Jack the Barber

February 24, 2011
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Jack the Barber

By 1981 Jack Luiselli, known to all in the Charlestown neighborhood as “Jack the Barber”, had become an integral part of the community.  Though a barber by trade, Jack would spend many years coaching the Charlestown Town Team, a football squad consisting mainly of local athletes. Over the years Jack’s endearing personality began to...

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Sandy King and the Code of Silence

February 24, 2011
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The death of Sandy King earlier this month marks the passing from the local scene of a person who was larger than life for what she sought following the homicides of two of her sons. The murderers of her sons were never revealed to police despite many people knowing who they were. She was...

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Honor Roll Call

February 24, 2011
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Senior Nicole Callahan was named to the Dean’s List at George Washington University…Jennifer Doherty was named to the Dean’s List at Framingham State…Freshwoman Caitlin Coleman made the Dean’s List at Fitchburg State…Latin Academy senior Michael Clough achieved Honors.

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Help Keep Me in the “loop”

February 24, 2011
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If you know of a “Townie” who is participating in a sports or recreational activity (elementary school, high school, college, or otherwise), please E-Mail me at bunkerhillbillie@aol.com with the information and/or photographs and I will be sure to include them in a column.  I’d also love to hear about any honor roll students or...

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60 Days ‘til “Opening Day”

February 24, 2011
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Beginning on March 1, the Charlestown Little League program will begin indoor pre-season practice sessions every Tuesday at the Charlestown Community Center gymnasium.  However, it is required that all players participating in the sessions be members of the Charlestown Community Center.  Membership is free for children and applications are available at the gym desk. ...

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“Townies” Sports Update

February 24, 2011
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Once again, the Latin Academy swim team captured the City of Boston championship.  Congratulations go out to team members Gerard Rooney Jr., Keighan McGoff, Colby Cahill, Matteo Grando and Teaghan McLaughlin…Sophomore Tyrese Hoxter scored 27 points and junior sensation Akosa Maduegbunam added 18 more as Charlestown outlasted Madison Park in overtime by a score...

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High School March Madness

February 24, 2011
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BOYS BASKETBALL: Hats off to Charlestown (18-2, ranked #4) who are primed to make a run at the State title and have gone about their basketball business with style and determination…East Boston (11-3) served notice that they have returned to form and are also a tourney favorite with an impressive win over Charlestown…Boston Latin...

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Shoe Shine

February 24, 2011
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As a young boy, I always enjoyed watching my father shine his shoes.  The ritual fascinated me and many men of his “greatest generation” served in the military and shined their shoes on a daily basis. Getting a “shine” was as American as apple pie and although the shoe shine boy has gone the...

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Obituaries 02-24-2011

February 24, 2011
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Russell H. Murray Formerly of Charlestown Russell H. “Raz” Murray of Saugus, formerly of Charlestown died on February 21, 2011. Beloved husband of 54 years of Evelyn (McNamara) Murray. Devoted father of Brian M. Murray of Boston, Shawn Murray of Saugus, Russell Murray & his wife Kathryn of Baltimore, Md., Timothy Murray & his...

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Bus 92 Detours vex Confused Commuters

February 17, 2011
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Bus 92 Detours vex  Confused Commuters

Andrew Spahr missed his Tuesday morning meeting last week. He stood at his usual inbound bus stop at the corner of Main and Harvard streets and waited for Bus 92. He saw one bus turn right at Austin Street, deviating from its regular route down Main Street. “I thought I was going a little...

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Nolan Rossi Receives Tommy Bryson Award

February 17, 2011
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Nolan Rossi Receives Tommy Bryson Award

-By The Charlestown Youth                Hockey Alumni For over two decades at the Charlestown Rink on Sunday at noon during the hockey season, there is a fraternity of former Charlestown youth hockey players huffing and puffing up and down the ice, reliving their youth for that one special hour each week. This fraternity of players known...

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Sports 02-17-2011

February 17, 2011
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Honor Roll Call Catherine Murphy, daughter of Frank and Kari Murphy, has been named to the Dean’s List at the Newman School in Boston…Sean O’Halloran made the Honor Roll at East Boston High School…Kathleen Spies received her Master of Education degree from Eastern Nazarene College. Help keep me in the “loop” If you know...

