Apollinaire Summer Shakespeare Intensive Announced for Youth

Apollinaire Theatre will be holding a Summer Shakespeare Intensive, June 27-July 31, for youth ages 11-18 as part of the new and expanded Chelsea Youth Theatre program.

Participants will perform Hamlet in Spanish as part of our Apollinaire in the Park production running July 13-31 in PORT Park. Each summer Apollinaire Theatre Company produces a free outdoor show in both English and Spanish. This summer our Chelsea Youth Theatre students, with help from our professional company, will be presenting the Spanish language version of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

This five-week program will include classes in acting, text, movement, and stage combat, and on-going rehearsals. Actors from the professional cast of Hamlet will also offer special workshops in their areas of expertise. Participants will present Hamlet in PORT Park on Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31.

No prior acting or Shakespeare experience is required, just interest, enthusiasm, commitment, and a desire to learn. All participants must attend a group audition (no prepared piece is needed!). Auditions will be held June 11 & 12 during the Chelsea Art Walk, and on June 16 & 19. Class work will be bilingual, and the final production will be in Spanish and preference will be given to students who speak Spanish. (English language classes will begin this fall!) Cost for the program is $575. Financial aid is available, and all students with an interest in performing are encouraged to apply regardless of financial status — we are committed to providing opportunities to everybody with an interest in the arts.

The program will be directed by Andrea Rios and Armando Rivera. Rios is a dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker with a background in Hispanic Literature. She recently received her Master of Arts in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Armando is an actor and director, with degrees in theater and history from Florida Gulf Coast University. He has worked extensively in youth theatre with the B Street Theatre in Sacramento, CA, where he toured California with “Walk in Our Shoes” and was featured in the original production “Dia de los Cuentos.”

Chelsea Youth Theatre will be offering a variety of classes for children and youth in their new youth theatre this fall! They encourage students and parents to sign up for their email list on their web site, www.apollinairetheatre.com for information. The new youth arts space will have a black-box theater for youth productions, and offer classes and youth programs year round. There will also be expanded opportunities for youth to apprentice and intern with Apollinaire Theatre Company, working with professional directors, stage managers, and designers, or participating in productions as actors.

All programs are at the Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet Street (Chelsea Square – across from 222 Broadway) in Chelsea.

The Chelsea Youth Theatre is supported in part by a grant from the Paul & Edith Babson Foundation and the Riseman Foundation.

For more information call: 617/887-2336 or email cyt@apollinairetheatre.com

Chelsea Youth Theatre is a program of Apollinaire Theatre Company, Chelsea’s own professional theater.

Young Actors in 2015 Apollinaire in the Park production.

Young Actors in 2015 Apollinaire in the Park production.

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Branch Manager:Longtime DPW Deputy Andy Desantis is Named Mass Tree Warden of the Year

By Cary Shuman

Every city and town in Massachusetts with a population of 10,000 or more residents is required to have a tree warden.

So when Chelsea Tree Warden Andy DeSantis becomes the Massachusetts Tree Warden of the Year, it’s a major honor, one in which the city can take great pride.

In fact, Chelsea city leaders paid tribute to DeSantis’s success by planting a tree in his honor at Washington Park. That event attended by City Manager Tom Ambrosino coincided with Chelsea’s Arbor Day planting celebration.

Allan Alpert, the city’s emergency management director, lauded DeSantis for his statewide recognition.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Andy his whole tenure in Chelsea and he’s always accessible and gets right back to you,” said Alpert. He’s a wonderful man to work with and I congratulate him on receiving this wonderful, much-deserved award.”

City Treasurer Bob Boulrice, a tomato grower of note, also congratulated DeSantis.

“I grow tomatoes at the Chelsea Community Garden and Andy DeSantis, in his capacity as tree warden and with his incredible knowledge, he’s always been helpful and supportive to our group’s efforts,” said Boulrice. “I congratulate Andy on this well-deserved honor.”

DeSantis, 64, retired as assistant director of the Department of Public Works on April 6 and is now working part time for the DPW and as tree warden. He served as assistant director for 22 years, having previously worked in Revere as the superintendent of Public Works.

“My tenure in Chelsea has been great,” said DeSantis. “It’s an excellent place to work. The city gives me the latitude to do what I need to do. The city has provided a lot of funding for upgrading its infrastructure.”

DeSantis, who is considered an expert in arboriculture, oversees approximately 2,000 public-shade trees in the city. “Public-shade trees are defined as the trees in the public right of way,” he said. “We’ve planted over 1,000 trees in the past 12 years.”

