Chelsea Kiwanis Club Hosts Bikers Against Child Abuse

Chelsea Kiwanis Club Hosts Bikers Against Child Abuse

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The Kiwanis Club of Chelsea, led by president Tricia Williams, welcomed Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) to its weekly meeting at the Jordan Boys and Girl Club. BACA leaders spoke about their volunteer work in helping children nationwide and holding events to raise awareness about child abuse. Williams and her fellow Kiwanians are pictured with BACA members following the presentation at the meeting.

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Residence Inn to Get Makeover Starting in 2017

By Seth Daniel

The ownership of the Residence Inn on Maple Street announced that they would be completely rehabilitating the hotel this year after they finish construction this spring on the new Homewood Suites that is across the street.

“When this hotel is completed, we plan to completely do over the Residence Inn next door,” said Leo Xarras of Colwen Management.

The hotel opened in August 2012, and while most hotels schedule a makeover every 10 years, Xarras said they didn’t want to leave their property lingering.

“Our employees there are tremendous,” he said. “We don’t want anyone working there to feel like they have old furniture or that the property isn’t exactly how it should be.”

The Homewood Suites on Carter Street is scheduled to open some time in May, and is a break-the-mold type of hotel for the brand. It features a function facility and a new design for its rooms.

He said the Residence Inn is one of the top grossing hotels for that brand in its category.

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Parting Ways:Fire Union Pulls Endorsement of Vidot,Councillor Defends Her Record

By Seth Daniel

Councillor Damali Vidot and the Chelsea Firefighters Union have parted ways in dramatic fashion this week after the union made public its desire to pull their endorsement of Vidot, the Union’s only Council endorsement in the last election two years ago.

The Chelsea Fire Union, Local 937, issued a letter this week saying it had unanimously voted through its membership to pull the endorsement of Vidot – which came during the City Election in 2015 – due to comments she made at a Jan. 23 City Council meeting in regards to a proposal on residency requirements for new hires.

After learning of the pulled endorsement, Vidot fired back with her own letter, saying that she believes she’s upheld her end of the bargain and didn’t think it fair that the Union pulled the endorsement so quickly due to one vote on one issue.

“Nowhere on their candidate questionnaire or endorsement letter did it require an elected official to agree 100 percent with everything they requested or pushed in total absolutes,” read her letter. “I can say with full confidence I’ve upheld my end in fulfilling my role as an endorsee. If the Local chooses to make this statement, it makes me question any endorsement they might release in the future, for that matter.  An endorsement is valued when it helps forge relationships, and encourages dialogue in a membership.  Perhaps they should re-evaluate their criteria, questionnaire and expectations before endorsing again in the future. Though short-lived, I am grateful for having had the support of our local firefighter’s union.”

The Fire Union gave its reason for pulling the endorsement as Vidot’s recent vote in favor of, and comments supporting, a proposal by Councilor Giovanni Recupero that would require all new hires in the Police and Fire Departments to remain residents of the City for several years after being hired. Though Vidot and other voted in favor, it did not have enough support to pass. The motion lost on a roll call vote, 4-7.

“As a Local, our concern became evident during your opportunity to speak on the order prior to casting your vote,” read the Union letter. “During this time you raised significant unfounded concerns regarding Local 937’s members engagement and overall commitment to the community in which we serve. It is for this reason that the entire membership of Local 937 has unanimously decided to withdraw our endorsement of you in your current position as well as you potential candidacy in this position in the future. Local 937 holds its ability to endorse a candidate very seriously and with our endorsement we harbor an expectation that our integrity, honor and commitment not be questioned by those receiving our endorsement.”

The Union wasn’t specific in what Vidot said, but it most likely has to do with comments she made about the fact that if Chelsea is good enough to come to get paid, it should be good enough to call home. Likewise, she also made comments that she believes if someone lives in the City where they work, the would approach their job differently. She also made a note that those councillor that routinely vote against residency are those that represent safer neighborhoods in the city.

Vidot said she believes her comments were not taken in context.

“As a person who prides herself in her integrity, honor and commitment to the city and in the work of our brave men and women in uniform – I would never question those same values in others and am confident that my words were taken out of context,” she wrote.

