Merry Christmas: Still Time to Help Those in Need

December 24, 2014
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Christmas is almost upon us and it promises to be the merriest Christmas in many years for most Americans. Our long, twin nightmares of deep economic recession and seemingly-unending wars in the Middle East are over. It is fair to say that as a nation, we are in a much better place than we...

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Downtown View: Wishing Charlie Well

December 24, 2014
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Charlie Baker won the gubernatorial race in November fair and square. I do not necessarily believe he won because he was a different candidate than he was four years ago. I do not necessarily believe he won because Martha Coakley was a weak candidate. Maybe she was, but maybe she wasn’t. Conventional wisdom is...

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Decorating Soley Street

December 23, 2014
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Decorating Soley Street

In spite of rainy weather, Soley Street residents gathered for their annual street decorating on Saturday December 6.

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Resident to Head Bruins Pharmacy

December 23, 2014
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Resident to Head Bruins Pharmacy

A Charlestown resident will head the official pharmacy of the Boston Bruins NHL hockey team. Joseph Skellie, a Charlestown resident was named America’s Compounding Center (ACC) Pharmacy Manager last Thursday. ACC is a Newton based and family owned pharmacy that specializes in custom-made prescriptions for pain management, hormone therapy for men and women, sports...

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Exhibits at Spaulding and Harborview Turning Navy Yard into a Haven for Art

December 23, 2014
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Exhibits at Spaulding and Harborview Turning Navy Yard into a Haven for Art

Among the features that Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital has for its patients is a commitment to the use of art to help engage and inspire. That commitment also extends to the community by providing exhibits and pieces in its public spaces that speaks to that mission. Collaborating with its neighbors at the HarborView at the...

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Christmas at the Pops

December 23, 2014
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Christmas at the Pops

Boys and Girls Club members attended Christmas at Pops on Wednesday, December 10 at Boston Symphony.  Members had dinner at the State Suites located on the lower lobby level at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel prior to attending the Pops.

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CNC to Hold Permit Hearing

December 23, 2014
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At 7:00PM on Monday, January 5, 2015, the Charlestown Neighborhood Council will hold a public hearing on the request of the Oysteria Restaurant, located at 12 Park Street, for a conditional use permit for a Take Out License, for food to be eaten off premises. The meeting will be held at the American Legion...

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Candelight Lessons and Carols Service to be at St. John’s

December 23, 2014
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As part of its celebration of Advent and Christmas, Saint John’s Episcopal Church will offer a Candlelight Lessons and Carols Service on Saturday, December 20th at 5 pm.  In a church aglow with candlelight, readings of scripture will be interspersed with choral anthems and carols sung by the congregation. The service at Saint John’s...

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Townie Tidbits

December 23, 2014
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CHRISTMAS IN CHARLESTOWN Well, it is almost Christmas again. Time certainly flies by, the older we get. There is no place better to experience Christmas than in Charlestown especially on a snow covered day brightened up by the sun above. For me, it is memories of midnight Mass at St. Mary’s Church. Today we...

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Celebrating Small Business Saturday

December 4, 2014
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Celebrating Small Business Saturday

Norma Baars and her son, Wiatt, owners of Charlestown Ace Hardware were busy on small business Saturday at their local store that is located at 5 Austin Street.

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Expanded Green Line Could Make Commuting Much Easier

December 4, 2014
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Expanded Green Line Could Make Commuting Much Easier

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) plans to contribute close to $1 billion towards the $2.3 billion Green Line Extension project, which will make commuting to points north of the neighborhood to Somerville and Medford a whole lot easier.  The Green Line Extension project is an initiative of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and...

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Holiday Festivities Set for this Weekend Here

December 4, 2014
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Charlestown has a big holiday weekend coming up, with activities for young and old to enjoy. Start on Friday evening with a visit from Mayor Marty Walsh and Santa as the Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley rolls through Thompson Square for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.  On Saturday and Sunday visit Charlestown Open Studios on all...

