MVP, MVP, MVP! Mia Nowicki Unanimous as CCL’s Top Player

MVP, MVP, MVP! Mia Nowicki Unanimous as CCL’s Top Player

The coaches in the Catholic Central League affirmed what high school softball fans have known for a long time: Mia Nowicki can pitch with the best of them.

Nowicki, a 15-year-old sophomore flame throwing righthander for the St. Mary’s High School softball team, was the unanimous choice as the CCL Most Valuable Player following a regular season in which she averaged 12 strikeouts a game and led the Spartans to a 16-4 record.

And Nowicki is not done yet with her exploits on the mound this season. The daughter of former Matignon All-Scholastic athlete Paul Nowicki and Chelsea High softball star Tracy Constantino Nowicki was at Martin Field in Lowell Wednesday night hoping to advance St. Mary’s a step closer to the state championship game.

A state title would be the family’s third. Her father – arguably one of the greatest athletes in Chelsea city history – won one crown as a hockey player for the Matignon Warriors and teammate of future Bruin Shawn McEachern. Mia was a freshman on the 2014 state champion St. Mary’s girls basketball team.

And it’s the team that counts most for Mia. Even after striking out the side in Monday’s 4-1 win over Latin Academy and recording the save, Mia was talking up her teammates.

“I think [starting pitcher] Michaela [Hamill] and the team had a great performance and came up big,” said Nowicki. “We got this win and now we’re going to Lowell.”

Asked about her three-up-three down gem, Mia replied, “I just wanted to get my team out of the jam and win the game for the team and the coaches.”

Nowicki added to an already awesome repertoire of pitches with some new installations this season. “My two-seam fastball and my screwball have been working really well this year. I have a rise ball that I developed that works well on some days and a drop pitch.”

Nowicki said she is honored to be the league’s Most Valuable Player, an award her father received during his career in the CCL. “I am honored but I couldn’t have done it without my coaches and my teammates. My softball catcher has been awesome. She has a great attitude. And coach [Colleen] Newbury is an awesome coach who makes great decisions. She’s the best.”

Newbury, a softball legend in her own right who holds seven state titles including four as a player at Bishop Fenwick, used one word to describe Mia’s performance this season: dominating.

“She goes out there and makes a lot of plays to help herself,” said Newbury. “She gets a strikeout when she needs it in a big spot. She was clutch and very poised [versus Latin Academy]. She’s an athlete. She competes. I think she ranks up there with some of the great pitchers that I played with at Fenwick.”

Paul Nowicki said it’s been enjoyable for him and his wife, Tracy, director of the Chelsea Senior Center, to watch their daughter become one of the best pitchers in Massachusetts at a school she loves.

“It’s been a fun experience to be a part of – watching Mia grow and mature as a young lady as well as a softball player,” said Paul Nowicki. “She gets a lot of good support from the coaching staff and her teammates. They’re absolutely spectacular. It’s fun to come watch these games and watch her compete.”

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Obituaries 06-11-2015

Douglas Tarbox

Boston Gas Company retiree

Douglas F. Tarbox of North Reading, formerly of Everett and Chelsea, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, June 2 at Winchester Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was 83 years old.

Doug served as a member of the 182nd Infantry Regiment of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. He was employed for over 40 years by the Boston Gas Company and was an active volunteer with the Town of North Reading Senior Center and the Mission of Deeds in Reading. He was also a loyal member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in North Reading.

Doug will be remembered by his family and friends for his unique sense of humor and kind heart. He was beloved and respected by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.

He was born on November 18, 1931 to Ralph and Stella (Howell) Tarbox and is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joan L (Gill) Tarbox (formerly of Chelsea and Everett). He is also survived by his son, Thomas and his wife, Kathleen (Bolt) Tarbox, his grandchildren Katie and Andrew and his daughter, Diana Tarbox and her husband, Bart Puopolo, all of North Reading. He was the much loved brother of Ralph Tarbox Jr. of Roanoke Rapids N.C. and his wife, Shirley as well as the late John “Jack” Starr and his wife, Rosita of Chester, N.H.

A memorial service and celebration of his life was held on June 6 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, North Reading. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea. Donations in Doug’s memory may be made to the Aldersgate United Methodist Church 235 Park St, North Reading, MA 01864 or the Mission of Deeds 6 Chapin Ave. Reading, MA 01867.


