• Everett,  January 11 2019

    Op Ed: Massachusetts is first state in the nation to prohibit tobacco and vaping sales in pharmacies

    Op Ed: Massachusetts is first state in the nation to prohibit tobacco and vaping sales in pharmacies By D.J. Wilson Tobacco Control Director/Public Health Liaison, Massachusetts Municipal Association   With the start of 2019, tobacco control advocates throughout Massachusetts are celebrating. As of Dec. 31, 2018, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to prohibit health care institutions, including pharmacies, from selling tobacco and vaping products. Thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Charlie Baker last July, these addictive products will no longer be sold in facilities that are dedicated to health and wellness – facilities that often treat illnesses and diseases caused by these very products. In order to protect…

  • December 14 2018,  Everett

    Op-Ed: Recycling challenges and solutions

    Op-Ed: Recycling challenges and solutions   By Mayor Carlo DeMaria    As you may have heard in the news over the past year, the recycling market around the world has been volatile. Trade agreements, shipping costs, demand for recycled materials, and quality of recycling throughout the industry have forever changed the market. In the past, the City of Everett took advantage of variable rate-recycling contracts, and recycling was a revenue source. However, in FY17, the market began to change, and the City expended approximately $30,000 for recycling. In FY18, the cost for recycling doubled to $85,000. Today, China, our largest importer of recycled materials, is not accepting most recyclables and will…

  • Everett,  November 2 2018

    Op Ed: Fire Chief Carli: Council’s change to house inspections ordinance puts lives at risk

    Op Ed: Fire Chief Carli: Council’s change to house inspections ordinance puts lives at risk   Last week, without much fanfare, the City Council voted 6-5 to change the word “shall” to “may” in the City’s occupancy permit requirements. In doing so, the City Council has made this lifesaving inspection optional and not mandatory. The previous ordinance had stated that each and every rental property owner must schedule an inspection of their rental units with a city inspector, and pay a $25.00 fee for this inspection. This change, which has been voted by our City Council, is not only a minimal change of vocabulary used in the ordinance as it may…

  • August 10 2018,  Everett

    Op-Ed: Encore Boston Harbor changing Everett- for the better

     By Mayor Carlo DeMaria   The Massachusetts Gaming Act was enacted in 2011 specifically to create new jobs, generate new tax revenue and propel local economic growth. Less than a year before the resort opens its doors, the transformative and positive effect of the Commonwealth’s gaming legislation is already being felt. In the City of Everett, where I am proud to serve as mayor, construction of the $2.4 billion Encore Boston Harbor resort is progressing at an amazing pace. Today, less than a year before the resort is in operation, more than $10 million in salaries have been paid to construction workers who reside in our city. Everett residents are…

  • Everett,  July 13 2018

    Op-Ed: City of Everett holds successful Independence Day Celebration

    Op-Ed: City of Everett holds successful Independence Day Celebration  By Mayor Carlo DeMaria   I want to give a big thanks to everyone who attended the City of Everett’s Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 7. We welcomed a crowd of over 7,000 people to Glendale Park to enjoy a day of food, activities, entertainment, and a grand finale fireworks show. All of the City workers and volunteers did an amazing job. I know they all appreciated having so many residents come out to join in the fun. It made all of the hard work worth every minute. For the second year in a row, I was really excited to see…

  • 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,…

  • Everett,  June 1 2018

    Op-Ed: To fund or not to fund. Is that really the question?

    Op-Ed: To fund or not to fund. Is that really the question?   By Peter A. Napolitano, Councilor at Large, City Council President   It’s that time of the year again. Budget time. Time to chart the financial future of the City of Everett for the next year and beyond. Decisions will be made that affect the lives of our residents and businesses in many different ways. The annual budget hearings will weigh the costs of educating our children, maintaining city properties, repairing of our streets, protecting our neighborhoods, and providing basic human services. How and why your tax dollars are spent is a very complex formula but it all comes…

  • Everett,  February 2 2018

    OP-ED: Mayor DeMaria backs St. Therese proposal

    By Mayor Carlo DeMaria On Monday, the Zoning Board of Appeals will consider a proposal to build 77 affordable senior rental apartments, as well as six townhouses for sale to families, at the site of the St. Therese church on Broadway. I fully support this proposal because I believe that we must remain an inclusive city for residents of all income levels, and I am particularly concerned about our seniors. I hear from our seniors almost every day, asking for assistance in finding housing or expressing concerns about rising rental costs. I am so proud of our community; we are tight-knit, hardworking, and we care about our neighbors. We are…

  • December 29, 2017,  Everett

    Op-Ed – Christmas Remembrance Service

    Op-Ed – Christmas Remembrance Service By Mayor Carlo DeMaria Stacy and I recently had the honor of hosting a memorial service at Glenwood Cemetery in remembrance of those who have passed on. This time of year is thought of as the happiest time of year, but for some it is the most difficult. Some people are alone during the holidays and some struggle to make ends meet. There are also those who have lost loved ones, who at this time last year were here, alive and vibrant, celebrating life with us. We struggle to come to grips with this as we experience our first Holiday Season without them, but we must…