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Twists and Turns Continue for Casino Licenses: MGC Rejects Boston as Host Community, Mohegan and Wynn Ready to Move On

May 14, 2014
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Twists and Turns Continue for Casino Licenses: MGC Rejects Boston as Host Community, Mohegan and Wynn Ready to Move On

Last Thursday, May 8, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) rejected the City of Boston’s petition to be considered a ‘Host Community’ rather than a ‘Surrounding Community’ under the state’s gaming law. It was a decision that was applauded in Revere and Everett – as both casino applicants would have been majorly affected by the...

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Mining for Musical Talent: Jeff DeModena, Jacqueline LoGiudice Bring Opportunities to the next Generation

May 13, 2014
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Mining for Musical Talent: Jeff DeModena, Jacqueline LoGiudice Bring Opportunities to the next Generation

Jeff DeModena and Jacqueline LoGiudice are giving aspiring youth bands the opportunity to perform on stage at area venues and receive compensation through their aptly named business venture, Next Generation Concerts. DeModena, a former Savio Prep sports star and musician with rock star good looks, and LoGiudice, a stunning singer and actress from Revere,...

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Top Gaming Commish Steps out after Derby Questions

May 13, 2014
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And then there were four. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission was supposed to be eliminating applicants, not one another. However, in a completely unexpected turn of events, that is exactly what happened as Mass Gaming Commission (MGC) Chair Stephen Crosby recused himself from the entire Greater Boston casino licensing process – that coming after several...

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Neighbors Want to Meet with Developer

May 13, 2014
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Neighbors and city councillors continue to be riled up about the Thayer Avenue project, with most neighbors who are against it saying they are just waiting to see what happens and hoping the developer will meet with them. Neighbors and some city councillors have hotly discussed the possibility of a 40B affordable/subsidized housing project...

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Mother’s Day Flower Fundraiser

May 7, 2014
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Mother’s Day Flower Fundraiser

The Revere Japanese Exchange Program will be having a Mother’s Day Flower Fundraiser this Friday 4-8 p.m. and Saturday 9-4 p.m. Flowers will be sold at the Comfort Inn on American Legion Highway. There will also be flowers for sale at St. Mary’s Baseball Parade on Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. This fundraiser is to help close...

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Mayor Dan Rizzo and Police Chief Joe Cafarrelli Endorsed Suffolk County Sheriff

May 7, 2014
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Mayor Dan Rizzo and Police Chief Joe Cafarrelli Endorsed Suffolk County Sheriff

Mayor Dan Rizzo (left) and Police Chief Joe Cafarrelli (right) endorsed Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins last Friday. The announcement took place at the Good Diner on Broadway.

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Showing Support

May 7, 2014
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Showing Support

City Councilor John Powers, Senator Anthony Petruccelli and City Councilor Ira Novoselsky during Anthony Petruccelli’s annual fundraiser at Joe’s American Bar & Grill in Boston last Thursday.

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Opening Arguments: SJC Hears Arguments on Casino Ballot Referendum

May 7, 2014
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The state Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) heard arguments on Monday in Boston’s Adams Courthouse concerning a subplot to the casino licensing process that is becoming ever more important as the days go by – that subplot being whether or not a binding statewide ballot question on casinos can go to voters this November. The...

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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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