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Trial finally underway; attorneys await ruling on ballistics evidence

January 7, 2010
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Trial finally underway; attorneys await ruling on ballistics evidence

The long-awaited trial of fallen Officer Daniel Talbot began Monday morning, and by Wednesday, a jury had been assembled to hear the case. Judge Patrick Brady took his seat on the bench Monday in Boston’s Suffolk Superior Court around 9:30 a.m. just as accused shooter Robert Iacoviello Jr., 22, and accomplice James Heang, 20,...

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2009 Men and Women of the Year: Revere High School staff, teachers and students

December 30, 2009
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2009 Men and Women of the Year: Revere High School staff, teachers and students

Revere of 2009 has been a changing place. It is a place where transience among residents has become even more prevalent than in the past. People come and people go in a way that those who have been in Revere for a long time have never seen. Neighborhoods that were once made up of...

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After surviving outside for decades, one Revere character dies when taken inside for help

December 30, 2009
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After surviving outside for decades, one Revere character dies when taken inside for help

In Revere, there are regular people you get to know – your friends and neighbors, co-workers and acquaintances – and then there are the characters in the city that no one really knows but everyone knows of. One of those characters – Roger DiPesa, a long-time local homeless man who suffered from mental illness...

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Talbot trial will begin on Monday after more than two years of preparations

December 30, 2009
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Journal Staff Report After more than two years of waiting, the murder trial of Revere Police Officer Daniel Talbot will begin Monday, January 4, at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. The process of jury selection will commence at 9 a.m. on Monday in Courtroom 815. Judge Patrick Brady will preside over the trial. At...

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Deck the hall – New function hall opens at former ITAM

December 16, 2009
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Deck the hall – New function hall opens at former ITAM

Walking into the new Casa Lucia Function Hall – and remembering the old ITAM – is like a wayward homeowner looking at the final results on one of those home makeover television shows. Well, it may not be quite that dramatic, but the new facility has been turning heads and getting universal words of...

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Chamber launches new, fully-loaded website

December 16, 2009
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Chamber launches new, fully-loaded website

The Revere Chamber of Commerce has launched its new, state of the art website and it’s fully loaded. Full features will benefit members and Revere’s business community as a whole. Visit us at www.RevereChamber.org. The Chamber’s new multimedia website, designed by Sound & Vision (SAV) Media on Squire Road in Revere, sports such features...

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The Grinch has nothing on this guy – First Congregational; church puts out a call to the community to help replace stolen Toy Drive gifts

December 16, 2009
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There are scrooges during the Christmas season, and then there are downright villains. The First Congregational Church at the corner of Central Avenue and Beach Street came face to face with the work of a villain this past weekend when they discovered that more than 70 gifts for their annual children’s toy drive had...

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Another defendant pleas out; complicated and complex trial will begin in three weeks

December 16, 2009
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Two down, two to go. The girlfriend of alleged triggerman Robert Iacoviello Jr. – who is charged with the murder of off-duty Revere Police Officer Dan Talbot – pleaded guilty to one felony count of being an accessory after the fact of murder just three weeks before trial. She will not, however, be testifying...

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A driving force – City receives federal funds for Wonderland garage project

December 8, 2009
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A driving force – City receives federal funds for Wonderland garage project

A parking garage has probably never drawn such accolades as it did Monday when officials gathered at Wonderland to celebrate a parking garage Stimulus award, but then again, it isn’t any ordinary garage. With Congressman Ed Markey (D-Malden) and Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Milton), as well as a cadre of other state officials and bureaucrats,...

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The greenbacks are coming! The greenbacks are coming! – Paul Revere School gets $9.6 million state check during ceremony last Friday

December 8, 2009
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The greenbacks are coming! The greenbacks are coming! – Paul Revere School gets $9.6 million state check during ceremony last Friday

Using the nearly completed façade of the new Paul Revere School as a background, State Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill handed over a $9.6 million check to the city last Friday. Masons put the finishing touches on brickwork around a towering archway that frames the front of the school last Friday, and meanwhile,...

