In one ear, out the other – Despite strong warnings, two dozen RHS students charged with underage drinking

May 28, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com   After all the warnings, all the precautions and all of the lectures surrounding last Thursday’s senior prom, Revere school officials are hanging their heads in dismay as news trickles in from Maine about 28 Revere High School (RHS) students charged with underage drinking at an after-prom beer bust in...

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Newly-formed group is raising money for Beachmont Park

May 28, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com   The Beachmont Improvement Committee (BIC) is starting big and hoping to get the community’s support. The organization is embarking on construction of a new sitting park called the Beachmont Community Park at Douglas Cummings Square, located on the site of the former library branch and the former police substation,...

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Were They Listening? – Revere High School students fail to heed warnings about prom-night drinking

May 28, 2009
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There are many guilty parties in the prom party mess that apparently caused 41 Revere High School students to be arrested in Maine over the weekend for drunkenness, possession of alcohol and underage drinking. What makes all of this worse is that the kids were at a party apparently planned and held at a...

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A Year of Change? – Important decisions need to be made

May 28, 2009
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Many political pundits are wondering if this year will be one of change. In other words, will the electoral process this year be about the people taking back the power by pushing the politicians out of office in favor of new ones, or will it be about the politicians holding the power and fighting...

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Obituaries – 05/27/09

May 28, 2009
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Yolanda DiBlasi, 86 Revere resident   Yolanda C. (Gisetto) DiBlasi of Revere died on May 24. She was 86 years old.  Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Luigi and Giovanina (DeAngelis) Gisetto. A resident of Revere for the last 60 years, Mrs. DiBlasi worked prior to her marriage...

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Marking the passage of time – More people are opting for imported memorial headstones over traditional American markers

May 20, 2009
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Marking the passage of time – More people are opting for imported memorial  headstones over traditional American markers

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com It’s a world of imports these days, from baby bottles to every last piece of clothing. Most of the items consumers use these days come from overseas. And now, imported goods have extended beyond the grave, as more and more artistic headstone memorials are being crafted by the hands of...

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Seacoast success story

May 20, 2009
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Seacoast success story

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com On June 10, more than 20 students from Seacoast High School will walk across the stage with a high school diploma and a future ahead of them that wouldn’t exist had it not been for the district’s flourishing alternative program. “We’ll have 20 kids graduating this year that wouldn’t have...

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DiPlatzi and Andino post double victories vs. Classical

May 20, 2009
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DiPlatzi and Andino post double victories vs. Classical

Double victories by Paul DiPlatzi and Kristian Andino and sweeps in the long distance running events propelled the Revere High boys track team to a 70-57 win over Lynn Classical. The victory improves the record of coach Jack Mosco’s team to 3-4 on the season. DiPlatzi garnered first place efforts in the shot put...

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Firefighters vote against wage freeze; layoffs forthcoming

May 20, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The Revere Firefighters Union has rejected Mayor Tom Ambrosino’s wage freeze proposal, which will lead to seven firefighter layoffs on July 1. The move follows a vote by the Revere Police Patrolmen’s Union last month, who also rejected the mayor’s wage freeze proposal and has experienced nine layoffs. Ambrosino said...

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Memorial Day – Honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice

May 20, 2009
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Memorial Day is intended as a dedication to those who gave their lives for this nation. Giving your life for your nation is the ultimate sacrifice. Those who have served in battle, who have witnessed the death of their comrades in arms all agree – the glory of war is absent when you stand...

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Obituaries – 05/20/09

May 20, 2009
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Alice Upton Member of Patriot Civic Club Alice J. (Mello) Upton of North Andover, formerly of Revere, died May 18. The loving mother of Marybeth Steele and her husband Colin, of North Andover and the late Thomas S. Upton, she was the dear sister of the late Edward Mello and the cherished grandmother of...

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Residents are issued an orange alert

May 13, 2009
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Residents are issued an orange alert

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Thousands of people on the west side of the city found what appeared to be parking tickets on their windshields over the weekend. Instead of getting a fine, residents got an earful. The orange fliers were adorned with the Revere Police logo and were informational in nature, saying “City Violation”...

