The flyover

Fighter jets fly over the Tobin Bridge on July 4, 2020. (Photo By Jim Mahoney)

On July 4, during the early afternoon, roaring out of the North and flying low in formation heading South, about two dozen modern jet aircraft of the United State Air Force flew majestically over Boston on their way to Florida.

What a sound and what a site!

Some people call the roar of the jet engines, “the sound of freedom.”

Millions of Americans saw this flyover.

It began with six F-16 fighter jets, perhaps the best in the world, flown by pilots, arguably, the best in the world, moving at subsonic speed to show us all they are there especially when needed.

Then came an entirely black B-1 bomber with its swept back wing and odd look, a precision bomber that can penetrate radar and evade missiles. It cannot be stopped by any armed force on this earth.

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The city is broke

Given the secrecy and the quiet about the city’s budget making efforts, the assumption is that the city must be broke or very close to it.

The mayor and his financial chief, who most often have something to say about the brilliance of their financial meanderings for the city, have remained especially quiet during this budget making period.

When you are the city of Everett, here’s what it means to be broke.

It means that there are very likely millions of dollars in the city Treasury to draw from, but that those millions could be gone with the snap of a finger, just like that.

Having $5 or $6 million on hand in a city of this size with heavy expenses to be met from week to week, is like opening a corner store with only enough money in the register on hand to break a $100 dollar Benjamin Franklin.

Break one Benjamin Franklin and you’re out of business.

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Phase 3 reopening starts as Coronavirus tamping down

La Hacienda has both outdoor and indoor dining available as Phase 3 kicks in for reopening. (Photo By Jim Mahoney)

City has high rate, but restaurants can serve again with restrictions

By JOSH RESNEK

The City of Everett remains a hotbed of Coronavirus, according to a July 1 report released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

As of this week, Everett has reported 1,775 confirmed cases of the virus, which translates into 3,636 cases per 100,000 people with a positivity rate of 24.85% – a shockingly high figure that makes the city in the top three in Massachusetts.

To date, 7104 men, women and children have been tested here for an average testing rate of 14634 per 100,000.

The testing figures can all be extrapolated in a prorated way and redetermined based on our estimated 60,000 population.

Bottom line, Everett would have suffered mightily had Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito failed to put in place among the strictest set of health and hygiene standards in the nation along with a highly restrictive set of rules and regulations regarding social distancing, face masks and tracing.

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Herculean task to ready schools by September planned by EPS

Everett High School. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

By JOSH RESNEK

The Everett School Department is right now creating a set of plans to comply with state requirements about the possible reopening of the public schools in September.

Whether or not the public schools will reopen in September remains as uncertain from day to day as the New England weather.

All public school districts in the Commonwealth must present their reopening plans in August, according to guidelines issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

“Submitting a completed plan is not a guarantee that schools will be reopened,” said a longtime school department employee with knowledge of the process.

“A lot will depend on how the nation is doing with the virus as the time for reopening approaches,” he added.

That being said, July is a planning month for most school districts, and this includes Everett.

Reopening the public schools here is considered a Herculean task.

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Wynn properties losing staggering sums of money

Encore hopes to reopen by next week.(Photo By Jim Mahoney)

By JOSH RESNEK

Encore Boston Harbor Casino and Hotel is now preparing to reopen for the first time since the COVID-19 virus shut it down on March 15.

Since that time, the financial losses all around from the closing have become apparent as almost 4,000 employees have been laid off, no money has come in, millions more have been spent to conform with Massachusetts Gaming Commission health and hygiene standards. Overall, the shorter term outlook is grim.

Encore has not paid the city of Everett more than $12 million it is owed for in lieu of tax payments. The hotel, which will be opening only four days a week with no amenities, has not generated any room tax fees for the city – a tremendous loss – and many aspects of the Encore operation have been called into question.

Even with the reopening, the limits put upon capacity and the requirements for health and hygiene with social distancing, masks, and a lack of roulette, craps and card games, translates into a cycle of impossibility as executives try to bring back revenues enough to carry the operation.

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