Neighborhood Round Up

October 4, 2018
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Harvest on Vine Food Pantry The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry this week are boxes of cereal and macaroni and cheese, two of the most popular items that empty 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 Pantry...
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Off-Peak Lane Closures Begin This Month for North Washington St Bridge

October 4, 2018
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The state and City will begin off-peak lane closures this month on the North Washington Street Bridge to accommodate utility work for the beginnings of the multi-year bridge project, which will begin its major work next spring. Public meetings will be planned soon to brief the community on the specifics of the project. This...
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New Hood Park Plan Gets Rough Outing at CNC over Building Height

October 4, 2018
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The new Hood Park revised master plan didn’t get too many supporters on Tuesday night, Oct. 2, at the Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC), with most councilors and audience members wary of the 200-foot-plus heights proposed. Mark Rosenshein of Trademark Partners appeared before the CNC to give his presentation of the new plan, which was...
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‘The Fourth Grade Project’ Premieres in City Square

October 4, 2018
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Fourth graders are curious, young observers of society, aware of the struggles and complexities that impact their families and communities. Internationally-renowned artist Judy Gelles has documented the stories of more than 300 fourth-grade students from around the world in her photography series, The Fourth Grade Project, on display now through Jan. 3, 2019, at...
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Townie Tidbits

October 4, 2018
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GRANDPA’s OWEN GETS BAPTISED Two Sundays ago down in Norwood Center at St. Catherine of Siena Parish,  my first-ever grandchild, Owen Richard Morrison got christened. I still can’t believe how fast life passes by us. I still remember my daughter Nealie’s christening. Congrats to Nealie and her husband Matt Morrison and to maternal grand...
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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in Boston

October 4, 2018
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To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, hundreds of people from Boston’s Latino community joined me on City Hall Plaza to come together for this nationwide celebration of Latin ancestry and culture. Boston is home to a strong, proud Latino population, and it’s hard to overstate what an incredible impact it’s had on our city. For...
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Townie Sports

October 4, 2018
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CHS names former star Hugh Coleman as hoop coach   Charlestown High School has hired one of the state’s most successful high school basketball coaches, a man whose family name is already synonymous with basketball excellence at the school. Hugh Coleman, who graduated from Charlestown High in 1997 and went on to excel at...
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Annual Charlestown Vigil

September 27, 2018
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Annual Charlestown Vigil

Anaya Cain with Lisa Fournier are moved to tears in remembering young Michael Cain, who passed away in 2015. The 10th annual Charlestown vigil took place on Saturday, Sept. 22, with scores of residents attending to remember those lost in the Town to drugs or alcohol. More than 130 names were read and included...
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Police Commissioner Gross Gets Huge Turnout for Meet and Greet

September 27, 2018
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Police Commissioner Gross Gets Huge Turnout for Meet and Greet

Commissioner Willie Gross returned to Charlestown on Friday, Sept. 21 – the neighborhood where he first served as a police officer in the early 1980s, and talked about the wonder of a ‘Hee-Haw’-watching kid who came to Boston from a Maryland pig farm and rose to become the City’s top law enforcement officer. Gross...
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Community Gives Suggestions for Eden Street Playground Project

September 27, 2018
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The first of three community meetings regarding the Eden Street playground was held on Sept. 20, and tensions are running high in the community on certain parts of the re-design. Members of the community of all ages gathered inside the Golden Age Center to learn about the history and existing conditions of the site,...
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Post Office Facing Time Crunch, Could End up in Temporary Structure

September 27, 2018
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The Post Office in the Town is running out of time to make their delivery to a new location. As announced earlier this summer, the lease for the United States Postal Service (USPS) Post Office location at the Bunker Hill Mall has not been renewed, and that has sent the Post Office scrambling for...
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CNC Community Corner

September 27, 2018
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The monthly meeting of the Charlestown Neighborhood Council will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 545 Medford St. There will be a presentation by Mark Rosenshein with regard to the Hood Park development plans. The public is encouraged to attend. If you are interested in participating...
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Edwards,BPS Face Showdown on Stillman Tennis Center Inaction

