EV Vol. 33, No.12 -FREEEVE ER TT Your Local News & Sports Online – Scan & Subscribe Now! ADDOCCO TEAT www.advocatenews.net Free Every Friday Everett goes green – celebrates Irish American Heritage Month Everett gathered to raise the irish fl ag at City Hall and celebrate at a community reception Special to Th e Advocate T he City of Everett raised the Irish fl ag at City Hall in celebration of Irish American Heritage Month. Following the fl ag raising, those who attended gathered at Stewart’s Pub for a community reception. Mayor Carlo DeMaria was pleased to welcome Rev. Joseph Chacha Marwa from Immaculate Conception Parish to begin the fl ag raising ceremony with an opening prayer, as well as State Senator Sal DiDomenico and State Representative Joe McGonagle. Following their remarks, the Irish National Anthem, “Amhrán na bhFiann” (“The Soldier’s Song”), was played while the Irish fl ag was raised to fl y high at City Hall. After the ceremony, the celebration continued at a community reception at Stewart’s Pub with food, drinks and popular Irish tunes performed by Tommy Sheehan. “I’m glad that we were able to come together as a community and raise the Irish fl ag at 617-387-2200 Friday, March 22, 2024 State and transportation offi cials in agreement on Silver Line Extension to Everett City’s PCD Director Matt Lattanzi cites “incredibly positive impacts” for city By Neil Zolot A greeing that it will be both an economic boon and more equitable, offi cials at the Mass. Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the MBTA last Friday recommended extending the T’s Silver Line 3 branch to Everett, instead of its current end point in Chelsea. The recommended change in service would mean the SL3, as it’s known, would fi nish its run at the T’s Orange Line stop at Sullivan Square. The recommendation came as the two agencies released an ongoing “Silver Line Extension Alternatives Analysis” project. “The extension is “exactWEARIN’ O’ THE GREEN: Mayor Carlo DeMaria is shown with Marlene Westerman during the celebration of Irish American Heritage Month at City Hall. City Hall to recognize the contributions of Irish Americans to our City,” said Mayor DeMaria. “I’d like to thank everyone who joined us for this event as part of our ongoing eff orts to celebrate the cultures that make Everett so special.” All of the upcoming City of Everett events can be found CELEBRATES | SEE PAGE 17 SINCE 1921 Messinger Insurance Agency 475 Broadway Everett, MA 02149 Phone: 617-387-2700 Fax: 617-387-7753 NEW COMPETITIVE AUTO RATES AND BENEFITS AVAILABLE  ACCIDENT FORGIVENESS  DISAPPEARING COLLISION DEDUCTIBLE  11% DISCOUNT WITH SUPPORTING POLICY  10% COMBINED PAY IN FULL DISCOUNT AND GREEN DISCOUNT  10% GOOD STUDENT DISCOUNT Celebrating 100 years of excellence! Monday thru Friday: 8am to 6pm Saturdays 9am to 1pm! Check out our NEW website! www.messingerinsurance.com JOB WELL DONE: Last Friday evening, City Councillor Anthony DiPierro had the pleasure of attending the retirement party for Everett Police Detective Joe Furtardo, presenting him with a Citation from the City Council recognizing his hard work and commitment to our community. “Joe served our community for 18 years after transferring from Lynn PD where he served for nine years. He is also a United States Marine Corps veteran. Joe was an excellent detective and he will certainly be missed by all,” stated DiPierro. (Courtesy photo) ly what we are talking about when we say the [Healey] administration is prioritizing public transportation investments which fi ll gaps in our system, increase access for residents in underserved communities, and make our transportation network more eqSal DiDomenico State Senator uitable,” state Transportation Secretary Monica Tibbits-Nutt said. “It’s very exciting for residents of this district and will connect Everett, Chelsea and Charlestown,” State Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Middlesex/Suff olk) said. “The extension will reduce traffic, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and drastically improve lives EXTENSION | SEE PAGE 8 Councillor DiPierro honors retiring EPD Det. Joe Furtardo

Page 2 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 Need a hall for your special event? The Schiavo Club, located at 71 Tileston Street, Everett is available for your Birthdays, Anniversaries, Sweet 16 parties and more? For more info, call (857) 249-7882 LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ADVOCATE NEWSPAPER FACEBOOK.COM/ADVOCATE.NEWS.MA City Council, Mayor discuss future use of old Everett High School By Neil Zolot he City Council voted to table a request for $11,400,000 for improvements, primarily a new roof, at the old Everett High School (548 Broadway) in an irregularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, March 13. “Something more solid about what the future of the space would be would allay any concerns about future expenditures,” Councillor-at-Large Katy Rogers added. “Some of us are concerned T about what issues might come up in the future. I don’t want to see an $11 million BandAid, but look at this as part of a greater project. It is an asset to the city and we have great programming we don’t want to lose,” a reference to the preschool, boxing club and Eliot Family Resource Center housed there. Mayor Carlo DeMaria has a plan to use the money to fi x the roof and possibly the heating system if the roof work comes in under budget and lease or sell the currently unoccupied top fl oors to developers, who would assume responsibility for its rehabilitation, and allow the current users to stay put. “My intention is to request proposals from developers for the unoccupied space in the building,” he said. “In the current market, reuse of current parcels is more economical than new construction. It’s an asset. I think we can fi x the asset and see who’s interested. There’s a lot of signifi - cance in the building and a lot of value in it to people. You can ‘build the building.’ We’ll try to keep it under $11 million, and money left over can be used for the heating system and to remove hazardous material. A lot of developers would love to bid on it. I have good relationships with the building trades in the state and I’ll work my contacts.” The mayor stated that he was not sure exactly what rehabilitated space might be used for, but mentioned it could be used to house the Police Dept. when their station is being repaired or rebuilt on the current site, and the auditorium could be restored and used for public and private functions. “We have some good reuses that would go away,” he stated – if the building should be closed. “Eliot couldn’t stay there and the boxing program keeps kids off the street,” something acknowledged by Ward 3 Councillor Anthony DiPierro. “It seems like an asset to the community and gets good use out of the groups there,” DiPierro said about the building. “The basement of City Hall isn’t large enough for Eliot.” DiPierro cited a 2019 study indicating that the cost to raze the building was estimated at nearly $11 million. He asked the mayor what the cost would be now. “I’d say four times that,” was the answer. In Public Comment at the outset of the meeting, Eliot Director of Community Engagement Liliana Patino testifi ed, “A new location would limit the services we provide. Even if we stay in the city, the majority of our services would be impacted, including food distribution.” DiPierro asked what would become of the pre-K. “You don’t have it,” DeMaria answered while adding that 5060 kids out of the 240-260 kids at the old EHS could be transferred to the Devens School. DISCUSS | SEE PAGE 11

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 Page 3 City Council’s Ways & Means baffl ed by city clerk’s $70K vacation payout By Neil Zolot C ity Clerk Sergio Cornelio was found to have received more vacation pay than the City Council Ways and Means Subcommittee expected to fi nd in their recent scrutiny of local budgets. “It was in the $70,000 range not the $30,000 range,” Councillor-at-Large and Ways and Means Subcommittee Chairperson Stephanie Smith said at the Subcommittee meeting on Monday, March 18. “We were expecting a $30,000 payout, but when we looked into it, he was given additional weeks.” Exactly how and when this happened is a mystery, except Cornelio’s accumulation of vacation days was before a change in the City’s Legislative Code from saving days and rolling them over year to year. Now it’s “use it or lose it.” “It was so long ago there’s no documentation, although it was obviously signed off on somehow,” Smith surmised. “Going forward our goal is to adhere to the Legislative Code and anything above that to be documented.” Cornelio did not attend the meeting, despite being in City Hall until at least an hour before it started. “I’ve been here so long, I don’t lose my time,” he stated in a telephone interview with The Advocate on Tuesday in reference to his 20 years working for the City, the last seven as City Clerk. “Use it or lose it doesn’t apply to everyone, so last year, I was bought out of my accumulated vacation time like other departments and employees, i.e. police, fi re, etc. It’s a common practice and there’s nothing special in what I got. Every year there are people who have been bought out of their time. Every quarter people are being bought out.” In other personnel matters derived from looking at budgets, City Chief Financial Offi - cer Eric Demas reported that there are vacancies for an Assistant Solicitor and a Director of Communications. He called the Communication Director position “challenging to fi ll. It hasn’t been easy, but the Human Resources Department has been good at reaching out to several resources to spark interest in the position,” which was posted eight months ago and has a salary range of $95,000-115,000. Some employees at City Hall have been handling those tasks themselves; hopefully, a temporary situation. “I’ve PAYOUT | SEE PAGE 6 8 Norwood St. Everett (617) 387-9810 Open Daily 4:00 PM Closed Sunday Announcing our Classic Specials Dine In Only: * FREE Salad with purchase of Entree, Monday & Tuesdays * Cheese Pizza - Only $10 Catch ALL The Live Sports Action On Our Large Screen TV’s SHOP LOCAL & DROP BY FOR DINNER! www.eight10barandgrille.com SABATINO/MASTROCOLA INSURANCE AGENCY 519 BROADWAY EVERETT, MA 02149 Auto * Home * Boat * Renter * Condo * Life * Multi-Policy Discounts * Commercial 10% Discounts * Registry Service Also Available Sabatino Insurance is proud to welcome the loyal customers of ALWAYS READY TO SERVE YOU: Our Staff are, Emma Davidson, Jeimy Sanchez, Josephine Leone, Marie D’Amore, Rocco Longo, Z’andre Lopez, Anthony DiPierro, Darius Goudreau, Laurette Murphy, Danielle Goudreau and Tina Davidson. PHONE: (617) 387-7466 FAX: (617) 381-9186 Visit us online at: WWW.SABATINO-INS.COM Subscribe to the Advocate Online: www.advocatenews.net

