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.

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Chelsea Entrepreneurs Challenging Zoning Ideas Around Marijuana

Two Chelsea residents looking to break into the recreational cannabis industry in Chelsea are challenging the ideas behind the zoning regulations set by the City – regulations that bar such establishments from the Broadway business corridor and relegate them to expensive industrial locations in the city.

Chelsea has been known to be quite progressive when it comes to permitting and welcoming the marijuana industry, but the zoning regulations set more than a year ago required that any marijuana businesses be located in the industrial or shopping center districts.

Ola Bayode and Kyle Umemba, both from Chelsea, are questioning the zoning regulations for marijuana establishments – saying they should be allowed in the downtown area to help local residents and people of color to break into the industry. They said they believe retail marijuana could help to revive the downtown area, and they believe the current zoning unintentionally sets a barrier too high for locals to overcome.

That limits them to the Produce Center, Eastern Avenue or Parkway Plaza, and many in the City have postulated that it has excluded local people unintentionally from being able to participate or profit from this new industry.

The Chelsea City Council had just such a discussion earlier this year, asking if it were possible to set aside licenses for residents who might qualify in the future – that coming because most of the City’s licenses were being gobbled up by big-money interests from out of town, and sometimes out of state.

Now, add Chelsea residents Ola Bayode and Kyle Umemba to those critics.

Both are young professionals working regular jobs, but with a hope on the side that they could establish their own business in Chelsea within the emerging cannabis industry. Being right at the nexus of Boston and Somerville (and with Everett and Revere having prohibited marijuana shops), they felt the downtown area was a prime location.

Then they found out about the zoning restrictions, and found it nearly impossible to draw the interest of investors to be able to afford the buildout of a place in the industrial areas.

“For us, we can’t even find a place,” said Bayode. “The one place we did find was on Broadway and Congress. It was a great location and we went to the City and found it wasn’t allowed. We believe the City Manager and the City Council need to think five to 10 years ahead…Our demographic is not Chelsea residents but people who live in One North and upcoming new Forbes development – people new to Chelsea. We want to provide a premier boutique opportunity here…This is a critical time. This game is the first three years and who is able to navigate the waters early will prevail. It’s hard to grip and replace the incumbent business. That is why it’s so important to create a business friendly environment that is helpful to local residents. Right now is the time for that. Later will be too late.”

Bayode said they believe that retail marijuana would fit really well with the City’s idea for reviving the downtown. Umemba said it is proven that such establishments are more safe because of required security, and the foot traffic brings vibrancy to the areas. Having them walled off, both said, misses a great opportunity to bring people to the business district, and also to help local business-people get into the industry.

“The build-out cost in the industrial areas are so expensive,” said Bayode. “Spaces on Broadway are retail ready. They are made for this. It’s also hard to attract any investors because locating in an area like that doesn’t seem as credible.”

Umemba said he believes the zoning now creates a barrier to local people and people of color – maybe even those who have marijuana convictions and are encouraged by the state to get involved in the industry.

“There’s so much investment that can be brought into the downtown,” he said. “The zoning there now creates an extremely large barrier for individuals. We’re young guys who went to college and now we work. We have middle-class jobs. We want to break into this industry in Chelsea, but the way it’s set up creates an unfair playing field…and Chelsea is progressive compared to others and we still don’t have an equal playing field.”

Both said they plan to talk with elected officials and City leaders over the summer to see if there is room to make such zoning changes – perhaps allowing a few licenses to be located in the downtown and reserved for Chelsea residents.

“If there are four or five at least have one or two for Chelsea people,” Bayode said. “It shouldn’t all be big companies from the outside.”

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Window Gallery

Photo enthusiast Matt Frank in front of his gallery display in the City’s new Broadway window gallery. The former City Councillor has pivoted after retiring from politics to start a prolific and successful photography career. One of his specialties is showcasing the beautification of Chelsea – along with the old monuments that have been lost to time. His photos will be displayed through Labor Day.

