Teamsters Local 25 awarded college
scholarships worth $60,000 to 30 high school students at its May 19 membership
meeting, held at the Local 25 Union Hall. Nevena Jurisic, of Chelsea, was among
the recipients. A recent graduate of Chelsea High School, Ryan will attend
Salem State University fall. Nevena is the daughter of Tihomir Jurisic, a
Teamsters Local 25 member that works at Paul Revere Transportation.
“These students are the future of our
nation,” said Teamsters Local 25 President Sean M. O’Brien. “They are smart,
engaged and an example of all that is good in the world. If the achievements
and goals they have had so far is any indication, we can expect nothing but
greatness from the future generation.”
President O’Brien was joined by
Massachusetts Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-3), who helped present the student
“I am so proud of the 30 recipients of
the Teamsters Local 25 Scholarships. I grew up in a union household, and know
first-hand how important this kind of support can be to families working hard
to make ends meet so they can build a better life for themselves and their
children. Supporting one another is what union membership is all about. I look
forward to these students continuing to grow and make a positive impact in
their communities,” said Trahan.
Since 2006, Teamsters Local 25 has
awarded nearly $600,000 in scholarship funds. All students are children or
grandchildren of Local 25 members or retirees.
Local 25 is the largest Teamsters Union in New England, representing more than
It didn’t take long for Encore Boston Harbor
to establish itself as a major player in the New England boxing scene.
A sell-out crowd of 2,300 fans enjoyed an
action-packed show Friday night at the recently opened $2.6 billion resort
casino located in Everett. The show, promoted by Murphy’s Boxing, drew what is
believed to the largest crowd in years for a Boston-area boxing event.
Fans were awed by the ornate, spacious
ballroom that was transformed in to a major-league, Las Vegas-style boxing
venue. Fans had an unimpeded view of the ring from their seats.
The public address announcing system,
lighting, special effects, and four huge, high-definition televisions made it a
spectacular sight and sound experience.
The extra touches, like the free photo booth
in which fans could pose in different boxing gear and instantly receive a free
photo, was welcomed by all who participated in the experience.
Each fighter walked to the ring to the
accompaniment of his own personal entry music. Former world champions Tony
DeMarco of the North End and Mickey Ward of Lowell were honored with special
awards during the show.
Press Conference, Weigh-In Kick off the Show
The press conference and weigh-in for the
fighters was held one day before the show and that, too, was a special
experience as everyone knew that they were part of something historic – the
first ticketed event at Encore Boston Harbor.
Robert DeSalvio, president of Encore Boston
Harbor, personally welcomed the boxing community and Murphy’s Boxing to the
“Good afternoon, everyone, welcome to Encore
Boston Harbor,” began DeSalvio. “On behalf of the over 5,000 team members that
have joined us here, as you know, we are a new facility and one of our main
goals is that we could present a very diverse lineup of entertainment options
and a sporting events for our guests that visit the property.
“I can’t tell you how pleased we are to have
Ken Casey and Murphy’s Boxing here for our first championship boxing event,”
continued DeSalvio. “We feel this is a great way to kick off this new venue.”
DeSalvio’s appearance and welcoming remarks
were much appreciated by the boxers.
“This is awesome,” said main event fighter
Greg Vendetti of Stoneham. “I’m honored to be part of the first show [at
Encore]. Everyone has been really nice.”
Vendetti would go on to win a unanimous
decision over Michael Anderson and capture the IBA Junior Middleweight World Championship. Interestingly, Vendetti
was a linebacker for the Northeast Regional Vocational High School (Wakefield) football
Casey, frontman for the Dropkick Murphys and promoter, also spoke at the press
“This [Encore] is amazing and we’re honored to the first ticketed
event, that is exciting stuff, that’s history right there,” said Casey. “We
have big plans to bring amazing fights to this casino and hopefully some more
world title fights.”
Casey also thanked Encore for its
“I can’t say enough about how great Bob
[DeSalvio] and his staff have treated us – it’s a first-class venue all around.
