Chelsea Police have identified a man of interest in the case of a female waitress who was slashed in the neck and cut on the hands when she chased the man outside after he dashed on the bill.
Officers responded at 11 p.m. Monday night to 92 Washington Ave. A female victim in her early 30s was working as a waitress in the restaurant Las Pupusas Del Chino.
She told officers a male party skipped out on his bill and she chased him outside. She confronted him as he entered his motor vehicle and he subsequently pulled out a cutting instrument and sliced her in the neck and right hand.
He fled in a red sedan, possibly with a Colorado license plate, down Blossom Street heading west. The victim was transported to MGH Boston and was treated for a non-life threatening injury. No arrest has been made at this time. Detectives currently following up with a strong lead as to the identity of the suspect.
The suspect’s photo has been released and he has been positively identified by the Chelsea Police Department as the suspect in the stabbing.
The Chelsea Police are requesting the public’s assistance in clarifying the suspect’s true identity. Chelsea Detectives are actively searching for the individual for charges of Armed Assault with Intent to Murder.
The victim was released from the hospital Tuesday morning.
On Nov. 3 at 1:10 p.m., a victim of a Hit and Run flagged down a CPD officer on a detail. The victim reported that he had been struck by the vehicle, which fled the scene located at 280 Second St. The suspect’s vehicle was located and the detail officer attempted to stop the vehicle with verbal commands from the roadway. The officer was forced to jump out of the way to avoid being struck as the operator continued to flee the scene at a high rate of speed. The operator was later stopped by other CPD units and the operator was placed into custody
Marcio Mezabaca, 32, of 220 Broadway, was charged with operating under the influence of liquor, leaving the scene of property damage, failing to stop for police, assault to murder and resisting arrest.
STOLE CELL PHONE
On Nov. 5, at noon, a female known to a CPD officer on patrol was observed in the company of a male in the area of Cherry Street and Everett Avenue. The officer observed from a distance the known female pushing the victim, and then grabbing his cellphone. Once she observed the officer, she fled the area. She was located a short distance away and placed into custody.
Meghan Mastrangelo, 36, of Revere, was charged with unarmed robbery.
ROBBED WITH BALL BAT
On Oct. 26 at 5:59 p.m., an armed robbery was reported at the Corner Market, located at 803 Broadway. The victim clerk stated that an unknown male party wearing a ski mask entered the store, struck him with a wooden bat style object, and then made away with money, an unknown amount of $30 lottery tickets and cigarettes.
The victim was treated on scene by EMS for an abrasion sustained on his left arm. The suspect was described as a black male approximately 45-47 years old, 5’8” tall, wearing a black ski mask, black jacket, blue jeans, black shoes, and gloves.
Please contact CPD Detectives if you have information to report.
PROBLEM OUTSIDE RESTAURANT
On Nov. 1, at 6:19 p.m., a disturbance was reported outside Chung Wah Restaurant, located at 460 Broadway. Officers observed a female who appeared to be intoxicated displaying boisterous behavior and disturbing the flow of pedestrian and traffic. After further investigation, she was placed into custody for being disorderly
Alisha Cohen, 38, of 36 Winthrop Rd., was charged with being disorderly and possession of an alcoholic beverage.
On Oct. 29 at 10:32 a.m., a male subject was placed into custody after he had been observed breaking a window on the old Salvation Army Donation Center, located at 456 Broadway. The officer observed the male subject punch the window as a result of an apparent argument between him and an unknown female party. He was placed into custody for malicious destruction of property.
Andrew Babigumira, 31, homeless, was charged with wanton destruction.
STABBED FOR DEALING DRUGS
On Oct. 29, at 5:05 p.m., officers responded to a reported stabbing at 744 Broadway #2. A victim was located inside the apartment with minor lacerations to the hand. The victim stated that a dispute arose with his roommate over him dealing narcotics out of their apartment.
The suspect was found by CPD offices and placed under arrest.
On July 16, a Chelsea Police officer was dispatched to Chelsea Police Headquarters for a report of a past assault. The officer spoke with the reporting party/victim. According to victim, he was in the area of Clark Avenue and Eleanor Street when he was approached by a male known to him. He stated the suspect who he knows grabbed a metal object and began to assault him striking him in the left chest area and left upper arm.