She also outlined her achievements involving the Fire Department over the last year, including advocating for increased staffing due to increased population.

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Fire Department Overtime Looking to Soar This Year

By Seth Daniel

For many City Councillors, talking about Fire Department overtime every spring is like watching a movie for the 100th time.

It’s always the same story, and the outcome just never does change.

Chief Len Albanese said during a meeting last month with the City Council that estimates to keep Fire Department overtime spending down within 20 percent of the budget is not likely going to happen this year – mostly due to contractual obligations that allow for eight scheduled jakes to be out on vacation or sick time each shift.

Albanese said that spending is likely going to come in at 25 percent or higher – hearkening back to serious disagreements only a few years ago between the Department and the Council when overtime costs were double what was budgeted.

The Council agreed to give Albanese 20 percent in overtime in the last budget cycle at his request, despite a recommendation by the Matrix Report a few years ago that spending should be capped at 10 percent. Albanese said he didn’t feel the 10 percent recommendation was reasonable.

“We could meet the budget still if everything goes right,” said the Chief. “We would need to be at $19,000 per week in overtime. Right now, we’re at $26,000 per week, which comes in at about $1.3 million for the year…The only way things are going to change and to have more firefighters on the street is to have less on vacations and more people coming to work. It’s that simple…We spend what we have to. This is higher than I anticipated. I’d like to come back and say we spent only what we said we would. Time will tell.

One of the keys to the situation is the fact that Chelsea averages around 17 to 18 firefighters per shift, where nearby cities average close to 19 per shift. Chelsea is budgeted for 20 to 21 firefighters per shift if everyone shows up to work, but due to a stipulation in the Fire Contract, up to eight people can be gone on vacation and sick time – which opens up the need for administration to hire on overtime that is far more expensive than pay for a regular shift.

Albanese said the comp time in the contract is high, and he hopes to negotiate that down when the contract comes due in June.

“The comp time is high,” he said. “It was agreed to by the previous administration. That number needs to come down. You can’t allow eight people to go home on any given day and expect to maintain the right numbers on the apparatus…On June 30 the contract is up. We hope to talk about that and other things too.”

One of the keys, however, is Albanese’s and City Manager Tom Ambrosino’s plan to increase significantly the staffing on the Fire Department, something the Union has called for over a period of several years. The hope is that with more staffing and the lowering of the comp time – having more people showing up to regular shifts – that the overtime costs could be brought down.

Albanese cautioned that it wouldn’t mean overtime goes away, as paying some in overtime is actually financially beneficial over hiring too many firefighters and having to pay benefits.

“It’s a delicate balance that you have to figure out,” he said.

The plan is to bring the contingent up to 96 firefighters with City funding from the current level of 94 no matter what happens.

However, utilizing a federal SAFER grant, the City hopes to use 25 percent City money and 75 percent federal money to hire eight additional firefighters – bringing the contingent up to 102.

The SAFER grant lasts for three years, and the federal government picks up 75 percent of the tab for two years, and 35 percent for the third year. After that, the City is fully responsible to pay for the hires.

Albanese said he was very optimistic the City would prevail in getting the grant.

That said, there is now some worry that the City’s Sanctuary City status may impede the awarding of that grant through the new Trump Administration’s call to potentially strip Sanctuary Cities of federal grant funding.

No one is quite sure how that will turn out at the moment.

Councillor Dan Cortell said he is disappointed by the numbers, but is willing to take more time to get things in line.

“This chief deserves a year to put his fingerprint on the situation,” he said. “Obviously, this is a little bit frustrating to see these numbers. With that said, I promised a year and i’ll give them that year.”

Council President Leo Robinson said he came to the chief with four areas of concern at budget time last year, and he hopes those things can still be addressed.

“My goal is and has been to see this overtime spending go down, no up,” he said.

Councillor Damali Vidot said she looks forward to having new people at the table to try to solve the problem.

“I’m happy to have a new Fire Chief an a new City Manager and a new union representative working with the City Councillors,” she said.

