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Hill School Groundbreaking, Fulfillment of Longstanding Promise

March 28, 2014
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Hill School Groundbreaking, Fulfillment of Longstanding Promise

Hill Park is officially no more. A groundbreaking ceremony on Monday to welcome in the new Hill School officially put generations of softball games, tennis matches, pickup basketball games and swinging children into the history books of the City. Ushered in were the smiles of future and past generations of parents, students and teachers...

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Robert Casoli the Hero Few Knew about: Helped save 2,200 Refugees in Daring Korean War Mission

March 28, 2014
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Robert Casoli the Hero Few Knew about: Helped save 2,200 Refugees in Daring Korean War Mission

There are some people who never shy away from the spotlight in any situation, and then there are those like the late Robert Casoli – who, when the spotlight was turned in his direction for good reason, turned and walked the other way. Casoli, who would have been 84 last Friday, passed away in...

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MGC Casino Hearing Draws Packed House for Mohegan

March 28, 2014
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) stared down a packed room late on Tuesday afternoon that was full of casino advocates ready to tell them that Revere is the right place for a resort casino. Tuesday was the first local input public hearing for the Greater Boston region with MGC Commissioners hearing testimony from those...

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Separated by U.S. Policy: Revere Family Hopes to Reunite after Immigration Battle, Protest

March 18, 2014
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Revere native Maria Peniche, 23, stood  on the U.S. Border in San Diego last week. Her parents, Alberto and Ines – former Revere residents for many years, were on the other side of that border – in Tijuana, Mexico. For eight months, they had been unable to embrace. Last week, they were able to...

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Lighthouse Expansion Helps Home to Keep up with Industry Changes

March 18, 2014
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As the steel goes up and concrete floors begin to be poured, the expansion of the Lighthouse Nursing Home will begin to help the vaunted Revere home take a step into the future of medical rehabilitation care. Last October, work began on the expansion project and now the skeleton has been assembled and soon...

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RHS Will Compete for Gold Medal in National Urban School Competition

March 18, 2014
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Revere High School has advanced to the final eight schools in the nation for one of three gold medals to be awarded by the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) in San Diego – the pre-eminent national award for the top urban schools in America. Revere School officials received a letter on Monday...

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The American Dream: Local Family Goes from the Italian Countryside to the Ivy League

March 12, 2014
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The American Dream: Local Family Goes from the Italian Countryside to the Ivy League

Just two generations ago in the Italian countryside, in the aftermath of World War II, the D’Ambrosio family’s patriarch – Antonio ‘Tony’ D’Ambrosio – walked the fields of his family’s Avellino farm without any shoes. His feet became tough and calloused, and he remembers the embarrassment of not having “Sunday pants” for church. When...

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New Horse Barns Planned for Eastie Not to Be Off-site

March 12, 2014
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A plan submitted by Suffolk Downs to state environmental regulators calls for the horse barns in Revere to be relocated to the East Boston side of the property, built out under the existing Grandstand and in new buildings adjacent to the track on the Boston side – a plan that eliminates the previously idea...

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Winthrop Avenue Sewer Pipe Project Has Doubled in Cost

March 12, 2014
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The Winthrop Avenue sewer pipe replacement project has doubled in cost over the last several months, and will end up being more than $700,000 over original estimates, according to DPW Director Don Goodwin. Goodwin told the Council on Monday that the complex replacement project got more complicated as things went on, especially with the...

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City Pays $1.55 Million for 3 Properties at New School

March 5, 2014
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The City has agreed to pay $1.55 million to take three properties by eminent domain from four owners, including one owner who works in the Mayor’s Office. The takings – all on Fernwood Place and Fernwood Avenue – will accommodate a traffic plan for the new Hill School that turned out to be the...

