More than 500 Chelsea High students walked out of class on Thursday, March 15, as part of the national school walk-out movement to promote more efforts towards school safety.
Armed with only a megaphone, students marched into shin-deep snow and cold temperatures to participate in the movement locally, and to draw attention to school safety.
They were supported by the Chelsea Public Schools and the Chelsea Police, who stood in solidarity with the students, who ranged in age from 13 to 18.
“P-O-W-E-R,” yelled Stephanie Rodrigues, one of the key coordinators along with Diego Estrada. “We have the power. We have a voice. We can use our power…We deserve to be heard. We deserve to be safe. We don’t deserve to stand around and wait for someone to come kill us. You could be next. Unfortunately, the 17 students in Florida were killed by a man who should not have had a gun. This is not normal. We should not stand around and wait for someone to take action for us. We can take action.”
Student Eric Lazo entertained the crowd with impromptu chants and songs on the megaphone, for which most everyone in the crowd followed.
“I came out because this can’t happen again,” said Imane Rharbi. “We can’t have students being killed and unsafe. We need gun control right now. That’s why I came out.”
Junior Angel Vargas said he and many other students are concerned that they could be next, that the fear of something at Chelsea High is real.
“It’s important for all of us to come out here,” he said. “It was terrible what happened in Florida. That was the reason I came out. We are scared.”
Students cheered loudly, hats and scarves wrapped tightly around them, and then broke into a solemn moment as Rodrigues read the names of the 17 students killed in Florida on Feb. 14.
The national walk-out day was supposed to occur on March 14, and all over the state and country students staged walk-outs to call for more gun ownership restrictions and more funding for mental health services inside and outside of school. In Chelsea, the effort had to be postponed because of the blizzard on March 13 that cancelled school for two days.
Originally, the plan called for Chelsea students to have their walk-out in the school gym to avoid having to go in the snow. However, Rodrigues said she and Estrada were approached by students who said it should go on outside.
“We were approached by some students who felt we shouldn’t be focused on comfort by going in the gym,” said Rodrigues, who described herself as just another student and a track athlete. “We agreed. We shouldn’t be comfortable when making a stand. We wanted to show we were standing up no matter what the conditions were outside.”
Outside on Thursday, students carried signs that made many different statements.
Some depicted an anti-gun message, while others called for funding to help people who are mentally ill. Some signs blasted the National Rifle Association (NRA) and others called for remembrance of the Florida students.
Most striking, however, were the hand-made signs that read, “Am I Next?”
Rodrigues said it isn’t an overreaction in Chelsea.
She said students and adults are concerned about their safety in school, and it’s something that is a bit new.
“Honestly, I feel we are all scared, even the adults,” she said. “That’s what pulled us all together. We shouldn’t let our safety in school be in question. That brought us together…One day it could be us.”
Stephany Villatoro and Masireh Ceesay were two of about 500 Chelsea High students that participated in a walk-out for school safety on Thursday, March 15. Students said they came together because they were scared that one day they could be school shooting victims.
Nancy Baguada and Mauricio Rubi march through the snow to the walk-out.
Co-Organizer Stephanie Rodrigues fires up the student crowd at the Stadium with a megaphone.
Student Erik Lazo shouted out interesting chants and songs during the walk-out to get the crowd fired up.
Imane Rharbi said there can be no more school shootings. She said now is the time for stricter gun control.
Students rally on the Stadium field in the snow.
Junior Angel Vargas signs the petition from Chelsea High.
Student organizers standing with Chelsea Police Officers. Chelsea Police and Chelsea High security provided a safe perimeter for the students during the walk-out.
In the wake of a social media threat against the Chelsea High School posted last Friday, School Supt. Mary Bourque is putting students and parents on notice that there will be zero tolerance for any threats – whether verbal, written or posted on social media.
As a major footnote to that warning, she said she is initiating a citywide campaign aimed at parents of school-age children – calling them to be vigilant about checking their children’s’ social media posts.
“Any threats, whether verbal, written or posted on social media we will prosecute and we have prosecuted with our relationship with the Chelsea Police,” she said. “As a practice, the Chelsea Public Schools always talks serious threats to the schools and well-being of the schools. There are protocols we have with the Chelsea Police about prosecuting these matters. We will have zero tolerance for any threats.”
This follows on a threat made on Friday, March 2, via a social media post by a student at the high school. Using the protocol – and especially in the current environment following the school shooting in Florida – police quickly checked out the threat, searched the student’s home and determined it wasn’t credible.
But that didn’t get the student off the hook.
Police, according to protocol, placed the juvenile student under arrest for posting a threat via social media.
It won’t be the last time either, Bourque said.
And that got to the heart of the matter for the schools, and that heart is the schools want parents to really monitor their children’s’ social media accounts.
