Labor Secretary Salis Visits City; Helping to Get the Country on Track

August 30, 2012
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Labor Secretary Salis Visits City; Helping to Get the Country on Track

US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis came to Chelsea late Tuesday afternoon. The first Hispanic Labor Secretary from East Los Angeles appointed by President Barack Obama – and a former congressman – met with about 100 members of the Chelsea Latino business community as well as other local officials. With brief remarks which were...

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Planning Board Recommends Veterans Housing Plan

August 30, 2012
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The Chelsea Planning Board gave a positive recommendation for a plan by The Neighborhood Developers (TND) to locate a veterans services group home at 215 Shurtleff St. – the former American Legion building. The 10-unit home with veterans services on site and a common kitchen in the basement, got the recommendation from the Planning...

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LaMattina Versus Campatelli for Suffolk County Register of Probate

August 30, 2012
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Chelsea residents going to the polls next Thursday have two options when voting for Suffolk County Register of Probate. Boston City Councillor Sal LaMattina is one possible choice. Patricia Campatelli is the other. The Register position race is one of Suffolk County’s best kept secrets. The expectation when all is said and done is...

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Park Cleaners Under Agreement as Beer and Wine Store

August 30, 2012
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A plan to convert the long-time Park Cleaners store on Park Street into a convenience store that sells beer and wine would be the first such plan to come under new zoning laws enacted earlier this year. The building is under agreement with the proponent, Anwar Hakam, and a plan has been presented to...

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Thank You for Caring Labor Secretary Solis

August 30, 2012
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It isn’t very often that a presidential cabinet secretary visits Chelsea. Yet this is exactly what happened this week when the city was visited by U.S.Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. What we learned from her visit is that Hilda Solis is a very bright, very devoted public servant doing her best to turn things around....

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The Great Reggie Wilkerson : CHS Football Star Had a Season for the Ages in 1989

August 30, 2012
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Reggie Wilkerson had one of the greatest seasons in Chelsea High football history in 1989. He threw for 1,644 yards and 13 touchdowns, rushed for six more and made 63 tackles at linebacker. At season’s end, Wilkerson was named Commonwealth Conference MVP and selected to the Boston Globe All-Scholastic Team. But Reggie – humble...

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Police Briefs 08-30-2012

August 30, 2012
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Monday, August 20 Maria G. Desimone, 39, 15 Maggi Rd., Revere, was arrested on a warrant. Tuesday, August 21 Daniel Rossetti, 20, 107 Norwish Cr., Medford, was arrested for assault and battery and a warrant. Wednesday, August 22 Karl Becker, 47, 33 King St. Apt. #1, Swampscott, was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Marco...

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Obituaries 08-30-2012

August 30, 2012
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Robert Caggiano Boston College Retiree Robert T. Caggiano of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, died on August 17. A US Army veteran, he was employed for 44 years as Stationary Engineer at Boston College. He was the beloved husband of Annelies (Anke) Caggiano, the loving father of Brenda Caggiano and Susan Marie Caggiano, both...

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Artie Eells July Fourth Celebration 35th Anniversary

August 24, 2012
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Artie Eells July Fourth Celebration 35th Anniversary

Artie’s July Fourth Celebration had its 35th anniversary on July 4, 2012. The party started in 1977 when Ells received a flag flown over the Capitol Building in Washington on July 4, 1976. Over the years many family and friends have enjoyed games, swimming, and all the great food. President Bush and President Clinton...

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Great New Park

August 24, 2012
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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Great New Park

Just a few years ago, Gabby Alejandro (left) and Jenny Oseguera would have been sitting in a weed-strewn lot full of all kinds of undesirable items, but now they are coloring sidewalk chalk on a beautiful new park at the corner of Gerrish Avenue in the Box District. City officials, state officials, residents and...

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Secure Community Program Stays on Target After Three Months

August 24, 2012
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It hasn’t come without hesitation and it hasn’t come without quite a bit of pressure from all angles, but after one quarter of cooperating with the federal government’s Secure Communities program, Chelsea Police indicate that the feds are not overstepping their boundaries and it is making the community more safe. The controversial Secure Communities...

