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Everett State Sen. DiDomenico going Irish for a day

March 3, 2014 02:36 PM


Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day in Boston. Now an Italian-American state senator from Everett is going green, too.

State Sen. Sal N. DiDomenico plans to add an "O" to his name on Friday, March 7, when he'll hold his first-ever St. Patrick's Day party, 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus in Charlestown.

"I'll be O'DiDomenico that day," quipped the two-term Democrat. "We got creative with the name."

The event, which is sold out, will feature music by Devri, a popular Irish band, as well as an Irish step dancing troupe, and stand-up by comedian Jimmy Tingle.

"It's really going to be a fun, festive atmosphere," DiDomenico said.

Political jokes and jabs are planned, along with Corned Beef & Cabbage.
There will be Democrats and Republicans, too.

Charles Baker, a Republican candidate for governor, is expected at the event, DiDomenico said.

Democratic candidates for governor -- State Treasurer Steven Grossman, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and Juliet Kayyem, a former state and federal homeland security official, are also expected, DiDomenico added.

Gov. Deval Patrick can't attend, "but he will be sending a video message," DiDomenico said.

Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey plan to attend, DiDomenico said.

And so will Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, a son of Irish immigrants who will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day as Boston's first new mayor in 20 years.

"Marty is a friend," DiDomenico said of Walsh, who took office in January after 16 years on Beacon Hill as a state representative from Dorchester.

The pols will likely trade barbs and jabs over dinner, but all in good fun, and in the name of charity.

The senator recently established The DiDomenico Foundation, a nonprofit that will raise money to fund scholarships for high school students from the senator's district, which includes all of Chelsea and Everett, along with several precincts in Boston and Cambridge.

Money will also be used to buy toys for low-income families at the holidays.
"It's a great opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and do some great things for people," DiDomenico said.

Kathy McCabe can be reached at katherine.mccabe@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKMcCabe

Pioneer Charter School of Science holding open enrollment

February 19, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Pioneer Charter School of Science:

Pioneer Charter School of Science (PCSS), a grade 7-12 public charter school, is now holding open enrollment for both PCSS I in Everett and PCSS 2 in Saugus.
 
Both PCSS campuses are accepting students in grades seven through nine. Chelsea, Everett, and Revere residents receive priority for the Everett campus and Danvers, Lynn, Peabody, Salem, and Saugus residents receive priority for the Saugus campus.
 
Families can enroll their students through an online application on PCSS’s website or submit a paper version. For information, parents can call the school at 617-389-7277.
 
If there are more students seeking to enroll then spots available, PCSS will hold a lottery to determine who will be enrolled. This year’s lottery is scheduled for March 13th, 2014 at the Everett campus. Students who do not receive spots will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted as openings become available.
 
PCSS I and II are tuition-free, public schools open to all Massachusetts students based on spaces available. PCSS offers a rigorous academic curriculum that emphasizes math, science, and analytical thinking skills balanced by a strong foundation in the humanities. The schools offer extended days/hours and career-oriented college preparation. Students must pass five math and five science classes in order to graduate, more than state standards, and students must also complete 40 hours of community service. The schools have a 200-day school calendar, extended days (7:30 a.m. – 3.35 p.m.), tutoring until 4:30 p.m. and “voluntary” Saturday classes for students who need extra help.
 
On last year’s MCAS, PCSS I students outperformed students from neighboring districts as well as statewide averages, and the school earned Level 1 status from the state – the highest designation of academic achievement. Compared to districts across the state, PCSS students ranked first in 10th grade English and 10th grade Science, Technology and Engineering.
 
Pioneer Charter School of Science does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language, or prior academic achievement.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrated with volunteerism

February 12, 2014 10:00 AM
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The following was submitted by Seafarer's Friend:

This past Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Seafarer's Friend welcomed it's doors to Pastor Katherine Adams of the Billerica Congregational Church, whose confirmation class of 2014 and their mentors chose to volunteer on their day off, at our local Chelsea office. 

Twenty six cheerful members of the congregational arrived Monday morning at Seafarer's ready to work hard with brooms, and buckets in hand. They dedicated the day towards cleaning and organizing the basement of the administrative office and also packed dozens of ditty bags, which will be given out as gifts for our sailors.

Throughout the day, volunteers took informational tours of the Port of Boston,allowing them to see where we serve, and learned about the critical services that are provided to the sailors. After this day of service, Reverend Adams reflected, "We will no longer cross the Tobin Bridge without being aware of the world beneath the bridge. Thanks for expanding our worldview. Blessings to you and those you serve".
It was a true pleasure to work with such a dedicated and hard working group of volunteers from the Billerica Congregational Church. Seafarer's Friend could not do this work without your support and the work of volunteers like yourselves.

