Residents Dig in for Fight over Armory Project

May 21, 2015
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“Listen to me!” Charlestown resident Tom Ward yelled midway through the Charlestown Neighborhood Council meeting last Thursday, May 14. “Just listen to me!” Ward’s sentiment echoed the goal of the 40 or so residents who gathered at the meeting for C-Town Ventures, the developers of the Charlestown Armory redevelopment project, to hear them out....

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Resident Starts Drive To Save Iconic Lightship

May 21, 2015
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The red glow of the Nantucket Light Ship – now docked in East Boston indefinitely – can be seen as a red dot on the other side of the Harbor from Charlestown, but it’s potentially sad story is resonating on this side of the Harbor thanks to a new partnership hoping to save the...

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Police Briefs 05-21-2015

May 21, 2015
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Charlestown Beat POLICE/COMMUNITY MEETING: Meet the police & discuss public safety issues on the  third Tuesday of every month at the police station, 20 Vine Street, at 6:30 p.m., 2nd floor, community room. POLICE RELATED INFO: Contact the District A-1 Community Service Office at 617-343-4627. REPORT DRUG DEALING: Contact the District A-1 Confidential Drug...

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Enjoy a Safe Holiday Weekend

May 21, 2015
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Memorial Day weekend marks the traditional start of the summer season, bringing with it the anticipation of sunshine and warmth, of vacations, and of time spent with family and friends. So we ask our readers to stop right now — and think for a moment — about all of the good things that we...

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Let Us Never Forget Their Sacrifice

May 21, 2015
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Of all of our national holidays, Memorial Day is the most solemn. Memorial Day reminds us of the Supreme Sacrifice that has been made by so many of our fellow citizens to keep us a free people and provides us with an opportunity to honor their sacrifice. Memorial Day has its roots in what...

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Leadership Scholarship Awards Six Seniors, Brings in New Crop

May 14, 2015
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Leadership Scholarship Awards Six Seniors, Brings in New Crop

They had been so small, but they returned all grown up. Six high school seniors that once walked the halls of the Harvard-Kent School and received the Leadership Scholarship Award when they were much younger, much smaller students, at the school. Now, in their senior year of high school, all six students are headed...

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Armstrong is Ready to Entertain This Saturday for St. John’s

May 14, 2015
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Armstrong is Ready to Entertain This Saturday for St. John’s

When accomplished Soprano Nancy Armstrong moved to Charlestown, it was because of how easy it was to park. That should give a hint to just how long the talented early music singer has called the neighborhood home. “I lived in the Back Bay for 12 years, but as my private vocal student lessons began...

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Engine 50 Firehouse Rehab Set

May 14, 2015
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The country’s oldest public firehouse will get major overhaul over the next five years with money that has been earmarked in the city budget. The Engine 50 Firehouse at 34 Winthrop St. in Charlestown will receive a $3.5 million investment according to Mayor Martin Walsh. “Engine 50 in Charlestown is the oldest public firehouse...

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Police Briefs 05-14-2015

May 14, 2015
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POLICE/COMMUNITY MEETING: Meet the police & discuss public safety issues on the  third Tuesday of every month at the police station, 20 Vine Street, at 6:30 p.m., 2nd floor, community room. POLICE RELATED INFO: Contact the District A-1 Community Service Office at 617-343-4627. REPORT DRUG DEALING: Contact the District A-1 Confidential Drug Line at...

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Letter to the Editor

May 14, 2015
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The D.O.I. #1 “Thank You” Dear Editor: The members of the D.O.I. #1 would like to thank the families and Dear Editor: friends of Claire Lynch, Mary “Sis” Farrell and Patricia “Patti” Harty for their support and generous contributions to the Daughters of Isabella #1 Claire Lynch Memorial Scholarship. These women were dedicated, hard...

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New Bridges to Hope in the Wake of Long Island

May 14, 2015
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On October 8th of last year, I had to make a painful but necessary decision. The Long Island Bridge, after years of neglect, had to be shut down. The decaying 63-year-old structure posed imminent danger to the clients and staff of the shelter, transition, detox, and treatment programs housed on Long Island in Boston...

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Townie Tidbits

May 14, 2015
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DID CHARLESTOWN’S POST OFFICE MUSIC DIRECTOR   FORGET BEN E. KING? Legendary R & B artist Ben E. King passed away on April 30. He was the unforgettable lead singer for the Drifters and solo star whose voice gave us great rhythm ‘n blues classics such as ‘Stand by Me,”  “There Goes My Baby”, and of course “Spanish Harlem.”...

