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~2016: Year in Review~

John Hanlon elected council president

At the city council’s first meeting of the year in January, Former Mayor and Councillor-at-Large John Hanlon was unanimously elected by his colleagues to serve as council’s third president.

The meeting began immediately after an inauguration ceremony where the 2016 city council was sworn-in, including new Councillor-at-Large Wayne Matewsky, new Ward 6 Councillor Michael McLaughlin and new Ward 3 Councillor Anthony DiPierro. The newcomers took the seats of Cynthia Sarnie, Sal Sachetta and Michael Marchese, respectively, in last November’s election.

In his brief remarks after taking the President’s Chair, Hanlon thanked his colleagues for their show of support as Everett approached the “threshold of a new age.” “We’re in a time of change for our council, and in line for a number of wonderful things to happen in the city of Everett,” he said. “I will act faithfully and fairly and trust in faithfulness, not only for this board of councillors, but for the entire city.”

Boston & Wynn strike a deal

After over a year’s worth of harsh words, litigation and general acrimony, casino developer Steve Wynn and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh finally struck a deal over Wynn Resort’s casino project in late January.

Under the agreement, Boston agreed drop all of its legal challenges against the development in exchange for an additional annual $400,000 payment on top of the $1.6 million annual figure the Mass. Gaming Commission had already ordered Wynn to pay.

The deal brought to an end a seemingly endless series of lawsuits by the City of Boston against Wynn, which cost the capitol $1.9 million in legal fees. Most of their suits had been thrown up in Superior Court, though Boston had been reticent to say until now when it had had enough.

“We fought the good fight, but at the end of the day, the judge dismissed our lawsuit,” Walsh said.

Wynn Everett puts construction on hold

After Somerville filed an appeal by Somerville against a key environmental permit in late February, Wynn Everett suspended construction on its Everett resort.

Somerville appealed Wynn’s Chapter 91 license, a permit required for waterside construction projects. Somerville’s mayor, longtime opponent of the casino project Joseph Curtatone, argued that concerns about traffic and air pollution have not been sufficiently addressed by the state. The review of Somerville’s appeal is expected to take at least six months to a year.

Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria, who also spoke at the conference announcing his delay, called on supporters to reach out to Curtatone and urge him to drop his appeal. “I’m appealing to my friend, who hasn’t taken my call in a couple days now,” DeMaria said. “Mayor Curtatone: There’s thousands of people who would come to your office if you need them to come. And if you want us all to come, we will come there and ask that you just cut it out.”

Dr. Stella retires as Assistant Superintendent

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Thomas Stella, whose career spanned over four decades and included stints at a teacher’s desk, in the principal’s office and as a leader in central administration, retired from the Everett Public Schools at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

“He will be greatly missed,” said Superintendent Foresteire. “But the systems and practices he has put in place will endure. There’s no doubt that Dr. Stella has left an indelible mark on the Everett Public Schools.”

Steve Wynn gives a look inside newly dubbed Wynn Boston Harbor

Steve Wynn, holding court among a group of reporters and local officials at Wynn’s Medford office, dropped a series of news bombs during a surprise news conference in Everett this March, including new design details for his Everett resort, a new name for that project – Wynn Boston Harbor – and comments on everything from Somerville’s appeal against Wynn’s waterfront construction permit to Donald Trump.

Unveiling his new scale model, Wynn spoke to the “idea” that precedes “the building,” taking the assembled group through a tour of his “floral themed” resort, which “took the sensibilities of Matisse and blew them up,” and where “a family could come and enjoy all of the amenities of the resort and never have to see a gambling device.”

“This is Boston, after all, not Las Vegas.” he said. “Now you know what it looks like, exactly. No surprises. Everything will look exactly as it appears here today.”

He also announced that the project’s expected cost was being raised to $2 billion. Previous estimates were at $1.7 billion.

