Wingin’ It for Super Bowl Liii: Chef Husbands Talks the Perfect Wing

Wingin’ It for Super Bowl Liii: Chef Husbands Talks the Perfect Wing

There is no shortage of Super Bowl parties going on in Chelsea this weekend, but if one wants their party to score high, they better know how to prepare a proper chicken wing.

Chef/Pitmaster Andy Husbands of The Smoke Shop (located in Assembly Row in Somerville) said that if hosts think getting a good wing on the table for the Super Bowl is as easy as popping them in a hot oven, they would be flapping wrong.

In fact, he said, the key to a good Super Bowl spread is preparation and thinking ahead.

“Wings are so subjective,” he said. “Do you like the small ones or the big roaster wings? I go for the big roasting ones. You want the big, roaster wings. I’d also advise everyone to go early. Don’t go to the store to buy your wings on Saturday. They’ll all be sold out and you’ll get stuck with the small wings…Most everything you serve for the Super Bowl except for ribs can be done on Saturday. That makes it so much easier. You want it to be enough food for everybody, but you want it to be easy for you too. You don’t want to be in the kitchen saucing wings when the Pats are scoring.”

Husbands said the centerpiece of a Super Bowl spread always has to be the wings, so getting them right is important.

Husbands suggests doing what is called a confit.

“You want the best wings, and even though it’s a bit complicated, I would look up how to confit wings,” he said.

When he pulls it off, Husbands said he starts by seasoning the raw wings the day before with salt and other flavorings. Many make the mistake, he said, of putting the sauce – whether buffalo or teriyaki sauce – on before cooking the wings. One should not do that, he said.

“That will hamper the wings,” he said. “Sugars burn quickly, and you don’t want that burnt taste on the wings.”

Once seasoned, Husbands coats the wings in oil and chicken or goose fat. Then they go into a 205-degree oven until cooked. Then, take them out, let them cool and remove the fat. The next day, before the big game, take them out of the refrigerator and use the fat from the previous day on a sheet pan. Put the wings in the fat and cook them in an oven at 350 degrees until crispy.

“They become crispy and rich and then you apply the sauce, whether Frank’s Red Hot or Szechuan – whatever you want,” he said. “That’s a fun way to do it.”

There are, of course, other ways to wing it for the big game.

Home frying, however, is not something Husbands recommends. Most people don’t have the right equipment and it uses a ton of fat for just one dish.

Cooking them in the oven after seasoning is another option, but it has to be on low heat. A common mistake, he said, is putting the wings in the oven raw at a high temperature to get them crispy. However, that leads to a dry and bony wing – perhaps even raw.

“You want to put them on very low heat and continuously turning them gets them crispy on the outside and keeps them juicy on the inside,” he said. “After they’re cooked (150 degree temperature inside), you can crank up the oven to 450 degrees and flash them in until really crispy. Then you sauce them up. That way you get them fully cooked and crispy. No one wants raw chicken.”

Yet another way goes to the die-hards, who will take the opportunity to do some arctic grilling. Husbands said the cold weather won’t stop him from grilling wings and smoking ribs for his Super Bowl party.

“I’m absolutely going to be outside,” he said. “My neighbors all know me well. They don’t look at me like I’m crazy. It’s more like they want to know if they can have some. It’s a passion and if you know it love it you want to do it all the time in any weather. I have a Traeger grill and a Big Green Egg grill and they work in all types of weather. I might use both of them this time.”

Beyond the meat of the matter, though, Husbands has some good ideas for buffet style options.

One of those ideas is a chili bar. He usually cooks a pot of chili and leaves it on low in the Crock Pot, setting up a chili fixin’s salad bar next to it.

“What’s cool about chili is you can keep it in the Crock Pot, keep it hot and put out a bunch of toppings – like crushed Fritos, crushed tortilla chips, scallions, sour cream and anything else you like,” he said. “People can come back and forth to that during the entire game.”

At halftime, he rolls out a hot dog bar too.

Either grilled or boiled, he selects quality hot dogs and two different kinds of buns. From there, the sky is the limit on the kinds of toppings one can offer to guests. Husbands suggests kimchee, several different types of mustard, cheese sauce, unique pickle relishes and even his own favorite, sriracha ketchup.

