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A going (and going) concern – Clinic celebrates nearly 600 births; gala upcoming

April 15, 2010
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A going (and going) concern – Clinic celebrates nearly 600 births; gala upcoming

Less than a week ago, little David celebrated his first birthday. There were balloons and smiles and a cake too, but it was a birthday whose candles were nearly blown out before they were even lit. That’s because David’s mother, Jesse, feeling overwhelmed and stressed early in her pregnancy, had decided to abort him....

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When it comes to middle schools, location is the dominant theme

April 15, 2010
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Moving on to middle school isn’t something that traditionally has required good fortune and luck, but this year – again – assignment to the district’s three middle schools will be determined by a lottery. Last Friday, the district announced that they would need a several lotteries to even out student assignment to the Susan...

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Slotting into position – Wondy won’t pursue slots; Suffolk Downs at the forefront of gaming debate

April 7, 2010
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Slotting into position – Wondy won’t pursue slots; Suffolk Downs at the forefront of gaming debate

Were House Speaker Bob DeLeo’s expanded gaming bill to pass as proposed, Wonderland Dog Track officials said they wouldn’t pursue slot machines at the old track. Instead, it appears that Suffolk Downs will be the area’s only epicenter of potential expanded gaming in any form. “ is...

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Eye on crime – Beachmont residents begin neighborhood watch program

April 7, 2010
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Eye on crime – Beachmont residents begin neighborhood watch program

It was a loaded handgun discovered in the bushes by a toddler that pushed several Beachmont neighbors over the edge and sparked them into action. Eileen Mundis and several neighborhood friends on the marsh side of Beachmont were enjoying a nice Fourth of July about a year ago when the fruits of increasing crime...

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Starting over, staying put – Professionals hit hard by the economy may be out of work but not out of time

April 7, 2010
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Starting over, staying put – Professionals hit hard by the economy may be out of work but not out of time

For the past several years, Gary Ferragamo was the face of Revere Beach’s most exciting new development, the Ocean Club. He lived, breathed and ate Revere Beach – and even resided at the head of the Beach in the Point of Pines. He was the Beach’s greatest salesman and a native of Revere as...

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Exit sign – Charges against Ferragamo likely to be dismissed

March 31, 2010
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All signs pointed to the guilt of Michael Ferragamo last year. The former Department of Public Works (DPW) employee had been caught on video stealing some $20,000 worth of blank metal signs from the DPW sign shop and then selling them at a scrap yard in Everett for cash. He even admitted to the...

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Kelly steps into leadership role; could be district’s next Superintendent

March 31, 2010
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One of the Revere School District’s up-and-coming administrators landed a promotion last week when the School Committee voted for an administrative re-structuring, and more than a few people are already saying she might be the future superintendent of the district. Dianne Kelly – the district’s director of math and high school science – was...

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Code green (and blue) – It’s not easy balancing energy and cost efficiency

March 23, 2010
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Code green (and blue) – It’s not easy balancing energy and cost efficiency

The buzzwords of the times we live in right now are ‘Green’ and ‘energy efficient,’ and Revere is looking to march into that movement this year by taking steps to qualify as a state-defined Green Community. However, as many are finding out concerning this movement, when the heat is on to go Green, it...

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This idea is a stretch

March 23, 2010
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The mayor’s proposal of enacting the new ‘Stretch Building Code’ pretty much sums up the political times we live in politically right now. The Code is an offshoot of the new “Green Movement” – whatever that really is – that has enraptured the country since President Barack Obama took office. It, obviously, stems from...

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Transportation costs due to transiency and homelessness place a heavy financial burden on the Revere City funds

March 19, 2010
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Transportation costs due to transiency and homelessness place a heavy financial burden on the Revere City funds

Schools and services for special education and homeless students are an expensive proposition, but getting them there has become more than half the battle. Special transportation costs for special education students and homeless students has ramped up 12 percent each year for the last three years, for a total of 36 percent in three...

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Business owners say parking meters interfere with business

March 10, 2010
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Business owners say parking meters interfere with business

About once a week or so, Laura D’Amico of Century 21 Citiwide on Broadway is in the midst of heavy negotiations with a seller or buyer. Concentration is key in such situations, yet she said that she and the other agents in her office are constantly preoccupied by having to feed the parking meter...

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Gains and losses – DeSantis gets a new lease on life while losing close to 50 pounds

March 10, 2010
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Gains and losses – DeSantis gets a new lease on life while losing close to 50 pounds

Ruth DeSantis is the kind of loser you don’t run into very often. She’s the kind of loser who has found success in her losing ways. The reason for that is because her losing ways include dropping nearly 50 pounds in the last 10 months and reducing her overall body fat by more than...

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Cash back – City payroll shrinks for first time in 10 years; $100K earners decreases from 71 to 67

March 4, 2010
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For the first time in 10 years, the number of city workers earning $100,000 or more decreased in 2009. The city released its payroll numbers for 2009 recently and, despite police detail money increasing, there are four fewer people topping the $100K mark than in 2008. Many believed there would be a decline, but...

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These numbers are no game – City officials stress the importance of Census 2010

February 17, 2010
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These numbers are no game – City officials stress the importance of Census 2010

Everyone with a pulse in the City of Revere is being advised to fill out his or her U.S. Census form next month. Census 2010 reminder cards will be arriving in mailboxes around Revere any day now, and official Census forms will arrive in mid-March. The U.S. Census is completely confidential and conducted every...

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Mayor charts a course for the new decade

February 10, 2010
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Mayor charts a course for the new decade

Mayor Tom Ambrosino gave his shortest State of the City speech to date on Monday and he spoke about the future and the inevitable. Some of the inevitable he touched on in the speech included trash fees, revisiting the meal’s tax increase and revamping health insurance via Plan Design. “My priority is not to...

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Removing the ‘R’ word from our vocabulary

February 10, 2010
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The war of words in American culture could be the topic of a great book and probably already is a book somewhere on the stacks of some college library. The history of the English language in America is one in which acceptable words become offensive in less than a generation, spawning new descriptions and...

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Iacoviello found guilty of second-degree murder

February 2, 2010
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Iacoviello found guilty of second-degree murder

Robert Iacoviello Jr., 22, will now live in prison. A jury in Boston’s Suffolk County Superior Court returned a verdict of guilty on the charge of second-degree murder for Iacoviello around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, after three full days of deliberation. He was also found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm. He was found...

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Mayor, unions try to come together on health package

February 2, 2010
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While health insurance reform is on the national table, the city and its unions are also discussing some major changes in the way that health insurance is offered to city employees. As the administration has bemoaned for years, health insurance has become the single, most expensive proposition each year in the City Budget. Increases...

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Chief, mayor say officers involved have suffered enough; no further disciplinary action will be taken

February 2, 2010
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One of the most shocking revelations in the Officer Dan Talbot murder trial has not been the evidence, but rather the conduct of the Revere Police before and after the shooting. It has been disclosed that officers were drinking in their vehicle on the way home from a work-related shooting range event. That they...

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Melnik named new City Clerk

January 27, 2010
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Melnik named new City Clerk

There are only a handful of moments in the last 100 years when there has been a new City Clerk named in Revere. Some 30 years ago, that moment was bestowed upon now-retiring Clerk John Henry. Monday night, new City Clerk Ashley Melnik got to bask in that moment – being named Revere’s newest...

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