Officials Cut the Ribbon on New Clark Avenue Middle School

The cutting of the official ribbon on the Clark Avenue Middle School on Oct. 3 signaled the ceremonial opening of the

Chelsea Supt. Mary Bourque, flanked by City Manager Tom Ambrosino and MSBA Director Jack McCarthy, cuts the ceremonial ribbon on the Clark Avenue School with other dignitaries.

school, but it also signaled the investment in the youth of Chelsea – an investment that community and state leaders said was deserved and overdue.

Supt. Mary Bourque welcomed dignitaries to the school the evening of Oct. 3 for tours and a celebration of a school that took six years to complete, and nearly 20 to plan.

“This is six years in the making,” said Bourque. “We have so many people to thank for this building…Most importantly, this community has invested in the next generation of leaders and we are proud of that.”

City Manager Tom Ambrosino thanked the abutters, who he said showed great patience while the City completed a two-phase, six-year planning/building project. In the end, he said the City promised a better neighborhood, and did deliver.

“I can’t think of anything more awful than being an abutter to a school building project, especially one that lasts three years in construction,” he said. “These neighbors put up with an awful lot. We asked they just have patience with us three years ago and they did. We promised them at the end they would have an investment in the neighborhood and they would have a building that would be the heart of the neighborhood and a municipal building they would be proud of…I think it’s easy to say the City and School Committee brought that promise to this neighborhood.”

The school building project began six years ago when the City started the planning and financial funding for the project. After a long process at the City and State level, construction began about three years ago. The first phase completed in Dec. 2016, with students moving in for January 2017. The second and final phase ended this past summer, with the entire school opening to students this school term. It was constructed on top of the site where the former Chelsea High School once sat – a building that was demolished in phases as part of the construction project.

The school cost around $53 million, and state School Building Authority (MSBA) Director Jack McCarthy noted that the state has paid about $36 million of that bill.

“I want to congratulate the leaders in Chelsea,” he said. “You created a great school and this was not an easy project. I knew it would be successful when I saw the team that had been assembled. I didn’t hear a lot about this project. When I don’t hear about a project, that’s a good thing.”

School Committee Chair Jeannette Velez said she has seen students at the Clark Avenue excited to come in and be able to access modern facilities. She said it’s important to have a new and up-to-date building to help students achieve.

“These are the students we are educating so they can come back and make our city even better,” she said.

The architects on the project were HMFH, which also designed the Burke Complex many years ago. The Owner’s Project Manager was Pinck & Co. and the Construction Manager W.T. Rich Company, Inc.

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Chelsea Supt. Mary Bourque, flanked by City Manager Tom Ambrosino and MSBA Director Jack McCarthy, cuts the ceremonial ribbon on the Clark Avenue School with other dignitaries.

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School Committee members (standing) Jeannette Velez and Julio Hernandez. (Sitting) Kelly Garcia, Yessenia Alfaro-Alvarez, and Rosemarie Carlisle.

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Councillor Bob Bishop and his wife, Ann.

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MSBA Director Jack McCarthy spoke about how smooth the Clark Avenue School project went.

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Former 5th grade math teacher Robert Dotolo with his former student, School Committeeman Julio Hernandez.

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School Committeeman Julio Hernandez, City Manager Tom Ambrosino, Supt. Mary Bourque, MSBA Director Jack McCarthy, Councillor Roy Avellaneda and Councillor Yamir Rodriguez.

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Noel Velez (right), assistant business manager for the schools, with his family, Sophia, Adriel and Julius Velez.

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The members of the project team gathered for a photo in front of the school.

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School Business Manager Mike Mason posed in front of the school values:  citizenship, leadership, accountability and knowledge.

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Former Principal Mary Leverone with current Principal Michael Talbot in the new gym.

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Members of the architectural firm HMFH, including Lori Cowles, Caitlin Osepchuk, Chris Vance, Arthur Duffy, Suni Dillard and Vassilios Valaes.

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ROADBLOCK:ZBA Rejects Request for Housing Project

A lot at the corner of Broadway and Clinton Street has sat empty for more than five years.

That site will remain undeveloped for the foreseeable future, as the Zoning Board of Appeals rejected a request for a special permit to build a four-story, 42-unit affordable apartment building at 1001-1005 Broadway on Tuesday night.

This coming just as the project cleared state environmental hurdles on Wednesday – seemingly all for naught.

