Meridian Bancorp, Inc. and East Boston Savings Bank Announce Their 2018 Commitment to Their Employees, Infrastructure and Charitable Giving

January 6, 2018
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Meridian Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company” or “Meridian”) (NASDAQ: EBSB), the holding company for East Boston Savings Bank (the “Bank”), following the new tax law being passed by Congress and signed by the President on December 22, 2017, announced the following enhanced commitments to the Bank’s employees, infrastructure investment and charitable giving which will benefit...

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Police Briefs 01-04-2018

January 6, 2018
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ROBBERY ON BROADWAY On Dec. 22, at 5:20 p.m., officers responded to 165 Walnut St. for a report of a past armed robbery. Upon officers’ arrival, they made contact with the victim and alleged robbery suspect, standing out front of the building. The victim claims the suspect took $200 from him after he left...

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Letter to the Editor

January 6, 2018
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America on the Rise Finally The following is a response to the Journal Editorial published on Dec. 7, 2017.  I read your editorials in multiple community papers. Please publish this response in every paper in which you printed “America As We Know It Is Over.”   Dear Editor: Could the Democrat icon John F....

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Americans Hate Waiting, So Theyll Despise Single Payer

January 6, 2018
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By Sally C. Pipes What makes for an awful trip to the doctor? Waiting. Earlier this year, doctor-rating website Zocdoc found that long waits or appointment delays were the primary motivators of negative marks from patients. Given this aversion to waiting, it’s shocking that Americans are coming around to government-run, single-payer health care. Waiting...

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Congratulations to Our Elected City Officials

January 6, 2018
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We offer our congratulations to our city officials who were sworn into office this past week. Public service is not easy these days. In an era of limited resources, it seems that our elected officials find themselves saying “No” more often than not. And given the cutbacks in funding for state and local government...

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Sports 01-04-2018

January 6, 2018
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Price-Espada, Pope John Tigers claim Holiday Hoop Classic title By Cary Shuman There was no stopping sophomore guard Angel Price-Espada and the Pope John XXIII High School boys basketball team in the 2017 Holiday Hoop Classic on the Tigers’ home court Price-Espada lit up the scoreboard with 36 points, 28 coming in the first...

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Obituaries 01-04-2018

January 6, 2018
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Robert McKennon, Sr. November 9, 1933 – December 29, 2017 Robert T. McKennon, Sr., a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away on Friday, December 29 at the Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center in Medford following complications from his long struggle with Diabetes. Born and raised in Chelsea, a son of the late Alfred P. and Helen P....

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From the FBI Building Opening to MS-13 Guilty Pleas,Chelsea was Full of News in 2017

December 30, 2017
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By Seth Daniel There were more than a few big news items in Chelsea this year. In fact, there were too many to include in a review of the year in news as the city began to move faster and faster throughout the year. Here is a sprinkling of some of the top news...

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Chelsea-Based Roca will Launch New Public-Private Partnership with Baltimore

December 28, 2017
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Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh announced this month a $17 million public-private partnership with Roca, anchor business institutions and philanthropic organizations to help Baltimore’s highest risk young people disrupt cycles of poverty and incarceration. Roca is a Massachusetts-based group that has earned national recognition for providing some of the most innovative and effective interventions for young...

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Housing Program Helps Families Survive Crisis Without Turning to Shelters

December 28, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The Metro Housing Boston organization reported this month that their transition assistance program for families in crisis helped 70 families in Chelsea with a total expenditure of $190,623 locally. Outside of Boston, Chelsea was the one community where RAFT was utilized more than others. The next closest community was Malden with...

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Police Briefs 12-28-2017

December 28, 2017
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Monday, 12/11 Stephanie Scali, 26, 207 Winthrop St., Medford, was arrested for possessing Class B drug. Willie Jennings, 37, 251 Heath St., Jamaica Plain, was arrested for trespassing. Kerven Julce, 33, 10 Lawrence St., Brighton, was arrested on a warrant. Carlos Diaz, 44, 69 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant. Tuesday, 12/12...

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Have A Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year

December 28, 2017
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The upcoming long weekend marks the start of the New Year — 2018. The arrival of a new year marks a time for reflection, both as to the year that has passed and as to the year to come. In the words of the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson: Ring out the old, ring in...

