It Is Hard Being Dr. Easy; What is The Man to Do?

By Josh Resnek

At some point in the next few years, Superintendent of Schools Fred Foresteire will very likely write the final chapter and close the book on one of the longest running, most successful high-profile gigs in Everett.

Dr. Omar Easy
Dr. Omar Easy

In a normal world where excellence and hard work are requisites, either assistant superintendents Charlie Obremski or Kevin Shaw would likely succeed Mr. Foresteire.

That is how it would be done in the big leagues.

No search is necessary when pros who understand the system are available to ll the position left open by the likes of a Fred Foresteire.

But not in Everett.

The mayor is right now well into the bureaucratic/political/ personal process of picking a successor to Foresteire.

The mayor’s choice: Dr. Omar Easy.

In Dr. Easy, he finds someone who will do exactly as he is told which translates into the mayor being the de facto superintendent of the public schools so he can hire his friends to teaching and staff positions and, more importantly, so he can control and manipulate the budget.

This is exactly what the mayor is aiming for.

This is what he wants.

The compelling question about Dr. Easy among many others is this: what demonstrated experience can he boast?

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Mystery Photo

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

This Week’s Photo

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From the 1950’s right through the mid-1970’s Everett Stadium was host to drum and bugle competitions all summer. Several of the Everett churches, including Immaculate Conception, St. Anthony’s, and St. Therese’s, all had competing drum and bugle corps. This particular event took place at the stadium in August, 1956. Recognize anyone? Let us know!

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Hero On the Mend

Everett Firefighter Scott Dalrymple Hospitalized at MGH For 6-8 Weeks

Coming Back From Second and Third Degree Burns From Morris Street Fire

By Josh Resnek

From his hospital bed on the 14th floor in the Ellison Building at the Massachusetts General Hospital Everett firefighter Scott Dalrymple said there is still some pain from the burns he suffered.

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Everett fireghter Scott Dalrymple is shown having his blood pressure taken by nurse Mary Sarton at the MGH burn unit Monday afternoon where he is revering from severe burns suffered while fighting the fire at Morris Street on July 13.

“But I am going to be OK. Six to eight weeks and I’m out of here,” he added optimistically.

Dalrymple suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns mostly to his hands, his head and his arms attempting to rush up the stairs of the burning home on Morris Street on July 13.

“One minute I was ok and doing my job. The next minute I was burning hot and rushing down the stairs and into the street,” he recalled.

“One minute I was OK. The next minute I almost died,” he said, his eyes welling with tears.

“It happened instantly,” he said.

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— Eye on Everett —

By Josh Resnek

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(Josh Resnek Photo) The friends, family and firefighter colleagues of Scott Dalrymple have been sending photographs and get well wishes to his room which his wife has posted.

The Morris Street Fire

It takes a ride over to Boston, to the Mass General Hospital’s burn ward on the 14th oor of the Ellison Building, to come in contact with the harsh new reality Everett firefighter Scott Dalrymple is dealing with.

He is confined to bed, probably for the next 6-8 weeks.

He is wrapped with pounds of gauze to cover his burnt hands and arms and his head.

Here’s the deal.

Firefighters get scorched each time there is a fire.

It is more rare for firefighters to be caught in a situation where their gear is burning through to their skin and sometimes down to their bones.

Dalrymple’s skin was burned off.

Where I come from, this is about as serious as it gets for a human being.

Now skilled surgeons are performing multiple skin grafts to bring Dalrymple back to the way he was before he ran into the burning home on Morris Street. “I’ll be able to use my fingers and hands,” he said during a visit I made to his bedside on Monday afternoon.

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