As the roller coaster ride of emotions continues, following the Boston Bruins’ loss on Monday to the Ottawa Senators in the fight for second spot in the Atlantic Division, the team will get right back on the horse, led by coach Bruce “Butch” Cassidy. There will not be any look backs at what went wrong in the Ottawa game, but rather the attention would be focused on last nights (Wednesday) contest at the TD Garden. The mindset will be that under Cassidy’s tenure their 7-3-0 record for the last ten games is still respectable. The Detroit Red Wings will be supplying the opposition as they struggle through a trying season thus far, and are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 25 years.
As the Record went to press, the Bruins held the third spot in the Atlantic Division, four points behind Ottawa and a pair of points up on Toronto. While Boston faced the Red Wings on Wednesday night, the Senators were playing in Dallas, so those scores were not figured in as yet. The tight-knitted standings at press time showed that there is a situation where the four, and the two point differences could be easily re-justified due to the fact that both Ottawa with four points astern still holds two games in hand over Boston, and Toronto who trails the Bruins by two points, still maintains a single game in hand over the Bruins.
The fact is when the Record hits the streets of Chelsea on Thursday, the 2-4 spots in the division standings could have changed dramatically. The reason being several of those games-in-hand will have been played by Thursday, and it leads to the probability of a single point being a slot up or down in the standings. Come Thursday, the Bruins will have attempted to get their game back on track Wednesday night on Garden ice, and solidify their hold on the third spot in the Atlantic, a solid effort will determine that.
Tuukka Rask was expected to be minding the net for Boston for Wednesday’ game, as every game serves as a chance for the Bs to pick up even one crucial point that can make a major difference in the standings. The Bruins will remain at home for a Saturday matinee with the Philadelphia Flyers who are also fighting for a chance to make the playoffs, although they have struggled of late. Following the Flyers game, Boston will head out to the West Coast to take on the Vancouver Canucks (Monday, 3/13 at 10:00pm), on Wednesday (3/15 at 9:00pm) they will be in Calgary to battle the red-hot Flames who are currently riding a seven-game win streak, and finish the West Coast adventure with former Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli’s Edmonton Oilers. One final stop on the road will be a mega-important division game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, 3/20 at 7:30pm.
Boston still manages to hold onto, albeit precariously, the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings, but nonetheless a position that can change with each passing hour. The Bruins have taken a hit with the loss of Ryan Spooner who was injured in the third period of Boston’s loss to Ottawa Monday night, after suffering the effects of a concussion. The injury precipitated the call-up of Austin Czarnik, and will call for realignment of the Bruins’ lines by Cassidy, likely giving Drew Stafford the chance to show his ability to fit in easily to Boston’s lineup wherever needed. Ah, such fun these final five weeks of the regular season schedule!
New England Telephone Co. retiree, one of the original “Chelsea Girls”
Evelyn R. Goff, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a brief illness on January 11 at the age of 97.
She was raised in Chelsea, attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School with the Class of 1938. She married Lawrence P. Goff and began her career as a telephone operator with the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company.
Evelyn was one of the original “Chelsea Girls” working from the Chelsea exchange. She remained with the company throughout all the name changes, from NYNEX to Verizon, before taking retirement nearly 25 years ago.
Friends knew her as “Ebbie” and in her retirement years she remained active and involved in life whether playing games of Bocci Ball at Voke Park or trips to the casinos. Ebbie was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and an active participant at both the Chelsea Senior Center on Riley Way and the Rossetti-Cowen Senior Center in Revere. She won the Bocci Tournament held at Langone Park in the North End of Boston in 2006.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lawrence in 2002; her sister and brother in law, Ellen and Raymond G. Higgins and her brother and sister in law John and Theresa (Léclair) Hayes. She is survived by her loving and caring nieces: Maureen Nagle of Milton and Linda Melescius of Melrose and also by Patricia and M. Kenneth Hyland of Stoneham, Patricia and Eugene O’Flaherty of Chelsea, Katherine and Stephen M. LeClerc of Stoneham, Eileen and Matthew Piccione of Winchester, Kathleen Hyland Flett of Malden and Patricia Walsh of Saugus.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Graduate of Chelsea Memorial School of Nursing; member of Hadassah B’nai Brith and Temple B’nai Israel
Beatrice (Pirkovitz) Shaffer, beloved wife of Henry Shaffer, died at Winthrop Place, Winthrop on March 5. She was 95 years old.
Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Morris and Esther (Yudin) Pirkovitz, she was raised and educated in Boston attended Boston Girls High School and graduated from Chelsea Memorial School of Nursing in 1957. She was a member of Hadassah. B’nai Brith and Temple B’nai Israel of Beachmont.
She is survived by many nieces and nephews: Johanna Alper and Amy Alper of Colorado, Susan Cohen of New York, Russell Pirkot of Greenfield, Donald Alper of W. Roxbury, Andy Cohen of Tennessee, Gerald Pirkot of Randolph, Murray Bass of New Jersey, Joshua Alper of Belmont and Daniel Cohen of Massachusetts. She was predeceased by her siblings: Jeanette Alper, Jack Pirkot, Rose Cohen and Ann Brody.
Graveside services were held at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon. Assisting the family with arrangements was the Torf Funeral Service. 151 Washington Ave., Chelsea. Donations in her memory may be made to the Mass Commission of the Blind, 600 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111 or the Mass Commission of the Deaf, 600 Washington St. Boston, MA 02111. For guest book please visit www.torffuneralservice.com.
Retired Chelsea Water & Sewer Dept. Supervisor
Richard M. “Rich” Preble passed away unexpectedly in his Chelsea home on March 4. He was 85 years old.
Born in East Boston, he was one of seven sons raised by the late Susan E. (Morrison) and Allen B. Preble, Sr. Rich received his early education at public schools in East Boston and Chelsea. A resident of Chelsea for all of his adult life, he began working in the building wrecking and dismantling field before being hired by the City of Chelsea Public Works. He worked for many years in the city’s water and sewer department and retired as a supervisor.
Rich was a devoted uncle, friend, mentor and inspiration to many. Throughout his retirement, he enjoyed many of his mornings socializing at Dunkin Donuts in Prattville. He was a past member of the Chelsea Elks and was a welcome visitor at the PPC, K of C, Sagamore and Cary Square Clubs in Chelsea. He was a man of deep faith and a devoted Catholic who frequently attended Mass at the Soldiers Home, St. Michael’s Chapel.
He was a loving son of the late Allen B. Preble, Sr. and Susan E. (Morrison) Preble, dear brother of Robert A. “Butch” Harnish of Revere, the late Allen Preble Jr., Edward, John and James Preble and Herbert Morrison. Richard is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grand and great grandnieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
Former Necco Candy employee
Geraldine (Clark) Gravell of Revere, formerly of Maine, died on March 5. She was 85 years old.
In her younger years, she worked at the Necco Candy Factory in Cambridge.
The beloved wife of Richard Gravell, she was the dear sister of Pat Clark of Florida and Shirley Clark of Brimfield and is also survived by many loving relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Richard ‘Fat Richie’ Picardi
Well known local businessman and member of many organizations
Richard J.”Fat Richie” Picardi of Revere died on March 4.
A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, Richard was a well known local businessman, proprietor of Lucy’s, Broadway Deli, Yellow Taxi and many businesses on Revere Beach during its heyday. He was a member of the American Legion, Sons of Italy and a 4th degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus Council 179.
He was the beloved husband of the late Janice (Vaughn) and Margo (Hankel); devoted father of Donna Kelley and her husband, Joseph of Haverhill, Richard Jr. and his fiancé, Danielle Michaels of Revere, Heidi Picardi and her husband, Pat Starkey of Saugus, Robert of Revere, Paul and his wife, Doreen of Revere, Antoinette Abreu and her husband, Estarlo of Lynn, Donna Picardi of North Andover, Lucia Picardi, Richard III, and Connie “Sissy” Picardi, all of Malden; loving son of the late Michael and Lucy (Cella); dear brother of Helen Picardi of Revere, Ann DerMarderosian and her husband, Armen of Needham, and the late Sam, Robert H., and Camille Sasso. He is also survived by 20 loving grandchildren, many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and his sister in-law, Marylin McNeil of Burlington.
His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Friday, March 10 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be today, Thursday, from 3 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home C/O Adult Day Care, 91 Crest Ave, Chelsea, Ma 02150. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Retired Mass toll collector
Murray Tarmy of Chelsea, beloved husband of the late Beverly (Wayne) Tarmy. died March 2 at the Beth Israel Hospital Boston surrounded by his loving family. He was 90 years old.
Born in Boston, the son of the late Joseph and Beatrice Tarmy., Murray was a US Navy veteran of World War II and was employed as a toll collector for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather who will be deeply missed.
