The Chelsea High football team broke into the winning column in a big way with a 41-6 triumph over Minuteman Regional Vocational School Friday evening under the lights at Chelsea Memorial Stadium.
“This was a much-needed win for team morale,” said CHS head coach Mike Stellato, whose Red Devils had fought well in previous contests, only to fall short on the scoreboard.
Chelsea scored early and often, piling up 28 points in the first quarter in a variety of ways. After Minuteman took the opening kickoff, Red Devil senior defensive back Ely Lobo read the second Minuteman play from scrimmage perfectly to make an interception that he ran back 36 yards for a pick-six. Lucas Deoliveira booted the first of his five PATs on the night to make it a quick-as-a-flash 7-0 Chelsea lead.
After the CHS defense forced a punt on the next Minuteman possession, the Red Devils were back in business at their own 45. Three plays later, Chelsea was in the end zone again, this time on a 24 yard pass from quarterback Albie Alicea to Francisco Mercedes.
Chelsea then surprised Minuteman with an onside kick that was recovered by Kalvin Duran at the Minuteman 45. The Red Devil offense needed just six plays to reach paydirt, with senior Sammy Rivera going in from the two.
Minuteman took the ensuing kickoff and started at its own 40, but another Minuteman fumble in the backfield was scooped up by CHS senior linebacker Moises Cassado, who scooted 40 yards for the score. Deoliveira’s fourth PAT made it a 28-0 contest before either team had broken a sweat.
The Red Devils tacked another six points onto its lead before the half ended when a Minuteman punt deflected off the helmet of a Minuteman player and CHS senior Josue Theomsy recovered the loose pigskin. Alicea capped the Chelsea drive with a 10 yard run into the endzone for a 34-0 Chelsea advantage at the half.
The teams traded TD’s after the intermission. Alicea connected with Nelson Vega for a 30 yard scoring strike in the third period and Minuteman got on the board thanks to a bad Chelsea snap that was pounced on by a Minuteman player in the CHS end zone.
Stellato cited a host of his charges for their fine performances in the victory effort, including quarterback Alicea, his offensive line of center Petherson Braga, guards Christian Calix and Christian Caceres, and tackles Ennys Hernandes and Deoliveira, and running back Yvad Rosado. On the other side of the ball, the coach lauded the play of Casado, Lobo, Nelson Vega, and Deoliveira.
The Red Devils will face a stiff battle this week when they travel to Malden Catholic Stadium to take on a 5-0 Mystic Valley squad Saturday evening. Kick off time is set for 7:00.
Boys soccer team
splits two contests
The Chelsea High boys soccer team split its two contests this past week, defeating Lynn Tech 4-0 and then falling to non-league, Division 1 archival Everett, 2-0 Monday evening under the lights at Everett Stadium.
The 4-0 triumph at Tech did not come as easily as the final score might indicate. After the first match between the teams, in which the Red Devils cruised to a 5-0 triumph just the week before, Tech placed a double-team on CHS scoring star Carlos Cartagena, who had scored a hat trick in that first game in the first half.
The result was a nil-nil deadlock through the first 40 minutes of play. However, the Red Devils made some adjustments after the intermission and soon took control of the contest. Senior midfielder Alan Garcia reached the back of the Tech net at the 10-minute mark with a nice strike from just inside the 18. With Tech continuing to guard Cartagena closely, Derilson DePina began to take advantage of some open space. Cartagena in turn began to release the ball more quickly, and the result was a succession of three goals by DePina on which Cartagena provided a pair of assists.
“Carlos made some nice passes under pressure and Derilson made some nice shots,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki.
Monday’s battle with Everett, the Red Devils’ ancient archival across the Parkway, proved to be an epic battle between the teams. Chelsea came into the contest at a big disadvantage with Cartagena, Chelsea’s top scorer, on the sidelines with an ankle injury he had suffered in the Lynn Tech contest. Then, 10 minutes into the contest, DePina, the Red Devils’ next leading scorer, broke his wrist, causing him to leave the field for the remainder of the match.
However, the Chelsea team fought fiercely in the face of the adversity. In the first meeting between the teams a few weeks ago at the start of the season, the Crimson Tide pretty much dominated en route to a 4-0 triumph. However, the second time around proved to be another story, as Chelsea played more physically and kept pace with an Everett team that is one of the strongest Crimson Tide sides in the past few years.
After the teams battled through a scoreless first half, in which CHS freshman keeper Angel Figueroa made some superb saves, Everett captain Edgar Escobar delivered a pair of powerful strikes from 30-yard range that caught the upper reaches of the CHS net that proved decisive. “Angel has been improving game-by-game and it truly has been a pleasure to see him develop his game as the season has progressed,” said Protasowicki. “Both of the Everett goals were superb shots which no one could have stopped.”
However, despite the defeat, the CHS coaching staff was upbeat about the Red Devils’ performance. “It may have been our best effort of the year,” noted Protasowicki. “Everybody contributed and we played with fire. It was exciting to see how much we’ve improved since we first played Everett.”
Everett High head coach Oswaldo Constanza agreed. “Chelsea showed a huge improvement from the first time we played them,” said Constanza. “Mick (CHS head coach Mick Milutinovic) does a great job every year and he has done it again with a young team.”
Despite the ferocity they displayed on the field for 80 minutes, the teams shook hands afterwards in a fine display of sportsmanship. “Both teams have a lot of respect for each other,” said Constanza. “We play each other hard, but afterwards, we’re able to put that aside and congratulate the other on a well-played match.”
The Red Devils, who now stand at 6-3-1 on the season, entertain Marblehead today (Thursday) in another non-league encounter and travel to Essex/North Shore tomorrow. Next Wednesday, Greater Lowell comes to town for a contest that could decide the championship of the CAC Large. The teams battled to a 1-1 draw in their first meeting.
CHS girls top
The Chelsea High girls cross country team earned its first victory of the season against a divisional opponent of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference with a runaway 17-42 triumph over Shawsheen Tech in Billerica last Wednesday.
Lady Red Devil Wendy Becerra was the overall winner of the race, crossing the line in 23:54. CHS co-captain Katherine Cabral was second with a time of 24:08.
