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Championship Boxing at Encore a Success; Round two Coming Next

Everett’s first champion, Richie “The Mountain” Lamontagne, gave a well-deserved speech welcoming professional boxing to Everett during Murphys Boxing’s first ever fight night at Encore Casino. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero

Best way to describe Encore Boston Harbor’s first live-action event: Like Las Vegas descended on Everett, MA.

The lights and glamor of a first-class setup proved to be the perfect setting for for an event that was a knockout success.

Hosted by Murphys Boxing in collaboration with Encore, the sold out event saw more than 2,100 guest from all over the area show up for a night of championship boxing that did not disappoint.

The fanfare and local celebrities at the event was proof boxing will be a thing at Encore for the foreseeable future.

Some of the notables included Restaurateurs Nick Verano and Frank DePasquale, retired boxer Kevin McBride (who of course bested the mighty Mike Tyson), former boxing champion Peter Manfredo Jr, legendary boxing referee Steve Smoger, and two of Massachusetts’ greatest boxers and icons, Micky Ward and Tony DeMarco.

The event even called for well-known Boston Bruins singer, Todd Angilly, to do his signature rendition of our national anthem mid ring prior to the championship title fight that saw Stoneham’s Greg Vendetti win the vacant IBA junior middleweight title in a 12-round thriller against New Jersey’s Michael Anderson.Continue Reading

Encore off to explosive start out of the Box

By Josh Resnek

The Encore Casino and Hotel generated almost $20 million in gaming revenues during its first week in business at the end of June despite the Sunday opening, according to figures compiled and released Monday afternoon by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

For Everett public officials and for Encore officials themselves, the first week’s revenues at nearly $20 million is a staggering figure compared with all other gaming entities operating in the state.

If such weekly revenues can be maintained, then the annualized gaming revenues generated by Encore will be in the $1 billion+ range during its first twelve months in operation.

The state took in more than $4 million as its cuts of the gaming revenues during this first week, a figure certain to have raised eyebrows in the governor’s office.

Casino experts all agree, Encore’s first week should be exceeded by more substantial weeks in the months to come.

Followers of Wynn Resorts financials were all abuzz on the Internet about the first week’s results.

At this level, the gaming industry is able to push up volume and profits substantially, allowing in some quarters for a 6-10% jump in gaming revenues.Continue Reading

Candidates for School Superintendent to Be Lined up by end of August

By Josh Resnek

A meeting of the fifteen member School Superintendent Search Committee attracted fourteen members Monday evening at the high school.

In what most members regarded as an informational, the meeting had the city’s paid search team answering questions and filling in gaps about process and probabilities.

Bottom line, by the end of August the search should be in full motion with any number of candidates having answered advertisements and responding to the city’s pro forma.

The search committee maintains it does not know who exactly is going to apply or where the applicants will be from.

It also asserts it has no favorites and that no one of a high quality will be denied a full and fair hearing once the finalists have been sorted out.

The process is marked mainly by the application process and the weeding out of the applicants who fill them out and send them in for judgment.Continue Reading

Summer 2019

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— Eye on Everett —

Steve Wynn Called

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By Josh Resnek

Think about that.

Steve Wynn called me out of the blue on Monday.

“What did you think of the opening of the casino?” he asked me. “Spectacular in every way,” I answered.

“Yes,” he said, “Matt and all the others really pulled it together, didn’t they?

“Quite frankly, Steve, everyone is blown away by Wynn Resort’s talents, for the company’s ability to get the job done.”

“Quite a company I built, isn’t it, Josh?

“You got that right, Steve!”

“Back to the opening…were you there, Josh?”

“Couldn’t make it, Steve. I was in Pam Beach visiting my sister.” “I watched clips of it on television. Your boy Carlos the mayor paid homage to you, Steve.”

Yes. Carlos said wonderful words. He said he remained loyal to me in front of that huge crowd. He even cried! I thought that was a bit much. I didn’t realize how theatrical he can get.”