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Police Briefs 07-18-2019

Vandalized Chelsea Walk Pub

On June 18 at 4:39 a.m., officers were dispatched to 411 Broadway for a report of a disturbance. The calling party who resides at that address stated they heard a loud bang and an alarm going off. Upon arrival, Officers heard an alarm sounding from The Chelsea Walk Pub located at 416 Broadway. Officers observed the front door glass had been shattered. The door was open and Officers entered the building and located a brick on the ground. Officers searched the building, but did not locate anyone inside. Officers reviewed the city cameras and that information led them to place the female suspect under arrest. The female also had outstanding warrants out of the state of Florida.

Guillermina Montanez, 49, of 439 Broadway, was charged with breaking and entering a building in the night, possession of burglarious tools, being a fugitive from justice and one warrant.

Assaulted at the Basket

On June 25, at 6:02 p.m., CPD officers responded to the Market Basket on a report of a shoplifter who assaulted an employee. Officers were told that a manager attempted to stop a female accused of shoplifting $43 worth of items when he was attacked. The manager stated he was struck in the face with a set of keys from the shoplifter. A description was broadcast to officers in the area and the female subject was taken into custody.

Rosa Lawson, 42, of 827 Broadway, was charged with armed robbery, assault and battery, threatening to commit a crime and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Wrong Way

On June 25, at 11:40 p.m., CPD officers observed a Red Ford Focus traveling in the wrong direction on Broadway. Upon speaking with the operator, it was determined he did not have a license to operate a motor vehicle. And he was arrested.

Ever Gutierrez Vargas, 23, of Cambridge, was charged with unlicensed operation and one way violation.

Car Break

On July 2, at 10:10 a.m., officers were dispatched to 73 Pearl St. for a report of a male party checking the door handles to motor vehicles who was now sitting inside a grey motor vehicle. Upon officers’ arrival, an unknown male party was observed in the rear seat of a grey motor vehicle. The motor vehicle was parked on private property with no license plates attached. A vehicle VIN number was located and given to Chelsea Control for owner information. It was determined by the owner that the person inside was known to him. He was placed under arrest.

Melvy Amaya, 21, of 106 Williams St., was charged with breaking and entering a vehicle in the day for a felony.

Stole Items From Car

On July 6, at 10;10 a.m., a CPD officer was dispatched to 793 Broadway for a report of malicious damage to a motor vehicle. The officer observed a Honda CR-V with the back passenger side window smashed. The owner of the vehicle stated that she discovered the vehicle damaged around 10 a.m. Officers were able to review security footage and identify a male subject smash window and remove items from the car. A short time later officers observed a male matching the description on Shawmut Street. He was placed under arrest on scene. Albin Hernandez, 37, of 466 Broadway, was charged with breaking and entering a vehicle in the day for a felony and possession of burglarious tools.

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Island End River in the Midst of Major Flood Protection Project

Few places in the food supply chain for Greater Boston and beyond are more vulnerable than the New England Produce Center.

That huge food resource for the region, along with other industries, are very close to sea level and, as discovered a few years ago, very prone to flooding and sea level surges.

Now, the City of Chelsea is poised to begin a major project at the Island End River that will help to protect the industrial areas along Beacham Street and enhance the environment around the improving Island End River.

“That area is about six or seven feet above sea level now, and experts expect sea level and storm surges at 14 feet above sea level by the end of the century,” said Alex Train, of the Chelsea Planning Department. “This project is in concert with Everett and it’s gathered a lot of momentum. It’s a priority of the City Manager and our department because we understand how much is at risk. It’s a gamble otherwise and we don’t like to gamble in the planning industry.”

Such a gamble was clearly seen two winters ago when huge coastal surge storms lifted the water levels into the industrial areas along the Island End, nearly causing major disruptions and opening a lot of eyes to the vulnerability of the situation.

The project has been supported by a grant from the Coastal Zone Management Office, as well as the Chelsea and Everett City Councils.

The project includes gray infrastructure, such as flood walls and berms by the Island End River. It also includes green infrastructure with the restoration of the salt marshes abutting the Island End. At the same time, they will also be able to add some amenities for the public like a Boardwalk to connect to the Admiral’s Hill Marina area.

“It’s going to be a sizeable project, but in the context of the surrounding industrial businesses and the produce center, it’s easily a worthwhile initiative on our end,” said Train.

Right now, in Chelsea, they are at 60 percent engineering design on the project. Everett is a little bit further behind as they are in the Designated Port Area (DPA) and require many more steps. Everett is currently in a schematic design phase.

