Letter to the Editor

February 18, 2016
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Get out and vote Dear Friends and Neighbors, I am a lifelong Democrat and a former At-Large City Councilor having served fourteen years in the neighboring city of Chelsea.  My wife Sandra and I are the parents of three wonderful children: Jazmin, Latisha, and Calvin Jr.   In my professional life, I work for...

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Sports 02-18-2016

February 18, 2016
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CHS Roundup Red Devils beat Revere to qualify for state tourney The Chelsea High boys basketball team qualified for the post-season state tournament with a gritty 47-43 triumph at Revere last Wednesday evening. The victory spoiled Senior Night festivities for the Patriots and also earned the Red Devils a measure of revenge in the Battle...

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Obituaries 02-18-2016

February 18, 2016
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Thomas Mace, Jr. Known for his kind heart, gentle soul, quick wit, and willingness to listen Thomas E. Mace, Jr., died on February 10 at his home in Somerville after a long battle with cancer. He was 59 years old. Mr. Mace was born in Chelsea on June 26, 1956 to the late Thomas...

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Salt Project Preserves the Idea of Finding out Where Things Come From

February 12, 2016
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Salt Project Preserves the Idea of Finding out Where Things Come From

By Seth Daniel Artist Allison Cekala never intended to be the spokesperson for road salt. The Jamaica Plain resident, and Museum of Fine Arts School (Fenway) professor, only saw incredible lighting and interesting shapes in the Chelsea salt pile – located in varying quantities and in a very visible place right adjacent to the...

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ZBA Gives Green Light to French Club, High Marks to Fusion Foods Move

February 12, 2016
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ZBA Gives Green Light to French Club, High Marks to Fusion Foods Move

By Seth Daniel The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved a 34-unit affordable housing project on the French Club site Tuesday night, Feb. 9, in a unanimous 3-0 vote – an approval that marked many months of community input and a complete redesign by developer TND. The matter was one of the first items...

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Leonard Florence Expands ALS Housing on $17.5 Million Gift

February 12, 2016
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Leonard Florence Expands ALS Housing on $17.5 Million Gift

By Seth Daniel Don’t hold it against him, but Mike Robbins is a New York Yankees fan. Despite being the newest resident of the newly expanded Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCFL) ALS Home, the Staten Island native brought with him his Yankees gear, but a great new appreciation for Boston and the community...

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Increase in Owner Occupant Tax Exemption Gets Ambrosino Approval

February 12, 2016
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By Seth Daniel A request by city councillors to increase the owner-occupant residential tax exemption to 35 percent has gotten a very positive recommendation by City Manager Tom Ambrosino. The measure was called for by Ambrosino last fall at 30 percent, and then Councillor Roy Avellaneda and several other colleagues called for the measure...

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Police Briefs 02-11-2016

February 12, 2016
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LARGE HEROIN BUST Chelsea Police arrested three men, one from Philadelphia, last week for serious charges of trafficking in heroin. On Feb. 2 at approximately 10:22 p.m., detective were on routine patrol in the area of Broadway and Fourth Street. Detectives were in an unmarked cruiser and wearing plain clothes at the time. Detectives...

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Letters to the Editor

February 12, 2016
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City of Chelsea Emergency 911 Dispatchers On February 03, 2016 the City of Chelsea firefighters, police and EMS battled a four-alarm fire on Eleanor Street. A 3-year-old boy was rescued from the blaze that badly damaged more than 20 apartments and injured two firefighters, according to officials.Red Cross assisted the residents and estimated that...

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Enjoy the Long Weekend — And Thank Washington And Lincoln

February 12, 2016
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The President’s Day long weekend is upon us, a time when we can take a bit of a respite from the onslaught of winter (which finally started getting into gear this week) and enjoy time with our families during the public school vacation week. For some of us, the break means a family ski...

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Obituaries 02-11-2016

February 12, 2016
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Alfonsina Caraballo Alfonsina Caraballo passed away on Thursday, February 4 at the South Shore Hospital. She was 86 years old. She was the beloved wife of the late Ramon Caraballo. Her funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday February 11 at 9 a.m....

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Helping the Less Fortunate

February 4, 2016
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Helping the Less Fortunate

The group of volunteers, city officials and state officials gathered early last Thursday morning, Jan. 28, to make the first official count of the homeless in Chelsea. Sgt. Jose Otero speaks to “Bobby” who was hesitant to come out of his sleeping blankets and speak to the group. “Bobby” said he was a Chelsea resident...

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Major Arrests by Feds,State Hit MS-13 in Chelsea,Elsewhere

February 4, 2016
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Major Arrests by Feds,State Hit MS-13 in Chelsea,Elsewhere

As Chief Brian Kyes stood at the podium in Boston’s Federal Court last Friday after an historic roundup, four years in the making, of key MS-13 gang members in Chelsea, Eastie, Everett and Somerville, he thought of one innocent single mother who had simply looked out the window of a battered women’s shelter when...

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Continuing a Tradition:Mystic Brewery Finds Fans in Ancient Recipes,Techniques on Gruit Day

February 4, 2016
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Continuing a Tradition:Mystic Brewery Finds Fans in Ancient Recipes,Techniques on Gruit Day

If one hasn’t tasted the elegant flavors of pineapple upside down cake in their pint glass, then they haven’t been to Gruit Day at Mystic Brewery. The annual tradition, held this week at the Williams Street brewery on Monday, Feb. 1, is a nod to the days of old in medieval Europe when herbs...

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Residency Ordinance Will Get Hearing Once Again

February 4, 2016
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The City Council is preparing to have another conference committee meeting on a proposed residency ordinance introduced two weeks ago by Councillor Giovanni Recupero. Recupero said this week that he will amend the ordinance, which now calls for all new hires to remain living in the city for seven years after being hired, to...

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Homeless Count Finds Those Often Unseen Among Us

February 4, 2016
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It was even earlier than the early shift as dozens of volunteers, City officials and state officials filed into the Chelsea Police Station on Thursday morning – some time just after 3:30 a.m. The goal was to complete the first-ever Chelsea Homelessness Count – an effort championed by Rev. Sandra Whitley of the People’s...

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Police Briefs 02-04-2016

February 4, 2016
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END OF JANUARY HEAT WAVE? This photo was taken on Sunday, Jan. 31, of the TD Bank temperature gauge in Bellingham Square at 3 p.m. A 60-degree day in late January is rather unimaginable, but there have been more than a few over the last week, with warm temperatures continuing into this weekend. TOY...

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Letter to the Editor

February 4, 2016
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The benefits of having a residency requirement The virtues of hiring local residents for local jobs are obvious: more employment opportunities, more spending within the community, more tax revenues, and less crime. Although our community has shown interest in creating employment opportunities, most of the focus has been on low-skilled, low-wage workers. Employment policies...

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The MS-13 Raids

February 4, 2016
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The raids that took place last early Friday morning that resulted in 56 indictments of MS-13 gang members certainly should stop for the time being the crime and murders in the neighboring communities of Chelsea, East Boston and Everett that we have witnessed over the last several months.  However, these arrests removed only about...

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Sports 02-04-2016

February 4, 2016
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CHS Roundup CHS boys hoop wins two contests The Chelsea High boys basketball team enjoyed a successful week, defeating two opponents, Lynn Tech and Whittier Tech. Friday’s 65-34 triumph over Lynn Tech never was in doubt. The Red Devils grabbed the lead from the outset and never looked back as they built a commanding...

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Obituaries 02-04-2016

February 4, 2016
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Charles Karpenko Member of the 5-2 Club of Chelsea Charles R. Karpenko of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on February 2. A late member of the 5-2 Club of Chelsea, he was the beloved husband of the late Jennie (Scrivano); devoted father of Jeanette Durgin of N. Andover, Charles A. Karpenko of Amesbury, Richard...

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Chelsea Native Joe Smith Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

January 28, 2016
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Chelsea Native Joe Smith Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Chelsea native Joe Smith celebrated his 88th birthday this week but there is a professional milestone to be celebrated as well. Smith has received one of those incredible honors that only go to the well accomplished and the famous: a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce unveiled Smith’s...

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‘I Was Her Teacher, Now She’s Mine’:Student and Teacher Share a Common Bond Overcoming Challenges

January 28, 2016
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‘I Was Her Teacher, Now She’s Mine’:Student and Teacher Share a Common Bond Overcoming Challenges

The old saying ‘What comes around, goes around’ is usually put in negative terms, but for Chelsea High School senior Precious Perez and her former 4th grade teacher, Barbara Tracey, it’s a saying that epitomizes the caring that is extended from one person to another – and how over time as circumstances change, it...

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Police Stats Show Violent Crime Static,Overall Crime Down

January 28, 2016
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The Chelsea Police Department (CPD) and City Manager Tom Ambrosino released crime statistics from 2015 this month and, while overall crime is down, Chief Brian Kyes said they remain concerned that violent crime numbers remained the same as in 2014. While overall crime was down 8.3 percent from 2014 (1,479 to 1,356 incidents), the...

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