Pablo Jose Villeda, beloved son of Mara Estrada and Oscar Villeda, died tragically early Saturday morning. He was 19 years old.
Pablo was born in Guatemala, came to Chelsea 16 years ago and attended local schools. He played football from an early age with Chelsea Pop-Warner Football and he also participated in Chelsea Little League. Pablo recently graduated from Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School where he studied carpentry and played high school football.
In addition to his parents, Mara and Oscar, he is survived by two brothers Oscar and Javier Villeda, both at home and is also survived by His maternal grandparents Mario and Lidia Estrada of Chelsea, his paternal grandparents Aricely and Javier Villeda of Guatemala and by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.
Visiting hours will be held at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Monday, March 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea on Tuesday March 15 at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend and are invited to meet at the church on Tuesday morning. Services will conclude with Interment at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:
Bonnie Emma Arsenault
Retired Registered Nurse
Bonnie Emma Arsenault, a Chelsea resident and retired RN, passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on March 5 after long ongoing illnesses. She was 66 years old.
Born in Chelsea, the beloved daughter of the late Peter Bleile and Lillian E. (Hessenflow) Tewksbury, she grew up in Skowhegan, Maine where she attended school and graduated from Skowhegan High School.
As a young lady she returned to Chelsea, married Joseph Arsenault in 1967 and began raising her family of two daughters and one son. She was accepted into the school of nursing at the Chelsea Soldiers Home becoming an LPN at the Quigley Memorial Hospital. She continued her education attending Bunker Hill Community College in the 70’s and received her Associate Degree in Nursing and soon became an RN. She continued to work at the hospital in the surgical medical department until its closing in the 80’s. She completed her 30 year career at the home’s Alzheimer’s dementia ward and retired in 2014.
In her lifetime, Bonnie enjoyed summer vacations at the family camp in Sanford, Maine. She loved to travel, enjoying excursions to London and Paris, Alaskan Cruises and trips to Disneyworld and relished it when her trips received unexpected upgrades.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Joseph Arsenault of Chelsea. She was the devoted mother of Elizabeth Rullo and her husband, Edward of Chelsea, Dawn Snyderman and her husband, Martin of Swampscott, Joseph Arsenault II and his lady, Lauren Heeley of Revere; cherished grandmother of Edward Rullo, Bonnie Natola, Bianca Rullo and Kaitlin Snyderman and the dear sister of Edward Bleile of Wiscasset, Maine and the late Janice and Robert Johnson.
Her funeral service will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday March 11 at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.
Best Known as everyone’s “Babci”
Sophie Siuda of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully March 5. She was 100 years old.
Sophie was born on January 30, 1916 in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Antoni and Agnes (Konopka) Kupczewski. She was raised in Chelsea and attended St. Stanislaus and Williams Schools. She married Vincent Siuda in September of 1935 and together they raised their children in her family home on Howell Court.
Mrs. Siuda was a devoted homemaker and mother. She worked outside of her home at The Soldiers’ Home of Chelsea and was also an active member of the Polish American Veteran’s Post 13. Ladies Aux. (PAV), the Polish Political Club (PPC) and the Polish Falcons – Nest 485. She was also a lifelong parishioner of St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church in Chelsea. Sophie was best known for being everyone’s Babci, “grandmother” in Polish. She was happiest when taking care of her family, traveling, gardening, sewing and playing cards. She enjoyed cooking for everyone, especially making her gałumpkis and chruścikis.
She was the devoted wife of the late Vincent Siuda for 53 years until his passing in 1989. She was the adored mother of Thomas Siuda and his wife, Flavia of Methuen, Leonard and his wife, Carol of Middleton and the late Stephen Siuda and his late wife, Helen; the loving grandmother of Darlene Siuda of Chelsea, Mark Siuda and his wife, Annette of Chelsea, Kathleen Todisco and her husband, Pasquale of Peabody, Stephen Siuda and his wife, Charlotte of Lynn, Jennifer Scott and her husband, Michael of Methuen, Thomas Siuda of Walpole and Lauren D’Addario and her husband, Glenn of Danvers and the late Linda Siuda-Valentin and her late husband, Luis. She was also the doting great grandmother of 16 and great-great grandmother of nine! She was the dear sister of Caroline Mendalka and her husband, Edward of Chelsea, Dorothy Wilton of Derry, NH; the late Mary Iwanicki, Henry Kupczewski, Joseph Kupczewski, Thaddeus Kupczewski, Anne Mahoney, Genevieve Karczewski, Hedwig Heinis, Helen Wiers, Florence Carlan and Frances “Nancy” Leonard. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, friends and caregivers.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours Friday, March 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. Her funeral will begin Saturday, March 12 from the funeral home at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
Of Allston, formerly of Revere
Virginia Perez passed away unexpectedly in her home in Allston on March 1. She was 62 years old.
