Harold H. Shaw, special agent-in-charge of the FBI Boston Division, was the guest speaker at the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce Government Breakfast Wednesday. Pictured at the breakfast are, from left, Robert Pereira, Maureen Foley, Chamber President Sergio Jaramillo, Joseph Mahoney, Janice Sikorski, Albert Calvo, Special Agent-in-Charge Harold H. Shaw, Arthur Arsenault, Joseph Vinard, Peter Zaksheski, Susan Gallant, and Chamber Executive Director Rich Cuthie.
Harold H. Shaw, special agent in charge of the Boston Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), drew a sellout crowd to the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce Government Breakfast Wednesday at the Wyndham Hotel, in Chelsea.
The future home of the FBI Boston Division headquarters is located on a site adjacent to the hotel.
Shaw told the assembled group of city officials, department heads, and Chamber members that “the FBI Boston Division will be making history by moving our headquarters to Chelsea. For those of you who don’t know, we’ve called the great city of Boston home since the early 1900s. So, in no uncertain terms, this is a very big deal for us.”
Shaw grew up in Weymouth and played hockey at Boston College High School. He graduated from Norwich University, a military college in Vermont, and served nine years in the U.S. Army. He entered on duty with the FBI in 199 and was assigned to the New York Division.
City Manager Thomas Ambrosino welcomed Shaw to the city in his remarks.
“The most exciting thing for the city this fall is going to be the opening of the FBI building,” said Ambrosino. “It’s a real game changer for the city of Chelsea, not just in terms of its economic benefits, but in terms of what it will mean for the city’s perception and for the life of the community.
“We are extremely happy about that, grateful to the Simboli family, particularly Anthony Simboli, – not just to have the vision to see something that others couldn’t see, but to have the dogged determination to make it happen in the face of really daunting odds.”
At the outset of his remarks, Shaw noted the presence of Police Chief Brian Kyes at the breakfast.
“I really want to highlight Brian not only for the leadership that he provides for the safety and security of your community and the Mass. Major Chiefs – here’s one guy that’s really looking out for best interests of each and every one of us and I’m very fortunate to have him as a great partner.”
Shaw spoke about the move to Chelsea, importance of strengthening existing partnerships, and terrorism and the community’s role in combating it.
The charismatic FBI administrator received a warm ovation at the conclusion of his remarks. Many guests asked to have their photo taken with Shaw and he graciously obliged each request.
Following is the text of Mr. Shaw’s remarks at the breakfast:
The lack of playing fields has been a major issues this year, but several councillors, including Councillor Damali Vidot, want to clean house at the existing Highland Park Field before setting out on any new expeditions.
Vidot and the Council passed an order at last Monday’s meeting, Sept. 12, that looks to find out who is using the popular soccer field and whether it is really being used by Chelsea residents.
“I want to clean out some of the old network,” she said this week. “We need a more transparent process and make sure that youth of Chelsea get priority. We have limited space and we need to be more thoughtful about how we manage these spaces…We obviously need more fields, but first we need to iron our what we have.”
The issue was first laid bare in a committee meeting of the Council and a room full of stakeholders, with many complaining that they could never get time on the field due to the domination of the field by highly-lucrative and well-sponsored Spanish-speaking men’s league – some of which Vidot said might be playing under the guise of a youth soccer organization.
As has been common knowledge, for quite some time, a country “World Cup” men’s league has operated at Highland Park with Chelsea media sponsors and other local neighborhood organizational sponsors from East Boston. The league charges men to play on various teams representing Latin countries and operates at peak hours in a highly-publicized affair that includes the open concession stand, which is run under City contract by Tu Casa Restaurant in Chelsea (a contract for which they pay $250 per year to have). Some contend this league and it’s long-time permit holder is dominating the playing time, though that permit holder has disagreed at several public meetings.
One former Chelsea High player, Carlos Vaquerano, who is running a traveling team for Chelsea teens, said at a meeting earlier this year that he was never able to get time on the field for a home game, and was only given a few hours last year in October.
