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RHS Hockey Parents Club Hosts Break-up Awards Night

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The Malden High School members of the combined team of the RHS Patriots, from left; Kevin Ivany, Paul Gennetti, Tristen Goroshko, Michael Goroshko, Jim Pandolfo, Corey Rufo, Michael Giordano, Zachary Rufo and Marc Giordano.

 

Rossetti-Cowan Senior Center’s St. Paddy’s Day luncheon

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The Rossetti-Cowan Senior Center’s St. Paddy’s Day luncheon hosted 95 seniors for a corned beef and cabbage dinner surrounded by many Irish decorations. Musical entertainment was provided by The Powers Music School duo of Todd Brunel (clarinet) and Joe Reid (keyboard). They performed a tribute to Benny Goodman titled “Benny and Beyond.” It was a great day for seniors to relax, enjoy their friends, and experience the wearing of the green.

 

   

U.S. Navy plans to phaseout the iconic Navy Peacoat

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Decision will lead to layoffs in New England, affect business and jobs across America

The U.S. Navy phaseout of the traditional Navy Peacoat will result in several hundred lost jobs, and could mark the beginning of the end for New England woolen manufacturing. The idea to phase out the Navy Peacoat was announced in August 2016, and beginning in 2019, the Peacoat and All-Weather Coat would be eliminated from sea bags. Starting October 1, 2018, the black Cold Weather Parka (CWP) would begin the transition as the standard Navy outerwear worn with service and service dress uniforms and issued as a sea bag item for recruits and new accessions.

This phaseout could put out of work a group of small businesses that have supported the needs of the Navy and its requirements for the Navy Peacoat for decades. The mills supporting the program were never officially notified of the phaseout plan. We believe that the U.S. Navy was unaware of the collateral damage of their decision to phaseout the wool Peacoat by replacing it with a 100% Synthetic Parka. It will not only result in the closing of manufacturing facilities and lost jobs, but it will also impact the ability of the woolen trade industry to satisfy other U.S. Military wool clothing requirements.

“The Navy Peacoat was developed in the early 1800’s by the Dutch to meet the needs for a durable piece of outwear that could withstand the harsh rain, wind and cold temperatures typically experienced out at sea,” said author Matthew Wong.

The Peacoat is an iconic U.S. Navy dress uniform garment. It has been and continues to be a popular fashion coat for both men and women. The coat is a high performance garment that continues to be an excellent protective layer for not only yesterdays, but today’s sailors. Why would the Navy want to phase it out?

Adding salt to the wound, the synthetic Parka that is set to replace the Peacoat was developed by the company Propper. If they are awarded the new contract, the Parka will be produced in Puerto Rico and not in the United States.

The supply chain that extends from textile mills in New England to Philadelphia, as well as the sheep farmers across the Midwest, are currently trying to get an audience with the U.S. Navy to halt the phaseout of the Navy Peacoat. We are hopeful, through the voices of our U.S. Senators – Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey – as well as U.S. Congressman Capuano, that our voices and concerns will be heard.

“Sterlingwear of Boston has enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the U. S. Navy since 1967. In times of need, Sterlingwear of Boston has responded and provided the necessary peacoats when needed, as well as accommodating design and material changes over the years. The impact of this decision is far reaching and will affect the lives of so many who currently work in the textile and apparel industry which is already severely impacted by the loss of manufacturing and jobs to overseas. The peacoat is an iconic garment worn by sailors for hundreds of years and is symbolic of the navy and those who have served and are presently serving. To discontinue this garment that means so much, to so many, will be a disservice to those who have proudly worn or who currently wear the U.S. Navy Peacoat” said Jack Foster, Director of Marketing at Sterlingwear of Boston.

“The negative impact that this decision has on our business is unparalleled in our long history of working with the U.S. Navy. The numerous small businesses that rely on this product and the many employees that will be affected by this decision cannot be understated. It is imperative that this decision be revisited and reversed,” said David Fredella, VP/COO of Sterlingwear of Boston.

   

Revere Chamber, Police Dept. host active shooter seminar for local businesses

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This past week the Revere Chamber of Commerce hosted a joint effort with the Revere Police Community Policing Division – an active shooter seminar for the local business community at the Comfort Inn on American Legion Highway. The seminar provided business owners with life-saving instruction in the event of an armed attacker. The event was deemed a success and well-attended by over 120 participants. Pictured, in no particular order, are Bob Upton of the Revere Chamber of Commerce; Lt. Carl Borgioli, retired; Police Chief Joseph Cafarelli; Revere Patrolmen Jerry Salvati and Joe Turner; and Instructors Joe and Terry from Blue U Defense. (Photo Courtesy of Gerald Salvati

   

Revere Police Dept. Community Room to be named after fallen officer

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The City Council voted in favor of renaming the Revere Police Community Room in honor of Officer Daniel Talbot on the 10th Anniversary of his passing. Revere Police Detective David Caramanica wrote a letter to the council requesting the change. Caramanica attended the police academy with Talbot and was his partner for five years before he passed.

Talbot lost his life in a 2007 shooting while off duty with his fiancé and fellow off duty officers behind Revere High School. In 2010, a Revere man with gang ties, Robert Iacoviello, Jr., was convicted of second degree murder for shooting Talbot and is serving a mandatory life in prison term with the possibility of parole in 15 years.

Talbot was a lifelong Revere resident who played hockey for Revere High School. Before joining the police force, he entered the military and served his country.

“Anytime someone uses the room they will be reminded of the ultimate sacrifice he made to the city,” Caramanica said to the council Monday night.

“This is well overdue,” Ward 6 Councillor Charlie Patch, a retired Revere police sergeant, said. “He was a great police officer. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think of him.”

Councillor-at-Large Anthony Zambuto agreed with Patch. Zambuto said he still carries Talbot’s police badge with him in his car every day. “I think of him every day,” he said. “The community room is the perfect way to honor him.”

Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky said he watched Talbot grow up in Revere since he lived around the corner from him. When he first heard that the Police Department wanted to honor Talbot in this way, he admitted, he got emotional. “I think this is the greatest thing I have seen in the city in a while,” he said. “I am proud to say to people, ‘You are going to have a meeting in the Talbot Community Room.’ That is going to be the best thing I can say to people.”

Caramanica said the Police Department is currently working on an official plaque for the room. There will be a ceremony at the police station on June 23 for the newly named community room. The Police Department is also planning a community-wide charity event in Talbot’s honor on Sept. 29.

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

   

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