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City-Eastern Minerals reach historic cooperative agreement

February 25, 2010
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City-Eastern Minerals reach historic cooperative agreement

The city council is set to approve a major cooperative agreement with Eastern Minerals, ending years of battling over zoning and turf rights and ending with major public improvements along the waterfront extending about 1000 feet from the Meridian Street Bridge eastward. A resolution known as the Marginal Street Corridor Improvement Project itemizing the...

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Council meets on status of budget deficit “fixes"

February 25, 2010
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Late fall, City Manager Jay Ash reported that the combination of local aid reductions, a slow down in revenues associated with economic development and higher health insurance costs, among other items, could thrust the City’s budget into a $6.5 million deficit. Since then, numerous actions have been taken, including the elimination of more than...

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State of the City report details strategies

February 25, 2010
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Record Staff City Manager Jay Ash’s annual State of the City report highlights the City’s resolve to accomplish much while addressing the challenges that a tough economy presents. That determination could be considered steadfast, which by no coincidence is the title given to the twenty page report on the City’s accomplishments in 2009 and...

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Nothing lasts forever

February 25, 2010
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There are two convergent issues gaining in importance everyday as long they remain unresolved. They are the cost for city paid health insurance for municipal employees both active and retired and the unwillingness of municipal employee unions to negotiate to head off the inevitable. The inevitable is already here. The cost for city paid...

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O’Flaherty saves city $600K in revenues

February 11, 2010
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O’Flaherty saves city $600K in revenues

The value of an effective legislator may not be more evident than word that Representative Eugene O’Flaherty has managed to recover $600,000 a year for City services. With the transfer of the Tobin Bridge from Massport to the newly created Department of Transportation under the State’s transportation reform initiative, the annual payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) that...

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City activates forces to fight effects of snow storm

February 11, 2010
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The overnight snowstorm, whatever its dimension, will be an expensive one, according to City Manager Jay Ash. The city’s snow removal budget was wiped out in the last storm about two weeks ago and stood at $95,000 spent so far this winter. Ash estimated that the cost for snow removal for the current storm...

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Governor Patrick visits city; meets hundreds during tour

February 3, 2010
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Governor Patrick visits city; meets hundreds during tour

Governor Deval Patrick came to the city Monday morning and received a warm reception from hundreds of residents who came out to greet him at various locations that included Tito’s Bakery, Chelsea Collaborative, Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and Centro Latino. Patrick, accompanied by Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash, did a complete tour of the...

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Coast Guard OK’s Yemen deliveries; – Mayor, local residents outraged

February 3, 2010
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Coast Guard OK’s Yemen deliveries; – Mayor, local residents outraged

Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash, Charlestown residents, and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino have expressed extreme disappointment with the Coast Guard’s decision to allow shipments of LNG on Yemen based tankers to arrive and off-load their product in Boston Harbor. With the tankers all having to come into the harbor and to sail under the...

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Catholic Schools Week sends strong message

February 3, 2010
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Pope Benedict XVI has shown how the Catholic Church is approaching the future by maintaining the excellence of its traditions. Catholic School education is the bulwark of Catholicism in America. The education of Catholic children all over the nation is benefiting from the church looking forward instead of back and from Catholic parents everywhere,...

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The race is on

February 3, 2010
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The race to fill former Senator Anthony Galluccio’s empty seat is beginning to take shape and form. Attorney Tim Flaherty, who ran against Galluccio the last time around, showed up at Tito’s when the governor visited Chelsea on Monday morning. Candidate Michael Albano was also there. As was Everett City Councillor and candidate for...

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