A Monument Ave. Early Introduction to Healey

November 10, 2014
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On Feb. 1, with the Bunker Hill Monument as a backdrop and amid community and comestibles, Charlestown resident and newly-announced candidate for Attorney General Maura Healey outlined a stately political platform based upon her values, commitment and experience. It was an early stop on her nascent campaign, which had been announced in October. With...

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Residents are Ready for Halloween on Friday

November 1, 2014
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Residents are Ready for Halloween on Friday

Halloween 2014 will be bigger and better than ever, with many more people able to participate because it is a Friday night.  
The Halloween Parade begins at 5:00 at the Monument Avenue steps, with glow in the dark necklaces provided by Charlestown Mothers Association. We will have special guests and a poem read by...

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Rep. Ryan Weighing in on Ballot Questions

November 1, 2014
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With the state election set for Tuesday, State Rep. Dan Ryan of Charlestown is weighing in on the state’s ballot questions. Ryan said he is urging Charlestown residents and residents across the Commonwealth to vote no on Question 1. A yes vote on Question 1 would eliminating gas tax indexing. This proposed law would...

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St. John’s Harvest Fair on Nov. 15

November 1, 2014
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St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlestown is sponsoring its 175th annual Harvest Fair on Saturday, November 15th  from 10 a.m. until 2 .p.m. upstairs in the parish house at 27 Devens Street.   Admission to this festive event is free and everyone is invited to attend.     For sale at the fair will be books, collectables,...

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Voters Set to Cast their Ballots on Election Day Tuesday Nov. 4

November 1, 2014
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The campaigns are winding down and on Tuesday, Nov. 4 Charlestown residents will join voters statewide in selecting our leaders in government for the next four years. Gov. Deval Patrick decided not to seek re-election after two terms in office so there will be a new chief executive in the corner office at the...

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Townie Tidbits

November 1, 2014
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WHO  IS THIS GIARRATANI GUY? I hear time to time from folks who wonder why I care so much about Charlestown but live in East Boston. The answer is simply economics. If I could afford Charlestown again, I would be here again. Hopefully, I will end up back in my favorite neighborhood going back...

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Co-op Bank Announces Appointment of Rufo

October 25, 2014
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Co-op Bank Announces Appointment of Rufo

The Cooperative Bank is pleased to announce the recent hiring of David J. Rufo, Mortgage Originator. Previously, David worked at Washington Trust Mortgage Corp, as a Senior Mortgage Consultant David specializes in all residential home purchases, first time buyers, jumbo loans, refinances and more. David says, “Clients are not just one transaction” David works...

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Casino Business:Ryan Facilitates Meeting of Residents and MGC

October 25, 2014
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Massachusetts Gaming Commissioners (MGC) met with Charlestown residents last Wednesday at the Schrafts building to discuss the  designation of Wynn Everett as the recipient of the Boston-area casino license. Commissioners James McHugh and Gayle Cameron were on hand to answer any questions and clear up any confusion Charlestown residents had regarding the process and...

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Wynn to Hold Forum for Employment and Vendors

October 24, 2014
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As soon as Wynn Resorts received the Greater Boston casino license, the calls began pouring in from potential employees and vendors. All of them had questions. Now, through a series of six information sessions, Wynn Resorts hopes to provide some initial answers to the throngs of folks wanting to know how to get involved...

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Campaign Commercial Stresses Environmental Clean-Up

October 24, 2014
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A new ‘No on 3’ commercial now being broadcast on Boston television stations features former Everett teacher Mary Bagarella and stresses the importance of keeping the casino legislation in order to clean up the extremely polluted former site of the Monsanto Chemical Company – a site that’s just a few hundred yards from Charlestown....

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Letters to the Editor

October 24, 2014
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The Insidious Gaming Industry Influence Dear Editor: In the last six weeks, the insidious influence and impact of the gaming industry on the Commonwealth’s political and criminal justice systems has become clear.  The Massachusetts Gaming Commission and the federal and state law enforcement offices have embraced and responded to the casino influence public policy...

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Obituaries 10-23-2014

October 24, 2014
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Helen Paz Worked at Schraffs Candy Company in Charlestown Until Its Closing Helen F. Paz, a lifelong resident of Charlestown, entered into eternal life on Friday, October 17 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following a brief illness. She was 71 years old. Helen was born in Somerville on September 6, 1943, a...