Ground broken for Everett’s first hotel

This April, Everett passed a major milestone when a groundbreaking was held for the city’s very first hotel

Expected to open for guests in 2017, the 101-room hotel, called enVision Everett Hotel, located at 1834 Revere Beach Parkway is part of the Ascend Hotel Collection and is set to feature a “locally inspired” and “vintage” design, featuring an interior design evoking the building’s history as a shoe factory and commercial space. The hotel’s development will involve renovating the currently existing structure.

Council once again rejects plan to allow mayoral fire chief appointments

For the second time in two years, the city council unanimously rejected a proposal by Mayor Carlo DeMaria this June to exempt the position of fire chief from civil service, which would have effectively allowed him to appoint chiefs from outside the ranks of the Everett Fire Department.

The change was passionately opposed by the current fire chief and the firefighter’s union, who felt that local firefighters should have the opportunity to ascend through the ranks to the chief position, and that to open up the possibility of hiring from outside was unfair and could potentially hurt morale. The mayor had argued that the change would allow the city to select the “best person for the job,” noting that fire chief was the only department head in the city not directly appointed by the mayor.

The council was ultimately unswayed, voting 10-0 to reject the proposal, which would have petitioned the city’s state delegation to make the change.

A number of Everett firefighters who attended the meeting to watch a swearing-in ceremony for their new chief and a number of new firefighters lingered in the council chambers until the civil service item came before the council. Many applauded after the roll call vote to reject the plan.

Official construction starts on Wynn Boston Harbor

After a count of ten and a chorus of blow horns, to say nothing of months of ligation, official construction began this August at the Wynn Boston Harbor Site.

And officials on the ground were clear that this was not another false start: after receiving Chapter 91 permit after defeating a legal challenge by the City of Somerville, a tighter 34 month construction timeline went into effect, putting Wynn on course to open their resort in June of 2019.

“There are no more hurdles we’re waiting for,” said President of Wynn Development and Design Chris Gordon. “This thing is ready to go, and we’re moving now.”

According to Wynn’s construction time line, the steel frame, which will be on the rise by the end of the year, will be completed by the end of 2017. At the end of 2018, the building will be weathertight and furniture moved in.

McGonagle wins State Rep. primary by 700 votes

Everett backed its incumbents in this September’s primary, helping its county sheriff, state representative and member of the Governor’s Council to reelection.

State Representative Joseph McGonagle overcame a primary challenge by political newcomer Gerly Adrien, taking in 1,773 votes to Adrien’s 1,150. There were five write-in votes and 40 blanks. Because there was no Republican candidate in the race, McGonagle went on to easily win re-election in November.

Terrence Kennedy swept Everett in the Governor’s Council race with over two-thirds of the vote in a three-way race, taking 1,963 votes to Stephen Borelli’s 404 and Richard DiMeo’s 197. There were nine write-in votes and 395 blanks. Kennedy went on to handily defeat his primary challengers across the 6th District.

Homecoming Day 2016: A Celebration of “Everett Pride”

Once again, the city of Everett has outdone itself.

Every year, we hail our annual “Homecoming Day” program as the best ever… and then the next year, it gets even bigger and better.

And that was the case in 2016 – Homecoming was definitely THE BEST EVER!

It’s obvious to even the most casual observer that this day-long program requires much coordination, dedication to detail and a lot of hard work. And the ones who made it all happen – and happen so well – were our exceptional Supt. of Schools Frederick Foresteire, his staff and a crew of very dedicated and capable volunteers.

Absolutely nobody represents “Everett Pride” more in this community than Supt. Foresteire. Our high school athletes, year in and year out, have had no better friend and supporter than him. In fact, ALL of our high school students, whether they play sports or not, have a true friend and supporter in the person of the superintendent.

Homecoming Day 2016 in Everett is unrivaled. It’s the ultimate demonstration of true “Everett Pride.”

Our citizenry should be grateful to everyone who had a hand in making this year’s festivities THE BEST EVER!

