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Save-a-lot Food Store Closing Its Doors

February 10, 2012
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A food shopping institution on the Revere-Malden line will close its doors this Sunday after decades serving the residents in and around Linden Square. Johnnie’s Save-a-Lot – will close its doors for good this Sunday, Feb. 12, according to long-time employees of the regional chain. The chain is headquartered in Somerville, though it has...

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Football Championship Game Means Extra Dollars for Local Businesses

February 2, 2012
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Football Championship Game Means Extra Dollars for Local Businesses

The New England Patriots’ Super Bowl march this year has meant business for a lot of local retailers, and this week businesses said they have seen a Super Bowl run on everything from televisions to catering to…auto body. Revere residents Eric and Rob Danilchuk – who operate Danilchuk Auto Body in East Boston –...

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Chelsea Court in Turmoil After Guns Disappearance

February 2, 2012
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The Chelsea District Court is in turmoil this week and one Revere firearms case against an alleged career criminal is now compromised as a result of three firearms – which were evidence in criminal cases – being stolen from the Court Clerk’s office. According to Jake Wark of Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley’s...

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For One Revere High Senior Application Process is Done

January 19, 2012
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For One Revere High Senior Application Process is Done

For most Revere High School (RHS) students, the college application and student loan process is at full throttle this month, and for it, a good many students and their parents are pulling their hair out. Not so for RHS Senior Kristina Aiello, whose hair is completely intact, and who is heading to the private...

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New Law Haunts Schools Local City Officials Charge: Marijuana Law is Taking Toll on Teens at Revere High

January 19, 2012
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Two years ago this month, Massachusetts decriminalized the use and possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. Many probably haven’t given a second thought to that change over the past 24 months, but in the schools, it’s a topic of conversation just about every day. And Revere school officials say the double standard...

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Council Grants Waivers for Two

January 11, 2012
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City Councillors unanimously passed two requests from Mayor Dan Rizzo on Monday night to grant non-residency waivers for two of the mayor’s newest hires. Lynnfield resident John Festa, a Revere native who has worked in the city for decades at Festa Construction, and Boston resident Miles Lang Kennedy, who worked on Rizzo’s mayoral campaign,...

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City Officials Ready to Enforce New Trash Ordinance on Jan. 1

December 28, 2011
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The new trash ordinance that the Council passed last summer will go into effect on Jan. 1st and city inspectors said last week that they are prepared to hand out fines. “It’s going to be pretty tough because trash trucks go out really early, but we’ll have our guys out there with them to...

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Rice Gets 6 Months Jail Time: Former Library Director Pleads Guilty and Hands over Check for $230,000

December 28, 2011
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Former Revere Public Library Director Bob Rice Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to 20 counts of fraud and embezzlement – getting six months in jail and immediately handing over $230,000 restitution. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Carol Ball heard the guilty plea from Rice, who was represented at the hearing by Attorneys Stephen Tassinari and...

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Wheel Heels: Brazen Thieves Steal the Tires off a Car on Caruso Street

December 22, 2011
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Wheel Heels: Brazen Thieves Steal the Tires off a Car on Caruso Street

Caruso Street isn’t exactly East St. Louis, so it was with quite a bit of surprise on Monday morning when Jim D’Orsi walked out of his two-story home adorned with white columns on his quiet residential street and found his daughter’s Honda Civic resting on cinder blocks – its tires and rims completely removed....

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House Breaks Vs. In-home Business: RPD, Council Try to Balance Crime Fighting with Free Enterprise

December 22, 2011
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House Breaks Vs. In-home Business: RPD, Council Try to Balance Crime Fighting with Free Enterprise

Rick and Cherie Meade were still laughing when they returned to their Barrett Street apartment last Thursday after seeing a movie and doing a little Christmas shopping. The laughter didn’t last long, though. “I saw the door busted open and the Christmas decorations that were hung on the door were lying on the ground,”...

