Noise Study to Begin in Chelsea

Noise in the City’s Community Noise Lab was developed by researcher Dr. Erica Walker to take a more creative look into the relationship between neighborhood noise issues and corresponding health impacts.

Walker has partnered with volunteers in the neighborhood to take part in some lab based experiments on how individuals respond to noise by measuring brain waves, stress and cardiovascular changes.

Researcher Dr. Erica Walker is gearing up for her noise study in Chelsea and is looking for volunteers.

The study also sought Chelsea residents willing to place sound monitors in their homes for one year to test neighborhood noise.

At a meeting last week Walker said the study is moving into forward and will start collecting data on how noise impacts residents’ daily lives.

“The Community Noise Lab are gearing up to conduct a sound monitoring study in Chelsea this fall, starting on Friday, September 20,” said Walker. “Community members have expressed interest in allowing us to place a sound monitor in their homes and we are reaching out to start making arrangements for this to happen.”

Walker said she and MHHM intend to monitor noise in Chelsea for one-year in both a “hot” and “cold” season.

“During each season, we would like to place a sound monitor in an accessible, secured location on a resident’s property,” she said. “Potential locations could be a balcony, porch, roof, yard, or any location that works. The sound monitoring station will be outside and will need no electrical inputs.”

Walker stressed that the equipment does not record conversations.

“We will need to leave the sound monitoring station with community volunteers for one-week,” she said. “You can participate in as many one-week sessions as you would like to throughout the year.”

If you live in Chelsea and want to participate Walker said residents can start by filling out a brief form that can be found at https://form.jotform.com/91614289131153.

“A member of the Community Noise Lab team will reach out to you to make arrangements to place a sound monitor at your home,” she said.

Walker, who earned a ScD (Doctor of Science) degree from Harvard, has been interested for several years on how noise impacts health. Walker said she wants to bring her Community Noise Lab to Chelsea and begin engaging the community on how noise impacts their daily lives.

“When I first started out I sort of assumed what the noise issue (in the city) was and what the impacts were but I quickly realized this is going to take a community effort,” said Walker. “So I’ve been grappling with what I want this Community Noise Lab to be. Typically in academia we do a top down approach to studying these issues but I wanted to try something different and try a bottom up approach.”

The bottom up approach, explained Walker, will start with no assumptions on how noise impacts residents living in Chelsea. However, Walker will collect real time noise monitoring data using sound measuring technology as well as an app that residents can download to their phone. Through the NoiseScore, an in-house smartphone app, residents can also participate and can register a noise event and provide notes on how the event made them feel both physically and mentally.

“I always use this example; imagine you are waiting for a bus at a bus stop and you can hear the bus coming and you can hear when the brakes start squeaking,” said Walker. “But even if you put your fingers in your ear you can still feel the vibrations of that sound in your body, the rumbling in your chest even though you are blocking out the actual sound. So there is a complete picture of sound that is not only heard but felt physically and I’m interested in how both those aspects of sound affect people.”

Dr. Walker’s research on the impacts of community noise is funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The two-year, $410,000 grant will fund a real-time sound monitoring network, which consists of a series of eight rotating sound stations; upgrades to Community Noise Lab’s smartphone app, NoiseScore, which allows residents to objectively and subjectively describe their environmental soundscape and map their responses in real time; a laboratory-based experiment examining the neurological underpinnings of noise exposure; and a series of community engagement activities ranging from sound walks to podcasts.

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‘We Have Lost An Icon’ : Cable Television Exec. Director Duke Bradley Passes Away

Robert “Duke” Bradley Sr., executive director of Chelsea Community Cable Television for more than 30 years, died on Aug. 12 following a sudden illness.

Mr. Bradley was a lifelong resident of Chelsea and one of its most popular and admired individuals. Known for his warm personality, his charisma, his sense of humor, his splendid, color-coordinated attire and his strikingly handsome countenance, Mr. Bradley found the perfect second career as the executive director of the local cable station.