Page 4 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ADVOCATE NEWSPAPER FACEBOOK.COM/ADVOCATE.NEWS.MA RON’S OIL Call For PRICE MELROSE, MA 02176 NEW CUSTOMER’S WELCOME ACCEPTING VISA, MASTERCARD & DISCOVER (781) 397-1930 OR (781) 662-8884 100 GALLON MINIMUM Lawrence A. Simeone Jr. Attorney-at-Law ~ Since 1989 ~ * Corporate Litigation * Criminal/Civil * MCAD * Zoning/Land Court * Wetlands Litigation * Workmen’s Compensation * Landlord/Tenant Litigation * Real Estate Law * Construction Litigation * Tax Lein * Personal Injury * Bankruptcy * Wrongful Death * Zoning/Permitting Litigation 300 Broadway, Suite 1, Revere * 781-286-1560 Lsimeonejr@simeonelaw.net O ver 500 people attended the Annual DiDomenico Foundation St. Patrick’s Day event, hosted by Senator Sal DiDomenico, which was held in Charlestown. Attendees included Governor Maura Healey, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll, Senate President Celebrating Our 52nd Year Dan - 1972 We Sell Cigars & Accessories! ALL MAJOR BRANDS Singles * Tins * Bundles * Boxes * Travel Humidors * Desk Top Humidors * Many Types of Lighters * Ash Trays * Juuls * Vapes * Glass Pipes * Rewards Program * CBD Infused Products * GIFTS UNDER $30 - GIFT CERTIFICATES SMOKER’S DELIGHT! 15 HANDMADE CIGARS! Four-Year-Old Tobacco * 100% Long Filler * Cellophane $49.95 WINTER STORE HOURS: OPEN DAILY 7 DAYS A WEEK, 9AM - 6PM R.Y.O. TOBACCO & TUBES ON SALE! WE MAKE HOUSE KEYS! Green Label Cigar Sale! Buy 2 Cigars, Get One FREE! A.B.C. CIGAR 170 REVERE ST., REVERE (781) 289-4959 Derek Pothier, owner of DeBen’s Barbershop (pictured at left) and Tim Dresser (missing from picture), owner of 3rd Shift Apparel, graciously donated t-shirts for the First Annual EHS Football Clinic for grades 4 through 8. The clinic was hosted by EHS Head Coach Justin Flores and his staff . Also in the picture is Mance McKinney, a big fan of Everett Football and Coach Flores. We would like to thank local businesses for their generous support. (Courtesy photo) Chris 2024 Karen Spilka, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons, Chelsea City Manager Fidel Maltez, State Auditor Diana DiZoglio, District Attorney Marian Ryan, Clerk of Courts Michael Sullivan, Governor Councilor Terry Kennedy, State Senators, State Representatives and dozens of local elected offi cials from throughout the Commonwealth. The event was a fun-fi lled night of laughter, an Irish Dinner, and music which included the Everett High School Chorus singing the National Anthem. Bishop Robert Brown of Zion Church Ministries gave the blessing and radio personality Hank Morse kicked off the night. Proceeds from the celebration go to the DiDomenico Foundation which funds scholarships for high school seniors and a large toy drive in December. Shown above, is this year’s Golden Shamrock Award recipient Catherine D’Amato, the CEO of the Greater Boston Food Bank with Sen. DiDomenico and his lovely wife, Tricia. See next week’s edition for complete photo coverage. Another Everett alumnus donating to the youngsters of Everett and EHS Football Annual DiDomenico Foundation St. Patrick’s Day Event a Tremendous Success

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 Page 5 SOUNDS OF EVERETT Third Time’s a Charm For Failed Hack Poor Priya Tahiliani, Everett’s ousted Supt. of schools - no matter how much she tries, she just can’t find a friend outside of Boston to give her a job that she’s not qualified for. So, when the going gets tough, Tahiliani gets going; by filing a lawsuit crying racism against the city of Everett, again. Talk about ungrateful. Over the past six months, this pampered Boston hack actually made the final four in three open supt. positions in cities such as Melrose and Natick; but, luckily for them, she either ran for the hills when she discovered she was not only undereducated but underachieving as well. Can you imagine her resume? What municipal leadership in their right mind would hire a former school district leader who gives extra credit for allowing students to walk out of classes, embarrassing a city with baseless accusations of racism and discrimination all for a photo op in the Boston Globe - and on multiple occasions?So, realizing no one in Boston, or anywhere else, wants her near their schools, Tahiliani falls back on what she does best: filing lawsuits against the only city that would hire an unqualified hack. I wonder if the Globe actually bothered to report this latest legal “cry wolf” - given that the last two lawsuits she filed against the city and the mayor just died an ugly death. Like her career in Everett - they just went up in smoke - like a dumpster fire. And how could anyone believe Tahiliani - the ongoing online university student seriously - especially after the US Attorney’s Office and the Civil Rights Div. of the Dept. of Justice jointly announced in 2023 after a 14-month review found no evidence of racial or gender discrimination or sexual harassment by city employees and officials. Only Tahiliani and her “media consultant” at the disgraced Everett Leader Herald, corrupt reporter Josh Resnek would bother to make it a front-page story. But then again, Resnek also put electronic ankle bracelet wearing thug Anthony Raymond, who’s barred from attending city council and school board meetings for making threats against city officials on social media on page one as well. Pathetic! Just like Tahiliani’s nerve to believe she’s actually qualified to run a school district. The proof is in the pudding, folks, and the wreckage she left behind. And now it’s back to what she knows best - unemployment and empty lawsuits. Expect nothing less. The Circus’ Johnny Pop – his own worst enemy It appears the Leader-Herald’s new “cub news reporter” John Puopolo just loves being famous – or maybe infamous is a better word. When he’s not droning on about his hatred for the mayor and the city or his love for a former ousted school supt., we’re finding out about his behavioral issues with alcohol and the law. When “Johnny Pop” isn’t writing hate speech and making threats with his pal, Tony “The Electronic Bracelet” Raymond on their Facebook pages (there’s three of them now) against their favorite targets, “Johnny” is popping like a weasel at Encore Boston Harbor. I’m referring to an Everett Police report marking Puopolo’s wild night dating back to the early morning hours of January 24, 2022 when he was found “highly intoxicated” and “acting erratic” according to the official police report, spewing profanities at medical and fire personnel while they attempted to provide a medical evaluation. According to the official police report obtained by The Advocate, an Everett Police Detective assigned to the Gaming Enforcement Unit, along DOWN AND OUT: John Puopolo is shown strapped down in the ambulance stretcher at the Everett Police station in the early morning hours of Jan. 24, 2022 after a night of alleged drunken behavior at Encore Boston Harbor. Puopolo was charged with trespass and disorderly conduct by Everett Police. with three other detectives, responded to the East Lobby elevators at Encore Boston Harbor for a medical call where they found Puopolo “interfering with the public.” Puopolo was observed as being highly combative with police who were attempting to calm him down while waiting for medical personnel, all the while acting “very erratic and swearing” at the police and fire detail. As fire personnel attempted to help the intoxicated Puopolo, he began, on several occasions, grabbing the fire detail by the arms and yelling that, “nothing was wrong with him” and to “f@&k off as well” and that “he can do whatever he wants.” After being warned multiple times to keep his hands to himself, Puopolo swiped his hands at an officer who then brought him to the ground and placed him in handcuffs. Detectives then transported Puopolo to Everett Police headquarters for booking on the charge of disorderly conduct and trespass. A second police report stated that Puopolo was “extremely uncooperative” during booking and was placed in a cell. The report, filed by Patrolwoman Pagliuca, stated that Puopolo began kicking and punching the cell door which caused the police to monitor his “assaultive behavior” on camera. Soon after, Puopolo was then observed falling forward where he landed on his face and stomach from a standing position. Police personnel picked Puopolo off the ground and treated his bloody face until EMS arrived to take him to CHA Hospital in Everett. But Puopolo wasn’t finished. In the video, Puopolo can be seen flicking blood at one of the police officers who came to his aid. Pop went the weasel, folks. Puopolo had to be placed on a stretcher and strapped down for his own protection. And to think this is the same bad actor who attends city council and school committee meetings, wasting the city government and taxpayer’s time with his tortuous drivel in order to intimidate city officials. Maybe it’s time the city requests a breathalyzer test for Johnny Pop prior to entering a public meeting. File under: Johnny, now we know ya’.

Page 6 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 CHA names Carl Fulwiler, MD, PhD, as Chief and Chair of Psychiatry F ollowing a national search process, Carl Fulwiler, MD, PhD, has been named the chief and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a community health system serving Everett and other Greater Boston and metro-north communities. Dr. Fulwiler has acted as the interim chief and chair since May 2022. He joined CHA in January 2020 and, as vice chair for research, teaching and academia, created an infrastructure to support research in the department, elevate the importance of academic promotion and advance the academic careers of faculty. Since assuming the interim leadership role, he has guided the department through COVID-19 surges and overseen a critical expansion of its inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry services as well as the launch of CHA’s Community Behavioral Health Centers in Cambridge and Malden. His career in public sector Mid-grade Regular $3.88 3.03 64 87 Over 45 Years of Excellence! Full Service $3.45 Order online at angelosoil.com psychiatry has focused on improving behavioral health outcomes for underserved populations by integrating novel clinical, population health, research and training approaches. As the head of the Harvard Department of Psychiatry at CHA, Dr. Fulwiler provides leadership and oversight for all academic and clinical operations. He is responsible for appointments and promotions at Harvard Medical School, where he also serves as an associate professor of psychiatry. In addition to his eff orts to expand access to high-quality and equitable care, he is deeply committed to supporting ongoing research, scholarship and innovation across CHA. Dr. Fulwiler received his MD JOHN MACKEY & ASSOCIATES ~ Attorneys at Law ~ * PERSONAL INJURY * REAL ESTATE * FAMILY LAW * PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY * LANDLORD/TENANT DISPUTES 14 Norwood Street Everett, MA 02149 Phone: (617) 387-4900 Fax: (617) 381-1755 WWW.JMACKEYLAW.COM from Washington University and his PhD in neuroscience from Harvard, where he also completed a residency in psychiatry at McLean Hospital. He held a variety of leadership roles in training, clinical services, and research before joining CHA. Prior to joining CHA, he was a professor of psychiatry and medicine at the University of Massachusetts MedPAYOUT| FROM PAGE 3 been fi lling in where I can,” the Mayor’s Chief of Staff , Erin Deveney, said. “The City solicited bids from interested companies for communication services, but a contract has not been completed with any fi rm yet.” The position opened up after Communications Director Deanna Deveney, who is no relation to Erin Deveney, resigned from the position in 2022. ical School. He has conducted federally funded research on health services for underserved populations, neuroimaging and mindfulness-based interventions in health care. He is an internationally recognized expert in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and directs professional teacher training in MBCT through the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at CHA and Harvard Medical School. “Carl is an outstanding leader who values community health and champions diversity, equity, and inclusion eff orts, all of which are essential to our mission,” said CHA’s Chief Medical Offi cer, Jeff rey Hoff man, MD. “In addition to his efforts to expand access to high quality and equitable care, he is deeply committed to supporting ongoing research and innovation across CHA and strengthening the culture that makes our Department of Psychiatry so unique and exceptional.” CHA is an academic community health system committed to providing high-quality care. CHA has expertise in primary care, specialty care and mental health/substance use services, An Assistant City Solicitor position is also unfi lled, sort of. Dumas reported that Assistant City Solicitor Lara Wehbe technically holds the position but is not being paid. In the Fiscal 2023 budget, the position Assistant City Solicitor for Labor and Employment is budgeted at $90,000 under her professional name Lara Ammour. Assistant City Solicitor Keith Slattery is assigned a salary of $120,000 and City Solicitor Colleen Mejia $140,000. In other matters, the Subcommittee recommended favorable action on a proposal for the Police Department to execute a contract with New Hampshire-based software developers Equature Public Safety Recording for fi ve years for servicing and maintaining the 911 Dispatch equipment, which was referred to them at a full Council meeting on March 11. In an e-mail Wednesday, February 20 to Police Chief Steven Mazzie, Smith asked if there is already an existing contract with Equature, if they are already providing services for 911 or if it’s a new service or a change in the provider and if funds for the service are already in the budget. “We’ve been doing business with Equature for 15-20 years,” Mazzie answered the Carl Fulwiler, MD, PhD is the new chief and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance. (Courtesy Photo) as well as caring for diverse and complex populations. CHA includes several hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices and the Cambridge Public Health Department. CHA patients have seamless access to advanced care through the system’s affi liation with Beth Israel Lahey Health. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affi liate and is also affi liated with the Harvard School of Public Health, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Tufts University School of Medicine. same day. “The equipment we have is 8-9 years old. It’s at the end of its life with no more support for the model. In addition, it only records copper lines. The new equipment will meet today’s Voice Over Internet Protocol technology needs. Money is already in the budget to execute the purchase.” “The Provider will furnish maintenance, technical support and service for the recording system per the terms herein,” the agreement reads, followed by provisions on Support Coverage, Technical Support, Monitoring and Alerts, Maintenance Processes, Excusable Delays (i.e., interruptions under unusual circumstances) and Notice of Breach, which includes Failure to Make Payments, Non-Compliance with Terms, Breach of the Warranty and Violation of Laws and Regulations. Demas also gave a brief explanation of rodent control efforts – contracted with General Environmental Services of Malden. $25,000 in demolition fees are applied to publicly funded rat baiting at a cost of $225 per house. It includes fogging of burrows and up to three bait boxes per house. Any follow-up service is $75 – charged to the constituent. Houses larger than two-family ones are ineligible.

