North Suffolk Mental Health Association Partnering With CHA to Fight Opioid Epidemic in Local Cities

North Suffolk Mental Health Association Partnering With CHA to Fight Opioid Epidemic in Local Cities

Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an academic community health-system serving Everett and Boston’s metro-north region, is teaming up with the North Suffolk Mental Health Association (NSMHA) to help get individuals struggling with addiction connected to treatment by piloting a new recovery-coach program at CHA Everett Hospital. Two coaches from NSMHA are now available to patients who struggle with addiction or present with mental health issues in the Emergency Department, inpatient psychiatry and CHA’s med-surg units.

The total number of estimated and confirmed opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts, through the first nine months of 2017, was over 1,400 – a 10-percent reduction from the same period in 2016. At the same time, from 2012 – 2016, over 70 people in Everett died from opioid misuse.

The pilot program places recovery coaches in direct contact with patients, on a voluntary basis, following an overdose reversal with naloxone, the lifesaving anti-opioid medication. The aim is to link individuals to treatment and recovery services locally. Other patients may present with medical conditions related to substance use and the recovery coach can use this opportunity to engage the patient in treatment.

“A recovery coach is a person who helps remove personal and environmental obstacles to recovery, noted Kim Hanton, director of addiction services at the North Suffolk Mental Health Association.”

“Coaches serve as personal guides and mentors supporting individual and family recovery where support networks are limited.  NSMHA has incorporated this model throughout the addiction division since 2013.  We are thrilled to partner with CHA sharing each of our expertise to build a continuum of support which begins at the most vulnerable time – entrance into the emergency department”

CHA’s chief of emergency medicine, Benjamin Milligan, MD, and a group of providers in the Emergency Department, including Josh Mularella, DO, Emily Adams, PA, and Christine Trotta, PA, ran the Boston Marathon last year and dollars raised through their efforts helped to fund the pilot initiative.

NSMHA’s recovery coaches are trained and certified professionals who guide or mentor patients seeking recovery support from alcohol and other drug addictions. Recovery coaches do not provide clinical services, instead they offer the critical support or link to the services and resources that a person needs to achieve and sustain recovery.

“We are excited to have recovery coaches embedded at CHA Everett Hospital and believe they will strengthen the hospital’s role as a link in patient’s long-term ‘chain of recovery,’” commented Melisa Lai- Becker, MD, site chief of emergency medicine at CHA Everett Hospital. “The ability to partner a patient immediately with a peer who is able to help them navigate to the next link in the chain is invaluable. We are optimistic that the program will have a lasting impact and we may expand the initiative in the future providing a model for a potential statewide network of peer recovery coaches.”

Immediate support when a crisis occurs is vital for effective engagement in recovery and treatment. When a patient arrives at the CHA Everett Hospital Emergency Department he/she is offered a NSMHA recovery coach during peak hours (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

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Good Samaritans Help Injured Dog in Everett

Good Samaritans Help Injured Dog in Everett

Jamie-Lee Hersey, of Wakefield, was driving along Revere Beach Parkway at approximately 11 p.m. on Tuesday night when she came across a severely injured dog in the middle of the road alongside Simoniz Car Wash.  Instinctively, she immediately pulled over to help the dog, and was joined by another good Samaritan, Chris Desrochers, of Revere, who stopped to assist.

Together, Hersey and Desrochers barricaded the small dog between barrels at the car wash in order to shield it from further injury as they contacted the Everett Police Department.

Within minutes, Everett Animal Control Officer Stacia Gorgone was on scene to assist, despite being off duty at the time.  Gorgone described the scene as gruesome.

“The bottom half of his body was mutilated” she said about the small dog, and she suspected that he would need a leg amputation if he managed to survive.

A video reveals the dog was idle in the middle of the road, but the injuries are more consistent with a fall as opposed to being struck by a vehicle.  After the story circulated on social media,  Animal Control received an anonymous tip that someone had witnessed what they believed was a sweatshirt, thrown from a vehicle window at the same location within the same time range.  The Everett Police Department are currently investigating whether these injuries were a case of abuse or an unintentional accident.  Nobody has come forward to claim the dog as their own.

“It’s not clear if it’s intentional or an accident,” Gorgone explained, concerned after hearing the witness account.

While vets originally tried to save the dog’s leg, Gorgone shared the dog has since had his leg amputated, but is under great care.

“He is doing amazing,” she shared.  “He got his leg amputated as to not prolong suffering.”

The dog is currently under care with the DogMother LLC, a local holding facility for animals.  Due to high medical bills, a GoFundMe has been set up to alleviate expenses.  Already, over $9,000 has been accumulated, but volunteers are working relentlessly to raise more funding.