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Gloss to Speak at CHS

May 7, 2015
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Gloss to Speak at CHS

Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the Brattle book Shop and a regular on Antiques Road Show will be giving a talk at the Charlestown Historical Society on Tuesday May 12 at 7:00PM, at the Bunker Hill Museum, 43 Monument Square. Gloss will talk about the history of his shop and share anecdotes related to book...

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Residents Turnout for Parking Meeting

May 7, 2015
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Some 35 Charlestown residents showed up on Monday night, May 6, for a community meeting to explore changing the resident parking program in the neighborhood. Erin Woods and Shannon Fabiano-McLaughlin have been leading the beginnings of an effort to make a major change to the Resident Only 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through...

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Charlestown Garden Tour on June 13

May 7, 2015
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Explore twelve private hidden gardens of historic Charlestown on Sat. June 13, 2015 from 10:00-3:00.  This year’s tour boasts a wide variety of horticulture and landscape features from fruit trees to cobble walkways and the garden at the PBS “This Old House” project of last year.  Described as a “work in progress” by the...

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Armstrong to Perform at St. John’s Church

May 7, 2015
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Soprano Nancy Armstrong will perform selections from the American Song Book at a celebratory concert on Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 pm at St. John’s Church. The concert will include works by Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, and others. Donations are welcome, but there is no charge for the concert, and a reception will follow in...

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Police Briefs 05-07-2015

May 7, 2015
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POLICE/COMMUNITY MEETING: Meet the police & discuss public safety issues on the  third Tuesday of every month at the police station, 20 Vine Street, at 6:30 p.m., 2nd floor, community room. POLICE RELATED INFO: Contact the District A-1 Community Service Office at 617-343-4627. REPORT DRUG DEALING: Contact the District A-1 Confidential Drug Line at...

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Opportunity Knocks on Charlestown’s Doorstep

May 7, 2015
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There has been much concern and consternation over the past year about the possibility of a Wynn Casino on Charlestown’s doorstep.  I share my neighbors’ and neighborhood’s concern about mega-development in our backyard. However, I have also consistently cautioned against having a laser focus on just the Wynn Development as our square mile is...

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Townie Tidbits

May 7, 2015
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UNCLE JIM AND HIS POTATO SHED   My Uncle Jim (James Callahan) went to work as a young man over at F.J. Ward Produce Company at the old Charlestown Potato Sheds near Boston Sand & Gravel Company. Back as a kid my mother would often visit her brother at work while my brother and...

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Letter to the Editor

May 7, 2015
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Bomber should be executed Dear Editor: The Boston Marathon Bomber should be executed and the majority of Americans favor the death penalty for Tsarnaev..  Who does self admitted “devoted pandering liberal” Karen Cordless Taylor think she is telling us that the sentence for the guilty Boston Marathon Bomber (April 16, 2015 Patriot) should be...

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Boston Landmarks Commission Celebrating 40 Years of Service

May 7, 2015
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The Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) is celebrating its 40th year of serving the city and its residents effectively. Established in 1975 to identify and protect Boston’s historic buildings, structures, the area and sites, BLC is the city’s preservation planning agency. It reviews development and demolition activities affecting older properties, delivers public information and assistance...

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Charlestown Little League Opening Day

May 7, 2015
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Charlestown Little League Opening Day

Charlestown Little League had its kick-off event last Saturday morning, May 2, at Ryan Field. Hundreds of kids turned out to begin another year of baseball. Here Athletics pitcher, Wily Acosta, 9, fires a fastball to home plate as the Mystic/Tobin Bridge towers in the background.

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Charlestown Oyster Project Still Holds Hope for Getting Started

May 6, 2015
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Charlestown Oyster Project Still Holds Hope for Getting Started

Charlestown resident Andrew Jay recalls reading in history books about a time in the distant past when the streets of downtown Boston were covered in oyster shells; when boats going up or down the Mystic River past Charlestown had to navigate around gigantic oyster reefs; and, before the Charles River dam, when oysters the...

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Running for Ryan Morrissey

May 6, 2015
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Running for Ryan Morrissey

Boston Police Runners Club Run Boston Marathon in Memory of Ryan Morrissey: On Friday, April 17, Commissioner William Evans, members of the Boston Police Runners Club, representatives from the Boys & Girls Club of Charlestown, representatives from Operation Progress Boston and family and friends of Ryan Morrissey gathered at the Charlestown Boys & Girls...

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