Winter’s Here — Bundle Up

January 13, 2017
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Winter arrived in full force earlier this week, with a big snowstorm and skin-numbing temperatures. But we are New Englanders, so we know what to expect and how to prepare for it. Indeed, if you were shoveling snow as we were throughout the past weekend, not only did we benefit from a great workout,...

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What Would Martin Luther King Jr. Think?

January 13, 2017
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When one considers that it has been almost 49 years since Martin Luther King was assassinated, it is easy to understand why so many of our fellow Americans today have so little understanding of who he was and what he accomplished. Every school child for the past generation knows well the story of Martin...

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Y Provides Fun for Children

January 6, 2017
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Y Provides Fun for Children

Albert was exhausted after a few rounds of hoops last week and had no problem taking a time out on the floor. Albert and his family are just a few of the numerous families from around the world that stay in Charlestown at the Constitution Inn while getting treatment at the Shriner’s Hospital for...

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Mayor Returns Charlestown’s O’Neill Back to School Committee Position

January 6, 2017
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced on Monday the re-appointment of Charlestown’s Michael D. O’Neill to the Boston School Committee for a third, four-year term. O’Neill was first appointed as a member of the School Committee on July 15, 2008 and he was elected Chairman of the School Committee on January 7, 2013. O’Neill was...

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Chain Forge, Ropewalk Projects given 90-Day Extensions for Permits; Polk Street Approved

January 6, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) Board gave 90-day extensions to two high-profile redevelopment projects in the Navy Yard that have had numerous stops and starts over the last several years – citing that final preparations are being made to close out the elongated process on both the Chain Forge...

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LaMattina to Meet with Administration on Wynn Boston Mitigation Fund

January 6, 2017
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By Seth Daniel City Councilor Sal LaMattina said he is reaching out to Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration to schedule a meeting regarding the Wynn Boston Harbor mitigation fund, and the upcoming dispersal of funds that are now sitting in the account. Currently, there is just more than $1 million in the account, and that...

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Welcome Sign Makes Dramatic Comeback Just in Time for 2017

January 6, 2017
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By Seth Daniel It’s time to feel “welcome” again. Perhaps it was the pangs of guilt. Maybe it was a post-Christmas New Year’s resolution to be more nice than naughty. Or maybe common sense prevailed. Whatever it was, the person or persons responsible for stealing the ‘Welcome to Charlestown’ hand-carved, wooden sign on the...

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NEW Health Charlestown Begins Substance Use Program

January 6, 2017
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As part of a grant awarded to the health center by the federal government, NEW Health Charlestown has begun a new program that looks to help those suffering from addiction. Opiate use has become a major problem all over New England; the Charlestown neighborhood in Boston has become one of the hardest hit communities....

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Police Briefs 01-05-2017

January 6, 2017
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Charlestown Beat Threats 12/27/16 – A victim on Decatur Street reported after she received threatening texts, four males showed up at her door. The victim immediately called the police, and the suspects fled. The victim stated she did not know the suspects, but they may have been involved in an altercation with her boyfriend...

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Townie Tidbits

January 6, 2017
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By Sal Giarratani HEY EVERYBODY JIMMY WALSH JUST HAD A BIRTHDAY One of Charlestown’s best political minds Jimmy Walsh just had a birthday on Christmas Eve. He just turned the Big Six-0 if you can believe it. Time flies when you’re having fun and doing politics.   SMART GROWTH HOUSING COMING TO MAIN  STREET?...

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Keeping Our Water Supply Safe

January 6, 2017
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In 2014, the American Waterworks Association declared MWRA’s water to be the best in the nation. (In fact, it won both first and second place both for the City of Boston’s and the MWRA’s own sample.) This was not a lucky coincidence, but the end result of a carefully crafted and intricate plan to...

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Schrafft’s Sign Re-Lit with More Efficient Lighting

January 4, 2017
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Schrafft’s Sign Re-Lit with More Efficient Lighting

By Seth Daniel Charlestown’s iconic pink, neon sign went missing late last month. It was to the Town as it would be to Boston if Fenway’s Citgo sign suddenly disappeared. But earlier this month, all was returned to normal as the Schrafft’s sign returned atop the office building on Sullivan Square in a newer,...