The proposal was a partnership between the Traggorth Companies and The Neighborhood Developers (TND) to build 33 affordable and nine market rate one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, along with 1,100 square feet of retail space.

Needing four votes out of five on the ZBA to garner the special permit to cover rear setback, parking, and maximum lot coverage issues, board members Henry Wilson and Arthur Arsenault voted against granting the permit.

The future of the site is up in the air, according to David Traggorth of the Traggorth Companies. During the hearing, Traggorth said the partnership with TND to provide affordable rental units was the only feasible plan for the site.

“We don’t have a project,” said Traggorth after the meeting. “We weren’t kidding. We have to assess our options.”

Previously, Traggorth and TND worked together to create the Box District, with Traggorth developing the Atlas Lofts project within that district.

During the public hearing, many of the usual suspects of residential development were brought up by residents, including traffic and size of the project.

But underlying the typical concerns was a larger debate about the need for affordable rate rental units versus affordable home ownership in the city. While there was a general consensus among all attending the hearing that the need for affordable housing is among the city’s greatest needs, there was a difference of opinion on how to go about achieving that goal.

“We’ve been hearing this conversation about what we are building in Chelsea for a while now,” said City Councillor-At-Large Roy Avellaneda. As a councillor, Avellaneda said he has been a big supporter of affordable housing, sponsoring the Community Preservation Act (CPA) and supporting inclusionary zoning.

But Avellaneda said the pendulum has swung too far in the city toward providing only affordable rate rental units, and not building any affordable units for ownership.

“I am asking the board to say no to this project because it is not an ownership project,” he said. “Every parcel where we build a rental project is another lost opportunity for home ownership in this city.”

In the past decade, there have been 3,500 affordable housing units built in the city, all of them rentals, Avellaneda said.

“Affordable home ownership is being forced out; we’ve built affordable rentals but nothing for affordable ownership,” he said. “If you get the message out that we want ownership, it’s going to happen.”

The councillor noted that at many city meetings, those who come out and participate in the community are homeowners and not renters. Avellaneda said the two districts in Chelsea with the highest voter turnout are the two with the highest rates of home ownership.

However, several people spoke of the efforts of TND to get renters involved in the community process, and that the greatest need for affordable units is for rental units.

Maria Belen Power, associate executive director of Chelsea community organization GreenRoots, said her group supported the Broadway project.

“Seventy-five percent of people who live in Chelsea are renters,” she said. “We need is what the developer is showing.”

City Manager Thomas Ambrosino also voiced his support, noting that in his three years in the city, he has heard from no other developer with a plan for the vacant lot.

“This proposal meets the most critical need in the city, which is affordable housing,” Ambrosino said. “The complaint I hear most often in my office is the lament of the lack of affordable housing, and it is mostly renters who are being displaced. Many of those renters are long-time Chelsea residents.

“If you reject this, you are simply eliminating an affordable housing opportunity, and you are not providing an affordable housing ownership opportunity.”

The ZBA’s decision can be appealed in Superior Court or Land Court, according to John DePriest, the city’s director of planning and development.

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Encore Signs Agreement with Local Entertainment Group

Encore Boston Harbor added a local flavor to its five-star, $2.5 billion global resort this week, announcing that it has signed a lease with New England-based Big Night Entertainment Group to operate a 16,400-square-foot restaurant and lounge and an 8,000-square-foot luxury nightclub at the resort.

Named for both its alluring design and waterfront location along the Mystic River, ‘Mystique’ will be situated off the main esplanade of Encore Boston Harbor. The contemporary Asian-fusion menu will feature a spectacular array of artful sushi, traditional Asian delicacies and innovative new dishes.

The nightclub, dubbed ‘Memoire,’ will overlook the Encore Boston Harbor gaming floor and be one of the most glamorous nighttime entertainment destinations in New England, complete with luxury VIP bottle areas.

“Encore Boston Harbor will offer some of the most high-quality, entertaining and enjoyable dining and nightlife experiences in the nation, making Mystique and Memoire perfect fits,” said Bob DeSalvio, president of Encore Boston Harbor. “Big Night Entertainment Group owns and operates several of the most popular and award-winning restaurants and luxury nightclubs in the region and is very well respected in this marketplace. They know how to amaze people in every way and will help mark Encore Boston Harbor as the premier dining and nightlife destination for all who visit, live or work in the region.”

