Chelsea’s Justin Turner is coming off of a league MVP season in Cross Country, and has been racking up wins for indoor track this winter as well. The senior captain said he loves chemistry, but hopes to working in computer programming. Here, he is shown running the two-mile at a meet last Weds., Jan 9, during a meet at Lynn Tech.
When Chelsea High track standout Justin Turner hits the last lap of a two-mile race, it isn’t so much the training or preparation, but the mental toughness to find energy that just isn’t there. He would know.
The senior captain has prevailed in most
every two-mile event already in the indoor track season, and he also made a
huge splash in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC) as the League MVP in
“I think the finish is more mental, probably
because you know you’re so close to the finish and you want to do anything you
can to get there and also hold off anyone who is exact same thing to try to
catch you…At the beginning, I try to hold off the adrenaline rush for the
start. It’s about getting a good pace and settling in and focusing. On the last
few laps, you pull out everything you have left in order to finish – and that’s
the mental part.”
Turner, 17, attended the Early Learning
Center, the Berkowitz Elementary, the Wright Middle School and Chelsea High. He
said he started being athletic at a young age, playing football and other youth
sports, and becoming the athlete in his family.
He began cross country and track his
freshman year, and has participated continuously all four years. Having been
mentored by star athlete Jose LeClerc, who graduated last year, Turner said he
stepped up to lead the team this year. Though he is a quiet leader, he said
that he believes other team members look up to him.
Turner said he enjoys distance running
because it’s a very controlled sport.
“It’s more about paying attention to what
I’m doing and not getting distracted by what’s around me,” he said.
“You have to motivate yourself and if you
don’t it’s hard to stay focused,” he added.
When it comes to the classroom, Turner has
never had a GPA below 3.5, and he said he enjoys chemistry the most. However,
he hopes to focus his attention on computer programming in the future.
He said his older sister is involved in
that, and he watched her over the summer programming video games, and he felt
that was something he really wanted to do.
He has applied to seven colleges so far, but
said he hopes to be able to go to Suffolk University so he can try to run track
and cross country there as well.
Beyond the classroom and the athletic
fields, one might have seen Turner in the front row of the concert band, where
he plays flute and piccolo.
He said his mom and dad, Russell and Erikka
Turner, have been a support system throughout his track career not only for
himself, but also the whole team.
“My mom and dad and family came to my first
meet and they always come when they can,” he said. “They support me throughout
my years and they support the rest of the team too. They don’t just support me,
but everyone on the team.”
Turner also has three siblings, Jyllian,
Teri and Kyle, and he said he has enjoyed growing up in Chelsea.
“There is a stereotype out there that Chelsea
isn’t the best place, but people in this community fight that stereotype and
they do everything they can to make it the best city it can be,” he said.
Chelsea Chief Brian Kyes introduced Gov. Charlie Baker to a room of police chiefs from around the state during Tuesday’s meeting of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs of Police Association. The meeting took place in Everett, and Gov. Baker made a major public safety policy announcement at the gathering in regard to criminal background checks. See Page 5 for more photos.
Standing alongside Chief Brian Kyes, Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday re-filed legislation to provide law enforcement and the courts with additional tools to ensure dangerous criminals are held in custody pending trial.
First filed on September 6, 2018, the
proposal would expand the list of offenses that can provide grounds for a
dangerousness hearing and close certain loopholes at the start and end of the
criminal process that currently limit or prevent effective action to address
legitimate safety concerns. Governor Baker made the announcement in Everett at
the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs of Police Association Meeting, an
Association Chief Kyes is the leader of.
“Public safety is a fundamental
responsibility of government and in order to fulfill that duty, we must allow
local police and district attorneys to effectively deal with people who
repeatedly break the law,” said Governor Baker. “Last session we enacted
several provisions to ensure that a small lapse in judgment doesn’t ruin a
life, and we must now give law enforcement, prosecutors and the courts the
tools they need to keep our communities safe. We look forward to working with
the Legislature to pass this important bill.”
The proposal will strengthen the ability of
judges to enforce the conditions of pre-trial release by empowering police to
detain people who they observe violating court-ordered release conditions;
current law does not allow this, and instead requires a court to first issue a
“Loopholes in the current system limit or
prevent effective action to address legitimate safety concerns,” said
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “This bill will empower law enforcement with
the flexibility and tools they need to protect their communities from dangerous
Under this proposal, judges will be
empowered to revoke a person’s release when the offender has violated a
court-ordered condition, such as an order to stay away from a victim, or from a
public playground. Current law requires an additional finding of dangerousness
before release may be revoked.
