Capone rails against potential stadium deal

A rumored sale by the mayor of Veterans Memorial Stadium to make way for redevelopment is opposed by mayoral candidate and city councilor Fred Capone. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Says preserve site, honor vet’s memories

By JOSH RESNEK

The mayor’s plans to sell Everett Memorial Stadium and to build a hotel or 300 units of apartment housing on the site, is being questioned and discouraged by candidate for mayor, Councilor Fred Capone.

The mayor and a developer have apparently agreed on a money deal, as reported more than a year ago by the Leader Herald.

How much will be paid and by whom and what will be built on the site remains in question.

Those questions are being pursued in earnest by Capone. He believes the stadium, which was built as a war memorial to the city’s fallen war dead, would be better left alone by the mayor.

“Relocating the stadium would result in the loss of one of our community’s most historical treasures. Additionally, without the stadium, the veteran memorials both outside the park and within it would be out of place, lose some of its significance or risk significant damage during a relocation effort. Moreover, if another large-scale construction project is proposed one more neighborhood would become overcrowded and engulfed,” Capone said during a recent Zoom meeting where he discussed the issue with voters and members of the city government.

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Everett WWII Marine laid to rest

A Marine Honor Guard prepares to move the casket of Pfc. Harry C. Morrissey to his grave. (Photo Courtesy of the DPAA.Mil/Facebook)

Harry C. Morrissey buried at Arlington National Cemetery, repatriated from Guadalcanal after 78 years

Marine Corps Pfc. Harry C. Morrissey, 27, of Everett, Massachusetts, killed during World War II, was buried Sept 22, 2020 at Arlington National Cemetery.

On October 9, 1942, Morrissey was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, participating in a main offensive action in the Battle of Guadalcanal. After nearly two months of battle, the regiment completed their action. However, due to rapid unit movement, Marines who had been killed in action were buried hastily. Morrissey and two other Marines from his battalion were reportedly interred in graves atop Hill 73.

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