The Movement Kicks off Third Year of Low-Key, Summer Hoops

The Movement Kicks off Third Year of Low-Key, Summer Hoops

Historically, there’s been very little to do on a summer night in Chelsea, and that’s been the problem.

Now, in its third summer, The Movement has been the cure to hapless wandering for local youth.

Instead, they hoop it up.

Coordinated by Councilors Yamir Rodriguez and Damali Vidot, along with Isidra Quinonez and Danny Mojica, The Movement keeps Chelsea kids age 13-20 busy on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings.

“I think it’s just a great environment because a lot of the younger kids play with the older kids and they can see them on the street outside of the league and say ‘hi,’” said Rodriguez. “A lot of friendships start because of The Movement. It develops kind of a mentor situation because a lot of these kids don’t have an older brother and this helps that too. It’s kind of an unintended consequence, but it’s one of the best things about it.

“The kids love hanging out and playing ball,” he continued.

Vidot said it helps to bring youth together in a relaxed, but supervised, environment.

“On Saturday morning, they don’t hand out, but they come to play,” she said. “After playing all day long, they will not want to go out to the streets when they get home. They’ll stay in and take it easy. On Friday night, they don’t want to stay out because they have to be here on Saturday morning. You have the 13-year-old playing with the 20-year-old, so it helps them become better players. It also builds community. It’s not like a lot of other youth leagues where you have to sign in and sign out. It’s street ball. They can be themselves.”

The Movement came out of a desperate situation, where the community was reeling in the spring of 2016 after the shooting death of Pablo Villeda during an early morning teen party on Washington Avenue. The shooting also injured numerous other young people, and it showed that the youth who are not “at-risk” needed some activities as well.

That’s when The Movement came together.

Now, the league has several hundred young people playing against one another all summer. Typically, the games are played at Highland Park, but a renovation project there may force them to move to the Williams School.

The Movement will begin play in early July, and it had its annual kick-off at Chelsea High last weekend – with the Battle of the Classes and Police vs. Fire basketball games.

“Basketball is the entertainment,” said Rodriguez, “but it’s the environment that has become very important.”

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Police Briefs 01-04-2018

Police Briefs 01-04-2018


On Dec. 22, at 5:20 p.m., officers responded to 165 Walnut St. for a report of a past armed robbery. Upon officers’ arrival, they made contact with the victim and alleged robbery suspect, standing out front of the building. The victim claims the suspect took $200 from him after he left the ATM at the Chelsea Bank on Broadway. The suspect claims the money was used to buy drugs from him and that the victim complained about the quality of the drugs purchased.

Jose Rivera, 32, of 11 Congress Ave., was charged with unarmed robbery.


On Dec. 22, at 10:49 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Spanish Falcon Club located at 158 Broadway on the report of a fight outside.

Officers observed security outside speaking to a group of men, two of which appeared intoxicated. As Officers spoke to security, they were informed that the two intoxicated males had been causing a disturbance because security refused them entry due to their state of intoxication.

They were asked to leave several times, but were becoming aggressive towards employees. As officers engaged the men in conversation, it was apparent that the men were upset at having been refused entry and wanted to continue their night of drinking. The two men refused the officers’ orders to leave the area and became loud and boisterous, causing a disturbance. The first male was placed into custody after violently resisting officers in their attempt to place him under arrest. The second male, and brother of the male taken into custody, refused orders to leave, and he also became aggressive and was taken into custody after a struggle.

David Garcia, 24, of 141 Marlborough St., was charged with disorderly conduct.

Kevin Garcia, 21, of Lynn, was charged with disorderly conduct, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.

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Police Briefs 11-30-2017

Police Briefs 11-30-2017

Chelsea and Everett police drug control detectives executed simultaneous warrants at two Chelsea addresses this morning that resulted in multiple arrests and  a sizable seizures of heroin, cocaine and US currency.  Everett and Chelsea investigators had developed information that the two locations, 262 Maple Street and 79 Garland Street Apt#2 were covertly working together to funnel drugs into both Chelsea and Everett.

Police report that some of the six  taken into custody had  multiple identifications making it difficult to ascertain their true identities. That aspect of the investigation is on going.

The arrested individual’s will face charges in both Chelsea and Malden District Courts.

Chelsea Police remind the community they can report crimes or suspicious activity anonymously in various formats. Citizens can call the 24 hr “tips” line at 617-466-4880, email reports directly from the departments website at or download for free the MYPD App that is compatible with both Android and Apple  smart phones. All three ways are monitored and totally anonymous.

Leader of MS-13 East Coast program pleads guilty

Defendant was recorded presiding over meeting of East Coast Program

Record Staff Report

The leader of the MS-13 East Coast Program pleaded guilty Nov. 27 in federal court in Boston to racketeering conspiracy.

Jose Adan Martinez Castro, a/k/a “Chucky,” 28, a Salvadoran national formerly residing in Richmond, Va., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly referred to as RICO conspiracy.

U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV scheduled sentencing for Feb. 26, 2018.

After a three-year investigation, Castro was one of 61 persons named in a superseding indictment targeting the criminal activities of alleged leaders, members, and associates of MS-13 in Massachusetts.