Born in Boston she grew up in Revere, one of six children of the late James Wm. Morgan Jr. and the recently deceased Janice B. (Primmer) Morgan. Virginia attended public schools in Revere and graduated from Revere High School. She lived in Revere for most of her life before making her home in Allston for the past eight years.
She was the loving wife of the late Ronald Perez; beloved mother of Michael A. Morgan and his wife, Dorothy of Revere; loved grandmother of Michael and Catherine Morgan, both at home in Revere; dear sister of Michael Morgan and his wife, Dorothy of Saugus, Janice Morgan of Colorado, Susan Morgan of Florida, and her late husband, Frank Lentini, Trish Martinez and her husband, Fernando, of New York and James W. Morgan III. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins and by her feline companion “Olive.”
A visitation and vigil prayer service was held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.
Former dietician at the Soldiers Home
Helen A. Arnold passed away peacefully on March 5 at the Wingate Healthcare Facility in Haverhill. She was 92 years old.
Helen was born and raised in Chelsea and worked as a dietician at the Soldiers Home as a young woman until she married her beloved late husband, George H. Arnold.
She is survived by their four children: Lee Erickson and her husband, Larry of Hampstead, NH; George S. Arnold and his wife, Mary Jane of Rockport, Freddie Arnold and his wife, Cheryl of Pembroke MA. and Gail Arnold Martin of Sandown, NH.
She was the daughter of the late Harry M. Ells Sr. and Mary Jane (Conley) Ells and raised from age 12 by her second mother, the late Alice (Ingvaldsen) Ells. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Raymond Erickson and his wife, Lisa of San Antonio, Tx., Jill Luczkow and her husband, Chris of East Kingston, NH, Chad Erickson and his wife, Dawn of Westfield, MA, Amy Goulart and her husband, Rick of Gloucester, Jonathan Arnold and his wife, Andria of Essex, Ashley Poirier and her husband, Stephen of Goffstown, NH, Paige Martin of Gloucester, Alec and Aiden Lynch of Pembroke and nine great-grandchildren: Morgan, Sam, Braden, Mason, Bella, Ty, Shane, Vivian and Natalie. She is also survived by two brothers and two sisters: Harry Ells Jr. and his wife, Claire of Chelsea, Charles Ells and his wife, Joan of Chelsea, Pauline Mahoney and her husband, Frank of Nahant and Marie Ells of Chelsea
She was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters-in-law: John Ells (survived by his wife, Hazel), Francis and Jean Ells, William and Marie Ells; Andrew Ells (survived by his wife Rita) and Robert Ells. She also leaves many, many nieces and nephews in the Ells family and the Arnold/Arsenault family.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Contributions in her name may be made to: Brookhaven Hospice, 6 Beech St, Framingham MA 01702 where comfort and solace was provided to both Helen and her children.
Loved art, drawing and tattoo flash
Kevin P. Vaillancourt passed away unexpectedly at home on February 24. He was 34 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea with his brother, he was the son of Kathleen (Klimek) Paul of Chelsea and Al Vaillancourt Jr. of Lynn. He was predeceased by his step father, John Paul who with Kay raised him. Kevin attended public schools in Chelsea and graduated from Northeast Metro Vocational High School. He had a love of art, drawing and tattoo flash in which he loved to share with his friends.
He is survived by his two beautiful daughters, Alana Julia and Lily Rose and their mother, Marcia Lorena of Vitoria Brasil, his brother Chad Vaillancourt of Everett and his grandmother, Mary Vaillancourt of Danvers. He also leaves his niece and godchild Makaila Vaillancourt of Woburn and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a memorial gathering and visitation at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, March 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite the funeral home.
John Kanarkiewicz, Sr.
Retired Chelsea Fire Fighter
John H. Kanarkiewicz, Sr., a retired Chelsea Fire Fighter, passed away at the Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Peabody on March 4 after several weeks of declining health. He was 84 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, he was a lifelong resident of the city. He attended St. Stanislaus Parochial School and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He married the former Sophie T. Domoretsky and together raised three children; Rosemarie, John H. Jr, and Frank D. Kanarkiewicz. John was appointed to the Chelsea Fire Dept. in 1961. He worked for the department for 30 years at various duty assignments, among which were Fire Prevention Inspector and Ladder 2 Tillerman. He retired in 1992.
