Townie Tidbits

June 24, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani IT WASN’T MY FAULT Last week, at the Chamber of Commerce marketplace at the Bunker Hill Mall I was told I recently was in error in my recent piece on the People’s Firehouse story.  I never thought I wrote the word, “Butterflies,” I thought I said “Honeybees.” however, even that apparently...

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Sensible Gun Control is Needed

June 24, 2016
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A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. — The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. The issue of what, if any, gun control laws are appropriate in a civilized society once again is...

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Freedom Boat Club Offers Life on the Water Without All the Hassles

June 17, 2016
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Freedom Boat Club Offers Life on the Water Without All the Hassles

By Seth Daniel As warm weather sets in, the ocean often beckons to folks on the shore and the lure of owning a boat and getting out on the water offers a strong siren from the deep waters. However, then winter comes, and one has to figure out how to repair and store that...

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Tribute to David Whelan Brings Out Hundreds to the Navy Yard

June 17, 2016
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Tribute to David Whelan Brings Out Hundreds to the Navy Yard

By Seth Daniel Were the late David Whelan still alive today, family members last week said he’d be busy finding someone to put a daily shine on the bronze plaque dedicated to him last Friday, June 10, in the Navy Yard – a plaque that memorializes him as the anchor of the community and...

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Sullivan Square/Rutherford Avenue Planning Re-Start with BTD on June 30

June 17, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Sometimes going back to the drawing board can’t be avoided. It wasn’t long ago that a plan was decided upon for Sullivan Square and Rutherford Avenue – a plan that saw the future of the area with a surface option and the elimination of the tunnel and more of a neighborhood...

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St Florian’s Arrival:After Many Years,Fr Mahoney gets Florian Statue at St Francis de Sales

June 17, 2016
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By Seth Daniel It took some time, but St. Florian showed up for church last Saturday, June 11, at St. Francis de Sales. With hundreds looking on and Bunker Hill Street filled with spectators, Father Daniel Mahoney was all smiles as the long-sought statue of St. Florian – the protective saint of firefighters –...

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Caution Urged to Councilors in Lifting Cap on Suboxone

June 17, 2016
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By John Lynds Charlestown resident and Councilor Bill Linehan’s Addiction Policy Advisor, Jack Kelly, who is charged with working on ways to fund and expand drug treatment opportunities in the city urged caution to lawmakers looking to lift the cap on Suboxone prescriptions. Suboxone, an opioid treatment medication much like methadone, is strictly regulated....

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Michael’s Mission:Family Looks to Remember Michael Cain on Anniversary

June 17, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Just last year at this time, Michael Cain II – son of the Town’s notable DJ Smokey Cain – was celebrating his 24th birthday. As he tried to maintain his sobriety, family members said he struggled – and so much so that after a brief hospital stay in late June 2015,...

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Police Briefs 06-16-2016

June 17, 2016
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CHARLESTOWN BEAT Warrant Arrest 06/0916 – Officers in the area of Austin Street placed an individual under arrest for an outstanding U.S. district court warrant charging conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin. Larceny 06/09/16 – A victim on Old Ironsides Way reported that he was notified by UPS that a package had been delivered...

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Townie Tidbits

June 17, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani REMEMBERING A  REAL CHARLESTOWN HERO On Tuesday evening June 7, Peter Looney Park was packed to celebrate Peter Looney Night at the childrens’  park named in his honor. He passed away some four years ago now but he was there prior to his passing to see this park named in his...

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Harvard Kent Ceremony

June 10, 2016
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Harvard Kent Ceremony

He might have lost some cool points with his friends for getting a kiss from his parents, Rosie and Jose Munoz, on stage, but Harvard Kent 3rd grader Anthony Munoz was still all smiles after being named one of six new Leadership Scholars at a school ceremony on Thursday, June 2. The 11th Annual...

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Bunker Hill Parade

June 10, 2016
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Bunker Hill Parade

The Bunker Hill Parade will be the highlight of more than a week-long celebration of activities commemorating the Battle of Bunker Hill. The Parade will begin in Hayes Square at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday June 12. See the special section in todays’s Patriot-Bridge starting on page 7 for full details and a wrap-up of...

