In 1968, Arnie Casavant was laid up at the old Chelsea Naval Hospital after having been injured while in the military.
The Rhode Island native was fond of his days recovering at the hospital, but he didn’t give Chelsea much thought until a decade ago.
After a failed bid to buy a retirement condo in New Hampshire one day 10 years ago, Casavant and his wife, Kathleen, were driving back down Rt. 1 to Boston in a kind of funk.
As they approached Chelsea, Casavant suggested they take a spin through the old Naval Hospital to change the pace of the day. They never found the Naval Hospital, as it was long gone by then, but they found Chelsea and they stayed.
Now, over the past 10 years that they’ve lived here, Casavant has found his artistic stride and at the Art Walk this weekend he’ll be presenting art and teaching art.
“Moving to Chelsea and starting to paint more coincided with me attending my first Art Walk,” Casavant, 66, said this week. “Fortunately for me it was a stepping stone. I had a show at Spencer Lofts and Pearl Street Gallery as a result of the Art Walk. It just spiraled from there. I started painting a lot more after and it turned into a whole new career. I have a studio in [the South End] in Boston and I am in a gallery in Cape Cod. The success I’m having now started because of the Chelsea Art Walk and the folks I met there.”
This year at the walk, Casavant will not only be showing his work at several of the nine venues, but also he’ll be teaching drawing at the Community Garden on Sunday.
That will be nothing new for him.
Casavant moved to Chelsea from “the ‘Burbs” he said after teaching art in Easton, MA for 30 years. So, teaching drawing will be nothing new for the retired teacher and budding artist.
“I’m excited this year to be offering a drawing workshop at the Community Garden,” he said. “It’s going to be about two or three hours helping adults learn to draw. I think we’ll add something really special to the Art Walk. There’s nothing better than to help adults find out what they want to focus on artistically.”
Casavant’s focus, however, is no secret, and many might have met him on the streets as he has painted urban scenes “on location.”
One of the things that attracted him to Chelsea were those gritty and vibrant urban scenes. He has taken to the Mystic/Tobin Bridge, the industrial oil tanks, and even the colorful fruit stands in and around Bellingham Square.
His favorite, however, is the Bridge.
“It’s always there for me to paint,” he said. “I’ve probably painted it more times than I can recall.”
Often, Casavant can be seen throughout the streets of the city painting on the sidewalk or in a park with his easel. He’s not shy, he said, and enjoys it when people come up to him and ask him what he’s doing.
“Chelsea has provided me with a lot of paintings and when I have a show in Chelsea, it’s so well received and people really come out to see it,” he said. “I think people in Chelsea have a lot of pride in their community. Many times I’m painting and and old timer will engage me in a conversation and tell me about how the City used to be. They’re interested in what I’m doing and they love the city. There may be some rough edges to Chelsea, but the heart of the community has a lot of pride.”
While many trek off to Florida or up to Maine for their retirement years, Casavant said he and his wife have found the perfect retirement enclave in Chelsea.
“Painting has added so much to my life and Chelsea has had so much to do with that,” he said. “Here we are 10 years later and we love the city and the proximity to Boston. We just can’t go back to the ‘Burbs. We can’t do the Applebee’s on Friday night with the kids and then the Mall on Saturday. We did all that with our son and we can’t go back.”
Musician, Educator and Member of the Musician’s Union
Roman “Ray” Stanislaus Bogus, a US Army veteran of World War II, passed away Sunday afternoon, June 8 at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home surrounded by his loving family. He was 95 years old.
Born in Chelsea, the son of the late Nicholas and Helen (Pszybylska) Boguszewski, Ray enlisted in the US Army on April 22, 1940. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon. Ray was honorably discharged on August 24, 1945. Upon returning home from the service, Ray earned his living as a self-employed musician. He also taught interior and exterior painting at the Shurtleff School in Chelsea for nine years.
Ray was a previous resident of Everett but has been residing at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home for the last several years. He was a member of the Musician’s Union Local 9-535 in Boston.
Ray was the husband of the late Nancy (Magazzu) Bogus and the former husband of the late Marguerite J. “Maggi” Veader-McHale; beloved father of Lisa Santarpio of Chelsea, Bryan Bogus of New Hampshire, Deborah Brems and her husband, Frederick of Saugus and the late Eric Bogus – McHale; brother of the late Alfred Boguszewski, Sabina Syngajewski, Julia Benirowski, Edwina “Evelyn” Balkus and is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren: Alycia Santarpio of Chelsea, Melissa Hull and Clayton Bogus, both of New Hampshire, Johnny Volatile and Jacob McHale, both of California and by five great-grandchildren.
