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Revelations we cannot quite believe about the mayor…but they are all true

Take off your shirt, DeMaria ordered. “I hate that shirt on you.”

Josh Resnek reading to the mayor’s Blue Suit from an official Revere Police Report

By JOSH RESNEK

When the Blue Suit got into my Honda Fit Tuesday afternoon in Glendale Square I told him straight out, “You’re not going to believe the stuff I’m about to read your seat belt.”

“What’s this about? Tell me everything. I want to hear it.
I think I know what you’re getting to. I’ve heard some things about a certain incident, but no one has ever given me details. Carlo tends not to talk about the bad stuff,” the Blue Suit said to me.

“Come on, Josh. What is it?”

“It’s about Carlo’s behavior with one of his employees as detailed in extensive police report I have about the incident,” I said to the Blue Suit.

The Blue Suit smiled.

“Come on then. Bring it on,” he said to me.

“Let me begin by telling you and our readers this is from the signed police report that led to a criminal hearing in Chelsea District Court. Here’s the story.”

Carlo requested that a female employee working at his Winthrop donut shop should report to the Revere donut shop. She thought this was strange. But she went along with it.

She reported to work at 8:30 a.m., Carlo and his aunt were present inside the donut shop. Carlo’s aunt left the store. Carlo and the employee, called Ms. Doe in the police report, were left alone inside the store.

The following is directly from the report:

“IT WAS AT THIS TIME, MR DEMARIA EMERGED FROM THE OFFICE TO THE FRONT COUNTER AND SAID TO MS DOE “I HATE THAT SHIRT ON YOU…I HATE HOW IT LOOKS ON YOU…I WANT TO CUT THE SHIRT.” MS DOE REPLIED THAT THIS WAS HER UNIFORM SHIRT AND THAT IF HE DID NOT LIKE IT’S APPEARANCE SHE WOULD TUCK IT IN BUT THAT HE COULDN’T CUT IT DOWN BECAUSE IT WAS HER ONLY SHIRT. MR DEMARIA RETURNED TO THE OFFICE AND BAKERY AREA OF THE STORE.”

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Endless summer

The endless summer at Santa Monica Beach in California. (Photo by Josh Resnek)

By JOSH RESNEK

Santa Monica Beach, California – I hate leaving Massachusetts at the end of summer.

My daughter is spending her last semester at BU’s School of Communications with an internship at CBS in Los Angeles.

I am writing this bit from California.

We all came out to California to make sure she’s set up appropriately.

This obliterated the general end of summer reverie when we try to come to terms with the summer irretrievably gone while at the same time attempting not to grow depressed that life is about to change with the seasons, again.

The beach at Santa Monica is divine.

panache. On this stretch of beach men and women are doing yoga, playing music, walking on tightropes, riding bicycles, falling in love, falling out of love, loving their lives, hat- ing their lives but somehow surviving amidst the warmth and welcome so much a part of the California coast and its people.

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Patriots going nowhere with Newton

By JOSH RESNEK

As former Patriot’s GOAT Tom Brady prepares for another run at the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots are going through the agonizingly painful motions of beginning another season without a quarterback capable of winning a championship.

That’s the major fact of life about the Patriots again this year.

With Cam Newton at the head of the offense, the Pats don’t have a chance of winning the division or of competing for the big prize, a visit to the Super Bowl.

It is a sad fact of reality that the Pats will be an average NFL competitor this year.

While Brady will remain superlative, the Pats will sink again without a great star leading the team.

How did it come to this?

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“Evereyone around him is wondering . . . can he do it again or is he finished no matter what he does?

– The Blue Suit speaking with Josh Resnek

By JOSH RESNEK

Over time, the mayor’s Blue Suit and I have become pretty good friends. We love our get togethers. For both of us, what we talk about always leads to a better understanding of how the political and social world in Everett works – and of how and what about the mayor thinks.

No one in this city knows more about the mayor than his Blue Suit.

They have been stuck to one another for a decade.

They are a bit like Siamese twins at this point.

‘Where he goes, I go. What he thinks and says, I listen to and make mental notes. I don’t forget anything. Thank God I haven’t yet been called before a grand jury to answer questions about the mayor’s criminal actions. Believe me, if I am called, I will tell all, everything, every last bit. I do not want to spend time in court or go to jail with him,” the Blue Suit told me early Monday afternoon.

He was in my red Honda Fit with me.

“I much prefer the mayor’s white Mercedes,” he said to me. “I’m not the mayor,” I answered.

“No kidding, Josh,” he retorted. “Maybe you’d have a better car if you were!” her added.

We were stopped at the red light where Chelsea meets Everett at the corner of the Revere Beach Parkway and Chelsea Street. We were heading North on the Parkway.

At the red light, we watched with a bit of awe the beggars walking up and down a path that has been cut into the grass on the highway divider.

The beggars walk up and down that path all day everyday holding out the hope of scoring some cash from drivers stopped at the light.

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“The mayor says he can’t be beaten. But he’s having trouble believing himself.”

– The mayor’s Blue Suit speaking with Josh Resnek

By JOSH RESNEK

I drove the Blue Suit to Kelly’s on the Medford – Everett line for lunch Tuesday afternoon. We both love Kelly’s. I hadn’t eaten there in longer than a year.

The day was mostly overcast but warm, pleasant in many ways.

The Blue Suit seemed in good form. He was talking a blue moon about Carlo and his effort to control sign placement on residences not displaying his signs.

“You have to know, Josh, Carlo doesn’t go himself to the homeowner or the property owner to complain about a Capone or Adrien sign on the property. He tells others, others tell others, and then lower echelon city officials visit the house. They give the homeowner the bad news.

“You got to take down the Capone sign,” one such lower echelon city/employee forced Carlo campaign contributor tells the homeowner.

“Usually, the homeowner reacts,” the Blue Suit added.

The Blue Suit told the story about the homeowner on Elm Street who was ordered to take down his Capone sign and to put up the mayor’s sign – which he did obediently.

“I don’t want any trouble,” the homeowner told the city official.

“Tell Carlo I’m sorry. I’ll be sure to vote for him,” the Blue Suit told me the homeowner promised the city official.

Several hours later, according to the Blue Suit, he overheard the homeowner who was forced to take down the Capone sign in a private conversation (which the mayor did not hear because he wasn’t listening).

The Blue Suit said the conversation went like this:

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