Murray is survived by his two daughters: Beatrice Liberman and her companion, Fred Darcy of Chelsea and Annette Smith of Florida; his grandchildren: Michael, Jessica and Jamie Liberman and his brothers, Harold Tarmy of Natick and William Tarmy of N. Reading. He was predeceased by his son, Barry Tarmy, two grandchildren, Joseph and Jared Smith, his brothers, Benjamin, Jack and Albert and his son in law, Larry Smith.
His funeral service was held from the Torf Funeral Chapel. Interment was in New Tifereth Israel of Everett Cemetery, Everett. Donations in his memory may be made to MSPCA Angell Memorial Hospital, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130. For Guest Book, please visit www.torffuneralservice.com.
Volunteer Nurse’s Aide
Angelina N. Margareci of Revere died on March 3.
Born in Boston, she lived most of her life in Revere and made Friendly Garden her home later in life. Angelina volunteered as a nurse’s aide.
The beloved daughter of the late Antonio and Lillian (Masarro), she was the devoted sister of Margaret Ambrosino and her husband, Frederick of Revere and the late Josephine Margareci, Mary Aufiero and her husband, Michael; dear aunt of Paul Ambrosino, Thomas Ambrosino, Michael Aufiero, Peter Aufiero, Paul Aufiero, and Noreena Tuetkin. She is also survived by many loving great nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center, 204 Proctor Ave, Revere, MA 02151 For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Devoted to family and home
Luis Baez-Reyes passed away after a short illnessin the peaceful surroundings of his Lynn home surrounded by his loving family on March 7, He was 86 years old.
Born and raised in Ciales, Puerto Rico, the loving son of the late Juan Baez and Jacinta Reyes, at 17 years of age he came to Chelsea in search of work and establishing a future for himself. He briefly returned to Puerto Rico and married his beloved wife, Ana Rosa Colon and returned to Chelsea with his young wife to begin to raise his family of five; three daughters and two sons. He supported his family by working his entire adult life with Community Suffolk Farms in Chelsea, retiring in 1993.
After retiring, he lived with family for a time in Saugus and Malden before settling with his daughter in Lynn 12 years ago.
In his lifetime, his devotion was to family and home, He would frequently return to Puerto Rico together with his wife and children for family vacations. He worked hard to help his family and was a devoted husband, father, brother and uncle.
He was also very instrumental in aiding his niece to attend Harvard Medical School on her way to becoming a pediatrician.
He will be remembered for his easy going personality, love of family and time spent socializing with friends both new and old.
In addition to his parents, Luis was also preceded in death by his siblings: Octavio Baez, David Baez, Melita Baez and Reina Baez. He is survived by his beloved wife, Anna Rosa Baez, his loving children and their spouses; Nancy Baez and her husband, Leonard Doetsch of Lynn, Yolanda Baez-Garcia and her husband, Jeremias Garcia of Chelsea, Luis A. Baez, Jr, of Lynn, Jose Baez and his wife, Angela Martignetti of Revere and Rosa Baez of Plainville. He was the cherished grandfather of: Clori Pantoja, Anthony Colon, Jeremias Garcia, Karina Garcia, Natalie Colon, Matt Colon, Ariana Baez and Jayla Baez; adored great grandfather of Trae and Pasquale Jones, Darielle Maria Thomson, Demaria McKenzie and Hope Marie Colon. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
His Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, March 10 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with entombment at Holy Cross Chapel Hill Mausoleum, Malden.Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral Home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:
Kathryn Woods, a Freedom Trail Foundation tour guide, performing at the Chelsea Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 23, during one of the Black History Month events. The events were sponsored by the Chelsea Black Community (CBC) and Woods – acting in character all night – re-enacted the role of Sojourner Truth and her 1851 speech, ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’
In a deep and profound tone, Kathryn Woods, as Sojourner Truth, sang “Amazing Grace” as she ambled through rows of listeners, shaking hands. Woods performed an historical re-enactment of Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech, originally delivered at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in 1851. Organized by the Chelsea Black Community (CBC) in celebration of Black History Month, the Feb. 23 monologue at the Chelsea Public Library was a glimpse into the life of the African American abolitionist and women’s rights activist.
“When these troubles come, you go to God. He lives in the sky and He’ll give you an answer to every prayer that you make,” said Woods, a Freedom Trail Foundation tour guide.
Woods told the story of Truth’s grueling life of slavery, describing how she was brought to America from Africa with her family when she was a little girl. Truth recalled her cruel masters shackling her in the barn and beating her with rods that had been heated in a fire. Her “mister and missus were never pleased.” Truth pleaded with God to let her get away and guide her.