The suspect was later apprehended and placed into custody.
Vidal Flores, 49, of 248 Parkway, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and malicious damage to a motor vehicle.
ASSAULTED PREGNANT WOMAN
On July 19, a CPD officer was flagged down by a pregnant female party who was stating that she had just been assaulted by a male and his girlfriend. The victim pointed out a male and a female, who were known to the officer.
The victim identified the two stating, “They jumped me.” The female was placed into custody and the male was summonsed into court for the assault.
The victim was reportedly eight months pregnant.
Diane Valentin, 27, of 10 Forsyth St., was charged with aggravated assault and battery on a pregnant person.
On July 18, a CPD officer was approached by a male party who stated that he was going to his backyard where a group of males were congregating. The men were drinking beers in the rear of a Shurtleff Street address and began to bother he and his young daughter. The male escorted the officer to the area, and upon coming into the driveway, the officer observed a male party well known to him who had his pants down and was about to start urinating in the driveway.
The officer placed the subject under arrest for trespassing. A warrant check revealed the subject was wanted by Immigration and Customs officials.
Rudis Garcia, 45, of Lynn, was charged with trespassing and an immigration detainer.
ROBBED ON BROADWAY
On July 23, officers responded to Washington Avenue at Cherry Street to assist a State Trooper who was detaining two male parties. Upon arriving on scene the Trooper stated a witness flagged him down and told him their friend was robbed and assaulted by two unknown male parties in front of Chung Wah Restaurant in Bellingham Square.
The Trooper was able to locate those two parties on the corner of Washington Avenue and Cherry Street.
CPD officers furthered the investigation and placed the two under arrest for unarmed robbery and assault and battery.
A warrant check revealed one of the subjects was wanted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
Alberto Hurtado, 43, of 18 Tudor St., was charged with unarmed robbery and an immigration detainer.
Raul Romero, 33, of 4 Webster Ct., was charged with unarmed robbery.
ATTACKED WITH A CHAIR
On July 21, officers responded to a disturbance involving two parties actively fighting at 12 Hawthorne St. Upon arrival, officers separated the parties and spoke with witnesses. One of the persons involved had an arrest warrant and was placed into custody. Additionally, it was learned that he attacked two individuals with a chair.
Jorge Ruiz, 49, of Lynn, was charged with possession of a Class A drug, one warrant and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.
BUSTED FOR CRACK
On July 20, members the CPD drug and vice unit placed two individuals into custody after they were observed conducting a drug transaction of crack cocaine in the area 78 Watts St.
Andrew Babigumira, 31, homeless, was charged with distribution of a Class B drug (crack) and conspiracy.
Cesar Gomez, 32, of East Boston, was charged with possession of a Class B drug (crack) and conspiracy.
A new BBQ restaurant and catering business, now based in Peabody, is looking to relocate on the corner of Eastern and Crescent Avenues in a tag-team proposal with the property owner, Titan Street Sweeping.
Big Pig BBQ is looking to renovate the building on the front of the site into a catering kitchen and a retail “deli-style” BBQ restaurant.
“Big Pig BBQ sees this as an ideal location to access its catering clients as well as bring some delicious ‘Q to Chelsea,” read the filing at City Hall. “The retail concept for 300 Eastern Avenue is a BBQ market and deli, a twist on Boston’s many typical Italian markets and delis. This is a place where the customer can sit and have a casual counter service hot BBQ meal, as well as purchase prepared take-home meals and packaged BBQ specialty items.”
The bulk of the business, however, would be in the operation’s catering company. Founded in 2008 by several friends, the company has developed a dedicated catering customer base and indicated it does about 250 events per year.
The plan is to use the entire 3,000 sq. ft. building for the BBQ. Some 1,500 would be dedicated to the commercial kitchen, while 1,000 sq. ft. would be dedicated to the retail store and 500 sq. ft. to office uses.
Meanwhile, Titan Sweeping proposes a second phase of the project in which they would remove all of the street sweeping materials and debris, which now infamously litter the very visible site.
Those materials and the street sweeping machines would be moved into a new, covered building on the back of the site.
“The second phase would stop all the dumping, sorting, separating and transporting sweeping materials,” read the filing. “It would also remove all the cement blocks from the property.”