“These are adult men playing soccer who are, mostly, from outside of the city,” said Vidot. “I don’t have a problem with men playing soccer, but after hours and not during youth sports time. From what I know, there are entities in the city who can’t gain access to the field. Out of all the operations, Carlos (Vaquerano) is the only one that is a certified non-profit that is serving Chelsea youths. I have even heard that when Carlos shows up with a permit, they look at it and when he shows it to them, they lock up the bathrooms and leave.”
City Manager Tom Ambrosino said the old system required the City Clerk to book field times and slots, but that he has taken that out of the Clerk’s duties.
“My goal is to move that permitting from City Clerk to the new Recreation and Cultural Affairs Division under the auspices of Bea Cravatta,” he said. “That should happen in 2017. I look at Bea as an objective person who has some sense of people who do sports leagues. Maybe she can make objective decisions and this will all go away. That seems to be the most appropriate place to permit parks rather than the City Clerk.”
He also said that he is going to re-bid the concession stand, which requires Tu Casa to be there in operation and with open bathrooms when any permit holder is on site. He said he hoped that others might apply, but wasn’t confident there would be a lot of competition as it is a very difficult operation to run.
Vidot said her research so far indicates that the permits all come back to only a few people using numerous organizational names, and she hopes the Council can take a closer fact finding look at the situation.
“In my research I have found the space at Highland Park is closed off for many who want to use it,” she said. “It’s three or four different guys, but it all comes down to one person dominating the space. That person is not a certified non-profit either. That’s maybe something we should look at. Maybe anyone who wants to operate a league should be required to be a registered non-profit entity so we know who everyone is and so we limit our liability and can’t get sued if someone is hurt.”
The Council order is in process, and Committee meetings on the issue are expected this month or early in October. Permitting for the field takes place in February, March and April.
Chelsea Cultural Council has received $18,300 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) a state agency, to assist public projects that promote access, education, diversity and excellence in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences.
Council members will be available to discuss grant procedure and guidelines on Monday, September 26 from 1:30-5:00pm in the lobby of the Williams Building, 180 Walnut Street.
Organizations, schools, individuals are encouraged to apply for grant funds that can be used to support a variety of artistic and cultural projects that benefit citizens in Chelsea – including field trips, exhibits, festivals, short-term arts residencies or performances in schools as well as cultural workshops and lectures. Projects awarded must be implemented between January, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
The deadline for completed Online Application or Paper Application* must be received by October 17, 2016. *Paper application must be postmarked by October 17, 2016.
Online Application is available at www.mass-culture.org/chelsea . Paper Application can be picked up at Chelsea City Hall, Dept. of Health & Human Services, Room 100 or find it at www.chelseama.gov/ccc. For additional information call (617) 466-4090 or email email@example.com.
The Chelsea Public Library is delighted to offer a new educational program for parents and infants up to 24-months old that focuses on developing language and motor skills through play.
Baby Lapsit, in collaboration with The Chelsea/Revere Family Network, is an eight-week session, beginning Oct. 5. It is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to have fun and strengthen the bond with their babies.
“I’m very excited,” said Martha Boksenbaum, Children’s Librarian. “Families want their children to get the very best of everything, but not every parent is able to put their child in a quality daycare where they feel they are getting all of that skill development education that they really want.”
In this intimate, half-hour class, infants will practice action rhymes, an activity that involves a mother helping her child discover new ways of moving their arms, legs, and hands.
“Action rhymes are a great way for them to process information,” said Boksenbaum. “Over time they’ll start to recognize the songs. Repetition is a baby’s best friend, so we’re going to have lots of singing.”
Flyers will be provided for parents to take home to review song lyrics and the two books that will be read during story time.
“Sometimes parents get a little nervous reading to babies because they don’t talk back and don’t necessarily show interest. Sometimes they may even show what seems like disinterest by pushing a book away or trying to eat it,” said Boksenbaum, who received a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Simmons College. “You just have to keep reading with them because babies are soaking up all of the knowledge. They’re really listening to you.”
Families will spend 15-20 minutes participating in interactive exercises; and following the session, are encouraged to explore the library.
