Every Thursday, the Everett Leader-Herald, and the Parlin Memorial Library publish a “Mystery Photo of the Week.” Each week we will show a photo from Everett’s past featuring Everett residents from several decades ago. Readers are encouraged to identify the people in the photo. If you know who is in this picture, call Mark Parisi at the Parlin Library, at 617-394-2305, or email him at parisi@


Mystery Photo

Easter, 1951 at the brand new St. Anthony’s Church on Oakes St. They had just moved from their original building on Broadway. Who are the priests?

Let us know.

Ash Outlines Jobs Bill

By Michael P. Norton

Baker administration officials appealed to lawmakers Tuesday to approve $610 million in new economic development funds, promising the money would be put to work for growth and prosperity throughout Massachusetts and plugged a sales tax holiday to boost summer retail sales.

“It’s always interesting to me how a small amount of money can unlock interest in land,” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash told members of the Economic Development Committee, referring to the stimulative effects of programs funded or recapitalized in Gov. Charlie Baker’s bill (H 4297). Continue reading “Ash Outlines Jobs Bill”


Member of the IBEW Local 103, U.S. Army Veteran

Obit Ricci

RICCI, John F. of Everett, entered into eternal rest on Monday, March 19, 2018 in the Benchmark Senior Living at Woburn. He was 86 years old.

Born in his family’s residence in Everett, John remained an Everett resident
for his entire life. He attended the Everett Vocational High School and was a graduate of Wentworth Institute with an electrical degree. John worked for several years and was a member of IBEW Local 103 for over 67 years of which many of those years included service at Fenway Park in Boston, making sure that the electrical lighting was operating flawlessly.

He formerly served on the Board of Fire Commissioners for the City of Everett and was a member of the former St. Therese Holy Name Society.

Beloved husband of the late Mary F. (McSweeney). Son of the late Pasquale and Genoveffa (Falco) Ricci. Dear and devoted father of Denise Vitale and her husband, Ralph of N. Chelmsford, Cheryl Morecroft and her husband, Stephen of Burlington, Maureen Morelli and her husband, Louis of Everett, John F. Ricci, Jr. and his wife, Mary of Stoughton and Kevin Ricci of Everett. Brother of Madelaine Doctors of CA and the late Philip, Adam, Thomas, Edward and Beatrice Ricci. John is also survived by 11 loving grandchildren, 3 great- grandchildren and former daughter-in- law, Aniela Ricci.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St. (Corner of Main St.) EVERETT, Interment, with military honors, was in the Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, Malden.

Late U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict. Contributions in John’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, 150 Cambridge Park Dr., Ste. 202, Cambridge, MA 02140 would be sincerely appreciated.


RN at Cambridge City Hospital

Obit Sylva

Margaret “Peggy” Sylva passed away suddenly at her home on March 20, 2018 in Stoneham.

Peg was born in Everett on January 26, 1951 one of five children of Margaret
M. (Flynn) Sylva and the late Gilbert Sylva. Peggy grew up in Everett and she attended the Immaculate Conception Grammar School and Everett High School.

Peg graduated from the Whidden Hospital School of Nursing and then continued her education at Saint Joseph’s College in Maine where she received her bachelor’s degree. Peg worked as an RN at Cambridge City Hospital for over 30 years. She loved skiing and playing softball.

She was the daughter of Margaret (Flynn) Sylva and the late Gilbert Sylva. Peggy was the sister of John and his wife Roberta of Mansfield, Anne Doron and her husband Frank of Everett, Gilbert and his wife Sandra of Malden and the late Steven and his late

wife Arlene and she is also survived by nine nieces and nephews. Besides her family and friends; Peg had two great loves her dogs Torry and Haley.

Funeral from the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home 519 Broadway Everett was held on Wednesday followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church with Reverend Gerald Osterman of officiating. Interment private.