Townie Tidbits

December 23, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani THE SAN PATRICIOS I am a history buff since forever. In college I took the first Irish History class every taught there. Ninety-nine percent of my classmates had Irish surnames. I was the only Sal in the class. The professor’s name was Burke too. Within the last 10 or so years...

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Remember Those in Need

December 23, 2016
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Although the holiday season for most of us will be filled with fun and joy, it is incumbent upon all of us who are fortunate to be doing well in our lives to remember that there are many among us, our neighbors and fellow citizens, for whom this holiday season is neither joyous nor...

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Enjoy A Happy — and Safe — Holiday Weekend

December 23, 2016
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By a coincidence of the calendar, both Chanukah and Christmas arrive this weekend, and we wish to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers of the Jewish and Christian faiths (and those of no faith at all) a happy and joyous holiday weekend. The eight-day Festival of Lights gets underway after sundown...

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Six-alarm fire tears through Monument Laundromat building Friday

December 16, 2016
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Six-alarm fire tears through Monument Laundromat building Friday

The sun was just rising around 6:40 a.m. when Gretchen Anjomi of Lexington Avenue smelled smoke – and not the kind of smoky smell that comes from a chimney. Soon, she also heard smoke alarms start to blare as flames and heavy smoke began to pour out of the three-story Laundromat building across the...

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Warren Tavern Toy Drive

December 16, 2016
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Warren Tavern Toy Drive

Governor Charlie Baker joined hundreds of Charlestown residents for the annual Warren Tavern Holiday donation party to Toys for Tots last Sunday, Dec. 4. The event benefits the statewide drive sponsored by the Marines.

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Santa at Pier 6 by Boat — of Course

December 16, 2016
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Santa at Pier 6 by Boat — of Course

Santa Claus gave his reindeer a break and travelled to Charlestown by boat on Saturday, Dec. 10, landing at the Navy Yard and greeting children and festive revelers at Pier 6 Bistro. Santa was greeted heartily by everyone and all had a good time.

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BPDA Grants IAG Delay Request On One Charlestown

December 16, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) announced on Wednesday that it will grant the 90-day moratorium on Development Review of the One Charlestown project, a request made by the project’s Impact Advisory Group (IAG) last month and supported by a wide-swath of the Town. A spokesperson for the BPDA said...

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Transfer of Site Management in One Charlestown is Reason of Concern among Some IAG Members

December 16, 2016
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By Seth Daniel At least one member of the Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for One Charlestown is feeling a little betrayed by how the transfer of ownership is now being contemplated between the developer and the Boston Housing Authority (BHA), though the BHA said they have found success using the same model all over...

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Wynn Boston Harbor to Start Putting Up Steel

December 16, 2016
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By Seth Daniel There’s something about steel columns and beams that make a building project much more tangible no matter how many millions of dollars one pours into removing soil and setting foundations. And that kind of cold steel reality is about to come to bear for the Wynn Boston Harbor development in only...

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Keeping Warm with Charlestown History, Blanket Proceeds Will Benefit St. John’s

December 16, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The historic sites in Charlestown are a comforting sight to those who live in the neighborhood and those who once lived here, and now there’s a gift for the holidays whereby those sites can fight off the cold weather. St. John’s Church has debuted Charlestown blanket throws this year and is...

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Police Briefs 12-15-2016

December 16, 2016
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Charlestown Beat Warrant 12/05/16 – Officers in the area of Vine Street placed an individual under arrest for an outstanding warrant. Larceny from Building 12/07/16 – A victim on Belmont Street reported video surveillance from her outdoor security camera showed a white male ascend the front stairs of her home and steal light bulbs...

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Townie Tidbits

December 16, 2016
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THEY BUILT A WHAT IN ELECTRICITY CLASS?  A longtime friend of mine graduated from Charlestown High School back in 1972 and he recently told me a story worth repeating. It seems like everyone knows about the old Charlestown Prison where they use to execute prisoners every once in a while but not since 1947....

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The Most Wonderful Time of Year

December 16, 2016
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As Andy Williams once crooned, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and the festiveness of the Christmas season is something to enjoy every December. The wonderful holiday light displays that adorn homes are a sight to behold. The annual visit by Santa, accompanied by the Winthrop Fire Department, on Christmas Eve is...