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Kershaw sets school record

May 13, 2009
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Kershaw sets school record

Taren Kershaw set a new Revere High School (RHS) record in the 400 meter run last week, breaking a record that had stood for 26 years that had been set by Chris Haney in 1983. Taren initially bettered Haney’s time of 65.5 with a 65.3 clocking in a meet with Salem last Monday and...

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The whole spectrum – Newcomers and familiar faces pull nomination papers

May 13, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Forget the Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Derby – another local horse race is about to take center stage, and it has nothing to do with horses. The City Election officially kicked off last Wednesday when nomination papers became available. Nomination papers are required for a candidate to get on...

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Council approves $10 million bond for school improvements

May 13, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com Put the buckets away and take off those coats in the summer, as city councillors have approved borrowing $10 million to fix various problems in several local schools, including the Beachmont School roof and the heating system in the Lincoln School. At the request of the mayor, councillors approved a...

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Harsh Realities – Galluccio sizes up our state’s budget woes

May 13, 2009
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This week’s Revere Journal contains a letter written by State Sen. Anthony Galluccio to some of the elected officials in his district, including, naturally, Mayor Thomas Ambrosino. The letter is noteworthy for its bluntness and candor. It’s not the kind of correspondence that elected officials usually throw out for public consumption. We applaud Galluccio...

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Meters on the Beach – In the end, effort probably not worth it

May 13, 2009
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We have long been advocates of installing parking meters at Revere Beach, so we find ourselves agreeing with Councillor-at-Large Dan Rizzo’s motion to do so. However, our strong support for such a measure was more meaningful before the sidewalks running the length of the beach were redone by the Department of Conservation and Recreation...

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Obituaries – 05/12/09

May 13, 2009
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Diana Borgosano, 62 North Andover resident Diana M. (Ferrario) Borgosano of North Andover, formerly of Revere, died on May 2. She was 62 years old. Born in Revere, she was a salesperson for a shoe company. She was the beloved wife of Anthony Borgosano of North Andover; loving daughter of Margaret (Verrengia) Ferrairo of...

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Revere Police reinstate dog unit courtesy of Homeland Security funding

May 6, 2009
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Revere Police reinstate dog unit courtesy of Homeland Security funding

By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com In a climate where more than a handful of Revere police officers have recently hit the ranks of the unemployed, there’s one officer on the force who’s willing to work for peanuts, or more likely, kibble. That officer is no ordinary cop. He is the department’s new K-9 officer, a...

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Girls track team performs well vs. Malden, Salem

May 6, 2009
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Girls track team performs well vs. Malden, Salem

A number of coach Peter DiGiulio’s Lady Patriot track team members turned in fine performances this past week in their meets with Malden and Salem. Monday’s encounter with Malden was a tale of two meets, one track, one field, as the Lady Patriots held a 42-33 edge in the track events, but Malden’s dominance...

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Chaos on the Beach – Incident highlights the need for contingency plans

May 6, 2009
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Last week’s chaotic and ineffectual public safety response to the invasion of Revere Beach by about 3,000 Boston school students who played hookey proved that there are no contingency plans in effect with the State Police or Revere Police to maintain public safety during a crisis. The State Police response to the invasion was...

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Skippers leave residents with a sinking feeling – City outraged about chaotic scene; public safety officials defend their response

May 6, 2009
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By Seth Daniel seth@reverejournal.com The digital revolution hit Revere Beach with a force last Tuesday formerly unseen in this community, as thousands of mostly Boston Public School students descended on the beach for a skip day that was covertly coordinated by phone text messaging and Internet chat groups. The crowds of teens were estimated...

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Heroic officers rise above the tide, pull youngsters to safety off of Revere Beach

May 6, 2009
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Journal Staff Report Three Eastie pre-teens struggled against the rising tide last Sunday evening as they stood marooned on the breakers off Revere Beach. They screamed for help as the water continued to roll in, and they began to submerge further and further underneath its cold embrace. It was a dire situation, and it...

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DeFraia hits for the cycle for softball team

May 6, 2009
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Although the Revere High softball team has hit a rough patch in the past two weeks, some of the individual Lady Patriots have been on a tear. Sophomore Ashley DeFraia, who has seen duty at first base and in center field, enjoyed a career day (the first of what no doubt will be many...

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