A Clean Sweep

May 13, 2016
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A Clean Sweep

Double duty: Landon and Austin Grant – twin fourth graders – were ready to pitch in for Boston Shines at the Warren Prescott School Garden on Friday, May 6. The annual neighborhood clean-up took place at several locations in the town on Friday and Saturday.

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Schoolboys Award 17 Scholarships to Local Students

May 13, 2016
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Schoolboys Award 17 Scholarships to Local Students

By Seth Daniel The Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association delivered 17 scholarships on Monday night, May 9, to students in the Town. The annual Scholarship night precedes the larger Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association Annual Reunion, which will take place on Sunday, May 16, at the Knights of Columbus. That event is one of the largest...

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Council Calls on BRA for September Meeting

May 13, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Boston City Council is wasting no time in bringing the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) back onto the carpet to have an earlier than expected review of Urban Renewal activities and the promised two-year action plan – issuing a letter last week calling for a September meeting. The letter was discussed...

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Ryan Questions Community Preservation Act

May 13, 2016
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By Seth Daniel As momentum begins to gain ground for the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in Boston, Charlestown State Rep. Dan Ryan is apt to hold off on the runaway enthusiasm for what is essentially a property tax increase. Ryan said he is still educating himself on Boston’s proposal, but doesn’t see it as...

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Police Briefs 05-12-2016

May 13, 2016
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CHARLESTOWN BEAT OUI 05/03/16 – Officers responded to High and Sullivan streets for a motor vehicle accident. As a result of the subsequent investigation, an individual was placed under arrest for operating under the influence. Shoplifting 05/03/16 – As a result of a radio call to Austin Street for a shoplifter, officers placed an...

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New Fundraiser in Charlestown Directed to Help the Homeless

May 13, 2016
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By Seth Daniel One Charlestown resident and Tempo Cycle are combining efforts to have two innovative fundraisers this month to benefit a jobs program for the homeless in Boston. Anthony Toppi, a steering committee member for Project Place in the South End, kicked things off by hosting a 45-minute spin class for charity last...

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Townie Tidbits

May 13, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani WELL IT WAS QUATRO DE MAYO TIME AGAIN  While many out there celebrate Cinco de Mayo every May 5, I am one of those “May the Fourth be with you” celebrants since MAY 4 is my Birthday Day. I still refuse to get old or accept those senior freebies out there. Not all, Thanks...

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Did I Touch Home Plate?

May 7, 2016
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Did I Touch Home Plate?

Joseph Brienze, CHAD Athletics, scores after hitting a home run in his first game of the season. The Charlestown Little League kicked off its season last Saturday, April 30, at Ryan Field.

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In the Top Five:Charlestown One of Most Important Archaeological Sites in the United States

May 7, 2016
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In the Top Five:Charlestown One of Most Important Archaeological Sites in the United States

By Seth Daniel A few years ago when Boston City Archaeologist Joe Bagley was preparing to move the City’s voluminous collection of Colonial artifacts from the North End to a new office in West Roxbury – he got a good look at the boxes and boxes of artifacts from Charlestown. It was an eye-opener....

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Bridgewater Center Now Accepting Applications

May 7, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The new Bridgeview Center is accepting applications for its 61 units of affordable housing on the other side of Rutherford Avenue, the first residential project on that side of the Town. Applications became available for the building on Monday, April 25, and the first information session took place on May 2....

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Boston Licensing Board Approves Lift on BYOB Ban

May 7, 2016
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By John Lynds Following the Boston City Council’s lead, the Boston Licensing Board (BLB) voted unanimously last Thursday 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. According to a statement from the BLB, the board will work on...

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Police Briefs 05-05-2016

May 7, 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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Impact of Charter Schools on Charlestown

May 7, 2016
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By Debra Dobbs As the statewide debate over the expansion of charter schools continues and November’s ballot question to lift the existing cap on charter school looms, it’s important to consider the impact of charter schools on Charlestown. This year alone, charter schools will siphon off $119,405,100 in funds that would otherwise stay in...

