With the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, coming on the heels of the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, it is clear that the America as we have known it for the past 70 years, a time in which the United States attained and maintained its supremacy in the world and achieved unprecedented prosperity for its people, could be coming to an end. That may sound dramatic, but we don’t think it is overstating the case.
In our view, the principal reason why America has prospered since the end of WWII, despite our many missteps (Vietnam, Watergate, and Iraq being the top three) is because we have expanded the rights of all of our citizens and we have welcomed people from all over the world to partake of, and contribute to, our wealth and our democratic ideals.
As regards the latter point, we would note that the majority of the Nobel prizes awarded to Americans in recent years have been won by persons who were immigrants. And let’s not forget that Steve Jobs’s father came from Syria and the parents of one of the founders of Google emigrated from Russia. They came to this country, as immigrants always have and still do, to create a better life for themselves and their families and to contribute to their new country.
However, there should be no doubt that the newly-constituted Supreme Court not merely will take us back to the pre-1930s, but rather will be in the vanguard of a new movement.
The court in recent years already has eviscerated the Voting Rights Act and (via the Citizens United case) has entrenched the ability of the ultra-rich to throw unlimited amounts of cash into our electoral system.
Now, with the ascension of two more conservatives, the Supreme Court may turn back the clock on much of what most Americans have taken for granted for the past three generations in the realms of the rights of women, persons of color, and persons of different sexual orientations.
Hopefully, the Democrats will gain control of the House of Representatives in the fall — and we say that not so much because we love Democrats, but because we need at least one house of Congress to act as a check on the White House — but that will not change the direction of the Supreme Court.
So what does that mean for us in Massachusetts and the other states on the coasts (with a few pockets in between)?
In concrete terms, let us be welcoming to all people; let us be the safe harbors for a woman’s right to choose (when the Supreme Court eviscerates Roe v. Wade, as it surely will); let us increase the minimum wage and be supportive of unions; let us prepare for the effects of climate change; let us enforce strict gun laws (to keep crime and mass shootings down); and let us make our states’ educational systems world-class.
We need to be everything they are not
Think of it this way: Let’s build our state’s economy to take advantage of what they are giving up.
This will require two things: Out-of-the-box thinking by our elected leaders and an unprecedented partnership between the state and the business community, which must be convinced to partake of a partnership with the state in order to pursue our common goals.
In short, we must take our future into our own hands as we never before have imagined.
It will require lot of hard work and sacrifice — but given what is happening at the national level, we have no choice.
With the Democratic primary coming up on Sept. 4, Congressman Mike Capuano and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley discussed the issues of transportation and housing, among others, in the Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District Debate held at UMass Boston on Tuesday, August 7.
From the start, the two sides agreed on their stance against the current administration, although the stance wasn’t simply to be anti-Trump. Capuano pointed to several issues, including healthcare and women’s rights.
“With Donald Trump in the White House, we are in the fight of our lives,” he said. “He’s threatening everything that we care about.”
Challenger Pressley stressed that she wasn’t dismissing the efforts of the incumbent Capuano, who is serving his 10th term in Congress, and his experience, but she emphasized the district’s need for activist leadership.
“What this district deserves, and what these times require, is activist leadership, someone who can be a movement and a coalition builder because, ultimately, a vote on the floor of Congress will not defeat the hate coming out of that White House,” Pressley said. “Only a movement can, and we have to build it.”
Capuano said his run has been a combination of both votes and advocacy. “Votes are important, and, by the way, with Democrats in the majority, we brought healthcare to 20 million people,” Capuano said. “Votes are part of what we do, but advocacy behind those votes and part of those votes is just as important on a regular basis, and my record shows we do both.”
Capuano, who cited how the district has seen its public transportation grow during his tenure, said his experience matters.
“In the final analysis, the votes on the floor of the house are going to be, for the most part, the same,” he said. “The effectiveness of what’s behind that vote will be different.”
Fighting for a majority minority district, Pressley also noted her frustration against the charges of identity politics being lobbied against her. The first woman of color elected to the City Council, Pressley recognized the importance of race and gender but said it can’t be recognized for the wrong reasons.
