Robert “Duke” Bradley Sr., executive
director of Chelsea Community Cable Television for more than 30 years, died on
Aug. 12 following a sudden illness.
Mr. Bradley was a lifelong resident of Chelsea and one of its most popular and admired individuals. Known for his warm personality, his charisma, his sense of humor, his splendid, color-coordinated attire and his strikingly handsome countenance, Mr. Bradley found the perfect second career as the executive director of the local cable station.
Robert “Duke” Bradley
Already recognized for his dedication and
service to the city and many felt he would have been an outstanding mayor of
Chelsea, Duke thrived in his capacity as the first-and-only executive director
of the station. He received numerous awards and citations for his excellent
work and his devotion to Chelsea.
Obligated only to televise governmental
meetings, Mr. Bradley, “Duke or Dukie” as he was affectionately called, made it
a point to extend the station’s coverage to social, educational, athletic, and
news events throughout the city. He encouraged residents to produce shows and
personally hosted election night shows that viewers enjoyed so much.
Duke was welcomed everywhere in the city and
the greetings were always warm and sincere from
people who gravitated toward him at events such as Chamber of Commerce
dinners and CHS sports contests.
“Duke was a larger-than-life personality in
Chelsea,” said Councillor-at-Large Leo Robinson. “When he was in the room,
people wanted to interact with him and he was so cordial and kind to all. He
was a great storyteller and had a tremendous sense of humor. We have lost an
all-time great. He will be missed.”
Bradley would often tell the story of how as a young man he would be called
upon to put on and shut off the lights on the Sabbath for the Orthodox Jewish
congregation at the Walnut Street Synagogue. The Jewish community never forgot
his kindnesses and it loved him dearly as did people of all ethnicities.
Roy Avellaneda, councillor-at-large and
local business owner, said, “I was saddened to hear of the passing of Duke
Bradley. I came to know Duke from his work at Chelsea Cable. We would always
joke about who was better dressed when we were at formal community events. Of
course, he was always the best dressed. His positive demeanor was contagious.”
Rich Cuthie, executive director of the
Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, lauded Mr. Bradley’s contributions to the Chamber
while also noting his princely apparel.
“Last night in France I was very saddened to
learn via Facebook of Duke’s passing,” said Cuthie. “As the leader of Chelsea
Community TV, he was valued as a long-time Chamber member and as a true partner
covering Chamber events and initiatives, and all things Chelsea.
“Above all, however, “Dapper Duke” as I called
him, was not just the best dressed man in Chelsea, he was a true gentleman and
a class act,” said Cuthie.
Ricky Velez had the honor of working at the
local cable TV station for two decades, the last 10 years as technical
“Duke was an amazing man, always upbeat,
always showing me to enjoy life,” said Velez. “He always put family first. He
had the best sense of humor. He treated everybody with respect. He was one of
the best bosses I ever had.”
A Proud and Devoted Family Man
Duke was devoted to his family and
especially proud of his grandchildren, who brought fame and acclaim to the
Duke and his beautiful wife, Dorothy (Fee)
shared 58 years of marriage. They were an inseparable pair who loved to travel
and spend time with their family.
They were so proud of their children and had
plenty to be proud of. Their daughter,
Paula Bradley Batchelor, helped the TV station grow and become a local
institution and she was there from its incorporation in 1988. She has continued
to be instrumental to the success of the station.
Bradley’s son, Robert Jr. has achieved much success as an architect and is a
credit to the family name.
An avid sports fan, Mr. Bradley became
particularly immersed in Boston College athletics when Paula became a Division
1 college cheerleader for the Eagles during the exciting Doug Flutie era. His
strong connection to Boston College was rekindled when his grandson, 6-foot-4-inch Austin
Bachelor, became a student there and was a member of the Boston College
But Austin, following the lead of his three
athletically gifted brothers, had already provided his grandfather enough
memories to last a lifetime when he starred on the Peabody Western Little
League team that advanced to Little League World Series in Williamsport. Duke
was front and center in the Peabody rooting section and it was a true family
affair – his son-in-law, now-Chelsea Police Capt. David Batchelor, was the
manager of the team and all the Bradleys and Batchelors were much a part of the
hoopla. And Austin brought great joy to his grandparents throughout the
unforgettable journey from Peabody and Lynn to Bristol (Conn.) and
Williamsport, especially when the All-Star pitcher and catcher slugged a home
run over the fence in a World Series game on national television.
