Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross

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The St. Rose Church and hundreds of parishioners marched down Broadway and through the streets of Chelsea on Good Friday, April 3, to commemorate that solemn day. Here, Thomas the Apostle, played by Pedro Del Toro, watches closely as the priest reads scripture inside St. Rose Church.

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And They’re Off!

And They’re Off!

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Josue Theosmy (center) takes off with his teammates during the 1-mile run at the sound of the starting gun. While spring sports have had a slow start, Chelsea’s track and field athletes were ready to go in a home meet on Tuesday at Chelsea High School – despite continued rainy and cold conditions.

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Kidnap Charge Follows Gunfire Outside Las Palmas Restaurant

Kidnap Charge Follows Gunfire Outside Las Palmas Restaurant

A Dorchester man was arraigned last week on charges he kidnapped a man at gunpoint after firing shots outside Las Palmas Restaurant on Central Avenue.

Roberto Ortiz, 19, was arraigned Friday in Chelsea District Court on charges of armed kidnapping, armed assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, discharging a firearm with 500 feet of a building, and vandalism.

Assistant District Attorney Philip Cheng requested that Ortiz be held on $500,000 bail and that he be ordered to stay away and have no contact with victims and witnesses in the case in the event he is to be released on bail. Judge Benjamin Barnes imposed bail of $19,000 and allowed a request by prosecutors for a protective order preventing the defendant from obtaining identifying information for victims and witnesses.

Cheng told the court that Chelsea Police were dispatched to Las Palma Restaurant on Central Avenue shortly before 1:20 a.m. Friday for a disturbance. As officers approached the area, they heard two gunshots and observed a large group of people in the middle of the street; many told officers they had witnessed a man enter a victim’s car and force him to drive away at gunpoint. Witnesses provided police with a description of the blue BMW and of the gunman, which was dispatched to additional officers.

State Police observed the vehicle in the area of Pearl and Williams streets in Chelsea and attempted to initiate a stop. The vehicle, however, did not pull over until it was on the Meridian Street Bridge in East Boston. The trooper observed an object thrown from the vehicle while it was on the bridge before coming to a stop. Additional officers from the Boston and Chelsea police departments assisted at the scene, and Ortiz was placed under arrest.

The driver told police that he fled to his vehicle to escape the disturbance at the restaurant, but a man later identified as Ortiz entered the vehicle, threatened the man’s life, and forced him at gunpoint to drive from the scene. Ortiz allegedly threatened the victim again when he attempted to stop the car for State Police, prosecutors said.

Additional Chelsea Police officers identified the driver and passenger of a second vehicle that sustained two bullet holes in the incident. One of the victims was transported to Meridian Street and positively identified Ortiz as the man seen with a firearm at the location where shots were fired.

Ortiz is represented by Francisco Napolitano. He returns to court May 15.

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Wynn Officials Digesting Information after Setback on State Environmental Document

Wynn Officials Digesting Information after Setback on State Environmental Document

Wynn officials are taking a careful read this week of a set of new requirements issued late last Friday evening by state environmental regulators that calls for more work on traffic mitigation and a remedy for what was termed to be an “illegal” land sale on Lower Broadway (Everett) between the MBTA and Wynn Everett.

The setback, or delay, came at 7 p.m. last Friday evening when the state Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matthew Beaton, issued the long-awaited response to Wynn’s supplemental environmental filings, known as its SFEIR. That response declared that Wynn – despite making progress through continuous community meetings in Charlestown over the last few months – had not yet done enough to mitigate traffic and had not yet adequately complied with the environmental (MEPA) process. It also pointed directly at the MBTA land deal – calling it an illegal sale.

In all, Wynn was asked to concentrate on five specific areas before a final certificate could be awarded, and they were asked to complete a Second SFEIR (SSFEIR). The new issues identified by the Secretary include an explanation of Wynn’s purchase of MBTA land, the continuation of the planning process for the integration of Boston’s long-term plans for Sullivan Square and Rutherford Avenue, and discussions with the MBTA regarding a subsidy for the Orange Line.

While much has been made in the Boston media concerning what this means to the overall project, Beaton stressed at the outset of his letter that Wynn had made good progress and could likely meet the new goals in a timely manner.

