Chelsea residents held up a sign reading “Chelsea Workers United” as they marched on Broadway for International Workers’ Day on Tuesday, May 1, in the annual May 1st Coalition procession from East Boston to Chelsea and Everett. After the march, a rally was held in Everett with all three communities showing solidarity for numerous causes.
The 48th Annual South End House Tour has been set for Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lauren Prescott of the South End Historical Society told the Eight Streets Neighborhood Association on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
The tour this year will feature six homes in the Pembroke Street area that will showcase a variety of styles in the South End, from three-story condos to majestic Brownstones to historic notables.
The South End Historical Society is located at 532 Mass Ave. and is interested in getting volunteers to help as “sitters” during the home tour.
The ever-popular Chelsea Back to School Celebration will take place this Thursday (today), Aug. 25, just ahead of students returning to classes throughout the district on Tuesday, Aug. 30.
The Celebration will take place at the Williams School playground and gymnasium from 2-5 p.m. There will be food and drinks, fun activities and free school supplies. Come meet teachers, principals, community leaders, police officers and others.
Then, on Tuesday, Aug. 30, all students will return to classes for the Fall term.
Neighbors and community organizers confronted the owner of the Methadone clinic on Crescent Avenue Tuesday night in a large meeting on County Road about moving his operation, to which he said they would consider it.
Councillors Luis Tejada, Leo Robinson and Roy Avellaneda sponsored the open mic community meeting on Tuesday night at the First Church on County Road, in what was a meeting aimed at addressing violence and substance abuse. Though many topics were breached, the large crowd on hand was mostly interested in talking about moving the Methadone clinic.
The Methadone Clinic on Crescent Avenue, called Community Substance Abuse Centers, has been in operation since the early 2000s and was only placed in its location after a legal battle in which the City lost. Up until only recently, the clinic has been operating without a lot of public animosity, but seemingly out of the blue many community members began to criticize it at public meetings earlier this summer.
Dr. Steve Kassel, of Everett, spoke to the crowd about the benefits of Methadone and had three staff members on hand to explain how the clinic works.
“Studies showed that Methadone use decreased crime significantly,” he said. “They found that people in treatment at a rate of 93 percent used less illicit substances. Some 7 percent did not decrease their use. That 7 percent continued to use. But having that 7 percent is not a reason not to treat the 93 percent that find it beneficial…By giving them this medication, it’s not one drug for another. It’s taking away the withdrawal symptoms so they can then get to the counseling stage. We give people with alcohol medication…Part of the problem in Chelsea is we need more counseling. We do not cure the disease of addiction, just like we don’t cure diabetes. They do not get high on it and it blocks the high of heroin.”
That information was well received, but many in the audience wanted to ask the company – which often has been anonymous the community until the last year or so – about moving.
Chelsea Collaborative Director Gladys Vega led the charge.
“If there’s a way the Methadone Clinic can be relocated somewhere else, that would be a great relief to the residents of Chelsea,” she said. “We don’t want to be burdened with it anymore. Would you consider moving if we helped you identify a location? Not every city has the same kinds of problems we have to deal with. I’m not challenging the medicine because it’s necessary, but I am challenges the location and how it is so close to an elementary school that houses hundreds of young students. Chelsea has enough problems of its own and shouldn’t have to deal with other people’s problems coming in.”
That was followed by applause from the crowd.
The big news was that Kassel said he would consider a relocation.
“If the community has a viable location that can provide the medical treatment needed, Community Substance Abuse Centers is more than wiling to look at having the clinic relocated to a different site,” he said. “We want to work with the City and are partners with the City. We have a problem in our country with ‘Nimby,’ not in my backyard. No one wants a clinic in their backyard. If no one wants it and it doesn’t go anywhere, what happens to the 93 percent that get successful treatment?…I share your pain. I understand.”
Other parents and grandparents spoke about the huge numbers of people who congregate in Bellingham Square – some of whom go to the clinic and then migrate to the Square to hang out. Many said their children see bad things caused by the clinic in the Square, and also on Crescent Avenue while on their way to school.
“My granddaughter shouldn’t have to see that; it’s not fair,” said one women, in tears. “They are walking around in such bad condition that they have to crawl. I believe in what you’re doing, but not so close to the kids.”
Chief Brian Kyes said the clinic has been a unique situation.
