On Aug. 26, Dr. Carol
Kauffman, the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute of Coaching at
Harvard Medical School and the Director of Faculty Coach Training at
Massachusetts General Hospital, gave a leadership presentation to Malden
Catholic’s faculty and staff. Dr.
Kauffman has been a leadership coach for over 25 years and was excited to help
the Malden Catholic staff become better leaders, both professionally and
Dr. Kauffman says she was
drawn to Malden Catholic because of her interest in developing leadership
programs for millennials and younger people.
“A coach approach is very
powerful for leaders at every stage in development” Dr. Kauffman said. “We have a much more complex, fast-moving,
unpredictable world…so if we have a group of people who have an idea of where
they want to go then they can have a much greater impact.”
When asked why learning
leadership skills at a young age are so important, Dr. Kauffman said they are
crucial because these are skills that will be used throughout life.
“Learning to lead when you
are a young person is crucial, and one of the people you are learning to lead
is yourself” Dr. Kauffman said. “If you
can begin to get a sense of what actually matters to you and to other
people…then you will be able to guide the direction of your life much better
than if you don’t have that.”
Presenting alongside Dr.
Kauffman was Julie Carrier, a bestselling author, leadership mentor, and former
Senior Management Consultant in leadership training and development for the
Pentagon. Carrier was featured on MTV’s
#1 hit positive show, MADE, to share her message about how girls can improve
their self-confidence through coaching.
Carrier followed up Dr.
Kauffman’s answer about the importance of leadership by saying, “We are all
aware of how powerful leadership development is for adults, and it’s even more
powerful when we take those principles, ideas, and practices and we teach them
to young people.”
Carrier continued to add
that by taking these ideas and mindsets that they are learning important skills
before they face other challenges in life as they get older. Carrier took an educational approach to
learning these ideas at a young age.
“They are saving a lot of
baggage in relearning because they are learning it the right way first” Carrier
added. Carrier continued to stress the
importance of teaching leadership in an academic setting.
In attendance was Lisa
Cenca, Principal of the Malden Catholic School for Girls, who raved about Dr.
Kauffman’s coaching approach and how teachers can bring this into the
“Carol helped us to think
about coaching our students rather than just teaching them. She challenged us
to work on how we get our students to recognize their talents and live them
Theology teacher Deirdre
Foley was very fortunate to have Dr. Kauffman at Malden Catholic, and is
excited to use the skills she learned moving forward.
“Her method of Coaching by
Numbers will benefit both the staff and students here at MC immensely” Foley
said. “I am excited to use these skills
moving forward to enhance my career here at Malden Catholic.”
Malden Catholic was
incredibly honored to have Dr. Kauffman working with its faculty and staff on
increasing their leadership skills.
Headmaster John Thornburg believes Dr. Kauffman’s presentation was
crucial, because of its importance in leadership skills to both staff and
On Aug. 25, at 1:08 a.m., officers responded
to the area of 43 Central Ave. on the report of a Shot Spotter activation. Upon
the officers’ arrival, they heard a second gunshot and responded to 18
Maverick St. Officers observed a male that fit the description of the male
firing the gun and placed him under arrest. CPD Detectives responded and
executed a search warrant at 18 Maverick St. and seized the firearm and other
Carlos Rodriguez, 37, of 18 Maverick St.,
was charged with disorderly conduct, intoxicated licensee carrying a firearm,
improper storage of a firearm, and five counts of discharging a firearm within
500 feet of a building.
Ran a Stop Sign, Class B Drugs
On Aug. 19, at 4:36 p.m., while on patrol on
Grove Street, a CPD officer observed a white vehicle traveling down Grove
Street and proceeding through a stop sign.
The car was pulled over.
The operator was found to be operating the
vehicle with a suspended license. While in custody, the officers uncovered
illegal prescription drugs in the man’s possession.
Jonathan Arce, 32, of Revere, was charged
with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, stop sign violation
and possession of a Class B drug.
On Aug. 19, at 10:43 p.m., a CPD officer
noticed two parties fighting in the middle of the Street on Hawthorne in front
of the Phoenix Academy. Both males involved were placed under arrest.
