Editorials

Why I’m Fighting on Beacon Hill for Our Schools

June 9, 2017
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By Senator Sal DiDomenico Residents of Gateway Cities throughout the Commonwealth have probably heard quite a bit about how their schools are facing dire budget gaps due to a change in the way the state counts low-income students. This has been an ongoing issue for over two years now, and I have received many...

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Gov Baker Stands Tall — Again

June 9, 2017
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The swift and unequivocal announcement last Friday by Gov. Charlie Baker that Massachusetts will join in an initiative with other states to encourage alternative forms of energy in order to reduce carbon emissions is yet another example of the sort of straightforward decision-making that has become a hallmark of the Baker administration. Gov. Baker’s...

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Time for Elected Officials to Stand Up for Veterans, Memorial Day

June 3, 2017
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Another touching Memorial Day Parade and Exercise went off on Monday despite the cold and rain. The band was there. The veterans were there:  some of them old men and some of them young women. A Gold Star Mother who lost her son in 2008 spoke to the crowd, and said gatherings like these...

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The Boston Harbor Clean-Up:An Environmental — and Economic — Success Story

June 3, 2017
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A recent report issued by the public interest group Save the Harbor/Save the Bay informs us that the beaches surrounding the Metropolitan Boston area were open for bathing 96 percent of the time during the summer of 2016 and that, barring unforeseen circumstances, the outlook should be the same for 2017. This is quite...

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Memorial Day

May 27, 2017
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The calendar tells us that the Memorial Day weekend is upon is, although with the exception of a few days this spring, the cool and wet weather has not been a harbinger of warmth and sunshine. But for Americans of all ages, the holiday weekend, despite the temperature reading, symbolizes the start of the...

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Chelsea Food Truck Ordinance

May 27, 2017
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Councillor Roy Avellaneda Recently, I have been approached by individuals who have been told that I was against having Food Trucks in the City of Chelsea. That is totally false. I welcome food trucks in Chelsea. As a matter of fact, when I was the site coordinator for the Chelsea Latin American Music Festival,...

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May is Mental Health Month: Start Reaching Out

May 27, 2017
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By Sheldon Bycoff One problem of modern life is social isolation. Described in journals as a person’s “perceived social isolation,” i.e., a subjective belief that they are socially isolated, another way of summarizing this condition is simply “feeling lonely.” The opposite feeling – that you have a network of supportive relationships – provides numerous...

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Chelsea Celebrates Pride Month with Second Annual Flag Raising

May 19, 2017
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By John Valinch Last June, our city celebrated the historic raising of the Pride rainbow flag in celebration of Pride Month in Chelsea for the first time. In doing so we joined cities, towns and groups across the country. It was also raised in honor of those whose lives were taken abruptly in the...

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An End to the Drought — for Now

May 19, 2017
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Last week, state officials announced that the entire state of Massachusetts was no longer in a drought emergency. This certainly comes as good news to residents. Over the last six months, every time it rained or snowed and there were a lot of days of rain and snow, all one could say was that...

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Letters to the Editor

May 5, 2017
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Making a positive difference         I was reading the paper last week as I normally do, when I happened to come across an editorial by a former city councillor. The small article criticized a colleague of mine, but more importantly he called out the younger members of the elected bodies in Chelsea and questioned their...

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