During his time in fire service he advanced his education attending Bunker Hill Community College. He was a member of the Cary Square Association and was a late member of Chelsea Fire Fighters Union Local 937.
He is survived by his beloved wife Sophie T. (Domoretsky) Kanarkiewicz of Chelsea. He was the devoted father of Rosemarie Miller and her husband, Gary of Lynnfield, John H. Kanarkiewicz, Jr. of Chelsea and Frank D. Kanarkiewicz and his wife, Joanne of Peabody; cherished grandfather of Dennis and Sara Kanarkiewicz, Adrienne Manes and her husband, Aaron and adored great-grandfather of Caroline Manes; dear brother of Helen Delaney of Malden, the late Jeanette Marcinkus, Jessie Hine, Sophie Engebretson, Catherine Martin, Walter, Stanley and Francis Kanarkiewicz.
His Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home 718 Broadway Chelsea today, Thursday March 10, at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9:30 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to The Alzheimer’s Assoc. 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.
Chelsea City Councillor Judith Garcia paints a lotus flower on her bowl at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Monday evening for the Empty Bowls prep painting party. The annual Empty Bowls event will take place on April 21 and will benefit the Food Bank at St. Luke’s – a vital community resource.
The Chelsea Fire Department overtime budget – long a bone of contention with City officials – is likely to soar again this year over budget despite a $1.372 million reimbursement from the state for overtime costs related to the closure of the Washington Avenue Bridge.
Acting on an order from Councillor Leo Robinson, City Manager Tom Ambrosino provided a running count of overtime costs amassed by the Fire Department in a letter last month.
He reported that the Fire Department General Fund Overtime Account will be more than $400,000 in deficit based on current projections for this year’s budget. That deficit comes despite state reimbursements of $1.37 million for a fourth engine pump company at Central Fire Station to accommodate the closing of the Washington Avenue Bridge – a fourth engine that was expected to reduce overtime costs significantly.
The latest overtime deficit news comes one year after the Fire Department ran up a budget deficit of more than $1 million, spending some $1.8 million in overtime costs last year and more than $80,000 in differential pay for rank “step-ups” that occurred because numerous officers were out on long-term injury. The budget last year was set at $800,000.
Fire Department personnel and union officials have long said they use so much overtime because they are understaffed. The staffing of the Department is at around 88 firefighters.
The Chelsea Police overtime budget this year, on the other hand, looks to be on budget.
The overtime budget for the Fire Department this year was at $900,000.
Ambrosino said he looks to rein in the overtime situation at the Fire Department once he chooses his new Fire Chief, expected in the next two months.
“I understand the Fire Department overtime has been running deficits for the past few years, and this year is no exception,” he wrote. “I am hopeful that, working with a permanent chief, which I expect to announce sometime within the next 60 days, we may be able, over the course of the next year or two, to consider some changes to curtail overtime needs. One thing I am considering is the hiring of an additional firefighter or two in order to take some edge off overtime needs. While I have made no final decision in that direction, you may see a personnel increase my proposed…budget.”
Galen Abdur-Razzaq lit up Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Chelsea Campus on Monday afternoon with his flute and four piece jazz band, which was spiced up in between with a comprehensive history of jazz and the social history behind the music. The program was part of BHCC’s Black History Month celebration. The program was a hit with everyone who attended.
Chelsea voters supported Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the Massachusetts Presidential Primary Tuesday.
Clinton, the former Secretary of State and First Lady, received 2,268 votes in the city, 58 percent of all votes cast in the Democratic primary. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders received 1,531 votes, 40 percent of the vote.
Trump, the well-known business leader and developer, topped the Republican field in Chelsea with 466 votes, 60 percent of all votes cast. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio was second with 116 votes. Ohio Gov. John Kasich was third with 85 votes while U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was fourth with 63 votes.
Clinton and Trump each finished first in the Mass. primary, emerging on Super Tuesday as the frontrunners for their parties’ respective nominations.
Calvin Brown received 2,522 votes and won re-election in the district to a four-year term as Democratic State Committeeman. Brian J. Corr was second with 537 votes.
Brown, a former councillor-at-large, thanked the people of Chelsea for their strong show of support in the election.
The Neighborhood Developers (TND) and Roca announced on Tuesday afternoon the completion of Lewis Latimer Place in Chelsea – a four-unit supportive housing development on the Shawmut Street site of the birthplace of Lewis Latimer.
