Council Votes on Plan That May Not Be Legal

City Solicitor Can’t Answer Capone’s Question on Legality

By Josh Resnek

Without tending to care very much at all whether or not what they were approving is legal, the city council Monday night voted to proceed with the mayor’s proposal for revitalizing, and essentially, remaking, Everett Square after about 100 years of inertia.

This is, as was discussed by the urban planner/consultant who addressed the city council, a very important first step in getting on with the intensification of density, and all the natural things that come with it, in order for the square to come alive, and to aid the city economically and socially in the years to come.

The plan, in its infancy and something that will take about 20 years to complete, includes new buildings with 6-8 story heights, street floor commercial efforts and the hoped for unification of the many different parts of this program intended to make Everett Square, the single most exciting place in the city.

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A Command Performance by the Mayor’s Staff

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(Photo by Josh Resnek) Councilor Mike McLaughlin shown questioning the mayor’s employees about the troubles at the Wellness Center. From left: Councilor McLaughlin, Assistant City Solicitor Keith Slattery, City Solicitor Colleen Mejia, Human Resources Director Lara Wehbe Ammour, and Dr. Omar Easy.

Wellness Center Questions Go Unanswered

By Josh Resnek

Councilor Michael McLaughlin’s laudable attempt to get to the bottom of the difficulties both past and present facing the city’s out of control Wellness Center was met by derision and hostility by Dr. Omar Easy, Human Resources Director Lara Wehbe Ammour, and City Solicitor Colleen Mejia.

Watching the show and approving of it was the mayor.

Personnel matters can’t be discussed, they all said in their own inimitable way, while at the same time evading any responsibility for the goings on at the troubled Wellness Center.

One official yelled at McLaughlin and said she had offered to allow him to answer written out questions that he presented to her.

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Invite Aramark Back for Another Three Years; It’s Better for Our Kids

The mayor’s intrusion into the world of the public schools at first blush appeared to make good sense.

Let’s give the kids better food than they eat everyday, the mayor let everyone know last week at a public hearing.

The 85 or so longtime devoted cafeteria employees felt that something was up with the intrusion of the mayor into food service in the public schools.

After all, school kids are eating fresh fruits, wheat bread, lower sodium ham and cheese, in fact, nearly every item served up to the public school children of Everett today includes the kind of nutrients that are good for the body.

The mayor’s desire to undo the system 25 years in the making to remake it at a much higher cost makes no economic sense, especially during a turbulent economic period when the city finds itself facing a difficult year and with not much extra money in the city treasury.

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— Eye on Everett —

Does Maddox Know Something We Don’t?

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By Josh Resnek

 

Cathy Judd Stein ready to rule; How does Matt Maddox already Know her decision?

Did the new Chairperson of the Gaming Commission Cathy Judd Stein speak with Wynn Resorts president Matt Maddox last week? And more importantly if she did, did she tell him Wynn Resorts is all set?

Did she say, “Don’t worry Matt. The fix is in.”

Sounds like she did just that.

Maddox was ebullient last week detailing to a group of investment experts the June 23 opening of the casino/hotel here in Everett without a hint of doubt.

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Mayor Challenged on Food Service Plan

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Mayor DeMaria (above) had a lot on his plate this week.

New Proposal Said to be Costly and Inefficient

By Josh Resnek

The mayor’s intrusion into the administration of the School Department showed its ugly side at Monday night’s School Committee meeting.

The mayor wants to remake the wheel by ending the school food delivery program with the Aramark company and attract a new company to do more at a much higher costs with no real return.

His effort to rethink the district’s food service has caused fear and consternation among 85 cafeteria employees all concerned about their jobs.

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