Following Governor Baker’s signing and the
finalization of the Commonwealth’s FY 2020 Budget, Triangle, Inc. is proud to
announce it has received an additional $100,000 in funding for its
School-to-Career program, which supports students and recent graduates between
16 and 26-years-old in the Metro North and South Shore regions. The funds will
help advance programs to help young adults plan their careers, expand their
experience and skills to secure competitive employment, and live more
independent lives. The allocation is part of $5.4 million funding in the
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s budget dedicated to
workforce development and employment service programming throughout the
“We want to thank our elected
officials, including House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate President Karen Spilka,
and the co-sponsors of this budget amendment, Representative Daniel Ryan and
Senator Sal DiDomenico for their work in securing this critical funding,” said
Coleman Nee, CEO of Triangle, Inc. “These additional resources will advance the
vital work of providing transition aged young adults with meaningful pathways
for career and lifetime success, giving our participants a more independent
About Triangle, Inc.
Triangle, Inc. has empowered people with disabilities and their families to
live rich, fulfilling lives. With a strong focus on employment, empowerment,
independence, and community engagement, Triangle, Inc. reaches more than 4,000
people across eastern Massachusetts each year. Through all of its efforts,
Triangle, Inc reminds our communities that we are all people with abilities.
Learn more about the organization and their impact at triangle-inc.org.
This week at the Southampton Bus Garage and
Maintenance Facility, Governor Charlie Baker, MassDOT Secretary and CEO
Stephanie Pollack, and MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak gathered to celebrate
the introduction of the MBTA’s first brand new, zero-emission, battery-electric
bus (BEB) prototypes into the MBTA’s Silver Line fleet.
“The procurement and testing of new
battery-electric bus technology is exactly the type of investment we aim to
continue with the Transportation Bond Bill in order to help the MBTA plan for
the future,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our Administration will continue to
explore ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Commonwealth’s
transportation system and we look forward to more improvements as the MBTA
makes progress on delivering a more reliable bus system.”
“These new zero-emission, completely
battery-electric bus prototypes are an emerging technology aimed at providing a
safe, reliable, comfortable ride while lowering energy costs and reducing
dependence on fossil fuels,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie
Pollack. “We are pleased to take steps forward with the process of evaluating
whether these kinds of new technologies that promote sustainability are
appropriate for daily service for MBTA customers.”
“We’re excited to introduce these first
battery-electric buses into service on the Silver Line to test how they operate
in real-world conditions on Boston streets and in the Silver Line tunnel,” said
MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “This is an exciting first step in testing
new technologies to electrify our bus fleet, save on fuel costs, and reduce our
maintenance needs. We look forward to seeing how these buses perform, gathering
data on power consumption, and testing their range during extreme weather as we
continue to seek ways to reduce greenhouse gases and improve service for our
With support from a $10 million federal
grant, the MBTA procured from New Flyer the production of five zero-emission,
battery-electric, 60-foot, articulated buses. All five are currently in Boston
with the first BEB prototype having arrived in April 2019 to begin testing and
operator training. Three BEBs are entering service today on Silver Line Routes
SL2, SL3, SL4, and SL5 with the next two anticipated to enter service on these
routes by the end of the summer.
Five charging stations are also being built
within the Southampton Bus Garage and Maintenance Facility as part of the
project where each BEB will be “refueled” overnight.
These BEBs are powered by both rear axle and
center axle electric motors to enhance safe operation during the winter months.
The majority of 60-foot Low Floor articulated buses in service in North America
utilize only the rear axle to provide propulsion power by pushing the bus,
which can experience traction issues during winter months when snow and ice are
present. The performance of the BEBs’ axle placement will be one feature
specifically tested and studied while in service.
