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Romney and Wonderland: Who Did What and When?

October 24, 2012
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As the Presidential race focuses on things national and international, many have forgotten the local angle of former Gov. Mitt Romney and the imprint he left on the state during his one term in office. And one of the imprints locally that has sparked some debate is that of the City’s most important development...

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Councillors, Abutters at Extreme Odds over New Gas Station on Squire Road

October 24, 2012
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Councillors and Sigourney Street neighbors squared off in a contentious public hearing on Monday night regarding a proposed 24-hour gas station on Squire Road. The proposal comes from Joe Prizio and will sit on the site of the former 338 Pub. It is also right next to another large gas station, the Mobile, which...

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Sweet Surprise? Fire at Necco Gave Neighbors More Than They Bargained For

October 17, 2012
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Sweet Surprise? Fire at Necco Gave Neighbors More Than They Bargained For

Giancarlo Pani watched a dark cloud from the Necco Candy Company move over the marsh on Friday, Oct. 5th, towards his Bryant Street home, which sits just 50 feet from the factory. “They must be making candy,” he said to himself as he went to bed. But the cloud didn’t contain the usual sweet...

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A Breakdown of the Most Basic Functions in State Government

October 17, 2012
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It is absolutely beyond belief that one rogue chemist in a relatively unknown drug testing lab in Jamaica Plain could unravel one of the most basic functions of government – protecting the people. As you read this, most likely, inmates throughout the state prison system are preparing to collect their “Get Out of Jail...

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Anzuoni Reappointed to Housing Board

October 17, 2012
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After 18 years of complete stability on the Revere Housing Authority’s (RHA) Board, former Chair George Anzuoni has had one wild ride over the past several weeks. In a relatively innocuous and cold letter to Anzuoni about three weeks ago, Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration informed Anzuoni that his services on the RHA Board would...

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City Officials Start a New Tradition

October 11, 2012
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City Officials Start a New Tradition

The zings at the inaugural Columbus Day Parade roast on Monday didn’t zap quite as crushingly as those at its St. Patrick’s Day counterpart in South Boston, but the breakfast still featured several zingers and it wholly entertained a sold-out crowd in the Beachmont VFW. In fact, the event was such an immediate success...

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Excise Tax Losses Loom Larger in Surcharge Issue

October 11, 2012
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If Revere loses the coveted and necessary Rental Car Surcharge fee from Thrifty Rental Cars, that loss will be only half of the story. City Director of Finance George Anzuoni said that the City would lose around $600,000 per year in excise taxes as well when Thrifty leaves for the Logan Airport’s new Consolidated...

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Freshness is the Hallmark for Pesce Pazzo Chefs

October 4, 2012
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Freshness is the Hallmark for Pesce Pazzo Chefs

Forget everything you knew about the old Wharf Restaurant property on North Shore Road and replace it with a chic new eatery built on freshness and called Pesce Pazzo. For the past three months, John, Mike and Gina Beatrice – along with Chef Davide Artiano – have been changing the pace of the North...

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Sounds of Silence : Councillors Set to Pass Noise Ordinance

October 4, 2012
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Sounds of Silence : Councillors Set to Pass Noise Ordinance

The music blares. It’s 2 a.m. The neighbors down the street have been partying and blasting music since early in the afternoon. There seems to be no respite; nowhere to turn. You can’t sleep. Until now. A much-strengthened City Noise Ordinance got a very positive review at the City Council’s Legislative Affairs Committee on...

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Breakfast on Monday to Kick off Parade Fund-raising Drive

October 4, 2012
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The City is getting everything ready for a major push to bring back the Columbus Day Parade in 2013, and this Columbus Day they’ll kick off that effort with a breakfast roast that will be a who’s who of state and local elected officials. The parade was discontinued without so much of a whimper...

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Healthy but Hungry

October 4, 2012
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In a hyper-political time, even school lunch has been served with a heaping helping of political strife. As students returned to Revere High School (RHS) last month, the last thing on their minds was the school lunch. That quickly changed, though, when students reported to the cafeteria and found smaller portions, different tasting foods,...

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Council Approves Project

September 26, 2012
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It came down to a roll of the dice – a bit of a gamble – and most City Councillors weren’t willing to call the bluff of an Everett developer who has plans to build 261 apartment units at a plot of land next to the BJ’s store on Ward Street. The situation was...

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School Uniforms and Its Working Well Here

September 26, 2012
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They say that the uniform makes the man, but uniforms are also doing quite a lot for the boys and girls in several of Revere’s elementary schools this year. After being pioneers at the Paul Revere School, the ever-controversial school uniform issue took a major leap this year as three of the City’s elementary...

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Revere Businessman Falls Prey to Scam

September 26, 2012
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In what allegedly appears to be a scam of major proportions, the MBTA has placed a Blue Line subway train superintendent on administrative leave and the Transit Police have embarked on an aggressive investigation into allegations in the purported scam. Christopher Shea, who serves as a higher-up in the Blue Line, has also had...

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Schools Hit High Mark on MCAS

September 26, 2012
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As Superintendent Paul Dakin and Assistant Superintendent Dianne Kelley perused the initial MCAS test numbers for Revere Schools last week, one thing about those scores seemed to jump off the dry erase board. As Dakin pointed to the top of the list – to those schools that performed the best on the test –...

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Officials Pass New Rx Bill

September 20, 2012
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As this weekend’s Revere Beach Memorial approaches, local elected officials and anti-addition advocates are using the spotlight to focus in on a different kind of fight against drug addiction. The current struggle, they say, is not as much on the streets with hard drugs, but rather in the medicine cabinet and doctor’s office with...

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High School Gets Very Positive Review and Renewed Accreditation This Week

September 20, 2012
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It was a sigh of relief and a wide smile at Revere High School (RHS) this week as news filtered out that the school had received a glowing review and a renewed accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASAC). The accreditation process began last March when a team of educators...

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Goooal!!!Development at Wonderland Might Include Soccer Stadium

September 20, 2012
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A groundbreaking development at the former Wonderland Dog Track property is apparently knocking on the City’s door and it could include a 15,000-seat soccer stadium with accompanying parking. Sources told the Journal this week that talks regarding the building of a new soccer stadium at Wonderland have escalated quickly as of late, and the...

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Getting Three More Properties on Tax Roles

September 12, 2012
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Getting Three More Properties on Tax Roles

There are some homes that nobody can seem to salvage. And when those homes appear, Chelsea Restoration has routinely stepped up to the plate. Now, with a hefty state grant in their coffers, they are ready to salvage three more Revere properties. Helen Zucco of Chelsea Restoration said that the non-profit recently got a...

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Councillors Warm to Tax Break for Market Basket

September 12, 2012
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Virtually everyone has been intrigued by the prospect that the Market Basket might locate in the Northgate Shopping Center, and even more so that the store might be requesting a tax break from the City in the form of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement. The news of a potential TIF for Demoulas Market...

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