Clarissa Sosa held off a strong finish by the first Shawsheen runner to finish third. The trio of Owliyo Mohamud in 25:49, Melanie Nguyen (25:52), and Tiana Jurisic (25:55), who finished six seconds apart, were fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.
“We ran really well,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “Our top two girls had solid times, our third battled hard at the finish to beat everyone from Shawsheen, and our four, five, and six girls all ran together and finished six seconds apart. This meet will hopefully give us some confidence for our future races.
“Overall, our top six girls were within two minutes of each other which is a great improvement from earlier in the year,” added Fay.
On the boys’ side, the Red Devils were not as fortunate. The boys started out well on the two-loop course.
“I would say we were probably winning, or very close to winning, halfway through the race,” noted Fay. “Unfortunately in the second half Shawsheen wore us down and beat us pretty well.”
Jeffrey Estrada was the first Chelsea finisher in fourth place. Jansel Claudio was sixth, Sam Hernandez was seventh, Eric Orellana was eighth and Josue Vargas was ninth. The final tally showed Shawsheen prevailing, 21-34.
“We had a decent group together, but to win we needed to be closer to the front of the pack,” said Fay. “The boys are still working hard and are looking to get better throughout the season.”
Both the boys and girls were scheduled to host Greater Lowell at Admiral’s Hill yesterday (Wednesday).
James J. “Jimmy” Palladino passed away at the Oceanside Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hampton, NH, where he had been receiving supportive care. He was 65 years old.
Born in Chelsea, the son of John and Robina (McKinley) Palladino, he attended Chelsea schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He enlisted in the US Army, served during the Vietnam Era and was honorably discharged in 1970.
After returning home to Chelsea, he furthered his education attending Essex Community College receiving his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. Jimmy worked for 15 years as the head bartender at the Continental Restaurant in Saugus. He also worked as a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselor for C.A.B. in Salem and most recently for the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, retiring in 2007. Jimmy enjoyed golf, fishing and walking the beach.
He was the loving son of Robina (McKinley) Palladino of Chelsea and the late John Palladino; dear brother of Jack Palladino and his wife, Michele of El Mirage, AZ, Joel Palladino and his wife, Paulette of Danversand JayPalladino and his wife, Kathy of Kensington, NH. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a memorial gathering in the Cardinal Cushing Pavilion (inside St. Michael the Archangel Chapel), Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave. on Saturday, October 11 beginning at 9 a.m. to be followed by a Funeral Mass inside the Chapel at 10 a.m.Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial-Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.Tosend expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.
Attorney Paul D . Nachtwey of Chelsea, formerly of Boston, died unexpectedly on September 29.
Paul was a member of Westford Sportsman Club,
Boston Big Game Fishing Assocation and the Sports Car Club of America.
He was the loving son of the late James and Anna (Stockton)Nachtwey; dear brother of James A Nachtwey and John Nachtwey and his wife, Lada Moyseev.
A memorial service in celebration of Paul’s life will be held late this month and announced by this web site and funeral home: www.ruggieromh.com
Square Cab Retiree
Jean (Rich) Tomasik, born in Boston and a long time resident of Chelsea, passed away on September 30 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home where she had been receiving supportive care. She was 80 years old.
For over 10 years, until her retirement in 2001, she worked for Square Cab as an operator and office coordinator.
She was the devoted wife of the late Stanley Tomasik; beloved mother of Elizabeth Estabrook of Farmington, NH, Dianna Stephenson and her husband, Frank, Debra Mitchell and her husband, Danny and Mary MacDonald and her husband, Hugh, all of Chelsea, Stanley Tomasik and his wife, Nancy and stepson Richard Tomasik and his wife, Theresa, all of Port Charlotte, FL. She was the cherished grandmother of 14 and great grandmother of 18 and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Committal Services were private. Expressions of sympathy in Jean’s name may be made to Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. To send a message of condolence to Jean’s family, please visitwww.smithfuneralhomes.com
City Manager Jay Ash said that despite his disappointment with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s (MGC) decision to award the casino license to Wynn Resorts over Mohegan Sun, he’s ready to work with Wynn and take a second look at their project and how it will affect Chelsea.
Ash and Chelsea officials were decidedly in favor of the Mohegan project, mostly because Mohegan had signed a much more lucrative Surrounding Community Agreement (SCA) with Chelsea than did Wynn. Also, officials repeatedly said Mohegan had been much easier to work with than the Wynn negotiators.
All of that if in the past now, though, and Ash said he’s ready to move forward.
“In terms of Wynn, I’m willing to take a new look at their project,” he said. “I don’t believe we’ve seen the last iteration. There are some flaws, most notably around traffic issues, that need to be resolved, and I know they are working to address them. I’m open to looking at what they come up with and especially see how it impacts Chelsea and the region as a whole. There are many benefits of having 4,000 jobs and $1.6 billion in investment less than a mile from our borders. I’m planning on continuing to work on this and hope to line Chelsea up for more benefits if and when the resort casino there does open.”
Ash also said he does plan to support a ‘No’ vote on Question 3 in the November ballot – a vote that would be for keeping the casino legislation and the Wynn project. He said that despite being frustrated with the decision for Wynn, he isn’t backtracking on the gaming industry.
“I’m disappointed with the Gaming Commission decision, but that doesn’t change the fundamental reasons why I support expanded gaming here in Massachusetts,” he said. “We’re exporting more than $1 billion in investment, tens-of-thousands-of-jobs, and $400 million in tax revenues to Connecticut and Rhode Island, and not getting anything in return. We should keep that investment, those jobs and that tax revenue here, and we should enter into what is a $50 billion industry in the country. In Boston alone, there are 20 million visitors a year. Developing out resort casinos will strengthen our tourism and hospitality industries and further broaden our economy so we are not susceptible to major downturns…In short, I think we export too much and have little to show for it, and I believe we can create an industry here that can manage the potential downside while given us additional economic and entertainment benefits.”
After mostly staying out of the casino repeal vote discussion, Wynn Resorts announced last weekend that they would become involved in the ‘No on 3’ campaign over the next month.
When the casino company won their license on Sept. 16, officials from Wynn said they hadn’t made a decision, but as a rule their organization tended to stay out of ballot box issues.
Last weekend, they changed their tune and decided to defend the coveted license they just won last month.
