This Weekend Offers Opportunity to Meet and to Learn about Charlestown Artists

December 2, 2016
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By Seth Daniel This coming weekend offers a unique opportunity for Charlestown resident to see inside the workings of a real studio gallery, observing how local artists work and seeing some of their most recent works, as the Artists Group of Charlestown (AGC) opens its doors at the StoveFactory on Medford Street during the...

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Santa,Enchanted Trolley Returns to Thompson Sq on December 4

December 2, 2016
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By Seth Daniel For those little ones hoping to skip the middleman and get their Christmas list directly into Santa Claus’s hands, Sunday is the golden opportunity to speak directly with the big guy. Mayor Martin Walsh and Liaison Chris Breen announced this week that the Enchanted Trolley with the mayor and Santa Claus...

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Citywide Plan Looks to the Edges of Boston for Continued Growth

December 2, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen In order to accommodate the continued growth in both jobs and population, the citywide draft plan under Imagine Boston 2030 has pointed out potential places of growth on the outer edges of the city. “We have to identify different places in the city where Boston can grow and expand,” said Mayor...

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Police Briefs 12-01-2016

December 2, 2016
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CHARLESTOWN BEAT Larceny – Bike 11/21/16 – A victim on First Avenue reported sometime between 4 and 5 p.m., her charcoal-colored Rockhopper bike was stolen from a gated room in her building. The room was secure, but the bike wasn’t locked. Camera footage of the incident might be available.   Burglary – Residential 11/22/16...

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Townie Tidbits

December 2, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani 2016 SILVER KEY RECIPIENTS The Charitable Irish Society which was founded in Boston in 1737 is the oldest Irish Society in America amd includes both Catholics and Protestants. Its mission has always been to provide assistance and aid to newly arrived Irish immigrants as they faced adjusting to life here in...

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Let’s Stay Cool and Calm on Legal Marijuana

December 2, 2016
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If recent news reports are to be believed, some in our state are hyperventilating about the imminent legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts which was approved by voters in the recent election. Their opposition primarily is two-fold: First, that more under-age youth (under 21) will begin to use marijuana, and second, that there will be...

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Sharing the Harvest

November 24, 2016
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Sharing the Harvest

BAG THAT BIRD:   David Hennessey loads a Thanksgiving turkey into a bag as Jasline Torres helps out during the annual Harvest on the Vine Thanksgiving meal distribution on Friday afternoon, Nov. 18. Charlestown’s only food pantry, which is part of St. Catherine’s-St. Mary’s Church, once again served hundreds of families in the Town...

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BPDA Unanimously Approves Residential Use at Hood Park

November 24, 2016
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BPDA Unanimously Approves Residential Use at Hood Park

By Seth Daniel The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) unanimously approved a 177-unit building for 480 Rutherford Avenue in the Hood Park – the first residential use allowed in the office-oriented area and only the third residential use permitted on the “other side” of Charlestown. “Most of the community has been excited to...

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Charlestown High Program Emerges from Budget Cuts to Become a Regional Leader

November 24, 2016
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By Seth Daniel It was just one year ago that Charlestown High’s Sunny Pai was considering his employment options as he came to grips with the fact that highly-publicized funding issues in the Boston Public Schools were going to force his innovative Diploma Plus program to shut down. It didn’t look hopeful through the...

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Charlestown Open House Deemed A Major Success for City

November 24, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Close to 900 Charlestown residents turned out on Wednesday, Nov. 16, for the first-ever traveling City Hall in Charlestown – a pilot event that went so well the City will look to replicate it across the neighborhoods. “The City Hall Open House in Charlestown was a great opportunity for myself and...

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Hamersley Speaks on the ‘Beast’ That Is A Thanksgiving Turkey and Closing His Restaurant

November 24, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Popular writer and former restaurateur Gordon Hamersley made a name for himself in the South End with a Red Sox cap always on his head and a wonderful recipe for chicken. This week, however, he talked turkey. In his first talk since he and his wife, Fiona, closed their destination eatery...

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Police Briefs 11-24-2016

November 24, 2016
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CHARLESTOWN BEAT Violation of Auto Law 11/08/16 – As a result of a motor-vehicle stop on Alford Street, an individual was placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle after suspension/revocation. Robbery – Bank 11/10/16 – Officers responded to the Citizens Bank on Austin Street for a bank robbery call. They were informed that...

