The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation awarded $2.4 million to Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) to establish the Early College program at BHCC, marking the largest private grant awarded in the College’s history.
The announcement was made in Chelsea Wednesday afternoon at an event celebrating the early college designation to Chelsea High School’s Early College program by the Baker-Polito Administration. Board Members from the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation joined Governor Charlie Baker to see firsthand the impact of Early College. At the event, Governor Baker and the legislators in attendance heard from four Chelsea High School students who shared how their experiences in the program influenced their decision to pursue a college-level program.
- Transformation to a Consolidated Early College Model
The funding from the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation allows BHCC to consolidate its Early College efforts into a core model that anticipates growth in scale and performance, as well as distillation and dissemination of its promising practices to the field. The $2.4 million grant covers a three-year project horizon, and will serve more than 500 high school students, coming from a portfolio of partnerships with high school and community-based organizations in Greater Boston.
“We are so thankful to the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation for this extraordinary grant. It allows us to consolidate and scale our early work, to gather data and evidence of success and to make a strong case to the leaders of the Commonwealth that Early College is a viable and scalable solution to talent and economic development,” said BHCC President Pam Eddinger.
An early adopter of Early College, BHCC currently collaborates with seven high schools and community-based organizations, serving nearly 500 early college students in addition to almost 400 participants in dual enrollment. Increasing demand and initial successes with traditionally underserved students and the potential for greater educational equity and student achievement pressed the College to consolidate the Early College efforts into a core model and make it central to the College’s Mission. The grant supports the Early College effort exactly at this important inflection point and gives the College the financial and structural lift to reach the next level of success.
“The Foundation’s Board of Trustees is pleased to be partnering with one of the Commonwealth’s leading community colleges to bring a transformative model proven in other states to Greater Boston. By bridging high school and college experiences, Early College will help many students graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and enjoy the benefits of the Commonwealth’s strong economy,” said Lynne Doblin, Executive Director of The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation.
- Early College: A Cross-Segment Convergence in Education Strategy
This important work signals a convergence of new thinking from education leaders and policymakers around the State.
“An important goal of the Early College program is exposing students to college-level work while they are still in high school so they can envision themselves on a track toward a college degree,” said Governor Baker at Wednesday’s event. “The college-level experience, combined with the credits they earn in the courses, sets many students up for success by the time they arrive on a campus.”
The Secretary of Education, the Board of Higher Education and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education all support the effort to recognize Early College work by awarding designations to strong partnerships around the Commonwealth, with the promise of sustainable funding in the near future. These designations, of which BHCC is a part, will stimulate experimentation, document effective practice and demonstrate impact.
The standard-setting work of BHCC’s Early College will be a powerful proof point, and the data to be gathered over the next three years will provide strong evidence as to the efficacy of Early College as a way to increase high school graduation and college completion and broaden career exploration.
Richard Feinberg, a beloved Chelsea High School teacher and a member of a longtime and well-known Chelsea family, died unexpectedly Monday. He was 70.
The son of the late Julius “Moxie” Feinberg and Helen (Bulafkin) Feinberg, Richard, or “Richie” as many knew him, grew up in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1965. He was the wise and witty older brother to whom Stuart and Ralph looked for guidance and support. In fact, Stuart and Ralph followed their brother in to sports while Stuart again took the track of his brother in to high school basketball officiating.
At CHS, Mr. Feinberg was a popular, civics teacher who took an interest in his students’ aspirations and goals beyond the classroom.
“He’s my all-time, favorite teacher,” said Robert Brooks, CHS Class of 1981, who was among the many people who attended graveside services Tuesday for Richard Feinberg. “He was wonderful. He taught me so many great lessons in school and just about growing up in Chelsea. Even after I graduated and I wasn’t sure what direction I would take in life, he kept in touch with me and advised me. I had to be here today to honor Mr. Feinberg.”
Councillor-at-Large Leo Robinson knew the Feinberg family well while growing up in Chelsea.
“Richie was a really good friend who gave back to our community,” said Robinson. “He and his father were instrumental at the Chelsea YMHA. I remember Richie refereeing in the Wild Animal League and he was always professional and fair in his calling of the games. Chelsea has a lot a great guy and another key figure in our city’s history.”
State Secretary of Housing and Economic Jay Ash, a former basketball star at CHS and Clark University, said that Richie Feinberg was a positive influence during his life.
“He was a mentor of mine, an influential character during my lifetime,” said Ash. “He was a tremendous educator and loved politics and loved community.I stayed in touch with him after high school and college and after being city manager. As secretary, I had the opportunity to speak to his class at Bunker Hill Community College. He loved politics and loved to be in the middle of everything. This is a big loss for all of us.”
Following his years as a teacher at Chelsea High, Richie went on to work at Northeast Regional Vocational High School in Wakefield and to serve as an adjunct professor of government at Bunker Hill Community College. He shared a love of education with his wife, Laural, who was a highly respected educator in the Lynn school system for 35 years. The Feinbergs have one daughter, Julie Lucas, of Lynn, and two grandchildren, Dylan and Kyle
A top basketball referee
Richie was also well respected on the high school basketball scene as both an outstanding referee and the dedicated commissioner of the Dual County League. He enjoyed mentoring new members of the basketball refereeing fraternity.
“I refereed with Richard and it was a great experience – he knew how to handle a game,” said Mike Muchmore, past president of IAABO Board 130. “He was my mentor. He’s the first commissioner that gave me a varsity game. He was meticulous. He would call every referee and ask them how things went.”
