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City successfully combats first winter storm of 2017

This past weekend, the City of Everett successfully battled the first winter storm of 2017. Facing a snowfall of seven inches, the Department of Public Works (DPW) tirelessly manned the streets of Everett and continued to do so with the possibility of more storms ahead.

Forty-six pieces of snow removal equipment, both City-owned and contracted vehicles, were in circulation this past weekend. Dozens of crews worked coordinated split shifts, using the plows, sanders, bobcat front-end loaders, and sidewalk plows to ensure the safety of Everett’s main arteries, side streets and sidewalks. In the days following the most recent storm, DPW worked diligently at both plowing and coordinating snow removal.

Mayor DeMaria stated, “I want to thank residents for their cooperation and hard work during our first winter storm. Throughout the city I saw residents helping each other by shoveling out elderly neighbors and fire hydrants. And of course I also want to thank our DPW crews for their unyielding effort to keep our roads as clear and safe as possible. Their job is not easy and they deserve recognition for a tireless, and often thankless, job.”

A true team effort, several departments were essential in assisting DPW with the snow emergencies. The Police, Fire, Emergency 911, Parking Enforcement, and Code Enforcement departments all continue to work alongside DPW during snowstorms. The Everett Police Department and Parking Enforcement were instrumental in informing residents of snow emergencies and in removing vehicles not in compliance with regulations, so that plow crews could properly clean neighborhoods and streets. The Fire Department battled snow mounds and uncovered fire hydrants across the city. Code Enforcement inspectors worked the duration of the storm, and more importantly after the snowfall, doing their best to assure that people do not dump snow back into the cleaned streets or save parking spots with household objects, both of which are prohibited by City Ordinance.

“While we have made significant progress fighting this storm, we still have a lot of winter left to go,” stated Mayor DeMaria. “The best way to get through it is to continue to work cooperatively as a community and remember that we are all in this together. I ask for residents to remain patient and to follow snow regulations both during and after storms.”

 

Senator DiDomenico Sworn In for Another Term

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DiDomenico's Kids First Initiative Highlighted in Senate President's Inaugural Remarks

Senator Sal DiDomenico was recently sworn into the State Senate for another two year term representing the residents of Allston-Brighton, Cambridge, Charlestown, Chelsea, Everett and the West End of Boston.  He was joined by his wife Tricia, sons Matthew and Sal, and his parents Marie and Sal.  It was a day to reflect on past accomplishments and look to the future as the 40 member body once again voted for Senator Stan Rosenberg as Senate President.  He was escorted to the rostrum after his election by Senators DiDomenico and Forry, and Rosenberg laid out his plans for the upcoming session.  During his remarks he highlighted the Senate's "Kids First initiative" which is led by Senator DiDomenico and reaffirmed the Senate's commitment to our young people.

Senator DiDomenico was deeply appreciative of the support he has received during his time in the Senate and he shared his statement below:

"It is an honor to once again be sworn in as the State Senator for the Middlesex and Suffolk District, and I sincerely thank my constituents for your trust and confidence.  Serving in the Senate since 2010 has been a privilege that that I will never take lightly. My main focus has always been to help people - whether it be through legislation or constituent services. As legislators is always our responsibility and obligation to be there for those who need our help the most, and I will continue to do so each and every day.

I also want to thank my amazing family, my outstanding staff, and my tenacious campaign team in the district that works tirelessly, whether I have an opponent or not, to make sure that we have one of the strongest organizations in Commonwealth.

The last session was very productive, and we passed major pieces of legislation that will have a positive impact on the lives of millions of people in our state. I look forward to another successful session working with my colleagues under the leadership of my friend, Senate President Stan Rosenberg. Thank you again for giving me one of the greatest honors of my life - serving the children, families, and residents of my district."

   

Sen. DiDomenico and members of “Kids First” initiative visit Nurtury Learning Lab

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State Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) and members of the Senate’s “Kids First” initiative recently visited the Nurtury Learning Lab. Kids First is a multiyear initiative, led by Sen. DiDomenico, to identify and support innovative strategies to invest in Massachusetts’s children. Members of the initiative are taking a comprehensive look at a wide variety of policy areas relating to supporting children, including education, nutrition, public health, housing and workforce development.

