The Wynn and City of Boston Deal

February 4, 2016
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The announcement last Thursday that Wynn Resorts and Mayor Martin Walsh have reached a deal on mitigation should come as no surprise.  Since the Boston lawsuits were dismissed last November, the legal options available to Mayor Walsh were dwindling. We congratulate Mayor Walsh for recognizing this reality and negotiating in getting some added benefits...

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Boston, Wynn Come to Terms on Surrounding Community Agreement

January 29, 2016
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In the end, it was Mayor Martin Walsh and Wynn CEO Steve Wynn who got down to the nitty gritty – negotiating directly with one another all week on a Surrounding Community Agreement for Boston that has some accommodations for Charlestown, including mitigation money for traffic and the prospect of removing the Boston Water...

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Residents are saying ‘No’ to Waste Transfer Station

January 28, 2016
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By Stephen Quigley Representatives from Casella Resources Solutions appeared Monday night before a packed room of more than 200 residents at The Charlestown Neighborhood Council’s Basic Services Committee in the Knights of Columbus Hall to explain their proposal to locate a trash transfer station at their facility off Rutherford Avenue behind the old Hood...

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Kelly Joins Linehan’s Staff

January 28, 2016
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By John Lynds Charlestown resident and former staffer for the late Mayor Thomas Menino, Jack Kelly,  will join South Boston Councilor Bill Linehan’s staff to help work on ways to fund and expand drug treatment opportunities in the city. Kelly, who also ran for At-Large City Councilor in 2013 and is the founder of...

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BRA Won’t Expand Urban Renewal into Sullivan Sq

January 28, 2016
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After a year-long planning process to approve a new, 10-year Urban Renewal Plan for 14 areas of Boston – including Charlestown’s large Urban Renewal Area (URA) – the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) indicated it will not expand Charlestown’s URA into Sullivan Square. The Charlestown URA has existed for many decades, and includes almost all...

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Wynn Building Permit to Come in a Few Weeks,Unlocks $5 Million in Mitigation

January 28, 2016
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Wynn Everett officials indicated last week that they will start construction on the $1.7 billion destination casino this May, and hope to take out their first building permit from Everett in the next two weeks – a milestone that triggers major mitigation money for Everett. “We’re shooting for May to start construction,” said Chris...

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The ‘Bubble’ Holds Court for Many

January 28, 2016
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Charlestown has a hidden gem, and it doesn’t come in the form of a shiny rock, but rather a big white bubble. The Mel Stillman Community Tennis Center – tucked away behind Charlestown High School (CHS) and next to the soccer fields – is run by the popular CHAD organization and serves hundreds of...

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Police Briefs 01-28-2015

January 28, 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

January 28, 2016
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THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT THAN PEYTON MANNING Well by now the defeat has settled in with the 20-18 to Peyton Manning’s Broncos but there will always be pain. That missed extra point came home to haunt the Patriots in the final play of the game. What could have been doesn’t...

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Letter to the Editor

January 28, 2016
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Casella Waste Transfer Station To the Editor: I attended the community meeting tonight concerning the proposed waste transfer station by Casella Resource Solutions.  I did not speak as my comments would have been cumulative.  The impassioned, informed and relevant comments, supported by the entire audience of over 200 people, highlighted the negative impact of...

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Wynn Could be an Ally?

January 28, 2016
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Charlestown and Mayor Martin Walsh have fought to the bitter end to stop Wynn Resorts from building in Everett. It seems that this battle is close to being over. With all but one of Boston’s lawsuits thrown out of courts, Wynn is moving ahead with his project just recently having named Boston-based Suffolk Construction...

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Not the Right Project

January 28, 2016
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Representatives from Casella Resources Solutions wanted feedback from residents about locating a trash transfer station in their facility behind the old Hood Milk site. Well, they got that feedback, and whether they wanted to hear it or not, they got a clear and emphatic “no way” from Charlestown. When you have more than 230...