Paul Halloran, also a past president of IAABO Board 130 and a well-established college referee, said Richie’s expertise and goodwill extended beyond the basketball court.
“Richard was a well-rounded guy with expertise in many areas: antiques, basketball officiating, horse racing, politics, poker,” said Halloran. “He could engage in a thoughtful, thorough conversation on any of them at any tume. He was a real character and he will be sorely missed.”
Richie served on the Swampscott School Committee for 15 years, receiving a strong, town-wide vote in each election. Stuart Feinberg said politics was one of his brother’s passions.
“He loved Chelsea and politics was his baby,” said Stuart. “He was on the Swampscott School Committee and loved politics in general. He also loved sports and enjoyed gambling.”
Stuart said Richie always helped people whenever they called upon him for a favor or some assistance.
“He loved teaching and loved his students and he tried to help as many people as he could – he did as many favors as he could, that’s how he was, just a good person,” said Stuart. “Like everybody else, I was stunned by his unexpected passing.”
As a brother, Richie was top-shelf, according to Stuart.
“I looked up to him – he was a great brother to Ralph and me,” Stuart said emphatically. “He was fun to be around and I really enjoyed him. Especially for me, I’ll really miss him.”
James “Yanky” “Jim” Schwartz
He called himself a ‘tough bandit’ three days after his 101st birthday
James ‘Yanky’ ‘Jim’ Schwartz passed away peacefully on June 2 at his home in Boynton Beach, Florida. He was 101 years old.
Jim was born May 25, 1916 to Maurice and Celia (Handler) Schwartz, graduated from Chelsea High School and married Anita Mazel in 1941.
He served his country in the Pacific Arena from 1942 to 1945 during World War II. He was a Mason and a Shriner.
He lived most of his life in Chelsea, working in the oil and pharmaceutical industries. He had a car wash and pizzeria. His independent and dedicated
career gave a sense of grand style to his life in cars, dress and open attitude. He was a friend to many and many loved him as a dear friend.
Yanky’s passion for summer vacations brought him first to New Hampshire’s Little Squam Lake, and later to a home on Lake Winnipesaukee. He enjoyed
family, photography, boating, entertaining, landscaping, comedy, foreign films, Rusty Nails and people.
Jim is survived by his three sons: Dr. Peter Alan and Mrs. Myra Schwartz of North Attleboro, Lester Keith and Mrs.Suzanne Schwartz of West Campton,
NH and George Schwartz of Sheldonville, MA; seven grandchildren: Jodi Colton, Adam
Zeitsiff, Jeremy Schwartz, Maggie Schwartz, Ben Schwartz, Lucy Schwartz and Sam Schwartz and numerous loving cousins. His great grandchildren are: Abigail and Gavin Zeitsiff and Jonah and Nate Colton. Jim was preceded in death by his loving wife, Anita; his brothers: Philip, Irving and Bernard, and his sister, Pearle. Jim is also survived by Philip’s son, Arnold Schwartz and his wife, Suzie and Pearle’s son, Ed Eich and his wife, Jayme.
Three days after he turned 101, he said “I’m a tough bandit.”
And so he was.
There will be a graveside farewell to Jim today, Thursday, June 29 at 10 a.m. at The Chelsea JCC Cemetery on Buxton Road in Danvers.
Lifelong Chelsea resident
Joseph Adamowicz of Chelsea passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 21 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He was 78 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, the son of the late Napoleon and Louise Adamowicz, Joe attended local schools and was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. He worked as a paint mixer with Raffi and Swanson Manufacturing and retired several years ago. Joseph was a devoted Catholic and lived a deeply religious, spiritual and prayerful life. He frequently attended Masses at St. Stanislaus Church and St. Michael the Archangel Chapel in Chelsea.
He was the former husband of Barbara “Bobbie” Elliot and devoted stepfather of the late Cisco Naranjo, the cherished grandfather of Krystal Naranjo, the beloved brother of Donna Hollis of Georgetown and dear uncle of Jolene Hollis-Fraser and her husband, Jesse Fraser, Chris Hollis and his wife, Lisa and adored great uncle of Anthony Silva, Gavin Fraser and Ryan Hollis.
Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Friday, June 30 at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea at 11 a.m. Final arrangements were handled by the Anthony Memorial-Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. For online guestbook or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Richard Alphonse Pruneau
Director of Torf Funeral Service for 41 years
Richard Alphonse Pruneau, a longtime Arlington resident, died peacefully in Chelsea on June 23. He was 73 years old.
Richard was born on February 6, 1944 in Boston to the late Francis G. and Ann (Nauer) Pruneau. He graduated from Don Bosco Tech in 1961, furthered his education at New England Institute-Kenmore Square and became a licensed funeral director in 1969.
He married Eda in 1966. After moving to Arlington, Richard began working for Torf Funeral Service in Chelsea as a Managing Funeral Director in 1970 where he stayed for 41 years. Richard also worked and assisted with many funeral home establishments in the Boston Area.
Richard loved and was dedicated to funeral service. He was passionate about all things funeral service. Although not Jewish himself, Richard was strict in his adherence to the Jewish Laws of Tahara always displayed compassion and understanding to the bereaved in their hour of need. He was an active, dedicated member of the Bellingham Lodge #53- Knights of Pythias, Handi Kids of Bridgewater and the Temple Emmanuel Brotherhood of Chelsea. Richard was an avid drummer who marched with the American Legion Post 156 Band of Waltham.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Eda (Hohulja) Pruneau. He was the devoted father of Lisa Connearney and her husband, Frank of Medford and Michelle McCaffery and her husband, William of Burlington; proud grandfather of Ryan and Thomas Connearney and Brendan and Emma McCaffery; loving brother of Shirley Johnston and her husband, Robert of Auburndale, dear uncle to Robert W. Johnston and his wife, Cindy, Laurie Levy and her husband, Michael and the late William L. Johnston and his wife, Lauren. He is also survived by several great nephews and nieces.
