Market Basket Documentary to be Released in April

Producers of "We the People" released a trailer this week and we catch a glimpse of what the filmmakers call the "most memorable labor protest in recent American history" regarding the Market Basket strike and boycott of 2014.

Producers of “We the People” released a trailer this week and we catch a glimpse of what the filmmakers call the “most memorable labor protest in recent American history” regarding the Market Basket strike and boycott of 2014.

The producers of the documentary that traces the events that led 25,000 employees and two million customers across New England to stand behind embattled Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas is due out in April.

Producers of “We the People” released a trailer this week and we catch a glimpse of what the filmmakers call the “most memorable labor protest in recent American history”.

The film chronicles Arthur T. and his loyal employees and shoppers as they try to wrestle control of the multibillion dollar grocery empire from a board of directors led by Artie T.’s cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas in the summer of 2014. The family feud led to millions boycotting Market Basket and an unprecedented strike of workers loyal to Arthur T. The strike and boycott led to the grocery chain losing millions of dollars per day until Arthur T. was finally able to purchase a controlling share of the company thus ending the protest.

According to We the People producer Nick Buzzell the film investigates a question at the heart of ongoing economic debate–can regular people really band together to alter the balance of power in major corporations, or is the case of Market Basket a fairytale victory?

“I saw this unfolding and was blown away by what was happening…We quickly assembled a team of filmmakers and a SWAT team on the ground and started shooting even before we had investors,” said Buzzell of the film. “We were able to capture in real time all the various elements of the story.”

The film is narrated by Michael Chiklis. Chiklis was born and raised in Lowell, the same Massachusetts town where the Demoulas/Market Basket grocery empire was established.

We the People will open at Claremont Five Star Cinema in Claremont, NH and Stockbridge Theater in Derry, NH on April 14. The film will then play at the Luna Theater in Lowell, MA and Somerville Theater in Somerville, MA on April 15. Subsequent showings will be at Cinema Salem in Salem, MA and the Derry Five Star Cinema in Derry, NH on April, 21.

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Licensing Issues Taking Center Stage at Council

By Seth Daniel

License Commission member Ken Umemba and other allies who backed his appointment fired back this week at Councillor Roy Avellaneda – a former License Commissioner – after he led an attempt to reject the re-appointment of Umemba last week.

Avellaneda said at the time it was one of many more changes he wanted to make due to concerns he developed while serving on the Commission.

That controversial action last week, which resulted in a 5-5 vote of the Council – which was enough to approve the re-appointment of Umemba, sparked controversy and Umemba said it was an unexpected attack.

“I refute the recent disingenuous and incendiary remarks that Councillor Roy Avellaneda espouses to defame and undermine the stellar record of the Chelsea Licensing Board and myself as a member,” wrote Umemba. “We do not have to search far to realize the progress the board has made in the past few years. A check of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts – Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) – decision’s website indicates how we have performed over these years. The Licensing Board literally made fewer trips to ABCC in Boston to appeal cases, than any other urban city in the Commonwealth. The board has demonstrated extreme patience and restraint in making fair and balanced decisions.

“Avellaneda lamented openly in the Chelsea Record newspaper that he was disappointed,” Umemba continued. “Despite the concerns he raised against me by name that ‘the councilors decided to vote more on feelings…over actual things that happen at the meetings,’ he fails flatly here to realize that those councillors aren’t easily cowed or influenced. They are independent-minded and saw through the fog of his innuendos to reject his concerted effort to tarnish a stellar record.”

Umemba pointed to the fact that Avellaneda served only two months ago with him and other commissioners on the very board he criticizes – saying he must have “amnesia” in now throwing his former colleagues under the bus.

Avellaneda said it was no such thing, and that he’s been calling for change since last November – after he was elected to Council, as he doesn’t believe the current Commission has been harsh enough on many of the bars that violate the licensing rules – especially those that frequently do so.

“I have been calling for this for awhile,” he said. “It’s nothing new. Maybe it’s new to him, but it’s not new. I have been working on this with the chief of police, the Law Department and the City Manager. I think I started voicing my concerns back in November. It’s not been done in a vacuum.”

