When one addresses Chelsea High graduate
Jocelyn Poste, they wouldn’t be incorrect to call her ‘Madame President,’ yet
they could also refer to her as the Salutatorian of the Class of 2019, or for
another angle, as the best female athlete of the year.
Or if none of those are of interest, she
could certainly be called a passionate community activist.
It’s hard to find one title to pin on Poste,
18, but that is what defines her time at Chelsea High.
This year, Poste was one of the handful of
students that fought hard to get the graduation exercises back outside at the
Stadium. And even in the face of adversity, they continued.
Poste said it was an experience that will
shape her after high school.
“I never really got involved with politics
until that happened,” she said. “There were plenty of people who said we
couldn’t do it. We kept at it and it worked. I talked with Damali Vidot
(Council President) about it and she said we had to come back and take her seat
when we’re older. I don’t know if I would get into politics, but I want to be a
voice for the people certainly.”
Poste began her career at the Silber ELC and
then went to the Kelly School and the Clark Avenue Middle School.
She will attend Union College as a Posse
Scholar, meaning she will have a full ride to the New York school as well as a
support network. She said she was not sure about going out of state to college
at first, but the Posse Scholarship was too good an opportunity to pass up.
There, she will focus on biology so she can
pursue her goal of being a dermatologist.
That dream stems from a video that was
popular in middle school that went viral. It was called Dr. Pimple Popper and
it was something she said pointed her in that direction.
She said she wanted to thank her parents,
Steven Poste and Angela Burgos, for supporting her through high school.
Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) was
recently awarded a $100,000 sustaining grant over a 4-year period through
Cummings’s Foundation “$100k for 100” program. The grant was awarded to MVES in
support of its Elder Independence Fund, a 21-year program that makes it
possible for low-income older adults or adults living with disabilities to
receive an urgently needed item or service that helps them remain independent
and for which there is no other resource or way to obtain the needed item or
“This grant will be a tremendous help in
maintaining our Elder Independence Fund and we are truly grateful for the
Cummings Foundation’s support. Through their generous gift, this award will
make positive impacts on the lives of people in need,” said MVES CEO Daniel
The $100k for 100 program supports
nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk
counties. Through this place-based initiative, Cummings aims to give back to
the communities where its commercial buildings are located, all of which are
managed at no cost to the Foundation, but its affiliate Cummings Property. MVES
was chosen from a total of 574 applicants during a competitive review process.
“By having such a local focus, we aim to
make a meaningful, positive difference in the communities where our colleagues
and leasing clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s
executive director. “We are grateful for the nonprofit organizations that
assist and empower our neighbors, and we are proud to support their
This year’s diverse group of recipients
represents a wide variety of causes. The complete list of 100 grant winners is
available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.
Located in Malden, Mass., Mystic Valley
Elder Services is a non-profit agency that provides essential home- and
community-based care and resources to elders, adults living with disabilities,
and caregivers who reside in Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North
Reading, Reading, Revere, Stoneham, Wakefield and Winthrop. Agency services
include coordination of home care, transportation, Meals on Wheels, and
information and referrals. For more information, please call (781) 324-7705 or
The new shuttle service throughout Chelsea
and Everett has launched, and dubbed the Neighborhood Runner, the service began
operating on Monday, June 3.
“We started service on Monday, June 3, at 5
a.m.,” said Jim Folk, director of Transportation for Encore Boston Harbor.
“Now, it is running 24/7, 365 days a year. It starts its route at the Chelsea
Market Basket every 20 minutes on the 20…I really think it’s going to be a
successful route. It’s great for our employees and guests, and it’s great for
Everett because it gives them a new connection to the Silver Line for the
airport, Seaport and even South Station.”
The new Neighborhood Runner stops at Market
Basket (Chelsea), then goes through Everett to Everett Square (outside
Braza’s), then to the GE site on Air Force Road, and finally to the Encore
Employees reported to the resort on Monday,
and Folk said the Runner has become popular already with the new employees
looking to get to work from the neighborhoods, or to catch transit lines that
run near the new stops.
“Believe it or not, we have picked up some
passengers even though we haven’t advertised the Runner yet to the public,”
Folk said. “Our employees are aware of it and many are actually taking it to
and from the resort. We had a good amount of people on Monday that used it. We
expect more and more people as time goes on. I think it will really be
The 26-passenger Runner is made by Grech,
and has a lot of extras.
The interior has leather seating and large
cupholders, along with plenty of space. It is 100 percent ADA compliant and
also has video screens for entertainment.
Folk said right now they are sticking to the
four stops on the route, but he said they aren’t ruling out expanding the stops
in Everett and Chelsea once the resort opens.
