Editorials

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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Fire Chief Good Choice

June 27, 2012
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Mayor Dan Rizzo has re-appointed Fire Chief Gene Doherty as the city’s director of Emergency Management – a position he is eminently qualified to hold. It is likely there is no one serving in municipal government here more capable of running such an office of importance than Doherty. He is smart about what he...
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Joe Quarantello

June 21, 2012
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The city has a new Licensing Board Commissioner and he is Joe Quarantello. Mr. Quarantello was sworn in at city hall earlier this week. He took the oath of office with Mayor Dan Rizzo standing almost by his side. Mr. Quarantello is 53. He’s married with three children  and he is employed in an...
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Traffic Mitigation

June 21, 2012
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On first blush, the traffic mitigation package unveiled by Suffolk Downs recently is dedicated to two major thrusts – to reduce the McClellan Highway backlog, which will require a major piece of work in East Boston with a flyover at Boardman Street and further mitigation efforts at Bell Circle. The Suffolk casino developers and...
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The City Budget

June 21, 2012
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The city is once again dealing with limited funds to meet its obligations for the coming year. In other words, even after carefully watching all spending and making cuts here and there, the city needs new revenue streams or added revenue streams to make up the structural deficit that occurs from year to year...
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Revere a Host City

June 13, 2012
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Revere is a host city if and when a casino comes to Suffolk Downs. The casino legislation provides for this designation for Revere exactly and specifically. “A Host community is a municipality in which a gaming establishment is located or in which an applicant has proposed locating a gaming establishment,” reads the state law...
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The Plan is Put Forward

June 6, 2012
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At a media event Tuesday morning, Suffolk Downs officials laid out their plans to the public about what exactly they are proposing to build at the race track should they be granted a casino license. The renderings showed a spectacular modern building both indoor and outdoor. What they revealed as well, is that the...
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A Pier for Revere Beach?

June 6, 2012
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Talks are apparently underway at the highest levels, and are being led by Mayor Dan Rizzo and his development chief John Festa, to put in motion the possible construction of a major pier and dockage along an undisclosed location on Revere Beach. The effort would include not just a pier but meaningful development around...
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Smith Should Be Held to a Higher Standard

May 31, 2012
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News reports indicating Everett Representative Stat Smith owns two apartment houses here filled with code violations are, frankly, a disappointment. Voters in this city, and in Everett, we assume, expect their elected public representatives to not only follow the law but to be pristine in their private affairs. Regrettably, this is not the case...
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