Luke Miller, Rose Woodard and Nicole Calderone at Night Shift’s new coffee bar at their brand new Lovejoy Wharf brewery and scratch kitchen in Boston. The popular beer brewer has expanded into the coffee business and will soon begin roasting their coffee beans in Chelsea.
Night Shift Brewery announced this week that it is venturing beyond beer and into the coffee market – and they plan to roast their coffee in Chelsea.
Co-Founder Michael Oxton said the company
will have equipment installed at their Chelsea corporate headquarters to begin
roasting coffee beans for the new operation.
The announcement came on the eve of the
opening of Night Shift’s new Lovejoy Wharf location in Boston, which serves as
the stepping off point for new venture into coffee and coffee roasting.
“We added coffee now and will be roasting
our own beans very soon in Chelsea with our own roasting equipment,” he said.
“We’re trying to get it up and running and we expect that very soon. Right now
we are contract roasting it with a company in Rhode Island, but we’ll be doing
it ourselves very soon.”
Like having a discriminating palate for
beers, Oxton said he and his colleagues at Night Shift also have a taste for
good coffee. They had always wanted to try making their own, and with the new
venture, they thought now would be the time.
He said it’s something they will grow
slowly, introducing it in Boston and seeing how the public perceives it.
However, the plans are to eventually
introduce it at the original Everett taproom as well.
starting it off at Lovejoy, but we’ll be looking to add a coffee bar in Everett
too,” he said. “That’s the goal.”
The Massachusetts Department of
Transportation (MassDOT) announced the Department will be rehabilitating the
surface of the Tobin Bridge and complete required maintenance to improve the
structure which will require lane closures and result in significant traffic
impacts on the Tobin Bridge and Chelsea Curves section of Route 1
beginning April 1.
These impacts will lead to increased travel
times on sections of Route 1 northbound and southbound for drivers and MBTA bus
The Department also released details about
transit options available to travelers such as free fares in the inbound
direction on the SL3 bus line offered at the Chelsea, Bellingham Square,
Box District, and Eastern Avenue stops for the duration of construction. The
MBTA also announced that they will be running additional MBTA Blue Line trains
to additional capacity, and these measures will be funded by MassDOT Highway
Division project funds.
Beginning April 1, lane closures on the
Tobin Bridge northbound will be put in place, although two of three travel
lanes will be open during daytime hours. One of the three travel lanes on the
Tobin Bridge northbound will be open during overnight hours.
Beginning by early May, Route 1 travel lanes
in the Chelsea Curves area will be reduced so that two of three north
and southbound travel lanes will be open in the daytime. One of three north and
southbound travel lanes will be open during overnight hours.
“MassDOT is carrying out simultaneous work
on this infrastructure which was constructed in the middle of the
20th century and hasn’t been rehabilitated since the 1970s in order to
ensure its continued use and reliability and minimize the overall impact on
commuters and the local community,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan
Gulliver. “We thank travelers for their patience as MassDOT begins this
necessary project, and we encourage everyone traveling throughout the Route 1
area to make smart commuting decisions such as considering public transit,
using the appropriate technology apps to find the best route and time to
travel, and building extra time into their commutes to account for potential
The MBTA said they will be offering the free
fares on the Silver Line and the Commuter Rail during construction.
“During construction, free fares are being
offered for Silver Line 3 (SL3) inbound customers at certain station stops and
additional Blue Line train capacity is being added. In addition, public transit
customers will be able to use a CharlieCard to travel between North Station and Chelsea on
the Commuter Rail,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “Some MBTA
customers on certain bus routes will experience delays, so we urge riders to
consider taking advantage of these additional travel options being offered
MassDOT’s traffic modeling suggests that on
Route 1 northbound, afternoon peak travel times could increase in duration and
have significant delays. Vehicle backups are expected to extend onto the I-93
ramps, along the Leverett Connector, and towards Rutherford Avenue. On Route 1
southbound, morning peak travel times could similarly increase in duration with
significant delays expected.
