2016 – The Top Charlestown News Stories

January 4, 2017
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2016 – The Top Charlestown News Stories

By Seth Daniel There were no shortage of issues in Charlestown to debate and celebrate in 2016. From devastating fires to development tangles, the Town was alive with activity this year. Below are the top 16 stories from 2016. New Parks Open – The Training Field opens on Sept. 12 and the John Harvard...

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Ten Most Borrowed Book at BPL Listed

January 4, 2017
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The ten most frequently borrowed books from Boston Public Library locations in 2016 took patrons from a modern day train in England to early twentieth-century Boston and to many places in between. It’s not too late to read one or more of these great titles before the end of the year. Stop by and...

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MGH Institute Helps Charlestown Charities During Holidays

January 4, 2017
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MGH Institute of Health Professions supported several charities in Charlestown and throughout Greater Boston during this season of giving. The organizations supported were: The Welcome Home Initiative, Constitution Inn YMCA, Charlestown Navy Yard. Faculty and staff raised $3,175 to support the initiative, which includes collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services and the US Veterans Administration....

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Police Briefs 12-29-2016

January 4, 2017
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Charlestown Beat 12/20/16 – Officers in the area of Vine Street placed an individual under arrest for an outstanding warrant. Vandalism 12/22/16 – Officers responded to First Avenue for a report of a suspicious device (small box with wires). Upon further investigation, it was revealed the device was just an ATM card-reader that had...

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Helping Boston Homeowners

January 4, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh When I ran for Mayor, I knew I wanted to make Boston a city where every resident can afford to live, work and raise a family. Since I’ve been elected, Boston has grown — fast. Our population is expanding rapidly and we’re expected to reach over 700,000 residents by...

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Charlestown High’s Change Starts from the Top

January 4, 2017
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By George K. Regan Jr. In 1974, as Mayor Kevin White’s Press Secretary, I became the spokesperson for bussing in Boston. I saw first-hand how bussing tore the fabric of the city apart. Busses carrying children were pelted with rocks, students were dropping out of school at alarming rates, and violence became so widespread,...

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Townie Tidbits

January 4, 2017
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By Sal Giarratani TOWNIES ALWAYS WELCOME IN SAUGUS I recently attended a Christmas Party dinner/dance over at the VFW Beachmont Post in Revere. The catering was done by The Tumble Inn Diner in Saugus on Lincoln Avenue. The co-owners are Laura Cuhna and Rick Scirocco. When Rick discovered I had a Townie connection, he...

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Letter to the Editor

January 4, 2017
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First year anniversary Dear Editor: This December marks the one year anniversary of the founding of CharlestownDogs. Time has flown by and yet we are proud of our accomplishments and growth in our initial year. We have about 300 registered members and expect to gain many more in 2017! We look forward to ramping...

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Have A Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year

January 4, 2017
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The upcoming long weekend marks the start of the New Year — 2017. The arrival of a new year marks a time for reflection, both as to the year that has passed and as to the year to come. In the words of the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson: Ring out the old, ring in...

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Firefighters Battle Six-Alarm Blaze;23 Residents Left Homeless

December 23, 2016
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Firefighters Battle Six-Alarm Blaze;23 Residents Left Homeless

By Seth Daniel The sun was just rising around 6:40 a.m. when Gretchen Anjomi of Lexington Avenue smelled smoke – and not the kind of cozy, smoky smell that comes from a chimney. Soon, she also heard smoke alarms start to blare as flames and heavy smoke began to pour out of the three-story...

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Grass Roots Group Now Opposing One Charlestown; Seeks Answers

December 23, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Most worthwhile things have their beginnings over a cup of coffee. And so it is the case that four Charlestown women sharing a cup of coffee three months ago began their passionate opposition and quest for answers regarding the One Charlestown redevelopment of the Bunker Hill Housing Development – a project...

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Monument Laundry Owner Grateful to Firefighters for Response

December 23, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Everyone appreciates the work of firefighters, but that appreciation isn’t really felt in one’s gut until they’ve experienced a major fire. That gratitude is certainly felt this week by Monument Laundromat owner George J. Georges, who owns the building where the fire occurred, as well as many other properties in the...

