Obituaries 07-10-2014

July 11, 2014
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Sheila Ciaramella Chelsea crossing guard, former MacDonalds employee Sheila C. (Ryan) Ciaramella of Chelsea, a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away at home on July 5 surrounded by her loving family after a short but courageous battle with cancer. She was 73 years old. For over 10 years she was employed at the McDonalds on...

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Nothing Beats a Classic Antique Car

July 3, 2014
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Aaron, Tamar, Meira, and Abraham Banks look into the 1953 Chevy “Bel Air” during the Antique Car Show at the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCFL) on June 22 on Admiral’s Hill. The show featured classics such as the Bel Air, a Ford Thunderbird and a 1956 Ford Parklane.

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Fire Causes $1M in Damages to County Rd. Home

July 3, 2014
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Chelsea Fire Lt. Arthur Caissie was going about his business last Thursday morning, June 26, doing code enforcement inspections on County Road. While it’s a necessary component of the Department, it’s also not the most daring assignment. However, in a few short minutes, Caissie went from ho-hum to hero – pulling two people to...

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MGC to Issue Casino License On Its Schedule

July 3, 2014
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) voted unanimously – 4-0 – to move ahead with the issuing of gaming licenses despite a November ballot question that could wipe out casino gaming altogether. Commissioner Jim McHugh led the charge is saying it only makes sense to stay the course. “Proceeding now make good sense and is...

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Fatality Is under Investigation

July 3, 2014
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Suffolk County prosecutors and State Police detectives are investigating the death of a Chelsea man at Whidden Memorial Hospital after a confrontation with Chelsea Police officers who responded to his residence for a report of an emotionally disturbed person. The deceased has been identified as 56-year-old Dominic Graffeo. The cause and manner of his...

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Health Department Keeping an Eye on TB Cases

July 3, 2014
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With a wave of new immigrants from foreign countries and a number of international travelers not taking the proper precautions, Chelsea Health Department officials are keeping a close eye on an uptick in active and latent tuberculosis (TB) cases in the city – though they hasten to call it an emergency or any cause...

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Collaborative to Meet July 10 On Children Crossing Border

July 3, 2014
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The Chelsea Collaborative and the MIRA Coaltion – both pro-immigration reform groups – will hold a roundtable meeting on July 10 to address the hot-button issue of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border illegally. The meeting will take place from 3-5 p.m. at the Collaborative on Broadway and will focus on strategies to support local...

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Enjoy a Safe and Sane Fourth

July 3, 2014
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Back at the turn of the last century (i.e., 1900), newspapers exhorted their readers to observe a “safe and sane” Fourth of July. That’s because in communities big and small all across America, the founding of our nation had become a popular excuse for roving groups of young men to engage in mayhem of...

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Port Park Offers Stunning Views

July 3, 2014
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There aren’t many places where kids can play in ocean breezes on a jungle gym while a giant oil tanker and tug boat troll the waters not 200 yards away, but chalk Chelsea up as one place where just such a thing can happen. The long-awaited PORT Park on Marginal Street in the Eastern...

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Obituaries 07-03-2014

July 3, 2014
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Glen Breese Shoe Salesman; Chelsea Auxiliary Firefighter Glen J. Breese passed away unexpectedly on June 24. He was years 62 old. He was born and raised in Chelsea and attended both Williams and Shurtleff Schools back in the 1960’s. Glen became a member of the Elks with his late uncle, Nathan Edelstein and a...

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Greening Effort Plants 20 Trees on the 20th in Chelsea Square

June 27, 2014
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Chelsea Square is a relaxing locale in the summertime. There is the fountain and a nice walking area. The brick sidewalks are quaint and the police presence – with the headquarters across the street – is unrivaled. However, there have never been quite enough trees, until now. Volunteers from the Chelsea Collaborative’s Green Space...

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Employees, Customers Rally at Chelsea Market Basket

June 27, 2014
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More than 1,000 employees, customers and store managers from around the region rallied at the Chelsea Market Basket parking lot on Tuesday afternoon in support of ousted DeMoulas President Arthur T. Demoulas. Tom Trainor, a 41-year employee of Demoulas Market Basket, summed up the feeling of many employees at the rally Tuesday, saying, “I’ve...