MassDOT is carrying out work on the Tobin
Bridge and Chelsea Curves section of Route 1 at the same time so that
these projects will be completed in 2021. If the projects were done at separate
times, drivers would be inconvenienced for additional years. This work will
eliminate the need for weight restrictions and postings, and MassDOT will use
accelerated construction techniques to shorten the overall construction time.
For more information on traffic conditions
travelers are encouraged to:
•Dial 511 before heading out onto the
roadways and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
“http://www.mass511.com” t “_blank” www.mass511.com, a
website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information,
access to traffic cameras, and allows users to subscribe to text and email
alerts for traffic conditions.
•Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive
regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
•Check parking availability at the T’s 8
largest garages @MBTA_Parking.
•Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view
real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.
A revised affordable housing development at
the corner of Broadway and Clinton Street is back before City boards, and now
it features fewer units with all at affordable rates.
Late last year, the Zoning Board of Appeals
(ZBA) narrowly denied the 42 unit affordable- and market-rate residential
development at 1001 Broadway (Midas site) in a vote that was based on creating
more homeownership opportunities in the City. The project included nine units
of market-rate housing and enhanced access to the Mill Creek waterfront.
The Suffolk County Land Court remanded the
controversial Zoning Board affordable housing denial on Broadway back to the
ZBA with a revised plan.
Monday night, the revised version of the
development, a partnership between the Traggorth Companies and The Neighborhood
Developers (TND), was back before the ZBA. The revised plan is an attempt to
address the concerns of the board and neighbors, according to Dave Traggorth of
the Traggorth Companies.
“Our goals have not changed,” said
Traggorth. “It is to create affordable homes for Chelsea residents and to
provide public access to Mill Creek.”
The major revisions to the proposed $15
million project include cutting the total number of units from 42 to 38, making
all the units affordable, and eliminating the fifth story of the building that
had been proposed for the Broadway side of the development.
The commercial space on the first floor in
the initial proposal has also been eliminated.
“We have reviewed the plans based on the ZBA
recommendations, and the commercial space will now be a community room,”
The project needs special permits due to a
slightly larger than allowed lot coverage, and for not meeting City parking
requirements. The Broadway housing will have 42 parking spots, where 52 are
required by the city.
Thirty one of those parking spaces will be
available for the public to access Mill Creek from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In
addition, Traggorth said the developers will give the city $15,000 for
intersection improvements in the area.
With the decrease in units and the
elimination of the commercial space, TND Project Manager Steve Laferriere said
there will be less of an impact on parking in traffic in the area than the
District 3 City Councillor Joe Perlatonda,
who represents the area where the affordable housing will be built, said he is
still opposed to the project, citing a burst of recent development in the city
that will increase parking and traffic.
Perlatonda said the parking and traffic
issues around Broadway and Clinton Street are already a nightmare for
neighbors, and that the Traggorth/TND project will only make it worse. He said
the City should take a look at other uses for the property, such as a new
public library on Mill Creek.
But the majority of people who spoke during
the public hearing said they supported the creation of sorely needed new
affordable units in Chelsea, and praised the efforts TND has already made to
create safe and modern affordable units in the city. A recent affordable
housing lottery in the city saw more than 3,000 applicants for 34 units, with
more than 1,200 of those applications coming from Chelsea residents.
“There is a clear need for affordable
housing as rents continue to go up in the Chelsea area,” said resident Sandy
City Manager Tom Ambrosino said he continues
to support the TND/Traggorth partnership.
“The number one complaint I receive as City
Manager from residents is the lack of affordable housing,” said Ambrosino.
Ambrosino said he understands the concerns
about traffic and parking, but said the impacts of any project has to be
weighed against the benefits, and that the benefits of affordable housing at
Broadway and Clinton tip the scales in favor of the project.
