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Randall Resigns; Case Still Pending

August 17, 2011
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Revere Police officer Todd Randall is now a former Revere Police officer, resigning from the force last week. Randall had been on unpaid leave since last fall for a medical issue, but had been arrested and charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) last spring for giving a false statement during the course...

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New Trash Ordinance Might Not Go into Effect Until January 1

August 17, 2011
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The City Council will weigh whether or not to postpone the controversial trash storage ordinance next Monday night, according to numerous sources. The Council voted in the ordinance last spring after a long and arduous discussion process that lasted many months. Ward 6 Councillor Charlie Patch put in the motion and argued that there...

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Divided We Fall: School Officials, Mayor Indicate That Middle School Lottery Has Brought out the Worst in Adult Community

August 17, 2011
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The middle school lottery over the last several years has never been an easy process, but administrators say it has become downright disturbing this year. In the three lotteries staged over the last five years by the School Department, there have been tears from children, angry parents, arguments and harsh language. The lottery has...

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A Textbook Case Of Addition by Subtraction: Caramello’s Brief Teaching Career Gave Birth to a Long and Distinguished Tenure with the RFD

August 10, 2011
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A Textbook Case Of Addition by Subtraction: Caramello’s Brief Teaching Career Gave Birth to a Long and Distinguished Tenure with the RFD

Fire Lt. Jim Caramello took a strange path to the Revere Fire Department. In fact, before landing on a fire truck, he never dreamt of dousing out flames or providing life saving services to those in distress. What he mostly did was teach mathematics at Revere High School (RHS), following in his father’s footsteps...

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Hearing Held in Randall Case; DPW Matter Is Continued Until Next Month

August 10, 2011
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Two noteworthy hearings involving city employees were continued within the last two weeks. First, last Wednesday, August 3, Police Officer Todd Randall was expected to have an important hearing in which he could plead to his charges or disclose a plea deal. That hearing was unexpectedly re-scheduled at the last minute, pushing it off...

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RHS Freshman Orientation Set for Aug. 23

August 10, 2011
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Administrators, teachers, and staff of Revere High School cordially invite parents or guardians and families of incoming freshman and transferred students to the Freshman Orientation on Tuesday, August 23, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Revere High School Auditorium. The purpose of this orientation is to ensure that our incoming students and their...

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This k-9 deserves a place on page 1

August 3, 2011
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This k-9 deserves a place on page 1

Revere Police K-9 Officer Mike Mason and his partner, Walsh, put on an impressive demonstration last Thursday for the summer program at the Whelan School, answering loads of questions for the curious grade schoolers. Walsh was funded by the Department of Homeland Security and has been with the RPD for three years. Mason displayed...

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Motorists Have to Weather a Lot of Tie-ups

August 3, 2011
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Motorists Have to Weather a Lot of Tie-ups

It has never been so hard to get around as it has been this summer. During the daytime hours, it’s nearly impossible to get from one end of the City to the other. Going north and south is virtually impossible, especially if one chooses to do so in the morning or evening rush hours....

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Revere High Plans Significant Changes: New Block Schedule and Advisory Program Will Go into Effect in September

August 3, 2011
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While the actual building at Revere High School (RHS) might not have changed much over the summer, everything going on inside will be considerably different once the new school term starts later this month. RHS Principal Lourenço Garcia and Guidance Director Maureen Lenihan told the Journal that they are putting the final touches on...

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Council Eliminates Preliminary Election

August 3, 2011
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For the second straight election cycle, the City Council has voted to eliminate the Preliminary Election for at-large councillor in September, even though there is the required number of candidates to trigger that election. Painted as a cost-saving measure, the Council voted 9-1 to send the Home Rule Petition to the State Legislature for...

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Council Votes to Maintain Candy Company’s Tax Break

July 27, 2011
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Council Votes to Maintain Candy Company’s Tax Break

City Councillors voted 10-1 to allow Necco to keep its tax-break agreement despite being decertified from the state economic development program that administers the agreement and despite violating most parts of the agreement. The local tax break amounts to a savings of some $300,000 per year for Necco. With the break, they pay the...

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City Council will Attempt to Block Preliminary Election in 11-person at-large Race

July 27, 2011
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It appears that the at-large race will be forced into a Preliminary Election this time around as 11 candidates were certified for the ballot on Tuesday afternoon – the exact number required for a September Preliminary. However, city councillors will move this coming Monday to block the election and eliminate it as they did...

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Issue Peaks Markey’s Interest; Congressman Wants Answers

July 27, 2011
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Congressman Ed Markey came out this week with some serious concerns about Global Oil Partners’ plan to bring in large Ethanol trains to Revere on the commuter rail tracks. “I plan to send a letter to Global Partners requesting answers to these questions, and how they plan to address the concerns of Revere residents,”...

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Fall Guy: Deleo Says Debate Will Begin in September

July 20, 2011
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Fall Guy: Deleo Says Debate Will Begin in September

Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo affirmed his commitment to advance legislation for an expanded gambling bill in September during an appearance at a legislative luncheon Monday at the Winthrop Lodge of Elks. Appearing at the event with State Sen. Anthony Petruccelli, DeLeo told the gathering, “One of the major items that I...

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Bigger and Better Than the Hype

July 20, 2011
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If one were to gauge the success of this past weekend’s National Sand sculpting Festival on Revere Beach by crowds alone, then it was a smashing success. Crowds were estimated prior to the festival to be around 300,000 people for the four-day period, and organizers said preliminary public safety estimates indicated that there were...

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Parishioners Vow to Continue Fighting Despite Plans to Sell Church Property in Beachmont

July 20, 2011
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In a curious and surprising move, the Archdiocese of Boston announced last Thursday that it was going to desanctify Our Lady of Lourdes Church (OLOL) in Beachmont – and six other churches that are still in flux – and perhaps sell it. All of this came as OLOL is in the middle of an...

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High Bid Price Comes at a Cost:Grand Entrance, Public Art Cut out of Phase II

July 20, 2011
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Two significant aesthetic pieces to the new Wonderland Station redevelopment project have been eliminated due to a bid by Suffolk Construction that came in much higher than anticipated. Though Suffolk wasn’t the lowest bidder on the project, apparently, they were chosen because their preliminary proposal was far superior to that of the other bidders....

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Carving Artists: As Many as 300,000 People Expected to Attend Annual Event on Revere Beach

July 13, 2011
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Carving Artists: As Many as 300,000 People Expected to Attend Annual Event on Revere Beach

There may not be a better way to usher in the dreamy, fantasy world of sandcastles than by staging a parade on the Boulevard with eight-foot-tall puppets. And that’s exactly what’s going to happen this week. The Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival is ready for its official kickoff tomorrow, Thursday, though many sculptors...

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Was the Super Insensitive? In Mcad Suit, Employee Alleges He Was Routinely Called a ‘Deaf Mute’

July 13, 2011
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The City is on the hook this month for allegedly creating a hostile working environment at the Department of Public Works (DPW) City Yard after a split decision by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) agreed with part of an employee discrimination case filed in 2008. The case came from DPW Mechanic Martin Gonya...

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The now-famous Patriot Flag made a stop on Revere Beach Tuesday morning as part of its nationwide tour – which will conclude on the 10th Anniversary of the September 11 attacks. On that day, it will fly in Shanksville, PA, New York City Ground Zero and at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Until that time,...

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