Cunningham Will Run as Republican in 2nd District

January 22, 2014
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Cunningham Will Run as Republican in 2nd District

Chelsea City Council Vice President Clifford Cunningham announced this week that he will be throwing his hat in the race for Gene O’Flaherty’s former 2nd Suffolk District seat – but as a Republican. While the Democratic side of the ballot is quite competitive at the moment, so far no other Republicans have surfaced. The...

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The Engine That Could: Chelsea Fire’s Engine 2, One of the Busiest in the Country

January 22, 2014
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The Engine That Could: Chelsea Fire’s Engine 2, One of the Busiest in the Country

Those working on the Chelsea Fire Department’s Engine 2 shouldn’t invest in chairs. The engine gets so many calls and goes on so many runs, that if firefighters manning the apparatus did have chairs, they’d never be used. “I know we do more runs on this engine in one year than a lot of...

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Dan Ryan Announces Candidacy for State Representative

January 22, 2014
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Dan Ryan Announces Candidacy for State Representative

Charlestown community activist Dan Ryan this past weekend announced his candidacy for state representative in the Second Suffolk District, a seat held by Gene O’Flaherty for many years. Ryan said, “It’s an honor to be in a position to run for State Representative, a role that will allow me to build upon my record...

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More Tie-ups Expected on Washington Avenue

January 22, 2014
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Though everyone knows it needs to be done, local officials and public safety planners are bemoaning the disruptions that are likely to occur when the state begins a year-long bridge replacement project on Washington Avenue – effectively cutting the City in two. City Manager Jay Ash said the state Department of Transportation (DOT) has...

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One North of Boston Now Leasing

January 22, 2014
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The long-awaited opening of One North of Boston is now leasing apartments and is on schedule to open this spring. One North of Boston, a joint venture between Gate Residential Properties and TransDel Corp., announced this week that the $50 million residential development project in Chelsea, is ready to lease apartments. “We are excited...

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He Had a Dream: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King

January 22, 2014
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Despite the countless number of times that we have heard Dr. Martin Luther King’s speeches on TV news shows and specials over the past 50 years (okay, we’re revealing how old we are), we never fail to feel a chill run through us when we listen to his words in that distinctive voice and...

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Fourth Quarter Surge Lifts Red Devils past Mystic Valley

January 22, 2014
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The Chelsea High basketball team outscored Mystic Valley 17-3 in the final period to pull away for a 50-39 triumph Tuesday evening at the CHS gym. The contest had been a frustrating one for the Red Devils through the first three periods. Chelsea had been unable to find its scoring touch and trailed at all...

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Obituaries 01-23-2014

January 22, 2014
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E. Scott Clark Paint Manufacturing Plant Project Manager and Supervisor E. Scott Clark, a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away suddenly at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett on January 17 after being stricken ill in his Chelsea home. He was 45 years old. Born and raised in Chelsea, the son of Edward and Dolores...

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Making A Difference: Bourdeau Loves Being a Big Brother

January 16, 2014
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Making A Difference: Bourdeau Loves Being a Big Brother

After visiting Mexico on a service trip in high school, Meson Bourdeau, now 29, a lifelong resident of Lynn, knew he wanted to make a difference in the community. “I had always been aware of Big Brothers Big Sisters” Bordeau explained, “Becoming a Big Brother seemed like the best way to give back directly...

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Chelsea Gets Major Grant from Boston Fed’s Working Cities Challenge

January 16, 2014
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Chelsea Gets Major Grant from Boston Fed’s Working Cities Challenge

After several applications, a few interviews, and even a personal visit to Bellingham Square by the Boston region’s Federal Reserve chief, Chelsea has been included in a dynamic pilot program that will deliver $225,000 in grant money over the next three years to help revitalize the heart of the city. Last August, Chelsea applied...

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Avellaneda Pulls Papers for State Rep, Ready for Quick Sprint to the Finish

January 16, 2014
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Avellaneda Pulls Papers for State Rep, Ready for Quick Sprint to the Finish

All potential Chelsea candidates seemingly have coalesced behind one man this week, with former City Councillor Roy Avellaneda pulling papers and mounting a run for state representative in Gene O’Flaherty’s former district. O’Flaherty has accepted a job as chief corporate counsel for the City of Boston and will step down from his post by...

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Hoop Star Sammy Mojica Will Play in Prep Classic

January 16, 2014
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Hoop Star Sammy Mojica Will Play in Prep Classic

Brimmer and May basketball star Sammy Mojica of Chelsea will be playing at Chelsea High School in the BABC Prep Classic Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Saul Nechtem Gymnasium. Mojica, who will be heading to Division 1 Drexel University in Philadelphia on a basketball scholarship, will lead his Brimmer and May team into...

