Chelsea Science Festival

Chelsea Science Festival


Celeste Williams works on one of her abstract paintings while Tony Smith plays percussion in the background during the Chelsea Science Festival on Friday, Aug. 4, put on by the Lewis Latimer Society of Chelsea at the PORT Park. It was the second year for the Festival, and science disciplines from computers to environment to fire science were represented.

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Police Briefs 07-14-2016

Monday, 6/27

Jhonatan Velasquez, 30, 25 Kimball Ave., Revere, was arrested on a warrant.

Kevin Marroquin, 21, 59 Cottage St., Chelsea, was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and interfering with police.

Hilcias Palencia, 21, 277 Carter St., Chelsea, was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assault and battery, assault and battery on a police officer.

Tuesday, 6/ 28

Jose Avila, 44, 39 Cary Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant, operating motor vehicle with suspended license.

Alfredo Posada, 27, 18 Cottage St., Chelsea, was arrested for unarmed robbery, witness intimidation, and a warrant.

Wednesday, 6/29

Jose Valentin, 47, 87 Bloomingdale St., Chelsea, was arrested for shoplifting, warrants.

Friday, 7/1

Joshua Everett, 29, 955 Maple St., Mansfield, was arrested for possessing Class D drug.

Bianco Sadler, 22, 55 Grove St., Chelsea, was arrested for distribution of Class D drug.

Satruday, 7/2

Nathan Andrews, 31, 46 Tudor St., Chelsea, was arrested for drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public.

Juvenile Offender, 17, Everett, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon.

Jonathan Lemus, 19, 148 Florence St., Everett, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon.

Pedro Encarnacion, 21, 63 Springvale Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon.

Xavier Williams, 23, Homeless, was arrested for carrying a dangerous weapon or knife over 4×1 inches, possessing Class B drug.

Monday, 7/4

Francis Costa, 48, 1535 North Shore Rd., Revere, was arrested on a warrant.

Tuesday, 7/5

Katelyn Ferguson, 28, 3 Margeret Rd., Stoneham, was arrested on warrants.

Melvin Ramirez, 42, 23 John St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Wednesday, 7/6

Dania Quinones, 34, Homeless, was arrested on a warrant.

Bruce Williams, 56, 100 Radcliffe St., Dorchester, was arrested on warrants.

Ernesto Guardado-Carpio, 42, 52 Grove St., Chelsea, was arrested for Indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over.

Thursday, 7/7

Ramon Pagan, 55, 126 Pine St. Inn, Boston, was arrested for drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public, disorderly conduct.

Emerald Crowley, 20, 86 Holyoke St., Lynn, was arrested on warrants.

Jodi Horton, 40, 27 Lithgow St., Dorchester, was arrested on warrants.

Friday, 7/8

Nathan Andrews, 31, 46 Tudor St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Paul Randall, 50, 15 Orange Ct., Everett, was arrested for shoplifting.

Saturday, 7/9

Nathan Andrews, 31, 46 Tudor St., Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing, drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public.

Sunday, 7/10

Nicole Skillin, 39, 9 Sixth St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

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Obituaries 05-12-2016

Sandra Heckley

Of Chelsea

Sandra Heckley, of Chelsea died on May 6. She was 76 years old.

The daughter of the late Justin and Florence Lee, she was the beloved wife of the late George Heckley; dear mother of James and his wife, Teresa, George, Sandy and Stephanie Heckley and the late Sharon Heckley and loved grandmother of Robert Stephens.

Services will be private. Donations in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. To leave a condolence, visit

Rosalie Horn

Of Chelsea

Rosalie M. (Luciano) Horn of Chelsea passed away May 4. She was 78 years old.

