Police Briefs 04-28-2016

ARMED ROBBERY OF CHECK CASHER

Three men were arrested for armed robbery while masked on Monday night for allegedly holding up the Easy Telecom at 682 Broadway.

Around 5 p.m., a man stopped a police officer to tell about a robbery and assault at the store.

As the officer radioed the incident in, he observed three males running through the parking lot of Welsh Funeral Home that matched the description given by the citizen.

An all out chase then ensued with numerous officers and K-9 units.

One man, who dropped a red bag containing a firearm, was apprehended on Parker Street.

The two others fleet footed it over fences in the 700th block of Broadway. One man was located lying down and hiding on a third floor porch at 746 Broadway.

Police went back to the scene to begin recovering evidence.

On the scene, another citizen approached them and led them to a fenced in yard with bushes. Behind the bushes was a shirtless man hiding. He was taken into custody as well.

The clerk at the store told officers one man walked into the store with the red bag. He bent down and came back up wearing sunglasses and a mask. He began waving a handgun at her and demanded she open the money cage.

A second suspect then came in brandishing a handgun.

As this was going on, a man came in to conduct business. He was accosted by the robbers and hit in the head with the firearm and dragged to the money cage. The clerk opened the cage and the robbers began filling the bag with loot. As they filled the bag, the female clerk was hit in the face and head with the gun repeatedly. She was told she would be killed if she called police. The suspects removed the store phone and put it in the red bad.

Then they fled with approximately $5,000 cash.

Julio Mota, Michael Nogueira and William Rios were all arrested and charged with a variety of offenses, including armed robbery.

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City Council Passes Historic Measure

We congratulate the Chelsea City Council on its unanimous vote to enact a Wage Theft Ordinance,, becoming the first council in the state to pass this important legislation.

The ordinance will deal directly with the issue of wage theft and incidents of employers not paying minimum wage, not paying overtime, and withholding pay from employees.

As Chelsea labor leader Tony Hernandez said at Monday’s Council meeting, business in Chelsea must be about doing business right, and the Council’s action shows that it understands how vital the new Wage Theft Ordinance is to the city and its large immigrant population.

We agree with Chelsea Collaborative executive director Gladys Vega when she says that the passage of the ordinance was “a major victory for Chelsea.”

The City Council has set the precedent for other communities to follow and the councillors deserve commendation for their decisive vote that will help residents across the entire city.

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Obituaries 04-28-2016

Ann ‘Linda’ Crotty

Active member of her community

Ann “Linda” Crotty of Chelsea died on April 20.

Ann was an active member of her community, a longtime participant in the 20 mile Walk for Hunger, a volunteer with the Ahearn Memorial Pilgrimage Group for persons with physical disabilities as well as the Simon of Cyrene Society which sponsors Days of Recollection for persons with disabilities. She was also an Associate with the Sisters of Notre Dame.

The daughter of the late Mary, Ann is survived by her beloved cousin, Anne Crotty Joyce of Milton and is also survived by three Godchildren: Jill Montanile, Peter Chotkowski and Kathleen Lambros and by many cousins, extended family and friends.

Visiting hours were held and a Funeral Mass was celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Church, Chelsea. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Rocco-Carr-Henderson Funeral Service. For additional information, visit: RoccoFuneralHomes.com

Dolores Graham

Retired Nurses Aide

Dolores H. (Tsolas) Graham, a life long resident of Chelsea, passed away late Sunday afternoon at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere where she was receiving supportive care. She was 82 year old.

A graduate of Chelsea Schools, she worked for over 22 years as a Nurses Aide at the Whidden Hospital, retiring in 1983.

She was the devoted wife of Lavon L. Graham, beloved mother of Sean Graham and his wife, Eileen of Marlboro and the late Georgiann Braid; sister of the late Gregory Tsolas; cherished grandmother of Kimberly Kowalski and her husband, Daniel of Revere, Scott Braid and his companion, Rebecca Dausch of Salem, Caitlin Graham of Chicago and Erin Graham of Dorchester.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, April 29 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her name may be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home, Patient Activity Fund, 91 Crest AvenueChelsea, MA 02150. To send a message of condolence to Dolores’ family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com.

Martin Cooksey, Sr.

Career Navy Veteran and City of Chelsea employee

Martin D. Cooksey, Sr. of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea, passed away at the Whidden Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

A career US Navy Veteran, born in Washington, DC 82 years ago, he served 20 years aboard many ships during his enlistment to include the USS Dealey, USS Cone and the USS Tweedy. Upon his discharge, he settled in Chelsea in 1973. After his service to his country, he worked for the City of Chelsea in the Department of Public Works and later as the maintenance coordinator for the Chelsea Senior Center.

