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The Blizzard of ’78 Changed Revere Beach — and Our City — Forever

February 9, 2018 By Journal Staff For those of us who remember vividly the Blizzard of ’78, it is something that we never will forget. For four days, the city stepped backwards in time by almost a century. Our way of life that depended on the automobile ceased to exist. People just walked down Broadway or around their neighborhoods, often hidden by the huge snowbanks towering more than 10 feet  that were created both by man and nature. Some neighborhoods, such as Beachmont around Rocky Beach, experienced severe flooding, with houses literally washed away by the high tides and waves that pounded our coastline through three tide cycles over a 32-hour period. The destruction along Revere Beach, which already was in its death knell, was virtually complete. Many of the remaining vestiges of the beach were either ended by the blizzard or were shortly to be taken down.  Some iconic …

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Ward 5 Councillor John Powers:We Must Be Better Prepared for Natural Disasters

January 10, 2018 By Journal Staff Last week’s major coastal flooding in our city and other Massachusetts communities served as a reminder of the immense respect we must have for nature, and a warning of the growing consequences of increasingly extreme weather. There is plenty of anecdotal and scientific evidence to support the claim that our climate is going to extremes more frequently. In recent years we have seen several major weather events in Revere that, in days gone by would have qualified as once-in-a-lifetime happenings. The winter of 2015 pummeled us. A tornado ripped through the middle of our city. The floodwaters last week – wich submerged Pearl Avenue, Winthrop Parkway, Riverside and for the first time I can ever remember crested over North Shore Road – seemed to rival what we dealt with in the Blizzard of ’78. Also last week, the Chelsea Creek rose high enough to …

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Fire Chief Says They Have A Good Handle on New Construction in City

By Sue Ellen Woodcock -Revere Journal With the Beach House under construction on Revere Beach Boulevard, and the new construction on the site of the old Shaw’s Market, people are seeing a lot of wood go up and wonder about safety before and after construction. Revere Deputy Fire Chief Paul Cheever deals with these buildings, new and old, every day. As a licensed engineer and a firefighter, he is uniquely positioned to work with builders to make sure fire safety is addressed.  In addition to these developments, there are more four hotels planned for the city and more development being proposed. “What concerns us is the wood-frame construction,” said Fire Chief Christopher Bright. “Deputy Chief Cheever has been way ahead on this.” Fires have started on construction sites in Waltham and Cambridge. Chief Bright said the construction projects don’t have to be high-rise buildings, they can just be buildings with …

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Paying Big Bucks: Several Key Properties Bought by New Developers

October 21, 2017   Story by Revere Journal Staff Westbrook Partners, of New York City, have acquired the 194-unit Vanguard at Waterfront Square luxury apartment community on Revere Beach, which opened in 2016, for $59.85 million in cash. The sale amounts to approximately $308,505 per unit. The Bozzuto Group has assumed management of Vanguard at Waterfront Square with Westbrook Partners’ acquisition. The project’s seller, a joint venture of Covington Realty Partners and Real Estate Capital Partners, paid $41.7 million to develop Vanguard at Waterfront Square. Vanguard at Waterfront Square features two newly constructed buildings located steps from the MBTA Blue Line stop at Wonderland, with amenities including a fitness center, a swimming pool, a clubroom, a business center, garage parking and sweeping ocean views throughout. Westbrook Partners is currently developing other area projects like The Aberdeen, a 40-unit luxury condominium building in Brighton, and is proposing to construct 55 Wheeler Street, a …

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2017 International Sand Sculpting Festival Winners

Story and image captured by AJ Terminiello for RevereBeach.com 2017 International Sand Sculpting Festival Winners It’s over and the judges and the people have spoken, for the top sculptors of the 2017 Annual International Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Competition. From left; State Representative RoseLee Vincent, Paul Hoggard-People Choice, Leonardo Ugolini-5th Place, Andius Petkus- 3rd Place, Mayor Brian Arrigo, Pavel Mylnikov (Russia) 1st Place and Sculptures Choice, Jonathan Bouchard-2nd Place, Abe Waterman-4th Place, and Senator Joseph Boncore.

