Around 20 members of the local community gathered at City Hall on Monday, Feb. 25, for the meeting of the Chelsea City Council.
On the agenda for Monday night’s meeting was a ceremony to honor individuals in the Chelsea who have made a difference to their community.
The first to be recognized Dr. Alfred Donatelli, the chair of the Chemical Engineering Department at UMass/Lowell. The City Council chose to honor Dr. Donatelli for “his many contributions in the world of Science and Engineering.”
Dr. Donatelli is a proponent of STEM education, which focuses on educating students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He was featured in the Record earlier in the week for a STEM education demonstration he gave at the Chelsea Public Library.
A group of six individuals were also given the Chelsea Trailblazer 2019 Award: Bruce Mauch, Grace Muwina, Saritin Rizzuto, Lisa Santagate, Record Editor Cary Shuman and Leroy Tyler. In celebration of Black History Month, the annual Chelsea Trailblazer award is bestowed on individuals who have made positive contributions to their local community through demonstrated commitment and service. Shuman was out of town, but the remaining five recipients received awards from City Council and also posed for photos with family and City Council members.
City Council Clerk Paul Casino called award recipients “a beacon of light for all those who want to follow in their footsteps.”
When the floor was opened to members of the public to speak, Joan Cromwell, the President of Chelsea Black Community (CBC), shared her thoughts about Black History Month.
“Black History is not only for Blacks. It’s American history and it’s a part of our history right here in the city,” said Cromwell. “We’re all dealing with the same issues every day, so it’s a shared month that we should all be celebrating together as a community.”
Longtime Chelsea resident Beverly Martin Ross spoke next, adding, “We really appreciate our City Manager as well as our newly appointed [Representative] Ayanna Pressley, who came out to serve the homeless in honor of Black History Month.”
“I just want to give all the praise to the Chelsea Black Community for the work they put in every year creating events all month long,” said City Council President Damali. “There’s a lot of history here in the community that’s rich and I appreciate all the work that goes into keeping the black history alive here in the community. You guys are the real heros.”
A final Black History Month event was hosted on Thursday, February 28, at the Williams Middle School, where keynote speaker Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins honored the Chelsea Trailblazers.
The next City Council meetings will be held at Chelsea City Hall on March 11 and March 25 at 7pm.
Dr. Alfred Donatelli, chair of the Chemical Engineering Department at UMass/Lowell, will lead an interactive, hands-on STEM demonstration for parents and children on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. at the Chelsea Public Library.
The demonstration is part of the Black History Month series of events put together by the Lewis Latimer Society and Museum, led by Co-Directors Ronald Robinson and Leo Robinson, and the Chelsea Balck Community, led by President Joan Cromwell.
The event is being held to promote the importance of STEM education to youth, who are the future engineers and scientists.
Dr. Al will demonstrate how to make super-cool, homemade ice cream with nitrogen, how Slime and Super balls are made from every-day materials and ingredients that we find in our homes.
Dr. Al and his team of assistant, which include Ken Umemba, members of the Lewis Latimer Society and Museum, Chelsea Black Community, and Bunker Hill Community College, will explore the application of these benign experiments in chemical engineering reaction kinetics and reaction design, mechanical engineering thermodynamics and heat transfers, emulsion polymerization in plastics engineering, and in weightlessness when astronauts land in space.
The event is free of charge.
