Pilot Street Cleaning Program is Now Permanent

April 1, 2016
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In cooperation with Charlestown residents and elected officials, the City of Boston today announced that a pilot Street Cleaning Program that has been underway in that neighborhood since July of 2015 will be implemented permanently effective immediately.  Vehicles parked in violation of the posted Street Cleaning regulations on streets in Charlestown will no longer...

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Murphy Running for Register of Deeds Post

April 1, 2016
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By John Lynds After serving 18 years in the Boston City Council, former At-Large Councilor Stephen Murphy was voted out last November. The loss shocked many supporters of the widely popular incumbent during the city’s general election last year. Murphy was the only incumbent not reelected to an At-Large seat and was beat by...

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MGC Announces Releases Diversity Goals and Grant Opportunities

April 1, 2016
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is pleased to announce the release of Diversity Goal and Business Technical Assistance Grant Opportunities with a goal of optimizing the outcomes for the diversity goals outlined in Chapter 23K related to the diversity hiring and contracting goals of the casino developers.  The Expanded Gaming Law specifically requires that...

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Police Briefs 03-31-2016

April 1, 2016
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CHARLESTOWN BEAT POLICE/COMMUNITY MEETING: Meet the police & discuss public safety issues on the last Wednesday of every month at the police station, 20 Vine Street, at 6:00 p.m., 2nd floor, community room. POLICE RELATED INFO: Contact the District A-1 Community Service Office at 617-343-4627. REPORT DRUG DEALING: Contact the District A-1 Confidential Drug...

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Townie Tidbits

April 1, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani I LOVE PLAYING GOOD GUYS, BAD GUYS AND FAKE COPS    About 10 years ago I signed up for the movies as an extra. I had a bit part in “Stiffs” starring Danny Aiello, playing a low-level hood. More recently, I was an FBI agent in “Black Mass” and a wealthy...

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The Final Report

April 1, 2016
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For more than 25 years, the Federal courts have been monitoring the quality and necessary cleanup of Boston Harbor as submitted by the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority.  The final report as ordered by the courts was submitted March 18, 2016. Those of us who grew up in the Boston area and enjoyed the local...

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Obituaries 03-31-2016

April 1, 2016
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Sean Patrick Honohan Student at Perkins School for the Blind Sean Patrick Honohan died at home with his family on March 23. Sean was a student at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. Sean’s family would like to thank all of his nurses and care givers, especially Bernadette, Auntie Tiff and Jen....

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Taking One Step at a Time — The Charlestown Irish Way

March 25, 2016
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Taking One Step at a Time — The Charlestown Irish Way

By Seth Daniel When it comes to being Irish and being immersed in Irish culture, Hannah Campbell couldn’t be more saturated in the auld sod – coming from a Charlestown family that bleeds green. It’s why she has continued to compete in Irish Step Dance at the highest levels, advancing to the World Championships...

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Housing Developer and Community Working to Make Project Successful

March 25, 2016
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Housing Developer and Community Working to Make Project Successful

By John Lynds For decades the Bunker Hill Housing Development has been an isolated section of the community with Bunker Hill Street being the dividing line between two Charlestowns. The city’s designated developer for the state’s oldest and largest public housing development, Corcoran-SunCal, hopes to change that with their plan to redevelop the entire...

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6 More Years:Council Grants BRA Extension on 10-3 Vote

March 25, 2016
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By Jordan Frias The extension of the 14 urban renewal districts was approved by the City Council for a six year period on Wednesday, March 23, as proposed by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The BRA was originally seeking a 10 year extension that would have allowed the 14 urban renewal plans to expire...

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Holy Week Services Listed at St John’s

March 25, 2016
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Holy Week services at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 27 Devens St.,  continue with a Maundy Thursday potluck supper and service, starting at 6 pm on On Thursday March 24. Good Friday services will be held on March 25, with a service for children at 4:30 pm and the traditional service at 7 pm. The...

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Community Help Sought to Find a New Name for CSAC

March 25, 2016
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The Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition was formed in 2004 to address the drug-related hospitalizations and deaths in Charlestown at that time. For the past 12 years, this community coalition has used existing community resources, has organized programs to respond to identified needs, and has harnessed the community’s energy and commitment to create a safe,...