If your congregation is interested in receiving more information about volunteerism opportunities at Seafarer's Friend, please call us!

Local students earn honors at Malden Catholic High School

February 8, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Malden Catholic High School:

Malden Catholic High School, one of New England’s leading college preparatory high schools for young men, has announced that the following local students received honors for distinguished academic performance during the second quarter of the 2013-2014 school year:

Second Honors - all grades 80 percent and above.
First Honors - all grades 85 percent and above.
Headmaster’s List - all grades 90 percent and above.

Wenhao (Ben)    An      FIRST HONORS        Allston
Hengshen (Kim)  Li       SECOND HONORS   Allston
Tianshu (Sean)  Xiao     SECOND HONORS   Allston
Qin (Bill)      Xu             FIRST HONORS        Allston
Michael Cahill               SECOND HONORS   Amesbury
Michael Addorisio         SECOND HONORS   Arlington
Timothy Matthews         FIRST HONORS       Arlington
Anthony Palazzo           FIRST HONORS      Bedford
Joshua  Soldan             FIRST HONORS      Bedford
Reilly  Peters                FIRST HONORS      Beverly
John (Jack)     Adams   SECOND HONORS   Boxford
Samuel  Palmisano       FIRST HONORS       Boxford
Nicholas        Puleio     SECOND HONORS   Boxford
Cameron Walter           SECOND HONORS   Boxford
Cameron Arrigo            HEADMASTER'S LIST Burlington
Corey   Forester           SECOND HONORS     Burlington
Kyle    Forester            SECOND HONORS     Burlington
Riley   Gilberg             SECOND HONORS      Burlington
Thomas  Sullivan         FIRST HONORS           Burlington
Han     Yan                 SECOND HONORS      Burlington
Jeffrey Wang               HEADMASTER'S LIST   Charlestown
Ryan    Corliss            FIRST HONORS           Chelsea
Sanjey  Singh             SECOND HONORS      Chelsea
James   Irving, Jr.        SECOND HONORS      Danvers
Kristopher Mullaney    SECOND HONORS      Danvers
Zachary Sasso           FIRST HONORS          Danvers
Matthew Bruno           SECOND HONORS     E. Boston
Michaelangelo Gerardi SECOND HONORS     E. Boston
Ryan    Sherman         SECOND HONORS     E. Boston
James   Augustin        FIRST HONORS          Everett
Luisadrian Bernal        SECOND HONORS     Everett
Hardy   Jean               FIRST HONORS         Everett
Brendan LaVallee        FIRST HONORS         Everett
Peter   Le                    SECOND HONORS   Everett
Gerardo Lopez-Picardi  FIRST HONORS        Everett
Brenden McCarthy       HEADMASTER'S LIST Everett
John    McCormack      SECOND HONORS   Everett
Louis   Sierra               SECOND HONORS   Everett
David   Strott               SECOND HONORS   Everett
Kellen  Field                HEADMASTER'S LIST  Gloucester
Jacob   Horrigan          FIRST HONORS         Gloucester
John    Camozzi          SECOND HONORS    Groveland
Hualiang (Tony) Li       SECOND HONORS     Hartford
Yixiao (Eric)   Liang     HEADMASTER'S LIST Hartford
Yihan   Zhao               HEADMASTER'S LIST  Hartford
Cameron Betz             SECOND HONORS      Lynn
Samuel  Cappuccio     HEADMASTER'S LIST   Lynn
Matthew Derby           SECOND HONORS        Lynn
Colin   Harvey            HEADMASTER'S LIST     Lynn
Matthew Filipe            FIRST HONORS            Lynnfield
Devin   Kelly               SECOND HONORS       Lynnfield
James   Mortellite       SECOND HONORS       Lynnfield
Patrick Passatempo    SECOND HONORS      Lynnfield
Joseph  Spinosa         SECOND HONORS      Lynnfield
Joseph  Veglia           SECOND HONORS      Lynnfield
Andrew  Andrade        FIRST HONORS          Malden
Andrew  Barros          SECOND HONORS      Malden
Colin   Blake             SECOND HONORS      Malden
Daniel  Coelho           FIRST HONORS          Malden
Garphey Crevecoeur     FIRST HONORS        Malden