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
February 1st Friday 6pm. Kick Off for Chelsea Black History Month Activities
Gallary 456 – Store Front Exhibit of Black Historical Figures of Chelsea
456 Broadway, Chelsea, MA
Continuation of Exhibit at Chelsea Public Library: Black Migration, WWI,
Chelsea Fire. 569 Broadway, Chelsea, MA
February 5th Tuesday 5 – 7pm. City Hall Art Reception. Art, Poetry, African and African
American Artifacts. Chelsea City Hall, 500 Broadway, Chelsea, MA
February 7th Thursday 12pm and 6pm. Bunker Hill Community College, “Tuskeegee
Airmen”Documentary and Discussion. 70 Everett Avenue, Chelsea
February 19th Monday 5pm. Iglesia la Luz de Cristo. The Councilors Cook Off
Community Dinner. 738 Broadway, Chelsea, MA
February 21st Thursday 12pm. Senior Center – Maya Angelou – Poet and Civil Rights
Hidden Figure. Celebration of Phenominal Women
10 Riley Way, Chelsea, MA
February 22nd Friday 6 – 8pm. Evening of Performing Arts, Clark Avenue School
8 Clark Avenue, Chelsea, MA
February 23rd Saturday 11 – 12:30pm. STEM, Chelsea Public Library
569 Broadway, Chelsea, MA (parent and child participation)
February 26th Tuesday 6 – 8pm. New England Gospel Ensemble
Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown Campus A300 Auditorium
February 28th Wednesday 5 – 8pm. Black History Month Celebration
Keynote Speaker – Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins
Special Recognition Honoring – “Chelsea Trailblazers”
Williams Middle School. 180 Walnut Street, Chelsea, MA
ALL EVENTS PLANNED IN COLLABORATION WITH CHELSEA BLACK COMMUNITY, BLACK HISTORY MONTH PLANNING COMMITTEE, LEWIS H. LATIMER SOCIETY, BUNKER HILL COMMUNITY COLLEGE, CHELSEA SENIOR CENTER, CHELSEA PUBLIC SCHOOLS, CITY OF CHELSEA.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Chelsea Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
The Chelsea Soldiers’ Home construction project will begin in earnest this week as fences are expected to go up around most of Malone Park.
Supt. Cheryl Poppe told the Record that the construction fence is scheduled to go up any day on about two-thirds of Malone Park, with about one-third of the park on the western edge to remain open.
“About two-thirds of the park will be fenced off and one-third will stay open,” she said. “That will help us start the drainage work, the geothermal wells and the parking lot. I want to make sure everyone knows what is happening with the project and that they can use the park one last time before it is closed off.”
The project will be the replacement of the old Quigley Memorial Hospital with a new Community Living Center for veterans. The $199 million project is a partnership between the federal and state government and represents one of the largest expenditures for long-term veterans care in the history of the state.
The fashion show during Friday night’s Night of Performing Arts Celebration – part of the ambitious Black History Month calendar was presented by designer Seneeca Wilson (second from left) of Khy Alexander Bridal by Eclas. Modeling her designs were Khy Alexander (from whom the fashion line was named), Denise Wilson, and Chanyce Kane.
The Chelsea Trailblazers were honored on Monday, Feb. 26, at the Chelsea City Council. The Trailblazers award was given as part of the Black History Month celebration, and a celebration for them was given on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Pictured (L-R) Gerry McCue, Daniel Cruz, Joanne Lee Nieves, Councillor Leo Robinson, Shaquor Sandiford, Betty Boyd, Joan Cromwell, Johnnie Lee, Joe McNamee,Shelagh Mahoney, Sharon Caulfield and Dakeya Christmas.
The Chelsea Black Community’s 2018 Black History Month Celebration continued Tuesday with an art exhibit opening at the City Hall Gallery. Pictured are some of the guests at the event, from left, Councillor-at-Large Calvin Brown, Beverly Martin-Ross, Sharon Caulfield, Councillor Luis Tejada, Yahiya Noor and son, Khasim Noor, Henry Wilson, Lisa Santagate, Councillor-at-Large Leo Robinson, CBC President Joan Cromwell, and Ronald Robinson. The next Black History Month event is a Taste of Culture Cook-Off Monday at 5 p.m. at La Luz de Cristo Church, 738 Broadway.
Several Chelsea organizations are pulling together this year to sponsor an entire month’s-worth of events around Black History Month, and the events will kick off tonight, Feb. 1, at City Hall with a presentation on the Latimer Society.
“It’s a very, very well put together program and it’s put together by a collaborative effort of many folks and organizations,” said Joan Cromwell of the Chelsea Black Community (CBC). “A lot of us came together and we’ve scheduled a great program for February. It went well last year, but this year we wanted it to be even more exciting.”