MS-13 leaders incarcerated in El Salvador oversee individual branches, or “cliques,” that are grouped into “programs” throughout the United States. During the investigation, Castro was identified as the leader of MS-13’s East Coast Program. On Dec. 13, 2015, Castro was recorded as he ran a meeting of East Coast Program clique leaders in Richmond, Va. During the meeting, Castro and others discussed sending money to El Salvador to support MS-13, the need to work together to increase the gang’s strength and control, and the need to violently retaliate against anyone who provided information against the gang.

Castro is the 25th defendant to be convicted.

Castro faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and will be subject to deportation upon the completion of his sentence.

State Trooper nabs two men with firearm, crack cocaine

Record Staff Report

A motor vehicle stop by an alert Massachusetts State Trooper last week on the Parkway resulted in the seizure of an illegally possessed gun, more than 100 rounds of illegally possessed ammunition, and illegal narcotics.

On the morning of November 21, Trooper Joseph Barteaux was patrolling Route 16 westbound in Chelsea when he observed a black Nissan Altima being operated in violation of motor vehicle laws and observed it almost strike another vehicle while abruptly changing lanes.

The vehicle, occupied by two brothers, pulled into a McDonald’s parking lot. Trooper Barteaux followed it into the lot and conducted a motor vehicle stop. Upon questioning, the driver, 22, stated he and his brother were coming from his girlfriend’s house in Lynn and were returning to their home in Randolph. The driver, however, could not name the street his girlfriend lived on.

After making further observations of both men being uncooperative and appearing nervous, Trooper Barteaux asked both men to exit the car. The 24-year-old passenger walked with an apparent limp and dragged his right leg. When asked, he denied being injured. Based on the Trooper’s training and experience, he believed the passenger was concealing something in his clothing and was walking strangely to hold it in place.

Despite the suspect’s attempt to resist the search, the Trooper located a cylinder concealed in the suspect’s pants. Trooper James Maloney arrived on scene and assisted Trooper Barteaux in controlling the suspect. The suspect became upset and attempted to break free, twisting his body with his elbows raised and striking the Troopers in the process. The Troopers physically placed the suspect on the ground. Trooper Barteaux drew his department-issued electronic control weapon and ordered the suspect to cease resisting; the suspect then complied with the Troopers’ orders, the weapon was not fired, and the suspect was taken into custody.

Trooper Barteaux then unscrewed the top of the cylinder the suspect had been concealing and observed inside it a large plastic bag containing a white rock substance believed to be crack cocaine.

Trooper Barteaux returned to the front driver side of the Altima and observed, in a compartment in the open front door, a black ski mask. The Trooper also noticed that a plastic panel behind the front right passenger seat was loose, exposing a void inside the seat. Knowing from his training and experience that a void like that is a common hiding place for illegal contraband, Trooper Barteaux reached into it and retrieved a plastic bag containing 116 nine-millimeter rounds of ammunition and a black and silver Smith & Wesson 9mm firearm. Trooper Maloney additionally located a large roll of duct tape.

The suspects were transported to the State Police Barracks in Revere. There, during a search of the passenger’s person, Troopers located several additional bags containing a white rock substance believed to be cocaine, a brown powder believed to be heroin, and 21 purple pills believed to be Class B oxycodone. More than $1,000 cash, believed to be the proceeds from drug transactions, was also found in the passenger’s possession.

The driver was charged with illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and making an unsafe lane change. His brother and passenger was charged with illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute, possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute, trafficking a Class B substance over 18 grams, and assault and battery on a police officer. The brothers were subsequently arraigned in Chelsea District Court.

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Chelsea Artist is Highlighted in New Mural on the Charles River Esplanade

Chelsea Artist is Highlighted in New Mural on the Charles River Esplanade

By Beth Treffeisen

Artist Silvia Lopez stands in front of part of her mural under the Bowker Overpass on the Charles River Esplanade.

Artist Silvia Lopez stands in front of part of her mural under the Bowker Overpass on the Charles River Esplanade.

What was once a dark, graffiti-ridden, sore patch along the beautiful Esplanade is in the midst of being rejuvenated through a colorful, dynamic mural that is currently in the works.

The brightly colored mural will reflect the daily cacophony of fast paced bicyclists, skaters, joggers, boat traffic, and the rhythm of vehicles that pass daily along the Charles River Esplanade.

The mural titled, “Patterned Behavior,” by Boston artist Silvia Lopez Chavez is the Esplanade’s newest contemporary artwork and is expected to take about three weeks to complete. It is expected to be done by mid-September if not earlier depending on weather. The mural will remain up for one year and has a chance to be renewed to remain for the second year.

In 2013, Silvia received a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant for her ‘Fresh Air: Portraits’ of Chelsea project; which explored the environmental and political aspects within air quality issues in Chelsea, MA and was also a finalist for the Brother Thomas Fellowship Award.

“It’s been very cool,” said Chavez taking a break from sketching the mural along the Esplanade, “We have had a lot of good, positive responses from people using the space. People who use it daily are just screaming “thank you!”

