Make the Most of Summer

July 14, 2018
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My father who lived an extraordinary life, used to say, “When you look back on your life, you realize that all you really have is a lot of memories.” What brings these words to mind is the realization that the long, hot summer is upon us. With school out and the excitement of the...

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Townie Sports

July 14, 2018
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TOWNIES TOPPLE WATERTOWN Backed by fireballer Hayden Groh, who tossed a complete game three-hitter (including 11 strikeouts), the Charlestown 13-15 year-old Babe Ruth team outlasted Watertown by a score of 5-2 to pick up their first victory of the summer season. The Townies’ (1-3) offense has been led by Groh, Teddy Chisholm, Noel Gallagher...

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Fundraiser for Capuano

July 7, 2018
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Fundraiser for Capuano

Gregg Nolan,  U.S. Congressman  Mike Capuano, and Jim Walsh pause for a photo at the Navy Yard Bistro last Thursday, June 28, during the time thrown for Capuano by State Rep. Dan Ryan. Rep.Ryan welcomed the Congressman and their many friends to Charlestown for a campaign stop and fundraiser.

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Former Harbor Advocate Hired by MyRWA to Address Coastal Flooding in Charlestown

July 7, 2018
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Former Harbor Advocate Hired by MyRWA to Address Coastal Flooding in Charlestown

The Mystic River Watershed Council (MyRWA) has taking another big step in addressing sea-level change in Charlestown and along the Mystic River, hiring the former director of the Boston Harbor Association/Boston Harbor NOW to lead the new focus. On the heels of record-setting flood events in January and March 2018, the Mystic River Watershed...

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New ‘Transit Team’ Will Focus First on North Washington Street Bridge, Rutherford Avenue

July 7, 2018
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The City codified a new six-person Transit Team within the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) last week when the City Budget was signed into law, and this week City officials said one of the first ‘hot spots’ for the new team will be in Charlestown. Chief of Streets Chris Osgood said this week that two...

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Police Arrest Suspect in Home Invasion

July 7, 2018
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At about 6:52 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26, officers from District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a call for an armed robbery in the area of 400 Main St. While en route to the call, officers were notified by the BPD radio dispatcher that the suspects were still in the area and last seen fleeing...

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Neighborhood Round Up

July 7, 2018
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HARVEST ON VINE FOOD PANTRY The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry this week is requesting bags of rice and cans of ravioli, two of the most popular items that fill the shelves. Any donation on non-perishable foods that you could make would also be greatly appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at the Food...

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School Committee Approves Appointment of Interim Superintendent

July 7, 2018
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The Boston School Committee on Monday unanimously voted to approve Laura Perille as Interim Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools (BPS). Laura Perille previously served as the President and CEO of EdVestors, a school improvement nonprofit with the mission of increasing the number of schools in Boston delivering dramatically improved educational outcomes for all...

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Police Foil Bank Robber

July 7, 2018
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Boston Police were able to foil the efforts of one bank robber who was found with a roll of allegedly stolen money stuffed down his pants. At about 11:21 a.m. on Thursday, June 28, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for a bank robbery in progress at the Cambridge Savings...

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CHS Gets State Designation as Early College Program

July 7, 2018
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The Baker – Polito Admin-istration officially designated five early college programs to help high school students better prepare academically for college while also earning college credits at no cost to them, with one of them being Charlestown High School. Early college programs combine traditional high school courses with an opportunity to earn college credit at...

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Zelma Lacey’s Tabitha Jones wins Marketing Award

July 7, 2018
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Tabitha Jones, Marketing Director at Zelma Lacey House, was named a recipient of the Sales and Marketing Excellence Award by the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association (Mass-ALA) at the organization’s annual Excellence Awards Dinner on May 23. The awards are presented each year to individuals at every level of assisted living who have demonstrated their...

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Spice Street Connector Work for Sullivan Square Begins This Week

July 7, 2018
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In the auditorium of Bunker Hill Community College on a cold February night about three years ago, the team from Encore (then Wynn) Boston Harbor unveiled some short-term traffic commitments to the Charlestown community. One of the key short-term traffic improvements that night was activating and re-building Spice Street and D Street as a...

