Chelsea’s Commitment to Industrial Areas Spurs Major Purchases

Chelsea’s Commitment to Industrial Areas Spurs Major Purchases

By Seth Daniel

Residential is king in today’s development world, with developers vying for land to build luxury apartments where previously no one would have even parked their car.

That means, however, that industrial areas are shrinking or disappearing in the Greater Boston area, and places like Chelsea’s industrial area on Eastern Avenue and Marginal Streets are commanding high prices and great interest from developers intent on grabbing committed industrial property before it disappers.

That couldn’t be more true in Chelsea, where industrial/commercial properties are commanding a premium after several recent notable sales, and major developers from the region are scooping them up before it’s too late.

On Eastern Avenue, National Development – a well-known development company with major holdings in Boston, including the trendy new residential Ink Block development – has purchased 130 Eastern Ave. for $10 million in August from the Cohen Family, according to property records.

Pending a zoning variance, they plan to demolish the entire existing 38,000 sq. ft. warehouse on the seven-acre site.

Ted Tye of National Development said they hope to start construction on the new 32-foot clear height building in late 2017 upon completing final designs and receiving all the permits and approvals. They expect construction to conclude  in fall 2018.

Tye said they have one tenant for the new property, but that tenant hasn’t been disclosed yet.

“There is an increasing demand in Greater Boston for quality distribution space close to Boston,” said Tye. “Chelsea is ideally located and has been great to work with on expanding the City’s commercial base.”

Part of the certainty comes from the fact, City Manager Tom Ambrosino said, that Chelsea has committed itself to keeping things industrial – unlike other areas, such as Everett’s Lower Broadway area by Wynn Boston Harbor casino where all bets against residential creeping in are off right now.

“I think we have made a commitment to see industrial areas that are now industrial to remain industrial and that these areas are relatively important to the City,” he said. “We have plenty of areas for residential expansion, including the Forbes site. I think we’re committed to retaining a vibrant industrial district. Chelsea historically has done a great job. We’re not likely to create residential developments in our industrial areas.”

Ambrosino said one thing the City requires is that in the development of these new properties, that they are improved aesthetically a bit. For example, National Development will landscape its property upon completion, and the new LTI Limo Company – which moved from Everett’s Lower Broadway area to Chelsea’s Eastern Avenue this year after being bought out by Wynn – is also going to landscape its property significantly.

“There aren’t a lot of industrial areas in Greater Boston and so this industrial area has become quite desirable,” said Ambrosino.

Meanwhile, just last week, more significant action took place in the district with the sale of two prominent warehouse to the Seyon Group, a Boston commercial development firm with 30 years of experience.

E-mails to Seyon Group were not answered in time for this story, but property records – first reported by Bldup.com – showed that Seyon purchased two warehouses for more $10 million total last week.

They purchased 201 Crescent Ave. from New England Lighting Company, which is closing down, for $3.75 million. New England Lighting bought the warehouse in 2009 for $2.65 million. The building is empty and for lease.

Meanwhile, at the same time, Seyon Group bought 150 Eastern Ave. from O’Brien Realty for $7.475 million. O’Brien also owns 140 Eastern Ave., and it purchased 150 Eastern Ave. in 2015 for just $4 million – nearly doubling their money in two years time.

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Recupero Celebrates New Crossing Light as Opponent Drops out of Race

Recupero Celebrates New Crossing Light as Opponent Drops out of Race

By Seth Daniel

For at least three years, Councillor Giovanni Recupero has been pleading for a pedestrian crossing light on Marginal Street so as to make getting to the new PORT Park safe.

With tractor trailers and vehicles of all types flying down the thoroughfare, reaching the new park is very dangerous, especially for a child or a mother with a stroller.

For all those three years, he was told to find the money and maybe he could get it.

Well, he did, and last Monday night, Sept. 25, the crossing area was voted in by the City Council.

“This is one of the best things I have done,” he said. “I worked very hard for this. It took me three years. There was no funding, they said. Well, I found the funding. Now we have it.”

With the money he found, and a significant amount of extra funds allocated due to cost overruns, the signal is now designed and ready to be installed in the spring, hopefully in time for next summer.

Recupero identified $145,000 in funds from the Eastern Salt mitigation fund that came in 2007 as a result of adding the second salt pile. Part of that money went to the Highland Park Field, and some was left over.

