Your Local News & Sports Online in 6 Languages! Scan & Subscribe Now! Vol. 34, No.6 -FREEwww.advocatenews.net Free Every Friday 781-286-8500 Friday, February 9, 2024 Revere Beach Winter Wonderland Festival a Day of Fire and Ice ICE SLAYER: The Revere Beach Winter Wonderland Festival kicked off for the fi rst-time last weekend and featured some talented artists including professional ice sculptor Tony Perham, of White River Junction, Vermont, shown here pretending to slay his creation, “Vera The Sea Dragon” for the Advocate photographer. See story and photos starting on page 8. (Advocate photo by Tara Vocino) “This Matter of Critical Importance” Saugus Selectmen send urgent request to state and federal legislative delegation to fund feasibility study for fl oodgates project By Mark E. Vogler S electmen have begun lobbying members of their state and federal delegation to fund “as soon as possible” a feasibility study of a fl oodgates project that was authorized by President Biden in late 2022 — but never funded. “It is imperative that funding immediately occur so that this study can happen which would allow for a robust public participation process and ultimately a proposal to construct fl oodgates at PROJECT | SEE Page 6 Attorney for former Wonderland site awaits court decision By Barbara Taormina the mouth of the Saugus River,” states a letter approved at Tuesday (Feb. 6) night’s meeting by selectmen to be sent to their delegation. R esidents throughout the city were pleased, some jubilant, that Revere High is on track to be built at the former Wonderland Dog Track site. But few are talking about what’s coming down a parallel track, a $100 million-dollar eminent domain lawsuit from the former owners of Wonderland against the city. “The timeline for this case is driven by the city, specifi cally the mayor, and the court. There are no immediate court dates, WONDERLAND | SEE Page 7

Page 2 THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2024 Aquarium welcomes guests during February school vacation week with extended hours and educational programs Spend the week with sea lions, films and more F or February school vacation week, the New England Aquarium is ready to host guests with animal encounters, a new caf? menu, fi lms on the largest screen in New England, opportunities to get involved in advocacy eff orts, and more. The Aquarium will extend its hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from February 19 to 23 when Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine public school students have vacation weeks. Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance at neaq.org, as timed ticket slots might sell out. 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Guests are encouraged to stop by the Blue Planet Action Center during their visit to learn more about the Aquarium’s sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation program and write to their members of Congress to encourage their support of these critical conservation eff orts. The site will be active from February 19 to 23 and is an exciting chance to contribute to the collective work to protect these endangered animals. Meet the Aquarium’s newest residents • Toward the end of 2023, the Aquarium welcomed two California sea lions, Gio and Farley. The 15-year-old sea lions are now permanent residents in the Aquarium’s New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center, and join three other California sea lions: Zoe, SierA harbor seal encounter (Credit: Tony Rinaldo for the New England Aquarium) ra and Tipper. Daily presentations have returned to the Marine Mammal Center at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., when visitors can see the sea lions interacting with their trainers. • The Aquarium also recently welcomed a nurse shark, Cirri, to its Giant Ocean Tank, continuing a decades-long commitment of caring for and protecting shark species. The three-and-a-half-foot, 22-pound shark joins Myrtle, the Aquarium’s famous green sea turtle, cownose rays, eels and hundreds of colorful reef fi sh in the Caribbean coral reef exhibit. Simons Theatre films • The Aquarium’s Simons Theatre is now showing “Arctic: Our Frozen Planet,” a 45-minute documentary fi lmed on a scale never attempted before. The fi lm captures a year-long adventure across the seasons in the Arctic — and the subsequent impact our changing climate has had on it. Tickets and show times are available at all Aquarium ticketing locations by calling 617-973-5206 or by visiting neaq.org. Also showing are “Blue Whales: Return of the Giants 3D,” “Great White Shark 3D,” “Incredible Predators 3D” and “Secrets of the Sea 3D.” Elevated Café Offerings • Whether visitors are looking for a full meal or a quick bite, the cuisine at the Aquarium is elevated in a fresh, exciting way that features sustainably sourced ingredients, thanks to a new partnership with Sodexo Live! The café now features diverse choices, including healthy dishes as well as favorites from the grill, all aimed at an inviting and environmentally-friendly dining atmosphere, along with visitor education around sustainable initiatives. About the New England Aquarium: This nonprofi t research and conservation organization has protected and cared for our ocean and marine animals for more than 50 years. It provides science-based solutions and helps shape policies that create measurable change to address threats the ocean faces. It inspires action through discovery and helps create engaged, resilient communities.

THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2024 Page 3 Chelsea Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Machinegun Conversion Devices B OSTON — A Chelsea man pleaded guilty last week to illegally selling multiple machinegun conversion devices to an undercover federal agent. Michael Williams, 50, was indicted on two counts of transferring or possessing a machinegun and one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition. U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper scheduled sentencing for May 15, 2024. Williams was arrested and charged by criminal complaint in July 2023 and subsequently indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2023. In January 2023, Williams agreed to sell several machinegun conversion devices and other fi rearm accessories to an undercover agent. Following a series of communications, Williams met the undercover agent twice at a pre-arranged location. On Jan. 12, 2023, Williams sold the fi rst machinegun conversion device, along with numerous rounds of ammunition. On the following day Williams sold two additional machinegun conversion devices to the undercover agent. Williams is prohibited from possessing a fi rearm or ammunition due to a prior felony conviction. The charge of unlawful transferring or possession of a machinegun provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fi ne of up to $250,000. The felon in possession charge provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fi ne of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case. Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; and Chelsea Police Chief Keith Houghton made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Dawley of the Organized Crime & Gang Unit is prosecuting the case. Make a difference as a hospice volunteer! Online training to begin March 4 VOLUNTEER | SEE Page 5 nonprofit organization. You can make a diff erence in a patient’s life by: • Engaging in a shared interest or hobby “I’m a fi rm believer in quality of life, so I’ll do what I can to help my patients with that. It’s so rewarding when they acknowledge my visit”—Care Dimensions Hospice Volunteer Michael Person of Wakefi eld, Mass. C are Dimensions, the region’s largest provider of hospice care, will hold online training classes for those interested in becoming volunteers for the • Helping with letter-writing or life review • Visiting with your approved dog • Reading to the patient Listening and by providing a supportive, comforting presence Our volunteers visit patients in their homes, in facilities, and at our hospice houses. If patient visits are not the right fi t, you can volunteer in other ways, such as providing administrative offi ce support or making check-in phone calls to current patients or bereaved family members. Training will be held via Zoom on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9–11 a.m., March 4–27 (register by February 24).For more information or to register, please go to www.CareDimensions.org/ Volunteers, or email VolunteerInfo@CareDimensions.org. About Care Dimensions: The largest hospice and palliative care provider to adults and chilLawrence 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 SABATINO 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 tino I sur nce is p the l yal c st ers o d t welcome PHONE: (617) 387-7466 FAX: (617) 381-9186 Visit us online at: WWW.SABATINO-INS.COM

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I have found peace by re-registering as an unenrolled voter. Come Tuesday, March 5, I can choose my ballot designation when I go to the polls. Yes, go to the polls. I don’t mail in my ballot. I don’t even vote early. I must say I don’t trust the voting process as much as I once did. The 2020 election in those bat~ GUEST COMMENTARY ~ MassGOP Needs To Do More Than Talk About Trump By Sal Giarratani tleground states shook me up. I want to trust the election process 100 percent but now I am skeptical about the process. Trump continues to say the election was stolen. I won’t go that far but I did see some dubious things going on that weakened the credibility of our electoral system. If we can’t trust our elections, who or what can we trust? We are a democratic republic and lately, too many Republicans seem more interested in fi ghting a war between themselves. We need to be fi nding candidates and getting them elected into offi ce. We need to be proposing legislation and getting it passed and signed into law. We need to energize our democratic republic again. By the way, just to let you know, I will be taking a Republican ballot on Election Day in support of a good friend of mine named Rachel Miselman who is running for the position of Republican state committeewoman (in Lydia Edwards’ senate district). Hopefully, the MassGOP can get beyond all the turmoil and attempt to become a real political party again. For all intents and purposes, Massachusetts has relegated itself to be a one-party state where nothing good can happen. We need two strong parties willing to duke it out on Beacon Hill to make Massachusetts work again for everyone. Healey-Driscoll Administration announces $5M for fire departments Revere included in the more than 300 communities awarded funds R ecently the Healey-Driscoll Administration announced $5 million in awards to 321 Massachusetts fire departments through the state’s Firefi ghter Safety Equipment Grant program. The city of Revere will receive $34,973.84. “Every single day, firefighters across Massachusetts put themselves in harm’s way to protect their communities,” said Governor Maura Healey. “They deserve our thanks and our support. The Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant program is just one way we can express our appreciation for that selfl ess dedication.” for safety equipment “From structure fi res and water rescues to hazardous materials and building collapses, fi refi ghters never know what lifethreatening risks the next call will bring,” said Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll. “These grants will support the purchase of fundamental tools and specialty equipment to help them do a dangerous job more safely.” Fire departments across Massachusetts were invited to apply to the Firefi ghter Safety Equipment Grant program, which provides reimbursement on purchases of 135 different types of eligible equipment. Eligible items include hoses and nozzles, turnout gear, ballistic protective equipment, gear washers and dryers, thermal imaging cameras, hand tools and extrication equipment, communications resources, hazardous gas meters, and more. In many cases, the purchase of this equipment will help departments attain compliance with Occupational Safety & Health Administration or National Fire Protection Association safety standards. This is the fourth year that funding has been awarded through the program. “For the second year in a row, many fi re departments are using this program to provide their personnel with ballistic vests and helmets so they can make life-saving rescues in active shooter situations,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Terrence Reidy. “As we confront this growing threat and other emerging hazards, we are proud of the way Massachusetts fi re departments have risen to every challenge.” “While smoke and fl ames are the most obvious threats to fi refi ghters’ safety, occupational cancer is the leading cause of death in the fi re service,” said Deputy Secretary Susan Terrey. “We now know that wearing the right type of protective gear and cleaning it properly can reduce that risk. This program will give many fi refi ghters access to tools that will help protect them from the number one threat to their health and well-being.” “The Firefi ghter Safety Equipment Grants are an investment in the health and safety of Massachusetts firefighters,” said State Fire Marshal Jon Davine. “The fl exibility of the program is especially valuable because it allows each department to make purchases based on their specifi c needs and resources. It has become a vital part of the way the Massachusetts fi re service prepares for the constantly evolving threats in the world around us.” “Firefighters who have the proper protective gear and contemporary rescue tools are much better able to protect themselves and the residents they serve,” said Hyannis Fire Chief Peter Burke, President of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts. “These grant awards will have immeasurable impacts on public safety in Massachusetts for years to come.”

THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2024 Page 5 Everett/Revere/Malden cooperative boys’ hockey team united in determination for strong finish By Dom Nicastro The Everett cooperative boys’ hockey team, which features players from Everett, Revere, Malden and Mystic Valley high schools, is heading toward the home stretch. The team is 5-111 after 17 games. While there likely won’t be any postseason appearance for the Tide, the team wants to fi nish strong in its fi nal three games. We caught up with two of its captains — senior forward and Malden’s Lukas Deguire of Mystic Valley and Revere senior forward Ollie Svendsen — in the meantime for a Q&A on leadership and the team’s progress lately. Advocate: Three out of the last four games have been competitive. What is the team doing well lately? Deguire: I feel that our team has done a great job in these last four games at coming together and understanding that it would be a great memory to each of the 11 seniors on our team if we were able to fi nish off the season on a strong note. There is definitely a deeper sense of passion at this point in the season as the games quickly wind down, and we’re just giving all we have on and off the ice to be a competitive team. Svendsen: The key to the team’s late success has been the amount of “grit” we have put in day in and day out. We have been in some high-scoring games, and we seem to never give up. We really work on getting pucks deep in the corner and beating those defensemen to the puck and gain control. VOLUNTEER | FROM Page 3 dren in Massachusetts, this nonprofit, community-based leader in advanced illness care provides comprehensive hospice, palliative care and grief support in more than 100 Massachusetts communities. Founded in 1978 as Hospice of the North Shore, Care Dimensions cares for patients wherever they live or at its two inpatient hospice facilities: the Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln and the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Additionally, Care Dimensions’ HomeMD program provides in-home primary care to housebound patients over age 65 in North Shore and Greater Boston communities. The Care Dimensions Learning Institute educates health care professionals and community members on advanced illness and end-of-life topics. For more info, visit www. CareDimensions.org. Shown from left to right, senior captain Jake Simpson of Malden, senior captain Ollie Svendsen of Revere, Malden’s Lukas Deguire of Mystic Valley and Head Coach Craig Richards. Just getting the puck to the net has been huge for us especially when we crash for rebounds and defl ections. Advocate: What are some things you guys feel like you can improve? Deguire: Obviously, there is always room for improvement with any team, and we could defi nitely work on perfecting our systems, as these are what will win us decisive games. The eff ort has been there as of recently, but if we can master our positioning in each zone and further our chemistry together, we will be a defi nitively better team. Svendsen: A huge improvement for us would be our fi rstperiod play. We always seem to come out fl at, making us go down on the scoreboard early. After that buzzer rings to end the fi rst, there is almost always a switch that turns on, and we start battling our way back. Advocate: How do you go about forming team chemistry when you have four different schools and it’s hard to see each other outside the rink? Deguire: There is no doubt that team chemistry is hard to come by when combining four schools, but our coaching staff has done an incredible job at ensuring that we can have time to bond and create memories. This is done through our weekly team dinners, assigned locker room seating, and on-ice chats that allow us to express ourselves. All of these ideas help us form better relationships and give us an identity as a team, rather than four separate schools. Svendsen: In my personal experience, I have been playing with Everett/Revere Youth Hockey my whole life. When I was about 12, our youth program joined forces with Malden’s youth hockey program so it was nice to meet some future teammates since Revere and Malden were combined for varsity high school hockey. I knew all the Everett players from playing youth hockey and was excited to get the chance to play against my friends. Instead, we once again joined forces and I was ecstatic to play with all my friends growing up. Advocate: As a senior, how have you tried to work with the underclassmen to help them get better? Gerry D’Ambrosio Attorney-at-Law Is Your Estate in Order? Do you have an update Will, Health Care Proxy or Power of Attorney? If Not, Please Call for a Free Consultation. 14 Proctor Avenue, Revere (781) 284-5657 Deguire: As a senior, there is a distinct role of maturity and setting an example for the younger players on the team. Throughout the season, I have made sure to maintain a positive attitude on and off the ice that refl ects onto the underclassmen. Whether it is taking the lead in a drill or giving maximum eff ort on a skate at the end of practice, I have tried to set the bar for the younger guys to follow this season and for the rest of their high school careers. Svendsen: I have seen a lot of improvement from the newcomers this season. I try to lead by example in practice. Furthermore, games can be nerveracking, and when an underclassman makes a mistake, they tend to get really down on themselves. I try to explain that they won’t make the next play if they are still so focused on the last one and that they have to let it go.

Page 6 THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2024 PROJECT | FROM Page 1 “The Saugus River Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study process would develop, evaluate, and update alternatives and impacts. “Public involvement is required in order to evaluate alternatives and environmental concerns as well as to renew support from the Commonwealth and aff ected communities.” The letter, which was crafted by Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta and Precinct 10 Town Meeting Member Peter Manoogian, is addressed to the six federal and state elected leaders who represent Saugus: U.S. Senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton, State Senator Brendan P. Crighton, State Representative Donald Wong and State Representative Jessica Giannino. In the letter, selectmen noted that Saugus, Revere, Lynn and surrounding communities on Jan. 13 “experienced some of the worst coastal fl ooding to-date.” “In fact, in 2024 the 4th and 6th highest fl ood waters on record have occurred. The devastation experienced by our residents and property owners was both extreme and sobering,” the letter said. “Saugus offi cials, homeowners, property owners, and businesses clearly recognize that future fl ooding events will in fact become more frequent and more destructive,” it continued. “…action needs to be taken by the cities of Lynn, Malden, and Everett and Revere” At Tuesday’s meeting, selectmen agreed that the letter was an important step by the town to demonstrate a commitment to the feasibility study. But they noted that similar action needs to be taken by the cities of Lynn, Malden, Everett and Revere. In addition, the six state and federal elected offi cials need to aggressively support the project. “I cannot think of a situation in the past 40 years where the town has reached out to our entire state and federal representatives asking for their collective help,” Manoogian told The Saugus Advocate Wednesday. “Saugus is willing to do its part and pay its fair share to fund the updated study so that the fl oodgate project can proceed. The matter is now in the hands of