Tide finish season with a Win

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Clarence Jules (4) carries the ball during the annual Thanksgiving Day Football Game against Masconomet Regional High School at Everett Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero

The Crimson Tide ended their season not in the way they started – and that’s a good thing.

On Thanksgiving morning, Masconomet Regional came into town and was handed a plate full of Crimson as the Tide rolled to a 41-7 win. The meeting, their fourth straight T-Day matchup, has been one-sided, with Everett taking all four games in convincing fashion (including 32-0 win last year).

And after suffering a disheartening loss to open the year, second- year head coach Theluxon Pierre is able to say his team bounced back and completed a winning season, albeit without a super bowl title, the right way.

“To be honest, I’m very proud of the kids, but growing up in Everett, this is a disappointing season,” Pierre said, noting the referee mishaps that marred another successful year on the field of play. Two years in a row controversial calls in the playoffs helped to bounce the Tide (8-3) from another run at the super bowl.

In his second year as head coach, Pierre now owns an overall record of 18-4, including two conference championships.

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The genie is out of the bottle and can’t be put Back

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By Josh Resnek

In Arab mythology the genie in the bottle is a mischievous spirit with magical powers.

Many believe this old saying comes from the story of Aladdin, who rubs a lamp and releases a genie from it.

However we choose to look at the saying, no matter what its derivation is, this we know for certain.

When the genie is let out of the bottle, the genie can’t be put back inside it.

No matter what you attempt, when the genie is out, a new moment is at hand and you better watch out.

Since his slate of candidates was roundly beaten at the polls in November, the mayor has been wondering about exactly what happened.

How could all his candidates lose and so convincingly?

The mayor is smart to be asking such a question of his brain staff at city hall.

Will he be smart enough to understand what is happening?

No, of course not.

He will avoid the truth the way he tends not to look at his own actions too carefully.

Will his brain trust be bold to suggest to him what is going on?

No. Absolutely not.

No one in his brain trust is daring enough to get the boss uptight.

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Public interviewing incomplete without locals given a Chance

The School Superintendent Choice Committee, led by School Chair Thomas Abruzzese are holding sham meetings this week for the public to interview the final choices for the open superintendent’s position.

Without the three “Everett” finalists being interviewed – excluded by a incoherent exclusionary process – the interviewing of the alleged “finalists” is a fraud at worst, and a symptom of much greater political involvement in the process than is warranted and should not be allowed.

Chair Abruzzese has shown a constitutional inability to let people think on their own. His admonition when the choice process was at its very beginning – “no local candidates allowed over my dead body” – proves how Abruzzesse’s hatred for the School Department’s leadership and certain administrators make it impossible for him to lead the choice committee.

This puts in question as well his aptitude for leadership of the School Committee.

This stunted and discriminatory choice process is also an indictment of a School Committee that has absolutely nothing to say of substance in response to the outrage sweeping certain communities concerned mainly with public education within the city.

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Using free cash to bring taxes down a waste of good Money

The mayor’s announcement last week that he will be taking $7 million of free cash to bring down the city’s tax rate is a waste of good money. Rather than taking $7 million in free cash from the city’s bank account to artificially lower taxes which are frankly running away, the mayor needs to cut the bloated budget by $7-$9 million, keep the $7 million dry in the free cash account.

The taxes will then take care of themselves, lowering themselves because the city is spending less.

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