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Lady Pats basketball stays hot

The Revere girls’ basketball team likes to push back. That’s evidenced by the fact that they ramp up their intensity in the second half of games and also by the way they beat Acton-Boxborough, 57-45, in a Christmas tournament game on Wednesday night. Acton-Boxborough played aggressive – even forced some of the Patriots players into early foul trouble – but Revere weathered the storm and showed some physicality of their own to win and improve to 5-0.

“I think that’s the most aggressive team we’ve ever played,” said Tatiana Iacoviello, a junior, who led her team in scoring with 13 points. “They were very outgoing, but now we have an even better idea of how to compete against those physical teams … As a team we overcame a lot and work together to set up plays on offense. It wasn’t one player scored a lot of points, it was that we moved the ball well. We fought through the screen and we talked a lot – communication is one of the keys to the game – and we did that to fight through the pressure.”

Revere coach Lianne O’Hara noticed early on that it was going to be a physical contest, and she temporarily withdrew some players who were on the brink of foul trouble. In fact, there were 11 first quarter fouls – plus two charge calls in the game, which had yet to be called on Revere until this point in the season.

That said, the Patriots had excellent help off the bench. In addition to Iacoviello’s offensive performance, Revere’s Valentina Pepic also had 13 points while Emily DiGiulio had 11 and Samantha Woodman and Pamela Gonzalez had seven.

“This was one of our most competitive games, and they kept changing their defense when we changed our offense,” Pepic said. “Whether we got points from players on the court as starters or off the bench, it didn’t matter. Everyone had heart. There’s no individual, there’s just the team. We look to who’s open.”

DiGiulio also stepped up off the bench, notching eight rebounds. Woodman also had six rebounds.

Revere was up 8-7 after the first quarter and down 18-17 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Patriots outscored Acton-Boxborough, 23-14.

The Patriots now have a chance to go into 2017 with an unbeaten 6-0 record. But they’ll need to handle Lexington on Friday night in the final game of the Christmas tournament.

“We brought our whole team over to see Lexington play early in the morning on Wednesday,” O’Hara said. “They were all scouting, looking at the tendencies of every player, their strengths and their weaknesses … We’ll be ready, but they also make me nervous because they’re a second-half team … they pick it up in the second half … I’m excited to see what they do, see if they rise to occasion and see how they handle the challenging teams. Every game is 100 percent.”

And they push.

 

Pats basketball team picks up first win of season, eyes more

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The Revere boys’ basketball team is on a roll and has won two consecutive games, including its first victory of the season las Thursday against Lynn English. The Patriots took down English, 60-57, in front of an ecstatic home crowd in a tightly contested game in which Curtis High led Revere on offense with 23 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double. Meanwhile, Marvin Urdaneta narrowly missed out on a double-double, shooting for 20 points and nine rebounds.

“Lynn English are predominantly a good basketball school,” said Patriots coach David Leary. “The kids were excited to play with them and eventually win … We shot better on the offensive end and stayed patient … Our ball movement was better, too. We made the extra pass to take the best available shot.”

Revere managed to beat Medford, 48-45, on Tuesday night, though Leary wasn’t as pleased with his team’s performance. “Our execution was better on Thursday. Defensively, we come with energy, but we forced some shots early, and we didn’t do a good job of rebounding so they got second and third opportunities.”

Revere went into halftime up but lost the momentum in the third quarter and headed into the fourth down 33-32. “I’m happy with the defensive intensity, because our offense sputtered,” Leary said. “We could never really get it going. We didn’t shoot terribly, but it wasn’t great either.”

High had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead his team, though Revere was helped off the bench by senior John DiGregorio, who Leary dubbed the Patriots’ “sixth man.” “He had big shots when we were sputtering and gave us life in the second and third when we were trailing,” Leary said. “And Curtis has been excellent … in double figures the last two games. He’s just a very talented player with an ability to create his own shot.”

   

Blue Light Special: City prepared for parking bans, snow emergencies

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As with so many municipalities throughout the country, Revere is now prepared to remind residents of parking bans when a state of emergency is declared.

The emergency blue lights are attached to a utility pole extended out by a yellow pole, also features a sign which declares, “No Parking When Flashing”.

“The lights were installed last month for testing and are now operational in six locations,” said Police Sgt. Chris Giannino who is also a member of the city’s Traffic Commission. “When they flash, a parking ban is in effect on all major arteries in the city. Any vehicles found in violation will be towed at the owner’s expense.”

Giannino stated that it took two years to get the emergency warning lights to become a reality in the Beach City.

The six locations where the blue lights are located include: corner of Washington Ave. & Malden Street; two on Broadway (across from city hall and the other at corner of Revere St.); Bennington St. & Winthrop Ave (by Dunkin’ Donuts); Revere St. at Paul Revere School; and Shirley Ave. at Walnut Street.

The lights were approved in September for installation in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office, police, fire, and Dept. of Public Works departments.

With a nor’easter forecasted and winter in full season, the blue emergency lights were long overdue given that residents could only rely on Revere 911 call or Code Red and the local cable channel RevereTV for information.

