Robert “Duke” Bradley Sr., executive
director of Chelsea Community Cable Television for more than 30 years, died on
Aug. 12 following a sudden illness.
Mr. Bradley was a lifelong resident of Chelsea and one of its most popular and admired individuals. Known for his warm personality, his charisma, his sense of humor, his splendid, color-coordinated attire and his strikingly handsome countenance, Mr. Bradley found the perfect second career as the executive director of the local cable station.
Robert “Duke” Bradley
Already recognized for his dedication and
service to the city and many felt he would have been an outstanding mayor of
Chelsea, Duke thrived in his capacity as the first-and-only executive director
of the station. He received numerous awards and citations for his excellent
work and his devotion to Chelsea.
Obligated only to televise governmental
meetings, Mr. Bradley, “Duke or Dukie” as he was affectionately called, made it
a point to extend the station’s coverage to social, educational, athletic, and
news events throughout the city. He encouraged residents to produce shows and
personally hosted election night shows that viewers enjoyed so much.
Duke was welcomed everywhere in the city and
the greetings were always warm and sincere from
people who gravitated toward him at events such as Chamber of Commerce
dinners and CHS sports contests.
“Duke was a larger-than-life personality in
Chelsea,” said Councillor-at-Large Leo Robinson. “When he was in the room,
people wanted to interact with him and he was so cordial and kind to all. He
was a great storyteller and had a tremendous sense of humor. We have lost an
all-time great. He will be missed.”
Bradley would often tell the story of how as a young man he would be called
upon to put on and shut off the lights on the Sabbath for the Orthodox Jewish
congregation at the Walnut Street Synagogue. The Jewish community never forgot
his kindnesses and it loved him dearly as did people of all ethnicities.
Roy Avellaneda, councillor-at-large and
local business owner, said, “I was saddened to hear of the passing of Duke
Bradley. I came to know Duke from his work at Chelsea Cable. We would always
joke about who was better dressed when we were at formal community events. Of
course, he was always the best dressed. His positive demeanor was contagious.”
Rich Cuthie, executive director of the
Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, lauded Mr. Bradley’s contributions to the Chamber
while also noting his princely apparel.
“Last night in France I was very saddened to
learn via Facebook of Duke’s passing,” said Cuthie. “As the leader of Chelsea
Community TV, he was valued as a long-time Chamber member and as a true partner
covering Chamber events and initiatives, and all things Chelsea.
“Above all, however, “Dapper Duke” as I called
him, was not just the best dressed man in Chelsea, he was a true gentleman and
a class act,” said Cuthie.
Ricky Velez had the honor of working at the
local cable TV station for two decades, the last 10 years as technical
“Duke was an amazing man, always upbeat,
always showing me to enjoy life,” said Velez. “He always put family first. He
had the best sense of humor. He treated everybody with respect. He was one of
the best bosses I ever had.”
A Proud and Devoted Family Man
Duke was devoted to his family and
especially proud of his grandchildren, who brought fame and acclaim to the
Duke and his beautiful wife, Dorothy (Fee)
shared 58 years of marriage. They were an inseparable pair who loved to travel
and spend time with their family.
They were so proud of their children and had
plenty to be proud of. Their daughter,
Paula Bradley Batchelor, helped the TV station grow and become a local
institution and she was there from its incorporation in 1988. She has continued
to be instrumental to the success of the station.
Bradley’s son, Robert Jr. has achieved much success as an architect and is a
credit to the family name.
An avid sports fan, Mr. Bradley became
particularly immersed in Boston College athletics when Paula became a Division
1 college cheerleader for the Eagles during the exciting Doug Flutie era. His
strong connection to Boston College was rekindled when his grandson, 6-foot-4-inch Austin
Bachelor, became a student there and was a member of the Boston College
But Austin, following the lead of his three
athletically gifted brothers, had already provided his grandfather enough
memories to last a lifetime when he starred on the Peabody Western Little
League team that advanced to Little League World Series in Williamsport. Duke
was front and center in the Peabody rooting section and it was a true family
affair – his son-in-law, now-Chelsea Police Capt. David Batchelor, was the
manager of the team and all the Bradleys and Batchelors were much a part of the
hoopla. And Austin brought great joy to his grandparents throughout the
unforgettable journey from Peabody and Lynn to Bristol (Conn.) and
Williamsport, especially when the All-Star pitcher and catcher slugged a home
run over the fence in a World Series game on national television.