DeSantis said through the efforts of former city councilor Roseann Bongiovanni, Chelsea became a Tree City in 2005, meeting the standards of the Arbor Day Foundation and affirming that “Chelsea cares about its trees.” The Tree City designation makes Chelsea eligible for grant funding.

“I think the future looks good for Chelsea,” said DeSantis. “We just got a grant for

Chelsea Tree Warden Andy DeSantis displays his prestigious statewide award.

Chelsea Tree Warden Andy DeSantis displays his prestigious statewide award.

$30,000 that going to update the tree inventory and perform a tree risk assessment of all our trees.”

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Art Walk will Emphasize New Cultural District in Chelsea Square Layout

By Seth Daniel

When the Chelsea Art Walk premieres this coming June 11 and 12, it will have a significant Chelsea Square feel to it.

That’s because instead of buses ferrying folks all over the City, this year’s Art Walk will be the first to acknowledge the desire by the City to have a Cultural District, and therefore will center most activities in and around Chelsea Square for the first time.

“We’ve re-engineered Art Walk to be in venues proximate to Chelsea Square,” said Bob Boulrice, who is helping organizer Joe Greene and others with this year’s walk. “This is related to allowing people to experience the venues without the need for buses. To that extent, we’re glad to now have Roca participating and others. We’re doing this to support the City’s desire to activate Chelsea Square as a Cultural District. That means that people will come to Chelsea Square and experience a lot of art and culture. There are Cultural Districts all over the places I go, why should Chelsea have one too?”

The Art Walk will feature new venues in proximity to the Square like Roca, as mentioned above, but it will also use some creative ways of centralizing the fun.

For example, the Boston Printmakers Board will present a show of award winning etchings and lithographs inside of a shipping container parked in the park area next to Broadway and Second Street.

Also, there will be an Independent Film Festival called ‘Moving Pictures’ inside another container on the park area.

There will also be live music on a stage that is set up on Second Street. There, from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, The Curve of the Earth and Chelsea High School Rockers will perform – as well as hip hop artists ‘Truey’ and ‘Frenchie.’

It will all be anchored by the Apollinaire Theatre, which is undergoing major renovations right now with the goal of re-opening a whole new theatre complex this fall.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity this year,” said Boulrice. “The renovations now going on at the Apollinaire is very appropriate and convenient to this. The Apollinaire is now going to be offering an opportunity for Boston-area theatre artists to create their work in Chelsea Square. The moment is right. Those who have been involved with Art Walk for a decade feel it’s incredibly important to let people know we want them to come here. There’s been enough bad news, and this is very good news.”

At the City level, City Planner John DePriest said that through May, students from Tufts University in the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning class have been surveying and interviewing folks in the downtown area.

DePriest said the City wishes to have a Cultural District that runs from City Hall all the way to Williams Street. It would not only include arts venues like Apollinaire, but also capitalize on the different foods and cultural items on Broadway.

“They talked to a lot of people to get a sense of what’s going on downtown and what’s available downtown,” he said. “They went through a process of gathering information for a grant application that we plan to submit. We’re also looking to identify private funding and non-profit funding opportunities. It really goes beyond the arts. We want to emphasize the multi-cultural aspects of the District. There are Spanish restaurants, Asian stores and then you have the international nature of the City. Chelsea’s downtown fits well together.”

Boulrice said one must think about how a Cultural District can help the city.

“It’s not to think about what a Cultural District is, but what a Cultural District does,” he said. “A Cultural District provides an opportunity for residents and others to go to a a specific place…In Chelsea Square there food, karaoke, Mariachi, singing, dancing, Apollinaire Theatre, Pearl Street Gallery and the art now being produced at Roca. Chelsea Square would seem to be a likely area to designate as a Cultural District. Arts and culture goes on all over Chelsea, but by designating this a cultural district, the local population and the wider populace that attends an arts and culture event will come to know there’s a lot going on in Chelsea.”

Certainly, anyone attending the Art Walk on June 11 or 12 will be well aware of that, as they premiere ‘Art in the Park.’

Venues include:

  • Pearl Street Gallery, 100 Pearl St.
  • Chelsea Community Garden, Ellsworth Street
  • Roca, 101 Park St. (12-6 p.m. both days)
  • Apollinaire Theatre Company, 189 Winnisimmet St.
  • The Apollinaire Gallery (second floor), 189 Winnisimmet St.
  • Second Street Sound Stage, Saturday 3-5 p.m.
  • Indie Film Fest, Containers in the Park (Broadway and Second Street)
  • Boston Printmakers, Containers in the Park (Broadway and Second Street)
  • Mystic Brewery, 174 Williams St.

