Colombian ambassador visits area

July 22, 2010
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Colombian ambassador visits area

It was an exciting day for Colombians in Chelsea this week as they had the rare opportunity to sit with their native country’s ambassador to the U.S. Ambassador Carolina Barco Isakson, the daughter of Colombia’s former president Virgilio Barco Vargas, held a special meeting Monday at Zumix in East Boston with Colombian political organizers,...

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Rep. Reinstein: Casino legislation is progressing

July 22, 2010
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As Gov. Deval Patrick seems to be in the mood to sink the casino gambling ship, others closer to Chelsea are working behind the scenes to make sure it stays afloat. State Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein (D-Chelsea) was tapped earlier this month to be one of six members of a carefully selected state legislative conference...

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Filing the necessary environmental reports is next step in the process

July 22, 2010
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The state’s environmental secretary has approved the MBTA’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Red Line/Blue Line connector project. However, the MBTA’s DEIR will not satisfy all environmental studies and it must file a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) according to Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles’ decision. There’s been great...

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Anthony Simboli’s dream

July 22, 2010
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No one has benefited more from his father coming before him than local developer Anthony Simboli (the younger). The senior Mr. Simboli has become a bit of a legend in local commercial real estate circles. He started in Chelsea about 25 years ago and made it through the ups and downs of the economy...

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On the Chelsea waterfront

July 22, 2010
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When the new park has been completed on the waterfront on Marginal Street, Chelsea might benefit by planning a series of events or a single signature event there every summer that has some of the panache of the Revere Beach Sculpture contest. Such a high profile event in so stunning an environment, would be...

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Arrest Report 07-22-2010

July 22, 2010
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Sunday, July 11 Liang Yu You, 35, of 43 Lambert Avenue, Chelsea, was arrested for disorderly conduct. Abraham Almodovar, 33, of 101 Franklin Avenue, Chelsea, was arrested for breaking and entering in the daytime, destruction of property, assault and battery, threat to commit a crime, and witness intimidation. Catherine Carrero, 50, of 436 Webster...

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Obituaries 07-22-2010

July 22, 2010
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Robert Griffin Member of Cary Square Associates Robert J. Griffin of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on July 19. He was 69 years old. A member of the Cary Square Associates, he was currently a member of the Board of Directors and a 40 year member of Local 33 Carpenters Union and a US...

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Demoulas’ at one year

July 15, 2010
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Demoulas’ at one year

At one year and counting, the Demoulas’ Market Basket continues to break all kinds of sales records while attracting huge and diverse throngs of shoppers. The enormous supermarket – perhaps the largest of its kind east of the Mississippi River – has become a mecca of sorts for discriminating food shoppers seeking quality and...

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A real Chelsea success story

July 15, 2010
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A real Chelsea success story

Bruce Berkowitz remembers vividly his days growing up on Washington Avenue, attending the Prattville, Carter, and Williams schools, enjoying the company of good friends and the good times at the old Chelsea Y.M.H.A. And there are people still living and working in the city who remember Bruce Berkowitz as an extremely bright, personable and...

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Simboli launches new Chelsea based real estate company

July 15, 2010
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Simboli launches new Chelsea based real estate company

Anthony James Simboli, announced today the launch of his new Chelsea based real estate company – AJSimboli Real Estate.  AJSimboli Real Estate is already home to more than 300,000 square feet of office and industrial space, providing new economic opportunities and jobs for the region. Great things are happening here in Chelsea, and I’m...

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Million dollar grant for Chelsea neighborhoods

July 15, 2010
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The City of Chelsea will benefit from the recent distribution of $33.6 million in federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to fund infrastructure improvement projects, boost social services and increase housing and business development opportunities. Chelsea will receive a grant of $1,000,000 for neighborhood code violation enforcement, Grove Street traffic calming, construction of the...

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College head coach to hold a basketball clinic at CCS

July 15, 2010
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Cori Hughes had few opportunities growing up in a small, rural town in upstate New York. For her, the prospect of college was nonexistent, and neither was the encouragement. Now the head women’s basketball coach at Salve Regina University, Hughes will share her experiences and expertise with Chelsea youth in a five-day clinic hosted...

