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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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With the help of RHS, Toro cleared a path to BC

June 10, 2010
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With the help of RHS, Toro cleared a path to BC

Kevin Toro is one Revere High School (RHS) senior that is on the move, but right now he is very happy to be sitting still in Revere. Toro is one member of a huge senior class – nearly 400 students – who will graduate today, Wednesday, June 9, at 6 p.m. in Harry Della...

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Call in the reserves – Mayor: We have to dip into our savings

June 10, 2010
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It’s time to dig deep into the City’s piggybank this year. Mayor Tom Ambrosino unveiled his City Budget on Monday and said that there is no more left to cut, and that the City would survive this year by raiding the Rainy Day Fund to the tune of around $2 million. “We need $2...

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Petruccelli says it won’t be difficult bringing everyone to the table

June 10, 2010
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Optimism is high in the state Senate on expanded gaming, according to Sen. Anthony Petruccelli (D-East Boston), who told the City Council Monday that they could probably expect something by the end of the summer. Legislation has been kicked around Beacon Hill since last fall, when House Speaker Bob DeLeo (D-Winthrop) announced he would...

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Calming the waters – State Police vow to keep the peace on Revere Beach

June 5, 2010
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Calming the waters – State Police vow to keep the peace on Revere Beach

The sunny, warm weather this spring has contributed to a great beginning at Revere Beach this season, though it has also brought some concerns. Whispers abound at what many believe to be an influx of gang members from Boston and from cities to the north. Likewise, there are nudges as regulars at the Beach...

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M-Dot is leaving his mark on hip hop scene

June 5, 2010
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M-Dot is leaving his mark on hip hop scene

For a guy who is not much of a modern rap fan, Michael ‘M-Dot’ Januario certainly is having some marked success in the rap world. Januario has burst upon the rap scene in the last four years and this month the Revere native is up for the Hip Hop Act of the Year in...

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RHS shake-up – Dakin searching for new principal as Deruosi moves into different role

June 5, 2010
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The baton is being passed in the leadership at Revere High School (RHS) this week, as long-time Principal Dave Deruosi has stepped aside to take a new job within the district. Deruosi has been the principal at RHS for eight years, and will vacate it on July 1. “We have a search for a...

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Unbroken bonds – Time nor distance can’t shake Famiglietti’s love for his brother, John

May 26, 2010
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Unbroken bonds – Time nor distance can’t shake Famiglietti’s love for his brother, John

His brother may be buried thousands of miles away, but it hasn’t kept Revere’s Frank Famiglietti from making the journey to Italy to visit his brother’s grave on Memorial Day. “I’m 82 years old now and I still think of my older brother all the time,” said Famiglietti, of Essex Street. “He was a...

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Derek Lodie, a central figure in the Talbot trial, faces attempted murder charges

May 26, 2010
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Two central figures from the murder trial of Officer Dan Talbot have re-surfaced with more skullduggery and one of them will be on trial for attempted murder this July. Derek Lodie, 20, will face attempted murder charges, assault charges and a variety of weapons charges this summer for a stabbing incident in 2007 that...

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Stacks of people are visiting the library

May 19, 2010
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Stacks of people are visiting the library

Frugality has become fashionable once again and nowhere is there so much available for so little than at the Revere Public Library (RPL). In fact, the whole place is available for free, and in the last few years’ tough economy, more and more people are discovering or re-discovering the RPL. Whether it’s museum passes,...

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Mass appeal: Latest CD released to critical acclaim

May 19, 2010
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Like fine wine, Revere’s rock band Mass seems to be refining itself with age – as the veteran rockers have recently released what critics are calling one of their best albums to date. The band – made up of Revere residents and natives Joe Vadala (drums), Gene D’Itria (guitars), Michael Palumbo (bass) and Louis...

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Royal Families – Weathers and Digitale siblings are right at home in king and queen’s court

May 12, 2010
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Royal Families – Weathers and Digitale siblings are right at home in king and queen’s court

Lightning may not strike twice in the same place, but at Revere High School (RHS), junior prom royalty does. That bolt of lightning struck the Weathers and Digitale families this past month when Trae Weathers and Kassandra Digitale were voted junior prom king and queen – following closely in the footsteps of their siblings,...

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Abrams wins seat

May 12, 2010
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Corey Abrams scored a resounding victory Tuesday night in the Ward 1 Special Election, propelling him to his first elected office. He takes the place of the late Ward 1 Councillor Jim Kimmerle, who died in office earlier this year. Abrams finished the night with 54 percent of the vote (764 votes), with the...

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House vote sparks interest in Revere; school officials say it isn’t a big problem locally

May 12, 2010
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Numerous questions remain locally after a Beacon Hill vote nearly two weeks ago that called for state agencies to check the immigration status (i.e., illegal or not) of those over 18 who apply for public benefits or public housing. Many were shocked to find out that illegal immigrants can and do get these services....

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