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Area Home Prices Just Keep Increasing…

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February 3, 2017 By Journal Staff By Sue Ellen Woodcock The real estate market showed median home sale prices have increased between 8 to 21 percent in the Revere, Winthrop, Chelsea, East Boston, Everett and Lynn. Revere single family home sales price comparing 2015 to 2016 were up eight percent from $330,000 to $356,250. There were 244 sales in 2016 and 196 in 2015. In the condo market there was a 44 percent increase in condo sales, from 134 in 2015 and 193 in 2016. The median condo sales price was down by 6.6 percent from $289,000 to $270,000.00. According to the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, Winthrop single family home sales price comparing 2015 to 2016 is up 10.7 percent, or $375,000 to $415,000. There were 89 sales in 2015 and 79 sales in 2016. Winthrop condominium prices were up 3.5 percent from $285,000 in 2015 to 295,000 in 2016. …

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Urban Trail Opens in Shirley Ave Area

By Revere Journal Staff By Sue Ellen Woodcock Tennis shoes, running shoes, heels, dress shoes, even barefoot you can enjoy the fourth Urban Trail in Revere now that officials have opened the latest one in the Shirley Avenue area last Friday. Thanks to the work of many residents and the support of sponsors including Revere on the Move mini-grant, made possible by Partners HealthCare and Mass General Hospital, Mass in Motion. Mass Development Transformative Development Initiative (TDI), 7-11, Bagel Bin, Beauty and the Beach Hair Salon, Casablanca House of Pastry, Rachanna Jewelry, Seaside Pharmacy, and Thmor Da, the trail is a mile and a quarter marked in areas by painted blue flip-flops on the sidewalks around the Shirley Avenue neighborhood. Working along with RevereCares, which has developed the other trails in town (Beachmont, Whalen School) The Urban Trail Planning Committee includes: Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky, resident Maribel Mendez, resident …

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Garfield Middle School Lands Large Grant for School Re-Design

April 1, 2016 By Journal Staff-Seth Daniel The Garfield Middle School has been chosen as one of two schools statewide to participate in a $450,000 grant program by the Center for Collaborative Education – a grant that will try to bring the middle school in line with the high school’s Student Centered Learning model. “It will be an effort to expand what’s happening at the high school already,” said Supt. Dianne Kelly. “We want to have Student-Centered Learning at all schools in the future. This will be the first time we’ve expanded the model beyond the high school, which is significant.” The Center for Collaborative Education said the time is now to change the way teachers introduce information to students. “As the state’s student population grows more diverse, the one-size-fits-all model of schooling from the past will not close achievement gaps or produce citizens who are equipped with the knowledge, …

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Christmas in A Changing World – essay at Robert Marra Sr. ‘Sounds of Christmas’ concert

December 17, 2015 Story by  Revere Journal Staff by author Meloee Nazaire The author read the following essay during the Robert Marra Sr. ‘Sounds of Christmas’ concert on Sunday in St. Anthony’s Church. It is hoped that this will be the first in a long line of students from the high school to read an essay on Christmas at the annual event. Jane Todd Crawford, a 46-year-old mother of four from Kentucky, thought she had room for one more. As time went on, she grew concerned about her pregnancy. Understanding that she needed medical attention, she sought it. Given the unusual timeline of her pregnancy, doctors thought it’d be best to induce her labor. But they did not find a baby; Jane had been bearing a 22-pound tumor. There was nothing left to do but await death, but Jane was a woman of faith. She refused to believe that there …

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Water Quality Rating is High at Revere Beach

See Full Story at Revere Journal Revere Beach one of the cleanest in the Boston Area The nation’s first public beach remains strong as one of the cleanest beaches in the area on Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s mid-summer beach report released this week. Last year at this point in the summer Revere Beach scored a 100 percent on the report and scored the same this time around. According to Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Director of Strategy, Communications and Programs Bruce Berman Revere Beach is still on the top 10 of the cleanest beaches from Nahant to Nantasket while frequent rain back in June and during some weeks in July forced beach closures due to high bacteria levels at other public beaches. “There are two ways to fix an urban beach problem,” said Berman. “One way is to sever every pipe that goes into the beach and that’s what …

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