“We will participate with Protect Mass Jobs to provide information to voters about the impact of our industry,” said Wynn spokesman Michael Weaver. “Ultimately and appropriately, the voters of the Commonwealth will decide. They deserve to have factual information which will allow them to make an informed decision.”
Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria said he applauded Wynn for deciding to get involved in the ballot question because the question is confusing to voters.
“I think it’s absolutely necessary for everyone to get involved so people know exactly what they’re voting on,” he said. “There are people who want casinos and think they have to vote ‘yes,’ but a ‘yes’ vote is against casinos. I applaud Wynn for getting involved and I think they need to be out there to set the record straight on many facts of the Wynn site – getting the right information out there and not allowing others to distort the facts…The question is written to fool people and to trick people. These questions are long and tedious and the information needs to be out there for people before they go to the polls.”
The Everett ‘No on 3’ campaign – also called the Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs – said they were glad to see Wynn Resorts join their effort. However, they said Wynn’s resources didn’t change the strategy of reaching people face-to-face and through the grass roots.
“It doesn’t change our game plan, but Mr. Wynn definitely brings credibility and strength to the effort because he’s a guy originally from Massachusetts and is so important in the industry,” said Everett’s Michael McLaughlin. “There are things and strategies that are going to happen no matter who joins the fight. I am glad Mr. Wynn joined because I think he realizes this is about getting the right information out there about his project. It’s about his duty at this point to try to help us help his industry. I think that’s what he did by joining the Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs.”
As the habits and preferences change for where people seek to call home, state and local officials have banded together to develop a regional land use plan for nine cities and towns in a region now dubbed the Metro North.
Those cities and towns included Revere, Everett, Chelsea, Charlestown, Winthrop, East Boston, Melrose, Malden and Somerville; and state officials met with representatives from those areas (and others) last Thursday in Chelsea’s Wyndham Hotel to detail priority development areas.
Chief among the effort is the fact that municipal planners have begun to see that people are no longer flocking to the suburbs, but rather seeking to live closer to Boston and all of its amenities.
“We are all brought here because life has changed, preferences have changed, the market has changed and what people are looking for has changed,” said Marc Draisson of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). “There was a time when the cities were a place to run away from as fast as you could. There were large tracts of single-family homes going up next to large industrial parks. You were to live and work as far away as possible. That has changed dramatically. Most people are fundamentally not interested in being that far away anymore, or if they are, it’s for a much shorter period of time; not in the beginning and not at the end, but only a short time in the middle. They are thinking much more about living closer to other people, and not so much about living far away from their neighbors…That change presents and exciting opportunity for these places north of Boston.”
The changes in the cities and towns north of Boston were showcased by the turnaround in Chelsea, whereby the large contingent of officials were meeting in a nice hotel in that City.
“Today we have all come together in this nice Wyndham Hotel in Chelsea,” said Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash. “Had we held a meeting like this in Chelsea 18 years ago, it would have been at the Hotel Stanley where you would have rented rooms by the hour and not the night. It would have been a place that none of us would have wanted to hold such a time as this.”
Greg Bialecki, state Housing and Economic Development Secretary, said the regional plan comes in part because the state believes that the Metro North area is poised to explode with opportunity in the next 10 to 20 years. To be ahead of the curve, they want to have a plan ready so that current residents aren’t taken by storm when change occurs.
“We need to have a plan ready ahead of time for when growth happens,” he said. “People wake up and say, ‘My neighborhood changed and my City changed and I’m not sure how that happened and I don’t necessarily like how it turned out.’ We don’t believe that is the best way to plan and we want to change that.”
Bialecki said the Metro North plan is the fourth region for which they’ve prioritized regional assets – an effort that started several years ago with the South Coast in Fall River. However, Bialecki said Metro North leaders have come together in a way that others haven’t.
“These areas are working together in a way that the governor and I don’t see in other places in this state,” he said.
Among the short-term and long-term areas cited in the plan for priority development were Revere Beach/Wonderland, East Boston’s Waterfront, Chelsea’s Everett Avenue Urban Renewal District, Everett/Malden River Green, Malden Center, Charlestown’s Sullivan Square and Somerville’s Union Square – among others.
Those leaders in attendance were Chelsea’s Jay Ash, Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo, Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria, Winthrop Town Manager Jim McKenna, Malden Mayor Gary Christianson, State Sen. Sal DiDomenico, State Rep. Paul Donato, and Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan.
The smiling baby at some point will have to go before a judge and plead his case as to why he should not be deported from Chelsea after having left El Salvador and crossed the southern U.S. border recently with his mother.
Were it not for Suffolk University Legal Services, the little tyke – who cannot yet speak – would be expected to stand alone before a federal Immigration Court judge and explain why he qualifies for political asylum in the U.S.
It would be more than a mouthful for the baby boy.
“The picture you have of situations like this is profound,” said Steve Callahan, a law professor at Boston University who has worked with Suffolk Law for years. “Picture this baby or a 5-year-old boy standing in front of a judge with no one by his side having to argue his case intelligently before a judge. The law is just and humane, but this makes no sense. You see babies who have court dates and have to be in other states to plead their cases. This is what we see.”
For example, just last month Suffolk Law Program Director Ana Vaquerano welcomed a mother and her 5-year-old boy into the Chelsea office.
The boy was to be in Atlanta in three days for a deportation hearing, and the mother had no possessions, not even any reliable shoes, and certainly no way to get the boy to Atlanta.
She was crying.
Vaquerano was crying.
The mother was willing to put the child on a plane alone if need be, somehow or some way.
Essentially, what had happened was the two came across the border illegally and were detained. Having family in Atlanta, they were sent there and told there would be a court date in Atlanta at some point. However, the family members in Atlanta were not able to keep them for very long, and sent the mother and child packing.
They ended up in Chelsea; they found out about the hearing only days prior.
Without pause, Vaquerano went to work.
“I told her not to worry,” she said. “I told here that we would find a way to get her and her son to Atlanta. We were going to find a way because we always do. We connected with a few people, friends at Logan Airport who had friends in the airlines. We used our network, and I was even willing to go to my church and try to get the money there. However, one day I came in and opened my e-mail and found an itinerary for a first-class flight to Atlanta on American Airlines for her and her 5-year-old. We had to do anything we could to keep this child from being deported and we were able to help. They made it to the court date and there is likely a legal remedy for them. Had she gone anywhere else, though, it wouldn’t have worked out. There just wasn’t any time.”