Duke would become a fan of Swampscott
athletics and happenings, too, closely following the athletic and academic
successes of Robert and Kimberly (Brown) Bradley’s children.
And Duke’s allegiance had previously
extended south to the University of Arkansas where he watched his relative, Pat
Bradley of Everett, become the Southeastern Conference’s all-time three-point
Jay Ash, former city manager, said he went
all the way back with Mr. Bradley to his days of growing up on Cottage Street
where the Bradley family also resided. Jay attended kindergarten at the
Shurtleff School with Paula Bradley. They graduated together from Chelsea High
School in 1979.
“To me, Dukie represented the very best of
what Chelsea represented,” said Ash. “He was a loyal guy who was a great family
man and a terrific citizen of the community. He was very visible on the streets
not only because of his running, but also because he was at every event for
decades. He always had a smile on his face and always had a kind word or
greeting for people.”
Ash enjoyed his conversations and
interactions with Dukie.
“I have had the opportunity to talk to him
about sports, community, family, and education – he was just an inspiration,”
said Ash. My heart goes out to the entire family.”
Dr. Mary Bourque, superintendent of Chelsea
schools, appreciated the professional coverage Mr. Bradley gave students in the
district for their extracurricular and athletic achievements. The station
always covered well events such as National Honor Society induction ceremonies,
the year-end CHS sports awards night, and the CHS commencement exercises.
A CHS alumnus herself and daughter of
esteemed local historian George Ostler, Dr. Bourque knew from personal
experience how revered Duke Bradley was by all who knew him in the city.
“I’m just so sad about Duke’s passing,” said
Bourque. “He was a gentleman, always full of life and joy and pure kindness to
everyone. He never had a bad word to say about anyone in life. I have just the
utmost respect for him and his family. It’s a true loss to Chelsea and we have
lost an icon.”
CBC President Joan Cromwell Pays Tribute to Duke Bradley
Upon hearing about Duke Bradley’s passing,
Joan Cromwell, president of the Chelsea Black Community whose family has known
and admired Duke Bradley for many years, wrote a beautiful tribute to the
My Thoughts On An Icon
Sad, sad day in our city
I pray our city flag is flying at half-staff
Duke Bradley…Chelsea born, Chelsea bred,
Chelsea beloved, Chelsea’s best
Duke Bradley…He came from US, walked with
US, believed in US, and gave us the platform to tell our life, our history, our
Duke Bradley…Proudly the sharpest dapper
gentleman in town, admired, respected, and loved by All.
There is a beautiful dove in Heaven…Duke
Sad and mournful are thy ways, Grieving,
wailing Summer days!
I (we) love you.
God rest your Soul and may you Rest in
Google Maps will begin displaying available
Lime scooters in more than 100 cities around the world. On Android devices,
users will be able to see if a Lime vehicle is available, how long it’ll
take to walk to the vehicle, a price estimate of the ride, battery range, along
with total journey time and ETA in the Google Maps app. iOS availability for
this feature will launch in late August.
In the Metro-Boston area, Lime riders have
taken close to a half million rides on its bikeshare program and over 60,000
rides on its scooter program. Lime bikes are available Arlington, Bedford,
Belmont, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Newton, Quincy, Watertown, and
Winthrop. Lime scooters are available in Brookline.
“This integration will help unlock an even
easier way to explore their cities and reduce commute times,” said Scott
Mullen, Director of Northeast Expansion at Lime. “Lime believes in the gift of
time, and our scooters offer a convenient and fun way of cutting through
Metro-Boston congestion. We’re excited that this partnership with Google Maps
provides the opportunity for Lime to connect people to their destination faster
as scooters continue to become a core part of the transportation ecosystem in
the Bay State.”
