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.
Thee members/associates of the 18th Street Gang, including one Chelsea man, pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Boston in connection with illegal, street-level gun trafficking.
Oscar Oliva, a/k/a “Droopy, 26, of East Boston; Ralph Bonano, 23, of East Boston; and Dennis Pleites Ramos, 23, of Chelsea, pleaded guilty to engaging in the business of dealing with firearms without a license. Oliva also pleaded guilty to one count of possessing with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf scheduled sentencing for January 2018.
In 2015 and 2016, a federal investigation identified a network of street gangs, which had created alliances to traffick weapons and drugs throughout Massachusetts and generate violence against rival gang members. Based on the investigation, 53 defendants were indicted in June 2016 on federal firearm and drug charges, including defendants who are allegedly leaders, members, and associates of the 18th Street Gang, the East Side Money Gang and the Boylston Street Gang. These gangs operated primarily in the East Boston, Boston, Chelsea, Brockton, Malden, Revere and Everett areas. During the course of the investigation, over 70 firearms, cocaine, cocaine base (crack), heroin and fentanyl were seized.
Oliva was a leader in the 18th Street gang, a multi-national criminal organization that operates throughout the United States, and was involved in a large conspiracy to deal in firearms in the Greater Boston area. Oliva was personally involved in at least 12 firearms deals involving at least 13 firearms to a cooperating witness. In total, the cooperating witness was able to obtain over 30 firearms from the conspiracy during the investigation, including assault rifles, shotguns, and handguns – several of which had obliterated serial numbers. Bonano and Pleites Ramos were involved with selling handguns in the Greater Boston area. In addition to the firearms trafficking, Oliva also sold cocaine base (crack cocaine) to a cooperating witness.
Current Chelsea City Councilor at Large Roy Avellaneda has announced he will seek re-election to the City Council in the November 7th election.
Said Avellaneda, “It would be my privilege to continue to represent the people of Chelsea as Councilor at Large. I’ve never stopped fighting for Chelsea residents and stakeholders. But after a brief hiatus, two years ago, I decided to run again, and you gave me the honor of putting me back on the City Council.”
Roy is a lifelong Chelsea resident. His family moved here from Argentina in the 1970s and opened Tito’s Bakery on Broadway. He attended St Rose, Dom Savio High School, and Babson College.
“I was brought up in Chelsea, and I’ve lived here all of my life. So I not only understand its history, but also keenly aware of its challenges, and most pressing needs,” he said.
He has served Chelsea as a member of the Planning Board, and on the City Council for a total of 12 years, the first time beginning in 1998. He returned to the Council 2 years ago, and served on the Licensing Board in between.
Along the way, Roy has also worked as Legislative Assistant to State Senator Jarrett Barrios, and worked in the MA Department of Transportation during the administration of former Governor Deval Patrick.
“Twenty years in both local and state government, have given me a unique, and valuable experience. I know how the wheels of government turn, often slowly and painfully. So you have to get in there, roll up your sleeves, and keep pushing it along. You have to have patience, but always maintain a sense of urgency.”
Roy is also a successful real estate broker, and the top producing agent with Weichert, Realtors-Metropolitan Boston Real Estate. Roy also currently also owns and operates his own cafe, Pan y Cafe in Cary Square, which he opened about a year ago.
“From a very early age,” he said, “my parents taught me the importance of public service — of being involved in one’s community. But their story and their example also includes the business they founded. I’ve always been involved in this community, but at the same time, whether it’s the bakery, a cafe, being a real estate broker, I’ve also been in my own business here in different ways for a long time now. So I have the perspective, not only of someone who has worked in government, but also of a small business person. And in that sense, I’m doubling down on Chelsea because I believe in our bright future, and I always have. I’m doing everything I can to help bring it about and to make the lives of everyone in this community better. But I’ve also made my life here, and I think it’s important to be personally invested in your community, and have a stake in that future.”