“Guests can have fun making their own hot dog,” he said. “You can wheel that out at halftime for something new. All of it can be prepared ahead of time too.”

For the beer lovers, Husbands suggests not going all lawnmower and not going all high-brow either. In his ice chest, he said he offers everything from Miller High Life to Trillium Brewery.

“It’s important to have something for everyone,” he said. “I don’t want to push my passion for craft beer on someone who wants a High Life. A High Life can be just as enjoyable as a craft beer.”

Super Bowl LIII official coverage starts at 6 p.m. on CBS. Andy Husbands is an award-winning chef and pitmaster at The Smoke House, which has locations in Assembly Row, the Seaport and Cambridge. Just this year he closed down his long-time South End restaurants Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel – which were neighborhood staples for decades.

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Suite Success Neecy Mechanical a Big Part of Second Street Hotel

Suite Success Neecy Mechanical a Big Part of Second Street Hotel

They are a fifth-generation Chelsea family that has been involved in every aspect of this city.

Bernice “Neecy” Dunn, current and reigning matriarch of the well-known Dunn family of Chelsea, just turned 91. Mrs. Dunn is not slowing down one bit. She is a regular volunteer at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, once again setting an example for a family that is intent on carrying on her legacy of giving and being a friend to all.

Jimmy Dunn, a son and a U.S. Navy veteran, is a dedicated business owner who founded Neecy Mechanical 32 years ago, proudly naming the company after his mother.

Jimmy grew the company from working out of his van to now working on one of the major projects in Chelsea, a new hotel springing up on Second Street.

The family recently gathered at the hotel construction site where they stood near the company sign, Neecy Mechanical Inc., Plumbing and Sprinkler. It was a celebration of sorts on a cold winter day, a nod to ernice “Neecy” Dunn for all she has meant to her family, and to Jimmy Dunn, a true American success story who has worked hard all his life, from his school days at Northeast Vocational where he specialized in sheet metal, to his service in the U.S. Navy as a catapult operator, to his decision to devote his mechanical knowledge to pursue a career in the plumbing trades.

“We all love the city of Chelsea and fell particularly proud to be able to live and work in this city,” said Nicole Dunn, the beautiful daughter of Jimmy Dunn who is the office manager at Neecy Mechanical.

Jesse Dunn, Derek Dunn, and Jessica Dunn also have positions at the company that does plumbing and sprinkler fittings.

Helping to build a hotel

Neecy Mechanical is beginning its work at the Second Street site, where a brand new 106-room Hampton Inn will join the other hotels in the city. The hotel is expected to be completed in 2020. It is one of Neecy’s biggest jobs to-date.

“We’re proud to be working on such a large project,” said Nicole Dunn, noting that Neecy previously worked on a 36-unit building in Boston and currently on a 19-unit building in East Boston.

And when it comes to hiring employee, Jimmy Dunn hasn’t forgotten his vocational school roots. He has brought on board several graduates of Northeast Regional to work at his company.

Honoring his mother

Once he founded his company, Jimmy Dunn made an immediate decision to name it in honor of his mother, Bernice.

“Growing up, my father and my mother owned a couple of pieces of property and they called it Neecy Realty,” recalled Jimmy. “It’s a very unique name so I said, ‘one day, I want to name my company after her and honor her by doing that.”

Jimmy said he can’t put a price on the love, support, and guidance he has received from his mother.

“Being so proud of my mother and my city, and having the opportunity to do a big job like the one at the hotel in my own city – going to the site on her 91st birthday, I thought that would be a great way to celebrate the milestone,” said Jimmy.

Dorothy Hamilton, Bernice’s friend and a lifelong Chelsea resident herself, took part in the photo opportunity on Second Street. Interestingly, Dorothy’s grandson, Richard Fallon, works at Neecy Mechanical.

Councillor-at-Large Leo Robinson, a cousin to the Dunn family, also braved the frigid conditions on that day to offer his birthday wishes to Bernice and his congratulations to Jimmy for building such an outstanding company.

“It’s just a great Chelsea family and Bernice is a great lady who symbolizes the goodness of what Chelsea is all about,” said Councillor Robinson.

Bernice Dunn has five sons and four daughters, 22 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. A son, Patrick Dunn, was an outstanding football player at Chelsea High and president of his class.