“[Representation] doesn’t matter so we have progressive cred[ibility] about how inclusive and representative we are,” Pressley said. “It matters because it informs the issues that are spotlighted and emphasized, and it leads to more innovative and enduring solutions.”
The debate was hosted by WBUR, the Boston Globe and UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. It was moderated by WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti and the Boston Globe’s Adrian Walker.
The Democratic primary will be held on Sept. 4, while the general election is on Nov. 6. However, the race between Capuano and Pressley will be decided in the Sept. 4 primary.
The 7th district encompasses parts of Boston, Cambridge and Milton, and all of Everett, Chelsea, Randolph and Somerville.
Our Main Streets, mom and pops and storefronts are in many cases the first line of defense and first resource for when a storm hits.
This summer, advocates from the Climate Action Business Association (CABA) are coming to Chelsea to equip small businesses with the tools necessary to be resilient and protected in the face of extreme weather.
The Businesses Acting on Rising Seas (BARS) campaign, is an ongoing project that aims to inform community leaders and small businesses about the urgency of climate change and the need to incorporate climate resilient practices.
The BARS 2016 campaign reached over 500 businesses in Massachusetts, causing the campaign to gain national recognition and our Executive Director Michael Green to receive the White House Champions of Change Award for Climate Equity. This year, we have taken a more tailored approach by creating specific resilience guides for each one of our targeted communities, including city-specific information and resources.
We have worked closely with the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and the community-based organization, GreenRoots, based in Chelsea to create useful, informative, and low-cost steps that small businesses can take to improve their preparedness in the face of climate change. During the week of July 16, be sure to keep an eye out for CABA as we conduct our outreach campaign among the small business community in Chelsea or contact us before then to schedule an interview with us and become part of the BARS campaign.
If you would like more information, contact Kristin Kelleher at email@example.com or call (617) 863 7665.
The contract for the multi-year Mystic/Tobin Bridge Rehabilitation project will begin on April 1 for the first full year of construction on the upper and lower decks of the Bridge.
The project is fully separate from the controversial Chelsea Viaduct project – which is adjacent to this project – and is still in the design phase.
JF White received its notice to proceed last October and the contract begins on April 1, which will clear them to move in and begin work, particularly on the Lower Deck (outbound) part of the Bridge. The Lower Deck in each of the three-years will have one lane closed for concrete structure repairs.
Another major component will be the temporary closures at different points during the year of the Everett Avenue on-ramp, the Beacon Street off-ramp and the Fourth Street off-ramp.
“The Lower Deck is a little more involved because it requires milling and paving and replacement of the existing concrete deck,” said John McInerney of MassDOT. “It’s a steel grid so it’s a little more tedious to replace that concrete. Because of worker safety and the fact that the work is tedious and we have to pour concrete and let it cure, the three lanes on the Lower Deck will be down to two throughout the job.”
On the first year, this year, that will be the right lane of traffic that will be closed outbound. On the second year, it will be the left lane, and on the third year, the middle lane.
Paving and milling operations on the Upper Deck (inbound) is less intrusive and will only be done in off-peak hours with no lane closures expected.
The ramp closures will likely be the most impactful thing for Chelsea residents this year, but McInerney said they will not close multiple ramps at the same time for construction. They will do one at a time.
The first ramp up will be the Everett Avenue on-ramp, which is in deplorable shape.
He said it will likely be closed from late April to May.
“We are going to want them to really focus on that when they close a ramp,” he said. “We aren’t going to let them close a ramp and only work on it three hours a day. We want them to get it done as quickly as possible.”
Once that is done, they will move to close the Beacon Street off-ramp for two months. When it is completed, they will move to close the Fourth Street off-ramp for about one month. That is anticipated to happen in November.
“The bottom line is these three ramp closures are anticipated for this construction season and they won’t close simultaneously,” he said. “They have to have to come one after the other.”
He added that the MBTA is working with them to talk about changes to bus routes that use those ramps.
McInerney said there will also be extensive steel repairs on the Bridge, but the extent isn’t totally known right now. Once crews are able to set up access points, they will be able to examine the steel more closely.
McInerney said before JF White proceeds on April 1, there will be a community meeting to address any concerns. Dates for those meetings are forthcoming.
The project contract ends each Nov. 30 for the three-year period.