He was the devoted husband of the late Mary Ann (Tammaro); beloved father of Paula Boczkowski and her late husband, William, Jr. of Chelsea, Martin D. Cooksey, Jr. and his wife, Kelly of Lynn, Linda Roberts and her husband, John of Chelsea, David Cooksey and his wife, Kelley of Norton and Michael Cooksey of Chelsea; brother of Marie Willett and her late husband, Walter “Sonny,” Rodger Cooksey and his wife, Cheryl, all of Maryland and the late Marion White and Janie White; cherished grandfather of Erica Smith and her husband, James of Medford, William Boczkowski III of Chelsea, Nicole Boczkowski of Chelsea, William Cooksey and his wife, Nicole of Lynn, Danny Cooksey of Lynn, Kristina Roberts of Chelsea, John Roberts, Jr. of Washington, D.C., David Cooksey, Jr. of Norton, Amber Cooksey of Norton and Shae Cooksey of Lynn. He is also lovingly survived by his great grandchildren: Noah Cooksey, Kendall Smith, Chloe Smith, William Boczkowski, IV and Logan Cooksey as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea today, Thursday, April 28 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service in the Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel, 302 Elm Street, Everett at 11 o’clock. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. To send a message of condolence to Martin’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com.

Oscar Gonzalez Linares

Of Chelsea, formerly of El Salvador

Oscar A. Gonzalez Linares passed away unexpectedly in his Chelsea apartment on Wednesday March 23. He was 60 years old.

Born in Santa Ana, El Salvador, the son of the late Armando Linares and Luz Gonzalez Terrazas, Oscar came to Chelsea with his family in 1989 and has resided here since then. He worked for a time with Unico and at various other jobs as a general laborer. He recently worked at a local fruit stand in Bellingham Square. In his spare time, Oscar enjoyed card games, dancing and socializing with friends.

He is survived by his siblings; Jose Gonzalez of Lynn, Rigerberto, Guillermo, Alicia, Lucia, Dora, Julio and David Gonzalez.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.

James ‘Lewie’ Lewis

New England Coffee retiree

James R. “Lewie” Lewis of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea, died on April 23 with his loving wife at his side.

Jim and Jean have been together for 35 years and resided in Winthrop since 1980. He was a longtime member of the P.P. Club of Chelsea and was an avid Boston sports fan. Jim was a shipper and receiver for the New England Coffee Company of Malden, retiring in 1998 after 17 years with the company.

He was the beloved husband of Jean M. (O’Donnell) Lewis; brother of Janice of N. Revere and the late Winthrop, Leon, Kenneth, Eugene, Marilyn, Thomas and John; cherished grandfather of Collin Lewis; brother in-law of Pat Rorick and her husband, Tony of Vermont, Janet Daloia and her husband, Frank of Tewksbury and Peg Ryan and her husband, Patrick of California; loving uncle of Michelle and Rand Pelton of Vermont, Michael and Caterina Rorick of Framingham, Melanie and Brian Vokey of Winthrop and Stephanine and Bryan Mannetta of Tewksbury and great uncle of Jesse, Austin, Darius, Kaden, Olivia, Pinennah and Mari-Jean.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Interment was in Winthrop Cemetery, Belle Isle Section. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St. Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hosp., 262 Danny Thomas PL., Memphis, TN 38105. For guestbook go to www.mauricekirbyfh.com.

Giuseppe ‘Joseph’ Pagliuca

High End Custom Cabinetmaker

Giuseppe A. ‘Joseph’ Pagliuca died unexpectedly in his Chelsea home on Thursday, April 21. He was 74 years old.

Born and raised in Montefalcione, Italy, he was one of five children born to the late Antonio and Angela Pagliuca. Giuseppe received his early education in Italy and apprenticed in finish cabinetry. He worked as a skilled craftsman in Italy, carving and crafting items like church pews and other fine works that are still admired today in his beloved birthplace.

He married his childhood sweetheart Antonia in 1962 and they began their life together in Italy and for a time in Switzerland before coming to the United States in 1970 settling with family in Chelsea in 1974 and have resided here since that time. He continued working as a high end custom cabinetmaker with Ocean Woodworking and before retiring he worked for Alpine Woodworks. He was a past member of the Carpenters Union, Local 51.

Giuseppe enjoyed anything having to do with cars and sports, he was an old school Boston Bruins and Boston Celtic fan. He enjoyed time with family and friends but most specially time doting on his four treasured granddaughters.