If available, users will see Lime vehicles
as an option from their biking, walking and transit tab if they’re traveling a
relatively short distance that may also be accessible via scooter. Google Maps
will show information about the nearest Lime, such as: if a Lime vehicle
is available, how long it’ll take to walk to the vehicle, an estimate of how
much the ride will cost, battery range, total journey time and ETA. Users
can tap on a Lime in the Google Maps app, and Google Maps will show
information about the selected vehicle.
Finally, Google Maps will show a walking
route to the selected Lime vehicle and bicycling route for the rest of the
journey in the biking tab.
“Whether you’re planning your daily commute
or traveling to a new city, Google Maps is making it easier to weigh all your
transportation options with real-time information,” said Vishal Dutta,
Product Manager, Google Maps. “In addition to showing you the best biking
and transit route in Google Maps, you’ll now be able to see if Lime scooters or
e-bikes are available, how long the trip will take, and the most efficient
route to get there. From Stockholm to Sao Paulo, you can now use Google Maps to
locate Lime scooters to get you to your destination.”
first surfaced in Google Maps in December 2018 and the two companies expanded
the partnership to 80 more cities in March 2019.
Police have arrested a 17-year-old juvenile
male in connection with a brutal attack at Mary O’Malley Park on Monday, July
The assault, conducted with a baseball bat,
left the victim critically injured, and there was no work on his or her
condition at press time.
Because there was no Juvenile Session July
30 in Chelsea District Court, the juvenile was arraigned in the Boston Juvenile
Court on charges of delinquency, specifically, armed assault with intent to
murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (baseball bat).
Due to the
defendant’s age, the proceedings were not be open to the public, and his name
was not released to the public.
•Fourth Street Off-ramp Temporary Closure
As of July 15, the Fourth Street Off-ramp is
closed for 2-3 months for steel repairs, structural rehabilitation, safety
improvements, and installation of permanent crash barriers on both sides of the
*Route 1 Northbound: Approaching the
Tobin Bridge from Boston, the work zone begins in the right lane. Two of three
travel lanes will be open during daytime hours (5 a.m. – 10 p.m.) and at least
one travel lane will be open during overnight hours (10 p.m. – 5 a.m.).
*Route 1 Southbound: Approaching the
Chelsea Curves from the North Shore, the work zone begins in the right lane at
the Carter Street off-ramp. Just beyond the Carter Street on-ramp, the travel
lanes shift to the right. Two of three travel lanes will be open during daytime
hours (5 a.m. – 10 p.m.) and at least one travel lane will be open during
overnight hours (10 p.m. – 5 a.m.).
*Local Streets: The Spruce Street temporary
reconfiguration will remain in place until Fall 2019. A work zone is expected
to be implemented on Carter Street underneath the viaduct during the week of
August 5, which will maintain one lane in each direction. A separate advisory
will be sent with confirmed dates and further details. On Saturday 7/27, 7 a.m.
– 7 p.m., Spruce Street between Sixth Street and Everett Ave will be closed,
and traffic detoured one block to Arlington Street. More details on the project
website, Traffic and Construction Updates page.
*Most work will occur in during daytime
working hours (6 a.m.–2 p.m.) on weekdays. Some work will take place during
afternoon (2 p.m. – 7 p.m) and overnight hours (9 p.m. – 5 a.m.) and on
Saturdays (6 a.m. – 2 p.m).
Summary of Work Completed
*In the two weeks prior to July 28, crews
continued work on the bridge deck, cured concrete, repaired steel, bridge deck,
and joints, installed dust containment systems, power washed and excavated support
column footings, and placed concrete columns.
•Description of Scheduled Work
*Route 1 Northbound: Cure concrete
using water hoses, install deck panels, repair and paint gutters and deflector
plates, and repair steel, bridge deck, and joints. Clean water used to cure new
concrete may drip off the structure due to the condition of the existing
drainage system on the bridge. Additionally, bridge deck removal will continue
on the right side of the work zone through the Chelsea Curves.
