In the wake of a social media threat against the Chelsea High School posted last Friday, School Supt. Mary Bourque is putting students and parents on notice that there will be zero tolerance for any threats – whether verbal, written or posted on social media.
As a major footnote to that warning, she said she is initiating a citywide campaign aimed at parents of school-age children – calling them to be vigilant about checking their children’s’ social media posts.
“Any threats, whether verbal, written or posted on social media we will prosecute and we have prosecuted with our relationship with the Chelsea Police,” she said. “As a practice, the Chelsea Public Schools always talks serious threats to the schools and well-being of the schools. There are protocols we have with the Chelsea Police about prosecuting these matters. We will have zero tolerance for any threats.”
This follows on a threat made on Friday, March 2, via a social media post by a student at the high school. Using the protocol – and especially in the current environment following the school shooting in Florida – police quickly checked out the threat, searched the student’s home and determined it wasn’t credible.
But that didn’t get the student off the hook.
Police, according to protocol, placed the juvenile student under arrest for posting a threat via social media.
It won’t be the last time either, Bourque said.
And that got to the heart of the matter for the schools, and that heart is the schools want parents to really monitor their children’s’ social media accounts.
“We need help with this, as does every school district,” she said. “We also want to work with parents to start monitoring what their Chelsea are doing on social media. For us, it’s getting control of what’s going on in social media that’s of paramount importance…We need parents to be paying attention to all of the accounts. No child should have a password their parents don’t know about.”
City Manager Tom Ambrosino and members of the City Council have also been asked to help with the campaign, and will do so.
“There has to be a zero tolerance for this,” he said. “Kids can’t be posting these kinds of things on social media. They will get in trouble for it. There are just too many serious things going on with this to be making these kinds of threatening posts.”
Bourque said there have been no credible threats discovered from the posts that have happened this year, including the one on Friday.
Most of the time, she said, it’s about posturing, but it’s a posture that’s going to land kids in serious trouble.
“It’s mostly students trying to portray themselves as something they are not,” she said. “They are bad judgment calls in putting themselves out there in that way, but it’s something that will get them in trouble.”
With the crowd overflowing from the room, State Treasurer Deb Goldberg kicked off her re-election campaign last night. Goldberg, who was introduced by House Speaker Robert DeLeo, spoke of how her principles and values have guided her tenure as State Treasurer.
“Economic stability, economic opportunity, and economic empowerment are the values I was raised with and what guides my work as your State Treasurer,” Goldberg told the crowd. “I am proud of what we have accomplished and am excited to continue to work for the people of Massachusetts as your Treasurer.”
In introducing Goldberg, DeLeo said, “Deb understands that the role of the Treasurer’s office is not just about dollars and cents; it is about making people’s lives better. The programs she has created have had a positive impact for our children, our families, our veterans and seniors across this Commonwealth. Deb Goldberg has made good on all the promises she made when she ran, and she has truly made a difference in people’s lives.”
DeLeo continued, “Massachusetts is lucky to have Deb Goldberg as our Treasurer. I know she can and she will do even more for our Commonwealth and our residents in the future.”
Since taking office in January of 2015, Deb Goldberg has brought a commonsense business approach to the management of the treasury’s various offices. Leading on initiatives that include wage equality, increasing diversity, and expanding access to financial education, she has also helped families save for college, protected the state’s pension fund and developed programs for veterans and seniors. For more information, contact Treasurer Goldberg’s campaign at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most children pretend to encounter lions in the wilds of Africa, but Marshall Lawrence Reiner Jr., of Chelsea’s Cohen Florence Levine Estates, actually did encounter lions while growing up in Africa.
Photographer Dr. Marshal Reiner and Ansu Kinteh, RN, of Chelsea Jewish Elderly Care stand in the room dedicated to Dr. Reiner’s work. Reiner’s amazing wildlife and landscape photography come from his love of Africa due to his upbringing in colonial Tanzania.
Reiner, 82, has lived in Chelsea for about two years, a retired accomplished physician, and he raised many eyebrows last fall when he exhibited his marvelous photos of Africa – photos taken when he returned to his childhood home as an adult.
“At some point, I just knew I needed to go back to Africa and get back to my roots,” he said. ‘I wanted to take my wife out there and show her where I grew up – how I grew up in Tanzania. I went back about six times. It became something we did every year, and I loved taking photographs there. My favorite subject was Mt. Kilimanjaro.”