A former License Commissioner, Bruce Black, who served with Avellaneda and Umemba, has also now weighed in on the matter. In a letter to the Council, he scourged those who voted against Umemba and called it politicizing the Board.

“The actions of the band of five council members (Avellaneda, Cortell, Frank, Tejada & Murphy) to ambush Ken Umemba’s re-appointment to the Licensing Commission was shameful, cloaked behind false arguments and hidden agendas,” he wrote. “The assault on the City Charter is equally alarming. The council should keep politics and personal ambition out of the boards and commissions. As for Ken Umemba, I served with him on the Licensing Commission. While I don’t believe I agreed with any commission member 100% of the time, there was never any question with regard to Ken’s integrity, sincerity and desire to serve the City of Chelsea in a positive way…His ethics have never been in question; he has never stood to profit from any action.”

The ethics part of Black’s letter opened up a wider question that has been hinted at for some time, and that is the fact that Avellaneda’s real estate company listed the Las Palmas building for sale only days after Avellaneda and the Board voted to strip the restaurant/bar of its license.

“Within a week of the revocation vote, and before the decision to revoke was even written, Avellaneda was advertising himself as the listing agent for the sale of the Las Palmas property,” wrote Black. “Not only does that explain his attempt to reconsider the revocation in order to obtain a higher sale price, but also reeks of a major conflict of interest, and should be entirely unacceptable.”

Avellaneda said that was partially true, but it wasn’t what it seemed.

“The reality is I voted to take away a license,” he said. “It was a unanimous decision due to an incident. A few days later the owner came to my father’s bakery looking for me and asking me to put the building on the market. Why did she come to me? I don’t know. I do a lot of commercial sales in the city. That’s on record. Many people know that. In hindsight, was it the smartest move to accept a listing from someone I had just voted to take away a license from? No. It probably wasn’t from a standpoint of being above even the perception of doing something wrong. We took it off the market. I think they have it back up, but not with me.

“They’re going to start throwing stones now and I understand because I voted against Plaza Mexico,” he continued. “Leo Robinson already tried to take that to the Ethics Commission because that was one of his hangouts, Plaza Mexico.”

Umemba wrote that the Plaza Mexico decision was one in which the majority of the Board voted to suspend the restaurant and bar while Avellaneda voted to revoke the license. He said Avellaneda continues to march to that minority opinion.

“Avellaneda has continued to stoke and flame his minority opinion regarding the majority decision reached in that case,” he wrote. “His discountenance with the majority rejection of his insatiable draconian desire to ‘revoke’ instead of ‘suspend’ Plaza Mexico’s license highlights his abject lack of understanding of proper application of jurisprudence during his tenure at the Commission.”

Avellaneda disagreed and said the most recent License Commission, on Tuesday night, highlighted why he did not want Umemba back on the Board.

He said discussion was underway about Heller’s Liquors and three violations that they were being cited for, including selling to a minor, over serving and violating their promise not to sell “nips.” In that discussion, Avellaneda said Umemba’s comments were off base and he was talking about a two-week suspension when others were talking about six months.

“Everyone else is talking about six months and he’s talking about two weeks,” he said. “They’ve been before the board multiple times and stood accused of breaking three violations and he’s talking about two weeks. That’s why I didn’t want that re-appointment. This is an example of him being too lax on people. His questioning was also way off with Heller’s. Everyone talked about the three violations and he was talking about the attorney’s website. That’s ridiculous and that’s what I was talking about.”

Black countered that the Council went down a road where they made the process political.

“I write with a sense of disappointment, as it appears that this City Council has begun a process of ignoring the City Charter and injecting politics into Boards and Commissions,” he wrote. “In the process, you have done a great disservice to a respected and honorable member of our community, Kenneth Umemba, who has selflessly volunteered his time and efforts to contribute to the City of Chelsea.”

Avellaneda said it wasn’t political, but was part of the Council process. He also said he’ll stand by his vote and his campaign to clean up the establishments in the city.

“We are appointing judge and jury here,” he said. “That’s what the License Commission is. This was an opportunity to vote out a judge that I think is too lax, especially in light of the concerns in the community about the downtown area by individuals, businesses and parents.”