Since the incident, Hersey and Desrochers have already been in the process of adopting rescue dogs of their own.  Gorgone, who is an advocate for animal rescue, explained this is the silver lining to the injured pup’s story:  “Not only did they save this dog, but they were inspired to rescue other dogs, too.”

Donations can be made at and anyone with further information about the indecent is encouraged to contact the Everett Police Department at 617-387-1212.

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Viaduct Project Reconsidering Elimination of 5th Street On-Ramp

Viaduct Project Reconsidering Elimination of 5th Street On-Ramp

After a packed meeting last Wednesday, Jan. 24, project managers for the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) said they are reconsidering a recommendation to eliminate the 5th Street onramp as part of the overall three-year Chelsea Viaduct Rehabilitation project.

Joseph Pavao, project manager, said a consultant for MassDOT told them it was believed the onramp could be eliminated. It was believed that the Everett Street ramp and Cottage Street ramp could absorb the traffic.

However, Pavao said they have heard loud and clear from the community that it might not be popular.

“As of right now, it’s still under consideration,” he said. “We have certainly heard the concerns of the local community. We certainly heard it loud and clear at the meeting last week…After an internal study, we thought we could handle any traffic from the closure with the ramps at Cottage Street and Everett Avenue. However, based on community feedback and elected officials, we are reconsidering that and seeing if it’s a prudent thing to do on this project.”

He did say they would definitely be closing the 5th Street onramp at least temporarily for about three or four months in 2020 during the repairs to the superstructure of the Viaduct. Beyond that, though, they are reconsidering the original plan to fully discontinue it.

That reconsideration came chiefly from Councilor Roy Avellaneda and other elected officials and business leaders that sounded off late last year when it was first reported that the ramp might close.

Concerns about traffic coming down Broadway and further clogging Everett Avenue were chief among the comments.

Pavao said they have met with City Manager Tom Ambrosino recently about a mitigation package that was presented to MassDOT late last year. He also said that he hopes to be on the agenda of the next Chelsea City Council meeting to present an official mitigation plan for the project.

The project is now at 25 percent design, and they are hoping to advance it to a final design very soon. He said they hope to have it advertised to bidders this spring.

“We want to advertise this for bids in late March or early April,” he said.

The project includes fixing about 260,000 sq. ft. of structurally deficient decking and superstructure. It doesn’t mean those portions of the viaduct are unsafe, but they certainly need to be repaired.

The project also includes work on the structure below the bridge, improving lighting, improving drainage and making parking lot improvements under the bridge.

They hope to have a contractor on board soon and potentially start in October 2018. The majority of the work will begin in 2019, and that will be on the underneath of the bridge and won’t impact Rt. 1 traffic.

In 2020, that’s when the superstructure work will begin and that will be very cumbersome for traffic.

“That’s when we’ll have permanent lane reductions to two lanes in both directions,” he said.

He said they will use accelerated bridge repair techniques, and they will work 12 weekends (55 hours each weekend) during the project.

It is slated to end in early 2021 with paving and small items.

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Obituaries 11-09-2017

Obituaries 11-09-2017

John Petrillo

Of Revere

John Petrillo of Revere died on November 2.

A member of Local 25, he was the beloved son of Ralph Petrillo Jr. of Revere and the late Maureen Yolanda (Simone); cherished brother of Tayla Yolanda Simone of Revere and the late Ralph Petrillo III; loving uncle of Talia Yolanda Petrillo, Kelsey and Aryana and is also survived by Thomas Puzzo who loved him like his own son, cousins Guz Diaz and Julia Kariuki and by many caring cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home,  Revere.   For guest book please visit

Rosemary Sullivan

Of Chelsea

Rosemary A. (Mahoney) Sullivan of Chelsea, formerly of Readville, passed away on November 5 at the age of 89.

Rosemary was born in Boston to Thomas and Margaret Mahoney.

A homemaker for much of her life,  after raising her children, she spent many years working for Boston Children’s Hospital and Cathedral High School, both in Boston. After retirement, Rosemary enjoyed spending time with her family, including her grandchildren and great grandchildren. More recently, Rosemary would spend her days reading and watching her favorite programs on television as well as birdwatching and spending time with her favorite dogs.

The wife of the late Robert Sullivan, she was the beloved mother of Robert Sullivan of Westfield, Daniel Sullivan and his wife, Dome of Virginia and Kathleen “Kathy” Randazzo and her husband, Richard of Chelsea, Pastoral Associate of Immaculate Conception Church in Everett and the late Paul Sullivan. Rosemary is lovingly survived by her grandchildren: Lisa, Dan, Heather, Rich, Brian, Krissy, Kaitlyn, Dee, Matt and Corey, as well as her greatgrandchildren: Drea, Maggie, Rowynn and Alexandria. She is also the dear sister to siblings Marie Prata of Beverly (formerly of Readville) and her late husband Tony, Jeanne Pratt and her husband, Chris of California and Thomas Mahoney and his wife, Judy of Washington and many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be from the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, November 10 at 8 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Immaculate Conception Church, 489 Broadway, Everett at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.  Visiting hours in the Funeral Home are on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be at Brookdale Cemetery in Dedham.