Memories of the old Chelsea

and a look ahead to the new

Jimmy Dunn has vivid memories of his days growing up in a home at 61 Crescent Ave., not far from the old Chelsea High School building.

He was a just a kid when the entire city almost burnt down in the Chelsea Fire in October, 1973.

“I remember being where the new train stop is, where the City Yard used to be, and looking at the bricks on the buildings on Arlington Street, and they were actually melting because the fire was so hot,” said Dunn. “The wind was crazy. The firefighters did a great job because it looked like the whole city was going to go up in flames. They say if the Williams School wasn’t there, the fire would have taken everything.”

Jimmy Dunn said the city made significant strides in development and stature under former City Manager Jay Ash.

“The city is moving in the right direction and I see a bright future under [City Manager] Tom Ambrosino,” said Jimmy.

Hard work pays off

at Neecy Mechanical

Nicole Dunn said any story about her father has to pay tribute to his incredible work ethic. Jimmy grew up working next to his father and raised his own family working next to him.

“When I think of my father, I have to touch on his work ethic, how hard he works, what a good leader he is, and how much he’s guided all of us,” said Nicole.

According to Jimmy Dunn, his mother Bernice’s family arrived here via Nova Scotia. His father Joseph’s family came here through Ellis Island.

“My father lived on Blossom Street and my mother lived on Albion Place,” said Jimmy. “They were married for 50 years.”

Bernice Dunn was a cafeteria worker in the city of Chelsea. Joseph Dunn worked in the boiler room for the Chelsea School Department.

Today Jimmy Dunn and his family are carrying on that legacy of hard work, dependability, loyalty, trustworthiness, and pride at Neecy Mechanical, a fitting tribute to Bernice “Neecy” Dunn, for whom this company is proudly named.

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Chelsea Transportation Task Force Inaugural Meeting: Driving the Discussion

Chelsea Transportation Task Force Inaugural Meeting: Driving the Discussion

The people of Chelsea are demanding increased frequency on the Silver Line, more reliability, and additional bus connections from the MBTA. Over the next two years there will be three major construction projects in Chelsea that will adversely impact bus traffic, and City leaders and residents are concerned that the already poor services will worsen.

“There have been big shifts in population and ridership, and the bus routes have stayed largely the same,” admitted Steve Poftak, the newly appointed MBTA General Manager. “The T is playing catch-up.”

On January 24, Poftak sat with locals and members of the City Council during the first inaugural Chelsea Transportation Task Force meeting at City Hall. The goal of the committee is to gather once a month for six months of interactive discussions with the community and Poftak to develop solutions.

“For a lot of us who live on both of the hills, buses are the only means of transportation,” commented a Bellingham Square resident. “Every year or two, they threaten to cut off both of the hills. That would leave us totally stranded, and I’m not having it.”

Many aren’t content with the massive traffic that builds with the 20 minute rising and 20 minute lowering of the Chelsea Street bridge, which slows bus travel. The MBTA noted that active discussions with the Coast Guard regarding the creation of a period of time during peak hours of commuting when the bridge does not open have been hindered by the government shutdown.

“We have limited control over the bridge. Maybe we could have some predictability with windows when we know the bridge will be active and when we know it won’t,” said Poftak.

The Better Bus Project is investigating the quality of the current bus network and working on cost-neutral proposals that will result in more frequent services for customers. Researchers have been speaking with riders to learn more about where people’s trips begin and end, the economic demographics of the area, and where jobs are located.

“We are advocating for fair mitigation,” expressed Council President Damali Vidot. “We’ve needed quality service for years and are working at a sub-par level. Chelsea was an afterthought in the Better Bus Project. We want to make sure we’re getting the service we deserve.”

The Better Bus Project has 47 proposals for changes in the MBTA bus system that will impact 63 out of the 180 routes in 35 of the 50 communities that are served. Proposals include removing bus routes with low ridership, and re-investing resources elsewhere.

The Transportation Task Force is suggesting more inspectors, less cancellations, and easier transfers between Chelsea and Lynn on the Commuter Rail.

“We are re-imagining the infrastructure on Broadway,” said City Manager Tom Ambrosino. “We will be presenting the City Council with alternatives that do away with two fast lanes to make travel safer. One idea is incorporating a dedicated bus lane.”