Big Night Entertainment Group principals Randy Greenstein, Ed Kane and Joe Kane designed Mystique as an energetic open-kitchen restaurant and lounge that will be richly appointed with Asian-inspired artwork and adornments from across the globe. The restaurant will seat more than 530 guests in its main dining room and three private dining rooms, including a 94-seat lounge with wrap-around bar that will entertain guests at night with music and small-plate offerings.

Memoire will accommodate up to 600 guests in an exuberant setting of gold, leather, marble and hand-blown glass chandeliers direct from the flea markets of Paris. A mezzanine level overlooks the main floor and features VIP bars and private lounge areas.

“Mystique and Memoire are destined to be flagship destinations at Encore Boston Harbor,” said Principal Ed Kane of Big Night Entertainment Group. “We are thrilled to be able to deliver the premier, first-class experience that guests will expect at the resort.”

Mystique and Memoire will be two of the 13 dining, lounge and casual food offerings located in the three-million square foot Encore Boston Harbor Resort. The other restaurants currently announced to be at Encore Boston Harbor are Sinatra and Fratelli. Sinatra, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award-winning Italian restaurant that is owned and operated by Wynn Resorts and located at Encore in Las Vegas, will be located adjacent to Mystique. Fratelli, a casual-Italian restaurant, will be operated by Boston North End restauranteurs Frank DePasquale and Nick Varano.

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Chelsea Fire Dept to Host Free Family Fire Safety Night Oct 13

The Chelsea Fire Department welcomes local families to a free Open House on Saturday, October 13, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The open house, sponsored by Papa Gino’s, is aimed at teaching families fire safety and prevention practices.  The Chelsea Fire Department Open House will be held at 307 Chestnut St.

This open house commemorates National Fire Safety week. Participants will receive safety tips such as “stop, drop and roll”, learn how to plan escape routes and how to crawl safely through a smoke-filled room.  In addition, Papa Gino’s, the Dedham, Mass.-based pizza chain, will provide free pizza and children’s fire safety activity sheets at the open house.

“This open house event allows us to reach out to the community and arm local families with fire safety tips and procedures,” said Chief Leonard Albanese.

Papa Gino’s is celebrating its 24th anniversary of sponsoring fire safety open houses throughout New England to encourage families to learn about fire safety.

For more information about the Chelsea Fire Department open house, call Deputy Chief Richard Perisie at (617)466-4620.

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Hundreds Join Roca for Its 30th Anniversary Celebration Party

An outpouring of community love, relentlessness and transformation echoed around Park Street Wednesday as the region’s leaders joined hundreds of young people, the adults that love them and community partners in celebrating Roca’s deep impact the last three decades.

Roca’s participants, staff, alumni and partners came together for a night of live music and food to celebrate Roca’s 30th anniversary. Roca leaders thanked the community, its partners and allies in making such a difference in young people’s lives.

“I am in awe of all of you and all the young people we have met, had the honor of working with the last 30 years and all of the Roca team, our partners and this community who made all this relentlessness possible,” said Roca Founder and CEO Molly Baldwin.

At the event, Roca honored its Roca30 Unsung Hero Awardees, including state Sen. Sal DiDomenico, Probation Commissioner Edward Dolan, Youth Services Commissioner Peter Forbes, Boston Police Captain Haseeb Hosein, Chelsea Police Captain David Batchelor, Hampden County First Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Fitzgerald and Kim Hanton, director of diversionary addiction services at North Suffolk Mental Health Association.

“These seven individuals work on issues and for people who are well out of the headlines and far from the limelight because it’s the right thing and because it makes a difference,” said Baldwin. “They are truly unsung heroes.”

Featured speakers at the event were Jay Ash, secretary of housing and economic development under Gov. Charlie Baker, Harry Spence, the former Receiver of Chelsea and Massachusetts Court Administration and Eric Rodriguez, a founding Roca youth member and lead pastor of The Way Church.

The most special part of the evening came when Roca also honored seven youth participants as unsung heroes as well – seven young people whose lives have been upended by Roca’s relentless outreach, its transformative programs and its many partnerships.

Those young people are:

  • Joseph Acosta
  • Caralis Rosario Hernandez
  • Dakwam Johnson
  • Ana Mejia
  • Amauris Melendez
  • Gage Morrow
  • Dennis Rodriguez

Each of the speakers paused to honor Roca and its team, in particular the driving force of the last 30 years – Molly Baldwin. Ash, the former Chelsea City Manager, presented Baldwin with a award honoring her service and summed up the accollades of many by noting her personal relentlessness as an indisputable driver of Roca’s success.