With the support of the City of Chelsea, and other funding partners, The Neighborhood Developers has redeveloped the formerly vacant site into four, two-bedroom homes. The newly constructed apartments at Lewis Latimer Place will soon provide homes for at-risk, or high-risk young pregnant or parenting families. The new apartments will provide affordable, energy efficient and healthy living located not far from the many amenities in downtown Chelsea.
“We wanted to think of solutions for high-risk people with children who don’t have housing,” said TND Director Ann Houston. “It’s hard enough to change risky behaviors and then to be a parent when you don’t have a home makes it so much harder. We thought about what we needed and looked at what would work and the Lewis Latimer home was born. This is four units and that’s a small drop in the bucket, but please see this as the first of many locations providing these types of housing and supports.”
The new building is named after Lewis Latimer, who was born in 1848 in a building that formerly occupied this site. The son of a runaway slave, Latimer executed the drawings for Alexander Graham Bell’s patent for the telephone and invented a carbon filament to make electric lights longer lasting and more affordable. The ribbon cutting will include the unveiling of a plaque in Latimer’s honor. The plaque is a collaboration with Chelsea’s Lewis H. Latimer Society – headed up by City Councillor Leo Robinson and his brother, Ron Robinson.
“This is a big day for us,” said Ron. “We’ve been at it 18 years now to try to get something in Chelsea named for Lewis Latimer. We wanted to build a legacy and it’s forming now. Hopefully, three blocks up the street will be the Lewis Latimer Park…When we first started, there wasn’t a lot of information about him – a paragraph here or a museum there. We are now part of an organization united all along the eastern seaboard. We found this organization to use Latimer as a role model for young people to show that you can accomplish anything and overcome any obstacle with education.”
Lewis Latimer Place represents a new collaborative effort between TND and Roca pairing affordable homes with supportive services tailored to family needs. Roca is an experienced and nationally-recognized service provider that has helped more than 20,000 young people change their behaviors and transform their lives. Roca has partnered with TND to provide supportive services to residents, addressing interpersonal relationships, stage-based education, life skills and parenting supports, and employment programming.
“This is an exciting day. We are honored to collaborate with TND, the City of Chelsea and the funders on this great project, said Molly Baldwin, Founder and CEO of Roca. “Supporting young people, one cluster of apartments at a time, will promise that our community helps young parents and families move towards stable and happy lives.”
The Lewis Latimer project team included Timberline Construction Corporation and Horne + Johnson / StepONE architects.
The project was also made possible with the support of the City of Chelsea, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, Boston Private Bank, Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, North Suburban Consortium, MassDevelopment, MassHousing, and Charlesbank Homes.
Tiffany Green, 23, 124 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for shoplifting.
Anthony Ferullo, 26, 14 Union Ave., Everett, was arrested for shoplifting.
Sergio Amado, 26, 124 Bow St., Everett, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle unlicensed and for shoplifting.
Mary Sackor, 29, 25 Staniford St., Boston, was arrested on warrant and possessing Class B drug.
Justin West, 43, Kasneck House, Malden, was arrested for possessing Class B drug.
Steven Carter, 48, 7 Brinsley St., Dorchester, was arrested for assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon, attempted murder, assault and malicious destruction of property.
Bianca Gell, 18, 104 Lindon St., Everett, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle, receiving stolen credit card, furnishing false and withholding evidence from criminal proceeding, breaking and entering nighttime vehicle/boat for felony.
Juvenile Offender, 16, Everett, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle, possessing heroin.
Brian Belew, 30, 179 Franklin Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for conspiracy to violate drug law, trespassing and possessing heroin.
Rose Sheehy, 34, 828 Salem St., Malden, was arrested for sexual conduct for a fee.
Sidney Pierre, 28, 16 Reynolds Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing to distribute Class A drug, conspiracy to violate drug law.
Pamela Blankinship, 46, 625 Main St., Reading, MA was arrested for forge/misuse RMV document, conspiracy to violate drug law.
Bladimir Aracia-Lopez, 31, 691 Saratoga St., East Boston, was arrested for disorderly conduct.
Peter White, 46, 40 Powder House Rd., ext., Medford, was arrested for shoplifting, furnishing false name and on a warrant.
Phillip Ruiz, 43, 120 Central Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Isidoro Cruz, 46, 27 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon.
Miguel Rodriguez, 23, 155 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested for probation warrant.
Lynne Walsh, 54, 132 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (2 counts) and on a warrant.
