Jay Ash Delivers $2 Million MassWorks Grant to Chelsea

November 18, 2016
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Jay Ash Delivers $2 Million MassWorks Grant to Chelsea

When former City Manager Jay Ash last exited the Chelsea Council Chambers, it was with an emotional wave good-bye. On Wednesday morning, he returned all smiles and, instead of waving good-bye, he was waving a $2 million check. The Baker-Polito Administration announced a $2 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant to the City of Chelsea...

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Gunman Guilty in the Chelsea Murders of Livery Driver, Passenger

November 18, 2016
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After deliberating for several days, a jury convicted a Chelsea man of two counts of murder Monday, Nov. 14, for shooting Zouaoui Dani-Elkebir, 52, and Karima El-Hakim, 38, to death three years ago. Jurors found Maurice Morrison, 31, guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm...

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Chelsea Police Affirm No ‘Raid’ Tuesday by ICE Due to Election

November 18, 2016
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By Seth Daniel File this one under, ‘Really Bad Timing.’ In an operation that set the Chelsea immigrant community sideways on Tuesday, Nov. 15, the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrived in Chelsea one week after the landmark U.S. Presidential election to find two long-time deportation targets. The operation came just as the...

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Police Briefs 11-17-2016

November 18, 2016
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Tuesday, 11/8 Juvenile Offender, arrested on a warrant. Luis Burgos, 25, 61 Crescent Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant and possessing to distribute Class  B. Bianca Cruz, 28, 61 Crescent Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing to distribute Class B drug. Cindy Cook, 48, 10 Quincy Terrace, Lynn, was arrested on a warrant....

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Why Were the Presidential Polls Wrong?

November 18, 2016
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By Dr. Gary Welton The election-night coverage of the 2016 vote began with images of the Clinton campaign team gathering in the Javits Center—under the symbolic glass ceiling. Hillary Clinton supporters were enthusiastic, upbeat, and expectant. The polls gave them every reason to expect that America was electing her as the country’s first female...

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A Great Idea That Has Been Delayed No More

November 18, 2016
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More than five years ago, the leaders of Chelsea, Winthrop and Revere had the idea to establish a Health Collaborative that would serve the three communities and address issues ranging from wellness programs that include flu prevention, smoking prevention, and childhood obesity to the more serious issue of opioid abuse. However, the idea languished...

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Sports 11-17-2016

November 18, 2016
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CHS Roundup Red Devils drop heartbreaker, 28-22 The Chelsea High football team came up on the short end of its game Saturday with Burke High School in the most-heartbreaking of fashions, yielding a touchdown in the final 12 seconds on a 56-yard scramble by Burke quarterback Patrick Cutheate, to drop a 28-22 decision. The...

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Obituaries 11-17-2016

November 18, 2016
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James Mahoney Retired electricians supply sales manager James M. Mahoney passed away peacefully on November 13 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a long battle with ongoing illness. Just ten days earlier, on November 3, he celebrated his 43rd wedding anniversary with his beloved wife of 43 years, Debra A. (Grungo)...

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Chelsea Reads

November 11, 2016
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Chelsea Reads

Stefany Romero with her daughter, Genesis Giron Romero, and Irma Fejzic, volunteer from Chelsea High School’s Interact Club, with Gerald, the elephant, during the annual Chelsea Reads Family Literacy Day at the Chelsea Public Library. Some 700 families came to the library for a day of fun with books and characters.

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FBI Building Opens Monday as Employees Report to Work

November 11, 2016
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FBI Building Opens Monday as Employees Report to Work

By Seth Daniel Activity blossomed out of the FBI Building on Everett Avenue Monday morning as the Boston Headquarters officially opened for its first day of work in Chelsea. Cars pulled into the lot, shuttles operated from South Station and some of the 500 newly relocated employees strolled the sidewalks and grabbed lunch at...

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Chelsea Swears in 15 New Police Officers

November 11, 2016
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Chelsea Swears in 15 New Police Officers

By Seth Daniel Fifteen new Chelsea Police officers – one of the most diverse classes of officers to ever come onto the force – raised their right hands Monday night to take the sacred oath of upholding law and order in Chelsea. City Clerk Jeannette Cintron gave the oath and the officers recited it...

