Walk for Life

Walk for Life

Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCFL) resident Patrick O’ Brien and a group of supporters make their way through the course during the 10th annual LFCFL Walk for Life on Admiral’s Hill last Sunday, Sept. 30. The walk was reported to be the biggest and most exciting since its inception 10 years ago.

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Obituaries 04-21-2016

Mary King

Homemaker and senior center volunteer

Mary A. (Vallis) King of Admiral’s Hill in Chelsea, formerly of Revere, passed away on Sunday morning, April 17 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. She was 95 years old.

Born in Coombs Cove, Newfoundland, Canada, the daughter of the late John J. and Bessie (Fiander) Vallis, Mary came to the United States as a small child and attended school in Chelsea. She was a homemaker caring for her home and her three boys.

Mary was a resident of Revere for 25 years before settling back in Chelsea. She spent her time volunteering at the Chelsea Senior Center and was very active at her home on Admiral’s Hill. She enjoyed playing bingo, knitting and most importantly, enjoyed the company of her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

She was pre-deceased by her first husband, Benjamin J. Robichaud in 1969. Mary later married John E. King and together they shared 17 years of marriage before his passing in 1988. Mary was the beloved mother of Thomas J. Robichaud of Tewksbury, Randall King of Peabody and the late John J. Robichaud; sister of the late Alton Vallis, Matthew Vallis, Emma Levine, Meta Bradley, Catherine Vallis, Thomas Vallis. She is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren: Michael Robichaud, Jamey Robichaud, Randy King, Jaran Stallbaum and the late Justin King.

A Memorial Service and celebration of Mary’s life will be conducted in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Wednesday, April 27 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will precede the service from 9 to 10 a.m. Interment will follow the service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

Richard Paradis

Of Tewksbury, formerly of Chelsea

Richard Paradis of Tewksbury, formerly of Chelsea, passed peacefully on April 17 after a short illness with his brother, Mark and sister-in-law, Lisa at his side.

Richard was a longtime dispatcher and an avid sports fan who loved to sing karaoke

He was the son of the late John and Ann (Dion) Paradis of Chelsea; loving brother of Mark and his wife, Lisa (Gird) of Tewksbury, Kevin, Steven and his wife, Michelle, John and his wife, Lisa and the late James and loving fiance of the late Debra Nolan. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and dear friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Casper Funeral Home in South Boston from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday (today.) Interment services will be private. In lieu of

flowers, please make donations in Richard’s memory to All Care Hospice at www.allcare.org or the

American Cancer Foundation at www.cancer.org.

Marion Niedbala

Of Chelsea

Marion (Page) Niedbala, a long time resident of Chelsea, passed away at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home late Monday evening, April 18. She was 89 years old.

For over 25 years, she worked as an assembler at Chelsea Clock. A resident of Admiral’s Towers on Admiral’s Hill for over 15 years, she spent a good amount of time working in the apartment building store.

She was the devoted wife of the late Edmund Niedbala; beloved mother of Carol Babb and her husband, Robert of Chattanooga, TN and Margaret “Peggy” Austin and her friend, Alan Pulisciano of Revere; dear sister of Claire Giacobbee of Tewksbury and the late Leo, Joseph, Robert, Raymond, Richard, William, Edward, Barbara, Pauline and Dorothy; cherished grandmother of Lisa Sexton of Knoxville, TN, Jason Babb of Savannah, GA and Justin Daly of Knoxville, TN. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren: Madison, Nolan and Carter as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Service in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be held on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

To send a message of condolence to Marion’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com

Mary Salvato

Gifted artist

Mary (Barbera) Salvato, a lifelong Chelsea resident, died peacefully in the arms of her daughter early Sunday morning, April 3 at the age of 92.

Mary worked for Bank of Boston and after her retirement she volunteered at the Chelsea Public Library. She was the last surviving member of Natale and Concetta Barbera who came to Chelsea from Messina Sicily in 1924. Mary was known for her sharp tongue, soft heart and love for animals. She was a gifted artist and also enjoyed writing poetry and short stories..