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 Page 7 Bertucci’s Restaurant Fundraiser to benefi t Medford Community Chorale & Youth/Young Adult Chorus – April 11! T he Medford Community Chorale & Youth/Young Adult Chorus hopes you will join us for a Restaurant Fundraiser at Bertucci’s on April 11, 2024, to benefi t the Chorale & Youth/Young Adult Chorus (please see attached fl yer). The fundraiser is valid all day at any Bertucci’s location, and includes dine-in, takeout, catering and delivery orders. Simply present the fl yer – or scan the code for online orders – and Bertucci’s will donate 15% of the proceeds from your purchase back to the chorale! Please mark your calendars(!) and invite your family and friends, neighbors and coworkers and enjoy a delicious meal at Bertucci’s (or in the comfort of your own home!) on Thursday, April 11, between 11 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. and help support our Medford Community Chorale & Youth/Young Adult Chorus! For any questions, or for further information, please contact Director Betsy Pesce at elizabethpesce@comcast.net or 617-335-8155. M City of Everett launches H.E.A.T. program Nine-week program will teach youth how to navigate through preventing substance use ayor Carlo DeMaria was pleased to announce that the City of Everett’s Youth Development and Enrichment Department is launching the Helping Everett’s Adolescents and Teens (H.E.A.T.) program. The nine-week course will teach youth aged 10 to 14 how to navigate through preventing substance use. They will have the opportunity to learn social and life skills that will focus on the areas that tend to be triggers for substance use. The course will cover a variety of topics, including how substances aff ect us, navigating through peer pressure and insecurity and fi nding ways to spend time on positive activities. In addition to learning, the program will feature games, food, prizes and more for all who participate. The program will begin on Wednesday, April 10, and continue every Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., until Wednesday, June 5, at the Everett Recreation Center (47 Elm St.). Registrations for the program will be taken online at EverettRecAndEnrich.com – navigate to the “Mental Wellness” section under the Programs tab. For more information, please contact Assistant Director of Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Eric Mazzeo at Eric.Mazzeo@ ci.everett.ma.us. Eastern Bank Building on Rte. 1S 605 Broadway, #301 * Saugus (781) 233-6844 www.bostonnorthdental.com Dr. Priti Amlani Dr. Bhavisha Patel * Restorative Dentistry * Cosmetic Dentistry * Implant Restoration * Zoom Whitening * Teeth in a Day - All on 6 * Invisalign * CEREC Crowns (Single Visit Crowns) * Root Canal Treatment * Sedation Dentistry ~ Full Mouth Rehabilitation ~ Before After

Page 8 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 EXTENSION | FROM PAGE 1 and livelihoods for countless people throughout Everett, Chelsea and beyond. The economic impact will be great, providing more options to work outside Everett. It’s been a priority of mine and the Mayor’s for years and the state has known this for a while now.” Reaction from the city has been positive. “The importance of the Silver Line’s ability to increase access to jobs and educational opportunities for all Everett residents cannot be understated and I am proud to endorse this commitment from the MBTA,” Mayor Carlo DeMaria said. “The Silver Line will also provide critical transit access that will support Everett’s growth while reducing reliance on private vehicles.” “There is a demand for public transportation in Everett which needs to be fulfilled, and extending the Silver Line is a signifi cant step in providing residents with access to transportation options,” Councillor at-Large and Community & Business Development & Public Utilities Subcommittee member Katy Rogers added. “Increasing our accessibility to surrounding communities improves the quality of life and opens up opportunities for the people of Everett.” “It’s great,” stated Ward 1 Councillor and Community & Business Development & Public Utilities Subcommittee member Wayne Matewsky. “There’s no place for parking near several new developments, so people use public transportation. It’ll be convenient for new residents and everyone who lives in Everett.” Development and transportation go hand in hand. Development creates a need for access and increases in access lead to development. People travel to attractive places, but if more people can get to Everett, business will pick up and grow, which could lead to redevelopment of Everett Square and parcels on Lower Broadway near the Encore Casino. “The proposed Silver Line extension has incredibly positive impacts for Everett,” Director of Planning and Community Development Matt Lattanzi thinks. “The proposed route would connect some of our largest development areas, as well as the heart of the City, Everett Square, to Boston, not only allowing Everett residents to get into Boston more easily, but also provide a direct connection for folks from outside the City to travel here more easily. Greater connectivity increases the possibility of attracting commercial and employment sectors to develop within our borders, increasing the tax base and providing greater employment opportunities.” The route would run between Sullivan Square in Charlestown to the Chelsea Commuter Rail Station. “It would extend past the Chelsea Commuter Rail Station, hug the commuter rail tracks, turn right onto Second Street to Chelsea Street, go through Everett Square, turn left and travel down Broadway to Sweetser Circle, continue onto Lower Broadway and terminate at the Sullivan Square Orange Line Station,” Lattanzi said. Described from the other direction, from Sullivan Square, the route runs up Medford Street and across the Mystic River and Revere Beach Parkway through Sweetser Circle onto Broadway and into Everett Square. From there, it turns right onto Second Street and runs back onto Revere Beach Parkway/Rte. 16 eastbound and into Chelsea. Everett once had an MBTA subway station on Lower Broadway where it meets Beacham Street. It seems to have been the second to last stop in between a Mystic River stop and Charlestown. It lasted from 1919 to 1975, when the line was reconfi gured to bypass Everett and run to Malden. Everything will take time, however. “The next step for the extension is design and construction,” MBTA spokesperson Lisa Battiston said. “Reports estimate $95 million is needed to fully construct the extension to Sullivan Square. A further timeline will depend on the availability of funding for design and construction. Once design is underway, it is estimated design and construction will take approximately fi ve years. “The MBTA has submitted a Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grant application requesting $22.4 million for an estimated project cost of $28 million to support construction of a transitory on Lower Broadway. It will serve existing service and future high-frequency service in the redesign of bus networks, a signifi cant portion of the extension route. An announcement of this funding won’t be until at least mid-summer. The MBTA is also looking at other funding opportunities to begin preliminary design work on other portions of the route.” “It’s not as fast as we’d like,” Lattanzi confessed. Infrastructure ranges from bus stop booths and signage to widening streets for dedicated bus lanes. That could involve acquiring private land or repurposing public land and reconfiguring intersections. “It’s not simply rerouting buses,” Lattanzi pointed out

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 Page 9 Senator DiDomenico and Colleagues Pass Bill to Transform Early Education and Care DiDomenico priority would expand accessible, affordable, and high-quality care across the state OSTON — Senator Sal DiDomenico joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate to unanimously pass legislation to make early education and care more accessible and aff ordable for families across Massachusetts. DiDomenico has championed signifi cant investments in early education and childcare throughout his entire career, and he was proud to speak on the Senate fl oor about this transformational legislation. The EARLY ED Act—An Act B ensuring affordability, readiness and learning for our youth and driving economic development—takes transformative steps to improve the aff ordability and sustainability of childcare programs by making the state’s Commonwealth Cares for Children (C3) operational grant program permanent, expanding eligibility for the state’s subsidy program and capping subsidy recipients’ childcare costs at 7 per cent of family income, and boosting compensation for educators by creating a career ladder and providing scholarships and loan forgiveness. “From my first day in the Senate I have been pushing for expanded access to early education and increasing staff salaries to ensure educators can earn a good living,” said Senator Sal DiDomenico, Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Education. “This critical legislation will drastically expand access to aff ordable, high-quality, early education and childcare and deliver significantly better pay and benefi ts for early educators. I am proud to support this bill which helps move our state one step closer to guaranteeing every child will receive world-class education from childhood through adulthood. We must get this bill over the finish line and keep our state a livable and welcoming home for families of all incomes. I want to thank all of the advocates, Senate President Karen Spilka, Senator Jason Lewis, Senator Susan Moran, Senator Robyn Kennedy, and all my colleagues for their tireless eff orts to prioritize this vital proposal.” “An equitable and competitive Commonwealth is one in which every child and family has access to aff ordable quality early education,” said Senate President Karen E. Spilka 425r Broadway, Saugus Located adjacent to Kohls Plaza Route 1 South in Saugus at the intersection of Walnut Street We are on MBTA Bus Route 429 781-231-1111 We are a Skating Rink with Bowling Alleys, Arcade and two TV’s where the ball games are always on! PUBLIC SKATING SCHEDULE 12-7 p.m. Sunday Monday Tuesday Senator DiDomenico speaking at a rally on the State House steps Thursday morning before voting began. $9.00 Price includes Roller Skates Rollerblades/inline skates $3.00 additional cost Private Parties 7:30-11 p.m. Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday $10.00 Price includes Roller Skates Adult Night 18+ Only Private Parties Private Parties 4-8 p.m. $10.00 8:30-11 p.m. $11. 18+ Adults Only After 7 PM 12-9 p.m. $9.00 Everyone must pay admission after 6 p.m. Sorry No Checks - ATM on site Roller skate rentals included in all prices Inline Skate Rentals $3.00 additional BIRTHDAY & PRIVATE PARTIES AVAILABLE www.roller-world.com Senator DiDomenico speaking on the Senate fl oor in favor of the bill and displaying the printed program from his own Head Start graduation almost 50 years ago. (D-Ashland). “At the same time, we must recognize the incredible work of the providers who are shaping the minds and hearts of our earliest learners. Today I’m proud that the Massachusetts Senate is once again taking action to lower costs for families, open up more opportunities for children, increase pay for our early educators, and make support for providers permanent so they can keep their doors open and thrive for years to come. I extend my thanks to Chair Rodrigues and Chair Lewis for their diligent work, all of my Senate colleagues for their support, and the many, many people who have advocated for earLEGISLATION | SEE PAGE 10 Advocate Online: www.advocatenews.net