“We need help with this, as does every school district,” she said. “We also want to work with parents to start monitoring what their Chelsea are doing on social media. For us, it’s getting control of what’s going on in social media that’s of paramount importance…We need parents to be paying attention to all of the accounts. No child should have a password their parents don’t know about.”
City Manager Tom Ambrosino and members of the City Council have also been asked to help with the campaign, and will do so.
“There has to be a zero tolerance for this,” he said. “Kids can’t be posting these kinds of things on social media. They will get in trouble for it. There are just too many serious things going on with this to be making these kinds of threatening posts.”
Bourque said there have been no credible threats discovered from the posts that have happened this year, including the one on Friday.
Most of the time, she said, it’s about posturing, but it’s a posture that’s going to land kids in serious trouble.
“It’s mostly students trying to portray themselves as something they are not,” she said. “They are bad judgment calls in putting themselves out there in that way, but it’s something that will get them in trouble.”
James Joseph Warren II of Chelsea passed away suddenly in his home on August 13
at the age of 48.
James attended Chelsea public schools in his youth and had a love for baseball and every sport.
He was the beloved son of James and Karen Warren of Chelsea and is survived by his brother, Jerimy Warren of Chelsea, sister, Janeen Deleon and her husband, Osiris and nieces and nephews, Tayla and Jeremy Warren and Kamryn and Kollin Deleon of Peabody.
All services were held privately.
Retired seamstress and hand stitcher, nurturer and caregiver
Francisca Rivera of Chelsea died peacefully Sunday morning with her family by her side at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following a brief illness. She was 89 years old.
The devoted wife of Eusebio Rivera, she was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, the daughter of the late Gregorio and Adelina (Cortes Arce) Cortes Roman. She has lived in Chelsea for many years.
Francisca was employed for many companies, but was mainly a seamstress and hand stitcher her whole life before she retired many years ago. She was a care giver who helped nurture and raise many children of the neighborhood and was an inspiration to all who knew her and loved her including her many children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, and of course the neighborhood children.
In addition to her loving husband, she is survived eight children: Eida Feliciano of Littleton, Domingo and Sigfredo Feliciano, both of Chelsea, Nelson Feliciano of Beverly, Jennifer Morales of Peabody, Steve
Rivera of Tewksbury, Jacqueline Forstrom of Clinton and Randall Rivera of Florida; 21 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, six great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers and four sisters.
Her Funeral Service will be held on Saturday August 26 at 3 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, 40 Hy-Sil Ave, Revere, to which relatives and friends are kindly welcome to attend.
Arrangements were by the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody. Visit www.ccbfuneral.com to sign on-line obituary.
Revere native, resident of Chelsea and Florida
Alice L. (Upton) Williams died at the residence of her daughter, Sandra, where she has made her home for the past two years. She was 91 years old.
Alice was born and raised in Revere and graduated from Revere High School in 1943. She married and raised her family in Revere for more than 40 years. They moved to Chelsea where they remained for about 10 years and where she and her late husband were very active in the Mill Hill Naturalization Club of Chelsea until 1996 when her beloved husband, Wilfred H. “Bill” Williams, Jr. passed unexpectedly on October 11, 1996.
In 1998, she moved to Florida with her daughter, Donna E. Williams and remained there until moving back to New England when Donna passed in 2015.
She was the devoted mother of Sandra E. “Sandy” Johnson and her husband, John E. of Melvin Village, NH, JoAnn A. Williams of Brattleboro, Vermont and the late Donna E. Williams; the dear sister of Lawrence Upton of Hallandale, Florida and the late: Robert F., John, William, Thomas and Edward Upton, Dorothy Cuningham and Marilyn Perry. She was the cherished grandmother to: Jennifer J. Bennett and her husband, Sean of Concord, NH, Jason J. Johnson and his wife, Courtney of Birmingham, Alabama, Matthew Flake of Everett, Jon W. Johnson and his wife, Jill of Avon, CT., Anna Quinn and her husband, John of Brattleboro, VT, Joshua W. Johnson and his wife, Meghan of Wolfboro, NH and Kelsey Carew of Queens, NY. She is also lovingly survived by 11 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Inc. of Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite Hospice Organization, in memory of Alice L. Williams. For additional information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Alexandra Judith Milroy’
Private funeral services were held last week for Alexandra J. Milroy who passed away unexpectedly at 28 years of age on Friday evening, August 11.
She was thebeloved daughter of Paula A. Matrinko and Bryce Milroy. “Alex” spent her early years in Quincy, moved to Malden as a young girl and has resided in Chelsea for the past five years. She attended elementary school in Malden and the Northeast Regional Vocational School in Wakefield. She graduated Metro-Tech in 2007 with a certificate in cosmetology and continued her education at the David Nicholas Institute.