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Agnes Birmingham Dead at 87

August 24, 2012
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Agnes Birmingham, one of this city’s great ladies during the course of a long and wonderful life, has died following a lengthy illness. She was 87 years old. Mrs. Birmingham, a longtime employee in the City of Chelsea Auditor’s office until retiring in 1991, was surrounded by her family – the way she wanted...

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Immigration Issues Take Center Stage in Chelsea This Summer

August 24, 2012
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There are a number of issues that jump out to the front in Chelsea – whether it be development, school issues or even at one time the Chelsea Housing Authority debacle. This summer, however, one issue that has crept front and center in Chelsea is that of illegal immigration issues and the federal government’s...

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The Chelsea Marriott Residence Inn Opens

August 24, 2012
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The fact that a Marriott Hotel has opened here on land that couldn’t be given away 20 years ago – and is standing next to the Wyndham Hotel – is an achievement of the first order. First, it is a great investment for the savvy business group that built and runs the hotel. Second,...

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Agnes Birmingham

August 24, 2012
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The death of Agnes Birmingham is a great loss for her two sons and daughter and for her grandchildren and for those of us who knew her so well. Agnes was warm and genuine. Everyone who met her liked her and so it is hardly a surprise that she aided her son Tom, our...

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2012 Pre-season Underway for Red Devil Football Squad

August 24, 2012
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The 2012 edition of the Chelsea High football team officially opened its pre-season training program Monday with a group of 40 candidates, including freshmen, dressing for the first day of practice. “It was a good turnout,” said CHS head coach Mike Stellato. Stellato praised the work of his quartet of captains, Steven Dwyer, Raul...

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Police Briefs 08-23-2012

August 24, 2012
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8/13 Maria Lopez, 43, 13 Beacon St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery on a police officer, lewdness, open and gross, lewd, wanton and lascivious conduct, malicious destruction of property over $250. Marvin Ramirez, 43, 186 Pearl St., Chelsea, was arrested for lewdness, open and gross, lewd, wanton & lascivious conduct. Derek Boyd,...

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Obituaries 08-23-2012

August 24, 2012
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Agnes Birmingham Retired Chelsea Auditor’s Office Clerk Agnes I. (McDonnell) Birmingham, a 59 year resident of Chelsea,  died after a period of ill-health on August 19 at home with her children at her bedside.  She was 87 years old. Born and raised in Charlestown, she was the loving daughter of late Peter and Margaret...

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DPW Internet Reporting Program; Effective and Producing Quick Results

August 23, 2012
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DPW Internet Reporting Program; Effective and Producing Quick Results

There are any number of reasons why people might stay away from church, but one of those reasons is typically not that rats are chasing church-goers away. However, that was just the issue at the First Congregational Church on County Road last month. Unearthed by nearby construction projects and, probably, the Washington Avenue reconstruction...

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Open for Business

August 16, 2012
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Open for Business

The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Marriott Residence Inn on 200 Maple Street was held on Thursday, August 9.

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New Roads

August 16, 2012
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New Roads

The paving of Washington Avenue was going on in full force for much of this week. The major avenue is undergoing a full rehab of its underground piping systems and in much of the avenue, granite curbing is being replaced and even extended a bit.

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Iced Coffee on a Hot Day

August 16, 2012
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Iced Coffee on a Hot Day

Starbucks is cool as ice inside on a hot sunny day. Shown above are the staff attending to their duties and customers preparing to take their coffee drinks with them inside the new facility which oozes panache. The opening of Starbucks at the Marketbasket Mall is considered a major event by those who crave for...

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Ethanol Trains Stopped by Governor and Legislature

August 16, 2012
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Governor Deval Patrick signed a transportation bill last week that gave approval to an amendment offered by Senator Anthony Petruccelli that stops train delivery of ethanol through a number of cities and towns, which includes Chelsea. The train tracks to be used would put homes all along the way at risk, most local leaders...

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Ante Up: Suffolk Downs Puts Up Money for Application Process

August 16, 2012
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The owners of Suffolk Downs ponied up $400,000 last Friday and marched the check over to the offices of the Gaming Commission where it was left with officials there. Thus began the real opening salient in what is expected to be a long and sophisticated application process that will end sometime next year. Winthrop...

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