Holiday Shopping Gives Boost to Local Businesses

December 23, 2011
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The fourth quarter – and specifically December – usually draws more customers through the front door, bringing increased sales to retailers and businesses, large and small. Malls and supermarkets seem to buzz with a purposeful energy as busy shoppers search for gifts for family and friends, stocking stuffers, baking supplies and holiday dinner essentials....

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Merry Christmas — Happy Holiday

December 23, 2011
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Christmas 2011 is days away. Most of us are busy preparing for the holiday. All of us this year are receiving a great present – the official end of the war in Iraq. Nine Christmas celebrations have come and gone since we invaded Iraq. Thousands of brave Americans died there and tens of thousands...

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Police Briefs 12-22-2011

December 23, 2011
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12/12/11 – Breaking and Entering, residence A victim on High Street reported that a white male wearing a black hat and brown jacket pushed in a rear living room window and entered his home. The homeowner confronted the suspect who fled the scene. Officers searched the area with no results. Nothing was reported missing...

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Obituaries 12-22-2011

December 23, 2011
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Civita ‘Tina’ Di Nitto Arlington Resident Civita M. “Tina” (Colozzi) Di Nitto of Arlington died on December 13. She was the beloved wife of the late Nicholas “Nick” Di Nitto; mother of Marie Bassett and her husband, Franklin of Arlington, Carol Howard- Kovach and her husband, Christopher of Charlestown and Barbra Reddish and her...

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Open House Scheduled for 40 Warren St. Project

December 15, 2011
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Open House Scheduled for 40 Warren St. Project

Developer and 40 Warren St. owner Vahid Nickpour will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at the property to discuss residents’ concerns and brainstorm potential solutions with community members who are affected by the project. Following concerns from several residents that they had not been aware of meetings...

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St. Catherine of Siena Chapel Inauguration

December 15, 2011
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St. Catherine of Siena Chapel Inauguration

Cardinal Sean O’Malley blessed the altar and ambo of the new Saint Catherine of Siena Chapel in an inauguration at Saint Mary’s Church on December 10. More than 250 parishioners and guests were present to witness the dedication. The Chapel is named for the former church in Hayes Square and contains pieces and themes...

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MIT Architect Proposes Plan for Navy Yard Building

December 15, 2011
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MIT Architect Proposes Plan for Navy Yard Building

Architect and MIT graduate Kamran Zahedi’s approach to designing and developing new properties is as respectful to the past as it is forward thinking. Zahedi is the president of Urbanica Design and Development, an architecture firm located on Berkeley Street in Boston. He hopes to win the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s bid for Parcel 39A...

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Charlestown Against Drugs Christmas Volunteers at the Jacket Table

December 15, 2011
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Charlestown Against Drugs Christmas Volunteers at the Jacket Table

The CHAD Christmas Team front from left to right: Kathy Andrea, Angela Corvu, Christine Vraiel, Mimi Wrenn, Sarah Coughlin, Roxanne Corvu, Billy Boyle. Back row from left to right: Boston Police Officer Michael Charbonnier, Sean Getchell, Boston Police Officer Dave Saddler and Leo Breen.

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The End of Occupy Boston

December 15, 2011
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Mayor Thomas Menino did the right thing in the end, evicting without incident the remaining numbers of those who will go down in local folklore for many years to come as the Occupiers of Boston. As nearly everyone in Boston knows, the end did not come with a bang, as TS Eliot so brilliantly...

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Police Briefs 12-15-2011

December 15, 2011
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11/28/11 – Breaking and Entering, Residence Officers responded to Albion Place for a reported breaking and entering to both the first and second floor units. Both units had jewelry and various electronics taken. At this time officers did not find any signs of forced entry. Detectives will investigate this matter. 11/28/11 – Assault and...

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Obituaries 12-15-2011

December 15, 2011
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Kathleen T. O’Shea, MD Member of Dermatology Department at MGH Dr. Kathleen T. O’Shea, M.D. of Boston died on December 3. She was a graduate and Valedictorian of the College of Sacred Heart and Newton Nazareth Academy, and a member and first appointed woman physician in the Dermatology Department of Mass General Hospital, Boston...

