Powerful Covid-19 spreading
Everett remains one of the hottest cities
By JOSH RESNEK
Many dozens of cars, filled with people wanting to get tested for Covid-19 Saturday, snaked all the way from the intersection of Santilli Highway and Air Force Road, up Rivergreen Drive, around the rotary into the parking lots at Rivergreen Park to the test collection site near the soccer field.
It was an incredible display of numbers concerned about the COVID-19 lining up to be tested.
Several Cataldo Ambulance EMTs, layered in personal protective gear, hustled from car to car, administering the nasal swab test and collecting the samples to be sent to the lab in an all-day marathon of testing.
The drive-through site opened at noon. By 1 pm, the line extended all the way to Santilli Circle.
This endless stream of Everett people wanting to be tested indicates that many local men, women, and children, and people of all ages are either feeling symptoms and want to know that they are sick or are paranoid and want to find out that they are not sick.Continue Reading
Court case about Encore reveals secrets
By JOSH RESNEK
Mayor Carlo DeMaria has a passion for backdoor deals or pressuring someone to do his bidding.
This becomes apparent in the book “Encore” or “Steve Wynn’s Last Casino,” which will be coming out in the summer.
In 2009, FBT Everett Realty (a partnership with Paul Lohnes, Anthony Gattineri, Charlie Lightbody, and Gary DeCicco) did an end run around multimillionaire-trash man Billy Thibeault to gain control of 36 acres that was the Monsanto site in Everett.
Thibeault has gone on to become a major businessman and is a hugely successful developer.
The casino and hotel, built at a cost of $2.6 billion, stands largely empty today.
Gattineri and Lightbody were indicted by the federal court and later exonerated when the contrived government case against them fell apart with a jury finding them innocent.
DeCicco, the original landowner who put the land deal together, became the fall guy in all of this mess.
The FBI chased him and hasn’t stopped chasing him or portraying him as a gangster.
Investigation into missing council video continues
By JOSH RESNEK
Two weeks ago, an investigation was ordered when a City Council tape of a racially charged meeting disappeared, was destroyed, or was stolen.
When a Boston Globe reporter asked the City Communications director for a copy of the Zoom recording, she was informed that someone had hacked into the City of Everett server and deleted the recording of the meeting and the post-meeting assault fest.
Many expressed first thoughts that went like this: what an amazing coincidence? Of all the files that could have been deleted, that was the one file that miraculously vanished.
The attacks on Councilor at Large Gerly Adrien had been erased, or so it appeared.
EPS superintendent, chairman stand up to City Hall meddling
By JOSH RESNEK
There was an extraordinary exchange at the School Committee meeting Monday night between the Chair of the SC Thomas Abruzzese, Superintendent Priya Tahiliani, and the mayor.
The mayor was attempting to do his two-step dance which has people repeating themselves a second and third time after already explaining themselves about the money he removed from the schools and is now making the schools beg for as though he might not return it.
The mayor’s effort was entirely to put off returning the funding to the schools as required.
“This is taxpayer money. We must be very careful about itemizing what is being spent,” he said to Tahiliani.
“We already itemized what we are spending. We have talked about this for months,” she replied, exasperated at the bumbling, unprofessional conduct of the mayor.
When does this posturing end, she seemed to ask the mayor?
The mayor pleaded for the city’s CFO Eric Demas to be allowed to explain the matter.Continue Reading
–Eye on Everett —
By JOSH RESNEK
“He wore me for the lead photograph in his new publication, Everett Matters,” the Blue Suit started out. The Blue Suit was glum.
“I don’t like being made a fool of,” the Blue Suit added with dismay.
“What’s wrong buddy? What’s so embarrassing. I think you look pretty good in the photograph,” I said to him.
“Yeah. I know that. Luckily Carlo didn’t sit down or eat a meal during the shoot.”
“I didn’t think about it that way,” I replied.
“Of course not. He’s not wearing you. He’s wearing me… and it hurts. When he drops into a chair I feel as though I am being suffocated. I can’t really catch my breath. If it’s the summertime and he’s sweating it makes everything worse. At least he wears an overcoat during the colder weather,” the Blue Suit added.
“Can you make it possible for me to talk with his overcoat?” I asked.
“No way. The overcoat talks with no one. Besides, I know more about Carlo than his overcoat. You can bet on that, Josh.”
The Blue Suit seemed troubled, as though his sleeve might have caught on a wire or part of the meal the mayor ate had fallen onto his pants.
In honor of all the fall football stars just waiting for their chance to pound the turf at Veterans Memorial Stadium, during the 2020-2021 Everett High School fall sports season, we are showcasing snap shots of newspaper clips from the past, each including some of the biggest names and games in EHS football history.
Online only classes remain as city virus positive rate hits 7%
By JOSH RESNEK
The November 16 date when the Everett Public Schools were supposed to open for in- class learning has come and gone.
Online attendance is at a steady 90% of what it should be every day with approximately 5,000 Everett Public School students studying and attending classes online.
The lowest brackets of attendance are also declining.
The rise in COVID-19 infections and positive cases among all age groups in Everett forced the hand of Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani, according to exhaustive comments she made during Monday evening’s School Committee ZOOM meeting.
“We do not believe the state’s new COVID reporting practices should govern our decisions solely,” she said of the November 16 opening day having passed.
“We are resisting the temptation to bring back students in very large numbers at this time.
She insisted she believed this was the right thing to do given the circumstances.Continue Reading
What happens next without a stimulus
Without more direct aid from the Federal government to Americans in the form of a second stimulus, many, many local residents and homeowners are going to lose their properties.
They’ve already lost their jobs and their unemployment benefits which run out in another month.
Without further federal aid, the future is looking dismal for this city’s most needy residents, and for the city itself. For those who were employed in the cleaning industry and at restaurants, there are very few opportunities for a new job.
Many, many families are running low on funds.
The lines for free food are longer than they were during the complete shutdown of the economy – another bad sign of things to come.
There is no easy way to highlight just how serious a moment we are at.
Ravens capture flag football title
The Raven’s knocked off the Dolphins in the Everett Flag Football older division to capture this year’s crown at Sacramone Park (Photos by JIM MAHONEY)