The new Chelsea Tree Board celebrated Arbor Day last month on Clark Avenue by planting a White Oak in recognition of Member Denise Ortega’s birthday. Chair Julie Shannon said the Tree Board hopes to promote the value of trees in the community and the benefits for health and wellness.
“The presence of trees and green spaces enhances our neighborhood surroundings not only visually with their inviting appeal but they also offer financial benefits as well,” she said. “More tree lined streets increase property values and business sales by proving an esthetically pleasing environment to consistently visit. Trees also reduce costs in heating and cooling by offering protection from harsh weather conditions caused by urban heat islands.”
The Board, along with Assistant Public Works Director Fidel Maltez celebrated the day with a commendation.
On June 8 2016, One North of Boston, a luxury apartment complex in Chelsea, MA, invited members of their community and team to witness the unveiling of their completed gymnasium, dedicated to the memory of Francis Cronin. One North is managed by Redgate Real Estate Advisors and is owned in a Joint Venture between TransDel Corporation and Gate Residential Properties.
Left to Right: TransDel partner/owner Mark White, Cronin’s wife Judy Smith Cronin, Callahan President Patrick Callahan, and Redgate Principal Kyle Warwick.
Kyle Warwick, Principal of Gate Residential, proceeded to lead a tour throughout the property, noting memorable designs and milestones that Cronin had accomplished during the development of One North.
A former Harvard graduate and beloved athlete, Cronin was a superintendent at Callahan Construction Managers, working with Gate Residential and TransDel Corp., to accomplish the design and construction of the complex.
In attendance, was Cronin’s wife Judy Smith Cronin along with their daughters Hannah, Mariah and Kim whom received $10,000 from the One North team to put towards college tuition. Members of Redgate Real Estate Advisors, Callahan Construction, and the One North Boston Team presented a plaque in his honor, placed on the entrance of the gymnasium.
Apart from the dedication of the gymnasium, there will also be a scholarship in Cronin’s name that can be donated to through the Dartmouth High School Guidance Department.
The Roca, Inc. High-Risk Young Mothers Program is honored to be a recipient of the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s inaugural Accelerating Change Award. The award recognizes programs and initiatives that have demonstrated a commitment to reach diverse populations of young women and girls of color and create opportunities for their well being and success.
Young women and girls of color—especially those involved in or at risk of involvement in public systems like child welfare and juvenile justice—face a unique and alarming trajectory that puts them at risk of poor outcomes in life. To spotlight organizations, programs and practices that interrupt that trajectory, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is recognizing initiatives such as Roca’s High-Risk Young Mother’s Program for our compelling and creative interventions to make a difference in young women and girls’ everyday lives. Roca and four other organizations were selected after a nationwide competition.
“Roca exists to disrupt the cycle of poverty and disconnection that ensnares young people,” said Rosie Muñoz-López, director of Roca’s High-Risk Young Mothers Program. “We’re proud of the work we’ve done to support our young women to become good parents and attain self-sufficiency, and because of this award, we’ll have the opportunity to begin sharing the lessons we’ve learned with others who want to make a difference on behalf of young women and girls of color at a national level.”
Along with national recognition, a small honorarium to support our work and an opportunity to join a network of similar high-performing initiatives, members of Roca’s High-Risk Young Mother’s Program will attend United State of Women Summit hosted by the White House next month. The United State of Women Summit will rally women and girls across the nation and abroad to discuss key gender equality issues, such as economic empowerment, educational opportunity, health and wellness, violence against women, entrepreneurship and innovation and leadership and civic engagement.
“Organizations like Roca are changing the narrative about young women and girls of color,” said Tashira Halyard, CSSP senior associate and lead for the Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare. “Too many of our girls and young women of color are placed on a path toward negative outcomes after experiences with public systems that are meant to protect them and support them. Rather than perpetuating what is often an ‘abuse-to-prison pipeline,’ these organizations are lifting up and supporting our young women and girls of color as crucial to our nation’s future.”
Tiffany Green, 23, 124 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for shoplifting.
Anthony Ferullo, 26, 14 Union Ave., Everett, was arrested for shoplifting.
Sergio Amado, 26, 124 Bow St., Everett, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle unlicensed and for shoplifting.
Mary Sackor, 29, 25 Staniford St., Boston, was arrested on warrant and possessing Class B drug.