Jose Flores, 32, of Lynn; and William
Rivera, 46, of 643 Broadway, were both charged with assault and battery.
On Aug. 24, at 4:33 p.m., a CPD officer
while in the area Bellingham Square observed a female party that was shouting
at a male in the area of McDonald’s. The officer warned both to stop their
behavior and to move on. The female continued her behavior and was placed under
arrest for being a disorderly person.
18, of East Boston, was charged with disorderly conduct.
Whenever a mass shooting
occurs — which is to say, fairly regularly somewhere in America these
days — investigators scour for clues as to the “motive” of the gunman.
Often, as was the case in El
Paso two weeks ago, the shooter espouses some sort of political ideology,
whether it be homegrown white nationalism or foreign-based anti-Americanism.
On occasion, individuals
with mental illness are the perpetrators.
But just as often, as was
the case in the country music shooting in Las Vegas two years ago, there is no
discernible motive, other than that the shooter simply is unhappy and
frustrated with his lot in life.
That appears to have been
the situation with this past weekend’s shooting spree in Texas by a 36 year old
man who was fired from his job and who was described by his neighbor as a
In short, the shooter fit a
certain profile — a young, white male with no money, no wife or girlfriend, no
children, and no prospects.
However, each and every one
of these shootings, regardless of the perpetrator’s motive, have two things in
common: Innocent Americans are being shot while going about their daily lives
and the shooter had military-style weaponry that allowed him to kill and maim
dozens of Americans with a single pull of the trigger.
About 13,000 innocent
Americans are slaughtered by guns every year in this country. (There also are
about 26,000 suicides by guns each year).
To put that 13,000 figure
into perspective, that is almost twice the number of American soldiers who have
been killed in the entirety of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Cumulatively over the past
15 years, 7000 American soldiers lost their lives in our Mideast wars, while
200,000 innocent Americans have been killed by gunfire right here in America.
In addition to those who died, more than one million Americans have been shot
and wounded in the past 15 years.
When President Trump used
the term, “American Carnage,” in his Inaugural Address, it was not entirely
clear what he was referring to.
However, given that more
Americans are shot, killed, and maimed by guns every year on their home soil
than anywhere else in the world, our American Carnage is indeed, very real.
The Planning Board is supporting an
amendment to the City’s inclusionary housing and zoning ordinance that will
make it easier for low-income residents to rent affordable housing units.
The proposed change in the ordinance will
also increase the amount of money developers will need to pay the City if they
attempt to opt-out of building affordable units in projects of 10 or more
The amendment first came before the Planning
Board in April, and at Tuesday night’s meeting, the board unanimously supported
recommending the changes in the ordinance.
The inclusionary housing ordinance was first
introduced by At-Large City Councillor Leo Robinson in 2016, according to Lad
Dell, the city planner and land use administrator.
“The reason was that in the Greater Boston
area, the cost of housing has gone up astronomically, and Chelsea has not been
isolated from that. There was a concern that long-time Chelsea residents would
be pushed out.”
But the original ordinance set the
eligibility guidelines at 80 percent of the Average Median Income (AMI) to
qualify for affordable units.
Since the AMI is based on income for the
Greater Boston area, and not just Chelsea, that figure stood at about $89,000
for a family of four. Dell noted that the figure is well above the average
Chelsea income of $55,000 for a family of four.
Under the new amendment, the affordable
rental units will now be evenly split between 80, 50, and 30 percent AMI.
Condominium projects will remain at the 80 percent AMI level.
Developers who build projects of 10 or more
units must set aside at least 15 percent of those units as affordable.
“If a developer did not want to provide the
15 percent of affordable units, they had the option of a $200,000 payment in
lieu per unit,” said Dell. “That was raised to $400,000 in April.”
Planning Board member Eric Asquith asked
what the rationale was for raising the payment in lieu to $400,000.
“The $400,000 price tag kind of startles a
lot of people, but that’s what it costs to build an affordable unit in
Chelsea,” said Alex Train, assistant director of planning.
However, Train said developers still need
City approval to substitute the payments for the creation of affordable units.
Planning Board member Sara Arman questioned
why the rate was set at 15 percent and not higher.
