The Botched Inauguration

ECTV managed again to make us fools by failing to accomplish the successful live broadcast of the inauguration of Mayor DeMaria, the City Council and the School Committee Monday night.

For many of us, the inauguration came to an end at 6:10 p.m. just as Father Cha Cha of the Immaculate Conception Church delivered the invocation at the beginning of the ceremony.

The ceremony began at 6:00 p.m.

Then the screen went blank with this notation: “This video file cannot be played. (Error Code:232400)”

Others we spoke with regarding the gaffe indicated the ceremony broadcast went on and off, more off than on.

Ours never came back on.

Others complained the stage was not properly illuminated, and that the camera was too far away from the stage, making it difficult to identify the new members.

Let this botched broadcast be a reminder – ECTV is not the mayor’s personal television station.

It is not his decision what is to be shown and what is to be deleted.

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New City Government Inaugurated; Mayor Begins Four More Years

Mayor Carlo DeMaria. (Photo by Katy Rogers)

Hanlon to Chair Council; Cristiano to Chair SC

By Josh Resnek

The 2022 Everett City Government was sworn in at a virtual inauguration held at Everett High School early Monday evening.

Family members and those inaugurated were the only members allowed in the auditorium.

The inaugurations of the mayor, the City Council and School Committee were followed by organizational meetings of those two bodies.

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The inauguration of Pres. Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris

JANUARY 18: The United States flag flies in fro of the State House. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

We wish the president and vice-president good luck.

They are going to need it.

The nation is rather hopelessly divided without much unifying force to bring people together for the general good.

The nation is languishing during an era when science is trashed, when leadership is missing, when there are no heroes. Biden and Harris will find exercising leadership difficult to impossible in such a jaundiced national social and political environment.

The divisions between the rich and the poor continue to grow. They will be hard pressed to do anything to change all that.

Bringing the nation together is a fantasy at this point. Certainly, they know this.
What can they do?

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Mayor delivers long midterm speech

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Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria gives his Midterm Address during the City of Everett’s 2020 Inaugural Ceremonies at City Hall. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

Wearing his signature blue suit, the mayor read an hour and a half long speech detailing his administration’s victories and dreams and describing as well down to the last bit of minutiae everything done during the past year as well as everything planned for the future.

It was an excruciatingly long marathon of reading from a prepared text – a bit like reading the hundred page long city budget from start to finish, detailing each and every city spending initiative.

What began shortly after 6:00 p.m. ended at 7:45 p.m.

Nearing the end of this epic regurgitation of facts and figures, sensing that the crowd was growing tired of listening and wondering when it would finally end, the mayor grew tired of reading and rushed the speech to its blessed conclusion.

The crowd was generous with applause and respectful of the mayor, whose family accompanied him into the Council Chamber.

“Nothing I do comes from me,” the mayor told the crowd. “It usually comes from wife,” he said, thanking his wife for her guidance as well as her common sense.

In fact, he said his wife was responsible for bringing Steve Wynn to Everett by insisting that he, the mayor, meet with him.

The mayor revealed he will be running again in less than two years.

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