That’s the message from Encore Boston Harbor
President Bob DeSalvio when it comes to the preparations for the opening of the
resort casino on June 23. DeSalvio said that hiring a majority of the workers
to train for three weeks, as compared to the one-week average in the industry,
will be worth every penny.
“In general we are in a very good position
right now,” he said on Tuesday. “I feel like the construction, the hiring and
the trainings are all coming together extremely well. Right now the number one
item is about working on training and role playing on our own people in
preparation for the arrival of our first guests. It was good to get the team in
early and have the mass orientation on June 3. The access to the building was
critical to making sure we had the necessary time to prepare.”
DeSalvio said many in the industry will
bring on most employees about a week ahead of opening. Some might stretch that
to two weeks. However, a three week, 20-day solid training period is unique.
“We have a full 20 days to completely
fine-tine and have five-star service levels and standards,” he said. “That’s a
big part of what we do. It’s an expanded preparation time, but that’s important
to us…Literally having three weeks is pretty unique, but it’s worth every penny
because we’ll get to thoroughly train our team members to that we can expect to
deliver a flawless opening.”
Right now, workers are busy role playing,
helping one another, and collaborating with helpers from the Las Vegas resorts
– who are initiating the new workers from the Boston area into the company
“The next couple days we start very
intensive role playing preparations with our team – we’ll eat at the
restaurants and walk all of the corridors,” he said. “We plan to occupy every
single guest room before guests arrive…We want to make sure we’ve got
everything covered. By occupying the rooms, it gives us a chance to see everything
to make sure it’s working – the air conditioners, the lighting and the TV. It’s
a great way to get it done instead of waiting for guests to come in and have to
bring something like that to our attention.”
That also goes for the kitchens – cooking
meals for practice to make sure everything is working correctly and all of the
materials are in place for when the first guests arrive.
DeSalvio said a good deal of what is
happening now on the construction front is interior work and bringing in food
and retail supplies.
The construction phase, he said, is done for
the most part – meaning that the largest single-phase construction project in
the state’s history came in on time.
“Construction is winding down,” he said.
“They’re doing minor landscaping and doing some interior finish work. But for
the most part, the construction has been completed.”
One of the more stunning aspects of the
building, DeSalvio said, was the sunset views of the Mystic River Valley facing
west. While the Boston skyline views are tremendous, DeSalvio said the views of
the Mystic are special because they have never been seen before.
“One of the unique aspects of the building
is the views from various angles, especially the higher up to you go – are
unlike anything we’ve ever seen because there has never been a building that
big in Everett,” he said. “Looking west from the tower up the Mystic River,
there’s a sense of the real beauty of that area.”
said the team has done outstanding work on all aspects of the resort, and he
said they are very much ready for their opening in less than two weeks.
The surf is up for Chelsea’s Deedee
Hernandez, who might be the first and only Chelsea High valedictorian that
doubles as a surfer, a trumpet player and Ivy League student.
Hernandez has been very active in the school and community over the last four years, but being at the top of her class wasn’t something she thought would happen.
Valedictorian Degree Hernandez with Salutatorian Jocelyn Poste after graduation on June 9
“Honestly, I wasn’t aspiring for the
valedictorian of the class,” she said. “My only goal was just to get into a
college. That was a goal since I entered middle school. My mother always told
us that we had to go to college. That was always a goal we were reaching for.”
And not only did she reach it, but she
grabbed onto a great school in the Ivy League Dartmouth College in New
Hernandez, 18, said she was drawn to the rural landscape – being interested in the outdoors and hiking – but was also impressed with the alumni network.
“I was really drawn to the alumni network
they have,” she said. “A lot of them come back to the college and have
relationships and share their experiences with students. I thought that was
very unique. The college is very small and it felt like a family and people
At Dartmouth, Hernandez hopes to major in
environmental science – something she was drawn to by her swim coach, Traverse
Robinette, at the Jordan Boys & Girls Club.
In addition to swimming twice at the
National Championships in Florida, Hernandez and several other Chelsea kids
joined Robinette’s surf club. When surfing in Connecticut and Rhode Island, the
students learned about the various animals in the ocean.
“My swim coach was passionate about the
environment and pointed out the animals we saw,” she said. “I did research on
it and was drawn to the idea of preserving these animals. I love nature and
being outside, so it’s something I’m very interested in.”
In addition to those pursuits, Hernandez is
well known for playing the trumpet in the band – having been the designated
performer of ‘Taps’ for the City and the Soldiers’ Home for four years.
