• January 4 2019,  Revere

    Mayor and Council President share 2018 highlights

    By Tara Vocino Ringing in the New Year, the 2018 City Council President and Mayor’s Office shared their accomplishments in 2018 and what they hope to improve upon in the New Year. For 2018 City Council President Jessica Giannino, her highlight was being elected with her colleague Joanne McKenna as the first-ever female Council President and Vice President in the city. “We created a citywide parking ordinance and conducted city business in a timely and professional manner,” Giannino said Saturday night. “We worked to improve city services, communication and quality of life issues for residents.” Her goals in the New Year are to finalize the parking ordinance with McKenna, continue…

  • December 28 2018,  Saugus

    Year in review

    A monthly breakdown of the top stories in The Saugus Advocate during 2018 January Officials cancel two days of school and issue snow emergency and town-wide parking ban. Hockeytown USA – a Route 1 sports landmark for more than 45 years – has a new operator; the Haverhill-based company will keep the same name on its sign. Selectmen seek to alleviate traffic problems at Waybright Elementary School and Veterans Memorial Elementary School. Snowstorm with tidal surge socks Saugus – Saugus Fire Department, using inflatable boat, rescues Milton Street woman in her early 80’s from her house as water level reaches four feet. State Rep. Donald Wong says he will seek…

  • December 28 2018,  Revere

    2018 – Revere in Review

    2018 – Revere in Review By The Advocate   January Giannino and McKenna made history: first female City Council leaders Jessica Giannino and Joanne McKenna made history during the city’s inauguration ceremony – becoming the first female duo in Revere to lead the City Council. On January 1, the City Council voted unanimously: Giannino became its president and McKenna became its vice president. Giannino said she can’t wait to be City Council president again. “It is always an honor to do this and I promise to do my best,” she said. “This is my seventh year on the council and to be elected president twice is a pretty big deal.”…

  • December 28 2018,  Malden

    Looking back on 2018

    Looking back on 2018 By Barbara Taormina   Choosing items for a year-in-review is always a challenge. People have different opinions about which stories were the most important, and what news had the biggest impact on the city. No one would argue that 2018 was a busy and eventful year. Nevertheless, the following short list contains some of year’s most important moments and issues for Malden.:   Vote16 — In late August, members of Malden Rising Leaders Summer Fellowship Program presented a proposal to lower the voting age to 16 in municipal elections, and the idea quickly picked up steam. The Malden Youth Civics Council and other student groups joined…

  • December 28 2018,  Everett

    Year in Review

    Year in Review   ~January~ A New Year’s Vision Mayor Carlo DeMaria delivered his inaugural address in the EHS auditorium Tuesday, January 2 at an Inauguration Ceremony that saw the swearing-in of Richard Dell Isola, John Hanlon, Michael Marchese, Wayne Matewsky, Peter Napolitano, Fred Capone, Stephen Simonelli, Anthony DiPierro, John Leo McKinnon, Rosa DiFlorio, and Michael McLaughlin as the 2018/2019 city council, of Beradino D’Onofrio, Robert Carreiro, Richard Baniewicz, Lester MacLaughlin, and Allen Panarese, Joseph LaMonica, Frank Parker, David Ela, and Thomas Abruzzese as the 2018/2019 school committee. Carreiro and Baniewicz passed away last year. Marcony Almeida Barros was appointed as Carreiro’s replacement the following week, and former school committee…

  • December 29, 2017,  Saugus

    2017: Year in review

    A monthly breakdown of the top stories in The Saugus Advocate during 2017 It was a year where Saugus took steps to stabilize the administration of town government and invest in the future of it children. A campaign to win support for a new combination Middle-High School dominated the headlines, ending in a special election that town officials hailed as “historic” when voters overwhelmingly passed the new school project and education plan by landslides. In November, the same voters who approved the new school project re-elected the five incumbent selectmen, who earned the nickname of “the Fabulous Five.” Later in the year, selectmen rewarded Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree with…

  • A Year in Review
    December 29, 2017,  Revere

    2017: Revere in Review

    By Sara Brown As the year almost comes to an end, it is customary to look back on what made the year extraordinary. From major developments to the passing of iconic leaders, it was a busy year for the community of Revere. In May, The HYM Investment Group, LLC acquired the Suffolk Downs site and will be developing it with hopes to turn the land into a major mixed-use development. The site is 161 acres with 42 acres of the property in Revere and the rest in East Boston. They are also hoping to have Amazon settle in Suffolk Downs for the second headquarters in the country. Amazon has promised…

  • December 29, 2017,  Peabody

    2017: A Year in Review

    2017: Year in Review By Christopher Roberson   Medical marijuana raised “more questions than answers” in 2017 Although the sale of medical marijuana was ultimately approved, the City Council spent much of 2017 trying to figure out how to best handle having such establishments in the city. “There are more questions than answers,” said Councillor-at-Large Anne Manning-Martin during the council’s Feb. 16 meeting, adding that Peabody was not the only community that was in a quandary. Therefore, the council voted unanimously to adopt a yearlong moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. On March 23, councillors voted unanimously to approve the draft of an ordinance banning the public consumption of marijuana that…