The big disconnect or the joke is on us

October 22, 2009
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So the stock market is up. The big banks are turning in good earnings reports. The television commentators say we’re coming out of the recession. You hear this news and then you reach into your own pocket – and the pocket is empty. Your kids getting out of college are looking for jobs, but...

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Police Blotter 10-12-09 – 10-19-09

October 22, 2009
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Monday, October 12 Joanthan Barbosa, 19, 1 Silk St., Chelsea, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle, resisting arrest, failing to stop for police, stop sign violation, leaving scene of property damage, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, red light violation, speeding, reckless operation of motor vehicle, resisting arrest, receiving stolen property over...

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Chelsea since the fire

October 22, 2009
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The October, 1973 Chelsea Fire marked the lowest point the city reached in its modern history. Not even the social, moral and economic collapse of the city in the early 1990’s, and the receivership that followed, can compare. In fact, the fire set in motion the ultimate demise of the city and brought it...

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Obituaries – 10-21-09

October 22, 2009
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Dorothy Hannabury Clerk for City of Chelsea Dorothy Hannabury of Chelsea died on October 5. The clerk for the City of Chelsea, she was the beloved daughter of the late Thomas and Josephine (Hale) Hannabury. A prayer service will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. in The Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea Street,...

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Thirty-six years ago – Chelsea Fire of 1973

October 14, 2009
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Thirty-six years ago – Chelsea Fire of 1973

This week marks the 36th anniversary of the Chelsea Fire of 1973. There are still many of us who recall that day and year, and many among us who spent the day in Chelsea when the city almost burned to the ground. Thirty-six years later and the city is an entirely changed place, with...

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There’s more to Baker than meets the eye

October 14, 2009
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There’s more to Baker than meets the eye

Attention Chelsea voters, Charlie Baker is running for governor and you will hear about him big time, because he is the real thing. At first, Baker, 2010 Republican candidate for Massachusetts Governor, comes off as a sort of uptight Harvard educated geek who smiles and gives a forced laugh but doesn’t get the joke...

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New Apollinaire production opens Oct. 30

October 14, 2009
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New Apollinaire production opens Oct. 30

The Apollinaire Theatre Company will premier its production of Anthony Neilson’s The Wonderful World of Dissocia on October 30 at the Chelsea Theatre Works building on 189 Winnisimmet Street. The play, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2004, has won critical acclaim for blending song, surrealism, suspense and uproarious comedy into one...

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Red Devils shock Shawsheen for fifth straight win

October 14, 2009
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In what head coach Mike Stellato described as “one of the most exciting games of career,” the Chelsea High varsity football team pulled out a come-from-behind win last Saturday by the slimmest of margins. The Red Devils defeated Shawsheen Tech, 28-27, to extend their record to 5-0. “It was just a well-fought, hard-working...

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We’re still waiting…. New runway has done little to ease delays

October 14, 2009
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Hindsight is always 20/20. And when it comes to Chelsea residents and Massport, the future usually comes out the way that the residents predicted. Ten years ago, residents who were part of the fight against runway expansion said that if Massport was allowed to lift a 27-year old injunction and build Runway 14/32 at...

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Capuano’s travels

October 14, 2009
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The Boston Globe this week made a big fuss over our Congressman Mike Capuano’s $24,000 spent on congressional travel to foreign nations during the past few years. The inference, if one was to be drawn, is that Capuano, now seeking Ted Kennedy’s senate seat, has been profligate in spending government money during foreign travels....

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The Chelsea Street Bridge

October 14, 2009
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As odd as this may sound to those of us so used to the Chelsea Street Bridge as an ugly monstrosity – it is the gateway to East Boston and vice versa – the gateway to Chelsea. The new bridge going up is going to be a masterpiece of modern engineering and construction. There...

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Obituaries – 10-14-09

October 14, 2009
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Marion Robinson Ashland resident Marion F. (Decareau) Robinson of Ashland, formerly of Westborough, died on October 12. She was the mother of Donna Reardon of North Carolina, Richard Robinson of Ashland, Robin Grandville of Tewksbury, Larry Robinson of Rutland, Bob Robinson of Leicester and Kevin Robinson of Danvers; sister of Walter “Sonny” Decareau of...