On the Chelsea side, Train said they will culminate design this summer, and then look for further grants this winter. Then they will engage in the final engineering, permitting and construction phases.

The project will also be tied into the large Beacham Street roadway, sidewalk and bike path improvements that are also coming soon.

A report in 2015 by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) showed that the Produce Center generates $2.3 billion of economic activity per year, and the entire industrial district generates $7 billion per year. There are 5,000 direct jobs there and 10,000 supportive jobs there.

“Many of that activity and those jobs benefit Chelsea and Everett residents and they are solid middle-class jobs and we’re committed to protecting them for our residents,” said Train.

Other Development Activity

•The City has received a PARC grant for rehabilitation of the O’Neil Playground on the hill up from Williams Street. The new design will encourage water features and tree canopies. The restoration will look to prevent heat islands and provide a cool place during the summer. The project is currently under construction and should be substantially completed by the fall. It came in at a cost of $884,000.

•The Eden Street playground is currently in design. The new design will also feature a robust tree canopy and more permeable surfaces. The project will be bid out in September, with a fall start. Construction will start up again in the spring for a substantial completion by summer 2020. That project was supported by a $400,000 PARC grant.

•Voke Park is another area that will soon receive more attention. The Bocce Court and fields were done over two years ago, but now it’s time for some attention to be paid to the playground. Already, they have had one public meeting to get input on the park, and they are working on conceptual designs now.

“We’ll apply for a grant in July to secure funding,” said Train.

Design will be done in June 2020 and construction on that is likely to be 2021.

•The City is preparing to modernize the traffic signals and intersections at Williams/Chestnut and Williams/Broadway this summer. That upgrade will include new Smart Traffic Signals that are able to read the traffic flow and adjust signal timing on the fly. One of those lights has already been installed on Broadway and Webster earlier this year. Sidewalks will also be touched up as well.

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GreenRoots Hosts Pop-up Park on the Chelsea Walk Bringing Smiles to the Community

By Giselle Barahona

GreenRoots, with a generous grant from the Chelsea Cultural Council, hosted a pop-up park in the Chelsea Walk for residents of Chelsea during peak lunch hours recently.

The organization set up a turf lawn, lawn chairs, jumbo games like checkers and Jenga, art supplies such as sidewalk chalk and paints, and even a cotton candy machine that attracted residents in the area to stop by and enjoy the day. Many families were drawn to the event. Kids enjoyed running around trying all the snacks and drinks and playing in the park with GreenRoots staff. Parents enjoyed spending time with their children, outside in the lovely weather, listening to music, eating snacks and learning about how they can become more involved in their community.

Various produce and plants were given away to folks from GreenRoots’ urban farm for families to grow and enjoy at home.

The Chelsea Walk, located on Broadway in Bellingham Square in the heart of Chelsea, links public parking behind businesses to the busy sidewalks and businesses of Broadway.

Previously considered a bleak and underutilized space, GreenRoots led a major transformation of the area with a grant from MassDevelopment that was matched by more than 270 individual donors. Now, the Walk features a beautiful, color and culturally representative mural painted by local muralist Silvia Lopez Chavez.

The mural, entitled “City of Dreams” reflects a diverse multi-cultural background Chelsea celebrating the city’s rich cultural and ethnic history.

The Chelsea Walk is now a beautiful public space where the community can gather to enjoy and celebrate the vibrancy of community.

In order to continue to ensure the newly revitalized space gets utilized and to bring the community together, GreenRoots organized a public event in the form of a pop-up park.

“The event was great! It acted as a community unifier,” said Avery Hammond, GreenRoots summer intern and one of the organizers for the event. “We had some 90 year old. We had some 5 year olds. We had people from every walk of life. People who were passing by could come and enjoy themselves… people saw it as a nice surprise for the community, and to do it in that way was really rewarding to see all the smiles on the kids’ faces.”

“There were a lot of families there! I thought was really sweet to see kids playing and interacting with their family members,” said Leilani Mroczkowski, GreenRoots Food Justice Organizer and Youth Coordinator. “We gave out lots of plants and we got to talk about the different things that are happening here at GreenRoots, like our kayaking events and our community farm days.”

