By Walter Pavlo & Josh Resnek
When the Encore Boston Harbor was built, it was a reminder of how much our land had been destroyed by 400 years of what had been considered “progress.” The cleaning of that land was just a start to returning Everett to its past but one man had a vision of returning it to what it once was.
No, it was not Steve Wynn, but rather, it was Anthony Gattineri, one of the partners of FBT LLC, the small limited liability company that sold the land to Wynn.
Gattineri always believed that the land on which the casino was built was special and or is cursed.
The 33 acre Encore Boston Harbor Casino and Hotel property was the site of Monsanto Chemical for 75 years.
For 75 years, Monsanto poured arsenic and poisons into the land the way modern florists water plants.
The land was infused with mercury, lead and arsenic. The arsenic went down twelve feet!
When Gattineri became a partner in FBT Everett Realty in 2009, he believed that the group would somehow transform the land. Through a series of unfortunate events, Gattineri became embroiled in a twisted story of government corruption, coverup and fraud. He was eventually indicted and tried in Superior Court but cleared of all wrongdoing. Gattineri never lost faith in himself. He turned inward and developed a love of everything mystical. He took his experience with the filthiest land and water in the nation n Everett and morphed into a dedication of his life to the preservation of clean water, and to the effort of deriving life’s secrets from the water, in particular, one special source in Lynnfield, MA.
Boston Clear Water (located at 165 Lowell Street, Lynnfield, MA) has become a destination for people seeking pure mineral water. It is more than this, as Gattinerri points out.
Gattineri, who prefers to refer to himself as a shepherd rather than an owner, operates a kiosk at the Lynnfield mineral spring that comes from somewhere in a deep-earth aquifer.
“This place is special,” Gattineri said, “and it is my life’s mission to preserve it.”
The source of the water is known as Pocahontas Spring. It has been in continuous operation since the early 1900s though it has an oral history passed on by native Americans dating back millennia.
The spring source is located next to the kiosk. People from around New England are drawn to the natural source of mineral water. Some visitors come for its healing benefits. Others are drawn to the spring because of what they call its magical qualities.
“Everyone is welcome here,” said Gattineri.
Patrons of the spring bring their own containers and fill them at the kiosk while many also stay and pay homage to the spring source as a means of meditation.
Gattineri said that he thinks the land there is special.
“People tell me what they feel when they come here and I can tell this is not your typical destination for water,” Gattineri said.
The spring was recently featured on ABC’s
Channel 5 show Chronicle. The water is a link between New England’s past and its future.
The first wave of settlers in the Great Migration arrived in Everett in the early 1600s. The land on the Mystic River was once fertile hunting grounds for the Sagamore Indians for 500.
The land all around the mouth of Boston Harbor and Beacon Hill was a veritable Garden of Eden – unsoiled by the hands of man, as sweet smelling and untouched a place on this earth at that time.
Everett was as gorgeous to the heart and soul of an Englishman as casting eyes upon a Gainsborough masterpiece of the English countryside. The green, lush and verdant landscape was abundant for miles around. In every direction except East. The open Atlantic framed the land area where huts, yurts and teepees dotted what would one-day become Boston.
Throughout this largely untouched paradise, fresh water was plentiful in small ponds that dotted the area from what is today Chelsea to the Medford nexus heading West, and the same was true heading North. Mineral springs, whose origins came from deep within the earth, formed into small pools where the Sagamore Indians filled leather pouches and clay pots for drinking and bathing.
Gattineri’s life has been turned upside down by his land experience as the part owner of the site where the casino and hotel now stand.
He has gone from dreams centered in the Everett land to a dream now played out every day at his spring in Lynnfield.
Check it out. Tell Anthony the Leader Herald sent you.