Appreciation:Chubby Tiro Was A True Chelsea Legend

Appreciation:Chubby Tiro Was A True Chelsea Legend

By Cary Shuman

Anthony 'Chubby' Tiro

Anthony ‘Chubby’ Tiro

Some knew him for his athletic excellence, a brilliant multi-sport career that took him from Essex Street and Shurtleff School to Chelsea High School, where he was an All-Scholastic, to a Division 1 college football scholarship at Kansas State University.

Others knew him as their Chelsea High School football coach. At Malden High School he was also a beloved teacher and coach. He was so admired and revered in both communities that he earned the rare distinction of being inducted in to the Chelsea High and Golden Tornado Halls of Hame.

He helped hundreds of students on to college, making sure the path in life they were continuing on was the right one. He did noble deeds such as these quietly and without fanfare. Personal recognition was never his goal, it was simply doing things large and small to help others succeed in life.

Anthony “Chubby” Tiro, who served as chairman of the Chelsea School Committee and chairman of the Shore Collaborative, died last Wednesday after a brief illness. The man with the strong and tough exterior – some felt he was indestructible – and the big heart inside is gone at the age of 80 and the tributes have been pouring in from those who had the honor and pleasure of knowing Anthony “Chubby” Tiro.

Frank DePatto was a sophomore at Chelsea High School when Chubby Tiro was the most popular student in the school. Chubby was captain of the football team, a state champion in track, class president, and a member of the National Honor Society.

“I was in the Class of 1957 and he was the captain of the football team,” recalled DePatto. “I always looked up to Chubby. He was one of my mentors.”

DePatto recalled that when he ran for class president, he asked Chubby if he could use his speech for class president. Chubby kindly obliged and DePatto was forever grateful.

“Any time I had any issue whether it was personal or athletic, I could always count on Chubby being fair and giving me the best advice. He was always an advocate for all students whether they be athletes or not.”

DePatto recalled that it was Chubby Tiro who joined with his longtime friend, Arnold Goodman, to launch the Chelsea Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame.  Years earlier Chubby had founded the Chelsea Pop Warner organization that launched the careers of so many football players and cheerleaders.

Mark Bavaro, a former All-American football player at Notre Dame and All-Pro tight end for the New York Giants, offered the highest praise for Chubby Tiro and the immense impact he had on his life from childhood to adulthood. Mark’s father, Anthony “Wally” Bavaro, and Chubby Tiro’s were colleagues and friends.

“He was very influential in my upbringing,” said Mark. “I was hanging around the Tiro house since I can remember. We were there all the time, especially on the weekends. I remember Saturday mornings and the Tiros getting bags and bags of bagels and cream cheese and it seemed like everybody in Chelsea was over their house. I would play games with his sons Robbie and Tony and Robin as well. My father loved Chubby and Anna was just great. They were like my second family.”

Bavaro fondly remembers Chubby and his Chelsea friends like Arnold Goodman, Joe Bevere, Abe Garnick, John Barooshian making the trip to New York Giants games to watch him play in the NFL. Chubby also attended the two Giants’ Super Bowl victories when Mark starred for the Giants.

“They were always great supporters. I loved having them there. They were unbelievably entertaining and they were a lot of fun. They couldn’t have been more supportive of me, always saying good things no matter how I played or whatever happened in the game. It was always nice to hear how well you played even when you sometimes had horrible games. It was nice to see familiar faces down in New York.”

Mark said Chubby and Anna Tiro and their family were very supportive when he lost his father, Wally, in 2002.

Mark said his wife taught one of the Tiro grandchildren, Robbie Tiro Jr., at St. John’s Prep. Robbie graduated from Holy Cross and is a member of the Wakefield School Committee.

“Robbie was one of her favorite students,” recalled Mark. “Our families are intertwined. Chubby Tiro was a huge influence in my life because he was a huge man and a huge presence. I loved him dearly and my heart goes out to the family.”

