Graham Readies Another Great Walk for Living on Admiral’s Hill

Graham Readies Another Great Walk for Living on Admiral’s Hill

The ALS Walk for Living on Admiral’s Hill, run by the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCFL), will host its 10th

In its milestone 10th year, the Leonard Florence ALS Walk for Living on Admiral’s Hill is being coordinated by Maura Graham, who came to the LFCFL in January. She said they are in the middle of crunch time for the Sept. 30 walk, but are excited how things are coming together. The walk is expected to attract residents of all ages, including several high school students from Chelsea, Everett and Malden Catholic.

annual walk this coming Sept. 30, and new Director Maura Graham said she is ready for another great event.

“This is my first year as walk director, but I’ve had the good fortune of having the previous walk director sty on to consult and help me,” said Graham. “Now we have 10 years of walks and so we have some history under our belts and it comes together really well. It’s huge for us. It’s our only fundraise at Leonard Florence and 100 percent of the proceeds go towards resident care.”

The Walk for Living benefits ALS and MS patients at the LFCFL, and helps them to be able to do unique activities. It is the only fundraiser for the home, which exclusively cares for those with ALS and MS. As an example, last year several residents with ALS were able to use proceeds from the walk to go to Disney World in Florida.

The walk is a family activity, and Graham said they have a lot of fun things to do in addition to the walk for families and young adults.

Matt Siegel of Kiss 108 will once again be the emcee of the event, this being his fourth year of participating in the walk.

In addition, Phyllis and Alan Bolotin of Swampscott have been named the Walk for Living Ambassadors this year.

“They have been very good to the Leonard Florence over the years and they have graciously accepted the roles of Walk Ambassadors,” said Graham. “They’ve been wonderful and have a huge team coming.”

Also coming will be hundreds of students.

One of the unique things about the Walk for Living is the fact that high school students from Chelsea High, Everett High and Malden Catholic participate and learn about ALS. Many eventually befriend the residents and gain an understanding of what it is to live with ALS or MS.

“Everett, Chelsea and Malden Catholic will all be participating and will have a big group,” said Graham. “Malden Catholic will be bringing a large group because they are honoring Brother Joe (Comber), who lives here at the Leonard Florence. The fact that so many young people participate is wonderful and shows a great sense of unity with the residents here and the community. It is multi-generational.”

Another aspect of the walk is that many of the residents who are benefitting from the fundraising participate side-by-side with the fundraisers. Many even bring their own teams.

“It is a rare thing to be able to walk side-by-side with the people you’re helping,” she said. “It’s a sense of camaraderie.”

Graham came to the LFCFL in January and previously worked in public relations and marketing for the Cambridge Office of Tourism and the Harvard Square Business Association.

“The minute I walked in to the Leonard Florence, I felt it was a great fit,” she said.

Graham lives in Melrose and has two young children.

To sign up for the Walk for Living, go to WalkForLiving.org. Registrations are also accepted the day of the event. Registration is $20 and kids 12 and under are free. Students are $10.

The event begins at 10 a.m. on Sept. 30, 165 Captain’s Row.

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Church Needs to Take Swift Action on Sexual Abuse

Church Needs to Take Swift Action on Sexual Abuse

For the past several days, articles in the national media have reported accusations of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual improprieties with several adults and his criminal violations of the sexual abuse of minors.  These alleged actions, when committed by any person, are morally unacceptable and incompatible with the role of a priest, bishop or cardinal.

I am deeply troubled by these reports that have traumatized many Catholics and members of the wider community. In one case involving a minor the Archdiocese of New York, after investigation, has found the accusation to be credible and substantiated. While another accusation concerning a minor is yet to be investigated, the reports are devastating for the victims, their families and for the Church itself. Each new report of clerical abuse at any level creates doubt in the minds of many that we are effectively addressing this catastrophe in the Church.

