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DYNAMIC DUO: Newly-sworn Council President Jessica Giannino and Vice President Joanne McKenna are all smiles after being Firefighters are shown battling the February blaze that destroyed the iconic Revere landmark appointed the first female City Council leaders for 2018. Sozio Appliance on Squire Road.

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McKenna made history during the city’s inauguration ceremoJANUARY ny – becoming the first female duo in Revere to lead the City Giannino and McKenna Council. On January 1, the City made history: first female Council voted unanimously: GiCity Council leaders annino became its president Jessica Giannino and Joanne and McKenna became its vice

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president. Giannino said she can’t wait to be City Council president again. “It is always an honor to do this and I promise to do my best,” she said. “This is my seventh year on the council and to be elected president twice is a pretty big deal.”

City Council wants City Clerk for the long term The Revere City Council voted in favor of keeping City Clerk Ashley Melnik for five more years and was interested in having her for even longer. The City Council unanimously voted to extend her contract as

city clerk for five years. Suffolk Downs developer seeks zoning change The HYM Investment Group met with the City Council to discuss plans for a zoning

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Recently, Cops for Kids with Cancer gave Christmas gifts, including Barbies, stuffed animals and board games, for cancer survivor Emilia Alvarez, 6, to unwrap at the police station. At left are Emilia’s mother, Claudia Cardona; Emilia, in center; and her brother, Lukas Diaz, 13.


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resident wanted to personally thank the Arrigo administration and City Hall staff after he felt they went above and beyond in helping him tackle a 28year flooding issue that has previously been dormant. Tuscano Avenue resident Rocco Falzone has experienced significant flooding whenever it rains heavily, and he felt that past administrations, spanning over a 30-year period, didn’t help him. Falzone was quick to note that he’s speaking in general terms, and he isn’t targeting a past administration in particular. The Arrigo administration was present for an on-site visit with city and state officials, the Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation, and the Water Department. At that Sept. 26 meeting, they shared ideas about how they can alleviate flooding so that Falzone isn’t forced to move. “For the short time that he’s [Mayor Brian Arrigo] been in office, he’s accomplished much in such a short time,” Falzone said

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She went on to say that they treat everyone who walks into the Mayor’s Office equally with respect and compassion. Falzone feels that the Arrigo administration has taken care of their people, adding that that’s what a city should stand for. Although the Mayor’s Office played a part, Falzone called it a collective effort. He thanked Deputy Assistant City Solicitor Cheryl McCormick; City Engineer Nicholas Rystrom, P.E. and Water and Sewer Superintendent Donny Ciarmella for their assistance at the on-site visit. Falzone presented his case before Revere’s Commission on Disabilities on Nov. 13 and felt that their meeting went well. Commission on Disabilities Chair Ralph DeCicco explained that they would have to redo the street and can’t just fix his portion of the sidewalk. “They’ve all taken the time to listen and help,” Falzone said. “Previously, it was the ‘same old story.’ I was tired of being jerked around – the best is yet to come.”

Tara Vocino may be reached at printjournalist1@gmail.com.

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n an article “First female City Council President and Vice President “dynamic duo” adorned with flowers published on Dec. 21, a list was published named past female councillors who served as council presidents. However, the list was in fact only of women who served as councillors, regardless of whether they served as council president. The Revere Advocate apologizes for the error. According to City Clerk Ashley Melnik, the following women served on the City Council: 1976:Elvira Curcio, Rita Singer 1977:Elvira Curcio, Rita Singer 1978:Elvira Curcio, Rita Singer 1979:Elvira Curcio, Rita Singer 1980:Elvira Curcio, Catherine Penn, Rita Singer (Vice President) 1981:Elvira Curcio, Catherine Penn, Rita Singer 1982:Catherine Penn, Rita Singer 1983:Catherine Penn (President), Rita Singer 1984:Catherine Penn, Rita Singer 1985:Catherine Penn, Rita Singer

1986:Catherine Penn, Rita Singer 1987:Rita Singer 1988:Linda Rosa, Rita Singer 1989:Linda Rosa, Rita Singer 1990:Linda Rosa (Vice President), Rita Singer 1991:Linda Rosa, Rita Singer 1992:Linda Rosa, Rita Singer 1993:Linda Rosa (Vice President), Rita Singer 1996:Denise Salemi 1997:Denise Salemi 1998:Denise Salemi 1999:Denise Salemi 2012:Jessica Giannino 2013:Jessica Giannino (Vice President) 2014:Jessica Giannino 2015:Jessica Giannino 2016:Jessica Giannino (President), Joanne McKenna 2017:Jessica Giannino, Joanne McKenna 2018:Jessica Giannino (President), Joanne McKenna


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GIFTS | from page 1

Claudia Cardona has a son, Lukas, who is in the eighth grade. She has had to cut back her hours due to the intense time requirement during chemotherapy, making finances difficult for the single mother. Lukas Diaz, 13, said treatment is expensive, and it’s tough for his mother to find time or to

hire babysitters. Cops for Kids with Cancer gave Emilia a teddy bear, Jake, that she said is warm and snuggly. They also gave her Christmas gifts, ranging from Barbies and stuffed animals to board games. Police Chief James Guido said Cops for Kids with Can-

cer is a wonderful organization that makes a great difference in people’s lives. He thanked everyone for being there. Before the event, Framingham Police Capt. Mike Drummy explained how Cops for Kids with Cancer was initiated. Boston Police Capt. John Dow was diagnosed with lung cancer and sought to help those in his situation. Since Dow

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died in 2007, Cops for Kids with Cancer has helped 650 families, according to Drummy. “John saw how devastating it was for him as a grown man to have cancer, and he couldn’t imagine what it was

like to be a child with the disease,” Drummy said. Cops for Kids with Cancer Board of Directors member Ed McNelley said they have donated $3.5 million since 2003.