The MBTA will also be one of the first
systems to test 100 percent electric heat for comfortable onboard temperatures
during winter months. Previously, U.S.-built BEBs operated diesel-fired
With a commitment to vehicle efficiency,
energy conservation, and sustainability, the MBTA continues to explore
available technologies and new vehicles that are capable of zero-emissions
operation in the Silver Line Transitway Tunnel, which serves the World Trade
Center, Courthouse, and South Station stops. Innovative projects like the MBTA
Silver Line Zero Emission Bus Project directly reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG)
emissions and also help improve ridership by offering a quieter, emission-free
During a two-year period following the
introduction of the BEBs into service, the MBTA will test and gather data on
this emerging technology to measure BEB performance and operational
effectiveness with a focus on power consumption of electric heaters, operator /
passenger comfort, vehicle range impact during extreme conditions, charging
requirements, and projected operating costs. The MBTA will operate these buses
on Silver Line routes to measure the capabilities of the technology for
consideration in future zero-emission bus procurements.
Over the past four years, the Baker-Polito
Administration has invested unprecedented levels of funding for transit
improvements that have included the purchase of hundreds of new buses as well
as the purchase of hybrid vehicles:
•The MBTA has purchased 575 new buses with
381 already in service and 194 additional hybrid buses in production.
•More than one third of the bus fleet was
recently replaced. Once the additional hybrid buses are in service, more than
half of all MBTA buses will be less than five years old. These new buses
replace the oldest and least fuel-efficient vehicles in the fleet and provide a
more comfortable ride for passengers.
•The piloting of these five zero-emission,
battery-electric buses is also the first step in testing new technologies to
electrify the fleet.
•In April 2018, the MBTA introduced the
Silver Line 3-Chelsea service, providing a direct link between Chelsea and the
Seaport District. This project was the first new MBTA service since the
Greenbush Commuter Rail Line came online in 2017 with the $56.7 million project
jointly funded by MassDOT ($7.6 million) and the MBTA ($49.1 million).
•Following positive results from a Transit
Signal Priority (TSP) pilot, the FMCB approved plans to expand the T’s TSP
pilot to include broad corridors of the MBTA street-level system. TSP provides
faster service to bus passengers by using signal technology to reduce dwell
times for vehicles that operate in mixed traffic.
•As part of the Better Bus Project, the MBTA
has partnered with cities and towns to implement dedicated bus lanes and queue
jumps, resulting in faster trips for bus passengers. Bus lanes currently exist
on Brighton Avenue in Allston, Washington Street in Roslindale, Massachusetts
Avenue in Cambridge, Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge and Watertown, and
Broadway in Everett.
The MBTA is currently investing more than
ever before to upgrade its infrastructure under its current $8 billion,
five-year Capital Investment Plan already in place, and the Baker-Polito
Administration’s Transportation Bond Bill includes approximately $5.7 billion
for the MBTA to continue funding improvements.
The bond bill also includes a number of
proposals to accelerate capital investments that include investments in the
MBTA’s bus system, including continued funding for the dedicated bus lanes,
signal prioritization, bus shelters and other infrastructure; for sustainable
transit system modernization investments to modernize the bus fleet and support
the Better Bus Project; and for maintaining the bus fleet and operational
improvements. There are additional provisions to allow for the use of
design-build procurement for smaller projects, which reduces the timeline for
delivering capital improvements, and job-order contracting, which is a faster,
more cost effective way to address outstanding maintenance needs. The bill
would also establish a process to leverage private-sector investment to fund
and build transit improvements.
The provisions in
the bond bill that seek to expedite the T’s pace of investment come on the
heels of the T’s plan to accelerate capital investments by exploring more
aggressive closures overnight and on weekends, increasing the regimen of
proactive inspections, negotiating with contractors to compress project
schedules, augmenting the existing workforce with a flexible team that can
provide necessary services such as flaggers, bus operators, and power, signal,
and track personnel to support capital investments.
In their annual conference this month, the
Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) announced that
Chelsea outgoing Supt. Mary Bourque would be working with them on legislative
issues at the State House.
The meeting, held in Mashpee, was also a time to highlight school leaders from across the state, and Bourque – who is a past president of MASS – was recognized for her career in Chelsea with the Daoulas Award. The association’s highest award is the Daoulas Award, and it is named after former Dracut Supt. Christos Daoulas.