These cases and others require more than apologies. They raise up the fact that when charges are brought regarding a bishop or a cardinal, a major gap still exists in the Church’s policies on sexual conduct and sexual abuse. While the Church in the United States has adopted a zero tolerance policy regarding the sexual abuse of minors by priests we must have clearer procedures for cases involving bishops. Transparent and consistent protocols are needed to provide justice for the victims and to adequately respond to the legitimate indignation of the community. The Church needs a strong and comprehensive policy to address bishops’ violations of the vows of celibacy in cases of the criminal abuse of minors and in cases involving adults.

My experience in several dioceses and my work with the members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors have brought me to this conclusion. The Church needs to swiftly and decisively take action regarding these matters of critical importance. In every instance of claims made by victims of sexual abuse, whether criminal violations or the abuse of power, the primary concern must be for the victim, their family and their loved ones. The victims are to be commended for bringing to light their tragic experience and must be treated with respect and dignity. Recent media reports also have referenced a letter sent to me from Rev. Boniface Ramsey, O.P. in June of 2015, which I did not personally receive. In keeping with the practice for matters concerning the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, at the staff level the letter was reviewed and determined that the matters presented did not fall under the purview of the Commission or the Archdiocese of Boston, which was shared with Fr. Ramsey in reply.

These accusations are understandably a source of great disappointment and anger for many. These cases, involving a cardinal, must be viewed in light of the last two decades of the Church’s experience with clerical sexual abuse. It is my conviction that three specific actions are required at this time. First, a fair and rapid adjudication of these accusations; second, an assessment of the adequacy of our standards and policies in the Church at every level, and especially in the case of bishops; and third, communicating more clearly to the Catholic faithful and to all victims the process for reporting allegations against bishops and cardinals. Failure to take these actions will threaten and endanger the already weakened moral authority of the Church and can destroy the trust required for the Church to minister to Catholics and have a meaningful role in the wider civil society. In this moment there is no greater imperative for the Church than to hold itself accountable to address these matters, which I will bring to my upcoming meetings with the Holy See with great urgency and concern.

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Congratulations, Pope John Hoop Team

Congratulations, Pope John Hoop Team

We join the local sports community and the Catholic Central League in congratulating Pope John XXIII High School of Everett on winning its first basketball state championship in its history.

Coach Leo Boucher and his team that included Chelsea standouts Luis Velasquez and Mehkhi Collins, brought much excitement to their fans this season and many students, alumni, and supporters traveled to Springfield Saturday to watch their Pope John Tigers defeat the defending state champion Maynard High Tigers for the Division 4 title.

It was a great day for the small school who rose up and defeated much larger schools and teams from powerful conferences in the MIAA Tournament. The team’s spectacular guard, Angel Price-Espada, submitted a performance for the ages with 49 points, including 10 three-pointers.

Mr. Boucher, a resident of Charlestown and a former basketball standout himself, previously showed his tremendous coaching skills at the St. Clement School, winning a state title there. When the school closed its doors, Pope John officials made a wise decision to bring him on board as its basketball coach.

It was also inspiring to see school administrators, Head of School Carl DiMaiti, Principal Thomas Mahoney, and Director of Athletics Ryan Murphy being a part of the fan delegation at the game and holding the championship so proudly following the Tigers’ 89-57 victory.

Mr. DiMaiti has presided over athletic successes before as the head of school at St. Mary’s High School in Lynn. A former track coach, Mr. DiMaiti understands the importance of interscholastic sports competition and how it can help build a positive foundation for student-athletes and pave the way to a college education. Mr. DiMaiti’s children, Drew and Carole, were both outstanding high school athletes, with Drew winning an individual state hurdles title before moving on to nearby Tufts University.

Mr. Mahoney is in the Chelsea High School Hall of Fame as the founder and head coach of the CHS soccer program that produced GBL titles and All-Scholastic players when he was leading the program. He is an alumnus of Pope John (and Boston College) as a member of the Everett school’s first graduating class, so this championship is doubly meaningful to him.

Mr. Murphy was an excellent choice to lead the school’s athletic program. He is always accessible to those who call upon him. He has helped student-athletes proceed through the college application process and been an exceptional representative for the school at AD meetings. A school’s athletic success begins at the top, and Mr. Murphy has the entire program heading in the right direction. And now he has a state championship team in his program.

