A real-life drama – Revere native John Salvitti shares his expertise with members of the U.S. Marines

February 28, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been ones where skill and restraint have been stressed. They haven’t really been the kind of wars where soldiers could shoot first and ask questions later. Those that have done so – in some cases – have found themselves being prosecuted and jailed....

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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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Velez will attend Merrimack College

February 28, 2009
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By Cary Shuman For the Journal Revere High School is a place where dreams can come true. Just ask football captain Manuel “Manny” Velez who has a signed a letter of intent to attend Merrimack College in North Andover. Velez has received a substantial scholarship from the college where he will continue his football...

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Economic Outlook

February 28, 2009
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With a little luck, Revere could experience less heartache than other parts of the country There is the very real likelihood that the effects of the nationwide recession here will be felt much less than in other areas of the country. While all of us know people who have been laid off or a...

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People & Politics

February 28, 2009
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Dan Rizzo’s St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser The second annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser held by Dan Rizzo will take place Wednesday March 11 from 6 to 9p.m. at the VFW Mottolo Post, 10 Garofalo Street. It will include a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner and entertainment provided by The Black Velvet Band. A...

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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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Patriots finishes second in the NEC with a 12-2-1 conference mark

February 17, 2009
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Patriots finishes second in the NEC with a 12-2-1 conference mark

The Revere High (RHS) hockey team turned in two of its best games of the season this past week to clinch second place in the Northeastern Conference’s North Division (and second best record overall), finishing just two points behind league champ Winthrop. Coach Jim Palumbo’s Patriots opened the week with a 7-1 pasting of...

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Revere Roundup

February 17, 2009
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Boys basketball team drops its last two games The Revere High boys basketball team was unable to overcome a slow start in its game with Salem last week, spotting the Witches a 25-10 lead after the opening period, and eventually fell by a 74-55 margin. The loss ended any hopes that the Patriots had...

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Revere and the Stimulus Bill

February 17, 2009
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By Joshua Resnek The Stimulus Bill is going to take the rough edge off the recession. It is not going to end the recession, which is more likely than not going to dog us for quite some time to come. However, the savage job layoffs sweeping the nation and affecting cities like Revere will...

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Fire at KFC – Restaurant will be back and better than ever

February 17, 2009
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An old friend went up in flames Monday morning when the Kentucky Fried Chicken location on Squire Road was destroyed by fire. First indications point to the fact that the company will rebuild on the site and that it will be a better location when all is said and done. And while some people...

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Insurance Dilemma – Ambrosino’s thought process is on the money

February 17, 2009
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Nearly every city and town in the commonwealth is beset by year-to-year runaway health insurance premiums. In many communities like Revere, providing health insurance for the city’s employees tacks on millions of extra dollars in expenses to that line item. No community can afford the drastic costs of providing municipal employees at that rate...

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Police Briefs

February 17, 2009
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Attempted armed robbery A man well known to police was apprehended last Monday, February 9, after being fingered for having allegedly tried to rob a man with a knife near Wonderland. Around 2 a.m. last Monday morning, a man was waiting for the bus at the Wonderland bus stop when he decided to go...

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Arrest Report

February 17, 2009
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Monday, February 9 Nicholas Jones, 20, of Lynn, was arrested on one warrant and charged with violating the knife ordinance. Tyron Minardi, 26, of Eastie, was charged with armed robbery while masked and receiving stolen property. Tarik Temmar, 32, of 10 Franklin Ave., was charged with shoplifting. Thomas Twoguns, 24, of 47 Bellingham Ave....

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Obituaries

February 17, 2009
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Donald Jedry, 71 Of Oregon, formerly of Revere Donald “Donnie” Lewis Jedry of Oregon City, Oregon, formerly of Revere, died on December 1, 2008, after a brief illness. He loved fishing, traveling and happy hour with his many friends in Revere and Oregon City. He was preceded in death by his parents, the late...

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Obituaries

February 11, 2009
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John ‘Chuck’ Coppola, 73 Founder of Coppola Construction, real estate developer, restaurateur John “Chuck” Coppola of Ipswich, formerly of Revere, died on February 4. He was 73 years old. Mr. Coppola was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He finished his enlistment as a drill sergeant for officers at the Quantico Va. Training...

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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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Police Briefs

February 11, 2009
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House Breaks: (6) 331 Revere St. #1; 137 Hichborn St. #2; 495 Boulevard #302; 5 Oak Island Road; 23 Fairfield St. #2; and 193 Rice Ave. #2. Commercial Breaks: (4) 250 Revere St. (St. Anthony’s); 1 Orr Square; 65 Nahant Ave. and 500 Beach St. Motor Vehicle *Thefts/Breaks: (26) 117 Dale St.; 230 Lee...

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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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