While state law prohibits the developers
from offering the affordable units to Chelsea residents only, the developers
said they would work to make sure the maximum units allowable are for Chelsea
The Planning Board will take up the project at
its March 26 meeting, and then it will come back to the ZBA at its April 9
meeting for a possible vote, according to ZBA Chair Janice Tatarka.
The City Council has asked that City Manager
Tom Ambrosino use the next month to figure out some new parking strategies for
the city instead of spending a hefty sum on a major Parking Study.
Ambrosino said the Council had instructed
him to put out a bid for a parking study late last year, but there was only one
bidder on the project. That bid did not include the whole city and was more
On Monday, the Council held a Committee
meeting to discuss the next steps, steps that don’t include spending such a sum
on a study.
“The Council at the end of the meeting on
Monday wanted to explore the idea of internal remediation before proceeding
with an expensive outside study,” he said.
Ambrosino said he and his administration
will spend the next month “brainstorming” some ideas and recommendations to
help with the parking bottleneck in many areas of the City – including the
Ambrosino said they do see it as a problem
in several aspects of the city.
“There’s no question it’s a problem in the
city,” he said. “There are way too many cars and not enough parking spaces.
There is no simple solution to that problem. Long-time, we do have an agreement
as part of the Tobin Bridge Viaduct project to add 135 spaces only a short walk
from downtown. That might help a little bit, but that’s three years away.”
One solution he will not suggest is to
reduce parking requirements for new development. While many might think that is
counter to solving a parking problem, many planners now believe that one
solution to reducing the numbers of cars is to build developments without
That won’t be a solution he suggests again,
after having had lower parking requirements rejected by the Council only two
“I don’t see the Council reducing parking any
time soon,” he said. “It’s not something I’m going to re-submit.”
The City released the 2018 payroll figures
for the City of Chelsea this week. The top earner was once again Chief Brian
Kyes at $230,344, as per his recent contract. For the police earners, much of
the gross salary listed also include detail pay, the vast majority of which
does not come from City funds. Of the Top 10 highest paid, eight were from the
Police or Fire Departments. City Manager Tom Ambrosino checked in at number 10,
NAME TITLE EARNINGS
Brian Kyes Chief
of Police $230,344.33
Joseph Fern Sergeant $211,872.46
Thomas Dunn Captain
Police Dept. $205,872.85
Waynen Ulwick Deputy Chief $203,288.67
Keith Houghton Captain Police Dept. $197,453.50
David Batchelor Captain Police Dept. $194678.46
John Quatieri Deputy Chief $183,497.21
Mary Bourque Superintendent
Robert Houghton Deputy Chief $182,019.22
Thomas Ambrosino City Mgr. $180,441.72
Hector Gonzalez Sergeant $176,440.18
Michael Thompson Captain Fire Dept. $166,379.54
Michael Masucci Deputy Chief $166,189.31
Paul Giancola Deputy Chief $166,978.20
Edwin Nelson Lt.
Police Dept. $164,488.50
Michael Addonizio Sergeant $162.911.18
Edward McGarry Deputy Chief $161,706.80
David Flibotte Sergeant $160,531.80
Rony Gobin Capt.
Fire Dept. $158,983.82
John Noftle Sergeant $156,654.04
Robert Denning Capt. Fire Dept. $156,582.07
Leonard Albanese Fire Chief $156,436.80
Paul Doherty Capt.
Fire Dept. $156,210.97
William Dana Capt.
Police Dept. $155,886.74
Daniel Delaney Lt. Police Dept. $153,015.37
William Briquela Sergeant $151,980.26
Stephen Purcell Capt. Fire Dept. $151,220.30
Michael Gurska Capt. Fire Dept. $150,926.52
David Betz Lt.
Police Dept. $149,452.67
Scott Conley Patrolman $148,971.14
William Krasco Patrolman $148,129.25
Thomas McLain Patrolman $147,994.81
Brian Dunn Lt.
Police Dept. $146,432.04
Richard Wilcox Lt. Fire Dept. $146,159.30
Lyle Abell Patrolman $145,456.77
Robert Moschella Patrolman $144,743.05
Linda Breau Dep/Asst.
