There is no shortage of Super Bowl parties
going on in Chelsea this weekend, but if one wants their party to score high,
they better know how to prepare a proper chicken wing.
Chef/Pitmaster Andy Husbands of The Smoke
Shop (located in Assembly Row in Somerville) said that if hosts think getting a
good wing on the table for the Super Bowl is as easy as popping them in a hot
oven, they would be flapping wrong.
In fact, he said, the key to a good Super
Bowl spread is preparation and thinking ahead.
“Wings are so subjective,” he said. “Do you
like the small ones or the big roaster wings? I go for the big roasting ones.
You want the big, roaster wings. I’d also advise everyone to go early. Don’t go
to the store to buy your wings on Saturday. They’ll all be sold out and you’ll
get stuck with the small wings…Most everything you serve for the Super Bowl
except for ribs can be done on Saturday. That makes it so much easier. You want
it to be enough food for everybody, but you want it to be easy for you too. You
don’t want to be in the kitchen saucing wings when the Pats are scoring.”
Husbands said the centerpiece of a Super
Bowl spread always has to be the wings, so getting them right is important.
Husbands suggests doing what is called a
“You want the best wings, and even though
it’s a bit complicated, I would look up how to confit wings,” he said.
When he pulls it off, Husbands said he
starts by seasoning the raw wings the day before with salt and other
flavorings. Many make the mistake, he said, of putting the sauce – whether
buffalo or teriyaki sauce – on before cooking the wings. One should not do
that, he said.
“That will hamper the wings,” he said.
“Sugars burn quickly, and you don’t want that burnt taste on the wings.”
Once seasoned, Husbands coats the wings in
oil and chicken or goose fat. Then they go into a 205-degree oven until cooked.
Then, take them out, let them cool and remove the fat. The next day, before the
big game, take them out of the refrigerator and use the fat from the previous
day on a sheet pan. Put the wings in the fat and cook them in an oven at 350
degrees until crispy.
“They become crispy and rich and then you
apply the sauce, whether Frank’s Red Hot or Szechuan – whatever you want,” he
said. “That’s a fun way to do it.”
There are, of course, other ways to wing it
for the big game.
Home frying, however, is not something
Husbands recommends. Most people don’t have the right equipment and it uses a
ton of fat for just one dish.
Cooking them in the oven after seasoning is
another option, but it has to be on low heat. A common mistake, he said, is
putting the wings in the oven raw at a high temperature to get them crispy.
However, that leads to a dry and bony wing – perhaps even raw.
“You want to put them on very low heat and
continuously turning them gets them crispy on the outside and keeps them juicy
on the inside,” he said. “After they’re cooked (150 degree temperature inside),
you can crank up the oven to 450 degrees and flash them in until really crispy.
Then you sauce them up. That way you get them fully cooked and crispy. No one
wants raw chicken.”
Yet another way goes to the die-hards, who
will take the opportunity to do some arctic grilling. Husbands said the cold
weather won’t stop him from grilling wings and smoking ribs for his Super Bowl
“I’m absolutely going to be outside,” he
said. “My neighbors all know me well. They don’t look at me like I’m crazy.
It’s more like they want to know if they can have some. It’s a passion and if
you know it love it you want to do it all the time in any weather. I have a
Traeger grill and a Big Green Egg grill and they work in all types of weather.
I might use both of them this time.”
Beyond the meat of the matter, though,
Husbands has some good ideas for buffet style options.
One of those ideas is a chili bar. He
usually cooks a pot of chili and leaves it on low in the Crock Pot, setting up
a chili fixin’s salad bar next to it.
“What’s cool about chili is you can keep it
in the Crock Pot, keep it hot and put out a bunch of toppings – like crushed
Fritos, crushed tortilla chips, scallions, sour cream and anything else you
like,” he said. “People can come back and forth to that during the entire
At halftime, he rolls out a hot dog bar too.
Either grilled or boiled, he selects quality
hot dogs and two different kinds of buns. From there, the sky is the limit on
the kinds of toppings one can offer to guests. Husbands suggests kimchee,
several different types of mustard, cheese sauce, unique pickle relishes and
even his own favorite, sriracha ketchup.
“Guests can have fun making their own hot dog,”
he said. “You can wheel that out at halftime for something new. All of it can
be prepared ahead of time too.”
For the beer lovers, Husbands suggests not
going all lawnmower and not going all high-brow either. In his ice chest, he
said he offers everything from Miller High Life to Trillium Brewery.
“It’s important to have something for
everyone,” he said. “I don’t want to push my passion for craft beer on someone
who wants a High Life. A High Life can be just as enjoyable as a craft beer.”