Now that Boksenbaum has established a pre-school story time at the library, she is thrilled to be able to focus on infants and new mothers, and hopes to make the library space comfortable for all ages.
“It’s a great opportunity for socialization, to make new friends, and to share tips. That information is so valuable,” said Boksenbaum, who developed a Baby Lapsit program previously at the Randall Library in Stow, MA. “It’s an opportunity to spend time with other parents and have your baby get to know other babies.”
The Baby Lapsit program will be held Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., from Oct. 5-Nov. 23 at the Chelsea Public Library, located at 569 Broadway, Chelsea. To register or learn more about the class, call (617) 466-4350.
After being harshly criticized by members of the Chelsea Collaborative and one School Committeewoman last Monday, Sept. 12, at the City Council meeting regarding statements about illegal immigration, Councillor Luis Tejada – who was not at that meeting – is responding to his critics this week.
“The fact is my statement wasn’t a mean statement towards anyone,” said Tejada. “It was a fact. Illegal immigration is a fact whether in Colombia, Bolivia or here in the United States. It doesn’t matter where. The fact is I love my Latino family. The reason I became a real estate broker was because my mother couldn’t buy a home way back in the day. It was mostly because of her broken English. At the time, people didn’t have the patience to deal with someone who only spoke broken English. I have a responsibility to help our Latino families who come here.
“Part of the problem is I’m very American, and I’m also very pro-Latino,” he continued. “I came here from Colombia in the 1980s when I was 11. I learned two things quickly. I am in America and I should become an American and I should learn to speak English. I have a lot of respect and gratitude for this country and am thankful for it. When you come here, they help you to start off. No other country does that. My wish is that all our Latino families remain Latino and also implement a part of Americanism in their lives. At no point did my comments attack our Latino community.”
Tejada said, essentially, he would like to see all of the Latino families begin to assimilate into the country so that they can all be successful. He indicated that he would support social service agencies requiring English classes in return for their help.
“There is plenty of evidence to reflect that whenever you see a particular nationality explode it is because those individuals have chosen to learn English so that they could communicate with the masses and expand on that amazing spirit that all immigrants have,” he said.
Last week, three members of the Collaborative criticized Tejada for a Facebook post that addressed illegal immigration and was in response to a 1995 video where former President Bill Clinton was expressing immigration opinions similar to those of Donald Trump. In his post, Tejada criticized people for using words like “undocumented” to describe illegal immigration. He also said in his post that having “anchor babies” doesn’t lessen the crime of illegal immigration.
Collaborative Director Gladys Vega said at the Sept. 12 Council meeting that the words were offensive and Tejada shouldn’t use words like “illegal” and “anchor babies.” She said the Latino community should work to get him voted out of office in next year’s election.
Meanwhile, School Committeewoman Yessenia Alfaro Alvarez detailed how she came here illegally from El Salvador many years ago and was able to legalize her status and improve her situation.
Tejada said he would urge all Latino families here illegally to follow Alvarez’s example.
“My wish for the illegal Latino families is that they could follow the example of Yessenia,” he said. “She came here illegally herself and put her nose to the grindstone and worked very hard. It think most Latino families do that, but I’d like to see all of them do the same.”
Although those of us who are fortunate to live near the coast may choose the summer as our favorite time of year, fall is the top choice of many of our fellow New Englanders — and a close second for the rest of us — when we are asked what is our favorite season.
It is not merely the exquisite beauty that Nature presents to us that makes fall such an attractive time of year. The display of fall colors in the mountains and in our own backyards brings a sense of wonder that never fails to amaze us, no matter how old we may be.
Nor is it the crisp coolness of the air in the early morning or the evening, making us feel so alive, that accounts for fall’s popularity.
Beyond what we can see and feel on our skin, it seems to us that it is the dramatic change of seasons that touches us — dare we say it? — in a spiritual sense that accounts for the reason why we (even the summer-lovers among us) embrace the coming of fall.
The languid days of summer induce languidity in us — they are the lazy, hazy days — and for almost all of us, our dream of a perfect summer day consists of a chair, sunscreen, and a secluded place in the sun to take a nap.
