The growing movement for the federal
government to take the lead in effecting policies that will negate the effects
of both economic inequality and climate change has been incorporated into what
is being referred to as the Green New Deal.
Our U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey, is among
those who is spearheading the legislation, along with newly elected
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
The key features of the Green New Deal are
both economic and environmental.
Health insurance for all Americans, job
creation, and the expansion of the safety net are among the highlights of the
economic aspect of the proposal.
On the environmental front, the goal is for
the United States to become carbon-neutral within 10 years.
Both aspects of the proposal will face
opposition in Congress from Republicans. The economic aspects will require
raising taxes on the wealthy, which essentially would repeal the tax cuts
approved by the GOP Congress last year.
The environmental goals will face a fierce
fight from the energy industry and other business groups.
The Green New Deal seeks to address what we
believe are the two great existential threats both to the American way of life
and America itself :
First, that we are becoming a plutocracy —
a government of the rich, for the rich, and by the rich.
Second, that climate change will wreak
environmental and economic havoc on our nation with catastrophic consequences
unless we take immediate steps to reverse its effects before they reach a
tipping point from which we cannot escape.
Some may call the Green New Deal a
pie-in-the-sky idea. But the reality is that unless we do something — and soon
— about the growing concentration of wealth in the hands of a few and the
imminent threat of climate change, the future of America (and the world) is
The greatest legacy of Elaine Marie Richard was seated in the front rows
at the Our Lady of Grace Church.
The four loving and devoted sons, Ken, Jim, Jack, and Edward – these four
scholar-athletes, all graduates of Chelsea High School and the best
universities in the nation – led a beautiful tribute to their beautiful mother.
When it came time to encapsulate all that Mrs. Richard had meant to her
family and the great example she had set for her children and the family, it
was Jack Richard, who stepped to the lectern to deliver the eulogy.
A brilliant, personable man who excelled at Tufts University and Boston
College Law School, Jack rose to the occasion with words that showcased the
richness of his talents.
“Before I speak for my brothers, I should first speak for my mother,” he
began. “Many of you here today have been so good to her through the years, and
I know she would want me to begin by thanking you all and by telling you how
much she and we appreciate all your kindnesses to her big and small.”
Jack told the assemblage that the day truly was “a celebration of life, a
full life very well-lived and filled with great joys, but also marked by great
Jack said their mother grew up in a
big triple decker in Chelsea “in a house full of family and faith” where she
was doted on by her older sister, Marjorie, and brother, Edward.
Elaine Doherty Richard was an
excellent student herself and graduated at the top of her class at the St. Rose
“When Elaine Doherty, that cute little girl, grew to become a beautiful
young woman, she met the one and only love of her life,” said Jack. “Ken
Richard was talented, handsome, strong, and as we kids would say, ‘wicked
Elaine Doherty and Kenneth Richard married when she was 22. “The four of
us were always so proud of both of our parents,” said Jack.
The four boys were born five years apart. Mrs. Richard would prepare meals
for her four sons and her husband each day. She would send her sons off each
morning to Our Lady of Grace School. The boys did their homework at night at
the dining room table with the assistance of their mother.
“But day after day, every day, Elaine Richard did it all with grace and
with cheer,” said Jack. “All in all, our mom, against all the odds at that time
and place, she succeeded. She was proud to say she went 4-for-4 with her sons.”
But just as Elaine and Kenneth Richard “were about to enjoy all the
benefits of their work – with all four kids in college, they were finally about
to get some well-deserved time together for themselves, my young and healthy
dad passed away suddenly,” related Jack. “My mother’s sweet and happy world was
crushed. She was only 44 years old.”
Following the death of her husband, Elaine Richard “never quit on life and
she soldiered on, and day by day, year by year, she built a new life and she
taught us a lesson in grace and in perseverance, a truly good example.”
“If you know my brothers and me,” then you know Elaine Richard,” said
Jack. He praised his brothers, “Ken, who was thrust in to the role of the man
of the house when he was just a college kid, protective of us all and the most
solid dependable man there is; Jim, a deeply spiritual man whose faith and his
family are the very center of his life; and Ed, the best guy with the biggest
heart who would do anything for you, but also with the strongest will of anyone
I’ve ever known. We are what we are because of her.”
Jack Richard said this Christmas their mother gave the family “the most
important gift and lesson.”
“She taught us how to die,” said Jack. “For two weeks, we had all been
taking turns at her bedside, just as she had done with us so many times when we
were sick as children. We got to say how much we loved each other. We held her
hand and we told her how good she was. She spoke of how this family she had
built would live on, in us, in her 12 grandchildren, in her five
Elaine Doherty Richard died on Christmas day. She was 86 years old. She
will be missed.
