Early Voting Slow, First Time for Saturday Voting

November 2, 2018
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Early voting in Chelsea has been a bit slow, but voters are taking advantage of the new early voting period ahead of the Nov. 6 election. City Clerk Jeannette Cintron White said there had been 298 voters from Monday, Oct. 22, through Monday, Oct. 29. The first week saw 190 voters, but White said...
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‘Big Top’ Comes to Chelsea City Council

November 2, 2018
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Civility was at a premium at Monday night’s City Council meeting. While the meetings typically end with a pro forma opportunity for councillors to make community announcements and hold moments of silence to honor those who have recently died in the community, this week’s meeting ended with a flurry of accusations, banging gavels, and...
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ELC Put on Lockdown Wednesday as Shots Fired Outside

November 2, 2018
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The John Silber Early Learning Center, or Shurtleff School, was put on a heavy lockdown Wednesday afternoon after police responded to shots fired on Congress Avenue. There were no injuries as a result of the incident. At 1:30 p.m., the ShotSpotter system triggered at 101 Congress Ave. near the school. Police discovered one man...
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City Manager Extends Fire Chief Contract Through 2022

November 2, 2018
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Fire Chief Len Albanese had his contract renewed for another three years by City Manager Tom Ambrosino. Albanese came to the City in 2016 from North Providence after a search committee chose several finalists, including some internal candidates. His contract was set to expire in June 2019, and Ambrosino said he is very pleased...
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School Updates

November 2, 2018
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BERKOWITZ SCHOOL Berkowitz students had a great time at the October School-Wide Assembly. Students were recognized for exhibiting the core values of respect, responsibility, empathy, and determination. Students showed off their skills. Mr. Romanoff and Ms. Plotz performed a duet. And of course, Berky made an appearance and let the students know about our...
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News Briefs

November 2, 2018
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WORK STARTS ON MARGINAL LIGHT The City has started work on the new pedestrian traffic light along Marginal Street that will assist residents trying to cross the busy street to get to the PORT Park. The item has been on the wish list of Councillor Giovanni Recupero for quite some time, and recently he...
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Jordan Boys & Girls Club News

November 2, 2018
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Member All Stars and October Members of the Month:  Congratulations to the following members who were great role models for their peers, who were helpful, kind, and friendly last month and were selected to be the Jordan Boys & Girls Club’s Members of the Month!  1st grade: Cristian Chicas; 2nd grade: Arwa Ait-Chaib; 3rd...
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Police Briefs 11-01-2018

November 2, 2018
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OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP TARGETS 22 DEALERS Teams of officers saturated the Bellingham Square area Thursday morning, Oct. 25, and arrested several individuals on warrants for illegal distribution of cocaine and heroin as part of an undercover operation targeting street level dealing in Chelsea neighborhoods – including the downtown business district. Chief Brian Kyes stated, “This operation is an important...
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Letter to the Editor

November 2, 2018
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City Council Meeting was a circus To the Editor: Having been a City Councillor for four years prior to be on the Council now, I’ve never seen anything like this meeting we had on Monday.  I feel bad for the residents and people attending and watching on TV. It’s like a Barnum and Bailey...
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Nurse Staffing Ratios Would Harm Cambridge Health Alliance

November 2, 2018
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As the chair of the board of trustees at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a health system that serves more than 140,000 patients in Cambridge, Somerville, Everett, Malden and Revere, I am writing to express concerns about Question 1, the government-mandated nurse staffing ratio proposal on the November ballot. If approved, this mandate would negatively impact...
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No Excuses — Be Sure to Vote, Either Early or on Election Day

November 2, 2018
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This Tuesday, Nov. 6, is Election Day. Americans across the country will have the opportunity to choose a new House of Representatives in Washington and one-third of the members of the U.S. Senate in what commonly is referred-to as a mid-term election. While every election matters, some are more important than others. Based on...
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Sports 11-01-2018

November 2, 2018
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CHS Roundup CHS boys win CAC title; Turner is champion; Deras finishes 2nd for girls The Chelsea High boys cross country team, led by Justin Turner, won the Commonwealth Athletic Conference championship this past Saturday on a cold and rainy morning at Greater Lowell. The triumph marked the Red Devils’ first CAC Large School...
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Obituaries 11-01-2018

