Flooding Issues Must Be Solved with Regional Efforts

Flooding Issues Must Be Solved with Regional Efforts

Two of the highest tides ever recorded on Boston Harbor have happened in the last three  months, with one of those being last Friday, March 2, around 11:15 a.m.

Last Friday’s storm caused some severe flooding in Chelsea, particularly on Marginal Street where the Chelsea Creek breached its banks. However, the storm also packed a punch with heavy winds, which blew Chelsea’s official Christmas tree Down.

Last Friday’s storm caused some severe flooding in Chelsea, particularly
on Marginal Street where the Chelsea Creek breached its banks. However, the storm also packed a punch with heavy winds, which blew Chelsea’s official Christmas tree Down.

And on Friday, and on Jan. 4 before that, the tides and coastal storm surge combined to inundate areas of Chelsea that normally stay dry – particularly on Marginal Street and its tributaries up the hill.

This past Friday, City Manager Tom Ambrosino said floodwaters breached the banks of the Chelsea Creek once again – just as they did during the blizzard and coastal surge on Jan. 4.

He said there isn’t much the City can do short-term to alleviate that kind of powerful force.

“There just wasn’t a whole lot we could do about that situation when the Creek comes over its banks, onto the roadway and floods the entire road,” he said. “We may have to be thinking about – like other cities and towns – very long, long-term solutions because I think these types of storms are going to continue more and more. I think like everyone else we’re going to have to start thinking about Coastal Climate Resiliency. I don’t know what that would mean for Marginal Street, but it would have to mean something because we can’t keep having this kind of flooding.”

Ambrosino said the tidal action on Marginal Street is also what caused the closure of several streets on the hill, including Congress, Willow, Highland and others. Fixing that would mean years of planning and millions and millions of dollars, but perhaps that is something, he said, that needs to happen.

Beyond that, flooding issues on Eastern Avenue on Friday near the Burke School Complex may have a solution. He said there is some infrastructure work they intend to do in the coming years that should make a difference in that flooding situation.

On Friday, high tides inundated the area near the Burke and caused some disruptions in school activities.

The same is true for flooding on the Island End River, which exceeded its banks on Friday too. That type of flooding issue threatens the food supply at the New England Produce Center, but like Eastern Avenue, Ambrosino said there are solutions that have been planned.

“There are long-term solutions there, but they are expensive,” he said. “However, there are ideas that can make a difference with that situation.”

Beyond the flooding, the storm packed a punch with wind gusts that often went above 80 mph. That wreaked havoc with many trees in the city, and particularly with the City’s official Christmas tree in Chelsea Square.

That tree was knocked down in the winds, and had to be removed from its long-time home.

“The Christmas tree did get  knocked over,” said Ambrosino. “As I understand, it was transplanted some years ago and didn’t have very deep roots. The Tree Board will look at that and try to figure out what we’ll do about a new Christmas tree. Luckily, we have plenty of time to think about it.”

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Chelsea Trailblazers Honored

Chelsea Trailblazers Honored

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The Chelsea Trailblazers were honored on Monday, Feb. 26, at the Chelsea City Council. The Trailblazers award was given as part of the Black History Month celebration, and a celebration for them was given on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Pictured (L-R) Gerry McCue, Daniel Cruz, Joanne Lee Nieves, Councillor Leo Robinson, Shaquor Sandiford, Betty Boyd, Joan Cromwell, Johnnie Lee, Joe McNamee,Shelagh Mahoney, Sharon Caulfield and Dakeya Christmas.

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Doors Now Open:Medical Marijuana Clinic Opens in Sullivan Square, Sees Large Amount of Customers

Doors Now Open:Medical Marijuana Clinic Opens in Sullivan Square, Sees Large Amount of Customers

By Seth Daniel

Revolutionary Clinic Product Consultant Sarah-Jaana Nodell displays two strains of marijuana buds that are dispensed at the clinic’s Somerville/Sullivan Square location. The two types are grown at their Fitchburg farm, and are among several products – from chocolates to tinctures to salves – that the clinic sells to state-registered patients.