“We think it’s a
great, great alternative for the folks in Everett and our employees and guests
coming to Encore,” he said.
With National Bicycle Month underway, a new
group of cyclists and pedestrians in Chelsea are looking to create momentum and
visibility on safety issues for those that aren’t using vehicles.
The Chelsea Bike and Pedestrian Committee
has formed over the winter and got things rolling with their first community
bike ride on May 8. Now, they said they would continue those rides every Weds.
evening at 6 p.m.
Resident Asad Rahman, an avid cyclist who
commutes to Boston daily from his Broadway home, has been involved in biking safety
issues for a number of years and said he worked with City Planners to try to
get more of a community built around bicycling and walking.
While he thought it might take some time,
surprisingly the movement has grown quickly and they are already planning their
first event and several events beyond that.
“More than ever, I think Chelsea is at a
crossroads to put people and bicycles first instead of cars,” he said. “We’re a
City with five or six street lights and several thousand people and cars go
very, very fast. We hope we can shift the paradigm that people come first and
cars come second…Right now we have a passionate group of people in Chelsea, and
we’ll ride around town on May 8th for about a half-hour and then have a social
time to continue building this community.”
With the help of the City and MassBike, the
Committee is planning several events such as a Bike Repair workshops and a bike
rodeo – this coming at future City events like Fiesta Verano and the Night
The group is on Facebook at BikeWalkChelsea,
and anyone interested in joining them can show up at City Hall 6 p.m. on May 8.
The Vision for the Committee includes:
•To advance cycling and walking as leading
modes of transportation in order to promote the health, wealth, and quality of
life for Chelsea residents.
The Mission of the Committee is:
safe, interconnected, and enjoyable infrastructure in Chelsea for cycling and
walking, through strategy with the Planning and Development department,
resident education on practical use, and community engagement to build
awareness and enthusiasm.
There is no shortage of Super Bowl parties
going on in Chelsea this weekend, but if one wants their party to score high,
they better know how to prepare a proper chicken wing.
Chef/Pitmaster Andy Husbands of The Smoke
Shop (located in Assembly Row in Somerville) said that if hosts think getting a
good wing on the table for the Super Bowl is as easy as popping them in a hot
oven, they would be flapping wrong.
In fact, he said, the key to a good Super
Bowl spread is preparation and thinking ahead.
“Wings are so subjective,” he said. “Do you
like the small ones or the big roaster wings? I go for the big roasting ones.
You want the big, roaster wings. I’d also advise everyone to go early. Don’t go
to the store to buy your wings on Saturday. They’ll all be sold out and you’ll
get stuck with the small wings…Most everything you serve for the Super Bowl
except for ribs can be done on Saturday. That makes it so much easier. You want
it to be enough food for everybody, but you want it to be easy for you too. You
don’t want to be in the kitchen saucing wings when the Pats are scoring.”
Husbands said the centerpiece of a Super
Bowl spread always has to be the wings, so getting them right is important.
Husbands suggests doing what is called a
“You want the best wings, and even though
it’s a bit complicated, I would look up how to confit wings,” he said.
When he pulls it off, Husbands said he
starts by seasoning the raw wings the day before with salt and other
flavorings. Many make the mistake, he said, of putting the sauce – whether
buffalo or teriyaki sauce – on before cooking the wings. One should not do
that, he said.
“That will hamper the wings,” he said.
“Sugars burn quickly, and you don’t want that burnt taste on the wings.”
Once seasoned, Husbands coats the wings in
oil and chicken or goose fat. Then they go into a 205-degree oven until cooked.
Then, take them out, let them cool and remove the fat. The next day, before the
big game, take them out of the refrigerator and use the fat from the previous
day on a sheet pan. Put the wings in the fat and cook them in an oven at 350
degrees until crispy.
“They become crispy and rich and then you
apply the sauce, whether Frank’s Red Hot or Szechuan – whatever you want,” he
said. “That’s a fun way to do it.”
There are, of course, other ways to wing it
for the big game.
Home frying, however, is not something
Husbands recommends. Most people don’t have the right equipment and it uses a
ton of fat for just one dish.
Cooking them in the oven after seasoning is
another option, but it has to be on low heat. A common mistake, he said, is
putting the wings in the oven raw at a high temperature to get them crispy.
However, that leads to a dry and bony wing – perhaps even raw.
“You want to put them on very low heat and
continuously turning them gets them crispy on the outside and keeps them juicy
on the inside,” he said. “After they’re cooked (150 degree temperature inside),
you can crank up the oven to 450 degrees and flash them in until really crispy.