She said she started playing in fifth grade
when her former band teacher, Mr. Thomas, picked up a trumpet and played
“I heard him play that and I knew I had to
play the trumpet,” she said.
She does plan to pursue the trumpet in
college and hopes to play in their orchestra.
Hernandez has gone to Chelsea schools her
entire life, starting at the Silber ELC, moving on to the Kelly School, then to
the Clark Avenue Middle.
Hernandez credits her mother, Ana Moscoso,
for always pushing her to reach higher.
“My mother was always the type of person to
asked me what I would do next after I had accomplished something,” she said.
“I’ve found that to be useful because you see what else you’re capable of doing
and don’t get satisfied with one thing.”
Hernandez has two
brothers, Mike, 16, at Chelsea High; and Akanni, 10.
Author’s inside look at TV candlepin bowling is a must-read for fans
Chelsea was once home to two candlepin
bowling establishments, Broadway Lanes owned by George Michelson, and Chelsea
Square Alleys, owned by Chet Pawlak.
In addition to each man being beloved in the
Chelsea bowling community, Mr. Michelson and Mr. Pawlak shared another
distinction: George and Charlotte Michelson and Chet and Carole Pawlak each had
two children who bowled on television. Bonnie and Robert Michelson and Kathy
[Finklestein] and Christine Pawlak earned their places among the ranks of the
world’s best bowlers by appearing on Channel 5 bowling shows.
Mike Morin, a New Hampshire radio celebrity
and a long-time candlepin bowler himself, has written a book that will surely
warm the hearts of the Michelson and Pawlak families and candlepin bowlers
And yes, Hall of Fame bowler Richie “Hawk”
Halas and the great Max Valentin, who launched their pro careers at Broadway
Lanes (atop Slaton’s Furniture Store) would also take pride in reading Morin’s
Morin has authored, “Lunch With Tommy and
Stasia: TV’s Golden Age of Candlepin Bowling,” a look at all the candlepin
bowling TV shows that once graced the airwaves.
And in another Chelsea connection to the
book, Charlie Sherman, a former Shawmut Street resident and highly acclaimed
New Hampshire TV personality, wrote the foreword for Morin’s book.
Anyone who ever watched Don Gillis’s
“Candlepin Bowling” will appreciate Morin’s behind-the-scenes stories,
interviews and warm memories of the game’s greatest bowlers, including Tommy
Olszta, who now resides in Florida, and the late Stasia Czernicki, whose names
appear in the book’s title.
book was two years in the making. Writing about candlepin bowling was a natural
fit for the 68-year-old Morin.
“I felt I had some inside knowledge because
I did some work for the ICBA, appeared on the TV show (Candlepin Stars and
Strikes on Channel 50) for nine years, and on radio (his broadcasting career
spanned 48 years) – I felt I had the right combination of interest and skill to
do the book,” said Morin.
The author grew up in Detroit and was a
ten-pin bowler for 30 years. When Morin moved to New England in 1984, he began
bowling candlepins and still competes regularly at Park Place Lanes in Windham,
“The book was something I had been thinking
about for ten years, but I finally had the opportunity to write it when I
retired from my radio career,” he said. “I was honored to do it.”
Morin said the first bowling show was
televised on Channel 5 in 1958 and continued until January, 1996. “The initial
host was Jim Britt and about three years in, Don Gillis took it over and rode
it all the way to the end,” noted Morin.
A former champion on the Amateur Candlepin
Tour (ACT), Morin places his focus on the Channel 5 (WCVB-TV) show in the book.
“That’s where the biggest stars and the
biggest names came from, and it was on for the longest number of years – and
had the most viewers, over 200,000 people every week,” said Morin. “Very often
the Channel 5 show had ratings higher than any other sports show on any given
Bowling fans will be delighted by Morin’s
interviews with more than 75 bowling stars including Dan Murphy, Charlie
Jutras, Jim Putney, Hawk Halas, Chucky Vozella and of course, Tommy Olszta,
whom Morin considers the best of all time.
“Tommy did it when he had to – he had more
appearances on the Channel 5 show than anyone else,” said Morin. “He was a
gentleman, a fierce competitor.”
Other “phenomenal bowlers,” according to
Morin include Chris Sargent and his father, Mike Sargent, Charlie Jutras, and
Three of bowling’s currents superstars,
Jonathan Boudreau, Jeff Surette, and Dave Barber, are also featured in the
“Jonathan is phenomenal,” said Morin. “I
feel badly because he was born too late to take advantage of all the television
opportunities that the other guys had.”