City Council joins School Committee to oppose charter school expansion initiative

In a unanimous vote this September, the City Council passed a resolution expressing its opposition to the ultimately unsuccessful state ballot initiative that would have expanded the number of charter schools in Massachusetts.

The initiative, known as Question 2, would have given the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education the ability to approve 12 new charter schools in Massachusetts.

The month prior to the council’s vote, the Everett School Committee passed a unanimous resolution to oppose the ballot initiative and on Monday night several local parents and public school teachers came before the council to urge them to follow suit.

Councillors were enthusiastic about the resolution, all praising the city’s school system with many noting that while they were not against charter schools generally, the city could not afford to siphon more money away from its public schools.

Proposed Parkway slaughterhouse causes month-long controversy

Saba Live Poultry’s attempt to open a new retail slaughterhouse on Revere Beach Parkway created a storm of controversy this fall, drawing concerns from councillors and members of the public about everything from sanitation, animal rights, and building permits. Though Saba hired local Attorney Alfred P. Farese, Jr. to help them settle the council’s concerns, a disastrous Committee of the Whole meeting which ended with councillors questioning the petitioner’s honesty dashed any hopes of their getting council approval.

Saba ultimately attempted to withdraw their request to open in Everett in order to find a home in a more “hospitable” community, but the council opted to instead simply reject it outright, a move which will prevent the business from making another attempt to open in the city for at least two years.

Mayor proposes massive Malden River recreational project

This October, Mayor Carlo DeMaria introduced a major proposal for a new 10-acre recreational area at the former GE parkland site adjacent to Air Force Road on the Malden River. The plan would be accomplished through a court-approved land swap, trading Wynn Resorts the land on which the Nathan Lynde Playground currently sits for the former GE site.

The mayor was obviously proud of the proposal, saying that he believed “this new recreational space will be a true city asset for generations to come.”

The mayor presented a preliminary design for the park to the council. According to those plans, the city will combine the 3.5 acre GE site with the nearby Seven Acre Park to create a 10-acre recreation area containing multipurpose fields for soccer, football, lacrosse, field hockey and other sports, as well as a regulation track, several play areas, a splash pad, an enclosed dog park, a picnic area, a memorial wall, tennis courts, restrooms, lockers and possibly even a bocce court.

In all, councilors were enthusiastic about the project, particularly the idea of providing greater access to the waterfront to the city’s residents. “Anything that’s developing property that years ago we considered unusable or had no idea how we were going to get the means [to redevelop], I’m always in favor of that,” said Councillor Peter Napolitano. “You’ve got my backing.”

Everett backs Clinton, splits on Question 4

Everett backed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over Republican Donald Trump by a slightly wider margin than the rest of the state in November’s presidential election, and went on to follow the state in rejecting ballot questions 1 and 2 and supporting Question 3, while narrowly bucking their neighbors to oppose Question 4.

Clinton took 66.52 percent of the vote, or 9,439 votes, to Trump’s 27.71 percent with 3,932 votes. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson took 307 while Green Party candidate Jill Stein took 164. There were 185 write-in votes and 153 blank ballots. Clinton went on to win Massachusetts at large by a slightly smaller margin, taking in 61 percent of the vote to Trump’s 34 percent.

Everett also followed the Commonwealth on three of the four ballot questions, rejecting Question 1 (allowing a new slots parlor license to be issued), Question 2 (expanding the number of charter schools in the state), and backing Question 4 (regarding caging farm animals), but bucked the trend with Question 4, which successfully legalized marijuana in the state. Police Chief Steven Mazzie came out against the proposal the week before the election, and Everett voters appear to have narrowly agreed with him, voting against by a margin of 48 percent to 46 percent, or 6,853 votes to 6,539. The ballot item would ultimately prevail statewide; however, with 53.6 percent of Massachusetts voters supporting it and 46.4 percent voting against it.