Jharem  Crevecoeur      FIRST HONORS        Malden
Carlos  Dominguez       SECOND HONORS   Malden
Christopher Fitzgerald    FIRST HONORS      Malden
Riley   Hennessey        SECOND HONORS   Malden
Christopher Hopkins     SECOND HONORS   Malden
Run Chen Huang         SECOND HONORS   Malden
Rohit   Jaisinghani       FIRST HONORS       Malden
Karlens Joas               FIRST HONORS       Malden
Cameron Koizumi       SECOND HONORS   Malden
Matthew McCarthy      SECOND HONORS   Malden
Peter   Melendez        HEADMASTER'S LIST Malden
Brendan Murphy         SECOND HONORS   Malden
Shane   Norton           FIRST HONORS        Malden
Brian   O'Callaghan     SECOND HONORS   Malden
Kevin   O'Callaghan     SECOND HONORS   Malden
Joshua  Ouellette        SECOND HONORS   Malden
Mark    Panzini           FIRST HONORS        Malden
Umang   Patel            FIRST HONORS        Malden
Tyler   Ransom          SECOND HONORS    Malden
Logan   Sprague        SECOND HONORS    Malden
Michael Ssentongo     HEADMASTER'S LIST Malden
Jack    Stockless       HEADMASTER'S LIST  Malden
Russell Sully             SECOND HONORS      Malden
Adam    Surette         HEADMASTER'S LIST  Malden
Alexei  Teague          FIRST HONORS           Malden
John (Jack) Albanese HEADMASTER'S LIST  Medford
Javier  Barria             SECOND HONORS      Medford
Brendan Bunker        HEADMASTER'S LIST   Medford
Christopher Cafferty   SECOND HONORS      Medford
Krzysztof Cefalo       HEADMASTER'S LIST   Medford
Frederick DeNisco    FIRST HONORS           Medford
Alejandro DePeña     FIRST HONORS           Medford
Anthony DeSouza     FIRST HONORS           Medford
Nicholas DeSouza    SECOND HONORS       Medford
James   Donlan        HEADMASTER'S LIST    Medford
Thomas  Donlan       FIRST HONORS            Medford
Michael Endicott      SECOND HONORS       Medford
Matthew Hirl            HEADMASTER'S LIST    Medford
Andrew  Kelly          FIRST HONORS             Medford
Cameron Kelly         SECOND HONORS       Medford
Logan Lanciloti-Stark SECOND HONORS      Medford
James McQuaid        HEADMASTER'S LIST  Medford
Joseph  Morrissey     SECOND HONORS      Medford
Andrew  Murphy        FIRST HONORS           Medford
Brendan O'Donnell      SECOND HONORS     Medford
Steven  Passatempo   FIRST HONORS         Medford
Victor  Ramos            FIRST HONORS         Medford
William Riley Jr          HEADMASTER'S LIST Medford
Liam  Shaughnessy    SECOND HONORS    Medford
Jared   Silva              FIRST HONORS          Medford
Peter   Skerry           SECOND HONORS      Medford
Wei (Kevin) Su          FIRST HONORS          Medford
Edward  Tan            HEADMASTER'S LIST   Medford
Joseph  Toomey      FIRST HONORS            Medford
Michael Upton         SECOND HONORS       Medford
Gregory Viola          SECOND HONORS       Medford
Dylan   Bagley        FIRST HONORS             Melrose
Jack    Barresi        SECOND HONORS        Melrose
Jared   Bernis         FIRST HONORS             Melrose
Timothy Brown        FIRST HONORS             Melrose
William Carreiro       SECOND HONORS        Melrose
Jack    D'Errico        FIRST HONORS            Melrose
Luke    D'Errico        FIRST HONORS            Melrose
Ian     Dolaher         SECOND HONORS        Melrose
Steven  Doucette      HEADMASTER'S LIST   Melrose
Patrick Driscoll         SECOND HONORS      Melrose
Robert (Trey) Durant III  HEADMASTER'S LIST  Melrose
Anthony Gill              SECOND HONORS     Melrose
Austin  Goldstein       SECOND HONORS     Melrose
Corey   Goldstein       HEADMASTER'S LIST   Melrose
John    Graf                HEADMASTER'S LIST  Melrose
Harrison Hahn           SECOND HONORS       Melrose
Robert  Hannula         FIRST HONORS          Melrose
Benjamin Hanover      FIRST HONORS          Melrose
Jonathon  Havey        SECOND HONORS     Melrose
Troy    Healy             FIRST HONORS          Melrose