Recupero said that’s the money he found.

However, earlier this month, City Manager Tom Ambrosino reported that a major increase in the cost had occurred. The design and construction had gone from $145,000 to $402,000 due to the signal being far more expensive that estimated.

However, Ambrosino still supported it.

“Although this is a major change in scope, I still feel this signalization is a worthwhile effort,” he wrote. “If we want pedestrians to get safely to the park from the abutting neighborhoods, the new scope of work is essential.”

The additional funding of $257,000 was voted in by the Council Sept. 25 as well.

For Recupero, it’s a double celebration as on Monday his opponent, Kris Haight, withdrew from the Council race.

Haight, a public transportation advocate, said his work was too demanding to also give attention to a Council position.

“After great consideration, I have decided to bow out of the Chelsea City Councilor’s race,” he wrote in a statement. “I am dropping out for a number of reasons, but time and effort is the biggest one. My day job has become a bear, to the point where I am going non stop most of the day. I’m just exhausted when I get home, let alone have to get on my feet to canvass for a few hours to meet the voters.”

He said the demands of his job would not allow him to be an effective councillor, and if elected, that wouldn’t be fair to the residents.

He said he is no longer a candidate.

Recupero said he is running and hopes the voters notice the things he’s done, such as the pedestrian crossing signal, and believe he’s doing a good job for them at City Hall.

“It would be my honor and pleasure to continue representing the people of District 6 for another term,” he said. “I will try my hardest, and I hope they will help me get back to City Hall for another term.”

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ZBA Approves Winnisimmet Lounge by Ciao

ZBA Approves Winnisimmet Lounge by Ciao

By Seth Daniel

The Chelsea Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved a special permit and variances that pave the way for the newest culinary advancement in the City – with the owners of Ciao Pizza and Pastas moving forward to open a small plate lounge that will serve alcohol and gourmet foods.

The proposal by Edson Coimbra and Marvin Posada, owners of Ciao, completes a recent aggressive expansion by the gourmet pizza parlor on Williams Street. The Lounge will be on the first floor of a new building at the old location of Parrotta’s Bar.

Coimbra lined up many supporters who came to speak on behalf of the owners and their vision for the space, which does include a bar, but not the kind of rowdy bar that the space was known for when Parrotta’s occupied it.

Some abutters have not been happy with the plan as they believe it could re-ignite troubles at the location that existed when the old bar was there.

Coimbra has said he plans to bring an upscale dining experience similar to the small plate restaurant Barcelona in the South End.

With their approvals in hand, Coimbra said they would begin work on the new restaurant hand in hand with the development of the dwelling units.

Meanwhile, Ciao is nearly complete with the build out of a gourmet grocery and pasta factory at a space in Chelsea Square.

In other ZBA news:

  • The 45-unit apartment building proposed at 170 Cottage St. was continued once again.
  • Variances and a special permit were granted at 157 Clark Ave. for an awning for a store and an increase in the parking lot from 14 spaces to 28 spaces.
  • A cell phone store was okayed at 364 Washington Ave.
  • Combining two lots was allowed at 25-27 Suffolk Street in order to build a new four-family dwelling.
  • A minor modification was granted to a dental office at 950 Broadway for extension of office space.
  • A minor modification was granted to the car wash at 284 Eastern Ave. to use another building.

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Police Briefs 06-08-2017

Police Briefs 06-08-2017

‘BLAST’ THREAT GETS CHARGES

On June 3, at 7:02 p.m., a subject was placed into custody after he made threats over the phone to ‘blast’ and shoot employees at the T-Mobile store located at 158 Everett Ave. He was located at his residence on Grove Street and apprehended.

Jorge Castro, 37, of 84 Grove St., was charged with bomb/hijack threats.

ALMOST HIT A CRUISER

On May 31, at 9:50 p.m., officers were patrolling northbound on Eastern Avenue when they observed a vehicle driving in the southbound direction of Eastern Avenue. The vehicle  was observed crossing over the yellow double lines and narrowly missed colliding into the Patrol vehicle. The operator was placed under arrest for OUI after a failing a field sobriety test.