The name “Tiro” was special in Chelsea and the three Tiro children learned the pride and honor associated with it at an early age.

“At a young age I kind of knew my father had something good about him and maybe even great,” said Tony V. Tiro, the youngest of the three Tiro children.

 Kids wanted to hang around with Robbie Tiro and wanted him on their team at Camp Robie because they knew Robbie was a great athlete and had the Tiro competitive fire. Robbie’s Pop Warner team almost won a state title. He became the quarterback and captain at Malden Catholic High School.

Robin Tiro became captain of the Chelsea High School cheerleading squad. She was pretty and popular and personable and a credit to the family name. And the Tiro family’s decades of athletic accomplishment is being carried on by Stephen and Robin Tiro Kinnon’s son, Nick Kinnon, a superb wide receiver for the Lynnfield High school football team and a college football prospect.

Tony. Tiro was a superstar in the Pop Warner organization that his father founded. He continued that football and track brilliance at Malden High School, exhibiting the speed and strength and leadership that his father had demonstrated during his majestic sports career.

“I ran track and played football at Malden High, Tony said humbly.

The children of Tony V. and Lisa Tiro, T.J. Tiro, Gianna Tiro, and Bria Tiro, also excelled in academics and sports. T.J., who played three sports and “could jump through the roof,” according to Savio basketball coach Frank Shea, is an acting lieutenant in the Chelsea Fire Department. Gianna was a cheerleader at Bishop Fenwick High School. Bria, a star at St. Mary’s High School, earned a scholarship to Lemoyne College and completed her basketball career at Emanuel College.

Tony Tiro said the true love in his father’s life was his wife, Anna.

“My father did everything for her and he loved her with all his heart,” said Tony. “They started dating in  the sixth grade. They were married for 58 years.”

For a man who coached teams and secretly bought sneakers for athletes in acts of kindness and generosity, the greatest team of all was Chubby and Anna Tiro.

“My father was a tough, strong guy but his biggest attribute was his kindness,” said Tony. “My father made a lasting impression on a lot of people.”

Tony Tiro is grateful to all the people who have extended their condolences to the family. Friends can make a donation in memory of Anthony “Chubby” Tiro’s to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Sean O’Regan, the current president of the Chelsea Little League and member of the Chelsea School Committee, said he often heard stories about the greatness of Chubby Tiro and how he would “go the extra mile” for a kid. O’Regan said he wants to carry on Chubby’s contribution to this city’s youth in his position. He will ask a member of the Tiro family to throw out the first ball on Opening Day this spring, a tremendous gesture for a man who Chelsea will never forget.

“Chubby Tiro was a true legend, a real class act who fought for the children of the city of Chelsea. He will sadly be missed. My condolences to the Tiro family.”

Said Council President Leo Robinson, who will call upon his colleagues for a special tribute to Chubby Tiro, “He was my junior high football coach and I have so many great memories of Chubby. His service on the Chelsea School Committee was excellent.  He fought for the children of Chelsea and was a remarkable man. He affected so many lives in a positive way. Chelsea has lone of its all-time greats.”

The “Tiro” name was special and his three children, Robbie, Robin, and A

Others knew him for his coaching and his teaching.

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But Anthony “Chubby” Tiro, who touched so many people in a positive way

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Heat is On as FBI Building TIF Vote comes on Monday

By Seth Daniel

Several city councillors have been surveying residents over the past week in anticipation of one of the biggest votes many have faced in quite some time – a decision on whether or not to grant a 20-year Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement to ACS Development, builders of the new FBI building.

The vote is expected to be taken on Monday night, Jan. 23.

Some residents have voiced opposition to the agreement, while business leaders and City Manager Tom Ambrosino have pleaded their case for what they say is a critical promise made to the developer long ago.