Revolutionary Clinic Product Consultant Sarah-Jaana Nodell displays two strains of marijuana buds that are dispensed at the clinic’s Somerville/Sullivan Square location. The two types are grown at their Fitchburg farm, and are among several products – from chocolates to tinctures to salves – that the clinic sells to state-registered patients.

The first medical marijuana dispensary in the Lower Mystic region has opened its doors in Sullivan Square on Broadway, Somerville, and operators of the clinic, Revolutionary Clinics, said last week at an open house they are seeing many new patients and believe people in the area with chronic pain are turning away from the black market to get a medicine that helps them deal with their illnesses.

Last Friday, Revolution – which sees itself as a regional dispensary serving the entire Lower Mystic region – said that it has been open every day since November (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) and the business has been ramping up every week – with an average of 38 new state-approved patients per week.

“The company is growing here and the patients are returning on a regular basis,” said Keith Cooper, CEO of the company, which is based in Colorado. “We are very, very excited about this location and obviously disturbed and concerned about what is being said at the national level. We hope that it will be just posturing and not hurt the patients taking advantage of this incredible plant.”

The open house at the dispensary was a chance for the media and for state legislators, including Somerville Sen. Patricia Jehlen, to see one of the area’s first functioning clinics in progress.

At a small panel discussion afterwards, the topic of the black market for marijuana came up.

Revolutionary Managing Director Meg Sanders said they don’t inquire, but they assume people in the area were getting marijuana somehow before there was a place like Revolutionary that is regulated and legal.

“We don’t ask that, but people who need the medicine were going to get it if they needed it,” she said. “There are a lot of black market operators out there. That’s the last place we would want patients to have to go because its unregulated and you don’t know what’s really in it. All of our products are tested and we know what’s in them.”

The clinic is only for those approved by the state for medical marijuana – though there is a desire to convert to recreational sales if permitted later this year. The system is set up with many security checks, from the parking lot to the entrance to the point of sale and delivery of the product.

After going through the procedures, one can work with a clerk to discuss the products available and options. There is an education area and an area for private consultation.

The clinic dispenses everything from traditional marijuana “flowers” or “buds” to salves, vaping cartridges, tinctures, oils, waxes, cookies, biscuits and chocolates.

The actual “buds” are produced in Massachusetts, and right now Revolutionary has a farm in Fitchburg that is producing two varieties now sold in the clinic.

The many different products, said clerk Sarah-Jaana Nodell, are only a matter of preference. Some people come in with arthritis and only want a salve. Some people have lung problems and cannot smoke buds, so they need a tincture or an edible product.

Others just need very low doses for their ailments, while others need to smoke strong buds to relieve chronic pain.

“The flower is really just the delivery mechanism for the oils,” she said. “The primary element is the concentration of oils and there are other ways to deliver it. If someone comes in with lung disease, the last thing we’ll do is give them something to smoke. I’m not going to give you edibles if you can’t digest things. That’s when a patient might be a better fit for a tincture.

“We have so many people saying they don’t want to get high,” she continued. “You don’t have to. You don’t have to get high. We’re here to help patients find the product that is going to make them feel better in any way we can. Many of our products are non-hallucinogenic so they will not get anyone high.”

However, for others, the hallucinogenic effect is precisely the medicine they need in smoking the flower – and the side effects, such as giggling, can be helpful too.

“We have some strains that make you giggly and happy,” she said. “Some people say they want something that will make them giggle. We can do that. For a lot of people with chronic pain, giggling is an easy thing to do.”

Nodell said she can relate to such pain, as she and many of the product consultants are medical marijuana users who have survived and coped with chronic pain for years.

“I lived with chronic pain and was allergic to most pain medications,” she said. “I was 15 when I discovered medical marijuana and never turned back. Six surgeries later and no morphine for me. Chronic pain is a hard thing. That 1-10 scale gets mixed up and it’s hard when 10 is all the time.”

Bringing the 10 down to a manageable level – whether dealing with cancer, Crohn’s Disease or arthritis – is what Revolutionary said they are all about.