Jose Arias-Munguia, 46, of East Boston, was charged with operating under the influence of liquor, marked lanes violation and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

ACQUAINTANCE SLAP-FEST

On June 1, at 10:12 a.m., officers responded to an argument between two parties in front of 21 Lash St. Upon arrival, officers were flagged down by a female party, later identified the person who had called the police. The victim told officers that the female who was known to her attacked her by striking her in the face several times, and she was able to free herself to call police. The subject was located by Boston Police in East Boston and placed under arrest and turned over to CPD.

Luz Zapata, 42, of East Boston, was charged with assault and battery and intimidation of a witness.

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Avellaneda Proposes Planning Process to Change Zoning on Marginal Street

By Seth Daniel

In the wake of a Waterfront Planning Process for the areas next to Chelsea Street Bridge, Councillor Roy Avellaneda has called for the strip of land running along Marginal Street from Highland Avenue to Winnisimmet Street to be re-zoned to provide what he believes are better uses.

In an order presented to the Council on Monday and passed, he called for the City Manager and Planning Department to draft a zoning amendment for the City Council to review within 45 days, adding a Waterfront Residential Commercial Overlay District (WRCOD) to the highly-industrial – though partly residential – area. He said he believes the new overlay district would promote economic development, eliminate blighted properties and encourage residential and commercial uses.

Some of the uses suggested to be allowed in the new district include multi-family dwellings with four or more units, dwellings containing six or fewer units, multifamily dwelling units of 12-35 units per acre, hotels, bakeries, convenience stores, supermarkets, restaurants, banks, cinemas and indoor commercial recreation – to name a few.

In addition, he calls for uses currently allowed by right in the industrial area should only be allowed by special permit, and those allowed now by special permit should be prohibited.

“What I’m doing is taking advantage of the face we’re in this process to look at the waterfront planning,” he said. “This part is not in that study. In the conversation I’ve had with residents down there who live along Marginal Street, they’d like to see less industrial uses – which doesn’t fit waterfront zoning. The things they would like to see are not allowed now, things like commercial mixed use, more larger residential or banks. We should take a look at this piece of land to and allow those things to happen…The current study, again, does not include that area. It’s been cut out…It would be great to envision something for that corridor, which is the front door of our city.”

District 6 Councillor Giovanni Recupero agreed that he believes it’s a good idea.

“I am in favor of it,” he said. “It will make our area much better and it isn’t going to make the taxes go up. All of that isn’t allowed there now. We would have retail and stores with apartments above. All of that makes sense down there.”

Meanwhile, there are rumblings that not everyone agrees with the idea, and it is believed that heavy industrial owners like the warehouse on Essex Street, Eastern Salt and Boston Hides & Furs might have concerns.

Some on the Council had initial concerns as well, though public comments were not yet made on the matter. It will be scheduled for a public hearing at the Planning Board, and later at the Council

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Goodbye Weeds:Much Needed Attention Begins to Hone in on District 6 Infrastructure

By Seth Daniel

Say goodbye to the weeds! Councillor Giovanni Recupero walks along a sidewalk on Suffolk Street that seems to have more grass than sidewalk and it’s something he said is going to go away soon. Major resources have been allocated to District 6 this year and next year, it being the most neglected area of the city for years.

Say goodbye to the weeds! Councillor Giovanni Recupero walks along a sidewalk on Suffolk Street that seems to have more grass than sidewalk and it’s something he said is going to go away soon. Major resources have been allocated
to District 6 this year and next year, it being the most neglected area of the city for years.

There’s a light shining in District 6 – a street light to be exact.

A major investment into the infrastructure of District 6 – located along the Chelsea Creek and back of the hill neighborhoods – is about to take place this fall and coming spring, and Councillor Giovanni Recupero is all smiles.

On a recent afternoon, while walking on a sidewalk that contained more grass that concrete due to years of neglect, Recupero pointed up to a street light on Lynn Street Extension, as well as new poles dotting the street all the way up Lynn Street and even down on Charles Street, next to the Boston Hides and Furs.

The poles are the locations for new streetlights, and not replacements, but rather locations on a street that was pitch black most nights and the center of a good amount of Chelsea’s street violence.

“It’s been dark over here for decades and it made it unsafe,” he said. “People didn’t feel safe. It was too dark at night. I asked for streetlights here for years and they told me that it could never be done, especially on Charles Street. Now it’s done. It was done with the help of the new City Manager and the new City Council who all have the best intentions of the people in mind. That’s why District 6 is finally getting attention. District 6 was the most neglected district in the city for years. It’s falling apart, but we’re going to get it back together now.”

