Chelsea Chamber Pot of Gold Set for Oct 18

Chelsea Chamber Pot of Gold Set for Oct 18

The 30th Annual Chelsea Chamber of Commerce $10,000 Pot of Gold is around the corner.  The event will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Anthony’s of Malden, 105 Canal Street, Malden, MA. It will be an outstanding evening filled with great networking opportunities, delicious food and Back to the 80s fun, all while supporting your Chamber.  This is the longest running major fundraiser for the Chelsea Chamber!  Proceeds greatly contribute to the important work the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce does for the business community in Chelsea.  First prize is $10,000.  Only 250 will be sold and can be purchased by Chamber members and nonmembers alike.  Act now and you could be the next $10,000 Pot of Gold winner!

Chairs Sue Gallant and Arthur Arsenault are working with their committee to make the 30th  Pot of Gold the best yet!  The Chamber will be going back to the 80s when it all started celebrating all the iconic music, fads and outfits from that decade.  Prizes will be awarded to the best outfits from the 80s! Get creative and let’s see what you can put together!  Maybe you will be one of our prize winners!

We also have opportunities to purchase raffle tickets to win Megaraffle baskets that are each valued at over $500.  Themed baskets include Nights on the Town with Celtics, Bruins or Red Sox tickets, Ultimate Tailgate Package and a North Shore experience to name a few.  We will also raffle off an Instant Wine Cellar where one person will win enough wine to start their own wine Cellar as well as a 50/50 raffle!  So many great prizes to win besides the big prize of $10,000!

 Tickets are $175.00 each.  The ticket price includes one entry in the drawing for a chance to win the $10,000 top prize, opportunities to win one of our many fabulous door prizes, one dinner which will include a delicious meal of surf and turf and open bar. Additional dinner tickets can be purchased for $60.  Festivities start at 6:00pm with dinner at 7:00pm and the first ticket drawn at 8pm.

The Chamber would like to thank the following for sponsoring this important fundraiser for the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce:

Corporate Sponsors

Broadway Jewelers

Chelsea Bank, a division of East Cambridge Savings Bank

Golden Cannoli

MGH Health Center

Member Sponsors

Arsenault & Cline, CPAs, Stop & Compare Supermarkets, Cameron Real Estate Group, Hispanic American Institute, North Shore Advisory Group

In-Kind Sponsors

Coprico Printing, Cataldo Ambulance, Chelsea Community Cable Television, Fairmont Copley Plaza, El Planeta, Independent Newspaper Group

Sponsorships are still available. Your name will be included on the Chamber website, in social and print media and advertised throughout the event. What a great way to highlight your business to people from all over the North Shore!

Only 250 tickets will be sold, so get your tickets now! Check out the Chamber website at www.chelseachamber.org, call the office at 617-884-4877 or drop by 308 Broadway Chelsea today.  Rich Cuthie, Executive Director of the Chamber, will be happy to help you pick that winning ticket number!

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‘Transfatty Lives’ to make Boston Premiere in Revere Cinema

Award-winning filmmaker Patrick O’Brien, a resident of the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea, will premiere his move ‘Transfatty Lives’ on April 3 at Revere Showcase Cinemas. O’Brien documents his life before, after and during his trials with the degenerative disease ALS.

Award-winning filmmaker Patrick O’Brien, a resident of the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea, will premiere his move ‘Transfatty Lives’ on April 3 at Revere Showcase Cinemas. O’Brien documents his life before, after and during his trials with the degenerative disease ALS.

Imagine creating an award-winning documentary just by moving your eyebrows.

Patrick O’Brien, who was diagnosed with ALS 10 years ago at age 30, spent 10 years producing the highly acclaimed ALS documentary “Transfatty Lives.” The film, which won the 2015 Audience Award at the Tribeca and Milano Film Festivals, will have its Boston premiere on April 3 at the Revere Showcase Cinema.

Patrick, who lives at the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) in Chelsea, is entirely immobilized and on a ventilator. He directed and produced ‘Transfatty Lives’ entirely by using his eyes to communicate through a special device attached to his computer. ‘Transfatty Lives’ takes one on an emotional roller coaster from Patrick’s wild, fun-loving days as a DJ and filmmaker into the dark heart of ALS. With the support of his friends and family, Patrick braves the unthinkable and turns his camera onto himself. He is able to capture all of the emotion, humor, and absurdity of real life – falling in love and fathering a child along the way.

‘Transfatty Lives,’ so named because of O’Brien’s love of donuts and other junk foods, depicts O’Brien’s personal reflections since his ALS diagnosis.