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Banning Smoking in Public Places

February 17, 2011
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Society has come to a place where many of us who might be inclined to light up a cigarette or a cigar in our own homes would be ordered instantly and without regard for protocol, in most instances, to put out the cigarette or the cigar or be asked to leave the house immediately....

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Police Briefs 02-17-2011

February 17, 2011
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02/07/11 – Arson Officers responded to a report of a fire on Medford Street. Residents were evacuated out of the building and as a result of an investigation at the scene, three individuals were placed under arrest and charged with arson. 02/07/11 – Trespassing As a result of a radio call to Eighth Street...

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Obituaries 02-17-2011

February 17, 2011
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Thomas D’Ambrosio Member of D.A.T. Club of Charlestown Thomas D’Ambrosio of Medford, formerly of Boston’s North End, died following a sudden illness. He was 67 years old. Mr. D’Ambrosio was born in Boston, the son of the late Angelo and Angelina (Taglieri) D’Ambrosio and as a graduate of Christopher Columbus High School, Class of...

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Charlestown Youth Turns to Google to Combat Storm

February 10, 2011
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On Groundhog Day, as Charlestown received yet another snowstorm, although this one mixed with sleet and rain, a local kid turned to Google technology to solve a major problem for his neighbors.   As the rain poured down, melting the piles of snow, a blocked storm drain created a small lake of water and slush...

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Boston Police Arrest Three Suspects for Arson

February 10, 2011
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On Feb. 7, at 12:41 a.m., officers responded to a report of a fire at 74 Medford St. Upon arrival, officers noticed heavy fire conditions extending out from the first floor. Trapped second floor residents required immediate rescue by the Boston Fire Department Ladder 9. Officers were assisting with evacuations when they received information...

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Arson in the Projects

February 10, 2011
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It is a very sorry thing when three individuals, two from Charlestown and one from Roxbury, set a nine family building on fire in the Bunker Hill housing development. Nine families were dislocated from their apartments by the arson. Police said it was apparently an argument over a drug debt that led to the...

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More Ice and Snow and Now Pot-holes

February 10, 2011
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It has been quite some time according to old-timers since ice and snow falling from rooftops have destroyed automobiles in this neighborhood. A number of automobiles were actually destroyed in the neighborhood earlier this week with the warmer temperature which caused melting and then the snow falling from roof tops way up high and...

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Sports 02-10-2011

February 10, 2011
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Honor Roll Call Christopher Sullivan, son of Joseph and Sandy Sullivan, was named to the Honor Roll at the St. Sebastian School in Needham…Sophomore Catherine Taglilatela, daughter of John and Beth Taglilatela, has a 3.45 GPA at Colby-Sawyer College and has received her major accepted letter in Sports Medicine/Training…Jackson McGonagle, son of John “Jack”...

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Obituaries 02-10-2011

February 10, 2011
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Marianna McGurty Charlestown resident Marianna (Lombardo) McGurty of Charlestown died on Feb. 2. She was 91 years old. The beloved wife of the late Thomas J. McGurty, she was the devoted mother of Mary McGraw and her husband, Kenny, of Connecticut, Nancy Mugford and her husband, Peter, of Hamilton, Marian Summers and her husband,...

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Police Briefs 02-10-2011

February 10, 2011
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01/31/11 – Drugs Officers on Medford Street issued a citation to a suspect for possession of marijuana under an ounce. 01/31/11 – Breaking and Entering, Residence A victim on Bunker Hill Street reported that unknown suspect(s) entered her home by prying open the front door. Various items of electronics and jewelry were stolen from...

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Grasshopper Café opens

February 4, 2011
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Grasshopper Café opens

The new Grasshopper Café, 229-231 Bunker Hill St. opened on Saturday to massive crowds and rave reviews. Shown from left: owners and Charlestown residents Lynne and Kevin Smith and Chef Chris Galbraith take a moment out of a busy lunch service on Sunday to pose for a photo. Without any fanfare or publicity the...

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Girl Scout Cookie Time

February 4, 2011
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Girl Scout Cookie Time

Girl Scout Troop 71320 were out Sunday morning in front of Zume’s on Main Street. From left: Chloe Cochener, JolienDoherty and Brigit-Mary Hannula.

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