Since re-joining the City Council in 2016, Roy has focused on a number issues confronting Chelsea residents and business owners, including tax relief, jobs and economic development, affordable housing, and environmental protection.
“Two years ago,” he said, “I made a commitment to do everything I could to make sure our homeowners and local businesses were not overburdened, to address the affordable housing crisis, to lobby for smart development that reduced negative impacts while increasing green space and support our youth. Today, I can point to achievements that improved those issues facing Chelsea.”
Specifically Roy sponsored, and along with with City Manager Tom Ambrosino, successfully lobbied for state legislative passage of the Home Rule Petition to Increase the Homeowner Residential Exemption from 20% to 35%, saving homeowners hundreds of dollars per year.
He also worked hard to get legislation passed to help small businesses with equipment or inventory of less than $10,000 in value pay less in taxes, resulting in an increase in investment and jobs by local Chelsea merchants.
Roy co-sponsored the Community Preservation Act ballot initiative and campaigned for its approval by voters. Chelsea approved it overwhelmingly (70%) creating a funding mechanism for affordable housing, green space and historic preservation.
Roy also supported and lobbied for the adoption of two key affordable housing measures. The first, The Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance, now requires 15% of housing built by developers to be affordable. The second, The Condo Conversion Ordinance, limits multi-family owners from evicting tenants without just cause pursuant to condominium conversion.
Roy introduced and successfully lobbied for the passage Anti-Wage Theft Ordinance which now protects workers in Chelsea from unscrupulous employers who attempt to withhold rightfully earned wages and overtime.
Roy’s advocacy was also instrumental in obtaining more funding for Chelsea’s Summer Jobs Employment program, which provides summer jobs and the opportunity for for Chelsea teens to gain work experience and life skills.
“I am particularly proud to have the endorsements of the Greater Boston Labor Council, SEIU 888, SEIU 32BJ, Ironworkers Local 7 and New England Region of Carpenters,” he said, “because I have worked and fought hard for working people of all ages in Chelsea.”
“Two years ago, he said, “I asked Chelsea voters then to give me the opportunity to be their voice and to work for them. They did, and for that, I’m very grateful. We’ve accomplished a lot since. But, we have so much more work to do in Chelsea. We need improved access to affordable transportation. We need a permanent bike sharing program. We need to keep pressure on MassPort to mitigate Logan Airport’s impact on our community. We need more balanced and smart new development that doesn’t negatively impact our quality of life. We need to focus on and properly mitigate the impact of the Wynn Casino. We have to increase economic opportunities for working families so they can afford to take care of themselves and their children and not be priced out of Chelsea. There’s so much to do. So I am once again asking for your vote on Nov 7th to continue to be your Councilor At Large. Please support me on Tuesday, November 7th. Thank you and God bless.”
Cambridge College, long considered a pioneer in adult learning, opens their new campus in Boston’s historic Hood Park (Charlestown), having moved from its former location on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge.
The new, state-of-the-art campus consolidates the four schools into a single campus in Boston.
“We are delighted to welcome new, returning, and future students to Cambridge College’s beautiful new unified Boston campus,” said Deborah Jackson, President of Cambridge College. “The majority of our students live and work in the Boston area, and our new centrally-located campus will more effectively meet the needs of our busy students while attracting a broader population of new students.”
Located in the heart of Boston’s vibrant Charlestown neighborhood the new campus sits in the original home of the quintessential New England dairy company H.P. Hood and Sons. The bright and expansive campus offers a wide array of student centric amenities including multiple gathering spaces for small group work, flexible classrooms, ample free parking, a bus shuttle service, the CC Store, and the CC Bistro. As they head into their new modern classrooms, students will be inspired by wall quotes from luminary authors and thought leaders, and creative signage paying homage to Boston’s most notable thoroughfares, such as Washington Street and Commonwealth Avenue, will further enhance the Cambridge College student experience.