The Senate group is currently working on the first phase of the initiative, focusing on early childhood development from prenatal through the fourth grade. Sen. DiDomenico and the Kids First team visited Nurtury’s state-of-the-art Learning Lab as they continued seeking input on the best-in-the-nation practices for supporting children.

“Organizations like Nurtury help us to see firsthand the great work being done in the Commonwealth to produce high quality early education and care, and allow us to understand what areas of the field might need improvement,” said Sen. DiDomenico. “We know that without a strong workforce, we cannot expect the objectives of Kids First to become a reality, and beginning these open dialogues with organizations like Nurtury are crucial to our success in this endeavor.”

“We are excited to have Senator Sal DiDomenico and members of the Senate’s Kids First Committee visit Nurtury,” said Nurtury President & CEO Wayne Ysaguirre. “We know that the goal of putting children first in the legislative process is one that makes so much sense to us; the earlier we begin to think about a child, the more effective our strategies will be.

“The legislature needs to start with the youngest children possible to achieve the measurable outcomes that we want for them as they progress into adulthood. The crux of early education at Nurtury is a three-pronged approach that actively engages the entire child, their family and their community. We are thrilled to allow the Senate the opportunity to see early education in practice, discuss our challenges and inform their thinking around where to invest.”

Nurtury Learning Lab, which is located at 33 Bickford St. in the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain, incorporates the most creative thinking and evidence-based practices, with the long-term objective of becoming a replicable, national model for delivering early education and comprehensive family services in an urban area.

The Senate’s Kids First initiative was launched by Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) in January of 2016 with the mission of creating a bold blueprint for how Massachusetts can better invest in order to raise strong and resilient children. Sen. DiDomenico and the Kids First group are set to release their first report focusing on early childhood in February.

   

Esteemed author visits Kiwanis Club

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Author R. Marc Kantrowitz was the special guest speaker at the Everett Kiwanis Club luncheon at the EHS Crimson Café recently to speak on his new book, “Old Whiskey and Young Women: American True Crime Tales of Murder, Sex and Scandal”. Kantrowitz, a retired Mass. Appeals Court judge, knows his way around such cases having been the lead attorney on two dozen first degree murder cases. He’s also a highly-published author on state, criminal, civil, and juvenile law as well as evidence and mental health. Shown from left to right, are; Kiwanis Club Immediate Past Pres. Rocco Longo, Secretary Deborah Keough, Maria LaRovere, President David LaRovere, Kantrowitz, and Past President Atty. John Mackey with the Kiwanis Club Bell. The Everett Kiwanis Club meets on Tuesdays at the Everett High School Crimson Café and is a charitable community organization open to all. For more information, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                 (Advocate photo)

 

   

Everett basketball team rolls to 6-0

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The Everett basketball team continues to roll with anything its opponents hand them without too much trouble. Everett is now 6-0 as a result of its most recent victory, which came against Medford last Friday night. The Crimson Tide took down the Mustangs, 68-56, in their first game of the Greater Boston League slate.

Despite the win, coach John DiBiaso wasn’t satisfied with his team’s performance. “We didn’t play as well as we should have,” DiBiaso said. “We were sloppy and managed to come back after halftime and play a good third period … We finished the game strong. But we want to come out faster.”

Everett went into halftime down one point. However, their shooters helped lead the way to victory in the third and fourth periods.

Jordan McAfee led team scoring with 25 points. He also had 12 rebounds for a double-double. Meanwhile, Ghared Boyce put up 15 points.

“It’s important to have this many scoring threats,” DiBiaso. “It definitely helps us … Jordan had a good game. He played well on the boards, had excellent shooting.”

Everett will play again, at home, against Somerville on Friday. It’s the Crimson Tide’s first game in a week. “We’re expecting a big crowd and plenty of intensity,” DiBiaso said. “This is the GBL. It’s just different than a normal game. It’s a rivalry. So of course you get more energy.”

 

   

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