Page 10 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 LEGISLATION | FROM PAGE 9 ly education and care.” “With the passing of this legislation, the Senate has reaffi rmed its commitment to an ambitious and transformative investment in Early Education and Care (EEC). I want to thank my colleagues and the Senate President for her leadership in wisely continuing these investments in quality and accessible early childhood education for all. The onset of the COVID pandemic showed just how important these stabilizing grants were to early childhood programs, who otherwise would have been unable to sustain operations. We will always do whatever we can do assist working families by making permanent investments in early education and childcare initiatives in the Commonwealth,” said Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. By extending access to high-quality education and care to families who currently lack access because of cost or availability, the bill seeks to set children up for future success and drive the Massachusetts economy forward. The bill would make the state’s C3 grants permanent, which provides monthly payments directly to early education and care providers. The grants, which provide monthly payments to more Senator DiDomenico celebrating passage of the bill with SEIU members after the vote. than 92 per cent of early education and care programs across the Commonwealth, have become a national model thanks to their success at keeping programs’ doors open during the pandemic, reducing tuition costs for families, increasing compensation for early educators, and expanding the number of childcare slots available. The legislation improves affordability by expanding eligibility for childcare subsidies to families making up to 85 per cent of the state median income (SMI), which is $124,000 for a family of four. It eliminates cost-sharing fees for families receiving subsidies who are below the federal poverty line, and caps cost-sharing fees for all other families receiving subsidies at seven percent of their income, putting millions of dollars back into families’ pockets. Finally, the bill paves the way for expanding the subsidy program to families making up to 125 per cent SMI, or $182,000 for a family of four, when future funds become available. The legislation provides much-needed support for educators by directing the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) to establish a career ladder with recommended salaries. This career ladder will help increase salaries in this historically underpaid fi eld. The bill would also make scholarship and loan forgiveness programs for early educators permanent, as well as direct the state to explore more innovative ways to develop this crucial workforce. Notably, the bill would also create an innovative public-private matching grant pilot program, which would incentivize employers to invest in new early education and care slots, with priority given to projects serving families with lower income and those who are located in childcare deserts. In addition, the bill tasks the Administration with completing a study to further analyze ways to incentivize or require employers to partner with the state to expand access to high-quality and affordable early education and care. LEGISLATION | SEE PAGE 16

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 Page 11 DISCUSS | FROM PAGE 2 “We’re not trying to evict anyone or end programming,” City Council President Robert Van Campen reacted. The building is in Ward 5, prompting him to cede the president’s gavel to Councillor-at-Large Stephanie Smith for the discussion. Van Campen also wanted to know what the cost of a retrofi t would be to use currently unused space as public school classrooms to alleviate overcrowding in the schools. “That’s the open question,” he feels. “We’ve got this white elephant of the space issue in the schools and the old EHS and the former Pope John High School underutilized. A tremendous amount of opportunity is being lost in those two buildings.” “Could we use space for classrooms?” DeMaria responded rhetorically. “I’m open to that, but there will be a cost. I don’t want to, but I’d rather do that than use Pope John. Using Pope John will cost $80 million and I’m trying to limit the amount of money were spending. I’d rather get it to a developer who pays taxes and repurpose it for housing for seniors and veterans and pay the note off .” Ward 6 Councillor Peter Pietrantonio later asked if part of the old EHS could be torn down, while leaving other parts for the current users to use, and Pope John could be used to relieve overcrowding, also promoting DeMaria’s response about associated costs. Ultimately, he wants a new High School to be built and to, presumably, convert the current one to a Middle School and move grades 6-8 out of neighborhood schools. That process could take years, if it happens at all, at a cost of $500 million or more, although the city would receive some help from the state. Everett is one of the very few school systems with kindergarten to 8th grade neighborhood schools, although at one time the Parlin School was a Junior High. The 2019 closure of Pope John and the age of the old EHS prompted the building of the current High School in 2007 and eventually led to K-8 neighborhood schools. Looming over all this like a Sword-of-Damocles is the fact that insurance companies won’t cover the building unless it’s repaired and the window of opportunity is short. “Current eff orts are no longer suffi cient to continue to insure the building and the policy expires in January 2025,” DeMaria reported. “We could continue patching, but the insurance company said you can’t. You have to repair the roof. It’s a recruitment being imposed on us. All I’m asking is to keep the insurance and keep programs running. I believe residents who rely on the space should continue to have the option of accessing the services they need. Now residents don’t have to go outside the city for those services. This is a one-time ask. Do I need more money to maintain the building? No. I won’t come to you for more money unless you want to use it for another purpose.” “We have 10 months to fi gure out if the old EHS is part of our plan,” Van Campen offered, to which Director of Facilities Maintenance Angelo Febbo responded, “If you miss this window, prices will go up. We won’t be able to begin the work in June and you can’t do a roof project in the winter.” As Smith tried to wind things down, DiPierro noted that Councillor-at-Large John Hanlon, Ward 1 Councillor Wayne Matewsky and Ward 2 Councillor Stephanie Martins were not at the meeting. “We owe it to our colleagues not here that they be part of this discussion and to tour the upper fl oors,” he said, in reference to a lower-fl oors-only tour members took Monday, March 4. DeMaria agreed. “You should,” he said, while mentioning that the members will have to fill out liability forms. Free New England Aquarium Passes at the Everett Public Libraries N ow available at the Parlin Memorial Library, pick up your ticket to the New England Aquarium! For a limited time only, passes will be available for patrons of the Everett Public Libraries allowing for one free admission per patron. That’s right, free admission! To pick up a pass, you must be an Everett resident and have a library card from either the Parlin Memorial Library or the Shute Memorial Library. Passes are limited to one per patron per month, and are only available while supplies last. Please be sure to bring your library card with you, or sign up for one at your local library. All you need for a library card is a form of photo identifi cation and a proof of address. With a library card, you have access to all of our museum passes, including the Museum of Science, Boston Children’s Museum, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Peabody Essex Museum, the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, and the Franklin Park and Stone Zoos! For more information about museum pass requirements and restrictions, visit everettpubliclibraries.org/museum-passes or call the Parlin Memorial Library at (617) 3942300 or Shute Memorial Library at (617) 394-2308.

Page 12 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 Council on Aging hosts Indoor Older Adult Olympics A variety of competitive and fun games at the Connolly Center A participant tosses a beanbag while playing Cornhole. Director of Elder Services Dale Palma emceed the event. T he Ci ty of Everett ’s Council on Aging (COA) recently hosted the Indoor Older Adult Olympics at the Connolly Center. Everett’s older adults participated in a variety of competitive and fun games, such as Cornhole, Horseshoes, Ring Toss, Golf Putt, Tic-TacToe and Roll the Dice. The COA team oversaw all of the games and ensured everything went smoothly. Prizes were awarded to all who were victorious, but most importantly, everyone had a fun time together as a community. The COA provides older adults access to health and fitness programming, educational tools, socialization, transportation, meals and support services. To learn more about the programs that are available, visit the Connolly Center (90 Chelsea St.), call 617-394-2270 to be connected to the Connolly Center or visit cityofeverett. com/city-hall/board-commissions/council-on-aging. Horseshoes Golf Putt Tic-Tac-Toe Ring Toss Roll the Dice There were plenty of games throughout the event.

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 Page 13 Council on Aging hosts St. Patrick’s Day Party T Everett’s older adults gathered at the Connolly Center to celebrate Members of the Council on Aging team handing out cookies he City of Everett’s Council on Aging (COA) hosted the annual St. Patrick’s Day Party at the Connolly Center. Everett’s older adults gathered at the Connolly Center, which was decorated in green to honor the proud Irish heritage of the city’s residents. Those who attended enjoyed a traditional corned beef and cabbage lunch. Following lunch, DJ Tommy Sheehan got attendees dancing to music. The event was a great opportunity for attendees to gather with friends and members of the community to have fun and celebrate. The COA provides older adults access to health and fitness programming, educational tools, socialization, transportation, meals and support services. To learn more about the programs that are available, visit the Connolly Center (90 Chelsea St.), call 617-394-2270 to be connected to the Connolly Center or visit cityofeverett. com/city-hall/board-commissions/council-on-aging. Attendees dancing at the St. Patrick’s Day Party at the Connolly Center DJ Tommy Sheehan


THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 Page 15 retires and celebrates 72nd Joe the Plumber birthday CHA named one of America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity for 2024 by Newsweek Award recognizes organization’s impact and commitment to diverse and equitable care for its patients and communities C ambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities, was recently named one of America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity for 2024 by Newsweek. CHA received a fi ve-star rating, the highest available recognition. “Being named to this list is Former Councillor Nick Saia, Ward 3 Councillor Anthony DiPierro, who presented a Proclamation on Behalf of the City Council and Mayor, Joe DiModica, Ward 1 Councillor Wayne Matewsky and former Councillor Carmen Romano, who was a mentor to Joe. (Courtesy photo) P opular Everett resident Joseph DiModica celebrated his retirement from Tufts University as their Master Plumber after 32 years of service – and his 72nd Birthday. Over a hundred family members and friends attended a reception at Anthony’s, and a great time was had by all. a tremendous honor and refl ects the work of our providers and staff and our culture of diversity, equity and inclusivity,” said CHA CEO Assaad Sayah, MD. “Diversity is truly one of our greatest values as we continue our journey of health equity and provide excellent care to everyone, every time.” The Newsweek rating was based in part on employee feedback, which highlighted that CHA genuinely respects, values and champions the diversity of its workforce. The methodology and analysis, which was completed by research firm Plant-A Insights, also included interviews with HR professionals, analysis of employer demographic data, monitoring of companies’ media coverage, and an independent survey of more than 220,000 U.S.-based workers yielding 1.5 million company reviews. As a nationally recognized healthcare system and a Harvard teaching hospital, CHA has received numerous honors, including being recognized for diversity, inclusivity and workforce excellence. The organization recently received the top score as a “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader” on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index. Other recent recognition includes: · Named the #1 Hospital in Massachusetts for Community Benefi t in the 2023 Lown Institute Hospitals Index · Named one of Forbes’ Bestin-State Employers (2023) · Named one of the Best Maternity Hospitals by Newsweek for 2023 To learn more about working at CHA and being part of a place that values diversity and health equity, visit www. chacareers.org. About Cambridge Health Alliance: CHA is an academic community health system committed to providing high-quality care in Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities. CHA has expertise in primary care, specialty care and mental health/substance use services, as well as caring for diverse and complex populations. CHA has three GREATEST | SEE PAGE 19

