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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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Creating a Buzz: Looking to Enliven Its Community, Paul Revere School Holds First Annual Scripps Howard Spelling Bee

November 22, 2011
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Creating a Buzz: Looking to Enliven Its Community, Paul Revere School Holds First Annual Scripps Howard Spelling Bee

The Paul Revere School staff might be well versed on education, but administrators took a cue from the past last week to spell out success for their students. Under the guidance of Principal Barbara Kelly, the school registered and paid to be part of the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee competition this fall. Last Friday,...

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Organizers Still Optimistic About Beachmont Church’s Chances; Will Hold a Mass and Update This Sunday, Nov. 27

November 22, 2011
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Along with Thanksgiving this year comes a good deal of hope for those in Beachmont who are continuing the fight to save their Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Organizer John Verrengia said there would be a Mass on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 27th, at 10 a.m. It will be celebrated by a Catholic priest at...

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Trim Costs? for All Trimmings? Forget It; Turkey Day Costs Are Up 13 Percent, Marking the Largest Increase in 26 Years

November 22, 2011
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There’s a lot to be thankful for when living in the United States, but this Thanksgiving, one thing there won’t be a lot of thanks for is the rising price of the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. A recent national survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) showed that the cost of a Thanksgiving Dinner...

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Randall Arrested Again; Hearing in Federal Court Reveals Fight with Local Blogger in Coffee Shop

November 16, 2011
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The Federal Courthouse in Boston was transformed into a theatre for Revere-style chicanery on Monday, as former Revere Police officer Todd Randall was ordered held after a hearing that involved an allegation of him fighting with infamous blogger Richard Ireton at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Brown Circle. Randall, his wife, FBI agents and others...

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Correggio Will Challenge Morabito’s Win in Recount

November 16, 2011
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The battle is not over in the Council at-large race more than one week after the results were officially posted and the victory parties have long-since died out. At issue will be a recount of the vote concerning the razor-thin, 10-vote difference between Councillor-elect Steven Morabito and defeated incumbent Councillor John Correggio. After having...

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Blasé About the Ballots Turnout in Revere Unimpressive

November 16, 2011
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Underlying the excitement of the vote in last Tuesday’s City Election was the absence of a vote, with fewer than 10,000 votes cast in a hotly contested set of elections. On an exceptionally beautiful autumn day, in a race that featured a heated race for an open mayoral seat and a feisty at-large City...

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In the Debate Between Oil and Natural Gas, Revere Residents Make a Strong Statement

November 9, 2011
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In the Debate Between Oil and Natural Gas, Revere Residents Make a Strong Statement

With the home heating season starting up this month, the question of what fuel to use has never been so puzzling. Homeowners and landlords struggle over the idea of whether they should continue heating with their old oil systems, maybe update them, or make the conversion to natural gas. It’s a decision that many...

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Ambrosino Prepares to Leave the Mayor’s Office

November 9, 2011
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The walls in Mayor Tom Ambrosino’s office were once filled with photographs of groundbreakings and optimistic drawings of developments that were in the planning stages. There were ceremonial hard hats on the shelves, historic signed paintings from the late Norman Gautreau and numerous bound volumes of the Massachusetts General Laws. Beside all of those...

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Stumbling Blocks: Just Another Bright Idea

November 3, 2011
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I’ve always been a zealot for lighting. The lighting of a room has always been a priority for me. My wife thinks I’m crazy. Before her, my mother thought the same. I guess it goes back to my life-long interest in photography, but who really knows. That said, a couple months ago I was...

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RPD Prepares to Implement New Strategy That Focuses on Motor Vehicle Enforcement

November 2, 2011
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There’s nothing that gets to the heart of crime more directly than by frustrating and annoying the criminals. That’s just what the Revere Police Department (RPD) is preparing to do this month with the deployment of a major new strategy in fighting crime. The new strategy is known as D-DACTS. It was developed by...

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Rizzo Tops All Candidates in One of the Largest Campaign Expenditures in Several Years

November 2, 2011
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Councillor Dan Rizzo led all candidates in spending by a long shot this election season, spending more than $180,000 since January – with half of those expenditures going to Boston political consultants. Pre-Election Campaign Finance reports were due on Monday, Oct. 31 at 11:59 p.m., with Revere mayoral candidates having to file directly with...

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Voters Go to the Polls Next Week; 49 Percent Turnout Predicted

November 2, 2011
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The City Election season has had a slow start, according to Election officials, but there might be some up tick in activity this week as the November 8 contest nears. Election Commissioner Diane Colella has reported over the last few weeks that absentee ballots are at a pretty low point for an election that...

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Enrollment Reports Show Bursting Elementary Schools, Nearly as Many Latino Students as White Students

November 2, 2011
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Official school enrollment figures were recently released by the state and the Revere School System’s total enrollment is at an all-time high, with 1,000 more students in 2011 than in 2001. The district’s population was at 6,735 in the official ‘October 1’ reports that are taken by the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary...

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Public Defender: Reardon Responds to Lukewarm Remarks by Mayoral Candidates

October 26, 2011
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Public Defender: Reardon Responds to Lukewarm Remarks by Mayoral Candidates

As last week’s Mayoral Debate chugged on in the Whelan School Auditorium, no one was more surprised by one of the questions than Police Chief Terence Reardon. The question, put directly to both Dan Rizzo and George Rotondo, was whether or not they would keep the Chief in place if elected. Given a series...

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Who You Gonna Call? Group Takes Scientific Approach to Seeking out and Solving Ghost Stories, Paranormal Experiences

October 26, 2011
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Who You Gonna Call? Group Takes Scientific Approach to Seeking out and Solving Ghost Stories, Paranormal Experiences

Scott Trainito doesn’t necessarily believe in ghosts – or more appropriately, the paranormal – but that hasn’t stopped him from looking for them time and again over the past five years. As the founder of Para-Boston Investigators, based in East Boston, the Everett resident and Eastie postman has put together a diverse team of...

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Property Owners Vow to Settle Outstanding Water Bill

October 26, 2011
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Owners of the building that formerly housed the Mt. Vernon at the Wharf Restaurant appeared before the License Commission last Thursday and maintained that they will immediately pay the $33,000 water bill that was left on their doorstep last month. “We were in the process of evicting them for non-payment of rent and on...

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Healing Hands: Revere Man is Recipient of World’s First Double Hand Transplant

October 20, 2011
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Healing Hands: Revere Man is Recipient of World’s First Double Hand Transplant

One Newman Street grandfather became international news this past week after he was the recipient of the first-ever, successful double hand transplant at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. And you’ve got to hand it to him, Richard Mangino certainly handled the situation with a lot of grace and gratitude. “When I survived the...

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City Bypasses Existing Civil Service List, Creating an Uncertain Future for Potential Recruits

October 20, 2011
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While the ranks in the Police Department have been depleted over the last few years, the City is now once again hiring – except now there’s a bit of controversy over whom is being hired. Mayor Tom Ambrosino announced the hirings a few weeks back, indicating that the City would bypass the existing Civil...

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