“The Lord spoke to me,” said Woods, as Truth. “I got up at three in the morning and traveled so fast; and by the time the sun rose, I was clear away.”
Eventually, she escaped and was taken in by Quakers, who treated her kindly and provided her with a bed, something she had never had before. As a slave, Truth slept on the damp boards of a dirt cellar.
Woods explained the ventures of the six-feet-tall tenacious woman, who traveled north and south, speaking of racial inequality, asserting that slavery must end. She was the first African American woman to take a case to a grand jury and win, and was appointed on the council of the National Freedman’s Relief Association. Along her march, she met abolitionists, William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass, as well as President Abraham Lincoln, who greeted her with respect and cordiality.
“I saw God. It was like the sun shined in a pale of water. I asked the Lord for a new name, and he gave me Sojourner because I was to travel up and down the land, being a sign for the people to show them their sins. He gave me Truth because I was to declare truth,” said Woods, as Truth, whose birth name was Isabella Baumfree. “I felt as though I had the power of a nation with me.”
Kathryn Woods performing Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech.
Kathryn Woods, as Sojourner Truth, showing Mandela Moses Zabot-Hall a photograph of the real Sojourner Truth.
Calvin Brown of the CBC holding a photograph of Sojourner Truth.
Leo Robinson, Chelsea City Council President, viewing an image of Sojourner Truth. Also pictured are City Council Clerk Ledia Koco and City Councillor Damali Vidot.
Kenny Umemba and Henry Wilson.
Joan Cromwell, CBC president, Mayra Reyes, and Maureen Lee, CBC treasurer.
The Chelsea Black Community (CBC) hosted a re-enactment of Sojourner Truth’s speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?” at the Chelsea Public Library on Feb. 23.
Mystic Brewery owner Bryan Greenhagen said the brewery released its 50th batch of Saison Renaud this month, the beer that started it all for the popular Chelsea brewery. While still an obscure type of beer in the market, the Renaud is the company’s number one flagship beer despite the fact it is much different than most of today’s popular beers.
It all started with the Saison Renaud.
The obscure style of beer popular in Belgium and northern France grew on Mystic Brewery founder Bryan Greenhagen while on his honeymoon, and in return it has grown on the ever-increasing customer base at Mystic, and this month the brewery is celebrating a milestone in releasing the 50th batch of its marquee product.
“Saisons are still very obscure in the market, but Saison Renaud is still our number one flagship beer at Mystic,” said Greenhagen this week. “Interestingly, younger people are into these really hoppy and crazy ales, and we make those and sell them here. But Renaud still keeps coming back and keeps coming to the top. It is a milestone. The fact it made it to 50 means it’s on tis way to becoming a classic. It probably needs another 50 batches to get it firmly in the ‘classic’ range.”
Greenhagen said that a batch is a pretty loosely defined term. When they first stared, a batch was about 60 barrels when they were contracting their brewing out. Now, in their owner brewery for the past six years, a batch is about 16 barrels.
Greenhagen said the company is growing significantly, and the fact that an obscure beer – which bucks the hop-filled IPA trends – can capture a key place in the market is worth noting.
Greenhagen said Saisons are very popular in Wallonia, a section of Belgium very much tied to France. There are two kinds of Saisons, he said, a table saison and the Renaud. Both come in 750 ml bottles with corks – and look much more like a bottle of wine than a bottle of beer.
“Both are farmhouse ales made in a very old style,” he said. “Table beer is the beer people drank when they were working in the fields. They drank it to hydrate themselves because they couldn’t drink the water. Renaud is a provincial saison. It’s more like a wine that would go with dinner. It’s not just a thing to hydrate you…but really more for the meal than the manor.
He discovered it, he said, while on his honeymoon and traveling around looking to sample Trappist brews. While eating at restaurants on the way, he kept running into this new type of beer, the Renaud Saison. Greenhagen said he already had plans to open up a brewery at the time, but instead of focusing on Trappist style beers, he decided the brewery would specialize in Saisons.
“The Renaud is our first beer, but not truly,” he said. “The first one we made was the Mystic Saison. That one was too spicy…and really peppery. Renaud is a re-visioning of that one. We no longer make the Mystic.”
Greenhagen said a very positive thing about the Renaud is that it is a flagship beer in an industry where local breweries with tap rooms are expected to always have something new. In the end, the constant newness wears customers down. Having something steady they can count on has proven to be good business.
“The real accomplishment with Renaud is that when we first got into this, everyone wanted something new all the time,” he said. “No one was making a flagship product…The fact is we have a beer that people all come back to again and again – the Saison Renaud. That’s an advantage in this market…If all you have is new, new, new, it gets exhausting.”