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Roca CEO Speaks in Washington, D.C. about Organization

Molly Baldwin, founder and CEO of Chelsea-based Roca Inc. delivered a powerful talk Thursday, Feb. 9, at TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue, sharing the story of Roca and how relentless outreach and data can help change the cycle of recidivism in our country.

Baldwin was one of 14 speakers invited to the Newseum in Washington D.C. to share their visions for what they and we can and should do together “Within 10 Years” to address our country’s and our world’s greatest challenges.

Just shy of 30 years, Baldwin founded Roca with the hope to break the cycle of violence and incarceration in Massachusetts. Her vision was to go out into the community and get to know the young people affected by gang violence and try to change their lives.

“We knew hundreds of gang members. They would come to Roca and hang out, take classes, feel good about themselves, and then go home and deal drugs and shoot people. This is not what we wanted,” she said.

So they put the brakes on Roca—temporarily. Baldwin and her team went back and looked closely at everything they had tried, and revised their strategy. They decided to target the young men with the highest risk—the ones most difficult to work with, and who are not willing or able to make a change in their lives.

Then Roca’s youth workers start knocking on doors. Over and over.

“What we do is called ‘relentless outreach,’ but really it’s stalking. We just can’t say that because it’s illegal,” Baldwin joked. “Only after knocking on doors 1 million times does something change.”

Roca offers its participants a space to learn and grow, and to understand the opportunities that they have if they step away from violence. Roca builds relationships with each and every man and woman that comes through their door, and helps them build a better future.

Sometimes, these men and women fall back, they relapse into their old habits, but Roca doesn’t give up. They keep reaching out, and get the men and women back on track.

“We’re also data nuts,” said Baldwin. “We track them and ourselves, figure out what we do. Our data suggest that we’re on to something. But our data is not just data—our numbers are real people.”

Baldwin said it was an honor to join the impressive list of speakers at the TedXPennsylvaniaAvenue event.

“Thirty years into our work and at this time in our country, Roca’s story of relentlessness – for itself and for the young people we are so lucky to serve – is an important one for people to hear,” said Baldwin.

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Police Briefs 02-16-2017

Monday, 2/6

Rommel Christopher, 40, 77 Wayland St., Dorchester, was arrested for shoplifting, assault and battery, malicious destruction of property over $250 (2 counts).

Matthew Anderson, 26, 106 Bradstreet Ave., Revere, was arrested on a warrant.

Tuesday, 2/7

Brandon Stephens, 27, 11 Oakwood St., Dorchester, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor (2nd offense), leaving scene of property damage, speeding.

Kristina Elliott, 28, 90 Princeton St., East Boston, was arrested for disorderly conduct, shoplifting, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Thursday, 2/9

Jesus Palacios Leiva, 23, Homeless, Chelsea, was arrested for shoplifting and assault.

Friday, 2/10

Thomas Mahoney, 52, 42 Walnut St., Lynn, was arrested for shoplifting.

Jay Glover, 45, 37 White St., East Boston, was arrested on warrant and larceny under $250 by single scheme (2 counts).

Sunday, 2/12

Tyler Barton, 22, 52 White St., East Boston, was arrested for destruction of property over $250, malicious.

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Sports 02-16-2017

CHS Roundup

CHS track teams perform well at GBL Meet

The Chelsea High boys and girls indoor track teams turned in fine individual and team performances at the Greater Boston League Meet held this past Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center.

The Lady Red Devils capped a superb 2017 season with a strong third place finish in the team standings with 81 points, trailing only Somerville (85 points) and Malden (128 points) and well ahead of Everett (29 points), Greater Lawrence (25 points), and Medford (20 points).

“Finishing this close to second place is an amazing accomplishment for this group of girls,” said CHS head coach Mark Martineau.

Sophomore Amanda Dias continued her winning streak by taking first place in the two mile event in a time of 12:52.69.  Junior Martin Simon took first place in the long jump (16′) and second place in the dash with a personal record (PR) time of 7.56.