Council approves plan to use Wynn money for tax relief

Those waiting to see tangible benefits from the Wynn Resorts project in Everett may finally get what they’re looking for next year, as the City Council unanimously approved Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s tax plan this November. The plan will offset the tax levy by $8 million, largely by using money provided to the city by Wynn Resorts under the city’s Host Community Agreement with the developer.

The mayor’s plan will offset the $96,745,937 FY17 tax levy by $8 million. This figure includes all $5 million of Wynn’s initial payment to the city (which will be used to pay down capital improvement debts), $1 million from the stabilization fund and $2 million from free cash.

The plan will also shift the Minimum Residential Factor by 1.75 percent and increase the Residential Exemption to 25 percent, further shifting the city’s tax burden from residential properties to commercial and industrial lots. The residential exception was 20 percent in FY16, but recent changes in state law allowed to city to make this year’s increase.

Under the mayor’s plan, the estimated FY17 tax rate will be $14.48 per thousand for residential properties and $35.69 per thousand for commercial properties. Both rates reflect a decrease from last year’s rates, where residential properties paid $14.61 per $100,000 and commercial properties paid $37.98 per thousand.

City and MBTA to pilot bus-only lane on Broadway

After years of planning and public hearings with MassDOT, the City of Everett and MBTA tested out one of the first of their planned traffic and public transportation improvements in the city this November, piloting a bus-only lane on Broadway between Glendale Square and Sweester circle.

The pilot was initially supposed to last only a week, but after a positive response from riders and preliminary data showing reduced commute times, the MBTA decided to run the pilot indefinitely.

Under the program, MBTA buses travel down the parking lane on the southbound side of Broadway, and all parking, drop-offs, and deliveries are prohibited on that side of the street between 4 and 9 a.m.

City signs cable agreement with RCN

Everett residents long dissatisfied with Comcast’s cable monopoly finally saw some competition come to the city this December, as Mayor Carlo DeMaria signed a cable license agreement with RCN in a press conference outside City Hall, allowing the popular regional telecom firm to bring their fiber-rich network to the city, providing broadband and entertainment services to Everett residents and businesses.

“We heard from residents all the time, ‘You’ve got to get a competitor in here because Comcast has a monopoly on cable television,’” said Mayor Carlo DeMaria. “We’re excited that RCN’s coming in and will be able to offer cable services to residents and bring some competition in, which I’m sure will lower rates for a lot of people.”

RCN has already begun some of the construction for their fiber network with the city’s approval, and is expected to begin offering services to customers in January. “People will probably see letters within the next few days announcing our arrival,” said RCN Senior Vice President and General Manager Jeff Carlson.

Relentless Crimson Tide are Super Bowl champions

The winning Super Bowl tradition found its way back to where it belongs – in Everett. The Crimson Tide football team became Division 1 high school state champions this December thanks completely to their impressive 21-7 victory over Xaverian in this year’s Super Bowl game at Manning Field in Lynn.

Everett “super” head coach John DiBiaso – who has now won 11 Super Bowls as man in charge of the Crimson Tide – seemed sure of his team’s abilities throughout the season. The Tide’s Super Bowl win is just confirmation of what the Crimson Tide as a whole believed was possible.

“I’m so happy for the seniors,” DiBiaso said. “This has been a great group of kids from the start of the season. There have been no discipline problems, no selfish attitudes and we have 100 hearts beating as one.”

This was the match-up everyone expected for the Super Bowl at the start of the season. Xaverian was ranked first in a Boston Globe poll while Everett was second. The Hawks edged the Crimson Tide in Week One, 17-14. But DiBiaso pointed out the week before the Tide’s win that both teams had gone through a lot since that point and that the Super Bowl was anyone’s game. Both teams finished the year with 13-2 records.

For Everett, who are now ranked first in the Boston Globe and Boston Herald season-ending poll, this victory also avenged a Super Bowl loss to Xaverian in 2014.

