Neighborhood Round Up

Friends of the Navy Yard Host Virtual Discussion With Jim Aloisi

Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard invites you join us on Tuesday, December 8th at 7:00 for a virtual talk with Jim Aloisi, former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation, to discuss the current state of the MBTA, its proposed reduction in service, and thoughts on how the T can move forward beyond the pandemic. Jim is a Lecturer of Public Policy and Planning at MIT and a writer, transit advocate and strategic consultant. He played a central role in the creation of Boston’s Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. In addition to serving as Secretary of Transportation in the Administration of Governor Deval Patrick, Jim’s public service includes service on the Boston Human Rights Commission, the Massachusetts Transportation Finance Commission, and the Massachusetts Port Authority Board. Jim is the author of four books, including The Big Dig, The Vidal Lecture, and Massport at 60, and is a regular contributor to Commonwealth Magazine. He serves on the Board of TransitMatters, a Boston based transit advocacy group. You can purchase The Big Dig here For details on how to join the talk, email [email protected].                                                                                                                                                                                                     “E” Inc Emporium – Cyber Monday Launch

On Cyber Monday, November 30th – “e” inc. EMPORIUM will be unveiling its fantastic holiday merchandise that includes many great new purveyors and a slew of hands-on activities, games, kits, etc. 

Visit the site on November 30th to view what’s new.  Send us your order any week by midnight Thursday for Friday pick-ups. At our website you can also learn about our Secret Santa program that lets our community friends share their largesse by adding a toy to their order for our younger neighbors in need. 

All the funds “e” inc. collects at the Emporium are used for its mission to teach children and youth the science driving the planet and the skills to make a difference. “e” inc. students have been helping the planet for over 15-years.  Thanks to all of the new shoppers during our sale​. Your gift shopping ​helps to support this local non-profit. Visit the “e” inc. Emporium online at: 

Click on the Science Emporium on the “e” inc. home page and you’re there!

Winter Clothing Drive

As temperatures drop, please help people in need. In Memory of John Collier, Sr., The Charlestown Coalition and Turn it Around are having a winter clothing drive. There will be a donation box at Monument Restaurant & Tavern, 251 Main St. until November 28th. Collecting:hats, scarves, gloves, socks, masks and toiletries. Please only make donations of brand new items.

Free Fall Story and Art for Children

The Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library and Essem Art Studio are happy to present a FREE Fall Story + Art series. Children’s Librarian, Mrs. Eileen Whittle will read a selected book and local artist, Sophia Moon, will present a family/sibling friendly art project that can be modified for little artists as young as 2 years old (with adult guidance). Every Wednesday at 10am, the installation will launch on the Facebook page of the Charlestown BPL, and on Essem Art Studio’s virtual Art Studio (

Free Virtual Art Studio Trial

Essem Art Studio launches a virtual art studio with monthly subscriptions to continue sparking joy and cultivating creative power in little artists (age 2-10) and families with young children. The virtual art studio provides engaging virtual art labs and resources for parents and families who are looking for ways to introduce more art and creative practices at home. Every week, new art labs and creative prompts are added to the growing online catalog. You can enjoy a free 7 day trial of the virtual art program now. Visit for more information!

Charlestown Solidarity on Zoom

The 6th Charlestown Race and Equity Discussion will take place virtually  on Zoom on Monday, November 30th at 5:30p.m.  Join City Councilor Lydia Edwards, neighbors, youth and police for the continuing discussion on race, policing and equity in the neighborhood. For the zoomlink please email Gabriela Coletta, closer to the date at: [email protected].

Micro Hockey Is Back!

Charlestown Youth Hockey has opened registration for Micro Hockey, which is a Learn-to-Play Hockey program for boys and girls that are five to eight years of age, who have not yet played organized team hockey.  Only basic skating skills are necessary.  Younger players may qualify after a coach evaluation.  For Discounted Equipment Package, you must register ASAP.  The program will run on Saturdays from 10:15am to 11:45am.  The first session will begin on November 14th and run until March.  Space is limited.  To register, go to WWW.CYHA.COM and click on the MICRO HOCKEY tab.  Email questions to [email protected]

Learn to Skate!

Charlestown’s Learn-to-Skate program runs to mid-March.  The program is on Saturdays from 12:25pm to 1:15pm.  It is open for children ages 3 and up.  On ice instruction will be staffed by Charlestown Youth Hockey volunteers.  For more information and to sign-up, visit the Charlestown Youth Hockey website at WWW.CYHA.COM and click on the Learn-to-Skate tab. 

Harvest on Vine Food Pantry Appeal

The Food Pantry has had a great need at this time as it has been very busy serving many more residents in town and providing more frequent distributions. Donations of all non-perishable foods are 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. They are also looking for volunteers to assist with distribution. For more information, call Tom MacDonald 617-990-7314.

The Anchor is Open!

The Anchor, in The Charlestown Navy Yard, is now open 7 days a week. The Anchor has an enhanced garden and waterfront patio, over 300 new pieces of furniture, brand new menu, rotating brews and curated wine and bubbly. With ample room and different styles of seating, social distancing is easy in its outdoor and breezy environment. Now offering a Sunday Jazz & Soul Brunch with a fun menu and different music every week.

Charlestown Branch Library Open for Pickups

Although the library is closed to the public, it is open for scheduled contactless pickups and returns of library materials Mondays-Thursdays from 2-6 pm and Fridays from 1-4 pm. Notification emails will have a link to schedule pickup. For notifications received by phone or for help scheduling a pickup, call the branch at 617-242-1248. Masks are required. There is a returns bin at the entrance available when the library is open. For further assistance email: Adults Librarian Kathy Kire at [email protected], Children's Librarian Eileen Whittle at [email protected], or Branch Librarian Maureen Marx at [email protected], or call 617-242-1248.

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