GreenRoots is located at 227 Marginal St. in Chelsea, and has some great events planned for the community for the rest of the summer. GreenRoots will host free kayaking and canoeing events at the docks located at 201 Marginal St. on Thursdays, June 27, July 25, and Aug. 15 from 5-7:30 p.m. There will be food, drinks and music. So, bring your family and come down to spend some time enjoying the beautiful summer weather and the Chelsea Creek.

As part of their Urban Agriculture and Food Justice Program, GreenRoots will be hosting community farm work days where community members can farm and harvest produce on the Chelsea’s First Urban Farm. Stop by on Thursday, June 27 from 1-3 p.m. on Miller Street in Chelsea to learn more about food justice and the urban farm! Also, look out for more dates being added on GreenRoots’ Facebook page.

GreenRoots will be surprising the community with more pop-up parks throughout the summer in various locations highlighting the beauty of Chelsea and bringing the community together for a great time! Follow us on Facebook for more details.

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Mike Morin Delivers a Strike

Author’s inside look at TV candlepin bowling is a must-read for fans

Chelsea was once home to two candlepin bowling establishments, Broadway Lanes owned by George Michelson, and Chelsea Square Alleys, owned by Chet Pawlak.

In addition to each man being beloved in the Chelsea bowling community, Mr. Michelson and Mr. Pawlak shared another distinction: George and Charlotte Michelson and Chet and Carole Pawlak each had two children who bowled on television. Bonnie and Robert Michelson and Kathy [Finklestein] and Christine Pawlak earned their places among the ranks of the world’s best bowlers by appearing on Channel 5 bowling shows.

Mike Morin, a New Hampshire radio celebrity and a long-time candlepin bowler himself, has written a book that will surely warm the hearts of the Michelson and Pawlak families and candlepin bowlers everywhere.

And yes, Hall of Fame bowler Richie “Hawk” Halas and the great Max Valentin, who launched their pro careers at Broadway Lanes (atop Slaton’s Furniture Store) would also take pride in reading Morin’s work.

Morin has authored, “Lunch With Tommy and Stasia: TV’s Golden Age of Candlepin Bowling,” a look at all the candlepin bowling TV shows that once graced the airwaves.

And in another Chelsea connection to the book, Charlie Sherman, a former Shawmut Street resident and highly acclaimed New Hampshire TV personality, wrote the foreword for Morin’s book.

Anyone who ever watched Don Gillis’s “Candlepin Bowling” will appreciate Morin’s behind-the-scenes stories, interviews and warm memories of the game’s greatest bowlers, including Tommy Olszta, who now resides in Florida, and the late Stasia Czernicki, whose names appear in the book’s title.

The book was two years in the making. Writing about candlepin bowling was a natural fit for the 68-year-old Morin.

“I felt I had some inside knowledge because I did some work for the ICBA, appeared on the TV show (Candlepin Stars and Strikes on Channel 50) for nine years, and on radio (his broadcasting career spanned 48 years) – I felt I had the right combination of interest and skill to do the book,” said Morin.

The author grew up in Detroit and was a ten-pin bowler for 30 years. When Morin moved to New England in 1984, he began bowling candlepins and still competes regularly at Park Place Lanes in Windham, N.H.

“The book was something I had been thinking about for ten years, but I finally had the opportunity to write it when I retired from my radio career,” he said. “I was honored to do it.”

Morin said the first bowling show was televised on Channel 5 in 1958 and continued until January, 1996. “The initial host was Jim Britt and about three years in, Don Gillis took it over and rode it all the way to the end,” noted Morin.

A former champion on the Amateur Candlepin Tour (ACT), Morin places his focus on the Channel 5 (WCVB-TV) show in the book.

“That’s where the biggest stars and the biggest names came from, and it was on for the longest number of years – and had the most viewers, over 200,000 people every week,” said Morin. “Very often the Channel 5 show had ratings higher than any other sports show on any given weekend.”

Bowling fans will be delighted by Morin’s interviews with more than 75 bowling stars including Dan Murphy, Charlie Jutras, Jim Putney, Hawk Halas, Chucky Vozella and of course, Tommy Olszta, whom Morin considers the best of all time.

“Tommy did it when he had to – he had more appearances on the Channel 5 show than anyone else,” said Morin. “He was a gentleman, a fierce competitor.”