She is survived by her daughter-in-law Gail Hayes of Foxboro, wife of Mary’s late son Kenneth Hayes, her daughter Linda Bussiere and son-in-law Mark Bussiere, both of Rindge, NH, grandson Anthony Bussiere of Los Angeles, CA, and granddaughter Angela Bussiere of Rindge, NH. She will also be lovingly remembered many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a blessing, remembrance and liturgical ceremony on Saturday, April 23 in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude at the church. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Humane Society. Welsh Funeral Home is assisting the family with final arrangements. To send expressions of sympathy or to sign the on-line guest book, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.

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Walk for Living This Weekend

Walk for Living This Weekend

On Sun., Sept 28, the Annual ALS Walk for Living on Admirals Hill will take place. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. The walk is a two mile course around Admiral’s Hill. The Walk’s Master of Ceremonies will be KISS108’s Matt Siegel. For more info, check out: walkforliving@chelseajewish.org.


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Happy Rosh Hashanah

Happy Rosh Hashanah

We wish the members of the Jewish community in Chelsea a happy and healthy New Year (Rosh Hashanah) as they begin the celebration of the Year 5775 at sundown next Wednesday, leading to the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) that begins at sundown on October 3.

Chelsea used to be home to thousands of Jews and there were many synagogues and temples. Young boys and girls attended the Chelsea Hebrew School that was located from Chelsea City Hall.

At Temple Emmanuel, president Sara Lee Callahan has re-energized the congregation with her enthusiasm and hard work, making the temple a welcoming place for new families that have moved to our city. Former Chelsea residents still come to Temple Emmanuel for services and social events.

Former Chelsea resident Herbie Kupersmith has become synonymous with the Walnut Street Synagogue and he has devoted many hours of his time raising funds to keep the synagogue going forward. We commend Mr. Kupersmith for his efforts and his dedication to the shul.



Rabbi and Cantor Oksana Chapman and the congregation at Temple Emmanuel Chelsea warmly welcome everyone, especially Chelsea’s newest residents, to join them for the upcoming High Holidays season. Temple Emmanuel is a fully active and majestic synagogue located in Cary Square which opened in 1929 and follows the Jewish tradition in a modern and flexible manner, with new books and much active congregant participation.

This Saturday, September 20th at 7:00 PM, all are welcomed to a Selichot Service entitled “Cosmos and Knishes Open House” with mouth watering Knishes and more (All homemade by Temple women). Other unique and special High Holiday events include Tashlich on the Waterfront at Admiral Hill following Rosh Hashanah Services on Thursday, September 24th, “Kol Nidre in Voice and Cello” on Friday October 3rd, and “Sukkot Under the Stars” on Wednesday, October 8th. A complete schedule may be found below:


Erev Rosh Hashanah Service – Wednesday Evening, September 23rd, 6:30 PM

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Service – Thursday, September 24th, 9:30 AM.

(Followed by Tashlikh on the Waterfront at Admiral Hill)

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Service – Friday, September 25th, 9:30 AM.


Kol Nidre VOICE & CELLO Service – Friday October 3rd, 6:30 PM

Yom Kippur Service – Saturday October 4th, 9:30 AM

BREAK-THE-FAST SUPPER Celebration – Saturday Night, October 4th, following Neelah Service at sundown


“Sukkot Under the Stars” – Wednesday, October 8th at 7:00 PM

For more information:


60 Tudor Street – Chelsea, MA 617 889-1736


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Ascher Appointed Honorary Chair Of ‘Walk for Living’

Ascher Appointed Honorary Chair Of ‘Walk for Living’

In a time when school and community face challenges in connecting, Chelsea High School (CHS) and the Chelsea Jewish Foundation have had no problems in bridging the gap and creating a strong partnership.

