New Application:ZBA says Strip Club is ‘Concert Hall,’ Club Will Go Back to Federal Court

May 13, 2017
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By Seth Daniel In a highly-anticipated meeting, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) took on the Phantom Ventures strip club matter once again – after having it remanded back to the Board from a Federal Court judge – and decided that the venture should re-apply as a concert hall/theatre. After about one hour of...

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Parking Restrictions in Cary Square Bring Drama to the Council

May 13, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Urging the utilization of a little-used stipulation in the City Charter, a former city councillor asked the Council on Monday night to reverse the decision of the Traffic Commission in adding two-hour parking signs along Washington Avenue in Cary Square. Former Councillor Stan Troisi spoke against the two-hour parking signs at...

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Race Unfolding on Mill Hill as Nomination Papers Become Available

May 13, 2017
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By Seth Daniel As nomination papers have come available in the last week, an interesting race between a sitting councillor and a former councillor has already started to unfold in the Mill Hill District 3 area. Councillor Matt Frank has pulled his papers for another run in the ward he has represented for some...

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News Briefs

May 13, 2017
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by Seth Daniel GALLERY @SPENCER LOFTS The Gallery at Spencer Lofts announces BIRDS ON BROWN PAPER, a solo exhibition of recent works by painter BRENDA WRIGLEY SCOTT. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, May 21, 3-6 p.m. The subjects of Wrigley’s colorful and vivid acrylic-on-paper works are wild or companion animals; her...

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Chelsea Man Sentenced for Cocaine Distribution Scheme in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico

May 13, 2017
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A Chelsea resident was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Boston for distributing cocaine in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico. Jose Ramirez-Baez, 40, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to 43 months in prison and five years of supervised release. In October 2016, Ramirez-Baez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy...

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Al Huda Society Holds Open House for City, Religious Leaders

May 13, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The Al Huda Society on Willow Street invited religious leaders from the community and City Manager Tom Ambrosino to their mosque to watch Jumaa congregational prayers and then participate in an interfaith dialog with members of the mosque. Rev. Ellen Rohan Ball of the First Congregational Church, City Manager Tom Ambrosino,...

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Fugitive,Alleged MS-13 Member Arrested

May 13, 2017
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An fugitive alleged member of MS-13, who returned to Boston after begin deported to El Salvador in 2012, was arrested on Friday, May 5, in East Boston and charged with illegal re-entry. Elenilson Gustavo Gonzalez-Gonzalez, aka “Siniestro,” 31, was arrested on Paris Street in East Boston. Gonzalez-Gonzalez was detained following an initial appearance before...

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Police Briefs 05-11-2017

May 13, 2017
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KIDNAPPED MAN FOR RIDE TO GET DRUGS On April 30, at 6:43 p.m., officers were dispatched  to the area of 125 Congress Ave on a report of a possible kidnapping. A witness had reported seeing a male being dragged into a vehicle. The officers were given information that the vehicle involved was a Chevrolet...

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Sports 05-11-2017

May 13, 2017
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CHS Roundup CHS GIRLS TRACK REMAINS UNDEFEATED The Chelsea High outdoor track & field team displayed an overpowering overall  effort in a tri-meet with Mystic Valley and Whittier last week to post a pair of convincing victories over their Commonwealth Athletic Conference rivals. The Lady Red Devils cruised past both foes,  94-37 over Mystic...

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Obituaries 05-11-2017

May 13, 2017
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Herbert Wineberg Of Revere Herbert Wineberg of Revere died on Tuesday, May 2.     A proud US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Elsie (Cohen) Wineberg; devoted father of Madalyn Purdy and her husband, Douglas of Sandwich, Barry Wineberg and his wife, Renée and Larry Wineberg and...

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Chelsea Marches on Washington

May 5, 2017
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Chelsea Marches on Washington

Cristian Garcia, Henry Wilson, Faye Dookharan, Stephanie Alvarado, Alisha Shrestha, Xena Curry, Robin de Vink, Tina Huynh, Cinthya Mancia, and Abraham Moreira march down Pennsylvania Avenue after taking part in the People’s Climate March on Saturday, April 29. The Chelsea group travelled by bus from the City to the nation’s capital. Meanwhile, protesters from...

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City Schedules Hearing for Strip Club at Zoning Board

May 5, 2017
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City Schedules Hearing for Strip Club at Zoning Board

By Seth Daniel A hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for the Phantom Ventures strip club on Beacham Street has been scheduled for next Tuesday, May 9, in City Hall. The hearing is a result of the case brought by the club to Federal Court, appealing the decision of the ZBA to...

