What better way to introduce the new ordinance allowing food trucks in the city than with a Chelsea Food Truck
City Solicitor Cheryl Watson Fisher (left) and City Hall summer intern Katherine Cabral invite Chelsea residents to attend the first-ever Chelsea Food Truck Festival Aug. 14-16 at the Williams School parking lot.
That’s the path that City Solicitor Cheryl Watson Fisher and City Hall summer intern Katherine Cabral are taking with the city’s first food truck festival that will be held on Aug. 14-16 (Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) at the Williams Middle School parking lot at the corner of Arlington and Fifth Streets.
Watson Fisher, head of the Law Department for the city and a graduate of one of the nation’s finest law schools (Boston College), is the chief organizer, while Cabral, a CHS graduate and student at Bates College, is in charge of marketing for the organizing team.
Watson Fisher, who also supervises licenses in Chelsea, drafted the food-truck ordinance, which took one year to develop and gain approval.
“We’re trying with this festival to show that there is a customer base and market for food trucks in Chelsea,” said Watson Fisher. “We also want to get the food trucks here as an event for employees of City Hall. The Williams School is a good location for City Hall employees and other people who also work in the city during the day.”
Several employees from city departments, including licensing, law, DPW, inspectional services, schools, city manager’s office, will be in attendance and interact with the community at the festival.
Representatives from the National Institute of Justice will be conducting a survey at the festival. The Hubcats, which promotes the well-being of cats, will have an information table. The Archery, Limebikes, and Carter Park Crossfit are among the local businesses participating in the festival. There will be music and a possible appearance of the Chelsea Police “Copsicle” truck.
Attendees will have a wide of variety foods available for purchase, according to Watson Fisher.
“We’ll have a Chilean food truck, a Vietnamese food truck, a gluten-free, vegan truck, an American barbecue truck, as well as tacos, sausages, hot dogs, and hamburgers, and desserts,” said Watson Fisher.
Cabral said the festival will help determine which type of food trucks might be popular if the trucks were stationed here on a daily basis.
“We’re bringing in a big variety of food trucks to see what the people want going forward and whether the food truck operators are interested in collaborating with Chelsea,” said Cabral.
Though Watson Fisher is ready to review applications for food truck licenses and to potentially grant them, there are no food trucks currently operating in the city.
“We have allowed food trucks at certain events,” said Watson Fisher. “But at this point there are no food trucks operating in the city.”
Cabral believes the festival will ignite an interest in food trucks wanting to set up shop in the city.
“We really do want this event to be a springboard for food trucks to come to Chelsea and to expose our dayworkers to see this an opportunity to try new things, so we’re super excited to hold such a multi-faceted event in our city,” said Cabral.
Celeste Williams works on one of her abstract paintings while Tony Smith plays percussion in the background during the Chelsea Science Festival on Friday, Aug. 4, put on by the Lewis Latimer Society of Chelsea at the PORT Park. It was the second year for the Festival, and science disciplines from computers to environment to fire science were represented.
Sandra Heckley, of Chelsea died on May 6. She was 76 years old.
The daughter of the late Justin and Florence Lee, she was the beloved wife of the late George Heckley; dear mother of James and his wife, Teresa, George, Sandy and Stephanie Heckley and the late Sharon Heckley and loved grandmother of Robert Stephens.
Services will be private. Donations in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. To leave a condolence, visit www.bostoncremation.org.
Rosalie M. (Luciano) Horn of Chelsea passed away May 4. She was 78 years old.
The longtime partner for over 50 years of William”Ike” Miller, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Grace (Donabedian) Luciano; loving mother of Karen Furtado of Revere, Grayce Guarnieri of Florida, Cheryl Horn of Medfield, Michelle Pierni of Woburn, Paul Pierni of California, David Williams of South Boston, Angela Miller of Revere, Bruce Portlock of Worcester, Alonzo Portlock of Chelsea and the late Ronald M. Horn; sister of Paul Luciano of Saugus, Francine LeBel of New Hampshire, Enrico Luciano of Chelsea, Carmella Mello of Revere and Joseph Luciano of Winthrop, cherished grandmother of eight and great grandmother of 15. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Friday, May 13 in St Rose of Lima Church, Chelsea at 10 a.m. For online guestbook www.vazzafunerals.com
Owner of Parkway Motors on Williams Street
Joseph T. DeFelice, born in and a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away Saturday afternoon, May 7 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House at the age of 85. A cancer survivor of over 12 years, he passed away from bladder cancer that was diagnosed in the latter part of last year.
