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Revere Elks Lodge #1171 Donates to Veterans Food Bank

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The Revere Elks Lodge 1171 on Shirley Ave donated $1,000 to the Revere Veterans Committee to be used for the Revere Veterans Food Bank. Pictured: Exalted Ruler Ken Buckley (2nd from left) presents check to Revere Veterans Director Marc Silvestri, Mayor Brian Arrigo and Councillor Ira Novoselsky-Co-Chair of the Revere Veterans Committee.


 

SOUNDS of Revere

Free “Drive-In Movie Night” For Revere Teens

On Friday, August 11, the Revere Youth Health Leadership Council is hosting a free “Drive-In Movie Night” for high school students at Wonderland Marketplace. Entertainment begins at 6:30 and the movie starts at 8 - drive-in, or walk-in with a blanket or chair! The event will include free refreshments, a DJ and music. Register your car for the event:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drive-in-movie-tickets-36334982912

Registration Open for Adult Education Classes at Revere Community School

The Revere Community School is proud to announce that its adult education program begins again on September 6, 2017. The Community School’s goal is to offer an increasing portfolio of adult education courses that enrich our community.

Classes are affordable ($50-$75 for an 8-10 week program) and open to all Revere residents. They are held at Revere High School, 101 School Street, on weekday evenings.

Flyers and registration info are available at http://www.revere.org/news/post/registration-information-adult-education-classes-at-revere-community-school:

Adult High School Equivalent Diploma Program (HiSET - formerly GED)

English for Speakers of Other Languages - beginner and intermediate levels available

English Flyer -- Spanish Flyer -- Portuguese Flyer -- Arabic Flyer

ESL Conversation Class

Spanish Language Class

Arabic Language Class

The Community School is always looking to offer a range of courses for Revere adults. For more information, call 781-333-2061, x. 51424.

Revere Housing Authority’s Summer Safety event on Sat., August 26

The Revere Housing Authority, its Board of Commissioners and the Office of Mayor Brian Arrigo are pleased to announce a Summer Safety/School Readiness event on Saturday, August 26, from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Cooledge Street/Constitution Avenue basketball court. Residents are invited to come down to the basketball court for free pizza and ice cream, back-to-school supplies, special prizes and other resources. Families are also encouraged to spend time with Revere Police Officers and Revere Firefighters.

This free event will be presented in conjunction with the Revere Police Department, the Revere Community School, the Revere Fire Department, Revere CARES, WIC, Boston Harley-Davidson, the Revere Public Library, Women Encouraging Empowerment, and the Suffolk County Sherriff’s Office.

Information about Oak Island Railroad Crossing Improvements

The City of Revere is improving the railroad crossing at Oak Island per Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requirements in order to perpetuate the quiet zone that exists there presently (quiet zone meaning no train horns are sounded when the train comes through, a standard safety practice elsewhere).

As a requirement for retaining the quiet zone, additional safety improvements, including channelization, signage and striping, are being added. These are all FRA requirements that are to be implemented by August 1 and will improve the overall safety of the crossing. If this work were not completed, trains would be required to blow their horns when going through this area, causing disruption for residents.

Included in this first phase of work is also a temporary gravel turnaround area on the south side of Oak Island Road. Phase 2 and 3 will follow and will include a new paved turnaround area with three delineated parking spots on Oak Island Road as well as sidewalk improvements and widening of the traveled way on both sides of the railroad. Work started July 17, and the tentative schedule is for work to be completed around the beginning of October.

Construction Advisory: Page Street – starting week of August 7

The City of Revere will be reconstructing the roadway and sidewalks on Page Street in the coming weeks in August. The work will ultimately consist of the following:

Removing and resetting the existing granite curb

Installation of new concrete sidewalks

Installation of a new roadway surface

The work will be completed in two phases:

Phase One – curb and sidewalk installation

Phase Two – new roadway surface installation

Phase one is expected to commence by approximately the week of August 7, 2017. Both phases of construction are expected to be completed this year.

If you live on Page Street, you will notice “no parking” signs, cones and barrels on the street in the days leading up to the commencement of construction activities. City of Revere staff will distribute another notice with the actual construction start date at that time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michael Kessman, Project Engineer, at (781) 286–8186.

