Immigrant Permanent Residents Not Becoming Citizens: Conglomeration of Groups Calls on Feds, Congress to Lower Application Fees

February 21, 2013
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Immigrant Permanent Residents Not Becoming Citizens: Conglomeration of Groups Calls on Feds,  Congress to Lower Application Fees

The American Dream has always concluded with a resident from another country raising his or her hand and officially transitioning to a naturalized American citizen. However, more often than not, the American Dream has stopped short of becoming an American, and several local immigrant services organizations – including Centro Latino de Chelsea – are...

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Chelsea Kiwanis Club Inter-club Luncheon at the Wyndham Hotel

February 21, 2013
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Chelsea Kiwanis Club Inter-club Luncheon at the Wyndham Hotel

Matt Monkiewicz, vice president of marketing at Kayem Foods, was the guest speaker at the Chelsea Kiwanis Club inter-club luncheon at the Wyndham Hotel. Pictured, from left, are former Kiwanis Lt. Governor John Chirichiello, Matt Monkiewicz, Elaine Monge, Kiwanis President Paul Swart, and Gerry McCue.

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Plea Deal Will Likely Result in Stripped Pension for Mclaughlin

February 21, 2013
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With the conviction of former Chelsea Housing Authority Executive Director Michael McLaughlin in the books, it looks like his long-stalled retirement request with Chelsea will likely end up with most of his pension being stripped. The Chelsea Retirement Board will meet next Thursday, Feb. 28th, and will likely discuss – and perhaps deny the...

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Gas Leak Forces Residents to Evacuate

February 21, 2013
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Some 150 Chelsea residents had to be evacuated from thier homes Monday night due to a gas leak on Broadway. The incident occured Monday night around 9 p.m. when inspectors checking natural gas levels on the street found a leak. Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash said the levels were 10 times higher than the...

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The Cold Temperatures

February 21, 2013
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We were spoiled after last week’s balmy temperatures.  We agree that the Blizzard of 2013 was not much fun especially if you had to do the snow shoveling, but the temperatures last week were enjoyable.  But Sunday and Monday came and back into the deep freeze we went. Of course for many of us,...

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Devils Top Lynn Tech, Await Tourney Seeding, Foe

February 21, 2013
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The Chelsea High boys basketball team capped off its improbable run to a berth in the state tourney with a 65-64 over Lynn Tech last Wednesday night in the last game of the regular season. The triumph gave the Red Devils sole possession of second place in the Large Division of the Commonwealth Athletic...

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Obituaries 02-21-2013

February 21, 2013
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Edward Gallagher McFayden Commercial Artist Edward Gallagher McFayden, a commercial artist and longtime Chelsea resident, passed away on February 17 in his Lynnfield home surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with overwhelming illness. He was 89 years old. Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late James...

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CHS Selected as District of the Year by College Board for AP Classes

February 17, 2013
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CHS Selected as District of the Year by College Board for AP Classes

CHS Senior Bahiya Nasuuna Mutebi joined an Advanced Placement (AP) course a few years back at the high school with some reluctance. She knew it would be extra hard work. It would bring stress, and it was not a forum where excuses would be accepted. Now, she and a record number of CHS students...

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Jordan Boys and Girls Club Celebrated Its 100th Breakfast

February 17, 2013
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Jordan Boys and Girls Club Celebrated Its 100th Breakfast

The Jordan Boys and Girls Club celebrated the 100th event in its monthly Breakfast Series with an appearance by former Congressman Barney Frank Feb. 7 at the clubhouse on Willow Street The Breakfast Series, in its 18th year, is a fundraiser for the youth club that was started in Chelsea by Josh Kraft. The...

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City Digs out from Historic Storm: A Big One for Sure, but No Blizzard of `78

February 17, 2013
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This past weekend’s blizzard dumped 24.9 inches on Logan Airport, making it the 5th worst storm on record there. Meanwhile, an official National Weather Service (NWS) storm spotter targeted Chelsea with 23 inches of snow, showing the historic severity of the storm likely applied to Chelsea as well as Logan. “Historic, for certain, but...

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E. Coli Outbreak Was Worst on the East Coast

February 17, 2013
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The E. coli outbreak that sickened dozens and was traced back to a produce supplier in Chelsea was one of the worst outbreaks on the East Coast in 2012 according to the CDC. The outbreak was linked to pre-packaged leafy greens produced by Chelsea based  State Garden. A total of 33 people were infected...

