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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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Attraction to Necco Much Sweeter This Year

February 13, 2014
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Attraction to Necco Much Sweeter This Year

There is likely no candy that says ‘Valentine’s Day’ quite as well as a Necco Sweetheart, and while the Revere company is front and center during the lover’s holiday, February at the factory is a very quiet time. All the Sweethearts have been made – with production on them ramping up as early as...

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A Revere Love Story

February 13, 2014
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A Revere Love Story

All too often marriage vows fall short of the promise of “until death do us part,” but in the case of one man and his late wife, those vows went through a long and happy life – and then even beyond the grave. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Revere resident and East Boston...

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City Preparing to File Amendement for Water and Sewer Decree

February 13, 2014
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The City is preparing to file an amendment with the U.S. Department of Justice to its costly consent decree related to historic water and sewer violations. Mayor Dan Rizzo said the administration and the City Solicitor’s Office will submit an amendment to lengthen the time the City has to complete the full array of...

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New High School Top Priority for Casino Dollars

February 13, 2014
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Supt. Paul Dakin and Mayor Dan Rizzo said this week that one of the first things on the docket if casino monies come to Revere would be a new high school. In a letter to the Journal, Dakin wrote that the mayor has indicated he would support spending monies on a new high school...

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Sharing a Laugh and 100 Years

February 5, 2014
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Sharing a Laugh and 100 Years

Revere’s Sal Santoro has a lifetime of memories and stories that he often shares around the Revere Senior Center, and on Tuesday he was able to share his 100th birthday with his many friends and family members at the Center. A veteran of World War II in France and Germany – and also a...

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City Struggles to Fund Fire Union Award

February 5, 2014
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The City will have to dip into the Rainy Day Fund to the tune of $1.65 million to pay a recently awarded contract settlement to the Revere Firefighter’s Union – a settlement that includes $2 million in retroactive pay and one that was far in excess of the City’s final offer. The firefighters have...

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Suffolk Downs Opens Doors for RHS Graduation

February 5, 2014
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With the Harry Della Russo Stadium likely out of commission this June, Suffolk Downs has stepped up to the plate to allow this year’s senior class at Revere High School to use the track’s facilities for graduation exercises. Graduation will be moved to a Thursday this year, away from the traditional Wednesday exercises, to...

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Spelling Bees Make a Comeback in Revere Schools

January 30, 2014
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Spelling Bees Make a Comeback in Revere Schools

It doesn’t take one single watt of electricity to run a spelling bee; nor is a computer or mobile device required to crown the best speller in a Revere school. In an educational world that is increasingly computerized and Internet savvy, Spelling Bees don’t quite fit the typical mold of modern innovation. Yet, at...

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Details, Overtime Approaching $400,000 to Watch Stalled Project

January 30, 2014
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Details, Overtime Approaching $400,000 to Watch Stalled Project

P ayments for police details and overtime for Department of Public Works (DPW) watches are nearing $400,000 this week at the Winthrop Avenue sewer project that seems to be dormant and stalled. City records revealed that – as of Jan. 15 – police detail payments to monitor the stalled project (where there is currently...

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Dogged Efforts by Revere Police Lead to Alleged ‘Kidnap Scammers’

January 30, 2014
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The frantic calls would come into residents at any time of the day. The mostly-Spanish speaking victims would hurriedly be told that a family member had been in a car accident with a violent criminal; that the violent criminal was upset and had a gun to the relative’s head and would kill them if...

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Gov. Chooses Revere to Announce Task Force on Safety and Security

January 22, 2014
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Gov. Chooses Revere to Announce Task Force on Safety and Security

The Whelan School Library served as the backdrop for Gov. Deval Patrick to sign an Executive Order last Thursday morning calling for a state task force on school safety and security. The task force would be made up of numerous state cabinet members – from public safety to human services – and would report...

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