“If not for Molly Baldwin, there are so many people who wouldn’t be where they are or even alive today,” said Ash. “Molly’s life of service and her relentlessness is an inspiration to us all.”

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State Officials Seek to Reduce Stormwater Pollution

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), in partnership with the Statewide Stormwater Coalition, announced the launch of a new stormwater awareness campaign to help Massachusetts cities and towns comply with new federal stormwater management requirements. The announcement was made during an event at the Joseph H. Gibbons Elementary School in Stoughton.

“Stormwater runoff threatens the health of all water resources across Massachusetts,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “This unique public education campaign provides important information to residents, businesses and developers about what they can do to reduce these contaminants in our environment and keep our rivers and streams safe from pollution.”

The public awareness campaign, “Think Blue Massachusetts,” is designed to generate awareness among businesses and residents of the effects of stormwater pollution on waterways and wetlands and encourage people to do their part to reduce pollution from stormwater runoff. The campaign was developed by the Statewide Stormwater Coalition with a grant from MassDEP and will help 260 communities in Massachusetts meet new federal requirements for stormwater management. The new permit, called the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit, requires cities and towns to implement a host of stormwater pollution prevention efforts, including public educational activities and outreach to targeted audiences.

“The new campaign is a toolkit to help cities and towns meet the public education and outreach requirements of MS4,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “The material is available online and can be easily downloaded and customized to reflect a community’s individual needs. It provides one-stop shopping for our local officials who are working hard to meet these requirements.”

Stormwater runoff occurs when rain or snow-melt travels along roadways and parking lots and picks up contaminants on its way to local rivers, streams and groundwater sources. Contaminants – such as fertilizer, trash, oils, gasoline, solvents, pollen and pet waste – is washed into catch basins and into our stormwater systems and eventually discharged into the environment. The new requirements in the MS4 permits will reduce the overall amount of stormwater runoff entering our waterbodies.

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

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Police Briefs 10-11-2018

CHIEF KYES TO BE HONORED

The Northeast Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) Foundation will honor Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes for his continuous work on behalf of police departments throughout the Commonwealth.

Chief Kyes has taken the lead on immigration enforcement reform, police accreditation and police training. It was through his leadership and exhaustive work that the Commonwealth received a dedicated funding source for police training. He was instrumental in working with the Baker Administration to establish legislation creating a surcharge from car rental fees to subsidize police training.

Chief Kyes also serves on the Mass Chiefs of Police Executive Committee, the Municipal Police Training Committee, the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission and is the Chairman of the Massachusetts Chiefs Legislative Committee.

“Chief Kyes is a tireless advocate for police throughout Massachusetts,” NEMLEC Foundation Chairman Richard Raymond said. “We’re excited to honor him for his constant work to enhance public safety, and celebrate his accomplishments on behalf of all of the communities in the Commonwealth.”

BREAKING AND BARRICADING

On Oct. 7, at 12:15 p.m., officers were dispatched for a report of an unwanted male party that had forced himself into the residence at 13 Beacon Place and then barricaded himself into a bedroom. Officers were eventually able to arrest the subject for breaking and entering as well as malicious destruction of property.

Andres Aguilar, 36, of 13 Beacon Pl., was charged with breaking and entering in the day for a felony with a person in fear, wanton destruction of property under $1,200, and threatening to commit a crime.

EVICTED FROM UNDER THE BRIDGE

On Oct. 2, at 10:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to Carter Street under the Route 1 on-ramp, for individuals sleeping. The officers identified two individuals who were on state property inside a fenced-in area designated and posted “No Trespassing.”

Both were taken into custody.

Jose Tejada, 61, homeless, and Jose Burgos-Murillo, 61, homeless, were charged with trespassing on state property.

UNWELCOME COUSIN

On Oct. 3, at 11:12 a.m., officers were dispatched to 74 Bellingham St. for a report of a female party waving a knife at a male party. The victim told officers that he was putting his trash barrels away when he observed his female cousin banging on his door. He attempted to ask her to leave his property when he alleges she threatened him with a knife. She was placed under arrest.

Valerie Fields, 48, of 55 Cottage St., was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and one warrant.

