Attention Democrats:Grow Up

January 20, 2017
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Donald Trump is set to be inaugurated tomorrow (Friday). Certainly, that is a day and an event that no serious person on any side of the political spectrum ever thought might be possible. However, that is the reality that we have to deal with — and it is an outcome that every American unhesitatingly...

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Sports 01-19-2017

January 20, 2017
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Townie Sports By Kevin Kelly HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY In the latest MIAA hockey power rankings (RPI), the boys teams included #3 Malden Catholic, #5 B.C. High and #13 Arlington Catholic. The girls teams included #9 Boston Latin and #30 Matignon…Matignon wing Charisse Flanagan tallied an assist in a hard fought 4-3 loss to perennial...

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It’s Official

January 13, 2017
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It’s Official

School Committee Chair Michael O’Neill takes the Oath of Office from Mayor Martin Walsh last week in a City Hall ceremony. He was elected chair of the School Committee last Thursday, Jan. 5, for the fifth year in a row.

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Memorial Hall Receives Grant, Efforts Now on to Restore Historic Building

January 13, 2017
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Memorial Hall Receives Grant, Efforts Now on to Restore Historic Building

By Seth Daniel When one walks up Green Street, one sees the Boys & Girls Club, the church and other notable buildings along one of the more picturesque thoroughfares in the Town. But the most historic, grand and first building on that thoroughfare has seriously fallen into disrepair over the last several years –...

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One Charlestown Developers Analyzing Comment Letters

January 13, 2017
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By Seth Daniel As 2017 gets up and running, a delay in the One Charlestown development review process hasn’t completely stopped the wheels from turning for the development team of Corcoran/Suncal. This week, the team said that despite the breather in the process – granted just before Christmas by the Boston Planning and Development...

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Spaulding Grant Money Ready for Second Year of Distributions

January 13, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The second round of non-profit grant funding from the proceeds of a community fund provided during the construction of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is ready to proceed, with an application deadline of Jan. 20. It is the second year of a five-year process, said Peg Bradley of the Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC),...

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Rep Ryan Ready to Tackle Issues Facing the District in New Legislative Session

January 13, 2017
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By Seth Daniel State Rep. Dan Ryan returned to Beacon Hill last Wednesday, Jan. 4, after the Winter Break to take the Oath of Office with his colleagues at a swearing-in ceremony on the floor of the House of Representatives, and to get to work on the issues facing his district. “I want thank...

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O’Neill Sworn in, Re-Elected as Chair of School Committee

January 13, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Charlestown’s Michael O’Neill has served on the Boston School Committee under the past two administrations, and he said Mayor Martin Walsh’s commitment to Boston’s schools drove him to want to return for another term on the Board and also to continue being the face of the Board as its chairman. After...

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Charlestown Community Website to Hold Final Meeting Before Launch

January 13, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Residents will have a special opportunity to view the new MyCharlestown.org website and give final input before it goes live later this month in a meeting to be held on Jan. 18. The Connect Charlestown Steering Committee announced it will host another Public Meeting to engage more of the Charlestown non-profits...

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Police Briefs 01-12-2017

January 13, 2017
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CHARLESTOWN BEAT Assault 01/03/17 – Officers responded to Tufts Street for a report of a man with a knife. The victim told officers a male suspect known to him showed up at his door, displayed two knives and threatened him. The suspect then fled the scene in a grey Chevrolet. The matter is under...

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Letters to the Editor

January 13, 2017
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TAKING ACTION Dear Editor: The article, “Grass Roots Group now opposing One Charlestown; seek answers {Dec.20, 2016] is a wonderful example of a small group of citizens who are banding together to educate, question and confront this new project in Charlestown. As pointed out in the article, they are in favor of this project...

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Townie Tidbits

January 13, 2017
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By Sal Giarratani GERALD O’NEIL, R.I.P. Gerald O’Neil better known as Jesse recently passed away at 81 years of age. He was husband to Margie O’Neil for 53 years. He was the father of Gerry Jr., Patrick and Maura (Perriello) and is survived by many loving family members His wake was recently held at...

