Less Choices: School Committee Candidate Woes Continue with Two Incumbents Missing Signature Deadline

August 15, 2013
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Two School Committee members have missed the deadline to turn in signatures and will not be on the ballot this November, highlighting the ongoing woeful situation that routinely has emerged on the Committee every election season. Incumbent members Ana Hernandez (District 6) and Charles Klauder (District 7) did not assemble enough qualified signatures by...

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City Council Ballot Will Feature Several Races

August 15, 2013
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The ballot has been set this week for the November City Election and four legitimate races have emerged – one in the at-large category and three at the district seat level. First and foremost was the surprising entrance into the race of Bob Bishop in the District 1 race. Bishop, the former City Clerk,...

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All-chelsea Awards Nominations Sought

August 15, 2013
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Nominations are currently being solicited for the 12th Annual “All-Chelsea Awards.” Given to recipients who have distinguished themselves, improved the lives of local residents or enhanced the city’s overall civic standing, awards recognize 10 individuals and entities in a variety of categories. “There are so many working so tirelessly in our community to advance...

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Chelsea to Get Maximum Federal Block Grant Award

August 15, 2013
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While Chelsea will receive the maximum federal block grant this year, it is still drastically lower than just a few years ago, and remains a program decimated by White House cuts over the last five years. Gov. Deval Patrick has announced that 38 cities and towns across the state will receive a total of...

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We Must Prepare for Rising Sea Levels

August 15, 2013
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Benjamin Franklin coined the expression 200 years ago, “You should buy land because they are not making it anymore.”  Well, that may not be exactly true for the last 100 years,  as all the communities on the water have been reclaiming low-lying marsh land.  One just has to look at the the Back Bay...

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Obituaries 08-15-2013

August 15, 2013
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Dorothea Gesamondo Retired Registered Nurse, Member of Many Organizations Dorothea E. (McCellan) Gesamondo, a longtime resident of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died after a brief illness at Winchester Hospital on August 11. She was 92 year old. Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a 1939 graduate of Chelsea High School and a 1943...

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Green Revolution and Ham: Storybook Development Stands Dormant, Faces Federal Lawsuit over Motionless Windmill

August 8, 2013
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Green Revolution and Ham: Storybook Development Stands Dormant,  Faces Federal Lawsuit over Motionless Windmill

It was supposed to be the development that ushered in the new Green Revolution in residential construction, but the Forbes Park development has totally fizzled and this week it sits empty – having had no takers at a recent bank auction and its signature windmill the focus of a federal lawsuit from U.S. Attorney...

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ZBA Approves Permits for Two New Hotels: Ash Says Chelsea Has ‘arrived’

August 8, 2013
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ZBA Approves Permits for Two New Hotels: Ash Says Chelsea Has ‘arrived’

For decades, residents and city officials lamented over the inability to secure the type of economic development that Chelsea’s locational advantage (vis-à-vis Downtown Boston, Logan Airport and Cambridge) should have been delivering. Just minutes from each, with tremendous connections via the metropolitan highway system, the city’s ideal location, yet poor economic development record, seemed...

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Clean Sweep: Agreement with Liquor Store Piggy-backs on Effort to Clean Up Bellingham Square

August 8, 2013
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One week after Chelsea and State Police announced a major criminal sweep of Bellingham Square – with 48 arrests logged in one week – the Chelsea Licensing Board announced an agreement with a frequently troubled liquor store in the Square that could further help improve conditions in the city’s center. While there are numerous...

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ZBA Says ‘no’ to Check Casher on Parkway

August 8, 2013
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There is no shortage of ‘Check Casher’ stores and ‘multi-service’ bodegas in Chelsea, and neighbors on the Parkway were firm in voicing their disapproval over adding yet another such store to the heap that already exist in the city. The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) emphatically denied a petition by Demko Realty Trust to...

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Chelsea Jewish Foundation Partners with North Shore Community College

August 8, 2013
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The  Chelsea Jewish Foundation (CJF) announced that its educational division – the  Chelsea Jewish Academy (CJA) – has partnered with North Shore Community College (NSCC) to provide healthcare training to 50 new and incumbent workers. The collaboration was created to meet the increased demand for Nurse Assistants and Home Health Aides. This partnership, formed...

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Officials Hopeful for Voke Park Improvements

August 8, 2013
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The City has submitted an application for State funding for a portion of the cost of a major rehabilitation of Voke Park.  If Chelsea’s local and state officials are successful, Voke could see a $750,000 fix-up beginning next spring. “We’ll be fighting for every dollar we can get,” said Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein, who, like...

