• June 15 2018,  Malden

    City Council votes to limit new marijuana businesses

     By Barbara Taormina   City officials are continuing to carefully craft an ordinance that will regulate marijuana businesses that hope to do business in Malden. This week, the City Council approved a proposal from Ward 3 Councillor John Matheson to cap the number of marijuana establishments in Malden at four. In addition to retail shops and medical marijuana centers, the City Council will also consider permits for businesses that grow marijuana, businesses that manufacture marijuana products and independent testing labs. State law requires cities and towns that permit marijuana businesses to allow no fewer than 20 percent of the number of a community’s liquor licenses. Based on population, Malden can…

  • June 15 2018,  Revere

    Revere High School Class of 2018 says goodbye

    By Sara Brown The Revere High School Class of 2018, representing over 14 countries, graduated the largest number of students in over a decade. At the Harry Della Russo Stadium, 480 students gathered on Thursday evening in their caps and gowns to reflect on their last four years and to look ahead to what the future brings. “I am optimistic about your generation, and I believe you will fill the breach of leadership because you are a new generation of leaders unafraid to connect and unite for a cause,” said Mayor Brian Arrigo. “Rise, and let nothing hold you down.” Arrigo told the students to become the best citizens they…

  • June 15 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: An interview with a college-bound student who left Saugus High for “a better education” at a local charter school

    THE ADVOCATE ASKS: An interview with a college-bound student who left Saugus High for “a better education” at a local charter school   Editor’s Note: For this week, we sat down with Victoria Chiek, this year’s valedictorian at Kipp Academy, a charter school in Lynn. Chiek, 18, will be attending Stanford University this fall on a four-year scholarship. She looks back fondly on her early years at the Veterans Memorial Elementary School. But the daughter of immigrant parents who came to the United States after surviving the Cambodian genocide said she was disappointed with the education received in the Belmonte Middle School and her one year at Saugus High School.…

  • June 15 2018,  Peabody

    Mayor pitches $93.4M city operating budget

     By Christopher Roberson   Although the city’s financial position remains favorable, Mayor Edward Bettencourt acknowledged that there have been some bumps in the road. He said that for the past year, Peabody has been purchasing water from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) following the three-alarm fire that destroyed the Coolidge Avenue Water Treatment Plant in March 2017. As a result, the city owes $2.5 million to the MWRA. “It’s amazing, the costs,” said Bettencourt as he presented the city’s $93.4 million operating budget during the June 7 meeting of the City Council’s Finance Committee. The school budget will go before the council on June 19. He requested authorization from…

  • Everett,  June 15 2018

    Valedictorian Marcus Fonseca ready to start next chapter

    By John McCormack There is no greater honor or achievement than being named valedictorian of your high school class. Everett High School’s class of 2018’s valedictorian is Marcus Fonseca. Fonseca is more than just a bookworm. He is obviously highly intelligent, hardworking and, most of all, humble. Standing out at Everett High School is no easy task with the amount of students that go there. However, Fonseca was not afraid to stand out at the large school. The class of 2018 had 497 graduating students. Fonseca has been stepping out of his comfort zone all four years, and says that’s the key to stand out among 497 students. “You need…

  • Everett,  Everett Sports,  June 15 2018,  Sports

    Everett softball team bows out of post-season

     By Julian Cardillo The Everett softball team bowed out of the 2018 season, falling in the state tournament on Monday night at Concord-Carlisle. Everett showed off some good offense in the elimination game, but ultimately fell 9-4. For coach Stacy Schiavo, reaching this point in the campaign was a huge step forward. “The girls improved so much from the beginning of the year,” she said. “Once they got comfortable in their positions, the lineup fell into place for them. We as coaches told them after the game that they need to keep their heads up.” Concord-Carlisle entered the state tournament as the playoffs’ number one seed and got off to…

  • June 15 2018,  Revere,  Revere Sports,  Sports

    Revere softball team falls to strong Methuen

    By Julian Cardillo   The Revere softball team showed off its upstart character in the state tournament, but ultimately came short of championship glory by falling in the second round to Methuen. Methuen, which many believe has a chance to challenge for the Massachusetts D1 title, didn’t get an easy ride from the Patriots. The two teams duked it out in a back-and-forth battle with Methuen emerging on the winning end, 7-6. “Methuen, the four-seed, are a very good team,” said Revere coach Joe Ciccarello. “But we came out swinging.” Revere took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Eve Lescovitz, Alexis Iacoviello and Danielle Dion each crossed the plate…

  • June 15 2018,  Malden,  Malden Sports,  Sports

    Boston City FC Upsets Hartford City in 2-0 Win

    Boston City FC upset the NPSL Atlantic Division form book with a deserved 2-0 win over second placed and previously unbeaten Hartford City. The Lions secured three points for the first time this season, improving to 1-3-1 and keeping alive hopes of an improved run of form that might propel them into the top four places to earn a playoff berth for the third straight season. Rigoberto Jimenez (pictured), playing in his preferred wide position up front, was rewarded for five games of persistence with his first goal of the season to earn the hosts a lead just 58 seconds into the second half. Last season’s top scorer Isaac Nana…