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Roca’s High-Risk Young Mothers Program Wins National Award

The Roca, Inc. High-Risk Young Mothers Program is honored to be a recipient of the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s inaugural Accelerating Change Award. The award recognizes programs and initiatives that have demonstrated a commitment to reach diverse populations of young women and girls of color and create opportunities for their well being and success.

Young women and girls of color—especially those involved in or at risk of involvement in public systems like child welfare and juvenile justice—face a unique and alarming trajectory that puts them at risk of poor outcomes in life. To spotlight organizations, programs and practices that interrupt that trajectory, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is recognizing initiatives such as Roca’s High-Risk Young Mother’s Program for our compelling and creative interventions to make a difference in young women and girls’ everyday lives. Roca and four other organizations were selected after a nationwide competition.

“Roca exists to disrupt the cycle of poverty and disconnection that ensnares young people,” said Rosie Muñoz-López, director of Roca’s High-Risk Young Mothers Program. “We’re proud of the work we’ve done to support our young women to become good parents and attain self-sufficiency, and because of this award, we’ll have the opportunity to begin sharing the lessons we’ve learned with others who want to make a difference on behalf of young women and girls of color at a national level.”

Along with national recognition, a small honorarium to support our work and an opportunity to join a network of similar high-performing initiatives, members of Roca’s High-Risk Young Mother’s Program will attend United State of Women Summit hosted by the White House next month. The United State of Women Summit will rally women and girls across the nation and abroad to discuss key gender equality issues, such as economic empowerment, educational opportunity, health and wellness, violence against women, entrepreneurship and innovation and leadership and civic engagement.

“Organizations like Roca are changing the narrative about young women and girls of color,” said Tashira Halyard, CSSP senior associate and lead for the Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare. “Too many of our girls and young women of color are placed on a path toward negative outcomes after experiences with public systems that are meant to protect them and support them. Rather than perpetuating what is often an ‘abuse-to-prison pipeline,’ these organizations are lifting up and supporting our young women and girls of color as crucial to our nation’s future.”

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Police Briefs 06-02-2016


Chelsea Police detectives and State troopers assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office are investigating the death of a 4-month old boy discovered around noon on Monday, Police Chief Brian Kyes and District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

A family member found the child unresponsive in their Washington Avenue apartment at about noon. He was transported to Whidden Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. A preliminary examination of the body did not reveal immediate signs of violent trauma and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of his death. Detectives have likewise not developed evidence of foul play but their investigation remains active.

As with all death investigations, anyone with additional information is asked to share it with police. Chelsea Police detectives may be reached at 617-466-4805 and the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit, which has jurisdiction over unattended deaths in Chelsea, may be reached at 617-727-8817.


On Tuesday evening, May 31, at 6 p.m. Chelsea 9-1-1 received multiple calls reporting a building fire at 144 Bellingham St. Upon arrival firefighters under the command of Acting Deputy Robert Denning reported a heavy smoke condition and fire in a bedroom ceiling on the second floor. Crews from E2 and T1 stretched a 1 ¾ attack line to suppress the fire while E3 and L2 opened up the affected areas and performed ventilation and roof operations.

Crews quickly knocked down the fire which was confined to a second floor bedroom. Cataldo Ambulance was requested to the scene to evaluate a second floor tenant that suffered smoke inhalation in an attempt to put out the fire. The tenant was eventually transported to the hospital. CFD Arson Investigator Captain Michael Gurska responded to the scene to determine the cause of the fire. Members from Chelsea Inspectional Services Electrical and Code Enforcement. Emergency Management Director Robert Verdone also responded to the scene to assist the Red Cross in the relocation of several residents that were displaced by the fire. Everett and Revere Fire provided mutual aid coverage during the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Sports 06-02-2016

CHS Roundup

CHS softball team to host tourney game this Saturday

The Chelsea High softball team, which completed a fine 12-4 season, will host a first round game of the Division 3 North Sectional of the MIAA state softball tournament Saturday.

The Lady Red Devils, who are the eighth seed among the 24 teams in the D-3 North sectional, will play the winner of today’s preliminary round contest between Mystic Valley and Winthrop.

The first pitch for Saturday’s encounter is set for 4:00.

