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About Memorials we build

The memorial to the 9/11 dead in Everett Square. (Photo by Joe Resnek)

Wherever there is a memorial, I read the inscriptions, I check out the names and the dates of the placement of the memorial. The 9/11 memorial was placed in Everett Square around 2011, more than a decade after two Everett residents, the Trentini’s, perished on one of the flights that slammed into the World Trade Center on that fateful Day.

Memorials generally take many years to establish.

For instance, the World War II Memorial in Washington DC wasn’t built and dedicated until 2004 – almost 60 years after the end of the war in 1945.

The Bunker Hill Memorial took a good 75 years to build following the battle where some 1500 American patriots lost their lives standing up to the British Empire.

Here in Everett, squares and some street corners during the past three decades have memorialized the sacrifices of Everett residents who gave their lives in the service of their country in World War II and Korea and in Vietnam.

The 9/11 memorial speaks well of the city. Such a memorial is fitting and right.

Firefighters feel the pain

Everett firefighter did the right thing on 9/11 to honor not just the nearly 3,000 innocents who died in the terrorist bombings but to honor as well more than 300 members of the New York City Fire Department who gave their lives so others might live on that day.

Sunday’s 60 Minutes piece about the sacrifices made by the more than 300 dead in New York City on that day was a profound look at how first responders were not deterred by the hopelessness of the situation.

Firefighters cast their fate and their lives to the wind, to duty and to service on that day rushing into twin buildings that would shortly collapse trying to save those who were trapped.

Since 9/11, nearly all of us have come to understand that firefighters and police officers put their lives on the line for us every day.

They do this for us.

We don’t do such a thing for them – and many people in this nation tend to complain about first responders.

Everett’s first responders rock.

They answer the call every time.

They honor their colleagues – and that’s the way it should be.

Brazilian flag raised

It is estimated that the Brazilian population of Everett could number as many as 10,000. So it is no coincidence that the city has taken a greater interest in the aspirations of the Brazilian residents living here and in business here.

On September 9 at city hall there was a celebration and a flag raising to celebrate the country’s 201st year of independence.

There was a parade and a celebration in the city parking lot on School Street.

Everett’s Director of Diversity Cathy Draine was joined by the Executive Director of the Brazilian Women’s Group Heloisa Galvao, State Rep. Judith Garcia, City Councilor Stephanie Martins and Deputy Consol for the Brazilian Consulate in Boston, Julio Cesar de Jesus.

Rivergreen Drive proposal

An enormous, game changing development of Rivergreen Drive has been taken up by the Planning Board.

Developers John Tocco and Ricky Belliveau have presented the city with a stunning proposal to build about 830,000 square feet containing 591 units with 585 parking spaces and a 14 acre riverfront path and park.

Approximately 59 units of affordable housing will be included in the proposed development package.

The mayor has apparently expressed his disapproval for the project.

The mayor said in a letter to the Planning Board that the need of a new high school outweighs the development plans for the 591 units of housing and that access to the waterfront to be maintained was extremely important.

The development proposal will take some time to sort out with legal, architectural, engineering and environmental aspects of the project all in need of clarification.

Wayne Newton stayed at Encore

Wayne Newton

Wayne Newton stayed at the Encore Boston Harbor Casino and Hotel recently during a visit to Boston for the Italian Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian in Cambridge.

The legendary performer known around the world apparently prefers the five star Encore Hotel to any other place locally when he comes to Boston.

Even as an aging giant of a star, Newton remains a enormous personality and one of the world’s most famous musical performers on stage.

Newton has sold millions of records during a 40 year career.

We hope you enjoyed your stay in Everett!

Nick Zaino at EPL

Nick Zaino

Nick Zaino, a Lynn resident, is appearing at the Everett Public Library Thursday evening at 7pm at the Parlin.

He will be talking about what he knows best – stand up comedy and a wide general knowledge of arts and entertainment.

Zaino is mainly a freelance writer and pod caster who works a beat for the Boston Globe about stand up comedy.

Check Zaino out.

Everett real estate

Another Everett multi-unit home on Dowse Street has joined the over $1 million club with a sale announced of the large four family for $1,170,000 by Banker and Tradesman, the real estate encyclopedia of Greater Boston.

21 Dowse Street, Everett.

The seller was Eusebio Arruda.

The buyer was listed as Mayank Agarwal. A multi unit home on Waverly Street went for $950,000, according to Banker and Tradesman.

The seller was John Ricci. The buyer was listed as Kristo Mitko.

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