Other “phenomenal bowlers,” according to Morin include Chris Sargent and his father, Mike Sargent, Charlie Jutras, and Jeff Atkins.

Three of bowling’s currents superstars, Jonathan Boudreau, Jeff Surette, and Dave Barber, are also featured in the book.

“Jonathan is phenomenal,” said Morin. “I feel badly because he was born too late to take advantage of all the television opportunities that the other guys had.”

The book is generating positive responses in the bowling community and beyond. Bowling center owners and the bowlers themselves are thankful and grateful to Morin because there has not been a book written about candlepin bowling since 1980.

“This book covers all the people who were on TV,” said Morin. “And I got a lot of the behind-the-scenes stories that people never heard before.”

Morin also did some research and met with the children of Arthur Terlemezian, the gentleman who sat in the front row during Channel 5 shows and wore his traditional glasses and cardigan sweaters.

Morin has done several book signings at bookstores, libraries, and bowling centers. “I get the best results, no surprise, when I go to bowling centers,” he related.

As for the book’s unique title, Morin explained, “Because candlepin bowling was such a tradition on Saturdays at noon, people would sit down with their lunch trays or tray tables in front of the TV, and they would have lunch with their favorite bowling stars, who I felt were Tommy and Stasia. So that’s why I called it “Lunch With Tommy and Stasia, because that’s what people did every Saturday for 38 years.”

(Mike Morin’s book is available for purchase on and at independent bookstores in New Hampshire or by sending an email to

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Obituaries 06-13-2019

Santo Agri

US Army veteran of World War II

Santo A. “Sam” Agri passed away Thursday morning, June 6 at

the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home surrounded by his loving family. He was 95 years old. Born in East Boston, the son of the late Giuseppe and Josephine (Astorino) Agri, Sam grew up in Revere and attended Revere public schools. He enlisted in the US Army on July 26, 1943 and served almost a year and a half overseas, including Western Germany, Rome and Southern France. Corporal Agri was honorably discharged on December 12, 1946, receiving the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

Upon returning home from the service, Sam opened an aluminum siding business with his brother. He owned the business for many years before he began working at the Naval Ship Yard in Charlestown. As a carpenter by trade, Sam worked on the USS Constitution while employed at the Naval Ship Yard.

Sam and his beloved wife of 68 years, the late Theresa R. (Bellino) Agri, were long time Chelsea residents.

Sam and his wife had a passion for dancing. They would travel all over to dance. A few of their favorite spots included the Chelsea Polish Club, Polcari’s, and the Cathay Pacific Restaurant in Quincy.

Sam adored his large family and loved spending time with all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all his family.

Sam was the devoted father of Joseph M. Agri of Florida, Janice J. Christoforo and her husband, John of Holbrook, Joan Ramage and her husband, Joseph of Avon and Joyce Agri and her husband, Stephen Thomas of Malden. Sam was pre-deceased by 13 brothers and sisters. He is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren: John and Matthew Christoforo, Dominic and Andrea Taverna and Eddie and Theresa Klosiewicz and four great grandchildren, Julia, Nicholas, Jimmy and Thomas Christoforo.

Sam’s Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, June 8 at Our Lady of Grace Church in Chelsea. Interment with Military Honors concluded the service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea.

Luis Garcia Maldonado

Nov. 30, 1958 – June 8, 2019

Luis Garcia Maldonado passed away Saturday morning, June 8 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett after a brief illness.

He was born in Progreso, Yoro, Honduras into the family of the late Amelia Maldonado-Perez and Luis García-Robles. He received his formal education in Honduras. He married Lelis Carcamo and, with his young family, came to the United States, settled in Chelsea and for a brief time moved to Texas before returning to Chelsea some 25 years ago.

Luis supported his family working as a marina laborer. He was employed for many years in the shipyard of Boston Towing and Transportation, maintaining their fleet of tugboats and barges. A hard worker and devoted family man, in his spare time Luis enjoyed home gardening, time with family and friends, cooking, socializing and traveling to Honduras to visit with family.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Lelis Carcamo and was the devoted father of Gina Flores and her husband, Jose of Lynn, Karla Carcamo and Leslie García, both of Chelsea and Heidy García of Progreso-Yoro, Honduras. He was the cherished grandfather of Evelin Esteban, Cindi Flores, Laura Flores, Elizabeth Alacaron and Joshua Alacaron; dear brother of Carminda García-Maldonado, Elvia García-Maldonado, Mercedes García-Maldonado, Humberto García-Maldonado, Paulino García-Maldonado and Famelisia García-Maldonado. He is also survived by many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Family and friends are invited to visit at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, June 13 from 3 to 8 p.m. His funeral will begin from the Welsh Funeral home on Friday, June 14 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment, location to be announced. Funeral home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home.

