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5 Things: Democratic Caucus, Renew Boston Social

Deadlines, events and other items you should know about on Feb. 13 in Charlestown.

1. Sunny: Today will be sunny with a chance of snow this evening, mainly after 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. High: 41, Low: 30.

2. Democratic caucus: Charlestown Democrats will hold a caucus to select delegates for the 2013 Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Platform Convention today at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlestown Community Center. The caucus will elect 12 delegates and three alternates to the 2013 Massachusetts Democratic Convention.

3. Weatherize Now: Learn more about the mayor’s Renew Boston initiative, which helps Boston residents and property owners to weatherize residential buildings and save on energy costs, during a social tonight from 5-7 p.m. at Max and Dylan's City Square. RSVP at RBAfterWork.eventbrite.com. To sign up for a free, no-cost home energy assessment, visit www.renewboston.org or call 617-365-SAVE (7283).

4. Old Rutherford Ave project: The Charlestown Neighborhood Council will host an abutter meeting today at 6 p.m. at the 100 Ferrin Street Senior Center Community Room, to discuss a small project at 63 Rutherford Ave. The property owner intends to build a one-story addition to the existing building, add a roof deck and make other renovations. This public meeting is being held in advance of a Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on Feb. 26.

5. You and Me, Baby: The Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library is offering a story, rhyme and bounce time for children under 2 years old accompanied by an adult on Wednesdays at 10:45 a.m.

Got a Charlestown event coming up? Make sure it's on our calendar and send the link to becca.manning@patch.com to be featured in one of our morning "5 Things You Should Know."

Sean Boyle February 14, 2013 at 02:49 AM
I was excited to be a part of the Democratic Caucus process today, but unfortunately I was turned down at the door and not allowed to vote. I am very upset, even thinking about changing my party to Republican!
Working Man February 14, 2013 at 05:09 AM
Sean I almost had the samething happen to me tonight. I Had to run home and get a paper to prove I was enrolled as a democrat and then got chastised for it.
Bette Task February 14, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Something fishy here. What reason did they give you?
Just a person! February 14, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Probaly because you "are" a citizen!
Joseph February 14, 2013 at 03:26 PM
I can only imagine how many familiar names we'll see on this list. Sean, the republican party welcomes you. No papers needed. With your drive and community involvement, we'd be lucky to have you.
Scott Moses February 14, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Sean, it was also my first time attending a democratic caucus, I actually went yesterday morning to change my party because I'm excited about the future of our community! Unfortunately, you missed a historic moment last night when the charlestown committee elected a gay person to the chairmans seat! The diversity is refreshing! However, I didn't like the rude comments and hostility to the voters that was exhibited last night! But regardless, I'm still very excited and look forward to see you next time!
Mark C February 14, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Kudus to Ms. O'Brien on running a first class caucus. Rules are rules and everybody needs to abide by them.
Melissa D February 15, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Funny you should say that, I was talking to a few people today and they said other wise.
Mark C February 15, 2013 at 04:30 AM
Well I guess you were not present then?
Becca Manning February 15, 2013 at 03:12 PM
I spoke to Donna O'Brien this morning and she said that if anyone feels they were denied access to the caucus they can contact the Democratic State Committee to file a complaint. http://www.massdems.org/your-party/state-committee/
Scott Moses February 16, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Becca, since your able to get a statement from Donna O'Brien can you please get a formal statement explaining why she told a voter "they were full of shit" or maybe she can explain why she said "when I come down here and deal with these people I should smoke crack"? I would love a response explaining her vile attitude? Maybe she can explain what she meant by "come down here" and "dealing with these people"... Was she referring to being in a lower class section of the community? The vitriol that she spewed was shameful at best! I believe she was implying that because she was dealing with people of a lower financial staus they were "below" her. For those who weren't there she voted to "suspend" the rules to allow people to come into the meeting after it started. When asked if that was legal to do she refused to directly answer the question. I'm personally offended and disgusted that she would be so unprofessional and unbecoming! I absolutely plan on filing a compliant with the democratic committee! Actually, I would like to extended an opportunity to Donna to discuss this on my weekly radio program this Saturday night on 91.5 at 6pm.
TheMaskedTruthsayer February 17, 2013 at 12:29 PM
O'brien sounds like another "bahston" class act.
Melissa D. February 18, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Becca Have you gotten any response to Scott's Questions? Why Donna would use that language and make those comments?
Becca Manning February 18, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Hi Melissa, This seems to be a matter that should be handled either through a private discussion with Mrs. O'Brien or filed as a formal complaint with the state agency (information above).

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