Boston Bar Association Holds Forum for Suffolk County DA Candidates

August 3, 2018
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The Boston Bar Association (BBA) held a forum for the candidates for Suffolk County district attorney on July 25. Five of the six candidates answered questions moderated by Suffolk University Law School Professor and former prosecutor Christina Miller and Northeastern University School of Law professor Daniel Medwed, as well as the audience. Candidate Linda...

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Want Better Business? Invest in Public Transit

August 3, 2018
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Earlier this year, an Amazon executive called officials in Detroit to explain why the city had fallen out of contention for the retail giant’s new headquarters. The main reason?The lack of investment in Detroit’s regional public transit. The city doesn’t have enough downtown workers to fill all the jobs the headquarters would create. And...

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National Grid Open to Negotiations

August 3, 2018
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At National Grid, we’re industry leaders in the clean energy transition. We take seriously our responsibility to help solve major energy challenges, while meeting our customers’ evolving expectations and ensuring that the cost of our service is sustainable for years to come.  Our effort to keep costs reasonable for our customers has led to...

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A Tragedy That Affected All of Us

August 3, 2018
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The news reports this weekend about the tragic motor vehicle accident that claimed the life of a 32-year-old Cape Cod man who had just become a new father  — as he was returning home at night from the hospital after visiting with his wife and child — caused all of us to pause for...

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Hands-Free Driving Law Needed

August 3, 2018
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Public safety advocates have been disappointed this week that the legislature has failed to adopt a bill in this legislative session that would ban the use of mobile electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle unless the devices are used in hands-free mode. Distracted driving is a huge and ever-growing problem, surpassing drunk driving...

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Obituaries 08-02-2018

August 3, 2018
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James Smallwood September 24, 1957 – July 25, 2018 James E. Smallwood, a Vietnam-era veteran and union electrician, passed away Wednesday, July 25 at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after a long illness. He was 60 years old. Born in Michigan, he was raised in Chelsea, a beloved son of the late James...

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Horse Racing, Simulcasting Suspended as Legislature Fails to Act

August 2, 2018
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Live racing and simulcasting has been suspended at Suffolk Downs and all other horse tracks and betting facilities in the state due to the fact that the State Legislature did not act to renew the Simulcast Bill before the end of its formal session at midnight on July 31. The renewal has been routine...

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Battleground Chelsea:Capuano Draws Local, National Endorsements

July 27, 2018
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When the chips were down a few years ago and few were willing to stand up, rock the boat and call on President Barack Obama to slow down deportations from the country and places like Chelsea – Illinois Congressman Luis Gutiérrez told a crowd of people at Pan Y Café in Cary Square last...

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Chelsea Officials Endorse Pressley Ayanna Pressley

July 27, 2018
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Six Chelsea city officials endorsed Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley’s candidacy for U.S. Congress at a campaign event last Thursday night at the Mystic Brewery. City Councillors Damali Vidot, Jamir Rodriguez, and Enio Lopez and School Committee members Lucia Henriquez, Kelly Garcia, and Julio Hernandez each praised Pressley in separate speeches stating their endorsement....

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Clark Ave School getting Ready for Special Opening

July 27, 2018
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The opening of the fully-completed Clark Avenue Middle School is just about one month away, and work crews are finishing up the final preparations to welcome students into the completed new school project – after more than three years and two phases of construction. “I think we’re shooting for substantial completion by the middle...

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Decision on Two-Way Broadway Traffic Draws Differing Opinions

July 27, 2018
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The good news for Chelsea residents is that the $5 million redesign of the Broadway business district is moving forward, and a final decision will be made by the City Council about its exact components next month. And if the vision and innovativeness that City Manager Tom Ambrosino fostered in all parts of Revere...

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Residents Assembling Ideas for Chelsea Walk

July 27, 2018
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The Chelsea Walk – for those on the right side of the law – has been a place to run from. Now, City officials, a local artist and GreenRoots are hoping to make those kind folks find a reason to stay in the Walk. After raising more than $58,000 and getting a MassDevelopment matching...

