Back to school means preparing for another round of Swine Flu

August 26, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The Swine Flu may not have had its last oink just yet, as city and school officials are preparing plans for a possible re-emergence of the sickness during the first weeks of the new school year. Health Agent Nick Catinazzo said that a panel consisting of the Police Chief, the...

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Channel Surfing – Did he or didn’t he swim the English Channel in 1908?

August 26, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com There was no greater, larger-than-life character in the character-rich history of Revere than that of Samuel Mahoney – an extraordinary swimmer and lifeguard on Revere Beach that has left the city with one of its most enduring, but forgotten, mysteries. Mahoney was an Irish immigrant who emerged on Revere Beach...

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The almost hurricane

August 26, 2009
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Hurricane Bill came closer to our coast than any other hurricane in years. The close pass-by caused fear and consternation among those living nearest to the shoreline, and among those of us who know how destructive hurricanes can be when they hit. The Department of Conservation and Recreation closed Revere Beach to bathers Saturday...

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Distributing contraceptives in the public schools

August 26, 2009
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Suspending the current School Department contraceptive distribution program is a backward step. No one in the public schools is forced to accept contraceptives or to use them. As such, the present program makes them available to those who want to use them. Efforts at abstention and chastity among high schoolers, and even among those...

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Obituaries – 08/26/09

August 26, 2009
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Dorothy ‘Jean’ Calello-Lynch, 77 Retired receptionist Dorothy “Jean” (Daly) Calello-Lynch of Winthrop died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on August 24. She was 77 years old. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a receptionist for the Progressive Credit Union. She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony Calello and the late William...

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Council has no taste for it – Meal’s tax increase unanimously voted down; could signal a loss of political capital for the mayor

August 14, 2009
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Council has no taste for it – Meal’s tax increase unanimously voted down;  could signal a loss of political capital for the mayor

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com An increase to the local meal’s tax wasn’t on the menu Monday night, as the City Council voted unanimously against it at the urging of several members of the local business community. Council President Dan Rizzo sat out of the discussion due to a potential conflict of interest with his...

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Right in the kisser – City loses its prolonged court case; damages top $750,000

August 14, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The city has lost its longstanding court case over legal fees in what began 16 years ago as a Constitutional free speech case with the Moon-Lite Reader adult bookstore. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Thomas Connolly ruled favorably for Moon-Lite on July 31, allowing them to claim $759,140 in legal fees,...

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Ruling could come any day; decision will impact several Revere residents

August 14, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com At one time, the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority was a simple toll-collecting agency, but now it has attracted the ire of many tollpayers and has prompted a lawsuit that many in Revere and the surrounding areas are joining. Beverly Attorney Jan Schlichtmann filed a class action lawsuit in Middlesex Superior Court...

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The Meals Tax Option – The City Council takes a stand, but the need for new revenues is as strong as ever

August 14, 2009
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The City Council has warmed our hearts by refusing to raise the meals tax in the city. The action taken at City Hall Monday night is sure to create some joy among taxpayers and those who frequent the many restaurants and food outlets in the city. The City Council, in this instance, has said...

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Council Motions

August 14, 2009
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09-365 Motion presented by Councillor Guinasso: That the Mayor request the Traffic Commission to look into the feasibility of making Graves Road from Malden Street to Davis Street one-way Monday through Friday between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the interest of public safety and at the request of area residents....

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Obituaries – 08/14/09

August 14, 2009
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Charlotte ‘Dottie’ Hendsbee Raytheon Co. inspector Charlotte D. “Dottie” (Dwyer) Hendsbee, a resident of Malden for 26 years, formerly of Somerville, died on August 8 at the Epoch Senior Health Care of Melrose, following a long illness. Mrs. Hendsbee was born and raised in Somerville and lived there until moving to Malden in 1963....

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Eagle has an eye for Revere

August 5, 2009
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Eagle has an eye for Revere

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com It was enough to make everyone in the Point of Pines put their hands over their hearts and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Last week, America’s national bird, the bald eagle – the undeniable symbol of American freedom – landed on Revere Beach and camped out on several houses in...

