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Knight Notes for May 2017

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May is here; can summer be far behind? This is a busy and important month for the Revere Knights of Columbus.

Due to unseen circumstances, the open board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 10, at 7 p.m. has been postponed until Monday, May 15. “Coffee and …” will be available. These meetings are open to all members, not just officers. There are several items on our agenda.

We will review our meeting nights to see if one or both need to be changed. How things stand with the Building Committee will be a continued topic of interest. We will also be discussing nominations for those who will lead us next year. If you are interested in serving, contact Jimmy Williams, Dana Brangiforte or Vinny Bono to get your name on the ballot.

Various committees need to be formed. How can we raise money for the club this summer? Should we have a golf or bowling tournament? Sell chocolates? A Fundraising Committee would go a long way to figure it out. A Membership Committee would help us continue to grow. Share the Faith!

On the spiritual side, we need to form a Sick Vigil & Soul Patrol and a Spiritual Community Service Committee. We also need a cantor. If you have a voice, why not lift it in song? After all, you know the phrase, attributed to Saint Augustine: “He who sings, prays twice!”

Your comments on these issues, and others, are welcome.

This month’s dinner meeting will be held on Thursday, May 18. Dinner is at 7; the meeting begins at 8. Elections are scheduled to be held that night.

On April 24, our chaplain, Father Daniel, celebrated seven years of holy priesthood, four of which have been spent right here in Revere. We are grateful to have him.

For our April dinner meeting, Chef Michael Chiesa and his assistants made an unbelievably delicious meal: stuffed roast pork and all the fixings with brownies and cookies for desert. How will he top that this month? Rumor has it that the menu begins with the letter “I.”

The Drawing for the Television was held on April 3, 2017, and it was won by Ms. Rene Conte.

Past Grand Knight and former District Deputy Bobby Serino is on the mend! He is about a month away from close to a full recovery. Cards can be sent to him at home.

Finally, in the words of Grand Knight John Verrengia regarding the April dinner meeting: “What stole the show last night was the return of Brother Roger Naples, age 96.5. Recently recovered from major illness and now once again is a member of the Revere K of C! His words last night on the love he has for the club brought tears to all and we are so grateful to have him back and thankful to Jimmy Williams for visiting Roger during his recuperation and illness and getting him back.”

Any questions, comments or suggestions or information on what you need to do to become a Knight of Columbus, please text or call and leave a message for Rick at 781-249-2385. Please contact the council as we are actively seeking new or inactive members and welcome others who want to transfer.

 

Public housing officials voice appreciation for legislators’ local support at State House event

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At the 35th Annual Legislative Information Day, officials from the Revere Housing Authority met with State Senator Joseph Boncore and State Representative RoseLee Vincent to discuss the need for increased state support of public housing. The event, which was at the State House on April 13, was sponsored by the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (MassNAHRO).

At the event’s luncheon, the Revere Housing Authority (RHA) expressed its appreciation for the past support it has received from Senator Boncore and Representative Vincent for improving public housing for the residents of the communities they represent. RHA urged the legislators to consider an increase in the state subsidy for local public housing so it can better serve the residents of its properties.

“The state subsidy for public housing has not increased in seven fiscal years, making it more difficult for us to adequately meet the maintenance and service needs of our residents,” said RHA Vice Chairman Anthony Perrone. “We want to thank Senator Boncore and Representative Vincent for their past commitment to providing safe and decent affordable housing to the residents of Revere, and we hope they will continue to support our efforts to preserve and sustain locally owned and operated low-rent public housing.”

The current $64.5 million state subsidy for public housing, which is intended to close the gap between rental income and actual operating costs, has not increased in the last seven state budgets. That has meant a zero cap on allowable non-utility expenses by local housing authorities. MassNAHRO has asked the Legislature for a subsidy appropriation of $72 million for fiscal year 2018, which would allow for a 5.5 percent increase in the spending cap – or less than 3 percent for each of the last two fiscal years – to help cover the funding gap.

Local housing authorities are also continuing to implement changes authorized by passage of landmark public housing reform legislation three years ago.