Best finish ever for CHS girls at state track event

It was a big day for Chelsea High School girls track at the Eastern Mass. Division 2 championship meet this past Sunday at Norwell High School.

The Lady Red Devils racked up 15 points to place 17th in D-2, Chelsea’s highest-ever finish.

The outstanding performer of the day for Chelsea was senior Mariama Kamara who took second place in the 100 dash with a time of 12.88. Mariama narrowly was defeated by indoor state champion Ally Isley of Wellesley.

“The Chelsea girls’ team never has had a girl finish this high in any event,” said CHS coach Mark Martineau. “This is an amazing achievement for a senior who was battling injuries most of the season. She has come back at the right time and does not seem to have missed a step.”

By finishing second, Mariama now will participate in the All-State championship this coming Saturday at Westfield State University to compete against the best sprinters from all the divisions throughout Massachusetts.

Another outstanding performance was turned in by sophomore Martin Simon. Martin brought home sixth place medals in two events, the long jump with a leap of 16’-7.5” and the triple jump with a distance of 34’-11.25”. Simon’s triple jump was both a personal and a new CHS school record.

“Martin has been improving every week as the season has gone on,” said Martineau. “A special thanks goes to her jumps coach, Kanku Kabongo, who has been instrumental in the amazing performances that Martin and the rest of the jumping team has accomplished this season.”

Martin will have to wait to hear (as the Record was going to press) whether she has qualified for the All-State meet.

Also scoring points for the Chelsea girls was the 4 x 100 relay team of Kamara, Simon, Katherine Cabral, and Owliyo Mohamud. The foursome finished eighth with a clocking of 51.45.

Cabral also competed in the 100m (30th, 13.78) and the 400m (10th, 61.64) and Mohamud also competed in the 400 (18th, 63.53).

For the boys’ side, the sole Red Devil qualifier for the state competition was junior Adriel Cedano, who finished 13th (among a field of 35 competitors) in the triple jump with a personal record distance of 40’-3.5”.

CHS baseball team wraps up season

The Chelsea High baseball team concluded its 2016 season this past week, dropping a 10-2 decision at Greater Lowell.

Eduardo Nunez went 2-for-2 for the Red Devils with a double, two walks, a stolen base, and an RBI. Estarlin Martinez was 1-for-3 with an RBI single.

Luis Jiminez was chosen to the Commonwealth Athletic Conference All-Star team at the recent meeting of the league’s coaches. Luis led the Red Devils with 13 runs scored and 17 stolen bases in 18 games. Jiminez also recorded two of the three Chelsea victories on the pitching mound.

Bruins Beat

by Bob Morello

Bruins announce camps and preseason

Fans looking for a bit of local hockey flavor during this long off-season break can savor the announcement from the Boston Bruins revealing the club’s seven-game 2016 preseason schedule, which will begin on Monday, September 26 (7:00pm) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden. The Bruins will remain on Garden ice for their Wednesday, September 28 matchup with the Detroit Red Wings (7:00pm), in a home-and-home series that will take them to Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena on Friday, September 30 (7:00pm). The road trip will continue with a stop at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, October 1 (7:00pm) to take on the Flyers, followed by a trip north of the border to Quebec City, Canada, to face the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, October 4 (7:00pm). Quebec City is currently among those vying for an NHL expansion team to replace their former Nordiques who played in the NHL from 1979-95.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will host Boston at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, October 6 (7:00pm), with the Bruins finishing off their preseason schedule on Garden ice, with their seventh and final game on Saturday, October 8 versus the Philadelphia Flyers in a rare 5:00 pm start. With three games on Garden ice, fans will get a good look at what they can expect from this season’s roster.

The team also announced the preliminary schedule for their 2016 Rookie Camp, which begins on Thursday, September 15, and their 2016 Training Camp, which begins on Thursday, September 22. The full rookie camp and training camp rosters will be announced at a later date.

Final rosters for the World Cup of Hockey (September 17 to October 1) to be played in Toronto, have been released. Bruins players participating include: Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand (Team Canada); Tuukka Rask (Team Finland); David Krejci and David Pastrnak (Team Czech Republic); Loui Eriksson (Team Sweden); Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg (Team Europe). Also named as assistant coach for Team Canada is Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien.

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Obituaries 06-02-2016

Claire Ells

Dedicated her life to husband, family and home

Claire L. Ells of Chelsea passed away on May 24 after a brief illness while convalescing for the past two months at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. She was 86 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, she was one of six children of the late John and Mary (McAvinue) Costello. She was a graduate of Revere High School. After high school,l she worked for a brief time in Boston with Kennedy’s Men Store, and later with Forbes lithograph and Travco Industries in Chelsea.