To Coach Leo Boucher, associate head coach Larry Washington, freshman coach Paul Williams, and the Pope John basketball players – thanks for the memories and congratulations on an historic championship season.

We’ll see you all in the Pope John XXIII High School Hall of Fame one day.

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Happy Easter

It’s hard to believe that another Easter already is upon us. Not only does Easter come early this year, but Monday’s snowstorm hardly seemed Easter-like.

But regardless of what Mother Nature has in store for us, Good Friday and Easter Sunday will be here this week, and those of the Christian faith will begin the observance of the holiest days of their religion upon which the foundation of their faith is based.

However, no matter what religious beliefs one may (or may not) hold, Easter this year is a particularly fitting time to contemplate what it means for every American to have the right of religious freedom in our country.

The Founding Fathers believed so strongly that every American should be free to practice the religion of their choice that they embedded it in the first sentence of the First Amendment, before the freedoms of speech, the press, or to protest:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

We bring this up because for the first time in recent memory, religion — and not in a positive way — has entered the realm of Presidential politics. Yes, it was said by some that if John F. Kennedy (a Catholic) were to be elected President, he would “take his orders from the Pope.”

Kennedy himself felt obligated to address such open “whispers” by giving a speech in which he discussed this issue. Kennedy said in pertinent part:

“But because I am a Catholic, and no Catholic has ever been elected President, the real issues in this campaign have been obscured — perhaps deliberately, in some quarters less responsible than this. So it is apparently necessary for me to state once again — not what kind of church I believe in, for that should be important only to me — but what kind of America I believe in.

“I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute –where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote –where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference — and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.

“I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish; where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source; where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials; and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.

“For while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew — or a Quaker or a Unitarian or a Baptist. It was Virginia’s harassment of Baptist preachers, for example, that helped lead to Jefferson’s statute of religious freedom. Today I may be the victim, but tomorrow it may be you — until the whole fabric of our harmonious society is ripped at a time of great national peril.”

In that spirit, we wish all of our readers of the Christian faith a joyous and Happy Easter.

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Walking in the Path of the Good Samaritan

By Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley

Terrorism has taken a great toll in our world. Many innocent people have lost their lives, leaving families, friends and communities racked in pain, consumed by a sense of loss and disbelief. The victims who are killed, shot or injured in terrorist attacks are but the tip of the iceberg. The entire community is affected by these terrible events. People are fearful about travel, or gathering in large numbers. Strangers are looked upon with suspicion and whole classes of people are demonized.

One of the most pernicious effects of terrorism is that it can instill prejudices and group hatred in people’s hearts and minds. All of us are horrified by the evil perpetrated by radical terrorists, but we must not let their inhumanity rob us of our humanity. During the Second World War, Japanese Americans were herded into concentration camps simply because they were of a particular ethnic group. This very un-American reaction was spurred by people’s fear. Fear can cause us to do terrible and stupid things.

We cannot afford to be sloppy about security, but we must guard against letting the darkness of hatred and prejudice poison our own hearts. Since there are so few Muslims in our country, it is likely that there are many Americans who don’t have any Muslim friends or even know anyone personally who professes Islam. American Muslims are much less apt to be radicalized than their European counterparts. The Muslims here are economically better off, better educated and much better integrated into the mainstream. And although Muslims comprise only 1 percent of our population, 10 percent of our doctors (20,000) in the United States are Muslim. My own dentist, here in Boston, is Iranian and Muslim.

While more than 5,000 Europeans have joined the Islamic State, fewer than 250 Americans are thought to have tried to, of whom it is estimated only two dozen succeed. Almost half of the jihadist plots hatched in the United States since 2001 have been foiled by our law enforcement agencies because they were reported by suspicious Muslims who were anxious to prevent any terrorist activities. One of the most dramatic cases involved the parents of a 16-year-old youth, Ali Amin, who reported their son’s interest in IS. In August the young man was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to fundraising for IS and helping another American teenager to join.