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Bill to Increase Logan Workers Pay Heads to the Senate

By John Lynds

State Representative Adrian Madaro (D-East Boston) and Senator Sal DiDomenico’s (D-Chelsea) bill that was co-sponsored by Rep. Dan Ryan (D-Chelsea) to raise the base pay for Logan Airport workers to $15 per hour came out of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development and now moves to the Senate, where it awaits further consideration. The bill received a favorable report by the Committee.

“Logan Airport is a great place to start implementation of a $15/hour wage floor and the guaranteeing of worker’s rights. Airports are pretty much self-contained, self-governing workplaces with huge government expenditure and oversight. If we can’t get wage equality done right there then just throw in the towel on the rest of our economy”, said Ryan.

Ryan said the irony is, when it comes to competing against more profitable international carriers major US airlines want the government to help level the playing field. However, the government is supposed to butt out of the ‘free-market’ when it comes to providing worker’s rights and a livable wage.

“You can’t have it both ways. Government is either here to help level the playing field or it isn’t. Government built the airline industry, subsidizes the airline industry and bends over backwards to keep it profit driven,” said Ryan. “All we ask for in return is a fair, livable wage for our front line workers. I thank SEIU 32BJ for continuing to call attention to this workplace disparity. I thank Senator DiDomenico and Representative Madaro for taking the lead.”

At a hearing last month before the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, Madaro testified that Logan Airport is a critical hub in Massachusetts that serves more than 20 million passengers a year and brings in more than $7 billion in economic activity to the area. However, despite Logan’s positive financial impact on our Commonwealth, it is also one of the leading low-wage work sites in the region.

“By voting to move our Airport bill forward, the committee is sending a clear message: no one should be working full time and remain in poverty,” said Madaro. “This legislation supports struggling workers, many of whom live in my district. Decent wages and fair contracts not only protect workers, they also ensure the kind of quality service that Boston’s visitors deserve.”

Madaro added that to cut costs, airlines have outsourced passenger service jobs to low-bid contractors, a system that leaves over 1,500 employees making as little as $10 an hour, without access to affordable health care.

“An increase in wages would be life-changing for airport workers, and would cost airlines just cents of every dollar they earn at Logan,” he said.

Madaro, Ryan and DiDomenico strongly urged the committee to pass the legislation, stating that MassPort has already established a minimum wage for aviation service workers of $11 an hour in January 2016 and the bill would build upon that practise by raising wages to $13.50 in 2017 and $15 by 2018 for these Logan employees. The bill would apply to all baggage handlers, airplane cleaners, wheelchair assistants and other employees at Logan International Airport.

“People who work for a living ought to be able to make a living, but unfortunately this is not the case for the thousands of aviation service workers at Logan Airport who continually struggle to make ends meet,” said DiDomenico. “Far too many of these employees work long hours, for low pay, and under difficult working conditions, all while performing their jobs in highly sensitive areas. With this bill, my colleagues and I in the Legislature now have a real opportunity to ensure that the people who make Logan Airport work for all of us get the respect, dignity, and wage that they deserve.”

Due to the efforts of the Fight for $15 movement, there has been a growing push nationwide for higher wages for the lowest paid workers. As a result, $15 an hour has now become a reality in cities like Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and it is the minimum pay at leading companies throughout the country. In Massachusetts, this bill has also become part of a larger conversation surrounding the need to bridge the gaps of income inequality.

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Police Briefs 03-31-2016

Monday, 3/21

Adele Mccabe, 30, 423 Eastern Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for larceny from building, assault with dangerous weapon.

Katelyn Ferguson, 28, 86 Division St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

William Camille, 58, 65 Everett St., Everett, was arrested for unarmed robbery, possessing Class A drug.

Joseph Sharleville, 44, 12 Osborne St., Salem, was arrested on a warrant.

Tuesday, 3/22

Caroline Martinez, 23, 30 Eleanor St., Chelsea, was arrested for intimidation, assault and battery.

Edwin Nunez, 37, 103 Leyden St., East Boston, was arrested for operating motor vehicle with suspended/revoked license.

Thursday, 3/24

Regina Salguero, 45, 286 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Antonio Pisaturo, 54, 28 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Henry Acosta, 22, 59 Burma Rd., Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.