ROAD RAGER CAUGHT

On Oct. 5, at 11 a.m., Officers responded to the area of Everett Avenue and Spruce Street for a report of a road rage incident in which a knife was displayed. The reporting party followed the suspects’ vehicle and informed dispatch of the updated location while awaiting officers’ arrival. Officers stopped the suspect vehicle and placed an occupant under arrest.

Carmen Claudio, 48, of 295 Spruce St., was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.Police Log

Thursday,  Sept. 20

Shreya Baskota, 31, 74 Parker St., Acton, was arrested for failure to stop for school bus, operating motor vehicle with restricted license.

Santiago Rodriguez Mendez, 18, 85 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Friday, Sept. 21

Egdon Padilla, 43, 27 Watts St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Tia Tavares, 26, 466 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Joseph Swan, 31, 101 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea, was arrested for disorderly conduct, threat to commit crime and vandalize property.

Saturday, Sept. 22

Alexander Palencia, 23, 277 Carter St., Chelsea, was arrested for disorderly conduct, assault with a dangerous weapon, malicious destruction of property, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer (2 counts), malicious destruction of property (2 counts).

Komlanvi Agogo, 25, 10 Louis St., Chelsea, was arrested for larceny from building (2 counts), possessing ammunition without FID card (2 counts) and threat to commit crime (2 counts).

Sunday, Sept. 23

Alberto Garcia, 51, 303 Carter St., Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing and shoplifting.

Monday, Oct. 1

Edward Hardy, 36, 39 Boylston St., Boston, was arrested on a warrant.

Hilda Villanueva-Sanbabria, 27, 63 Eustis St., Revere, was arrested for operating motor vehicle unlicensed and Immigration detainer.

Hilton Nunez Chavez, 25, 103 Leyden St., East Boston, was arrested for operating motor vehicle unlicensed.

Tuesday, Oct. 2

Joe Tejada, 61, Homeless, Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing.

Wednesday, Oct. 3

Van Thornhill, 27, 170 Newbury St., Peabody, was arrested on a warrant.

Valerie Fields, 48, 55 Cottage St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, threat to commit crime.

Leonides Bones, 61, 4 Fernboro St., Dorchester, was arrested on a warrant and possessing Class E drug.

Elbin Aguilar, 35, 127 Grove St., Chelsea, was arrested for ordinance violation.

Thursday, Oct. 4

Cesar Valentin, 32, 23 Eleanor St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Lekia Lewis, 40, 90 Malden St., Everett, was arrested on a warrant.

Friday, Oct. 5

Carmen Claudio, 48, 295 Spruce St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon.

Luis Chamizo, 48, 140 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested for witness intimidation and warrants.

Justin Delloiacono, 30, 27 Page St., Revere, was arrested for shoplifting.

Sunday, Oct. 7

Andres Aguilar, 36, 13 Beacon Pl., Chelsea, was arrested for breaking and entering daytime, wanton destruction of property and threat to commit crime.

Komlanvi Agogo, 25, 10 Louis St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Alberto Garcia, 51, 303 Carter St., Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing.

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Massachusetts Must Move Forward on Our Own

With the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, coming on the heels of the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, it is clear that the America as we have known it for the past 70 years, a time in which the United States attained and maintained its supremacy in the world and achieved unprecedented prosperity for its people, could be coming to an end. That may sound dramatic, but we don’t think it is overstating the case.

In our view, the principal reason why America has prospered since the end of WWII, despite our many missteps (Vietnam, Watergate, and Iraq being the top three) is because we have expanded the rights of all of our citizens and we have welcomed people from all over the world to partake of, and contribute to, our wealth and our democratic ideals.

As regards the latter point, we would note that the majority of the Nobel prizes awarded to Americans in recent years have been won by persons who were immigrants. And let’s not forget that Steve Jobs’s father came from Syria and the parents of one of the founders of Google emigrated from Russia. They came to this country, as immigrants always have and still do, to create a better life for themselves and their families and to contribute to their new country.

However, there should be no doubt that the newly-constituted Supreme Court not merely will take us back to the pre-1930s, but rather will be in the vanguard of a new movement.

The court in recent years already has eviscerated the Voting Rights Act and (via the Citizens United case) has entrenched the ability of the ultra-rich to throw unlimited amounts of cash into our electoral system.

