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Firefighters vote against wage freeze; layoffs forthcoming

May 20, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The Revere Firefighters Union has rejected Mayor Tom Ambrosino’s wage freeze proposal, which will lead to seven firefighter layoffs on July 1. The move follows a vote by the Revere Police Patrolmen’s Union last month, who also rejected the mayor’s wage freeze proposal and has experienced nine layoffs. Ambrosino said...

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Residents are issued an orange alert

May 13, 2009
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Residents are issued an orange alert

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Thousands of people on the west side of the city found what appeared to be parking tickets on their windshields over the weekend. Instead of getting a fine, residents got an earful. The orange fliers were adorned with the Revere Police logo and were informational in nature, saying “City Violation”...

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The whole spectrum – Newcomers and familiar faces pull nomination papers

May 13, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Forget the Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Derby – another local horse race is about to take center stage, and it has nothing to do with horses. The City Election officially kicked off last Wednesday when nomination papers became available. Nomination papers are required for a candidate to get on...

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Council approves $10 million bond for school improvements

May 13, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Put the buckets away and take off those coats in the summer, as city councillors have approved borrowing $10 million to fix various problems in several local schools, including the Beachmont School roof and the heating system in the Lincoln School. At the request of the mayor, councillors approved a...

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Revere Police reinstate dog unit courtesy of Homeland Security funding

May 6, 2009
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Revere Police reinstate dog unit courtesy of Homeland Security funding

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com In a climate where more than a handful of Revere police officers have recently hit the ranks of the unemployed, there’s one officer on the force who’s willing to work for peanuts, or more likely, kibble. That officer is no ordinary cop. He is the department’s new K-9 officer, a...

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Skippers leave residents with a sinking feeling – City outraged about chaotic scene; public safety officials defend their response

May 6, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The digital revolution hit Revere Beach with a force last Tuesday formerly unseen in this community, as thousands of mostly Boston Public School students descended on the beach for a skip day that was covertly coordinated by phone text messaging and Internet chat groups. The crowds of teens were estimated...

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Heroic officers rise above the tide, pull youngsters to safety off of Revere Beach

May 6, 2009
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Journal Staff Report Three Eastie pre-teens struggled against the rising tide last Sunday evening as they stood marooned on the breakers off Revere Beach. They screamed for help as the water continued to roll in, and they began to submerge further and further underneath its cold embrace. It was a dire situation, and it...

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A Monumental task (literally)

April 30, 2009
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A Monumental task (literally)

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The cemetery monument business rarely meets the world of Hollywood, but last year, both worlds collided when Woodlawn Memorials on the Revere-Everett line was asked to create three very crucial headstones for the upcoming blockbuster movie, “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”. Dave DeFilippo, co-owner of Woodlawn Memorials, said he’s never been...

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Kenny Hill, 66, was a former Ward 5 City Councillor, realtor, assessor

April 30, 2009
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Kenny Hill, 66, was a former Ward 5 City Councillor, realtor, assessor

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Kenny Hill was not the kind of guy who would pass you by on the street without a wave and a gentleman’s greeting. In fact, if ever there were a friendly face on Broadway or in the Point of Pines neighborhood, then it was the smiling face of Kenny Hill...

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Nine officers laid off; RPD down to 86 officers

April 30, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Nine Revere police officers, all patrolmen, and one who is fighting the war in Iraq, have been laid off this month from their jobs at the department, bringing the top-heavy department to a contingent of 86 officers. Six officers got the ax last Friday after a Civil Service hearing in...

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From Main Street to the altar – Trend of churches locating on Broadway storefronts has some bothered, others facing reality

April 10, 2009
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From Main Street to the altar – Trend of churches locating on Broadway storefronts has some bothered, others facing reality

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com This Sunday, Easter Sunday, residents from many quarters of the city will celebrate the religious holiday at their various churches, and in one district of the city – the business district – at least three churches will be singing their praises amidst nail salons, pizza shops and various other places...

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Never been better – Wall Street awards the city its highest bond rating ever

April 10, 2009
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Never been better – Wall Street awards the city its highest bond rating ever

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com In the midst of financial chaos and money shortages, Revere received an ‘A’ from Wall Street. For the first time in the city’s history, two Wall Street bond rating companies have rewarded the city with an ‘A’ bond rating. That rating comes just about eight years since the city’s bond...

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Guard dog finds safe haven

April 10, 2009
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Guard  dog finds safe haven

Journal Staff Report A guard dog for the Rent-a-Tool Company on North Shore Road has found a wealth of sympathy from the Ocean View Kennel operators and from workers at Rent-a-Tool, after being with a rare disease. Bruta, a female German shepherd, with her brother, Marcus, has been manning the grounds of Rent-a-Tool after...

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City plans to buy, rehab and sell abandoned homes

April 10, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The city is preparing to begin a practice of taking abandoned, private residences, fixing them up and re-selling them to first-time homebuyers. It would be the first time the city has delved into the real estate business, though it was been in the parking lot business for a few years....

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Home work – NU students, including Revere’s Cheryl Leon, help the N.E. Center for Homeless Veterans

April 2, 2009
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Home work – NU students, including Revere’s Cheryl Leon, help the N.E. Center for Homeless Veterans

By Cary Shuman editor@reverejournal.com Five Northeastern University students, including Revere resident Cheryl A. Leon, teamed up for a volunteer project to help the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston. Leon and four of her NU classmates, Linda Aylward, Savanna Bullard, Elaine Moore, and Paula Foukas, will receive bachelor’s degrees in leadership at...

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Councillors see the over pension article

April 2, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com City councillors rushed to defend themselves Monday after a scathing report on the front page of the Sunday Boston Globe concerning the pensions of seven city councillors. Some councillors even went so far as to say they had been set up with the story, and perhaps the story was payback...

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Residents are reminded to keep their property clean

April 2, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Tough times at the city level aren’t going to stop the Health Department from aggressively enforcing quality of life issues this spring and summer. Over the past few years, the department has been bolstered by several full-time inspectors who were able to target and ticket problem properties, abandoned properties and...

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DPW chief blames sabotage for slow pothole repairs

March 25, 2009
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DPW chief blames sabotage for slow pothole repairs

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Wonder why potholes are living a little longer this spring? Well, according to Don Goodwin, superintendent of the Department of Public Works (DPW), it’s because DPW equipment has been sabotaged – and maybe even by workers from within the department. It’s a bumpy ride on Revere roads this spring, as...

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Dakin’s number crunching reveal stark findings

March 25, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The city’s liberal residential zoning decisions over the past few decades has finally come home to roost, said Superintendent of School Paul Dakin, as the school population has surged and the poverty level in the city has risen much higher than it was 10 years ago. Dakin said he has...

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RPS receives $5.25 million in Stimulus money from the state

March 25, 2009
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Journal Staff Report Federal stimulus money has trickled down to the Revere School Department via an announcement from Gov. Deval Patrick last Thursday. Revere got $5.25 million from the state’s allotment of stimulus money, which was the fourth highest amount given out statewide. Only larger districts like Worcester, Springfield and Brockton received larger amounts....

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