Monthly Archives: August 2014

Bold Initiative: Ash Hails New Economic Development Law

August 29, 2014
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An initiative to enhance the state’s economic development prospects was signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick earlier this month, and City Manager Jay Ash said it is a law that is absolutely on the right track. The act provides new tools and training to ensure the Massachusetts workforce meets the needs of employers,...

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Crime Drops 6% in First Half of ’14

August 29, 2014
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Continuing a desired trend, overall crime in the city dropped another 6 percent in the first half of 2014.  Total crime is down 36 percent over the last three and a half years, and violent crime is down 44 percent since its highs in 2008. “It’s great to see the efforts of many, including...

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Fourth Station, Key Demand in Long-Awaited Fire Meeting

August 29, 2014
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High-ranking members of the Chelsea Fire Department (CFD) and Fire Union officials said this week after conducting a risk assessment of the new FBI building response requirements they are nowhere near ready to handle such a facility. That comes, however, in direct contradiction to the opinion of City Manager Jay Ash, who doesn’t believe...

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Union Grocery Workers, Chelsea: Collaborative Establish Solidarity Fund to Assist Laid-off Market Basket Employees

August 29, 2014
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The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and the Chelsea Collaborative announced this week the establishment of a solidarity fund to assist Market Basket workers who have lost their paychecks due to scheduling cutbacks at Market Basket stores. Following CEO Arthur T. DeMoulas’ ouster from the company and weeks of protests from...

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Gov. Candidate, Ash Tour Box District

August 29, 2014
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City Manager Jay Ash gave the good word to Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker Wednesday morning after accompanying the Republican on a friendly tour of The Neighborhood Developers’ Box District development and its CONNECT educational facility. Ash told reporters he looked forward to seeing Baker become governor. “I’m not allowed as a City Manager to...

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Baker and Vega Square off on Illegal Immigrant Housing

August 29, 2014
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It was supposed to be a friendly tour of a successful housing development in Chelsea for Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Baker, but headlines in the newspapers Wednesday morning concerning his stance on public housing for illegal immigrants got him an earful prior to the tour from Collaborative Director Gladys Vega. Baker took the heated...

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Celebrating Labor Day

August 29, 2014
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The United States of America will celebrate the federal Labor Day holiday this Monday, Sept. 1. President Grover Cleveland first established it as an official holiday in 1894 to recognize the contributions of workers.  Local residents will mark the holiday with backyard barbecues and other events as Labor Day has come to signal the...

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Healey Builds Momentum in Her Campaign for AG

August 29, 2014
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Charlestown resident Maura Healey had another strong week in her campaign for the Democratic nomination for attorney general. Healey turned in an impressive performance in a candidates’ debate with Warren Tolman on the Channel 5 show, “On The Record” Sunday morning. The debate came on the heels of a feature story in Friday’s Boston...

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Obituaries 08-29-2014

August 29, 2014
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Mary Arlene Sobanek Of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston Mary Arlene (Derome) Sobanek of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, passed away on August 25. She was 80 years old. The cherished daughter of the late Annie (Curry) and Arthur Derome, she was the loving mother of Wayne Sobanek and his wife, June of North...

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Bids are Out on Silver Line Project, Bridge Closure to Last a Little Longer

August 25, 2014
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State transportation officials told a crowded house at the Chelsea City Council Chambers on Monday night that the Silver Line expansion project is still moving quickly, but that the complete closure of the Washington Avenue Bridge will be longer than previous announced. Last April, state Department of Transportation (DOT) planners said they would likely...

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