The city clerk’s post – What a difference a week makes

July 22, 2009
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The city clerk’s post – What a difference a week makes

By Joshua Resnek editor@reverejournal.com Political commitments have a way of changing from hour to hour when an important appointment requires six votes of the Revere City Council. Such is the case this week with at least five councilors giving their support to former Mayor and now City Councilor-at-Large Robert Haas for the recently vacated...

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Henry will serve as interim clerk

July 22, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Former City Clerk John Henry is once again the city clerk. The City Council voted Monday 10-0 to elect retired City Clerk John Henry as a temporary city clerk to serve without pay, temporarily staving off a major political battle between councillors over who to elect as the next city...

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Beacon Hill lawmakers to determine if city can scrap its Preliminary Election

July 22, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Hold those ballots. While the city pursues the ability to cancel the September preliminary election, those on Beacon Hill indicated that it isn’t a done deal just yet. “Once all the signatures are certified and once that happens, we’ll be looking at these requests on a case-by-case basis to see...

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Standing – By Sand sculptures, large crowds, horrific traffic and the city’s failure to do anything about it

July 22, 2009
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The annual Sand Sculpture extravaganza drew tens of thousands of visitors to Revere Beach during the past week. In fact, it is believed well over 100,000 came to Revere. During the weekend, the traffic in and around the sculpture exhibition by the Reinstein gazebo, was heavy, with nearly everyone driving to Revere from Winthrop...

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The Next City Clerk – Haas emerges as a leading candidate

July 22, 2009
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Former mayor and now Councilor-at-Large Robert Haas is apparently interested in becoming the city clerk. Many of his colleagues on the council are said to be leaning toward Haas this week. For the record, we believe Haas would make a competent and businesslike city clerk and that he has the potential of maintaining the...

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Obituaries – 07/20/09

July 22, 2009
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Ellen Amorosi, 87 Bookkeeper at former Amorosi Automotive Machine Inc. of Revere Ellen M. Amorosi, a longtime resident of Revere, died at her home on July 20. She was 87 years old. Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1940. She was a member of the...

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Sandcastle Festival is underway

July 16, 2009
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Sandcastle Festival is underway

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The sandscrapers, carvers and five-gallon buckets are out, and master sculptors have already begun work at the sixth annual New England Sand Sculpting Festival on Revere Beach – the city’s signature event of the year. According to coordinators Adrienne Maguire, president of the Revere Beach Partnership, and Erin Lynch of...

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Revere’s recorder – Henry retires as City Clerk, ending a 31-year career as the institutional memory of the city

July 16, 2009
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Revere’s recorder – Henry retires as City Clerk, ending a 31-year career as the institutional memory of the city

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com At the next City Council meeting on July 20, there will be a noticeable difference in personnel. No city councillors will be missing, but for the first time in more than 30 years, former City Clerk John Henry won’t be coordinating the meeting. Henry submitted his letter of resignation to...

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Is there a lot of interest in succeeding Henry? Oh, yeah

July 16, 2009
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By Seth Daniel and Joshua Resnek The opening in the city clerk’s position won’t remain unplugged for very long if several candidates already jockeying for the position have anything to say about it. Already, some five candidates have stepped forward either formally or informally. First in line is Ashley Melnik, who has worked as an...

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John Henry’s Legacy – He served with dignity and honesty

July 16, 2009
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The retirement of City Clerk John Henry marks a moment in the city’s modern history when it is losing one of its most capable public servants. It has been more than 31 years since Mr. Henry was given his position by the Revere City Council. His appointment, at the time, was a political act...

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So, Who’s next? – Quality candidates emerge

July 16, 2009
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Six votes of the City Council will determine who takes over the position where John Henry left off last Friday. It is Mr. Henry’s hope that he will be succeeded by someone who knows the job, who is devoted to it, who would remain exclusively driven by it and whom he trained and whom...

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Obituaries – 07/16/09

July 16, 2009
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Alessandro Santosuosso, 93 Longtime member of DAV national association Alessandro “Alexander” Santosuosso, a lifelong resident of Revere, died unexpectedly on July 12 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 93 years old. Born and raised in Revere and a 1933 graduate of Revere High School, he joined the US Army Air Force...