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Chelsea’s Tallest Building Sells to New York Company

January 16, 2014
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Chelsea’s Tallest Building Sells to New York Company

A New York real estate company specializing in Section 8 housing has purchased the Broadway Glen apartments on upper Broadway for $9.5 million and plans to update the building. Sam Horowitz of Capital Realty Group in Spring Valley, NY – located just beyond the Tappan Zee Bridge in suburban New York City – said...

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Busy January Kicks off New Council Session

January 16, 2014
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The Chelsea City Council certainly isn’t easing into things during the new session, scheduling three major meetings this month on topics that include casino mitigation, crime fighting strategies and increased liquor licenses. Starting on Jan. 21, the Council will hold two Subcommittee on Conference hearings concerning the new 10-point crime plan, and also a...

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Walsh Needs to Be Reasonable about Casino Mitigation Package

January 16, 2014
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There are new twists and turns almost on a daily basis concerning the casino proposals at Mohegan Sun in Revere and Wynn Resorts in Everett. Two new developments we have been  following are: • Boston is still considered a surrounding community for both proposals, but Boston officials might be able to change that status...

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Police Briefs 01-16-2014

January 16, 2014
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January 6 Khoa Vo, 31, of 238 Parks Street, Dorchester, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, failing to stop for police and operation of motor vehicle with suspended license. Olson Cejour, 24, of 227 Chestnut Street, Chelsea, was arrested for possession of Class B drug and possession of Class D...

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Red Devils Conquer Two CAC Opponents

January 16, 2014
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The Chelsea High basketball team raised its record to .500 with a pair of consecutive victories over Commonwealth Athletic Conference rivals Whittier Tech and Northeast Regional this past week. The Red Devils now stand at 4-4 overall and 3-0 in the Large School Division of the CAC. Last Friday evening’s victory at Whittier saw...

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Obituaries 01-16-2014

January 16, 2014
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Angela Umanita American Biltrite Retiree Angela N. Umanita, a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away unexpectedly in her home on Wednesday, January 8. She was 79 years old. Born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved daughter of the late Antonio and Anna (Minutoli) Umanita, Angie attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. Shortly...

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Chelsea City Council/School Committee Swearing-in Ceremony

January 9, 2014
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Chelsea City Council/School Committee Swearing-in Ceremony

State dignitaries, town officials, and members of the community attended the Jan. 6 City Council/School Committee Swearing-In Ceremony at City Hall to celebrate the successes of the city. City Council President Matt Frank stood at the podium graciously, becoming accustomed to holding a gavel. “The City Council, as a body of politicians, will surely...

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New Council President Has Seen Best and Worst of Chelsea

January 9, 2014
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New Council President Has Seen Best and Worst of Chelsea

When new Council President Matt Frank was growing up in the Mill Hill area of Chelsea, it wasn’t during the often-discussed “glory days.” Broadway wasn’t a thriving business district, and the neighborhoods weren’t bustling, there wasn’t a half dozen cozy Kosher delis and there weren’t three movie houses or a dozen financially-sound banks. There...

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Woman Dies in Accident on Meridian St. Bridge

January 9, 2014
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Woman Dies in Accident on Meridian St. Bridge

East Boston residents are rallying around the woman killed New Year’s Eve day during a tragic accident on the Meridian Street Bridge. Aura Garcia was crushed to death when she tried to make her way across the bridge on foot from Eastie to Chelsea. The bridge operator, Louis Alfieri Jr., was in the process...

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A Sole Endeavor: Brisson Launches Reflexology Practice in Chelsea

January 9, 2014
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A Sole Endeavor: Brisson Launches Reflexology Practice in Chelsea

Shannon Brisson is standing tall as the only certified reflexologist in the city. Last June Brisson became the owner and practitioner of Sole Endeavor Reflexology, a private practice with focus on the feet located at a cozy space inside Admiral’s Hill Office Suites, 285 Commandant’s Way. Brisson defines Reflexology as “a gentle, relaxing bodywork...

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Lucrative Offer: Mohegan Agreement with Chelsea Looks to Deliver at Least $2.5 Million a Year

January 9, 2014
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A tentative surrounding community agreement (SCA) for Chelsea with Mohegan Sun casino would deliver at least $2.5 million annually to the City and reserve 5 percent of the permanent jobs for Chelsea residents, according to documents filed with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC). While Chelsea officials have not made the agreement public, and there...

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Six Candidates Emerge after Shocking News of O’Flaherty’s Decision to Leave

January 9, 2014
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After several weeks of strong rumors about popular State Rep. Gene O’Flaherty leaving office, the City was shocked when the rumors actually came to bear Monday afternoon when O’Flaherty’s office confirmed that he will vacate the seat. Though not confirmed, O’Flaherty will be taking the position of corporate counsel for new Boston Mayor Marty...

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