• Everett,  January 11 2019

    Op Ed: Massachusetts is first state in the nation to prohibit tobacco and vaping sales in pharmacies

    Op Ed: Massachusetts is first state in the nation to prohibit tobacco and vaping sales in pharmacies By D.J. Wilson Tobacco Control Director/Public Health Liaison, Massachusetts Municipal Association   With the start of 2019, tobacco control advocates throughout Massachusetts are celebrating. As of Dec. 31, 2018, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to prohibit health care institutions, including pharmacies, from selling tobacco and vaping products. Thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Charlie Baker last July, these addictive products will no longer be sold in facilities that are dedicated to health and wellness – facilities that often treat illnesses and diseases caused by these very products. In order to protect…

  • Everett,  Featured News,  January 11 2019

    Richard Dell Isola unanimously voted City Council President

    By Brendan Clogston   As family members and friends packed the City Council Chambers on Monday night, the City Council unanimously voted to appoint Richard Dell Isola as City Council President for the 2019 Legislative Session at their organizational meeting. It will be the councillor’s first time holding the gavel after eight years on the City Council. After taking his seat at the head of the City Council, Dell Isola thanked his colleagues for their support and called for councillors to come together as a team to meet the challenges and changes facing Everett in 2019, which among other things will see the opening of the $2.4 billion Encore Boston…

  • Everett,  January 11 2019

    DeMaria administration building up youth programming

    The Samuel Gentile Recreation Center has been a staple for the Everett community for generations. It has offered residents, especially the city’s youngsters, countless benefits, including a stronger sense of being part of a community. The Recreation Center has been an important community hub for Everett since 1950, hosting basketball games, summer camps, community events and much more. Mayor Carlo DeMaria understands the significance of the community center and the need to increase and implement programming now more than ever. Looking to the future, he has wanted to ensure that Everett’s youngsters have a safe and welcoming environment. Mayor DeMaria and his administration have upgraded and modernized the facility for…

  • Everett,  Everett Sports,  January 11 2019,  Sports

    Everett boys’ basketball team beats two more conference foes to remain undefeated

    By Joe McConnell The Everett High School boys’ basketball team is currently undefeated in the Northeastern Conference with a 3-0 record. They are 5-1 overall. Their lone loss was against Brookline, which is currently the No. 1 team in the state. Coach Stanley Chamblain’s team recently defeated Peabody and Revere to remain undefeated in the conference. “Against Peabody, I thought the team played a hard-fought game, once again,” said Chamblain. “I thought our youth and inexperience showed at times throughout the game, but that’s expected with a young team, especially in the backcourt. However, despite those mistakes, the defense we played was the difference maker, and it made up for…

  • Everett,  January 11 2019

    Two to be arraigned in connection with Everett fire that injured two firefighters

    Muddasir Bari, 63, and Nargis Bhatti, 55, both of Everett, were arraigned on Tuesday in Malden District Court in connection with allegations that they violated building codes as landlords of the multifamily dwelling located at 15 Morris St. in Everett that was the location of a three-alarm fire on July 13, 2018. In an attempt to contain the fire and rescue an occupant, two Everett firefighters were seriously injured. “Firefighters put themselves at risk whenever they respond to a fire, and that is why there are laws in place to minimize risk to first responders and to the public. In this case, through their alleged violation of the building codes,…

  • Everett,  January 11 2019

    Rep. McGonagle sworn into office for 191st Session of the General Court

    Representative Joe McGonagle (D-Everett) was sworn into office as a member of the 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on Wednesday, January 2. This marks his third term as state representative for the 28th Middlesex District. “I’m honored and privileged to represent the great city of Everett,” said McGonagle. “I look forward to continuing to work with Mayor Carlo DeMaria, Senator Sal DiDomenico and Speaker Robert DeLeo to make our city the best it can be.” Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito administered the oath of office to all the representatives in attendance. They were joined by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren…

  • Everett,  January 11 2019

    Everett native slain in Utah police shooting

    By Christopher Roberson Two weeks after the untimely death of Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo, the city was impacted by another tragedy – this one occurred more than 2,300 miles away. Everett native Joseph Shinners, a police officer in Provo, Utah, was shot and mortally wounded on the evening of Jan. 5 in the neighboring city of Orem. Shinners was taken to Utah Valley Hospital, where he passed away later that night. According to the Provo and Orem Police Departments, the suspect has since been identified as 40-year-old Matthew Hoover. He was injured when Shinners returned fire and is currently being detained by Orem Police. According to police, Hoover had made “threats…

  • Everett,  January 11 2019

    Sen. DiDomenico sworn into the Senate for another term

    Last week, Senator Sal DiDomenico was sworn into a fifth term in the Massachusetts Senate, pledging to continue fighting for our Commonwealth’s working families and working to lift up children and families throughout his district. He represents the Middlesex and Suffolk District, comprising the residents of Allston, Brighton, Cambridge, Charlestown, Chelsea, Everett and the West End of Boston. As he once again took the oath of office, DiDomenico was joined by his wife, Tricia; his sons, Matthew and Sal; his parents, Marie and Sal; and members of his staff. “It was an honor to once again be sworn into the Massachusetts State Senate for another term, and I would like…