Robert “Duke” Bradley

Already recognized for his dedication and service to the city and many felt he would have been an outstanding mayor of Chelsea, Duke thrived in his capacity as the first-and-only executive director of the station. He received numerous awards and citations for his excellent work and his devotion to Chelsea.

Obligated only to televise governmental meetings, Mr. Bradley, “Duke or Dukie” as he was affectionately called, made it a point to extend the station’s coverage to social, educational, athletic, and news events throughout the city. He encouraged residents to produce shows and personally hosted election night shows that viewers enjoyed so much.

Duke was welcomed everywhere in the city and the greetings were always warm and sincere from people who gravitated toward him at events such as Chamber of Commerce dinners and CHS sports contests.

“Duke was a larger-than-life personality in Chelsea,” said Councillor-at-Large Leo Robinson. “When he was in the room, people wanted to interact with him and he was so cordial and kind to all. He was a great storyteller and had a tremendous sense of humor. We have lost an all-time great. He will be missed.”

Duke Bradley would often tell the story of how as a young man he would be called upon to put on and shut off the lights on the Sabbath for the Orthodox Jewish congregation at the Walnut Street Synagogue. The Jewish community never forgot his kindnesses and it loved him dearly as did people of all ethnicities.

Roy Avellaneda, councillor-at-large and local business owner, said, “I was saddened to hear of the passing of Duke Bradley. I came to know Duke from his work at Chelsea Cable. We would always joke about who was better dressed when we were at formal community events. Of course, he was always the best dressed. His positive demeanor was contagious.”

Rich Cuthie, executive director of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, lauded Mr. Bradley’s contributions to the Chamber while also noting his princely apparel.

“Last night in France I was very saddened to learn via Facebook of Duke’s passing,” said Cuthie. “As the leader of Chelsea Community TV, he was valued as a long-time Chamber member and as a true partner covering Chamber events and initiatives, and all things Chelsea.

“Above all, however, “Dapper Duke” as I called him, was not just the best dressed man in Chelsea, he was a true gentleman and a class act,” said Cuthie.

Ricky Velez had the honor of working at the local cable TV station for two decades, the last 10 years as technical director.

“Duke was an amazing man, always upbeat, always showing me to enjoy life,” said Velez. “He always put family first. He had the best sense of humor. He treated everybody with respect. He was one of the best bosses I ever had.”

A Proud and Devoted Family Man

Duke was devoted to his family and especially proud of his grandchildren, who brought fame and acclaim to the Bradley name.

Duke and his beautiful wife, Dorothy (Fee) shared 58 years of marriage. They were an inseparable pair who loved to travel and spend time with their family.

They were so proud of their children and had plenty to be proud of. Their daughter, Paula Bradley Batchelor, helped the TV station grow and become a local institution and she was there from its incorporation in 1988. She has continued to be instrumental to the success of the station.

The Bradley’s son, Robert Jr. has achieved much success as an architect and is a credit to the family name.

An avid sports fan, Mr. Bradley became particularly immersed in Boston College athletics when Paula became a Division 1 college cheerleader for the Eagles during the exciting Doug Flutie era. His strong connection to Boston College was rekindled when his grandson, 6-foot-4-inch Austin Bachelor, became a student there and was a member of the Boston College baseball team.

But Austin, following the lead of his three athletically gifted brothers, had already provided his grandfather enough memories to last a lifetime when he starred on the Peabody Western Little League team that advanced to Little League World Series in Williamsport. Duke was front and center in the Peabody rooting section and it was a true family affair – his son-in-law, now-Chelsea Police Capt. David Batchelor, was the manager of the team and all the Bradleys and Batchelors were much a part of the hoopla. And Austin brought great joy to his grandparents throughout the unforgettable journey from Peabody and Lynn to Bristol (Conn.) and Williamsport, especially when the All-Star pitcher and catcher slugged a home run over the fence in a World Series game on national television.

Duke would become a fan of Swampscott athletics and happenings, too, closely following the athletic and academic successes of Robert and Kimberly (Brown) Bradley’s children.

And Duke’s allegiance had previously extended south to the University of Arkansas where he watched his relative, Pat Bradley of Everett, become the Southeastern Conference’s all-time three-point king.

