First Annual Looney Park Day Draws Large Crowd on Saturday

The scholarship recipients kneeling are from left Nolan Carrier, Paul Myers, Eoghan Myers, Ronan Carrier with Rep. Gene O'Flaherty, Councilor Sal LaMattina, Mike Charbonnier, Don Young, Eoghan Myers, Billy Boyle and Sen. Sal DiDomenico. The scholarships were donated by CHAD.

The promise made last year to re-dedicate the effort to keep Peter Looney Park clean from year to year was accomplished last weekend.

More than 100 parents, their children and the friends of the late Peter Looney turned out to spiff-up Charlestown’s newest park and among its most pleasant open spaces.

Under sunny skies, a modest clean-up took place.

However, it was the face painting and tattooing that drew the interest of most the children at the event.

A flock of officials, including Boston City Councillor Sal LaMattina, State Senator Sal DiDomenico, Charlestown Representative Gene O’Flaherty and the leadership of Charlestown Against Drugs – which the late Mr. Looney formerly headed – aided in making the late morning affair a huge success.

“I want to make this an annual event,” said LaMattina. When the park was dedicated last year, when Mr. Looney was still alive, LaMattina made just such a promise.

“Those of us who loved Mr. Looney and who understand how much his positive activities benefited Charlestown’s well-being, have decided among ourselves that this event will be continued from year to year, every year,” La Mattina explained.

The puppet show was a big hit.

“Everyone loved that show,” said LaMattina.

Refreshments served to the attendees were provided by donations from a consortium of local businesses.

Four scholarships in memory of Mr.  Looney were awarded to local students by Charlestown Against Drugs.

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