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You Ask, Charlestown Patch Answers

This new column is designed to get you the information you always wondered about.

Ever wonder why they named the square after that guy you never heard of? Or when they're gonna replace the broken mailbox on the corner? Let Patch find the answer for you.

Each week, we will strive to find answers to those nagging questions you have about the neighborhood. You Ask, Patch Answers is a project designed to help you better understand where you live, even if it's just about the tiniest details.

All you have to do is add your question to the comment section below. We'll pick one of the submitted questions and get to work finding an answer for you, which we'll publish the following week. It's that easy!

Diane Grant January 08, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Becca, there is no agenda on the right side. People can check the CNC website for meetings, agendas and committee reports. www.CharlestownNeighborhoodCouncil.org. Thanks Becca!
Erica Buchholz January 08, 2013 at 10:07 PM
What type of building is currently under construction on School St., near the Zelma Lacey House?
Just a person! January 09, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Joseph, It's very simple, No one wants to take on the BRA,nor the CNC, or for that fact jack Milerick. And as you state , why does the patch post they are looking for stories ,but there are a lot of stories that are left un-answered or followed up on. Ex. What is that monstrosity of a mess on west school st..? How and when was that approved? What about the jack Milerick project that is still trying to build?. What's going on with that? Now they want the special townies to help! Why is there so much hype for the underpass at Austin St. And the surface Option? Is it so the development at west school st will have a front lawn? Instead of being right on the Ave. they will get a 50 foot buffer. Mmmmm wonder why? How come dominoes gets to open even after the community says NO! There are so stories that have no endings!
TheMaskedTruthsayer January 09, 2013 at 12:54 PM
The CNC has had an updated Website for what, 4-5 months now-and only after enough people called it out on it's lack of transparency? All the little potentates in "da towne" and all their little ego's couldn't play it straight for a day if their bank accounts depenmded upon it...well, maybe their bank accounts.
TheMaskedTruthsayer January 09, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Where do babies come from?
Just a person! January 09, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Just another multiple dwelling housing development. Does that make it 4 housing projects in Charlestown? There's a question for the patch! Or how about, How many housing developments can you stick in a square mile?
CAW January 09, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Hi there, I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this...but I have been online for hours and have come up short. Hoping the community can help. My husband and I were going to be relocating but just discovered we are not, I did enroll my little guy in preschool as I did not think we would be here. Now we are. He is going to be 3 in Oct 2013 and I was hoping to get him into a one or two day a week program. Where does everyone go that I can actually get into? Any suggestions would be so greatly appreciated. Feeling like I am letting him down.... : (
CAW January 09, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Sorry for the typo...I did NOT enroll him.
AAAM January 09, 2013 at 04:00 PM
The break-down of the mitigation funds are on the CNC website. They are also announced at the meeting and put in the paper.
Joseph January 09, 2013 at 04:33 PM
AAAM - Not the breakdown, I see that. I'm looking for them to open the books. If the CNC represents the community, we should be able to view the financial records of the CNC and those receiving this cash. It's all about transparency. Those are our funds, correct? And when I say "our funds", I mean the community as a whole. Furthermore, I believe there should be some sort of paper trail showing how that money is being used, and whether it's being used properly. There are some BIG checks being cut. After what happened at Life Focus, who's to say these funds aren't being exploited?? I'm confident they are being used appropriately, but where are the Checks and Balances? Seems to me that certain people have a lot of power to dole out community resources to a select few. Who's watching them?
Joseph January 09, 2013 at 04:34 PM
CAW - Try here: http://www.charlestownmothersassociation.org/
Jay K. January 09, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Great question. I'd also like to know.
Noreen Manning January 09, 2013 at 07:20 PM
North End Children's Center, 617-643-8007
j January 09, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Same here. I meant to go there this summer, and the summer just flew by. Now I'm bummed I didn't go .
Joseph January 23, 2013 at 03:27 PM
@Becca & The Patch Editors - Where are the answers to the questions we asked? What happened to reporters that dug deep to find answers and expose fraud? I'm beginning to think that blogging is not real journalism.
Becca Manning January 23, 2013 at 03:34 PM