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Demoulas’ Market Basket

July 15, 2010
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One of the great ongoing success stories in the modern history of this city is the new Market Basket supermarket. At the end of this month it will celebrate its first anniversary in business in the sprawling and well stocked new store. Not only is it the largest employer in the city. It is...

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Bruce Berkowitz

July 15, 2010
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Bruce Berkowitz grew-up in this city. From an early age, he wanted to get into the world of banking and finance. He certainly has done this with a flair. Berkowitz is the Founder and Managing Member and Chief Investment Officer of Fairholme Capital Management – a $16 billion financial management firm. Not bad for...

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Obituaries 07-15-2010

July 15, 2010
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Phyllis Minichello Resident of Revere and East Boston Phyllis M. Minichello of Revere and East Boston, died on July 6. She was the loving daughter of the late Anthony J. and Emily (Silva) Minichello; dear sister of the late Anthony J. Minichello, his wife, Marjorie Minichello, of Revere, Michael Minichello and his wife, Marylou,...

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Heat wave hits region; Chelsea prepared

July 8, 2010
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Heat wave hits region; Chelsea prepared

Chelsea City Hall issued an advisory to residents concerning the sizzling heat wave that has settled in over New England for the past three days. City officials are urging all residents, especially elderly residents to properly hydrate themselves and to remain in a cool place for as long as possible until the severe heat...

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Out of the Ashes – Chelsea’s ‘Box District’ the new up-and-coming neighborhood

July 8, 2010
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Out of the Ashes – Chelsea’s ‘Box District’ the new up-and-coming neighborhood

Redevelopment often deals only with fancy, hip names and impressive plans on paper. Architects and idea people with the best of intentions come up with new, hip names for an area and propose buildings and neighborhood amenities that never materialize. It happens. It hasn’t happened in – of all places – Gerrish Avenue, now...

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Plans for new park to be the anchor of Box District

July 8, 2010
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Last Thursday evening, live music from the band El Frente boomed down Gerrish Avenue and Highland Street. It wasn’t an annoyingly loud house party or a reason to call the police; it was a community concert in the new Box District – and planners, city officials and developers for the district hope that one...

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City Manager Jay Ash argues the positive of a casino

July 8, 2010
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City Manager Jay Ash was a proponent of casino gambling, a forum participant in East Boston last week where more than 300 people turned out to debate the expanded gambling agenda the state has embarked upon. As a proponent, Ash was his regular self – articulate, informed, hopeful and altogether right on the mark....

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Martinez, Cortez will play in Agganis Football Classic

July 8, 2010
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Two Chelsea High football standouts will be playing in the 49th annual Harry Agganis Football Classic on Wednesday, July 14 at Manning Field in Lynn. Daniel Martinez and David Cortez, key members of last fall’s Red Devil football team that fell one game shy of winning the Commonwealth Conference championship, began practices with the...

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Everyone is away

July 8, 2010
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The 4th of July holiday was a great success. Hundreds of thousands swarmed for music, food and fireworks and virtually no arrests, no outrageous violence and very little in the way of inconvenience. It was a quintessential American weekend with nearly all of us taking full advantage of the Monday holiday. Monday opened warm...

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Arrest Report 07-07-2010

July 8, 2010
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Sunday, June 27 Alfonso Melendez, 38, 21 Blossom St., Chelsea, was arrested for violating abuse protection order, possession to distribute Class B drug, 27 counts of in possession of ammunition without FID card, possessing large capacity of firearms, carrying loaded firearms without license. Hector Villanueva, 28, 58 Trenton St., East Boston, was arrested for...

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Obituaries 07-07-2010

July 8, 2010
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Grace Mangiafico Chelsea resident Grace R. (Ciampa) Mangiafico of East Boston and Chelsea died on June 23. She was the beloved wife of the late Sibby-Nano Mangiafico with whom she shared 58 years of marriage; loving mother of Maria Mangiafico of East Boston, Richard “Rickey” Mangiafico of Medford and the late Paul Mangiafico; dear...

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Swan story continues on Mill Creek

June 30, 2010
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Swan story continues on Mill Creek

The story has continued with the pair of mating wild swans who call Mill Creek on the Chelsea/Revere line their home. The male swan, Gus, arrived at the Creek nearly two years ago, and neighbors on the Chelsea and Revere side befriended the swan (or maybe it was the swan that befriended them). In...

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