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School Committee will await the voters’ decision

October 3, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The final decision on the controversial school contraception policy is headed to the November ballot after the Revere School Committee voted not to temporarily suspend the new policy that allows high school students to receive contraceptives. On September 22, the School Committee voted at the beginning of its meeting to...

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Don’t abandon all hope – Problem still exists, but not to such a serious degree

September 24, 2009
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Don’t abandon all hope – Problem still exists, but not to such a serious degree

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com There’s not much good news when it comes to the housing stock in Revere these days, but one piece of good news is that it appears the number of abandoned properties has leveled off. Inspectional Services Department (ISD) Director Nick Catinazzo told the Journal that his department has just sent...

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Experienced volleyball team off to a solid start

September 24, 2009
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Experienced volleyball team off to a solid start

How are things going for the Revere High School volleyball team? Very nicely. With eight seniors on the roster and a very solid starting six, the Patriots are off to a 3-2 start in the newly-formed Northeastern Conference/Cape Ann League. The Pats improved to 3-2 with a 3-0 shutout of Wilmington on Monday. Earlier...

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DeLeo holds the cards, and he’s ready to play

September 24, 2009
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DeLeo holds the cards, and he’s ready to play

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com There has been a major change in the casino gambling debate, and the source of that change lies in the office of the speaker of the House of Representatives, Revere’s representative, Bob DeLeo (D-Winthrop). This week, DeLeo told the Journal that his long-standing reservation about full-scale casinos has softened because...

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Christian Film Fest begins tomorrow in Revere

September 24, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Faithful crowds will flock to the Showcase Cinemas starting this Thursday as the first annual Greater Boston Christian Film Festival gets rolling in Revere. The festival features several prominent Christian movies for adults and children and will last from September 24 to October 1 – and it’s totally free. Additionally,...

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Overlook has eyes for a hotel

September 24, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com There has been no kiss-and-hug relationship between Roseland Development of Overlook Ridge in North Revere and the City Council, but Monday night, everyone got a lot friendlier when the company began talking about a new hotel on Salem Street. Earlier this year, Roseland came to the council asking for a...

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Enduring message – Button memorial will serve as an important reminder of 9/11 for future generations

September 19, 2009
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Enduring message – Button memorial will serve as an important reminder of 9/11 for future generations

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com There’s no way to explain terrorism to second-graders. And so, in the days and months and years after September 11, 2001, young children who witnessed the terrible events had a veil of confusion about those events that has only recently been lifted. In the years that have passed since September...

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Future tense – Predicting what Ambrosino’s next job will be has become something of a sport in Revere

September 19, 2009
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Future tense – Predicting what Ambrosino’s next job will be has become something of a sport in Revere

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com It seems that these days, when anyone talks about Mayor Tom Ambrosino, the last thing on anyone’s mind is his duties as mayor. For the past year, every month or so there has been discussion about whether or not the mayor might be considering leaving the city’s highest office to...

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Talk is fine, answers would be better

September 19, 2009
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Talk is fine, answers would be better

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com A cadre of Revere officials and business people staged their second meeting on Monday to discuss the possibility of expanding gaming coming to the city. A few months ago, city councillors proposed to form a task force to discuss and be prepared for casinos or any type of expanded gaming...

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A head for storytelling

September 12, 2009
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A head for storytelling

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Revere’s Maria Paige knows what it means to turn the page. Sitting with a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean from her condo at the St. George’s on Revere Beach, Maria Paige has penned two psychological thriller novels, and readers say they can’t stop turning the pages. The real mystery,...

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Fox, no hounding – ZipTrip shines a positive spotlight on the city

September 12, 2009
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Fox, no hounding – ZipTrip shines a positive spotlight on the city

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Hundreds of people joined Fox 25’s morning ZipTrip program live on Revere Beach last Friday, giving the city and its beach a very positive plug. The television set was placed in the pavilion across from Kelly’s well before sunrise last Friday. However, that didn’t deter many from gathering around as...

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Opponents succeed in putting the issue to a vote

September 12, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Voters this November will be called to not only decide which candidates they prefer, but also whether or not the schools need to rethink the Family Choice Contraception program offered at the Revere High School’s School-based Health Center. Opponents got a binding question placed on the November ballot this week,...

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The incredible disappearing signs; sign wars ignite in ward races on both sides

September 4, 2009
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The incredible disappearing signs; sign wars ignite in ward races on both sides

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Signs don’t vote, as they say, but they certainly can cause low-level wars in City Elections. Tempers have flared already at the City Council and among challengers concerning signs, and signs have become the centerpiece of several campaigns throughout the city. Of course, the most controversial sign is that of...

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Calling the Bluff – High stakes political poker game over Senate seat

September 4, 2009
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By Seth Daniel and Joshua Resnek A high-stakes poker game between two local Congressmen is unfolding this week in regards to a potential run for the vacated U.S. Senate seat of the late Edward “Ted” Kennedy. However, it is the dealer who holds all the cards in the matter, and the dealer is Joe...

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Revere’s pre-eminent historian, Peter McCauley, dies at 86

September 4, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The city’s most prolific and knowledgeable historian, Peter McCauley, passed away last Friday, Aug. 28. He was 86 years old and had suffered from a long illness. McCauley was born and raised in Beachmont and graduated from Revere High School in 1941 – furthering his education at Wentworth Institute and...

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Guinasso stakes his claim in Ward 3; Vesce calls residency challenge insane and desperate

September 4, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Will the real Ward 3 resident please stand up? After being accused for the past several months of living outside the ward, incumbent Ward 3 Councillor Arthur Guinasso said this week that he has concrete evidence that his challenger – former Ward 3 Councillor Brian Vesce – doesn’t live in...

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The Kelly Way – New principal will pilot the Paul Revere School into a new, community-oriented format

August 26, 2009
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The Kelly Way – New principal will pilot the Paul Revere School into a new, community-oriented format

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Barbara Kelly has been returning to Beachmont for years around the holidays, but never has she returned to the Beachmont School – which is just what she’ll do this year as she takes the reins of the Paul Revere School tomorrow, Aug. 27, on the district’s first day of school....

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A solid century Carmela Ranno hits the 100-year mark

August 26, 2009
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A solid century Carmela Ranno hits the 100-year mark

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com One glass of red wine per day, that’s the ticket to longevity for Revere native and long-time resident Carmela Ranno, who turned 100 years old last Sunday, Aug. 23. “Everyone asks her how she lived to be so old,” said her daughter, Connie LaSala, 80, of Fernwood Avenue. “She enjoys...

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Back to school means preparing for another round of Swine Flu

August 26, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The Swine Flu may not have had its last oink just yet, as city and school officials are preparing plans for a possible re-emergence of the sickness during the first weeks of the new school year. Health Agent Nick Catinazzo said that a panel consisting of the Police Chief, the...

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Channel Surfing – Did he or didn’t he swim the English Channel in 1908?

August 26, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com There was no greater, larger-than-life character in the character-rich history of Revere than that of Samuel Mahoney – an extraordinary swimmer and lifeguard on Revere Beach that has left the city with one of its most enduring, but forgotten, mysteries. Mahoney was an Irish immigrant who emerged on Revere Beach...

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