Sheriff: Hennigan Fails to Comprehend Her Duties as Clerk

May 3, 2012
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In the wake of comments last week from Superior Court Criminal Clerk Maura Hennigan, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney Dan Conley are swinging back – and they’re not throwing friendly jabs. In a story last week, Hennigan deflected some of the blame that was focused on her office for the accidental...

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Tobin Bridge Acting as a Grand Backdrop

April 26, 2012
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Tobin Bridge Acting as a Grand Backdrop

With the Tobin Bridge acting as a grand backdrop, Chelsea residents Margoth and Edwin Martinez share a conversation and then Margoth makes a wish as they tried to beat the heat on April 16 at Mary O’Malley Park. The two Chelsea residents were just two out of hundreds of people that took to the...

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Key Evidence in Major Turkish Trial Blown to Pieces by Chelsea Company

April 26, 2012
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Key Evidence in Major Turkish Trial Blown to Pieces by Chelsea Company

When Mark Spencer agreed to get involved in a new case earlier this year which involved a criminal trial in Turkey, he didn’t know what he was getting into. He was given just three CDs and later a computer hard drive; pretty small potatoes for a computer forensics company located on Commandant’s Way that...

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The Great Chelsea Fire of 1908

April 26, 2012
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The Great Chelsea Fire of 1908

Last week marked the 104th anniversary of the Great Chelsea Fire. It was a conflagration that changed forever the history of this city. In fact, the fire erased more history than it created. In doing so on a windy Palm Sunday at the beginning of the 20th Century, Chelsea became a new and modern...

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Georgia’s Not on Their Mind: Local Districts Defend Themselves in Light of Report in Atlanta Newspaper Suggesting Test Cheating

April 26, 2012
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Not too many people around Revere and Chelsea get down to Atlanta very often, but certainly news travelled fast this month from The Big Peach when it’s major daily newspaper alleged that both Revere and Chelsea Schools might be cheating on the MCAS standardized tests. It’s complete poppycock, though, say local and state school...

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The New Marriott

April 26, 2012
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Construction of the new Marriott Hotel is moving along swiftly and the structure itself has taken on a presence that will likely be here for the next 75 years or more. The hotel will be a giant generator of tax dollars for the city as the city charges a room tax, and the hotel...

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The Chelsea Housing Authority, Again

April 26, 2012
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One of the advantages of the recently ended receivership at the Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) is that whatever favoritism existed in the system before has been expunged. The salary of the executive director is fair. The new CHA board is smart and aggressive, assertive, even and this will bode well compared to the old...

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Reyes’s Hit Gives Red Devils Walk off Victory

April 26, 2012
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The Chelsea High baseball team pulled out a dramatic victory in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday when Jason Reyes delivered a two-out, two-run single to give the Red Devils an exciting 4-3 triumph over Pope John. “It truly was a clutch win for us,” said CHS head coach Alan Beausoleil. “We were...

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Police Briefs 04-26-2012

April 26, 2012
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4/16 Ramon Valdez, 27, 142 Congress Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for operating  motor vehicle with suspended/revoked license (criminal), reckless operation of motor vehicle (2 counts). Angelis Melendez, 29, 76 Clark Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for violation of abuse prevention order. Maria Roldan, 30, 24 Highland St., Revere, was arrested for assault and battery with...

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Obituaries 04-26-2012

April 26, 2012
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John Viarella East Boston Resident John F. Viarella of East Boston died on April 23. He was the husband of Ann (Tecci) Viarella; loving father of John Viarella and his wife, Kimberly of Virginia, Christine (Viarella) Gomes and her husband, Marcus of Revere, and Lisa Ferrara and her husband, Luigi of Saugus; dear brother...

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Smooth as Glass

April 20, 2012
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Smooth as Glass

A speedboat cuts through the glittering water of the Mystic River on Monday afternoon just off of Mary O’Malley Park in Chelsea, with its occupants presumably trying to get some respite from the hot temperatures. In the background is seen the Prudential Tower in Boston and the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.

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Young at Heart: Chelsea Resident Sheldon Young Wrote a Song to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park

April 20, 2012
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Young at Heart: Chelsea Resident Sheldon Young Wrote a Song to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park

Sheldon Young, who grew up on Arlington Street in Chelsea, has written a song to commemorate the 100th anniversary of historic Fenway Park in Boston. While the Red Sox and Yankees will be playing a game Friday afternoon to mark the date the park opened in 1912, Young will be preparing to debut his...