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Top 100 Salaries: City Payroll on the Rise, Two Topped $200K in 2013

March 5, 2014
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THE TOP 10 1. Paul Dakin                           Superintendent               222,330.42 2. Terrence Reardon                Police Captain                202,445.70 DETAILS 67,226.00 3. Joseph Cafarelli                   Police Chief                   198,719.32 4. Glenn Malley                       Police Lt.                                  179,296.46 DETAILS 45,325.50 5. James Guido                        Police Executive Officer 178,701.06 DEATAILS 34,164.50 6. David Callahan                    Police Lt.                                  177,328.20 DETAILS 35,399.00 7. Jeremiah Goodwin Police Lt.                     ...

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Gaming Repeal Ballot Question Looms at SJC

March 5, 2014
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Just one week after fighting it out at the ballot box in Revere for the casino cause, pro-casino groups – including Revere elected officials – and anti-casino groups are preparing to do battle in the courtroom this May. And if the anti-casino forces have it their way, it could mean yet another vote in...

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Voters Back Mohegan Sun

February 26, 2014
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Voters Back Mohegan Sun

The referendum vote Tuesday featured a huge voter turnout for a cold day in February, yet nearly an identical result as last November, save an increase of 4 percentage points for the pro-casino vote. There were 7,169 ‘yes’ votes (63.2%) cast for the casino and 4,172 ‘no’ votes (36.7%) cast against the casino. There...

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Cold Contact: Candidates Have Found It Tough to Campaign in Brutal Winter

February 26, 2014
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Frozen pens, rain-frazzled hair and thermal-insulated snowsuits aren’t typically the things of political campaigns, but cold weather campaigning has been the only option for the candidates of the 16th Suffolk District over the last few weeks due to a unique race that has transpired over one of the worst winter stretches in years. Snow...

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Spike in Heroin Overdoses Leads to Many Saves by NARCAN

February 26, 2014
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Like many communities in the area, Revere has seen a spike in heroin overdoses over the last month, including a major surge between Feb. 12 and 18, according to Fire Chief Gene Doherty. Doherty said he recently was asked to compile statistics for the Board of Health on overdoses from Jan. 1 to Feb....

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Will Voters Hold ‘em or Fold ‘em?: Historic Vote on Mohegan Sun Slated to Take Place on Tuesday

February 19, 2014
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Will Voters Hold ‘em or Fold ‘em?: Historic Vote on Mohegan Sun Slated to Take Place on Tuesday

The Special Election for the casino referendum already has a major head start in voting this week as some 601 absentee ballots had been filed with the Election Department by Tuesday afternoon. There was still time to file more absentee ballots, but the 601 figure is 100 ballots more than were filed in the...

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Casino Opponents Focus on Problems at Last Week’s Rally

February 19, 2014
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Casino Opponents Focus on Problems at Last Week’s Rally

With larger than life yellow ‘No Casino’ signs posted last week at f the First Congregational Church – signs that showed Paul Revere yelling “The Problems Are Coming” – anti-casino advocates decried the problems they see on the horizon if a casino is allowed in the upcoming Feb. 25 referendum vote. With Revere’s Joe...

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City Officials Make Push at Neighborhood Meetings

February 19, 2014
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City officials and Mohegan Sun executives – including the company’s chief executive officer – hit the campaign trail this week greeting residents  and asking voters to get out and vote ‘yes’ for the casino proposal in the Feb. 25 citywide referendum. Chief among those gatherings was Monday night at the Jack Satter House, where...

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Boy Scouts Are Asked to Leave St. Anthony’s

February 19, 2014
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They say no good turn goes unpunished and the recently revived Revere Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troop are trying to figure out why their good turns were rejected recently by St. Anthony’s Church. Several Scout volunteers contacted the Journal about the eviction of the Scouts from the Church, and Troop 15 Cub Scout...

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Carpenters Council Files Bid Protest on Hill School; May Delay Groundbreaking

February 19, 2014
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Groundbreaking on the new Hill School could be imperiled if a bid protest by the New England Council of Carpenters makes any traction at the Attorney General’s Office. Organizers for the Carpenters – which represents 28,000 workers in New England, including Revere – said they had filed an official bid protest with the AG...

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