City extends 311 operating hours, amends parking policy

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By Lorenzo Recupero

Due to new measures in place as an effect of the global pandemic, the City of Everett has chosen to extend its 311 call center hours to further assist residents while also amending the posted street sweeping policy.

Although the physical location on Broadway is set to remain closed indefinitely, City Hall is still accesible for residents via its 311 call center that will put callers in touch with a live employee during normal operating hours (Monday, Thursday 8AM-7:30PM and Tuesday, Wednesday 8AM-5PM), with an extension for Friday-Sunday when the service will be available from 8AM-8PM. Continue reading City extends 311 operating hours, amends parking policy

Spring sports seasons in jeopardy

By Lorenzo Recupero

Covid-19’s effect on high school sports all over the country could be compared to a media blackout in national sports terms: No games will be aired (or played in this case) for at least another several weeks.

On Monday, The MIAA Board of Directors held a conference call to determine how to move forward with school years being shortened.

Currently, any games scheduled to be played will have to wait until after May 4 at the earliest, a change from a typical April 1 start date for most spring sports. If/when HS sports returns, it would also include a shortened postseason tournament.

The board concluded the spring season will begin no earlier than May 4 and close by June 27, with June 28 being a make-up date in case of weather or facility needs. The motion was approved unanimously. Continue reading Spring sports seasons in jeopardy

Uncharted territory

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Everett High School’s head coach Tammy Turner gives her team last minute instructions before the Somerville HS game. Everett clinched the GBL championship with a 72-64 win. (Photo By Jim Mahoney)

By Lorenzo Recupero

Everett High School girls basketball is having one of its best years on record.

With a 72-64 win over Somerville Monday, they improve to 15-2 overall.

The number 15 means a lot, in this instance.

It means the Lady Tide not only clinched the Greater Boston League championship, but it means one of the best records in school history and it means the most wins in Head Coach Tammy Turner’s long coaching career.

Turner has been a coach for 13 years and her best season before clinching the GBL title against longtime rival Somerville was a 14-win campaign.

The record so far shows a season like no other for her and the Tide, but it’s being a part of a special team that has made living between the numbers a success for Turner this season.

“I have a lot of confidence in this team. It’s such a great group of kids who are very athletic, who don’t give up,” said Turner of her senior-led squad this year. “It’s been a lot of fun,” said Turner.

The senior duo of Carolanne Cardinale and Maddy Duraes, who were honored prior to the Somerville game, are spark plugs in a season that has epitomized what it means to grow from one season to the next. Cardinale has led the team all year in rebounds and Duraes has provided instant energy on offense and defense when its needed most.

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EHS hockey a draw away from postseason

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Everett goalkeeper DJ Schovanec (30) reaches to deflect the puck during a varsity match against Revere/Malden High School at Allied Veterans Skating Rink. (photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero

It’s been a long four years since Everett High School put a team on the ice in the postseason.

And now, a win or a draw away from clinching a tournament berth, there’s no one better to tell the tale of how the Crimson Tide have turned it around than senior captain and goalie, DJ Schovanec.

“I know it sounds crazy to think about [EHS in the playoffs] because when you hear Everett you don’t really think about hockey, ” said Schovanec, who was semi-part of the last team to make the postseason four years ago as an eighth grader that participated in practices for the junior varsity.

He was watching that game from the stands four years ago, and his recollections tell him he’s got to make sure he changes how he remembers things.

“[The playoff loss] wasn’t even pretty, as an eighth grader watching I could see that we were getting blown out of the water,” recalled Schovanec, who is 9-4-1 overall in net this season and looking to change Everett hockey’s fortunes for the better this time around. Continue reading EHS hockey a draw away from postseason

HS Sports Roundup

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EHS girls track finished 4th in this years James Kelpris Division 1 Invitational Indoor Relays. Featured from left to right: Junior Dajana Tadic, Senior Captain Lucia Seide, Senior Captain Victoria Chaparro, and Sophomore Rejeana Guillaume.

By Lorenzo Recupero

Boys basketball — With a 56-48 win over Snowden in the BABC MLK Classic on Monday, the boys improved to 8-2 overall. They hit the hardwood again at EHS Wednesday (Jan.22 @7pm) against 9-1 Chelsea High School. Look for the height advantage of the Crimson Tide to help propel them past a skillful but undersized Red Devils squad. With two more wins, EHS will qualify for the division 1 tournament.

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