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Washington Park Redevelopment Draws Criticism, Questions from Some Residents

April 20, 2012
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Washington Park Redevelopment Draws Criticism, Questions from Some Residents

An $850,000 planned redevelopment of Washington Park is drawing the attention of Councillor Paul Murphy and a number of local residents as well as the owner of area businesses fearing the redoing of the park will not only destroy a historical masterpiece of sorts but would make parking impossible and traffic congestion a way...

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DeLeo Leads House in Call for Reining Back Ebt Welfare Program

April 20, 2012
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With what he is describing as broad support for the effort, House Speaker Bob DeLeo (D-Winthrop) has pushed for further reforms on the infamous Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) welfare system. While a legislative committee recently identified some reforms, DeLeo said he wanted to push for more reforms to be included in the House Budget...

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The Receiver’s Final Report

April 20, 2012
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The Chelsea Housing Authority’s former temporary receiver Judith Weber has officially filed her final report to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. In it, she details everything having to do with the CHA that is of importance. For all our complaints about how expensive Ms. Weber turned out to be given the full scope...

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The New Chelsea Street Bridge is Something to Behold

April 20, 2012
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The new Chelsea Street Bridge, which will shortly be opening with great fanfare, is an extraordinary structure that literally redefines how all of us view bridges that cross smaller rivers and creeks in the local area. At more than $20 million to build, the new bridge represents an engineering and architectural triumph especially if...

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Red Devils Top East Boston, 10-6

April 20, 2012
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The Chelsea High baseball team received a superb pitching effort from Odonys Urbaez and put together some timely hitting to come away with a 10-6 victory at East Boston Tuesday morning. Urbaez smoked the rivals from across the Chelsea River, fanning 14 Eastie hitters in his six innings of work and allowing just two...

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Police Briefs 04-19-2012

April 20, 2012
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Monday, May 9 Minh Van Ngo, 41, of 48 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle, first offense of operation of motor vehicle with suspended/revoked license. Edgar J. Iraola, 29, of 28 Spencer Avenue, Chelsea, was arrested for violation of prevention order for abuse and witness intimidation. Wilmar Alexander Lapop, 26,...

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Obituaries 04-19-2012

April 20, 2012
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Marion Hart Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea Marion V. (Adams) Hart of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, Medford, Somerville and Charlestown, died on April 14. She was the beloved wife of the late William L. Hart; mother of Marion “Ronnie” Kierstead of Largo, FL, Carol Harrington and her husband, Henry of Westminster, William L. Hart...

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Recruitment for Government Programs is Crux of the Problem: Efforts Should Also Focus on Those “helping” Applicants

April 19, 2012
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For far too long, the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) has been the Christmas card that has given year round. The move last week by State Legislators from a broad range of communities – both rich and poor – to reform the welfare program that encompasses programs such as cash benefits and food stamps (now...

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Chelsea legislators take action to address ethanol issue

April 19, 2012
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The Massachusetts Legislature recently passed separate versions of a $1.3 billion dollar transportation bill, including amendments in both versions that would require further study of a proposed plan to transport increased quantities of ethanol via train through Chelsea and other affected communities.  This provision, sponsored by Senators Anthony Petruccelli and Sal DiDomenico in the...

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Good Friday

April 12, 2012
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Good Friday

Saint Rose of Lima Celebration of Good Friday started with a procession that went from Chelsea Square around Shurtleff Street and back to St. Rose of Church.

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Titanic Tragedy Claimed Chelsea Man 100 Years Ago: Had Helped His Daughters to Safety Before Being Drowned in the Ocean

April 12, 2012
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Titanic Tragedy Claimed Chelsea Man 100 Years Ago: Had Helped His Daughters to Safety Before Being Drowned in the Ocean

Arthur Webster Newell was a man of good Chelsea stock, and just before midnight 100 years ago this coming Saturday, he stood amongst complete madness on the deck of the infamous RMS Titanic ocean liner – helping get his two daughters safely into lifeboats as the gigantic steel vessel sank into the cold North...

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A Better Board is in Charge

April 12, 2012
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One thing is certain – the new Chelsea Housing Authority Board of Directors are not to be told what to do. The days when disgraced former executive chair of the authority Mike McLaughlin told the old board how it was going to vote are gone, thankfully. Now there is a board in place that...

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