The set-up [in the boxing venue] is pretty awesome.”
Everett Fans Join Large Crowd at the Show
Boxing fans from Everett joined fans across
New England at the show.
City Councillor Michael Marchese, a
three-sport athlete at Everett High School who played football for Moody Sarno,
said it was exciting to see Everett residents past and present, at the show.
“This is a fantastic venue and there’s life
back in Everett,” said Marchese. “It’s good to see people from Everett here and
plenty of faces coming back to Everett. The boxing has been outstanding and I
look forward to being back here in August for the next event.”
Former cruiserweight champion Richie “The
Mountain” LaMontagne of Everett drew a warm reception when he was introduced in
“I’m so proud of Everett – I love this venue
for boxing,” said LaMontagne. “It’s beautiful here. Encore has done a great
job. This is great for our city and New England boxing.”
Also seen in the crowd was former Everett
High tennis star Eric Glassoff, who is now a successful real estate agent.
“I can’t believe we’re in Everett, it feels
like we’re in Las Vegas,” said Glassoff.
Winthrop School Committee member Tino
Capobianco was also on hand for Encore’s first-ever show.
“The show has been great,” said Capobianco.
“There was no traffic getting here. I took the ferry from downtown. Everyone
here is having a great time. New England has a great history with boxing with
Rocky Marciano, Mickey Ward, Marvin Hagler, and Johnny Ruiz and it’s great to
see Encore carrying on that tradition.”
will hold its next boxing show at Encore on Aug. 23.
One hundred years ago, Lena Goldberg
started Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home by turning a small multi-family building
into a welcoming home for elders. Today that home has grown into Chelsea Jewish
Healthcare, one of New England’s leading healthcare organizations. The
non-profit operates campuses in Chelsea, Peabody and Longmeadow, employing more
than 2,000 individuals and taking care of more than 1,000 individuals every
day. While there has been extensive growth and expansion throughout years, one
thing never changed: the organization’s unwavering commitment to provide
high-quality, compassionate care in a “real” home setting.
“From the very beginning, our goal was to
provide the best possible care,” said Barry Berman, who has been CEO of Chelsea
Jewish Lifecare for more than 40 years. “We encourage our residents to make
their own choices and live their own lives by creating a warm and welcoming
atmosphere with a caring and compassionate staff.”
He further explained, “Living in a
residence that offers all the amenities of a real home greatly enhances the
quality of life for elderly and disabled individuals.”
Berman recalled coming to Chelsea Jewish
when he was only 23 and fresh out of graduate school.
“When they started this organization,
that was before MediCare, MediCaid and public health programs,” he said. “It
was just a bunch of Jewish women who saw elders that needed services and they
decided to buy a home and help them. When I started, I was only 23 and just got
out of graduate school. It was a small, 60-bed home that really needed an
incredible amount of work. I went to the Trustees and I was honest with them. I
said them I didn’t have a lot of experience, but we could all work together and
figure out how to do this so we can improve the home.”
By 1983, they were able to demolish the
home on Lafayette Avenue and build the brand new Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home –
a home that was just completely renovated and modernized this past year.
Over the past 100 years, Chelsea Jewish
Lifecare has achieved many similar and significant milestones.
The opening of the award-winning Leonard
Florence Center for Living in 2010, the first urban Green House skilled nursing
facility in the country, is one example. This revolutionary nursing home in
Chelsea includes 30 rooms devoted to individuals diagnosed with ALS
(amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and MS (multiple sclerosis). Individuals are
able to live as independently as possible through the cutting-edge technology
built into the center. Today the Leonard Florence Center takes care of more
individuals living with ALS under one roof than any place in the world.
The organization greatly expanded in 2016
with the addition of a Peabody campus and again in 2018 with the affiliation of
JGS Lifecare in Longmeadow. All three campuses reflect the organization’s
mission: to be the most respected provider of service-enriched residential care
and post-acute care for seniors and individuals living with debilitating
In 2017, the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home
underwent a dramatic $16 million renovation. The new building reflects a legacy
Green House skilled nursing model that can be easily duplicated by nursing
homes across the country. This concept sets the stage for new level of care in
“We came back to the home atmosphere that
our founder, Mrs. Goldberg, originally had in mind,” said Adam Berman,
president of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare. “What’s so unique about our model is that
we’ve combined contemporary design elements with the traditional concept of
making one’s home as warm and inviting as possible.”