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City and state officials turn out for the ribbon-cutting of the Beach House condominiums on Revere Beach Boulevard – just one of many new condo and apartment complexes that have begun to fill the beach area.

REVIEW | from page 1 amendment for the Suffolk Downs Overlay District. Tom O’Brien of HYM addressed the City Council with respect to a proposal for a zoning amendment. The Suffolk Downs Overlay District includes the Beachmont portion of the 160-acre site. His number one priority for the Suffolk Downs site, stated O’Brien, is to make it a mixed-

use development featuring green space on the East Boston side, and in Revere, a landscaped amphitheater. In terms of commercial development, Beachmont Square will feature neighborhood retail. Belle Isle Square will be created at the Suffolk Downs MBTA stop that will also include neighborhood retail. Beachmont will also have an Innovation Station as a place to attract more startup businesses and entrepreneurs.

Amazon considered Revere Although Suffolk Downs was considered one of 20 sites to be considered for the second headquarters for Amazon, it would not be picked.

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with the residents to find temporary housing. A pet bird perished in the fire, but the dogs and cats escaped. Chelsea, Everett and Malden aided Revere firefighters. Cash Crop: City Council wants marijuana tax A medical marijuana fa-

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REVIEW | from page 7 high school which claimed 17 lives, the Revere School Committee discussed school safety and what they’re doing to prevent such tragedies. “We want you to know our students are safe,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dianne Kelly said at the School Committee meeting. Dr. Kelly said the department could not tell the public the school department’s emergency plan, out of safety reasons, but she said the department has a relationship with Revere police and fire and is prepared for any situation. In State of the City address, Arrigo says Revere’s future is bright In his State of the City address, Mayor Arrigo said Revere is on the brink of “positive historic transformation.” On March 2 at the auditorium at the Susan B. Anthony School, Arrigo outlined his goals for the coming year. One of his main priorities was the School Department; he said there are currently 8,000 students enrolled, which is a 14 percent increase in five years. He believes families are flocking to Revere in part because of the quality education students gain. Without a buyer, NECCO faces layoffs, then

A RIVER RAN THROUGH IT: Bad weather combined for rising tides along the city’s coastlines, causing widespread flooding on many of the city’s streets and residential neighborhoods, including the Pines River where North Shore Marine adjacent to The Marina Restaurant & Bar At The Wharf on North Shore Road lost the pier to the blizzard that struck the region.

closes plant in July Goodbye to the self-styled “country’s oldest continuously operating candy company” – NECCO, the 171-year-old confectionary company located on the American Legion Highway, announced they might have to lay off almost

400 workers and shut down their manufacturing plant if they can’t find a buyer by May 6. Last year Atlantic Management Corp. bought the 55 acres of the site for $54.5 million with hopes of turning that space into an area for robotics and biotech. NECCO’s would

stun the city when it closed its plant in July without any notice – leaving hundreds jobless. The administration, along with area businesses, would host job fairs for workers. Revere gets record $11.2 million in Free Cash Mayor Arrigo announced $11.2 million in Free Cash for both the General Fund and Water & Sewer Enterprise Fund. At a City Council meeting, councillors accepted the Free Cash and were delighted over the news. “This amount certified is the highest Revere has ever seen,” said Arrigo. Pot tax passes; Suffolk Downs overlay district moves forward The City Council on March 19 voted in favor of accepting a state law that would allow the city to impose a three percent tax on any marijuana purchased. At the March 19 City Council meeting, councillors unanimously voted in favor

of Mass. General Laws Chapter 64N, Section 3 as amended by Chapter 55 of the Acts of 2017, which was first presented in a motion from Councillor-atLarge Steve Morabito. According to the state provisions, the law allows a not greater than 3 percent local tax option on marijuana sales. The state law imposes that the revenue generated from the local tax option be used to fund education on substance abuse and to help with addiction recovery, which is what Morabito’s motion desired. “This will allow the city to reap the benefits of the only medical marijuana facility when it comes to Revere,” Morabito said. ”This will go to help the people of Revere.” The new ordinance also allows for an additional 3 percent tax for five years as part of a host community agreement with any facility in the city.

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APRIL Despite protest, City Council approves special permit for beach development In what appears to be an “about-face” to a longtime call for a residential development moratorium in the ward 1 and 5 areas of the Beach City, the City Council approved a development that would create an additional 145 apartments on Revere Beach Boulevard. At a City Council meeting, A Chara Development requested to develop a six-story mixed-use structure at 320-327 Revere

Beach Blvd. The units will be comprised of studio/one-bedroom units and two-bedroom units and will offer parking in a lot below the residences. The space would also feature a bar or restaurant as well as the popular Bianchi’s Pizza on the beach boulevard. Despite the objections of nearby residents, most of the councillors seemed to approve the project. Bianchi’s Pizza eventually walked away from the project and moved to Renzo’s Bar just down the street. Mayor calls city’s upgraded bond rating “historical” Revere’s bond rating has increased in a positive direction, according to the mayor. At a City Council meeting, Mayor Arrigo shared that the city received a bond rating upgrade from “AA-negative” to “AA-stable” from Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings. Facing retrial, Revere man admits to off-duty officer’s ’07 slaying More than a decade after he shot and killed off-duty Revere Police Officer Daniel Talbot, a Revere man admitted his guilt rather than face the new trial he was granted when an appellate court reversed his murder conviction, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F.