At the age of 3, Reiner’s parents moved the family from Oak Park, IL, to Tanzania on a missionary trip.
“We took an old freighter around the southern tip of Africa and up the East coast of Africa, landing in Kenya,” he said. “From there, we traveled inland to Tanzania. It was colonial Africa, and very different than now. I had a very interesting upbringing as a little boy who didn’t know where he belonged with all his African buddies. No doubt, I have a lot of crazy stories of wandering around and coming across lions and other animals…The lions don’t just go chasing anybody and they won’t really chase human beings. The only ones that will chase human beings are the older ones that are worn out and can’t catch anything else. People here think every lion is a man-eater and every human is a target. No. They save their prey. If they’re hungry, they go for it. That’s it.”
Reiner grew up in Tanzania most of his life, going to British schools and finding that they were quite adequate as he began to look at colleges and universities. When it came time to further his education, sadly he said, he had to leave what had become his homeland.
He attended Wheaton College in Illinois, then decided to study medicine in Houston at the Baylor University. He said he originally thought about being a psychiatrist, but didn’t appreciate what was being taught in that discipline at the time.
So, he decided to specialize in pediatric childhood nutrition, something that wasn’t nearly as popular as it is today.
After medical school, he landed at Children’s’ Hospital in Boston, and stayed her for the rest of his career.
“Most of my career was on Beacon Street in Brookline in practice and on staff at Children’s, Beth Israel and Brigham & Women’s,” he said.
While those days in Boston hospitals might have been fulfilling in his career, he was longing to get back to Africa.
Along the way, he met a professional photographer who was kind enough to show him how to use a camera.
“He took me under his wing and taught me all his tricks,” he said.
Reiner combined his desire to get back to Africa with his new photography skills and came back with a wonderful archive of photos from his Tanzanian home.
Now, with numerous images from Africa, he has no shortage of stories to impart with those photos.
“I always say what a lucky kid I was,” he said. “I have such wonderful memories from those days back in colonial Africa.”
It is my great privilege to endorse Calvin T. Brown for election to the Chelsea City Council. Calvin, a former Councilor and current Democratic State Committee Member, knows what it will take for Chelsea to continue on a path to be a truly great community. He has been an advocate for the children of Chelsea as he has fought to fully fund the education of a great diverse population.
At the same time he recognizes that a thriving business community is important to the economic growth of the city. I encourage the voters of Chelsea to get out and vote November 7 for Calvin T. Brown.
If you were to ask the typical American what they believe to be the greatest danger to the well-being of our children and citizens, no doubt most would answer the threat from international terrorism.
But the reality is that terrorism, even if you count the World Trade Center attack on 9/11, registers barely a blip on the screen of actual threats to the safety of American citizens.
Tens of thousands of our people are killed each and every year by guns and drunk drivers, numbers that each and every year far surpass the number of Americans killed by terrorist acts.
Then consider that the Centers for Disease Control estimate that two million people in the United States are infected annually by hospital-acquired infections, resulting in 20,000 deaths. The CDC also tells us that cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day.
To a large extent, we have met the enemy, and he is us.
But now, tobacco use aside, there is a threat to our collective national health that rapidly has surpassed most other means by which Americans die and which poses an immediate danger to our children. We are talking about deaths from the opioid epidemic that, according to figures researched by the New York Times, increased by 20 percent from 2015 to 2016 and was responsible for the deaths of almost 60,000 Americans last year.
These numbers are staggering when you think about it. That one-year total represents more Americans than were killed in the entirety of the Vietnam War and about 20 times the number of American soldiers killed in the Iraq war — and this is happening year-after-year-after-year.
Traditional heroin is not the culprit. Rather, the synthetic opioids, most prominently fentanyl and carfentanil, which are far more potent than heroin (but which are much cheaper to manufacture), are responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of our people when they are laced into, or substitute for, heroin, cocaine, and even marijuana.
These opioids are being manufactured and shipped into the United States primarily from China. Mexico formerly was the principal manufacturing site, but these drugs are so powerful (carfentanil is an elephant tranquilizer that is 5000 times more powerful than heroin) that they can be shipped in very small, undetectable quantities and still make huge profits for drug dealers.