“I am confident the limited scope items in the Second SFEIR can be addressed in a timely manner,” he wrote. “I want to recognize the significant time and energy that the proponent has invested in this project and in the preparation of the SFEIR. The SFEIR represents significant progress in identifying traffic and transportation impacts and developing appropriate mitigation…In addition, on behalf of the administration, I recognize the important balance between economic development and job creation and our responsibility to adequately avoid, minimize and mitigate damage to the environment.”

On Monday night at a meeting in Charlestown, Wynn Everett President Bob DeSalvio said the company is digesting the information in the letter – walking back delay discussions that had been cited in a release last weekend which said the new stipulations would push back any opening until 2018 and slow down the flow of jobs and mitigation money.

“The document came out at 7 p.m. on Friday evening on a holiday weekend and it’s a pretty thick document,” he said at the Monday meeting. “It’s going to take a lot of time to digest it. We will go through the document expeditiously…I can’t get into the details of everything in it. We started today (Monday) looking at the document and seeing what’s in it. I don’t know any timing on this or how long it will take. Our goal will be to move it along as quickly as possible.”

In a released statement over the weekend, DeSalvio stressed that the new steps in the process would delay the opening until 2018.

“The addition of this new and incremental step…will change our planned construction start and opening dates,” said DeSalvio. “While Wynn is gratified that the process is continuing to move forward…, we are disappointed that the new jobs and new tax revenues that would have helped so many people in the Commonwealth will be delayed. We’re gratified that after thousands of pages of analysis and years of review, the Secretary has generally endorsed all of our mitigation plans.”

Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria took the opportunity to voice his support of Wynn in a statement on Tuesday.

“I have every confidence in Wynn Resorts and in Wynn Everett,” he said. “This project is a game-changer for my community and one that I have worked tirelessly to make a reality. I have every expectation that the people of Everett will see this reality come to life – and the benefits that come with it – once these issues are resolved and construction can begin. In the meantime, my team and I will continue our hard work to ensure that this development is built transparently, responsibly and with the full support of the City of Everett.”

One of the points of contention is the MBTA land deal, which involved selling 1.75 acres of land from the Everett T Maintenance facility to Wynn for $6 million. It was first announced through a legal notice last August in the local newspapers. After a comment/counteroffer period ran out, the sale continued on its course and closed on Feb. 27. Wynn’s control of the land amounts to having an Everett-only entrance to the casino property, thus eliminating an entrance that was partially in Boston and partially in Everett (Horizon Way) and potentially gave Boston leverage over the process.

In Beaton’s letter on Friday, the land deal was outlined as a problem due to the fact that it occurred outside the MEPA environmental review process. It was, however, cited as a procedural mix up that could likely be straightened out.

“The SFEIR represents significant progress in identifying traffic and transportation impact,” read the letter. “While the SFEIR represents significant progress in identifying traffic and transportation impacts, there are still Scope items that were not fully addressed, including the identification of measures to ensure MBTA operations are protected in the long-term…In addition, the MBTA and (Wynn) completed a land transfer necessary to support the construction of access to the project site. MassDOT has acknowledged that the conveyance of land to the proponent prior to the conclusion of the MEPA process is a violation of the MEPA statute. Therefore, MassDOT and (Wynn) must file a Second SFEIR (SSFEIR) to develop appropriate remedies to satisfy the above-mentioned issues.”

In a letter from MassDOT, they acknowledged the error and said that it occurred as a result of a “breakdown” between MassDOT and the MBTA. It said that, despite already owning the property, Wynn has agreed to put the property in escrow. MassDOT indicated it had put new procedures in place to flag property sales by the MBTA that require environmental review.

“In relation to the inappropriate final agency action that occurred in this instance, the proponent has agreed to place the property in escrow until a Secretary’s Certificate of Adequacy is issued on the Wynn Casino and 60 days has elapsed since the publication in the Environmental Monitor of the final MEPA filing of the project,” read the MassDOT letter.

Secretary Beaton also cited negative comment letters from Boston, Revere and Somerville that were submitted as part of the Wynn SFEIR process. In particular, despite working with Wynn and the Charlestown community for months on traffic plans in Charlestown, Boston submitted a letter highly critical of the short-term traffic plans contained in the SFEIR.

