Wheelock Celebrates Chelsea Scholar

Wheelock Celebrates Chelsea Scholar

Wheelock College will celebrate Carishmar Moore, a Chelsea local and member of the Wheelock Class of 2018, along with 16 other Passion for Action Scholars at the Wheelock College Brookline Campus, on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 6-9 p.m. The Passion for Action Leadership Award Reception will celebrate the positive social entrepreneurship of the Wheelock scholarship recipients. There will be a Passion scholar panel as well as Passion Scholar presentations with a meet and greet as part of the event. The event will feature a keynote address by Colonel Douglas Wheelock, NASA Astronaut.

Wheelock College’s four-year Passion for Action Scholarship Program is open to incoming freshmen from Greater Boston who already demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service and involvement.

Moore graduated from the Commonwealth School in Boston. Her passion is working with children. During high school, she volunteered at Excel Charter School and Beacon Academy and served on her school’s Diversity Committee. Moore was a pivotal member of the committee and represented her school at the national Student Diversity Leadership Conference. She also helped the Commonwealth School to engage in challenging conversations about race and class. Her favorite service experience was through the Amigos de las Américas program, where she was able to travel to Mexico and work with young people. The experience was empowering for Moore, because as she educated others about healthy living and intercultural acceptance, she learned about herself and grew as a person. Moore is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education at Wheelock and hopes to manage her own child care center one day.


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Ash Welcomes Philly Executives to City Hall

Ash Welcomes Philly Executives to City Hall

City Manager Jay Ash was among the welcoming party of Chelsea leaders who spoke to attendees of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia’s recent Leadership Exchange visit.

At Chelsea City Hall, Ash (pictured right speaking to the audience), TND Director Ann Houston and Roca Chelsea Director Shannon McAuliffe discussed building community partnerships and the substantial results in Chelsea, including the drop in crime and the winning of the All-America City award. Mid- and senior-level leaders from multiple sectors attending the Chelsea tour, including the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Evaluations after the trip indicated that the Chelsea visit, which also included narrated bus tours by Ash and Houston, was the topped ranked activity for the Philly leaders.

Ash said he has heard back from many who have “fallen in love with Chelsea, just like we have!”


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Police Arrest Two in Brutal Stabbing Last Sept.

Police Arrest Two in Brutal Stabbing Last Sept.

Two men have been identified and held in connection with the attempted murder of a Chelsea teen in September, a brazen daylight attack that involved multiple stabblings with a knife and machete.

The two men, Jose Lopez, 20, of Revere and Jose Vasquez, 21, of Somerville, are charged with assault with intent to murder in connection with the Sept. 8 attack on the 16-year-old, who suffered 10 separate stab wounds in the daylight incident.

Lopez was arrested Wednesday in Morristown, N.J., on an unrelated charge of assault and battery and is currently held as a fugitive of justice on a Chelsea District Court warrant charging him with the September attack. Efforts are currently underway to return to Lopez to Massachusetts.

Vasquez was taken into custody Friday after he walked into Somerville District Court on an unrelated matter. He was arraigned the same day in Chelsea District Court on a charge of assault with intent to murder. Assistant District Attorney James Megee requested bail of $75,000 and that Vasquez be ordered to stay away and have no contact with the victim in the event that he is released on bail. Judge Benjamin Barnes set bail at $20,000 and imposed the requested order.

Chelsea Police were called to the area of Blossom and Maple streets at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 and found the teenage victim lying on the ground in the fetal position and bleeding from multiple stab wounds. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for emergency surgery.

Witnesses provided police with physical descriptions of the suspects, and officers were able to retrieve surveillance images from a nearby business showing individuals matching those descriptions fleeing from the direction of the stabbing. Lopez and Vasquez were subsequently identified from photo arrays administered by Chelsea Police detectives. Investigators believe Lopez stabbed the victim during the assault, while Vasquez brandished a machete.

Vasquez was represented by attorney Daniel Fitzgerald. He will return to court Nov. 25. Lopez’ arraignment has not yet been scheduled.


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Sports 11-06-2014

Sports 11-06-2014

Boys soccer advances

to D-2 North quarterfinal with dramatic 2OT victory

The Chelsea High boys soccer team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division 2 North state soccer tournament with a thrilling 1-0 victory over Lynn Classical in double overtime in a first round contest Monday evening at Chelsea Stadium.