*Route 1 Southbound: Paint new
*Underneath the Structures: Replace and
paint steel; continue to install dust containment systems; power wash and paint
columns and support beams; excavate, drill, and grout around support columns;
erect steel; and place new concrete columns. On Carter Street, beginning the
week of August 5, excavation and removal of the median.
Drivers should take care to pay attention to
all signage and move carefully through the work zone. Police details, changes
in lane markings, temporary controls such as barriers and traffic cones,
signage, and other tools will be used throughout the project to control traffic
and create safe work zones.
The contractors are coordinating with local
event organizers and police to provide awareness and manage traffic impacts
during events. For your awareness, during this look-ahead period, the following
events are scheduled:
Sox (Fenway Park): August 1 at 7:10 p.m., August 5 at 7:10, August 6 at
7:10, August 7 at 7:10, August 8 at 7:10, August 8 at 7:10, August 10 at 4:05.
As temperatures soared, 300 kids beat the
heat on Friday, July 19, at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Annual Youth Beach
Bash & Splash at DCR’s Carson Beach in South Boston, including 25 kids from
the Jordan Boys & Girls Club in Chelsea.
Save the Harbor’s Youth Beach Bash and
Splash featured traditional beach activities and a cookout, as well as dragon
boats and kayaks and a suite of engaging environmental education and
cultural enrichment activities, including fishing, crabbing and clamming, Art
on the Shore, and Songs and Stories of the sea, led by Save the Harbor’s youth
environmental education program staff.
“With record heat this weekend, we are
lucky to have some of the cleanest urban beaches in the nation right here on
Boston Harbor,” said Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s President Tani
Marinovich. “All of us at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay are so proud to
host this great event, and to share our great harbor and beaches with the
This year’s Splash also featured Save the
Harbor/Save the Bay’s troupe of performing pirates, as well as aerialists,
acrobats and jugglers from the Boston Circus Guild. (See Attached Photo
and Caption of Boston Circus Guild with kids)
Friday’s Splash was the first of
three that Save the Harbor will host this summer, thanks to their youth
program partners and funders, including Leadership Grants from Blue Cross
Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Boston Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation,
and Yawkey Foundationl Partnership Grants from Boston Properties –
Atlantic Wharf, The Daily Catch Seaport, Davis Family Charitable Foundation,
Eastern Salt Company, Inc., Engie, Fan Pier – The Fallon Company, John Hancock
Financial Services, The HYM Investment Group, LLC, The Llewellyn Foundation,
Massachusetts Environmental Trust, Massachusetts Port Authority, National Grid
Foundation, P & G Gillette, Lawrence J. and Anne Rubenstein Charitable
Foundation, William E. Schrafft & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, and
Vertex; and Stewardship Grants from Anonymous, Forrest Berkeley &,
Marcie Tyre Berkley, Camp Harbor View Foundation, Circle Furniture , Comcast,
Copeland Family Foundation, The Cricket Foundation, Cruise Industry Charitable
Foundation, Davis Family Charitable Foundation, Elizabeth Elser Doolittle
Charitable Trust, Enbridge, Tom & Lucinda Foley, Foundation for
Sustainability and Innovation, Kershaw, Liberty Bay Credit Union, Lovett
Woodsum Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, Massachusetts Convention Center
Authority, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Nicholson Foundation, RMR
Real Estate Services, Rockland Trust Pavilion, Clinton H. & Wilma T.
Shattuck Charitable Trust, Skanska, and Tishman Speyer.
Save the Harbor would also like to thank
their Program Funders Andus Baker & Rowan Murphy Family Fund, MA
Attorney General’s Office Healthy Summer and Youths Jobs Program, The Paul and
Edith Babson Foundation, Beacon Capital Partners, LLC, Cell Signaling
Technology, East Boston Savings Bank, Highland Street Foundation/West End
House, Legal Sea Foods, Miss Wallace M. Leonard Foundation, George Lewis –
Haven Trust, Pabis Foundation, South Boston Community Development Foundation,
Abbot & Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation, and TD Charitable Foundation; and
Supporters 3A Marine Service, The Bay State Federal Savings Charitable
Foundation, Andrew Calamare & Marianne Connolly, Cresset Group, Diversified
Automotive, Goulston & Storrs PC, Mass Bay Credit Union, Massachusetts
Marine Educational Trust, Randy Peeler & Kate Kellogg, Matthew J. &
Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, UDR, and Kyle & Sara Warwick.
