MassDEP Assesses Air Safe, Inc of Chelsea a $28,500 Penalty for Asbestos Violations at Ayer Residence

MassDEP Assesses Air Safe, Inc of Chelsea a $28,500 Penalty for Asbestos Violations at Ayer Residence

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed Air Safe, Inc. of Chelsea a penalty of $28,500 for violations of asbestos regulations that occurred at an occupied residence in Ayer.

In October 2017, MassDEP inspectors conducted a compliance inspection of an asbestos removal project being conducted by Air Safe. When MassDEP inspectors arrived at the property, they learned that Air Safe had completed the work and were no longer on-site. MassDEP conducted an inspection of the work area and observed pieces of asbestos-containing insulation remaining on the heating pipes and on a window sill in the basement. Air Safe, a licensed asbestos contractor, was required to clean up and decontaminate all affected parts of the basement.

MassDEP regulations require areas where asbestos removal will occur to be sealed off and air filtration equipment must be operated during the abatement work. These requirements are designed to prevent a release of asbestos fibers to the environment, to protect building occupants and the general public from exposure to asbestos fibers, and to preclude other parts of the building from becoming contaminated. The containment barriers and air filtration equipment is required to remain in place until the work area passes a visual clearance that reflects that no visible debris remains.

Under the terms of the settlement, Air Safe will pay $18,000 of the penalty, with an additional $10,500 suspended provided the company has no further violations for one year.

“As a licensed asbestos contractor, Air Safe is well aware of the required work practices for removal of asbestos-containing materials and that the abatement is not considered complete until the work area is cleaned to a level of no visible debris in accordance with the regulations,” said Mary Jude Pigsley, director of MassDEP’s Central Regional Office in Worcester. “Asbestos is a known carcinogen, and following required work practices is imperative to protect building occupants, workers as well as the general public. Failure to do so will result in penalties, as well as escalated cleanup, decontamination and monitoring costs.”

Property owners or contractors with questions about asbestos-containing materials, notification requirements, proper removal, handling, packaging, storage and disposal procedures, or the asbestos regulations are encouraged to contact the appropriate MassDEP Regional Office for assistance  HYPERLINK “http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/about/contacts/” t “_blank” here.

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

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City of Chelsea News and Notes

City of Chelsea News and Notes

Senior Tax Work-Off Program

The City of Chelsea is happy to announce that the Senior Tax Work-Off Program is being offered once again.  We offer clerical tasks and various office duties.

The Senior Tax Work-Off Program is a special program offered by the City of Chelsea to help financially eligible seniors receive a reduction off of their annual real estate taxes.  If a senior qualifies for this program, they then work for the City’s departments, earning $12.00 per hour for up to 125 hours for a maximum of $1,500.00 per year.

Deadline for all applications is January 31, 2019

There is a limit of 25 participants per year, in the event the city receives more than 25 participants a lottery will be held to determine the current year’s participants.

For further information visit https://www.chelseama.gov/ or contact Denia Romero at 617-466-4170 / dromero@chelseama.gov

Veterans Tax Work-Off Abatement Program

The City of Chelsea is happy to announce that once again we are offering the Veterans Property Tax Work-Off Abatement Program.

The program provides qualified Veterans and spouses of qualified Veterans who work up to 125 hours for the City an abatement of up to $1,500 against their real estate taxes.

We offer clerical tasks and various other office duties.  If a Veteran qualifies for this program he/she would then work for the City’s departments, earning $12.00 per hour for up to 125 hours for a maximum of $1,500 per year.

Deadline for all applications is January 31, 2019

There is a limit of 25 participants per year, in the event the city receives more than 25 applicants a lottery will be held to determine the current year’s participants.

For further information visit https://www.chelseama.gov/ or contact Denia Romero at 617-466-4170 / dromero@chelseama.gov

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New Holiday Inn on Broadway Shows Strong Hotel Market

New Holiday Inn on Broadway Shows Strong Hotel Market

The new Holiday Inn on  upper Broadway, next to Mill Creek, is showing great occupancy rates and yet another

Sales Manager Joe Fiorello, General Manager Luziane Cavalcanti and Front Desk Clerk Carlota Dalomba gather at the front desk of the new Holiday Inn on Mill Creek. The new property opened about four months ago, but will have its official grand opening next week. It represents the fifth property for the Colwen Management
company in Chelsea.

strong property in the Chelsea-based Colwen Management group of hotels.

