NEW Health Center Opens in Charlestown

November 26, 2015
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Statistics show that Charlestown has some of the worst health indicators in the City – and in some cases – in the state. The diabetes rates are the highest in Boston. The rate of opiate overdose deaths is three times as high as the state average. Heart disease is high, as is low birth...

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Ryan,Didomenico Vote for Resolution To Encourage Corporate Gender Diversity

November 26, 2015
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Senator Sal DiDomenico and Representative Dan Ryan recently joined their colleagues in the Legislature to unanimously adopt a resolution to encourage equitable and diverse gender representation on boards of companies in the Commonwealth. The Senate passed the resolution in July, followed by the House of Representatives in October. “This resolution will help to ensure...

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Townie Tidbits

November 26, 2015
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WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE OLD BANK BUILDING?    The street level shops get closed and are staying empty. This beautiful building  is as much a part of Charlestown as is the Bunker Hill Monument. You know, I think the old Bunker Hill Florist space might be perfect for a nice family style restaurant....

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Skatepark Opens,Haven for Those with Wheels

November 19, 2015
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Skatepark Opens,Haven for Those with Wheels

By Seth Daniel One of the most interesting places for things on four wheels – or even two wheels – is right in Charlestown at the Paul Revere Park, as the long-promised skate park was unveiled last Saturday, Nov. 14, under the highway. The Lynch Family Skatepark, named after Peter Lynch of Fidelity Investments...

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Alford St.Bridge Problems Continue to Plague Commuters

November 19, 2015
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By Seth Daniel It appears $57 million and three years of inconvenience weren’t enough to have a shipshape Alford Street Bridge that works seamlessly – as it was announced this month that there are numerous problems with the bridge more than a year after it opened. The Boston Herald first reported the story. “Following...

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Assessments are up;Taxes are Down in Boston ’16 Residential Properties

November 19, 2015
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By John Lynds This week the City of Boston mailed the assessed values and property tax rates to homeowners in Charlestown. The 2016 tax rate is lower than 2015’s rate of $12.58 per one thousand dollars in assessed value. The city lowered the 2016 rate to $11 per one thousand dollars in assessed value....

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CNC Holds Election for Seven Precinct Seats

November 19, 2015
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The Charlestown Neighborhood Council Precinct election of its seven precinct seats was held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Area 15-A Police Station in Hayes Square. The following candidates elected from each precinct are as follows: Precinct 1:   Judy Brennan,  28 Washington Street Precinct 2:   Dave Whelan,   23 Ferrin Street Precinct 3:   William...

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City Agrees to Move Charlestown Zip Car Spaces after Local Backlash

November 19, 2015
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By John Lynds The City of Boston couldn’t have picked a worse location in Charlestown to place Zip Car parking spaces. About three weeks ago, the City’s Transportation Department quitely installed two Zip Car parking spaces on Bunker Hill Street across from the Grasshopper Restaurant. The installation was met with immediate backlash from business...

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Police Briefs 11-19-2015

November 19, 2015
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Charlestown Beat POLICE/COMMUNITY MEETING: Meet the police & discuss public safety issues on the last Wednesday of every month at the police station, 20 Vine Street, at 6:00 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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Townie Tidbits

November 19, 2015
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BY SAL GIARRATANI MY GRANDMA HARRINGTON WAS CALLED MA HARRINGTON IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD    Over the years, I enjoy searching my roots on both sides of my family, the Harringtons from Charlestown and the Giarratanis from the North End. I actually know more about my Sicilian roots with far more oral history passed on...

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Boston Library is in Top Tier

November 19, 2015
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By Mayor Martin Walsh A library card gives you access to not only printed books and e-books, but streaming audio books, movies, music, television shows, and digital magazines and comics.  Last month, during ‘Library Card Sign Up Month,’ more than 6,600 individuals signed up for a free library card with the Boston Public Library....

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Obituaries 11-19-2015

November 19, 2015
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Stephan Slesar Cardiologist Stephan J. Slesar of Charlestown died at home on November 14. He was 83 years old. He was the husband of Corinne for 55 years; father to Tara of Reston, Virginia, Joseph and his wife, Amy of Charlestown; “Obi” (grandfather) to Kailey, Dominic and Ionie of Charlestown; father to Stephan Jr....

