Townie Tidbits

January 30, 2015
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Sometimes you just walk  into a good thing   A good story is often hard to find, especially when you operate on a weekly deadline. There’s always plenty of bad stuff out there to comment on but good stuff not so much. I still laugh when I remember the name of a monthly newspaper...

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Walsh Delivers Upbeat State of City Address

January 16, 2015
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Walsh Delivers Upbeat State of City Address

In his first State of the City address delivered before 2,500 people at Symphony Hall Tuesday night, Mayor Martin J. Walsh covered all aspects of his stewardship of city government from fixing potholes to his vision for Boston in 2030 and pointed out the partnership at Charlestown High School with SAP and Bunker Hill...

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Local Concerns are Walsh’s in Dealing with Wynn Casino

January 16, 2015
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One week after Boston filed a lawsuit against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) regarding the Wynn Everett casino license, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in an interview that his administration is simply trying to protect the residents of Charlestown and that two continuing sticking points are mitigation and transportation. However, Wynn Everett officials indicated...

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BCC Approves New Owners of Shipyard Quarters

January 16, 2015
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Boston Conservation Commission’s (BCC) Charlotte Moffat said the BCC has approved the new owner of Charlestown’s  piers at the Shipyard Quarters Marina’s request for administrative approval for his plans to redevelop the piers. Charles Lagasse, Jr., a well-respected and experienced Newburyport developer who owns and operates the Boston Yacht Haven on Commercial Wharf, bought...

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Martin Luther King

January 16, 2015
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When one considers that it has been almost 47 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 Luther King. But...

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An Olympics in Boston?

January 16, 2015
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The prospect of hosting a Summer Olympics in Boston has been bandied about for many years, but it now appears as though things might get serious in light of Boston’s selection as the top choice of American cities to contend for the designation world-wide in 2024. As far as we know, in terms of dollars and cents,...

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Townie Tidbits

January 16, 2015
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BOSTON SUES GAMING COMMISSION  OVER EVERETT CASINO SITE  Plans by Wynn Resorts’ plan to build a resort casino at the Everett -Charlestown line now is facing a new hurdle thrown by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in the form of a lawsuit against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for denying folks in neighboring Charlestown and all...

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Ryan Takes Oath of Office

January 8, 2015
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Ryan Takes Oath of Office

Charlestown resident Dan Ryan (far right) took his oath of office as state representative at a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday at the State House in Boston. Ryan was elected to a two-year term in November after winning a special election for the seat in March. Ryan, who represents Charlestown and Chelsea, is pictured at the...

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Walsh Refuses $1M from Wynn for Charlestown: Monies Part of Mitigation Distribution Earmarked for Local Non-Profits

January 8, 2015
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A check from Wynn Everett for $1 million to aid Charlestown non-profits and to begin planning for a traffic solution in Sullivan Square is being held in an escrow account by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) this week after the City of Boston refused to accept the check on Wednesday. The $1 million required...

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Some Looking to Create United Front for Charlestown with Wynn

January 8, 2015
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Several local community members, elected officials and Wynn officials are looking to create a new group headed by an official moderator to begin working with the Wynn Everett casino on amicable terms. Lynne Levesque, who said she is only a concerned resident, said she had read in the Wynn Licensing Agreement that the company...

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CNC to Hold Hearing on the Chain Forge Building

January 8, 2015
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The Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) Development Committee will hear a presentation by Tom Miller of Kavanagh Advisory Group with respect to the proposed development of the Chain Forge Building located on First Avenue in the Charlestown Navy Yard. The meeting will be held on January 22 at the Constitution Inn located at 150 Second...

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O’Neill is Elected to Head Boston School Committee

January 8, 2015
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The Boston School Committee has elected its Chair and Vice-Chair for 2015. In unanimous votes Monday, the Committee selected Michael O’Neill for a third term as Chair and Dr. Hardin Coleman as Vice-Chair. “Michael O’Neill and Hardin Coleman exemplify the standard of leadership we need in order to continue a forward, positive trajectory for...

