News Briefs

April 13, 2018
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STUDENT DAY OF ACTION

The Chelsea Collaborative is sponsoring a day of action for local students at the State House on Weds., April 18, to advocate for better funding for the schools.

Director Gladys Vega said they will be advocating for Senate Bill 2325, which calls for modernizing the foundation budget formula for schools using recommendations made by educators last year.

Students, who will be on School Vacation break, should meet at the Collaborative at 10 a.m. to travel to Boston for the 11 a.m. action.

Students, teachers and parents are invited to join in.

Due to challenges in the funding formula, Chelsea Schools are once again facing a budget deficit for next year – a deficit estimated at about $3 million.

MBTA READY TO PROMOTE SILVER LINE

The MBTA is producing new promotional materials aimed at getting Chelsea residents and those in surrounding communities to ride the new Silver Line SL-3 bus rapid transit when it starts on April 21.

The promotion is entitled, ‘Going You Way: SL-3 Chelsea.’

The materials provide basic information to potential riders, such as the price and the new stations where one can pick it up.

It also encourages drivers to consider trying out the service on the weekends to see if they would like to switch to commuting by SL-3 instead of driving.

“Right now, your commute might be pretty complicated,” read one of the slides in the promotion. “If you’re going to the South Station area, you probably start out on a bus, and then make a few transfers to get to the Red Line. If you drive, you deal with a lot of traffic, and pay for tolls, and parking.”

The price will be the same as subway fare:  $2.25 with a CharlieCard and 2.75 with a CharlieTicket. Children 11 and under ride free.

FORMER COUNCILLOR REJECTED FOR LICENSING

Former Chelsea City Councillor Matt Frank didn’t get a warm welcome back to the Council Chambers on Monday night, as his former colleagues rejected his nomination to the Licensing Board.

City Manager Tom Ambrosino had nominated him for a vacancy on the Commission, which is a very active board that regulates liquor licenses and other matters, last month.

On Monday, his nomination came up before the Council, and it didn’t go as planned.

All of his colleagues voted against the matter, except for Councillor Bob Bishop. The matter was defeated 1-7.

  • In a similar matter, Chelsea’s Joan Cromwell was approved by the Council 8-0 to serve on the Planning Board. Her husband, Ken Umemba, had previously served on the License Commission before getting pressure from Frank and Councillor Roy Avellaneda to resign last year.

CPL WINTER LIBRARY PROGRAMS

The Chelsea Public Library has announced its spring programming, with a very special School Vacation Week program as well.

  • Celebrate Week of the Young Child at the library from April 16-21.
  • Tuesday, April 17th at 3:30pm~ Teddy Bear Picnic on City Hall Lawn
  • Wednesday, April 18th at 6pm~Week of the Young Child Storytime with members of the Chelsea Rotary Club
  • Thursday, April 19th at 6pm~ Diversity In Action Chelsea Family Book Club •Saturday, April 21st at 1pm~ B-Earth Day Party!

Thursday, April 26th at 3:30pm ~ Make your own slime! Registration Required.

  • Thursday, May 3rd at 6pm~ Chelsea Lego Club
  • Saturday, May 12th at 1pm~ How astronauts get ready to go into space! A NASA @My Library program with Dan Barstow, Education Manager for International Space Station. This program is best for grades 3 and up.
  • Tuesday, May 15th at 6pm~ STEM Careers Event: Local people who work in STEM careers speak to families about schooling for and working in a STEM field, and also talk about their experience more specifically as people of color.
  • Thursday, May 17th at 6pm~ Diversity In Action Chelsea Family Book Club •Wednesday, May 23rd at 3:30pm~ Movie: Hidden Figures Tuesday, May 29th at 4pm~ Meet Police Dogs

  • Wednesday, June 6th at 3:30pm~ Rainforest Reptiles

569 Broadway Chelsea, MA 02150 – (617)-466-4350 – www.chelseama.gov/childrens-department

All of the programs are free.

CHELSEA SQUARE EXAMINED

A pro bono panel of designers from the major design and engineering firms in eastern Massachusetts will be spending Thursday, April 12, in the Chelsea to develop ideas for the long- and short-term to improve the public space of Chelsea Square.

