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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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Truth in advertising – The DiPlatzis subscribe to the promise of a lifetime commitment

June 30, 2010
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Truth in advertising – The DiPlatzis subscribe to the promise of a lifetime commitment

When Paul and Charlene DiPlatzi have a major wedding anniversary, it’s the kind of affair that makes headlines. Today, Wednesday, June 30, they will celebrate 20 years together. The Sherman Street couple’s headline connection with the Revere Journal goes back to the very beginning when DiPlatzi proposed to his wife in an advertisement on...

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Part-timers take advantage of law that allows them to receive health coverage

June 30, 2010
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In the working world commonly referred to as the private sector, employees often scramble to gain benefits such as health insurance. Often, they will work for several years as a part-timer with no insurance hoping that some day they’ll be put on as a full-time employee, and therefore have access to all benefits. In...

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She’s Lovin’ It – Revere resident, McDonald’s manager wins prestigious national award

June 23, 2010
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She’s Lovin’ It – Revere resident, McDonald’s manager wins prestigious national award

On her first day at the Revere McDonald’s on Squire Road, current Store Manager Rosa Love worked the drive-thru – taking orders and collecting money. Within on hour, she nearly hung up her Golden Arches and headed for the door. She told her trainer, store owner Sarah Teck, that she couldn’t do the job....

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The cost of conservation

June 23, 2010
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It’s darned if you do and darned if you don’t, when it comes to the rate that water users in Revere will be paying. Even with consumption down for this year, water ratepayers will still have to pay more. The bland world of numbers that is behind the city’s water and sewer rates got...

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Opportunity for growth – Grant allows Garfield students to learn gardening in class

June 17, 2010
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Opportunity for growth – Grant allows Garfield students to learn gardening in class

They’re swimming in homegrown tomatoes, green beans and many other food crops at the Garfield Middle School this year, as students have taken to developing their green thumb. Garfield Science teacher Tyler Arlington explained that the school won a three-year grant from the state worth $25,000 per year to conduct a course that teaches...

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Abrams forced to resign – Councillor steps down due to health concerns; another special election set for Aug. 31

June 17, 2010
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Abrams forced to resign – Councillor steps down due to health concerns; another special election set for Aug. 31

There’s something that’s becoming a little eerie about the Ward 1 City Council seat. Newly elected Ward 1 Councillor Corey Abrams resigned his post suddenly and with little explanation early on Thursday morning, sparking a host of rumors, speculation and concern for the newest and youngest member of the council. His resignation follows a...

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