The book is generating positive responses in
the bowling community and beyond. Bowling center owners and the bowlers
themselves are thankful and grateful to Morin because there has not been a book
written about candlepin bowling since 1980.
“This book covers all the people who were on
TV,” said Morin. “And I got a lot of the behind-the-scenes stories that people
never heard before.”
Morin also did some research and met with
the children of Arthur Terlemezian, the gentleman who sat in the front row
during Channel 5 shows and wore his traditional glasses and cardigan sweaters.
Morin has done several book signings at
bookstores, libraries, and bowling centers. “I get the best results, no
surprise, when I go to bowling centers,” he related.
As for the book’s unique title, Morin
explained, “Because candlepin bowling was such a tradition on Saturdays at
noon, people would sit down with their lunch trays or tray tables in front of
the TV, and they would have lunch with their favorite bowling stars, who I felt
were Tommy and Stasia. So that’s why I called it “Lunch With Tommy and Stasia,
because that’s what people did every Saturday for 38 years.”
(Mike Morin’s book is available for purchase
on Amazon.com and at independent bookstores in New Hampshire or by sending an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
When one addresses Chelsea High graduate
Jocelyn Poste, they wouldn’t be incorrect to call her ‘Madame President,’ yet
they could also refer to her as the Salutatorian of the Class of 2019, or for
another angle, as the best female athlete of the year.
Or if none of those are of interest, she
could certainly be called a passionate community activist.
It’s hard to find one title to pin on Poste,
18, but that is what defines her time at Chelsea High.
This year, Poste was one of the handful of
students that fought hard to get the graduation exercises back outside at the
Stadium. And even in the face of adversity, they continued.
Poste said it was an experience that will
shape her after high school.
“I never really got involved with politics
until that happened,” she said. “There were plenty of people who said we
couldn’t do it. We kept at it and it worked. I talked with Damali Vidot
(Council President) about it and she said we had to come back and take her seat
when we’re older. I don’t know if I would get into politics, but I want to be a
voice for the people certainly.”
Poste began her career at the Silber ELC and
then went to the Kelly School and the Clark Avenue Middle School.
She will attend Union College as a Posse
Scholar, meaning she will have a full ride to the New York school as well as a
support network. She said she was not sure about going out of state to college
at first, but the Posse Scholarship was too good an opportunity to pass up.
There, she will focus on biology so she can
pursue her goal of being a dermatologist.
That dream stems from a video that was
popular in middle school that went viral. It was called Dr. Pimple Popper and
it was something she said pointed her in that direction.
She said she wanted to thank her parents,
Steven Poste and Angela Burgos, for supporting her through high school.
Lisandra Molina said her class is yet
another that should make an impression next year when they become seniors.
Molina, the junior class president, said
they have learned a lot from the Class of 2019.
“I feel I learned a lot from the senior
class, especially in NHS,” she said.
The class has already shown an acumen for
raising money, and has quite a bit saved to help with the prom and other
events. That has come through being a bit creative.
One thing they did was raise money by
cleaning the classrooms of teachers for the end of school, and selling Pupusas
to teachers to raise funds as well.
Certainly, she said, they will have a voice.
“We all have a
lot of personality,” she said. “If you put us all in a room, there is no quiet
person in there, especially when it comes to history. Our personalities don’t
clash. They complement one another.”
Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) was
recently awarded a $100,000 sustaining grant over a 4-year period through
Cummings’s Foundation “$100k for 100” program. The grant was awarded to MVES in
support of its Elder Independence Fund, a 21-year program that makes it
possible for low-income older adults or adults living with disabilities to
receive an urgently needed item or service that helps them remain independent
and for which there is no other resource or way to obtain the needed item or
“This grant will be a tremendous help in
maintaining our Elder Independence Fund and we are truly grateful for the
Cummings Foundation’s support. Through their generous gift, this award will
make positive impacts on the lives of people in need,” said MVES CEO Daniel
The $100k for 100 program supports
nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk
counties. Through this place-based initiative, Cummings aims to give back to
the communities where its commercial buildings are located, all of which are
managed at no cost to the Foundation, but its affiliate Cummings Property. MVES
was chosen from a total of 574 applicants during a competitive review process.
“By having such a local focus, we aim to
make a meaningful, positive difference in the communities where our colleagues
and leasing clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s
executive director. “We are grateful for the nonprofit organizations that
assist and empower our neighbors, and we are proud to support their
This year’s diverse group of recipients
represents a wide variety of causes. The complete list of 100 grant winners is
available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.