Then you sauce them up. That way you get them fully cooked and crispy. No one
wants raw chicken.”
Yet another way goes to the die-hards, who
will take the opportunity to do some arctic grilling. Husbands said the cold
weather won’t stop him from grilling wings and smoking ribs for his Super Bowl
“I’m absolutely going to be outside,” he
said. “My neighbors all know me well. They don’t look at me like I’m crazy.
It’s more like they want to know if they can have some. It’s a passion and if
you know it love it you want to do it all the time in any weather. I have a
Traeger grill and a Big Green Egg grill and they work in all types of weather.
I might use both of them this time.”
Beyond the meat of the matter, though,
Husbands has some good ideas for buffet style options.
One of those ideas is a chili bar. He
usually cooks a pot of chili and leaves it on low in the Crock Pot, setting up
a chili fixin’s salad bar next to it.
“What’s cool about chili is you can keep it
in the Crock Pot, keep it hot and put out a bunch of toppings – like crushed
Fritos, crushed tortilla chips, scallions, sour cream and anything else you
like,” he said. “People can come back and forth to that during the entire
At halftime, he rolls out a hot dog bar too.
Either grilled or boiled, he selects quality
hot dogs and two different kinds of buns. From there, the sky is the limit on
the kinds of toppings one can offer to guests. Husbands suggests kimchee,
several different types of mustard, cheese sauce, unique pickle relishes and
even his own favorite, sriracha ketchup.
“Guests can have fun making their own hot dog,”
he said. “You can wheel that out at halftime for something new. All of it can
be prepared ahead of time too.”
For the beer lovers, Husbands suggests not
going all lawnmower and not going all high-brow either. In his ice chest, he
said he offers everything from Miller High Life to Trillium Brewery.
“It’s important to have something for
everyone,” he said. “I don’t want to push my passion for craft beer on someone
who wants a High Life. A High Life can be just as enjoyable as a craft beer.”
Super Bowl LIII official coverage starts at
6 p.m. on CBS.
Andy Husbands is an award-winning chef and
pitmaster at The Smoke House, which has locations in Assembly Row, the Seaport
and Cambridge. Just this year he closed down his long-time South End
restaurants Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel – which were neighborhood staples for
Ask 100 people where the Mill Hill
neighborhood separates from the Mill Creek neighborhood and one would probably
get 100 different answers.
Neighborhoods in Chelsea have been loosely
defined for decades, with some not even named at all, but now Downtown
Coordinator Mimi Graney is looking to residents of Chelsea to define the City’s
neighborhoods more precisely.
“It came up because City Planner Karl Allen
has been working on a project by the Produce Center and he kept calling it West
Chelsea,” she said. “Every time he did that, people would laugh at it. It
brought up the question as to what do you call that area. It was the same thing
for the Walnut Street Synagogue area. Then you have people talking about
Prattville. We decided to try to figure out what you call the various
neighborhoods of Chelsea.”
That started with a query of the Chel-Yea
group last month, and during that event and with online follow ups, Graney said
she got very impassioned responses.
People, she said, took it very seriously.
“Several people said everything was just
Chelsea, but others had strong opinions about Admiral’s Hill and Prattville,”
she said. “It has solicited a lot of interested conversations.”
Graney has produced a map with suggested
boundaries and names. So far, they have included Prattville, Mayor’s Row,
Chelsea High, Addison-Orange, Soldiers’ Home/Powderhorn Hill, Cary Square, Mill
Creek, Mill Hill, Spencer Avenue, Eastern Ave Industrial Area, Box District,
Bellingham Hill, Salt Piles, Waterfront, Downtown (including Chelsea Square and
Bellingham Square), Williams School, Carter Park, Mystic Mall, Produce District
and Admiral’s Hill.
It was difficult, she said, to find the real
boundaries of the Soldiers’ Home neighborhood versus Cary Square, she said, and
many said the Spencer Avenue area should be called Upper Broadway. Mill Creek,
on the other hand, has been confused in some ways with the Parkway Plaza.
She said the exercise is one that moves
beyond the fun of talking about it, and moving towards making it a place.
“The legacy of the fire in the Mystic Mall
area sort of upended most boundaries there,” she said. “People are
uncomfortable with the area beyond Carter Park and Chelsea High area. If it
doesn’t have a name, it becomes this no man’s land. Naming a place has a power
to it. I’m hoping people in these areas claim that power in that naming.”
Graney said they
will continue to take input on the neighborhood boundaries, and will likely
present something to the community in the near future.
The great outdoors is a great place for graduation, and a large group of Chelsea seniors are pushing to get their big day under the blue skies once again.
