Crimson Tide track a work in progress

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Eduarda Bernardo clears the beam during the high jump during a track meet against Malden High School at Malden High School. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero

If you look at the Everett High School boys and girls track records for what they are, a lack of wins might make it seem like the team isn’t on top of things, but head coach Jehu Cimea isn’t worried about records as much as he is overall effort.

“All our athletes try their best for us each meet we’ve had,” said Cimea, in his third year at the helm for the Tide.

Following Tuesday’s loss to Malden High School, the boys dropped to 1-2 and the girls to 0-3 overall, respectively. The lone win for EHS came last week in a 48-38 triumph over Medford High School.

“Hard work has defined our season so far,” said Cimea, who is choosing to build off effort rather than records with this years team. “Their hard work is paying off. They want to perform their best always and push themselves always,” said Cimea.

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Mayor fails at diversity

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By Josh Resnek

In the city of Everett today the population is 92% minority, with the multi-cultural nature of the city increasing everyday. There is very little evidence the city has done anything to encourage this.

Nowhere is this absence of interest in racial balance for the city government more evident than in the city’s most public place, city hall.

In fact, the evidence, that is, what one sees when one gets beyond the nearly entirely white veneer of the employee force of city hall, points to the mayor ignoring the minority population of the city in his archaic, backward and racist hiring policies. He pays lip service to being for everyone in Everett in his public statements.

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Newly sworn in City Councilors Gerly Adrien, Jimmy Tri Le and Stephanie Martins stand together at the end of the City of Everett’s 2020 Inaugural Ceremonies at City Hall.

This is a bold faced lie.

“Everyone” in his lexicon means all those who are not from minorities. They need not apply.

The mayor could care less about minorities.

He has proven this year after year for longer than a decade.

He shows very little real interest in minorities populating the city hall workforce.

City hall’s workforce should not be one group or another occupying all the lesser and better positions.

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Asking the right questions

The city council has asked the mayor and or his city solicitor and his purchasing agent to provide the city government with some proof that he has in fact negotiated the sale of the former Pope John High School property for $10.5 million.

It is one thing to take the mayor at his word as the council did two weeks ago when it appropriated the money for the mayor to use without an agreement in hand.

It is another thing for the mayor to provide evidence that the deal really exists.

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Improving city hall Is the right thing to do

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The 2020 Everett City Government.

The mayor announced that city hall is about to receive a transformative makeover during his annual address to the city recently.

It is a makeover that has been long overdue.

The city hall structure itself is entirely out of tune with modern necessities regarding usage and light, meeting places and community accessibility.

Everett City Hall is ugly inside and outside.

For decades since being built, it has represented a bit of a time warp. It was built square and dull, without any sense of aesthetic, history, or of the future, the way kids used to build with Erector sets.

The announcement made last week and the drawings provided by city hall depicting the new and improved structure – at least outside – and what it is going to look like, are a vast improvement over what exists today.

What is that?

It is a city hall that looks like something out of the 1960’s, the rough equivalent of what a 1968 Chevy Impala would look like to all of us driving down Broadway today.

City hall’s look and feel, with the blue exterior and its undifferentiated dull and boring sameness, is almost hopelessly outdated.

What is the plan?

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To change how councilors are elected or not?

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Newly elected Everett City Councilor Gerly Adrien speaks to the room during her election celebration party at Braza Bar And Grill in Everett, Ma on Saturday January 11, 2020.

By Josh Resnek

Councilor Wayne Matewsky said the way Everett elects its ward councilors under the present City Charter is undemocratic, a statement that drew the positive interest of many of his colleagues Monday night at city hall.

Matewsky’s plea for the city council to change how ward councilors are presently elected with a citywide vote to how it was done in the past, with only at-large candidates standing for election by a citywide vote, is considered sensible by most of the council and by voters in general.

The nuance is a wide divide, according to discussions among the councilors and for the city solicitor, who said she was awaiting comments and legal guidance from outside counsel as well as the Attorney General’s office about whether or not the city can return to voting for ward councilors with a ward only vote.

How to do it, if legal and right, is the rub, according to the city solicitor.

Because of the city solicitor’s caution, Matewsky’s motion was put off for a month for the city solicitor to receive the guidance she needs to make a legal and just rendering to the council on the matter.

“If you live in the ward and run for the seat, you should live in the ward and be elected by the voters in the ward,” Matewsky argued.

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