Page 16 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 ~ Everett Public Libraries Calendar of Events ~ March 25–30, 2024 Parlin Adult and Teens Parlin Book Group: Parlin Meeting Room and Zoom, Monday, March 25, at 6:00 p.m. (18+). In the novel “The Guest Cottage,” New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer takes readers back to the island of Nantucket; two single parents accidentally rent the same summer house – and must soon decide where their hearts truly lie. Call Kathleen at 617-394-2300 or send an email to slipp@noblenet.org for the Zoom link, or join us in person! Yarn Club: Parlin Fireplace Room, Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. Come chit-chat and stitch! Bring your crocheting, knitting or any other yarn craft and sit and socialize with other members of the crafting community. Recommended for ages 14-109! Murder/Mystery Book Group: Connolly Center Meeting Room, Thursday, March 28, at 12 p.m. In P.D. James’ “Death Comes to Pemberley” chaos descends. Lydia Wickham, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, arrives in a hysterical state – shrieking that her husband has been murdered. Pemberley’s owners and servants may never be the same. See Kathleen for copies on her twice monthly visits, or call the Parlin (617394-2300) or Shute (617-3942308) libraries. Softer Side of Celtic: Parlin Meeting Room, Saturday, March 30, at 11:00 am. Musician and raconteur Jeff Snow combines the music, stories and a bit of history from Scotland, Ireland and England into a concert event that will keep LEGISLATION | FROM PAGE 10 The bill also includes provisions that would: Ensure that early education and care programs serving children with subsidies are reimbursed based on enrollment, rather than attendance, to provide financial stability to programs. Require the cost-sharing fee scale for families participating in the childcare subsidy program to be updated every five years to ensure affordability for families. Establish a pilot program to expand access to shared-service hubs, which would support smaller early education and care programs. you on the edge of your seat. Parlin Children’s Lego Club: Parlin Children’s Room, Monday, March 25, from 3-5 p.m. Come to the Children’s Room after school on Mondays for some free Lego building fun. Open to all ages; children under six years old must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Storytime with Vera: Parlin Children’s Room, Tuesday, March 26, at 12 p.m.; in English or Portuguese by request. Visit the Parlin Library Children’s Room to attend! Suggested ages: two to six. Storytime and Sing-along with Karen: Parlin Children’s Room, Wednesday, March 27, at 11 a.m. Join us for a funfilled morning of singing and storytelling with Karen! Suggested ages: newborn to six. Drama Class: Parlin Children’s Room, Wednesday, March 27, at 3 p.m. Do you have a drama queen or king at home? Drama Class in the Parlin Children’s Department is the perfect opportunity for your child to put those acting skills to use with our drama coach! Suggested ages: six to 14. Story Time Adventures with Mrs. McAuliffe: Parlin Children’s Room, Thursday, March 28, and Friday, March 29, at 11 a.m. Join Mrs. McAuliffe for our enchanting Story Time! You will be whisked away on magical adventures through the pages of your favorite books. Bring a friend or make a new one in our circle of friends. Fluency Fun Friday: Parlin Children’s Room, Friday, March Increase the maximum number of children that can be served by fully-staffed large family childcare programs, aligning with states such as New York, California, Illinois, and Maryland. Bar zoning ordinances from prohibiting family childcare programs in certain areas, preventing an unnecessary hurdle to the expansion of childcare slots. The legislation was praised by early education and care reform advocates from around the state. “On this incredible day, I am reflecting on decades of advocacy, multi-year campaigns spanning several legislative sessions, policy development 29, at 3 p.m. Drop by the Children’s Room for a selection of fun fluency table games with Mrs. McAuliffe. Suggested ages: five to 11. Origami Club: Parlin Fireplace Room, Saturday, March 30, at 12 p.m. Come and practice the ancient art of paper folding. All ages and skill levels are welcome! Shute Adult and Teens Crafty Coasters: Shute Meeting Room, Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. Bring your creativity to this event! This event is not only fun but sustainable. Your creativity will meet eco-friendliness with recycled magazines and wooden coasters. This event is for ages 14 and up. Registrations are required. This event is generously funded by the Friends of the Everett Public Libraries. Resume Writing: Shute Adult Department. Do you need help sprucing up an old resume or creating a new one? Sign up for a 30-minute session at both the Parlin and Shute Libraries. By appointment only; please call 617394-2302 for the Parlin Library and 617-394-2308 for the Shute Library to register for an appointment. Computer Basics 101: Shute Adult Department. Not familiar with the computer? Learn the basics: how to start up and shut down a computer, perform mouse and keyboard functions, use applications, learn Microsoft Word, navigate the Internet, set up an email account, and more! By appointment only; please call 617-394-2302 for the Parlin Library and 617-394-2308 for the Shute Library to register. and progress based on brain development and economic research, a global pandemic, the incredible response from thousands of early educators across Massachusetts, and how we have worked together to stabilize, heal and transform as a community,” said Amy O’Leary, Executive Director of Strategies for Children. “Hearing the real life, day-to-day challenges has helped inform our advocacy and must continue to drive policy decisions and match up resources with needs. We are grateful to Senate President Karen Spilka, Education Committee Co-Chair Senator Jason Lewis, Senator Susan Moran, Senator Sal DiDo‘The Softer Side of Celtic’: a performance at the Everett Public Libraries Jeff Snow. (Photo credit: Lauren Hourihan Photography, Wilbraham MA) O n Saturday, March 30, musician and raconteur Jeff Snow will combine music, stories and a bit of history from Scotland, Ireland and England into a free concert event for Everett Public Libraries patrons. Jeff Snow is a talented multi-instrumentalist who shares the music, and the stories behind the music, of Scotland, Ireland and England. Growing up in a home where old Scottish folk songs were the everyday sounds, Jeff developed an early love for Celtic music. Much of the history of these lands was preserved in song. You will see singing, laughing, lots of smiles and perhaps a few tears as we travel through time. There is no better example of this than the story of John Hunt. In 1855, at the age of 13, John Hunt left his family’s home in Kilkelly, Ireland, and came to the United States. He never returned to Ireland and never saw his menico, Senator Robyn Kennedy and all the members of the Massachusetts Senate for your action today on the EARLY ED Act. We know that fulfilling our vision will require a sustained effort and careful, thoughtful consideration. We look forward to working with the Legislature and the Healey-Driscoll Administration to pass comprehensive legislation this session and set a clear path for children and families in the Commonwealth.” “The EARLY ED Act establishes a comprehensive framework needed to build affordable care options for families; significantly better pay and benefits for earfamily again. The ballad of “Kilkelly, Ireland” tells the story of the Hunt family. Jeff’s music has been described as “quiet and relaxing.” Much of it is, but every once in a while, he breaks out and the foot stomping begins. Each concert is a wee bit different and adapted to the response and interest of the audience. More about Jeff: In concert Jeff plays the guitar, autoharp and bouzouki. He can also find his way around a drum set and most of the percussion family. Jeff is a private guitar teacher and wrote a teaching method called Guitar Basics & Beyond. He was featured in the December 2006 issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine and is a contributing writer for Acoustic Guitar and Autoharp Quarterly Magazine. When not singing, playing or teaching, Jeff can often be found taking photographs, on a golf course or a beach. ly educators; a stable source of funding for providers; and high-quality programs and services for children. MAAEYC is thrilled to be able to celebrate the Massachusetts Senate’s clear commitment to early childhood education today, and every day. We look forward to continuing to advocate on behalf of all young children across the Commonwealth alongside our colleagues and friends,” said Patty Sinclair, President of the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children. Having been passed by the Senate, the legislation now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 Page 17 The City of Everett was joined by elected officials and members of the community to raise the Irish flag at City Hall in celebration of Irish American Heritage Month. CELEBRATES | FROM PAGE 1 State Representative Joe McGonagle spoke at the podium. State Senator Sal DiDomenico spoke at the podium. Mayor Car lo DeMa ria welcomed attendees and delivered remarks at the podium. Rev. Joseph Chacha Marwa of Immaculate Conception Parish delivering the opening prayer. by visiting the events calendar on the City website at cityofeverett.com/calendar/category/ events/list. You can also follow the official social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and X (the platform formerly known as Twitter): Facebook: /cityofeverettma and /mayorcarlodemaria. Instagram: @cityofeverettma and @mayorcarlodemaria. X: @EverettGov_MA and @Mayor_DeMaria. All are welcome to attend the events that are planned. The Everett community gathered at Stewart’s Pub for the community reception that followed the flag raising ceremony. Free food was served to all who attended. The Irish flag flying high at Everett City Hall Pictured from left to right: former City Councillor Al Lattanzi; City of Everett Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Cathy Draine and Dolores Lattanzi of the Mayor’s Office. Tommy Sheehan performed Irish tunes at Stewart’s Pub. Pictured from left to right: Dolores Lattanzi of the Mayor’s Office, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Cathy Draine and DEI Officer Simone Holyfield.

Page 18 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 City of Everett Launches First-Time Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance Program Residents and City employees can receive up to $20,000 towards the purchase of their first home in Everett M ayor Carlo DeMaria is pleased to announce that the City of Everett has launched the First-Time Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance Program. Those who are looking to purchase a home for the first time in Everett may qualify for a forgivable loan for up to $20,000 towards their purchase. Over a five-year period, 20 percent of the loan is forgiven each year, provided that the borrower uses the home as their only residence. After five years, the loan will convert to a grant and the loan would not need to be paid back. However, if the home is sold, refinanced or the ownership is transferred during the five-year period, the prorated portion of the loan will be due and must be paid back. “Homeownership, particularly among working-class families, has a massive barrier to entry, made increasingly difficult as housing costs outpace wage increases,” said Director of Planning and Development Matt Lattanzi. “Everett’s new First-Time Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance Program helps to create a pathway for homeownership, allowing our residents to remain in the City longterm while they build equity in their residence.” Utilizing funds from the American Rescue Plan Act Council on Aging announces upcoming road trips for older adults Visit different places throughout New England to enjoy food, activities and more M ayor Carlo DeMaria is pleased to announce that the City of Everett’s Council on Aging (COA) will hold four trips from May to July for older adults. The following are the planned trips: Trip to the Venezia in Boston: On Thursday, April 18, at 11 a.m., the luxury coach will arrive to begin the trip to a beautiful Boston waterfront restaurant Venezia. Upon arrival, a delicious lunch will be served that includes a choice of baked haddock or chicken parmesan. After lunch, sit back and enjoy a show featuring Johnny Cash tribute band “Ca$h Only.” Johnny Cash was a singer, guitarist and songwriter whose music innovatively mixed country, rock, blues and gospel. The cost for this trip is $115 per person. Reservations will be accepted with a check made out to the City of Everett. The deadline to reserve a spot is Friday, April 5. Trip to Pickity Place in New Hampshire: On Friday, May 24, at 8:30 a.m., the bus will depart from the Connolly Center for a trip to Mason, N.H. Discover the gardens and woods of Pickity Place. For over 200 years, this quaint cottage has graced the New Hampshire landscape. Enjoy a seasonal five-course lunch. After lunch, stroll through the gardens and greenhouses that are bursting with spring flowers, fruits and vegetables. Following this visit, the next location will be Parker’s Maple Barn to shop in their unique gift shop. Please note that some of the grounds are uneven walking. The cost for this trip is $99 per person. The deadline to reserve a spot is Friday, May 10. Trip to Maine: On Thursday, June 27, at 9:15 a.m., the motor coach will depart from the Connolly Center for a trip to Maine. The first stop is Stonewall Kitchen, where you can sample delicious jellies, jams and more before you make a purchase. Following Stonewall, it is off to Foster’s for a traditional clambake with a choice of lobster or chicken. After lunch, the next location is Ogunquit Center for an hour of shopping on your own. Upon departing Ogunquit, the next stops will be When Pigs Fly Bakery and Yummies Candies before returning home. The cost of this trip is $110. Trip to Saratoga Springs & Casino: On Thursday, July 25, through Friday, July 26, it’s off to the races for a two-night excursion to Saratoga Springs and Casino. Please see Cathi at the Connolly Center for more details. All reservations must be accompanied with a check made out to the City of Everett. A two-week notice of cancellation is required to receive a refund. Naturally, there are extenuating circumstances. Please see Cathi at the Connolly Center (90 Chelsea St.) to make a reservation for any of the trips. For more information, please call 617-394-2270 to be connected to the Connolly Center or call direct at 617-394-2323. (ARPA), the program will have a total of $400,000. Everett residents who qualify and are looking to purchase in Everett will have $300,000 available. City of Everett employees who are looking to purchase in Everett and work in the Everett Public Schools (EPS), Everett Fire Department (EFD), Everett Police Department (EPD) and City Hall will have $100,000 available. This assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis and the funds may be used to purchase a condo or single-family home. If purchasing a two- to three-family home, the applicant must enter into an agreement with the City and the Commonwealth to rent all non-owner-occupied units below marketvalue in accordance with Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC) guidelines. “Our program is structured to be accessible and inclusive; the program description and requirements will be translated in Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole,” said Affordable Housing Coordinator Zerina Gace. “Through this initiative, we’re not solely supporting individual households; we’re investing in our community. Homeownership promotes stability, civic engagement, and fosters a sense of belonging. It is a powerful tool for economic development and community building.” To be considered, a complete application must be submitted along with supporting documentation and proof of eligibility and priority status. Submissions will be accepted until all of the funds are depleted. Applications are available at Everett City Hall (484 Broadway), Office of Planning and Development, Room 25. The application, as well as more information, can also be found online at cityofeverett. com/city-hall/departments/ planning-development. For questions, please email Everett.FTHB@ci.everett.ma.us or call 617-394-2452. City of Everett Announces 2024 Yard Waste Pickup Schedule A great opportunity for residents to keep their property neat and tidy M ayor Carlo DeMaria is pleased to announce the City of Everett’s 2024 Yard Waste Pickup schedule. Every year this service is a great opportunity for residents to keep their property neat and tidy. This year’s schedule will begin in April and end in November. Dates for 2024 Yard Waste Pickup: • April: week of Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5; Tuesday, April 16 through Saturday, April 20 (note: Monday will not have a pickup due to the holiday and pickup will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week); and Monday, April 29 through Friday, May 3. • May: week of Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17; and Tuesday, May 28 through Saturday, June 1 (note: Monday will not have a pickup due to the holiday and pickup will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week). • June: week of Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 14; and Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28. • July: week of Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12; and Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26. • August: week of Monday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 9; and Monday, Aug. 19 through Friday, Aug. 23. • September: week of Tuesday, Sept. 3 through Saturday, Sept. 7 (note: Monday will not have a pickup due to the holiday and pickup will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week); Monday, Sept. 16 through Friday, Sept. 20; and Monday, Sept. 30 through Friday, Oct. 4. • October: Tuesday, Oct. 15 through Saturday, Oct. 19 (note: Monday will not have a pickup due to the holiday and pickup will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week); and Monday, Oct. 28 through Friday, Nov. 1. • November: Tuesday, Nov. 12 through Saturday, Nov. 16 (note: Monday will not have a pickup due to the holiday and pickup will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week); and Monday, Nov. 25 through Saturday, Nov. 30 (note: Wednesday will not have a pickup due to the holiday and pickup will be delayed for the rest of the week). Yard waste will be collected on the same day as a resident’s trash and recycling day. Whenever a scheduled collection day falls on an observed holiday, that day’s collection and all remaining collections for the week will be delayed by one day. For example, Friday’s collection will be on Saturday. When disposing of yard waste, please follow these rules: 1. Items must be placed curbside no later than 7 a.m. 2. Only clean yard waste packaged in brown paper bags or in barrels that have the City “yard waste” stickers placed on the outside of the receptacle will be picked up. 3. Clean yard waste includes grass clippings, leaves and small branches (tied, not taped). 4. Please do not include any plastic bags, large branches, rocks, dirt or broken pots. 5.“Yard waste” stickers are for barrels only. Stickers are not needed for paper bags. The stickers will be available at the Constituent Services desk on the First Floor of Everett City Hall (484 Broadway). For large branch removal, please call 617-3942270 or 311 to schedule an appointment for the City mulcher truck. The full calendar can be viewed at any time by visiting cityofeverett.com/city-hall/departments/public-works.