The agreement calls for a TIF for 20 years on the new FBI building that would allow them a 50 percent reduction on the value of the building for tax purposes over 15 years and a 40 percent reduction over five years. It is a break from the norm as most TIFs have been 10 years or less. The reduction in taxes only comes on new value added, and the taxes on the property before the development were $55,000. Even with the TIF, the taxes paid per year would be more than $800,000, the City has pointed out.

The taxes with the TIF would start out at $870,000, and without the TIF they would start at $1.739 million.

At a meeting on Monday, Jan. 9, ACS Development detailed their need to a Council Committee on Conference. The said the project is not sustainable without the TIF, and was contemplated and expected as the FBI development went forward for nearly 10 years.

Meanwhile, a few residents were allowed to speak in opposition of the TIF.

Fran Roznowski said she was against the TIF because it set a precedent of 20 years. She said she isn’t against all TIFs and referenced a rejected TIF for a proposed Anheuser-Busch beer bottling facility many years ago.

“I agreed with that TIF because I thought it would bring jobs to the city,” she said.

John Harris, a property owner in the city, said his taxes have gone up substantially.

“My taxes on one property went up 40 percent,” he said. “I didn’t get a TIF. I wouldn’t give them this.”

That was balanced by business leaders like Chamber of Commerce President Sergio Jaramillo and Economic Development Board member Rick Pantano.

“These are good people,” said Pantano.

Several councillors have already voiced their support for the TIF, and a preliminary count of those pledging support looks to total at least five of the six necessary votes to approve.

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For Teachers,Giving to Students is Part of the Job

For Teachers,Giving to Students is Part of the Job

By Seth Daniel

Berkowitz School teacher Emily Malik was highlighted in a letter to the Chelsea Schools from a woman who observed her buying loads of teddy bears for her students just before Christmas. The letter writer said such deeds bring back a belief in humanity for those who witness it. Malik said it’s something that many Chelsea teachers do all the time.

Berkowitz School teacher Emily Malik was highlighted in a letter to the Chelsea Schools from a woman who observed her buying loads of teddy bears for her students just before Christmas. The letter writer said such deeds bring back a belief in humanity for those who witness it. Malik said it’s something that many Chelsea teachers do all the time.

There is no line item in the Chelsea School Budget for teddy bears, but just the same Berkowitz School teacher Emily Malik stood in line at a local store on the North Shore with two cart-loads of teddy bears just before Christmas.

Other shoppers in line, feeling the burn of the Christmas season drain, noticed Malik and began to wonder what she was doing.

After a few questions, several of the shoppers in line with her learned she was using her own money to buy the toys for her students in two classes of third grade special education at the Berkowitz.

“I had a lot of teddy bears,” said Malik last week, recalling the incident. “I had to fill two carts so it was drawing attention. There was one of the women who was asking me a lot of questions about it and what they were for. I told her I was a teacher.”

That woman turned out to be Brenda Furlong, who was so taken by the act of generosity for her students, that she wrote a letter to Supt. Mary Bourque highlighting what she had observed.

“Amid the crowds of frenzied and harried shoppers, one young woman certainly filled the hearts of many with her generosity and kindness,” read the letter. “She embodies and exemplifies the spirit of the season…Her shopping cart was absolutely overflowing with stuffed animals and books, puzzling many of us standing nearby to her in the check-out line. When some of us couldn’t contain our curiosity, she explained with a radiant smile that she is a teacher at a Chelsea School and was buying gifts for her two classes of special needs children. The multitude of people in line drew quiet, and many of us were stifling tears as we reflected on her charitable example.”

Malik, who is known for her smiles around the Berkowitz, is in her second year of teaching at the school. She grew up on the North Shore, graduating from Manchester-Essex High, and went to UMass Amherst for her undergraduate degree, moving on the Boston University for her Master’s Degree. That’s where she got acquainted with the Chelsea Schools when she did her student teaching at the Sokolowski School.

Malik, 25, said she knew immediately who it was, but was still surprised.