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An interview with Robert Cashman

October 7, 2009
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An interview with Robert Cashman

Chelsea based Metropolitan Credit Union (MCU) has grown to become the fifth largest credit union in the state with more than 100,000 account holders, $750 million in assets and a tenth location in South Bay on the way. Despite the recent economic downturns of many financial institutions during the last two years, MCU’s success...

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Sen. Galluccio involved in car accident on Sunday

October 7, 2009
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Sen. Galluccio involved in car accident on Sunday

Embroiled in another driving controversy, Chelsea’s State Sen. Anthony Galluccio (D-Cambridge) said on Tuesday afternoon that he panicked and fled following a car accident on Sunday in Cambridge because of his bad driving record. In a statement issued by e-mail on Tuesday, Galluccio did not indicate whether or not alcohol was involved, instead saying...

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The road ahead – Vitagliano briefs residents about new bridge project

October 7, 2009
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The road ahead – Vitagliano briefs residents about new bridge project

John Vitagliano, consultant for the Chelsea Street Bridge project was at last week’s Eagle Hill Civic Association (EHCA) meeting in East Boston to update members and residents on the progress of the bridge project. Construction is expected to begin in April 2012. Chelsea drivers will be greatly inconvenienced by this construction project. Although there...

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Pollo Campero hit by runaway auto

October 7, 2009
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Pollo Campero hit by runaway auto

Pollo Campero, the Park Square chicken king, had an unwanted visitor that roughed up the place last Sunday. At about 3:45 a.m., Marvin Villenueva, 23, a Chelsea resident, was driving into Park Square when he lost control of his automobile, sped into the Pollo Campero parking lot and smashed into the rear outside wall...

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Chelsea High Sports Roundup

October 7, 2009
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Football With a streak of lopsided wins to open the year, the 2009 season has been a breeze for the Chelsea High varsity football team. Head coach Stellato warned his team that their games would not always be as easy as last week’s 29-0 victory over Greater Lowell, and the Red Devils finally got...

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Galluccio’s mess

October 7, 2009
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We like State Senator Anthony Galluccio. Since becoming senator, he has served this city as if it were his own – and he and his office are always ready to do the right thing for Chelsea. We respect Senator Galluccio because he works hard and he takes the job seriously. Bottom line, we are...

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Obituaries – 10/6/09

October 7, 2009
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Phyllis Falzarano Former Proprietor of Rita’s Flowers Phyllis A. (Hines) Falzarano of Salem, NH, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 1 at the Parkland Medical Center of Derry, NH. She was 67 years old. Mrs. Falzarano has lived in Salem, NH for the past eight years after selling the building that housed her business...

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Warm reception – Feinberg’s visits Juneau, Alaska and finds a former Chelsea resident

October 3, 2009
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Warm reception – Feinberg’s visits Juneau, Alaska and finds a former Chelsea resident

The story begins at a boxball reunion game on Revere Beach, and then takes a detour to the Chelsea Public Library, and begins anew in Alaska, the largest state in the U.S.A., by area – thousands of miles from Chelsea. Thus was the interesting and circuitous journey that Stuart Feinberg, the former Chelsea schoolteacher,...

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Another dominating win for Red Devils

October 3, 2009
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Another dominating win for Red Devils

The Chelsea High varsity football team extended its outstanding start to 3-0 on Friday with a 29-0 win over Greater Lowell. The Red Devils have outscored their three opponents by a combined 109-12, and their starting defensive unit has yet to be scored upon. Unlike the previous two games, which became lopsided routs before...

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Talking trash

October 3, 2009
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Talking trash

Who in their right mind but City Manager Jay Ash could make a proposal to turn the city’s trash removal practices upside down and then host a talk about it with more than 100 people from throughout the city attending? Ash was at his – get everyone together – best Tuesday evening at the...

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Youth Sports Roundup

October 3, 2009
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The first two weeks of the season did not go the way the Chelsea Pride Gladiator Division team planned, but the Pride unloaded the frustration of the back-to-back losses on an unfortunate Salem team on Sunday. Chelsea was superb on both sides of the ball as they roared to a 37-14 victory, the first...

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Tobin Bridge road repairs completed ahead of schedule

October 3, 2009
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For those of us that use the Tobin Bridge on a regular basis, the 15 months of months of construction and traffic seemed like an eternity. However, the roadwork is over and the lower level of the bridge had been reopened to three lanes over the weekend and was ahead of schedule. Massport made...

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