Paul Andrews, MASS, and Eric Conti, Superintendent Burlington Public Schools, with Chelsea Supt. Mary Bourque
It was presented to her by Eric Conti, past
president and superintendent of the Burlington Public Schools.
“Mary is a fierce, fierce, and
tenacious supporter of her community and of the students of her community,”
Conti said. “She is an extreme collaborator, leader of the 5 District
Partnership and Urban Superintendents. She is a champion of students first
arriving in our country…the motto of Chelsea is, ‘We Welcome and We Educate.’”
She is one of only three women to ever win
Bourque, who is retiring at the end of this
year and will be taking on a mentor role Aug. 1 to the new superintendent, was
also announced as taking on a legislative position for MASS.
“I am humbled, and I am proud,” she said. “I
am proud of my family; I am proud of my community of Chelsea; I am proud of my
State – the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and I am proud to be a public school
Added Conti, “She will take the same
tenacity for her community and apply it to all our communities.”
Sen. Sal DiDomenico recently
testified before the Joint Committee on Education in support of his bill,
S.265, An Act ensuring high-quality pre-kindergarten education. This
legislation would expand preschool, using grants from the state, beginning with
high-needs communities that are ready with a state-approved expansion plan.
people are ready for more preschool,” said DiDomenico in his testimony before
the Committee. “I have heard from countless parents who want this learning
opportunity for their children, but often can’t afford it or are on waiting
lists. Local communities, led by community-based programs, school districts,
and mayors, have solid plans for preschool expansion and are waiting for new
public dollars to begin implementation. That is why I filed this legislation,
and I am confident this bill is an important next step towards improving and
expanding high quality early education for our kids”
education has been proven to have significant short- and long-term impacts on
children’s educational, social, and health outcomes. However, about 40 percent
of 3- and 4-year-olds in Massachusetts do not attend preschool. For those
children who are enrolled in pre-K, many attend schools with high
student-to-teacher ratios, low family engagement, and inadequate teacher
qualifications. These children enter kindergarten at a disadvantage as compared
to their peers who receive high-quality pre-kindergarten education. These
initial setbacks in intellectual, social, and emotional development affect
children throughout their lives, as they regularly underperform in school and
This legislation filed by Sen.
DiDomenico would target underperforming school districts, providing 3- and
4-year-olds in those neighborhoods with pre-K education administered by
qualified teachers in programs following federal Preschool Expansion Grant
quality standards. Since his election to the Massachusetts Senate in 2010,
fighting to provide kids in the Commonwealth with access to high quality early
education has been one of Sen. DiDomenico’s highest legislative priorities.
This bill has remained a key component of the Senator’s legislative agenda and
is one of his top early education policy items this legislative session.
Chelsea Jewish Lifecare has announced that
the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, the flagship property of the organization,
will be renamed The Katzman Center for Living in honor of Elliot and Donna
The Marblehead couple, who made a significant donation to Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, have longstanding ties to the nursing home, the city of Chelsea and to the healthcare organization.
Elliot and Donna Katzman have made a significant donation to Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, and they will now be honored with the naming of the newly-renovated Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home on Lafayette Avenue. It will soon become the Katzman Center for Living.
“We are enormously grateful to Elliot and
Donna Katzman for such a generous gift,” said Chelsea Jewish Lifecare CEO Barry
Berman. “I have known the Katzman family for many years and am thrilled to have
their name attached to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. Their support and
friendship mean the world to us.”
Elliot Katzman and Donna (Frangiamone) were
classmates at Chelsea High and will soon celebrate their 40th wedding
anniversary. Both are Salem State alumni and the proud parents of sons and
daughters in law Matthew and Katie, and David and Emily. They are even prouder
grandparents to granddaughters Nora, Maggie, Julia and Clara. Elliot, a general
partner at Commonwealth Capital Ventures, a private venture capital firm, has
built some of New England’s most successful technology companies.
“Donna and I are truly thankful for the love
and kindness that Chelsea Jewish Lifecare has shown our family,” said Katzman.