But fall is different. We feel energized. We feel the need to move, to get outside, and to do something so that we can take advantage of what Nature has to offer before the cold of winter sets in.
That is where the spiritual sense of fall comes into play. Summer’s flowers are dying and leaves are falling, reminding us in a subconscious way that this is the way of all life, including ourselves. Fall induces in us the need to gather with friends and family, to be in proximity to those who are most dear to us. The beach chair may beckon us to go solo on a summer day, but toasty fires in the fireplace are best when they are a shared experience with those whom we love.
So make the most of our beautiful fall weather and foliage while it lasts. It is fleeting — isn’t everything? — so we cannot afford to waste even one weekend. A hike in the hills and mountains of New England is among the most invigorating activities for both the body and soul that we can imagine (and it’s a great workout for those for whom that is important).
Happy fall to all of our readers — enjoy it while it lasts!
CHS teacher Judah Jackson inspiring youths in the game of basketball
By Cary Shuman
Judah Jackson excelled in the best high school football program in Massachusetts, led his college basketball team to the Sweet 16, and guided the Chelsea High School JV basketball team to a 20-0 record.
For the past three years, Jackson, a 28-year-old teacher and coach at CHS, has been spreading his enthusiasm for basketball and bringing his knowledge of the game in to the Chelsea community. Jackson’s latest endeavor was an instructional clinic that he and former CHS 1,000-point scorer Cesar Castro hosted Sept 2 at the Saul Nechtem Gymnasium. Thirty boys and girls (grades 5-8) participated in the clinic.
Jackson was a two-sport standout right next door at Everett High School where he played football for coach John DiBiaso in a program that has won 10 Super Bowls. The 6-feet-2-inch Jackson was a Greater Boston League All-Star for the EHS football and basketball teams.
Following a year at Cushing Academy, a college preparatory school in central Massachusetts, Jackson went on to excel in basketball at Bridgewater State University. He was the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) rookie of the year, All-Conference Second Team, Tournament MVP, and completed his stellar career with 1,500 points.
But more importantly, Jackson was a leader on three consecutive MASCAC championship teams, one of which advanced all the way to the Division 3 Sweet 16. In other words, he was one of the best players on one of the best teams in the country, making school history with the three straight titles.
“I had a pretty good career at Bridgewater and I was really fortunate to play for a great coach,” he said humbly. “It was fun while it lasted. We got to travel the country. I miss those days.”
He earned his college degree in Exercise Science and took his first professional position as a physical education teacher in the Everett school system. He is in his fourth year in the Chelsea school district and has served on Jay Seigal’s boys basketball coaching staff for the past three seasons. Two seasons ago he led the CHS jayvees to a 20-0 record and he was promoted to assistant varsity coach for the 2015-16 season.
Jackson said he was grateful to coach Seigal for believing in his abilities and giving him the coaching opportunity.
“I loved working with coach Seigal,” said Jackson. “He was a great guy. He taught me a lot off the court – how to carry myself and character-building skills and how to teach your players about time management.”
Mr. Seigal has stepped down from his position and Jackson has emerged as a formidable candidate for the position. New CHS director of athletics Amanda Alpert will ultimately recommend a candidate for selection following the application screening and interview process.
“I’ve been working with the team – many of the players who were on the undefeated JV team are in the program,” said Jackson. “I will be a candidate for the head coaching position.”
The basketball clinic at CHS affirmed Jackson’s status as someone who has the respect and attention of aspiring hoopsters in the city. The clinic drew a sizable tournament on the first day of a holiday weekend but it also continued the momentum that the Let It Fly Basketball Tournament had begun in August. Jackson’s friend, Cesar Castro, and former prep star Kyle Umemba ran the successful tournament at the Jordan Boys and Girls Club.
Jackson, a certified IAABO basketball official, refereed the championship game in the Let It Fly Basketball Tournament.
Jackson said he learned while growing up in a sports-minded city like Everett how important adult mentors were in setting a foundation in student-athletes’ lives.
“I wouldn’t be in the position that I am if coach DiBiaso didn’t take me under his wing,” said Jackson. “Mr. DiBiaso helped me get in to Cushing Academy and extend my playing career. He drove me up to Cushing Academy and I decided to go to prep school.”
