Back Pay Adds Up Big After Lengthy Contract Dispute

June 6, 2013
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Resolving several outstanding union contracts was a relief for a good many in City government after several years of give and take, but one piece of that resolution wasn’t too refreshing for taxpayers. As part of the union contracts, retroactive pay – or pay increases for the years that have already passed since the...

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Order on 10-mile Rule Strikes Out

June 6, 2013
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The City Council ruled a controversial public safety measure out of order at Monday’s meeting prior to any discussion. An order had been put in last week by several councillors to look into enforcing the 10-mile state law that requires all police, fire and EMS employees to live within 10 miles of their municipal...

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Chelsea Property Owner Indicted for Procurement Fraud

June 6, 2013
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A Chelsea area property owner and real estate broker has been indicted in connection with procurement fraud and falsifying a lead inspection report, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced last week. Nidia Peguero, age 39, of Chelsea, was indicted on Thursday by a Suffolk County Grand Jury on the charges of Procurement Fraud (2 counts)...

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Congratulations, Graduates: The Chelsea High Class of 2013 Has Left Its Mark

June 6, 2013
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A high school graduation is a bittersweet time both for the graduates and their family members. Although it is the most joyous and significant event thus far for the grads in their young lives, it also signifies the end of a period during which they have been dependent upon their parents, teachers, community, and friends for guidance and...

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Chelsea Youth Basketball League Awards Banquet

June 6, 2013
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The Chelsea Youth Basketball League held its awards banquet Sunday at the French Club. The players, coaches, and families enjoyed a buffet dinner that included pizza, chicken wings, roasted pork, meatballs, pasra salad, rice (donated by Don Fritos), salad, and cake for dessert. League president Michelle Lopez served as the master of ceremonies for...

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Obituaries 06-06-2013

June 6, 2013
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Israel Belen Of Chelsea Israel A.  Belen died in Chelsea on June 3. A US Army veteran, he was the beloved husband of Luz (Perez); father of Eloisa Palma and her husband, Juan of Everett and Robert Perez and his wife, Blanca Rosado of Chelsea and grandfather of Arturo and David Martinez. A Funeral...

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Parade and Ceremonies See Record Attendance

May 30, 2013
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Parade and Ceremonies See Record Attendance

There is no underestimating how much people love a parade, and in Chelsea, the City and Girl Scouts have learned that such an affair can truly bring out more people to honor the service of military veterans and those who never returned from war. This year’s Memorial Day Services on Monday morning went off...

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Another Utility Box Turns into Art

May 30, 2013
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Another Utility Box Turns into Art

Chelsea Painted Box, a program that allows artists to paint utility boxes throughout the city, is calling for more artists to participate. Painted Box is part of the City’s effort to deter graffiti and promote art. The program is being administered by the Chelsea Cultural Council and City Manager Jay Ash. “The boxes that...

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Mother’s Day Dinner

May 30, 2013
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Mother’s Day Dinner

The Buckley Apartments on Bloomingdale Street hosted a Mother’s Day Dinner that was enjoyed by many residents. Pictured at the buffet table are, from left, Lauren Toro, Tenants Council President Joe Pandolfo, Juanita Martinez, Councilor- at-Large Leo Robinson, Josie Yosefa, and Felicia Quinones.

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Markey Senate Camp Questioned for Campaigning at Memorial Day Service

May 30, 2013
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Markey Senate Camp Questioned for Campaigning at Memorial Day Service

The Markey for Senate campaign is facing questions this week over what appeared to be a sign holding event and campaign rally in front of City Hall during the start of the City’s Official Memorial Day Ceremony. Largely considered to be a non-political day, Memorial Day has long been off-limits to overt campaigning by...

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Stopped in Its Tracks: Petruccelli and DiDomenico Adds to Chapter 91 Law Prohibiting Ethanol Shipments

May 30, 2013
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Senator Anthony Petruccelli, with help from Chelsea Senator Sal DiDomenico and Senator Patricia Jehlen, added language last week during a late night session to amend the state’s Chapter 91 law. The amendment’s language would block Global Oil’s proposal to bring 1.8 million gallons of ethanol by train twice a week through parts of Chelsea...

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State 10-mile Rule Riles Council, Public Safety Officials

May 30, 2013
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City Councillors have entered into a major behind-the-scenes controversy this week for an order filed Tuesday that calls for the City to look into the strict enforcement of the public safety 10-mile radius rule. The rule, which has been a state law for some 40 years, requires that all public safety workers – including...