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Soldiers’ Home Annual Veterans Day Services

November 12, 2015
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Soldiers’ Home Annual Veterans Day Services

The Chelsea Soldiers’ Home held its annual Veterans’ Day services on Thursday, Nov. 5, in the St. Michael’s Chapel on the campus. Honored on the day were Charlestown’s Cmdr. Robert Gillen (retired Navy) and Charlestown native Father Patrick Healy.

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Turning the Trend: More Parents Looking to Stay in Charlestown

November 12, 2015
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Turning the Trend: More Parents Looking to Stay in Charlestown

Over the last 15 years, as new people moved into the Town with kids and young natives began raising a new generation of Townies, it was always sort of assumed that the little tykes being wheeled down Main Street in carriages would one day flee along with their parents to the suburbs. Charlestown had...

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Beacon Hill Athletic Club Eyes Space in City Square

November 12, 2015
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The well-known Beacon Hill Athletic Club (BHAC) is looking to add its eighth location in City Square if neighbors and the community reach an agreement on the move. A meeting of the Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) Basic Services Committee will examine the issue at a public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Marriott...

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Wynn Everett Awards More than $3m in Contracts to Certified Veteran-Owned Businesses

November 12, 2015
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Wynn Resorts has announced that it has awarded more than $3 million in contracts to certified veteran-owned businesses in the design phase of the five-star Wynn Everett resort. The recent Wynn contracts to veteran-business enterprises total $3,165 million, or 6.2 percent of the entire design-phase expense. The amount is more than six times the...

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Police Briefs 11-12-2015

November 12, 2015
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Charlestown Beat POLICE/COMMUNITY MEETING: Meet the police & discuss public safety issues on the last Wednesday of every month at the police station, 20 Vine Street, at 6:00 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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Letters to the Editor

November 12, 2015
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CNC election is Saturday Dear Editor,  Election Day may be over, but Charlestown residents still have a chance to make their voices heard at the polls! Elections for the Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) precinct seats will be held on Saturday, November 14th at the Charlestown Police Department, 55 Bunker Hill Street. Voting hours are...

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Townie Tidbits

November 12, 2015
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BY SAL GIARRATANI ANNUAL VETERANS APPRECIATION DINNER SHOWS “TOWNIE SPIRIT” About a month ago Joe Zuffante called me to help spread the word that the Abraham Lincoln, Post 11, GAR up at Memorial Hall on Green Street in Charlestown would once again hold its annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner over at the Knights on Medford...

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Let’s Truly Honor Our Veterans

November 12, 2015
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Veteran’s Day originally came into existence shortly after World War I when it was known as Armistice Day, marking the end of what was known then as the Great War on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month. In the years since that time, Veteran’s Day has come to encompass...

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Halloween 2015

November 5, 2015
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Halloween 2015

Thousands of Halloween revelers marched around the Monument and the Training Field last Saturday evening during the 30th Annual March Around the Monument celebration. The safe and family-friendly event was bigger than ever. Here, Lauren Lizewski the Mummy could be seen wandering around the Monument in search of her tomb.

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Boston Reaches Out to Wynn for Meeting on Traffic, Planning

November 5, 2015
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By Seth Daniel When the phone rang at the Wynn Everett headquarters last week, it was an unfamiliar voice – it being the voice of a person at Boston City Hall. Wynn Everett and officials from the City of Boston – excluding Boston Mayor Martin Walsh – met last Thursday, Oct. 29, in a...

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Charlestown Voters Pick the Election Winners

November 5, 2015
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By John Lynds Boston voters tossed out two incumbents during Tuesday night’s citywide election with Dorchester resident Annissa Essaibi-George beating out longtime At-Large City Councilor and former Council President Stephen Murphy for one of the four at-large seats and Andrea Campbell ousting District 4 Councilor Charles Yancey who has served since 1983. doubled women...

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Single Family Homes, Condos Are Hot in Charlestown

November 5, 2015
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By Seth Daniel The Charlestown real estate market is undoubtedly as healthy as a top professional athlete, but delving into the most recent numbers shows that prices for single-family homes and condos have been the foods that have fed the recent surge in the market. According to the MLS Property Information Network (PIN) and...

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