“This will now alert residents who may be out on the road in anticipation of an incoming storm to get their vehicles off the affected areas,” said Giannino.¬

Residents can also log on to the city’s website at: www.revere.org for more information as to which streets are affected during snow and parking ban emergencies.

   

2016: A Year in Photos

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SEPTEMBER: Mayor Brian Arrigo addressed the media at a news conference announcing his opposition to Question 1 on the November ballot as state and city officials looked on outside Revere City Hall. Revere voters knocked down the slots parlor at a special election on Oct. 18.

   

Arrigo election, recount leads top stories of 2016

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The year 2016 began with former City Councillor Brian Arrigo taking office after defeating incumbent Dan Rizzo, 5,210 to 5,102, and then again in a recount delaying his oath of office. Arrigo spent his first day in office removing six rehires by Rizzo.

Councillor Jessica Giannino is elected by her peers as Council president; Steve Morabito as Council vice-president.

Mass. General Hospital’s Center for Community Improvement releases its Community Health Needs Assessment, reporting that 80% of Revere residents who responded to the survey said they were concerned with substance abuse disorders with respect to heroin use.

Former Mayor Dan Rizzo and Councillor Steve Morabito announce their intentions for the vacant state senate seat but both lose to Boston Attorney Joseph Boncore.

In February, Mayor Arrigo presents his first year agenda to the City Council, promising to professionalize City Hall, offer healthier budget policies and tackle the opioid epidemic.

A wintery mess is blamed for the tidal flood gates failing and causing flooding on Arcadia Street in the ward 5 section of the city, causing major damage to homes in the area.

Two suspects are captured following a police chase that injures a Revere police officer.

In March, Councillor George Rotondo requests a citywide audit of all municipal offices. The mayor’s executive aide, Omar Boukili, states that details must be worked out before an audit can take place.

Mayor Arrigo states his hands are tied, hindering any negotiation of a Surrounding Community Agreement with Wynn/Boston Casino in Everett thanks to a previous agreement made by former Mayor Rizzo with Mohegan Sun.

Rotondo proposes using the old McKinley Elementary School as a substance abuse treatment center. The City Council approves new flood plain maps in order to reap federal insurance benefits.

In April, Joe Boncore defeats all comers for a state senate seat, despite Rizzo winning Revere. The City Council approves the mayor’s citywide audit. Rotondo’s motion requesting the City Planner to research the feasibility of creating an innovation overlay zone is approved.

In May, the City Council approves a 20-year agreement with Hunt Road Solar, LLC in order to save the city millions in electrical costs. A federal jury acquits Revere businessman Charlie Lightbody and two former business partners in the Wynn land deal. Former Mayor Dan Rizzo donates $33,000 from his campaign account to the Revere City Scholarship Fund. Eugene McCain, a former Revere resident, announces his plan for a hotel and slots parlor at the Lee Trailer Park site and his intention to get the referendum on the November ballot. Mayor Arrigo comes out against the plan, citing bad planning and the hope for better development.

In June, Wheelabrator files for extending their ash landfill in neighboring Saugus another five years. State Rep. RoseLee Vincent voices her objections at the State House. Fire Chief Eugene Doherty announces his retirement after 40 years, and Mayor Arrigo presents his FY17 budget.

In July, the City Council is guaranteed a completion date of St. Mary’s ballfields: by month’s end. The city and family mourns the loss of former City Councillor and the mayor’s father, John Arrigo. Over a million attend the 13th Annual International Sand Sculpting Competition on Revere Beach.

In August, the state rules that Wheelabrator doesn’t require an Environmental Impact Report for its ash landfill expansion. Chris Bright is sworn-in as the city’s new fire chief. A slots/hotel developer files suit against the city after the mayor attempts to stop a special election. A judge rules in favor of the developer.

In September, the City Council, after months of debate, approves a mixed-use apartment and extended-stay hotel on the former Shaw’s Supermarket site on Revere Beach Parkway. An Appeals Court in Boston shocks the city, overturning the conviction of the murderer of Revere Police Patrolman Dan Talbot. District Attorney Dan Conley says he will appeal the decision.

In October, Councillor Rotondo suggests the City of Revere drop a countersuit against slots a parlor developer in exchange for the developer’s payment. The mayor refuses, vowing to fight on against the ballot question. Revere voters defeat the slots parlor ballot question at the special election. The developer charges the mayor with colluding with Wynn Resorts.

In November, city officials open the first Substance Use Disorders Initiative Office on Revere Street as part of the mayor’s plan to combat the opioid crisis in Revere. In the National Election, Revere supports Hillary and state voters nix the slots parlor bid. Ron Jordan is named as the new RHS baseball coach, and the football Patriots defeat the Winthrop High School Vikings at the annual Thanksgiving game, 14-7.

In December, Councillor Patrick Keefe seeks government help to find a way to stop pot shops after the marijuana ballot question passes. The City of Revere announces a property tax rate decrease. Wheelabrator apologizes to Revere residents for noisy events. The City Council approves a $6.5 million loan order for ongoing (endless) water infrastructure projects. Councillors demand razing of the former Wonderland Dog Park.

 

 

   

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