The longtime partner for over 50 years of William”Ike” Miller, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Grace (Donabedian) Luciano; loving mother of Karen Furtado of Revere, Grayce Guarnieri of Florida, Cheryl Horn of Medfield, Michelle Pierni of Woburn, Paul Pierni of California, David Williams of South Boston, Angela Miller of Revere, Bruce Portlock of Worcester, Alonzo Portlock of Chelsea and the late Ronald M. Horn; sister of Paul Luciano of Saugus, Francine LeBel of New Hampshire, Enrico Luciano of Chelsea, Carmella Mello of Revere and Joseph Luciano of Winthrop, cherished grandmother of eight and great grandmother of 15. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Friday, May 13 in St Rose of Lima Church, Chelsea at 10 a.m. For online guestbook

Joseph DeFelice

Owner of Parkway Motors on Williams Street

Joseph T. DeFelice, born in and a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away Saturday afternoon, May 7 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House at the age of 85. A cancer survivor of over 12 years, he passed away from bladder cancer that was diagnosed in the latter part of last year.

A local businessman for over 60 years, Joe was the owner of Parkway Motors on Williams Street. Dedicated to his family, Joe was known to family and friends as someone who could fix anything. He was a devoted parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Church and after its closing, St. Michael’s Chapel on the grounds of the Chelsea Soldiers Home. A former member of the Merritts Club, in his spare time he enjoyed time on Marco Island in Florida as well as gardening and taking in stray animals.

He was the devoted husband for 62 years of the late Joanne D. “MiMi” Goffredo; beloved father of Rosemarie DeFelice and her husband, Joseph Fineran of Revere and Angela DiPerri and her husband, Ronald of Wakefield; brother of the late James C. DeFelice, Guy T. DeFelice and his late wife Dorothy and Charles DeFelice; cherished grandfather of Regina Colombo of Providence, RI, Ronald “Sonny” DePerri II of California and Jessica Fitzgerald and her husband, John of Marshfield. He is also lovingly survived by his great grandchildren: Jack, Griffin, Julia and Declan as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Saturday, May 14 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea at 10 o’clock. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in Joe’s name may be made to St. Michael’s Chapel or to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, c/o Community Relations Dept., VNA of Middlesex East, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880. To send a message of condolence to Joe’s family, please visit

Joseph Argonish

Boston Edison retiree and former Chelsea resident

Joseph J. Argonish Of Lynnfield, formerly of Scranton, PA and Chelsea, passed away on May 6 after a brief illness in the peaceful surroundings of his home surrounded by his family. Born and raised in Scranton, PA he was one of four sons born to the late Joseph and Anna (Schipp) Argonish. Joe received his early education in Scranton where he graduated from High School and enlisted in the US Navy. He served for four years during the Korean Conflict. In 1952 while still enlisted he was wed to Irene Chwaliszewski. He was honorably discharged and began his life with his young bride in Chelsea. The devoted husband and father of one daughter and one son, Joe began working for Boston Edison as an Electrical Engineer. He furthered his education at Northeastern University receiving a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration in Engineering and Management. He moved his family to Lynnfield and has resided there for the past 57 Years. Joe retired from Boston Edison after a career of 38 years.

He was a proud Navy veteran and past member of the PAV Post 13, Chelsea. In his lifetime Joe was an avid golfer and enjoyed his time golfing at Colonial and Sagamore Golf courses.

In addition to his parents, Joe was also preceded in death by his son, William Argonish and a brother, Jackie Argonish. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years Irene (Chwaliszewski) Argonish and devoted daughter Barbara Argonish, two surviving brothers, Michael Argonish of Peckville PA, and Robert Argonish of Ocean View DE. He is also survived by numerous relatives and friends.

His services and burial will be private. Should friends desire, contributions in Joe’s memory may be made to: Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or online at since they were so helpful, caring and supportive of him and the family.

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Police Briefs 10-22-2015

Monday, 10/5

Alexander Santana, 28, 461 Crescent Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle unlicensed, unregistered, ininsured

Jude Cutone, 48, 207 Shurtleff St., Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.

Marlon Rodriguez, 31, 94 Erving St., Everett, was arrested for improper turn, operating motor vehicle unlicensed, furnishing false name.

Angel Quilan, 25, 45 Winter St., Quincy, was arrested on a warrant.