Conley said. Robert Iacoviello, Jr. pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and accepted a 14-year prison term rather than proceed to trial on April 30 for second-degree murder – the charge for which a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted him in 2010, and which the Massachusetts Appeals Court reversed in 2016 after finding flaws in the trial judge’s jury instructions.

MAY Mayor releases police dept. organizational review The City Council received the independent organizational review of the Revere Police Department authorized by Mayor Brian Arrigo in a communication on Monday evening. At a City Council meeting, he presented the review. “We are going to take a hard look at these recommendations,” said Arrigo, referring to what amounts to an overhaul of policies and personnel structure throughout the entire department. Arrigo hired Ryan Strategies Group last year to see how the Police Department can improve. In a report, Ryan Strategies Group suggests there are 37 distinct recommendations, generally in three cat-

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Three reserve firefighters take oath

From left to right, family members Christine Bonasoro, wife; Anthony Bonasoro, new recruit; Mary Bonasoro, mother; Jim Bonasoro, father; Jimmy Bonasoro, brother; Liz Bonasoro, sister-inlaw; and Kam Waldron, cousin, came out to congratulate candidate Anthony Bonasoro, second from left, on becoming a reserve firefighter last Wednesday. (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino)

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From left to right, Dylan Stuart, Matthew Tata, and Anthony Bonasoro were sworn in as reserve firefighters, waiting for a spot to become available on the department, last Wednesday afternoon.

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hree reserve firefighters were sworn-in to the the Fire Department last Wednesday afternoon in the City Council Chambers inside City Hall. Reserve firefighters Matthew Tata, Dylan Stuart and Anthony Bonasoro were put onto a civil service list, chosen by the state’s Human Resources Division, until a position opens up. The three candidates shared about why they’d like the join the department and how they feel that they’re qualified for the job before the hour-long ceremony. According to City of Revere Human Resources Director John Viarella, the candidates are placed onto a list, where they will be enrolled on the department when a job opening becomes available. Flying in for the ceremony and to celebrate New Year’s, two hopefuls are currently serving in active duty, which gives an advantage over nonmilitary civilians, according to Viarella, who interviewed them along with Fire Chief Christopher Bright and Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Todisco. A degree in Fire Science and prior experience in another city or town is also helpful, Viarella added. First cousins Matthew Tata and Dylan Stuart, two of the reserve firefighters sworn in last week, hope to continue the family tradition with Stuart’s brother, Tyler, who is a six-year Firefighter/EMT-B. Dylan Stuart, 26, of Lincoln Street, Revere, who is serving as E-4 HM3 corpsman, or providing medical treatment for wounded veterans, in Washington State for the U.S. Navy, shared how it’ll be a family affair. Stuart has served in the military for six years.

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From left to right, Tyler Stuart, brother; Dylan Stuart, new recruit; Maria Stuart, mother; Mike Stuart, father; Madeline Stuart, sister; Mike Amato, cousin; Mary Marley, grandmother; Matthew Tata, candidate; Kelly Tata, mother; Mark Tata, father; Kevin Markey, uncle; and Mark Markey, uncle.

Reserve firefighter Anthony Bonasoro signs a commitment book while Fire Chief Christopher Bright looks on during a swearing-in ceremony last Wednesday.

Reserve firefighter Matthew Tata signs a commitment book while Mayor Brian Arrigo looks on last Wednesday.


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City Clerk Ashley Melnik swears in Dylan Stuart, Matthew Tata, and Anthony Bonasoro while Fire Chief Christopher Bright looks on, as reserve firefighters last Wednesday afternoon in the council chambers.

Three reserve firefighters, Dylan Stuart, Matthew Tata, and Anthony Bonasoro, take the oath during last Wednesday’s ceremony at City Hall.

Fire Chief Christopher Bright thanks the candidates for stepping up and committing to serve the city.

Current firefighters stand by during a reserve firefighter ceremony last week.

“I’ve grown up around the firehouse,” Stuart said. “My grandfather, Pat Tata, was a firefighter for 35 years; my father, Michael Stuart, a 12-year firefighter; my brother, Tyler, has been a firefighter for six years; and my cousin, Mike Amato, has been a firefighter/Firefighters Union 926 Vice President for nine years.” Stuart’s first cousin Matthew Tata, 25, of Dunn Road, Revere, a surgical technologist at Navy Hospital Pensacola in Florida for the U.S. Navy, said he was born and raised in Revere, and it has always been his dream to serve on the department. Tata has served in the military for four and a half years, and he is scheduled to end active duty on May 15. “I couldn’t be more excited for today to come,”Tata said, referring to last week’s ceremony. Their grandfather, Pat, served for 35 years, and his two cousins, Tyler and Mike, became firefighters. A third reserve firefighter and Wakefield resident, Anthony Bonasoro, 33, said he received a high score on the test, and is one of the first nonmilitary members to be on the list. “I’ve taken the test six times over a 12-year period since I was 21,” Bonasoro said.“I’ve been waiting since that time, and I’m excited to see what the future holds.” Mayor Brian Arrigo thanked the three men for answering the call, extending gratitude to families for the commitment that they make. “Congratulations,” Arrigo said. “Thanks for your promise to serve.” Fire Chief Christopher Bright said Bonasoro, Stuart and Tata will soon be offered the opportunity to join a new and exciting profession as Revere fire-