“That’s on par with other communities,” said
Train. “We want to have a balance between affordable housing and encouraging
Several board members noted that there is
very little developable land in Chelsea, with member Mimi Rancatore asking if
the number triggering affordable units should be lowered from 10 to eight.
Train said that most of the development in Chelsea
is reuse or redevelopment of existing land.
“It’s about that
balance,” he said. “One thing that has proven to lower prices is building more
houses, and if we set (the affordable housing number) below 10, it may
discourage more building.”
Just as Derek Gould had done so often in his
outstanding high school football career at Northeast Regional Vocational High
School, he delivered very well.
On this day, the sad occasion of his father
William “Bill” Gould’s Holy Eucharist service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in
Chelsea, Derek Gould delivered a thoughtful eulogy in a gentle but emphatically
He spoke as the youngest of William and
Dorothy Gould’s children – on behalf of his siblings, including his older,
brother, William “Bill” Gould Jr., a popular football player and member of the
CHS Class of 1981. Bill Jr.’s friend and classmate, Glenn Smith, was one of the
many friends who paid their respects to William Gould Sr.
Mr. Gould was a U.S. Air Force veteran of
the Korean War, a proud Chelsea resident, and a past president of the former
American Legion Post on Shurtleff Street, in Chelsea. He also served as
president of the Chelsea Pop Warner organization and as a coach in Chelsea
Little League. He was a retired engineer for the City of Chelsea Sanitation
Department, where he dedicated 25 years of service.
Bill and Dorothy Gould shared 50 years of
marriage before her passing in 2010. They had been lifelong residents of
Chelsea before they moved to Berwick, Maine, where he has lived for the past 28
Interestingly, Bill Gould Jr. recalled that
his father was a quarterback in his junior high and high school days “and his
center for one of the teams was Duke Bradley.”
‘Dad, We Will Always Have You in Our Hearts and Memories’
Gould thanked all for attending and began his heartfelt speech that follows:
dad was raised during the Depression and World War II by a single parent which
did not make his life growing up easy. But, because of this, he became the man
he was. A strong, stern, personal man. He also was a man of many talents. He
was a welder, a coach, an engineer, sanitation engineer that is, a mentor and
yes, a dancer, and oh what a dancer he was.
But one thing he took very seriously was
family. He always said you may have friends and they may come and go, but
family is forever.
In line with that, there is an Irish saying:
A family will argue and fight, but let a shout come from without and see them
all unite. Everyone in here may have a story to tell referring to this saying.
I know I can.
My story is a time when I was at a point of
despair and needed to talk. Where did I go? Did I go to a doctor, did I go to a
priest? No, I went to my dad. He did what he has always done – took care of me,
listened to me, and told me a story of when he was in place of despair and how
he overcame it.
These are the moments we take away from our
dad and how family is there for us always, and who Bill Gould was: a
great-grandfather, a grandfather, father, brother, uncle and husband that would
do anything for his family.
There was another quote my dad always went
by and that was: ‘I was almost wrong once, but then again I was right.’ Nothing
more true than how he passed, as sick as he was getting an declining, he was
not going to any hospital or aging facility and he wanted to die at home.
So, dad, you were right again and you did it
your way, in your house, in your room, peacefully and happy.
Now, my dad is at peace and with his love of
life, dancing and laughing.
Dad, we will miss you and always have you in
our hearts and our memories.
The buses are rolling back to school this
week, and this year, redesigned bus routes look to cut down on the waitlist for
students looking for a ride to the Mary C. Burke Elementary School Complex.
Over the summer, school district staff
redesigned the yellow bus routes to maximize the number of students who have
seats on the first day of school and reduce the number on the waitlist,
according to Superintendent Mary Bourque.
“This year, we looked at the ridership data
and created the bus routes from scratch so that we could get the greatest
number of elementary school students into bus seats on the first day of
school,” said Bourque.
This year, two buses will start their routes
in Prattville, where a large number of students live, and another will begin on
School officials are looking to reduce
traffic congestion, as fewer buses will be crossing paths on the way to pick up
Letters have been mailed to families of all
students who have assigned seats on the buses. The letters include laminated
tags with the student’s first name, bus stop, and bus number. School officials
are asking that the tags be attached to students’ backpacks so they can be
easily identified as riders.
