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Council Candidate Dan Rizzo hosts Early Morning Coffee event at Casa Lucia

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Candidate for City Council and former Mayor Dan Rizzo greeted supporters at the Casa Lucia recently for an early morning coffee and donuts informal gathering. Many supports happily signed his nomination papers at the door before being greeted and thanked by the candidate.

 

 

Happy 90th Nicolina Nelli Mongiello

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Mayor Brian Arrigo, Ward 3 Councillor Arthur Guinasso, and the Revere City Council presented Revere resident Nicolina Nelli Mongiello with a certificate marking her 90th birthday during a party at the Continental Restaurant in Saugus Friday, May 26. Mongiello is the aunt of former City Councillor John r. Correggio.

 

   

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay awards $55K for free beach programs despite budget cuts

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Save the Harbor/Save the Bay awarded more than $55,000 in Better Beaches Program Grants to support more than 40 free beach events and activities on the Boston Harbor region’s public beaches this summer – in a ceremony on Boston’s Fish Pier on Saturday, June 3. Among the 27 organizations from Nahant to Nantasket that received grants this year was the Revere Beach Partnership, which received $5,000 for the Revere Beach Partnership Festival Series. You can find a complete list on Save the Harbor’s blog, Sea, Sand & Sky, at www.blog.savetheharbor.org.

In 2016, with the support of Save the Harbor and its funding partners, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) awarded $219,442 in small grants and additional organizational support to 43 groups in nine beachfront communities and waterfront neighborhoods. These groups in turn leveraged the funds with $454,990 in cash and in-kind support from local governments and businesses and more than 8,800 volunteer hours to support 107 free concerts, fitness boot-camps, beach festivals, sand-raking demonstrations and sand-sculpting competitions.

Late last year the Baker/Polito Administration cut $98 million from the budget, including all funds to support free events and programs on the metropolitan beaches in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull this summer. Consequently, all of the grants for the Better Beaches Program in 2017 come from the proceeds of the Harpoon Shamrock Splash, where 250 brave souls jumped into the cold waters of M Street Beach in South Boston in March to raise money for free programs on their beach.

“In May the House and the Senate restored funding for this program for FY2018,” said Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s President, Patty Foley. She urged the Governor to “fully fund Metropolitan Beaches line item in the budget, and to make the funds available as soon as possible, so we can continue to invest in these free programs, which are so important to the region’s kids and families.”

This year’s Better Beaches Program Grants will fund concerts and sand-sculpting competitions, beach festivals, movie nights, free kayak and aquatics instruction, Art on the Shore and Storytelling by the Sea on public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket.

“We are especially pleased that Intertidal Artist Andres Amador will join us on the beach again this summer,” said Save the Harbor’s spokesman, Bruce Berman. He is looking forward to the Boston Circus Guild’s performances “featuring fire-juggling clowns, and of course the Pokémon Go Festival, though I understand it is not a ‘thing’ anymore.”

“Though all of us at DCR are, of course, disappointed that we can’t help fund the program this year, we will continue to provide staff time and other resources to support these events,” said Susan Hamilton, DCR’s Director of Park Operations/Metropolitan Beaches Commissioner.

She added, “Thanks to our partners at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay for helping to make this summer a great one for the region’s residents and visitors from across the Commonwealth.”

At the event on the Fish Pier, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay thanked Metropolitan Beaches Commission Co-Chairs State Senator Tom McGee and State Representative RoseLee Vincent and the legislative and community members of the Commission for making this great program possible. The nonprofit also thanked their foundation funding partners for their support: The Boston Foundation, Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation, and The Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust. Corporate sponsors and others were also thanked: Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue, P&G Gillette, National Grid, Beacon Capital Partners, LLC, Airbrush Unlimited, Inc., Comcast, Google and the hundreds of individual participants and donors to the Harpoon Shamrock Splash – a special thanks to Syam Buradagunta and the Blue Sky Collaborative, whose fundraising platform has helped make the Better Beaches Program a success since its inception in 2008.

To learn more about the Better Beaches Program, visit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s blog, Sea, Sand & Sky, at www.blog.savetheharbor.org or follow savetheharbor on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

   

Revere High Patriots Baseball Senior Night

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Nick Castellarini with his family, Sandy and David and brother, Cameron.
(Advocate photos by Al Terminiello)

 

   

Local entertainer Big D partners with MHSA to combat homelessness

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Local entertainer Derek Cummings, professionally known as Big D, has partnered with the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance to help the homeless in the Commonwealth releasing a single for download. On June 9, the entertainer will release a single titled “Help The Homeless” for download on the iTunes store, all of the profits from which will be donated directly to the MHSA.

“Money, fame or success should not define you as a person,” said Cummings. “How much effort you put in today, and how you make others feel is what really matters. Listening to ‘Help the Homeless’ helps us realize that we are all the same, and it’s all about helping each other.”

Cummings writes and performs in English, Spanish, and Portuguese with equal facility. He has blended them into a new style of music that defies most regular descriptions not rap, rock, pop, or world, but actually a rich mix all of them rolled into a fresh new sound he calls, The Boston Beat. Big D feels it’s more inclusive and representative of the people in New England, most specifically the Boston area.

After working in the industry for many years, he kept running into industry people who kept telling him what he “had to be” in order to be a success. In response to what he perceived to be stereotyping in the music industry and many people telling him he had to sound just like others to get public attention, Big D has chosen instead to buck the trends and open Boston’s newest record label, BTF Entertainment LLC, a company whose primary objectives are to show the world the richness and depth of the entertainment arts here in New England and also to promote that local talent wherever it can and to try and show people that no matter what race, religion, sex, or age you are, “we all have music in our hearts”.

   

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