The Esplanade Association, an independent non-profit that works to revitalize and enhance the state park, commissioned the non-profit Now + There to curate and produce a mural for the Esplanade in the area located west of the Massachusetts Avenue, bridge.

The project is privately funded through money raised by the Esplanade Association.

Jessica Crimmins, the interim executive director of the Esplanade Association said that they have been interested in doing a public art project for quite a while.

“There are a lot of reasons why people come to the Esplanade – running, biking, walking or touring, and now, they have another reason to come into the park, for culture and art,” said Crimmins.

The association created an “Arts in the Park” fund to back this project and hopefully other future works to correspond with their other programs such as “Healthy, Fit & Fun.”

Currently, the space serves as a blank canvas for graffiti artists, and Crimmins said she hopes the mural will deter people from continuing that in the area. Depending on how it goes, Crimmins said, the Esplanade Association will look into extending the murals stay.

Over 100,000 commuters on Storrow Drive and thousands of bicyclists,  hundreds of boaters and rowers, as well as many people on the Cambridge side of the river, will be able to see this mural everyday.

The concept for “Patterned Behavior” takes inspiration from the everyday activity and how humans utilize the space. When Chavez first began doing sketches and research in the area, she noticed that people tended to follow the same paths.

“Designing this piece, it was clear it wasn’t going to be faces or words, which can be present in my work, but more about the reflection of the space and movement and how to convey that with a ton of color – which is so me,” said Chavez.

She continued, “The color to me in an abstract way represents the variety of us here in the city, how we are from so many places. Boston has people from everywhere. That is my way of reflecting that. The beautiful colors are representative of the beautiful people here.”

For example, Chavez pointed to two yellow circles near the side of Storrow Drive and said in an abstract way that represents the cars going down. Other patterns such as arrows and lines represent the flow coming in from either side, intersecting and interacting with each other.

“It is a different experience depending on what direction you are coming from overall,” said Chavez.

This mural is the second commission by Now + There’s Year of the Woman programming and is the first initiative in the Esplanade Association’s newly expanded arts program.

Chavez said that she wanted to follow the Year of the Woman and hired an all-female mural crew. Chavez said that in the world of street art, graffiti art or murals, it is a very male-dominated community– kind of like a boys club of sorts.

She hopes to bring attention to female artists who continue to not get opportunities to build their portfolio.

“It’s something that’s a catch-22 – you have to think in reverse,” said Chavez. “I know a lot of strong artists that are female but not given the opportunity to do these projects…I hope this project opens more doors not just for me but for these amazing strong woman who are helping me.”

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), community organizations and neighbors approved this project.

The area the mural is on is very tricky to get permits for. The pillars and the wall belong to MassDOT, DCR owns the land and is charge of taking care of the park, and the main wall facing the river is a historic landmark, needing permission from the Boston Landmarks Commission.

“We had to go into getting all of the permitting, and that process was long,” said Chavez. “I was so grateful to have Now + there and the Esplanade Association to do that along the way.”

Chavez said it was difficult as an individual artist to go through this process and for most artists they don’t have the time or the capacity to do all of the work.

In addition, she had to get insurance that went into the millions of dollars to cover her assistants, herself and every object that she has at the site.

“Now, we’re here and that makes me very happy and it makes people very happy, which we have been seeing again and again which is fantastic,” said Chavez.

Kate Gilbert the executive director of Now + There, hopes that this mural will help reclaim the area that has slowly been taken over by cars.

“The art is sort of supporting the pleasant walk through here, but it is about cars versus people and what that is going to mean in the future,” said Gilbert. “[The mural] is going to make it more pleasant and useable space.”

In terms of the short stay the mural will have, Gilbert said she believes that it is important to keep changing the face of public art in Boston.

“There are some icons that are always going to stay, like the CITGO sign, but I always use the analogy you really don’t wear the same clothes that you wore 10 years ago,” said Gilbert. “I think temporary art reflects the changes that are happening now…there is a moment in time we are reflecting in artwork and hopefully in five years there will be something new.”

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Obituaries 07-20-2017

Obituaries 07-20-2017

Theresa Meads

Dearly loved her family and her

Middleton parish

Theresa M. (Poto) Meads of Middleton, formerly of East Boston and Revere, passed unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 11 after being stricken at her home and taken to Beverly Hospital.

Born and raised in East Boston, she was a graduate of Fitton Catholic Central High School, Class of 1953. Theresa and her late husband, Stanley, lived in East Boston, then moved to Revere for more than 45 years before moving to Middleton about five years ago. Mrs. Meads was a stay-at-home mom, serving and spoiling her husband and two sons, daily. Her ability to spoil and indulge was not confined to her immediate family. Grandchildren, and most recently, her dear great granddaughter, Mia Rose have also been the recipients of her never ending love and attention. Theresa thoroughly enjoyed her family.

Among her epiphanies in life, five years ago, when she relocated to Middleton, she came upon St. Agnes Church in Middleton. This chapel-like parish became a tremendous source of comfort, peace and joy for her and for the rest of the family. Her late husband, Stanley J. Meads, who died on August 22, 2014, passed following a very long and agonizing period of declining health and without the nurturing and comfort that St. Agnes Parish and that community provided, the struggle would have been impossible. Her kindness and overwhelming generosity to St. Agnes is rather unique and inspiring.

