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 won funding for the item.

Construction began at the end of September, and the new pedestrian traffic signal, along with sidewalk improvements, should be complete by the end of November.

 

TRAFFIC LIGHT FOR BROADWAY/EASTERN

The City has just signed a contract with Dagle Electric to install a smart traffic signal at the intersection of Broadway/Eastern/Clinton. This notorious intersection has been both a bottleneck for traffic and a dangerous spot for vehicles and pedestrians. The new traffic signals will be fully functional, instead of the current flashing lights, and will provide varying lengths for green lights depending upon real-time traffic flows.

 

CITY WILL             RE-SUBMIT BROADWAY PLAN THIS YEAR

The City said it would submit alternative designs for Bellingham Square and the One-Way Broadway plan by the end of the year.

While the City Council did vote to approve new designs for Fay Square and Chelsea Square, the more controversial matters of Two-Way Broadway and Bellingham Square were sent back for further design. City Manager Tom Ambrosino said his expectation is the Council would vote on a design in time to allow the City to begin comprehensive design by early 2019 – with implementation coming soon after.

 

DIA DE ESPERANZA NOV. 2

Halloween (All Hallows), All Saints Day and All Souls Day are three related holidays on October 31, November 1 and November 2 respectively. Many people are familiar with Day of the Dead, as celebrated in Mexico and within other Latin American cultures, and are familiar with American trick or treating on Halloween. Many cultures have their own way of grieving and reflecting through these days.

Chelsea’s All Souls Day event reflects on loss through Latin American traditions. The event is inspired by the Ecuadorian traditions. Through a community art project and mini festival, Dia de Esperanza seeks to facilitate community conversations about both personal and community experiences of loss and change.

In a series of community get-togethers throughout last month, small groups are invited to process their experiences of grief and loss while creating colorful kites. These kites will be put on display at Gallery 456 for the main community event on Nov. 2.

That even will take place on Friday, Nov. 2, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in the Gallery 456.

 

NEW SENIOR TRANSPORTATION

With financial support from the City Council, the Senior Center is launching a pilot program for the transportation of senior citizens in the City. The new program will allow for seniors to be transported back and forth from the Senior Center from six different elderly/disabled sites throughout the community. The pilot program is scheduled to begin at the end of October and will be operating on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. More information is available by contacting the Senior Center at 617-466-4370.

 

ENCORE JOB FAIR

The new Encore Casino, which will open in Everett in June of 2019, is now in the process of filling many of the approximately 4,500 jobs available. If you have interested in working at one of the many different casino related jobs, Encore representatives are holding office hours at the Chelsea Collaborative to discuss these career opportunities. There is Spanish speaking staff available. The office hours will take place at the Chelsea Collaborative from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15. For more information, please visit Encorebostonjobs.com.

  • Additionally, anyone who is interested in becoming a dealer at the casino can visit the Collaborative today, Nov. 1, from 4-5 p.m. to learn more about the new gaming school at Cambridge College.

 

FALL PROGRAMS AT THE LIBRARY

The Chelsea Public Library has released its fall programming, with the following events coming up.

  • Saturday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – 13th Annual Family Literacy Day, “Chelsea Reads”—Join the Chelsea Public Library in Chelsea Reads, an annual event filled with fun, book-based activities, guest storytellers and music! Find out more by calling 617-466-4350. This event will take place at the Chelsea Public Library, 569 Broadway, Chelsea.

 

BEACON STREET RAMP CLOSED

The Beacon Street off-ramp on the Mystic/Tobin Bridge closed for construction on Aug. 27 for two months through November. The Route 111 Bus outbound will use an alternative route until the ramp is reopened. The Route 111 bus outbound will use the 4th Street off-ramp, turn right on Broadway, left on 2nd Street and then left on Park Street. Two stops—Beacon @ Broadway and Park @ Williams—will be temporarily closed. A new temporary stop will occur at Chelsea Square (Broadway @ Second Street).

 

CHELSEA HILLS WALKS

The Chelsea Hill Community has updated its schedule and has new meeting times.

Chelsea Hills will now be meeting every first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Starbucks at the Mystic Mall. Next meeting is on Nov. 6.

As for their walks, they will have them every second Saturday at 10 a.m. and every fourth Wednesday at 6 p.m. Locations vary, so please check the Chelsea Hills facebook page or subscribe to email list.

 

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., Nov. 21, from 6-8 p.m. in the High Terrace Community Room next to 61-63 Gerrish Ave.

 

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.

 

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.