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A view down Broadway at night with Encore Boston Harbor towering in the background.  

Capone Critical of Mayor

Says Taxes Out of Control

By Josh Resnek

About a dozen taxpayers outraged at their drastically higher tax bills for their commercial properties did not get a chance to speak before the City Council’s session began Monday night.

Confusion about what exactly they should do, and the rush of City Councilor Rosa DeFlorio to close the open speaking period before anyone had the courage to speak, led to nothing being said by the public who came to city hall to speak on the matter.

Councilor Fred Capone, however, was not afraid to speak. He decried the rising taxes and wondered aloud to his colleagues in government about what has gone wrong.Continue Reading

HOOKAH Happening

A hookah and drink served at Karma Lounge on Ferry Street.

Karma Lounge Opens on Ferry Street

By Lorenzo Recupero

If your fancy is enjoying a smoke while having an adult beverage but you’re finding it hard to locate a landing pad for such a time locally, Karma Lounge has got you covered.

At 355 Ferry Street, the former home of Castillo’s, you’ll find Karma Lounge, an indoor haven for all cigar and hookah smokers alike.

The hookah and cigar lounge offered at Karma is the first of its kind in Everett history, something 29-year old owner, Varun Punj, is quite proud of.Continue Reading

Everett Basketball is Back!

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Baxter Time Generating Interest

By Josh Resnek

The time for Thad Baxter’s family in Woburn at the VFW on Friday night has raised a great deal of interest in the fundraiser.

“A lot of interest is being shown in the time,” said Maria Bussell, who is coordinating ticket sales.

“We are expecting about 125 people,” she said.

Nick Russo will be doing the cooking for the crowd.

The fundraiser is being held at the VFW Post 101, which is located at 194 Lexington Street.Continue Reading

Council Approves 3-Year Term for Angiolillo

Linda Lee Angiolillo, the newly confirmed permanent Executive Director of the Election Commission, at City Hall Monday night.

Leader Herald Staff

Linda Lee Angiolillo has been appointed by a unanimous vote of the City Council to serve for the next three years as the Executive Director of the Election Commission.Continue Reading

— Eye on Everett —

The New MGC Chair

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By Josh Resnek

Cathy Judd-Stein, currently the deputy legal counsel for Governor Baker, has been appointed by the governor to be the chair of the Gaming Commission.

Her credentials are typically spectacular. She has served under five governors, a sure sign she has favored status on Beacon Hill.

She a Dartmouth, Harvard Law School grad and is an expert in advising governors and others on Beacon Hill about ethics and the law.

By all signs, she is a stellar appointment.

What I want to know is what the governor and she discussed about the Gaming Commission and about former chair Stephen Crosby who was as crooked as a stick can be?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

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