Police Briefs 09-08-2016

September 8, 2016
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Tuesday, 8/30 Jose Davila, 47, 614 Dudley St., Dorchester, was arrested for shoplifting, trespassing, furnishing false name and on warrants. Jose Manuel Ramos Rodriguez, 30, 157 Park St., Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing and assault and battery. Wednesday, 8/31 Mark Brenner, 35, 37 Merritt Ave,. Brockton, was arrested for defacing property, tagging property. Thursday,...

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Letters to the Editor

September 8, 2016
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Vote NO on Question 2 Charter schools have become ubiquitous in our educational landscape, and parents of children in poor and underperforming school districts are its direct target. I see my friends and family clamoring to enroll their children in charter schools in hopes that their kids have a chance at attending college one...

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Sports 09-08-2016

September 8, 2016
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CHS Roundup CHS football team opens season tonight against Lynn Tech The Chelsea High football team will make the short trek northward to Lynn this evening (Thursday) when coach Jack Halas and his Red Devil gridmen open their 2016 season at Lynn Tech under the lights on Tech’s home turf at Manning Field. The opening kickoff...

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Obituaries 09-08-2016

September 8, 2016
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Carol Ann Parrotta Of Chelsea Carol Ann (Tedford) Parrotta of Chelsea died on June 20. The devoted wife of Nicholas Parrotta, she was the beloved mother of Elizabeth West and her husband, Christopher of Tewksbury; sister of Eileen Cronin of Chelsea and Muriel Eremka of Wilmington. Family and friends are kindly invited to  attend a...

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Movement’s Championship

September 1, 2016
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Movement’s Championship

Minerva Cruz sets the ball during The Movement’s championship women’s volleyball game on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Highland Park. The day long celebration featured the top basketball and volleyball teams from the season facing off against one another. Cruz’s team took first place, and the Red Team won the basketball championships. The Movement celebrated its first...

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First Day of School

September 1, 2016
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First Day of School

Xavier Acevedo, Joshua Audon and Alex Beck enjoy a little playground time before they get called into their class lines for the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Mary C. Burke Complex. Chelsea Public School students resumed classes all over the district on Tuesday, marking the beginning of another school...

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Giving Back for Back to School, One Haircut at a Time

September 1, 2016
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Giving Back for Back to School, One Haircut at a Time

By Seth Daniel The costs of getting kids back to school is a tough bill to pay for parents, and many parents are in situations where they cannot afford all the things that kids need. In those times, they must pick and choose what kids go back with on their first day. And often,...

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Controversy:Differing Opinions On Taking of Malone Park Next to Soldiers’ Home

September 1, 2016
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By Seth Daniel A move by some city officials to look into the purchase of Malone Park next to the Soldiers’ Home from the state for badly-needed youth sports programming space has mounted no small controversy in the last week or so. Malone Park, or the Soldiers’ Home park, is a large open field,...

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Supt. Bourque Unveils New School Five-Year Plan

September 1, 2016
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By Seth Daniel When Supt. Mary Bourque and administrator Gerry McHugh were working in a teaching exercise last year to help them to be able to sell their schools to a skeptical parent, they began listing off all the attributes of the Chelsea schools – one by one. Their evaluator, Barry Bluestone, former executive...

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Enforcement Actions:City Settles with Securities and Exchange Commission for Bond Violations

September 1, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week announced enforcement actions against 71 municipal issuers and other obligated persons across the country for violations in municipal bond offerings, with the only Massachusetts violator being the City of Chelsea for making false statements in three recent bond offerings. The actions were...

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School Committee Plan to Discuss Stand on Charter School Question

September 1, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Chelsea School Committee will leave it’s summer break and get back into action with a bang on Thursday night, Sept. 1, when it is expected to take a vote on whether or not to oppose the Charter School expansion question (Question 2) on November’s statewide ballot. Chelsea Public Schools have,...

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Police Briefs 09-01-2016

September 1, 2016
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Monday, 8/22/16 Francisco Herrera, 39, 22 School St., Revere, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Jose Mancia, 49, 133 Shawmut St., Chelsea, was arrested for shoplifting. Tuesday, 8/23 Marco Roman, 20, 31 Crescent Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for unarmed robbery, possessing Class B drug, possessing Class E drug. Shirma Farmer,...