Mary DeCristoforo

Fan of current events, football and Facebook

Mary L. (Domenichello) DeCristoforo of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, passed away in the loving presence of her beloved family in the early morning hours of Thursday November 2. She was 81 years old.

 Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a beloved daughter of the late Michael A. Domenichello, Sr. and Marie (Courtney) Spadafora-Domenichello.  Mary attended local schools and received her early education in Chelsea.  A resident of Chelsea for most of her life, she resided for the past 30 years in Revere together with her beloved husband Kenneth.

In her lifetime, Mary enjoyed keeping up with current events, following football, and staying in touch with her many friends posting and sharing her recent happenings on Facebook.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 47 years, Kenneth A. DeCristoforo. She was the devoted mother of Robert DiOrio and his wife ,Terry of Chelsea and Kenneth M. DeCristoforo with his friend and companion Bonnie Douglas; cherished grandmother of Robert J. “RJ” DiOrio and his wife, Catherine of Connecticut and Deryn DiOrio of Chelsea and the dear sister of Rose Buckley,  Ellen Russell and Michael Domenichello, Jr.

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

Charles Melvin

Long time Chelsea School Crossing Guard

Charles R. Melvin passed away on Friday evening, November 3 in the loving presence of his beloved wife.  He was 84 years old.

Born and raised in Everett, a son of the late Charles and Ruth (Leonard) Melvin, he received his education in Everett attending local schools.  He enlisted in the US Navy, d served honorably during the Korean Conflict, returned to Everett and for the next 34 years he worked for Touraine Paints in Everett.

Forty-six years ago, he married his beloved wife, Barbara (Doncaster-Broman) and settled in Chelsea. For the past 20 years, Charles worked for the Chelsea School Dept. as a School Crossing Guard. Rarely ever missing a day he loved his assignments watching out for the school children and parents to and from school.

During his lifetime, Charles enjoyed family camping and prided himself as an amateur horseshoe player.  His love was family, centering around his grandchildren.

in addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by a sister, June Windsor.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Barbara N. (Doncaster-Broman) Melvin of Chelsea. He was the devoted father of Theresa N. Rosati and her husband, Anthony of Wells, ME. Chelsea Police Officer Timothy T. Broman, Sr. and his wife, Angela of Wilmington and Dawn Egan and her husband, John of Laconia NH.  He was the cherished grandfather of Chelsea Police Dispatcher Zachary T. Broman, Timothy T. Broman and Chelsea Police Officer Thomas M. Broman, John and Jacqueline Egan and the dear brother of James Melvin of Melrose, Ruth Currie of Seattle, WA and Donna Blake of Lynn.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.  Interment was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Ribenia Ramos de Girald

Of Chelsea, formerly of Honduras

Rubenia A. Ramos de Girald

Of Chelsea passed away on Friday, November 3 after a long illness. She was 77 years old.

Born and raised in Olanchito-Yoro, Honduras, she has been a resident of Chelsea for the past 29 years. Rubenia worked with commercial fisheries in Gloucester as a packager for many years. She enjoyed trips to visit Honduras, traveling to New York City and Puerto Rico.

She was predeceased by her parents, Tomas Carcamo and Anselma Ramos, her husband, Jesus Girald and four of her nine children. She was the devoted mother of Erica Calixa of Chelsea. She is also survived by two daughters, two sons, numerous grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and two brothers in Honduras.

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

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Shakirah Hammonds-Vega

Of Chelsea

Shakirah Hammonds-Vega of Chelsea died on November 4.

The devoted daughter of Brenda I. Vega of Chelsea and Shyreak A. Hammonds of Boston, she was the beloved sister of Carlos Ayuso-Vega of Chelsea, cherished granddaughter of Ana Maria Vega of Chelsea, Peggie Hammonds of South Carolina and the late Juan Vega-Crespo and is also lovingly survived by her aunts and uncles, Juan R. Vega and his wife, Carolyn, Anna Iris Vega, Wanda Vega and Edward Vega, all of Chelsea, Kim Hammonds of South Carolina, Asya McCord of South Carolina and Rhakeem J. Kinard of Boston, as well as her cousins, Alexander, Anthony, Adrianna, Angelina, Julian, Jazmine, Selinnet, Edward, Jr., Nilda and Octavian and fondly remembered by her stepfather Carlos Ayuso.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, November 10 at 10 a.m. All attending are to go directly to the church, parking is available across from the church behind the rectory. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea will be today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Committal services are private. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to www.youcaring/shakirah

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Police Briefs 08-31-2017

Police Briefs 08-31-2017


Chelsea Police and State Police assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office responded Wednesday afternoon to an unattended death on Webster Avenue, where an adult male was found deceased in a vehicle outside his home.