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Extra strength – Eustace is Boston’s Mr. Coffee

July 8, 2009
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Extra strength – Eustace is Boston’s Mr. Coffee

By Cary Shuman editor@reverejournal.com Joe DiMaggio had nothing on Bob Eustace of Revere. Eustace may be the real Mr. Coffee, Boston’s true authority on the subject of the world’s most famous breakfast drink. For the past five years, Eustace has owned and operated Polcari’s Coffee, Tea, and Spices, a retail grocery shop that specializes...

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Young players attend Yawkey League game

July 8, 2009
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Young players attend Yawkey League game

Yawkey League team owner-coach of the Malden Bulldogs and Revere businessman, Dr. Kevin McGovern of McGovern Physical Therapy Associates of 385 Broadway, Revere, welcomed some All-Star baseball players from St. Mary’s Cal Ripken on June 30 to catch some of the local area’s top college players, including Revere’s own Mark Addessa from Suffolk University....

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At the Cronin Rink, there’s no such thing as an off-season

July 8, 2009
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By Pete Legasey For the Journal It may be summer, but there is still plenty of action on the ice at Cronin Rink. Rink manager John Carroll told the Journal this week that the use of the rink has gone up this summer by nearly a third over last year, which bodes well for...

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Mayor closes the book on 2010 city budget; fears loom about ‘11

July 8, 2009
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By Joshua Resnek editor@reverjournal.com If Revere were a hostage about to be executed and the budget process a firing squad, then it could be said that the city dodged death following this year’s budget-making process. In fact, the city dodged many bullets, that is, it escaped the most drastic cuts and wholesale chops with...

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A Summer Without – Lousy forecasts and dampened spirits

July 8, 2009
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This is the summer that has never really arrived, the ghost that cannot be seen, the cat that isn’t let out of the proverbial bag. The summer is all bottled up somewhere, lurking inside a flask like a precious brew, too expensive to be poured right now or no one around to let the...

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Obituaries – 07/07/09

July 8, 2009
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Michael Valletta, 72 Owned and operated Michael A. Valletta Plumbing of Saugus Michael A. Valletta of East Boston, formerly of Saugus, died on July 2, following a long illness, at Kindred Hospital in Boston. He was 72 years old. Born and raised in East Boston, he was a graduate of East Boston High School,...

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Private eyes

July 3, 2009
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Private eyes

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com It’s been a long while since a Revere police officer had a regular walking beat on Broadway, but in some of the hardest fiscal times the city has faced, a police officer is hoofing the walking beat, courtesy of private money. Broadway has become a troublesome area for shoppers and...

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Ciccarello will succeed Nichinello as head coach of the Patriots

July 3, 2009
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Ciccarello will succeed Nichinello as head coach of the Patriots

By Cary Shuman Joe Ciccarello has been named as the new head coach of the Revere High School (RHS) softball team. Athletic Director Keith Correia and Principal Dr. David DeRuosi made the appointment on June 18. Ciccarello succeeds coach Joe Nichinello at the helm of the program. Nichinello has been the varsity softball coach...

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A shore thing – CruisePort and Norwegian Spirit form a winning partnership

July 3, 2009
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A shore thing – CruisePort and Norwegian Spirit form a winning partnership

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Every Friday at 4 p.m., a huge cruise ship’s horn sounds in Boston Harbor. In fact, one might be able to step out on his porch and hear that horn if he listens carefully. That’s how close the Massport Cruise Terminal and the Norwegian Spirit – the terminal’s newest and...

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The Fourth of July ‘09 – Celebrating our 233rd year of independence

July 3, 2009
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This year marks the 233rd year of American Independence. It has been the best of years. It has been the worst of years. It is to be a summer filled with great hope. It is to be a summer that won’t be without major despair. The nation is a vastly changed place from what...

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Expansion proposal would create three six-team divisions

July 3, 2009
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By Cary Shuman The Northeastern Conference may be growing. Revere High Athletic Director Correia said all five Greater Boston League schools - Everett, Medford, Malden, Cambridge, and Somerville – have expressed an interest in joining the Northeastern Conference (NEC). Masconomet Regional, the largest school in the Cape Ann League, has also formally applied for...

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Obituaries – 06/01/09

July 3, 2009
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Marjorie Stanley Revere resident Marjorie (Flanagan) Stanley of Revere died on June 29. She was the beloved wife of Richard; devoted mother of Richard of Revere, Robert and his wife, Donna, of Saugus, Debi of Revere, Marjorie and her husband, Lawrence, of Lynnfield and Ronald of Revere; dear sister of John and his wife,...

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