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.
Jose Gutierrez wears many hats in his family and on the Chelsea High basketball team as well, but this week, he is wearing the captain’s hat and has taken one step in leading an experienced hoops team to a good year.
Chelsea kicked off its season on Tuesday against Essex Aggie and cruised to an easy victory behind the defensive effort and leadership of Gutierrez.
The Record sat down with Gutierrez on Monday afternoon, and the two-time captain and senior said they have a scrappy team this year.
“We have a very scrappy defense this year,” he said. “I’m excited to see how we do on the defensive end and how that will create our offense. We’re going to be all up in your face – rah-rah – trying to put pressure on you so you’ll turn over the ball. It’s a very scrappy team.”
The team returns seven seniors for second-year Coach Judah Jackson, and Gutierrez said they have learned from their playoff loss last year against Waltham.
“Last year we didn’t have the experience,” he said. “this year, we’re full of seniors. If we all do what we’re supposed to be doing, we’ll have that confidence come playoff time to get that kind of win.”
Gutierrez, 18, grew up in Chelsea and went to the Kelly School and the Wright Middle School before landing at Chelsea High. He also played in the Chelsea Youth Basketball League (CYBL) and said it made him more of a team player.
“It helped me to focus more on the game and not just going out as an individual player,” he said. “Every year it was myself and another kid who did everything for the team. We would win, win, win and then during the championship we would always lose because we were just two guys and never involved our other team members. That helped me grow as a player because my IQ for basketball got a lot better.”
Same could be said for his academic IQ as well.
Gutierrez busies himself taking a rigorous college preparatory schedule and is enrolled in the Bunker Hill Community College program that allows students to take college classes in high school.
“It is a lot more difficult this year,” he said. “Right now I’m trying to focus on my high school classes so I can go to Bunker Hill next year and pursue my dream of becoming an EMT.”
Becoming an EMT is very personal for Gutierrez, who said two years ago he and his family watched helplessly as his father had a heart attack in their home. When the paramedics arrived, he said he was impressed with their skill and how they were able to care for his dad.
It hooked him.
“Two years ago my dad had a heart attack 20 minutes before we celebrated Christmas,” he said. “We celebrate at midnight and right before he had a heart attack. It was so tough to see my dad having cold sweats and shaking and I couldn’t do anything. That’s really when I knew I want to be an EMT.”
Gutierrez also runs track and plays soccer too, having been on this fall’s outstanding Chelsea High soccer team that went undefeated in the regular season.
However, Gutierrez also has to work as a janitor at a local radio station, where his parents supervise him. He is also responsible for watching his 9-year-old sister, who has become the team mascot and honorary water girl.
He said every time he hits the practice floor or suits up for a game, he has to thank his parents, Rafael and Nolbia. He said it’s because of them that he even gets to still play sports.
“They have helped me so much,” he said. “If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be doing this. I’m a senior and I need to work and save money. It’s because of them I’m able to do three sports every year and do what I want to do.”
Gutierrez and the Red Devils will host Greater Lowell at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, in the gym.
Encore Boston Harbor is committing $10 million over the next four years to support a wide range of social programs and civic institutions that will help those in need and improve the lives of residents in local communities, the company announced on Tuesday – also known as Giving Tuesday.
To assist in managing funds and identifying the most meaningful philanthropic efforts, the company is partnering with the Connors Family Office, led by Boston civic leader Jack Connors Jr.
“Giving back to the communities where our employees and guests live and work has always been a part of who we are as a company,” said Matt Maddox, CEO of Wynn Resorts. “It’s not in our corporate DNA to just write a check for a donation or buy a table at a charity event. We want to make an impactful difference in the lives of people and effect real and positive changes in our communities. We believe committing $10 million and teaming with the Connors Family Office will go a long way towards realizing our goal.”
Together, the Connors Family Office and Encore Boston Harbor will develop an Advisory Committee to advise on and assist in the disbursement of funds from Encore Boston Harbor. The committee will provide recommendations to Encore Boston Harbor for the distribution of funds, targeting programs that support at-risk-youth education, cultural enrichment and vibrant communities.
“It is impressive to see a new business come into town and make such a concerted effort to positively impact the surrounding community,” said Jack Connors Jr. “Encore Boston Harbor is poised to make a real difference for some very worthy organizations.”
Encore Boston Harbor has been active in local philanthropy prior to Tuesday’s announced commitment of $10 million. Long-standing recipients of Encore’s corporate giving include the Boston Pops, Wang Theater, New England Center for Arts and Technology, Disabled American Veterans, and Latino 30 Under 30, among others. Recently, Encore Boston Harbor donated $100,000 in support of The Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund.
Encore Boston Harbor announced last week that it was the lead sponsor and supporter of a unique partnership between the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Boston Public Library that is bringing a major exhibit by renowned French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec to the MFA.
The $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor resort is scheduled to open in June 2019.
