Triple Play? House and Senate Report Out on Gambling Bill; Gov. Patrick Offers his Conditional Approval

August 25, 2011
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As expected, the House and the Senate have agreed on legislation for expanded gambling and have reported it out from committee and have made it available to the public in an action taken Tuesday by House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray. Governor Deval Patrick said he approved of the legislation and...

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The Neighborhood Loses One of its Great People

August 25, 2011
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Charlestown and this neighborhood is more than the sum of its long history and its Federalist architecture. Charlestown, above all, is about people. Always has been. Always will be. The death of Peter Looney takes from this neighborhood one of its significant people, who had a great effect at everything he did here –...

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Father Mahoney and Father DiPerri

August 25, 2011
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We wish to inform our readers that we do know that there is a difference between Father DiPerri, who presided and who spoke at Peter’s funeral Mass, and Father Daniel Mahoney who was unable to attend because of illness. The names were transposed during editing. Please believe us when we inform you that we...

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Sports 08-28-2011

August 25, 2011
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Help keep me in the loop If a parent has any info/photo of their child participating in a sports or recreational activity (elementary school, high school, college, or otherwise), please E-Mail me at bunkerhillbillie@aol.com and I will be sure to include the info/photo in a column.  I’d also love to hear about any honor...

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Obituaries 08-25-2011

August 25, 2011
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Werner Bunschuh Documentary Filmaker, Developer of Historic Properties  Werner M. Bundschuh, documentary filmmaker and developer of historic properties, died accidently at The Maples, his home on The Common in Royalston, on Aug. 19 when he was removing a gutter and accidentally fell from the porch roof. He was 70 years old. A resident of...

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Charlestown Residents Receive Scholarships from Partners HealthCare

August 18, 2011
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Charlestown Residents Receive Scholarships from Partners HealthCare

Two Charlestown residents have been named as recipients of the 2011 Partners Health Care Merit Scholarship. Catherine Taglilatela, a life-long resident who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, was awarded a $3,500 scholarship. Derek Bieringer, is working towards his Associate Degree...

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Peter Looney Dead at 69

August 18, 2011
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Peter Looney Dead at 69

In the end, Peter Looney left this world with much more than when he came into it. When he died last Thursday at the age of 69 following a long and heroic battle with lung cancer, his legacy added up to having become one of this neighborhood’s most well respected, best known and most...

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The Summer of Our Discontent

August 18, 2011
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Where did the summer go ? What has happened to the economic recovery ? How did the easy and seemingly pleasant and uneventful spring devolve into the plunging stock market and volatile mix of  bad economic news from around the globe ? At the beginning of summer everything about our lives in Boston appeared...

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Police Briefs 08-18-2011

August 18, 2011
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Peter Looney Chairman of Charlestown Against Drugs Peter P. Looney of Charlestown died on Aug. 11. He was 69 years old. He was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 17, Bunker Hill Council 62, K. of C., the Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association, Bunker Hill Associates and the Chairman of Charlestown Against...

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Sports 08-18-2011

August 18, 2011
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Help keep me in the loop If a parent has any info/photo of their child participating in a sports or recreational activity (elementary school, high school, college, or otherwise), please E-Mail me at bunkerhillbillie@aol.com and I will be sure to include the info/photo in a column.  I’d also love to hear about any honor...

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BBQ and Sailing

August 11, 2011
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BBQ and Sailing

On July 28, the Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard and co-sponsors Charlestown Against Drugs and the Boston Redevelopment Authority hosted a free BBQ at the Courageous Sailing Center. Food was provided by the Tavern on the Water, Style Café, Warren Tavern, the Navy Yard Bistro and Sorelles. Dennis Taylor delighted the crowd of...

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Street Named for Bunker Hill Community College Graduate Who Was Killed in Afghanistan

August 11, 2011
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Governor Deval L. Patrick has signed legislation to name a street in Salem, Massachusetts, in honor of a Bunker Hill Community College alumnus killed in action in Afghanistan.  James A. Ayube, a Salem resident, graduated from Bunker Hill Community College in 2007 with an associate degree in sociology. Sergeant Ayube, a U.S. Army medic,...

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Charlestown Gardeners Recognized by Mayor

August 11, 2011
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The Boston Parks and Recreation Department recently announced the winners of Mayor Menino’s 2011 Garden Contest presented in partnership with sponsors Comcast and the Boston Herald. John Driscoll of Charlestown finished in second place in the Porch, Balcony or Deck Garden category, Nadine Firth and Darcy Ertle tied with an East Boston resident for...

