It was a split decision for a 38-unit
affordable housing project at the former Midas site on Broadway before the
Planning Board on Tuesday night.
For the second time in less than a year, the
Planning Board approved the site plan for the development, a partnership
between the Traggorth Companies and The Neighborhood Developers (TND).
Late last year, the Zoning Board of Appeals
(ZBA) narrowly denied the 42 unit affordable- and market-rate residential
development at 1001 Broadway. The Suffolk County Land Court remanded the
controversial Zoning Board affordable housing denial on Broadway back to the
ZBA with a revised plan.
However, the project did not garner the
necessary votes from the Planning Board for a recommendation to the Zoning
Board of Appeals to grant special permits for the project for parking and lot
The project will still come before the ZBA
at its April 9 meeting for approval, but if the revised project is to move
forward, it will have to do so without the Planning Board’s seal of approval.
Four of the six board members who voted
Monday night did support recommending the special permits to the ZBA. But given
the need to pull in a two-thirds vote of the overall nine-member board, it
wasn’t enough to gain official approval of the project.
Planning Board members Todd Taylor and
Shuvam Bhaumik cast the votes against the recommendation, in large part echoing
the parking and larger economic impact of the project on the city.
Monday night’s two hour public hearing
covered a lot of familiar ground for residents and city officials who have been
following the course of the project over the past year.
Supporters of the project touted TND’s past
successes in providing affordable housing in the city and the continued need to
provide more affordable housing units in the city.
Those opposed to or with reservations about
the development raised questions about traffic and parking, as well as
continued development that puts affordable rental units on the market without
providing for home ownership opportunities.
Representatives from TND and the Traggorth
Companies presented their revised plans for the project, much as they had to
the ZBA during an initial meeting earlier this month.
The major revisions to the proposed $15
million project include cutting the total number of units from 42 to 38, making
all the units affordable, and eliminating the fifth story of the building that
had been proposed for the Broadway side of the development.
The commercial space on the first floor in
the initial proposal has also been eliminated and replaced by a community room.
“The goal of the project has not changed
since we have begun,” said Tanya Hahnel of the Traggorth Companies. “Our number
one goal is to provide affordable housing and increase public access to Mill
The original proposal denied by the ZBA
totaled 42 units, with nine of those at market rate. The revised plans cut four
units out, and lower the height of the building facing Broadway from five to
A housing lottery will be held for all of
those units, with 30 offered at 60 percent of the Average Median Income (AMI)
for the area (about $64,000 for a family of four) and eight at 30 percent AMI
(about $32,000 for a family of four), according to TND Project Manager Steve
Laferriere. The maximum preference allowable under state law will be given to
Chelsea residents for the units, Laferriere said.
There will be 42 parking spaces for the 38
units (the majority of which will be two-bedroom apartments). And because of
state law regulating public access to public waterways, 31 of those parking
spaces will be available as public parking from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to provide
access to Mill Creek for everyone.
As with almost all development proposals in
Chelsea, traffic and parking are a major roadblock to support for approval.
District 3 City Councillor Joe Perlatonda,
who represents the area where the affordable housing will be built, said the
project at the corner of Broadway and Clinton Street will only worsen a nightmare
traffic and parking scenario.
While Perlatonda said the city needs more
affordable housing, he said it can’t be at the detriment of the many residents
who live in the already crowded and congested neighborhood.
“How are we going to get in and out of
there?” he asked. “I think the board really needs to think this through.”
But for others, including City Council
President Damali Vidot, the need for affordable housing units in Chelsea trumps
the traffic and parking concerns.
“Housing shouldn’t be something we argue
about,” said Vidot. “Affordable housing creation is absolutely needed.”
Vidot, who said she has almost never
supported development in the city, said her main concern about the
Traggorth/TND project was its impact on parking.
Hahnel said the developers would be willing
to consider an agreement where residents would not be eligible to apply for
city street parking stickers, thereby helping ease parking congestion in the
At-Large City Councillor Roy Avellaneda took
a different view of the affordable rental units.
While Avellaneda said he is a supporter of
affordable housing in Chelsea, he questioned TND’s recent history of developing
affordable rental units at the expense of creating affordable home ownership
“TND has a (real estate) portfolio but they
keep building apartments,” said the councillor. “Where is the home ownership?
