Writers Series at South End Library

The 2016-17 South End Writes series will include debut novelist and baker Louise Miller (The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living); Dina Vargo (Wild Women of Boston) and the culinary luminary Gordon Hamersley.

  • Tuesday, October 25: Louise Miller, a Boston-based writer and pastry chef who won a scholarship to GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program, will read from her debut work of fiction, ‘The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living,’ published this summer by Viking’s Pamela Dorman Books imprint.
  • Tuesday, November 22: Just in time to get advice about Thanksgiving’s feast, the beloved and greatly missed South End culinary luminary, Gordon Hamersley, will talk about his life as a prize-winning chef, current food writer for the Boston Globe and long-time neighborhood fixture.


Calling him a “refreshing change” in “the current environment of extreme political polarization”, Banker & Tradesman has endorsed John Keith for Suffolk County Register of Deeds.

“A seasoned Boston real estate agent, Keith has a general familiarity with how the Registry operates and seems genuinely eager to learn what he doesn’t know,” read the endorsement.

“Keith is an active user of social media, tweeting his observations about real estate and the city with light, offbeat humor – under which lies a deep understanding of the market and the various forces that shape it. Throughout his campaign Keith has made clear he has both the ability and the desire to do the job, which comes with an annual salary of $124,000, and comes across as the most earnest and forthcoming of what is clearly a strong field of candidates.”

John Keith is a Massachusetts native, a graduate of Northeastern University, and a long-time Boston resident. He has been a real estate broker for the past 14 years. He has a background in management, and experience in accounting, software implementation, and data and business analysis.

The election for Suffolk County Register of Deeds is on November 8, 2016.


Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced that the annual Fall Pumpkin Float returns to the Boston Common Frog Pond on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Hundreds of illuminated jack-o’-lanterns will be floated on the water accompanied by spooky family activities.

Attendees are asked to bring 8-inch or smaller carved pumpkins that will be lit and then floated on the Frog Pond for a dramatic early evening display.  In addition, attendees are invited to view creatively carved and decorated jack-o’-lanterns from various local sports teams and organizations.  Adults and children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and participate in a wide range of fun activities.  Children are invited to decorate luminary bags which will be displayed and illuminated along the edge of the Frog Pond.  Test your courage and problem-solving skills in our haunted zombie maze.

This free family-friendly event will also include a magician, a visit from the L.L. Bean Bootmobile, children’s crafts, an IKEA selfie booth with LATTJO costumes and sweet treats to try, games and giveaways by Magic 106.7, and scarily delicious snacks and refreshments provided by IKEA, Capital One Café, HP Hood LLC, and DAVIDsTEA.

All pumpkins will be donated to The Trustees of Reservations after the event for composting.

For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at (617) 635-4505 or visit www.facebook.com/bostonparksdepartment or www.boston.gov/parks.


The Fenway Community Center has booked several special events over the next several weeks. The Center is located at 1282 Boylston St. and the phone number is (857) 246-9053.

  • Social dancing on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:20-3:20 p.m. at the Center, mostly with Chinese music and frequented by Chinese elders, though all are welcome.
  • Student Volunteers – The Fenway Community Center is calling on Northeastern University students who will be living off-campus this fall to volunteer at the Center. Greeters are needed for a one-hour weekly commitment. Volunteers who serving 11 hours or more in a three-month period will be invited to the FCC Ice Cream Social as an appreciation. For more information, contact hello@fenwaycommunitycenter.org.
  • Welcome to the Neighborhood for Northeastern University students who might be interested in the Fenway Community Center. The group will meet every month on the first Thursday, starting Oct. 6.
  • Councilor Josh Zakim District 8 Fall Community Night will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. at the FCC. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.


