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Coronavirus D Day arriving; Peak could last many days

Numbers will double and triple

By Josh Resnek

Everett residents would do well to remain inside during the next ten days to two weeks as the high point of the virus and its effect upon all of us is reaching the high point on the much talked about curve.

Twenty-nine men and women died across Massachusetts on Monday alone.

The rise in reported cases and deaths here and across the state and the nation are soaring.

The soaring precedes the coming down, which will take another month or two at the very least.

Numbers this week might well double, according to health officials.

Everett as of Tuesday had reported three coronavirus deaths.

Health officials claim the number of infected here is about 135.

In neighboring Revere, more than 200 have been infected and at least seven have died, including five at the Jack Satter House where four out of the five have succumbed to the coronavirus.

Thirteen residents of that elderly housing apartment complex on the ocean have contracted the virus.

In Chelsea, health officials there have reported more than 350 people infected and a reported 11 deaths from the virus.Continue Reading

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Computers handed out for online distance learning

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Everett Public School’s staff and volunteers distribute chromebooks to families. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Jim Mahoney

Filled with parents and students, patiently waiting for their turn to receive Chromebooks from Everett Public School employees, the line of cars queued up on Dexter St.

A chilly wind sweeping through the parking lot didn’t deter waves of EPS teachers, officials and families, some on foot, from getting the computers. The laptops will allow the cities kids to use the online distance learning programs from their homes.Continue Reading

The quarantined athlete

Shayna Foppiano (above) during a night of professional boxing promoted by Boston Boxing. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero

Athletes all over the country and beyond and right here in Everett have all had their sports careers come to an abrupt stop as a result of Covid-19 emergency actions. From the city’s high school and younger athletes, to the professionals such as local boxer Shayna Foppiano, lifestyles have changed and when they will return to normal is kind of an unknown.

In a cell phone conversation recently, Foppiano shared what she does know about staying active and possibly ‘reinventing’ yourself during the time of coronavirus and quarantines. From studying film to getting loved ones involved, here’s her take on it all.

What’s your mindset through all this? How are you able to tell yourself as an athlete to keep working your hardest even though you won’t be able to compete?

I personally don’t feel like it’s difficult to keep active every day during all of this – In fact, I think of this time as an advantage. Of course, it’s hard not being able to go to the gym and use the bags and train with my team and coach, but on the upside now I have all of this free time out of work to train. I’ve been studying a lot of boxing film while I’m inside and making sure I work out in some way for 2-3 hours a day. I crave the structure and my body feels awful when I’m not working out regularly.

Has social distancing effected your workouts with not having your trainer and usual equipment? If so, how have you supplemented that loss?

Not having my team and coach has definitely altered my workouts but I’m making sure they still are boxing focused. My husband has been holding the pads for me a few times a week so that’s been helpful. I also started running more every day, which is great because my coach told me that I needed to “fall in love with running”- what better time than now.Continue Reading

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Looking at the News

Encore closed; paying all employees

Doing the right thing big time

By Josh Resnek

Despite nothing coming in and everything going out, Encore has pledged to pay all of its employees, full and part time, through May and until the end of the pandemic.

The casino and hotel here has been closed since March 15.

Despite the $1.4 million a day cost of maintaining the site and the 4500 jobs, Wynn Resorts is showing great faith in its workforce, and is showing generosity as well.

At a time when unemployment numbers have risen to over 10 million and are expected to go higher in coming weeks, Wynn has taken a strong stand no matter the cost, to retain its employee base.

CEO Matt Maddox is certain in his belief that casino revenues around the world will come back once the virus spread has been stopped and the virus stamped out.

“Paying our people is part of our shared responsibility for the health and safety of our employees, their families and the broader community,” he said.Continue Reading

Week 3 in the age of Coronavirus

By Josh Resnek

I rise early. I dress. I eat. I don my gloves and my facemask, and I am off to Church Street in my car with a notebook, pen and camera by my side.

I don’t stop for coffee or a breakfast treat, which I am prone to do at Common Ground on the Revere Beach Parkway.

Like so many others, the hard working folks there are struggling with a takeout menu only.

I drive by, eyes open, looking around at the city I cover.

Amazing, really, during this week when the virus is rising to its height of sickness and death, probably doubling everyday this week and next week, to be driving around. To get back to zero – no virus – will take at least a month or two or three or maybe more.

