E. Coli Outbreak Was Worst on the East Coast

February 17, 2013
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The E. coli outbreak that sickened dozens and was traced back to a produce supplier in Chelsea was one of the worst outbreaks on the East Coast in 2012 according to the CDC. The outbreak was linked to pre-packaged leafy greens produced by Chelsea based  State Garden. A total of 33 people were infected...

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More Questions Than Answers on Ethanol Trainsge

February 17, 2013
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Last Wednesday night’s MassDOT meeting at East Boston High School left residents from Chelsea with more questions than answers. First, at 6 p.m. a coalition of activists from Chelsea, East Boston, Revere and Everett briefed residents on Global Oil’s proposal to bring 1.8 million gallons of ethanol by train twice a week into their...

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Large Amount of Crystal Meth Seized in Valentine Package

February 17, 2013
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A Chelsea man was arraigned last week on drug trafficking charges after local, state, and federal investigators recovered about $10,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine from a Valentine’s-themed package sent to his home. Lawrence Ligocki, 62, was arraigned Thursday in Chelsea District Court on charges of trafficking in a Class B substance and possession of...

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Thank You Jordan Boys and Girls Club

February 17, 2013
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On the occasion of the 100th  meeting of the Jordan Boys and Girls Club Breakfast Series, we want to thank the club for providing so many wonderful programs and activities for our youth. Since its founding by Josh Kraft, the Jordan Boys and Girls Club has been an outstanding, vibrant organization that has grown...

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Remembering Robert Breau Sr. and Stanley Janiluinas

February 17, 2013
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We join the Chelsea community in remembering two men, Robert Breau Sr. and Stanley “Moose” Janiluinas. What these two men had in common was the support and guidance they gave to their children as they participated and excelled in sports. We remember Mr. Breau and how he would always attend Chelsea High School basketball...

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Red Devils Reach Tourney with Double OT Victory

February 17, 2013
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The Chelsea High boys basketball team turned in what will rate as one of the greatest victories in CHS hoop annals with a gritty, gutty, and exhilarating 60-54 win in double overtime at Shawsheen Tech Tuesday night. “What a game! What a game!” said an emotionally-drained CHS head coach Jay Seigal of his team’s...

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Obituaries 02-14-2013

February 17, 2013
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John Barooshian Of Chelsea John V. Barooshian of Chelsea died on February 11. He was the devoted father of Jon Barooshian and his wife, Lisa of Northborough; loving grandfather of John, Daniel and Nicholas Barooshian; dear brother of Prof. Vahan Barooshian of New York, Armen Barooshian of Newton, James G. and Berg V. Barooshian, ...

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Youth Basketball League Rolls Along: Michelle Lopez Leads Program for 270 Participants

February 7, 2013
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Youth Basketball League Rolls Along: Michelle Lopez Leads Program for 270 Participants

The Chelsea Youth Basketball League has a proud history in this city. Before Nestor Lopez, Richie Harris, Joe Smith, Chris Jones, Tommy Mims, Teddy Lim, Leo Chafin, and three-point king John Saunders led Chelsea High School to its last Greater Boston League championship in 1987, they all performed in the CYBL. Before Roy Valentin...

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Latino Business Owners Attend Casino Forum

February 7, 2013
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Latino Business Owners Attend Casino Forum

Saritin Rizzuto, chairwoman of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce Latino Business Division, said the group was pleased with the presentation delivered by Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Enrique Zuniga at a meeting Monday at the Wyndham Chelsea Hotel. Close to 70 people attended the forum that was organized by the planning committee of the Latino Business...

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Harvey Walk Retires

February 7, 2013
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Harvey Walk Retires

Harvey Walk (center) retired on Jan. 31, 2013 after 41 years as an employee in the United States Postal Service, working for 25 years at the post office on Broadway in Chelsea. Known for his outstanding work ethic and warm personality, Walk was respected and admired by colleagues and customers. Patty Griffin (right) joined...

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MWRA Comes Too Close for Comfort in Box District Most Are Hopeful an Agreeable Resolution Will Be Reached

February 7, 2013
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When the high fences started creeping closer and the noise started roaring a little louder, residents and developers in the Box District knew something was amiss in the comfortable neighborhood they recently chiseled from a field of old, abandoned industrial buildings. Once the trees on the other side of those fences were leveled and...