The Chelsea Public Library and Raising a Reader are inviting the community to the 13th Annual Family Literacy Day: Chelsea Reads, on Saturday, November 3, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Chelsea Public Library, to encourage families to visit the library and read together.
“I was born and raised in the U.S., but my mom didn’t speak English, and I felt like I was lacking in my vocabulary,” explained Jeanette Velez, Coordinator for the Chelsea/Revere Family Network. “I wanted to make sure my boys were always reading and learning. Take the time and read in any language with your child because that will help them build a vocabulary.”
Families can spend time working on fun literacy activities, such as decorating baseball caps, at the over 13 local community organization tables. Children, infants to teenagers, will enjoy face painting, taking pictures in front of a green screen, and receiving free backpacks filled with books.
“The backpacks are the heart of the event because that’s what we started out doing and continue to raise funds for,” said Sarah Gay, Chelsea Public Library director. “For some kids it’s the only opportunity for them to get new books. I love seeing people with a lot of books and being happy.”
City Manager Tom Ambrosino is among the special guests who will be reading to children during story time; and pages from “Can You Say Peace?” by Karen Katz, will be mounted on boards for families to read as they walk through the library.
“Chelsea is a diverse city,” said Velez. “With everything that is going on in the world, we are encouraging kids to know we are all the same.”
Clifford the Big Red Dog will be greeting visitors, and Off Broadway Dance Studio will also be performing Latin and Bollywood routines.
“There was a time 25 years ago when kids didn’t know what a library was,” said Margot Johnson, co-founder of Literacy Day, former traveling bookstore owner, and retired member of Reach Out and Read, Chelsea MGH. “Literacy is very important.”
Family Literacy Day Committee: Margot Johnson, Sarah Gay, and Jeanette Velez.
Born on May 10, 1949 in Arroyo, Puerto Rico, she spent her early years on the island and met her husband, Jose Otero Valentin in the city of Santurce, Puerto Rico. They had two children, Jose Otero Jr. and Elsa Otero. She moved off the island after her divorce and settled in Chelsea in the early 70’s. She worked and put herself through school to earn a Masters Degree in education from Antioch University. She became a social worker and an advocate for the Hispanic community. She was also employed by the city of Chelsea and then by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Department of Transitional Assistance for many years. She was also involved with the Puerto Rican festival committee for several years.
She lived in Chelsea most of her life and eventually moved to Saugus in 2009 with her husband of 19 years, Jose Ocasio. She was the devoted mother of Jose Otero and his companion, Colleen Lewis and Elsa Otero and her companion, Esteban Caraballo; beloved sister of Maggie Paris and Eduardo Paris, both of Puerto Rico and the late Enrique Paris and Victor DeJesus; cherished grandmother of Angel Andrades, Alexandria Andrades, Cristian Alas, Rosario Alas and Dante Otero. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandson, Xavier Ferreira as well as many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend her Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea today, Thursday, Oct. 18 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 o’clock. Services will conclude with interment at Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions in her name be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA 01923.
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Former Clerk Supervisor at the Chelsea Memorial Hospital (now MGH), long active in the Chelsea Polish Community
Irene F. (Flower) Tkaczuk passed away Monday morning, Oct. 15 at the Rosewood Nursing Center in Peabody after a long, chronic illness. She was 89 years old.
The daughter of the late Louis and Frances (Weslowski) Flower, Irene was born and raised in Chelsea. She attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1947.
She was the beloved wife of John A. Tkaczuk of Peabody, with whom she shared 71 years of marriage. Together they raised their family in Chelsea until moving to Peabody, which is where they have resided for the last 17 years.
Irene dedicated 23 years as a clerk supervisor at the former Chelsea Memorial Hospital which later became the MGH. Overseeing the billing and accounts receivable, she retired in 1986. Irene was the President, Past President, State Officer, and Sgt. at Arms of the P.A.V. Post 13 of Chelsea. As a 70-year member, she earned her gold star membership of the Polish Falcons. Irene is a late member of the St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea. She and her husband were involved in many of the Church’s organizations over the years. During her retirement, Irene enjoyed polka dancing with her husband and spending time at their winter residence in Port St. Lucie, Florida. She will be greatly missed by all of her family.
The devoted mother of Frances Tkaczuk of Mashpee, Paula Kordis and her husband Ted of Peabody and the late Frederick “Fred” Tkaczuk, she was the dear sister of Wanda Carroccino of Lynn, sister-in-law of the late Joseph Carroccino and is also survived by three grandchildren: Matthew, John Andrew, and Christopher Kordis, all of Swampscott.
Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend her funeral and family visitation at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, Oct. 19 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.
Should friends desire, contributions in Irene’s memory may be made to Care Dimensions 75 Sylvan St., B-102 Danvers, MA 01923 and/or Catholic TV P.O. Box 9196 Watertown, MA 02471. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com