Primary Concern: Does a Preliminary Election Matter? Yes

August 3, 2011
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Should it really matter whether or not the city conducts a primary for the at-large council seat in the upcoming election? It is, after all, required by the city charter but the council is advocating against the primary because it would cost too much. On its face, not having a primary to save some...
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Necco Conundrum: Company Has Emerged as a Major Issue Between Mayoral Hopefuls

August 3, 2011
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The Necco candy company is the city’s largest taxpayer and one of its larger employers. The company got a special tax dispensation from the city almost a decade ago, a TIF, with numerous stipulations regarding employment numbers, tax payments, et cetera. That TIF, its stipulations and Necco’s failure to adhere to all of them...
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Police Briefs 08-03-2011

August 3, 2011
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MONDAY, JULY 25 Ricardo Lopez, 50, of Lynn, was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle after his right to operate had been revoked. Stanley Secreast-Velasquez, 31, of 16 Shurtleff St., was arrested on charges of illegal possession of a Class B controlled narcotic substance with intent to distribute and violating the...
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Obituaries 08-03-2011

August 3, 2011
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Maura Bang Winthrop resident Maura A. (Carney) Bang of Winthrop, formerly of Croton, NY, died suddenly on July 24. She was the beloved wife of Peter V. Bang; mother of Christopher V. and Melissa Bang, both of Winthrop. Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery,...
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Council Votes to Maintain Candy Company’s Tax Break

July 27, 2011
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Council Votes to Maintain Candy Company’s Tax Break

City Councillors voted 10-1 to allow Necco to keep its tax-break agreement despite being decertified from the state economic development program that administers the agreement and despite violating most parts of the agreement. The local tax break amounts to a savings of some $300,000 per year for Necco. With the break, they pay the...
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City Council will Attempt to Block Preliminary Election in 11-person at-large Race

July 27, 2011
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It appears that the at-large race will be forced into a Preliminary Election this time around as 11 candidates were certified for the ballot on Tuesday afternoon – the exact number required for a September Preliminary. However, city councillors will move this coming Monday to block the election and eliminate it as they did...
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Issue Peaks Markey’s Interest; Congressman Wants Answers

July 27, 2011
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Congressman Ed Markey came out this week with some serious concerns about Global Oil Partners’ plan to bring in large Ethanol trains to Revere on the commuter rail tracks. “I plan to send a letter to Global Partners requesting answers to these questions, and how they plan to address the concerns of Revere residents,”...
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Will They or Won’t They? Candidates Should Hammer Out the Particulars and Schedule a Mayoral Debate

July 27, 2011
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Councillor at Large George Rotondo has been asking for a public debate with Councillor at Large Dan Rizzo for the past five months. Both men are seeking the mayoralty. Both men are willing and able to debate and they have both told us so. For the past five months, Rotondo has been pressing Rizzo...
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What will it take? Tanker Crash Should Serve as a Call to Action

July 27, 2011
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The deadly tanker crash and subsequent giant, fiery explosion on Route 1 in Saugus last weekend is a reminder to us all the dangers of having speeding trucks loaded with gasoline exploding on our roads or literally in our backyards. A tanker explosion here a few years back remains seared in the memory of...
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Police Briefs 07-27-2011

July 27, 2011
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MONDAY, JULY 18 Paul J. Capotosto, 23, of 52 Neponset St., was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Matthew Ryan Handy, 19, of 18 Jarvis St., was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Adel Ouansa, 19, of 25 Madison St., was arrested on an outstanding warrant. TUESDAY, JULY 19 Joseph C. Ross, 46, of 26 Vera...
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Obituaries 07-27-2011

July 27, 2011
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Ruth Spinelli Retired Revere Teacher Ruth C. Spinelli of Stoneham, formerly of Reading and Revere, died July 23 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center in Stoneham.  She was 100 years old. She was born in Revere on October 18, 1910, the daughter of Tommaso Spinelli, born in Lucazano, Italy and Margaret (Forsythe) Spinelli, born...
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Fall Guy: Deleo Says Debate Will Begin in September

July 20, 2011
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Fall Guy: Deleo Says Debate Will Begin in September

Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo affirmed his commitment to advance legislation for an expanded gambling bill in September during an appearance at a legislative luncheon Monday at the Winthrop Lodge of Elks. Appearing at the event with State Sen. Anthony Petruccelli, DeLeo told the gathering, “One of the major items that I...
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Bigger and Better Than the Hype