Duke would become a fan of Swampscott
athletics and happenings, too, closely following the athletic and academic
successes of Robert and Kimberly (Brown) Bradley’s children.
And Duke’s allegiance had previously
extended south to the University of Arkansas where he watched his relative, Pat
Bradley of Everett, become the Southeastern Conference’s all-time three-point
Jay Ash, former city manager, said he went
all the way back with Mr. Bradley to his days of growing up on Cottage Street
where the Bradley family also resided. Jay attended kindergarten at the
Shurtleff School with Paula Bradley. They graduated together from Chelsea High
School in 1979.
“To me, Dukie represented the very best of
what Chelsea represented,” said Ash. “He was a loyal guy who was a great family
man and a terrific citizen of the community. He was very visible on the streets
not only because of his running, but also because he was at every event for
decades. He always had a smile on his face and always had a kind word or
greeting for people.”
Ash enjoyed his conversations and
interactions with Dukie.
“I have had the opportunity to talk to him
about sports, community, family, and education – he was just an inspiration,”
said Ash. My heart goes out to the entire family.”
Dr. Mary Bourque, superintendent of Chelsea
schools, appreciated the professional coverage Mr. Bradley gave students in the
district for their extracurricular and athletic achievements. The station
always covered well events such as National Honor Society induction ceremonies,
the year-end CHS sports awards night, and the CHS commencement exercises.
A CHS alumnus herself and daughter of
esteemed local historian George Ostler, Dr. Bourque knew from personal
experience how revered Duke Bradley was by all who knew him in the city.
“I’m just so sad about Duke’s passing,” said
Bourque. “He was a gentleman, always full of life and joy and pure kindness to
everyone. He never had a bad word to say about anyone in life. I have just the
utmost respect for him and his family. It’s a true loss to Chelsea and we have
lost an icon.”
CBC President Joan Cromwell Pays Tribute to Duke Bradley
Upon hearing about Duke Bradley’s passing,
Joan Cromwell, president of the Chelsea Black Community whose family has known
and admired Duke Bradley for many years, wrote a beautiful tribute to the
My Thoughts On An Icon
Sad, sad day in our city
I pray our city flag is flying at half-staff
Duke Bradley…Chelsea born, Chelsea bred,
Chelsea beloved, Chelsea’s best
Duke Bradley…He came from US, walked with
US, believed in US, and gave us the platform to tell our life, our history, our
Duke Bradley…Proudly the sharpest dapper
gentleman in town, admired, respected, and loved by All.
There is a beautiful dove in Heaven…Duke
Sad and mournful are thy ways, Grieving,
wailing Summer days!
I (we) love you.
God rest your Soul and may you Rest in
As temperatures soared, 300 kids beat the
heat on Friday, July 19, at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Annual Youth Beach
Bash & Splash at DCR’s Carson Beach in South Boston, including 25 kids from
the Jordan Boys & Girls Club in Chelsea.
Save the Harbor’s Youth Beach Bash and
Splash featured traditional beach activities and a cookout, as well as dragon
boats and kayaks and a suite of engaging environmental education and
cultural enrichment activities, including fishing, crabbing and clamming, Art
on the Shore, and Songs and Stories of the sea, led by Save the Harbor’s youth
environmental education program staff.
“With record heat this weekend, we are
lucky to have some of the cleanest urban beaches in the nation right here on
Boston Harbor,” said Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s President Tani
Marinovich. “All of us at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay are so proud to
host this great event, and to share our great harbor and beaches with the
This year’s Splash also featured Save the
Harbor/Save the Bay’s troupe of performing pirates, as well as aerialists,
acrobats and jugglers from the Boston Circus Guild. (See Attached Photo
and Caption of Boston Circus Guild with kids)
Friday’s Splash was the first of
three that Save the Harbor will host this summer, thanks to their youth
program partners and funders, including Leadership Grants from Blue Cross
Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Boston Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation,
and Yawkey Foundationl Partnership Grants from Boston Properties –
Atlantic Wharf, The Daily Catch Seaport, Davis Family Charitable Foundation,
Eastern Salt Company, Inc., Engie, Fan Pier – The Fallon Company, John Hancock
Financial Services, The HYM Investment Group, LLC, The Llewellyn Foundation,
Massachusetts Environmental Trust, Massachusetts Port Authority, National Grid
Foundation, P & G Gillette, Lawrence J. and Anne Rubenstein Charitable
Foundation, William E. Schrafft & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, and
Vertex; and Stewardship Grants from Anonymous, Forrest Berkeley &,
Marcie Tyre Berkley, Camp Harbor View Foundation, Circle Furniture , Comcast,
Copeland Family Foundation, The Cricket Foundation, Cruise Industry Charitable
Foundation, Davis Family Charitable Foundation, Elizabeth Elser Doolittle
Charitable Trust, Enbridge, Tom & Lucinda Foley, Foundation for
Sustainability and Innovation, Kershaw, Liberty Bay Credit Union, Lovett
Woodsum Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, Massachusetts Convention Center
Authority, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Nicholson Foundation, RMR
Real Estate Services, Rockland Trust Pavilion, Clinton H. & Wilma T.