She worked as a make-up specialist for Sephora and was recently employed at Tweed Barber Shop in downtown Boston. She enjoyed being a Make-Up Artist, time with friends and listening to music. She will always be remembered as being a great friend, her overwhelming personality and her loving but sometimes sarcastic wit. She willforever be the beloved daughter of Paula A. Matrinko of Chelsea and Bryce A. Milroyand his wife, Laureen of Brockton; loving sister of Dominic M. Milroy of Chelsea, Jason and Matthew Ignacio of Dartmouth and Meghan Rego and her fiancé, Kevin Pineirho of New Bedford. She was the dearly loved grandniece of Jenny Markevich and the cherished niece of Michael and Cheryl Matrinko, Nicolas Matrinko. She was the adored godmother to Aubrey Matrinko; cherished granddaughter of the late Paul and Nella (Markevich) Matrinko, Bryce and Ann “Chickie” Milroy and loving aunt to Hannah and Leah Ignacio, Marissa Pineirho and Joseph Ignacio. She is also survived by many loving cousins.
Should friends desire, contributions in Alexandra’s memory may be made to St. JudeChildren’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Lorenzo Roderico Sanchez
Longtime fleet auto/truck mechanic for Republic Services
Lorenzo Roderico Sanchez passed away at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston
surrounded by his family on Monday, August 14. He was 60 years old.
Born and raised in San Jose de Idolo,
Suchitepéquez, Guatemala. he was one of eight children born to Nicolasa Amanda
Rodas-Merida of Texas and the late Rodrigo Sanchez-Flores. He received his early
education in Guatemala.
As a young man in his early twenties, Lorenzo immigrated to the United States and first settled in Somerville. He also resided for several years in Medford. He was the father of three children. For the last 10 years, Lorenzo resided in Lynn and was employed for many years as a fleet Auto/Truck Mechanic working for Republic Services in Boston.
Lorenzo’s favorite pastimes revolved around his family and friends, especially his children and all of his favorite nieces and nephews. He enjoyed all things related to cars and trucks and will be fondly remembered for his calm and peaceful demeanor.
He is lovingly survived by his children: Maximiliana “Millie” Sanchez and her
husband, Brian Latter of Chelsea, Sandy Sanchez of Roxbury and Jeffrey Sanchez of
Revere. He was the spouse of Maria Olga Sanchez de Cabral of Medford and the
cherished grandfather of Marissa, Aaron, Aiyanna and Adriana. He is also survived by
three beloved brothers, four adoring sisters and by many loving nieces and
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Lorenzo is to be repatriated to his home country next week for entombment in his family’s mausoleum in the cemetery at San Jose de Idolo, Suchitepéquez in Guatemala. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Former owner of Tap Royal Café and Tudor Garage in Chelsea
Donald Dickerman of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on June 20.
He was the former owner of Tap Royal Café and Tudor Garage in Chelsea.
The son of Benjamin and Ruth L (Alpert) Dickerman, he was the brother of Allan I. Dickerman and the companion for 45 years of Frances Merlino.
Services are being held in Florida. Donations in his memory can be made to Chelsea Jewish Life Care, 17 Lafayette Avenue, Chelsea.
Robert ‘Bob’ Spinney, Sr.
US Postal Service retiree
Bob, a lifetime Chelsea resident, passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, June 14 at the age of 85.
He attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School with the class of 1950. In August of 1952, he married his longtime sweetheart, Margaret. Shortly thereafter, Bob was drafted into the US Army, serving honorably during the Korean Conflict. After receiving his discharge, Bob returned to his Chelsea home with Margaret and together began their family.
He worked as a postal letter carrier in Revere and Chelsea for 38 years. In his younger years, Bob was an amateur boxer, but he was also a kind, gentle, compassionate soul. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife and spending time in the company of his children and grandchildren. He is remembered for his sense of humor and loved to make others laugh with his jokes and stories.
In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by his sisters, the late Barbara Cameron and the late Florence Brinster. He is survived by his forever beloved wife of 65 years, Margaret (Kashian) Spinney of Chelsea. He was the devoted father and father-in-law of Cheryl Lombardi and her husband, Robert of Peabody, Robert F. Spinney, Jr and his wife, Kathleen of Chelsea and Joanne Simonelli of Lynnfield and her late husband, Louis Simonelli. Bob was also the cherished grandfather of Michael Lombardi and his wife, Mia, Lauren Lombardi, Alexandra and Andrea Simonelli and Robert F. Spinney, III. and adored great grandfather of Avery. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home , Chelsea. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Louis Simonelli, III to the Leonard Florence Center for Living “Dapper’s ALS Residence” 165 Captains Row, Chelsea MA 02150 https://www.dappershouse.org/take-action
The Chelsea High basketball team started well in its contest with Salem in first-round play of the Division 2 North Sectional of the MIAA boys state basketball tournament last Thursday evening.
The Red Devils grabbed a 6-3 lead in the opening minutes on the Witches’ home court, inspiring hope among the Chelsea partisans on hand (many of whom were brought to the game by a CHS fan bus) that just maybe an upset could be in the making.