She was the cherished mother of Gary J. Meads and his wife, Patricia of Revere and Mark M. Meads, the proprietor of Rapid Flow, Inc. and his wife, Roberta of Middleton; the devoted grandmother of Amanda M. Meads and Mark A. Meads, both of Middleton; dear sister to Philomena Betano and her late husband, Roy of East Boston, Eleanor T. Hitchings and her late husband, Kenneth of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by her sisters-in-law, Philomena “Philly” Meads of East Boston and Theresa Merino of Peabody. “GGT” also leaves her precious great-granddaughter, Mia Rose, many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and her dear friends, Rosemary “Buzzy “Russo” and her husband, Joseph, of Winchester. A special remembrance to Theresa’s late canine companion “Teddy.”

Funeral arrangements were by Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Restoration Fund at St. Agnes Church, 22 Boston St., Middleton, MA 01949-2199. For additional information, please visit:

John Kursonis

Member of the Chelsea High School Football Hall of Fame

John W. Kursonis, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on July 11 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 79 years old.

Born in Everett, he was a graduate of Chelsea High School. Class of 1956 and a member of the Chelsea High School Football Hall of Fame. He furthered his education in the liberal arts program at Dean Junior College in Franklin.  For over 30 years, he worked for Cabot Stain on Marginal Street and also at their plant in Newburyport.

The devoted husband for 51 years of Frances L. Ciaramella, he was the beloved father of Kimberly Ursino and her companion, Jeffrey Mariano of Middleton; brother of the late Helen Kursonis and Theresa Korajczyk; cherished grandfather of Daniel and Dylan Ursino and is also lovingly survived by his nephews: Richard Korajczyk and his wife, Eileen of Woburn, John Korajczyk and his wife, Lori of Wilmington and by his great nephews, Andrew, Jeffrey and Timothy Korajczyk.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a memorial service in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, today, Thursday, July 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 6:45 p.m. Committal Services will be private.

To send a message of condolence to John’s family, please visit

Richard Jakowski

Retired Roadway Express truck driver

Richard F. Jankowski of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on Tuesday evening, July 11 at the Cambridge Hospital after a long illness.  He was 78 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, a son of the late Charles and Lillian (Schrimpf) Jankowski, he attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School.  In the mid 1960’s, Richard settled in Michigan, worked as a professional truck driver with Roadway Express and was a member of the Teamsters Local 486 in Saginaw, MI.  After a chronic back injury, in 1997, Richard took an early retirement from driving and moving heavy freight.  He resettled in Revere 20 years ago and was a resident of the Jack Satter House in Revere for most of that time.  He also began a new career as a shoe salesman, working for the next five years with Michelson’s Shoes in Lexington.  He was a former member and past president of the Arlington Touchdown Club, enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Chelsea Night Owls League. He was also an avid Red Sox fan.

In addition to his parents, Richard was also preceded in death by his sister the late Lorraine Sian and his brothers, the late Ernest, Edward and Jerry Jankowski.  He was the dear brother of Charles Jankowski and his wife, Joan of Wakefield, Mary Morelli and her husband, George of Danvers and Paul Jankowski and his fiancée, Susan Foley of Woburn, He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.  Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Jennie Fulco

Retired seamstress.

Jennie L. Fulco, a lifelong Chelsea resident, died at home on Thursday, July 6, following a long illness.  She was 89 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, her family moved to Chelsea more than 70 years ago. Miss Fulco spent her entire career in the garment industry (Boston’s Garment District) as a seamstress.

She was the daughter of the late Calogero and Carmella (Lazzaro) Fulco; the devoted sister of Josephine Vitale and her late husband, Robert, Grace Navarro and her late husband, Pat “Nicky” and Michael “Mike” Fulco and his wife, Margaret, “Peggy,” all of Chelsea, and the late Domenica Medige, Lena and her late husband, Anthony “Tony” Stec, Charles Fulco and his late wife, Virginia, Salvatore Fulco and Frank Fulco. She is also lovingly survived by her sisters-in-law: Helen Fulco of Revere and Rosalie Fulco of Cailfornia. An extended family of cherished nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, who loved and respected her as their second mother also survive her.

Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Restoration Fund at Immaculate Conception Church, 22 Lowe St., Revere, MA 02151. For additional information, please visit

Boleslaw ‘Bill’ Czyzewski, Jr.

Retired Massachusetts State Police Sergeant

Boleslaw A. ‘Bill’ Czyzewski, Jr., of Waltham, formerly of Chelsea, a retired Massachusetts State Police Sergeant, passed away on July 11 at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a brief illness.  He was 65 years old.

A son of the late Boleslaw A. and Loretta D. (Zaborski) Czyzewski, he was born and raised in Chelsea, attended local schools and graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in Boston.

He was the beloved husband of 43 years of Diane C. (Giancola) Czyzewski.  Together they resided in Waltham for the past 40 years raising two daughters there.  Bill continued his education at Boston State College, and received his masters degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Marie College.  He was appointed to the Massachusetts State Police attached to Troop “E” for most of his tenure serving at the rank of sergeant.  Ten years ago he retired from the State Police after 33 years of service.