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Chelsea Council Sets Tax Rate, Institutes 25 Percent Exemption

November 11, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Chelsea City Council voted to institute a 25 percent owner occupant property tax exemption and to apply the maximum commercial shift to help residents absorb a tax increase that has come due to sharp increases in residential property values. While Chelsea had the opportunity to use up to 35 percent...

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The Results:Chelsea Goes All Out for Hillary, Approves CPA

November 11, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Chelsea voters bucked the nationwide trend and voted overwhelmingly for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, and more important locally, easily approved the Community Preservation Act (CPA) proposal that would provide money to help fund community projects and affordable housing. Turnout was heavy in Chelsea with early voting contributing to about 10,000 votes...

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Police Briefs 11-10-2016

November 11, 2016
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Monday, 10/31 Yazmin Vega, 29, 9 Guam Rd., Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing, assault and battery, assault and battery on a police officer, home invasion and resisting arrest. John Lewis, 32, 292 Salem St., Revere, was arrested for unarmed robbery Tuesday, 11/1 Kevin Cardoza, 18, 106 Bloomingdale St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant....

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One Man’s Grit, Resilience and Perseverance Brought the FBI to Chelsea

November 11, 2016
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By Patricia Simboli If you want to teach the lessons of grit and resilience, perseverance and testing the limits of one’s physical and mental limits, then look no further than Anthony C. Simboli. Seventy-five years ago, nearly 80, he started selling newspapers outside St Mary’s Church in the North End. Riding his bicycle piled...

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Let’s Remember — And Thank — Our Veterans

November 11, 2016
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This Friday, November 11, marks the annual observance of Veterans Day. The holiday originated as Armistice Day in 1919 to mark the first anniversary of the end of World War I, which formally was concluded on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918. The first world war was...

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Sports 11-10-2016

November 11, 2016
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CHS Roundup CHS football team edges South Boston with 2nd half comeback The Chelsea High football team turned in another impressive performance to claim its second straight win and third in four games with a come-from-behind, 16-12 victory over South Boston this past Saturday. Southie jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the opening...

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Obituaries 11-10-2016

November 11, 2016
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Gerald Solar Decorated Vietnam veteran, US Postal Service retiree, past member of NALC, AMVETS and past vice president of Chelsea PPC Gerald L. Solar passed away Sunday morning November 6 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a long battle with cancer. He was 71 years old. Born and raised in Chelsea, he was...

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The 2016 Election – What’s on the Ballot?

November 4, 2016
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Q.1 Expanded Slot Machine Gambling This proposed law would allow the state Gaming Commission to issue one additional category 2 license which would permit operation of a gaming establishment with no table games and not more than 1,250 slot machines. The proposed law would authorize the Commission to request applications for additional license to...

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Princesses and Ponies

November 4, 2016
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Princesses and Ponies

PRINCESSES AND PONIES:  Lexanni Woodard, Mya Ortiz, Naleyah Sylvester, and Jahnerys Figueroa pose for a photograph in their Halloween princess and pony costumes during the Chelsea Community School Halloween Party on Sunday, Oct. 30.

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Chelsea Reads Celebration

November 4, 2016
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Chelsea Reads Celebration

Sarah Gay, (left) director of the Chelsea Public Library, and Martha Bocksenbaum (right) children’s librarian, invite all Chelsea families to attend the 11th annual “Chelsea Reads” Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the library, located at 569 Broadway. There will be hands-on-family activities and crafts, special guest storytellers,...

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Senior Night

November 4, 2016
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Senior Night

Senior Alexandra Martinez, captain, slaps hands with her teammates as she is called out on Volleyball Senior Night Monday, Oct. 24

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Community Garden

November 4, 2016
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Community Garden

Curtis Johnson, Mike Dicologero, and Randall Varela at the Chelsea Community Garden Shad Shelter Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Hawthorne Street garden. The Community Gardens and Just-A-Start YouthBuild combined efforts to get the Shade Shelter in place.

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Protect the Population:More than 600 Three-Family Homeowners to Get Hit with Major Tax Increase

November 4, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Many have assumed for years that the numerous three-family homes in Chelsea were owned by absentee landlords, but as it turns out some two-thirds of those homes are owner-occupied, and one councillor said he is ready to take some extreme measures to protect them and their tenants from a rather large...

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