“It was surprising that she wrote a letter, but I knew right away who had written it,” said Malik. “She seemed very affected by it. Still, I was very surprised to see the letter. To me, it just wasn’t a big deal. It was something I wanted to do and what teachers at this school and many Chelsea schools do all the time. It could have been about anyone. I just happened to be the one standing next to a person who had been really affected by it.”

Supt. Mary Bourque said it is something that so many teachers in the Chelsea Schools do without fanfare or recognition, but rather they do it because the care for their students greatly. She said so many related to the letter, and she felt it was a great testament to what often happens behind the scenes in classrooms all over the city.

“I want to share with you one time when the world did see us for who we are as Chelsea educators and Chelsea staff,” she wrote in a letter to the entire teaching staff. “The world did see the big heart we hold for each and every student before us. This letter talks about Emily, but it could be written about any one of our Chelsea staff for any one of the million ways you show you care about our students. After reading this letter, you will feel good about who we are. We are Chelsea Public Schools.”

Furlong concluded her letter by writing that the small gesture was a great positive mark for Malik and the Chelsea Schools.

“When the issues of the world, the distress of political situations, the sadness of the refugee’s plights, and other sorrows can envelope us, it is the magic of someone like Ms. Malik that makes people believe in humanity, goodness and the magic of giving,” she wrote.

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Berkowitz School teacher Emily Malik was highlighted in a letter to the Chelsea Schools from a woman who observed her buying loads of teddy bears for her students just before Christmas. The letter writer said such deeds bring back a belief in humanity for those who witness it. Malik said it’s something that many Chelsea teachers do all the time.

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Not Now:Robinson says He Will Oppose Hotel Proposal on Second Street

By Seth Daniel

A 139-room hotel project on Second Street behind the Mystic Mall is quickly falling into disfavor with some City leaders in advance of a Planning Board hearing this coming Tuesday, Jan. 24.

City Council President Leo Robinson said this week that he will oppose the project before the Planning Board on Jan. 24.

“I just don’t think it’s the right area for a hotel,” he said. “We have a lot going on there. You have the students there and the traffic there and I don’t even know if the site is big enough for the use. I think if we hold off and look for an alternative use, we might be better off.”

The hotel project is brought by Baywood Hotels under Neil Patel and is estimated to cost around $18 million to build at the 200 Second St. site. The site was once the headquarters of limo company Dave El owned by Scott Solombrini.

City Manager Tom Ambrosino has shown tepid support of the hotel, saying in the past that he would only support it if they delay seeking a building permit until 2018. He said he is worried about saturating the hotel market and wants to see the new Broadway hotel on the Chelsea/Revere line get underway and occupied first.

Robinson said he thinks there needs to be an end to some of the planning efforts going on before the City agrees to put a hotel in an area that is mostly industrial and commercial.

“For me, it comes down to me feeling like this is spot zoning,” he said. “We have the Waterfront Study going on and the Re-Imagining Broadway study going on and we have a housing study out as well. My call last January was for us to do a Master Plan. I think we need to put some things on hold until these studies are done and then we can start putting the Master Plan together so we have an idea of what we are looking for and not be in a position of jumping at the first thing that comes our way when maybe we can get something better.”

The hearing on the hotel project will be at 6 p.m. before the Planning Board in City Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

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Police Continue Search for Murderer:Family Prepares to Bury 15-Year-Old

By Seth Daniel

As Chelsea Police continue to work the case involving the murder of Jimmy Vasquez, 15, last Friday afternoon, Jan. 13, on Shurtleff Street, another family is preparing to bury a teen-age boy lost to street violence after a deadly drive-by shooting.

Faces of the young men who have been gunned down over the last few years as a result of violence on the streets tend to become pressed into the memory of the City – such as with Pablo Villeda last year and Irvin De Paz in 2015 – and now another teen will also take his place in that horrible lineup of children taken way too soon.

