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Moose Club Members Vote to Ban Smoking

August 1, 2012
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The Revere Moose Lodge has trimmed its antlers and kicked some bad habits, namely cigarette smoking. The recently-troubled club has gone through some major organizational changes since nearly dissolving last January, and last week the lodge made a major move in becoming the first private club in Revere to prohibit smoking within its building....

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Rep. Smith Given Date to Fix Apts

August 1, 2012
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Everett State Rep. Steve ‘Stat’ Smith got reprimanded in Chelsea Court and given a drop-dead date to have his Revere apartments brought up to code, according to Revere Fire Officials, or he will be criminally charged. Chelsea Court Assistant Clerk Magistrate Bob O’Leary heard the facts of the case from Smith and from Revere...

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Playing It Too Slow: Leaders Take Exception to Timeline That Could Extend Licensing to 2014

August 1, 2012
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At a critical point during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln was confounded as to why his top general was sitting idle and allowing the Confederate Army to gather steam and poke holes in the Union Army. The more Lincoln wondered, inquired and worried about the general’s inaction, the more the general seemed to...

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China Roma Owner Wants Gaming Parlor

July 26, 2012
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It’s looks as if Broadway is headed the way of Monte Carlo as the owner of China Roma Restaurant has proposed to set up a separate gaming business – creating a parlor for patrons to use the infamous phone card machines in yet another loophole casino. After being severely chided by License Commission Chair...

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Millions at Stake: Thrifty Car Rental Dollars Could Be Lost in Relocation

July 26, 2012
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One wouldn’t think that a steel-framed parking garage going up at Logan Airport would have much to do with the City of Revere, but that facility under construction at Logan could completely break the City if some sort of compromise isn’t reached – and quickly. The steel-framed facility going up at Logan Airport is...

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Change is in the Air for Budget Process

July 18, 2012
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Mayor Dan Rizzo’s administration is about to take a major step towards revolutionizing the way the City does budgeting, and officials said it would be a major change from the way that money is allocated now. The City recently learned that it was the beneficiary of a grant to help implement performance-based budgeting –...

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Mckinley Site Controversy: Hill Park School Plan Draws Heated Response

July 18, 2012
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Sometimes, the only good solution is to beat a square peg through a round hole. Building a new McKinley School has become that kind of frustrating process, as designers indicated there is no easy solution, and members of the community are squaring off with equally valid concerns. Monday night, a very lively School Building...

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Sand-Tastic Underway 9th Annual Event this Weekend

July 13, 2012
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Sand-Tastic Underway 9th Annual Event this Weekend

Under a microscope, grains of sand appear unique, colorful and majestic pieces of natural art. And they’re even more stunning when billions of those grains are corralled by professional sand sculptors and formed into amazing works of sculpture. That’s exactly what’s happening right now as the 9th Annual Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival...

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DPW Workers Fighting for Their Overtime Pay

July 13, 2012
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The City and 31 Department of Public Works (DPW) employees are preparing for what will likely be a long legal battle over alleged overtime wage violations that could go back decades. Nearly every unionized employee of the DPW, from the everyday workers to key supervisors, are part of the federal lawsuit that is currently...

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Officials Discuss Loan for Federal Mandate

July 4, 2012
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The City is preparing to engage in another round of multi-million dollar borrowings to continue the work required under the federal government’s signed Consent Decree with Revere for historic violations of the Clean Water Act. The Council has scheduled a Public Hearing this month to consider $7.55 million in borrowings from the state’s Clean...

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Sandcastle Countdown: Fenway Comes to Revere Beach ; Sculptors to Build Replica of Park

July 3, 2012
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Master sculptors at the upcoming Revere Beach National Sandsculpting Festival are preparing to hit a home run with what could be their most popular centerpiece sculpture ever. Meredith Corson of Sanding Ovations told the Journal that the centerpiece sculpture at this year’s festival would be a gigantic version of Fenway Park, in honor of...

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Granddad Claims That He Was Falsely Arrested

June 27, 2012
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Making an incredible allegation of false arrest on Revere Beach, a 55-year-old Revere resident filed a lawsuit in Boston’s Federal Court against a State Trooper who allegedly arrested him while he was trying to teach his granddaughter not to play with fireworks. The State Police did not return a communication from the Journal in...

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Smith Snubs City Officials over Violations

June 27, 2012
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The king of no-show will apparently now have to show up at a Chelsea courthouse, as Revere fire officials filed a criminal complaint in Chelsea District Court on Tuesday against Everett State Rep. Steve ‘Stat’ Smith in the ongoing saga over his illegal apartments on Yeamans Street. After Smith allegedly dragged his feet for...

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Cafarelli Named Permanent Chief

June 27, 2012
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Over the strong objections of one city councillor, the City Council followed the desire of Mayor Dan Rizzo and pushed through the permanent, five-year appointment of Acting Chief Joe Cafarelli on Monday night. Rizzo had taken swift action in February to appoint Cafarelli as acting chief and to demote former Chief Terence Reardon. At...

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Local Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall

June 21, 2012
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The city’s unemployment rate has followed a state trend and plummeted more than 2 percent since January, resulting in a rate of 6.8 percent for Revere in May. The entire labor force for the city was at 24,730 people in May, and 1,670 were unemployed, resulting in the 6.8 percent rate. The statewide rate...

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From RHS to Harvard: Ferrante Becomes Second in Family to Attend Storied University

June 13, 2012
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From RHS to Harvard: Ferrante Becomes Second in Family to Attend Storied University

When Revere High School (RHS) 2012 Valedictorian Michael Ferrante was in second grade, he helped pack up his brother’s belongings and drive them over to Cambridge. He carried boxes and computers across Harvard Yard and took in everything in the old buildings as his brother, Frank T. Ferrante, nervously acclimated himself to the campus...

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Preliminary City Budget Taking Shape for Review

June 13, 2012
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Mayor Dan Rizzo said this week that his first stab at setting a City Budget proposal was a rather tough one, given the limited funds coming into the City, but said he got through it without any layoffs or catastrophic actions. “We aren’t going to have any layoffs, that’s for certain,” Rizzo said of...

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Commission Reaffirms Host Status: Revere Officials Question Casino Host Status After Erroneous Email

June 13, 2012
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Something that has never before been questioned is whether or not Revere is absolutely a host city if a casino is built at Suffolk Downs. After much discussion, that foundational question and resulting local controversy seems to have settled. Revere is a host city. But in the last 24 hours, that designation appeared to...

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Saugus Man Sues

June 6, 2012
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A Revere Police officer has been hit with a federal civil rights lawsuit this week from a Saugus man who was arrested at the 2007 Columbus Day Parade in the wake of the Officer Dan Talbot murder. Pat Starkey, 37, has filed suit with Attorney Myong Joun of Arlington in Boston Federal Court against...

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Remembering Veterans: Memorial Day Exercises Draw Largest Crowd in Many Years

May 31, 2012
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Remembering Veterans: Memorial Day Exercises Draw Largest Crowd in Many Years

One of the largest crowds in years turned out on Monday for the Memorial Day exercises on the American Legion Lawn as sunny skies overhead helped set the tone for a solemn remembrance. While attendance to the exercises was down for many decades, it has steadily grown over the last three years. However, this...

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