“We’re almost at 100 percent full occupancy for October,” said Joe Fiorello, director of sales for Colwen. “We’re really excited about that.”

The property officially opened on July 25.

The new, 124-room, full-service hotel gives Colwen its fourth property in Chelsea, with more than 500 rooms added since their first property – the Residence Inn – came online a few years back.

The new Holiday Inn will celebrate a blockbuster grand opening on Nov. 8.

Colwen now has the Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Holiday Inn and Homewood Suites in Chelsea. That adds to their larger portfolio of properties across Greater Boston, including the new AC Hotel in the South End of Boston and the newer property that opened last week at Assembly Row.

The new property continues the tradition of great design on the properties, with interesting lighting and lots of natural light.

The foyer includes a great sitting area, with a fireplace as well.

Since it is a full-service property, Fiorello said the free breakfast option isn’t available. Instead, they have a European-inspired breakfast buffet and a al carte items as well. They also have a full restaurant and bar on the property, which Fiorello said would likely play well to local residents of Chelsea and Revere. They will be serving popular items like steaks, lobster rolls, salmon and other dishes.

“We are under the umbrella of IHG, but we are owned and operated by Colwen Hotels,” he said. “IHG wants to use this property as a prototype hotel. When other owners come into town, they said they want to bring them here to show them the property as an example for all future builds. Colwen is very good at managing, designing and operating.”

While there are no suites like in the other properties, the rooms are large and most try to focus on a view of the marsh or the City. Each room has smart TVs and luxury bath products as well. The building is an LEED certified property.

For functions, they do have a space that is available for small functions or meetings. It holds about 60-80 people and can be divided in half. It’s called the Mill Creek Ballroom.

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Police Briefs 10-25-2018

Police Briefs 10-25-2018

Tuesday, 10/9

Shannon O’Donnell, 33, Homeless, was arrested for shoplifting and witness intimidation.

Oscar Pacas, 38, 260 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.

Wednesday, 10/10

Ivan Ramirez, 38, 51 Flint St., Somerville, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor.

Luis Rodriguez, 29, 25 Fremont Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Adele McCabe, 33, 20 Walnut St., Saugus, was arrested on warrants.

Thursday, 10/11

Jose Rodriguez, 21, 120 Shurtleff St., Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.

Friday, 10/12

Jeffrey Contreras, 21, 54 Maverick St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Daniel McCarthy, 28, Homeless, was arrested for trespassing.

Annelise Hanlon, 31, Homeless, was arrested for trespassing and on a warrant.

Kayla Nicholson, 21, 47 West St., Boston, was arrested for disorderly conduct, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, malicious destruction of property.

Ediberto Aviles, 38, 10 Forsyth St., Chelsea, was arrested for breaking and entering building daytime for felony and larceny from building.

Saturday, 10/13

Jorge Beltran, 19, 39 Shawmut St., Chelsea, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle.

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Chelsea Man Arrested for Defacing Newly Painted Chelsea Walk Mural

Chelsea Man Arrested for Defacing Newly Painted Chelsea Walk Mural

One bad apple hasn’t spoiled a whole bunch at the Chelsea Walk, where a man was arrested last week for defacing the newly painted mural on the reclaimed Walk.

On Aug. 20, at 2:52 p.m., a CPD officer was flagged down in the area of Luther Place by a male party who stated someone destroyed their property and defaced City property.

The reporting party was a painter hired by the City to paint a mural on the Chelsea Walk. The Walk has been a no-go area for decades, and community members and GreenRoots have staked a claim to the Walk this summer in an effort to make it more inviting.

That has included painting a mural and hosting events there, and some people who have frequented the Walk for nefarious reasons haven’t appreciated the effort.