  • Hayes Park is having a Silent Auction Fundraiser on Thursday, October 20, from 6-8 p.m. at Woodmeister Master Builders, 1317 Washington Street. Tickets available online.
  • BRA Director Brian Golden is confirmed to return to the South End Forum at its Nov. 1 meeting, according to Steve Fox, moderator of the Forum. Golden spoke at length during the September Forum meeting, and many questions remained when time ran out. He will be back to continue the conversation.
  • Old Dover Fall Social, Join Old Dover Neighborhood Association for a Fall Social at LaMotta’s Restaurant, 1357 Washington St., on Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 6-8 p.m. Complimentary apps and a cash bar.
  • Alley Clean Up, residents from East Springfield and Mass Avenue will join neighbors and the Boston Police to conduct a fall cleanup of Alley 716. The event is billed as a great opportunity to meet neighbors and visit with old friends while addressing a quality of life situation. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided. Any questions can be addressed to Vicki Via at viarun@aol.com
  • Bed Bugs! South End librarian Matt Krug has organized a seminar on Thursday morning, October 6, at 10:30 a.m. on the subject of bed bugs. Yes, bed bugs appear to be a problem in the South End. The speaker is Jonathan Boyar an associate certified entomologist and pest control operator with many years experience. For details, call 617 536-8241.


The Golden Age Center and Castle Square Tenants Organization are partnering to bring valuable information to educate residents and the community regarding retirement planning. The SHINE program will present a retirement planning workshop on Monday October 17, 6-8 p.m. in the Castle Square Community Center on the 2nd floor (476 Tremont St.). The workshop will be conducted in English and Chinese. Refreshments provided.

Please contact Xiaoping Wang with any questions at 617-357-8548.

Workshop topics will include:

-Medicare, Medicaid, and other Health Insurance

-Social Security eligibility with Medicare, Medicaid

-Calculating social security retirement benefits

-Deciding between full and early retirement

-Managing 401 K or 403 (b) Retirement income


Congressman Michael Capuano will hold office hours for the Fenway and South End neighborhoods on the second Thursday of every month at the Fenway Community Health Center, 1340 Boylston St.

The hours are from noon to 1 p.m. and will have a representative from Capuano’s office in attendance.

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Chelsea Firefighter Loses Battle with Occupational Cancer

After a year of fighting valiantly against a work-related cancer condition, Chelsea Fire officials announced on Saturday night that Firefighter Peter Kannler, 37, had passed away.

It was being considered an active duty death.

Firefighter Peter Kannler.

Firefighter Peter Kannler.

“It is with deep regret that the department announces the Active Duty death of Firefighter Peter Kannler of Engine 2, after a courageous battle with occupational cancer, at age 37,” read the release from Chelsea Fire Chief Leonard Albanese.

Firefighter Kannler was appointed to the Chelsea Fire Department on October 7, 2007, having transferred from the Westwood Fire Department, where he had served since December of 2005. Firefighter Kannler is survived by his loving wife, Michelle, and two daughters, Kiley, 6, and Hannah, 5.

The calling hours are today, Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Smith Funeral Home, Washington Avenue from 4-8 p.m. Funeral service with Fire Department Honors will be on Friday morning at 11 a.m. at the Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel.

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Police Briefs 09-08-2016

Tuesday, 8/30

Jose Davila, 47, 614 Dudley St., Dorchester, was arrested for shoplifting, trespassing, furnishing false name and on warrants.

Jose Manuel Ramos Rodriguez, 30, 157 Park St., Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing and assault and battery.

Wednesday, 8/31

Mark Brenner, 35, 37 Merritt Ave,. Brockton, was arrested for defacing property, tagging property.

Thursday, 9/1

Rigoberto Ramirez, 38, 23 Eleanor St., Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing, possessing Class B drug, receiving stolen property over $250.

Jose Gonzalez, 18, 189 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing, possessing burglarious instrument, receiving stolen property over $250.

Carmen Claudio, 46, 295 Spruce St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon, threat to commit crime.

Josue Lara-Villata, 22, 77 Addison St., Chelsea was arrested for larceny of motor vehicle/

Heather Wilson, 26, Homeless, was arrested for sexual conduct for fee.

Friday, 9/2

Kiana Freeman, 19, 8 Wilbur Rd., Dorchester, was arrested on a warrant.

