Sen. Sal DiDomenico will once again be hosting the annual DiDomenico Foundation St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Friday, March 9 beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Bunker Hill Knights of Columbus in Charlestown. This event has become the official kick-off to the St. Patrick’s Day season. In addition to a traditional Irish dinner, the night will include Irish music, step dancers, comedy by Tony V, bag pipers, videos by elected officials and the annual presentation of the Golden Shamrock Award to a community leader. Over 75 federal, state, and local elected officials are also expected to attend and several of them will try their favorite St. Patrick’s Day jokes. Political figures joining the festivities include Gov. Charlie Baker, Congressman Mike Capuano, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Attorney General Maura Healey, Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria, Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern, Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan, Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, and many more! There will also be a special surprise guest as well. This has quickly become one of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day traditions in the Greater Boston community.
For more tickets and more information on the event, please call (617) 387-3327. Proceeds will go to The DiDomenico Foundation, which funds educational scholarships for high school students, as well as a large toy drive during the holiday season for domestic violence and homeless shelters throughout the Greater Boston area.
The holidays present a unique month-long time of the year when people often can find themselves in a much different pattern than during the rest of the year. Such changes can often lead to unhealthy behaviors or illnesses – and triggers for those struggling with overeating disorders or substance use disorders.
Going into the holidays with a plan and a watchful eye – from the dinner table to the kids’ toys – is a necessity.
To learn how to stay healthy during this unique time of year, why not ask the best?
Dr. David Roll, a primary care physician for all ages and the medical director at the CHA Revere and CHA Everett Primary Care practices, was recently named on of the region’s Top Doctors in the Boston Magazine December issue. The annual list looks at top doctors in every specialty and in primary care as well.
Roll said he is fortunate to have a good team around him, and that is crucial in medical care delivery.
“I’m very fortunate to have a great team in Cambridge Health Alliance and at our clinics in Everett and Revere, with a great range of physicians, physician assistants, nurses and other staff to help improve the health of our communities,” he said. “Medicine today is a team sport and there are no top doctors without top teams.”
From the area’s Top Doctor, here are some things to watch for on the holidays as it relates to one’s health.
Q: Many people find it hard to stay healthy over the holidays. There are numerous flus, colds and other maladies that are brought into parties and celebrations. What are the best precautions to take over the holidays?
A: I make sure everyone in my family gets a flu shot and I advise all my patients to do the same. It’s not possible to get the flu from the shots we use today. If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for the kids and grandparents in your family, who could end up in the hospital if they get the flu from you. Also, cover your cough and wash your hands frequently – simple but important.
Q: Food and the holidays are literally tied at the hip. For a lot of people, keeping to a diet or keeping a healthy eating pattern is difficult. What do you recommend?
A: It’s all about balance. If you’re snacking more during the day, take a small plate for dinner. If you’re planning for a big holiday meal, eat light and drink lots of water throughout the day. If you want to try everything, take a bite or two of each dish.
Q: Everyone always talks about post-holiday depression. Is that really a thing? If so, how can people prepare for it and do they need to?
A: I think it’s real. Sometimes people feel there’s nothing to look forward to after a long-awaited vacation and time with family. One solution is to schedule an event or a long weekend two or three weeks after the holiday – something else to look forward to. As the new year approaches, you might also want to think about scheduling your annual physical for 2018, to talk with your care team or schedule any health screenings that are overdue.
Q: Is it an old wives tale that one can get sick by going out in the cold without a hat and coat, or is there some medical soundness to that old claim?
A: It’s mostly myth. Cold temperatures and dry air make a slightly more hospitable environment for some viruses in your nose and throat. But colds are caused by viruses and the main reason people get more colds in the winter is spending more time indoors with other people.
Q: What are some of the common holiday-associated problems that patients have presented to you and your staff over the years?
A: This time of year we see a lot of people worried about a persistent cough. Most people aren’t aware that the average duration of a cough is about 18 days. Usually it can be controlled with home remedies or over-the-counter medications, and it rarely requires antibiotics. At the CHA Revere Care Center, we offer sick visits Monday-Friday and Saturdays until 1 p.m., to help people who need to been seen for an illness.
Q: Are there signs that parents should watch for in their children both before, during and after the holidays?
A: Aside from the usual respiratory and stomach viruses, this is the time of year when food, fuel, and housing insecurity have their sharpest sting, and disproportionately affect our most vulnerable patients, especially the young and the old. For those who can, it’s a great time to think about donating to local food pantries and supporting the services that are most needed in the winter.
Q: Substance abuse can invade the holidays for some people. How do you address that with patients who struggle with substance use disorders?
