I Was Jonesing For A Delicious Treat Not Too Heavy But Just Right

By Josh Resnek

As many of our readers have come to understand, my eating habits can be considered peculiar. But they are not.

What I am devoted to in my eating existence these days is to eat only what I want, when I want it, in smaller servings made fresh every time.

There is one other caveat to my eating habits.

I only want to eat dishes that taste delicious.

I don’t need a large serving of anything.

I prefer smaller servings of something delicious.

OK, now that that is out of the way, let me describe what I ate for lunch Tuesday afternoon.

I went to Whole Foods and got 6 slices of Parma prosciutto sliced thinly.

I suppose there is better – and most likely to be bought either in Italy or a fine butchery in France.

Then I bought a container of fresh mozzarella and a small container with perfectly tasting ripe cherry tomatoes.

In the bread aisle I searched for just the right bread as I was jonesing for a small sandwich.

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Electricity price soars as Eversource seeks 43% price hike for Mass users

Leader Herald Staff

First came National Grid’s 63% price rise now in effect that was announced on November 1.

Now comes Eversource, the Everett electric giant supplier who has just asked for a 43% price rise.

In the latest indication of how expensive energy is going to be this winter, the utility Eversource is seeking a 43% increase in the cost of electricity for its customers in eastern Massachusetts. For customers in western Massachusetts, it’s a 42% increase. In filings this week with the Department of Public Utilities, the company proposed changing the basic supply rate — the raw cost of the electricity you use — for customers in both of its territories, according to a WBUR report.

Ratepayers in eastern Massachusetts would see their electricity costs rise from about 18 cents per kilowatt hour to 26 cents per kilowatt hour, while those in the western part of the state would see the rate change from 15 cents per kilowatt-hour to 22 cents per kilowatt-hour.

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US ATTORNEY RACISM INVESTIGATION

CITY OWES LAWYERS $500,000

By Josh Resnek

Signage on Everett City Hall. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

The city council appropriated $500,000 last week for lawyer’s fees already generated by the law firm Greenberg Traurig to defend the city against a racism investigation announced five months ago by the US Attorney’s office that is ongoing.

Greenberg Traurig is the same law firm representing the mayor for the past several years.

Assistant City Solicitor Keith Slattery and the city’s outside counsel, Greenberg Traurig Attorney Linda Ricci, both appeared before the city council to inform the city of the outstanding bill that needed to be paid, with the admonition that another bill can be expected and soon.

“The investigation is very broad in scope. It goes back five years. It covers the whole city of Everett. The stakes are

very high. This is a very significant investigation,” Ricci told the council.

She said no law suit had yet been filed. She said her primary role in defending the city in this government investigation is to avoid a civil lawsuit being filed.

“Everyone – the mayor, the city council, everyone is part of this investigation,” she said.

Ricci indicated at least seven government attorneys, including three from the Department of Justice, are involved in the investigation being conducted by the Federal Justice Civil Rights Division.

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School Committee votes to discuss extension of superintendent’s contract

Four members continue their anti-Tahiliani stance

By Josh Resnek

The School Committee membership decided Monday night to notify as to whether or not they will be inclined to discuss the possibility of a contract extension for Superintendent Priya Tahiliani by December 1st as required by her contract.

The vote was 6-4, and frankly, came as a bit of a surprise.

The wording for the measure is taken from the November 21 School Committee agenda: That the Everett School Committee notify the Superintendent of Schools in writing no later than December 1, 2022, whether or not it wishes to commence negotiations for a successor agreement.

School Committee member Millie Cardello voted for the measure, an unusual move for the senior committeewoman who has shown a propensity to vote as the mayor votes.

The mayor voted against the measure, as did committeemen Jason Marcus, Joe LaMonica and Mike McLaughlin.

The mayor is opposed to Tahiliani and has been for quite some time.

It is no wonder.

Tahiliani filed a complaint against him to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination claiming racism and sexist behavior.

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— Eye on Everett —

THE BLUE SUIT

Private Conversations between the mayor’s Blue Suit and Leader Herald editor Josh Resnek.

By JOSH RESNEK with THE BLUE SUIT

So the midterm elections have come and gone. The great red wave never materialized. The Democrats have held on to the senate. They have lost the House of Representatives, but by such a small margin that for all the hype before the midterm about the sweeping red wave, we are almost back to where we began.

That is, we are a hopelessly divided nation, so politically divided that it gives the word division a new meaning.

How does this relate to Everett, you might well ask yourselves – all of you out there reading this column?

Does it change anything for us?

I asked that exact question to the Blue Suit.

Here’s what he said:

“You know, Josh, national elections have meant nothing to me for years. Elections don’t matter to me. It’s what’s on the flat screen that matters. It’s what’s in the frigde that matters. It’s when I need a good cleaning that the mayor takes me to the cleaners, that matters.

“I guess I was interested in Joe McGonagle this last time around. He’s an interesting character. I have a history with him, that is, the mayor has a history with him. Nearly everyone has a history with him. He’s been up. He’s been down. He’s been all around.

“This last election between him and Mike Marchese came out as I expected, as the mayor expected. It came out as Anthony expected In fact, Mike never had a chance running as an independent. He never had a chance against Joe with the mayor and his forces supporting him. But that’s just the harsh reality about politics here. Everyone get’s to have their moment under the sun. Joe’s moment under the sun has come as a rep. And let’s not forget, as I can never forget, as the mayor can’t forget, as Mike will never forget, that because of Joe, Carlo is the mayor today. Carlo never could have become mayor without Joe.”

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