Jay Ash, former city manager, said he went all the way back with Mr. Bradley to his days of growing up on Cottage Street where the Bradley family also resided. Jay attended kindergarten at the Shurtleff School with Paula Bradley. They graduated together from Chelsea High School in 1979.

“To me, Dukie represented the very best of what Chelsea represented,” said Ash. “He was a loyal guy who was a great family man and a terrific citizen of the community. He was very visible on the streets not only because of his running, but also because he was at every event for decades. He always had a smile on his face and always had a kind word or greeting for people.”

Ash enjoyed his conversations and interactions with Dukie.

“I have had the opportunity to talk to him about sports, community, family, and education – he was just an inspiration,” said Ash. My heart goes out to the entire family.”

Dr. Mary Bourque, superintendent of Chelsea schools, appreciated the professional coverage Mr. Bradley gave students in the district for their extracurricular and athletic achievements. The station always covered well events such as National Honor Society induction ceremonies, the year-end CHS sports awards night, and the CHS commencement exercises.

A CHS alumnus herself and daughter of esteemed local historian George Ostler, Dr. Bourque knew from personal experience how revered Duke Bradley was by all who knew him in the city.

“I’m just so sad about Duke’s passing,” said Bourque. “He was a gentleman, always full of life and joy and pure kindness to everyone. He never had a bad word to say about anyone in life. I have just the utmost respect for him and his family. It’s a true loss to Chelsea and we have lost an icon.”

CBC President Joan Cromwell Pays Tribute to Duke Bradley

Upon hearing about Duke Bradley’s passing, Joan Cromwell, president of the Chelsea Black Community whose family has known and admired Duke Bradley for many years, wrote a beautiful tribute to the Chelsea legend:

My Thoughts On An Icon

Sad, sad day in our city

I pray our city flag is flying at half-staff

Duke Bradley…Chelsea born, Chelsea bred, Chelsea beloved, Chelsea’s best

Duke Bradley…He came from US, walked with US, believed in US, and gave us the platform to tell our life, our history, our many stories

Duke Bradley…Proudly the sharpest dapper gentleman in town, admired, respected, and loved by All.

There is a beautiful dove in Heaven…Duke Bradley

Sad and mournful are thy ways, Grieving, wailing Summer days!

I (we) love you.

God rest your Soul and may you Rest in Perfect Peace

Deepest Condolences,

Joan Cromwell and family

Chelsea Black Community family

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One Year Later : Councillor Believes ‘Nip’ Ban Has Reduced Alcohol-Related Issues

One year into the ban on ‘nips’ – or small alcohol bottles – at least one city councillor is proclaiming victory based on ambulance data that shows major decreases in the numbers of alcohol-related transfers.

Councillor Roy Avellaneda said he has been monitoring data and anecdotal information surrounding the nip ban, which he advocated for a little over a year ago, and believes that the ban has resulted in major victories.

First among those victories is the numbers of alcohol-related transfers done by the ambulance in Chelsea.

“It’s been one year and it’s been the most significant feature in what we see with alcoholism and reducing the alcoholism that plagued the downtown,” he said. “If I was solely to look at how the number of ambulance transfers has decreased for alcohol-related calls, it strongly correlates to the time that the nip ban went into place.”

Date from Cataldo ambulance regarding alcohol-related calls shows that there was an astounding number of those transfers in the past. In 2015, there were 872 transfers, followed by 715 in 2016 and 742 in 2017.

The nip ban went into effect in the middle of 2018, and Avellaneda points out that the ambulance data begins to decrease at the same time.

In 2018, there was a decrease to 556 transfers, and this year, 2019, data would support that the transfers have nose-dived. As of June 30, there were only 127 transfers. Doubling that number in the second half of the year would still only result in around 260 transfers – which would be 50 percent less than in 2018 and nearly 600 fewer transfers than in 2015.

“My figures show a result of 66 percent fewer alcohol-related ambulance responses and I think that’s unbelievable,” he said, noting that public works personnel have also said they are experiencing less nip bottle litter issues too.