His Funeral Mass will be held at St. Agnes Church, 51 Medford Street, Arlington on Friday June 30 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial is private.
Visiting hours will be held from the Torf Funeral Service, 151 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital-501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150. Visit www.torffuneralservice.com for guest book and directions.
Longtime Chelsea Teacher’s Aide
A Funeral Mass was said on Wednesday at St. Stanislaus Church for Sophie T. (Domoretsky) Kanarkiewicz who passed away on June 21 in the peaceful surrounding of her home and in the preence of her loving famiy. She was 84 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea and a lifelong Chelsea resident, Sophie was the beloved daughter of the late Dennis and Rose Domoretsky. She attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. She married John H. Kanarkiewicz and together they raised their family of three in Chelsea. A devoted housewife, mother and homemaker she also worked outside of her home for many years as a teacher’s aide with the Chelsea School Dept.
She enjoyed family camping trips, going to polka dances with her husband, handcrafts like sewing and crocheting, the companionship of her feline friends and interior home painting and decorating. Sophie was widowed 15 months ago with the passing of her beloved husband and Chelsea Firefighter, John H. Kanarkiewicz, Sr. She was also preceded in death this past September by her son, Chelsea Fire Lt. John H. Kanarkiewicz, Jr. and years earlier by her siblings; Vasily, Michael and Walter Domoretsky. She is lovingly survived by her children and their spouses: Rosemarie Miller and her husband, Gary of Lynnfield and Frank Kanarkiewicz and his wife, Joanne of Peabody. She was the cherished grandmother of Dennis and Sara Kanarkiewicz, Adrienne Manes and her husband, Aaron and adored great-grandmother of Caroline Manes.
A Funeral Mass was said on Wednesday at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, Rev. Andrew T Grelak officiated. Final Arrangements were handled by the Anthony Memorial-Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. For online guestbook or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Retired principal clerk of Chelsea Treasurer’s office
Delia J. (Mallet) Connors passed away on Monday, June 26 after a brief illness with her caring and loving family at her side and in the peaceful surroundings of her home. She was 75 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a daughter of the late Ernest J. and Laura B. (Arsenault) Mallet. A lifelong Chelsea resident, she attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1960. She married John J. “Jack” Connors and together they raised their family of three in Chelsea.
A devoted housewife and Mother, Delia also worked outside of her home as a data processing clerk at the Winthrop Community Hospital and she was later employed at Chelsea City Hall working for 13 years as a principal clerk in the city Treasurers Office. She retired in 2009.
In her lifetime, Delia enjoyed arts and crafts, sewing, creating and sewing Halloween costumes for her children. She also enjoyed working in ceramics, shopping and browsing through Flea Markets and collecting “Teddy Bears,” but she mostly enjoyed and loved time spent with her family and her grandchildren.
She was the beloved wife of 56 years of John J. “Jack” Connors; devoted mother of Paulette Velastegui, Juliann Boesch and her husband, Roberto and Robert Connors and his wife, Deborah, all of Chelsea; cherished grandmother of Timothy Velastegui, Daniel Velastegui, Kaitlyn Jessee, Christina Boesch, Robert Michael Connors, Rebecca Connors and Rileigh Connors; dear sister of Theresa Roberts of Saugus and the late Ernest Mallet and Rosemarie Cardarelli. Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, June 30 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. MA/NH Office, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Homemaker and senior center volunteer
Mary A. (Vallis) King of Admiral’s Hill in Chelsea, formerly of Revere, passed away on Sunday morning, April 17 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. She was 95 years old.
Born in Coombs Cove, Newfoundland, Canada, the daughter of the late John J. and Bessie (Fiander) Vallis, Mary came to the United States as a small child and attended school in Chelsea. She was a homemaker caring for her home and her three boys.
Mary was a resident of Revere for 25 years before settling back in Chelsea. She spent her time volunteering at the Chelsea Senior Center and was very active at her home on Admiral’s Hill. She enjoyed playing bingo, knitting and most importantly, enjoyed the company of her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
She was pre-deceased by her first husband, Benjamin J. Robichaud in 1969. Mary later married John E. King and together they shared 17 years of marriage before his passing in 1988. Mary was the beloved mother of Thomas J. Robichaud of Tewksbury, Randall King of Peabody and the late John J. Robichaud; sister of the late Alton Vallis, Matthew Vallis, Emma Levine, Meta Bradley, Catherine Vallis, Thomas Vallis. She is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren: Michael Robichaud, Jamey Robichaud, Randy King, Jaran Stallbaum and the late Justin King.
A Memorial Service and celebration of Mary’s life will be conducted in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Wednesday, April 27 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will precede the service from 9 to 10 a.m. Interment will follow the service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.
Of Tewksbury, formerly of Chelsea
Richard Paradis of Tewksbury, formerly of Chelsea, passed peacefully on April 17 after a short illness with his brother, Mark and sister-in-law, Lisa at his side.
