Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Stavis Seafood For Lunch

Little early for it, but enjoy, readers:

"South Boston seafood processor to anchor development" by Jon Chesto Globe Staff  March 07, 2016

As luxury housing and shiny new offices went up near Stavis Seafoods’ home on the South Boston waterfront during the past decade or so, the fish processor and distributor continued to expand as well.

Now, a new stage has been reached: Stavis unveiled plans on Monday to put its 100 or so waterfront workers under one roof, as it becomes an anchor to a new development on Fid Kennedy Avenue, on a property in the city’s industrial park known as the Massport Marine Terminal.

The project represents an important milestone for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which has struggled to develop the roughly 30-acre property where Stavis will move, but Massport with executives from Millennium Partners decided to instead carve out a 6.8-acre parcel for the Stavis project, while freeing up the remaining 23 acres for other developers. The port authority, which controls the site through a long-term lease with the city, announced in early February that it would start seeking bids for that remaining space.

Stavis, in an announcement scheduled to coincide with this week’s Seafood Expo in Boston. The project will be developed by an affiliate of Millennium Partners, a firm better known in Boston for its high-rise housing in the city’s downtown. “I would expect for us to grow as a result of this,” chief executive Richard Stavis said. “Ultimately, we’re doing this to grow and we’re doing it to reach a larger customer base.”

The Stavis relocation, which first became public in February, shows that some marine industrial uses are still thriving amid the rapid changes on the South Boston waterfront, also known as the Seaport District. The property ended up in the spotlight last year when organizers behind Boston’s aborted bid for the 2024 Summer Games eyed the site as a home for the food wholesalers at Widett Circle, to make way for a stadium at Widett. The Olympics plans are dead, but city officials still want to redevelop Widett.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Massport chief executive Thomas Glynn issued statements praising the Stavis project. Walsh called it “a success story we should all be proud of” while Glynn said the development underscores “why port industrial land must be protected for the good paying blue-collar jobs that are supported by seafood processing.”

They will most likely be illegals, like in the chicken factories, etc., but don't let that get in the way of the convention and $elf-$erving narrative of the agenda-pu$hing pre$$.


RelatedKraft quietly changes mac and cheese recipe

That's a side dish to the fish.

"Questions raised about Boston community centers" by Andrew Ryan Globe Staff  March 08, 2016

A cost-saving initiative that brought private organizations into four Boston community centers lacks valid contracts, financial audits, and safeguards to confirm that outside groups perform background checks on their employees, according to a report issued Monday by a city watchdog.

The report by the Boston Finance Commission also raised questions about liability insurance and whether arrangements with private groups actually saved taxpayer money because the city continued to pay for utilities, maintenance, and repairs.

“We’re not against them leasing out the community centers so long as binding contracts are in place,” said the finance commission’s executive director, Matthew Cahill. “Costs to the taxpayers need to be offset, and the city must verify that people are living up to their obligations.” 

As they hands out tens of millions to GE and other select corporate and real estate interests (sigh).

Investigators did not find employees at the community centers who failed criminal background checks, but the city has not verified that workers have been screened, Cahill said. Organizations contacted by the Globe said all employees and volunteers pass rigorous scrutiny, including a check of criminal records. 

The criminals are located in City Hall, guys.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s administration declined Monday to respond to the report or say what steps it would take to verify that employees working in the centers had undergone proper background checks....

You can check out the rest for yourself.


Sorry I'm so full up with this sh**.


"Former Patriot Jarvis Green brings shrimp business to Boston" by Dan Adams Globe Staff  March 08, 2016

Here’s an interesting addition to the list of second careers for former National Football League players: Shrimpmonger.

Jarvis Green, the former Patriots defensive end and a two-time Super Bowl champion, is today the owner of Oceans 97, a Louisiana wholesaler of shrimp to restaurants and other retailers in the United States and Canada.

Green, a Louisiana native, said his business grew out of a lifelong passion for seafood.

No word yet on whether the Krafts will serve up a batch at Gillette Stadium.

Green last played in the NFL in 2010. According to an ESPN report, he was haunted by the Patriots’ loss in Super Bowl XLII in 2008. Green said he had a hand on Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s jersey before the infamous “helmet catch” throw, but couldn’t tackle him.

Other former Patriots players have also launched creative business ventures after the end of their playing careers, including Ty Law, who cofounded a chain of indoor trampoline parks....

And then there are the Will Allens and Irving Fryars of the world.


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"A worker died in an ammonia leak Wednesday night at a Stavis Seafoods warehouse where chemical fumes were so strong that Boston Fire Department hazmat crews initially could not reach him, officials said."

OSHA begins probe of seafood worker’s death after ammonia leak

Chemical exposure deaths on the job getting rarer

Man killed in S. Boston chemical accident was North Shore father of two

He had all the symptoms of concussion.

Gloucester boat captain in ill-fated Coast Guard rescue drowned

It's now a matter of public record.

OSHA finds 20 ‘serious’ violations at plant where worker died