BPS restores Charlestown exam school buses after weeks of uncertainty, frustration for parents

September 2, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Under fire from hundreds of parents in Charlestown that have kids at Boston Latin School (BLS) and Boston Latin Academy (BLA) and rely on the neighborhood bus, the Boston Public Schools (BPS) announced on Wednesday that they would restore the previously cut BLS and BLA buses after more than a week...

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Marathon Bombing Movie about Bauman to Premiere Here

September 2, 2017
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By Seth Daniel In what is believed to be an upcoming blockbuster Hollywood hit, the movie ‘Stronger’ about Marathon Bombing victim Jeff Bauman’s recovery from catastrophic injury will premiere on Sept. 12 in Charlestown’s Spaulding Rehab – the very place where the hometown hero learned to walk again after the tragedy. Spaulding officials and...

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CNC Community Corner

September 2, 2017
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The Charlestown Neighborhood Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday September 5th at the Knights of Columbus Hall 545 Medford Street. All are welcome to attend. After presentations by different agencies, the floor will be opened for public comment.

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Wynn Boston Harbor Officials Honors Veterans, Hosts Secretary Urena

September 2, 2017
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By Seth Daniel When veterans are on the job site at Wynn Boston Harbor, many didn’t know that some of their close co-workers had also served in the Armed Forces. However, under a new initiative from Wynn and State Veterans Affairs Secretary Francisco Urena, workers on the site now wear specially-designed ‘veteran’ hard hats,...

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Lydia Edwards to Unveil for Dog-Park in Charlestown

September 2, 2017
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Boston City Council candidate Lydia Edwards continues to build a grassroots organization following endorsements from the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, the MBTA’s Office & Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU 453), and the SEIU Massachusetts State Council, which alone represents 92,000 members in the Commonwealth. “This support from our local elected officials and...

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Long-Time Charlestown Physician Calls for Safe Injection Site in Boston

September 2, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Having watched too many of his patients die at the hands of opiate overdoses, Charlestown-based Dr. Mark Eisenberg is one of a growing number of medical providers in Boston calling for the city and state to institute a safe injection site in the city. “I’ve been a primary care doctor for...

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‘Battle of the Barges’ Fireworks Show on Aug 31

September 2, 2017
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Boston Harbor Now, in partnership with the Office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston, will host the fifty annual “Illuminate the Harbor” fireworks show over Boston Harbor, the evening of Thursday August 31. Residents, newcomers and returning students are invited to join in celebrating another successful summer of programming on...

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Passacantilli Will Hire Neighborhood Liaisons from Each Community

September 2, 2017
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Stephen Passacantilli, candidate for Boston City Council – District 1, has announced that he will hire a neighborhood liaison for each community in the district if elected to the city council.  Passacantilli is a North End civic leader, Boston Public Schools parent, and former staffer to City Councilor Sal LaMattina. Passacantilli said, “As former constituent services director...

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Townie Tidbits

September 2, 2017
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Story and Photos By Sal Giarratani CELEBRATION AT BUNKER HILL PROJECTS BRINGS BACK MEMORIES A couple weeks back, they held a Block Party at the Bunker Hill Housing Projects over at the basketball court by Monument Street, and I decided to take it in for a possible story for this column. The day was...

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Harvey and Houston

September 2, 2017
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Many of us are just shocked as the reports of continued destruction from Hurricane Harvey keep coming in from the Houston, Texas, area.  The fourth largest city in the United States is being virtually destroyed before our eyes by Mother Nature. For those of us who have relatives in the affected areas, their message...

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Enjoy A Safe Labor Day Weekend

September 2, 2017
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It may be hard to believe, but the summer of 2017 is entering its final week as we approach the traditional Labor Day weekend. “Time and tide wait for no man,” said the poet. The calendar never lies and soon the summer of ‘17 will be just a memory. The college kids already have...

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Among Friends

August 31, 2017
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Among Friends

Giovanni O’Shaughnessey (11) brought his friend Oscar (3), a bearded dragon lizard, out to enjoy some music and fascinate the folks attending the City Square concert on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

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Cambridge College Moves Campus to Charlestown’s Hood Park

August 31, 2017
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Cambridge College Moves Campus to Charlestown’s Hood Park

Cambridge College, long considered a pioneer in adult learning, opens their new campus in Boston’s historic Hood Park (Charlestown), having moved from its former location on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge. The new, state-of-the-art campus consolidates the four schools into a single campus in Boston. “We are delighted to welcome new, returning, and future students...