November 2, 2018
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Arnold ‘Arnie’ Barry Garber Formerly of Chelsea Friday, October 26, 2018 Arnold Barry Garber of Glendale, Wisconsin, formerly of Chelsea, Massachusetts, died at the Sarah Chudnow rehab center in Mequon, WI after an extended illness. Arnold was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts on May 21, 1935, son of the late Ben Garber and Rebecca Mekelburg...
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Chelsea Pot-O-Gold Dinner

October 26, 2018
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Chelsea Pot-O-Gold Dinner

Ray Monkiewicz, City Manager Tom Ambrosino, Matt Monkiewicz (Johnny Cash) and Jennifer Monkiewicz (June Carter Cash).
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Ask and You Shall Receive:City, Students Celebrate Tree Request on Arbor Day

October 26, 2018
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Ask and You Shall Receive:City, Students Celebrate Tree Request on Arbor Day

When Ayman Souabny looked around his school and his city, he didn’t see much of anything but concrete. He, and many of his students at the Wright Middle School, wanted to see trees. And the City heard their call. On Friday, the Chelsea Tree Board and City officials joined Souabny and several other key...
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Planning Board Okays McDonald’s Rebuild Project

October 26, 2018
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The golden arches on Revere Beach Parkway are going to shine a little brighter. Tuesday night, the Planning Board approved a special permit allowing for the demolition and rebuild of the McDonald’s at 170 Revere Beach Parkway. The updated fast food restaurant will be larger than the current building and will feature a double...
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Chelsea Viaduct Contract Approved

October 26, 2018
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The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has approved the contract for construction on the Chelsea Viaduct project, with the low bidder being Skanska McCourt at $169.37 million, some 3 percent below estimates for the massive rebuilding project. A key part of the scope of work identified in the documents includes keeping the Arlington Street...
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Condo Owners Organize in Protest of ‘Exclusive’ Water Discount Program

October 26, 2018
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A new and irate constituency of condo owners has arisen in response to the Water Discount program championed by Councilor Giovanni Recupero and voted on by the City Council Sept. 24 – a proposal that excludes condo owners from the owner-occupied water bill discount. Recupero proposed the measure in September, after many years of...
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Comedy Legend Steve Sweeney to Host Movie Showing on Nov. 7

October 26, 2018
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Steve Sweeney is a certified, top-shelf legend on the Boston comedy scene, who has been entertaining audiences for decades. Whether it’s his joke-telling, dead-on impersonations, or his side-splitting exaggeration of the famed Boston accent, Sweeney will leave you rolling in the aisles at one of his comedy shows. The towering, 6-foot-4-inch actor and comedian...
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School Updates

October 26, 2018
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BERKOWITZ SCHOOL Second grade math classes have been out in the garden measuring garlic to make sure it has enough room to grow. The garlic they plant will then overwinter and be ready to harvest in the spring.   HOOKS SCHOOL The Hooks School had their 2nd Annual Harvest Festival Thursday night, Oct. 18....
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Police Briefs 10-25-2018

October 26, 2018
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Tuesday, 10/9 Shannon O’Donnell, 33, Homeless, was arrested for shoplifting and witness intimidation. Oscar Pacas, 38, 260 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on warrants. Wednesday, 10/10 Ivan Ramirez, 38, 51 Flint St., Somerville, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor. Luis Rodriguez, 29, 25 Fremont Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant....
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Letters to the Editor

October 26, 2018
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Stand Up For Equality: Vote Yes on 3 To the Editor: Two years ago, Massachusetts joined 17 states and Washington, D.C., by enacting protections for transgender individuals in public accommodations that serve the general public. As I sat in the House of Representatives gallery on the day the vote was taken, I could not...
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Stand Up for Equality: Vote Yes on 3

October 26, 2018
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Two years ago, Massachusetts joined 17 states and Washington, D.C., by enacting protections for transgender individuals in public accommodations that serve the general public. As I sat in the House of Representatives gallery on the day the vote was taken, I could not help to be overjoyed by the ongoing effort to make Massachusetts...
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Three Reasons to Vote ‘No’ on Question 1

October 26, 2018
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Because I’m a nurse, and I work in a hospital, I’m asked every day how I feel about Question 1.  I’m beyond concerned.  I’m scared—for patients and nurses—and I’m voting “No.”  Question 1 highlights an important topic, but it is a dangerous approach to something as vital as our healthcare. Question 1 is confusing. ...
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