Cunha sees Charlestown Housing Development as an Opportunity for the Entire Neighborhood

February 26, 2016
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By John Lynds Charlestown Neighborhood Council Chair Tom Cunha said the redevelopment of the Bunker Hill Housing Development could be an opportunity for the entire neighborhood to leave a legacy for future generations. Cunha, who grew up in the state’s oldest public housing development as a kid, said he is happy that the developer...

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Sanders Headquarters in Charlestown is Busy with Last-minute Activities

February 26, 2016
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By Katy Rogers Leading up to the Massachusetts Primary on Super Tuesday, March 1, and following the big win in New Hampshire, the Bernie Sanders Campaign office in Charlestown has been flooded with supporters from around the Boston area on a daily basis – fanning out all over the city to reach voters in...

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Second Rally Held to Protest School Cuts

February 26, 2016
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By John Lynds Parents and educators are not backing down and held a second rally last week to protest school budget cuts proposed to close a $50 million budget gap at Boston Public Schools. Families and education stakeholders marched on City Hall and the State House last Wednesday during BPS school vacation week as...

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Police Briefs 02-25-2016

February 26, 2016
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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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Old Charlestown Schoolboys is Philanthropic

February 26, 2016
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By Charles McGonagle It was sometime around 1950 when I first became aware of them. I guess that I was 10 years old, or so, and I was spending a good deal of my time at the old Charlestown Boys Club, my home away from home. They came in great numbers; topcoats draped over...

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Letter to the Editor

February 26, 2016
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Governor Councilor Backs Calvin Brown for State Democratic Committeeman Dear Editor, On March 1, 2016, “Super Tuesday,” Everett voters of the Democratic Party will go to the polls to nominate a candidate for the U.S. Presidency and elect two State Committee members (one male and one female). I am respectfully requesting that the voters...

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Townie Tidbits

February 26, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani DEXTER STREET  TO SULLIVAN SQUARE  How many folks in Charlestown have any idea where Dexter Street is located? No, it isn’t over in the Neck but rather across the Alford Street Bridge. It is the last or first street depending on your direction in Charlestown and a stone’s throw from where...

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Everyone Can — and Should — Vote Tuesday

February 26, 2016
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Other than for anyone who has been living under the proverbial rock for the past few months, it is fair to say that the 2016 Presidential primary election campaign has drawn the most controversy and the most attention in our nation’s history. There are many reasons for this, chief among them being the candidacies...

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Sports 02-25-2016

February 26, 2016
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Townie Sports MARCH MADNESS ALMOST HERE The MIAA high school tourney pairings for basketball come out on Friday, and on Saturday for hockey; 13 teams with “Townies” are already qualified. That doesn’t even include the sensational hockey talent at the collegiate level. Our “green square mile” is so special. In hockey, Despite two losses...

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Charlestown’s Kelly on Defense

February 18, 2016
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Charlestown’s Kelly on Defense

Pope John’s Patrick Kelly, of Charlestown, watches the ball that Malden Catholic’s Cameron Zahner looks to pass during a barnburner of a game last Wednesday, Feb. 10. The heartbreaking loss for Pope John, 67-65, ended a 10-game winning streak for the hot high school hoops team.

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Harborview Health Club Schedules Grand Opening

February 18, 2016
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Harborview Health Club Schedules Grand Opening

Harborview Health Club, a new and exclusive club located within the Harborview at Navy Yard community 250 First Avenue in Charlestown is pleased to announce its Grand Opening, scheduled for March 1. “We are excited to announce the Grand Opening of the Harborview Health Club, and with it, offering special introductory membership rates for...

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Somerville Files Appeal to Key Casino License,Likely to Create Delays for Wynn

February 18, 2016
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 By Seth Daniel The Wynn Everett casino has found another mayor with a bone to pick regarding the $1.7 billion resort casino – this time being Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone. Last Friday, Curtatone and his City filed a request for a hearing to challenge the state’s Chapter 91 waterways license that was just about...

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Arbitration Award Could Cost City $23 Million This Year

February 18, 2016
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By Seth Daniel A recent state arbitration decision with the Boston Police’s Detectives Benevolent Society could cost the City $23 million this year in back pay – and another $9 million per year going forward – and now is in front of a frustrated City Council committee. In late December, Arbitrator Lawrence Holden Jr....

