Weekly News

A Deal In The Making

Gamal “Aziz” Abdelaziz, 62, of Las Vegas, former president and executive director of Wynn Macau resort was indicted and arrested last week. According to the FBI, he is cooperating in the investigation.

Aziz was arrested with dozens of others who allegedly paid bribes in order for their children to attend finer universities and colleges across the nation.

The US Attorney’s office in Boston conducted the investigation which led to last week’s wave of arrests of the rich and the powerful, as well as the managers of the company rigging the system in return for payments.

Aziz is better known as one of the moving forces in Wynn Resort’s early efforts to motivate Mayor Carlo DeMaria to set-up a referendum in Everett and to make sure it passed so the license could be awarded to Wynn.Continue Reading

Wynn files motion to dismiss Suffolk Downs lawsuit

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Plows clear snow from the entrance of Encore Boston Harbor.

By Josh Resnek

First came an amended complaint from Suffolk Downs in the federal court two weeks ago alleging that the mayor took kickbacks for the casino land deal and alleging the casino license was stolen from them by the Wynn consortium, who have proven themselves to be unsuitable.

Now comes Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts responding in federal court, answering the charges leveled in that amended complaint claiming it is irrelevant, and does not correspond or conform to the law as it is written.

“ Mr. Wynn respectfully requests that this Court dismiss the Amended Complaint with prejudice. To the extent the other defendants’ motions raise arguments not inconsistent with those contained herein, Mr. Wynn adopts those arguments,” wrote Attorneys Brian Kelly and Joshua Sharp, for Nixon Peabody LLP, who filed the motion for dismissal last week.Continue Reading

— Eye on Everett —

Proof is in the Proffer

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By Josh Resnek

Since we found out the mayor is inclined to speak to the FBI in a formal fashion many Everett people, friends of the mayor and foes alike, have asked us, “What has he done? What is this proffer he signed all about? What does it mean?”

The mayor has been, and very likely remains, an FBI informant – that’s what it means.

If you speak with the mayor, or have business deals with him or have done things that aren’t exactly by the book, it is very likely he could inform on you to the FBI to allow him to continue to operate inside city hall, in Aruba, or wherever he goes during the day.

If you play cards with him in the North End, if you bargain for a contract with him, if you do a deal with him, well, he could report all that.

The proffer he signed proves he’s done this and is doing this.

The proffer is not a commendation for bringing the casino here.

It is an indictment of sorts.Continue Reading

Pope John Loses Heartbreaker to Abington, 72-71, In State Semifinals at TD Garden.

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Local Flag Football Program Offers Athletes a Unique Opportunity

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The Legacy New England 7v7 flag football team (above) includes Everett High School athletes Tyrese Baptiste, Sammy Lamothe, Ismael Zamor, and Eli Auguste (not pictured).

By Lorenzo Recupero

While basketball season stirs up March madness across the region and country, one local flag football program is offering athletes the opportunity to compete and train at a high level during the off-season.

Brenden LaRosa, an Everett High School graduate and four-year football player with the Crimson Tide, has been dedicating his time to help offer all Everett athletes the chance to stay active with the Legacy New England 7-on-7 flag football program at the Legacy Center Sports Complex.

The program not only keeps athletes in shape, it helps introduce them to division 1 collegiate programs along the way. Legacy New England has been home to numerous EHS athletes like LaRosa and nearly a dozen current Crimson Tide players use the program to stay locked in while football is on hold.Continue Reading

McLaughlin says mayor can’t intimidate inside chamber; charges mayor with poor leadership; nepotism, favoritism

By Josh Resnek

Councilor Mike McLaughlin castigated the mayor for challenging him physically and for his poor behavior at a committee meeting last week.

He condemned Councilor Anthony DiPierro for shutting him off from speaking at the committee hearing in a short, powerful and emotional speech which he read before the city council Monday night at city hall.

“No one should ever be physically intimidated or allowed to lunge towards another person, particularly inside the chamber where we conduct our business for the people,” he said.

Additionally, he singled out DiPierro for carrying water for the mayor and doing his dirty work.

“He grossly misused his power to shut me down from speaking in a clear effort to protect the mayor and his department heads at all cost,” he said of DiPierro, who heads the committee which conducted the hearing a week ago which led to the mayor’s bullying and harassment of McLaughlin.Continue Reading

Cartoon (3)Mayor’s Agreement with FBI Subject of Speculation


By Josh Resnek

Last week’s revelation that the mayor has cooperated with the FBI and the Justice Department as part of an ongoing investigation into public corruption has set off a great deal of speculation about what he might have said and to whom, and who he might have given up in order to give himself protection, however slim, from possible prosecution.

The mayor entered into a proffer agreement with the Department of Justice as we reported last week in the Leader Herald.

This helps to explain why the mayor has been paying such hefty monthly fees for criminal lawyers to represent him.

The Leader Herald reported the payment of the lawyer’s fees in our May 18, 2018 edition.

An investigation of the mayor’s campaign fund disbursements by the Leader Herald revealed payments in or around $10,000 a month being paid to the law firm of Greenberg Traurig.

Last week’s Leader Herald caused a A great deal of speculation to be aroused with the news that the mayor has cooperated with the FBI and the Justice Department.Continue Reading

Mayor Humiliates Councilor McLaughlin

 Defends the Wellness Center

By Josh Resnek

The mayor used strong-arm tactics and shouted dictatorial tropes at Councilor Mike McLaughlin attempting to shut off debate about the Wellness Center at a city council committee hearing at city hall Monday evening.

With the aid of the mayor’s nephew, the nodding and sometimes smiling City Councilor Anthony DiPierro, who chaired the hearing, McLaughlin was not allowed to answer the mayor’s taunts and innuendo.

“Do I hear a motion to dismiss?” DiPierro asked after the mayor unleashed about 8 minutes of vitriol at McLaughlin.

With that, the meeting was brought to a premature conclusion but not before the mayor issued a stern warning to McLaughlin.

“We will not be back at any meeting to answer any questions this person has ever again,” the mayor shouted.Continue Reading

Golden Moment

2019 New England Golden Gloves Champion Ryan Pietrantonio hits Raul Cruz with a right jab.

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By Lorenzo Recupero

In convincing fashion, with a thorough demonstration of technical boxing, Ryan Pietrantonio clinched the 152-pound 2019 Golden Gloves New England Novice title at the Lowell Auditorium to become the latest local boxer to wrap up the tournament as champion.

Pietrantonio (10-1 overall) dipped, dodged and punched his way into Everett lore, joining locals Pat Gigante, Joe O’Donnell, and Richie “The Mountain” Lamontagne as the only other boxers in city history to compete in and champion a New England Golden Gloves tourney.Continue Reading

Discussion Between Mayor DeMaria and Wynn Chief Counsel Kim Sinatra

The Leader Herald presents to our readers the following discussion between Mayor Carlo DeMaria and former Wynn Chief Counsel Kim Sinatra.

Sinatra was fired after the Steve Wynn sexual harassment fiasco as well as a number of the Board of Directors of the company.

In this discussion, Sinatra and the mayor discuss the money considerations of the casino deal destined to change the face of the city. Ask yourself, is this how the fate of Everett or of any city should be discussed by people who ought to know better? You be the judge.Continue Reading

Serious About Science

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Twins Emily and Lillian Learned showcase their project, ‘Paper Reinvented,’ during last week’s City-Wide Middle School Science Fair. The Keverian students received a medal of distinction for their entry.

For a full listing of winners and more photos, please 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