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Exploring Charlestown’s Past

October 16, 2014
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Exploring Charlestown’s Past

In celebration of archeology month, City of Boston Archeologist, Joseph Bagley, led a tour from the Bunker Hill Monument, through the big dig, and down to City Square on Oct. 7. Presented by The Charlestown Historical Society and the Charlestown Preservation Society, the tour was free and open to the public. It covered 3,000...

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Among the Best in Boston: Halloween 2014 Events for Charlestown

October 16, 2014
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In 1985, eight families decided to “take back the night” for Halloween. After suffering “Mischief Night” and Halloween with smashed pumpkins, egged homes and slashed tires, Maggie Moss Tucker and Paul Tucker hired a police detail to protect their home and cars.  Tired of fear, they used their energy and money to collaborate with...

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Kerry, Patrick Tour WITC in Charlestown

October 16, 2014
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Last Thursday U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry joined Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom Philip Hammond at Charlestown’s  Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s (MassCEC) Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC) to tour the facility and talk about global climate change. Kerry, Patrick and Hammond took...

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CNC Seeking Nominations for Board Seats

October 16, 2014
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The Charlestown Neighborhood Council is currently accepting nominations for the seven (7) At-Large Seats as well as nominations for the Precinct 6 seat which was recently vacated. To be nominated, 25 signatures of Charlestown residents 18 years of older are required.  Nomination papers are available at the Charlestown Library or by contacting Judy Brennan...

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The Bridges of Suffolk County

October 16, 2014
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Everyone knows the Longfellow Bridge is being rebuilt. It is scheduled for completion in late 2016. But other bridges across the Charles and other waterways are also undergoing changes. Here’s an update of what is happening, starting with the bridge farthest away from the downtown and moving east. Prepare yourself for lots of new...

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Jane Reitz Honored at Annual ABCD Gala

October 13, 2014
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Jane Reitz Honored at Annual ABCD Gala

Charlestown resident Jane Reitz was recently honored by the Boston ABCD John F. Kennedy Family Service Center as its volunteer of the year. Reitz picked up the honor at ABCD’s Annual Community Awards Dinner last month at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Reitz has played a key role in the JFK center’s annual Holiday...

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Kerry, Patrick Among Officials Touring WTTC in Charlestown

October 13, 2014
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Kerry, Patrick Among Officials Touring WTTC in Charlestown

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond of the United Kingdom will meet Governor Deval Patrick in Charlestown this morning to tour the neighborhood’s Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC). The group will tour the facility and deliver remarks at 9:15 a.m. at the facility located 100 Terminal Street Building 80....

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Leaf Collection Schedule Announced

October 13, 2014
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Boston’s Fall Leaf collection will begin on Monday, October 13, and take place through Saturday, November 29. Boston Public Works Department (PWD) will collect and compost residents’ leaves and yard waste. In April 2014, Mayor Walsh announced that PWD was expanding its Leaf and Yard Waste Collection program to include weeks during June, July,...

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CNC to Meet on Parcel 39A

October 13, 2014
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The Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) Development Committee will hold a monthly coordination meeting for the Parcel 39A development (Starboard Place) on October 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Institute of Health Professions, Building 36, Room 322. Representatives from Consigli and Kavanagh Development will be on hand to give updated information with respect to the...

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Harvard/Kent Parents Plan Fundraiser

October 13, 2014
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Join the parents of Harvard Kent School  at the Bunker Hill Knights of Columbus on Medford St. for Paintnite to support the Harvard Kent School, on Thursday October 16 from 6-9. Tickets must be purchased online at www.paintnite.com/pages/events/view/boston/839295 for $45. For additional question please contact Colleen Collings at ccollings@bostonpublicschools.org

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Townie Tidbits

October 13, 2014
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MA This year would have been my mother’s 105th birthday and it brings back those great old memories growing up when my family celebrated with lots of cake and ice cream. The good thing for all of us was the fact that each of us had a birthday in each of...

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Wynn Resorts Backing ‘No on Question 3′ Effort

October 13, 2014
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After mostly staying out of the casino repeal vote discussion – otherwise known as Question 3 – Wynn Resorts announced last weekend that they would become involved in the ‘No on 3’ campaign over the next month. When the casino company won their license on Sept. 16, officials from Wynn said they hadn’t made...

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