Finishing fifth in the dash was freshman Isha Osman who ran a PR of 7.81.  Senior Owliyo Mohamud took second place in an exciting 300 meter race with a PR time of 43.91.  Senior Sylvia Agyewaa broke her own school record in the hurdles, finishing second in a time of 9.47.  Sylvia also took fourth in the long jump with a leap of 13′-10″.

Sophomore Jocelyn Poste finished second in the 1000 meter event with a PR and new school record time of 3:27.06.  Sophomore Yarid Deras finished third in the mile with a clocking of 6:45.40.

Senior Alex Martinez took sixth in the shot put with a toss of 26′-9″.  The 4 x 800 relay team of Deras, Poste, Dias, and freshman Karina Avalos took second place in a time of 11:51.50.

The 4 x 200 relay quartet of Simon, Agyewaa, Osman, and Mohamud provided an exclamation point to the CHS girls’ performance with a dominant victory — by more than eight seconds — over all rivals in a time of 1:50.36 that shattered the CHS school record.

A number of Lady Red Devils will be moving on to the MIAA State Division 2 championship meet:  Martin Simon (dash and long jump), Isha Osman (dash), Owliyo Mohamud (300M), Sylvia Agyewaa (hurdles), Jocelyn Poste (600M), Yarid Deras (mile), Amanda Dias (two-mile), and Alex Martinez and Masireh Ceesay in the shot put.  The 4 x 200 foursome of Simon, Osman, Agyewaa, and Mohamud also have qualified for the D-2 Meet.

The CHS boys finished off the season by placing fourth overall behind Malden, Somerville, and Everett, and ahead of Medford and Greater Lawrence.

Senior Nick Ieng placed fifth in the 50 dash with a sprint of 6.99 seconds, a new CHS school record.  Senior Adriel Cedano finished third in the 300, running a PR and setting a new CHS mark of 37.45.

 Senior Walid El Mellouki placed sixth in the 1000 in a time of 2:56.53.  Junior Jose Leclerc ran a PR of 4:53.12 for a fourth place finish in the mile.  The 4 x 400 relay team of Cedano, Isaac Colcord, Kevin Umanzor, and Leclerc finished second with time of 3:44.91.

Advancing to the MIAA Division 2 championship are Jose Leclerc in the mile, Adriel Cedano in the 300, and the 4 x 400 relayers.

Bruins Beat

by Bob Morello

Former Bruins coach to Montreal

The definition of the title of the novel “You Can’t Go Home Again,” written by Thomas Wolfe, is explained as – “Once you have left your country town or provincial backwater city for a sophisticated metropolis you cannot return to the narrow confines of your previous  way of life and, more generally, attempts to relive youthful memories will always fail.” In the case of former Bruins coach Claude Julien’s return to coaching Montreal, this statement is a misnomer… as he has returned once again to coach the Montreal Canadiens for a second time. His first term as head coach with Montreal was January 2003 to January 2006, where he posted a record of 72-62-10-15 in 159 regular season games.

Strangely, Julien replaces Michel Therrien for the second time, the first time he replaced Therrien was after 46 games into the 2002-03 season. This season Therrien made it through 58 games into the 2016-17 season, before being replaced, again by Julien. Having already coached 997 regular season games in his career, Julien will now hit the 1,000 games coached milestone, behind the Montreal bench.

The task of Julien’s job will be to get Montreal back on the winning track, as while the struggling Habs currently sit in first place in the Atlantic Division with a total of 70 points, maintaining a six-point lead over both the Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins, the Senators still have four games in hand. Also in the chase is the surprising Toronto Maple Leafs who currently trail the Canadiens by seven points, while holding three games in hand. Montreal’s last ten games show a poor 3-6-1 record, with goaltender Carey Price seeing more rubber than the employees at Goodyear’s tire factory.

The 56-year-old Julien is the fifth NHL coach terminated this season, along with Gerald Gallant (Florida Panthers), Jack Capuano (New York Islanders), Ken Hitchcock (St. Louis Blues), and Therrien. Montreal’s downward spiral caught many by surprise following their hot streak (13-1-1) to begin the season, to their mediocre follow-up record of 18-18-7. Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin spoke highly of Julien’s hiring during his press conference, announcing the reason for his hiring at this time, with the hope that the change will bring, “New energy, a new voice, a new direction to the franchise. Claude Julien is an experienced and well respected coach with a good knowledge of the Montreal market, Claude has been very successful as an NHL coach and he won the Stanley Cup. Today we hired the best available coach, and one of the league’s best, I am convinced that he has the capabilities to get our team back on the winning track.”