Coach Mick Milutinovic’s Red Devils, the #4 seed in the D-2 North, now will host Belmont, the #5 seed, Saturday afternoon on the local field at 4:00. Belmont earned the right to advance to the quarters with their own 1-0 triumph over 12th-seeded North Andover.

Chelsea freshman Edgar Rivera-Valladares was the hero of the day for the Red Devils in the exciting win over Classical, scoring his dramatic goal late in the second overtime period. Edgar received a nice crossing pass from fellow freshman Carlos Cartagena at the top of the box and settled the ball nicely with his chest before delivering a mighty strike that cleanly beat the Classical keeper to reach the back of the net and break the nil-nil deadlock.

“Edgar has been seeing more and more playing time as the season has progressed and has become a key member of the team,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki. “But he is just one among a large number of players who have stepped forward for us and who have contributed significantly to our success.”

CHS keeper Angel Figueroa earned the shutout in net, making numerous big saves in a game where every save meant the difference between victory and defeat. The Red Devils’ triumph was all the more sweet because it avenged a 1-0 defeat that Chelsea had suffered at the hands of Classical last year in the state tourney.

As for the upcoming contest with Belmont, Protasowicki said, “We know Belmont will be a challenge, as is every team at this stage of the tourney, and we’ll have to be at our best to beat them.”

The Red Devils were at their best in the regular season finale last Thursday at Northeast Regional, defeating the Golden Knights 5-0. Northeast, Chelsea’s archival in the Large School Division of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference, typically presents a strong challenge to Chelsea and had been expected to do so once again with a tourney berth for the Golden Knights on the line.

However, a hat trick and an assist by Cartagena and single goals by Yefferson Padilla and Elias Sahile paved the way to a 5-0 shutout for coach Milutinovic’s crew.

“We’re a totally different team than we were at the beginning of the season. We’ve grown tremendously and now we’re really firing on all cylinders,” added Protasowicki. “We’re playing with confidence and we know that if we play our game, we can beat anybody.”

CHS football team

beats Lynn Tech, 19-6

The Chelsea High football team defeated Lynn Tech for the second week in a row, 19-6, to improve their record to 4-4 on the season. With both the Red Devils and the Tigers consigned to the non-playoff bracket of the new MIAA football playoff system, they came together again just by luck of the draw (or, more accurately, via the MIAA’s computer algorithms) for a rematch of their previous encounter the week before in which the Red Devils prevailed, 14-7.

The repeat contest did not begin well for Chelsea on a raw and rainy Saturday morning, as Tech scored on its opening drive of 60 yards, the key play being a long pass on a third-and-11 that brought the ball to the Chelsea two yard line.

However, the Chelsea defense asserted its dominance the rest of the way and the CHS offense eventually overcame the early deficit to carve out the victory. The Red Devils had two scoring opportunities in the opening half, but both went by the boards thanks to a pair of interceptions. The first came when Moises Casado tipped a Tech punt and Chelsea took over at the LT 30, only to turn the ball over two plays later. The second came in the second quarter when the Red Devils approached the red zone, but that drive died with an INT at the Tiger 22 to leave matters at 7-0 at the intermission.

“The team knew at the half that we had chances to score and didn’t capitalize “ said CHS head coach Mike Stellato. “We were mad at ourselves for what happened.”

The start of the third quarter brought more of the same, as the slippery pigskin proved difficult to hold onto and a Chelsea fumble at the Tech 25 ended another Devil scoring threat. However, the momentum of the game soon changed dramatically when the Chelsea defense rose to the occasion and stopped the Tigers on a fake punt play on fourth down at the Tech 40.

This time Chelsea took full advantage of the opportunity. Hard running by Sammy Rivera and a pass play from CHS quarterback Albie Alicea to Nelson Vega brought the ball inside the LT 10. Two plays later, Alicea crossed the goal line from three yards out. A successful PAT kick by Lucas DeOliveira split the uprights for a 7-6 Chelsea advantage.

Now it was Tech’s turn to experience turnover-itis, this time fumbling the ball at its own 30 on its next possession. DeOliveira recovered the loose pigskin and six plays later, Kalvin “The Jet” Duran went in from three yards out.

Tech’s second fumble within the span of a few minutes occurred on the third play of the ensuing possession, with Christian Calix making the recovery and setting up the Red Devils at the Tiger 48.

Nifty running by Duran moved the ball to the Tech 30 and just three plays later, Rivera ran the ball in from the 10 yard line for a 19-6 Chelsea lead as the teams prepared for the final period.

