Default Debate

August 5, 2011
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There are more than a few residents of this neighborhood who are facing default of one kind or another. From experience, they know how difficult it is to reach a point in their financial lives when they must consider letting go of payments they have been struggling to make. Defaulting on a mortgage or...

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Police Briefs 08-04-2011

August 5, 2011
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07/25/11 – Warrant Arrest Officers on Main Street placed an individual under arrest for an outstanding Chelsea Court warrant. 07/26/11 – Receiving Stolen Property As a result of an investigation on McNulty Court, officers will seek a warrant charging an individual with receiving stolen property, a bicycle. 07/27/11 – Breaking and Entering, Residence A...

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Obituaries 08-04-2011

August 5, 2011
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Paul Toomey Proud to be a “Townie” Paul J. Toomey of Bridgewater, formerly of Hyde Park,  Stoughton and Charlestown, died after a brief illness. He was 82 years old. The son of the late Frank and Celia (Bowen) Toomey, he grew up in Charlestown and was a graduate of Charlestown High School. He served...

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Gins New Chapter with 72nd Commanding Officer

Gins New Chapter with 72nd Commanding Officer

The USS Constitution changed commanding officers in a July 22 ceremony that was held on board the ship in Charlestown. Cmdr. Matt Bonner relieved Constitution’s 71st Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Tim Cooper of command in a turnover that drew more than 300 guests. “It is a distinct honor and very humbling to take command of...

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Go Fish! Mobile Food Truck Serves Tasty Treats in the Navy Yard

July 28, 2011
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Last Friday, Chef David Stein made the first of what he hopes to be many lunchtime openings of his food truck Go Fish! in the Navy Yard.  By the corner of Fifth Street and First Avenue, the brand-new and brightly colored truck raised its grate to serve delicious, mostly seafood offerings. The truck was...

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Looking at a Harsh Reality

July 28, 2011
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On September 8, Sal DiMasi will stand in a Federal Courtroom and have a sentence pronounced upon him. It will be, by a wide margin, the worst moment of his life. And for those of us who consider him a friend and a good guy, it is a horrible moment coming that is quite...

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Police Briefs 07-28-2011

July 28, 2011
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07/18/11 – Larceny A victim on Dunstable Street reported that unknown person(s) stole his black Peace Sports scooter from in front of his residence. 07/19/11 – Bank Robbery Officers responded to Rutherford Avenue for a bank alarm. Bank tellers confirmed the bank had in fact been robbed. A description of the suspect was broadcast...

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Sports 07-28-2011

July 28, 2011
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Help keep me in the loop If a parent has any info/photo of their child participating in a sports or recreational activity (elementary school, high school, college, or otherwise), please E-Mail me at bunkerhillbillie@aol.com and I will be sure to include the info/photo in a column.  I’d also love to hear about any honor roll students...

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Obituaries 07-28-2011

July 28, 2011
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Donna Hartung Retired Suffolk County Deputy Sheriff Donna M. (Hennessey) Hartung of Revere, formerly of Charlestown, died on July 24. She was 63 years old. Born in Somerville on August 4, 1947 to the late Joseph and Frances (Cunha) Hennessey, she grew up in Charlestown where she attended Boston Public Schools and graduated from...

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Repairing History

July 21, 2011
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Repairing History

USS Cassin Young proudly displays her colors as she sits in the drydock next to USS Constitution while repairs are made to the hull. The WWII era 2,050-ton Fletcher-Class destroyer is still open to the public while in drydock.

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Mayor to Attend Cook Street Playground Opening

July 21, 2011
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino will join Charlestown residents to unveil more than $280,000 in improvements to Cook Street Playground on Thursday, July 28, at 1:30 p.m. Located at 15 Hill Street, the opening of Cook Street Playground highlights the Mayor’s commitment to the parks and open spaces in Charlestown. Improvements included two new play...

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The Backhouse and Other Summer Thoughts

July 21, 2011
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Each year, when the summer months of June, July, and August roll around, I am reminded of the early summers of my life.  Until I was fifteen years of age, I spent all of my summers at my Uncle Tom’s camp in Wilmington.  Although the camp was located more than a mile from the...

