Walsh, Wynn on Separate Pages As Casino Plans Go Forward: Walsh Trying to Protect Charlestown, Wynn Said Expectations Are Unreasonable

January 22, 2015
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One week after Boston filed a lawsuit against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) regarding the Wynn Everett casino license, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in an interview that his administration is simply trying to protect the residents of Charlestown and that two continuing sticking points are mitigation and transportation. However, Wynn Everett officials indicated...

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Process Underway in City Manager Search

January 22, 2015
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The Collins Center has begun interviewing city councillors this week to start crafting a public document of priorities and qualities that will be sent out to any potential candidates for the permanent city manager position, according to Stephen McGoldrick and Dick Kobayashi of the Center. At a public forum at Bunker Hill Community College,...

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Police Briefs 01-15-2015

January 22, 2015
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1/5 Hector Herrera, 35, 9 Calhoun St., Everett, was arrested for Operating Under the Influence (2nd office), negligent operation of motor vehicle. Annette Zywien, 19, 112 Grove St., Chelsea, was arrested on a felony warrant. Hector Torres-Cruz, 19, 272 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested for receiving stolen property, operating motor vehicle unlicensed, receiving stolen...

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Martin Luther King

January 22, 2015
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When one considers that it has been almost 47 years since Martin Luther King was assassinated, it is easy to understand why so many of our fellow Americans today have so little understanding of who he was and what he accomplished. Every school child for the past generation knows well the story of Martin Luther King. But...

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The Olympics in Boston?

January 22, 2015
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The prospect of hosting a Summer Olympics in Boston has been bandied about for many years, but it now appears as though things might get serious in light of Boston’s selection as the top choice of American cities to contend for the designation world-wide in 2024. As far as we know, in terms of dollars and cents,...

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Obituaries 01-15-2015

January 22, 2015
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Genevieve ‘Jean’ Cataldo Of Florida, formerly of Revere   Genevieve “Jean” (Primatello) Cataldo of Rockledge, Florida,  formerly of Revere, died on January 11.  She was 90 years old. A homemaker and a devoted member of St Theresa’s Parish for many years, Jean was born and raised in Revere, the daughter of the late Achille...

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Police Briefs 01-08-2015

January 11, 2015
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12/29 Michael Chesley, 30, 30 Hawthorne Ave., Methuen, was arrested on warrants. 12/30 Joseph A. Ciappina, 46, 7 Jefferson Dr., Revere, was arrested for shoplifting. Steven Stoico, 46, 140 Oakwood Ave., Revere, was arrested for simple assault and assault with a dangerous weapon. 12/31 Edin Herrera, 25, 70 Shawmut St., Chelsea, was arrested for...

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Remembering Mr. Roy Butt: A Great Chelsea Man

January 11, 2015
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There are so many admirable qualities, career and lifetime accomplishments for which we come to pay tribute to former Chelsea firefighter William “Roy” Butt who died on Jan. 6 at the age of 92. Mr. Butt was an exceptional athlete at Chelsea High, graduating as a member of the Class of 1940 and excelling...

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Chelsea-Boston Metro Area Veterans Affairs 2014: The Year in Review

January 11, 2015
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VA Secretary McDonald Visits Harvard Law School Last month, I was among several veteran professionals associated with the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home (CSH) who attended the presentation given by the newly confirmed Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald, during his visit at Harvard Law School on Nov. 24. McDonald highlighted his current efforts as head...

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King Arthur’s Building Sells to Former Produce Wholesaler

January 11, 2015
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The old King Arthur’s Strip Club building was sold on Tuesday to a former produce wholesaler from Quincy, according to the Boston Herald, beating out Revere businessman Charlie Lightbody – who is currently under indictment for wire fraud related to the Wynn casino land deal. Demetrios Vardakostas, who once owned Bostonia Produce and worked...

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Ash Says Good-Bye to Chelsea: Speech peppered with Praise and Humor

January 11, 2015
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City Manager Jay Ash said his formal good-bye as the leader of the City of Chelsea on Monday night in a heartfelt speech before the Council that was peppered with praise for others, and of course a few jokes, and summed up the 18 years he has spent in City Hall. Ash will be...

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Boston joins Revere, Somerville in Filing Lawsuit Against MGC for Wynn License

January 11, 2015
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Boston joins Revere, Somerville in Filing Lawsuit Against MGC for Wynn License

The City of Boston joined Revere and Somerville in filing a lawsuit against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) in Suffolk Superior Court asking the court to vacate the license agreement given to Wynn in Everett by the MGC last November. A cornerstone to the argument are the impacts on Charlestown. The 74-page filing by...