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Townie Tidbits

May 7, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani QUOTE TO NOTE “Donald Trump is going to put up a wall and the Mexicans are going to pay for it in order to keep themselves out. Brilliant. And who made the greatest wall? China. So we have to outsource the work to them. We have our own immigration problems in...

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Sports 05-05-2016

May 7, 2016
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Townie Sports Roundup By Kevin Kelly   Softball Call Teenagers between the ages of 13-15 (a player must not turn 16 until after August 1) interested in playing in a summer baseball program must be registered no later than MAY 20th. To register for the program, a completed Senior League registration form and fee payment...

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Charlestown Fleet Feet

April 28, 2016
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Charlestown Fleet Feet

Town Track Club opened the track season with great success over Boston Marathon weekend. The BAA Youth Relay on Saturday 4/16 was a great experience for the programs’ middle school athletes. Fifty kids participated in a 4 week training that culminated with the event that saw Charlestown fielding full squads in all 7 races. The...

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Park Boston App Surges In Use;Revenues Increase

April 28, 2016
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Park Boston App Surges In Use;Revenues Increase

By Seth Daniel Drivers looking to avoid a parking ticket would do well to pick up their smart phones and retire the rolls of quarters for good. City officials, and most especially thousands of drivers, are hailing the new ParkBoston smart phone application this spring, just as the convenient piece of technology looks to...

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Saving Our History:Preservation Society Looks to Save Old Houses

April 28, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Charlestown is the oldest neighborhood in Boston, and with that comes some of the finest, old homes in the city as well, but over the last few years preservationists and residents have shuddered to see many old homes taken down to make way for new homes – sometimes simply in order...

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Former Resident Dies Trying to Break up a Fight:Friend and Colleague Sets up Website to Raise Money for Wife and Kids

April 28, 2016
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By John Lynds A former longtime Charlestown resident who rushed to break up a fight in Boston died after suffering a head injury during the melee Brian Hingston, 45, who grew up in Charlestown died Sunday, April 17  when he tried to stop a fight inside a parking lot on Adams Street and Gallivan...

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Mayor Walsh to Hold Neighborhood Coffee Hour on May 4

April 28, 2016
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department today announced that the 18th Annual Neighborhood Coffee Hour Series will run in local parks citywide from May 4 to June 22. “We’ve increased our Neighborhood Coffee Hours this year to give even more residents the opportunity to learn about and discuss city...

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Police Body Camera Pilot Program Set to Start This Summer

April 28, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Members of the Boston City Council held a hearing to field concerns and comments on Tuesday night at Charlestown High School regarding the police body camera program that will begin in all neighborhoods this summer. The Boston Police Body Worn Camera Pilot program will start in the summer of 2016 with...

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Ryan,House Pass Bill on Uber and Lyft

April 28, 2016
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By John Lynds Transportation network companies (TNC) or ‘ride-share’ companies like Uber and Lyft have become popular transportation options for hundreds of residents living in Charlestown. Young professionals, workers and residents out for an evening have used the convenience and cheapness of Uber and Lyft to get to and from Charlestown because a ride...

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Wynn Clears Environmental Hurdle Again,Unlocking MBTA Land

April 28, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Wynn Boston Harbor received its final state environmental approvals on Monday afternoon from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) when it accepted the comprehensive Section 61 environmental report – an acceptance that looks to have freed up a crucial piece of MBTA land that will serve as an entrance to the resort...

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Police Briefs 04-28-2016

April 28, 2016
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CHARLESTOWN BEAT Burglary – No Force 04/19/16 – A victim on West School Street reported unknown person(s) entered his work area and removed various tools. No further information was available at that time. Burglary- Residential – No Force 04/20/16 – Victims on Essex Street reported upon returning home from vacation, they saw that their...

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