Anna Frank

Of Chelsea

Anna B. Frank of Chelsea passed away on Tuesday, June 9.

She was the devoted daughter of the late Israel Frank and Ethel (Garb) Frank and dear sister of the late Evelyn Shear, Aaron Frank and Lillian Witten; loving aunt of Susan Norton, Michael Roberts, Ellen Cohen and Steve Witten .

Graveside Services will be held in Onikchty Cemetery, 740 Broadway, Rte. 99, Melrose on Friday, June 12 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends invited to attend. Contributions in Anna’s memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150. Visit for guest book and directions.


Claire McKenna

Crossing guard for 20 years at Webster and Broadway in Chelsea

Claire M. (Sullivan) McKenna passed away on June 5 at the Glen Ridge Nursing Center in Medford where she has been receiving supportive care for the past two years. She was 74 years old.

Born and raised in the family home at 32 Page St. Revere, she was one of 16 children of the late Martin and Amanda (Morin) Sullivan. Claire attended Revere schools and six days before her 24th birthday, she was wed to her beloved husband Richard McKenna who she referred to as her “best birthday present.”

They made their home on Webster Avenue in Chelsea for most of their 50 years together. Claire worked outside of her home at various jobs but the one she best loved was the 20 or so years she spent as a school crossing guard at the corner of Webster and Broadway in Chelsea, crossing and befriending two generations of Chelsea students.

Claire loved all people, possessed an outgoing spirit and was generous to a fault. She enjoyed socializing at “Sully’s Variety Store” enjoying her coffee and time spent with friends and strangers alike.

In addition to her parents, Claire was preceded in death by siblings: the late Margaret Nickerson, William, Leo, James, Martin, Leonard, John, Raymond and Edward Sullivan. She is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years, Richard McKenna of Saugus; her loving sons, Kenneth McKenna and his companion, Marzi Galazka of Swampscott and Christopher McKenna and his wife, Moira of Lexington. She was the cherished grandmother of Kayla, Christopher II, Shannon, Michael and John McKenna; dear sister of Florence Twomey, Elizabeth Pentoney, Carol Mendez, Edna McCauley, Ellen Thornton and Larry Sullivan and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St., Revere on Friday at 10:30 a.m. Internment will be private. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit


Frederick Goodrich

Of Chelsea

Frederick H. Goodrich of Chelsea passed away on June 1. He was 79 years old.

Born in Chelsea, the son of the late Charles E. and Elizabeth (Levy) Goodrich, he was the father of Frederick “Buddy” Goodrich, Jr., Michael Goodrich, Anna Gricci-Goodrich, and Wayne Goodrich; brother of Joseph, Richard “Ditchie”, Rita, Albert, and the late Charles, Henry, William, Amelia “Sissy”, and Helen. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

At the family’s request, funeral services will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. For online guestbook visit


Cheryl Ann McDonough

Devoted wife, mother and friend

Cheryl Ann (Comeau) McDonough of Chelsea died at home just before noon on June 3 after a short illness surrounded by her loving and dedicated family. She was 60 years old.

Born in Boston and a lifelong Chelsea resident, she was a bus driver for Malden Transportation for over 16 years and a devoted wife, mother and friend who adored her grandchildren.

Born in Boston, she was the devoted wife for 25 years to the late John McDonough who passed away in January of this year; beloved mother of Jaime Lubanski of Everett and Michael Lewis of Chelsea; loving sister of Lillian Baker of Malden and the late Pauline Comier, Joseph Comeau, Phillip Comeau, Elaine Comeau and David Comeau; cherished grandmother of Timothy, Samantha and Rachel Lubanski, all of Everett, Michael Lewis, Jr. of Chelsea and Nicole Lewis of Everett.

A Celebration of her Life is being planned for the near future. Expressions of sympathy in Cheryl’s name may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 188 Needham Street, Suite 240, Newton, MA 02464. To send a message of condolence to Cheryl’s family, please visit

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POW/MIA Chair Dedicated

POW/MIA Chair Dedicated


The Chelsea City Council and Veterans Agent Francisco Toro officially dedicated the POW/MIA Chair at City Hall on Monday morning following the conclusion of Memorial Day Exercises. POW/MIA chairs have been placed in more than 100 public buildings, sports stadiums and at the State House to help the public remember the soldiers who have never come home. Teaming up to bring a chair to Chelsea was Toro and City Councillors Leo Robinson, Matt Frank and Chris Cataldo. Shown here on Monday (left to right) are State Rep. Dan Ryan, Cmdr. John Walsh (DAV), Councillor Matt Frank, Councillor Chris Cataldo, Council President Leo Robinson and Veterans Agent Francisco Toro.