While other things might have also contributed to the decrease, including the advanced work of the HUB by the Police Department and its partners, Avellaneda points out that the HUB does great work but mostly related to opiate and drug issues. The alcohol issues, he said, stood out to him initially because they had plagued the downtown since he was a kid in the 1980s. It had become normal, and the numbers of ambulance transfers shocked him when he first saw that they numbered in the 800s.

They were nearly seven times greater than those of other issues, like opiates, and that’s when he said he decided to join the fight to ban nips.

“I felt we were focusing way too much on one issue and not enough on the other,” he said. “There were seven times as many responses for alcohol and we needed to do something on that too…It’s something I’ve seen since I was a kid. It got to a point where we just accepted it. When you talked to merchants about it, they would say, ‘Well, that’s Chelsea.’ That’s not the Chelsea we want and we don’t have to allow these behaviors – and by that I mean the behaviors of people who are selling these nips to people with a problem or addiction.”

The battle has been difficult, though.

While the City has instituted the ban, nine package stores in the city have sued in court, and that case is pending before the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC). The City is arguing that the ABCC doesn’t have jurisdiction, while the stores argue it does. That has been pending for many months, since earlier this year.

The process is slow because Chelsea has been the first community to successfully go through with a ban, despite the fact that many have tried and many desire to follow suit.

“There are a lot of eyes on this decision,” said Avellaneda. “There are a lot of communities around the state what want to try this. There are many that did try to pass it but the alcoholic beverage lobby is so strong they turned back. Chelsea has done it and all eyes in the state are looking at us to see if we can withstand a legal challenge.”

Surviving that challenge could be made even stronger if the data holds regarding ambulance transfers.

“There is no next step here, just monitoring the situation,” he said. “They didn’t just go buy the next size to drink. We aren’t seeing the next size bottles littering the streets. That argument is out. I believe we can see this made significant changes and we’ll just build on that.”

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Route 1 North Roadway Configuration Shifts Aug. 19

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that the lane closures and roadway configuration on Route 1 northbound in Chelsea will shift on Monday, August 19, so that the center lane on this section of highway will be closed 24/7.

Both the right and left travel lanes will be open during daytime hours, and only one travel lane will be open during overnight hours. This configuration will be in place for the next three to four months and is associated with the Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Rehabilitation Project.

The public should note that traffic heading towards Chelsea on Route 1 northbound must be in the right lane to access the Beacon Street off-ramp. After Beacon Street, the next opportunity to exit Route 1 northbound will be at Webster Avenue.

During the overnight hours, the right lane and Beacon Street off-ramp will be closed to general traffic for brief periods. During these temporary closures of the Beacon Street off-ramp, general traffic headed to Chelsea will be directed to exit at Webster Avenue. MBTA buses will not be impacted and will operate on their normal routes and schedules.

Additionally, Orange Street under Route 1 in Chelsea will be closed from 7 a.m., to 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 17. Signed detours will direct drivers and pedestrians via Everett Avenue.

MassDOT is committed to reducing the duration of impacts, and depending upon weather conditions, intends to maintain the work zone and lane closures throughout the winter to allow crews to conduct work operations. Information on a potential winter work zone and lane closures will be provided when it is available.

Travelers are reminded of options such as free fares in the inbound direction on the MBTA Silver Line 3 bus line offered at the Chelsea, Bellingham Square, Box District, and Eastern Avenue stops for the duration of construction. In addition, public transit customers will be able to use a CharlieCard to travel between North Station and Chelsea on the Commuter Rail. The MBTA is also running additional MBTA Blue Line trains to increase capacity. These measures are all being funded by MassDOT Highway Division project funds.

MassDOT is carrying out work on the Tobin Bridge and Chelsea Curves section of Route 1 at the same time so that the most impactful work will be completed by 2021. If the projects were done at separate times, drivers would be inconvenienced for additional years. This work will eliminate the need for weight restrictions and postings, and MassDOT will use accelerated construction techniques to shorten the overall construction time.