Two 13 year old boys recently died in Utah from an overdose of powerful synthetic opioids that were provided to them by a 15 year old boy who had obtained them over the internet from China.
Just a few grains of these synthetic opioids in powder form can kill a person — that’s how strong they are — and they are being mixed into recreational drugs by drug dealers who clearly do not care about the health of the persons to whom they sell their poison.
Our law enforcement and health officials must devise creative and innovative ways to treat this epidemic because the traditional model of law enforcement clearly is not working.
In addition, it is up to every parent to warn their children of the dangers of illicit drugs. “Recreational drug use” has taken on a new meaning these days — instant death — and this requires parents to be ever-vigilant to ensure that their children do not fall victim to what has become a national scourge that is getting worse.
This Sunday is a day set aside to honor our mothers.
Few can doubt the loyalty and love that our mothers have exhibited to their children despite the difficulty that some of their children may cause.
Growing up in this area more than 50 years ago, mothers were always treated with a special amount of respect.
Today, never has the job of being a mother been so difficult. Many women today are in the workforce, as the need for a second income to help support the family is essential. In addition to having to work a full-time job (and maybe even an additional part-time job), mothers are at home cooking the dinner, cleaning the house, and making sure everyone’s needs are met.
There will be special occasions at various churches on Sunday where mothers will be presented a flower by their children.
Yet this alone seems not enough.For children of all ages, how hard would it be to say, “Thank you mom and I love you.”
A few thousand individuals from around the state – with a strong contingent from Chelsea – gathered on Beacon Hill at the State house this past Friday, April 15, to take part in in a protest to fight for a $15 minimum wage across the state.
The protesters then marched to McCormick & Schmick’s and McDonalds, two of the places they consider to be the worst “purveyors of poverty wages and poor working conditions” according to their press release.
Gladys Vega and member and staff of the Chelsea Collaborative brought a bus of activists to the rally, which started at the State House and marched to Downtown Crossing. Several state and local officials came together, as well as thousands of workers calling for the raise in minimum wage.
“What do we want?” yelled Vega into a bullhorn.
“$15,” yelled the crowd of thousands.
“When do we want it?” she continued.
“Now,” they yelled.
The minimum wage in Massachusetts is currently $10, having gone up on Jan. 1. It is on track by state law to continue raising, going to $11 on Jan. 1, 2017.
However, the State of California just recently passed a $15 minimum wage law, and New York state is expected to follow very soon. That has caused pressure to mount in Massachusetts for an accelerated increase to follow California and New York among the ‘Fight for $15’ movement that has been very active in the state for several years.
Joining workers from McDonald’s were workers from McCormick and Schmicks, including one Chelsea woman who said she was harassed at work. As a minimum wage worker, she said she was fired from the job when she complained about the harassment.
In addition, several airport workers testified in front of the State House, saying they were contractors from a private company that contracted with airlines.
They said they were the front lines for passengers arriving and departing from the airport and deserved a higher wage.
Saritin Rizzuto, a Chelsea business leader and candidate for the state representative in Lynn and Saugus, said she supported the effort.
“I’m happy to be here and support in any way I can,” she said. “I’m not a typical politician. I don’t consider myself a politician. I think I am a person of the people and for the people, which explains why I am here supporting this cause and supporting the people for their fare wage. I worked many minimum wage jobs and my children actually work minimum wage jobs now. They are 23 and 25. So I am here for them and all these people.”
State Sen. Dan Wolf, who owns Cape Air, said his company has included $15 as its minimum wage and he called on all airport related businesses to do the same.
“We are the richest country in the history of the world,” he said. “People who are able to work full time should be able to support a family with dignity. In my other life, I am the CEO of an airline. So when I stand down there and hear the liars up there, thats me, that the greedy CEO’s of the airlines, and thats me, I think I have some serious stuff to get done. My airline has pledged to get to $15 an hour.”
Lynn City Councillor Brian LaPierre met up with the protesters at the state house and both marched and chanted with them as they fought for $15 an hour.
“We have a full bus from Lynn, there’s about 50, but they are coming from across the state,” he said. “There are over 20 busses, probably a couple thousand folks in total. The goal of this event and rally is for 3,000 individuals to be here fighting for $15 an hour.”
In Lynn, he said it’s basically the fast food industry, and that’s an issue across the state.