Shattuck Charitable Trust, Skanska, and Tishman Speyer.
Save the Harbor would also like to thank
their Program Funders Andus Baker & Rowan Murphy Family Fund, MA
Attorney General’s Office Healthy Summer and Youths Jobs Program, The Paul and
Edith Babson Foundation, Beacon Capital Partners, LLC, Cell Signaling
Technology, East Boston Savings Bank, Highland Street Foundation/West End
House, Legal Sea Foods, Miss Wallace M. Leonard Foundation, George Lewis –
Haven Trust, Pabis Foundation, South Boston Community Development Foundation,
Abbot & Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation, and TD Charitable Foundation; and
Supporters 3A Marine Service, The Bay State Federal Savings Charitable
Foundation, Andrew Calamare & Marianne Connolly, Cresset Group, Diversified
Automotive, Goulston & Storrs PC, Mass Bay Credit Union, Massachusetts
Marine Educational Trust, Randy Peeler & Kate Kellogg, Matthew J. &
Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, UDR, and Kyle & Sara Warwick.
Special thanks as well to the hundreds of
individual donors for their generosity and to our partners at the Department of
Conservation and Recreation, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, the Boston
Centers for Youth and Families and the YMCA of Greater Boston for their
Thanks also to the Better Beaches Program
and event sponsors: the Department of Conservation & Recreation, Harpoon
Brewery, JetBlue, the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation, P&G
Gillette, National Grid, Comcast, Beacon Capital Partners, New England Picture,
Mix 104.1, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, The YMCA of Greater Boston,
The Daily Catch Seaport, Baja Taco Truck, the Blue Sky Collaborative, Keezer
Sportswear, and the Harvey Traveler Collection for their support.
For more information about Save the Harbor/Save
the Bay and their free youth and beach programs, visit their website
atwww.savetheharbor.org, or follow savetheharbor on Facebook, Twitter and
A huge crowd is expected to be on hand when
Chelsea honors one of its most prominent and philanthropic individuals on July
27 at the Saul Nechtem Gymnasium.
And what they will be celebrating is not
only Herbie Kupersmith’s milestone birthday but all the good deeds that Herbie
has done in a life well lived.
Herbie’s proud family, his wife, Cookie,
daughters, Karyn, Stacey, and Marci and grandchildren, Michael, Jackie, and
Colin head the list of guests that will travel far and wide to be at the party.
Guidance From his Mother and Four Valuable Mentors
Herbie Kupersmith moved from Brooklyn to
Chelsea with his mother, Sally, when he was two-and-half years old.
“We lived on 13 Michael’s Place, which was
off Williams Street,” said Herbie, an only child. “We were 35 feet away from
the Chelsea Dump.”
Four highly respected Chelsea men would
become Herbie’s “mentors.”
“Hugh J. McLaughlin, the former mayor,
Julius Zeff, teacher and basketball coach, Paul “Choc” Glazer, community leader
and head of the YMHA, and Harry Coltun, legal counsel for the Mass. House of
Representatives – those four people, along with my mother – made it possible
for me to be the person I am today,” said Herbie.
Herbie began attending the Walnut Street
Synagogue as a young boy and was bar mitzvahed there in 1952. It was the
beginning of his lifelong connection and support of the shul. Through the years
Herbie has been instrumental in fundraising and helping the historic shul
remain in operation.
What Herbie remembers most about his bar
mitzvah was the advice he received from his mother in the form of three letters
she had handwritten to him.