Located a mere five-minute walk from the Sullivan Square Orange line T stop, Hood Park is easily accessible to communities throughout the Greater Boston and surrounding areas. In addition, the campus is in close proximity to landmark development projects such as Assembly Row and the Schrafft Center. An array of anticipated new projects will provide a vast offering of housing and retail opportunities, green space, restaurants, and other exciting resources to the neighborhood.
Cambridge College’s new unified campus joins a community that has become a mecca for companies leading the charge in healthcare and biotechnology such as MGH Partners, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Visiting Nurse Association of Boston & Associates, Tierpoint, ERT, and Indigo Agriculture, to name a few.
“We’re excited to become a part of this exciting and vibrant Boston neighborhood. We believe that the new Hood Park community affords us the unique and exciting opportunity to build relationships with some of Boston’s most innovative companies,” said Jackson. “We look forward to becoming a contributing neighbor to the community and hope to forge meaningful relationships with our new neighbors, employers and businesses to both support the neighborhood and Cambridge College.”
Cambridge College will host a Grand Opening reception on October 19. For more details and information, please call 617.873.0621 or email email@example.com.
A Chelsea East Side Money gang member, known as “Superbad,” pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Boston to racketeering and drug trafficking charges.
Josue Rodriguez, a/k/a “SB,” a/k/a “Superbad,” 20, of Chelsea, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, commonly known as RICO, and one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and cocaine base. U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns scheduled sentencing for Sept. 13, 2017.
Rodriguez is a member of the East Side Money Gang (ESMG), a Chelsea-based street gang, which uses violence to further its criminal activities and enforce its internal rules. Specifically, ESMG uses violence to protect its members/associates, target rival gang members/associates and intimidate potential witnesses.
On July 5, 2015, Rodriguez ambushed a rival gang member walking down the street, shooting at him with a semi-automatic pistol, but did not hit him. On March 29, 2016, Rodriguez and another ESMG member agreed to provide a .22 caliber revolver to a third ESMG member so he could “spank” with it – meaning that he could use it against rivals of ESMG. On April 3, 2016, the third gang member used the revolver to attempt to murder two men believed to be members/associates of a rival gang. One of the targets was shot in the head.
On May 26, 2016, Rodriguez attempted to hide a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver used in a shooting, as well as spent and live shells after another ESMG member/associate attempted to shoot a rival gang member.
The East Side Money gang was also involved in drug trafficking, including cocaine, cocaine base (“crack”) and heroin. Rodriguez conspired with other gang members and associates to distribute at least a kilo of cocaine and cocaine base. Rodriguez further admitted that he stored drugs at and distributed drugs from his home on Tudor Street in Chelsea, and that the gang maintained at least one firearm at the location.
Rodriguez is the 11th defendant of 66 alleged gang members/associates from the Greater Boston area, who were charged in June 2016 with federal firearm and drug offenses, to plead guilty.
According to court documents, the defendants, who are leaders, members, and associates of the 18th Street Gang, East Side Money Gang and the Boylston Gang, were responsible for fueling a gun and drug pipeline across a number of cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts. Specifically, the gangs created alliances in order to traffic weapons and drugs, including cocaine, crack, and heroin supplied though a Brockton-based drug network.
During the course of the investigation, more than 70 firearms were seized.
A recent report issued by the public interest group Save the Harbor/Save the Bay informs us that the beaches surrounding the Metropolitan Boston area were open for bathing 96 percent of the time during the summer of 2016 and that, barring unforeseen circumstances, the outlook should be the same for 2017.
This is quite an accomplishment, given that a generation ago, beaches in the Boston area were closed more often than not — and even when open, our beaches were not exactly inviting to swimmers and other recreational users.
We ourselves recall sailing in Boston Harbor in the 1980s and being unable to find a clean place to take a dip off our boat — and that included the outer harbor waters around the Brewster islands. There was no escape from the sliminess (for want of a better word) that essentially made the waters of Boston Harbor nothing more than a giant cesspool.