The matter has been recommended positively by the Planning Board and will have a hearing at the Zoning Board on May 12.
A rendering of the restaurant that will be known as Big Pig Restaurant and Catering on Eastern Avenue.
City Councilor Matt Frank said he believes the project is potentially an easy sell to the neighborhood.
“I don’t think anyone would have looked at that site and thought – BBQ,” he said. “However, it fits their needs and provides an amenity to the neighborhood that’s within walking distance…At least from a planning point of view, I think it is a smart use because it is certainly better than what was there before…From a planning point of view, it seems smart to me.”
The Chelsea restaurant scene is on fire, and with the addition of the upcoming Chelsea Station Restaurant and Lounge in the old Firehouse on Everett Avenue, that statement is correct both literally and figuratively.
Mark Nadow and Michael Sheridan are currently moving forward with construction and have signed a lease with Anthony Simboli for the old Fire Station on Everett Avenue – once home to the Winter Hill Bank.
Nadow said plans include refurbishing the space in the Fire House motif and offering American Bistro cuisine with a Sunday Brunch and daily lunch service. An application is before the License Commission this month for an All Alcohol Restaurant license that will allow the team a full bar and drink service.
“The property is one of the only buildings in the area that survived the Fire of 1973,” Nadow said. “We’re going to keep the original brick and keep the feel of the fire house.”
The restaurant will feature 120 seats with 11 spots on site and dinner parking across the street in the Simboli properties parking lot.
“For the dinner crowd, there will be plenty of parking,” he said.
Nadow has lived in Chelsea for more than 10 years and he and his wife have two children that attend Chelsea Public Schools. Nadow owns his own business, Quality Assurance Purchasing, for the last 17 years and has been an investor in Chelsea’s Mystic Brewery for one year.
He will not be the owner, but the CEO and president of the restaurant.
“This is my first start up restaurant,” he said. “I’ve been an investor in the Brewery for a year now and I’ve had my other company 17 years. It’s exciting and start-ups are fun, and this is my first restaurant, so it’s all new.”
Sheridan will be in charge of the food end of the business.
He took over the Ironsides Bar & Grill in Charlestown during the early 2000s with family and restored that venue into a quality location in the Town. After that, he spent time managing Croma on Newbury Street, Wink & A Nod in the South End, and the restaurants in the TD Garden such as Legends.
Nadow said he used to live in Charlestown before starting a family and moving to Chelsea, and knew Sheridan from the Ironsides. He said that friendship sparked the new venture.
“I’ve had a long friendship with Mike dating back to when he managed Ironsides Bar and Grill,” said Nadow. “I approached him because my wife and I live in Chelsea and we like the restaurants in Chelsea, but found that too often when we wanted to have a night out, we were going to Boston. We wanted to create another nice restaurant in Chelsea and asked him what he thought. We decided to go together on this collaboratively and have been working on it for four months now. We took the lease over and are starting construction on the restaurant as we speak…Our first goal was to open at the end of December, and now we’re looking towards April. It’s taken a lot longer than we expected, but the opening date is really as soon as possible.”
Nadow said the business plan is very encouraging.
Not only do they hope to attract the local crowd – who like himself is clamoring for additional choices – but also there is the potential for clientele coming from the Silver Line and from the area’s new hotels.
“We want to help grow the restaurant scene here,” he said. “At this point, Chelsea is not a destination community. We know the Silver Line expansion coming in is dictating there would be a need for five or six new restaurants. You also have the FBI building coming online too. The long-term stays and hotel customers really only have a few options and most don’t have cars, I’m told. You have good choices in Dockside and Floramo’s in walking distance, but there’s really a dearth of choices in that area. We’re hoping that with Ciao! and us coming in, we won’t be the last new restaurants.”
Chelsea reality show fans and viewers across the country got their first look at Velvet Smith and her daughter, Ashley Alexiss (Smith) Tuesday night and were left wondering, “Can Ashley fix Velvet?”
Velvet, the well-known and gregarious 51-year-old Chelsea native who graduated from Chelsea High School in 1981, and her stunning 24-year-old daughter, Ashley, are featured with four other mother-daughter pairs on the Oxygen television show, “Fix My Mom.”