Representative Wong, Representative Giannino, State Senator Crighton, Congressman Moulton, Senator Warren and Senator Markey,” MaSaugus Precinct 10 Town Meeting Members Martin Costello, Peter Manoogian, Darren Ring and Peter Delios were at Tuesday night’s meeting to support the Saugus selectmen’s letter to the town’s federal and state legislative delegation, requesting funding for a feasibility study for a fl oodgates project. (Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) noogian said. “Specifi cally, they will need to seek an appropriation from the state legislature and the US Congress as well as communicate the urgency of this with their peers in Malden, Everett, Lynn, and Revere. This will not happen unless those that represent Saugus make this a priority.” During Tuesday night’s meeting, Manoogian told selectmen that Saugus would need to commit from $150,000 to $200,000 for its share of the feasibility study. “The other four communities also need to put their money on the table,” Manoogian said. “Saugus can’t do it alone. Perhaps they can start the process,” he said. Manoogian was one of four Mid-grade Regular $3.88 94 64 87 Over 45 Years of Excellence! Full Service $3.57 Order online at angelosoil.com Precinct 10 Town Meeting members attending the meeting to show their support. Joining him were Peter Delios, Martin Costello and Darren Ring. Town Meeting Member Carla A. Scuzzarella was unable to attend the meeting, but emailed a letter urging selectmen to send a letter to state and federal offi cials concerning an updated study of the fl oodgate project. “The homeowners are facing more and more water damage. If residents start leaving this area of town, our community also loses,” Scuzzarella said. ~ Home of the Week ~ Step into luxury with this exquisite 5-bedroom architectural masterpiece, featuring a chef’s kitchen with a stunning 120-foot quartz island, state-of-the-art appliances, and Venetian plastered walls. Enjoy an open floor plan and a grand 2-story great room with a gorgeous fireplace. The luxurious primary suite boasts a spa-like bath. Discover the finished lower level with a family room and a wet bar. 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Selectman Jeffrey Cicolini suggested that the town invite members of the state and federal delegation to meet with them. “This is something that needs the eyes and ears of our federal and state delegations on the fast track,” Cicolini said. “We need federal and state representation together,” he said. The letter selectmen approved Here is the text of the letter approved by selectmen. “On February 6th, the Saugus Board of Selectmen, at their regularly scheduled meeting, unanimously voted to approve and send this letter to our state and federal delegation requesting that funding for the Saugus River Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study be allocated as soon as possible. “In 2022, Senator Edward Markey sponsored legislation for a regional investigation for coastal flood protection and environmental enhancement, which he and Representative Katherine Clark did in the Water Resources Development Act of 2022. “This legislation was a result of five communities, Saugus, Revere, Lynn, Malden, and Everett, all jointly advocating for this study to take place. President Biden signed this legislation as part of the National Defense Authorization Act on December 23, 2022. “However, there was no funding allocated for this feasibility study. “We want to remind you that on January 13th, 2024, Saugus, Revere, Lynn and other surrounding communities experienced some of the worst coastal fl ooding to-date. “In fact, in 2024 the 4th and 6th highest fl ood waters on record have occurred. The devastation experienced by our residents and property owners was both extreme and sobering. Saugus offi cials, homeowners, property owners, and businesses clearly recognize that future fl ooding events will in fact become more frequent and more destructive. “Therefore, it is imperative that funding immediately occur so that this study can happen which would allow for a robust public participation process and ultimately a proposal to construct fl oodgates at the mouth of the Saugus River. The Saugus River Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study process would develop, evaluate, and update alternatives and impacts.” “Public involvement is required in order to evaluate alternatives and environmental concerns as well as to renew support from the Commonwealth and aff ected communities. “This support and an approved Feasibility Report and EIS/EIR are required before the design process can resume. “It is our understanding that the cost of this study would be between one and three million dollars. This cost would be shared between the federal and state government and the fi ve local communities that are impacted. “Saugus is prepared to raise and appropriate its share of the cost for this study. “We now need your advocacy at the state level and with your respective city councils for a funding commitment. We need to immediately demonstrate to the Federal Government our commitment to cost sharing so that the study can commence. “We look forward to working with each of you to begin this process. Please call or e-mail our offi ce should you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration on this matter of critical importance. “Respectfully Submitted, Debra Panetta, Chairman; Jeffrey Cicolini, Vice Chairman; Michael Serino, Corinne Riley and Anthony Cogliano. The letter was also copied to Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree, Precinct 10 Town Meeting members, the Board of Health and the Conservation Commission.”

THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2024 Page 7 RevereTV Spotlight Grab some gal pals and celebrate a newly popular celebration of friendship called Galentine’s Day, which is the day before the traditional Valentine’s Day. If you’re unsure of how to celebrate, check out the newest episode of “Cooking with the Keefes.” Jennifer Keefe is joined by her lifelong friend Kerry, who shares tips on creating an aff ordable and festive tablescape for your Galentine’s Day brunch or dinner. Jen shows WONDERLAND | FROM Page 1 nothing signifi cant before the summer,” said Peter Flynn, the lawyer for former Wonderland owner CBW Lending LLC. Flynn has been watching the high-school debate unfold. “I tried to reach out to city offi - cials and councillors to fi nd out what their thoughts were about Wonderland. I was looking to see if I could talk with some of them, — said Flynn. But phone calls and emails went unanswered. “We have a solid and important interest in Wonderland if they aren’t going to build it,” said Flynn. The case isn’t about the taking of the property, it’s about the property’s true value. us how to whip up a scrumptious Red Velvet Cookie Cake, a delightful throwback to the 90s but still a beloved treat today! Stay tuned through the end of the episode for the recipe. This episode can also be viewed on YouTube. RevereTV is also staying in the festive spirit by airing some past episodes of “Cooking with the Keefes.” The other two in rotation right now are the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day specials from a few “The owners are entitled to the highest and best price. What the city did is give us the lowest price,” stated the attorney. Flynn intends to show what other large parcels in the area cost. He rattles off projects and prices that exceed what Wonderland’s owners are Iine for. “We have a quality data-based case,” he said. According to a March 2023 Boston Globe story regarding the eminent domain sale, Flynn cites “the 50-acre former Necco candy factory site that sold