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Waiting on Menino: Suffolk Downs Casino Mitigation Negotiations for Revere Ended; Boston Still Negotiating

March 6, 2013
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Mayor Dan Rizzo announced this week that the City’s mitigation package negotiations with Suffolk Downs have been largely completed, but the agreement will not be revealed until Boston has finished its process. For many City Councillors, that has become a frustration point, and has led to some postulating that both Revere and Boston are...

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Councillors Upset over McKinley Financing Deal

March 6, 2013
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Several City Councillors are taking a strong stand in opposition to the new McKinley School’s total financial package that Mayor Dan Rizzo presented to them last month, and which will be the subject of a major public hearing on Monday, March 11th. At this past Monday’s City Council meeting, numerous councillors were skeptical of...

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Dakin Takes Top Honor for State

March 6, 2013
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School Superintendent Paul Dakin doesn’t mind being out in front of a crowd, just as long as he’s not holding an award and wearing a medal. So it was that the City’s ever-popular superintendent quietly won the Massachusetts Superintendent of the Year Award in Los Angeles last week and told nary a soul about...

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Adele Toro Was the Kind of Advocate That’s Missing from Today’s Discussions

March 1, 2013
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Adele Toro Was the Kind of Advocate  That’s Missing from Today’s Discussions

There are not too many advocates left in the City who are unpaid and willing to fearlessly stick out their own necks for what they believe is the good of their neighborhood or their city. This month, there is one fewer, as long-time North Revere resident Adele Toro passed away on Feb. 12th at...

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The Top 100: Highest Salary in Revere Last Year Was $316,958.

March 1, 2013
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Also see - Revere Payroll 2012 More than 100 city employees exceeded the $100,000 per year salary, while the City also saw its first $300,000 per year earner – just one year after it saw its first $200,000 per year earner. The total payroll for 2012 equaled $80.667 million. The situation with the City’s first...

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After School Program Gets Initial Okay

March 1, 2013
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There was absolute unanimous, though still preliminary, approval on Monday for a new After-School Program building to be sited at 85 Broadway by For Kids Only (FKO). Dozens of parents, employees and supporters of FKO joined every Revere City Councillor on Monday in lending support to the project during a public hearing. “The signs...

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Too Soon to Call Costs on Garfield Problems

March 1, 2013
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Budget busting cost estimates on the fix at the Garfield School are much too preliminary according to Superintendent Paul Dakin. Engineers and consultants are currently making the conditions safe at the school to keep things safe in the event that another concrete panel falls from the building façade. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy,...

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Technology Gives Forecasters Advantage in Predicting Storms

February 20, 2013
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Technology Gives Forecasters Advantage in Predicting Storms

When satellites weren’t circling in orbit and radar didn’t scan the skies for every perceptible piece of precipitation, storms such as the blizzard ‘Nemo’ came upon residents of Revere with very little warning – sometimes with no warning at all. That is in stark contrast to the situation today, where weather forecasts for a...

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Councillors Upset over Spending for McKinley School

February 20, 2013
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It was like getting the check at Abe & Louie’s Restaurant after a large feast without restrictions – a total shock, in other words. A bond authorization for the full cost of the new McKinley School – now officially dubbed the Staff Sgt. James J. Hill School – has City Councillors infuriated and doing...

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Foxwoods Seeks License in Greater Boston Region: List of Entrants Also Includes Suffolk Downs and Wynn

February 20, 2013
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It seemed that Massachusetts was trying to steer people away from Foxwoods when it passed it’s expanded gaming law in 2011, but now it just might be Foxwoods that Massachusetts gamblers flock to once again as the Connecticut casino giant entered the battle last week for a resort casino license in Greater Boston (Region...

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The Blizzard of 2013: Mountains of Snow Couldn’t Sink Revere Residents, Work Crews

February 13, 2013
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The Blizzard of 2013: Mountains of Snow Couldn’t Sink Revere Residents, Work Crews

While warmer temperatures over the last few days have erased a bit of the memory and the mounds of snow from the Blizzard of 2013, city officials and many residents (especially their backs!) have yet to completely forget the high winds and heavy snow that blanketed Revere over a period of 18 hours last...

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Many Contingencies in the Works if Snowstorm Turns Ugly; Predictions Are Still Shaky and Flooding Threat Won’t Be Known Until 6 A.m. Saturday; City Urges Coastal Residents to Pay Close Attention to Tide Warnings Early Saturday

February 8, 2013
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The City is preparing to call a snow emergency at noon today (Friday) and Mayor Dan Rizzo has announced he will hold a public information meeting in the City Council Chambers at 1 p.m. (Friday). It will be broadcast live on local cable. A number of contingencies have already been planned, and residents are...

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A Total Remake: State Announces $2.7M Grant to Revamp Della Russo Stadium

February 6, 2013
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A Total Remake: State Announces $2.7M Grant to Revamp Della Russo Stadium

Welcome home, Revere outdoor track team. It’s been years since the Revere High School (RHS) outdoor track team has been able to have a home meet, and even more years since the RHS football team has been able to play on a surface that wasn’t transformed into a wavy dirt patch by midseason. All...

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Cursive Writing Becoming a Lost Art

February 6, 2013
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Cursive Writing Becoming a Lost Art

Staff members in the Revere Building Department knew something was amiss in their filing cabinets when the P’s turned up in the B’s. Things then escalated a when the I’s suddenly were found in the L’s. After a bit of investigating, Building Department Clerk Valerie Moscone turned up the culprit: the high school interns...

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Budget Buster Looms at Garfield

February 6, 2013
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City and school officials are bracing for what could be a structural catastrophe at the Garfield School – a catastrophe in the sense that the repair bill could become a budget buster. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, apparently a large concrete panel on the outer façade of the Garfield School – specifically on...

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Quack,Quack: Duck Hunters and Some Residents Having Harder Time Sharing Space

January 31, 2013
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Quack,Quack: Duck Hunters and Some Residents Having Harder Time Sharing Space

Living on Revere Beach or near the Rumney Marsh, there are a lot of unexpected surprises that emerge from nature and such things that go along with a serene landscape. For example, there are coyotes on the Marsh. People on the Beach occasionally see Bald Eagles. But one might not expect quiet winter mornings...

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New Developer Buys Roseland

January 31, 2013
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A New Jersey-based company has acquired the Roseland Development Company and its Overlook Ridge project in North Revere and has aggressive plans to revive several long-stalled Roseland projects. Mack-Cali Realty Corporation of Edison, NJ, announced a barrage of development action last week, not long after finalizing a deal to take over Roseland Development Company...

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RHA Officials Surprised By State’s Comments

January 31, 2013
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In a tit-for-tat discussion that has erupted in the newspapers, state housing officials last week went on the attack towards the Revere Housing Authority (RHA) one week after local officials criticized a new plan to regionalize housing authorities. Now, local officials say they are shocked that they cannot speak their mind without the threat...

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Questions Arise over Construction of Pines Pump Station

January 31, 2013
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Not even one month has gone by in the year and City Councillors have already engaged in a major disagreement over the investigation of the brand new Pines Pump Station. The $1 million station just opened late last year after many years of delays and complications with pricing. Now that it’s open, there are...

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Markey Picking Up Endorsements In Senate Bid

January 31, 2013
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Congressman Ed Markey collected numerous endorsements over the past week in his potential run for U.S. Senate while his only Democratic competition – South Boston Congressman Stephen Lynch – is set to reveal his plans later this week. In a show of support, elected officials from across Markey’s current district pledged support to his...

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