Where is the balance?”
Avellaneda said the lack of more affordable
home ownership opportunities in Chelsea is pricing out middle income and working
families who want to set down roots in the city.
Taylor echoed Avellaneda’s sentiments that a
lack of home ownership is an issue in Chelsea.
“I bet that by
2020, the new statistics will show that there is more affordable housing than
home ownership (in Chelsea),” he said. “That’s not a good place to be in, and
this is a problem that the city should really address.”
A major $9.5 million improvement project for
the one-mile stretch of Broadway from City Hall Avenue to the Revere line could
get underway by the spring of 2022.
On Thursday, March 21, the Massachusetts
Department of Transportation held a public hearing on the preliminary design
plans for the roadway reconstruction. Although the state officials and
engineers outnumbered the residents in attendance for the meeting, there was a
good amount of information provided on the shape, scope, and timeline of the
road reconstruction project.
“We are finishing the 25 percent design
stage,” said Larry Cash, the MassDOT project manager. “After this hearing, we
will be advancing to the final design stage.”
The purpose of the project is to increase
safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles along the Broadway corridor
and intersecting streets in the city, according to Weston and Sampson engineer
Larry Keegan. He said there will be new turn lanes, additional vehicle stacking
room, and traffic signals at the project intersections allowing for the safer
turning of vehicles and improved safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. The
plans also include dedicated bicycle lanes through the one-mile stretch.
“There have been 97 collisions over a
three-year period” along that portion of Broadway,” said Keegan. “That is above
the state average.”
Keegan pointed to poor intersection layout,
outdated traffic signals, and deficient pedestrian, bicycle, and public transit
accommodations as being among the chief culprits for the high number of
accidents. All of those issues will be addressed during the roadway
reconstruction, he said.
In addition to the repaving of the road
itself, a major component of the work includes new sidewalks and improved
Sidewalk improvements will mean the removal
of some trees.
“The existing trees are old and unhealthy,
lifting up the sidewalks themselves so that they are not ADA (Americans with
Disabilities Act) compliant,” said Keegan.
Other areas that will get major upgrades are
the MBTA bus stops along the route. Keegan noted that there is deterioration of
pavement and pavement markings from years of use along the mile of Broadway,
and that the deterioration is especially pronounced at the bus stops.
The proposed project will require permanent
and temporary easements from adjacent property owners, but Cash said those
easements are either temporary to allow for construction work along the road,
or are for the installation or minor regrading of sidewalks.
As with any project that involves ripping up
pavement and sidewalks to make way for improvements, there will be traffic and
construction impacts once work gets underway.
But Keegan said the plan is to keep
disruptions to a minimum and traffic flowing as easily as possible.
“No detours are anticipated at this time,”
During the day, the plan is to have a single
lane of traffic closed and have the traffic managed by police. At night, there
will be two-way traffic, according to Keegan. Access to schools, businesses,
and residences will be kept open as much as possible, he added.
Chelsea resident John Gunning asked if the
bus stops would remain in the current locations and if there would be
improvements to the bus shelters.
Keegan said engineers will be working with
the MBTA during the next phase of design to address some of those issues.
“The T wants certain things and the city
wants certain things (for the bus stops),” he said. “We are looking at
different options at this point.”
Dunning said he would like to see fresh, new
bus shelters and stops that will complement the surrounding area and completed
Cash said design,
permitting, and right of way acquisition for the project will continue through
2019 and 2020 with construction anticipated to start in the spring of 2022.
Chelsea real estate agent Jeffrey Bowen said
all the hard work by city officials over the past 20 years is paying off.
“Chelsea is booming,” says Bowen. “City
Managers Jay Ash and Tom Ambroino, the city councilors, and the community have
brought it back to where we are now. Chelsea is the No. 1 gateway city in
America with the lowest price-per-foot next to a major metropolitan city
Bowen knows much the city’s resurgence and the booming real estate scene. He is currently marketing his third major project, Parker Place, 12 new luxury condominiums at the corner of Parker Street and Spencer Avenue. The developer for the three projects has been Jason Roback of Roback Real Estate.
“Jason prides himself in bringing value and
quality to the future residents of Chelsea,” credited Bowen.