Now, with the ascension of two more conservatives, the Supreme Court may turn back the clock on much of what most Americans have taken for granted for the past three generations in the realms of the rights of women, persons of color, and persons of different sexual orientations.

Hopefully, the Democrats will gain control of the House of Representatives in the fall — and we say that not so much because we love Democrats, but because we need at least one house of Congress to act as a check on the White House — but that will not change the direction of the Supreme Court.

So what does that mean for us in Massachusetts and the other states on the coasts (with a few pockets in between)?

In concrete terms, let us be welcoming to all people; let us be the safe harbors for a woman’s right to choose (when the Supreme Court eviscerates Roe v. Wade, as it surely will); let us increase the minimum wage and be supportive of unions; let us prepare for the effects of climate change; let us enforce strict gun laws (to keep crime and mass shootings down); and let us make our states’ educational systems world-class.

We need to be everything they are not

Think of it this way: Let’s build our state’s economy to take advantage of what they are giving up.

This will require two things: Out-of-the-box thinking by our elected leaders and an unprecedented partnership between the state and the business community, which must be convinced to partake of a partnership with the state in order to pursue our common goals.

In short, we must take our future into our own hands as we never before have imagined.

It will require  lot of hard work and sacrifice — but given what is happening at the national level, we have no choice.

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Sports 10-11-2018

CHS SPORTS ROUNDUP

Boys soccer team wins two, now 8-0-2

The Chelsea High boys soccer team won both of its contests this past week to remain undefeated wth an 8-0-2 record.

The Red Devils cruised past Northeast Regional, its traditional rival in the Large Division of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference, with a 5-1 victory this past Tuesday.

Chelsea jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 11 minutes of the contest and never looked back. Senior Gabriel Contreras started the party for the Red Devils with a goal at 4:00 when he took a long pass from his brother, center back Angel Contreras, at the top of the box, settled the ball nicely with one touch, and then drilled a shot past the Northeast keeper.

Four minutes later, Gabriel Contreras assisted on the next Chelsea goal, delivering a corner kick that was headed into the back of the net by Chelsea’s other center back, captain Jose Gutierrez.

Delmer Romero, Chelsea’s leading scorer with 18 goals on the season, then delivered what amounted to a knockout blow three minutes after that when he made a nice move at the top of the box and launched a bomb that cleanly beat the beleaguered Northeast keeper.

Chelsea took its 3-0 edge into the intermission and added to its advantage midway through the second half when Eric Barahona delivered a rocket from 30 yards out that caught the NE keeper slightly off his line. The teams traded goals in the final 20 minutes, with Romero scoring off a nice through ball from Gerson Hernandez.

“We came out flying,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki. “We got the big lead and never were threatened after that.”

The Red Devils handily took the measure of Nashoba Tech last Thursday, 7-1. Gabriel Contreras, assisted by Carlos Lopez, and senior Carlos Ayala, assisted by Gabriel Garcia, gave Chelsea a 2-0 lead in the opening half.

The Delmer Romero Show then took center stage, as the Red Devils’ top goal producer reached the back of the Nashoba net four times. Gabe Contreras potted his second of the game for the 7-1 finale.

Head coach Mick Milutinovic and his crew will seek to clinch a CAC Large title when they travel to Shawsheen today (Thursday). The Red Devils will trek to Presentation of Mary next Tuesday and then host Greater Lowell next Thursday.

CHS BOYS, GIRLS RUN PAST GR. LOWELL

Last Wednesday, senior captains Yarid Deras and Justin Turner had impressive wins to lead their respective teams to victory over Greater Lowell.

On the boys’ side, senior captain Julio Valladares came across the line in second place, 47 seconds behind Turner. Greater Lowell finished in the next two spots, but Chelsea grabbed the next three places to seal the meet.

Junior Jazmany Reyes, senior Wuilfido Hernandez, and sophomore Oscar Amaya finished fifth, sixth, and seventh respectively.  Red Devil Limilson Tavares also contributed to the scoring by displacing Gr. Lowell’s fourth and fifth runners for a final score of 21-36.

“We ran a lot tougher than last week,” said CHS head coach Don Fay of his boys’ squad, which now stands at 6-1 on the season. The Red Devils were set to host Northeast Regional and Medford yesterday (Wednesday) at Admirals Hill in a tri-meet.

For the Lady Red Devils, senior captain Jocelyn Poste was the next Chelsea girl to cross the line after Deras, taking fourth place. She was followed by Yarelis Torres in fifth and Sarei Carreto in sixth.

