The Everett Leader Celebrates Black History
“The Judge from Cherry Street”
Lee G. Johnson grew up in what would eventually become a single-parent household in the Cherry Street projects. With very little to call their own, Lee’s mother Geraldine would remind him and his brother George to be grateful for what they had and to use it to the best of their ability.
Lee took his mother’s advice to heart. While she worked at various jobs to support the family including at the state Commission on Indian Affairs, Lee and his brother would play sports and all the other games that the project kids enjoyed. At Everett High School, Lee was a good student but truly excelled on the basketball court. Lee was named All-Scholastic, All-State and All-New England for his exploits on the court but he knew that his future was not in the NBA but elsewhere. He attended a junior college before attending UMass.Continue Reading
Council asks mayor to appear at hearing to explain legal expenses
By Josh Resnek
It is the big question hovering about the mayor’s daily activities that won’t go away.
Why is he continuing to pay criminal attorneys to represent him?
This question was raised at Monday evening’s council meeting, again.
The mayor had been asked to appear by Councilors Mike Marchese and Mike McLaughlin to answer about the need for criminal attorneys.
However, the mayor did not appear to explain himself.
“My colleagues, all of us need to know. What are the payments to attorneys for being paid from the mayor’s campaign account,” Councilor Marchese asked his colleagues.
“Are they for personal issues not allowed by the law? If this is the case, then he needs to tell us what it is, please,” he added.
Marchese suggested ordering the mayor to appear at a full committee hearing on the first Monday in March.
The motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.Continue Reading
Study to set stage for possible gondola along length of Broadway
By Josh Resnek
Everett officials have asked the state’s gambling commission for $200,000 to study the viability of a gondola system apparently being planned between Assembly Square and the Encore casino and hotel.
The city is hoping to piggyback on a proposal for the gondola system being touted between Assembly Square and the casino.
Everett is asking for the $200,000 to study the proposal and to add a link of the gondola project to run up Broadway all the way to city hall.
Such a gondola system, already the subject of a $200,000 study being paid for by Encore, would be a mighty revolution in local commuter travel.
It might well replace or be added to Encore’s desire to build some kind of link from the Encore facility to Assembly Square and then to Sullivan Station.Continue Reading
By Lorenzo Recupero
Everett High School girls basketball is having one of its best years on record.
With a 72-64 win over Somerville Monday, they improve to 15-2 overall.
The number 15 means a lot, in this instance.
It means the Lady Tide not only clinched the Greater Boston League championship, but it means one of the best records in school history and it means the most wins in Head Coach Tammy Turner’s long coaching career.
Turner has been a coach for 13 years and her best season before clinching the GBL title against longtime rival Somerville was a 14-win campaign.
The record so far shows a season like no other for her and the Tide, but it’s being a part of a special team that has made living between the numbers a success for Turner this season.
“I have a lot of confidence in this team. It’s such a great group of kids who are very athletic, who don’t give up,” said Turner of her senior-led squad this year. “It’s been a lot of fun,” said Turner.
The senior duo of Carolanne Cardinale and Maddy Duraes, who were honored prior to the Somerville game, are spark plugs in a season that has epitomized what it means to grow from one season to the next. Cardinale has led the team all year in rebounds and Duraes has provided instant energy on offense and defense when its needed most.Continue Reading
Looking at the News
By Josh Resnek
Councilor Mike Mclaughlin is officially a candidate for state rep from Everett after pulling papers Tuesday. With great fanfare and high hopes, he is making the effort to rise to the next level of the political playing field.
He preceded his methodical quest to line up all his ducks before jumping into the political frying pan by hosting a series of campaign events over the weekend with supporters and contributors, readying himself for the big push which has begun in earnest.
Saturday, he met with about 50 supporters at Anna’s Pizza on Main Street.
Considering how distant the election seems today, the large and enthusiastic gathering was all the more noteworthy.
Made up entirely of Everett residents and voters, everyone there committed themselves to a McLaughlin campaign and a McLaughlin victory.
McLaughlin is facing incumbent Representative Joe McGonagle.
Others may be planning to run against McGonagle but over the weekend, McLaughlin exulted in being the first to announce, the first to plan, and the first to challenge McGonagle in what might well prove to be the fight of his political life.Continue Reading
Winter sports are back!
— Eye on Everett —
Better or worse?
By Josh Resnek
Many Everett folks from all walks of life who have lived in the city for the past decade or longer, have very firm ideas about the condition of the city.
Many say the city is worse off than it was ten years ago.
They complain it is more crowded, more difficult to park and drive around, and more dangerous.
Many more say it was better in the old days, when life was more predictable than it is today, when everyone’s memory point to the entire population paying attention to the law and following rules and regulations and watching out for each other.
Many say Everett is better than it was ten years ago – and they point to all the new real estate development and improvements that have been made. All the parks have been redone. New schools have been built. Road and drainage problems have nearly been erased. The city is clean and orderly.
Each successive generation of people living here and across the nation believe their generation was better than the one that came before.
It is known for a fact all generations are essentially the same – a bit like the tide coming in and the tide going out, the seas rising and the seas falling, the tides and the seas are eternal.
During the past ten years the school population has exploded and is continuing to expand.
The new schools are overcrowded. The teaching institution is taxed to the point of breaking. The school population is diverse, poor, struggling, and most of our public school students cannot read or write with ease and understanding in English or in their native languages.Continue Reading
Appointments and reappointments reflect a deep bias against minorities
The mayor proposed a large number of appointments to city hall committees and boards and almost without exception, he failed to make some room for minority appointments.
He found room for his brother Carmine DeMaria.
The mayor appointed his brother to a position on the DPW Commission.
The mayor reappointed his tenant Dominic Puleo to a three year term on the Everett Housing Authority.
Consistent with the mayor’s way of doing business, he neither sent evidence of background reports or signed affidavits indicating each appointee understands the ethic code they are bound by to the councilors before they cast their votes.
Councilor at Large Gerly Adrien said she would not vote for any of the mayor’s choices without receiving proper background information about them.
She left the council chamber.
When Carmine DeMaria’s name came up, Councilor Anthony DiPierro recused himself from voting as he is related to the mayor.
It is both surprising and a bit disappointing that no one on the city council noted that minority appointees were nearly exclusively left out of the mix.Continue Reading
Everett boxer Shayna Foppiano defended her undefeated status with a unanimous decision victory over Ohio’s Crystal Byers on Saturday. Foppiano improves to 3-0-1 overall.