But the Witches soon showed why they steamrollered their Northeastern Conference opponents en route to an undefeated NEC championship. Salem outscored Chelsea 16-2 over the remainder of the first period and expanded their advantage to a commanding 47-21 lead at the half.
The Red Devils fought back after the intermission, making a 12-2 run at the start of the second half to pull within 14 points, forcing a hasty Salem timeout. However, Chelsea was unable to sustain its momentum and the Witches reassumed command. A pair of Chelsea turnovers and a three-pointer by Salem brought the margin back to 20 points, from where the Witches went on to post an 88-49 triumph.
“Salem presses and runs the entire game,” said CHS head coach Jay Seigal. “We had scouted them and knew what to expect, but they are so athletic and fast that you never truly are prepared for what they bring to the floor until you actually face them.
“When we were patient and beat their press, we did well,” added Seigal. “But you have to be precise with every pass on every possession and if you are not, they make you pay for your mistakes.”
Sophomore Chris Torrez turned in an outstanding game for Chelsea, hitting for a team-high 24 points. Jahro Marshall added eight points, followed by Steve Lacey with seven, Werner Mazariegos with five, Ralph Otero with two, Cobi Molina with two, and Balmeiro Daveiga with a free throw.
Despite the defeat, Seigal said his team had much to be proud of this season. “Our level of play improved as the season progressed,” said Seigal, whose squad had defeated Masconomet Regional in a preliminary round contest of the tourney last Monday prior to taking on Salem, which was the number one seed in the D-2 North and is ranked fifth in the state. “Overall it was a great year and winning a game in the tourney was a big thrill and accomplishment.”
Bruins Beat by Bob Morello
Bruins hitting their stride
Many fans doubted Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney’s decisions at the end of the February 29th deadline, so perhaps it is time to take a look back and evaluate the results in their present standings. Sweeney’s decision to not trade Loui Eriksson was number one, number two was his two veteran pickups, forward Lee Stempniak and defenseman John-Michael Liles, who both have proved to be a plus for Boston. In the five games since the trade deadline, Boston has a record of four wins and a single overtime loss to the Washington Capitals. Even more important to note is that three of those wins, and even their single overtime loss came against strong teams, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, and Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, with their only loss, coming in overtime, against the NHL leading Washington Capitals, all currently in playoff spots.
Tuesday’s 1-0 exciting overtime win was gift-wrapped by the outstanding 42-save show put on by Bruins backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson. Starting his first game since surrendering five goals in a 6-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets February 22nd, he was certainly equal to the task in facing the Lightning. Gustavsson’s record of 11-5-1 is even more impressive with the fact that eight of those wins have come on the road, where the Bruins have posted a 23-7-3 record. Tuesday’s win tied Boston with Tampa for first place in the Atlantic Division, with the Lightning holding a single game in hand. At press time the tight Eastern Conference standings had the Bs tied with Tampa (83) for third place, both a single point behind the New York Rangers (84) for second spot. Right behind the Bruins are the New York Islanders and Florida, each two points back with multiple games in hand. Buoying Boston’s confidence is their 7-2-1 record in their last ten games, and they are currently riding a two-game win streak.
Their recent overtime victories are proof as to how each and every point is so crucial at this point in the season, with just 14 games left on Boston’s regular season schedule. The addition of Stempniak to the Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand line has proved to be an instant cure to the right wing spot, as Stempniak has a goal and five assists (6 points) in the five games played as a Bruin. Liles has performed well on defense, adding some veteran experience to the blue line, important, especially with the recent injury to Kevan Miller.
Bruins fans are certainly getting their entertainment value with exciting overtime wins, most recently, Marchand’s game-winning goal (34) against Tampa – just ten seconds into the overtime, Stempniak’s game-winner (17) over Florida, all while Bergeron continues to play with passion, notching goals number 27 and 28 versus Florida. Boston returns home tonight to Garden ice for a pair of games, on a brief homestand during which they will host the Carolina Hurricanes tonight (Thursday at 7:00pm) and the New York Islanders in a Saturday matinee (1:00pm), before heading out on a four-game road trip featuring three on the West Coast – San Jose Sharks (Tuesday 3/15 at 10:00pm), Anaheim Ducks (Friday 3/18 at 10:00pm), Los Angeles Kings (Saturday 3/19 at 10:30pm), finishing the road trip with the New York Rangers (Wednesday 3/23 at 8:00pm).
Not to be overlooked in the team’s recent success is the fact that Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien is now Boston’s all-time coaching wins leader, passing Art Ross who posted 387 wins in his Bruins coaching career. In his ninth season with the Bruins, he currently is the wins-leader with 389, and is the longest tenured head coach in the NHL. His success can be measured by his ability to steer his team to the playoffs in seven of his eight years on the Boston bench, while also holding the Bruins’ career coaching record with 57 playoff victories. The ultimate win coming in 2011 when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup Championship. His personal best was winning the Jack Adams Trophy as the league’s top coach following the 2008-09 season.
