A story on the front page of last week’s Chelsea Record regarding the Summer Reading Program indicated that the reading program conducted by teachers from the various schools in the Burke Complex will be on Tuesdays this summer. In fact, the program takes place on Wednesday afternoons.
LIBRARY FINE AMNESTY THIS WEEK
Bring back those books or movies you found under the couch and receive amnesty from library fines at the Chelsea Public Library from July 13-17. For that entire week, all patrons who bring in items marked as lost or missing on their record will have fines waived.
To be eligible, the items must be from the Chelsea Library and cannot just be left in the book drop. For more information, call (617) 466-4350.
COUNCILLORS APPLAUD MORE WALKING BEATS
City Councillors reported this week that they had received a communication from Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes and his senior leadership team that there would be an initiation of more walking patrols throughout the City in the coming weeks and months.
That came as a welcome announcement to some councillors who have been calling for such walking beats – especially on Broadway and the surrounding streets for two years. Walking beats have been present at times by police, but councillors have called for far more than exists.
Councillor Joe Perlatonda has been one of the major protagonists in the call for walking beats and said understands it to be a priority of incoming City Manager Tom Ambrosino.
“It’s about time in my opinion,” he said. “It’s almost like it’s the Wild West and there’s a new sheriff in town or something and now they’re going to do these things. I want to know why the police chief didn’t do these things when the Council voted for them to be done a long time ago? I’d like to know that. I’m happy to see the change, though, and I think it will go a long way to people being able to walk and feel safe in their neighborhoods.”
APOLLINAIRE AT PORT PARK A HIT
Apollinaire Theatre Company’s 12th year of offering free bilingual productions in English and Spanish has some new twists this year when it puts on ‘Blood Wedding’ by Federico Garcia Lorca through July 26.
Already, critics have called it a “must see” production for anyone in Greater Boston to see.
First, the company is moving to Chelsea’s new PORT Park, which features an amphitheater inside what was a large oil storage tank. Audience members will also get to explore the park’s structures and playgrounds where some of Lorca’s more surrealistic scenes will be staged.
Second, for the first time Apollinaire in the park is partnering with another theater company. Escena Latina Teatro will be producing their own unique version of the Spanish original on Friday nights – called ‘Bodas de Sangre.’
Based on a true story of love and betrayal, Blood Wedding (90 minutes) is a powerful and innovative modern classic.
In Apollinaire summer tradition, the audience will move with the action. Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets and beach chairs, and a picnic to enjoy along with the harbor views.
Performances are July 8-26
- Wed.-Sun, 7:30 p.m.
- English: Wed., Thurs., Sat., Sun.
- Spanish: Friday
The production is staged environmentally in multiple locations in the PORT Park, 99 Marginal Street, on the Chelsea Waterfront.
Information/Directions: www.apollinairetheatre.com or (617) 887-2336.
In case of rain, call (617) 887-2336 to check status.
MARKET BASKET BOOK AUTHORS TO CPL
The authors of the book chronicling the Market Basket protests last year will make a visit to the Chelsea Public Library on Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m.
The book ‘We Are Market Basket: The Story of the Unlikely Grassroots Movement that Saved a Beloved Business’ was released in May and to great acclaim. Authors Daniel Korschun and Grant Walker explore the entire history of the company and the staging and playing out of the historic protests last summer. There will be a great amount of discussion about what the successful protests will mean for business models in the future, as customers, employees and vendors learned the power they have over a business.
Korschun is an associate professor of marketing at Drexel University in Philadelphia and Welker is a reporter for the Lowell Sun. Both had front row seats for the conflict that played out last summer in Chelsea and all over Market Basket nation.
CAPIC GETS EASTERN BANK GRANT
CAPIC has received a $10,000 Targeted Grant from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. Violence Prevention is the target area this year and CAPIC will utilize funds to support domestic violence prevention and comprehensive support services for victims in Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop. Each year the Targeted Grant category is highly competitive and this award acknowledges CAPIC’s impact on the local community. CAPIC would like to thank the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation for the opportunity to enhance critical programming for victims and their families.