In addition to that, Recupero happily announced that Lynn Street would be paved all the way to the top, which was a joint project with Councilor Enio Lopez.

He also said Suffolk Street would be paved and sidewalks re-instituted – it being one of the worst streets in the entire City for pavement and sidewalks. In fact, Recupero pointed to sidewalks on Suffolk that no long exist because they’ve become so overgrown and other sidewalks that seem like lawns interspersed with a little bit of concrete.

“The money is already allocated for Lynn Street and Suffolk Street,” he said. “It’s just a matter of time.”

Another major improvement, and something Recupero said he was also told could never be done, is getting a traffic stoplight on Charles Street so residents can cross Marginal Street to the PORT Park.

Using a little-known neighborhood improvement fund provided by Eastern Salt, Recupero said he was able to secure $141,000 to get the light placed on Marginal Street.

“We have this great new park over there, but no on goes to it because there is too much dog (waste) there and because, most important, it was too dangerous to cross the street,” he said. “There was no crosswalk to get there and cars go too fast. The Council never wanted to let me get that because it was so expensive, but I found the money. That money was meant for my district and now we’re going to use it for the traffic light.”

Next on his list, he said, will be the other side to the district. He said Hawthorne Street is scheduled to be done next year, and he’s working on Park, Division and Shurtleff Streets.

“This is the most neglected portion over here so I’m working on that first,” he said. “It’s the worst part, but it’s getting better. Next, I’m going to concentrate on the other side of District 6 by Congress Street.”

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Project Approved for Former Centro Latino, Eastern Avenue

By Seth Daniel

The Chelsea Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) met on Tuesday night, Aug. 9, for a full slate of proposals.

First and foremost, Chelsea developers Gerry Sneirson was approved to build a mixed-use project at the old Centro Latino headquarters – a key corner property in the Broadway business district.

The plan calls for one commercial unit in the basement and two on the first floor.

The first floor would also house parking for nine vehicles.

The second and third floors would have eight units each, for a total of 16 units.

The project would include building an addition to the rear of the building over the top of the existing parking lot.

In another matter, Steven McDonough was given a Special Permit to establish a small personal training gym at 311 Eastern Ave. He did not meet requirements for off-street parking.

Other matters reviewed were:

  • 18 Parker St., Elba Rojas was approved for special permit and variances to convert a one family into a two-family home. It did to meeting minimum lot size and didn’t have required parking.
  • 54 Palmer St., Raymond Lewis got a special permit to construct a driveway.
  • 337 Third St., Third Street Realty Corp. was approved for a variance for dividing the lot and establishing two primary uses on a single lot and the company got a special permit for off-street parking requirements.
  • 68 Pearl St., Sotiris Sotiropoulos received a special permit to covert a one family to a two-family.
  • 214 Arlington St., Erik Rueda was given a special permit to change the use of storage space on his second floor to the use of a business office.
  • 178 Chestnut St., Acquisitions Division LLC was continued for a special permit for a parking lot that does not meet minimum requirements.
  • 37-39 Blossom St., Ana Melecio was continued for a special permit for construction of two carports.

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Greenroots Spins Off from Chelsea Collaborative to Focus on Environment

By Seth Daniel

The new GreenRoots team, L to R, Associate Executive Director Maria Belen Power, Nelson Martinez, Sequoyah Williams, Qamar Sabtow, Cristian Corchado, Juan Vasquez and Executive Director Roseann Bongiovanni.

The new GreenRoots team, L to R, Associate Executive Director Maria Belen Power, Nelson Martinez, Sequoyah Williams, Qamar Sabtow, Cristian Corchado, Juan Vasquez and Executive Director Roseann Bongiovanni.

A new non-profit from a very familiar group of folks has begun operations this month to advocate for environmental issues on the Chelsea Creek and throughout the city at its headquarters on Marginal Street.

GreenRoots has spun off from the Chelsea Collaborative, formerly being Chelsea GreenSpace, and will operate in cooperation with the Collaborative, but as it’s own group. The leader of the new environmental group is Roseann Bongiovanni – a long-time fixture at the Collaborative. She will be assisted by another long-time Collaborative leader, Maria Belen Power.

