Townie Tidbits

September 29, 2017
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Story and Photos By Sal Giarratani TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE TIME About two weeks ago coming back on 93 from Burlington, I took the Sullivan Square exit heading to Charlestown and was surprised by all the exiting traffic. I observed most of the traffic was headed to either Main Street or Rutherford Avenue. Could not figure...

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Recovery Month

September 29, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh I wouldn’t be where I am today without the recovery community — and I know many other Bostonians have had the same experience as me. That’s why it’s so important we create strong pathways to recovery, and why I’m proud Boston recognizes September as Recovery Month here in our...

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Townie Sports

September 29, 2017
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By Kevin Kelly 2017 HIGH SCHOOL FALL SPORTS On the gridiron, Everett (3-0) and assistant coach Joe McLaughlin and senior linebacker Jonte Joseph are ranked #1 in the latest Boston Herald Top 25 poll. BC High (3-0) and sophomore defensive end Henry Alitz are ranked #3 while Melrose (3-0) and assistant coach Jim Kent...

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Disco for Dave

September 22, 2017
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Disco for Dave

Cheryl McGurty, and mom Eileen Fleming dancing during the 2nd annual Disco for David event on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Knights of Columbus Hall. The event honored the life of the late David Whelan and helped to raise money for the scholarship in his name.

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BPDA Scouring the Town for Existing, Forgotten Agreements

September 22, 2017
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By Seth Daniel When Urban Renewal first came to Charlestown, it was the 1960s and plans had begun to form and agreements had been made to redevelop the aging neighborhood. Many of the things one sees today are a product of Urban Renewal in the Town – things like the Newtown development and the...

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UMass Boston says Walsh Never Confirmed for Sept 12 Debate,Likely No Debate Before Tuesday’s Preliminary

September 22, 2017
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By Seth Daniel With less than a week before the much-anticipated Sept. 26 Preliminary Election, debates – or no debates – have taken center stage in the four-person mayoral contest. At issue this week is a debate that was to occur on Sept. 12 between Mayor Martin Walsh and challenger Tito Jackson at UMass...

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AutoPort in Charlestown Celebrates $350 Million Harbor Dredging Project

September 22, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Since re-locating to the Mystic River waterfront 19 years ago, the AutoPort in Charlestown has grown exponentially for lessee Diversified Auto – which leases the property from MassPort for its operations. But as they have grown their business, which relies upon shipments of cars in huge transport boats on the water,...

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Lydia Edwards Releases Her Housing and Development Policy

September 22, 2017
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Lydia Edwards, candidate for Boston City Council, released a comprehensive development and housing policy platform outlining her plan to mitigate overdevelopment, protect the character of our neighborhoods, and ensure that city government fights to keep middle class families in Boston. “Our neighborhoods are at a pivotal moment that requires bold, innovative leadership,” says Edwards....

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District One Candidates Continue to Get Out and Meet Voters

September 22, 2017
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With the Primary Election for the District 1 City Council seat set for next Tuesday (September 26) the three candidates have been sprinting to the finish line. The candidates include (in alphabetic order) Lydia Edwards, Margaret Farmer and Stephen Passacantilli. In the final week of the election East Boston’s Edwards and Farmer and the...

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Frankie’s Friends Set to Remember Frankie Stillman

September 22, 2017
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By Seth Daniel When talking about Francis ‘Frankie’ Stillman, his imprint on the Charlestown Youth Hockey Association (CYHA) and Boston hockey community was as big emotionally as he was big physically. The hulking man, who played hockey at Charlestown High School and as a resident of the Town and rink manager in Charlestown, helped...

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LaMattina Endorses Passacantilli for City Council

September 22, 2017
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Stephen Passacantilli, a North End civic leader and Boston Public Schools parent running for District 1 City Council has been endorsed by City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina.  LaMattina has represented Charlestown, East Boston, and the North End on the City Council since 2006. Passacantilli has also been endorsed by East Boston’s Ward 1 Democratic Committee and...

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Police Briefs 09-21-2017

September 22, 2017
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Charlestown Beat Burglary – Force 09/12/17 – A victim on Main Street reported she was notified by her house cleaner that her apartment had been broken into. Police arrived and saw that the front door had been damaged and a screwdriver was on the floor. Two MacBook computers were taken.   Aggravated Assault 09/17/17...

