News Briefs

August 3, 2018
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FIESTA VERANO AUG. 4

Be there in Chelsea Square this Saturday, Aug. 4, as the Fiesta Verano takes place from 1-6 p.m. with the best of the best in music from Latin America.

The event is the second half – the music portion – of the Chelsea Art Walk, which was divided into two separate functions this year. Fiesta Verano had to be cancelled due to bad weather earlier this summer, but is back on.

Performers include:

  • Members of the Veronica Robles Cultural Center
  • El Rancherito de Oro
  • Pillbook

The stage will be in the Chelsea Square Park at the intersection of Broadway and Second Street.

 

LET IF FLY HOOPS TOURNEY

The 4th Annual Let It Fly Basketball Tournament will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Jordan Boys & Girls Club, 30 Willow St.

It will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There will be high school and middle school divisions. Proceeds go to scholarships for Chelsea High School.

Contact information is (617) 821-6267 or letitflyclassic@gmail.com.

 

ENCORE CASINO JOB OFFICE HOURS

The Chelsea Collaborative, in collaboration with Encore Boston Harbor, will begin monthly office hours in August. They will be in the Chelsea Collaborative Office once per month for a couple of hours to answer any questions for anyone interested in Casino jobs. The first office hours are today, Thursday, August 2 from 3-5 p.m.

 

BEACON STREET RAMP TO CLOSE

The Beacon Street off-ramp was scheduled to be closed for construction on or about July 30 for approximately two months. The Route 111 Bus outbound will use an alternative route until the ramp is reopened. The Route 111 bus outbound will use the 4th Street off-ramp, turn right on Broadway, left on 2nd Street and then left on Park Street. Two stops—Beacon @ Broadway and Park @ Williams—will be temporarily closed. A new temporary stop will occur at Chelsea Square (Broadway @ Second Street).

 

RESIDENTIAL STICKER CHANGES TO RENEWALS

The Traffic and Parking Commission recently changed renewal dates for the Residential Parking Program. For the Residential Sticker, the new renewal date is March 1, 2019. This means that current Residential Stickers are valid until February 28, 2019. There is no need get a new Residential Sticker in July. However, Visitor Placards must be renewed in July. Those placards expire on August 1, 2018. The application for renewal of the Visitor Placard is available both at City Hall in the Clerk’s Office and  for download on the City’s website.

 

HOLIDAY INN TO OPEN SOON

The new Holiday Inn hotel property on upper Broadway near the Chelsea/Revere line will open this month to great fanfare.

The Chelsea Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the newest hotel with a ribbon cutting and toast on Aug. 15 at 4 p.m. – along with the Revere Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

PAINTED BOX PROJECT

The Chelsea Cultural Council invites artists to submit original artwork to be considered for the Chelsea Painted Box Project. The project is designed to recognize and celebrate local artists and public art. Through Chelsea Painted Box, artists are asked to paint city utility boxes with original designs. Once professionally painted, these utility boxes in neighborhood and business districts will contribute to the vitality and attractiveness of the urban streetscape. Artists may submit up to 3 designs. Designs may be representational or abstract but must respond to the urban context and be appropriate given the location and audience. Deadline for submission is July 20, 2018 and all work must be completed by October 1, 2018. Artists selected will receive a $300 stipend from the City of Chelsea upon completion of their box. Artists must supply their own paint and equipment.

Applications are available online:  HYPERLINK “https://tinyurl.com/chelseapaintedbox” https://tinyurl.com/chelseapaintedbox. Once completed, please drop off application materials: Chelsea City Hall, Room 100, 500 Broadway, Chelsea, MA.

The Chelsea Cultural Council (CCC) is a volunteer board supported by the  HYPERLINK “http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/” Massachusetts Cultural Council. Council members encourage culture and diversity in the City of Chelsea by funding projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences including exhibits, lectures, concerts, festivals, performances, classes, and school field trips.

For more information, visit our website at: https://www.chelseama.gov/ccc or call us at 617-466-4090.

 

CITY ANNOUNCES CAMERA REBATE PROGRAM

The City of Chelsea, through Chelsea Prospers, its downtown initiative, has launched a rebate program for the purchase and installation of exterior security cameras. Business owners, commercial property owners and owners of residential property in the downtown are eligible for rebates of 60 percent of the total cost of new security systems or expansions of existing systems, with a maximum reimbursement of $1,500. An application and pre-approval is required. Cameras need to meet technical specifications and applicants must agree to share footage with the Police Department when investigating area incidents.  Applications and additional details are available on the City of Chelsea website and from Downtown Coordinator Mimi Graney at  HYPERLINK “mailto:mgraney@chelseama.gov” mgraney@chelseama.gov or 617-466-4186.

 

FITNESS, GAMES IN THE SQUARE

  • Join friends and neighbors every Wednesday morning at 7:30 to 8 a.m., City Hall Plaza. Free class and practice with Bill Baron, presented by Chelsea Prospers. This ancient Chinese practice is a martial art, but its emphasis on balance and harmony, both physical and spiritual, makes it desirable for anyone seeking a peaceful start to their day. Appropriate for all people aged 10+ including seniors. Held weather permitting.
  • Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. on City Hall Plaza, join neighbors for table top games in Bellingham Square. Bring dominos, chess, checkers, backgammon, and more to play with your neighbors. Held weather permitting.

 

CHELSEA HILLS WALKS

The Chelsea Hill Community will hold the following walks and meetings in the coming weeks. If weather is inclement or too cold, they will cancel. Check their Facebook page for information on cancellations. Locations will also be announced on the Facebook page. To contact them, e-mail  HYPERLINK “mailto:chelseahillcommunity@gmail.com” chelseahillcommunity@gmail.com; or by phone at (857) 323-0661.

Meetings:  The Chelsea Hill Community will have their monthly meeting on Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. in the First Congregational Church, 26 County Rd.

Walks:

  • Second Saturdays…Aug. 11 at 10 a.m.
  • Third Thursdays…Aug. 16 at 6 p.m.

 

CHELSEA ENHANCEMENT TEAM: CLEANING UP PROGRESSIVELY

Join the Community Enhancement Team (CET), every third Wednesday of the month. The CET is a team of resident leaders committed to working together to solve community problems and improve the quality of life, the cleanliness and safety in Chelsea.

Next meeting is Weds., 15, from 6-8 p.m. in the High Terrace Community Room next to 61-63 Gerrish Ave.

 

CHELSEA STREET BRIDGE APP

For those seeking real time information about the Chelsea St. Bridge closures, Massport is operating a Twitter account which alerts drivers whenever the bridge is opening for shipping and closed to traffic. The Twitter account is @LoganToChelsea. This real time information supplements the new vehicular warnings systems now currently active on Broadway and Williams St.

 

CITIZENSHIP CLASSES

With support from the City, the Chelsea Collaborative will again be offering citizenship classes to Chelsea residents eligible to become a U.S. citizen. Classes include a free citizenship preparation course and application assistance. To learn more about the requirements for these classes and how to apply, please call the Chelsea Collaborative at 617-889-6080 —Monday- Thursday 10 a.m.—5 p.m. Classes will be at the Chelsea Collaborative located at 318 Broadway.

 

MASSPORT NOISE COMPLAINT LINE

Residents who are being disturbed by airplane noise are encouraged to call the MassPort Noise Hotline 24 hours a day. The phone number is (617) 561-3333.

 

SENIOR WATER AND SEWER DISCOUNT

Chelsea senior citizens are reminded to sign up for the new Senior Discount for water and sewer charges. Any senior 65 or older who owns and occupies his/her own home may apply.  The discount is 10% off the monthly bill.


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