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
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
“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
“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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Few places in the food supply chain for
Greater Boston and beyond are more vulnerable than the New England Produce
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
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
The project will also be tied into the large
Beacham Street roadway, sidewalk and bike path improvements that are also
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
“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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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,
“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
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
Three of bowling’s currents superstars,
Jonathan Boudreau, Jeff Surette, and Dave Barber, are also featured in the
“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 Amazon.com and at independent bookstores in New Hampshire or by sending an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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
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
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.
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.
Decorated veteran and GE retiree
Daniel Mikolajewski of Chelsea died on May
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
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
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
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
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
To leave a message of condolence for Jim’s
family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
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
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
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
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: www.WelshFuneralHome.com
– Frank A. Welsh & Sons, Chelsea, 617-889-2723
How much awesomeness can be contained within
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
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
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
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
For additional information check out the
Chelsea Night Market’s website at www.chelseanightmarket.com, the facebook
event at https://www.facebook.com/events/529915294079626/ or contact at Mimi Graney, at email@example.com
Future dates include:
•July 13 (raindate 7/20)
•August 10 (raindate 8/17)
•September 21 (raindate 9/28)
•October 5 (raindate 10/12)
CITY OF CHELSEA, MA
Department of Planning and Development
City Hall, 500 Broadway, Room 301 · Chelsea,
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,
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
“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.