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Hill Park Possible Site for Mckinley — Again

January 11, 2012
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As the City and Schools move ahead on planning the new McKinley School, an old argument is resurfacing all over again. Hill Park has long been an area for recreation – a park named after a World War II veteran who died in action – but as the planning for the McKinley takes off...

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Rizzo Assumes Leadership of Revere: Before Standing Room Crowd Says “Finest Days Are Yet to Come”

January 4, 2012
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Rizzo Assumes Leadership of Revere: Before Standing Room Crowd Says “Finest Days Are Yet to Come”

Dan Rizzo’s inaugural Monday night inside the Revere High School auditorium was an extraordinary affair by every standard of measure. A festive, well-dressed throng packed the huge auditorium, which is an accomplishment by itself. It is very likely close to 1,000 people attended the event, which was broadcast live on Revere TV. Rizzo’s inaugural...

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Council, School Commitee Members Also Take the Oath on Monday Night

January 4, 2012
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The Revere City Council inaugurated two new councillors – including the youngest citywide councillor in history – and nine incumbents at the grand inauguration ceremony Monday night. Coming on as new members of the Council were Brian Arrigo and Jessica Ann Giannino, with Giannino being the youngest ever elected citywide. Both are at-large councillors....

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New Mayor Dan Rizzo delivers his inaugural address Jan. 2, 2012

January 3, 2012
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Fatal Crash Takes the Life of Chelsea Man

December 28, 2011
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Fatal Crash Takes the Life of Chelsea Man

A Chelsea man lost his life in a fatal automobile accident on the General Edwards Bridge Monday morning, according to Revere Fire Chief Gene Doherty. State Police announced late on Monday that the victim was Wayne Diggs, 50, of Chelsea. He had been driving a 2005 Dodge Ram northbound on Rt. 1A. Fire officials...

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City Officials Ready to Enforce New Trash Ordinance on Jan. 1

December 28, 2011
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The new trash ordinance that the Council passed last summer will go into effect on Jan. 1st and city inspectors said last week that they are prepared to hand out fines. “It’s going to be pretty tough because trash trucks go out really early, but we’ll have our guys out there with them to...

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Rice Gets 6 Months Jail Time: Former Library Director Pleads Guilty and Hands over Check for $230,000

December 28, 2011
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Former Revere Public Library Director Bob Rice Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to 20 counts of fraud and embezzlement – getting six months in jail and immediately handing over $230,000 restitution. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Carol Ball heard the guilty plea from Rice, who was represented at the hearing by Attorneys Stephen Tassinari and...

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Revere’s Women of the Year: Ann Marie Costa; Deputy Superintendent of Schools Shows Initiative and Forward-thinking in Her Career

December 28, 2011
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When Deputy Superintendent Ann Marie Costa told her mother that she wanted to be a doctor, her mom didn’t believe it was such a good idea. She told her to be a nurse, or better yet, a teacher. It was advice that Costa took, and students in the City of Revere for the last...

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Wheel Heels: Brazen Thieves Steal the Tires off a Car on Caruso Street

December 22, 2011
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Wheel Heels: Brazen Thieves Steal the Tires off a Car on Caruso Street

Caruso Street isn’t exactly East St. Louis, so it was with quite a bit of surprise on Monday morning when Jim D’Orsi walked out of his two-story home adorned with white columns on his quiet residential street and found his daughter’s Honda Civic resting on cinder blocks – its tires and rims completely removed....

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House Breaks Vs. In-home Business: RPD, Council Try to Balance Crime Fighting with Free Enterprise

December 22, 2011
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House Breaks Vs. In-home Business: RPD, Council Try to Balance Crime Fighting with Free Enterprise

Rick and Cherie Meade were still laughing when they returned to their Barrett Street apartment last Thursday after seeing a movie and doing a little Christmas shopping. The laughter didn’t last long, though. “I saw the door busted open and the Christmas decorations that were hung on the door were lying on the ground,”...

