The Chelsea Collaborative held a forum for those candidates facing a primary election on September 22nd. The two featured races were the At-Large and District 5 City Council seats. Two District 5 challengers: Henry Wilson and Judith Garcia participated while incumbent Joe Perlatonda did not. For the At-Large race neither of the two incumbents, Calvin Brown and Leo Robinson, participated. Challengers Roy Avellaneda, John Cadiz, Todd Taylor, Damali Vidot and Deborah Washington participate. The ECO youth crew provided a welcome and ask questions, fielded from Collaborative members and members of the audience, of the candidates. The candidates field approximately one dozen questions from rat infestation to over-development and gentrification to workers rights and transgender rights. The dialogue was lively and informative. The forum as recorded on Chelsea Community Cable.
Green Space organized a highly successful transportation forum at the end of this summer. The forum was meant to be an opportunity for residents and public transit users to voice concern over the present services being offered and about the proposed silver line and its cost and effectiveness for Chelsea T riders. There were more than 50 people in attendance on a hot summer evening; and the forum was facilitated all in Spanish, with simultaneously translation into English. Both the MBTA and MAPC were there to listen to residents’ concerns.
Chelsea Green Space, the City of Chelsea and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation celebrated Arbor Day on Friday, April 24th. Arbor Day is a National Day celebrating the importance of trees. To commemorate this special day, Green Space and the City teamed up to join the state in planting 3 trees at the Burke Elementary School Complex. This effort was part of the Greening the City tree planting initiative which seeks to plant 2,000 trees in Chelsea by the end of 2015. For a free tree or more information on this project, please call Maria Belen Power at the Collaborative.
FoodCorps member Madelyn Herzog splits her time working for the Chelsea Collaborative and MGH's Healthy Chelsea Coalition. Madelyn's goals are to increase school gardens and access to healthy foods as well as to expand community gardening opportunities in Chelsea. Here she is pictured teaching a 2nd grade class at the Burke Elementary School Complex about the importance of composting! For more information on gardening in Chelsea, contact the Collaborative!
CTA has been organizing around and involved in legal disputes against David Zak an attorney based in Revere, MA who used discriminatory practices to take thousands of dollars from immigrant homeowners in exchange for promises of loan modifications and foreclosure prevention. He never followed through with his promises of help and legal representation. CTA organized the affected homeowners and with the pro bono legal assistance of Greater Boston Legal Services, brought a case to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. The MCAD found Zak guilty of discriminating against 17 Latino homeowners by targeting them with predatory ads for modifying mortgages. He will pay $233,600 in restitution and fines to the victims. This was a significant victory for CTA, the Chelsea Collaborative and immigrant homeowners everywhere!
The Chelsea Summer Youth Employment Initiative relies on the help of community partners and stakeholders to interview the bright young applicants seeking summer jobs. Come on out and help us conduct approximately 250 interviews during the April School Vacation Week. The first round of interviews will be held on April 21st from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Williams School 180 Walnut Street. The second round of interviews will take place on April 23rd from 12 PM to 3 PM at The Collaborative. Please contact Sylvia for more information at (617)889-6080x106.
Members of the community selected names of youth to be interviewed for a limited number of summer jobs through the Chelsea Collaborative. To see if you have been chosen during the lottery, please click here: /sites/default/files/pulled_lottery_names_2015.pdf. Interviews will be held on Tuesday, April 21st. Please call the Collaborative for more information.
The YOUTH PASS is finally here!! After a VERY LONG campaign, the youth pass pilot is finally a reality. Youth in Chelsea will finally have AFFORDABLE PUBLIC TRANSIT! From a regular $75 unlimited monthly charlie card, the youth pass is only $26/month or $7/week for youth between 12-21 years old (with some restrictions)! TO APPLY, CLICK HERE /sites/default/files/youth_pass_paper_application.pdf Application deadline is April 30 and the pilot begins July 1, 2015. Completed applications should be dropped off at the Chelsea Collaborative. LETS GET ALL OF OUR CHELSEA YOUTH SIGNED UP!!
The Chelsea Community Fund recently announced its Fall/Winter 2015 Grantees:
1. Chelsea Artist Collaborative – Charcoll $2,000
2. Chelsea Community Connections $3,000
3. Chelsea Council on Elder Affairs $2,000
4. Chelsea Girls Scouts $2,000
5. Chelsea High School Summer Reading Committee $3,500
6. Chelsea Hunger Network $3,500
7. Chelsea Public Schools Music Department $3,500
8. Theater Zone $2,000