Steve Supino

One of the city’s most popular employees, Steve Supino, is undergoing treatments for a health issue that needs to be taken care of.

Supino will be working weekends for the city to make up for the time he is losing getting medical treatments during the weekdays.

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Mayor’s raise should be stripped

The city council has awarded the mayor with a $12,000 raise in his salary being called a car allowance.

Secretary of State Bill Galvin and Attorney General Maura Healey should investigate this outrage to our common sense.

This $12,000 raise was given as part of the budget cutting exercises at city hall Saturday afternoon.

We understand the apathy that allows such raises to be given to the mayor, who does not need it, when he comes before the council to cut the budget, to bring it in line with income.

What we do not understand is how the mayor can bully and berate his colleagues in government, humiliating them, actually, so they capitulate to his whims.

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Casino chaos engulfing city; Mayor out golfing with friends

Everett’s world has been turned upside down by reports that Wynn Resorts and MGM are apparently in talks about Wynn selling the casino and hotel.

Such news is a potential economic tsunami for the mayor and for residents and taxpayers.

There is presently no end and no beginning to the speculation about what exactly is going on.

This we all know – Wynn Resorts selling out is not a good thing for the city. It is a destabilizing move, one certain to effect the city’s host agreement and its financial well-being.

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Working for the casino and hotel Already a reality for thousands

Encore Casino and Hotel officials estimate that 5,200 out of 5,800 jobs have been filled.

This is an extraordinary accomplishment.

This is part of the promise and it has been mightily fulfilled.

Many employees who have already passed various investigations into their backgrounds have spent the past few weeks in training.

In order to run a five star hotel such as Encore’s, the need is for five star employees, trained to deliver five star services to its patrons – estimated at 8 million this year.

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Playing to a shrinking Voter demographic

With municipal elections arriving soon with the speed of the blink of an eye, there are indications that new challengers are far and few between. Voting office records kept at city hall reveal very few newcomers taking out papers for the municipal election in the fall.

There had been the belief that an entire slate of newcomers would dominate School Committee races during this period of School Department turmoil.

Although many residents complain about the City Council doing the mayor’s bidding nearly every time, neither the incumbents on the City Council nor those on the School Committee need be too concerned.

Is it a lack of interest holding people back from putting their name onto a city ballot? Is it the power of incumbency that causes newcomers to stay away? Is it nearly everyone’s frustration with a system that seems unto itself that keeps possible participants away from the political process?

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