$10.5 million borrowing for Pope John Acquisition?
By Josh Resnek
The City of Everett wants to pay $10.5 million to the Archdiocese of Boston to purchase the empty Pope John school campus in North Everett.
The mayor, and several others in city government are looking to remake the campus into apartment housing for the elderly and for veterans, according to public statements made during the past few weeks in city hall and development circles.
“I believe the campus should be used for the purpose it was built,” Councilor at Large Mike Marchese told the Leader Herald.
“With our public schools overcrowded and nowhere to place classrooms full of new students we should use the Pope John site as a public school,” he added.
In recent years the need for elderly and veterans housing has produced very little tangible relief in what is considered a housing shortage.Continue Reading
A taste of things to come at the city Council
By Josh Resnek
Councilor elect Jimmy Tri Le attended Monday’s meeting of the city council to get himself acclimated to the city government routine he will shortly be participating in from week to week.
He is a friendly man, 36, who looks much younger, who works in the real estate business locally.
When December turns to January, and the new city government is sworn in, Le will join Gerly Adrien and Stephanie Martins on a council that will be a vastly different place than it is today.
“Adrien is the most talked about politician in the city right now,” said Councilor at Large Mike Marchese. “Stephanie Martins is in the same category and so too is Councilor Mike McLaughlin,” he added.
He knows of what he speaks.
The triumvirate of Adrien, Martins, and Le is formidable by itself. But you sprinkle in McLaughlin, and Marchese and Councilor Fred Capone – well – things might come to be very different in the months to come.Continue Reading
Looking at the News
Doing something different more important than what is right
By Josh Resnek
A closer examination of last week’s School Committee hearing finds the majority of members acting out a philosophy and keeping to it rather than playing by the book and making choices based on excellence.
Excellence means less than philosophy when it is mind over matter when picking a new leader of the Everett Public Schools.
School Committee members shot down an effort to add three local candidates to the list of finalists for public interviewing for the superintendent’s post.
“I’ve reviewed the cv’s. They are all wonderful people but this is a $85 million Gateway school system. It is not starter superintendent’s position.These finalists know nothing about the city of Everett. They’ve never served a day as a superintendent. I’m also upset that people who spent a lifetime making the Everett Public School System what it is didn’t get a shot. Let’s consider all candidates. That’s a motion.”
You would have thought McGlaughlin had committed a crime indicating that Acting Superintendent Janet Gauthier, Assistant Superintendent Charlie Obremski and High School Vice-Principal Dr. Omar Easy had been tossed under the bus without an interview by people claiming to know what they are doing in a best choice contest.Continue Reading
Boys basketball set for Tip-off
By Lorenzo Recupero
Just two years removed from playing in the Division 1 State Championship, and with another coach at the helm, Crimson Tide boys basketball is still competing at a high level.
Last year, Stanley Chamblain’s first as head coach, the Tide were able to lockup a playoff spot while snagging 14 Ws.
They didn’t make it to the biggest game of the year, but the team competed well enough to keep Everett’s playoff appearance streak alive at 6 consecutive and did it with a team comprised mostly of sophomores.
In their first official action this season, a scrimmage Monday against a tough Lowell High School team, coach Chamblain saw encouraging signs from a young team still developing its identity.
“We lost our scrimmage to Lowell, but our biggest positive from that game is how we showed our energy. We have a lot of kids who can play basketball on this team and they play it with a lot of energy,” said Chamblain.Continue Reading
— Eye on Everett —
By Josh Resnek
Since opening at the end of June, the casino has not come close to reaching income estimates established by the pro’s running the place who gained much of their experience in Las Vegas and Macau.
The Everett Encore Casino and Hotel is not Macau or Las Vegas. The masters of gaming and entertainment there have not achieved mastery here.
Boston and the cities around it like Everett are places unto themselves.
People here, people coming here, tend to enjoy themselves in environments that have little to nothing to do with casino gambling.
The leadership of Encore has come to understand this in a few short months of operation.
Nearly everything having to do with excessive pricing and higher prices have come down since the June opening.
In fact, there is a sign in Medford atop a great pole advertising Encore’s new specials – $15 gaming tables and free parking.
That’s down from $50 gaming tables and $40 parking charges when the doors first opened.
Room prices for the hotel – inarguably about the most lavishly appointed and conceived structure of its kind in New England and originally hailed as the most expensive– now features rooms for $100 or even less for Red Card holders during certain times.
All the room prices have fallen – even the larger rooms and suite pricing have not fallen, they have collapsed.
Occupancy is lower than expected.
The big numbers expected just aren’t being generated.Continue Reading
The mayor’s Fundraiser
The mayor’s fundraiser apparently attracted a large crowd with most of those attending bringing a check for the mayor’s political account. The fundraiser was appropriately held at the Encore Boston Harbor, amid the opulence of a room that excites the mayor because it is so close to the casino gaming floor of the business he aided in bringing to Everett.
Many attendees brought $500 checks or $250 checks of $100 checks although the mayor and his faithful money collectors watch the tally closely telling those who have higher salaries they need to make the checks larger in case their original donation was too small.
Many developers were present to pay homage to mayor and to drop a $500 into his political pot.
For what, we wonder?
What has the mayor done that deserves $500 contributions from anyone, let alone developers?
And why would the mayor have his money raiser so close to Christmas, when most city employees who appeared there would likely have preferred to donate $500 to their own personal spending accounts for Christmas presents that need to be bought?Continue Reading
Foppiano wins battle of Everett Boxers
By Lorenzo Recupero
Everett native Shayna Foppiano’s pro boxing debut was a knockout – literally.
In her third career bout, the powerful 27-year old Foppiano put her undefeated record (2-0-1, 1 KO) to the test against fellow Everett boxer Raquel Santos at the Twin River Casino and Hotel in Rhode Island, part of the Classic Entertainment & Sports Boxing showcase this past weekend.
Foppiano didn’t score a knockout this time around but pulled off a majority decision victory in the lightweight bout, outlasting Santos in their four round showdown.
The faceoff was Santos’ pro debut and Foppiano’s first against someone from her hometown, much to her delight and surprise.
“I found out who I was fighting on ESPN.com before the fight and thought to myself ‘Wow that’s really cool’,” said Foppiano, who didn’t know until two weeks prior that she’d be going up against another Everett native in Santos.
The victory, admittedly not an easy one, though, wasn’t as unexpected for Foppiano.Continue Reading
Purchasing Department releases hardware store sale numbers to City
By Josh Resnek
The city of Everett has paid the Everett True Value and Hardware Store about $150,000 since 2014 up to the present for purchases of hardware goods, tools, nails, wire, flashlights and a wide variety of items used mainly by the Department of Public Works, according to records sought by the Leader Herald and released by the Purchasing Department.
The five year average amounts to about $30,000 a year in sales to the city – with sales to the Fire Department and the Everett School Department amounting to more than several thousand dollars during this time period.
The $150,000 was for city business only.
The vendor invoices paid and the history of checks issued details with clarity and specificity everything that was purchased, what was charged and what the city ended up paying.
Everett True Value and Hardware is owned by Al Lattanzi, a close friend and confidante of the mayor, whose wife and son are also employed by the city.Continue Reading