FLYING SQUIRREL PUPPETS
Everyone is invited to the 8th Annual Flying Squirrel Puppet Theatre’s production in Chelsea, when they will perform ‘Electric Robot Love.’
The show, a children’s puppet show, will take place on Friday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Williams School, 180 Walnut St.
Admission is free.
PHOTO CONTEST FOR EAST CAMBRIDGE SAVINGS BANK
Grab your camera and show off your talent! East Cambridge Savings Bank is creating a custom 2016 Calendar featuring photos of the natural beauty of various locations throughout Middlesex and Suffolk Counties. Thirteen full page photos from all four seasons will be selected to appear in our calendar. We are accepting photos from amateur photographers until Sept. 30.
Visit any of our banking centers or click on link for complete details – https://www.ecsb.com/Photo-Contest.
CHELSEA RESIDENT GLORIA ROSAL AWARDED 2015 CITIZENS BANK CHAIRMAN’S CREDO AWARD
For her outstanding commitment to Citizens Bank’s credo, Chelsea resident Gloria Rosal has been awarded a Chairman’s Credo Award by Citizens’ Chairman and CEO Bruce Van Saun.
The Chairman’s Credo Award is the highest honor a Citizens Bank colleague can receive. It is awarded to colleagues who embody the Citizens Bank credo, performing their best every day to deliver the best possible banking experience for customers, colleagues, communities and shareholders.
“It is because of Gloria’s inspiring dedication to our credo and her tireless efforts to go above and beyond in both her professional and personal endeavors that we proudly award her this honor,” said Jerry Sargent, president of Citizens Bank, Massachusetts. “Gloria embodies Citizens’ spirit of helping customers bank better.”
Rosal received the recognition at a company gathering this spring.
ARTS IN THE BOX
Free summer events at the Box District Park on Highland Street are back for another round of fun this summer.
Throughout July, there will be live musicians in the park every Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. The schedule includes:
- July 16, Albino Mbie
- July 23, Sara Ontaneda
- July 30, Carmelia Latin Jazz Band
Then in August, there will be free movies in the park every Friday from 8-10 p.m., including:
- August 7, Happy Feet
- August 15, Paul Blart 2
- August 23, Big Hero 6
- August 30, Jurassic Park
DISASTER KITS AVAILABLE AT SANDSCULPTING FESTIVAL
After surviving a winter of record-breaking snowfall, subzero temperatures, ice storms, and numerous heat and power outages, Massachusetts residents are being called to take action and prepare for the potential damaging effects of future storms well before they hit. On Friday, July 24, join The Allstate Foundation, Points of Light and Boston Cares to learn how to protect your family should disaster strike. Attendees at the Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival are invited to stop by the disaster preparedness booth to assemble a free disaster kit with items proven to help keep them safe. The event at the Revere festival is part of a 14-city, nation-wide disaster preparedness tour and education campaign.
Research shows 85 percent of Americans are un-prepared for disaster and nearly half lack emergency supplies for use in the event of a disaster. Poor disaster preparation leads to a needless loss of property and lives. Together with The Allstate Foundation, Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, is raising public awareness about the importance of disaster preparedness and is providing materials to help keep residents safe at home.
Be educated and prepared before the next storm hits. Find the disaster preparedness booth between Beach Street and Chestnut Ave. in Revere on July 24 to learn more about emergency preparedness and assemble a free disaster prep kit with items such as a hand-crank flashlight, whistle, emergency blanket, first aid kit, and more. Volunteers from Allstate and Boston Cares will be onsite to answer questions and teach residents about staying safe in the event of a disaster.
The disaster preparedness booth will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Revere Beach during the annual Beach Sand Sculpting Festival. The event is free and open to people of all ages. To learn more about disaster preparedness, visit goodandready.org.
CHELSEA READS PARK BY PARK
Raising a Reader kicked off its annual parks reading program on Wednesday, July 1, in front of City Hall.
The group for children ages 1-6, however, has many more dates planned throughout the summer. The program takes place on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The schedule includes:
- July 22, Quigley Park
- July 29, Voke Park
- Aug 5, Quigley Park
- Aug. 12, Bosson Park
- Aug. 19, City Hall Lawn