“These products really help and provide relief,” said Sanders. “I have seen so many Crohn’s patients find great relief with these products after so many steroid treatments.”

After one finds the product they need and pays for it, the product is picked up in a secure dispensing area – much like a traditional pharmacy counter. After that, a patient can leave, and they do so with a great deal of security in the parking lot and with a network of cameras to prevent theft or assault.

“We haven’t had an incident since we opened,” said Sanders. “It is as secure or more secure than any bank or jewelry store you might enter…With all the cameras around here, we actually end up helping to solve crimes in our experience. In a store we have in Colorado, the police frequently ask us for footage from our cameras to catch things that happen around us. We are actually solving crimes.”

The clinic is open Monday, Weds., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, they are open 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. On Sundays, they are open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

They are located at 67 Broadway in Somerville, just two blocks from Sullivan Square.

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City Hall Clock Tower Unveils New Lighting Scheme

City Hall Clock Tower Unveils New Lighting Scheme

By Seth Daniel

Let there be light atop the Chelsea City Hall.

This Monday, the City officially unveiled a light illumination feature in the clock tower of City Hall – a feature that can be seen prominently from Rt.

The Chelsea City Hall clock tower has finally been illuminated after many years of advocacy by Councillor Matt Frank. The project was unveiled on Monday and displays holiday-themed colors at the moment.

The Chelsea City Hall clock tower has finally been illuminated after many years of advocacy by Councillor Matt Frank. The project was unveiled on Monday and displays holiday-themed colors at the moment.

1 and the Soldiers’ Home and adds some variety to the Chelsea skyline.

When it went on Monday night, the new lighting scheme alternated green and red colors to match the City’s new Christmas decorations in the downtown area.

The lighting coincided with the last meeting of Councillor Matt Frank, who has long asked for the City to look into introducing some creative lighting on the exterior of City Hall.

Afterward, he said he was very happy to see that the City had taken his request seriously and had actually implemented it before he left office.

“I am beyond delighted that the City was able to complete the first phase of the clock tower light project on the eve of my last City Council meeting,” he said. “It’s a project I have been pushing for since the late 2000s and I am hoping they take the next step by installing outdoor lights to also bring light to the outer structure. Currently the lights are going red and green for the holidays and I’ve been told they are considering using the new lights for snow emergency purposes with a blinking blue.

“Combined with the fixing of the lights on the clock tower, this gives the City a powerful new tool when it comes to civic pride,” he  continued. “The lights can be used to signal victory for our high school teams, to show holiday spirit and to showcase City Hall as a beacon for miles in every direction. Symbolism is a powerful thing. Hopefully this light will play it’s part in helping to bring more civic engagement to City Hall.”

Meanwhile, City Manager Tom Ambrosino said he gives all the credit to Frank and to Fidel Maltez of Public Works.

“It’s just another small part of our efforts to improve the Downtown,” said Ambrosino. “I have to give the credit for the idea to Councilor Frank. I would have never thought of that on my own.”

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The Big Comeback: Once Gone, Turkeys are Now a Common Sight in Most Communities, Even in the City

The Big Comeback: Once Gone, Turkeys are Now a Common Sight in Most Communities, Even in the City

By Seth Daniel

Wild Turkeys have shown up in the craziest places over the last few years, including on city streets, and that's due in part to a 35-year effort to restore them to the state. The native species was pushed out by European settlement and industrialization in the mid-1850s. Now, they have come back in a big way and frequently come to city streets or parks.

Wild Turkeys have shown up in the craziest places over the last few years, including on city streets, and that’s due in part to a 35-year effort to restore them to the state. The native species was pushed out by European
settlement and industrialization
in the mid-1850s. Now, they have come back in a big way and frequently come to city streets or parks.

There aren’t too many comeback stories that begin with the phrase, ‘Gobble, Gobble,’ but the story of the once-prolific wild turkey in Massachusetts certainly begins and ends with just such an utterance.

Though the wild turkey disappeared from Massachusetts for nearly 180 years, the Thanksgiving bird was once everywhere in the state, including throughout Chelsea and neighboring locales.