The two filed the papers for GreenRoots on May 27- the day of the Battle of Chelsea Creek – and have been working towards complete operation since then.

There has been no split, though, in personalities or missions for the two groups, but really just a reality of the growth at the Collaborative spurred by the mounting immigration issues and by the closure of Centro Latino.

“We will be two separate entities that are working on two different missions, but in cases where we can, we will work on projects of mutual interest,” said Bongiovanni. “An example of that was the Boston Hides and Furs case where that was an environmental issue and a worker’s rights issue too.”

The main reason for the spin-off is the fact that, due to critical issues around immigration and family survival, environmental issues and public transportation were getting pushed to the wayside. Though they had great victories against the Ethanol trains and defeating the power plant on Eastern Avenue, those victories were getting fewer and fewer as all hands were on deck to help people solve important immigration issues and to absorb the large numbers of people looking for a new service-provider home after the closure of Centro Latino last summer.

“The environmental justice work at the Collaborative was always important, but got to the point where it wasn’t the most important priority on a day-to-day basis because of all the pressing issues we faced,” said Bongiovanni. “It had become all hands on deck to help people who were in dire need of housing or food or immigration or even day to day survival. That work took away from environmental justice and administration and fund-raising. It was the right time and just made sense. GreenSpace had a meeting of its members and we talked about the good work we’ve done, and people felt it made sense to spin off now and see what other achievements could be made – especially when waterfront development is a big issue right now.”

GreenRoots has established a small Board of Directors that includes Madeline Scannell of Chelsea, Yahya Noor of Chelsea, Bob Boulrice of Chelsea and Neris Amaya of Chelsea. More Board members are expected to be added in the coming months.

Additionally, they have hired Juan Vasquez full time to work on an indoor air quality study project in Chelsea that is being done in conjunction with local hospitals.

GreenRoots will now have oversight of the Community Gardens program, and they will look to hire a part-time coordinator as well.

Additionally, all of the GreenSpace functions and the ECOYouth group are now under the GreenRoots umbrella.

Power will be working on public transportation issues as well, which was her specialty at the Collaborative.

“We’re happy to have started off small and have GreenRoots up and running,” said Bongiovanni. “We believe we have achieved many good things over the last 20 years as GreenSpace, but there is so much more we can do and we’re ready to tackle that – whether it’s water quality, land uses, environmental justice or transportation justice.”

A grand opening is scheduled for September.

Cutline –

The new GreenRoots team, L to R, Associate Executive Director Maria Belen Power, Nelson Martinez, Sequoyah Williams, Qamar Sabtow, Cristian Corchado, Juan Vasquez and Executive Director Roseann Bongiovanni.

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Police Briefs 06-23-2016

SEVERAL CAR ACCIDENTS KEEP POLICE, FIRE BUSY

Chelsea Fire and Police were kept busy this past week responding to several motor vehicle accidents.

On Thursday evening, June 9, a motor vehicle accident was reported in the vicinity of Eastern Ave and Cottage Streets.

According to witnesses the accident occurred when one of the operators traveling north on Eastern Avenue attempted to make a left turn from Eastern Avenue onto Cottage Street and was struck by a vehicle traveling south in the opposite direction. Both vehicles suffered extensive damage as well as a telephone pole that was struck in the process. One of the operators to the hospital with non life threatening injury and both vehicles were towed from the scene.

On Friday morning, June 10, a Tractor Trailer attempting to turn onto Highland Street from Central Avenue struck a parked vehicle owned by Ventura Taxi (see photo). The accident caused a serious traffic delay as crews from Todisco Towing attempted to remove the mini van that was locked onto the rear bumper of the truck. No injuries were reported.

On Sunday afternoon, June 12, Chelsea Fire and Police responded to the area of 221 Webster Ave. on a report of a multiple car accident with airbag deployment. Chelsea Fire Fighters from E3/ L2 under the command of Act. Capt. Rogers arrived to find the aftermath of a two-vehicle accident. Multiple passengers in one of the vehicles suffered non life threatening head and neck injuries and were transported to the hospital.

Chelsea Police are investigated the cause of the accidents.