Anthony D’Alba Sergeant $143,491.93
Richard Carroccino Capt. Fire Dept. $142,271.06
Robert Cameron Deputy Chief $141,745.95
Priti Johari Asst.
Super 225 $141,549.97
Philip Rogers Capt. Fire Dept. $141,486.55
Nicole McLaughlin Patrolman $138,758.46
Gerald McCue Director
Jacqueline Maloney Principal 220 $138,370.05
Michael Lee Capt.
Fire Dept. $137,816.45
David Rizzuto Lt. Police Dept. $135,789.24
Edward Keefe Deputy
City Mgr. $134,355.42
Richard Perisie Deputy Chief $133,742.54
Jon Maldonado Patrolman $133,573.84
Angelica Guerra Patrolman $133,489.66
Adele Lubarsky Principal 220 $133,299.92
Philip Merritt Capt. Fire Dept. $133,167.89
Sarah Kent Asst.
Super 220 $132,598.96
Randy Grajal Teacher $132,365.77
Anthony Tiro Lt. Fire Dept. $129,619.11
Cindy Rosenberg Director/SPED $129,238.46
John Bower Lt.
Police Dept. $129,087.69
Michael Villanueva Patrolman $128,705.88
Michael Nee Sergeant $128,519.44
Ronald Schmidt Principal 220 $128,419.34
Stephen Garcia Patrolman $128,106.06
Joseph Capistran Patrolman $128,032.49
Garrison Daniel Patrolman $127,915.71
Linda Barber Asst.
Gary Poulin Firefighter $127,245.49
Sylvia Vazquez Teacher $126,762.71
Joseph Stutto Patrolman $126,042.52
Mark Martineau Asst. Principal $125,942.86
David Bishop Lt.
Fire Dept. $125,542.09
Michelle Martinello Principal 220 $125,500.04
Christian Lehmann Lt. Fire Dept. $125,163.61
Jose Torres Firefighter $124,622.98
Joanne O’Brien Patrolman $124,618.74
Michael Noone Patrolman $124,616.70
Richard Bellomo Patrolman $124,592.28
Michael Talbot Principal 200 $123,749.98
Mark Aliberti Lt. Fire Dept. $123,739.98
Augustus Casucci Patrolman $123,288.79
Cheryl Fisher City Solicitor $122,859.54
Adam Deleidi Principal
McCarthy Patrolman $121,779.06
Paul Marchese Patrolman $121,317.29
Star Chung Patrolman $121,169.07
Joseph Cooney Dir. Of Blgds/Grounds $121,153.88
Julie Shea Principal
Nathaniel Meyers Principal 220 $120,500.05
Christopher Troisi Patrolman $120,363.74
Daniel Dejordy Lt. Fire Dept. $120,334.37
Long Lam Patrolman $118,106.45
Carlos Vega Patrolman $117,787.32
Joan Sullivan Director Exempt $117,584.55
Bertram Taverna Dir. Of Public Works $117,344.83
Juan Sanchez Patrolman $117,235.48
Alan Beausoleil Coordinator $116,774.31
John Coen Sergeant $116,114.05
David Batchelor Patrolman $116,023.49
Robert Brown Capt.
Fire Dept. $115,978.37
Damon Peykar Coordinator $115,667.73
In a move that could dramatically reduce the
commute times for Chelsea 111 bus riders, the City of Boston announced they are
planning on installing a dedicated bus lane on North Washington Street from
Causeway to Haymarket – a key clogging point for riders heading into Haymarket
It would be a move that would accommodate
the 111 bus routes and two Charlestown bus routes, and Boston officials said
the new lane could reduce travel times by as much as 25 percent.
