Foppiano looking to make waves

JUNE 18: Professional Boxer Shayna Foppiano practices her boxing skills underwater. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

Next bout July 23


It’s been over a year since Everett boxer Shayna Foppiano last got into the ring to defend her undefeated professional record. 

Finally, after months of searching for an opponent and waiting out Coronavirus restrictions, the time has come for Foppiano (3-0-1) to flex her muscle and try to extend her winning record. 

“Oh, man, I am so excited for the fans! It’s definitely music to my ears!,” said a very ready-to-go Foppiano, who will be fighting in front of a live crowd, something she wasn’t sure would be a possibility when fig planning began earlier this year.

The upcoming bout, against pro boxer Vanessa Grimes of Texas, who has a background in Mixed Martial Arts, will take place Friday, July 23rd at the Castleton Banquet Hall in Windham, New Hampshire. Doors are scheduled open at 6pm, fights start at 7pm.

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Locals collect diplomas

Endicott College

Omar Elhirach has been awarded a Master of Business Administration from Endicott College in Beverly.

Quinnipiac University

Erin Bessler of Everett, MA received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Quinnipiac University during a commencement ceremony held in May. Quinnipiac is a private, co-educational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston.

Everett missed the boat on a new school, council oblivious to homelessness


Everett needed a new school five years ago. Now it’s going to take five years to have a new school approved and longer than that to get it built.

That puts Everett ten years behind the education process. Everett residents could easily be on the hook to repay 90 mil- lion or more in taxes for their share of a new school.

Especially with cost overruns and delays, the payback could be much higher.
This is a common occurrence when faced with a $400 million project of this size. But more so especially if you hire the wrong contractors.

The city could have easily saved tens of millions of dollars if they built a school five years ago.

I guess our politician’s main concern was building a casino instead. After all, how could the mayor award himself a 232k salary without the casino?

He needed casino dollars for that.

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Juneteenth a national holiday

Friday, June 19th, has been named a Federal Holiday.

Such an honor has been a long time coming.

The annual celebration commemorates the day when the last enslaved African Americans were informed, they are free.

It is one of those historical abnormalities that finds eight of the first 12 presidents were slaveholders.

This includes Thomas Jefferson, the writer of the Declaration of Independence.

“All men are created equal,” Jefferson wrote.

At the time, that meant all white people are created, not Black people, who were slaves.

It is difficult to assess the exact damage slavery did to the generations that came before and to those who have come after, except to say, slavery is about as bad as it gets, especially in a democracy like ours which takes such great pride in our Constitution.

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