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Homeowners can expect a modest increase

November 11, 2009
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Property taxes have taken a turn for the better this year when it comes to the once-painful plight local homeowners. Commercial property, though, not so much. Reports indicate that homeowners can expect a small increase or decrease on their tax bill this year, while commercial property owners will probably see quite an increase. City...

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Rotondo wins at-large seat; Stacey Rizzo elected to School Committee; Question 1 is defeated – Dan Rizzo tops Council ticket; Correggio out

November 5, 2009
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Rotondo wins at-large seat; Stacey Rizzo elected to School Committee; Question 1 is defeated – Dan Rizzo tops Council ticket; Correggio out

Voting was heavier than expected in Tuesday’s City Election, with the most interest coming for the School Committee – which logged nearly 10,000 more votes cast than the at-large Council race. A beautiful sunny day and several contentious races brought out a voter turnout of 36 percent. While the at-large race garnered the most...

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Lodie makes a surprise deal – Sentence could be as short as six years, as long as 12

November 5, 2009
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In a case full of jokers and aces, Derek Lodie pulled out the wildest of wild cards last week when he took a plea deal for 8-12 years in prison and a significant reduction in charges for his role in the murder of off-duty police officer Daniel Talbot in 2007. Out of the blue,...

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Wiretaps, DNA and shell casings: Trial preparations not short on twists and turns

November 5, 2009
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The trial concerning the murder of Revere Police Officer Dan Talbot took a major turn upside down last week, but even before then, there were some new revelations coming from the prosecution. Whether it’s a jailhouse wiretap, newly discovered DNA evidence, or the DNA testing of Revere cops – the drama never seems to...

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Check these out! – Audit reveals more than $220,000 in questionable — and in some cases very odd — purchases

October 29, 2009
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Check these out! – Audit reveals more than $220,000 in questionable — and in some cases very odd — purchases

The waiting list hasn’t been too long for patrons at the Revere Public Library that want to check out any one of the alleged four statues of the Elephant Man that were purchased. Then again, those statues weren’t anywhere to be found in the library either. Those statues and many other odd and downright...

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In Ward 3, war of words heats up

October 29, 2009
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There’s no love lost between the two Ward 3 candidates this time around, incumbent Arthur Guinasso and challenger Brian Vesce. The two families have historically not gotten along, and at least once several years’ back, they were in Suffolk Superior Court arguing about which family had done the worst thing to the other. A...

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Signs point to a hotly-contested battle in Ward 2

October 29, 2009
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While there are plenty of issues to discuss in the contentious Ward 2 battle, it seems that the race has continued to be the battle of the disappearing political sign. Incumbent Ira Novoselsky and challenger Steven Morabito have both run hard and long campaigns – with Morabito jumping out as early as January. They...

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Big business: Council races generate heavy spending

October 29, 2009
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Campaign spending on the Nov. 3 City Election showed the at-large race tipping the scales on spending for several candidates, with some heavy spending also going on in the Ward 2 and Ward 3 races as well. Campaign Finance Reports were due on Monday for the election period through Oct. 16, and it appeared...

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Strength in numbers – Three strong candidates emerge in Ward 4

October 21, 2009
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Strength in numbers – Three strong candidates emerge in Ward 4

This election season, incumbents and challengers have been at each other’s throats in every political race except one. That race would be for Ward 4 councillor, where a vacant seat left behind by Councillor George Rotondo – who is running at-large – has brought out three extremely qualified candidates. All three have been campaigning...

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Is this Iowa? No, it’s Revere

October 21, 2009
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Is this Iowa? No, it’s Revere

There must be magic in the corn seeds that Marc Telfort plants in the front yard garden of his Hyde Street home, as he has produced a bountiful harvest over the last few years – with eye-catching plants that tower two-stories tall. Neighbors and passers-by have noticed Telfort’s garden especially this year as many...

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Clearing all obstacles

October 13, 2009
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Clearing all obstacles

There’s not much that can or will stand in the way of 10-year-old Carolina Martinez. Not Muscular Dystrophy. Not being in a wheelchair. Not severe breathing problems. And certainly not the MCAS test. Martinez, who developed a very rare form of Muscular Dystrophy (MD) as a one-year-old baby, has overcome a tremendous amount of...

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The Environment – Mill Creek neighbors unite behind wild swan in hopes of making the area a bird sanctuary

October 13, 2009
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Shopping carts and hazardous waste on Mill Creek have quietly yielded in recent years to fish and wildlife – and one wild swan nicknamed ‘Gus’ has united residents on both sides of the creek with his friendly demeanor and unique personality. Mill Creek, which serves as the city line between Revere and Chelsea, was...

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Small consolation Teen takes 15-year plea deal for 2008 murder; family finds it hard to accept short sentence

October 13, 2009
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Bryant Street resident Storm Mandeville, 61, was in his house one night last year when an acquaintance knocked on his door – a young man who later stabbed him numerous times and took the ultimate thing that he had, his life. For that, Richard Southern, now 19, got 15 years in jail. He’ll be...

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Where stories never rest – Re-dedication ceremony held at the Rumney Marsh Burial Ground

October 7, 2009
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Where stories never rest – Re-dedication ceremony held at the Rumney Marsh Burial Ground

The dead just won’t rest at the Rumney Marsh Burial Ground, and it’s a good thing because it means their stories will never be lost to history. Last Sunday, the Rumney Marsh Burial Ground Restoration Committee and the Revere Society for Cultural and Historic Preservation (RSCHP) held a re-dedication of the 316-year-old cemetery, profiling...

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When it comes to worker’s comp, Tentindo is a real professional

October 7, 2009
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When it comes to worker’s comp, Tentindo is a real professional

When a Patriots or Red Sox player gets hurt badly, the Patriots and Red Sox organizations send the players to Revere native and noted attorney, Vincent Tentindo. While it’s not quite that simple, Tentindo has carved out a niche as one of the foremost authorities on the legalities of worker’s compensation cases, having written...

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City braces for more cuts at the state level

October 7, 2009
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It is said that one cannot squeeze blood from a turnip, and so city officials are saying this week that nothing more can be squeezed from their budgets either. Last Friday, Gov. Deval Patrick announced that the state had collected far less in revenues than it expected in September. In fact, the shortfall left...

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DPW chief blames sabotage for slow pothole repairs

March 25, 2009
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DPW chief blames sabotage for slow pothole repairs

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Wonder why potholes are living a little longer this spring? Well, according to Don Goodwin, superintendent of the Department of Public Works (DPW), it’s because DPW equipment has been sabotaged – and maybe even by workers from within the department. It’s a bumpy ride on Revere roads this spring, as...

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Dakin’s number crunching reveal stark findings

March 25, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The city’s liberal residential zoning decisions over the past few decades has finally come home to roost, said Superintendent of School Paul Dakin, as the school population has surged and the poverty level in the city has risen much higher than it was 10 years ago. Dakin said he has...

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Street Paving, sidewalks, etc.

June 8, 2007
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Mayor Tom Ambrosino released the updated Capital Improvement Plan last week, and its entirety is available on the city’s website (www.revere.org). Among the highlights in the plan are the priorities for the street paving and sidewalk program. This summer, crews will finish up work on the Revere Street neighborhood, including: •Pomona Street •Stowers Street...

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Supreme Court denies city’s case

June 8, 2007
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The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the city’s case versus the adult video store, Moon-Lite Reader, which operates out of a storefront in Linden Square and formerly was located in Bell Circle. The city had filed a writ of certiorari earlier this year with the court to hear the case. The city...

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