Editorials

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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Planet Permits – A health club wants to open in Revere; after that, things get complicated

February 25, 2010
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Planet Fitness wants to locate in the former Stop and Shop location at the Northgate Mall. It seeks to make a $4.5 million investment in the location and to do what it does best – that is – to offer its health club machines and services at a price far lower than anywhere in...

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Jim Kimmerle – Popular City Councillor will be missed

February 17, 2010
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Jim Kimmerle’s death removes from the local political scene one of those rare people who was without enemies, rancor, ill will or bad feeling for others. He was softly spoken, humble, and respectful of all. He was a gentleman through and through who loved Beachmont, where he spent most of his adult life. His...

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One Week Later – At last, snowfall

February 17, 2010
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Last Wednesday the local world was shut down and everything about our lives came to a stop as we awaited a snowstorm. Alas, or hooray, however you choose to think about it, it was a day of folly for weather forecasters, for school superintendents and for mayors and even the governor, who ended up...

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Policing the Police – Talbot’s death raises troubling questions

February 10, 2010
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Now that Robert Iacoviello has been convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of off-duty Revere police officer Daniel Talbot, he has begun his long journey into darkness. His stay inside the Massachusetts penal system for the next two decades of his life will surely take its toll on him . There are...

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The Dream Is Alive – Developer still hopeful about the Ocean Club

February 2, 2010
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When the planned auction last week was put off for the property along the center of the beach crescent known as Ocean Club, it was the surest sign that Ocean Club’s architect and chief developer Steve Fustolo would be given enough time and the legal tools necessary to re-organize the entity which owns the...

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Ashley Melnik – New City Clerk is up to the task

February 2, 2010
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Revere’s new city clerk is Ashley Melnik. Having already worked for years as an assistant city clerk, she is eminently qualified to succeed John Henry. Henry, it should be pointed out, served for decades with honor as the city clerk. He made the job in many ways what it has come to be —...

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Senator Scott Brown – Kennedy’s successor has big shoes to fill

January 27, 2010
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The election of Senator Scott Brown was not exactly a surprise to Revere voters. By the time election day had come around last week, everyone here who takes some interest in politics – which is just about everyone – had the strong feeling that Martha Coakley was not going to make it and that...

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The World is a Village – The tragedy is Haiti and what we can do to help

January 20, 2010
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There is a closer connection between the people of this city and the Haitian earthquake victims who we have been watching on television for a week and a day. The connection is that we are simple people when you boil it all down. For all of modernity’s ability to make our lives easier, life...

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The Election – All that’s left is the counting

January 20, 2010
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Everything has changed. Nothing has changed. Everything will move forward. Nothing is going to move forward. We were all heard. Many of us weren’t heard at all. Many of us failed to care enough to get out and vote. The election is done. Nothing is what it used to be. That ended last year...

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Ever Closer… – Suffolk poised to receive a casino license

January 13, 2010
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By all reasonable accounts and by all standard methods of measure, Suffolk Downs appears poised to gain a casino license when and if the legislature finally gets around to taking up the subject and doing something substantive about it. All signs from high places point to Suffolk Downs receiving a casino license. Mind you,...

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President Zambuto – He will use a firm hand and a strong gavel

January 13, 2010
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Councillor at Large Anthony Zambuto has been elected president of the city council for the 2010 legislative term. We congratulate him on his victory but more importantly on the show of support given to him by all his colleagues. There was a great deal of political jockeying this year before a final choice was...

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