As of last Thursday night’s School Committee
meeting, there were no students on the bus wait list, according to Bourque. In
recent years, the waitlist has been as high as 100 students.
“We do have approximately 100 families who
still have not brought in proof of address to the Parent Information Center and
we strongly encourage them to bring their materials in as quickly as possible
so their child can get a seat on the bus,” said Daniel Mojica, Director of the
Parent Information Center.
While many of the students may be able to
get a bus seat, school officials stated that some routes are filling up faster
than others, and some students could end up on a waitlist.
“We are asking
parents who have not provided documentation to come in as soon as possible,”
said Monica Lamboy, the district finance director.
Nothing is more frustrating than being in a
hurry and finding oneself second fiddle to the needs of a 10-ton oil tanker as
the Chelsea Street Bridge raises to the top in the midst of the day.
Since the Chelsea Street Bridge came into
existence, and especially since the new Silver Line SL3 service expanded to
Chelsea last year, the Bridge operations have become a major backbreaker for
those trying to cross it with vehicles – including residents, MBTA buses and
MassPort Employee shuttles. Because maritime traffic has precedent over land
traffic, according to the Coast Guard, the Bridge has to go up when a vessel
requests it to.
That has resulted in five or more lifts in a
day at times, and with no warning.
In a meeting this month at Chelsea City
Hall, MassDOT announced the rollout of their new Advanced Notification Program
(ANP) and the tweaks that are being made to help it work better.
They also updated the crowd on the long-term
efforts being undertaken to try to change the operations of the Bridge so it’s
more accommodating to vehicles and buses – particularly during the morning and
evening rush hours.
“We know how difficult this Bridge is and
how much a problem it can become for residents on both sides of the Chelsea
Creek,” said Andrea Donato of MassDOT. “It’s larger and higher than the old
bridge…When that Bridge goes up, no vehicles, no pedestrians and no cyclists
can cross it. It causes significant and unpredictable delays for anyone that
wants to use it.”
On July 8, the ANP went into effect, and
it’s been “clunky” Donato said because it has been hard to get information.
The system uses electronic boards and the
‘LoganToChelsea’ Twitter feed (and other social media) to announce the
estimated time of a lift on the Bridge and the duration for it to be up.
“This is a critical time in the program so
the second goal is to get your ideas and we need to know from you about what we
can do to make communication better,” she said. “We need to make it better.”
A second piece of the project is trying to
make long-term changes to the operations of the Bridge that are friendlier to
those on land, and accommodating to maritime uses as well – which can only
operate at high tide and some only during daylight hours.
“The first thing we’ve been working on is to
find out how to get the best data now so we can at least communicate better
today and improve operations,” she said. “Our longer term goals take time and
take data. We’re still working on those, but they’ll take more time…Since
February, the momentum has been to implement Advanced Notification…and collect
data for an application to the Coast Guard because there was no data
In addition to ANP, the other two goals
include applying to the Coast Guard for the ability to have dual lift heights
and to have time of day restrictions. Dual lift heights would allow operators
to only have to lift the Bridge halfway for some vessels, thus lowering the
wait times on land. Right now, every lift is required to go the full 175-feet
up. Time of day restrictions would be for the Bridge to stay closed during rush
hour times, or the like.
Matthew Denning of the US Coast Guard said
maritime traffic has precedent and the Coast Guard takes that seriously.
“There is a process for changing the
regulations, but it takes a long time and can only be changed if it will not
increase the risk of maritime safety,” he said. “It can take up to five years
in the worst-case scenario, but the Captain of the Port would not approve such
a change if it would increase risk.”
One of the things Donato said they are
concentrating on at the moment is working with Moran – a shipping agent that
controls almost all of the traffic on the Creek – to get reliable data.
“The ANP rollout on July 8 was clunky
because it was hard to get data,” she said. “We’re at a point where we need to
have this working because it is at a critical time.”
