• Everett,  January 26 2018

    City sues state to decertify Exelon tax break

    By Brendan Clogston                                                                     The City of Everett is suing the Baker administration to overturn the state’s ruling that the city can’t break off a tax break agreement with a power plant on Lower Broadway. The city has been attempting to overturn its 20-year Tax Increment Financing Agreement (TIF) with the Exelon Mystic Generating Station on Alford Street, the city’s largest industrial taxpayer and the largest power plant in the state, for a couple of years. Though city officials have been reluctant to speak publicly on the issue for fear of inadvertently affecting the city’s legal position, the basic dispute is clear: the city thinks that Exelon owes the city…

  • January 26 2018,  Malden,  Malden Sports,  Sports

    Malden Sports Stories

    Lady Tornadoes hoops win big, lose small By Julian Cardillo   The Malden High girls’ basketball team is coming off a blowout, 67-4 victory over West Roxbury on Wednesday night. Such a win is probably a school record for the Golden Tornadoes, but Coach Scott Marino isn’t spending too much time dwelling on it. “Maybe it is, who knows,” he said. “That victory, which I guess was a very good offensive performance, maybe that’s all I’ll say, isn’t really indicative of our current position.” Malden was clearly better than West Roxbury and aren’t showboating their big win because they’re still 6-7 on the season. A tough, 47-45 loss the night…

  • January 26 2018,  Revere,  Revere Sports,  Sports

    Revere Sports Stories

    Somerville stump Revere-Malden hockey, 2-1 By Julian Cardillo   The Revere-Malden hockey team couldn’t fool Somerville twice. Revere-Malden, who beat the Highlanders earlier this season 4-3, lost to them on Wednesday night 2-1 to slip to 7-5-2 on the season. The Patriots, who opened the scoring in the first period off a Corey Rufo goal, committed nine penalties, one of which led to a Somerville equalizer on the power play. “The referees were calling it tight and we were never able to recognize that,” said Revere-Malden Coach Joe Ciccarello. “Those penalties really hurt us. “I thought we started strong, we came out and scored. It was even in the second…

  • January 26 2018,  Peabody

    School officials open start time discussion

    By Christopher Roberson   The School Committee recently delved into what is sure to be a long and tedious process of adjusting school start times. During the Jan. 24 meeting, Dr. Judith Owens, director of sleep medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, gave a presentation explaining why the district should move in this direction. She said that during adolescence, a teenager’s wake-up and sleep times are altered by several hours. “It’s almost impossible for the average adolescent to fall asleep before 11 p.m.,” she said, adding that the use of electronic devices suppresses melatonin, which is the body’s sleep hormone. On the other end of the spectrum, Owens said, teenagers are…

  • January 26 2018,  Saugus

    Nearing a happy ending

    Innis Street homeowner sees relief on the horizon as town proceeds with a $1.2-million drainage improvement project By Mark E. Vogler   Jack Perry acted like a happy tour guide on Wednesday afternoon as he escorted a reporter around the new drain pipes near the Elm Street Bridge — the source of some major flooding problems that have haunted him for decades. “I’ve been here since ‘64 and have always gotten four to six inches of water in my basement whenever we got a few inches of rain,” the 81-year-old Innis Street homeowner told The Saugus Advocate. Perry smiled as he pointed to the huge drain pipes that set on…

  • January 26 2018,  Lynnfield,  Wakefield

    From humble beginnings to a multimillion dollar company

    The rise of The Produce Connection By Christopher Roberson   WAKEFIELD – What started as Bank Square Market, a small retail produce store in Waltham, has blossomed into The Produce Connection, a $50 million enterprise on Audubon Road. Lynnfield resident Frank Rossetti has been at the helm since the business opened its doors in 1976. “It was driven on high-end quality stuff,” he said, adding that in a pinch, restaurant owners in Bank Square would buy from him rather than waiting for their own food vendors. After a time, Rossetti determined that the wholesale food market was much more lucrative than the retail market. Therefore, in 1980, the business became…

  • January 26 2018,  Revere

    Three years later, no bathrooms, concession stand at Griswold Fields

    By Sara Brown   As the late Tom Petty once sang, “The waiting is the hardest part” and for the last two years, baseball and softball players and their families have been waiting to buy a hot dog and use the bathroom for two years – and that’s not right, according to some councilors. At the January 22 city council meeting, ward councillors Patrick Keefe and Charlie Patch presented a motion requesting an update on Griswold Field (formerly St. Mary’s Baseball Fields) and Councillor-at-Large Steven Morabito presented a motion requesting that the Mayor put out to bid the construction for the restrooms and concession stand for the fields. Since the…

  • Everett,  Everett Sports,  January 26 2018,  Sports

    Commentary: Biography of a Winning Coach

    Commentary: Biography of a Winning Coach Let’s face it. Everett was, is, and will always be synonymous with the sport of football. It’s a community that breeds football players. They are groomed to play for either the former Eagles or Huskies, and presently the Everett Crimson Tide program, which is just another indication of the EHS football program’s “pursuit of excellence” and the extent to which its captured the hopes and passions of the people of Everett throughout the past century. The school’s latest successful chapter on the gridiron started in 1992, when the program’s 1975 starting quarterback, John DiBiaso, returned home to take over a team that was struggling for…

  • January 26 2018,  Malden

    Council delays vote of support for Complete Streets

     By Barbara Taormina   The City Council postponed a vote to endorse Malden’s Complete Streets program this week so that councilors could have a chance to review the program. Complete Streets is a policy and design movement geared toward making roads safer and more accessible for all users, particularly pedestrians, cyclists, public transportation passengers and people with disabilities. The state has launched a grant program that offers communities up to $400,000 a year for road improvements tied to those goals. To be eligible for the money the city needed a Complete Streets policy which was written by Mayor Gary Christenson’s office back in 2016. The city also needed a prioritized…