Richard was a longtime dispatcher and an avid sports fan who loved to sing karaoke
He was the son of the late John and Ann (Dion) Paradis of Chelsea; loving brother of Mark and his wife, Lisa (Gird) of Tewksbury, Kevin, Steven and his wife, Michelle, John and his wife, Lisa and the late James and loving fiance of the late Debra Nolan. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and dear friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Casper Funeral Home in South Boston from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday (today.) Interment services will be private. In lieu of
flowers, please make donations in Richard’s memory to All Care Hospice at www.allcare.org or the
American Cancer Foundation at www.cancer.org.
Marion (Page) Niedbala, a long time resident of Chelsea, passed away at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home late Monday evening, April 18. She was 89 years old.
For over 25 years, she worked as an assembler at Chelsea Clock. A resident of Admiral’s Towers on Admiral’s Hill for over 15 years, she spent a good amount of time working in the apartment building store.
She was the devoted wife of the late Edmund Niedbala; beloved mother of Carol Babb and her husband, Robert of Chattanooga, TN and Margaret “Peggy” Austin and her friend, Alan Pulisciano of Revere; dear sister of Claire Giacobbee of Tewksbury and the late Leo, Joseph, Robert, Raymond, Richard, William, Edward, Barbara, Pauline and Dorothy; cherished grandmother of Lisa Sexton of Knoxville, TN, Jason Babb of Savannah, GA and Justin Daly of Knoxville, TN. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren: Madison, Nolan and Carter as well as by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Service in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be held on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
To send a message of condolence to Marion’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Mary (Barbera) Salvato, a lifelong Chelsea resident, died peacefully in the arms of her daughter early Sunday morning, April 3 at the age of 92.
Mary worked for Bank of Boston and after her retirement she volunteered at the Chelsea Public Library. She was the last surviving member of Natale and Concetta Barbera who came to Chelsea from Messina Sicily in 1924. Mary was known for her sharp tongue, soft heart and love for animals. She was a gifted artist and also enjoyed writing poetry and short stories..
She is survived by her daughter-in-law Gail Hayes of Foxboro, wife of Mary’s late son Kenneth Hayes, her daughter Linda Bussiere and son-in-law Mark Bussiere, both of Rindge, NH, grandson Anthony Bussiere of Los Angeles, CA, and granddaughter Angela Bussiere of Rindge, NH. She will also be lovingly remembered many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a blessing, remembrance and liturgical ceremony on Saturday, April 23 in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude at the church. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Humane Society. Welsh Funeral Home is assisting the family with final arrangements. To send expressions of sympathy or to sign the on-line guest book, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.
Jack Richard crossing the finish line of a previous Boston
Jack Richard, former captain of the 1975 CHS cross-country state championship team, has run over 20 Boston Marathons. For this year’s race on April 18 2016, he has committed to raising funds for Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Jack said, “There’s no charity more deserving, or more Boston, than Dana-Farber. They’re winning the fight against cancer, and 100% of every dollar goes to life-saving research.
We don’t need a few people to give a lot of dollars; we do need a lot of people to chip in a few dollars. We all know someone whose life has been saved by their great work, so please help out with a pledge, big or small.”
Donating is easy. Just take a minute and go to rundfmc.org or click this link: http://www.rundfmc.org/2016/jackr
The combined City Council and School Committee was expected to tap former City Councillor Richard Maronski to serve as the next District 3 School Committee member on Wednesday night.
The vote took place after Record deadlines, but officials said Maronski was the only individual to submit at application for the seat, which was vacated earlier this year by Carlos Rodriguez.
A meeting to select Maronski was scheduled last week, but not enough School Committee members joined the Council to be able to reach a quorum in order to vote.
Wednesday’s meeting was expected to be the remedy.
Officials didn’t expect much discussion as there was no other candidates or names to consider.
The process was initiated earlier this year when Member Carlos Rodriguez disappeared without notice and didn’t attend meeting for several months. Attempts to locate him were futile, but he did surface in early May to submit a resignation letter to the Committee.
If Maronski is approved, in order to keep the seat, he would have to run this coming November as well.
Lifelong Chelsea resident
Stephanie B. (Mikolajewski) Malachowski passed away Sunday evening, June 21 at the Charlwell House in Norwood where she had been receiving supportive care for the past two years. She was 95 years old.
She was born and raised in Chelsea, one of five children born to the late Franciszek and Anastasia (Budzinski) Mikolajewski. After attending local schools, Stephanie worked briefly as an assembler for Standard Box Co., in Chelsea. She married Bronislaw Malachowski in 1947 and together the couple raised their family of two daughters and one son. She dedicated much of her life to caring for home and family.
She was a lifelong communicant and parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea and was a devoted member of the former Rosary Society and St. Stanislaus School Mothers Club. During her life she mostly enjoyed the quiet home life style and keeping up on current and family affairs.
In addition to her parents, Stephanie was preceded in death by her husband, Bronislaw after 60 years of marriage and by her sisters: Mary Kondracki, Jeanette Banusiewicz, Matilda Mroczek and her brother, Wallace Mikolajewski. She is lovingly survived by her devoted children: Ann Malachowski of Dedham, Janice Laskowski and her husband, Timothy of Portland, CT. and Paul Malachowski and his wife, Carol of Franklin. She was the cherished grandmother of Craig Laskowski and his wife, Melanie of Milton, Kenneth Laskowski and his wife, Melissa of Chicago, IL and Stephanie Malachowski of Franklin, adored great grandmother of Chase Laskowski and by many loving nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday June 25 at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Millis. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to “Boston” Catholic TV, PO Box 9196, Watertown, MA 02471. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Former proprietor of State House Cleaners of Bowdoin Street, Boston.
