Archive for November, 2008

Audit results

November 20, 2008
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The results of an audit of the use of city bought and paid for gasoline reveals that the system registering the consumption of gasoline was insufficient, with use something in the range of 35,000 gallons. However, and this is exclusive, when auditor’s don’t find glaring illegalities in a city audit they don’t forward their...
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The $7.00 tunnel fare

November 17, 2008
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There is general outrage over the $7.00 tunnel fare the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority is trying to impose on commuters. The doubling of the fare has local politicians almost out of their minds at the effrontery of the MTA, which is trying to save its own neck after borrowing so much more money than it...
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Markey going nowhere

November 12, 2008
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Speculation that Congressman Ed Markey might make a run for the senate if Senator John Kerry resigns his seat to take a cabinet post in the Obama Administration is about as possible as the sun not rising tomorrow. Markey will never leave the House, where he is presently the 15th most powerful member of...
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The Revere connection with Senator Wilkerson

November 10, 2008
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A Revere man is apparently the government’s main witness against Senator Diane Wilkerson, who was recently arrested and charged with bribery. She has since stopped campaigning for re-election and has said she will shortly be stepping down from her seat. The FBI’s cooperating witness is allegedly 69 year old Ron Wilburn – a longtime...
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Exit Wonderland

November 7, 2008
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The race is now on to get some kind of slot machine legislation passed for Wonderland and the state’s two other dog racing tracks following the vote Tuesday to ban dog racing inĀ  Massachusetts. In an interview given to the Journal by Lt. Governor Tim Murray last week, he said that gambling legislation of...
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Rizzo the next mayor?

November 7, 2008
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If all things are equal – and they rarely are – Councillor at Large Dan Rizzo will be the next mayor of Revere. If and when Mayor Ambrosino leaves, and it is a certainty that one day in the short future he will be leaving, then Rizzo is the obvious front runner to become...
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Talbot case twist?

November 6, 2008
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A police official apparently close to the Talbot murder case prosecution claims that former Revere Police Sgt. Evan Franklin – one of those present when Talbot was shot to death behind Revere High School, and who apparently fled the scene, will be testifying for the defense. This would be an extraordinary development in the...
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Senator Kerry returned

November 5, 2008
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Senator John Kerry was returned by a wide margin.
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Congressman Ed Markey returned

November 5, 2008
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Congressman Ed Markey buried his opponent Libertarian John Cunningham. The difference between the two was about 8,000 with Markey scoring a huge vote of more than 11,000.
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Obama wins! Dog Racing out! Marijuana decriminalized! State Taxed

November 5, 2008
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It will be President Barack Obama. He won with 52% of the vote. Locally, Dog racing has been officially banned by voters by a wide margin. Obviously, Revere and Wonderland will be extremely affected by this mandate from the voters. Marijuana has been decriminalized. This another measure voters have approved that local police and...
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ELECTION DAY – GET OUT AND VOTE REVERE!

November 4, 2008
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Revere polling places were open early and lines formed immediately at many of them this morning on the day when America goes to the polls. If all things are equal. If the polls have been accurate – and many think they are – then Senator Barack Obama becomes president of the United States shortly...
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ZBA Denies Bill board request

November 3, 2008
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Last Wednesday, the Revere Zoning Board of Appeals denied the application seeking a billboard to be placed on Squire Road. At the council meeting this evening, the billboard proposal is apparently coming up for discussion.
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Maglione to speak at Public Works sub-committee this evening

November 3, 2008
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Joe Maglione has been put back to work at the city yard and began work today. He will be speaking at a subcommittee meeting at city hall which will be chaired by Ward 4 Councillor George Rotondo. They will discussing recommendations about how best to redeply Public Works employees. It is also expected that...
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Mayor turns down another job with state

November 3, 2008
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The Journal has learned that Mayor Thomas Ambrosino has turned down yet another job with the state. The most recent turned down job the mayor was offered regarded some sort of green initiative financed by a state agency and would have paid something in the vicinity of $110,000. Ambrosino was also offered the Department...
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Novoselsky moving out of the city?

November 3, 2008
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Repeated comments being made by those close to Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky say he is looking at property outside the city, is readying to retire and would likely leave rather than face a strong fight in the ward. This speculation comes on the heels of news a candidate is apparently set to run...
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Maglione versus Guinasso?

November 3, 2008
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The recent exoneration of Joe Maglione has caused the emergence of his wife, Karen, as a likely candidate for Ward 3 seat held by Arthur Guinasso. The Roosevelt Street resident stood by her husband’s side during an excruciating period when the family name was thrown around by many people in this city in office...
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Maglione vindication hint of things to come?

November 2, 2008
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The Ethics Commission “not guilty” verdict for former city year employee Joe Maglione is spawning some thoughtful talk around the city. Mainly, what is next for the other actors in this exceedingly bad play? Who will be harshly treated by the Ethics Committee? There are rumors floating around that Maglione’s wife will be running...
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The Squire Road bill board

November 2, 2008
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You have to watch closely who is for the proposed billboard on Squire Road and who is opposed – and you especially want to watch those who are leaning one way or another, like the ward councilor. No one is for a billboard. It is a matter for discussion, really, if you are against...
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Wonderland pays in full

November 2, 2008
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Wonderland Race Track wired more than $750,000 in back taxes due into the city treasury late Wednesday afternoon. This show of force by the track partners and owners has set them straight until the new year and the next round of taxes. Many people believe that the Suffolk Downs people who signed an option...
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