Known for his kind heart, gentle soul, quick wit, and willingness to listen
Thomas E. Mace, Jr., died on February 10 at his home in Somerville after a long battle with cancer. He was 59 years old.
Mr. Mace was born in Chelsea on June 26, 1956 to the late Thomas E. Mace, Sr. and Audrey M. (Arsenault) Mace. He worked for many years for the City of Chelsea and then served as a counselor at the Casper House in Somerville where he helped many persons in need.
He is survived by his sisters, Audrey Ann Riley and her husband, David Riley of Clearwater, Florida and Southport, Maine and Geraldine Mace of Madrid, New Mexico. He is also survived by loving nephews: Matthew Riley of Seattle, Washington and Colin Riley of Portland, Oregon and his loving neice, Meghan Riley Thress of Needham and three great-neices and a great-nephew. In addition, known for his kind heart, gentle soul, quick wit, and willingness to listen, he leaves an extensive number of friends from across the region.
A Memorial Mass and celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Minnie (Berman) Weiner of Chelsea died on February 13.
She was the beloved wife of the late Edward Weiner; devoted mother of Roberta Weiner of Roslindale and the late Amy O’Donnell; loving mother in law of Jerry O’Donnell of Chelsea; daughter of the late Harold and Lena Berman; dear sister of Diane Wald of Seekonk and the late Tilly Berman and the late Ida Sevinor; loving grandmother of Elissa Murray and Brandon O’Donnell and loving aunt of Ralph Sevinor, Marji Somers, Dale Gusman, Peter Wald and Deb Barta.
Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Ave, Cary Sq. Chelsea. Interment was in Lindwood Cemetery, Randolph. In lieu of flowers, donations in Minnie’s memory may be made to the Mass General Hospital Melonoma Research Fund- 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. Visit www.torffuneralservices.com for guest book
Albert Ernest Christoforo
Decorated Veteran proud to call Chelsea home
Albert Ernest “Schooch” Christoforo passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 12. He was 92 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, the son of the late John and Amelia (Ardulino) Christoforo, “Schooch” attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1942. Just after high school, he enlisted in the US Navy on March 4, 1943 and served on the USS Boston during World War II, receiving two Bronze Stars, the Atlantic Pacific Theater Medal, and the Philippine-Liberation Medal. He was honorably discharged on January 24, 1946. Prior to World War II his dream was to play professional baseball. Although that dream never came true, he was a lifelong baseball fan and aficionado.
In 1948, Schooch married his beloved Stella (Faraci). The couple settled in Chelsea, where they raised their three children. Together they shared 41 years of marriage before her passing in 1989.
During his career at Carmote Paint Company, Schooch worked as a paint mixer for over 20 years. After leaving the paint industry, Schooch worked in the maintenance department at the Chelsea Jewish Community Center before retiring. He was also a member of the Chelsea Traffic Commission throughout much of the sixties to the late 1970’s. He remained a lifelong resident of Chelsea until the last months of his life. Schooch loved his City and was proud to call Chelsea his home. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
Schooch was the devoted father of John Christoforo and his wife, Janice of Holbrook, Suzanne Taverna and her husband, Anthony of Chelsea and Rosemary Caggiano and her husband,, Marc of Peabody; dear brother of John Christoforo and his wife, Joan of Everett and the late Pat, Americo, James and Charles Christoforo, Mary Tassinari, Bianca Puleo and Alexandrina “Sandy” Pignato. He is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren: Stephanie Siden and her husband, Ryan of Marblehead, Anthony Taverna and his partner, Gary Mele of Florida, John Christoforo and his wife, Jana of Arizona, Matthew Christoforo and his wife, Shana of Dorchester and Tiffany Caggiano and her fiance, Nico Gobbi of Peabody; four great grandchildren: Sophia and Olivia Siden, Julia and Nicholas Christoforo and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea on Friday, February 19 at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Avenue, Chelsea will be held prior to the Mass from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Interment will be inWoodlawn Cemetery in Everett.
The Chelsea High boys basketball team got back to the .500 mark with an exciting 75-65 overtime victory over Greater Lawrence Tuesday evening in the CHS gym.
The contest was a hard-fought battle throughout the four periods of regulation until the Red Devils took control in the four-minute OT session to claim the victory.
Chelsea held slim leads at all of the quarter junctures — 10-9, 27-23, and 44-43 — and maintained a three-point edge up to the closing seconds. However, Greater Lawrence sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the contest into the extra session.
A combination of stifling defense and excellent shooting combined to propel Chelsea to take control in OT. Angel Alvarez scored five of his 11 points on the night in the OT (including a three pointer), Steve Lacey (who led Chelsea with 21 points) sank four free throws, and Chris Torrez (20 points) hit a bucket to provide the winning-offense.