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Ryan Calls for a More Structured Moratorium on One Charlestown

December 23, 2016
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By Seth Daniel When City officials informed State Rep. Dan Ryan about the 90-day delay on review of the One Charlestown development, his said he took it all in slowly, and ended up with more caveats to that course of action than comments on the actual delay. This week, Ryan said he is most...

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Welcome Sign Makes A Mysterious Disappearance in Thompson Square

December 23, 2016
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By Seth Daniel All signs are now pointing at mischief and thievery in the disappearance of the custom-made wooden ‘Welcome to Charlestown’ sign that recently vanished from the median strip on Thompson Square. Many residents who paid for and maintained the sign now fear it could be hanging in a dorm room somewhere in...

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BPS Officials Take Positive Approach In Working on Edwards School Lot

December 23, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Boston Public Schools (BPS) officials took a more collaborative and positive approach in dealing with residents about the Edwards Middle School parking lot in a meeting on Monday night, Dec. 19, and believe they may have carved out a solution that works for everyone. After a contentious meeting on Oct. 27...

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Tips Offered on Making Christmas More Green

December 23, 2016
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This holiday season, Republic Services encourages consumers and customers across Boston to incorporate sustainability into their celebrations and family gatherings with helpful sustainability tips. Click here to view Republic’s 2016 holiday recycling video. During the holidays, Americans on average generate 25 percent more waste than normal, or almost 1,000 pounds of waste per household....

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Donations, Help Come in Abundance as Community Empathizes with Fire Victims

December 23, 2016
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By Seth Daniel There has been no shortage of helping hands in the Town since the six-alarm fire at 142 Bunker Hill St. last Friday left 25 people displaced from their homes just 10 days before Christmas. All over Charlestown, organizations and individuals have answered the call – as they always do – to...

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Police Briefs 12-22-2016

December 23, 2016
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Charlestown Beat Warrant 12/14/16 – Officers in the area of Vine Street placed an individual under arrest for an outstanding warrant. Larceny 12/15/16 – A victim on Washington Street reported a bag containing clothing and money was stolen from his car. Forgery/Counterfeiting 12/16/16 – A victim on Rutherford Avenue said a white male attempted...

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Townie Tidbits

December 23, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani THE SAN PATRICIOS I am a history buff since forever. In college I took the first Irish History class every taught there. Ninety-nine percent of my classmates had Irish surnames. I was the only Sal in the class. The professor’s name was Burke too. Within the last 10 or so years...

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Remember Those in Need

December 23, 2016
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Although the holiday season for most of us will be filled with fun and joy, it is incumbent upon all of us who are fortunate to be doing well in our lives to remember that there are many among us, our neighbors and fellow citizens, for whom this holiday season is neither joyous nor...

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Enjoy A Happy — and Safe — Holiday Weekend

December 23, 2016
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By a coincidence of the calendar, both Chanukah and Christmas arrive this weekend, and we wish to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers of the Jewish and Christian faiths (and those of no faith at all) a happy and joyous holiday weekend. The eight-day Festival of Lights gets underway after sundown...

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Six-alarm fire tears through Monument Laundromat building Friday

December 16, 2016
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Six-alarm fire tears through Monument Laundromat building Friday

The sun was just rising around 6:40 a.m. when Gretchen Anjomi of Lexington Avenue smelled smoke – and not the kind of smoky smell that comes from a chimney. Soon, she also heard smoke alarms start to blare as flames and heavy smoke began to pour out of the three-story Laundromat building across the...

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Warren Tavern Toy Drive

December 16, 2016
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Warren Tavern Toy Drive

Governor Charlie Baker joined hundreds of Charlestown residents for the annual Warren Tavern Holiday donation party to Toys for Tots last Sunday, Dec. 4. The event benefits the statewide drive sponsored by the Marines.

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Santa at Pier 6 by Boat — of Course

December 16, 2016
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Santa at Pier 6 by Boat — of Course

Santa Claus gave his reindeer a break and travelled to Charlestown by boat on Saturday, Dec. 10, landing at the Navy Yard and greeting children and festive revelers at Pier 6 Bistro. Santa was greeted heartily by everyone and all had a good time.

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