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Trying Not to Pile On

September 7, 2011
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Trying Not to Pile On

They were called ‘slobs.’ Then they were called ‘lazy.’ Now, those who create horribly messy conditions inside and outside their homes are called ‘hoarders,’ and it’s now known as a valid mental illness that can be treated. Inspectional Services Director Nick Catinazzo said that hoarding has become quite a problem in Revere and in...

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In Ward 4, He’s the One: Reardon Focuses on the Present

September 7, 2011
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In Ward 4, He’s the One: Reardon Focuses on the Present

If Ward 4 City Councillor Stephen Reardon has any recipe for his first-term success on the Council, it would probably be his lack of political aspirations. That statement can sound kind of confusing on its own, but Reardon seemed to explain it quite well in a sit-down interview with the Journal recently. “I think...

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Revere Police, New York Detectives Make Major Gang Grab on Revere Street; One Man Confesses to Murder

September 7, 2011
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A cadre of law enforcement, including Revere Police, apprehended two major Salvadoran gang members hiding out on Revere Street last week, with one of the men confessing to a cold-blooded murder committed in New York City last July. The men were known by law enforcement to be signature members of the notorious 18th Street...

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Preliminary Election Scrapped

September 7, 2011
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The Sept. 13 Preliminary Election has officially been called off by City and State officials this week. The cancellation had been approved by Revere City Councillors early last month, and the measure had been sent to the State House for final approval. Last Friday, news of that approval landed in Revere. “The preliminary election...

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City Plans for Potential Outfalls if Hurricane, Ultra-high Tides Hit Simultaneously

August 25, 2011
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Special Online Report A combination of ultra-high tides and a potential Category 2 hurricane headed to Boston Harbor, both on Sunday, have Revere officials contemplating and planning today. With Mayor Tom Ambrosino on vacation this week, Interim Mayor John Powers – who is quite an authority on flooding in his Ward 5 area –...

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License Commission: Compromise Reached on Beach Restaurant

August 17, 2011
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License Commission: Compromise Reached on Beach Restaurant

The Revere License Commission met late last month and trimmed the hours slightly for Antonia’s on the Beach after a lengthy discussion. The Antonia’s matter had been continued from the June meeting with some neighbors and owners sparring over the volume of live music performances. A group of neighbors contended the music was disruptive...

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Randall Resigns; Case Still Pending

August 17, 2011
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Revere Police officer Todd Randall is now a former Revere Police officer, resigning from the force last week. Randall had been on unpaid leave since last fall for a medical issue, but had been arrested and charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) last spring for giving a false statement during the course...

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New Trash Ordinance Might Not Go into Effect Until January 1

August 17, 2011
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The City Council will weigh whether or not to postpone the controversial trash storage ordinance next Monday night, according to numerous sources. The Council voted in the ordinance last spring after a long and arduous discussion process that lasted many months. Ward 6 Councillor Charlie Patch put in the motion and argued that there...

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Divided We Fall: School Officials, Mayor Indicate That Middle School Lottery Has Brought out the Worst in Adult Community

August 17, 2011
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The middle school lottery over the last several years has never been an easy process, but administrators say it has become downright disturbing this year. In the three lotteries staged over the last five years by the School Department, there have been tears from children, angry parents, arguments and harsh language. The lottery has...

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A Textbook Case Of Addition by Subtraction: Caramello’s Brief Teaching Career Gave Birth to a Long and Distinguished Tenure with the RFD

August 10, 2011
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A Textbook Case Of Addition by Subtraction: Caramello’s Brief Teaching Career Gave Birth to a Long and Distinguished Tenure with the RFD

Fire Lt. Jim Caramello took a strange path to the Revere Fire Department. In fact, before landing on a fire truck, he never dreamt of dousing out flames or providing life saving services to those in distress. What he mostly did was teach mathematics at Revere High School (RHS), following in his father’s footsteps...

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Hearing Held in Randall Case; DPW Matter Is Continued Until Next Month

August 10, 2011
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Two noteworthy hearings involving city employees were continued within the last two weeks. First, last Wednesday, August 3, Police Officer Todd Randall was expected to have an important hearing in which he could plead to his charges or disclose a plea deal. That hearing was unexpectedly re-scheduled at the last minute, pushing it off...

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Motorists Have to Weather a Lot of Tie-ups

August 3, 2011
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Motorists Have to Weather a Lot of Tie-ups

It has never been so hard to get around as it has been this summer. During the daytime hours, it’s nearly impossible to get from one end of the City to the other. Going north and south is virtually impossible, especially if one chooses to do so in the morning or evening rush hours....

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Revere High Plans Significant Changes: New Block Schedule and Advisory Program Will Go into Effect in September

August 3, 2011
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While the actual building at Revere High School (RHS) might not have changed much over the summer, everything going on inside will be considerably different once the new school term starts later this month. RHS Principal Lourenço Garcia and Guidance Director Maureen Lenihan told the Journal that they are putting the final touches on...

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Council Eliminates Preliminary Election

August 3, 2011
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For the second straight election cycle, the City Council has voted to eliminate the Preliminary Election for at-large councillor in September, even though there is the required number of candidates to trigger that election. Painted as a cost-saving measure, the Council voted 9-1 to send the Home Rule Petition to the State Legislature for...

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Council Votes to Maintain Candy Company’s Tax Break

July 27, 2011
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Council Votes to Maintain Candy Company’s Tax Break

City Councillors voted 10-1 to allow Necco to keep its tax-break agreement despite being decertified from the state economic development program that administers the agreement and despite violating most parts of the agreement. The local tax break amounts to a savings of some $300,000 per year for Necco. With the break, they pay the...

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City Council will Attempt to Block Preliminary Election in 11-person at-large Race

July 27, 2011
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It appears that the at-large race will be forced into a Preliminary Election this time around as 11 candidates were certified for the ballot on Tuesday afternoon – the exact number required for a September Preliminary. However, city councillors will move this coming Monday to block the election and eliminate it as they did...

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Issue Peaks Markey’s Interest; Congressman Wants Answers

July 27, 2011
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Congressman Ed Markey came out this week with some serious concerns about Global Oil Partners’ plan to bring in large Ethanol trains to Revere on the commuter rail tracks. “I plan to send a letter to Global Partners requesting answers to these questions, and how they plan to address the concerns of Revere residents,”...

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Bigger and Better Than the Hype

July 20, 2011
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If one were to gauge the success of this past weekend’s National Sand sculpting Festival on Revere Beach by crowds alone, then it was a smashing success. Crowds were estimated prior to the festival to be around 300,000 people for the four-day period, and organizers said preliminary public safety estimates indicated that there were...

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Parishioners Vow to Continue Fighting Despite Plans to Sell Church Property in Beachmont

July 20, 2011
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In a curious and surprising move, the Archdiocese of Boston announced last Thursday that it was going to desanctify Our Lady of Lourdes Church (OLOL) in Beachmont – and six other churches that are still in flux – and perhaps sell it. All of this came as OLOL is in the middle of an...

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Carving Artists: As Many as 300,000 People Expected to Attend Annual Event on Revere Beach

July 13, 2011
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Carving Artists: As Many as 300,000 People Expected to Attend Annual Event on Revere Beach

There may not be a better way to usher in the dreamy, fantasy world of sandcastles than by staging a parade on the Boulevard with eight-foot-tall puppets. And that’s exactly what’s going to happen this week. The Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival is ready for its official kickoff tomorrow, Thursday, though many sculptors...

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