Gentrification has also forced many Chelsea residents to relocate to Lynn because of the high cost of rent. One Chelsea resident, who works in Lynn, voiced that it takes her up to two hours to commute from Lynn to Chelsea using public transportation. She commented that the only line that directly connects Chelsea to Everett is the 112 bus, and many avoid it due to the lifting of the bridge; and recommended that the 426 bus through Lynn could stop in Chelsea, as it already passes over the Tobin Bridge.

“In the overall bus network redesign, people on the north side of the city are particularly interested in going to Lynn and Malden,” Poftak concluded. Better Bus Project proposals will be available at with maps and data. The MBTA will also be providing riders with a warm place to view proposals at Haymarket Station, where they see the most response from Chelsea residents.

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Text 9-1-1 Service Now Available in Massachusetts

Text 9-1-1 Service Now Available in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts State 9-1-1 Department is pleased to announce that Text to 911is now available throughout the Commonwealth. All Massachusetts 9-1-1 call centers now have ability to receive a text message through their 9-1-1 system. The Baker-Polito Administration has supported making these system enhancements since 2015.

Text to 9-1-1 allows those in need of emergency services to use their cellular device to contact 9-1-1 when they are unable to place a voice call.
“This is a significant improvement to our 9-1-1 system that will save lives,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Tom Turco. “By giving those requiring emergency services this option we are greatly expanding the ability of first responders to provide critical assistance to those in need.”
To contact emergency services by text message, simply enter 9-1-1 in the “To” field of your mobile device and then type your message into the message field. It is the same process that is used for sending a regular text message from your mobile device. It is important to make every effort to begin the text message indicating the town you are in and provide the best location information that you can. “Having the ability to contact a 9-1-1 call center by text could help those being held against their will or victims of domestic violence unable to make a voice call,” said Frank Pozniak, Executive Director of the State 9-1-1 Department. “Text to 9-1-1 also provides direct access to 9-1-1 emergency services for the deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired, which is a service that these communities did not have access to until now.”
It is important to note that the 9-1-1 call center may not always have your exact location when they receive your text. For this reason, when sending a Text to 9-1-1 it is important to make every effort to begin the text message indicating the town you are in and provide the best location information that you can.
The State 9-1-1 Department encourages citizens to Text to 9-1-1 only when a voice call is not possible.
Remember: “Call if you can, text if you can’t.”

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Free Exploratory Program at Voke Aimed for Non-Vocational Students

Free Exploratory Program at Voke Aimed for Non-Vocational Students

Northeast Metro Tech is once again opening its doors to non-vocational high school students interested in learning more about technical education.

Through its “Exploring Vocational and Career Technical Pathways,” Northeast is offering a 12-week program for in-district students in grades nine through 12 not currently enrolled at the school to expand their knowledge in one of 13 tech programs.

This is the second year of the program, which is made possible through a $100,000 Cummings Foundation grant that will be used over four years.

“We take our role as our communities’ alternative high school option very seriously,” Principal Carla Scuzzarella said. “This grant provides us with the means to offer vocational and technical opportunities for students who are thinking about options for their future.”

Divided into three four-week programs, students in Northeast’s district who sign up for Exploring Vocational and Career Technical Pathways are welcomed to the school on Saturdays to experience a number of career pathways. The free courses are led by a Northeast instructor and participants get an abridged version of each shop’s curriculum.

Given the success of last year’s pilot program, Northeast is now offering courses in nearly all of its tech programs — automotive technology, business technology, drafting and design, carpentry, cosmetology, culinary arts, design and visual communications, electrical, health assisting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning/refrigeration, metal fabrication, plumbing and robotics.

“Teachers saw the positive impact this program had on communities during our pilot program and wanted to become more involved,” Program Director Joe O’Brien Jr. said. “This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in one, two or three areas of technical study to learn more and gain valuable skills that can be applied in college or a career.”

Additionally, as part of a $106,320 Skills Capital Grant Northeast received earlier this month, the school will expand the drafting and design program for participants through updated equipment and advanced software.

The first of three sessions will begin on Feb. 2 and continue on Feb. 9, Feb. 16 and March 2. Session two will run from March 9-30 (Saturdays only) and session three begins on April 6, and meets on April 13, April 27 and May 4.

