Monthly Archives: June 2009

Mr. Q pens the final verse

June 24, 2009
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Mr. Q pens the final verse

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Many years ago on the streets of the North End and the old West End, Paul Revere Principal Nick Quaratiello began his working career at 6 years old by barking out prices for his uncle’s fruit and vegetable pushcart. Next week, on June 30, Quaratiello will finish his working career...

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MassCap canceled as track fights to save jobs, maintain daily schedule

June 24, 2009
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By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com After two consecutive runs of the Massachusetts Handicap (MassCap) in 2007 and 2008 at Suffolk Downs Racetrack in East Boston, horseracing fans thought the famed race was back for good. However, the race, which featured historic wins by Seabiscuit and Cigar, is not immune to the country’s economic downturn. Last...

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Hold card – At present, there is little authorities can do about phone card/poker machines

June 24, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com If it looks like a poker machine and acts like a poker machine, then it must not be a poker machine. New games of chance that resemble video poker machines have popped up at several convenience stores around the city in the last few months, and police say their hands...

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Firefighters give up clothing allowance to save seven jobs

June 24, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Everyone’s heard of the Naked Gun and maybe even the Naked Fish, but so far, there hasn’t been any instances of the Naked Firefighter. That will change, technically, as Revere firefighters have agreed to give up their annual clothing allowance – worth about 2.5 percent of their base salary –...

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A Great Decision – RFD shows its true colors

June 24, 2009
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The Revere Fire Department rank and file has done the right thing in a big way in order to save the jobs of a half-dozen of their colleagues by making a deal with the city to forgo contractual obligations. This is big medicine for their colleagues, who would certainly have lost their jobs. It...

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Two-way Street? – When it comes to take-home vehicles, both sides of the debate are well represented

June 24, 2009
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There has been an ongoing debate going on at City Hall between Police Chief Terence Reardon and former Police Officer Charlie Patch, now Councilor Patch and Mayor Thomas Ambrosino. Patch believes giving commanding officers what turns out to be private automobiles to drive to their homes at the city’s expense is a waste of...

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Obituaries – 06/24/09

June 24, 2009
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Lee Zolla, 60 Verizon retiree, founded Cub Scout and Boy Scout Troops 25. Lee J. Zolla, a lifelong resident of Revere, died unexpectedly on June 23 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He was 60 years old. Born in Winthrop, he was the son of Eleanor (Guilfoyle) Zolla of Revere and the late...

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Open Casting Call for ‘Deal Or No Deal’

June 20, 2009
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Do you have nerves of steel?  A killer instinct?  Raw intuition and an amazing personality? Do you want the chance to win $1 million dollars?! Come to the Open Casting Call for the hit TV show DEAL OR NO DEAL on Saturday, June 20th at the Seaport Hotel! Boston Casting is looking for high-energy,...

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‘A great place to stay’ – Glossy tourism brochure unveiled at Chamber of Commerce breakfast

June 20, 2009
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‘A great place to stay’ – Glossy tourism brochure unveiled at Chamber of Commerce breakfast

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The face of Revere tourism has gotten a lift. Through a state grant from Mass Highway, the city and the Revere Travel and Tourism Council have produced a new tourism brochure highlighting the city’s proximity to Boston, its restaurants and hotels, and its crown jewel – Revere Beach. Paul Rupp,...

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All that was right – Friends of the late Louis Grieco want community to focus on his positives, not his wrongful conviction

June 20, 2009
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All that was right – Friends of the late Louis Grieco want community to focus on his positives, not his wrongful conviction

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Louis Grieco didn’t do it. Those are the words that the Revere resident, who was wrongfully convicted of the murder of Teddy Deegan in 1965 due to the testimony of a rogue FBI informant, longed to see in the Revere Journal one day. However, after serving 29 years for a...

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Revere seventh-graders take part in state science fair

June 20, 2009
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Revere seventh-graders take part in state science fair

Journal Staff Report This past Saturday, June 6, three young Revere scientists competed against 218 of the best science fair projects from all six geographic regions in the state – and they brought home some hardware. Again, as with the regional fair held last month, the Revere students – all seventh-graders, who are pictured...

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Personally, it couldn’t have ended better for Mondello – Revere resident helps lead St. Mary’s to a state championship

June 20, 2009
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Personally, it couldn’t have ended better for Mondello – Revere resident helps lead St. Mary’s to a state championship

Story and Photos by Cary Shuman Kristen Mondello had done it all during a superb career in the St. Mary’s High School (Lynn) softball program. She was a three-year starting shortstop, a cleanup hitter, team captain, and Catholic Central League All-Star who led her team to a North sectional title and the state semifinals...

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Rotondo Was Right – His GPS plan pays dividends

June 20, 2009
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Many months ago when Councillor George Rotondo requested that the city install surveillance devices and GPS tracking devices to stop the theft of city property from the Department of Public Works (DPW) city yard, he was ridiculed, and in some quarters, demonized. Last week, even his detractors conceded that had it not been for...

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A Super Supermarker – Market Basket opens in Chelsea

June 20, 2009
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The Largest supermarket in New England is now open for business in Chelsea on the site of the old Market Basket, just off Everett Avenue. The new Market Basket is an extraordinary store, with a bakery, a full-time sushi chef, a coffee shop where shoppers can stop for a latte – and the other...

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Obituaries – 06/18/09

June 20, 2009
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Amelia ‘Bobbie’ Brogna Chaplain of Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post Amelia “Bobbie” (Caruso) Brogna of Malden, formerly of Saugus and Revere, died on June 15. The past chaplain of Ladies Auxiliary VFW Staff Sgt. Arthur F. DeFranzo Post 2346 of Saugus, she was the wife of the late Joseph Brogna; loving mother of Joseph Brogna...

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Carpenter nailed for stealing signs from the City Yard

June 10, 2009
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Carpenter nailed for stealing signs from the City Yard

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com If the Revere Department of Public Works (DPW) were a potato, then all of its thousands of eyes would be blackened. The department suffered yet another black eye this week when longtime DPW carpenter Michael Ferragamo, 47, of 65 McKinley St., was arrested and charged with numerous felonies related to...

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Increase is bad, although not as bad as anticipated

June 10, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The panic over a 20 percent increase in water and sewer rates has been quelled, but ratepayers will still have quite an increase on their hands this July. Mayor Tom Ambrosino indicated to the City Council last week that the proposed residential water and sewer rate would be $11.59, up...

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The Standard – Raduazzo sets the example by which all cab owners and operators should follow

June 10, 2009
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The city needs to create a fair playing field for everyone who wants to own and operate a cab here. The police department being shorthanded, as the chief noted at City Hall last week, isn’t a valid excuse for the regulation sloppiness. As we see it, Bobby Raduazzo of Patriot Taxi is the example...

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Historical Perspective – Remembering D-Day, June 6, 1944

June 10, 2009
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June 6, 1944. Revere, Massachusetts – moments after the announcement over the radio that the invasion of Europe had begun to spread. Men and women throughout this city with sons and daughters in the armed forces fell to their knees where they stood and prayed, cried or simply collapsed. The thought of it was...

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Obituaries – 05/09/09

June 10, 2009
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Donna Rauseo Massport Administrative Assistant Donna M. (Morash) Rauseo of East Boston died on June 9. She was a former employee of East Boston’s APAC and an administrative assistant at Massport. The beloved wife of John J. Rauseo, with whom she shared 27 years of marriage, she was the loving mother of Rocco Rauseo...

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