Giuseppe is mourned by his beloved wife of 53 years, Antonia (Fabrizio) of Chelsea, his children and their spouses; Antonio and Maria (Cataldo) Pagliuca of Peabody, Angela (Pagliuca) and Gaetano Ciampa of Dedham. He was the cherished grandfather of Antonia and Josephine Pagliuca and Vanessa and Sabrina Ciampa; dear brother of Alfonso and Josephine Pagliuca of New York; Francesco and Vincenza Pagliuca, Antonio Pagliuca and Antonietta (Pagliuca) Amadeo Lionetti, all of Italia; dear brother-in-law of the late Francesco and Maria Garofalo, the late Sabino and Giuditta Fabrizio, the late Anna Fabrizio and the late Giuseppe Fabrizio. He is also survived by his beloved in-laws: Domenico Fabrizio, Gerardo and Antonietta Fabrizio, Delia and Anthony Cassano and JoAnn Fabrizio and by many cherished nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews in the United States and in Italia.

His Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, April 28 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Oakes Street, Everett at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of their choice.

Helen Barnes

Devout Catholic and animal lover

Helen C. (Benton) Barnes of Chelsea passed away on Friday, April 22 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice in Reading where she was receiving palliative after suffering a debilitating stroke 10 days earlier.

Born and raised in Chelsea, a beloved daughter of the late Arthur C. and Mary “Vina” (Gallant) Benton, she was raised in Chelsea, attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. She attended college and considered religious life studying with the Marist Sisters. Choosing secular life, she later married her beloved Cornelius “Neil” Barnes and together they resided in South Boston for 14 years and in Chelsea for the past 42 years. A devoted housewife, Helen was a deeply spiritual person and devout Catholic. She was a lifelong parishioner of the former Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Chelsea and joined the Immaculate Parish in Revere when her beloved “French Church” closed several years ago.

In her lifetime, Helen enjoyed her faith, family, friends, playing cards and was a well know animal lover and special lover of birds.

In addition to her parents, Helen was also preceded in death by her siblings; Arthur, James, Robert and John Benton and Jean Allen Gillis. She is survived by her beloved husband of 56 years, Cornelius “Neil” F. Barnes of Chelsea and she was the dear sister-in-law of Elaine and Elder Benton and the late Kathleen Benton. She is also survived by many loved nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to a charity of their choice.

James Barry, Jr.

His life centered on work, family, and home life

James B. Barry, Jr. of Chelsea died on Wednesday evening, April 19 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after battling Leukemia for the past two years. He was 81 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the beloved and only child of the late James B., Sr. and Nancy L. (Lanzo) Barry. His mother died while he was still a toddler and he was raised by his father, aided by the help and guidance of his grandmother and the Lanzo family. He attended Our Lady of Grace parochial school and graduated from Chelsea High School. He was trained in auto body repair and worked for many years with Mastercraft Auto Body Shop on Heard Street in Chelsea. He completed his career at Commercial Auto Body in Malden, retiring in 1999.

His life centered on work, family and home life. Jim enjoyed home vegetable gardening, growing various crops of tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini squash, herbs and more from his Chelsea garden. He would proudly share the fruits of his labor with his family making homemade soups, cooking fresh vegetable dishes and sharing his homegrown produce from his car as if it were a private farm stand and growers market. In addition to his parents and beloved grandmother, he was also preceded in death by his uncle Alfonso Lanzo, his aunts; Lucy Larcome, Margaret Denis, Rose Palermo and Anna Guanci. He is survived by his loving cousins: Jane Vivona and her husband, Ben of Wilmington, William Lanzo and his wife, Dolores of Burlington and his godchild, Nancy Montalbano and her husband, Paul of Andover. He is also survived by many more cousins and beloved extended family members.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O.Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284-9168. Click link to give on line

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Chelsea Workers Join Thousands in Marching on State House for $15 Minimum Wage

By Joe Prezioso and Seth Daniel

A few thousand individuals from around the state – with a strong contingent from Chelsea – gathered on Beacon Hill at the State house this past Friday, April 15, to take part in in a protest to fight for a $15 minimum wage across the state.

The protesters then marched to McCormick & Schmick’s and McDonalds, two of the places they consider to be the worst “purveyors of poverty wages and poor working conditions” according to their press release.

Gladys Vega and member and staff of the Chelsea Collaborative brought a bus of activists to the rally, which started at the State House and marched to Downtown Crossing. Several state and local officials came together, as well as thousands of workers calling for the raise in minimum wage.

“What do we want?” yelled Vega into a bullhorn.

“$15,” yelled the crowd of thousands.

“When do we want it?” she continued.

“Now,” they yelled.

The minimum wage in Massachusetts is currently $10, having gone up on Jan. 1. It is on track by state law to continue raising, going to $11 on Jan. 1, 2017.

However, the State of California just recently passed a $15 minimum wage law, and New York state is expected to follow very soon. That has caused pressure to mount in Massachusetts for an accelerated increase to follow California and New York among the ‘Fight for $15’ movement that has been very active in the state for several years.

Joining workers from McDonald’s were workers from McCormick and Schmicks, including one Chelsea woman who said she was harassed at work. As a minimum wage worker, she said she was fired from the job when she complained about the harassment.