This time, it’s only a 15-year-old boy…again.

Jimmy Vasquez, described as  a funny and caring freshman at Chelsea High School who community leaders said was hanging out with friends on Shurtleff Street and “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

A wake and funeral for Vasquez is scheduled for today, Jan. 19, from 4-8 p.m. at Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, 718 Broadway. A Mass will take place on Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Rose Church, with burial to take place in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Already the family, who is from El Salvador, has been supported by a community GoFundMe web page that had raised more than $8,000 of its $10,000 goal by Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Chelsea Police are working the case diligently with State Police, trying to get young people with information to come forward to help with the investigation.

Suffolk County DA Dan Conley’s office said the shooting occurred on Shurtleff Street just after 5:30 p.m. Friday evening, Jan. 13. The shooting claimed the life of Vasquez, and injured a second male, 16, when he was shot in the foot. The second victim was treated and released from an area hospital.  The investigation is very active but authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating the vehicle, possibly an older model Honda or similar vehicle; silver or gray in color. The vehicle in question is seen on surveillance video parking at the corner of Shurtleff Street at Grove Street at approximately  5:30 p.m. The vehicle is then seen after the shooting, in heavy traffic, backing and turning down Grove Street against one way traffic onto Broadway.

City Manager Tom Ambrosino immediately ordered walking patrols, two officers at a time, to resume in the Bellingham Square area. Those patrols had been discontinued on Nov. 1 as a result of the cold weather, but they will now be in place until further notice.

“I can’t put into words how disheartened and deflated I feel this morning,” said Ambrosino on Saturday. “Together, we have put so much emphasis and resources into trying to combat youth violence in this City and into making our residents feel safe – additional funds for more police officers; increased walking patrols; additional street workers and social workers targeting at-risk youth; additional funds for youth jobs. Despite all of these effort, we have another tragedy on our hands.  After almost a year of relentless efforts to attack this problem and improve the perception of safety about our Downtown…, we are again undermined by a sudden, fleeting incident of youth violence that has forever devastated another Chelsea family.”

The walking patrols will take place from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. daily until further notice.

Tipsters may contact Chelsea Police at 617-466-4880 or the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817

Chelsea Police remind the community they can report crimes or suspicious activity anonymously in various formats. Citizens can call the 24 hr “tips” line at 617-466-4880, email reports directly from the departments website at or download for free the MYPD App that is compatible with both Android and Apple  smart phones. All three ways are monitored and totally anonymous.

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Jimmy Vasquez, 15, was killed in a drive-by shooting on Shurtleff Street last Friday, Jan. 13. Services will be held today, Jan. 19, and Friday, Jan. 20. The family, originally from El Salvador, is being supported by a community GoFundMe page called Jimmy’s Meaningless Loss.

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New Marina Makes Big Splash on Boston Harbor

The Marina at Admiral’s Hill announced this week that a brand new multi-million-dollar waterfront development project is underway to bring a state-of-the-art marina to a desirable neighborhood on Boston Harbor in Chelsea.

Designed to accommodate power boats and sailboats for a broad range of boaters, the brand new Marina at Admiral’s Hill will provide a dramatically different type of boating experience in the harbor.

The docks can accommodate boats up to 70 feet, while the majority of boats are between 20 and 40 feet in length.

In collaboration with The Army Corps of Engineers, the marina development has been mindful of environmental concerns. The new pilings (the large posts docks attach to) are 7 feet taller than before to account for potential rising water levels in the coming decades. In addition, the construction schedule was created to ensure the project is completed in the coldest months of February and March with enough time to allow space for an annual flounder run in the Island End River, the fish’s mating season.

Boating services include both wet and dry dockage and storage; a fifty-ton travel lift; winter and summer commissioning; shrink-wrapping; boat washing; cosmetic and mechanical work.

The project will be completed this spring.

There are a few slips still available for rental.

