King Arthur’s Building Sells to Former Produce Wholesaler

January 11, 2015
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The old King Arthur’s Strip Club building was sold on Tuesday to a former produce wholesaler from Quincy, according to the Boston Herald, beating out Revere businessman Charlie Lightbody – who is currently under indictment for wire fraud related to the Wynn casino land deal. Demetrios Vardakostas, who once owned Bostonia Produce and worked...

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Ash Says Good-Bye to Chelsea: Speech peppered with Praise and Humor

January 11, 2015
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City Manager Jay Ash said his formal good-bye as the leader of the City of Chelsea on Monday night in a heartfelt speech before the Council that was peppered with praise for others, and of course a few jokes, and summed up the 18 years he has spent in City Hall. Ash will be...

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Boston joins Revere, Somerville in Filing Lawsuit Against MGC for Wynn License

January 11, 2015
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Boston joins Revere, Somerville in Filing Lawsuit Against MGC for Wynn License

The City of Boston joined Revere and Somerville in filing a lawsuit against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) in Suffolk Superior Court asking the court to vacate the license agreement given to Wynn in Everett by the MGC last November. A cornerstone to the argument are the impacts on Charlestown. The 74-page filing by...

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Robinson Gets Unanimous Vote for Council President

January 11, 2015
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Robinson Gets Unanimous Vote for Council President

City Councillor Leo Robinson ended the drama around the Council Presidency on Monday night by getting a unanimous 10-0 vote on the first ballot by his colleagues. Serving as vice president will be Dan Cortell, and the School Committee Rep will be Chris Cataldo. Much controversy erupted prior to the holiday season as Robinson...

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Quick Thinking Fire Captain Helps Police Nab Dangerous Car Thieves

January 11, 2015
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There’s no work like teamwork and Chelsea Fire gave a head’s up assist to the Chelsea Police last Friday, Jan. 2, in apprehending two alleged car thieves. The situation began when Acting Fire Capt. Joe Conlon heard over the EMS radio that a Chelsea Police officer had spotted a stolen vehicle in the area...

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Wynn Purchases Monsanto Site for $35 Million: Acquisition Means the Company Now Hits the ‘Go’ Button

January 11, 2015
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The controversial land deal on lower Broadway slated to hold the new Wynn casino passed papers on Monday, with Wynn purchasing the former Monsanto Chemical property for $35 million from FBT Everett. On Tuesday, City leaders had planned to celebrate the milestone at a gathering on the property, but the extreme cold weather drove...

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Sports 01-08-2015

January 11, 2015
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CHS Roundup Red Devils post first win of season The Chelsea High boys basketball team broke into the win column with a 58-43 triumph over Lynn Tech Friday evening. The Red Devils led all the way, though the contest was much closer than the final score might indicate. Chelsea led at all of the...

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Obituaries 01-08-2015

January 11, 2015
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Jacqueline Hanlon Retired telephone operator Jacqueline J. (Dufour) Hanlon, a longtime Chelsea resident, passed away on January 5 at Life Care Center of Stoneham where she had been receiving supportive care for the past few months. She was 84 years old. Born in Nashua, New Hampshire, the daughter of the late Alfred and Germaine...

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Spreading Cheer

December 30, 2014
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Spreading Cheer

      The Chelsea Girl Scouts spread some holiday cheer to the veterans residing at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home. The girls visited, singing Christmas carols and distributing hand made holiday cards throughout the entire building. The Girl Scouts would like to extend their gratitude to everyone who helped out, especially Nurse Jackie Ayala, who welcomed and guided them on the trip;...

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Thank You, Jay Ash Chelsea’s Loss Is Massachusetts’ Gain

December 30, 2014
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For those of us who have known Jay Ash from the days when he was a lanky kid at Chelsea High School, it was evident that Jay stood head and shoulders above his contemporaries (and not merely because he was 6′-7″). Jay conveyed a sense of purpose and honesty, not only on the basketball...

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Top 14 Stories from 2014

December 30, 2014
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Top 14 Stories from 2014

1. BITTERSWEET DEPARTURE City Manager Jay Ash announces on Nov. 11 that he will leave his post after 14 years to take a cabinet position in Gov.-elect Charlie Baker’s administration. Ash will be the new secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. After the announcement, Ash reveals that he has received offers...