In addition, several airport workers testified in front of the State House, saying they were contractors from a private company that contracted with airlines.

They said they were the front lines for passengers arriving and departing from the airport and deserved a higher wage.

Saritin Rizzuto, a Chelsea business leader and candidate for the state representative in Lynn and Saugus, said she supported the effort.

“I’m happy to be here and support in any way I can,” she said. “I’m not a typical politician. I don’t consider myself a politician. I think I am a person of the people and for the people, which explains why I am here supporting this cause and supporting the people for their fare wage. I worked many minimum wage jobs and my children actually work minimum wage jobs now. They are 23 and 25. So I am here for them and all these people.”

State Sen. Dan Wolf, who owns Cape Air, said his company has included $15 as its minimum wage and he called on all airport related businesses to do the same.

“We are the richest country in the history of the world,” he said. “People who are able to work full time should be able to support a family with dignity. In my other life, I am the CEO of an airline. So when I stand down there and hear the liars up there, thats me, that the greedy CEO’s of the airlines, and thats me, I think I have some serious stuff to get done. My airline has pledged to get to $15 an hour.”

Lynn City Councillor Brian LaPierre met up with the protesters at the state house and both marched and chanted with them as they fought for $15 an hour.

“We have a full bus from Lynn, there’s about 50, but they are coming from across the state,” he said. “There are over 20 busses, probably a couple thousand folks in total. The goal of this event and rally is for 3,000 individuals to be here fighting for $15 an hour.”

In Lynn, he said it’s basically the fast food industry, and that’s an issue across the state.

“It is like your Dunkin Donuts, your Burger Kings, McDonald’s, Wendy’s variety,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of the big box in effect because we don’t have big chains like Home Depot and Target and such, but the fast food area is really where Lynn could use a boost in its wages.”Chelsea 0421

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Waiting On A Grant:Funding,Verizon Strike Threatens Parts of Silver Line, Washington Avenue Bridge

By Seth Daniel

Though buses could be rolling on the new Silver Line extension in Chelsea one year from now, the second phase of the project – which includes a key commuter rail station and downtown Silver Line station – lies in peril as the state Transportation Department waits on word of a crucial federal grant.

“There is a funding issue with the construction of Phase 2,” said City Manager Tom Ambrosino. “I believe the MBTA is putting in a TIGER grant for the funding. We’re hoping that will be successful. If that doesn’t work, we’ll have to look at alternate options. We’re certainly hoping that works out. It’s an important project for Chelsea and for the state.”

Phase 2 of the project includes relocating the commuter rail station from its current location and building a brand new station adjacent to the Mystic Mall. It also includes building a Silver Line Station downtown under the Washington Avenue Bridge – a station that is believed to be the busiest in the entire new network. Phase 2 also includes the signals at all grade intersections.

The Silver Line Phase 1 project is currently on time and potentially ready to roll in spring 2017.

“Phase 1 is still fully funded and the design for Phase 2 is fully funded as well,” said Ambrosino. “Nothing is being held up in terms of that phase and the MBTA indicates they are on time. We expect them to being offering service in early 2017.”

Meanwhile, the Washington Avenue Bridge project, which has been closed to all traffic since last July, could come on line in September.

However, that too, could be threatened by the Verizon phone worker strike – as the utility is responsible for re-installing utility lines on the bridge when it is completed.

“The Washington Avenue Bridge is open northbound to emergency vehicles only as requested by the City of Chelsea since Jan. 16,” said Ryan Grannan-Doll of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT). “The second phase of the Washington Avenue Bridge is scheduled to be completed by September 2016. They also estimate the bridge would reopen in September. However, the completion date could be delayed due to the ongoing Verizon strike.”

Ambrosino said he is hoping that the MBTA prevails in getting the grant, as it will make the new system much better.

“It will work with just Phase 1, but won’t be as vibrant and aesthetically pleasing as it would be with Phase 2,” said Ambrosino.

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Ambrosino Expects to Fund New Firefighter Positions

By Seth Daniel

Despite ongoing tensions between City Hall and the Firefighter’s Union, City Manager Tom Ambrosino said this week that he believe the Department does need more staffing.

And he’s putting the money behind that statement too, he said.

“My expectation in my Fiscal Year 2017 Budget will have at least one or two new firefighters proposed,” he said. “I’d like to really build that department up a lot in my tenure. If anything else,, it might cut back in overtime costs a bit. I do think they could use some more staffing.”

The Union has long railed that it needs more staffing, routinely citing that the staffing levels are the same as they were after receivership in the 1990s. The second piece of that argument is that since that time, Chelsea has grown significantly with new buildings and new high-rises as well.

In a letter to the Record last week, Union President Brian Capistran said the Department is understaffed because City Hall has failed to address the shortage in staffing.

