Is April the New January?

April 20, 2018
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When the meteorologists had compiled their weather statistics for the months of February and March, they informed us that for the second straight year, February actually was warmer than March. This pronouncement led the pundits to ponder whether, “March is the new February and February is the new March.” As long-time Eastern New Englanders,...

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Sports 04-19-2018

April 20, 2018
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Townie Sports DOHERTY DELIVERS FOR MONARCHS In what is turning into a fantastic best-of-seven ECHL playoffs matchup, Manchester outlasted the Reading Royals in the first two games posting a pair of 3-2 double-overtime victories to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. Monarchs rugged rookie wing Mike Doherty has already made his presence felt notching...

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Quinn Scholarship Dinner

April 13, 2018
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Quinn Scholarship Dinner

Quinn Scholarship Treasurer Ronan FitzPatrick presents Brigadier General Stephen M. Neary with a plaque commemorating his contribution to the Lt. Michael P. Quinn Scholarship Award Ceremony. The gala celebration took place last Saturday night, April 7, and honored several guests.

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Charlestown’s Jack Kelly Climbs to Mount Everest

April 13, 2018
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Charlestown’s Jack Kelly Climbs to Mount Everest

There was a time in Jack Kelly’s life where he was stripped of everything. There were no creature comforts, no bed to sleep in and only a crippling heroin addiction that left him homeless. “When I first got sober back when I was 22 years old, I was living in a homeless shelter for...

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Zoning Commission denies hurried amendment allowing conversation on taller buildings at Hood

April 13, 2018
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In a show of force by the Charlestown community at City Hall, neighbors stood in formation with City Councilor Lydia Edwards on Wednesday morning to toss a zoning amendment that would have allowed Hood Park to propose buildings as tall as 330 feet. Currently, no such buildings are proposed and the zoning is a Planned Development...

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Tkachuk Chosen as Grand Marshal of Battle of Bunker Hill Day Parade

April 13, 2018
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The Battle of Bunker Hill Day Parade Committee announced this week that John Tkachuk has been named the Grand Marshal for this year’s parade and its surrounding festivities. Coordinator Arthur Hurley broke the official news on Monday, saying that Tkachuk will be a good choice and that he’s excited to kick off the parade...

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Red Cross to Sponsor Blood Drive on April 15

April 13, 2018
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The American Red Cross will join community leaders to mark the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings and to pay tribute to the strength and resilience shown by so many with a blood drive on April 15. In April 2013, the Red Cross sent 600 blood products to Boston area hospitals in response...

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Molly Sowles Running Boston Marathon Playworks

April 13, 2018
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On April 16, Molly Sowles, 29, of Charlestown, will run in her first Boston Marathon. The former collegiate athlete and experienced marathon runner will lace up to support Playworks New England. Playworks New England, a regional branch of a national nonprofit, leverages the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health. Through...

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Strategic Scholarship Bootcamp Seminar Planned

April 13, 2018
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Last summer two friends were chatting about how expensive college tuition is these days and the impending mounds of debt their collective six kids were most likely going to be faced with. The conversation continued and one of the moms shared that she happened to be in the audience when Major Nippy Betz gave...

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New App for Charlestown History Looks to Spread Out Tourist Experience

April 13, 2018
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Tourists are a fun part of living in Charlestown, and every summer the neighborhood gets to enjoy a healthy throng of visitors following the red brick paths through the neighborhood to the various historic sights. However, a new effort by the Charlestown Preservation Society (CPS) looks to get people off the bricks and deeper...

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Marathon Daffodils Return for Fifth Year

April 13, 2018
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The Marathon Daffodils project will return for its fifth year of growing and delivering thousands of daffodils throughout Boston and along the Boston Marathon route. Charlestown’s Diane Valle envisioned Marathon Daffodils as tribute to Boston Strong five years ago and collaborates with hundreds of donors and volunteers each year who donate their money and...

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Number of Activities are Being Planned for ‘One Boston Day’ April 15

April 13, 2018
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced ways to get involved on April 15, to honor Boston’s resilience, generosity, and strength, for the fourth annual “One Boston Day.” The day serves as an opportunity to recognize the good in our community, celebrate one another, and reflect on the spirit and resilience of the people of Boston...

