The Winter of Our Discontent

February 23, 2015
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Although the temperatures have been below zero with wind chills even colder, tempers have been rising among just about all of us as the snow and our frustrations continue to pile up. Yes, life is difficult in the city, where parking spaces are non-existent, tickets are being issued, cars are being towed, traffic is...

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Don’t be Fooled

February 23, 2015
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Like an annoying alarm clock that predictably shouts its tone, late last week and this week several establishment lawmakers and transportation pundits began blaming the MBTA’s implosion on a lack of taxes and on the majority of voters who repealed the automatic gas tax increases last November. Don’t be fooled, please. In the daily...

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Letters to the Editor

February 23, 2015
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Helping Charlestown Recovery House To the Editor: On January 23rd, 2015, a few close friends got together for the Fourth Annual Swim-a-thon for the Charlestown Recovery House. Held at the YMCA in Charlestown, as in the past, awareness and funds were raised in hope that the residents of the Recovery House may continue their...

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Wynn Community Meeting With Engaged Charlestown Proves Productive, Useful

February 12, 2015
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Wynn Resorts officials revealed that the most current traffic counts for Sullivan Square and Rutherford Avenue showed the casino project would generate around 523 new trips during peak hours – a 15 percent increase – during an extensive meeting at Bunker Hill Community College Wednesday night with residents that covered five critical topics regarding...

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Wynn Officials, Boston Meeting to Discuss Traffic

February 12, 2015
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Despite the City of Boston’s cold reception of Wynn Everett when it comes to negotiating mitigation agreements and other such things, apparently working out traffic problems with Wynn has not been so taboo – including very detailed discussions of traffic fixes in Sullivan Square. Bob DeSalvio, vice president of development for Wynn Everett, told...

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Tax Rate Drops for Homeowners

February 12, 2015
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The City of Boston has released its 2015 tax rates and is down from $12.58 per one thousand dollars in assessed value to $12.11. However, the lower tax rates shows that the average single family property tax bill increased slightly, from $3,417 last year to $3,525, an increase of $108 due to rising real...

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More Substance Counselors Are Needed in Our Region

February 12, 2015
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Opioid and prescription drug abuse is on the rise in Massachusetts and has been for awhile. In the month of January, there were several overdoses in this area. Fortunately first responders arrived to assist many of these individuals by administering Narcan. We urge Governor Charlie Baker not to debate the word “cuts”  and let...

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More Snow

February 12, 2015
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We’ve seen record-setting snowfall in the past two weeks in Boston, creating difficult challenges for Department of Public Works crews who have been working around the clock to remove the snow from the streets and roadways.  These storms have been unusual in the total snowfall accumulation and there has been really no melting of...

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Congratulations New England Patriots

February 12, 2015
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In what is being called the best Super Bowl in history – at least from a New England Patriots fan’s viewpoint – the hometown team captured its fourth Vince Lombardi Championship Trophy with a thrilling 28-24 victory over Seattle. We’ve been fortunate over the last 15 years to watch the greatest quarterback (Tom Brady),...

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Guest Opinion

February 12, 2015
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Boston faces some of the highest electricity prices in the nation, and in January, rates increased by 29 percent. This puts many Boston residents in a very tough spot, in particular, those residents who heat with electricity. While the City does not have control over these prices, we are using every lever we can...

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Large Crowd Expected to Attend Wynn Meeting here on Feb. 11

February 9, 2015
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Residents and elected officials are gearing up for the first of what is hoped to be several face-to-face, unified meetings between all Charlestown residents and Wynn Everett officials. Though the City is not taking a lead in the meetings and discussions due to ongoing litigation over the casino license with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission...

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LaMattina Assigned to Key Committee Posts

February 9, 2015
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Charlestown City Councilor Sal LaMattina will continue to chair the committee on Economic Development, Planning and Labor and will serve as vice chair of Neighborhood Services & Veterans Affairs as well as Environment and Parks. “I honored to be able to continue my work on development not only here in East Boston but across...

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Wynn to File Environmental Report Soon

February 9, 2015
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A deadline for a final environmental report addressing traffic solutions has come and gone for Wynn Everett, but the casino developer has said it is working diligently with state agencies, that there will be no delays in the project and they will file very soon. One of the next rungs on the ladder for...

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HarborWalk Tour Scheduled for February 14

February 9, 2015
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The Friends of the Boston HarborWalk are delighted that Lois Spiegelman of the Friends of Charlestown Navy Yard will lead us on a guided tour of the Navy Yard section of HarborWalk on Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM  All are welcome, but please only RSVP if you plan to...

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Short-Term Rental Bill Should be Passed

February 9, 2015
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Representative Aaron Michlewitz, who represents the North End and parts of Beacon Hill, has co-sponsored legislation that would put in place state regulations for short-term residential rentals that would empower cities and towns to inspect these units for safety code violations and mandate that short-term renters pay an excise tax, similar to the state’s...

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More Water and Sewer Savings for Seniors and Disabled People

February 9, 2015
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s announcement that Boston Water and Sewer Commission will increase water service discounts for all senior citizens and disabled homeowners to 30 percent has been praised by many.                 It was an important decision that results in savings for low-income elderly and persons with disabilities who certainly can use the money...

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Residents to Hold Public Meeting with Wynn Officials on February 11 at BHCC

January 30, 2015
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A newly formed group looking to explore the idea of working collaboratively with Wynn Everett on mitigation and community involvement will hold its first meeting on Feb. 11 at Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown. Engaged Charlestown Residents, the new official name, will host the meeting from 6-9 p.m. The meeting – spearheaded by...

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Bunker Hill Housing Development Could be in Line for Private Rehab

January 30, 2015
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The City of Boston has sent out Requests for Proposals regarding the redevelopment of the Bunker Hill Housing Development. The city and the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) are trying to get some ideas of what a developer can do to transform the aging public housing development into a better place to live and raise...

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Head of Inspectional Services to be CNC Meeting on Tuesday

January 30, 2015
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On Tuesday February 3, 2014 William Christopher, Director of the City of Boston Inspectional Services Department will attend the Charlestown Neighborhood Council monthly meeting. The Inspectional Services Department is comprised of five regulatory divisions whose aim is to protect and improve the quality of life for all Boston residents by effectively administering and enforcing...

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Charlestown Residents Send Fruit Baskets to Steve Wynn

January 30, 2015
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Steve Wynn asked for a fruit basket. Charlestown gave him five. In a side note to Wynn’s appearance in Boston two weeks ago – a whirlwind visit that marked his first time here since winning the casino license – Wynn comically gagged to the audience at the South Boston Convention Center that, for all...

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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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