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Brown Tours ALS Wing at Leonard Florence Assisted Living Center on Admiral’s Hill

October 18, 2012
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Brown Tours ALS Wing at Leonard Florence Assisted Living Center on Admiral’s Hill

Senator Scott Brown came to Chelsea Tuesday afternoon with his wife Gail Huff and were treated to a tour of the ALS Wing at the Leonard Florence Assisted Living Center on Admiral’s Hill. Senator Brown, his wife, and a small contingent of visitors were visibly moved by his conversation with Steve Saling, a resident...

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Chelsea Fire of 1973; 39 Years Ago This Week

October 18, 2012
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On October 13, 1973, I drove to the top of Powderhorn Hill in the early evening to catch a glimpse of the Boston skyline. I was 23 then. I am 62 today. I remember clearly looking out over Chelsea, watching traffic heading south speeding over the Tobin Bridge. Traffic heading north appeared as a...

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HUD Auditors Complete CHA Oversight Study

October 11, 2012
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Federal Housing and Urban Development auditors studying the Chelsea Housing Authority’s annual independent financial audit, which HUD received recently from the CHA as mandated, have packed up their laptops having completed their visit after a thorough review of financial records. The auditors finished at the CHA on Wednesday. The auditor’s visit was prompted by...

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Looking Back : Dr. John Silber

October 4, 2012
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Looking Back : Dr. John Silber

Dr. John Silber had a long and enduring relationship with Chelsea and with Andrew P. Quigley, my mentor, friend and the publisher of the Chelsea Record. Silber, the bigger than life educator and philosopher who was president of Boston University, died last week at the age of 86. Both Silber and Mr. Quigley were...

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Misused Funds : HUD Investigators Poring over CHA Spending Records

October 4, 2012
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Investigators for the Department of Housing and Urban Development are on site at the headquarters of the Chelsea Housing Authority this week and are expected to remain as long as it takes to unravel the questionable financial dealings of former CHA Executive Director Mike McLaughlin. HUD officials claim that as much as $3.5 million...

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Going Back, Way Back

September 27, 2012
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Chelsea, 1922. Yom Kippur Day. The city’s 15,000 Jewish residents are in a virtual holiday lock down. The city at this point in its history in the midst of a great population and economic rise. It is the Roaring Twenties and Chelsea is rising to its great moment under the sun. Everyone is working,...

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FBI Development Saga Comes to Completion

September 13, 2012
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FBI Development Saga Comes to Completion

The headline about the FBI officially coming to Chelsea was much more than just a headline. The entire story of how this development came to be is more like a long and winding narrative with ups and downs, with impossibilities and with impossibilities overcome. What began in 1997 when the city acquired a piece...

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Low Turnout : Primary Vote Less Than 10 Percent; Democratic Ballots Top All Others

September 13, 2012
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Not many registered voters in Chelsea cast a ballot last Thursday. A total of 1,311 voters cast ballots here in a primary that was more like a shadow than anything else. Democratic ballots cast totaled 1,155 while Republicans cast 155 ballots. Congressman Mike Capuano was the largest vote-getter. Eight-hundred and eighty-four  Chelsea voters gave...

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FBI Development Plan Certain After Lawsuit Dismissed

September 6, 2012
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All along, city leaders, primary among them City Manager Jay Ash, knew that the FBI move to Chelsea was a certainty. The deal had been years in the making. Unbelievably, the city went head to head with Boston as a finalist for the project and won. Despite the fact the FBI move to Chelsea...

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Labor Secretary Salis Visits City; Helping to Get the Country on Track

August 30, 2012
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Labor Secretary Salis Visits City; Helping to Get the Country on Track

US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis came to Chelsea late Tuesday afternoon. The first Hispanic Labor Secretary from East Los Angeles appointed by President Barack Obama – and a former congressman – met with about 100 members of the Chelsea Latino business community as well as other local officials. With brief remarks which were...

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