Charlestown

By - 5/21/15 - 6:54 pm

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh today announced the city has expanded its lawsuit against the state Gaming Commission to seek nullification of all its decisions, not just the one allowing a casino in Everett on the Charlestown line, and a court ruling that the present commissioners be disqualified from any future votes on a Boston-area casino. Read more....Read more

By - 5/20/15 - 5:26 pm
USS Constitution in drydock

Our own SwirlyGrrl captured Old Ironsides in its new home for the next couple of years: Drydock for some restoration work.Read more

By - 5/15/15 - 8:08 am

The BRA board yesterday approved a new way to spur more development in the Charlestown Navy Yard: Issue bonds to clean up decades of pollution that would then be repaid through the new tax revenue the development would bring.

The proposed Navy Yard Historic Monuments Area "development district" now goes to the City Council for its approval. Read more....Read more

By - 4/29/15 - 4:11 pm

In April 1965, the Boston City Council was arguing over urban renewal plans for Charlestown.

Probably the only time a city councilor has called another one a "bald-headed s.o.b." at a public meeting (but not the only time someone has thought about it).Read more

By - 4/4/15 - 1:42 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports a short circuit sparked a fire at 311 Main St. that killed several pets and sent one firefighter to the hospital with a neck injury.

The fire was reported around 11:40 a.m. The six residents were not at home at the time.

Firefighters were hampered at first when they couldn't get any water....Read more

By - 3/27/15 - 10:00 am

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:

State Police investigating an abandoned motor vehicle on the Tobin Bridge at about 6:40 this morning observed the body of its apparent owner on a Charlestown street below the bridge. A death investigation is now under way by State Police detectives and other specialized units. The evidence does not currently suggest foul play.

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By - 3/25/15 - 12:05 am

Ryan Miller caught one of the two giant $1.5 million wind-turbine blades that turned up in Grove Hall on its way to Charlestown's Wind Turbine Testing...Read more

By - 3/23/15 - 9:03 am

State Police report a Medford man pulled over by a trooper doing traffic duty on Alford Street Saturday night because his car's inspection sticker was expired turned out to be wanted on a variety of warrants and had a loaded gun in the car.

German Hernandez, 27, of Medford, also didn't have a valid license, State Police say, adding, "a fully-loaded 32 caliber Smith...Read more

By - 3/23/15 - 8:50 am

The Globe reports the Boston Housing Authority is looking to renovate its Bunker Hill project in Charlestown by hiring a developer to add "hundreds of market-rate units to the 1,100 low-income units that are there now."Read more

By - 3/12/15 - 6:23 pm
Chain Forge hotel proposal in Charlestown Navy Yar

Architect's rendering.

The BRA today approved a developer's plan to turn a long empty Navy Yard building once used to make ship chains into a 230-room extended-stay hotel.

Under his proposal, developer Tom Kavanagh will keep many of the Chain Forge building's unique industrial components in the hotel lobby for public viewing.

Kavanagh's roughly $90-million project will include about $10 million worth of removal of PCB- and...Read more

By - 3/11/15 - 6:02 pm

Boston Police report arresting men from Charlestown and Dorchester and a teen from Charlestown on charges they fatally shot Ryan Morrissey, 17, and wounded another teen on Nov. 5.

Police say homicide detectives arrested Julio Baez, 24, of Charlestown, last night. Danilo Soto, 21, of Dorchester, today. Alexander Soto, 17, of Charlestown, will also be charged with the double shooting. He was already...Read more

By - 3/5/15 - 10:25 pm
Funny street signs in Charlestown

Tom Richardson spotted these new signs on Sullivan Street in Charlestown tonight.Read more

By - 3/4/15 - 3:59 pm
Beacon light

Beacon safely belted in for its ride back to the bridge. Photo by State Police

A homeless man who figured out how to enter one of the Zakim Bridge's towers climbed to the top and stole a 60-lb. airplane warning light last month - the second one he's stolen - State Police charge.

Clifford Beckford, 34, allegedly stashed his newest light at the historic Warren Tavern in Charlestown, after leaving the first light outside the Old State House in downtown...Read more

By - 3/4/15 - 11:21 am
Smushed car in Charlestown Navy Yard

Looks like last night's snow/sleet/rain was the last straw for Boston buildings. We've had a partial roof collapse on Columbia Point and a complete building collapse in Readville. And now this: Cars are being flattened by killer death ice. Kristin MacDougall forwarded this photo of a car flattened like a pancake by snow that fell off a building on 3rd Avenue in...Read more

By - 3/3/15 - 10:04 pm

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports on an incident shortly before 7:30 p.m.:

State Police detectives assigned to the Suffolk DA's office, along with uniformed troopers and specialized State Police units, are on the upper deck of the Tobin Bridge and on the street below in Charlestown for a death investigation involving an adult who left a motor vehicle and went over the rail.

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By - 2/23/15 - 2:02 pm

An East Boston man faces OUI charges after a crash in which he somehow managed to avoid plummeting to the ground early Sunday.

According to State Police, Vannak Sao, 33, was heading north on I-93 around 6:25 a.m. on Sunday when he:

Crashed through a light pole, a sign for the exit, and several lengths of chain link fence, launching off the upper deck of

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By - 2/18/15 - 4:46 pm
Boston Harbor

A concerned citizen in Charlestown who might possibly not realize that Boston Harbor drains into this giant ocean demands the city stop this snow dumping into the harbor forthwith:

Harbor almost flooding. Please stop allowing snow in harbor. I don't want our homes flooded.

The city marked the case closed as "noted."...Read more

By - 2/18/15 - 2:47 pm

Not because they were trying to enforce the mayor's edict against window jumping, though, but because he was trying to escape officers conducting a drug search of his apartment.

Boston Police report that when officers with the Drug Control Unit arrived at 129 Walford Way around 6:15 p.m. yesterday with search warrants:

They were met by a combative female who made aggressive attempts to

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By - 2/17/15 - 3:51 pm

But it was a small fire, around 2:40 p.m., and the Boston Fire Department made quick work of it, and the Orange Line is back to running in the current fashion, so hardly worth mentioning.Read more

By - 2/17/15 - 8:44 am
Carport crushed under weight of snow in Charlestown

Thomas Lukowski shows us a carport on Elm Street in Charlestown that gave way under the weight of all that snow.Read more

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