Brandon Heng           FIRST HONORS          Melrose
Stephen Holmberg      SECOND HONORS    Melrose
Candan  Iuliano         SECOND HONORS     Melrose
Lucas   Janzen         HEADMASTER'S LIST  Melrose
Kyle    Jones             SECOND HONORS     Melrose
Lucas   Kaestner        SECOND HONORS    Melrose
John    Kezerian         FIRST HONORS         Melrose
SungHyun (Sean) Kim  HEADMASTER'S LIST Melrose
Adam    Lew               FIRST HONORS         Melrose
Brian   Liwo                HEADMASTER'S LIST  Melrose
Michael Loycano        HEADMASTER'S LIST   Melrose
Liam    Lynch-Galvin    FIRST HONORS           Melrose
Michael McElligott      SECOND HONORS       Melrose
Christopher McKenna  FIRST HONORS           Melrose
Luke    McKenna       SECOND HONORS        Melrose
Max     Meier             HEADMASTER'S LIST   Melrose
Michael Moschella      SECOND HONORS      Melrose
John  O'Brien             SECOND HONORS       Melrose
Matthew Oteri           FIRST HONORS             Melrose
Derek   Packard       HEADMASTER'S LIST     Melrose
Michael Ronayne     HEADMASTER'S LIST     Melrose
Benjamin Scarpa    SECOND HONORS          Melrose
Christopher Schwarze HEADMASTER'S LIST  Melrose
Michael Shea         SECOND HONORS          Melrose
Joseph  Tansino     HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Joseph  Valente     HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Kevin   Walsh        FIRST HONORS                Melrose
Tyler   Webb         FIRST HONORS                Melrose
Jacob   Witkowski SECOND HONORS           Melrose
Cameron Zahner    HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Zachary Zahner     HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Joseph  Crowley   HEADMASTER'S LIST       Middleton
John    McLean    SECOND HONORS          N. Andover
Ryan    Connor     FIRST HONORS              N. Reading
Ryan    Cristiano   FIRST HONORS             N. Reading
Joseph  Marini Jr.   HEADMASTER'S LIST   Nahant
Matthew Borges     FIRST HONORS            Peabody
Gianmarco Cappuccio  SECOND HONORS  Peabody
Michael Cashman  SECOND HONORS        Peabody
Frank   Celona       SECOND HONORS       Peabody
Alex    Gomes        FIRST HONORS           Peabody
Giuseppe Limoli      FIRST HONORS          Peabody
Alex  Massa          FIRST HONORS           Peabody
Rocco   Prestia     SECOND HONORS       Peabody
Kolbi   Shairs        FIRST HONORS           Peabody
Stephen Mayes     SECOND HONORS      Reading
Paul    McCarthy    SECOND HONORS     Reading
Kyle    Skinner      HEADMASTER'S LIST  Reading
Peter   Squeglia III  SECOND HONORS     Reading
Peter   Ventola       HEADMASTER'S LIST  Reading
James   Zaccardo    SECOND HONORS    Reading
Alexander Aguilar     FIRST HONORS        Revere
Phillip Antonucci IV    FIRST HONORS      Revere
Brendan Dao            SECOND HONORS   Revere
Christopher Dixon     SECOND HONORS   Revere
Joseph  Leone          SECOND HONORS   Revere
Nicholas Leone        HEADMASTER'S LIST Revere
Daniel  Marks          FIRST HONORS        Revere
Byung Kwon Moon   SECOND HONORS   Revere
Zachary Moore         HEADMASTER'S LIST Revere
Hugo    Palacios       SECOND HONORS   Revere
Juao-guilherme  Rosa HEADMASTER'S LIST Revere
Hans    Rosin           SECOND HONORS     Revere
Corey   Sanville        HEADMASTER'S LIST   Salem
Christopher Alihosseini  SECOND HONORS  Saugus
Benjamin Amico        SECOND HONORS     Saugus
Daniel  Barletta         HEADMASTER'S LIST  Saugus
Paul    Cook              SECOND HONORS     Saugus
Nico    DeFlorio         SECOND HONORS     Saugus
Nolen   Dube             SECOND HONORS     Saugus
Rachid  Elkhaouli       SECOND HONORS     Saugus
Antonio Fiorentino      FIRST HONORS          Saugus
Eric    Kalton             FIRST HONORS          Saugus
Christopher Kimmerle  FIRST HONORS         Saugus
Steven  Lima             SECOND HONORS      Saugus
