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Antonelli Approved By Planning Board

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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


— Eye on Everett —

Sgt. Joe Gaff

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By Josh Resnek

There are times at city hall free of politics that warm the heart.

Monday evening was such a night.

The elevation of Patrolman Joe Gaff to sergeant brought together the Gaff Family, lovely people, and about 25 of Gaff’s brothers on the police force including the chief.

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The large crowd (below) in the city council chamber Monday night for police officer Joe Gaff stands in silence as he takes the oath to be a sergeant. Following the taking of the oath, the crowd broke out into a heavy round of applause. Above, Joe Gaff and his wife, Nancy.

Gaff CrowdThis was completely a celebration with good feeling. There was not a touch of anything but good feeling and congratulations.

As Joe took the oath from City Clerk Sergio Cornelio, to the moment Joe’s wife Nancy pinned his sergeant’s badge onto his chest, well, it was all about good feeling, accomplishment and a bit of raw emotion.

The Gaffs are classy folks. They are the real thing.This is a together family with many friends throughout the city.

They were all there for Joe Monday night in the council chamber.

Joe is a great, great guy with an honest and full smile, a huge personality, who is well known to the residents of Everett he has served with dignity and honor for 30 years.

“It only took you 30 years to become a sergeant!” Chief Steve Mazzie said to him before patting him on the back and exchanging handshakes and a bear hug with Gaff.Continue Reading


City Negotiating With Victim of Harassment

$300,000 Agreement Being Discussed

By Josh Resnek

A female employee of the city’s Wellness Center is poised to receive a potentially huge settlement now being discussed by attorneys following her allegations of bullying and sexual harassment.

“The number they want is $300,000,” said a source close to the negotiations.

“The city is trying to hold out for $250,000,” he said.

If a settlement is reached, it would end a situation that has dogged the Wellness Center for almost a year.

The female employee alleges she was bullied and sexually harassed by a man and women who work with her at the Wellness Center.

She also alleges, according to her father, that she begged the mayor to aid her in the situation she was facing at the Wellness Center.Continue Reading


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Pope John Drops High-Powered Finale at Gillette Stadium

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Head Coach Paul Sobolewski is surrounded by his players after Pope John captured the Eastern Mass. Championship.

By Lorenzo Recupero

Behind the tutelage of first year head coach Paul Sobolewski, the 2018 Pope John football team made a name for itself, even with the, 45-36, loss against St. Bernard’s in the MIAA Division 8 Super Bowl last weekend at Gillette Stadium.

The thriller of a game will go down as the second most high-scoring affair in MIAA championship game history, with 81 points dropped combined between the two electrifying teams.

And In the eyes of the man at the helm, the biggest loss in recent program history may actually be setting up the next biggest win.

“[The Super Bowl] loss was more beneficial to the team than the 12 wins,” said Sobolewski, a reasoning that he says stems from a majority of the team being underclassmen, including its leading scorer, sophomore John Smith Howell. “As a program, we will learn a lot more from this,” he said while noting that his players have not left his office since their last game, unable to halt the focus on the football ahead of them.Continue Reading


The Mayor and Matt Maddox

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The nearly finished Wynn Resorts Casino and Hotel dominates the local skyline and neighbor- hood as work all around it continues at a feverish pace.

Hatching the Casino Deal

This is part of a continuing series about information The Leader Herald has received regarding a large number of conversations that took place between the mayor and all the major players in the casino project. This particular conversation took place between the mayor and Matt Maddox, the president of Wynn Resorts when Steve Wynn was still calling the shots. This conversation takes place March 3, 2013 and what is being discussed is the plan for the casino/ hotel which Steve Wynn has worked up and which the city must accept for the project to move forward. The plan is to be unveiled shortly when this conversation takes place. Also taking place at the same time, was an ongoing FBI investigation into public corruption in Everett as well as a State Police investigation into the land transactions for the 36 acres the casino/hotel is to be built upon.

– The Editor

“Hey Carlo. Its Matt Maddox. Just wanted to make sure you got what I did with my team. I think I reflected everything we had a chance to talk about it.”

“I haven’t really had a chance to read it or anything. Don’t worry about me, about anything,” the mayor replies.

“I know its going to be a good event. Look I reflected in there everything we talked about. I want to make sure we’re cool and on the same page,” Maddox says to the mayor..

 

“I’ve been busy all day. I’m in here … now. I want to go over things and get back to you right away,” the mayor answered.

