Joe Kennedy campaign stops In Everett; meets with locals

Everett City Councilor At-large Gerly Adrien speaks with U.S. Congressman and candidate for US Senate, Joe Kennedy III, on Broadway. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Josh Resnek

In the midst of a political campaign to unseat Senator Ed Markey, and only days before their first televised debate, Congressman Joe Kennedy came to Everett over the weekend.

Accompanied by Councilor at Large Gerly Adrien, he toured several local businesses. He spoke in fluent Spanish to the employees and owners of the local travel agency, Tivari Travels.

He visited the Creole restaurant on Main Street.

He then met with members of the local Haitian community at the Haitian Community Center.

Kennedy’s visit followed a successful tour of the city by Markey two weeks ago led by Adrien.

“He is a very impressive young congressman,” Adrien told the Leader Herald.

“The people of our city and of Massachusetts have an important and interesting choice to make in September,” she added.

Adrien, and Councilors Mike McLaughlin, Fred Capone and Stephanie Martins joined with Kennedy at the Haitian Community Center.

He spoke in front of a small crowd of about 50 men, women and children.

Markey is fighting for his political life in a battle that will likely end with him or Kennedy winning the Democratic Primary in September, and by default, the coveted senate seat.

Adrien was the catalyst for Kennedy’s appearance here.

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Former FBI agent Stern, Wynn’s Former Top Dog Of Security, Claimed Little Knowledge of Land Transaction

By Josh Resnek

The former Senior Vice President for Corporate Security at Wynn Resorts was James C. Stern, a 25 year special agent for the FBI. He departed the company last April just after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission held a public forum to ask Wynn executives about the sexual harassment cases involving their co-founder Steve Wynn.

For those of you who think this is old news, Stern’s removal came only ten months ago.

The casino land deal and everything having to do with it remains a current topic in legal circles and among many lawyers now litigating law cases related to the land deal and the subsequent award of the casino license to Wynn Resorts.

The Boston office of the FBI has shown a great deal of deference to the real culprits who stole the casino license from the Sterling Group in Revere so Steve Wynn could buy it for the Wynn Corporation from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission at a discount.

The folks from Sterling passed the law and order test to gain the license but lost it to Wynn, who had to resign from his own company in disgrace for alleged acts of egregious sexual harassment and worse, allegations about which the FBI claims to have had no knowledge of after conducting a thorough investigation.

This proved an old Massachusetts political adage that the good guys with all the qualifications never win over the bad guys who won, who never should have been awarded the license.

How the land was found, who originally bought it, how the FBI began a “thorough” investigation that somehow left out Steve Crosby, the former MGC chair and Paul Lohnes, his business partner to whom he owed money, is the stuff of Boston office FBI riddles.

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Friendly Sons of St. Patrick holding time at Encore

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By Josh Resnek

One of the city’s oldest continuous St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations organized and held by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will take place at the Encore Boston Harbor Casino and Hotel in March.

This represents a significant move from the Connolly Center, where the celebration has been held in recent years.

It is also likely to represent a changing time as the price for entry is $100 per person with tables selling for $900, according to those organizing the event.

“What is going to happen to the elderly? Are they going to spend $100 each for their annual corned beef and cabbage dinner with all the fixings?” asked a local businessman who has attended the time for many years.

“How will they get to the Encore location? They won’t be walking there, I can assure you,” he added.

“Unless someone treats them, they won’t be there.”

The elderly comprise a large percentage of the total crowd expected to attend every year, and especially during recent years.

Recent St. Patrick’s Day celebrations have revealed a softening of the events lasting power.

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t what it used to be in Everett.

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Indictment underscores importance of mayor coming clean re: legal expenses

By Josh Resnek

The city council’s attempt to have Mayor Carlo DeMaria reveal why he has spent more than $200,000 from his campaign finance account for criminal attorneys was underscored Tuesday afternoon by the Federal indictment of Representative David Nangle for misusing his campaign fund account for personal expenses.

Persistent questioning of the mayor’s use of campaign funds for criminal attorneys, and his refusal to be forthcoming about the nature of the representation and whether or not it is for personal reasons – and if not – for what reason – is now coming to a head.

A review of the mayor’s expenditures is apparently being conducted by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

Five members of the city council are adamant that the mayor reveal what the legal expenses are for.

During the first week of March, the mayor has been asked to appear before the city council committee of the whole to answer such questions. Councilors Mike Marchese, Gerly Adrien, Fred Capone, and Mike McLaughlin are insistent that the mayor needs to answer for his legal expenses and what they are for.

“It’s time for the mayor to come clean,” Marchese told the Leader Herald.

In addition, a local resident has asked for the city to reveal what the mayor’s proffer with the US Attorney’s office is all about.

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Uncharted territory

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Everett High School’s head coach Tammy Turner gives her team last minute instructions before the Somerville HS game. Everett clinched the GBL championship with a 72-64 win. (Photo By Jim Mahoney)

By Lorenzo Recupero

Everett High School girls basketball is having one of its best years on record.

With a 72-64 win over Somerville Monday, they improve to 15-2 overall.

The number 15 means a lot, in this instance.

It means the Lady Tide not only clinched the Greater Boston League championship, but it means one of the best records in school history and it means the most wins in Head Coach Tammy Turner’s long coaching career.

Turner has been a coach for 13 years and her best season before clinching the GBL title against longtime rival Somerville was a 14-win campaign.

The record so far shows a season like no other for her and the Tide, but it’s being a part of a special team that has made living between the numbers a success for Turner this season.

“I have a lot of confidence in this team. It’s such a great group of kids who are very athletic, who don’t give up,” said Turner of her senior-led squad this year. “It’s been a lot of fun,” said Turner.

The senior duo of Carolanne Cardinale and Maddy Duraes, who were honored prior to the Somerville game, are spark plugs in a season that has epitomized what it means to grow from one season to the next. Cardinale has led the team all year in rebounds and Duraes has provided instant energy on offense and defense when its needed most.

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