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Heavy Construction

Heavy Construction


Heavy construction and demolition on the Washington Avenue bridge commenced this week. On Saturday morning, the demolition process started. Here, a worker carefully guides his cement cutting machine across the bridge in preparation for dismantling the structure. The bridge and roadway will remain closed another 12 to 14 months.

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First City Manager Vote to Come Monday Amidst Council Unrest

First City Manager Vote to Come Monday Amidst Council Unrest

The first vote for the City Manager position – a process that has come down to two finalists – will come on Monday night following a whirlwind of activity this Saturday when the Council will hold a community input meeting and will interview both candidates publicly.

“We have a vote scheduled for Monday night,” said Council President Leo Robinson. “Even on Saturday, we could have scheduled a vote, but it’s a special meeting and I wanted to let everyone digest things and then come back on Monday to vote. We were elected to make this decision. We’ve been at this six months now and it’s time.”

That Monday night vote will be preceded by a lot of activity at City Hall on Saturday, beginning with a community input meeting from 9-9:45 a.m. Residents will be able to give input to councillors, and suggest questions.

Then, at 10 a.m., Finalist Tom Ambrosino will be interviewed by the Council for 90 minutes. Following that, Finalist Mark Rees will be interviewed for 90 minutes.

During interviews, the public will not be able to interact with the process, but they will be able to observe.

“Once we are interviewing the candidates, we’re only ones interacting with the candidates,” said Robinson. “The public cannot interact with the candidates or the city councillors during the interviews. They can be there and observe though.”

While the process has now become clear and laid out, it only arrived there after a fair amount of controversy.

A meeting on Wednesday, May 27, was held at City Hall for the Council to try to figure out the process, but the decisions made there didn’t seem to hold water this week.

At Monday night’s Council meeting, an order was put in to have the community meeting and interviews on June 6, which was just five days away.

Several councillors voiced their displeasure with the date, and several others said it was time to get moving in the process.

A call came for having no community meeting and only interviews on Tuesday, June 9, but that was shot down in a 4-7 vote.

Another motion to have a Council subcommittee meeting and community meeting on June 8, and then the interviews on June 9, was also shot down in a 5-6 vote.

The plan to have the community meeting and interviews this Saturday, June 6, ended up winning the day by a vote of 10-1. Councillor Paula Barton voted against, but a handful of other councillors reluctantly voted in favor.

One of those was Councillor Matt Frank, who said afterward he was disappointed with the process and the quick meeting called for Saturday.

“If our goal is to get people involved, four days notice on a Saturday morning the day before graduation in the summertime seems like a weird time to go with it,” he said. “The frustrating part is I formally requested a meeting months ago to work out this timetable. Now, we decide to have a meeting four days in advance and that leaves a bitter taste in my mouth…It doesn’t seem responsible and adds to my concerns with how the process has played out.”

Another point of contention was how to decide which candidate would go first in the interview process.

At Monday night’s meeting, Robinson moved to pick names on camera during regular session in front of everyone. Several councillors rebuffed the idea though, as it wasn’t exactly what had been discussed previously. Some said it came at the wrong time during the meeting, during the public speaking portion.

Councillors had agreed last week to potentially call the candidates in for interviews, pick the order right there, and have both candidates sit in on both interviews. The idea was frowned upon by the City’s search firm, the Collins Center, which suggested changing that decision.

“It got all garbled there when Councillor Robinson wanted to pick names out of a hat,” said Frank. “I got up and left on purpose. I chose not to be on camera for that while he was doing that.”

Council Vice President Dan Cortell said he was uncomfortable with that too, and didn’t exactly like how the process of scheduling meetings took place.

“That came during the Public Speaking portion of the meeting and that’s not really when you would facilitate that sort of thing,” he said. “As vice president, I was surprised. I was the last person to talk about that and I saw a lot of nods…We left the room and thought things were not going to happen that way…My big procedural thing or question is the picking of the names. There’s something that doesn’t sit right. It is surprising.”

