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Beacon Hill Roll Call

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on roll calls from late May sessions. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.


Senate 38-0, approved an amendment providing $100,000 for a study by UMass Boston of the early education and care workforce.

Amendment supporters said this will help develop a plan to at tract new and retain existing early education and care workers who are underpaid but are crucial to our children’s education.

(A “Yes” vote is for the amendment.)

Sen. Joseph Boncore                             Yes



Senate 38-0, approved an amendment creating a Municipal Epinephrine Bulk Purchase Program that will allow cities and towns to save money on their purchase of epinephrine for municipal first responders agencies and schools. Epinephrine is a drug that treats life-threatening allergic reactions caused by a variety of things including an insect bite or sting, food, medication and latex.

Amendment supporters said the cost of a pair of life-saving EpiPens has skyrocketed from $100 in 2006 to $608 in 2017. They noted that this price gouging by the maker Mylan has made the EpiPen unaffordable to many people who need them and has sadly resulted in deaths. They argued that banding together and bulk-purchasing allows the government to negotiate with the manufacturer to get the lowest price.

(A “Yes” vote is for the amendment.)

Sen. Joseph Boncore                             Yes



Senate 37-0, approved an amendment increasing funding for the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP) by $1 million (from $16.5 million to $17.5 million). MEFAP provides quality and healthy foods and locally grown fresh produce to a statewide network of over 800 emergency food providers who distribute the food to low-income families.

Amendment supporters said this program, established in 1995, has fed hundreds of thousands of people. They said that projected federal government rollback of protections for the state’s neediest requires the state to step up and make up the shortfall.

(A “Yes” vote is for the amendment.)

Sen. Joseph Boncore                             Yes



Senate 38-0, approved an increase of $2 million (from $18 million to $20 million) in funding for the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC).

The MLAC provides legal representation for indigent and disadvantaged residents.

Amendment supporters said these services ensure equal access to the justice system for thousands of below-poverty level Massachusetts residents including accused criminals, the poor, seniors, battered women, tenants and Medicaid recipients.

(A “Yes” vote is for the amendment.)

Sen. Joseph Boncore                             Yes


$500,000 FOR LGBTQ YOUTH (S 3)

Senate 38-0, approved an amendment earmarking $500,000 of existing funding for youth at-risk programs utilizing an evidence-based positive youth development model, including programs that serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth.

Amendment supporters said this funding will help improve the lives of many youths who still face discrimination, violence and bullying. They noted these teens have a high suicide rate.

(A “Yes” vote is for the amendment).

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 May 29-June 2, the House met for a total of two hours and 42 minutes and the Senate met for a total of two hours and 28 minutes.

Mon. May 29

No House session

No Senate session

Tues.May 30

House11:03 a.m. to11:16 a.m.

Senate 11:06 a.m. to11:10 a.m.

Wed. May 31

No House session

No Senate session

Thurs. June 1

House11:00 a.m. to 1:29 p.m.

Senate 11:08 a.m. to 1:32 p.m.

Fri. June 2

No House session

No Senate session


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School district deals with lead problem

The Revere Public Schools are removing a number of water fountains and other water fixtures in their facilities after realizing that many contain high quantities of lead.

In August, the Environmental Protection Agency tested all of Revere schools for lead and copper, discovering seven cases where areas did not meet the state lead requirements. No issues for copper were discovered. The district received results from the test in December which led them to believe that they were in the clear, though a recent, more thorough examination of those results convinced administrators to take some precautionary measures.

According to Superintendent Dr. Dianne Kelly, in five of those cases, the school system was recommended to flush its water fixtures for 30 seconds each morning before use. However, the school district has decided to turn the water off of these units and replace them over the summer.

“We were told this is above and beyond what we have to do,” Kelly said at the School Committee meeting on May 23. “We are happy to do it.”

In two other cases, the amount of lead is too high to flush each morning. One of these units is a water fountain in a Lincoln School classroom and another is a sink in a classroom in Revere High School.

Thankfully, both of these units are already not used. The water fountain is too high for students to reach at Lincoln School. The sink in the classroom was used years ago for a home economics class but the room is now used as a special education classroom. Also, the faucet has been removed from the sink for years. However, the district is taking the extra step of removing these units permanently.