That would end the scoring on a day that saw the weather go from bad to worse and the Devils headed home with the victory and a .500 record.

Stellato cited a number of his charges for their fine play, including Rivera, Duran, and Christian Caceres on the offensive side of the line of scrimmage. On defense, the coach noted the fine efforts of senior linebackers Calix and Francisco Mercedes and junior tackle Dennys Hernandez.

“Our defense caused the turnovers in the second half that resulted in points,” said Stellato. “Our offensive line did a nice job opening up the holes for our backs.”

Stellato and his crew now will trek to Framingham State tomorrow (Friday) evening for a contest under the lights against Marian. Kick-off is at 7:00.

Chelsea High School Red Devils

The Chelsea High Red Devils boy’s soccer team won a double overtime, 1-0, thriller over nemesis Lynn Classical Monday night in a first round playoff game at Chelsea Stadium – beating the very team that ousted the Chelsea footballers in the first round of last year’s playoffs. That said, the match was hard fought between two rivals – one looking to prevail for two years in a row and the other looking for revenge on a narrow loss the year before. After regulation had expired, the winner could not be determined, as there was no score. With two minutes remaining in the second overtime, Hector Rivera-Villares became the hero by launching a graceful, airborne shot into the goal. It ended the contest and sent Chelsea to the second round of the Division 2 North Tournament. Chelsea (#4, 15-3-1) will face Belmont (#5, 14-3-2) on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. in Chelsea Stadium.


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Obituaries 11-06-2014

Peter Grasso

Retired Butcher

Peter S. Grasso of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea, went home to Jesus October 30.

A US Army veteran of World War II and a retired wholesale meat company butcher, he was the beloved husband of Bina ( Giammarino ) Grasso with whom he shared 66 years of marriage; loving father of Louise Grasso of Brockton, Anthony Grasso of N. Reading, Loretta Mastalerz and her husband, Jay of Lynnfield and Peter Grasso Jr. and his wife, Deborah of Virginia; dear brother of Antoinetta DeVincent of Peabody and the late Louis and Louise Grasso and the cherished grandfather of 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchilren.

His funeral and services were private. For online guest book, please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com.


Ethel Elfman

Newton Marriott Retiree

A Memorial Service was held October 26 at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel in Salem for Ethel (Lichman) Elfman of Revere who died suddenly and peacefully at home. She was 84 years old.

Mrs. Elfman was born in Chelsea. She graduated Chelsea High School in 1948 and remained friends with many classmates attending all of her high school reunions. She moved to Revere where she lived for 59 years with her late husband, Edward Elfman and family.

Mrs. Elfman had a career as a caterer and accommodator as well as a server in the Newton Marriott Banquet Department. Although the hours might have been long, she loved going to work to help make someone’s wedding or Bar/Bat Mitzvah a joyous success by providing her version of white-glove service. Throughout her 37-year career, she received accolades from many who had attended a function at the hotel from which she retired in 2007.

As a volunteer, she sold savings stamps at the Shurtleff School and often visited the local Veterans Hospitals with the Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary.

She was the beloved wife of the late Edward “Eddie” Elfman with whom she shared a 49 year marriage, the devoted mother of Beth Wallace of East Haven, CT, Linda Elfman of Stoneham, Paula Daniels of New Hope, PA and Steven Elfman of Swampscott; dear sister to the late Jack Lichman and Sarah Nathan; aunt to Marilyn Steinberg and Eric Nathan and the late Billy Lichman; and proud grandma to Alex and Julia Daniels.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity.


Weldon Elsworth Brown

Retired Chelsea Police Sergeant and Community Volunteer

Weldon Elsworth Brown, a Retired Chelsea Police Sergeant and a 64 year resident of Chelsea, passed away at home, Tuesday morning, November 4 surrounded by his loving family. He was 85 years old.