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REVIEW | from page 10 egories: 1) the department’s need to be intentional about engaging with the community and employing contemporary community policing strategies; 2) the department needs to be restructured so there are clear lines of accountability; and 3) the department needs to shift personnel resources and reconsider some of its methods of service delivery in order to free up resources that can be redirected to the frontline patrol officer function. Council approves $22.5m loan order for new DPW building The City Council unanimously approved a $22.5 million loan order for a new Department of Public Works building to replace the dilapidated and dangerous Charger Street building. The proposed new building has twostory structure that will have lockers, showers, a lunch area, space for certain equipment and an area for the administrative staff.

JUNE Councillors discuss city’s rodent issue It seems like every few months the City Council attempts to tackle the rodent issue. At a City Council meeting, two City Councillors presented almost identical motions to do just that. Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe requested the city’s board of health and inspectional services department appear before the City Council with a plan and explanation of the ongoing efforts to attack rodent issues. In a separate motion, Councillor-at-Large George Rotondo requested the city take a three pronged approach to handle the rats that included purchasing 2,000 bait boxes, investing in placing box owls in areas of over proliferation and working with neighboring cities to follow similar techniques. The motions were sent to Mayor Arrigo’s desk. City Council passes $206.9M budget The Revere City Council made only one cut to the mayor’s proposed $206,992,903 FY19 budget, which was unanimously passed. During the Ways and Means Subcommittee meeting, the City Council proposed their budget cuts after a week-long meeting with department heads to discuss the budget. Councillor-atLarge Dan Rizzo was the only councillor to propose cuts.

JULY Council again reluctantly approves loan orders The City Council wasn’t happy about it but once again approved $11.75 million in loan orders for CDM Smith at the last meeting. The City Council approved a loan order in the amount of $1,000,000 for Phase 10 Field Investigations, Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Planning Project No. 4387; a loan order in the amount of $4,700,000 for Phase 9 Construction–Infiltration/Inflow, Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, Pump Station and Drainage, CWSRF Construction Project No. 4440; a loan order in the amount of $500,000 for the Illicit Connection Detection and Sump Pump Investigations, CWSRF Planning Project No. 4386; a loan order in the amount of $2,000,000 for Illicit Connection & Sump Pump Removal Program, CWSRF Construction Project No. 4439; a loan order in the amount of $550,000 for Planning and Design of Oak Island Water Main Improvements; and a loan order in the amount of $3,000,000 for Oak Island Water Main Improvements, DWSRF Construction Project No. 4405. Survey shows people feel safe in Revere schools According to a survey conducted by Revere parents, 90 percent of the Revere school community feels safe in Revere schools. There were 101 participants in the survey with 34 being students, 29 being parents, 21 being teachers and the rest identifying themselves as other. Ninety percent of the participants said they feel safe or somewhat safe in school. The survey revealed that 78 percent of people do not feel anxious about their safety; however, 22 percent do feel anxious. Another hotel proposed for the Beach City Revere seems to be a beacon for hotel developers, and another hotel would like to be a part of that hotel boom. JBX Developers (Lixi Group) appeared before the Site Plan Review Board with plans for a hotel at 58 Revere Beach Blvd. The company is asking to build a 12-story hotel with 156 rooms, which will need a special permit from the City Council to get the go-ahead. This proposed hotel will be adjacent to another hotel JBX Developers is currently constructing. Ning Lu, of JBX, said JBX used the beach as inspiration for the new building design. The first hotel was like a sandcastle, and the second hotel’s vision would be remi-

Bianchi’s Pizza made their last pizza pie at their at 322 Revere Beach Blvd. location before shutting down for what would have been for a year before reopening at the apartment complex at the same location as a full service restaurant. The owners ended up moving down the street to a local Beach Boulevard bar.

niscent of the water Mayor calls first phase of rodent control program a success Over 560 property owners responded to Phase One of the City’s intensified effort to control rodent infestation in the past three weeks. “The four professional exterminators retained by the City have been provided with all the addresses; most have been addressed; and the remaining locations will be addressed in the near future,” said Mayor Brian Arrigo. “But this is not the end of our effort.” Mayor: Dept. audits to continue in wake of parking dept. audit Two placed on unpaid administrative leave during AG’s investigation Mayor Brian Arrigo said his administration will be looking at five departments following the results of two reports, the first by CliftonLarsonAllen, a consulting service that reviewed the city’s policies and procedures and sparked a review of the city’s Parking Dept. by the CPA firm of Roselli, Clark & Associates. Subsequently, two of the department’s employees were placed on unpaid administrative leave. Arrigo revealed to the City Council the results of the CPA firm’s audit that revealed the city finances and how the parking department has been in disarray for years. Ar-

rigo said that he called for the audit in March 2016 after he first took office, seeking a review of all departments and finances. According to the mayor, $790,000 of the $2.2 million will be returned to the city’s general fund and the remaining funds will be returned to federal and state sources. Annual Sand Sculpting Festival a success It was estimated that over half a million people flocked to Revere Beach for the 15th Annual International Sand Sculpting Festival. The threeday festival showcased music, food, fireworks and impressive sandcastles. Fifteen artists from all around the world molded a 15-ton pile of sand into masterpieces.