Wilson Mauricio-Estaban, 25, 32 Brookvale St., Lynn, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle, failure to yield at intersection.

Vincent Gabriello, 35, 25 Farragut Ave., Medford, was arrested for shoplifting.

Saturday, 9/3

James Freitas, 37, 204 Malden St., Revere, was arrested on a warrant.

Shayna Fields, 20, 55 Cottage St., Chelsea, was arrested for distribution of Class D drug, drug violation near school/park, and warrant.

Juvenile Offender, 17, Chelsea, was arrested for distribution of Class B drug, warrant.

Sunday, 9/4

Amy Pinabella, 43, 14 Bloomingdale St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery on a pregnant person, disorderly conduct.

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Back to School Celebration Aug 25, School in Session Aug 30

The ever-popular Chelsea Back to School Celebration will take place this Thursday (today), Aug. 25, just ahead of students returning to classes throughout the district on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

The Celebration will take place at the Williams School playground and gymnasium from 2-5 p.m. There will be food and drinks, fun activities and free school supplies. Come meet teachers, principals, community leaders, police officers and others.

Then, on Tuesday, Aug. 30, all students will return to classes for the Fall term.

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Police Briefs 08-11-2016

Monday, August 1

Dwayne Seldon, 51, 28 Spencer Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing Class B drug, resisting arrest, drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public.

Shirma Farmer, 63, 9 Lawrence St., Chelsea, was arrested for disorderly conduct, drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public.

Sherif Seweilam, 29, 435 Dorset St., South Burlington, VT, was arrested on a warrant.

Tuesday, August 2

Raul Figueroa, 30, 14 Marie St., Dorchester, was arrested on warrants.

Wednesday, 8/3

Natalie Virella, 36, 317 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.

Thursday, August 4

Faisal Yerow, 20, 180 Central Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for breaking and entering nighttime vehicle/boat for felony (5 counts) receiving stolen property over $250, resisting arrest.

Kenneth Powell, 27k, 67 Savanna Ave., East Boston, was arrested for assault to murder, firearm-armed, destruction of property over $250, malicious, discharging/firing firearm/bb or air gun in city, firearm, discharge within 500 ft. of building, firearm, carrying without license, ammunition without FID card, possess, threat to commit crime, witness intimidation.

Sunday, August 7

Laura Delmedico, 34, 26 Tufts St., Boston, was arrested on a warrant.

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Police Briefs 07-21-2016

Tuesday, 7/12

Jarrod Harris, 38, 152 Russell St., Everett, was arrested for assault and battery.

Wednesday, 7/13

Vincent Durbano, 33, 39 Boutwell St., Dorchester, was arrested for breaking and entering nighttime vehicle/boat for felony, malicious damage to motor vehicle, malicious destruction of property.

John Aristy, 20, 33 Vera St., Revere, was arrested for distribution of Class B drug.

Thursday, 7/14

Kyle Gerlach, 26, 189 Shurtleff St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Friday, 7/15

John Renda, 60, 154 Kearsage Ave., Woburn, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery.

Sunday, 7/17

Dennis Smith, 57, 589 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

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Chelsea Sports Awards


Outgoing Athletic Director Frank DePatto was honored with a football jersey bearing his original number during the 26th Annual Chelsea Sports Awards last Thursday night, May 26. DePatto spoke of the game he played at which he cost the team a victory, but learned a valuable lesson in life.

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Sports 06-02-2016

CHS Roundup

CHS softball team to host tourney game this Saturday

The Chelsea High softball team, which completed a fine 12-4 season, will host a first round game of the Division 3 North Sectional of the MIAA state softball tournament Saturday.

The Lady Red Devils, who are the eighth seed among the 24 teams in the D-3 North sectional, will play the winner of today’s preliminary round contest between Mystic Valley and Winthrop.

The first pitch for Saturday’s encounter is set for 4:00.

Best finish ever for CHS girls at state track event

It was a big day for Chelsea High School girls track at the Eastern Mass. Division 2 championship meet this past Sunday at Norwell High School.

