Monthly Archives: November 2011

Delayed Crossing: State Officials Say It Will Be More Like March Before Chelsea Street Bridge Re-opens to Traffic

November 17, 2011
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Delayed Crossing: State Officials Say It Will Be More Like March Before Chelsea Street Bridge Re-opens to Traffic

While the overall Chelsea Street Bridge project is on time and on budget, state transportation officials said this week that the new thoroughfare would not open to traffic until March. It was originally slated to re-open Dec. 1st. “We’re still on schedule for overall completion in April, but getting the trusses across and the...

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Housing Authority Being Forced into Receivership

November 17, 2011
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Housing Authority Being Forced into Receivership

Attorney General Martha Coakley has begun the legal process, which will lead to the Chelsea Housing Authority being placed into state receivership in the next few days, according to sources familiar with the investigation of the CHA who wished to remain unnamed. The receivership action is said to have been pushed by Governor Deval...

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CHA Fallout

November 17, 2011
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National organization will not strip awards Two national awards hung prominently on the office walls of former, now disgraced, Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) Executive Director Michael McLaughlin. Allegedly, McLaughlin pointed to those awards frequently as an example of the progress made at the Authority and his role in that progress. During the course of...

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Audit Unveiled This Year Claimed All Was Well

November 17, 2011
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A Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) audit released earlier this year by State Auditor Suzanne Bump should have – under its own listed parameters – uncovered the excessive salary payments given to former CHA Executive Director Michael McLaughlin. Apparently though, it did not, and the Auditor’s Office is not commenting on the matter. Shortly after...

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Modest Tax Increases Expected; Tax Rate Set as Council OK’s Residential Tax Credit

November 17, 2011
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The City Council voted unanimously Monday night to adopt two key motions that will keep residential tax bills among the lowest in the state. “I think we all take great pride in knowing we’re doing everything we can to give residential taxpayers a real break here in Chelsea,” said Councillor Brian Hatleberg.  “And that...

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Receivership for CHA

November 17, 2011
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The governor has called for the Chelsea Housing Authority to be placed in receivership as an antidote to the spate of nearly obscene actions taken by former CHA director Michael McLaughlin, the CHA board, and the CHA accountant. News that Attorney General Martha Coakley is presenting legal documents to the Supreme Judicial Court in...

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Red Devils Beat Tech Victory Boosts Chelsea into Three Way Tie for First

November 17, 2011
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The Chelsea High football team parlayed a swarming defensive effort and the necessary offensive punch to earn a 14-6 win at North Shore Tech Saturday afternoon. The victory creates a three way tie for first place in the Small Division of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference among Chelsea, North Shore, and Greater Lowell. The determination...

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Police Briefs 11-17-2011

November 17, 2011
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Monday, November 7 Eldred Richards, 23, 48 Gardner St., Chelsea, was arrested on a felony warrant, and assault and battery. Matthew Graves, 19, 127 Garfield Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for being an incapacitated person. Saulo Cubias, 45, 126 Waterhill St., Lynn, was arrested for operating under the influence (2ndoffense), red light violation (2 counts)....

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Obituaries 11-17-2011

November 17, 2011
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James ‘J.J.’ McCarthy Wenham Resident James “J.J.” McCarthy of Wenham died on November 12. He was 86 years old. He was the beloved husband of the late Katherine M. (Kopaczynska) McCarthy, uncle of Carol Pompeo and her late husband, Joseph of Chelsea, Irene Lombardozzi and her late husband, Richard of Chelsea, Helen Kopaczynska of...

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Breaking: Housing Authority Being Forced into Receivership

November 16, 2011
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Attorney General Martha Coakley has apparently begun the legal process which will lead to the Chelsea Housing Authority being placed into state receivership in the next few days, according to sources familiar with the investigation of the CHA who wished to remain unnamed. The Receivership action is said to have been pushed by Governor...

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