Sammy Mojica Plays Big in Boston: Chelsea Turns Out for their Basketball Superstar in Appearance for Drexel

February 26, 2015
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Sammy Mojica Jr. received a rock star ovation from the Chelsea community following the Drexel-Northeastern basketball game Saturday at Matthews Arena in Boston. Family members, including his proud parents, Sammy Mojica Sr. and Awilda Morales, former teammates from Chelsea High and the Brimmer and May School, and friends warmly greeted the 6-foot-3-inch hoop star...

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Obituaries 02-26-2015

February 26, 2015
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Helen Giordano All about family; her world revolved around being a ‘Nana’ Helen K. (Malek) Giordano, a resident of Wilmington for more than 35 years, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully on February 22 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading. She was 82 years old. Helen was born on June 6, 1932 in...

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Snow and More Snow

February 23, 2015
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Snow and More Snow

Pastor Avelar shoveled the sidewalk with his daughter, Elizabeth, (phot right) on Sunday morning after the Blizzard – two of the many residents who, once again, took to their sidewalks and driveways to shovel away the snow. Meanwhile, several businesses had to make the tough decision  to open or close. Above, John Mandracchia said that The Newbridge Cafe would be open for business as...

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Popular and Well-Known Chelsea Resident Evelyn Diranian Passes Away

February 23, 2015
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Popular and Well-Known Chelsea  Resident Evelyn Diranian Passes Away

Evelyn Diranian, matriarch of a well-known and highly respected Chelsea family and former owner of the Avenue Restaurant across from City Hall, died Monday surrounded by family. She was 85 years old. Mrs. Diranian and her husband, the late Andrew Diranian Sr., moved to Chelsea in 1951 and bought the storefront for Andy’s Bike...

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State Announces Park Planning Tool in Chelsea

February 23, 2015
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State Announces Park Planning Tool in Chelsea

Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Matthew A. Beaton was joined by various local officials in announcing the launch of the Park Planning and Assessment Tool at Chelsea City Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 18. The Tool will be used in conjunction with the Commonwealth’s 26 Gateway Cities and EEA to analyze the existing...

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Snowstorm has Delivered a Beating on DPW

February 23, 2015
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Snowstorm has Delivered a Beating on DPW

Chelsea DPW crews and equipment performed in exemplary fashion through the first snowstorm on Jan. 26, but three storms later, things aren’t coming as easy and now crews from the National Guard and New York and New Jersey have come in to help the City remove snow. “Unlike the first storm, our equipment has...

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City Manager Applications Expected to Being Rolling In

February 23, 2015
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The City Council unanimously approved a planning document at Tuesday evening’s Special Council meeting that will be distributed to potential city manager applicants and will mark the beginning of the long-awaited application process. The Council voted 10-0, with Councillor Chris Cataldo absent, after having met individually with members of the search firm, the Collins...

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Chelsea Man Arraigned on Firearm Offenses

February 23, 2015
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A Chelsea man injured in a police-involved shooting two weeks ago was held on high bail during his arraignment last Friday, Feb. 13, at Massachusetts General Hospital. Igor Peulic, 32, of Chelsea, was arraigned from his hospital bed on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm,...

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The Winter of Our Discontent

February 23, 2015
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Although the temperatures have been below zero with wind chills even colder, tempers have been rising among just about all of us as the snow and our frustrations continue to pile up. Yes, life is difficult in the city, where parking spaces are non-existent, tickets are being issued, cars are being towed, traffic is...

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Letter to the Editor

February 23, 2015
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Irresponsible management decisions  Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the Chelsea City Council Tuesday night from the Teamsters Union addressing allegations of labor contract violations. Dear Councilors, I am writing to make you aware of turmoil caused by irresponsible management decisions at the Chelsea 911 Emergency Dispatch Center. Teamsters Local 25 represents...

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Sports 02-19-2015

February 23, 2015
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CHS Roundup Red Devils drop three of four contests    The Chelsea High Red Devils have their backs up against  the wall in their quest to qualify for the post-season state basketball tournament after dropping three of four contests this past week and falling to 8-10 on the season. Chelsea’s lone win of the...

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Obituaries 02-19-2015

February 23, 2015
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Beatrice Esparza Gold Star wife; active member of many organizations Beatrice (DeCosta) Esparza of Chelsea passed away at home on February 15. Born in New Bedford more than 100 years ago, Beatrice was a Gold Star wife. She was a homemaker who was devoted to her family. Bea was known to be a kind...