In Patrick’s words: “ALS is a fatal and incurable disease. I have chosen to do something with my illness. As you will see, I turned the camera on myself and began to document my journey with ALS. This challenge has given me a focal point for my energies, and will hopefully inspire others to keep moving through their own adversities.”

The Leonard Florence Center for Living, operated by the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, is the first urban model Green House in the country and the only fully vented ALS residence in the world. O’Brien moved into the LFCL soon after it opened in 2010, after living in a traditional nursing home that kept him confined to his bed – and his room – 24 hours a day. Today, in addition to producing films, O’Brien travels, attends concerts, sporting events and movies.

“We are so proud of Patrick and excited to show his remarkable film to the Boston community,” states Barry Berman, Chelsea Jewish Foundation CEO. “Patrick’s talent, passion and perseverance in the face of such a devastating disease is an inspiration to us all.”

The premiere will be held at the Revere Showcase Cinema, 565 Squire Rd in Revere at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 3. Tickets are $20 per person and include the film, a Q&A with Patrick O’Brien and a reception following the premiere.

All proceeds benefit the Patrick O’Brien Foundation. To purchase tickets, go to www.reelboston.org. For more information, email Judy Mastrocola at jmastrocola@chelseajewish.org or call 617-887-0001.

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Hundreds Are Expected to Attend 12th Annual Taste of Chelsea Mon.

The Taste of Chelsea has not only been one of the most popular events of the year, it’s also been one of the most successful fundraisers for any local organization.

Joseph Vinard, co-founder and chair of the Taste of Chelsea, said that the event has raised more than $500,000 for HarborCov, a Chelsea-based organization that provides free safety and support services, along with housing and economic opportunities that promote long-term stability for people affected by violence and abuse.

“We have raised over a half million dollars and it all goes to HarborCOV,” proudly stated Vinard, who co-founded Taste of Chelsea with former director Laurie Holmes.

Lynn Peters and Kourou Pich are the current co-directors of HarborCOV, which was founded in 1998 and has been lauded for its professional, comprehensive approach to addressing violence within families and communities.

The 12th Annual Taste of Chelsea 2015 will be held Monday, Sept. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m., at 99 Marginal Street in Chelsea. The event was held at the old Massport Garage on Broadway before being moved three years ago to the current location, a new park that was generously offered as a site for the event by Eastern Minerals.

According to Vinard, thirty-one local food vendors and restaurants will participate, tying the record for most vendor participation in the event’s 12-year history.

Most of the vendors are from Chelsea, but East Boston, Revere, Everett, Winthrop, and Saugus businesses, as well as some from other communities, will also be represented.

Three Chelsea hotels, the Terranova Grille at the Wyndham Chelsea Hotel, the Residence Inn by Marriott, Boston Logan Airport/Chelsea, and TownPlace Suites by Marriott, Boston Logan Airport/Chelsea, will have food stations at the event.

Taste of Chelsea’s ability to consistently draw a large following is impressive. Vinard said between 500 and 700 people will buy tickets and attend the food festival, making it one of the most well attended in the region.

“It’s a great event,” said Vinard. “People look forward to it.”

Vinard, who is division president of Chelsea Bank, which is a division of East Cambridge Savings Bank on Broadway, Chelsea, is being assisted by a committee of 15 volunteers.

Asked if the excitement is building toward Monday’s Taste of Chelsea, Vinard replied, “We’re very excited. The event is a few days away and we’re ready to rock and roll.”

Parking is available on Marginal Street. Cataldo Ambulance will provide a bus to transport attendees to the site. Tickets are available online at $35 in advance. Tickets will be $40 at the door. Blocks of ten tickets or more are $30 apiece.

The featured restaurant and food vendors include:

