Editorials

A Year of Change? – Important decisions need to be made

May 28, 2009
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Many political pundits are wondering if this year will be one of change. In other words, will the electoral process this year be about the people taking back the power by pushing the politicians out of office in favor of new ones, or will it be about the politicians holding the power and fighting...

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Memorial Day – Honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice

May 20, 2009
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Memorial Day is intended as a dedication to those who gave their lives for this nation. Giving your life for your nation is the ultimate sacrifice. Those who have served in battle, who have witnessed the death of their comrades in arms all agree – the glory of war is absent when you stand...

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Harsh Realities – Galluccio sizes up our state’s budget woes

May 13, 2009
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This week’s Revere Journal contains a letter written by State Sen. Anthony Galluccio to some of the elected officials in his district, including, naturally, Mayor Thomas Ambrosino. The letter is noteworthy for its bluntness and candor. It’s not the kind of correspondence that elected officials usually throw out for public consumption. We applaud Galluccio...

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Meters on the Beach – In the end, effort probably not worth it

May 13, 2009
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We have long been advocates of installing parking meters at Revere Beach, so we find ourselves agreeing with Councillor-at-Large Dan Rizzo’s motion to do so. However, our strong support for such a measure was more meaningful before the sidewalks running the length of the beach were redone by the Department of Conservation and Recreation...

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Chaos on the Beach – Incident highlights the need for contingency plans

May 6, 2009
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Last week’s chaotic and ineffectual public safety response to the invasion of Revere Beach by about 3,000 Boston school students who played hookey proved that there are no contingency plans in effect with the State Police or Revere Police to maintain public safety during a crisis. The State Police response to the invasion was...

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Feeling Dismayed – Council refuses to cut expense accounts and longevity bonuses

April 30, 2009
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By a vote of 9-2, the Revere City Council decided against cutting its $600 a month expense account and longevity bonuses for some of its members, amounting to tens of thousands of dollars. Only Councillor-at-Large George Colella voted for the cuts, along with Ward Councillor George Rotondo. Also, to his credit, Council President Dan...

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A show of leadership – Rizzo’s motion was a step in the right direction

April 10, 2009
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Council President Dan Rizzo entered a motion before the City Council Monday night asking the council to do away with the one day pension benefit, that is, serving one day into a new year as a city employee (and then retiring immediately) and receiving a larger pension based on an extra year served. The...

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Credit Where It’s Due – Thank you, Mr. Henneberry

April 2, 2009
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License Commission Chairman Thomas Henneberry didn’t shrink or fail to stand his ground, despite heavy lobbying and legal maneuvering by a group of bar owners seeking a return to the 2 a.m. closing. The commission took the action last year of lowering the closing hour of the city’s liquor establishments to 1a.m. Henneberry said...

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Council’s Pay Package – Pension system is, above all, legal

April 2, 2009
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The Revere City Council has one of the best pay packages of any City Council in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This is old news for Revere voters and taxpayers. According to a front page story that appeared in the Boston Sunday Globe last weekend, Revere’s pay and pension system allows for councilors to collect...

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Give Us A Sign – City should have been notified about billboard plan

March 25, 2009
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The MBTA has announced a program that is intended to sell enough new billboard spaces on T properties to bring in millions of dollars of new revenue. Regrettably, Revere is one of those cities where the T is planning to sell new spaces for billboards. In all likelihood, the billboard spaces will be sold...

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Cap on Salaries? – The time might be right

March 25, 2009
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The time is rapidly approaching when Revere and all the cities and towns in the commonwealth will no longer be able to afford the bloated salaries of those municipal employees earning more than $90,000 a year. Middle echelon municipal employees earning in the $60,000 range and everyone below don’t cost the city nearly as...

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The Senator’s Visit – Petruccelli appears before the City Council

March 12, 2009
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State Senator Anthony Petruccelli’s visit to Revere Monday evening before the City Council detailed the state’s effort to raise the gasoline tax in order to mitigate severe roadway and tunnel tolls. Petruccelli is a persuasive and well-informed speaker, and as a senator, Revere can rely upon him to do the right thing on Beacon...

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It Won’t be Missed – Moon-Lite Reader closes down

March 12, 2009
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The pornography store on Squire Road has closed. Its death was met with satisfaction by those who fought so hard to keep it from coming to Revere. Its death was a sign that such a store had outlived its usefulness. Internet pornography has replaced the old-fashioned adult bookstore with all the fixings. And yet,...

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Noxious – The gasoline tax is a terrible idea

March 5, 2009
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It is bad enough that those of us who use the roads and tunnels in this area are going to be raped by the idiots at the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority who have just voted to raise the tolls outrageously at the end of March. It is worse that the Legislature, the governor and even...

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Economic Outlook

February 28, 2009
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With a little luck, Revere could experience less heartache than other parts of the country There is the very real likelihood that the effects of the nationwide recession here will be felt much less than in other areas of the country. While all of us know people who have been laid off or a...

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People & Politics

February 28, 2009
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Dan Rizzo’s St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser The second annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser held by Dan Rizzo will take place Wednesday March 11 from 6 to 9p.m. at the VFW Mottolo Post, 10 Garofalo Street. It will include a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner and entertainment provided by The Black Velvet Band. A...

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Revere and the Stimulus Bill

February 17, 2009
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By Joshua Resnek The Stimulus Bill is going to take the rough edge off the recession. It is not going to end the recession, which is more likely than not going to dog us for quite some time to come. However, the savage job layoffs sweeping the nation and affecting cities like Revere will...

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Fire at KFC – Restaurant will be back and better than ever

February 17, 2009
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An old friend went up in flames Monday morning when the Kentucky Fried Chicken location on Squire Road was destroyed by fire. First indications point to the fact that the company will rebuild on the site and that it will be a better location when all is said and done. And while some people...

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Insurance Dilemma – Ambrosino’s thought process is on the money

February 17, 2009
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Nearly every city and town in the commonwealth is beset by year-to-year runaway health insurance premiums. In many communities like Revere, providing health insurance for the city’s employees tacks on millions of extra dollars in expenses to that line item. No community can afford the drastic costs of providing municipal employees at that rate...

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