Revere Through the Years

August 5, 2016
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10 years ago

August 2, 2006

The city officially took control of the new West Revere Complex, the first new school to be built in the city since the Garfield Magnet School more than 10 years ago.

The RHS football team held its annual Ironman Contest at Revere Beach this past week.

After much debate, the City Council rejected a proposed ordinance that would have limited the height of single-family, new construction homes.

The weekly Farmer’s Market being held every Thursday at Revere Beach in front of the Reinstein Bandstand has become a big hit with local residents.

State Rep. Bob DeLeo guided through the legislature an override of a pair of vetoes by Gov. Mitt Romney that will provide $300,000 each for upgrades to Ambrose and Fredericks parks.

The Ant Bully, Miami Vice, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby are playing at the Revere Showcase Cinemas.

20 years ago

July 31, 1996

City officials are moving ahead with plans to purchase the Knights of Columbus building on Winthrop St. to turn it into a senior center.

Mayor Robert Haas has announced that the abandoned building that formerly housed the Beachmont branch of the Revere public library will be converted into the city’s third satellite police station.

The U.S. Senate has given approval to a $2.663 million plan that will allow the Army Corps of Engineers to perform the long-awaited flood control project at Roughan’s Point to protect this vulnerable section of the Beachmont shoreline.

City officials announces a six percent hike in water and sewer rates, the first increases since 1993.

School Supt. Carol Tye has named Asst. RHS Principal Frank A. Cammisa Jr. as the new Principal of the William McKinley School.

James Harding is the 55th President of the Patriot Civic Club.

Independence Day, Matilda, and Trainspotting are playing at the Revere Showcase Cinemas.

30 years ago

July 30, 1986

Revere Police Chief John A. DeLeire was indicted by a federal grand jury this morning along with 10 others, including the police chief of Plymouth, for the alleged theft and sale of Civil Service exams for police promotions. The principal witness for prosecutors was former MDC Police Capt. Gerald Clemente, who is serving time in prison for his role in the infamous Depositors Trust heist in Medford.

A six-story hotel, possibly a Holiday Inn, is being planned for a site on American Legion Highway next to the Towle Manufacturing building.

Almost 18,000 pounds of cheese, butter, rice, and dry milk will be distributed to local, income-qualifying senior citizens next week under the federal program.

The Planning Board has rejected the proposal by City Councilor Patrick Reardon Jr. that would place a moratorium on the construction of new housing units in the city other than one and two-family homes. Reardon had cited increasing congestion in the city and the need to study exactly what services large condo complexes will need as the chief reasons for his proposal.

The first arrests in the city for crack cocaine took place last week after a three-month investigation by state, local, and federal authorities. Five ounces of the deadly substance, worth about $60,000 on the street, were seized and two men, from Salem and Peabody were arrested.

Top Gun, Aliens, and Howard the Duck are playing at the Revere Showcase Cinemas.

40 years ago

July 28, 1976

Both the Mass. House and Senate have passed a Merit Rating Insurance bill that will reward good drivers and punish bad ones.

The Board of Health has sent a letter to all homeowners urging them to take part in the city’s rodent control program. The $15,000 cost of the program is being paid for by a federal government grant.

The School Committee has deferred taking action on the proposed borrowing of $104,000 to pay teachers for the final paycheck of the 1975-76 school year. Teachers did not receive checks because the School Department ran out of money before the end of the fiscal year.

Morris E. Bell, who with his late brother, Alexander, founded Bell Oldsmobile 40 years ago, passed away at his home in Miami Beach this week at the age of 63. Bell, a Revere native, still owned the auto dealership that had become such a landmark that the rotary traffic circle at its location has become known as Bell Circle.

Walter Matthau and Tatum O’Neal star in The Bad News Bears at the Kincade Theatre in Winthrop.

50 years ago

August 4, 1966

The Learn to Swim classes at Revere Beach that were sponsored by the Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, and Revere Journal attracted 250 youngsters this week.

The City Council will voted on a new dog leash ordinances at its next meeting.

The Revere School Committee has voted 3-2 to support the Boston School Committee in its effort to resolve the issue of racial imbalance in the Boston schools on its own, rather than with state assistance.

The Revere Eastern Division All-star team defeated the Chelsea Americans, 4-1, to win the district title, and then bombed Dorchester, 19-3, in a sectional contest. The East team now will meet the Watertown Americans Saturday in Medford for the right to advance to the state playoffs in Longmeadow. Stephen Clapp was the winning pitcher in the Chelsea contest and Richie DeChristoforo won the Dorchester game. A base hit by Paul Franklin with the bases-loaded and two outs was the key hit in the Chelsea victory. Franklin also was the hitting star in the Dorchester rout, walloping a grand slam and a bases-loaded triple in the same inning.

Sidney Poitier and Shelley Winters star in A Patch of Blue at the Revere Drive In.

60 years ago

August 2, 1956

A report by a special commission established by the legislature could be a boon for Revere, with an additional disbursement of $500,000 in aid from the state under the so-called equalized valuation formula. The benefit to the city is a direct result of the increase in property values here since 11 years ago when the legislature last revised the distribution formula.

The School Committee has hired two additional adjustment counselors, Robert Janvrin and Joseph DiLena, at the elementary school level. The state will pick up most of the additional cost.

The wife and infant son of a former Revere man, PFC George Munroe, were aboard the Swedish liner Stockholm when it struck and sank the Italian liner Andrea Doria off Nantucket last week. Another local connection is that of the movie star, Ruth Roman and her three year old son. Miss Roman’s sister, Mrs. Samuel Timmerman, resides at 184 Shirley Ave.

State Senator Andrew P. Quigley has successfully guided a bill through the State Senate that would allow the cities of Chelsea and Revere to share the $500,000 cost of constructing a new Chelsea District Court building to replace the current courthouse, which is dilapidated beyond repair.

Bob Hope and Eva Marie Saint star in That Certain Feeling at the Revere Theatre. Tony Curtis and Arthur Kennedy star in The Rawhide Years at the Revere Drive In.

70 years ago

August 1, 1946

A testimonial banquet at the City Hall auditorium is being planned for Beachmont resident Arthur J. Reinstein, who recently was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on the MDC police force.

The U.S. Army has announced a drive to enlist one million men for a minimum period of 18 months with increased pay and many other benefits.

The Acme Glove Co., based in Gloversville, N.Y., has announced plans to open a plant here in Revere that could employ up to 200 workers. The firm has begun an employee training school at 4 Malden St.

The new Revere Post, No. 30, AmVets, will hold a special meeting to discuss how to combat the current activities of the Ku Klux Klan. Also at this meeting, former U.S. Senator Henry Caot Lodge, the only U.S. Senator to have resigned from office in order to serve in WWII, will be inducted as a member of the local post.

Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda star in Jesse James and Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman star in The Bells of St. Mary’s at the Revere and Boulevard Theatres.

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