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 Page 19 Say nr Sa a y Senior Seni by Jim Miller Who Should Be Screened for Lung Cancer? Dear Savvy Senior, Who should be screened for lung cancer and how it’s covered by Medicare? I used to smoke but quit many years ago and am wondering if I need to be tested. Just Turned 65 Dear Just Turned, Even if you haven’ t touched a cigarette in decades, you could still be due for an annual lung cancer screening, based on new recommendations from the American Cancer Society (ACS). The new guidelines state that adults ages 50 to 80 who currently smoke or used to smoke the equivalent of one pack a day for 20 years should get an annual low -dose computed tomography scan (also called a CT scan), no matter how long ago you quit. ACS guidelines previously said that those who quit 15 or more years ago were in the clear. But new studies have shown that expanding screening eligibility saves lives, even among people who quit smoking years earlier. Early Detection Saves Lives Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 234,580 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2024, and about 125,070 Americans will die from the disease. While lung cancer can occur in anyone at any age, cigarette smoking is the top risk factor and is linked to about 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths, and most people diagnosed with the disease are age 65 or older. What makes lung cancer especially tricky is that it’s often symptomless until it’s at an advanced stage, when it’s harder to treat. Early deGREATEST | FROM PAGE 15 hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA patients have seamless access to advanced care through the system’s affi liation with Beth tection can lead to a 20 to 25 percent improvement in survival rates, resulting in fewer deaths from lung cancer. But a 2022 report from the American Lung Association found that only 5.8 percent of people eligible for lung cancer screening in the U.S. get screened, and the screening rate is as low as 1 percent in some states. Screening & Coverage If you fall into the population eligible for a lung cancer screening, start by speaking with your doctor, even if it’s been a long time since you smoked. Medicare Part B will cover lung cancer screenings with a low-dose CT scan once a year for people ages 50 to 77 who are current smokers or quit in the last 15 years and have a 20-pack-year history. Patients must have an order from their doctor or health care provider and should not have symptoms of lung cancer. A low-dose CT scan is a noninvasive test where you lie down and hold your breath while being moved through a doughnut-shaped X-ray machine. The scan takes several X-ray images of the lungs and can help to identify possible abnormalities in the lung tissue. There are some potential risks with this screening, including the possibility of false positives, which can lead to more scans or invasive procedures. According to the American Lung Association about 12 to 14 percent of lung cancer screening scans will have a false positive, which is about the same rate as with mammograms. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book. Israel Lahey Health. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affi liate and is also affi liated with the Harvard School of Public Health, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Tufts University School of Medicine. nior ior O OBITUARIES Erna Noftle f Milton, FL and formerly of Everett, MA. Passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on Saturday, March 9th. Erna was born on September 19, 1930 and was raised in Holzhiem, Germany. She was predeceased by her husband Edward. She is the loving mother of Flo Pressley and her husband Butch of Milton, FL, Sonny Noftle of Revere, Jimmy Noftle and his wife Cindy, and Bob Noftle and his wife Gina. She was the beloved daughter of the late Frant and Josephine (Teict) Semard. Erna was one of 10 children. She was the doting Nana to Michele, Cher, Stefanie, Danielle, Anthony, Joely, Michele, Nicole, James, Ryan, Janelle, Kyle, Jacob, Jackson, Emma, Skyler Kyra, Brody, Colton, Brayden, Julian and Ryan all of whom brought her great joy. Erna’s happiest moments were those spent with her family and friends. Erna grew up in Germany and where she eventually met and married her husband, Edward. They traveled to the United States where they established their home in Everett, MA. Erna was a caring, gracious, resilient woman who loved to sew, crochet, knit, and garden. Her beautiful, handmade items will always be treasured due to the love she put into making each one. Erna was a woman who was full of life and vitality. Erna’s family and friends are invited to gather at Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody at 11 AM on Friday April 5th for a graveside service to celebrate her life. Lillian Ann (Ciulla) Sachetta O f Wakefi eld, formerly of Everett. Passed away peacefully after a brief illness, surrounded by her loving family, March 15. Daughter of the late Melchiore and Domenica “Mamie” (Santangelo) Ciulla. She was born in the North End of Boston and grew up in Chelsea. Beloved wife of the late Gus Sachetta, whom she married in 1956 and raised their family in Everett. Dear and devoted mother of Charles of Lynn, Nancy (Gordon) Howard of Wakefield, Donna Davidson of Everett, Marianne S achet - ta (Donna Rennie) of York, ME. Devoted sister of Antonette Pascucci of Lynnfi eld, Marie Ciulla of North Reading and the late Anna Ragusa and Leo Ciulla. Adored Nana of Lauren Howard, Jenna Horne (Brian), Nicole Howard, Marina Davidson and greatNana of her precious Lucy and Maya Rosencranz and Isla and Nolan Horne. Relatives and friends were respectfully invited to attend Lillian’s visiting hours in the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St. (Corner of Main St.) Everett, Tuesday, March 19. Her funeral service was on Wednesday, in the Chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery, 302 Elm Street, Everett. Burial followed at the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of fl owers, contributions in Lillian’s memory to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/ Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 would be sincerely appreciated. Samuel R. Ratta O f Everett. Entered into eternal rest on Thursday, March 14, 2024 in the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He was 93 years old. Born in East Boston, Sam lived in Everett for most of his life. He retired from the City of Everett as their Chief Procurement Offi cer. Sam was the son of the late Celia (Qualtieri) and Onofrio Ratta; the beloved husband of Mary P (Impemba) for almost 44 years; dear and devoted father of Robert F. Ratta of Madison, Wisc, Richard S. Ratta and his wife, MaryAnn of Venice, FL and Robin Ann Walsh and her late husband, Paul of Billerica; brother of the late Frank Ratta and his surviving wife, Eleanor and the late Rose Lettieri; he is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren as well as his step-sons Robert Nassor and his wife, Christine and Steven Nassor of Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Sam’s visitation in the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St. (Corner of Main St.) Everett, Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with Sam’s entombment in the Woodlawn Cemetery Community Mausoleum (Versailles), Everett. In lieu of fl owers, contributions in Sam’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105, would be sincerely appreciated. Parking with attendants on duty.