for $355 million approx. four years ago, and fi gures the Wonderland property should be worth considerably more than the $29.5 million the city paid to his client — a partnership of the late concessionaire years back. Watch these old episodes to get some recipe ideas for all of your celebrations over the next few weeks. These episodes of “Cooking with the Keefes,” along with all other community-based programming, are on the RTV Community Channel. This channel is 8/1072 for Comcast subscribers and 3/614 on RCN. Both Revere High School Basketball teams included their Senior Night Celebrations in their respective Games of the Week on RevereTV. The Girls’ team took on Everett at home last ThursJoe O’Donnell and Vornado Realty Trust.” Flynn has also stated land that can be used for residential development is assessed according to the number of units that can be built. Flynn said, because of its size, Wonderland could support 5,000 units. Revere residents often say the track’s value is dubious because no one has come forward to develop the site. But Flynn said there’s plenty of documentation showing the owners worked with the City on possible uses of the land. Although Flynn is ready to head to trial, he said most eminent domain cases are settled out of court. And that seems what Flynn would like to explore. day. That game (and the preceding senior ceremony) has been replaying on the Community Channel this week. The Boys’ team had their senior recognitions last night followed by their regularly scheduled game versus Somerville. This game and ceremony will soon be replaying on RTV for the next few weeks. Revere Beach Winter Wonderland was last Saturday by the Markey Pedestrian Bridge. Tune in to the sights-and-sounds video coverage to get a look at all of the festivities. RTV’s youth correspondent, Manique Khessouane, led the charge with interviews and personal anecdotes from the day. This short video package is posted to social media and will be playing at various times every day over the next few weeks on the Community Channel. RTV GOV continues to be scheduled with meetings from the last few weeks. This includes many replays of the latest Revere City Council Committee of the Whole and regular City Council meetings. There was a Community Open House last week featuring information about Revere’s housing needs as part of the city’s Housing Production Plan. That Open House event is now replaying on RTV GOV and is posted to YouTube to watch at your convenience. Tune in to RTV for all local government meetings as they air live at their scheduled time and replay in the weeks following. RTV GOV is channel 9 on Comcast and 13/613 for RCN subscribers. 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

Page 8 THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2024 A Day of Fire & Ice: Revere Beach Winter Wonderland Festival featured ice sculpting and chili cook-offs By Anthony Boyd T he Revere Beach Winter Wonderland Festival kicked off for the fi rst time on February 3rd, featuring ice sculptures from world-class artists, food vendors, unique seasonal pop-up shops, and many winter-themed activities. The event was sponsored by many local and global businesses such as Cricket Wireless, Global Cares, Springhill Suites and many more. The four world class artists that were on the scene sculpting were: • David Barclay is an artist, photographer, and ice sculptor living in Northampton, MA, and Southwestern France. He has been carving competitively for seven years and is an organizer of the Northampton, MA, Ice Art Festival. The name of the ice sculpture he designed was called “Running Tiger”. • Andy Campbell studied sculpture at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and was introduced to ice sculpting by Donald Chapelle at Brilliant Ice Sculpture. This is his fi rst entry into a solo carving competition. The name of the ice sculpture he designed was called “Jelly”. • Chip Koser is from Mashpee, MA. and he is a multiple NICA medal winning competitive carver. He competed at Ice Alaska — World Ice Sculpting Championship. More of his carving demonstrations took place at community events like First Night in Boston. The name of the ice sculpture that he designed was called “Catch me if you can”. • Tony Perham is from Vermont and has been professionally sculpting snow for nine years. He competitively sculpts with a team called The Pour Saps, representing the state of Vermont at fi ve national championships. Tony’s work was featured on Disney+ series called “Best in Snow”. The name of the ice sculpture that he deAcademy was at the Winter Wonderland festival selling boxing shirts, membership applications and even Revere Karate water bottles. “The Revere Beach Sponsorship set this event up so beautifully,” she said. DiRenzo said this is a great event to help her publicize her business, the Revere Karate Academy. She likes the event because it helps show Revere pride and it gets the whole community together. “There is something for everyone at this event,” DiRenzo said. She recommends that the ReEmilia and Cindy Fernandes (at left) and Mariah and Hilary Fernandes (at right) by the centerpiece during Saturday’s Winter Wonderland along Revere Beach Boulevard vere Beach Partnership Committee should make this an annual event because it allows for more local business involvement. Ward 5 Councillor AngelaGuarino-Sawaya said that it’s a great event because it gets the whole community together but it lacks certain aspects for people in the community. “If they keep the event in February then they should implement something for Black History Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” she said. There were also food truck Inside the Winter Wonderland to keep warm: Ashley McCarter, of Ashley Mary Craftery, of Amesbury, Mass., displaying an ocean heart dish. signed was called “Vera the Sea Dragon”. This was one of the many things that attendees were looking forward to the most. Long time resident Anthony Parziale, found this event to be a great event to have in Revere. “It was pretty cool to see the ice sculptures in action with their chainsaws, sawing through the ice,” he said. Parziale said he liked Andy Campbell’s sculpture “Jelly” the most. “It’s about time that the City of Revere has events like these, we need more events like this,” he said. Parziale was also very excited Listening to live music: Mike and Elizabeth Antonellis by the Tito’s Vodka sculpture. for the grilled cheese and soup food stand along with getting to participate in the special singalong with Disney’s Frozen Anna and Elsa. He says that the Revere Beach Partnership committee does a great job with publicizing events such as this one. Besides the ice sculptures, there was also a winter market that was happening inside the Marriott Springhill Suites. The market featured many local businesses such as the Revere Karate Academy, Tippys, Mytiana Apparel, Masshole Biscuit and many more. Doreen DiRienzo, who is the owner of the Revere Karate vendors who were in attendance selling diff erent types of cuisines. Some of the food vendors who were in attendance were Gonzalez, Wicked Tasty, Exquisite, Saia Soups, and Canterbury Kettle Corn, However, many of the food vendors were packed with lines of people but nothing was like the Canterbury Kettle Corns line. John Dupont, who is the owner of Canterbury Kettle Corn, was really thrilled about participating in the festival. Ann Miller (at left) tried chili fi lled with green peppers from chef/ dietician Victoria Fabbo. Mayor Patrick Keefe, Jr. displayed his homemade crock of chili teeming with vegetables and beef. PIPING HOT: Matt Mitchell and Steve Milosavljevic of Chili Haus display their steaming chili.

THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2024 Page 9 All bundled up, Mashpee resident Chip Koser displays his “Catch Me If You Can” ice sculpture. Northampton resident David Barclay works on the ear of “Running Tiger.” Oxford resident Andy Campbell displays “Jellyfi sh.” Tito’s Vodka Sponsor bartender Brandon Barreiros made an espresso martini. “I really like the location of the event, especially with it being at a beach,” he said. The three diff erent types of kettle corn fl avors that they had on sale were traditional, maple, and caramel (most popular). Dupont said that it is his fi rst time being in Revere but he has done other local festivals in the past. The event also featured a chili cook off contest, hosted by Mayor Patrick Keefe, who also presented his own chili recipe, along with many local food businesses for the honors of best Live music performed by Chiara Antonellis, 17, of Waltham, kept everyone warm with her music. 425r Broadway, Saugus Located adjacent to Kohls Plaza Route 1 South in Saugus at the intersection of Walnut Street chili recipe. Some of the businesses who entered were: • Henz Chili Bowl from Ipswich, MA • VK’s Chili from Woburn, MA • Fat Jim’s Chili • Chili Haus From all of the organizers who helped create the event to all of the community participating, the Winter Wonderland festival provided a sense of cheerfulness over the winter doldrums. Haley Rosenblatt, who helped organize the event, said she loved seeing all the ice sculptures. Former Councillor-at-Large/ mayoral candidate Steven Morabito, Rich Bosworth and their dog, Daphnee, with the sculptures behind them (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino) “This event helps bring the community together and everyone seems to love it for our fi rst time running it,” Rosenblatt said. The Revere Beach Partnership Committee plans on continuing this event for many years to come and will include more ice sculptures next year. Law Offices of JOSEPH D. CATALDO, P.C. “ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELORS AT LAW”  ESTATE/MEDICAID PLANNING  WILLS/TRUSTS/ESTATES  INCOME TAX PREPARATION  WEALTH MANAGEMENT  RETIREMENT PLANNING  ELDER LAW 369 Broadway Everett, MA 02149 (617)381-9600 JOSEPH D. CATALDO, CPA, CFP, MST, ESQUIRE. AICPA Personal Financial Specialist Designee 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 Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday $9.00 Price includes Roller Skates Rollerblades/inline skates $3.00 additional cost Private Parties 7:30-11 p.m. $10.00 Price includes Roller Skates Adult Night 18+ Only Private Parties Private Parties 4-7 p.m. $9.00 12-9 p.m. 7:30-11 p.m. $10. 18+ Adults Only After 7 PM $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

Page 10 THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2024 Basketball Pats trounced by Lynn English Score: Revere 45, Lynn English 77 Revere head coach David Leary goes over the play with his team before their home game with Lynn English Tuesday night. Pats’ Ryan El Babor drives the ball to the basket. Revere’s Andrew Leone attempts a shot as a Bulldog opponent tries to block. Sean Burnett keeps his eye on the ball on Tuesday. Ethan Day makes a jump pass to a teammate. Avi Lung makes a layup for Patriot points. Avi Lung attempts to drive past a Lynn English opponent. Luke Ellis attempts a pass despite an opponent’s defense. Joshua Mercado drives the ball past a Lynn English player during the Patriots home game Tuesday night. The RHS Patriots cheerleaders was on hand Tuesday night to show their support. (Advocate photos by Emily Harney)

THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2024 Page 11 Meet the 2024 Malden, Revere and Everett High School Wrestling Co-Op Team By Tara Vocino T he Malden High Golden Tornadoes, Revere High Patriots and Everett High Crimson Tide Wrestling Co-Op team were honored during their Senior Night against the Saugus-Peabody High School Sachems/Tanners at Malden High School last Wednesday. Their banquet is Tuesday, March 12 at Anthony’s of Malden at 6 p.m. Shown from left to right: Co-Head Coach Kevin Isaza, Co-Captains Maria Luiza Medeiros, David Prada Araujo and Kevin Argueta and Co-Head Coach Nick Erban. Wrestlers hailing from Malden, shown from left to right: Front row: Kenny Wong, Kevin Prada Araujo, Nora Hounain, Katelyn Vo, Eduardo Landaverde Lemus, Thomas Cau, Matt Chan, and Audrey Nguyen; back row: Co-Head Coach Kevin Isaza (MHS), Obert Jean Louis, Stanley Davitoria, Jason Wang, David Prada Araujo, Sean Cochran, Declan Chaisson and Co-Head Coach Nick Erban (EHS). Shown from left to right: Co-Head Coach Kevin Isaza, seniors Maria Luiza Medeiros, Jason Wang, Hakim Malik and Carlos Jimenez and Co-Head Coach Nick Erban during last Wednesday’s Wrestling Senior Night at Malden High School. Wrestlers hailing from Revere, shown from left to right: Co-Head Coach Kevin Isaza (MHS); Carlos Jimenez (Sr., 190 lbs.); Radley Lekuku (Soph. 144 lbs.); Hakim Malik (Sr., 175 lbs.) and Co-Head Coach Nick Erban (EHS). Shown from left to right: Co-Head Coach Kevin Isaza, GBL team players James Montello, Peter Noel, Hayden Butler, Elijah Miranda and Chris Seccareccio and Co-Head Coach Nick Erban. Wrestlers hailing from Everett, shown from left to right: Co-Head Coach Kevin Isaza (MHS); Maria Luisa Madeiros (Sr., 113 lbs.); Kevin Argueta (Jr., HVY); Angel Chinchilla (Soph., 157 lbs.); Gaetano Foster (Soph., HVY); Mark Silvain (Jr., HVY); Jason Vasquez Tevez (Soph., 138 lbs.) and Co-Head Coach Nick Erban. Greater Boston League Team, shown from left to right: Front row: Thomas Cau, Maria Luiza Medeiros, Kevin Prada Araujo, Nora Hounain, Kenny Wong, Katelyn Vo, Eduardo Landaverde Lemus, Chris Seccareccio, Hayden Butler, Matt Chan, Audrey Nguyen and Declan Chaisson; back row: Co-Head Coach Kevin Isaza, James Montello, Peter Noel, Obert Jean Louis, Stanley Davitoria, Angel Chinchilla, Radley Lekuku, Kevin Argueta, Jason Wang, Carlos Jimenez, Hakim Malik, Gaetano Foster, David Prada Araujo, Sean Cochran, Jason Vasquez Tevez, Elijah Miranda, Mark Sylvain and Co-Head Coach Nick Erban. (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino)