That steady force has also helped business.
Greenhagen said Mystic’s tap room on Williams Street has doubled in volume. In fact, the previously slow month of February actually beat the busy month of December this year.
There are many factors for that, he said.
First, beer culture has changed and more people want something that is made locally. They want to actually go to the brewery and see who makes the beer and where they make it. They want to have something very fresh.
Another reason, he said, is because they located in Chelsea and the community – in all segments – has welcomed them with such open arms.
“Chelsea has been tremendous,” he said. “We have a lot more return customers. It’s really everyone. It’s all parts of Chelsea, not just the One North. That and other things – like our partnership with Ciao! Pizza and Pastas and the restaurants like Chelsea Station – have been a boon for us here.”
For now, Mystic will continue bringing the obscure into he spotlight with their flagship Renaud.
Many family friends and neighbors came to Crown Point in Swampscott to pay their respects to longtime Chelsea resident Helen Feinberg, who died on Feb. 21. She was 92.
Stuart Feinberg joined his brothers, Richard and Ralph Feinberg, at the impressive memorial tribute to their mother, who with her husband, the late Julius “Moxie” Feinberg, raised their three children here and sent them to Chelsea schools.
Stuart Feinberg, a popular former teacher in the Chelsea schools who followed his brother, Richard, into the field of education, said kids were fortunate to grow up in a close-knit city where parents knew the parents of other children and knew their children would be looked after when they were with their friends.
“My friends and I were so blessed to have the parents we had,” said Feinberg. “All our fathers all had a certain personality but the mothers were the glue. Everybody, from all ethnicities and races, knew the other parents and could call them at any time to check to see if everybody was alright. It was just a great atmosphere back then.”
Stuart Feinberg said his mother was always supportive of her family in every endeavor – whether it be sports or academics – and obtaining a good education was very important to her. She made sure that all three Feinberg boys went on to attend college.
Richard was a beloved teacher at Chelsea High School and later at Northeast Regional in Wakefield. Stuart excelled as a teacher and coach and again followed his brother into basketball officiating.
Ralph Feinberg, who like his older brothers had the gift of making people feel warm and welcomed in their presence, opted for the business field and has been successful in his multi-faceted career.
Ralph described his mother as “a wonderful, caring woman who taught us all good principles.”
Richard Feinberg, who left Chelsea for Swampscott and became a highly respected member of the town’s School Committee, said, “I’m going to miss my mother terribly. She was a wonderful mother to the three boys and a wonderful wife to my father.”
Chelsea has lost another jewel of a person, a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.
The Attorney General’s Office confirmed that a complaint has been filed by one of the unsuccessful bidders on the Chelsea Community Center (CCC) building (old YMCA) on Shurtleff Street, and they are reviewing that complaint.
Emily Snyder of the Attorney General’s Office said the complaint from East Coast 3 Realty Trust, with one of the members being Revere businessman Charlie Lightbody, has been filed. Guidelines for the Attorney General’s Office indicate that a review does not constitute an investigation, so there is no investigation ongoing at this time.
“Yes I did file the complaint,” said Lightbody. “This is not a good situation in my opinion. A charity non-profit has to go through a review. I was the high bidder by a long shot, by more than $500,000, and my terms were good. I was going to close quick and give them the money they need quickly as a deposit. I don’t know why I wouldn’t have gotten the property and I haven’t gotten an answer yet from them. Maybe the Attorney General will be able to find out.”
The situation unfolded last month when, strapped for cash, the CCC Board of Directors decided to put the mixed-use building up for sale. Three known bidders originally were said to have put in bids, including the City of Chelsea. The winning bid, however, went to local developer Jim D’Amico for $950,000 – the same bid as the City. The City had hoped to put a Youth Center in the basement and first floor, similar to what exists there now. They would have then tried to develop the residential units upstairs into affordable housing.
However, D’Amico apparently got the vote of a majority of the Board. By state law, two-thirds of the Board members are needed to reach an affirmative decision.
D’Amico did not return a call from the Record to discuss his apparent winning bid.
Lightbody and his partners, including the Trust Manager Joe Mattarese, submitted a bid on the day of the Board meeting for $1.5 million. They said they submitted their bid once again at a second Board meeting on Feb.
Lightbody said he bid over the City’s Assessed Value on purpose and even considered going higher to $2 million. He said he thought the property was going to command a pretty penny. He said he was shocked that no one beat his bid, and further shocked that the winning bid was so far below his.
