American Legion Building Could See Possible Re-use

July 16, 2012
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The old American Legion Building on Shurtleff Street – across from City Hall – certainly had its heyday in Chelsea, but that heyday is long gone and the building has became mostly vacant and has fallen into disrepair. The key piece of property in one of the most important squares in Chelsea has been...

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ZBA Okays Rental Car Parking

July 16, 2012
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After numerous delays for the last several months, the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved a permanent license for Enterprise Rent-A-Car to park hundreds of cars in an existing lot near the new Chelsea Street Bridge. For many years, the rental car company has operated the rental car storage lot on a temporary...

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Then and Now

July 16, 2012
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Eleven years ago, Zulayka Hernandez of Chelsea appeared on the front page of the Chelsea Record. The caption over the photograph read: “Kid, you’re going to be a star.” She was 3 at the time, a little girl filled with wonder and good feeling about the journey she was starting out on. Eleven years...

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Another Park

July 16, 2012
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News that Chelsea will be adding yet another park to its small collection of green public places is extraordinary news. During the past ten years, City Manager Jay Ash, Representative Gene O’Flaherty and a succession of city councils have all worked together to add a great number of parks in this open space starved...

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Sandcastle Event

July 16, 2012
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You’ve got to get over to Revere Beach this week and into the weekend for the Sand Castle competition that is being held once again. Right now, the contestants from all over the world are busy preparing their newest creations – sand sculptures of the first order completed by professionals who know what they...

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Police Briefs 07-12-2012

July 16, 2012
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Monday, July 2 Adam Leal, 28, of 199 Pearl Street, Somerville, was arrested for felony default warrant. Luis Torres-Rosa, 32, of 3 W. Cottage Street, Boston, was arrested for violation of marked lanes, unlicensed operation of motor vehicle, immigration detainer, and furnishing false name, social security number. Michael Hernandez/Gomez, 20, of 139 Shurtleff Street,...

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Obituaries 07-12-2012

July 16, 2012
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James Pinksten Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea James E. Pinksten  of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea died on July 7 at Exeter Hospital surrounded by his loving wife and children following a long illness. He worked for U.S. Gypsum Co. and Eastern Tool and Stamping Co. from which he retired as Union President...

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Housing Assembled in Cary Square

July 4, 2012
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Housing Assembled in Cary Square

It was fast and affordable housing last week as 20 units of housing were assembled in Cary Square last week. The development, led by local property owner Jon Marcus, of Hawthorn Realty, took two and a half days to assemble. Units were constructed in Maine, trucked to the Chelsea site and then lifted into...

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New Community Garden Opens

July 4, 2012
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New Community Garden Opens

Just about a year ago 250 volunteers descended on an abandoned urban lot and transformed it into a vibrant, new playground and community garden.  This new playground, at the corner of Heard Street and Spruce Street, was made possible through a collaboration with KaBOOM!, the Chelsea Green Space Committee and the City of Chelsea....

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CHA Director Will Stay on at Lower Pay Rate While Contract Case Meanders Through Courts

July 4, 2012
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The Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) Board has forcibly reduced the annual salary of Executive Director Al Ewing, and Ewing has agreed to stay on as an at-will employee after a showdown at the Board’s monthly meeting last Wednesday, June 27th. Last week, Board members were taken by complete surprise when Ewing had his attorney,...

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T Raises Fares

July 4, 2012
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The T gave its ridership a nice Fourth of July holiday greeting and thank you – a 23% fare raise. With the new fares now in effect, riders will begin feeling the higher prices for rapid transit on every ride going forward. Facing a $160 million deficit – and facing a larger one next...

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Looking at the City

July 4, 2012
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Not enough attention can be paid to Starbucks opening its doors here in the mall. For those of us for whom this city has been our life, the opening of the Starbucks marked a unique moment in Chelsea’s evolution. I’ve been four times so far since it opened. Once I sat outside under a...