A local businessman for over 60 years, Joe was the owner of Parkway Motors on Williams Street. Dedicated to his family, Joe was known to family and friends as someone who could fix anything. He was a devoted parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Church and after its closing, St. Michael’s Chapel on the grounds of the Chelsea Soldiers Home. A former member of the Merritts Club, in his spare time he enjoyed time on Marco Island in Florida as well as gardening and taking in stray animals.
He was the devoted husband for 62 years of the late Joanne D. “MiMi” Goffredo; beloved father of Rosemarie DeFelice and her husband, Joseph Fineran of Revere and Angela DiPerri and her husband, Ronald of Wakefield; brother of the late James C. DeFelice, Guy T. DeFelice and his late wife Dorothy and Charles DeFelice; cherished grandfather of Regina Colombo of Providence, RI, Ronald “Sonny” DePerri II of California and Jessica Fitzgerald and her husband, John of Marshfield. He is also lovingly survived by his great grandchildren: Jack, Griffin, Julia and Declan as well as by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Saturday, May 14 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea at 10 o’clock. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in Joe’s name may be made to St. Michael’s Chapel or to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, c/o Community Relations Dept., VNA of Middlesex East, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880. To send a message of condolence to Joe’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Boston Edison retiree and former Chelsea resident
Joseph J. Argonish Of Lynnfield, formerly of Scranton, PA and Chelsea, passed away on May 6 after a brief illness in the peaceful surroundings of his home surrounded by his family. Born and raised in Scranton, PA he was one of four sons born to the late Joseph and Anna (Schipp) Argonish. Joe received his early education in Scranton where he graduated from High School and enlisted in the US Navy. He served for four years during the Korean Conflict. In 1952 while still enlisted he was wed to Irene Chwaliszewski. He was honorably discharged and began his life with his young bride in Chelsea. The devoted husband and father of one daughter and one son, Joe began working for Boston Edison as an Electrical Engineer. He furthered his education at Northeastern University receiving a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration in Engineering and Management. He moved his family to Lynnfield and has resided there for the past 57 Years. Joe retired from Boston Edison after a career of 38 years.
He was a proud Navy veteran and past member of the PAV Post 13, Chelsea. In his lifetime Joe was an avid golfer and enjoyed his time golfing at Colonial and Sagamore Golf courses.
In addition to his parents, Joe was also preceded in death by his son, William Argonish and a brother, Jackie Argonish. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years Irene (Chwaliszewski) Argonish and devoted daughter Barbara Argonish, two surviving brothers, Michael Argonish of Peckville PA, and Robert Argonish of Ocean View DE. He is also survived by numerous relatives and friends.
His services and burial will be private. Should friends desire, contributions in Joe’s memory may be made to: Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or online at WWW.CareDimensions.org since they were so helpful, caring and supportive of him and the family.
Eva Gonzales (right), 4, dancing with a friend during last weekend’s citywide Halloween celebration at the Williams School. Several children and families turned out for the annual event – and dressed in their best costumes.
Daisy Gutierrez, of Chelsea High School, gives a pottery demonstration along with Shelsie Mejia (background) last Thursday afternoon, April 9, during the Citywide Arts Extravaganza
at the Williams School. The three-day event featured a large turnout of parents, children and observers. Art from all age groups were displayed.
After more than a year of waiting for a meeting with the City Council, Chelsea Fire union officials got their day last week in a meeting concerning the meatier portions of the Matrix Fire Study – and key within that meeting last week was the addition of a fourth station on Williams Street.
The Matrix Report was done more than two years ago and became public in April 2013. Some 70 percent of the recommendations that were considered to be “low hanging fruit” have already been implemented, but a meeting on the more serious matters of staffing, equipment and facilities never took place until last week.