The building is valued by the City for real estate taxes at $1.297 million.
According to a fact sheet provided to the Record from the AG’s Office, most sales by a non-profit have to be noticed and reviewed by the AG’s Office. Some sales have to also have approval of the Supreme Judicial Court.
In the case of the CCC, it appears likely that an AG notice, and potentially court approval, are necessary.
In that fact sheet, one question is whether or not it is allowed for a public charity to sell substantially all of its assets to a for-profit company.
“Yes, so long as the charity can establish that it received fair market value and otherwise complies with applicable law,” read the fact sheet. “If the charity intends to change its activities or dissolve, notice and court approval is required. In addition, other requirements may be placed on the buyer to share with the charity profits realized on future sale of the property within a specified time period to ensure that the property was not undervalued at the time of the sale.”
It is uncertain if the CCC plans to dissolve, but without a Center to serve the community, it would seem impossible for the mission of the charity to continue.
The CCC appears not to be interested in continuing to operate the community center and fitness club, as the City is pursuing the ability to take over that function for it’s long-sought-after Youth Center. In that case, according to the fact sheet, it would appear that the sale would require Attorney General notice and court approval.
It would also have to show that it got fair market value for the sale.
The apparent winning bid by D’Amico came in more than $300,000 below the City’s Assessed Value for the purposes of property taxes.
The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced the release of $5.7 million in competitive grants to cities and towns across Massachusetts who, with their local community partners, will use the funding to combat gang violence and support local at-risk youth.
Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop will receive a collective $335,735 under the program — the Shannon Community Safety Initiative, or “Shannon Grant” — which targets gang violence in Massachusetts.
The grants provide funding to communities that demonstrate high levels of youth violence and gang activity, and who have a comprehensive plan to work with multi-disciplinary partners and a commitment to coordinated prevention and intervention strategies. Those strategies include social interventions, opportunity programs, time and personnel for gang task forces, and more.
“We are thrilled to continue working in collaboration with law enforcement and community groups to support at-risk youth in the Metro Mayors communities,” said Marc Draisen, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, which staffs the Metro Mayors Coalition (MMC), a group of 14 cities and towns who collaborate in addressing common issues confronting urban core governments.
MAPC manages the grant for the MMC communities of Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop.
“We thank Governor Baker and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security for their ongoing support of this important program to prevent youth violence and crime,” said Draisen.
Grant recipients and programming include:
Chelsea Police Department: Dedicated Gang Officer
City of Chelsea/Jordan Boys & Girls Club: Teen Program
Roca, Inc. (Chelsea): Transitional/Youth Employment
Everett Police Department: Metro Gang Task Force/Hot Spot Patrols
Everett Public Schools: Youth Employment
Revere Police Department: Metro Gang Task Force/Hot Spot Patrols
Community Action Programs Inter-City/Revere Police Athletics League: PAL Programs
Winthrop Police Department: Metro Gang Task Force/Hot Spot Patrols
Community Against Substance Abuse (CASA)/Winthrop: Youth Advisory Board
It took a little nighttime surveillance work and the poring over of a lot of data, but a new study from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) of five communities – including Everett and Chelsea – showed that nearly 25 percent of parking space in apartment buildings are not being used.
Researchers Sarah Lee and Kasia Hart gathered information at traditional large apartment buildings in Everett, Chelsea, Arlington, Melrose, Malden – going out on weekdays between midnight and 4 a.m. to survey the buildings to see if the parking requirements on a lot of the new construction projects was being used.
The simple answer: most new developments are wasting space in building very expensive garages and surface lots.
“We wanted to see if the parking being constructed was being used,” said Lee. “What we found was that a lot of it on average wasn’t being used…We still saw the range of 25 percent of constructed parking not being utilized. That was the overall takeaway we got for the data collected. Chelsea and Everett were right in there with the average range for the five cities studied.”
In Chelsea, City Planner John DePriest, who sits on the executive board of MAPC, said it was nice to have such a study take a fresh look at some of the parking regulations.
“They asked us if we wanted to participate and we definitely did because there’s such a reliance on the parking requirements in Chelsea’s zoning code,” he said. “The question is always are they accurate and effective. Are they overly broad? From the results of this study, it appears that answer is ‘yes.’ I always tell the Zoning Board that there’s a different between parking demand as opposed to parking requirements in the zoning. In some cases, it’s not enough and in some cases it’s too much.”
