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A Grand Parade

October 16, 2013
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A Grand Parade

If there was one thing that was evident within the huge crowds lining the Columbus Day Parade route on Broadway Monday afternoon, it was that they had missed the parade in its five year absence. As Batman strode by and tanks rumbled past, spectators unanimously agreed that they were happy Mayor Dan Rizzo and...

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Battling Signs: Lightbody Arrested in Incident on Broadway

October 16, 2013
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The fight for and against a casino in Revere has literally turned into a fight – with a dust up on Broadway resulting in a situation with multiple versions of the same story and the leader of the anti-casino effort – Charlie Lightbody – being arrested for punching a man. The incident follows a...

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Meeting Will Focus on Regional Approach to Fighting Opiate Abuse and Overdose

October 16, 2013
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A new multi-city, regional effort to combat the spread of heroin use and heroin overdoses will take place tonight, Oct. 16, at the Susan B. Anthony Middle School and will bring together voices from several communities decimated by the powerful drug – including Revere, Chelsea, Saugus and Winthrop. A renewed, three-year state grant from...

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Lighthouse Ready to Start Construction

October 16, 2013
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The Lighthouse Nursing Home is preparing to break ground next week on a $5 million renovation project that will increase the numbers of single rooms and bring in a 2,700 sq. ft. rehabilitation gym. The state Department of Public Health recently gave approval to the home, which also gave it the green light to...

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Mayor to Hold Hearing Following Spotlight Story on RPD Sgt. Langone

October 2, 2013
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After television news crews showed Revere Police Sgt. Jeffrey Langone allegedly spending part of his shift sleeping at home rather than being on patrol, Mayor Dan Rizzo and Chief Joe Cafarelli are ready to set a clear example this week about minimum expectations. “It should be clear to anyone working in this administration, in...

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Sharing a Piece of Revere’s History

October 2, 2013
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Revere is home to Horatio Alger, noted author of books that tell of the rise of people from rags to riches in fiction. However,  for a local family the storyline is just as true. It all started when James McChristal, the patriach of a promient family arrived in Revere in the middle of the...

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Chief Says Pines Fire Station Likely to Open

October 2, 2013
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Fire Chief Gene Doherty said for the first time this week that he is open to opening the Pines Fire Station in the near future – a station that has been shuttered against the wishes of the neighborhood since 1992. Doherty told the Council that the Fire Department has allocated some money to fix...

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Drunk Driver in Powers’ Crash Had Injured Others

October 2, 2013
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A Winthrop woman who maimed a vacationing New York City police officer in an alleged drunken driving accident 10 years ago in Florida has now pleaded guilty to grievously injuring two Revere men, who are the sons of Ward 5 Councillor John Powers, in another drunken driving smash up that occurred in 2012. Amanda...

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Excitement Builds for Parade as Local Leaders Call for Support

September 25, 2013
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Excitement Builds for Parade as Local Leaders Call for Support

Everyone loves a parade, but for the past five years, Revere has had no parade to love. That will all change this Oct. 14 when Mayor Dan Rizzo and the new Columbus Day Parade Committee bring back the featured fall event on Broadway – supposedly in a bigger and better way than in its...

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World War II Incident Has Intrigue, Reunion

September 18, 2013
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World War II Incident Has Intrigue, Reunion

There was a booming sound, and suddenly Revere’s Michael Giarla was awakened as he sat at the lookout post on his Navy PT-110 boat. An instant after the boom came a powerful explosion, throwing Giarla through the air – still half-asleep – and depositing him in the ocean where he floated helplessly in the...

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City Council Sets Casino Vote for Nov. 5 on City Election

September 18, 2013
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The Revere City Council on Monday night officially set the citywide casino referendum vote for Nov. 5 – the already-existing date of the City Election. The call came in a vote of 9-0 in favor – with Councillors Bob Haas and Stephen Reardon being absent from the vote for unspecified reasons. There was no...

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Sewer Break on Winthrop Avenue Will Be Costly, Inconvenient

September 18, 2013
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City leaders are bracing for a huge, unexpected expense and warning residents on Winthrop Avenue in the Immaculate Conception (IC) area that inconvenient times are coming. Many residents of that area, they said, may not even be able to park at their homes during parts of the extended work that is to come. The...

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Dancing Zombies Looks to Be a Thriller

September 11, 2013
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Dancing Zombies Looks to Be a Thriller

If ever one needed an excuse to do the ‘Thriller’ dance with hundreds of other people while dressed as a zombie, well now they have that excuse. Agnes Strecker Dance Studio on Beach Street announced this week that they will be joining the ‘Thrill the World’ worldwide effort to break the standing world record...

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Family Feud Delays Opening of Revere’s Market Basket Store

September 11, 2013
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The aisles are shiny with wax, the shelves are ready for canned goods, and the cash registers are all set to be turned on, but the doors of the newly completed and long-anticipated Market Basket in the Northgate Mall aren’t likely to open anytime soon. Market Basket attorneys sent a letter this week to...

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Casino Vote Likely Set for November 5 Here

September 11, 2013
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Barring any major changes, the Revere City Council will vote at its Sept. 16 meeting to set the citywide casino referendum vote for Nov. 5 – the same day as the City Election. Council President Ira Novoselsky confirmed this week that the Council would follow Boston in scheduling a vote, and that vote will...

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School Officials Concerned over Casino Mitagation

September 11, 2013
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School officials and School Committee members are concerned about the lack of dedicated mitigation for the schools by Suffolk Downs in the recently-signed Host Community Agreement, and they also believe the agreement could affect state funding payments to the City’s schools. That concern was highlighted at a public forum last Tuesday night where School...

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Rizzo Finalizes Casino Terms

September 4, 2013
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Specifics of the Revere Host Community Agreement with Suffolk Downs became public last Saturday, with the agreements being posted on the City’s website for public viewing. The agreement was signed on Wednesday evening, Aug. 28th, in a City Hall ceremony with officials from Suffolk Downs and several city councillors. Paper copies of the agreement,...

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Reactions to Host Agreement Most Officials are Positive

September 4, 2013
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After signing the mitigation agreement one day after Boston last Wednesday evening, Aug. 28, Revere City officials are touting the agreement this week as the best possible agreement that could be had for a project that essentially is completely located in East Boston. Most City Councillors – who met with Mayor Dan Rizzo informally...

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Police Discover Wild Kingdom on Revere Beach Boulevard

September 4, 2013
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Revere Police discovered a wild kingdom in a condo on Revere Beach Boulevard last Tuesday, Aug. 27th, with pythons, rats, lizards and some cats. Neighbors called the police around 7:23 p.m. last Tuesday to report a foul odor coming from the condo, the sounds of animals living in the unit and owners who hadn’t...

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Revere Mitigation Agreement Viewed Positively, Though Some Skeptical of Initial Numbers

August 29, 2013
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Revere signed its long-awaited host community agreement (HCA) Wednesday evening in a ceremony on the steps of City Hall, with Mayor Dan Rizzo and Suffolk Downs Owner Richard Fields on hand to cement the potential financial union between the City and the track. The agreement came one day after Boston’s blockbuster agreement that was...

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