Steve laughed.Continue Reading


The Moon Landing July 20,1969

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Those of us who are old enough to recall that day and year when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the face of the moon in 1969, there is the strong recollection that this incredible American achievement resonates today quite like no other.

All of Everett, Massachusetts, the United States and most of the world was transfixed by the images on our television sets showing Armstrong stepping from the lunar module and announcing to us all: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Landing men on the moon, keeping the promise made by John F. Kennedy, was so much part of a nearly vanished past for those of us who lived through it.

That giant, earthquake of an era is irretrievably gone – the era of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, Jimmy Hendrix and Janis Joplin, Richard Nixon and of the Vietnam War and the great social movement that split the nation with violence and charged rhetoric that makes today’s protests sound like child’s play in a watered down American environment.Continue Reading

Encore Boating Transportation Initiative Creates New Round of Local Maritime History

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One of Encore’s specially made transportation vehicles revolutionizing the local
transportation scene shown traveling on the Mystic River.
(Photo by Jacob Resnek)

By Josh Resnek

The commissioning of the Encore water shuttle and ferry recently represents only the third ferry effort connecting Boston with communities on the Northern shore of the Mystic River in almost the 400 year history of Boston Harbor.

Despite the ballyhoo about the expense of the new ferries, which were constructed for millions of dollars by Encore, the bottom line is that the continuously running ferry and shuttle now connecting Everett with other parts of Boston Harbor is an extraordinary sensation and a very real bit of new maritime history.Continue Reading

Everett Lacking in the Art Department ?

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(Photo courtesy of Medrano Visual Arts)

By Lorenzo Recupero

If you ever find yourself strolling through Broadway or Ferry Street, the main arteries through the area, you’d be hard-pressed to find a pulse for artwork.

To one local artist, and her organization, Everett is an empty canvas just waiting to be colored over.

“Everett is lacking art,” said local 24-year old artist, Jennifer Medrano, who has an image in her mind of a more artfully vibrant Everett.

“As an artist, I wish Everett had more. It’s such an industrial place. I feel like you work here and then just go home,” said Medrano, who specializes in acrylic and watercolors as her focus but employs many forms of creativity in her art, including digital mixed media.

A resident of Everett for the last four years, Medrano is ready to advocate for local artist like herself to have outlets within the city to create, share and view different artworks, which to her helps to foster a sense of inclusiveness and community for artists, something she feels Everett is lacking.Continue Reading

Bike Sharing Gaining More Traction

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BlueBikes (above) are the newest bike-sharing option in the city. (Photo by Lorenzo Recupero)

By Lorenzo Recupero

During this time last summer it was LimeBikes that had turned the city green. Stacked on almost every corner and rolling down every street was a LimeBike. This time around, BlueBikes are the new wheels on the block.

BlueBikes, a public bike share program offered through a collaboration between Hubway and Blue Cross Blue Shield, is the trendy new way to get around town on two wheels. The Blue colored bikes are located in over 200 docking stations in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville and of course now here in Everett.

You may have noticed some of those newly- placed grey colored docking stations around the city, including multiple on Main Street, Ferry Street and Broadway. There is also a single location on Norman street.Continue Reading

Encore’s Buffet at a Glance

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One of the many dishes served at Encore Boston Harbor’s Buffett. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

Leader Herald Staff Report 

When you hear people talking about going to Vegas, everyone talks about the buffets. Whether its the glamorous buffet at the Bellagio or one of the off strip buffets where you can choose from blue or yellow casseroles, people love them.

Encore doesn’t miss out here either.

Upon paying the host at the buffet entrance, one is ushered into a beautiful Willy Wonka-like eating area with giant flower arrangements and fruits all around. Your drink order is taken, soda, water and coffee are included in the price ($40) but alcoholic drinks are not. From there you have free reign to grab a dish and head for the food.Continue Reading