Based on the presence of an unknown white powder on the deceased’s body, a Fire Department hazardous materials team responded and took a sample that is currently being transported to a state lab for testing.

It was the first time that the Police Department has used new protocols from Chief Brian Kyes to handle Fentanyl situations. That came after two officers were sent to the hospital with complications after being exposed to Fentanyl during an incident this month.


On Aug. 17, at 1:03 a.m., Officers were flagged down by a witness in the area near Bellingham Square. The witness stated that a male was stabbed near 196 Shurtleff St. Officers responded and spoke to th victim who stated that he was “hanging out” with a female when a male party approached and pulled out a butterfly style knife and subsequently slashed the victim across the face.

The victim was transported to MGH Boston for a laceration to his face.

During the investigation it was revealed that all parties knew each other and a suspect was placed into custody.

Rigoberto Ramirez, 39, of 23 Eleanor St., was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, mayhem, and carrying a dangerous weapon (second offense).


On Aug. 25, at 3:59 p.m., officers responded to a fight in progress at Broadway and Second St. Upon arrival, the suspect was observed fleeing the scene. After a brief foot pursuit, the suspect was placed into custody for assault on a person over 60. The victim was treated for injuries at CHA Everett.

Kirk Crowley, 49, of 855 Broadway, was charged with assault and battery on a person 60 or over.


On Aug. 19, at 6:14 a.m., a break into a motor vehicle was reported at 113 Cook Ave. The victim provided the suspects’ descriptions to officers. While canvasing the area, officers encountered a suspect who took off on foot in opposite directions. After a foot pursuit, the subject was placed into custody. Three credit cards, and iPhone 6S, $70 USC, and a pocket knife were located on his person.

A 15-year-old juvenile from Everett was charged with breaking and entering in the day for a felony, receiving a stolen credit card, and carrying a dangerous weapon.


One Aug. 26, at 2:50 a.m., police responded to an Assault at the Wyndham Hotel, located at 201 Maple St. Victim was located outside the hotel. He had sustained a severe laceration to the back of his head. The victim stated that he was assaulted by several male parties outside of room #501, one of which struck him in the back of the head with a bottle. The victim subsequently was transported to MGH Boston for treatment. After further investigation, three suspects were placed into custody.

Daniel Prito, 27, of 201 Everett Ave.,; Adalberto Pineda, 24, of Malden; and Eric Romero, 24, of Malden; were all charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.


On Aug. 18, at 2:39 a.m., a victim flagged down Officers in the area near Fourth Street and Pearl Street. The victim stated that he was robbed at knife point by two male and two female parties. The suspects attempted to steal his money, but were only able to get his car keys before fleeing the scene.

The victim suffered a minor laceration to a finger, which he was treated on scene by EMS. After further investigation, three individuals were placed into custody. A warrant has been obtained for the fourth person involved.

Stephen Panzino, 39, of Everett; Johnna Grimaldi, 34, of Everett; and Michael Alden, 43, of Reading; were all charged with armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Police Log

Monday, 8/14/17

Alexandria Andrades, 26, 16 Bryant St. Everett, was arrested for assault and battery on a police officer, reckless operation of motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, speeding and stop sign violation.

Tia Tavares, 25, 70 Shawmut St., Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.

Tuesday, 8/15/17

Josue Estrada, 33, 55 Heard St., Chelsea, was arrested for larceny from building.

Wednesday, 8/16/17

Matthew White, 25, 366 Vane St., Revere, was arrested on unarmed robbery.

Thursday, 8/17/17

Rigoberto Ramirez, 39, 23 Eleanor St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, mayhem and dangerous carrying a dangerous weapon,(2nd offense).

Egno Wilva, 26, 22 H igh St., Everett, was arrested for breaking and entering daytime, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer, and warrants.

Friday, 8/18/17

Stephen Panzino, 39, 295 Chelsea St., Everett, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed robbery.

Johnna Grimaldi, 34, 161 Union St., Everett, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed robbery.

Michael Alden, 43, 122 Village St., Reading, was arrested for armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and warrant.

Saturday, 8/19/17

Juvenile Offender, 15, Breaking and entering daytime, receiving stolen credit card, carrying dangerous weapon.

