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GOP candidate raises questions about Edward Markey’s residency

October 21, 2010
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GOP candidate raises questions about Edward Markey’s residency

Congressman Ed Markey (D-Malden) has been around the world on legislative missions. He’s the dean of the Massachusetts federal delegation, a 34-year sitting elected official; the 13th most senior member of the Congress. He’s been around Revere over the years and people know him. And to know him, is to like him. He’s been...

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A sporting chance – RPS makes a serious effort to boost athletic performance

October 14, 2010
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A sporting chance – RPS makes a serious effort to boost athletic performance

When it comes to scores at the Revere High School (RHS) over the last few years, the most encouraging scores were not on the athletic fields, they were on the MCAS test. With some exceptions, RHS teams have a long-standing reputation of underperforming on the playing fields, and this past summer Superintendent Paul Dakin...

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He radiates talent – McKinley teacher finds music in (of all things) his heating system

October 6, 2010
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He radiates talent – McKinley teacher finds music in (of all things) his heating system

To some, the groaning and creaking of an old steam heating system may be a painful reminder of how much heating oil costs these days, but to others like Travis Ramsey, those sounds are the sounds of music. The McKinley Elementary School teacher and musical composer has taken inspiration from the old boiler and...

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Where have all the racing dogs gone? – First they went to Florida; now many are back in Bay State

October 6, 2010
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Where have all the racing dogs gone? – First they went to Florida; now many are back in Bay State

There may not be greyhound racing in Massachusetts anymore, but there are still a lot of greyhounds. In Massachusetts, a statewide ballot question in 2008 passed by a large margin and ended dog racing here forever. Locally, tracks like Wonderland were pretty much put out of business. Others, like the Taunton track, were also...

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No fear: RPD officer, business owner save a life

September 30, 2010
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No fear: RPD officer, business owner save a life

Dana Street was but a cloud of black smoke Thursday afternoon. People were running out of buildings hysterically and the scene was becoming chaotic as a triple-decker began to go up in flames. Public safety personnel had yet to arrive. People were screaming. Others were taking pictures. And some alert observers were calling 9-1-1....

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As enrollments soar, superintendent calls for another school

September 30, 2010
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The new school smell still hasn’t worn out of the School Department’s latest new building, the Paul Revere School, and already Superintendent Paul Dakin is saying he needs another. Sound insane? It’s really not when one analyzes the enrollment numbers from the past few years. This year, as of late last week, the total...

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Johnnie’s will reopen next month with a new name, but same local ownership

September 30, 2010
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Johnnie’s Foodmaster on Squire Road has reinvented itself, and after some major renovations are complete, they plan to open in early October with a new name, but retain the same staff and ownership. John DeJesus, second-generation owner of the grocery store chain (his Dad was the original Johnnie), told the Journal in a recent...

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Mastering MCAS – Revere makes strides on statewide exam

September 22, 2010
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Hitting the state average on the MCAS test was once a lofty goal for the Revere Public School, but nowadays it is the expectation. Two schools – and nearly a third one – scored at the state average on every MCAS test this year, a major first for the district. MCAS test results from...

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Antonia’s entertainment license suspended for two weeks

September 22, 2010
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License Commissioners suspended the controversial entertainment license at Antonia’s on the Beach for two weeks at their meeting on Thursday afternoon in City Hall. Fire Inspector Dan Maniff reported to the Commission that Antonia’s had a capacity that requires a sprinkler system and, to date, they don’t have one. Maniff and owner Wayne Cintolo...

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Off the ground – At long last, a real sign of progress

September 16, 2010
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Off the ground – At long last, a real sign of progress

After more than 30 years of groundwork, Mayor Tom Ambrosino and a host of elected officials guided Revere towards a groundbreaking redevelopment at Wonderland on Monday. Redevelopment efforts at Wonderland Station have come and gone over the years. There have been successes and failures – one after the other – since the 1970s. Six...

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Rotondo’s in; three others in planning stage

September 16, 2010
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Rotondo’s in; three others in planning stage

With just about a year to go until the next mayoral election, Mayor Tom Ambrosino has indicated that – for certain – he won’t be running, and it has sent a flurry of activity through local political circles. “That is correct; I’m not running,” said Ambrosino on Monday. “I’m all done.” Meanwhile, Councillor-at-large George...

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Meet the new bidder, same as the old bidder?

September 16, 2010
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Who would have thought a contract involving trees would end up having so many branches of absurdity? Last Thursday, about one month after yanking the existing tree trimming contract from a man accused of obtaining it through forgery, the city opened bids to award the contract to a new company. In the end, the...

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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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