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For 25 years, Ferraro has been turning K-9’s into ‘A’ students

December 8, 2009
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Dogs just seem to want to follow former Revere resident Joe Ferraro, and he leads them to good behavior. Ferraro has owned Joe’s K-9 Academy for some 25 years, and despite the down economy, is having one of the best business runs that he’s seen. “The animal business is not just good, it’s spectacular,”...

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Frustrations mount as conditions deteriorate at the McKinley School

November 25, 2009
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Frustrations mount as conditions deteriorate at the McKinley School

The McKinley School is bursting at the seams this year, and this week parents and former parents have risen up in protest – saying the current facility is no place for their children to learn. However, until a new school to replace the McKinley is definitely in the pipeline, the parents do not want...

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Call it ‘Thanksgetting’

November 25, 2009
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The city scored a major victory late last week when Mayor Tom Ambrosino learned that more then $22 million in Stimulus funds would be coming to rescue the stalled parking garage at Wonderland – an improvement that has been called the lynchpin of the larger $500 million Waterfront Square development. For the past two...

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The Final Cut – Gus the Barber ends a long career on Revere Street

November 19, 2009
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The Final Cut – Gus the Barber ends a long career on Revere Street

For the past several decades, there’s one barber on Revere Street who has been a cut above everyone else – and that would be Gus Pecoraro, otherwise known as Gus the Barber. His tenure in his well-decorated shop near the intersection of American Legion Highway, however, will come to an end on Dec. 31...

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Henry’s successor could be in place as soon as Dec. 7

November 19, 2009
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With one signature of Gov. Deval Patrick, candidates for City Clerk are once again lining up for the chance to succeed interim City Clerk John Henry. On Tuesday, November 10, the governor signed a new law that repealed life tenure for the Revere City Clerk – making the job a three-year appointment. “For all...

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Beachmont project thrust into national spotlight; job figures were overblown

November 19, 2009
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There’s apparently a striking similarity between a magician’s rabbit and the numbers of jobs reportedly created by the Federal Stimulus Bill. The similarity is that they’re both pulled out of a hat. As national lawmakers began touting the success of the $787 billion Stimulus Bill recently, in preparation most likely to call for a...

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With the Council set, attention turns to the next mayor’s race

November 11, 2009
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With the Council set, attention turns to the next mayor’s race

If one were to call this recent City Election anything but a mayoral litmus test, then they’d seriously be missing what was written between the lines of the prolonged campaign season. The Councillor at-large race had everything to do on the surface with who made it on the Council and who didn’t, naturally. However,...

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Homeowners can expect a modest increase

November 11, 2009
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Property taxes have taken a turn for the better this year when it comes to the once-painful plight local homeowners. Commercial property, though, not so much. Reports indicate that homeowners can expect a small increase or decrease on their tax bill this year, while commercial property owners will probably see quite an increase. City...

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Haas has edge in maneuvering for Council presidency

November 11, 2009
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The city council presidency for the coming term beginning with the New Year is attracting major attention with the prospect that Mayor Thomas Ambrosino may be leaving before his term expires. The rumors about the mayor leaving are abundant, however the mayor himself has said repeatedly he has nowhere to go presently. Insiders insist...

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Rotondo wins at-large seat; Stacey Rizzo elected to School Committee; Question 1 is defeated – Dan Rizzo tops Council ticket; Correggio out

November 5, 2009
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Rotondo wins at-large seat; Stacey Rizzo elected to School Committee; Question 1 is defeated – Dan Rizzo tops Council ticket; Correggio out

Voting was heavier than expected in Tuesday’s City Election, with the most interest coming for the School Committee – which logged nearly 10,000 more votes cast than the at-large Council race. A beautiful sunny day and several contentious races brought out a voter turnout of 36 percent. While the at-large race garnered the most...

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