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City of Everett awarded Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate of Achievement

Mayor Carlo DeMaria is pleased to announce that the City of Everett has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment. Since 1984, GFOA has encouraged and recognized exemplary budgeting practices among governmental entities in the United States and Canada.

Todd Buikema, acting director of GFOA’s Technical Services Center, stated, “Congratulations to Mayor DeMaria and the City of Everett for having satisfied the high standards of the program. We hope that your example will encourage others in their efforts to achieve and maintain an appropriate standard of excellence in financial reporting.”

GFOA is a major professional association servicing the needs of more than 18,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management.

In the future, Mayor DeMaria and his administration want Everett to continue to be recognized as a leading community in public financial management by practice and policy development. It is Mayor DeMaria’s goal to enhance and promote quality government management for the benefit of Everett residents and businesses.

 

City of Everett to participate in emergency preparedness drill

Mayor Carlo DeMaria and the Everett Health Department will participate in an emergency preparedness drill with the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management of the state Department of Public Health on Friday, May 19. The drill will be located at the Connolly Center on Chelsea Street, from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

This is only a drill to examine the procedures that would have to be activated in the event of a real emergency. Staff from the Health Department, along with volunteers and other city departments, will stage a full-scale exercise at this time. Also, other members of emergency coalitions will be observing.

You might see an increase in activity in this area during the drill. Remember, this is only a drill. There should be no interference with daily routines.

If you have any questions, please contact Elaine Silva at the Health Department at 617-394-2258 or Sabrina Torra at 617-394-2314.

   

Errors cost Lady Tide softball team against Beverly

The Everett softball team feels they’ve been competitive and playing well, even though they’ve also been doomed by some untimely errors. That trend continued on Monday as they lost, 9-4, to Beverly.

Ariana Garay went seven innings on the mound. She struck out one and only walked three, but gave up 10 hits. Still, only five of Beverly’s runs were earned, which goes to show just how much of a difference errors can make.

“If we took away the errors we had, I feel like this could have been one of the best games we’ve played this season,” said Everett coach Stacy Schiavo. “Our outfielders saw a lot of action and our outfielders made the plays where they could have allowed Beverly to score more.”

Beverly started the first inning with a leadoff single. The base runner moved to second on a fielder’s choice, then scored on a double by the clean-up hitter to make it 1-0.

Samantha Uga followed up in Everett’s half of the inning with a single. She moved to second when Diana Concannon walked. With runners at first and second, Hailey Powers tripled to score both Uga and Concannon and give Everett a 2-1 lead.

Everett held Beverly in the second and third, but came apart in the fourth. A pair of errors enabled Beverly to score four times and take a 5-2 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, a pair of consecutive walks put Izza Bourouis and Kloey Cardillo on first and second. With two outs, Powers came through in the clutch again and doubled to score Bourouis and make it 5-3.

“Hailey Powers has stepped up her hitting,” said Schiavo. “She was in a funk for a little while but has been hitting hard and has been solid in the batting lineup the past few games.”

Everett played solid defense for two consecutive innings, but couldn’t complete their comeback due to a tough seventh inning. Beverly registered three hits but scored four runs off of two fielding errors. Concannon scored the Crimson Tide’s final run in the seventh off an RBI double by Nalani Marinez.

   

Everett’s Giantonio celebrates league win with Division 1 title

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Everett native Julian Giantonio is excelling as a hockey coach and just completed his third year leading the University of Delaware’s Division 1 team. Giantonio, who graduated from Everett High School in 2001, just won this year’s league title, his best overall achievement, which includes another coaching stint with North Dakota.

“It’s funny because I thought that we were young this year, we’d be rebuilding a bit because we graduated so many, but I really tried to scout hard and find the right players,” said Giantonio in a phone interview. “I asked our players who they thought the right fits were … there’s no better scout than a current player.”

Scouting is just one part of Giantonio’s repertoire. This last campaign showed just how seasoned the Everett native is getting at managing players and teaching hockey.