Page 20 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 GET A FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO MASSTERLIST – Join more than 22,000 people, from movers and shakers to political junkies and interested citizens, who start their weekday morning with MASSterList—the popular newsletter that chronicles news and informed analysis about what’s going on up on Beacon Hill, in Massachusetts politics, policy, media and influence. The stories are drawn from major news organizations as well as specialized publications. MASSterlist will be e-mailed to you FREE every Monday through Friday morning and will give you a leg up on what’s happening in the blood sport of Bay State politics. For more information and to get your free subscription, go to: https://lp.constantcontactpages. com/su/aPTLucKs THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of March 11-15. There were no roll calls in the House last week. EARLY EDUCATION AND CARE CHANGES (S 2697) Senate 40-0, approved and sent to the House a bill aimed at making early education and care money more accessible and affordable for young families across the Bay State. The bill would make high-cost state grants for early education and care providers permanent; increase the income threshold to make more families eligible for childcare subsidies; and establish recommended salary and benefit guidelines for early childhood teachers commensurate with K-12 public school teachers. Under current law subsidies are limited to households whose incomes equal up to 50 percent of the state median income, or $73,000. The bill would raise the eligibility threshold to 85 percent of the state median income, or $124,000 for a family of four. “Access to high-quality, affordable early education and childcare is essential for the healthy development of young children, as well as for the economic well-being of working families and employers in the commonwealth,” said Sen. Jason Lewis (D-Winchester), lead sponsor and Senate Chair of the Committee on Education. “With the passage today of the Early Ed Act, Massachusetts is demonstrating national leadership in addressing the broken early education and childcare system in our country.” “From my first day in the Senate, I have been pushing for expanded access to early education and increasing staff salaries to ensure educators can earn a good living,” said Sen. Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett). “This critical legislation will drastically expand access to affordable, high-quality, early education and childcare and deliver significantly better pay and benefits for early educators. I am proud to support this bill which helps move our state one step closer to guaranteeing every child will receive world-class edBeacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen ucation from childhood through adulthood. We must get this bill over the finish line and keep our state a livable and welcoming home for families of all incomes.” “An equitable and competitive commonwealth is one in which every child and family has access to affordable quality early education,” said Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “At the same time, we must recognize the incredible work of the providers who are shaping the minds and hearts of our earliest learners. Today I’m proud that the Massachusetts Senate is once again taking action to lower costs for families, open up more opportunities for children, increase pay for our early educators and make support for providers permanent so they can keep their doors open and thrive for years to come. (A “Yes” vote is for the bill.) Sen. Sal DiDomenico Yes CONSIDER TAX CREDIT FOR COMPANIES THAT PROVIDE EARLY EDUCATION AND CARE (S 2697) Senate 7-32, rejected an amendment that would require a study which would make recommendations on employer-supported early education and care benefits, to include possible creation of a tax credit for employers that provide these early education and care benefits to their employees. Amendment supporters said this amendment does not create a tax credit but simply requires a study of the possibility of one. They said that all options should be looked into and put on the table in order to help support employers that provide childcare. “The bill already includes a new competitive grant program to incentivize employers to invest in additional early education and care slots for their employees,” responded Sen. Jason Lewis who opposed the amendment. “Furthermore, a federal tax credit has been available to employers since 2001 and has proven ineffective in expanding access to affordable early education and care for workers.” GOP Minority Leader Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), the sponsor of the amendment, did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on his amendment and its rejection. (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment that would include the possibility of tax credits in the study. A “No” vote is against the amendment.) Sen. Sal DiDomenico No ALSO UP ON BEACON HILL GOV. MAURA HEALEY MOVES TO PARDON MISDEMEANOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION – Gov. Healey has issued an executive order that would pardon misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions that occurred in Massachusetts before March 14, 2024. If approved by the Governor’s Council at its upcoming March 27 meeting, the pardons will apply to hundreds of thousands of people who were convicted of the offense which is no longer an offense. The Bay State decriminalized marijuana possession in 2008 and then legalized it on a ballot questions in 2016. In October 2022, President Biden issued a presidential proclamation that pardoned many federal and D.C. offenses for simple marijuana possession. In December 2023, he expanded that pardon to include more offenses and issued a call for governors to take action to pardon marijuana convictions in their states. “Nobody should face barriers to getting a job, housing or an education because of an old misdemeanor marijuana conviction that they would not be charged for today,” said Healey. “We’re taking this nation-leading action as part of our commitment to using the clemency process to advance fairness and equity in our criminal justice system. We’re grateful for President Biden’s leadership on this at the federal level and proud to answer his call to take action in the states.” “Marijuana laws have significantly changed over the past decade, and it’s essential that our criminal justice system adjusts with them,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll. “Gov. Healey’s proposed pardon represents an important step toward righting historic wrongs, particularly around our country’s misguided War on Drugs. We thank the Governor’s Council for their careful consideration of this recommendation and look forward to continuing our progress to make Massachusetts a more fair and equitable home for all.” “Because of this pardon recommendation, many people in Massachusetts may get a second chance,” said Carol Rose, Executive Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts. “It means people will no longer be punished for behavior that is now legal in our state, and will face fewer barriers to housing, jobs, education, student loans, and stability. We thank Gov. Healey for her leadership on this life-changing issue.” BAN EMPLOYERS FROM ASKING FOR CREDIT REPORTS (H 1434) - The House approved and sent to the Senate legislation that would prohibit employers from obtaining the credit reports of existing or potential employees except in certain circumstances including hiring for a position that requires national security clearance; a position for which a person is required by federal or state law to obtain a consumer report; and some executive or managerial positions at a financial institution. The [bill] reduces barriers to employment by limiting the use of personal credit reports in the hiring process,” said sponsor former Duxbury representative Josh Cutler who is now Gov. Maura Healey’s Undersecretary of Apprenticeship, Work-based Learning and Policy in the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. ”Credit scores were never intended to be used for employment purposes and pre-employment credit checks can create needless barriers for otherwise qualified workers. Eleven other states already taken similar steps.” Sen. Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), the Senate sponsor of the bill, did not respond to repeated requests from Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on the bill and its passage. NATIVE AMERICAN GRAVES PROTECTION AND REPATRIATION ACT (H 3248) – The House gave initial approval to a bill that applies the federal law known as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act to any museums and state agencies that receive state or local funding in the state of Massachusetts. The federal law, according to the National Park Service’s website, requires that federal agencies and museums receiving federal funds take inventory of Native American human remains, funeral-related and sacred objects and provide written summaries of other cultural items. The agencies and museums must consult with Indian Tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to attempt to reach agreements on the repatriation or other disposition of these remains and objects. Once lineal descent or cultural affiliation has been established, and in some cases the right of possession also has been demonstrated, lineal descendants, affiliated Indian tribes or affiliated Native Hawaiian organizations normally make the final determination about the disposition of cultural items. Co-sponsors of the bill, Reps. Dave Rogers (D-Cambridge) and David Biele (D-South Boston) did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on their proposal. ASSAULT A TRANSIT WORKER (H 4355) – The House gave initial approval to a bill that imposes a prison sentence of between 90 days and 2.5 years or a fine of between $500 and $5,000 on a person who assaults a transit worker while the transit worker is performing his or her duties. The measure also expands the definition of assault to cover flinging a bodily substance including blood, saliva, mucous, semen, urine or feces. “Before the Carmen’s Union approached me with this issue, I had no idea how bad these experiences were,” said sponsor Rep. Joe McGonagle (D-Everett). “Seeing the statistics, hearing the stories, it is very hard to ignore. It is imperative that our transit workers are able to perform their jobs safely, knowing they have support and protection.” $500 STIPEND FOR NON-PROFIT BOARD MEMBERS (H 4358) – The House gave initial approval to a bill that amends a current law which provides that a non-profit group lose its civil liability protection if it pays any amount of stipend to a board member. The bill would allow the non-profit to retain its civil liability protection as long as the stipend is not more than $500. Sponsor Rep. Alice Peisch (D-Wellesley) noted that federal law currently allows this $500 stipend. “This change would allow nonprofits to provide board members with this modest stipend, facilitating their service and improving board representation,” said Peisch. DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES (H 4429) – The House gave initial approval to a bill that would make some changes in the current state laws about debt collection practices. The measure includes increasing from 85 percent to 90 percent the percentage of a person’s wages that is protected from garnishment. Another provision reduces from the current 12 percent to 3 percent the maximum interest rate that can be charged for judgements issued after 2024. Supporters said the bill would help people to eventually pay off their debts without being overburdened by them and will ensure that no one in Massachusetts will be imprisoned for failure to pay a consumer debt. “The [measure] creates common-sense consumer protections to prevent wage garnishment, reduce interest rates on debts and keep more money in the pockets of working families,” said co-sponsor Rep. Christine Barber (D-Somerville.) Co-sponsor Rep. Tram Nguyen (D-Andover) did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call asking her to comment on the passage of her bill. SEAL EVICTION RECORDS (H 4356) – The House gave initial approval to a bill that would allow a person with certain eviction records, including no-fault eviction, eviction for non-payment of rent, fault eviction or eviction resulting in dismissal or judgment in favor of the defendant, to petition for the sealing of those records under certain circumstances. Supporters said the measure is aimed at providing individuals with certain eviction records opportunities to seal those records under specific circumstances and promotes housing opportunity and mobility by reducing barriers faced due to past evictions. “I believe that everyone deserves a fair chance to access stable housing and rebuild their lives without being haunted by past mistakes,” said Senate sponsor Sen. Lydia Edwards (D-Boston). “The … bill isn’t just about sealing eviction records. It’s about offering hope and opportunity to individuals and families facing housing insecurity. By giving people BHRC | SEE PAGE 21

