Editorials

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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New Twist in Old Case

May 31, 2012
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A sleeping bag used as evidence in the 1987 murder of an East Boston man found stuffed in the trunk of his car in Revere in that that sleeping bag has turned up again. The sleeping bag went missing until State Police investigators found it misplaced, apparently tucked away in an obscure corner of...
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Happy Birthday, John Gioioso

May 31, 2012
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Revere’s John Gioioso, AKA, Johnny G turned 84 last week. He hasn’t lost a step after all these years and remains the same lively gentleman he has been all his life in this city. From all of us to him – a very happy 84th and good health and everything else in the year...
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Memorial Day 2012

May 25, 2012
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The long weekend for those of us living safely throughout the nation is much more than that for all of us. Whether we recognize and feel the intensity of the Memorial Day holiday or not, whether we  understand what sacrifice and battlefield death are all about, the one day of the year which is...
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Carol Sinclair

May 17, 2012
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The death of Carol Sinclair, who died over the weekend from the ravages of bone cancer, brings to an end the life of one of this city’s most outspoken activists. She was only 71. Carol Sinclair was a true fighter and a studious expert at local public policy. For many, many years, she was...
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Listening to the People

May 17, 2012
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The city council voted unanimously Monday night against a bill- board being placed on Squire Road. The vote comes as no surprise as hundreds of area residents made it clear to the council some months back that if a bill-board were allowed in that spot that voters would come down hard on elected public...
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Stephen Perez, Jr.

May 10, 2012
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When bad things happen to good people we are always left wondering why. Such is the case in the murder of Revere native and Army veteran, Stephen Perez, Jr. He was a young man with much to look forward to. He had finished a successful stint in the US Army in Afghanistan as a...
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Remembering Jim Kimmerle

May 10, 2012
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It was not so long ago that Jim Kimmerle was walking among us, enjoying his life, serving as a councilor and really coming into himself – and then he got sick. The sickness robbed him of his health, his good feeling and ultimately, it caused his death. In the last months of his life...
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The MCAS Scores Stand

May 3, 2012
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Allegations have been dismissed that Revere’s MCAS test scores are the result of fudging the scores rather than being a true measure of what children are achieving here. We agree with the School Department analysis debunking the Atlanta Journal Constitution story that revealed a long-term investigation report that found 196 school districts reporting MCAS...
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Then Rain, the Chill and Short Memories

May 3, 2012
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In early March, historic temperature highs were broken. Day after day the temperature rose into the 80’s. Many of us were walking about in our shorts and wearing polo shirts and enjoying the heat into the late evening. Much of April was a bust – not bad weather, more warmth than some of us...
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Casino Effort Turns Ugly in Foxboro

April 25, 2012
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Before the state’s Gambling Commission gets down to the business of awarding a license to an applicant in either East Boston/Revere or Foxboro, they will have to ask themselves collectively this question: which area is more suited to a casino and which area needs the economic boost more than the other and which area...
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