On April 28, employees, residents,
families, friends and community members came together to celebrate the 100th
anniversary of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare. Governor Charlie Baker recognized this
momentous day by issuing a Citation in honor of
this special anniversary. Amidst dinner, dancing and emotional speeches,
attendees viewed a slide show with over 200 photos spanning the last 100 years.
A highlight of the event was a heartfelt tribute to the 49 staff members who
have worked at the organization for 25 years or more.
Barry Berman summed up the night
perfectly: “Our employees are the real reason behind our longevity. Without
them, we wouldn’t be here today.”
Looking to the future, Berman said they
will look to grow, but not hastily.
“We believe in growth, but we also
believe in very calculated and smart growth,” he said. “Some companies can grow
too fast. Although we are ready to grow, we are cautious about it…We do it with
our eyes wide open because we’re not going to grow just to grow.”
The Chelsea High Concert Band and Cantare
Choir gave yet another reason why it should be considered the best urban – or
suburban – music program in the state, taking home numerous awards at last
weekend’s Music in the Parks Festival.
The Festival took place at the Westfield
South Middle School and Westfield High School, and typically ends with an
awards ceremony and fun day at Six Flags New England. However, due to the
inclement weather, the Chelsea musicians had to be content with simply taking
home some of the top prizes in the state.
Cantare Director Pete Pappavaselio and
Concert Band Director Shannon Sullivan reported that both groups did
outstanding at the Festival.
The CHS Percussion Ensemble took first place
and received the highest adjudicated score of all of the ensembles present that
day, with a score of 98 (out of 100) and a rating of Superior.
The CHS Band received a rating of Excellent
and placed fourth overall.
The CHS Cantare received also received a
rating of Excellent and came in third place, and the CHS Choir received a
rating of Superior and came in second place. Additionally, Dimas Villanueva was
recognized as the Best Student Accompanist of the competing ensembles and
received an award for his guitar playing on “California Dreamin'” and
The CHS Band’s
next performance will be on Memorial Day at City Hall, at a ceremony which
begins at 9 a.m. All of these ensembles will be performing at Arts Night Out,
which is the combined year-end event with the Visual Arts Department. That
celebration is on Fri., May 31, with the art gallery opening at 6 p.m., and the
concert beginning at 7 p.m. Viewing the art gallery is free, and tickets to the
concert are $4.
New Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins has
quickly come to be known as an agent of change, a passionate advocate for
equity in the law and a solid leader ready to stand up for a cause – but few
know that before all that she was an elite Division 1 college athlete, and it
was on the playing field where she first gained her love and respect for the law.
Rollins grew up in a large family in
Cambridge, and sports were part of her family from the beginning, long before
she ever thought of the legal system.
Rollins said she was a team captain of every
sport she played going back to youth soccer, and an All-Scholastic in
basketball at Buckingham, Brown & Nichols School (BB&N), but it was on
the lacrosse field where she was the most outstanding. The sport – which was
somewhat newer to New England in the 1980s when she was in high school – was
fast moving and, having been recruited to play after a basketball practice,
Rollins had a great skill set to be a high achiever.
“I was the oldest of five siblings and my
parents worked very hard to make sure we got a great education,” she said. “I
got into BB&N after the third grade, but at one point my parents sat me
down and told me I was a good athlete and a good student and needed to get a
scholarship if I wanted to go to college.”
Her skills led her to a full Division 1
Scholarship to UMass-Amherst for lacrosse, this coming after winning a national
championship on the high school level in 1989. After an outstanding freshman
year, Rollins and her teammates were shocked to learn that their sport was
being eliminated by the university due to budget cuts.
