Editorials

Red Sox in Last Place

September 12, 2012
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What began as a possibly historic run to yet another World Series or at the very least a play-off finish is ending miserably with the Red Sox sinking into last place over the weekend. Even how the team sank into last is ironic and poetic. They lost a series to Toronto, the team that...

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Get out and Vote

September 5, 2012
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Suffolk County voters have a primary to vote in on Thursday. Revere voters will be asked to cast votes in several races in this primary. In the Register of Probate contest, voters are being asked to choose between Boston City Councillor Sal LaMattina and Court employee Patty Campatelli. Both are East Boston residents. LaMattina...

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Demoulas in Revere

September 5, 2012
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The announcement that Demoulas will be building a supermarket at the North Gate Mall is a very exciting prospect. First, the well-known grocer is going to build an 80,000 square foot supermarket with all the fixings. It will be very much like the Chelsea store, which at 120,000 square feet is one of the...

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Suffolk Fined for Past Violations

August 29, 2012
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Timing is everything in life. Some of us have great timing. Some of us have no timing. In nearly every case when timing is important, we come to learn that timing is something nearly impossible to set in stone. Such is the case with Suffolk Downs. The track that wants to be a casino...

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Mayor Menino and Suffolk Downs

August 29, 2012
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A report last week indicated Boston Mayor Thomas Menino sent a letter to Suffolk Downs management expressing his displeasure with plans revealing the track is considering opening the casino first, if approved to do so, and then getting on with the business of building the resort casino facilities after that. No way, wrote Menino....

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Letter of Intent Re-energizes Business Possibilities

August 22, 2012
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The net result of Suffolk Downs ownership putting up the state’s required $400,000 non-refundable fee last week in order to submit the track’s official letter of intent with the state Gambling Commission has been to excite dramatic interest in the possibility of a new hotel locating near to the track on the former Shaw’s...

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The Opening of School

August 22, 2012
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Next week will mark the official opening of Revere’s Public Schools. However, the McKinley School is already open for its extended learning program this week. One would be hard pressed to imagine just how many moving parts there are when it comes to opening a large public school system such as Revere’s. For the...

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Governor Quashes Ethanol Trains; Petruccelli Motion the Difference

August 15, 2012
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Revere residents have Governor Deval Patrick and Senator Anthony Petruccelli to thank for putting the kibosh on ethanol delivery through this city by rail once a week. The plan to use trains to transport 1.7 billion gallons of the highly flammable fuel through Revere to a depot here met its end last week when...

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Suffolk Downs Steps Up to Plate

August 15, 2012
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With the swift writing of a giant check, Suffolk Downs has entered the legitimate realm of possibility when it comes to turning the track into a full fledged casino. This happened last week when Suffolk Downs President Chip Tuttle wrote out a $400,000 check for the Gaming Commission and delivered it. That $400,000, which...

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Moose Club Smoking Ban is Doing the Right Thing

August 9, 2012
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The local Moose Club has banned smoking inside its facility – and is the first private club in this city to do so. As such, it is setting a great example and one, frankly, that was long overdue. Revere’s private clubs cannot flagrantly go against federal and state laws aimed at prohibiting smoking in...

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Perception is everything

August 9, 2012
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Everett Representative Stephen Smith by all appearances has been given a pass by the Revere Building Department that has been dealing with Smith for longer than three months and with not much success. Even though Smith was in Chelsea District Court before a magistrate last week (he was ordered there by the Revere Fire...

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Car Rental Surcharge Going out the Window?

August 1, 2012
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A few years back, the city fathers, led by the late Councillor at Large and former mayor George Colella, implemented a tax on car rentals originating in Revere with the stipulation that that tax be put toward paying for a new public safety facility. The new police station, built at a cost in excess...

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Gaming Commission needs a Jump Start

August 1, 2012
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There is not a hint of question that leaders in communities to be impacted by casino gambling are at odds with the timetable recently set out by the state Gaming Commission. Mayor’s Menino and Rizzo and City Manager Jay Ash in Chelsea read with amazement last week the Gaming Commission’s timetable which extends just...

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The Summer of 2012

July 26, 2012
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The tragedy in Colorado has touched Americans in different ways everywhere during this otherwise lovely summer of 2012. At the Showcase Cinema complex in Revere Monday evening the theaters were evacuated during a showing of Batman. Some theater goers were terrified as they exited the theaters for what apparently turned out to be a...

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The Sandcastle Success Story

July 18, 2012
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In just nine years the Sandcastle Festival has become one of the best attended, talked about and written about summer venues on this part of the Northeast coast. From a very humble, quiet, somewhat stumbling and fumbling beginning, the festival has grown into a massive event of the first order and as such, all...

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Our Opinions: of Sandcastles and Things

July 13, 2012
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The city is on the eve of another Sandcastle Festival, which will likely prove to be the mother of all festivals ever to have occurred in this city in its long existence. Master sculptors from around the nation will again be competing here in what has become an annual ritual attracting hundreds of thousands...

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The New Transit Center

July 13, 2012
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The recent ribbon cutting for the all new Wonderland Parking Lot and Transit Center, known by its official name as the Intermodal Transit Center, was a significant moment in this city’s modern history and in the history of transportation in this city. The gleaming, soaring, modernistic transit center is now one of this city’s...

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People Politics: Running into a Pulitzer Prize Winner at the Bin

July 13, 2012
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Early Tuesday morning, thinking about bacon and sunnyside eggs, black toast and cream cheese, we made our way onto Shirley Avenue and into the Bagel Bin. The Bin had just reopened after closing for a vacation for a week. Seated there, at the back of the Bin was an old time Revere fellow, three...

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The Fourth of July Celebration

July 4, 2012
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It will be a thoughtful day for many of those celebrating the Fourth of July holiday. Virtually nothing about our lives is the way it used to be anymore. Everything about American life is vastly changed. The future looks uncertain. The past, at times, looks better and better in reflection. Yet the Fourth of...

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The Unemployment Rate

June 27, 2012
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State statistics reveal that Revere’s overall unemployment rate has dropped to 6.8 percent. At least this is what the rate was in May. The local unemployment rate has gone down 2 points since January and it is almost 4 points better than it was during the depths of the recession. So unemployment is dropping...

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