Editorials

Shifting Weather – Spring-like … Fall-like

May 12, 2010
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We have transited from warmth to having to turn back on our heating systems – a very depressing happening in the second week in May – but then – this is New England, where the weather changes faster than what we are thinking about in our minds. That bit of strong chill sets us...

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Paul Bright Sr. – Beloved father, husband and firefighter

May 12, 2010
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The death of Paul Bright, Sr. at 81 brings to a close a long life spent in this city. Mr. Bright, a retired Revere Firefighter, grew up in Chelsea but came to love Revere as his home. He was a popular firefighter – but he was best known as a devoted and loving husband...

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The Water Crisis – A potentially costly lesson for all of us

May 8, 2010
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The great water crisis of 2010 has passed, and with it, the understanding that Greater Bostonians for all our bluster and modern might, had no clean water – about two million of us in all – from Saturday to Tuesday morning. When the pipe burst in Weston on Saturday and the water system was...

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Special Anniversary – Here’s to hoping Suffolk Downs celebrates another 75 years in Revere

April 30, 2010
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In a business world recently turned upside down by the near collapse of the national economy, the fact that Suffolk Downs is still operating at 75 is something to cheer about. Local horseracing has seen much better times since the race track opened in 1935 during the Great Depression but Suffolk Downs remains open,...

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Holocaust Month – Let us never forget

April 30, 2010
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April marks Holocaust month. It is a time to remember. It is a time to remind ourselves that we should never forget man’s inhumanity to man. The genocide and slaughter of 6 million Jews as well as an untold number of Catholics and Protestants at the hands of the Nazis shows mankind at his...

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An All-Time Great – Revere mourns the loss of Silvio Cella

April 21, 2010
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The death of Silvio Cella brings to mind the city as it was in the era when the Silvio Cellas of this world were coming of age, competing on the athletic field and attempting to make something out of themselves during a time when the city was a far different place than it is...

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A Deplorable Act – Attack against candidate was lower than low

April 21, 2010
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The FBI is apparently looking into the genesis of the anti-Semitic Internet advertisement attempting to denounce Ward Councillor candidate Corey Abrams because he is a Jew. In the recent annals of Revere politics, this is about the most egregious civil rights violation we have seen. The Internet video was replete with yellow Jewish stars,...

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Quicker is Better – Senate slow-down makes no sense

April 21, 2010
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The Senate has decided to hold up or to slow down the expanded gambling bill approved by the House last week. This is a shame and a waste and the slowdown effects Revere in a big way. We have two major facilities dependent upon expanded gambling. Hundreds of jobs and potentially millions in tax...

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A Great Time – DeLeo packs ‘em in

April 15, 2010
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House Speaker Robert DeLeo, a great friend to this city, drew an enormous crowd to his annual fundraiser held in the North End at Joe Tecce’s Restaurant last Thursday evening. Among the crowd was more than a few Revere public officials – elected and unelected – who came by to pay homage to the...

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Strong Partners – The future of Wonderland and Suffolk Downs

April 15, 2010
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We ask our readers to be aware that for longer than a year now Wonderland has become part in parcel of Suffolk Downs through an ownership deal between all the relevant parties. This being the case, Wonderland, we reported last week, will not be going for slots. The Suffolk Down consortium has always insisted...

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Vote On Tuesday – Senate election is upon us

April 7, 2010
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Ward 6 residents are urged to vote on Tuesday in the special senate election being held to fill the seat vacated by former Senator Anthony Galluccio. The special election offers a number of candidates but the campaign has evolved into a contest between Cambridge Attorney Tim Flaherty and Everett City Councillor Sal DiDomenico. Both...

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Gaining Momentum – Casino legislation appears to be a done deal

April 7, 2010
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House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s expanded gambling bill has made it out of the House Committee on Commerce and will be sent to the full House for a vote next week after being reported favorably. This is tantamount to the bill passing the house and being sent on to the senate. In the senate, the...

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Seize the Opening – City Hall should be open for business five days a week

March 31, 2010
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Mayor Ambrosino’s desire to re-open city hall on Fridays for a half day is right on the mark. We agree completely with the mayor who is apparently making it a priority. After all, there is something wrong with city hall being closed on Fridays as a cost saver. How much, we ask, can be...

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A Greener Revere – The costs are high — but so are the benefits

March 31, 2010
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There is a bit of a debate ongoing about a greener Revere. We are in favor of a greener Revere and of everything green for this city as we transit into the 21st Century. We are not talking about planting more grass or trees. We are suggesting that everything must be done that can...

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Health Care For All – But at what cost?

March 23, 2010
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The Democrats celebrated a triumph when the health care reform bill passed Sunday. It was a victory for the 30 million or so Americans who cannot afford to have health insurance. It was also a victory for those who have children or family members applying for health insurance with pre-existing conditions. They can no...

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Dry Legacy – Flooding is still an issue, but the problem is not nearly as bad as it used to be

March 19, 2010
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The heavy, wind driven rain that dumped almost 10 inches of water on us over three days failed to sink Revere. There was some flooding. There were some basements that took water. There were some roads and streets that became almost impassable. And there was the ocean, wild and surging, with big waves pushed...

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Revere Cares – Organization receives well-deserved honor

March 19, 2010
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The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America has named Revere Cares as one of its national Coalitions of the Year in honor of its more than 13 year community wide effort to reduce alcohol and drug abuse by local teenagers. Revere Cares lives or dies by its ability to draw in the community and to...

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The Highest Paid – In the city, as in life, bosses make more money

March 10, 2010
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City salaries at the highest level are better by a wide margin than ever before. This is true in Revere, where the ten highest paid city employees are, indeed, highly paid. Superintendent of Schools Paul Dakin continues to top this list at $185,000 and some change. And why not? Dakin runs the equivalent of...

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Health Care – City must deal with this issue ASAP

March 4, 2010
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It is a sobering fact that the city of Revere had to pay $14.9 million this year to pay its share of the city provided health care insurance for municipal employees. Ten years ago, the same budget item cost the city $5.6 million. The cost for the city in the 2011 budget will be...

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The Surf – An awesome sight on Revere Beach

March 4, 2010
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Last week’s storm churned up the Atlantic Ocean, which rose to levels we have not witnessed in years. Then the wind drove the waves and the sand went sideways, whipping this way and that. For three days, the waves crashed against the seawalls and caused flooding here and there. On Revere Beach, sand flew...

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