 

City, MassDOT to extend bus-only lane pilot program

The City of Everett and MassDOT will extend their Broadway bus-only lane pilot program “until the foreseeable future” according to the Mayor’s office, The Advocate learned Thursday.

The program, a part of the Everett Area Transit Action Plan, creates a bus-only lane between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. on the southbound side of Broadway in the area otherwise used for parking spaces. The plan is supposed to improve commuting times for MBTA bus passengers, who make up the majority of rush hour commuters down Broadway, and to clear up the road for the passenger vehicles and commercial traffic that would typically compete with the buses on Broadway.

The pilot was originally to last only until the end of this week. Now with the extension, it will run until at least the end of next week, though no definitive timeline has been given.

The city has heard complaints from two businesses on Broadway about the program, fearing that it will drive away potential customers attempting to enter their businesses. The mayor’s office has committed to work with those businesses to “see what’s possible” to address their concerns.

“One of the things a pilot program’s for is to collect data,” said Tom Philbin, the Mayor’s Communications Director. “So one of things we’re going to do is to see how much of a problem it actually is. We’ll make some tweaks to it now, but we need to see how much of an impact it will have first, but otherwise it’s been positive so far. … The city’s excited about it. Traffic is flowing better than it typically does.”

   

Beacon Hill Roll

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.

This week, with the end of the 2016 session only weeks away, Beacon Hill Roll Call, in the first of a series of special reports, looks at some of the bills that were approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker in the 2016 session.

OPIOID ABUSE PREVENTION (H 4088)

House 155-0, Senate 37-0, approved a new law aimed at reducing the opioid abuse crisis in the Bay State. It is designed to reduce the number of opioid pills in circulation by working with many parties involved in the process including schools, doctors, insurance companies and pharmacists. Key provisions require all public schools to have a policy regarding substance abuse prevention; to advise students about the dangers of substance abuse, and to perform an annual verbal screening of pupils for substance use disorders. Parents can opt their children out of the screening requirement.

Other provisions include limiting initial opioid prescriptions by doctors to a seven-day supply except for chronic pain management, cancer and palliative care; requiring drug manufacturers to create a program to secure, transport and safely dispose of unwanted drugs; establishing a rehabilitation program for registered pharmacists, pharmacy interns and pharmacy technicians who have a substance abuse issue and allowing them to volunteer for the program instead of being subject to disciplinary action; and requiring patients admitted to the emergency room for an overdose to be subject to a detailed substance abuse evaluation within 24 hours before discharge.

Supporters, noting there were 1,256 accidental drug-related deaths in 2015, said this new law is a balanced and practical approach that will improve schools’ approach to teaching kids about drug prevention and increase access to treatment for those who are addicted. They argued it will save lives and spare the heartache of many families by helping to stem the rising tide of drug addiction and drug-related deaths across the state.

(A «Yes» vote is for the new law.)

 

Rep. Joseph McGonagle        Yes

Sen. Sal DiDomenico                Yes

 

DRUG OFFENSES AND DRIVER’S LICENSES (S 1812)

House 157-0, Senate 38-0, approved a new law that repeals a 1989 law that required anyone convicted of a non-violent drug crime to have his or her license suspended, regardless of whether the crime itself involved driving a vehicle. The new law does allow automatic license suspension for anyone convicted of trafficking in illegal drugs, except for marijuana. The new law is retroactive and applies to all people who are without a license because of the 1989 law.

Supporters said 1989 law is outdated, illogical and counterproductive because it prevents many offenders from driving to work, getting ta new job, driving their children to school, traveling to a doctor and using their car for the things necessary in day-to-day life.

(A «Yes» vote is for the new law.)

 

Rep. Joseph McGonagle        Yes

Sen. Sal DiDomenico                Yes

 

$200 MILLION FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES (H 4133)

House 151-0, Senate 35-0, approved authorizing the state to borrow $200 million in one-time funding for the maintenance and repair of local roads and bridges in cities and towns across the state.

