News Briefs

Beacon/Broadway Change

Starting Monday, June 15th, the intersection at Beacon and Broadway will become a 4-Way Stop. Proper signage has been placed. Motorists should follow street signage.

Chelsea Rec Announces Free Summer Livestream Classes

Chelsea Recreation which includes Community Schools programming is offering free online summer classes to all residents who register.

Join an engaging class such: yoga or dance, make music at a Thursday Night Open Music Gathering, learn about the process of buying a home, take one of our popular Spanish or English language classes or participate in an art & music studio. All can happen in the comfort of your own home and receive the same quality instruction from our talented instructors.

Those interested have three easy ways to register: by email: [email protected],  phone 617 466-5233, 12:30-4:30pm; or online at register.communitypass.net/Chelsea. Classes begin Monday, June 29.

Visit recreation.chelseama.gov for more information.

Chelsea Funeral Fund

For the dignity of loved ones who have passed, the Chelsea Funeral Fund provides up to $1,700 in financial assistance for cremation or burial. The fund is for Chelsea residents in need, regardless of religious affiliation, and is managed by Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church. To inquire, contact Reverend Edgar Gutiérrez-Duarte at 671-884-3300 or at [email protected]

Raft Program Rental Assistance

If anyone needs help paying rent, they may be eligible for financial assistance through the Massachusetts Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program. RAFT has expanded its eligibility requirements to help people with COVID-19 related job losses or financial hardship. Some things to consider:

•Your immigration status does not matter. 

•You may be eligible for RAFT if you have not been, or will not be, able to pay rent, mortgage payments, or utilities due to COVID-19. 

•You must be in contact with your landlord or property manager (RAFT funds are paid to them). 

•If you are not on the lease, you can provide your landlord’s contact information to confirm that you are a tenant. 

•If you need help to cover your security deposit (for first or last month’s rent), you can specify the unit you plan to move into, even if you have not yet signed the lease. 

•You are not eligible if you are in an Emergency Assistance Shelter.

Households can receive up to $4,000 for a 12-month period. To check eligibility and for help with applications, call the CONNECT Hotline at 617-712-3487.

Teamsters Local 25 Endorses Revere City Councilor At-Large Jessica Giannino for State rep.

On Tuesday, the Teamsters Local Union 25 endorsed Revere City Councilor At-Large Jessica Giannino for State Representative, 16thSuffolk District.  Giannino officially claimed a spot on the September 1stballot after submitting the required certified signatures to the Secretary of State’s office last month.

“As a life-long resident of Revere, Jessica grew up in a family that understood the importance of community and public service,” said Sean O’Brien, Local 25 President. “Jessica has been a strong advocate on issues that are important to working families while serving on the Revere City Council and we have no doubt that she will bring the same sense of community and working-class values to Beacon Hill.”

Teamsters Local 25 represents nearly 12,000 members in the Greater Boston area, including 900 active and retired members that live and work in Chelsea, Revere and Saugus.

“I come from a long line of dedicated public servants and union members, so having the endorsement from Teamsters Local 25 is an honor to say the least,” said Giannino. “This race will be a hard fought one. I am sure that nobody will work harder or smarter than me and my team, and having support from the Teamsters will allow us to reach even more voters across the district at a time when it is needed most.”

Jessica began her career in politics as a City Councilor At-Large for the City of Revere in 2012. In that time, she has worked on countless issues that impact the daily lives of the citizens of Revere, as well as ordinances that will impact generations to follow. In 2013 her inclusive style and strong leadership qualities prompted her colleagues to elect her Vice President of the Council.  In 2016 and 2018, Jessica had the honor of serving as City Council President. During that time, she worked to ensure the agenda maintained a balance between protecting and growing the city’s economic base, without compromising the quality of city services to residents. Jessica believes it is her responsibility to ensure that Revere’s government is accountable to the people, financially responsible and forward thinking.

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