‘We Have Lost An Icon’ : Cable Television Exec. Director Duke Bradley Passes Away

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.”

Duke 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 director.

“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 Bradley name.

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.

The 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 baseball team.

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 king.

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 Chelsea legend:

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 many stories

Duke Bradley…Proudly the sharpest dapper gentleman in town, admired, respected, and loved by All.

There is a beautiful dove in Heaven…Duke Bradley

Sad and mournful are thy ways, Grieving, wailing Summer days!

I (we) love you.

God rest your Soul and may you Rest in Perfect Peace

Deepest Condolences,

Joan Cromwell and family

Chelsea Black Community family

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Enhanced Google Maps, Lime Integration Sets Sight on Improving City Commutes

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.”

Lime scooters first surfaced in Google Maps in December 2018 and the two companies expanded the partnership to 80 more cities in March 2019.

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Juvenile Arrested in Brutal Bat Attack at Mary O’Malley

Police have arrested a 17-year-old juvenile male in connection with a brutal attack at Mary O’Malley Park on Monday, July 29.

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.

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Chelsea Curves/Tobin Bridge Construction Look-Ahead

July 28 – August 10, 2019

•Fourth Street Off-ramp Temporary Closure Continues

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 ramp.

•Traffic Impacts

*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.

Work Hours

*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 deflector plates.

*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.

•Travel Tips

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:

*Red 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.

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Chelsea Youth Beat the Heat at Free Beach Event Hosted by save the Harbor

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 region’s kids.”

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 support.

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 Instagram

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Local Students Earn Academic Honors

Boston University Graduates Residents            

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 Stadium.

Below is a list of students from your area who earned a degree.

Chelsea

Nicholas James Estabrook

Faisal Nasimi

Tony Nguyen

David Michael Sklodowska-Johnson

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Gov. Baker’s Bold Transportation Proposal

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 public transportation.

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 stressful.

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 Commonwealth.

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 intended).

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.

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Obituaries 08-01-2019

Angelina DeRosa

Dec. 29, 1930 – July 21, 2019

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 great-grandnephews.

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.

Theresa Szczerbinski

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 School.

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.

Funeral 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 choice.

Elba Mazier

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.

Arrangements are by Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home.

Raymond LeClair

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.

A Memorial 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

Of Chelsea

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.

Services 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 families.

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

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Gaming Commission Moves Quickly to Clear Encore of Lawsuit Charges

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 Blackjack.

“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 change.

“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 officials.

“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 property.”

DeSalvio also said emphatically that Encore is following all of the Blackjack rules, and the MGC agreed with that in its report.

“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 at that.”

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.

DeSalvio said their attorneys would be responding to the suit “post haste.”

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Indoor Flea Market Set for August 17

Looking for some good stuff cheap? Come to the East Boston Social Centers Indoor Flea Market on Saturday August 17th for lots of great bargains. Right here in the Gym at 68 Central Square in East Boston. 10am to 3pm.

Have lots of good stuff you want to get rid of? Reserve a table at the Indoor Flea Market on Saturday August 17th and get rid of it while making some money.

Proceeds from table rentals go to our senior program. Proceeds from what you sell at your table go to YOU! 10 foot tables/space are $30, 5 foot tables/space are $20.

Contact Marisa 617-569-3221 Ext 107 or Jeannie 617-569-3221 Ext 117 soon if you want to reserve a table and/or space. First come first serve until we run out of tables or space.

Remember to mark August 17th on your Calendars! Snacks, raffles, fun… be there! Tell your friends, spread the word, get that Spring Cleaning started, find that treasure!

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