“A defendant’s past criminal history should
absolutely be considered as a factor at any such dangerousness hearing rather
than just the alleged crime that is currently before the court,” said
Kyes, Chelsea Police Chief and President of the Massachusetts Major City
Chiefs. “It is essential that in conducting a proper risk analysis in
order to determine whether the defendant is to be considered a potential danger
to any victim, witness or to the public in general, that their past criminal
history – especially as it pertains to previous convictions for violent crimes
– is considered and weighed based on its relevancy pertaining to a demonstrated
propensity to commit violence. This bill will rectify the existing gap that
currently occurs during a dangerousness hearing.”
The legislation also expands the list of
offenses which can provide grounds for a dangerousness hearing including crimes
of sexual abuse and crimes of threatened or potential violence. It also follows
the long-standing federal model in including a defendant’s history of serious
criminal convictions as grounds that may warrant a dangerousness hearing.
Current law requires courts to focus only on the crime charged and ignore a
defendant’s criminal history when determining whether the defendant may be the
subject of this sort of hearing.
Additional provisions of this legislation:
•Improves the system for notifying victims
of crimes of abuse and other dangerous crimes when a defendant is going to be
released by creating clear lines of responsibility among police, prosecutors
and corrections personnel to notify victims about an offender’s imminent
release from custody, and create a six-hour window for authorities to inform a
victim before an offender is allowed to be released.
•Creates a new felony offense for cutting
off a court-ordered GPS device.
•Requires that the courts develop a text
message service to remind defendants of upcoming court dates, reducing the
chance they will forget and have a warrant issued for their arrest.
•Allows dangerousness hearings at any point
during a criminal proceeding, rather than requiring a prosecutor to either seek
a hearing immediately or forfeit that ability entirely, even if circumstances
later arise indicating that the defendant poses a serious risk to the
•Requires that the probation department,
bail commissioners and bail magistrates notify authorities who can take
remedial action when a person who is on pre-trial release commits a new offense
anywhere in the Commonwealth or elsewhere.
•Creates a level playing field for appeals
of district court release decisions to the superior court by allowing appeals
by prosecutors, in addition to defendants, and giving more deference to
determinations made in the first instance by our district court judges.
•Creates a task force to recommend adding
information to criminal records so that prosecutors and judges can make more
informed recommendations and decisions about conditions of release and possible
detention on grounds of dangerousness.
also closes loopholes at the start and end of the criminal process that
currently limit or prevent effective action to address legitimate safety concerns.
It extends the requirement that police take the fingerprints of people arrested
for felonies to all people arrested, regardless of the charge, to ensure that
decisions about release can be made with knowledge of a person’s true identity
and full criminal history. It also allows, for the first time, bail
commissioners and bail magistrates to consider dangerousness in deciding
whether to release an arrestee from a police station when court is out of
Ryan Dion has fond memories of his days
growing up in Melrose and traveling to Route 1 to enjoy a steak at the Hilltop.
“Route 1 is my old stomping ground,” said
Dion, who graduated from Melrose High (Class of 1999) and UNH with a degree in
Business and Hospitality. “The old
Hilltop was family dinner most Saturday nights. I remember waiting two hours for
seating in Sioux City, Kansas City, and Dodge City. I use to run around the old
phone booths with my brothers.”
Dion is now the chief operating officer of
110 Grill, which just celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting
ceremony at its newest location on Route 1 in Saugus.
The 110 Grill in Saugus is the restaurant
group’s 18th location and it sits majestically on the former site of the
legendary Hilltop Steakhouse. The ribbon-cutting ceremony featured the lighting
of the iconic Hilltop cactus.
Asked to describe 110
Grill, Dion replied, “110 Grill is upscale, casual, American cuisine in a
trendy, casual atmosphere.”
110 Grill features
steaks, seafood, a variety of sandwiches, salads, and appetizers, as well as
monthly rotating specials that the chefs create.
Appetizers range from $7
to $15. Entrees range from $14 to $30.
Why have the 110 Grill
restaurants – now in three states (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York)
proven to be so popular with diners?
