September 9:Primary Primer

September 4, 2014
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With all of the candidates running for so many offices in the upcoming Primary Election next Tuesday, Sept. 9, things have gotten more than a little confusing for voters – especially on the Democratic side. Below is a listing of the races and those running. Democrat: •U.S. Senator (unopposed) Ed Markey, Malden •Governor Don...

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Correction:UFCW Miscommunicated on Solidarity Fund

September 4, 2014
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In a front page story in last week’s Chelsea Record, it was stated that the Chelsea Collaborative and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) had banded together to create a solidarity fund that would be distributed to out-of-work Market Basket employees. That, however, was not the case and it appears that the...

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Get Out And Vote

September 4, 2014
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We remember the old-fashioned elections in Chelsea’s past when legendary public officials like our own esteemed former publisher Andrew Quigley Sr., Hugh McLaughlin, Al Voke, Richard Voke, John Slater, John Donovan, Robert Donovan, and other notables brought tremendous turnouts to the polls on Election Day. There is a huge election this Tuesday, Sept. 9...

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Truck Crash Revere Brown Circle

September 4, 2014
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At approximately 11:30 a.m. today a tractor-trailer dump truck hauling sand to the Winthrop Beach revitalization project rolled over at Brown Circle rotary in Revere, spilling its load across the roadway.  Revere Police have primary jurisdiction of the rotary and conducted the main crash investigation. The Massachusetts State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section (our...

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Avellaneda Picks Up Herald Endorsement for Sept. 9

September 4, 2014
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State Rep. Candidate Roy Avellaneda, running for the 2nd Suffolk seat, announced his primary endorsement from the Boston Herald this week. Avellaneda won a surprise endorsement from the Herald in the Special Election last winter, and his candidacy won the endorsement once again this week. “In the 2nd Suffolk district, the Herald is pleased...

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Obituaries 09-04-2014

September 4, 2014
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Elena Zullo Late Proprietor of Park Cleaners, Chelsea Elena J. (Cianfrocca) Zullo of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, died on September 1 surrounded by her family. The late proprietor of Park Cleaners, Chelsea, she was the beloved wife of Mario Zullo; loving mother of Judith Festa and her husband, William “Chuck” and Diane Zullo,...

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Five-Alarm Fire Tests Might of Chelsea, Surrounding Fire Departments

September 4, 2014
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Firefighters were still recovering from Sunday’s brutal, 5-Alarm fire on Arlington Street Monday morning when a surprise came knocking. Often feeling like the forgotten service in Chelsea, firefighters were surprised to find residents from the affected neighborhood bringing home cooked meals and thank-yous to the crews that had worked so hard to prevent a...

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MGC Adopts Flexible Licensing Award Process

September 4, 2014
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is getting set to begin the evaluations of both Region A casino applications next Monday in a complex, but deliberate, process that is likely to last one week or, perhaps, more. Like the previous slot license award, there will be no simple up and down vote about who to...

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Back to the Basket

September 4, 2014
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For the past six weeks or more, I’ve had no coffee in the house. For years, I’ve relied on swinging by the Chelsea Market Basket after work to grab a bag or two of the store brand coffee beans. I’ve never run out, but during the Market Basket saga of this summer, the cupboard...

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Engine 3 to the Maternity Ward…Again

September 4, 2014
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Delivering babies is usually reserved for people in white coats and surgical masks, but increasingly in Chelsea bringing bouncing babies into the world has rested on folks in fire engines and fire hats. Fire crews have delivered no fewer than three babies in the past year. Engine 3 was dispatched on Monday to 2...

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Bold Initiative: Ash Hails New Economic Development Law

August 29, 2014
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An initiative to enhance the state’s economic development prospects was signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick earlier this month, and City Manager Jay Ash said it is a law that is absolutely on the right track. The act provides new tools and training to ensure the Massachusetts workforce meets the needs of employers,...

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Crime Drops 6% in First Half of ’14

August 29, 2014
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Continuing a desired trend, overall crime in the city dropped another 6 percent in the first half of 2014.  Total crime is down 36 percent over the last three and a half years, and violent crime is down 44 percent since its highs in 2008. “It’s great to see the efforts of many, including...