Other scorers on the night for Chelsea were Jahro Marshall, who made a nice contribution with nine points, Guillermo Zalata with seven points, Jaime Celorio with three points, and Balmeiro Daveiga with a free throw.
A key to the CHS victory was the Devils’ proficiency from the free throw line. Chelsea sank 22-of-31 shots from the charity stripe, a rate of about 70 percent.
By contrast, in last Friday’s 54-44 loss to Shawsheen, Chelsea hit on just 4-of-13 attempts — about 30 percent — from the line.
That contest was closer than the final 10-point spread might indicate, as the Red Devils led 12-11 after one quarter and 25-22 at the half. They trailed 38-35 after three frames and the contest remained in that posture until the final minutes when Chelsea was forced to foul and Shawsheen hit its free throws.
“This was a very frustrating game for us,” said CHS head coach Jay Seigal. “We had leads in the 7-8 point range throughout the first half and had opportunities to expand it into double digits, but we made crucial mistakes that prevented us from breaking the game open. We have to learn to stop forcing the offense when we have the lead and to be more patient.”
Lacey led Chelsea with 20 points, including four from three-point land. Alvarez, who sank two treys, was next on the point parade with 11, followed by Marshall with nine, and Torrez and Daveiga with two apiece.
The Red Devils, who now are 4-4 on the season, will host Northeast Regional Friday and travel to first-place Greater Lowell Tuesday.
Exciting wins for CHS boys, girls track
Both the Chelsea High boys and girls indoor track teams pulled off exciting victories against Medford last Thursday.
The boys’ meet came down to the final event, the 4 x 400 relay, with the Chelsea quartet of Jose Aguiar, Alezio DaSilva, Leonardo DeAlmerdia, and Adrial Cedano winning in a time of 4:06 to give the Red Devils a 47-39 victory.
The contest was a back-and-forth battle the entire way. “This team refused to let Medford put any distance between them in terms of points,” said CHS head coach Mark Martineau. First-place finishers for Chelsea were: senior Johnny Gomez in the two-mile (12:30); senior Jose Aguiar in the 600 (1:38); junior Adriel Cedano in the high jump (5’-6”); and senior Luka Braga in the shotput.
However, the key to victory was provided by the second and third place performances turned in by the Red Devil trackmen. , “What made the difference was all of the second and third place finishes we won,” noted Martineau. “Each race was a battle and the boys rose to the occasion.”
This group included Eric Orellana (second in the two mile), who was asked to make the jump to the two-mile for the Medford meet. Adriel Cedano and Nick Ieng took second and third in the dash. Sophomore Nelson Hernandez took second in the shotput. Sophomore and track newcomer Jose Leclerc grabbed a second in the mile, while teammate Jansel Caludio finished third in that contest.
Senior Sam Hernandez took second in the 1000 and Bryan Rivas snared a third in the hurdles.
Although the final outcome was not quite as dramatic on the girls’ side, their meet too, was a close encounter, as Chelsea accumulated just enough points prior to the relay to clinch the win by a score of 48-34.
First-place finishers for the Lady Red Devils included: senior Mariama Kamara in the dash, senior Wendy Becerra in the two-mile (14:14), sophomore Martin Simon in the 300 (43.43), freshman Jocelyn Poste in the 1000 (3:49), and senior Jazmine Castilian in the shotput.
“Once again, it was all the second and third place finishes that made the difference for this team,” noted Martineau.
Adding key points for the Chelsea side of the scoresheet were: Melanie Nguyen, second in the hurdles; Katherine Cabral, second in the dash; second and third places in the 600 by freshman Gabriela Bermudez and sophomore Awa Bajinka; ,third in the 1000 by Emely Burgos; and second and third spots in the mile by freshman Yarid Deras and senior Cynthia Guzman.
The 4 x 400 relay team of Kamara, Simon, Post, and Bajinka also captured victory in a time of 5:05.
“The star of the meet was Martin Simon,” added Martineau. “Due to injuries of teammates, we had to ask her to run (and win) the 300. She rose to the occasion with a big win and capped off her day by anchoring the relay for us.”
Both the boys and girls squads were set to take on Malden yesterday (Wednesday) and will participate in the MIAA State Relay Meet Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Track Center.
by Bob Morello
Bruins continue to juggle lines
While the Record headed to press Wednesday night, the Bruins were preparing to do battle with the Philadelphia Flyers on their home ice… the Wells Fargo Center, in the fourth game of their five-game road trip. The Flyers were riding the wave of a three-game win streak, while Boston was coming off a 2-1 disappointing loss to the New York Rangers, in a game in which they played well, but lost it at the end. The loss to the Rangers ran Boston’s record for their last ten games to a depressing 3-6-1.
One of the bright spots in the Rangers’ game, despite the loss, is the recent, strong play of 6’ 5” Jimmy Hayes. The Dorchester native ran his goals scored total to a respectable ten, scoring five goals in eight games. His strong showing has prompted several line changes, as Coach Claude Julien continues to move his forward lines in chess match fashion, and rewarding Hayes with a shot at the first line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. The continuing recovery of center David Krejci (upper body), and defenseman Adam McQuaid (concussion?), as expected, continues to have an effect on lineup possibilities. Neither injured player has joined the team on this current road trip to date.