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Thank You, Kiwanis Club of Chelsea

May 30, 2013
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The Kiwanis Club is one of the longest-running community service organizations in the city, occupying a spot of admiration right up there with the Rotary Club of Chelsea the Zonta Club of Chelsea, and the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce who help residents of our city in so many ways. The Kiwanis Club, though small...

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A Phenomenal Start: Eighth Grader Mia Nowicki Stars for St. Mary’s High School Softball Team

May 30, 2013
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Eighth grader Mia Nowicki is in a class by herself for the St. Mary’s High School varsity softball team. Pitching against opponents who are often four-to-five years older than she, the 13-year-old Nowicki is fast becoming a star in the high school ranks, even though technically she is still in junior high. Mia displayed...

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Obituaries 05-30-2013

May 30, 2013
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Phyllis Antonelli Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea Phyllis M. (Reid) Antonelli, a 60 year resident of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died at her home following a long illness on May 22. She was 84 years old. Born and raised in Chelsea, she attended Chelsea Schools and moved to Revere in 1953. Her beloved husband,...

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National Salvation Army Week

May 23, 2013
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National Salvation Army Week

Though things have turned a little colder and wetter this week, last Thursday’s sunny weather made the day all about popsicles and playing outside for Mariyah Hannon and Aliyah Martinez (right). They are pictured here at Kayem Park, where the Salvation Army handed out hundreds of popsicles last Thursday to kids as part of...

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Dream Come True

May 23, 2013
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Dream Come True

Nine-year-old Izabella (Izzy) Barr, of Chelsea, celebrated the cul­mination of her wish to learn to play the guitar by performing in her very own live concert at Berklee College of Music on May 9th. Izzy, who has Pulmonary Hypertension, a progressive heart and lung condition, had her wish granted by Make-A-Wish Massachu­setts and Rhode...

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Memorial Day:A Time for Soldiers to Cry

May 23, 2013
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Memorial Day:A Time for Soldiers to Cry

There are no tears on the warpath. In fact, soldiers aren’t allowed to cry or mourn in the slightest for their fallen fellow warriors for fear that it may compromise their mission or disturb their mental focus. That’s a pretty solid rule in the military, save for one exception. That exception is Memorial Day....

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Shootout on Shurtleff Miraculously Misses Everyone

May 23, 2013
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Shootout on Shurtleff Miraculously Misses Everyone

As police tell it, it’s a miracle that no one died last Thursday on Shurtleff Street as two men stopped in the middle of the street and broke up the sunny afternoon by spraying more than a dozen, large .25 calibre bullets throughout the crowded neighborhood. “We were very, very, very fortunate that no...

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School Committee, Council Take Pay Increase After Debate

May 23, 2013
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The City Council and School Committee – after long debate and measured opposition within their own ranks – have decided to grant themselves notable pay increases for the coming year. Recently, the City Council voted 9-2 to increase councillor pay from $8,000 per year to $14,000 per year – an increase of $6,000 a...

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Murray’s Resignation Mentioned in Same Breath as Mclaughlin

May 23, 2013
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The surprise announcement Wednesday of Lt. Gov. Tim Murray’s intended resignation next month from his post has frequently been mentioned in the same sentence as the upcoming sentencing of former Chelsea Housing Authority Director Michael McLaughlin. Murray has been tied frequently to the McLaughlin investigation, even once testifying before a Grand Jury in the...

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Honored:Teacher, Alumnae Mean Business at Chelsea High

May 23, 2013
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The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) has honored Chelsea High School (CHS) teacher Catherine Doherty and former CHS student Jennifer LaSala as the student and teacher of the year for New England. A few years ago, Doherty began teaching an entrepreneurship class at CHS, and it was met with wild enthusiasm from the kids...

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Memorial Day

May 23, 2013
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Memorial Day usually is the unofficial start of the all too brief summer in New England.  Temperatures become hotter and days also become longer.   For many grade school students, Memorial Day means that the end of the school year is in sight with only weeks remaining of books, teachers and homework. The deeper meaning...

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Police Briefs 05-23-2013

May 23, 2013
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May 13 Edward Lockett, 41, of 216 Revere Beach Parkway, Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer. Asia Galvin, 27, homeless, was arrested for misdemeanor warrant default. Erin L. Sherwood, 37, of 128 Shurtleff Street, Chelsea, was arrested for misdemeanor...

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