“Never drink the cup dry – leave some for
other people,” recalled Herbie. “No. 2 was, if you’re going to do something, do
it because you want to do it, not because you want to get accolades. And No. 3,
my mother wrote, ‘I want you to be a giver, not a taker.’”
Herbie developed a love of sports at a young
age. He was the starting guard for the Williams Junior High School basketball
team that won 27 games in a row. He later played basketball at Chelsea High
School for Coach Saul Nechtem.
Success in the Business World
After high school Herbie took a job at Nunn
Bush selling shoes at Kennedy’s and Filene’s.
He had other jobs in sales before taking a
position at Bobbie Brooks, a junior sportswear company.
With his magnetic personality, charisma,
style, street smarts, common sense, honesty and integrity, Herbie set sales
records and took over the entire Boston territory. He remained at Bobbie Brooks
for 25 years.
All About Family
He met his future wife, Cookie, on a blind
date and they were married in May, 1965.
They began their life together in Malden and
moved to Marblehead in December, 1965. They have lived in the town ever since.
The Kupersmiths have three children, Karyn,
Stacey, and Marci, all of whom are college graduates. Two of the Kupersmith
grandchildren, Michael Walsh and Jackie Walsh, are graduates of Brown
University. A third grandchild, Colin Walsh, is a student at Elon College in
A Party for Herbie That is Also a Testimonial
The upcoming birthday party will be a
testimonial in many ways, with so many people wanting to thank Herbie for the
help and support he has given them in so many ways.
The student-athletes like former Marblehead
and Stonehill College basketball standout David Siggers, the coaches like John
DiBiaso, the members of the congregation at Walnut Street Synagogue, the
business associates, the friends like lifelong buddy Lennie Nelson, the
co-chairs of planning committees like the great Minna Karas-Marino, and the
city officials like Leo Robinson – they’ll all be there to say “Thank you,
Herbie,” for being such a positive, uplifting presence in my life.
Rita’s will cater the gala affair. Comedian
Brad Mastrangelo will perform and DJ George Athas will provide the musical
entertainment. Former City Manager Jay Ash will be one of the speakers during
“It should be a nice evening,” said Herbie
True to Herbie’s
giving nature, all donations from the birthday party will go toward a scholarship
fund for Chelsea students.
The passing this past week of Genevieve
Spinelli, who owned and operated Genevieve’s Dance Studio for 42 years,
marks the end of an era for those who lived in this city in the latter part of
the last century.
Genevieve taught two generations of children
the joys of dance, installing in each child a sense of self-confidence,
teamwork, and discipline. Parents admired her both for the individual attention
she gave to their children and for the uplifting manner with which she taught
each and every cild.
The end-of-the-year recitals were a source
of much joy for Genevieve, as she watched her students perform so confidently
in front of large audiences for the first time.
Her generosity of spirit, her ability to
make each child feel special, and her vibrant personality made each day at the
studio a fun and enjoyable after-school activity for all of her dancers.
She was the wife of Ralph Spinelli, with
whom she shared 50 years of marriage. Ralph was her most valued supporter and
No. 1 fan, knowing his wife was revered by children and parents alike. Ralph
himself possesses an incredible ability to tell a story or a joke and bring a
smile to those fortunate enough to be in his company, and together Genevieve
and he were an inseparable pair who made a difference in the lives of those who
were fortunate enough to attend her school.
Those of us who were blessed to know their
son, Robert MacDonald, in his youth, remember his early and successful
involvement in the performing arts and what a terrific person he is.
In Genevieve Spinelli, Chelsea truly has
lost a legendary figure — a link to a glorious period in our history when
dancing was an activity for so many of our youngest residents. Genevieve
inspired countless young people in this city to develop a lifelong appreciation
We know we join
with all of our fellow residents in expressing our condolences to her family.
Genevieve was a wonderful lady and truly will be missed.
Crime Dog McGruff, MGH Police Security, with Tiffany and Jeffrey during the annual MGH Health Center Family Summer Safety Fair on June 22nd. Hundreds of children and families came to the parking lot of the MGH for the annual summer fun day.
