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EVERETT RACIAL POLITICS CHALLENGED

By Josh Resnek

The political world here has been turned upside down since US Attorney Rachel Rollins announced a probe into racism, discrimination and retaliation at the highest level of Everett City government two weeks ago.

Never in this city’s modern history has racism been confronted here as it is being examined right now.

Juneteenth in all its mightiness is a part of the new reality now highlighting the city’s racist, discriminatory and retaliatory city government.

The Federal government has finally stepped in to do what the city government has failed to do for those living here about meting out what is fair, just and right for people of color, race and ethnicity.

Rollins is demanding the city turn over all its records regarding racism, discrimination and retaliation that goes back at least 5 years.

The city is under demand not to alter any of the information being sought – no deletions or alterations of information will be tolerated.

Those who know her and who believe in her say she will leave no stone unturned in her quest for justice.

This is a new and potentially dramatic twist for an old industrial city, with old ways, antiquated by color of nation of origin hiring habits, where the city’s rules tend not to apply for many of those who are connected.Continue Reading


Black, Brown, Hispanic Youth Rising Up

By Josh Resnek

Everett High School Students protest racism. (Photo by Josh Resnek)

The organization of Everett High School students into political unafraid activists and anti-racist voices was enhanced dramatically during the two month period when Councilor Anthony DiPierro’s refusal to resign his office created a seminal moment in racial history here.

Despite being found out to have used the N-word and racist memes that were made public in the Leader Herald, DiPierro refused to resign.

The indifference shown to DiPierro’s racism by the Everett City Council heaped added insult onto that injury.

The School Committee’s failure to call upon DiPierro to resign further exacerbated the situation.

Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s refusal to influence his cousin to resign, in fact, the mayor’s insistence that DiPierro should be given another chance, were drowned out by the uproar that followed.

That the mayor’s chief of communications, Deanna Deveney was not being asked to resign after she was found to have participated with DiPierro in referring to Black people and Brown people as “darkies” was a bit like pouring gasoline on the racist fire burning.

This led to the ultimate.Continue Reading


I Came To Everett On A Calling; Others Felt Invaded By My Presence

By Josh Resnek

When Reverend Mimi Daniel came to live in Everett 14 years ago, she came here to save a dying congregation on Church Street.

She threw herself into her work.

She said being Black and Haitian, and speaking with an accent in Everett, rarely made her work easier for her among the white population at the time.

She said the situation has not improved during the past few years as the divide between Blacks and whites reached the new divide.

It is disheartening, she said, of the racism claims that have recently come to surface among the leadership at Everett city hall.

She recalled with simplicity and composure during an interview at the Leader Herald offices on Saturday afternoon, that she was met by racism and contempt when she first arrived, and she admitted, “I’ve had some really bad experiences throughout my time in the city.”

She said she was not shocked to learn that city hall is being investigated by the Federal government for racism, discrimination and retaliation.Continue Reading


US Attorney Rollins Vice-Chair of National Advisory on Civil Rights

By Josh Resnek

US Attorney Rachel Rollins

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins for the District of Massachusetts has been selected to serve as Vice-Chair of the Civil Rights Sub-committee for the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC), it was announced by the Justice Department last week.

This is the same Rachel Rollins now conducting an investigation into racism, discrimination and retaliation in the city of Everett.

“I am honored to have been asked to serve as Vice-Chair of the Civil Rights Subcommittee. It is my sincere hope that we seize this moment in history to facilitate meaningful dialogue and action to combat the uptick in hate- based violence. Civil rights are at the forefront of so many of the issues dividing our nation today. Under the leadership of U.S. Attorney Brown, we will provide guidance to the Department of Justice. Our goal is to fulfill the promise of equality for everyone,” said U.S. Attorney Rollins.Continue Reading



Inflation Dampens Local Economy

By Josh Resnek

Food Prices as they stand today showing full range at the right.

Inflation continues to impact Everett residents at the fuel pump and at the cash register in every way as the economy suffers through a dark period of price rises, price gouging and the value of our money tanking.

The talk now at the Federal Reserve Board is of much higher interest rates, which will cut inflation but which will lead to job losses and a likely recession, according to the nation’s top economists.

The stock market has entered Bear territory, that place where investors never want to be but which is an integral part of our speculative capitalist society.

Stock prices have fallen dramatically and with them, the value of our 401K and IRA accounts.

Housing costs for rentals and home buyers continue to rise even as interest rates continue their rise.

Traditionally, high interest rates lead to falling home prices.Continue Reading



Celebration of Life, Scholarship Set to Honor Late Michael Joseph Matarazzo

By LORENZO RECUPERO

When lifetime Everett resident Michael Matarazzo passed away suddenly in April of this year, it opened a huge void in the lives of those who had the chance to know him.

Included in the many in Everett grieving the loss of Matarazzo was childhood friend and former teammate, Ross Pietrantonio, who felt it necessary — and fitting — his longtime pal continue to be celebrated in life after his death.

“He was a legend,” said Pietrantonio, who first played football with Matarazzo on the Everett Pop Warner D-Team at 8-years-old. They traveled together to Florida for the national tournament. “[He was] quiet, hardworking and didn’t say a lot — but he did a lot,” said Pietrantonio of the late Matarazzo, who was part of multiple championship sea- sons for the Everett High School football dynasties of the 2000’s.