Located in Malden, Mass., Mystic Valley
Elder Services is a non-profit agency that provides essential home- and
community-based care and resources to elders, adults living with disabilities,
and caregivers who reside in Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North
Reading, Reading, Revere, Stoneham, Wakefield and Winthrop. Agency services
include coordination of home care, transportation, Meals on Wheels, and
information and referrals. For more information, please call (781) 324-7705 or
On June 4, Chelsea Police reunited a missing
10-year-old Chelsea girl with her parents on after the Kelly school student
told officers she fell asleep on the MBTA bus she takes home from school.
The juvenile told officers she ended up at the Maverick Square MBTA station
where she became confused and proceeded onto another MBTA bus that she was
unfamiliar with. At some point, she left the bus in the area of North Shore
Road in Revere where she began to walk on the busy road. During this time,
the parents responded to the police station to report their daughter missing.
Officers used the young girl’s cell phone to “ping” her location in Revere.
While Chelsea, Transit and Revere Police were searching the area the young girl
was located by an MBTA bus driver who transported her to the Wonderland “T”
Station in Revere. She was then reunited back with her parents at Chelsea
Police Headquarters. Chelsea officers are working with the parents and the
school in addressing future transportation options for the young girl who was
unharmed in the incident.
Struggle Without a Shirt
On May 27, at 1:20 a.m., officers responded
to the area 176 Clark Ave. for a report of a disturbance. The report to
officers was that witnesses were reporting they saw a male who appeared drunk,
with no t-shirt on, fighting with a female who was preventing him from getting
into the home. Officers struggled with the male in attempting to calm him
down. After a struggle to restrain him, he was placed into custody. The
male was transported to CHA Everett for evaluation prior to being booked at
Eber Orantes, 33, of 176 Clark Ave., was
charged with disorderly conduct, assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting
Threated With Strange Weapon
On May 30, at 9:20 p.m., officers responded
in the area of Normandy Road at Garfield Avenue for a report of a road rage incident
involving a firearm. Officers were given the description of the vehicle in
question. It was said to be a black Honda Accord operating on Normandy Road.
CPD officers located the vehicle and found the subject to have a modified
instrument that resembled a firearm. The victim in the other vehicle provided
other information that led to the male being arrested.
Tanvir Zahir, 21, of Stoneham, was charged
with violating the motor vehicle ordinance, violating the dangerous weapons
ordinance, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.
Swallowed Bag of Crack
On May 31, at 9:30 a.m., Officers
observed a male party known to them from previous drug offenses walking with an
unknown male on Chestnut Street near Fourth Street. The officers believed they
then witnessed a drug transaction between the two. The subject admitted he
swallowed a bag of “crack “ when he was approached by the officers. A search of
his person uncovered more drugs and he was placed under arrest. The second male
was identified and placed under arrest on the scene. The subject who ingested
the narcotics was transported to CHA Everett for evaluation.
Argenis Felipe, 33, of East Boston, was
charged with possession to distribute a Class B drug (crack), conspiracy, and
distribution of a Class B drug.
On May 31, at 11 a.m., officers were
dispatched to the parking lot of 260 Clark Ave. for a fight in progress.
Officers observed two tenants of the building in an argument. One tenant
accused the second of threatening him with a box cutter. That item was
retrieved and that male was taken into custody.
Jody Robinson, 59, of 260 Clark Ave., was
charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.
Swerved at Pedestrian
On June 1, at 9:10 a.m., an off-duty CPD
officer was traveling on Hawthorne Street towards Chester Avenue when he saw a
male party crossing the street. The officer noticed a Toyota Corolla
laying on his horn and then began to intentionally drive towards the male party
that was crossing the road. The victim had to jump four to six feet to
his rear to avoid being struck by the vehicle.
The officer believed the operator swerved in
his direction deliberately trying to strike the victim, which could have
resulted in serious injuries. CPD officers responded to assist and the male
operator was placed in custody for assault with a dangerous weapon.
35, of East Boston, was charged with failing to slow, reckless operation, and
assault with a dangerous weapon (car).
MS-13 Member Sentenced for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
An MS-13 member was sentenced last week for
being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Nery Rodriguez Diaz, 19, a Salvadoran
national who resided in Chelsea, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F.