“We are planning on building an exclusive
bus lane on North Washington Street from the intersection at Causeway Street
after the bridge to Haymarket,” said Vineet Gupta, director of planning at the
Boston Transportation Department (BTD). “It would be a dedicated bus lane 24/7
on the inbound side. Right now, we’re working with the MBTA to install that bus
BTD Director Gina Fiandaca said they have
been working closely with Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and the MBTA on the North
Washington Street bus lane, and hope that they can get it done as early in 2019
as possible. She said that stretch of the bus route is often the most
congested, and riders often find themselves waiting longer on the bus for the
last leg than it would take them to walk.
“This inbound bus lane will have the
opportunity to move along at a quicker pace than the rest of the traffic,” she
said. “Another good part of this is in the future when the North Washington
Street Bridge is completed, it will have a bus lane as well. That will provide
a connection with this new lane to have one unbroken exclusive bus lane from
Charlestown when the Bridge is done.”
In order to accomplish the new lane, the
City will have to remove some metered parking spaces and a commercial parking
space, but a large chunk of the stretch is a large bus stop and ‘no parking’
Gupta said they have no clear data yet on
the time it could save commuters going inbound – though they will begin keeping
that data very soon. However, in Roslindale where they installed a bus lane last
year, commutes were shortened by 25 percent. The same data also presented
itself in Everett two years ago when they put a dedicated bus lane on Broadway
The announcement was one of several made by
Boston Mayor Walsh at the Greater Boston Municipal Research Bureau meeting on
The North Washington Street bus lane would be
the first one in effect 24 hours a day in Boston.
Encore Boston Harbor has announced it will open an upscale steakhouse within its $2.6 billion resort, featuring waterfront views and the most unique steak program in New England.
‘Rare Steakhouse’ will also highlight
exquisite and hard-to-find bourbon and scotch selections, as well as a
thoughtful offering of local distilled spirits and craft beers. Encore Boston
Harbor’s Wine Director Miklos Katona has expertly curated a wine list featuring
vintages from world-renowned producers.
Under the careful supervision of Executive
Chef Taylor Kearney, Rare Steakhouse will allow guests to experience authentic
Japanese Wagyu, including Kobe from the Hyogo Prefecture, cut from 100 percent
Tajima Cattle; Ideue from the Kagoshima Prefecture; and the uniquely
distinctive Sanuki Olive Beef from the Seto Inland Sea. American Wagyu will be
sourced from Snake River Farms in Idaho and several other cuts provided through
an exclusive partnership with Pat LaFreida Meat Purveyors in New Jersey.
Rare Steakhouse will leverage a
state-of-the-art, dry-aging process on-site.
“For more than 10 years, we have worked
closely with international and domestic partners to develop the steak programs
at our resorts in Las Vegas and Macau,” said Warren Richards, Executive
Director of Food and Beverage. “These efforts today will result in the most
unique steak program in New England. Rare Steakhouse will be the only
certified end-user of authentic Kobe beef in New England. We are thrilled
to provide guests with this exclusive dining experience at Encore Boston Harbor.”
The menu will also comprise market-driven
ingredients, including locally farmed produce, dairy and day-boat caught
seafood. Rare Steakhouse’s beverage program will feature sought-after varietals
and vintages from around the world, complementing all selections.
Vicente Wolf, who led the initial iteration
of SW Steakhouse in Wynn Las Vegas, designed Rare Steakhouse. Entering the
restaurant, guests can expect a comfortable, well-lit bar and dining space,
with indoor and outdoor patio seating, and intimate private dining options.
Views of the Mystic River and Harborwalk span its perimeter.
Rare Steakhouse will be open seven days a
week for dinner. It is one of 15 dining and lounge venues at Encore Boston
Harbor, ranging from fine dining to casual fare. Previously announced
•Sinatra, the Forbes Travel Guide
Award-winning Italian restaurant that is located in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.
•Fratelli, a casual Italian restaurant
created by North End entrepreneurs Frank DePasquale and Nick Varano.
•Mystique, an Asian-fusion restaurant and
lounge with views of the Mystic River, developed by Big Night Entertainment
•Memoire, a glamorous nightclub overlooking the
casino floor, also developed by Big Night Entertainment Group.
