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With the Council set, attention turns to the next mayor’s race

November 11, 2009
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With the Council set, attention turns to the next mayor’s race

If one were to call this recent City Election anything but a mayoral litmus test, then they’d seriously be missing what was written between the lines of the prolonged campaign season. The Councillor at-large race had everything to do on the surface with who made it on the Council and who didn’t, naturally. However,...
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Haas has edge in maneuvering for Council presidency

November 11, 2009
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The city council presidency for the coming term beginning with the New Year is attracting major attention with the prospect that Mayor Thomas Ambrosino may be leaving before his term expires. The rumors about the mayor leaving are abundant, however the mayor himself has said repeatedly he has nowhere to go presently. Insiders insist...
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Lodie makes a surprise deal – Sentence could be as short as six years, as long as 12

November 5, 2009
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In a case full of jokers and aces, Derek Lodie pulled out the wildest of wild cards last week when he took a plea deal for 8-12 years in prison and a significant reduction in charges for his role in the murder of off-duty police officer Daniel Talbot in 2007. Out of the blue,...
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The Environment – Mill Creek neighbors unite behind wild swan in hopes of making the area a bird sanctuary

October 13, 2009
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Shopping carts and hazardous waste on Mill Creek have quietly yielded in recent years to fish and wildlife – and one wild swan nicknamed ‘Gus’ has united residents on both sides of the creek with his friendly demeanor and unique personality. Mill Creek, which serves as the city line between Revere and Chelsea, was...
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Small consolation Teen takes 15-year plea deal for 2008 murder; family finds it hard to accept short sentence

October 13, 2009
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Bryant Street resident Storm Mandeville, 61, was in his house one night last year when an acquaintance knocked on his door – a young man who later stabbed him numerous times and took the ultimate thing that he had, his life. For that, Richard Southern, now 19, got 15 years in jail. He’ll be...
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Casino Gambling – Suffolk Downs remains a solid bet

October 13, 2009
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Revere has one ace in the hole in these tough economic times, so to speak. It is casino gambling and a new stream of revenue, some of which will make its way into the Revere city treasury, if and when that time arrives. One gets the perceptible feeling that a casino at Suffolk Downs...
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Where stories never rest – Re-dedication ceremony held at the Rumney Marsh Burial Ground

October 7, 2009
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Where stories never rest – Re-dedication ceremony held at the Rumney Marsh Burial Ground

The dead just won’t rest at the Rumney Marsh Burial Ground, and it’s a good thing because it means their stories will never be lost to history. Last Sunday, the Rumney Marsh Burial Ground Restoration Committee and the Revere Society for Cultural and Historic Preservation (RSCHP) held a re-dedication of the 316-year-old cemetery, profiling...
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Mayor hopes to enroll city employees in the state’s CIG

October 7, 2009
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Meanwhile, one measure of savings that the mayor is putting on his Christmas list is getting employees into the state’s Group Insurance Commission (GIC). Ambrosino said the city could have saved $4 million this year alone by transferring employees from the city’s insurance plan to the state’s larger insurance pool. The GIC is a...
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Aging gracefully runs in the family – Like her father before her, Carmella Sordillo carries mantle as Revere’s oldest resident

October 3, 2009
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Aging gracefully runs in the family – Like her father before her, Carmella Sordillo carries mantle as Revere’s oldest resident

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Revere’s oldest resident, Carmela ‘Cam’ Sordillo, is still going strong at 105 and she’s not the first one in her family to carry the title of oldest Revere resident. Sordillo, who lives on Harris Street, turned 105 last July, and apparently hasn’t missed a step, according to her niece Dottie...
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The Kelly Way – New principal will pilot the Paul Revere School into a new, community-oriented format

August 26, 2009
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The Kelly Way – New principal will pilot the Paul Revere School into a new, community-oriented format

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Barbara Kelly has been returning to Beachmont for years around the holidays, but never has she returned to the Beachmont School – which is just what she’ll do this year as she takes the reins of the Paul Revere School tomorrow, Aug. 27, on the district’s first day of school....
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A solid century Carmela Ranno hits the 100-year mark

August 26, 2009
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A solid century Carmela Ranno hits the 100-year mark

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com One glass of red wine per day, that’s the ticket to longevity for Revere native and long-time resident Carmela Ranno, who turned 100 years old last Sunday, Aug. 23. “Everyone asks her how she lived to be so old,” said her daughter, Connie LaSala, 80, of Fernwood Avenue. “She enjoys...
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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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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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Hoping to make a revolutionary discovery Archaeologists will try to find the HMS Diana and rewrite the history surrounding the Battle of Chelsea Creek

July 22, 2009
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Hoping to make a revolutionary discovery Archaeologists will try to find the HMS Diana and rewrite the history surrounding the Battle of Chelsea Creek

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Just over 234 years ago, men who would come to be known as American patriots (but at the time were called “rebels”) lined up with muskets on the hill that has become known as Orient Heights. In 1775, it was called Noddles Island, and the American rebels had been burning...
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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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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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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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MassCap canceled as track fights to save jobs, maintain daily schedule

June 24, 2009
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By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com After two consecutive runs of the Massachusetts Handicap (MassCap) in 2007 and 2008 at Suffolk Downs Racetrack in East Boston, horseracing fans thought the famed race was back for good. However, the race, which featured historic wins by Seabiscuit and Cigar, is not immune to the country’s economic downturn. Last...
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Hold card – At present, there is little authorities can do about phone card/poker machines

June 24, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com If it looks like a poker machine and acts like a poker machine, then it must not be a poker machine. New games of chance that resemble video poker machines have popped up at several convenience stores around the city in the last few months, and police say their hands...
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