Christina Dorsi, 29, 48 Suffolk ST., Medford, was arrested for shoplifting.
Okbay Bahatu, 31, 318 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Melvin Maldonado, 29, 25 Whittier St., Boston, was arrested on a warrant.
Nathan Andrews, 31, 46 Tudor St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Abele McCabe, 30, 423 Eastern Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Omar Baires, 36, 57 Grove ST., Chelsea, was arrested for affray.
Nain Montiel, 46, 87 Garland St., Everett, was arrested for affray.
Philip Hebert, 38, 2022 General Delivery, Boston, was arrested on a warrant.
Juvenile Offender, 27, was arrested on warrants.
Edward Perez, 25, 501 Washington St., Lynn, was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Kelley McDougall, 29, 58 Newcomb Rd., Stoneham, was arrested for operating motor vehicle with suspended/revoked license and reckless operation of motor vehicle.
Guillermo Duran, 41, 11 John ST., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing Class B drug, conspiracy to violate drug law.
Miguel Figueroa, 22, 116 Hawthorne St., Chelsea, was arrested for distribution of Class B drug, possessing Class B drug, possessing ammunition without FID card, conspiracy to violate drug law, possessing to distribute Class B drug and drug violation near school/park.
Claudio Flores, 42, 83 Chester Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for operation of motor vehicle unlicensed.
Wayne Clark, 58, 10 Magnolia St., Dorchester, was arrested for possessing to distribute Class A drug, possessing to distribute Class B drug, possessing to distribute Class B drug, drug violation near school/park.
Jocelyn Valentin, 29, 23 Eleanor St., Chelsea, was arrested on probation warrant.
(The following testimony was given on Monday, Feb. 29, by Chelsea Supt. Mary Bourque at a special state Joint Ways & Means Committee in Everett High School)
Low-Income vs. Economically Disadvantaged
Jose is a fourth grade special education student who has recently moved to Chelsea and is attending the Berkowitz Elementary School in Chelsea, MA. He has lived in the country for two years and his disability greatly impacts his ability to learn English. He currently lives in a rented room in a subletted apartment with four other families. He lives in the room with his mother and 13-year-old brother. His mother reports that the landlord asks the tenants to ensure that their children stay in the room to maintain a silent house. They share the common areas such as the bathroom and kitchen. Due to the living conditions the children have witnessed other members of the household under the influence of alcohol and in violent states. Police have been called to the residence and the student reports he was scared. The mother has reported that perishable food kept in the refrigerator has been stolen on a repeated basis. Since rent takes up more than half of her monthly earnings it is difficult for her to provide food on a consistent basis. Mom is afraid to seek assistance from community agencies out of fear of her undocumented status. — Jose is not on any State database-he is not counted under the new Economically Disadvantaged methodology
My colleagues and I are here before you today because we need your help. As you know, the proposed state budget for fiscal year 2017 contains a new methodology for counting low-income students. This is not a new issue for Superintendents. DESE has been transparent about their desire to change the Chapter 70 low-income methodology as the traditional method for determining low-income enrollment. The collection of paper applications to determine free and reduced lunch status is changing as some communities are moving to a new, paperless system called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
In 2015, we learned that the proposed method for counting low-income students in the Chapter 70 formula, called Economically Disadvantaged under the new system, would mirror the Community Eligibility process, but there was a problem. The new method was counting 115,000 fewer low-income students, or 31 percent less than the 2014 paper-based counts. But this is a statewide average. For some school districts, this reduction was well-over 40 % and in Everett and Revere, half of their low-income students were not counted; in Chelsea 34 percent or 2,034 students were not counted.
Why has this been so vexing for all of us? Is it because recently arrived immigrants are not eligible for five years for the benefit systems that are being surveyed to determine the Economically Disadvantaged? Maybe it is because these systems were not designed to talk to each other and the matching process is, therefore, technically difficult. In Chelsea, we do know that our undocumented students, who we are legally obligated to educate, will not be on these databases.
A lot of hard work by a number of stakeholders has been undertaken over the past year to improve the matching methodology. We were told not to worry. The safety-net we were told, would be a hold-harmless provision; that if, after best efforts to improve the accuracy of the new calculation, there were still school districts whose Foundation Budget was disproportionately effected by the Economically Disadvantaged low-income counts. Yet, for some reason, a decision was made to go forward with a flawed system with no safety net. We need your help.