Santo A. “Sam” Agri passed away Thursday
morning, June 6 at
the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home surrounded
by his loving family. He was 95 years old. Born in East Boston, the
son of the late Giuseppe and Josephine (Astorino) Agri, Sam grew up
in Revere and attended Revere public schools. He enlisted in the US
Army on July 26, 1943 and served almost a year and a half overseas, including
Western Germany, Rome and Southern France. Corporal Agri was
honorably discharged on December 12, 1946, receiving the European African
Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Upon returning home from the service, Sam
opened an aluminum siding business with his brother. He owned the
business for many years before he began working at the Naval Ship Yard in
Charlestown. As a carpenter by trade, Sam worked on the USS
Constitution while employed at the Naval Ship Yard.
Sam and his beloved wife of 68 years, the
late Theresa R. (Bellino) Agri, were long time Chelsea residents.
Sam and his wife had a passion for
dancing. They would travel all over to dance. A few of
their favorite spots included the Chelsea Polish Club, Polcari’s, and the
Cathay Pacific Restaurant in Quincy.
Sam adored his large family and loved
spending time with all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He
will be greatly missed by all his family.
Sam was the devoted father of Joseph M. Agri
of Florida, Janice J. Christoforo and her husband, John of Holbrook, Joan
Ramage and her husband, Joseph of Avon and Joyce Agri and her husband, Stephen
Thomas of Malden. Sam was pre-deceased by 13 brothers and
sisters. He is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren: John and
Matthew Christoforo, Dominic and Andrea Taverna and Eddie and Theresa
Klosiewicz and four great grandchildren, Julia, Nicholas, Jimmy and Thomas
Mass was celebrated on Saturday, June 8 at Our Lady of Grace Church in
Chelsea. Interment with Military Honors concluded the service
at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Funeral arrangements were
entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea.
Luis Garcia Maldonado
Nov. 30, 1958 – June 8, 2019
Luis Garcia Maldonado passed away Saturday
morning, June 8 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett after a brief
He was born in Progreso, Yoro, Honduras into
the family of the late Amelia Maldonado-Perez and Luis García-Robles. He
received his formal education in Honduras. He married Lelis Carcamo and, with
his young family, came to the United States, settled in Chelsea and for a brief
time moved to Texas before returning to Chelsea some 25 years ago.
Luis supported his family working as a
marina laborer. He was employed for many years in the shipyard of Boston Towing
and Transportation, maintaining their fleet of tugboats and barges. A hard
worker and devoted family man, in his spare time Luis enjoyed home gardening,
time with family and friends, cooking, socializing and traveling to Honduras to
visit with family.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Lelis
Carcamo and was the devoted father of Gina Flores and her husband, Jose of
Lynn, Karla Carcamo and Leslie García, both of Chelsea and Heidy García of
Progreso-Yoro, Honduras. He was the cherished grandfather of Evelin Esteban,
Cindi Flores, Laura Flores, Elizabeth Alacaron and Joshua Alacaron; dear
brother of Carminda García-Maldonado, Elvia García-Maldonado, Mercedes
García-Maldonado, Humberto García-Maldonado, Paulino García-Maldonado and
Famelisia García-Maldonado. He is also survived by many great grandchildren,
nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
friends are invited to visit at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718
Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, June 13 from 3 to 8 p.m. His funeral
will begin from the Welsh Funeral home on Friday, June 14 at 9 a.m.
followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway Chelsea at 10 a.m.
Services will conclude with interment, location to be announced. Funeral home
fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home.
Decorated veteran and GE retiree
Daniel Mikolajewski of Chelsea died on May
Danny was born in December of 1946, the
youngest of four children and was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. Raised on
Beacon Street, he spent his youth at St. Stanislaus School. He attended Everett
Vocational for printing and worked odd jobs during and after high school until
he enlisted in the United States Army in September of 1966 and was stationed in
Vietnam during the war. It was during those three years of service that he
fought for the peace of others and the safety of his comrades. Within the three
years of being in Vietnam fighting the battle, it was because of his courage,
dedication and bravery that Danny was awarded The National Defense Service
Medal, Vietnam Service Medal , 3 Bronze Stars for Meritorious Achievement, The
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and The Combat Infantryman Badge.
In 1969, he was honorably discharged and off
to start a new chapter in his life. It was at this time he met his beloved
friend of 50 years and wife of 48 years, Betty.
Danny worked for Lawson Machinery and Tool
for some time until he secured a job as a helicopter engine tester for General
Electric in Lynn, where he worked for 37 years until his retirement.
