Downtown View:Donald O’Trump

September 10, 2015
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It started when the nine-year-old in our family misheard Donald Trump’s name and called him, with disgust and outrage, Donald O’Trump. She hasn’t been the only one disgusted and outraged. Globe columnists, Times columnists, television commentators have been spewing disbelief, abhorrence, indignation and revulsion. They parse his “policies” as if they actually mean something....

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Police Briefs 09-10-2015

September 10, 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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Walsh Bans Smokeless Tobacco at Parks and Sports Venues

September 10, 2015
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By now we all know that smokeless tobacco leads to serious health problems like mouth and throat cancer. For years its been a mainstay in sports with thousands of players both at the amateur and professional level sticking huge wads of chew in their mouths and spitting constantly at games. On Wednesday, Mayor Martin...

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Volunteering at Kennedy Center

September 4, 2015
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Volunteering at Kennedy Center

     Wynn Casino provided 10 volunteers to paint the Kennedy Center for free last Thursday, Aug. 27.

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Top Boston Park Ranger Takes the Reins,Settles in Charletown

September 4, 2015
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Top Boston Park Ranger Takes the Reins,Settles in Charletown

When Michael Creasey landed the job of general superintendent of the National Parks of Boston, he hadn’t even applied for the coveted position that contains so many of America’s earliest Revolutionary War treasures. As one of the top planners for the future of the National Park Service (NPS), and in charge of a site...

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Lamattina Says Wynn Casino Forces a Plan Boston Has Previously Rejected

September 4, 2015
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While some elected officials gave the go-ahead to the Wynn environmental certificate last week, Charlestown’s City Councilor was not one of them. Despite several pertinent concerns raised by City Councilor Sal LaMattina about the certificate for Wynn, those concerns were not enough to derail the ultimate granting of the critical MEPA certificate last Friday,...

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Wynn Clears Big Hurdle with State Certificate,Concluding Two-Year Environmental Review

September 4, 2015
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After nearly two years of reviews and 10,000-plus pages of analysis, Wynn Everett received the go-ahead from state environmental regulators late Friday evening – gaining a critical approval that had stood in the way of construction on the casino since February. After having sent Wynn back to the drawing board regarding traffic plans last...

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Lions Club Awards Red Sox Tickets

September 4, 2015
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The Charlestown Lions Club would like to thank the many residents and friends who participated in the annual drawing for two tickets to the recent Red Sox-Yankee game. Whole Foods, Dunkin Donuts, the Patriot Bridge and the Charlestown Co-operative Bank were instrumental in aiding with the sale of the tickets and their help is...

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Support for Labor Unions is Growing

September 4, 2015
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Support for labor unions is on the rise, jumping five percentage points between 2014 and 2015. According to a Gallup poll conducted in August, a majority of Americans approve of unions, including a full two-thirds of young people aged 18-34. Americans approve of unions and most would like to see unions’ power maintained or...

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Letters to the Editor

September 4, 2015
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Belated thank you Dear Editor: The Friends of Charlestown High School would like to thank (rather belatedly) all of those who supported Charlestown High’s participation in Pride Week this past June (June 9-14).  With the support of State Senator Sal DiDomenico, State Rep Dan Ryan, City Councilor Sal LaMattina, Attorney Pat Sweeney, and members...

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Can the Drug Epidemic Be Stopped?

September 4, 2015
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A heroin epidemic is running rampant throughout every neighborhood in the City of Boston. It’s cheap enough and readily available at the drop of a hat. While police are faced with the monumental task of taking drugs off the streets their efforts continue because most of the time the usual suspects are released by...

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DCF Needs a Complete Overhaul

September 4, 2015
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Governor Charlie Baker has publicly stated that the embattled Department of Children and Families (DCF) still needs to improve but he feels DCF is heading in the right direction. What direction? North, South, East, West or the usual merry-go-round circling approach. In fairness, his administration has inherited the problems facing DCF. That certainly does...

