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War story – Bill Lanza’s acts of heroism are brought to light by his nephew

September 10, 2010
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War story – Bill Lanza’s acts of heroism are brought to light by his nephew

When Bill Lanza walks into Vinny’s Food Market on Malden Street every week, one would think he’s just like every other guy around the neighborhood. He yucks it up with his buddies at the store, just like everyone else. Who would know that all his life he’s been hiding a huge secret? No one...

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DCR project will go a long way toward improving Short Beach

September 10, 2010
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DCR project will go a long way toward improving Short Beach

Officials marked the beginning of the long-anticipated Short Beach project, spanning Revere and Winthrop, at a recent ceremony on the site of the $3.5 million project. While the project began in earnest earlier this summer, officials had their official beginning on Aug. 26th. “Having $3.5 million invested at Short Beach will certainly improve greatly...

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Closing leaves long-time workers with no severance, no explanations

September 10, 2010
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Wonderland employees – some with more than 35 years on the job – were let go without even a severance package when the track closed down abruptly on August 19, according to several sources. A small group of former Wonderland employees, all of whom had full-time union jobs at the track, said that Wondy...

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Wonderland track to be sold to Suffolk Downs before end of year

August 25, 2010
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Wonderland track to be sold to Suffolk Downs before end of year

Wonderland Dog Track announced on Thursday afternoon that they would be acquired by a subsidiary of Suffolk Downs within 90 days, and would then sell the property to a very well known developer. Wondy CEO Dick Dalton told the Journal and the Revere License Commission that SSR (Sterling Suffolk Racecourse) Acquisitions, headed up by...

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Goodbye Swifty: Once a thriving track with jobs galore, Wonderland fizzles out this week without even the bang of a starting gun

August 25, 2010
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Goodbye Swifty: Once a thriving track with jobs galore, Wonderland fizzles out this week without even the bang of a starting gun

A simple sign hung on the front door Thursday morning at Wonderland Greyhound Park. There were no press conferences held or historic photos rolled out. In fact, the city’s largest employer for decades and its claim to fame for years just sputtered out of existence with only a handful of words. “Wonderland Park is...

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Lodie pleads guilty, but won’t receive additional jail time

August 18, 2010
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Lodie pleads guilty, but won’t receive additional jail time

Photo by Kingcast — A key figure in Revere Police Officer Dan Talbot’s murder trial – Derek Lodie – has escaped additional jail time for a violent incident on Cooledge Street that happened just a few days before the Talbot murder, and also ended up briefly imprisoning an innocent man. Lodie, 20, pleaded guilty...

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Engine 4 crew saves life of hotel guest

August 18, 2010
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It was Friday afternoon at the Hampton Inn on Lee Burbank Highway, a lazy summer Friday. An alarm had gone off at the hotel in error, and firefighters had responded around 4:30 p.m. and quickly determined it was nothing of concern. As they were leaving though, Capt. Glen Rich and Firefighter Tony DiGiovanni noticed...

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Shop ’til you drop – Retailers prepare for a busy weekend

August 12, 2010
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Shop ’til you drop – Retailers prepare for a busy weekend

Not fond of taxes? Well, this weekend everyone can avoid paying taxes on several items during the state Sales Tax Holiday. The holiday – passed last week by state government as part of the larger Economic Development Bill – will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14 and 15th. It exempts most items...

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Feds look at records, meet with department heads

August 12, 2010
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Two agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) made a stop at Revere City Hall on Monday and Tuesday and seemingly turned the Hall sideways. Everyone was on edge. Workers went up the stairs with file folders, and then came back down again. Copies were made – apparently a lot of them. Agents...

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Rockers reunite to help Celebrate Revere

August 12, 2010
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There’s a bond amongst band mates that a number of musicians insist can last a lifetime. Sometimes, a guitarist can communicate with the bass player without even speaking. And some bonds can even span a musical break of three decades. That’s the situation for one group of Revere guys who have formed the band...

