• Malden,  October 26 2018

    Councillors continue to debate retail marijuana licenses

     By Barbara Taormina   City Councillors continue to fine tune an ordinance that will outline the requirements for opening and operating a retail marijuana shop in Malden. Members of the Ordinance Committee met with City Planner Michelle Romero this week to review the initial steps for potential marijuana retailers. In past discussions, the process of obtaining a license to operate a retail marijuana shop began with an application to the Planning Board for a Special Use Permit and a $1,500 fee. But this week Romero said that before applying for the permit, potential retailers should be required to hold a community outreach meeting with residents in the neighborhood of the…

  • October 26 2018,  Revere

    At long last, new public bathrooms coming to Revere Beach

    New “Welcome to Revere” sign coming By Tara Vocino Officials from the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) joined Speaker of the House of Representatives Bob DeLeo and state and local officials on Tuesday morning to break ground on DCR’s new maintenance and public bathroom facility in Revere. The $11.4 million project will provide the agency’s operations staff for Revere Beach State Reservation and the surrounding region with a permanent work location, following many years occupying temporary facilities. Recognizing the need for increased public recreation opportunities, the new facility incorporates public access improvements, including public restrooms that will be open year-round. Additionally, the new maintenance facility will be named the…

  • October 26 2018,  Saugus

    The Advocate Asks: Candidates in 9th Essex District House race respond to SAVE’s questions

    The Advocate Asks: Candidates in 9th Essex District House race respond to SAVE’s questions     Editor’s Note: For this week’s column, we decided to let the Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) ask several questions of each of the three candidates on the Nov. 6 state election ballot who are running for state representative in the Ninth Essex House District race. All three candidates are Saugus residents. State Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) seeks his fifth two-year term on Beacon Hill. He faces opposition from Matthew Crescenzo, a U.S. Army veteran and 2011 Saugus High School graduate who is running as a Democratic candidate in his first political race. Former…

  • Everett,  October 26 2018

    City Council compromises on Inclusionary Zoning change

    Sets 15 percent affordable housing rate, down from 20 percent By Brendan Clogston   The City Council passed a compromise amendment to Everett’s year-old Inclusionary Zoning ordinance after several hours of debate Monday night, seeking a middle path between those on the council who want to scale back the ordinance’s restrictions to encourage development and those who worried a more severe rollback of the ordinance would cause the city to slip even further behind in its attempt to create more affordable housing. Under the compromise amendment, the ordinance will require developers creating over six units of new housing to make at least 15 percent of those units “affordable,” five points…

  • October 26 2018,  Saugus

    Pumpkin Patch Appreciation Day Saturday

      To show appreciation to all who have supported this year’s Pumpkin Patch, free cider, free popcorn and free cotton candy will be offered this Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church (300 Central St. in Saugus Center). Pumpkins of all sizes are displayed on the church lawn and are available for purchase every day from 10 a.m. to closing.  Volunteers unloaded the last shipment of pumpkins earlier this month from “The Pumpkin Truck,” which traveled from the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. The 15th Annual Pumpkin Patch will run through Halloween, October 31. Proceeds from the Patch help fund a yearly $500…

  • October 26 2018,  Revere

    “Glo” in the Dark Run gets kids in Halloween spirit

    By Tara Vocino To get into the spooky Halloween spirit a week early, the Revere Recreation Department held a “Glo” in the Dark Run on Saturday night, which raised $500, at Harry Della Russo Stadium. Children ran four laps around the stadium with a glo stick, spun the wheel at KISS 108 to win prizes, received goodies from RCN, watched movies and got their faces painted. Revere residents Christian Lynch, 12, and Matthew Matchew, 10, were playing Connect 4 on the lawn when they shared their favorite activities of the night. “Running in the dark with my glo stick was my favorite,” Matthew said. And the same went for Christian.…