Adriana’s Pastry and Café, Winthrop

Albert A. Russo Imports – BelGioioso Cheesea, East Boston

Al fresco, Chelsea

Arthur’s Deli/Meho Place, Chelsea

Blackstrap BBQ, Winthrop

Bobby C’s Ristorante, Melrose

Boston Yogurt, Chelsea

The New Brown Jug, Chelsea

Buccieri’s Pizzeria, Chelsea

Chelsea Fire Hot Sauce, Chelsea

Crown Coffee, Wakefield

Dockside Restaurant, Chelsea

Dunkin’ Donuts, Everett Avenue, Chelsea

Fusion Foods, Chelsea

Golden Cannoli, Chelsea

Kayem, Chelsea

Kowloon Restaurant, Saugus

La Siesta Restaurante, Chelsea

Mandarin Buffet, Chelsea

Naked Juice, Boston

Peach’s and Cream, Chelsea

Piantedosi Baking Company, Malden

Polar Beverages, Worcester

Pollo Campero, Chelsea

Residence Inn by Marriott, Boston Logan Airport/Chelsea

Spinelli’s Pasta and Pastry Shop, East Boston

Starbucks Coffee, Chelsea

Stop & Shop, Everett

Terranova Grille, Chelsea

The Taste of Chelsea Committee is ready for the 12th annual food festival fundraiser for HarvorCOV on Monday, Sept. 21, beginning at 5 p.m. at 99 Marginal St. Pictured at a committee meeting at the Chamber of Commerce office are, front row, from left, HarborCOV co-executive directors Lynn Peters and Kourou Pich, and Renee Caso Griffin; back row, from left, are Maureen Foley, Chrissie Miele, event co-founder and committee chair Joseph Vinard, and Dr. Sayra Owens Pinto.

The Taste of Chelsea Committee is ready for the 12th annual food festival fundraiser for HarvorCOV on Monday, Sept. 21, beginning at 5 p.m. at 99 Marginal St. Pictured at a committee meeting at the Chamber of Commerce office are, front row, from left, HarborCOV co-executive directors Lynn Peters and Kourou Pich, and Renee Caso Griffin; back row, from left, are Maureen Foley, Chrissie Miele, event co-founder and committee chair Joseph Vinard, and Dr. Sayra Owens Pinto.

TownPlace Suites by Marriott, Boston Logan Airport/Chelsea

Volare Cucina Italiana and Bar, Revere

(Editor’s Note: Some factual information used in this story regarding HarborCov and Taste of Chelsea, including the list of food vendors, was taken directly from the HarborCov Web site).

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Mazonson Invites CHS Classmates to Fiftieth Reunion on June 7 at Kowloon

Mazonson Invites CHS Classmates to Fiftieth Reunion on June 7 at Kowloon

Marc Mazonson is serving as the chairman for the Chelsea High School Class of 1965 Fiftieth Reunion to be held at the Kowloon on June 7.

Marc Mazonson is serving as the chairman for the Chelsea High School Class of 1965 Fiftieth Reunion to be held at the Kowloon on June 7.

Marc Mazonson said that in the early 1960s students for the most part attended Shurtleff, Williams, or Carter schools through the ninth grade before moving on to Chelsea High School for their sophomore year.

Mazonson is hoping to be in the company of as many of his former high school classmates as possible when the CHS Class of 1965 gathers for its fiftieth reunion on June 7 at Kowloon in Saugus. Mazonson is the chairman of the event, assisted by Larry Sneirson, who is known by his stage name, Larry Lee Lewis, a professional standup comedian. Inez Pragg Cole is also serving on the reunion committee. The president of the class was Steven Padulsky.

“We’re calling the reunion, ‘The Real Deal,’’’ said Mazonson. “This is our fiftieth reunion for the Class of 1965 only. We expect a large crowd. Right now we have about 150 people who have indicated they’ll be there.”

The reunion committee has invited Chelsea City Clerk Deborah Clayman to be an honored guest at the reunion. Clayman is the wife of the late attorney, Richard I. Clayman, who was a member of the Class of 1965.

“Everybody loved Richie Clayman,” said Mazonson. “Richie was friendly, down-to-earth, so generous to people, and a great attorney. We’re so pleased that Deborah will be there for the beautiful tribute we have planned for Richie and our other deceased classmates.”

Mazonson said the CHS principal in 1965 was James Cotter. The faculty included teachers Gilbert Cherry, Paul Eckman, George Barooshian, Max Leader, James Welch, Sheldon Greenglass, Dr. Max Ross, and Rebecca Mack.

“I grew up Chester Avenue,” said Mazonson. “I went to Shurtleff from grades one through nine and then I went on to the high school. Chelsea was a great place to grow up as a kid. You walked the streets day or night and it was safe. Mothers would take their kids down Broadway on Saturdays for sidewalk sales in the stores.”

He said people would often congregate in Broadway restaurants such as The Bel Del, Murray and Eddy’s, Wing’s, and Tony’s Spa.

The reunion will feature a Chinese buffet dinner, music, and dancing. Mazonson will deliver the welcoming remarks while Sneirson will lead a brief speaking program.

“We’re looking for a marvelous night of fun and reminiscing about the good, old days,” said Mazonson. “We want people to see their friends and have a great time.”