Junior Karina Avalos secured the victory with a ninth place finish for a final score of 25-30.

The triumph improves the Lady Red Devils’ record to 6-1. They were scheduled to host Notre Dame of Tyngsboro and Northeast Regional yesterday (Wednesday) at Admiral’s Hill.

CHS GIRLS SOCCER WINS TWO OF THREE CONTESTS

The Chelsea High girls soccer team enjoyed a successful week, winning two of its three contests with victories over Greater Lawrence and Nashoba Tech.

In a 5-3 win over Greater Lawrence last Monday, the Lady Red Devils were paced by Nancy Galdamez and Damaris Erazo, who scored two goals apiece.  Elena Ruiz added a solo tally and was credited with two assists. Kimberlyn Larios also earned an assist.

Three days later, the Chelsea girls edged Nashoba Tech, 3-2.  Galdamez, Chelsea’s leading scorer, once again reached the back of the opponent’s net for two goals. Gitu Degefa struck for a single goal. Erazo assisted on two of the markers and Ruiz was credited with one assist.

Sandwiched between the twin wins was the Lady Red Devils’ lone setback of the week, a 2-0 loss to Whittier Tech last Tuesday.

“The group is finding its rhythm and we are looking forward to our upcoming games,” said CHS head coach Randy Grajal, whose squad now stands at 3-6-1 overall and 3-5-1 in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference.

Grajal and his crew are scheduled to host Notre Dame Academy today (Thursday) and entertain Presentation of Mary Academy next Tuesday.

 

CHS FOOTBALL TEAM FACES MINUTEMAN TONIGHT

It was a short week of practice for the Chelsea High football team, which will take on Minuteman Regional today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at the Woburn High field.

The Red Devils dropped a 32-6 decision at Whittier Tech this past Saturday afternoon.

The principal highlight for the Chelsea gridmen was a 67 yard touchdown pass from Edward Escobar to Walter Gonzalez in the third period. Escobar came on in the second quarter in place of starting quarterback Matt Singh-Carranza, who had to leave the game with an injury.

Whittier capitalized on special teams opportunities to move out to a 26-0 lead at the half. The Red Devils made adjustments on defense after the intermission and yielded only a touchdown in the fourth quarter when the junior varsity players from both teams were on the field.

“This is our growing-pain season,” said CHS head coach Rasi Chau. “Our kids continue to keep getting better every week and I am proud of every single one of them and I’m proud of my staff, who continue to keep coaching these kids up every week.”

Bruins Beat

by Bob Morello

Bruins pick up the pace

Tonight (Thursday), the Bruins will host the Edmonton Oilers, led by the ‘master on ice,’ Connor McDavid, and former Bruin Milan Lucic. The Oilers come to TD Garden well rested, having opened the 2018-19 season at home last Saturday, October 6th. In that game the Oilers absorbed a 5-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils, putting their early record at 0-1-0, and four days off between games. The Bruins on the other hand have posted a 2-1-0 record with recent wins over both the Buffalo Sabres, and most recently their 6-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday, to start their current three-game homestand.

For Boston, Head Coach Bruce Cassidy admits that he is still sorting out his roster despite their two-game win streak. It may be that the China trip has factored in his being able to solidify his roster, although early in the season is the time to juggle the lineup to solidly identify the best combination of forwards, and the most comfortable defensive pairings. In reference to the China trip, the fact that half the preseason had one half of the team playing a pair of games in China, while the other half performed and practiced locally – might not be an issue, but time will answer that question.

The Boston performance versus the Senators once again was a glaring display of just how important Patrice Bergeron is to this Bruins team. His hat trick on Monday boosted his goals scored to four in three games. The Bs top line with Bergeron and wingers Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, continues to be described by many as…the best line in the NHL – and with good reason as the three posted 11 points in the win over the Sens, and their combined point total in the three games to date, shines with a cumulative 18 points.

In Cassidy’s postgame interview, he sounded impressed with the play of Anders Bjork, the progress on Danton Heinen, as well as the play of newbies to the team, Chris Wagner who scored his first goal as a Bruin, and John Moore. Charlie McAvoy continues to play a strong, steady game, earning a trio of assists in the Senators’ game, with Noel Acciara and Sean Kuraly performing to fairly high standards to this point.

