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New Tree Board Celebrates Arbor Day

October 21, 2017
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New Tree Board Celebrates Arbor Day

The new Chelsea Tree Board celebrated Arbor Day last month on Clark Avenue by planting a White Oak in recognition of Member Denise Ortega’s birthday. Chair Julie Shannon said the Tree Board hopes to promote the value of trees in the community and the benefits for health and wellness. “The presence of trees and...

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Chelsea Delegation Accepts RWJ Award in New Jersey

October 21, 2017
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Chelsea Delegation Accepts RWJ Award in New Jersey

By Seth Daniel A delegation of Chelsea stakeholders and residents traveled to Princeton, New Jersey on Oct. 11 to accept the City’s Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health prize. The national celebration took place at the headquarters of the Foundation, and a six-person delegation from Chelsea appeared. Chelsea was announced as the winner of...

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Firefighters Union Prevails in Arbitration, City Disagrees Still

October 21, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The City has been ordered by an arbiter to pay overtime that was in dispute from not backfilling a position last year with overtime pay. The arbiter ruled on Oct. 9 that Chelsea had violated the collective bargaining agreement by not backfilling the position – mostly in 2016 – to avoid...

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Council Spars Over Instituting Term Limits On Boards, Commissions

October 21, 2017
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By Seth Daniel A move by Councillors Damali Vidot and Enio Lopez supposedly aimed at diversifying the City’s Boards and Commissions was roundly criticized by several Council members Monday night – with Councillor Roy Avellaneda calling the drafters “cowards.” Vidot said many on Boards and Commissions – such as the Planning Board or Zoning...

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Councillor Lopez: Too Many Commercial Vehicles Parking on Streets

October 21, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Parking is at a crisis point according to many in Chelsea, and Councillor Enio Lopez said at Monday’s meeting that matters are only made worse by some who park multiple commercial/business vehicles on City streets where parking is scant. The matter passed the Council and was reported to the City Manager...

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Housing Court Opens to Chelsea,Court Experts Ready to Handle Cases Immediately

October 21, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The Housing Court in Boston has been a refuge since the 1970s for mediation, litigation and resolution of all sorts of housing issues, but throughout all of that time, it has been closed off to Chelsea landlords, tenants and City officials. Instead, they had to file cases in Chelsea District Court...

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Community Preservation Funds Waiting for Distribution

October 21, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The first-round of Community Preservation Act (CPA) money in Chelsea has been collected from the taxpayers and amounts to around $600,000 locally. A state match under the CPA is not yet known, but it will likely be known in November. City Manager Tom Ambrosino said they are estimating that the state...

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Eastie MS-13 Leader Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for RICO Conspiracy, Drug Trafficking,Possession of a Firearm

October 21, 2017
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The leader of MS-13’s East Boston Loco Salvatrucha clique was sentenced this week in federal court in Boston for RICO conspiracy involving an aggravated assault, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Santos Portillo Andrade, a/k/a “Flaco,” 33, a Salvadoran national...

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House,Senate Pass Legislation to Help Open Up Casino Jobs

October 21, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The State Legislature has approved a major change aimed at helping those with minor criminal records from the past not be barred from getting casino jobs statewide, and particularly at the Wynn Boston Harbor resort. Earlier this year, it became apparent that the Expanding Gaming Law was very stringent, and was...

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Governor’s Councillor Kennedy Endorses Calvin T. Brown for District 8 Chelsea City Councilor

October 21, 2017
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It is my great privilege to endorse Calvin T. Brown for election to the Chelsea City Council.  Calvin, a former Councilor and current Democratic State Committee Member, knows what it will take for Chelsea to continue on a path to be a truly great community.  He has been an advocate for the children of...

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