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Parent Questions Teaching of Islam, Religions in World History at Revere Middle Schools

October 25, 2014
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A flap over the history curriculum regarding world religions – specifically teachings about Islam – in the Revere middle schools has gone to the Boston media and caused a number of parents to ask questions and inquire about what is, indeed, being taught to children. Superintendent Paul Dakin said the genesis of the complaint...
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Market Basket to Open Doors in Revere on Sunday

October 25, 2014
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Market Basket to Open Doors in Revere on Sunday

In the parking lot of the new Market Basket at Northgate Monday morning, workers outside were spiffying up the outside and moving carriages inside – but they weren’t getting much done in between having to answer numerous questions from the excited passers-by, many that are greatly anticipating this Sunday’s (Oct. 26) opening at 7...
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Guinasso Opposed to Bicycle Lane Location on Revere Street

October 25, 2014
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Guinasso Opposed to Bicycle Lane Location on Revere Street

If Councillor Arthur Guinasso has his way, the new bicycle lane on Revere Street would pedal off into the sunset. The Ward 3 councillor remains a strong opponent of the siting of the dedicated lane running westbound on Revere Street – saying he’s not against bicycle lanes or bicyclists, but doesn’t believe the location...
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MGC Issues Warning About Lying to Commission

October 25, 2014
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) didn’t take any drastic action at last Thursday’s meeting concerning the federal indictment of three men in the Everett land deal, but it did issue a stern – if not comical – warning to those who might ponder being less than truthful to the Commission in the future. “As...
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Rizzo Looks to Block MBTA Sale to Wynn

October 19, 2014
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Mayor Dan Rizzo has called for the MBTA to stop in its tracks on a land sale to Wynn Resorts – a crucial sale of land that will allow the proposed casino to create an access road on Everett-only land and to avoid troubles with Boston. Rizzo listed five specific reasons why the MBTA...
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Zarah Magazine Looks to Present a Positive Viewpoint Of Arab Culture and to Bridge Gaps in the Community

October 19, 2014
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‘Hijack’ is a contentious word to use when speaking about Arab American culture, but it’s exactly what Rachid Moukhabir says has happened to his culture worldwide – and he’s combatting that unfortunate view with a new magazine called ‘Zarah’ that highlights the positives of Arab American culture in Revere and the entire area. “I’m...
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School Officials Put Planning in Place in Case of Ebola

October 19, 2014
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In Dallas a few weeks ago, an ambulance company responded to a 9-1-1 call to make a routine pickup at an apartment building for a man who seemed to have the flu. For an ambulance worker or a first responder, such a call is the most routine of routine calls. However, unbeknownst to those...
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Revere, Neighbor Districts Unite To Handle ‘Urban Migrant’ Students

October 19, 2014
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The Revere Public Schools (RPS) have soared above 7,000 students in total enrollment this year in what is likely the largest student population ever – or at least in recent history. That said, it’s not only a Revere problem, district officials said, and as surrounding districts also soar in enrollment, a point of unity...
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Lightbody Indicted Over Wynn Land Sale

October 13, 2014
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Revere resident Charlie Lightbody said this week that a federal indictment handed down last Thursday alleging he and two other men tried to hoodwink investigators regarding the casino land deal in Everett is weak and based purely on speculation. The 13-page indictment came down on Thursday afternoon after a Federal Grand Jury closed up...
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Rev. Granitsas Celebrates 40 Years in the Pulpit

October 6, 2014
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When Rev. Nick Granitsas interviewed for the pastors job at Revere’s First Congregational Church some 40 years ago, he immediately knew that God was leading him to Revere. Call it a hunch, or as Rev. Granitsas calls it, the Holy Spirit, but there was no mistaking the fact that Revere and Rev. Granitsas were...
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Tornado After-Effects Still Lingering

October 6, 2014
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Three seconds of madness two months ago during the Revere Tornado has led neighbors off the Parkway near the skating rink on an emotional roller coaster that has emptied out into a bureaucratic nightmare – with insurance money coming in slowly and damaged homes – still mostly unrepaired – facing the cold fact of...
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Baker and Polito Receive Warm Welcome in Revere

October 6, 2014
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Baker and Polito Receive Warm Welcome in Revere

Several Revere elected officials headed to the Casa Lucia last Thursday to join numerous residents and other elected officials from surrounding communities to lend support to the Republican Gubernatorial ticket of Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito. In an area where things are distinctively “blue,” numerous Democrats turned out to support the Baker campaign at...
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‘No On Question 3 Campaign’ Gets Energized in Everett, Revere

October 6, 2014
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Only minutes had gone by after the decision by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) to award a casino license to Wynn Resorts before Everett’s Michael McLaughlin and Dan Skeritt kicked it into high gear to get the word out about the ‘Vote No on Question 3’ campaign – a campaign calling for keeping the...
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Property Assessments Increasing

October 6, 2014
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City Assessors have begun the triennial property revaluation this month and report that values are beginning to come back up. “What we saw is that values have gone up,” said Assessor Andy Iovanna. “My guess is that on average, one and two-families have gone up 9 or 10 percent. Commercial values have gone up...
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Market Basket May Open Nov. 1

September 29, 2014
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The Northgate Market Basket could be opening its doors as soon as Nov. 1 if things go according to plan, Mayor Dan Rizzo said this week. The long-awaited store looks to be an anchor tenant of the mall and an economic engine for the area – increasing foot traffic to other businesses as well....
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Suffolk Downs to Close Down on Nov. 20

September 29, 2014
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For many at Suffolk Downs, a casino wasn’t near and dear to their hearts, but it was a means of preserving a way of life and a trade that was as much a part of them as the air they breathed. “Every weekend, every day after school and every summer was about being at...
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Moving Forward from Casino Loss

September 29, 2014
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City officials did their best to begin the healing process on Monday night after losing the casino battle, with Councillor Brian Arrigo suggesting the City start a Master Planning process and Mayor Dan Rizzo unveiling plans for another Economic Development Summit in November. The Monday Council meeting featured councillors, Mayor Rizzo, Economic Development Chief...
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Clause Prevents Revere from SCA Status with Everett

September 29, 2014
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Revere is likely to never see any official fruits of the casino project in Everett, with no Surrounding Community status or agreement due to a clause in the City’s Host Community Agreement (HCA) that waived its status on the Everett project. The same term was included in the Boston agreement, and now both municipalities...
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MGC gives casino license to Wynn: Mohegan Sun’s Bid Falls Short to Build Resort at Suffolk Downs

September 22, 2014
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MGC gives casino license to Wynn: Mohegan Sun’s Bid Falls Short to Build Resort at Suffolk Downs

It came down to risky versus safe, and in the end the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) chose the riskier bet in awarding the Greater Boston resort casino license to Wynn Resorts on Tuesday afternoon. The vote ended up 3-1 to give it to Wynn, mostly based on jobs numbers and economic development benefits. Those...
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Tall Parkway Building Slips Through Zoning Cracks

September 22, 2014
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There are some new constructions that raise the eyebrows of those in the neighborhood and then there is the new building on the Parkway nearly touching Lee Burbank Highway – a development that slipped through the zoning cracks and has raised quite a bit more than eyebrows for residents. The property, which is now...
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