• June 8 2018,  Revere

    Suffolk Downs Development Advisory Group Holds First Meeting

    Mayor Brian Arrigo welcomed the Suffolk Downs Development Advisory Group to its inaugural meeting Wednesday night, commencing an important phase as the project developers craft the Planned Unit Development proposal that will be submitted to the City Council later this year. With the vast Suffolk Downs racetrack visible through the windowed wall of the former Suffolk Downs Topsider Lounge as a backdrop, Mayor Arrigo began his remarks to the group “Welcome to history.” “It’s not hyperbole,” he said. “The ideas and opinions that will be shared in this room over the next three months will contribute to the most significant real estate development in the City’s history.” He said to…

  • June 8 2018,  Lynnfield

    Reid’s Ride returns for 14th year

     By Christopher Roberson Thus far, 218 North Shore residents have registered to participate in the 14th Annual Reid’s Ride to Fight Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer. The event was founded by Lynnfield resident Lorraine Sacco after she lost her 20-year-old son Reid to sarcoma in April 2005. She has not been alone. “We brought all the givers together from throughout the North Shore,” said Sacco. “It’s a commitment throughout.” She also said Reid’s grandfather, Robert Sacco, continues to have a significant influence on Reid’s Ride despite his passing in December 2017. “It’s the character of Reid’s grandfather,” Sacco said of the event. She also credited the community at large…

  • June 8 2018,  Saugus

    A hefty hike in health benefit costs

    “It’s a potential tsunami wave,” Town Meeting member warns of future impact on Saugus’ municipal budget  By Mark E. Vogler   About one out of five dollars in the town’s operating budget will be spent on employee health benefits by the year 2023, according to a Finance Committee report issued this week. Health benefits that cost the town $10.5-million — or 12 percent of the budget in 2014 — are projected to soar to $21.4 million by 2023, about 19 percent of the budget, the report noted. Meanwhile, the Town of Saugus continues to pay 85 to 90 percent of health benefits cost for its active and retired town employees…

  • June 8 2018,  Revere

    Live racing returns to Suffolk Downs Saturday & Sunday

    Over $1M in purses and awards for festival weekend   Live Thoroughbred racing will return to Suffolk Downs this weekend with 13 races carded on Saturday and a 12-race card on Sunday. In addition to live racing, the track will have over 12 food trucks, craft beer, live music, family-fun activities and simulcast of the Belmont Stakes as Justify tries to sweep the Triple Crown. Post time for the 13-race card is at 12:55 p.m. and gates open at 11:00 a.m. On Saturday, the average field size is 11 horses per race, and 144 horses have been entered on the card, which features $500,000 in total purses for the day.…

  • June 8 2018,  Malden

    Trafton Park Revitalization Meeting on June 14

    Trafton Park Revitalization Meeting on June 14 The Maplewood Improvement Association, Ward 6 Councillor David Camell and Councillor at Large Stephen Winslow will host a second community meeting on the proposed revitalization of Trafton Park on Thursday, June 14th at 7 PM.  The meeting will take place in the Community Room at the Malden Police Station at 800 Eastern Avenue. The meeting will update community members on the status the Association’s application for Community Preservation Act funds to develop the revitalization plans. Pam Shadley of Shadley Associates will discuss how her firm has worked with the City in the past to improve other parks in Malden  

  • Everett,  June 8 2018

    Budget committee leaves Mayor’s budget largely intact

    $285,000 made in cuts to $232 million FY 19 budget By Brendan Clogston   City councillors made some minor cuts to Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s $232 million FY 19 budget during their initial budget hearings this week. Over the course of two hearings Monday and Wednesday evenings, the council’s budget committee voted to recommend cutting a total of $285,000 from the budget. The only cut Monday evening was the removal of $100,000 from the Human Resource Department’s unemployment line. At Wednesday’s hearing, $185,000 was cut from the Mayor’s Office’s budget, including a $60,000 cut from 311, $25,000 from the city celebrations line item, and $100,000 from the marketing and business development…

  • June 8 2018,  Peabody

    City takes steps to keep Winona Pond algae at bay

     By Christopher Roberson After an algae bloom was found in Winona Pond earlier this year, Mayor Edward Bettencourt is requesting that $100,000 be paid to SOLitude Lake Management to ensure that the pond’s algae levels remain under control. He said the situation at Crystal Lake is an example of what happens without proactive treatment. Bettencourt said those problems were all avoidable and only happened because the city did not act in time. “For years it was kind of ignored,” said Bettencourt. “We’re spending millions of dollars on the restoration of Crystal Lake.” In addition to at Winona Pond, SOLitude would take the same preventative measures at Fountain Pond, Brown’s Pond,…

  • Everett,  June 8 2018

    Sounds of Everett

    Sounds of Everett   DON’T WORRY – BE HAPPY   A little more laughter for those with a sense of humor. So, where we go, again. We’ll do our best to put a smile on your face. An elderly couple were married for 70 years, and one day a friend of the wife came to visit. The wife asked her friend is she would like a cup of tea. “Sure,” she said. “Hey, Sweetheart,” she said to her husband, would you like to make two cups of tea?” Sure, my Darling,” he said, “anything for my Princess.” “Gee,” the friend said, “after all these years of marriage you still have…

  • June 8 2018,  Peabody,  Peabody Sports,  Sports

    Tanners boys’ lacrosse team misses out on postseason bid

    By Greg Phipps Peabody boys’ lacrosse head coach Greg Welch has to be looking forward to next season, given that this year’s squad showed it can compete with the better teams in the Northeastern Conference (NEC) and could have made the postseason with a few more favorable bounces. As it turns out, the Tanners missed the playoffs by one game. The season came to an end last Wednesday evening, May 30, in a 12-8 home loss to the NEC champion Marblehead Magicians. It was an intense, physical and penalty-ridden contest. Both teams drew a number of infractions. Peabody was called for nine. The Tanners, who finished the season at 9-10…

  • Everett,  June 8 2018

    Op-Ed: Access to Everett’s waterfront is becoming a reality

    Op-Ed: Access to Everett’s waterfront is becoming a reality By Mayor Carlo DeMaria   I continually ask people to imagine a restored waterfront with walking trails, a viewing hill, and many other amenities along our waterfront. Today, that vision is becoming a reality. Within the next couple of weeks we will be cutting the ribbon on phase I of the Malden River Walk at River Green Park and the construction of phase II will soon follow. The waterfront park along the Malden River Greenway will become a tremendous asset for everyone to enjoy for years to come. It will be one of the largest open spaces in the Greater Boston Region,…