He said they expected a rise in crime when it went in around 2003, but crime did not actually increase in the surrounding areas. He said around 700 people per day seek treatment there, with a vast majority getting their treatment and leaving the city. Around 15 to 20 people, though, head to Bellingham Square to hang out.
“Some got their treatment and then went to Bellingham Square,” he said. “Bellingham Square is a small area. If we have 15 out of 700 coming there, that’s a lot. That’s been a struggle for us.”
Though the meeting was all encompassing, and also addressed many crime issues, the focus seemed to be squarely on the clinic – as it has been now for several weeks.
City Manager Tom Ambrosino has said previously that the clinic was largely unknown to the City, but has recently been participating with the City in various initiatives – including police planning efforts.
Tejada – who was the main host of the meeting – said he was glad to see such an amazing turnout from folks.
“We have a top notch group of people running this City,” he said. “That’ why Chelsea is a place where people want to live now. Not long ago we would have had an event like this and maybe five or 10 people would have showed up. Look at this crowd. It’s amazing. People are working together. That’s why people want to come here now.”
Methadone Clinic owner Dr. Steve Kassel took many questions from the audience on Tuesday night, including whether or not he would consider moving his clinic to a new location. He said if there were a better location the community identified, he would do so.
The Boston Bruins have announced their roster and practice schedule for the Bruins’ 10th annual Development Camp at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. The Bruins Development Camp will be held from Tuesday, July 12 through Friday, July 15. All on-ice sessions of the Bruins Development Camp are open to the public.
The Development Camp roster features 27 players, including 14 forwards, nine defensemen and four goaltenders. The roster includes 26 players within the Bruins organization, with the lone exception being goaltender Stephen Dhillon from Buffalo, N.Y., who will be attending camp on an invite basis.
DEVELOPMENT CAMP ROSTER:
Forwards: Jack Becker, Anders Bjork, Jake DeBrusk, Ryan Donato, Ryan Fitzgerald, Trent Frederic, Jesse Gabrielle, Danton Heinen, Cameron Hughes, Joona Koppanen, Sean Kuraly, Mark Naclerio, Zachary Senyshyn, Oskar Steen
Defensemen: Brandon Carlo, Cameron Clarke, Matt Grzelcyk, Emil Johansson, Jeremy Lauzon, Ryan Lindgren, Charlie McAvoy, Wiley Sherman, Jakob Zboril
Goaltenders: Stephen Dhillon*, Zane McIntyre, Malcolm Subban, Daniel Vladar
BOSTON BRUINS 2016 DEVELOPMENT CAMP SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, July 12 – On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00am.
Wednesday, July 13 – On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00am.
Thursday, July 14 – On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00am.
Friday, July 15 – On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00am.
Chelsea Fire and Police were kept busy this past week responding to several motor vehicle accidents.
On Thursday evening, June 9, a motor vehicle accident was reported in the vicinity of Eastern Ave and Cottage Streets.
According to witnesses the accident occurred when one of the operators traveling north on Eastern Avenue attempted to make a left turn from Eastern Avenue onto Cottage Street and was struck by a vehicle traveling south in the opposite direction. Both vehicles suffered extensive damage as well as a telephone pole that was struck in the process. One of the operators to the hospital with non life threatening injury and both vehicles were towed from the scene.
On Friday morning, June 10, a Tractor Trailer attempting to turn onto Highland Street from Central Avenue struck a parked vehicle owned by Ventura Taxi (see photo). The accident caused a serious traffic delay as crews from Todisco Towing attempted to remove the mini van that was locked onto the rear bumper of the truck. No injuries were reported.
On Sunday afternoon, June 12, Chelsea Fire and Police responded to the area of 221 Webster Ave. on a report of a multiple car accident with airbag deployment. Chelsea Fire Fighters from E3/ L2 under the command of Act. Capt. Rogers arrived to find the aftermath of a two-vehicle accident. Multiple passengers in one of the vehicles suffered non life threatening head and neck injuries and were transported to the hospital.
Chelsea Police are investigated the cause of the accidents.
SCAMMER LOOKING FOR FINGERPRINTS
The Chelsea Police Department and Chelsea Public Schools are issuing a warning of a possible scam targeting parents of students. Families have reported to the School Department that someone is calling and posing as member of the school district stating they will be going to their home to fingerprint their children. This is not true as no such program is being conducted. All Chelsea residents should be aware that they should never give any personal information about themselves or family members over the phone and never invite anyone to their residence.