Robinson said he discontinued that part of the plan, and did not pick the order Monday night.

Instead, he consulted City Solicitor Cheryl Watson, who advised him that he had the authority as president to pick the order himself.

“We had lost an entire day on that,” he said. “I got the opinion and Cheryl said I absolutely had the power to do it, so I got two people from human resources and Rich Cuthie and Paul Casino from City Hall and we picked the order right there.”

After learning about that, Cortell and Frank were both unhappy with that process, both said. They said several things changed between last week and this week without a lot of Council input.

Robinson said things had to change because the original plan to interview both candidates at the same time wouldn’t work.

“Right now, I’d be sitting and holding two names and telling them both to come at 9 a.m. on Saturday,” he said. “If I went at 9 and got second and had to sit outside for 90 minutes waiting, I would be saying, ‘Do I want to work for these people?’ That’s the danger we ran into with that.

“If a guy has an interview at noon, he’s not going to show up at 9 a.m. to sit around,” he continued. “He’s going to get there at 11:15 or 11:30 and Stephen McGoldrick from the Collins Center will be there to welcome him and have him wait in the City Manager’s office. He’s not going to be privy to any questions. They’re professional people and we have to show them we’re professional people too.”

Things will get started early on Saturday, and the public is encouraged to come at 9 a.m. to provide input to the Council. All questions and comments will be considered.

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Chelsea ArtWalk Gets Boost in Hiring Coordinator

Chelsea ArtWalk Gets Boost in Hiring Coordinator

The Chelsea ArtWalk organizers took a big step this year in calling in coordinator Jordy Brazo to help bring the event together and market it within the city and outside of the city.

The walk, which takes place on June 13 and 14, will feature several locations around the city to display artwork – all accessible via a shuttle that take folks around to each location. The laid back and fun weekend has become a summer favorite for residents young and old.

However, for the artists themselves, the walk has become more than just concentrating on showing their own artistic talents. Rather, it’s been an exercise in organizing and coordinating. That looks like it could change this year with Brazo, 24, a former Phoenix Charter School teacher, on the case.

“Up until now, the Chelsea ArtWalk has been organized by the same people showing artwork or creating artwork for the ArtWalk,” he said. “That took a lot away from them being able to concentrate on the work. They wanted someone to come on whose sole talk was coordinating the event and thus freeing up the artists to to concentrate on their art and exhibitions. They wanted someone to focus on the nuts and bolts so they could focus on producing their artwork. That’s what I’ve been doing.”

Brazo grew up in Cambridge and always had friends and ties to Chelsea.

He attended college at Syracuse University and returned to Boston, teaching at Phoenix for one year.

He said as a young man he began creating art by his love of skateboarding. He often became the videographer and photographer for his friends.

“That was in high school,” he said. “Then I got involved in a youth program in Cambridge on community access television producing. I made documentaries and sports videography. Later on, I began doing photos too.”

Bravo said he has been spending quite a bit of time differentiating Chelsea’s art walk from the many others that are out there. While art walks were unique at one time, they no longer are such an exclusive activity. Brazo said he has been heralding how Chelsea’s walk is actually different.

“I think art walks in general are no longer a unique event in Boston,” he said. “Every neighborhood and community has an open studio and art walk. We hope we can make the case that the Chelsea art walk is unique and create it’s identity in a saturated scene…Chelsea hasn’t changed in the ways that East Boston or the South End have. It’s important to have people see that there’s a long tradition of creativity and the arts here.”

Some of the highlights this year will be a live sculptor at the PORT Park, and also a film shown to explain where the salt comes from and the process that takes place to get it to Chelsea.

“There will be lots of activity this year at the PORT Park and it won’t just be the place to park and catch the shuttle,” he said.

Spencer Lofts Gallery will continue to celebrate its return to the scene with a resident group show.

Pearl Gallery will feature unique paintings of Chelsea by former coordinator Joe Greene.

The Community Garden will feature a scarecrow contest and a drum circle on both days.

At Apollinaire Theatre, Chelsea C

Jordy Brazo has been out and about over the last month or so coordinating the Chelsea ArtWalk, which takes place June 13 and 14. It is the first year that the Walk has hired a coordinator to organize the show.