Ramona Vega-Amaro of Chelsea, formerly of Maunabo, PR, died on June 18
The former proprietor of State House Cleaners of Bowdoin Street, Boston, she was the beloved wife of the late Ulysis Amaro; devoted mother of Roberto and Yvette Colon of Puerto Rico, Anthony G. Ortiz of the Chelsea Police Department and the late Rolando Colon; dear sister of Frank Vega, Jr., Annette Vega, Jeanette Vega-Alvarez, all of New York City, Angel Vega of Florida and the late Eve and Ralph Vega. She was the adored grandmother of Rolando Colon Jr., and Anthony Ortiz Jr. and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, Orient Heights, East Boston. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea
His greatest joy was to spend time
with his family
Joseph A. Richard died suddenly on June 16 at his residence in Dunbarton, NH. He was 71 years old.
Born in Chelsea, he has resided in Dunbarton for the past 23 years.
The son of Benjamin and Jeanette Richard, Mr. Richard worked his entire life as a machinist starting with the Gaulin’s Corporation of Everett. He was a US Navy veteran and a member of the VFW Post #834. Joe loved spending time in the outdoors fishing and hunting, however his greatest joy in life came from spending time with his family and especially with his granddaughter, Jordan.
Members of his family include his wife of 50 years, Diane Richard of Dunbarton, his daughter Nicole Richard and son in law Joe Bonta and granddaughter Jordan Richard all of Winchendon, MA. Joe is also survived by his siblings Elaine Patti, Linda Riley, Janet Sturgis, Annette Purcell, Joanne Scribner, Arnold, Eddie, Wayne, Ernie and Barbara Richard, all of Chelsea.
Funeral arrangements were by the
French and Rising Funeral Home, 17 South Mast Street, Goffstown, NH. Burial with military honors was at the Massachusetts Veterans Cemetery in Winchendon, MA.
For more information or to sign an online guestbook go to: www.frenchandrising.com
Chelsea Educator; Williams School Teacher of the Year 1993-1994; Nominated as Mass. Teacher of the Year 1999
Mariellen T. (McFayden) Mulligan grew up in Chelsea, later resided in Lynnfield and spent the past 10 years being cared for at Spaulding Hospital North Shore in Salem. The care she received there was exceptional which allowed her to count it as a home away from home.
She attended Our Lady of the Assumption Elementary School from grades 1 to 8 and later attended Mount St. Joseph Academy during her high school years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Boston State College and earned a Masters Degree from Salem State College.
Mariellen spent continuous summers with her family in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. When she was old enough she worked as a waitress at the World Famous Allen A. Resort which was located in Wolfeboro on Lake Wentworth. During her summer free time she enjoyed swimming, waterskiing and boating. She also worked at the Filene’s Basement in Boston in the luggage department while she completed her undergraduate and graduate studies.
She was accomplished in the area of needlepoint and created many outstanding pieces. Mariellen was a remarkable artist and received many awards for her beautiful and creative pictures.
Mariellen spent 30 enthusiastic years in the Chelsea Public Schools while being assigned to almost every grade from third up to high school as well as being a Title I reading teacher. During that time she completed her teaching assignments with the utmost professionalism and was described as being “an outstanding teacher who inspires her students to reach their expectations.” An administrator stated that “she has a unique ability as an educator to provide a classroom environment that reflects her enthusiasm and energy.”
She was elected Teacher of the Year at the Williams School for the school year 1993-1994. She was also nominated for the 1999 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Award. She was an outstanding role model for so many students as well as for so many future teachers who she trained from Boston University. One of the student teachers, Missy Ugland has remained in touch with her throughout the years, visiting from Wisconsin when she was able and recently sending post cards from the Czech Republic. Although limited in her physical ability, she never allowed circumstances to prohibit her from carrying out her professional duties. The wind beneath her wings can always be attributed to the limitless support she received from her devoted father, mother and sister.
One of the highlights of her teaching career, was when presidential candidate Paul Tsongas visited her classroom to discuss some of his educational policies. Always demonstrating total involvement as a teacher, she demonstrated total devotion and involvement towards her only daughter, Allison. Allison was the center of her life. Together they formed a special bond. Her love for her daughter was instrumental in overcoming obstacles time after time.
She was the loving and devoted mother of Allison Mulligan of Methuen; beloved daughter of Mary (Nelson) McFayden of Woburn and the late Edward McFayden; dear sister of Janet McFayden Ruggiero and her husband, Louis of Woburn and Edward McFayden, Jr. and his wife, Bozena of Ipswich. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and caring friends.
Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, May 15 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Spaulding Hospital North Shore, 1 Dove Ave. Salem, MA 01970. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visitwww.WelshFuneralHome.com.
Professional Singer and Self Taught Musician; Worked for Mass. Department of Revenue
Antonetta E. (Mongiello)Tumminello a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers following a brief illness. She was 85 years old.
Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Luigi and Elvira (Munzione) Mongiello, she attended local schools and raised her family in Chelsea. She also worked outside of the home as a Tax Clerk for 15 years with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Joseph in 2005.
Antonetta was a professional singer and vocalist performing for many years in the Boston and Southern New England area. She was a self taught musician who loved music as well as playing the piano. Antonetta was dedicated to her family and also held a strong devotion to Our Lady of Grace Church.
The beloved wife of the late Joseph Tumminello, she was the devoted mother of Rachel Finn and her husband, Martin of North Reading; dear sister of Mary Mongiello of Chelsea, Laura Wangrocki of Revere, Richard Mongiello of Chelsea and the late Carmen Mongiello and Josephine Weiner; cherished grandmother of Matthew Finn of North Reading and the adored aunt of Cheryl Gideon of Salem and Robert Weiner of Wakefield.
Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, May 16 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 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 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions may be made in her name to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St. Danvers, MA 01923. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visitwww.WelshFuneralHome.com.
Edward ‘Sonny’ Doherty, Jr.
Retiree of Samuel Cabot Stains of Newburyport
Edward V. “Sonny” Doherty, Jr. of Chelsea passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on May 8 following a long heroic battle with cancer. He was 76 years old.
A proud retired 43 year employee of Samuel Cabot Stains of Newburyport, he is survived by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 54 years Nancy (Brochu) Doherty. He was the loving and devoted father of Kathleen Fazio of Plymouth, William Doherty and his wife, Nancy of Walpole, Brian Doherty of Chelsea and Eileen Vitale and her husband, John of Peabody; beloved “Papa” to Christopher and Ryan Doherty of Walpole, Brianna and Mike, Jr. of Plymouth and Nicholas and Nina of Peabody and is also lovingly survived by his sister, Jean McCarthy and brother, Richard Doherty.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home of Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. The family expresses sincere gratitude to Hope Health Hospice and the “ladies” of Senior Bridge for their compassionate care during his illness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 75817, Topeka, Kansas 66675. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visitwww.smithfuneralhomes.com
George Havens, Jr.
George A. Havens, Jr. of Chelsea passed away on April 21 at the Lighthouse Nursing and Care Center in Revere. He was 83 years old.
Born in Hudson Falls, NY and a benchwork assembler at General Electric in Lynn for over 25 years, he was the devoted husband of the late Alice (Gilmore); beloved father of Richard Havens of Haverhill, Irene Loussedes and her husband,Tony of Chelsea, Corinne Nason and her husband, John of Connecticut, Eugene Havens of Revere and the late Lawrence Havens of New York and the late Thomas Havens; cherished grandfather of Anthony and Edward Loussedes, Carolyn Trigillo and Paul and Richard Havens, Jr. He is also lovingly survived by his great grandchildren: Joshua, Oliver, Noah and Elliot.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Committal Services and entombment were private.
President of Chelsea High School, Class of 1966
Charles Christopher of Alburtis, PA and Chelsea died after a long illness. He was 65 years old.
Christopher, also known as Chris, was the lead acupressist for the Leigh Valley Health Network’s pain management department. During the past 15 years he helped thousands overcome chronic pain.
Christopher was President of Chelsea High School, Class of 1966, A US Marine veteran of Vietnam, a successful salesman, expert in alternative medicine and a philanthropist.
He leaves his son, Adam of Chelsea, a special friend, Suzanne Ickles of
Alburtis, PA; his brothers: Richard and his wife, Lena of Saugus and Lenny of Methuen; his nieces: Nicole, Danielle, Renee and Melanie and nephews: Jason, Gary and Nick as well as his uncle, Jake Amato of Everett. He also leaves many loving cousins.
Funeral arrangements were by Nicos C. Elias Funeral Home: Tel 610-433-2200. There will be a celebration of life ceremony in the near future.
Worked at John Hancock Insurance Co. Restaurant
Aidee R. (Rodriguez) Solis of Chelsea, formerly of Argentina, died on May 11 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She was 83 years old.
Prior to her retirement in 1995, she worked for John Hancock as a waitress in their restaurant.
She was the devoted mother of Adriana Graham of Chelsea, the great grandmother of Sasha Nicolau and her husband, Fabio of Danvers and Danielle Mitchell and her husband, Glen of Chelsea and is also lovingly survived by her great granddaughter Amelia Nicolau. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend her Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Saturday, May 17 at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel on the campus of the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea at 10 o’clock. Service will conclude with entombment at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden. Expressions of sympathy in Aidee’s name may be made to St. Michael’s Chapel. To send a message of condolence to Aidee’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
During the 80 or more years that Chelsea Floor Coverings has been on the corner of Everett Avenue and Chestnut Street, they’ve amassed a list of clients that is quite impressive.
From hotels to hospitals to universities to regular Chelsea homeowners, they pretty much have serviced everyone.
At least that’s what they thought until last week.
That one client they’d never served in their store was Hollywood, but over the past month they’ve actually been hosting Hollywood’s Columbia Pictures in their storied store.
“I am never surprised by the clients we get and service because we have a good reputation built up over many years, but I have to say, I never thought we’d be doing business with Columbia Pictures and actually renting out our storefront to them for a movie,” said Bradley Rosen, the current manager of the operation.
Then there’s Les Rosen, the second generation owner and a son of the company’s founder, Lewis Rosen. He’d thought he’d seen it all in his many years working in Chelsea…until last week.
“I never, never thought this would happen,” he said, with co-owner and his brother, Richard Rosen, nodding as he spoke. “It’s a totally new experience. It’s interesting to watch them filming it. You sometimes think they are disorganized, but they’re not. They’re all on the radios and in contact constantly. The mechanics are overly meticulous about their work. It’s been a tremendous experience.”
What has happened over the last two months or so is that the front, old retail portion of Chelsea Floor Coverings – which has fronted the family business since some time in the 1920s – has been painstakingly converted into a fake coffee shop for the Denzel Washington movie, ‘The Equalizer.’
Called the Bridge Coffee Shop (established in 1954), more than 20 carpenters worked tirelessly to transform the old retail counter into a dirty, old-looking cafe located under the Tobin Bridge. All of the big stars in the show, including Washington, have been on set for the last two weeks filming inside the new “cafe” that is now enclosed with a big white tent to control lighting. A full movie set crew and control panel has been set up on Cross Street and Chelsea Police officers stop traffic frequently on Everett Avenue and Chestnut Street when filming is underway.