MassBudget estimates that for the Commonwealth’s ten school districts most negatively affected by this proposal, many of whom are represented here today, a staggering $61.2 million is lost in the Foundation Budgets of these school districts using the current Economically Disadvantaged methodology. This aid is lifeblood in the delivery of education for our Gateway Cities. We can’t hope to be successful under these conditions and can’t afford to lose the money. We need your help.
Over the past year, I had the pleasure of working with many of your colleagues on recommendations for the Foundation Budget Review Commission. As an educator, it reminded me of how great it was to work in this Commonwealth with so many in our state government dedicated to ensuring that our State’s Constitutional mandate, “that all of our children are entitled to a free and equal education”, continues to be met.
Under the Chapter 70 proposal you have before you, all of our students are not being counted, the system is broken, and with it, the promise of education reform. The integrity of the Chapter 70 formula, with its unique ability to ensure equity by counting our most vulnerable populations: special needs, English language learners, and our low-income students, is now compromised. The school districts that serve students where education will make the biggest difference in their future, are being unfairly penalized by a new methodology that is not quite ready to be used for this important purpose.
We can do better as a Commonwealth for these students. Much better. Let’s hit the pause button on this proposal and work together to make sure the Economically Disadvantaged model works for all school districts and works for all of the students who need our help.
Red Devils defeat Masconomet, 53-52; face Salem Thursday
The Chelsea High boys basketball team overcame a sluggish start and played tough defense in the final minutes to earn a heart-pounding, 53-52 triumph over Masconomet Regional in a preliminary round contest of the MIAA Division 2 North Sectional of the state basketball tournament Monday evening at the CHS gym.
The triumph earns the Red Devils the right to take on the number one seed in the D-2 North, Salem, which enters the tourney with an 18-2 record and is ranked fifth in the state. That contest is set for Thursday evening at 7:00 in the Salem gym.
“It was a great game,” said CHS head coach Jay Seigal of his team’s victory over Masco. “I could tell that we came out a bit nervous, but we settled down after the first few minutes and played our game.”
The Red Devils found themselves down, 15-4, in the opening minutes, but closed the gap to 15-7 by the end of the first period. Chelsea then took control in the second frame, outscoring Masco 19-4 to take a 26-19 lead into the locker room at the half.
However, tourney games never are easy and Masco rebounded after the intermission to pull even at 36-36 after three quarters, setting the stage for a frantic battle over the final eight minutes that came down to the final seconds.
Neither team could make a run, with the lead see-sawing until with about 1:30 to go, Chelsea moved out to a 53-52 edge. Both teams had scoring opportunities over the final 90 seconds, with Chelsea having a chance at the free throw line with three seconds to play. However, neither team could put the ball in the hoop, and a Masco shot at the buzzer from the corner fell short.
The jubilant Chelsea fandom in attendance poured onto the floor at the final buzzer to provide their heroes with an appropriate victory celebration.
Chelsea received a balanced scoring effort as four Red Devils reached double figures: Chris Torrez led the way with 14 points, Angel Alvarez struck for 13, Steve Lacey hit for 12, and Jahro Marshall added 11. Balmeiro Daveiga chipped in three points.
Marshall turned in a powerful double-double as he pulled down 11 rebounds to go with his 11 points. Torrez, who suffered a broken nose in the last game of the season, had tried wearing a face-guard during practice sessions, but opted not to wear it in the game. After a tentative start, Chris poured in 12 of his 14 points in the second half and grabbed eight rebounds.
Guillermo Zelata also did a nice job on the boards for Chelsea with six rebounds and Lacey nabbed five caroms.
“Our guards did a nice job neutralizing their guards and our forwards played very well,” said Seigal. “It was a total team effort.
“A win in the tourney always is a great accomplishment,” added Seigal. “We’ll savor this one for a couple days and then get ready for Salem. We know Salem will be a challenge, but we’ll be ready to give it our best.”
Bruins Beat by Bob Morello
Bruins need to get hungry now!
With a total of 18 games left to play, the playoff race has tightened up immensely, and with the trade deadline now in the rear-view mirror, what you see as the team roster is what you get. This is the makeup of the Bruins 2015-16 team that will either take them to the playoff round, or to the end of another disappointing season. A pair of trade deadline transactions brought some veteran experience in forward Lee Stempniak (33) from New Jersey Devils, and defenseman John-Michael Liles (35) from Carolina Hurricanes. Those moves, in addition to Boston waiving Zac Rinaldo and Max Talbot, have trimmed the team roster for the final push to the playoffs.
