• July 27 2018,  Revere

    OP-ED: Lost & found: Audits found forgotten money and revealed lost parking revenue

    OP-ED: Lost & found: Audits found forgotten money and revealed lost parking revenue  By Mayor Brian Arrigo   When I took the oath of office as Mayor of Revere in 2016, among my immediate priorities was to gain an objective, unvarnished assessment of the City’s finances and the methods used to manage them. I believed that there was ample space to improve oversight, increase efficiency, and revise the ways the City used the revenue that our hard-working residents contribute to the City’s coffers through taxes and fees. Accordingly, I commissioned CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) an experienced, nationally recognized financial consulting firm, to review and document the City’s financial activities and internal controls and…

  • July 20 2018,  Revere

    Op-Ed: Revere Housing Authority’s proactive approach to the rat problem in Revere  

    OP-ED: Revere Housing Authority’s proactive approach to the rat problem in Revere  By Mayor Brian Arrigo   Due, in part, to the recent rash of city-wide complaints regarding rat infestation, the Revere Housing Authority reported to the Board of Commissioners at the June 21st meeting, the Housing Authority has been proactive in its approach to stemming the rat problem in all its housing developments. Many significant steps were implemented back in September 2017. They include: Maintenance staff conducts trash pick-up every morning and on trash pickup days monitors trash that was either missed or residual trash left behind and cleans up; Instituted a Trash Barrel Pilot Program where the Housing Authority…

  • July 13 2018,  Lynnfield

    Op-Ed: Lynnfield Roads

    Op-Ed: Lynnfield Roads By Katy Shea   According to a recently released report, one of Lynnfield’s own traffic intersections ranks 11th in the list of the top 200 intersections for crashes. Where is this intersection? Where Salem Street and Route One intersects. It achieved this honor by seeing more than 300 crashes in one calendar year (2015). The report is authored by the State Highway Division and funded by the federal government. Lynnfield’s road system is also surprising dense given our limited area. On about six square miles our little town manages to fit 161.27 lane miles of roadway. According to Travel Math, our road system is comparable to taking a…

  • 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…

  • June 22 2018,  Revere

    Op-Ed: Addressing the rat problem

    Op-Ed: Addressing the rat problem  By Mayor Brian Arrigo   Public concern about rodents, particularly rats, has escalated steadily in recent years. Longstanding efforts to combat rodent infestation, overseen by the City’s Inspectional Services Department, have had a modicum of success. The Department’s resources and manpower, however, have been insufficient to implement a large scale approach to rodent control. Understanding the need for a more comprehensive and aggressive approach to rodent issues, I have included in the FY 2019 Budget Proposal funding for an integrated pest management program. Accordingly, the City recently has contracted with private vendors to institute concentrated efforts at rodent control based on data compiled by the city’s…

  • 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…

  • Malden,  May 4 2018

    Op-Ed: We need to invest more in early childhood education

    Op-Ed: We need to invest more in early childhood education   Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” In our society we typically think that children’s formal education should begin at the age of five when they enter kindergarten. But decades of research have now convincingly demonstrated the importance and value of early childhood education for much younger children. We need to think differently about how to ensure that all children – regardless of their family’s income – can access high-quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood programs in their community. Early childhood education produces short- and long-term positive effects on children’s cognitive…