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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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Lodie pleads guilty, but won’t receive additional jail time

August 18, 2010
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Lodie pleads guilty, but won’t receive additional jail time

Photo by Kingcast — A key figure in Revere Police Officer Dan Talbot’s murder trial – Derek Lodie – has escaped additional jail time for a violent incident on Cooledge Street that happened just a few days before the Talbot murder, and also ended up briefly imprisoning an innocent man. Lodie, 20, pleaded guilty...

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Engine 4 crew saves life of hotel guest

August 18, 2010
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It was Friday afternoon at the Hampton Inn on Lee Burbank Highway, a lazy summer Friday. An alarm had gone off at the hotel in error, and firefighters had responded around 4:30 p.m. and quickly determined it was nothing of concern. As they were leaving though, Capt. Glen Rich and Firefighter Tony DiGiovanni noticed...

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Shop ’til you drop – Retailers prepare for a busy weekend

August 12, 2010
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Shop ’til you drop – Retailers prepare for a busy weekend

Not fond of taxes? Well, this weekend everyone can avoid paying taxes on several items during the state Sales Tax Holiday. The holiday – passed last week by state government as part of the larger Economic Development Bill – will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14 and 15th. It exempts most items...

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Feds look at records, meet with department heads

August 12, 2010
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Two agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) made a stop at Revere City Hall on Monday and Tuesday and seemingly turned the Hall sideways. Everyone was on edge. Workers went up the stairs with file folders, and then came back down again. Copies were made – apparently a lot of them. Agents...

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Rockers reunite to help Celebrate Revere

August 12, 2010
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There’s a bond amongst band mates that a number of musicians insist can last a lifetime. Sometimes, a guitarist can communicate with the bass player without even speaking. And some bonds can even span a musical break of three decades. That’s the situation for one group of Revere guys who have formed the band...

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FBI at city hall

August 11, 2010
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The FBI has been combing through records at city hall for the past two days. The appearance of the FBI has set off a wave of interest among city hall employees and certainly among residents throughout the city. It is believed the FBI has been searching for records relating to building permits and permits...

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Born to be a soldier – Sabatino part of the largest deployment from the Bay State since World War II

August 4, 2010
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Born to be a soldier – Sabatino part of the largest deployment from the Bay State since World War II

Whether he was setting up tiny army men, practicing to be a Ninja Turtle, or playing in paintball wars, Beachmont’s Rafael Sabatino has always been a soldier. This week, Pvt. Rafael Sabatino – of the 101st Division Airborne Screaming Eagles – will finally be a combat soldier, as he ships out to Afghanistan as...

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The chips are down – Casino bill begins to unravel as politics takes center stage

August 4, 2010
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What looked like a billion dollar bonanza in the form of expanded gaming has turned into a billion dollar banana peel – and everyone’s slipping on it this week. State leaders from the governor to House reps are embroiled with infighting this week after a long weekend of compromise and, subsequently, catastrophe. Gov. Deval...

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Mayor will set up hearing to revoke track’s parking license

August 4, 2010
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Wonderland Dog Track has run out of time to pay its taxes, and there will be no more extensions. Mayor Tom Ambrosino said on Monday that Wonderland still hadn’t paid its whopping tax bill and he would move to revoke their commuter parking lot license. “I believe the License Commission will set up a...

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Leaving his office, not school – Cammarata steps down as Garfield principal, but he will continue to work as an educator

July 22, 2010
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Leaving his office, not school – Cammarata steps down as Garfield principal, but he will continue to work as an educator

Sal Cammarata’s days of walking the halls of the Garfield Elementary School as its principal may have come to an end this year, but he’s not ready for the grandpa hammock just yet. In fact, while his days in the teaching world might be done, the popular principal said that his days in the...

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Reinstein: Casino legislation is progressing

July 22, 2010
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As Gov. Deval Patrick seems to be in the mood to sink the casino gambling ship, others closer to Revere are working behind the scenes to make sure it stays afloat. State Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein (D-Revere) was tapped earlier this month to be one of six members of a carefully selected state legislative conference...

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Former coach, schools remain at odds over his dismissal last year

July 22, 2010
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The former Revere High School (RHS) softball coach has thrown a curveball to the school system with a Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) filing that blames age discrimination for ending his long career as the team’s skipper. Joe Nichinello, who had coached the team for 35 years until this past year, claimed that he...

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Revere Beach National Sandsculpting Festival 2010

July 16, 2010
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The Revere Beach National Sandsculpting Festival kicked off on Revere Beach Monday. Sculptors from around the country will converge on Revere Beach the rest of this week and all weekend. The annual event brings in nearly 500,000 people throughout the week. These photos are from Tuesday morning when sculptors and organizers were working on the...

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Grand sand – Festivities run through this weekend

July 15, 2010
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Grand sand – Festivities run through this weekend

Revere Beach looks glorious. The seawater is warm. The Sun is beating down. And for the seventh year in a row, professional sand sculptors have set to work in making stunning pieces of art out of the Beach sand. The Revere Beach National Sandsculpting Festival is in full swing this week, with sculptors arriving...

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Churches worried about what casinos will mean for Bingo games

July 15, 2010
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Churches worried about what casinos will mean for Bingo games

If casinos get their cha-ching, then local church Bingo games fear their cards may suffer a blackout. Speaking rather frankly, Father Michael Guarino of St. Anthony’s Church told the Journal this week that he has some “very serious concerns” about the effects of a casino on his church’s weekly Bingo night. “To be honest,...

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