Chelsea 9-1-1 Dispatchers were treated to a full course homemade Thanksgiving Dinner with all the fixings compliments of Emergency Management Director Keith Vetreno and his wife Tina during their Thanksgiving shift. Their act of kindness was greatly appreciated by all. Pictured above are 911 Dispatchers Richard Smith, Paul Koolloian, Emergency Management Director Keith Vetreno and Dispatcher Edward Collina.
An outpouring of community love, relentlessness and transformation echoed around Park Street Wednesday as the region’s leaders joined hundreds of young people, the adults that love them and community partners in celebrating Roca’s deep impact the last three decades.
Roca’s participants, staff, alumni and partners came together for a night of live music and food to celebrate Roca’s 30th anniversary. Roca leaders thanked the community, its partners and allies in making such a difference in young people’s lives.
“I am in awe of all of you and all the young people we have met, had the honor of working with the last 30 years and all of the Roca team, our partners and this community who made all this relentlessness possible,” said Roca Founder and CEO Molly Baldwin.
At the event, Roca honored its Roca30 Unsung Hero Awardees, including state Sen. Sal DiDomenico, Probation Commissioner Edward Dolan, Youth Services Commissioner Peter Forbes, Boston Police Captain Haseeb Hosein, Chelsea Police Captain David Batchelor, Hampden County First Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Fitzgerald and Kim Hanton, director of diversionary addiction services at North Suffolk Mental Health Association.
“These seven individuals work on issues and for people who are well out of the headlines and far from the limelight because it’s the right thing and because it makes a difference,” said Baldwin. “They are truly unsung heroes.”
Featured speakers at the event were Jay Ash, secretary of housing and economic development under Gov. Charlie Baker, Harry Spence, the former Receiver of Chelsea and Massachusetts Court Administration and Eric Rodriguez, a founding Roca youth member and lead pastor of The Way Church.
The most special part of the evening came when Roca also honored seven youth participants as unsung heroes as well – seven young people whose lives have been upended by Roca’s relentless outreach, its transformative programs and its many partnerships.
Those young people are:
Caralis Rosario Hernandez
Each of the speakers paused to honor Roca and its team, in particular the driving force of the last 30 years – Molly Baldwin. Ash, the former Chelsea City Manager, presented Baldwin with a award honoring her service and summed up the accollades of many by noting her personal relentlessness as an indisputable driver of Roca’s success.
“If not for Molly Baldwin, there are so many people who wouldn’t be where they are or even alive today,” said Ash. “Molly’s life of service and her relentlessness is an inspiration to us all.”
Every June, our communities come together to celebrate Pride Month, a tradition that grows stronger every year. In 1989, Massachusetts became the second state to pass a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry. Our state has always been a national leader on defending LGBTQ rights, and I’m proud of our communities’ work and reputation as a place that promotes inclusion and acceptance.
As we celebrate Pride in our communities, we look at how far we have come as a country, and how far we have to go. In Washington, Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are trying to roll back the gains the LGBTQ community has fought so hard to make. As your representative in Congress, you have my promise: I’ll never stop fighting for equal rights for everyone.
Last June, I sat down with bipartisan leaders at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute to focus on advocacy and activism within the LGBTQ community in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. The theme of the panel was “stronger together” — despite the people that try to drive a wedge between communities, we are the strongest when we stand united in the face of discrimination. That’s a value I truly believe in.
The LGBTQ community is no stranger to fighting for their rights, and I’m proud that I’ve supported my constituents on the issues that matter. This includes co-sponsoring legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act; fighting against defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman; working to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell; supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act; and supporting the right of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to sponsor same-sex spouses for green cards before court decisions upheld that right.
I’m proud of my 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign, but even prouder of the fact that when I served as Somerville’s mayor, I fought hard for equal benefits, including fighting against insurance companies who refused to extend benefits to same-sex couples. As mayor, I was successful in redefining who was eligible for extended maximum bereavement leave to include domestic partners — and all these fights came before our laws allowed or required these actions.
Today, we’ve come far. On Saturday, I’m honored to march in the 48th Pride Parade in Boston. 48 years of celebrating who people are, who they love, and the battles we’ve had to fight to make our city, our state and our nation a place where inclusion and acceptance are the norm, not the exception. I know we have work to do here in Massachusetts, and around our country. And during Pride Week in Massachusetts, I’m proud to join the LGBTQ community and celebrate what makes each and every person unique.
Happy Pride Parade, Pride Week and Pride Month — and here’s to another year of creating more opportunities for all.
Those who work in the Chelsea Courthouse and those who frequent it with criminal cases know that there aren’t a lot of great days marked in the building.
It’s not exactly a place to come celebrate.
But occasionally, the smiles come out and the celebratory cake gets cut, and that one day of happiness in the Court is Drug Court graduation day.