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2016 – The Top Charlestown News Stories

January 4, 2017
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2016 – The Top Charlestown News Stories

By Seth Daniel There were no shortage of issues in Charlestown to debate and celebrate in 2016. From devastating fires to development tangles, the Town was alive with activity this year. Below are the top 16 stories from 2016. New Parks Open – The Training Field opens on Sept. 12 and the John Harvard...

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Ten Most Borrowed Book at BPL Listed

January 4, 2017
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The ten most frequently borrowed books from Boston Public Library locations in 2016 took patrons from a modern day train in England to early twentieth-century Boston and to many places in between. It’s not too late to read one or more of these great titles before the end of the year. Stop by and...

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MGH Institute Helps Charlestown Charities During Holidays

January 4, 2017
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MGH Institute of Health Professions supported several charities in Charlestown and throughout Greater Boston during this season of giving. The organizations supported were: The Welcome Home Initiative, Constitution Inn YMCA, Charlestown Navy Yard. Faculty and staff raised $3,175 to support the initiative, which includes collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services and the US Veterans Administration....

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Police Briefs 12-29-2016

January 4, 2017
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Charlestown Beat 12/20/16 – Officers in the area of Vine Street placed an individual under arrest for an outstanding warrant. Vandalism 12/22/16 – Officers responded to First Avenue for a report of a suspicious device (small box with wires). Upon further investigation, it was revealed the device was just an ATM card-reader that had...

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Helping Boston Homeowners

January 4, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh When I ran for Mayor, I knew I wanted to make Boston a city where every resident can afford to live, work and raise a family. Since I’ve been elected, Boston has grown — fast. Our population is expanding rapidly and we’re expected to reach over 700,000 residents by...

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Charlestown High’s Change Starts from the Top

January 4, 2017
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By George K. Regan Jr. In 1974, as Mayor Kevin White’s Press Secretary, I became the spokesperson for bussing in Boston. I saw first-hand how bussing tore the fabric of the city apart. Busses carrying children were pelted with rocks, students were dropping out of school at alarming rates, and violence became so widespread,...

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Townie Tidbits

January 4, 2017
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By Sal Giarratani TOWNIES ALWAYS WELCOME IN SAUGUS I recently attended a Christmas Party dinner/dance over at the VFW Beachmont Post in Revere. The catering was done by The Tumble Inn Diner in Saugus on Lincoln Avenue. The co-owners are Laura Cuhna and Rick Scirocco. When Rick discovered I had a Townie connection, he...

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Letter to the Editor

January 4, 2017
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First year anniversary Dear Editor: This December marks the one year anniversary of the founding of CharlestownDogs. Time has flown by and yet we are proud of our accomplishments and growth in our initial year. We have about 300 registered members and expect to gain many more in 2017! We look forward to ramping...

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Have A Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year

January 4, 2017
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The upcoming long weekend marks the start of the New Year — 2017. The arrival of a new year marks a time for reflection, both as to the year that has passed and as to the year to come. In the words of the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson: Ring out the old, ring in...

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Firefighters Battle Six-Alarm Blaze;23 Residents Left Homeless

December 23, 2016
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Firefighters Battle Six-Alarm Blaze;23 Residents Left Homeless

By Seth Daniel The sun was just rising around 6:40 a.m. when Gretchen Anjomi of Lexington Avenue smelled smoke – and not the kind of cozy, smoky smell that comes from a chimney. Soon, she also heard smoke alarms start to blare as flames and heavy smoke began to pour out of the three-story...

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Grass Roots Group Now Opposing One Charlestown; Seeks Answers

December 23, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Most worthwhile things have their beginnings over a cup of coffee. And so it is the case that four Charlestown women sharing a cup of coffee three months ago began their passionate opposition and quest for answers regarding the One Charlestown redevelopment of the Bunker Hill Housing Development – a project...

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Monument Laundry Owner Grateful to Firefighters for Response

December 23, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Everyone appreciates the work of firefighters, but that appreciation isn’t really felt in one’s gut until they’ve experienced a major fire. That gratitude is certainly felt this week by Monument Laundromat owner George J. Georges, who owns the building where the fire occurred, as well as many other properties in the...

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