Hanlon tops at-large ticket, Marchese, Smith, Cardillo, Dell Isola have big day

SEPTEMBER 21: Primary day “I Voted” sticker wait for voters to collect them. September 21, 2021 in Everett, Massachusetts. (Photo By Jim Mahoney)

By LEADER STAFF

John Hanlon, Mike Marchese, Stephanie Smith and Irene Cardillo scored huge votes in primary balloting Tuesday.

Halon topped the ticket with 2,255 votes, an accomplishment for the longtime serving councilor, former mayor and former city clerk.

Marchese also showed unusual strength coming in with 2,174 votes.

Smith, in a stunning victory that signals her return to city government, tallied 2,164 votes following a strong run.

She is the youngest of the contenders.

Irene Cardillo’s vote was also substantial in the over 2,000 range.

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Primary decision – Vote

SEPTEMBER 12: Mayoral candidate Gerly Adrien waves to passing cars on Glendale Street. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

September 21 is Primary day, cast a ballot, it’s your right, select 2 candidates

By JOSH RESNEK

Barring the unforeseen consequences of last-minute revelations and surprises, very little the candidates do at this point will change many hearts and minds of enough voters to make a difference next Tuesday.

Most of the voters who will come out have already made up their minds.

All three mayoral candidates have identified their respective votes.

The job of them getting them all to vote in next Tuesday’s primary is what matters most.

On Tuesday night at about 8:30 p.m., the city’s voters will have chosen the finalists for the November election.

This is to say, about 5,200 to 5,500 of the city’s estimated 23,000 registered voters will decide who is running in the November election.

Who will it be?

Will it be the mayor and Gerly Adrien?

Will it be the mayor and Fred Capone?

Will it be Adrien and Capone?

What matters most about the final outcome on September 21 is who scores the biggest vote and how close was the second-place finisher?

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Tahiliani scores high marks

By JOSH RESNEK

Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani’s evaluation for 2020-2021 came in with high marks, except for several highly sexist and personal ramblings made by an aid to the mayor and attributed to him which could pass as civil rights violations.

Tahiliani scored proficient in each and every indicator included in her evaluation, which covered instructional leadership, management and operations, family and community engagement, and professional culture.

The results of the evaluation indicate that Tahiliani is doing her job and doing it well, according to the statements of the school committee members who contributed their comments.

The mayor made comments, as expected, that leave open the door to doubt about Tahiliani’s performance.

The mayor, it is widely known in school circles, wants to replace Tahiliani.

He would prefer a submissive, white, male superintendent who he can control much more than Tahiliani, who he cannot control.

The mayor couldn’t control himself once he got going.

“Superintendent Tahilani has demonstrated that she is not receptive to or accepting of alternate points of view or opinions. A review of the recordings of School Committee meetings will illustrate that her posture, facial expressions, and other physical mannerisms visibly change during discussions and debates of issues,” an aid wrote for the mayor.

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Neighborhoods dwarfed by over-development

Mammoth apartments gobbling up blocks of city

By JOSH RESNEK

No place in the city is over-development more noticeable than with the soaring 8 story cinder block elevator shaft rising out of the ground and reaching for the sky at 800 Broadway.

This precursor to a mammoth apartment house with hundreds of units on a stretch of Broadway bordered by a neighborhood of single and two-family homes is the rough equivalent of the Empire State Building being put there.

Residents living in their well-kept neighborhood homes on Carlson, Bolster, and Henry Streets on Elliott Road on Marie Avenue will rue the day the new apartment house comes to life.

Why?

Because the opening of that apartment house signals the end of the neighborhood on this section of Broadway.

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Intensive campaigns, tight race

Strong competition wearing on mayor

Campaign signs cover the city. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

By JOSH RESNEK

This is straight from the mayoral campaign trail.

A homeowner on Elm Street places a large Capone sign in front of his property.

It is an impressive sign.

“The mayor saw it. He was pissed,” a source told the Leader Herald.

What did he do?

“He found out the owner of the property is a member of the Pipe Fitters Union. The president of the Pipe Fitters Union called the property owner.

“You have to take down the Capone sign,” he told the property owner. “The sign has to come down.”

The property owner/Capone supporter refused.

A day later, when no one was looking, several men arrived at the property and took down the Capone sign, leaving it disassembled by the Elm Street property.

Seeing the sign was down, Capone had one of his aids put it back up.

Capone told a friend, ‘I thought maybe the wind blew it down.”

A day later the sign came apart again.

Capone seeing this, sent two aids to firmly replace it so it wouldn’t fall down.

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