Townie Tidbits

By Sal Giarratani

JIM BRETT HONORED BY USS CONSTITUTION MUSEUM

 Former state Rep. Jim Brett, D-Dorchester and president CEO of the New England Council was recently honored by the USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown for his many good works to the Boston community.

Shown in  photo are (l to r) Tom Kershaw, owner of the Hampshire House,  honoree Jim Brett and Museum President Anne Grimes Rand.

AS BAD AS LAST WINTER WAS, I STILL CAN’T FORGET BLIZZARD OF ‘78

Last year’s snowfall seemed endless piling feet on top of feet of snow. We kept getting whacked over and over. However, those who survived the Blizzard of ‘78 will never forget that horrible storm that came out of the blue and stayed forever in our collective memories.

   By the way, they made shovels great back in the day. I still have my old 1978 shovel. It was made of oat and steel, not plastic like today.

   I dug up, excuse the pun, a great old photo taken on Winthrop Street taken a day or two later after that Feb.6-7, 1978 buried us with some 26 inches of snow.

  Winthrop Street as the snow stopped and the digging began

photo by Sal Giarratani

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I NEED SOME FEEDBACK AGAIN

I hope folks have been reading Townie Tidbits over the past couple of weeks as I have been tackling the serious subject of drugs, drug overdoses and the need to gather together to face the challenge as a community. Any ideas, comments, etc, send to [email protected]

HAPPY 5th ANNIVERSARY TO GRASSHOPPER CAFE

 A big congrats go out to Keven and Lynne Smith on the 5th anniversary  of the Grasshopper Café up on Bunker Hill Street. It seems like only yesterday they just opened. Best real breakfast feel in Charlestown. Like the old days at Lorraine’s in the old bank building in Thompson Square. They make the best oatmeal around too and I love stopping by for my bowl on Sundays.

DOWNEAST MAKES IT TO THE TASTE OF EASTIE

 Recently over at the “Taste of Eastie” at the Hilton at Logan Airport, I came upon the “DownEast Cider House from Charlestown amongst all those great Eastie eateries. It was a pleasant surprise and I loved the taste of their cider too. As the sign said, “Made in Charlestown.”

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