AUGUST $1.1M Homeland Security grant will boost Fire Dept. ranks Mayor Arrigo announced that the Revere Fire Department has been awarded a $1.1 million SAFER Grant by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant will help the fire department increase from 102 to 106 firefighters. Beach buildup continues: 200 residential units proposed for Ocean Ave., Boulevard According to a posting on

the developer website BLDUP. com, Boston-based Gate Residential, which purchased the property at 50 Ocean Ave. for $8 million, is moving forward in its construction of two levels of parking under five levels of residential spaces within a 0.74-acre area of land on Ocean Avenue beachfront. Plans call for a 127-unit mixeduse development at 21 Revere Beach Blvd. and 73 units in the rear building at 20-50 Ocean Ave. for a combined total of 200 units. The development includes a restaurant, a series of arcade/retail spaces, and an area that will have upgraded sidewalks and a rebuilt boardwalk. Initial plans call for 142 spaces. The company is also building 38 spaces on the Ocean Avenue parcel. Also approved for possible development is the former Ming’s Chinese restaurant site at 90 Ocean Ave., which is adjacent to the proposed project. It is currently approved for 75 residential units.

SEPTEMBER Councillors voice frustration over lack of info on business manager suspension, outdoor water meter readings During a City Council meeting, councillors expressed their frustration about not being officially notified by city officials that outdoor water me-

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Mayor Brian Arrigo, along with Speaker of the House Rep. Bob DeLeo, with city and state officials and the Haas family honored the late Mayor and Councillor Bob Haas with a Veterans memorial sign outside of the Bagel Bin on Shirley Avenue. The city would also honor the late mayor with a park and bench dedication.

ters were inaccurately read at approximately 120 homes, leading to a City Hall employ-

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ee being placed on unpaid administrative leave. “It is not my practice, nor is it an advisable personnel practice, to report on every administrative personnel/human resource issue that arises in the course of city business,” Mayor Brian Arrigo wrote in an email that was labeled as confidential. “Personnel matters are sensitive and frequently confidential. In response to several calls, however, I want to clarify an administrative/human resources matter that has generated inaccurate, misleading, and unfair gossip.” Council President Jessica Giannino said no one should be getting their news on social media; although it was well intended, it should be from a body. “City Council should be made aware of issues, although it may not be our place to discuss them,” Giannino said. Governor appoints Interim Suffolk County District Attorney Governor Charlie Baker announced the appointment of Assistant District Attorney John P. Pappas as Suffolk County District Attorney to serve out the remainder of District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s term. Pappas will remain in the post until the next District Attorney, to be elected on November 6, is sworn in next January. A 24-year veteran prosecutor, Assistant District

Attorney Pappas has served since 2011 as Chief Trial Counsel in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

OCTOBER Revere murder trial ends in guilty verdict A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Sept. 28 convicted an East Boston man of murder and other charges for his role in the 2015 fatal shooting of 18-yearold Andres Jaramillo in Revere, Suffolk County District Attorney John P. Pappas said. Jurors deliberated for about three days before finding Luis Urbaez, 33, guilty of second-degree murder for killing Jaramillo, armed assault with intent to murder for shooting at but not hitting a second teen, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

NOVEMBER Revere condo fire ruled accidental Firefighters have ruled the cause of the five-alarm fire that broke out on Sept. 16 at approximately 2 p.m. along 10 Franklin Ave. as an undetermined accidental fire; 100 residents lost their homes in the 36-unit building, but none were injured. Four firefighters were injured fighting the blaze. State Department of Fire Services Spokesperson Jennifer Mieth estimated there was approximately $5 million in damage. Sports: Football Pats take first-round in tourney over North Reading The RHS Football Patriots started their season with loss-

es on the scoreboard. But sometimes being the underdog with nothing to lose has its advantages, especially when you bring in some young talent with a “neversay-die” attitude. The Football Pats proved they belong in the tourney when they walked tall into North Reading for the Division 4 quarterfinal against the Hornets and walked out the victors in a 27-20 win to earn a secondround run against number 2 seed Gloucester. The Fishermen would end Revere’s tourney dreams. Pornographic DVD inside Recreation Center donated by mistake A pornographic DVD that caused a stir in the city after it was seen in the Recreation Department was donated to the Rec. Center by mistake, city officials said. Police Chief James Guido said that in interviewing employees and custodians at the Recreation Center, staff told police that it wasn’t on the desk, but rather inside a box and quickly destroyed and thrown out. Guido said a Recreation Center employee donated the 375 DVDs, all of which he said were thrown out. “We spoke to everyone, and they had no evidence that it was on the desk,” Guido said. “The allegations were unfounded, and it was an embarrassing situation. No one is denying that the video was there, but they told a police detective that the box was there for days or weeks before anyone went through it.”

