Obituaries 12-30-2010

December 30, 2010
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Mary Virginia McMakin Of  Burlington, formerly of Charlestown Mary Virginia (Rock) McMakin of Burlington, formerly of Charlestown, died on December 21. She was the beloved wife of William B.; loving mother of Mary “Ginger” Franchitto and her husband, Larry, of Hudson, NH, AnnMarie McMakin of Burlington, and Theresa Ann “Terry” Tremblay and her husband,...

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The Clock

December 23, 2010
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Charlie McGonagle He clearly remembered that October day of nearly thirty years ago when he first saw the clock.  It sat in the window of a cut-rate jewelry store on a street whose shops drew the boundary of the downtown shopping district. He was sixteen years old, and for the first time during the...

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A Story Twice Told

December 23, 2010
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By Danny O’Neil Last week while swapping traveling stories with a few friends of mine, we were talking about hitchhiking in the south and what an experience it was. Our conversation reminded me of a story my father told me about a journey that he made during the depression. After my son Brendan finished...

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Help keep me in the “loop”

December 23, 2010
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If anyone knows of a Charlestown youngster who is participating in a sport 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...

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Some of this, some of that

December 23, 2010
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Former Providence college hockey star and erstwhile “Townie” Jim Tibbetts has been chosen as the tour director for European Select Teams.  Also helping with the development of ice hockey in Ireland, as well as coaching the Irish National Team at the World Championships, Tibbetts has established deep contacts with coaches throughout Europe.  For the...

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Winter Sports “Townie” Roll Call

December 23, 2010
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HOCKEY:  Harvard University – John Caldwell; University of Connecticut – Brittany Murphy; St. Anslem College – Alexa Hingston; Tufts University – Tom DeRosa; Under-17 National Team – Matthew Gryzleck; St. Clements High School – Keith Wallace (coach), Michael Upton (coach), Joe Codair, Conor Sullivan, Brennis Scales, Daniel Settipani, Nick Codair, Sean Wrenn, Kevin Flanagan,...

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Community Center youth basketball

December 23, 2010
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Community Center activist Ginny Mansfield reports that a youth basketball program will begin after the New Year.  The player fee is $25 and tryouts will be held on Monday, January 3, 2011 at the gym.  If you need assistance with the program fee, please contact Mimi Wrenn at the gym office.  All players must...

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Christmas 2010

December 23, 2010
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Christmas 2010 will go down in history as a great holiday celebration. Peace on earth. Good will to men. It is, indeed, all about that. If there was no Internet, evening news, radio talk shows or morning newspapers, and if we paid closer attention to our own psychic lives, Christmas 2010 would be pristine....

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Police Blotter 12-23-2010

December 23, 2010
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12/13/10 – Investigate Property A concerned citizen on Main Street reported to officers that he had observed two men loading scrap metal onto a truck that was parked near the Alford Street Bridge. When the suspects realized the police had been called they fled into Everett where they abandoned the vehicle and its contents....

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Obituaries 12-23-2010

December 23, 2010
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Sally Zannino Worked at Walgreen’s in Everett Sally A. (Gorman) Zannino of Peabody, formerly of Everett, died on Dec. 16. She was 64 years old. Born in Charlestown and a longtime Everett resident before moving to Peabody, she was a homemaker who worked at Walgreen’s in Everett for many years. The beloved wife of...

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Pearl Harbor commemoration at Boston National Historical Park

December 16, 2010
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Pearl Harbor commemoration at Boston National Historical Park

The National Park Service held a memorial service adjacent to the dry-docked World War II destroyer USS Cassin Young in the Charlestown Navy Yard on Dec. 7, 2010 to commemorate the 1941 surprise attack by the Japanese on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. USS Cassin Young is named for U.S. Navy...

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Boston Police Advisory: Packages stolen from Charlestown doorsteps

December 16, 2010
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District A-1 has received recent information that UPS, FedEx, and U.S. Mail packages that have been left unattended at the door steps of residences in Charlestown have been stolen without the intended recipient of the mail packages having any knowledge of their arrivals. There is also a report of an anonymous person signing for...