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Letters to the Editor

September 22, 2017
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On the Council race Dear Editor: The departure of Councilor Sal LaMattina leaves an open city council seat and an opportunity for a new voice in City Hall for the first time in almost ten years. Although there isn’t a candidate native to Charlestown, I’ve found a bold and independent voice for Charlestown in...

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Townie Tidbits

September 22, 2017
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Story and Photos By Sal Giarratani I WAS DISCO-ING FOR DAVID LAST FRIDAY NIGHT Dave Whelan is a hard person to forget. There are some people who exist day to day around us. Sometimes we see them, sometimes we don’t They leave no footprints behind them. His sudden passing from us left us emptied....

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Fall Is Here — Make the Most of It

September 22, 2017
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Although those of us who are fortunate to live near the coast may choose the summer as our favorite time of year, fall is the top choice of many of our fellow New Englanders — and a close second for the rest of us — when we are asked what is our favorite season....

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Townie Sports

September 22, 2017
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By Kevin Kelly TOWNIES MAUL TIGERS In a highly entertaining game of ebbs and flows, Charlestown outlasted Pope John XXIII 29-20 in a Friday night (Sept. 15) gridiron matchup at Firefighters Field in Charlestown. The Townies (1-0) jumped out to a 15-0 halftime lead before the Tigers (0-2) stormed back with 20 unanswered points...

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Obituaries 09-21-2017

September 22, 2017
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Madeline Fitzgerald Dowgos Madeline “Linda” Fitzgerald Dowgos, 73, passed away at Seal Rock Rehabilitation in Saco, Maine on Saturday, August 19, 2017 after a long illness. She was born, one of eleven children, on October 7, 1943 the daughter of the late Mary Maguire Dowgos Peters, Joseph Dowgos and the late George G. Peters....

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New School Year Starts

September 15, 2017
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New School Year Starts

Ned Shamon (7) says good-bye to kindergarten and hello to first grade as he steps into the Warren Prescott Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 7, as instructional coach Karen Scholz holds the door for him. Students across Boston Public Schools returned for a new term last Thursday, and are full into the new school...

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Stars Shine at Spaulding Rehab for Movie Premiere

September 15, 2017
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Stars Shine at Spaulding Rehab for Movie Premiere

By Cary Shuman The stars were out at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown Tuesday night for the Boston movie premiere of “Stronger,” the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, who was injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings. Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays Bauman in the movie, and Tatiana Maslany, who plays Erin Hurley,...

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North Washington St Bridge Will Go Out to Bid this Month

September 15, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The $150 million, five-year re-construction of the North Washington Street Bridge is taking its first step off of the planning boards and onto the construction phase this month as the state Department of Transportation and the City prepares to put the project out to bid. The long-anticipated project has been in...

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Rubber Duckies Race is Set for Oct 14 to Raise Funds for Science Education

September 15, 2017
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On Saturday, Oct. 14, 3,000 rubber ducks will be released into the Boston Harbor to race in the inaugural “e” inc. Duck Dash. Funds raised through the family friendly festival, which will include music, food, fair games and science activities, will go to support the second rotating exhibit, “Our House: Rethinking Home in a...

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Mystic/Tobin Bridge to Proceed with Major Repairs on Chelsea Side

September 15, 2017
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By Seth Daniel A major paving and steel repair project of the Mystic/Tobin Bridge was approved by the MassDOT Board of Directors on Tuesday, a project that concentrates on the Chelsea side of the structure and could cause more than three years of traffic nightmares. JF White was the low bidder on the project...

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Fire Causes $100K in Damages to Lyndeboro Street Building

September 15, 2017
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By Seth Daniel A two-alarm fire ripped through the top floor of a home on Lyndeboro Street on Thursday morning, Sept. 7. Firefighters responded to the scene at 24 Lyndeboro Street – off of Middlesex Street – around 7:30 a.m. Fire was showing upon arrival in the top floor, and a second alarm was...

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Exam School Parents Call for Community to Attend Oct 4 School Committee Meeting

September 15, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Several advocates who are still frustrated by this summer’s threat to cut the neighborhood buses to Boston Latin School (BLS) and Boston Latin Academy (BLA) are continuing to organize and hope to bring a crowd to the October School Committee meeting. One of the advocates who spoke loudly about the cut...

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