Matteo  Mannara       SECOND HONORS      Saugus
Mark    Panetta         FIRST HONORS           Saugus
Nicholas Papageorge  SECOND HONORS     Saugus
Matthew Pelletier       HEADMASTER'S LIST  Saugus
Cameron Pozark       SECOND HONORS       Saugus
Joseph  Quatieri        SECOND HONORS       Saugus
Dennis  Scannell        SECOND HONORS      Saugus
Robert  Shields Jr.     SECOND HONORS       Saugus
Christopher Sparages  SECOND HONORS      Saugus
Richard Swierk           SECOND HONORS      Saugus
Charles Vozzella        SECOND HONORS      Saugus
Andrew  Ward            HEADMASTER'S LIST   Saugus
Brendan Costa           SECOND HONORS     Somerville
Maxwell Smith           SECOND HONORS     Somerville
Brian   Bialock           SECOND HONORS     Stoneham
Joseph  Cameron       FIRST HONORS          Stoneham
Michael Carbone        HEADMASTER'S LIST  Stoneham
Brian   Coles             SECOND HONORS      Stoneham
Stephen DiMauro       HEADMASTER'S LIST  Stoneham
Cameron Doyle         SECOND HONORS       Stoneham
Raymond Dufour       SECOND HONORS        Stoneham
Alexander Galbraith   SECOND HONORS       Stoneham
Kenneth Graczyk      SECOND HONORS       Stoneham
Daniel  Lattarulo        SECOND HONORS       Stoneham
Ronald  Mastrocola   FIRST HONORS             Stoneham
Thomas  Mello          FIRST HONORS             Stoneham
Joseph  Monteiro       FIRST HONORS            Stoneham
Mark    Mozzicato     HEADMASTER'S LIST    Stoneham
Owen    Noonan        SECOND HONORS        Stoneham
Connor  O'Neill          HEADMASTER'S LIST    Stoneham
Francesco Puopolo    SECOND HONORS       Stoneham
Nicholas Rolli             FIRST HONORS           Stoneham
Kyle    Soares           SECOND HONORS       Stoneham
Cole    Iovine             FIRST HONORS            Tewksbury
Michael Welton        SECOND HONORS        Tewksbury
Timothy Guinee       SECOND HONORS         Topsfield
Brian   Cameron      SECOND HONORS         Wakefield
Shamus  Coyne      SECOND HONORS         Wakefield
Matthew Curran      SECOND HONORS         Wakefield
Joseph  Delory        FIRST HONORS             Wakefield
Ethan   Dupuis       SECOND HONORS         Wakefield
Joshua  Germino    FIRST HONORS             Wakefield
Nicholas Grande    FIRST HONORS             Wakefield
Christian Hannabury HEADMASTER'S LIST  Wakefield
Connor  Henry        FIRST HONORS            Wakefield
Thomas  Ireland     FIRST HONORS            Wakefield
Robert  Mickolsz    SECOND HONORS       Wakefield
Ryan    Murphy       FIRST HONORS           Wakefield
James   Pasqua      SECOND HONORS      Wakefield
Matthew Sullivan     FIRST HONORS           Wakefield
Michael Valenza     SECOND HONORS       Wakefield
John    Aroush        SECOND HONORS        Waltham
John    Corbett        HEADMASTER'S LIST   Watertown
Joseph  Ascolese    HEADMASTER'S LIST   Wilmington
Christopher Babcock SECOND HONORS     Wilmington
Stephen Cardarelli   SECOND HONORS       Wilmington
John DiFava            HEADMASTER'S LIST    Wilmington
Alexander Frye        SECOND HONORS       Wilmington
Quinn   Reynolds      SECOND HONORS     Wilmington
Daniel  Marino          FIRST HONORS         Winchester
Ian     Steckel           FIRST HONORS        Winchester
Sean    Arria             FIRST HONORS        Winthrop
David   Fisher           FIRST HONORS         Winthrop
Daniel  Garcia          FIRST HONORS         Winthrop
David   Giuffre          FIRST HONORS         Winthrop
Nicholas Napoli       SECOND HONORS     Winthrop
Connor  Sullivan       FIRST HONORS         Winthrop
Kyle    Chute           HEADMASTER'S LIST  Woburn
Max     Doherty       HEADMASTER'S LIST   Woburn
Thomas  Ferullo      SECOND HONORS       Woburn
Christopher Flemming   HEADMASTER'S LIST  Woburn
David   Lennon, Jr.    HEADMASTER'S LIST   Woburn
Dennis  Nicolas       FIRST HONORS            Woburn
Ryan    Tarby          SECOND HONORS       Woburn
Huan (Kevin)    Zhou  SECOND HONORS