A: If you’re in recovery, make a party plan in advance for those high-risk or high-stress occasions: Go late, leave early, and take a sober friend along. If you are struggling, don’t be afraid to ask for help. The assistance you need may be as close as a friend, a coworker, your doctor’s office at Cambridge Health Alliance, or one of our partners in the community.
Q: There are a lot of toys and gifts that can be harmful or dangerous to children. Should parents think about toy safety over the holidays, or is that overdoing it?
A: Well-meaning family and friends often give gifts that are not appropriate to a child’s age. Age limits are on toys for a reason, mostly to prevent younger children from choking on small parts. In the end, there is no substitute for parental supervision, especially with small children and small toys. Also, if you gift a bike or skateboard, buy the protective gear to go with it.
Q: What is your favorite holiday treat?
A: I love date bars, just like my mother used to make. It’s one of those rich treats you have to balance with good eating, especially if you can’t resist a second trip to the dessert tray.
This little corner of Broadway and Commandants Way has been selected for the City’s first off-leash dog park for small to medium sized dogs.
Get your paws to City Hall on Saturday, as dog owners across the City are invited to rally and parade down to Lower Broadway where the City is planning its first off-leash dog park.
The Paw-Raid event will start at City Hall Saturday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. From there, dogs and their owners will stroll down Broadway to the site of the proposed new park under the Mystic/Tobin Bridge.
The new dog park will be at the corner of Broadway and Commandants Way across from the Chelsea Yacht Club on a small, 2,000 sq. ft. corner of the newly-constructed Mystic Overlook Park – soon to be Chelsea’s first under-the-bridge open space.
“It’s a smaller park so it’s designed for smaller dogs,” said Planner Alex Train. “While we do have larger parks beside it, all of our parks in Chelsea mandate dogs be on a leash. This will be the first off-leash park in the City and will have about 2,000 sq. ft. for dogs to run around.”
The small park will be separated into two areas with a retaining wall and will have benches and a doggie water fountain. It will also include landscaping and other improvements.
The park is actually a gift to the City in many ways, with the Stanton Foundation of Cambridge footing – or “pawing” – 90 percent of the costs. The City only has to pay about 10 percent of the costs of the Park, which are being done in conjunction with the larger Mystic Overlook open space next door.
Train said the plan is to put the project to bid at the end of September and begin work in the fall. The hope is to have completion of it by late spring 2018.
The event on Saturday is designed by the City and the Chelsea Prospers movement to get a critical mass of dog owners who could serve as a “Friends” group to the park.
“It’s a celebratory event to make people fully aware of the construction schedule and get a gathering of dog owners to walk together down Broadway,” he said. “There will be a lot of ongoing maintenance that the City is hoping to share with any Friends of the Dog Park group that could form. We hope that we could collaborate with a Friends group to maintain and improve the dog park. We’re really trying to foster that congregation of dog owners with Saturday’s event.”
Train said that City leaders – and even planners like himself – have seen the need for more dog facilities.
“I’ve worked here for two years and the numbers of people I see with dogs is steadily increasing,” he said. “This is definitely needed.”
Chelsea Police are in possession of lost wallet containing cash that was turned into the police station on Sunday afternoon, July 16. The wallet was found near the United States Post Office on July 3. The wallet did not have any identification in it. If you feel that this is your wallet you should call Chelsea Police at (617) 466-4874. You must be able to identify the amount of money and describe the wallet for it to be returned.
Under Massachusetts General law the person who turned the wallet into the police will be awarded the contents after one year or on July 16, 2018.
WINTHROP MAN ARRESTED FOR ROAD RAGE, HIT VICTIMS
On July 10 at 7:15 p.m. a male subject was placed into custody after a road rage incident that occurred on the Chelsea Street Bridge. During the incident, the male operator had struck two female victims with his truck. Both victims treated by EMS and Chelsea Fire on scene for non-life threatening injuries.
After a BOLO was issued, the subject was placed under arrest in Winthrop .
Joseph Ferreira, 54, of Dorchester, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery.
TRIED TO RUN OVER POLICE
On July 13, at 1:53 p.m., Officers observed a Nunez Livery vehicle being operated down Shurtleff Street, which was closed due to construction. Officers stopped the operator.
After a brief exchange, the subject fled the scene in the vehicle. While attempting to stop him near 500 Broadway, he accelerated towards responding officers, which caused them to have to jump out of the way to avoid being struck. The driver eventually bailed out of the vehicle on Library Street and was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit.
Edwin Nunez, 38, of East Boston, was charged with operating with a suspended license, failing to stop, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.
