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Page 2 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2021 Cities and towns applaud increase in state climate resilience funding Early heat waves signal need is far greater than available resources C ities and towns involved in the Resilient Mystic Collaborative (RMC) applauded the doubling of annual funds for the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Grant Program to $21 million in the Baker Administration’s FY2022 Capital Plan. In the latest MVP grant round, the Commonwealth received 92 applications requesting a total of $28 million for action grants out of $10 million available. “Chelsea has already suffered through two debilitating heat waves and a dozen days over 90 F even before July 1st,” said Chelsea’s Housing and Community Development Director, Alex Train. “Our same residents who suffered disproportionately through COVID are now at risk from heat-related illnesses. We need to upgrade our infrastructure and services for the summer of 2050, not 1950.” “Extreme heat, storms, drought, and flooding are no longer a thing of the future. Climate resilience needs to become a core government function, just like schools and roads,” said Mystic River Watershed Association Deputy Director Julie Wormser. “This funding increase is a critical down payment.” Below are details of some of the projects in Greater Boston’s Mystic River Watershed seeking MVP funding this year. “Twelve municipalities depend on the Charles River and Amelia Earhart Dams to prevent catastrophic coastal flooding of residential neighborhoods and businesses,” said Cambridge’s Department of Public Works Commissioner, Owen O’Riordan. “It is of critical importance that these dams and portions of our shoreline be elevated to ensure we protect tens of thousands of people and billions in property from harm. We could use every penny in the MVP program over the next decade just to solve this one issue.” “Belle Isle Marsh is by far the largest remaining salt marsh in Boston Harbor providing a crucial buffer for flooding to neighboring communities and critical habitat for over 250 bird species, mammals and marine animals, said Friends of Belle Isle Marsh President Mary Mitchell. “Funding for restoration projects and nature-based resiliency projects within the marsh is needed now to best protect against climate change and sea level rise.” “One of Winthrop’s most valuable resources is Ingleside Park, a vast green space enjoyed by the entire Town,” said Winthrop’s Director of Planning and Development, Rachel Kelly. “The Park floods after heavy rains and snowmelt. Winthrop would greatly benefit from additional MVP funding to mitigate flooding with improved drainage and green infrastructure.” The RMC includes 20 of 21 communities (Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Burlington, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Lexington, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Reading, Revere, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield, Watertown, Winchester, Winthrop and Woburn) and over 98 percent of the population and land base in the Mystic River Watershed. Together, RMC municipalities represent one percent of the state’s land base and 10 percent of its population. The partnership focuses on fresh water and coastal flooding and protecting vulnerable residents and workers from extreme weather, including heat. “The Resilient Mystic Collaborative and MVP Program has brought together cities and towns in ways that we could not foresee,” said Reading Senior Civil Engineer Alex Rozycki. “As these communities continue to work together and evaluate shared MVP grant possibilities the scope and breadth of these complex projects quickly expands as well. Regional MVP funding is supporting a revitalized trail system and green stormwater treatment systems to increase storage and water quality in Reading, which provides similar benefits to downstream communities. The estimated cost to complete this project alone is over two million dollars.” “Climate change is bringing intense rainfall that overwhelms our aging stormwater systems with increased frequency,” said Melrose Director of Public Works Elena Proakis Ellis. “We are working with 16 other communities to manage local and regional flooding through expanded wetlands and other nature-based solutions. With enough small projects combined, we can make a real difference in our region. These projects are too costly for communities like Melrose to afford with local funding alone, however. This work is essential to the region and brings other habitat and social benefits along the way.” “The industrial district that spans Chelsea and Everett provides thousands of good-paying jobs and billions in annual economic activity,” said Chelsea’s Alex Train. “It was unfortunately also built by filling in the Island End River, which is now chronically flooding during heavy storms. The price tag for protecting this area from flooding over the next fifty years is north of $50 million.” For more information: resilient.mysticriver.org – https:// www.mass.gov/municipal-vulnerability-preparedness-mvp-program Mystic River Watershed at a glance The 76-square-mile Mystic River Watershed stretches from Reading through the northern shoreline of Boston Harbor to Revere. Its name is an anglicized version of the Pequot word missi-tuk (“large river with windand tide-driven waves”), and it is now one of New England’s most densely populated urbanized watersheds. The seven-mile Mystic River and its tributaries represented an early economic engine for colonial Boston. Ten shipyards built more than 500 clipper ships in the 1800s before roads and railways replaced schooners and steamships. Tide-driven mills, brickyards and tanneries along both banks of the river brought both wealth and pollution. In the 1960s, the Amelia Earhart Dam transformed much of the river into a freshwater impoundment, while construction of Interstate 93 filled in wetlands and dramatically changed the river’s course. Since then, many former industrial sites have been cleaned up and redeveloped into new commercial areas and residential communities. The Mystic is facing growing climate-related challenges: coastal and stormwater flooding, extreme storms, heat, drought and unpredictable seasonal weather. The watershed is relatively low-lying and extensively developed, making it prone to both freshwater and coastal flooding. Its 21 municipalities are home to a half-million residents, including many who are disproportionately vulnerable to extreme weather: environmental justice communities, new Americans, residents of color, elders, low-income residents and employees, people living with disabilities and English-language learners.