Christian and Muslim Arabs in the Middle East are suffering incredible hardships because of sectarian violence. Among these Arabs are our own Catholic brothers and sisters who are truly martyrs, willing to sacrifice all rather than renounce their faith in Jesus Christ. Pope Francis insisted on visiting Central Africa despite the heavy objections because he was anxious to call people to reconciliation and dialogue. The people there found so much comfort in his words and his presence. Peace in the Middle East and in our own country can be achieved only if people of goodwill actively seek ways to strengthen community and overcome divisions and prejudices.

This Year of Mercy is an invitation to live our faith more fully by seeking ways to reflect God’s love and mercy in the way that we treat each other. In the beautiful parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus teaches us that the true neighbor is the one who shows mercy. In the case of the Samaritan, it was not just a matter of reacting with compassion in the face of a suffering human being, it also required him to overcome any personal prejudice or animosity that he would have felt towards the religion and ethnicity of the wounded man. The Samaritans felt rejected and despised by the people of the chosen race, and often reacted accordingly, as when they refused Jesus and the Apostles hospitality. There was a Cold War between the Samaritans and the Israelites, and so the Samaritan’s act of kindness was at the same time an act of forgiveness, an act of renouncing prejudice and group hatred. Jesus ends the parable by saying: “Go and do likewise.”

As we mull over the debate about refugees, let us remember the doors that were closed in the face of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. We must ask our leaders to be vigilant and protect our citizens, but at the same time we cannot turn our back on so many innocent people who are hungry, homeless, and without a country. I do not believe it is a matter of choosing one course over the other, we can be both vigilant and compassionate. America is truly great when we do not succumb to fear and prejudice, but rather when we walk boldly in the path of the Good Samaritan.

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Obituaries 08-13-2015

Kazimiera Kociszewski

Devout Catholic, lifelong vegetarian

and animal lover

Kazimiera Kociszewski of Chelsea passed away on August 5 in the peaceful surroundings of her daughter’s home with her caring family at her side. She was 85 years old.

Born in Tulislow, Poland, she was loving daughter of the late Andrew and Czeslawa (Jesiolkiewicz) Siepka. When she was six years old, her parents settled in northern France. She gained her formal education attending schools there.

She married her beloved Leon Kociszewski and in 1957 she and her family immigrated to the United States settling in Chelsea where she remained for the better half of her lifetime. A deeply religious and devout Catholic, she was a longtime parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea. She dedicated her life to a simple home life style, caring for her family. She enjoyed time preparing and hosting family dinners. She had a great love for animals and was very fond of her pet corgi “Abby”. She was an avid reader of all subjects. Having grown up on a farm and with her strong love for animals, Kazimiera has been a lifelong vegetarian.

In addition to her parents, Kazimiera was also preceded in death by her husband Leon Kociszewski and her sister Marianna Bialas. She was the devoted mother of Irene Zaroda and her husband, Adam of Revere and Christine Kociszewski of Merrimack, NH and the cherished grandmother of Andrew Zaroda, Anthony Zaroda, Annette Zaroda and her fiancé, Daniel Morales.

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

Leo Demko

40-year Owner of Northeast Floor Covering of Chelsea; member of

Temple Emmanuel Brotherhood

Leo J. Demko of Chelsea died on Thursday, August 6.

The beloved husband of Marlene (Karacek) Demko, he was born in Chelsea, the son of the late Joseph and Annette (Pagliuso) Demko. Leo was owner operator of the Northeast Floor covering in Chelsea for over 40 years.

A member of the Temple Emmanuel Brotherhood of Chelsea, he loved to cook and entertain his family and friends. He was a family man, a dog lover and great “Buddy” to many.

In addition to his wife of 48 years, Leo is survived by his daughters: Lisa Cohen and Lauren Demko, his grandchildren Benjamin and Kate Cohen, his brother, Robert Demko and uncle to many. He was also the brother of the late Joseph Demko.