“I believe it’s three
things – great food, great service, and the great ambiance,” said Dion. “What I
love about our concept is being upscale casual, you can come in here in a
business suit and have a $32 ribeye and a bottle of Duckhorn Cabernet, or you
come in shorts and sandals from the beach, sit at the bar and have a burger and
a beer. Either way, you fit in.”
The restaurants seats 155
persons, with a private function room available for lunch, dinner, and cocktail
“We’re absolutely excited
to get to know the local folks,” said Dion. “We have a great crew working here
from Saugus, Melrose, Revere, Lynn, and other area communities.”
110 Grill appears destined to be a huge hit on the local restaurant scene.
It’s been so long since Chelsea has sought
out a new superintendent that there isn’t even a current job description.
For so many years, Boston University (BU)
appointed a superintendent as it ran the public schools for decades, and when
current Supt. Mary Bourque came into the role, it was long-decided that she
would succeed former Supt. Tom Kingston – the last BU appointee.
Now, for the first time in 30 or 40 years,
the School Committee will be tasked with finding a new leader for the public
“This is all new to all of us,” said Chair
Rich Maronski. “It’s even new to the School Department. They don’t even have a
job description for superintendent. They have to create one now, which tells
you how long it’s been.”
Bourque said the Collins Center was most
recently used by the schools to hire Monica Lamboy, the business administrator
who took the place of Gerry McCue. She said it was also used to hire City
Manager Tom Ambrosino and former City Manager Jay Ash.
“The first couple of steps will go slowly,
but from the middle of February to May it will be intense,” she said. “I can’t
be involved in it then. I’ll be more of the logistics part. There is a lot of
community input, but it’s a School Committee decision. Chelsea hasn’t had a
search since before BU…One interesting point is we don’t have any internal
candidates. In Revere, Supt. Paul Dakin was succeeded by an internal candidate,
Dianne Kelly. None of our internal candidates feel they are ready to move up.
Because of that, it’s going to be an outside candidate.”
Maronski, Supt. Bourque and the rest of the
Committee met with the Collins Center last Thursday, Jan. 10, to go over the
timelines and parameters of the upcoming search.
“It’s all structured by the Collins Center,”
he said. “They are looking at the May 2 School Committee meeting for us to vote
on this. That would be the first Thursday in May. I believe they will want to
get it done by June because that’s a very busy month for us. I think the
Collins Center is pretty good. They had all the dates worked out and structured
for us. That helps.”
The notice of a job opening will go out on
Feb. 8, and focus groups of teachers, staff, parents and community groups will
form about the same time. They will be charged with coming up with a candidate
profile that will be used by a Screening Committee to review all of the
The Screening Committee will be selected by
the School Committee on March 7, and it will be made up of appointed members,
including City Manager Tom Ambrosino, parents and teachers.
They will conduct private interviews of
candidates in April, and they will forward a public list of finalists to the
Committee around April 4. Community forums and public interviews will take
place from April 22 to 25.
A contract is proposed to be signed by May
Bourque said she will remain on through
December 2019 so that she can mentor the new person and help transition them
into the “Chelsea way.” Since it will be an outside candidate, she said that
will be critical.
“Chelsea has a very strong reputation and coming
in with a solid transition plan with the exiting superintendent to help them is
something people will like,” she said. “At the same time, it is an urban district
and it is a complex district. Some people don’t like that, others do.”
Between taking her kids to gymnastics and riding
her bike from her Somerville home to the CHA Everett (formerly the Whidden),
Dr. Erika Fellinger somehow finds time to perform just about any kind of
surgery that might walk through the doors of the community hospital.
Her dedication and listening skills, many
say, are notable, and it is one of many reasons she was recently named a Boston
‘Top Doc’ in the latest issue of Boston Magazine. Once a year, the magazine
highlights several doctors and specialists who have gone above and beyond in
the medical profession. This year, Fellinger was recognized.
“It was a surprise, and it’s an honor,” she
said. “I think it speaks a lot for CHA. I love my colleagues. We have a mission
driven group of physicians and I consider myself one of them. I love my
patients and listening to their stories and knowing their families and the
staff here. I think if that’s what gets you ‘Top Doc,’ then there needs to be
more of it. That’s really what we need more of in medicine. We need people who
enjoy the stories and the people. I’ve been on the other end as a patient and I
know how it feels. Even if I can’t fix them, the listening I can do is
Fellinger didn’t come by way of Harvard or
Boston University, like many top doctors in the area, but rather by way of the
mountains and valleys of practicing community medicine in Vermont – with a few
years training in Africa as a member of the Peace Corps as well.