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Organization is Looking for Input on Water Transportation

August 31, 2017
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A Boston Harbor-based organization is looking for input on how Charlestown residents use water transportation and how they hope it can change in the future. The study is part of an effort on behalf of federal and state agencies. Boston Harbor Now is conducting the online survey and anyone can participate by visiting bostonharborsurvey.com...

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Second Round of Mitigation Funds Ready for Applications

August 31, 2017
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By Seth Daniel It hardly seems like the first round of Wynn money from the Charlestown Community Impact Fund has settled in the bank accounts of local organizations, and already it’s time for round two. City officials, Mayor Martin Walsh and fund participants announced this week that application are available for the fund and...

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Passacantilli Releases Parks and Open Space Platform

August 31, 2017
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Stephen Passacantilli, a North End civic leader, Boston Public Schools parent, and former staffer to City Councilor Sal LaMattina has released his Parks & Open Space Platform.  Passacantilli is running for District 1 City Councilor, which includes the neighborhoods of East Boston, Charlestown, and the North End. Passacantilli said, “Welcoming parks and open spaces...

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Winning Garden Focuses on Native Plants and Unique Open Spaces

August 31, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The mailbox at 2 Auburn Sq. isn’t the typical mailbox. In fact, it’s more of a flower garden, but yet a functional one. Then again, the front yard also isn’t the typical yard, having bird cages with foliage, native plants and plenty of nice things to enjoy in the out of...

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Saving Memorial Hall Continues

August 31, 2017
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By Seth Daniel While work on the inside of the old Memorial Hall on Green Street has continued on the inside for the past year, and several milestones have been met, now work is getting ready to start outside – and an exciting new partner has come forward to help. Joe Zuffante of the...

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Silence is Golden – and Melodic – in BPL’s Courtyard Concerts

August 31, 2017
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By Seth Daniel As the sun shone brightly last Friday afternoon on the shrubbery of the Copley Library’s celebrated Courtyard, string music from the Boston Philharmonic permeated the air as shadows danced off of the columns and statuary. It was like a scene right out the Victorian television series ‘Downton Abbey,’ except there were...

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Edwards Offers Transportation Plan

August 31, 2017
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Candidate for Boston City Council Lydia Edwards released a transportation infrastructure policy proposal this week with recommendations to mitigate traffic congestion, parking issues, and public-transportation deficiencies. “I have a vested interest in increasing the quality of life of my district neighbors who deal with the same traffic congestion and parking issues as I do...

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Some Wondering If State Gaming Law is Too Strict on Hiring Rules

August 31, 2017
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By Seth Daniel A host of state officials and criminal justice reform organizations have locked hands on the issue of hiring casino workers, targeting the “automatic disqualifier” provision in the Gaming Law as something that puts an unfair burden on residents with small-time criminal records and could even prevent someone from even getting a...

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Police Briefs 08-24-2017

August 31, 2017
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Charlestown Beat Larceny – Bike 08/14/17 – A victim on Ninth Street reported his dark-green LL Bean bike was stolen from in front of his residence. The bike was locked, but the lock was broken and left behind. Security footage may be available.   Larceny 08/16/17 – A victim on Third Avenue reported unknown...

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Townie Tidbits

August 31, 2017
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Story and Photos By Sal Giarratani EDWARDS LOOS LIKE A PLAYER IN CHARLESTOWN TOO Over 200 grown folk from Charlestown attended a Community Cookout by District 1 council candidate Lydia Edwards at the Monument Street basketball court, and it looked like a great time by all.   GIANT RALLY IN CHARLESTOWN FOR WALSH Mayor...

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Letters to the Editor

August 31, 2017
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SUPPORTS PASSACANTILLI Dear Editor: I am writing to express my support for Stephen Passacantilli.  I will be casting my vote for Stephen in this September’s City Council election.  I’ve lived in Charlestown my whole life. I grew up here, I raised my family here, and I’ve retired here.  I have been impressed with the...

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