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‘Small Wonders Exhibit’ planned at Charlestown Open Studio

December 4, 2014
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The Charlestown Open Studio and “Small Wonders Exhibit”, hosted by the Artists’ group of Charlestown, will be held at the StoveFactory during the first two weekend in December. Open Studios will take place on all three floors of the StoveFactory at 523 Medford Street, Charlestown on December 6th and 7th from 11am until 5...

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Christmas Market Fair set for this Sunday

December 4, 2014
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On Sunday, December 7 the Townie Association Inc. will host the Charlestown Christmas Market Fair inside the Thompson Square Building (the old Five & Ten Cents Bank) from 10am – 3pm as a stop along the Charlestown Christmas Stroll. The Christmas Market Fair will feature various vendors and small business owners from Charlestown, who...

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Downtown View: Interesting Passageways are Returning

December 4, 2014
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In 2010 in this column, I urged developers to create permeability at the ground level of big buildings. I especially wanted them to replicate the historic little lanes of downtown Boston—Spring Lane, Pi Alley, Winthrop Lane—or to create Boston versions of the Burlington or Prince’s Arcade in London and Paris’s passage couverts. These covered...

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CSAC is Always There

December 4, 2014
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Charlestown is a community of great resilience that comes together in good times and in difficult times. You will often hear residents say, “How can I help?” or “What can I do?”.   The Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition (CSAC), a program of the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement, encourages participation in coalition activities. We...

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Letter to the Editor

December 4, 2014
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Why was street cleaning  stopped? To the Editor:  I, as much as anyone, can appreciate Department of Public Works employees’ desire to take off early on the day before Thanksgiving. It makes holiday travel “over the river and through the woods” so much more convenient—particularly if snow is predicted.  However, for those of us...

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Obituaries 12-04-2014

December 4, 2014
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Eugene F. “Buddy” Whelan Of Charlestown Eugene F. “Buddy” Whelan, a lifelong resident of Charlestown, entered into eternal life on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following an extended illness. He was 80 years old. Buddy was born in Boston on December 31, 1933, a son of the late Thomas...

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Mom, I have the Turkey

December 1, 2014
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Mom, I have the Turkey

Addison Ciccotelli in the photo above dashes to the finish of the Turkey Trot last Saturday afternoon, Nov. 22. She was the winner of the 3-year-old race and took home a nice, plump turkey to her family. The 3rd Annual Turkey Trot was held at the Charlestown High School Stadium, with scores of folks...

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Richard Ring will Once again Head FamilyAid Boston

December 1, 2014
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Richard Ring will Once again Head FamilyAid Boston

When Richard E. Ring was told that he needed a heart transplant in 2009, he did not know what the future held. Facing a serious operation and an uncertain prognosis, Ring resigned from his position as Executive Director of FamilyAid Boston (then known as Travelers Aid Family Services), Boston’s only provider of 24/7 emergency...

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Man Pleads Guilty in 2013: Shooting Jones Killed while Trying to Breakup Fight

December 1, 2014
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The man who fatally shot 21-year-old Steven Jones in the course of a fistfight that Jones was trying to break up pleaded guilty on Monday as his trial was set to begin, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. Pablo Flores, Jr. (D.O.B. 2/17/93) of Charlestown pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, unlawful possession...

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CNC Development Comm. to Meet Dec. 4

December 1, 2014
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On Thursday December 4th, the Charlestown Neighborhood Council will hold a Development Committee meeting at the Constitution Inn, 5th floor at 7:00 pm. Ann and Chuck Lagasse of the Charlestown Marina will be on hand to share proposed plans for the marina overhaul scheduled for Piers 6 and 8 in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

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Happy Thanksgiving

December 1, 2014
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Another Thanksgiving is upon us, a day for schoolboy football, family gatherings, and not much else to do other than enjoy a great dinner that reminds us how fortunate we truly are. Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, tracing its roots back almost 400 years to the Pilgrims, long before there was even a...

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Letter to the Editor

December 1, 2014
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Thank you to the Residents of Boston Dear Editor: I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone for their very generous outpouring of support for my family and me. We always knew Tommy was a special person and did a lot to make people’s lives better, but I was overwhelmed at the tremendous...

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