Tickets to the Class of 1965 Reunion are $35 per person. Classmates should contact Marc Mazonson at 617-889-2004 or marcmazonson@gmail.com for information about the reunion.

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Metro Credit Union Annual Barbecue

Metro Credit Union Annual Barbecue

Metro Credit Union is hosting the fifth annual barbecue Multi-Chamber Networking fundraiser event to benefit The Neighborhood Developers and CONNECT on Aug. 26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Metro headquarters, 200 Revere Beach Parkway. Pictured above is the planning committee, seated are, Saritin Rizzuto of Metro and Sheri Raftery of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce. Standing, from left, are Licy Sweeney, Kizzy Reyes of Caribbean Liquors, Maureen Foley of Residence Inn Marriott, and Rich Cuthie, executive director of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door. For tickets, please contact Saritin Rizzuto at 617-851-6749 or visit the Chelsea Chamber Web site. The Neighborhood Developers would like to thank the Phantom Gourmet, HagstromWhite, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Distrigas, Paul Revere Transportation, D’Ambrosio Brown, Harbour Food Service, Olivia’s Organic, and Metro Credit Union.

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Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Empty Bowls Fundraiser

C1Volunteers are hard at work preparing for the
3rd Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser to support
the Chelsea Hunger Network and tell the story of
those who deal with hunger every day in Chelsea..
The annual event features hand-painted bowls and
a hearty soup to go in it. For the past few months,
volunteers (shown above) have assembled at Chelsea
High School, the Cronin Ice Rink, TND and the
Boys and Girls Club to have a “bowl painting party.”
Those who attend the actual event will get one
of the hand-painted bowls and a soup dinner. City
Manager Jay Ash will also be on hand once again to
conduct his annual backgammon competition. Tickets
are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Children
under 8 are free. The event will take place on April
24 from 5-7 p.m. in the Williams School (180 Walnut).
For ticket information, call (617) 884-3300.

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Chamber of Commerce Pot of Gold Is October 23

Chamber of Commerce Pot of Gold Is October 23

The Pot of Gold Committee. Front row are Janice Sikorski and Renee Caso Griffin. Back row are Jeff Gigliello, Alberto Calvo, Susan Gallant, Barbara Martin, Chamber President Arthur Arsenault, Dennis Cataldo, and Executive Director Rich Cuthie.

The Pot of Gold Committee. Front row are Janice Sikorski and Renee Caso Griffin. Back row are Jeff
Gigliello, Alberto Calvo, Susan Gallant, Barbara Martin, Chamber President Arthur Arsenault, Dennis
Cataldo, and Executive Director Rich Cuthie.

The Chelsea Chamber of Commerce $10,000 Pot of Gold is at hand.  The event will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Holiday Inn Boston/Peabody on Rte. 1 North in Peabody. Be part of this outstanding evening, which will be filled with great company, food and flair, all while supporting your business community.  This is the only major fundraiser for the Chamber.  Your presence can win you $10,000. Tickets are limited to 250 and can be purchased by Chamber members and nonmembers alike.  Act now and you could be the next $10,000 Pot of Gold winner!

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Taste of Chelsea Will Be Another Treat for Food Enthusiasts: Sept. 23 Event Will Move Outdoors and Benefit HarborCOV

Taste of Chelsea Will Be Another Treat for Food Enthusiasts: Sept. 23 Event Will Move Outdoors and Benefit HarborCOV

Taste of Chelsea organizers and food vendors are looking forward to the Sept. 23 event that will be held at the Eastern Minerals waterfront park at 99 Marginal Street. Seated, from left, are Laura Merritt, retail marketing manager for Kettle Cuisine, Lynn Blangiardi, director of sales at Residence Inn by Marriott, Chris Salerno, owner of Volare Restaurant, Gina Guange, catering sales manager for Wyndham Chelsea Hotel, and Renee Caso-Griffin, owner of Dunkin Donuts Everett Avenue. Standing, from left, are Barbara Bishop, aide to Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo, Sara Scoville, marketing promotions director at Kayem Foods, Salvo Gaglio, executive chef at Volare, Lynn Peters, co-executive director at HarborCOV, and Joseph Vinard, president and CEO of Chelsea Bank.

