News Briefs

SUPERINTENDENTS DEMAND ACTION RALLY

The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) is calling on state lawmakers to address grave inequities in the state’s funding formula for public education.

Chelsea and surrounding communities will meet in a rally at Malden High School for the action.

To bring attention to the financial cliff school systems statewide are fast approaching, the MASS will hold three public forums across the state on Tuesday Jan. 8, 2019. The forums will begin at 6 p.m. and feature panel discussions with state and local educational leaders. The forums are open to the public.

“We must find ways to expand access to educational opportunities for all our students, teach viable work-related skills, and most importantly, insure we include students in the bottom of the income bracket,” said Tom Scott, executive director of M.A.S.S. “The Massachusetts economy is dependent on all of us to insure all students have the skill set for today’s workplace.”

 

STREET LIGHT IMPROVEMENTS

The City of Chelsea has completed significant improvements to the street lights at the intersection of Eastern, Broadway and Clinton. The City has installed a smart camera system that will monitor traffic patterns and will adjust times according to amount of vehicles queued at every intersection. This intersection will go live on Dec. 26 and will be closely monitored by Chelsea Police and Public Works for two weeks. Please know that the flashing signals will no longer operate as of December 26. Please contact DPW at 617-466-4200 for any questions.

 

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.

 

GAME NIGHT

Game Night takes place every Tuesday night inside the Chelsea Library at 569 Broadway. We welcome everyone to join every Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. where friends and neighbors gather over dominos to play and chat. The group meets in the room to the right just inside the main entrance.

 

FALL PROGRAMS AT THE LIBRARY

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

  • Dec. 27 and Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. Winter Crafts.

 

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 will be in 2019.

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.

 

BEACON STREET OFF-RAMP CLOSURE

The Beacon Street off-ramp will be closed for construction on January 7 and 8 from midnight-5am. Beacon Street at Broadway, and Park Street at Williams Street bus stops will be closed until the ramp is reopened January 9. Route 111 OUTBOUND service can be obtained on 2nd Street.

 

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., Jan. 16, 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.

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