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Clean and Press

December 21, 2011
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A controversial Laundromat proposal in Beachmont Square snuck through Monday night during the last Council meeting of the year and after languishing in committee with nary a peep since early fall. Ralph Torretta received unanimous approval from the Council Monday to locate a Laundromat in his building on Winthrop Avenue – a building that...

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Despite Gaming Commission Speculation, Ambrosino Says He Has No Job Lined Up

December 15, 2011
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Despite Gaming Commission Speculation, Ambrosino Says He Has No Job Lined Up

Mayor Tom Ambrosino said he would be staring down joblessness come January 3, and he doesn’t plan to apply for a position on the new Massachusetts Gaming Commission – as many have suggested he might do. Ambrosino said he has not applied for any of the positions on the Commission as of this week,...

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Elected Officials, Teachers Show Their Support for Randall, Ask for Lenience

December 15, 2011
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Several elected officials, a teacher and the wife of former Revere Police Officer Todd Randall last week made a last minute call on Federal Judge Rya Zobel for leniency on the fallen officer. Randall was sentenced in Federal Court at Boston on Tuesday afternoon, but late last Friday, Randall’s attorney – Tim Flaherty –...

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Former Officer Will Serve Four Months in Prison

December 15, 2011
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With federal prosecutors noticeably disappointed, Judge Rya Zobel on Tuesday afternoon sentenced former Revere Police Officer Todd Randall to four months in prison for lying to FBI agents in 2010 during the course of an investigation into police corruption in Revere. Randall has already served 33 days and will get credit for that time....

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Transition Team Plans Its First Meeting

December 8, 2011
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Transition Team Plans Its First Meeting

The Rizzo Administration began easing its way into City Hall Tuesday night, December 6, with its first Transition Team meeting held at the Council Chambers and open to the public. The meeting was expected to last at least 90 minutes and is in the spirit of full transparency within the new administration – which...

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Change Paves Way for Commercial Possibilities in North Revere; Saugus Neighbors Are Irked

December 8, 2011
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After more than 10 years of inaction, the Caddy Farms project in North Revere got a groundbreaking zoning change at Monday night’s City Council meeting, much to the displeasure of scores of Saugus residents who were in attendance. The Council voted 10-1 to approve the new zoning, which will make the Caddy Farms land...

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Heavyweight Showdown: Suffolk Downs and Wynn/Kraft Roll out Their Visions for Resort Casinos

December 8, 2011
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In the midst of Suffolk Downs making a big splash with their official intentions to seek a casino license, the New England Patriots are apparently throwing a chop block their way. With a major casino developer visiting Patriots owner Bob Kraft at last Sunday’s football game, casino gaming in Greater Boston has officially become...

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A Complete Twist: RHS Drama Guild Will Embark on Its First Full-length Production with Its Version of ‘the Taming of the Shrew’

December 2, 2011
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A Complete Twist: RHS Drama Guild Will Embark on Its First Full-length Production with Its Version of ‘the Taming of the Shrew’

The newly formed Revere High School (RHS) Drama Guild is preparing to take a big bite out of Shakespeare next week as they perform their twist on ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ in two performances. The cast of about 12 students in the one-year old Drama Guild – which is financially supported by RevereCARES...

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Thanks for Nothing (Seriously): As Ambrosino Leaves, Budget Deficit Has Been Erased

December 2, 2011
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When Mayor Tom Ambrosino leaves office next month, he’ll be leaving a neatly wrapped package in the Mayor’s Office for Mayor-elect Dan Rizzo. That gift will be a surplus of cash in the Rainy Day Fund and a nearly $2 million deficit that has been completely wiped off the books. Ambrosino reported to the...

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Tireless Senior Center Employee Was the Victim of a Gutless Attack on Thanksgiving

December 2, 2011
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The heart of the Rossetti Cowan Senior Center is in everyone’s prayers this week after a violent purse snatching on Thanksgiving Day left her in the hospital. Lois Diamond, a tireless worker at the Senior Center and friend to just about everyone, was attacked by a female robber around 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day...

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