First Annual Looney Park Day Draws Large Crowd on Saturday

May 3, 2012
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First Annual Looney Park Day Draws Large Crowd on Saturday

The promise made last year to re-dedicate the effort to keep Peter Looney Park clean from year to year was accomplished last weekend. More than 100 parents, their children and the friends of the late Peter Looney turned out to spiff-up Charlestown’s newest park and among its most pleasant open spaces. Under sunny skies,...

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Charlestown’s Elaine Driscoll to Be Gaming Spokeswoman

May 3, 2012
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Boston Police Department Spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll has been offered a position as the Gaming Commission’s first director of communications. The Gaming Commission this week made the offer to Driscoll, who is now apparently negotiating a contract with the commission. Driscoll has been the BPD’s spokesperson since 2006 and as such, has a strong network...

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Preschool at Kennedy Center?

May 3, 2012
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With the closing of the Tiny Tots program, and kindergarden wait lists being at an all-time high, The Kennedy Center is exploring the option to create a new preschool for three to five-year-olds in Charlestown to start in the fall. The changed situation was the central topic of discussion and concern at Tuesday evening’s...

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Considine to be Parade Marshall

May 3, 2012
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The Battle Of Bunker Hill Parade Committee is proud to announce that the Chief Marshall of the 2012 parade will be James “Jim” Considine. Jim grow up in Charlestown and graduated from Charlestown High School in 1965. Jim served in the Air Force during the Viet Nam War as a Air Policeman in the...

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YMCA to Hold Annual Fundraiser

May 3, 2012
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The Charlestown Y is hosting its annual Spring Fundraiser from 6 -8 p.m. at 150 Second Avenue in the Charlestown Navy Yard.  Food, Cash Bar, Live Music and Prizes are sure to make it a fun event for a great cause.  Please contact Steve Telesmanick for more information or to RSVP.  $25 in advance/$30...

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Celebrating a Neighborhood

May 3, 2012
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A small bevy of extraordinary events last weekend helped to magnify the image of Charlestown as a strong neighborhood. The rededication of Peter Looney Park was a perfect example of a community in sync with the needs of its kids, its parents and the many, many friends of a former leader who left us...

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Police Briefs 05-03-2012

May 3, 2012
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Assault with a Dangerous Weapon-Knife 04/23/12 – At about 3:30 a.m., officers responded to the post office on Austin Street, where they were informed a customer became irate after being asked to produce identification in order to pick up a package. The suspect ripped out a debit machine, threw it on the floor and...

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Obituaries 05-03-2012

May 3, 2012
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Doris Umbro Of Malden, formerly of Charlestown Doris M. (Spinney) Umbro of Malden, formerly of Charlestown, died in the Melrose – Wakefield Hospital on April 27 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer with her loving family by her side. Born on November 7, 1934 in East Boston, she was the daughter...

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Frank Celeste Broker Supreme Says the Best is Yet to Come”

April 26, 2012
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Frank Celeste Broker Supreme Says the Best is Yet to Come”

Frank Celeste is Charlestown’s leading real estate broker bar none. He’s been at it here for more than 20 years and he knows the territory, Charlestown housing and the entire field the way a heart surgeon understands cardio-vascular medicine. Interviewed inside his office in One Thompson Square, Celeste said that 2012 is going to...

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Charlestown Y Celebrating Healthy Kids

April 26, 2012
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Charlestown Y Celebrating Healthy Kids

On April 28, the Charlestown YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event for kids and families from 10 am to 1:00 pm. More than 1,900 Ys across the country are taking part in the celebration, meant to kick start physical activity and learning throughout the summer – a critical out-of-school...

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King of Comedy, Steve Sweeney

April 26, 2012
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King of Comedy, Steve Sweeney

In front of a room full of people at Giggles Comedy Club inside of the Prince Pizzeria restaurant on Route One, Charlestown native Steve Sweeney did something most people fear. He took the microphone and told jokes. In his dark denim jeans, crisp white shirt, and a velvet black blazer, Sweeney paced across the...

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Kennedy Center Seeking to Start New Pre-school

April 26, 2012
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The Kennedy Center is exploring the possibility of creating a new Preschool for 2.9-5 year olds in Charlestown to start this September. The new preschool would be modeled on a Creative Curriculum which will have developmentally appropriate activities for children based in science, reading, math, art and music, etc. The goal is to be...

