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By adamg - 1/29/22 - 8:31 am
USS Constitution in the storm

At least as of 7:50 a.m., Thomas Hook could still see the USS Constitution out his window.

Update, 9:50 a.m.: Read more.

By adamg - 1/21/22 - 6:18 pm

Newly elected state Sen. Lydia Edwards announced today she will formally resign as a city councilor on April 30, which she says will give the city council enough time to call a special election to replace her without her East Boston, Charlestown and North End constituents losing representation on the council.

In a statement, she said: Read more.

By adamg - 1/21/22 - 12:11 pm

Update: She'll resign on April 30.

GBH reports the now dual councilor/senator doesn't want to talk about leaving her council seat. Maybe at some point, she says. There's no law that says she has to give up the job as councilor.

By adamg - 1/20/22 - 11:38 am

The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reports that "several recently installed beams" were not welded correctly in the new bridge between the North End and Charlestown.

By adamg - 1/20/22 - 9:36 am

Together | Maura Healey for Governor

To the surprise of no one, Attorney General Maura Healey of Charlestown announced this morning that, yes, she's running for governor.

It's become a tradition in Massachusetts: Whoever becomes attorney general eventually runs for governor. But Healey will be trying to break another tradition: That an attorney general who runs for governor loses: Read more.

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By adamg - 1/19/22 - 6:45 pm

A BPS committee this evening rejected a proposal to shut Charlestown High School and use its building for a brand-new "innovation and inclusion" school that would be largely autonomous from BPS and would limit enrollment to students from elementary schools in Charlestown and the North End. Read more

By adamg - 12/16/21 - 9:59 pm

Sal LaMattina, who retired from the District 1 City Council seat that Lydia Edwards won in 2017, is talking to supporters about possibly running for the seat again after Edwards is elected to the State Senate next month. Read more.

By adamg - 12/14/21 - 8:47 pm

Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards has defeated Revere School Committee member Anthony D'Ambrosio in the Democratic primary to replace state Sen. Joe Boncore in the First Suffolk and Middlesex district (which includes East Boston). With no Republican candidate, that means she will soon move from the City Council to the State Senate. Read more.

By adamg - 12/9/21 - 12:01 pm
Inside a Charlestown church in 1967

The folks at the Boston City Archives say the BRA took this photo inside a church in Charlestown in 1967 and wonder which church it was. This isn't one of those historic puzzlers where they will tell us the answer later - they really aren't sure and are seeking help identifying the church. See it larger - or see it gigantic.

By adamg - 12/7/21 - 1:20 pm

Waterworld Original Film Trailer

In rejecting proposals by three developers to turn the decaying Pier 5 at the Charlestown Navy Yard into sites for more housing, the BPDA says it's now on board with proposals by residents to turn the pier into a park. Read more.

By adamg - 12/2/21 - 11:58 am

The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reports the BPDA has dismissed three proposals by developers for building housing at the Charlestown Navy Yard's rotting Pier 5 - one of which called for dealing with rising sea levels by building the units as floating pods.

The agency, which owns the pier, had solicited proposals for what to do with it; a residents group has called for it to be replaced with a park.

By adamg - 11/30/21 - 9:11 pm

A Charlestown man who admitted acquiring 36 guns through a straw purchaser in New Hampshire to resell to Boston-area customers was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison today, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 11/16/21 - 12:11 am

Shamus Moynihan noticed the water around 11:40 p.m. BWSC is on the way.

By adamg - 11/10/21 - 12:03 pm
Rough rendering of 425 Medford St. proposal

New development doubling as a flooding barrier.

The Flatley Co. has filed broad plans for a proposed 25-acre development between Medford Street and the Mystic River that will feature buildings as tall as 22 stories - on a site raised 22 feet above water so it can double as a barrier to protect hundreds of acres well inland of its own holdings from the sort of flooding researchers now predict for 2070 as sea levels continue to rise. Read more.

By adamg - 9/30/21 - 11:23 am
Charlestown beach in 1900

Site was home to Charlestown's only beach, open until 1957. Source.

A Braintree developer says it will soon file plans to turn the 20.5-acre site of a former sugar refinery on the Mystic River into a large mixed-use development fronted by a large seawall that will both protect the lower parts of the area from flooding caused by rising seas and create a new linear park that will give residents access to that part of the waterfront for the first time in decades. Read more.

By adamg - 9/22/21 - 11:11 am
Rendering of first phase of project

Rendering of phase 1 of the proposal.

A pair of developers say they will soon file plans for the first phase of their proposal for three clusters of buildings with 851 housing units, 200 hotel rooms and more than 1.75 million square feet of life-sciences labs and offices on the western and northern sides of Sullivan Square. Read more.

By adamg - 8/31/21 - 2:13 pm
Kelly and Joyce

Kelly and Joyce at their hearing.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a proposed cannabis shop at 31 Cambridge St. in Sullivan Square, roughly 1,500 feet from another proposed cannabis shop it approved a couple months ago. Read more.

By adamg - 8/29/21 - 9:35 pm

The USS Constitution alerts us that the US Navy's Blue Angels jets will roar over Old Ironsides and Boston Harbor between 10:50 and 11:05 a.m. on Monday.

By adamg - 8/19/21 - 11:51 am

City Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, Charlestown, North End) made it official today: If, as expected, Joe Boncore leaves the state Senate to become head of a life-sciences trade group, she will run for his seat. Read more.

By adamg - 7/26/21 - 11:59 am
Spilled trash at Main Street

Gary Waldeck surveys the proof that tractor-trailer drivers should go pretty slow around the rotary at Main Street.

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