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Enhanced Google Maps, Lime Integration Sets Sight on Improving City Commutes

Google Maps will begin displaying available Lime scooters in more than 100 cities around the world. On Android devices, users will be able to see if a Lime vehicle is available, how long it’ll take to walk to the vehicle, a price estimate of the ride, battery range, along with total journey time and ETA in the Google Maps app. iOS availability for this feature will launch in late August.

In the Metro-Boston area, Lime riders have taken close to a half million rides on its bikeshare program and over 60,000 rides on its scooter program. Lime bikes are available Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Newton, Quincy, Watertown, and Winthrop. Lime scooters are available in Brookline.

“This integration will help unlock an even easier way to explore their cities and reduce commute times,” said Scott Mullen, Director of Northeast Expansion at Lime. “Lime believes in the gift of time, and our scooters offer a convenient and fun way of cutting through Metro-Boston congestion. We’re excited that this partnership with Google Maps provides the opportunity for Lime to connect people to their destination faster as scooters continue to become a core part of the transportation ecosystem in the Bay State.”

If available, users will see Lime vehicles as an option from their biking, walking and transit tab if they’re traveling a relatively short distance that may also be accessible via scooter. Google Maps will show information about the nearest Lime, such as: if a Lime vehicle is available, how long it’ll take to walk to the vehicle, an estimate of how much the ride will cost, battery range, total journey time and ETA. Users can tap on a Lime in the Google Maps app, and Google Maps will show information about the selected vehicle.

Finally, Google Maps will show a walking route to the selected Lime vehicle and bicycling route for the rest of the journey in the biking tab.

“Whether you’re planning your daily commute or traveling to a new city, Google Maps is making it easier to weigh all your transportation options with real-time information,” said Vishal Dutta, Product Manager, Google Maps. “In addition to showing you the best biking and transit route in Google Maps, you’ll now be able to see if Lime scooters or e-bikes are available, how long the trip will take, and the most efficient route to get there. From Stockholm to Sao Paulo, you can now use Google Maps to locate Lime scooters to get you to your destination.”

Lime scooters first surfaced in Google Maps in December 2018 and the two companies expanded the partnership to 80 more cities in March 2019.

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Thank You, Bruce Harrison is Leaving REACH After 12 Years of Service

Bruce Harrison has been a championship coach and a champion for Chelsea’s youth since his days in the Chelsea Youth Basketball League at the old Chelsea High gymnasium on Clark Avenue.

For the past 12 years, Harrison has been a group leader at the Chelsea REACH after-school program led by Executive Director Linda Alioto-Robinson.

REACH Executive Director Linda Alioto-Robinson thanks Bruce Harrison for his 12 years of outstanding service.

“We help students to stay in school, graduate, go to college or trade school, or get a job,” said the 57-year-old Harrison, a 1981 CHS graduate, the father of three children and grandfather of two.

Harrison announced this week that he will be leaving REACH to take a position in the Chelsea school system.

“I’m going to be working in school security,” he related. “I’m sad about leaving. I like the REACH program and helping kids. But I’m doing it for my family.”

Robinson-Alioto said that Harrison was a valuable member of the REACH staff.

“We’re going to miss Bruce a lot – he’s the best group leader ever,” lauded Robinson-Alioto. “But we’re all happy for him for his new job. It’s a full-time position and he’s a father and a husband and you need a full-time job. REACH was just part time, so we’re happy for him and we’re happy that he’ll still be in Chelsea.”

Harrison was busy with REACH Monday running the annual Lemonade Stand fundraiser at the Stop & Shop store. Proceeds went to REACH and the St. Luke’s Church Food Pantry. Sean O’Regan and his brother, James O’Regan Jr. donated the supplies for the lemonade stand.

Harrison has coached in the Chelsea Youth Basketball League for many years. He led the Bucks team to multiple championships alongside assistant coach Leo Robinson. Many observers felt that “Brucie” was at the top of the list of legendary coaches of the 1980s that included Larry Notkin, Steve Selbovitz, Gerry Godin, Ronald Robinson, Mark Zamansky, Steve Fried, and Dave Drinan.

Harrison was honored at an event earlier this year as the Boston Boys and Girls Club “Volunteer of the Year” for his coaching efforts at the Jordan Boys and Girls Club (JGBC), Chelsea.