“It is like your Dunkin Donuts, your Burger Kings, McDonald’s, Wendy’s variety,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of the big box in effect because we don’t have big chains like Home Depot and Target and such, but the fast food area is really where Lynn could use a boost in its wages.”
Garcia Jehovany-Orlando, 28, 99 Hollingworth, Lynn, was arrested for possessing open container of alcohol in motor vehicle, operating under the influence of liquor, unlicensed operation of motor vehicle.
Juvenile Offender, 16, was arrested for disorderly conduct.
Melissa Hardy, 37, 423 Eastern Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Juvenile Offender, 16, was arrested for murder, assault to murder, armed, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Pierre Christmas, 27, 73 Division St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer (3 counts).
Rumaldo Mauricio, 21, 89 Bellingham ST., Chelsea, was arrested for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Dennis Baker, 68, 3 Clinton Ct., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Stacy Gordon, 36, 321 Pawtucket ST., Lowell, was arrested on 3 warrants.
Kathleen Castaneda, 54, 107 Perkins St., Somerville, was arrested for shoplifting.
Christine O’Connell, 32, 43 Boston St., Salem was arrested for shoplifting and on a warrant.
Francis Stephenson, 56, Homeless, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Jose Valentin, 47, 87 Bloomingdale St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Eddie Bailey, 47, 122 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Cory Linnell, 37, 50 Andrew St., Lynn, was arrested for possession to distribution Class A drug.
Moises Ortiz, 36, 134 Garfield Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing Class A drug, conspiracy to violate drug law.
Christyna Bidder, 31, 12 Malden St., Revere, was arrested for conspiracy to violate drug law.
Michael Stewart, 32, 76 Clark Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for warrant, possessing Class A drug, firearm/rifle/shotgun without FID card (2 counts), possessing ammunition without FID card, armed carrier criminal act, fugitive from justice on court warrant.
Meghan Mastrangelo, 34, 106 Mountain Ave., Revere, was arrested for 2 warrants, destruction of propeprty over $250, malicious, disorderly conduct.
Izmelda Garcia, 20, 21 Luke Rd., Everett, was arrested on a warrant.Sunday, 3/13
Martika Feliz, 23, 767 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on multiple warrants.
John Burgin, 38, 21 Lash St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Sheri Marano, 44, 925 Revere Beach Parkway, Revere, was arrested for malicious damage to motor vehicle.
Tiffany May, 22, 4 Mill St., Peabody, was arrested for operating motor vehicle with revoked/suspended license.
Hamilton Rodriguez, 25, 135 Shawmut St., Chelsea, was arrested for trafficking cocaine in over 36 grams, possessing Class B drug, ammunition without FID card, firearm violation with 1 prior violent/drug crime, possessing large capacity firearm, ammunition without FID card, possessing firearm without FID card, unattended/unlocked/unsecured firearm (2 counts).
Keishla Rivera, 23, 135 Shawmut St., Chelsea, was arrested for trafficking cocaine over 36 grams, possessing large capacity firearm, possessing large capacity firearm or feeding device, unattended/unlocked/unsecured firearm, possessing firearm without FID card, possessing ammunition without FID card, Reckless Endangerment to Children, possessing to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug law.
Victor Traskin, 35, 295 Lynn Shore Drive, Revere, was arrested for shoplifting.
Jean Pierre, 29, 10 Porter St., Evertt, was arrested for possessing Class B drug, credit card, forge or utter forged (20 counts), identity fraud (2 counts).
Gamaelle Charles, 23, 94 Winter St., Saugus, was arrested for operating under the influence of drugs, possessing counterfeit press, credit card, identity fraud, uttering forged credit card (19 counts) identity fraud.
Wilson Loaiza, 37, 69 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea, was arrested for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Alexander Montano, 33, 506 Borris St., East Boston, was arrested for shoplifting.
Gregory Salnias, 29, 1 Mill Ct., Chelsea, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor, leaving scene of property damage.
Franquelin Isabel, 29, 855 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for armed robbery
Yaritza Roman, 35, 93 Harrison ST., Worcester, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor, possessing open container of alcohol in motor vehicle.
Samuel Socobasin, 36, 165 Hawthorne St., Chelsea, was arrested for shoplifting.
Aiman Bennroua, 24, 1 Westford Pl., ,Allston, was arrested for shoplifting.