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Decision on Casino License Delayed

May 20, 2014
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Indefinitely has turned into mid-September for the casino licensing deadline in Greater Boston, but many are growing frustrated with the process and, privately, not many are certain the new September deadline will stick. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) released an updated, estimated schedule on Monday afternoon that could push the licensing decision out to...

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Suffolk Downs Committed to Horse Racing

May 20, 2014
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Suffolk Downs is on the road and working its hardest to reassure the horse racing community that – despite recent news about a so-called wavering commitment to racing – they are still all in at that track. News broke last week concerning a letter sent to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) from Suffolk Downs...

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Lights, Camera and an Award: Jonathan Salemi Takes Award at Boston Film Festival

May 20, 2014
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Boston has been good to Jonathan Salemi. The Revere native continues to build onto his movie directing library and the Boston International Film Festival last month was yet another stab at success. Salemi returned with another short film entered into the festival this year, this one called ‘Chasing the Past,’ and took back to...

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Rizzo Calls on Demoulas to Open Store

May 20, 2014
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Echoing the frustrations of virtually the entire city, Mayor Dan Rizzo sent a strongly worded letter to the Board of Demoulas Supermarkets (Market Basket) this week asking them to open the new, but vacant, building at Northgate or the City will look into legal options. The Market Basket coming to Revere was a highly...

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Top Gaming Commish Steps out after Derby Questions

May 13, 2014
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And then there were four. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission was supposed to be eliminating applicants, not one another. However, in a completely unexpected turn of events, that is exactly what happened as Mass Gaming Commission (MGC) Chair Stephen Crosby recused himself from the entire Greater Boston casino licensing process – that coming after several...

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Neighbors Want to Meet with Developer

May 13, 2014
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Neighbors and city councillors continue to be riled up about the Thayer Avenue project, with most neighbors who are against it saying they are just waiting to see what happens and hoping the developer will meet with them. Neighbors and some city councillors have hotly discussed the possibility of a 40B affordable/subsidized housing project...

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Opening Arguments: SJC Hears Arguments on Casino Ballot Referendum

May 7, 2014
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The state Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) heard arguments on Monday in Boston’s Adams Courthouse concerning a subplot to the casino licensing process that is becoming ever more important as the days go by – that subplot being whether or not a binding statewide ballot question on casinos can go to voters this November. The...

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Lingering Potholes Pose Problems for Council, City

May 7, 2014
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The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is a place that typically takes a lot of complaints. So, when the RMV began registering complaints with Mahoney Circle strip mall owner Paul Kneeland about the conditions of the roads leading to the shopping center – Everett Street to be exact – one knew the tables had...

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$1 Million City Hall Renovation Gets Lukewarm Council Reception

May 7, 2014
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City Councillors gave a lukewarm reception at best to a plan presented by Mayor Dan Rizzo on Monday to renovate City Hall – including building a new Mayor’s Office – to the tune of $1 million. While no one was inherently against the idea of renovating the Hall – though there were some private...

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Officials Hold Groundbreaking on New Stadium

April 30, 2014
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Officials Hold Groundbreaking on New Stadium

City leaders broke ground on the Harry Della Russo Stadium project on Monday afternoon, proclaiming the long-overdue overhaul as a major contribution to the revitalization of Broadway. “This state-of-the-art Stadium plan is another step forward in our overall plan to revitalize our downtown district,” said Mayor Dan Rizzo. The new Stadium plan will include...

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Riverside Developer Withdraws Project in the Face of Defeat

April 30, 2014
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Many residents of Riverside claimed victory on the much-maligned 42-unit apartment building planned for their neighborhood – at least for now. Project Attorney James Cipoletta surprisingly withdrew the proposal on Monday night before a large crowd of Riverside neighbors – many against the project and some for it. “The developers are going to go...

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A United Front at MGC: Revere and Everett Officials to Appear Together at MGC

April 30, 2014
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A major expanded gaming hearing is set to take place in Boston before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) on Thursday, May 1, and it will feature an odd semi-alliance between the two warring casino developers, Mohegan Sun in Revere and Wynn in Everett. Often at odds as of late due to the heated competition...

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Pizza Ghiena Wars

April 23, 2014
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Pizza Ghiena Wars

Revere’s Michael Chiesa had eaten his mother’s Pizza Ghiena at Easter time for decades. The coveted recipe was a closely-held family secret that existed only in the memory of his mother, Laura Chiesa. That recipe had been passed down to Laura verbally from her mother – who more than likely brought it over from...

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Runners on Your Mark: Revere Officers, Chief to Run Marathon after Playing Key Roles in Bombing Story

April 16, 2014
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Runners on Your Mark: Revere Officers, Chief to Run Marathon after Playing Key Roles in Bombing Story

When Sgt. Mike Mason crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon last year, the blast from the first bomb erupted literally before he could even catch his breath. Mason can even be seen crossing the finish line just seconds before first bomb erupted in the crowd. He said he turned and – despite...

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Reardon Won’t Seek Rep. Seat in Fall

April 16, 2014
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City Councillor Stephen Reardon said this week that he will not run for state representative this fall, leaving a much clearer shot for newly elected State Rep. RoseLee Vincent. The councillor did, however, hint at a possible councillor at-large run. Reardon has contemplated a run for quite some time, and said as much publicly...

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Surprise Concert Gives RHS Students Look at Sierra Leone

April 16, 2014
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There is no better way to learn about the African country of Sierra Leone than to bring a little piece of it to school with you. That’s exactly what happened for the entire student body of Revere High School (RHS) last Wednesday, April 9, when the acclaimed Sierra Leone Refugee All-Star Band showed up...

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Another Delay: Casino License Award Moved Back Indefinitely Due to Boston Concerns

April 9, 2014
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Waiting seems to be the name of the game when it comes to gaming in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) announced last Friday that it would be delaying the award of a Greater Boston resort casino license indefinitely. The timeline to award a casino license in Greater Boston has steadily moved back for...

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RHS Graduates Getting into the Top Colleges

April 9, 2014
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School officials are declaring that this year’s senior class could be one of the best in decades, as scores of students have been accepted into loads of prestigious colleges and universities this spring. Top of that list is Alejandro Rojas, who has been accepted to seven Ivy League schools already and is waitlisted on...

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Move over Hollywood: Hollywood High School; RHS Students, Faculty Produce Full-length Feature Film to Be Premiered at Showcase

April 9, 2014
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For a Revere High School (RHS) student, becoming the starlet of a feature-length movie could be as easy as getting a hall pass and walking to the bathroom. That’s exactly what happened to RHS Senior Alyssa Belcastro, who was plucked from the hallways of Revere High earlier this year, and will play the starring...

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Runner Looks at Marathon Re-run

April 9, 2014
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Last year, as Revere’s Jalon Fowler passed the 21st mile in the 26-mile Boston Marathon, State Troopers descended onto the racecourse and abruptly put an end to her race. There was confusion and a lot unanswered questions that Fowler now knows the answers to all too well – that being someone had set a...

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