Townie Tidbits

July 14, 2017
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Story and Photos By Sal Giarratania THOMPSON SQUARE FARMERS MARKET The Farmers Market sponsored by the JFK Family Service Center is back and running again this summer every Wednesday afternoon starting at 2 pm. Check it out, plenty of great stuff for sale. While I was there I met Kenny Hall, Mr. Charlestown History,...

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Letter to the Editor

July 14, 2017
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THOUGHTS ON ONE CHARLESTOWN PROJECT Dear Editor: “No community wants density: It means more pedestrians, more crowded buses. But as for my story: I was commuting 60 miles every day to work in Charlestown because I couldn’t afford to live here. I’ve finally become able to afford a low-rent apartment in Charlestown, and I...

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An Investment in Our Future

July 14, 2017
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Governor Charlie Baker’s recent announcement that his administration will ask the legislature for a five-year, $500 million life sciences initiative that will extend the state’s decade-long commitment to the biotech and medical technology industry demonstrates the governor’s focus on maintaining Massachusetts’ lead in this important area. The proposal, which Gov. Baker unveiled recently at...

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Residents Keep Charlestown Green:Gardens for Charlestown an Oasis in a Tight Neighborhood for 40 Years

July 7, 2017
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Residents Keep Charlestown Green:Gardens for Charlestown an Oasis in a Tight Neighborhood for 40 Years

By Seth Daniel When Nina Danforth recalls the towering Birch tree on the edge of the Sullivan Square Garden, she remembers it being a small, little tree fighting to grow amidst a lot strewn with bricks, trash and hopeful urban gardeners. Last Thursday night, June 29, when she set her eyes on that same...

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Gardens for Charlestown Teams Up with Harvard Kent Kindergartners

July 7, 2017
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This spring, kindergartners from the Harvard Kent Elementary School teamed up for their first full year of gardening with the Gardens for Charlestown ‘Tend and Tell’ program. Kindergartners from the school used a science curriculum in the classroom to learn about plants, and then joined Cathy Shanks of the Garden’s Tend and Tell program...

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District 1 Candidates Show Strengths, Similarities in Forum

July 7, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The three District 1 City Council candidates met in their first open forum of the campaign on June 29, and each candidate made a good showing – detailing their strengths and giving the healthy turnout of residents in Charlestown a glimpse of where they are similar and where they are different....

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Charlestown Native Ronnie Hamilton an Example of Being Able to Turn His Life Around at Pine St Inn

July 7, 2017
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By Delila Keravuori Ex-Coast Guard cook Ronnie Hamilton said that as a child growing up in Charlestown, he was scared of the Pine Street Inn – a homeless shelter and service center in the South End. However, after living through more than a few rough, cold winters on the street of Boston as an...

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Sam Hill Joins Staff at Solid Logic

July 7, 2017
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Solid Logic, a green-driven commercial hard surface restoration and maintenance expert delivering the latest technology to provide the highest quality care solutions available, is pleased to announce that Charlestown resident Samuel (Sam) Hill has joined the company as director of operations. In this role, Sam will be responsible for developing the growing company’s staff,...

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Letter to the Editor

July 7, 2017
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Thank you Charlestown Schoolboys Scholarship Association  Dear Editor:  We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the members of the Charlestown Schoolboys Scholarship Association for the award of our scholarships. It is so important that college students in Charlestown are supported by important and influential members of our community. The dedication by the...

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Townie Tidbits

July 7, 2017
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By Sal Giarratani DOES THE BOSTON GLOBE HAVE AN AGENDA ON ONE CHARLESTOWN? I too like many in the Town read that Adrian Walker op-ed piece on One Charlestown ( Saving the Projects) and started to wonder what the Boston Globe’s agenda is on this Charlestown housing story. Often going back to the past,...

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Senator Markey is 100 Percent Correct for His Reproach of Kellyanne Conway

July 7, 2017
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It is fair to say that the world as Americans have known it in the post-World War II era has been turned upside-down  — and not in a good way — since the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. The unpresidential comments and actions on a daily basis by President...

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Townie Sports

July 7, 2017
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By Kevin Kelly 2017 HIGH SCHOOL ALL STARS (SPRING) Congratulations to all of the athletes. GO TOWNIES!!! TOWNIES Patrick Kelly, Pope John XXIII (baseball – senior shortstop) Maeve Fitzz, O’Bryant (softball – senior third baseman) Claire Lakus, Boston Latin (lacrosse – junior attacker) Caesar Martinez, Charlestown (baseball – sophomore pitcher) Quinlan O’Brien, Boston Latin...