Following tonight’s Oilers invasion, the Bruins will next host the Detroit Red Wings on Garden ice (Saturday 3:00pm), before hitting the road for four games in seven nights, including three games on the West Coast, to face the Calgary Flames (Wednesday 10/17 @ 9:30pm), a stop in Edmonton (Thursday 10/18 @ 9:00pm), and a night with the Vancouver Canucks (Saturday 10/20 @ 10:00pm), finishing up their four-game road trip with a final stop in Ottawa on Tuesday, 10/23 @ 7:30 p.m..

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Obituaries 10-11-2018

Faublas Etienne

Chef in USA and former Judge in Haiti

Faublas Etienne passed away at his Revere home on Saturday morning, Oct. 6 surrounded by his loving family.  He was 86 years old.

Born in Saint-Michel-de-l’ Attalaye Gonaives, Haiti, the beloved son of the late Gabelius Etienne and Elvira Pierre, Faublas was a former judge in Haiti but when he came to the United States he made his living as a chef.  He worked as a chef in New York for several years before moving to Massachusetts.  Faublas dedicated 28 years of service as a chef at the Sheraton Newton Hotel, retiring in 2013.

A Revere resident for the last 16 years, Faublas was a member of the Haitian Missionary Church in Somerville.  As a member of the men’s group, he participated in many church activities over the years.  He will be greatly missed by his large family and friends in the community.

The beloved husband of Marie J. (Norvil) Etienne, he was the devoted father of Virginie Etienne Bois, Fournel Etienne, Faubert Etienne, Yola Etienne, Jeff Etienne, Kennel Etienne, Kenny Etienne, Mirlande Cenat and the late Josette Etienne and Wesner Etienne, dear brother of Yolande Etienne of Florida and Marie Ange Etienne of Port au Prince, Haiti.  Faublas is also lovingly survived by 27 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Faublas’ visiting hours at the Haitian Missionary Church of Somerville, 100 Temple St., Somerville on Friday, Oct. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.  His funeral will be from the above named Church on Saturday at 10 a.m.  An hour of visitation will be held prior to the service, from 9 to 10 a.m. Interment will conclude the service at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea.

Susan Jean Pizzano

March 28, 1953 – September 24, 2018

Susan Jean (Perry)_Pizzano of East Boston passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 24. She was 65 years old.

The wife of 39 years to Henry Pizzano III of East Boston and formerly of Chelsea. Susan was born in Lynn and grew up in Saugus. She was a graduate of Saugus High School, Class of 1971. Susan worked in all aspects of the department store industry. Later in life, she was a school bus driver as well as a taxi driver and dispatcher with No. Shore Taxi Co. She retired in 2000. She was an animal lover at heart.

Susan was the daughter of the late Paul L. and Inez (Puffer) Perry and sister of the late Christine Collins. She is survived by her husband, Henry; sister, Barbara Maw of Nashua, NH, brothers, Paul Perry of Loudon, NH and Robert Perry of Pennsylvia and her brother in law, Cliff Collins of Hinesburg, Vt. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews as well as her beloved cat Lucy “Lulu.” Funeral services were private with arrangements by Anthony Memorial-Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave, Salem, MA 01970

Kathy Ann Dwyer

Of Chelsea

Kathy Ann Dwyer 68 of Chelsea passed away peacefully at the Everett Nursing Rehab and Nursing Center in Everett on September 27, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her parents, David L. Dwyer and Hazel G. Dwyer, and a brother David L. Dwyer, Jr.  She is survived by 7 brothers and sisters:  William and J. Barry, both of Chelsea, Robert of Pennysylvania, Richard of Boston, a sister Linda of Georgetown, Ma., a twin brother Michael of Penna., and her sister Jacqueline of Saugus, Ma. as well as many nieces and nephews.

Kathy worked for many years as a bookkeeper and for awhile owned and operated her own dance studio in Chelsea.  As a  lifelong resident of Chelsea, Kathy had many dear friends and acquaintances.  She had a very endearing personality and a big heart.  To know her was to love her.  She will be sadly missed.

In addition to the wonderful care that Kathy received at the Everett Nursing Facility for the past several years, she was also given tremendous love and affection from the Compassionate Care Hospice in her time of need.  The family is forever indebted to both outstanding agencies.  Through the benevolence of the Casper Funeral Home of Boston, arrangements were made.  Burial services will be private.

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