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MCU Celebrates Life and Legacy of Employee Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo with Fundraiser

 Robert Cashman, President and CEO of Metro Credit Union, announces tthat Metro Credit Union (MCU) will be hosting Still She Rises, a celebration of life and fundraiser for local domestic violence prevention organizations. The event will coincide with the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

 Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo was a beloved member of the community and 20-year employee of Metro Credit Union whose life was tragically cut short as a result of domestic violence in December 2018. To honor Ersilia, Metro will host Still She Rises on Thursday, October 3, 2019, at the Holiday Inn at 30 Washington Street in Somerville. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley will deliver the keynote address.

 Proceeds from the event will benefit HarborCOV, Portal to Hope, and the Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo Fund by Kiwanis. These organizations, based in Everett and Chelsea, provide comprehensive services to people whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence.

 “According to the CDC, one in three women and one in four men will be victims of intimate partner violence in their lifetime, says Charlene Bauer, Metro’s SVP Outreach, Advocacy and Chief Development Officer. “Celia was a wonderful coworker and generous friend who was dedicated to her community and family. The tragic loss of her life had a profound impact on us all, and Metro is proud to be celebrating her legacy while supporting crucial organizations who stand up to domestic violence every day.”

Individual tickets are $75.00 and include dinner, a keynote address by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and remarks by additional speakers, a silent auction, and a cash bar. Seven sponsorship levels are available, as well as tax deductible donations. Tickets, sponsorships, and donations are available here:

Punch Up Your Exercise Routine With Fitness Boxing for Seniors

Please join Mayor Carlo DeMaria, The Council on Aging and Cambridge Health Alliance in welcoming Christian, for “Senior Boxing”, Tuesdays at 11am beginning September 3,  Keeping in the great spirit of our city and its commitment to fitness, we have arranged for this cardio building class. Unlike traditional boxing that requires you to spar with a partner, fitness boxing for older adults involves throwing punches at the air. Come learn, have fun and enjoy the health benefits from this class. This class is free for seniors aged 62 and older at The Connolly Center. For additional information please call Dale at 617.394.2323

Everett Arts Association Moves to Connolly Center

Please join Mayor Carlo DeMaria and The Council on Aging in welcoming “The Everett Arts Association” to The Connolly Center. The Everett Arts Association, a community based organization for over 50 years, teaches and produces amazing works of art in all types of media, culminating in the Spring with their very popular “Art Show” The group will now be meeting at The Connolly Center, Tuesdays from 1 to 3:30pm, beginning September 24, 2019. Led by long time instructor Paul Ciarametaro, The Everett Arts Association is excited to be working at their new venue, 90 Chelsea Street. Paul is an accomplished artist and instructor, and will lead a 12 week course for a nominal fee. We welcome beginners as well as accomplished artists. If you are interested in these popular classes please register in advance with Ann LoConte by calling 617.387.7797. For additonal information please call Dale at 617.394.2323                               

Senior Movie Matinee Scheduled for September

Please Join Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s Council on Aging for the weekly Free Senior Movie Matinee, Thursdays at 1 p.m. at The Connolly Center, 90 Chelsea Street. The September Schedule is as follows:

September 19: “The Hustle” With Anne Hathaway and Melissa McCarthy, a remake of the 1988 version of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”

September 26” Rocket Man” The Elton John Story from his humble beginnings to super stardom. As you would imagine there is a great sound track to this movie.

Refreshments are served FREE of charge compliments of Mayor Carlo DeMaria and The COA

For Additional information please call Dale at 617.394.2323

The 16th Annual Taste of Chelsea is Sept. 16

The 16th annual Taste of Chelsea on Monday, Sept. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 99 Marginal Street in Chelsea to enjoy samples from some 30 area restaurants while supporting the effort to end domestic violence.

Tickets for the event are $35 in advance or $40 at the door, and groups of 10 or more are $30 each. For information about tickets, call 617-884-9799 or visit All proceeds benefit HarborCOV (Communities Overcoming Violence), the local nonprofit that works with victims and survivors while striving to engage the broader community in becoming part of the solution to end domestic violence.

Co-hosted by HarborCOV and the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, the Taste of Chelsea is a successful example of an important collaboration between a community-based nonprofit and a local service organization recognizing the critical need to raise awareness about domestic violence in the Chelsea, East Boston, Revere, Winthrop and Charlestown neighborhoods. Offering delicious food and a fun dining experience, the Taste of Chelsea has grown to include more than 60 local businesses that contribute tempting tastes of their signature foods, sponsorships, contributions, in-kind donations and volunteers.

Among this year’s local favorite eateries to commit to offer up delicious samples are: Albert A. Russo Imports-BelGioioso Cheese, East Boston; Anna’s Café, Charlestown; Antonia’s at the Beach, Revere; The Brown Jug, Chelsea; Buccieri’s Pizzeria, Chelsea; Chelsea Station Restaurant Bar & Lounge, Chelsea; Costco, Everett; Crown Coffee, Wakefield; Curly’s Restaurant, Chelsea; Dunkin’ Donuts, Everett Avenue, Chelsea; El Potro Mexican Bar and Grill, Chelsea; Golden Cannoli, Chelsea; Hilton Garden Inn, East Boston/Logan Airport; Holiday Inn, Boston Logan Airport/Chelsea; Homewood Suites by Hilton, Boston Logan Airport/Chelsea; Kayem Foods, Chelsea; Kowloon Restaurant, Saugus;  Los Agaves, Chelsea; Mandarin Buffet, Chelsea; Olivia’s Organics, Chelsea: Peach’s & Cream, Chelsea; Piantedosi Baking Company, Malden; Pollo Campero, East Boston; Residence Inn by Marriott, Boston Logan Airport/Chelsea; S&L, Chelsea; Spinelli’s Pasta and Pastry Shop, East Boston; Stop & Shop, Everett; TownePlace Suites by Marriott, Boston Logan Airport/Chelsea; and The Winnisimmet Lounge, Chelsea.

MGH’s Chelsea HealthCare Center and Center for Community Health Improvement is this year’s top-level Executive Chef sponsor, and Eastern Salt is the event’s Host sponsor. Sous Chef sponsors include Gulf Oil; Massport; Olivia’s Organics; and Wheelabrator Technologies, Saugus. This year’s Maitre d’ sponsors include Chelsea Bank, a division of East Cambridge Savings Bank; Exelon Generation; Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP; Kayem Foods; and Olivia’s Organics (State Garden). Also sponsoring as Connoisseurs are Cameron Real Estate Group; East Boston Savings Bank; Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation; Eastern Salt; Harbour Food Service Equipment; The Mackin Group; Metro Credit Union; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC; Rotary Club of Chelsea; Smith, Sullivan & Brown PC; and the Zonta Club of Chelsea.

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