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Fourth Station, Key Demand in Long-Awaited Fire Meeting

August 29, 2014
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High-ranking members of the Chelsea Fire Department (CFD) and Fire Union officials said this week after conducting a risk assessment of the new FBI building response requirements they are nowhere near ready to handle such a facility. That comes, however, in direct contradiction to the opinion of City Manager Jay Ash, who doesn’t believe...

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Union Grocery Workers, Chelsea: Collaborative Establish Solidarity Fund to Assist Laid-off Market Basket Employees

August 29, 2014
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The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and the Chelsea Collaborative announced this week the establishment of a solidarity fund to assist Market Basket workers who have lost their paychecks due to scheduling cutbacks at Market Basket stores. Following CEO Arthur T. DeMoulas’ ouster from the company and weeks of protests from...

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Gov. Candidate, Ash Tour Box District

August 29, 2014
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City Manager Jay Ash gave the good word to Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker Wednesday morning after accompanying the Republican on a friendly tour of The Neighborhood Developers’ Box District development and its CONNECT educational facility. Ash told reporters he looked forward to seeing Baker become governor. “I’m not allowed as a City Manager to...

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Baker and Vega Square off on Illegal Immigrant Housing

August 29, 2014
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It was supposed to be a friendly tour of a successful housing development in Chelsea for Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Baker, but headlines in the newspapers Wednesday morning concerning his stance on public housing for illegal immigrants got him an earful prior to the tour from Collaborative Director Gladys Vega. Baker took the heated...

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Celebrating Labor Day

August 29, 2014
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The United States of America will celebrate the federal Labor Day holiday this Monday, Sept. 1. President Grover Cleveland first established it as an official holiday in 1894 to recognize the contributions of workers.  Local residents will mark the holiday with backyard barbecues and other events as Labor Day has come to signal the...

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Healey Builds Momentum in Her Campaign for AG

August 29, 2014
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Charlestown resident Maura Healey had another strong week in her campaign for the Democratic nomination for attorney general. Healey turned in an impressive performance in a candidates’ debate with Warren Tolman on the Channel 5 show, “On The Record” Sunday morning. The debate came on the heels of a feature story in Friday’s Boston...

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Obituaries 08-29-2014

August 29, 2014
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Mary Arlene Sobanek Of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston Mary Arlene (Derome) Sobanek of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, passed away on August 25. She was 80 years old. The cherished daughter of the late Annie (Curry) and Arthur Derome, she was the loving mother of Wayne Sobanek and his wife, June of North...

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Bids are Out on Silver Line Project, Bridge Closure to Last a Little Longer

August 25, 2014
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State transportation officials told a crowded house at the Chelsea City Council Chambers on Monday night that the Silver Line expansion project is still moving quickly, but that the complete closure of the Washington Avenue Bridge will be longer than previous announced. Last April, state Department of Transportation (DOT) planners said they would likely...

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School Supplies, Other Needs Lost in the Shuffle of Market Basket Turmoil

August 25, 2014
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Anyone who – over the years – has shopped or who knows workers at the Chelsea Market Basket knows that many families and young people who work there depend on their paycheck to buy the necessities of life. Until recently, Market Basket jobs have been dependable, well-paid and dignified. Now, though, paychecks have been...

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Chelsea Schools to Go Back into Session on Tues., Aug. 26

August 25, 2014
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The summer will officially come to an end for several thousand school children in Chelsea early next week when they report back to school for the fall semester. Superintendent Mary Bourque said school will start on Tuesday, Aug. 26 this year and students should be ready to report to their various schools bright and...

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Matrix Fire Study: Fourth Station, Key Demand in Long-Awaited Fire Meeting

August 25, 2014
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After more than a year of waiting for a meeting with the City Council, Chelsea Fire union officials got their day last week in a meeting concerning the meatier portions of the Matrix Fire Study – and key within that meeting last week was the addition of a fourth station on Williams Street. The...

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Back to School Equals Back to Downtown Chelsea

August 25, 2014
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Several downtown Chelsea businesses and the Chamber of Commerce are preparing for a major retail promotion this coming Friday, Saturday and Monday that looks to capitalize on back-to-school shopping. Chamber Director Rich Cuthie said there are some 20 businesses participating in the promotion this year, and it looks to be bigger and better than...

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