‘We Have Lost An Icon’ : Cable Television Exec. Director Duke Bradley Passes Away

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.”

Duke 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 director.

“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 Bradley name.

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.

The 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 baseball team.

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 king.

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 Chelsea legend:

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 many stories

Duke Bradley…Proudly the sharpest dapper gentleman in town, admired, respected, and loved by All.

There is a beautiful dove in Heaven…Duke Bradley

Sad and mournful are thy ways, Grieving, wailing Summer days!

I (we) love you.

God rest your Soul and may you Rest in Perfect Peace

Deepest Condolences,

Joan Cromwell and family

Chelsea Black Community family

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Chelsea Youth Beat the Heat at Free Beach Event Hosted by save the Harbor

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 region’s kids.”

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 support.

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 Instagram

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Here Comes Herbie! : Chelsea Legend Celebrates His 80th Birthday

Happy 80th birthday, Herbie Kupersmith.

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 North Carolina.

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 the program.

“It should be a nice evening,” said Herbie humbly.

True to Herbie’s giving nature, all donations from the birthday party will go toward a scholarship fund for Chelsea students.

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Genevieve Spinelli

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 for dance.

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.

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Safety Fair

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.

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Obituaries 06-13-2019

Santo Agri

US Army veteran of World War II

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 Christoforo.

Sam’s Funeral 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 illness.

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.

Family and 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.

Daniel Mikolajewski

Decorated veteran and GE retiree

Daniel Mikolajewski of Chelsea died on May 11.

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 Fiona-Maggie Mikolajewski.

In 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 atwww.ecweek.org/donate.

Sonya Cannon

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 Senna.

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 roccofuneralhomes.com

James Lanzillo

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 private.

To leave a message of condolence for Jim’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com

Giuseppe Colucciello

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 Nicholas.

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 visit www.Buonfiglio.com

Carmen Jimenez

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 Zelaya.

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

Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons, Chelsea, 617-889-2723

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Chelsea High Football Gets Cella Family Foundation Grant

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 throughout Massachusetts.

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.

“Silvio 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 come.”

Chelsea student earns academic honors

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 see www.jamesmadison.gov.

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School Committee Chair Rich Maronski Resigns from His Seat Cites Frustrations with Committee Attendance

School Committee Chair Rich Maronski Resigns from His Seat Cites Frustrations with Committee Attendance

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 buildings/grounds crews.

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.”

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Senior Center Quilters Have Been Creating for 25 Years

Senior Center Quilters Have Been Creating for 25 Years

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 years ago.

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.

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In Appreciation: Remembering Elaine Richard

In Appreciation: Remembering Elaine Richard

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 sorrows.”

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 School.

“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 smart.’”

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 great-grandchildren.”

Elaine Doherty Richard died on Christmas day. She was 86 years old. She will be missed.

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