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Suit & Suitability

Legal Action in Vegas Leads to a Slow-Down in the Bay State

By Josh Resnek

Lawyers for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission have done dismally trying to check Steve Wynn’s Nevada lawsuit against the MGC in which he alleges his rights have been trampled.

The suit has held up the long-awaited MGC investigative report into Wynn Resorts suitability from being brought out into public for debate and for action.

Last Friday, Judge Elisabeth Gomez said she was “limiting what the state of Massachusetts can rely upon, share or utilize” until it’s established whether information investigators received in interviews and depositions from Steve Wynn’s attorneys during the investigation were privileged communications.

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Steve Wynn’s name has been removed from the casino being built in Everett, but he continues to be a towering figure in the ongoing saga over the issue of “suitability.”

The Clark County District Court judge said after the hearing in Las Vegas that she was “limiting what the state of Massachusetts can rely upon, share or utilize” until she decides whether the materials contain information that Wynn’s personal lawyers argue is confidential and protected by attorney-client privilege.Continue Reading

Police Officer Killed in Utah Has Strong Connection to Everett

By Josh Resnek

A Utah police officer killed while trying to apprehend a fugitive last weekend was a Massachusetts native with strong ties to our city.

Provo Police officer Joseph Shinners was the son of retired Everett Fire Captain John Shinners .

Everett Fire Chief Anthony Carli posted the following statement on the Everett Fire Department’s Facebook site Monday.

“It is with deep regret the Chief of Department, Anthony Carli, announces the line of duty death of Master Police Officer Joseph Shinners of the Provo Utah Police Department. Officer Joe Shinners is the son of Retired Everett Fire Captain John Shinners. At this time of tragedy, we are reminded of the dangerous situations our public safety personnel took an oath to potentially face every day. Joe followed in his family’s legacy of dedication and commitment to his community that will never be forgotten. Officer Shinners has made the ultimate sacrifice which speaks volumes to the courageous and honorable person he was and will forever be remembered by. The Everett Fire Department will continue to share in the pain of the Shinners family, and extend our heartfelt condolences to the Provo Police Department during this extremely difficult time.”Continue Reading

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Philbin Insurance Group Renews Five Star Agency Designation

Leader Herald Staff Report 

The Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA), is proud to announce that Philbin Insurance Group of Beverly, Burlington, Everett, Lynnfield, and Malden, MA has renewed their Five Star Agency Designation.

They have been a Five Star Agency since 2005 and continue to demonstrate excellence in the five imperatives associated with the designation: Customer Focus, Management/Leadership, Human Resources, Product & Process and Future Success Initiatives.

It is a very select group that has attained this designation; only 26 out of more than 1,500 agencies in Massachusetts hold it.

“Philbin Insurance Group has gone through a number of changes over the past few years, and they have all been very positive steps in making the agency stronger than ever. A highly effective staff is now in place, including a management team that has strengthened the agency’s focus, planning, and communication, while setting sales and financial goals that establish long-term stability,” said Heather Kramer, Five Star Consultant and COO and Vice President of MAIA. “These items, coupled with many of the strengths that were seen in the past, confirm that the Philbin Insurance group has maintained their Five Star Agency Designation.” Continue Reading

Some Heat But Mostly Agreement

School Committee Chairman Tom Abruzzese smiles after being sworn in.

By Josh Resnek

The School Committee’s organizational meeting for 2019 had some fire and some ice but when all was said and done, everything was about fair weather and a clear road ahead.

The meeting’s highlight was the election of longtime School Committeeman Tom Abruzzese by a 9-0 vote.

However, his nomination by School Committeeman Lester McLaughlin, was challenged, but briefly, by outgoing SC President Bernie D’Onofrio.Continue Reading

— Eye on Everett —

A Dream

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By Josh Resnek

I was in a deep sleep Monday night. I had a dream.

The mayor resigned his position and took a job at Encore for $300,000 a year as a greeter.

I had a dream.

The mayor became the highest paid casino greeter in the history of Las Vegas inspired gaming.

Dreams can be eerily real or eerily unreal.

This one was real.Continue Reading

City Officials Dispute Allegations of Sexual Harassment Charges

By Josh Resnek

Councilors Mike Marchese and Wayne Matewsky last week asked city officials to answer allegations of sexual harassment and bullying at the city’s Wellness Center on Broadway during last week’s council meeting.

The mayor (above) and his administration are baffled by claims of sexual misconduct at the Wellness Center.

Their questions apparently infuriated the mayor.

To a person, city officials, and at least one councilor, said they had no idea about any problems at the Wellness Center.

In fact, city officials said they were baffled by reports in the Leader Herald about sexual harassment charges, and bullying, against the heads of the Wellness Center.