The new marina features a leading-edge dockage system, state-of-the-art electric and high-speed wifi, free parking, on-shore amenities, and, best of all, a wake-free experience.

 “This is an extraordinary opportunity for passionate boaters seeking quality, value, amenities and convenience, to get an outstanding marina experience, in a brand new marina, at a price they will love,” said developer Kevin Saba.

Just 15 minutes by boat to the bustling new Seaport District and 20 minutes to open water and the Boston Harbor Islands, the marina provides a safe-harbor to open water experience at a fraction of the cost of other harbor marinas.

The marina is also designed to make it easy to meet new friends and reconnect with old friends, Saba said.

The docks are designed to allow a visit to any slip from either gang-way. Boaters can expect a welcome BBQ every Friday night during the summer in the BYOB tiki hut. Landside event space is available, complete with a kitchen, to accommodate special events. The on-site space can be used for get-togethers, game nights, and socializing inside during inclement weather.

Common Cove, a co-working space located beside the marina office provides on demand desk space and reliable wi-fi for remote workers; residential Microlofts above provide a place to stay after a long time at sea; and Mary O’Malley harbor view park offers walking/jogging trails, tennis courts, and places to picnic. For commuting, there are Zip Car’s on site, or you can take a short Uber ride to downtown Boston.

For more information, or to setup a time to come see our new dock layout, visit us at:

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Police Briefs 01-19-2017

POLICE Briefs by Seth Daniel and Paul Koolloian


The City of Chelsea, in conjunction with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Human Resources Division, will be holding a 2017 Police Exam recruitment and orientation seminar this event will be held at the Williams School Band Room on Thursday, February 2, from 6-8 p.m.

Representatives at the seminar will provide an overview of the exam process and discuss the roles and responsibilities of being a Police Officer. Chelsea Police Department representatives will be at the seminar to discuss the appointment process, academy training, and to answer questions on personnel issues such as benefits and salary.

Staff from the Human Resources Division will discuss the Test Orientation Guide at the session and we recommend you download it at

If you have any question prior to the seminar, please contact Sergeant David Flibotte at 617-466-4845 or via e-mail at


On Jan. 11, at 1 p.m., while patrolling Bellingham Square, officers were approached by a male victim,  who is an employee at the Salvation Army, located at 456 Broadway. The victim had just confronted a shoplifter at the front entrance to the store. The suspect lifted up his shirt and flashed a knife at the victim, which had been tucked in the suspect’s waistband. The suspect fled scene.

A short time later, officers located the suspect at a bus stop on Hawthorne Street and placed him into custody. The knife was retrieved off of his person at the time of his arrest.

Juan Montes, 42, of 115 Washington Ave., was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.


On Jan. 13, at 11:43 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Central Avenue and Eastern Avenue for a report of a motor vehicle accident where one of the vehicles fled the scene and was being followed by the other vehicle that had been involved. An officer spotted the suspect vehicle at the intersection of Pearl and Williams Street taking a left turn onto the Meridian Street Bridge. Officers stopped the vehicle at that location. The victim of the hit and run told officers when they stopped and got out of their vehicle to inspect the damage, the second vehicle fled the scene, nearly striking them.

Carlos Ramos, 20, of East Boston, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (car) and leaving the scene of property damage.


On Jan. 14, at 11:30 a.m., while in the area of Bellingham Square, a Chelsea officer observed two males arguing on the bus benches. As the officer approached, he observed the suspect take a cane away from the victim and strike him in the head with it.

He was placed into custody after a brief struggle.

Nicole Pizzi, 35, of East Boston, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a person over 60 and resisting arrest.

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Attention Democrats:Grow Up

Donald Trump is set to be inaugurated tomorrow (Friday). Certainly, that is a day and an event that no serious person on any side of the political spectrum ever thought might be possible.

However, that is the reality that we have to deal with — and it is an outcome that every American unhesitatingly must accept.