SCAMMER LOOKING FOR FINGERPRINTS

The Chelsea Police Department and Chelsea Public Schools are issuing a warning of a possible scam targeting parents of students. Families have reported to the School Department that someone is calling and posing as member of the school district stating they will be going to their home to fingerprint their children. This is not true as no such program is being conducted. All Chelsea residents should be aware that they should never give any personal information about themselves or family members over the phone and never invite anyone to their residence.

The Chelsea Public Schools posted this message to its website on Tuesday.

“Some families in the Chelsea Public Schools may have received a phone call stating that someone from the school district will be going to their home to fingerprint their children,” it read. “CPS is NOT doing so and we advise neither answering any questions nor providing any information to this person…We have received information that families with children in the Chelsea Public Schools may have received a phone call stating that someone from the school district will be going to their home to fingerprint their children. We advise you to not answer any questions or provide any information to this person. If you have any questions regarding this message please feel free to contact the Parent Information Center at 617.466.5500. The Chelsea Police Department is aware of the phone calls and will monitor the reports closely.”

If you have received a call you can contact the Chelsea Public Schools Parent Information Center at 617-466-5500 or Chelsea Police at 617-466-4800.

HEROIN BUST

On June 1, around 5 p.m., members of the Chelsea Police Drug Unit set up surveillance in the area of 170 Revere Beach Parkway as a direct result of receiving multiple complaints for illicit drug activities..

Detectives were sitting in the parking lot of Metro Credit Union in an unmarked vehicle conducting surveillance when they observed a drug transaction between two vehicles. Based on observations both vehicles were stopped. The subsequent stop resulted in the subjects being placed under arrest and narcotics seized.

Alexis Rodriguez, 32, of Lynn, was charged with distribution of a Class A drug, conspiracy and four warrants.

Dana Memory, 28, of Somerville, was charged with distribution of a Class A drug and conspiracy.

Kelvin Veras, 26, of 120 Central Ave., was charged with distribution of a Class A drug and conspiracy.

THREATENS BAR PATRONS WITH BB GUN

On Friday, June 3, officers were dispatched to the Las Papusas Restaurant located at 92 Washington Ave. for a report of a male party who had a handgun threatening people in the area. Officers were given a description and detained a suspect based on witness statements. The victims stated that the male approached them in front of the bar and lifted his waistband, which revealed to them a black handgun. He then made threatening comments to the victims.

Officers were able to detain and search suspect’s car and recovered a black BB gun. Suspect was placed under arrest.

Jose Nolasco, 26, of Everett, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and threatening to commit a crime.

Police Log

Monday, 5/30

Joshua Conte, 28, 2 Margaret Rd., Stoneham, was arrested on warrants.

Tuesday, 5/21

Gary Desir, 30, 583 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for possessing Class B drug, trafficking cocaine.

George Mitchell, 73, 16 Fifth St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Melvin Reyes, 23, 649 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for operation of a motor vehicle unlicensed, speeding.

Wednesday, 6/1

Michael Herlihy, 34, 39 Kingston St., Boston, was arrested for disorderly conduct, carrying a dangerous weapon, receiving stolen property over $250.

Thomas Caterina, 52, 911 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Stacy Gordon, 36, 24 Wamesit Ave,. Saugus was arrested on warrants.

Angela DeAngelis, 34, 109 Congress Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Kelvin Veras, 26, 120 Central Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for distribution of Class A drug, conspiracy to violate drug law.

Dana Memory, 28, 1366 Broadway, Somerville, was arrested for possessing Class A drug, conspiracy to violate drug law.

Alexis Rodriguez, 32, 124 Green St., Lynn, was arrested for distribution of Class A drug, conspiracy to violate drug law, warrants.

Thursday, 6/2

Steve Pomeroy, 40, 12 Woodland Ave., Everett, was arrested for possessing Class B drug, conspiracy to violate drug law.

Friday, 6/3

Dania Quinones, 34, 11 Cottage St., Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.

Jose Nolasco, 26, 100 Russell St., Everett, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon, threat to commit crime.

Saturday, 6/4

Lili Pan, 26, 76 Maple St., Malden, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor, unlicensed operation of motor vehicle.

Rudy Martinez, 29, 128 Putnam ST., East Boston, was arrested on warrant.

Jesus Perez, 19, 37 Suffolk St., Chelsea, was arrested for firearm, discharge within 500 ft of bldg., assault and battery attempt with firearm, disorderly conduct, firearm without license, carry loaded, ammunition without FID card, possess.