Special thanks as well to the hundreds of
individual donors for their generosity and to our partners at the Department of
Conservation and Recreation, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, the Boston
Centers for Youth and Families and the YMCA of Greater Boston for their
Thanks also to the Better Beaches Program
and event sponsors: the Department of Conservation & Recreation, Harpoon
Brewery, JetBlue, the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation, P&G
Gillette, National Grid, Comcast, Beacon Capital Partners, New England Picture,
Mix 104.1, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, The YMCA of Greater Boston,
The Daily Catch Seaport, Baja Taco Truck, the Blue Sky Collaborative, Keezer
Sportswear, and the Harvey Traveler Collection for their support.
For more information about Save the Harbor/Save
the Bay and their free youth and beach programs, visit their website
atwww.savetheharbor.org, or follow savetheharbor on Facebook, Twitter and
Boston University awarded academic degrees
to 6,902 students in May 2019.
Receiving degrees were Richard Jean
Baptiste, Master of Laws in Graduate Taxation; Jorge W. Baptista, Master of
Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences; Sara Beqo, Bachelor of Science
in Health Science, Cum Laude; Jhonatan Perea Piedrahita, Bachelor of Arts in
Biology, Spec. in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology & Genetics; Raymond
Novaes, Master of Science in Global Marketing Management; Ada G. Avila, Master
of Social Work in Social Work; Makieya M. Kamara, Master of Science in
Nonprofit Leadership; Mathew C. Renik, Bachelor of Science in Business
Administration in Business Administration and Management; Lindsay B. Zimnoch,
Master of Theological Studies in Biblical and Historical Studies.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an
internationally recognized institution of higher education and research.
Consisting of 16 schools and colleges,
BU offers students more than 250 programs of study in science and engineering,
social science and humanities, health science, the arts, and other professional
disciplines, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the
University’s research and teaching mission. With more than 33,000 students, BU
is the fourth-largest private university in the country and a member of the
American Association of Universities (AAU), a nonprofit association of 62 of
North America’s leading research-intensive institutions.
Local Students Receive Bachelor’s Degrees from UMass Amherst
Approximately 5,500 students received
bachelor’s degrees in over 100 majors at the University of Massachusetts
Amherst’s Undergraduate Commencement on May 10, 2019 at the McGuirk Alumni
Below is a list of students from your area
who earned a degree.
We were talking the other day with a young
man who has been a teacher at Chelsea High School for the past couple of years.
During our discussion, we were surprised to learn that he lives on the South
Shore (Hull) from where he commutes to Chelsea High every day by means of
He takes the MBTA commuter boat to Boston
and then walks to the nearby Blue Line, taking that to Airport Station. From
there, he gets on the new Silver Line 3, the dedicated-lane bus line that takes
him to Chelsea.
It seemed like quite an odyssey — and it
certainly is — but he said his total commuting time is about an hour each way,
which is less time than it would take him to drive it, not to mention far less
We were thinking about the Chelsea teacher’s
use of multiple modes of public transportation — sort of an alternative,
real-life version of the comedy classic movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
— in the context of the $18 billion proposal put forward last week by the
administration of Gov. Charlie Baker and Lieut. Gov. Karen Polito to improve
the transportation infrastructure in our state, with the stated goals of
improving our roads, bridges, and public transit systems.
We do not even remotely pretend to be
experts in the realm of transportation. However, what is clear is that the
Baker-Polito proposal, in terms of the level and scope of the proposed
investment, is (in Baker’s words), ‚Äúunprecedented and historic.”
We have no doubt that there will be many —
who actually are experts in the realm of transportation — who will weigh in
with various proposals of their own in addition to those that are contained in
the Baker-Polito bill.