In Chelsea, generally the parking requirements are 1.5 spaces per unit. It goes up to two spaces per unit for three-bedrooms and up. Last year, City Manager Tom Ambrosino and DePriest petitioned the Council to reduce parking requirements in the Downtown Business District to 0.5 per unit for the very reason that the study was conducted – they didn’t believe the parking was completely necessary for the types of residents such units would attract.
“I support the findings of the study,” said Ambrosino.
The study, called the Metro Boston Perfect Fit Parking Initiative, began when MAPC looked into studies done by the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) in Seattle, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Researchers at MAPC said the number one issue in their planning area is always parking and traffic. The CNT studies focused on new apartment buildings and the parking requirements put on them – finding that many of the required spaces constructed weren’t being used by the demographic living in such buildings, many of whom prefer alternate means of transportation like bicycles, public transit, and ride sharing.
Those findings sparked MAPC to conduct its study, which was conducted in February and did not include parking at single-family homes or triple-deckers. It honed in on the apartment developments. Gathering information entailed going around to the identified developments and charting the spaces that were used between midnight at 4 a.m. on weekdays, which Lee and Hart said they believed was the peak demand for residential parking.
In Everett, they found that the parking build out for such developments was 1.14 spaces per unit, but that only 0.80 spaces per unit were being used during the study – a difference of more than 25 percent.
In Chelsea, the build out of parking spaces was 1.05 spaces per unit, and only 0.81 spaces per unit were being used during the study.
That finding brought about questions of fairness and land use.
They said the average cost to construct a surface lot space was $10,000 per space, while a garage cost $30,000 per space. With so much parking not being used, it signaled that there might be a lot of wasted construction dollars as well.
“These costs for developing parking are passed down to the renters,” said Hart. “You may be a renter and you don’t own a car, but you are paying an extra $100 or $200 or $300 a month for the development of parking spaces in your building that, on average, aren’t being totally used…We wanted people to think about that.”
The land use question also seeped into the findings, with both wondering about what could be built instead of the parking spaces.
“These multi-family developments have a lot of residents who are using transit and other options,” said Lee. “These developments have options for people like Uber, Zip Cars and access to public transit so people don’t often need to own cars and many don’t have families either…We wanted to hone in on that population because it could have more of an impact on land usage. Should we be developing more of these large surface parking lots or expensive parking garages, or can we eliminate some of that and instead add a few trees, or bike storage, or community space or even more units?”
Both said it begged the question that, perhaps, it’s time to re-examine parking requirement for new residential construction – that maybe blanket requirements are not the best options.
“We are certainly not advocating getting rid of parking everywhere,” said Hart. “We’re just trying to explain to these communities that parking requirements in these communities maybe shouldn’t be locked in to every development.”
Added Lee, “Three parking spaces could be a three-bedroom unit and that means more units in total, which is what everyone is scrambling to build as the housing demand increases in our areas…These are things people want and they are limited by potentially outdated zoning requirements based on data that isn’t reflecting the current trends.”
One thing they suggest is to have Zoning Board and Planning Boards think about specific developments when they review them – such as what the likely parking demand might be and apply different requirements to different developments.
Thinking that every housing development is going to produce two cars and loads of kids may not be accurate, and could produce unnecessary construction costs.
“Not every development now is going to produce three kids and two minivans per unit,” said Lee. “We want people to start thinking about who is living in these places and what are their needs. We shouldn’t project our own usage and uses on them.”
DePriest said the study would certainly cause Chelsea’s planners to take another look at their requirements to see if they need adjustments.
“Down the road, we should look at our parking requirements in the City and see if they need to have some updates,” he said.
Lee and Hart said it was of note that all five communities have been proactive in already taking steps to address parking requirements and also to offer better alternative transit options.
“More and more people we believe could end up saying, ‘Why am I driving in all this congestion?’” said Hart. “We can’t predict the future, but maybe owning cars will be less desirable. That could especially be true of young and more urban people that are moving into these areas.”
Concluded Lee, “Cities and towns are realizing more and more that a variety of transportation options will draw people to your community. More and more of these municipalities are realizing transportation diversity is a big draw to their communities.”
Katelyn Ferguson, 29, 86 Division St., Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.
Jesus Palacios Leiva, 23, Homeless, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Leonardo Escobar, 44, 92 Chester Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for breaking and entering for misdemeanor.
Matthew Graves, 25, 4 Parkway Ct., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Marvin Sanchez, 34, 751 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for operating motor vehicle with suspended license.
Cristian Bamaca Gomez, 32, 72 Camden, Lynn, was arrested for operation of motor vehicle unlicensed, leaving the scene of property damage, negligent operation of motor vehicle and warrants.