Daniel Mikolajewski

Decorated veteran and GE retiree

Daniel Mikolajewski of Chelsea died on May 11.

Danny was born in December of 1946, the youngest of four children and was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. Raised on Beacon Street, he spent his youth at St. Stanislaus School. He attended Everett Vocational for printing and worked odd jobs during and after high school until he enlisted in the United States Army in September of 1966 and was stationed in Vietnam during the war. It was during those three years of service that he fought for the peace of others and the safety of his comrades. Within the three years of being in Vietnam fighting the battle, it was because of his courage, dedication and bravery that Danny was awarded The National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal , 3 Bronze Stars for Meritorious Achievement, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and The Combat Infantryman Badge.

In 1969, he was honorably discharged and off to start a new chapter in his life. It was at this time he met his beloved friend of 50 years and wife of 48 years, Betty.

Danny worked for Lawson Machinery and Tool for some time until he secured a job as a helicopter engine tester for General Electric in Lynn, where he worked for 37 years until his retirement.

Danny was a former longtime member of the Polish Falcons of Chelsea and attended Patriots games as a season ticket holder before they started to win. He was an avid bowler on multiple teams at Townline in Malden and, in his remaining years, he spent time as a member and avid cribbage player at the Polish Political Club of Chelsea.

He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth “Betty” (Gubski) Mikolajewski, devoted father of Kristin Beth (Mikolajewski) Breen and her husband, Joseph of Quincy and Daniel Mikolajewski, Jr. and his wife, Siobhan of Norwood; brother of Geraldine Douglas and her husband, Arthur of Lynnfield and the late Edward Miles and his surviving wife, Joyce Miles of Wilmington and Wallace Miles; brother-in law of Sr. Barbara Ann Gubski, SND of Chelsea; cherished grandfather of Madeline Adele Breen, Evelyn Claire Breen and Fiona-Maggie Mikolajewski.

In 1976 Danny became a father, first came the birth of their daughter Kristin Beth and six years later in 1982 son Daniel Jr was born. Both of which he was very proud. He became a father once again with the addition of his son-in-law, Joe and daughter-in-law, Siobhan to the family. But the most recent of happy times in his life for the past eight years was his three beautiful grandchildren, Maddie, Evie and Fiona-Maggie. Never a time went by when he didn’t crack a smile or belt a laugh because they brought him pure joy in that moment of time.

Danny’s lengthy illness with cancer called him home on May 11, 2019. He passed with the one true constant in his life of 50 years by his side his best friend and beloved wife.

A Celebration of Life was held on Sunday, June 2 in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Leonard Florence Center for the Living, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150 or to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701 or to Exceptional Citizens Week at Camp Fatima

Sonya Cannon

Of Everett, formerly of Chelsea

Sonya J. (Senna) Cannon of Everett, formerly of Chelsea, died on June 6.

She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas., mother of Ronald M. and his wife, Jodi A. of Pelham, NH, sister of Ronald F. Senna of Everett and is also survived by two grandchildren, Mackenzie M. and Thomas J., one niece, Suzanne Senna, and one nephew, Sean Senna.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For more information: 1-877-71-ROCCO or

James Lanzillo

Member of Chelsea Knights of Columbus

James A. Lanzillo, of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on June 4.

During his working years, he was employed as a supervisor of maintenance for an apartment complex. A member of the Chelsea Knights of Columbus # 83 and was active in the Explorer Post # 109. A lover of Revere Beach, he especially enjoyed flying kites there.

He was the devoted son of the late Richard and Ruth (Perry) Lanzillo, longtime companion of the late Tara Tormay, beloved brother of Richard Lanzillo of Florida, Robert Lanzillo and his wife, Cathy of Saugus, Paul Lanzillo and his wife, Debbie of Saugus and Denise Domelowicz of Peabody. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews as well as his canine companions, Lucy, Rocco and Cassie.