Taste of Chelsea organizers and food vendors are looking forward to the Sept. 23 event that will be held at the Eastern Minerals waterfront park at 99 Marginal Street. Seated, from left, are Laura Merritt, retail marketing manager for Kettle Cuisine, Lynn Blangiardi, director of sales at Residence Inn by Marriott, Chris Salerno, owner of Volare Restaurant, Gina Guange, catering sales manager for Wyndham Chelsea Hotel, and Renee Caso-Griffin, owner of Dunkin Donuts Everett Avenue.
Standing, from left, are Barbara Bishop, aide to Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo, Sara Scoville, marketing promotions
director at Kayem Foods, Salvo Gaglio, executive chef at Volare, Lynn Peters, co-executive director at HarborCOV, and Joseph Vinard, president and CEO of Chelsea Bank.

When Chelsea Bank CEO and president Joseph Vinard founded the Taste of Chelsea event a decade ago, he likely didn’t envision that it would become the incredible food lovers extravaganza that is has and draw more than 700 people.

Ten years later Vinard is still active as the co-chair of Taste of Chelsea. The other co-chair is Kourou Pich, one of the executive directors of HarborCOV, a Chelsea agency that advocates for and provides services to victims of domestic violence. All proceeds from the event go to HarborCov.

The 10th Annual Taste of Chelsea will be held on Monday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. at 99 Marginal St. This is the first time that the event will be held an outdoor venue.

“The Mahoney family, who owns Eastern Minerals, approached us about the great new park they are building on their property and suggested we consider their waterfront location for our event,” said Vinard. “We looked at the park and made a decision to move the event [from the Massport Garage on Broadway].”

Vinard said there will be large tents assembled on the property, which means the event will still go on in the event of  inclement weather.

“This location is more convenient and there is more seats and tables and more on-site parking,” said Vinard.

Guests at the event will be able sample food items from 32 separate food vendors.

“We have the Terranova Grille from the Wyndham Hotel, Spinelli’s, Kowloon, the New Brown Jug, Kettle Cuisine, and the new Volare’s Restaurant in Revere,” said Vinard. “There will be Asian, Spanish, Italian, Mexican, and American food. There will be plenty of food and plenty of refreshments to keep everyone happy.”

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the HarborCov Web site: www.harborcov.org.

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CHS Drama Club Presents the Musical “Rent” April 4-6

CHS Drama Club Presents the Musical “Rent” April 4-6

The cast of the Chelsea High School Drama Club’s production of the musical “Rent” is pictured with drama teacher and director Alisha Cornacchia (middle row, far left) at a rehearsal at the school auditorium.

The cast of the Chelsea High School Drama Club’s production of the musical “Rent” is pictured with drama teacher and
director Alisha Cornacchia (middle row, far left) at a rehearsal at the school auditorium.

Chelsea High School students are winding down rehearsals in preparation for their performance of the musical “Rent” April 4-6 at the school auditorium.

CHS drama and dance teacher Alisha Cornacchia and music director Andrea Wichar have been working with 35 cast members and 10-15 crew members on the production in three-hour rehearsals five days a week.

“The play is coming together – everything always comes together in the last minute as we get all the lights and the set and the pieces of the puzzle,” said Cornacchia, who also directed the CHS Drama Club’s presentation of “Diary of Anne Frank” in November.

Cornacchia, who holds an undergraduate degree in Theater from the University of South Florida and a Master’s degree from Salem State University, said there is much dramatic and artistic talent being displayed by the dedicated cast and crew.

“The students work really hard to be a part of this and it’s an opera, so there is so much for them to memorize and to learn the music, dancing, singing, and acting,” said Cornacchia. “They have a huge challenge in front of them and the subject matter in Rent is serious.”

Eric Nuguyen, a talented junior who will play the controversial character, Angel, in the play, is performing in his third musical production. This is his first performance with Ms. Cornacchia at the helm.

“She [Cornacchia] is doing a fabulous job,” said Nguyen. “We’re learning all the dance steps and she’s always on point.”

Nguyen is hopeful that CHS students will attend the performances.

“We’re hoping that we sell out the performances,” said Nguyen, who wants to study Musical Theater in college.

Jackelenee Benitez, a senior, has a huge behind-the-scenes position as stage manager and lighting designer. She has been involved with six CHS productions.

“As stage manager, I take care of props, sets, and making sure that everyone is here and on time and doing what they’re supposed to,” said Benitez, who hopes to be an interior designer. “As lighting designer I have to program all the lighting that happens, whether it be nighttime or daylight on set and I create the mood.”

Benitez said it’s been a joy with Ms. Cornacchia on the production.

“I think she’s really fun to work with and easy to work with and she’s a great director,” said Benitez. “I’m learning a lot from her. I love how I get to see the play come together from the beginning to now.”

(Tickets for the April 4, 5, and 6 performances at 7 p.m. are $5 for students, teachers, and seniors, $8 for adults).

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