Bowen and his partner, Sandra Castillo, of
ERA Russell Realty Group, will host an open house each Saturday and Sunday
(12-2 p.m.) at Parker Place, which is already drawing significant interest
among prospective buyers.
Bowen’s previous successes span the city,
notably the Beacon Condominiums (81 Broadway) and the Thomas Martin Lofts (204
Parker Place, located at 87 Parker St, is a
seven-story building featuring 12 units: 11 two-bed, two-bath, one two-bed,
one-bath. Five of the units have garage parking, seven have outdoor spots. Out
of the 11 two-bed, two-bath units, one is an affordable unit for medium-income
residents (price to be determined by the City of Chelsea).
According to Bowen and Castillo, the prices
at Parker Place range from $449,000 to $539,000.
condo has air-conditioning, maple hardwood flooring, custom kitchens, and
stainless-steel appliances,” said Bowen. “This in an elevator building. Four of
the units have roof decks. Eight of the units have balconies.”
Bowen said the area has become one of the
hottest in the greater Boston real estate market.
“You have the DaVinci Lofts (960 Broadway),
the Industrie Lofts (950 Broadway), the Spencer Lofts (60 Dudley St.), the Keen
Lofts (220 Spencer Ave.), and the Thomas Martin Lofts (204 Spencer Ave.),’ said
And the boon is continuing, with the Chelsea
Zoning Board’s approval Tuesday night of the Forbes Development that will
consist of 590 units.
A good time to buy
There is no time like the present to invest
in Chelsea, according to Bowen.
“Condominium prices are 25-50 percent higher
a mile or two away in East Boston and Charlestown,” said Bowen. “Downtown
Boston and the Seaport District (South Boston) is double and triple. Chelsea is
still very affordable. It’s a good time to buy. You get more bang for your
buck. There is room to grow here.”
Other advantages for buyers are access to
Route 1, the Silver Line, five bus routes, and a commuter rail. Five new hotels
in Chelsea also underline the fact that the city is flourishing. The new Encore
Casino opens in Everett in June.
Bowen takes personal pride in Chelsea’s
resurgence. A resident of the city, he was featured in a recent segment on
Channel 5’s “Chronicle,” showcasing all the good things that are happening
“Sandra and I are our team and we work well
together helping people find the residence of their dreams,” said Bowen, who
has been No. 1 in the luxury condominium segment of real estate in Chelsea. “I
have a relationship with a lender that has a program with rates as low as 3.69
percent on a 30-year fixed mortgage that also includes $7,000-lender-paid
closing costs (for qualified buyers).”
Said Castillo, “Whenever we go in to a
building, we actually get the highest price for the seller. We also get calls
from previous buyers and we’ve been able to double their investment. Our condos
don’t last very long on the market because they are such a great value and they
have everything people are looking for.”
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If one is looking to hit the local bars this
Cinco de Mayo, the options are going to be a little more limited than usual.
At its March 7 meeting, the Licensing
Commission disciplined two local restaurants for a variety of infractions that
will result in them losing their liquor licenses for the Cinco de Mayo weekend
on May 4 and 5. (The restaurant Cinco de Mayo in Chelsea was not disciplined or
called to the Commission).
In addition to losing its liquor license for
that weekend, the Commission voted to roll back Acapulco’s hours of operation
indefinitely, forcing the Fifth Street establishment to close at 11 p.m.
instead of 1 a.m.
The Acapulco punishment stems from an
incident last November when a security worker at the restaurant struck a
customer over the head with a police baton.
The Commission also enforced an hours rollback
from 1 a.m. to 11 p.m. – along with the weekend suspension – for Bar La Cueva
at 802 Broadway. That punishment was enforced for an incident where several
patrons were overserved, as well as for past concerns about noise and unruly
patrons at the bar.
In addition, Commission member James Guido
requested a hearing next month to consider revoking Bar La Cueva’s
The attorney for Acapulco said the issue at
his client’s establishment is systemic of a larger issue in the city, where
security at bars is handled by companies that act almost as paramilitary or law
Several commissioners agreed that there is a
larger issue that needs to be addressed in the city with bar and liquor
establishment security, but noted that Acapulco deserved a more forceful
discipline than simply firing its current security contractor.
