Fire Claims 2 Lives on Madison Avenue

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By Josh Resnek

A fast spreading three alarm fire that engulfed a multi-family home on Madison Avenue Sunday night has claimed two lives.

Fire authorities say the fire may have started on the second floor, which is where two women who died had apparently been living.

Residents on the third floor interviewed by authorities said they heard an explosion that was followed swiftly by massive flames and thick smoke.

They told officials they felt lucky to escape and that it was a split second of time that was the difference between life and death for them.

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Political Round-up; the Contests are set

By Josh Resnek

Last Wednesday at 5 p.m. was last call for having one’s signatures certified in order to have your name placed on the ballot.

According to official records kept by the Election Commission, there are presently 11 certified candidates for the at-large race.

In addition, there are races in Wards 2, 5 and 6.

On the School Committee side last minute certifications have produced races in Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6. In the at-large School Committee contest there are presently 7 certified candidates for three possible seats.

All things considered, the coming municipal election season should be a lively one.

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School Superintendent Search Committee Reported to be Possibly Eyeing Charlie Obremski

By Josh Resnek

The Leader Herald has been told by several high ranking city officials that Assistant Superintendent Charlie Obremski is now actively being pursued as a possible candidate to replace acting superintendent Janet Gauthier.

Officials close with the search committee have indicated there has been a “change of the wind” regarding the advocacy for an outsider to step in to take over full reigns of the school department.

At the beginning of the process some months ago school committee officials were adamant that it was an outsider that they would be seeking. In fact, school committee Chairman Attorney Thomas Abruzzesse said that he didn’t care if it were a world-wide search and that new leadership needed to be brought to Everett.

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Great success will stop traffic; Officials becoming agitated

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By Josh Resnek

The casino is going to bring great success.

But with every success comes the other side of success.

In Everett, a traffic Armageddon will likely be the other side of success.

If the casino achieves the full measure of its economic possibilities, it is assured that traffic on major roads leading to and from the casino is going to stop, at least until officials determine how traffic problems can be ironed out or resolved.

A half dozen city councilors led by Leo McKinnon, Mike McLaughlin, Wayne Matewsky and Peter Napolitano bemoaned the city’s fate and complained about not being informed about traffic mitigation issues now being discussed at city hall on Monday.

Their collective voice and cry appeared greatly magnified for those of us who watch the council carefully.

They seemed upset and worried; more worried than upset about the traffic situation now developing as the casino is about to open.

“They have left us out of the loop,” McKinnon told the Leader Herald. “I’m disgusted,” he said at the meeting.

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