This coaching move will certainly spark the Montreal-Boston rivalry for years to come, or at least as long as Julien is behind the Canadiens bench. Some of the interesting things that evolved from this coaching change is the fact that Montreal needed Boston’s permission to speak with Julien, as he was still under contract with the Bruins for one more year. It is surprising that Boston did not at least make it difficult for Montreal to sign Julien, by requesting some sort of compensation. While it is understandable that the Bruins appreciated the job that the Bs winningest coach had done in his 10-year tenure, but when it comes to a divisional rival having the upper hand on you by signing your coach with no compensation, appreciation goes right out the window.

During all of this ‘changing places’ scenario, the fact remains that both Montreal and Boston are in the midst of their NHL mandated bye week. Players will be completely off with no practice during this break. There will be practice permitted after 4 p.m. local time on the fifth day if there is a game on the sixth day; otherwise no practice will be allowed on the fifth day. For Montreal, who will host the Winnipeg Jets on the sixth day (2/18 at 2:00pm), Julien will have a very small window in which to work with his new team before they play their first game under their new coach’s tutelage.

            The Bruins’ next game will be Sunday, February 19 at 8:30 hosted by the San Jose Sharks, whom they recently beat 6-3 last week on Garden ice. San Jose is the first stop in Boston’s four games in eight days West Coast road trip which will include stops in Anaheim, Los Angeles, and Dallas.

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Obituaries 02-16-2017

Laurel Shaughnessy

Former Chelsea resident

Laurel B. Shaughnessy passed away on Saturday evening, February 11 at the Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, NH after a brief illness. She was in her 100th year.

Born in Chelsea in 1917, she was one of five children of the late Peter and Malgorzeta (Gaska) Balon. She attended St. Stanislaus Parochial school and graduated from Chelsea High School. She was married to William A. Shaughnessy and together shared over 50 years of marriage up to the time of Bill’s passing in 1992. A devoted housewife and mother of three, Laurel also worked outside of her home as an Office Clerk for Leonard Silver. A former resident of Chelsea, she and her husband resided for a time in Marblehead and West Peabody and spent their winters in Naples, Florida. Later she settled in Salem and recently in Charlestown, New Hampshire.

In addition to her parents and husband, Laurel was also preceded in death by several siblings; the late Blanche Socha, Stanley and Chester Balon. She was the cherished mother to William A. Shaughnessy and his wife, Sally of Maine, Patricia Shaughnessy of Charlestown, NH and Edward Shaughnessy and his wife, Jill of Melrose; devoted grandmother to Patrick and Gisela Shaughnessy, Ryan and Christopher Young, Reza and Claire Marukelli, Josh, Shelly and Cecilia Marukelli, Rebeccah Shaughnessy, and by extension to Victoria and Todd Prouty; and loving great grandmother to Perry and Meghan Shaughnessy, Shauna and Sofia Marukelli and by extension to Jacob and Charlie Prouty. She is survived by her only surviving sibling, her brother, Alfred Balon of Lexington, MA.

Her Funeral will be held from Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, today, Thursday, February 16, at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Stanislaus Church, or to the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus, 39 East 83rdStreet, New York, NY 10028.

Malcom Bruce, Sr.

1979 Chelsea Person of the Year

Malcolm “Mal’ R. Bruce, Sr. passed away after a long illness on Sunday, February 12 at the Alliance Health Care Facility in Braintree. He was 88 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, a son of the late Robert and Ruth Bruce, he attended local schools and graduated from Boston Trade High School.  After a graduation, he started working at Forbes Llithograph in Chelsea.  Three years later he enlisted in the US Army and served during the Korean Conflict.  He was honorably discharged in 1952 at the rank of PFC, returned home to Chelsea and resumed his employment at Forbes Lithograph.