Jordy Brazo has been out and about over the last month or so coordinating the Chelsea ArtWalk, which takes place June 13 and 14. It is the first year that the Walk has hired a coordinator to organize the show.

ity Treasurer and talented playwright, Bob Boulrice, will feature an original showing of ‘Back, Schweitzer and the Wives.’ The show is free and will go on at 4 p.m. both days in Apollinaire.

Also involved will be the Residence Inn, the Bellingham-Cary House, One North, Chelsea City Cafe, Mystic Brewery and other sites as well.

For complete information on the Art Walk, visit

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CHS Class of 2015 Graduates Sunday

CHS Class of 2015 Graduates Sunday

More than 240 graduates will receive their diplomas at the Chelsea High School Class of 2015 Graduation Exercises Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Saul Nechtem Gymnasium.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Bourque will lead the presentation of diplomas to the graduates. CHS principal Priti Johari will preside over the graduation day ceremonies.

Sara Beqo, who will attend Boston University, will deliver the valedictory address. Aurel Madari, who will attend Drexel University, will deliver the salutatory address. Class president Fatima Melara, who will attend UMass/Boston, will deliver the presidential address.

Bourque said the amount of scholarships earned by graduates exceeds $900,000.

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CHS Valedictorian Finishes the Race Strong

CHS Valedictorian Finishes the Race Strong

In talking with Chelsea High School (CHS) Valedictorian Sara Beqo about her career at the high school, it readily becomes clear that sports have made a strong impression on her life, and will continue to do so throughout the rest of her life.

Beqo will graduate at the top of the Class of 2015 this coming Sunday, June 7, as part of annual commencement exercises in the gymnasium at Chelsea High School.

Beqo has played basketball at CHS all four years, but said she has really excelled in the track program – being a captain this year and running her strongest event in the 800 meters.

“Running is the most bittersweet thing,” she said. “There are days when I am out swinging my arms and running and wondering why I’m doing it. In the end, it’s always worth it…In track, it’s a sport, but it’s man versus man and man versus self at the same time. It’s a mind game. It’s the same as in the classroom. In academics, you’re getting on the line and competing with others, you just don’t see it the same way.”

Beqo found out on Tuesday morning that she was the top of the class, as the competition in the classroom was tough with this year’s crop of students. She said she was very excited and her parents, Alfred and Zane Beqo of Cary Avenue, were ecstatic.

Beqo, 18, and her two older sisters, CHS alumna Anelsa and Belinda Beqo, came to the United States from Albania when Sara Beqo was only three. They settled in Chelsea and never moved away, with Beqo attending the Sokolowski School, the Clark Avenue Middle School and CHS.

Beqo said as of now she is working on her graduation speech, trying to find just the right amount of humor and seriousness, but her future plans involve going on to Boston University.

“I am going to BU in the fall to study athletic training,” she said. “I want to be the person who would provide individual care on the bench and in pre-game and post-game. Hopefully, I’d start small with that and move up to doing that for a professional team. That’s the goal.”

She said she is very excited about BU, and that it was her dream school.

“BU was just perfect for me,” she said. “I always wanted to go there. I also wanted to go to Duke, but I didn’t get in. BU, however, was my dream school because it was always perfect for me. So, it was a dream come true.”

She will get assistance from the Chelsea High Scholarship, as well as a partial scholarship from the Yawkey Foundation.

However, the MGH Youth Scholars program will pick up the rest of the balance, and that program has been a fixture in her life since she was a sophomore.

“They provide help when your in school and mentor you and prepare you for college,” she said. “They also help you during and after college as well. They’ve been a presence in my life for several years, as well as other kids from Revere and Charlestown and East Boston.”

Beqo said she believes she is ready for a school like BU. She said it is humbling being the best student in your school, and then going to college with a whole class of students from all over the world who were also the best in their school.

“I always go back to sports and track,” she said. “You have regular track meets and you run against a few people and it’s over. Then when you go to state relays, there are so many people and everyone knows what they’re doing. It hits you that you might be good, but so is everyone else. Every runner is strong. You have to know what you can do and not be discouraged. When I went to BU for a visit, everyone was as prepared as I was.”

The difference, she said, has been the CHS experience and teachers.

“The help is what makes the difference,” she said. “It takes a village to raise a child and I have experienced that here and have had terrific teachers. If I didn’t have the help I got from my teachers and coaches, I wouldn’t be where I am right now.”

CHS Valedictorian Sara Beqo will head to Boston University next fall to pursue a career in athletic training.