The Chelsea Public Schools posted this message to its website on Tuesday.
“Some families in the Chelsea Public Schools may have received a phone call stating that someone from the school district will be going to their home to fingerprint their children,” it read. “CPS is NOT doing so and we advise neither answering any questions nor providing any information to this person…We have received information that families with children in the Chelsea Public Schools may have received a phone call stating that someone from the school district will be going to their home to fingerprint their children. We advise you to not answer any questions or provide any information to this person. If you have any questions regarding this message please feel free to contact the Parent Information Center at 617.466.5500. The Chelsea Police Department is aware of the phone calls and will monitor the reports closely.”
If you have received a call you can contact the Chelsea Public Schools Parent Information Center at 617-466-5500 or Chelsea Police at 617-466-4800.
On June 1, around 5 p.m., members of the Chelsea Police Drug Unit set up surveillance in the area of 170 Revere Beach Parkway as a direct result of receiving multiple complaints for illicit drug activities..
Detectives were sitting in the parking lot of Metro Credit Union in an unmarked vehicle conducting surveillance when they observed a drug transaction between two vehicles. Based on observations both vehicles were stopped. The subsequent stop resulted in the subjects being placed under arrest and narcotics seized.
Alexis Rodriguez, 32, of Lynn, was charged with distribution of a Class A drug, conspiracy and four warrants.
Dana Memory, 28, of Somerville, was charged with distribution of a Class A drug and conspiracy.
Kelvin Veras, 26, of 120 Central Ave., was charged with distribution of a Class A drug and conspiracy.
THREATENS BAR PATRONS WITH BB GUN
On Friday, June 3, officers were dispatched to the Las Papusas Restaurant located at 92 Washington Ave. for a report of a male party who had a handgun threatening people in the area. Officers were given a description and detained a suspect based on witness statements. The victims stated that the male approached them in front of the bar and lifted his waistband, which revealed to them a black handgun. He then made threatening comments to the victims.
Officers were able to detain and search suspect’s car and recovered a black BB gun. Suspect was placed under arrest.
Jose Nolasco, 26, of Everett, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and threatening to commit a crime.
Joshua Conte, 28, 2 Margaret Rd., Stoneham, was arrested on warrants.
Gary Desir, 30, 583 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for possessing Class B drug, trafficking cocaine.
George Mitchell, 73, 16 Fifth St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Melvin Reyes, 23, 649 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for operation of a motor vehicle unlicensed, speeding.
Michael Herlihy, 34, 39 Kingston St., Boston, was arrested for disorderly conduct, carrying a dangerous weapon, receiving stolen property over $250.
Thomas Caterina, 52, 911 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Stacy Gordon, 36, 24 Wamesit Ave,. Saugus was arrested on warrants.
Angela DeAngelis, 34, 109 Congress Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Kelvin Veras, 26, 120 Central Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for distribution of Class A drug, conspiracy to violate drug law.
Dana Memory, 28, 1366 Broadway, Somerville, was arrested for possessing Class A drug, conspiracy to violate drug law.
Alexis Rodriguez, 32, 124 Green St., Lynn, was arrested for distribution of Class A drug, conspiracy to violate drug law, warrants.
Steve Pomeroy, 40, 12 Woodland Ave., Everett, was arrested for possessing Class B drug, conspiracy to violate drug law.
Dania Quinones, 34, 11 Cottage St., Chelsea, was arrested on warrants.
Jose Nolasco, 26, 100 Russell St., Everett, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon, threat to commit crime.
Lili Pan, 26, 76 Maple St., Malden, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor, unlicensed operation of motor vehicle.
Rudy Martinez, 29, 128 Putnam ST., East Boston, was arrested on warrant.
Jesus Perez, 19, 37 Suffolk St., Chelsea, was arrested for firearm, discharge within 500 ft of bldg., assault and battery attempt with firearm, disorderly conduct, firearm without license, carry loaded, ammunition without FID card, possess.
Roberto Marin, 27, 70 Chester Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor, unregistered operation of motor vehicle, unregistered motor vehicle, uninsured motor vehicle (criminal), reckless operation of motor vehicle.