She said the key for her has been to focus
on the patients of Everett, Chelsea and Revere and really get to know them. As
a general surgeon mostly conducting minimally invasive surgery, she can be
doing everything from removing a gall bladder to repairing a knee to treating a
gunshot wound that cannot wait.
In the midst of those procedures, she said
she has always made an effort to visit with the patients – learning about them
whether they are five generations in Everett or they have just arrived from any
number of countries around the world.
“General surgery isn’t usually warm and
fuzzy, but I feel fortunate the training I had in Vermont featured role models
that listened to patients and their stories,” she said. “It helped to find out
what was wrong with them. Coming down here, I realize now that was a really
unique experience and I am fortunate.”
Fellinger, 50, was born in Washington, D.C.,
but said her “hippie” mom retreated to Maine when she was 11. As the oldest of
five children, she said there wasn’t a lot of money, but there was always a lot
of work to be done. She got a big break in landing a scholarship to Smith College.
After college, though, this non-traditional surgeon took another
non-traditional route on her way to the operating room.
“After college, I thought I wanted to go to
medical school, but wanted to get experience so I joined the Peace Corps,” she
said. “I ended up in Africa for four years. It was life changing. I still have
friends there, and with cell phones, it’s much easier to talk to them now.”
She returned to the United States and
enrolled in the University of Vermont Medical School (which is Maine’s in-state
medical school). She married a Vermonter, and was a resident for 10 years up
there, later completing a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Bay State
Medical Center in western Massachusetts.
Some 14 years ago, she got an offer to come
to the “big city,” being offered a position at the former Whidden and at
Cambridge Hospital. Going back and forth between the two facilities, however,
was challenging. Soon, she was able to decide between the two, and she chose
“I had a choice between Cambridge and
Whidden and I chose Whidden,” she said. “I loved it. It’s a great operating
staff. Everybody really cares and bends over backwards to help out. I also love
the patients. My practice has grown. I see many of my patients out in Everett
when I go to eat, and I’ve even seen patients while taking a steam at Dillon’s
Russian Steam Bath in Chelsea.”
The hospital has changed, she said, but only
for the better – as she noted everyone is now board certified and it’s much
more academic. She said she often describes herself to patients as a “butts and
guts surgeon” due to the fact that general surgery can entail both parts of the
More than anything, she said she enjoys
being a compassionate physician who could face just about any kind of care.
“It’s a community hospital,” she said. “I
love being able to take care of anything that comes through the door.”
married, and has three children between the ages of 13 and 8. They make their
home in Somerville.
City Manager Tom Ambrosino said this week he
is preparing new City regulations that would govern the short-term rental
market (known as AirBNB) in Chelsea.
That comes after Gov. Charlie Baker and the
State Legislature worked out a sudden compromise at the end of the year to a
bill that had been stalled since the summer. That bill was signed into law and
went into effect statewide on Jan. 1. While it governs the practice, it also
leaves a lot of room for cities to come up with their own regulations and to
tax such entities.
Ambrosino said he hoped to have something to
the Council in March.
“I’m working on them now,” he said. “I hope
to have a proposal up to the Council with new regulations and requirements
about the local options taxes that we want to collect. I’ve been working on
some drafts and we’ll circulate those internally. We’ll have a proposal to
submit in early March.”
Both houses of the state legislature and
Gov. Charlie Baker found a sudden compromise at the end of December in their
two-year session to push through the stalled short-term rental bill – which
Gov. Baker signed into law on Friday, Dec. 28.
The bill has been a long time in the making
and has been shepherded through the legislature for years by State Rep. Aaron
Michlewitz of the North End, who was happy to see the compromise reached.
Short-term rentals are not a major issue at
the moment in Chelsea, but there are more than a few out there. More are
expected due to the proximity of the city to the airport and the Encore Boston
One of the keys of the state law is that it
will be obvious who operates them and where, something that is kind of a
The new law requires a statewide registry of
operators, something the governor had opposed for some time until late in the
It also levies a 5.7 percent state tax on
all short-term rental units, and allows cities and towns to levy their own
local taxes as well. In Boston, it is proposed to put an additional 6 percent
on each short-term rental unit.