Danny was a former longtime member of the
Polish Falcons of Chelsea and attended Patriots games as a season ticket holder
before they started to win. He was an avid bowler on multiple teams at Townline
in Malden and, in his remaining years, he spent time as a member and avid
cribbage player at the Polish Political Club of Chelsea.
He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth
“Betty” (Gubski) Mikolajewski, devoted father of Kristin Beth (Mikolajewski)
Breen and her husband, Joseph of Quincy and Daniel Mikolajewski, Jr. and his
wife, Siobhan of Norwood; brother of Geraldine Douglas and her husband, Arthur
of Lynnfield and the late Edward Miles and his surviving wife, Joyce Miles of
Wilmington and Wallace Miles; brother-in law of Sr. Barbara Ann Gubski, SND of
Chelsea; cherished grandfather of Madeline Adele Breen, Evelyn Claire Breen and
1976 Danny became a father, first came the birth of their daughter Kristin Beth
and six years later in 1982 son Daniel Jr was born. Both of which he was very
proud. He became a father once again with the addition of his son-in-law, Joe
and daughter-in-law, Siobhan to the family. But the most recent of happy times
in his life for the past eight years was his three beautiful grandchildren,
Maddie, Evie and Fiona-Maggie. Never a time went by when he didn’t crack a
smile or belt a laugh because they brought him pure joy in that moment of time.
Danny’s lengthy illness with cancer called
him home on May 11, 2019. He passed with the one true constant in his life of
50 years by his side his best friend and beloved wife.
A Celebration of
Life was held on Sunday, June 2 in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington
Avenue, Chelsea. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial
contributions be made to the Leonard Florence Center for the Living, 165
Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150 or to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St.,
Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701 or to Exceptional Citizens Week at Camp Fatima
Of Everett, formerly of Chelsea
Sonya J. (Senna) Cannon of Everett,
formerly of Chelsea, died on June 6.
She was the beloved wife of the late
Thomas., mother of Ronald M. and his wife, Jodi A. of Pelham, NH, sister
of Ronald F. Senna of Everett and is also survived by two grandchildren,
Mackenzie M. and Thomas J., one niece, Suzanne Senna, and one nephew, Sean
Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore
Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett. Interment was in the
Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For more information: 1-877-71-ROCCO or
Member of Chelsea Knights of Columbus
James A. Lanzillo, of Revere, formerly of
Chelsea, died on June 4.
During his working years, he was employed as
a supervisor of maintenance for an apartment complex. A member of the Chelsea
Knights of Columbus # 83 and was active in the Explorer Post # 109. A lover of
Revere Beach, he especially enjoyed flying kites there.
He was the devoted son of the late Richard
and Ruth (Perry) Lanzillo, longtime companion of the late Tara Tormay, beloved
brother of Richard Lanzillo of Florida, Robert Lanzillo and his wife, Cathy of
Saugus, Paul Lanzillo and his wife, Debbie of Saugus and Denise Domelowicz of
Peabody. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and
grandnephews as well as his canine companions, Lucy, Rocco and Cassie.
At his request, all services will be
To leave a message of condolence for Jim’s
family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Of North Reading, formerly of Chelsea
Giuseppe Colucciello of North Reading,
formerly of Chelsea, died on June 8.
He was the beloved husband of the late
Assunta (Savignano), cherished father of Luigi Colucciello and his wife,
Kathleen of Chelsea, dear brother of Michelina, Juigi and Angelo, all of Italy
and the late Camille and Carmela and adoring grandfather of Tia and
His funeral will
be from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere
St, Revere on Friday, June 14 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at
St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.
A visitation will be held today, Thursday, June 13 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book, please
Caring and loving person who will be remembered for her keen wit and sense of humor
Carmen Jimenez passed away early Tuesday
morning in the peaceful surroundings of Chelsea home after battling cancer over
the past few years. She was 47 years old.
Born and raised in Olancho, Honduras, she
was one of nine children born to the late Juan Jimenez and Angela
Herrera. She came to Chelsea as a young lady bearing and raising her own
three children here. Carmen worked in the produce department at
Demoulas in Wilmington for past 20 years.
Carmen enjoyed playing bingo, music and
dancing and she will forever be remembered for her keen wit and sense
of humor, always the loving and caring
person who loved entertaining family and friends.