Supporters said this helps cities and towns improve their roads and bridges and keep them safe.

(A «Yes» vote is for the $200 million.)

 

Rep. Joseph McGonagle        Didn’t Vote

Sen. Sal DiDomenico                Yes

 

PUBLIC RECORDS (H 4333)

House 154-0, Senate 40-0, approved a new law designed to ensure that the state and local municipalities comply in a timely way with requests for public records. It also reduces costs to people making the requests.

This new law requires each state agency and municipality to appoint at least one public records access officer to serve as the point of contact for all public records requests; limits to $25 per hour the fees municipalities and state agencies can charge for time spent responding to requests; allows municipalities to request additional time for compliance and the right to charge higher fees to cover reasonable costs; enables courts to award attorneys’ fees when government agencies wrongly deny access to public records; and requires agencies and municipalities to make documents available in electronic form.

Supporters said this is the first update to the state’s public records laws in 40 years and noted that it makes state and local government more transparent. They argued it is not acceptable for members of the news media or for ordinary citizens to face unreasonable delays and high costs to gain access to information that is supposed to be public. They argued that the new law balances access to public records with protection for local municipalities from unreasonable procedures and unfunded mandates.

(A «Yes» vote is for the new law.)

 

Rep. Joseph McGonagle        Yes

Sen. Sal DiDomenico                Yes

 

$39.15 BILLION FISCAL 2017 STATE BUDGET (H 4450)

House 150-3, Senate 38-1, approved a conference committee’s compromise version of a $39.15 billion fiscal 2017 state budget. The conference committee reduced expected revenues by $750 million and cut $413 million in proposed spending. Those actions were in response to warnings about unexpected ever-decreasing revenue projections.

Supporters of the budget said it is a balanced one that makes vital investments in the state while continuing fiscal responsibility.

Some opponents said that the budget does not make sufficient cuts and argued that state spending has grown too much over the past few years. Others noted they opposed spending taxpayer money on government services given to illegal immigrants.

(A «Yes» vote is for the budget. A «No» vote is against it.)

 

Rep. Joseph McGonagle        Yes

Sen. Sal DiDomenico                Yes

 

PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST TRANSGENDER PEOPLE (S 2407)

House 118-36, Senate 33-4, approved a new law that expands prior law prohibiting discrimination against transgender people by adding «gender identity» to existing Massachusetts civil rights laws that already prohibit discrimination in public accommodations based on age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, religion and marital status. Public accommodations are defined as «a place, whether licensed or unlicensed, which is open to and accepts or solicits the patronage of the general public.» This includes hotels, restaurants, retail stores, malls, theaters, parks, medical offices, libraries and public transportation. The major controversy centered around the fact that the new law also allows access to legally gender-segregated public facilities, including restrooms and locker rooms, based on a person’s gender identity rather than on their sex.

In 2011, the Legislature approved and former Gov. Deval Patrick signed a law that added «gender identity» to the state’s non-discrimination laws, to prohibit discrimination in employment, education, housing and credit against transgender persons. That law, however, did not prohibit discrimination in public accommodations.

Supporters, noting 17 other states have approved similar laws protecting transgender people, said this is a new civil rights law that helps many transgender people lead safe and more productive lives. They argued that transgender individuals still face the threat of discrimination in many public accommodations. They noted that under prior Massachusetts law, there was no protection ensuring that transgender people cannot be turned away from a restroom, locker room, hotel, restaurant, retail store and many other places simply because they are transgender.

Opponents said the privacy rights of children matter and asked how youngsters might react to a transgender classmate using the same bathroom. They argued that bathroom and locker room use should be based on the gender on one’s birth certificate, not on an inner sense of feeling or expression. They said that male predators could use this law as cover to excuse their presence in women-only spaces.

Opponents have gathered the necessary signatures to put the law on the 2018 ballot and let voters decide whether to repeal it or not.