It was so common in the wild that it is likely the precise reason turkey is served for the Thanksgiving meal. With so many wandering around, it’s likely that the first Thanksgiving took advantage of cooking up the bird because it was so common.

It was also such a common sight that Ben Franklin argued for it to be the national bird instead of the American Bald Eagle – saying it symbolized the early Americas more than anything else.

But by 1850, it was gone from Massachusetts.

“Really, by the early 1850s, it was extricated from the state,” said Wayne Petersen of the Mass Audubon Society. “Because of all the changes brought by coming Europeans with land uses, as well as hunting and targeted removal of them, they just didn’t make it. They were gone for a good long time.”

That said, the wild turkey in the last three or four years has re-established itself and made a complete comeback to Massachusetts – becoming so prevalent that they’ve adapted to not only living in the wild and the suburbs, but can often be found wandering around city streets in very urban environments as well.

It’s a story that Petersen said is fun, amusing and a great example of re-introducing a native bird that had been long-lost.

“It’s great to have them back,” he said. “In most cases, they are entertaining and the worst they can do is cause problems with traffic if they get into trouble on the roads. By and large, most people are mildly amused by them when they see them in the neighborhoods for the first time. I think it’s just a great story. They are indigenous and we have a whole holiday built around the wild turkey…Wild turkeys are to Thanksgiving what Santa Claus is to Christmas. I think it’s great.”

Turkeys didn’t just pop back into Massachusetts out of thin air though.

The effort to restore them began as early as the 1950s. Serious efforts were made to reintroduce them back then, but the varieties brought to the state were usually from the Southern states where they are still prevalent. Unfortunately, those birds could not acclimate to the harsh winters of Massachusetts and didn’t survive. In the 1970s, though, another group of turkeys from the Adirondack region of New York – where they are also very easily found in the wild – were introduced into the western Massachusetts region.

Later, after that group found some success, preservationists introduced them into the Quabbin Reservoir area. That was also successful, and the birds just kept moving further east in greater numbers until now you can find them almost anywhere – sometimes in the craziest places.

“Now you find them all over,” said Petersen. “Over the years, that group took hold in a huge way. It is no longer a surprise to anyone to see them in the suburbs or even in the cities. They have learned to live in close contact with people here and are very safe. Many people enjoy them. Other than being huge, they are quiet and passive. They are not known as being vicious birds.”

Petersen said they get reports all the time of turkeys in the middle of the city, in car lots, sleeping on doorsteps or holding up traffic in a congested business district.

“There are lots of reports of turkeys being turkeys,” he said. “They can hold up traffic and can be a pain if they get hit on Rt. 128 or Rt. 3, but that is spot on about where people are finding them. There is no question we get reports of them being in very odd places.”

Beyond the fun of the new and surprising sights of turkeys back in the communities where they haven’t been for 180 years or more, there is also the serious subject of brining a native species back to where it belongs – somewhat like the Bald Eagle’s success story.

“The wild turkey in Massachusetts is just another great argument for restoration efforts,” he said. “They were a native species here that was lost in time. They were here before we were here and it was our introduction that pushed them out. Now we have helped to bring them back. That’s certainly worth noting.”

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Chelsea Salvation Army Kicks Off Kettles at Market Basket

Chelsea Salvation Army Kicks Off Kettles at Market Basket

By Seth Daniel

Jane Gianatasio – a life-long Chelsea resident – has been a Salvation Army bellringer for 10 years, helping the local Salvation Army to raise money each holiday season. On Tuesday, she helped a contingent of bellringers to kick off the holiday season at the Market Basket. “My Kettle is always full,” she said.

Jane Gianatasio – a life-long Chelsea resident – has been a Salvation Army bellringer for 10 years, helping the local Salvation Army to raise money each holiday season. On Tuesday,
she helped a contingent of bellringers to kick off the holiday season at the Market Basket.“My Kettle is always full,” she said.

When the holiday season hits, Chelsea’s Jane Gianatasio can be found in one obvious place – ringing a bell for the Salvation Army Kettle Drive.

