Neighborhood Round Up

Charlestown By Map

The Chamber, Preservation Society and the Historical Society have been coordinating with Belle Lipton at the Leventhal Map & Education Center of the Boston Public Library to schedule a presentation of their new tool for finding and using historical urban atlases, Atlascope.

The presentation is called “Charlestown by Map” and will be held on February 20, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Charlestown Branch of the BPL.  This is a free event.  Attendees will learn more about the history of Charlestown using maps, atlases, and photos from the BPL’s collections and beyond. In this class, they will be able to try out a new tool for researching historic properties – Atlascope.

Applications Available for CMA Scholarships

The Charlestown Mothers Association is pleased to offer up to $15,000 in college scholarships, to men and women who have been residents of Charlestown for at least five years, and will be attending college full-time this fall.  The amount of each scholarship awarded will be determined by the CMA Scholarship Committee.  Last year, CMA awarded 10 scholarships.  Copies of the application are available at the “Scholarship” tab on the CMA website,, and also at the Charlestown Branch Library at the circulation desk.  The completed application is due by April 24, 2020.

Save the Date: Burn, Boston, Burn at the Library

Burn Boston Burn: the Largest Arson Case in the History of the Country”; book presentation by former ATF Federal Agent Wayne M. Miller @ Charlestown Branch Library — Thursday March 5th. More details in upcoming editions of The Charlestown Patriot Bridge.

AGC Seeking Board Members

Artists’ Group of Charlestown, established in 1997, is seeking new board members to continue and expand its presence in Charlestown and beyond. Their mission is to promote artists members’ work while incorporating local and emerging artist from other groups and organizations, by sponsoring community events at the StoveFactory Gallery.  The 501C3 organization is looking for Board Members who are committed to the future of AGC, and its partnerships in the local arts community as well as reaching out to emerging artists, schools and agencies. The AGC needs your imagination, vision and enthusiasm! The “volunteer” board meets once monthly, first Wednesdays at 6:30-8:00 PM at the StoveFactory Gallery. RSVP to attend the March 4th meeting by emailing to: [email protected] or send a note to AGC PO 290164 Charlestown, MA 02129

USS Constitution to Open for President’s Day

The crew of USS Constitution is scheduled to open the ship for tours on President’s Day, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To commemorate the holiday, USS Constitution will fire a 21-gun salute at noon.  President George Washington, whose birthday the holiday celebrates, named the ship after the document that defines our nation. During the later years of the American Revolution, Washington realized the growing importance of a country having its own Navy. When he was elected President, Washington continued to advocate for the new nation to develop a naval force. He got his wish on March 27, 1794 when congress passed an Act to Provide a Naval Armament which authorized the construction of six frigates for a U.S. Navy. USS Constitution, the third launched and only remaining of the original six frigates, is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat and played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, actively defending sea lanes from 1797 to 1855.  USS Constitution’s normal hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests of Charlestown Navy Yard are also encouraged to visit the USS Constitution Museum and National Parks of Boston Visitor Center, which are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by preserving and interpreting the stories of “Old Ironsides” and those associated with her.

Charlestown Working Theater Winter Panto 2020

CWT’s Artist in Residence imaginary beasts present a Winter Panto 2020: Hansel and Gretel! at the Charlestown Working Theater. Performances run through March 1.

Follow the beasts’ ensemble as they take you on a fairy tale journey through an enchanted forest filled with sweet adventures and delicious dangers. When young Hansel and Gretel find themselves lost in the woods, things take a suitably “Grimm” turn, until they chance upon a house made of gingerbread. Will our hungry heroes satisfy their every sweet-tooth; or, will they bite off more than they can chew? Save 25% by using code GINGERBREAD when you purchase online tickets. Visit  or call 866-811-4111 for more information. The Charlestown Working Theater is at 442 Bunker Hill Street. Online at

Souper Tuesday at Zelma Lacey House

Stop by for a tour of our community and enjoy a Cup of Hot Soup and Warm Bread to go on February 25th.  Contact Tabitha at 617-241-0328 for more information. Zelma Lacey House, 9 West School Street in Charlestown.

Charlestown by Map at the Boston Public Library Branch

Learn the history of Charlestown using maps, atlases, and photos from the Boston Public Library at the Charlestown Branch on Thursday, February 20, at 6:00 p.m. You will also be able to try out a new tool for researching historic properties. To register or for more information, call the branch at 617-242-1248.

From Migration to Discrimination Presentation at the Boston Public Library

The National Parks Department presents From Migration to Discrimination: African American Workers at the Charlestown Navy Yard at Charlestown Branch Library on Monday, February 24, at 6:30 p.m. During the Great Migration, some African American Southerners made their way to Boston and found employment at the Charlestown Navy Yard. This program explores how they contributed to the war effort and what kinds of discrimination these workers experienced along the way. For more information, call the branch at 617-242-1248.

Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard 2020 Annual Membership Drive

Join the Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard as a new or renewing member and enjoy access to members only benefits at more than 10 local businesses and restaurants. Since 2004 the Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard has provided residents, businesses and visitors with up to date information about issues of common concern and importance in Charlestown. Everyone needs good friends, join FCNY today. Corporate memberships are also welcome. Contributions are tax deductible. For more information visit our website or email: [email protected]

Charlestown Girls Softball

Spring Registration and Winter Clinics will be held at the Harvard Kent School Gymnasium, 50 Bunker Hill Street from 6 – 8 p.m. on the following dates: February 24, March 2, 9, 16,  23 &30.  Birth Certificate required for first time players, ages eligible 4-18 years old as of January 1, 2020.  Contact Jack Schievink, [email protected] Phone: 617-201-4507 or Billy Nugent, [email protected], 617-447-3106.

Spring (and Winter) Lacrosse Registration is Now Open

ALL ARE WELCOME. The Charlestown Lacrosse & Learning Center has opened registration for its main Spring season & for its Winter skills seasons.  The CLLC teaches the great game of Lacrosse to a diverse group of boys and girls, grades K-8th.  New players are always welcome regardless of skill level and scholarships are always available.  We believe in the power of Lacrosse, as it is the great equalizer in the sporting world. You don’t need to be tall, strong, fast or big to be successful and it’s a communal sport where anyone can find a niche and be a productive member of the team. As a program, we promote the following core values in everything we do: Teamwork, Responsibility, Community Service, Patience, & Effort.  Please call (617) 242-9328 or visit our website ( for more information and to register today!!!

The National Parks of Boston – Saturdays in the Park

Join the National Parks of Boston for special topic programs on Saturday afternoons, through April 25, 2020. A variety of programs have been selected with our neighbors in greater Boston in mind. It’s something different for the local crowd during the “off season.” This includes “My Other Park”, programs delivered by Boston National Park Rangers who have worked at other National Park locations. All programs are free, and take place in the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is accessible by the 93 bus, water shuttle, and Orange Line. The 60 minute programs are free and open to the public.

Harvest on Vine Food Pantry Appeal

Since the start of the school year, the Food Pantry has had a great need for cereal to include in its distribution.  Donations of non-perishable foods are also greatly appreciated.

Donations drops are: Food Pantry, 49 Vine St. (Hayes Square), The Cooperative Bank – 201 Main St. or the Parish Center – 46 Winthrop St. (by the Training Field).  Or donate by sending checks to: Harvest on Vine, Parish Center, 46 Winthrop St., Charlestown, MA 02129. For more information, call Tom MacDonald 617-990-7314.

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