Though she was able to keep her scholarship,
she said she eventually missed the athletic fields, and that’s when she and
some other women athletes turned to the law – which she found to be a powerful
leveler for those without much of a voice.
“At first, I was kind of relieved because I
didn’t have to wake up at 5 a.m. for conditioning anymore, but later I began to
miss sports,” she said. “I’d played sports my entire life and missed the
camaraderie you feel when you have the team behind you and you score a goal.
“We only had three or four scholarship
players and we were good,” she continued. “The men’s football team hadn’t won a
game in years and they had 75 full-time scholarships with everything provided
for them, including food and lodging. I didn’t know a lawyer or a judge, but it
seemed so unfair. Myself ,and a few other athletes from the women’s teams,
asked to meet with the Athletic Director.”
That meeting didn’t go so well, and there
was no change, but DA Rollins said everything changed when they got a lawyer.
“Our lawyer threatened a Title 9 lawsuit,”
she said. “The AD completely changed his tune. We got all or our teams
re-instituted after a while.”
Rollins – who attended Northeastern
University Law School after UMass – said it was her first taste at how the law
can be used to empower and bring about justice.
And it was a powerful experience.
“I saw that lawyers matter and words
matter,” she said. “As a young person, I thought, ‘Oh my God, lawyers are
awesome.’ They make everyone fall into line and things change.”
It was the defining moment she points to
after a long legal career with MassPort, the MBTA, and now as the Suffolk
District Attorney, where the law became her passion.
However, when it came to leadership –
another characteristic she said has been critical as the newly-elected DA in an
office that has had the same leader for almost two decades – it was what
happened after the teams were re-instated that taught her the most.
She said when the team was finally brought
back, she was the only player left with any real experience. Most of the
players and coaches had been plucked from other sports like track and
volleyball. The elite athlete soon found herself the captain of a team that
couldn’t win a game to save themselves.
Yet, she said it was the most important time
of her life, leading a team that likely wasn’t going to win, but could still
accomplish some goals in the meantime.
“It was one of the best learning experiences
I ever had,” she said. “You show up with a smile on your face and give 100
percent even when things aren’t going well. It taught me character…Anyone can
be present when things are going great, but where are you when things get hard?
Do you still show up? I like to say it costs very little to pay someone a
compliment or be respectful. Yet so few do it.”
That kind of optimism for a competitive
person in the midst of a losing season was life changing.
“What’s beautiful is to learn not to be
discouraged and to be optimistic,” she said. “Those are actually the years I
broke records because the numbers of goals I scored. There are still records
out there 26 or 27 years later that I set and I’m proud to say I still hold.”
Certainly, the end of her athletic career
did not mean an end to those valuable lessons. In fact, she said, it has been
sports that taught her about justice and leadership.
“We are breaking down barriers,” she said.
“When you see a woman in leadership roles, it happens quite often that in the
past that woman had some athletic ability or played some sport. It teaches us
about inclusion or teamwork or perseverance. Sports doesn’t care about how much
money you have or where you live, it’s about how well you perform on the field.
It’s a great leveler. It’s been invaluable for me.”
And in the office, she is adjusting to being
that new person who is also the leader of the office. That, she said, takes the
kind of skills she honed on the athletic fields some years ago.
“I’m the new person to the team here in the
DA’s office and I’m also their leader,” she said. “Change is difficult. What I
try to do is show up, know the great work they do and be as encouraging and
purposeful as I can.”
Nowadays, Rollins doesn’t spend much time on
the playing field, but still enjoys watching her daughter run track, where she
has won national championships in the 100m and 200m races. Such things are
encouraging, she said, to see girls and young women have so many opportunities
that were hard-fought by the generation ahead of them – a generation such as
the women athletes like Rollins who used the legal system to challenge decision
“It’s really exciting to see young women are
getting the same opportunities men have had a long time,” she said. “Being
excited for my young girls playing sports doesn’t take away from my excitement
for young men playing sports. We want everyone to have the opportunity for
success, on and off the field.”