Manuel Teshe and Senior Class President Jocelyn Poste have been campaigning with a large group of their classmates to get their graduation ceremony outside. Graduation has been in the gym for several years, but prior to that it was always outside. Now, the students are looking to overcome several obstacles to get the graduation on the new turf Stadium.
“We understand we have to protect the field for future classes, but we really want to have this ceremony outside,” he said, noting that they have started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the effort. “This is a beautiful new field and we want to be able to use it. We won’t stop until we get the Stadium.”
Supt. Mary Bourque reported that the School Committee has approved the move outside, but getting on the turf field is something they are trying to work out with the company. There are some steps to take, she said, to preserve the warranty if graduation is held on the field in the first year after construction.
“We are very proud to have the School Committee vote to support the students request to have graduation outside,” she said. “The location is still to be determined though. It is going to be outside, but we still are all working together on the Stadium piece.”
School Committeeman Julio Hernandez said he supports the seniors, and recalls that his class tried to also get graduation outside, but to no avail. He said he encouraged students to work with the School Committee and the City Council, which they have been doing.
“These students are really fighting to have their big day outside at the Stadium and I support them 100 percent,” he said. “My graduation was inside and I didn’t get to bring two of my siblings because I didn’t have enough tickets. The graduation is one of the biggest days for the students and their families. My class wasn’t successful in getting it outside, like many other classes. I would love to see it outside again, and I hope they are successful.”
For the students, the primary reason to go outside is so that entire families can see the ceremony.
In recent years, as classes have swelled in numbers, many family members have to sit in the cafeteria to watch on closed circuit TV – or they aren’t able to come in at all.
Even a lucrative black market has sprung up over the years where kids auction off extra graduation tickets for as much as $200. One student last year allegedly made fake tickets and sold them to families in need, who were out of luck on the big day, Teshe said.
“I always knew graduation was inside, but didn’t think much about it,” said SairaCarreto. “Last year as a junior I volunteered to help and it really hit me when I saw the mothers, aunts and siblings of graduates waiting to get in. People were being sent into the auditorium and there were no tickets. Many of these kids are the first to graduate in their families. A lot of them have come from other countries and it’s a big point of pride for their family to come see them graduate. Not having the luxury to share that moment is not fair. We don’t want that to happen to our class and we believe the Stadium is the solution.”
Marcela Castillo said they don’t want to settle, and they will push for the Stadium.
“Many people don’t have the best view of Chelsea High students and we don’t deserve that,” she said. “Current and future students should get the best graduation possible. It’s a really important day in our lives. We feel that adults in our school have settled for less and we don’t feel it’s right. We’re going to push for the field.”
Bourque said they continue to work with the students and may have a solution in the coming weeks. That is all up to the warranty on the new field, but there is optimism in the situation, she said.
The fundraising page is on GoFundMe and is listed under Chelsea High School Graduation. Donations to help the cause can be made there.
An exhibit of contemporary photographs celebrating life in Chelsea will be on display starting Friday, September 14, at Gallery 456. The opening reception takes place that evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at 456 Broadway, Chelsea.
The featured images are large scale reproductions of the winners of the Welcome to Chelsea Photo Contest. Amateur and professional photographers participated with a dozen winners selected by a formal judging panel. The People’s Choice Award decided through online voting by more than 500 votes by people in the community.
The contest was presented by Chelsea Prospers, the City of Chelsea’s initiative for vitality in the downtown, and the facebook group Chelsea MA Photography Club coordinated by photographer and former City Councilor Matt Frank.
The judging panel included Darlene DeVita, an award-winning fine art photographer; Matt Frank, a former City Councilor and photographer who initiated the Chelsea MA Photography Club; State Representative Roselee Vincent, a champion for the arts and former member of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development; Sury Chavez, a local painter whose decorative murals and “Welcome to Chelsea” signs can be seen in key locations throughout the city; Marianne Ramos, a self-taught “outsider artist” and long-time Chelsea resident who serves as Program Coordinator for the Chelsea Senior Center; and Alex Train, artist and Assistant Director of the Department of Planning and Development for the City of Chelsea.
All of the winning images, submitted digitally, have been reproduced in high-quality, large format canvas prints. These framed works will remain on display on Broadway until mid to late October. At the conclusion of the exhibit the winners will take home their framed prints.
Gallery 456 is a storefront gallery so it is always open. The entire exhibit can be viewed from the sidewalk.
The Chelsea Day Center in the Light of Christ Church on Broadway has been a haven for those who had nowhere to go during the day, the folks that formerly hung out all day in Bellingham Square, and though it hasn’t been perfect City officials believe there is still a great need for the Center.
