Week in Review: Surface Option Picked, Pope Elected

A look at some of the top stories last week on Charlestown Patch.

Life gets busy, and Patch certainly understands that. So with that in mind, here are a few stories you might have missed on Charlestown Patch this week:

  1. Surface Option Selected for Rutherford Redesign—The decision is in: The new Rutherford Avenue design will eliminate the current underpasses in favor of a surface roadway.
  2. Charlestown Catholics React to New Pope—Newly elected Pope Francis has already made a positive impression on several Catholics in Charlestown. And one local resident was in Rome during the election and saw the new pope greet the crowd for the first time.
  3. Partners HealthCare Offering $6K in Scholarships—A consortium of neighborhood affiliates in Partners HealthCare will award two scholarships of $3,000 each to high school seniors from Charlestown who will be pursuing a program of study that will lead to a health career at the associate or bachelor degree level.
  4. Charlestown’s Librarian Busy Building New Programs— Charlestown Patch sat down recently with new Charlestown Branch children’s librarian Laura Miller to talk about her new job, her favorite books and her plans for new programs at the library.
  5. Charlestown Democratic Committee Elects New Chair—Local resident Chris Remmes was elected chairman of the Charlestown Democratic Ward Committee at the meeting following the recent caucus on Feb. 13. 
  6. Police Reports: Hookah Pipe Stolen From Lounge—Police are looking for two individuals who allegedly stole a hookah water pipe from Koullshi Lounge, 83 Main St. on Tuesday, March 5.
  7. Boston Schools Get New Student Assignment Policy—The Boston School Committee adopted a new assignment policy that does away with a decades-old system in a landmark Wednesday night vote.
  8. MBTA Union Calls for Better Protections After Attack—The president of the MBTA operators union is calling for increased efforts on the part of police, prosecutors and lawmakers in the wake of a 15-person attack on a bus driver in Dorchester on Saturday.
  9. Mass General ER Wait Time Lowest in Boston—Which Boston emergency room is the most efficient? It depends on what you mean, according to data released by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  10. Boston Talking About Hosting 2024 Olympic Games—There hasn't been an Olympic games hosted in America since 1996 in Atlanta, and like leaders at Massachusetts' State House, the Boston City Council will be exploring the feasibility of bringing the games to New England.

Did we miss something? Send news tips, comments and suggestions to becca.manning@patch.com.


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