At a Celebration of Life at Village Bar & Grill scheduled for Thursday, July 7, Pietrantonio plans to commemorate the essence which made Matarazzo so special to the community, with hopes of recapturing it for the future.Continue Reading



— Eye on Everett —

THE BLUE SUIT

Frank discussions between Josh Resnek and the mayor’s Blue Suit

By JOSH RESNEK with THE BLUE SUIT

“This was a bad weekend. Very, very bad,” the Blue Suit said to me over lunch at the New Bridge Café on Tuesday afternoon.

“I think I know what you mean,” I answered.

The glow and feel of the New Bridge has been essentially the same for the past 35 years. The same bar, the same configuration of tables and chairs, the same lighting, even the same people tending bar and waitressing.

Woodlawn hasn’t changed. The New Bridge remains the same.

Tuesday about noon. I drive with the Blue Suit in the passenger seat from Elm Street to Chelsea. I cruise into the parking lot at Floramo’s Restaurant – “Where the meat falls off the bone.”

It is lunchtime. We walk inside the restaurant. We are seated immediately. Menus are brought to us. Hot bread and butter arrive instantly. Salads with Floramo’s dressing – wow, what a quick treat.

We scan the menus. We look around to see who’s eating at the tables near to us and seated at the bar.

The Blue Suit is distracted. I can tell when he’s uptight.

“What’s wrong?” I asked. “What can possibly be wrong? We’re here at Floramo’s. You’re about to eat about ten pounds of food. I’m going to pay and you look like you’ve seen a ghost. Actually, you seem like someone petrified. What’s got you scared? What’s with the uptightness?” I asked the Blue Suit.

“Look around, Josh. Look closely at whose eating here right now at nearly all the tables,” he said to me.

I looked around.

Lot’s of younger men with shorter haircuts wearing crisp dark suits were spooning their spaghetti or cutting into their ribs or steak tips while sipping on Coca Colas. None of them were drinking – a sure sign these lunchtime diners were not your average businessmen.Continue Reading



Get Used To This – Everett In The News

Boston television station camera stands outside Everett City Hall as controversy continue to roil city politics. They were reporting about councilor Stephanie Martins walking out of the recent council meeting after public speakers made statements supporting embattled councilor Jimmy Tri Le.(Photo by Jim Mahoney)

By Josh Resnek

It is one thing for the Leader Herald to work in a vacuum for five years, publishing investigative reporting and stand- ing alone and discriminated against and retaliated against by city hall.

Until this year, we were fighting alone against the excesses and the inequities of city hall.

Now, we are not alone.

During this time the people of Everett have decided to be heard, to be unafraid about speaking out in public. Protesting is no longer a sin. It is a demand.

During the past three months the Boston Globe has published approximately nine articles about chaos, racism, protest and upheaval in Everett.

When the outside world comes inside, watch out!

One such article, by reporter Stephanie Ebbert, stands as the outsider’s magnum opus of such reporting.

Ebbert reported on her piece for several months, interviewing more than 100 people, and finally being published on the front page, with two full inside pages in the Sunday Globe recently.

Locally, it was a sensation among those who read it.Continue Reading


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BACK IN BUSINESS

The Scrubbing Board

By Josh Resnek

The Scrubbing Board, the city’s oldest laundromat is also Everett’s most advanced, and in more ways than you can imagine.

The Hancock Street landmark owned by the Mattuchio Family for four generations has undergone a major evolutionary jump into the second decade of the 21st Century.

The brains behind the family owned business is John Mattuchio, the 78 year old owner of the property and the landmark, which has served thousands of Everett residents as a laundromat since 1958.

The all new laundromat, redone entirely inside and out during the past year, is a fully automated, state of the art facility with enough stainless steel to create a perpetual shine inside the spotless interior.

The Dexter machinery is self-sterilizing, virtually germ free, as clean as a modern laundromat can be, before you do your laundry at the Scrubbing Board.

There is no charge for pre-sterilization.

“And we are the only laundromat in the city to take EBT cards, every debit card, credit card and we even have our own charge cards,” said Mattuchio.Continue Reading



May Encore Gaming Figures Tank

By Josh Resnek

Encore Boston Harbor reported weaker than usual revenues at its Everett complex in May.

The total take for table games and slot machines was down almost $6 million from April – which was a banner month.

In April, Encore took in $63.7 million as compared with May’s $58 million.

The Spring take was not as hearty as the late winter spurt Encore experienced.

Some casino analysts claim inflation could have been the cause of the weaker showing.

Tourist visitation to Boston is not what it used to be. Plane flights have grown expensive as the cost for jet fuel has soared.

Conventions and business meetings have plunged in the aftermath of the Pandemic, when much of that business was simply cancelled out and the casino closed for several months.Continue Reading



Editorials

The Jimmy Le Case

Councilor Jimmy Le has been out of action as a city councilor since he was accused of sexual harassment by his colleague, Councilor Stephanie Martins several months back.

Le has not attended a council meeting since being accused by Martins.

It appears likely Le will not be attending city council meetings anytime soon as the law is not a short dash type race.

Rather, the law moves at the pace of a long marathon.

Le, therefor, is a councilor without a council to attend.

This is a situation that cannot be allowed to go on without end. The city charter provides for a councilor who does not attend a certain number of hearings to be ousted from his or her elected position.Continue Reading


Congratulations, Everett High School 2022 Graduates!

The Everett High School class of 2022 was honored under the sun at Veterans Memorial Stadium.(Photos By Jim Mahoney)