Townie Tidbits

By Sal Giarratani


“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 Boston. People are swimming over the border from Somerville.”

-Comic Steve Sweeney


 It was a great night at the Knights of Columbus for the Special Townies Motown Fundraiser. Music by DJ Dennis Taylor and R & B Classics. This is a great organization and does so much for so many families in Charlestown. If you were unable to attend but want to help the effort, you can contact Debbie Hughes at 617.710.2385 or Karen Scales at 781.726.0558.


A 45 year old Plymouth man died after overdosing  on heroin twice within 12 hours. He was rushed to the hospital after the fist OD, signed himself out and then overdosed again and did not make it.

 Narcan is an important tool in trying to keep people alive. It saves peoples’ lives but the only thing that keeps you going in life is fighting the addiction and beating it in your life. Many times folks have been known to have been Narcanned as many as three times in a couple of days.

If you know someone in the midst of this addictive behavior, never give up on them Try and get them help. If you do what you can but they won’t help themselves, never feel guilty. You did your best. That is all any of us can do.


So many folks showed up on Sunday morning (April 24) at the Hilton at the Airport that there weren’t enough tables and chairs. There were so many from East Boston that it looked like a “Home game.” There were plenty of folks from the North End and Charlestown there too.

Everyone had a great time.


 Attorney General Maura Healey was the special guest speaker at an April 28 ceremony honoring the 48 Quincy men killed in the Vietnam War.

The wreath-laying ceremony was organized as it is every year by the Vietnam Combat Veterans Combined Armed Forces Quincy Chapter at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Clock Tower in Marina Bay, Quincy.

   The tower was dedicated in 1987 and is inscribed with the names of the 48 Quincy residents who died as a result of injuries sustained in the war.

Among the other speakers were Mayor Tom Koch, Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey and Francisco Urena, director of the Massachusetts Department of Veteran Services.

Bob Noble, WWII P.O.W. and Attorney General Maura Healey

photo by Sal Giarratani

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