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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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Officers sued for false arrest, excessive force

February 28, 2009
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Journal Staff Report A Boston lawyer has filed suit in federal court against the City of Revere and three Revere police officers for the alleged false arrest and use of excessive force on a Ward 2 resident who claims to have simply been heading to work. The city solicitor’s office had no comment on...

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Hill of beans; state pulls funding for park project

February 28, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Hill Park was about to get the second phase of its two-year facelift this week, when city officials learned the money for the project had been swiped out from under them. City Planner Frank Stringi and Mayor Tom Ambrosino learned on Friday that Gov. Deval Patrick had cut the $75,000...

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Restaurant destroyed, property loss could be as high as $500,000

February 17, 2009
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Restaurant destroyed, property loss could be as high as $500,000

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com After an initial investigation, it wasn’t the fiery buffalo wings that ignited the KFC on Squire Road Monday morning, but rather some cooking ventilation equipment or a clothes dryer. A huge plume of dense, black smoke rose high into the sky as a two-alarm fire raged in the KFC building...

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Sandbagged? – Is Sand Sculpting Festival moving to Lynn?

February 17, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com A winter chill has been put on the city’s biggest fun-in-the-sun festival, the annual New England Sand Sculpting Invitational on Revere Beach, as a shakeup in the organization has one former coordinator trying to take the festival to Lynn. Much to the surprise of everyone locally, an e-mail went out...

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100 highest-paid employees accounted for almost 9 percent of the 2008 budget

February 17, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com City salaries still outpaced that of Revere workers in private sector jobs, according to the latest salary figures the city released last week, and there are now 71 city employees who make $100,000 or more. Astonishingly, the top 100 highest paid employees in 2008 accounted for almost 9 percent of...

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Following in Their Shadows

February 11, 2009
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This year on Groundhog’s Day, the workers of Revere saw shadows of their own in the form of over 40 Revere High School (RHS) students participating in the Interact Club’s Annual Job Shadowing Day. Organized by beloved teacher David Colella, students were able choose an occupation from a variety of areas, ranging from an...

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Sixty teachers may be laid off

February 11, 2009
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While the School Department has escaped the massive cuts from the state that have been lain upon city government, Superintendent Paul Dakin said the schools’ complicated funding formula still leaves them over $5 million short, despite a promise of level-funding from the state. Dakin said he would need $5.2 million from the proposed federal...

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Retirement at Paul Revere

February 11, 2009
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Longtime Paul Revere School Principal Nick Quarantiello will retire at the end of this year according to Superintendent Paul Dakin. The well-liked principal will, unfortunately, retire one year prior to the new Paul Revere School being completed. Dakin said he wouldn’t hire a replacement for Quarantiello for the 2009-2010 school year, leaving the school...

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Seacoast Yearbook Donation

February 11, 2009
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Mickey “Say No to Drugs” Casoli recently presented the Seacoast Academy and its principal, Tom Misci, with a donation to help defray the costs of yearbooks for the alternative school.

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Mayor outlines emergency financial plan to Council; says the city’s financial foundation was ripped out from under it

February 11, 2009
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By Seth Daniel As the city looks to slow its financial downward spiral in the next two years, Mayor Tom Ambrosino unveiled several layoffs and cuts – as well as suggesting such controversial measures as a trash collection fee. The mayor revealed his plan on Monday night to the City Council in what he...

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City Council expense funds cut?

February 9, 2009
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There is apparently a move underway for the city council to cut the amount of money they each receive for expenses – and maybe by as much as $200 a month. The councillors are getting into the spirit of the times and want to do the right thing to show the voters and residents...

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City Clerk’s position

February 9, 2009
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Since City Clerk John Henry announced he will be retiring soon, there has been a great deal of speculation about who will be replacing him when he finally leaves. As of today, no one appears to have the votes necessary to win the position, although Attorney Larry Simeone seems to come the closest. Betting...

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Safe Chambers – Brothers return home after separate overseas deployments

February 7, 2009
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Safe Chambers – Brothers return home after separate overseas deployments

Paul and Carolyn Chambers should be quite proud of their three sons’ service to the country. Jamie Paul Chambers and Jared Chambers returned in January from their United States Army National Guard deployment in Afghanistan. Their older brother, Jesse Chambers, had tours of duty for the National Guard in Cuba in 2003 and 2004...

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Eye-opening plans

January 21, 2009
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Mayor Ambrosino is apparently planning a number of cost cutting and cost saving moves that may include closing city hall on Fridays and holding city council meetings – in fact – all meetings during the day so city hall doesn’t have to be kept open at night. These potential moves are bound to be...

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Vesce says he’s running

January 17, 2009
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Former councillor Brian Vesce says he’s running and that he is going to run hard in Ward 3 for the seat held by Arthur Guinnasso. “I’m going for it. I’m excited to be getting back into the thick of the political life of the city,” he told us Friday

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The librarian

January 15, 2009
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When word spread around the city earlier this week that an indictment was going to be announced, or that an investigation was underway of a city employee that it was the Revere Public Library librarian. And yet it was, shocking just about everyone who takes an interest in such things who thought it was...

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Happy New Year

January 2, 2009
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In with the new. Out with the old. 2009 is here – and wouldn’t we all like to know exactly what awaits us? None of us can know what awaits us. So what does the year hold? Only time will tell – but all first reports point to a year that might possibly be...

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What to think?

December 4, 2008
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Just in case you are a taxpayer wondering about the waste at the city yard and seeming lack of interest of nearly everyone in elected public office to do anything meaningful about it, try this on. The city government is unable and unwilling to remake itself. Unlike Chelsea next door, where nearly every aspect...

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Get in line

December 3, 2008
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No matter how many times we write about the mayor’s race coming up and its endless, almost infinite possibilities, there is a certain amount of pleasure derived in trying to handicap a race that might never happen. We will again note that two weeks ago, the mayor had his birthday party at Antonio’s. The...

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