“Comments from municipalities demonstrate that additional analysis and mitigation is necessary for the parties to satisfy the statutory requirement to avoid, minimize and mitigate impacts…,” the MEPA letter read. “Governor Baker has made a firm commitment to elevate the Commonwealth’s partnership with cities and towns…The City of Everett and its citizens have expressed its firm support for this project and its economic development potential. Comments from the cities of Boston, Malden, Revere and Somerville identify significant concerns with the project’s impacts on transportation infrastructure…I am aware these comments are provided not only within the context of MEPA review, but also within the context of active litigation. Nonetheless, I note the practical consideration that much of the proposed transportation mitigation, including mitigation necessary to minimize impacts to roads under state jurisdiction, requires municipal review and approval.”

With that, Beaton issued five points that had to be worked on in order for Wynn to get the final sign offs in the MEPA process, including:

  • Provide an explanation of and remedy for the premature conveyance of land from MassDOT/MBTA and its acceptance by the proponent prior to the completion of MEPA review.
  • Commit to a specific dollar amount for an annual operating subsidy to the MBTA to support service and capacity improvements on the Orange Line.
  • Clarification of the Traffic Impact Assessment and supplemental data and analysis, which essentially means that Wynn will continue working towards a long-term solution in Sullivan Square of Charlestown.
  • Revised Draft Section 61 findings that incorporate commitments associated with the three above requirements.
  • Response to comments document that provides clear and specific responses to issues raised.

In Revere, Mayor Dan Rizzo expressed vindication, as he has been calling for a review of the MBTA land deal in Everett since last fall. He called for investigations by the Attorney General, the Inspector General and a hearing by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC).

“I, and others, have been asking questions about the Illegal land transfer since last year,” Rizzo wrote in comments last Saturday. “Despite our pointing out to the T on multiple occasions the severe problems with the deal, including the lack of public review, violations of the T’s own procurement requirements, and the lack of compliance with MEPA, the T and Wynn went ahead with the sale anyway…It is simply not credible that this was an administrative or mere procedural mistake. It’s part of a blatant pattern of behavior that has plagued Wynn’s project from the start. Wynn is no victim here. Wynn and his legal team set the price and terms of the sale, designed the proposal process that somehow permitted Wynn to not have to submit a bid, and clearly had to be aware it was illegal all the while.”

Wynn officials stressed that most of the 59 points in the SFEIR were found to be adequate, and that their measures to help traffic were endorsed by MassDOT.

Wynn officials pointed out that a MassDOT letter read, “The SFEIR is a vast improvement from the FEIR and adequately addresses most of the comments raised.”

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Vets Housing Opens at Old American Legion Building

Vets Housing Opens at Old American Legion Building

Officials from the state, city, TND and Pine Street Inn cut the ribbon on the new veterans home at the old American Legion Hall.

Officials from the state, city, TND and Pine Street Inn cut the ribbon on the new veterans home at the old American Legion Hall.

When Michael Frada was living on the bricks, he never envisioned ever having granite countertops in his kitchen.

That’s exactly what he has today, as the former Army veteran who ended up homeless has taken refuge and residence in Chelsea’s new North Bellingham Veterans Home, where he and eight other veterans have assisted housing in a partnership between The Neighborhood Developers (TND), the Pine Street Inn and the state’s Office of Veterans Affairs.

The home actually opened about two weeks ago, but the grand opening – which attracted all sorts of officials, including former City Manager Jay Ash – took place last Thursday morning.

For veterans like Frada, the home has become a dream come true and a way back into society.

“I was living on the bricks,” he said. “I lost my significant other of 22 years. She passed and my Dad went a little while later. Then my mom passed. It was a rough six years. One thing led to another and the next thing I knew I was living on the streets – using my survival skills I had learned in the Army. After awhile, you just get used to that life. I got used to it. I never thought I would live in a place like this.”

Frada said the staff at St. Paul’s Cathedral helped him to regain his confidence and get associated with the Pine Street Inn, and soon after that the new home in Chelsea.

“I’m adjusting,” he said matter of factly. “It’s tough after living on the streets…I just feel blessed. I tell people I’m going into my second half of my life. The best part about that is I’m not just surviving anymore; I’m living.”

Another resident, Bob DeLorey, talked about how he went from having his own home and family to bouncing around with family members and trying to deal with physical and mental issues.