Rollins indicates her office will be more present at crime scenes
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael
Rollins said one change she has made immediately to the office is making sure
at major crime scenes, she and members of her office are on scene.
That includes homicides and other such
Whether in Boston, Chelsea, Revere or
Winthrop, she said it is important to be present at the scene, even if it’s the
middle of the night.
She said she has instructed everyone to call
her no matter what time, and not to wait for the morning to brief her on major
“For me, it’s important to kind of be
proximate and present when things happen so people know we not only handle the
case, but also we had boots on the ground from the beginning. A lot of the work
we do is behind the scenes and people don’t see it…So, it’s important they see
us and we experience what they are dealing with because it really makes us have
insight into the work we do every single day.”
She said that,
particularly at homicides, she and her office would make every effort to be on
scene throughout the county.
Encore Boston Harbor has announced it will open an upscale steakhouse within its $2.6 billion resort, featuring waterfront views and the most unique steak program in New England.
‘Rare Steakhouse’ will also highlight
exquisite and hard-to-find bourbon and scotch selections, as well as a
thoughtful offering of local distilled spirits and craft beers. Encore Boston
Harbor’s Wine Director Miklos Katona has expertly curated a wine list featuring
vintages from world-renowned producers.
Under the careful supervision of Executive
Chef Taylor Kearney, Rare Steakhouse will allow guests to experience authentic
Japanese Wagyu, including Kobe from the Hyogo Prefecture, cut from 100 percent
Tajima Cattle; Ideue from the Kagoshima Prefecture; and the uniquely
distinctive Sanuki Olive Beef from the Seto Inland Sea. American Wagyu will be
sourced from Snake River Farms in Idaho and several other cuts provided through
an exclusive partnership with Pat LaFreida Meat Purveyors in New Jersey.
Rare Steakhouse will leverage a
state-of-the-art, dry-aging process on-site.
“For more than 10 years, we have worked
closely with international and domestic partners to develop the steak programs
at our resorts in Las Vegas and Macau,” said Warren Richards, Executive
Director of Food and Beverage. “These efforts today will result in the most
unique steak program in New England. Rare Steakhouse will be the only
certified end-user of authentic Kobe beef in New England. We are thrilled
to provide guests with this exclusive dining experience at Encore Boston Harbor.”
The menu will also comprise market-driven
ingredients, including locally farmed produce, dairy and day-boat caught
seafood. Rare Steakhouse’s beverage program will feature sought-after varietals
and vintages from around the world, complementing all selections.
Vicente Wolf, who led the initial iteration
of SW Steakhouse in Wynn Las Vegas, designed Rare Steakhouse. Entering the
restaurant, guests can expect a comfortable, well-lit bar and dining space,
with indoor and outdoor patio seating, and intimate private dining options.
Views of the Mystic River and Harborwalk span its perimeter.
Rare Steakhouse will be open seven days a
week for dinner. It is one of 15 dining and lounge venues at Encore Boston
Harbor, ranging from fine dining to casual fare. Previously announced
•Sinatra, the Forbes Travel Guide
Award-winning Italian restaurant that is located in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.
•Fratelli, a casual Italian restaurant
created by North End entrepreneurs Frank DePasquale and Nick Varano.
•Mystique, an Asian-fusion restaurant and
lounge with views of the Mystic River, developed by Big Night Entertainment
•Memoire, a glamorous nightclub overlooking the
casino floor, also developed by Big Night Entertainment Group.
Stephanie Simon takes second place in the long jump at all-state meet
Chelsea High track star Stephanie Simon
captured second place in the long jump at last Saturday’s All-State Meet that
was held at the Reggie Lewis Center.
Simon was in third place approaching her
third and final jump of the day, but her leap of 18′-2.25″, which was five
inches better than her top jump to that point, propelled her into the second
spot, behind only Jada Johnson of Sharon, who had the best jump of the day at
Stephanie had advanced to the all-states by
taking first place the previous week in the Division 2 meet with a jump of
17′-9″. Thanks to her second-place finish at the all-state meet, Simon now
will compete in the All-New England Meet this Saturday.
competed in the 55 meter dash on Saturday, finishing in 16th place with a
clocking of 7.48 seconds. Stephanie had grabbed third place in the D-2 Meet the
week before to advance to the all-states.