Faisal Yerow, 20, 180 Central Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for breaking and entering vehicle/boat for misdemeanor (2 counts).
Amy Pinabella, 43, 14 Bloomingdale St., Chelsea, was arrested for destruction of property over $250, malicious, threat to commit crime.
Oscar Pineda, 31, 163 Chester Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle.
Juan Perez, 18, 100 Heard St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Juvenile Offender, 17, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Oscar Reyes, 38, 92 Park ST., Chelsea, was arrested for drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public
Justo Barrios, 37, 115 Chester Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle, flashing red light violation.
Alexandria Vega, 32, 40 Orange St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Kimberly Ginewica, 39, 75 Williams St., Chelsea, was arrested for distribution of Class B drug.
Luz Rodriguez, 54, 835 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for harassment prevention order violation.
Keith Studmire, 33, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, was arrested for refusal to produce license, registration and plates, disorderly conduct, number plate violation to condeal ID (criminal), receivint stolen property, operating motor vehicle with revoked/suspended registration (criminal).
Miguel Carrasquillo, 18, 58 Adams St., Quincy, was arrested for receiving stolen property over $250, breaking and entering nighttime vehicle/boat for felony.
Thiago Araujo, 31, 76 Baxter St., S. Bosotn, was arrested for possessing Class B drug, Possessing Class E drug (3 counts), operating under the influence of drugs.
Jessica Taormina, 28, 4 Trask St., Gloucester, was arrested for possessing Class A drug, Possessing Class B drug and possessing Class E drug.
Juan Amaro, 33, 259 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Sophea Phoeng, 28, 36 Lambert St., Revere, was arrested on (2) warrants, shoplifting.
Kevin Oliva-Acosta, 19, 113 Marlborough St., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing Class B drug and (2) warrants.
Ernesto Ramirez, 38, 62 Chester Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for breaking and entering for misdemeanor, destruction of property over $250, malicious.
Christine Lindsay, 31, Address unknown, was arrested for breaking and entering for misdemeanor, destruction of property over $250,malicious.
David Kerns, 41, 321 Pawtucket St., Lowell, was arrested on a warrant.
Mario Hurtado, 23, 725 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for distribution of Class B drug.
Alexis Bingham, 19, 12 Ord St., Salem, was arrested for possessing Class A drug and possessing Class B drug.
Richard Russo, 26, 300 Commandants Way, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Robert Jackson, 53, 35 Hawthorne St., Chelsea, was arrested for harassment prevention order violation.
Juvenile Offender, 17, Chelsea, was arrested for breaking and entering nighttime vehicle/boat for felony, trespassing, receiving stolen property.
Miguel Carrasquillo, 18, 58 Adams St., Quincy, was arrested for breaking and entering nighttime vehicle/boat for felony, trespassing.
Wednesday, 6/15/16 Nathan Andrews, 31, 46 Tudor St., Chelsea, was arrested on (2) warrants.
Jeffrey Whitley, 52, 767 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for harassment prevention order violation.
Juvenile Offender, Chelsea, was arrested for dangerous weapon on school grounds, carrying.
Melissa Hardy, 37, 423 Eastern Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on (2) warrants.
Alfredo Murillo, 58, 11 Cross St., Chelsea, was arrested for drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public.
Nicole Castro, 28, 55 Essex St., Cambridge, was arrested on a warrant.
Joseph Woodside, 32, 26 Lexington St., East Boston, was arrested for shoplifting.
Michelle Machuca, 33, 310 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle, leaving scene of property damage.
Michael Leone, 29, 165 Cottage St., Chelsea, was arrested on warrants, assault with dangerous weapon (2 counts).
Miguel Castaneda, 31, 189 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested for breaking and entering daytime vehicle/boat for felony, furnishing false name and SSN.
Ivan Reyes, 21, 81 Central Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle, taking & stealing parts from motor vehicle, possessing burglarious instrument, larceny of motor vehicle.
Edwin Carmona, 18, 46 Revere Beach Pkwy., Revere, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle, taking/stealing parts from motor vehicle, larceny of motor vehicle, possessing burglarious instrument.
Marcelo Orellana, 33, 68 Chester AVe., Chelsea, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle, stop sign violation.
Milton Rivas, 21, 231 Chelsea St., East Boston, was arrested for trespassing and warrants.