Long-time employee Pat Smallwood said Chelsea Floor Coverings has been doing business with movie productions for the last 15 years, every since Hollywood started to warm up to Boston and the state’s lucrative Film Tax Credit program.
“They came in here about 15 years ago looking for linoleum and some specialty flooring and we had it and got it to them quickly and they liked that,” he said. “Not every place you go has specialty commercial-grade flooring in stock – cork, rubber and other stuff. The next thing you know we were selling to all of the movies.”
Added Bradley, “They like things quick and we do quick.”
And that’s another piece of the equation that has helped Chelsea businesses such as Chelsea Floor Coverings and others, like Kirshon Hardware – who supplied all the paint and no small amount of skill in converting the new “Bridge Coffee Shop.”
Barry Kirshon told the Record that he has been the paint supplier for most of the movie productions in Massachusetts since 2007. He said most movie productions use only Benjamin Moore paints, and his store’s willingness to deliver paint has won favor with Hollywood. For that reason, Kirshon said he has become a tireless advocate for keeping the Film Tax Credit – which often comes under fire from Gov. Deval Patrick.
“We’ve had to hire one extra employee because of all the extra work and deliveries,” he said. “The extra business is really good. When there was a downturn in the economy, it kept us even. We didn’t falter or have any major dips mostly because of that added business. They like Benjamin Moore paints and they don’t like Home Depot paint…They don’t give the people credit cards to run up. They have to open house accounts with us and I accommodate that. They always run up a pretty good bill and then they do pay it.”
Kirshon said it has been interesting in helping out to create a coffee shop in the front of Chelsea Floor Coverings. He said the challenge was to build something brand new, and then have to go in and make it look old and dirty using faux finish techniques.
“It’s been exciting for the community and the business community,” he said. “I think it’s great publicity for Chelsea.”
Meanwhile, Bradley Rosen said the expanded movie opportunity for his building came about six months ago.
“A location scout from Columbia Pictures came in and said, ‘How would you all like to take a month off so we can film a movie?’” he said. “I said, ‘I’m listening.’ He said that they really liked our building for their ‘Equalizer’ movie and wanted to know if they could rent it for an extended period. We struck a deal and it’s been pretty exciting to watch it all happen.”
He said they see Denzel Washington all the time and several other stars – as well as their stunt-doubles. There was even a scene, he said, where they filmed a fight scene outside the “coffee shop” under the Tobin Bridge.
For the most part, though, business has gone on as usual in the other portions of the Chelsea Floor Covering business.
Tiles, carpet and linoleum still have to get to job sites, and regular customers need their orders so that life can go on – movie or no movie. That’s the same story that’s been told at the corner for some 80 years…perhaps.
“I really don’t know how long we’ve been in business,” said Les Rosen. “My father started the business and he didn’t know when. We thought it was somewhere around 1929, but that’s honestly just a guess. My father never kept accurate records so we just don’t know.”
What is known is that the two brothers, Les and Richard, took the business from more of a local retail establishment to one of the go-to floor covering businesses in all of Greater Boston. Their list of clients is quite impressive even today.
They frequently opened at 5 a.m. and worked until there was nothing left to do.
“They really worked their tails off,” said Bradley. “These guys are really to be respected. They built this business up with really, really hard work.”
Bradley took the reins some time ago – though Les and Richard are not and will not retire – and he said they’ve kept relevant by changing with the times.
“I think we’ve survived because we’ve changed with the times,” Bradley said. “We do quite well with the ethnic communities, whether Spanish, Vietnamese or any other group. We appreciate their business and they know it.”
However, one business they won’t be in anytime soon is the coffee shop business – despite the hordes of people who have came into the store looking for donuts and coffee during the construction of the movie “coffee shop.”
“The movie people wanted to know if we wanted to keep it or tear it down when they were done,” said Les. “We had them tear it down. We have no desire whatsoever to open a coffee shop. No donuts here. No coffee here. We sell high-end flooring, very expensive stuff with good profit margins. Do you know how many cups of coffee I would have to sell to equal that? No way.”
Cutline – ‘BridgeCoffeeShop
Movie crews from ‘The Equalizer’ have been filming steadily for nearly two weeks in the front of the Chelsea Floor Covering building on Everett Avenue and Chestnut Street. Prior to stars like Denzel Washington arriving, carpenters and painters busied themselves in creating the meticulously-designed cafe called the ‘Bridge Coffee Shop – Since 1954.’
Chelsea Floor Covering owners (left to right) Richard Rosen, Bradley Rosen and Les Rosen have done business with just about every major institution, from Logan Airport to Chelsea homeowners, over the years, but hosting a full Columbia Pictures movie crew has been one new customer they never anticipated.
Richard Clayman was first elected to the Chelsea School Committee in 1971, becoming one of the youngest members and chairpersons in the history of this city. He later won election to the Board of Alderman, serving two terms in office, the latter as its president.
Even before deciding to pursue public office in his hometown, Richard Clayman, with his sparkling personality, wit, intellect, and a manner that made everyone feel they were special in his presence, had been a positive influence on young people, like the kids on Cottage Street who idolized this young, handsome attorney with big dreams and an even bigger heart.
One of those kids was Jay Ash, who grasped that early inspiration and friendship from his neighbor and launched himself on a career that would take him to basketball and academic excellence at Clark University and on a road to public service that continues today as Chelsea’s eminent city manager.