Robert Messina, 46, 150 Staniford St., Boston, was arrested on a warrant.

Luz Rodriguez, 55, 835 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for harassment prevention violation and threat to commit crime.

Scott Gaskill, 34, 12 Greenwood Pl., Lynn, was arrested for shoplifting.

Sunday, 8/20/17

Jose Rivera, 49, 143 Main St., Woburn, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage in public.

Tuesday, 8/22/17

Ramon Pagan, 56, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage in public.

Wednesday, 8/23/17

Kristopher Valdes, 40, 50 Parker St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

David Deus, 30, 98 Spring St., Medford, was arrested on a warrant.

Thursday, 8/24/17

Walter Saravia-Calix, 22, 57 Burma Rd., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Ramon Pagagn, 56, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage in public.

Friday, 8/25/17

Joseph Sarro, 54, 17 Court St., Boston, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage in public.

Kirk Crowley, 49, 855 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery on a +60/siabled person.

Saturday, 8/26/17

Daniel Prito, 27, 201 Everett Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Adalberto Pineda, 24, 46 Roberts St., Malden, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Eric Romero, 24, 46 Robert St., Malden, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Sunday, 8/27/19

Cristian Polanco, 22, 30 Cary Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

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Returning Home:Phunk Phenomenon Dance Seeks New Home in Chelsea

Returning Home:Phunk Phenomenon Dance Seeks New Home in Chelsea

By Cary Shuman

Reia Briggs-Connor

Reia Briggs-Connor

Chelsea native Reia Briggs-Connor, who has built the Phunk Phenomenon Dance Complex in to the No. 1 name in hip-hop dance in Greater Boston, is looking for another home.

Briggs-Connor, a former New England Patriots cheerleader, learned in April that the building on Revere Beach Parkway in Everett that housed her dance studio would be demolished. The studio started on Ferry Street in Everett before moving to the old Harley Davidson building on Route 16.

“We received notice in April and my end-of-the-year recital was in May,” related Briggs-Connor.

The former Chelsea High School cheerleader and Miss Chelsea pageant winner has turned her attention to her hometown and has begun talks with developers about a site in Chelsea close to the Everett border.

“I’d really love to be back in Chelsea where I came from,” said Briggs-Connor, daughter of Barbara Casino Casino of Chelsea. “I’m looking for a new location and have a specific spot in mind and I’m going through the process of signing a lease.”

Briggs-Connor’s ascension to the top of the local hip hop scene took hard work, talent, vision, and a supportive family that includes her husband, Everett Police officer Rick Connor, and their two children, Jared Connor, 12, who suffers from a rare disease, San Filippo Syndrome (the family conducts an annual fundraising event, Jared’s Run, each year), and Aaron, 7, who is a rising dancer and Pop Warner and Little League player.

Phunk Phenomeon has grown steadily to a current enrollment of 450 students of all ages. Phunk has gained considerable recognition for creating the Boston Celtics Junior Dance Team that performs in front of 18,000 fans at Celtics’ home games.

 Phunk showcased its national credentials by earning a spot on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew” show that was videotaped in California. Phunk dancers also appeared on “America’s Got Talent” and were a finalist for Jennifer Lopez’s new show, “World of Dance.”

“My dancers and I have been blessed enough to meet a lot of celebrities such as Busta Rhymes and Salt-N-Pepa and a lot of old-school rappers and hip hop artists. They love it that we keep hip hop alive from the foundation and all its high energy.”

A graduate of Wheelock College, Briggs-Connor is proud of her studio’s legacy and looking forward to building on its stature as the hub of youth hip-hop dancing – at a new location in Chelsea.

“I think the popularity of our studio, aside from the opportunities that our students get, is the family-oriented space that we offer and staying true to hip hop dance and its foundations. Basically it’s the love and care that goes in to the kids and we accept kids of all levels of dance ability. We build their confidence.”

 Briggs-Connor said her goal as a studio owner and professional instructor hasn’t changed since opening in Everett in 2001.

“Hopefully I can help more kids in Chelsea and all the surrounding communities. That’s always been my goal. I want to help these kids learn and appreciate the joys of dance and teamwork and have a positive outlook on life.”

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Obituaries 07-27-2017

Obituaries 07-27-2017

Nicholas Martinez- Romero

Fitness enthusiast

Nicholas Melvin Martinez-Romero passed away at Novant Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, NC on July 13 while undergoing treatment for an aggressive cancer illness.  He was 50 years old.