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Robinson Gets Unanimous Vote for Council President

January 11, 2015
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Robinson Gets Unanimous Vote for Council President

City Councillor Leo Robinson ended the drama around the Council Presidency on Monday night by getting a unanimous 10-0 vote on the first ballot by his colleagues. Serving as vice president will be Dan Cortell, and the School Committee Rep will be Chris Cataldo. Much controversy erupted prior to the holiday season as Robinson...

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Quick Thinking Fire Captain Helps Police Nab Dangerous Car Thieves

January 11, 2015
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There’s no work like teamwork and Chelsea Fire gave a head’s up assist to the Chelsea Police last Friday, Jan. 2, in apprehending two alleged car thieves. The situation began when Acting Fire Capt. Joe Conlon heard over the EMS radio that a Chelsea Police officer had spotted a stolen vehicle in the area...

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Wynn Purchases Monsanto Site for $35 Million: Acquisition Means the Company Now Hits the ‘Go’ Button

January 11, 2015
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The controversial land deal on lower Broadway slated to hold the new Wynn casino passed papers on Monday, with Wynn purchasing the former Monsanto Chemical property for $35 million from FBT Everett. On Tuesday, City leaders had planned to celebrate the milestone at a gathering on the property, but the extreme cold weather drove...

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Sports 01-08-2015

January 11, 2015
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CHS Roundup Red Devils post first win of season The Chelsea High boys basketball team broke into the win column with a 58-43 triumph over Lynn Tech Friday evening. The Red Devils led all the way, though the contest was much closer than the final score might indicate. Chelsea led at all of the...

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Obituaries 01-08-2015

January 11, 2015
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Jacqueline Hanlon Retired telephone operator Jacqueline J. (Dufour) Hanlon, a longtime Chelsea resident, passed away on January 5 at Life Care Center of Stoneham where she had been receiving supportive care for the past few months. She was 84 years old. Born in Nashua, New Hampshire, the daughter of the late Alfred and Germaine...

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Spreading Cheer

December 30, 2014
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Spreading Cheer

      The Chelsea Girl Scouts spread some holiday cheer to the veterans residing at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home. The girls visited, singing Christmas carols and distributing hand made holiday cards throughout the entire building. The Girl Scouts would like to extend their gratitude to everyone who helped out, especially Nurse Jackie Ayala, who welcomed and guided them on the trip;...

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Thank You, Jay Ash Chelsea’s Loss Is Massachusetts’ Gain

December 30, 2014
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For those of us who have known Jay Ash from the days when he was a lanky kid at Chelsea High School, it was evident that Jay stood head and shoulders above his contemporaries (and not merely because he was 6′-7″). Jay conveyed a sense of purpose and honesty, not only on the basketball...

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Top 14 Stories from 2014

December 30, 2014
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Top 14 Stories from 2014

1. BITTERSWEET DEPARTURE City Manager Jay Ash announces on Nov. 11 that he will leave his post after 14 years to take a cabinet position in Gov.-elect Charlie Baker’s administration. Ash will be the new secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. After the announcement, Ash reveals that he has received offers...

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Highest Honors for the “The Hawk”: Richie Halas Inducted in to Candlepin Hall of Fame

December 30, 2014
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Highest Honors for the “The Hawk”: Richie Halas Inducted in to Candlepin Hall of Fame

By the time Richie “Hawk” Halas was a senior at Chelsea High School, he had already made appearances on Jim Britt’s “Winning Pins” and Don Gillis’ “Candlepin Bowling” television shows. Halas, who grew up bowling at George Michelson’s Broadway Lanes atop Slaton’s, was just beginning a majestic career in the popular sport that drew...

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Community Reaches Out to Help Former Councillor Recover from House Fire

December 30, 2014
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As a family member remains in critical conditions for bad burns, the family of former City Councillor Marilyn Vega Torres has fought to put their lives together after a tragic fire tore through their home just a few days before Christmas. In response, the Chelsea community has reached out to the family to start...

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Police Briefs 12-30-2014

December 30, 2014
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12/22 Juan Socarras, 51, 88 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant. Mark Rivera, 43, 123 Bowdoin St., Malden, was arrested on a warrant. Jessica Boyd, 44, 680 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant. Jaime Rivera, 18, 2 Paul Dore Terrace, Jamaica Plain, was arrested for carrying a dangerous weapon, carry loaded...

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High School Students Donate Pajamas and Books to Children

December 30, 2014
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Northeast Metro Tech’s Early Childhood Education program has collected more than 50 bedtime essentials for children in need. “It is an important cause to all of us and as a school community,” says senior Yesenia Montijo. Earlier this semester, students and teachers at the Wakefield school gathered books and pairs of pajamas as part...

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