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Rossetti-Cowan Senior Center News


Anna Cogliandro and Lena Norbedo are regular participants at the Rossetti-Cowan Senior Center. They are also next door neighbors. These two ladies have a great time enjoying being with their peers and, in particular, the meals program. They ride the senior shuttle van to and from their homes to the center at a very low cost of one coupon each way (equal to a dollar).


Albert “Buddy” Mangini installed as East Boston Chamber of Commerce President


Revere Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bob Upton (right) is shown with President “Buddy” Mangini and Father John Nazzaro.


Arrigo shares his vision for Revere Cites Wonderland development, opioid crisis


~ State of the City Address ~

Еhe state of the city is strong, and will only get stronger in the years to come.

So says Mayor Brain Arrigo, who discussed the city’s growing potential and his plans for the coming year in his State of the City address Monday night before an audience of local city officials and state delegates, including Rep. and Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo and Sen. Joe Boncore.

“Revere is a city built on pride,” Arrigo said to a filled City Council chambers. “Pride in hard work - pride in family - pride in home.”

One of the goals Arrigo has for the upcoming year is to bring city’s services online to the 21st century.

“Online services mean you won’t have to wait in line at City Hall,” he said.

Arrigo discussed the construction of a new 311 call center so residents can reach out to city officials with any of their concerns.

“The call center will open new avenues of conversations for residents and allow city staff to collect and analyze data to improve management practices,” he said.

A new database tracking inspectional service reports reduced response times to resident complaints to be less than two business days. Residents now can pay bills online as well since he took office.

Arrigo is also committed to making city government more transparent by proposing a new city ordinance to bring Revere into full compliance with state ethics and conflict of interest laws.

“Our first training with the State Ethics Commission will take place in March,” Arrigo said. He will also be hiring a Human Resources director for City Hall.

“When I took office, Revere was the largest community in the Commonwealth without a human resources department. Soon, that will be no more thanks to the support of the City Council,” he said. “This month, I will be presenting an HR Report completed by UMass Boston that outlines our HR deficiencies, and provides guidance for the future. An interim HR consultant is now in place to begin implementing those recommendations, and a permanent HR director will be hired this year.”

With a number of developments and building projects around the corner, Revere’s commercial and economic future is on the rise as well.

“The mixed-use project on Revere Beach Parkway breaks ground this year, creating the first new hotel in Revere in nearly 20 years, along with hundreds of good paying jobs. We leveraged this important economic development into a $3.6 million grant that will allow us to improve water delivery, sidewalks and pedestrian access for the Beachmont neighborhood,” he said.

He also revealed plans for the Wonderland property. According to Arrigo, the owners have signed an agreement which states that within three months they will either sell the land, get a shovel in the ground to demolish the property, or pay the city $100,000 in back fines.

“Once the sale is finalized, the land will be cleaned up as we start working on a master plan for the redevelopment of this landmark property,” he said.

Arrigo wants residents to get involved with the visioning process of Wonderland and wants them to help develop the plan for the property.

Dealing with the opioid crisis was another major priority detailed in the mayor’s address. Overdose calls have gone down 24 percent according to the Mayor.

“That’s a good start, but not good enough,” said Arrigo. “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. To be even more effective in our battle against addiction we must start in our schools. This year, we will secure funding to pilot a school-based strategy that will educate our middle schoolers about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.”

The mayor also hoped to reassure the city’s immigrant community, saying that they are welcome in the community and a part of what makes Revere the great city that it is.

“For new immigrants to Revere and to your families, my message to you is this: We are richer for your presence. We are proud that you have sought to make a better life for yourselves in our community,” he said. “You should remain proud of your heritage, and also be proud of your new home here. We are a resource for you to grow and thrive in our community. Do not let anyone -- and I mean anyone -- lead you to believe otherwise.”


Greatest of All Time


Proudly standing next to the Patriots’ fifth Super Bowl trophy, QB Tom Brady waves to the ecstatic crowd during the team’s triumphant Duck Boat victory parade in Boston Tuesday. The Pats wrested victory from the Atlanta Falcons Sunday in a stunning second-half comeback to close the game 34-28 in overtime. (Advocate photo by Ross Scabin)


“We are not going to be a sanctuary city”


~An interview with Mayor Brian Arrigo~

It was exactly one year ago, Jan. 6, 2015, when Mayor-Elect Brian Arrigo took over as the new leader of The Beach City of Revere following a tumultuous election against incumbent Mayor Dan Rizzo, including a recount which caused the new mayor to enter his corner office on Broadway a little behind schedule.

Sitting in his office chair dressed in jeans, dress shirt and boots on a late Friday afternoon (city hall is closed on Friday), Arrigo seems relaxed as he kicks back for a one-on-one interview with The Advocate to discuss his first year as mayor.