His Funeral will be held from the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea today, Thursday, June 12 at 11 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael Arch Angel Chapel, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea at 12 Noon. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chelsea Soldier’s Home c/o John Davis, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150.
Retired Tow Motor/Fork Lift Operator
Albert J. Doucette, a long time Chelsea resident, passed away on June 2 at the Catholic Memorial Home in Fall River where he has been receiving supportive care for the past several years. He was 92 years old.
A retired fork lift operator, he was born in Wedgeport, Nova Scotia, the beloved son of the James E. and Mabel A. (Cotreau) Doucette. A longtime Chelsea resident, his family made their home on Spruce Steet for many years. Albert worked in local shipyards and for Borden Confections as a Tow Motor/Fork Lift Operator.
In addition to his parents, Albert was preceded in death by his dear siblings, the late Sr. M. Lea Doucette, SUSC, and the late James W. Doucette.
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in the Chapel at Catholic Memorial Home, 2446 Highland Ave., Fall River on Friday, June 6. Services concluded with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Final arrangements were handled by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to The Holy Union Sisters, Box 410, Milton, MA 02186. For Guest Book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com
- Augusta Bernice ‘Bernie’ Rosenthal
Member of Hadassah, Life Member of Na’amat and Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home
Augusta Bernice “Bernie” (Demb) Rosenthal died on June 6 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. She was 101 years old.
Born in Chelsea on June 28, 1912, the daughter of the late Hyman and Minnie (Schlafman) Demb, she graduated from Chelsea High School, attended Burdett Business School and then worked at the Suffolk Hardware Store owned by her father. After her marriage in 1939, she moved to Woburn. She returned to Chelsea in the early 1970s where she lived independently until 2007 when she moved to the Cohen-Florence-Levine Estates & Florence and Chafetz Home for Specialized Care.
She was a member of Hadassah while living in Woburn and a life member and volunteer dues secretary of Na’amat for over 20 years where she received recognition for her service. She was also a life member of the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home.
She is survived by her daughters: Sandra Rosenthal of San Diego, CA and Marlene Rosenthal of New York City, son-in-law Eugene Reilly of New York City, nieces Marcia Steinberg of Sacramento, CA and Eleanor Koplow of Miramar, FL, nephews Barry Kirshon of Saugus, and Joel Steinberg of Burlingame, CA, 11 great nieces and nephews and by many cherished cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband, Abraham, in 1966, her sister, Ruth Kirshon in 2008 and her nephew, Howard (Mike) Kirshon in 2011.
Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Interment was in the Woburn Jewish Center Cemetery in Woburn. After the burial, the family gathered at Temple Emmanuel of Chelsea for a memorial observance. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation or the charity of your choice.
The family wishes to express gratitude to the staff at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home for the dedicated care they provided to Bernie during her stay there. For guest book, please visit: www.torffuneralservice.com
Mary I. (Francis) Orluk
Worked for American Optical
Mary I. (Francis) Orluk passed away Monday evening, June 9 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a brief illness. She was 94 years old.
Born in Wareham, the beloved daughter of the late Louis and Orlinda Francis, Mary grew up in East Boston and attended East Boston High Schools. She was married to Frank “Jackie” Orluk and together they settled in Chelsea. Mary worked outside of her home for American Optical in Chelsea as a machine operator.
In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, “Jackie,” her daughters, Julia Welsh and Marie Gordon and her grandson, Brien Welsh. In life, she was delighted by and proud of her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
She is survived by her son in law Edward Welsh of Everett. She was the cherished grandmother of Colleen Kingslely and her husband, Douglas of Pelham, NH and Kelly Baldasaro of Chelsea; adored great grandmother of David Welsh and his wife, Ashlee of Haverhill, Dustin and Shea Kingsley of Pelham, NH and Caitlin Julia Welsh and Briana Williams, both of Chelsea. She was the great-great grandmother of Vinny and Adriana Hernandez.
Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, June 13 at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit
We can all assume no one was really surprised by the Logan Health Study findings last week. However, if Massport thinks they are off the hook by helping community health centers provide additional health screenings they are the ones in for a surprise.
There is already a swell of pressure coming from local community groups like AirInc. to force Massport to begin cutting operations where they can, begin a comprehensive regional plan with other area airfields and begin a real effort to lessen the impacts on health for residents here.