“You say security is a problem, but you’ve
had the same company for a decade,” Commissioner Roseann Bongiovanni said.
The issues at Bar La Cueva seemed to extend
beyond the recent incident where two people were overserved, as several
commissioners noted that there have been noise and unruly patron complaints at
the bar for years.
In a letter, one neighbor stated that the
“karaoke singing by drunks is terribly loud and they overserve their patrons.”
John Dodge, the attorney representing the
bar, said for the incident in question, his clients acted responsibly and asked
the patrons who appeared to be intoxicated to leave.
But Bongiovanni noted that the bar has been
a problem in the past, including racking up a 14-day liquor license suspension
about two years ago.
“They have been a complete nuisance and
annoyance to the neighborhood; you can roll your eyes all you want, counselor,”
she said to Dodge.
Both the bars got off relatively easy
compared to Fine Mart, a liquor and convenience store at 260 Broadway. The
Commission suspended the store’s liquor license for a total of six weeks for
three offenses, including an incident where an employee struck a woman who was
intoxicated in the store, for selling nips after the enactment of the City’s
nip ban, and for the sale of alcohol to a minor.
City Manager Tom Ambrosino, an ardent
supporter of the City’s ban on 50 ml bottles of alcohol, said there needs to be
consequences for businesses that violate the ordinance.
“The ban has been
important in the city’s efforts to try to make Broadway a more attractive place
to shop and dine,” Ambrosino said. “We’ve spent a lot of money to make it a
better place. Having the nip ban in place is an important part of that. “(Fine
Mart) has a prominent place in the corridor and has to comply with its
Fresh off of a new contract, City Manager
Tom Ambrosino gave an enthusiastic opening to Monday’s Council meeting during
his State of the City Address, where he talked about Chelsea’s accomplishments
in 2018 as well as its goals for 2019.
“I feel confident in saying that the state
of our City of Chelsea is very good indeed,” he started.
Among the achievements of the past year,
Ambrosino noted that the City ended 2018 with an excess of $28 million in its
“There’s not another city our size in the
entire Commonwealth with that level of reserve,” he said. “That is a testament
to the shrewd financial planning of City Council.”
In 2018, Chelsea was also one of only 35
cities in the country to be awarded a Bloomberg Challenge grant for its vision
to reduce crime with preventative care.
“Because of that award, our model of
predicting harm and then engaging in cross-sector collaboration to address the
harm got national attention,” said Ambrosino. “It’s gaining interest and it has
people seeking to replicate that, not just in Massachusetts, but outside as
Ambrosino cited the City’s increased
development in 2018, such as the construction of two new hotels and the
multi-million dollar expansion of a pharmaceutical company. He also mentioned
the $10 million grant by the state to reconstruct Broadway from City Hall to
the Revere Line, as well as a $3 million federal Economic Development Administration (EDA)
grant to renovate Chelsea’s waterfront, one of the largest grants given by the
EDA to any municipality in the country in 2018, and one of the only grants
issued in Massachusetts.
“We kept our promises to our residents in
2018 by doing good services,” Ambrosino reflected. “I think we can achieve the
same level of success in 2019 if we have the same level of collaboration from
In terms of goals for 2019, Ambrosino
highlighted the effort to renovate the downtown Chelsea area, building on the
foundational work done in 2018.
“We added police, social services, more lighting,
decorative banners, public art,” he said. “We’ve created an atmosphere and
foundation for success, so what we need to do now is finalize the work that
Ambrosino outlined four areas of improvement
for downtown Chelsea: finalizing the design for the infrastructure improvements
for one-way schemes, adopting the necessary zoning permissions to improve the
facade of the corridor, offering a rich array of cultural and artistic
activities, and submitting a request for proposal (RFP) for the redevelopment
of the former Salvation Army site.
The City Manager threw his support behind
the Forbes Proposal, which is up before
the City Board of Appeals next month for the redevelopment of the Chelsea
waterfront, claiming that it will include affordable condominiums for Chelsea
residents looking to become homeowners.
Ambrosino also mentioned the planned
infrastructure and capital improvements for 2019, including work to the Chelsea
Greenway, the Chelsea Garden Cemetery and Veterans’ Field. This would all be in
the context of a master plan, the first of its kind in Chelsea since the 1970s.