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Charlestown Tree Lighting

December 8, 2011
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Charlestown Tree Lighting

Mayor Thomas Menino brought Santa Claus and The Macy’s Trolley to Charlestown on Sunday afternoon at Thompson Square. Hundreds of Charlestown residents enjoyed Sorelle’s Bakery cookies and cider as they waited for the festivities. Dancing Tree, Rudolph, The Red Nosed Rheindeer, and Frosty The Snowman entertained the crowd. Santa Claus greeted the children and...

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40 Warren Street Hot Topic at CNC

December 8, 2011
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The proposed development at 40 Warren Street dominated the monthly meeting of the Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC)Tuesday night. More than 25 abutters to the proposed project came to the meeting to ask that the Council reconsider its vote to support the project stating that the developer had not properly informed them of the meeting...

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ZBA Scheduled New Hearing for 40 Warren Street Project

December 8, 2011
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It was a project that had widespread support from the Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) but once abutters began complaining they were not involved in the process things went sour. The Boston Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday (ZBA) was asked to take a deferral for the project at 40 Warren St. until the community process...

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Friends of Doherty Park Looking for Supporters

December 8, 2011
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The Friends of Doherty Park in Charlestown are trying to boost turnout at the next upcoming meeting regarding renovations of the historic park by the City. Each year the Boston Parks Department (BPD) picks a handful of parks from across the city to revamp. This year the Olmstead-designed Doherty Park has been slated for...

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Forum Held About Making Charlestown a Healthier Place

December 8, 2011
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Last Thursday evening, Charlestown residents filled the Knights of Columbus ballroom for a community forum about making Charlestown a healthier place to live, work and play. The purpose of the forum, which was sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Community Health Improvement and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, was to get people thinking and sharing...

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Chamber Breakfast Networking Event Every Friday

December 8, 2011
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Every Friday morning, the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce hosts a breakfast networking event at the Grasshopper Café, located at 229 Bunker Hill St. The meetings begin promptly at 7:30 a.m., but guests can get there as early as 7 a.m., when the café opens. This week’s breakfast networking meeting topic is “Wellness in the...

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An American Tragedy

December 8, 2011
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Last week’s shooting death of a young man walking out of the Bunker Hill Street development was a bit of horrific news we could have done without. He was apparently shot dead by an assailant or assailants unknown, and he himself remained unknown as police found no identification on the dead man when he...

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Remembering the Past

December 8, 2011
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This week marks the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor surprise attack by the Japanese on December 7, 1941. Most Americans alive today cannot recall that day and year. They can’t even recall what the surprise attack was about nor is there the sense that this one attack galvanized a sleeping giant – the...

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Police Briefs 12-08-2011

December 8, 2011
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11/21/11 – Larceny A victim on Old Landing Way reported that ten metal posts were stolen from his job sites. Information was received providing a plate number of the vehicle used in the crime. The suspect was identified and a warrant will be sought in Charlestown District Court. 11/21/11 – Breaking and Entering Residence...

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Obituaries 12-08-2011

December 8, 2011
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John Lynch Charlestown Resident John J. Lynch of Charlestown died on December 2. He was the beloved son of the late Joseph J. and Bridget “Bridie” (Marshall) Lynch; devoted brother of James J. Lynch and his wife, Susan of Charlestown and loving uncle of John and Ryan Lynch, both of Charlestown. Funeral arrangements were...

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This Relationship is as Solid as Iron

December 2, 2011
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This Relationship is as Solid as Iron

Charlestown residents Laura Bousquet and her fiancé Owen Corcoran are shown above sharing an intimate moment during their engagement shoot on the deck of the USS Constitution earlier this week.

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Small Businesses That Are Sure to Be a Big Hit for the Holidays

December 2, 2011
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Small Businesses That Are Sure to Be a Big Hit for the Holidays

In honor of last weekend’s Small Business Saturday, the Patriot-Bridge caught up with three local small business owners, whose shops you may or may not know. One thing the owners have in common: they love working in and serving the close-knit community of Charlestown. Here’s what they’re all about: Swell Body and Boutique. 87...

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Man Dies in Bunker Hill Project Shooting

December 2, 2011
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A man has died following a shooting in the Bunker Hill Street projects. It is the first and only homicide in this neighborhood this year. Boston Police reported finding the man who had been shot twice in the head beneath a flagpole in the Charlestown Bunker Hill Street projects at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday. The...

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