They also dismissed as folly and rubbish assertions that a large settlement was in the works for the survivor of the sexual harassment and the bullying.

The survivor is the daughter of a former high ranking city official.

Her allegations are being made against two employees of the Wellness Center alleged to be close friends of the mayor.

The survivor has since left her job.Continue Reading

Wednesday Breakfast Club All About Friendship and Everett

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By Josh Resnek

Every first Wednesday of the month about 10 o’clock in the morning at the I-Hop on Route 1 about 30 older Everett buddies and lifelong friends collect for an early morning breakfast and the camaraderie that comes from having known one another for a lifetime.

It is an amazing scene, this breaking of bread with old Everett friends – all men – all in their 70’s, some still working, many who are retired, all of whom share the Everett experience.

It all began some years back with five Everett guys: Paul Noonan, Danny McGonagle, Buster Zanotti, Bob Russell – and Allan Armstrong.Continue Reading

Sainristil Begins New Chapter at Michigan

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Mike Sainristil, one of the more electrifying athletes to ever wear the crimson of Everett High, is off to Michigan. (Joseph Prezioso photo)

By Josh Resnek

Mike Sainristil signed a letter of intent last week to attend the University of Michigan and to play football there, a testament to his prowess on the field as one of the best high school football players in the history of the EHS program and in the state of Massachusetts.

Sainristil, known for his speed and hands and for his smooth but raw sense of command on the football field, was praised as not just a great football player but as a credit to the Everett High School.

In a massive display of his popularity at the signing last week at EHS, his coach Theluxon Pierre said of his star player: “Great, great kid. What a future he has standing before him.”

Sainristil signed the letter of intent with a huge crowd watching and cheering. Continue Reading

Ersilia Matarazzo-Cataldo Laid to Rest at Woodlawn Cemetery

Shown in the above photograph is Ersilia Matarazzo-Cataldo seated in an Everett fire engine during a Kiwanis event which was called, “The Bike Rodeo.” It was an event for kids, according to former Kiwanis president John Mattuchio. “This was held in May 2013, and there’s Ersilia jumping right up into the fire truck and sitting behind the wheel just like a kid. She was like that,” Mattuchio added. Mattuchio said Matarazzo was a “great gal. The very best there was.”

Leader Herald Staff Report

A huge throng attended the funeral for Ersilia Matarazzo-Cataldo, one of the best known and beloved woman in this city.

She was waked at Rocco’s Wednesday. A large outpouring of grief and respect was shown for her at her wake, which brought out a huge number of people from all walks of life.

She was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, Thursday.

She was 50 years old.Continue Reading

Breaking the Mold at Mystic Valley

Everett’s Anastasia Bessler (#55) makes a tackle for Mystic Valley.

Bessler Named CAC’s First-Ever Female All-Star

By Lorenzo Recupero

Football may be a predominantly male sport, but don’t tell that to one Mystic Valley senior, Anastasia Bessler, who has excelled in the sport regardless of her gender.

A Boston Herald report a year ago accounted for less than 60 female football players in all the high school programs across the state, Anastasia being one of the headliners amongst them. Recently, she was named the Catholic Athletic Conference’s first ever female all-star performer.

As a CAC all-star, Anastasia will be eligible to play in the Shriners All- Star Football Classic played by all the top seniors from eastern and southern Massachusetts each summer for the last 40 years.

“She’s in the trenches with the boys,” said Michael Bessler, Anastasia’s father, a lifelong Everett resident. “A lot of people don’t even know she’s a girl until she takes her helmet off,” said Bessler proudly of his daughter who was already Mystic Valleys first female football player and team captain.Continue Reading

Antonelli Approved By Planning Board

Developer Greg Antonelli talks about the building he is going to erect at 605 Broadway in front of the Planning Board Monday night. The meeting went well for Antonelli who received the go ahead to build from the board.

By Josh Resnek

If the meeting of the Planning Board Monday night at city hall was a symphony it could be said it ended with a grand flourish.

In the end, after a lot of discussion about one project and not very much about the other, it was finally done.

Nearly a year’s worth of negations with the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Board has ended successfully with two new buildings to take their place at 605 Broadway and in Glendale Square.

The Planning Board gave final approvals to two projects, being developed, one by Greg Antonelli, the well known developer and local businessman.Continue Reading


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The mayor of Everett (above) is paid more than his counterpart in Boston.

Mayor’s Salary Ranked with Highest in the United States

By Josh Resnek

A report published in this week’s Boston Business Journal reveals that the mayor of Everett’s salary is among the highest in the nation for a small city mayor.

The mayor of Everett makes more in salary than Boston Mayor Martin Walsh.

Walsh gets about $175,000.Continue Reading