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Bike Sharing for Boston a Novel Transportation Venture

August 11, 2011
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Going from place to place around downtown Boston and some of its neighborhoods on rented bicycles available at various locations is a novel idea whose time has arrived. Bicycling this city, or for that matter, any great city, gives one a better perspective on city life and the experience injects a bit of the...

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Police Briefs 08-11-2011

August 11, 2011
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08/02/2011 – Drug Possession Members of the District A-1 Drug Control Unit arrested a suspect on Chelsea Street on a drug offense. After a motor vehicle stop and further investigation, the suspect was arrested and charged with drug possession. 08/02/2011 – Disorderly While at the Charlestown Mall on Austin Street an officer encountered the...

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Sports 08-11-2011

August 11, 2011
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Help keep me in the loop If a parent has any info/photo of their child participating in a sports or recreational activity (elementary school, high school, college, or otherwise), please E-Mail me at bunkerhillbillie@aol.com and I will be sure to include the info/photo in a column.  I’d also love to hear about any honor...

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Obituaries 08-11-2011

August 11, 2011
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Thomas Stack Retired Purchasing Agent Thomas F. Stack of Quincy, formerly of Charlestown, died on Aug. 3 surrounded by his six children. He was 91 years old. Born on March 15, 1920, the son of Thomas Francis Stack and Anne (Murray) Stack, he graduated from the High School of Commerce in Boston in 1937...

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William ‘zeke’ Marsden Playlot Opening

August 5, 2011
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William ‘zeke’ Marsden Playlot Opening

Mayor Thomas M. Menino joined Charlestown residents to unveil $281,000 in improvements to Cook Street Playground. Located at the corner of Cook and Hill streets, the opening of Cook Street Playground highlights the Mayor’s commitment to the parks and open spaces in Charlestown. Improvements included two new play structures, seating, lighting and plantings.  The...

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Dr. Domenic Amara Becomes Superintendent for BPS Middle Schools

August 5, 2011
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Dr. Domenic Amara Becomes Superintendent for BPS Middle Schools

The Warren-Prescott School Community is proud and saddened that Dr. Domenic Amara has been appointed as the Boston Public Schools’ Academic Superintendent for K-8/Middle School.  Amara served as the Principal at the Warren-Prescott for 21 years. He has led the school through major transformations with his “Persist & Prevail” motto.  He leaves a legacy...

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Readboston Storymobile to Visit Bunker Hill Monument

August 5, 2011
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Readboston Storymobile to Visit Bunker Hill Monument

The ReadBoston Storymobile will make a special appearance at Charlestown’s famous Bunker Hill Monument as part of a week of special events on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 11 a.m.  This inaugural visit to the Monument will feature stories read by a park guide dressed as an 18th-century Boston colonist, ever-popular and knowledgeable National Park...

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Local Kids Set Sail for Spectacle Island with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

August 5, 2011
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July 27, 2011, Boston, MA. On July 20th and 21st, Over 30 youth from The Boys and Girls Club of Charlestown set sail from Boston’s Bank of America Pavilion for a hands-on program to learn about Boston Harbor’s marine environment and Spectacle Island’s unique treasures through Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s All Access Boston...

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Default Debate

August 5, 2011
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There are more than a few residents of this neighborhood who are facing default of one kind or another. From experience, they know how difficult it is to reach a point in their financial lives when they must consider letting go of payments they have been struggling to make. Defaulting on a mortgage or...

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Police Briefs 08-04-2011

August 5, 2011
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07/25/11 – Warrant Arrest Officers on Main Street placed an individual under arrest for an outstanding Chelsea Court warrant. 07/26/11 – Receiving Stolen Property As a result of an investigation on McNulty Court, officers will seek a warrant charging an individual with receiving stolen property, a bicycle. 07/27/11 – Breaking and Entering, Residence A...

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Obituaries 08-04-2011

August 5, 2011
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Paul Toomey Proud to be a “Townie” Paul J. Toomey of Bridgewater, formerly of Hyde Park,  Stoughton and Charlestown, died after a brief illness. He was 82 years old. The son of the late Frank and Celia (Bowen) Toomey, he grew up in Charlestown and was a graduate of Charlestown High School. He served...

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