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2021 Page 3 Mastrocola family continues legacy in US Marine Corps Follows in footsteps of late grandfather, Frank Mastrocola, Sr. much respect for my father,” said Mastrocola. “He fought as a Marine in the Pacific during WWII.” Kirill also follows his cousin, Ed Mastrocola, who enlisted in 2013 for the same reason. Kirill left home for boot camp at Parris Island in early January. Because of Covid restrictions, his graduation was closed to family and friends, and he could not get the customary “leave” after boot camp to come home. As he could not leave his new base, proud parents Judy and Frank, Jr. traveled to Florida to see him over the July 4th weekend. He MASTROCOLA | SEE PAGE 9 Proud parents Judy and Frank Mastrocola, Jr. visiting Kirill at his current base in Florida. (Photos courtesy of Frank Mastrocola) By The Advocate A few months ago, local businessman and Everett Kiwanian Frank Mastrocola, Jr. announced that his son, Kirill Mastrocola, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, which was a surprise to his parents, him and his wife, Judy. Frank said the thought of his son entering into the military was never mentioned up until his announcement. He knew Kirill was always fascinated by his grandfather’s stories about serving in the famed military branch but never thought his son would choose that path. Frank Sr., a longtime Everett Kiwanian and local businessman, passed away in 2018. “My son enlisted in the Marine Corps because he had so Mayor to host Summer Safety Movie Night M ayor Carlo DeMaria recently announced that the City of Everett in partnership with the Everett Police Department will be hosting a Summer Safety Movie Night on Thursday, July 22. The event will occur at Everett Veterans Memorial Stadium and activities will begin at 7 p.m. “Encouraging residents to practice safety on our roads is crucial to maintaining a safe community,” said DeMaria. “Our partnership with the Everett Police Department will help promote staying safe on our streets by teaching residents to take precautions and remain vigilant. I look forward to members of our community learning the importance of safety through our activities.” The Summer Safety Movie Night is being held to promote awareness of staying safe on our streets as drivers, bikers or pedestrians. The event is child-friendly and free to the public. Safety activities hosted by the Everett Police Department will begin at 7 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., the movie, “Space Jam,” will begin. Popcorn and light refreshments will be served. FBT Everett Realty denied additional $40M for Encore site By Christopher Roberson uffolk Superior Court Judge Kenneth Salinger recently dismissed a lawsuit that FBT Everett Realty LLC filed against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) in an attempt to garner $40 million above the original sale price of the land that is now home to Encore Boston Harbor. In the Complaint, FBT claimed that the MGC convinced Wynn Resorts, Encore’s parent company, to purchase the 35-acre parcel for less than the fair market value. In 2015, Wynn reached an S agreement with FBT to purchase the site for $75 million. At the time, Wynn was paying $100,000 a month to prevent FBT from selling the property to anyone else. A short time later, it was discovered that Charles Lightbody, a seasoned criminal whose convictions included assault and identity theft, was an investor in FBT. However, FBT insisted that the company was no longer associated with Lightbody. After learning of FBT’s alleged involvement with a felon, Wynn lowered its purchase offer to $35 million. That figure was similar to what a retail company would pay to open a bigbox store on the site. As a result, FBT felt slighted and sued the MGC, accusing the commission of convincing Wynn to lower its offer. FBT claimed the property was worth $75 million as it would be used to construct a casino. FBT also maintained that the drastic drop in price represented a “regulatory takeover” by the MGC. FBT had purchased the land on Lower Broadway in 2009 for $8 million. Therefore, in his June 16 ruling, Salinger said it would have been impossible for FBT to have known that the land would be used to build Encore, as casinos were not legalized in Massachusetts until 2011. MGC Spokesperson Elaine Driscoll said the commission is grateful for Salinger’s ruling. “We appreciate Judge Salinger’s thoughtful decision to grant MGC’s motion and dismiss the remaining claims by FBT Everett Realty, LLC,” she said.

Page 4 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2021 Fedna admitted to prestigious BaccMD program at UMass Medical School W By Christopher Roberson orking full time as a CVS pharmacy technician, Everett resident Shakira Fedna, a student at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, was tempted to drop her major course of study in biology and switch to public health. However, Professor Khalilah Reddie convinced Fedna to scale back her work hours and continue focusing on biology. “I was working so much trying to pay for school that half the time I didn’t even know why I was doing what I was doing,” said Fedna. “I went into biology because I love biology and I knew if I opted out of it, I’d be disappointed in myself. So I decided to stick with it.” Her perseverance paid off, as Fedna was recently accepted into the elite Baccalaureate MD Pathway Program (BaccMD) at UMass Medical School. The program is designed for first-generation college students as well as for students with financial difficulties. In preparation for the Medical College Admission Test, the BaccMD introduces students to various medical specialties. This is accomplished through residential summer programs, a monthly book group and physics instruction. Fedna’s dive into healthcare began when she started working at Walgreens while she was a student at Everett High School. “I witnessed a lot of emergency situations and I wanted to be the person who could help in those situations,” she said. From there, she developed a growing desire to become a pharmacy technician and began asking area drug stores if they had openings and if they were willing to put her through the arduous twoweek course required for pharmacy work. 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THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2021 Page 5 CHA names chief diversity, equity and inclusion offi cer C human resources at the YMCA of Greater Boston from 20142017, he led eff orts to develop and implement policies, programs and strategic planning focused on talent management for 2,500 employees. From 2011-2013, James was Michael James, the new chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Cambridge Health Alliance (Photo Courtesy of Cambridge Health Alliance) role in building a more vibrant, inclusive and representational environment that supports our workforce and improves care for our patients and communities,” said CHA CEO Dr. Assaad Sayah. James is a national award-winning DEI leader with a 20-year record of driving talent management best practices in public, nonprofi t and corporate settings. 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Page 6 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2021 Mayor on the Campaign Trail Mayor Carlo DeMaria spent his 4th of July weekend knocking on doors in Ward 3 with Councillor Anthony DiPierro, meeting and talking with Everett residents of all ages, making sure all their needs were met and their concerns addressed. Thank you to the residents who invited his team into their homes to stay cool throughout the day! (Courtesy photo) Free Annual Senior Summer BBQ M Special to The Advocate ayor Carlo DeMaria and The Council on Aging have planned their annual Free Senior Summer BBQ for Everett Seniors only, aged 60 and over. This year, due to the changes at The Connolly Center, the Council on Aging has decided to host the event at Anthony’s Restaurant, 105 Canal Street in Malden, Friday August 6, 2021 at 3pm. The COA has chosen the theme of “Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory”. You will enjoy traditional BBQ fare with ~ LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR ~ In Strong Support of Mayor Carlo DeMaria Dear Editor: I am a strong supporter for Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s reelection. Everett has seen positive change over the years that are undeniable: progressive developments, soaring property values, lower taxes, job creation. The Boston Globe recently picked Everett as a top spot to live in 2021, which I attribute to the leadership and vision of Mayor DeMaria. With more scalable projects in the pipeline, such as the MBTA Silver Line or Greystar, I want a leader that has been tested, someone who knows how to get things done. Mayor DeMaria is the only one in the race with a bona fide plan and a track record of proven results. I am bullish on Everett’s future with him in the driver’s seat. Signed, Joseph Merrullo Everett, MA entertainment by Doo Wop DeVille. Tickets are available at The Connolly Center, July 19 through July 23 from 9am until 12 noon. If you need transportation for this event, or have any questions, please call us at 617.394.2323 or 617.394.2260.