Laura Baron appears as the life coach trying to repair the rocky mother-daughter relationships.
Velvet, who works at Floramo’s Restaurant in Chelsea, and Ashley, a model who has appeared non-nude in Playboy and Maxim magazines and other publications, were the guests of honor at a premiere party Tuesday at Rosaria’s in Saugus. The duo received a standing ovation at the conclusion of the show and each graciously posed for numerous photos with friends and guests in attendance.
“I can’t believe that it happened, that it’s really real,” said Ashley moments after the show. “It’s nice because I was finally able to let my voice be heard to my mom about my concerns for so long. We’ve really been avoiding that conversation.”
The TV show focuses on the Smith mother-daughter relationship, one in which Ashley “constantly finds herself lecturing her mom on how to behave.”
According to press materials, “since the passing of Velvet’s mother [Lillian Laffey] three years ago, Velvet has turned to a partying lifestyle to help fill a void in her heart, which has resulted in major cracks in this mother-daughter relationship.”
Velvet said she was “very nervous” waiting for the airing of the show that was filmed in Los Angeles.
“The emotions came back and I appreciate them showing my mother on national TV,” said Velvet. “She’d be so proud of us. I have this eye-opening experience now because of Ashley’s concerns about me going out and partying.”
Both women had high praise for the Oxygen staff, producers, directors, and crew. They commented on their professionalism and their assistance and genuine concern during the show’s production. The show is truly a “must watch” for all mothers and daughters.
Velvet and Ashley received a lot of airtime on the first show that included some emotional exchanges between the two. Ashley is regarded as a natural in front of the camera with her vivacious personality, self-confidence and majestic appearance, and the show should lead to other opportunities in her modeling and spokesperson career.
But Ashley said her main focus is on helping her mother, who has been such a tremendous supporter – from Ashley’s days growing up in Chelsea, to Northeast Regional where she was president of the National Honor Society, to today in California where she is living and continuing her dreams.
“This is a hard hurdle to get over and I love my mother to death,” said Ashley. “I want to keep her around as long as I can and this show can help me do that. My mom is my everything and I don’t want to lose her before I have to.”
Ashley said she was overwhelmed by th
Velvet Smith and her daughter, Ashley Alexiss, pictured with friends at the “Fix My Mom” premiere party Tuesday night at Rosaria’s in Saugus.
e large turnout at Tuesday’s premiere party.
“I cannot believe how many people showed up. I’ve never felt so blessed in my life. I’ve been talking about this for so long. It’s just humbling. It’s amazing. My friends are so incredible.”
“The turnout was amazing,” said Velvet. “My friends support me. They have been there forever through thick and thin. The people at both jobs – Floramo’s where the meat falls off the bone and PlanetTran by Avalon – gave me two months off and they supported me. Hey, I’m Velvet. I love attention but this is a bit overwhelming.”
Chelsea Police described a scene where family members struggled to keep the intestines of a 17-year-old boy in his stomach as they frantically banged on the back door of Plaza Mexico after being locked out by a manager following a brutal stabbing allegedly by a known drug dealer from Everett who frequents the establishment.
As the family pleaded for help and no one answered, the young man bled out until his father and a friend took him to MGH-Chelsea, which was closed.
Not only did the bar manager witness the stabbing and lock the victim out, according to police, neither he nor the scores and scores of patrons in the establishment call police.
The first and only 9-1-1 call came from the family of the victim, who were at the closed MGH and requested an ambulance immediately. The only call from the establishment came from employee Miguel Sanchez, who called the non-emergency police number and was heard on the audio recording playing a cat and mouse game about where he was at – first saying he was on scene and then, after about five minutes of back and forth with the dispatcher, admitting he wasn’t there, but had been informed by his staff of a fight.
“We had a 17-year-old that was eviscerated and could have bled to death and there was no help at the bar or from the bar for him,” said Capt. Keith Houghton. “Not even anyone inside called 9-1-1. They’re clientele, and there were a lot of people there that night who saw this, not one of them called police. We had to use the New York Police Department, the Connecticut State Police and many other agencies that don’t want to be named to track the suspect to the Bronx and arrest him due to the delay in notifying us. We could have easily tracked him to his Everett address if we had been alerted immediately…They’ve been penalized before and they’ve been suspended before so I don’t know what the threshold would be for higher sanctions here.”