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Clean and Press

December 21, 2011
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A controversial Laundromat proposal in Beachmont Square snuck through Monday night during the last Council meeting of the year and after languishing in committee with nary a peep since early fall. Ralph Torretta received unanimous approval from the Council Monday to locate a Laundromat in his building on Winthrop Avenue – a building that...

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Despite Gaming Commission Speculation, Ambrosino Says He Has No Job Lined Up

December 15, 2011
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Despite Gaming Commission Speculation, Ambrosino Says He Has No Job Lined Up

Mayor Tom Ambrosino said he would be staring down joblessness come January 3, and he doesn’t plan to apply for a position on the new Massachusetts Gaming Commission – as many have suggested he might do. Ambrosino said he has not applied for any of the positions on the Commission as of this week,...

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Elected Officials, Teachers Show Their Support for Randall, Ask for Lenience

December 15, 2011
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Several elected officials, a teacher and the wife of former Revere Police Officer Todd Randall last week made a last minute call on Federal Judge Rya Zobel for leniency on the fallen officer. Randall was sentenced in Federal Court at Boston on Tuesday afternoon, but late last Friday, Randall’s attorney – Tim Flaherty –...

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Former Officer Will Serve Four Months in Prison

December 15, 2011
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With federal prosecutors noticeably disappointed, Judge Rya Zobel on Tuesday afternoon sentenced former Revere Police Officer Todd Randall to four months in prison for lying to FBI agents in 2010 during the course of an investigation into police corruption in Revere. Randall has already served 33 days and will get credit for that time....

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Transition Team Plans Its First Meeting

December 8, 2011
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Transition Team Plans Its First Meeting

The Rizzo Administration began easing its way into City Hall Tuesday night, December 6, with its first Transition Team meeting held at the Council Chambers and open to the public. The meeting was expected to last at least 90 minutes and is in the spirit of full transparency within the new administration – which...

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Change Paves Way for Commercial Possibilities in North Revere; Saugus Neighbors Are Irked

December 8, 2011
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After more than 10 years of inaction, the Caddy Farms project in North Revere got a groundbreaking zoning change at Monday night’s City Council meeting, much to the displeasure of scores of Saugus residents who were in attendance. The Council voted 10-1 to approve the new zoning, which will make the Caddy Farms land...

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Heavyweight Showdown: Suffolk Downs and Wynn/Kraft Roll out Their Visions for Resort Casinos

December 8, 2011
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In the midst of Suffolk Downs making a big splash with their official intentions to seek a casino license, the New England Patriots are apparently throwing a chop block their way. With a major casino developer visiting Patriots owner Bob Kraft at last Sunday’s football game, casino gaming in Greater Boston has officially become...

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A Complete Twist: RHS Drama Guild Will Embark on Its First Full-length Production with Its Version of ‘the Taming of the Shrew’

December 2, 2011
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A Complete Twist: RHS Drama Guild Will Embark on Its First Full-length Production with Its Version of ‘the Taming of the Shrew’

The newly formed Revere High School (RHS) Drama Guild is preparing to take a big bite out of Shakespeare next week as they perform their twist on ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ in two performances. The cast of about 12 students in the one-year old Drama Guild – which is financially supported by RevereCARES...

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Thanks for Nothing (Seriously): As Ambrosino Leaves, Budget Deficit Has Been Erased

December 2, 2011
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When Mayor Tom Ambrosino leaves office next month, he’ll be leaving a neatly wrapped package in the Mayor’s Office for Mayor-elect Dan Rizzo. That gift will be a surplus of cash in the Rainy Day Fund and a nearly $2 million deficit that has been completely wiped off the books. Ambrosino reported to the...

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Tireless Senior Center Employee Was the Victim of a Gutless Attack on Thanksgiving

December 2, 2011
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The heart of the Rossetti Cowan Senior Center is in everyone’s prayers this week after a violent purse snatching on Thanksgiving Day left her in the hospital. Lois Diamond, a tireless worker at the Senior Center and friend to just about everyone, was attacked by a female robber around 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day...

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