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2021 Page 7 A New Beginning: Blessed Mother of the Morning Star Parish A By Stephen W. Fielding special liturgy to initiate and commence a new beginning of a new parish – Blessed Mother of the Morning Star parish, consisting of St. Mary of the Assumption Church of Revere and Our Lady of Grace of Chelsea/Everett – was held on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at Our Lady of Grace Church. Fr. John Sheridan, pastor, was the presider of the mass that included English and Kreyol readings and hymns. A special collation took place afterward in the lower hall with parishioners from each church enjoying comradery while sampling an assortment of desserts and beverages. A joyous weekend of celebration is being planned for the weekend of September 25 and 26. A group picture at the collation 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 The Haitian Choir was absolutely harmonic. Fr. John Sheridan talks about following the star on our parish journey. * 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 Centerpieces at the collation on display Three Haitian vocalists sang “Immaculate Mary” in Kreyol. The procession to begin the mass was breathtaking.

Page 8 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2021 NEIGHBORS | FROM PAGE 1 ing, it looks like the community wants more of an active playground with water structures,” CBA Landscape Architects Principal DJ Chagnon said. “Our firm takes pride in doing things asked of the community.” Chagnon will return to the site on Wednesday, July 28, at 6 p.m. with a revised schematic plan. The park was scheduled to be complete by Oct. 25, but now construction will begin in the fall with an expected opening date of May 2022, according to Chagnon. It will still be half an acre, welllit and open from sunrise to sunset. Neighbors discussed what they’d like to see with The EvCBA Landscape Architects Principal DJ Chagnon said the original design was different from what current neighbors foresee. erett Advocate after the meeting. The general consensus was that they didn’t want a basketball court, as smoking, drug exchange and fights were a nuisance, according to next-door neighbor of nine years Balina Thereault. Residents wanted a seesaw, two spinning items and a splash Neighbors came out in thunderstorms to help renovate Shapiro Park during an informational meeting on Tuesday. Next door neighbor Balina Thereault said basketball courts resulted in many police calls at the former Shapiro Park. pad. “Even though it was closed, people would jump the fence,” Thereault said. “We need to construct this fence more than seven feet so they can’t jump it.” The other next door neighbor, of 20 years, who lives across the street from Thereault, Dorothy Lemerise, said she likes the idea of no basketball courts and brighter lighting to keep people in check. She said the park closed down Standing in front of Shapiro Park, next-door neighbors Rick and Dorothy Lemerise said the occasional errant ball broke a few windows, but they were covered by insurance. three years ago when a slide malfunctioned. “I’d like to see a seesaw and slide put in,” Lemerise said. Resident Kim Arias, whose grandchildren will use the park and who lives a few doors down from Lemerise, said she’d like to see swing sets, a splash pad, a monkey bar and a spinner. The neighborhood has another playground on Florence Street within walking distance and at the George Keverian School. Three daycares and collaborative school students all use the parks.

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2021 Page 9 EPD | FROM PAGE 1 support the needs of the community.” The Everett Police DepartCarlo DeMaria Mayor MASTROCOLA | FROM PAGE 3 is stationed at the Naval Base in Pensacola for training as an avionics technician. He recently said to his parents: “It’s too bad grandpa couldn’t see me as a Marine… but he was with me in boot camp. During my toughest times, I thought of him, and found the strength to keep going.” It goes without saying that his proud grandfather is smiling down on his grandson. Semper fi delis. Frank Mastrocola, Sr., 1943 ment received the grant to provide funding for additional late-night patrols and additional equipment. The grant will fund the cost of 150 extra overtime patrols, allowing there to be two officers assigned in four-hour blocks on weekend nights as well as on Thursday or Sunday nights during special events that might increase traffi c in the area. The grant will also include funding for a vehicle for use by the Everett Police Department assigned to the Gaming Enforcement unit. You asked... for more Memory Care units. SCHEDULE A TOUR jfazekas@chelseajewish.org 617.887.0826 Ed Mastrocola, 2013 Kirill Mastrocola, 2021 Everett residents named to Holy Cross Dean’s List W ORCESTER – The following Everett residents were admitted to the Dean’s List at the College of the Holy Cross for the spring 2021 semester: Julianna Lopez-PicarFEDNA | FROM PAGE 4 gram. Looking ahead, Fedna remains excited to make her contribution to the medical community. “The doctor career fi ts my personality so well di, Angelo Carbone, Dennis Ryan and Ralph Carbone. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.50. because I’m always looking to learn something new,” she said. “Doctors have to be lifelong learners. With every virus that comes out, every new disease and all the new medications, you learn something new every day.” We heard you! More Florence & Chafetz Assisted Living units opening soon. Campuses in Chelsea, Peabody and Longmeadow www.chelseajewish.org • 617.887.0826 For Advertising with Results, call The Advocate Newspapers at 617-387-2200 or Info@advocatenews.net


THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2021 Page 11 Everett man, 30, held without bail in Malden home invasion murder Suspect arrested in Ashland on Wed. in shooting of Everett woman, 30, during robbery at Malden home By Steve Freker A tragic case of being “in the wrong place at the wrong time” cost a 30-year-old Everett woman her life early Tuesday morning when she was shot and killed during a Malden home invasion, according to local and state authorities. A 30-year-old Everett man, Brian Butler, was ordered held without bail on serious charges in connection with the slaying, including murder, after a “not guilty” plea was entered on his behalf by his attorney at his arraignment in Malden District Court on Wednesday. walked out of the house carrying a small safe, which allegedly contained heroin, prescription drugs and about $5,000 in cash. The alleged contents of the safe were described during police interviews of another suspect in the case, Cody DiGaetano, 24, of Chelsea, who also faces charges in connection with the incident, after he allegedly was at the wheel of the getaway car which took Butler away from the murder scene and eventually to a hideout and Ashland. DiGaetano allegedly helped Butler flee the murder scene and provided him transportation to Ashland, where Butler stayed overnight, prosecutors said. DiGaetano faces charges of accessory after the fact to an armed robbery and accessory after the fact to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. DiGaetano was arraigned earlier Wednesday. DiGaetano was released on personal recognizance. He was ordered to use GPS monitoring, stay in Chelsea, observe a 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew and not contact anyone involved in the case. Butler was ordered held without bail in state custody after the not guilty plea to charges of murder, armed home invasion, armed assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of a loaded firearm. Judge Emily Karstetter ordered Butler back in court for a probable cause hearing on August 9. Prosecutors said Wednesday that at least three other people, including the mother and father of an adult son who lived at the residence, were home on Tuesday when Butler arrived, allegedly armed and planning to commit a home invasion/robbery. According to reports, the suspect Butler was friends with the adult son of the residents, who apparently lives at the address and was also home at the time. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, at a press conference on Tuesday where Malden Police Chief Kevin Molis and other investigators were present, said the victim Erin Fitzgibbon was simply a guest at the home on Tuesday, that the family members knew Butler through their son, but that Butler and Fitzgibbon did not know each other. “Erin Fitzgibbon’s death was the tragic result of her being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Ryan said in a statement. “Miss Fitzgibbon was a visitor at that home, happened only to be staying at that house.” MALDEN | SEE PAGE 14 Brian Butler, 30, of Everett, faces murder and other charges in connection with the shooting and slaying of a 30-year-old Everett woman who was a visitor at a house on Fairmont Street in Malden, which Butler allegedly robbed of drugs and cash. (Courtesy Photo/Middlesex DA’s Office) The murder victim was identified in court on Wednesday as Erin Fitzgibbon, 30, of Everett, who apparently was sleeping in an upstairs bedroom when Butler allegedly burst into the home, brandishing a gun and firing off shots before dashing up the stairs to the second floor and shooting Fitzgibbon in the head. Butler, who fled the scene on Fairmont Street, Malden, around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, shortly after the shooting, was arrested in the town of Ashland without incident by state and Malden police, who conducted an around-the-clock investigation following the shooting. Prosecutors said Butler went to the home on Fairmont Street, located in Malden’s Belmont neighborhood, shortly after seven o’clock Tuesday morning, wielding a handgun and intending on robbing the occupants of drugs and cash. After allegedly shooting Fitzgibbon in the head as she lay in a bed, prosecutors said, Butler