“We want to do what is best for our students,” Kelly said.


The Beach City BUZZ

Howdy, friends, and welcome to the Beach City BUZZ. A hearty congratulations to all of Revere’s graduating students, and a big round of applause as well to the supporting cast of those who have been there to help them on the road to achieve greatness – the parents, grandparents, teachers, mentors and friends who believe in our kids and all that they will accomplish. Now go forth and do some good in the world. Make a difference. Put down your iPhones long enough to observe the world around you. Be kind. That’s all. Just do it … That was easy. We’ve now solved all of the problems of the world. Well, perhaps not, because we’ve still got some questions that need answers – things like: How do peanuts get salted if they’re still in the shell? In the word scent, is it the s or the c that’s silent? And in the word queue, is it just one letter followed by four silent letters? Just wondering. What’s the top of your foot called? Why do they call it raw sewerage? Is there a cooked sewerage? When French people swear, do they say, “Pardon my English?” If a woman is a meter maid, why isn’t a man a meter butler? When does it stop being partly cloudy and start being partly sunny? And what’s the difference between rain and showers, and windy and breezy? Can you grow birds from planting birdseed? Why are softballs hard? If a chronic liar tells you he or she is a chronic liar, should you believe the person? When someone says, “PU, that stinks,” what does PU stand for? If you can be overwhelmed and underwhelmed, why can’t you just be whelmed? How do you draw a blank? We can’t answer any of the above questions, but we do know one thing for sure: Here’s the BUZZ: Attention Revere senior citizens! Save the date! The Rossetti -Cowan Senior Center has scheduled a Health Awareness Day on Thursday, June 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All seniors are invited to come and talk with healthcare professionals and other experts about their healthcare,a financial and/or social needs. Feel free to invite family, friends and neighbors who might benefit from this extremely informative event. It’s at the Senior Center (25 Winthrop Ave., Revere). For more information contact Camille at (781) 286-8156 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve your table. Thank you, Stephen Fielding, for the info … Here’s an event that sounds like it has the potential to be lots of fun – a Revere 70’s Era Boomers / Geezers Party, to be held on Friday, July 21 from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. at the Winthrop Elks Lodge #1078 (191 Washington St., Winthrop), featuring the tunes of “DJ Johnny Looch” (John Luciano). For more info, visit their Facebook Page, “Revere 70’s Era Boomers/Geezers Party, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it … Ran-dumb thoughts: Is there any reason why boxed wine shouldn’t come with a little straw stuck to the side of the box? Two very helpful household hints: If you’re putting out some large planters, don’t waste potting soil to fill them up. If you’ve purchased plants at the nursery, use the empty plastic pots the plants came in to take up space in the bottom of the planters. (Empty plastic water bottles work well, too.) Fill up your planters about half way with the empties, then put in your potting soil and plants. Your pots will be lighter and you’ll save some $$$. And if you’ve got some metal that needs polishing (and no, we don’t work on commission for this company!) we’ve recently discovered Blue Magic metal polish cream, which can be purchased on or at automotive supply stores. WOW! We used it on a majorly tarnished antique Russian samovar, as well as on a musical instrument that was formerly silver, but black from age. WOW again. Give it a try. Two parrots were sitting on a perch. One turned to the other and said, “Do you smell fish?” Ok, just think about that … Regular BUZZer Ann Raponi emailed to let everyone know that it’s almost time for the annual Jerry Valcour event, which is scheduled for June 22, to be held at Kelly’s Roast Beef on the Boulevard at 2:00 p.m. The very popular vocalist will be entertaining and singing many popular songs from yesteryear. Don’t miss out … Please plan to attend the annual Revere Firefighters’ Memorial Service on Sunday, June 11, at 8:15 a.m. Relatives and friends of the Revere Fire Department, especially retirees, are invited to the Alden A. Mills Point of Pines Fire Station to honor departed members at this most solemn and traditional service … That’s it for the BUZZ, BUZZers. Do whatever makes your heart sing, and for all the gentlemen in our reading audience, here’s some good advice: If you’re looking for a mate to make your life complete, instead of going to a bar to meet women, just go to Target. The female to male ratio is 10 to 1, and they’re already looking for things they don’t need … This week’s SMILEMAKERS: Frank Sims, Lauren Hayes, Danielle Ramos, Manuela Hernandez, Josephine King, Anna Santos, Azra Lakacha, Amy Armstrong, Sofia Visconti, Frank Colllins, Scott Frye, Julianna Vargas, Amy Goldberg, Connie LaBonte and George Quintana … Here’s the CHUCKLE, emailed by Ann Onymous: The other night I was invited out for a night with “the girls.” I told my husband that I would be home by midnight. “I promise!” Well, the hours passed and the margaritas went down way too easy. Around 3:00 a.m., a bit blitzed, our designated driver dropped me off at my house. Just as I got in the door, the cuckoo clock in the hall started up and cuckooed three times. Quickly realizing my husband would probably wake up, I cuckooed another nine times. I was really proud of myself for coming up with such a quick-witted solution (even when feeling tipsy) in order to escape a possible lecture from him. The next morning my husband asked me what time I got in, and I told him midnight. He didn’t seem bothered at all. (Whew! Got away with that one!) Then he said, “Sweetheart, I think we need a new cuckoo clock.” When I asked him why, he said, “Well, last night, our clock cuckooed three times, then said, ‘Oh, crap,’ cuckooed four more times, cleared its throat, cuckooed another three times, giggled, cuckooed twice more, then tripped over the cat and farted.” … Got comments? Jokes? News? Suggestions? Want to congratulate someone on their anniversary, birthday, baby or divorce? Is your group running a fundraiser, meeting or event? June 11 is National Corn on the Cob Day! We won’t try to butter you up but, shucks, if I could have your ear for just a moment, it would be very sweet if you would email your BUZZbits to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and read it in The Revere Advocate!



