News in Brief

The 16th Annual Taste of Chelsea is Sept. 16

The 16th annual Taste of Chelsea on Monday, Sept. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 99 Marginal Street in Chelsea to enjoy samples from some 30 area restaurants while supporting the effort to end domestic violence.

Tickets for the event are $35 in advance or $40 at the door, and groups of 10 or more are $30 each. For information about tickets, call 617-884-9799 or visit All proceeds benefit HarborCOV (Communities Overcoming Violence), the local nonprofit that works with victims and survivors while striving to engage the broader community in becoming part of the solution to end domestic violence.

Co-hosted by HarborCOV and the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, the Taste of Chelsea is a successful example of an important collaboration between a community-based nonprofit and a local service organization recognizing the critical need to raise awareness about domestic violence in the Chelsea, East Boston, Revere, Winthrop and Charlestown neighborhoods. Offering delicious food and a fun dining experience, the Taste of Chelsea has grown to include more than 60 local businesses that contribute tempting tastes of their signature foods, sponsorships, contributions, in-kind donations and volunteers.

Among this year’s local favorite eateries to commit to offer up delicious samples are: Albert A. Russo Imports-BelGioioso Cheese, East Boston; Anna’s Café, Charlestown; Antonia’s at the Beach, Revere; The Brown Jug, Chelsea; Buccieri’s Pizzeria, Chelsea; Chelsea Station Restaurant Bar & Lounge, Chelsea; Costco, Everett; Crown Coffee, Wakefield; Curly’s Restaurant, Chelsea; Dunkin’ Donuts, Everett Avenue, Chelsea; El Potro Mexican Bar and Grill, Chelsea; Golden Cannoli, Chelsea; Hilton Garden Inn, East Boston/Logan Airport; Holiday Inn, Boston Logan Airport/Chelsea; Homewood Suites by Hilton, Boston Logan Airport/Chelsea; Kayem Foods, Chelsea; Kowloon Restaurant, Saugus;  Los Agaves, Chelsea; Mandarin Buffet, Chelsea; Olivia’s Organics, Chelsea: Peach’s & Cream, Chelsea; Piantedosi Baking Company, Malden; Pollo Campero, East Boston; Residence Inn by Marriott, Boston Logan Airport/Chelsea; S&L, Chelsea; Spinelli’s Pasta and Pastry Shop, East Boston; Stop & Shop, Everett; TownePlace Suites by Marriott, Boston Logan Airport/Chelsea; and The Winnisimmet Lounge, Chelsea.

MGH’s Chelsea HealthCare Center and Center for Community Health Improvement is this year’s top-level Executive Chef sponsor, and Eastern Salt is the event’s Host sponsor. Sous Chef sponsors include Gulf Oil; Massport; Olivia’s Organics; and Wheelabrator Technologies, Saugus. This year’s Maitre d’ sponsors include Chelsea Bank, a division of East Cambridge Savings Bank; Exelon Generation; Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP; Kayem Foods; and Olivia’s Organics (State Garden). Also sponsoring as Connoisseurs are Cameron Real Estate Group; East Boston Savings Bank; Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation; Eastern Salt; Harbour Food Service Equipment; The Mackin Group; Metro Credit Union; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC; Rotary Club of Chelsea; Smith, Sullivan & Brown PC; and the Zonta Club of Chelsea.

Looking for Classmates

A reunion is planned for the class of 1962 of the Our Lady of Assumption School in East Boston.  If you are a member of the class and would like more information on the reunion, please call Linda Coolidge at 617-755-4672.

DNC Fundraiser on Oct. 5

“Dancing With the Democrats” with music by Boston’s “Squeezebox Stompers” will be held Saturday, October 5th, 7:30-10:30 p.m., at Orient Heights Yacht Club, 61 Bayswater Street, East Boston.  Bandleader Ralph Tufo and his “Squeezebox Stompers” are volunteering their time and talent to raise funds for the Democratic National Committee (DNC).  Funds will go to the eventual  2020 Democratic Presidential Nominee, Senators, and Congress members.

Entrance at the door is $25/person.  ALL donation amounts accepted.  Checks preferred, made payable to the DNC.  No cash contributions over $100.  If unable to make the event, donate to

The band will have you up and dancing to Americana Roots Music:  Cajun, Blues, and Zydeco.  Organizers:  Ralph Tufo and Donna Segreti Reilly. 

Resident to Appear at TEDx

East Boston resident and Salem State University professor Neenah Estrella-Luna along with nine other Salem State faculty members will present during the university’s second TEDx Salem State University event.

This year’s event explores the theme “Mindfulness and Transformation” and will be held on Sunday, September 22, from 1 to 4 pm in the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, 356 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA. The event is supported by Whole Foods Market.

 Estrella-Luna, an associate professor of sociology, will share her talk “Talking Mindfully about Whiteness,” with the hopes of reaching organizational and community leaders, educators who teach about race and social justice, as well as people of color and their allies who are committed to anti-racism action.

 Estrella-Luna said, “If we want the cultures of our organizations, communities, and our country to be equitable and inclusive, we need to talk about whiteness.”

 Tickets are $25 for the general public; $15 for students and are available for purchase at

Statement From Boston Police Commissioner William Gross Regarding the Straight Pride Parade

While much has been made about the actions taken by my officers during the Straight Pride Parade, let me say without hesitation that I could not be more proud or impressed with the high levels of restraint and professionalism displayed by my officers tasked with safeguarding and protecting all who either attended, participated or protested at the parade. As in prior events, appropriate staffing and security measures were in place to ensure the safety and security of all individuals wanting to peacefully assemble while exercising their right to free speech. As we saw along the parade route, there were many who chose to voice their objections to those who chose to participate in the Straight Pride Parade. While most expressed those objections peacefully, not everybody did. And nobody can attest to that fact more so than my officers who found themselves on the receiving end of an unending stream of verbal taunts, jeers, profanities, obscenities and physical assaults directed towards them throughout the course of the day. Clearly, not everybody who attended the parade was there to peacefully and lawfully exercise their First Amendment Rights. As a result, 36 individuals were arrested and charged with various crimes including:  Assault & Battery by Means of Dangerous Weapon, Unlawful Possession of Dangerous Weapon, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Affray, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. As it relates to any and all actions taken by my officers, including the use of non-lethal force, per standard operating procedures, there will be a full review and internal investigation conducted to determine appropriate guidelines were followed. Moreover, those who believe they were mistreated at the parade are encouraged to file a formal complaint with the BPD’s Internal Affairs Unit. In closing, the Boston Police Department has and will continue to protect the freedoms and rights of all people, regardless of political leanings or personal points of view, to lawfully and peacefully express their First Amendment Rights.

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