Super Bowl LIII official coverage starts at
6 p.m. on CBS.
Andy Husbands is an award-winning chef and
pitmaster at The Smoke House, which has locations in Assembly Row, the Seaport
and Cambridge. Just this year he closed down his long-time South End
restaurants Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel – which were neighborhood staples for
The Bellingham-Cary House held its annual Holiday Open House on Saturday evening, Dec. 7, with a good turnout of residents coming to celebrate the holidays in the historic home. Pictured here are the Board of Trustees: Jean Chapman, Corresponding Secretary; Faye Dookharan, Treasurer; Matt Frank, and Karen MacInnis, President.
The Chelsea High boys soccer team dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to Acton-Boxboro in a first round contest of the Division 1 North Sectional of the MIAA state soccer tournament last Friday evening on the turf at Highland Park.
The Red Devils grabbed a 1-0 lead at the 30 minute mark of the opening half when Delmer Romero found the back of the A-B net with a beautiful strike from the top of the box.
Delmer, Chelsea’s leading scorer this season, initially took possession of the ball in the right corner of the box and then made a few moves toward the center to create some space from the A-B defenders. When he obtained a small window of opportunity, Romero let go a powerful drive high to the opposite corner to beat the A-B keeper.
However, that would prove to be the apogee of coach Mick Milutinovic and his Red Devils’ hopes for advancing to the next round of the tournament.
Five minutes after Romero’s goal, a ref whistled Chelsea for a controversial hand-ball in the box and awarded a penalty kick to A-B. The alleged hand-ball call was not evident to anyone else on or in the field — and the ref who made the call was 60 yards aways from the action.
Acton-Boxboro converted the PK, bringing the contest back to level at the half.
The contest remained deadlocked for the next 55 minutes — 40 minutes of the second half, 10 minutes of the first overtime, and five minutes of the second OT — until A-B reached the back of the Chelsea net for the victory with five minutes left in the second overtime period.
“This was a great tourney game,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki. “Our defense was solid and our keeper, Roberto Portillo, played the best game of his career with some outstanding saves.
“We had a great crowd and the team fought hard the whole way,” added Protasowicki, who noted that the Red Devils had enjoyed a superb season with a 13-0-3 record entering the tournament. “It’s too bad that the outcome of the game hinged on that hand-ball call.”
CHS runners do
well at Coaches Meet
Last Saturday a small contingent of the Chelsea High boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Wrentham to participate in the Frank Mooney State Coaches Invitational.
Senior Justin Turner raced to a personal best of 17:05 on the 3.1 mile course to finish seventh out of 189 runners.
“Every week Justin gets better,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “He had a great summer of training and it is translating into a remarkable season. He hasn’t missed a day of practice and he is a great leader.”
Senior Julio Valladares ran 17:51 to improve by over a minute and was 30th overall out of 189.
“Earlier this season Julio had a virus he couldn’t shake,” said Fay. “The last three weeks he has finally been running to his potential.”
Jazmany Reyes ran 18:29 and also had a personal best by almost a minute. Oscar Amaya ran 19:22 in the sophomore race while freshman Ian Padilla also ran in the sophomore race and ran 20:10. Only nine other freshman beat Ian in the race.
Limilson Tavares raced to a 19:09 time in the junior race. Joseph Terval ran 20:07 to smash his former best time by almost two minutes. WidinButras finished in a time of 22:10.
On the girls’ side, YaridDeras finished 28th in a time of 22:11 for the 3.1 miles.
This Saturday both the boys and girls squats will go back to Wrentham for the Division 2 State Meet.
CHS football team
meets O’Bryant Friday
The Chelsea High football team turned in its most-productive offensive effort of the season, but came out on the short end of a 40-22 decision to Cathedral High this past Friday evening.
“Unfortunately, it’s not the outcome we wanted, but I am proud of my guys for putting up a fight until the last whistle,” said CHS head coach Rasi Chau. “Our new quarterback, freshman Joshua Sosa, took the call and did a great job controlling the field.”
Sosa threw a 76 yard touchdown pass to Daps Olunbuson and ran a quarterback sneak for a two-point conversion. Jabes Escalante did a great job running the ball, scoring touchdowns, including his longest run of the year of 57 yards, plus a two-point conversion. Jabes ended up with 176 yards on the ground.
Ivan Soto, Chelsea’s leading tackler this season with more than 100 tackles, recorded 13 solo tackles of Cathedral ballcarriers.
Chau and his squad will play at O’Bryant High School in Boston tomorrow (Friday). Kickoff is set for 4:00.