He married the former Mary T. Crowley and they made their home in Chelsea raising their family of two sons and four daughters residing most of his life on Webster Avenue in the same neighborhood of his own earlier childhood.  Mal was hired as a teller at the former Broadway National Bank and rose to the position of head teller.  To further support his family, Mal held second jobs tending bar at Ed’s Grill on Broadway and lastly at the Avon Café on Eastern Avenue.

Mal was very much involved in Chelsea Little League volunteering as league treasurer and coaching in the minor league segment.  He was also a member, past president and treasurer of the Merritt’s S and A Club.  He was honored in 1979 as Chelsea Person of the year.  His hobbies include horseshoe pitching, bowling, swimming, playing bocce and entertaining friends with his musical spoons.  After retiring, he and his wife settled in Braintree several years ago.  He also initiated a senior’s bocce league at the Braintree senior center.

 He is survived by his devoted and beloved wife, Mary T. (Crowley) Bruce at home in Braintree. He was the dearly devoted father of Terri Perrotta and her husband, Tom of Tewksbury, Sandra Moore and her husband, Richard of Lynn, Linda MacLellan and her husband, Martin of Braintree, Malcom Bruce with Susan Antosca of Chelsea, Alyce Russo and her husband, Vincent of Revere and Tom Bruce and his wife, Anna of Middleton; dear brother and brother-in-law of Martha Greene of Londonderry, Fred Bruce of Quincy, Tom Crowley and his wife, Sue of Florida, Alice Ferris and her husband, Tom of Lawrence, Eddie Gill of Weymouth and the late Robert Bruce, Caroline Gill and Ethel Sullivan.  He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, February 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. His Funeral will be held from the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday, February 17 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Funeral Home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc.

Rose LoPilato

February 03, 1922 – February 09, 2017

Rose LoPilato passed away suddenly at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Thursday evening, February 9.   She was 95 years old.

Born and raised in Boston’s North End, she was a lifelong resident of that historic Boston neighborhood.  One of three children born to the late John and Catherine Tenore, she attended Boston public schools and received her high school diploma from Boston. She married Pasquale “Pat” Lopilato and resided in the same North End apartment for many years.  She was widowed in 1989.  Rose worked as an office clerk with Tabor Custom Stamp Co. in Boston.

In addition ot her parents and husband, Rose was preceded in death by her brother and sister; Mary Fischer and Rocco “Tommy” Tenore and her nephew, Robert Fischer.  She is survived by her beloved nieces and their husbands; Flavia Siuda and her husband, Thomas of Methuen, Gail Iebba and her husband, Armand of Reading, Janet Gottlieb and her husband, John of New York and one sister-in-law, Grace Tenore of Saugus.  She was the adored great aunt of Jennifer Scott, Thomas Siuda, Sarah and Joshua Gottlieb, Francesca and Nicholas Iebba and is also survived by several great-great grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Following a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Grace Church, Chelsea, interment  was at St, Michael Cemetery. Roslindale.

Agnes Drigotas

Retired home health aide of Lynn, formerly of Chelsea

Agnes M. Drigotas of Lynn, a former longtime resident of Chelsea, died at home on February 5 surrounded by her loving family who were giving her supportive care as her illness progressed. She was 78 years old.

Prior to her retirement, she worked as a health aide for 11 years at Inter City Homemakers and then another 11 years at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

She was the devoted wife of the late Joseph S. Drigotas, beloved mother of Joseph Drigotas and his wife, Rochelle of Lynn and Christopher Drigotas of Roslindale and the sister of Joseph Doherty of Saugus.

 Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Celebration of her Life on Saturday, February 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. with prayers being offered at 2:30 p.m. Committal Services are private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com

Anthony ‘Icky’ DiMonte

Retired barber

Anthony “Icky” DiMonte of Chelsea, formerly of Revere, died unexpectedly on February 8 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 73 years old.

“Icky” lived in Revere for most of his life before moving to Chelsea more than 15 years ago. He spent most of his working career as a barber for several local shops.