“Our involvement began when my grandmother was a resident of the nursing home
over forty years ago. Ten years ago my parents moved to the Cohen Florence
Levine Estates Assisted Living where today my dad, Myer, still enjoys being a
part of this caring community. Donna’s mom, Mary Frangiamone, is a resident of
the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. We want to pay tribute to the mission of the
organization’s founders and the extraordinary leadership of Barry and Adam
Adam Berman, Chelsea Jewish Lifecare
president, noted that the nursing home has played a significant role in the
“The Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home is very
near and dear to my heart,” said Berman. “We are honored to have
Elliot and Donna involved with this special residence and we truly appreciate
their substantial contribution.”
Founded in 1919, the non-profit Chelsea Jewish
Lifecare is one of the largest providers of senior healthcare services in the
region. The Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, soon
Legislature passed a bill authorizing $200 million for Chapter 90 funding to
help municipalities complete road, bridge and infrastructure improvement
projects. The bill also facilitates the financing of $1.5 billion for highway
projects and $200 million for rail projects at the Massachusetts Department of
“Not only will these
funds provide critical resources to cities and towns across the Commonwealth
and fortify larger regional transportation projects, they will create jobs and
spur economic growth,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). “These
investments support our vibrant economy by improving our transportation
“Each year, the Legislature invests in
Chapter 90 funding to help cities and towns across the Commonwealth with
critical improvements to roads, and I am once again proud to support this
legislation which will help cities like Revere,” said Rep. RoseLee Vincent
(D-Revere). “I thank Speaker DeLeo, Chairman Strauss, Boncore and the
entire Transportation Committee for their work in crafting this bill that
provides needed dollars to help municipalities with roadway infrastructure.”
“The Commonwealth’s roads, bridges and
arteries are our economy’s life blood,’ said Transportation Committee Chair
Senator Joseph Boncore (D-Winthrop). These appropriations approved today will
go a long way toward providing our municipalities with the financial resources
they need to ensure our infrastructure is building toward state of good
Former Chelsea High scholar-athlete Elliot
Katzman served as moderator for Salem State University’s Agganis Forum Monday
night at the university’s Recital Hall.
Katzman appeared at the forum with
entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Cummings. Katzman interviewed Cummings
about his successful career as the founder of Cummings Properties, Inc., that
is responsible for buying, building, and managing over 10 million square feet
of commercial real estate in eastern Massachusetts.
Cummings and his wife, Joy, are the founders
of New Horizons not-for-profit assisted and independent living communities and
the Cummings Foundation that has distributed more than $200 million in
charities since 1986.
Asked about his splendid performance as
moderator that drew applause from the audience, Katzman said humbly, “It was an
honor to moderate the discussion with Bill Cummings. He is not only an
incredibly successful entrepreneur, but an amazing individual who is making a
big impact in the world.”
Katzman himself is also an incredible
success story. He is a Salem State alumnus, a Salem State trustee, and general
partner at Commonwealth Capital Ventures, a private venture capital firm based
in Woburn that invests in early and growth stage technology companies. Prior to
joining Commonwealth in 2007, Katzman was a general partner at Kodiak Venture
Partners from 2002 to 2006.
Elliot and his wife, Donna (Frangiamone)
Katzman, were classmates at Chelsea High. They reside in Marblehead.
Department’s paid summer internship program
Launched in 2014, the Summer Enrichment Program
provides young people with the opportunity to begin an internship with one of
the oldest law enforcement agencies in the country, and one of the largest in
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, while working alongside established career
professionals in the world of law enforcement. Participants will gain insight
into the world of law enforcement and criminal justice agencies through job
shadowing, weekly presentations by members of law enforcement, roundtable
discussions, law enforcement-related field trips, and educational tours.
The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department
Summer Enrichment Program is a seven-week program that begins on Monday, July
8th and ends on Friday, August 23rd. The program will invite twenty
participants, selected from a group of local high school students, to the
Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department to learn more about careers in law
enforcement. Participants will work 21 hours per-week on Mondays, Wednesdays
and Fridays, from 8am – 4pm, and will be compensated at a rate of $12.00 per-hour.
