Everett yet to escape Covid-19’s tight grip

A sign at Glendale Park notifies residents all city parks are closed due to Covid-19. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

By JOSH RESNEK

Despite the widely held illusion that we are drifting pleasantly out of the clutches of the pandemic, the harsh reality is that infections are rising in several dozen states.

Here in Massachusetts, the numbers have been steady but falling gradually.

The infection rate is at 0.8% this week – the fourth week of statistics that reveal the state has managed to bring – for now – the virus under control.

However, many communities, 15 to be exact, and this includes Everett, have persistent higher rates of infection that point to a lack of proper response by the population to the epidemic.

The city reported no new cases of the virus Monday, a tremendous bit of positive news.

As of Tuesday morning, there were 2,217 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the City of Everett with 1893 being recovered.

This is up 0 cases from Monday.

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Capone not backed on city budget cuts

Councilor’s calls for fiscal amendments, restraint on line items met with silence

By JOSH RESNEK

The expression “like lemmings to the sea” originated in the 1950s and remained popular for decades afterward.

The phrase was used as a way of symbolizing people who unthinkingly follow what the crowd is doing, often with dangerous, if not downright fatal, consequences.

Last week, during the city council’s budget overview discussion, only Councilor Fred Capone refused to be a lemming among his council colleagues.

Despite showing common sense about paring down the budget during a time of fiscal need, Capone seemed to be talking to the wind.

For some inexplicable reason, technical difficulties prevented the budget hearing being broadcast so the people of Everett could see and listen to their elected leaders at work in real time.

Regrettably, the hearing took on the look and feel of a closed door executive session – a moment when many councilors appeared to act like lemmings to the sea.

Councilor Capone was the only meaningful voice questioning the budget, as near as we can tell.

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Mayor ducks comment on number of convicted felons employed by city

Everett City Hall. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

By JOSH RESNEK

It is well known in city hall circles that the city employs or has employed a number of convicted felons.

It is clearly against the law in Everett for a convicted felon to be employed as a municipal employee or to serve in public office in any capacity according to the Everett City Charter.

The City Charter states exactly “any person who has been finally convicted of a state or federal felony shall not be eligible to petition or to serve in any elective or appointive office or position.”

The City Charter also specifies without equivocation that its anti-felon employment policy would apply to “any mayor who has been finally convicted of a state or federal felony shall be deemed to have vacated said office and shall be disqualified from serving in any other elective or appointive or position under the city.”

While the mayor has not been convicted of any felonies to date, he has had a number of run-ins over the years that led to court and apparent cash settlements with allegedly aggrieved parties to stay out of trouble.

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— Eye on Everett —

Fiction seems like truth at times – The Blue Suit

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By JOSH RESNEK

I’m really upset,” the mayor’s Blue suit said to me earlier this week.

‘What’s bothering you?” I asked.

“He is,” the Blue Suit answered. “The mayor says one thing and does another when no one is looking.”

“He’s a hypocrite,” he added.

“Did you just find that out?” I asked.

“No. I’ve known for a long time. It’s kind of hard to take. He is, after all, supposed to be the leader of the city. Everyone is supposed to look up to him. He is supposed to set the right example in public and private, but he doesn’t. He is two people, a regular Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” the Blue Suit said.

“He makes me uncomfortable. It is difficult to trust him to do the right thing. There are times when I wish I could be taken off and thrown into the trash, that’s how uneasy he makes me feel. But he would never do that unless someone else was paying to buy him a new suit.”

“What has set you off this week? Tell me, please.”

“It’s about him wearing a facemask,” the Blue Suit said.

“So?” I answered. ‘What about it?”

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Patriot’s victory a triumph

A TV frame ofNew England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton heads off the field at Gillette Stadium after winning in the empty stadium. (Photo by Josh Resnek)


By JOSH RESNEK

The Pat’s victory Sunday over the Dolphins raised spirits here substantially.

Without quarterback Tom Brady leading the pack into the new season for the first time in two decades, there were many, many questions about how the team would perform.

What was missing from the victory?

People in the stands.

There weren’t any.

The cheering we heard after a good play or a score or a great run, were canned cheering.

Canned cheering is to an empty football stadium where the game is being played on the field what canned laughter is to sit-coms shown on television.

America loves canned laughter.

I don’t. I’ve always hated it, made fun of it, mimicked it and finally turned the station. Not so with canned cheering at yesterday’s football matchup between the Patriots now led by Cam Newton facing the Dolphins.

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