There are many who say that Trump’s election was not “legitimate.”  They cite the influence of the Russians, who hacked into the Democratic National Committee e-mails; the “fake” news items that routinely were spread by Russians and others during the campaign; and the actions of FBI Director James Comey, who disclosed a further investigation into Hilary Clinton’s e-mails while she was Secretary of State (which eventually turned out to be a non-issue) just one week before the election.

All of that may be true — but the bottom line is that Trump won the election because he accumulated more electoral votes than Hilary Clinton by winning certain key states. That’s our electoral system, and it has been that way since the country was founded — plain and simple. (And it never is going to change, by the way.)

To be sure, when Donald Trump raises his hand to take the oath of office tomorrow afternoon, he will enter the Oval Office as the most unpopular president in our history. Furthermore, Donald Trump’s routine invective has without a doubt been the most hate-filled (for lack of a better word) of any President in our history. He is rude, crude, crass, and vulgar.

However, he is our President. While some may feel that he himself may not be owed any respect, every American should agree that the office of President of the United States to which he was elected does.

There are battles to be fought on many issues, but Democrats and others who stoop to Trump’s level by hurling personal insults, etc. are playing his game. Whenever anyone wastes even a second of their breath on meaningless retorts to Trump, they not only demean themselves and the country, but they distract their attention, and the people’s, from the real issues.

Furthermore, rather than jumping the gun, so to speak, to automatically reject  Trump’s policies in knee-jerk fashion, we urge our representatives in Congress to examine each one on its own merits — there may be some things Trump proposes that might be good for the country.

So let us stand at attention tomorrow and show our respect for what truly can be described as a sacred office in our democracy  — not for Donald Trump’s sake, but for that of our country’s.

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Anthony “Chubby” Tiro

The passing this week of Anthony “Chubby” Tiro truly marks the end of an era in many respects for long-time Chelsea residents.

It is fair to say that there was no one who had a greater love and dedication for Chelsea and its people than Chubby Tiro throughout his entire life.

From his days as a star football player and track athlete at Chelsea High, as a founder of the Chelsea Pop Warner program, as a Chelsea High football coach, and as a long-time School Committee member, Chubby’s life revolved around his hometown city and his family.

Chubby Tiro always was there to help and touched the lives of a countless number of people in our community. For residents of Chelsea of the era and generations of the 1950s through 1990s, the Tiro “family” essentially was one big, extended family that embraced the entire city.

As we fondly recall Chubby’s life, there is one story that we would like to pass along that in many ways epitomizes a man who was direct and straightforward, but who also liked to have fun:

Chubby was at Voke Park one evening (this was around 1977), watching a Pony League game in late spring, and was dressed in long dress pants, dress shoes, and a button down shirt. One of our reporters was there — Josh Resnek — who had been out for a run and was dressed appropriately in running shorts, T-shirt, and running shoes.

Josh was talking about all the running he was doing and about what great shape he was in, etc., and Chubby overheard the conversation. “You know, I bet I could beat you in a sprint,” Chubby said to Josh (who was about 15 years younger and 60 pounds lighter than Chubby). Josh laughed it off in a dismissive, “Yeah right,” kind of way and suggested that they get together some time for their big race.

“Oh, you think you’re in such great shape and so fast, Josh?” Chubby continued. “Let’s do it right now! From here to there,” Chubby said, pointing from the first base line to a spot on the edge of the outfield grass in the direction of Ippy’s Amoco. (This was before the Voke Park baseball diamond was reversed). It was a distance of about 50 yards.

As Josh was laughing at the seeming absurdity of Chubby’s challenge, and before he could even finish pointing out that Chubby was not in any semblance of running attire, Chubby already had kicked off his shoes and socks and rolled up his pant legs.

“I’ll run in bare feet,” Chubby declared.

By that time a small crowd had gathered and everyone on hand was betting on who would win.