Special needs boy reportedly left on bus for four hours A bus driver and bus monitor won’t face charges because of a nonverbal, autistic boy, 4, who was reportedly left on the school bus for four hours. “Since we don’t believe that there was any intentional criminal intent, there won’t be any charges,” Police Chief James Guido said. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dianne Kelly said that the bus monitor, whose name she declined to release, will be on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation. Human remains found along marsh, saddening residents The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office stated that bones found Friday morning along the Rumney Marsh are probably human remains, which has concerned area residents. According to Suffolk County District Attorney Press Secretary Jake Wark, troopers assigned to the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit, with additional State Police assets and Revere Police detectives, are investigating the remains, which were spotted behind a North View Terrace house by hunters on Friday morning. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will try to find out how the person died as investigators undertake identification efforts.

DECEMBER A new high school is on Revere’s horizon

Public education in Revere took a major leap forward when the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) announced its initial approval of the City of Revere’s bid for a new Revere High School. “This is news we have wanted to hear for the past three years,” said Mayor Brian Arrigo, who appeared before the MSBA with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dianne Kelly. “This assures that future generations of Revere Public Schools students will have the opportunity to avail themselves of the technological features and accommodations that form the pillars of high school education in the modern age.” Sports: Football Pats earn post-season honors They put together one of the best seasons in school history this past fall, and head coach Lou Cicatelli’s RHS Patriots football team received a bundle of postseason honors for their performances. Six Patriots were named to the Northeastern Conference (NEC) First Team All-Conference squad for the Central Division for the 7-4 RHS team. The win total was the most for a Patriot team since the early 1980s. Three senior captains from this year’s team were named First Team All-Conference: Devin Mathius, Darius McNeil and Frank Sims. Quarterback Jonathan Murphy, who led a very productive Revere offense, was also named AllConference, as was placekicker Rayan Riazi, who was one of the most prolific in the NEC.


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For “Auld Lang Syne” – Hogmanay, Traditional Scottish New Year’s Celebration

The beloved poet Robert Burns (1759-1796) composed “Auld Lang Syne,” sung with gusto at midnight on New Year’s Eve throughout the world.

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ven the Scots themselves cannot agree on the meaning of the word “Hogmanay.” But they know it provides an opportunity for serious merrymaking in the New Year. Along with family celebrations, street festivals, fire festivals, some old rituals going back hundreds of year are practiced. While Edinburgh is “party central,” Hogmanay is widely observed throughout Scotland. O l i ve r C ro mwe l l h a d banned the observance of Christmas in 1647. Even after his downfall in 1660, the “stricter” Scottish Presbyterian Church discouraged Yule-

tide festivities “as having no basis in the Bible.” Incredibly, Christmas remained a normal working day in the country until 1958. Yet, “the impulse to party, to exchange gifts, and to put the products of Scotland’s famous distilleries to good use, could not be repressed.” So the New Year’s Hogmanay celebrations all over Scotland have grown throughout the centuries. Traditions include: “REDDING” THE HOUSE The ritual of thoroughly cleaning the house, particularly the fireplace, is essential. Scots often “read the ashes” as one might read tealeaves. Fire is an important element

Scotsmen celebrate on Hogmanay with Fire Festivals like this one in Edinburgh. Believed to originate from a Viking ritual, the New Year inspires hope for health, prosperity, and new beginnings.

of Hogmanay. After the cleanup, someone goes from room to room “carrying a smoking juniper branch to discourage evil spirits and chase away disease.” Debts would also be cleared because Scots considered it unlucky to carry liabilities into the New Year. FIRST FOOTING At the stroke of midnight, the man of the house would open the back door to let out the old year, then open the front door to welcome in the next. At this time neighbors visit each other bearing traditional gifts of shortbread or other treats. The host offers callers a small whisky – “a wee dram.” On January 1, the first person to enter a home, the “first foot,” could bring good luck for the year

Dundee cake is a rich Scottish fruitcake, topped with blanched almonds, served at Hogmanay.

to come. “Tall, dark handsome men” were preferred, while red-haired lasses were considered unlucky. THE “SAINING” OF THE HOUSE An old rural tradition involved “blessing the house and livestock with holy water from a local stream.” The lady of the household would carry a smoldering juniper branch throughout the home, “filling it with purifying smoke.” Mayhem might follow with the company coughing and choking. Windows would be hastily thrown open. Those present would be encouraged to enjoy a “reviving dram” or two as the whiskey was passed around freely.

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BONFIRES and FIRE FESTIVALS Scottish people have long

associated the New Year with fire “as a time of new opportunities and cleansing of old life.” Fire traditions vary from place to place. For example, a ceremony called “Flambeaux” is held in the village of Comrie in Perthshire. Revelers dip small trees in paraffin, light them, and carry them through the streets where they are then tossed on a huge bonfire.In another fishing town, old boats are burned and the dying embers brought home “to ward off evil such as witches that would contrive to wreck their small fleets.” SINGING “AULD LANG SYNE” A rousing chorus of “Auld Lang Syne” is the iconic refrain at midnight on New Year’s Eve in Scotland as it is around the world. The poem, composed by the Scots’ beloved bard Robert Burn in 1788, is “set to the tune of a traditional folk song.” The title may be freely translated from dialect as “old long since” or “for old times sake.”The emotional appeal of the melody has made it popular at funerals, graduations, and farewell ceremonies through the centuries. Celebrating Robert Burns’s “life and work has become a national charismatic cult in Scotland since his untimely death” at at age 37 in 1796. Happy Hogmanay to all as you enjoy “a wee dram” when ushering in New Year’s 2019! (Source – tripsaavy.com with images from Pinterest.com)