Dennis Saylor IV to 14 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
Diaz will also be subject to deportation proceedings upon completion of his
On May 22, 2018, Diaz and another MS-13
member, Elmer Alfaro Hercules, were arrested in possession of loaded firearms
in Bremen Street Park in East Boston, a location where numerous MS-13 gang
members have been observed and where gang-on-gang violence frequently
The investigation revealed that Diaz and
Hercules each separately and unlawfully entered the United States in 2014 as
unaccompanied minors. Both Diaz and Hercules were charged federally for being
aliens in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 13 months in prison and three
years of supervised release. Hercules will also be subject to deportation
proceedings after the completion of his sentence.
Chelsea Gang Leader Sentenced to Over 15 years in Prison
A leader of the East Side Money Gang (ESMG)
was sentenced last week in federal court in Boston on racketeering, drug
trafficking and firearms trafficking charges.
Angel “Stackz” Mejia Zelaya, 24, of Chelsea,
was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to 188 months in
prison and five years of supervised release. In January 2019, Mejia
pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through
a pattern of racketeering activity, commonly known as RICO, one count of
conspiracy to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, and one count of engaging in
the business of dealing in firearms without a license.
Mejia was a leader in the ESMG, a violent,
Chelsea-based street gang, which was responsible for various violent crimes,
including multiple shootings, and drug distribution in Chelsea and surrounding
communities. Mejia, as well as other members and associates of the gang, were
also actively involved in illegally selling firearms, including handguns and
shotguns, in and around Chelsea.
Mejia participated in multiple, gang-related
On July 5, 2015, Mejia was involved in a
shooting targeting a rival gang member on a public street in Chelsea, which did
not result in the rival gang member being injured. On March 29, 2016, Mejia and
his lieutenant, Josue “Superbad” Rodriguez, agreed to provide a .22 caliber
revolver to a third ESMG member, Brandon “Big Baby” Baez, so that Baez could
“spank” with it – meaning that he could use it against rivals of ESMG. On April
3, 2016, in Revere, Baez used the revolver to attempt to murder two men believed
to be members/associates of a rival gang as they sat in a vehicle. Both men
were wounded, but not killed. Baez called Mejia immediately after the shooting
to inform Mejia that Baez had just shot two men. Mejia further admitted to
supplying other ESMG gang members with firearms, including a juvenile who then
accidently shot another person.
While Mejia was the leader of the ESMG, the
gang dealt substantial quantities of drugs, including cocaine and cocaine base
(crack), in Chelsea and surrounding communities. Mejia was responsible for the
distribution of at least a kilogram of cocaine base. Mejia and his gang
subordinates stored drugs at and distributed drugs from a residence on Tudor
Street in Chelsea and another residence in the Chelsea area. The gang kept
handguns at both locations to protect their drug operations, as well as for
other gang activities.
of Mejia arose out of an investigation of various street gangs, including the
18th Street Gang, ESMG and the Boylston Street Gang, which were responsible for
fueling a gun and drug pipeline across a number of cities and towns in eastern
Massachusetts. During the course of the investigation, more than 70 firearms
We have been remiss for not having offered
our congratulations to Chelsea native Brian Sullivan upon his recent
appointment by Gov. Charlie Baker, and subsequent confirmation by the
Governor’s Council, to the position of Clerk-Magistrate of the Lynn District
Brian’s ascension to the clerk-magistrate’s
position culminates a long career in the court system that began as a Probation
Officer in the Chelsea District Court in 1986. He became an assistant
clerk-magistrate in that court and then the Salem District Court before being
named the Acting Clerk Magistrate of the Cambridge District Court prior to his
appointment to the Lynn District Court.
Brian is a Chelsea guy through-and-through.
His dad, the late Vincent Sullivan, who was the long-time Assistant Commandant
of the Chelsea Soldiers Home, and his mom, Eleanor, raised their four children
in the Mill Hill section of the city, where they were one of the most-respected
families in Chelsea.
Brian attended St. Rose grammar school
before going on to Malden Catholic and Northeastern University. He was a member
of the Chelsea Knights of Columbus and was well-known as a member of the K of
C’s softball team in the heyday of the Chelsea Modified Fast Pitch Softball
League when that league drew huge crowds to Highland Park in the early 1980s.
Brian married the former Paula Hansbury, who
also is a Chelsea native and well-known Chelsea High grad, and they have raised
their family in Swampscott.