Thanks to Patrice Bergeron’s power-play goal (#24) late in the third period on Tuesday, the Bruins were able to pick up two much needed points with a 2-1 win. At press time (Wednesday), the Bruins were in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings with 76 points and not much breathing room, with four points the difference between fifth and the final eighth playoff position. Currently in eighth place, Pittsburgh has 72 points and two games in hand over Boston. Nipping at the Bruins’ tail with 75 points and three games in hand are the New York Islanders, and the Detroit Red Wings at 75 points and a single game in hand. On the upside, Boston is two points back of the Tampa Bay Lightning (78) in conference standings for fourth spot, and four points behind both the New York Rangers (80) and the Florida Panthers (80) for second place, with both teams holding a single game in hand over Boston.
The Bruins are chipping away at a chance to improve their poor home record, with Tuesday’s win putting them at 14-16-3, just two games under .500. A nagging statistic shows that from February 6th thru March 1st, Boston has had a tough time in posting back-to-back wins, only doing it twice during that span. The need for a stretch of consistency is right now, despite a schedule that has them hosting the likes of Chicago Blackhawks tonight (Thursday at 7:00pm), and the NHL league leading Washington Capitals (Saturday at 7:00pm). It won’t get any easier as they hit the road for a pair of games against two teams they are presently chasing in the standings – Florida (Monday, 3/7 at 7:30pm), and right back the next day to face Tampa (Tuesday, 3/8 at 7:30pm), before returning to Garden ice to take on Carolina (Thursday, 3/10 at 7:00pm).
Plusses and minuses from Tuesday’s win over Calgary: Coach Claude Julien said, “I think tonight was one of those games where we needed to come up big, especially after what we said before that last one, we had to make a play at some point. It was late in the game and it was an important goal (Bergeron) obviously and yeah I think we had a few good looks and chances but you know at the end of the day you got to bear down and put the puck in the back of the net. It’s big points that we need. We know how hard the schedule is coming up and how important and how tight the standings are.”
Tuukka Rask chimed in with: “Every game is very important from here on in. And obviously we want to play well and keep improving and get the wins because it’s definitely not going to get any easier. So it was a good win today (Tuesday). And you know real tough games coming up this week and hopefully we can keep things tight and get some points.”
This was Dougie Hamilton’s first visit back to the Garden since ‘unhappiness’ led him out of Boston, to Calgary in a trade. Following Tuesday’s game he was asked about his feelings (if any) in leaving Boston, and he responded with, “I enjoyed my time here and thankful for all the opportunities and stuff. I developed a lot as a player in I guess the three years I was here, I learned a lot and everything, so I’m just thankful for them and the opportunities they game me and everything. You’ve just got to think of that stuff and move on, it’s a… I think I’m happy being a Flame now and it feels so far removed already.” They say time heals all wounds, but for Hamilton it sounds like there really wasn’t much of a wound, and he has no regrets whatsoever with his decision (request) to leave this town!
CASINO NIGHT: Don’t miss the chance to hit the blackjack tables with Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and your other favorite Bruins players? Join the Boston Bruins Foundation as it hosts its annual “Casino Night” featuring the current Bruins roster and Bruins alumni on Saturday, March 12 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm at the Westin Boston Waterfront (425 Summer Street, Boston, MA). Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.bostonbruins.com/casinonight.
Sylvia C. Rodas-Dugal died as a result of injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident in Lynn early Saturday morning February 27. She was 25 years old. Born in Guatemala City, she was the beloved daughter of Mario L. Rodas and Silvia L. Dugal Rodas of Chelsea. When she was nine years old her family settled in Chelsea, she attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. She continued her education at U.Mass Boston. Silvia worked these past years as an office receptionist with investment banking firms in downtown Boston Financial District. She enjoyed holidays, travelling around New England and Disney World in Florida and by spending time with her young son and younger siblings at home.
She is survived by her loving parents Mario L. and Silvia L. Rodas, her son George Chappell IV and his father George Chappell III. She was the dear sister of Mario A. Rodas, Kevin Rodas and Diana Rodas, all at home in Chelsea and is also survived by her maternal grandmother, Maria Hernandez, paternal grandparents Virginia Mazariegos and Jose Inocente Rodas, all of Guatemala.
Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday March 5, at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St., Revere at 11 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 Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.. Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Lifelong Chelsea resident
Beatrice (Feinberg) Sugarman, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, entered eternal rest on February 12. She was 90 years old.