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City spends a day in the winner’s circle

August 5, 2009
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City spends a day in the winner’s circle

Onwingsandaprayer and jockey Orlando Bocachica rated just off the front-runners and drew off to a 3 1/4 length victory in Saturday’s featured race at Suffolk Downs, the City of Revere Classic, as the track celebrated Revere Day, the sixth of eight Commitment to Community days honoring individuals and organizations that make a positive difference...

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Revere Beach becoming an unexpected bird sanctuary

August 5, 2009
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Revere Beach becoming an unexpected bird sanctuary

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com There are quite a few rare birds on Revere Beach, but none with as interesting a story as the endangered Piping Plovers. The story of Revere Beach had been a sad one up until the mandatory Boston Harbor cleanup several years ago, and more recently, the careful attention that has...

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Talbot case slows with the summer – No significant developments expected until October or later

August 5, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The murder case of Revere Police Officer Dan Talbot has all but come to a quiet halt this summer. There have been no filings for months, the information sharing process between the prosecution and defense attorneys is nearly completed, and there have been no real revelations in the case, either...

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Opponents want to put the issue on November ballot

August 5, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Several residents in opposition to the Revere Public Schools’ new contraception policy at the school-based Health Center are collecting signatures and expect to have a question on the November ballot. Kathy Magno of Revere Street told the Journal that several members of the community – who earlier this year collected...

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Health Care Reform – Issue is a perfect example of the notion that ‘all politics are local’

August 5, 2009
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The national debate this summer over reforming health care is all about changing a system that’s destined to bankrupt the nation. Nowhere is this more evident than right here in Revere. In the School Department budget next year, it will cost the city $7.7 million to provide health insurance for school employees. Mayor Thomas...

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Obituaries – 08/05/09

August 5, 2009
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Anna Lipinski Of Maine, formerly of Revere Anna I. (Racki) Lipinski of Naples, Maine, formerly of Revere, Malden and Chelsea, died on August 1. She was the beloved wife of the late Roman E. Lipinski Sr.; devoted mother of Roman E. Lipinski Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of Naples, Maine, Carol Milano and her...

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A Giant achievement Wallace’s squad wins its second consecutive title

July 31, 2009
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A Giant achievement Wallace’s squad wins its second consecutive title

By Cary Shuman cary@lynnjournal.com The Giants, under the direction of manager Alex Wallace and coaches Steve Roncevic and Richard DiMartino, captured their second consecutive Revere Little League playoff championship, clinching the title with a 9-2 victory over the Dodgers Saturday at McMackin Field. The Giants, who were 0-16 in the 2007 season, have now...

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Circus Smirkus brings its ‘big top fairy tale’ to Revere this weekend; tickets are selling fast

July 31, 2009
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Circus Smirkus brings its ‘big top fairy tale’  to Revere this weekend; tickets are selling fast

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Revere’s favorite big top act, Circus Smirkus, is but a few days away and tickets are available but going fast for shows this Friday and Saturday. Shows will be at 1 and 7 p.m. on both days, July 31 and August 1, under the big top at the Beachmont School,...

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Rosa enters Council race; ballot is finalized

July 31, 2009
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Rosa enters Council race; ballot is finalized

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The names just keep coming out of the woodwork in the City Council-at-Large race this year. Late last week, Pines resident Linda Rosa announced that she is retiring from the office of State Sen. Anthony Petruccelli (D-Eastie) in order to mount a run for City Council. Rosa was the first...

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Mayor says a trash fee is inevitable

July 31, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com One man’s trash might soon become one politician’s revenue stream. With local governments looking for money like a starving animal looks for food, just about everything is on the table when it comes to taxation and fees. One fee that Mayor Tom Ambrosino said the city wouldn’t be able to...

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Revere At 60,000 – A bigger population means larger challenges

July 31, 2009
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Current census estimates peg the city’s population at 60,000. If that figure is real, and there is reason to believe it is, according to Mayor Thomas Ambrosino, then the city has reached a population and a time in its life when its future growth may cause some concern. At 60,000, Revere has become larger...

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Ashley Melnik – Assistant is ready to step up

July 31, 2009
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Nothing is certain in this city when it comes to politics. Politics is as fluid as the ocean, and the minds of politicians can change as quickly as the tides. That said, it appears most likely that Assistant City Clerk Ashley Melnik is a just a step away from achieving her dream of becoming...

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