CHS girls soccer
Although the Chelsea High girls soccer team dropped its last four games of the season to finish with a final record of 5-10-2, CHS head coach Randy Grajal was upbeat about his team’s performance and its future.
“We have a very young team and we improved as our season went along,” said CHS head coach Randy Grajal. “I am looking forward to our next season.”
Cornelius F. “Neil” passed away at the Marian Manor in South Boston on Saturday, Nov. 3. He was 90 years old. Born and raised in South Boston, a son of the late John Patrick and Sarah (Williams) Barnes, he graduated from South Boston High School and enlisted in the US Army during final days of World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1948 and returned to South Boston. Neil re-enlisted and served during the Korean conflict. Holding the rank of Sergeant, he served as an MP and was awarded three Bronze Stars before his discharge in 1953.
Neil again returned to his family home on Dorchester St. in So Boston. He worked for many years for the US Post Office as a clerk assigned to the office at North Station.
Being a Bruins fan and stationed next to the “old” Garden was one of the best jobs a hockey fan could hope for.
Neil married Helen E. (Benton) and settled in Chelsea residing there for nearly 60 years. Neil was widowed two and a half years ago after sharing 56 years of marriage.
Neil received supportive care for the last two years as a resident at the Marian Manor, close to his boyhood neighborhood in South Boston. A devout Catholic, Neil never missed daily Mass held at the manor chapel.
Neil is fondly remembered for his deep and abiding faith, his sense of humor and his infectious laughter.
In addition to his parents and his beloved wife, he was also predeceased by his brother, John W. Barnes. He is survived by his cherished nephew and nieces: John Barnes and his wife, Kerry of Roslindale, Elaine McCall of Whitman and Margaret Barnes of Carver. He is also survived by several other beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
His Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel (Chelsea Soldiers Home) 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.
Arrangements are by Anthony Memorial-Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home.
Steve Sweeney is a certified, top-shelf legend on the Boston comedy scene, who has been entertaining audiences for decades. Whether it’s his joke-telling, dead-on impersonations, or his side-splitting exaggeration of the famed Boston accent, Sweeney will leave you rolling in the aisles at one of his comedy shows.
The towering, 6-foot-4-inch actor and comedian has also appeared in 25-30 films, including such prominent movies as “There’s Something About Mary” with Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz and “The Equalizer” with Denzell Washington.
Sweeney’s latest project is “Sweeney Killing Sweeney,” a film which he produced and starred in the lead role.
The Charlestown native will host a special screening of the film on Nov. 7 at the Showcase Cinema de Lux in Revere.
The film has drawn large audiences at showings in Somerville and Beverly.
“The reaction has been fantastic,” said Sweeney. “People have been really laughing. It’s a really different kind of film, an independent film. It’s quirky and people have been loving it.”
The plot of the movie is simple, according to Sweeney.
“HBO comes to town and they want me, but I have to get rid of the characters and the characters try to kill me and I play all the characters,” he explained.
Sweeney said he is proud that he was able to get some of the country’s best comedians to appear in the film, including Steven Wright, Jonathan Katz, Bobby Slaton, and Nick DiPaolo.
Sweeney has fond memories of his days growing up in Charlestown.
“I still live in Charlestown in my heart,” said Sweeney. “I grew up there at 82 Bunker Hill St. and lived there for the first 20 years of my life. I went to St. Catherine’s and then Charlestown High. I still visit Charlestown at least once a week.”
Though he is known as the King of Boston Comedy, Sweeney describes himself as “a guy working.”
“I fell into stand-up comedy by doing a one-man show at the Charles,” he said. “I fell into it. They kept paying me to do it, so I kept doing it.”
In addition to Steve Sweeney, the film’s director, Lisa Aimola, and Boston comics, Tony V. and Frank Santorelli, will be attendance on Nov. 7 to discuss details about the film and answer any question attendees may have.
“I’m very excited about the movie,” said Sweeney. “It’s been an amazing experience. It’s been a lot of work, getting the money to do it and then doing the movie and getting it out there. I was very excited about working with these very talented people, including Lisa Aimola, a wonderful director.”
A recent Chelsea Community Workshop on the Community Preservation Act (CPA) witnessed a vibrant community come out to speak about future investments they want to see in their respective neighborhoods, and the newly-established Community Preservation Committee (CPC) said they are there to help residents accomplish those goals.
Taking place in the main room of Chelsea’s senior center, residents poured in at on Sept. 27, and listen to local committee members present the growing potential of tax revenues collected as part of the CPA, which was passed in Nov. 2016 by Chelsea voters. To date, there has yet to be any projects designated for development by CPA funds.