 He was born and raised in Apastepeque, San Vicente, El Salvador and he was a son of Antonio A. Martinez and Josefa Romero de Martinez, both at home in El Salvador.  Nicolas came to the area 20 years ago as a young man and settled in East Boston.  He worked for most of that time as an environmental specialist with Spaulding Hospital/North End Rehabilitation in Boston.  Nicolas was dedicated to fitness and exercise, he enjoyed playing soccer and was a devoted uncle and second father figure to his many nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his brothers Yany Martinez-Romero and Francisco Martinez-Romero, both of Chelsea, Jesus Martinez-Romero of East Boston and Alberto Martinez-Romero of North Carolina  He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.  Nicolas will be later repatriated to El Salvador for future services and burial in his home town of Apastepeque.

Virginia ‘Ginny’ Grayson

Administrative Assistant at  Everett Board of Health

Virginia M. “Ginny” Grayson, of Chelsea, formerly of Everett, passed away unexpectedly in her Chelsea home on July 17.  She was 58 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a beloved daughter of Virginia M. (Garrity) Grayson of Salem and the late Bernard T. Grayson, Sr.  Ginny attended local schools and graduated from St. Rose High School, Class of 1977.  She made her home in Everett for most of her life, working and raising two sons. She has resided in Chelsea for the past two years.

As a young mother and homemaker she began her career as an office administrator with the Massachusetts General Hospital.  For the past 13 years she was employed at Everett City Hall working at various departments there but primarily she was an Administrative Assistant with the Everett Board of Health.  She was an athletic person who enjoyed playing high school basketball, racquetball, other sports and was a member of a women’s softball leagueplaying for team “NE Tel” in Boston.

She will best be remembered as a person with a big heart, always putting others needs before her own, volunteering for blood drives, fund raisers and other worthy endeavors to help people in need.

Along with her mother, she is also survived by her two sons; Christopher Pothier of Somerville and Matthew Pothier of Stafford, VA; the dearly loved sister of William Grayson, Dorothy Grayson and her husband, William Papa, all of Salem, Bernie Grayson, Jr. and his wife, Cathy of Tewksbury and John Grayson and his wife, Laurie of Reading. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.  Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Thomas A. Rosa

Of Wakefield, formerly of Chelsea 

Thomas A. Rosa, age 72, of Wakefield, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully Tuesday, July 11 at his residence.

Born in Everett on April 21, 1945 he was the son of the late Albert and Jessica (Szczepankowski) Rosa.

Mr. Rosa was raised in Chelsea and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He then attended Saint John’s Seminary. Mr. Rosa had worked and retired from the Chelsea Soldiers Home where he had been the Director of Human Resources. He had been a Wakefield resident for the past 12 years and was a dedicated member of St. Joseph Church.

He was the beloved husband of Nancy A. (Canty) Rosa. He was the loving father of Wendy Quatieri and her husband John of Peabody, Kristin Zimini and her husband John of Abington, and Jennifer Rosa of Wakefield. He was the brother of the late Joyce Rosa. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Nicholas & his fiancée Alexandra, Michael, Anthony, Alyssa & her husband Michael, and Kasie.

His Funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St., Wakefield at 10am. Interment to follow at Lakeside Cemetery,

Wakefield. Visitation for relatives and friends at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 4-8pm.

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Police Briefs 06-22-2017

Police Briefs 06-22-2017

Police Log

Monday, 6/12

Luis Rosario, 27, 69 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.

Tuesday, 6/13

Joseph Olivera, 22, 15 Waldren Rd., Roxbury, was arrested for larceny from building, larceny over $250

Brayan Zepeda, 23, 451 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere, was arrested on a warrant.

Jean Francisque, 34, 32 Everett St., Everett, was arrested on a warrant.

Wednesday, 6/14

Alicia Lavallee, 29, 150 Captains Row, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Walberto Parrilla, 40, 350 Meridian St., East Boston, was arrested for alcoholic beverage, possessing/consuming.

Leonardo Chavez, 58, 56 Chester Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing/consuming alcoholic beverage.

Henry Hernandez-Valentin, 46, 21 John St., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing/consuming alcohol in motor vehicle.

Sergio Luciano, 22, 180 Exchange St., Lawrence, was arrested on warrants.

Thursday, 6/15

Fredy Franco, 38, 57 Grove St., Chelsea, was arrested for improper operation of motor vehicle, unlicensed operation of motor vehicle.

Jacob Molina-Ayala, 20, 221 Eagle St., East Boston, was arrested for stop sign violation, failure to drive in right lane, unlicensed operation of motor vehicle, child under 8 wihtout restraint.

Christyna Bidder, 32, 159 Lincoln St., Stoughton, was arrested on a warrant.

Kristopher Valdes, 40, 50 Parker St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Saturday, 6/17

Daniel Torres, 24, 82 Clark Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on possession on Class B drug with intent to distribute (2 counts), Assault and Battery on a police officer, leaving scene of property damage, operating vehicle with suspended/revoked license.