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Obituaries 01-08-2015

January 8, 2015
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Diane Gans Of Charlestown Diane T. Gans of Charlestown passed peacefully on January 3 after a long illness. She was 54 years old. Mrs. Gans was predeceased by her parents Paul and Frances Dineen and is survived by her partner, Steve Holly, daughter Jaclyn, granddaughter Grace, son Joshua and his wife, Jamie-Leigh. Diane will...

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Women Army Corps Christmas Luncheon

January 4, 2015
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Women Army Corps Christmas Luncheon

The Women Army Corps Chapter14 met on Saturday, December 5, 2014 for their annual Christmas luncheon at the Mount Vernon Restaurant in Somerville. The attendee of honor was Cheryl Lussier Poppe, the first woman Superintendent of the Chelsea Soldier’s Home. Mike, the waiter (and only male) in photo was voted Somerville’s Best Waiter 2014....

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A Look Back at the People and Events that Shaped 2014

January 4, 2015
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The year 2014 was a tumultuous year news-wise both nationwide and in Charlestown. From extreme victories to challenging defeats, the residents have ridden a roller coaster as it hasn’t done in a number of years. From  elections to  casinos to schools, the city and its residents saw it all in 2014. January 2 The...

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MGH Institute Again Supports: Local Charities and Organizations

January 4, 2015
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The MGH Institute of Health Professions supported several charities in Charlestown and other worthy organizations during this season of giving.  The organizations supported were: The Welcome Home Initiative, Constitution Inn YMCA, Charlestown Navy Yard. Faculty and staff raised $2,470 to support the initiative, which includes a collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services and the...

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Boston Author Talk at Charlestown Library

January 4, 2015
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Revisit some of the vanished buildings and places of old Boston when historian Anthony Sammarco presents an illustrated lecture from his latest book Lost Boston at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main Street, on Monday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m. Lost Boston looks back at 68 losses to the Boston landscape in all their...

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Ring Out the Old….

January 4, 2015
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The New Year always provides us with a time of reflection, both upon the year that has passed and upon the one to come. The opening lines of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, Ring Out, Wild Bells, sums up what we all feel at this time of year: Ring out, wild bells, to the wild...

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Letter to the Editor

January 4, 2015
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Thank you for the support Dear Editor, “In the end it will not matter to us whether we fought with flails or reeds. It will matter to us greatly on which side we fought”.– G.K. Chesteron There are many in Charlestown, 7000 plus citizens who voted YES to repeal the casino law. Thank you,...

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Not All News is Bad

January 4, 2015
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Most readers probably think 2014 has been a year of bad news and more bad news. I won’t bore you with the details. You know what they are. But there have been a few bright spots for Bostonians that should help 2015 be more satisfying. Cleaner streets are the best news. This has been...

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Obituaries 12-31-2014

January 4, 2015
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Mary Heffernan Goodrich Lifelong Homemaker Mary R. ‘Fifi’ Heffernan Cunneen Goodrich of Mechanic Falls, Maine died Monday, December 22 at her home. She was 70 years old. She was born in Boston on September 26, 1944, the daughter of George Michael and Mary Rita McLaughlin Heffernan. She married Myron Goodrich on September 17, 1983...

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The Sounds and Sights of Christmas

December 24, 2014
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The Sounds and Sights of Christmas

Copley Singers Director Brian Jones addressed the audience on Sunday evening, Dec. 7, at the annual concert in St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish. The concert brought in a packed house as the singers performed alongside the church’s historic Woodberry and Harris organ.

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It Is the Season for Breaches, Account Takeovers and Card Thieves — so Beware

December 24, 2014
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When it comes to identity theft, there is no time like the holidays. Christmas and New Year’s are prime times these days for thieves to gain access to credit cards, debit cards, bank accounts and a host of other personal information through security breaches or simple scams. No matter how they get one’s information,...

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The 12 Scams of Christmas 2014

December 24, 2014
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1.You’ve Got Mail! Think twice before clicking links in shipping notification emails, and always verify the shipping company before giving out your personal information. Deceptive Advertising Beware of deals that are too good to be true as they could steal our personal information and ruin your holiday cheer. Chilling Charities ‘Tis the season to...

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