Students can attend all three sessions for free, and pick three different shops to explore, or stick with one for 12 weeks. Transportation to Northeast is not provided.

To apply, students should fill out an application here and email it to O’Brien at, or mail it to the school at:

Northeast Metro Tech

Attn: Joe O’Brien Jr.

100 Hemlock Road

Wakefield, MA 01880 Applicants should apply prior to the start of each session. Those who apply in the middle of a session will be placed in the following session. Anyone with questions should contact O’Brien at or 781-246-0810.

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Thank You, Bob Deleo

Thank You, Bob Deleo

It’s hard to believe that it has been 10 years since Winthrop/Revere State Rep. Bob DeLeo was elected the Speaker of the House by his colleagues. (Yes, time flies.)

We wish to make note of the 10th anniversary of Speaker DeLeo’s ascension to that post because it was marked by two significant events that occurred in January, 2009.

First, Bob was chosen by his colleagues after a succession of House Speakers had been forced to resign because of various scandals, the last having been Sal DiMasi, who was indicted on corruption charges by federal prosecutors for which DiMasi eventually was convicted and sentenced to time in federal prison.

The second was that Bob assumed the Speakership amidst the greatest economic downturn to face not only Massachusetts, but the entire country (and the world) since the Great Depression.

Needless to say, January of 2009 was a difficult period for anyone to become Speaker of the House, given the history of the House during the previous decade and the enormity of the challenges that the state was facing.

However, from the perspective of looking back over the past 10 years, it is fair to say that Bob DeLeo has been more responsible both for restoring the people’s faith in our legislature and for guiding our state through an incredibly-difficult fiscal

period than any other person in state government.

Governors have come and gone, as have State Senate presidents, but the one constant has been the steady hand of Bob DeLeo at the helm of the House of Representatives.

Not only has Bob DeLeo been the principal architect of a state budget process that has been both prudent and forward-looking, but he, more than any other person on Beacon Hill, has been able to bring together disparate groups and has worked with both the Senate and Republican administrations to create an atmosphere of collegiality that is unparalleled in our nation today. The achievements in our state over the past decade under the Speakership of Bob DeLeo are a testament to the ability of one person to have a profound effect upon the lives of the people he serves — and Massachusetts unquestionably is a better place thanks to Bob DeLeo’s tenure as Speaker of the House for the past 10 years.

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Obituaries 01-31-2019

Obituaries 01-31-2019

Attorney Saul Kraft

Practiced law in Chelsea for almost 50 years

Saul P. Kraft of Chatham, formerly of Malden, husband of the late May Kraft, passed away on Tuesday Jan. 22, at age 94.

In 1968, Attorney Kraft founded the law firm of Kraft and Hall in Chelsea where he practiced law for almost 50 years. He was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and past president of the Suffolk County Bar Association. He was a graduate of Boston Latin School, Boston College, Hebrew College and Boston University Law School.

Mr. Kraft is survived by his son Dr. Philip Liston-Kraft and his husband, Dr. Edward Liston-Kraft of Chatham; his daughter Atty Bernice Kraft-Levin and her husband Atty Mark Levin of Assonet; his grandsons Dr. Seth Levin of New York City and Dr. Scott Levin of Boston and his sister, Frances Pearlman (husband David Butters) of Swampscott. Mr. Kraft was the brother of the late Sumner Kraft and Leon Kraft.

Private funeral services were entrusted to Auclair Funeral Home, Fall River. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: Hebrew College. Att. Development. 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459. Online guest book at

Susie DiRosa

Seamstress and longtime Revere Public School Cafeteria employee

Susie (DeSisto) DiRosa of Revere died on Jan. 27.

Susie worked many years as a seamstress in the Garment district and Revere Public Schools Cafeteria Department.

She was the beloved wife of the late Pasquale “Tony,” devoted mother of Suzanne DiRosa of Danvers and the late MaryEllen Lucia; cherished grandmother of Brian and Michael Lucia, great-grandmother of Christopher Lucia and the dear sister of the late Joseph DeSisto, and Christie DeSisto. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and her Feline companion Misty.

Her Funeral will be from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Friday, Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit

Margaret Lewis

Longtime Chelsea resident

Margaret E. (Casucci) Lewis of Chelsea died on Jan. 23.