For too long Massport has quietly used runways for take offs and landings when delays begin to rise even if those runways are restricted by wind and weather.
It’s nothing new.
Community activists, environmental activists and residents send pictures, report takeoffs on runways Massport is not supposed to be using during certain weather conditions all the time.
It seems these practices have gone unchecked.
However, AirInc. and others expect to see change; both in short term day to day operations at Logan as well as in the long term strategic planning now underway.
They will arm themselves with the Logan Health Study and continue to put pressure on Massport to do what is right for the health of its neighbors.
They are fighting the good fight and Massport should listen and work with activists.
After all its the community’s health that is at stake.
Taking care of the illnesses caused by Logan operations once they are diagnosed is noble and Massport should be applauded but there needs to be a real effort to lessen the illness and if that means shooting for less flights per year…so be it!
Chelsea High School students flocked in their best dresses and most dapper tuxes last Saturday night, May 31, to the Logan Hilton for the annual CHS Prom. Here, Joanna Arevalo (left) and Kiara Rosario (right) model their dresses before heading into the formal affair.
Mr. Joseph Leonard of Chelsea died on May 29, 2014, following a brief illness at the Quigley Hospital at the Soldiers Home in Chelsea. He was 84.
Mr. Leonard was born in Chelsea and attended the Shurtleff School and Chelsea High School, Class of 1948.
In his early years, Mr. Leonard was a boxer and earned a Golden Gloves boxing title and was recruited by professional boxer trainers. Mr. Leonard once sparred with heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano.
He was a standout lineman for Coach Henry McCarthy’s Red Devils football team, earning a reputation for his toughness as a blocker.
Mr. Leonard went on to attend Atlantic Christian College in North Carolina where he played two seasons of college football. He was the athletic director for the Roxbury Boys Club from 1949 to 1951 and was a counselor at Camp Bauercrest in the summers of 1950 and 1951 in Bunk Three.
Shortly thereafter, Mr. Leonard was sent to serve in the Korean War as a private in the United States Army. He served this country from October, 1951 to September, 1953.
After the war, he entered the U.S. Postal Service he worked for more than 40 years. He became a Chelsea Pop Warner coach in the 1970s, receiving the award as the best Pop Warner coach in 1975.
He coached the undefeated Pop Warner ‘A’ team in 1973, teaching the game to such great athletes as Dominic LaMarra, Carmen Gallo, Keith Yianacopoulos, and Robbie Tiro, son of former CHS head football coach Anthony Tiro, who was instrumental in the founding of the Pop Warner organization.
Mr. Leonard was a member of the Chelsea Y.M.H.A. for more than 25 years. He enjoyed playing paddleball with other members including Paul “Choc” Glazer, Howie Glazer, Freddie Pasquariello, Nate Finklestein, and Paul Pedi.
He also competed in the well-known Wild Animal Basketball League Sunday mornings. Following the game, he would enjoys breakfasts prepared by “Punchy” Edelstein. One of the guests with whom Mr. Leonard socialized with at the breakfasts was heavyweight box “Pie” Weinberg.
Mr. Leonard spent his senior years walking on Revere Beach, weight training at the Northgate Gym, and spending time with his two sons, Darren and Scott, and their families.
“My father was so proud to be a grandfather,” said Darren Leonard. “He loved visiting his grandchildren and spending the day with them.”
One of Mr. Leonard’s favorite pastimes was to visit Katz Bakery in Chelsea and Luberto’s Bakery in Revere.
“My father loved the bagels and the bubke that Mr. Katz makes so well,” said Darren.
Mr. Leonard helped his sons, Darren and Scott, develop their football skills. Darren Leonard was a GBL All-Star running back and an excellent outside linebacker on the 1977-79 teams under the mentorship of head coach Todd Flaherty. Darren served as a football captain with Dave Batchelor.
Scott Leonard was also an outstanding football halfback and GBL All-Star noseguard and a part of one of Chelsea High’s greatest victories on Thanksgiving when the Red Devils stormed back from a 20-0 deficit to defeat Everett, 34-26 at Chelsea Memorial Stadium. He was also a recipient of the Thom McAn Scholar-Athlete Award.
One of his favorite saying to his sons, Darren and Scott, was “Run for daylight, because halfbacks have to hit the hole fast and cut to the light.”
Mr. Leonard also possessed a great sense of humor. “My father’s favorite saying was, ‘Are you alright?’ and ‘Are you playing with a full deck?’’’ recalled Darren.
A service was held for Mr. Leonard on Tuesday, June 3 at the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery. Mr. Leonard received full military honors.