Page 12 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2021 OBITUARIES Elvira M. “Vera” (Puopolo) Gerardi Of Onset, formerly of Everett, received her wings on June 26, 2021 with her loving family by her side at the age of 65. Beloved wife of Giuseppe Gerardi for 42 years. Loving mother of Angela Gerardi and her fiancé Todd Mello, Joseph Gerardi, James Gerardi and his fiancée Angela Charles and Brianna Calo-Gerardi. Sister of Richard Puopolo, Rosemary Messina and the late Ronald Puopolo and Nancy Calo. Devoted Mamma of Gia, Luckas & Liliana Mello, Jason & Kyle Bettencourt and cherished Gamma of Layla Gerardi. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Vera was one of the most loving, caring, compassionate and supportive individuals to anyone and everyone she met. Throughout her beautiful life Vera opened her home and heart to many people. Vera greatest joy in life was without a doubt her six beautiful grandchildren. She loved spending time with her “grandbabies” and spoiling them. Anytime she spoke about them she would light up and loved to show them off. Vera’s whole life was dedicated to her family. She will be remembered for her kind heart and devotion to her family. Vera will be deeply missed by all who loved her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Carol T. (Franey) Herbert late Anna M. (Jordan) Franey. Loving mother of Kevin Herbert and his wife Dawn. Cherished grandmother of Connor and Nathan Herbert. Loving sister of the late Jean Franey and the late John J. Franey, Jr. Loving daughter in law of Jean Herbert. Loving sister in law of Brian and James Herbert. Dear aunt of Katie and Rachel Herbert. She is also survived by many dear friends. Carol was a dedicated paralegal at Pierce Atwood Law Firm in Boston for over 30 years. She had an infectious smile and always enjoyed a cigarette and a good drink with friends. She will be sadly missed by all. A visitation was held at the JF Ward Funeral Home, 772 Broadway, Everett, on Tuesday, June 29 th, from 4-8 pm. Salvatore A. Fulchini Of Malden, entered into eternal rest peacefully, June 28, 2021. He was 81. Born in Gesualdo, Avellino, Italy Sal was the son of the late Vincenzo and Immaculata Fulchini. Beloved husband of the late Anna (Forgione). Dear and devoted father of Vincent Fulchini and his wife, Ellen of Malden, Margie Rich and her husband, PJ of Danvers, Lisa Goldstein and her husband, Jonathan of Reading and Carol Aguja and her husband, Bernard of Reading. Brother of Gerard Fulchini of Everett. Loving Papa of Isabella Goldstein, Austin Goldstein, Corey Goldstein, Ana Rich, Alex Rich, Julianna Aguja, Anji Aguja and Emma Fulchini. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Salvatore’s funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, 38 Oakes St., Everett, Thursday, July 1 at 10 a.m. Interment private. Late former owner/proprietor of the Everett Square Personal Market for many years. In lieu of OBITUARIES | SEE PAGE 13 Of Everett, passed away unexpectedly on June 23 rd, 2021, at 64 years. She is the loved wife of Ken Herbert. Loving daughter of the late John J. Franey, Sr and the

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2021 Page 13 OBITUARIES | FROM PAGE 12 flowers, contributions in Salvatore’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452 would be sincerely appreciated. Mary (Gentile) DiGiacomo Also known as, Maria of Saugus, formerly of Malden and Everett entered into eternal rest peacefully, at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was 94 years old passing just two days before becoming 95 years of age. Born in Caserta, Italy, Mary worked at Charleston Chew as a candy maker for many years. Mary was the daughter of the late Vincenzo and Pietronilla Gentile. Beloved wife of the late OBITUARIES | SEE PAGE 20

Page 14 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2021 Meditation for seniors at The Connolly Center M ayor Carlo DeMaria and The Council on Aging are happy to announce Mindful Meditation for seniors at The Connolly Center. The schedule is as follows; Fridays, July 23rd, August 8th, August 20th and September 3rd at 8:30 am. This class is designed for you commune with your inner self, promoting self-awareness and the well-being of mind body and spirit. Please join Anna Noble from East Boston Health for this rewarding class. Reservations are required by calling 617.394.2260 or 617.394.2323. Class size is limited to 20 people. MALDEN | FROM PAGE 11 A Malden police report filed in court said that the mother of the family woke up Tuesday and found Butler on her back deck. He said he was going to kill her and attempted to fire his gun twice, but the gun jammed. She recognized Butler and initially thought he was playing a joke, but then she became afraid and locked the back door. Butler then broke the glass on the door and gained entry to the kitchen. According to a police report read at the arraignment Wednesday, the husband came to the kitchen and struggled with Butler, who again tried to fire his gun. Prosecutors said in court that he fired a shot at that time. The husband yelled for everyone to leave the apartment, and the woman, her husband and her son left the home. Prosecutors said Tuesday that the family believed Fitzgibbon had come with them, but she was still in the upstairs bedroom. The family told police they heard another gunshot from inside and saw Butler coming down the driveway with his gun and one of two safes that belonged to the family. Butler fled in a waiting car. The family went back inside to find Fitzgibbon fatally shot upstairs, according to police. After his arrest in Ashland, police said, Butler was interviewed in the Malden Police Station for nearly two hours. During the interview, Butler allegedly told police a second man at the location pulled the trigger, shooting and killing Fitzgibbon and then fleeing the scene. Police said Butler refused to identify the mystery gunman, saying “he was not a rat.” Malden police and state police assigned to DA Ryan’s office are continuing the investigation.


Page 16 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2021 Everett Girls’ summer softball teams win home games T By Tara Vocino he USA Softball Middle-Essex League in Everett opened their summer season, playing their first home games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Glendale Park. The Everett Tide 14U Red is 3-0 so far in the Middle-Essex League. Head Coach Nicholas Olson described a few key plays that led to the win, 13-3, against the other Everett Tide 14U team on Monday night. “Kayleigh McMahon had four RBIs,” Olson said. “Sarah Tiberii made two great plays in left field.” Olson lauded Ashley Seward and Jayla Davila’s defensive skills, saying they were a brick wall at third base and shortstop. “Pitcher Sophia Clarke had seven strikeouts and Catcher Emilia Maria-Babcock did great behind Everett Tide 14U Red: Bottom row, pictured from left to right: Jordyn Sikora, Cayleigh McMahon, Sarah Tiberii, Jayla Davila, Emma Buckley and Daisey Perez. Top row, pictured from left to right: Asst. Coach JT Morello, Ashley Seward, Alexa Morello, Kassidy Rivera, Emilia Maria Babcock, Sophia Clarke, Maeve Hurley, Mikayla Marchant, Asst. Coach Michael O’Leary and Head Coach Nicholas Olson. the plate,” Olson said. “Maeve Hurley had five stolen bases.” They’re a great group of kids and play extremely well to15 gether, according to Olson. The Everett Tide 18U Blue team beat Wellesley 10-0 on Wednesday night. “Tonight Everett Tide 14U Red: Bottom row, pictured from left to right: Mia Allen, Gianna Masucci, Angelina Pappa, Mia Oliva and Rileigh Kenney. Top row, pictured from left to right: Asst. Coach Ron Pardi, Head Coach Sean Salvi, Alex Uga, Emma Salvi, Peyton Warren, Emily Green, Stephanie DeSouza, Asst. Coach Michael Masucci and Asst. Coach Vincent Oliva. we beat Wellesley 10-0 behind great pitching from Celeste Fuccillo, who struck out seven batters and only let up one hit,” Head Coach William Seward said. "The Tide also played great defense, led by Ashley Fitzgerald, who made a SPORTS | SEE PAGE 18

