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NECCO Shuts Its Doors for Good

August 3, 2018
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New England’s oldest continually operating candy-company closed its doors for good last Tuesday, letting its employees back on Friday to retrieve personal items and pick up their last paychecks. At one-time NECCO had 400 employees, but was down to 200 at closure. Employees had expected closure but not until November. Chief Executive Michael McGee...
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Suffolk Downs Advisory Board Looks at Possible Traffic Issues

August 3, 2018
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The Suffolk Downs Advisory Board began the discussion of transportation and traffic last Wednesday night at its regular meeting with HYM Investments, owners of the development. With the impact of the proposed development on the area, HYM representative Doug Ganz said they are undertaking a large traffic study which includes over 59 intersections. The...
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City Clerk Granted Tenure by Governor

July 28, 2018
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Following in the footsteps of other city clerks before her, City Clerk Ashley Melnik has been granted tenure by Gov. Charlie Baker on July 18 when he signed a special act approved by the House of Representatives and by the State Senate. Melnik, 35, has been the city clerk since 2010, also serving as...
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Sand Sculpting Festival Set for Friday Kick Off

July 20, 2018
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The Revere Beach Partnership and sponsors of the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival have wowed millions of visitors for the last 14 years to witness some amazing sculptures. And this year will be no exception. With more than 350 tons of special granite sand brought in last Friday from Hudson, N.H., the festival...
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Jewelry Box Owner says Thanks

July 20, 2018
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Tommy Yourawski has finally retired, and he has sold his Broadway shop, The Jewelry Box. Now, he’s content to sit back and relax. For 40 years he was the go-to guy for all your jewelry needs, and he’s appreciative for all the customers that he’s had over the years. His customers have come from...
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Suffolk Downs Advisory Board Learns About the Ins and Outs of the Project

July 20, 2018
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Members of the Suffolk Downs Advisory Board for the City of Revere have held several meetings, including one last Wednesday night at Suffolk Downs, to learn about all the nuances of the future development at Suffolk Downs. “This presentation is sort of like Suffolk Downs 101,” said Tom O’Brien, head of HYM Investments, owners...
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Beach Developer Proposes Change

July 20, 2018
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Developers of the proposed Springhill Suites Waterfront Square were in front of the Site Plan Advisory Board Tuesday morning to review plans for the hotel. “I’d like to scratch the dirt by the end of the year,” said developer Budge Upton. Plans are moving ahead and Upton said they would like to get some...
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North Shore Road Property Sells for Double After a Year

July 13, 2018
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A recent sale on North Shore Road shows that the real estate market in Revere is only getting hotter. In 2017, the 31,000 square foot, former Rent-a-Tool building and surrounding 9.4 acres of land around it, was sold for $6.25 million to Alterra, of Philadelphia, a property development company. The Massachusetts-based, Calare Properties acquired...
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Tornado Damage Still Being Addressed at City Hall

July 13, 2018
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It’s been four years since the tornado hit Revere on July 28, 2014, yet damage to the City Hall roof still has to be repaired according to George Anzuoni, head of the Tornado Damage Committee that still meets on a regular basis. In a meeting that was held last week, the committee discussed roof...
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Councillor Seeks Short Term Rental Ordinance; Project Gets Support

July 13, 2018
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The Zoning Subcommittee of the City Council met Monday night to discuss everything from short-term rentals to changes in a hotel project leading to a special permit. Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe would like to have the mayor and the city solicitor revise Boston’s short-term rental ordinance and make it applicable to Revere. Boston’s...
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Another Hotel Eyeing Revere

July 9, 2018
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Developers are eyeing the construction of another hotel in Revere, bringing the total to nine projects from Squire Road to the beach. Ning Lu, the architect working with JBX Developers (the Lixi Group) came before the Site Plan Review Board last week proposing another hotel be built by her group at 58 Revere Beach...
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Parks and Rec Offers Plenty to Do This Summer

July 9, 2018
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There is truly something for everyone with this summer’s offerings from the Parks and Rec Department. Fourth of July activities are being held at the Whelan School from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Music, pony rides, inflatables, facepainting, BBQ, slush, popcorn and cotton candy. Director Michael Hinojosa said the Parks and Recreation department over...
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Farmers Market Opens July 6

July 9, 2018
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The Revere Farmer’s Market returns to the American Legion lawn, 249 Broadway, this Friday, July 6 with 15 vendors, with products ranging from fresh produce to artisan goods to specialty prepared food, entertainment and more. The market is open from 12 – 4:30 p.m. every Friday from July 6 to Oct. 5. This year’s...
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Council Approves FY19 Budget

June 28, 2018
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On Monday night the city council approved a $192,676,571 city budget for fiscal year 2019, which begins on July 1. Mayor Brian Arrigo had submitted a $206,992,903 budget request to the City Council on June 11. The Ways and Means Subcommittee then vetted the budget and the council made the final vote. Councillor Dan...
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RBP Hotel LLC, Shaws Site Developer, Tweaks Plan

June 28, 2018
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RBP Hotel, LLC, developers of the former Shaw site on the Revere Beach Parkway, came before the City Council Monday night asking for an increase for its hotel by 20 rooms and a decrease in the number of “extended-stay” units by eight. Christine Thomas, a partner in the development, said they would like 132...
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Commericial Parking Lot Fees Reconsidered

June 28, 2018
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Parking is a hot topic in Revere, especially when it comes to commercial parking lots. On June 19, the License Commission held a public hearing to discuss parking lot fees, something they visited back in April when they increased the fee from $25 to $365 per space, an increase lot owners were not happy...
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Loan Orders Approved for Water and Sewer Work

June 28, 2018
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The City Council approved $11.75 million in loan orders for water and sewer work at various locations around the city, but the measure wasn’t approved until the council grilled the representative from CDM Smith. The first bone of contention came from Councillor Dan Rizzo and Ward 6 Councillor Charlie Patch, who asked why CDM...
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Volare Issued a Warning, Commission Miffed by Lackadaisical Efforts

June 28, 2018
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The Revere License Commission held a public hearing last week for violations of the entertainment license and license conditions for Volare, at 388 Broadway. The Commission said the violations were booking a disc jockey without a license, and letting people in after 12:30 a.m. In addition, a police detail has not been present on...
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Decreases in Water and Sewer Rate Coming in FY19

June 21, 2018
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Decreases in Water and Sewer Rate Coming in FY19

Mayor Brian Arrigo presented a check to the residential water and sewer ratepayers for $2 million during Monday night’s City Council meeting.  He then announced the new rates for the next fiscal year. “This represents a 3.09 percent decrease in rate-payers bills and is the city’s first water rate reduction in 19 years,” Arrigo...
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Arrigo Outlines Plan to Combat Rat Problem

June 21, 2018
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Mayor Brian Arrigo announced on Monday night that he is undertaking taking aggressive steps to reduce the number of rats that many people are complaining about. Kicking the battle off is the mayor’s budget request for FY19 that includes $150,000 for pest/rodent management. Part of the fund will go toward a uniform, trash-barrel program...
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