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Letter to the Editor

November 24, 2016
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The Charlestown Lions Club Is Collecting Coats! Dear Editor: The Charlestown Lions Club is collecting coats for children, babies and adults during the months of November, December and into early January. Our Charlestown  Co-operative Bank and its manager, Tom Coots, have  generously offered to be the collection site for the coats again this year/  ...

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Townie Tidbits

November 24, 2016
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL AND DON’T LOOK NOW BUT CHRISTMAS IS SNEAKING UP TOO   Last week while walking down Main Street I stopped at Zume’s for my usual, a vanilla latte with skim milk and whipped cream. Next I stopped by Bunker Hill Florist already decked out for Christmas both inside and out. It...

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Remember Those in Need

November 24, 2016
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For the vast majority of Americans, Thanksgiving and the holiday season is a joyous time when the abundance that life offers is most apparent in a wealthy nation such as ours. But the sad reality for many of our fellow citizens is that the holiday season brings little, if any, joy. Those who are...

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2016
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Thanksgiving is the ultimate family-centered holiday. Thanksgiving has no religious connotations, no national-celebration connotations, and no required gift-giving. It asks nothing more from each of us than just showing up (other than for the person who is doing all the cooking) and enjoying the company of our family and friends and then having a...

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Flip Those Pancakes

November 18, 2016
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Flip Those Pancakes

THE CRANKY COOKS: Showing a little Townie consideration for one another in the kitchen are volunteer cooks Lisa Collins, Bob McLean, and Bob McGoff. The three worked hard all morning long to keep pancakes cooking on the griddle for the annual Charlestown Lion’s Club Veterans Day Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 13.

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Capuano,Ryan Counsel Democratic Voters after Trump,Republican Wins

November 18, 2016
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Capuano,Ryan Counsel Democratic Voters after Trump,Republican Wins

By Seth Daniel After a shocking Election Day result that included not only a win by President Elect Donald Trump, but also a Republican sweep through the U.S. Congress and many state legislatures, federal and state leaders for Charlestown have been out on the trail consoling Democratic voters. In many cases, while some are...

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One Charlestown Meets Organized Opposition at Community Meeting

November 18, 2016
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By Seth Daniel A group of neighbors – from the furthest reaches of Medford Street to the abutting Newtown apartments – have seemingly begun to unite against the current proposal for the One Charlestown redevelopment of the Bunker Hill Housing Development – one of the largest proposed building projects in the history of the...

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BPS Backtracks on Parking Lot Plan at the Edwards School

November 18, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The controversial Boston Public Schools (BPS) plan presented to the community last month that would have dramatically reduced the parking situation for residents at the Edwards Middle School lot on Main Street has been scrapped for a new, more flexible plan that embraces residents. In a letter to residents on Monday,...

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LaMattina Holds City Council Hearing on Ferries

November 18, 2016
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By John Lynds City Councilor and Chair of the Committee on Parks, Recreation and Transportation Sal LaMattina held a hearing last Thursday at City Hall to discuss the plans to bring a ferry to Charlestown, East Boston, the North End and South Boston. The hearing, co-chaired by Council President Michelle Wu and Councilor Bill...

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Election Was No Surprise When Looking at Shrugs and Smiles

November 18, 2016
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By Seth Daniel When jaws dropped last Tuesday night and Wednesday morning as the national election returns began to favor President-elect Donald Trump, one apolitical political predictor had a very big “told you so” moment. Boston area businessman and political prognosticator Don Khoury is known for turning down the sound on political races. By...

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Schrafft’s Signs to be Replaced This Month

November 18, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Many have noted over the past week the fact that the iconic Schrafft’s illuminated sign at Sullivan Square went dark. Bill Bush of the Flatley Company told  the Patriot Bridge that the sign going dark is just temporary. He said the existing signs were getting old and needing replacing, so the...

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Townie Tidbits

November 18, 2016
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GIVING THANKS AND HELPING OTHERS  Isn›t the above the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Families gathering together for what they have and who they love. It is truly the sharing of life with others In Charlestown, a number of years ago, Townies came together to help the needy have a real Thanksgiving to remember and...

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