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SJC Allows Casino Question on State Ballot

June 27, 2014
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After watching their neighbors weigh in four times over the last year without getting a say, Chelsea voters will, in fact, get to go to the polls to vote on casinos this November – and they will be joined by the rest of the state – after the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued an...

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McLaughlin Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Soliciting

June 27, 2014
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The former executive director of the Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) has pleaded guilty and been sentenced in connection with unlawfully soliciting contributions from state employees and other individuals to support multiple campaigns, including the campaign of former Lt. Gov. Tim Murray. “McLaughlin exploited his position as head of the Chelsea Housing Authority to use...

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McLaughlin to Spend Another Year in the Pen

June 27, 2014
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Tally on another year to the incarceration bill of former Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) Director Michael McLaughlin, as Federal Judge Doug Woodlock sentenced him to a fourth year in federal prison last Friday afternoon in Boston Federal Court. McLaughlin – who is serving his time in Pennsylvania and has about one year under his...

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Whew, What a Weekend!

June 27, 2014
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To the Editor: Thanks go to so many gardeners, friends and local merchants for all the good will and hard work that went into our 4th Annual Art Walk “Scarecrows in the Garden” and “Quilt Raffle” fundraiser at the Chelsea Community Garden.  A few special shout outs must go to: Groundskeepers Joe Reese and...

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The SJC Decision

June 27, 2014
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Tuesday’s decision by the Supreme Judiclal Court ordering that the question of whether Massachusetts can issue licenses for casino gambling must be placed before the voters for a referendum in November is one of seismic proportions, with the epicenter situated right here in the Everett-Chelsea-East Boston-Revere-Winthrop area and its reverberations extending throughout the state....

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Scholar-athlete times Two: Gustin Plays Two Division 1 Sports at Holy Crossby

June 27, 2014
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Sean Gustin is a rarity in college sports, a two-sport All-Academic selection. And he’s doing it at the highest level, playing Division 1 hockey and baseball at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester. Gustin has strong Chelsea roots. He is the son of Andrea (Pompeo) Gustin and Bryan Gustin and spent the first...

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Obituaries 06-26-2014

June 27, 2014
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Flora Cook 25-Year Secretary at St. Rose Church Flora Cook, a longtime resident of Chelsea, died on June 21 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere. She was 78 years old. Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, Flora was a deeply religious woman who was very active in St. Rose Church, working as...

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Melanoma Education Foundation Offers Free Self-detection Lessons for Teen Students

June 24, 2014
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By Tori Ziege From the depths of what can only be described as yet another harsh New England winter, summertime has sprung. Cue sunny mornings working in the garden, sunny afternoons laying out on the beach towel and yes—sunny days enduring the constant reminder to put on sunscreen. We’ve all heard it, we’ve all...

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Apollinaire Ready to Stage Two Outdoor Plays in July Centered on Immigration

June 19, 2014
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The Apollinaire Theatre is preparing to host two outdoor plays this July in Mary O’Malley Park that will address immigration issues, one that will be for young audiences and one that will be for adults – both directed by Apollinaire’s Danielle Fauteux Jacques. “They’re both very fun and very short and they have some...

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2014 Chelsea Art Walk

June 19, 2014
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Bob Kowalik teaches Valerie Ramirez about planting seedlings in the soil.

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Chelsea Selected All-america City: Ash, Local Delegation Bring Home Coveted Award

June 19, 2014
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Each community entered in the National Civic League’s All-America City has 10 minutes to make a presentation in front of a panel of judges who will ultimately decide which city is worthy of the most prestigious civic award in the country. There is also a question-and-answer period following the presentation, the final phase of...

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Chelsea, All-American City

June 18, 2014
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The award presented to the City of Chelsea for being recognized as an All-American City this past weekend in Denver truly represents a milestone in the long history of our community. Under the direction of our great City Manager, Jay Ash, and with the invaluable assistance of community leaders such as Councilor-at-Large Leo Robinson, City Council President Matt...

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