It certainly is true that the clean-up of Boston Harbor came at great expense to the ratepayers of the MWRA and surrounding sewer districts. Water and sewer rates skyrocketed on an annual basis for the 15 years of the construction phase and immediate aftermath of the construction of the MWRA’s treatment plant on Deer Island.
However, as with everything else in life, you get what you pay — there is no such thing as a free lunch, as the saying goes — so while the sudden shock of rising water & sewer rates caused some degree of hardship for some ratepayers, the bottom line is that all of us in this area had taken for granted the cheap water & sewer rates we had known for our entire lives — as well as where our water came from and where it drained out to — with no concern about the consequences of what we were doing to Boston Harbor, the greatest natural resource in our area, every time we flushed our toilets.
Moreover, as with many things when it comes to government fees and taxes, most ratepayers only looked at one side of the cost equation. We did not recognize that not only were there economic drawbacks associated with creating a polluted harbor, but that there were huge economic gains to be derived from making an investment in cleaning it up.
The magnificent and clean harbor that we have now, which admittedly was achieved at great expense, has been an economic engine for the entire area, creating jobs and adding immensely to property values not only along the immediate coast, but throughout Greater Boston, that have benefited every ratepayer.
So as we look forward to the coming summer of 2017, we can be grateful that we have a clean Boston Harbor to enjoy with our friends and families. In the 30-plus years since the MWRA has come into existence, the advantages, economic and otherwise, of achieving a sparkling Boston Harbor have extended far beyond merely being able to enjoy a swim on a hot summer’s day (which, in our view, is priceless)
CHS girls capture CAC track title; Martine Simon is named meet MVP
The Chelsea High girls track team scored a dominating 154 points — a total that was more than the second (Essex Tech with 97 points) and third-place (Shawsheen Tech with 54 points) schools combined — to capture the 2017 championship of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference in a meet held Saturday at Shawsheen Tech.
Martine Simon was named the Meet MVP in recognition of her three CAC title-winning performances in the 100 meter dash (12.96), 200 dash (26.72), and the long jump (15’-10”). In addition, Martine took third in the triple jump with a distance of 33’-5”.
To put her feat into perspective, Martine’s total of 36 points for the Lady Red Devils was more than what half the other teams at the meet scored.
Senior Sylvia Agywaa was another standout for Chelsea. Sylvia took first in both the high hurdles (16.20, a new meet and CHS school record) and the low hurdles (1:11.86).
“Sylvia has had an amazing season and is getting stronger heading into next week’s state meet,” said CHS head coach Mark Martineau.
Sophomore Amanda Dias continued her winning ways, taking first place in the two mile and adding a third in the one mile for 16 points.
Fellow sophomore Jocelyn Poste enjoyed a fine day, taking second places in the 800 (2:36.39) and the 400 hurdles (1:13.19) to post 16 points in the Chelsea column.
Senior Owliyo Mohamud took second in the 400 in a personal record (PR) time of 1:01.48 and third in the 200m (27.75). Freshman Stephanie Simon also turned in a splendid day, grabbing second in the high jump with a PR leap of 5’-0”.
The throwing events continued to be a strength for Chelsea. The Lady Red Devils took second, third, and fourth places in the shotput, led by Alex Martinez and Michena Eugene.
Chelsea also grabbed three places in the discus with Masireh Ceesay taking second (87’-7”), Tracy Flores third (81’-0”), and Jessica Martinez fifth (77’-2”).
“This was a great way to cap off a record-setting season for this girls’ squad,” said Martineau. “This is an amazing and special group of girls. Graduation will hit us hard on the track and in terms of leadership. We will be looking for new girls to step up and continue the winning ways.”
The 2017 crown mark the second straight CAC Meet title and the third straight undefeated duial-meet season for the CHS girls.
“The graduating seniors will have finished their career with a record of 40 wins, one loss, and one tie,” added Martineau. “Not bad for four years of work.”