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Steve Wynn Attorneys Looking to Remove Him from MGC

April 13, 2018
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will begin looking at the process of how to remove Steve Wynn as a qualifier and a person involved with the Wynn Boston Harbor project at its meeting this Thursday. The MGC has included an item on its agenda for Thursday that would begin the process of removing Steve...

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Mayor DeMaria: ‘I Don’t Want to Work with Another Gaming Company’

April 13, 2018
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As rumors circulate through Boston and the nation about a potential sale of the Wynn Boston Harbor project, Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria said on Tuesday that he has strong reservations about working with any other gaming company that isn’t Wynn. Wynn, for its part, is not commenting on most of the rumors of a...

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Major Shore Stabilization Project to Help Flooding, Include Bike Path

April 13, 2018
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A $31.7 million shore stabilization project is about ready to get going full speed in the coming months on Alford Street at the Charlestown Bus Yard, where a new coastal resiliency project will help stabilize the shoreline and hold tight during coastal flooding storms. Andrew Brennan, senior director of Energy and the Environment for...

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Walsh to Fund Body Cameras Citywide after Successful Pilot

April 13, 2018
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Mayor Martin Walsh officially announced on Monday that he would fund the citywide rollout of police body cameras for the entire force – including officers in Charlestown – in his upcoming City Budget – a $2 million expenditure for the first year’s rollout. The announcement came on Monday as the mayor began to highlight...

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Police Briefs 04-12-2018

April 13, 2018
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Charlestown Police Beat Larceny – Bike 04/02/18 – A victim on Green Street reported unknown person(s) stole her daughter’s silver-and-blue bike, which was locked up the previous night.   Counterfeiting 04/03/18 – Officers on Austin Street spoke to a store manager who stated an unknown black/Latino man attempted to purchase groceries with a counterfeit...

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Putting Our Kids First

April 13, 2018
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Providing students with resources to help foster their physical, emotional, and mental health goes a long way on putting them, and keeping them, on a path to success. In Boston, we believe it’s our job to help ensure every part of a student’s needs are met — through innovative teaching methods; dedicated teachers; healthy...

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Townie Tidbits

April 13, 2018
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CHARLESTOWN AND BEYOND BIG TV HIT I am so glad that Cookie is back on BNN-TV with her weekly “Charlestown & Beyond.” The Town needs its own show and now it does once again. I was on the first show and had lots of fun doing it. Soon I think I will return. I am...

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Townie Sports

April 13, 2018
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PLAY BALL!!! BABE RUTH REGISTRATION UNDERWAY Registration for the 2018 Charlestown Babe Ruth summer program is underway. Player registration fee is $75 and can be done on-line at http://charlestownbaberuth.website.siplay.com/. The program fields a 13-15-year-old team and a 16-18 year-old team and practices and home games are held at Ryan Playground (adjacent to the Schraffts Building)....

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Easter Egg Hunt

April 6, 2018
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Easter Egg Hunt

EGG-XACTLY! Bobby and Ally (2.5) Das are proud of their well-stocked Easter basket last Saturday, March 31, during the First Church in Charlestown’s Easter egg hunt on the Training Field. The Easter event was in conjunction with another hunt at the Monument held earlier on Saturday morning by the Charlestown Mothers’ Association.

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Grand Opening

April 6, 2018
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Grand Opening

Chris DeLuca, CSB Branch Manager Jane Gricci, David Flannigan, and Kathy ‘Cookie’ Giordano, host of ‘Charlestown & Beyond,’ during the Cambridge Savings Bank’s Grand Opening celebration in the new Thompson Square branch on Weds., March 28. To celebrate the opening, the bank presented a $2,500 check to the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club.

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Chain Forge Project to Move Foward

April 6, 2018
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Chain Forge Project to Move Foward

The Chain Forge building has long held a lot of promise in the Navy Yard, but the planned hotel and restaurant space in the former red-brick Navy building has to date only held delays and complications. All of that looks to change as CV Properties, the designated developer of the City-owned parcel, has filed...

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Spring Applications Available for Wynn Community Funds

April 6, 2018
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The Charlestown Community Fund, money supplied to the Town’s organizations by the Wynn casino, has its spring round of applications available for funding requests now. The annual deadline to submit spring grant applications is on April 15. Since the deadline falls on a Sunday over a holiday weekend this year, the Committee will accept...

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