Those involved include Salma Taylor and Bea Cravatta of the City, the Latimer Society, Bunker Hill Community College, CAPIC, Chelsea Cable, the People’s AME Church, City Manager Tom Ambrosino, the CBC, and many local residents.
Kicking things off will be Ron and Leo Robinson of the Latimer Society.
Other highlights include a Taste of Culture Cook-Off on Feb. 19 at La Luz de Cristo at 738 Broadway.
There will also be an intergenerational open mic night, an art exhibit, and an evening of performing arts.
Cromwell said at the end of the month, they will have a celebration at the Williams School.
Within that, they will present eight Trailblazer Awards. Those receiving awards will be:
- John Lee, martial arts Hall of Fame
- Joanne Lee-Nieves, educator
- Sharon Caulfield, dean Bunker Hill
- Daniel Cruz, Cruz Construction
- Shaquor Sandiford, Village Talks
- Eastern Salt
- Gerry McCue, Chelsea Public Schools
- Betty Boyd, Chelsea High retiree
By Seth Daniel
There’s no better preparation for the future than one’s history.
And there’s no better thing to celebrate than a 50th Anniversary.
The CAPIC human services organization will accomplish both things at it’s 50th anniversary celebration of the corporation on Sept. 26 at the Homewood Suites in Chelsea on Beech Street.
CAPIC provides a range of anti-poverty human services for Revere, Chelsea and Winthrop – from Head Start to Fuel Assistance to Wrap Around Services for the Opiate Epidemic.
“Most people think about CAPIC, and they think of fuel assistance and HEAD Start, but there are other things that go on here,” said Executive Director Bob Repucci. “So many people participated in building up things like CAPIC that exist today and they get forgotten. I consider it part of my job to resurrect them and give them a second life here.
“These are the people that really, really did the work that bore the fruit,” he continued. “My job here has become in the last few years to piece together the history and let it be known to the people doing the work today who it was that came before them…This is a very, very, important part of history. We want to not only honor the hard work, but also see the problems before they happen and be pro-active from knowing our history.”
The keynote speaker will be Speaker Bob DeLeo, and Repucci said they will honor long-time Board President Richelle Cromwell and Chelsea Council President Leo Robinson (a former employee of CAPIC).
“Leo worked here from 1972 to 1988 and Leo goes by the book,” he said. “I don’t think a lot of people know that. Leo knows there’s a process for change to occur and he’s good at that. He does his research and he knows how government works.”
Other guests include Housing Secretary Jay Ash, as possibly Gov. Charlie Baker or Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.
CAPIC got its start under late President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. As part of that effort, his Legislation included the Office of Economic Opportunity and that federal office offered grants to municipalities.
Chelsea and Revere banded together and got a $150,000 grant to share in 1965, with the group banding together in 1967 to form CAPIC. Winthrop was always part of partnership, but wasn’t confirmed until 1992 by the state.
Dick Incerto was the first director, and offices were in Chelsea and another was in Revere on Revere Street.
“The emphasis from 1967 was alcohol and drug us, housing, and tenants rights,” he said. “They focused on breaking barriers people had from achieving self-sufficiency.”
The Board was a unique format as well, he said. It was and still is comprised of a business leader, a low-income person and an elected official from each community. There are 21 board members.
“The integration of these three sectors onto one Board ensured that the agency would receive proper information,” he said. “That’s been the glue all these years – that tripartite glue of people on the Board.”
After Incerto, other directors included Walter Brown, Bob Mahoney and Pete Tata. Repucci came on board in 1972 to work on health care access and issues – something CAPIC still focuses on heavily.
Many of the programs in the area have been spin offs from CAPIC, including the model Upward Bound program that became Choice Through Education, or the Alcohol Outreach Program, which became Chelsea ASAP.
“If I were not here, the history of this organization I’m afraid would not be communicated,” he said. “So, I want to bring the people who started here back to meet the new generation. That’s what we’re hoping to do.”
The event is invitation only and guests of an invited person are $25. It is not a fundraiser, but donations are welcome. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program starts at 6 p.m.