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Celebration at Peter Looney Park Saturday Morning, 10:30 A.m.

April 26, 2012
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Peter Looney Park is the place to be for Charlestown residents, parents and their children Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. Mayor Thomas Menino, City Councillor Sal LaMattina, Senator Sal DiDomenico, Representative Eugene O’Flaherty, and the membership of Charlestown Against Drugs, have invited all those men, women and children who take an interest in the...

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Police Briefs 04-26-2012

April 26, 2012
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Investigate Property  04/16/12 – At about 6:30 p.m., officers responded to Bartlett Street for a report of vandalism to a bay window, which was possibly a bullet hole. Upon inspection, officers found the damage to have been caused by a copper-colored BB. The victim stated she heard no noise in regards to the damage...

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Obituaries 04-26-2012

April 26, 2012
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Phuoc Huu Tu Owned Bunker Hill Laundromat Phuoc Huu Tu of Medford, formerly of Charlestown, died on April 21. The late owner of Bunker Hill Laundromat, Charlestown and Zen Nail & Beauty Bar, Woburn, he was the husband of Huong Tran Tu and is also survived by six children, seven brothers and sisters and...

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Senator in Dunkin Donuts

April 20, 2012
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Senator in Dunkin Donuts

Senator Scott Brown shown shaking hands with a Dunkin Donuts employee while buying coffee during a visit Friday morning. Notice the senator holding his own money and ready to pay for his coffee with it – and he even asked oth­ers if he could get them a coffee.

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Peter Looney Park Rededication

April 20, 2012
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Peter Looney Park Rededication

Mayor Thomas Menino, City Councillor Sal LaMattina, Senator Sal DiDomenico, Representative Gene O’Flaherty, and the membership of Charlestown Against Drugs invite all those men, women and children who take in interest in the well-being of Peter Lonney Park to gather for fun and entertainment, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. on May 28. According to the wishes...

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Life Focus Loses State Funding

April 20, 2012
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The pressure on embattled Life Focus Center founder and president Jack Millerick to resign has been turned up a notch with word that the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has decided to terminate its contract with the troubled Charlestown non-profit. That notice of termination, to take effect June 16, will severely impact the LFC’s...

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Carnival Plans Halted

April 20, 2012
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After a Charlestown Neighborhood Council meeting where young townie, Sean Boyle roused members and the audience by proposing to bring back the Charlestown Carnival, the town was abuzz with nostalgia. But just a couple of months later, the merry-go-round of plans has stopped spinning. In a public letter, Boyle wrote: “I am sad to...

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Charlestown Gets a History Lesson from Constitution Museum

April 20, 2012
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In the USS Constitution Museum Theater last week, Ph.D. Sidney Hart, Senior Historian at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, presented an illuminating lecture about the bicentennial exhibition on the War of 1812, which will open at the National Portrait Gallery this June. Dr. Hart shared important portraits with interested Charlestown history buffs, highlighting their...

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Food Truck Festival Set for June 16

April 20, 2012
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The New England food festival scene is heating up just like the weather! Food Truck Festivals of New England present the Charlestown Food Truck Festival at the Pier 4 (1 First Avenue) on Saturday, June 16, with a portion of the net proceeds to benefit the Courageous Sailing Program. There are 11 festivals in...

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The American Revolution is What Began Here in 1775

April 20, 2012
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This year marks the 237thyear of American Independence. The noble American experience with freedom and justice for all began here and everything that took shape and form since, had its beginnings in this place. We are called the Cradle of Liberty as a result. It is altogether an appropriate appellation. Patriot’s Day 2012 marks...

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Police Briefs 04-19-2012

April 20, 2012
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Warrant Arrest 04/10/12 – Officers on Park Street placed an individual under arrest for an outstanding Charlestown Court warrant charging operating under the influence of drugs. Trespassing 04/10/12 – At about 9 p.m., officers in Thompson Square placed a suspect under arrest for violating a no trespass order. Warrant Arrest 04/10/12 – Officers on...

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Obituaries 04-19-2012

April 20, 2012
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Carmen  Magnotta Of Everett, formerly of the North End Carmen E. “Shorty McDuff” Magnotta of Everett, formerly of the North and West End, died on April 10. He was the beloved husband of Phyllis (Damato) Magnotta; loving father of Katherine P. Magnotta, Angelina Miele and her husband, Paul and Carmen E. Magnotta, Jr. He...

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