Roberto Marin, 27, 70 Chester Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor, unregistered operation of motor vehicle, unregistered motor vehicle, uninsured motor vehicle (criminal), reckless operation of motor vehicle.

Sunday, 6/5

Faisal Yerow, 20, 180 Central Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for breaking and entering vehicle/boat for misdemeanor (2 counts).

Amy Pinabella, 43, 14 Bloomingdale St., Chelsea, was arrested for destruction of property over $250, malicious, threat to commit crime.

Oscar Pineda, 31, 163 Chester Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle.

Monday, 6/6

Juan Perez, 18, 100 Heard St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Juvenile Offender, 17, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Oscar Reyes, 38, 92 Park ST., Chelsea, was arrested for drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public

Tuesday, 6/7

Justo Barrios, 37, 115 Chester Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle, flashing red light violation.

Alexandria Vega, 32, 40 Orange St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Kimberly Ginewica, 39, 75 Williams St., Chelsea, was arrested for distribution of Class B drug.

Luz Rodriguez, 54, 835 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for harassment prevention order violation.

Keith Studmire, 33, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, was arrested for refusal to produce license, registration and plates, disorderly conduct, number plate violation to condeal ID (criminal), receivint stolen property, operating motor vehicle with revoked/suspended registration (criminal).

Wednesday, 6/8

Miguel Carrasquillo, 18, 58 Adams St., Quincy, was arrested for receiving stolen property over $250, breaking and entering nighttime vehicle/boat for felony.

Thiago Araujo, 31, 76 Baxter St., S. Bosotn, was arrested for possessing Class B drug, Possessing Class E drug (3 counts), operating under the influence of drugs.

Jessica Taormina, 28, 4 Trask St., Gloucester, was arrested for possessing Class A drug, Possessing Class B drug and possessing Class E drug.

Juan Amaro, 33, 259 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Sophea Phoeng, 28, 36 Lambert St., Revere, was arrested on (2) warrants, shoplifting.

Kevin Oliva-Acosta, 19, 113 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing Class B drug and (2) warrants.

Saturday, 6/11

Ernesto Ramirez, 38, 62 Chester Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for breaking and entering for misdemeanor, destruction of property over $250, malicious.

Christine Lindsay, 31, Address unknown, was arrested for breaking and entering for misdemeanor, destruction of property over $250,malicious.

Sunday, 6/12

David Kerns, 41, 321 Pawtucket St., Lowell, was arrested on a warrant.

Mario Hurtado, 23, 725 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for distribution of Class B drug.

Alexis Bingham, 19, 12 Ord St., Salem, was arrested for possessing Class A drug and possessing Class B drug.

Richard Russo, 26, 300 Commandants Way, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Monday, 6/13

Robert Jackson, 53, 35 Hawthorne St., Chelsea, was arrested for harassment prevention order violation.

Tuesday, 6/14

Juvenile Offender, 17, Chelsea, was arrested for breaking and entering nighttime vehicle/boat for felony, trespassing, receiving stolen property.

Miguel Carrasquillo, 18, 58 Adams St., Quincy, was arrested for breaking and entering nighttime vehicle/boat for felony, trespassing.

Wednesday, 6/15/16 Nathan Andrews, 31, 46 Tudor St., Chelsea, was arrested on (2) warrants.

Thursday, 6/16

Jeffrey Whitley, 52, 767 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for harassment prevention order violation.

Juvenile Offender, Chelsea, was arrested for dangerous weapon on school grounds, carrying.

Melissa Hardy, 37, 423 Eastern Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on (2) warrants.

Alfredo Murillo, 58, 11 Cross St., Chelsea, was arrested for drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public.

Friday, 6/17

Nicole Castro, 28, 55 Essex St., Cambridge, was arrested on a warrant.

Saturday, 6/18

Joseph Woodside, 32, 26 Lexington St., East Boston, was arrested for shoplifting.

Sunday, 6/19

Michelle Machuca, 33, 310 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle, leaving scene of property damage.

Michael Leone, 29, 165 Cottage St., Chelsea, was arrested on warrants, assault with dangerous weapon (2 counts).

Miguel Castaneda, 31, 189 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested for breaking and entering daytime vehicle/boat for felony, furnishing false name and SSN.

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

Cary Shuman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vito Maida

Vito Maida

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