Gridiron Flashback

In honor of all the fall football stars just waiting for their chance to pound the turf at Veterans Memorial Stadium, during the 2020-2021 Everett High School fall sports season, we are showcasing snap shots of newspaper clips from the past, each including some of the biggest names and games in EHS football history.


This week’s trip back in time brings us to Thanksgiving Day 2018. The Crimson Tide, who were powered all season long by senior running back Isaac Seide (featured running into the end zone), shutout Masconomet Regional High School, 26-0. In the blowout win, his final high school football game, Seide ran for two touchdowns. For the 2018 season, he racked up 11 TDs and over 800 rushing yards. Seide is currently a running back at University of New Hampshire.

Matewsky seeks ‘21 council presidency

Napolitano seen as candidate to replace Ragucci as assistant city clerk


City Councilor at Large Wayne Matewsky apparently has the support of most of his colleagues to be elected president of the council in January.

Matewsky told the Leader Herald that anything can happen, “and that it often does” but that he has the votes right now.

If elected, this would be the third time in 40 years of service on the Common Council and City Council that Matewsky has served as its president.

He served as president in 1999 and in 2005.

To date, Councilors Michael McLaughlin, John Hanlon, Mike Marchese, Ros DiFlorio, Stephanie Martins, and Anthony DiPierro, are believed to be supporting Matewsky’s bid for the position.

Matewsky has not yet asked Councilors Gerly Adrien, Fred Capone, or Peter Napolitano if they will be supporting him.

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Council OKs mayor’s bid to join school committee

City councilors Wayne Matewsky and Jimmy Tri Le at January’s swearing in ceremony. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso

Resolution sent to Beacon Hill for approval, Matewsky’s effort to return to ward voting fails


A resolution asking the state House of Representatives and the Senate to consider a home rule petition allowing the mayor to serve as a voting member of the School Committee passed Monday night. The vote was 7-4.

Another vote taken on the issue of changing voting practices from at-large to ward district voting failed.

The mayor’s initiative to gain a vote on the School Committee will now be judged and voted on by the legislature.

If and when an affirmative vote approves the measure, the mayor will sit as a voting member.

The voting change measure met a different fate.

It failed to pass.

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Encore staggers under COVID-19 restrictions

Paul Gaurino hands out a turkey at Everett Grace Food pantry as Covid-19 im- pacts employment and the economy. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)


Mask mandates, curfews, no large gatherings, and dozens of Coronavirus restraints on doing business are having a negative effect on Encore’s conduct of its business in Everett.

Hours of operation have been curtailed here dramatically, with hours slashed. Further restrictions from the state of Massachusetts Department of Public Health are certain to follow with the dramatic rise in case numbers now taking place.

In Las Vegas, Wynn Resorts is being hampered by new restrictions imposed on out of state travel in California because of the raging virus. Company officials announced they would be cutting mid-week hours of operations because of a lack of visitors to their facilities.

Those cuts included closing down casinos midweek.

All other major players in the Las Vegas gaming marketplace are doing the same.

With air travel at a stand-still coming into Las Vegas, car travel from California was accounting for almost 25% of the Wynn Resorts take in Las Vegas recently.

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Coronavirus running wild in Everett

Overcrowded coronavirus testing sites like the one above have become commonplace in Everett this holiday season. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Testing sites mobbed, restrictions put damper on Thanksgiving


Everyone celebrating Thanksgiving is being asked by state officials to have an abbreviated holiday, with smaller gatherings, less elaborate and well-attended family dinners, and with as little travel from place to place as possible.

Not only the forecast of rain putting a damper on this year’s holiday. It comes at a moment in history quite unlike that of any modern or ancient celebration of the holiday.

The annual Black Friday shopping extravaganza was expected to be down this holiday with so many people indicating they would be remaining at home rather than to venture outside.

With the state now reporting almost 3,000 new infections a day, with soaring hospitalizations and deaths (there were 24 new deaths Sunday alone), this Thanksgiving holiday will prove itself to be one of the new lows brought on by the COVID-19.

Health officials estimate there are 40,000 active cases of the virus across the state.

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