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Poppe hopes Superintendent Plans to Bring the Soldiers Home Back to the Center of the Community

February 12, 2015
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Poppe hopes Superintendent Plans to Bring the Soldiers Home Back to the Center of the Community

When Cheryl Poppe took the top office at the Chelsea Soldiers Home on a temporary basis last April, and then permanently last September, people kept calling her ‘Commandant.’ After all, that was and had been the proper title for the leader of the long-time veterans home. However, it didn’t sit right with Poppe. It...

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Chelsea Firefighters Rescue Trapped Occupant at 160 Broadway Fire

February 12, 2015
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Chelsea Firefighters Rescue Trapped Occupant at 160 Broadway Fire

Heavy flames were engulfing the third floor at 160 Broadway, and someone was trapped. With Chelsea firefighters beating back the flames, Firefighter Miguel Acosta began feeling around on the floor and found what turned out to be a soot-covered arm. He grabbed it, and pulled the trapped woman to safety. “I felt what I...

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Council Will Clear Backlog Tuesday…Hopefully

February 12, 2015
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The City Council has continued to deal with snowstorms and cancellations this week as yet another Council meeting on Monday went down to the snow, and now the Council hopes to tackle everything on Tuesday, Feb. 17. With several key votes within the City Manager search yet to be taken, the backlog would seriously...

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A Tribute to their Mother: Reggie and Trina Wilkerson to Host Benefit Fundraiser

February 12, 2015
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A Tribute to their Mother: Reggie and Trina Wilkerson to Host Benefit Fundraiser

When All-Scholastic quarterback Reggie Wilkerson was having one of the greatest seasons in Chelsea High School history in 1989, his mother was always in the stands cheering, “Get ‘em, Get ‘em. That’s my son.” When Trina Wilkerson was cheerleading, performing in a dance recital, or receiving her diploma at the CHS Class of 1991...

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LaMattina Takes on Chelsea St Bridge Issues

February 12, 2015
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LaMattina Takes on Chelsea St Bridge Issues

City Councilor Sal LaMattina is taking on MassDOT after receiving numerous complaints from East Boston residents on the time it takes for the Chelsea Street Bridge to be lowered. In a letter to Mass DOT Acting Secretary Frank DePaola LaMattina expressed his concerns about significant traffic delays that the residents and business owners of...

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Police Briefs 02-12-2015

February 12, 2015
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2/4 Christina O’Connor, 38, 7 Lewis Mall, East Boston, was arrested on warrants. Janna Casali, 35, 18 Tucker St., Medford, was arrested for sexual conduct for fee.   2/5 Derrol Bond, 22, 27 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested on warrants. Regina Salguero, 44, 680 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on warrants. Kelvin Vasquez, 34, 641...

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More Substance Counselors Are Needed in Our Region

February 12, 2015
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Opioid and prescription drug abuse is on the rise in Massachusetts and has been for awhile. In the month of January, there were several overdoses in this area. Fortunately first responders arrived to assist many of these individuals by administering Narcan. We urge Governor Charlie Baker not to debate the word “cuts”  and let...

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Sports 02-12-2015

February 12, 2015
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Bruins Beat Bruins and negativity When the Bruins began their recent three-game homestand last Saturday, the feeling was that with a solid home record of 16-6-4, the taste of home cooking would be a plus. They knew they needed to pick up some points and improve their hold on the eighth and final spot...

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Obituaries 02-12-2015

February 12, 2015
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Michelle Pizzano Persevered with lifelong challenges and needs and the love and devotion of a caring family Michelle B. Pizzano passed away on February 6 at the Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River after a very brief illness. She was 46 years old. Born in Everett, she was the beloved daughter of Olivette M....

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Chelsea Firefighters Battle a 2-Alarm Fire on Broadway

February 9, 2015
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Chelsea Firefighters Battle a 2-Alarm Fire on Broadway

Chelsea Firefighters from the Mill Hill Station were on the run last Sunday, jumping from a 3-alarm fire in Revere to a 2-alarm fire on Broadway Chelsea. On Sunday, February 1st, at 1:20 p.m., the fire department responded to the report of a building fire at 759 Broadway. Engine 3 and Ladder 2 were...

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Council Hopes to Play Catch-Up Monday Night

February 9, 2015
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The City Council will meet on Monday and try to do some catch up after having had to cancel two previous meetings due to snow emergencies. The two snow cancellations corresponded with what was expected to be the first two important votes in moving along the process for hiring a new city manager. On...

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Roca Continues Backbone Work of Helping At-Risk Young Mothers

February 9, 2015
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Roca Continues Backbone Work of Helping At-Risk Young Mothers

When it comes to Roca, the spotlight on the award-winning Chelsea organization often falls upon success stories it’s had with at-risk young men trying to avoid jail. That spotlight rarely falls on what was originally the mission of Roca – to assist at-risk young mothers. Last Thursday, following some renovations to a new space,...

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