Police Briefs 06-30-2016

July 1, 2016
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CHARLESTOWN BEAT POLICE/COMMUNITY MEETING: Meet the police & discuss public safety issues on the last Wednesday of every month at the police station, 20 Vine Street, at 6:00 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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End of School Year Reflection

July 1, 2016
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By Tommy Chang When we started the 2015-2016 school year, we set out to work as a team. A school year full of victories and challenges is drawing to a close and we feel an incredible sense of purpose for the work that lies ahead. We are focused on building a better Boston Public...

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Letters to the Editor

July 1, 2016
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Historic  treasure returned to Charlestown Dear Editor, I thought I might share a Historic Treasure that has been found and returned to the Bunker Hill Monument Grounds in Charlestown, MA on June 11, 2016 Massachusetts Chapter  Number 2 of the “Rolling Thunder” Motorcycle group from Provincetown, MA. found a Historical  Bronze Plaque with the...

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Townie Tidbits

July 1, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani CHARLESTOWN IS ROOTED INSIDE ME I did not move to Charlestown until I was 20 years old going to Boston State College. It took years but my mother finally got my dad to move here. I grew up in both the South End and lower Roxbury in St. Philip’s Parish which...

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Enjoy A “Safe and Sane” Holiday Weekend

July 1, 2016
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When Americans celebrated the Fourth of July at the turn of the 20th century, they did so in such rowdy fashion that vandalism and destruction of both public and private property were commonplace. This rampant hooliganism was suppressed only when public officials and the public-at-large decided that the holiday should be observed in a...

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The Words That Shook the World

July 1, 2016
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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. When the members of the Second Continental Congress gathered in Philadelphia in June, 1776, it was not at all...

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Lafta Took Hard Lessons as Iraqi Refugee to Make Most of All Opportunities in USA

June 24, 2016
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Lafta Took Hard Lessons as Iraqi Refugee to Make Most of All Opportunities in USA

By Seth Daniel There are a lot of inspirational stories that float around at graduation time – students succeeding against all odds – but few can top Charlestown’s Bilal Lafta, who graduated as the valedictorian this month of the Boston Community Leadership Academy (BCLA) in Hyde Park. He will attend Brown University in Providence...

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‘Adams’ Cannon Returned to Bunker Hill Monument

June 24, 2016
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‘Adams’ Cannon Returned to Bunker Hill Monument

By Seth Daniel A national treasure – missing for repair from the Monument for years – has been returned to the Bunker Hill Lodge and is now preserved for many generations to take in its significance. The Adams Field Cannon has a unique history that apparently started when men from Charlestown stole it from...

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Starboard Condos Register Several Sales

June 24, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Some 10 condos were recently sold in the new Starboard condo building on 1st Avenue, with eight of them going to a Back Bay real estate firm. The sale of the 10 units compiled a price of $5.19 million, with 42 North Capital of Clarendon Street in the Back Bay buying...

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Wynn Boston Harbor Preparing to Bid Construction Work Needed

June 24, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Wynn Boston Harbor is preparing to award construction bids in the next month worth at least $500 million and they’re spreading the word to local companies and vendors in order to keep the money local. Bids have already been awarded on the project to Ferguson Neurdorf Glass for the hotel curtain...

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Pedestrian Accidents,Near Misses Highlight Planning for Vision Zero

June 24, 2016
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By Seth Daniel An adult and a child were struck by a vehicle in the area of 640 Commonwealth Ave. on Tuesday night, June 21, near the Boston University campus, and though the injuries were non-life threatening, the accident this week highlighted the importance of the Vision Zero effort now underway by City planners...

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Charlestown Students Win MWRA Poster Contests

June 24, 2016
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The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority is pleased to announce that three students at the Warren-Prescott School, Charlestown, have won MWRA’s annual poster and writing contests. Gabriella Guadagno Kaluski, grade 3, won Second Place in the poster contest. Hannah McKenna, grade 2, won Honorable Mention in the poster contest. Hazel Catherine Collier, grade 5, won...