Josh Kraft, CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and the former executive director of the JGBC, made the presentation to Harrison at the ceremony held at Fenway Park.

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Massport Announces Communication Campaign as Series of Construction Projects Begin at Logan

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) today announced a communication plan to inform passengers, employees and tenants about an upcoming series of construction projects at Boston Logan International Airport. The projects will have major impacts to the traveling public, including roadway detours starting this fall, and will all be completed within the next five years.

The Authority is preparing New England’s gateway airport for a growing number of passengers driven by the robust economy and industry trends. Massport is branding this campaign “Logan Forward,” complete with a new website and a text alert program coming later this fall to keep the public informed as we make important investments to improve the customer experience at Logan. In addition, Massport is training airport staff, and will use radio, print and digital advertising to get the word out to our passengers. There will also be signage throughout the airport terminals and along the roadways. Logan served 40.9 million passengers in 2018, and has nearly 20,000 full and part-time employees.

“‘Logan Forward’ is our commitment to improve the passenger experience and we pledge to keep the public informed every step of the way throughout the construction process so they can appropriately plan ahead,” said incoming Massport CEO Lisa Wieland. “This will be a long process and communication with our passengers will be key.”

Massport is undergoing a nearly $2 billion capital plan to improve the efficiency and customer experience throughout Logan Airport. It involves several major projects over the next 5 years, including:

· Terminal B to C roadway improvements;

· A new Terminal B-C post-security connection;

· New gates and a 2,000-space parking garage at Terminal E;

· Increased sustainability efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;

· Better access to and more high occupancy vehicle (HOV) transportation options.

A new website www.LoganForward.com has been set up to provide more information about each of these projects, as well as construction timelines and updates. A new text alert program is also in the works and will be available later this fall. Passengers, employees and tenants will be able to get up-to-date messages about road detours and traffic impacts.

“Logan Forward” also includes a robust Ground Transportation plan aimed at reducing the airport’s environmental footprint by strategically providing more options for passengers to use HOV, like Logan Express (LEX). LEX is the seventh largest transit system in Massachusetts with Back Bay and four suburban locations in Braintree, Framingham, Woburn, and Peabody.

Within the next 5 years, a new LEX service will be available at North Station and another suburban location; more parking spaces will be available in Braintree and Framingham; and more buses will service Framingham. A new centralized TNC, or App Ride, pickup/dropoff area inside Logan’s Central Garage is also under construction to give passengers a better experience and an option for discounted shared rides. The goal is to eliminate about 1.5 million empty, or “deadheading,” TNC vehicles and double LEX ridership from 2 million to 4 million. This will reduce congestion and air emissions at Logan and will benefit our neighboring communities.

Construction on a few of these projects has already begun and so far there has only been a handful of minor interruptions. Starting this fall, and throughout the next 5 years, there will be major impacts.

Some of the improvements are needed to support the current passenger load and construction for the Terminal B to C roadway improvement project has already begun. The project will replace the aging roadway infrastructure between the two terminals and significantly reduce traffic congestion, especially during peak hours of operation. Separate roads for both terminals will ease traffic flow and increase curb space at Terminal C. As part of the Ground Transportation strategy, we are also adding new roads to and from the Central Garage to separate App Ride vehicles from other traffic.

“We have a responsibility to build a modern, world-class facility because it is what our airline partners want and passengers expect,” said Aviation Director Ed Freni. “We’re using this as an opportunity to prepare the entire airport for the future and it is critical that we keep the traveling public, airlines and tenants informed every step of the way. Not only are our terminal facilities old and need an upgrade, but we are improving the roadway system, reducing congestion and air emissions at the airport and our neighboring communities, and building more sustainable features at our terminals.”

Built in 1967, Terminal C is Logan’s busiest terminal, home to JetBlue Airways and served over 12 million passengers in 2018. Construction for the Terminal C Optimization and the Terminal B-C Connector projects will begin next spring. The combined projects will consolidate the security checkpoints, renovate the public spaces, and expand the food and retail concessions and passenger amenities. A new concourse connecting Terminals B and C post-security will also be completed in 2021.