The Senate did not have a roll call on the final version of the law. The Senate roll call listed is on an earlier version.

(A «Yes» vote is for the new law. A «No» vote is against it.)

 

Rep. Joseph McGonagle        No

Sen. Sal DiDomenico                Yes

 

SUPPORT FOR VETERANS (H 4278)

House 153-0, Senate 39-0, approved a new law that helps veterans by improving their access to housing and education and protecting them from discrimination. Provisions include establishing the new Office of State Veterans’ Homes and Housing; giving veterans preference in public housing; allowing cities and towns to permit property taxpayers to check off a box on their property tax bill and donate money, above their tax liability, to help local veterans with food, transportation, heat and oil expenses; and making all children of all prisoners of war eligible for the Public Service Scholarship. Prior to passage of this new law, the scholarship was limited to children of Vietnam War POWs.

Supporters said the state should provide these additional benefits and opportunities to the thousands of Bay State veterans who have served and are still serving our nation. They noted that one in three homeless people in the nation are veterans. They pointed out that one in five Massachusetts veterans suffer post-traumatic stress disorder and 11 percent suffer traumatic brain injuries.

(A «Yes» vote is for the new law.)

 

Rep. Joseph McGonagle        Yes

Sen. Sal DiDomenico                Yes

 

HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session.

During the week of November 28-December 2, the House met for a total of one hour and 30 minutes while the Senate met for a total of four hours and 57 minutes.

 

Mon.    November 28   House  10:59 a.m. to  11:45 a.m.

Senate 11:08 a.m. to   3:23 p.m.

Tues.   November 29   No House session

No Senate session

Wed.    November 30   No House session

No Senate session

Thurs.  December 1    House  11:01 a.m. to  11:45 a.m.

Senate 11:07 a.m. to  11:49 a.m.

Fri.    December 2    No House session

No Senate session

 

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City lights tree at Glendale Towers

On Monday, December 5 residents of Glendale Towers were delighted to take part once again in their Annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration. Mayor Carlo DeMaria, along with State Senator Sal DiDomenico and State Representative Joe McGonagle, offered the City’s holiday greetings and well wishes to the residents and neighbors at 381 Ferry St. Pedro Rivera, a Department of Public Works employee, provided entertainment for the audience by singing classic Christmas carols.

 

   

Public Notice for redesign/expansion of Seven Acre Park

Mayor Carlo DeMaria and the Department of Planning and Development are pleased to host a public meeting to discuss the redesign and expansion of Seven Acre Park, the former GE site. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the George Keverian Room, which is located on the 3rd floor of Everett City Hall.

Mayor DeMaria stated, “I am very excited about the opportunities that this new park project will offer our residents. I invite all residents to participate in the public process, so that we can make this parkland a great place for all to enjoy.”

The conceptual plan will be presented to the public for review and comment. The new park would be comprised of over 10 acres with proposed amenities to include several athletic fields, a river walk, playground areas, restrooms, play areas and public parking. The next steps in the park makeover include evaluation of public comments, review of environmental factors and applicable regulations, and preliminary construction cost estimates. The final design is planned to be presented at a future public meeting of the City of Everett’s Public Works Commission, the date and venue of the meeting to be determined.

Written public comments are welcome. The deadline for written comments on the park plan is December 31, 2016. These comments can be submitted to the following person:

Rachel Kelly, Environment & Sustainability Planner

Department of Planning & Development

484 Broadway – Room 25

Everett, MA 02149

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The Everett City Hall location is accessible to people with disabilities. The City of Everett provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance upon request as available. For accommodation or assistance, contact the Department of Planning & Development at least two business days before the meeting.

For project inquiries, please call the Department of Planning & Development at 617-394-2334, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the Planning and Development Department at Everett City Hall during normal business hours. In case of inclement weather, cancellation announcements will be posted on the City of Everett’s website: www.cityofeverett.com.

   

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