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MCU Awards Scholarships to Local Students

July 27, 2018
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Metro Credit Union recently awarded $16,000 in scholarships to college-bound high school seniors. Metro’s Scholarship Program encourages high school seniors who are members of Metro Credit Union, or who have a parent or guardian who is a member, to apply for the chance to receive $1,000 towards tuition. Thirteen scholarships were awarded to graduating...

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Shark Week is Back

July 27, 2018
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Ocean animals don’t always draw national attention, but once every year, they become a media sensation. That time of the year is back. First aired on July 17, 1988, Shark Week returned to Discovery Channel this week to celebrate its 30-year anniversary. The 10-show lineup launched with a bang on Sunday, starring the week’s...

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MS-13’s East Coast Leader Gets More than 19 Years in Prison

July 27, 2018
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The leader of the MS-13 East Coast Program was sentenced July 18 in federal court in Boston for racketeering conspiracy. Jose Adan Martinez Castro, a/k/a “Chucky,” 29, a Salvadoran national formerly residing in Richmond, Va., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 235 months in prison, the top of the...

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MS-13 Leader Sentenced to Life for Two Murders, One in Chelsea

July 27, 2018
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The leader of a violent MS-13 clique was sentenced on July 17 to life in prison. He was convicted of being responsible for two murders, one in Chelsea. Noe Salvador Perez Vasquez, a/k/a “Crazy,” 27, a Salvadoran national, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to life in prison and...

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Advocacy Group Produces Study Showing Roadmap to Fix Chelsea School Funding

July 27, 2018
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A state budget advocacy organization – Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center – has released a report this week detailing a five-year roadmap to fix the state’s education funding crisis – a plan that would require $888 million over five years and mean $21 million more in state funding per year for Chelsea Schools. Colin...

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Police Briefs 07-26-2018

July 27, 2018
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BEAT UP NEAR CITY HALL Tuesday night, July 24, at 10:22 p.m., a detail officer was approached by a male victim with lacerations to his face. The victim stated that he got into a fight with a male he knew and was repeatedly kicked and hit near City Hall. The victim was transported to CHA...

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Church Needs to Take Swift Action on Sexual Abuse

July 27, 2018
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For the past several days, articles in the national media have reported accusations of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual improprieties with several adults and his criminal violations of the sexual abuse of minors.  These alleged actions, when committed by any person, are morally unacceptable and incompatible with the role of a priest, bishop or cardinal. I...

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How to Address the Coming Shortfall of Primary Care Doctors

July 27, 2018
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About 20,000 students recently graduated from U.S. medical schools. Now, they’re beginning the next chapter of their training, as residents. Yet less than 7,000 will be pursuing careers in primary care. America will be short up to 43,100 primary care physicians by 2030, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Medical schools have...

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The News About the Environment is All Bad

July 27, 2018
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For anyone who is concerned about the environment (and that should be all of us), the news recently has been all bad. Here’s a sampling: A heat wave in Japan sent 10,000 people to the hospital, 30 of whom died; Denver set a record-high temperature in June of 105; and temperatures in Siberia and...

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Charlie Baker Represents All of Us

July 27, 2018
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A recent news article in The Boston Globe quoted a number of reportedly important RepubIican party members who asserted that they have been disappointed in the performance of Gov. Charlie Baker because he has been “too liberal.” They are upset with his support both for social causes they deem “liberal” and for his assent...

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Sports 07-26-2018

July 27, 2018
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They’ll Let It Fly on August 11 Role model Umemba steps up for the kids of Chelsea By Cary Shuman Kyle Umemba has modeled on runways around the world, but his real work as a model is here in Chelsea. Umemba is one half of the co-founding team with Cesar Castro of the...

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Obituaries 07-26-2018

July 27, 2018
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Teresa Kaplan Her passion was family and spoiling her grandchildren   Teresa C. (Breau) Kaplan of Nahant, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully on July 20 surrounded by her loving and devoted family.  She was 67 years old. Born in Chelsea and residing in Chelsea, Malden, Nahant and Tequesta, Fla., Teresa passed away at the Care...

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