By Sal Giarratani
Boston Public Health Commission, the Boston Parks & Recreation Department and Blue Cross Blue Shield MA are partnering to provide the Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series – FREE fitness programming in Boston Parks this summer. The Fitness Series will activate Boston parks while increasing opportunities for physical activity across Boston’s neighborhoods.
BUNKER DAY CHIEF MARSHAL’S BANQUET
This year’s Bunker Hill Day parade is being held on Sunday, June 12. However, one should not forget the Chief Marshal’s Banquet honoring Chief Marshal Danny Noonan. It will be held on Friday, June 10 at the Knights with DJ Smokey Cain providing all the entertainment needed for this joyish evening. For tickets, contact Kathleen Noonan at 617.201.1673 or Doc Sheehan at617.242.0180.
SPLASH INTO SUMMER AT THE YMCA
Don’t forgot, the Splash to Summer event at the Charlestown YMCA is coming up on Wednesday, June 29 at 600 pm at Courageous Sailing Pier (Pier 4) in the Navy Yard. All proceeds go to the Charlestown YMCA Annual Fund. For more details and tickets go to ymcaboston.org/charlestown.
MY DAUGHTER SENT ME TO THE BARBER SHOP
My daughter Nealie is getting married on June 18 and she gave me orders to cut back my long hair for the wedding photographer. I love long hair but I love my daughter more. I ended up in the North End so that Gino from “Johnny & Gino’s could make my daughter happy. When I got out of the chair and Gino said “You no longer look like Rod Stewart but George Clooney.” I replied that I didn’t like Clooney could I be Rod Stewart with short hair and we both laughed. Last week my daughter saw my new haircut at dinner. She called it a good starting point but said more must go. Hey, I am doing my best to please her but I won’t become Lieutenant Theo Kojak either.
FATHER JOE’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Dorchester born and raised Father Joe White was well liked over his many years as pastor of St. Vincent de Paul›s parish in South Boston. Recently, he celebrated his 25th anniversary to the priesthood. He is now stationed at St. Joseph›s Church a short distant from Charlestown where he is also very much liked. Hwe will be celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving for his 25th anniversary at St. Joseph’s Church on Saturday, June 25 at 4 p.m. followed by a reception.
I have known Father Joe for many years. I last met him over at the St. Patrick›s Day Parade Chief Marshal’s Banquet. He, I and Jack Kelly talked about Charlestown and the drug issues that have plagued so many communities including Charlestown.
DON’T FORGET FATHER DAN EITHER
Saturday, June 11 at noon. Father Dan Mahoney will be doing a Dedication to Saint Florian patron saint of firefighters presented by Local 718 BFD at the church rectory.
HONORING TOWNIES FOR ALL THAT THEY DO
There are so many Townies out there born and raised here and have given of themselves to their hometown their whole live here. This past Tuesday evening, folks came together for Peter Looney Night at the park on union street named after him. Peter was a great guy whom was proud of his Townie lineage. Others today out there day in and day out are folks like Judy Evers, Diane Grant , Billy Boyle, Doc Sheehan and Tommy Cuhna to name just a few.
In my many years calling Charlestown my home on Pearl Street and then Winthrop Street, I came to know so many great community activists like Bernie Kelly,, Bernie Nice and my good friend Bobby Wallace. They inspired me on to do my part. Charlestown will always be in my blood as a member of the Harrington family which first arrived in Charlestown back in 1903 when my grandmother from Beare Island in West Cork landed in St. Mary’s Parish in Charlestown.
VIEWING CHARLESTOWN FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HARBOR
While shopping over in Central Square East Boston at Shaw’s, I noticed the Charlestown skyline across the water and had to take a photo. Standing in the Shaw’sparking lot, Charlestown looked so close but you can’t get there from Eastie unless you want to get really wet.