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Mayor Moves to Establish Trust Fund for Wynn Mitigation Money

June 10, 2016
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By Seth Daniel In a move on Monday that caught many in the Town off-guard – including elected officials involved in the process – Mayor Martin Walsh submitted a letter to the City Council Monday morning asking it to approve a newly-created Charlestown Impact Trust Fund – the conduit that will hold Wynn casino...

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Two-Way Tolling Tests to Roll Out This Summer on the Tobin Bridge

June 10, 2016
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By Seth Daniel A top state transportation official apologized to drivers this week after a Boston media outlet reported that tolling in both directions on the Mystic/Tobin Bridge is set to roll out this year – a plan that has been reported in the Patriot Bridge since 2013. Tom Tinlin of the state Department...

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Leadership Scholarship Celebrates 11 Years of Dreaming Big for Harvard Kent Kids

June 10, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Calling it the best public-private partnership in the Boston Public Schools, Mayor Martin Walsh joined the 11th Annual Harvard Kent Leadership Scholarship Awards on Thursday, June 2, and told the group of youngsters that he had wanted to be mayor since eighth grade – and though he went off track for...

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Bunker Hill Day Parade Roster – June 12

June 10, 2016
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This information is printed as an informational guide only. The parade lineup is subject to change by the parade committee.   BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL PARADE June 12, 2016 12:30 P.M. Sponsored by Battle of Bunker Hill Parade Committee   The 2016 Battle Of Bunker Hill Parade is dedicated to the memory of Ron...

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General Dr Joseph Warren: A Hero Who Could Have Been President?

June 10, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Gen. Dr. Joseph Warren is remembered for one simple fact on Bunker Hill Day, and that unfortunate fact is that it was the day he died – with the namesake of the famous Tavern in the Town having been killed as he summoned the retreating Americans to fire one last time...

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Doll Carriage Parade Continues Long Tradition in Delighting Kids

June 10, 2016
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By Seth Daniel When one looks for the origins of the Edna Kelly Doll Carriage Parade as part of Charlestown Pride Week, they have to look pretty far back – and even then answers aren’t easy to come by. “I know it’s at least 80 years in existence,” said Maureen Collier, chair of the...

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Last Call to Arms for Charlestown High JROTC in Bunker Hill Parade

June 10, 2016
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By Seth Daniel A combination of citywide school budget cuts and waning participation has forced the closure of one of the Town’s points of pride in the Bunker Hill Day Parade – that being the Charlestown High Air Force JROTC program, which will lead off the contingents of JROTC members for the last time...

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Police Briefs 06-09-2016

June 10, 2016
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Charlestown Beat Larceny 05/31/16 – A victim on Rutherford Avenue reported that 26 steel brackets were stolen from his job site. A video is available, and detectives are investigating. Burglary 06/05/16 – As a result of a radio call to Brighton Street for a breaking and entering in progress. A suspect was placed under...

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Letters to the Editor

June 10, 2016
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Thank you Dear Editor We cannot express fully the gratitude that we have towards the humble and gracious men of the Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association. From the May 12th edition of the paper, Mr. Gillen, President of the Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association, stated the following “This is a very important service for us and...

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Townie Tidbits

June 10, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani Boston Public Health Commission, the Boston Parks & Recreation Department and Blue Cross Blue Shield MA are partnering to provide the Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series – FREE fitness programming in Boston Parks this summer. The Fitness Series will activate Boston parks while increasing opportunities for physical activity across Boston’s neighborhoods. ​​BUNKER...

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Enjoy — Remember — Bunker Hill Day

June 10, 2016
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The celebration of the Battle of Bunker Hill is a week-long festival in our community that began this past Sunday and will be highlighted this coming Sunday with the annual parade. It is an event that has been observed for hundreds of years in Charlestown and is enjoyed by residents of all ages. Although...

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Obituaries 06-09-2016

June 10, 2016
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Richard Burke Volunteer sailing instructor with long career in Boston commerical real estate Richard J. Burke of Charlestown died on June 2.. The son of Martin and Mary Burke of Medford by way of Galway and Sneem, Ireland, he was a 1960 graduate of Boston College and proudly served in the US Marine Corps. He went...

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