One wouldn’t get an argument from those who attend the Center.
“I came here to get away from the stress outside, and I have no stress here,” said Ovidio Ortiz, who has been coming for one year since the Day Center opened. “Shelters in Boston are very far and they have too much violence and drugs. Here, they don’t have that. This beats a shelter. There aren’t any problems inside and I wish they had it Saturday and Sunday too. Outside on the street people are fighting and drinking and doing drugs. Not here. I’m safe here and I can rest. We need this here.”
He was but one of about 20 people who were at the Day Center last Friday, Aug. 10. The Center is open Monday through Friday from the morning until 1 p.m. Those who attend can get food, three times a week they can take a shower, and they have access to medical care and a host of recovery services.
At the heart of it all has been Pastor Ruben Rodriguez and Pastor Ricardo Valle – who shepherds the Light of Christ Church.
Rodriguez has worked with the street population in Chelsea for years, and made a commitment to shepherd the Day Center for a year until it was up and running. On Aug. 20, he will move on to new things, and CAPIC will begin managing the Center with Valle and his volunteers.
“It’s been a great run, but it’s also been humbling,” he said. “There are pros and cons to it. We have had problems outside, and we’re working on that. What’s going on inside, people have gotten a lot from it. There’s been 6,000 meals served, hundreds of showers and hours and hours of rest for people who had nowhere to rest that was safe. We’ve had hundreds resourced to programs.
“The best part about this place though is a lot of the people doing the work are the people who come here,” he continued. “They have taken ownership of this place. That’s very good for them. They respect it. I hope they continue to respect it and build this community when I leave and CAPIC takes over.”
Pastor Valle said little by little they are making progress.
“When they come the first time, it’s really new to them and they aren’t sure about it,” he said. “But soon they come and it’s a home to them. The people who do really good, we give them work to do. When you start something like this, people will be against it and people will be for it. You do what you can to help. We pray about it, but the City agrees we need this place.”
And that is the case.
City Manager Tom Ambrosino said there is still good work going on at the Day Center. While the functions inside have been exemplary in helping people have a safe place and access to resources, there have been some problems outside after the Center closes. It has been a sore spot with neighbors, but Ambrosino said he believes they can solve that issue with CAPIC.
“The City still feels it is of very great need to have and overall we think it has been helpful, providing food and shelter and resources for a population we’re really trying to reach and engage,” he said. “There’s been some hiccups there with people loitering outside. We think based on our discussions, some actions we’re taking with the pastor and CAPIC will address these things. CAPIC will begin to be more engaged in the operation Aug. 20.”
Rodriguez said he is very proud of the work they have done, and is excited to get back to working directly with those on the streets – a calling he is very passionate about.
“You always are surprised who shows up here,” he said. “Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. I want people to know we tried to know we tried to make it the best way we could. I think it was a success. I hope as it goes on these people in the community that need this help are blessed.”
Six Chelsea city officials endorsed Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley’s candidacy for U.S. Congress at a campaign event last Thursday night at the Mystic Brewery.
City Councillors Damali Vidot, Jamir Rodriguez, and Enio Lopez and School Committee members Lucia Henriquez, Kelly Garcia, and Julio Hernandez each praised Pressley in separate speeches stating their endorsement.
Vidot, who has been a force in Chelsea politics since being elected as a councillor-at-large in her first run for citywide office, said she embraced Pressley’s candidacy from the beginning.
“From the moment I found out Ayanna was running, I was on board,” said Vidot. “The reason I’m supporting her is because I follow politics very closely and I have seen the work she’s done on the Boston City Council advocating for families and for girls. The way she has been able to lead, so authentically and gracefully and not allow anything to interfere with the work she has been able to get accomplished, it’s just magical for me.”
Vidot said people in Chelsea are enthusiastic about Pressley and welcome her positive energy. “The people are loving her. They love her message. She’s real. There’s a whole different energy. We have such a diverse group of people that are supporting her.”
The endorsement event followed a second campaign reception earlier that drew a large crowd at Tu Casa Restaurant on Broadway. Saritin Rizzuto organized the gathering and was pleased with the sizable turnout of supporters.
“My friend, your advocate, and our candidate for the Seventh District congressional seat ,” said Rizzuto in an enthusiastic introduction of Pressley.
Pressley thanked her many supporters at Tu Casa.
“As I look out at all of you, I’m overwhelmed – and my heart is so full,” said Pressley. “Chelsea from the very beginning – you have been so very good to me.”
Pressley is challenging incumbent Michael Capuano in the Sept. 4 Democratic primary in the Seventh Congressional District.