THE RECENT SURGE
Such situations aren’t entirely new for Suffolk Legal, which has been doing yeoman’s work on Broadway Chelsea for some 30 years. However, the frequency and desperation of the situations has had a barnstorming effect on the organization – with two young lawyers being recruited in to offer free services once a week to accommodate the surging need for help in navigating an immigration system that has been turned upside down by the processing of huge numbers of illegal immigrants who have come over the U.S. Border from Central America in the last 10 months.
“These children started coming six months ago and they just keep coming and coming and coming to the office,” said Vaquerano. “I had only one lawyer working one day a week. It wasn’t enough and I didn’t know what to do. I had so many appointments you wouldn’t believe it. We were getting 20 appointments in two days and it was going all day long. One day we stayed until 7 p.m.”
The reinforcements that showed up at the Broadway office were attorneys Jason Corral and Amarilys Marrero, who agreed to come work for free to help – having formerly worked with Suffolk Legal through Catholic Charities.
Marrero said the story of the 5-year-old boy was one that worked out, and for every story that works out, many more do not.
“We see stories like that all the time, but that story is really the best case scenario,” she said. “Most don’t end that way. We talk to the court and the person at the court is only concerned about the law and maybe they should be, but we can’t convey to them how the person in the office is feeling and what they’re going through. We see what they’re going through, see them crying and do everything we can. Sometimes all we can do is cry with them.”
One of the major situations for the immigration court system is that despite entering the country illegally, the situation isn’t considered a criminal offense. That means that those facing Immigration Court hearings don’t qualify for public defenders to offer legal help. They either must find the money to pay for a private lawyer, or as in most cases, seek out free legal services in the form of places like Suffolk Legal.
That is one reason that the Immigration Courts have become so clogged due to the recent influx and a reason that court dates can be months or years in the future. Free legal services take more time, and the cases are inherently complex. Judges all over the country are prone to grant continuances and find legal remedies if at all possible – which takes time.
Corral said money has been funneled to enforcement on the border rather than to legal pathways and remedies for people caught at the border.
“The backlog right now in the courts is complicated and the cases take a lot of time to prepare,” he said. “We’re probably responsible for the backlog because we’ll go in and ask for more time to prepare. On the other hand, the judge doesn’t want to deport a child without finding out if they have a legal remedy. They’ll give two or three continuances to make sure. It comes down to the fact that nobody is paying for people like us and there are all these cases that nobody is paying for. There just aren’t enough resources to provide the legal pathway because everything has been dedicated to enforcement.”
INFLUX WASN’T UNEXPECTED
Corral said there have been people coming from Central America for several years.
Some came many years ago during the time of Civil War there and received Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from the government. Over the last decade, people from those countries have also been coming and most made it over illegally without getting caught.
He said he believes the difference now is that the border is more secure and people are willing to get caught and take their chances.
“I think the thing is that the media right now is reporting it as a crisis, but we’ve been dealing with this for years,” he said. “I remember writing a paper on this problem in 2008, which was six years ago. The difference now is that it escalated – it was building and building and now it’s escalated, but we recognized the situation six or seven years ago.”
DEPORTING OUR PROBLEMS; THOSE LEFT BEHIND
Part of the problem, all said, is that many of the countries where the influx is coming from are El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, and those countries are facing brutal crime from violent youth gangs.
In many cases, Corral said, those gangs are comprised of young people who committed crimes in America and were deported to a country that couldn’t handle policing these newfound criminals.
“These are kids who lost hope,” he said. “They’ve been left behind by family or they’ve been deported from the U.S. and now they’re on the streets in a country they never knew. Essentially, we’re deporting back our youth problems to Central America where they cannot handle it. These kids get powerful and manipulate others and create a shadow government. They demand a ‘war tax’ or protection money. It’s almost what you’d be paying to a government if there was a real publicly funded government that could protect the people.”
The other kids that seem to be ruling the streets are those left behind many years ago by adults who have earned TPS status, have earned some other status or have existed here illegally for decades.
“A lot of times the people with TPS left a little one behind with the intention of being reunited,” he said. “They now have a teen-ager at home in their country that they never brought here. They have had a grandparent or another family member taking care of that teen-ager and they won’t do it any longer.”
Some of those young people flee to America; others stay on the streets.
THREE TYPICAL SITUATIONS
For many of those illegal immigrants who end up in Chelsea and seek out Suffolk Legal to help them navigate their cases, there are few remedies other than to seek political asylum.
For the children such as 5-year-olds or babies, there is often a legal remedy, but for those who have solid footing, it is often difficult.
“When they’re unaccompanied at the border and when their family situation is more secure, that is the hardest one to remedy because the only option is filing for asylum,” said Corral. “Asylum requires very specific conditions to be met…When the fear is from gang violence, we make our best case for political opinion or membership in a particular social group that is an anti-gang group. Unfortunately, the odds are against us in those cases.”
In other cases, there is a parent who can remedy the situation – a parent that the child has left their country to be reunited with. Most times that parent has legal status and, after a series of court sessions, can make make the situation into a good one. However, it isn’t that easy. Many times the parent has moved on over the years to another family; has remarried and started anew only to have a virtually unknown teen-ager show up from thousands of miles away.
“A lot of family members or parents end up not wanting them there and that can become abusive,” said Marrero. “Domestic violence is a big part of their story here. Many times they come to reunite with a parent who has remarried and started a new family. Many times the best stepfather in the world becomes the worst stepfather in the world. A lot of times these things happen because of economics and frustrations with immigration status. That happens a lot.”
Another all too common situation – as is potentially faced by Belen and his mother – is that the child has a legal remedy to stay, but the mother has no chance.
“All too often there’s a legal remedy for that kid, but no remedy for that mom in an asylum case,” said Corral. “It’s very possible there is asylum for the kid, but the mom will be made to stay and wait for her day in court – which could be years – and with all liklihood that she’ll be deported when that day in court comes. She’ll have to leave that child behind here in the U.S. That’s the chance they’re willing to take.”
DETERMINATION IS A TREND
When young people are taken into custody at the border, many times the first thing they do is pull out a cell phone and make a call to someone in America – perhaps someone in Chelsea.