The beloved son of the late Angelo and Rosaria (Riccio) DiMonde, he was the devoted father to Melissa Delmonte of South Boston; the cherished brother of: Jean Barrett of Norward, Pasquale Dimonte of Seabrook, NH, Anna Rotondo of Saugus, Gloria M. Ferullo, Lena Spagnola, and Rose Festa, all of Revere and the late Angelo and George DiMonte, Marie M. DiMonte, Margaret DiMonte and Antonetta Lea. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 50 Walnut Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481. For additional information, visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com.

Francis ‘Frank’ Konieczny

Retired Chelsea Police Officer; member of the Star of Bethlehem, A.F. & A.M. and the Medford American Legion Post

Francis ‘Frank’ Konieczny passed away Wednesday evening, February 8 at Tufts Medical Center in Boston surrounded by his loving family.  He was 65 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the son of the late Edward and Anna (Niedzwicki) Konieczny,  Frank attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1969.  He attended classes at the North Shore Community College for two years.

On September 11, 1972, Frank enlisted in the US Air Force and served during the Vietnam era.  He was honorably discharged from the service on February 11, 1974 but remained in the Air Force reserves for an additional four years.  Frank served and protected the city he grew up in as a police officer for the Chelsea Police Department.  He dedicated 29 years of service before retiring in 2012.  He was a member of the Star of Bethlehem, A.F. & A.M. and the American Legion Medford Post.  Frank has been residing in Stoneham for 10 years but was a previous resident of Melrose and an active member of the Cliftondale Congregational Church in Saugus.

The beloved husband of Pamela (Fallstich) Konieczny with whom he shared 41 years of marriage, he was the devoted father of Jacob E. Konieczny and his wife, Kristina of Stoneham and Aimee A. Konieczny of Somerville; dear brother of Edward L. Konieczny and his wife, Judy of California and is also lovingly survived by one grandson, George Konieczny and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted at the Cliftondale Congregational Church, 50 Essex St., Saugus on Monday, February 13. Interment followed the service at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. Arrangements were by the Carafa Family Funeral Home, Chelsea.

William ‘Buck’ Mugford

World War II veteran of battles at Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima; outstanding Captain of the State Champion Chelsea High School Football Team of 1939

 William C., “Buck” Mugford of Chelsea passed away peacefully on February 4. He was 96 years old.

The devoted husband of the late Phyllis (Gillette), he was an extremely proud U.S. Marine who fiercely defended our country during the World War II  Pacific Campaign in battles at Saipan, Tinian and the most treacherous, Iwo Jima.

Buck, as he was known to most of his friends, was born in Chelsea in 1921. He was a devoted son to his father, Ben, and his mother, Florence, and a steadfast brother to his other five. Attending Chelsea High School, he was an outstanding athlete, lettering in several sports, but showing his tremendous talent on the football field, where he helped lead his senior year team as a bruising fullback and excellent punter to the state championship in 1939. He would never lose his attachment to those many classmates from that same year.

Following the outbreak of the Second World War, Buck felt it necessary to enlist in the US Marine Corps to help do his part to defend our nation. At this same time, he married the love of his life, Phyllis Gillette. Intelligently moving up through the ranks, he became a highly respected drill instructor, teaching young men the techniques that would perhaps allow them to survive the terrible battles to come. He was not one to stay at home while so many other brave men went to serve overseas. So he volunteered to fight in some of the most devastating battles of the war.

Miraculously, he returned to Phyllis in Chelsea and started a family in 1946. Although a somewhat private man, he would later attribute his war time service as being life altering. Soon after, he found his niche in ironwork and devoted his tireless energy to it for 40 years. During this time, he was an excellent teacher, helping young apprentices to finally hone their ironworking craft. His great love was bridge building and throughout his superintendent tenure, he worked on constructing and repairing many bridges around Massachusetts and out of state. The more challenging the project, the more he enjoyed it.

He also dutifully met the challenges of those less fortunate than he, using his talents as an all around Mr. Fixit to repair broken appliances and give them to needy families in the neighborhood.

