Off the ground – At long last, a real sign of progress

September 16, 2010
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Off the ground – At long last, a real sign of progress

After more than 30 years of groundwork, Mayor Tom Ambrosino and a host of elected officials guided Revere towards a groundbreaking redevelopment at Wonderland on Monday. Redevelopment efforts at Wonderland Station have come and gone over the years. There have been successes and failures – one after the other – since the 1970s. Six...

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Rotondo’s in; three others in planning stage

September 16, 2010
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Rotondo’s in; three others in planning stage

With just about a year to go until the next mayoral election, Mayor Tom Ambrosino has indicated that – for certain – he won’t be running, and it has sent a flurry of activity through local political circles. “That is correct; I’m not running,” said Ambrosino on Monday. “I’m all done.” Meanwhile, Councillor-at-large George...

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Meet the new bidder, same as the old bidder?

September 16, 2010
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Who would have thought a contract involving trees would end up having so many branches of absurdity? Last Thursday, about one month after yanking the existing tree trimming contract from a man accused of obtaining it through forgery, the city opened bids to award the contract to a new company. In the end, the...

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Boys soccer team wins season opener, 2-0

September 16, 2010
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The Revere High boys soccer team kicked off its 2010 season on the right foot with a solid 2-0 win at Triton Regional Friday. Senior midfielder Leo Giraldo potted the initial Revere goal of the season in the first half, assisted by Captain Breny Guzman. Giraldo and Guzman two of the 10 seniors on...

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Girls soccer team triumphs in opener

September 16, 2010
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The Revere High girls soccer team opened the 2010 campaign with an impressive 2-0 victory over Medford last week. A pair of underclassmen, freshman Paola Ortiz and sophomore Jackie Noel, provided the scoring impetus to give Lady Patriots the triumph. Ortiz scored in the first half, assisted by senior Captain Marisa Parent. Noel reached...

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Field hockey team drops season opener

September 16, 2010
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Although the Revere High field hockey team dropped its season opener by a 7-0 margin last Wednesday at Marblehead, a perennially strong team in the Northeastern Conference, RHS head coach Maureen Flynn saw a lot of good things that bode well for the coming season. “The team played well,” said Flynn. “We have a...

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Golfers drop pair

September 16, 2010
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A young Revere High golf team faced the iron (no pun intended) of the Northeastern Conference this past, taking on Swampscott and Marblehead. Coach Ben Murphy’s Patriots dropped a 51-21 decision to Swampscott and a 56.5-15.5 contest to Marblehead. Highlights for the Pats were the performances of sophomores Mark Maloney and John Cimarutta both...

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Volleyball team drops close decision to BHS

September 16, 2010
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The Revere High volleyball team dropped its season opener to Beverly last week in three closely contested sets, 25-19, 25-16, and 25-21. “This is a young group of girls and many of them played JV last year, so varsity is new to them,” said RHS head coach Kim Hudd. “They worked really hard and...

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More Than A Garage – Groundbreaking is a sign of better things to come at Wonderland

September 16, 2010
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The groundbreaking on Monday at the Wonderland T Station marked the beginning of much more than a parking garage. Even though the new garage to be built at Wonderland will house 1,465 automobiles and cost about $53 million, the real success comes after the garage is built. Expected to follow it is a hotel,...

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Contracting In Revere – City needs stronger safeguards

September 16, 2010
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It is apparent that something must be done by the city to ensure that its vendors are insured and are, in fact, the people the city is contracting with. Recent contracts awarded to a vendor paid for trimming the city’s trees did not show or reveal much of a vetting process by the city....

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Arrest Report 09-16-2010

September 16, 2010
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Rocco Ursino, 37, of 71 Franklin Ave., was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor, disorderly conduct, operating a motor vehicle negligently so as to endanger, and making a threat to commit a crime. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Victor H. Hernandez, 38, of Somerville, was...

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Obituaries 09-16-2010

September 16, 2010
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Atty. Joseph DiCarlo, 86 Former Revere Mayor, Decorated veteran Atty. Joseph W. DiCarlo, a lifelong Revere resident, died peacefully at home on September 8. He was 86 years old. A decorated US Army veteran of World War II, he was a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medals. He was a...

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War story – Bill Lanza’s acts of heroism are brought to light by his nephew

September 10, 2010
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War story – Bill Lanza’s acts of heroism are brought to light by his nephew

When Bill Lanza walks into Vinny’s Food Market on Malden Street every week, one would think he’s just like every other guy around the neighborhood. He yucks it up with his buddies at the store, just like everyone else. Who would know that all his life he’s been hiding a huge secret? No one...

