State sues local companies for asbestos violations

A.G. says public health at risk with unsafe worksites

An Everett construction company and its president have been sued over claims of illegal work on asbestos water mains in Everett and Braintree, along with the Boston and Revere companies that transported the asbestos waste and illegally stored it at their Revere facility, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

“We allege that these defendants put the health of the public and their workers at risk by conducting illegal and unsafe asbestos work in the middle of city streets, including in environmental justice communities that already bear disproportionate environmental risks,” said Healey. “We will hold accountable people and companies who violate the laws intended to protect the public from this dangerous material.”

The AG’s lawsuit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court Monday, alleges that GTA Co., Inc. and its president, Gregory T. Antonelli, violated the state’s Clean Air Act when they removed and demolished asbestos-containing municipal water pipes without complying with required asbestos work practices as part of the water main replacement projects the City of Everett and the Town of Braintree hired them to complete.

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— Eye on Everett —

“When he’s really uptight, the mayor leaves his house to make private calls from Wood- lawn Cemetery.”

– The mayor’s Blue Suit speaking with Josh Resnek

By JOSH RESNEK

I picked up the Blue Suit in my red Honda Fit on Cabot Street near Everett Stadium Tuesday morning. He opened up the passenger door, bent downward a bit, gave me a smile, and tossed me a gas mask.

“What the hell is this for?” I asked.

“You’re not going to be smoking again my car, are you. Is that what the gas mask is for?” I said to the Blue Suit. Then he tossed a hazmat suit into the car before finally sitting down.

“What’s the hazmat suit for?” I asked the Blue Suit. “If we’re gonna be driving down Cabot Street, Wolcott Street, or Marlboro Street I’d suggest you suit up and then put the gas mask on. I’m going to do the same,” the Blue Suit suggested.

We suited up. We got out of the car. We walked up Cabot Street.

‘I get it now,” I told the Blue Suit. “We’re protected from the asbestos residue that might still be alive that got spilled all over the place and buried in the ground instead of being removed properly. Isn’t that right?” I asked.

“Yes, Josh. You are correct. This street and several others are potential danger zones. We are well-advised to wear gas masks and hazmat suits to keep asbestos from getting into our lungs and bloodstream, causing a nice cancer, and making of us the mirror image of so many former Monsanto employees who got Mesothelioma from working on contaminated land in contaminated buildings where the casino and hotel stand today,” the Blue Suit told me.

“Are you OK?” I asked the Blue Suit.

“You look like you’re struggling to breathe.”

The Blue Suit waved me off.

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Primary candidates ready to go

High level of excitement for local pols

By JOSH RESNEK

A total of 43 candidates for public office are now certified by the Election Department and are ready to go.

With a major mayoral race between Gerly Adrien, Fred Capone and the mayor, the primary on September 21 will prove to be exciting, and in large part, with an outcome right now in question and unknown.

Early intensity has marked many races, and especially the mayor’s race.

The mayor has not been challenged with two candidates in a primary in 14 years of political life as mayor.

Former Councilor Robert Van Campen was the last to challenge the mayor some years back.

Van Campen ran a tepid campaign.

The mayor beat him convincingly.

Adrien and Capone present a different scenario for the mayor this time around.

All three candidates have been campaigning hard throughout June and July.

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Delta virus cases rising

EHD quiet about COVID uptick

By JOSH RESNEK

Residents here have heard the news about an uptick in new cases of the Coronavirus, but no hard stats are available right now from the Everett Health Department.

Last week and into the beginning of this week, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed 586 new cases of virus across the state.

Vaccinations here and across the state have been continuing.

Anti-vaccine fans locally need to be aware that the highest number of new cases by a wide margin are occurring in the 20- 29 and the 30-39 age brackets and the assumption is the vast majority of those coming down with the virus or the variant have not been vaccinated.

Across the state, there were 114 patients hospitalized for COVID – 19.

Twenty-nine patients are in intensive care units with 12w of that number on respirators in order to stay alive.

In Middlesex County (Everett is in Middlesex County) during the past 14 days, there have been 526 new cases with more than 90,000 residents tested for the virus.

More new cases were reported in Middlesex County than in all other counties in the state.

In addition, cases were up in every county in the state during the past two weeks, a disturbing trend that could have implications.

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Encore is hiring

JULY 22: Encore Boston Harbor Casino and Resort. (Photo By Jim Mahoney)

Good pay, benefits, plenty of jobs available

By JOSH RESNEK

On or around September 4, the government’s unemployment windfall to those who lost their jobs during the pandemic comes to an end.

Many men and women will be looking for jobs.

Encore Boston Harbor is one of the best places to job search.

A perusal of the Encore jobs list posted online on their website reveals nearly 100 jobs available at the $2.6 billion casino and hotel complex.

Encore is a great employer.

They provide employees with good salaries commensurate with experience, job benefits including health care and vacation, but most importantly, for many who will apply and who will be hired, Encore provides careers.

This isn’t puffery.

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