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Preliminary in Ward 5 Called off with Billy Bell’s Withdrawal

August 7, 2013
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It looks as if last week’s announcement of a Preliminary Election was a bit preliminary. This week, the Sept. 17th Preliminary Election in Ward 5 is called off just one week after it was called. That came on Monday when candidate Billy Bell, of the Jack Satter House, withdrew from the race. He was...

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Fight Brewing over Digital Billboards

August 7, 2013
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Members of the Revere Beautification Committee (RBC) typically focus in on trash, but currently they are crunching numbers and they believe the City is getting ripped off by billboard companies looking to convert to digital displays. Currently, ClearChannel Outdoor – regionally located in Stoneham – is proposing to convert its existing two-sided traditional billboard...

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Revere Man Killed in Robbery at Boston Store

August 7, 2013
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A Revere family this week has been devastated by the murder of Joe Morante Jr. last Wednesday, July 31st, and District Attorney Dan Conley is asking that the heat be turned on in the investigation into who murdered him in front of a cell phone store near Northeastern University on Tremont Street in Roxbury....

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New Director at Revere Library Has Many Innovative Programs

July 31, 2013
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New Director at Revere Library Has Many Innovative Programs

When asking new Revere Library Director Kevin Sheehan what his favorite book is at the moment, the Classics scholar could cite any type of Greek philosophy or Roman Empire chronicler, but at this stage in his life, that favorite book is about how to make a toddler sleep through the night. “Normally, if someone...

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A Lion in Summer: Lions, Ladies and Motorbikes; the Old Days on the Beach

July 31, 2013
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A Lion in Summer: Lions, Ladies and Motorbikes; the Old Days on the Beach

Many might think that things down at Revere Beach in the old days were pretty prudish and conservative compared to the bikinis, tattoos, fast cars and ginormous soft serve ice cream cones that are now a staple of the Beach. However, those people should think again; perhaps back to 1929 when the main attraction...

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Ward 5 Voters Have a Preliminary

July 31, 2013
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There will be a Preliminary Election in Ward 5 this September, with voters in the extensive district being the only voters to go to the polls to choose between three candidates. Nomination papers were due into the Election Department on Tuesday afternoon, and while there didn’t seem to be too many surprises in store,...

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Economic Development Opens Lines of Discussion with City Council

July 31, 2013
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The City’s Economic Development team and the Revere City Council have re-established communications, and the result is a much happier Council and a more informed public. Economic Development Director John Festa addressed the Council on Monday night, July 22nd, during Councillor Bob Haas’s Economic Development Committee following several criticisms over the lack of communication...

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Sand Sculpture “Strong” Finish: Security Concerns Took Festival to Unexpected Higher Level

July 24, 2013
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After months and months of planning for this year’s Sandsculpting Festival on Revere Beach, State Police and top state public safety officials approached the Revere Beach Partnership not long after the Boston Marathon bombings and told the organization it had to scrap it’s plans and start all over. It was a painful blow to...

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Jobi Makes It Four Straight Wins

July 24, 2013
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The fourth time was a charm for Jonathan ‘Jobi’ Bouchard, of Montreal, who won the Revere Beach National Sandsculpting Festival for the fourth year in a row. The competition was tough, and five new sculptors were added to the individual field, but despite the added competition and the strong desire by all the professional...

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Karate Tournament to Bring Best Martial Artists

July 24, 2013
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Some of the finest martial arts fighters and practitioners will be arriving in Revere next week for the second time in 10 years – as the city welcomes the 49th Annual International Karate Championships. The tournament came to Revere for the first time in 2003 via Doreen DiRienzo’s Revere Karate Academy at 144 Broadway....

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Parcel H Development Close to Starting

July 24, 2013
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A Dover developer has taken one important step this month in moving forward on the massive Parcel H private development at Waterfront Square – a development straddling the new pedestrian bridge and plaza and considered a key component in the success or failure of Wonderland Station’s $500 million facelift. The Roclid Development Group has...

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At Home on the Beach This Weekend

July 18, 2013
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At Home on the Beach This Weekend

The Cambriello family of Beachmont has spent several lifetimes squashing fires around Revere, but the newest generation in the family has a knack for squashing hunger with burgers sold from the nation’s hottest new culinary trend – the gourmet food truck. This Saturday, July 20th, Rich Cambriello will fire up his ‘Bone Daddy’s Burgers’...

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Longer Hours: License Commission Extends Liquor Licenses’ Hours to 2 am

July 18, 2013
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In a major, pro-business policy shift towards the city’s restaurant and bar owners, the License Commission voted 2-0 last Wednesday, July 10th, to restore the 2 a.m. bar closing hours – just four years after the previous Commission rolled the closing hour back to 1 a.m. Chair Joe Quarantello Jr. and Member John LaCroix...

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Wondy Pedestrian Bridge, Plaza Opens Quietly

July 10, 2013
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Wondy Pedestrian Bridge, Plaza Opens Quietly

With little fanfare, the fences came down and, finally, the pedestrian bridge and plaza at Wonderland Station opened to the public last week. Now, what looks to be the newest signature landmark for Revere Beach is ready for the eager feet of those headed to the Beach from the MBTA. “We were substantially completed...

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Study: Drugs, Alcohol Are Top Concerns

July 10, 2013
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After an unprecedented 18-month survey of Revere residents, the Mass General Hospital (MGH) released a comprehensive community assessment and, once again, drug and alcohol use in Revere is the top concern. Using a mandate from the Affordable Care Act as an impetus, the hospital began work Dec. 7, 2011 in the communities it serves,...

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Sandsculpting Festival Ready to Start on July 17

July 10, 2013
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With all of the fun and entertainment that has now become part of the Revere Beach National Sandsculpting Festival, one thing that can tend to get lost in the pre-festival publicity is the actual Sandsculpting. However, once the show gets on the road July 17th – marking the Festival’s 10th Anniversary – it will...

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Councillors, Developer Clash over Union Labor

July 10, 2013
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Waterfront Square developer Joe DiGangi told City Councillors at a tense meeting Monday night that he could not get financing to build the 194-unit first leg of the development using all union labor, and therefore had to sell the property to a St. Louis company that is not committed to using union labor. After...

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Global Withdraws Application for Ethanol Trains

July 3, 2013
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Nothing’s ever a done deal. More than two years ago, Revere’s Ed O’Hara listened intently to the television broadcast of an early summer Revere City Council meeting, and after hearing the words “done deal,” he became a sold out opponent of Global Petroleum’s plan to bring Ethanol trains to its Revere terminal – passing...

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Mayor Dips into Stabilization Fund for City Budget

July 3, 2013
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The City Council agreed to allow Mayor Dan Rizzo to access $1.5 million of Stabilization Fund monies in order to shore up any discrepancies in this year’s City Budget. Facing some major opposition, Mayor Rizzo told the Council that he may not need the entire $1.5 million, but he will likely need some portion...

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Voters Like Markey for U.S. Senate

July 3, 2013
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Revere’s former Congressman Ed Markey (D-Malden) easily bested Republican challenger Gabriel Gomez by a vote of 60 percent to 39 percent in the local vote to take his place in the elite company of the U.S. Senate. The overall statewide vote was a little bit closer than Revere’s results, with a vote of 55...

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