Born in Boston and a longtime resident of Chelsea, Margaret passed away at home Wednesday evening after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Prior to her retirement, she worked in security at the Four Seasons Condominium in Downtown Boston.

She was the devoted wife of the late Kenneth T. Lewis, beloved mother of Louise Sullivan, Jody Sullivan and Kimberley Rosario, all of Chelsea; dear sister of Augustus Casucci, Sr. of Chelsea, Rosemary Pothier of New Hampshire and the late Richard Casucci; cherished grandmother of Julian Montenez, Jeremy Rosario, Augusto Rosario, Jr., April Garcia, Augustin Rodgriguez, Felix Menendez, Jr., Michael Guzman, Khianna Bedford, Xavier Bedford, Ivelisse Rentas and Zuilda Rosario. She is also lovingly survived by her great-grandchildren, Angelique, Alexis, Ariel, Felix III, Daniel. Michael Jr., as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

To send a message of condolence to Margaret’s family, visit

Marie Obdulia Pineda

Sept. 12, 1933 – Jan. 26, 2019

Maria Obdulia Pineda passed away on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Boston Medical Center after a long illness. She was 85 years old.

Born and raised in Chalatenango, El Salvador, she was one of four children of the late Ancelmo Pineda and Natalia Aguilar. She married Santos Alberto Pineda, and together they shared over 60 years together raising their family of seven.

Maria devoted her life to home and family in Chalatenango and recently came to the area to take residency with family during her illness.

In addition to her parents, Maria was also predeceased by a sister, Christina Pineda. She is survived by her beloved husband, Santos Pineda of Malden. She was the devoted mother of Dilia Pineda and her spouse, Francisco Mendez, Jose Pineda, Blanca O. Pineda and Ana B. Pineda, all of Chalatenango, Elsa Pineda of Malden, Santos Pineda and his spouse, Anamin Tejada of Everett and Mario Pineda of Chelsea. She was the dear sister of Ernesto Pineda and Domingo Aguilar both of El Salvador and the special grandmother of Ronald Mendez, 18 additional cherished grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Her funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, Feb. 1 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 at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.

Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Arrangements are by: Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea, 617-889-2723.

Josephine ‘Chickie’ DeCain 

Co-owner of the former Little Brown Jug in Chelsea

Josephine P. “Chickie” (McClean) DeCain entered into eternal rest Sunday afternoon, Jan. 27 at the Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital in Everett surrounded by her loving family. A few months short of her 100th birthday, Chickie was 99 years old.

Born and raised in Charlestown, the daughter of the late Henry and Josephine (Frazier) McClean, Chickie attended Charlestown Public Schools and graduated from Charlestown High School, Class of 1938.

As a young woman she worked at the Charlestown Navy Yard as a crane operator moving sheet metal. She later met her beloved husband, the late Dante D. DeCain, Sr. The couple married and settled in Chelsea, where they raised their five children.

As a homemaker, Josephine enjoyed tending to her family and her home. She and her husband, Dante, were the former owners and proprietors of the Little Brown Jug in Chelsea. Josephine would help out in the restaurant by waitressing but her passion was being home with family. She will be truly missed by all who loved her.

Chickie was predeceased by her beloved husband, Dante D. DeCain, Sr. and her son, Richard “Deacon” DeCain. She is the beloved mother of Patricia “Patsy” DeCain of Charlestown, Dante DeCain, Jr., Diane Maslowski, and Joan DeCain, all of Chelsea; sister of the late Evelyn Ruiz, Henry, William and George McClean; dear aunt of the late Evelyn “Tootsie” (Ruiz) Sullivan and is also lovingly survived by three grandchildren: Christopher Maslowski of Georgia, Tracy Maslowski and Derek Maslowski, both of Chelsea.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Josephine’s visiting hours in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave. Chelsea, on Friday, Feb. 1 from 3 to 7 p.m. Her funeral will be from the funeral home on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 9 a.m.. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea, at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

Judelia ‘Julita’ DeCamacho

Maintained her wit, humor and love for all of her 103 years

Judelia “Julita” (Calderon) DeCamacho passed away at the age of 103 on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Mass. General Hospital in Boston.