Council President Matt Frank scheduled the meeting this summer as Fire Union leaders grew impatient and frustrated. Councillor Clifford Cunningham chaired the meeting at Frank’s request, and presided over a Council that mostly considered more expenditures for fire a hard sell.
Deputy Chief John Quatieri was the chief spokesperson for the union and said after the meeting that they were happy with the way the meeting went. He said the department relied upon bringing in an outside expert to analyze the Matrix suggestions and to look into staffing in the department.
That expert was Boston Dep. Chief Joe Fleming of Division 2 in that city.
In written comments to the Council and in his presentation, he said he had concluded that the Chelsea Fire Department is understaffed.
“The City of Chelsea has understaffed the Chelsea Fire Department compared to recommended national guidelines,” he wrote. “This has led to increased, and needless, risk to firefighters and the public they are sworn to protect.”
One of the main solutions proposed by the Fire Department, and a third alternative in the Matrix Report, was to build a new station near Everett Avenue.
Fleming said that was important because it is important to meet 4-minute response times due to the fact that a building fire turns to flashover in 3-7 minutes. Once flashover occurs, search and rescue operations must cease, meaning occupants or firefighters in the building would likely lose their lives. Currently, CFD responses to the southern part of the city are not hitting the 4-minute rule, Fleming said.
He suggested that even if a four-firefighter engine company could not be funded, perhaps a station with a three-firefighter company would be better than adding additional firefighters to already existing companies.
“Adding an EMS Squad manned by two CFD firefighters does not solve the EMS response problem into parts of Engine 2’s response area,” he wrote. “It would reduce Engine 2’s responses, however, if the city is willing to add a squad with 2 firefighters. Why not just add an Engine Company with three firefighters? This would resolve a multitude of issues identified in the Matrix Report…A 3 person ‘quick response’ is better than a 4 person ‘late response.’ Adding an extra engine company with three firefighters may be better than adding an additional firefighter to each current unit.”
City Manager Jay Ash said he is taking the discussion under consideration and looking at the City’s ability to finance such a change, but he added that estimates put a new station and engine company at $2 million a year.
“I’m reviewing everything that was discussed and suggested,” he said. “Most of the things they cited were best practices rather than a standard rule. We’re not in violation of anything. Also, any new station could come at a cost as high as $2 million a year – for both personnel and hard costs. I’m taking the proposal seriously, but first we have to identify the impacts.”
He said the last permanent fourth station in the City was closed in the 1990s under receivership.
A good many councillors hearing the presentation were skeptical to put it mildly. Many are hesitant to spend any more money on the department, and there is still a good deal of bad public relations between the union and the Council following a messy contract dispute last year – not to mention some pointed criticisms of the City in the wake of winning the All-American City Award.
Convincing the full Council, likely, could be harder even than winning over Ash.
As for the station, Quatieri said the area identified so far has been on Williams Street in the area of the old Top Gas site.
“The Old Top Gas site was mentioned as an ideal location where it is in the section of the city where we do not meet response time standards,” said Quatieri. ” It’s also vacant at the moment.”
City Councillor Giovanni Recupero said he could not support a station that was outside of his district – given that there are persistent dangerous, overcrowding situations throughout this district and frequent fires in overcrowded illegal rooming houses.
He said he wanted any station to be located on Marginal Street so that fire crews would be able to go up the one-way streets to the neighborhoods in his district.
“The Fire Union told us they really want a new station and they want it nice and easy on Williams Street,” he said. “I think they need to put any new station in my district on Marginal Street where about all the fires and incidents happen. There is vacant land for lease a very short distance from the Williams Street site they want. That way they could get to the southern part of the city that they’re talking about, and they could also get quickly up the one ways into my district. Admiral’s Hill and Everett Avenue would only be minutes from that site. If they want a new station, I think they need to look at that.”
Quatieri said they have considered that site on Marginal Street, but had overriding concerns.
“The Marginal Street site was talked about years ago but scrapped because of the close proximity to the Meridian Street Bridge, which would hamper responses when the bridge us up and traffic backs up,” he said. “Also, the fire department was concerned with using Hawthorne Street or Shurtleff Street as primary response routes with the Early Learning Center right there.”
Further meetings on the subject have not been set, but Cunningham is likely to request another at some point in the fall.