Mailing touches raw nerve
Mayoral election likely to be nasty, crude flier seems to be just the start
By JOSH RESNEK
During deliveries around the city of our newspaper las week, the driver picked up a half dozen fliers that Everett residents received in the mail from individuals who asked him to look it over.
They all reported the fliers came in plain white envelopes with a Florida postmark with no return address.
The envelopes were addressed sloppily in longhand or printed on the front of the envelope.
The 8”x 11” flier presumably attacking the mayor’s record on sexual harassment calls for him to step aside.
In large black Roman bold lettering, the following appears at the top of the flier: #Him-Too?
DeMaria is written across the top of the flier above that.
The flier calls for the mayor to step aside. It asks for an independent independent investigation. Continue Reading
Back in the pandemic red zone
No normal yet as COVID-19 ticks back up
By JOSH RESNEK
Everett residents and people living all over the nation, from coast to coast, from the north to the deep south, believe the COVID-19 monster has been beaten.
In fact, as millions of people began moving about recently because of the mass vaccinations against the virus, new infections and hospitalizations are rising again.
Over the weekend, Everett was placed in the “red zone” of city’s where the virus is especially prevalent.
This dramatic reappearance of Everett as a hot spot was met head-on by Monday’s reopening of the public schools to grades K-5.
CDC experts warn of a fourth possible spike in new infections and everything that results from them.
The feeling isn’t unanimous, but experts believe a loosening up of restrictions on large crowds and gatherings of all kinds, as well as restaurants and sporting events, will lead to mass numbers of new cases of the virus.Continue Reading
Lady Tide roll to crown, beat Lynn English 47-41
By LORENZO RECUPERO
The Lady Tide are champions.
The EHS boys and the girls’ varsity teams played in the Greater Boston League championship games in Lynn Saturday, both going up against formidable foe Lynn English, the GBL’s newest entry into the league this season.
Winning the GBL championship 47-41, the Lady Tide (8-1) delivered the Bulldogs their first loss of the year while avenging their only defeat.
Everett was led on the strength of junior Andrea Manley’s five three-pointers (5-for-7).
Manley’s incredible shooting from behind the arc (over 70% efficient) capped a 27-point night for her, including 17 of Everett’s first 23 points scored by halftime. Senior Maya Kirnon came up big in the clutch for EHS in the second half.Continue Reading
Older gamblers heading back to Encore Casino
Vaccines cited in part to up tick
By JOSH RESNEK
In Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Sun and Review reported this week that older gamblers have started to return to the Wynn properties there in far greater numbers.
The return of older gamblers, one of the pillars of everyday business that is done at casinos wherever they exist, is a key component of the rising revenue figures recently reported here and in Las Vegas.
Last month, revenues rose by almost $7 million at Encore Boston Harbor in Everett.
Activity at the casino according to several employees the Leader Herald has spoken with is markedly improved.
This is because of two reasons – vaccinations against the COVID shielding the elderly from sickness, and expanded hours of gambling allowed by the state as restrictions are being removed in tandem with infections and hospitalizations going down.
“Traffic inside Las Vegas casinos is picking up again, but it’s not all driven by young travelers with pent-up demand,” it was noted in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Casino operators say customers 65 and over have started to return, spurred by the growing availability of COVID-19 vaccines across the country.
“As more of the older end of the customer spectrum receives vaccines and becomes more comfortable with leaving their houses … that for sure means they’ll start to step out and go back to their favorite casinos again,” said gaming consultant Josh Swissman of The Strategy Organization, as reported in the Review-Journal.Continue Reading
–Eye on Everett —
“I’ve never been jealous of the mayor. I am a bit jealous today.”
– Josh Resnek talking with the mayor’s Blue Suit
By JOSH RESNEK
The Blue Suit and I met at Oliveira’s on Broadway just out of Glendale Square Tuesday afternoon.
We both did the buffet for the basics – salad, potatoes, rice – and then we went to the carving table where we were served some freshly broiled and cut rare steak, chicken, and lamb.
I believe Oliveira’s does Brazilian food about the best in the city.
We sat in the main dining room, off to a corner near to the front of the room. With social distancing restrictions limiting the number of tables, and not many of the tables filled with diners, we felt relatively safe.
The Blue Suit seemed happy. Frankly, I was a bit down.
Monday had been a bad day. I was recovering from it as we ate our plates food.
“What’s the problem, Josh? Usually, you are asking me what my problem is. Today, I have no problem, at least I’m not aware of any. I’m fine. I had a good Easter. The mayor has been leaving me alone. I’m up and at ‘em and ready to go,” the Blue Suit said slopping together a heaping fork of meat, lettuce, rice, and potato and shoving it into his mouth.
“Good God, man. How can you fit a giant helping of food like that inside your mouth?” I asked.
The Blue Suit chewed and chewed. He had so much food inside his mouth that it was difficult for him to swallow all of it. I thought he couldn’t breathe. Finally, he got it down. A big lump of food lodged in his throat. His throat bulged. Then it contracted when the food dropped. A moment later, He let out a loud clapper – a massive, howling, deep stomach burp.
