Editorials

A Big Weekend – Sandcastle Festival will draw huge crowds

July 15, 2010
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In this, the seventh year of the Sand Castle Competition on Revere Beach is expected to draw the largest crowds ever in its history. Each year the competition has drawn larger and larger crowds as the event morphs from something that was tried out to something that has begun to institutionalize itself as the...
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Church Bingo – There’s sure to be ways to fill the void

July 15, 2010
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It comes to pass that if casino gambling comes to Suffolk Downs, St. Anthony’s Church and other churches that offer bingo, will likely lose important streams of income that keep the churches going. At St. Anthony’s, for instance, a church bingo raises approximately $200,000 a year to defray the cost of running the church...
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Zoning Approval – Changes make good business sense

July 15, 2010
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The Zoning Board of Appeals has passed a set of zoning changes as requested by local Attorney Gerry D’Ambrosio for his clients, Eurovest Development. These changes, in the works for many years, and required for the development of Ocean Street, allow for some buildings to be a few stories higher, in addition to other...
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Lost in Thought – Getting away from it all

July 8, 2010
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The 4th of July holiday was a great success. Hundreds of thousands swarmed for music, food and fireworks and virtually no arrests, no outrageous violence and very little in the way of inconvenience. It was a quintessential American weekend with nearly all of us taking full advantage of the Monday holiday. Monday opened warm...
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Four Your Thoughts – Thinking about Independence Day

June 30, 2010
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It is the summer of discontent as we approach the 4th of July holiday. In the 234th year of American Independence, there is a feeling held among Americans that the business life of the land is unnatural, strained, weak, and ineffectual. Government’s best effort to make up for the failings and the excesses of...
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Approve It – Eurovest deserves zoning change

June 23, 2010
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Attorney Gerry D’Ambrosio’s request for a zoning change for his client Eurovest should be approved. Eurovest is the investment and development group putting together the Ocean Avenue development which begins shortly with the construction of a multi-million dollar car parking garage at Wonderland Station. D’Ambrosio’s effort on behalf of Eurovest seeks to put the...
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Good for the Beach – Meters make a lot of sense

June 23, 2010
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The Department of Conservation and Recreation is set on lining Revere Beach with parking meters – something which should have been done decades ago. The city council and the DCR will work together to give this initiative a chance to finally be implemented. And it will take the approval of the council and the...
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Air On The Side Of Caution – Pharmacy ban is good health policy

June 17, 2010
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The city of Everett Health Department has set itself on a course to ban the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies in that city. The Revere Health Department might do well to do the same. Everett joins the city of Boston, Newton and two other communities in banning cigarette sales in pharmacies. The reasoning, and...
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The Oil Spill – Government response has been unimpressive

June 17, 2010
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We believe the government response to the oil spill drama playing itself out along the southern coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida has been lame and ill-advised. If ever there was a moment to put 200,000 unemployed people to work maintaining the coastline this was it – and it remains so to this...
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Entertaining An Idea – Shouldn’t city reap financial reward for granting entertainment licenses?

June 10, 2010
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Entertainment licenses, like liquor licenses that are given by the Licensing Board can be taken away. The Licensing Board giveth. The Licensing Board taketh away. An entertainment license is not a right. It is a privilege. It is a bit like the liquor license that comes with it. This being said, perhaps the Licensing...
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Weekend Weather – Sunday’s storm was one to remember

June 10, 2010
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Is it climate change? Is it our imagination or what? Recent lightning and thunder storms have seemed much more violent and destructive than we can recall in a lifetime. Sunday’s storms were savage – as two homeowners found out in Beachmont when their waterfront homes had their roofs blown off and some occupants injured....
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In The Gulf – Markey’s criticism has been right on the money concerning BP disaster

June 5, 2010
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Our Congressman Edward Markey has been seen giving interviews or making public statements on television recently on numerous occasions taking British Petroleum to task. He has done more than that. In bold, unambiguous terms Congressman Markey has called BP irresponsible, unresponsive and worse – he has called BP’s leaders a bunch of liars who...
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At Wonderland – Parking garage tab won’t be paid by the city

June 5, 2010
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There was some talk on Beacon Hill two weeks ago about charging the city of Revere something like $37 million for the new parking garage to be built at Wonderland Station. That station, announced with fanfare by Governor Patrick and Congressman Markey, will be built largely with state and federal funds and marks a...
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Memorial Day – The true meaning of the holiday

May 26, 2010
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The weekend that signals the official beginning of the summer of 2010 is upon us. We have no idea what this summer will hold for all of us, for our nation, or for the community of man. After all, it is impossible to know what lies ahead. The holiday memorializing America’s battlefield dead as...
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Just Say ‘No’ – Entertainment license wouldn’t help the ongoing evolution of Revere Beach

May 19, 2010
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We support the efforts of Revere Beach residents and Councillor John Powers urging the Licensing Board not to grant the license sought by a Revere Beach restaurant seeking to turn itself into something else by offering live music and Karaoke. It is our hope the Licensing Board, which is set to meet Thursday at...
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At Suffolk Downs – Expanded gaming equals jobs

May 19, 2010
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Many, many Revere residents enjoyed a day at the races at Suffolk Downs Saturday when the 75th racing season got underway with fanfare and a flourish. Hundreds of Revere residents are employed by the track and have been employed there over the years – and so the opening of the track is a good...
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Public Safety First – Reverse 911 is worth the expenditure

May 12, 2010
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Revere missed out on informing its citizens and water users of the crisis being faced when that pipe broke in Weston and all Massachusetts Water Resources members were forced to boil water to drink or to use. Revere is now doing the right thing by attempting to persuade the city council as to the...
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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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