“My members, on average, work 80-plus hours a week because of the department’s lack of adequate staffing levels. I have requested, multiple times in public forums, to increase the Fire Department staffing levels. The city has consistently ignored these requests and refuses to listen. What is most troubling is instead of working to correct the problem…The truth of the matter is that City government has failed the citizens of Chelsea by ignoring our continued requests for increased staffing. Staffing levels are currently the same as after the City went into Receivership in the early 1990s, all the while the population and development in the city continues to grow by tremendous levels.”

Ambrosino said he will likely present his budget to the City Council on May 1.

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Alpert Chosen as New CHS Athletic Director

By Seth Daniel

The Chelsea Public School announced on Wednesday that Amanda Alpert has been chosen the next Director of Athletics for the Chelsea Public Schools.

She will begin her role on July 1, and the role will be expanded to include director of physical education and health. The official title, which is new, is Coordinator of PE, Health and Athletics, and it is a full-time position.

The former Athletics Director, Frank DePatto, served for decades in the position, and had been serving on a part time basis.

“Amanda has served as Track & Field Coach from 2006 to the present and Assistant Junior Varsity Football Coach from 2009 to 2012,” said Supt. Mary Bourque in an official announcement. “Since her involvement with the Chelsea High School Girls Track and Field Team, the team has experienced five undefeated season and four conference meet championships. Amanda believes deeply that these awards are wonderful, but it is the Sportsmanship Award that she wants all our teams bringing home. Amanda was awarded the Commonwealth Conference Coach of the Year Award in 2012. Amanda will spend the next few weeks transitioning from guidance counselor to Coordinator for PE, Health, and Athletics. We thank Frank DePatto for serving and supporting her during these transition months.”

Alpert holds a B.S. in Psychology; a M.Ed. in School Counseling and she will soon receive her second Master’s Degree, a M.Ed. in Athletic Administration. She is the daughter of Chelsea Emergency Management Director Allan Alpert.

Alpert’s Chelsea career began in 2008 as a Special Education Inclusion Teacher at the Brown Middle School. Since 2009, she has been a guidance counselor at Chelsea High School.

“She understands the vision of the school district to integrate over the next few years: PE, Health, and Athletics as one comprehensive K-12 model where healthy eating and active living are the key skills our students leave us with; active living will include a vibrant sports program,” said Bourque. “Amanda’s experience as a guidance counselor brings to the athletics position a high regard and high standard for promoting Chelsea scholar-athletes.”

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Two Restaurants Approved for Everett Avenue by ZBA

By Seth Daniel

Two highly-anticipated high-end restaurant proposals got the thumbs up from the Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday night, April 13, for the Everett Avenue Urban Renewal District.

The first approval came for the well-established Fusion Foods, which has been in the downtown district for several years under the ownership of Melissa Vo.

Vo is planning to move the business to the small building near the railroad tracks on Everett Avenue, a building which has housed a florist for several years.

The ZBA voted 3-0 for the plan, and Vo said they planned to open in the coming months at the new location.

Second was the brand new venture from Chelsea resident Mark Nadow and Eastie native and chef Mike Sheridan – called Chelsea Station Restaurant. The restaurant concept would have a bar area and about a 120 seat restaurant at 105 Everett Ave. – which is a former bank, and before that, a former fire station.

“This is going to be the first of its kind here,” said Attorney John Dodge. “This is going to be an economic driver for the City. It’s going to be on par with the restaurants you might see on Newbury Street in Boston. It could be like a Stephanie’s on Newbury Street…It’s really going to be a new experience in Chelsea unlike anything we’ve seen in the past.”

The owners said they planned to accentuate the old firehouse aesthetic in their design, and have several features in the design that remind one of things in an old firehouse. They also plan to expose the original brick in the station, which is one of the few buildings to have survived the two great fires.

The restaurant will provide 17 parking spaces, but has ample spaces that can be used after 5 p.m. in the Simboli properties across the street. One hitch in the process was there wasn’t an official letter saying those could be used. The board did vote 3-0 for the proposal provided that a letter is submitted.

  • Dave Peach of the Broadway Mini-Mall presented to the ZBA his plan for 15 units of housing above his building at 307 Broadway, also adding a fourth story to the old Masonic Building and Theatre. There are only four parking spots proposed, but the project is one in a spate of proposals that would seek to appeal to the non-car demographic. Peach and his attorney, Jay Duca, indicated they expected to have one-bedrooms at $1,100 and two-bedrooms at $1,500. The proposal moves to the Planning Board for review and will come back to the ZBA on May 12.
  • City Councillor Roy Avellaneda appeared before the ZBA with his proposal to operate a coffee shop in Cary Square – a venture called Pan Y Cafe. The shop is currently the Chelsea City Cafe and Avellaneda would take it over from current owner, Chuck Finley.