Jackson would now like to become a head coach himself, serving as a mentor and role model to young players.
“I would like to be a head coach,” said Jackson. “I feel my experience and training are assets. Hopefully I can take the next step in my career.”
CHS boys soccer
team tops two foes
The Chelsea High boys soccer team got back on the winning track with a pair of victories this past week over Commonwealth Athletic Conference rivals Whittier Tech and Lynn Tech.
“These were big games for us,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki of the Red Devils, who snapped a two-game winless skein to improve to 3-1-1 on the season. “We had tied and lost our previous two games, so it was important to get these wins in order to get back over .500.”
In the Whittier contest last Wednesday at Chelsea Stadium, the teams were knotted at nil-nil through the first 34 minutes until senior captain Carlos Cartagena reached the back of the Whittier net, assisted by junior Melvin Garay, to make it 1-0. Five minutes later, Humberto Suarez took a nice pass from right to left by Cartagena in the box and one-timed the ball from about 15 yards out to make it a 2-0 affair with just about a minute left in the half.
Carlos Cruz, assisted by Kevin Valle, struck for a goal just one minute after the intermission to increase the CHS margin to 3-0. Whittier took advantage of a Chelsea misplay on defense with 15 minutes to go to close the gap to 3-1, but Waldane Watkins re-established a three-goal Red & Black advantage with eight minutes remaining.
Whittier added a meaningless marker in the final two minutes for the 4-2 finale. CHS keeper Diego Granados, a sophomore, earned the win in net.
Two days later the Red Devils trekked to Lynn Tech and came away with a 5-2 win over a good Tech squad.
Captain Carlos Cruz gave Chelsea a 1-0 lead eight minutes into the contest when he slipped the ball past the Tech keeper amidst a scramble in front of the LT net with what would prove to be the lone score of the opening half.
However, the second 40 minutes of play would prove to be a shootout between these two talented squads. Tech leveled the match at 1-1 eight minutes after the intermission, but CHS captain Kevin Umanzor-Torrez made good on a penalty shot — his second PK of the season — to return the advantage to the Devils. Soares was taken down in the box by a Tech player to create the PK.
Tech responded to bring the teams back to level once again with 19 minutes left on the clock, but Chelsea revved its offensive engine into high gear to score three unanswered goals in the final 16 minutes of play. Umanzor-Torrez gave his team the lead for good at the 64:00 minute mark, followed by markers from Valle at 70:00 and Angel Ruiz (who was appearing in his first game of the season) a minute later that put the game on ice.
“This was our best game of the year,” noted Protasowicki. “We played much more as a team than we have to this point in the season.”
Coach Mick Milutinovic and his crew, who have had this week off from competition, play at Essex Tech tomorrow (Friday). They will host Greater Lowell Tuesday and Shawsheen next Thursday.
CHS football team
The Chelsea High football team will be shooting for its first victory of the season when the Red Devils host Hamilton-Wenham tomorrow (Friday) evening under the lights at Chelsea Stadium. Kick-off is set for 7:00.
Chelsea fell to 0-2 with a 52-12 loss to Northeast Regional Vocational School Friday night at the Stadium before a large crowd that turned out for the rivalry game.
The Red Devils found themselves behind the proverbial 8-ball from the outset. After receiving the opening kickoff, Chelsea went three & out. Northeast then blocked the CHS punt and took over on the Red Devil 34. The Golden Knights needed just six plays to reach the end zone and then made a successful two-point conversion for a quick 8-0 lead.
The Chelsea offense was unable to make a first down on its next possession and was forced to punt, with Northeast taking over on its own 40. However, three plays later CGS senior Tony Bui made an excellent defensive play, stripping the ball from the Northeast running back.
The Chelsea offense began to show some life and moved the football. However, the drive came to a crashing halt when Chelsea fumbled on the Northeast 25 yard line.
“It was an 8-0 ballgame at the point where we fumbled,” said CHS head coach Jack Halas. “We had something going offensively. A score there could have changed the course of the game.”