On Tuesday, June 27, just such a celebration took place in the Chelsea Courthouse and four graduates from the grueling life-turnaround program celebrated sobriety, clean living and getting their path straight.
“Honestly, nothing good really ever happens in a courthouse,” said Judge Matthew Nestor. “One of the only good days in a courthouse like this is drug court graduation day. It’s really a great day for the participants. We’re proud to have watched them come such a long way and to see that they have accomplished a lot. It’s a day by day thing for them, but we’re proud.”
Drug Court is a special program pioneered and refined at Chelsea District Court many years ago, and a program that has been replicated in numerous other jurisdictions where drug use and addiction is a problem. Some defendants are given the opportunity to enter the program in lieu of their punishment, and strict and rigorous requirements for sobriety are enacted upon them.
Tara Fleming, a graduate, said she had been through it all – on the streets, doing drugs and making a life out of coming in and out of the court. That was until she began Drug Court in 2014. Now, she is on the right path and said the graduation day marked a huge milestone in her life.
“It has been an absolute turnaround,” she said. “I was homeless on the street. I hurt myself on the streets. I ended up in drug court after being arrested three times in two weeks. It saved my life. I’ve been fighting through it every since. I refuse to go back.”
Another graduate, Heather Harper, described the day as “colossal.”
“It’s colossal because since the age of 14 I’ve doing this – drugs and court,” she said. “Drugs, prostitution, everything. I’ve done it all. This is great right now to have accomplished this. Nov. 8, 2015 is the date that stands out to me. That’s the day I decided to start this. Eighteen months of Chelsea Drug Court and this is it. I have one thing that I like to remember, ‘Never look back unless it’s to see how far you’ve come.’”
Other graduates included Christopher Bonsai and Edward Sarmanian.
Claire L. Ells of Chelsea passed away on May 24 after a brief illness while convalescing for the past two months at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. She was 86 years old.
Born and raised in Revere, she was one of six children of the late John and Mary (McAvinue) Costello. She was a graduate of Revere High School. After high school,l she worked for a brief time in Boston with Kennedy’s Men Store, and later with Forbes lithograph and Travco Industries in Chelsea.
She married her beloved Harry M. Ells in April of 1952 and has been a Chelsea resident since that day and for the past 64 years. Her life was dedicated to love of her husband, family and home. She enjoyed bingo, was a voracious reader and kept sharp with crossword puzzles and other word games.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Doherty and two brothers; John and Edward Costello. She is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, Harry M. Ells, Jr. of Chelsea. She was the loving and devoted mother of Harry M. Ells and his wife, Patricia of Everett, Susan Silvia and her husband, Michael of Reading, Barbara Camoscio and her husband, Anthony of Tewksbury and Edward Ells and his companion, Eileen Gurska of Chelsea. She was the dear sister of Helen Condelli of Medford and Virginia Legner of Westwood, the loved and cherished grandmother of Jillian Ells, Jonathan and Tiffany Ells, Daniel Silvia and his fiancée, Paula Goguen, Mary Silvia, Michael and Kathy Camoscio and David Camoscio and the adoring great-grandmother of Elizabeth Ells and Molly Camoscio.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 29 Crafts St., Ste. 450, Newton MA, 02458
Anna Andrades, 54, 768 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for distribution of Class A drug, conspiracy to violate drug law.
Olga Torres, 55, 113 Spencer Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for conspiracy to violate drug law, possessing Class A drug.
Francisco Correa, 40, 28 Malden St., Everett, was arrested for conspiracy to violate drug law, distribution of Class A drug.
Brian Kobs, 31, 14 Reynolds Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for interfering with police officer, threat to commit crime, 6 warrants.
Carla Borum, 48, 165 Cottage St., Chelsea, was arrested for being incapacitated person.
Oscar Oliva, 24, 1926 Franklin Rd., Nassua, NY, was arrested on a warrant.
Julio Mota, 34, 442 Sumner St., East Boston, was arrested for robbery, armed firearm & masked, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, robbery, firearm-armed & masked, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, 3 counts of intimidation.
Michel Nogueira, 24, 122 Bennington St., East Boston, was arrested for robbery, firearm-armed & masked (2 counts), aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (2 counts), intimidation (3 counts), trespassing.
William Rios, 44, 220 Webster Ave., robbery, firearm-armed & masked ( 2 counts), aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (2 counts), intimidation (3 counts) receiving stolen property +250 (2 counts), trespassing.
Jeffrey Jean-Charles, 27, 104 Bow St., Everett, was arrested for trespassing.
Nain Montiel, 46, 87 Garland St., Everett, was arrested for trespassing.
Claudia Dias, 42, 189 Campbell Ave., Revere, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Dionicio Ayala-Roche, 30, 155 Central Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Claudia Dias, 42, 189 Campbell Ave., Revere, was arrested for affray, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct.