“It’s great to experience having my own space again,” he said. “Having my own bathroom is a real change. I’ve been making my favorite comfort foods in my kitchen and that’s been wonderful. I am looking forward to making a meal for the entire house when everyone gets settled. I make a killer pot roast…What happened is my rent went up and I had to move in with my sister. I heard about this place, got in the lottery and got a spot. I’m ecstatic for living here in a community like this. Living here has changed my life and I’m incredibly thankful.”

In addition to the living units – which are dormitory style with a kitchen and bathroom – there are support services onsite offered through Pine Street Inn and Veterans Services. There is also a housing manager that lives in the home with the veterans. The development is within the old American Legion Post 34 across from City Hall. The building had run on hard times prior to the 2012 development plan, and most everyone saw the re-use as a fitting tribute to the Legion.

“This is our first permanent housing for homeless veterans,” said Lyndia Downie, president of Pine Street Inn. “Most people think Pine Street Inn is a shelter. We are a shelter, but now our mix is about 60 percent housing and 40 percent shelter. We are very invested in ending homelessness. We are very invested in ending homelessness for veterans. We can do it. Our numbers in Massachusetts are not huge. It’s a resource issue. When people say we can’t end homelessness among vets, it’s not true. We can do it. The numbers in the Commonwealth are down 40 percent already in the last three years.”

Council President Leo Robinson noted that he had a surprise birthday party at the Legion on his 40th, but felt that the current use has turned out to be an even better surprise.

“It’s entirely appropriate that this house for homeless vets is in an old American Legion Hall,” he said. “While the organization here is not active, many of the former members in Chelsea are vets. By agreeing to sell this building for this purpose, they have furthered the mission of helping and serving veterans.”

Former City Manager Jay Ash, now the state secretary of Housing and Economic Development, recalled how the idea came to be during a Memorial Day ceremony.

After a discussion with several folks, including Robinson and Councillor Giovanni Recupero, and following that, a conversation with TND President Ann Houston – the vision for the old American Legion Hall came into focus.

“Ann told me they had been thinking the same thing at TND and she wanted to look at the American Legion Hall,” he said. “When she mentioned the American Legion Hall, a light went on. That’s how all this came together and everyone else came in. I’m a veteran of this building, though Little League banquets, sweet 16 parties and the Winnisimmet Club…It’s great to see this building, which has always been a significant part of the community but went through a lull for awhile, now become a significant part of the community again.”

Houston recalled a touching story already experienced by one of the disabled veterans through an interaction with the area children.

“One of the residents, who is in a wheelchair, was outside smoking a cigarette when a little girl and little boy came up to him,” said Houston. “The little girl saluted him and told him she was thankful for him serving the country and protecting her. The little boy gave him a ball and said, ‘Welcome, you can use this for your hand exercises.’ That’s Chelsea. That’s the kind of place it is.”

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Why Have Our Power Prices Skyrocketed?

Why Have Our Power Prices Skyrocketed?

While an overwhelming majority of the City Council, myself included, decided against Councilor Giovanni Recupero’s order requesting Acting City Manager Ned Keefe conduct a study to determine the viability of Chelsea constructing and operating its own power plant (for the litany of reasons described Monday night). However, the issue that compelled Councilor Recupero to introduce the order is one I strongly believe needs to be discussed for the benefit of the people of Chelsea.

It can not be denied that the cost of electric power has skyrocketed over the last few years; during the last few months of 2014 alone, both National Grid and NSTAR (now Eversource) announced significant price hikes for their customers. This past winter, NSTAR customers were forced to pay more for their electricity than at any time since Massachusetts overhauled its electric market in 1998.

Price hikes like those disproportionately impact low-income families, many of whom call Chelsea home. Chelsea families (and families across the country), regardless of income level, already struggle with rising food costs, stagnant household incomes, and a lack of quality full-time jobs.

The question many Chelsea residents are probably asking: why have my electricity prices skyrocketed over the last few years? For that answer, we must turn to the policies of our federal goverment, specifically President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Since 2008, the EPA has passed a series of extensive, burdensome regulations that are almost completely impossible for smaller coal-fired power plants to come into compliance with. When the the EPA’s latest Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS) come into effect in June, an estimated 85 plants are expected to close nationwide because it would be cost-prohibitive for them to enter into compliance with MATS.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates the EPA’s regulations will contribute to the closure of 60 gigawatts of electrical power by 2020. The shuttering of such a large number of power plants, in the name of combating climate change, has contributed to the rising cost of electricity that is harming so many Chelsea families.