CHS boys take second at CAC; LeClerc named MVP
The Chelsea High boys track & field team turned in a superb performance, scoring 78 points to place second, behind only Shawsheen Tech, at Saturday’s Commonwealth Athletic Conference championship meet.
“This was an amazing day,” said CHS head coach Mark Matineau. “What makes this accomplishment really amazing is the fact that we only had 12 individual boys compete at this meet.”
Leading the way of Chelsea was league MVP Jose Leclerc, who won a tough double, taking the two-mile (10:45) as well as the 800 (2:09).
“Jose has been undefeated in both events this year and had to be really focused and disciplined to pull off the tough double in a big meet like this one,” said Martineau.
Adriel Cedano also had a big day, winning the 400m (52.53) and finishing second in the triple jump with a new CHS school record jump of 41’-4”. The old record had stood since 1973.
Nick Ieng had a big points-day, finishing fourth in the 100 (11.6), third in the shotput, third in the javelin, and fourth in the 200m.
“Nick’s performance sums up the story of this team — kids working really hard, competing in multiple events, and leaving it all out on the track,” noted Martineau. “I can honestly say that this is one of the toughest squads ever to come through our program. They refuse to quit or give in. Like the girls, the boys will graduate much of their leadership and points. We have a strong young distance core that is progressing well, we will need to fill some sprints and jumps to round out this team.”
This Saturday the girls and boys travel to the MIAA D2 state championships at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School.
“With 10 girls and six boys going, this looks to be the biggest squad we have ever brought,” said Martineau.
CHS baseball team ready to wrap up 2017
The Chelsea High baseball team was set to conclude its 2017 campaign this week. Coach Alan Beausoleil’s Red Devils were scheduled to play at Essex Tech this past Tuesday and will play their season finale today (Thursday) against Whittier Tech at Carter Park.
The CHS squad dropped both of its contests this past week, falling to Greater Lawrence, 10-0, and to St. Clement’s, 11-5.
In the latter contest, Luis Jimenez had a hit, stole three bases, and scored a run. Andrew Falcon banged a double for an RBI and drew a base-on-balls.
Chelsea had closed to within 7-5 by the middle of the sixth inning, but St. Clem’s pulled away with four markers in the bottom of the sixth.
The Chelsea High boys soccer team ran its winning streak to six games to improve to 7-1-1 on the season with a pair of victories this past week.
In a 3-0 win over Shawsheen Tech last Thursday at Chelsea Stadium, the Red Devils grabbed an early lead and never looked back. Humberto Suarez scored just three minutes into the contest when he one-timed a pass from Carlos Cartagena and delivered the ball into the back of the Shawsheen net.
At the 32:00 mark, the duo combined again, this time with Cartagena heading a direct kick from Humberto to make it 2-0 at the half.
Kevin Umazor-Torres put the icing on the Red Devil victory cake when he made a nice run from his defensive position to the end line and then did a nice give-and-go with Carlos Cruz for the 3-0 finale.
Chelsea traveled to Mystic Valley Monday and came away with a 4-1 win. The Red Devils spotted MV a 1-0 lead just three minutes into the contest, but Guillermo Suarez delivered a perfect strike just under the cross bar from 25 yards out to bring the match back to level at the 25:00 mark.
Chelsea then scored two goals in the final two minutes of the half to surge into a 3-1 advantage at the intermission. Catagena headed a goal off a cross from Umanzor-Torres and Christian Hernandez notched his first varsity goal with a nice strike of a bouncing ball. Angel Ruiz earned the assist.
Cartagena gave the Red Devils some extra insurance with a goal in the second half.
“Carlos has been doing it all for us at both ends of the field,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki. “He really steadies our defense, where we have some younger players, and also provides a powerful force on the offensive end when we need it.”
CHS keeper Angel Figueroa went all the way in both matches.
