Monthly Archives: March 2012

The MBTA, Again

March 16, 2012
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It is rather pathetic to come to the understanding that if the MBTA solves its 2012 deficit problem in the $160 million range with a fare increase and service decrease, the MBTA will be facing a more than $40 million deficit next year requiring another purge of service and fair increase unless a miracle...

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Robert Verrier

March 16, 2012
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The Chelsea architect Robert Verrier was recently awarded the highest prize an architect can garner during a life spent in the profession. It is called the AIA and since receiving it a few weeks ago, he is no known as Robert Verrier, AIA (American Institute of Architecture). Verrier is the director, one of the...

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Obituaries 03-15-2012

March 16, 2012
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Anna Zarella Of Boston’s North End Anna C. Zarella of Boston’s North End died on March 11. She is survived by her children: Paul M. Zarella and his wife, Rita, Carol A. Regan, Angela Zarella  and her partner, Cynthia Walsh and Michael R. Karnes; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, as well as her sister...

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Call It Hotel Row

March 8, 2012
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Call It Hotel Row

The Wyndham Hotel is shown in the foreground. In the background of this image taken Tuesday afternoon is the new Marriott rising. By itself, the Wyndham would suffice as the only hotel for a city this size. But now we will have two and there is the very likely possibility of a third major...

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Looking at Success: The Remaking of the Old Marketbasket Building is a Chelsea Business Miracle

March 8, 2012
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Looking at Success: The Remaking of the Old Marketbasket Building is a Chelsea Business Miracle

Less than 2 years ago, the Demoulas Family put back to use the building that housed the old MarketBasket. The new MarketBasket had opened. Hundreds came to be employed there. The old building was shuttered. With the backing of Chelsea City Hall and City Manager Jay Ash, plans were discussed by the Demoulas Family...

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Ethanol Trains Again

March 8, 2012
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A new and contentious issue has rolled into Chelsea over the past two weeks like a freight train, except that the issues is exactly that – freight trains carrying the hazardous material Ethanol. One week after the Chelsea City Council passed a somewhat controversial resolution opposing Global Oil Company’s plan to transport millions of gallons...

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Chelsea Fire Department Review Firm Ready to Start

March 8, 2012
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The long-awaited top-to-bottom review of the Chelsea Fire Department is nearly ready to being, according to City Manager Jay Ash. This week, the City inked a contract with an independent reviewer to conduct the work and to set a timeline for its completion. “We have agreed upon and signed a contract with Matrix, which...

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Governor Increases Fuel Assistance; Orders Utilities to Stop Shutoffs

March 8, 2012
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Governor Deval Patrick is dramatically increasing the amount of money set aside for those having difficulties paying for home heating fuel throughout the state. At the same time, he ordered the Department of Public Utilities to ban heating shut-offs for another month for low income residents. This is an important and substantial bit of...

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Nitrogen Tank Proposed on Crescent Avenue

March 8, 2012
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A planned expansion of Muffin Town’s freezer space at the company’s factory on Crescent Avenue has been scrapped in favor of adding a large, outdoor liquid nitrogen tank. The plan became public late last week when a submission from Muffin Town came to the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals for its March 13th meeting....

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Thank You, Governor Patrick

March 8, 2012
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Those of us who know Governor Patrick are always impressed with his ability to judge needs and then to go about the daunting task to fill them. He has done just that on two important fronts for the low-income people of this city and for homeowners and apartment dwellers in dozens of bigger and...

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