Sports 01-14-2016

January 20, 2016
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Townie students start winter sports By Kevin Kelly COLLEGE HOCKEY BU senior captain Matt Grzelcyk and Harvard senior wing Jim Vesey had a goal and an assist each in the Terriers exciting 6-5 conquest of the Crimson on Jan. 7…Grzelcyk also notched his first career hat trick in a 7-2 BU thumping of UMass…Northeastern...

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Boston Swears in New City Council

January 7, 2016
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Boston Swears in New City Council

The new Boston City Council took the oath of office from Mayor Martin Walsh on Monday morning in Faneuil Hall. Two new councilors joined the ranks of the legislative body, including Anissa Essaibi-George and Andrea Joy Campbell. The Council began its work shortly after the ceremony, electing Councilor Michelle Wu as its new president during...

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City Councilor Sal LaMattina is Sworn in to his Fifth Term

January 7, 2016
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City Councilor Sal LaMattina is Sworn in to his Fifth Term

By John Lynds City Councilor Sal LaMattina was sworn in to his fifth term as District 1 City Councilor Monday at Faneuil Hall and said he looks forward to representing Charlestown, East Boston and the North End for another two years. “I am very excited to begin my 5th term on the Boston City...

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Boston Council, Mayor Outline Social Justice Agenda

January 7, 2016
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By Seth Daniel City government in Boston appeared to be on the same page when it came to the Council and Mayor Martin Walsh during inauguration speeches on Monday, with the mayor and new Council President Michelle Wu outlining a strong social justice agenda for the coming term. Speaking after swearing in the new...

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MGC Found to have Violated Open Meeting Law with Lunches and Staff Meetings

January 7, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) violated the Open Meeting Law during lunches, staff meetings and once during the casino licensing process and will have to have a training on the Open Meeting Law according to a letter sent to the MGC last week. Attorney General Maura Healy was asked by the...

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The ‘Other Side’ of Charlestown: Industrial Center or the Next Hot Address?

January 7, 2016
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Fronting Rutherford Avenue, at the corner of A Street, the new Bridgeview Center is under construction and finally taking shape. The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved project on former BRA-owned land seeks to create 60 units of housing for low income, homeless and developmentally disabled folks. The long-expected project from Charlestown’s Life Focus Center...

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Police Briefs 01-07-2016

January 7, 2016
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Charlestrown 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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Dare U Resolute

January 7, 2016
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A new year and a new you! Sound familiar? There is so much pressure to make New Year’s resolutions and big changes in our lives, and most of the time we set ourselves up for failure. Maybe you want to quit smoking or learn a new language this year. Odds are, like most people,...

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Townie Tidbits

January 7, 2016
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QUOTE TO NOTE “We will open the book Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”   -Edith Lovejoy Pierce TOM MACDONALD RELEASES NEW CRIME NOVEL   The above quote seemed so appropriate when talking about...

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Letter to the Editor

January 7, 2016
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Caring and committed community To the Editor, On behalf of the Charlestown Tenants Task Force, it is with deep gratitude that I acknowledge all those that made this the best and merriest Christmas ever in the Bunker Hill housing development.  With the help and generosity of our friends and neighbors we distributed almost 1600...

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BHA Holds Meetings on Plans to Upgrade Local Housing Project

December 31, 2015
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BHA Holds Meetings on Plans to Upgrade Local Housing Project

The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has held two meetings so far in December to begin including Bunker Hill Housing Development residents and the broader Charlestown community in the design process as the city prepares to revamp the aging housing developemnt.  “The process for redevelopment planning for the Charlestown public housing development will include both...

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Boston Officials Raise Age To Buy Tobacco Products

December 31, 2015
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently announced that the Boston Board of Health voted to approve amendments to the City of Boston’s tobacco regulations which raise the minimum legal age for purchasing tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21, increase the age for admission to adult-only retail tobacco stores and smoking bars to 21,...

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Charlestown is in the Middle of Boston Neighborhood Census

December 31, 2015
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By Seth Daniel The mid-decade U.S. Census numbers were released by the federal government earlier this month, and an analysis of those numbers for Boston neighborhoods, and for citywide trends, shows Charlestown is in the middle of the pack for most categories, except the numbers of foreign-born persons – which was shown to be...

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A New Year’s Resolution: Let Go of Our Anxiety

December 31, 2015
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The intersection of the coming of a New Year and the passing of the previous one offers all of us the opportunity to pause and reflect upon both what has transpired and what awaits us. The opening lines of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, Ring Out, Wild Bells, sums up what we all feel at...

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Townie Tidbits

December 31, 2015
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WELCOME TO 2016, THE LATEST SEASON IN OUR GAME OF LIVE “We all must make changes today…Tomorrow may not come.”      -Anon  Independent Newspapers publish many community newspapers and among two of its newest are the Mission Hill Gazette and the Jamaica Plain Gazette. These two publications were founded by Sandy Storey over...

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Copley Singers Appear

December 24, 2015
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Copley Singers Appear

Dale Peak, a bass in the Copley Singers, sang from the center aisle with the rest of the choir to open up the St. Mary’s Church Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 13. All three aisles in the church where lined with the singers, giving hundreds in the audience a truly immersive “surround sound.”

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David Whelan,Community Activist Succumbs to Illness at Age of 54

December 24, 2015
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David Whelan,Community Activist Succumbs to Illness at Age of 54

David M. Whelan, a lifelong resident of Charlestown and former member of teh Charlestown Neighborhood Council for many years, entered into eternal life on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following a valiant and courageous seven month battle with leukemia. He was 54 years old. David was born in Somerville...

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Council Lifts BYOB Ban in Charlestown

December 24, 2015
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By John Lynds Last week, the Boston City Council voted in favor of lifting the long-standing ban on BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) in small neighborhood restaurants like those that line many of the streets in Charlestown. The bill, introduced by At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu, would allow patrons to restaurants with 30 seats...

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The Age Old Question Real Vs Artificial Tree

December 24, 2015
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Aside from where to buy things or what to buy loved ones, the most hotly debated Christmas question these days revolves around the ultimate symbol of Christmas – the Tannenbaum – and whether it will be the sweet-smelling real deal or the cleaner artificial alternative. All over the country, and in Charlestown as well,...

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Police Briefs 12-24-2015

December 24, 2015
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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

December 24, 2015
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TAKE A BREATHER AND ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS     Once again we have come up to the Christmas season and the arrival of yet another New Years. Looking back one year ago, The last 12 months have had their share of ups and downs. Nice things happened like the news my daughter will be getting...

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Enjoy the Holidays Safely

December 24, 2015
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Holiday get-togethers with family, friends, and co-workers are wonderful things, but all too many of such gatherings will result in tragic consequences that will be in the headlines the next day. All of us should be sure not only to limit our own holiday partying, but also be the caretaker of those whom we...

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Don’t Forget Those in Need

December 24, 2015
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While the vast majority of us are able to enjoy the holiday season to the fullest, and take for granted holiday traditions such as the sharing of gifts, the warm embrace at holiday gatherings of friends and family, and a nice Christmas dinner, the reality for too many among us is far different. So...

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Merry Christmas

December 24, 2015
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Another Christmas is at hand and families will gather, as they have done for generations, to celebrate the holiday season with our friends and loved ones. Peace on earth, joy to the world, and the like may be platitudinous phrases when spoken at any other time of the year, but during the Christmas season...

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