Sons Darren and Scott Leonard delivered the eulogy.
(Condolences may be sent to www.peasleefuneralhome.com)
Chelsea real estate broker Jeff Bowen stands outside The Beacon Condominiums, the new luxury residences located in the waterfront district on Broadway.
Jason Roback, local real estate developer of The Beacon Condominiums at 81 Broadway, is proud and ready to welcome people to see his latest project.
Roback, 35, has transformed the former home of the Beacon Café – which had previously been converted in to 11 apartments – in to 11 luxurious condominiums.
The historic brick building consists of 4 two-bedroom, two-bath condos, 4 two-bedroom, one-bath condos, and 3 two-bedroom, two-and-half bath (with an office) condos.
The condos are selling starting at $230,000 to $375,000.
The Beacon has undergone extensive renovations including: new kitchens and bathrooms, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, A/C, hardwood floors, and ceramic tile floors. Six of the units have deeded outdoor spaces, some with views of Boston. All 11 units come with a deeded parking space. Eight units have a deeded storage space.
“It’s all high efficiency such as tank-less water heaters and HVAC with central air conditioning,” said Roback, a former environmental consultant who made the transition to real estate development full time two years ago.
Roback, who grew up on the South Shore and lived in Chelsea for ten years, said the reaction to the new building has been spectacular.
“Everybody who has seen the building, loves it,” said Roback. “It’s a beautiful building. The framing is amazing. I feel privileged to have worked on it.”
There have been seven movies filmed inside the building, including the blockbuster hit, “Ted,” “The Equalizer” and “The Departed.”
“When Ted (a talking teddy bear in the movie) gets his own apartment and he’s walking up to his apartment, those are our stairs,” said Roback.
Jeff Bowen, Chelsea real estate broker, said, “Chelsea has undergone a tremendous resurgence under the leadership of City Manager Jay Ash. This building on Broadway in the waterfront district is another step forward for our city. I anticipate that these condos will sell very quickly in this tepid real estate market.”
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CHS Senior Milica Ivanis learned she was the valedictorian of this year’s class this past Tuesday, something that came as quite a surprise to her. She will attend Yale University this fall.
Chelsea High School (CHS) Senior Milica Ivanis has had a spring filled with surprises.
First, she got the surprise of her life earlier this spring when she found out she had been accepted to the Ivy League gem Yale University – which caught her completely off guard.
Second, this past Tuesday she got a second big surprise when she learned from CHS Principal Joe Mullaney that she had finished at the top of her class in what was a very tight finish.
“I had no idea I would be valedictorian,” she said on Tuesday shortly after learning the news. “I wasn’t expecting it because I thought I was third or fourth in the class. There are so many smart kids in my class.
“It’s just like getting into Yale; that was the biggest surprise of my life,” she continued. “I didn’t expect it at all. Yale was my reach of all reaches. I applied to four Ivy League schools and had been wait listed for three of them. When it was time to open up my letter from Yale, I wasn’t expecting much. I waited a half-hour before I opened it up. When I saw that I had been accepted, I couldn’t believe it.”
Though it might have been a surprise for Ivanis, it’s a movie that her family has seen before.
That’s because in 2011, Jelena Ivanis – Milica’s older sister – was also the valedictorian at CHS and also went to an Ivy League school. However, she landed at Harvard University, which is the arch rival of Yale.
That hasn’t been lost on the valedictorian sisters.
“We’ve talked about that,” said Ivanis, 18. “It’s funny. I told her we’re going to be big rivals during football season.”
Ivanis is the daughter of Milenko, who works at the Cambridge Marriott, and Dragica, who works at Chelsea City Hall in the DPW. The family – which also includes Berkowitz School second-grader Mira Ivanis – came to America from Croatia when Milica was only 3.
They had fled from Serbia, where they were living, following the Yugoslavian Civil War – a conflict that devastated the family.
However, new hope was found in Chelsea and Ivanis said her family has embraced the City and its schools.
“In my college essay I wrote about how my home and my village in Croatia had been completely destroyed during the Yugoslavian Civil War,” she said, not wanting to elaborate too much on those tough times. “It’s been very hard coming here because it’s just us. We don’t have a big family in the area. My parents have sacrificed a lot for us and we realize that.”
Ivanis began her academic career at the Silber Early Learning Center (ELC) and went to elementary school at the Berkowitz School. She attended middle school at the Clark Avenue School and finished up at CHS.
