HONORING GEORGE V. COLELLA: If you’ve ever met the late George Colella, former mayor, city councillor, and school committeeman, he always had a smile to offer along with some advice. For myself, publishing and covering the Revere city council for close to 25 years, he told me that I would never have a bad day as a long as I quoted him in my council stories. It wasn’t that I didn’t have a choice since prior to his passing, Councillor Colella always had something to say on almost every subject before the council – and that was a good thing since he was truly the dean of the council. On Monday evening, his daughters, Jennifer Colella Martelli and Joan Colella Bullock, (sister Liz Colella Kirk was out of state), spoke in favor of a motion by the city council to place a plaque at the entrance to city hall honoring their father who served the city for over 50 years. Colella passed away only six years ago and his family, along with many of his supporters and political friends and foes alike feel such an honor is due. We wholeheartedly agree.
POLICE DEPT. TOY DRIVE UNDERWAY: The Revere Police Toy Drive is underway to help needy families in Revere during the Christmas season. If you can help, please bring a new, unwrapped toy to Revere Police Headquarters at 400 Revere Beach Pkwy., or the Police Substation at 6 Pleasant Street. If you are in need of assistance or wish to make a donation, contact Lee Nugent at 781-656-1109 or Patricia Ciulla at 781-284-1212. ShownÂ below, making a donation at the Substation on Pleasant St. recently was Revere City Clerk Ashley Melnick along with Revere Patrolman Jerry Salvati and ret. RPD Lieut. Carl Borgioli.
WITH HEAVY HEART: Revere mourns the passing of a family matriarch, Camille Festa, wife of Revere developer Joseph Festa and mother to John Festa and his family. Our deepest condolences go out to such a wonderful family who has served Revere so well. A moment of silence was offered by the Revere City Council on the news of her passing on Monday evening. May she rest in peace. - JDM