“Excuse me!!!” the Blue Suit exclaimed.Continue Reading
Traveling during the pandemic
Trip to Disney World easier with planning, following rules
By SPECIAL TO THE LEADER
Thinking of going to Walt Disney World in 2021?
We just went and there are some things you should know before you put up the big bucks for the trip.
Not everything is open. Most are, but not everything.
Since the parks re-opened this past July, after the closures due to the pandemic, things haven’t been the same, just like here at home. Disney has enacted multitudes of rules and strategies to keep people safe from the Covid-19 virus.
Unlike most of Florida, masks are mandatory at all hotels, public areas, parks, and rides. You are only allowed to take your mask off while sitting at a restaurant to eat and drink or at a “relaxation zone” where you can sit down and rest and enjoy a snack. Now, this may seem like a lot, but in reality, guests at the parks are sitting down everywhere with a snack in their hand and their masks off. People also are pulling their masks down to eat and drink while in line for rides, it’s just something you need to be smart about and know the rules before going. Listen to the cast members there.Continue Reading
If Councillors Fred Capone and Gerly Adrien run for mayor, as we expect they will, the mayor will hard-pressed to account for his past actions and allegations of sexual harassment and alleged payoffs in return for municipal favors done during his twelve years in office.
In the present political and social environment, integrity, above all, is what ought to matter when it comes to who serves the people of the city in public office.
Popularity, too often, is the chief reason politicians are elected and re-elected over and over again.
In today’s highly polarized political environment, the political careers of some politicians and businessmen, and women can be ended in an instant without them stepping inside a courtroom.
Today, the public judges guilt and innocence by what is reported in the media or by the courts. Perception is everything.
The public and private lives of the president, governors, senators, congressmen, and mayors are scrutinized very closely these days.
Stop assuming women, especially women of color, aren’t qualified to lead
By The Reverend Renee Solano
Sexism is not new. I and every other woman in the world have been dealing with it all of our lives. It seems that men are assumed to be qualified for jobs without any facts, but women are assumed to be not qualified, again without any facts.
I am going to give two real-life examples.
1. Most of my life I have worked in male-dominated professions. I started as a seasonal firefighter at age 20, then made my way up to seasonal inspector/investigator, then permanent full- time inspector/investigator. During these years, I was told over and over that I only got my job because I am a woman. Here’s the problem with that: when I started, I was already in school getting my degrees in fire science and criminal justice. I graduated both with honors. When I applied for the seasonal inspector position, I had the two degrees, had put myself through the Firefighter 1 academy, and two of three levels each of inspector and investigator certifications from Asilomar. I was told by my bosses that I was miles ahead of any other candidate that applied. Every other candidate was male and had seasonal experience like me, but no education at all or very little. But I still had to hear every day how I only got my job “because I am a woman.” Yes, if it wasn’t for affirmative action, women and POC would never have jobs as police officers or firefighters, so it gave us opportunity where we were previously shut out. BUT, and this is a big but, we always have to work twice to three times as hard to even be seen as somewhat equal to any of our male counterparts. To be honest, most of the sexism I experienced came from outside the department, from the public and men who didn’t get jobs because they didn’t do any of the work to get experience and education and wanted to blame it on something other than that they just had not done the work.Continue Reading
Looking at Politics
Mayor, Adrien kick off election fundraising campaigns
Capone has not been raising money publicly
By JOSH RESNEK
In mayoral campaigns, money can often be the deciding factor.
Popularity counts. Perception counts. Momentum counts.
Who is running means everything.
Who might be running right now counts for a lot.
The mayor has announced.
Two others are doing a dance. The mayor is running again to make certain his hold on the city’s finances is iron-fisted, and his complete control of development can continue unabated.
Being mayor is not a job for the mayor. It is his business. He treats it as such.
His campaign account stands at about $95,000. According to his most recent campaign account filing, he spent about $5,000 in March for printing and Internet social platform services.
The money stream means everything to the mayor. Without a victory in this upcoming campaign, he is out of a job and the money stream dries up.
The mayor is expected to raise $100,000 to $150,000 to add to his campaign account.
Developers, business owners, city employees wanting to keep their jobs, and a wide variety of others like city vendors are expected to contribute to him.
Capone has short story published
Gabby Capone, daughter of Michele and Fred Capone, recently had her short story The Lobster published in Cleaver Magazine, Philadelphia’s International Literary Publication.
Cleaver Magazine showcases art and literary work from both established and up and coming artists, writers, and poets.
Gabby has also been recognized as a Cleaver Emerging Artist.
Her tale is about a lobster that shows up unexpectedly at her doorstep.
It was one of 3,000 submissions this year, with only 7% accepted for publication.
Gabby is a 2019 graduate of Pope John XXIII High School, the final class to matriculate from the school. She has always loved creative writing and has won awards and accolades from the Everett Public Libraries Poetry contests for her poems Dartmouth, Mermaid, An Ode to the World Around Me, and Body.Continue Reading
Football is back!
Everett High School head coach Rob DiLoreto is engulfed by his players as they prepare to practice for the first time at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Tide will open the season on Friday, April 23. (Photos by Jim Mahoney)