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Summer Solstice

June 30, 2017
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Summer Solstice

Leonora, Emma, and Victoria Skog with Erica Seminario enjoy the Summer Solstice celebration in the Navy Yard on Weds., June 21. The annual celebration put on by the Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard drew scores of families for the annual evening of fun.

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Party on the Pier

June 30, 2017
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Party on the Pier

Ashton Smith, Jacob Breslin, Jane Dudley, and Kat Pinto enjoyed the 9th Annual Party on the Pier for the Courageous Sailing program’s programs for the Harvard Kent, Warren Prescott and Eliot Schools. Some 700 guests enjoyed a beautiful night under the tent on the waterfront.

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Public Hearing Held on Liquor License Expansion; Pressley says Intent is to Amend for Charlestown

June 30, 2017
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By Seth Daniel City Councilor Ayanna Pressley said she was encouraged by the first liquor license expansion hearing for Boston last Thursday, June 22, and stated that the Home Rule Petition language was only a “blueprint” and certainly could be amended at the State House to include places like Charlestown, which was left out...

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Status of One Charlestown Discussed

June 30, 2017
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By Lauren Bennett The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) and the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) held a public meeting on June 22 to discuss the status of the One Charlestown Article 80 Review Process, specifically addressing questions about the Request for Proposal (RFP) process that took place with the Boston Housing Authority prior...

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NASCAR Driver Patrick Receives Welcome, Tour at Warren Prescott School

June 30, 2017
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By Pat DeCola NASCAR.com Danica Patrick arrived at Charlestown’s Warren Prescott K-8 School on Wednesday morning, June 14, to a sea of students chanting her name in unison, a DJ blaring top 40 hits and New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s (NHMS) Milo the Moose leading the charge in the dance circle. The scene was electric...

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Jury Acquits in Fatal Fistfight that Killed Brian Hingston

June 30, 2017
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The Dorchester man who hit and killed Charlestown native Brian Hingston last year in Dorchester – as Hingston tried to break up a scuffle – was cleared by a Suffolk County Superior Court jury last Friday after the jury deliberated on the charges for only one hour. A jury on Friday acquitted Bryan McElhinney,...

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Charlestown High School Graduates the Class of 2017

June 30, 2017
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By Patrick O’Connor Graduation for the class of 2017 at Charlestown High School took place on Thursday afternoon, June 15, at the Clarke Athletic Center at UMass/Boston. Welcoming all and serving as mistress of ceremonies was Victoria Parker.  The exercises began with graduate Ranie Foster singing the Black National Anthem. Headmaster Will Thomas addressed...

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Police Briefs 06-29-2017

June 30, 2017
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Charlestown Beat 06/19/17 – Officers responded to Austin Street for a reported armed robbery. The victim told police that two suspects entered the store. One suspect then brandished a black handgun and demanded cell phones. Two phones were taken, and the suspects fled the store through the parking lot. A surveillance video of the...

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Townie Tidbits

June 30, 2017
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By Sal Giarratania REMEMBERING THE VENDOME FIRE I still remember quite clearly what happened on Saturday afternoon, June 17, 1972 when nine firefighters perished when a wall collapsed after a fire at the Hotel Vendome was extinguished. Firefighters had spent three hours fighting the four-hour blaze and all the victimes were trapped under the debris...

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Letters to the Editor

June 30, 2017
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ON QUINN SCHOLARS Dear Editor: Commencing with Robert Irgens in 1970, we have a stellar group of Quinn Scholars. As the first woman recipient in 1977 Ann Marie Duffy has brought an abundance of pride to her community and most importantly her family. The 1976 winner was Arthur Crotty, followed by his brother David...

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Enjoy A Safe and Sane Fourth

June 30, 2017
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The summer season’s big holiday, the Fourth of July, is upon us. Millions of Americans will be celebrating the holiday — which will be a long and extended four-day weekend for many of us — with friends and family in a multitude of ways. Boating, beaching, mountain hiking, and summer getaways of all kinds...

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Sports 06-29-2017

June 30, 2017
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Townie Sports By Kevin Kelly WHAT A GAME!!! In the 23rd annual Harry Agganis Baseball Game, the North All stars defeated the South All Stars by a score of 6-5 in an exciting back-and-forth affair. South third baseman Patrick Kelly turned in some sensational defensive plays. GIRLS 14U SOFTBALL CLAIM CHAMPIONSHIP The Charlestown 14U...

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