The trade-off with the registry for the
governor seems to be a provision that allows for anyone renting out a unit for
14 days or less to avoid the taxation portion of the law. It was uncertain, but
it initially did appear that those units would have to participate in the
Ambrosino said they would undoubtedly push
to go for the maximum 6 percent local option taxes.
go for the maximum option,” he said. “We’ll look at the Boston ordinance as a
model. It was well-crafted. We’ll make sure rentals are adequately inspected
and safety is addressed.”
When one considers that it has been almost
51 years since Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, it is easy to
understand why so many of our fellow Americans today have so little
understanding of who he was and what he accomplished.
Every school child for the past generation
knows well the story of Martin Luther King. But an elementary school textbook
cannot truly convey the extent to which he brought about real change in our
country. To anyone under the age of 50, Martin Luther King is just
another historical figure. But for those of us who can recall the 1960s, a time
when racial segregation prevailed throughout half of our country and overt
racism throughout the other half, Martin Luther King stands out as one of the
great leaders in American history, a man whose stirring words and perseverance
in his cause changed forever the historical trajectory of race relations in
America, a subject that some historians refer to as the Original Sin of the
However, as much as things have changed for
the better in the past 50 years in terms of racial equality in our society, it
also is clear that we still have a long way to go before can say that all
Americans are judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of
their character, as Dr. King famously put it in his speech at the Lincoln
Memorial in 1963.
It is clear that there is a movement in our
country that seeks to take away many of the hard-fought gains of the past 50
years. The shootings and deaths of African-Americans while in police custody
that have shocked all of us in the past few years are just the tip of the
iceberg. Much more significant have been the judicial decisions that have
stripped away key provisions of the voting rights act, the disproportionate
treatment and incarceration of minorities for drug-related offenses, and the
voter ID laws and gerrymandering in many states that, in the words of a federal
court in North Carolina, attain with surgical precision the goal of preventing
people of color from being fairly represented in government at all levels.
“What would Dr. Martin Luther King
do?” we often ask ourselves. We can’t say for sure, but we do know that he
that as much as King accomplished in his lifetime, he would be the first to
understand that his work for which he gave his life still is far from done —
and we can only hope that his spirit and courage can continue to inspire this
and future generations to bring about a world in which all persons are treated
with dignity and respect.
On Dec. 31, at 10 p.m., officers were
dispatched to 144 Bloomingdale St. for a report of a past armed
robbery. Upon arrival, Officers spoke to the victim who stated while
driving his car he was cut off by a vehicle on Bloomingdale St. He told
officers that the two males exited the sedan and approached him saying that he
had just struck their car.
The passengers of the suspect’s car then
proceeded to rob him of his wallet and its contents. A short time later, the
officers received information on the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle and
stopped it. The victim was able to identify the two males in the car as the
persons that robbed him. Both were taken into custody.
Rigoberto Ruiz-Cadiz, 22, of 146
Bloomingdale St.; and Efrain Alicea, 22, of 64 Addison St., were both charged with
NEW YEAR’S (WINDOW)
On Jan. 1, at 11:30 a.m., CPD officers
responded to 140 Shawmut St. for a report of an intoxicated male party that had
destroyed a window to a residence. Upon arrival, a witness pointed out the male
individual who caused the damage. He was placed under arrest for malicious
destruction of property.
Ernesto Bonilla, 18, of East Boston, was
charged with malicious destruction of property under $1,200.
TRIED TO USE A STOLEN
On Jan. 3, at 6:50 p.m., CPD officers
responded to the Homewood Suites Inn for a report of a male party attempting to
use a stolen credit card. At the hotel, the officers spoke with a hotel
employee, who stated that the suspect just fled the hotel after he tried to pay
for a room with a stolen credit card. A short time later, the same male was
attempting to secure a room at the Residence Inn with another stolen credit
card. He was placed under arrest.
Andy Joseph, 34, of 1 Webster Ave., was
charged with unlicensed operation, possession of an open container in a motor
vehicle, larceny of a credit card, and two counts of uttering/forging a credit
On Jan. 5, at 10:55 a.m., a CPD officer on
foot was patrolling Luther Place. The officer observed a male party in the
area behind 466 Broadway drinking out of a bottle of liquor. The male was
placed under arrest drinking in public.
Jose Martinez, 56, of East Boston, was
charged with violating the public drinking ordinance.
DA ROLLINS CHOOSES
CHIEF OF STAFF
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael
Rollins announced last week that Jennifer Grace Miller will be her Chief of
Staff, citing Miller’s broad experience in senior government positions,
including stints at two statewide law enforcement agencies.