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Rain Garden Proposed for Mill Creek; Acts as a Natural Filter

February 7, 2013
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The City will begin constructing its first Rain Garden this spring on Clinton Street in order to help filter out water and trash from the Mill Creek waterway. The project comes from a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is administered by the Charles River Watershed Council, according to City Manager...

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ED Markey’s Senate Candidacy: Our Long-time Congressman Has Received Many Endorsements

February 7, 2013
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Although it is the long-standing policy of this newspaper not to endorse candidates for public office, we nonetheless feel compelled to make note of the candidacy of the outstanding, long-time Congressman, Edward J. Markey, for the U.S. Senate seat which has been vacated by John F. Kerry, who is the new Secretary of State...

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Red Devils Edge Gr. Lawrence, 48-47

February 7, 2013
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The Chelsea High boys basketball team made their long trek to Greater Lawrence Friday a worthwhile one, pulling out an exciting 48-47 victory in the final seconds. As has been the case often this season, the Red Devils got off to a slow start and trailed 28-18 at the intermission. However, the second half proved...

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Obituaries 02-07-2013

February 7, 2013
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Rose Marie DeGruttola Worked for First National Stores Rose Marie (Gallo) DeGruttola, a long time East Boston resident, died on February 3 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere. She was 91 years old. Born and raised in East Boston, she was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1939. In...

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CHS One of Only a Few Urban Districts to Receive Honors for AP Classes

January 31, 2013
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CHS One of Only a Few Urban Districts  to Receive Honors for AP Classes

For many years, Chelsea High School (CHS) wasn’t considered the kind of place where college-level Advanced Placement (AP) courses could be offered. Struggles with language, social issues and poverty seemed to be too big a barrier to overcome for urban kids like those at CHS – at least when it came to taking and...

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Chamber Meeting

January 31, 2013
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Chamber Meeting

The Chelsea Chamber of Commerce Latino Division met at the chamber office on Broadway to plan for its meeting with Suffolk Downs chief operating officer Chip Tuttle and Enrique Zuniga of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to discuss the proposed $1 billion casino project at Suffolk and its impact on the Chelsea community. Pictured at...

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Is McLaughlin Ready to Take a Plea Deal?: Former CHA Director Not Indicted but Charged in Document That Often is Precursor to a Deal

January 31, 2013
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After what seemed like an excruciatingly long investigation into former Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) Director Michael McLaughlin’s activities, he was finally charged last Thursday by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz – and there are clear signs that he might be working out a plea agreement in the case. And if he is ready to take...

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Planning Board Recommends Four Petitions to ZBA

January 31, 2013
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The City Planning Board met on Jan. 22nd and made positive recommendations on four plans that were before them. •It was recommended that the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approve a special permit for Mai Phung at 71 Grove St. that will allow the two-family to become a three-family – though it does not...

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New Wiretap Bill Would Level Playing Field for Police

January 31, 2013
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When it comes to technology – especially with communications – Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes isn’t hesitant to admit that the criminals are out in front of the police. All that could change, though, with a new wiretap bill filed by Chelsea Rep. Gene O’Flaherty and championed by Attorney General Martha Coakley and Kyes....

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Portillo Convicted in 2011 Central Avenue Slaying

January 31, 2013
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A self-proclaimed member of the MS-13 street gang was convicted last week of second-degree murder in the unprovoked shooting death of 38-year-old Braulio Gomez in the summer of 2011. Jurors deliberated for just over two days before finding Santos Portillo, 22, of Chelsea, guilty of murder in the second degree and illegal firearm possession....

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Congratulations,chelsea High

January 31, 2013
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We want to congratulate Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Bourque, Chelsea High Principal Joseph Mullaney and the Chelsea school system on receiving the College Board’s 2012 AP District Honor Roll Award. The award was presented to Chelsea High for the access that the school and its faculty have provided to students who are interested...

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Police Briefs 01-31-2013

January 31, 2013
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1/14 Joshua Felix, 22, 794 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on warrants. Edwin Gracias, 27, 232 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. Charles McCarthy, 22, 112 Wells Ave., Boston, was arrested for possessing Class B drug, conspiracy to violate drug law, furnishing false name, felony warrant....

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Red Devils Top N.S.Tech, 61-57

January 31, 2013
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The Chelsea High boys basketball team got back on the winning track with a 61-57 triumph over North Shore Tech Tuesday evening. The contest was not as close as the final score might indicate. Chelsea led all the way, 11-9 after the first period, 28-19 at the half, and 44-37 after three frames. The...

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