Bill enjoyed playing golf and boating, and he was a Boston sports enthusiast, favoring the Patriots and Red Sox. He was also a longtime member of the Polish Falcons Nest 485 in Chelsea.

He is survived by his wife, and he was the devoted father of Mary Bonilla of Henniker, NH and Julie DiMatteo and her husband, David of Billerica; the cherished grandfather of Ryan and Brooke Bonilla and Domenic DiMatteo and dear brother of Lodzia Czupryna and her husband, Dan of Statesville NC.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.  Following a funeral mass at St. Stanislaus Church, interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

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TILL Central of Chelsea Presented an Appreciation Award to City Manager Tom Ambrosino for His Outstanding Work on Behalf of till Central.

TILL Central of Chelsea Presented an Appreciation Award to City Manager Tom Ambrosino for His Outstanding Work on Behalf of till Central.

On May 8, members of TILL Central Chelsea participated in a community service project planting flowers in Chelsea Square.

Pictured at the award presentation ceremony are (from left): Chinaza Okparaoko, Paula Jean, Stephanie Stevenson, City Manager Tom Ambrosino, Bruce Nicole, and Cordelia M. TILL Central Chelsea is an organization that assists people with disabilities and helps local organizations such as the Salvation Army, St. Rose Church, and My Brother’s Table in Lynn.

Pictured at the award presentation ceremony are (from left): Chinaza Okparaoko, Paula Jean, Stephanie Stevenson, City Manager Tom Ambrosino, Bruce Nicole, and Cordelia M. TILL Central Chelsea is an organization that assists people with disabilities and helps local organizations such as the Salvation Army, St. Rose Church, and My Brother’s Table in Lynn.


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Obituaries 10-06-2016

Mario Zullo

Of Chelsea

Mario Zullo of Chelsea, passed away September 30 surrounded by his loving family. He was 90 years old.

Mario was the late owner of Park Street Dry Cleaners Chelsea and a US Navy veteran of World War II.

The beloved husband of the late Elena (Cianfrocca) Zullo, he was the loving father of Judith Festa and her husband, William “Chuck” and Diane Zullo all of Peabody; cherished grandfather of Alana Rikeman and her husband, Joseph and Giana Festa and her wife, Vanessa Spatafora and Joseph Breda; dear brother of Barbara Libby of Chelsea and the late Elizabeth Sophia, Carmen, Felix, Anthony, Joseph, John, James, Michael, Christopher, and Jerry Zullo. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book

Edward Joseph Kelly, II

Businessman and investor

Edward Joseph Kelly, II, devoted husband, granddad and uncle, passed away peacefully at his home in Melrose, on Sunday, October 2. He was 86 years old.

Ed was born and raised on Eleanor Street in Chelsea. He earned a B.S. from Northeastern University through the co-op program and an MBA from Harvard Business School. A talented businessman and investor, he spent much of his career at Courier Corporation, a printer and publisher in Lowell.  However, his greatest interest was in high technology and started his career at Transitron Corporation in Wakefield and spent the last decade of his career working closely with Dr. Richard S. Post and the talented team at ASTeX Technology Ltd., a provider of power supplies for the semiconductor industry.

Ed was a hard worker and friendly colleague.  He could tell a good joke and loved to laugh and he always answered his phone with a cheerful, “Ed Kelly!”

He also was a loving son and admired his mother, Marcella.  He proudly held her out to his children as an example of a loving parent and capable businesswoman, succeeding without much formal education. Ed credited his mother for his appreciation of education and was always grateful to his sister, Alice for typing his papers.

He married Anne Costello, a teacher from Winchester, in 1959.  Together they raised their family in Melrose and enjoyed many holidays and gatherings. Once their children were grown Ed and Anne enjoyed learning and traveling with Elderhostel, going places near and far including Russia, Japan and Greece. His tenacity and his devotion to Anne and family are evidenced in part by living cheerfully for 13 years after a stroke prevented him from further work and travel. Ed couldn’t have stayed in his cherished home of 58 years without the devotion of his wife and the kind assistance of many caregivers to whom the family is deeply grateful.

Ed is survived by his loving wife, Anne (Costello), his daughter Anne Byerly and her husband, Keith of San Luis Obispo, CA, son Edward Kelly and his wife, Kathleen of Wellesley, and daughter, Joan McNeil and her husband, Jeff of Wyomissing, PA. His eight grandchildren include: Michael, Daniel and Elizabeth Byerly; John, Brian and Megan Kelly; and Abigail and Benjamin McNeil.  He is also survived by his sister, Alice Conlon and her husband, Joseph and his nieces Patty, Mary, Cathy and Jay and his nephews Billy and Joe. He was predeceased by his parents, Marcella (Van Grocki) and Edward J. Kelly, sister-in-law Margaret Costello and brothers-in-law William Costello and Rev. Robert Costello.