The Red Devil were set to play at Northeast Regional yesterday (Wednesday) in a match that most likely will decide the champion of the Large Division of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference. Both teams are undefeated in league play, with their only blemish a tie that they inflicted upon each other in the second game of the season.
Northeast led 2-0 for the first 75 minutes of play in that one, but Chelsea scored two goals in the closing five minutes to snatch a tie from the jaws of defeat.
The Red Devils play at Somerville on the holiday on Monday and will host Lynn Tech Wednesday evening under the lights at Chelsea Stadium at 7:00.
Leclerc, Deras shine for CHS cross country
The Chelsea High boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Tyngsboro last Wednesday to face Greater Lawrence and Notre Dame of Tyngsboro.
On the boys’ side, junior Jose Leclerc was the overall winner, running away from two Greater Lawrence runners in the last 600 yards. “Jose had a fantastic race today, he ran smart and finished strong,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “He is a competitive runner and willing to work hard to get better and likes to win.”
Unfortunately for Chelsea, Greater Lawrence had the next seven finishers to secure the victory. Junior Alex Pedreo finished in ninth place and Adriel Cedano was next in 13th, followed by freshman Abraham Barrientos in 19th and junior Eric Benitez, who crossed the line in 21st place.
The final tally showed Greater Lawrence winning by a score of 20-43.
“Greater Lawrence year-in and year-out is one of the top programs in the CAC,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “This is a great example for our kids of a championship program.”
The Frank Kelley Invitational that had been scheduled for this weekend was canceled because of inclement weather. The Red Devils were set to travel to Greater Lowell yesterday (Wednesday) and will meet Northeast Regional and Minuteman Vocational in a tri-meet next Wednesday.
On the girls’ side, sophomore Yarid Deras prevailed over Greater Lawrence’s top girl by 12 seconds, but finished third to Notre Dame’s top two girls and lost for the first time this season.
“Yarid went out strong and led early,” said Fay, “but the two girls from Notre Dame reeled her in and were able to beat her on their home course. Next time they meet it will be on a neutral course, so hopefully the result will be different.”
Senior captain Melanie Nguyen was 11th overall and sophomore Jocelyn Poste was 12th. Senior Owliyo Mohamed came across in 17th and freshman Karina Avalos in 23rd.
NDA topped Chelsea by a score of 18-41 and Greater Lawrence defeated the Lady Red Devils 22-36.
The girls also were rained out of Saturday’s invitational meet. They were set to face Greater Lowell yesterday (Wednesday) and will meet Northeast and Minuteman next Wednesday.
CHS football team at Whittier Saturday
The Chelsea High football team will be looking for its first win of the season when the Red Devils trek to Whittier Tech Saturday morning. Kick-off is set for 10:30.
Chelsea came out on the short end of a 36-4 decision Saturday at Greater Lowell.
The Wynn Boston Harbor casino has a clear path to opening for the first time since announcing three years ago that it intended to compete for the Greater Boston license at its Everett site.
The City of Somerville announced on Monday afternoon that it would discontinue all appeals of the casino – saying that it had resolved a number of issues that it had with the casino during the Chapter 91 license appeal and would not choose to take the matter to Superior Court.
“The City of Somerville successfully resolved a number of our community’s core concerns regarding the Wynn casino project through our recent appeal of the casino’s Ch. 91 license,” wrote Mayor Joe Curtatone in a statement. “For this reason, we will not pursue further appeal of the license via the courts. I want to be clear; our appeal was never about stopping the casino, but rather about our civic duty to protect the health, safety, and quality of life of our residents. While we did not get everything we asked for, the appeal did yield significant and meaningful results for our residents, so we feel the process worked.”
The news was greeted happily from China by Wynn Boston Harbor President Bob DeSalvio, who received the news while helping to celebrate the opening of the Wynn Palace in Macau.
