It is hard to put a price tag on what motivates the hearts and minds of Everett people of all ages.

This we know, the doing away with the annual Homecoming after 25 years because city fathers deemed it too expensive has caused an outpouring of comment from Everett people from all walks of life.

Our website last week counted more than 1,000 visitors to the story about the Homecoming being compromised by the mayor and his cohorts.

“Too expensive,” sayeth the mayor.

Too expensive,” sayeth the CFO Eric Demas.

“It’s gotta go,” both men agreed.

Another publication showed the cost for the parades. Something like $400,000 for four years – or $100,000 a year.

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Homecoming It Wasn’t

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By Josh Resnek

In a petty display of nastiness, fakery, and laziness, Everett’s bumbling mayor made a ridiculous play to hijack something that didn’t exist in the first place in order to call it his own.

We speak of Homecoming 2018, which the Everett Public Schools (EPS) was forced to cancel last spring. The event had not been mentioned, nor advertised, by the district since the school year started. No advertisements or notices. No reminders on social media. Nothing. Because there was nothing to promote.

Superintendent of Schools Frederick F. Foresteire reminded everyone that the event had been scrapped during the Sept. 17 School Committee meeting. In fact, Committee member Millie Cardello expressed her disappointment that her classmates from the Class of 1968 wouldn’t be able to take part in this year’s festivities. It had become a tradition that classes celebrating their 50th reunion meet at EHS in the morning and ride the parade route in a trolley. It’s things like this that made Homecoming such a popular event. Continue reading “— Eye on Everett —”

Homecoming Without the Parade Isn’t Homecoming

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A scene from the 2017 Homecoming Parade, which featured giant inflatable characters in addition to the usual line up of bands, performers, and special guests.

By Josh Resnek

Homecoming, for the past 25 years, the single largest, unifying community event for all ages, ended abruptly this year.

The Everett High School football game at Everett Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon

was crowded but it wasn’t packed.

In years past, for a quarter century, the Saturday afternoon football game was the culmination of a dozen events including alumni, former residents, public officials, thousands of citizens sitting in their chairs throughout the route watching the parade, the fireworks, and then the trip to the stadium for what this city is all about championship high school football.

A crush of Everett people of all ages and from all walks of life created a throng of people like a giant wave pouring into Everett Memorial Stadium for the finale – the big game.

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