POLICE Briefs By Seth Daniel and Paul Koolloian


On Saturday, June 17, at 10:05 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of 157 Webster Ave. for a report of a hit and run of a parked vehicle. Upon arrival, officers observed a brown vehicle blocking a lane on Webster Avenue. The vehicle had crashed into a mini-van. Officers met with the reporting party, who stated that her mini-van was struck, and when she went to tell the operator of the other vehicle to stay until police responded, he fled the scene on foot.

Responding officers and an officer working a detail stopped the subject a short distance away. Upon his arrest, officers recovered a large amount of what is believed to be crack cocaine and U.S. currency on his person. He was placed into custody on scene


On June 8 at 3:19 p.m., a male subject was placed into custody after he had chased several parties with a machete outside of his residence, located at 728 Broadway. The suspect stated that he chased the victims due to a dispute over a portable speaker. No injuries were reported or observed. The machete was collected and submitted into evidence.

Emmanuel Gonzalez, 23, of 714 Broadway, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.


On June 7, at 10:50 a.m., a male subject was placed into custody near Mary O’Malley Park after probable cause was established to arrest him for an assault that occurred on June 6. During the incident, the suspect had struck the victim on the head multiple times with a brick. The victim sustained severe lacerations to the head. He was taken to CHA Everett for medical treatment. During the booking process, it was discovered that suspect also had an active warrant out of Somerville for OUI Liquor.

Santos Velasco, 43, of 60 Everett Ave., was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.


On June 5, at 1:15 a.m., while on patrol and passing through Bellingham Square, officers observed two men involved in a physical altercation on the sidewalk in front of the old Bunker Hill Community College. Upon observing the altercation, officers approached the two combatants who had fallen to the ground while continuing to punch one another. Upon contact with the two combatants, both were placed into custody on scene.

Francisco Herrera, 40, of Revere, was charged with affray.

Kevin Murphy, 49, of 466 Broadway, was charged with affray, threatening to commit a crime and assault or battery or damaging property for intimidation.

 indecent exposure

On June 7 at 9:13 p.m., officers observed a male party urinating against the building at 186 Pearl St. The subject stated that he needed to use the bathroom and didn’t think it would be a big deal because it was night time and he couldn’t hold it.  Officers explained that he was in one of the busiest areas with heavy foot and vehicle traffic, and he did not even make an effort to hide himself.

The subject was placed under arrest on scene.

David Johnson, 39, of Boston, was charged with indecent exposure.


On Tuesday, June 13, at 1:12 p.m., officers reported witnessing a suspect who was wanted for Larceny from a Building, and Larceny Over $250, in the area of Bellingham Square. The officers previously were given a detailed description of the suspect involved in the larceny, and he was placed into custody.

Joseph Olivera, 22, of Roxbury, was charged with larceny from a building and larceny over $250.


On Thursday, June 15, a CPD officer observed a vehicle fail to stop for a posted stop sign, almost striking the police vehicle at Eleanor Street at Crescent Avenue. The operator was operating to the far left of the road and failed to stop at the posted stop sign.

The operator had a female front seat passenger who was holding a young child on her lap who was about 3 to 4 years old. The operator was charged on scene.

Jacob Molina-Ayala, 20, of East Boston, was charged with failing to drive in the right lane, stop sign violation, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and child under 8 without having a child restraint.

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Why I’m Fighting on Beacon Hill for Our Schools

Why I’m Fighting on Beacon Hill for Our Schools

By Senator Sal DiDomenico

Residents of Gateway Cities throughout the Commonwealth have probably heard quite a bit about how their schools are facing dire budget gaps due to a change in the way the state counts low-income students. This has been an ongoing issue for over two years now, and I have received many questions from concerned parents and constituents who are confused as to how this problem began and what we can do to remedy the situation.

In 2015, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) began the process of changing how it calculated low-income or “economically disadvantaged” students. The number of economically disadvantaged students plays a key role in the Chapter 70 formula that determines the amount of funding school districts receive from the state.

Previously, parents completed a form to determine whether their child was eligible for free or reduced lunch, and DESE used that information to calculate how many students were considered economically disadvantaged. Now, only students who are registered for social welfare programs like SNAP and Medicaid are categorized as economically disadvantaged. This new methodology from the Baker Administration misses thousands of additional low-income students, because it fails to take into account the economically disadvantaged students who are not accessing social services. These students are often immigrants, homeless children, or students who are simply not enrolled in social programs.

As a result, many of the communities who need the most help from the state are faced with significant financial gaps. My communities of Everett and Chelsea are two of the school districts that have been hit the hardest, and this issue has been at the forefront of my priorities since the counting change was first proposed over two years ago.

