learn how to swim in a wonderful environment with real professionals conducting the classes. The Charlestown YMCA is a great venue for swimming...

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Police Briefs 08-30-2012

August 30, 2012
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Death Investigation 08/20/2012 – An officer responded to Adams Street at around 4:45 a.m. for a sudden death report. Upon arrival, the officer observed the victim, who was pronounced non-viable and transported to the Office of Medical Examiner. Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon 08/22/2012 – Officers responded to Tufts Street at around...

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Obituaries 08-30-2012

August 30, 2012
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Rose Zaccone Attorney Atty. Rose C. Zaccone of Charlestown died on August 22. She was 90 years old. She received her MBA from Boston University School of Education and her Law Degree from Boston College School of Law in 1954. Her legal employment included John Hancock Insurance Co; the law firm of Herrick &...

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Remembering Peter Looney

August 24, 2012
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Remembering Peter Looney

The one year anniversary of Peter Looney’s death has just passed. It kind of takes your breath away to think about how quickly time passes, how death is so final and how it helps to define what is so important about our lives. Death, however, in Peter Looney’s case, has not done much to...

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Navy Gives a Cleaning Hand at WP School Marching

August 24, 2012
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Navy Gives a Cleaning Hand at  WP School Marching

Marching in lockstep from the historic Navy Yard, 75 Chief Petty Officer Selectees from the USS Constitution took over the Warren Prescott School for their annual pre-school cleaning.  Everything from weeding the side garden and painting the playground, power washing the cafeteria and setting up classrooms, the naval officers were instrumental in getting the...

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Two Projects Get Go Ahead

August 24, 2012
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The Charlestown Preservation Society Design Review Committee gave consensual approval to two projects and denied approval to one during a hearing Monday evening. Seven members of the review committee attended the meeting. No abuttors were present at the hearing for the three projects. According to Bill Lamb, chairman of the Design Review Committee, two...

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Police Seek to Curb Gridlock

August 24, 2012
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Boston drivers will be introduced to “Don’t Block the Box”, an education and enforcement campaign designed to curb gridlock, and increase vehicle and pedestrian safety, at busy intersections in Boston.  The campaign is the result of a collaboration between the City of Boston and MASCO, a non-profit affiliate of the hospitals, schools, research and...

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Beware a Rule Change

August 24, 2012
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Charlestown drivers beware. A traffic rule change by the Boston Police Department fines motorists from now on $150 if you are found to be blocking an intersection. That is to say, if you drive onto a crosswalk at an intersection while trying to edge your way across the intersection and the light changes to...

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Police Briefs 08-23-2012

August 24, 2012
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Warrant Arrest 08/13/12 – Officers in the area of Main Street placed an individual under arrest for an outstanding parole violation warrant. Assault and Battery 08/13/12 – A victim stated that as a result of a fight on Starr King Court, he suffered a cut above his eye. The suspect fled prior to the...

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Obituaries 08-23-2012

August 24, 2012
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Agnes Birmingham Retired Chelsea Auditor’s Office Clerk Agnes I. (McDonnell) Birmingham, a retired office clerk, died after a period of ill-health on August 19 in her Chelsea home with her children at her bedside.  She was 87 years old. Born and raised in Charlestown, she was the loving daughter of late Peter and Margaret...

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Building the Town Houses

August 16, 2012
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Building the Town Houses

Carpenters are shown completing some exterior woodwork at the Residences at Rutherford Square Luxury townhouses which extends from 44 to 54 Rutherford Avenue and from 6-8 Arrow Street. Bennett Development is building the townhouses which are expected to be completed in September.

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Living History in Charlestown: Warren Tavern Has Been Local Mainstay Since 1780

August 16, 2012
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Living History in Charlestown: Warren Tavern Has Been Local Mainstay Since 1780

The Warren Tavern has been a local haunt since 1780, making it one of the oldest bars in Massachusetts. It was known to be Paul Revere’s mainstay watering hole, and was also frequented by George Washington. Since then, the clientele has changed from historical heroes to Charlestown’s modern-day workers, and the 2 Pleasant Street...

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Pedal Power: CNC and Hubway Reach Agreement

August 16, 2012
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When the power struggle between the Charlestown Neighborhood Council and Hubway became apparent, bike stations in Charlestown seemed like a far-fetched plan. But after residents circulated a 400-signature petition to bring Hubway to the neighborhood sooner rather than later, Council members followed suit and were finally able to make an agreement on the proposed...

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Dr. Ralph Minear to Retire from MGH Charlestown

August 16, 2012
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Ralph Minear, MD will retire from MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center on September 30, 2012.  Dr. Minear cared for several generations of Charlestown families in his 33 years of service at MGH Charlestown. Dr. Minear joined MGH Charlestown in 1979 and served as the Chief of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine from 1987 until 2002.  Numerous...

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MGH Offers Tips on Avoiding Mosquito Borne Illness

August 16, 2012
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Mosquito-borne illness is a disease spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.  Viruses, such as West Nile Virus (WNV) or Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEEV), have caused serious illness in the Northeastern US.  However, the risk of becoming infected with a virus or developing disease after a mosquito bite is low.  Mosquitoes infected...

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Thesis and Anti-Thesis

August 16, 2012
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Our neighborhood, thankfully, is among the safest in the city. Charlestown is an example of  a wonderful place to live, to shop, to own businesses or to tour. And best of all, our neighborhood is on top of issues like gunplay, violence, drug and alcohol addiction and the plethora of issues which good neighborhoods...

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Renting in Charlestown?

August 16, 2012
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The rental market has never been better for owners and never worse for renters. Rents here for apartments average over $1800 and go as high as $4500 for units available in the Navy Yard. In fact, in the Navy Yard 1-2 bedroom apartments go for $1800-$2800. Point of fact, renting here is a difficult...

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Police Briefs 08-16-2012

August 16, 2012
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Violation of the Auto Laws 08/07/12 – As a result of a traffic stop on Parker Street, an individual was placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle without a valid drivers license. Violation of the Auto Laws 08/08/12 – As a result of a traffic stop on Rutherford Avenue, an individual was placed...

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Obituaries 08-16-2012

August 16, 2012
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Muriel McCullough-Caputo Retiree of Salvation Army Boston Store Muriel (Ireland) McCullough-Caputo of Lynn, formerly of Saugus, died on August 8 following a brief illness. She was 85 years old. A retiree of the Salvation Army Store in Boston, she was the beloved wife of the late James F. McCullough and Frank P. Caputo; cherished...

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