Instead, Northeast reasserted the momentum and needed just five plays to march into the end zone and make it a 16-0 contest (after the successful two-point PAT).
Northeast added to its lead in short order, recovering an onside-kick at the Chelsea 41 yard line. Seven plays later it was a 24-0 contest.
Northeast added another score before the half ended, and Chelsea managed to get on the board just before halftime, as senior quarterback T.J. Patterson dove into the end zone, leaving matters at 30-6 at the intermission.
“Northeast ran their Wing T offense very well against us,” said Halas. “It is difficult to win football games when the opponent can rush for over 400 yards on 47 carries. They controlled the line of scrimmage, they controlled the time of possession, and they earned their 52-12 victory.
“Until we can figure out how to stop the run, we have our work cut out for us,” added the coach.
Senior wide receiver Nick Ieng scored Chelsea’s second TD. Defensively, junior linebacker Nelson Hernandez led the Red Devils with eight tackles and freshmen linebacker Adrian Salmoran accounted for six tackles.
“We are a work in progress and very young at some key positions,” noted Halas. “This experience will only help to better serve the boys as they grow older.”
Deras leads CHS
girls in tri-meet
The Chelsea High girls cross country team hosted Whittier Tech and Presentation of Mary last Wednesday.
Yarid Deras remained undefeated with a wire-to-wire win in a personal record (PR) time of 22:50 over the 3.1 mile course at Admiral’s Hill. Yarid was more than a minute faster than the second place finisher from PMA.
Sophomore Jocelyn Poste ran a strong race to finish third overall with a time of 24:26. Senior captain Melanie Nguyen was right behind Poste in fourth in 24:49. Freshman Karina Avalos was the fourth Chelsea finisher and freshman Sandra Tun was 20 seconds behind to round out the scoring for the Lady Red Devils.
Both meets were very close. Chelsea beat Whittier 27-30, but lost to PMA 31-28. (low The Lady Red Devils are now at 2-1 on the year and were set to travel to Pine Banks in Malden to face Mystic Valley yesterday (Wednesday). They will meet Greater Lawrence and Notre Dame of Tyngsboro in a tri-meet next Wednesday at Admiral’s Hill.
“I was very happy with how we ran,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “Everybody improved significantly from last week’s meet at home and our first three placed in the top four in the meet. They all ran aggressively and took advantage of being at home. We don’t have a big team, but we have a hard working, committed squad that wants to get faster every week.”
On the boys’ side, freshman Demitrius Martinez was fifth overall in the three-team meet. He had a PR by over one minute from last week’s meet against Everett. Alex Pedrero was third against PMA in a PR of 21:07. Senior captain Adriel Cedano finished fifth overall against PMA. Freshman Abraham Barrientos was the fourth Chelsea runner and senior Issac Colcord was the fifth Red Devil across the line.
Unfortunately for Chelsea, they lost to PMA by one point, 27-28. Against Whittier the Devils fell by the score of 18-44.
“Everyone ran better than last week and our top five were much closer to each other than last week,” noted Fay. “We just have to keep working hard and getting better week to week.
“We have two freshmen in our top five, so I’m happy with the youth because we have had trouble getting freshmen boys out for cross country,” added Fay. “I am excited to see what the future holds for them. “
The boys also were set to be at Pine Banks yesterday (Wednesday) and then will host Medford at Admiral’s Hill tomorrow (Friday).
Jeanne (Lampert) Ostrow of Revere, wife of the late Edward Ostrow, died at home September 19 surrounded by her family. She was 90 years old.
Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Harry and Catherine (Lee) Lampert, she was raised and educated in Chelsea and worked as a clerk in the insurance industry. Jeanne was a lifetime member of the VFW Beachmont Chapter. She lived at Friendly Gardens and was a very active committee member.
She is survived by her two children Arlene Albanese of Swampscott and Scott Ostrow and his wife, Karen of Saugus, her granddaughter, Amanda Ostrow and her fiancé, Justin Mason, her sister Ruth Margossian and her nephews Alan, David and Marc Margossian. She was predeceased by her son in law Liborio Albanese.