His Funeral service was held on Sunday, August 9 at Temple Emnuel of Chelsea. Interment was in Greenview Cemetery, Everett. Contributions in his memory may be made to Temple Emmanuel of Chelsea, 60 Tudor St., Chelsea, MA 02150 or The National Parkinson Foundation 200 SE 1st Street Suite 800 Miami, FL 33131. For guest book, please visit the funeral home web site at:www.torffuneralservice.com

Robert Martinello

Retired Chelsea Firefighter

Robert J. Martinello, retired Chelsea Fire Fighter and Vietnam Veteran, passed away at his Chelsea home on August after a long illness. He was 61 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea he was the loving son of Armando and Grace M. (Griffin) Martinello of Chelsea. Robert attended Chelsea schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1971. While attending high school, he excelled in sports and was a talented athlete in football, track and field sports. After graduating he enlisted in the US Air Force and served during the Vietnam Era. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Airman and returned to Chelsea. He married Andrea Porazzo, together they settled in Medford raising their family there.

In 1982 Robert was appointed as a fire fighter with the Chelsea Fire Department. He returned to school and received an Associate’s Degree in fire science. He was injured and disabled while on the job and was required to retire. He was a former member of CFD Local 937. He moved back to Chelsea in ’96 and has resided in Chelsea since that time. He was an all-around Boston Sports Fan and an avid history buff, He enjoyed golfing and music, but mostly enjoyed spending time with his children and granddaughter.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his former wife Andrea (Porrazzo) Martinello of Medford. He was the devoted father of Jamie DiClemente and her husband, Michael of Reading, Robert A. Martinello of Cambridge, Ryan J. Martinello of Medford and his fiancé, Courtney Hughes. He was the cherished grandfather of Giulia DiClemente; loving brother of Stephen Martinello and his wife, Patricia of Peabody, Thomas Martinello and his wife, Linda of Saugus, Michael Martinello of West Yarmouth, Frank Martinello and his fiancée, Christine of Winchester and the late Frederick, Maureen and Theresa Martinello.
His Funeral will be held from St. Michael the Archangel Chapel (Cardinal Cushing Pavilion) at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave. Chelsea today, Thursday, August 13 at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Chapel at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.

Hector Enrique Romero

Loved movies and socializing with friends

Hector Enrique Romero of East Boston, formerly of Honduras, passed away after a sudden illness at the Boston Medical Center in Boston on August 11. He was 61 years old.

Born and raised in LaLima Cortez, Honduras, the beloved son of Ofelia E. Molina of Chelsea and Hector A. Romero in Honduras, he received his early education in Honduras and was a business major attending college in Honduras. He was a self-employed grocer in Honduras and came to the United States in the 1990’s settling in the Miami area where he established himself as an independent canteen truck operator. He settled in the Boston area 10 years ago and continued working as a laborer in the residential construction field.He was a resident of East Boston for the past 10 years. He enjoyed watching movies at local cinemas and socializing with friends.

He is survived by four sons and one daughter in Honduras. He was the dear friend and companion of the past 22 years to Sylvia Guillen of East Boston and he was the dear brother of Juan Vale, Aldina Romero, Ivonne Romero and Delcy Sunsin, all of Chelsea. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend visiting hours at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, August 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. A Catholic Prayer service will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. Funeral Home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com

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MVP, MVP, MVP! Mia Nowicki Unanimous as CCL’s Top Player

MVP, MVP, MVP! Mia Nowicki Unanimous as CCL’s Top Player

The coaches in the Catholic Central League affirmed what high school softball fans have known for a long time: Mia Nowicki can pitch with the best of them.

Nowicki, a 15-year-old sophomore flame throwing righthander for the St. Mary’s High School softball team, was the unanimous choice as the CCL Most Valuable Player following a regular season in which she averaged 12 strikeouts a game and led the Spartans to a 16-4 record.

And Nowicki is not done yet with her exploits on the mound this season. The daughter of former Matignon All-Scholastic athlete Paul Nowicki and Chelsea High softball star Tracy Constantino Nowicki was at Martin Field in Lowell Wednesday night hoping to advance St. Mary’s a step closer to the state championship game.

A state title would be the family’s third. Her father – arguably one of the greatest athletes in Chelsea city history – won one crown as a hockey player for the Matignon Warriors and teammate of future Bruin Shawn McEachern. Mia was a freshman on the 2014 state champion St. Mary’s girls basketball team.