Eddie Bailey, 47, 122 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Eddie Bailey, 47, 122 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Joyce Ratcliffe, 55, 32 Annese Rd., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Farah Ibrahim, 21, 4 Clinton Ct., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Diego Merino, 27, 119 High St., Haverhill, was arrested for disorderly conduct.
Wilver Merino, 36, 206 Lexington St., East Boston, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and affray.
Juvenile Offender, was arrested for breaking and entering daytime for felony, larceny over $250.
Jefferson Dyett, 27, 215 Spencer Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for lewd, wanton & lascivious conduct, possessing Class B drug and trespassing.
Stacy Gordon, 36, 24 Wamesit Ave,. Saugus, was arrested for lewd, wanton & lascivious conduct, trespassing, possessing Class B drug.
Edward Craffey, 67, 8 Grove St., Chelsea, was arrested for conspiracy to violate drug law, possessing Class B drug.
Deqyann Whyte, 24, 14 Torrey St., Dorchester, was arrested for distribution of Class B drug, possessing to distribute Class B drug, possessing to distribute Class A drug, Conspiracy to violate drug law, intimdation, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Adrianna White, 25, 55 Milk St.,Methuen, was arrested on a warrant.
Juvenile offender, was arrested on probation warrant.
Christopher Gallagher, 48, 1 Breed Ave., Woburn, was arrested for unarmed robbery, assault and battery on pregnant person.
Tiffany Green, 23, 124 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for shoplifting.
Anthony Ferullo, 26, 14 Union Ave., Everett, was arrested for shoplifting.
Sergio Amado, 26, 124 Bow St., Everett, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle unlicensed and for shoplifting.
Mary Sackor, 29, 25 Staniford St., Boston, was arrested on warrant and possessing Class B drug.
Justin West, 43, Kasneck House, Malden, was arrested for possessing Class B drug.
Steven Carter, 48, 7 Brinsley St., Dorchester, was arrested for assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon, attempted murder, assault and malicious destruction of property.
Bianca Gell, 18, 104 Lindon St., Everett, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle, receiving stolen credit card, furnishing false and withholding evidence from criminal proceeding, breaking and entering nighttime vehicle/boat for felony.
Juvenile Offender, 16, Everett, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle, possessing heroin.
Brian Belew, 30, 179 Franklin Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for conspiracy to violate drug law, trespassing and possessing heroin.
Rose Sheehy, 34, 828 Salem St., Malden, was arrested for sexual conduct for a fee.
Sidney Pierre, 28, 16 Reynolds Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing to distribute Class A drug, conspiracy to violate drug law.
Pamela Blankinship, 46, 625 Main St., Reading, MA was arrested for forge/misuse RMV document, conspiracy to violate drug law.
Bladimir Aracia-Lopez, 31, 691 Saratoga St., East Boston, was arrested for disorderly conduct.
Peter White, 46, 40 Powder House Rd., ext., Medford, was arrested for shoplifting, furnishing false name and on a warrant.
Phillip Ruiz, 43, 120 Central Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Isidoro Cruz, 46, 27 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon.
Miguel Rodriguez, 23, 155 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested for probation warrant.
Lynne Walsh, 54, 132 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (2 counts) and on a warrant.
Christina Dorsi, 29, 48 Suffolk ST., Medford, was arrested for shoplifting.
Okbay Bahatu, 31, 318 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Melvin Maldonado, 29, 25 Whittier St., Boston, was arrested on a warrant.
Nathan Andrews, 31, 46 Tudor St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Abele McCabe, 30, 423 Eastern Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Omar Baires, 36, 57 Grove ST., Chelsea, was arrested for affray.
Nain Montiel, 46, 87 Garland St., Everett, was arrested for affray.
Philip Hebert, 38, 2022 General Delivery, Boston, was arrested on a warrant.
Juvenile Offender, 27, was arrested on warrants.
Edward Perez, 25, 501 Washington St., Lynn, was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Kelley McDougall, 29, 58 Newcomb Rd., Stoneham, was arrested for operating motor vehicle with suspended/revoked license and reckless operation of motor vehicle.
Guillermo Duran, 41, 11 John ST., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing Class B drug, conspiracy to violate drug law.
Miguel Figueroa, 22, 116 Hawthorne St., Chelsea, was arrested for distribution of Class B drug, possessing Class B drug, possessing ammunition without FID card, conspiracy to violate drug law, possessing to distribute Class B drug and drug violation near school/park.
Claudio Flores, 42, 83 Chester Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for operation of motor vehicle unlicensed.
Wayne Clark, 58, 10 Magnolia St., Dorchester, was arrested for possessing to distribute Class A drug, possessing to distribute Class B drug, possessing to distribute Class B drug, drug violation near school/park.
Jocelyn Valentin, 29, 23 Eleanor St., Chelsea, was arrested on probation warrant.