It’s something that Corral said belies the entire situation – the globalization of everything, including people.
“There are a lot of questions about why there are so many more now, but in a lot of aspects we’re more global in many ways,” he said. “We see the free flow of trade and now we also see the free flow of people and workers. The law is always the last thing to catch up to how the world is working. These kids have cell phones and are in constant communication. It’s a smaller world and people can traverse expanses of land we thought was impossible just 10 or 15 years ago. They want something better for themselves. In many ways, they’re taking a gamble to leave a situation and try to make a change to better their lives. We can all relate to doing such things in our teens and 20s. That’s who we’re seeing come here. The ones we don’t see are those who accepted their lot in life and stayed behind.”
For those who did take off on that adventure, Marrero said determination is an absolute. She’s convinced that any young person here illegally, if given a chance, will succeed.
“I was working with a 17-year-old girl who had nothing and knew nobody, but you could tell she was going to be somebody,” said Marrero. “There’s a determination in here and in all of them, and then at the same time she contains these layers of sadness because of all the things she’s fought against. Despite that deep sadness, you look in their eyes and realize that given the chance, they will fight through any adversity to success.”
City Councillor Giovanni Recupero was all set to try to help several constituents in his district on Monday night by putting in an order that would put an end to them having to pay parking meters in front of their homes.
That was, until the City Charter got in his way.
Recupero told the Record that residents contacted him and said they couldn’t get any satisfaction from the Traffic Commission for a situation that has existed for years on Congress Street and a handful of other streets. That situation is that they live close to the Central Business District and have to pay parking meters to park in front of their homes.
Unlike some other streets, they apparently don’t qualify for a restricted pass.
Recupero wanted to change that, but had to withdraw his order because it violated a section of the 2004 City Charter. Now he said he wants to look into making some changes that would allow the Council to have more power in deciding such issues.
“I think maybe the Council should look to reverse that decision from 2004 so that we can have more power to help people when they ask us to help,” he said. “I am elected to help people and they call me for these kinds of things and I can’t do anything. That doesn’t make sense to me and I think I’d like to look into changing that.”
City Solicitor Cheryl Watson said the Charter doesn’t allow Recupero to order the Traffic Commission to do anything. She said that, as a resident, he can petition the Commission as anyone can. She said that it is possible for him to discuss the matter in subcommittee or to put in a request through the Council.
She said some streets do allow residents to have a placard that gives them amnesty from paying the meters 100 feet on either side of their home. The areas in question, though, may not qualify because of being too close to the business district.
Council President Matt Frank said there are ways to work around the Charter, and he might not be so keen on absorbing responsibilities of the Traffic Commission.
“The intent of the order I sympathize with because it makes sense,” he said. “It’s just a matter of protocol…I find that boards and commissions do listen to city councillors and have a respect for city councillors and our input when we give it. If the Traffic Commission hasn’t heard of the situation, obviously Councillor Recupero has and he gets the calls asking for help. I’ve had similar situations in my district. That said, I think it’s working the way it should. We’re not experts on traffic movements and I’m not sure I’d like to get into the minutiae of dealing with that. I’m pretty confident something could come of this if Councillor Recupero goes through other channels.”
But Recupero and some other councillors are tired of being restricted by a Charter that has its roots in receivership and severely limits the power of elected officials.
There was once a reason for that, naturally, in Chelsea’s recent history.
Newer councillors like Recupero feel that maybe it’s time to revisit some of those restrictions.
“I’m elected to help the people and time and time again I am told that I don’t have the authority under the Charter to help them,” he said. “I think maybe it’s time to look at those things. We’re the ones who are elected to do these kinds of things.”
Frank said that while he did not agree with absorbing Traffic Commission duties, he would like to absorb more power from boards like the License Commission.
“Actually, I would prefer to get a little more power back from the License Commission whereas their decisions have much more impact on the residents and the neighborhoods,” he said. “When a bar goes into a neighborhood, that can change things very quickly and we should have some say in that as elected officials.”
“The Silver Line will be like gold,” mused City Manager Jay Ash in reaction to the latest advancement last week of the State project to bring the bus rapid transit (BRT) service to Chelsea.
Late in September, the State awarded a $33.8 million contract to McCourt Construction Company to build the first and most significant phase of the route that will connect the Mystic Mall in Chelsea to South Station in Boston, with seven stops in-between.
“It’s a transformative project; one that will connect us to the major transportation hub of South Station and all the jobs and activities that are springing up in New England’s fastest growing district, the Innovation District,” said Ash, who has been working on versions of the Silver Line service to Chelsea for nearly two decades.
“Furthermore,” continued Ash, “when the second phase of construction happens, which will include moving the commuter rail stop to the Mystic Mall, Chelsea will be the only city outside of Boston that has direct public transportation services to both North and South Station. The benefits of such are enormous.”
The second phase of construction referenced by Ash will include the building of a new commuter rail station at Mystic Mall, behind Market Basket, and the construction of a new Silver Line station at the existing commuter rail station, which will be decommissioned, on Sixth and Arlington Streets. That Silver Line station will join the Mystic Mall and two other Chelsea stops, the Box District at Highland Street and Gerrish Avenue and the Massport Garage at the end of Central Avenue, with the Blue Line stop at the airport and the Silver Line Way, World Trade Center and Federal Court House in the Seaport District. The last stop will be South Station, where the BRTs should be coming and going every 10 minutes or so. Ash estimates the total ride time between the Mystic Mall and South Station will be 25 minutes.
“Governor (Deval) Patrick and his administration, particularly Secretary of Transportation Rich Davey, along with our legislative delegation, led by Senator Sal DiDomenico and our former state representative, Gene O’Flaherty, have really delivered for Chelsea. This project will create great opportunities for further economic development in Chelsea, connect us directly to thousands of jobs and making it more convenient to get to tens of thousands of more. And, the new service will provide equity in public transportation that helps those who can least afford it find it easier to get to those jobs and other offerings that are available in Boston,” Ash stressed.
