Dear Residents of Everett,
My family and I would like to extend to each of you a Happy and Healthy New Year greeting. We are glad that 2020 is over and like most families are optimistic that 2021 will be better. The New Year is an opportunity to envision the future, but it is also a time to reflect on the past. Like many, we have lost friends and family in 2020 to COVID 19 and other causes. Nevertheless, their spirit remains with us and they will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have experienced a similar loss.
I realize that many of you are tired: tired of not being able to visit friends and loved ones, celebrate holidays together, to give someone a needed hug, to attend in-person school and work, and to enjoy your favorite places. Quite frankly, it has been a long, difficult, and exhausting year. That said, it was also a year that demonstrated our resilience and tenacity. As I reflected upon the year 2020, I was moved by how much we accomplished by working together and the countless examples of commitment to the community.
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The Blue Suit discusses the mayor’s Aruba trip
By JOSH RESNEK
I don’t know whether he was joking with me or not, but the Blue Suit told me he recently talked to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh about Carlo taking off to Aruba for a little holiday getaway only moments after the governor pleaded with Massachusetts residents and leaders to stay at home. That was done with a mass e-mail to nearly everyone carrying a cell phone in Massachusetts.
Here’s how the Blue Suit put it to me.
“Carlo probably read the e-mail from the governor on his cell as he made his way to Logan Airport. Carlo’s cell, as we all know, is not a jail cell, it is his office that he holds in his hand and carries in his pocket. I can assure you; Carlo didn’t care what people would think because he believes people are idiots. He thinks the superintendent of schools is an idiot. Fred Capone is a loser and an idiot. Mike Marchese and his brother are idiots. Of course, they weren’t idiots when they supported him or saved his life when he got in trouble. Gerly Adrien is not just an idiot. She is a Black, an aggressive woman who doesn’t know her place in this city and she’s an idiot who he will crush.”
“OK. OK. OK.,” I said to the Blue Suit. “Does the mayor think I’m an idiot?” I asked.
“Are you serious?” the Blue Suit replied. “You’re not just an idiot but you are a fool, a failure, a disease worse than the COVID-19.”
“Does he say that about me?” I asked, pretending to be bothered.
“He says much worse,” the Blue Suit added.
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“Like what? I want to know. Tell me,” I pleaded.
The Blue Suit paused.
“He relates you to your religion in the most disgusting, offensive way. But that’s his style. I know you understand.”
The mayor’s trip to Aruba last week is the surest sign hat the mayor’s need to satisfy himself goes way beyond his desire to do his job and to stand side by side with his constituents during a difficult time.
Anyway, one wishes to look at it, leaving for a trip on an airplane during the height of a pandemic and returning as though he went to the corner store is not a preferred thing to do for the mayor of a besieged city of almost 60,000 people.
In addition, the mayor’s futile effort to make believe he didn’t go to Aruba fooled more than a handful of people, including some of his closest allies.
Going to Aruba when the city is in the grips of a health catastrophe that also impacts business interests and the city’s finances, is par for the course for the mayor.
Covering up the trip as though it didn’t happen is also par for the course for this mayor.
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At the end of December, Devens school student Christina Troville died following complications from a lung transplant operation.
A moment of silence was observed for Christina before the start of Monday evening’s School Committee meeting.
She was described by those who knew her as a ray of bright light, an inquisitive young girl taken down at an early age by impossible medical complexities that were too hard to overcome.
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Among the worst aspects of this winter that is upon us is that Everett’s schoolchildren and schoolchildren remain learning online at home. Universities’ classroom instruction across the nation has experienced the same fate.
Add to this the extraordinary impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and our nation’s rather slow and painful reaction to it.
Several hundred thousand more deaths from the virus are expected in just the next three or four months, and frankly, vaccines of no vaccines, there appears to be no end in sight for our problems with the virus, with unemployment, with small businesses going under, with major cities experiencing a revolution in where we work, how we work, and creating great questions about the future of many downtowns – and this includes Boston.
Everett has been dramatically affected by the virus and its resulting hassles.
The Encore Hotel and Casino are right now all about dreariness. The hotel is closed. The casino is restricted from generating money – which the city is relying on for our Host City payment – and it is a question mark when everything is going to change, or return to normal, as we like to say.
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