She was the devoted wife of the late Jack Sugarman; beloved mother of Bruce and Karen Sugarman, Joel and Marise Sugarman and Moira Sugarman; adored grandmother of Gregory and Diana Sugarman, Joanne Sugarman and Joshua Sugarman; cherished great grandmother of Arthur Sugarman, Selena Chavarria and Jocelyn Lemus and dear sister of Miriam Seigal and the late Ida Mann and Harry Feinberg.
Uneral arrangements were entrusted to the Goldman Funeral Chapel, Malden. Interment was in Beth Israel #1 Cemetery, Everett.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Friendship House Inc., P.O. Box 916 458 Main St., Norwell, MA 02061. For on line condolences go to: www.goldmanfc.com
Joseph “Danny” Ahern
Well known entreprenur best known for “Danny’s Long Dog” on Revere Beach Boulevard
Joseph “Danny” Ahern passed away on February 28 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home where he had been receiving supportive care for the past several weeks. He was 86 years old.
Born in Providence Rhode Island, he was one of three children born to the late John Patrick and Annie (Mullen) Ahern. As a child, Danny was raised by his widowed mother and beloved aunt. Settling on Jefferson Avenue in Chelsea when he was a young boy, he attended schools in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School.
He enlisted in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant in 1955. Returning to Chelsea, he soon married Jacqueline C. Melanson and together began to raise their family of one daughter and three sons. They later moved to Lynnfield and resided there for many years.
A self-starter and young entrepreneur, Danny’s first business was a fruit stand that he operated on North Shore Road in Revere. But he was best noted for his later establishment, “Danny”s Long Dog” on Revere Beach Blvd., a well-known and fondly remembered Revere Beach Landmark.
Danny was remembered as selling Christmas trees to keep himself occupied during the off season. The stand was relocated by urban renewal to behind the beach to Ocean Ave where he continued operation until his retirement in 1984. About that same time Danny and his wife moved to Winthrop and spent many of their winters in Davie, Florida.
Danny was an avid golfer and all around sportsman with a lifelong penchant for of all things business related. He was a longtime member of both the Winthrop Golf Club and the Sagamore Social Club in Chelsea.
In addition to his parents, Danny was also preceded in death by his sister, Marie Bowe. He is survived by his ever-loving wife of 60 years, Jacqueline C. “Jackie” (Melanson) Ahern. He was the devoted father of Linda Ahern-Roth and her husband, Chip of Bedford, Jim Ahern and his wife, Natalie of Hingham, Danny Ahern and his wife, Chris of Cohasset and Toby Ahern and his wife, Marion of Andover. He was the cherished grandfather of Patrick and Jillian Ahern, Emily Roth, Katie, Rory, Molly, Madison and Grace Ahern; dear brother of Robert P. Ahern and his wife, Lyn of Brandon, VT and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday March 4 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will follow in Winthrop Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston MA 02215.
Pastor Alberto Morales
Retired Pastor of Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Christian Church MI of Chelsea
Retired pastor Alberto Morales of the Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Christian Church MI passed away on Friday February 26 at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston following complications of a long illness.
Alberto Morales was born and raised in Rio Piedras Puerto Rico, one of nine children born to Eladio and Francesca Santos Morales. He received his early education in Puerto Rico and later studied theology at the Instituto Mizpa. He came to the Boston Area 36 years ago and served as a deacon in the Pentecostal movement before becoming an ordained minister in the Church.
In 1982 he was named Pastor of the Iglesias De Dios Pentecostal Christian Church MI, “Puerta de Refugio” located on Cary Avenue in Chelsea. He remained the pastor there until his retirement in 2008. Throughout his lifetime, Pastor Alberto was extremely devoted to family and church.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years. Maria L Garcia Morales of Boston. He was the beloved father of Marie Morales Johnson and her husband, Robert of Florida, Jose A. Morales and his wife, Ivette, Margarita Rosa and her husband, Norberto, all of Boston; cherished grandfather of Katherine, Ariel A., Karem, and Amarielis Morales, Alec and Margaret Johnson, Jose A. Morales, Jr., Nathaniel and Natalia Rosa. He was the dear brother of Oscar, Felix, Margarita, Francesca, Brunilda, Zenaida Morales, Carmen Class and Anna Morales and is also survived by his many nieces and nephews.
His Funeral was conducted from the Iglesias De Dios Pentecostal Christian Church MI, “Puerta de Refugio” on March 2. Services concluded with Interment at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Roslindale.The pastor’s body lay in state and solemn repose at the Church on March 1. Arrangements were entrusted to the Anthony Memorial/Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Homes of Chelsea.