This month, Sept. 28, the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) on Admiral’s Hill will host it’s annual ALS & MS Walk for Living and scores of CHS students will once again be participating enthusiastically.

This according to Ilana Ascher, a history teacher at CHS, who has been appointed an Honorary Chair of the event.

Kiss 108 radio personality Matt Siegel will be the the host of the 6th annual signature event.

Ascher said this week that her students really enjoy participating in the walk and they began getting involved a few years ago with the InterACT Club – which is affiliated with the Rotary Club.

“Our students really do love the walk,” she said, noting that they hope to have 100 students participate. “The Center really does a great job of including its residents in the event. A lot of times the kids here do a walk and don’t connect with the reason or the people they are walking for. This walk is different because our kids have been able to tour the ALS center and meet the residents who they’re walking for.”

LFCL resident Steve Saling – a die-hard spokesman for the Center – has even come to talk to the kids at CHS and give his personal story and how he has overcome incredible odds.

As part of the Board, Ascher and two appointed student have been meeting with the rest of the walk coordinators all summer to fine-tune the details. It’s just one of many things the CHS students and the Center have collaborated on, though.

“The ALS Center really wants the kids to be a part of it during the walk and even during the rest of the year,” said Ascher. “There truly is a partnership that has formed between the ALS Center and CHS. This event is particularly good because it is short, quick and inspirational. The kids can feel good about what they’re doing and do something good right here in Chelsea.”

Ascher has taught at CHS for 10 years and spent two years in Chelsea middle schools. Prior to that, she taught in Miami, FL. She lives in Chelsea with her husband, whose family goes way back in the city.

His grandmother worked in the old Minsky’s Chicken Butcher Shop and attended the old Chelsea High School.

The ALS & MS Walk for Living will take place on Sept. 28 on Admiral’s Hill. For more details, call (617) 409-8973 or go online to www.walkforliving.org.


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Tree Dedication

Tree Dedication

C1A tree was planted on the property at 100 Captain’s Row, where Arlene Black called home for more than 35 year until her recent pass­ing. A group of building residents, including Joyce Black, Arlene’s sister, and Chelsea City Council President, Dan Cortell (pictured right), headed by the building’s Trustees, were joined by Admiral’s Hill neighbors on June 9th, a beautiful Sunday afternoon, to formal­ly dedicate the tree and memorial stone baring Arlene’s name to the life-long Chelsea resident, graduate of Chelsea High School, highly respected teacher in the Chelsea Public School System and one-time recipient of “The City of Chelsea’s Teacher of the Year Award.”


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Tsarnaev: Fireworks and Burgers on Admiral’s Hill?

Tsarnaev: Fireworks and Burgers on Admiral’s Hill?

It has largely been reported over the last week – first in the New York Times – that one month before the Marathon Bombing, suspect Dhokhar Tsarnaev showed up at an old friend’s house in Admiral’s Hill, culminating the unannounced visit with a firework’s show on the hills of the quiet waterfront development.

Junes Umanov, a resident of Admiral’s Hill and a long-time friend of the Tsarnaev family, has told numerous media outlets over the last several days that on March 15th, Dhokhar came to visit him.

He said that Tsarnaev – who he has known since 2004 – dropped by on March 15th with a friend.

The three young men proceeded to Five Guys restaurant in the Mystic Mall and apparently made small talk about college life while eating burgers.

Afterward, Tsarnaev produced a load of fireworks and they decided to shoot them off on Admiral’s Hill.

He said they shot off pinwheels, Roman candles and other July 4th staples.

After the fireworks were exhausted, Tsarnaev and his friend left.

The importance of Umanov’s story is that investigators found that the older Tsarnaev brother, Tamarlan, bought fireworks in New Hampshire about that same time and may have tried to make a bomb from the powder in those fireworks.

Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes said that the Police Department did not get any complaints of fireworks being shot off during that time period on Admiral’s Hill.


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