Born in Arkansas, the son of the late Elmer and Elizabeth (Stopher) Brown, just after high school, Weldon enlisted in the US Navy in June, 1948. He served in the Submarine Service, Atlantic Fleet for seven and a half years, which included the Korean War and he was honorably discharged on July 8, 1955

After discharge, Weldon worked for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections for one year, prior to his appointment to the Chelsea Police Force as a reserve officer in 1957. He was appointed as a permanent patrolman in 1961 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1978. After serving his community for a loyal 30 years, Weldon retired in 1987. As a patrolman, he attended Northeastern University and received an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

After retirement, he remained active in the community. He volunteered at the Chelsea Public Library and was a member of the Chelsea Historical Society. He was a member of the Massachusetts Police Association and a devoted parishioner at Our Lady of Grace Church in Chelsea. He volunteered his time and hard work at the OLG Food Pantry, the OLG Outreach Program and also served as a Eucharistic Minister. He will be greatly missed by all his family, friends and extended family at the Chelsea Police Department.

Weldon is the beloved husband of Lorraine (Carroll) Brown, together they shared 60 years of marriage; the devoted father of Kevin Brown and his wife, Diane of Revere, Gerard Brown and his wife, Alice of Melrose, Michele Tosi and her husband, Walter of Melrose and Laurie Zoldos and her husband, Andrew of Chelsea; dear brother of Imalee Sterling of California; uncle of Michael Sterling of California. nephew of Quinn and Millie Brown of Arkansas. He is also lovingly survived by three grandchildren, Tristan and Emily Brown of Melrose and Gina Tosi of Melrose.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Everett/Chelsea line on Friday, November 7 at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held in the Church today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. including a prayer service at 7 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Donations in Weldon’s name may be made to Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea, MA 02150 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals in Chelsea.


Joseph ‘Joe’ Francis

Piasecki, Jr.

Chelsea Sanitation Department Retiree

Joseph “Joe” Francis Piasecki, Jr. passed away Sunday, October 26 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 84 years old.

A lifelong resident of Chelsea, the son of the late Joseph F. and Helen (Brunelle) Piasecki, Sr., Joe retired from the City of Chelsea, having worked in the sanitation department for 30 years.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, Irene P. (Johnson) Piasecki and he was the beloved father of Joseph F. Piasecki, III of Chelsea; step-father of Phyllis I. Iapicca of Lynn; dear brother of Joan Collins of Chelsea; brother-in-law of the late Edward Collins and is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren: Crystal, April, Raymond, Stephen, Meagan and Joseph and six great-grandchildren: Adam, Alex, Aaron, Aubree, Olivia and Kelvin.

A Graveside Service was conducted at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn.


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EPA Awards Chelsea $25,000 to Fight Asthma

EPA Awards Chelsea $25,000 to Fight Asthma

EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spalding presented stakeholders in the Chelsea Thrives initiative with a check for $25,000 to expand the work of coalition partners in the Shurtleff Bellingham neighborhood to include testing new methods to fight asthma. More than 30 collaborators, including city, state and federal officials, joined Spalding at Bosson Park to celebrate the award.

EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spalding presented stakeholders in the Chelsea Thrives initiative with a check for $25,000 to expand the work of coalition partners in the Shurtleff Bellingham neighborhood to include testing new methods to fight asthma. More than 30 collaborators, including city, state and federal officials, joined Spalding at Bosson Park to celebrate the award.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a coalition led by The Neighborhood Developers with a $25,000 grant earlier this month to promote asthma health education.

The grant was one of 14 given in New England to fund community projects addressing environmental and public health issues in New England. The Chelsea grant will support a project to pilot and test three approaches to community-based asthma health education, targeting primarily low-income, largely immigrant households in the Shurtleff Bellingham Neighborhood.

“This Healthy Community Grant will get trained professionals working directly with residents to reduce asthma triggers in the home and help improve children’s health in Chelsea,” said Curt Spalding EPA Regional Administrator at the check presentation ceremony held in Bosson Park. “TND and its partners are working locally to protect human health and the environment here in Chelsea and I look forward to seeing the results of their efforts.”

Said City Manager Jay Ash, “Chelsea, and especially our children, is lucky to have EPA empowering us to make a difference in the lives of our families and maybe, through replication of what we hope is a successful initiative, families across the country. And, while the EPA financial commitment isn’t big, in terms of grant dollars, the impacts on the health and financial well-being of our families, both short and long-term, and the amount of additional funding we may be able to leverage as a result of our empirical work is sure to provide a return on investment that all of us would be pleased to have in our own portfolios.”

TND’s Melissa Walsh said she was glad to see the EPA get involved in asthma issues in Chelsea.

“EPA has meant such a great deal to the health and well-being of Chelsea already, and is now stepping up to help us help our youngest avoid an avoidable infliction: asthma,” said Walsh, Community Engagement Coordinator at TND. “Thanks to this latest EPA grant, we’ll be able to engage residents, train inspectors, develop programming and track our results in making our homes safer and our kids healthier. What could be a more worthwhile cause?”