Visiting hours will be held at the Lane Funeral Home, 760 Main St. (Rt. 38), Winchester today, Thursday, October 6 from 4 to 8 p.m.  Interment at Wildwood Cemetery in Winchester will follow the Funeral Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 11a.m on Friday, October 7 at St. Mary’s in Winchester. In lieu of flowers, donations in Edward’s memory may be made to the The Salvation Army—Donation Processing,1215 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids MI 49503. For online condolences, please visit:

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

Mitchell ‘Mitch’ Noveska

Avid Red Sox fan and award winning Project Triangle retiree

Mitchell F. “Mitch” Noveska of Cambridge, formerly of Chelsea,  passed away on Sunday, October 2 in the peaceful surroundings of his Cambridge home. He was 84 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was one of eight children born to the late Mitchell and Genevieve (Pawelczyk) Noveska. Mitchell lived his life with the challenges of cerebral palsy. At the age of five, he was enrolled at the Walter E. Fernald School in Waltham. While in residence at the Fernald School he was proficient in the craft of chair caning and other handicrafts.

Having left the Fernald School in the mid 70’s, he resided for a short time in a group home. Shortly thereafter he embarked on living independently in Cambridge. He supported himself working at Project Triangle in Malden. During his term of employmen,t he was the recipient of The Spirit Award and received recognition as the Employee of the Week. He retired at age 65 after 30 plus years of employment at Project Triangle. The sentiment “To know him is to love him” was repeated many times by the caregivers and nurses who attended to his life’s needs.

In his lifetime, Mitch enjoyed playing cards, listening to country music, following the Red Sox on TV and attending games at Fenway Park. An avid fan he fondly remembers the times he met players like; Ted Williams, Luis Tiant and Nomar Garciaparra.

In addition to his parents Mitch was preceded in death by his four brothers; Chester “Al” Noveska, Carl Noveska, John Noveska and William Noveska. He is survived by his three sisters; Mary Dodge of Woburn, June Wangrocki of Saugus and Genevieve Racki of Lynn, He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday October 7 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St. Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m

John Kanarkiewicz, Jr.

Retired Chelsea Fire Department Lieutenant

John H. Kanarkiewicz, Jr. Chelsea Fire Department Lieutenant (ret) passed away with family members at his bedside on Wednesday afternoon, September 28 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a long battle with overwhelming illness.  He was 56 years old.

Born in Everett, he was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. He was one of three children born to Sophie T. (Domoretsky) Kanarkiewicz and recently departed Chelsea Firefighter, John H. Kanarkiewicz, Sr.  Young John attended school at Our Lady of Grace Parochial School and later graduated from Pope John XXIII High School in Everett.  He worked briefly in various jobs while he pursued his dream of following his father into Fire Service.

In 1987 he was appointed to the Chelsea Fire Department and was assigned to Ladder 2, just like his father before him.  He continued his education and received a Masters Degree in Fire Science from Salem State College.  He attained the rank of Lieutenant and studied to become Captain.  When called to an alarm, battling a fire on County Road, he was seriously injured when the building’s roof collapsed on him.  His promising career with the Chelsea Fire Department ended due to the injuries he sustained at that fire scene.

Undaunted by his disabilities and challenges, he was able to work for a short time with FEMA until his worsening illness made it necessary for him to resign to home.

In his lifetime, John enjoyed boating and was a member of the Winthrop Elks, B.P.O.E. He loved reading and coin collecting and was a member of the Chelsea Fire Dept. IAFF Local 937.

This past March, John was preceded in death by his father, John H. Sr.  He is survived by his beloved mother, Sophie T. (Domoretsky) Kanarkiewicz of Chelsea. He was the dear brother and brother-in-law of Rosemarie Miller and her husband, Gary of Lynnfield and Frank D. Kanarkiewicz and his wife, Joanne of Peabody; cherished uncle of Dennis and Sara Kanarkiewicz, Adrienne Manes and her husband, Aaron and great-uncle to Caroline Manes. He is also survived by an aunt and several cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation “NKF” 85 Astor Ave. Ste. 2, Norwood, MA 02062

Dr. Albert W. Kelley, D.P.M.

Retired Podiatrist and former Revere Board of Health Chairman

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today,  Thursday, October 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smth Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Dr. Albert W. Kelley who passed on Monday, October 3 at Revere’s Lighthouse Nursing Care Centrer following a long illness. His funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, October 7 at 11:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at 12:30 p.m. Internment will follow at Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody.

Born in Chelsea, Dr. Kelley came to live in Revere as a young boy. He attended St. Rose Grammar School of Chelsea and then went on to Immaculate Conception High School, Revere, graduating in 1944.

He served with the US Navy from June of 1944 through June of 1946 as a 1st Class Fireman. He returned home and attended The Beacon Institute of Podiatry in Boston and obtained his degree in podiatric medicine at Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Kelley opened offices in Revere and Malden and practiced for almost 40 years until retiring in 1998. Before that, he served internships at N.E. Foot Clinic and Long Island Foot Clinic of Boston. He was a former instructor in both Review Anatomy & Practice of Podiatry at Beacon Institute of Podiatry in Boston.

Dr. Kelley had a long association with both McFadden Manor Nursing Home and  Davenport Memorial Home, both of Malden as their Chief of Podiatry. Here in Revere, Dr. Kelley was Chairman of the Revere Board of Health for 15 years and a member of the Board for over 30 years. Dr. Kelley was also a life member and former officer with the Revere Council, Knights of Columbus, #179.

