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Lingering Potholes Pose Problems for Council, City

May 7, 2014
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The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is a place that typically takes a lot of complaints. So, when the RMV began registering complaints with Mahoney Circle strip mall owner Paul Kneeland about the conditions of the roads leading to the shopping center – Everett Street to be exact – one knew the tables had...

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Harsh Realities Suffolk Says, Despite Landmark Opening Day

May 7, 2014
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Trainer Jay Bernardini got his 2014 season at Suffolk Downs off to a sharp start with three-wins on the nine race card before an enthusiastic crowd of 14,612 on hand to celebrate the Kentucky Derby, but it could be the last time such a crowd descends upon the historic oval for the Derby –...

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$1 Million City Hall Renovation Gets Lukewarm Council Reception

May 7, 2014
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City Councillors gave a lukewarm reception at best to a plan presented by Mayor Dan Rizzo on Monday to renovate City Hall – including building a new Mayor’s Office – to the tune of $1 million. While no one was inherently against the idea of renovating the Hall – though there were some private...

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Officials Hold Groundbreaking on New Stadium

April 30, 2014
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Officials Hold Groundbreaking on New Stadium

City leaders broke ground on the Harry Della Russo Stadium project on Monday afternoon, proclaiming the long-overdue overhaul as a major contribution to the revitalization of Broadway. “This state-of-the-art Stadium plan is another step forward in our overall plan to revitalize our downtown district,” said Mayor Dan Rizzo. The new Stadium plan will include...

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Fire at Suffolk Downs

April 30, 2014
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Fire at Suffolk Downs

A red-hot, smoky three-alarm fire came in just before Journal deadlines on Tuesday evening. There were no injuries immediately reported by 7 p.m. and the fire had not been moved up to a four-alarm blaze at that time, though there was talk that another alarm might be struck. The smoke blew towards Rt. 1A...

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Riverside Developer Withdraws Project in the Face of Defeat

April 30, 2014
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Many residents of Riverside claimed victory on the much-maligned 42-unit apartment building planned for their neighborhood – at least for now. Project Attorney James Cipoletta surprisingly withdrew the proposal on Monday night before a large crowd of Riverside neighbors – many against the project and some for it. “The developers are going to go...

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A United Front at MGC: Revere and Everett Officials to Appear Together at MGC

April 30, 2014
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A major expanded gaming hearing is set to take place in Boston before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) on Thursday, May 1, and it will feature an odd semi-alliance between the two warring casino developers, Mohegan Sun in Revere and Wynn in Everett. Often at odds as of late due to the heated competition...

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Pizza Ghiena Wars

April 23, 2014
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Pizza Ghiena Wars

Revere’s Michael Chiesa had eaten his mother’s Pizza Ghiena at Easter time for decades. The coveted recipe was a closely-held family secret that existed only in the memory of his mother, Laura Chiesa. That recipe had been passed down to Laura verbally from her mother – who more than likely brought it over from...

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IC Memories

April 23, 2014
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IC Memories

Ace McCarrick (left) and Ed O’Hara (right) were two sporting greats at Immaculate Conception School during their time. They are shown here pictured in front of the trophy case, most all of which were won by their teams during the school’s heyday. The school is celebrating its 100th year this month. See pages 4...

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It’s Official: Vincent Is Revere’s State Rep.

April 23, 2014
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State Rep. RoseLee Vincent (D-Revere) was sworn into the Massachusetts House of Representatives last week during a ceremony held in the House Chambers of the Statehouse. Vincent received the oath office from Governor Deval Patrick before delivering a speech to her new colleagues on Wednesday afternoon, April 16. “Being sworn in is an absolute...

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Don’t Mess with the Law

April 23, 2014
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It takes a scholar to learn, and one Chelsea scholar got some field work in criminal justice the hard way last Saturday. Early Saturday morning, around 2:27 a.m., a Revere Police officer on patrol stopped a car going at a high rate of speed on Washington Avenue. As the officer approached the stopped vehicle...

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ZBA Approves Three Petitions

April 23, 2014
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The Revere Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) met recently and granted three petitions while denying another. Elizetes S. Avellar was approved for a parking in the rear yard variance to enable the appellant to park three motor vehicles in the rear yard at 126-128 Harris St. •Maryellen Martin, 59 Witherbee Ave., was approved for...

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Holy Week Services

April 16, 2014
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Holy Week Services

Churches in the area celebrated Palm Sunday last weekend, and here the annual St. Anthony’s Passion Play – re-enacted by the Parish Youth Group – took place. Playing the role of Jesus carrying the cross was Joseph Bitto and Austin DeRosa as one of Pilate’s soldiers.

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Runners on Your Mark: Revere Officers, Chief to Run Marathon after Playing Key Roles in Bombing Story

April 16, 2014
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Runners on Your Mark: Revere Officers, Chief to Run Marathon after Playing Key Roles in Bombing Story

When Sgt. Mike Mason crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon last year, the blast from the first bomb erupted literally before he could even catch his breath. Mason can even be seen crossing the finish line just seconds before first bomb erupted in the crowd. He said he turned and – despite...

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New Year’s Celebration

April 16, 2014
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New Year’s Celebration

Channa Sath, lead dancer for the Angkor Dance Troupe, tosses colorful flower petals to signify the entrance of the Khmer New Year. A large block party and festival took place on Thornton Street Saturday, April 12, to ring in the Cambodian New Year. The celebration attracts hundreds every year and has been held at...

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Reardon Won’t Seek Rep. Seat in Fall

April 16, 2014
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City Councillor Stephen Reardon said this week that he will not run for state representative this fall, leaving a much clearer shot for newly elected State Rep. RoseLee Vincent. The councillor did, however, hint at a possible councillor at-large run. Reardon has contemplated a run for quite some time, and said as much publicly...

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Rizzo Goes to D.C. For Federal Aid Helpnews Briefs

April 16, 2014
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Mayor Dan Rizzo took to the nation’s capital last week to plead the case for Revere’s water and sewer ratepayers – who continue to struggle to pay ever-increasing bills under an aggressive consent decree from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This past week, Mayor Rizzo traveled to Washington, D.C., in order to speak...

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Surprise Concert Gives RHS Students Look at Sierra Leone

April 16, 2014
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There is no better way to learn about the African country of Sierra Leone than to bring a little piece of it to school with you. That’s exactly what happened for the entire student body of Revere High School (RHS) last Wednesday, April 9, when the acclaimed Sierra Leone Refugee All-Star Band showed up...

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Musical Fairy Tale ‘Into the Woods’

April 9, 2014
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Musical Fairy Tale ‘Into the Woods’

The Susan B. Anthony Middle School (SBA) will be presenting the mix-up musical fairy tale of ‘Into the Woods’ on Tuesday, April 15, and Wednesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. The play is based on the book by James Lapine with music by Stephen Sondheim. There are about 70 students...

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Another Delay: Casino License Award Moved Back Indefinitely Due to Boston Concerns

April 9, 2014
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Waiting seems to be the name of the game when it comes to gaming in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) announced last Friday that it would be delaying the award of a Greater Boston resort casino license indefinitely. The timeline to award a casino license in Greater Boston has steadily moved back for...

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