Boston Licensing Board Approves Lift on BYOB Ban

May 7, 2016
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By John Lynds Following the Boston City Council’s lead, the Boston Licensing Board (BLB) voted unanimously last Thursday lifting the long-standing ban on BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) in small neighborhood restaurants like those that line many of the streets in Charlestown. According to a statement from the BLB, the board will work on...

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Police Briefs 05-05-2016

May 7, 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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Impact of Charter Schools on Charlestown

May 7, 2016
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By Debra Dobbs As the statewide debate over the expansion of charter schools continues and November’s ballot question to lift the existing cap on charter school looms, it’s important to consider the impact of charter schools on Charlestown. This year alone, charter schools will siphon off $119,405,100 in funds that would otherwise stay in...

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Townie Tidbits

May 7, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani QUOTE TO NOTE “Donald Trump is going to put up a wall and the Mexicans are going to pay for it in order to keep themselves out. Brilliant. And who made the greatest wall? China. So we have to outsource the work to them. We have our own immigration problems in...

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Sports 05-05-2016

May 7, 2016
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Townie Sports Roundup By Kevin Kelly   Softball Call Teenagers between the ages of 13-15 (a player must not turn 16 until after August 1) interested in playing in a summer baseball program must be registered no later than MAY 20th. To register for the program, a completed Senior League registration form and fee payment...

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Charlestown Fleet Feet

April 28, 2016
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Charlestown Fleet Feet

Town Track Club opened the track season with great success over Boston Marathon weekend. The BAA Youth Relay on Saturday 4/16 was a great experience for the programs’ middle school athletes. Fifty kids participated in a 4 week training that culminated with the event that saw Charlestown fielding full squads in all 7 races. The...

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Park Boston App Surges In Use;Revenues Increase

April 28, 2016
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Park Boston App Surges In Use;Revenues Increase

By Seth Daniel Drivers looking to avoid a parking ticket would do well to pick up their smart phones and retire the rolls of quarters for good. City officials, and most especially thousands of drivers, are hailing the new ParkBoston smart phone application this spring, just as the convenient piece of technology looks to...

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Saving Our History:Preservation Society Looks to Save Old Houses

April 28, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Charlestown is the oldest neighborhood in Boston, and with that comes some of the finest, old homes in the city as well, but over the last few years preservationists and residents have shuddered to see many old homes taken down to make way for new homes – sometimes simply in order...

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Former Resident Dies Trying to Break up a Fight:Friend and Colleague Sets up Website to Raise Money for Wife and Kids

April 28, 2016
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By John Lynds A former longtime Charlestown resident who rushed to break up a fight in Boston died after suffering a head injury during the melee Brian Hingston, 45, who grew up in Charlestown died Sunday, April 17  when he tried to stop a fight inside a parking lot on Adams Street and Gallivan...

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Mayor Walsh to Hold Neighborhood Coffee Hour on May 4

April 28, 2016
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department today announced that the 18th Annual Neighborhood Coffee Hour Series will run in local parks citywide from May 4 to June 22. “We’ve increased our Neighborhood Coffee Hours this year to give even more residents the opportunity to learn about and discuss city...

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Police Body Camera Pilot Program Set to Start This Summer

April 28, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Members of the Boston City Council held a hearing to field concerns and comments on Tuesday night at Charlestown High School regarding the police body camera program that will begin in all neighborhoods this summer. The Boston Police Body Worn Camera Pilot program will start in the summer of 2016 with...

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Ryan,House Pass Bill on Uber and Lyft

April 28, 2016
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By John Lynds Transportation network companies (TNC) or ‘ride-share’ companies like Uber and Lyft have become popular transportation options for hundreds of residents living in Charlestown. Young professionals, workers and residents out for an evening have used the convenience and cheapness of Uber and Lyft to get to and from Charlestown because a ride...

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Wynn Clears Environmental Hurdle Again,Unlocking MBTA Land

April 28, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Wynn Boston Harbor received its final state environmental approvals on Monday afternoon from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) when it accepted the comprehensive Section 61 environmental report – an acceptance that looks to have freed up a crucial piece of MBTA land that will serve as an entrance to the resort...