As Ash noted, that connection has been one he has long prioritized, first as the City’s economic development director in 1996 and ever since then. The early concept of the Urban Ring, which was originally designed to be a $3 billion rapid transit system that would encircle Boston and intersect with all the trains that come in and around Boston, has proved to be elusive. Ash continued to work the system though, and began thinking outside of the box. When talks turned to a less expensive option, rubber wheels on a road instead of fixed wheels on a track, Ash was at the ready to advocate for the BRT as a first segment of what could still become the Urban Ring someday.
“I can’t even begin to count all the meetings in Boston and elsewhere and all the time I spent on getting us to this point. That’s typically the case, though, with new public transportation services. It can take years, even decades, so it’s critical to keep the ball moving forward and then find the right time to score,” explained Ash.
Score he has, as Chelsea is about to see its first major public transportation service expansion since the commuter rail began stopping in Chelsea in 1985. By the way, Ash was involved in that happening as a young legislative aide to then State Rep. Richard Voke.
“Public transportation is critical to unlock the possibilities of our great city and provide our residents with access to everything they need to enjoy better, more productive lives. We’re so close to everything, and yet study after study indicates that the more transfers you have to make on public transportation to get somewhere, the less one is likely to do it. Beginning in early 2017, we’ll all have a one seat ride to both North and South Station.
“I can’t wait,” exclaimed Ash.
While it will take until early 2017 to get the new service going, Ash isn’t waiting to take advantage of it. He has been working his development contacts to secure additional transit-oriented development, and he has already begun advocating for the next major public transit service that could improve access and convenience for local residents.
“The development community is almost as excited as I am about the North/South Station connection thing. And then when I start talking about how I’m chasing after DMUs, we get each other even more excited,” cheered Ash.
DMUs, or diesel multiple units, are self-contained train cars that include a diesel motor and a passenger compartment. Smaller, they are quicker to start and stop, improving the time that it takes for the service to make connections. Ash and others are advocating for the use of DMUs on existing commuter rail lines to give those lines a more rapid transit feel than the slower commuter rail trains provide.
“Our future continues to be full of optimism, optimism that is based in reality when you see what we’ve already accomplished. The Silver Line is turning to be one of those accomplishments and another great foundational piece that will enable us to build a stronger, more prosperous community,” said Ash.
The Chelsea High football team will be seeking its first win of the season Friday night when the Red Devils host Minuteman Regional Vocational School under the lights at Chelsea Stadium. Kick-off time for the Friday Night Lights affair is set for 7:00.
In their game this past week, Chelsea dropped a 20-14 decision to Essex Tech Friday evening in a hard-fought battle.
“The team battled until the end,” said CHS head coach Mike Stellato. “Although we lost, I was pleased with with the total team effort.”
After a scoreless first period which saw Essex fumble away a scoring drive at the Chelsea 25 and the Red Devils get as far as the Tech 40 before turning the ball over on downs, Essex drew first blood early in the second period with a 60 yard drive to move out to an 8-0 lead. The key play in the Aggie drive was a 36-yard pass play on a third-and-21 situation that brought the ball to the CHS 35.
However, the Red Devils bounced back before the half ended to close the gap to 8-6. A muffed punt and fumble recovery by senior Lucas DeOliveira put Chelsea in business at the Essex 40. Three plays later, senior quarterback Albert Alicea connected with senior wide receiver Francisco Mercedes for a 20 yard touchdown. Although the conversion rush failed, the Devils had sliced the margin to 8-6.
Essex drove to the Chelsea 15 yard line in the waning moments of the first half, but junior safety Nelson Vega intercepted an Aggie pass to end the half and give the Red Devils some momentum heading into the locker room.
Chelsea received the ball o start the second half and took over at its own 45, from where the Red Devils traveled to the Essex 12. However, the Red Devils could not convert on a fourth down play and turned the ball over to Essex, which then put together a long drive that was capped by a 45 yard TD pass which benefited from some miscommunication in the Red Devil secondary.
Chelsea, now trailing 14-6, took the ensuing kickoff and got as far as the Essex 25. However, that drive fizzled when Chelsea yielded possession of the ball thanks to an Aggie interception.
With the Red Devil defense stiffening, Chelsea got the ball back at its own 35 in the fourth quarter. A personal foul on an Essex player on a punt situation gave Chelsea new life and the Red Devils made the most of the Essex gift by scoring six plays later, the capper coming on a nine yard TD pass from Alicea to senior receiver Moises Casado. Albie then rushed for the two-point conversion to deadlock the contest at 14-14.
But just as quickly as the Red Devils seemed to have turned the tide in their favor, so too did their bubble soon become deflated when an Essex player took the ensuing kickoff and dashed 85 yards to paydirt with that would prove to be the winning score.
“We battled from start to finish,” said Stellato. “I know the kids are disappointed, as are the coaches, with the end result. We need to build from this and move on to prepare for our next opponent.”
Among the Red Devils who won Stellato’s plaudits for their fine efforts on offense were Alicea, senior running back Ely Lobo, junior center Petherson Braga, and junior tackle Dennys Hernandez. On the defensive side of the ball, the coach cited senior linebackers Moises Casado, Hector Zelaya, and Yvad Rosado (who had a fumble recovery), and senior lineman Isaias Gonzalez.
CHS boys soccer
team wins two more
The Chelsea High big soccer team won a pair of key contests this past week, defeating two rivals from the Large Division of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference.
In a smashing 5-0 triumph over Lynn Tech last Wednesday, freshman Carlos Cartagena went on a scoring spree, reaching the back of the Tech net three times within a two-minute span at 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 of the first half. The hat trick by Carlos, who only the game before was moved from the back line to the forward line, provided all of the offense that the Red Devils would need to claim the victory. CHS captain Wilbert Tejada assisted on two of the goals.
“Carlos has really emerged for us as a scorer,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki. “He’s given our attack a new dimension.”
Eric DePina made it a 4-0 contest 12 minutes into the second half when he finished a nice crossing pass from Yefferson Padilla and Tejada put the icing on the CHS victory cake with 5:00 to go when he beat a pair of Tech defenders just outside of the box and then burst in on the Lynn net for the fifth and final Red Devil tally.
“We dominated the game,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki. “The team played really well both defensively and offensively.”