Born and raised in Palmiera, Colombia, S.A. she was a daughter of the late Manuel Calderon and Josefa Garcia de Calderon. She married Francisco Camacho and they shared 41 years together until the time of his passing. She raised nine children at home and has been a resident of Chelsea since 1978. Julita was devoted to home and family where she enjoyed caring for and being surrounded by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved cooking and preparing meals for her family, listening to music, watching her Spanish soap-operas, knitting and walking to downtown Chelsea to visit her favorite music stores; Casa Ortiz and la Princesita. She lived a vibrant energetic life, maintaining her wit, humor and love all of her 103 years.

In addition to her parents, Julita was also predeceased by five siblings in Colombia: Copertino, Manuel, Alfonso Josena and Elvira; her beloved husband, Francisco Camacho and a son, Francisco Javier Camacho. She is survived by her loving children: Alda Valez of Chelsea, Jose A. Camacho and his spouse, Anna of Cali, Colombia, her twins: Anselmo Camacho and Margarita Calixto, both of Chelsea, Arnold Camacho and his spouse, Aida of Colombia, Josefa Diaz of Elizabeth, N.J., Julio Camacho and his spouse, Amparo of Colombia and Norma Gonzalez of Chelsea. She was the adored grandmother of 12 and cherished great-grandmother of 22. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday in St. Rose of Lima Church. Interment followed in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea. For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

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Chelsea Community Honors Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. At Annual Celebration: Robinson-Griggs Delivers the Keynote Address

Chelsea Community Honors Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. At Annual Celebration: Robinson-Griggs Delivers the Keynote Address

Keynote speaker Lucia Robinson-Griggs receives a standing ovation for her speech from the audience, including her parents, Linda Alioto-Robinson and Councillor-at-Large Leo Robinson, and City Manager Tom Ambrosino.

The People’s A.M.E. Church, led by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Whitley, and the Chelsea community honored the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the annual breakfast and awards ceremony Jan. 21 at Chelsea High School.

The Rev. Whitley and the Planning Committee put together another impressive tribute to the late Dr. King, the civil rights leader who dedicated his life to promoting unity and delivered one of American history’s greatest speeches, “I Have A Dream,” on Aug. 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C.

City Manager Tom Ambrosino, State Rep. Dan Ryan, Council President Damali Vidot, Councillors Leo Robinson, Joseph Perlatonda, and Enio Lopez, School Committee Chair Richard Maronski and member Yessenia Alfaro, CBC President Joan Cromwell, Latimer Society Co-Director Ronald Robinson, and Roca Executive Director Molly Baldwin led a slate of dignitaries in attendance at the tribute that featured, singing, dancing, awards, and inspirational speeches.

The Chelsea Hub, a network led by the Chelsea Police Department and comprised of 27 different agencies, received the prestigious Spirit Award in recognition of its ongoing efforts to help people facing difficult challenges. Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes, Capt. David Batchelor, Officer Sammy Mojica, Community Engagement Specialist Dan Cortez, and Roca Assistant Director Jason Owens were among the award recipients.

The highlight of the program arrived when Lucia Robinson-Griggs stepped to the podium and delivered the keynote address.

Robinson-Griggs, who holds degrees from Bentley and Lesley and is a former high school and college scholar-athlete, rose to the occasion with a heartfelt and eloquent address to the people of Chelsea.

“I’d just like to start by saying thank you so much for inviting me to be here today to celebrate Chelsea while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Robinson-Griggs, adding that she was honored to be the keynote speaker after receiving the Young Adult Dreamers and Achievers Award in 2018.

She noted the “I Have A Dream” and “We are all created equal” theme of the program, stating, ‘it’s incredible how relevant [Dr. King’s famous speech in 1963] still is here in 2019.”

She encouraged members of the audience to carry on Dr. King’s legacy “even when it isn’t easy to do so.” She said everyone should work for a better Chelsea in the years to come.

“So my words today are going to be a charge for the people in this auditorium to reach beyond this room and change the perspective,” said Griggs-Robinson.

She singled out the Chelsea High student choir (who performed at Gov. Baker’s inauguration), the Latimer Society (in encouraging careers in STEM), and the award recipients, The Chelsea Hub and others, as being positive influences in the city.

Briggs-Robinson cited her personal experiences as an associate head coach of the MIT women’s basketball team, relating how the coaching staff encourages its players to be “a part of the solution and be a builder, to find the good somewhere and work to help build up someone else.”