The Chelsea Fire Department welcomes local families to a free Open House on Saturday, October 13, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The open house, sponsored by Papa Gino’s, is aimed at teaching families fire safety and prevention practices. The Chelsea Fire Department Open House will be held at 307 Chestnut St.
This open house commemorates National Fire Safety week. Participants will receive safety tips such as “stop, drop and roll”, learn how to plan escape routes and how to crawl safely through a smoke-filled room. In addition, Papa Gino’s, the Dedham, Mass.-based pizza chain, will provide free pizza and children’s fire safety activity sheets at the open house.
“This open house event allows us to reach out to the community and arm local families with fire safety tips and procedures,” said Chief Leonard Albanese.
Papa Gino’s is celebrating its 24th anniversary of sponsoring fire safety open houses throughout New England to encourage families to learn about fire safety.
For more information about the Chelsea Fire Department open house, call Deputy Chief Richard Perisie at (617)466-4620.
A proposal for a marijuana cultivation and retail establishment has been proposed for the former King Arthur’s strip club site on Beacham Street adjacent to the New England Produce Center.
GreenStar Herbals has scheduled a community outreach meeting for Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. in City Hall. The proposal would be for 200 Beacham St., and the meeting would be for questions and a presentation.
The community outreach meeting is the first step in the long process to get a license for selling and/or growing marijuana in Chelsea. By state regulations, Chelsea would likely have to award at least four licenses throughout the City in the designated zoning areas. So far, three community outreach meetings from three separate companies have taken place.
Attorney Jay Paul Satin, of Revere, will be representing GreenStar.
Ocean animals don’t always draw national attention, but once every year, they become a media sensation. That time of the year is back. First aired on July 17, 1988, Shark Week returned to Discovery Channel this week to celebrate its 30-year anniversary.
The 10-show lineup launched with a bang on Sunday, starring the week’s host Shaquille O’Neal and UFC Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey, among others. O’Neal made headlines, when a small shark entered the former NBA star’s protective cage, forcing him to get pulled out of the water.
Shark Week will have featured 26 shows in all, when the two-hour special of Naked and Afraid of Sharks run on Sunday, July 29.
But as visibility of white sharks have seemingly increased in recent years, one must wonder if sharks are as great a threat as Shark Week makes them out to be.
“Shark Week has gotten much better in terms of their science content around [sharks], but as is common to most media and TV, their promotions of it often still promotes the idea of sharks as being dangerous or a threat,” said Tony LaCasse, of the New England Aquarium. “We play on the fear aspect that most people have of large predators.”
People should still be careful around sharks, but the likelihood of a fatal shark attack is fairly uncommon, LaCasse said. In fact, the last fatal shark attack in Massachusetts happened in 1936; the last non-fatal shark attack was in 2014, when two kayakers safely escaped a great white shark that bit their boats.
His biggest tip on cautionary measures against sharks? “If you’re swimming in the outer cape, and you see a seal in the water, get out of the water,” LaCasse said. “That’s going to minimize the chance that you have an accident.”
LaCasse said New England has always been home to a small population of white sharks, but with seals under the protection of the U.S. federal law, population of seals, the preferred prey of white sharks, have increased drastically in areas including Chatham and Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.
“Over time, all those white sharks [Massachusetts has] that were dispersed throughout New England are concentrating around the elbow of Cape Cod because that’s where their food is,” LaCasse said of the increased visibility of the white sharks.
“If you’re going to the outer cape, the thing that hurts most people are other people,” LaCasse said.
This won’t be the only time this summer will feature sharks on air, as The Meg will be released in theaters on August 10. The film is based on Steve Alten’s 1997 science-fiction novel, Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror.
The film features Jason Statham, Rainn Wilson and Ruby Rose. Despite the name’s similarity, The Meg is unrelated to the 2004 horror Megalodon or the Megashark franchise.