The City Manager emphasized the importance
of investing in affordable housing as well as in education, specifically for
grants to allow high-achieving, low-income high school students in Chelsea to
attend Bunker Hill Community College free of charge.
“This idea of public funding for education
beyond just high school is gaining momentum in this nation,” he said. “We can
feel a sense a pride that Chelsea is in the forefront of that movement.”
Manager’s State of the City address can be viewed on the Chelsea Community
Cable’s YouTube channel here: youtu.be/lRVWajXR44w.
The Suffolk County Land Court has remanded
the controversial Zoning Board affordable housing denial on Broadway back to
the Chelsea Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) with a revised plan.
The combination of The Neighborhood
Developers (TND) and Traggorth Development went before the ZBA last year with a
project slated for 1005 Broadway – a mostly affordable housing development.
However, shockingly for many, it was denied in a close vote as community
members called for a revised project with more home ownership opportunities.
The developers appealed that denial, and now
Land Court has sent a revised plan back to the ZBA for consideration next
“The Traggorth Companies and The
Neighborhood Developers have settled our appeal of the ZBA’s decision to deny a
special permit for our proposed project at 1005 Broadway,” said TND Project
Manager Steve Laferriere. “The terms of Settlement revised the initial proposal
based on feedback from the ZBA, and allow us to have new public hearings in
front of the ZBA and Planning Board. We are excited that the revised project
remains a great opportunity to create 38 affordable apartments for Chelsea
families and provide publicly accessible open space adjacent to Mill Creek.”
The new proposal has eliminated the
commercial component, reduced the height on Broadway from five- to
four-stories. The unit count is also down from 42 to 38. This time, all 38
units will be affordable apartments for rent.
City Attorney Cheryl Fisher Watson said the
developers and ZBA placed the matter on hold during the appeal.
“It is the Parties hope that a revised
petition is considered by the ZBA with a public process,” she said. “The ZBA
wants public input as to all decisions if possible.”
City Manager Tom
Ambrosino said he would be supporting the revised project.
Mabel Rosalie Mann was born into eternal
life on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the peaceful surroundings of her home. She was 90
Born and raised in New Bedford, she was one
of ten daughters given to the union of the late Antonio and Bertha (DeWeer)
Monteiro. As a young lady, she settled in Chelsea with her family and resided
here for many years before moving to Swampscott for the past 34 years.
Mabel worked outside of her home as an
administrative assistant and medical records clerk beginning at the Boston
Lying Hospital and later for the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She
retired in 1994.
She was a deeply religious person and held a
strong devotion to St.’s Jude and Faustina. In her lifetime, she enjoyed
walking along the seashore, belly dancing at the Café Amalfi in Cambridge,
cooking chili and kale soup for family and entertaining in her home, hosting
many themed events and celebrations.
In addition to her parents, Mabel was predeceased
by her husband, the late Arthur W. Mann, her grandson, Brent Hynes and her
sisters; Dolores Tynes, B. Frances Pawlak, Sadie Cruz and Edna Monteiro. To
cherish her memory and mourn her passing, she leaves her beloved daughter,
Cyndi Hynes and her husband, Ralph of Danvers; dear sisters, Marjorie Silva of
Lynn, Gladys Fermino of East Providence, RI, Antonia Duarte of Revere, Pearl
Monteiro of Hyde Park and Rachel Silva of Boston. She was the cherished
grandmother of Brandon Hynes of San Diego, CA and Justin Hynes of Danvers and
she is also survived by several loving nieces, nephews and extended family
Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A.
Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, March 1, at 9
a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10
a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
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. The funeral
home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home.
desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research
Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.
Her love and
tenderness knew no bounds
Kathleen Virginia “Katie” (Espinola) Santos
of South Berwick, ME, formerly of Lynn, passed away with her family by her side
at the Mass General Hospital in Boston on Feb. 20 at the age of 59.
Born Aug. 28, 1959 in Chelsea, Katie was a
career Mom – boundless in her devotion to her family as well as friends. A
parishioner of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Sanford, ME, she was active
with Lent and Advent Book Studies; an integral aide to the Jumble Sale
fundraising event and regularly participated in Community Care Day. During her
years in Lynn, she was an active parishioner of the former St. Alban’s
A passionate child advocate, especially for
children with autism, she dedicated an abundance of time through her life to
working with and for children. Her love and tenderness knew no bounds.