Still, License Commissioners in the most recent saga of Plaza Mexico on Washington Avenue hesitated to pull the licenses from the restaurant and bar, coming up short in a 2-3 vote on revocation.
Those voting to revoke were Commissioners Roy Avellaneda and Joe Cooney. Those voting against were Chair Sylvia Guzman, Ken Umemba and Mark Rossi. Rossi was the deciding vote in not revoking, seemingly being all for stripping the license but reneging on that at the last minute.
Instead, Commissioners – who stripped the licenses of Las Palmas Lounge last month in a similar situation – opted to suspend Plaza Mexico’s alcohol and entertainment licenses for six months. They are also obligated to install a new management team, install more lighting in the back, install more cameras (they already have 16), hire a new security company with at least two personnel and put in a Panic Button if possible.
In discipline meted out last month by the Commission for separate incidents, Plaza Mexico will begin serving a seven-day closure on Monday, June 22, and will have their hours rolled back to 1 a.m. They will begin the six month suspension five days after getting official notice from the Commission, which could be later this month.
“The lack of call from patrons or anyone else is scary,” said Avellaneda. “Chelsea and the family are lucky that we didn’t have a young individual die that night. God knows with the delay…I think it is a miracle the kid didn’t die. I don’t think a change of manager is a solution here. What do our agents (police) have to do to send us a message? Produce a dead body?”
Umemba was the chief Commissioner arguing for a long suspension.
“I don’t think revocation is the ultimate solution,” he said. “We need to tread gingerly in rushing into total revocation of the licenses. I don’t want it to reverse on appeal. The evidence has to be overwhelming, and I haven’t seen this video [of the incident]. None of us have. We can’t because it is still part of an ongoing criminal investigation.”
Guzman was no pushover for the restaurant, and was very critical of Sanchez and other members of the current staff. However, she said she didn’t think the situation rose to the Palmas situation where the licenses were taken.
“Management and personnel are a systemic failure for this establishment,” she said. “The proposal for a fresh face and a new manager is not it. We still have Miguel… and the staff staying there. Their presence has not changed in many years…My vote [for revocation] on Palmas was because of cumulative things. Though they are similar, they are not the same…For that reason, I am thinking of a long suspension. I’m not quite there on revocation.”However, that 2-3 vote came as quite a surprise after deliberation. Many, even the applicant’s attorney David L’Esperance, seemed to feel that the writing was on the wall and the licenses were about to be taken.
Three votes seemed to be wrapped up, but Rossi changed at the last minute – seemingly erring on the side of caution with Umemba.
The night started out with Attorney L’Esperance admitting that the restaurant had major, systemic failures and that it proposed to enact a seven day closure and then come back with a complete revamp of policies and management.
They also proposed several other improvements as well.
“If it’s the manager and the staff that’s the issue, I’m willing to change whatever has to be changed,” said Geraldo Acunha, who is the manager of record. “I’ll be there full time to make sure things will go the way they should…I’m willing to do whatever you want me to do. we want to save the business.”
No one was buying it, however, especially the police who said they were at a “180-degree” difference with the management on what has occurred there and what needs to be done.
Capt. Houghton indicated that a new manager would probably be a straw.
“There’s a term called a straw,” he said. “They’re going to get someone clean and put them up and the same people are going to run the business. We know that. I think the Commission knows that. They say the owner is going to resign. How is that going to work?”
After some nine hours or more of deliberations, testimony and video evidence presented over the course of two meetings this month, the Chelsea License Commission voted Tuesday night to suspend the liquor license of Plaza Mexico and roll back the restaurant’s hours – stopping short of shutting the establishment down as many believed might happen.
The License Commission agreed at the end of the evening Tuesday to suspend the liquor license for one week and to roll back Plaza Mexico’s hours to 11 p.m. indefinitely. Other licenses for TV, radio, juke box and pool table were left as is.
The Commission, however, did not agree to shut the restaurant down and strip it of its liquor license – as was done late last month with Palmas Restaurant and Lounge.