After his formal retirement from the Podiatry profession and the death of his beloved wife, Dorothy P. (O’Brien) Kelley in February of

1998, he relocated to the grounds of the Tewksbury Country Club. There, he entered the workforce again and for 13 years was manager of the Pro-Shop at Tewksbury  Golf Club.

Dr. Kelley was the cherished father of Paul G. Kelley and his wife, Patricia A. of West Peabody, Linda J. Gregory and her husband, John T. of Tewksbury, Maureen N. DeMers and her husband, Steven T. of Revere and Patricia A. DelMastro and her husband, Richard of Tewksbury. He was the devoted grandfather of Paul B. Kelley and his wife, Jacquelyn of Merrimac, MA, Lauren M. Kelley of West Peabody and Liann Gregory of Tewksbury. A set of two-year old twin girls, his great granddaughters, Alana and Madeline Kelley also survive him. He was the dear brother of Paul F. Kelley of Everett and his wife, Doreen and the late MDC Patrolman Robert F. Kelly. He is also lovingly survived by his sister in law, Susan H. (Segal) Kelly of Point of Pines, Revere. He was the brother in law of the late Regina A. Kelly. Many nephews, nieces, grand nieces and grand nephews also survive him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter, 480 Pleasant St. Watertown, MA 02472.

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Obituary – Thomas R. Cromwell

CROMWELL- Of Virginia Beach, Virginia, formerly of Chelsea, July 30th, Thomas R. Beloved husband of Maureen K. Lee of Lynn. Devoted father of Thomas Richard Henry Cromwell of Lynn and Keturah Joan Jackson of Washington, DC. Loving brother of Doreen Hornbeak and her husband Steven of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Beverly Martin-Ross and her husband Larry of Chelsea, Charlie Martin of Lynn, Maurice Cromwell of Chelsea, John Cromwell of Hubbardston, Paula Cromwell of Chelsea, John Martin and his wife Delia of Chelsea, Richelle Cromwell and her husband Larry of Chelsea, Joan Cromwell and her husband Kenneth Umemba of Chelsea, Darren Cromwell and his wife Sue of Lincoln, Gregory Carter of Medford and the late Andrea Martin. Also lovingly survived by a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Service in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Tuesday, August 9th at 10 AM. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home on Monday from 4-8 PM.

Born in Chelsea and a resident here until moving to Virginia in 1992, Thomas, at 58 years of age, passed away at home early Saturday morning. A graduate of Chelsea High School, Thomas worked as a chef in local restaurants including Bennigans and Houlihans.

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Matty and Steve Powers Receive State Certification for Sober House in Lynn

By Cary Shuman

The Powers family has done much to make Chelsea a better city. Steve Powers and his younger brother, Matty Powers, are now spreading their kindness to other communities, notably the city of Lynn.

The Mass. Department of Health (DPH) presented an award to the Powers brothers July 8, certifying the sober house facility that the Powers family had built in Lynn. DPH Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel presented the certificate, making it one of the first certified sober houses in the history of Massachusetts.

Sober houses allow residents to transition from a residential recovery setting to living independently in a supportive group setting.

“It’s nice to receive the certification,” said Matty Powers, himself a recovering addict who is now drug free. “For a long time you felt like you were going unnoticed doing the right thing and now the state has recognized our efforts.”

Bharel praised the brothers’ work, saying their facility meets the state’s highest standards for sober houses and is an example for others to follow.

Steve Powers opened the first Chelsea’s House recovery program (sober house) in Lynn in 2010. He said Chelsea’s House is named after former Chelsea High football player, the late Robert Hinckley Jr.

“We named it Chelsea’s House in honor of Chelsea’s Bob Hinckley, because he helped my brother get clean,” said Steve Powers.

“Bob was a part of a lot of younger guys in Chelsea getting clean,” said Matty.

Matty, president of the Chelsea’s House facilities, said they currently have 65 men living in their five sober houses in Lynn and Chelsea.

The two brothers started their venture with assistance from their well-known father, former Alderman Steve Powers and their brother, Dennis Powers, who help with the construction and renovation of the facilities.

“We’re totally self-sufficient with Chelsea’s House,” said Steve. “We started this with our own money and the money [clients pay $170 per week for rent] that is raised in those houses pay to keep them going.”

Steve Powers said after visiting some of the sober houses [in which his brother stayed] and seeing that they were in poor condition, he decided to open his own sober house. The Powers are meeting the demands of their clients.

“We give them a healthy, clean, sober, drug-free environment to recover,” said Steve. “A professional drug testing company comes in twice a week. We go the extra mile to make these houses like the houses our clients grew up in when they were kids living with their parents.”

Matty Powers travels daily to the sober houses to meet with the house managers and to oversee the recovery processes. Matty also arranges group meetings for clients so they can work together in their recovery.

“I visit the houses every day,” said Matty. “Our goal is to help our clients stay clean.”

Steve said there is a tremendous need for sober houses as the state battles an opioid crisis. Steve said he feels “blessed” that his brother overcame adversity to become clean and he’s proud that his brother is now helping others in their recoveries.

