Police Briefs 10-01-2015

October 1, 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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Taxi Versus Uber Battle Has Genesis in Charlestown

October 1, 2015
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When Winthrop resident Tiffany Mitchell – one of the largest taxi cab operators in Boston, running Top Cab and City Cab – first saw Uber ride share vehicles move into the Boston market, she could never have predicted it would threaten the very existence of her second-generation cab company. She wasn’t sure what to...

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Townie Tidbits

October 1, 2015
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BY SAL GIARRATANI  Cross Pollination Charlestown Style    “With the Charlestown Working Theater next door, they and the Gardens of Charlestown provide a cross pollination of creativity for the community both serve so well.”     -Cathy Shanks, president, Gardens for Charlestown    This past Saturday was a beautiful day, especially over in Charlestown where...

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First Annual Ryan Morrissey Scholarship Dinner

September 25, 2015
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First Annual Ryan Morrissey Scholarship Dinner

Ryan ‘Duce’ Morrissey’s grandmother, parents, and siblings: Mary, Stephen, Carol, Michaela, and Craig. The family, along with some 300 friends, gathered last Friday, Sept. 18, at the Knights of Columbus for the 1st Annual Friends of Ryan Morrissey Scholarship Dinner. Two local students, Noel Charbonnier and Elizabeth Pardy – were chosen to receive $4,000...

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Casino Decision Expected Soon

September 25, 2015
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By Seth Daniel A judge in Suffolk Superior Court heard several arguments Tuesday afternoon on multiple lawsuits against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) regarding the Wynn casino license – the most prominent suit being that of the City of Boston. Despite all of the discussion, especially about the Boston case, Judge Janet Sanders did...

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Mosquito Pool Tests Positive for WNV

September 25, 2015
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The Boston Public HealthCommission (BPHC) last Thursday announced that a mosquito pool in Charlestown has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). Earlier this summer, mosquito pools in West Roxbury, Hyde Park, Roslindale and Mattapan tested positive for WNV. A Boston male resident in his 40s was recently confirmed as a WNV case and...

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New BPS Superintendent Pays a Surprise Visit to CHS

September 25, 2015
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As Charlestown High Headmaster William Thomas moved through the cafeteria Thursday, Sept. 10, visiting with students during the lunch hour and getting things in order for the first week of school, he got a puzzling call from the front office. “The Superintendent is here,” was the message. That’s right, the first visit to Charlestown...

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Police Briefs 09-24-2015

September 25, 2015
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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 Line at...

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Letters to the Editor

September 25, 2015
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Thank you for scholarship Dear Editor, I wish to thank the Mark and Michelle Gorman Scholarship Fund Committee for the generous 2015 college scholarship award.  Mark and Michelle’s legacies live on through the scholarships the Gorman family and the Committee work so hard to provide to young Charlestown scholars every year.  My family and...

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Townie Tidbits

September 25, 2015
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BY SAL GIARRATANI LOOMING IN THE HORIZON Last week when talking about the impact additional traffic will play on Sullivan Square from the Everett Casino and a the new construction on the other side of Sullivan Square from Assembly Row, I made a mistake. That new building rising up in Somerville is not a...

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Obituaries 09-24-2015

September 25, 2015
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Ralph Rizzo Member of Teamsters Union Local 25, Bunker Hill Council K of C and Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association Ralph J. Rizzo, a lifelong Charlestown resident, entered into eternal life on September 17 at the Courtyard Nursing Care Center in Medford following an extended illness. He was 78 years old. Ralph was born in...

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Charlestown Schoolgirls Association’s Reunion

September 17, 2015
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Charlestown Schoolgirls Association’s Reunion

The 35th annual Charlestown Schoolgirls Association’s Reunion was held this past Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Past presidents were honored, new scholarships were given and raffles were offered to raise money to support the association.

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Sailing Program

September 17, 2015
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Sailing Program

Kaela Winer and Giulia Fenton lower Ronald Messier into a sailboat during last Saturday’s (Sept. 12) adaptive sailing program. Messier is bound to a wheelchair, but he said sailing gives him a new freedom to move around on the water. Messier and 125 others were able to take to the water in the adaptive...