The City might have to put up with traffic
backups for nearly three years on the Chelsea Viaduct, but there will be a
mitigation package for the City when the dust all settles.
City Manager Tom Ambrosino said they have
received a mitigation package to go along with the Viaduct project, which
starts on April 1.
“We got what I thought was a reasonable
mitigation package from MassDOT,” he said. “It wasn’t perfect, but at the end
of the day it was reasonable.”
One of the major improvements will be two
new, fully constructed public parking lots under the Tobin curves when the
project is done.
Ambrosino said it will include 135 public
parking spaces just a block from downtown Chelsea, something he hopes will help
alleviate some of the parking crunch in the area.
There will also be parking constructed under
the curves at Carter Street too.
One key piece of the puzzle that will remain
as part of the package is the Arlington Street onramp by the Williams School.
MassDOT had toyed with the idea of eliminating that ramp in early designs, but
pushback from the community seemed to keep that idea at bay.
Other pieces of mitigation include:
•A robust snow fence for noise mitigation.
•Money for community engagement to inform everyone
of the project over the three years.
•Repaving Fourth Street.
•lighting improvements under the Bridge after
the project is completed.
The Forbes Park development proposal, with
more than 500 residential units proposed for the former industrial campus, has
been approved by the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) after four years and two
The final iteration of the project includes
590 units of housing, with 60 percent of those units being condos for sale and
59 units being affordable to a range of incomes. There are also 1.6 parking
spaces per unit, or 963 spaces. The project also boasts a major public access
area to the waterfront of the Chelsea Creek and Mill Creek. The current project
also has a very small amount of retail and office uses, with both totaling
below 20,000 sq. ft.
The project, though still very large, was
scaled back from the developer’s (YIHE Forbes of China) original proposal in
2015. That proposal featured skyscrapers about 21 stories tall and more than
1,000 units of housing accompanied by large office spaces and large hotels. It
was rejected informally and the company eventually withdrew during a ZBA
meeting that went past midnight.
The news of Tuesday’s approval of the new
plan was viewed with mixed results by most, including those who had come to
support the project, including City Manager Tom Ambrosino.
“I’m happy with the project even though it’s
far from perfect,” he said. “Given all the concessions made since they first
showed up here, I think it’s a workable project. There is lots of
homeownership, with 60 percent being condos. This is the largest condo project
in Chelsea for more than a decade if not longer. They also have really exciting
plans for accessing the waterfront along the Chelsea Creek.”
Ambrosino said they also agreed to several
affordable housing concessions. Of the required 59 units of affordable housing,
the mix will include many different income ranges, including 60 percent of the
Area Median Income (AMI), 50 percent of the AMI and 30 percent of the AMI.
“That’s really deeply affordable and it
assures that actual families that live in Chelsea now will be able to afford to
live in the complex. That was very important to the City,” he said.
The developer also agreed to contribute
$300,000 to the four schools at the Mary C. Burke Complex, which is about two
blocks from the Forbes entrance.
That said, not everyone was happy with the
news – and in particular was Councillor Joe Perlatonda, who represents the Mill
Hill and Forbes area. He said the problem with the Forbes project is the same
as it has always been, and that problem is the fact that there is one access
In the first iteration, City officials –
including Ambrosino – had called for a bridge over the Chelsea Creek to Revere
as a second access point to alleviate traffic in the neighborhood. However,
this time around that was not made a requirement, and Perlatonda said he was
not happy there was a concession made on that point.
“It’s a shame that no one has thought about
the concessions of the residents that live in our neighborhood,” he said.
“Right now, with cars parked on both sides of the street that go into the
Forbes site, and what we have to go through every day. Try getting out of your
driveway every day; try driving down the street when you have to dodge cars,
and then add 963 parking spaces which is 1.6 cars per unit. But someone seems
to forget about the cars they will have for each unit like the mother, father
and kids that all have cars, not to mention the visitors or guests that will
come with cars. Has anyone thought where to put the overflow of these cars? Our
streets are already congested, and getting in and out will be so bad. This is
just part of the nightmare.”