If we were writing this column in another
era, it might have been titled, “Local boy makes good.” We know we speak for all of those who have
been friends and acquaintances of Brian Sullivan and his family through the
years in offering our congratulations to Brian upon his appointment and in
wishing him continued success in his outstanding career in the Massachusetts
By: Julia Blatt, Executive
Director, Massachusetts Rivers Alliance
At long last, a recent
weekend presented one of those pristine days that remind us here in
Massachusetts why we endure those winters.
With warm spring weather finally here, many of us hit the water for the
first time this year, visiting local rivers. With more than 10,000 miles of
rivers traversing the state, we had many choices. Sail boats blossomed on the Charles. Rowers huffed and puffed on the Mystic. Fishing rods sprouted along the Swift. Bikers and kayakers explored the
Sudbury. For many people, the beautiful
day meant a chance to spend on, in and around the rivers of Massachusetts.
Fittingly, June is National
Rivers Month, a 30-day gala celebrating our waterways. Whether you kayak past important
Revolutionary War sites on the Concord River, hike over the Bridge of Flowers
on the Deerfield, draw water for local crops from the Connecticut, or depend on
drinking water from the Merrimack, National Rivers Month is a time to celebrate
the gains we have made in protecting these important public recreational,
economic and historic assets.
National Rivers Month,
however, is also a time to reflect on what remains to be accomplished. The Massachusetts
Rivers Alliance, the voice for Massachusetts rivers, is a statewide
environmental advocacy non-profit that helps those whose lives are touched by
these Massachusetts waterways (and we would argue, that’s all of us). Consider, for example, pending legislation
regarding sewage overflows around the state.
Very old stormwater and wastewater systems serving municipalities in the
state have what are called “combined sewage overflow” (CSO) systems. Through these CSOs, stormwater and wastewater
systems are physically interconnected. At times of high precipitation,
stormwater run-off goes into the wastewater system and overwhelms the water
treatment plants. To prevent these
backups, wastewater – the sewage from your homes and businesses – is dumped directly
into Massachusetts rivers. Approximately
200 of these CSO connections exist throughout the state. In Massachusetts, an estimated three billion
gallons of raw sewage gets dumped into the state’s rivers each year. Swimmers,
canoeists, and pets exposed to CSO contaminants are vulnerable to
gastroenteritis, respiratory infections, eye or ear infections, skin rashes,
hepatitis and other diseases. Children,
the elderly, and people with suppressed immune systems are especially
vulnerable. Wildlife are also adversely affected by CSO pollutants which lead
to higher water temperatures, increased turbidity, toxins and reduced oxygen
levels in the water.
Everyone recognizes the
problem. But it takes money to fix it,
more money than is now available. Over the
past two decades, Massachusetts communities have spent more than $1 billion to
eliminate CSOs. The federal
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates, however, that an additional
$4.2 billion is needed to finish the job.
In addition to supporting
efforts to increase state and federal funding to eliminate CSOs, Mass Rivers is
championing a simple sewage notification bill now pending before the
Massachusetts legislature. Disturbingly,
there is currently no state requirement to notify the public about the presence
of sewage in the water when these discharges occur.
The legislation supported by
Mass Rivers would require the operator of a CSO to notify local boards of
health, in addition to the state Department of Public Health, within two hours
after a sewage spill begins. In
addition, the public could sign up to receive these notifications, by text,
e-mail, phone call or tweet. The state Department of Environmental Protection
would be required to centralize all sewage spill data and make it available on
the internet. Signage would be required
at all public access points (for boating, fishing, beaches) near CSO outfalls
National Rivers Month is a
time to shake off those indoor blues and enjoy Massachusetts’
bounty of rivers. Whether you go to look for
great blue herons, to fish for trout, to take your family and the dog on an
afternoon paddling adventure, or simply to seek calm and quiet, our state’s
rivers are there for you. To preserve
these friends, and to ensure the safety of those who use our rivers, National
Rivers Month should also be a time for towns and cities to insist that our
legislators enact a requirement that when the waters are despoiled with sewage
spills, we know about it.
Julia Blatt is Executive Director of the
Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, the voice of Massachusetts rivers. The Alliance is a statewide organization of
77 environmental organizations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Santo A. “Sam” Agri passed away Thursday
morning, June 6 at
the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home surrounded
by his loving family. He was 95 years old. Born in East Boston, the
son of the late Giuseppe and Josephine (Astorino) Agri, Sam grew up
in Revere and attended Revere public schools. He enlisted in the US
Army on July 26, 1943 and served almost a year and a half overseas, including
Western Germany, Rome and Southern France. Corporal Agri was
honorably discharged on December 12, 1946, receiving the European African
Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Upon returning home from the service, Sam
opened an aluminum siding business with his brother. He owned the
business for many years before he began working at the Naval Ship Yard in
Charlestown. As a carpenter by trade, Sam worked on the USS
Constitution while employed at the Naval Ship Yard.