For the past 10 years, the life-long Chelsea resident has been a bell-ringer for the organization, helping to raise money in their biggest fundraiser of the year.

One of the key places, she said, is the Market Basket, where bellringers are stationed at both doors.

“I do this for the kids,” she said. “I do it so they can have food and Christmas toys. That’s why I’ve been doing it so long. My kettle is always full. Even when my husband comes to pick me up at night, he sometimes sits here for a bit while I take a break, and even he can make $15 in a short period of time. I truly enjoy this time of year.”

The Salvation Army on Chestnut Street kicked off its efforts last weekend, but officially kicked them off with a small ceremony at Market Basket on Tuesday morning.

“The Kettle drive is very important because this is how we make money for our programming and 83 cents of every dollar we raise goes back to the community,” said Capt. Isael Gonzalez. “It is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. We have 450 families signed up already for Christmas toys and we have 300 families signed up for Thanksgiving.”

Capt. Gonzalez said the goal this year is to raise $90,000 through Dec. 23 with the Kettles.

City Manager Tom Ambrosino joined the kick-off and put in his own donation to start things off.

Ambrosino said he fully supports the Salvation Army efforts and hoped that Chelsea residents would be generous this holiday season.

Capt. Gonzalez said they are still looking for volunteers to be bell ringers, and encouraged local organizations to volunteer for some time during the holidays.

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Cromwell,CBC will Recognize Eight Chelsea Trailblazers

By Cary Shuman

Chelsea Black Community (CBC) President Joan Cromwell has announced that eight individuals will be honored as “Chelsea Trailblazers” at the third annual CBC Black History Month celebration today at Chelsea High School.

The recipients will be recognized at an awards ceremony in the CHS auditorium following the dinner portion of the program.

The award recipients are Robert “Duke” Bradley, Richard Katz, Shirley Thompson, Maureen Lee, Ronald Robinson, Annie Jones, Police Chief Brian Kyes, and Police Lt. Golden “Rico” Tyre.

“We are honoring these men and women for making a path and continuing to give back to the community,” said Cromwell.

Henry Wilson is the chairman of the event. Dakeya Christmas and Beverly Martin Ross are the leaders of the speaking program.

Admission is free to the celebration. There will be food, activities, and entertainment.

“Come and enjoy this great event with us,” said Cromwell. “We’re going to have dinner from 5 to 6:15 p.m. and then move in to the auditorium for the speaking and awards program.”

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Chelsea Salvation Army Steps Up to Serve Christmas and Every Day

By Joe Prezioso

Take a walk down Broadway Chelsea and one will see a mix of life.

The poor, the rich, the less fortunate.

One often doesn’t realize, however, that some of the people walking along amidst everyday life are homeless.

In the U.S. there are more than half a million homeless people (according to the 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress: AHAR) with about 21,237 people being attributed to Massachusetts.

Massachusetts has many shelters around the state that cater to the homeless, and many programs and shelters that offer to assist the homeless in getting back on their feet. Some examples are the Salvation Army, the Pine Street Inn, the Dennis McLaughlin House and YMCA of Greater Boston. With these shelters, and other programs, according to the AHAR, Massachusetts has the third lowest number of unsheltered homeless individuals in the country, 3.6 percent of the total homeless population.

Those in shelters can be families and individuals, and many receive care and help from the state and community during the holidays.

Here in Chelsea, the Salvation Army doesn’t have a shelter like it does in Cambridge, but it does have a meals program and donation program to help those in shelters or those in housing who are in need. The Chelsea Salvation Army also offers help to those who are on the streets, abusing drugs, to stop using.

They are able to make connections for those willing to make change, as there in no shelter at the Chelsea location itself.

“We don’t have any specific programs that are just for homeless. With the community meals program, we don’t ask if they are homeless when they come in to eat, though they could be,” said Capt. Armida Harper of the Salvation Army in Chelsea. “We have food pantry Monday through Friday, 9:30 to noon. People can come in once a month and get food for their families or themselves.”