Amilcar Hernandez-Rodriguez, 26, 31 Heard ST., Chelsea, was arrested for operating motor vehicle unlicensed, one way violation.

Tuesday, 10/6

Antonio Rivas, 23, 110 Orange St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon.

Alberto Lopez Junior, 21, 88 Williams ST., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing to distribute Class B drug, conspiracy to violate drug law, possessing to distribute Class D drug.

Michael Fitzpatrick, 46, 767 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, warrant, assault with serious bodily injury, assault to murder, carrying dangerous weapon.

Wednesday, 10/7

Jose Ramos, 28, 12 Fourth ST., Chelsea, was arrested for shoplifting.

Segundo Lopez, 39, 9 Casatle Apt. 7

Marshfield, was arrested for operating motor vehicle unlicensed, red light violation.

Carlos Torres, 39, 35 Jefferson Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor & serious injury, operating motor vehicle unlicensed, reckless operation of motor vehicle.

Thursday, 10/8

Juan Lassend-Soto, 25, 32 Carmel St., Chelsea, was arrested or possessing Class A drug.

Friday, 10/9

Sully Rios, 23, 122 Beacon St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Jose Colon, 18, 199 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested or assault with a dangerous weapon, threat to commit crime.

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Back to School Celebration


Jumping for the joy of going back to school is little Samantha Zepeda at last Thursday’s Back to School Celebration at the Williams School.

Hundreds of young people and their parents attended the popular annual
event that gets everyone ready for the start of school, which was this past Tuesday, Aug. 25

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Citywide Arts Extravaganza

Citywide Arts Extravaganza


Daisy Gutierrez, of Chelsea High School, gives a pottery demonstration along with Shelsie Mejia (background) last Thursday afternoon, April 9, during the Citywide Arts Extravaganza
at the Williams School. The three-day event featured a large turnout of parents, children and observers. Art from all age groups were displayed.

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Matrix Fire Study: Fourth Station, Key Demand in Long-Awaited Fire Meeting

Matrix Fire Study: Fourth Station, Key Demand in Long-Awaited Fire Meeting

After more than a year of waiting for a meeting with the City Council, Chelsea Fire union officials got their day last week in a meeting concerning the meatier portions of the Matrix Fire Study – and key within that meeting last week was the addition of a fourth station on Williams Street.

The Matrix Report was done more than two years ago and became public in April 2013. Some 70 percent of the recommendations that were considered to be “low hanging fruit” have already been implemented, but a meeting on the more serious matters of staffing, equipment and facilities never took place until last week.

Council President Matt Frank scheduled the meeting this summer as Fire Union leaders grew impatient and frustrated. Councillor Clifford Cunningham chaired the meeting at Frank’s request, and presided over a Council that mostly considered more expenditures for fire a hard sell.

Deputy Chief John Quatieri was the chief spokesperson for the union and said after the meeting that they were happy with the way the meeting went. He said the department relied upon bringing in an outside expert to analyze the Matrix suggestions and to look into staffing in the department.

That expert was Boston Dep. Chief Joe Fleming of Division 2 in that city.

In written comments to the Council and in his presentation, he said he had concluded that the Chelsea Fire Department is understaffed.

“The City of Chelsea has understaffed the Chelsea Fire Department compared to recommended national guidelines,” he wrote. “This has led to increased, and needless, risk to firefighters and the public they are sworn to protect.”

One of the main solutions proposed by the Fire Department, and a third alternative in the Matrix Report, was to build a new station near Everett Avenue.

Fleming said that was important because it is important to meet 4-minute response times due to the fact that a building fire turns to flashover in 3-7 minutes. Once flashover occurs, search and rescue operations must cease, meaning occupants or firefighters in the building would likely lose their lives. Currently, CFD responses to the southern part of the city are not hitting the 4-minute rule, Fleming said.

He suggested that even if a four-firefighter engine company could not be funded, perhaps a station with a three-firefighter company would be better than adding additional firefighters to already existing companies.

