Weekly News

Tree lighting Friday night To attract large Crowd

Special to Leader Herald

The Everett Chamber of Commerce has announced the annual tree lighting celebration of the Christmas Holiday will be held downtown on Friday, December 6 at 5 p.m.

Large crowds are expected so officials in charge of the event have urged everyone planning to come to arrive early and be prepared for some fun.

In addition to the Annual Tree Lighting Event, there will be a Holiday Downtown Open House.

There will be a winter themed amusement area, with two Frozen attractions and one Toy Story.

Two trains, the Norwood Street Express 1 and 2, will ride down Norwood Street.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

Looking at the News

The cheering was empty

By Josh Resnek

At Monday night’s School Committee meeting, a vote was taken to reconvene the search committee –thatistosay–avotewastakentoaddinto the choice mix of qualified candidates for superintendent the possibility of local candidates participating in the process.

School Committeeman Lester McLaughlin presented the motion. School Committeewoman Millie Cardello seconded it.

A vote was taken.

The measure failed, 4-3 with School Committeemen Bernie D’Onofrio and David Ela not present.

School Chair Thomas Abruzzese delighted in the vote. He asked for reconsideration.

When the vote on reconsideration was taken, all those who voted against the previous measure made an error.

One by one, they answered affirmatively instead of voting against the measure, as they intended.Continue Reading

Tide finish season with a Win

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Clarence Jules (4) carries the ball during the annual Thanksgiving Day Football Game against Masconomet Regional High School at Everett Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero

The Crimson Tide ended their season not in the way they started – and that’s a good thing.

On Thanksgiving morning, Masconomet Regional came into town and was handed a plate full of Crimson as the Tide rolled to a 41-7 win. The meeting, their fourth straight T-Day matchup, has been one-sided, with Everett taking all four games in convincing fashion (including 32-0 win last year).

And after suffering a disheartening loss to open the year, second- year head coach Theluxon Pierre is able to say his team bounced back and completed a winning season, albeit without a super bowl title, the right way.

“To be honest, I’m very proud of the kids, but growing up in Everett, this is a disappointing season,” Pierre said, noting the referee mishaps that marred another successful year on the field of play. Two years in a row controversial calls in the playoffs helped to bounce the Tide (8-3) from another run at the super bowl.

In his second year as head coach, Pierre now owns an overall record of 18-4, including two conference championships.Continue Reading

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The genie is out of the bottle and can’t be put Back

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By Josh Resnek

In Arab mythology the genie in the bottle is a mischievous spirit with magical powers.

Many believe this old saying comes from the story of Aladdin, who rubs a lamp and releases a genie from it.

However we choose to look at the saying, no matter what its derivation is, this we know for certain.

When the genie is let out of the bottle, the genie can’t be put back inside it.

No matter what you attempt, when the genie is out, a new moment is at hand and you better watch out.

Since his slate of candidates was roundly beaten at the polls in November, the mayor has been wondering about exactly what happened.

How could all his candidates lose and so convincingly?

The mayor is smart to be asking such a question of his brain staff at city hall.

Will he be smart enough to understand what is happening?

No, of course not.

He will avoid the truth the way he tends not to look at his own actions too carefully.

Will his brain trust be bold to suggest to him what is going on?

No. Absolutely not.

No one in his brain trust is daring enough to get the boss uptight.Continue Reading


Public interviewing incomplete without locals given a Chance

The School Superintendent Choice Committee, led by School Chair Thomas Abruzzese are holding sham meetings this week for the public to interview the final choices for the open superintendent’s position.

Without the three “Everett” finalists being interviewed – excluded by a incoherent exclusionary process – the interviewing of the alleged “finalists” is a fraud at worst, and a symptom of much greater political involvement in the process than is warranted and should not be allowed.

Chair Abruzzese has shown a constitutional inability to let people think on their own. His admonition when the choice process was at its very beginning – “no local candidates allowed over my dead body” – proves how Abruzzesse’s hatred for the School Department’s leadership and certain administrators make it impossible for him to lead the choice committee.

This puts in question as well his aptitude for leadership of the School Committee.

This stunted and discriminatory choice process is also an indictment of a School Committee that has absolutely nothing to say of substance in response to the outrage sweeping certain communities concerned mainly with public education within the city.Continue Reading

Foppiano wins battle of Everett Boxers

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Lightweight Shayna Fappiano (white trunks) returned strong in her first fight in more than a year with a unanimous decision win over Raquel Santos (0-1). (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

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

Driving with cell phone a very bad Call

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By Josh Resnek

Driving while holding a cell phone has just been outlawed in Massachusetts.

Making a call or texting with a cell phone while driving is now illegal – and according to the State Police, the law will be enforced on the State’s highways.

Local police departments will also be implementing policies to enforce the law, which was signed into effect Monday afternoon at the State House by Governor Charlie Baker.

This means that all Everett drivers using cell phones while driving on the city’s many streets will be subjecting themselves to possible enforcement by the Everett Police Department.Continue Reading

Gridiron Flashback

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Our final Gridiron Flashback of the season takes us 21 years into the past to 1998, when Diamond Ferri pounded out a team-high 21 touchdowns and 130 total points in an undefeated, super bowl winning campaign for the Crimson Tide. Ferri would later play for Syracuse University before a brief stint with the NFLs Arizona Cardinals and the CFLs Saskatchewan RoughRiders.Continue to Photo