She stood as the “Neighborhood Mom” in every
community in which she lived, always there to lend support to anyone in need.
She will rest as the Patron Saint of the Santos Clan.
The beloved wife of 37 years to Stephen
Manuel Santos, she was a devoted mother to Joseph Frederick, Adam Justin and
Kenneth Stephen, as well as a loving Vao Vo to Alexia Raquel, Rylee Benjamin,
Zandros Michael Manuel and Kenneth Stephen.
She passes to her celestial family above.
She was the loving daughter of the late Francis J. and Marguerite I. Espinola
and dear sister to Donald F., Nancy A., Joseph F., Phillip A., and Kenneth W.,
as well as loving niece of the late Rod and Phyllis Moore, Bill and
Gladys Keefe and Buddy Sheppard.
Her Funeral will
begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on
Saturday, March 2 at 12 noon followed by a Holy Eucharist Service at St. Luke’s
Church, 201 Washington Ave., Chelsea at 1 p.m. Services will conclude with
interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly
invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on
Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral home is fully handicap accessible, ample
parkingopposite the funeral home.
Joanne Claire Tarason
Owned Coprico Printing in Chelsea, member of Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and Chelsea Rotary
Joanne Claire (Schultz) Tarason, age 77, of
Swampscott, passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 19 in Salem Hospital.
Born in Somerville, she was the daughter of
the late George C. and Mary F. (Taylor) Schultz. She was raised in Stoneham,
and has lived in Swampscott since 1978.
Joanne was a graduate of Stoneham High
School, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Salem
Joanne was the owner of Coprico Printing in
Chelsea. She had a strong work ethic, took great pride in her business and met
every day with positivity and a warm smile.
Well respected in the Chelsea community, she
was an active member of the Rotary Club of Chelsea and the Chelsea Chamber of
Commerce. She humbly received the Paul Harris Fellow recognition from the
Rotary Club for her support and service to the community.
She impressively balanced her work life with
her personal life and sincerely enjoyed time spent with her family and good
She will be dearly missed by her son, David
Tarason of Swampscott; her daughter, Susan Sonesson and her late husband,
Lennart Sonesson of Cape Elizabeth, ME, her grandchildren; Elin, Hanna and
Gustav Sonesson and Nicolai and Ana Tarason; her siblings; Brenda Kerrigan and
her late husband, Dan of Stoneham, Ken Schultz and his wife, Denise of Woburn
and Will Schultz and his wife, Judy of North Reading; her beloved nieces,
nephews and cousins, her longtime dear friends, and her devoted employees. She
was also the sister of the late George Schultz.
The family would like to give special thanks
to all those who loved and supported Joanne.
Arrangements were by the Solimine Funeral
Home, 426 Broadway (Rt 129), Lynn, with a memorial service at 12PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
the Rotary Club of Chelsea, PO Box 507647, Chelsea, MA
02150. For guestbook, visit: www.solimine.com
Thursia Louisa Pistone
July 26, 1934 – February 21, 2019
Thursia Louisa Pistone passed away on
Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a
sudden illness. She was 84 years old.
Born in Iredell, Texas, one of nine children
born to the late Jerry Micah and Levina (Anderson) Todd, she grew up on a
family farm in the rural town of Hico, Texas and received her education at
schools in Hico.
In 1955, as a young newlywed, she settled in
Chelsea to raise her own family and recently took residence in Salem.
Thursia worked for many years as an office
administrator and clerical worker for Safety Insurance in Boston.
During her lifetime, she enjoyed reading and
indoor gardening, tending to her many house plants. She enjoyed following
football, studying and analyzing team and player standings and statistics.
She was the devoted mother of Diana Bennett
and her husband, Craig of Revere, Paul C. Pistone of Salem, Janet Beach and her
husband, Reginald of Ft. Meyers, FL and the late Denise Pistone. She was the
cherished grandmother of Jon, Tod, Larissa, Vanessa and Ricky and adored
great-grandmother of Marium, twins, Tayvian and Taylani, Shane and Nate. She is
also survived by one sister, Susan Cornell of California.
and internment were private with arrangements by Anthony Memorial-Frank A.
Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.
Dr. Fardad Mobed and Dr. Lily Parsi
certainly have a lot in common.
Both are scholars, which goes without
saying. They hold degrees in engineering: Dr. Mobed, a Bachelor’s in Electrical
Engineering, Dr. Parsi, three advanced degrees in Civil, Water Resources, and
Computer System Engineering.
Both attended dental school in the Boston
area. Dr. Mobed completed his dental training at Boston University while Dr.
Parsi studied at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
But perhaps, most significantly, they share
the same home address. Dr. Mobed and Dr.
Parsi are husband and wife, the parents of two children.
And they have been practicing dentistry
together at their state-of-the-art offices, Northgate Dental, located at 603
Broadway that has been in existence for 27 years. Dr. Mobed is an endodontist
specializing in root canal surgery. Dr. Parsi is a pedodontist specializing in
Dr. Mobed began his practice in 1992 at the
Northgate Shopping Center before moving to Broadway. Dr. Parsi joined the practice in 2008. They also have a
dental practice in Brookline.
Yes, they do work side by side in the Revere
office, though as Dr. Parsi states, “I treat the children. He treats mostly
Of course, everyone asks the question,
“What’s it like for a couple to work together?”
“It’s great – we really support each other
quite a bit,” said Dr. Parsi. “I feel it’s good to know that you can trust the
other person 100 percent.”
Dr. Samantha Bogle is the orthodontist at Northgate. Dr. Joey
Chang is the oral surgeon and the director of the pre-doctoral program at Tufts
School of Dental Medicine.
Do Dr. Mobed and Dr. Parsi talk about
dentistry at home during dinner?
“Unfortunately, a lot,” Dr. Parsi said,
“We go to dental conferences together but we
attend different lectures,” added Dr. Mobed.
The dentists have stayed on top of the major technological advances in their profession and their offices feature the latest state-of-the-art equipment.
“I think one of the biggest changes have
been in CT scans and microscopes, and everybody gets white fillings instead of
silver fillings,” said Dr. Mobed.
Dr. Parsi said preventive care should begin
early. “The primary goal in pediatric dentistry is to prevent cavities, so we
want to see children as early as 6 months old, but no later than the first year
of age,” said Dr. Parsi. “Because the objective is to teach the parents how to
take care of their children, ideally so the children will never have cavities,
rather than seeing them at the time when there are already cavities in the
Dr. Parsi said Northgate wants to be “a dental home for families, so patients know where to go when there are issues, but hopefully we can prevent these issues from happening.”
27 years in
Dr. Mobed has been a practicing dentist in
Revere for 27 years. He has treated two generations of families who have been
coming to Northgate Dental.
“I like the people,” said Dr. Mobed. “It’s a
good community and they’re appreciative of what you do for them.”
“I’ve had patients who I saw when they were
very little, and now they now see him,” said Dr. Parsi. “Depending on the
patient’s personality, anywhere between the ages 15-18, they’re ready to see
the adult dentist.”
She is proud to see her patients dedicating
themselves to dental care and prevention.
“I’m especially happy to see the children
whom I’ve seen six months old, because they end up being very healthy, and it
makes me sad when somebody whom I’ve never seen, comes in to the office and
they have major needs. I’m glad we’ve made such a strong connection to families
that we’ve known for a long time. It’s very satisfying.”
Dr. Parsi recommends that her patients have
regular dental check-ups every six months.
Interestingly Dr. Mobed came to the United
States from Iran 40 years ago with the goal of becoming a professional soccer
He accomplished that goal, earning a spot on
the Boston Teamen professional team that was based in Framingham.
One of his fondest soccer memories was
playing for an Iranian team that had an exhibition game in that country against
Brazil and Pele, arguably the greatest soccer player in history.
“In 1978, Brazil came to Iran for some
exhibition games when Pele was at the top of his game and was most famous at
that time,” recalled Dr. Mobed. “I was fast, but too skinny, otherwise I
wouldn’t be a dentist now.”
But fortunately for their many patients, Dr. Fardad Mobed and Dr. Lily
Parsi are dentists now and they look forward to continuing their successful
partnership at Northgate Dental for many years to come.