“The final decision was fair,” said Commissioner Roy Avellaneda. “One thing that came into play was they had a good camera system. To their credit, they did not hinder the investigations of the police department. That played a role. If they had not cooperated and the camera was not available, it would be a different scenario. But we still felt like there was a serious problem, specifically with the way the security company handled unruly patrons. The lack of calls to the police department was a concern. We definitely don’t want security put themselves in harm’s way or to harm the patrons.”
At issue was a lengthy investigation and numerous police reports – though several serious reports from 2015 were not included in the discussion – detailing drug dealing observed on video by patrons in the establishment. Those video recordings did end up being the basis for charges against one patron for drug dealing and a conviction against another.
Also at issue was an incident where an unruly customer who was intoxicated was physically thrown out of the bar by security, and then allegedly beaten in the street with what police believe was a collapsible baton. The security officer who allegedly used the baton was charged by police for a felony assault in 2014, but the status of the case was not immediately available – though an attorney from Plaza Mexico said it had been dismissed.
Police officials said they were happy with the decision, and indicated that this isn’t the first time Plaza Mexico has had suspensions or its hours rolled back.
“I would like to thank all of the members of the Licensing Commission for their continued commitment and dedication to the residents of Chelsea in imposing what they deemed to be fair and reasonable disciplinary sanctions based on the gravity of the infractions as sustained,” said Chief Brian Kyes. “We stand firmly committed to ensuring that any and all violations in any licensed establishment will be thoroughly documented, investigated and bought before the appropriate entity in order to ensure the continuing safety of our residents and other community members.”
Several Chelsea City Councillors, including Clifford Cunningham who represents the area and lives only seconds away from the bar, spoke for the closing of the establishment. Others who registered comments were Councillors Matt Frank and Councillor Dan Cortell.
“While it was not the result I had hoped for, I am grateful the Licensing Commission took action to punish Plaza Mexico’s management for their unacceptable lack of vigilance and unwillingness to cooperate with law enforcement,” Cunningham said after the decision. “As there were two other incidents that were not able to be discussed at this hearing, I strongly suspect this will not be the last time we see Plaza Mexico before the Licensing Commission to discuss disciplinary action.”
The two incidents referred to by Cunningham happened earlier this year, with one being that of a juvenile stabbed inside the restaurant. Police contend that Plaza Mexico was uncooperative in informing them of the incident, delaying needed treatment of the victim. Those incidents were pulled out of the discussion early on, but could come back at a later date.
At Tuesday’s continued hearing, most of the night was dedicated to Attorney Sam Vitali questioning Chelsea Police officers, questioning witnesses of the two major events, and also allowing the public to speak.
Vitali questioned Capt. Keith Houghton about a central piece of his defense, which was why the department was only now bringing up events from 2013 and 2014 despite continued renewals of licenses.
“Because I wanted a conviction on both (drug dealing cases) and the second suspect had defaulted several times in his case,” said Houghton. “I wanted an iron clad case against the bar. It’s not uncommon. We do investigations that take years.”
Unlike in the Las Palmas case, the general public was very much in support of the establishment, including residents of the elderly home 14 Bloomingdale, and direct abutters as well. There were no neighbors who came to speak against Plaza Mexico, and at least 20 neighbors and patrons spoke in favor of the establishment.
“I don’t know everything that’s going on, but there’s never been any trouble when I went there,” said Marie Lowsky of 14 Bloomingdale. “I’ve taken my girlfriends there and my church group in there. We go in there and it’s a very nice place. I wouldn’t take a church group there if there was that kind of trouble. All I know is I see nice people there. I don’t see any drug dealing going on and I feel safe in there.”
Many others spoke of how the ownership allows neighbors to park their vehicles in the parking lot, and how the ownership provides community parties and discounted breakfasts to the elderly.
Avellaneda said he believed the Commission felt it was a message to all establishments that they needed to be more watchful and more vigilant about what is going on in their places.
“On the drug transactions, we felt the owners had some responsibility,” he said. “Whether outside in the parking lot or in the establishment, they have to be more aware. It is their jurisdiction. It’s a head’s up to all establishments that you have to be aware and vigilant to what’s happening in your establishment and not just throw your hands up.”
Chelsea firefighters faced a double header last Saturday, March 7, and it has nothing to do with spring training.