Jeanette McWilliams, administrative director at MGH Chelsea Healthcare Center, said, “Through this Healthy Communities grant with a focus on Healthy Indoor Environments, EPA is helping three key partners to take a deeper approach to address the underlying causes of asthma symptoms among children. This funding will allow MGH Chelsea to test education strategies that are focused on patients’ and families home settings, with the additional aim to bring families together who are residents in the same neighborhood and are all facing the issue of childhood asthma. Our hope is that children will be healthier as a result of this collaboration, and that families will build lasting support systems in the place where they live.”

School Committeewoman Lucia Henriquez said she was glad to see EPA championing the cause.

“Families in this neighborhood need champions, and EPA is proving to be one. I’m grateful, we’re all grateful for EPA’s willingness to create healthier housing options and better health for all of us, and especially our children, in this neighborhood.”

The Healthy Communities Grant Program focuses on identifying projects in target investment areas, including areas with environmental justice, areas with sensitive populations, and areas that are vulnerable to impacts to climate change, stormwater runoff. Funding from the program benefits projects in communities that will, help communities understand and reduce environmental and human health risks, increase collaboration through community based projects, build institutional and community capacity to understand and solve environmental and public health problems like asthma and climate change, or achieve measurable environmental and public health results.

“It’s great to have a partner like EPA working in places like Chelsea and making such a huge difference on the health of our residents and the vitality of our community. I’m pleased to support such an effort and the overall work of TND, its partners and the City of Chelsea to continue to innovate and succeed in producing meaningful advancements in the Shurtleff Bellingham neighborhood and beyond,” stated Congressman Michael Capuano.

EPA’s grant coincides with additional work being performed in the Shurtleff Bellingham neighborhood under the community’s Chelsea Thrives program. That program, which is the local version of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Working Cities Challenge initiative, seeks to produce prosperity, quality of life and physical improvements to Shurtleff Bellingham. Thirty partners, including City government, are working on numerous initiatives and the development of a data system to track the local success.

“We’re on the leading edge of a new, more comprehensive and coordinated approach to lifting the status of once struggling neighborhoods throughout the state and country. We’re already seeing success on our local effort and believe that partners like EPA will deepen and accelerate that success,” concluded Ash.


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Neighborhood Developers, Winner of 2014 ULI Award

Neighborhood Developers, Winner of 2014 ULI Award

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing has selected The Neighborhood Developers’ (TND) Box District as a winner of this year’s Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award.

ULI’s Terwilliger Center celebrates and promotes the exemplary efforts of real estate and public policy leaders from across the country who are working to expand affordable and workforce housing opportunities. The award was delivered in New York at ULI’s national conference.

The Box District includes 248 new mixed-income apartments and condominiums plus a new park that transformed a former blighted industrial site in Chelsea using a mix of new construction, adaptive reuse of old factories and modular building methods. The redevelopment of the Box District, now a smart growth district that will soon be home to a new Silver Line transit stop, is a result of long-term collaboration between The Neighborhood Developers, Mitchell Properties, and the City of Chelsea. The phased development began with The Neighborhood Developer’s purchase of a vacant factory in the district in 2006.

Prior to TND’s investment in creating the new neighborhood, as box and mattress manufacturers shut down or relocated, the industrial area, near the heart of downtown Chelsea, lay dormant. Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash, a native of Chelsea, often recalls how his mother wouldn’t let him play in the area due to safety concerns. Today many children play in the Box District’s new public park.

The project has benefitted from a series of state initiatives designed to spur redevelopment; including most recently the Housing Development Investment Program to spur market rate housing, coupled with a new Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation loan program that encourages Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Since the opening of the first apartments in 2008, rental apartments and condos have filled up in spite of a stalled housing market, and the first market-rate development, Atlas Lofts, reached full occupancy a year ahead of schedule. After full build out later this year, 51 percent of the new homes will be market rate, at rent levels previously unheard of for this neighborhood.

The ULI is a global nonprofit education and research institute.

TND’s Ann Houston stated, “We’re incredibly humbled to receive this award from the ULI. Each Box District partner brought skills and resources to the project and a shared vision for the area’s revitalization. That vision saw us through a good number of challenges including the 2008 housing downturn. We’ve made huge inroads into improving the safety, mixed-income housing availability, green space, and public amenities to what was once abandoned part of the city. This neighborhood has helped to set a new standard for Chelsea, and we’re proud to lead the charge.”

