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Local developer hopes to build new mixed-use building on Broadway

New development isn’t just coming to Lower Broadway and the Square: an Everett developer is hoping get the zoning board to sign off on a mixed-use modern apartment building at 605 Broadway.

Local developer Greg Antonelli purchased the Victorian building at 605 Broadway and its 9,885 sq. ft. lot for $700,000 and in April. The building, built in 1900, formerly housed the offices of dentist Al Mavilo on the first floor.

Antonelli plans to demolish the building and build in its place a four-story mixed-use complex with first floor retail and 21 housing units, including 13-one bedrooms and eight two-bedrooms. Artist sketches of the proposal include potential features in the front and rear of the property, such as bistro seating and patio space, though it’s unclear what form such features will take in the final design.

The plan will require zoning board approval. Density is an issue, as the 2.58 floor area ratio is over the allowed 1.5. There are also no parking units in the plan, and under current zoning, 46 spaces would be required.

The zoning board will meet Monday, August 7 at City Hall.

By The Advocate


 

Everett man sentenced for armed bank robbery

BOSTON – An Everett man was sentenced on July 27 in federal court in Boston for armed bank robbery and firearms offenses. Joseph G. Rachal, 65, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to 101 months in prison and three years of supervised release. On April 27, 2017, Rachal was convicted by a federal jury of armed bank robbery, using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, and being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

On Nov. 19, 2015, Rachal entered a branch of TD Bank in Brighton, removed a black semiautomatic handgun, pointed it at the tellers and ordered them to turn over cash from the drawers. Rachal exited the bank with $2,397. When law enforcement arrived minutes later, they observed him hiding behind a parked SUV one block from the bank. When the officers approached the vehicle and identified themselves as police, Rachal ran away while carrying a black nylon bag. When officers caught him, they searched his bag and found an active scanner tuned to a Boston Police radio frequency, a 9mm Glock semiautomatic pistol with one chambered round and a magazine containing 14 additional rounds, an additional magazine containing 15 rounds of 9mm ammunition, and $2,397.

Bank surveillance cameras captured images of the robbery, and the items recovered from the bag Rachal was carrying were consistent with the items observed on the video.

The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Boston Police Commissioner William Evans; Brookline Police Chief Daniel C. O’Leary; Sharon Police Chief Tilden S. Kaufman; and Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald. The investigation was conducted with the assistance of the FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

   

National Prescription Take-Back Day

Mayor Carlo DeMaria, the Everett Health Department, Partnership for Success Collaboration and the Everett Police Department will be sponsoring National Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Everett residents will be able to drop off any unused or expired medications for safe disposal at the Everett Police Department’s drop-off box. This is part of a national effort to take back prescription drugs.

Everett, like many other communities in Massachusetts, has been greatly impacted by the opioid epidemic. Take back days have provided safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public abou tthe abuse of medications.

In addition, Everett residents are encouraged to make use of the two drop-off location year round, including the Everett Health Department (accessible during City Hall hours at 484 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Room 20), and the Everett Police Department in the main lobby.

For additional information, please contact the Everett Police Department at 617-389-2120, or Paul Guarino at 617-394-2256, or check out www.dea.gov.


   

Preliminary election for at-Large race scheduled for September 19

Nominations closed for this year’s local election last week, and while many seats will go unchallenged, enough contenders have entered the at-Large race to force a preliminary election to narrow the field on September.

In all, 11 candidates have been nominated to run for the five at-Large council seats. Under the charter, a preliminary election to get the race down to two candidates per seat, or a total of 10 candidates.

In the first round, Incumbents Wayne Matewsky, Cynthia Sarnie, Richard Dell Isola, Peter Napolitano, and John Hanlon will fight for re-election against challengers Michael Marchese, Joseph LaMonica, Catherine Tomasi-Hicks, John Whelan, Leo Barrett, and Stephanie Smith.

In Ward 2, incumbent Stephen Simonelli will face off against challenger Stephanie Martins

Ward 1 Councillor Fred Capone, Ward 3 Councillor Anthony DiPierro, Ward 4 Councillor John Leo McKinnon, Ward 5 Councillor Rosa DiFlorio, and Ward 6 Councillor Michael McLaughlin are running unopposed.

The citywide preliminary election will be held sometime in September.

By Brendan Clogston


   

SENIORS ON THE ROAD TO ST. ANTHONY’S FEAST IN BOSTON

Mayor DeMaria’s Council on Aging has planned an exciting trip to Boston’s North End to celebrate the Annual Feast of Saint Anthony on Sunday, August 27. The school bus transportation will depart from the Connolly Center at 11:30 a.m. and arrive just in time for the opening ceremonies. Upon arrival, guests will be delighted with the sights and sounds of the marching band parade, confetti drops and devoted members in solemn procession carrying the statue of St. Anthony. On the main stage, the Italian American Band Ambrosiani will be the main performance. The bus will depart at 5 p.m. back to the Connolly Center.

For reservations, please call Dale or Mary at (617) 394-2323.

 

   

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