And it’s the team that counts most for Mia. Even after striking out the side in Monday’s 4-1 win over Latin Academy and recording the save, Mia was talking up her teammates.

“I think [starting pitcher] Michaela [Hamill] and the team had a great performance and came up big,” said Nowicki. “We got this win and now we’re going to Lowell.”

Asked about her three-up-three down gem, Mia replied, “I just wanted to get my team out of the jam and win the game for the team and the coaches.”

Nowicki added to an already awesome repertoire of pitches with some new installations this season. “My two-seam fastball and my screwball have been working really well this year. I have a rise ball that I developed that works well on some days and a drop pitch.”

Nowicki said she is honored to be the league’s Most Valuable Player, an award her father received during his career in the CCL. “I am honored but I couldn’t have done it without my coaches and my teammates. My softball catcher has been awesome. She has a great attitude. And coach [Colleen] Newbury is an awesome coach who makes great decisions. She’s the best.”

Newbury, a softball legend in her own right who holds seven state titles including four as a player at Bishop Fenwick, used one word to describe Mia’s performance this season: dominating.

“She goes out there and makes a lot of plays to help herself,” said Newbury. “She gets a strikeout when she needs it in a big spot. She was clutch and very poised [versus Latin Academy]. She’s an athlete. She competes. I think she ranks up there with some of the great pitchers that I played with at Fenwick.”

Paul Nowicki said it’s been enjoyable for him and his wife, Tracy, director of the Chelsea Senior Center, to watch their daughter become one of the best pitchers in Massachusetts at a school she loves.

“It’s been a fun experience to be a part of – watching Mia grow and mature as a young lady as well as a softball player,” said Paul Nowicki. “She gets a lot of good support from the coaching staff and her teammates. They’re absolutely spectacular. It’s fun to come watch these games and watch her compete.”

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Red Devil Baseball Opens Season Today

Red Devil Baseball Opens Season Today

Although spring has yet to be sprung, the schedule shows the Chelsea High baseball team opening its 2014 season today (Thursday) when the Red Devils host Greater Lawrence at 4:00.

“It’s been a terrible spring training season,” said CHS head coach Alan Beausoleil. “It’s always short enough as it is before the season gets underway, but with the bad weather, it’s been shorter still.”

However, in the limited time that the Red Devils have been outdoors, including a pair of scrimmages with Marblehead, Beausoleil has been impressed with his team’s performance.

“We did a lot of things well against a Marblehead team that plays in a tough league (the Northeastern Conference),” said Beausoleil. “We have a lot of returning players whom we’re counting upon to take us a long way. Last year we had a 6-14 record, but we lost all five of our extra-inning games. Hopefully, with the experienced players we have on this year’s team and the leadership of our captains, those kind of close games will go into the win column for us.”

The Red Devils will be led by a quartet of captains, seniors Carlos Vega and Armando Montes and juniors Luis Rodriguez and Carlos Ramos. Other key varsity returnees include Luis Martinez, Francisco Mercedes, Yvad Rosario, Orlando Rodriguez, and George Hernandez. Strapping freshman Thomas Melanson figures to see a lot of action at catcher when Luis Rodriguez is taking a turn on the mound.

After the opener today with Greater Lawrence, the Devils will travel to take on Northeast Regional Vocational tomorrow.

Chelsea will be back in action next Thursday, playing Mystic Valley at Malden Catholic Stadium under the lights at 6:00 and then entertaining North Shore Tech next Friday.

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Our Fallen Heroes

Our Fallen Heroes

People in this world may be divided by political views, race, sexual orientation, and religion but there is one group of people that are blind to this and will run into a burning inferno and save your life regardless if you are a democrat or republican, gay or straight, black or white, Catholic or Jewish.

These groups of people are the brave men of the Boston Fire Department

This week we lost perhaps two of the finest men to serve in the Department, Firefighter Michael Kennedy and Fire Lieutenant Ed Walsh.

Without hesitation during a raging 9-alarm fire in the Back Bay, Kennedy and Walsh grabed a hose and ran into the blaze in total disregard of their own safety to begin pulling people out of the building.