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Basketball Pats ready to take that next step back to the postseason By Joe McConnell

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Junior guard E.J. Leone lead the Patriot's offense against Peabody, with 19 points and five rebounds. (Advocate file photo)

he Revere High School boys’ basketball team (1-2), under the direction of David Leary, went through the usual growing pains of a rebuilding team, and it showed in the final 3-17 record. Coach Leary expects to see more improvement this season. “The expectations heading into this year are to compete hard every night and give ourselves a chance to qualify for the state tournament,” he said. The season started off on a positive note with a 73-68 triumph over the Peabody Tanners on Dec. 14. Junior guard E.J. Leone paced the offensive attack with 19 points to go along with five rebounds. Senior forward Omar Bendjahene was close behind with 18 points, and he, too, had five rebounds. Senior guard Scott Montefusco collected 11 points that included three three-pointers. The following Monday, Dec. 17, the Patriots dropped a 55-44 decision to neighboring Chelsea. Montefusco was the top gun for the locals in this game with 20 points, which included

six three-pointers. On Thursday, Dec. 20, Somerville was all over the Revere quintet to the tune of 63-36. Bendjahene was the leader for the Revere boys in this game with 16 points and six rebounds. Montefusco is a captain of the squad, along with Sebastian Vanegas, and they lead a solid core of returnees. Those seniors are Nick Ciciulla, Donato Colarossi, Andres Mejia, Johnny Leone, Wilkens Altenor and Bendjahene. The junior veterans are E.J. Leone, Amara Bockarie, Scott Toglan, Michael Hayes, Derek Avery and Robert Raduazzo. Sophomores Dillan Day and Wilfredo Martinez are ready to strut their stuff with the big club. Coach Leary’s team went up against host Malden in its holiday tournament on Thursday, Dec, 27 (after press deadline). The consolation and championship games will be played Friday night, also at Malden. The Patriots will be back home to begin 2019 on Wednesday night, Jan. 2, when Chelsea comes to town. They will then be heading to Saugus to face the Sachems on Friday night, Jan. 4.


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Obituaries Anthony J. Greco

f Revere, formerly of Newton, age 77, Dec. 17, 2018. He leaves his wife of 56 years Teresa (Riccio) Greco; son Steven Greco and his wife Jennifer of Newton; brother Frank Greco and wife Leslie of Milford; grandchildren Alexander Greco of Texas and Josephine

Greco of Newton; nephew James V. Riccio of Wilmington. He was predeceased by his mother Josephine (Izzo) Greco. In lieu of flowers, donations in Anthony’s memory may be made to: Leukemia And Lymphoma Society, 70 Walnut St., Suite 301, Wellesley, MA 02481.Services from the Mag-

1. Which Massachusetts town was the first to change its name to honor a Founding Father? (Hint: Boston-born, died in Philadelphia.) 2. “Auld Lang Syne” is a traditional poem of what country? 3. The Yahoos are a people in what book by Jonathan Swift? 4. If you took Duke Ellington’s A train, where would you go? 5. What wine does James Bond drink the most of? 6. Which U.S. state grows the most broccoli? 7. On Dec. 28, 1922, what

American cartoonist was born? (Hint: initials SL.) 8. Who was Frederick August Otto Schwarz? (Hint: famous store in NYC.) 9. Lapland is in what four countries? 10. In which country did gingerbread houses originate? 11. On Dec. 31, 1938, the “drunkometer” debuted in Indianapolis for what purpose? 12. Which was not named for a person: Graham crackers, Waldorf salad or Cobb salad? 13. What mammal can fly? 14. Who said, “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right”? (Hint: initials

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Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.


THE REVERE ADVOCATE - Friday, December 28, 2018

Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call continues a series of reports on how local legislators voted on legislation that was approved in the 2017-2018 session by the House and Senate and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker HANDICAPPED PARKING (S 2214) House 158-0, Senate 37-0, approved legislation cracking down on the misuse of handicapped parking placards including increasing the period of license suspension for wrongful use or display of a placard from 30 to 60 days for a first offense and from 90 to 120 days for a second offense. Other provisions include allowing the Registry of Motor Vehicles to revoke a handicapped plate or parking placard if it finds that the person was ineligible or that a placard was obtained falsely; prohibiting the obstruction of the expiration date or placard number and subjecting an offender to a $50 fine; prohibiting making a false statement on an application for a placard and imposing a fine of $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for subsequent offenses; and prohibiting falsely making, stealing or forging a placard and subjecting an offender to escalating fines or imprisonment based upon the number of documents involved. (A “Yes” vote is for the bill.) Rep. Bob DeLeo Yes Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes Sen. Joseph Boncore Yes

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (H 4032) House 155-1, Senate 370, approved a bill that would give public school districts the power and flexibility to

offer other English Language Learner (ELL) programs in addition to or instead of the current sheltered English immersion program. The prior immersion program, approved by Massachusetts voters on a ballot question in 2002, requires all students, including those not yet fluent in English, to be taught English by being taught all subjects in English and to be placed in English language classrooms. (A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A “No” vote is against it.) Rep. Bob DeLeo Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes Sen. Joseph Boncore Yes