This Christmas the Salvation Army gave out 400 Christmas dinners to people who singed up to say they needed help.

“We start in November, at Thanksgiving, and we do about 270 of the baskets in East Boston, and for residents of Chelsea and Revere, we have a dinner hosted by the Cheesecake Factory,” Capt. Harper. “In all, about 400 meals are served on Thanksgiving. Then comes Christmas, where we have a toy distribution. We have 378 families here and also any of our families from East Boston and Charlestown, which is again about 275 families, go down to Boston, to the South End and get toys with the rest of the city of Boston.”

People like DeAnn Brown came to the Salvation Army for both her Christmas dinner basket and to receive toys for her children. She sat the Monday before Christmas in the lobby waiting for the bag of donated toys.

“I am glad they do this every year, to help those that need the extra help, I’m grateful,” said Brown.

“Anyone who needed something for Christmas could have signed up to get it,” said Capt. Harper.

Sometimes it’s just a meal that people need to get through the day and the Salvation Amy offers that as well.

“We have food pantry Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to noon,” said Harper. “People can come in once a month and get food for their families or themselves.”

The Salvation Army also offers meals daily to anyone who walks in off the street.

“We have about 10 to 15 senior citizens that come in at noon and eat here and then at 1 p.m. we have anywhere from 20 to 30 people from the community that come in and eat. People that are homeless; that are dealing with addiction. Sometimes we even have families that are eating here at 1 p.m., mothers with their kids, things like that.”

During the community meal last week, there was a mix of addicts, and just people needing a meal to get through the day.

A 26-year-old women known as “Pink” said, “I have been coming to Chelsea for five years,” as she showed obvious signs of intoxication.

Pink considers herself homeless.

She slept in a hallway on the previous night.

“I always go out of my way to find a place to sleep,” she proclaimed as she laughed and ate her meal.

Across the room sat Joey, who had no shortage of words.

“After my dad died, I got sentenced to jail, and the day I got out, March 9, my mom died that same day,” said Joey. “That day I took two Klonapins and then shot up.”

Joey went on to claim that he wished that there was a shelter in Chelsea to keep him off the streets at night, looking for a drink or drug or another fix.

Also in the room was Raquel Rodriguez, a women who was just the focus of a Boston Globe one-year photo essay and feature story that followed her as she dealt with her family and addiction.

“(I) Used to be homeless,” said Rodriguez. “I come here to see my friends. I don’t forget where I came from.”

Rodriguez, who was attached to an oxygen tank, spoke of trying to get clean, relapsing and trying to get ready for Christmas. As she sat, another women did her hair and they laughed. To them, everything was normal.

She was excited that she was going to be a feature in a “big” story by the Globe.

Before the start of the meal service, Debbie Dunn, the cook, stepped out of the kitchen to say a prayer with those in the room.

“You would have to get emotional, when seeing those who have a problem or are going through a hard time,” said Dunn, a 25-year veteran of the Salvation Army. “I needed a little job, and when I came I did breads and deserts. Then the other cook got sick and I took over.”

Dunn was serving a pasta and meat dish that day and knew what each of those in attendance liked and didn’t like. One man didn’t like meat and she made him a separate dish. She offered everyone a donut for dessert and bread rolls as well.

“You have to be a person. I love the people,” said Dunn.

On average the community meal feeds 20 to 30 people a day, according to the Salvation Amy.

“I do know homelessness is an issue, I do know people are sleeping under the Bridge, but because we have been here six months, I couldn’t tell you if it was higher or lower,” said Capt. Harper.

According to AHAR, since 2010 homelessness has decreased by 62,000 people nationwide.

When asked what she would do with the cold winter months approaching, Pink responded, “Maybe I’ll get into a program to better myself.”

Then she turned away to focus on something else.