We also have no doubt that the plans and
ideas that will be put forward by others will be considered carefully by the
governor and his staff. After five years
of the Baker-Polito administration, it has become clear that their type of
leadership is not of the “my way or the highway” (no pun intended) style. We
anticipate that the administration and the legislature will work together to
craft a bill that will improve the daily lives for all residents of the
For far too long, transportation issues have
been like that adage about the weather: Everybody talks about it, but nobody
does anything about it. In New York City for example, the sorry state of the
subways is at a critical point — and yet the mayor and governor cannot agree
on a way to fix it. In California, talk of a high-speed train from San
Francisco to Los Angeles appears to have reached a dead end (again, no pun
By contrast, the $18 billion proposal put
forward by the Baker-Polito administration last week represents a huge step
forward in fixing many of the problems that have come to light in recent years
in our state.
Investments in our transportation
infrastructure — especially in this era of low interest rates — will reap
huge dividends in the years ahead, more than offsetting the costs. We look
forward to the final transportation bill and to the day when Massachusetts will
be seen as a national leader in solving public transportation issues.
Angelina A. DeRosa, a 70-year resident of
Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday,
July 21 at the age of 88.
Born and raised in East Boston, she was a
daughter of the late Pasquale and Louise (Salvatori) DeRosa.
Angie worked for many years as a legal
secretary in East Boston for Charles J. Ligotti, Esq. and later with his
successor Robert Constantino, Esq. She was a lifelong parishioner at St
Rose Church in Chelsea and sang in the church choir for many years. She was a
talented home seamstress fashioning her own clothes and teaching sewing at East
Boston High School. She also enjoyed baking and home gardening.
In addition to her parents, Angie was
predeceased by her brother, Pasquale DeRosa, Jr. She is survived by her beloved
sister, Marie DeRosa of Chelsea and Gertrude Dwyer of Newburyport and her dear
brother, Nicholas DeRosa of Lynnfield. She is also survived by many loving
nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and
Funeral arrangements were by the Anthony
Memorial – 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.
August 8, 1926 – July 24, 2019
Theresa J. Szczerbinski passed away on
Wednesday, July 24 at Sunrise of Lynnfield where she was residing in
assisted living for the past two and a half years. She was in her 93rd year.
Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the only beloved daughter of the late Frank
and Lottie (Nawrocki) Branczewski. Sometimes known as Tessie or Terry to her
friends, Theresa attended Chelsea schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High
She married Walter F. Szczerbinski and
together they raised a family of three daughters and one son. From time to
time, Terry worked outside of her home. She is remembered by her daughters for
the time she worked at Bailey’s Ice Cream in Boston, preparing special treats
for them when they visited their mom at work. She also performed secretarial
services for a Chelsea realtor and later worked as a sales lady at the former
Jordan Marsh in Peabody.
A resident of Chelsea for much of her life,
she settled with her husband in Peabody in the 1980’s and settled in Lynnfield
nine years ago.
She was a life-long supporting and devoted
parishioner of St Stanislaus Church in Chelsea. She was active in parish life
as a member of the former Ladies Sodality and church choir and she was also a
longtime member of the former PAV Ladies Aux Post 13 in Chelsea. She enjoyed
attending the many polka dances and other social affairs at the post.
In her lifetime, Tessie had a love of music,
entertaining family and friends singing and playing the piano completely by
ear. She is fondly remembered for her many baked goods and home style pastries.
Theresa was widowed by the passing of
her beloved husband of 68 years in September of 2016. She was the dearly
beloved mother and mother-in-law of Anita M. Bedrosian and her late husband,
Peter, Jr. of Lynnfield, Judy Szczerbinski of Peabody, Mary Sciuto and her
husband, David of Dunstable and Thomas J. Szczerbinski and his wife, Andrea of
Arlington, VA; cherished grandmother of Jessica and Matthew Bedrosian, Travis
and Shannon Benson and Ryan and Justin Szczerbinski.
arrangements were by Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home,
Chelsea. Interment was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Should friends
desire, contributions in Theresa’s memory may be made to a charity of their
Sept. 3, 1935 – July 26, 2019
Elba Mazier passed away on Friday, July 26
while receiving supportive care at Eastpointe Rehabilitation Center in Chelsea.
