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By Josh Resnek

An embryonic effort is growing to launch a recall of Mayor Carlo DeMaria.

The possible recall in the making is the result of the mayor’s involvement in the Federal probe concerning racism, discrimination and retaliation that has been launched by US Attorney Rachael Rollins.

That probe is apparently well underway.

The recall effort also centers around the mayor’s effort to remove or to have replaced School Superintendent Priya Tahiliani.

Tahiliani filed an extensive complaint alleging racism and sexism against the mayor with the Commission Against Discrimination.

The planning and discussion effort for the recall is being led by about a dozen prominent and outspoken Everett residents including John Puopolo, Paula Sterite, and Sandy Juliano.

Former councilor, Attorney Fred Capone, who lost the November, 2021 election to the mayor by 210 votes, is believed to be supportive of such an effort but will not publicly comment about where exactly he stands.

Capone has been keeping a high public profile since his election loss.

In addition to his support for the action taken by the US Attorney, Capone has repeatedly expressed concern about the mayor’s longevity payments of $40,000 a year which remain a question of contention between Capone and DeMaria.Continue Reading

Lynn Man Found Shot To Death Here Murder Being Investigated

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A 38-year-old Lynn man was shot to death on Central Street on July 19.

Leader Herald Staff

Everett and State Police are continuing an investigation into the murder of a 38-year-old Lynn man in Everett last week.

Early last Tuesday morning Everett Police were called to a Central Avenue address at 4:22 a.m. following reports of gunshots and screaming by neighbors.

They found a 38-year-old victim inside the home.

Everett Police and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office say the incident is being investigated as a homicide.

The man who was shot was identified Thursday as Jarmahl Sutsen, a 38-year-old from Lynn.

This is believed to be the same Jarmahl Susten, aka “Mahl” who pleaded guilty to conspiring to distributing crack cocaine in Federal Court on March 4, 2015.

At the time, Susten admitted responsibility for distribution of over 70 grams of cocaine base.Continue Reading

Buying And Developing The Polluted Exxon Site Is A Bold Undertaking

By Josh Resnek

Exxon site Monday afternoon.

The Davis Companies are taking on a mega money land/development deal that is all about huge outlays of capital and borrowings, an enormous price tag for pollution
mitigation, ballooning construction costs caused by inflation and rising interest rates as a recession appears to be coming on.

Timing is often a key component of every successful huge undertaking such as the Exxon site.

We suspect no one knows this better than the enormously successful folks who run the Davis Companies.

The Davis Companies is a rich outfit filled with talent and ambition.

The founder of the company, Jonathan Davis lives in a 9,000 square foot home in Chestnut Hill valued at $14 million.

The company president Richard McCreary’s Weston home is not quite so large but carries an estimated valuation of about $5 million.

The “pauper” of the group is Davis executive Michael Cantalupa. His Winchester home is modest in size compared with those of his executive colleagues with a valuation of under $2 million.Continue Reading

Davis Companies Seeking to Make Development of Exxon Site Seamless

Davis Founder and Wife Make $1000 Contributions to Mayor’s Campaign

By Josh Resnek

One of the first actions taken by the president of the Davis Companies, and his wife, before announcing the planned purchase of the 95 acre Exxon site in Everett, was to make twin $1,000 donations to Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s campaign account.

Also listed as contributing from the Davis Companies are executives Richard McCready, who made a $1,000 campaign contribution to the mayor on 8/23/21 and another Davis executive Michael Cantalupa who contributed $500.

McCready lists his residence as 121 Chestnut Road, Weston.

Cantalupa lives at 5 Churchill Circle, Winchester.

Records on file with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) reveal that Jonathan Davis and his wife, Margot of 76 Fernwood Road in Chestnut Hill made the donations on 5/10/21.

The Davis’ made contributions of $1,000 and $500 respectively to DeMaria in 2019 and an additional $1,000
contribution by Jonathan Davis in 2018, according to OCPF records.

The donations speak volumes about the mayor’s propensity for raising campaign funds from potential developers interested in or developing in Everett.

Their timing also indicates a great deal of interest in acquiring the Exxon site by the Davis Companies.Continue Reading

Rep. Joe McGonagle Announces His Candidacy For Re-Election

Rep. Joe McGonagle

Dear Residents of Everett,

I write to you today to announce my candidacy for re-election as your State Representative for the 28th Middlesex District. I humbly ask for your support as I seek my fifth term in the House of Representatives so I can continue building upon the successes of my previous tenure and delivering for Everett.

As a lifelong resident of Everett, I have seen this City grow and evolve. Many things have changed since the days I was little kid playing in the street but I have learned to embrace these changes and that the best way I can serve Everett is to grow and evolve with it.Continue Reading

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Online Betting OK’D In Last Minute Deal

Photo by Jim Mahoney

By Josh Resnek

A last-minute deal the House and Senate worked out during an all night session that went into Monday morning allows both
in-person and online sports wagering, including some college games, and sets up the Gaming Commission as the regulatory body overseeing the practice.

The bill sailed through each branch Monday morning and now sits on Governor Charlie Baker’s desk.

He has 10 days to act on the legislation.

