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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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Sun days – New-look Revere Beach is officially open for business

May 28, 2009
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Sun days – New-look Revere Beach is  officially open for business

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com   Memorial Day has come and, with it, Revere Beach has officially opened for the season. And if the rest of the season turns out to be like late last week and the holiday weekend, then it will be a banner year down the beach. Last Thursday saw temperatures soar...

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In one ear, out the other – Despite strong warnings, two dozen RHS students charged with underage drinking

May 28, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com   After all the warnings, all the precautions and all of the lectures surrounding last Thursday’s senior prom, Revere school officials are hanging their heads in dismay as news trickles in from Maine about 28 Revere High School (RHS) students charged with underage drinking at an after-prom beer bust in...

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Newly-formed group is raising money for Beachmont Park

May 28, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com   The Beachmont Improvement Committee (BIC) is starting big and hoping to get the community’s support. The organization is embarking on construction of a new sitting park called the Beachmont Community Park at Douglas Cummings Square, located on the site of the former library branch and the former police substation,...

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Marking the passage of time – More people are opting for imported memorial headstones over traditional American markers

May 20, 2009
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Marking the passage of time – More people are opting for imported memorial  headstones over traditional American markers

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com It’s a world of imports these days, from baby bottles to every last piece of clothing. Most of the items consumers use these days come from overseas. And now, imported goods have extended beyond the grave, as more and more artistic headstone memorials are being crafted by the hands of...

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Seacoast success story

May 20, 2009
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Seacoast success story

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com On June 10, more than 20 students from Seacoast High School will walk across the stage with a high school diploma and a future ahead of them that wouldn’t exist had it not been for the district’s flourishing alternative program. “We’ll have 20 kids graduating this year that wouldn’t have...

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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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