She was 83 years old.
Born and raised in Trujillo Colon, Honduras,
she was a daughter of the late Lorenzo Luna and Dora Mercado. Elba settled in
Chelsea and made her home here for the past 35 years.
Elba was beloved by her community and was a
longtime faithful communicant and parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Parish. Her
life devotion was to home and family.
She was the widowed spouse of Arturo Modesto
Mazier-Flowers. She is survived by her sons, Elvis Mazier of Chelsea, Melvin
Mazier of Conneticut, Marlon Mazier of Boston and Cesar Luna of Colombia and by
her many friends.
Relatives and friends are most kindly
invited to attend visiting hours at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home,
718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Her funeral will begin
on Friday from the Welsh Funeral Home at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at
St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10:00 a.m. Services will conclude
with interment at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn. Funeral home is fully handicap
accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home.
by Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home.
Chelsea Soldiers Home Maintenance Worker
Raymond J. LeClair, age 72,
passed away unexpectedly at the Chelsea
Soldiers Home on Tuesday, July 23.
Born and raised in Lowell, a son of the late
Raymond, Sr. and Mary Alice (Colinge) LeClair, Ray attended school in Lowell
and graduated from Lowell High School. He enlisted in the US Army, served
honorably during the Vietnam Era in a field artillery unit and was discharged
in 1969. He worked as a drywall installer for many years and for the past
several years he was a maintenance worker at the Chelsea Soldiers Home.
Ray, a longtime resident at the Chelsea Soldiers
Home Dormitory, is remembered by the other residents, workers and many friends
for his congeniality and willingness to help others.
He is survived by his sister Linda Strand,
brother Kenneth LeClair and several nieces and nephews.
Service with Military Honors was held on Thursday, July 25 in the Martin
Auditorium and the Home’s Chaplin, Rev. Patrick Healy and Superintendent Cheryl
Poppe led those gathered in fond tribute and remembrances to Ray.
Jose Orlando Paz
A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday by
Rev. Reynaldo Escobar in St. Rose of Lima
Church for Jose Orlando Paz who passed away in the peaceful surroundings
of his Chelsea home in the presence of his loving family. He was 75 years old.
concluded with Jose
being placed to
rest in Pine
Grove Cemetery in Lynn.
Born in San Pedro Sula Honduras, the beloved
son of Ana Rosa Martinez of Chelsea and the late Ignacio Paz, Jose grew up and attended school in La Lima Honduras
and came to the
United States as a young man, settling in
Chelsea in 1981. He has been a Chelsea
resident for the past 38 years. Jose
worked as a chauffeur for Wing’s temporary employment agency, driving workers
to and from their daily assignments.
A hardworking man, he was an inspiration
instilling the virtues of honest work and education to his beloved nieces and
nephews. His life was devoted to
supporting his home and extended family.
He enjoyed soccer, favoring teams Lempira and Maratone. He is survived by his belove mother, Ana R.
Martinez, his son, Calin Paz in Mexico, his loving sister, Teresa Martinez of
Chelsea and several brothers and sisters here and in Honduras. He was the cherished uncle of Teresa Garcia,
Dennis Garcia, Gabriella Garcia, Jorge Garcia, Olga Rodriguez and their
Arrangements were under the care and
direction of the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea.
For online guest
book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC)
moved quickly last week to investigate claims in a class-action lawsuit against
Encore Boston Harbor, and then announced on Thursday they felt Encore’s
practices were appropriate – that the lawsuit “conflates” state regulations on
“We reviewed the claim and have
preliminarily found Encore to be in compliance for payouts on Blackjack,” said
Bruce Band, assistant director of the Investigations and Enforcement Bureau
(IEB). “The word ‘conflate’ is exactly right here. Six-to-five is used for two
things. One is a variation sub-game of Blackjack that so far hasn’t been dealt
anywhere in Massachusetts. Six-to-five is also a type of payout for someone
playing standard Blackjack if they hit a Blackjack. You need to know what they
odds are at that table if they hit a Blackjack. That’s what that is.”