To add more insult to injury, in a move that reeks of cronyism, the President and the EPA issued a waiver to General Electric, freeing it from the many regulations that have shut down so many other plants across the country.

Allowing a large corporation, with an unlimited political war chest and an army of lobbyists, to assist in writing regulations to shut down competition while making themselves exempt is contrary to the fundamentals of true Capitalism. When a monopoly is created in any economic sector, the company in question is free to charge what ever cost they choose, to the detriment of the customer.

By allowing our government, in conjunction with big businesses, to use burdensome regulations to shutter so many electric plants, we, ourselves, have allowed our own energy prices to skyrocket. No family should have to choose between paying their rent or paying their electric bill because of corrupt, crony Capitalism and back room deals.

I urge all Chelsea residents to speak up and demand change, or we risk a future where our children and grandchildren speak of electricity as something reserved only for the rich and politically-connected elite.

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Destiny Is in the Bruins’ Hands

Destiny Is in the Bruins’ Hands

The final week of the regular season is a wish made in heaven for the National Hockey League, as playoff spots are still within reach in both conferences. Currently in the Eastern Conference a mere three points separate the eighth spot and the fifth spot. In the Western Conference the race is just as tight, with three teams battling for the final playoff spot, also separated by three points. Struggling to make the cut in the West are the Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, and the Los Angeles Kings. The Bruins continue to be chased by the Ottawa Senators, the Sens tied Boston for the eighth and final spot with a come-from-behind overtime 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night. The advantage, the Bruins hold a game in hand, plus the tiebreaker of having more regulation plus overtime wins.

While this doesn’t give the B’s the chance to take their foot off the gas, it does present the realization once again, that their playoff destiny is in their own hands. If the Bruins are able to post victories in the their three remaining regular season games, it wouldn’t matter what Ottawa does in their final two games. Boston took the ice last night (Wednesday), as the Record went to press, to face the Washington Capitals who have clinched a playoff berth and are looking to lock up home ice in the first round. The brief road trip continues on to Florida tonight (Thursday 7:30pm), where the Bruins will face a tough game against the already eliminated Florida Panthers, tough because the Panthers have nothing to lose. Boston’s regular season finale (Saturday 7:30pm) will feature the Tampa Bay Lightning, who is still battling the Montreal Canadiens for second spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Not to be overlooked is the fact that the Bruins continue to be in the running for the third playoff spot in their Atlantic Division, now just a single point (96-95) behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first wild card spot, plus Boston also has a game in hand. Also within reach in the conference standings are the Detroit Red Wings, presently in sixth spot leading the Bruins by two points, and also two points ahead in the Atlantic Division. So many scenario possibilities remain, causing this week’s games to be played in a playoff-like atmosphere.

Bruins’ goaltender Tuukka Rask will continue to carry the heavy load, already having played in 67 regular season games to this point, and with so much at stake, getting him rest seems like a very unlikely possibility at this time. Dougie Hamilton remains sidelined with an upper-body injury, although he did not travel with the team to Washington, he remains a possibility for the two remaining road games this week. Despite missing practice on Monday after blocking a shot against Toronto, Captain Zdeno Chara was expected to be in the lineup for Boston’s final three regular season games.

FROZEN FOUR ICINGS: This week the TD Garden ice will be home to the Frozen Four’s semifinal game on Thursday night. It will also give Bruins fans the opportunity to view the talents of two NHL Draft prospects, Boston University defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (3rd Round 2012), and North Dakota’s goaltender Zane McIntyre (6th Round 2010). The two will face of in the second semifinal game tonight (Thursday 8:30pm), as Boston University and North Dakota do battle. The first game of the semifinals will have Providence vs. Omaha (5:00pm). The teams that emerge victorious will face off in the Frozen Four Championship finals on Saturday (4/11 at 7:30). Fans also are invited to meet ESPN’s SportsCenter and college hockey play-by-play commentator John Buccigross, and lead hockey analyst Barry Melrose tomorrow night (Friday 6:30pm) at The Greatest Bar in Boston (262 Friend Street, Boston). Giveaways include Championship Game tickets, plus the opportunity for pictures and autographs with Buccigross and Melrose.

