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July 1, 2016
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REVERE REPUBLICANS MEET ON JUNE 30

The Revere Republican City Committee will be holding a meeting on Thursday, June 30th, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the American Legion on Broadway (next to City Hall).  If you are interested, please join us.  If you would like further information about the RRCC, please write us at:  revererepublicancommittee@gmail.com

One of the topics at the meeting will be Revere’s support for presidential candidate Donald Trump, which he won with 49 percent of the vote.  In Revere, he won the GOP primary with his largest margin in Massachusetts — 73 percent of the vote!  Revere has just 1,845 registered Republicans. Trump got 2,285 votes, so he must have received support from independents and Democrats as well. No other Republican candidate got more than 300 votes in Revere.

Our meetings are open to all registered Republicans and other politically interested Revere residents. We invite you to come, participate, and consider joining.  There is free parking right outside the Legion or in the City Hall Parking Lot.

WHEELABRATOR FORUM HELD

The Saugus Town Hall Auditorium was packed last Tuesday night for the Alliance for Health and Environment’s public forum featuring Dr. Paul Connett regarding Wheelabrator Saugus’ incinerator ash and its effects on public health and the environment.

“On behalf of the Alliance for Public Health and Environment, I want to thank the residents of Saugus, Revere, Lynn and other surrounding communities who came out on a beautiful summer night to learn more about why expansion of Wheelabrator’s ash landfill would be a travesty,” said Alliance founding member State Rep. RoseLee Vincent.  “We were proud to co-host this informative discussion with Dr. Paul Connett and knowledgeable environmental leaders about the dangers of toxic incinerator ash.”

The Alliance encourages any citizen who was not able to attend the forum to watch it online at: https://vimeo.com/171794512.

One of the key points highlighted by Connett confirmed Alliance concerns about the level of toxicity in ash placed at the landfill in Saugus.  Highly contaminated fly ash is mixed with bottom ash before being spread onto the ash landfill located adjacent to the Rumney Marshes Area of Critical Environmental Concern.  While many other countries treat this fly ash as hazardous waste, the US Environmental Protection Agency changed its regulations to accommodate the industry when fly ash was too toxic to meet environmental monitoring tests for toxicity.

“This is just one more reason why we must ensure closure of this landfill. Our neighborhoods and environmental resources have been burdened by pollution from contaminated ash for far too long,” said Vincen.  “Now we must shift from expanding this facility to putting protections in place that will prevent the landfill from causing more problems for the local environment as we grapple with increasing sea level rise and storm surge in the future.”

The timeline for the public to submit comments on Wheelabrator’s proposal for expansion of its ash landfill has been extended to Tuesday, July 5.  This new deadline does not affect anybody who has already submitted comments.  However, if members of the public wish to weigh-in, they may do so by emailing page.czepiga@state.ma.us or by sending them to the following address:

Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

Attn: MEPA Office

Page Czepiga, EEA No. 15525

100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900

Boston MA 02114

EID AL-FITR CELEBRATION    JULY 9

The Moroccan American community in the city of Revere is extending a warm invitation to people of all faiths to attend its 2016 Eid al-Fitr celebration.

Muslims all over the world celebrate the Islamic holiday Eid al-Fitr at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan which is the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. This cultural event will take place on Saturday, July 9th, at the Beachmont School from 3 pm to 6 pm.

We are happy to announce that the Noor Ensemble will provide some beautiful sacred songs from Morocco. We will be serving some fabulous Moroccan pastries as well as Moroccan mint tea.

To all of our fellow-citizens residing in Revere, please save the date and join us so we can get to know each other on a personal basis.   Call 781-808-4934 for more information

 

USS CONSTITUTION CELEBRATION

The USS Constitution Museum will celebrate its 40th anniversary with “A 40 Year Journey” in the Charlestown Navy Yard at 3:00 pm  on Thursday, June 30.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will officially open “Forest to Frigate”, the Museum’s new, interactive exhibit which allows visitors to explore President George Washington’s decision to create a navy to protect our growing American merchant fleet. A complement to USS Constitution’s current restoration in dry dock, the exhibit follows the story from the forest in which “Old Ironsides’” timbers grew to her launch as a fully formed frigate.

The event kicks off the Fourth of July weekend with a salute to our nation, the unfurling of the giant (90 ft. x 45 ft.) Mt. Rushmore American Flag, a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and patriotic medleys by the Navy Band Northeast, and presentation of the USS Constitution Color Guard and 1812 Marines. Participants will include representatives from the City of Boston and Navy Yard partners, USS Constitution, National Parks of Boston, and the History and Heritage Command Detachment Boston.

The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of “Old Ironsides” and those associated with her. Welcoming over 400,000 visitors each year, this award-winning Museum provides a hands-on, minds-on environment where inter-generational groups seeking an enjoyable, educational experience can have fun while learning and exploring history together. The USS Constitution Museum strives to educate and engage a global audience through scholarship and innovative exhibits to share the legacy of USS Constitution, America’s Ship of State.

MOST BANKS CLOSED ON JULY 4th

The Massachusetts Bankers Association (MBA) said that most Bay State banks will be closed on Monday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday.
“Independence Day is a federal holiday and most banks will be closed,” said Daniel J. Forte,president and CEO of the MBA.  “Be aware also that there could be some bank branches that close early 

on Friday, July 1.  In general, customers should always check with their own bank around each holiday to be certain of opening and closing schedules.

 “For the sake of convenience, remember you can always use ATMs or do your banking online 

including, where available, depositing a check by taking a photo on your mobile device,” added Forte.

         The Massachusetts Bankers Association represents approximately 165 commercial, savings and 

co-operative banks, and savings and loan institutions located in Massachusetts and elsewhere in 

New England.

LOW NUMBER PLATE LOTTERY NOW GOING ON

MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Erin Deveney announced that applications for the 2016 Low Number Plate Lottery are now being accepted online or by U.S. mail.

Starting this year, for the first time ever, customers will be able to enter the lottery online by visiting:  https://secure.rmv.state.ma.us/myPlateLotto/.   Mail-in applications are available for download at www.MassRMV.com, or at Registry branch office locations across the Commonwealth.  Applications must be received online or postmarked by August 26, 2016, in order for the applicant to be eligible.

“The low plate lottery is our customers’ favorite time of the year at the RMV,” said Registrar Erin Deveney.   “We are excited to have streamlined our application process this year to allow for online submissions, making it easier for our customers to enter the lottery. Not only can our customers skip the line by doing over 23 transactions at www.MassRMV.com, now they can also skip the stamp and enter the lottery electronically.”

This year, there are 183 plates that are part of the low plate lottery, surpassing the large pool of plates offered in 2015. Annually, approximately 6,800 applications are received. With the addition of the new online entry form, an increase of applications is expected for 2016. Applicants for the low number lottery should note that there is no fee to apply, however, should the applicant be selected as a winner, there is a fee to receive the license plate and there is a standard registration fee.

Available low plate numbers for this year’s lottery include 1H, 7J41Z, Q49, X77, 1972, and 2007.

Low number plates must be renewed every two years.

Customers are encouraged to visit the RMV’s website for details of the drawing, date, time and location of the event.  By law, all winners must be announced by September 15, 2016, and the names of winners will be posted to the Registry website.

The RMV reminds customers that more than 23 Registry services are available online: www.MassRMV.com. Customers can visit the website for the latest news and also follow the RMV on Twitter @MassRMV

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