Sam and his beloved wife of 68 years, the
late Theresa R. (Bellino) Agri, were long time Chelsea residents.
Sam and his wife had a passion for
dancing. They would travel all over to dance. A few of
their favorite spots included the Chelsea Polish Club, Polcari’s, and the
Cathay Pacific Restaurant in Quincy.
Sam adored his large family and loved
spending time with all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He
will be greatly missed by all his family.
Sam was the devoted father of Joseph M. Agri
of Florida, Janice J. Christoforo and her husband, John of Holbrook, Joan
Ramage and her husband, Joseph of Avon and Joyce Agri and her husband, Stephen
Thomas of Malden. Sam was pre-deceased by 13 brothers and
sisters. He is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren: John and
Matthew Christoforo, Dominic and Andrea Taverna and Eddie and Theresa
Klosiewicz and four great grandchildren, Julia, Nicholas, Jimmy and Thomas
Mass was celebrated on Saturday, June 8 at Our Lady of Grace Church in
Chelsea. Interment with Military Honors concluded the service
at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Funeral arrangements were
entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea.
Luis Garcia Maldonado
Nov. 30, 1958 – June 8, 2019
Luis Garcia Maldonado passed away Saturday
morning, June 8 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett after a brief
He was born in Progreso, Yoro, Honduras into
the family of the late Amelia Maldonado-Perez and Luis García-Robles. He
received his formal education in Honduras. He married Lelis Carcamo and, with
his young family, came to the United States, settled in Chelsea and for a brief
time moved to Texas before returning to Chelsea some 25 years ago.
Luis supported his family working as a
marina laborer. He was employed for many years in the shipyard of Boston Towing
and Transportation, maintaining their fleet of tugboats and barges. A hard
worker and devoted family man, in his spare time Luis enjoyed home gardening,
time with family and friends, cooking, socializing and traveling to Honduras to
visit with family.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Lelis
Carcamo and was the devoted father of Gina Flores and her husband, Jose of
Lynn, Karla Carcamo and Leslie García, both of Chelsea and Heidy García of
Progreso-Yoro, Honduras. He was the cherished grandfather of Evelin Esteban,
Cindi Flores, Laura Flores, Elizabeth Alacaron and Joshua Alacaron; dear
brother of Carminda García-Maldonado, Elvia García-Maldonado, Mercedes
García-Maldonado, Humberto García-Maldonado, Paulino García-Maldonado and
Famelisia García-Maldonado. He is also survived by many great grandchildren,
nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
friends are invited to visit at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718
Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, June 13 from 3 to 8 p.m. His funeral
will begin from the Welsh Funeral home on Friday, June 14 at 9 a.m.
followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway Chelsea at 10 a.m.
Services will conclude with interment, location to be announced. Funeral home
fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home.
Decorated veteran and GE retiree
Daniel Mikolajewski of Chelsea died on May
Danny was born in December of 1946, the
youngest of four children and was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. Raised on
Beacon Street, he spent his youth at St. Stanislaus School. He attended Everett
Vocational for printing and worked odd jobs during and after high school until
he enlisted in the United States Army in September of 1966 and was stationed in
Vietnam during the war. It was during those three years of service that he
fought for the peace of others and the safety of his comrades. Within the three
years of being in Vietnam fighting the battle, it was because of his courage,
dedication and bravery that Danny was awarded The National Defense Service
Medal, Vietnam Service Medal , 3 Bronze Stars for Meritorious Achievement, The
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and The Combat Infantryman Badge.
In 1969, he was honorably discharged and off
to start a new chapter in his life. It was at this time he met his beloved
friend of 50 years and wife of 48 years, Betty.
Danny worked for Lawson Machinery and Tool
for some time until he secured a job as a helicopter engine tester for General
Electric in Lynn, where he worked for 37 years until his retirement.
Danny was a former longtime member of the
Polish Falcons of Chelsea and attended Patriots games as a season ticket holder
before they started to win. He was an avid bowler on multiple teams at Townline
in Malden and, in his remaining years, he spent time as a member and avid
cribbage player at the Polish Political Club of Chelsea.