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Two-Way Traffic? Some say Broadway Should Go Back to a Two-Way Street

May 5, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Two of the top leaders in the City would like to take a closer look at returning two-way traffic to the Broadway Business District, and a consultant for the City is examining just that issue as part of the redesign of the Broadway corridor. The idea has come up in the...

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City Officials Claim Victory for Now in Sanctuary City Federal Case

May 5, 2017
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By Seth Daniel The ruling by a federal judge in California’s 9th Circuit that President Donald Trump’s Sanctuary City executive order is unconstitutional has by extension created a “total victory” for the City in its own federal lawsuit filed in Boston Federal Court – the 1st Circuit. “For the moment, it is a total...

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State CPA Contribution Near to Nothing Just as Chelsea Joins In

May 5, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Just as the City is about ready to name the new Community Preservation Act (CPA) Board members in the next month, the state’s matching fund is at record lows and almost down to nothing. The CPA was voted in last November by Chelsea voters, and it is a program that began...

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Chelsea MS-13 Members Plead Guilty to Cocaine Trafficking, Attempted Murder

May 5, 2017
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A member of MS-13’s Eastside Loco Salvatrucha (ESLS) clique in the metro Boston area, and another from MS-13’s Enfermos Criminals Salvatrucha clique in Chelsea, both pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Boston. Efrain Yanes-Vasquez, a/k/a “Caballo,” 35, an El Salvadorian national living in Chelsea and Pittsfield, Mass., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to...

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Clarification

May 5, 2017
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The article in the April 27 Chelsea Record titled “Chelsea Housing shot down by Council in request to relax rules on hiring union labor” has many references to the states union labor laws. The Home Rule Petition being filed by CHA and Corcoran Developers was referring to MGL 149, the Massachusetts Prevailing Wage Law....

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Police Briefs 05-04-2017

May 5, 2017
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FIREARMS ARREST Late in the night on Wednesday, April 26, Officers J. Capistran, P. McCarthy, E. Ramirez, and Sgt. M. Nee responded to a call for two shots fired. Immediately after responding Officers located a white 2016 Chevy Silverado, MA reg. 4XA719. Two occupants were identified as Justin Marcangelo, 26 of Chelsea, and Anthony...

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Letters to the Editor

May 5, 2017
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Making a positive difference         I was reading the paper last week as I normally do, when I happened to come across an editorial by a former city councillor. The small article criticized a colleague of mine, but more importantly he called out the younger members of the elected bodies in Chelsea and questioned their...

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Thank You Steve Wynn

May 5, 2017
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In today’s economy, good jobs that have been around for more than 80 years are hard to find.  One only has to look at the shuttered factories that are in our area that once employed thousands of workers who by these jobs achieved the American Dream. That is what the workers of Suffolk Down...

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Sports 05-04-2017

May 5, 2017
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Bruins Beat by Bob Morello  Bruins Cassidy No Longer ‘Interim’ A reflection back to Boston’s game-ending playoff run had one thing missing from Clarke MacArthur’s game-winning, series-clinching overtime goal, it was the sound of Frank Sinatra belting out the lyrics of “My Way.” The opening line would have said it all, “And now the...

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Obituaries 05-04-2017

May 5, 2017
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Francis ‘Frank’ Costa Retired Mystic River Bridge toll collector Francis A. “Frank” Costa passed away unexpectedly in his Revere home. He was 85 years old. Born in Cambridge, he was one of two sons born to the late Francis A., Sr. and Grace (Spinney) Costa. He grew up in Chelsea, attended Williams elementary and...

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Residents Come Out to Clean City

April 29, 2017
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Residents Come Out to Clean City

Daynaba Mohamed, 15, picks up a piece of broken wood from the shoreline of the Chelsea Creek on Marginal Street during the Chelsea GreenRoots Citywide Cleanup on April 22, Earth Day. The annual cleanup was focused on the Chelsea Creek this year, and was sponsored by the City of Chelsea and Chelsea GreenRoots.

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Chelsea Housing Shot Down by Council in Request to Relax Rules on Hiring Union Labor

April 29, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Union workers from Chelsea and the surrounding areas flooded the Council Chambers on Monday night to oppose a Home Rule Petition that would have allowed the Chelsea Housing Authority’s (CHA) redevelopment of Central Avenue to be outside of state union labor mandates – and councilors responded  shooting down the request by...

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