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Townie Santa needs elves

December 16, 2010
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“Townie Santa” will be visiting many of Charlestown’s elderly, needy shut-ins on Christmas morning, Saturday, Dec. 25, to deliver Christmas gifts and a hot turkey dinner. Santa may be any one of several dozen neighbors who will devote this morning to sharing the spirit of Christmas with those who are unable to or have...

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Police Briefs

December 16, 2010
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12/06/10 – Drugs As a result of a motor vehicle stop on Salem Street, a suspect was issued a citation for possession of marijuana. 12/08/10 – Vandalism Officers responded to City Square for a commercial alarm and found that someone had thrown a brick through the front glass door of the store. At this...

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And for the record

December 16, 2010
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In last week’s edition, we recalled Pearl Harbor Day. We wrote that President Franklin Roosevelt told the nation it would be remembered as a day of infamy. The exact wording Roosevelt used in his address to the Congress the day after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor was: “December 7, 1941, a date which will live...

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Closing down schools

December 16, 2010
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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carol Johnson is doing the right thing by suggesting to close or to combine at least 18 public schools in the Boston Public School system. The estimated savings, according to Johnson, would be about $10 million and would go part of the way to reducing an expected $60 million budget...

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Sports

December 16, 2010
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By  Kevin E. Kelly Help keep me in the “loop”…If anyone knows of a Charlestown youngster who is competing in a sport (elementary school, high school, college, or otherwise), please e-mail me at bunkerhillbillie@aol.com with the information, or photographs, and I will be sure to include them in a column.  I’d also love to...

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Obituaries 12-16-2010

December 16, 2010
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Bobby ‘Fitta’ Fitzgerald Of Winthrop, formerly of Charlestown Bobby “Fitta” Fitzgerald of Winthrop, formerly of Charlestown, died suddenly on Dec. 11. He was the husband of the late Grace A. (Mahoney). His Funeral Mass will be Thursday at 10 a.m. Arrangements are by: Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown, 617-242-1509. - Francis X. Maher...

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Parent University at The Warren-Prescott School

December 10, 2010
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Parent University at The Warren-Prescott School

The Warren-Prescott School, in collaboration with the Family and Community Engagement Department of the Boston Public Schools, began its satellite Parent University program last Thursday.  Over 70 participants chose from six classes, each addressing a particular parental interest. Organizing the program was the Warren-Prescott School’s FCOC coordinator, Margaret “Alle” Hernandez who worked with the...

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Sports

December 10, 2010
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-By Kevin E. Kelly Who’s next?…As the third generation of Charlestown athletes make their mark in the various sports arenas, history has proven that anything is possible where “Townies” are concerned.  NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long, with his Charlestown roots, is a classic example of “dreams do come true.”  Who do you think...

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Police Briefs

December 10, 2010
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11/29/10 – Unarmed Robbery A victim on Starr King Court reported that, while waiting for a cab, four black males approached him and one of them stated “give us your money and you wont get hurt.” The victim complied and suspects fled the area. 11/30/10 – Vandalism A victim reported that his car was...

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In and out

December 10, 2010
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Mayor Menino has been in and out of the hospital recently, following his return from Italy with an infection and then a reaction to medications that were prescribed to him. His recovery has become more of a problem than his affliction. At least now he is out of the hospital and working at his...

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Obituaries 12-10-2010

December 10, 2010
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Joan Doe Charlestown resident Joan C. (Ferris) Doe of Charlestown died on Nov. 30. She was the former wife of Eugene Doe; devoted mother of Billie Jo Watson and her husband, Warren, of Medford and Eugene Doe and his partner, Raymond Lacey, of Georgia and sister of Robert Ferris and Jean D’Antnono, both of...

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Harvest On Vine Food Pantry and Charlestown community deliver Thanksgiving joy

December 2, 2010
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Harvest On Vine Food Pantry and Charlestown community deliver Thanksgiving joy

By Chris Prew Thanks to the generous support and efforts of the Charlestown community and a small army of businesses and civic organizations, the Harvest on Vine Food Pantry enabled 375 families to enjoy a happy Thanksgiving last week. That’s because through the Seventh Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Drive, Harvest on Vine and the community provided all the fixings for a...

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