News Briefs

COVID CASE UPDATE

There has been a surge in cases between Oct. 20 and 26, building on a series of increases over the past several weeks. There were 140 confirmed cases in that week.

Last week, Oct. 19-25, there were 99 cases reported, but no deaths. That was a huge jump from previous weeks when there were 60 to 75 cases in a week. 

This past Monday there were only nine cases reported, but Tuesdays saw 23 new cases reported. Numbers are getting alarmingly high, officials said.

VETERANS DAY

The City of Chelsea will have an online Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. on Facebook Live. It will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. on Chelsea Cable channel 3. 

ARTS AND CULTURE MEETING

The City of Chelsea is planning for the future of arts and culture. The City is asking for input and want to hear from residents. Please join in on an online Community Meeting on November 18, 7-8 p.m. Sign up: bit.ly/nov18meeting 

CHELSEA READS GOES VIRUTAL  ALL NOVEMBER

The 15th annual Chelsea Family Literacy event has gone virtual over four weeks in November.

The annual event takes place at the Chelsea Public Library and draws huge crowds, but this year it will have to be online. All four weeks in November, the CPL will be hosting online events, virtual activities, at-home crafts and not contract programs like a StoryWalk, scavenger hunt and more. There will be lots of surprises for all ages throughout the month. Visit the website at www.chelseama.gov/public-library to access the program, or visit the CPL’s social media pages – which are accessible from the website.

HOMEOWNER STABILIZATION

The Homeowner Stabilization Program has now begun. If anyone has been financially impacted by COVID-19 and own a single to four-family home, they may be eligible. The funds would assist in paying for mortgage, utilities, and assisting in recuperating rent unpaid by tenants for instances after April 1, 2020. 

The application period will close on November 19 at the end of the business day.  Find the information and Application on www.chelseama.gov/homeowner-stabilization-program

HOUSING LEGAL CLINIC

Chelsea Housing Legal Clinic is available to help low-income residents with landlord mediation, eviction proceedings, and other housing legal issues. Due to Covid-19, the office cannot accept walk-ins. Please call 617-603-1700 or 1-800-342-LAWS for initial inquiries and to schedule an appointment. The call center pandemic hours are:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9am-noon

Tuesday & Thursday: 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Please be patient as the CHLC expects to receive a large number of calls.

For more information, visit www.chelseama.gov/CHLC

SAVE A LIFE, WEAR A MASK

If you see businesses or workplaces not complying with safety guidelines, please report it by calling the City of Chelsea 311 (non-emergencies line) at 617-466-4209 or visiting mass.gov/compliance.

PLASTIC BAG BAN RESUMES

The City of Chelsea has resumed enforcement of the plastic bag ban at local businesses. Remember to take a reusable bag on the next shopping trip. Thank you for helping keep Chelsea clean and protecting the environment. 

MONTHLY FOOD EVENTS FOR VETERANS

The Monthly Food Events for Veterans will continue through the fall and winter. The distributions are for veterans and include contactless delivery and car pickup from 10 a.m. to noon at 150 Marginal St. Deliveries are available as needed.

Events will be Dec. 2.

For questions, contact Francisco Toro at (617) 466-4250.

OUTDOOR DINING EXTENDED

Outdoor Dining Permits have been extended until Dec. 31, but all licensees must seek an extension. It is not automatic. All the licensee has to do is call Naomi Libran or email her. 617.466. 4152 – [email protected] .

CHELSEA EATS STORES

All owners that want to be partner of the Chelsea Eats debit card program, can email Alex Train at [email protected]  

CHELSEA LIBRARY ADDS MUSEUM PASSES BACK

Reserve a pass for the day it will be used by calling: 617-466-4350. One pass per family per day – You must have a Chelsea Public Library or MBLN library card to borrow passes.

•Boston Harbor Islands: Two-for-one discount ferry pass, each valid for up to 4 people. Available seasonally on weekdays only. ALL TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE and are TIMED ENTRY TICKETS – Visit www.bostonharborcruises.com/harbor-islands/ to make your reservations

•Mass Parks Pass: This pass is a vehicle hang tag. Free parking for 1 vehicle at state park facilities that charge a parking fee; pass must be returned within 2 days – Please visit www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-state-parkscovid-19-update for park regulations.

•New England Aquarium: Discounted pass; will let up to 4 people in for 50% off admission. Pass is date specific and must be redeemed over the phone or onsite for a TIMED ENTRY TICKET. Pass may be discarded after being presented to the museum. Please visit www.neaq.org for more information.

•U.S.S. Constitution Museum: Free admission for up to 9 people. Pass must be returned within 2 days. Museum pass MUST BE REDEEMED ONLINE FOR A TIMED ENTRY TICKET prior to visiting. Note: museum is currently open from Thursday – Sunday. Visit https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/tickets/

•Zoo New England (Stone Zoo & Franklin Park Zoo): Discounted pass; $9 per adult and $6 per child up to 6 people. MUST BE REDEEMED ONLINE FOR A TIMED ENTRY TICKET prior to visiting. Ticket must be presented at zoo via mobile or printed. Please visit http://www.zoonewengland.org/franklin-park-zoo/re-opening-faq/ for zoo regulations.

Due to the current public health situation certain museum passes are currently unavailable for use – we strongly suggest that you visit your desired museum’s web page for up to date regulations and requirements prior to your visit.

DOWNTOWN SHORT TERM PARKING

The City of Chelsea is implementing short-term parking zones designed to aid restaurants, retailers, and small businesses during the reopening process under COVID-19 restrictions. There are 17 locations across the city now available. Signs marked “Grab & Go Zone” were posted this month. The rules of these zones are as follows: 

•5-minute spaces are distributed throughout the city near local businesses

•May be used customers or delivery vehicles

•Meter payment is not required

•Parking Enforcement will monitor compliance 

Find the map of all the areas on this link: https://tinyurl.com/Chelsea5Minute

For more information, please contact the City of Chelsea Info line by dialing 311 or 617-466-4209.

CHELSEA HERITAGE MURAL

The Chelsea Heritage Mural will be an 80-foot painted mural on aluminum panels installed on the Fifth Street side of 472 Broadway in Bellingham Square. It will be designed and painted by David Fichter. The artist is known for a distinctive, realistic style that features the people, architecture, and other details reflective of the mural location. Working with residents of all ages, he’s completed more than 200 permanent murals that have become beloved local landmarks that communicate the story of each neighborhood. 

The City asking for your ideas for the content of this mural. Submit your ideas and learn more about the project here:

https://bit.ly/32TjcWA

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.

WATER LEAK ALERTS

The City of Chelsea is offering a free service to residents to help efficiently manage water usage and lower monthly bills. The service also notifies residents if usage indicates a possible leak. Register for this service at http://chelma.aquahawk.us or call 617-464-4041 for more information.

FREE WATER METER REPLACEMENT

The City of Chelsea’s DPW is continuing its water meter replacement program for both residential and commercial customers. As part of this effort, meter service technicians from the DPW may be visiting a property to remove the old meter and replace it with a new meter. All DPW meter service technicians travel in marked City of Chelsea vehicles and have City of Chelsea identification badges. Whenever a water meter technician visits a property, one should ask to see the City issued ID. Installation of a new meter will typically take less than 30 minutes. The new meters will eliminate most estimated bills. Reliable readings will also allow customers to identify leaks that may result in higher than normal bills. There is no charge for the new meter. 

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.

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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