The race went off — and Chubby (who probably had not run in years), easily won by 10 yards  — it was not close — without breaking a sweat.

“Guess you aren’t so fast, huh Josh?” Chubby said with a hint of both sarcasm and humor.

Chubby Tiro will be missed by all who knew and loved him. We know we join with the entire Chelsea community in offering our condolences to his children, Robbie, Robin, and Tony Jr., and the entire Tiro family.

May he rest in peace.

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Wynn Boston Harbor Installs First Steel Beam

Wynn Boston Harbor Installs First Steel Beam

Some of the first steel beams and columns on the Wynn Boston Harbor facility being put into place by a large crane on Monday afternoon. Monday marked the first day that construction crews began erecting steel on the project.

Some of the first steel beams and columns on the Wynn Boston Harbor facility being put into place by a large crane on Monday afternoon. Monday marked the first day that construction crews began erecting steel on the project.

By Seth Daniel

At 5 a.m. on Monday, ironworkers stood ready as sky-high cranes began picking up steel columns and putting them into place on the northernmost end of the Wynn Boston Harbor site – the first steel to go up on the project, and just the beginning of what will be a flurry of activity in the next few months.

“Symbolically, it’s a great milestone when you begin putting up the steel,” said Chris Gordon, president of Wynn Design and Development. “It says we’re on schedule and moving quickly. It shows good productivity. In a couple of months, people will be able to see the steel from the road. This spring, we’ll start putting  the tower up at the hotel site. People will be amazed when they see it going up, especially from the interstate.”

Gordon said on Monday they began assembling the steel structure for the Central Utility Plant (CUP). In one day, numerous columns had been put in place and several beams had been affixed to those columns at the northernmost end of the building – by the railroad tracks.

Gordon said the Ironworkers have 50 days to get the steel completed on the CUP, but he said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if they got it done sooner than that.

The CUP is the first focus of constructing the “bones” of the building because it houses the most complicated systems and needs to have the heating, air conditioning and other systems installed and in place far in advance of the building opening.

“The whole CUP area has to get done first because it’s above the garage and because we need it for heating and air conditioning. That’s what gets built first and gives us the guts of the building.”

The coordination of the steel deliveries and installations is one of the more marvelous pieces observed of the construction to date. Gordon said everything has to line up when it arrives and it has to arrive exactly on time.

The building is on a very tight timeline, and so there is little room for leeway with organization and deliveries. That’s why, Gordon said, the steel is laid out in order on the trucks so there’s no confusion.

“Everything is put on the trucks in order, and they take it off in order,” he said. “Otherwise, it’s inefficient. There are thousands and thousands and thousands of pieces of steel and they will have to they have to arrive in the right order and at the right time.”

Gordon said by next year, the building will be closed in.

“One year from now the entire tower will be erected and closed in,” he said. “In fact we’ll have mock up hotel rooms that will be assembled on the first floor of the hotel by next year…Right now, today, someone is making our bronze glass panels that will cover the outside of the hotel. There’s someone in a factory today making the bronze glass because we start putting it up in July.”

Beyond the steel, Gordon said they are 50 percent complete in removing the soil from the four-story underground parking garage section, with some concrete floors already poured.

At the moment, there are 15 excavators working onsite to remove the dirt, which is shipped out in two full trains per day and 100 trucks. He said they expect to be done removing the soils by the end of February.

In all, they will have moved 600,000 tons of soil from the garage area.

Meanwhile, marine work has commenced and gone very well given the rather mild winter so far.

Crews are cleaning up the shoreline on the inside of the site and building large bulkheads to contain the shore. They hope to get the larger bulkhead work done this year so that in 2018 they can begin working on the fine details of the shoreline.

Gordon did comment on the weather, saying it has been good working conditions, and warmer weather this week will allow them to make some major concrete pours that will put them further ahead.

“This winter will have the biggest impact on us,” he said, “because next year we’ll be working enclosed. So far, it’s been good.”

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