“This will be a great project,” said Councillor Luis Tejada. “My whole life has been in that little area. It always seems to me it could be a little Davis Square…I think this will improve the area.”

  • Another proposal by the owners of the commercial/residential building that houses Heller’s Liquors at 413 Broadway was less cut-and-dry. The owners proposed to make eight large units into 16 smaller units. ZBA members found several holes in the plan, including parking plans. The matter goes to the Planning Board and then back to the ZBA on May 12.
  • David Therrien, 20 High St., got approval for a driveway.
  • Alma Villanueva got permission to change the use at 84 Washington Ave. to open a grocery/meat market.
  • TJL Series LLC (Dunkin Donuts) got permission to install projecting lights on their new signs at the 232 Everett Ave. store.

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Police Briefs 04-21-2016

Monday, 4/4

Ivan Reyes, 21, 81 Central Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle, taking & stealing parts from motor vehicle, possessing burglarious instrument, larceny of motor vehicle.

Edwin Carmona, 18, 46 Revere Beach Pkwy., Revere, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle, taking/stealing parts from motor vehicle, larceny of motor vehicle, possessing burglarious instrument.

Tuesday, 4/5

Marcelo Orellana, 33, 68 Chester AVe., Chelsea, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle, stop sign violation.

Milton Rivas, 21, 231 Chelsea St., East Boston, was arrested for trespassing and warrants.

Brendan Boyd, 18, 72 Thornton St., Revere, was arrested for trespassing.

Carlos Zepada, 19, 55 Cottage St., Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing and on a warrant.

Friday, 4/8

Juvenile Offender, 17, was arrested for threat to commit crime.

Jose Gonzalez, 18, 189 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing to distribute Class B drug, drug violation near school/park.

Sunday, 4/10

Walter Ramos, 45, 41 Plummer Ave., Winthrop, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor, leaving scene of property damage, reckless operation of motor vehicle.

Gregory Cespedes, 18, 709 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle.

Monday, 4/11/16 Juan Diaz, 33, 161 Pearl St., Chelsea, was arrested for drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public.

Paul Frazier, 35, 158 London St., East Boston, was arrested for drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public.

Nathan Andrews, 31, 46 Tudor St., Chelsea, was arrested for drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public, warrant.

Angela DeAngelis, 34, 109 Congress Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Scott Myers, 48, 50 Strawberry St., Lynn, was arrested on a warrant.

Victor Martinez, 24, 56 Calumet St., Revere, was arrested for disorderly conduct, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police office, resisting arrest.

Tuesday, 4/12

Isidro Morales, 44, 66 Essex St., Chelsea, was arrested for drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public.

Maria Roldan, 34, Homeless, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

John Reddy, 38, 24 Arthur St., Beverly, was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest.

Wednesday, 4/13

Patrick Graustein, 27, 40 Orange St., Chelsea, was arrested for shoplifting.

Juvenile Offender, 16, Chelsea, was arrested for witness/juror/police/court official intimidate/mislead/harass, resisting arrest and assault and battery.

Thursday, 4/14

Melvin Maldonado, 29, 25 Whittier St., Boston, was arrested on multiple warrants.

Rigoberto Gonzalez, 58, 73 Clark Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public.

Xavier Niles-Charles, 23, 28 Milton St., Hyde Park, was arrested on a warrant.

Brandon Baez, 18, 116 Ash St., Chelsea, was arrested for firearm, carrying without license, ammunition without FID card, possessing firearm without license, carry loaded.

Friday, 4/15

Brauliio Gonzalez, 46, 44 Heard St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Saturday, 4/16

Ruben Diaz, 34, 92 Myrtle St., Brockton, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, assault and battery and on a warrant.

Cesar-Jose Valentin, 30, 23 Eleanor St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct.

Farah Ibrahim, 21, 4 Clinton Ct., Chelsea, was arrested for armed robbery, drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public.

Juvenile offender, disorderly conduct.

Sunday, 4/17

Amarildo Sanchez, 50, 17 Raymond Rd., Revere, was arrested for operating motor vehicle with suspended/revoked license, operating under the influence of liquor (4th offense).

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Sports 04-21-2016

Bruins season-end press conference

The Boston Bruins scheduled a mid-morning press conference yesterday (Wednesday) that included Owner Jeremy Jacobs, CEO Charlie Jacobs and Bruins President Cam Neely. While many questions were asked and situations addressed, it all came down to the answer that many reasons were responsible for the Bs to have missed the playoffs for the second year in a row. None of the speakers put the blame on any one person or persons, but the bottom line is that much needs to be done to be sure that missing the playoffs does not become a three-peat for the Bruins. The following information was culled from the press conference.