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Parents Protest Over Schools at Walsh’s Address

January 22, 2016
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Parents Protest Over Schools at Walsh’s Address

By John Lynds Following a letter to parents last week from Boston Public School Superintendent Tommy Chang reporting that the school department will face a $50 million deficit, a group of concerned parents and students decided to protest Mayor Martin Walsh’s State of the City Tuesday night. The group, a broad-based coalition of public...

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Amidst Protests Walsh Stresses Education in State of City

January 22, 2016
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Amidst Protests Walsh Stresses Education in State of City

By Seth Daniel Though there wasn’t much said about Charlestown specifically, Mayor Martin Walsh delivered his second State of the City Address on Tuesday night in Symphony Hall and focused on several citywide issues – most importantly education. With the backdrop of a looming $50 million cut to the Boston Public Schools, Walsh led...

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Wu Seeks Tranparency,Open Transportation Discussions

January 22, 2016
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By Seth Daniel If there’s anything that Council President Michelle Wu hopes that Charlestown residents get out of her year in the top City Council seat, it would be better informed of Council business. Wu told the paper in an interview last week that her top priority is to make sure Charlestown residents and...

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LaMattina Named to Key Committees

January 22, 2016
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By John Lynds Newly sworn in Boston City Council President Michelle Wu has appointed City Councilor Sal LaMattina to chair the Parks, Recreation & Transportation and vice chair the Ways and Means Committee. LaMattina, who was sworn in for a fifth term as District 1 City Councilor last week, had previously chaired the City,...

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BHA and Developer Hold another Meeting on Bunker Hill Projects Plan

January 22, 2016
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By John Lynds Working to build a consensus on design and answer questions from previous community meetings, the Boston Housing Authority and developer of the Bunker Hill Housing Development held another in a series of meeting last week concerning the project. Over 60 residents from Bunker Hill attended last weeks meeting and BHA Administrator...

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Wynn Everett Chooses Boston’s Suffolk Construction to Build $1.7B Casino

January 22, 2016
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By Seth Daniel When hammers start pounding nails on the new Wynn Everett casino, the hands holding those hammers will be local hands working for a local company. Wynn Resorts announced a major milestone in the development of its $1.7 billion Wynn Resort on the Charlestown line by naming Suffolk Construction Company of Boston...

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Warren Prescott Meeting Focuses on Safety,Overcrowding

January 22, 2016
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There is no disputing that the Warren Prescott School in Charlestown is one of the worst school facilities in the City – despite the exemplary educational programs that are happening inside the old building. Boston Public Schools has admitted so over the last few years, but parents are growing increasingly frustrated as immediate issues...

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Police Briefs 01-21-2016

January 22, 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

January 22, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani “ONE IN A MILLION, A MILLION IN ONE ‘ I believe the above is a lyrics from an old song you might hear on Ron Della Chiesa’s Music for America radio show Sunday nights on WPLM-99.1 FM but for Keith and Sara Bauer I bet they could be singing that old...

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Letter to the Editor

January 22, 2016
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Trucks and Trash Dear Editor: Residents should try to attend the meeting on Monday, January 25th, 7pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 545 Medford Street, regarding a proposal by Casella Resources to operate a trash transfer station. Currently their recycling business uses their facility at 24 Industrial park and they are looking...

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The Weather

January 22, 2016
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Maybe we are getting old or maybe we were just spoiled. But the last few days have brought us back to reality that winter has come with a vengeance. Walking on the streets with the wind and patches of ice has just been brutal. One might think that it is hard to believe that...

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Congratulations Councilor Sal Lamattina

January 22, 2016
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The announcement by Council President Michelle Wu that our own City Councilor Sal LaMattina has been named Chairman of the Parks and Recreation and Transportation Committee as well as vice chair of the Ways and Means Committee certainly comes as good news to residents. These committees are very important for quality of life issues...

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