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Police Briefs 02-18-2016

February 18, 2016
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Charlestown Beat Drugs 02/04/16 – As a result of a drug investigation in the area of Old Ironsides Way, an individual was placed under arrest for possession of a Class B substance (cocaine). Drugs 02/04/16 – As a result of a drug investigation in the area of Bunker Hill Street, an individual was placed...

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Downtown View:Jaywalking is Safest

February 18, 2016
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It gladdened my heart last week to read that state Senator Harriette Chandler, a Democrat from Worcester and the Senate Majority Leader, proposed raising the fine for jaywalking from $1 to $25 for a first offense up to $75 for third offenses and more. She thinks this will save lives. I was delighted for...

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Never Too Early to Start

February 18, 2016
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Boston City Councilor Michael Flaherty has re-introduced a zoning text amendment to limit the number of marijuana shops in a certain geographic area. Flaherty is calling for no more than one shop per one mile radius. This makes sense to us. Boston is called a walkable city. For those of us who call Boston...

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Sports 02-18-2016

February 18, 2016
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TOWNIE SPORTS By Kevin Kelly COLLEGE On the hockey front, Salem State sophomore wing Danielle Kelley and freshman wing Jacqueline Sindoris each notched an assist in the Vikings 3-2 conquest of Becker. Sindoris added a goal in the Vikings 3-1 rematch victory over Becker…BU senior defenseman Matt Grzelyck tallied an assist in the Terriers...

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Boston Massacre Revisited

February 12, 2016
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Boston Massacre Revisited

Re-enactors Rob Creen (playing Samuel Adams here) and Arielle Kaplan of the Freedom Trail Foundation recreate the Boston Massacre for students at the Harvard Kent School on Tuesday, Feb. 9, just in time for the historic event’s 246th Anniversary on March 5. Students learned the intricacies of many Revolutionary War events during the presentation...

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Charlestown Gets A Wynn-Fall:Walsh Confirms Money to Stay Entirely Here

February 12, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Mayor Martin Walsh confirmed this week that the Wynn Everett money paid to the City in the form of an existing $1 million check and the upcoming annual $2 million community mitigation payments will stay entirely in Charlestown, but will be given out through a City Hall – and not a...

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LaMattina Fights to Keep MBTA Late Night Service Up and Running

February 12, 2016
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By John Lynds Many of his constituents rely on the MBTA’s late night service to go back and forth to overnight shifts in Boston so it comes as no surprise that City Councilor Sal LaMattina is fighting to keep this service intact. In a letter to MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, LaMattina said...

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‘Charlestown Dogs’ Looks to Increase Social, Responsible Owners

February 12, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Just a few weeks ago, Charlestown residents Chris Lovell, Kristen Lanni and Rob O’Brien found themselves on the receiving end of puzzled looks from dog owners up at the Monument. The trio, however, said they didn’t blame people for the strange looks. After all, they were filling holes in the Monument’s...

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Council Questions Content of BRA Urban Renewal Extension Plan

February 12, 2016
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By Jordan Frias After a year of community outreach, public meetings and public engagement, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) appeared before the City Council’s Committee on Planning and Development on Tuesday, Feb. 9, to discuss urban renewal. Urban renewal has been a contentious subject for residents, and neighborhood groups. At last week’s Charlestown Neighborhood...

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Flaherty to Introduce ‘Pot’ Shop Location Restrictions

February 12, 2016
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By Seth Daniel As the City and state continue to deal with medicinal marijuana dispensaries, and the prospect of legalized marijuana seems to be gaining headway, City Councilor Michael Flaherty re-introduced a zoning text amendment at Wednesday’s City Council meeting to bring some controls to the situation before such businesses begin the frenzy of...

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MGC Calls Boston,Wynn Agreement a Treaty Benefiting All Parties

February 12, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) unanimously approved the Surrounding Community Agreement (SCA) between Boston and Wynn Everett on Thursday, Feb. 4, calling it a “treaty” that will bring forth new cooperation and new solutions for Charlestown and the region. The MGC discussed the agreement at its meeting and took action on...

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