MOPED LAW INVOKED
A Forsyth Street woman was perhaps the first to violate the new moped ordinance.
On July 11, at 4:28 p.m., the woman was placed into custody as a result of a motor vehicle stop in the area of 45 Washington Ave. She was riding a moped that had been reported stolen out of Cambridge on Sept. 13, 2016.
Shannon Jette, 30, of 10 Forsyth St., was charged with receiving stolen property over $250 and two moped violations.
Monday, July 10
Lam Nguyen, 36, 60 Brookway Road, Roslindale, was arrested for five counts of warrant arrests.
Rosa Madeline, 39, of 768 Broadway, Chelsae, was arrested for intimidation of witness/juror/harassment.
Joseph Ferreira, 54, of 84 Esmond Street, Dorchester, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery.
Tuesday, July 11
Melvin Ramirez, 43, of 23 John Street, Chelsea, was arrested for a warrant arrest, unregistered motor vehicle, uninsured motor vehicle and number plate violation.
Shannon Jette, 30, of 10 Forsyth Stret, Chelsea, was arrested for receiving stolen property, and two counts of moped violation.
Wednesday, July 12
John Lewis, 32, of 392 Salem Street, Revere, was arrested for a warrant arrest.
Thursday, July 13
Edwin Nunez, 38, of 103 Leyden Street, East Boston, was arrested for suspended license, failing to stop for police, reckless operation of motor vehicle, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Mark McCauliffe, 43, of 22 Revere Street, Malden, was arrested for possession of Class B drug and resisting arrest.
Saturday, July 15
Jose Trejo, 45, of 154 Central Avenue, Chelsea, was arrested for malicious destruction of property over $250.
Sunday, July 16
Mynor Alfaro, 45, homeless, was arrested for possession of an alcoholic beverage.
Yunis Aden, 23, 9 Guam Road, Chelsea, was arrested for carrying a dangerous weapon (knife).
Leonardo Chavez, 58, 56 Chester Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing, consuming, distributing alcoholic beverage.
Fernan Ingles, 61, 149 Hawthorne St., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing, consuming, distributing alcoholic beverage.
Mohammadumer Gai, 28, 362 Rindge Ave., Cambridge, was arrested for larceny over $250.
Candycerose Torres, 34, 455 Totten Pond Rd., Waltham, was arrested for trespassing and on a warrant.
Alicia Lavallee, 29, 150 Captains Row, Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing and on a warrant.
Luis Ortega, 51, 801 Saratoga St., East Boston, was arrested for trespassing.
Fredy Flores-Novoa, 25, 13 Beacon Pl., Chelsea, was arrested for indecent exposure, immigration detainer.
David Hurtado, 27, 725 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, motor vehicle equipment violation.
Michael Leiva, 21, 24 Suffolk St., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing to distribute Class B drug, possessing ammunition without FID card.
Edwin Castro, 28, 916 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for larceny from building, breaking and entering daytime for felony, trespassing.
Kehonia Vick, 31, 56 Rich St., Malden, was arrested for threat to commit a crime, witness intimidation.
Nain Montiel, 48, Address unknown, Chelsea, was arrested for possessing/distributing alcoholic beverage, and on warrants.
Steven Bickford, 34, 84 Cottage St., Somerville, was arrested on a warrant.
Shariff Hussein, 47, 350 Meridian St., East Boston, was arrested for shoplifting.
DRUG BUST YIELDS CRACK, AMMO
On June 22 at 3:02 p.m., a male subject was placed into custody as a result of a search warrant that was executed at his residence at 24 Suffolk St. #2. Officers recovered 37 packages of crack cocaine, one .45 caliber round, six .25 caliber rounds, and US currency. The search warrants was based on established probable cause of narcotic dealing from that location.
Michael Leiva, 21, of 24 Suffolk St., was charged with possession to distribute Class B drugs (crack) and possession of ammo without a permit.
LARGE EMBEZZLEMENT CASE
On June 20, at 8:10 p.m., a male subject was placed into custody for larceny and embezzlement. This was based on an incident reported to Chelsea Police previously. The subject is suspected of embezzling approximately $279,000 in cash from Duffy Cash and Carry, located at 390 Beacham St.
Mohammadumer Gai, 28, of Cambridge, was charged with larceny over $250.
BREAKING AND ENTERING
On June 22, at 10:12 a.m., CPD officers responded to a breaking and entering in progress at 89 Clinton St. Officers were notified that the owner of the property had surveillance cameras and gave officers video footage of the suspect inside the home. Based on that video, other CPD officers recognized the suspect from previous encounters. He was later placed under arrest.