At a community reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the Mystic Brewery, they’ll be sharing their recommendations and ideas in a casual setting.

Among the firms represented are Agency Landscape + Planning, Klopfer Martin Design Group, Gamble Associates, Utile, CBT Architects, Studio G Architects, and Nelson Nygaard.

These professionals from a range of disciplines are already prepped on background. Some have extensive experience working in related projects in the City. They’ll spend the morning touring the area and meeting with neighborhood stakeholders. They’ll then work together and in small groups to come up with innovative ideas for the community to consider.

Some of the things they will be considering are how to better highlight cultural and historic assets in Chelsea Square; ways to get more passive and active use in the open spaces; identify ways to use public spaces in the Square for economic development; and to identify a brand for Chelsea Square.

CAPIC BOARD MEETING

The Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc. (CAPIC) Board of Directors will conduct a

Regular meeting on Thursday April 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm. The meeting will be held at CAPIC’s Main Office, 100 Everett Avenue, Unit 14, Chelsea. The public is invited to attend.

Los miembros de la Junta Directiva de CAPIC llevará a cabo su reunión mensual el jueves 19 de Abril del 2018 a las 12:00 del mediodía.  La reunión se llevará a cabo en la oficina principal de CAPIC 100 Everett Avenue, Unit 14, Chelsea. El público está invitado.

CHELSEA HILLS WALKS

The Chelsea Hill Community will hold the following walks and meetings in the coming weeks. If weather is inclement or too cold, they will cancel. Check their Facebook page for information on cancellations. Locations will also be announced on the Facebook page. To contact them, e-mail  HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected][email protected]; or by phone at (857) 323-0661.

Meetings:  The Chelsea Hill Community will have their monthly meeting on March 28 at 6 p.m. in the First Congregational Church, 26 County Rd.

Walks:

  • Second Saturdays…April 14 at 10 a.m.
  • Third Thursdays…April 19 at 6 p.m.

RESIDENTS PLEASE BE ADVISED.

Please be advised that in order to avoid the spread of bed bugs, ALL mattresses and box springs MUST be wrapped in plastic when put out for pick up regardless if you had bed bugs or not. Mattresses or box springs not wrapped in plastic will not be picked and will be left curbside.

(Tenga en cuenta que, para evitar la propagación de los chinches, TODOS los colchones DEBEN envolverse en plástico cuando los saque para ser recogidos, independientemente si tengan chinches o no. No se recogerán colchones que no estén envueltos en plástico y se quedarán en la acera.)

CHELSEA STREET BRIDGE APP

For those seeking real time information about the Chelsea St. Bridge closures, Massport is operating a Twitter account which alerts drivers whenever the bridge is opening for shipping and closed to traffic. The Twitter account is @LoganToChelsea. This real time information supplements the new vehicular warnings systems now currently active on Broadway and Williams St.

CHELSEA ENHANCEMENT TEAM: CLEANING UP PROGRESSIVELY

Join the Community Enhancement Team (CET), every third Wednesday of the month. The CET is a team of resident leaders committed to working together to solve community problems and improve the quality of life, the cleanliness and safety in Chelsea.

Next meeting is Weds., April 18, from 6-8 p.m. in the High Terrace Community Room next to 61-63 Gerrish Ave.

CITIZENSHIP CLASSES

With support from the City, the Chelsea Collaborative will again be offering citizenship classes to Chelsea residents eligible to become a U.S. citizen. Classes include a free citizenship preparation course and application assistance. To learn more about the requirements for these classes and how to apply, please call the Chelsea Collaborative at 617-889-6080 —Monday- Thursday 10 a.m.—5 p.m. Classes will be at the Chelsea Collaborative located at 318 Broadway.

MASSPORT NOISE COMPLAINT LINE

Residents who are being disturbed by airplane noise are encouraged to call the MassPort Noise Hotline 24 hours a day. The phone number is (617) 561-3333.

SENIOR WATER AND SEWER DISCOUNT

Chelsea senior citizens are reminded to sign up for the new Senior Discount for water and sewer charges. Any senior 65 or older who owns and occupies his/her own home may apply.  The discount is 10% off the monthly bill.