September 27, 2018
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Councilor Lydia Edwards drafted a letter Wednesday morning and planned to address the Boston School Committee Wednesday night regarding the inaction of the Boston Public Schools (BPS) on the Mel Stillman Tennis Center in Charlestown, otherwise known as the Bubble. In the letter, Edwards called for BPS – who now owns the site –...
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MGH Charlestown Health Center to Celebrate 50 Years on Friday

September 27, 2018
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For Dr. Michael Garrity, Charlestown was exactly what he was looking for – both personally and professionally. Garrity, who has been at the health center for 27 years, is also a Charlestown resident, and he said when he came to the Town in the 1990s, he found just the kind of work he was...
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Baker,Walsh Join 250 Supporters to Celebrate the Launch of Spaulding Research Institute

September 27, 2018
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Thursday night, Sept. 20, marked a banner night at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown as more than 250 guests and supporters gathered to celebrate the launch of Spaulding Research Institute. Spaulding Research Institute is a new commitment from Spaulding to focus resources and energy on issues related to improving the lives of those impacted...
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Old Restaurant Murals Find A New Home at Engine 50

September 27, 2018
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The historic murals designed by Charlestown artist Betty McLain Smith – large murals about Massachusetts colonial history – that once graced Deni’s Restaurant downtown have now found a home at Engine 50. Julie Hall of the Charlestown Historical Society (CHS) told the Patriot-Bridge that the endangered murals found a new home at the People’s...
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Alford Street Bridge to Close Oct 1 to April 30, Major Tie-Ups Expected

September 27, 2018
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In the early 2000s, the popular term ‘Don’t Go There’ was all about avoidance, and now it can be applied to avoiding the roads around Charlestown. With traffic already at a standstill most of the day and night in the Alford Street and Sullivan Square areas due to construction, the state and City of...
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Major Flooding on Rutherford Ave Caused Shutdown of Tunnels

September 27, 2018
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The Boston Police and City of Boston had to shut down the Rutherford Avenue tunnels last Wednesday morning, Sept. 19, after heavy rains flooded the roadway and rendered it impassable. There was no clear indication when the road closed, but at some point in the early morning Police had to close the underpasses at...
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New Connection at Spice Street to Make Major Differences at Hood

September 27, 2018
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A new connector road being built right now by Encore Boston Harbor on Spice Street and D Street could make a huge difference in the levels of traffic coming from Hood Park using Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square, and it’s a fact that the Hood proponents say shouldn’t be lost in the discussion about...
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Recovery is Personal to Me – and to All of Us

September 27, 2018
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Early on in my first campaign for mayor, I realized I had to be open about my recovery from alcoholism. I had been working on addiction prevention and recovery issues for my entire 16 years in the State Legislature, and I knew I wanted to make it a priority for the city if I...
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Townie Tidbits

September 27, 2018
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FREE COFFEE AT BUNKER HILL MALL Two weeks ago while parking at the Bunker Hill Mall, I noticed a large crowd gathering around this neat old bus. The closer I got to this sight, I  noticed it was a coffee truck while two folks were filling up free cups of coffee for anyone who...
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Disco for David

September 20, 2018
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Disco for David

WHEELS OF STEEL: With a photo of the late David Whelan hanging above them, superstar Charlestown DJs: Kevin McGoff, Smoky Cain, Dan Campbell, Dennis Taylor, and Eddie D pause for a picture during the Flashback Friday portion of Disco for David last Friday night, Sept. 14, at the Knights of Columbus Father Daniel Mahoney...
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Hood Park Rolls Out New Configuration of Buildings, Open Space in Filing

September 20, 2018
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Hood Park Rolls Out New Configuration of Buildings, Open Space in Filing

Hood Park filed its amended Master Plan last Friday with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), and there are several changes to what was previously discussed – including a larger village green, larger buildings moved to the back of the site and a unique retail feature fronting Rutherford Avenue with a park on...
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High Hand:Encore, Cambridge College Open Doors on New Dealer School

September 20, 2018
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Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox was on hand in Charlestown Monday with Cambridge College President Deborah Jackson, and a handful of members in the first Dealer School training program, to officially open the doors on the area’s only training facility for prospective dealers at the Encore Boston Harbor casino. “Today is the first day...
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