Red Devils Edge Gr. Lawrence, 48-47

February 7, 2013
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The Chelsea High boys basketball team made their long trek to Greater Lawrence Friday a worthwhile one, pulling out an exciting 48-47 victory in the final seconds. As has been the case often this season, the Red Devils got off to a slow start and trailed 28-18 at the intermission. However, the second half proved...

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Obituaries 02-07-2013

February 7, 2013
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Rose Marie DeGruttola Worked for First National Stores Rose Marie (Gallo) DeGruttola, a long time East Boston resident, died on February 3 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere. She was 91 years old. Born and raised in East Boston, she was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1939. In...

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CHS One of Only a Few Urban Districts to Receive Honors for AP Classes

January 31, 2013
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CHS One of Only a Few Urban Districts  to Receive Honors for AP Classes

For many years, Chelsea High School (CHS) wasn’t considered the kind of place where college-level Advanced Placement (AP) courses could be offered. Struggles with language, social issues and poverty seemed to be too big a barrier to overcome for urban kids like those at CHS – at least when it came to taking and...

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Chamber Meeting

January 31, 2013
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Chamber Meeting

The Chelsea Chamber of Commerce Latino Division met at the chamber office on Broadway to plan for its meeting with Suffolk Downs chief operating officer Chip Tuttle and Enrique Zuniga of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to discuss the proposed $1 billion casino project at Suffolk and its impact on the Chelsea community. Pictured at...

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Is McLaughlin Ready to Take a Plea Deal?: Former CHA Director Not Indicted but Charged in Document That Often is Precursor to a Deal

January 31, 2013
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After what seemed like an excruciatingly long investigation into former Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) Director Michael McLaughlin’s activities, he was finally charged last Thursday by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz – and there are clear signs that he might be working out a plea agreement in the case. And if he is ready to take...

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Planning Board Recommends Four Petitions to ZBA

January 31, 2013
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The City Planning Board met on Jan. 22nd and made positive recommendations on four plans that were before them. •It was recommended that the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approve a special permit for Mai Phung at 71 Grove St. that will allow the two-family to become a three-family – though it does not...

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New Wiretap Bill Would Level Playing Field for Police

January 31, 2013
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When it comes to technology – especially with communications – Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes isn’t hesitant to admit that the criminals are out in front of the police. All that could change, though, with a new wiretap bill filed by Chelsea Rep. Gene O’Flaherty and championed by Attorney General Martha Coakley and Kyes....

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Portillo Convicted in 2011 Central Avenue Slaying

January 31, 2013
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A self-proclaimed member of the MS-13 street gang was convicted last week of second-degree murder in the unprovoked shooting death of 38-year-old Braulio Gomez in the summer of 2011. Jurors deliberated for just over two days before finding Santos Portillo, 22, of Chelsea, guilty of murder in the second degree and illegal firearm possession....

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Congratulations,chelsea High

January 31, 2013
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We want to congratulate Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Bourque, Chelsea High Principal Joseph Mullaney and the Chelsea school system on receiving the College Board’s 2012 AP District Honor Roll Award. The award was presented to Chelsea High for the access that the school and its faculty have provided to students who are interested...

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Police Briefs 01-31-2013

January 31, 2013
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1/14 Joshua Felix, 22, 794 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on warrants. Edwin Gracias, 27, 232 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. Charles McCarthy, 22, 112 Wells Ave., Boston, was arrested for possessing Class B drug, conspiracy to violate drug law, furnishing false name, felony warrant....

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Red Devils Top N.S.Tech, 61-57

January 31, 2013
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The Chelsea High boys basketball team got back on the winning track with a 61-57 triumph over North Shore Tech Tuesday evening. The contest was not as close as the final score might indicate. Chelsea led all the way, 11-9 after the first period, 28-19 at the half, and 44-37 after three frames. The...

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Obituaries 01-31-2013

January 31, 2013
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Donald Waite, Jr. Retired Deputy Sheriff and Middlesex County Corrections Officer Donald E. Waite, Jr. of Chelsea died on January 24. A Retired Deputy Sheriff and Middlesex County Corrections Officer, he was the beloved husband of Ana C. Waite of Chelsea; devoted father of John Waite of Brighton, Michael Waite of Germany and Donny Waite...

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Chelsea Receives PARC Grant for New Park on Bloomingdale Street

January 24, 2013
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Chelsea Receives PARC Grant for New Park on Bloomingdale Street

When State Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan delivered news that Chelsea’s application for a state grant to construct another new local park was approved, the city’s legislative delegation to Beacon Hill cheered. “I’m so excited for our community and especially this neighborhood,” said Rep. Gene O’Flaherty, in reference to the $400,000 State...