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2021 Page 17 commonwealth’s fi nancial commitBeacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives and senators from the week of June 28-July 2. OVERRIDE BAKER’S VETO OF PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT FOR SOLDIERS’ HOME (S 2439) House 130-30, Senate 37-3, overrode Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of a section of the bill authorizing $400 million to fund the construction of a new Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. The section requires the home be built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that ensures that union labor will be used to build the facility by mandating a pre-bid, pre-hire collective bargaining agreement for the construction. “This [PLA] requirement threatens the viability of this project by limiting fair competition and disproportionately reducing opportunities for minority, women and veteran-owned businesses,” wrote Gov. Charlie Baker in his veto message. “It will also raise the overall costs of this project precipitously and may result in a labor shortage, putting the project and project timeline in jeopardy.” “PLAs create barriers to entry that eliminate the equality of opportunity that is central to the commonwealth’s public construction process,” continued Baker. “While PLAs do not technically prohibit nonunion contractors from bidding on a project, PLA terms make it cost prohibitive and impractical for any non-union member to participate.” “I voted to uphold the project labor agreement provision…because it establishes practical standards for fair pay and workplace safety,” said Senate Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton). “In addition, the language … includes key safeguards designed to ensure inclusion and equity amongst project contractors. Construction initiatives throughout the commonwealth have successfully implemented project labor agreements in recent years and I am pleased the hardworking employees tasked with building this new facility will be able to rely on reasonable workplace conditions.” “Gov. Baker recognizes the risk that the project-labor agreement could bring to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home project,” said Sen. Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) who opposed the PLA provision. “Not only will it exclude the opportunity for women and minority owned businesses to bid on components of the project, but the PLA could also signal unforeseen budget expenditures that drive the cost over budget. These risks will threaten the commonwealth’s ability to secure VA funding that is needed to match the ment in this bill.” “This [PLA] language and resulting agreement will ensure that hard-earned, taxpayer dollars are spent effi ciently to build a new soldiers’ home that is on time, on budget and worthy of the veterans it will serve,” said Sen. Paul Feeney (D-Foxborough) the Senate sponsor of the language. “The language … commits to recruiting and hiring a workforce that is diverse, local, safe, well-trained and highly skilled. Despite the governor’s vocal opposition, the Senate took steps by overriding his veto, to assist women, minority and veteran owned businesses in creating jobs and opportunities now and in the future, as well as expanded opportunities for many local working-class people in the construction trades.” In an unusual occurrence, Senate Ways and Means chairman Sen. Mike Rodrigues (D-Westport) broke with Senate President Karen Spilka and her leadership team was one of only three senators and the only Democrat to vote with the governor against the PLA. Beacon Hill Roll Call asked Rodrigues why he voted against the PLA. His spokesman Bently Holt responded, “The senator is tied up in conference and so will not be issuing a statement on this.” Rodrigue also voted against the PLA agreement when it was up for a vote in April. At that time, he told the State House News Service, “I have problems with anytime we limit competition on any sort of public construction projects. I think more competition is healthier for everyone. It’s better for the taxpayers.” (A “Yes” vote is for overriding Baker’s veto and favors the PLA provision. A “No” vote is for sustaining the governor’s veto and against the PLA provision.) Rep. Joseph McGonagle Yes Sen. Sal DiDomenico Yes $200 MILLION FOR LOCAL ROADS AND BRIDGES (S 2486) Senate 39-0, approved a bill that includes authorizing $200 million in one-time funding for the maintenance and repair of local roads and bridges in cities and towns across the state. The package is a bond bill under which the funding would be borrowed by the state through the sale of bonds. The House has already approved a diff erent version of the proposal and a House-Senate conference committee will likely work out a compromise. “Safe roads, reliable bridges and modernized transit infrastructure made possible through this bill exemplifi es the Senate’s approach to public transportation,” said Senate Transportation Committee Chair Joe Boncore (D-Winthrop). “The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have made the need for this funding more urgent. These investments will provide critical funding for shovel-ready transportation projects in our cities and towns, create jobs and support local and regional economies.” “The measure we passed today will provide our cities and towns with the resources they need to invest in critical infrastructure projects,” said Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth). “Investing in our roads, sidewalks and bridges is an investment in the longevity and safety of our communities.” “It is good news that the…bill jumped another hurdle on Beacon Hill and is moving ahead,” said Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) Executive Director Geoff Beckwith. “The construction season is getting shorter with each passing day, and there is a huge need to enact the bill now. Communities depend on these funds for critical road repair projects. We are also asking that the state add to this $200 million … bill by using some of this year’s large budget surplus to put even more funding on the street, as it has done in past years. MMA estimates that the annual cost of getting and maintaining 30,000 miles of municipal roads into a state of good repair is approximately $600 million, and communities don’t have the resources to get there themselves. While passing the…bill is an important step, going beyond $200 million is essential.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill.) Sen. Sal DiDomenico Yes 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 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 the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of June 28-July 2, the House met for a total of four hours and 24 minutes while the Senate met for a total of two hours and 45 minutes Mon. June 28 House 11:02 a.m. to 12:14 p.m. Senate 11:14 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Tues. June 29 No House session No Senate session Wed. June 30 House 11:04 a.m. to 2:13 p.m. No Senate session Thurs. July 1 House 11:03 a.m. to 11:06 a.m. Senate 11:17 a.m. to 12:56 p.m. Fri. July 2 No House session No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com S y Senior Top Smartphones for Tech-Shy Seniors Sa e a Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good smartphones for older seniors? I would like to get my 78-year-old mother to upgrade to a smartphone but want something that’s easy for her to see and use. Dear Shopping, There are actually several smartphones I can recommend that will provide your mother a simpler, less intimidating smartphone experience. Here are my top three options. Apple iPhones: Because of the quality and functionality of Apple products, an iPhone is a great choice for seniors who are inexperienced with technology. But, to make it easier for you mom to use, you’ll need to set it up and customize it to meet her needs and preferences. To set-up your mom’s iPhone and make it senior-friendly, start by cleaning-up/decluttering the home screen, which you can do by deleting the apps your mom won’t use and hiding the apps she’ll rarely use in labeled folders or the App Library. The fewer options the better! You’ll also want to set up a small number of contacts (with photos) to family and friends that your mom frequently communicates with and install some apps she would enjoy using. Finally, iPhones have a wide variety of built-in accessibility features you can turn on depending on your mom’s needs. These features, which you access through the phone’s settings, can help users that have diminished vision, hearing impairment, hand dexterity problems or cognitive loss. Some popular accessibility features among older iPhone users include larger text and icon display, zoom (screen magnifi cation), magnifi er (turns iPhone into a magnifying glass), increased volume and alerts, voice control, fi nd my iPhone, and emergency SOS and medical ID set up. But there are dozens of other tweaks you can make to enhance your mom’s experience with her iPhone. For a rundown of the diff erent accessibility features and instructions on how to set them up, see Apple.com/accessibility. If you’re interested in this option, the iPhone 12 (5G, 6.1-inch display screen, $800) or iPhone 12 mini (5G, 5.4-inch screen, $700) are excellent choices. Or, for a more budget-friendly phone consider the iPhone SE (4.7-inch screen, $400) that came out in 2020. Samsung Galaxy: If you’re Shopping Around an android phone user and would like to get your mom a phone that you’re familiar with, you should consider a Samsung. All Samsung phones offer an “Easy Mode” feature in their settings that boosts the text and icon size, and simplifies the home-screen layout and contacts, which makes these phones a nice option for seniors or tech-newbies. These phones also have a variety of accessibility features -see Samsung.com/us/accessibility/galaxy-mobile for instructions – that can accommodate your mom’s needs. The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (6.2-inch screen, $800) or more moderately priced Galaxy A71 5G (6.7-inch screen, $600) are good choices to consider here. Lively Smart: Another less expensive option to consider is to purchase your mom a smartphone that’s specifi cally designed for seniors. The best one available is the new Lively Smart off ered by Best Buy. This phone has a 6.2-inch screen, large text and a simple list-based menu that provides one-touch access to frequently used features like video chat, camera, email and more. It also off ers a nice variety of optional health and safety features you can add on like:\ • Urgent Response, which is a mobile medical alert service that would connect your mom to a Lively agent in emergency situations, 24/7, who would confi rm her location and get her the help she needs. • Urgent Care, which would let your mom to speak to a registered nurse or board-certifi ed doctor anytime. • Lively Link, which is an app that sends alerts to family and friends if your mom calls urgent response. • Personal Operator Service, who can assist your mom with tasks like helping fi nd addresses, setting up appointments booking Lively Rides through a partnership with Lyft and much more. The Lively Smart is available online at Lively.com or at Best Buy stores for $150. 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. BY JIM MILLER S h f T hSh Si Senio nior nir ior

