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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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When it comes to drugs, our borders are closer than you think

May 12, 2010
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Living so far to the north, one might tend to think that the madness and murder in the southern U.S. Border States is a world away. In all honesty, the drugs, violence and illegal immigration that runs part and parcel to the latter can seem like a problem for Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and...
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A smooth-flowing operation

May 8, 2010
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A smooth-flowing operation

In a little over a month’s time, Revere went from fighting off water to fighting for water. Saturday’s major water infrastructure break involving a 120-inch pipe in Weston at the MWRA treatment plant put a boil water advisory in effect for most of the Greater Boston area, including Revere – leaving drinking water in...
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In a water emergency, top water official forgotten; Maglione says he was left out of the loop on purpose

May 8, 2010
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The city’s highest-ranking water official has said this week that petty personal politics got in the way of public safety in the planning of local efforts during the recent water emergency. Water Facilities Director Joe Maglione said that – despite being the highest ranking licensed water operator in Revere – he wasn’t even invited...
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Businesses cope with loss of water; frantic scene at BJ’s

May 8, 2010
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Money has a hard time flowing in without using the faucet. The water emergency that occurred last weekend and early this week had businesses in Revere reeling, especially those involved with food and beverage service. The continuous flow of good, safe water is something most of us take for granted, and businesses were forced...
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Cat’s scan – Feline has an uncanny knack for helping patients at the Lighthouse Nursing Home

April 30, 2010
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On the staff directory in the foyer of the Lighthouse Nursing home, there is one picture in the bottom corner that bears quite a tale. It’s not a picture of one of the nurses or even of one of the social workers there, it’s a picture of a strange looking cat named Rocky –...
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Conflict resolution – Meetings are marked by fighting, chaos

April 30, 2010
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Conflict resolution – Meetings are marked by fighting, chaos

The spiraling-out-of-control Revere City Council engaged in another catfight Monday night as Councillor George Rotondo tried to clear his name and other councillors took exception to his statements. It’s the same story that has played out since January when Rotondo became an at-large councillor and declared an interest in running for mayor against long-time...
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Pink and green: A record condo sale at the St. George

April 30, 2010
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A down real estate market didn’t stop a record sale at the St. George’s Condominium building recently, and one Beach realtor said the market on Revere Beach is holding its own. Century 21 Revere realtor Michael Benevento reported that he recently sold a condo in the St. George for a record $500,000 – the...
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Little screen, big effort – Revere authors pen a critical examination of television mini-series

April 21, 2010
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Little screen, big effort – Revere authors pen a critical examination of television mini-series

Television has played an unmistakably important role in the modern history of the United States, and two Revere residents have recently published a book looking at how the “epic mini-series” of the past influenced life, show business and the careers of young actors. Who could forget how ‘Roots’ captivated the entire nation? How could...
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Selective thinking – RHS student has offers from three Ivies, MIT

April 21, 2010
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Selective thinking – RHS student has offers from three Ivies, MIT

One Ivy League college offer is something to jump up in the air about. Two offers is another reason to celebrate. But when one gets three Ivy League offers and an open invitation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), things have gone from a celebration to a very difficult decision. That’s exactly the happy...
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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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