School Committee finally meets in real-time

By JOSH RESNEK

The first three callers into the School Committee meeting Monday night all sounded as though they were calling from another planet, Mars or Pluto, or maybe from another universe. The fourth caller asked a question – which is really the wrong thing to do when calling in before the meeting.

Public commentary Monday night was about hearing the wind distort one caller; listening to another caller who made no sense while speeding in his car – those on Facebook Live could hear the car accelerating. A third caller mumbled and stumbled a bit and faded away into ZOOM oblivion. The fourth caller hung up after being informed politely by School Committeeman Frank Parker that public commentary is about that, public commentary. It is not for School Committee (SC) members to answer the caller’s questions.

The public comment thankfully over, the meeting began.

Superintendent Priya Tahiliani revealed that school attendance is at about 95% with everyday attendance showing strength.

Daily confirmed cases of COVID-19 have dropped dramatically. Everett reported less than 40 cases between the end of February and March 1.

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The Electoral College acts

Whether you are a Biden or a Trump supporter, Monday’s unanimous vote by the Electoral College confirming Biden’s November victory appears to be the end of the road about questioning the legitimacy of the election.

Everyone in this nation can use the court system as the president has been using it to put off the inevitable or to overturn the outcome of an event that only a court can overturn.

The courts have roundly and decisively rejected the presdent’s claims of massive fraud.

On two occasions the Supreme Court refused even to hear the president’s complaints, tossing them out without discussion or rancor or animus.

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DiDomenico honored for work on behalf of kids, disadvantaged

The national anti-hunger campaign No Kid Hungry recently named Senator Sal DiDomenico as a recipient of its 2020 Breakfast Hero contest. DiDomenico was one of only six recipients throughout the United States. (Courtesy photo)

Two groups cite senator’s legislative efforts

Senator Sal DiDomenico was recently honored by two organizations for his advocacy work on Beacon Hill.

The national anti-hunger campaign No Kid Hungry recently named DiDomenico as a 2020 Breakfast Hero contest recipient and he was recently named as a 2020 Legislative Reception Award honoree by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and the Massachusetts Association of Jewish Federations (MAJF).

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Man shot after leaving Encore Casino

By JOSH RESNEK

A man in his 30’s was shot around 3 a.m. Sunday after spending time at the Encore according to Everett Police Chief Steven Mazzie.

Chief Mazzie and Middle- sex District Attorney Marian Ryan confirmed an investigation is ongoing about the shooting that occurred in the area of Sweetser Circle.

The identity of the shooting victim nor the circumstances of the shooting were released by the police.

Neither Mazzie nor Ryan went into great detail about the shooting except to say that Everett Police responded to a call around 3 a.m. Sunday morning on a report for a man with a gunshot wound.

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Low income families get a boost from bill to fight childhood hunger with upgrade to school breakfast

Last week, the Massachusetts Legislature overwhelmingly passed Senator Sal DiDomenico’s bill to fight childhood hunger and boost participation rates in school breakfast programs in schools with high percentages of students from low-income families in the Commonwealth. The bill, An Act regarding breakfast after the bell, would require all public K 12 schools with 60 percent or more students eligible for free or reduced-price meals under the federal National School Lunch Program to offer breakfast after the instructional day begins.

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