With 41 of the 82-regular season games played, the Bruins at press time are tied with the New Jersey Devils for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings, with the Bruins having played three fewer games. Maybe not a comfortable position for the Bruins to be in halfway through the regular season, but when considering that Boston is within four points of second place, it’s not that bad. Plus, of the five teams ahead of them in the conference standings, the Bruins hold two games in hand on four of them.
The time is now for Boston to put together a win streak, similar to the eight-game win streak currently enjoyed by the red-hot Chicago Blackhawks, and the recent Florida Panthers’ 12-game win streak which ended with an overtime loss to Vancouver Canucks. Florida has now earned at least a point in their last 13 games which moved them up to the #2 spot in the Eastern Conference, and first place in the Atlantic Division. If the Bruins don’t emerge victorious in Philadelphia, they will get another opportunity to start the much needed win streak tomorrow (Friday at 7:00pm) night when they are hosted by the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo will be looking to extend their two-game win streak against the Bruins in their Friday matchup.
Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has been named as the lone member of the Boston Bruins to the 2016 NHL All-Star team. Probably the most surprising factor is that Bergeron will be making only his second All-Star appearance in his 11-year career with the Bruins… his steady play over the years, should have earned him many more selections. This year’s All-Star Game festivities will be hosted for the first time by the city of Nashville, and will feature a new format, with teams representing each NHL division, participating in a three-game tournament that will be played in a 3-on-3 format. The 2016 NHL All-Star Skills Competition will take place on Saturday, January 30th with a 7:00pm start, followed by the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, with a 5:00pm puck drop.
Polka fan – died unexpectedly on Christmas Day – his favorite holiday
Francis H. ‘Frank’ Turczyn of Chelsea passed away unexpectedly in his Chelsea home on Christmas morning. He was 81 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved son of the late Wladyslaw and Mary Turczyn, Frank attended St. Stanislaus Parochial School and graduated from Everett Vocational High School. He enlisted in the US Army in the late 50’s and served and was discharged between conflicts. He worked as a cemetery laborer with Fuller Services in Everett providing duties at the Fuller Street, Jewish Cemeteries.
Frank enjoyed Polish Music and Polkas, frequently attending Saturday night polka dances at the PAV in Chelsea. He was a devoted fan of the Litwin Polka variety radio program and was a former member of the Polish Political Club in Chelsea. Christmas was his favorite holiday and annually he would richly decorate his home to the enjoyment of all who would pass by. His holiday decorations garnered him several awards as the Best Decorated Chelsea Home.
In addition to his parents, Frank was also preceded in death by his three brothers; Walter, Albert and Eugene Turczyn. He was the devoted father to Doreen Turczyn of Michigan, Francis Turczyn and his wife, Antonia of Tewksbury, Gene Turczyn, Glen Turczyn and his wife, Kristen, all of Chelsea; cherished grandfather to Evan Turczyn and dear brother to Stella Niedzielski of Michigan.
Visiting Hours were held at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home Chelsea on Wednesday and interment will be private.To send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Julio Torres, Jr.
Julio Torres, Jr. of Chelsea passed away unexpectedly in his home on December 26. He was 46 years old.
He was the devoted husband of Tina (McKoy) Torres; beloved son of Julio Torres Sr. of Chelsea and Gloria Camacho of Puerto Rico; loving step father to Quentin Mina and Terrance McKoy; dear brother to Marysol and her husband, Enrique Garcia, both of Chelsea and Janet Torres of Kissimmee, Florida; loving uncle to Sabrina Williams, Jordenn White, Brianna Toro, Jarred Frizzell, Sariana Toro and Deanalee Romero and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Family and friends will honor Julio by gathering on Friday, January 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston with a memorial service in our Serenity Chapel at 7 p.m. For more information, please visit: www.ruggieromh.com
Diana (Cardone) Russo of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on December 20.
Born and raised in Chelsea and a long time member of St. Anthony’s Ladies Sodality, she was the daughter of the late Vito and Vilma (Rizzo) Cardone, the beloved wife of the late Thomas A.; devoted mother of Nancy Ramey and Kathy Ramey, both of Revere, dear sister of Betty Addivinolo of East Boston, Margie Mamur of Revere and Lawrence Cardone of Chelsea. . She is also survived by one loving granddaughter, Nicole McCloy and her husband, Josh; two great grandchildren, Charlotte and Cooper and by many nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere, today, Wednesday, December 23 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Michael Lush, Jr.
Video game pro; worked in property maintenance
Michael L. Lush, Jr. of Chelsea passed away suddenly at home on December 13.