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Chelsea Still the Most Affordable

July 4, 2012
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The story of Chelsea’s turnaround has been trumpeted numerous times recently, but lost in that story is that single-family home owners in Chelsea continue to have one of the best deals going. In statistics released by City Manager Jay Ash this week, Chelsea homeowners were shown to have some of the lowest combined property...

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The Fourth of July Celebration

July 4, 2012
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It will be a thoughtful day for many of those celebrating the Fourth of July holiday. Virtually nothing about our lives is the way it used to be anymore. Everything about American life is vastly changed. The future looks uncertain. The past, at times, looks better and better in reflection. Yet the Fourth of...

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Obituaries 07-03-2012

July 4, 2012
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James Thompson Of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston James F. Thompson of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, died on June 24. He was the cherished son of Mary (Gleeson) Thompson of Texas and the late James Thompson; dear brother of Donna Quigley of East Boston, Linda Mastrangelo of Chelsea and Lu-Ann Wilson of Texas....

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River Revel

June 29, 2012
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River Revel

Volunteers at the 9th Annual Chelsea River Revel helped during the successful event. Events included a kiddie race , a 5K road race, boat tours, canoeing and kayaking. The River Revel is coordinated by the Chelsea Collaborative and sponsored by many in the community.

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Starbucks Means More Than Just Coffee

June 29, 2012
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Starbucks Means More Than Just Coffee

For many places in the country, the opening of a Starbucks Coffee store means nothing more than good coffee close to home, but for Chelsea, last Friday’s opening of Starbucks meant those outside the city truly believe in its possibilities. “The Starbucks is even more impressive than I imagined it would be,” said City...

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Suffolk Downs President Chip Tuttle Meets with Chamber of Commerce

June 29, 2012
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Suffolk Downs President Chip Tuttle Meets with Chamber of Commerce

About 30 members of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce listened intently early Monday morning inside a meeting room at the Wyndham Hotel as Suffolk Downs President Chip Tuttle described the development to take place at Suffolk Downs if and when the owners there are able to secure a casino license. City Manager Jay Ash...

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High Honors for Margo Johnson

June 29, 2012
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High Honors for Margo Johnson

Margo Johnson, administrative assistant for the adolescent and pediatric unit at MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center, is one of the city’s true unsung heroes. You can see her imprint and contribution to such community wide events as Family Literacy Day at the Chelsea Public Library, the Summer Safety and Bike Event, and the Chelsea Network...

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State Commission Releases Report Sparked by Chelsea Housing Fiasco

June 29, 2012
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A governor-appointed state commission has released a draft report with key reforms to the state’s numerous housing authorities – reforms that were triggered by the meltdown last fall at the Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) and include centralizing back office functions and requiring more state supervision. Gov. Deval Patrick formed the 60-day Public Housing Commission...

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CHA Board, Director Ready for Action

June 29, 2012
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Virtually anything is possible at the moment in the contract dispute between Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) Director Al Ewing and the CHA Board. Last Thursday afternoon, Ewing and his attorney, Denzil McKenzie, told the Record that they were taking the surprising step of filing a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court’s Civil Division in an...

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McGlaughlin Wasn’t Alone in His CHA Pay Charade

June 29, 2012
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Two weeks ago, the Obama Administration closed some loopholes and made official statements regarding the leaders of public housing authorities. The administration concluded this: leading a local housing authority should not be a path to personal enrichment. Following the McGlaughlin fiasco, where it was revealed his salary was in excess of $360,000 a year,...

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About Deceit

June 29, 2012
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We do not know what devious things or actual crimes committed can be attributed to Chelsea’s Gary Martel who has been charged with fraud and is now being investigated by several agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission. He has allegedly bilked investors of their money and the total, according to the SEC is...

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Police Briefs 06-28-2012

June 29, 2012
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June 18 Gaetano Terranova, 46, 794 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery. Louis Tovar, 43, 23 Chester Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for default warrant and felony warrants. Jose Agular, 31, Bellingham Sq., Chelsea, was arrested for default warrants. June 19 Erick Vega, 19,50 Eastern Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for failure to stop...

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