During each week of the internship, members will participate in a “meet and
greet” with members of the law enforcement community on Wednesdays, and a tour
or field trip on Fridays.
At the conclusion of the program, all
participants will have completed and received their CPR Certification, in
addition to a Certificate of Completion from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s
Department. By the end of their participation, members of the program will have
not only gained insight into the world of law enforcement and met a variety of
notable law enforcement officials, but they also will have gained transferable
job skills they can utilize later on in their careers.
For employment, applicants must participate
in a competitive interview process, complete the written application, submit a
CORI form, pass a drug test, complete a physical examination from their doctor,
possess a valid picture ID (school ID, passport or driver’s license) and have a
savings or checking account. Ideal applicants will be mature, professional and
have an interest in some aspect of law enforcement. Applicants will be notified
of the Department’s decision by telephone. Once admitted, applicants will
receive Department-issued polo shirts and be required to wear khakis for the
duration of the program.
The deadline for the application is Tuesday,
April 30th. Interviews will be held from Monday, May 6th through Friday, May
Applications can be filled out online at
www.scsdma.org or, they can be faxed to
(617) 704-6743 or scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please contact Nadia
Lovinsky at (617) 704-6656 or email@example.com.
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.
Last Friday members of the state
legislature, including Speaker Robert DeLeo and Rep. Dan Ryan, attended the
annual Legislative Breakfast at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home.
While the breakfast’s format usually gives
the opportunity for Soldiers’ Home staff and residents to lobby for more
legislation that helps and protects veterans, last week’s breakfast centered
around the new long-term care facility being constructed at the Soldiers’ Home.
“I was proud to once again attend the Chelsea Soldiers Home Legislative Breakfast and see first hand how this facility takes care of those who have served our country,” said Speaker DeLeo. “It was also a chance to hear about the progress on plans for the new building, which reflects our ongoing commitment to our veterans.”
State lawmakers, including Speaker Robert DeLeo and Rep. Dan Ryan, attended last week’s legislative breakfast at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home.
In October Gov. Charlie Baker broke ground
on the new long-term care facility. The current facility will continue to be
fully operational, caring for 154 veterans, during the construction process
with an anticipated project completion date in 2022.
“Friday I joined my colleagues to hear from
Superintendent Cheryl Poppe of the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea and Secretary of
the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services, Francisco Urena, about the
incredible new treatment center that will soon be built on their campus,” said
Rep. Ryan. “This investment will ensure that our veterans continue to receive
the best possible care in a new, state of the art facility.
In May 2017, Baker announced plans for a new
long-term care Community Living Center (CLC) and signed legislation authorizing
funding needed to advance the project in Chelsea.
The Baker Administration also has received
funding authorization from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA) for the $199 million project. The federal funding was awarded through the
VA’s State Home Construction Grant Program which provides reimbursement of up
to 65 percent of construction costs for approved projects. The Administration,
with strong support from the Legislature, plans to spend approximately $70
million net of federal reimbursement on the project.
“Great to be with many legislative
colleagues, including Speaker DeLeo, as well as Secretary Urena, at the Chelsea
Soldiers’ Home annual legislative breakfast this morning,” said Rep. RoseLee
Vincent. “Thanks to Superintendent Cheryl Poppe and Paul Moran for your hard
work and dedication in making sure our veterans are well cared for at the
Rep. David DeCoste (R-Norwell), a U.S. Army
veteran, also attended the breakfast and said, “I had a great meeting at the
Chelsea Soldiers’ Home as we discussed an updated overview of the services that
the Commonwealth is able to provide our veterans, particularly their new
Community Living Center project. I will continue to support and advocate for
the men and women who have fought for our country.”
Home first opened its doors to Massachusetts veterans in 1882. The first
residents were Civil War veterans who were wounded or unable to care for
themselves, many of whom had previously resided in the Commonwealth’s