Jennifer Goldson, founder and Managing Director for JM Goldson, presented the main purpose of the community workshop. Goldson presented the most viable options to the community and get them the most for their money’s worth, while also collecting their opinions on the matter to engage the community’s wants directly.
“We have to prioritize how we use that money and be smart about it,” Goldson said.
Goldson said an estimated $1.46 million has been collected from taxpayers for the CPA in 2017-18, and is available for future investment possibilities.
The CPA, which was passed with 66.5 percent of the vote, allows Chelsea to have direct control over tax revenue collected through residential and commercial properties at a rate of 1.5 percent, which is also matched by state government assistance. This new tax revenue requires a 10 percent commitment to three categories: historic preservation, community housing, along with open space and outdoor recreation programs.
Totaling 30 percent for these three mandatory categories, the CPC presented varying ideas to the community about how they’d best like to allot the remaining 70 percent.
“As time goes on the priorities of our communities change,” Jose Iraheta, chair of the CPC stated as he greeted the crowd in both English and Spanish, adding “We really need your help to pick between the three brackets.”
Iraheta addressed those in attendance coming in by asking them to tally a total of seven points into the three categories presented for allocating the appropriate tax funds for Chelsea to choose from. Residents walked up to tally their choices with the overwhelming majority of these votes going to community housing funding.
Voting for specific returns in the community proved popular amongst those in attendance, with Goldson conducting a series of small polls to gauge what the public felt was most necessary to invest in from each of the three categories. Additionally, Goldson also asked everyone in attendance to write down their ideas on the paper table covers in order to later collect them and determine which ideas were most eligible.
Presented in a matrix of potential possibilities Goldson displayed a few of the options residents could choose to focus on, including: new housing, home ownership programs, preferences for low-income families, stewardship of historic buildings, creating community gardens or waterfront access, improving existing parks, and preservation of natural resources.
Bea Cravatta, director of Chelsea’s Recreation and Cultural Affairs division, collected information about the demographics of the meeting through a 10 question poll.
“Great turnout today, a good mix of ages, profound interest, and collaboration has been the most exciting thing for me to see,” Cravatta said.
During the last half hour, residents were allowed to take the microphone to represent each table they were sitting at.
Some residents, like former City Councillor Matthew Frank, raised valid concerns.
“Instead of creating new open space, we need to clean up what we already have,” Frank stated in reference to existing open space problems the City already has on the Harbor Walk and other locations.
The CPC must present any and all ideas before City Council for approval after creating a Community Development Plan. The City Council retains the power to approve, deny or lower the allotted funds for project ideas.
The CPC will convene again in November at a date to be announced, and will present their viable future investment options in December.
An exhibit of contemporary photographs celebrating life in Chelsea will be on display starting Friday, September 14, at Gallery 456. The opening reception takes place that evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at 456 Broadway, Chelsea.
The featured images are large scale reproductions of the winners of the Welcome to Chelsea Photo Contest. Amateur and professional photographers participated with a dozen winners selected by a formal judging panel. The People’s Choice Award decided through online voting by more than 500 votes by people in the community.
The contest was presented by Chelsea Prospers, the City of Chelsea’s initiative for vitality in the downtown, and the facebook group Chelsea MA Photography Club coordinated by photographer and former City Councilor Matt Frank.
The judging panel included Darlene DeVita, an award-winning fine art photographer; Matt Frank, a former City Councilor and photographer who initiated the Chelsea MA Photography Club; State Representative Roselee Vincent, a champion for the arts and former member of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development; Sury Chavez, a local painter whose decorative murals and “Welcome to Chelsea” signs can be seen in key locations throughout the city; Marianne Ramos, a self-taught “outsider artist” and long-time Chelsea resident who serves as Program Coordinator for the Chelsea Senior Center; and Alex Train, artist and Assistant Director of the Department of Planning and Development for the City of Chelsea.
All of the winning images, submitted digitally, have been reproduced in high-quality, large format canvas prints. These framed works will remain on display on Broadway until mid to late October. At the conclusion of the exhibit the winners will take home their framed prints.
Gallery 456 is a storefront gallery so it is always open. The entire exhibit can be viewed from the sidewalk.
Jose Sanchez, 21, 63 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested for a warrant.
Bryan Cabrera, 21, 45 Heard St., Chelsea, was arrested for stop sign violation, operating motor vehicle with a suspended license and carrying dangerous weapon.
Gustavo Contreras, 45, 151 Division St., Chelsea, was arrested for operating motor vehicle unlicensed.