She said that people should be positive in their actions and in their interactions with others, that even a small act of kindness or an inspiring phrase or a compliment can have a profound effect on starting to change another person’s life.

“Kindness catches on,” said Robinson-Briggs. Strive to be someone’s builder every day. Be their bright spot and give hope that we can be the generation to make Dr. King’s dream a reality.”

Robinson-Briggs received a warm, standing ovation as she returned to her seat beside her parents, Councillor-at-Large Leo Robinson and Linda Alioto-Robinson, and City Manager Tom Ambrosino in the front row of the auditorium.

The Rev. Whitley concluded the impressive program by having all audience members join hands and sing “We Shall Overcome.”

And in an unsung but important gift to the community, CCCTV Executive Director Robert Bradley and Technical Director Ricky Velez videotaped the entire two-hour program and tribute to Dr. King, including Robinson-Griggs’ remarks, for broadcast on the local television station.

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City Moves to Dismiss Case to Overturn ‘nip’ Ban

City Moves to Dismiss Case to Overturn ‘nip’ Ban

The City of Chelsea has filed a brief with the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) to dismiss the case brought by nine liquor licensees to overturn the ban on small liquor bottles (50 mL), known as nips.

On Dec. 8, in a hearing at the ABCC, the licensees argued their cause.

However, the City has now filed a motion indicating that the ABCC does not have jurisdiction to decide on the challenge of the ban. The case is somewhat groundbreaking because Chelsea is the first municipality to attempt to ban all nip sales. While few communities find nips a plus due to increased litter and public drinking, the sales are strong pieces of business for many liquor stores – including Chelsea. A number of communities and liquor retailers are watching the case very closely to see what they will do in their communities as well.

City Manager Tom Ambrosino said the key will be whether there is jurisdiction.

“They will decide on that preliminary issue soon,” he said. “If they have jurisdiction, they’ll decide on the issue. If they decide they don’t have jurisdiction, then the ban stands.”

The motion by the City indicates, “The ABCC is not a super-regulatory authority for review of regulations issued by local licensing authorities, and therefore is not the proper forum for Appellants to challenge the regulations.”

One of the other objections in the motion are that the licensees did not appeal the decision until many months later, in September, while the ban started in May.

Chelsea moved last year to institute the ban on nips, and it has been in effect for many months. A second attempt to ban 100 mL bottles of liquor was tabled until the case was heard and decided.

Ambrosino said he has noticed some definite improvements since the ban went into effect.

“I do notice a little difference,” he said. “I think the Downtown Task Force police officers will tell you the same. I think it’s been effective. It’s one piece of many efforts we have in place. There’s a lot of things that contribute to the absence of that problem, including all the social services and resources going on as well.”

The licensees are expected to file their brief in response to the City’s motion to dismiss within the week.

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Police Briefs 01-29-2019

Police Briefs 01-29-2019


On Jan. 8, at 7:32 p.m., a CPD officer responded to 39 Crescent Ave. for a report of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. While en route to the call, the officers were advised the suspect was being held at the scene. Officers arrived and spoke to a witness, who detained the suspect after seeing the male enter his friend’s car. The property was recovered on the arrested individual and returned to the owner.

Daniel Ghidella, 49, of 50 Kimball Rd., was charged with breaking and entering a vehicle for a misdemeanor, and wanton destruction of property under $1,200.


On Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m., CPD officers were dispatched to 207 Shurtleff St., room 320, for a past assault. Officers observed both the alleged victim and person inside the apartment to be intoxicated. The victim stated an argument ensued inside the unit when he was kicked multiple times while he was on the floor. The male subject was placed under arrest.

Eric Roque, 41, of 207 Shurtleff St., was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot).


On Jan. 11, at 2:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) Office at 80 Everett Ave. for the report of a female that was in possession of what appeared to be drugs. Officers spoke to the armed security guard for DTA who works the metal detector at the front door of the Office. The security officer explained to the Officers that he found two baggies of what appeared to be drugs inside the woman’s bag while looking for the metal item that set his metal detector off. The security officer turned over two baggies of a brownish white Powdery substance to the officers. The officers believed the baggies to be heroin; she was placed under arrest without incident.

Lauren Powers, 34, of Saugus, was charged with possession of a Class A drug (heroin), subsequent offense.

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