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Chelsea Jewish Hospice Seeking Volunteers

Chelsea Jewish Hospice is seeking volunteers to offer companionship 1-2 hours per week to individuals facing terminal illness who reside in Chelsea and surrounding areas.

Volunteers can make a huge difference for patients through activities such as holding a hand, listening to music, running an errand, or even just sitting quietly. Musicians, certified pet therapy teams, and those trained in alternative modalities such as Reiki are also encouraged to apply.

Chelsea Jewish Hospice is a team of health care professionals who work in collaboration to care for and support patients and their families facing a terminal illness. Care is provided to patients wherever they call home — a skilled nursing facility, assisted living facility, or private residence.

A comprehensive training is provided, which is flexible to accommodate a variety of schedules. For more information on volunteering with Chelsea Jewish Hospice, please contact Jill at 617-889-0779 or email [email protected]

Overnight Closures Northbound and Southbound Scheduled on Tobin

•Northbound

Beginning at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, 5/12 to Saturday, 5/15, the 24-hour work zone on Route 1 northbound will shift from the right lane to the center lane over the Chelsea Viaduct. The work zone shift will allow for overnight paving operations in the center lane. During this period, the right and left lanes of Route 1 northbound will remain open during peak commute hours and at least one northbound lane will remain open during overnight hours.

On Saturday, 5/15, the work zone will shift from the center lane to the northbound left lane to continue paving operations. The center and right lane will remain open during peak commute hours during this closure period.

•Southbound

Beginning at 9 p.m. on Monday, 5/17 to Thursday, 5/20, the 24-hour work zone on Route 1 southbound will shift from the right lane to the center lane where it passes over the Chelsea Viaduct. The work zone shift will allow for overnight paving operations in the center lane and exact timing is dependent on favorable weather conditions.  During daytime hours, the right and left lanes of Route 1 southbound will remain open. During overnight hours from Monday, 5/17 to Thursday, 5/20, all three lanes of Route 1 southbound will be closed and drivers will be detoured around the work zone via Everett Avenue.

During these overnight lane closures, a signed traffic detour will guide drivers to exit Route 1 at Carter Street, travel on Carter Street to Everett Avenue, turn left onto Everett Avenue, and turn right onto the Everett Avenue on-ramp to rejoin the highway.

On Thursday, 5/20, the 24-hour work zone on Route 1 southbound will shift from the center lane to the left lane over the Chelsea Viaduct. The work zone shift will allow for overnight paving operations in the left lane. During this period, the right and center lanes of Route 1 southbound will remain open during peak commute hours.

Chelsea Public Library Programs and “Grab and Go” Craft Kits

The Bear Crown craft kits are available while supplies last. Pick-up times are:

*Monday, Tuesday, and Friday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*Wednesday and Thursday – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

*Saturday – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

•Book Club on May 27th at 7 p.m. on Zoom. The book is Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (a mostly true memoir) by Jenny Lawson. To reserve a copy, please contact the library at 617-466-4350. Email [email protected] to register.

•May Storytimes are on Facebook. Please join us at https://www.facebook.com/chelseamapubliclibrary. Mindfulness Mondays at 10:30 a.m., Bear Time Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m., Stars and Space Wednesdays at 10 a.m., and a special storytime on May 25th at 10 a.m.

•Baby Sign Language program on Zoom to help parents communicate with babies ages up to 36 months. June 12th at 10 a.m. Sign-up by emailing [email protected]

•Mindful Einstein program. A weekly session of simple and fun activities to encourage mindfulness and relaxation in children aged 3-6 on Zoom. Thursdays at 4 p.m., 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24. Email [email protected] to sign-up.

COVID-19 Vaccination Update for Pfizer

For Chelsea Residents (ages 12+), the Pfizer vaccine will be administered at the clinics listed below.

FRIDAY, MAY 21

•Chelsea Senior Center (10 Riley Way) from 3 to 7 pm.

•La Colaborativa’s Food Pantry (25 6th St.) from 4 to 8 pm. (La Colaborativa team will host a youth clinic with music and a raffle).

SATURDAY, MAY 22

•Chelsea Senior Center (10 Riley Way) from 10 am to 5 pm. (We’ll have the Copsicle-1 Chelsea PD Ice Cream Truck).

SUNDAY, MAY 23

•Chelsea Senior Center (10 Riley Way) from 10 am to 5 pm.

•Highland Park (30 Willow Street) from 2 to 7 pm. People who get vaccinated will receive one item of their preference (empanada, pupusa, or taco) and a soda.

Once you get the first shot, you’ll get an appointment for the second dose. Important information – If a parent or guardian is not present, the minor must bring a signed consent form and screening form on the day of their vaccination.

COVID-19 Vaccination Update for J&J

For Chelsea Residents (ages 18+), the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered at the clinics listed below.

SATURDAY, MAY 22

•Fitzpatrick/Prattville Apartments (51 Exeter Street), 9am to 2pm

SUNDAY, MAY 23

•Mace Apartments (449 Crescent Ave), noon to 5pm

Questions? Call 857-210-7677.

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