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Public Safety Secretary Urges Education and Kindness in MLK Speech

January 24, 2013
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Public Safety Secretary Urges Education and Kindness in MLK Speech

In what was probably her last public appearance as Suffolk County Sheriff, new state Public Safety Secretary Andrea Cabral gave the keynote address at the Chelsea Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast – focusing her remarks primarily for the young people in the Revere and Chelsea area. “Growing up, Dr. King and Malcolm X were...

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MLK Celebration: Chelsea Style Chelsea Community and Peoples AME Welcome Hundreds to Monday’s Event

January 24, 2013
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MLK Celebration: Chelsea Style  Chelsea Community and Peoples AME Welcome Hundreds to Monday’s Event

On Monday, Jan. 21, hundreds of Chelsea residents gathered at Chelsea High School (CHS) for the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Breakfast. This year’s celebration had a catchy theme, “Reaching our Dream, A Community of Unity.” This annual event was once again sponsored by the Community of Chelsea and People’s AME Church.  From...

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CHA Officials Contest HUD Letter Indicate They Were Serious and Cooperative

January 24, 2013
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One week after letters surfaced from the regional Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office detailing an indifferent attitude from the Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) about helping with a review of the Capital Fund, local administrators at CHA say they dispute the letters and were “extremely surprised” upon receiving them early this year. Executive Director...

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‘Super Lawyer’ digs Chelsea, Admiral’s Hill Home

January 24, 2013
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When one enters the office of Hunter Baker, based upon the degrees hanging on the wall, one might not be sure if they’ve come for a doctors visit, a legal consultation or a colorful chemistry experiment. Despite extensive training in chemistry and medical school, the cross-trained attorney and long-time Chelsea resident has now pretty...

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Thank You: Rev.Sandra Whitley

January 24, 2013
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We thank and congratulate the Rev. Sandra Whitley, pastor of the People’s A.M.E. Church, on organizing and leading the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Breakfast that was held Monday at Chelsea High School. Every year the Rev. Whitley steps up and coordinates this important and dignified tribute to Dr. King, one of the...

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Red Devils Top Mystic Valley, 49-44

January 24, 2013
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The Chelsea High basketball team claimed its fourth win in its past five outings with a 49-44 triumph over Commonwealth Athletic Conference rival Mystic Valley Friday. Although the Red Devils led all the way, they were unable to shake the scrappy Mystic Valley crew. Chelsea built a lead as large as 11 points in...

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Obituaries 01-24-2013

January 24, 2013
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Ruth Gretsky Of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston Ruth Gretsky passed away at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home on January 20 after a short illness. She was 91 years old. Born in East Boston to the late Morris Gretsky and Bessie (Philips), she was educated in the East Boston Schools and graduated from East...

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Persistent Flu Bug Has Hit Residents Hard, Makes for More Work for Local ERs

January 17, 2013
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Persistent Flu Bug Has Hit Residents Hard, Makes for More Work for Local ERs

Welcoming in 2013 for a good many people in the area has come with a cough, a sneeze and a wheeze. An active and early flu season hit large segments of the population starting in mid-December, and that sickness seemed to amplify to a greater degree after the new year – stockpiling emergency rooms,...

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Chelsea Police Get Back to Traditional Car Colors

January 17, 2013
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Chelsea Police Get Back to Traditional Car Colors

Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes was driving down Broadway last year when he saw what appeared to be a Chelsea Police cruiser coming in his direction. He gave a beep of the horn, and waved, but it turned out not to be a police cruiser, but actually an old police cruiser that was now...

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Capuano Says No to Senate Run

January 17, 2013
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Capuano Says No to Senate Run

With Congressman Ed Markey (D-Malden) leading the pack among Democrats vying for U.S. Senator John Kerry’s potentially-vacated seat, U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano (D-Somerville) announced Tuesday that he would not seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. Capuano, who lost the Democratic nomination to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley last time around, to fill the...

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HUD Letters Reveal Ticked off Inspectors: Alleged Lax Effort by CHA in October Audit

January 17, 2013
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When auditors from the regional office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) showed up last October on the doorstep of the Chelsea Housing Authority (CHA) to dig into the alleged past abuses of former Director Michael McLaughlin, HUD says the CHA wasn’t prepared, didn’t cooperate and seemed not to care that they were in...

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