Letters to the Editor

Concerns About Parking and Traffic

Dear Editor,

The Encore Boston Harbor opening plan all sounds very nice, but I’m very concerned about the parking and traffic for local residents who need to get around this area, particularly park and ride at the MBTA Wellington station which can already get crowded and is now going to be far worse with the loss of the Station Landing parking garage to the casino. This is just rude to the people who rely on this service. 

I’m afraid there are going to be times where it’s just impossible to park at any of the nearby MBTA Stations, particularly if the cost to park at the casino is over $40, they will fill these less expensive lots that we need for commuting first. Add to that the intense amount of traffic coming through Sullivan Square and Rt. 16 and it sounds like a nightmare for local residents anytime the casino has a big show.

Ken Long

Abraham Lincoln Post 11, GAR to Honor Rev. Daniel Mahoney

Dear Editor,

Rev. Daniel Mahoney, the beloved pastor of St. Francis de Sale’s , has been chosen as the Abraham Lincoln Post 11 “Man of the Year.”

Father Mahoney was ordained a priest in 1956 and after serving in Revere and East Boston, he was assigned to St Francis in 1968, where he has spent the last 51 years tending to the needs of his parish and the community.

Fr. Mahoney’s second vocation is to the Boston Fire Department. He was appointed Assistant

Chaplain in 1964 and by 1991, he was the Chief Chaplain of the Boston Fire Department.

Fr. Mahoney was awarded the Fire Department’s Distinguished Service Award in 1982 for heroically entering a burning Jewish Temple and saving the sacred “Torah” scrolls from the flames. He was also presented with a commendation from the Cambridge Fire Department for risking his life in the performance of his duties at the fatal helicopter crash at the boat house on Memorial Drive. The Anti-Defamation League New England Region presented Fr. Mahoney with its’ Man of the Year award in 2006 for his exemplary efforts and commitment to fighting Anti-Semitism.

Father Dan is the Chaplain of numerous Charlestown organizations and has always been ready to assist the many Charlestown groups and organizations that have looked to him for assistance. As our group and other Veterans groups in Town know, Fr. Dan has always been a strong supporter of the men and women in our Armed Forces, and all of our local Veterans.

Lincoln Post Committee

No Respect

Dear Editor:

At a recent meeting on a Friday afternoon held at the Golden Age, the community was well represented; the people of Charlestown were again shown no respect by the Reps from the MBTA. It is hard enough to get to the mall now, but come September there will be no must to Assembly, so the elderly, many on canes and walkers find themselves at Sullivan Station, not only do they have to pay another fare, when they get off the train, they have to walk a distance to do their shopping. For seniors and others it’s an insult to have to pay fares to the T. The community is tired of being ignored and insulted.

A Community Activist,

Elaine McCarthy

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