First, some context. The league title came down to the final game of the regular season. Stony Brook had beaten Liberty University in their final game of the season and was in first place in the standings by one point. Delaware played the University of Rhode Island in their final game; it was tied 2-2 after regulation, and penalties ensued. Max Freeman, a sophomore who had been having an off game, got the nod from Giantonio to take Delaware’s third penalty.

“He was having a really crummy day, his head was down,” Giantonio said. “I actually benched him for a few shifts … But I remembered that in practice he’s a competitive kid. He excels in those situations, those shootouts. I wanted to show him I still believed in him.”

Freeman took the ice, knowing a goal from him would deliver Delaware the league title. He skated toward the net, drew the goaltender out and then rifled a shot into the upper corner of the net to win the game.

That moment showed that Giantonio understands not only his players, but the athletic psyche. He credits his father for exposing him to hockey from all vantage points. Growing up, Giantonio was a forward. But his father made him look at hockey from a goalie’s perspective.

“I read Vladislav Trediak’s book – the goaltender from the Soviet Union,” said Giantonio. “I really learned what goalies were looking for: how they played, how they approached shots. And it helped my hockey … That’s something I bring into coaching. You obviously want to build a team from the goalie up. But even beyond that, that approach my dad gave me helped give me insight into always looking into what’s next … new drills, new tactics, new coaching materials … You can say that hockey isn’t as organic as it used to be. We’re not using projectors or using chalkboards to draw up plays, but instead now you’re looking for the latest coaching app or something like that. But it’s about keeping up with the times, the changes in technology, the changes in the game.”

That approach is paying dividends for Giantonio. For now, though, he remains proud of his Delaware team and what they were able to accomplish this season, even though he’s looking for the next step up in coaching. “I’d like to strike while the iron is hot,” Giantonio said. “I’ve had a lot of great experiences and I want to coach at a more elite level, the NCAA level.”

   

Timely hitting sends Tide baseball team past Marblehead

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The Crimson Tide baseball team has been waiting for one big hit to break a game open. Their offense has been clicking all season, even though that’s only been enough to win about one third of their games.

So when sophomore Greg Reed stepped up to the plate and hammered a bases-clearing RBI in the third inning of Wednesday night’s 12-2 victory over Marblehead at Glendale Park, Everett coach Joe Lento let out a sigh of relief. All season long, he’s known that the ability to come up with big hits was there. Finally, his team proved it.

“We’ve been waiting all year to get that big hit with guys in scoring position,” said Lento. “We’re 4-9; it hurts me to say that out loud … But that’s a little snippet of what our season has looked like. Guys on base haven’t come up with the big hit to break a game open.”

Everett pummeled Marblehead by scoring 10 runs in the third inning. The Crimson Tide scored once in the first inning and scored in the sixth on a passed ball. The monster third was obviously the difference.

Bryan Bessler had two hits and two RBIs in the third. Mony Mack had an RBI single. Thirteen batters stepped to the plate.

“After Greg’s hit we were able to feed off the momentum,” said Lento. “Instead of going down we finished the game. It’s been our biggest issue all year – timely hitting.”

Pitcher Jalil Marinez went five innings, giving up two runs. The fielding behind Marinez was mostly spot-on, too.

“It was a welcome sight to see him back in form, he’s been struggling a bit and he hasn’t been where I think he can be,” Lento added. “We need him if we’re to run off some games.”

That said, Lento was most pleased with his bats. They easily handled Marblehead, a 7-3 team, after leaving 18 men on base and losing to one run against top-ranked Danvers the game before.

“A couple more hits and we’d be sitting with a different record,” Lento said. “We’ve had guys on base, we just didn’t get the big hit … Finally, we got the momentum in our favor. One hit and it’s a different game – timely hitting.”

Everett’s next game is Saturday against Bishop Fenwick. Jason Hennessey is on the mound.

“They’re a good program,” Lento said. “They always play us in tough games. We just want to keep the ball rolling and keep pushing in the right direction.”

   

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