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Obituaries 12-31-2015

Francis ‘Frank’ Turczyn

Polka fan – died unexpectedly on Christmas Day – his favorite holiday

Francis H. ‘Frank’ Turczyn of Chelsea passed away unexpectedly in his Chelsea home on Christmas morning. He was 81 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved son of the late Wladyslaw and Mary Turczyn, Frank attended St. Stanislaus Parochial School and graduated from Everett Vocational High School. He enlisted in the US Army in the late 50’s and served and was discharged between conflicts. He worked as a cemetery laborer with Fuller Services in Everett providing duties at the Fuller Street, Jewish Cemeteries.

Frank enjoyed Polish Music and Polkas, frequently attending Saturday night polka dances at the PAV in Chelsea. He was a devoted fan of the Litwin Polka variety radio program and was a former member of the Polish Political Club in Chelsea. Christmas was his favorite holiday and annually he would richly decorate his home to the enjoyment of all who would pass by. His holiday decorations garnered him several awards as the Best Decorated Chelsea Home.

In addition to his parents, Frank was also preceded in death by his three brothers; Walter, Albert and Eugene Turczyn. He was the devoted father to Doreen Turczyn of Michigan, Francis Turczyn and his wife, Antonia of Tewksbury, Gene Turczyn, Glen Turczyn and his wife, Kristen, all of Chelsea; cherished grandfather to Evan Turczyn and dear brother to Stella Niedzielski of Michigan.

Visiting Hours were held at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home Chelsea on Wednesday and interment will be private.To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

www.WelshFuneralHome.com

Julio Torres, Jr.

Of Chelsea

Julio Torres, Jr. of Chelsea passed away unexpectedly in his home on December 26. He was 46 years old.

He was the devoted husband of Tina (McKoy) Torres; beloved son of Julio Torres Sr. of Chelsea and Gloria Camacho of Puerto Rico; loving step father to Quentin Mina and Terrance McKoy; dear brother to Marysol and her husband, Enrique Garcia, both of Chelsea and Janet Torres of Kissimmee, Florida; loving uncle to Sabrina Williams, Jordenn White, Brianna Toro, Jarred Frizzell, Sariana Toro and Deanalee Romero and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends will honor Julio by gathering on Friday, January 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston with a memorial service in our Serenity Chapel at 7 p.m. For more information, please visit: www.ruggieromh.com

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St Rose Nativity Lights up Broadway

If one sees a bright star shining to the East this Christmas Eve, then they must be looking towards St. Rose Church.

Over the last three years, the Vietnamese community within the Parish has banded together to put up a detailed Nativity scene with hundreds of Christmas lights and, this year, a towering 40-foot lighted star above the Nativity.

Father Hilario Sanez Jr. of St. Rose Church said the Vietnamese community at St. Rose numbers about 400 at the weekly Mass, and is one of the largest Vietnamese congregations in all of the Archdiocese of Boston.

For the past 10 years, he said, the Vietnamese at St. Rose have been putting up the display, with it getting bigger and better every year.

“The Vietnamese community of St. Rose prepares it in the courtyard next to the church,” he said. “The community wanted to do something that would enhance the Nativity and the baby Jesus and remind people in Chelsea about the birth of Jesus. So far, all of the comments have been very positive.”

Father Sanez said he felt it was a very good idea for those in the Parish and the community to take note of the growing display.

“Individually we have to be reminded about what happened 2,000 years ago and be reminded once again about the birth of Jesus,” he said. “It does remind us that we are celebrating the joy of the life of Jesus. He was born for us in a very simple way. The display is a great reminder of that and attracts the attention of everyone going by. Everyone has said they are very happy to see the Nativity scene here. I think it’s the only one in Chelsea.”

On the day after Thanksgiving, about 20 or so parishioners from the Vietnamese congregation gather in the courtyard and, in one day, assemble the Nativity and accompanying light display. They leave it up into January and take it down after the celebration of Jesus’ baptism.

Father Sanez said he hopes people will take a moment to stop by the display and ponder the reason for the season, and come into the church as well to celebrate Mass.

“We invite people to drop by and see the display and take pictures,” he said. “We also invite everyone to stop by the church and see the Nativity inside too. Our church is open to all.”

The overall display is very colorful and located next to the St. Rose church.

The overall display is very colorful and located next to the St. Rose church.

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