As if that isn’t enough, there will be the slow comedown from the height of it, that is, this week of excessive sickness and death will be followed by a downward curve of sickness and death almost as bad as the worst weeks of it until the thing peters out.

The virus is problematic. Even when it appears to be gone, we are told by the nation’s leading epidemiologists it will come back in the fall for a second round.

Perhaps then we will have a vaccine although most researchers familiar with vaccines say it could take a year to a year and half before a vaccine might be discovered and readied for widespread inoculations.

It is Monday morning, April 6, 2020.

Lot’s of people are driving around. The roadways are emptier than usual but hardly empty.Continue Reading

— Eye on Everett —

Looking outward

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By Josh Resnek

This coronavirus epidemic/pandemic and its immediate fall-out will last a long time.

There is no way it wont, despite everyone wanting to get the country’s economy up and running again.

We are in for a very difficult social and economic period. We are at the beginning of it right now.

Whether you are oblivious to this climactic moment when our society hangs in the balance, or whether you are at home shivering with fear about the uncertainties of the future, this is for sure: all our bubbles have burst.

This moment in our lives is historic and dangerous, fraught with perils of every kind, but powered mainly by a deadly virus, unprecedented but similar to catastrophes that have befallen mankind throughout the course of known history since the beginning of time.

Here is what’s coming in the short term.

In fact, the moment is upon us and devouring us as this is being written.

Thousands of Everett residents are already without jobs, without businesses, without savings accounts and without health insurance in a very short time.

Cash disappears at a much more rapid rate than it multiplies.

This closedown is a monster movie featuring, a Frankenstein, a Godzilla and King Kong all put together with a huge cast of flesh eating Zombies.

No matter who you are, from the richest man or woman in Everett, to the poorest, your business, your property, your home, your bank account, your retirement and IRA, everything about your economic life has undergone a seismic event.Continue Reading

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Thank you to the Everett Health Department

Steve Supino, the Executive Director of Health and Human Services for the City of Everett, should be congratulated for the leadership he has shown during this coronavirus epidemic.

He has stepped up to the plate big time.

He’s been around a long time.

He knows what he’s doing.

He understands how to organize a response to specified health needs. He is a credit to the Health Department and a complete gentleman who cares.

It is a dangerous moment to be a city health official in Everett The Health Department is the city’s first line of defense in this crucial period when the virus has been causing widespread sickness throughout the nation, and here in Everett.

Calls to this office have become a daily crush all day and into the night.

Everyone in the Health Department, Elaine Silva, Director of Health and Nursing, Sabrina Torra, Public Health Nurse, Joanne Agnes, Community Health Nurse, Caitlin Norden, Clerk and Paul Guarino, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, should be given the city’s thanks for a difficult job being well done on an a 24/7 basis.Continue Reading

Responding to disruptive forces is what truly matters

What will life look like after this?

By Walt Pavlo
For the Leader Herald

A year ago, Everett’s future was about as bright as it had ever been. Looking down Broadway toward Boston one could see a completed casino, a huge bronze building that defined our side of the Mystic river. Then, Everett was on edge and many in the state divided as to whether Wynn would or should get its license because of strong allegations of sexual harassment by its former chairman Steve Wynn and an environment of covering it up. Wynn prevailed, the casino opened and, despite a few scuffles by late-night miscreants, we had 5,000 new jobs in our town.

Now, the casino is closed like many businesses in our town. While Encore is paying its employees for now, something we applaud here at the Leader Herald, we are all experiencing a time of uncertainty. What will life look like on the other side of coronavirus? It will be different.

We are all taking time indoors, for the most part with family, but we have our moments of solitude where we must confront the reality. We are asked to be brave and be strong but it is okay to feel fear, to embrace it for a positive change.Continue Reading

City extends 311 operating hours, amends parking policy


By Lorenzo Recupero

Due to new measures in place as an effect of the global pandemic, the City of Everett has chosen to extend its 311 call center hours to further assist residents while also amending the posted street sweeping policy.

Although the physical location on Broadway is set to remain closed indefinitely, City Hall is still accesible for residents via its 311 call center that will put callers in touch with a live employee during normal operating hours (Monday, Thursday 8AM-7:30PM and Tuesday, Wednesday 8AM-5PM), with an extension for Friday-Sunday when the service will be available from 8AM-8PM.Continue Reading