David Riley, 41, 325 Commandants Way, Chelsea, was arrested on a probation warrant.
Chazz Campbell, 32, 55 Jermone St., Medford, was arrested for being fugitive from justice and on warrants.
Douglas Murphy, 47, 39 Boylston St., Boston, was arrested on warrants.
Heidi King, 35, 889 Harrison Ave., Boston, was arrested on warrants.
Ramon Pagan, 55, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, was arrested for trespassing.
Daniel Reardon, 33, 11 Newton St., Malden, was arrested on arrest warrant.
Kamaya Farikafi, 23, 133 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested for murder.
Quintavius Smith, 22, 85 Blossom St., Chelsea, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle.
Jainie Lopez-Spencer, 19, 139 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle.
Wexell Neal, 21, 125 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle, operation of motor vehicle unlicensed and on warrants.
Skyla Bustamante, 20, 194 Garfield Ave., Revere, was arrested for receiving stolen property over $250.
Kevin Rosales, 24, Homeless, Chelsea, was arrested for immigration detainer, unarmed burglary.
Alcino Sobrinho, 36, 21 Medford St., Malden, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle and speeding.
Osman Ishag, 40, 63 Ingalls St., Lynn, was arrested on a warrant.
Anna Andrades, 54, 748 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing.
By Seth Daniel and Paul Koolloian
NO BAIL IN FATAL CHELSEA BEATING
The Chelsea man who allegedly beat 32-year-old Melvin Cortes with a bat, killing him, was arraigned on a murder charge last Thursday, Feb. 23, after his return from Ohio, where he fled after the fatal encounter.
Kamaya Farikafi, 33, of Chelsea, was ordered held without bail. He will return to court on March 14.
Assistant District Attorney Lynn Feigenbaum told the court that Cortes, a resident of Everett, was badly beaten by a man wielding a baseball bat on the evening of Feb. 5 in the vicinity of Congress Avenue and Shurtleff Street. Cortes suffered injuries that claimed his life at Massachusetts General Hospital on Feb. 11.
In the hours and days following the assault, Chelsea Police detectives and State Troopers assigned to Conley’s office interviewed witnesses, recovered surveillance imagery from nearby cameras, and gathered physical evidence that led to a warrant for Farikafi’s arrest. With the assistance of the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and, later, US Marshals, Farikafi was apprehended Feb. 15 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He waived extradition proceedings and was returned to Massachusetts Feb. 22.
The motive for the assault remains under investigation and anyone with information on the attack itself is urged to share it with Chelsea Police at 617-466-4880 or the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817.
DEPORTED MAN RETURNS, BREAKS INTO HOME
A man who had been deported previously from Chelsea in 2014 returned to the city and was arrested for breaking into a home last week, Feb. 22.
The federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) put a detainer on the man, and was likely to take custody of him for yet another deportation.
Chief Brian Kyes said this particular detainer and deportation were routine felony deportations and not related to any of the new executive orders that redefine what crimes are targeted for detainers.
On Feb. 22 at 11:35 p.m., officers responded to 25 Chester Ave. on the report of a man breaking into the apartment. The caller stated that a man, whom she had seen hanging around the outside of her house previously, had entered her apartment through the back door and was rummaging through her drawers. She told officers she startled him while he was going through her things, and he ran back outside through the same rear door. Officers found the suspect crouched next to the trash bins on the outside alleyway of the house.
The suspect was positively identified as the man that had entered her house and was placed under arrest. The subject was later found out to be wanted by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Kevin Rosales, homeless, was charged with unarmed burglary and an immigration detainer.
On Feb. 22 at 9:43 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop in the area near Broadway and Crescent Avenue of a blue 2017 Toyota Rav4 due to the registration being listed as stolen. The driver and passengers were identified. After further investigation, all parties were placed into custody and transported to police headquarters.
Jainie Lopez-Spencer, 19, of 139 Marlborough St., was charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle.
Wexell Neal, 21, of 125 Marlborough St., was charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, unlicensed operation and two warrants.
WARRANT FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE
On Feb. 22, at 9:47 a.m., officers observed a male party with a warrant in the area of Spruce Street at Washington Avenue. Officers detained the male party in front of 166 Washington Ave. The subject provided officers with a false name. However, officers were familiar with subject and placed him under arrest .
It was later learned that he had an outstanding warrant out of Hillsboro County, New Hampshire as well. An initial charge of fugitive from justice (NH) was added.
Chazz Campbell, 32, of Medford, was charged with being a fugitive from justice and two warrants.