February 1st Friday 6pm. Kick Off for Chelsea Black History Month Activities
456 – Store Front Exhibit of Black
Historical Figures of Chelsea
456 Broadway, Chelsea, MA
of Exhibit at Chelsea Public Library:
Black Migration, WWI,
Chelsea Fire. 569 Broadway, Chelsea, MA
February 5th Tuesday
5 – 7pm. City Hall Art Reception.
Art, Poetry, African and African
American Artifacts. Chelsea City Hall, 500
Broadway, Chelsea, MA
February 7thThursday 12pm and 6pm. Bunker
Hill Community College, “Tuskeegee
and Discussion. 70 Everett Avenue,
5pm. Iglesia la Luz de Cristo. The Councilors Cook Off
Dinner. 738 Broadway, Chelsea, MA
February 21st Thursday 12pm.
Senior Center – Maya Angelou – Poet and Civil Rights
Figure. Celebration of Phenominal Women
10 Riley Way, Chelsea, MA
February 22nd Friday
6 – 8pm. Evening of Performing Arts,
Clark Avenue School
8 Clark Avenue, Chelsea, MA
February 23rd Saturday 11 – 12:30pm. STEM, Chelsea
569 Broadway, Chelsea, MA (parent and
6 – 8pm. New England Gospel Ensemble
Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown
Campus A300 Auditorium
February 28th Wednesday 5 – 8pm. Black
History Month Celebration
Speaker – Suffolk District Attorney Rachael
Special Recognition Honoring – “Chelsea Trailblazers”
Williams Middle School. 180 Walnut Street,
ALL EVENTS PLANNED IN COLLABORATION WITH CHELSEA
BLACK COMMUNITY, BLACK HISTORY MONTH PLANNING COMMITTEE, LEWIS H. LATIMER
SOCIETY, BUNKER HILL COMMUNITY COLLEGE, CHELSEA SENIOR CENTER, CHELSEA PUBLIC
SCHOOLS, CITY OF CHELSEA.
This program is supported in part by a grant
from the Chelsea Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the
Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Ask 100 people where the Mill Hill
neighborhood separates from the Mill Creek neighborhood and one would probably
get 100 different answers.
Neighborhoods in Chelsea have been loosely
defined for decades, with some not even named at all, but now Downtown
Coordinator Mimi Graney is looking to residents of Chelsea to define the City’s
neighborhoods more precisely.
“It came up because City Planner Karl Allen
has been working on a project by the Produce Center and he kept calling it West
Chelsea,” she said. “Every time he did that, people would laugh at it. It
brought up the question as to what do you call that area. It was the same thing
for the Walnut Street Synagogue area. Then you have people talking about
Prattville. We decided to try to figure out what you call the various
neighborhoods of Chelsea.”
That started with a query of the Chel-Yea
group last month, and during that event and with online follow ups, Graney said
she got very impassioned responses.
People, she said, took it very seriously.
“Several people said everything was just
Chelsea, but others had strong opinions about Admiral’s Hill and Prattville,”
she said. “It has solicited a lot of interested conversations.”
Graney has produced a map with suggested
boundaries and names. So far, they have included Prattville, Mayor’s Row,
Chelsea High, Addison-Orange, Soldiers’ Home/Powderhorn Hill, Cary Square, Mill
Creek, Mill Hill, Spencer Avenue, Eastern Ave Industrial Area, Box District,
Bellingham Hill, Salt Piles, Waterfront, Downtown (including Chelsea Square and
Bellingham Square), Williams School, Carter Park, Mystic Mall, Produce District
and Admiral’s Hill.
It was difficult, she said, to find the real
boundaries of the Soldiers’ Home neighborhood versus Cary Square, she said, and
many said the Spencer Avenue area should be called Upper Broadway. Mill Creek,
on the other hand, has been confused in some ways with the Parkway Plaza.
She said the exercise is one that moves
beyond the fun of talking about it, and moving towards making it a place.
“The legacy of the fire in the Mystic Mall
area sort of upended most boundaries there,” she said. “People are
uncomfortable with the area beyond Carter Park and Chelsea High area. If it
doesn’t have a name, it becomes this no man’s land. Naming a place has a power
to it. I’m hoping people in these areas claim that power in that naming.”
Graney said they
will continue to take input on the neighborhood boundaries, and will likely
present something to the community in the near future.