The Neighborhood Developers received the ULI award just one week after hosting Federal Reserve Chair Yellen at their offices in Chelsea.

Founded in 1979, TND spent the first 25 years developing great, affordable places to live in Chelsea. In 2006, TND expanded its emphasis from solely building affordable homes to building vital neighborhoods, focusing on both the people and the place. Its programs are delivered in Chelsea and Revere.


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Tocci Building Companies Begin Construction of Rock Chapel Marine HQ

Tocci Building Companies Begin Construction of  Rock Chapel Marine HQ

Tocci Building Companies (Tocci), a Boston-area construction manager and recognized leader in virtual design and construction solutions, announced today that it has broken ground on a new headquarters for Rock Chapel Marine located on Marginal Street in Chelsea.

The two-story, 5,349 square-foot (sf) office space will provide an architecturally appealing base for the company and is expected to be completed in April 2015.

Tocci assisted the architect and owner through pre-construction and design efforts as they value-engineered and tailored the project to best fit the Owner’s vision. This “mighty little dynamo” is packed with architectural style and panache, Tocci executives said.

The windows, shingle siding, and roofing make a statement that harkens to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style Architecture.

In addition to its powerful architectural design, this project requires intricate construction solutions. Due to its sensitive and prominent location adjacent to the Chelsea Harbor –and hence the need for piles to stabilize the earth – this building requires sophistication and presence to properly construct.

As Construction Manager, Tocci said it would work with architect Landing Studio to complete the “right-sized” project over a seven-month period. Conveniently located adjacent to Chelsea Creek, the development provides an attractive location while adding an element of complexity, as special measures must be taken to stabilize the foundation due to its waterfront setting. Tocci’s Estimating and Virtual Design and Construction departments worked collaboratively to create a model describing cost implications, design goals, and quantity take-offs for subcontractors and the client. This process ensured better pricing and a more accurate understanding of overall design goals.

“The project presents logistical challenges due to its proximity to Chelsea Creek,” commented Bud LaRosa, Chief Business Performance Office at Tocci. “Our enhanced communication processes created a reasonable budget while maintaining an excellent design that will result in a product that Rock Chapel Marine can be proud of now and in the future.”

The new office space will feature large windows overlooking the water, as well as exterior siding, creating a sleek design which will enhance the property’s waterfront and streetscape appeal. Adjacent to the building, the site will also include a salt storage unit, distribution facility, and an urban park – all built by Rock Chapel Marine for the public’s use and benefit. The project is projected to be completed in April 2015.

Rock Chapel Marine provides the road salt for New England Roadways and Highways.


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Please Remember to Vote On Tuesday

Please Remember to Vote On Tuesday

The election is Tuesday, Nov. 4 and the race for Governor between candidates Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley (Evan Falchuk and Jeff McCormick are also in the race, but they are trailing by a wide margin in the polls) is going down to the wire. The recent gubernatorial debates have been entertaining as both candidates seek to deliver their message to voters in the final week of the campaign.

It’s been an exciting campaign and Chelsea residents are poised to cast their ballots for Governor and the other statewide offices, along with the Congressional and state representative elections.

Question 3 on the ballot is also generating a lot of interest locally with Winthrop resident John Ribeiro leading a campaign against casino gaming Massachusetts. On Tuesday, voters will have the final say whether there will be casinos in Everett (Wynn Resorts) and Springfield (MGM Resorts) and a slots parlor in Plainville.

We encourage Chelsea residents to make their voices heard and vote in the election.


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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Proud supporter

I am proud to endorse Charlie Baker for Governor of Massachusetts. The recent scandals involving DCF, the EBT program, and the Probation Department are clear indicators of the arrogance and indifference that develops when one party is allowed to completely dominate state government. Massachusetts needs a governor who is able and willing to reform the bloated bureaucracy that is state government — and to be fearless in doing so. We need a governor who has a proven record of creating jobs, and cutting taxes for hard-working Massachusetts families; a governor who will fight to boost local aid to, and strengthen public schools in, communities like Chelsea. I strongly believe the person most qualified to do that is Charlie Baker and I urge the residents of Chelsea to cast their vote for him for governor on November 4th.

Clifford Cunningham

City Councillor


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