Townie Tidbits

By Sal Giarratani

CAN YOU HEAR THE PARADE COMING UP BUNKER HILL STREET?

This year›s Bunker Hill Day parade will be held on Sunday, June 12 . Let us all hope it is a sunny day because it should always shine on Charlestown’s holiday. It is also nice that parade organizers try to keep Bunker Hill and Father’s Day on two separate Sundays. Let’s hope it will also be sunny on Father’s Day because where would society be without strong fathers out there helping to raise their children.

Unfortunately, I will be missing my first parade in 15 years   since I will be celebrating the high school graduation of my first great nephew Jacob who is a member of the Cohasset High School Class of 2016.

He is making me feel old though since 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of my own graduation at Boston English High School Class of 1966. OUCH!

This year›s Father›s Day will also be very special for me as my daughter Nealia will be getting married in Dedham on June 18. I will behaving a Father’s Day Weekend this year. She marrying a very nice Irish guy with reddish hair. He’s a great kid and his family is super. Seems like only yesterday, I had my daughter’s birth announcement in the Patriot and now she’s getting married. Sometimes life flies by so fast, doesn’t it?

SMOKEY CAIN AND SAL G. IN EASTIE

I was surprised to bump into Charlestown›s DJ, Kevin, aka Smokey Cain over at the East Boston Bike Safety Day for the kids over at the Salesians Boys & Girls Club. We had our photo taken with a giant yellow pollo, aka Spanish for chicken.

Kudos go out to the Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis, the Salesians, Engine 5 from Eagle Hill and everyone at A-7 for making it a super day for all the kids.

LOOKING BACK TO 1981 PARADE

I remember the 1981 parade like it was yesterday. After a month long siege of the Winthrop Street Firehouse, the City of Boston reopened the firehouse and reactivated the Engine 50 apparatus. The members of the Peoples Firehouse were big heroes in that parade marching to the cheers of the neighborhood. We stood up and said NO to the City Hall and we won the day.

It was Townie Pride all the way.

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