“Carlo says this all the time to developers: “’ You need to show me incentive for this project to fly,’” the Blue Suit recalled. “Not all developers take his bait. I know one that he’s hooked without Carlo having to be a fisherman.“
– The Mayor’s Blue Suit talking with Josh Resnek
By JOSH RESNEK
The Blue Suit and I sipped on Brazilian coffee and ate delicious pastries at Common Ground in the Pioneer apartment building on the Parkway. It was Monday afternoon, about 2:30 p.m. We sat at a table for two off to the side where no one could see us.
A steady stream of customers came and went as we talked.
“You know that article you wrote recently about a proposed 21 story apartment building with a penthouse level bar and restaurant on Spring Street?” the Blue Suit asked me.
“If it is approved – permitted, that is – Carlo makes out like a bandit.”
“How do you figure?” I shot back to the Blue Suit.
“Come on, Josh. You’re supposed to be smart. I can give you $1 million worth of reasons that Carlo will make certain the site is permitted.”
“You mean to say he will be paid to make sure the permitting takes place?” I asked.
“Yes,” the Blue Suit replied. “He won’t want to act too fast and make it look easy, that would cut down on his bouquet.”
“Is he getting a floral display or flowers if the site is permitted?” I joked.
‘What is this bouquet you are talking about?” I asked.
Cory McCarthy is the vice-principal of Everett High School. He is bright, articulate, energetic, and to the point about what needs to be done for the benefit of the Everett High School students whose racial, social, and economic well-being he feels he is responsible for.
He has come to his position at a time when 82% of the EHS student body are students of color and ethnicity; when the city of Everett is dealing with the tell-tale signs of racism and exclusion.
Color and racism as a city issue have never been more pronounced in recent years than it is today. McCarthy’s job, as he sees it, is to confront racism, to empower all EHS students and those who are Black and Brown, not just as individuals but as a group – to instill in the kids, all the kids, the way to advance their lives, to go on to college and to wrestle, always, the racist monster which divides and troubles so many people in cities like Everett all over the nation.
Cory McCarthy says educating kids should not be made political
By JOSH RESNEK
Everett High School Vice-principal Cory McCarthy has been bombarded with angry and threatening Tweets and e-mails; he has reported to the Leader Herald.
Some have threatened his physical well-being he said.
The Tweets and e-mails sent to McCarthy and others McCarthy has sent have made the rounds of social media in the local Internet environment.
In several of the Tweets he has received, the senders described him as a racist and a communist.
A photograph has also made the rounds showing McCarthy wearing a Che Guevara sweatshirt. Guevara was a Cuban revolutionary, a lawyer, who excited the interest of Baby Boomers during that era when Guevara was considered a rebel and a hero, and when Baby Boomers were trying to find themselves and to figure out how they could be free.
“I am not afraid,” McCarthy told the Leader Herald, speaking out about the Tweets and e-mails.
The Blue Suit and I met outside the 8/10 bar and restaurant on Norwood Street early Monday afternoon. Let’s face it, the Blue Suit and I are geniuses. The 8/10 doesn’t open until late in the afternoon.
I picked him up in my red Honda Fit junker. A little more than a year ago, the Blue Suit and I would eat inside the 8/10 and mix it up with whoever was there.
That was a year ago.
The Blue Suit and I don’t eat inside restaurants anymore – at least until the virus is done raising havoc, getting people sick, and killing them. My favorite dish at the 8/10 is a simple Italian treat done extremely well – fettuccini Pomodoro.
The Blue Suit prefers sweet sausage with grilled onions and peppers – also done extremely well.
When the Blue Suit plopped himself into the passenger seat and shut the door, he made a suggestion. I was all ears.
“You know, Josh. I think I want to order out from the Everett Square Deli today.”
I drove off of Norwood Street and turned right onto Broadway. I parked in front of the Everett Bank on the opposite side of the street.
The Blue Suit ordered a large Italian sub with everything and hot peppers and extra oil and seasoning.
I got what I always get there. I don’t need to say anything. They know what I want when they see me – a small ham and cheese sub with pickles, tomatoes and onions, oregano, and a touch of oil.
If you have been here for three or four generations, then you know the Goyetche Family. It would be fairly impossible not to know the family.
The family home was on Bucknam Street when Everett was a far different place than it is today.
There were seven brothers and sisters – and four of the Goyetches, including the late Henry Goyetche (the father), served the city of Everett as firefighters and police officers for a total service to the city of about 140 years when added up.
“My father worked three or four jobs all the time when we were growing up. He came from Canada to Everett as a young man and started the family. We all watched him do his thing as a firefighter. He enjoyed his job. He loved the city. Many of us decided to follow his example,” said Andy Goyetche.
Andy is humble. He is honest. He is one of the good guys after serving a lifetime, since he was 22, on the EPD.
Andy recently retired from the Everett Police Force after serving the city for 34 years.