CHS Valedictorian Sara Beqo will head to Boston University next fall to pursue a career in athletic training.

In particular, she pointed out basketball coach Perry Brandalise and Track coaches Amanda Alpert and Rebecca Hayes – as well as former coach Kim Huffer.

“I’ve been with my basketball coach since 8th grade and they’ve all sculpted me in so many ways,” she said. “The coaches here are amazing.”

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Police Briefs 06-04-2015

Monday, 5/18

Jorge Lazo, 50, Homeless, was arrested for drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public, felony warrant, misdemeanor warrant, immigration detainer.

Tuesday, 5/19

James McCormick, 55, 29 Maplewood Ave., Everett, was arrested on a felony and a misdemeanor warrant.

James McCormick, 26, 29 Maplewood Ave., Everett, was arrested on a warrant.

Theodore Meserve, 57, 45 Loomis St., Malden, was arrested on a warrant.

Jose Tejada, 58, 130 Shurtleff St., Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.

Cesar Orantes, 36, 256 Spencer Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.

Ely Feliciano, 19, 131 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Wednesday, 5/20

Donne Agogo, 21, 9 Fourth St., Chelsea, was arrested for breaking and entering daytime for felony, larceny of firearm, carry firearm without license, ammunition without FID card, larceny over $250 (5 counts), warrant for indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over, receiving stolen property over $250.

Ely Feliciano, 19, 131 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested for malicious destruction of property over $250, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, intentionally, willfully and maliciously damages.

Hector Lopez, 36, 88 Williams St., Chelsea, was arrested for operating motor vehicle with suspended/revoked license.

Ramiza Dinanrica, 24, 912 Winthrop Ave., Revere, was arrested on warrants.

Thursday, 5/21

Alexandria Vega, 31, 342 Blue Ledge Dr., Roslindale, was arrested on a felony warrant.

Vikki Wommer, 32, 197 Faywood Ave., East Boston, was arrested on a warrant.

Friday, 5/22

Brian Belew, 30, 876 Holyoke St., Lynn, was arrested on a warrant.

Hector Lopez, 36, 88 Williams St., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing Class B drugs, conspiracy to violate drug law.

Elizabeth Tucker, 56, 12 Bailey St., Boston, was arrested for possessing Class B drug, conspiracy to violate drug law.

Saturday, 5/23

Johnny Hoyos, 36, 8 Eden St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

William Ginepra, 38, 895 Broadway, Revere, was arrested for unarmed robbery and assault and battery.

Sunday, 5/24

Kevin Larios, 19, 54 Addison St., Chelsea, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor.

Jonathan Santiago, 25, 27 Oxford St., Malden, was arrested for operating motor vehicle with suspended/revoked license, speeding.

Janell D’alessandro, 30, 137A Paris St., East Boston, was arrested on felony warrants.

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Congratulations, Graduates

Congratulations, Graduates

There is perhaps no event or occasion in the life of a community that is greeted with such universally shared joy as a high school graduation.

Even for those of us who may not have a direct connection to a graduate, graduation season evokes deep memories from our long-ago youth, when our lives were carefree and lay before us with the promise of limitless possibilities and better things to come.

A high school graduation reminds us of the investment that we as a community have made in the education of our children in the expectation that they will make the world a better place. Their teachers, coaches, and others who have mentored the grads for 12 years can feel justifiable pride in knowing that their pupils will be well-prepared for whatever may come their way.

For every parent of a graduate, watching their graduate walk across the stage to receive a diploma is the epitome of a bittersweet moment. We are proud of what he or she has accomplished, but we are reminded of how quickly time has flown by — and that our graduate no longer is a child, but is a young man or woman set to embark upon the world. It brings to mind the sentiment expressed in that song from Fiddler on the Roof:

“Where is the little girl I carried?

“Where is the little boy at play?

“I don’t remember getting older,

“When did they?”

For the graduates themselves, the receipt of a high school diploma marks as sharp a transition from one aspect of their lives to the next as any they will experience. Whether our grads are pursuing higher education, work, or the military, they no longer are considered to be children, but are full-fledged adults who can vote, enter into contracts, and fight wars — and who will be held to the higher standard of adult behavior.

We know we join with all of our fellow residents in offering our congratulations to the members of the class of 2015 and in wishing them well in their future endeavors.

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