A representative from Moran said they have
some trouble finding out when barges might come in, but they do know the
approximate time for all other vessels because they handle about 95 percent of
the traffic on the Creek. Using Moran, their information is relayed to
MassPort, MBTA and MassDOT to distribute on their networks, which include
electronic boards, Twitter, T Alerts, and websites.
Still, there can be challenges.
The Moran representative said sometimes
there can be fog in the Harbor that holds ships up, even though it’s sunny on
land. That can result in a backlog, and the information could be inaccurate. It
could also result in about eight to 10 lifts in a short period of time to clear
Also, he said it can be difficult to try to
control the times of oil tankers, which are restricted to coming and going at
high-tide, and during daylight.
“The ships, if full, are required to come to
come through the Creek at high tide and during daylight,” he said. “They can
only leave during daylight hours.”
The system is still in progress, and MassDOT
is looking for feedback on the program through their website, under the ANP
The Conservation Commission has given the
okay for improvements to the Mary C. Burke playground, which will include a new
Last Thursday night, the Commission held a
public meeting on a request for a determination of applicability for the
improvements to the playground at 300 Crescent Ave.
There was no public input during the
meeting, although City Councillors Leo Robinson and Joe Perlatonda were in
The new landscaping at the playground will
include maple and other trees.
Once final approvals are received for the
project, the majority of the work will be done this fall, with the exception of
some plantings next spring, according to representatives from CBA Landscaping.
•In other business, the Commission held a
site plan review for a proposed nine-unit, three-story residential building
project at 75-79 Spencer Ave. The existing building will be demolished and the
project will be rebuilt from the ground up, according to Planning Director John
The two lots together are approximately
10,000 square feet and the project would be built on slab with significant
landscaping, the planning director said.
The proposal originally came in with 20
units, but was deemed not to fit in with the neighborhood.
Conservation Commission Chair Stephen
Sarikas said he would like to see more trees and fewer shrubs in the
The project will next go before the Zoning
Board of Appeals.
While the proposed nine units means the
project will not have to meet affordable housing guidelines, DePriest said the
owners are potentially looking to purchase two adjacent lots on which they
could build 12 units by right.
If that were to happen, DePriest said the
developer would have to meet the 15 percent affordable housing guideline for
all the units on all the adjacent lots.
According to the Chelsea assessor’s
database, Lanzillo Flamino and Zepaj Marenglen of Middleton purchased 75
Spencer Ave. in May for $500,000 and 79 Spencer Ave. for the same price.
The School Department will be able to
replace a number of positions and items cut from the original 2019-2020 budget
due to an influx of state monies from the final State Budget.
Last Thursday night, the School Committee
approved an additional $1.3 million in state Chapter 70 appropriations.
That money will be used to add one
attendance officer and a half-time special education clerk in the special
education department, increase salary contingencies and health insurance funds
across the district, add one social communications teacher and two
paraprofessionals and increase funding for substitutes at the Early Learning
Center and the elementary schools, add a special education inclusion teachers
at the Clarke and Browne middle schools, and correct funding for athletic
coaches and increase funding for substitutes at the high school, among other
The City Council will now have to approve
the additional funding.
“Each year, the Governor’s proposed budget
numbers are used by CPS as the foundation for the upcoming year’s budget,”
stated Supt. Mary Bourque.
When the state budget is finally adopted
after deliberations by the House and Senate and considered by the governor, the
budget allocations by school district typically change.
The $1.3 million is separate and apart from
any changes to the “pothole” funding which could be finalized by the state in
the next several weeks, according to Bourque.
Last year, the Chelsea schools received just
under $300,000 in the pothole funding.
“I think it will be something in the same
range this year,” said Bourque.
As the schools await the additional funding,
Bourque said it’s important for parents and teachers to continue to advocate
for a change in the way the state determines the foundational school budget for
districts such as Chelsea. Bourque noted that Chelsea’s special education
program and benefits are underfunded by approximately $17 million.
“The state legislature is working on a bill
to fix the foundation budget,” said Bourque. “We want to make sure it is
something we can live with for the next 25 years. We need the City Council to
continue to advocate alongside us.”
•In other School Committee business, Bourque
updated the board on the superintendent transition plan.