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Winter’s Here — Bundle Up

January 13, 2017
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Winter arrived in full force earlier this week, with a big snowstorm and skin-numbing temperatures. But we are New Englanders, so we know what to expect and how to prepare for it. Indeed, if you were shoveling snow as we were throughout the past weekend, not only did we benefit from a great workout,...

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What Would Martin Luther King Jr. Think?

January 13, 2017
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When one considers that it has been almost 49 years since Martin Luther King was assassinated, it is easy to understand why so many of our fellow Americans today have so little understanding of who he was and what he accomplished. Every school child for the past generation knows well the story of Martin...

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Y Provides Fun for Children

January 6, 2017
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Y Provides Fun for Children

Albert was exhausted after a few rounds of hoops last week and had no problem taking a time out on the floor. Albert and his family are just a few of the numerous families from around the world that stay in Charlestown at the Constitution Inn while getting treatment at the Shriner’s Hospital for...

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Mayor Returns Charlestown’s O’Neill Back to School Committee Position

January 6, 2017
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced on Monday the re-appointment of Charlestown’s Michael D. O’Neill to the Boston School Committee for a third, four-year term. O’Neill was first appointed as a member of the School Committee on July 15, 2008 and he was elected Chairman of the School Committee on January 7, 2013. O’Neill was...

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Chain Forge, Ropewalk Projects given 90-Day Extensions for Permits; Polk Street Approved

January 6, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) Board gave 90-day extensions to two high-profile redevelopment projects in the Navy Yard that have had numerous stops and starts over the last several years – citing that final preparations are being made to close out the elongated process on both the Chain Forge...

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LaMattina to Meet with Administration on Wynn Boston Mitigation Fund

January 6, 2017
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By Seth Daniel City Councilor Sal LaMattina said he is reaching out to Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration to schedule a meeting regarding the Wynn Boston Harbor mitigation fund, and the upcoming dispersal of funds that are now sitting in the account. Currently, there is just more than $1 million in the account, and that...

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Welcome Sign Makes Dramatic Comeback Just in Time for 2017

January 6, 2017
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By Seth Daniel It’s time to feel “welcome” again. Perhaps it was the pangs of guilt. Maybe it was a post-Christmas New Year’s resolution to be more nice than naughty. Or maybe common sense prevailed. Whatever it was, the person or persons responsible for stealing the ‘Welcome to Charlestown’ hand-carved, wooden sign on the...

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NEW Health Charlestown Begins Substance Use Program

January 6, 2017
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As part of a grant awarded to the health center by the federal government, NEW Health Charlestown has begun a new program that looks to help those suffering from addiction. Opiate use has become a major problem all over New England; the Charlestown neighborhood in Boston has become one of the hardest hit communities....

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Police Briefs 01-05-2017

January 6, 2017
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Charlestown Beat Threats 12/27/16 – A victim on Decatur Street reported after she received threatening texts, four males showed up at her door. The victim immediately called the police, and the suspects fled. The victim stated she did not know the suspects, but they may have been involved in an altercation with her boyfriend...

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Townie Tidbits

January 6, 2017
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By Sal Giarratani HEY EVERYBODY JIMMY WALSH JUST HAD A BIRTHDAY One of Charlestown’s best political minds Jimmy Walsh just had a birthday on Christmas Eve. He just turned the Big Six-0 if you can believe it. Time flies when you’re having fun and doing politics.   SMART GROWTH HOUSING COMING TO MAIN  STREET?...

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Keeping Our Water Supply Safe

January 6, 2017
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In 2014, the American Waterworks Association declared MWRA’s water to be the best in the nation. (In fact, it won both first and second place both for the City of Boston’s and the MWRA’s own sample.) This was not a lucky coincidence, but the end result of a carefully crafted and intricate plan to...

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Schrafft’s Sign Re-Lit with More Efficient Lighting

January 4, 2017
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Schrafft’s Sign Re-Lit with More Efficient Lighting

By Seth Daniel Charlestown’s iconic pink, neon sign went missing late last month. It was to the Town as it would be to Boston if Fenway’s Citgo sign suddenly disappeared. But earlier this month, all was returned to normal as the Schrafft’s sign returned atop the office building on Sullivan Square in a newer,...

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