Revere softball team suffers heartbreaking loss in state tournament


The Revere High School softball team couldn’t do what they did in the regular season and beat Medford in the post-season, as the Patriots fell, 7-5, in extra innings in the first round of the state tournament last Friday at Griswold Park. Revere bested the Mustangs, 5-4, in the regular season, but the playoffs were a different story.

Medford garnered a 1-0 lead in the first inning, scoring off a sacrifice fly to right. Patriots pitcher Olivia McManus, the go-to starter throughout the campaign, then gave up a solo home run to Medford’s Kimberly Scanlon to start the fourth inning and make it 2-0. Medford added another run on a passed ball later in the inning.

“We started shaky, but, down 3-0, we didn’t give up,” said Patriots coach Joe Ciccarello. “We made a comeback.”

Revere took advantage of a few fielding errors in the fifth and sixth innings to mount a rally. They scored three in those two innings to get back in the game, as Medford narrowly escaped by tagging out Jordan Sullivan at third, who was trying to stretch a double into a triple.

“Same as we did a few times this season, we committed some base-running errors,” Ciccarello said. “But the chances were there. We had a ton.”

Revere managed to force extra innings, though the game ended in the ninth as Scanlon made the Patriots pay once more. She converted an RBI triple to put the game away and hand the Patriots a loss in the first round of the post-season for the first time in Ciccarello’s tenure.

Ciccarello said he was proud of his team’s efforts throughout the season, especially since he lost so many starters from last year. “It was supposed to be a rebuilding year but we made the playoffs, won as many games and scored more runs,” Ciccarello said. “That’s retooling, not rebuilding … There were tears obviously, it was sad for the team, but I just wanted to communicate to the seniors that we’re proud of them and their character. Winning is important to our program, but having pride in representing Revere once you put the jersey on is what matters most.”

Revere graduates seven seniors: Vanessa Puopolo (Mount Ida College), Victoria Puopolo (North Shore), Elizabeth Lake (Boston College), Andrea Lauria (New Hampshire), Giana Berkowitz (Salem State), Tia Fichera (Florida) and Samantha Woodman (Emmanuel College). Vanessa Puopolo was a league All-Star and won the Patriot Award for dedication to the softball program; Lake won the Coaches Award; Berkowitz won the unsung hero award.


RHS Senior Prom at Boston’s Renaissance Hotel


RHS seniors wait in line to cast their votes for Prom King & Queen.


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