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BHCHP Honors Gov Baker

June 24, 2016
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Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) honored Governor Charlie Baker with its Dr. Jim O’Connell Award. For almost 25 years, the governor has been BHCHP’s ally and advocate, helping to ensure that its patients receive the top quality health care the state is known for.  BHCHP also honored Liberty Mutual Insurance with...

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BRA Approves Contract for Ferry Move,to be Done in July

June 24, 2016
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By Seth Daniel One of the most highly anticipated events of the summer in the Navy Yard will be the move of the MBTA commuter ferry back to Pier 4, and officials said it will happen sooner rather than later. At its last Board meeting on June 9, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved...

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Letters to the Editor

June 24, 2016
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Meeting on traffic plans set for June 30 Dear Editor: On June 30, there will be an important meeting at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 545 Medford Street at  6:30 pm. The Boston Transportation Department will be discussing traffic plans from the Washington Avenue Bridge and City Square to Austin Street. In the Fall...

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Townie Tidbits

June 24, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani IT WASN’T MY FAULT Last week, at the Chamber of Commerce marketplace at the Bunker Hill Mall I was told I recently was in error in my recent piece on the People’s Firehouse story.  I never thought I wrote the word, “Butterflies,” I thought I said “Honeybees.” however, even that apparently...

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Sensible Gun Control is Needed

June 24, 2016
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A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. — The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. The issue of what, if any, gun control laws are appropriate in a civilized society once again is...

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Freedom Boat Club Offers Life on the Water Without All the Hassles

June 17, 2016
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Freedom Boat Club Offers Life on the Water Without All the Hassles

By Seth Daniel As warm weather sets in, the ocean often beckons to folks on the shore and the lure of owning a boat and getting out on the water offers a strong siren from the deep waters. However, then winter comes, and one has to figure out how to repair and store that...

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Tribute to David Whelan Brings Out Hundreds to the Navy Yard

June 17, 2016
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Tribute to David Whelan Brings Out Hundreds to the Navy Yard

By Seth Daniel Were the late David Whelan still alive today, family members last week said he’d be busy finding someone to put a daily shine on the bronze plaque dedicated to him last Friday, June 10, in the Navy Yard – a plaque that memorializes him as the anchor of the community and...

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Sullivan Square/Rutherford Avenue Planning Re-Start with BTD on June 30

June 17, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Sometimes going back to the drawing board can’t be avoided. It wasn’t long ago that a plan was decided upon for Sullivan Square and Rutherford Avenue – a plan that saw the future of the area with a surface option and the elimination of the tunnel and more of a neighborhood...

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St Florian’s Arrival:After Many Years,Fr Mahoney gets Florian Statue at St Francis de Sales

June 17, 2016
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By Seth Daniel It took some time, but St. Florian showed up for church last Saturday, June 11, at St. Francis de Sales. With hundreds looking on and Bunker Hill Street filled with spectators, Father Daniel Mahoney was all smiles as the long-sought statue of St. Florian – the protective saint of firefighters –...

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Caution Urged to Councilors in Lifting Cap on Suboxone

June 17, 2016
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By John Lynds Charlestown resident and Councilor Bill Linehan’s Addiction Policy Advisor, Jack Kelly, who is charged with working on ways to fund and expand drug treatment opportunities in the city urged caution to lawmakers looking to lift the cap on Suboxone prescriptions. Suboxone, an opioid treatment medication much like methadone, is strictly regulated....

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Michael’s Mission:Family Looks to Remember Michael Cain on Anniversary

June 17, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Just last year at this time, Michael Cain II – son of the Town’s notable DJ Smokey Cain – was celebrating his 24th birthday. As he tried to maintain his sobriety, family members said he struggled – and so much so that after a brief hospital stay in late June 2015,...

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Police Briefs 06-16-2016

June 17, 2016
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CHARLESTOWN BEAT Warrant Arrest 06/0916 – Officers in the area of Austin Street placed an individual under arrest for an outstanding U.S. district court warrant charging conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin. Larceny 06/09/16 – A victim on Old Ironsides Way reported that he was notified by UPS that a package had been delivered...

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