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$1.8 BILLION HOUSING PACKAGE (H 4536) House 151-2, Senate 38-0, approved a package funding various state programs to construct and preserve affordable housing in the Bay State. Provisions include $400 million for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund that funds a myriad of programs including help for first-time homebuyers; $100 million for the creation of rental housing that is affordable for working families whose incomes are too high for subsidized housing but are priced out of market rents; $600 million to rehabilitate and modernize existing public housing; $60 million for disabled persons and seniors to renovate and modify their homes; and $45 million for grants to non-profits for early education and outof-school time program facilities that serve low income children. (A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A “No” vote is against it.) Rep. Bob DeLeo Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes Sen. Joseph Boncore Yes

biotech industries. Other provisions require that half of the consolidated net surplus in budgetary funds, up to $10 million, be directed to the Massachusetts Life Sciences Investment Fund; raise the annual ceiling on the Life Sciences Tax Incentive Program from $25 million to $30 million; require that funding and internship consideration be given to support minority populations in the life sciences industry; and extend the Life Sciences Tax Incentive Program through 2028. The incentive was due to expire at the end of 2018. (A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A “No” vote is against it). Rep. Bob DeLeo Yes Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes Sen. Joseph Boncore Yes

HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does

not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late-night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of December 17-21, the House met for a total of eleven hours and 27 minutes while the Senate met for a total of 10 hours and 56 minutes. MON. DECEMBER 17 House11:02 a.m. to11:18 a.m. Senate 11:36 a.m. to 3:48 p.m. TUES.DECEMBER 18 No House session No Senate session WED. DECEMBER 19 No House session No Senate session THURS. DECEMBER 20 House11:04 a.m. to4:54 p.m. Senate 11:19 a.m. to6:03 p.m. FRI. DECEMBER 21 House11:00 a.m. to4:21 p.m. No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com.

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LYNN /SAUGUS line Nicely updated & maintained 7 room Col, NEW granite kitchen w/glass backsplash, desirable, 1st floor family rm, hardwood flooring, 1st floor laundry w/half bath, NEW full bath, updated gas heat & roof, level lot, convenient side street location close to stores & schools...............................................$419,900.

SAUGUS 8 room, 4 bedroom Colonial, 2 full baths, eat-in, granite kitchen, dining room, living room, 1st floor bedroom, 1st floor family room, finished LL, inground pool, 2 c gar, nicely located on side st.............................................................$599,999.

SAUGUS ALL BRICK, custom, one-owner Two Family Split Entry, oversized rooms, hardwood flooring, two sunrooms, oversized one car garage, newer gas heating system, corner lot, Carr Farms area...................................................$650,000.

SAUGUS Desirable one-level living in this 5 rm Ranch, lvrm w/fp, updated eat-in kit w/atrium door to deck, large, 16,000 sq ft lot w/above ground pool, updated roof, windows, vinyl, electrical, pool liner & pump, close to Cedar Glen Golf Course ...........................................................................................................................$439,900.

SAUGUS 6 rm, 3 bedroom Raised Cape offers spacious fireplace living room, hardwood floors, eat-in kitchen, family room in lower level, one car garage, deck, newer roof, located on side street....................................................................$369,900.

MALDEN TWO FAMILY offers 7/3 rooms, hardwood flooring, fireplace, two laundry hook-ups, replacement windows, oversized, attached two car garage with heated loft, convenient side st location close to everything!......................................$679,900.

MELROSE Tastefully renovated 8 rm, 3 bdrm Colonial, granite kit w/island, hardwood flooring, NEW 1 ½ bathrooms, NEW deck, walk-up attic, familyrm w/granite fp, desirable Horrace Mann area MINT!!.......................................................$689,900.

PEABODY 1st AD GREAT 7 rm Family Colonial, 3 bdrms, 2 ½ baths, huge 27’ familyrm, kit open to dining rm, 23’ master bdrm, fin lower level w/playrm, gar w/ expansion possibilities, level yd w/AG pool, farmer’s porch, desirable cul-de-sac .............................................................................................................................$599,900.

SAUGUS AMAZING Custom built 7+ rm Col features 3-4 bedrms, 3 1/2 baths, two story foyer, formal livingrm, spac eat-in kit, formal diningrm, familyrm w/fireplace, sunrm, master suite offers private bath w/shower & double sink vanity, convenient 1st flr laundry, ABSOLUTELY GORGEGOUS. A MUST SEE!!.........................$689,900.

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WE KNOW EVERETT!! Call TODAY to sell or buy with the best!

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Call Norma for details! (617) 590-9143

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Everett 4 Bedroom Rental Call Rosemarie for details.

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NEW LISTING! 6 RUSSELL ST., EVERETT SINGLE FAMILY - $449,900

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63 HARVARD ST, CHELSEA PRATTVILLE - $649,900

LISTED BY SANDY SOLD BY DENISE! 4 HANCOCK PARK, EVERETT, MA

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SINGLE FAMILY - $449,900

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30 FRANKLIN ST, MALDEN, MA CONDO - $399,900 LISTED BY SANDY

SOLD BY NORMA! 75 GLENDALE ST., EVERETT, MA

SOLD BY NORMA! 32 EVERETT ST., EVERETT, MA

SINGLE FAMILY - $389,900

TWO FAMILY - $699,900

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29 REAR APPLETON ST., EVERETT TWO FAMILY - $499,900

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SOLD BY SANDY! 47-49 SWAN ST., EVERETT

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6 CEDAR COURT, EVERETT SINGLE FAMILY - 510,000

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TWO FAMILY - $699,900

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