Page 18 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2021 SPORTS | FROM PAGE 16 couple of great plays at shortstop, including a double play.” Seward added that they had big, timely hits by Emma Longmore and Julianna Edwards, who both drove in two runs with singles. After a rain and lightning delay, the Everett Tide 18U Red beat the TriTown Titans (Topsfield, Boxford and Middleton) 12-5 on Wednesday night. “Every player contributed,” Head Coach Michele Maiuri said. “Our bats were alive and everyone hit well.” Everett Tide 12U Red: The Everett Tide 12U team beat Cambridge on Wednesday at Glendale Park. The TriTown Titans lost to the Everett Tide 18U Red, 12-5, on Wednesday. (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino) Everett Tide 18U Red: Shown from left to right: Janessa Sikora, Alyssa Bessler, Gabriella Maiuri, Hailey Payne, Kyleigh Dalton, Alyssa Soule, Bailey Deliere, Danica Schena, Macayla Bessler, Kirby Dalton and Jayla Davila. Not pictured: Francesca Maiuri and Catherine Schena. Everett Tide 18U Blue: Bottom row, pictured from left to right: Celeste Fuccillo, Julia Curran, MacKenzie Powers, Emma Longmore, Kayley Rossi and Chloe Salvi. Top row, pictured from left to right: Asst. Coach Melissa Rossi, Gianna Darnell, Julianna Edwards, Kaylin Seward, Kristi Skane, Karyana Ellerbe, Kristen Marchant, Ashley Fitzgerald and Head Coach William Seward.

THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2021 Page 19 ~ ADVOCATE MOVIE REVIEW ~ Black Widow’s first solo mission fails to meet objective; rating: D+ By Mitch Ringenberg A common criticism lobbed towards the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is that each of their movies all look, feel and move pretty much the same. When a promising indie director like Taika Waititi (the New Zealand filmmaker who helmed 2017’s “Thor: Ragnarok”) or recent Oscar-winner Chloé Zhao (this year’s upcoming “Eternals”) is scooped up by Disney to direct their latest Avengers-adjacent blockbuster, it’s often difficult to see their thumbprints in the final product. It’s like when Quentin Tarantino directed a couple episodes of “CSI” back in 2005; these directors are there to film one chapter of a larger story and collect a handsome paycheck while they’re at it. Thus, credit should be given to director Cate Shortland for imbuing “Black Widow” with a noticeably darker tone than previous MCU outings. Set shortly after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” this prequel focuses on the tortured backstory of Scarlett Johansson’s Russian-superspy-turned-Avenger Natasha Romanoff (codename Black Widow). The film is a spy thriller about survivor’s guilt and the trauma women carry after spending time with abusive, domineering men. At least that’s what “Black Widow” wants to be about. Unfortunately, all that thematic ambition is undermined by graceless, CGI-heavy action and lackluster storytelling. This movie desperately wants to capture the grim espionage thrills of “The Bourne Identity,” but it ultimately feels like an inferior imitation. The film begins with an opening credits montage of female child soldiers being brainwashed and trained in lethal combat as a breathy, female-sung cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” plays to let you know that this movie is gritty, by golly. Like the rest of “Black Widow,” the sequence is filled with desaturated colors and quick cuts that render the onscreen action almost incomprehensible. Young girls being trained to kill for their country is a pretty heavy concept for a superhero movie made for children, but sadly MOVIE | SEE PAGE 20

Page 20 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2021 MOVIE | FROM PAGE 19 there aren’t enough ideas at play here to justify such loaded imagery. The story finds Natasha forced to reconcile with her estranged family after an attempt is made on her life by a mute assassin named Taskmaster. In an intriguing twist, her family was formed in America during an undercover mission by her parents Alexei (an amusing David Harbour) and Melina (a Rachel Weisz without much to do), yet once Alexei’s cover is blown, the unit is quickly disbanded, and Natasha and her sister Yelena (Florence Pugh, also wasted here) are turned over to a shady government program in Russia. The fi lm is at its strongest when exploring the strained dynamics between this highly dysfunctional family. A stretch in the middle shows both sisters confronting their parents about the falsehoods of their upbringing. To mom and dad, it was an assignment that got a little too personal; to Natasha and Yelena, it was their entire lives. MOVIE | SEE PAGE 21 OBITUARIES | FROM PAGE 13 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 Joseph DiGiacomo. Dear and devoted mother of Elisa Guardia and her late husband, Ettore of Everett, Tony DiGiacomo and his wife, Cristina of Saugus and Vincent DiGiacomo and his wife, Angela of Saugus. Sister of Anna Millefi orini of Italy. Mary was the loving grandmother of 7 cherished grandchildren and 6 cherished great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Mary’s visitation in the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark Street (Corner of Main Street) Everett, Friday, July at 8:30 a.m. followed by her funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church 38 Oakes St. Everett at 10 a.m. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of fl owers, contributions in Mary’s memory to the charity of one’s choice would be sincerely appreciated. Parking with attendants on duty. We follow Social Distancing Guidelines! 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

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Page 22 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2021 head and nurse have in common? 9. What does JPEG stand for? 10. In what year were 1. On July 9, 1932, King C. Gillette died, who invented the safety razor with disposable blades and founded a company in what city? 2. Is wasabi grown outside Japan? 3. What were kayaks originally made of? 4. According to the “Guinness Book of World Records,” the hottest weather ever recorded on earth (134) was on July 10, 1913, where? 5. Who was the only U.S. president to pay all the national debt (in 1835)? 6. What is a mud pot? 7. On July 11, 1977, who was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom? 8. What do bull, hammerwomen first allowed to participate in Olympic swimming: 1895, 1912 or 1921? 11. July 12 is International Town Crier Day; what New England beach town has had a town crier since the mid-1800’s? 12. Charles Babbage has been called the “Father” of what? 13. What food has the highest water content – 96% (a member of the gourd family)? 14. On July 13, 1923, the “Hollywoodland” sign (later revised to “Hollywood”) was dedicated; what did it advertise? 15. The first-known recipe for what campfire snack was in a 1927 Girl Scout handbook? 16. By weight, what is the most-consumed melon in the country? 17. On July 14, 2013, the last telegram was sent – in what country that is the second-most populous country? 18. Revere Beach, America’s first public beach, was founded in what year: 1896, 1922 or 1931? 19. The country’s oldest church bells are in what church in Boston? 20. On July 15, 1879, a patent was issued to two men from Worcester, Mass., for the first American “dobby,” which is what? ANSWERS 1. Boston, Mass. 2. Rarely, due to its ideal growing conditions restricting wide cultivation 3. A framework of whalebone or driftwood covered with skins caulked with whale fat 4. Death Valley, California 5. Andrew Jackson 6. A hot spring with mud and venting gases 7. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 8. They are types of sharks. 9. Joint Photographic Expert Group 10. 1912 (The Olympics first included swimming in 1908.) 11. Provincetown 12. The computer 13. Cucumbers 14. A housing development in the hills near Hollywood 15. S’mores 16. Watermelon 17. India 18. 1896 19. Old North Church 20. A loom attachment used for creating small geometric patterns



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