The Charlestown Coalition News: 
Issue 33
May 2019
10th Annual Take Back Day

5th Annual Turn It Around
Basketball Tournament

Our 5th Annual Turn It Around Basketball Tournament was a huge success, and we would like to acknowledge the following community partners for their generous support:
  • Ed Ownes & the Gavin Foundation, for their substantial donations used to help us purchase our 5th Annual Turn It Around Basketball t-shirts and for being official team sponsors.
  • Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard, Subway and Danny Ryan, for their generous donations and helping us unite the youth of Charlestown.
  • First Church of Charlestown, for providing the delicious pre-tournament pasta dinner and the tasty cookies from Mary Sweeney.
  • USS Constitution Museum, Starbucks and Monument Restaurant & Tavern for donating raffle prizes, making this drawing our most exciting ever!
  • Convenience 365 Market & Deli and Anna's Café for donating water and Gatorade to keep our youth hydrated during the event.
  • Last, but not least, thanks to Hope & Comfort for donating hygiene items such as deodorants to all our participants and for helping to keep our youth looking and smelling good.
A special thank you to Coach Hugh Coleman who shared his inspiring story with our young people, and to the Charlestown Community Center, the YMCA, the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club, and Charlestown High School for all their hard work in getting kids registered for the event and opening their doors and hearts to Turn It Around!
It is only through these partnerships that we can have put on an event like this. Our thanks to every organization, person, and business who contributed!
Check out our social media pages for more photo's from the tournament!

Round 1: Peace Park Clean-Up
The first round of clean-up at the Mt. Vernon St. Plaza "Charlestown Peace Park" has been accomplished! Turn It Around youth members worked alongside volunteers helping to remove 8 bags of trash, putting down 21 bags of mulch and planting nearly 40 flowers. This summer, Turn It Around members will maintain the park with the help of resident volunteers! 

Congratulations 2019 Graduates!
Turn It Around  members Jeremiah, Rahsaun, and Lataya will be graduating this year. We're so proud of you and everything you've accomplished throughout your high school career!

"Charlestown Natives Jack Kelly &
Hank Locke Discuss the Opioid Crisis"
Jack Kelly, author of the book "Sharp Needle," a memoir about hockey to heroin and recovery, will discuss how he became
addicted to opiates and his difficult and courageous journey to recovery.
Hank Locke will discuss his four months of jury service at the criminal trial of the pharmaceutical company, Insys Therapeutics. The jury ultimately convicted top-level executives of the company for troubling sales tactics that helped to fuel this public health crisis.

Their personal accounts will spotlight some of the uncomfortable and shocking truths behind the opioid crisis that has tragically touched many of our lives.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 7:00PM
Shipyard Park, Charlestown Navy Yard   

Co-Sponsored by:

Mother's Day Recovery Court

Shannon Lundin, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Charlestown Coalition, participated in an all women's session of recovery court--the Mother's Day Recovery Court--on Wednesday, May 8, at the Malden District Court. Read more here.   

CHART Celebration

On May 22nd, we celebrated three graduates of the Charlestown Chart Specialized Drug Session at The Charlestown Division of Boston Municipal Court Department--Donnell Knox, Jared Mahoney and Dennis Ryan.  Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross was on hand to extend his congratulations and encouragement.

The Charlestown Division of the Boston Municipal Court (BMC) and its Probation Department, which established the Charlestown Addiction Recovery Treatment (CHART) Program in partnership with the Charlestown Coalition, has been in full operation since May of 2013. CHART is a specialized court session which assists individuals on probation who have been diagnosed with chronic Substance Use Disorders. These individuals voluntarily participate in court-stipulated drug treatment and supervision as an alternative to incarceration. 
Our thanks to the collaborative effort from so many providers and court staff who work tirelessly to make this program a success. A special thank you to the Superintendent of the Suffolk County House of  Corrections, Yolanda Smith, who gave a heart-felt keynote at this joyous event.

The Transformation of Charlestown
Recently, Charlestown was featured on Chronicle 5 WCVB. Kelly Mahoney, of the Warren Tavern, and Tiara Murphy, Resident Services Coordinator for Boston Housing Authority, Charlestown Bunkerhill Development, talked about the transformation of Charlestown. Click here to watch!

Turn It Around :
Youth of the Month
Renalido E.
Renalido is our May Turn It Around Youth of the Month. "Besides being a stand-out at Turn It Around, Renalido has made a real commitment to his school work, as well as developing himself as a responsible young man."

-Mswati Hanks (Youth Prevention 

Voices of Recovery
Keriann Caccavaro
Keriann Caccavaro  is sharing her journey in recovery with us this month.

Click below for the full interview.

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