Dr. Monica Bharel (far left), Commissioner of the Mass. Department of Health, and Richard Winant, President of Massachusetts Association for Sober Housing, present an award to Matt Powers and Steve Powers, granting certification to the sober house that the Powers brothers own and operate in the city of Lynn.

Dr. Monica Bharel (far left), Commissioner of the Mass. Department of Health, and Richard Winant, President of Massachusetts Association for Sober Housing, present an award to Matt Powers and Steve Powers, granting certification to the sober house that the Powers brothers own and operate in the city of Lynn.

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Obituaries 07-14-2016

Patricia Ann ‘Pat’ Burge

Retired bookkeeper

Patricia Ann “Pat” (Smith) Burge passed away Friday morning, July 8 at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was 76 years old.

Born in Boston, the daughter of the late William W. and Ann E. (Connolly) Smith, Pat was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. She was raised in the city and attended Chelsea Public Schools, graduating from Chelsea High School, Class of 1958. After high school, Pat attended bookkeeping school for a couple of years. In addition to caring for her family, Pat worked as a bookkeeper at the former Carmel Credit Union in Chelsea for 17 years before retiring in 2002. In her spare time, Pat enjoyed playing the piano and crocheting. She particularly enjoyed crocheting large Christmas stockings for her children and grandchildren. Most importantly, Pat enjoyed entertaining her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Pat was the wife of the late Arthur J. “Junior” Burge, Jr., the beloved mother of Arthur J. Burge, III and his wife, Janice of Everett, William R. Burge of Chelsea and Dawn M. Sullivan and her husband, Joseph of New Hampshire; mother-in-law of Victoria Burge of Chelsea; dear sister of James Smith of Leominster, Valerie Neaumayer of California, Robert Smith of Milton, Barbara Smith of Weymouth, Richard Smith of Medford and the late William Smith. She was the adored grandmother of Billy, Christopher and Victoria Burge, all of Chelsea and Arthur J. Burge IV and Danielle Burge, both of Everett. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were conducted in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on July 12. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

Fred Mandracchia

Late proprietor of New Bridge Café Chelsea

Fred J. Mandracchia of Everett, passed away July 11. He was 88 years old.

He was the late proprietor of New Bridge Café Chelsea, and a US Navy veteran of World War II.

The loving father of Mark C. Mandracchia Sr., he was the cherished grandfather of Mark C. Mandracchia Jr., Marisa, Christopher and Christina Mandracchia and adored greatgrandfather of Anthony and Dominic Mandracchia; dear brother of Charlie Mandracchia of Revere, Johnny Mandracchia of Stoneham, Ann O’ Brien of Lynnfield and the late Josephine Saraceno. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Fred’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St. Revere on Thursday, July 1h from 4 to 8 p.m.and again at 9 a.m. Friday before leaving in procession to St Anthony’s Church in Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in his honor at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book and directions

George DePietro

Letter Carrier

George DePietro of Chelsea died on July 9.

George served in the US Army and was a letter carrier for over 30 years.

He was the beloved husband of Susan (Censullo); devoted father of Joseph “Joe” DePietro and his partner, Tony and Shea DePietro, all of Chelsea; dear brother of Elaine and Rosemarie DePietro, both of New Hampshire, Wayne DePietro and Marian of Revere and the late Louis and Anthony DePietro.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday, July 15 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Grace Parish at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visitation will be today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be at Puritan Lawn Cemetery. For guest book, please visit

Pearl Maryann Paradis

Devoted mother of 18 children, 51 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren

Pearl Maryann (Belanger) Paradis of Eagle Lake, Maine and Chelsea, passed away July 5 at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston surrounded by her family. She was 95 years old.

Pearl was born on December 21, 1920 on Belanger’s Plantation, Wallagrass, Maine, the daughter of Cyril Belanger and Marie Charette Belanger. She was raised on the family plantation, learned to play the piano and received her early education at home.

On August 29, 1935, she married Arthur J. Paradis from Eagle Lake, Maine. They had 18 children and moved to Chelsea in 1955. She stayed at home and worked throughout her life as a devoted homemaker while raising her children.

Vivid memories of her upbringing along Maine’s Route 11 and her family history live on in the stories she shared with her family. She was well known for her cooking, baking her special cookies and sewing but she will always be remembered for her love of family.

In addition to her parents, Pearl was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur in 1988, a daughter Sharon Paradis in 1973, two brothers, Earl Belanger and William Belanger, four sisters; Jane Page, Hazel Martin, Jeanette Bowden and Annette Ryerson. She is survived by 11 children and their spouses: Archie Paradis and his wife, June, Roger Paradis, Gary Paradis and his wife, Madeline, Paul Paradis and his wife, Linda and Darlene Kendall and her husband, Jeff, all of Sumner, Maine, Joseph Paradis and his wife, Linda, Kevin Paradis and his wife, Kathy and Pamela Paradis, all of Revere, Diana Feyler and her husband, Robert of Tewksbury, Paula Govostes and her husband, Nicholas of Everett,, Sandra Gotto and her husband, John of Salem, NH. She is also survived by 51 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home 718 Broadway, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett
Should Friends desire, contributions in Pearl’s memory can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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