After retiring, he and Phyllis devoted time and energy to various political causes and especially to keeping bonded the 39ers organization that brought together his high school senior class members for many years. Another highlight of his retirement was working at Chelsea’s Sokolowski school as a mentor to young children and as a Mr. Fixit, earning him the moniker “Mr. Buck,” out of respect for his care and compassion for the hundreds of children he motivated to achieve success.

His later years were richly filled with the camaraderie he found with many friends who would get together and solve the world’s problems. These friends stayed true to him until the end. At this same time, he would also visit Arizona and spend time with his son Robert and his wife, Sandy, often venturing to Sedona, one of his most favorite places. This wonderful father, husband, and friend will be truly missed.

A celebration of his life was held in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Februry 10 with the Rev. Thomas Coots, who presided over his wife Phyllis’ funeral in 1992 officiating. Committal Services were private.  To send a message of condolence, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com

John McCarthy

Retired bartender

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Thursday, February 16 from 9 to 11 am. In the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for John T. McCarthy who passed on February 11 at his Admiral’s Hill residence in Chelsea following a well fought 10 year battle with metastatic carcinoma.

Born and raised in Revere, he attended Revere High School and was a member of the graduating class of 1950.

All of his life was spent as a senior bartender within the circle of high end supper clubs and lounges in downtown Boston, Gloucester and Florida. He formally retired in 2003.

John had a passion for the “good life,” particularly fine food and wines, dapper clothes and adventurous traveling. He owned a large and wonderful personality, enjoyed many long time friendships and relationships throughout his 84 years.

He was the beloved son of the late Thomas J. and Lillian M. (Burns) McCarthy); the adored brother to Marilyn M. Malone; devoted uncle of Judy H. Rizzo and her husband, David of Peabody, Kathleen Angelini and her husband, Gary and Shawn Cook and her husband, Michael, all of Revere. He is also lovingly survived by four grandnephews: Jason D. Rizzo of Peabody, Nicholas D. Rizzo and his wife, Sarah of Wilmington, Michael Cook and his girlfriend, Colleen of Lynn and Matthew Cook of Revere.

His funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home immediately following the visitation today at 11:15 a.m. All services will conclude with entombment at Holy Cross Community Mausoleum, Nahant. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. Fr additional information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com.

George LaMonica

Member of the American Legion, Franco American Posts, the DAV and Valladolid Council 70, Knights of Columbus

George J. LaMonica of Peabody died Saturday, February 11 in a local nursing home after a long illness. He was 84 years old.

The husband of the late Gertrude M. (Clark) LaMonica, he was born and raised in Chelsea, the son of the late Joseph and Rose LaMonica. He moved to Lynn in 1960.

A 1952 graduate of Everett Vocational and Trade School, Mr. LaMonica was a US Air Force Veteran of the Korean War. He served with the 3538th Field Maintenance Squadron in the Mather Air Base, California.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 6, the AmVets, the Franco- American posts and the DAV. He was a member of the Valladolid Council 70, Knights of Columbus in Lynn since 1963 and played softball with the K of C when younger. He enjoyed square dancing and making model planes. He was employed as a Union Sheet Metal Worker, Sheet Metal Worker’s Local 17, retiring in 1990. After his retirement, he worked as a courier for North Shore Cardiovascular Associates on Highland Avenue in Salem.

Mr. LaMonica is survived by his sons: George LaMonica and his wife, Susan of Lynn, and Stephen LaMonica and his wife, Barbara of Beverly; his grandchildren Linda and Laura LaMonica, his brother,  Nicholas Rucci of Philadelphia, his aunt, Gloria LaMonica and his friend, Emma Rossi of Peabody. He also leaves several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Constance Koczrowski and Joseph and Anthony Rucci.

Funeral arrangements were by the Solimine Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. The family prefers donations be made to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108. For guestbook, visit:  www.solimine.com

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Patriots Victory Parade

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The streets of Boston were filled with confetti and Patriots fans on Tuesday morning, including many fans from Everett, for the New England Patriots Victory Parade following their dramatic 34-28 Super Bowl win on Sunday. Here, Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady gives the No. 1 sign as backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hoists the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy (at left).

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