News Briefs

November 29, 2018
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CHELSEA TREE LIGHTING TODAY, NOV. 29

All are invited to attend the Chelsea Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Chelsea Square.

Presented by the City of Chelsea and the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, the celebration brings two hours of family-friendly activities including music, dance, and crafts to Chelsea Square.

“The Tree Lighting has been a long standing tradition in Chelsea,” said City Manager Thomas Ambrosino. “Last year’s event was a great success and we’re looking forward to bringing the community together again. Positive momentum is building and I’m pleased at this latest opportunity to draw more people to the area to shop, dine and gather with their neighbors.”

This year’s program includes performances by a choir from the Chelsea High School, Off Broadway Dance Studio, and the Back Bay Bell Ringers.  Everyone will have a chance to support a good cause with crafts for sale from Empty Bowls. Decorate a gingerbread person to eat right away or bring home. Free refreshments will be provided by Chelsea Chamber of Commerce businesses. Bringing back a tradition of years past, Santa is scheduled to make a dramatic entrance courtesy of the Chelsea Fire Department.

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

The Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and the City of Chelsea will celebrate the 14th annual Breakfast with Santa event on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Williams School, 180 Walnut St. It will include free breakfast and free picture with Santa for children 12 and under.

 

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.

 

CHAMBER 2018 ANNUAL MEETING

Please join the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, December 5, at noon for the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting Luncheon. The Chamber get into the spirit of the season with a great holiday meal at the DoubleTree Hotel, spend a few minutes electing new board members, and hear from leaders at the Commonwealth Corporation, MassDevelopment, and the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation about grants, training programs, and other ways to boost your business in 2019.
The luncheon goes from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel, 201 Everett Ave. Cost is $25 per person.

 

FALL PROGRAMS AT THE LIBRARY

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

  • Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. Chelsea Lego Club.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 3:30 p.m. Make fluffy slime.
  • Thursday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m. Pajama Storytime.
  • Dec. 27 and Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. Winter Crafts.

 

ENCORE BOSTON HARBOR JOB FAIR

The City will be hosting a Job Fair for the Encore Casino at Chelsea City Hall on Friday, December 14, from 4-7 p.m. The event is a collaboration between Encore and Chelsea 500, a partnership of the City of Chelsea, the Chelsea Collaborative, TND/CONNECT, the Chelsea Housing Authority and Bunker Hill Community College seeking to ensure at least 500 casino jobs for Chelsea residents. Whether you have current employment or not, we encourage all those interested in learning about job opportunities at the Encore Casino to stop by this Job Fair. Representatives from all of Encore’s various departments will be available to provide information and answer questions. There will also be information about skills building workshops to help prepare for casino jobs, such as resume building and interview skills. For more information, visit www.chelseacollab.org or call 617-889-6080.

 

CHELSEA WALK RIBBON CUTTING

On Saturday, December 1, at 1:30 p.m. there will be a ribbon cutting of the Chelsea Walk. Join GreenRoots and citywide residents and supporters who made this revitalization happen. This event will take place at the Chelsea Walk on Broadway. For any questions, please email Maria Belen Power at [email protected]

 

CANDY CANE HUNT

On Thursday, December 6, from 6-7 p.m. there will be a Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt. This activity is for children ages 2-8 with an adult. Bring a flashlight and help find hidden candy canes around Bellingham Hill Park. Deadline to register online or in person is Tuesday, December 4. Cost is $2. Learn more here: https://recreation.chelseama.gov.

 

MENORAH LIGHTING DEC. 9

On Sunday, December 9, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., the Tobin Bridge Chabad will present the 2nd Annual Chelsea Public Menorah Lighting. Join Tobin Bridge Chabad and the Walnut Street Synagogue as they light the giant menorah in Chelsea Square and enjoy a festive community-wide Chanukah celebration. There will be music, latkes, jelly doughnuts, dreidels, and more. Admission is free.

 

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 Dec. 4.
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.