Then, something went horribly wrong. They were cut off from their unit. They signaled a mayday. They tried to get out of the scorching heat and blinding smoke but paid the ultimate sacrifice for the lives of others.

This is what the men of the Boston Fire Department do every day.

Watching and reading the tributes all week makes one thing evident—Bostonians do not take them for granted.

It’s going to be a heartbreaking next few days as we tune into the funerals of Walsh and Kennedy. The bagpipes will play. Their brothers on the Department will stand in solemn honor as their fire trucks are paraded down the street with their boots and helmet on top.

These two men deserve every tear and every tribute they get.

Someone once said that no matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens.

Well, something real happened last week in Boston and anyone who knew Firefighter Michael Kennedy and Fire Lieutenant Ed Walsh knows now there is no question they passed the test and are two of the bravest men Boston has seen.

If they had lived and somehow found their way through the licking flames and haze of smoke there is no question when the next call came in they’d be the first ones to grab a hose and try and save a life.

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Red Devils to Meet Matignon on Thanksgiving

Red Devils to Meet Matignon on Thanksgiving

The Chelsea High football team will seek to conclude its 2013 campaign on a positive note and achieve a winning season when they travel to Dilboy Field in Somerville on Thanksgiving Day for a 10:00 a.m. encounter with Matignon.

The Red Devils are 5-5 coming into the  contest, while Matignon, which plays in the Small Division of the Catholic Central Conference, is 2-8.  The schools met last year on Turkey Day for the first time, a 22-8 Chelsea victory.

The teams have played three common opponents this season with the Red Devils holding the edge based on comparative scores. Both Chelsea and Matignon lost decisively to St. Clement’s, the Catholic Central Small champ (which also went on to capture the Division 6 North Sectional title). Chelsea fell to St. Clem’s in the first round of the MIAA playoffs, 41-0, while Matignon came out on the short end of a 48-0 decision.

Both schools defeated St. Joseph’s, also of the Catholic Central, Chelsea by a score of 40-8 and Matignon by a closer 32-28 margin. However, in contests with Charlestown, Chelsea prevailed by a decisive 32-0 tally, while Matignon lost, 20-0.

CHS head coach Mike Stellato’s squad will be led into the battle by captains Mark Anthony Williams, Francisco Mercedes, and Kalvin Duran. The contest will mark the final appearance in a Red & Black uniform for seniors Anthony Cuellar and Josue Sanchez.

Chelsea will have some momentum coming into the encounter, having earned a nice 22-14 win over West Roxbury in week 10 that brought  the Devils’ record to the .500 mark and giving them a shot at a winning season. Conversely, Matignon, which started its season 2-2 and has dropped its last six contests, no doubt will see the Chelsea game as a way to redeem its season and end it on a winning note.

In the stats department, Chelsea has averaged 14.9 points per game and allowed 20.2, while Matignon has put up an average of 12.2 points per game on the scoreboard and yielded an average of 30.8 points per game.

“Our team is looking forward to finishing off the season strong,” said Stellato, who anticipates hard-fought affair. “The boys have been preparing very hard for this game. I have seen Matignon and they’re a team that plays hard from start to finish, which I feel is a reflection of their coaching staff.”

CHELSEA (5-5) IN 2013

Chelsea 40, St. Joseph’s Prep 8

Northeast Regional 40, Chelsea 0

North Shore Tech 40, Chelsea 15

Chelsea 12, Minuteman Regional 0

Chelsea 19, Mystic Valley 0

Chelsea 32, Charlestown 0

Lynn Tech 13, Chelsea 6

St. Clement’s 41, Chelsea 0

North Shore Tech 42, Chelsea 3

Chelsea 22, West Roxbury 14

MATIGNON (2-8) I 2013

Pope John Paul II 45, Matignon 32

Cathedral 58, Matignon 0

Matignon 32, St. Joseph’s Prep 28

Matignon 30, Blackstone-Millville 14

Marian 25, Matignon 6

St. Clement’s 48, Matignon 0

Lowell Catholic 28, Matignon 0

Charlestown 20, Matignon 0

Burke 22, Matignon 14

New Mission 20, Matignon 8

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