Back to the Basket

September 4, 2014
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For the past six weeks or more, I’ve had no coffee in the house. For years, I’ve relied on swinging by the Chelsea Market Basket after work to grab a bag or two of the store brand coffee beans. I’ve never run out, but during the Market Basket saga of this summer, the cupboard...

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Engine 3 to the Maternity Ward…Again

September 4, 2014
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Delivering babies is usually reserved for people in white coats and surgical masks, but increasingly in Chelsea bringing bouncing babies into the world has rested on folks in fire engines and fire hats. Fire crews have delivered no fewer than three babies in the past year. Engine 3 was dispatched on Monday to 2...

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Bold Initiative: Ash Hails New Economic Development Law

August 29, 2014
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An initiative to enhance the state’s economic development prospects was signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick earlier this month, and City Manager Jay Ash said it is a law that is absolutely on the right track. The act provides new tools and training to ensure the Massachusetts workforce meets the needs of employers,...

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Crime Drops 6% in First Half of ’14

August 29, 2014
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Continuing a desired trend, overall crime in the city dropped another 6 percent in the first half of 2014.  Total crime is down 36 percent over the last three and a half years, and violent crime is down 44 percent since its highs in 2008. “It’s great to see the efforts of many, including...

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Fourth Station, Key Demand in Long-Awaited Fire Meeting

August 29, 2014
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High-ranking members of the Chelsea Fire Department (CFD) and Fire Union officials said this week after conducting a risk assessment of the new FBI building response requirements they are nowhere near ready to handle such a facility. That comes, however, in direct contradiction to the opinion of City Manager Jay Ash, who doesn’t believe...

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Union Grocery Workers, Chelsea: Collaborative Establish Solidarity Fund to Assist Laid-off Market Basket Employees

August 29, 2014
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The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and the Chelsea Collaborative announced this week the establishment of a solidarity fund to assist Market Basket workers who have lost their paychecks due to scheduling cutbacks at Market Basket stores. Following CEO Arthur T. DeMoulas’ ouster from the company and weeks of protests from...

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Gov. Candidate, Ash Tour Box District

August 29, 2014
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City Manager Jay Ash gave the good word to Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker Wednesday morning after accompanying the Republican on a friendly tour of The Neighborhood Developers’ Box District development and its CONNECT educational facility. Ash told reporters he looked forward to seeing Baker become governor. “I’m not allowed as a City Manager to...

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Baker and Vega Square off on Illegal Immigrant Housing

August 29, 2014
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It was supposed to be a friendly tour of a successful housing development in Chelsea for Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Baker, but headlines in the newspapers Wednesday morning concerning his stance on public housing for illegal immigrants got him an earful prior to the tour from Collaborative Director Gladys Vega. Baker took the heated...

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Celebrating Labor Day

August 29, 2014
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The United States of America will celebrate the federal Labor Day holiday this Monday, Sept. 1. President Grover Cleveland first established it as an official holiday in 1894 to recognize the contributions of workers.  Local residents will mark the holiday with backyard barbecues and other events as Labor Day has come to signal the...

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Healey Builds Momentum in Her Campaign for AG

August 29, 2014
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Charlestown resident Maura Healey had another strong week in her campaign for the Democratic nomination for attorney general. Healey turned in an impressive performance in a candidates’ debate with Warren Tolman on the Channel 5 show, “On The Record” Sunday morning. The debate came on the heels of a feature story in Friday’s Boston...

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Obituaries 08-29-2014

August 29, 2014
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Mary Arlene Sobanek Of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston Mary Arlene (Derome) Sobanek of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, passed away on August 25. She was 80 years old. The cherished daughter of the late Annie (Curry) and Arthur Derome, she was the loving mother of Wayne Sobanek and his wife, June of North...

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Bids are Out on Silver Line Project, Bridge Closure to Last a Little Longer

August 25, 2014
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State transportation officials told a crowded house at the Chelsea City Council Chambers on Monday night that the Silver Line expansion project is still moving quickly, but that the complete closure of the Washington Avenue Bridge will be longer than previous announced. Last April, state Department of Transportation (DOT) planners said they would likely...