“Look I want to represent to Steve that I had a great conversation with the mayor yesterday. Can I do this, Carlo?” He asked.Continue Reading


Mayor Preferred O’Neill to Mintz Levin Lobbyists

By Josh Resnek

It is July 9, 2013. Everything having to do with getting a casino here is in full swing with the mayor of Everett taking all the bait put out to lure him to Wynn Resorts.

In this case, he is speaking with Gamal Aziz formerly a big time Wynn Resorts executive who opened the Macau casino.

However the casino opening was sub par for the Wynn folks.

Aziz ultimately left Wynn Resorts.

In July of 2013, according to information we have received, Aziz and the mayor were in touch frequently.

In this instance the mayor is hoping for Aziz to get all the lobbyists together for a discussion, at the very least, to bring former Lt. Governor Tommy O’Neill to the Wynn Casino banquet table.

The following is the information we have received of this discussion between the mayor and Aziz.Continue Reading


Steady Stream of Opioid Overdoses Plagues City

By Josh Resnek

The identity of the 32 year old woman found dead of an opioid overdose on Thanksgiving Day on Glendale Street is being withheld by Everett Police. Police have either been unable to identify her next of kin or contact them.

Police said Tuesday that her death is being investigated by Everett Police detectives and officials in the District Attorney’s office as an overdose but that an ongoing investigation into the circumstances of her death could lead to other charges against those she was with before she died.

Police said she died inside the house on Glendale Street and was dragged from the house and dumped on the sidewalk where she was ultimately found.Continue Reading


Past Transgression

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Wynn Resorts Vice President Robert DeSalvio.

Wynn VP Robert DeSalvio Caught Violating Casino Laws

Foxwoods Fined $30,000 in 2001

Infraction Not a Factor in MGC Investigation

By Josh Resnek

Wynn Resorts Vice-President for the Everett operation Robert DeSalvio had a problem in 2001 that related directly to his integrity as an officer of Foxwoods Resort Casino where he was employed.

He was among six top executives at Foxwoods who were made to sign consent decrees and the casino then paid a $30,000 fine to settle allegations that they violated regulatory standards while trying to build a clientele of wealthy international gamblers.Continue Reading


 

City Settling with Woman Claiming Sexual Harassment and Bullying?

By Josh Resnek

An Everett woman claiming sexual harassment and bullying by two employees at the city run Wellness Center on Broadways believed to be negotiating with the city’s lawyers for a settlement, according to sources close to the woman.

Those sources, citing the sensitivity of the matter the is believed to be negotiating sensitivity of the matter, refused to give details of the negotiations except to say, “this shouldn’t have happened. It is so wrong. Everyone knew. It should never have been allowed to come to this.”

The woman claims she was sexually harassed and bullied by the couple – a man and a woman – repeatedly and excessively, interfering with her rights to work in a proper environment as required by the law.

Those close with the case claim she was shouted at and demeaned in foul, sexually laced language and bullied, being talked to with anger and aggression making it impossible for her to carry on with he work.Continue Reading


Steve Wynn Discusses Enthusiasm, Doubts, About Casino Project With Mayor

By Josh Resnek

It is March, 2013. The mayor and Steve Wynn are in full swing about the potential of a casino and hotel for Everett.

Strategies are being prepared.

This discussion begins with the mayor speaking with the operator outside Wynn’s office in his complex in Las Vegas, according to information the Leader Herald has received about the interaction.

The mayor is in Everett, somewhere out on the streets here.

“Hi, this is Cindy,” the operator says.

“Hi Cindy, this is Carlo DeMaria from Everett. How are you?”

“Just fine,” she said.

“Ah, is Mr. Wynn available?” the mayor asked.

“Hold on just a moment. And your name again sir,” the operator asks.

“Carlo DeMaria. Mayor Demario from Everett,” he answers.Continue Reading


$4M Put Toward Taxes; City Left With $9M

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City Councilor Fred Capone said the only way to achieve true tax relief is by cutting expenditures.

By Josh Resnek

If you watch council hearings on Everett Cable and wonder what has been talked about by officials regarding taxes, join the crowd.

Understanding the taxation situation here is like entering a maze that is impossible to navigate.

Monday night, the city council approved a measure asked for by the mayor and the Board of Assessors and Chief Financial Of officer Eric Demas.

In the end, $4 million off the city’s free cash went to drop the taxes paid by homeowners.

Without spending cuts, as suggested by Councilor Fred Capone, putting free cash against a tax rate that is rising everyday is not good public policy.Continue Reading


BIG SHOT

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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