Mohegan Sun announces deals with seven surrounding communities

January 28, 2014 05:57 PM

The following was submitted on behalf of Mohegan Sun:

Mohegan Sun and Suffolk Downs Tuesday announced the completion of terms for agreements with seven local communities, marking another critical step in the pursuit of a license to develop a world-class casino resort in Revere.

The agreements and agreements in principle with Cambridge, Chelsea, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Melrose, and Salem will provide significant economic and community benefits along with local impact payments that total $3.75 million among the seven municipalities. The agreements also ensure that small businesses in these communities will have access to millions of dollars in annual spending by the proposed $1.3 billion development and that residents in these communities will be given job opportunities at Mohegan Sun Massachusetts and have access to job training programs and problem gambling services.

“We are pleased to announce these agreements, which represent an important step in our efforts to develop an incredible destination that will benefit the entire region with the creation of new jobs, economic development, and tourism opportunities,” said Mitchell Etess, CEO of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. “Each of these communities have been a great neighbor to Revere and Suffolk Downs, and these agreements illustrate Mohegan Sun Massachusetts’ commitment to work in partnership with our neighboring communities.”

Mohegan Sun Massachusetts expects to spend about $50 million annually on goods and services from businesses located within a 15-mile radius of Revere once the resort is fully operating. Similarly, MSM expects to create 4,000 jobs and has committed to hiring 75 percent of its workforce within the same 15-mile radius.

“Melrose is pleased to have entered into a Surrounding Community Agreement with Mohegan Sun at Suffolk Downs,” said Melrose Mayor Robert J. Dolan. “The benefits of this agreement with the city of Melrose, along with the clear regional benefits of employment, purchasing, and increased revenues for municipalities, will be a much-needed boost to our local economy. As we embark on this new era of expanded gaming in Massachusetts, Mohegan Sun has given Melrose a seat at the table.”

Also included as part of the agreed-upon terms are strong commitments to regional economic development and benefits – such as the cross-marketing of tourist attractions and cultural institutions in these communities, and providing local businesses with access to vendor opportunities and Mohegan Sun’s industry leading players club points program. Mohegan Sun has also agreed to fund approximately $1 million in additional study and design of regional traffic solutions not related to the impacts of the proposed resort.

Mohegan Sun has a signed Surrounding Community Agreement with Chelsea, which was unanimously approved by City Council Monday evening.

“The Suffolk Downs location is the best in Eastern Massachusetts to host a resort casino, and with Mohegan Sun as the development and gaming partner, it’s the best option for this region’s gaming license,” said City Manager of Chelsea Jay Ash. “This commitment to my city and to our neighboring communities illustrates that this will be a great source of economic activity that will benefit the entire region.”

Mohegan Sun also has terms for agreements in principle with Cambridge, Lynn, Malden, Medford, and Salem, subject to city council approval. The agreements are the result of comprehensive discussions over benefits to these cities to be provided by Mohegan Sun should it be awarded a license to develop a $1.3 billion resort casino in Revere. Mohegan Sun has also designated Boston, Saugus, and Winthrop as surrounding communities and is continuing discussions with those municipalities.

“As a gateway to the North Shore, the kind of development that Mohegan Sun is proposing provides an amazing opportunity to transform this area,” said Leslie Gould, president and CEO of the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce. “Establishing partnerships within the region is a key to all of our success.”

Mohegan Sun Massachusetts will be a $1.3 billion resort casino with two hotels and world-class dining, shopping, and entertainment amenities on 42 of Suffolk Downs’ 52 acres in Revere. The resort casino will feature 5,000 gaming positions, a total of 500 hotel rooms, 170,000 square feet of floor space, and a 10,000 square foot spa.

“Our relationships with our surrounding communities is very important, and we appreciate the hard work and thoughtful approach of each of these city leaders to reach these agreements,” said Chip Tuttle, Chief Operating Officer of Suffolk Downs. “Mohegan Sun Massachusetts will not only preserve the future of thoroughbred racing at Suffolk Downs, but it will create new economic and tourism opportunities for the entire region.”

Currently, Mohegan Sun spends nearly $500 million annually on goods and services from local vendors near its Connecticut and Pennsylvania facilities.

Apply for your 2014 Health Insurance from CeltiCareHealth

January 28, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by CeltiCareHealth:

Commonwealth Care is ending – and depending on your eligibility, you now qualify for coverage in one of these CeltiCareHealth Plans:

* CarePlus through MassHealth
* Ambetter through the Health Connector


Apply for your 2014 Health Insurance from CeltiCareHealth. A CeltiCareHealth representative will help you in personto enroll in your health insurance.

Thursday, February 6, 2014
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Chelsea Public Library
569 Broadway
Chelsea, Massachusetts

Everyone is welcome. Please bring the following:

* Social Security Number
* Income Verification
* Immigrant Documentation (if that applies to you)
* Home or Mailing Address

* Social Security Number
* Income Verification
* Immigrant Documentation (if that applies to you)
* Home or Mailing Address


Call 877-687-1186 (TTY/TDD877-941-9234)

Text MASSACHUSETTS to 36453*

Discover better healthcare.
You also can enroll in Ambetter from CeltiCareHealth, or get more information on all of your Qualified Health Plan options, by calling the Health Connector customer service Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 877.MA.ENROLL (877-623-6765), TTY 877-623-7773, or visit www.MAhealthconnector.org

To find out if you qualify for CarePlus coverage, contact the MassHealth Customer Service Center at 800-841-2900 (TTY 1-800-497-4648) Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit www.mass.gov/masshealth.