The Lady Red Devils racked up 15 points to place 17th in D-2, Chelsea’s highest-ever finish.

The outstanding performer of the day for Chelsea was senior Mariama Kamara who took second place in the 100 dash with a time of 12.88. Mariama narrowly was defeated by indoor state champion Ally Isley of Wellesley.

“The Chelsea girls’ team never has had a girl finish this high in any event,” said CHS coach Mark Martineau. “This is an amazing achievement for a senior who was battling injuries most of the season. She has come back at the right time and does not seem to have missed a step.”

By finishing second, Mariama now will participate in the All-State championship this coming Saturday at Westfield State University to compete against the best sprinters from all the divisions throughout Massachusetts.

Another outstanding performance was turned in by sophomore Martin Simon. Martin brought home sixth place medals in two events, the long jump with a leap of 16’-7.5” and the triple jump with a distance of 34’-11.25”. Simon’s triple jump was both a personal and a new CHS school record.

“Martin has been improving every week as the season has gone on,” said Martineau. “A special thanks goes to her jumps coach, Kanku Kabongo, who has been instrumental in the amazing performances that Martin and the rest of the jumping team has accomplished this season.”

Martin will have to wait to hear (as the Record was going to press) whether she has qualified for the All-State meet.

Also scoring points for the Chelsea girls was the 4 x 100 relay team of Kamara, Simon, Katherine Cabral, and Owliyo Mohamud. The foursome finished eighth with a clocking of 51.45.

Cabral also competed in the 100m (30th, 13.78) and the 400m (10th, 61.64) and Mohamud also competed in the 400 (18th, 63.53).

For the boys’ side, the sole Red Devil qualifier for the state competition was junior Adriel Cedano, who finished 13th (among a field of 35 competitors) in the triple jump with a personal record distance of 40’-3.5”.

CHS baseball team wraps up season

The Chelsea High baseball team concluded its 2016 season this past week, dropping a 10-2 decision at Greater Lowell.

Eduardo Nunez went 2-for-2 for the Red Devils with a double, two walks, a stolen base, and an RBI. Estarlin Martinez was 1-for-3 with an RBI single.

Luis Jiminez was chosen to the Commonwealth Athletic Conference All-Star team at the recent meeting of the league’s coaches. Luis led the Red Devils with 13 runs scored and 17 stolen bases in 18 games. Jiminez also recorded two of the three Chelsea victories on the pitching mound.

Bruins Beat

by Bob Morello

Bruins announce camps and preseason

Fans looking for a bit of local hockey flavor during this long off-season break can savor the announcement from the Boston Bruins revealing the club’s seven-game 2016 preseason schedule, which will begin on Monday, September 26 (7:00pm) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden. The Bruins will remain on Garden ice for their Wednesday, September 28 matchup with the Detroit Red Wings (7:00pm), in a home-and-home series that will take them to Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena on Friday, September 30 (7:00pm). The road trip will continue with a stop at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, October 1 (7:00pm) to take on the Flyers, followed by a trip north of the border to Quebec City, Canada, to face the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, October 4 (7:00pm). Quebec City is currently among those vying for an NHL expansion team to replace their former Nordiques who played in the NHL from 1979-95.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will host Boston at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, October 6 (7:00pm), with the Bruins finishing off their preseason schedule on Garden ice, with their seventh and final game on Saturday, October 8 versus the Philadelphia Flyers in a rare 5:00 pm start. With three games on Garden ice, fans will get a good look at what they can expect from this season’s roster.

The team also announced the preliminary schedule for their 2016 Rookie Camp, which begins on Thursday, September 15, and their 2016 Training Camp, which begins on Thursday, September 22. The full rookie camp and training camp rosters will be announced at a later date.

Final rosters for the World Cup of Hockey (September 17 to October 1) to be played in Toronto, have been released. Bruins players participating include: Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand (Team Canada); Tuukka Rask (Team Finland); David Krejci and David Pastrnak (Team Czech Republic); Loui Eriksson (Team Sweden); Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg (Team Europe). Also named as assistant coach for Team Canada is Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien.

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