Governor Baker has consistently maintained he will sign the bill into law.

After years and years of stops and starts, online wagering will become a reality here.

The state expects to reap the benefit of hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenues.

For the Wynn folks who own and run Encore, sports betting online will be a windfall – a powerful, steady, rich stream of new money coming in without the need of building a new facility.

When you can place your first bet is anyone’s guess.

The Senate’s chief budget writer, Sen. Michael Rodrigues, told reporters Monday that betting could “hopefully” start in time for the fall football season, according to a report carried by MassLive.

“Yeah, I think it will be,” the Westport Democrat said when asked if sports betting will be up and running in time for football season.

“Hopefully. You can bet on in-state football teams, so you can bet on the Patriots.”

Casinos and online betting companies hailed the law’s passage as a win for the state and Massachusetts residents.Continue Reading

— Eye on Everett —


The Mayor’s Blue Suit with Josh Resnek exchanging private conversations about life, politics, religion, economics, immorality and municipal corruption in Everett.


We met Tuesday afternoon in La Perle Restaurant and Bar on Broadway in Everett Square.

This is the former Chinese food place that existed for about
40 years.

It has undergone an extraordinary transition under the operator of the restaurant, Valery Joseph, a young Haitian woman, a mother of two young children and a longtime Everett resident who once ran a restaurant on Bow Street.

This was the first time entering her restaurant in Everett Square.

Joseph spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to rip out the old restaurant in order to create something modern, with high ceilings, a gorgeous long bar with special lighting effects, a state of the art sound system and finer tables and chairs.

The entire effect is the kind of new business Everett needs but that official Everett does not necessarily want.

La Perle specializes in Haitian food, and to be frank, I never really gave a thought to eating Haitian food…that is…until I ordered us up a few treats and tasted them, and frankly, devoured them!

“This is absolutely delicious,” the Blue Suit said to me. He held between his fat fingers a piece of fried okra – a vegetable root. Then he dipped it into a light, fresh sauce before shoving it into his mouth.

“Wow! That’s special.”

Special indeed.

The entire scene inside this restaurant is something to marvel at. It is upper tier, good looking, ice cold with fabulous air conditioning, altogether a nice atmosphere.

“You know what the licensing board did to this place almost six months ago?” I asked the Blue Suit.

“I think I heard about that,” he answered.

“Didn’t they suspend her right to have entertainment and made her shut down every night at 11?” he replied.

“You got that all right,” I said.

“It’s killed the business. At the present time, she’s going out of business,” I added.Continue Reading

CO2 Supply Issues Cause Cutback At Everett’s Night Shift Brewing

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By Josh Resnek

There is a nationwide shortage of CO2 for a variety of complex supply and scientific issues
we do not pretend to understand.

It is the same in Europe and especially in the United Kingdom where CO2 shortages have
been experienced for almost 2 years.

The CO2 shortage locally has just taken its toll at Night Shift Brewing.

Because of a sustained shortage of the gas, Night Shift Brewing reported over the weekend that it is laying off 12 employees on October 1 because there is not enough CO2 to allow the Everett facility to produce beer.

The Everett brewery will be moving a great deal of its beer production to Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers in Framingham and Isle Brewers Guild in Pawtucket, R.I, according to brewery officials.Continue Reading

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Steaming It Up On A Hot Summer Day

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By Josh Resnek

For weeks I had been wanting a New England summer treat – the kind my father loved, which I came to love, and frankly, which I cannot do without at least several times during an average summer.

I’m talking steamers and clam chowder.

I know. I know. Clam chowder can often be so disappointing.

Steamers, however, always manage to please.

Over the weekend, my wife and I ate at the Barnicle on Marblehead Harbor. I’ve been eating there all my life.

It isn’t the grandest of New England waterfront restaurant venues but it is solid.

The chowder was solid.

What does that mean?

It wasn’t all gouged out of a can and heated up and served as a homemade treat. The chowder was, and has always been, specially made. In recent years, the chowder has gotten better and better at the Barnicle.Continue Reading

New Ladder 1 Is A $1 Million Reality

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Leader Herald Staff

From on online Twitter feed we have learned that Everett’s brand new Ladder 1 is about to go into service following a final inspection.

Thus ends about 2 years of negotiations and meetings and warnings and pleadings by the Fire Department for a new piece of badly needed state of the art equipment.

It is a brilliant red, double axel monster of a truck with major league capabilities and nothing quite like it in most departments at this moment in time.Continue Reading


Bill Russell

The death of Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell is giant loss.

For those of us old enough to remember his heroics on the basketball court – and his heroics in life, Russell represented about the best in professional athletes and human beings on and off the court.

He didn’t put up with racism. He always spoke out. He was bitter about how he was treated in Boston for many years before he became a sports God.

Russell was about as good as a professional athlete could be in the time he played.

He has been voted the greatest player in professional basketball history.

We’re not sure what Michael Jordan or Lebron James would have to say about that.

Intellectually, Russell towered above all the rest playing during his time.Continue Reading

Congratulations, Everett High School 2022 Graduates!

The Everett High School class of 2022 was honored under the sun at Veterans Memorial Stadium.(Photos By Jim Mahoney)