The officer reviewed a city camera in the area and was able to identify the male subject who committed the vandalism.

The male was located and placed under arrest.

Winston Brown, 51, of 4 Washington Ave., was charged with vandalizing property.

 

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Police Briefs 08-09-2018

Police Briefs 08-09-2018

REMOVED FROM DAY PROGRAM

On Aug. 2, at 9 a.m., CPD officers were dispatched to 738 Broadway for the report of a female party who had been in the bathroom and refused to leave. Officers spoke to the supervisor who runs the program at the church who told the officers that the female was not welcome anymore and needed to go. The officers entered the bathroom and observed the woman with multiple packets of drugs on her person and in the toilet. She was placed under arrest.

Ashley Tyler, 30, of 92 Park St., was charged with possession of a Class A drug, distribution of a Class B drug and one warrant.

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CLIMBING THE LADDER, THE WRONG WAY

On Aug. 3, at 2 a.m., CPD officersÊresponded to a call for a report of two men who were stealing ladders off of the property at 127 Division St. Officers searched the area and observed two males that fit the description with an orange ladder next to them. They were both placed under arrest.

Jesus Palacios-Leiva, 24, of 128 Shurtleff St., was charged with larceny over $250, trespassing and giving a false name.

Salvador Pineda, 30, of Revere, was charged with larceny over $250 and trespassing.

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ASSAULTED OFFICER, WANTED BY ICE

On Aug. 5, at 12:40 p.m.,Êwhile patrolling in the area of Essex and Hawthorne streets, CPD officers observed what appeared to be a verbal argument between a male and a female. As the officers approached, the man aggressively approached the driver side door of the vehicle. The subject refused the officers’ orders to back away and pushed the officer; he then grabbed a trash barrel.ÊWhile attempting to place the suspect under arrest, he struck both officers. He was eventually taken into custody. He was charged with assaulting a police officer, malicious destruction of property. It was later determined that ICE wanted the male for federal violations.

Elias Vincente-Morales, 21, of 78 Essex St., was charged with malicious destruction of property under $250, assault and battery on a police officer and one immigration detainer.

TOSSED BEER CANS AND FLED

On July 24, at 2 a.m.,a CPD officer while on Suffolk Street observed a male while standing next to his running car throw empty beer cans on the road, then drive away at a high rate of speed. After the car was observed committing several more vehicle infractions, it was pulled over. The operator attempted to flee the vehicle and was placed under arrest.

Abraham Lopez Rojop, 24, of 1A Clinton St., was charged with speeding, failing to stop for police, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, unlicensed operation, negligent operation, and three stop-sign violations.

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NO SERVICE           AT THE BAR

On July 24, at 6 p.m., officers responded to the Los Amigos restaurant on Broadway for an unwanted party. Management told the officers that the female entered the bar and was highly intoxicated. Officers arrived and attempted to escort her off the property when she became disorderly. She was placed under arrest.

Ana Henriquez, 47, of 174 Chestnut St., was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

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UNREGISTERED   CAR, KNIFE

On July 25, at 6:40 p.m., a CPD officer, noticed an unregistered vehicle double parked in Bellingham Square. The officer pulled the car over. The operator did not have a valid license. He was placed under arrest. The officer also seized a folding knife from his person.

Jose Rodriguez, 20, of 120 Shurtleff St., was charged with unlicensed operation, unregistered motor vehicle and carrying a dangerous weapon.

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CALLED A GANG MEMBER

On July 26, at 8:20 p.m., officers responded to the Chung Wah restaurant on Broadway for a disturbance. The officers placed a male under arrest after the subject struck a female patron with a sign. The suspect was said to be calling the victim a gang member as he assaulted her.

Edwin Ibanez, 30, of 589 Broadway, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and assault and battery.

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Monday, July 23

Carlos Rios, 46, 139 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor, unlicensed operation of motor vehicle.

Henrique Castillo, 67, 100 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Whitney Baskin, 33, 101 Willow St., Lynn, was arrested on warrants.

