News Briefs

July 19, 2017
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Cable Television Public Hearing

Mayor Brian Arrigo, as statutory Issuing Authority for the City of Revere, will conduct a public ascertainment hearing on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 5:00 PM in the City Council Chambers at the Revere City Hall, 281 Broadway, Revere, MA.

The purpose of the hearing will be to review the performance of the cable television operator in Revere, Comcast, during its current license term and to hear testimony on future cable-related needs and interests of the Revere community.

Interested parties are encouraged to attend and offer testimony on any cable-related matters.

Any applications and reports to be considered at the hearing are available for public inspection at the Revere City Hall during regular business hours and for reproduction at a reasonable fee. For more information on the public hearing, please call the Mayor’s Office at (781) 286-8100.

 

Hair Cuttery Donates Back to School Haircuts to Thousands of Children in Need

Hair Cuttery at 151 VFW Parkway in Revere will be donating back-to-school haircuts to children in need this summer through its annual Share-A-Haircut program.  From August 1-15, for every child up to age 18 who purchases a haircut at one of the Hair Cuttery salons in New England, a free haircut certificate will be donated to a disadvantaged child in the community.

“It is important for every child to begin the new school year with a sense of confidence and excitement,” said Dennis Ratner, Founder and CEO of Hair Cuttery. “While a back-to-school haircut may seem like a basic necessity to most, for some it’s a luxury. Our Share-A-Haircut program ensures that children, regardless of their financial circumstances, will look and feel good about themselves as they get ready to start the new school year.”

Within the first two weeks of August, Hair Cuttery is aiming to donate tens of thousands of free haircut certificates ahead of the new school year. Certificates will be distributed with the help of more than 100 local government and non-profit organizations.

Since 1999, the Share-A-Haircut program has donated more than 2.16 million free haircut certificates valued at nearly $35 million.

This year marks the 18th year of Share-A-Haircut, with Hair Cuttery’s most recent campaign donating more than 81,000 haircuts to survivors of domestic violence this past spring. The company has an established history of charitable giving and has supported a range of local and national causes, including St. Baldrick’s Foundation, American Red Cross, The National Network to End Domestic Violence, American Cancer Society and Girls on the Run.

 

City of Revere 2017 Fall Festival on Broadway

On Saturday, September 23, from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM, the City of Revere Parks and Recreation Department will debut a new event – a Fall Festival on Broadway. This community celebration will bring together residents for a day of fun for all ages.

The event will feature activities for families, children, and people of all ages, including street performers, local food and merchandise vendors, a beer garden, and a main stage with musicians and comedians. A segment of Broadway from Park Ave. to the corner of Beach and Fenno Street will be limited to pedestrian traffic only for the duration of the festival.

“We are confident this event will quickly become a beloved annual tradition, and will attract lots of foot traffic to Broadway, giving our local businesses exposure,” said Mayor Brian Arrigo. “The goal is for this festival to reflect our community’s pride, and Revere’s ongoing cultural and economic renaissance.”

From 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on September 23, the Family Zone behind City Hall will be open, featuring inflatables, kids games, and family friendly street performers. During this time, vendors will be set up along Broadway, featuring arts and crafts, jewelry, and specialty foods. Additionally, food trucks will be parked across from the American Legion.

From 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM, the main stage will be open near the American Legion featuring various entertainment acts. Additionally, there will be a beer garden in front of the American Legion for adults 21and older to enjoy beer from local breweries.

City officials have worked collaboratively with the Chamber of Commerce to reach out to Broadway businesses to work with them on planning this festival. They have also begun soliciting sponsorships and recruiting vendors for the event.

Businesses interested in sponsoring the festival should contact the Parks and Recreation department, at 781-286-8190 or                                                      cgiuffrida@revere.org. Interested vendors can also contact the department, or visit www.revere.org/FallFestival2017 to download the vendor application form.

 

Firefighters CONSTANTLY FACING NEW HAZARDS WHEN BATTLING BLAZES

Revere firefighters will be using a hazardous materials tactile suit designed for entry into a hazardous atmosphere where firefighters need to quickly remove someone overcome by a hazardous substance such as ammonia. The suit offers a liquid splash protection as well as vapor protection. This is a quick entry suit to be used prior to the arrival of the State Hazmat Team. Firefighters in Revere are all trained to the level of hazardous materials awareness.  There are 19 members of the department who are hazardous materials technicians, which is a higher level of training. Some of those members are also on the state hazmat team.

Training starts with the Mass Fire Academy where firefighters have been attending since 1994. Training in the fire department is an ongoing process that is organized by training officer Deputy Chief Michael Viviano. Techniques and equipment are constantly changing and we need to remain proficient with their use. The first thing that is stressed to our new firefighters is “learn your streets”. Did you know there are two addresses on Prospect Avenue that can only be accessed from Suffolk Avenue? Or an address on Webster Street that needs to be accessed from Pearl Avenue? There are many examples in the city where addresses are not where they would seem to be located.

Approximately 60 percent of Revere Fire Department (RFD) emergency calls are medical in nature. Most of the firefighters are trained to the level of Emergency Medical Technicians, whereas the remainder of calls requires the level of First Responders. Revere Firefighters were the first fire department in the country to carry Narcan and have saved many lives administrating it. RFD was recognized by President Obama’s Drug Czar, in person, at a very private ceremony regarding our leadership in the Narcan program.

Revere Firefighters have a tremendous respect for the members who came before us.  They were tough men and many World War II veterans. Firefighters still use many of the techniques that they did, but with the advances in building products, and the use of non-natural products as well as truss construction, we enter a much more hazardous atmosphere when fighting fires. This increases the training level as well as our awareness in combating these problems. Many of our members come on the job with college degrees or they continue their education with degrees in Fire Science. Other members came from working in the trades, their knowledge of building construction is extremely valuable when dealing with the issues we need to investigate and mitigate.

 

State Police ready for the Sand Sculpture Festival

During the Sand Sculpture Festival,  the State Police will be the major policing force. According to State Police Spokesman David Procopio, there will be a comprehensive, multi-layered security plan in place for the festival that includes uniformed troopers and K9 units trained to detect hazardous devices. The plan will be executed in coordination with the Revere Police Department and Revere Fire Department.

“Our intelligence assets, as they do for every large public event, will monitor all available information to determine if there are any threats to the safety of the venue. At this time, there are no known threats to the event,” Procopio said.

A traffic plan will be executed to facilitate the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic onto and off the beach. The following restrictions will be in place:

  1. Access to Revere Beach Boulevard will be closed from Shirley Avenue to Chester Street beginning at 7 a.m. on July 21. The closure will remain in place until the conclusion of the event.
  2. The closure of Revere Beach Boulevard will extend to Eliot Circle at 7 a.m. on July 22, and that extended closure will remain in effect until the end of the fireworks show, at approximately midnight.

In case of an emergency (weather-related or otherwise) that requires evacuation of the area, a plan is in place to facilitate safe and timely movement of pedestrians off the beach and outgoing vehicular traffic to area roads such as Ocean Avenue, North Shore Road, and Route 145.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO ASSIST

AT TEMPLE

Members of the Congregation of Tifereth Israel on Shirley Avenue will be cleaning out the Temple since it has been sold. Ira Novoselsky is encouraging people to come and clean out the temple. There are items with family names and even the pews can be taken. Anyone interested should call Novoselsky at 617-791-1685.

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