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More Questions Than Answers on Ethanol Trainsge

February 17, 2013
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Last Wednesday night’s MassDOT meeting at East Boston High School left residents from Chelsea with more questions than answers. First, at 6 p.m. a coalition of activists from Chelsea, East Boston, Revere and Everett briefed residents on Global Oil’s proposal to bring 1.8 million gallons of ethanol by train twice a week into their...

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Large Amount of Crystal Meth Seized in Valentine Package

February 17, 2013
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A Chelsea man was arraigned last week on drug trafficking charges after local, state, and federal investigators recovered about $10,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine from a Valentine’s-themed package sent to his home. Lawrence Ligocki, 62, was arraigned Thursday in Chelsea District Court on charges of trafficking in a Class B substance and possession of...

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Thank You Jordan Boys and Girls Club

February 17, 2013
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On the occasion of the 100th  meeting of the Jordan Boys and Girls Club Breakfast Series, we want to thank the club for providing so many wonderful programs and activities for our youth. Since its founding by Josh Kraft, the Jordan Boys and Girls Club has been an outstanding, vibrant organization that has grown...

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Remembering Robert Breau Sr. and Stanley Janiluinas

February 17, 2013
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We join the Chelsea community in remembering two men, Robert Breau Sr. and Stanley “Moose” Janiluinas. What these two men had in common was the support and guidance they gave to their children as they participated and excelled in sports. We remember Mr. Breau and how he would always attend Chelsea High School basketball...

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Red Devils Reach Tourney with Double OT Victory

February 17, 2013
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The Chelsea High boys basketball team turned in what will rate as one of the greatest victories in CHS hoop annals with a gritty, gutty, and exhilarating 60-54 win in double overtime at Shawsheen Tech Tuesday night. “What a game! What a game!” said an emotionally-drained CHS head coach Jay Seigal of his team’s...

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Obituaries 02-14-2013

February 17, 2013
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John Barooshian Of Chelsea John V. Barooshian of Chelsea died on February 11. He was the devoted father of Jon Barooshian and his wife, Lisa of Northborough; loving grandfather of John, Daniel and Nicholas Barooshian; dear brother of Prof. Vahan Barooshian of New York, Armen Barooshian of Newton, James G. and Berg V. Barooshian, ...

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Youth Basketball League Rolls Along: Michelle Lopez Leads Program for 270 Participants

February 7, 2013
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Youth Basketball League Rolls Along: Michelle Lopez Leads Program for 270 Participants

The Chelsea Youth Basketball League has a proud history in this city. Before Nestor Lopez, Richie Harris, Joe Smith, Chris Jones, Tommy Mims, Teddy Lim, Leo Chafin, and three-point king John Saunders led Chelsea High School to its last Greater Boston League championship in 1987, they all performed in the CYBL. Before Roy Valentin...

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Latino Business Owners Attend Casino Forum

February 7, 2013
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Latino Business Owners Attend Casino Forum

Saritin Rizzuto, chairwoman of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce Latino Business Division, said the group was pleased with the presentation delivered by Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Enrique Zuniga at a meeting Monday at the Wyndham Chelsea Hotel. Close to 70 people attended the forum that was organized by the planning committee of the Latino Business...

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Harvey Walk Retires

February 7, 2013
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Harvey Walk Retires

Harvey Walk (center) retired on Jan. 31, 2013 after 41 years as an employee in the United States Postal Service, working for 25 years at the post office on Broadway in Chelsea. Known for his outstanding work ethic and warm personality, Walk was respected and admired by colleagues and customers. Patty Griffin (right) joined...

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MWRA Comes Too Close for Comfort in Box District Most Are Hopeful an Agreeable Resolution Will Be Reached

February 7, 2013
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When the high fences started creeping closer and the noise started roaring a little louder, residents and developers in the Box District knew something was amiss in the comfortable neighborhood they recently chiseled from a field of old, abandoned industrial buildings. Once the trees on the other side of those fences were leveled and...

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Rain Garden Proposed for Mill Creek; Acts as a Natural Filter

February 7, 2013
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The City will begin constructing its first Rain Garden this spring on Clinton Street in order to help filter out water and trash from the Mill Creek waterway. The project comes from a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is administered by the Charles River Watershed Council, according to City Manager...

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ED Markey’s Senate Candidacy: Our Long-time Congressman Has Received Many Endorsements

February 7, 2013
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Although it is the long-standing policy of this newspaper not to endorse candidates for public office, we nonetheless feel compelled to make note of the candidacy of the outstanding, long-time Congressman, Edward J. Markey, for the U.S. Senate seat which has been vacated by John F. Kerry, who is the new Secretary of State...

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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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