To mourn her passing and cherish her memory,
she leaves her beloved children: Mislean Zelaya of Revere, Michelle Cruz and
Angel Zelaya, both of Chelsea, her sister and housemate, Gladys Herrera. She
was the cherished grandmother of Emanuel, Franklin, Liam and Skyla
Relatives and friends are most kindly
invited to attend visiting hours at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home,
718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, June 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral home is
fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home.
Her burial be held later next week in
Honduras at the Central Cemetery in Armis, Olancho. For directions or to
send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com
– Frank A. Welsh & Sons, Chelsea, 617-889-2723
The Silvio Cella Family Foundation announced
the 2019 recipients of its annual grant program, and this year’s recipients
include Chelsea High School.
Annually, four high school football programs
are selected to each receive a $3,000 grant to help improve playing conditions,
increase player safety and participation, purchase needed equipment and build
teamwork, pride and confidence. Since established in 2010, the Silvio Cella
Family Foundation has donated over $100,000 to high school football programs
The 2019 recipients of the Silvio Cella
Family Foundation grants are:
North: Chelsea High School
South: Southeastern Regional High School
Central: South High Community School
West: Pittsfield High School
“This much needed grant money will help
these football programs to improve player safety and upgrade facilities and
equipment, and build a sense of teamwork and community in these schools,” said
Michael Cella, president, Silvio Cella Family Foundation. “We are honored
to carry on my Dad’s legacy and support high school football in Massachusetts.”
Each school receives $3,000 from the Silvio
Cella Family Foundation, to be used to support their football programs, per
MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association) guidelines.
Previous recipients of the Silvio Cella
Family Foundation grants: Greater Lawrence Tech, Nauset Regional, Burncoat,
South Hadley (2018); Tech Boston Academy, Worcester North, Holyoke, Tri County
Regional Vocational Technical High School (2017); Brighton, Milton, Oxford,
Pathfinder RVT High School (2016); Medford, Weymouth, Bartlett, Hoosac Valley
High School (2015); Greater Lowell Technical, Cathedral, Doherty, Monument
Mountain Regional High School (2014); Northeast Metro Tech, Randolph,
Blackstone-Millville Regional, Smith Vocational & Agricultural (2013);
Lawrence, Jeremiah Burke (Boston), Millis, Ware High School (2012); Framingham,
Fitchburg, Pioneer Valley Regional High School (2011); as well as special
donations to Revere High, where Coach Cella served as athletic director and
head football coach for 49 years.
Cella was an innovator on the field, and a champion for athletes and coaches.
He motivated his players and those around him to give 100%, not only in
football but especially in the classroom, at home and in the community,” Cella
added. “The Silvio Cella Family Foundation is committed to player safety, and
to preserving the integrity of high school football for generations to
Chelsea student earns
Brittany Fitzgibbon, a teacher at Chelsea
High School in Chelsea, MA has been awarded a James Madison Fellowship by the
James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, VA in its
twenty-eighth annual fellowship competition. A total of 53 Fellowships were
awarded in 2019. James Madison
Fellowships support further study of American history by college graduates who
aspire to become teachers of American history, American government, and social
studies in the nation’s secondary schools, as well as by experienced secondary
school teachers of the same subjects.
Named in the honor of the fourth president
of the United States and acknowledged “Father of the Constitution and Bill of
Rights,” the fellowship will fund up to $24,000 of Ms. Fitzgibbon’s course of
study toward a master’s degree. That program must include a concentration of
courses on the history and principles of the United States Constitution.
Ms. Fitzgibbon was selected for a James
Madison Fellowship in competition with applicants from Massachusetts.
Additional fellowships were awarded in each of the states. The
fellowship-funded by income from a trust fund in the Treasury of the United
States and from additional private gifts, corporate contributions, and
foundation grants – requires its recipient to teach American history or social
studies in a secondary school for at least one year for each year of fellowship
support. The award is intended to recognize promising and distinguished
teachers, to strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of
American constitutional government, and thus to expose the nation’s secondary
school students to accurate knowledge of the nation’s constitutional heritage.
Founded by an act of Congress in 1986, the James
Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation is an independent agency of the
Executive Branch of the Federal Government. In addition to offering
fellowships, the Foundation undertakes other activities relating to secondary
school education about the Constitution’s history. For more information please
School Committee Chair Rich Maronski
announced on Tuesday that he will be resigning from the Committee as of May 3 –
citing that the frustrations with attendance at the meetings was getting in the
way of his family life.