Edwin Castro, 28, of 916 Broadway, was charged with larceny from a building, breaking and entering in the day for a felony and trespassing.
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL VANDAL HAD CHELSEA CASE
A Roxbury man was arraigned Wednesday on charges he vandalized the New England Holocaust Memorial in downtown Boston following an argument.
James E. Isaac, 21, was arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court on charges of malicious destruction of property over $250 and willful damage to a church, synagogue, or memorial. Assistant District Attorney Anthony Rizzo requested that Isaac’s bail be set at $15,000 and that his bail be revoked in an unrelated assault and battery case currently pending in Chelsea District Court. Judge Sally Kelly imposed $750 bail and revoked Isaac’s open bail.
Rizzo told the court that a man later identified as Isaac became involved in a verbal altercation with a group of individuals on Union Street shortly before 2 a.m. after members of the group did not offer Isaac the time when asked. A witness observed the man then pick up an object and throw it at the Holocaust Memorial, shattering one of the monument’s glass panels. The witness contacted Boston Police and provided the offender’s physical description and direction of travel.
Isaac allegedly followed the individuals whom he had verbally confronted to the area of Congress Street, where he and a woman accompanying him were stopped by police. He was positively identified by a witness.
At the time of his arrest, Isaac was wearing a GPS monitoring device as a condition of his release in the Chelsea case, prosecutors said.
Isaac returns to Boston Municipal Court on July 18.
Recently, I have been approached by individuals who have been told that I was against having Food Trucks in the City of Chelsea.
That is totally false. I welcome food trucks in Chelsea. As a matter of fact, when I was the site coordinator for the Chelsea Latin American Music Festival, I sought out food trucks to insure a successful event.
I did however, vote against a food truck-zoning ordinance that was presented to the city council because I had objections to two key details that were not included in the ordinance.
First, the zoning ordinance did not include a specific process on where the trucks would be located. Boston, Somerville and Cambridge all designate locations where food trucks can locate as so they do not impact local restaurants. I simply want the Parking Commission to designate the spots rather than have a free for all where trucks roam like ice cream trucks.
Second, I wanted the trucks to be registered in Chelsea so that the excise taxes of the truck and meals taxes from the sales go to the City of Chelsea. If a truck is registered in Somerville and operates in Chelsea, all that money goes to Somerville. I do not think its fair or right that a food truck making money in Chelsea pays it to another city. I also do not think its fair that a brick and mortar food establishment should have a disadvantage of paying property taxes, numerous licensing fees while a food truck pays a nominal fee to operate in Chelsea.
Many of my colleagues on the council agreed with me and rejected that zoning ordinance. Shortly after the vote, I asked the City Attorney to help me draft a revised ordinance. I was told we would have to wait two years per Mass General Law .
The City Manager and Solicitor have recently told me we can instead allow food trucks by passing an ordinance instead of a zoning law.
That being the case, we expect to have a proposed food truck ordinance in June that will include measures that allows the city to receive the financial benefits of allowing food trucks while also not impacting current brick and mortar food establishments in Chelsea.
Philadelphia 76er and Everett native Nerlens Noel with Let It Fly Basketball Tournament Co-Founders Kyle Umemba and Cesar Castro during the Aug. 13 tournament in the Chelsea Boys & Girls Club. The second annual effort drew numerous teams and hundreds of spectators in a very competitive affair. Here, Team Cambridge player Jakigh Dottin plays defense during the championship game with Lynn. Dottin was the Gatorade State Player of the Year in 2016.
Mary I. (Russell, Ayers) Nocito of Chelsea, formerly of Cambridge, passed peacefully on July 30.
She was the beloved wife of Joseph O. Nocito of Chelsea and the late Clarence Ayers; loving sister of Patricia Henry and her husband, Thomas of Arlington, Charles Russell Jr. and his wife, Cathy of Middleboro, James Russell of Cambridge, Theresa Fitzgerald of Waltham, Elizabeth McGonagle and her husband, Robert of New Hampshire, Thomas Russell of Waltham and the late Richard Russell and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours at the Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut St., (Rt.60, adjacent to St. Agnes Church) Arlington on Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. followed by her Memorial Funeral Mass in St. Agnes Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Arlington. Donations may be made in Mary Nocito’s memory to Mystic Valley Elder Services, Inc., 300 Commercial Street #19, Malden, MA 02148. For directions or to send a condolence visit www.keefefuneralhome.com
Firefighters from all over the area joined Chelsea Fire on Monday afternoon in fighting a stubborn and dangerous four-alarm fire at 57 Bellingham St.