David Hernandez Arevalo, 20, 40 Maverick St., Chelsea, was arrested for a warrant.
William Hernandez-Galdamez, 35, 263 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery.
Weimar Pineda-Bedoya, 25, 1061 Saratoga St., East Boston, was arrested for witness intimidation.
Thales Silva, 21, 74 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested for operating motor vehicle unlicensed and unregistered motor vehicle.
Marco Roman, 21, 31 Crescent Ave., Everett, was arrested on warrants.
Luis Llanso, 34, 69 McGreevey Way, Roxbury, was arrested for assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and on warrants.
Harold Aguirre Godoy, 23, 154 Shawmut St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Jose Guerrero, 30, 69 Addison St., Chelsea, was arrested for operating motor vehicle unlicensed and stop sign violation.
Kiana Rivera, 23, 284 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Daniel Lopez-Galdamez, 32, 13 Blossom, St., Chelsea, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor, reckless operation of motor vehicle, leaving scene of property damage, marked lanes violation, speeding and operating motor vehicle with suspended license.
Camilo Ruiz, 44, 57 Heard St., Chelsea, was arrested for operating motor vehicle unlicensed and red light violation.
Juan Ramos, 32, 117 Spencer Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for witness intimidation, miscellaneous common law violation and disorderly conduct.
Tito Ebanks-Lopez, 29, 61 Exeter St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon.
Frank Arsenault, 48, 34 Grove St., Chelsea, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor, leaving scene of property damage, marked lanes violation and possessing alcoholic beverage.
Frederick Stearns, 46, 76 Tudor St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Sandra Sargent, 33, 71 Winthrop Ave., ,Revere, was arrested on warrants.
Eddy Torres, 24, 165 Mountain Ave., Revere, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor, marked lanes violation, negligent operation of motor vehicle and threat to commit a crime.
Kevin Johnson, 19, 250 Congress Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant, operating motor vehicle with suspended license and one way violation.
Justin Williams, 29, 547 Proctor Ave., Revere, was arrested for trespassing.
Luis Cahuil, 37, 649 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor.
Miguel Munguia, 32, 84 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing, disturbing the peace and possessing open container of alcohol in motor vehicle.
Abel Jimenez, 29, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage.
Julio Portillo, 51, Pine Street Inn, Boston, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage.
Jennifer Corey, 37, 28 Park St., Malden, was arrested for utter false check, forgery of c heck and larceny by check over $250.
The Chelsea Rotary Club will hold its 91st Annual Installation of Officers at 6 p.m. at the Homewood Suites Event Center on Thursday June 21. Past President Allan Alpert will be Master of Ceremonies for the evening celebrating Rotary’s 2018-19 Theme, “Be The Inspiration.” Installed officers will be Maureen Foley of Colwen Hotels as President, Peter Zaksheski of Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Services as President-Elect, Todd Taylor of KSM Staffing as Vice President, Past President D. Bruce Mauch of Chelsea Clock as Secretary, Frank Kowalski, Retired as Sergeant-at-Arms and Past President Joe Vinard of Chelsea Bank a division of East Cambridge Savings Bank as Treasurer. Todd Taylor will be honored as Chelsea Rotarian of the Year. The Club will also be awarding Paul Harris Fellowships, one of Rotary International’s highest honors to LediaKoco, Administrative Assistant to Chelsea City Council and to seven Chelsea Rotarians; Robert Alconada, Paula Barton, Daniel Flores, Susan Gallant, Arthur Michaud, Jackie Moore and Joseph Panetta. Outgoing President David M. Mindlin, Esq. of Kraft and Hall will be thanked for his past year of dedicated service to the Rotary Club of Chelsea.
Everyone is invited to attend this Chelsea Rotary event honoring many outstanding business people in our community. If you would like to attend, please contact Maureen Foley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-964-6576 for tickets.
The Chelsea High School Class of 2018 will hold its Commencement Ceremonies Sunday at 1 p.m. at the high school.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Bourque will address the large gathering and offer her official congratulations to the graduates.
City Manager Thomas Ambrosino and School Committee Chairperson Jeanette Velez will also be part of the ceremony.
Former CHS director of athletics Frank DePatto said he is looking forward to attending the ceremony for the first time in his capacity as a member of the School Committee.
“I know this class very well and they are an accomplished group academically and athletically,” said DePatto. “I look forward to being present as our graduates attain this important milestone in their lives. Graduation represents the ending of one chapter and the beginning of another. I wish the graduates continued success as they move on to college, the military, and the work force.”