Two days later, the Red Devils nipped their always-tough CAC foe, Northeast Regional, in a fiercely-contested 2-1 decision. Derilson DePina scored to give Chelsea a 1-0 lead midway through the first half, but Northeast tied the match with a marker at the 10:00 minute mark of the second 40 when a mistake in communication in the Chelsea backfield provided NE with the scoring opportunity.
However, with about 15 minutes to go, Jonathan Vasquez notched his first goal of the season to provide Chelsea with the game-winner. Tejada set up the goal beautifully when he dribbled into dangerous territory, drawing the attention of the Northeast defense and freeing some space for Vasquez to whom Wilbert delivered a nice pass that Jonathan finished.
“We controlled the game in the second half, but we were unable to make the most of our opportunities,” noted Protasowicki of the Red Devils, who were without the services of Cartagena because of a work conflict.
Chelsea, which now stands at 5-2-1 on the season, will play three encounters in the coming week that will include rematches with a pair of tough, non-league rivals. The Red Devils were set to take on Everett last night (Wednesday) and will host Marblehead next Thursday. In between those contests, they will travel to Lynn Tech tomorrow (Friday).
Cross country teams
fall to Greater Lawrence
Last week the Chelsea High boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Greater Lawrence for a meet with the Reggies.
On the girls’ side, for the third week in a row the Lady Red Devils again engaged in a closely-contested meet, but fell short by a slim score of 26-31.
“It was another frustrating meet,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “We were once again in a close, competitive race, but were unable to come out on top.”
CHS junior captains Wendy Becerra and Katherine Cabral finished second and third, finishing only six seconds apart. Clarissa Sosa was the next Red Devil in sixth place, Melanie Nguyen was eighth and Owliyo Mohamud came across the line in 12th.
“There were a couple of close finishes that we lost at the end. We have to learn to be tougher at the end. We have had three meets decided by five points or less ( two of them by a single point), all of them Chelsea losses. The good news was that our top three were within 43 seconds of each other which is very promising for the future.”
On the boys’ side, the Red Devils lost by a score of 16-47. “The last three or four years, Greater Lawrence has had some very good teams,” said Fay. “Greater Lawrence was tougher than us and wanted it more. This was a good eye-opener for the boys to see what it takes to challenge for a league title.”
Senior captain Jeffrey Estrada was the top Chelsea runner, finishing in fifth place. Junior Sam Hernandez was the next Red Devil across the line in 11th position and freshman Josue Vargas was right behind Sam in 12th place. Jonathon Gomez and Eric Orellana were 14th and 15th respectively for Chelsea. Newcomer Chris Sanyet finished strong to eke out 16th place and Josue Reyes was 18th overall.
The boys and girls travel to Billerica this week to take on Shawsheen Tech.
Hugh McLaughlin was a giant in this city when politics and mayoral elections were the talk of the town and the dominant story in the daily Chelsea Record newspaper.
McLaughlin received the honor from the citizenry to serve two terms as Mayor of Chelsea during a golden era (the 1950s) in this city’s history. McLaughlin was a personable, highly respected mayor of a thriving city, taking his rightful place alongside the other legendary city leaders of that time, Andrew P. Quigley and Al Voke.
McLaughlin was beloved by Chelsea residents. He had a great personality, eloquence, and charm and was admired by people who worked with him at City Hall and those who watched him lead our city so well.
He served our city as a Chelsea Police Officer, earning distinction in that career as well.
Mr. McLaughlin was also an outstanding basketball player and played at the semi-professional level. He continued to follow sports and took up golf, a game he enjoyed well in to his retirement in Florida.
We remember personally the love, warmth, and hospitality one would experience when they entered the McLaughlin family home at the corner of Kimball Road and Washington Avenue. The children of Hugh and Gertrude McLaughlin, Skipper, Diane, and Michael made guests feel comfortable and welcomed and friends and relatives of the McLaughlin’s appreciated their kindness and the enjoyable times during holiday visits and other times of the years.
There are no more mayors of Chelsea. But we are all fortunate that there were mayors and that Hugh McLaughlin led our city, lived here, and raised a great family here.
Thank you, Mayor McLaughlin, for all you did for out city. May you rest in peace.
Devoted Member of St. Stanislaus Church; Active at Chelsea Senior Center
Genevieve (Jankowiak) Dembkoski passed away on Tuesday, September 30 at the Winchester Hospital after a very brief illness. She was 94 years old.
Born and raised in Poland the loving daughter of the late Andrew and Stanislawa (Fleischman) Jankowiak, as a young child she came to Chelsea and attended St. Stanislaus Parochial School. After graduating and as a young lady she worked at Walton Shoe to help support her family.
It was during the early 1940’s that she married James Dembkoski and together they began raising their family of four sons and one daughter in Chelsea. In the late 1960’s she went to work for Raymond Silver, assembling many various giftware items. In the early 1980’s she joined her husband retiring from full time work. After 57 years of marriage, Genevieve became widowed in the year 2000. She was a devoted parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea and was an active member at the Chelsea Senior Center. She spent the past three years receiving supportive care at the Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Stoneham. While there Genevieve began what became known as the “Bear Hill Crochet Club” teaching and sharing her beloved craft with fellow residents. She also enjoyed playing Bingo, together with a little caffeine and chocolate to sweeten her days.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one son James Dembkoski, her two sisters Irene Yutkins and Clara Condardo and brothers Stanley and Edward Jankowiak. She is survived by her loving children and their spouses: Frank Dembkoski and his wife, Janet of Merrimack, NH, Ron Dembkoski and his wife, Jean of Billerica, Gene Dembkoski and his wife, Noreen of Nashua, NH and Carol MacDonald and her husband, Mike of Malden. She was the cherished grandmother of Lori Fernald and her husband, Joe, Denise Dembkoski, Lisa Lisi and her husband, Joe, Corinn Dembkoski, Cara Dembkoski and her fiancé, Matt Rubinstein, James Dembkoski and his wife, Jillian and David and Brian Dembkoski. She was the adored great grandmother of Alex and Andrew Fernald, Julia Lisi and four week old Griffin Dembkoski.
Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home 718 Broadway, Chelseaon Tuesday, October 7 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 Holy Cross Cemetery , Malden. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:
Family Was The Center of Her Life
Lorraine (Politano) Powers of Danvers, formerly of Chelsea, beloved wife of the late Robert James Powers, died September 28 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston surrounded by her family. She was 81 years old.
Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Angela (Bellofatto) and Joseph Politano, she was raised and educated in Chelsea.
Leaving Chelsea in 1968, Lorraine and her family moved to Danvers where she was a resident for the remainder of her life. She had been employed for many years at Betty Ann’s Sub Shop in Danvers.
Lorraine was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and was dedicated to her family. She was a fitness buff and prided herself on her stamina in any physical activity. She enjoyed bowling and golf, loved to dance and was an avid reader. She cared deeply for animals and had a great passion for music that she shared with all.
Lorraine loved to travel, particularly cruising the Caribbean, visiting the Boothbay Harbor region of Maine, and playing the slot machines at Foxwoods. She was an outstanding cook and will be remembered for her famous Italian dishes, especially spaghetti and meatballs with her famous “gravy.” But, above all, family was always at the center of her life. She was “the Queen” or Matriarch of her large extended family and was proud to tell you so. Despite the scores of people in her family, she never forgot a birthday and always made everyone feel special.
All who knew Lorraine admired her grit and resilience, and treasured her loving and kind nature. Her forever-youthful attitude and wonderful sense of humor were her hallmarks. She will be deeply missed by generations of loving family and friends whose lives she has touched over the years.
Lorraine is survived by her daughters, Maureen DiPierro and her husband, Giovanni of Everett, Valerie Slater and her husband, Donald of Bradford, Nancy Connelly and the late Danny Vivieros of Everett, Laurie Murphy and her companion, Peter Somes of Lunenburg, Kimberly Carney and the late Michael Carney of Danvers, Kristine Babcock and her husband, Kevin and Kathy Geary and her husband Paul, all of Beverly, her son, Thomas Powers and his wife, Carla of Danvers, 18 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, her sister, Joanne Olson and her husband, John of South Berwick, Maine, her beloved cousin and friend Catherine Dwyer of Chelsea, her brother in law Jim Butts of Amesbury and by many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. She was pre deceased by her dear friend Gordon Willett.
Her funeral will be held from the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte 62) Danvers, today, Thursday, October 2 at 8:15 a.m. followed by her Funeral Mass in St. Richard’s Church, Danvers at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the Little Home for Wanderers, 10 Guest St., Boston, MA 02135 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit:www.odonnellfuneralservice.com
Hugh McLaughlin, Sr.
Two-Term Mayor of Chelsea, Loved Chelsea, Its People, His Family Was His Greatest Pride
Hugh J. McLaughlin, Sr. passed away on Wednesday September 24after a short illness in Naples, Florida just three days short of his 99th birthday.
Born in Chelsea to Hugh J and Katherine (Shuckrow) McLaughlin, he attended St. Rose School, Immaculate Conception High School in Revere, Bridgton Academy and Bates College in Maine. He was an exceptional athlete in his early years, played semi-pro basketball and loved baseball. For most of his life he was an avid golfer and a longtime member of Winthrop Golf Club.
He served as a Chelsea Police officer, a member of the Board of Alderman, a Massachusetts State Representative, and two-term mayor of the City of Chelsea. Hugh loved Chelsea and its people. He was a member of the Cary Square Associates and the Chelsea Council of the Knights of Columbus. His greatest pride was his family.
He was the husband of the late Gertrude (McCarthy) McLaughlin, father of the late Hugh J. “Skipper” McLaughlin, and brother of the late Helen Morse, Rita (Eugene) Pastore, and Alice (John) Sweeney. He leaves his beloved daughter Diane and her son, Michael, both of Naples, Florida, grandson ,Hugh J. McLaughlin of Chicago, Illinois and daughter-in-law Marcella McLaughlin of Medway. He also leaves behind his cherished nieces and nephews
His Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelseaon Saturday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 11:30 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 on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, Ma. 02445-7226. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Former Revere Little League Coach
William G. Renz of Revere died on September 27.
William was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict, a member of the American Legion and VFW and a former Coach of the Revere Little League 1965-1975.
He was the beloved husband of 63 years of Dolores (Ausiello); devoted father of William Jr. of Virginia, John of Revere, Kathleen of Chelsea, Kevin and his wife, Suzie of Duxbury and the late Thomas; dear brother of the late Francis Renz and Mabel Loughren and is also survived by seven loving grandchildren and seven loving great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to Angell Animal Medical Center, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Boston, Ma 02130.
James Joseph Coviello
Chelsea Sanitation Department and US Postal Service Retiree
James Joseph of Chelsea, entered into rest on September 29 in the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 91 years old.
Born in Everett, Jimmy lived in Chelsea for many years and was a US Navy veteran of World War II. He retired from the City of Chelsea Sanitation Department where he worked for many, many years. He also retired from the United States Postal Service working in South Boston Postal Annex as a mail handler. In his early years, Jimmy had a rubbish removal and disposal company.
He was very talented with his hands and was considered to be a master builder and craftsman. He built the home in which he resided as well as homes and furniture for his family and friends.
He was a life member of the Merritt Social and Athletic Club in Chelsea.
He was the beloved husband of the late Carmella A. (Palermo); dear and devoted father of Ann Marie Kinnally and her husband, Henry of Revere and Janice Fields and her husband, Cliff of Chelsea; loving PaPa of Lindsey and James Fields; brother of the late Joseph and Anthony Coviello, Evelyn Briley, Lena Trunfio, Lillian McGrane and Edie DeSimone.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Jimmy’s visiting hours in the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St. (Corner of Main St.) Everett today, Thursday, October 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. His funeral will be held from the funeral home on Friday at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, 487 Broadway, Everett at 9 a.m. Interment with military honors will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea
Thomas E. Malvarosa of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea, died unexpectedly at home on September 23. He was 58 years old.
The devoted son of Dorothy and Edward Malvarosa, he was the loving brother of the late Lisa Malvarosa.
A private graveside service was held on Friday afternoon. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to the MSPCA, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130. To send a message of condolence to Thomas’ family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Marie (Dedia) Sako of Chelsea died on September 21.
She was the beloved wife of Llazi Sako; devoted mother of Nexhmije Muca and her husband, Fitor and the cherished grandmother of Brunilda and Johana.
In accordance with the wishes of the Sako Family, funeral services were private with arrangements entrusted to the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston.