New Early Morning MBTA Bus Routes Started this Week

April 6, 2018
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New, early morning bus routes on several area MBTA lines began on Sunday, April 1, for a one-year early morning pilot program on the routes. The pilot will be on the MBTA’s busiest key bus routes serving neighborhoods within the immediate Boston core traveling to downtown Boston, the Seaport, and key stops in between...

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RMV Announces New Requirements: Lawful Presence and REAL ID

April 6, 2018
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The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is reminding the public that on March 26, to get or renew any driver’s license, ID card, or learner’s permit, customers will need documentation showing United States citizenship or lawful presence as required by federal and state law. Lawful presence means that a person is legally living in the...

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Councilor Flaherty, Sen Boncore Announce are Out for District Attorney

April 6, 2018
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City Councilor at-Large Michael Flaherty, and State Sen. Joe Boncore, both announced this week they would not run for Suffolk County District Attorney. Flaherty cited medical issues for his decision, while Boncore said he wanted to focus on issues that are taken up in the Senate. Flaherty, a former prosecutor and former colleague of...

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Cambridge College Announces Plans to Open Gaming Career Institute with Wynn

April 6, 2018
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After many months of discussion, Cambridge College and Wynn Boston Harbor announced on Thursday that the two organizations have partnered to offer a Gaming Institute on the new Charlestown campus that will teach prospective employees table games and security. The hope to market it to the entire region, particularly to communities like Chelsea that...

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Angelina McCoy Joins the 2018 Chelsea Art Walk as Program Director

April 6, 2018
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The Chelsea Art Walk has announced that Angelina McCoy has joined as the program director for the beloved summer event. McCoy moved to Chelsea about two years ago from the Cincinnati area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown College in studio art and a Master of Arts in art history from the...

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MS-13 Member Pleads Guilty in Luring Boy to East Boston Beach for Murder

April 6, 2018
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An MS-13 member pleaded guilty on Friday, March 30, 2018, in federal court in Boston to racketeering conspiracy involving the murder of a 15-year-old boy in East Boston. Carlos Melara, a/k/a “Chuchito,” a/k/a “Criminal,” 21, a Salvadoran national, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly...

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Two More MS-13 Members Plead Guilty to RICO Conspiracy:One Pleaded Guilty on First Day of Trial

April 6, 2018
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Two members of MS-13 have pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston.  They are the 38th and 39th defendants, respectively, to be convicted in a 61-defendant case. Edgar Pleitez, a/k/a “Cadejo,” 28, pleaded guilty March 30 to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly referred to as RICO conspiracy, and conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. U.S. District Court Judge...

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Letter to the Editor

April 6, 2018
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FAREWELL, THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES After six great years, the Dockside in Chelsea will be closing its doors at the end of business on Saturday, April 7, 2018. We will be hosting a Farewell Get-Together that afternoon from 1-3pm. The business has been sold to El Potro Mexican Grille, sure to be a great...

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Council President Vidot Endorses Pressley in Congressional Race

April 6, 2018
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It seems that every day, our community faces new threats from Washington, DC. Most recently, the Trump Administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census threatens to undercount and deprive the residents of Chelsea with the representation they deserve. Attacks on our community are nothing new, but, in light of Donald...

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Martin Luther King Made Us All Better People

April 6, 2018
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This week — April 4 to be precise — marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King as he stood on a balcony of a Memphis motel room. Dr. King had come to Memphis to support striking sanitation workers, the majority of whom were black and underpaid. Dr. King is...

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Sports 04-05-2018

April 6, 2018
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Bruins Beat by Bob Morello Bruins wind down, Red Sox book arrives In what sometimes appeared to be a long season with all the injuries that occurred, the Bruins are 79 games in, and head into the final weekend with three games remaining to be played. A disappointing showing by Boston in Tuesday’s 4-0...

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On the Books:Council Votes to Limit Recreational Marijuana with Zoning Ordinance

March 30, 2018
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The City Council voted in favor of a proposal put forward by City Manager Tom Ambrosino to limit the siting of recreational marijuana retail stores and cultivation facilities. The vote came on an 8-2 majority after an amendment by Councillor Roy Avellaneda failed to get the eight votes needed for passage. Avellaneda and Councillor...