She married her beloved Harry M. Ells in April of 1952 and has been a Chelsea resident since that day and for the past 64 years. Her life was dedicated to love of her husband, family and home. She enjoyed bingo, was a voracious reader and kept sharp with crossword puzzles and other word games.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Doherty and two brothers; John and Edward Costello. She is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, Harry M. Ells, Jr. of Chelsea. She was the loving and devoted mother of Harry M. Ells and his wife, Patricia of Everett, Susan Silvia and her husband, Michael of Reading, Barbara Camoscio and her husband, Anthony of Tewksbury and Edward Ells and his companion, Eileen Gurska of Chelsea. She was the dear sister of Helen Condelli of Medford and Virginia Legner of Westwood, the loved and cherished grandmother of Jillian Ells, Jonathan and Tiffany Ells, Daniel Silvia and his fiancée, Paula Goguen, Mary Silvia, Michael and Kathy Camoscio and David Camoscio and the adoring great-grandmother of Elizabeth Ells and Molly Camoscio.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 29 Crafts St., Ste. 450, Newton MA, 02458

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An All-Time Great:Vito Maida Recalls His Days in Chelsea Football

Cary Shuman

Vito Maida has his rightful seat the table of the all-time greats in Chelsea High School sports history.

Now 89 years old and living in Tewksbury with his wife, Lucy, Maida has nothing but positive memories of his days wearing the CHS football uniform.

Maida attended the Mary C. Burke and the Carter School, but it was at Chelsea High School where he became a legend.

“I actually began playing football for the Carter Junior High School team and we were undefeated in the city,” recalled Maida.

At Chelsea High, the 5-foot-9-inch, 180-pound Maida became the starting guard on offense and the noseguard on defense and played every minute of every game.

“We beat Everett, 13-12, in my sophomore year,” recalled Maida. “We were 5-5 in my junior year.

And then came 1944 and perhaps the greatest season of all time for the Red Devils. On a squad stacked with greats like Paul “Choc” Glazer, John Glowacki, Nate Finklestein, Abe Garnick, Buster Saladino, Sonny Finnigan, Al Generazzo, and Johnny Houghton, Chelsea defeated Class A teams Bedford, Arlington, Malden, and ultimately shared the Class B state championship with Saugus.

“Nate was a quiet guy but boy, was he tough,” said Maida. “I used to call him the fifth man in the other team’s backfield. Nate was an All-Scholastic and he went on to play at Villanova. Nate and Choc were the ends on offense. Choc had great hands and he helped the offensive line with his blocking. And Choc was an even better basketball player.”

Maida remembers teaming with Abe Garnick on the Red Devils’ big and powerful offensive line. “Off the field you wouldn’t think that Abe was tough. He was mild mannered but when he stepped on the field he was an incredible lineman. Abe and I used to double-team people and knock them out of the stadium.”

Glowacki was the team’s strong-armed, accurate throwing quarterback while Sonny Finnigan and Buster Saladino were the tough, hard-nosed running backs.

Maida, who was one of the captains in the 1944 season, had sensed the Red Devils would accomplish something special after Chelsea dominated bigger schools in preseason scrimmages. The Red Devils finished with a 9-1 record, its lone blemish coming at the hands of Saugus.

Following that historic season, Maida was selected to play in the first Suburban-North Shore all-star game at Manning Bowl in Lynn. “There were 20,000 fans at the game,” said Maida.

But Maida still had another chapter to write in his football career. After serving a 19-month stint in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Indiana during World War II, Maida matriculated at Coburn Prep School in Waterville, Maine, where his football team had an undefeated season.

Maida, who had previously earned a scholarship to Brown University before leaving for the war, decided to attend Northeastern University. He excelled in four years of college football and earned a degree in Business Administration in 1952. He was inducted in to the Northeastern University Athletic Hall of Fame for his excellence in football in 2006.

Maida enjoyed a successful career in business working for Star Market as the electronic data processing and systems manager. He later became the comptroller for Star Market and continued his career as an administrator at other companies. He retired in 1991.

Maida and his wife, Lucy, have been married 67 years. They had five children, Richard, 64, triplets Robert, Thomas, and Paul, who are 59 years old, and a daughter, Ann Marie, who passed away at the age of 36 in 1988.