The Terminal E Modernization project will add nearly 400,000 square feet of space with 7 new gates, 3 of which were approved in 1995 but never constructed, to the international terminal. These new gates will be able to serve larger and more energy-efficient aircraft commonly used for international flights. The project will include new TSA security checkpoints, an expanded ticketing hall, renovations to the existing building, new high-capacity baggage carousels, and improvements to the Customs and Border Protection area to be completed by 2023. Terminal E was built in 1974 and currently serves 5 million passengers annually who fly to 56 nonstop international destinations.

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Tobin/Chelsea : Local Traffic Advisory

Orange Street Temporary Closure

Saturday, August 10, 2019

What and Where : Orange Street under Route 1 in Chelsea will be closed on Saturday, August 10 for necessary bridge work.

WHEN: From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, 2019

WHY: To remove bridge deck and support beams in need of replacement on Route 1.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Orange Street will be closed under Route 1 to create a safe work zone. During the closure, two-way travel will be permitted on Orange Street from Revere Beach Parkway to the workzone under the bridge. Signed detours and police details will guide drivers and pedestrians safely around the work zone via Everett Ave. (see detour below).

Carter Street Temporary Workzone

• On Monday, August 5, crews will set up a temporary workzone in the center of Carter Street between Blossom Street and the Route 1 off-ramp.

• The temporary workzone is necessary to construct new support columns under Route 1 and will remain in place for approximately 2 months.

• The temporary workzone will have no travel impacts to Carter Street or Route 1. Lane markings, temporary barriers, traffic cones, and signage will be used to guide traffic around the work zone.

• For more information on the Tobin Bridge / Chelsea Curves Rehabilitation Project, contact Tobin-Chelsea@dot.state.ma.us or visit https://www.mass.gov/tobin-bridgechelsea-curves-rehabilitation-project

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Luis Tejada Announces His Run for Re-Election as District 2 Councilor

It’s amazing, 4 years have flown by. It’s been a cathartic experience serving my community! We have accomplished many important things in our little neck of the woods proudly named Soldiers Home or Powderhorn Hill.

I want to thank you for electing me to serve our Chelsea Neighborhood, I want you to know that I do not take this Honor of serving lightly as I realize that the seat belongs to You, the masses, and not me and so I hope I have performed up to your standards and I do hope you elect to allow me to serve for another term.

Together we have done many big and small things that have improved our quality of life, things such as improving the safety of our streets at night by improving the lighting. Our streets have never looked brighter and that is fantastic, the safety of all of us is of primary importance. The city steps, particularly the Washington Ave. to Franklin Ave. side was hard to light up but we found a way to finally light that up without disturbing the neighbors while providing maximum illumination and security.

Thanks to the great job performed by DPW, we have kept on top of the damage created by snow and storms on our streets. We have given senior citizens discounts on water, have increased the residential exemption in an effort to further lower residential taxes and mitigated the proposed increase of water to residents from almost 3 percent to 1 percent.

We negotiated favorably on behalf of our residents with the DOT and on Summit ave we are working on minimizing thedisturbanced cause by the building of the new hospital. We are taking care of streets on Washington Ave and County Road, and are embarking on more efforts to beautify our Soldiers Home like improved Christmas and holiday ligting this season.

We also provided barrells both for trash and recycle inan effort to curb the rodent problems in the city.

Thanks to the great work by all of the boards and groups like the Chelsea Hill Community, we can see the ever flourishing beauty that is Chelsea, come through more and more everyday! We have beautified the city with trees, newer streets and newer sidewalks. Improved the condition of our parks. Our city is the safest and our transportation efforts are the best they have ever been.

All of this we have done together, with You, our neighbors, hand in hand, at meetings that have run through the night, along with a City Council that Cares and is Commited to bringing the Best Services to our Communities. A City Manager that is commited to seeing Chelsea grow and phenomenal people serving in the various boards doing their best to make Chelsea the varied complex and magnificent place it is to call Home.