Since the arrival of social media and internet chatter, rumors have taken shape that Arrigo’s one-year-old administration would be taking steps and adapting policies that have ruffled the feathers of his detractors and, in a few cases, supporters who may have bought into the gossip.

Just last week, Arrigo sent out to the media an announcement that he would no longer be renewing Police Chief Joseph Cafarelli’s contract. Cafarelli was hired in 2012 by then-Mayor Rizzo to replace Chief Terence Reardon. When asked about Cafarelli’s contract situation and replacement, Arrigo stated that he had until the end of 2016 to make a decision and felt that hiring his own police chief was his right.

“In the terms of his [Cafarelli’s] contract, he would have been automatically renewed had I not given him notice by the end of 2016 – by December 31, 2016. The timing wasn’t great, I admit that; but if I hadn’t given him notice by Dec. 31, he would have been renewed for another year, automatically with the same terms of that contract.”

The mayor said that he spoke to Cafarelli in person on Dec. 29, formally giving him a letter which stated that his contract ends on June 30, 2017, and that it wouldn’t be renewed – “I think it’s important to commend him for his job as chief.”

When asked why he decided to replace Cafarelli, Arrigo said he felt that it was his right to make that choice: “There were matters of, one: terms of his contract that were under the previous [Rizzo] administration. I want my own contract – my own chief.”

The obvious next question hung in the air: Who would be his pick to lead the police department? Arrigo stated that no decision has been made since the process for a new chief has just begun.

“I want to professionalize city services, human resources and get qualified people – we’re going to have a process that’s not political, not personal, that will be able to assess the candidates that come out for that position. This is a really important position in the city, but we’ve tried to put in place a process that we get qualified people who apply for positions and go through an interview process, have manager’s involved in that. This is going to be a little bit more on a grander scale of having some kind of process to assess the individuals who want the job.”

The mayor recalled special state legislation that states the police chief has to be hired from within the ranks of the Revere Police Department – of lieutenants or captains who have five-plus years within those ranks.

“It’s not going to be a nationwide search, unfortunately, so the pool is what it is. I don’t think it will be a long, drawn-out process. I’ll just have to roll out a process and make sure that whoever is interested in the position gets the opportunity to be vetted and assessed before I make a decision. “I want people to know very clearly that it’s not going to a political decision, a personal decision; it has to be the right person, the most qualified person,” stated the mayor.

According to Arrigo, his goal for the police department will be about community engagement – strengthen the neighborhoods and focus on the continuation of building strong relationships within the neighborhoods throughout the entire city. “Making sure we have that kind of community outreach,” said the mayor, adding, “I think we can do a better job. We have officers who do a great job – they’re out there in the neighborhoods, at community meetings – they’re involved. We just want to build off of that.”

Arrigo added that the community is currently 35% foreign born with a much higher number of children in the school system who are immigrants, and his administration wants to build on that through public safety to reach those demographics.

Part of his assessment for a new police chief would not just be the candidate’s qualifications but a vision of commitment with the entire community to create a department that is well engaged.

The city’s second youngest mayor in Revere history at age 36, (William Reinstein held that title at age 30 when he was elected mayor in 1970) has been feeling the madness of fake news since he’s taken office and he finds it amusing given what he’s heard. “I could say unequivocally that we are not going to be a sanctuary city,” said the mayor. “I can finally go on record with the press.”

Arrigo recalled accepting an invitation to speak to a senior health group at the MGH Revere Health Care Center on Ocean Avenue with his wife, Daveen, and son, Joseph, to 25-30 seniors for coffee and a chat. “As I went around the tables, the first question I’m asked by one senior: ‘You know, I liked you a lot until I heard you were going to make Revere a sanctuary city – I heard it from my friends at the coffee shop.’ Now I didn’t know her – I was sitting with my son who was on my lap and I said, ‘I’m very happy to tell you personally, that it’s not going to happen.’ She said, ‘Oh really?’”

The mayor stated that his critics have thrown everything out there, including: He was going to place a “Black Lives Matter” banner on City Hall – false; or the public health office opened on Revere Street was actually a methadone clinic – false; or that he will have Syrian refugees living at the hotel at the new Shaw’s site development – false. “Or that I didn’t renew Chief Cafarelli’s contract because I wanted to make Revere a sanctuary city because he didn’t want to, and that was the bone of contention between him and I, which is unequivocally false,” said the mayor. “Those are the things that people fill the vacuum with – so I’ll be happy to go on record and say we are not going to be a sanctuary city.”

Next week: future development, new Water Dept. and certifying free cash.


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