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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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Charles Anderson Jr., publisher, printer, athlete, involved in community, was 81 years old

March 12, 2009
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Charles Anderson Jr., publisher, printer, athlete, involved in community, was 81 years old

As a young man coming out of this city when it was a far different place than it is today, Charlie Anderson Jr. was a professional fighter. A strong, fit man, he fought in the featherweight class 15 fights outdoors at Somerville’s Dilboy Stadium, during the heyday of boxing. He retired at 26.

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Let the debate begin again; Cahill makes a play for parlors

March 12, 2009
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Let the debate begin again; Cahill makes a play for parlors

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The lemons and cherries are lining up for another hot debate on slot machines, with State Treasurer Tim Cahill starting out the discussion last week when he proposed a plan for slot parlors to the state Legislature. Once again, that plan has Revere right in the middle of the debate...

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School Committee approves contraception program – Strong opinions voiced by people on both sides of the debate

March 12, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The Revere School Committee has voted recently to allow the Mass General’s school-based health center in Revere High School (RHS) to dispense contraceptive services to students enrolled in the center. Those services will include condoms, birth control pills, birth control shots and even emergency contraception pills (the morning after pill),...

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Companions is taking reservations for St. Paddy’s bash

March 12, 2009
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Journal Staff Report One of Broadway’s longest running acts, Companions Restaurant, has completed a two- week remake of its menu and is expected to kick off the new era with a March 17th St. Patrick’s Day all-day affair. During the past six months, following a total renovation of the interior space, including the remaking...

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Mechanics, parts dealers enjoy increased business

March 5, 2009
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Mechanics, parts dealers enjoy increased business

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com In recent years, the old image of the shade tree mechanic, or driveway mechanic, had been supplanted by a car industry in which people exchanged cars every few years rather than maintaining them at a commercial garage or with their own hands. The access to easy and quick financing from...

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Attorney questions police relationship with key witness; Several pieces of new information become public as trial date nears

March 5, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com One defense attorney in the Officer Daniel Talbot murder case is questioning the relationship between the Revere Police and the case’s key witness, who has received more than $8,500 in witness relocation expenses since the investigation began. Talbot was shot and killed behind Revere High School (RHS) in the early...

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Store closes, but the court case endures

March 5, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The porn store is no more. An adult bookstore that has been the source of a Constitutional litigation case with the city over the last 17 years has shut its doors this week. The Moon-Lite Reader (also known as T & D Video) on Washington Avenue – formerly of Bell...

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The new ABC’s of K – Information center offers a more centralized, standardized process

February 28, 2009
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The new ABC’s of K – Information center offers a more centralized, standardized process

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com For many parents, kindergarten signups are the first contact they’ve ever had with the local schools – or at least the first contact since they went to school themselves. Many have driven by the schools for years, but had little reason to step foot inside until now. To watch their...

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A real-life drama – Revere native John Salvitti shares his expertise with members of the U.S. Marines

February 28, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been ones where skill and restraint have been stressed. They haven’t really been the kind of wars where soldiers could shoot first and ask questions later. Those that have done so – in some cases – have found themselves being prosecuted and jailed....

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Add higher water and tax bills to the equation

February 28, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com In the midst of some of the toughest economic times in recent memory and a high level of unemployment in Revere, Mayor Tom Ambrosino said residents should brace for a mammoth water and sewer rate increase and another large property tax increase. “We will be short on revenues by at...

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