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A System That Needs To be Addressed

December 16, 2016
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That was certainly an eye-opening story in the Boston Globe last week about raising the minimum wage to $15 and the effect it will have on Mass. residents and small businesses. The most startling quote to us was from a single parent who said she would be better off making $18 an hour than...

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Obituaries 12-15-2016

December 16, 2016
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Marilyn Doherty Education Advocate, wife of the  Honorable Gerard Doherty Marilyn M. (Dillon) Doherty, a longtime resident of Charlestown and Worthington, entered into eternal life on Friday, December 9 at the Curahealth/Kindred Hospital in Brighton. She was 85 years old. Marilyn was born in Allentown, PA, a daughter of the late William J. Dillon...

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Holiday Countdown

December 9, 2016
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Holiday Countdown

Santa Claus and Mayor Martin Walsh throw the switch to turn on the lights at Thompson Square during the annual Enchanted Trolley stop last Sunday, Dec. 4. Numerous families, and children especially, converged on the Square to get a chance to speak to the Jolly Elf.

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IAG Members ask for 90-Day Breather on One Charlestown

December 9, 2016
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IAG Members ask for 90-Day Breather on One Charlestown

By Seth Daniel Members of the One Charlestown Impact Advisory Group (IAG) have requested in writing a 90-day moratorium on Development Review of the One Charlestown project given all of the information that has come into their hands as a result of the massive redevelopment project, but this week some City officials deny having...

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Coming to the Neighborhood:AMC Chooses Charlestown, buys City Square Building for $13.1M

December 9, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) announced this week the purchase of its future organizational headquarters located at 10 City Square in Charlestown following the September sale of its long-time Beacon Hill headquarters on Joy Street. “We’re thrilled,” said AMC President John Judge. “It’s an exciting time for organization. We’re the country’s...

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November Sees 26-Percent Drop in Part One Crime from Last Year

December 9, 2016
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By Dan Murphy Charlestown saw an approximately 26-perecnt decrease in violent and property crimes in November as opposed to the same timeframe last year. According to Boston Police, 25 incidents of Part One crime were reported in the neighborhood between Nov. 1 and 30, 2016, compared to 34 during the same month in 2015....

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CNC Community Corner

December 9, 2016
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TUTORIAL ON GRANT APPLICATION The Spaulding-Charlestown Neighborhood Council Community Partnership Fund announces the second year of funding.  A tutorial for applicants will be held next Monday Dec. 12 at 7pm at the American Legion Hall on 23 Adams Street. If interested applicants are not able to attend, there will be a second tutorial in...

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Charlestown Recovery House Looks For a Few More Beds,Confront Opiate Crisis

December 9, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Charlestown Recovery House at 15 Bunker Hill St. will hold a public meeting on site for surrounding neighbors on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10:30 a.m. to discuss its petition to add a few more beds to its long-time recovery home. John McGahan told the Patriot Bridge that the Recovery House...

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More Than Meets the Eye:Breaking Down the Plans for Assembly Row

December 9, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Though it isn’t exactly in Charlestown, Federal Realty Investment Trust’s massive Assembly Row development in Somerville is only a stone’s throw from the Town on the other side of Sullivan Square – and looks to be a long-time complement to the future plans for the region that include Everett’s Lower Broadway...

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Lions Club Again Collecting Coats

December 9, 2016
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The Charlestown Lions Club is again collecting coats to be distributed to needy babies, children and adults..  The coats may be delivered to the Co-operative Bank and  Lions Club members will deliver them to Anton’s Cleaners where they will be cleaned free of charge.   All coats should be in  good condition with no rips,...

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Painters’ Union Pitches in to Help E-Inc Museum Renovation Effort

December 9, 2016
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By Seth Daniel As the e-Inc organization in the Navy Yard transformed itself into a museum over the past few months, one thing became very clear. The new walls were going to need some paint. That’s where the Painters Allied Trade Union District Council #35 stepped up to the plate, with Charlestown’s Chris Brennan...

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