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Police Briefs 04-28-2016

April 28, 2016
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CHARLESTOWN BEAT Burglary – No Force 04/19/16 – A victim on West School Street reported unknown person(s) entered his work area and removed various tools. No further information was available at that time. Burglary- Residential – No Force 04/20/16 – Victims on Essex Street reported upon returning home from vacation, they saw that their...

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Townie Tidbits

April 28, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani REMEMBERING THE DAY THE POTATO SHEDS FRENCH FRIED ITSELF  One of my mother›s brothers worked down at the Potato Sheds for years for the F.J. Ward Produce Company. Eventually, he graduated from Bentley College and then bought the business when Mr. Ward retired. My Uncle Jim Callahan was smart. He kept...

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Letter to the Editor

April 28, 2016
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Have fun –  and help preserve our historic Town! Dear Editor: Last fall, the Charlestown Preservation Society (CPS) launched a new Task Force entitled Protect Historic Charlestown (PHC). The mission of the Task Force is to help protect the historic character and the architecture of Charlestown in partnership with the City of Boston. The...

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A Clean Sweep

April 22, 2016
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A Clean Sweep

Karym Murphy with Sam and  Sarah Collins with Nora of CharlestownDogs do a clean sweep of Mt. Vernon Avenue last Saturday, April 16, as part of the new CharlestownDogs group’s first neighborhood clean up. The organization looks to promote responsible dog ownership and also to enhance the neighborhood while socializing with other dog owners.

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Paul Revere Rides Again

April 22, 2016
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Paul Revere Rides Again

The British Are Coming! Paul Revere (played by Brigadier General Leonid Kondratiuk of the Massachusetts National Lancers) made a stop with ‘Brown Beauty’ at City Square on Monday morning for his annual Patriot’s Day Ride to re-enact the storied ‘Midnight Ride’ to warn “every Middlesex village and farm.” The ride has been re-enacted by...

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Shipyard Park Gets Changes

April 22, 2016
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Shipyard Park Gets Changes

By Seth Daniel As the cold weather gives way and spring seems to finally be set upon the Town, Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) officials are touting much-needed changes to Shipyard Park in the Charlestown Navy Yard and are calling for residents to form a new friends group to advocate for the 12-acre park. A...

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Prescott Restaurant Welcomes Neighbors to Terminal Street

April 22, 2016
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By Seth Daniel An exciting new entry in the Charlestown dining experience for lunch and brunch can be found in the historic 50 Terminal St. building with the new Prescott Restaurant and Scratch Kitchen. After 10 months of buildout, owners Jack Hagan and and Jenny Tighe have been up and running for about a...

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CNC Design Review Committee to Meet

April 22, 2016
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The Charlestown Preservation Society Design Review Committee will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 25, at 7:30 PM at the Mary Colbert Apartments meeting room.  The room is located at the rear corner of 20 Devens Street where it can be seen from the walkway that runs along the left side of the...

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Police Briefs 04-21-2016

April 22, 2016
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CHARLESTOWN BEAT Larceny 04/11/16 – A food delivery person reported upon delivering an order to Bunker Hill Street, two black males took the food and stated they would be right back with the money. When the suspects never returned, the driver returned to his place of business to report the theft. The matter is...

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Boston is Going Fiber

April 22, 2016
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By Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh This week I announced something that will change Boston’s future: working closely with the City over the next six years, Verizon will rewire the entire city with an advanced fiber-optic network. Replacing our outdated copper-based telecom infrastructure with state-of-the-art fiber will dramatically improve internet connection speeds for both...

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We Need a Transportation Transformation

April 22, 2016
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By Michelle Wu,                         Boston City Council President As a new mom, I think often about the world that my one-year-old son will grow up in. Twenty years from now, what will Boston look like? As excited as I am about the future of our city, one worry looms large: the increasing threat to our...

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