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 Page 21 BHRC | FROM PAGE 20 the chance to move forward without the shadow of eviction looming over them, we’re not just promoting housing opportunity and mobility -- we’re restoring dignity and second chances, essential elements of a just and compassionate society.” QUOTABLE QUOTES “Hosting the inaugural ClimaTech summit is an incredible opportunity to show global climate leaders how Massachusetts is uniquely qualified to be the climate innovation lab for the world. We’re pioneering new industries and developing cutting-edge technologies that will power a healthier future, create high-quality jobs and ensure a sustainable future for our community.” ---Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO Dr. Emily Reichert Licensed & Insured announcing that in June, Massachusetts will host the inaugural edition of ClimaTech, a new, global leadership conference focused on innovation and bringing new technologies to market to combat the climate crisis and spur economic growth. “Consumer skepticism of autonomous vehicles is not surprising, given the recalls and well-publicized incidents that occurred last year. It’s critical that drivers understand both the capabilities and limitations of technology in their cars and how, when and where to use the systems properly.” ---Mark Schieldrop, Senior spokesperson for AAA Northeast on a new survey from AAA on self-driving vehicles which shows 66 percent of U.S. drivers express fear about these vehicles. “From day one, our mission … Free Estimates Carpentry * Kitchen & Bath * Roofs * Painting Decks * Siding * Carrijohomeimprovement.com Call 781-710-8918 * Saugus, MA General Contractor * Interior & Exterior AA. Masonry & Construction Felix Valenzuela - 781-500-5519 Free Estimates Licensed & Insured Reliable * Experienced Concrete Work * Decks * Patios * Blue Stone * Retaining Walls * Brick & Cement Blocks * Roofing * Siding * Painting & General Carpentry Email: AAfordablemason@gmail.com HIC 209358 ~ Legal Notice ~ LAFAYETTE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 34-2024-000009-CP Division PROBATE IN RE: ESTATE OF SANDRA LEE WATSON Deceased. NOTICE TO BENEFICIARIES TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby notified that Summary Administration has been entered in the estate of SANDRA LEE WATSON deceased, File Number 34-2024-000009-CP, by the Circuit Court for Lafayette County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 120 W. Main Street, Mayo, Florida 32066; that the decedent’s date of death was on or about December 26, 2023; that the total estimated value of the estate is less than $75,000.00 and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned are: NAME Wendy Kay Hamlin and James Terry Hamlin ADDRESS 210 NE Howard A. Hamlin Ln, Mayo, FL 32066. All beneficiaries of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is March 15, 2024. Attorney for Person Giving Notice: /S/ Karen D. Hatton E-mail Addresses: kdhattonlaw@gmail.com Florida Bar No. 502871 Karen D. Hatton, P.A. PO Box 446 Mayo, FL 32066 Person Giving Notice: /S/ Wendy K. Hamlin and James Terry Hamlin. March 15, 22, 2024 has been simple: to honorably serve those who have served us. With the leadership of Gov. Maura Healey and the support of our partners and stakeholders in the veteran community, our Executive Office is incredibly proud of our significant milestones, but we know there is much more work to do. We are just getting started and look forward to many years of making a difference in the lives of those who have bravely served our nation.” ---Secretary Jon Santiago on the 1-year anniversary of the creation of the state’s first-ever cabinet level Secretary of Veterans Services to focus on veteran care. “Cities and towns are on the front lines of climate change. They are playing a leading role but they can’t do it alone. The Healey-Driscoll Administration is here to help our municipal partners reduce reliance on fossil fuels, energy costs and emissions. These grants provide critical resources such as technical assistance for planning, design and data collection when implementing new clean energy projects. ---Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Elizabeth Mahony announcing $268,000 in grants to cities and towns across Massachusetts to develop clean energy projects. HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics BHRC | SEE PAGE 23 ~ Legal Notice ~ Invitation For Bid Everett Housing Authority (EHA) invites sealed bids from qualified firms to undertake Relocation Advisory Services associated with a ceiling replacement project of its North Everett/Whittier Drive Elderly (667/1A) Development in Everett, Massachusetts, in accordance with documents prepared by the Everett Housing Authority and in accordance with MGL Chapter 30B. The EHA is seeking Relocation Advisory Services to assist residents in relocating to temporary housing units and to coordinate and conduct temporary moves. The temporary relocation is for 56 1-bedroom elderly/disabled housing units. Everett Housing Authority expects the total cost of this contract to be approximately $140,000. INVITATION FOR BID (IFB) documents will be available starting at 8:00 AM on Monday, March 25, 2024, by email at skergo.eha@comcast.net or in our office at 393 Ferry Street, Everett, MA 02149. Sealed Bids will be received until 2:00 PM on April 23, 2024, at which time they will be opened and read aloud publicly. No late submittals will be accepted. Bids may be dropped off or mailed to Everett Housing Authority, 393 Ferry Street, Everett, MA 02149 Respondents must submit sealed Bids with original signatures and labeled “Relocation Advisory Services”. Everett Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Agency. Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and Woman Minority Business Enterprises (WMBE) are encouraged to apply. March 22, 2024 1. Was there a real Chef Boyardee (of the canned/boxed pasta brand)? 2. On March 22, 1621, the Pilgrims signed a peace treaty with Massasoit of what tribe? 3. What is an egg cream? 4. The Lhasa apso is native to what country? 5. On March 23, 1857, what Bostonian was born who later published a cookbook that standardized measurements? 6. What ship did William Bligh captain that had a mutiny? 7. What word means a sworn statement in writing? 8. On March 24, 1921, the Women’s Olympiad – the first international sporting event for women – began in what tiny country? 9. What language does the expression ad lib come from? 10. In what book does the March Hare appear at the Knave of Hearts’ trial? 11. On March 25, 1942, what singer known as the Queen of Soul was born? 12. What is the RICO Act? 13. What Beatles song did the BBC once ban because it mentioned Coca-Cola? 14. On March 26, 1937, Crystal City, Texas, spinach growers erected a statue of what cartoon character? 15. What is a syzygy? 16. How long can a mushroom live: several weeks, years or thousands of years? 17. On March 27, 1998, the FDA approved what drug that is used by men? 18. What duck dish is named after a city? 19. What team was the first U.S. franchise in the NHL? 20. On March 28, 1930, Constantinople changed its name to what Turkish name? ANSWERS 1. Yes; Italian immigrant/ restaurateur Ettore (Hector) Boiardi founded the company with the name Chef Boy-ar-dee to help people pronounce his name. 2. Wampanoag 3. An originally NYC beverage made with milk, flavored syrup and carbonated water 4. Tibet 5. Fannie Merritt Farmer (author of “The Boston CookingSchool Cook Book”) 6. The HMS Bounty 7. Affidavit 8. Monte Carlo (in the casino’s gardens) 9. Latin (originally ad libitum, which means “in accordance with one’s wishes” 10. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll 11. Aretha Franklin 12. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act 13. “Come Together” 14. Popeye 15. When three celestial bodies align 16. A mushroom head lives a few weeks, but its underground fungal network can last thousands of years. 17. Viagra 18. Peking duck 19. The Boston Bruins 20. Istanbul

Page 22 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 Clean-Outs! We take and dispose from cellars, attics, garages, yards, etc. Call Robert at: 781-844-0472 American Exterior and Window Corporation Contact us for all of your home improvement projects and necessities. Call Jeff or Bob We follow Social Distancing Guidelines! Toll Free: 1-888-744-1756 617-699-1782 / www.americanexteriorma.com Windows, Siding, Roofing, Carpentry & More! All estimates, consultations or inspections completed by MA licensed supervisors. *Over 50 years experience. *Better Business Bureau Membership. Insured and Registered Complete Financing Available. No Money Down. Frank Berardino MA License 31811 • 24 - Hour Service • Emergency Repairs BERARDINO Plumbing & Heating Residential & Commercial Service Gas Fitting • Drain Service 617.699.9383 Senior Citizen Discount ADVOCATE Call now! 617-387-2200 ADVERTISE ON THE WEB AT WWW.ADVOCATENEWS.NET CLASSIFIEDS

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, MARCH 22, 2024 Page 23 say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been fi led. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late-night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in Discount Tree Service 781-269-0914 Discount Services - Raccoons - Squirrel Removal 781-269-0914 BUYER2 Professional TREE REMOVAL & Cleanups 24-HOUR SERVICE the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of March 1115, the House met for a total of 39 minutes and the Senate met for a total of four hours and 51 minutes. Mon. March 11 House 11:00 a.m. to 11:11 a.m. Senate 11:17 a.m. to 11:27 a.m. Tues. March 12 No House session No Senate session Wed. March 13 No House session No Senate session Thurs. March 14 House 11:02 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Senate 11:10 a.m. to 3:51 p.m. Fri. March 15 No House session No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at bob@ beaconhillrollcall.com Bob founded Beacon Hill Roll Call in 1975 and was inducted into the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) Hall of Fame in 2019. 379 Broadway Everett 617-381-9090 All occasions florist Wedding ~ Sympathy Tributes Plants ~ Dish Gardens Customized Design Work GIFT BASKETS Fruit Baskets www.EverettFlorist.net REAL ESTATE TRANSAC TIONS Copyrighted material previously published in Banker & Tradesman/The Commercial Record, a weekly trade newspaper. It is reprinted with permission from the publisher, The Warren Group. For a searchable database of real estate transactions and property information visit: www.thewarrengroup.com. BUYER1 SELLER1 Littlefield, Keith Silva, Geraldo M Tierney, Rita D Mcgrath, Sean F SELLER2 Tierney, Paul J ADDRESS 46 Myrtle St 53 Preston St #53 Partnering for Success in Today’s Real Estate Landscape Charming 3-Family Property in the Heart of Rockport! In today's rapidly evolving real estate market, partnering with a trusted agent is not just beneficial—it's essential. Mango Realty is here to guide you through the complexities of buying or selling property in the digital age, ensuring a seamless and successful experience every step of the way. Navigating Market Votality The real estate landscape is dynamic, with market conditions shifting swiftly in response to various factors. Now, more than ever, having a knowledgeable real estate agent by your side is crucial. At Mango Realty, our agents stay abreast of market trends, helping you make informed decisions in volatile times. Access to Exclusive Listings Welcome to 8 Hale Street, Rockport MA, a delightful 3-family property nestled in the picturesque town of Rockport. Offering a unique blend of historic charm and modern convenience, this property presents an exceptional opportunity for investors, multigenerational families, or those looking for a primary residence with rental income potential. Offered at: $1,295,000 Includes two patios and a stunning deck with ocean views. One unit offers breathtaking ocean vistas, while another enjoys charming peak-a-boo glimpses of the sea. This meticulously cared-for property at 8 Hale Street, offering a turnkey experience with recent updates and separate utilities for each unit, ensuring ease of management. This charming 3-family home boasts ample off-street parking, a valuable commodity in Rockport, alongside an inviting private backyard perfect for summer barbecues or serene retreats. Gardening enthusiasts will delight in the space to cultivate their own oasis, all while being just moments away from the natural beauty of Rockport's beaches, parks, and hiking trails. Don't miss the opportunity to own this well-appointed property in the heart of Rockport! Contact Information: For inquiries and to schedule a viewing, please call Jeanine Moulden at 617 312-2491 or email gowithjeanine@gmail.com In a competitive market, access is everything. Partnering with Mango Realty grants you access to a wide range of exclusive listings that may not be readily available to the public. From off-market gems to pre-construction opportunities, we open doors to properties that align with your unique preferences and goals. Expert Negotiation in a Digital Age With the rise of online platforms, the art of negotiation has taken on new dimensions. Our skilled agents are adept at leveraging digital tools while maintaining the personal touch that leads to successful deals. Whether buying or selling, we negotiate on your behalf to achieve the best possible outcomes. Mitigating Risk & Maximizing Returns Real estate transactions involve inherent risks, from legal complexities to financial considerations. Mango Realty acts as your advocate, guiding you through potential pitfalls and ensuring that your investments are sound. Our goal? To maximize your returns while minimizing stress. Why Partner with Mango Realty Today? In a time when information overload is the norm, Mango Realty offers clarity, expertise, and peace of mind. Our agents are not just salespeople; they are trusted advisors dedicated to your success. Partner with us to navigate the complexities of today's real estate landscape and embark on a journey towards your property dreams. Contact Information: For inquiries and to schedule a viewing, please call Sue Palomba at 781-558-1091 or email soldwithsue@gmail.com and infowithmango@gmail.com. Situated in a sought-after enclave of Saugus, this home offers the perfect blend of tranquility and convenience. With easy access to major highways and proximity to top-rated schools, shopping, and dining, it embodies the essence of modern suburban living. Boasting impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail, this property exudes elegance at every turn. From the grand foyer to the gourmet kitchen, no expense was spared in creating a space that is as functional as it is luxurious. Step into the backyard retreat, where lush landscaping surrounds a private oasis. Perfect for entertaining or unwinding after a long day, the outdoor space offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Client Satisfaction at its Finest: The sale of 1 Hammersmith Dr marks not just a transaction, but the culmination of a journey. Mango Realty is honored to have represented both the seller and the buyer in this remarkable sale. Our team's dedication to client satisfaction, market expertise, and strategic marketing efforts have once again delivered exceptional results. What’s Next? As we celebrate this milestone sale, Mango Realty remains committed to helping clients achieve their real estate goals. Whether you're in search of your dream home, looking to sell for top dollar, or exploring investment opportunities, our team is here to guide you every step of the way. Contact Information: For inquiries and to schedule a viewing, please call Sue Palomba at 781-558-1091 or email soldwithsue@gmail.com and infowithmango@gmail.com. Everett Everett CITY DATE 02.27.24 02.27.24 PRICE 370000 440000 Celebrating Success - Another Milestone Sale at Mango Realty Mango Realty, Inc. is proud to announce the successful sale of the exquisite property at 1 Hammersmith Dr, Saugus MA 01906. This stunning residence, nestled in the picturesque neighborhood of Saugus, has found its perfect match with a discerning buyer seeking luxury, comfort, and style.


1 Publizr


  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9
  10. 10
  11. 11
  12. 12
  13. 13
  14. 14
  15. 15
  16. 16
  17. 17
  18. 18
  19. 19
  20. 20
  21. 21
  22. 22
  23. 23
  24. 24

You need flash player to view this online publication