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Revere Chamber, Police Dept. host active shooter seminar for local businesses

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This past week the Revere Chamber of Commerce hosted a joint effort with the Revere Police Community Policing Division – an active shooter seminar for the local business community at the Comfort Inn on American Legion Highway. The seminar provided business owners with life-saving instruction in the event of an armed attacker. The event was deemed a success and well-attended by over 120 participants. Pictured, in no particular order, are Bob Upton of the Revere Chamber of Commerce; Lt. Carl Borgioli, retired; Police Chief Joseph Cafarelli; Revere Patrolmen Jerry Salvati and Joe Turner; and Instructors Joe and Terry from Blue U Defense. (Photo Courtesy of Gerald Salvati

 

Revere Police Dept. Community Room to be named after fallen officer

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The City Council voted in favor of renaming the Revere Police Community Room in honor of Officer Daniel Talbot on the 10th Anniversary of his passing. Revere Police Detective David Caramanica wrote a letter to the council requesting the change. Caramanica attended the police academy with Talbot and was his partner for five years before he passed.

Talbot lost his life in a 2007 shooting while off duty with his fiancé and fellow off duty officers behind Revere High School. In 2010, a Revere man with gang ties, Robert Iacoviello, Jr., was convicted of second degree murder for shooting Talbot and is serving a mandatory life in prison term with the possibility of parole in 15 years.

Talbot was a lifelong Revere resident who played hockey for Revere High School. Before joining the police force, he entered the military and served his country.

“Anytime someone uses the room they will be reminded of the ultimate sacrifice he made to the city,” Caramanica said to the council Monday night.

“This is well overdue,” Ward 6 Councillor Charlie Patch, a retired Revere police sergeant, said. “He was a great police officer. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think of him.”

Councillor-at-Large Anthony Zambuto agreed with Patch. Zambuto said he still carries Talbot’s police badge with him in his car every day. “I think of him every day,” he said. “The community room is the perfect way to honor him.”

Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky said he watched Talbot grow up in Revere since he lived around the corner from him. When he first heard that the Police Department wanted to honor Talbot in this way, he admitted, he got emotional. “I think this is the greatest thing I have seen in the city in a while,” he said. “I am proud to say to people, ‘You are going to have a meeting in the Talbot Community Room.’ That is going to be the best thing I can say to people.”

Caramanica said the Police Department is currently working on an official plaque for the room. There will be a ceremony at the police station on June 23 for the newly named community room. The Police Department is also planning a community-wide charity event in Talbot’s honor on Sept. 29.

The council unanimously voted in favor of the name change. Council President Bob Haas and Councillor-at-Large George Rotondo were absent.

   

Councillor hosts Ward 4 Community Meeting

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On Saturday, March 4, Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe continued his quarterly community meetings. “Keeping the neighborhoods well-informed has been a focus of mine, and I want to keep reaching out to the many residents to discuss upcoming events,” said Keefe. “We had a full house at Luberto’s on Saturday; it was great to see so many Ward 4 residents in attendance.” Pictured at the event, were, from left to right: Revere Police Capt. Jim Guido, Patrolman Jerry Salvati, Revere Veterans Office Director Mark Silvestri, Councillor Keefe, Councillor-at-Large Steve Morabito and State Senator Joe Boncore. (Courtesy photo)

   

Top 100 city wage earners announced

Once again, the city payroll’s top wage earners were dominated by public safety and school department officials, with nine emanating from the police department. Leading the top five, retired Supt. of Schools Dr. Paul S. Dakin was the top earner for the 2016 calendar year as he remained on as an advisor earning $227,380.62. Current Supt. of Schools Dr. Dianne K. Kelly earned $191,912.31 as fourth on the payroll.

Leading the police department, Police Chief Joseph A. Cafarelli earned $213,871.59; Police Lieutenant David J. Callahan earned $208,798.79 with $39,268 in detail pay for a total of $248,066; and Executive Officer James Guido earned $191,233.80 with $44,605 in detail pay for a total of $235,838.80.

Of the 2,299 employees listed, the lowest payee was a part-time cafeteria worker who earned $27.28.

See page 13 for the top 100.

   

Opioid crisis remains top priority as overdoses, deaths decline

Data is showing efforts to curb heroin and opioid-related deaths are working in Revere. In 2015 there were 256 calls for possible overdoses. In 2016 the number dropped to 195 calls for possible overdoses.

The Fire Department received 125 calls where Narcan was used in 2016. Sixty-seven of those calls involved a person who was unconscious, and there were four times where the person could have been dead. Meanwhile, the department dealt with 151 calls in 2015 where they used Narcan.

However, while this appears to be an improvement, 2017 seems to be starting off on a rough start. In the first week of February, there were 14 opioid overdoses in Revere, and two unconfirmed opioid overdose fatalities. This increase is reportedly linked to the use of heroin contaminated with the drug fentanyl.

Mayor Brian Arrigo said tackling the issue is one his biggest priorities– citing the new Substance Use Disorder Initiatives (SUDI) office to reduce the impact of opioid addiction on Revere families. “Initial reports show that overdose calls went down 24% in 2016. That’s a good start, but not good enough. The SUD office takes a data-driven approach and works with our police and fire departments, city staff and medical professionals, knocking on the doors of each and every person we can identify that may need help battling addiction,” Arrigo said during his State of the City address Monday night at City Hall.

The SUDI Office Drop-In Center is open every Tuesday evening from 5-8 p.m. at 437 Revere St. – where people can seek support from professionals. Residents can also get Narcan at CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreen’s.

Arrigo said this year he will be launching a pilot program for middle schoolers to teach them the dangers of prescription drugs.

“With so much promise in Revere’s future, we cannot allow the opioid crisis to fall off our radar. It will remain a top priority for me and my administration. I am committed to these data-driven approaches to improving the lives of all Revere residents,” he said.

   

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