Superintendent-elect Almi Abeyta will be
constantly shadowing Bourque through Dec. 1. On Dec. 1, Bourque will take a
step back and Abeyta will begin making school district decisions.
Bourque’s last day is Dec. 31, and Jan. 1,
2020 will be Abeyta’s first official day as superintendent.
The corner office in City Hall – and the
head of the Chelsea Public Schools – will have a new look and some new ideas
now that incoming Supt. Almi Abeyta has taken her place as the leader of the
schools, ready to welcome faculty and students on Aug. 27 for their – and her –
first day of school.
After a public process last spring, Abeyta was chosen by the School Committee after a close vote, but in deciding fashion, and she reported to work on Aug. 12. This week, with former Supt. Mary Bourque still on the job to help with the transition, Abeyta has been meeting with staff and learning all about Chelsea after having left her position this summer at Somerville High School.
New Supt. Almi Abeyta with outgoing Supt. Mary Bourque on Monday during a professional development session at the Early Learning Center. Abeyta took the reigns officially on Aug. 12 and is ramping up to full speed for the coming school year, which starts on Aug.27.
“I’ve just been listening a lot so far –
getting to know people,” she said. “It’s one thing to read about a district – a
plan – but it’s a whole other thing to see it in action. What I was reading
about online and hearing about in the interview process – now I’m seeing it
play out and it’s refreshing to see there is alignment between the two. In
education, there is theory in action and theory in use. I’m seeing both working
together in Chelsea Public Schools.”
That was a refreshing take from the new
leader of the schools as she accompanied Bourque around the district – meeting
with teachers on Monday for professional development sessions at the Early
Abeyta comes to the district with a great
deal of experience in and around Chelsea, living in Revere and having taught in
leadership positions at East Boston and Somerville.
“This process was for me a long time
coming,” she said in a recent interview. “I just couldn’t pass up Chelsea. I
drove through Chelsea every day to Somerville from Revere. I really wanted to
serve a community like Chelsea. When I saw it was open, I said I have to do
this. I felt it was a perfect step for me professionally and personally…Having
been in East Boston, Chelsea felt like home to me. It is me. It feels right and
where I am supposed to be.”
Abeyta grew up mostly in New Mexico in a
military family, having spent time in various places around the world before
settling there. After attending public schools all her life, she eventually
made her way to the East Coast and went to graduate school at Harvard
University. During that process, she had interned at the Donald McKay
Elementary in Eastie. Intending to move on after that, she was heavily
recruited by the Boston Public Schools (BPS) to take the principal job at the
McKay – and she served there for four years before taking a role in the central
administration of the BPS.
“I took the job because I fell in love with
the people of East Boston, and I just really liked that neighborhood,” she
said. “I was happy in Boston and everything I wanted to do professionally I was
doing. Then I got a call out of the blue.”
That call came from Sante Fe, New Mexico,
where her hometown was recruiting her to come back and be a key deputy
superintendent during a transition time in the system.
That was a job she couldn’t pass up, she
said, having wanted to be home for such a long time. However, Boston was
calling her, and she soon accepted a job as deputy superintendent at the
Somerville Public Schools – which is where she has been.
Abeyta has been a rising star in the
education world in Boston and New Mexico for several years, but said she has
not taken the step for superintendent before due to her family obligations.
This year, her daughter graduated from school in New Mexico and is headed to
Boston to go to college. Abeyta said she had never wanted to take on the
demanding role of superintendent until her daughter was in college.
“To be superintendent, I feel like you have
to be completely committed,” she said. “I always said I’d be ready for that
step in my career when my daughter went to college and I was more of an
Coming into the district – and able to keep
a pretty good conversation in Spanish – Abeyta said she feels like she can take
the system to the next level.
“I see a district where there are already
systems and structures in place,” she said. “People are working hard on
instruction. There is so much energy. That’s exciting and attracted me when I
applied. It was a great place where I didn’t have to go in and rebuild. That’s
a gift…There are a lot of good things happening already. My role is to build on
those great things and take them to the next level. That next step will depend
on what I hear and see in the data. I will take that next step with the
School starts in
Chelsea on Weds., Aug. 27, for students across the school system.