As soon as my office was made aware of the situation, we began working directly with DESE to reach a solution. Long before the Governor submitted last year’s budget proposal, my office was leading the charge in the Legislature to reach a compromise with DESE to ensure that all low-income students would be counted by the state. I met personally with administration officials and convened a meeting with several superintendents and DESE at the State House to stress this serious issue.  Despite the many assurances we received from them, the promises made by the Administration went unfulfilled, and DESE chose to move forward with their formula change.

In response, as Vice Chair of Senate Ways & Means, I brought the Joint Committee on Ways & Means Education Hearing to Everett High School last year, where I made it clear to Administration officials that their methodology change was crushing our most financially challenged school districts with massive budget cuts and was harming the education of thousands of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable students. I worked tirelessly last budget cycle to secure additional funding that would hold the negatively impacted municipalities harmless and helped to reach a one-year stopgap that allowed school districts to choose whichever method of counting low-income students worked best for their community.

As a result of this temporary solution, many schools districts were saved from imminent teacher layoffs and cuts to major programs, and we were able to buy ourselves additional time to reach a permanent solution. Over the course of the past year, I have continued to be a staunch advocate for not just Everett and Chelsea, but all of the negatively impacted communities, and I have been fighting to reach a long-term solution that benefits every school district in the Commonwealth.  However, even with this additional time, DESE still has not been able to reach a long-term solution.

During this year’s budget process, I have worked with the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S.) and the Administration to find another temporary fix to our problem.  Ultimately, a compromise was reached with the support of M.A.S.S. and DESE which provided for an additional $12.5 million for the school districts who were harmed by the Administration’s formula change.  This will allow us to mitigate some of the damage, but it is by no means a long-term solution.  Both the State Senate and House of Representatives included the $12.5 million in our budgets this year.  I will be very disappointed if we are once again in this position next fiscal year, and I call on DESE to provide a permanent solution to this problem that their formula change created.

I continue to believe that the answer to this problem is very simple.  We should allow communities to choose their preferred method of counting low income students – either by using the original method of self-reporting or by adopting the Administration’s new formula. This is the solution I have been fighting for since the very beginning, and it is the solution that I will continue pursuing until a long-term resolution that adequately funds all of our schools is reached.

This is not a fight that I am willing to give up on. Our teachers and school officials do an incredible job at educating all of their students, regardless of income or background, and it is up to the state to ensure they have the necessary funding to continue doing so. As the father of two boys in the Everett Public Schools, I am not just advocating as a State Senator, but also as a concerned parent. This issue is deeply personal for me, and it is my hope that my constituents and city officials know that I hear their concerns, and I am working every day to ensure that our schools receive the funding they are entitled to and deserve.

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Police Briefs 06-01-2017

Police Briefs 06-01-2017

Monday, 5/22

Audra Toop, 47, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Jessica Taormina, 29, 20 Exchange St., Gloucester, was arrested on a probation warrant.

Tuesday, 5/23

Brian Mercado, 23, 84 Atwood St., Revere, was arrested for possessing Class A drugs, conspiracy to violate drug law.

Alisha Cohen, 37, 36 Winthrop Rd., Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing and breaking and entering for misdemeanor.

Bryan Exume, 25, 39 Irving St., Everett, was arrested for breaking and entering for misdemeanor, trespassing and on warrant.

Wednesday, 5/24

Amy Pinabella, 44, 767 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.

Tiffany Hill, 27, 200 Lexington St., East Boston, was arrested for sexual conduct for fee.

Shaina Faretra, 31, 99 Swan St., Everett, was arrested for sexual conduct for fee.

Jamie Gemellaro, 35, 186 Wakefield St., Reading, was arrested for being common streetwalker

Friday, 5/26

Marleek Scott, 24, 80 Walnut Ave., Roxbury, was arrested for Interfering with police officer, assault and battery.

Stafford Gravely, 50, 73 Egmont St., Brookline, was arrested for receiving stolen vehicle.

Jose Rodriguez, 40, 55 Essex St., Chelsea, was arrested for malicious destruction of property and disorderly conduct.

Saturday, 5/27

Marco Roman, 20, 31 Crescent Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for receiving stolen vehicle and operating motor vehicle with suspended/revoked license.

Raymond Vega-Castro, 19, 17-19 Shore Rd., Revere, was arrested for receiving stolen vehicle, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer and malicious destruction of property.

Anson Butler, 57, 150 Garland St., Everett, was arrested for trespassing.

Darryl McClure, 47, 23 Kimball Rd., Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing.

Sunday, 5/28

David Todisco, 35, 59 Wordsworth St., East Boston, was arrested on a warrant.

Jacquelyn Chenard, 37, 109 Congress Ave.,  Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.

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