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Born to be a soldier – Sabatino part of the largest deployment from the Bay State since World War II

August 4, 2010
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Born to be a soldier – Sabatino part of the largest deployment from the Bay State since World War II

Whether he was setting up tiny army men, practicing to be a Ninja Turtle, or playing in paintball wars, Beachmont’s Rafael Sabatino has always been a soldier. This week, Pvt. Rafael Sabatino – of the 101st Division Airborne Screaming Eagles – will finally be a combat soldier, as he ships out to Afghanistan as...

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The chips are down – Casino bill begins to unravel as politics takes center stage

August 4, 2010
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What looked like a billion dollar bonanza in the form of expanded gaming has turned into a billion dollar banana peel – and everyone’s slipping on it this week. State leaders from the governor to House reps are embroiled with infighting this week after a long weekend of compromise and, subsequently, catastrophe. Gov. Deval...

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Leaving his office, not school – Cammarata steps down as Garfield principal, but he will continue to work as an educator

July 22, 2010
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Leaving his office, not school – Cammarata steps down as Garfield principal, but he will continue to work as an educator

Sal Cammarata’s days of walking the halls of the Garfield Elementary School as its principal may have come to an end this year, but he’s not ready for the grandpa hammock just yet. In fact, while his days in the teaching world might be done, the popular principal said that his days in the...

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Former coach, schools remain at odds over his dismissal last year

July 22, 2010
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The former Revere High School (RHS) softball coach has thrown a curveball to the school system with a Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) filing that blames age discrimination for ending his long career as the team’s skipper. Joe Nichinello, who had coached the team for 35 years until this past year, claimed that he...

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Revere Beach National Sandsculpting Festival 2010

July 16, 2010
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The Revere Beach National Sandsculpting Festival kicked off on Revere Beach Monday. Sculptors from around the country will converge on Revere Beach the rest of this week and all weekend. The annual event brings in nearly 500,000 people throughout the week. These photos are from Tuesday morning when sculptors and organizers were working on the...

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Grand sand – Festivities run through this weekend

July 15, 2010
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Grand sand – Festivities run through this weekend

Revere Beach looks glorious. The seawater is warm. The Sun is beating down. And for the seventh year in a row, professional sand sculptors have set to work in making stunning pieces of art out of the Beach sand. The Revere Beach National Sandsculpting Festival is in full swing this week, with sculptors arriving...

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Churches worried about what casinos will mean for Bingo games

July 15, 2010
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Churches worried about what casinos will mean for Bingo games

If casinos get their cha-ching, then local church Bingo games fear their cards may suffer a blackout. Speaking rather frankly, Father Michael Guarino of St. Anthony’s Church told the Journal this week that he has some “very serious concerns” about the effects of a casino on his church’s weekly Bingo night. “To be honest,...

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RHS tabs Woonsocket educator as its new principal

July 15, 2010
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Dr. Lourenço Garcia will succeed David DeRuosi as principal of Revere High School

Adios Woonsocket. Or, should we say, Au Revoir Woonsocket, or maybe even Nasvidenje Woonsocket (Russian). Whatever the language, new Revere High School (RHS) principal Lourenço Garcia – fluent in numerous languages – has the capability of using it to bid farewell to his old school and hello to RHS. Revere Public Schools administrators made the...

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Kelly’s celebrates its 59th anniversary

July 8, 2010
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Call it a mid-life crisis or just good business in a down economy, but on the 59th Anniversary of Kelly’s Roast Beef, the restaurant chain is unveiling several new changes. Kelly’s celebrated its 59th year in business – starting right on Revere Beach at the corner of the Boulevard and Oak Island Street –...

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A win-lose proposition – Recent Congressional refusal may not help many people, but it will help the city’s budget

July 8, 2010
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When the U.S. Congress refused to extend unemployment benefits any further last week, there might have been a muted celebration from the City Hall. Congress has extended unemployment benefits several times over the last two years, with the latest extension coming earlier this year – adding a total of 99 weeks for claims. Normally...

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