Miller’s first day will be Feb. 1, 2019.
Miller has most recently served as Counsel
to the Massachusetts Senate, where she was the chief legal counsel to 40
senators and approximately 200 staff members. Prior to joining the Senate,
Miller was Chief of the Government Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney
General’s office. As Chief, Miller supervised roughly 100 lawyers and staff in
three divisions. She previously served as the Bureau’s Deputy Chief and as an
assistant attorney general in the Administrative Law Division, focusing
primarily on civil appellate work. Among other high-profile litigation, Miller
argued the Massachusetts buffer zone case,McCullen v. Coakley, at the United
States Supreme Court.
Miller began her public service career as
Senior Staff Counsel at the Supreme Judicial Court. She then served as
Assistant Solicitor General in the New York Attorney General’s office.
“Jennifer Grace Miller is a smart, dedicated
public servant with deep experience managing complex government institutions
and sophisticated litigation,” District Attorney Rollins said. “She has worked
in all three branches of government and will bring a trusted set of skills and
perspective to the District Attorney’s office.”
She also serves
as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission.
Dilcia Menjivar, 31, 39 Lawton Ave., Lynn,
was arrested for intimidation.
Rigoberto Ruiz-Cadiz, 22, 146 Bloomingdale
St., Chelsea, was arrested for armed robbery.
Efrain Alicea, 22, 64 Addison St., Chelsea, was
arrested for armed robbery.
Ernesto Bonilla, 18, 155 Lexington St., East
Boston, was arrested for malicious destruction of property.
Julio Portillo, 52, Pine Street Inn, Boston,
was arrested for resisting arrest and on a warrant.
Yancarlos Mejia-Gonzalez, 31, 72 Upham St.,
Malden, was arrested for operating motor vehicle with suspended license,
failing to stop for police, red light violation and immigration detainer.
Darnell Booth, 37, 560 Beach St., Revere,
was arrested for probation warrant.
Carlos Ramos, 51, 27 Watts St., Chelsea, was
arrested for operating motor vehicle unlicensed.
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John Lewis, 34, 292 Salem St., Revere, was
arrested on a warrant.
Andy Joseph, 34, 1 Webster Ave., Chelsea,
was arrested for operating motor vehicle unlicensed, possessing open container
of alcohol in motor vehicle, larceny of credit card, utter forged credit card
Jose Martinez, 56, 264 Bennington St., East
Boston, was arrested for ordinance violation of alcoholic beverage,
Faisal Yerow, 23, 120 Central Ave., Chelsea,
was arrested for probation warrant.
Quincy Parker, 42, 90 Marlborough St., Chelsea,
was arrested on a warrant.
The Chelsea High School choir group, led by Co-Directors Peter Pappavasselio and Cole Lundquist, is pictured with CHS Principal Lex Mathews and State Rep. Brad Jones before their performance at the inauguration ceremony for Gov. Charlie Baker.
When Gov. Charlie Baker heard the Chelsea
High advanced choir group Cantare perform at the Chelsea Soldiers Home Veterans
Day program, he was very impressed.
Soon after Baker’s office contacted
Performing Arts Lead teacher and Cantare Co-Director Peter Pappavasselio and
invited the group to perform at his inauguration at the State House.
Pappavasselio accepted the invitation and on
Jan. 3, 24 CHS students had the high honor of performing at the inauguration.
The students, attired in their black and
white formal costume attire, performed the song, “On Winter Mountain,” in front
of Gov. Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, and all of the constitutional officers,
state senators, state representatives, judges, and other distinguished guests
“The song denotes winter imagery, but it
ends with this feeling of peace and contentment,” said Pappavasselio, who
co-directs the group with Cole Lundquist.
A former outstanding high school and college
vocalist with a rich history in music production, Pappavasselio fully
understands the personal and historical significance of being able to perform
at the gubernatorial inauguration which is a quadrennial happening.
“It’s a once-in-a-career, if you’re lucky,
performance,” said Pappavasselio.
co-director said the group has received several accolades for its superb
performance that was captured live by television cameras from the Boston
Supt. of Schools Dr. Mary Bourque and
Principal Lex Mathews were able to attend the inauguration and enjoy the
students’ performance in person. Both administrators were understandably quite
proud of the students.
“A lot of people saw it on television and
it’s being shown on YouTube,” said Pappavasselio.
Next up for
Cantare is the district concert on March 20 at the Williams School.