The Jewish New Year is Again a Moment to Ponder our Existence.

The holiday began Sunday evening at sunset when God presumably opens the Book of Life.

Into that book he writes who shall live and who shall die, who shall be happy and who shall be sad, who shall be rich and who shall be poor, who shall be exalted and who shall be brought low and on and on.

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Showing Solidarity and Sensitivity

The city came together Saturday morning to honor the memory of Ersilia Matarazzo in a Kiwanis sponsored march that drew more than 500 men, women and children.

The event highlighted a tremendous outpouring of emotion for Matarazzo, who met a tragic end to her life last year at the hands of her husband

March organizer Kiwanian Marlene Zizza said the event was to raise funds for an educational scholarship, one more out of ten that already exist, for a needy child from the city to memorialize Matarazzo’s stewardship in helping others.

Matarazzo’s children, family, parents and siblings all spoke.

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City Should Change Voting Law for Council Elections

The City of Everett needs to change its voting law governing how ward councilors are elected to public office.

The city must morph from the rather short sighted and foolish proposition that anything democratic is obtained by voting citywide to elect ward councilors as is currently the legal requirement.

The election of ward councilors should be entirely and exclusively a ward affair, geographically and politically.

Why?

Because this was always the fair way to elect ward councilors.

It is not fair to have citywide balloting for ward councilor races. What happens in Ward 6 has almost nothing whatsoever to do with what happens in Ward 1 and vice versa.

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Congratulations Captains Lewis and Sikora; And to Lieutenants Collins and LoRusso

The city council Monday evening approved unanimously the appointments to Lt. in the Fire Department of Richard Collins and Sabato LaRusso.

In addition, Jay Lewis and Walter Sikora were appointed Captains.

We congratulate these men for their many years of faithful public service to the people of this city.

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Parking and new Development

In a rare bit of city government not witnessed here before, a question about a mixed use residential and commercial project on Broadway travelled from the Zoning Board of Appeals to the city council Monday night for a vote.

The city council approved the measure. Only Councilor Steven Simonelli voted against it.

It allows a local developer to build 18 residential units and to have a café or coffee shop on the first floor.

This came after 20 months of contentious debate regarding parking. The developer is building the project without parking.

Many councilors find the project without parking incomprehensible – just as they find the modern Everett growing up all around us as something they never imagined happening.

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