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MS-13 Member Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for Chelsea Murder

March 30, 2018
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An MS-13 member was sentenced on March 22 in federal court in Boston to racketeering conspiracy involving murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder. Bryan Galicia Barillas, a/k/a “Chucky,” 21, a Guatemalan national who resided in Chelsea, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 22 years in prison...

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Acorda Therapeutics Looks at Major Expansion on Everett Avenue

March 30, 2018
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Riding on the heels of what is expected to be the approval of a new Parkinson’s disease treatment drug, Acorda Therapeutics of 190 Everett Ave. has announced a proposal to significantly expand its existing operations. The company has been located at its facility for some time, and operates under a lease from a New...

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After Long Process, DiDomenico Affirms ‘Strong Relationship’ with Sen President-Elect Spilka

March 30, 2018
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After a long process, Sen. Sal DiDomenico allegedly fell a few votes short of gaining the Senate Presidency, a process that completed last week when State Sen. Karen Spilka corralled the 21 votes needed to secure the presidency. It was announced publicly in a press conference on Thursday, March 22. While no one was...

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School Budget Shortfall Hits More than $3 Million, Called Today’s Civil Rights Struggle

March 30, 2018
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The Chelsea Public Schools has hit a major shortfall in its budgeting for next year, and reported at recent meeting that it is in deficit $3.1 million, and has been underfunded by as much as $17.2 million by the state funding formula. It has now become a major call to action for the school...

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DiDomenico Supports Animal Welfare and Safety Legislation

March 30, 2018
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Sen. Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) and his colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate unanimously adopted a bill designed to protect the health, safety and well-being of animals. S.2332, “An Act to protect animal welfare and safety in cities and towns” (PAWS II), expands on gains first secured in the original PAWS law which was filed in...

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Nathan Smolensky Announces as Independent in Congressional Bid

March 30, 2018
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Nathan Smolensky, a non-profit manager from Somerville, has announced that he will be running as an Independent for Massachusetts’s 7th District Congressional seat. “We need Independent voices to speak up,” says Smolensky, “now more than ever. The parties are becoming increasingly polarized, and that means more strong-arming and undermining in our politics, and somehow...

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DiDomenico Supports and Promotes Civics Education Curriculum

March 30, 2018
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Last week, Sen. Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) and his colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate voted to pass, S.2355, An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement.  The legislation enacts a hands-on and experiential approach to fostering civic engagement by incorporating project-based learning components, encouraging the instruction of civic competencies – including news and media literacy...

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Police Briefs 03-29-2018

March 30, 2018
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PHONE FEUD On March 16, at 12:10 p.m., officers responded to Bellingham Square and spoke to the victim who is employed by Assurance Wireless, a company that provides free cell phones for low-income individuals. The victim stated the male in question applied for a phone, but was denied.  He said that the subject was upset and...

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We Need Courage to Stand Up for Public Education

March 30, 2018
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(The following was delivered to the School Committee at its public hearing on Thursday, March 15) Good evening and welcome to the Chelsea Public Schools FY19 Budget Public Hearing. This year’s budget represents a budget gap of $3.1 million between what we need and what we can do. We have worked very hard in...

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The Kids are Alright

March 30, 2018
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The tremendous outpouring by young people all across the country this past weekend in support of meaningful gun control was absolutely spectacular. It is fair to say that no issue has galvanized America’s youth to such an extent since the 1960s, when there were protests on college campuses and in high schools about the...

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Happy Passover And Happy Easter

March 30, 2018
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One of the most significant religious holidays of the year for Jews and Christians alike occurs this week with the observances of Passover and Easter. Jews celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. For Christians,...

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Sports 03-29-2018

March 30, 2018
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Bruins Beat by Bob Morello Bruins stretch drive and 122nd Marathon warmup The Bruins closed out their four-game road trip on Tuesday, taking on the Winnipeg Jets who were riding a five-game winning streak. Despite both teams having already locked in a playoff berth, each were looking to improve their spots as they fight...

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