Foppiano looks to get back in the ring

Boxer Shayna Foppiano sparring with workout partner Dennis Hickey. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

Knocked out by Coronavirus local boxer battles back for upcoming March bout


Local boxer Shayna Foppiano is training again to pick up the gloves and get back in the ring after a Coronavirus-extended absence from the sport she loves.

Foppiano, looking to extend her undefeated professional record (3- 0-1), will fight Saturday, March 13 at the Castleton Banquet Hall in Castleton, New Hampshire at a date and time still to be determined.

With her initial opponent backing out of the scheduled bout, whom she will square-off with will be named at a later date.

The fight, due to Coronavirus regulations still in place, won’t feature any in-person fanfare but will be streamed live on the Boston Boxing Promotions Facebook page.

Foppiano, who fell victim to Coronavirus late last year, said her fight against the illness wasn’t an easy win but she is back up, better, and healthy.

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Rita M. (Petrino) Hurley

Former Board of Health employee

HURLEY, Rita M. (Petrino) of Everett, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was 83 years old.

Born in Everett, Rita worked as a clerk in the Board of Health office at the Everett City Hall for many years.

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Norma Lillian Laskey

Enjoyed travel, Maine coast

Norma Lillian Laskey, passed away at age 92, on Christmas Day, of complications
of breast cancer. Norma was predeceased by her parents, Allen and Lillie Laskey, and her sister, Barbara. She is survived by her brother, Richard Laskey, of Medford, and 24 devoted nieces and nephews, who she loved dearly.

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School opening unlikely by late Feb.


Unbelievably enough, public schools in Everett have been closed since last March.

If events and timing remain on track for the virus to abate and for vaccines enough to inoculate the public, it appears that schools will not reopen this year, dooming the public school community to another round of compromised graduations and grade promotions.

Superintendent Priya Tahiliani has been predicting that a hybrid plan for a partial reopening of the public schools while at the same time maintaining online, at-home education, may come to pass at the end of February.

However, the jury is out on whether or not this will happen, and if it will happen end of February.

The desire to reopen public schools across the nation is in full swing with the Biden Administration saying schools must be reopened as soon as practically possible.

Teachers’ unions all over the nation, here in Massachusetts, and in Everett, do not want to reopen the public schools before their safety can be guaranteed.

The vaccination of the teacher force is vitally important to the reopening of the schools as soon as possible.

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