Go All In – Casinos are a better deal than slots

September 19, 2009
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Speaker Robert DeLeo, formerly of East Boston and now of Winthrop, is believed to be in favor of introducing slot machines into the state’s remaining tracks before going to the full casino concept. Speaker DeLeo has his own mind, and lately, he’s not afraid of using it. He has shown an ability to steer...

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Obituaries – 9/17/09

September 19, 2009
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Julia Pardi Revere resident Julia M. (Mancuso) Pardi of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on September 14. She was the beloved wife of the late Domenic, with whom she shared 63 years of marriage; loving mother of Ronald Pardi and his wife, Evelyn, and Diana McManus and her husband, James A. “Tony,” all...

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A head for storytelling

September 12, 2009
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A head for storytelling

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Revere’s Maria Paige knows what it means to turn the page. Sitting with a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean from her condo at the St. George’s on Revere Beach, Maria Paige has penned two psychological thriller novels, and readers say they can’t stop turning the pages. The real mystery,...

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Fox, no hounding – ZipTrip shines a positive spotlight on the city

September 12, 2009
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Fox, no hounding – ZipTrip shines a positive spotlight on the city

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Hundreds of people joined Fox 25’s morning ZipTrip program live on Revere Beach last Friday, giving the city and its beach a very positive plug. The television set was placed in the pavilion across from Kelly’s well before sunrise last Friday. However, that didn’t deter many from gathering around as...

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Opponents succeed in putting the issue to a vote

September 12, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Voters this November will be called to not only decide which candidates they prefer, but also whether or not the schools need to rethink the Family Choice Contraception program offered at the Revere High School’s School-based Health Center. Opponents got a binding question placed on the November ballot this week,...

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Labor Day ‘09 – Fall is calling

September 12, 2009
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Labor Day has come and gone, finishing off the half-summer during this, the fall of our discontent. The government estimates that 14 million Americans are out of work. The unemployment rate is 9.7 percent and rising, although the numbers of those losing jobs is declining. We all know that the world economy was turned...

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Obituaries – 09/10/09

September 12, 2009
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Welton ‘Buddy’ Trainor Mary Eileen Keeley Registered Nurse Mary Eileen (Hurley) Keeley of Oldsmar, Florida, formerly of Revere, died on August 19. A registered nurse, she was a 1941 graduate of Revere High School and a graduate of Whidden Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She was the beloved wife of Col. John M. Keeley,...

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The incredible disappearing signs; sign wars ignite in ward races on both sides

September 4, 2009
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The incredible disappearing signs; sign wars ignite in ward races on both sides

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Signs don’t vote, as they say, but they certainly can cause low-level wars in City Elections. Tempers have flared already at the City Council and among challengers concerning signs, and signs have become the centerpiece of several campaigns throughout the city. Of course, the most controversial sign is that of...

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Calling the Bluff – High stakes political poker game over Senate seat

September 4, 2009
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By Seth Daniel and Joshua Resnek A high-stakes poker game between two local Congressmen is unfolding this week in regards to a potential run for the vacated U.S. Senate seat of the late Edward “Ted” Kennedy. However, it is the dealer who holds all the cards in the matter, and the dealer is Joe...

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Revere’s pre-eminent historian, Peter McCauley, dies at 86

September 4, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The city’s most prolific and knowledgeable historian, Peter McCauley, passed away last Friday, Aug. 28. He was 86 years old and had suffered from a long illness. McCauley was born and raised in Beachmont and graduated from Revere High School in 1941 – furthering his education at Wentworth Institute and...

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Guinasso stakes his claim in Ward 3; Vesce calls residency challenge insane and desperate

September 4, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Will the real Ward 3 resident please stand up? After being accused for the past several months of living outside the ward, incumbent Ward 3 Councillor Arthur Guinasso said this week that he has concrete evidence that his challenger – former Ward 3 Councillor Brian Vesce – doesn’t live in...

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The death of Senator Kennedy

September 4, 2009
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The death of Senator Edward Kennedy was a tragedy of the first order for Massachusetts. His death was our demise in the Senate, and in Washington, where Massachusetts held a very special position from year to year when budget time arrived. Senator Kennedy’s death ends our privileged place in the nation’s capital. No matter...

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Peter McCauley III

September 4, 2009
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The death of Peter McCauley is a tremendous loss for those of us who care about history, and especially about the history of this city. There was no one living or dead, and this includes John Henry, who knew more about the ancient settling of this place, its growth over the centuries, and how...

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Obituaries – 9/02/09

September 4, 2009
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Jerry Zullo Jr. Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea Jerry T. Zullo Jr. of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on September 1. A US Air Force veteran, he was the beloved husband of Mary (Garrett) Zullo, with whom he shared 50 years of marriage; loving father of Jerry Zullo III and his wife, Joanne, Lisa...

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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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Back to school means preparing for another round of Swine Flu

August 26, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The Swine Flu may not have had its last oink just yet, as city and school officials are preparing plans for a possible re-emergence of the sickness during the first weeks of the new school year. Health Agent Nick Catinazzo said that a panel consisting of the Police Chief, the...

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Channel Surfing – Did he or didn’t he swim the English Channel in 1908?

August 26, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com There was no greater, larger-than-life character in the character-rich history of Revere than that of Samuel Mahoney – an extraordinary swimmer and lifeguard on Revere Beach that has left the city with one of its most enduring, but forgotten, mysteries. Mahoney was an Irish immigrant who emerged on Revere Beach...

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The almost hurricane

August 26, 2009
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Hurricane Bill came closer to our coast than any other hurricane in years. The close pass-by caused fear and consternation among those living nearest to the shoreline, and among those of us who know how destructive hurricanes can be when they hit. The Department of Conservation and Recreation closed Revere Beach to bathers Saturday...

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Distributing contraceptives in the public schools

August 26, 2009
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Suspending the current School Department contraceptive distribution program is a backward step. No one in the public schools is forced to accept contraceptives or to use them. As such, the present program makes them available to those who want to use them. Efforts at abstention and chastity among high schoolers, and even among those...

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Obituaries – 08/26/09

August 26, 2009
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Dorothy ‘Jean’ Calello-Lynch, 77 Retired receptionist Dorothy “Jean” (Daly) Calello-Lynch of Winthrop died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on August 24. She was 77 years old. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a receptionist for the Progressive Credit Union. She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony Calello and the late William...

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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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Ruling could come any day; decision will impact several Revere residents

August 14, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com At one time, the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority was a simple toll-collecting agency, but now it has attracted the ire of many tollpayers and has prompted a lawsuit that many in Revere and the surrounding areas are joining. Beverly Attorney Jan Schlichtmann filed a class action lawsuit in Middlesex Superior Court...

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