It began with Neely addressing the season end results with the following explanations: “We’re all extremely disappointed the way the season ended. But having said that, that plan was not a one-offseason fix. We know what our goals are, we know what we need to improve, and we’re taking the necessary steps to continue to do that. I believe the group was a closer group; they enjoyed playing for each other and working hard for each other. I thought there was, you know aside from a couple stretches, we were a team that showed more passion probably than the year prior. But it’s still an area we need to improve upon.”

Charlie Jacobs interjected, “ I concur with Cam that there were some listless moments last season when the team, in my opinion, really for lack of a better term, didn’t have the heart that we had seen in years prior, and that came back. I think some of the youth that (general manager) Don Sweeney was able to inject into our roster reflected some enthusiasm that we frankly hadn’t seen in a while and it was refreshing.” Owner Jeremy Jacobs explained his thoughts by comparing the Bruins in being playoff contenders with the Detroit Red Wings. “I’ve been watching Detroit and they’re…you don’t understand or I don’t understand the issues that they have in front of them. They are a great team and have been for a very long time and they’ve got some wonderful stars there that…but age, you do pay a price for age and all and bringing in the youth. What you admire though is their evolution versus the revolution and so far as that’s concerned you admire the fact that they’ve been on a consistent course. I think we admire that, and I think Cam is playing a similar role now. When Neely was asked at to where the accountability falls, he responded, ”Well it’s all of us really. I mean from me, myself, Don, the coaching staff – all of us. But like I said, the plan that Don put in place wasn’t a one-offseason fix, you know. It’s not easy during the course of the season to make deals to try and improve your club, but a lot of things happen in the offseason. So we’re going to get to work this offseason.

As expected, coach Claude Julien’s decision-making process came up, to which Neely explained, “Well I thought he did a great job coaching this year. It was a big transition year for him, different player personnel than he’s accustomed to. He tried to integrate a lot of younger players and I think he did a good job with the roster. There’s areas where we can all still evolve and I think Claude is looking at that. I think he did a great job with some of the circumstances we had throughout the year. So I really…when Don said he wanted to keep Claude I had no problem with that at all.”

On what came across as a ‘vote of confidence’ as to the team’s direction, and if they were a better team this year, Neely summed it up with, “I believe so, yeah. I mean I think we had a productive offseason. Now obviously there was a curveball thrown in there but we had a productive offseason where I think the first two rounds we should get some good players out of. Granted, it may not be next season, but I believe bringing in Matt Beleskey who’s a guy that gives it every game, I mean his consistency was there throughout the year. I mean he may not have scored as much as he would’ve hoped or we would’ve liked, but his consistency, his physical play, you know was something that we as a group liked from him this year. So there are steps along the way that we need to take and we need to continue to do that to improve. And this offseason hopefully is going to be fruitful for us.” Adding, “I think we’re deeper in the prospects than we’ve been in a long, long time. You know that’s one of the areas where it’s failed us to be able to plug in some young guys the last couple years.”

The press conference wrapped up with Charlie Jacobs being asked, who the product on the ice is a reflections of. Jacobs’ response was clear and concise: “I say without question this is Cam. If people were to ask who is head of hockey operations, it’s a collaborative effort between a numbers of people. But if you ask for one sort of name I would say its Cam Neely. I’m fairly certain my father (Jeremy) would share that sentiment. I just want to clarify one question that was asked earlier. It was about investing, it was about investing in our team. It’s something that we continually do. We had leveraged our future to the point where something had to change last summer. We made the change and we’re writing the ledger, if you will, by stocking our team back up with prospects with the ability for cap flexibility to make the proper moves moving forward. We will always invest in this team. I think now we’re back on the right side of the ledger, we have an opportunity in front of us to move forward. We are a cap team and there should be expectations in an Original Six market that we continue to be a playoff contender, and frankly a Stanley Cup contender. Given the mix of talent that we currently have on the roster and the youth that’s coming in, Cam’s aware of those expectations, as is Don.”

CHS Roundup

CHS girls track

rolls past Essex Tech

The Chelsea High girls outdoor track & field team chalked up a 90-45 triumph over Commonwealth Athletic Conference rival Essex Tech last week.

It was a strong day for the Lady Red Devils, who won last year’s Commonwealth Athletic Conference title and who are returning all of their major contributors.

Sophomore Martine Simon set the pace by winning the long jump (16’-4”) and the triple jump (33’-8.5”), as well as adding second place finishes in the 100 (13.6) and 200 (29.03) dashes. Martine qualified for the state meet in both jumping events.

Senior speedster Mariama Kamara also qualified for the state meet in the 100 with a first-place finish in 13.0. Mariama also won the 200 in 27.62. Senior Katherine Cabral led a sweep of the 400 dash in 1:04.56, with junior Owliyo Mohamud (1:06.05) and sophomore Awa Bajika (1:10.77) taking second and third.