They're coming, Joseph. It's taking me a little longer to get firm answers on some of these than I had hoped, but I am working on it. Hoping to send some "real" journalism your way very soon!
Just a person! January 23, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Here's another question for you Becca How did the CNC agree to extend (bridgeveiw apts) development (Jack Milericks) idea, to go thru? After the last meeting that I attended on it, the residents that were in attendance where all against extending! And I do believe that the CNC voted that they would not let it go thru that night, now they are allowing? Flip-flop big time, Another item for..... Ridiculous.com!
Joseph January 23, 2013 at 05:03 PM
I am constantly holding out that The Patch is going to start reporting on real issues within Charlestown, not just little puff pieces for entertainment only. As Just A Person has pointed out, multiple times, why is the CNC disregarding residents opinions/thoughts, including flip-flopping on voting results?
Just a person! January 23, 2013 at 05:19 PM
I also just heard about Tangerino's resturant, thought that the issues were all taken care of by the owner, that the abutters we're concerned about,and they were pretty much satisfied and he was still working with them.. Now I hear that he has still not got his license, and the CNC is now trying to put the squash on that? Any truth to that? Another meeting scheduled for the 28th of the month, I am personally asking everyone to attend and give this business owner a fair shake, or are we going to let the CNC dictate what they think!
Just a person! January 23, 2013 at 05:20 PM
So sick of the CNC!
Joseph January 30, 2013 at 02:03 PM
@Becca - Any response to any of these questions?? Where is your investigative journalism abilities? Come on girl, I have faith in you!! How in God's name did that building on West School Street get approved? I usually use Main (Bunker Hill) and Warren Street to access Charlestown, or I'm taking the bus, but when I entered using Austin Street from Cambridge the other day - Holy Crap!!! That building is freaking HUGE!! How does that fit within building codes within 02129? Was it an attempt to hide the buildings behind it? I'm shocked Mishawum residents aren't more up in arms about this. Especially with the amount of sunlight blocked by this enormous building. Yet, the owner of 40 Warren Street is trying to expand and increase his own property, but isn't allowed because the CNC says no. Which again, doesn't really make sense, unless they know people in City Hall and tells them what to approve and what not to approve. Right? I would still love to know the relationship there. So many questions, still no answers.
Bette Task February 26, 2013 at 12:32 PM
I would like to know why the bridge repair on Rt 99 is taking so long??? This is why Sullivan Square is such a mess. If they can put up a building on West School St in the winter, they can work on the bridge. When they finish the incoming piece, are they then going to close down the outgoing piece as well? We're talking a decade!!!
Just a person! February 26, 2013 at 01:36 PM
I agree, They have torn down, and built a 5 story building in less time than to replace the 2 lane bridge. They even replaced 6, 8 lane bridges on Rte 93 in less time. Somebody should be looking into this construction. Lastly, open up the underpass northbound and relieve the traffic from Rutherford Ave!
Becca Manning February 26, 2013 at 03:29 PM
I'm looking into it.
A. February 26, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Can you give us an update on the Tavern on the Water location (for the Summer-season) as well as when we can expect news on the opening of Whole Foods?
Lindsey Mac February 27, 2013 at 03:00 PM
I agree with others who have expressed anger and concern over the monstrosity of a development next to Zelma Lacey. Another question- over a year ago I heard that Seadog would be opening a brewpub in Charlestown which seemed like a good fit for the Navy Yard, but nothing happened. I wonder if this might be a related issue to what others are asking about the CNC 'reviewing' new businesses coming in.
Lauren Meyer April 01, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Are there any plans for new bars or restaurants in Charlestown? I love all the new development and am excited for all the new neighbors but I really think that there has to be some new restaurants and bars to satisfy a growing population. Is there currently anything in the works or plans by the city to loosen up on commercial real estate??
Lauren Meyer April 01, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Along the same line as new restaurants, any idea what is going to go into the newly vacated Citibank space in City Square? Great location, I hope it's not another bank or office.....
Lauren Meyer May 02, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Becca- Is this 'You Ask' section still live? Seems like it's stagnate and nothing gets answered. Please let me know.
Becca Manning May 02, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Lauren: Unfortunately, this column has gotten left by the wayside in the past month or so, but I'm hoping to revive it next week. Share your latest questions here in the comments, and I'll work on them for upcoming columns. —Becca

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