 

   

Live racing continues at Suffolk Downs on Saturday and Sunday

Suffolk Downs will host the second of three scheduled live racing and food truck festival weekends this Saturday and Sunday, August 5-6. The $75,000 Drumtop Stakes will highlight the supersized 15-race card on Saturday. Longtime Suffolk Downs-based trainers Jay Bernardini, William Sienkewicz and Bobby Raymond as well as prominent national outfits, including Christophe Clement, Ken McPeek and Steve Klesaris, entered for the weekend’s races.

The $75,000 Drumtop Stakes is a one-mile turf race restricted to three-year-old fillies. The black-type race has drawn a field of seven, including multiple stakes winner Dynatail for trainer Michael Dini. The Drumtop Stakes is race 13. In addition to the Drumtop Stakes, Saturday’s card will include seven turf races.

“We appreciate the support of the Massachusetts Legislature and its leadership for the recent extension of the racing and simulcast laws in the Commonwealth,” said Chip Tuttle, the Chief Operating Officer at Suffolk Downs. “Tom Creel and our racing department did a spectacular job filling the races and putting together such a competitive weekend of racing, and we are looking forward to putting on a good show for the local racing fans.”

On Sunday, there will be three stakes races restricted to horses foaled in Massachusetts: the Louise Kimball Stakes, the Last Dance Stakes and the First Episode Stakes. Each offers a purse of $50,000 and is a showcase for the Massachusetts thoroughbred breeding industry. The Last Dance Stakes will feature a matchup between Dr. Blarney – undefeated in five local stakes races – and numerous-state-bred stakes winner Worth the Worry, who won the 2015 edition of the Last Dance Stakes. The Louise Kimball Stakes will be run as an exhibition race as an addition to the program at 11:30 a.m.

There will be many familiar faces taking part in the opening card, including popular local jockeys David Amiss, the leading rider at Suffolk Downs in 2014, and Tammi Piermarini, the third most winning female jockey in history.

Post time for the 15-race card is at 12:35 p.m. and gates open at 11:00 a.m. In addition to live racing, the track will be hosting a food truck festival featuring food trucks from a variety of local vendors, craft beer, live music and family fun activities for the whole family.

Live racing will continue on Sunday with 14 races. Also on Sunday, Suffolk Downs will be hosting a National Horseplayers Championship (NHC)–qualifying handicapping tournament which will offer two guaranteed seats to the NHC in Las Vegas in February.

The first live racing and food truck festival weekend of the year was held in July and drew an average of over 9,000 fans to the track each day.

For more information, visit www.suffolkdowns.com.

   

Revere Lodge of Elks #1171 Donates to Taft Street Fire Victims Fund

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The Revere Lodge of Elks donated $1,000 to the Taft Street Fire Victims Fund to help get them on their feet, after suffering personal losses in the recent fire.


   

Beacon Hill Roll Call

THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Beacon Hill Roll Call records local legislators’ votes on roll calls from the week of July 24-28.

GOV. BAKER’S MASSHEALTH CHANGES (H 3822)

House 41-116, Senate 32-6, rejected Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to make some major changes to MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program that provides health care for approximately 1.4 million qualified low-income and disabled persons.

Supporters said Baker’s plan is a humane and responsible approach and argued that under the changes, not a single person would lose coverage, and low-income families would continue to have access to zero-premium health plans.

Some opponents said the Legislature just a few days ago held a hearing on these changes and argued more time is needed to consider strategies to control cost growth in MassHealth and the entire health care system. Others said the changes will kick 100,000 working parents off MassHealth in favor of more expensive insurance with less coverage.

In his message to the Legislature Baker said, “Passage of this package in its entirety, a set of changes supported by many stakeholders, is essential to the long-term sustainability of the MassHealth program and the state budget.”

House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (D-Boston) led the charge in the House to defeat the governor’s proposal. “We have to be really thoughtful about how we go about this because this is people’s lives that are at stake and we have to make sure we’re careful,” said Sanchez.