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DCR project will go a long way toward improving Short Beach

September 10, 2010
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DCR project will go a long way toward improving Short Beach

Officials marked the beginning of the long-anticipated Short Beach project, spanning Revere and Winthrop, at a recent ceremony on the site of the $3.5 million project. While the project began in earnest earlier this summer, officials had their official beginning on Aug. 26th. “Having $3.5 million invested at Short Beach will certainly improve greatly...

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LaQuaglia will take part in Jimmy Fund Walk – Dedicates efforts in memory of his daughter, Stacey

September 10, 2010
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LaQuaglia will take part in Jimmy Fund Walk – Dedicates efforts in memory of his daughter, Stacey

Ron LaQuaglia, president of Revere Little League, will be participating in his 21st consecutive Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk on Sunday, September 12. LaQuaglia dedicates his annual effort in memory of his daughter, Stacey, who passed away on April 20, 2005, at the age of 30. Miss LaQuaglia received treatment for her condition at...

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Closing leaves long-time workers with no severance, no explanations

September 10, 2010
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Wonderland employees – some with more than 35 years on the job – were let go without even a severance package when the track closed down abruptly on August 19, according to several sources. A small group of former Wonderland employees, all of whom had full-time union jobs at the track, said that Wondy...

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American Resolve – Remembering the anniversary of 9/11

September 10, 2010
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We again mark the terrorist attacks launched upon us on September 11, 2001. We again remember the dead from those attacks – and we remember and recall the memories of those who have died fighting terrorism since we decided to go after those who would destroy our way of life if given the chance....

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Arrest Report 09-10-2010

September 10, 2010
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Monday, August 30 Thomas Kennedy, 40, of Peabody, was arrested on one warrant. Horn Ouch, 41, of 67 Franklin Ave, was charged with assault and battery and threatening to commit a crime. Wayne Tillett, 27, of Jamaica Plain, was charged with violating a protective order. Tuesday, August 31 No Arrests Reported Wednesday, September 1...

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Obituaries 09-10-2010

September 10, 2010
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Pasquale ‘Nicky’ Navarro Wallpaper Designer and freelance photographer Pasquale "Nicky" Navarro died unexpectedly at his Chelsea home on September 5. He was 85 years old. Mr. Navarro was born and raised in Fall River and moved to Everett as a young boy. He moved to Chelsea in 1951 when he married the love of...

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FBI Investigation

August 27, 2010
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The FBI apparently continues to probe in various places at city hall and throughout the city. This probe, which began last year, but which has recently intensified with visits to city hall, and with records being taken and scrutinized, is leading, some say, to possible arrests in the not too distant future. The likeliness...

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First Annual Silvio Cella Family Foundation Golf Tournament a success

August 25, 2010
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First Annual Silvio Cella Family Foundation Golf Tournament a success

The First Annual Silvio Cella Family Foundation Golf Tournament, raised over $20,000 for the Foundation’s annual grant program, which will help give high school football programs in Massachusetts the tools needed to be successful on the gridiron and help prepare young men for college, careers and family. At the dinner following the Tournament, our...

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Wonderland track to be sold to Suffolk Downs before end of year

August 25, 2010
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Wonderland track to be sold to Suffolk Downs before end of year

Wonderland Dog Track announced on Thursday afternoon that they would be acquired by a subsidiary of Suffolk Downs within 90 days, and would then sell the property to a very well known developer. Wondy CEO Dick Dalton told the Journal and the Revere License Commission that SSR (Sterling Suffolk Racecourse) Acquisitions, headed up by...

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Goodbye Swifty: Once a thriving track with jobs galore, Wonderland fizzles out this week without even the bang of a starting gun

August 25, 2010
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Goodbye Swifty: Once a thriving track with jobs galore, Wonderland fizzles out this week without even the bang of a starting gun

A simple sign hung on the front door Thursday morning at Wonderland Greyhound Park. There were no press conferences held or historic photos rolled out. In fact, the city’s largest employer for decades and its claim to fame for years just sputtered out of existence with only a handful of words. “Wonderland Park is...

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Wonderland closes

August 25, 2010
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Wonderland closing after all these years is a tragedy for this city. It is a tragedy of the first order. First, there are the nearly 100 longtime employees who have lost their jobs. Second, it is the end of an industry, which came to exist only electronically in its last and most current incarnation....

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