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Obituaries 12-28-2017

December 28, 2017
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Henry Shaffer Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea Henry Shaffer of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on December 24. He was the beloved husband of the late Beatrice (Pirkovitz) Shaffer, loving son of the late Avrum and Ethel Shaffer and dear uncle of Johanna Alper and Amy Alper of Colorado, Susan Cohen of New York,...

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CHS Winter Concert

December 22, 2017
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CHS Winter Concert

Chelsea High School senior Brandon Lazo performs ‘Carol Of The Bells’ for his piano solo during the annual CHS Winter Concert on Friday, Dec. 15. The evening included music, dance and percussion all performed to a packed house in the auditorium.

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Ugly Puppy Sweater

December 22, 2017
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Ugly Puppy Sweater

Kelly Klempa and Bently, wearing matching elf sweaters, during the Mystic Brewery and Polkadog Bakery Ugly Puppy Sweater Party on Saturday,Dec. 16, at the taproom. Scores of dogs and their owners, all decked out in their worst holiday gear, converged on the brewery for a fun party with friends.

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City Hall Clock Tower Unveils New Lighting Scheme

December 22, 2017
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City Hall Clock Tower Unveils New Lighting Scheme

By Seth Daniel Let there be light atop the Chelsea City Hall. This Monday, the City officially unveiled a light illumination feature in the clock tower of City Hall – a feature that can be seen prominently from Rt. 1 and the Soldiers’ Home and adds some variety to the Chelsea skyline. When it...

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St Rose Piazza Christmas Décor Turns Heads on Broadway

December 22, 2017
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St Rose Piazza Christmas Décor Turns Heads on Broadway

By Seth Daniel An electrified Nativity scene outfitted with a blazingly bright star is just one of the many spectacular light displays on the new piazza to the north of St. Rose Church – a light display that started humbly a few years ago and now has grown to great proportions. Father Hilario Sanez...

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Standish Steps Down,Collaborative’s Gladys Vega to Planning Board

December 22, 2017
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By Seth Daniel In the last meeting of the year for the City Council, members voted in several new appointments and re-appointments to City boards – including the approval of long-time activist Gladys Vega to sit on the Planning Board. Vega received a 10-0 vote with Councillor Giovanni Recupero being absent for all the...

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Vidot Set to Become Next Council President

December 22, 2017
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By Seth Daniel By a preliminary vote of 8-0, Councillor Damali Vidot received the support of her colleagues to become the new Council President in 2018 during a meeting on Monday. The annual Conference Committee on leadership took place Monday with two possible candidates, current President Leo Robinson and Vidot. Both had been vying...

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GreenRoots, Eastie Looking to Restore Cross Creek Partnership

December 22, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Chelsea GreenRoots is leading the way in jump-starting a renewal of Chelsea-Eastie activism on the Chelsea Creek – sending out teams to help build up momentum on the Eastie side for Creek activism. GreenRoots Director Roseann Bongiovanni said the organization began trying to revitalize the interest in Eastie back in August...

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MS-13 Member Pleads Guilty to Murder of 15-Year-Old Chelsea Boy

December 22, 2017
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Describing it as a “wonderful thing” on FBI surveillance tapes, the cold-blooded murderer of Irvin Depazm, 15, of Chelsea, has now been brought to justice. An MS-13 member pleaded guilty on Thursday, Dec. 14, in federal court in Boston to racketeering conspiracy involving the murder of a 15-year-old boy in East Boston. Joel Martinez,...

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Plan, Wash Hands and Stay Healthy for the Holidays

December 22, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The holidays present a unique month-long time of the year when people often can find themselves in a much different pattern than during the rest of the year. Such changes can often lead to unhealthy behaviors or illnesses – and triggers for those struggling with overeating disorders or substance use disorders....

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Three Councillors Honored at Last Council Meeting

December 22, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Three city councillors were honored by their colleagues on Monday night, Dec. 18, at their last Council meeting. Councillors Matt Frank, Dan Cortell and Paul Murphy were honored for their service on the Council, and presented with plaques. District 3’s Matt Frank was given a send-off by Councillor Judith Garcia. Councillor...

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News Briefs

December 22, 2017
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NEW YEAR’S EVE SKATE The Chelsea Recreation and Cultural Affairs Division and the Cronin Skating Rink will host an all-ages New Year’s Even Paint and Skate event. There will be a fun ice painting event from 1:20 to 2:20 p.m., and that will be followed by free public skating from 2:40 to 4:30 p.m....

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