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Obituaries 08-08-2013

August 8, 2013
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Joseph Ianno Retired Carpenter, Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea and Saugus Joseph M. Ianno, a resident of Tilton, New Hampshire since 2001, died at his home with his loving family at his side on Monday, August 5 following a period of failing health.  He was 75 years old. Joe was born in Chelsea...

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Arnold Goodman: Outstanding Teacher, Mentor, Sportsman Dies at the Age of 80

August 1, 2013
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Arnold Goodman: Outstanding Teacher, Mentor,  Sportsman Dies at the Age of 80

There were so many people that Arnold Goodman affected in such a positive, uplifting way that even he probably didn’t realize the tremendous impact his teachings and his niceness would have on others for the remainder of their lives. Richard Perlman is but one example of the countless youths and students who admired and...

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Mobile App Academy

August 1, 2013
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Mobile App Academy

Samsung Mobile hosted several Chelsea High School students last Wednesday and Thurs­day – including CHS’s Fernando Mazzoni, shown here comparing programming notes – at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for a two-day mobile application academy. The academies were hosted in six U.S. cities, including Boston, and allow students to learn and program their...

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Rats, Roaches, Bedbugs: Tenants Hailed for Standing Up in Federal Court to Detail Awful Living Conditions Under McLaughlin

August 1, 2013
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Rats, Roaches, Bedbugs: Tenants Hailed for Standing Up in Federal Court to Detail Awful  Living Conditions Under McLaughlin

For the past 16 years, Jean Fulco has lived in Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) properties – virtually every one of them, she said – and put up with roaches, no heat, no hot water and units falling apart on top of her. During that time, she and her young daughter just dealt with it...

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Restitution: Retirement Board Will Examine the Idea of McLaughlin to Pay Back CHA

August 1, 2013
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There were mixed feelings two weeks ago, on July 17th, after former Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) Director Michael McLaughlin received his sentence in Boston’s Federal Court. On the one hand, he got far more time in jail than many expected. But on the other hand, the judge refused to grant restitution to the CHA...

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Drug Sweep Arrests 48, Cleans Up Bellingham Square

August 1, 2013
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As Chelsea’s downtown and adjacent neighborhoods have become more vibrant and desirable, one persistent problem has been the congregation of n’er-do-wells outside to City Hall in Bellingham Square. While many try to do business, get to college classes, wait for the bus or take their children to the library – a large and growing...

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FBI Project to Go to ZBA Later This Month

August 1, 2013
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At long last, the FBI is coming. In another time and era, such statements in Chelsea were wholly negative, but these days those are the words just about everyone in the City has been waiting to hear for several years. Emerald Corporate Center LLC – controlled by Anthony C. and Patricia Simboli of ACS...

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Some Water Bills to Go Down, All Trash Bills to Go Up

August 1, 2013
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As the City enters this new fiscal year, changes in billing for City-provided services are being implemented. Half of the City’s water and sewer customers will see reductions in their bills, with the remaining half continuing to enjoy the third year of rate freezes.  Trash fees, however, will be going up for those who...

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Arnie Goodman: One of a Kind He Loved the City of Chelsea

August 1, 2013
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The passing of Arnie Goodman removes from the local scene a man who truly gave his heart and soul to everything that was Chelsea on so many levels. Arnie loved the city in which he was born and raised, and though Chelsea changed greatly over the decades, he never forgot his roots. Arnie was...

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Death and Taxes

August 1, 2013
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The adage goes that the only certainty in life is death and taxes.  This seems to be ringing true for local drivers.  There is a plan afoot from the bureaucrats at the Department of Transportation to install new toll gates at both the entrances of the Sumner and Callahan Tunnel as well as the...

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Police Briefs 08-01-2013

August 1, 2013
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July 22 Israel A. Angeles, 32, of 230 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, was arrested for possession of a Class B drug. Rosa Colon, 37, of 835 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for two counts of straight felony warrant and one misdemeanor default warrant. Lash Brahmananda, 30, of 2 Allcot Street, Boston, was arrested for misdemeanor default...

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Obituaries 08-01-2013

August 1, 2013
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Angela ‘Angie’ Mazzarelli Homemaker Angela “Angie” (Lento) Mazzarelli, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away unexpectedly on July 17. A homemaker, born in Chelsea, she was the beloved wife of the late Alfred M. Mazzarelli with whom she shared 45 years of marriage; loving mother of Carol Downey and her husband, Tom of Plymouth...

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