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Authorities make an arrest in Reservoir Avenue homicide

October 6, 2010
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A Revere man has been arrested in the shooting death of a Jamaica Plain man with Revere tires, a homicide that happened on top of Reservoir Avenue last Wednesday evening. Alen Stijakovic, 19, of 145 Ward St. #10, was arrested for the shooting on Monday and charged with murder. He was arraigned in Chelsea...

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Blaze causes $500,000 in property damage on North Shore Rd., Dana St.

September 30, 2010
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Blaze causes $500,000 in property damage on North Shore Rd., Dana St.

Firefighters have learned this week that the cause of last Thursday’s three-alarm fire on North Shore Road and Dana Street was a discarded mattress leaning against a home with asphalt shingle siding. Chief Gene Doherty said the investigation is still ongoing, and they’re trying to determine if it was arson. “The fire started with...

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No fear: RPD officer, business owner save a life

September 30, 2010
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No fear: RPD officer, business owner save a life

Dana Street was but a cloud of black smoke Thursday afternoon. People were running out of buildings hysterically and the scene was becoming chaotic as a triple-decker began to go up in flames. Public safety personnel had yet to arrive. People were screaming. Others were taking pictures. And some alert observers were calling 9-1-1....

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As enrollments soar, superintendent calls for another school

September 30, 2010
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The new school smell still hasn’t worn out of the School Department’s latest new building, the Paul Revere School, and already Superintendent Paul Dakin is saying he needs another. Sound insane? It’s really not when one analyzes the enrollment numbers from the past few years. This year, as of late last week, the total...

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Johnnie’s will reopen next month with a new name, but same local ownership

September 30, 2010
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Johnnie’s Foodmaster on Squire Road has reinvented itself, and after some major renovations are complete, they plan to open in early October with a new name, but retain the same staff and ownership. John DeJesus, second-generation owner of the grocery store chain (his Dad was the original Johnnie), told the Journal in a recent...

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Check Out How Your Child’s School Did

September 27, 2010
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District Charts and RHS and SC School Charts

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Helen McKenna and Robert Cuddy were married last Sunday on Revere Beach on the famous bandstand by former city clerk John Henry.

September 22, 2010
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Helen McKenna and Robert Cuddy were married last Sunday on Revere Beach on the famous bandstand by former city clerk John Henry.

McKenna, who grew up in Revere, chose the beach because she said it was a beautiful venue. She is shown making marriage vows on the bandstand. In the photo right, Helen and her children, Fay and Liam, are shown in the horse and carriage that took them to the beach for the ceremony.

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Mastering MCAS – Revere makes strides on statewide exam

September 22, 2010
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Hitting the state average on the MCAS test was once a lofty goal for the Revere Public School, but nowadays it is the expectation. Two schools – and nearly a third one – scored at the state average on every MCAS test this year, a major first for the district. MCAS test results from...

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Local police are ready to enforce new texting ban

September 22, 2010
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Put the Sidekick phone down and step away from the car. It won’t be quite that harsh or dramatic, but Revere Police are ready to start enforcing the statewide No Texting Law next Thursday, September 30. “Officers will be prepared to write tickets when they have good enough evidence that people are texting while...

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Antonia’s entertainment license suspended for two weeks

September 22, 2010
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License Commissioners suspended the controversial entertainment license at Antonia’s on the Beach for two weeks at their meeting on Thursday afternoon in City Hall. Fire Inspector Dan Maniff reported to the Commission that Antonia’s had a capacity that requires a sprinkler system and, to date, they don’t have one. Maniff and owner Wayne Cintolo...

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Off the ground – At long last, a real sign of progress

September 16, 2010
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Off the ground – At long last, a real sign of progress

After more than 30 years of groundwork, Mayor Tom Ambrosino and a host of elected officials guided Revere towards a groundbreaking redevelopment at Wonderland on Monday. Redevelopment efforts at Wonderland Station have come and gone over the years. There have been successes and failures – one after the other – since the 1970s. Six...

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Rotondo’s in; three others in planning stage

September 16, 2010
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Rotondo’s in; three others in planning stage

With just about a year to go until the next mayoral election, Mayor Tom Ambrosino has indicated that – for certain – he won’t be running, and it has sent a flurry of activity through local political circles. “That is correct; I’m not running,” said Ambrosino on Monday. “I’m all done.” Meanwhile, Councillor-at-large George...

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Meet the new bidder, same as the old bidder?

September 16, 2010
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Who would have thought a contract involving trees would end up having so many branches of absurdity? Last Thursday, about one month after yanking the existing tree trimming contract from a man accused of obtaining it through forgery, the city opened bids to award the contract to a new company. In the end, the...

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War story – Bill Lanza’s acts of heroism are brought to light by his nephew

September 10, 2010
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War story – Bill Lanza’s acts of heroism are brought to light by his nephew

When Bill Lanza walks into Vinny’s Food Market on Malden Street every week, one would think he’s just like every other guy around the neighborhood. He yucks it up with his buddies at the store, just like everyone else. Who would know that all his life he’s been hiding a huge secret? No one...

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DCR project will go a long way toward improving Short Beach

September 10, 2010
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DCR project will go a long way toward improving Short Beach

Officials marked the beginning of the long-anticipated Short Beach project, spanning Revere and Winthrop, at a recent ceremony on the site of the $3.5 million project. While the project began in earnest earlier this summer, officials had their official beginning on Aug. 26th. “Having $3.5 million invested at Short Beach will certainly improve greatly...

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Closing leaves long-time workers with no severance, no explanations

September 10, 2010
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Wonderland employees – some with more than 35 years on the job – were let go without even a severance package when the track closed down abruptly on August 19, according to several sources. A small group of former Wonderland employees, all of whom had full-time union jobs at the track, said that Wondy...

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FBI Investigation

August 27, 2010
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The FBI apparently continues to probe in various places at city hall and throughout the city. This probe, which began last year, but which has recently intensified with visits to city hall, and with records being taken and scrutinized, is leading, some say, to possible arrests in the not too distant future. The likeliness...

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First Annual Silvio Cella Family Foundation Golf Tournament a success

August 25, 2010
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First Annual Silvio Cella Family Foundation Golf Tournament a success

The First Annual Silvio Cella Family Foundation Golf Tournament, raised over $20,000 for the Foundation’s annual grant program, which will help give high school football programs in Massachusetts the tools needed to be successful on the gridiron and help prepare young men for college, careers and family. At the dinner following the Tournament, our...

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Wonderland track to be sold to Suffolk Downs before end of year

August 25, 2010
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Wonderland track to be sold to Suffolk Downs before end of year

Wonderland Dog Track announced on Thursday afternoon that they would be acquired by a subsidiary of Suffolk Downs within 90 days, and would then sell the property to a very well known developer. Wondy CEO Dick Dalton told the Journal and the Revere License Commission that SSR (Sterling Suffolk Racecourse) Acquisitions, headed up by...

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Goodbye Swifty: Once a thriving track with jobs galore, Wonderland fizzles out this week without even the bang of a starting gun

August 25, 2010
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Goodbye Swifty: Once a thriving track with jobs galore, Wonderland fizzles out this week without even the bang of a starting gun

A simple sign hung on the front door Thursday morning at Wonderland Greyhound Park. There were no press conferences held or historic photos rolled out. In fact, the city’s largest employer for decades and its claim to fame for years just sputtered out of existence with only a handful of words. “Wonderland Park is...

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