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Morrissey Scholarship Event Scheduled for This Friday Night

September 17, 2015
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By Seth Daniel   It would be virtually impossible to forget Ryan “Duce” Morrissey. His imprint and memory are written all over Charlestown. Nearly one year after the young man was shot and killed on Main Street in what has been described by law enforcement as a horrible case of mistaken identity, one can...

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St. John’s Sidewalk Sale Planned for Sept 26

September 17, 2015
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The annual sidewalk sale at St. John’s Episcopal Church is scheduled for Saturday, September 26th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the church yard at 27 Devens Street in Charlestown.  In case of rain, the sale will be held inside the parish house next to the church.  The sale is sponsored by the...

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Walsh Says He’ll Run in 2017; Will Sit Down with Wynn Soon

September 17, 2015
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Mayor Martin Walsh announced last week in a live interview with the Boston Globe at Suffolk University that he plans to run again for mayor in two years and he will sit down soon with casino developer Steve Wynn to have a conversation about Charlestown. The interview, which was videotaped before a live audience...

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Police Briefs 09-17-2015

September 17, 2015
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Larceny – Bike – Attempt 09/07/15 – A victim on Eighth Street reported that a white male had gained access to the parking garage and attempted to steal a bike. The suspect was interrupted by security, but still able to flee the area. A surveillance video of the incident was turned over to Area...

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Letters to the Editor

September 17, 2015
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Wynn Casino in Everett –  more clarification      Dear Editor: In last week’s Patriot Bridge (9/3/2015) a press release entitled “Casino project to kickoff cleanup efforts” contains some misleading information that needs to be clarified.  As the title correctly states, Wynn has begun cleanup efforts, which are different from pre-construction efforts.  There are still several...

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Townie Tidbits

September 17, 2015
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BY SAL GIARRATANI  BLUE LIVES                    MATTER RALLY    This past weekend on Saturday, I was at the steps of the Statehouse at the Blue Lives Matter rally organized by WRKO›s talk show host Jeff Kauhner A large crowd assembled on Beacon Street up to the gates of the Statehouse to listen to Kuhner and...

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School Bells Ring for Local Students

September 10, 2015
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School Bells Ring for Local Students

The Herlihy girls were happy to return to the Warren Prescott School on Tuesday, Sept. 8, as Boston students returned to a new school term in Charlestown and across the City. Here, Marin and Devon Herlihy stop for a photo in front of the school before hurrying in excitedly to see their new classroom...

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Warren Prescott Opens Year With Innovations

September 10, 2015
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Say ‘Hola!’ Warren Prescott students. That will be the greeting amongst students and staff this year as a new Extended Learning Time (ELT) grant from the state has ushered in Spanish language teaching for the entire school, grades K1-8. It’s one of several changes at the elementary school on School Street that will be...

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New Medical Course Offered at BHCC

September 10, 2015
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This fall, Bunker Hill Community College (250 New Rutherford Ave., Charlestown) is offering a comprehensive certificate program in Medical Interpreting for those interested in interpretation for hospitals, clinics, and human services agencies. There is a high nationwide demand for medical interpreters for government agencies, hospitals, and healthcare organizations. In Massachusetts, where interpreters are legally...

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Walsh Announces Program to Help Seniors

September 10, 2015
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Last week, Mayor Martin Walsh announed a new program that will help Charlestown seniors prepare for what is sure to be another harsh winter. Walsh has launched ‘Senior Saves’, a new, proactive program that will help eligible seniors in Charlestown  replace failing or inefficient heating systems before winter begins. “With a very difficult winter...

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Townie Tidbits

September 10, 2015
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WHAT’S A TOWNIE TO SAY?    Once about a couple years back, a female friend asked me how she looked. I answered non-commitably, “How do you think you look? Knowing I had worked for the Department of Mental Health for decades, she told me, “Keep all  that psychobabble for someone who cares” OUCH!     Recenty,...

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