Archive for March, 2018

On the Books:Council Votes to Limit Recreational Marijuana with Zoning Ordinance

March 30, 2018
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The City Council voted in favor of a proposal put forward by City Manager Tom Ambrosino to limit the siting of recreational marijuana retail stores and cultivation facilities. The vote came on an 8-2 majority after an amendment by Councillor Roy Avellaneda failed to get the eight votes needed for passage. Avellaneda and Councillor...
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MS-13 Member Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for Chelsea Murder

March 30, 2018
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An MS-13 member was sentenced on March 22 in federal court in Boston to racketeering conspiracy involving murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder. Bryan Galicia Barillas, a/k/a “Chucky,” 21, a Guatemalan national who resided in Chelsea, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 22 years in prison...
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Acorda Therapeutics Looks at Major Expansion on Everett Avenue

March 30, 2018
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Riding on the heels of what is expected to be the approval of a new Parkinson’s disease treatment drug, Acorda Therapeutics of 190 Everett Ave. has announced a proposal to significantly expand its existing operations. The company has been located at its facility for some time, and operates under a lease from a New...
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After Long Process, DiDomenico Affirms ‘Strong Relationship’ with Sen President-Elect Spilka

March 30, 2018
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After a long process, Sen. Sal DiDomenico allegedly fell a few votes short of gaining the Senate Presidency, a process that completed last week when State Sen. Karen Spilka corralled the 21 votes needed to secure the presidency. It was announced publicly in a press conference on Thursday, March 22. While no one was...
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School Budget Shortfall Hits More than $3 Million, Called Today’s Civil Rights Struggle

March 30, 2018
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The Chelsea Public Schools has hit a major shortfall in its budgeting for next year, and reported at recent meeting that it is in deficit $3.1 million, and has been underfunded by as much as $17.2 million by the state funding formula. It has now become a major call to action for the school...
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DiDomenico Supports Animal Welfare and Safety Legislation

March 30, 2018
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Sen. Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) and his colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate unanimously adopted a bill designed to protect the health, safety and well-being of animals. S.2332, “An Act to protect animal welfare and safety in cities and towns” (PAWS II), expands on gains first secured in the original PAWS law which was filed in...
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Nathan Smolensky Announces as Independent in Congressional Bid

March 30, 2018
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Nathan Smolensky, a non-profit manager from Somerville, has announced that he will be running as an Independent for Massachusetts’s 7th District Congressional seat. “We need Independent voices to speak up,” says Smolensky, “now more than ever. The parties are becoming increasingly polarized, and that means more strong-arming and undermining in our politics, and somehow...
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DiDomenico Supports and Promotes Civics Education Curriculum

March 30, 2018
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Last week, Sen. Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) and his colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate voted to pass, S.2355, An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement.  The legislation enacts a hands-on and experiential approach to fostering civic engagement by incorporating project-based learning components, encouraging the instruction of civic competencies – including news and media literacy...
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Police Briefs 03-29-2018

March 30, 2018
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PHONE FEUD On March 16, at 12:10 p.m., officers responded to Bellingham Square and spoke to the victim who is employed by Assurance Wireless, a company that provides free cell phones for low-income individuals. The victim stated the male in question applied for a phone, but was denied.  He said that the subject was upset and...
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We Need Courage to Stand Up for Public Education

March 30, 2018
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(The following was delivered to the School Committee at its public hearing on Thursday, March 15) Good evening and welcome to the Chelsea Public Schools FY19 Budget Public Hearing. This year’s budget represents a budget gap of $3.1 million between what we need and what we can do. We have worked very hard in...
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