One North of Boston to host Winter Brew Fest

January 7, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by One North of Boston:

One North of Boston, Chelsea’s newest residential oasis, is hosting a Winter Brew Fest at Mystic Brewery on January 28 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The event, featuring culinary tastings from local Fusion Foods, will offer a tour of the brewery upon request and a reception with opportunities to learn more about the One North of Boston property as well as chances to win great prizes. This event is RSVP only.  Please RSVP to OneNorth@Dolben.com

 
When:                  Tuesday, January 28, 2014
                             6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 
Where:                 Mystic Brewery
                           174 Williams Street
                            Chelsea, MA 02150
                               
About One North of Boston
 
One North of Boston is a residential development project located less than a mile from Boston in Chelsea. Once complete, One North of Boston will offer a distinctive mix of convenience, luxury and vibrant living experience featuring studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom flats.  Just steps to the commuter rail and only one mile from the city, One North of Boston defines urban living. For more information, visit http://www.onenorthofboston.com

One North of Boston to host winter brew fest

December 13, 2013 10:00 AM
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New One North Boston property

The following was submitted by One North of Boston:

Food, Beer, Holiday Toy Drive and Prizes at Mystic Brewery on December 17 
from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
 
What:One North of Boston, Chelsea’s newest residential oasis, is hosting a Winter Brew Fest at Mystic Brewery on December 17 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The event, featuring culinary tastings from local Fusion Foods, will offer a tour of the brewery upon request and a reception with opportunities to learn more about the One North of Boston property as well as chances to win great prizes. The pre-holiday event will also serve as a toy drive, as attendees who bring a toy for donation will receive one free drink ticket.

This event is RSVP only. Please RSVP to OneNorth@Dolben.com

 
When: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 
Where: Mystic Brewery
174 Williams Street
Chelsea, MA 02150
                               
About One North of Boston
 
One North of Boston is a residential development project located less than a mile from Boston in Chelsea. Once complete, One North of Boston will offer a distinctive mix of convenience, luxury and vibrant living experience featuring studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom flats.  Just steps to the commuter rail and only one mile from the city, One North of Boston defines urban living. For more information, visit http://www.onenorthofboston.com
 

Suffolk Downs and casino developer likely to accept new, midwinter vote in Revere

December 10, 2013 05:45 PM

Suffolk Downs and its partner Mohegan Sun are likely to take the Massachusetts Gaming Commission up on an offer made Tuesday to keep the bid for a Revere casino alive by allowing developers to submit their second-phase application by the end of the month without a certified local vote.

The compromise outlined and voted on unanimously by the five-member commission requires Suffolk Downs and Mohegan Sun to seek a new referendum vote in Revere, but commissioners expressed their willingness to approve a waiver from the requirement that a certified local vote be included in final applications due Dec. 31.

“It was a way to allow the voters to decide whether this goes forward rather than us. That was the primary thrust,” said commissioner James McHugh, a former judge who pitched his colleagues on the concept at Tuesday meeting at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Suffolk Downs Chief Operating Officer Chip Tuttle said the track and Mohegan Sun would likely take the next few days to decide whether to seek the path outlined by the commission, but expected they would apply for the waiver.

The alternative for the casino bidders would be to request the commission make a decision on whether the vote taken in Revere in November on a different casino proposed for Suffolk Downs property in East Boston and Revere could be applied to the new proposal.

East Boston voters on Nov. 5 rejected the Suffolk Downs casino proposal, forcing the horse track to shift its development over the city line and onto a little over 50 acres within the boundaries of Revere where voters approved the gambling facility. Under the new proposal, Mohegan Sun would own and operate the casino, while Suffolk Downs will lease the property.

“What we saw today was a positive affirmation from the commission that they’d like to find a way for this proposal to move forward, and we’re going to do our best to accommodate that,” Tuttle said. He continued, “We felt like we met all the requirements to move ahead before this artful suggestion by the commission, and if this is the way for us to move ahead, then we’re going to do it.”

Only one other casino proposal remains alive in the eastern Massachusetts region, a plan by Wynn Resorts to redevelop a polluted plot along the Mystic River in Everett. Voters in Milford last month rejected a Foxwoods casino proposal.

A spokesman for Wynn Resorts said the company would not comment on the commission’s decision to relax its application requirements so that the Suffolk Downs proposal could move forward as competition to Everett.

Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby and McHugh said Las Vegas casino developer Steve Wynn should not be disappointed by the vote taken Tuesday, which they argued was less about ensuring competition than making sure voters had a voice in the process.

“Our message to Steve Wynn is that we’re glad that he’s here, we’re glad that he’s in the competition, we look forward to seeing him next week and look forward to discussing issues with him then, but the fact that he’s here is good for the Commonwealth and good for the competition and good for the process,” McHugh said.