“With all legal challenges behind us, we can now focus entirely on making Wynn Boston Harbor one of the most powerful job generators and economic catalysts to ever benefit the Commonwealth,” DeSalvio said. “We are pleased to be joined with all our neighboring communities in making this a historic development for all.”
Curtatone said he was particularly pleased with ensuring that the Wynn ferry will be required to run for 50 years, the entirety of the Chapter 91 license.
“By the Wynn organization’s estimates, the ferry should reduce casino road traffic by an estimated six percent, and in one of the most congested areas of the country, every bit counts,” said Curtatone.
He also cited the decrease in the term of the Chapter 91 license, which was originally 85 years. After the appeal was announced, Wynn and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) worked together to compromise on a plan to knock the license term down to 50 years.
“This means current residents will have greater community benefits now, and the next generation will have an opportunity to reassess benefits within a more reasonable time period,” he added.
Curtatone also indicated he was ready to be a regional partner. He also said he has signed on to an agreement to that effect.
“Together with Wynn, the state, and other regional partners, we will continue to seek progress on traffic mitigation and mobility concerns and opportunities as they relate to the casino,” he said. “To that end, I would like to announce that the City of Somerville and Wynn MA, LLC, have entered into an agreement that commits both parties to jointly working to address these needs.”
He said he would like that group to continue working specifically on Regional Planning, Multi-Modal Mobility and Transportation Funding, Bus Transit Improvements and Bus Rapid Transit, Air Quality and Public Health, and Environmental Sustainability.
The Chelsea High girls track & field team continued its winning ways with a pair of dominating victories over Northeast Regional, 96-38, and Lynn Tech, 106-24, this past week. The Lady Red Devils now stand at 9-0 on the season.
Individual Lady Red Devil winners in the Northeast meet included: Amanda Dias in the two-mile race (13:41); Sylvia Martin in the 100 hurdles (18.38); Martin Simon in the 100 (13.22), 200 (27.39), and the triple jump (34’); Yarid Deras in the mile (6:37); Katherine Cabral in the 400 (62.67) (Katherine also finished second in the 100 [13.4] as well as third in the high jump [4’2”]); Alex Martinez in the Javelin (59’); Jazmin Castellon in the shot put (28’11”); Xiana Herasme in the discus (72’10”); and Jocelyn Post in the 800 (2:44), as well as a second in the 400 hurdles (75.62).
Other point-scorers included Melanie Nguyen, who was third in the 400 hurdles (80.09), third in the 100 hurdles (20.32), and third in the triple jump (25’6”). Wendy Becerra was second in the two mile (14:04). Cynthia Guzman was second in the mile (7:03) and Jessica Ponce was third (7:34). Owliyo Mohamud was second in the 400 (63.4) and Awa Bajinka was third (72.26). Emily Burgos was second in the 800 (2:59). Ana Davies was third in the 200 (29.81).
Similarly in the Lynn Tech meet, Chelsea’s team depth was evident as the Red Devils swept or went first and second in all but four events. Further,
Chelsea took first place in every event with the exception of the discus and high Jump. Individual winners included: Jocelyn Poste in the 400 hurdles (75.9) and the 800 (2:41.3); Yarid Deras in the 2 mile (14:03); Sylvia Martin in the 100 hurdles (19.7); Katherine Cabral in the 100 (13.3), 400 (61.9), and the triple jump (29’6”); Owliyo Mohamud in the 200 (28.1); Martin Simon in the long jump (16’10.5”); and Alex Martinez in the Shot Put 29’4” and in the Javelin 66’10”.
“Most of our girls are peaking at the right time,” said CHS head coach Mark Martineau. “If we can stay healthy this last week, we should be able to put ourselves in a position to win the CAC dual meet title (which was on the line this past Tuesday with a meet at Greater Lowell) and fight for the CAC league meet title Saturday at Essex Tech.”
Lady Red Devils do well at State Coaches Meet
This past Saturday was the State Coaches Invitational at Acton-Boxboro Regional High School. The meet is open to schools from all divisions throughout the state and is a preview of the state meets to come.