Tuesday, July 24

Abraham Lopez Rojop, 24, 1A Clinton S., Chelsea, was arrested for speeding, stop sign violation (four counts), failure to stop for police, open container of alcohol in motor vehicle, unlicensed operation of motor vehicle and negligent operation of motor vehicle.

Ana Henriquez, 47, 174 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Wilfredo Ibanez, 41, 46 Oliver St., Everett, was arrested for operating motor vehicle with suspended license and on a warrant.

Melvin Maldonado, 32, 25 Whitter St., Boston, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and possessing a Class A drug.

Wednesday, July 25

Wendy Chirino, 28, 35 Shurtleff St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Orlando Diaz, 62, 110 Bloomingdale St., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage.

Leonides Bones, 60, 4 Fernboro St., Dorchester, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage.

Fredy Lopez, 34, 220 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Jose Rodriguez, 20, 120 Shurtleff St., Chelsea, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle, unregistered motor vehicle and carrying a dangerous weapon.

 

Thursday, July 26

Edwin Ibanez, 30, 589 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and assault and battery.

 

Friday, July 27

Carlos Ramos, 51, 27 Watts St., Chelsea, was arrested for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of property damage.

 

Sunday, 7/29

Nelson Moises Vasquez Rodriguez, 28, 108 Norfolk, Boston, was arrested for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Cesar-Jose Valentin, 32, 23 Eleanor St., Chelsea, was arrested for dangerous weapon.

Mark Halloran, 19, 51 Village Hill Ln., North Kingstown, R.I., was arrested for trespassing.

 

Monday, July 30

JamieLynn Gemellaro, 36, 186 Wakefield St., Reading, was arrested on warrants.

Luiz DeFatima, 27, 37 Lawrence St., Everett, was arrested for possessing Class A drug.

Ramon Oquendo, 25, 52 Savin St., Roxbury, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage.

Tuesday, July 31

Anna Marshall, 20, 466 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Sandra Sargent, 34, 71 Winthrop Ave., Revere, was arrested on warrants.

Rosie Hurst, 56, 27 Thornly St., Dorchester, was arrested on a warrant.

Wednesday,  August 1

Justin Rich, 40, 810 Border St., East Boston, was arrested on a warrant.

Juddony Felix, 24, 40 River Rd., Somerville, was arrested on a warrant.

 

Thursday, Aug. 2

Ashley Tyler, 30, 92 Park St., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing a Class A drug, Distribution of a Class B drug and on a warrant.

Elizabeth Quinn, 35, 12 Simmonds Dr., Portsmouth, N.H., was arrested for sexual conduct for a fee.

Friday, August 3

Jesus Palacios-Leiva, 24, 128 Shurtleff St., Chelsea, was arrested for larceny over $250, trespassing and furnishing false name.

Salvador Pineda, 30, 135 Falmouth St., Revere, was arrested for larceny over $250 and trespassing.

Saturday, August 4

Ramon Pagan, 57, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, was arrested for possessing alcoholic beverage.

Elias Vincente-Morales, 21, 78 Essex St., Chelsea, was arrested for malicious destruction of property, assault and battery on a police officer and immigration detainer.

Jose Tejada, 37, 46 Hood St., Lynn, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle and immigration detainer.

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Police Briefs 06-07-2018

Police Briefs 06-07-2018

HARRASSES WOMEN

On May 21, officers were dispatched to Jefferson Avenue for a female party reporting that a male party followed her home and was still outside of her residence. Officers met with the reporting party, who stated that a male followed her home and grabbed her arm at one point to try to talk to her. She refused his advances and told him to leave, but he continued following her to her home. The victim identified the male leaning against a fence on her property. He was placed under arrest.

Lucio Ayala Rodriguez, 33, of Revere, was charged with criminal harassment and assault and battery.

DRUG RAID ON PARK

On May 24, members of the Chelsea Police Drug Unit executed a search warrant at 148 Park St. #4.  The search warrant was the result of an investigation of a male subject for the Distribution of Crack Cocaine. Also assisting was Everett Police drug detectives.

Hector Sanchez-Balestier, 34, of 148 Park St., was charged with possession to distribute Class B drugs.