   

RHS senior receives $5,000 Hood® Milk Sportsmanship Scholarship

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Elizabeth Lake, a senior at Revere High School and basketball and softball player, was awarded a $5,000 Hood® Milk Sportsmanship Scholarship at a Gillette Stadium ceremony Sunday. Lake will attend Boston College in the fall. See story inside on page 6.

 

   

Council passes marijuana ordinance

Restricts sale to Technology Enterprise District

The Revere City Council passed a citywide ordinance that would only allow businesses to sell recreational marijuana in the Technology Enterprise District (TED) by way of special permit. The revised ordinance defines the type of retail business which would sell the marijuana, the products to be sold and the location where it can be sold. The city can opt-out of the law, which allows the city to approve two marijuana retail shops with a majority vote by April 1, 2018.

Many cities and towns throughout the state – especially in the North Shore, such as Peabody and Lynnfield – are looking to opt-out or create an ordinance banning the retail sale of marijuana. The councillors agreed in their opposition to recreational marijuana use, but considered the ordinance as a way to protect themselves legally.

Ward 3 Councillor Arthur Guinasso reminded his fellow councillors of the Moonlight Video lawsuit decades ago – brought against the city for denying a license to an adult video store – which cost the city millions. “You will hear people say, ‘I don’t care, I’ll go to court’,” said Guinasso. “But I care. I don’t want to go to court and spend millions of dollars that could go elsewhere.”

He also said the fact that it has to be obtained by a special permit also protects the city. “You need to get eight votes for that,” he said.

Ward 4 Councillor and Council Vice President Patrick Keefe said he was against recreational marijuana because of the message it sends to children. “The more ‘okay’ we make it for everyone, the more ‘okay’ it is for the children of our city,” he said.

However, he was in favor of the ordinance. “I was reading news stories about how liquor stores might also want to start selling [marijuana] – so this would protect us against that,” he said.

Councillor-at-Large Steve Morabito wanted to make sure Revere residents know where the council stands on recreational marijuana. “It would be easy to misconstrue this vote and say that we are in favor of marijuana,” he said. “That is not the case. This is a way to protect our city.”

Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky agreed. “The voters already made up their minds on this issue in the state [election],” he said. “We are just setting up rules on location.”

The council unanimously voted in favor of the ordinance. Council President Bob Haas and Councillor-at-Large George Rotondo were absent.

   

Lt. Det. Goodwin begins new chapter with Winthrop Police

After a 20-plus year career in the Beach City of Revere, Lt. Det. John Goodwin is getting ready to say farewell to the Revere Police Department and begin a new chapter in his law enforcement career. Goodwin recently accepted a position as Deputy Chief in neighboring Winthrop beginning April 13. He admits the decision to leave the city was a tough one.

“I am a Revere guy through and through,” he said. “It was a difficult decision but I believe it is the right one for my career.”

Goodwin has been on the police force in Revere for 22 years. He describes his career as a “well rounded” one starting as a patrolman in 1995 to sergeant, night shift commander, a liaison for the License Commission to lieutenant detective.

“I have had some great opportunities here,” he said. “I’ve had the chance to try and do so many different things that many people don’t get to do and I am very thankful for that.”

However, what he will miss most about Revere are his colleagues. “The people I work with are great people and I will miss seeing them every day,” he said.

Goodwin says he has worked with a few Winthrop police officers in the past and knows Police Chief Terrence Delehanty very well. “I think the Chief and I will complement each other well. I am ready to do whatever he needs me to do,” he said. “I am stepping outside my comfort zone but it will be interesting – I’m ready to learn.”

Goodwin said he’s looking forward to bringing his budget skills to the department as well. His new role will also consist of daily operations, personnel and case management.

“For the past few years in Revere, I’ve been working on our budget expenses and helped make cuts for over half a million dollars. It was new to me to be looking at that stuff and learning about it and how to save effectively, so I’m looking to bring some of that to Winthrop,” he said. “However, the first priority is to make sure the quality of life is the best it can be.”

While it is bittersweet to say goodbye to Revere, he is ready for the next step in his career. “It’s a great department with great people, so I am really excited,” he said.

   

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