Jay Ash was one of hundreds of friends, family members, professional colleagues, and associates who attended a beautiful funeral service for Richard Clayman, who died on May 1 at the age of 65. People from all walks of life came to pay their respects to a man who helped so many people in unsung fashion.
Ash reflected on the life and contributions of Richard Clayman, who grew up in this city, graduated from Chelsea High School in 1965, and after completing his studies at Suffolk Law School and working in the Office of Suffolk County District Attorney Garrett Byrne, began a law practice that remains situated on Everett Avenue.
“Our entire community has lost one of our greatest champions with the passing of Richie Clayman,” said Ash. “He meant so much to so many. He was a terrific lawyer and an even better friend, especially to those who needed someone to look out after and believe in them. He was an icon and his name was synonymous with Chelsea and vice-versa. I’m not sure we’ll ever see anyone like him again, which amplifies our loss.”
Ash, who served as chief of staff for State Rep. and Chairman of the House Ways Means Committee Richard Voke, a lifelong friend and professional law associate of Richard Clayman, talked about the great influence that Mr. Clayman had on his life as a youth.
“On a personal note, I knew Richie all my life,” said Ash. “He was the guy who got me interested in politics when he encouraged me, as a young boy growing up just doors from him on Cottage Street, to get involved in volunteering in his campaign for School Committee. From there, he stayed interested in and mentored me, and taught me a lot about public service and the virtues of helping others in need.”
Richard Voke first met Richard Clayman at Chelsea High School where they were students one grade apart. Mr. Voke attended Suffolk University. Mr. Clayman attended Boston State College.
In 1970, the future Suffolk Law School graduates were reunited when they worked together on the campaign for Suffolk County District Attorney Garrett Byrne and later as assistant district attorneys for Suffolk County.
In 1975, the two brilliant, ambitious attorneys started a law practice. Soon after, they launched a real estate business. Two of Chelsea’s greatest and most successful attorneys and businessmen had been associated in one form on another right up until Mr. Clayman’s passing last week.
Stephen Clayman was also instrumental in the success of the family’s real estate business. The brothers were known for their generosity and acts of kindness, often helping people in times of need.
Voke said he treasured the friendship that he had with Richie Clayman, a man who lived each day to its fullest.
“Richie Clayman was full of life and a joy to be with and around,” said Voke. “It was a joy to watch how he treated people and how he cared about people. He had an expression, ‘Don’t forget the shoeshine man,’ and what he meant by that was that he helped all kinds of people and the more help they needed, the more he was helpful for them.”
Voke said his law partner would receive phone calls from people all hours of the day seeking his assistance and guidance.
“And Richard would always respond – I’ve never known him to be curt with anybody. I never knew him to wish anybody ill. And he was very, very generous to many, many people. He was very kind and generous such as helping kids through school over the years, helping people with mental illness or family problems. As he got older, he helped even more people. He had a real mission and the mission got stronger, not weaker. He didn’t fade with age, he grasped more and more. He had a remarkable life.”
In his professional life, Richard Clayman was always excellently attired, a picture of handsomeness, elegance and fitness with a vibrancy for life and who so much enjoyed being in the company of his wife, Deborah Clayman, his daughters, attorneys Katie Clayman Huggard and Erica Colombo, and his friends.
“Richie loved being well dressed,” recalled Voke. “He loved his ties. I couldn’t guess how many ties he had. He loved his suits. He always kept himself in perfect weight. He was always well dressed and well attired. That was part of what he wanted to be and what he was.”
Voke was a state representative for 20 years and he said he could always count on the support of his friend, Richard Clayman, who served as his campaign chairman and treasurer.
“He was a great friend,” said Voke. “I can’t ever remember him not being there for me. He was a solid, solid guy with great ethical standards and he lived them.”
Monday at Temple Emmanuel, the synagogue where Mr. Clayman served as president, attended High Holiday services and was admired deeply by its members, people paid tribute to Richard Clayman.
The gift Mr. Clayman gave to all who all knew him was aptly stated by his daughter, Katie, – who told the capacity throng, “Richie Clayman loved the people in this city. He never forgot his roots and he was so proud of being from Chelsea. He helped people. His life was about helping people.”
Erica Colombo joined Katie on the bema as they each delivered thoughtful remembrances with the composure and grace that would have made their father so proud.
“What I’ll never forget is how he made me feel uniquely special – I was the most important kid in the room,” said Erica, recalling a first grade field trip when she saw this legendary figure and first realized what a “big shot” Richard Clayman was in his beautiful suit and tie.
“What I’ve come to realize is that everyone feels this way when they are with Richard. I would be willing to bet that each and every person sitting here this morning feels as though they are Richard’s favorite – and that’s because he had a way of making people feel that they are the most special.”
Colombo also recalled the strong and loving relationship that Richard shared with her mother, Deborah Clayman, who was such a vital source of strength, support and encouragement during their unbreakable friendship and the challenging days of an illness that would take her husband’s life far too soon.
“I know one of the things that Richard admired most about my mother is her incredible strength. He revered her, he treasured her, he was immersed in her. All he ever wanted was for her to be happy. He’d give her the world if he could’ve. He brought so much love into her life that could never be expressed in words.”
Deborah and Richard Clayman were married in October, 2005. They had been a couple for 22 years.
“They were 22 wonderful, wonderful years, the best years of my life,” Deborah Clayman said. “He was the best husband, the best father, the best friend, the same thing that everyone else knows about Richard: there’ll never be another Richard Clayman ever, and he gave me the best 22 years of my life.”