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School Supplies, Other Needs Lost in the Shuffle of Market Basket Turmoil

August 25, 2014
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Anyone who – over the years – has shopped or who knows workers at the Chelsea Market Basket knows that many families and young people who work there depend on their paycheck to buy the necessities of life. Until recently, Market Basket jobs have been dependable, well-paid and dignified. Now, though, paychecks have been...

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Chelsea Schools to Go Back into Session on Tues., Aug. 26

August 25, 2014
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The summer will officially come to an end for several thousand school children in Chelsea early next week when they report back to school for the fall semester. Superintendent Mary Bourque said school will start on Tuesday, Aug. 26 this year and students should be ready to report to their various schools bright and...

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Matrix Fire Study: Fourth Station, Key Demand in Long-Awaited Fire Meeting

August 25, 2014
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After more than a year of waiting for a meeting with the City Council, Chelsea Fire union officials got their day last week in a meeting concerning the meatier portions of the Matrix Fire Study – and key within that meeting last week was the addition of a fourth station on Williams Street. The...

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Back to School Equals Back to Downtown Chelsea

August 25, 2014
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Several downtown Chelsea businesses and the Chamber of Commerce are preparing for a major retail promotion this coming Friday, Saturday and Monday that looks to capitalize on back-to-school shopping. Chamber Director Rich Cuthie said there are some 20 businesses participating in the promotion this year, and it looks to be bigger and better than...

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Summer’s End

August 25, 2014
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Summer doesn’t officially end until Sept. 22, but when our students start returning to school and our Revere High School and Pop Warner football and cheerleading teams begin practices, we know that the “real” summer season is coming to a close. It’s been a great summer in Revere where the annual Revere Beach National...

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Obituaries 08-21-2014

August 25, 2014
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Robert Dion, Sr. Retired Chelsea Firefighter and Fire Inspector; led Chelsea Fire Department Color Guard; Served on Pop Warner Board of Directors Robert R. “Sarge” Dion, Sr. of Huntington Beach, California, formerly of Chelsea, passed into eternal rest with his loving family at his side on July 25 at Long Beach Veterans Hospital in...

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Restoring the Temple…yard

August 14, 2014
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Frank Souza and Brandon Menjares at the Temple Emanuel field in Cary Square celebrating the extreme clean up of an overgrown lot that both of them played in every day as kids. The two young men are part of the YouthBuild program, which is restoring the Temple grounds for a community garden and open...

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Ash, Ribeiro Discuss Casinos on Channel 5

August 14, 2014
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City Manager Jay Ash and Anti-Casino Advocate John Ribeiro – of Winthrop – squared off on casinos Sunday morning, July 27, on Channel 5’s popular ‘On the Record’ news magazine show. Hosted by Ed Harding and Janet Wu of Channel 5, the show typically focuses on two issues for 30-minutes apiece. Last Sunday, Ash...

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Unravelling the Trauma of the Journey: North Suffolk Forms Support Group

August 14, 2014
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It was only the second meeting of the new support group for young girls who have come to Chelsea illegally from Central American countries as part of the recent influx, but even with just two meetings, there was finally a moment of relief for the girls. As Clinicians Ada Aroneanu and Nidia Samayoa went...

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CHA Makes Turnaround in Becoming ‘High Performer,’ for Real This Time

August 14, 2014
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In a remarkable, and short, turnaround for the Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA), the once-troubled agency reported late last week that it had been designated a legitimate ‘High Performer’ by federal and state housing officials – including a perfect score on the financials portion. The CHA and its former, now incarcerated, Director Michael McLaughlin has...

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Duke Bradley Celebrates His 78th Birthday

August 14, 2014
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Robert “Duke” Bradley, executive director of Chelsea Community Cable Television, is pictured with his wife, Dorothy Bradley, Tuesday at an event in Chelsea. Bradley, a 1955 graduate of Chelsea High and lifelong Chelsea resident, is celebrating his 78th birthday this week. Happy Birthday, Duke, from all your friends in the city, and thank you for going above and beyond in...

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Collaborative Effort in Cary Square Will Restore Green Space, Enlarge Garden for Somalis

August 14, 2014
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Some 15 years ago, Brandon Menjares and Frank Souza spent most days in the wide-open field off of Temple Emanuel in Cary Square. It was one of the few open green spaces in the neighborhood where they could play baseball, throw the football around or play capture. It was a getaway, both said last...

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