Boston Officials Raise Age To Buy Tobacco Products

December 31, 2015
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently announced that the Boston Board of Health voted to approve amendments to the City of Boston’s tobacco regulations which raise the minimum legal age for purchasing tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21, increase the age for admission to adult-only retail tobacco stores and smoking bars to 21,...

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Charlestown is in the Middle of Boston Neighborhood Census

December 31, 2015
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By Seth Daniel The mid-decade U.S. Census numbers were released by the federal government earlier this month, and an analysis of those numbers for Boston neighborhoods, and for citywide trends, shows Charlestown is in the middle of the pack for most categories, except the numbers of foreign-born persons – which was shown to be...

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A New Year’s Resolution: Let Go of Our Anxiety

December 31, 2015
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The intersection of the coming of a New Year and the passing of the previous one offers all of us the opportunity to pause and reflect upon both what has transpired and what awaits us. The opening lines of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, Ring Out, Wild Bells, sums up what we all feel at...

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Townie Tidbits

December 31, 2015
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WELCOME TO 2016, THE LATEST SEASON IN OUR GAME OF LIVE “We all must make changes today…Tomorrow may not come.”      -Anon  Independent Newspapers publish many community newspapers and among two of its newest are the Mission Hill Gazette and the Jamaica Plain Gazette. These two publications were founded by Sandy Storey over...

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Copley Singers Appear

December 24, 2015
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Copley Singers Appear

Dale Peak, a bass in the Copley Singers, sang from the center aisle with the rest of the choir to open up the St. Mary’s Church Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 13. All three aisles in the church where lined with the singers, giving hundreds in the audience a truly immersive “surround sound.”

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David Whelan,Community Activist Succumbs to Illness at Age of 54

December 24, 2015
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David Whelan,Community Activist Succumbs to Illness at Age of 54

David M. Whelan, a lifelong resident of Charlestown and former member of teh Charlestown Neighborhood Council for many years, entered into eternal life on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following a valiant and courageous seven month battle with leukemia. He was 54 years old. David was born in Somerville...

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Council Lifts BYOB Ban in Charlestown

December 24, 2015
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By John Lynds Last week, the Boston City Council voted in favor of lifting the long-standing ban on BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) in small neighborhood restaurants like those that line many of the streets in Charlestown. The bill, introduced by At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu, would allow patrons to restaurants with 30 seats...

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The Age Old Question Real Vs Artificial Tree

December 24, 2015
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Aside from where to buy things or what to buy loved ones, the most hotly debated Christmas question these days revolves around the ultimate symbol of Christmas – the Tannenbaum – and whether it will be the sweet-smelling real deal or the cleaner artificial alternative. All over the country, and in Charlestown as well,...

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Police Briefs 12-24-2015

December 24, 2015
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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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Townie Tidbits

December 24, 2015
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TAKE A BREATHER AND ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS     Once again we have come up to the Christmas season and the arrival of yet another New Years. Looking back one year ago, The last 12 months have had their share of ups and downs. Nice things happened like the news my daughter will be getting...

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Enjoy the Holidays Safely

December 24, 2015
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Holiday get-togethers with family, friends, and co-workers are wonderful things, but all too many of such gatherings will result in tragic consequences that will be in the headlines the next day. All of us should be sure not only to limit our own holiday partying, but also be the caretaker of those whom we...

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Don’t Forget Those in Need

December 24, 2015
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While the vast majority of us are able to enjoy the holiday season to the fullest, and take for granted holiday traditions such as the sharing of gifts, the warm embrace at holiday gatherings of friends and family, and a nice Christmas dinner, the reality for too many among us is far different. So...

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Merry Christmas

December 24, 2015
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Another Christmas is at hand and families will gather, as they have done for generations, to celebrate the holiday season with our friends and loved ones. Peace on earth, joy to the world, and the like may be platitudinous phrases when spoken at any other time of the year, but during the Christmas season...

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Winterfest Hockey Game Reaps Returns for Charlestown Rink

December 24, 2015
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By Seth Daniel National Hockey League (NHL) officials, City officials, neighborhood leaders and a host of excited hockey-stick wielding young boys gathered at Ryan Playground Thursday evening, Dec. 17, in a driving rain storm to officially open the new Bryan McGonagle Street Hockey Rink courtesy of the City, the NHL and several corporate partners....

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Drug Court Graduation

December 17, 2015
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Drug Court Graduation

On the stand to thank everyone who helped her on her journey through the ups and downs of her recovery, Candice Centola teared up, but continued on thanking everyone during her graduation from Drug Court on Dec. 2. Centola was the first female to graduate from the voluntary court program.

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Annual Decorating on Soley Street

December 17, 2015
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Annual Decorating on Soley Street

Soley St. neighbors gathered once again on Saturday December 5 for their annual street decorating.

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Residential Trash Volumes Waydown, Recycling Is Up:City Welcomes Competition of a New Transfer Station

December 17, 2015
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By Seth Daniel The amounts of residential trash volumes have plummeted since 2005 citywide, while recycling volumes have more than doubled, but City waste reduction officials said they would still support a new trash transfer station in Charlestown to help increase efficiency and competition. “Residential volumes all have been trending downward,” said Robert DeRosa,...

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City to Host Meeting on New Flood Insurance Rate Maps

December 17, 2015
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By John Lynds The City of Boston Community Engagements Director for Environment, Energy and Open Space Lauren Zingarelli appeared at a recent Charlestown Neighborhood Council community meeting to announce Boston will host a citywide meeting on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps that go into effect on March 16, 2016. The Federal Emergency Management (FEMA)...

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Design Review Committee to meet

December 17, 2015
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The Charlestown Preservation Society Design Review Committee will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, December 21, at 7:30 PM at the Mary Colbert Apartments meeting room.  The room is located at the rear corner of 20 Devens Street where it can be seen from the walkway that runs along the left side of the...

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Drug Court Graduates First Female Participant, Hits Milestone

December 17, 2015
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By Joe Prezioso Rain trickled on the windows as people from all over the Town gathered in a damp room at the Charlestown Municipal Court this past Wednesday Dec. 2. There was no hearing to be held, but rather a milestone to celebrate – the first woman to graduate from the Court’s innovative Drug...

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Police Briefs 12-17-2015

December 17, 2015
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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 Line at...

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Townie Tidbits

December 17, 2015
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CHRISTMAS TIME IN CHARLESTOWN    This past Sunday, December 6, it was looking a lot like Christmas in Charlestown’s Thompson Square  with unseasonably mild weather. Around 4pm, the environment was very Ho! Ho! Ho! Kids were all over the place in anticipation of Santa’s arrival.   Seemed like the kids and parents were also...

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Sports 12-17-2015

December 17, 2015
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Wynn teams with bruins to donate youth hockey helmets  by Katy Rogers Wynn Everett announced that it has partnered with the Boston Bruins to purchase 140 Bauer hockey helmets that will be donated to several local high school hockey teams. The helmets will be distributed to hockey players from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School,...

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Christmas in Charlestown

December 10, 2015
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Christmas in Charlestown

Ashlieghn Brady had her chance to sit with Santa during the Enchanted Trolley stop in Thompson Square on Sunday, Dec. 6. It was the 20th year for the trolley tour, and hundreds came out to celebrate with St. Nick, Mrs. Claus, the Nutcracker and Mayor Martin Walsh.

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