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St. John School Summer Camp

August 28, 2015
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St. John School Summer Camp

St. John School held it’s 3rd year of summer camp which ran from July 6th through August 7th. The campers enjoyed many fun activities during their five weeks. This summer, Michele DeMarco of the SJS afterschool program directed the camp along with counselors: Ms. Jessica Nagle, K3B Teacher, Ms. Julie Fiore, K5A Aide and...

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Flip Flop Regatta

August 28, 2015
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Flip Flop Regatta

With the Nantucket Lightship in the background, Adrian Ionescu and his ship, the Migration, sail back to their homeport of Charlestown during last Saturday’s (Aug. 15) Flip Flop Regatta. The Regatta was held out of Courageous Sailing in Charlestown and raised funds for the Ally Foundation to end sexual violence.

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Capuano Hopes Casino Will Spur Regional Discussion

August 28, 2015
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Congressman Michael Capuano weighed in this week – as he has in the past – on the traffic discussions that have once again come up in Sullivan Square and Rutherford Avenue – saying he hoped that the latest rounds of discussion spurred by the Wynn casino proposal could result in careful thought and a...

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Transportation Secretary Clears Wynn on Traffic Mitigation

August 28, 2015
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In a battle of the written word this week between top state officials, the power of the pen has seemed to swing the way of Wynn. Dueling letters of support and opposition from several officials ended on Monday with the top transportation official in the state writing that Wynn’s traffic plan had satisfied her...

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DiDomenico Took on Greater Budget Role

August 28, 2015
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For State Sen. Sal DiDomenico, the past summer has been unusually busy as he has spent the warm weather months with an inside seat to the State Budget process, serving a member of the Conference Committee that hashed out the funding document this year and completed its work earlier this month. As vice chair...

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Police Briefs 08-27-2015

August 28, 2015
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Drugs 08/18/15 – As a result of a drug investigation in the area of Carney Court, two individuals were placed under arrest for possession of cocaine Breaking and Entering – Residence 08/21/15 – A victim on Cambridge Street reported when he returned home, he saw his front doors had been forced open, and both...

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Townie Tidbits

August 28, 2015
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“LUCKY” ENGINE 13 On my recent trip down to Texas, I found out they have an Engine 13 at the Downtown Austin firehouse. Most firefighters might cringe a bit if they were assigned to a company 13 but not Texans. One firefighter said everybody wants to be a part of Engine 13. One firefighter...

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The Ones That Didn’t Get Away

August 20, 2015
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The Ones That Didn’t Get Away

Charlestown resident and former Boston Bruin, Shawn Thornton (far left) is shown here last Thursday at the Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Striper Fishing Derby on Fan Pier. He is pictured with Joe Fallon, Michael Fallon and KISS 107’s Billy Costa.

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Navy Volunteers Help at Warren-Prescott School

August 20, 2015
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Navy Volunteers Help at Warren-Prescott School

Hands from all over the world came together to lend themselves towards a major sprucing up of the Warren-Prescott School and grounds on Tuesday – officially known in the neighborhood as Navy Day. Some 72 members of the Navy volunteer crew and scores of parents, teachers, neighbors, students and former students braved the heat...

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Four Receive Scholarships from MGH and Spaulding

August 20, 2015
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Charlestown residents Mackaila Garcia, Nathaly Guerrero, Caroline Ward, and Kailey Zhu are the recipients of the 2015 Partners HealthCare Charlestown Merit Scholarship. Presented for the sixth year by Partners HealthCare System affiliates MGH Institute of Health Professions, MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, each student will receive a $1,500 scholarship as they enter their first year...

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Wynn Resorts will be Using Green Initiatives in Everett

August 20, 2015
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Wynn has announced that the $1.7 billion Wynn Resort in Everett will exceed state regulatory requirements for environmental sustainability and feature advanced green initiatives, including the use of solar power and rainwater harvesting. The Wynn Resort in Everett is being designed to achieve a Gold or higher LEED ranking. The land remediation will advance...

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Mishawaum Extension Bridge Closed for Structural Problems

August 20, 2015
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Though many might not be aware – or perhaps found out through near accidents when trying to turn – the Mishawaum Extension Bridge across Rutherford Avenue has officially closes to vehicles. Though there is no signage announcing the fact, jersey barriers have been placed across the small turning lane that is very popular with...

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