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Irish Club Sold to Tibetan Social Club, Council Looking for Answers

Irish Club Sold to Tibetan Social Club, Council Looking for Answers

A Tibetan social organization has purchased the former Irish Club on Clinton Street, and several City officials would like to know more about what the new club would like to do with the property.

The matter was first breeched by Councillor Leo Robinson last month at a Council meeting, when he said he had heard there was a new owner and they had an extensive membership.

Robinson was worried, in particular, about the nature of the Club’s activities and their parking plan – as the former Irish Club hadn’t seen a large membership in many years.

On Monday night, City Manager Tom Ambrosino reported that the Tibetan Association of Boston had recently purchased the Irish Club property. He said the club has a permit for the use of the first floor only as a social club.

“That use will be allowed as a matter of right by the new owner,” he said. “I understand the new owner is currently working with ISD to secure the required occupancy permit for that permitted use.”

He said ISD recently conducted an inspection of the property and identified some violations that need to be corrected.

That said, the new owner has expressed to the City a desire to permit the basement for a social club as well. That could only be done by a Special Permit, requiring the new club to make a date with the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for expanding a non-conforming use.

It might also require some parking relief too, Ambrosino said.

“Thus far, the owner has started the Special Permit application process, but it has not yet supplied ISD with all the necessary documentation for a full review,” he said.

Ambrosino told the Record that his understanding is the new club has a membership of around 200.

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Police Briefs 12-28-2017

Police Briefs 12-28-2017

Monday, 12/11

Stephanie Scali, 26, 207 Winthrop St., Medford, was arrested for possessing Class B drug.

Willie Jennings, 37, 251 Heath St., Jamaica Plain, was arrested for trespassing.

Kerven Julce, 33, 10 Lawrence St., Brighton, was arrested on a warrant.

Carlos Diaz, 44, 69 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.

Tuesday, 12/12

Salvador Pineda, 30, 153 Saratoga St., East Boston, was arrested on a warrant.

Jodelle Gabelus, 28, 41 Polk St., Charlestown, was arrested on a warrant.

Wednesday, 12/13

Ely Feliciano, 21, Address unknown, was arrested on a warrant.

Thursday, 12/14

Frank Dangelo, 64, 9 Sixth St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon.

Caroline Cash, 22, 84 Otis St., Winthrop, was arrested on a warrant.

Friday, 12/15

Jose Gonzalez, 20, 64 Beacon St., Chelsea, was arrested for breaking and entering nighttime for felony, possessing burglarious instrument, larceny from building, resisting arrest, and malicious destruction of property and trespassing.

Juvenile offender, 16, was arrested on a warrant.

Dawid Sanek, 19, 56 Congress Pl., Dedham, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon and unarmed robbery.

 

Sunday, 12/17

Samuel Pensamiento, 26, 61 Meadow Ln., Lowell, was arrested for leaving scene of property damage and leaving scene of injury.

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French Club Comes Down to Make Way for Affordable Housing

French Club Comes Down to Make Way for Affordable Housing

By Seth Daniel

After hundreds of athletic banquets, wedding receptions and a whose who list of Chelsea political functions, that history all came tumbling down last Friday when the French Naturalization Club on Spencer Avenue was demolished for affordable housing.

Crews secured the area last Thursday, and began the demo on Friday – taking down the old Function Hall that many had known from the old days of political times or youth sports banquets. By the end of it’s stretch, though, it had seen better times, as a man was murdered in the Club during a party a few years ago.

That led to the Club’s end, and it became vacant until The Neighborhood Developers (TND) purchased the property for an affordable housing development.

That development was controversial when Mill Hill neighbors learned late in the game of TND’s plans to put up the housing.

That sparked a vigorous debate throughout the community two years ago, and led to a scaling back of the project and a return of the Spencer Avenue Extension to the City so cars could continue using it.

Now, the project will include 34 units of affordable rental housing in a brand new building that will feature a community space on the bottom floor and the activation of the sidewalks with front porches on ground-floor units.

City Manager Tom Ambrosino said TND has its permits and its financing in place. They are ready to commence the construction phase now.

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