Marco Salguero, 26, 286 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Andrea Sundin, 37, 190 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Troy Harris, 47, 33 Lincoln St., Lynn, was arrested on warrants.

Charron Lee, 40, 230 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Francisco Velez, 47, 4 Brightwood Terr., Lynn, was arrested for shoplifting and on a warrant.

Friday, 3/25

Rigoberto Ramirez, 37, 37 Jaques St., Somerville, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle.

Brittany Lopes-Rattigan, 26, 10 Plymouth Rd., Wareham, was arrested for receiving stolen vehicle.

Mendez Beltran, 38, 181 Congress Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for operation of motor vehicle unlicensed, uninsured motor vehicle (criminal).

Jessie Morales, 47, 765 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Donne Agogo, 22, 235 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested for distribution of Class B drug, conspiracy to violate drug law, possessing to distribute crack cocaine.

Eduardo Martinez, 45, 147 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of motor vehicle.

James Foster, 29, Homeless, was arrested for possessing Class B drug, conspiracy to violate drug law.

Saturday, 3/26

Raul Romero, 53, 150 Maverick St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery.

Mahdi Raoui, 18, 49 Cottage St., Chelsea, was arrested for being a fugitive from justice.

Russell Kirby, 44, 94 Eastern Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for larceny over $250, assault and battery on public employee.

Sunday, 3/27

Jairo Rivera, 21, 161 Cottage St., Everett, was arrested for armed robbery, receiving stolen property over $250, carrying a dangerous weapon, disturbing the peace, carrying dangerous weapon or knife over 4×1 inches, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest.

Ernesto Ramirez, 38, 62 Chester Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Juvenile offender, 17, Revere, was arrested for armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, assault, assault to rob, armed, threat to commit crime, assault and battery, destruction of property over $250, malicious, carrying dangerous weapon, possessing Class B drug.

Andres Frias, 30, 49 Nichols St, Chelsea, was arrested for probation warrant, malicious destruction of property over $250.

Laura Baum, 29, 34 Bradford ST., Everett, was arrested on a warrant.

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My Record on the Licensing Board Speaks for Itself

By Ken Umemba

I write to refute the recent incendiary remarks that Councillor Roy Avellaneda recently espouses to defame and undermine the stellar record of the Chelsea Licensing Board and myself as a member. We do not have to search far to realize the progress the board has made in the past few years.

A check of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts – Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) – decision’s website indicates how we have performed over these years. The Licensing Board literally made fewer trips to ABCC in Boston to appeal cases, than any other urban city in the Commonwealth.

The board has demonstrated extreme patience and restraint in making fair and balanced decisions. This explains the board’s infrequent trips to ABCC, and highlights the reasons that establishments and regular citizens, who follow board proceedings; believe in their rulings.

Avellaneda served along with myself and others for over six years on the Commission, and he never ever made his disaffection known to anyone. He participated in his last meeting barely two months ago. No sooner than he leaves his colleagues on the Licensing Board and his voting records behind, he seems to have developed amnesia, as he ascends to his new throne at the City Council Chamber and calls for the heads of his former fellow commissioners to roll.

Avellaneda lamented openly in the Chelsea Record that he was disappointed.

Despite the concerns that he raised against me by name that “the councilors decided to vote more on feelings…over actual things that happen at the meetings,” he fails flatly here to realize that those councillors aren’t easily cowed or influenced. They are independent-minded and saw through the fog of his innuendos to reject his concerted effort to tarnish a stellar record.

He championed impactful decisions at the Licensing Commission. Two decisions in particular, Las Palmas and Plaza Mexico, I need mention here. Those were the only occasions that board suffered serious harm at ABCC, throughout the entire period I have been on the Board.

Implicit in Avellaneda’s innuendos is that I was complicit in the two aforementioned decisions that culminated to the board losing its “appeal recently on Las Palmas at the state level.” He portrays to the public that in both cases, he was more concerned than other commissioners of the welfare of the young man whose head was cracked open. Well, I, Ken Umemba, was never in attendance when both cases that Roy alluded to were decided.