Brendan Boyd, 18, 72 Thornton St., Revere, was arrested for trespassing.
Carlos Zepada, 19, 55 Cottage St., Chelsea, was arrested for trespassing and on a warrant.
Juvenile Offender, 17, was arrested for threat to commit crime.
Jose Gonzalez, 18, 189 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing to distribute Class B drug, drug violation near school/park.
Walter Ramos, 45, 41 Plummer Ave., Winthrop, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor, leaving scene of property damage, reckless operation of motor vehicle.
Gregory Cespedes, 18, 709 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle.
Monday, 4/11/16 Juan Diaz, 33, 161 Pearl St., Chelsea, was arrested for drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public.
Paul Frazier, 35, 158 London St., East Boston, was arrested for drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public.
Nathan Andrews, 31, 46 Tudor St., Chelsea, was arrested for drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public, warrant.
Angela DeAngelis, 34, 109 Congress Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Scott Myers, 48, 50 Strawberry St., Lynn, was arrested on a warrant.
Victor Martinez, 24, 56 Calumet St., Revere, was arrested for disorderly conduct, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police office, resisting arrest.
Isidro Morales, 44, 66 Essex St., Chelsea, was arrested for drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public.
Maria Roldan, 34, Homeless, Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
John Reddy, 38, 24 Arthur St., Beverly, was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest.
Patrick Graustein, 27, 40 Orange St., Chelsea, was arrested for shoplifting.
Juvenile Offender, 16, Chelsea, was arrested for witness/juror/police/court official intimidate/mislead/harass, resisting arrest and assault and battery.
Melvin Maldonado, 29, 25 Whittier St., Boston, was arrested on multiple warrants.
Rigoberto Gonzalez, 58, 73 Clark Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public.
Xavier Niles-Charles, 23, 28 Milton St., Hyde Park, was arrested on a warrant.
Brandon Baez, 18, 116 Ash St., Chelsea, was arrested for firearm, carrying without license, ammunition without FID card, possessing firearm without license, carry loaded.
Brauliio Gonzalez, 46, 44 Heard St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Ruben Diaz, 34, 92 Myrtle St., Brockton, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, assault and battery and on a warrant.
Cesar-Jose Valentin, 30, 23 Eleanor St., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct.
Farah Ibrahim, 21, 4 Clinton Ct., Chelsea, was arrested for armed robbery, drinking/possessing open alcoholic beverage in public.
Juvenile offender, disorderly conduct.
Amarildo Sanchez, 50, 17 Raymond Rd., Revere, was arrested for operating motor vehicle with suspended/revoked license, operating under the influence of liquor (4th offense).
Chelsea voters supported Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the Massachusetts Presidential Primary Tuesday.
Clinton, the former Secretary of State and First Lady, received 2,268 votes in the city, 58 percent of all votes cast in the Democratic primary. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders received 1,531 votes, 40 percent of the vote.
Trump, the well-known business leader and developer, topped the Republican field in Chelsea with 466 votes, 60 percent of all votes cast. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio was second with 116 votes. Ohio Gov. John Kasich was third with 85 votes while U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was fourth with 63 votes.
Clinton and Trump each finished first in the Mass. primary, emerging on Super Tuesday as the frontrunners for their parties’ respective nominations.
Calvin Brown received 2,522 votes and won re-election in the district to a four-year term as Democratic State Committeeman. Brian J. Corr was second with 537 votes.
Brown, a former councillor-at-large, thanked the people of Chelsea for their strong show of support in the election.
The Berkowitz School has been on a tear recently in responding to the Boston Celtics’ Recycling Education Initiative, sponsored by Chelsea’s JN Phillips Auto Glass. The school was selected and held a tip-off assembly on Jan 11, with the recycling contest running through Jan. 25. So far, students and their parents have responded in a big – and we mean really big – way. School officials reported
that more than 18,000 recyclable bottles had been brought in by students as of Tuesday. The winning school will receive tickets to a game, a visit by a Celtics player and Lucky the Leprechaun and a pep rally by the Celtics. The other two parts of the contest, reducing and reusing, will take place in February and March. Here, Berkowitz third graders Christopher Fuentes and Basma Yassine toss two more bags of recyclables on the growing pile of the record-setting recycling effort.