At his request, all services will be private.

To leave a message of condolence for Jim’s family, please visit

Giuseppe Colucciello

Of North Reading, formerly of Chelsea

Giuseppe Colucciello of North Reading, formerly of Chelsea, died on June 8.

He was the beloved husband of the late Assunta (Savignano), cherished father of Luigi Colucciello and his wife, Kathleen of Chelsea, dear brother of Michelina, Juigi and Angelo, all of Italy and the late Camille and Carmela and adoring grandfather of Tia and Nicholas.

His funeral will be from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Friday, June 14 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. A visitation will be held today, Thursday, June 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book, please visit

Carmen Jimenez

Caring and loving person who will be remembered for her keen wit and sense of humor

Carmen Jimenez passed away early Tuesday morning in the peaceful surroundings of Chelsea home after battling cancer over the past few years. She was 47 years old.

Born and raised in Olancho, Honduras, she was one of nine children born to the late Juan Jimenez and Angela Herrera. She came to Chelsea as a young lady bearing and raising her own three children here. Carmen worked in the produce department at Demoulas in Wilmington for past 20 years.

Carmen enjoyed playing bingo, music and dancing and she will forever be remembered for her keen wit and sense

of humor, always the loving and caring person who loved entertaining family and friends.

To mourn her passing and cherish her memory, she leaves her beloved children: Mislean Zelaya of Revere, Michelle Cruz and Angel Zelaya, both of Chelsea, her sister and housemate, Gladys Herrera. She was the cherished grandmother of Emanuel, Franklin, Liam and Skyla Zelaya.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend visiting hours at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, June 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home.

Her burial be held later next week in Honduras at the Central Cemetery in Armis, Olancho. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons, Chelsea, 617-889-2723

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Chelsea Night Market Inaugural Event Planned for June 8

How much awesomeness can be contained within Luther Place?

The people of Chelsea will soon find out as the first of a series of five monthly events takes place downtown on Saturday, June 8, with the launch of the Chelsea Night Market.

Presented by the City of Chelsea through its downtown initiative called Chelsea Prospers and local events production company Jukebox, the Chelsea Night Market is an ambitious undertaking for a hidden corner of the downtown that’s beginning to awaken.

Last year, GreenRoots took the lead in the block’s transformation by creating a colorful mural with Chelsea artist and one of the state’s top muralists Silvia López Chavez on the Chelsea Walk.

That pedestrian walkway provides the entrance to the next phase of the effort with activation of the space through the Chelsea Night Market.

Edwardo Chacon of Jukebox said, “Vendors are still being accepted for future markets and there’s always room for more artists and performers to join in. Our priority is to engage as much local talent as possible. We’re excited by all the energy growing around the market and the new connections we’re making. This is going to be epic.”

Here, in the large parking lot on Cherry Street behind the businesses on Broadway between Fourth and Fifth Streets, event visitors every month will find the area transformed with activity and something new to discover on each visit.

More than a dozen booths will feature local businesses, artists, merchants and community groups. Merchandise includes both new, vintage, thrift and handcrafted items.

Jack’s Men’s Shop will highlight emerging brands for men’s fashion, while Allen’s Cut Rate features a selection of high-quality fragrances. You’ll find hand-crafted jewelry by Beaded Inspiration and Sacred Soul Fire. Over at the booths for Dandelion District and High Energy Vintage there’s a variety of vintage items including old school video games, nicnacks and clothing.

At Jukebox’s booth, show off your local pride with swag that shouts your love of all things 02150. Among the offerings are T-shirts and totes emblazoned with Chelsea. All proceeds are dedicated to supporting the next projects to improve Luther Place.

A variety of other tents will feature community groups and artists.

Test your aim with Archery Games Boston, show off what you’re proud of with the Chelsea LGBTQ Coalition, and play around with the team from the Phoenix Charter Academy Chelsea.

Several local restaurants are on board with menus of street food as well.

Get a sandwich hot off the grill from the chefs of Broadway House of Pizza, nibble savory Chinese food from Chung Wah, or sink your teeth into an empanada from Pan y Café.

On the main stage a variety of performers will entertain the crowd.