Casino opponents who filled the meeting room said they were disappointed that the commission did not simply stop Mohegan Sun’s new casino bid.

“They made a mockery of the Democratic process here. That’s what we’re seeing. The folks in Revere that voted for this, they did not write a blank check and I think we’re going to see that in round two,” said Celeste Myers, a community leader of No Eastie Casino.

Myers said her group will support casino opponents in Revere to try to help them defeat the new casino project at the ballot box, but criticized the Gaming Commission for carving out special rules for Suffolk Downs and Mohegan Sun. Had the commission treated the Suffolk Downs as a failed applicant, the track and its partners would have had to wait at least 180 days before reapplying, a condition that would have killed the project.

“They’re the ones who have the blame and the credit to be where they are today at the juncture where they don’t have an affirmative vote, they don’t have a host community agreement, they don’t have buy-in form the city of Boston and Revere. They have no one to blame but themselves,” Myers said, referring to Suffolk Downs.

Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo, who has been a vocal supporter of an all-Revere casino, said he expects to have a new and “more lucrative” host community agreement negotiated with Mohegan Sun within the next week to 10 days.

“I’m very confident that the voters will embrace this project even more than they did back on Nov. 5,” Rizzo said.

With voters casting ballots Tuesday in a special Congressional election, Rizzo said his one concern was “voter fatigue.”

“To pull them out in the middle of February is a little unnerving for me because obviously a lot of people vacation around that time, possibly outside the state, so the dynamics change a little bit,” Rizzo said. “But again, the reaction I have received around the city since Nov. 5 has not been why are we going forward, it’s when are we going to get a casino here in the city of Revere and I’m very, very hopeful and confident that when they do have to go back out and vote they will vote in the same numbers and the same way that they did back on Nov. 5.”

Myers said opponents will have to work hard to defeat the casino in Revere, describing a “hostile” environment at the last City Council meeting where “big burly union guys” heckled casino opponents.

Presented with conflicting legal opinions about the “complicated situation” created by opposite votes in Revere and East Boston, Crosby said the solution reached with McHugh’s idea for a waiver was “the most fair to the most people.”

The next meeting of the Gaming Commission will happen Friday when the commission convenes to consider the land–option agreement for Wynn Resort to purchase property in Everett for its proposed casino. Crosby has recused himself from the proceeding because of a prior business relationship with one of the land-owners, Paul Lohnes, but has said he intends to participate fully in the eastern Massachusetts licensing process. Wynn Resort would only purchase the property for $70 million if it is awarded a casino license.

Greg Sullivan, the former state inspector general and research director of the Pioneer Institute, said Tuesday that Crosby should recuse himself from the entire licensing process in eastern Massachusetts, suggesting the chairman was not living up to the more strict code of ethics adopted by the commission.

“Chairman Crosby’s decision to recuse himself from deliberations about the Everett land but not from deliberations about the casino license for the land makes a mockery of the new ethics rules,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan said Crosby appears to be following the old ethics laws for state employees that would allow him to simply disclose his relationship, rather than the code adopted by the commission in February that requires recusal from matters that “affect the financial interest of . . . a person with whom they have a ‘significant relationship.’”
“He’s entitled to his opinion,” Crosby said of Sullivan. “I’ve thought this through very carefully and at this stage in the game I’m positive I can be objective and I believe that fair and reasonable people will look at my actions over the last year and half, but more importantly look at what I do over the next few days and months and weeks as this process unfolds.”

Crosby said he decided to recuse himself from Friday’s deliberation because the commission will be debating the option price on the Everett property, which was purchased in 2009 for $8 million, and is being offered to Wynn for $70 million.

“The essence of this is to try to figure out what fair and reasonable people will think about a person’s ability to be objective in the implementation of his public duties,” Crosby said, calling himself “perfectly capable” of maintaining that objectivity.

Nelson Mandela condolence book located at State House

December 9, 2013 05:20 PM

State House visitors may now send messages to the people of South Africa through a condolence book for Nelson Mandela set up outside the House chamber.

Legislative leaders and Gov. Deval Patrick, working with Rep. Byron Rushing and South Africa Partners, are hosting the book, which will be available for signing through Friday and presented at a later date to the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa.

An entry signed by House Majority Whip Byron Rushing expresses gratitude to Mandela, “the African National Congress and to all the South Africans who struggled for liberation during Mandela’s lifetime.”

State House visitors from Ireland and various parts of the state have already signed the book. “Our world has been forever changed because of you, President Mandela. Our deepest condolences and greatest thanks. God bless!” says an entry signed by Rep. Alan Silvia (D-Fall River) and staff.

– M. Norton, M. Deehan/SHNS

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