Maronski has been on the Committee for four
years, and was appointed at the time. He previously served on the City Council,
but said his experience on the School Committee was much more frustrating –
leading him to decide it was time to move on.
“I believe the taxpayers aren’t getting
their money’s worth and the kids are paying the penalty,” he said. “It needs to
change. Our School Committee needs to go back the old way or they need to be
appointed. It’s the only job I know where you don’t have to show up, don’t have
to call in and don’t get fired. I hope our City leaders take a deep look at
this and make some changes.”
Maronski was elected chair this year in his
fourth year, and he was accompanied as vice chair by Julio Hernandez, who also
resigned last week.
While Hernandez cited family and school
complications, he also said he left frustrated by the sparse attendance of some
members of the Committee.
“I loved working in the School Committee,
but it also made me angry to see some members not show up to meetings, not ask
questions, and not have thorough discussions regarding our students’
education,” he said in a statement last week. “…I now believe School Committee Members
should be appointed, because our students’ education is no joke.”
Maronski said things started off bad from
day one, when he showed up to take his appointed seat but not enough School
Committee members showed up to form a quorum and have an official meeting.
“I had to come back another night when there
were enough members there to have a meeting,” he said.
He also said he became severely frustrated
two years ago when the Committee was faced with voting on a $1.1 million grant
that would help save jobs for teachers that had been cut.
The Committee only had to show up in enough
numbers for a formality vote that accepted the grant.
“We didn’t have enough members for a quorum
and we couldn’t vote on a measure that was going to save teacher jobs,” he
said. “There are no phone calls and people just don’t show up…It’s been going
on for years.”
More recently, he said the Committee wasn’t
able to get enough people to vote on the Superintendent’s Job Description, so
the Search Committee had to work for a month with only an unapproved draft
until they could get enough members at a meeting to vote.
“My well-being and my family’s well-being
come first,” he said. “I was taking this home with me. I’m getting married soon
and it wasn’t fair. The reason why I chose to resign is because maybe I could
bring light to our City leaders that this situation has to change…We do have
some very good School Committee members that give their time, but a lot don’t.”
He said the Committee also plays an
important role for supporting the kids in the schools. He said he would love to
see a Committee where members are active and involved, supporting the kids at
reading events, sporting events and concerts.
“We live in a City where there are a lot of
single parent homes and so it’s even more important the School Committee
members show up to these kids’ events to support them,” he added.
Maronski said he had all the respect in the
world for the Central Office, the principals, the teachers and the
He also said Supt. Mary Bourque has done a
great job in a hard job.
“Mary Bourque has
the toughest job in the city,” he said. “We had our differences, but 90 percent
of the time we agreed and only 10 percent we didn’t.”
The Chelsea Senior Center Quilting Group, formerly known as the Empty Spoolers, makes about 12 quilts a month to be sent to disadvantaged children and babies. The group traces its origins back more than 25 years.
The Chelsea Senior Center isn’t known as a textile manufacturer, but truth be told, a case could be made on the second floor for the quilting group that has been meeting for 25 years – producing an incredible 12 homemade quilts per month.
The quilters have long ties back to the
original Empty Spoolers, who started quilting at the Center even longer than 25
The group is so established that some of the
newer members have had a previous generation put their hand to the quilting
club – with their mothers or another family member having had participated in
the original group.
With the great work of Eileen Gregory
(original member), Angela Panaresse (original member) Irene Malachowski
(original member), Bunny Shuman, Louise Finnegan, Cathy DeVitto, Pat Doucette,
Jackie Mackay, Elaine Patti, Anita Arsenault, and Ana Garcia, the group makes
approximately a dozen quilts per month – no small feat.
The quilts are made with care because they
are made for disadvantaged youths and babies. After they are finished, they are
shipped out to babies and young children that are under the care of the Boston
Medical Center, Mass. Dept. of Children and Family (DCF-Chelsea) and they have
gone as far as Armenia.
The quilters are open to visitors, and the public
is encouraged to come see how they work. Anyone who would like to stop by the
Senior Center to view some of the work and talk with the Empty Spoolers can do
so every Friday from 9 a.m. – noon.
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.