Justin West, 43, Kasneck House, Malden, was arrested for possessing Class B drug.
Steven Carter, 48, 7 Brinsley St., Dorchester, was arrested for assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon, attempted murder, assault and malicious destruction of property.
Bianca Gell, 18, 104 Lindon St., Everett, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle, receiving stolen credit card, furnishing false and withholding evidence from criminal proceeding, breaking and entering nighttime vehicle/boat for felony.
Juvenile Offender, 16, Everett, was arrested for receiving stolen motor vehicle, possessing heroin.
Brian Belew, 30, 179 Franklin Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for conspiracy to violate drug law, trespassing and possessing heroin.
Rose Sheehy, 34, 828 Salem St., Malden, was arrested for sexual conduct for a fee.
Sidney Pierre, 28, 16 Reynolds Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing to distribute Class A drug, conspiracy to violate drug law.
Pamela Blankinship, 46, 625 Main St., Reading, MA was arrested for forge/misuse RMV document, conspiracy to violate drug law.
Bladimir Aracia-Lopez, 31, 691 Saratoga St., East Boston, was arrested for disorderly conduct.
Peter White, 46, 40 Powder House Rd., ext., Medford, was arrested for shoplifting, furnishing false name and on a warrant.
Phillip Ruiz, 43, 120 Central Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Isidoro Cruz, 46, 27 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon.
Miguel Rodriguez, 23, 155 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested for probation warrant.
Lynne Walsh, 54, 132 Washington Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (2 counts) and on a warrant.
Christina Dorsi, 29, 48 Suffolk ST., Medford, was arrested for shoplifting.
Okbay Bahatu, 31, 318 Chestnut St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Melvin Maldonado, 29, 25 Whittier St., Boston, was arrested on a warrant.
Nathan Andrews, 31, 46 Tudor St., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Abele McCabe, 30, 423 Eastern Ave., Chelsea, was arrested on a warrant.
Omar Baires, 36, 57 Grove ST., Chelsea, was arrested for affray.
Nain Montiel, 46, 87 Garland St., Everett, was arrested for affray.
Philip Hebert, 38, 2022 General Delivery, Boston, was arrested on a warrant.
Juvenile Offender, 27, was arrested on warrants.
Edward Perez, 25, 501 Washington St., Lynn, was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Kelley McDougall, 29, 58 Newcomb Rd., Stoneham, was arrested for operating motor vehicle with suspended/revoked license and reckless operation of motor vehicle.
Guillermo Duran, 41, 11 John ST., Chelsea, was arrested for possessing Class B drug, conspiracy to violate drug law.
Miguel Figueroa, 22, 116 Hawthorne St., Chelsea, was arrested for distribution of Class B drug, possessing Class B drug, possessing ammunition without FID card, conspiracy to violate drug law, possessing to distribute Class B drug and drug violation near school/park.
Claudio Flores, 42, 83 Chester Ave., Chelsea, was arrested for operation of motor vehicle unlicensed.
Wayne Clark, 58, 10 Magnolia St., Dorchester, was arrested for possessing to distribute Class A drug, possessing to distribute Class B drug, possessing to distribute Class B drug, drug violation near school/park.
Jocelyn Valentin, 29, 23 Eleanor St., Chelsea, was arrested on probation warrant.
Browne Middle School (BMS) 5th grader Toni-Chanelle Suncar, 10, travelled to Washington, D.C. on Monday to participate in the White House Science Fair, one of only a handful of children nationwide to be invited to the event. Suncar left Monday morning from Boston, participated in a roundtable discussion on women in the sciences, showed her work at the science fair, met President Obama and then jetted back to Chelsea on Monday night. Suncar got the invite for her noteworthy project of writing computer code to create a computer game called ‘Slap the Unicorn.’ Through the BMS’s partnership with Citizens Schools and Digitas Corp., Suncar worked on making the game. After it was completed, the two entities entered her in the running to participate at the White House, and she ended up being invited. BMS Principal David Leibowitz said not only was it Suncar’s first trip to Washington, D.C., it was the first time she’s been on an airplane since she was at toddler. He said that even though Suncar was nervous to meet President Obama, she was able to get out a few sentences that she had practiced at home