She played volleyball all four years and is currently a volleyball coach at the Brown Middle School. She is in the National Honor Society, serving as president this year. She has also been a peer mentor for two years at CHS.
Throughout her career, Ivanis said she felt that Chelsea schools have provided her an excellent education. She points to the fact that she has been able to take seven Advanced Placement (AP) classes at CHS, including such difficult courses as Sophomore AP Biology and AP Chemistry.
“I think that Chelsea is an excellent school, not only for the diversity, but also because it’s a place where students have the support to thrive,” she said. “If students are focused and don’t get distracted by things, they can take whatever life throws at them and make it work.”
Ivanis singled out teachers Michael McCarthy (English), Ana Romero (Spanish), Ilana Ascher (history) and Irene Mahoney as particularly motivating her.
Now, as she gets ready for Sunday’s graduation exercises, her attention has turned to what she might say during her Valedictory Speech.
“I remember my sister’s speech,” she said. “I sat next to my father and it was an ode to my father, and it made both of us cry. It was a special moment. I’m not sure what I’ll say yet.”
Firefighter Kevin O’Keefe marches to Fay Square playing the bagpipes in a solemn tribute to memorialize those firefighters lost during the past year at the annual Chelsea Firefighter’s Memorial last Sunday, June 1. Firefighters honored Deputy Chief Charles Crowley and Firefighter John McCormack.
The Chelsea Fire Department held its annual Firefighter’s Memorial this past Sunday, June 1, in Fay Square outside City Hall. The annual memorial honors firefighters and retired firefighters who have passed away within the previous year. This year, firefighters
honored the Crowley and McCormack families.
Chelsea High track and field star Ricky Maldonado competed at the Division 2 state meet at New Bedford Vocational Tech this past weekend and came home with a medal for his eighth place finish in the high jump, earning a point for Chelsea High.
Ricky, who was named the Most Valuable Performer in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference this past season, cleared the bar at 5’-10” to take the eighth spot. Medals are awarded in each event to the top eight finishers, who also earn points toward their team’s total.
“Ricky had a couple of good attempts at 6’-0”, but didn’t quite make it,” said CHS head coach Don Fay of his talented senior, who next year will be going to UMass- Boston where he will be competing on the track and field team.
Girls 4 x 100 relay team narrowly misses medal; sets new CHS record
The Chelsea High girls 4 x 100 relay quartet of sophomore Katherine Cabral, senior Joana Arevalo, senior Sarah Bourouis, and sophomore Mariama Kamara came within 0.04 of winning a medal at this past weekend’s Division 4 State Meet. The girls finished ninth at the State Meet after being seeded 16th, just finishing short of a medal, which is awarded to the top eight performers in each event. In addition, the foursome’s clocking of 51.76 bested their earlier-season time by over a second and set a new Chelsea High School record.
In the individual events, Kamara turned in her best effort of the season in the 100 meter dash with a 13.00 performance to finish in 11th place. Bourouis recorded a personal best time in the 200 meter dash in 27.00, landing her in 13th position. Sarah also competed in the 100 dash, finishing with the 18th best time of 13.36.
“I’m proud of the girls’ performances at the state meet,” said CHS had coach Kimhuffer. “The girls prepared well and gave a 100% effort on the track. The 4×100 relay team remained poised and posted an amazing time. Although we will say goodbye to the seniors, I’m looking forward to where this team will grow and improve next season.”
Graduation season is upon us, the time of year in which communities all across America celebrate the accomplishments of our young adults who will be receiving their high school diplomas.
Graduation is a bittersweet time, marking both an ending and a beginning. For the grads, they will realize that the past four years, which they began as adolescents, are now culminating as they reach adulthood and they will be saying goodbye to their friends, teachers, and mentors who guided them through their high school years.
For the parents, who will be filled with pride as they hear their child’s name called and watch them stride across the podium to receive their diplomas, no doubt the sentiments expressed in a song from Fiddler on the Roof will be in their minds:
Where is the little girl I carried?
Where is the little boy at play?
I don’t remember getting older,
When did they?
All of us, even those who have no direct connection to a graduate, will smile as we see the brightly-colored balloons and other festive decorations that will mark graduation parties in our neighborhoods. We will recall our own high school graduations and think about the happiness and expectations that filled us when we were so much younger.
Today’s graduates are tomorrow’s leaders. We will be counting upon them to make a better world. Let’s hope that we have supplied them with the tools they need to ensure that the problems we are facing today will be overcome by them, both for the sake of their own generation and those before and after.
We offer our heartiest congratulations to our graduates and their families.