A number of members of the CHS girls track team competed in the meet. Owliyo Mohamud finished 20th among a field of 60 competitors who qualified in the 400. Owliyo’s time was 62.84.
Katherine Cabral finished 26th out of 60 athletes in the 100 (13.51); 27th out of 45 in the 200 (27.03); and 21st in the long jump (15’4”).
Martin Simon continues to shine at the state level. Martin finished 10th in the triple jump (33’3”) and took sixth in the long jump (16’2″).
CHS boys track team tops N.E. Voke
Last week the Chelsea High boys track team defeated Northeast Regional, 86-49. Bryan Rivas was a double-winner in the 400 hurdles (64.62) and the 400 (59.47). He also finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 37’7″. Adriel Cedano was also a double-winner in the 100 (11.44) and the triple jump (39’6″). Adriel added a second place in the high jump (5’2″).
Senior Jose Aguiar returned from a nagging injury to win the 800 (2:20). Sophomore Luqman Shariff scored his first victory of the season in the long jump (17’7″). In the throws, senior Luka Braga was a double winner in the shot put (37’11″) and the discus (98’10”). Finishing second in both the shot and the disc was sophomore teammate Nelson Hernandez (35’4″ in shot & 95’8″ in the disc). Scoring two second-place performances was junior Nick Ieng in the 200 (24.07) and Javelin (109’).
Sophomore Alex Pedrero had a good day, taking third in the 400 hurdles ( 71.71) and second in the 110 high hurdles (19.08). Rounding out the scorning was sophomore Jose Leclerc, finishing second in the mile (5:17).
On Friday the boys traveled to meet a much-improved Lynn Tech team and dropped a 94-54 decision. Top point-getters for Chelsea were Luka Braga, who won the shot put (39’2”) and Nelson Hernandez, who captured the discus (104’1”). The only other individual winner was Jose Leclerc in the mile (5:19). Jose also finished third in the 800 (2:16).
Bryan Rivas was second in the 400 hurdles (64.3) and in the 400 (57.0). Senior Captain Johnny Gomez was second in the two mile (12:25). Alex Pedrero was second in the 110 high hurdles (19.1). Jose Aguiar finished second in the 800 (2:15).
“Lynn Tech has come a long way in the past couple of years,” said CHS head coach Mark Martineau. “Their squad is well-coached and has the reigning New England champion in the high jump.”
The CHS boys’ record now stands at 5 – 3 as they head into their last week of league competition. Martineau and his crew were set to travel to undefeated Greater Lowell this past Tuesday and on Saturday they are off to the CAC championship meet at Essex Tech.
CHS baseball wraps up season this week
The Chelsea High baseball team will conclude its season in the coming week with five games in a 10 day stretch.
The Red Devils were set to face Shawsheen Tech this past Tuesday and will play a doubleheader at Essex Tech today (Thursday). They will host Notre Dame/Cristo Rey Tuesday and travel to Greater Lowell next Friday for the season finale.
In their games this past week, the Red Devils dropped a 7-4 decision to Minuteman Regional. Luis Jimenez turned in an outstanding all-around performance for Chelsea. At the plate, Luis went 2-for-4, scored a run, and stole four bases. He also delivered in a superb effort on the pitcher’s mound, tossing a complete game and giving up only two earned runs with four strikeouts.
Eduardo Nunez also shone for Chelsea. Eduardo went 1-for-2, scored a run, stole two bases, walked once, and was hit by a pitch.
In a 15-11 free-for-all with Lynn Tech, Tom Melanson went 1-for-3 with a triple, three RBI, two runs scored, a walk, and a stolen base. Andony Turcios was 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.
In a 10-3 setback at Lynn Tech, Jimenez had a hit, a run scored, a walk, and two stolen bases. Manny Ortiz went 1-for-3 with a two-RBI single, a walk, and a run scored.