Decisions that were made against Plaza Mexico when the establishment made a second appearance before the board need to be clearly distinguished as it has received different responses from many in our community. Avellaneda has continued to flame his minority opinion regarding the majority decision reached in that case.

His dissatisfaction with the majority of the Board rejecting his desire to “revoke” instead of “suspend” Plaza Mexico’s license highlights his abject lack of understanding of proper application of jurisprudence during his tenure at the Commission.

Although the board is imbued with the authority to grant, revoke, and suspend licenses; their proper use is not meant to be as retribution. The context for their usage must be based on “substantial evidence” which “is more than just some evidence to support the conclusion.” The law is clear and well-settled on what does not constitute as substantial evidence. Evidence from which a rational mind might draw the desired inference is not enough. So, the disbelief of any particular evidence does not constitute substantial evidence to the contrary.

Local boards can’t exceed their discretional latitude regarding disciplinary actions. Therefore, the decision that Plaza Mexico received was acted “upon consideration of the entire record” presented to the board. The majority decision that Roy and other councillors object to, took “into account whatever in the record fairly detracts from its weight” as it rightly opted to “suspend.”

Hence, Avellaneda continues to protest the decision that majority felt to be appropriate sanction. His protest and claim strain credulity because the board was not presented with formidable adverse evidence to affirm his suspicions.

Commissioners make very conscientious efforts to examine facts to reach independent judgments. There is no doubt that, inherently, we are guided by our individual conscience when we examine facts. But, absent the framework grounded in the rule of law, decisions would be all over the place.

We marry our emotions and the rule of law in our decision-making process, as most members of the board understand that conscience is “essentially a judgment of the intellect.” According to a religious pamphlet, conscience is not a tablet, or a book which contains marks indicating good or bad behavior, nor is it some other being inside us giving orders, issuing warnings.

Clearly, the Church and the rule of law help us to form correct consciences by clearly providing objective standards for moral conduct. Hence, we see our conscience as our most secret core and our sanctuary where we are alone with God whose voice echoes in our depths…and the more the correct conscience prevails, the more we turn aside from emotional and blind choices and try to be guided by the objective standards of conduct.

The board does not “condone” Plaza Mexico’s recalcitrance in complying with licensing laws. However, conscientious and objective applications of the law required full consideration in the preponderance of the facts and if they are substantial evidence. Also, to examine if “it is, thus, quite possible for licensee to offend the regulatory scheme without scienter.” The board never purports to be a courthouse where infringed families seek remedy to be made whole again.

That’s beyond our jurisprudence.

Kenneth Umemba, Member

Chelsea Licensing Board Commission

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Bruins Finish or Finished?

Bob Morello

The question is an easy one following their 201 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, one has to wonder – can the Bruins learn to finish, or are they finished? Despite hitting the New Jersey net 40 times, Boston was only able to finish off one attack, with Brad Marchand notching his 35th goal of the season. Keith Kinkaid played net in place of Cory Schneider who missed his 11th game with a knee sprain, and played well, allowing just a single goal while making a career-high 39 saves. In a game where the Bs mustered several chances, they missed golden opportunities, which cost them the win. Despite losing, the Bruins were able to hold on to their playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, due to the Detroit Red Wings loss to the Montreal Canadiens, and at press time they maintained the third spot in the Atlantic Division. Their bigger worry is the Philadelphia Flyers who like Detroit are also a single point behind Boston, but currently have three games in hand.

The Bruins have now lost six of their last seven games, and are no longer, as they so often say, “In charge of their own destiny.” Coach Claude Julien was not a happy camper in his postgame comments, “You can look at it whichever way you want, but you’ve got to look at yourselves and blame yourselves for this loss. You can say you tried, but at this time of year it’s not good enough. The situation that we’re in, we expect better from ourselves. We’ve got to play for our lives. It’s our own fault if we make it harder on ourselves all the time. Obviously when you look at the way the game went, the game plan was good, but the part that we can’t help them with is the finishing part and that’s what we need to get better at.”

