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If interested, please call 781-322-9400 ATM on site MCLAUGHLIN | FROM PAGE 1 tion did not sit well with DiPierro. “Councilor, you told me the other day that you don’t have regular conversations with the newspaper,” said DiPierro. “There’s a slew of text messages; this matter is over in my eyes.” DeMaria said McLaughlin has characterized the Center as being “unsafe” and “negative” without ever setting foot in the building. “We get very little in the way of negative feedback,” he said. “While you are out spreading false rumors, you do us all a disservice.” DeMaria also defended Karen Avila, the Center’s former director of Health and Wellness. Avila resigned last month after it was discovered she had been stretching her credentials, saying she held a master’s degree in nutrition from Tufts University. “Karen was not required to have the credentials she claimed to have to do her job,” he said. “To make a situation bigger than what it is, is irresponsible.” In addition, DeMaria said the Center generated $255,000 in 2016, $326,000 in 2017 and $384,000 in 2018. He also said enrollment increased from 1,398 family plans in 2015 to 2,544 family plans last year. In response, McLaughlin said SKATING CENTER www.Roller-World.com | 781-231-1111 Located adjacent to Honey Baked Ham in Saugus Plaza, South Bound Route 1 MBTA Bus Route 429 FREE WI-FI - 2 WIDE SCREEN TV’S FULLY AIR CONDITIONEDR Fall-Winter Skating Schedule ATTENTION! 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Call 781-629-3798 SUNDAY BRUNCH BUFFET Only $19.95 / 11am-2pm Featuring Al Whitney Jazz Band BOOK YOUR NEXT FUNCTION WITH US * GIFT CARDS AMPLE FREE www.marinaatthewharf.com 543 North Shore Rd. Revere 781-629-3798 PARKING AMAZING WATER VIEWS Avila was listed on the city’s website as the Center’s director as of Feb. 12. However, DeMaria said McLaughlin intentionally misread Avila’s title. “It doesn’t say ‘Center,’ read it again,” said DeMaria, raising his voice. “I’ve been here 25 years; I’ve never seen someone act like you do.” On March 5 The Advocate received information indicating that McLaughlin, who was noticeably distraught after the meeting, might resign from the City Council. McLaughlin could not be reached for additional comment. Editor’s Note: The following is the full text of DeMaria’s reaction to the Church Street fish wrap and McLaughlin’s criticism of the Wellness Center. Good evening: For some time now, there has been a great deal of repeatedly false information publicized about the Wellness Center – false and walked back claims of settlement, to exaggerated issues portrayed to make it appear that there is a constant problem at the Wellness Center that bleeds into its operation. For some reason, Mr. McLaughlin, you are choosing to align yourself with the editor and owners of the Leader Herald in helping to perpetuate falsehoods and typical employment matters beyond their relevance. While you’re carrying water for that newspaper, you are damaging this city. You must know these stories are overblown, and yet you sit here and expect answers beyond the scope of your function as if you have a right to smear the good people working every day to enhance this City, OUR City! That newsletter only tries to tear down this administration and the Encore project: a project that will bring the City great tax revenue, jobs, and environmental cleanup for Everett and the surrounding area. And you want to do the paper’s dirty work to what end? To stop the progress? You have bought in hookline-and-sinker to the false stories about a Health and Wellness Center you have never even visited for yourself? The questions you have proposed are repetitive and seek information beyond your function as a legislator so you can play political games. You use words like “unsafe” and “negative” to describe it. Nothing can be further from the truth … I AM HERE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS FOR MY ADMINISTRATION, AND TO DEFEND THIS CITY FROM THIS ATTACK. AS TO YOUR QUESTIONS … The Wellness Center is a constituent heavy service that many municipalities don’t have. We embarked on this with the residents in mind, to offer them a place to move, exercise, and have a sense of community. We offer classes, meals, training, and even daycare where residents trust us with their children. We get very little in the way of negative feedback. From seMCLAUGHLIN | SEE PAGE 13

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