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The Heatwave

July 21, 2011
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It used to be in the old days that neither heat nor snow and ice had much effect on us as a people. Whatever happened happened and how we dealt with it, inevitably, was a matter of how serious the weather conditions got. Sometimes there was sufficient warning about what was heading our way...

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Sports 07-21-2011

July 21, 2011
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Help keep me in the loop If a parent has any info/photo of their child participating in a sports or recreational activity (elementary school, high school, college, or otherwise), please E-Mail me at bunkerhillbillie@aol.com and I will be sure to include the info/photo in a column.  I’d also love to hear about any honor...

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Obituaries 07-21-2011

July 21, 2011
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William ‘Soupy’ Campbell Member of Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association William D. “Soupy” Campbell of Charlestown died on July 15. He was 74 years old. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of The Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association and The Teamsters Union Local # 25. The beloved husband of Anne M. (Almeida-Doherty) Campbell, he...

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Police Briefs 07-21-2011

July 21, 2011
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07/12/11 – Attempted Breaking and Entering, Non-residence Officers responded to Austin Street for an attempted breaking and entering report. The manager showed officers that the glass front door had been broken in a spider web pattern but did not give way. No entry was made. Video of incident will be given to the A-1...

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Recent Events for The Harvard-kent Scholars

July 14, 2011
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Recent Events for The Harvard-kent Scholars

The Harvard-Kent Leadership and Scholarship Partnership club members were treated to special activities within the past few weeks.   The club membership is composed of six students each year who receive a $1,000 scholarship because of their work in the school including good effort, grades, citizenship and leadership in their grade level.  The scholarship funds...

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Charlestown Preservation Society Announces Two $1,500 Student Scholarship Awards in 2011

July 14, 2011
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Charlestown Preservation Society “CPS” is committed to the preservation of historic buildings and landmarks that make Charlestown a unique and important repository of our national heritage.  CPS has also sought to demonstrate that historic preservation and economic growth can harmoniously co-exist.  The Society has worked to ensure the vitality and quality of life in...

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The Dead of Summer

July 14, 2011
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It is the dead of summer, that moment in our lives and in the life of the summer when there is as much summer in front of us as behind us. For those of us who love the heat, who love the summer, who wait for it all winter and who yearn for it...

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Police Briefs 07-14-2011

July 14, 2011
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07/06/11 – Assault and Battery Victim on Cambridge Street stated to officers that, as a result of a traffic dispute, he was punched in the face by the driver of a car who felt the victim had cut him off. Officers were provided with a plate number of the suspect vehicle and will investigate....

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Obituaries 07-14-2011

July 14, 2011
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John Thomas Casey Of Quincy, formerly of Charlestown John Thomas Casey of Quincy died on July 7. Born in Newport, RI, he lived for many years in Charlestown and Brookline before moving to Quincy where he lived for the past 15 years. He worked for Boston & Maine Railroad for 35 years in the...

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State May Close Charlestown Court

July 14, 2011
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The state’s top judges have told Governor Deval Patrick they want to close the Charlestown Court and ten other courthouses across the state in order to save money. They also told the governor that he should stop hiring judges because the court system can’t afford to hire the support staff necessary to validate their...

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Traffic Advisory: North Washington Street Bridge Lane Reduction Beginning July 12

July 8, 2011
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Traffic Advisory: North Washington Street Bridge Lane Reduction Beginning July 12

The Boston Transportation Department has been informed that the Boston Public Works Department will be instituting a temporary lane reduction on the North Washington Street Bridge beginning on Tuesday, July 12. Deck repair work will necessitate the closing the west (inbound) lanes of the bridge each evening beginning at 7 p.m.  The east (outbound)...

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A Summer Day in the City

July 8, 2011
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It was a hot humid mid-July day and the five of us were going for a swim at the little Mystic; provided it was high tide – swimming was out of the question at low tide on the river. We swam most of the time on the Terminal Street side of the Mystic, we...

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