July 20, 2011
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If one were to gauge the success of this past weekend’s National Sand sculpting Festival on Revere Beach by crowds alone, then it was a smashing success. Crowds were estimated prior to the festival to be around 300,000 people for the four-day period, and organizers said preliminary public safety estimates indicated that there were...
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Parishioners Vow to Continue Fighting Despite Plans to Sell Church Property in Beachmont

July 20, 2011
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In a curious and surprising move, the Archdiocese of Boston announced last Thursday that it was going to desanctify Our Lady of Lourdes Church (OLOL) in Beachmont – and six other churches that are still in flux – and perhaps sell it. All of this came as OLOL is in the middle of an...
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High Bid Price Comes at a Cost:Grand Entrance, Public Art Cut out of Phase II

July 20, 2011
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Two significant aesthetic pieces to the new Wonderland Station redevelopment project have been eliminated due to a bid by Suffolk Construction that came in much higher than anticipated. Though Suffolk wasn’t the lowest bidder on the project, apparently, they were chosen because their preliminary proposal was far superior to that of the other bidders....
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What a Show!:Sand Sculpting Festival Was a Huge Success

July 20, 2011
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By every standard of measure, the Revere Sand Sculpting Festival was a great success. The weekend event drew hundreds of thousands of people, attracted mainly by the spectacle of first class, world-class sand sculptures and by music, food and the camaraderie of family members and friends. A good time was had by all and...
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Expanding Gaming:Legislation is Taking Shape on Beacon Hill

July 20, 2011
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House Speaker Robert DeLeo has announced that he is planning to have an expanded gambling bill on the governor’s desk for his signature in September. He made this announcement at the annual legislative luncheon in Winthrop, which was held by the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce earlier this week. His unambiguous remarks are a reflection...
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Skylarks Have No Limit

July 20, 2011
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The Skylarks, coached by manager Mike Polsonetti, defeated the Eagles in two straight games to capture the Revere Girls Softball League championship at Hill Park. Sophia Holmes and Logan DiCarlo were the winning pitchers for the Skylarks who won by scores of 12-2 and 8-5 in the best-of-three finals. Tanya Stasio was the batting...
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Police Briefs 07-20-2011

July 20, 2011
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MONDAY, JULY 11 Jason Charles Dulcetta, 24, of 4 Jordan St., was arrested on charges of malicious destruction of property over $250 and being rude & disorderly in violation of the city ordinance. Jonathan A. Harris, 22, of 599 Lynn St., was arrested on charges of assault by means of a dangerous weapon and  ...
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Obituaries 07-20-2011

July 20, 2011
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 Richard Sullivan Died by accidental fall Richard J. Sullivan, formerly of Revere, died unexpectedly on July 15 at the Brigham & Womens Hospital of Boston after sustaining multiple injuries as the result of a fall at the “Franklin House” of Roslindale. He was 46 years old. He was born and lived in Revere all...
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Carving Artists: As Many as 300,000 People Expected to Attend Annual Event on Revere Beach

July 13, 2011
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Carving Artists: As Many as 300,000 People Expected to Attend Annual Event on Revere Beach

There may not be a better way to usher in the dreamy, fantasy world of sandcastles than by staging a parade on the Boulevard with eight-foot-tall puppets. And that’s exactly what’s going to happen this week. The Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival is ready for its official kickoff tomorrow, Thursday, though many sculptors...
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Police Briefs 07-13-2011

July 13, 2011
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 Abdullahi Koshin, 36, of 395 Lee Burbank Highway, was arrested on a charge of assault & battery by means of a dangerous weapon. Michael C. LaRose,   20, of 624 Broadway, was arrested on charges of drinking in public in violation of the city ordinance, trespassing, illegal possession of a Class D...
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Obituaries 07-13-2011

July 13, 2011
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Kevin McDonough, Jr. Fought long and courageous battle with Cerebral Palsey Kevin M. McDonough, Jr. of East Boston died on July 11 after a long and courageous battle with Cerebal Palsey. He was 32 years old. Kevin, who enjoyed supporting East Boston Pop Warner and Little League, was the loving son of Maryellen (Serino)...
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The Dead of Summer: The Heat is on Full Blast

July 13, 2011
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It is the dead of summer, that moment in our lives and in the life of the summer when there is as much summer in front of us as behind us. For those of us who love the heat, who love the summer, who wait for it all winter and who yearn for it...
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