Born in Melrose 33 years ago, he was a graduate of the Northeast Vocational High School, worked in property maintanance and was a pro with video games.
He was the devoted son of Michael L. Lush, Sr. and Lillian T. Madigan; beloved brother of Amanda Lanceleve and her husband, Steven of Haverhill; cherished grandson of Margaret C. “Connie” Madigan of Revere, Albert Lush of Chelsea and the late John Madigan and Juanita Lush. He is also lovingly survived by his nephew, Aaron and niece, Mila as well as by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Committal was private. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to the MSPCA, 350 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.
Charlie Smith of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea and Lynn, passed away unexpectedly at home in West Ossipee, NH on December 11. He was 61 years old.
He was born to the late James and Muriel (Christie) Smith and grew up in Lynn as well as Chelsea – those were the days. He graduated from Lynn Classical High in 1972 where he was on the track team for long distance running and shot put.
Charlie learned to turn a wrench at a young age. He worked at many car dealerships over the years and ran his own shop. Charlie would take his sons to numerous swap meets and car shows. He was a bartender where he won many games of cribbage on the bar board. He was on a bowling team for many years. Charlie was a 30 year member of the Mount Carmel Masonic Lodge of Lynn.
He leaves his wife, Cheryl (Curtis) Smith of West Ossipee, NH and his sons, Charles C. and his wife, Ashleigh of New York City, NY and Nicholas R. and his wife, Jen of Billerica; three grandchildren, Kaylee Fone, Emma and baby, Nick; his stepsons, Derek MacIver and his girlfriend, Tanya Matthewson and Logan Flynn of Madison, NH and his stepdaughter, Kelly MacIver and her boyfriend, John Elliot and his grandson, Jack Ducker of Madison, NH. He also leaves his sister, Eleanor and her husband, John (Jackie) Josefowitch of Chelsea; brothers: James (Jimmy) and his wife, Linda of Chelsea and George and his wife, Linda of Lynn; his mother-in-law, Virginia Curtis of Marblehead, sister-in-law, Rene and her husband, Merle McCartney of Newark, DE and his long time friends, Stevie and Marie St. John from Deltona, Florida; great friend, Fran Thomas and his family of Madison, NH and many loving nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. He is also survived by his pets, Stanley, Malcom and Benny – the boys.
Special thanks are extended for years of care by Dr. Beverly Bowker, Dr. Lillian MoyYee and Dr. Kenneth Miller.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Neely House @ Tufts Hospital, Boston, MA or the Conway Area Humane Society, Conway, NH. Funeral arrangements were by the Lord Funeral Home at 50 Moultonville Rd, Center Ossipee, NH.
Alice Rose Dean
Of Florida, formerly of Chelsea
Alice Rose Dean passed away on December 13 at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce, Florida. She was 94 years old.
Alice was born in Somerville and had been a resident of Fort Pierce for six months coming from Chelsea.
Alice volunteered at Sancta Maria Hospital in Cambridge and was of the Catholic faith.
Survivors include her daughter, Judy Dean of Fort Pierce, Fl; her sister, Marilyn Seward of Arlington; nieces, Kati Bell and Jessica Bell and nephew, Joshua Bell. Alice was predeceased by her husband, Anthony Dean and her sister, Barbara Fisher of Arlington.
There will be no services. In lieu of flowers contributions should be made to the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org. Friends may visit the online guest book at www.aycock-hillcrest.com. Arrangements are under the care of Aycock Funeral Home, Fort Pierce, FL.
Leona Grell was one of those bigger-than-life personalities in Chelsea that could light up a room with her smile and ignite a crowd with her energy.
Some remember Leona for her work at local banking institutions. Many recall her outstanding service to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, working alongside executive director Barry Berman, one of the most outstanding and innovative nursing home administrators in the country.
And there are hundreds of Chelsea residents past and present who remember Leona Grell as the chairperson of the annual Grand Chelsea Reunion that was held in Florida.
Leona made everyone feel welcomed at those reunions. The events were so well organized and everyone had such a great time they couldn’t wait for the next Grand Reunion.
It’s a credit to Leona that she kept the tradition of Chelsea alive through these fun-filled and festive gatherings held in the winter months in sunny Florida. And the best thing was that Leona seemed to enjoy the reunions as much as the guests did, personally greeting at the door former Chelsea residents who had traveled from all parts of Florida and all regions of the country to be in attendance.
More than 500 guests attended some of the reunions, a credit to the diligent efforts of Leona and her committee.
It is unlikely there will be any more Grand Chelsea Reunions in Florida, at least not in the magnitude and grandeur of Leona’s events. It won’t be the same without Leona Grell at the helm.
Leona Grell brought joy to so many people. She was personable, charismatic, stylish, a woman of intergrity and honor who exhibited a genuine warmth to all in her presence.
We will miss Leona Grell, a true Chelsea legend whose friendship and zest for life will always be remembered.
We join the community in extending our condolences to the Grell family.