DiSalvo Park Grand Re-opening

August 8, 2014
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DiSalvo Park Grand Re-opening

City officials, family and friends and the West Revere Neighborhood Group cut the ribbon yesterday evening for the reopening of the DiSalvo park located at the Whelan School. Volunteers have been working hard over the past 2 weeks to make this park a keeper.

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Casino License Decision Is Set for Mid-Sept.

August 8, 2014
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has issued a meeting date of Sept. 12 to potentially award the Region A casino license to either Mohegan Sun or Wynn Resorts – a date that is, unbelievably, only one month away in what has been a year’s long process. The all-day meeting will take place on a...

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Residents Face Long Battle With Insurers

August 8, 2014
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There was still a lot of sweeping to do on Taft Street and other heavily affected tornado areas last Thursday. Bundles of sticks, roofing material and glass still occupied the streets. Heavy mud adorned pieces of vinyl siding, and some people were still struggling to get electricity re-connected. But by and large, residents had...

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Council Declares State of Emergency

August 8, 2014
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The Revere City Council voted 9-0 Monday night to declare a budget emergency that will allow Mayor Dan Rizzo and the City’s Financial team to make emergency payments related to the tornado on July 28, including expenses related to paying for shelter for those who have been left homeless. Rizzo told the Council that...

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911 Operators Stayed Solid at Their Post

August 8, 2014
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It was the first call that came to the City’s 9-1-1 Call Center last Monday after a tornado blew through, and the woman on the other line was so hysterical she could barely utter a word. The woman was trying to breath, but having been caught in the tornado on Broadway in her car,...

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Thank You, Mayor Rizzo and Police for National Night out

August 8, 2014
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National Night Out in Revere is one of our favorite events of the summer and this year’s celebration at the Whelan School and the Garfield School continued the city’s observance that is always held on the first Tuesday in August. Mayor Dan Rizzo and The Revere Police, led by Chief Joe Cafarelli, combine resources...

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Casino Decision Due in September

August 8, 2014
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will make its long-awaited and much-anticipated decision about the granting of the sole gaming license for the Greater Boston region in September. Mohegan Sun/Suffolk Downs in Revere and the Wynn Resort Group in Everett are the two applicants for the license that would bring casino gaming to this state for...

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Neither I nor Any Member of the Legislature Engaged in Inappropriate Conduct

August 8, 2014
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On July 24, the jury reached a verdict in the probation trial. It is a verdict that all of us have to respect. With respect to the jury’s verdict, it must be noted that the jury confirmed that neither I nor any member of the Legislature had engaged in any inappropriate conduct. While the...

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Revere Thankful for Agencies That Assisted in Tornado Recovery

August 8, 2014
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On Monday, July 28th, Revere’s central business district and neighborhoods both to the east and west were hit by an EF2 tornado. Fortunately, despite the devastation, there were no fatalities, and even more remarkably, no serious injuries.  We have been overwhelmed by the support and continued generosity from our neighboring cities and towns, our...

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Letters to the Editor

August 8, 2014
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Guardian Angels Dear Editor: On Tuesday, July 29, a group of people came by my home while I was sitting on the front porch and asked if they could help clean up the front of my house, I told them to be my guest. They were from Houston, Texas, Bay Area – First Baptist...

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Police Briefs 08-06-2014

August 8, 2014
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NEW OFFICER GETS ROUGH FIRST DAY New Officer Devon Surian, a Revere resident, was sworn in as a Revere Police Officer on Monday noon with Police Chief Joe Cafarelli and Mayor Dan Rizzo. Also in attendance were his brother, Christian, his parents, Daniel and Janet, his grandmother Rita Klock and his girlfriend Jackelyn Hagarty....

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Golf Tournament to Benefit Retired Racehorses

August 8, 2014
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The noble Thoroughbreds who have raced at Suffolk Downs deserve a second chance for a second career once their racing days are completed. Dedicated to finding them new homes and new opportunities, the horsemen are hosting a golf tournament to benefit the retirement, re-training, and re-homing of these equine athletes. The 6th Annual Charity...

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Obituaries 08-06-2014

August 8, 2014
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Antoinette Sorrentino Retiree of Mass. Division of Personnel and Admr. Services Antoinette L. (Brienza) Sorrentino, a long time resident of Revere, passed away on August 2 at her home following a brief illness. She was 90 years old. Born and raised in New Bedford, she attended school there and was a graduate of New...

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Ground Zero Tornado Rips into Revere on Monday Morning

August 2, 2014
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Ground Zero Tornado Rips into Revere on Monday Morning

The rain was already falling at a steady pace around 9:15 a.m. on Broadway Revere, but there was a point when things got eerily dark in the sky. The rain picked up, and the wind began to blow. Big deal, right? There have been several storms of late, and Revere has endured more than...

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In an Instant the Tornado Had Formed

August 2, 2014
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Weather is a funny science, but as radar and computer imagery has improved the prediction of the weather, most people are used to being well prepared for the slightest drop of rain. Television stations inundate us with updates and cell phones beep out warnings frequently. But when an F2 tornado hit Revere Monday morning,...

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Workers at the School “held on for Dear Life”

August 2, 2014
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As the tornado approached Revere on Monday morning, most men working on the Hill School roof were able to get down prior to the twister, but some men were left on upper levels and found themselves holding on for their lives to steel beams. “There were guys in the building on the second floor...

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Crews Made Quick Work of Cleanup

August 2, 2014
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From war zone to manageable chaos – that’s the miraculous situation on Broadway as clean up crews made record time in clearing trees, debris and traffic from the streets on Monday and Tuesday after the tornado. Mayor Dan Rizzo – who along with Fire Chief Gene Doherty and Police Capt. Jim Guido – took...

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City Hall Closed

August 2, 2014
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City Hall will remain closed for the time being, Mayor Rizzo said on Tuesday. “We will not open up City Hall until I am 100 percent confident the building is safe for our employees and the general public,” he said. One thing that means is that tax bill payments have been extended until Aug....

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A Tornado Strikes and a City Recovers

August 2, 2014
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When area residents awoke Monday morning, there was no sign or warning of what Mother Nature had in store for the city of Revere. But in the course of approximately four terrifying minutes, a tornado – in all its fury and unpredictability – swept down Broadway and  adjacent streets and caused tremendous damage to...

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Revere Through the Years

August 2, 2014
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10 years ago July 28, 2004 Revere Beach officially was designated as a National Historic Landmark in exercises held Monday that were attended by local, state, and federal officials. School Supt. Paul Dakin and the School Committee have decided to use funds, which had been designated for certain, state-mandated bureaucratic requirements, instead to hire...

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Letters to the Editor

August 2, 2014
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Thank you Revere Dear Editor: On Saturday July 19th we had the good fortune to witness some real tender human behavior that we did not expect. There was a very large crowd that had gathered all day to view the extraordinary Sand Sculptures on Revere Beach. There were families of all ethnic groups accounted...

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Obituaries 07-30-2014

August 2, 2014
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Gabriel Mattera Taught Graphic Arts; Former Printer for Revere Journal Gabriel D. Mattera, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on July 25. He was 89 years old. A printer for the Revere Journal before moving on to teach Graphic Arts at the N.E. Regional Vocational School in Wakefield, he was a faithful and proud...

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First 9-1-1 Calls During Tornado Show Disbelief and Terrifying Nature of the Storm

August 1, 2014
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The Journal was able to obtain some of the first 9-1-1 calls to reach the City’s switchboard on Monday morning, and callers were noticeably frazzled, with some so scared they couldn’t speak.

Revere 2014 Tornado Photo Album

July 31, 2014
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