Raid at motorcycle club Leads to 3 arrested

By Josh Resnek

A raid at what has been described as a motorcycle gang clubhouse on Orient Avenue in Everett Friday night has led to three arrests, and to the confiscation of four illegal firearms and ammunition, according to the Everett Police and the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.

Police said at least a dozen members of the Pagan Motorcyle Club were present at the location having a few drinks wearing their patches and insignias – known as colors.

When all was said and done, four semi-automatic handguns with loaded magazines and additional ammunition elsewhere were taken from gang members at the scene.

Police reported no violence at the club during the raid.

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— Eye on Everett —

Looking Inside the Casino

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By Josh Resnek

Eating lunch at the 8/10 on Tuesday I sat with a Wynn employee who’s been working the site for 22 months.

He’s a tradesman. A higher up type of employee overseeing many other tradesmen.

He said the place is in fact coming to completion fast.

He said the restaurants are nearly completed and that a Dunkin’ Donuts was going to open there, contrary to rumors that Kickback Carlo had succeeded in getting a Honey Dew Donuts concession in the casino for himself.

He said the gaming floors are complete. The slot machines are fully installed and ready to go.

The famous Popeye sculpture by Jeff Koons, which Steve Wynn paid $27 million, is not located at the entrance to the casino in the middle of the twin staircases as originally planned.

He said the sculpture will be located further inside the casino.

He said the hotel is done, that it was finished some weeks ago, that only smaller details are left to complete here and there.

This guy has no skin in the game.

He’s just an employee looking forward to being done and taking a vacation.

Parking will very likely be a disaster, he said.

The parking lots don’t have even a fraction of the spaces that are needed if the crowds arrive.

As I have written recently on several occasions, the question is not whether or not the casino will be crowded, rather, but how crowded it will be.

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Everett High School Sports Roundup

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Junior pitcher Ariana Garay (2) hurls the ball to a home plate in Everett’s, 12-1, win over Somerville. (Photo by Joe Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero

The Spring sports scene in Everett is beginning to heat up, with nearly a quarter of the season already in the books.

Each team will be reevaluating where they stand now to make the proper tuneups needed to put themselves in position to compete for a playoff spot down the line.

Heres’s a quick look into how some of the varsity teams are performing in the early stages of the season (as of 4/23/19).

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City well off financially If the casino doesn’t open?

By Josh Resnek

There is a great deal of speculation about what exactly happens if the casino does not open on time.

How are the city’s finances effected, if at all, if the casino opensseveral months later than expected?

Doss the city survive such a disruptive financial eventuality and isit prepared to deal with that reality?

These questions were asked by Councilor Mike Marchese and answered by the mayor Monday night.

Marchese’s questions were more clear than the mayor’s answers, which seemed tepid.

Marchese called the situation right now “worrisome.”

The mayor lost it a bit at this point, complaining rather loudly andwith animus about the Leader Herald fighting the resort and fightingagainst against the city of Everett.

On the one hand, the mayor said the city can stand on its own.

He said the city hadn’t factored in any expected revenues from the casino in the new budget being formed.

On the other hand, he said there will be no extra money for the public schools whether or not the money comes in.

He referenced having to give the public schools about $12.5 millionlast year, a situation he said, “Won’t be happening ever again.”

“There is new leadership and that won’t happen,” he added.

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Library coming under Rule of mayor’s office

Through a combination of legal, economic and political reasoning the city’s library system, and its employees will shortly be controlledand entirely funded by the mayor’s office and will be subject to theyear to year budget discretion necessary to keep the doors open for all the Library’s many thousands of users.

The mayor’s legal department has already assured members of the Library’s Board of Trustees that everything about the city’s two public libraries will remain the same – that is – the hours of operation, thefunding, and the staffing.

In addition, the library system’s staffing requirements will nowfall under the domain of the Human Resources Department, and themayor’s office.

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