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Highest Honors for the “The Hawk”: Richie Halas Inducted in to Candlepin Hall of Fame

December 30, 2014
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Highest Honors for the “The Hawk”: Richie Halas Inducted in to Candlepin Hall of Fame

By the time Richie “Hawk” Halas was a senior at Chelsea High School, he had already made appearances on Jim Britt’s “Winning Pins” and Don Gillis’ “Candlepin Bowling” television shows. Halas, who grew up bowling at George Michelson’s Broadway Lanes atop Slaton’s, was just beginning a majestic career in the popular sport that drew...

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Community Reaches Out to Help Former Councillor Recover from House Fire

December 30, 2014
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As a family member remains in critical conditions for bad burns, the family of former City Councillor Marilyn Vega Torres has fought to put their lives together after a tragic fire tore through their home just a few days before Christmas. In response, the Chelsea community has reached out to the family to start...

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Police Briefs 12-30-2014

December 30, 2014
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12/22 Juan Socarras, 51, 88 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant. Mark Rivera, 43, 123 Bowdoin St., Malden, was arrested on a warrant. Jessica Boyd, 44, 680 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant. Jaime Rivera, 18, 2 Paul Dore Terrace, Jamaica Plain, was arrested for carrying a dangerous weapon, carry loaded...

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High School Students Donate Pajamas and Books to Children

December 30, 2014
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Northeast Metro Tech’s Early Childhood Education program has collected more than 50 bedtime essentials for children in need. “It is an important cause to all of us and as a school community,” says senior Yesenia Montijo. Earlier this semester, students and teachers at the Wakefield school gathered books and pairs of pajamas as part...

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Workers Reach Agreement at Whidden Memorial Hospital

December 30, 2014
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As part of an ongoing effort by the national Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to raise the wages of workers from fast food clerks to hotel housekeepers, healthcare workers represented by a local branch of the SEIU have ratified a contract with the Whidden Hospital to raise their base wages to $15 – the...

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Winter Open House at The Estates on Admiral’s Hill Assisted Living Residences

December 30, 2014
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The Estates on Admiral’s Hill, part of the Chelsea Jewish Foundation (CJF), will hold a winter open house for its two assisted living residences on Thursday, Jan. 8 from 3-6 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the executive team at The Estates, tour the spacious apartments and discuss the available...

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Ring Out The Old….

December 30, 2014
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The New Year always provides us with a time of reflection, both upon the year that has passed and upon the one to come. The opening lines of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, Ring Out, Wild Bells, sums up what we all feel at this time of year: Ring out, wild bells, to the wild...

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Obituaries 12-25-2014

December 30, 2014
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Herbert King Retired meat cutter who worked hard all his life Herbert T. King died on November 26 at his home in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. He was 85 years old. He was born October 18, 1929 in Chelsea to Nicholas and Marion (Peary) King. He grew up and attended schools in Chelsea and after...

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Police Briefs 12-25-2014

December 24, 2014
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12/15/14 Timothy Bennett, 47, 780 Albany St., Roxbury, was arrested for destruction of property, $250 malicious, multiple warrants. Timothy Ramos, 19, 20 Cary Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for receiving stolen mv, larceny of mv, operation of mv unlicensed, reckless operation of mv, speeding, stop sign violation, failing to stop for police, fail to signal,...

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Merry Christmas: Still Time to Help Those in Need

December 24, 2014
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Christmas is almost upon us and it promises to be the merriest Christmas in many years for most Americans. Our long, twin nightmares of deep economic recession and seemingly-unending wars in the Middle East are over. It is fair to say that as a nation, we are in a much better place than we...

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Essex Street Man Fights for Life After Being Pulled from Burning Building

December 24, 2014
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There was a commotion at the back door of 77 Essex St. on Sunday night as fire crews battled a chaotic two-alarm fire on fire-prone Essex Street. Residents were yelling and trying to get in the back door to help a trapped man. Engine 2 Firefighter Angel Arrieta heard the commotion and ran quickly...

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Firefighters Pleased with Mill Hill Station Renovation

December 24, 2014
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Just a few years ago, the walls of the old Mill Hill Fire Station on Broadway seemingly made more sounds than the firefighters inside. Those noises were not just the creaking and cracking of a building built in 1887, but also the pitter-patter of mice running in the walls. That was just one of...

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Retirement Board Recovering Funds

December 24, 2014
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The Chelsea Retirement Board is looking to modify its procedures in checking deaths after a $7,000 fraud was discovered last October. A Revere woman allegedly had forged documents and checks after her grandfather had passed away so she could allegedly continue collecting retirement benefits from the Board. Board Chair Joe Siewko said the Board...

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