“At the Legislature’s request, the [Baker] administration presented lawmakers with a comprehensive package that ensures quality health care coverage for residents, addresses the health care safety net’s fiscal sustainability over time while protecting taxpayers from having to pick up the bill for more individuals’ health care, and the administration looks forward to continuing to work collaboratively on solutions,” Baker’s press secretary Lizzy Guyton said in a statement following the defeat.

Rep. Robert DeLeo

Voted against Baker’s Plan

Rep. RoseLee Vincent

Voted against Baker’s Plan

Sen. Joseph Boncore

Voted against Baker’s Plan

PROPERTY TAX REDUCTIONS (S 2124)

Senate 39-0, approved and sent to the House a bill providing a variety of property tax breaks for seniors, veterans and disabled persons.

Provisions include raising from $1,000 to $1,500 the amount of property tax reduction veterans can earn by doing volunteer work in their city or town; creating a new local option property tax exemption for deaf persons of $5,000 of taxable valuation or $437.50 of actual taxes due, whichever is greater; and allowing more homeowners over 65 to qualify for the state’s $1,070 “senior circuit breaker” tax credit.

Supporters said it is up to cities and towns whether to offer these tax breaks because the breaks are not state-mandated. They noted the reductions will be good for countless low-income seniors, military personnel and disabled persons and might even help some of them remain in their homes, rather than having to move because they can’t afford to pay their property taxes.

(A “Yes” vote is for the bill.)

Sen. Joseph Boncore               Yes

$2,000 PROPERTY TAX REDUCTION FOR VOLUNTEERS OVER 60 (S 2124)

Senate 15-23, rejected an amendment that would raise from $1,500 to $2,000 the amount of property tax reduction seniors over 60 can earn by doing volunteer work in their city or town which has opted into this program. Local cities and towns are not required to offer the volunteer program.

Amendment supporters said the increase will give some seniors an additional $500 reduction in their property taxes. They noted this is an important change that will allow more seniors to remain in their homes.

Most amendment opponents said they support the hike but noted that there is already a similar bill that has received a favorable report from the Revenue Committee and will eventually be debated by the Senate. They said that bill, unlike this amendment, has gone through the regular legislative process including a public hearing.

(A “Yes” vote is for the hike to $2,000. A “No” vote is against the hike.)

Sen. Joseph Boncore             No

$1,500 PROPERTY TAX REDUCTION FOR VETERAN VOLUNTEERS (S 2124)

Senate 39-0, approved an amendment that would raise from $1,000 to $1,500 the amount of property tax reduction veterans can earn by doing volunteer work in their city or town which has opted into this program. Local cities and towns are not required to offer the volunteer program.

Amendment supporters said this additional $500 would help many veterans and their families further reduce the cost of their property taxes during this tough economy and in some cases, might even prevent them from being forced out of their homes.

(A “Yes” vote is for the hike to $1,500.)

Sen. Joseph Boncore               Yes

ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE FOR ALS (H 1697

Senate 39-0, approved and sent to Gov. Baker a bill annually designating the first week in August as Ice Bucket Challenge Week to honor the contributions of Pete Frates and others who participate in raising funds and awareness to battle amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Frates in the Beverly resident who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012 and has inspired millions of people around the world to dump ice on their heads to raise awareness of the disease and raise money to fight it. The House approved the bill on a voice vote without a roll call.

Supporters said that the ice bucket challenge has raised millions of dollars to help find a cure for ALS. They noted that designating a week as Ice Bucket Challenge Week will help publicize the event and lead to the raising of more money.

(A “Yes” vote is for the bill.)

Sen. Joseph Boncore               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 July 24-28, the House met for a total of seven hours and 24 minutes and the Senate met for a total of 11 hours and 36 minutes.

Mon.  July 24

House 11:03 a.m. to 1:33 p.m.

Senate 11:07 a.m. to 1:31 p.m.

Tues. July 25

No House session

No Senate session

Wed.  July 26

House 11:01 a.m. to 5:09 p.m.

Senate 1:05 p.m. to 5:04 p.m.

Thurs. July 27

House 11:10 a.m. to 11:56 a.m.

Senate 11:15 a.m. to  4:28 p.m.

Fri.  July 28

No House session

No Senate session

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