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Revere’s recorder – Henry retires as City Clerk, ending a 31-year career as the institutional memory of the city

July 16, 2009
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Revere’s recorder – Henry retires as City Clerk, ending a 31-year career as the institutional memory of the city

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com At the next City Council meeting on July 20, there will be a noticeable difference in personnel. No city councillors will be missing, but for the first time in more than 30 years, former City Clerk John Henry won’t be coordinating the meeting. Henry submitted his letter of resignation to...

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Is there a lot of interest in succeeding Henry? Oh, yeah

July 16, 2009
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By Seth Daniel and Joshua Resnek The opening in the city clerk’s position won’t remain unplugged for very long if several candidates already jockeying for the position have anything to say about it. Already, some five candidates have stepped forward either formally or informally. First in line is Ashley Melnik, who has worked as an...

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Extra strength – Eustace is Boston’s Mr. Coffee

July 8, 2009
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Extra strength – Eustace is Boston’s Mr. Coffee

By Cary Shuman editor@reverejournal.com Joe DiMaggio had nothing on Bob Eustace of Revere. Eustace may be the real Mr. Coffee, Boston’s true authority on the subject of the world’s most famous breakfast drink. For the past five years, Eustace has owned and operated Polcari’s Coffee, Tea, and Spices, a retail grocery shop that specializes...

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At the Cronin Rink, there’s no such thing as an off-season

July 8, 2009
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By Pete Legasey For the Journal It may be summer, but there is still plenty of action on the ice at Cronin Rink. Rink manager John Carroll told the Journal this week that the use of the rink has gone up this summer by nearly a third over last year, which bodes well for...

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Mayor closes the book on 2010 city budget; fears loom about ‘11

July 8, 2009
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By Joshua Resnek editor@reverjournal.com If Revere were a hostage about to be executed and the budget process a firing squad, then it could be said that the city dodged death following this year’s budget-making process. In fact, the city dodged many bullets, that is, it escaped the most drastic cuts and wholesale chops with...

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Private eyes

July 3, 2009
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Private eyes

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com It’s been a long while since a Revere police officer had a regular walking beat on Broadway, but in some of the hardest fiscal times the city has faced, a police officer is hoofing the walking beat, courtesy of private money. Broadway has become a troublesome area for shoppers and...

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A shore thing – CruisePort and Norwegian Spirit form a winning partnership

July 3, 2009
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A shore thing – CruisePort and Norwegian Spirit form a winning partnership

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Every Friday at 4 p.m., a huge cruise ship’s horn sounds in Boston Harbor. In fact, one might be able to step out on his porch and hear that horn if he listens carefully. That’s how close the Massport Cruise Terminal and the Norwegian Spirit – the terminal’s newest and...

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Mr. Q pens the final verse

June 24, 2009
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Mr. Q pens the final verse

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Many years ago on the streets of the North End and the old West End, Paul Revere Principal Nick Quaratiello began his working career at 6 years old by barking out prices for his uncle’s fruit and vegetable pushcart. Next week, on June 30, Quaratiello will finish his working career...

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MassCap canceled as track fights to save jobs, maintain daily schedule

June 24, 2009
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By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com After two consecutive runs of the Massachusetts Handicap (MassCap) in 2007 and 2008 at Suffolk Downs Racetrack in East Boston, horseracing fans thought the famed race was back for good. However, the race, which featured historic wins by Seabiscuit and Cigar, is not immune to the country’s economic downturn. Last...

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Hold card – At present, there is little authorities can do about phone card/poker machines

June 24, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com If it looks like a poker machine and acts like a poker machine, then it must not be a poker machine. New games of chance that resemble video poker machines have popped up at several convenience stores around the city in the last few months, and police say their hands...

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Firefighters give up clothing allowance to save seven jobs

June 24, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Everyone’s heard of the Naked Gun and maybe even the Naked Fish, but so far, there hasn’t been any instances of the Naked Firefighter. That will change, technically, as Revere firefighters have agreed to give up their annual clothing allowance – worth about 2.5 percent of their base salary –...

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Open Casting Call for ‘Deal Or No Deal’

June 20, 2009
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Do you have nerves of steel?  A killer instinct?  Raw intuition and an amazing personality? Do you want the chance to win $1 million dollars?! Come to the Open Casting Call for the hit TV show DEAL OR NO DEAL on Saturday, June 20th at the Seaport Hotel! Boston Casting is looking for high-energy,...

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‘A great place to stay’ – Glossy tourism brochure unveiled at Chamber of Commerce breakfast

June 20, 2009
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‘A great place to stay’ – Glossy tourism brochure unveiled at Chamber of Commerce breakfast

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The face of Revere tourism has gotten a lift. Through a state grant from Mass Highway, the city and the Revere Travel and Tourism Council have produced a new tourism brochure highlighting the city’s proximity to Boston, its restaurants and hotels, and its crown jewel – Revere Beach. Paul Rupp,...

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All that was right – Friends of the late Louis Grieco want community to focus on his positives, not his wrongful conviction

June 20, 2009
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All that was right – Friends of the late Louis Grieco want community to focus on his positives, not his wrongful conviction

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Louis Grieco didn’t do it. Those are the words that the Revere resident, who was wrongfully convicted of the murder of Teddy Deegan in 1965 due to the testimony of a rogue FBI informant, longed to see in the Revere Journal one day. However, after serving 29 years for a...

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Revere seventh-graders take part in state science fair

June 20, 2009
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Revere seventh-graders take part in state science fair

Journal Staff Report This past Saturday, June 6, three young Revere scientists competed against 218 of the best science fair projects from all six geographic regions in the state – and they brought home some hardware. Again, as with the regional fair held last month, the Revere students – all seventh-graders, who are pictured...

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Carpenter nailed for stealing signs from the City Yard

June 10, 2009
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Carpenter nailed for stealing signs from the City Yard

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com If the Revere Department of Public Works (DPW) were a potato, then all of its thousands of eyes would be blackened. The department suffered yet another black eye this week when longtime DPW carpenter Michael Ferragamo, 47, of 65 McKinley St., was arrested and charged with numerous felonies related to...

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Increase is bad, although not as bad as anticipated

June 10, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The panic over a 20 percent increase in water and sewer rates has been quelled, but ratepayers will still have quite an increase on their hands this July. Mayor Tom Ambrosino indicated to the City Council last week that the proposed residential water and sewer rate would be $11.59, up...

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Fines and tickets are on the verge of being increased

June 4, 2009
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Fines and tickets are on the verge of being increased

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Parking tickets and related fines will most likely increase if the city gets its way today, Wednesday, June 3. The Traffic Commission will meet on June 3 in order to discuss several increases to various traffic offenses. The largest increase will be tickets for parking in a bus stop, which...

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DPW chief, councillor offer two versions of incident

June 4, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com It was a case of the boys behaving badly, and at a wake to boot. City Councillor-at-Large John Correggio and Department of Public Works (DPW) Superintendent Don Goodwin clashed in a minor altercation last Thursday evening at the wake of former City Councillor Bill Flynn’s wife – with both men...

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Increase is the smallest in a decade; more cuts loom

June 4, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Calling it the toughest budget he has ever assembled in his nine years as the city’s top official, Mayor Tom Ambrosino released a city budget Monday that totaled $128.417 million, an increase of $1.643 million over last year’s budget (1.3 percent). The mayor indicated that the budget increase was really...

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