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Police Briefs 07-05-2018

July 7, 2018
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Charlestown Police Beat Robbery – Commercial 06/27/18 – Officers responded to a Thompson Square liquor store for a reported robbery. On arrival, the storeowner informed police that a male suspect wearing all black had entered the store, pointed a black handgun at the clerk and demanded money. The victim complied, and the suspect then...

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Letters to the Editor

July 7, 2018
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TOWARD PEACE IN THE PEACE PARK Dear Editor: On Tuesday, June 26, the Charlestown Coalition led an event rededicating the renovated Peace Park in Charlestown, followed by a community walk and celebration. I would like to highlight such a positive movement for not only Charlestown youth, but all in this community. When I was...

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Townie Tidbits

July 7, 2018
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MEN OF THE CLOTH IN CHARLESTOWN Growing up outside Charlestown, I remember the towering presence of Father Brock. He was the chaplain  at Boston City Hospital for decades when I was living my life in the South End and Lower Roxbury. He and my mother grew up at the same time in Charlestown. I think they were about...

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Stay Away, Amazon

July 7, 2018
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As Amazon narrowed its list of city choices for its HQ2 from 238 to 20 in January, journalists, bloggers, and civic leaders were furiously trying to square up the finalists against one another to guess which city would reel in the multibillion-dollar, 50,000 job promising whale. The finalists range from the sprawling southern metropolises...

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School’s Out — Drive Carefully

July 7, 2018
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With the school year having just ended (thanks to all those snow days that lengthened the school year), motorists need to adjust their driving habits to take into account that children will be in our streets all day long and into the evening. Although operating a motor vehicle during the school year presents its...

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Flag Retirement

June 28, 2018
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Flag Retirement

Official firekeeper Stan Leonard (out of frame) honorably disposes of the first flag while Tom Coots holds the next flag to be retired during the annual Flag Day honorable flag retirement ceremony on June 14 at the Abraham Lincoln Post on Green Street. State Veterans Sec. Francisco Urena attended and was the commander of...

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Celebrating the Solstice

June 28, 2018
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Celebrating the Solstice

ABBEY ROAD? No, Bunker Hill Street! The Dirty Water Brass Band (with Charlestown connections) marches in the crosswalk across Bunker Hill Street last Thursday, June 21, leading a cadre of followers with them in a musical Solstice Stroll from the StoveFactory Gallery on Medford Street to the Gardens for Charlestown and the Charlestown Working...

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Peace Park Dedication Draws Large Crowds Seeking Community Healing

June 28, 2018
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The cobblestone streets and happy greetings amongst Charlestown residents belies the years of sadness and pain that circulates through the Town’s history – one of loose ends not tied up when it comes to murder, violence and drug overdose. That history has taken a big step towards healing after so many years of bottling...

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Chain Forge Hotel Clears Environmental Regulators

June 28, 2018
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The Chain Forge hotel project in the Navy Yard has cleared the state’s environmental review process (MEPA) without a review, despite being a disposal site with high levels of PCBs present. This month, Secretary Matthew Beaton issued a letter publicly that indicated Chain Forge did not need to prepare an Environmental Impact Report and...

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Tkachuk Selected Fourth in the 2018 NHL Draft

June 28, 2018
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His father, Keith, is considered one of the greatest American-born players in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL), born and bred in Charlestown. His brother, Matthew, has been an instant-impact player since entering the league in 2016 with the Calgary Flames. Now joining the lineage is Brady Tkachuk, who played with Boston...

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CHAD Summer Tennis Program

June 28, 2018
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Summer is upon us and our CHAD Tennis Summer Program is under way at the Mel Stillman Community Tennis Center. We are offering half day program for the Little Wonders (ages 4 – 7) and full day program for the Challengers, USTA Under 12 and Advanced Players (ages 7 and up). You can sign...

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Charlestown’s Grzelcyk Signs New,Two-Year Deal with Boston Bruins

June 28, 2018
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Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced on June 15 that the Bruins signed defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, of Charlestown, to a two-year contract through the 2019-2020 season with an annual cap hit of $1.4 million. “It gives me a little bit more confidence now going into next year, so I’m just really excited,” said Grzelcyk....

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