For the Bruins the decline has become an epidemic, one that had recently seen their power play rankings near the top of the league, only to drop down rapidly to the middle of the pack. Their stats looking rather weak have the power play effectiveness at 20.6%, and the penalty kill at 82%. Both paltry numbers compared to the high numbers they’d been posting earlier in the season. Proof of their decline is obvious, as their numbers show that in their last seven games they’ve only been able to earn two points (Toronto win) of the 14 available.

As for the immediate future, Boston has a tough schedule ahead, with road games versus the St. Louis Blues on Friday (4/1 at 8:00pm), and the Chicago Black Hawks in a Sunday matinee (4/3 at 12:30). As time runs out on playoff opportunities, the Red Wings and Bruins will play at the Garden on Thursday, April 7th, in what could be their most important game of the 2015-16 season. Foremost on many minds, is the chance that their current decline may lead to Boston’s déjà vu of last season’s finish.

Tuukka Rask faced 15 shots versus the Devils, stopping 13, as the loss dropped his record to 29-22. His stats continue to be respectable with a 2.51 goals-against-average, and a save percentage of .918. With just five games remaining on the schedule, and the playoff race so tight, Rask will likely be in net on a regular basis, with Jonas Gustavsson not supplying any respite. Each point will become a major issue, with the season ending up with a team or two missing the playoffs by a point.

The final week of the season, April 3-9th will supply the final answer to this current Bruins team’s capabilities. The Bruins schedule finishes off on Garden ice with games against the Carolina Hurricanes, Red Wings, and the finale versus the Ottawa Senators. When all is done, the injuries, the call-ups from Providence, and the play of new and veteran players will be scrutinized. Finishing with a playoff spot would soften the crunch, while elimination will probably create chaos, much like the end of last season.

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The Final Report

For more than 25 years, the Federal courts have been monitoring the quality and necessary cleanup of Boston Harbor as submitted by the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority. The final report as ordered by the courts was submitted March 18, 2016.

Those of us who grew up in the Boston area and enjoyed the local beaches can still remember how the water quality continued to deteriorate in the 1960s and 1970s, culminating to the point where, in an infamous 1988 presidential advertisement, Boston Harbor was named as the most polluted harbor in the country.

Since then, much has changed for the better, but at a tremendous cost to local ratepayers. For some users, the water bills that for years had been a few hundred dollars a year have skyrocketed to thousands of dollars a year. Older cities like Revere had been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to repair outdated and inefficient water and sewer lines.

The bottom line has been that Boston Harbor has seen a resurgence in marine life, with herds of seals living in the Harbor and whale spottings off the coast of Revere last year.

Beaches like Constitution Beach in East Boston, once closed for many days during a summer heat wave due to dangerous water quality issues, are now open. Residents can now safely swim in the Charles River, but in the 1970s, if one fell into the water, a tetanus shot was required immediately.

Organizations like Save the Harbor/Save the Bay can now focus on the positive aspects that living on the coast can afford residents, rather than continually fighting for the basics like better water quality.

However, while much has been done for the water quality, much still remains to be done. There are still many brownfields along waterways like the Mystic River that leach chemicals into the water. The Wynn organization has spent tens of millions of dollars in cleaning up the contaminated planned casino site in Everett. In Boston, homeowners are now required to spend thousands of dollars in neighborhoods like the South End and Back Bay on water filtration systems to take the rain runoff from the roofs and put into the ground rather than run off the ground.

All these are positive examples of more than 30 years of hard work and billions of dollars to bring back the water quality to acceptable levels.

Today, one can be optimistic about the future of the Harbor, but also guarded. Massachusetts’ politicians have always shown the willingness to spend money on public projects, but not the resolve to fund the maintenance of these projects. Our deteriorating infrastructure and the transit system are two examples of billions having been spent in the construction phase, but then grossly underfunded for maintenance.

Living on the coast, given the fact that our population is growing, our water environment is safe for now. But if our current strong water status, gained from impressive public effort and extraordinary cost, are not constantly monitored going forward, then we will find ourselves back in the same place, a place of public danger and national ridicule, when songs were sung like “Love That Dirty Water” in the 1970s and being named as the most polluted harbor in America in 1988.

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Obituaries 03-31-2016

Sean Patrick Honohan

Student at Perkins Schoool for the Blind

Sean Patrick Honohan died at home with his family on March 23.