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Wynn Non-Profit Money Will Not be Held up by Somerville Appeal

March 25, 2016
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By Seth Daniel City officials said this week that the original $1 million check delivered by Wynn Boston Harbor to Charlestown non-profits more than a year ago is not hindered by the continued litigation with Somerville. Samantha Ormsby of the Mayor’s Press Office confirmed this week that the $1 million will become available to...

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Dearth of Small Space:Theatre Groups are Getting Squeezed Out of Boston

March 25, 2016
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By Seth Daniel It’s never easy on the cutting edge, or else it wouldn’t be the cutting edge. But at the same time, when it comes to the cutting edge and fringe small theatre companies in Boston, it also shouldn’t be impossible – say theatre company participants and advocates. Yet such is the case,...

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Police Briefs 03-24-2016

March 25, 2016
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CHARLESTOWN BEAT POLICE/COMMUNITY MEETING: Meet the police & discuss public safety issues on the last Wednesday of every month at the police station, 20 Vine Street, at 6:00 p.m., 2nd floor, community room. POLICE RELATED INFO: Contact the District A-1 Community Service Office at 617-343-4627. REPORT DRUG DEALING: Contact the District A-1 Confidential Drug...

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Townie Tidbits

March 25, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani  I always try and make it to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Southie. When I was a kid growing up in Roxbury, my family would board the City Point bus at Dudley Station to Andrew Square where the parade once kicked off from before the parade was turned inside out.Back...

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Obama in Cuba

March 25, 2016
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The decision by President Obama to open the diplomatic doors to Cuba and begin the process of bringing that nation into the modern world acknowledges something that has been a reality for decades: the Cold War is over. Yes, the dictatorial regime of the Castro brothers is antithetical to the democratic values we espouse....

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Happy Easter

March 25, 2016
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It’s hard to believe that another Easter already is upon us. Not only does Easter come early this year, but Monday’s snowstorm hardly seemed Easter-like. But regardless of what Mother Nature has in store for us, Good Friday and Easter Sunday will be here this week, and those of the Christian faith will begin...

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Happy St Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2016
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Happy St Patrick’s Day

The annual St. Patrick’s Senior Luncheon returned this year on Thursday, March 10, at the Knights of Columbus Council President Michelle Wu and Councilor Sal LaMattina join Mary Lacey, Annette Marchetta and Lola Saviano.

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Spring Art Show Set to Open This Friday

March 17, 2016
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Spring Art Show Set to Open This Friday

By Seth Daniel The Artist Group of Charlestown (AGC) will premiere its Spring Art Exhibition this coming Friday night, March 18, at 6 p.m. with works of all sorts – from photography to oil painting. The show will also include gallery hours on March 19 and 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The...

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Ferry Returning to Pier 4

March 17, 2016
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By Seth Daniel It took research and it took not giving up, but residents of Flagship Wharf are raising their flag in victory this week after Mayor Martin Walsh announced that the commuter ferry will be moved back to Pier 4 after a nine-year absence. Walsh made the announcement on Thursday night, March 10,...

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Breen Appointed New Liason to Charlestown by Walsh

March 17, 2016
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced this week the appointment of Chris Breen as the Charlestown Neighborhood Services Liaison within the Mayor’s Civic Engagement Cabinet. In this role, Breen – who is a Charlestown resident – will work as an advocate to the Charlestown community. He replaces Tom McKay, who served in the role for...

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MBTA Hikes Fares 9.3 Percent Overall

March 17, 2016
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By John Lynds The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board approved several fare changes that translate into a system-wide average increase is approximately 9.3 percent. Following a series of community meetings MBTA Director of Operations Charles Plank heard from residents on how the now approved fare increase would affect working people. The fare increase...

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Ferris Wheel and Winter Skating Proposed for New City Hall Plaza

March 17, 2016
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By Matt Conti The remake of City Hall Plaza took another step forward with a bid awarded to the owners of TD Garden, Delaware North / Boston Garden Development Corporation. Working with city officials, the private group will look to add new programming elements and amenities to the brick plaza. The winning proposal includes...

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