On Saturday, March 7, at 12:06 a.m., the fire department responded to the report of a building fire at 17 Fifth St., above the Isla Tropical Restaurant. Engine 2 and Tower 1 were first to arrive on scene from the Central Fire Station. Crews reported the sprinkler system had activated on the second floor and located the fire inside one of the residential units. Items left on top of the stove ignited and the flames quickly spread to the cabinets above.
Acting Deputy Chief Paul Giancola ordered a “Working Fire” assignment, which brought Engine 1 and Ladder 2 to the fire scene to assist Engine 2, Engine 4, Engine 3 and Tower 1.
Crews extinguished the fire and remained on scene checking for extension until approximately 3:30 a.m. Damage is estimated at $30,000. No occupants were injured.
Later on Saturday at 11:08 p.m., the fire department responded to the report of a building fire at 80 Maverick St. Engine 4 and Tower 1 were first to arrive on scene from Central Fire Station and reported a heavy smoke condition on the second floor. As crews opened up the ceiling they found fire in the void space extending to the area above.
Deputy Chief Robert Cameron ordered a “
FF Pete Kannler shoveling a path so he could deploy the outriggers on Tower 1 during a fire on Maverick Street last Saturday. Fire crews had a difficult time getting down the narrow street to the fire due to the high snow banks.
Working Fire” assignment, which brought Ladder 2 to the fire scene. Engine 1 was unable to respond to the fire as they were dispatched to a person stabbed on Hawthorne Street. Crews worked for over an hour to extinguish the fire and check for extension.
Engine 2 and Tower Ladder 1 both sustained extensive damage from the high snow banks as they tried to navigate onto the narrow street to access the fire building.
The Fire Investigation Unit responded and determined the fire started in an electrical fixture on the second floor. Damage is estimated $25,000. No occupants were injured.
Evelyn Diranian, matriarch of a well-known and highly respected Chelsea family and former owner of the Avenue Restaurant across from City Hall, died Monday surrounded by family. She was 85 years old.
Mrs. Diranian and her husband, the late Andrew Diranian Sr., moved to Chelsea in 1951 and bought the storefront for Andy’s Bike Shop that eventually transitioned to the Avenue Restaurant.
The restaurant became a daily gathering spot for the city’s elite and powerful, many of whom served in city government. Mr. and Mrs. Diranian, with their warm and welcoming natures, knew their customers on a personal basis and eating breakfast at the Avenue became a ritual for many on their way to their local jobs.
Mrs. Diranian’s son, Andy Jr., one of Chelsea High School’s greatest football players, also worked at the restaurant and like his parents, he was a superb cook and enjoyed the daily banter with Avenue customers. Andy’s excellence in Pop Warner and high school football was a source of pride for Mrs. Diranian and the family.
Mrs. Diranian was one of the founding members of the Chelsea Pop Warner youth football and cheerleading organization. Karen Pavlos, Mrs. Diranian’s oldest daughter, later served as president of the organization and her children, Jon, Jennifer, Andreana, and Nikolet Pavlos, all enjoyed their participation in Pop Warner.
Mrs. Diranian’s daughter, Ginny, and son, Chucky, also inherited their mother’s sparkling personality and wit. Like their siblings, they, too, gave back to their community and were kind and generous to others.
Mrs. Diranian loved to be at family gatherings and was a loving grandmother to seven, Jon, Jennifer, Andreana, Nikolet, Andrea, Alexa, and Andrew III. She also had four great-grandchildren, Karina, Jeremy, Evan, and Ryan.
“She was a loving person,” said Andreana Pavlos. “She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved being with her family. She loved traveling with my aunt, Ginny and every now and then pulling a lever on the slot machines at Foxwoods.”
Mrs. Diranian loved Chelsea and lived in the family home on Washington Avenue. She waged a courageous fight against cancer for many years. People loved being in her presence. Chelsea has a lost a true giant with a big heart. She touched the lives of many people.
Mrs. Diranian also leaves a daughter-in-law, Nancy Diranian, and a son-in-law, Kostas Pavlos.
Family and friends are welcome to pay their respects to Mrs. Diranian Friday, Feb. 20, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Faggas Funeral Home, 551 Mount Auburn St., Watertown. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Parker Street, Boston. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.