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Enjoy Labor Day Weekend — Safely

September 1, 2016
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It’s hard to believe, but the inevitable has arrived — Labor Day weekend is here. For those of us in the Greater Boston area, this has been the most incredible summer that anyone can remember (and for some of us, that’s a lot longer than we’d like to admit). This has been the sunniest...

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Sports 09-01-2016

September 1, 2016
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Bruins Beat by Bob Morello Bruins Warrior Ice Arena opening Next Thursday (September 8th), the Boston Bruins will officially cut the ribbon on their new practice facility, the Warrior Ice Arena (80 Guest Street, Brighton) at 7:00pm. Currently a handful of B’s players have been participating in ‘Captain’s Practice.’ The grand opening will have,...

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Obituaries 09-01-2016

September 1, 2016
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Stanley Drella Past Commodore and Life Member of the Charlesgate Yacht Club of Cambridge, Captain of the ‘Puga II’ and owner of Ditto Instant Printing of Lawrence Stanley M. Drella of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea, passed away Tuesday afternoon. August 23 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home where he was receiving skilled supportive care following...

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Let It Fly

August 29, 2016
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Let It Fly

Philadelphia 76er and Everett native Nerlens Noel with Let It Fly Basketball Tournament Co-Founders Kyle Umemba and Cesar Castro during the Aug. 13 tournament in the Chelsea Boys & Girls Club. The second annual effort drew numerous teams and hundreds of spectators in a very competitive affair. Here, Team Cambridge player Jakigh Dottin plays defense during...

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X Bonnie Woods to Show ‘Gravity in Black & White’

August 29, 2016
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X Bonnie Woods to Show ‘Gravity in Black & White’

The Gallery at Spencer Lofts announces X BONNIE WOODS: GRAVITY IN BLACK AND WHITE, a solo exhibition of recent works by painter X Bonnie Woods. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Sept 22, at 6 p.m. Berlin- and Chelsea-based artist and designer X Woods has widely exhibited her paintings and photographs in...

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Somerville Drops All Casino Appeals:Way Cleared for Casino Opening

August 29, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Wynn Boston Harbor casino has a clear path to opening for the first time since announcing three years ago that it intended to compete for the Greater Boston license at its Everett site. The City of Somerville announced on Monday afternoon that it would discontinue all appeals of the casino...

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Gov Baker Signs Higher Residential Exemption for Chelsea Homeowners

August 29, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a home rule petition forwarded by City Manager Tom Ambrosino and the City Council that allows owner-occupied homeowners a 35 percent reduction on their property taxes. The measure has been discussed for several years by Councillor Giovanni Recupero with little success, but the idea hit...

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MassDot Moves Forward On All Electronic Tolling for Tobin, Tunnels, Turnpike

August 29, 2016
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 The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board acted Monday to move ahead with plans to completely demolish Interstate 90 toll plazas by the end of 2017 as a milestone in the state’s progress toward All Electronic Tolling (AET) along Interstate 90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike), the Tobin Bridge, and Boston tunnels. For Chelsea purposes, State...

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Re-Zoning Effort to Begin for Admiral’s Hill as Moratorium Put in Place

August 29, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Admiral’s Hill has long been a protected area, but when a now-defunct major development was proposed last year for an open area on the Hill, City officials said they quickly realized the Hill’s protections had expired. In July, at the recommendation of City Manager Tom Ambrosino and the Chelsea Planning Department,...

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Back to School Celebration Aug 25, School in Session Aug 30

August 29, 2016
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The ever-popular Chelsea Back to School Celebration will take place this Thursday (today), Aug. 25, just ahead of students returning to classes throughout the district on Tuesday, Aug. 30. The Celebration will take place at the Williams School playground and gymnasium from 2-5 p.m. There will be food and drinks, fun activities and free...

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Citizen Schools Helps Chelsea Students with Donated Backpacks

August 29, 2016
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Students from Chelsea public schools, including those that participate in Citizen Schools’ Expanded Learning Time, will kick off the new school year with 900 donated backpacks full of pencils, notebooks, rulers, and more. Citizen Schools, an organization that empowers public middle schools in low-income communities with longer learning days, received the backpacks filled with...

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Police Briefs 08-25-2016

August 29, 2016
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ARMED ROBBER ARRESTED VIA VIDEO On August 19, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Chelsea officers reviewed city camera surveillance video in an attempt to identify the male suspect involved in an Armed Robbery that took place at approximately 10:50 p.m. in the area of Central Avenue. Officers observed a subject that was in the video....

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