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Obituaries 04-09-2015

Obituaries 04-09-2015

Lorraine Patricia ‘Chickie’ Visconti

Stay-at-home wife, mother and home caretaker

Lorraine Patricia “Chickie” (Nuzzo) Visconti of Chelsea passed away April 4 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston surrounded by her loving family. She was 86 years old.

Born in Boston and raised in the North End, she was the daughter of the late Rocco and Natalie (Napolitano) Nuzzo. Chickie was the stay at home caretaker of her home, her husband and her five children and will be missed by all who loved her.

She was the wife of the late Adam J. Visconti, the beloved mother of Diane A. Bonfiglio and her husband, Albert of Stoneham, John A. Visconti and his wife, Eva of Malden, Cynthia M. Chadbourne and her husband, Dan of Lynnfield, Stephanie Vitale and her husband, Sal of Lynn and the late Lorraine M. Fothergill; dear sister of Rocco Nuzzo of Groveland, Rose Marie DiGaetano of Winthrop, Natalie Dello of New Hampshire and the late Dan and Francis “Sonny” Nuzzo, Camille Nuzzo and Dorothy Gillis; mother-in-law of the late Richard Fothergill and is also lovingly survived by eight grandchildren: Kara, Amy, Julie, Albert III, Robert, Allison, Adam and Harrison and two great-grandchildren, Mia and Dino.

Funeral Services will be conducted in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea today, Thursday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visitation will precede the service from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow the service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

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John Powers

Worked for Verizon

John E. Powers, a lifelong Revere resident, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on April 7 after a long illness. He was 52 years old.

John worked for Verizon for over 18 years and was a member of Local 2222.

Hewaws the beloved father of Jesse, Jillian and John Powers, all of Revere; devoted son of John F. Powers (Revere City Councilor) and the late Maureen (McCarthy); dear brother of Maryanne Jans of Florida, Charlene Theodore of Lynn, Pamela Feldberg of Wilmington, Jacqueline Chagaris of Revere, Maureen Feeney of Medford, Michael Powers , Michelle Powers, and Shawn Powers, all of Revere and the late Deborah Cagliuso and Madeline Powers. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Saturday, April 11 at 9:30 a.m. Followed by a Funeral Mass in Immaculate Conception Church at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be Friday from 3 to 8 p.m.

Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MGH Development Office, 100 Cambridge St., Suite 1310, Boston MA 02114 c/o Blood Donor Center. For guestbook please visit www.Buonfiglio.com

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Robert ‘Brian’ Mullen

Enjoyed painting, theatre and poetry

Robert K. “Brian” Mullen of Chelsea passed away March 31at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with his beloved sweetheart, Helen by his side. He was 83 years old.

Born and raised in South Boston, Robert was the son of the late John and Catherine (Foley) Mullen. He enlisted in the US Navy on May 18, 1950, served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged on August 31, 1951. In addition to his Naval Service, Robert was a member of the Merchant Marine.

Over a period of his working career, Robert was a manager of housekeeping services in the hotel/nursing home industry. As a resident of Chelsea, Robert has been residing at the Chelsea Village Elderly at Admiral’s Hill. He became an artist in his later years and enjoyed painting and had a passion for theatre and reciting poetry. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.

Robert is the former husband of Kathlyn E. (Smith) Mullen of Brockton and Grace A. (Morris) Mullen of Georgia; beloved sweetheart for 31 years of Helen K. (Keene) Cox of Chelsea and Boston; beloved father of Stephanie Mullen-Single and her husband, Albert of Brockton, Kathleen “Kate” Grant of Brockton, Denise Mullen of New Jersey and Patrick M. Mullen and his wife, Julie of Georgia; brother of the late Joseph Mullen, James Mullen, Edward Mullen, McDara Mullen, Francis Mullen and Mary Nichols. He is also lovingly survived by 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.

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Honoring Former City Manager Jay Ash

Honoring Former City Manager Jay Ash

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State Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash was honored for his outstanding leadership as city manager at the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner March 25 at Spinelli’s, Lynnfield. Among those joining the large crowd in the tribute to Ash were, from left, Dr. Deborah Wayne, Supt. of Schools Dr. Mary Bourque, and the Rev. Sandra Whitley.

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