“Adding an EMS Squad manned by two CFD firefighters does not solve the EMS response problem into parts of Engine 2’s response area,” he wrote. “It would reduce Engine 2’s responses, however, if the city is willing to add a squad with 2 firefighters. Why not just add an Engine Company with three firefighters? This would resolve a multitude of issues identified in the Matrix Report…A 3 person ‘quick response’ is better than a 4 person ‘late response.’ Adding an extra engine company with three firefighters may be better than adding an additional firefighter to each current unit.”

City Manager Jay Ash said he is taking the discussion under consideration and looking at the City’s ability to finance such a change, but he added that estimates put a new station and engine company at $2 million a year.

“I’m reviewing everything that was discussed and suggested,” he said. “Most of the things they cited were best practices rather than a standard rule. We’re not in violation of anything. Also, any new station could come at a cost as high as $2 million a year – for both personnel and hard costs. I’m taking the proposal seriously, but first we have to identify the impacts.”

He said the last permanent fourth station in the City was closed in the 1990s under receivership.

A good many councillors hearing the presentation were skeptical to put it mildly. Many are hesitant to spend any more money on the department, and there is still a good deal of bad public relations between the union and the Council following a messy contract dispute last year – not to mention some pointed criticisms of the City in the wake of winning the All-American City Award.

Convincing the full Council, likely, could be harder even than winning over Ash.

As for the station, Quatieri said the area identified so far has been on Williams Street in the area of the old Top Gas site.

“The Old Top Gas site was mentioned as an ideal location where it is in the section of the city where we do not meet response time standards,” said Quatieri. ” It’s also vacant at the moment.”

City Councillor Giovanni Recupero said he could not support a station that was outside of his district – given that there are persistent dangerous, overcrowding situations throughout this district and frequent fires in overcrowded illegal rooming houses.

He said he wanted any station to be located on Marginal Street so that fire crews would be able to go up the one-way streets to the neighborhoods in his district.

“The Fire Union told us they really want a new station and they want it nice and easy on Williams Street,” he said. “I think they need to put any new station in my district on Marginal Street where about all the fires and incidents happen. There is vacant land for lease a very short distance from the Williams Street site they want. That way they could get to the southern part of the city that they’re talking about, and they could also get quickly up the one ways into my district. Admiral’s Hill and Everett Avenue would only be minutes from that site. If they want a new station, I think they need to look at that.”

Quatieri said they have considered that site on Marginal Street, but had overriding concerns.

“The Marginal Street site was talked about years ago but scrapped because of the close proximity to the Meridian Street Bridge, which would hamper responses when the bridge us up and traffic backs up,” he said. “Also, the fire department was concerned with using Hawthorne Street or Shurtleff Street as primary response routes with the Early Learning Center right there.”

Further meetings on the subject have not been set, but Cunningham is likely to request another at some point in the fall.


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Thank You, Chelsea Hunger Network

The Third Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser held April 24 at the Williams School was a big success.

So many individuals played a key role in the organizing and planning of this event. Those organizations – all part of the Chelsea Hunger Network, led by Ron Fishman – include Chelsea Community Connections, Mass. General Hospital, St. Luke’s Church, Chelsea WIC, The Neighborhood Developers, Salvation Army, Centro Latino, Chelsea Collaborative, CAPIC Inc., and the Boston Food Bank.

Two hundred residents attended the festive event in which local celebrities painted their soup bowls that were purchased by generous donors at the event. All guests also enjoyed a bowl of soup that was prepared and donated by Spinelli’s of East Boston, St. Luke’s Church, and Buckingam Browne and Nichols School.

City Manager Jay Ash is always a big supporter of the event. Jay hosted a backgammon tournament in which guests had the opportunity to compete in a fun game against the former Clark University basketball star.

It was a rewarding day for Mr. Fishman and the Chelsea Hunger Network, who put in so much of their time in organizing this outstanding event.

All the proceeds went to Chelsea food pantries and soup kitchens.


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