Meeting discusses brutal slayings

September 10, 2010
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As a result of the two murders Monday on Chester Avenue, Chelsea now has six homicides for the year, which is causing consternation with everyone concerned with the well-being and the safety of the city’s residents.

City Manager Jay Ash met with city leaders Wednesday morning to discuss safety.

Included at the table were ROCA executive director Molly Baldwin, Chelsea Collaborative officials Marta Rosa and Councillor Roseann Bongiovanni and Police Chief Brian Kyes.

“The city will be committing to placing additional police in the neighborhoods immediately as a result of these murders. We seek to increase the presence of police, to increase vigilance and to facilitate arrests,” Ash said following the meeting.

Ash said the city will spend whatever it takes to maintain public safety and to assure residents that the police are there and that action is being taken.

According to Chief Kyes, Chelsea Police have made 1800 arrest so far this year.

“That’s twice the number of arrests in Revere and Everett,” he said. “We are on the streets. We are out in force. But even with that, more needs to be done,” he added.

Baldwin said she was disheartened by recent events, and especially by the double homicide.

“All we can do is to carry on – working together. Coming back at it. Never letting up. We have to believe we can do this because we can,” she said.

Baldwin expressed what Kyes has repeated again and again, keeping the peace is not that simple when young people with guns are ready and willing to shoot people.

“Drugs and guns cause much of the violence,” said Baldwin.

Ash said he continued to be optimistic although like the others, he is frustrated by the violence and obviously, by the homicides.

ROCA plays a primary role in uplifting young peoples’ lives. The Collaborative is largely a community organizer and helps to give the minority community a strong voice and support.

On Thursday evening, September 16 at the Chelsea High School auditorium, community leaders led by Jay Ash will be hosting a public forum to address the problem of violence.

“People need to step up. We must do better. We will do better,”said Ash

  • Chelsearesident02150

    I am confused why City Manager Ash “continued to be optimistic although like the others, he is frustrated by the violence and obviously, by the homicides.” Frustration is what Chelsea residents have been feeling for several years now. Nothing has been done about drugs or gangs in our city. The root of the problem is the influx of drugs on our city streets. If you doubt this is a major issue, take a stroll through the Chelsea streets at night. Until the Police Department makes a strong conscious effort to root out this problem from our streets, homicides will only continue to occur. Optimism is something Chelsea residents have not been feeling.

  • Maddogg4040

    We need to root out the illegal wetbacks.

  • pplmakemelaugh

    it was only a matter of time..madddogg i'm pretty sure that all those “ILLEGAL WETBACKS” u mentioned are not the only ones that could have done this horrible crime..i lived in chelsea since the 80's i grew up there and as i recall the town was run by “LEGAL PUERTO RICAN” gangs..and they're still in chelsea doing their thing..as you can see

  • makesmesick123

    what about all the Puerto Rican Drug Dealers If you get your facts straight it was a PUERTO RICAN that was convicted of the 1st murder think about that…ignorant racist!

  • ChelseaNative

    Maybe Molly needs to reduce her $80K+ salary and stop hiring these Gangsters to mentor people at ROCA. Yes Mr. Appleberry was a great citizen and worked hard at ROCA, right? Have you checked out his facebook page? Hmmmm “BLOOD IN PEACE” written on it. Yeah for someone that was such a great caring person yet still feels the need to be associated with a Gang. I say Molly needs to stop keeping these role models around ROCA. Last time I checked Bloods and Crips still hang around ROCA and it is what it is isn't it? Maybe she should have them pick up more trash around the city yeah that will make them better citizen and feel important!

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  • jojo711

    Gangs or no gangs, from the late 80's to early 2000, CHESEA was tight, WE CO-EXISTED, the city was OUR HOME, where our roots were, if there was violence, it was between known parties and probably justified. Anything random was when out of city pple came and tried to do tings. Drugs and diversity have been in this city way back to the early 70's without the viloence you see today.

  • I would like to say that thie violence in Chelsea is not politics as usual. I went to the public forum and to be quote honest I was appaled . We have a rep taking about voting or should I say not voting.WHat has that to do with the violence on the streets. NBY voting we bring more money into the city . I don't understand what that has to do with stopping violence. I would like to see more police officers walking the streets and more of our elected officials walking the streets . Mike Mckonnen does it . It may feel silly but if more people are walking around then the punks will not feel so fiesty harrasing citizens maybe they will go somewhere else and the somewhere else until they get the idea that the residents are taking back the streets. I would walk if everyone else walked I am out there most ot the time. Public stairs are places for the punks to hang out. If they thought they were being watched they would go away.

  • The meeting thursday night was politics as usual. What to hell does voting havve to do to curbing violence? I was allowed 1 questiongand the mike was taken from my hand. Some folks had a lot to say and they were given the mike several times. ie Roca officialsthe School commitee person. I was born and brought up in this city and I was never afraid to walk the streets. If we have gangs in the city what have we done to discourage them . We need more police waklng the beat and more politicians like Mike McKonnen walking the streets. I think it is time for the residents and the politicians of Chelsea to take back their city. Be seen walk in groups make it uncomfortable for gangs to hang out.when you see htem hanginh around go sit near them. It's our city lets take it back

  • chelsearesident02150

    I completely agree with you. Mike McKonnen is the only rep I see walking the streets and taking care of the City. He is proactive rather than reactive. Taking back the streets will require not only the citizens walking the streets, but also the police and politicians. Forums, meetings, or whatever you want to call them, are politics as usual. Unfortunately, thats the only time you see our elected officials (except for Mike). I grew up in Chelsea and Mike can be seen several times everyday.

  • chelsearesident02150

    I completely agree with you. Mike McKonnen is the only rep I see walking the streets and taking care of the City. He is proactive rather than reactive. Taking back the streets will require not only the citizens walking the streets, but also the police and politicians. Forums, meetings, or whatever you want to call them, are politics as usual. Unfortunately, thats the only time you see our elected officials (except for Mike). I grew up in Chelsea and Mike can be seen several times everyday.


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