Sean was a student at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. Sean’s family would like to thank all of his nurses and care givers, especially Bernadette, Auntie Tiff and Jen. They are forever grateful.

He was the beloved son of James “Jamie” Honohan, Jr. and Melissa DeVeau; dear brother of Harrison James Honohan; cherished grandson of James and Michele (Tucker) Honohan of Revere and Michael and Maureen (Zajac) DeVeau of Chelsea; loving nephew of Andrew Honohan, Sr, Miri Otero and her husband, Johnny and Scott DeVeau; cousin of Andrew, Jr, Johnny, Jr, and Jayden. He is also survived by many great aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visiting hours were held in The Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to 1P36dsa.or or Perkins School for the Blind, 175 N. Beacon St, Watertown, MA 02472 C/O Deafblind Preschool Program in memory of Sean. For guest book please visit

Carol “Cookie” Higgins

Nurse, of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Carol “Cookie” E. (Zajac) Higgins of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on Monday, March 21. She was 70 years old.

Cookie was a nurse at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home and the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett.

She was the cherished daughter of the late Norma (Hildner) Sinnott and Henry Zajac, the beloved wife of David C. Higgins; loving sister of June Dingwell, Alice Suloff, Barbara Morvan and Dorothy Ekey and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will honor Carol’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St. Revere at 8 a.m. today, Thursday, before leaving in procession to St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in her honor at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. For guestbook and directions:

Eileen Green

Active at Our Lady of Grace Parish

Eileen C. Green passed away on Wednesday evening, March 24 at the Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center in Medford where she had been convalescing over the last several months. She was 90 years old.

Born and raised in Lowell, she was the beloved and only daughter of the late James and Ellen (Settle) Entwistle. She was married to Stanley W. Green and in 1955, together with their young family,, they settled in Chelsea and resided for many years on Burma Road and Normandy Road. in Chelsea. To help support her family, later in life, she began working at Chelsea Bottle Co. as a machine operator. After more than 20 years with the bottle company, she retired in 1990.

She and her husband were both faithful and active parishioners at Our Lady of Grace Church. In her lifetime she enjoyed dancing and entertained family and friends with her singing voice.

In addition to her parents, Eileen was also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Stanley in 2007 and her brothers; John, James and Joseph Entwistle. Since 2009, Eileen has been residing with VNA assisted living in Somerville.

She is survived by her loving children and their spouses; John “Colby” Green and his wife, Jacqueline of Needham, Jeffrey Green and his wife, Diane of Hillsboro, NH, Judy Sullivan and her husband, Charles of Saugus, Brian Green and his companion, Heidi Decato of Nashua, NH and Michael Green and his wife, Mary of Lynn. She was the cherished grandmother of Michael and his wife, Pamela Rizzo, Jason and his wife, Laurie Rizzo, Scott Green, Nicole Green, Justin Weaver, Slade Green and Aaron Green. She was the adored great grandmother of Liliana Rizzo and Sophia Rizzo.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

Should friends desire, contributions in Eileen’s memory may be made to Our Lady of Grace Parish. For additional information, please visit:

Vilma Madrid

Member of the Immaculate Parish Community of Revere

Vilma Madrid passed away unexpectedly at the Whidden Memorial Hospital on Saturday, March 26 after many previous and successful battles with cancer. She was 48 years old.

Born and raised in Matapan, El Salvador, she was the beloved daughter of Martin Madrid and Juventina Monterola de Madrid. She came to the United States as a young lady where she met and married Francisco B. Tejada, together they raised their family of two sons and one daughter residing in East Boston and in Revere for the past 10 years.

Vilma worked for over 18 years with the housekeeping department at Tufts University, Boston Campus in Chinatown. For health reason she retired a year ago.

She was a member of the Immaculate Parish Family in Revere and in her lifetime Vilma enjoyed home cooking and entertaining family and friends in her home, she also enjoyed traveling back to El Salvador and Mexico City.

She is survived by her beloved husband Francisco Tejada and was the devoted mother of Darlene Flores, Josue Tejada and Francisco Tejada; loving daughter of Martin Madrid and Juventina Monterola de Madrid and is also survived by 14 loving siblings.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

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