It is an pleasure to have the Honor of fighting alongside with you for the betterment of our Chelsea and my little slice of heaven our beloved Soldiers Home!

Changes are in the air.

Did you know, that a long time ago, Chelsea was , get this, a Vacation Destination, yes our own little Chelsea Massachusetts was Elite. We do of course know, because it has been drilled into our heads, the Chelsea that everyone called and wrote about as the Worst Crime City in America or Poorest City in America.

Chelsea has a Mystery about Her! This gorgeous city we call home has been up and down and over but never out, Its a City I Adore and I am So Proud to call Home and my Area of Soldiers Home, the Only Place for My Family.

We have all heard, its not a secret anymore, Chelsea is the New It Place. Yup a place where just 20 years ago our families rented 3 bedroom apartments for $450 everything included, is Now, Once Again, Elite!

They call it Gentrification!

The dictionary defines Gentrification as : Gentrification is a process of changing the character of a neighborhood through the influx of more affluent residents and businesses.

Chelsea is in need of Well Rooted, Caring, Informed and Responsible Leadership. One who understand the struggles of the lifelong residents of Chelsea and will work towards the efforts of helping those residents remain here and welcome our new reality and our new neighbors and make them feel at home just as we were made to feel at home when we first came here, its the Chelsea Way!

There is a balance that the Council needs to be able to strike and that is how to help our well-rooted families that have been here for generations, remain here, it is a struggle that I have pledged to help fight in an effort to alleviate some of the burden being placed by the increasing rents.

How do I help, I am on the Board of Capic, an amazing organization full of wonderful people working to alleviate many of lives problems and particularly Homelessness, Volunteering as an instructor at Chelsea Restoration doing first time home buyer seminars in an effort to help people achieve a part of the American dream and form Roots that call Chelsea their home.

Working alongside the City Manager on a Master Plan which will set the direction the city is going to take for decades to come. This alone needs a council that is knowledgeable with bold leadership that will help bring about a brighter future for Chelsea as it moves into its new and ever changing face while at the same time ensuring that the historical value and character remain intact.

Chelsea matters to me , I have lived here since my arrival from Colombia in 1977, Chelsea and particularly Soldiers Home have been where my New American Roots began to take shape back in 1977 and they never left. Don’t fret my friends, my family and I have maintained every little bit of our heritage from back in Colombia and we enjoy our sancocho y chicharon y pan debono en la manana con cafe.

I cannot function without my dunks in the morning.

My roots are here in Chelsea Soldiers Home, I have my village here, my two beautiful sons and daughter, nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins, my beautiful mom Alda, two amazing sisters and many other extended family.

I love doing my part in protecting our home and I am asking for your Vote to Re-Elect me to serve on your behalf in the Council for our Great area District 2 Soldiers Home!

It has been an Honor serving the needs of our area and know that I do not take Lightly the Responsibility of Representing Our Interest and our Area.

I , Luis Tejada , ask for your vote so that we can continue the fight for an ever improving, never settleling Chelsea and Chelsea Soldiers Home District 2 .

Preliminary elections may happen on Sept. 14, with the countdown to narrow the running mates down to two and then its off to the election in November.

Thank you in advance for participating in the process and for taking the time to read this my message to you my dear friends.

Luis Tejada 617-306-0732, c21tejada@gmail.com.

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Time Rolls On : Bellingham Square Clock Is Repaired

The historic clock in Bellingham Square is right on time.

Thanks to the efforts of the world-renowned Chelsea Clock Company, the clock has been repaired and is now showing the correct time for all 1,440 minutes of each day.

“The clock is fixed – I’m very happy,” proudly reported master horologest Bhupat Patel of Chelsea Clock. “We’re going to come back again to put the new lenses on the glass. The city is going to remove all the rust and repaint the clock.”

Councillor-at-Large Leo Robinson was on hand for the relaunching of the clock.

“They did an outstanding job,” said Robinson. “Tom [Ambrosino] had reached out to me to get in touch with Chelsea Clock to fix the clock.”

Robinson is the brother-in-law of long-time Chelsea Clock official D. Bruce Mauch.

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