Freshman Jocelyn Poste was a double winner in the 800 (2:47.63) and 400 hurdles (1:18.8).

Junior Melanie Nguyen won the 100 hurdles in 20.7 and took second in the 400 hurdles in 1:23.8. Freshman Amanda Dias, competing in her first-ever track meet, topped the field in the two-mile run in 13:42.4.

In the throwing events, a Chelsea sweep of the discus was the big story. Sophomore Xiana Herasme won the event with a toss of 74’07”, with freshman Masireh Ceesay finishing second (67’-3”) and senior Jazmin Castellan taking third (67’-1”).

Other point-scorers for Chelsea were: Jazmin Castellan with a second in the shotput with throw of 25’-10”; Katherine Cabral with a second in the triple jump (30’-10”) and a third in the high jump (4’-4”); Alex Martine with a third in the javelin with a toss of 52’-1”; Yarid Deras with a second in the mile (6:33.4) and a third in the 800 (3:02.40); and Wendy Becerra (who also competed in the mile) in the two-mile in 14:36.3.

Chelsea also won both relays, the 4 x 400 (4:52 vs. 5:03 for Essex) and the 4 x 100 in 1:01.

“This was a great start to our season,” said CHS coach Mark Martineau. “Our girls’ squad is very young, deep, and full of potential. We are paced by seniors Mariama Kamara, Wendy Becerra, and Katherine Cabral. For this squad, expectations are high.”

CHS boys track team

wins meet in final relay

The Chelsea High boys outdoor track and field team pulled out a 71-65 triumph over Essex Tech in a meet that came down to an exciting relay in the last event of the day, the 4 x 400, in which the Red Devils edged their opponents by eight seconds with a time of 3:56.

Pacing the CHS victory was junior Adriel Cedano who won three events, the high jump (tied for first with a leap of 5’-6”), triple jump (37’-8”), and 100 dash (11.8),

as well as leading off the winning 4 x 100 relay.

Junior Nick Ing won the 200 in 24.91 and teammate Lugman Shariff grabbed second place in 25.45. Ing also took a third in the javelin with a throw of 82’-6”.

Other first-place finishers for Chelsea were: junior Leonardo DeAlmedia, who won the 400 in 57.0 (Leonardo also took second in the long jump with a leap of 18’-8.5”); senior Jose Aguiar, who captured the 800 in 2:17.12.; sophomore Jose LeClerc, who topped the field in the mile in 5:20.9 (Jose also grabbed a second in the 800 in 2:18.32); senior Jansel Claudio, who won the two mile in 12:14.5; and junior Bryan Rivas, who won the 400 hurdles in 1:06.58.

Other scorers for Chelsea who added important points in such a close meet were: Nelson Hernadez with a second in the shotput with a throw of 33’-7.75”; Isaac Colcord with a third in the discus with a toss of 81’-4”; Alex Pedrero with a second in the 110 hurdles in 20.5; and Kevin Umanzor with a third in the 800 in 2:26.54.

“Usually when you take first place in this many events, the meet is not as close as this one was,” noted CHS head coach Mark Martineau. “Essex was able to stay close due to the depth of their squad and lack of depth for ours. In many events we only have one competitor. In all of those events we were able to take first place, but by giving up free points for second and third, we allowed Essex to stay in the meet. Every meet will be tough for this team this year. If we can avoid injuries we should be competitive all season.

“Though this is the smallest team we have had in many years,” added Martineau,”the good news is that the athletes we do have are committed and talented.”

CHS track to hold

Car Wash Fundraiser

this Saturday at CHS

The Chelsea High boys and girls track teams will hold a Car Wash fundraiser this Saturday morning (April 23) on the Everett Ave. side of the high school from 9-12.

Give your car a nice spring washing and support the CHS track program!

Ortiz tosses complete

game in 10-0 victory

Manny Ortiz tossed a complete game, striking out nine enemy batters, to lead the Chelsea High baseball team to its first victory of the season, 10-0 over Notre Dame/Cristo Rey Monday.

Andony Turcios went 2-4 with four RBIs to lead the Red Devil offense to its best production of the season.

Also contributing significantly to the CHS scoring output were Luis Jimenez, who scored two runs and had an RBI triple, and Thomas Melanson, who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

In a pair of losses last week, Chelsea fell by a score of 10-2 to Mystic Valley and

10-0 to Northeast Regional. In the former contest, Eduardo Nunez and Ortiz both reached base twice via walks. Nunez and John Acker scored the runs for Chelsea.

In the contest with Northeast, Jimenez, Nunez, and Turcios all had singles for Chelsea.

Coach Alan Beausoleil and his crew, who are 1-3 on the season, trek to Minuteman Regional this morning (Thursday) and will host Whittier tomorrow. They travel to Essex Tech Tuesday and entertain Greater Lawrence next Thursday and Pope John next Friday.

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