The son of Bruno Maida, a World War I veteran, and Lucy Maida, Vito remembers his father’s grocery store in Mill Hill. He looks back at his days growing up in Chelsea as the “best time of my life.”

“My father had a grocery store on Eastern Avenue called B. Maida’s Market,” he said. “My brother, the latr Dante Maida, who was a captain with Joe Bevere of the 1949 Chelsea team, later opened a transmission shop right next door. Chelsea was a close-knit community and you got to know everyone of every ethnicity – Jewish, Polish, Irish, Italian. We used to tease each other all the time. Those were great days. I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I still get back to Chelsea occasionally and it’s changed a lot but it will always be the hometown I loved.”

As you would expect, Vito Maida entered the was the Chelsea High School Hall of Fame and was inducted alongside two of his teammates, Nate Finklestein and Paul “Choc” Glazer.

It was a fitting tribute to Vito Maida – a man who excelled on the gridiron and was a sportsman on and off the field.

Vito Maida

Vito Maida

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All’s Well at S & L:Steven Powers Jr takes Over Ownership of Popular Mill Hill Sandwich Shop

By Cary Shuman

The name Powers has distinguished itself in so many aspects of Chelsea life over the past 50 years: in the Aldermanic Chambers at City Hall where Steven Powers Sr. served as a city official; on the baseball fields where he served as league president; and at the old Merritt Park where the Powers family’s Fourth of July party and races were second to none.

There is also another well-known venue in which the Powers family name has carried on a longtime and proud tradition in this city: the S & L Cold Cut Center on Eastern Avenue where a new era has begun.

Steven Powers Jr. has taken over the ownership of the popular sandwich shop in Mill Hill from his mother, Judy, and his aunt, Diane, who had been directing operations since 1996. Steven’s father, Steven Powers Sr., and grandfather, Larry Cesareo, first opened the shop in 1973.

“That what the ‘S’ and ‘L’ stand for: Steve and Larry,” related Powers. “I’m so proud of my father. He was a city leader with much integrity who loves Chelsea.”

Powers Jr. has put his own stamp on the business, overseeing a renovation project of the restaurant that has drawn raves reviews from old and new customers.

“I’m very excited about the new look and the changes we have made to the interior,” said Powers.

The menu, that has delighted regulars from Chelsea and area communities for years, remains mostly the same.

Large sandwiches are the S & L signature plate. “The most popular sandwich is the Italian how ever you’d like it – with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and the hot stuff,” said Powers. “Our steak and cheese sandwich is also a favorite among our customers.”

Daily specials, such as Friday’s fried haddock dinner, also bring in the masses while barbecued steak tips are the newest addition to the dinner menu.

“Not that I think I can compete with the other two big boys in Chelsea – New Bridge and Floramo’s, but ours are really good, too,” said Powers.

A Chelsea High School Class of 1987 graduate, Steven Powers Jr. is now running the show at S & L in the neighborhood where he grew up and right down the street from the rink where played in the Chelsea Youth Hockey program. He also played in the Chelsea Little League and the Chelsea Youth Baseball League.

“My first 17 years of my life were in the four-decker which is 1 Carroll St,” said Powers. “We then moved to 17 Lewis St. which is a block away.”

It’s clear that Steven Powers Jr. has inherited his family’s love of Chelsea and that his customers are happy to see him back in the city.

“Just from growing up here, I get to see so many people I haven’t seen in years,” said Powers. “But none of this would have been possible for me without the people who came before me: my mother, my aunt, my grandfather, and my father. They laid the groundwork to step in to something that has a 40-year heritage.”

Steven Powers Jr. and his longtime companion, Fran Turco, live in Revere with five children, Anthony, Marguerita, Austin, Paul and Abby. Steven Jr. is also close to his sister, former CHS cheerleader Annie Powers Baker, and her husband, Chris Baker – arguably Chelsea High’s greatest ice hockey ever – sister, Kelly Powers, and brothers, Matthew Powers and Dennis Powers.

“We were all raised by great, positive role models,” said Powers. “They just showed me how to do everything.”

(S & L Cold Cut Center is open six days a week, Monday through Friday until 7 p.m., and Saturday until 3 p.m.)

Steve Powers Jr. and his son, Austin Powers, outside the newly renovated S and L Cold Cut Center at 462 Eastern Ave., Chelsea.

Steve Powers Jr. and his son, Austin Powers, outside the newly renovated S and L Cold Cut Center at 462 Eastern Ave., Chelsea.

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