He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth
“Betty” (Gubski) Mikolajewski, devoted father of Kristin Beth (Mikolajewski)
Breen and her husband, Joseph of Quincy and Daniel Mikolajewski, Jr. and his
wife, Siobhan of Norwood; brother of Geraldine Douglas and her husband, Arthur
of Lynnfield and the late Edward Miles and his surviving wife, Joyce Miles of
Wilmington and Wallace Miles; brother-in law of Sr. Barbara Ann Gubski, SND of
Chelsea; cherished grandfather of Madeline Adele Breen, Evelyn Claire Breen and
1976 Danny became a father, first came the birth of their daughter Kristin Beth
and six years later in 1982 son Daniel Jr was born. Both of which he was very
proud. He became a father once again with the addition of his son-in-law, Joe
and daughter-in-law, Siobhan to the family. But the most recent of happy times
in his life for the past eight years was his three beautiful grandchildren,
Maddie, Evie and Fiona-Maggie. Never a time went by when he didn’t crack a
smile or belt a laugh because they brought him pure joy in that moment of time.
Danny’s lengthy illness with cancer called
him home on May 11, 2019. He passed with the one true constant in his life of
50 years by his side his best friend and beloved wife.
A Celebration of
Life was held on Sunday, June 2 in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington
Avenue, Chelsea. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial
contributions be made to the Leonard Florence Center for the Living, 165
Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150 or to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St.,
Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701 or to Exceptional Citizens Week at Camp Fatima
Of Everett, formerly of Chelsea
Sonya J. (Senna) Cannon of Everett,
formerly of Chelsea, died on June 6.
She was the beloved wife of the late
Thomas., mother of Ronald M. and his wife, Jodi A. of Pelham, NH, sister
of Ronald F. Senna of Everett and is also survived by two grandchildren,
Mackenzie M. and Thomas J., one niece, Suzanne Senna, and one nephew, Sean
Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore
Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett. Interment was in the
Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For more information: 1-877-71-ROCCO or
Member of Chelsea Knights of Columbus
James A. Lanzillo, of Revere, formerly of
Chelsea, died on June 4.
During his working years, he was employed as
a supervisor of maintenance for an apartment complex. A member of the Chelsea
Knights of Columbus # 83 and was active in the Explorer Post # 109. A lover of
Revere Beach, he especially enjoyed flying kites there.
He was the devoted son of the late Richard
and Ruth (Perry) Lanzillo, longtime companion of the late Tara Tormay, beloved
brother of Richard Lanzillo of Florida, Robert Lanzillo and his wife, Cathy of
Saugus, Paul Lanzillo and his wife, Debbie of Saugus and Denise Domelowicz of
Peabody. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and
grandnephews as well as his canine companions, Lucy, Rocco and Cassie.
At his request, all services will be
To leave a message of condolence for Jim’s
family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Of North Reading, formerly of Chelsea
Giuseppe Colucciello of North Reading,
formerly of Chelsea, died on June 8.
He was the beloved husband of the late
Assunta (Savignano), cherished father of Luigi Colucciello and his wife,
Kathleen of Chelsea, dear brother of Michelina, Juigi and Angelo, all of Italy
and the late Camille and Carmela and adoring grandfather of Tia and
His funeral will
be from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere
St, Revere on Friday, June 14 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at
St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.
A visitation will be held today, Thursday, June 13 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book, please
Caring and loving person who will be remembered for her keen wit and sense of humor
Carmen Jimenez passed away early Tuesday
morning in the peaceful surroundings of Chelsea home after battling cancer over
the past few years. She was 47 years old.
Born and raised in Olancho, Honduras, she
was one of nine children born to the late Juan Jimenez and Angela
Herrera. She came to Chelsea as a young lady bearing and raising her own
three children here. Carmen worked in the produce department at
Demoulas in Wilmington for past 20 years.
Carmen enjoyed playing bingo, music and
dancing and she will forever be remembered for her keen wit and sense
of humor, always the loving and caring
person who loved entertaining family and friends.
To mourn her passing and cherish her memory,
she leaves her beloved children: Mislean Zelaya of Revere, Michelle Cruz and
Angel Zelaya, both of Chelsea, her sister and housemate, Gladys Herrera. She
was the cherished grandmother of Emanuel, Franklin, Liam and Skyla
Relatives and friends are most kindly
invited to attend visiting hours at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home,
718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, June 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral home is
fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home.
Her burial be held later next week in
Honduras at the Central Cemetery in Armis, Olancho. For directions or to
send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com
– Frank A. Welsh & Sons, Chelsea, 617-889-2723