Three Revere firefighters were hurt, one seriously, and five Chelsea firefighters were treated for minor injuries and released.
No one in the home was injured, but nine adults and three children were displaced. The fire started around 3:47 p.m. and progressed quickly to a four alarm fire by 5:10 p.m. Heavy black smoke poured over City Hall and the quick burning fire – located in the back of the house on the porches pushed smoke throughout the City all the way to Cary Square and beyond.
On arrival, heavy fire was on all three floors in the rear of a three-story wood frame 6-family dwelling. The fire spread quickly to the loft area. Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack under extremely adverse condition. Firefighters were ordered out of the building due to collapse hazards on the third floor.
At one point, a “May Day” was called for a collapse of a structural component which injured three firefighters from Revere in the rear of the building. The May Day was cleared and those members were transported to MGH. A May Day call is the most serious call to be made in firefighting.
Interim Revere Fire Chief Chris Bright reported that Lt. Bob DeMauro, leader of the Ladder 2 Revere crew, was the most seriously injured of the three injured firefighters.
“Bob is going to be out of commission for months and not weeks,” said Bright. “Thankfully they didn’t get killed. Bob was in acute care and Mass General and he is now in a room. He’ll probably have to go to a rehab facility.”
DeMauro suffered a head injury, a concussion, a broken left hand, three chipped vertebrae, and compressed vertebrae in his lower back.
Revere Firefighter Charlie Fusco was also admitted to the MGH with shoulder injuries and bruising.
Revere Firefighter Paul Calsimitto was transported to the Whidden Hospital after taking a blow to the head and was released Monday night.
“What happened was they were operating in the rear of the house down in the backyard,” said Bright. “They pulled everyone out of the house to fight the fire from the outside because there was too much smoke…At some point a transom on top of the roof collapsed and fell on them as they were in the rear yard. There was so much smoke they never saw it coming.”
The fire was knocked down and damage was kept to the structure of origin.
The four-alarm fire raged through 57 Bellingham St.
“This was a very difficult and fast moving fire, where members of Chelsea Fire and our mutual aid worked tirelessly and aggressively to bring under control,” said Chelsea Chief Leonard Albanese. “Chelsea Fire thanks Revere, Everett, Boston, Medford, Saugus, Somerville, Winthrop, Malden, Lynn, Melrose and Cambridge who assisted us through the MetroFire mutual aid system.”
The fire cause was determined to be accidental originating from an electrical issue on the rear porch, first floor.
A request by city councillors to increase the owner-occupant residential tax exemption to 35 percent has gotten a very positive recommendation by City Manager Tom Ambrosino.
The measure was called for by Ambrosino last fall at 30 percent, and then Councillor Roy Avellaneda and several other colleagues called for the measure to increase to 35 percent at the first Council meeting of the year on Jan. 25.
This week, Ambrosino reported to the Council that a study of the 30 percent and 35 percent threshold by the Assessor’s Office found that there move would hurt very few and help many residents – to the tune of at least $451 in tax savings per year.
Chelsea currently has a 20 percent owner-occupant residential tax exemption.
“Based upon this analysis, the City Council can be confident that, if it were so inclined, it could seek to increase the Residential Exemption from 20 percent to 35 percent with significant benefit to the overwhelming majority of Chelsea homeowners,” he wrote. “In Chelsea, there is a sufficiently high percentage of non-owner occupants to make this program successful. In fact, with the current 20 percent exemption, the cut off for residential owner occupied properties that pay a higher tax with he exemption than without are homes valued at greater than $625,000.”
The residential tax exemption works by shifting the tax burden to non-owner occupants and to some higher valued owner-occupied properties. The idea is to reward residents living in lower valued homes and give those residents a break on their property taxes. One consequence, though, is that if there aren’t enough non-owner occupants, then some owner occupants in high-value homes can be hurt by the measure.
In this case, Ambrosino said that cut off was the $625,000 number and only four homes fall into that category.
For a $300,000 home, the analysis showed, that a 30 percent exemption would have yielded $292 in savings on the tax bill this year. For a similar home, the 35 percent exemption would have yielded $451 in savings on the tax bill.
Right now, 13 communities in the state have a residential exemption, with the majority of those being at 20 percent.
Boston, Cambridge and Malden have 30 percent right now, and Somerville is the only community to carry the 35 percent exemption.
Ambrosino said he would be ready to draft a Home Rule Petition to the Legislature is the Council so chooses.
In order to make the change, the State Legislature would need to give its approval in what is called a Home Rule Petition.