GreenRoots Executive Director Roseann
Bongiovanni said they didn’t believe the project was perfect, but felt there
had been reasonable concessions made about their concerns.
“We had a number of concerns relating to the
impacts on the neighborhood, and we feel that we have achieved some reasonable
concessions from the developers,” she said. “The number of affordable units,
deeper levels of affordability and preference for Chelsea residents for those
units – together with the mitigation for the adjacent neighborhood and the
$300,000 for the four schools at the Mary C. Burke Complex are all concessions
that we are proud to have fought hard for…GreenRoots is committed to ongoing
dialogue – and protest if necessary – to ensure the benefits are for everyone
in the community, not just the lucky few who will get to live at Forbes.”
Ambrosino said the site is very large, and
that did allow the developer to be able to build large numbers of units by
right if they chose to do so and could meet the parking requirements. That, he
said, would have cut the City and the neighborhood out of the planning
completely. He felt it wasn’t worth the risk to chance that.
“They could have gone in by right and built
450 units and 900 parking spots and got a building permit without any say from
the City or the neighbors,” he said.
The project has already cleared Major Site
Plan at the Planning Board, but has many hurdles to clear at City Hall in
reviewing plans before they can break ground.
It is believed
that the developer plans to keep three of the smaller buildings on site and
rehabilitate them. The rest of the project will be new construction.
Bobby Goss, Eddie Richard, Richard Bradley
Steve DePaulo, Katrina Hill, Drenda Carroll, Nicole Hancock and the late
Anthony “Chubby” Tiro” are among the best to ever compete in the Chelsea High
Stephanie Simon has joined that illustrious group – and she’s only a junior.
Simon completed her indoor track campaign
with an unprecedented accomplishment: winning the long jump championship in the
Emerging Elite Division at the 2019 New Balance Nationals that was held in New
Simon soared to victory with a career-best
jump of 18 feet, 10.75 inches, remarkably eclipsing her previous best by seven
CHS track coach Cesar Hernandez was not
surprised by Simon’s victory or the dramatic way in which she achieved it.
“Stephanie had jumped 17-9 as her best in
her first three attempts,” said Hernandez. “In the final, she took off to
18-10. I knew she had it in her.”
Hernandez and CHS Director of Athletics
Amanda Alpert watched the drama unfold at the Nationals.
“It was exciting to watch the long jump
competition,” said Hernandez. “It feels good to coach a national champion.”
Alpert, who has won national championships
as a women’s professional football player and coach, said the whole scene at
Nationals was “amazing.”
“To hear and see the number that Stephanie
posted was amazing,” said Alpert. “It was just about her hitting the board
right and she did.”
Alpert said Simon’s competitiveness and work
ethic set the foundation to victory.
“Stephanie is a rarely seen combination of
hard work, dedication and pure talent,” said Alpert. “She has put in so much
time in to making herself better both physically and mentally. Her dedication
to the sport and her craft is amazing, but a lot of that comes from the Chelsea
track coaching staff. They work to instill the importance of hard work and
dedication because that is what is more important and will help you succeed
after high school.”
Alpert expounded on the Chelsea coaches’
contributions to the Stephanie Simon success story.
“We have an incredible coaching staff that
has played a part in the team and Stephanie’s success,” said Alpert. “We are
fortunate to have Cesar Hernandez, who is a Red Devil himself and competed on
the collegiate level as jumper and has helped bring Stephanie to the next level.
“While Mark Martineau and Adam Aronson (both
collegiate-level track athletes) are no longer coaching, Mark laid the mental
frameworks for what it means to be a student athlete, and Adam had taken a lot
of time to teach the athletes how to be lifters and work their way around a
Simon and her teammates will begin their outdoor track schedule in April. There is no doubt that Stephanie Simon is on the radar of college colleges nationwide.