East Boston Savings Bank’s President and CEO, Richard Gavegnano invited seventh grader, Ashley Reardon to the bank’s Peabody Headquarters where he presented her with a community scholarship of $1,000 for retrieving an American flag she found entangled high in a tree. Reardon, a Saugus resident and 7th grader at St. Mary’s School in Melrose, noticed the American flag in a tree while riding in the car with her mother after a snowstorm. She knew that it was wrong for the flag to be tangled in the tree instead of on the flag pole showing the highest honor of respect.
When asked, “What does the flag symbolize to you”? Ashley responded, “There are people out there in the army and in the navy risking their lives every single day for us, our country, so we can sleep safely at night knowing that we are safe and sound. We take it so much for granted; I feel like we need to show how thankful we are and it really shows respect for our country and flag and for those who have fought and died; and put their lives on the line everyday”.
“I am always impressed to see the younger generation support the troops and show their patriotism. After seeing Ashley on the news for climbing a tree to retrieve the American flag made me want to meet her and present her with a special scholarship”, said Gavegnano.
To watch Ashley’s full interview with Fox News, click here: https://youtu.be/vvqBgC2VVx4
Founded in 1848, EBSB is a proven community bank that offers products and services that meet the deposit and financing needs of both consumers and businesses. East Boston Savings Bank currently operates 35 full-service branches and operates a Mobile Banking Unit in the greater Boston metropolitan area and offers a variety of deposit and loan products to individuals and businesses located in its primary market, which consists of Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk counties.
‘BLAST’ THREAT GETS CHARGES
On June 3, at 7:02 p.m., a subject was placed into custody after he made threats over the phone to ‘blast’ and shoot employees at the T-Mobile store located at 158 Everett Ave. He was located at his residence on Grove Street and apprehended.
Jorge Castro, 37, of 84 Grove St., was charged with bomb/hijack threats.
ALMOST HIT A CRUISER
On May 31, at 9:50 p.m., officers were patrolling northbound on Eastern Avenue when they observed a vehicle driving in the southbound direction of Eastern Avenue. The vehicle was observed crossing over the yellow double lines and narrowly missed colliding into the Patrol vehicle. The operator was placed under arrest for OUI after a failing a field sobriety test.
Jose Arias-Munguia, 46, of East Boston, was charged with operating under the influence of liquor, marked lanes violation and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
On June 1, at 10:12 a.m., officers responded to an argument between two parties in front of 21 Lash St. Upon arrival, officers were flagged down by a female party, later identified the person who had called the police. The victim told officers that the female who was known to her attacked her by striking her in the face several times, and she was able to free herself to call police. The subject was located by Boston Police in East Boston and placed under arrest and turned over to CPD.
Luz Zapata, 42, of East Boston, was charged with assault and battery and intimidation of a witness.
In 1998, just three years removed from State receivership, a delegation of government, business and civic leaders, and some ordinary citizens, traveled to Mobile, Alabama, to tell Chelsea’s story of its rise from the depths no municipality had seen since the Great Depression.
That rise was catapulted even higher with the city’s selection then as an All-America City awardee. What has happened since then, and especially over the last five years, now has Chelsea again in the running for the prestigious title coveted by municipalities far and wide.
“We’re thrilled,” said City Manager Jay Ash of the announcement that Chelsea is being invited to Denver in June to tell its story once again. “We’ve got a tremendous sense of unity, and our work together and respect for each other has us enjoying many remarkable civic accomplishments. I’m glad that we’re being recognized again for the top civic award in the country, but I’m even happier that we’ve accomplished all we have to earn us this nomination now.”
The All-America City Awards is a program of the National Civic League, the 120-year-old, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes community building as a way of strengthening communities and democracy. Each year, NCL hosts the All-America City Award competition and recognizes 10 communities as a way of highlighting outstanding civic action and congratulate those who are effectively working together to overcome obstacles on the way towards building healthy and prosperous communities.
To win the award, communities submit three main projects accomplished over the past five years, as well as a general community background that demonstrates innovation, inclusiveness, civic engagement, and cross sector collaboration in addressing pressing local challenges. Chelsea’s application focuses on the successful partnership between Roca and the Chelsea Police Department, the emergence of the Healthy Chelsea Coalition, and the evolution of community engagement in the Shurtleff-Bellingham neighborhood that has led to the creation of CONNECT, a six-organization partnership promoting prosperity among its participants.
“It’s an honor to be in the select company of 25 other communities around the country who are all achieving many great outcomes,” said Molly Baldwin, Executive Director of Roca. Baldwin and Ash are the two returning leaders from the successful 1998 campaign, who are being joined by The Neighborhood Developer’s Ann Houston and Chelsea Public Schools Superintendent Mary Bourque, to direct the latest Chelsea effort.
“While we could only highlight three projects, we could have highlighted a dozen more,” added Houston. “There’s just so much for the good going on here and so many people contributing to it that we’ve already had a tough time squeezing it all into a tiny application and what will be a limited amount of time to make our case. But that’s a great challenge to have and we have all our community partners and engaged residents to thank for the overflow of accomplishments we can draw from.”
Bourque said the application team of Ash, TND’s Melissa Walsh, Healthy Chelsea’s Melissa Dimond and Roca’s John Ward really captured the essence of why Chelsea is so special.
“Anyone who get’s Jay’s ‘Inside Scoops’ knows he’s got a real flare for writing and a great passion for our community. The projects our application team reported on, and the general summary of the city that talked about our efforts to defeat Ethanol, overcome substance abuse, attack obesity and lower our drop-out rates, among many others, tells a inspiring story of a great community that is working together and taking on, and succeeding on, many difficult challenges,” reported Bourque.
Three other Massachusetts communities: Somerville, Dedham and Fitchburg, are also finalists. Providence, Rhode Island is the only other New England community of the 25 that were selected from more than 100 applicants. More than one community in a state can win the award.
“We’re in real tough company. I don’t know much about Dedham, but I greatly admire what has been happening in Somerville and Fitchburg. It’s an honor to just be in the same grouping with them now, and I hope to see all of them on stage with us as victorious communities,” Ash commented.
Ash explained that community leaders and individual residents would soon be engaged in helping to shape the presentation the Chelsea contingent will make to a jury of civic leaders assembled by NCL.
“We’ll have 10 minutes to say all that we can about all the great things going on here. That, in and of itself, will be a challenge, but it’s challenges like those that we look forward to overcoming on the way to promoting a more vibrant and inclusive Chelsea and being a regional and national leader on emerging strategies to deal with pressing municipal issues,” concluded Ash.
Samsung Mobile hosted several Chelsea High School students last Wednesday and Thursday – including CHS’s Fernando Mazzoni, shown here comparing programming notes – at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for a two-day mobile application academy. The academies were hosted in six U.S. cities, including Boston, and allow students to learn and program their own applications. More than $30,000 in scholarship money is also offered for those who participate in the academy. Last year was the first year of the program, and Samsung awarded a $20,000 to an Arlington High School student who came up with the winning application – an app that helped volunteers find interesting opportunities. The Chelsea students also heard computer programming professionals from Samsung talk about their careers and how they achieved success.