MC for the night is comedian and actor Chase Abel. Host of the podcast “Ready Set Blow” with Randy V, he’s a regular at Boston’s top clubs.

Among them is a band headed by Bengisu and Tuzcu.

It’s impossible to describe their mix of Turkish-funk-rock, but it will definitely get a groove going.

DJ Tempo Sauve’s upbeat house electronica is gathering a strong following, and he’ll keep the energy going throughout the night. There’s a rumor some comedians from the recent show at Tu Casa may stop by too.

The performance highlight, however, undoubtedly will be the crew from the Boston Circus Guild. They’ll be roaming among the crowd to show off their amazing skills and costumes and then at 9:30 p.m., will take the stage for a 20-minute fire performance that will top off the night.

Serving as a backdrop to the main stage and to provide a tangible reminder of the market through the summer, the wall of 456 Broadway will serve as space for temporary mini murals with new designs appearing each month by local artists.

The Chelsea Night Market team is grateful for the support of the Chelsea Record as a media sponsor helping them to spread the word about the upcoming event and to highlight the new happenings of downtown Chelsea.

For additional information check out the Chelsea Night Market’s website at, the facebook event at or contact at Mimi Graney, at

Future dates include:

•July 13 (raindate 7/20)

•August 10 (raindate 8/17)

•September 21 (raindate 9/28)

•October 5 (raindate 10/12)


Department of Planning and Development

City Hall, 500 Broadway, Room 301 · Chelsea, MA 02150

Phone: 617.555.1708 · Fax: 617.658.6725 · Email:


Department of Planning and Development

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Chelsea Mensches The Jewish Journal Newspaper Honors Lubarsky, Medros at Awards Breakfast

The Jewish Journal newspaper honored members of its community who have made special contributions through their volunteer efforts and philanthrophy.

Jewish Journal Publisher Steve Rosenberg (second from left) congratulates Todd Levine, Adele Lubarsky, and Ed Medros on being named “Mensches” in recognition of their volunteer efforts and philanthropic work.

Adele Lubarsky, principal of the Hooks Elementary School, and Ed Medros, president of the Walnut Street Synagogue, were honored as Mensches at the breakfast held May 19 at Temple Ner Tamid, Peabody.

Lubarsky, a Chelsea High School graduate, thanked the Journal for the honor in her acceptance speech.

“And it is an honor as president of Temple Ner Tamid to host this event,” said Lubarsky. “In my mind there are few higher Jewish compliments to pay someone than to call them a mensch.

“A mensch is a person who can be relied on to act with honor and integrity. The Yiddish term means more than that: it also suggests someone who is kind and considerate. For me, the term mensch does not come easy.

“When I thought about my definition of mensch, I went to my favorite source: Google. Brigitte Nicole in “Lessons Learned in Life” provided me with the framework of what I consider I needed to do to be considered a mensch.

“Surround yourself with people who are kind, caring, who are growing and want to learn. People who don’t mind saying sorry or thank you and will ask you if you need anything. These people will keep you positive. To find these people is to be one,” said Lubarsky.

The popular school administrator added, “For me, this honor belongs to everyone in my family and Temple life who have supported me in the past and helped me become a mensch.”

Medros, who has done an outstanding job maintaining the history of the Walnut Street shul, also humbly accepted the prestigious award. “I am truly honored to be recognized as a mensch by the Jewish Journal and to walk in the same steps as all the other mensches here and everyone in attendance. I thank you very much. It is a labor of love for me to be president of the Walnut Street synagogue.”

Medros concluded his remarks by inviting guests to take a tour of the landmark Jewish house of worship.

Also honored was Todd Levine, whose family formerly owned Levine’s Meat Market on Central Avenue. Todd is now the proprietor of Levine’s Kosher Meat Market in Peabody.

The publisher of the Jewish Journal is Steve Rosenberg, whose family owned and operated Murray and Eddy’s Delicatessen on Broadway, Chelsea, for many years.

A former reporter for The Boston Globe, Rosenberg congratulated the honorees in an inspiring speech to begin the program. Rosenberg and a special committee of the Journal’s Board of Overseers, including Chairman Matthew Schwartz, Neil Donnefeld, Donna Lozow Pierce, and Susan Garnick, planned and organized the annual breakfast.

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