The lawsuit was filed by Attorney Joshua
Garick on behalf of Richard Schuster of New York in a class-action format.
Schuster had played at the Encore and alleged that they were playing the
Blackjack game wrong, and that they were withholding change from patrons at the
electronic redemption machines.
In terms of the change machines, Band said
the machines at Encore payout dollar amounts, and then dispense certificates
for the change. Those certificates are good for one year and can be claimed at
the cashier. However, they can also be used at another slot machine.
Band said they felt that the redemption
machines were operating at standard procedures for a casino, but they suggested
a sign be placed on the machine making it clear what is happening with the
“What we did find was it probably wasn’t
stated clearly enough so they have added a sign that clearly expresses this on
the machine,” said Band.
Both claims, one on Blackjack and one on the
change machines, were refuted by the MGC. Commissioners assured everyone that
there is a state process for unclaimed winnings, and none of that money remains
or stays with Encore. It is kept in a type of escrow account, and then turned
over to the state at the end of one year.
All of it was much to the delight of Encore
“I feel the lawsuit is completely without
merit, and I was particularly interested in the issue about the redemption of
the slot tickets,” said President Bob DeSalvio. “There were allegations in
there that for some reason they thought we might be rounding to our favor. It
is completely, utterly false. Every customer gets every penny they deserve at
Encore Boston Harbor. Never would we engage in a practice that would actually
keep any of a customer’s money they deserve. There is no way, shape or form any
customer is not getting exactly what they should get. Nor is there any
opportunity at the end of the year for any unclaimed monies to come back to the
DeSalvio also said emphatically that Encore
is following all of the Blackjack rules, and the MGC agreed with that in its
“The claims in the lawsuit are false and
unfounded,” he said. “They went back and looked at our procedures. They went
back and looked at our games. They went back and looked at the felt on the
tables. What they found is they are all exactly as they should be. There’s
really no issue at all on Blackjack. None. Zero. The rules are the rules and we
are following the rules exactly and that’s what you heard the Commission say.”
But Attorney Garick said he wasn’t pleased
with the ruling by the MGC, and that’s why his client will take the matter before
an impartial judge.
“It’s our interpretation of the regulations
is that the game of Blackjack does not allow an eight-deck shoe where they pay
6-to-5 odds on the Blackjack,” he said. “We intend to fully raise all these
issues to a judge rather than in a Commission where the inspector and the
casino representatives are sitting at the same table.”
DeSalvio said they are going to seriously
consider putting some electronic redemption machines on the floor that have the
ability to dispense change. He said they made a customer-based decision early
on to only put out machines that dispensed dollars. He said customers –
especially at high-volume times – would rather not wait for a machine to be
filled with pennies to get their dollar winnings.
“We will go back and take a look at having
certain units on the floor that would make it more convenient to get the
change,” he said. “Understand, the reason we did it this way was actually for
customer convenience because if you are standing in front of one of those redemption
units and it was to run out of pennies, and you had to wait 30 or 40 minutes,
I’ll be you would be more upset about having to wait for 5 cents or 15 cents
because that machine will lock up until it’s refilled with coin. The reason we
did it was for customer service. If I can add another option to make it even
more convenient for customers, I’m happy to do so. I’ll certainly take a look
Garick said they were happy the Commission
and Encore paid attention to the suit, and that they were happy that some
changes – like the change machines – were being considered.
“We’re certainly happy they have heeded the
issues addressed in our lawsuit and have made some changes to the procedures
they have,” he said. “I think that indicates they knew that there was some
issues with the way they were dispensing change to customers. Frankly, I think
this idea that people don’t want to wait for change is kind of a cop out. If I
went to a table game and had $9.90 and the table minimum was $10, well they
would wait for me to find that extra 10 cents…At this point the money is
maintained by the casino. The regulations do require that after one year the
money is paid to the state. We’re aware of that, but that doesn’t mean the
consumer should be out that money that belongs to them.”
Garick said they didn’t plan to sue the MGC,
and he said they did not have a court date yet.
their attorneys would be responding to the suit “post haste.”
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