Her funeral service will be held from the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Friday, September 23 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Roxbury Mutual Society Cemetery, Woburn. Memorial gathering to be held at her residence community center at Friendly Gardens following interment from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Shiva will be held at the home of Arlene Albanese on Sunday and Monday from 1:30 to 8 p.m. For directions and guest book, please visit www.torffuneralservice.com
Of Malden, formerly of Revere and Chelsea
Marie (Tango) Kane of Malden, formerly of Revere and Chelsea, passed away on September 18.
She was the loving mother of Robert Ferdinand, Debra Sablone and her husband, Alfred, all of Revere, Stephen Kane and his wife, Victoria of Illinois, Maryann Thompson of South Carolina, Kim Arias of Everett, Roseanne Kane of Woburn and the late Joseph Ferdinand; dear sister of Michael and John Tango, Joanne Norris, Marguerite Marino and Frank Marchesi. She was the cherished grandmother of 15 and great grandmother of 15 and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor Marie’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere at 9 a.m. today, Thursday morning, before leaving in procession to St. Anthony’s Church, Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in her honor at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
Elizabeth L. (Fronte) Citro of Haverhill died unexpectedly on September 12 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital.
Born in Boston 60 years ago, during her working years, she was a reservation agent at Logan Airport.
She was the beloved mother of Salvy, Matthew and Michael Citro, all of Chelsea; sister of John Fronte and Michael Fronte, both of Gardner and Maryanne Bogdanoff of Lynn. She was the former wife of Guy A. Citro of Chelsea and daughter of the late John and Theresa Fronte. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Memorial Mass to be celebrated in St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere Street, Revere on Saturday, September 24 at 11 a.m. Committal Services are private.
Jason Joseph Vasques
His smile brightened the darkest room and his love for life was contagious
Jason Joseph Vasques of Revere passed away September 16. He was 27 years old.
Jason worked in patient services at the Whidden Memorial Hospital. He was a longtime resident of Revere and a graduate of Seacoast at Revere High School. His smile brightened up the darkest room and his love for life was contagious. He will forever be missed by all who knew him.
He was the cherished son of Maria Rosa Luberto of East Boston and the late Santo Joseph Vasques and his surviving wife, Sue. Jason was a loving brother to Michelle Cassinell, Patricia Kristo and her husband, Peter, Daniel Luberto and his wife, Alissa, Nadia Vasques, Alesia O’Lalor and Nicole Vasques. He was a devoted uncle to Maleah, Myla, Devin, Aria and Anya. Jason also leaves many dear relatives of the Vasques family of Medford.
Family and friends may visit at the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford today, Thursday morning at 9 followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Joseph Church, 118 High Street, Medford at 10 a.m. To leave a message of condolence, visit: www.dellorusso.net
Melvin ‘Chungi’ Gonzalez, Jr.
Loved listening to music and being in the company of his friends
Melvin “Chungi” Gonzalez, Jr. of Chelsea entered into eternal rest on Sunday, September 18. He was 27 years old.
Melvin, or “Chungi” as he was affectionately known to his family and friends, was born in Boston on July 23, 1989 to Melvin Gonzalez and Martha Sosa. Throughout his life Melvin enjoyed listening to music and being in the company of his friends. Melvin truly loved his Lexus, fashion and most recently was employed by the retail industry at the Armani Exchange in Copley Square, Boston. Melvin was a lifelong resident of Chelsea and attended Chelsea Public Schools.
He was the cherished son of Melvin Gonzalez Sr. of Boston and Martha Sosa of Chelsea; adored stepson to Jacqueline Vega of Boston and Natalie Virella of Chelsea; loving grandson to Miguel Gonzalez and Carmen Rodriguez as well as Ramon Sosa and Maria Pena and dear brother to Freddie Gray of Boston, Pedro and Paven Fields of Chelsea and Jaivin Gonzalez of Boston. He is also survived by his many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family and friends will honor Melvin’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Thursday, September 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. and again on Friday morning at 10 in our Serenity Chapel for a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with Melvin being laid to rest in the Lakeside Cemetery, 501 North Ave, Wakefield, Ma.