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
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
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
“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
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.
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.”
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
“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
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.
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
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
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
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
Duke Bradley…Proudly the sharpest dapper
gentleman in town, admired, respected, and loved by All.
There is a beautiful dove in Heaven…Duke
Sad and mournful are thy ways, Grieving,
wailing Summer days!
I (we) love you.
God rest your Soul and may you Rest in
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
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.”
first surfaced in Google Maps in December 2018 and the two companies expanded
the partnership to 80 more cities in March 2019.
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
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.
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
· 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
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
“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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.