Page 12 THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2024 Revere girls track wins GBL meet By Dom Nicastro T he Revere High School girls track team backed up their undefeated league championship season with a massive win at the Greater Boston League championship meet on Friday, Feb. 2. Revere scored 106.33 points, ahead of second-place Medford (91). “There were PRs left and right and so many strong performances,” Revere coach Racquel MacDonald-Ciambelli said. Liv Yuong was the top scorer (30 points) and the GBL champion in three events (55-meter hurdles, high jump and long jump). She clocked new PRs in the 55-meter hurdles (9.57) and in the indoor long jump (15-07.75). She will be headed to states now in both the high jump and 55-meter hurdles. “All of these events overlapped and Liv was still able to give her all in each of them,” MacDonald-Ciambelli said. “Great prep as she works towards school records in the long jump and pentathlon.” Gemma Stamatopoulos was the second top scorer with 26 total points. She was the champion in the 600-meter with a new state auto-qualifying PR (1:47.11) and was the champion in the 2-mile. She also squeezed in a third-place in the high jump with a new PR of 4-8. “Gemma truly has such a strong competitive mentality and is so eager to get out there and race,” MacDonaldCiambelli said. “Each race she comes in with a new goal and gets there. Gemma and Liv accounted for more than half of our team’s points total. Absolutely incredible.” Revere scored massive PRs in the 55-meter dash for Ashley Rodriguez and senior captain Giselle Salvador, who each broke that eight-second mark. The Patriots had PRs for all three 300-meter runners (Jaliyah Manigo, Danni Hope Randall and Rania Hamdani). Sophomore Olivia Rupp had a first-place finish in the mile “She ran a super strong race considering she was out front from the start and had to run it on her own,” MacDonaldCiambelli said. Revere also scored PRs from Gianna Chiodi in the 600-meter, Genevieve Zierten in the mile and 1,000-meter, Basma Sahibi in the 55-meter hurdles (10.94) and Neyla Vranic in the long jump (13-07). The Patriots scored a huge win from the 4x200-meter relay team, defeating Lynn English by.01 second at the line. This pushes them closer to a state qualifying time and also only one second away from the school record. “This team came in with a goal this season to top the GBL, and they proved themselves week after week, meet after meet,” MacDonald-Ciambelli said. “This GBL Championship win was so well deserved since I see them work so hard at practice each day. Every single athlete has improved from December, and it is so rewarding to work with them and watch their confidence as student-athletes grow. We will have a few athletes head into some fi nal invitationals as we hope for more state-qualifying times. I’m very confident we will see many more PRs well into February.” Revere boys win GBL meet The Revere boys made it a clean sweep at the GBL meet, winning as a team with 124 points ahead of Somerville at 111. Joao Victor Cunha set a new school record in the 600 meters winning in a time of 1:23:43. This broke a 28-yearold record set by Shane Weiner in 1996. “JV’s record was almost an afterthought,” Revere coach David Fleming said. “More impressive was his race strategy. Prior, he told his teammates to let the Medford runner lead the race then when JV made his move, they should follow. It resulted in JV winning, Medy Bellemsieh coming in second and Kenan Batic fi nishing fourth. In the 600 alone, we outscored Somerville, 22-1. That was by far the biggest point diff erential in any event.” Allen Hou won the 55-meter dash with a time of 6:65. The new personal record qualifi ed Hou for the 2024 Nike Indoor Nationals in New York City. Lady Pats Belma Velic had 15 points and eight rebounds against Greater Lowell Tech. Here she is making a layup over a Sommerville opponent in previous action. (Advocate fi le photo) “Allen was so mentally tough in this race,” Fleming said. “He actually got off to a poor start, but made a huge move in the middle portion and simply refused to let anyone beat him. This win is a big breakthrough for Allen.” Richard Vilme won the high jump event with a jump of 6 feet. “You can’t say enough about Richard,” Fleming said. “He’s a tremendous athlete who battled through a tough competition with a monster 6-foot jump. Also extremely important was Oliver Escobar, who GIRLS TRACK | SEE Page 14 RHS PATRIOTS GIRLS TRACK TEAM: Shown from left to right: Back row: Head Coach Racquel MacDonald, Rania Hamdani, Nour Maihouane, Emma DeCrosta, Valerie Aguirre, Analyse Byrd, Basma Sahibi, Liv Yuong, Hadassa Dias, Dayana Ortega, Jaliyah Manigo, Genevieve Zierten, Caleigh Joyce, Katelynn Purcifull and Manal Hazimeh; middle row: Hiba El Bzyouy, Ivana Nguyen, Danni Hope Randall, Anahis Vazquez, Yasmin Riazi, Ashley Cabrera Rodriguez, Jade Dang, Jaleeyah Figueroa, Lesly Mendoza and Raquel Class; bottom row: Mayaah Ndi, Olivia Rupp, Gemma Stamatopoulos, Ashley Chandler, Yara Belguendouz, Angelina Montoya, Camila Echeverri, Ava Cassinello and Valeria Sepulveda. (Advocate fi le photo)

THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2024 Page 13 RHS Patriots Girls’ Varsity Basketball seniors share future plans during game against Everett High Crimson Tide By Tara Vocino R evere High School Lady Pats Varsity Basketball seniors were recognized during their Senior Night against Everett High School last Thursday night. Julianna Bolton was escorted by her proud father Jay, her mother, Doreen, and her sisters Sofi a and Isabella. The top delegate with Model United Nations Conferences plans to become a nurse practitioner or exercise scientist after graduation. Alisha Jean was escorted by her proud family members, including Kellie, Wad, Gio, Tiana, Jeff , Lynda, Alainie, Diane, JB, Ederick, Mara, Yamilka, Natasha, Mara, Yamilka, Natasha, Kathy and Kaelyn. She plans to become a rad-tech or an electrician after graduation. Haley Belloise was accompanied by her proud grandparents Robert and Sandy Smith, her uncles Mike and Jay and aunt Becca, cousins Kendall and Collin, mother, brother Tyler, Coach Mike Micchiche and Samarah. The Top Scorer Award winner plans to attend Salem State University, where she will play basketball, to study psychology. Rocio Gonzalez Castillo was escorted by her mother, Elizabeth, her proud father, Francisco, her grandmother Rosa, her brothers Edgar and Eduardo, her sister Liza and her cousin, Abby. The Greater Boston League Cross-Country All-Star plans to enter the Air Force after graduation. Bella Stamatopoulos was escorted by her proud sister Gemma, her brother Kosta, her father John, her mother Leanne, their dog, Honey, and her grandmother Judy. The Posse Scholar has earned a full scholarship to Centre College — majoring in political science and pre-law track. Seniors Julianna Bolton, Alisha Jean, Haley Belloise, Bella Stamatopoulos and Rocio Castillo with coaches Nicholas Canelas, Head Coach Ariana Rivera and Michael Micchiche during last Thursday’s Senior Night against Everett High School (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino)

Page 14 THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2024 GIRLS TRACK | FROM Page 12 set a new personal record by clearing 5-6 for second place.” Youness Chahid scored a team-high 16.5 points placing second in the 1,000-meter, third in the mile, and by being part of the winning 4x800 meter relay team in 9:18.32 with Kenan Batic, Edwin Alarcon and Mohammed Fares. “If he could have, Youness would have run in every race,” Fleming said. “Nobody wants to win more than Youness. He put his heart and soul into his races and helped lead the team to the win. Kenan’s incredibly strong fi rst leg (in the 4x800) put us in a lead that we never gave up. The second leg of the 4x800 was run by sophomore Edwin Alarcon, one of the unsung heroes of the meet. Edwin got spiked during the baton exchange and ran the entire leg with just one shoe. Somehow, he was able to extend our lead.” The other relay teams were important to the Revere title: 4x200 meters: second place: Bellemsieh, Oliver Escobar, Geo Woodard, Jeremy X. 4x400 meters: first place: Isaiah DeCrosta, Bellemsieh, Yousef Benhamou, Cunha Savvy SeniorSavvy Senior Does Medicare Cover Weight-Loss Treatments? Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover any weight-loss treatments for overweight retirees? I just turned 65 and need to lose about 100 pounds and would like to know if Medicare can help. Overweight Owen Dear Owen, Yes, traditional Medicare does indeed cover some weight-loss treatments like counseling and certain types of surgery for overweight benefi ciaries, but unfortunately it doesn’t cover weight-loss programs or medications. Here’s what you should know. 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Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book. “Medy Bellemsieh has had an MVP-like season,” Fleming said. “I decided to move Yousef Benhamou out of his usual spot in the 4x200 and into the 4x400. This allowed us to move Kenan Batic into the 4x800, which gave us much more balance.” Danny Hou, a football standout competing in his fi rst year of track, came in fourth in the long jump with a leap of almost 19 (18-9.25). Fleming said he knew it was going to be a close one with Somerville for the overall title. “It was amazing to watch the team come together and pull this out,” Fleming said. “The credit goes to team captains JV Cunha, Medy Bellemsieh, Isaiah DeCrosta, Allen Hou and Kevin Purcifull.” Revere girls basketball picks up three convincing wins Revere topped Greater Lowell Tech, 50-30, Everett, 5130, and Lynn English, 51-37. The Patriots improved to 13-5 overall and 11-2 in the Greater Boston League. Belma Velic had 15 points and eight rebounds against Greater Lowell Tech. Shayna Smith added 10 points and nine rebounds. “It was a solid win with great offensive tempo,” Revere coach Ariana Rivera said. “We were able to share the basketball and create open looks. Our discipline defense led to our success on off ense.” Celebrating Senior Night “It was a great defensive effort across the board,” Rivera said. “We saw a lot of success in our full-court press causing chaos and following it up with some nice transition off ense.” Senior Alisha Jean had 16 points and seven rebounds. Senior Haley Belloise added 11 points and three steals. Senior Bella Stamatopolous had seven points and two steals. Senior Rocio Gonzalez scored two points and pulled down four rebounds, and senior Juliana Bolton came up with some great hustle plays and minutes. All fi ve girls hit the fl oor together to start the game and helped propel the hometown squad to a 14-8 lead after one quarter. Everett cut into the lead with a strong second quarter, and Revere went to the half with Revere clinging to a 22-18 lead. Whatever Coach Rivera told the team at halftime worked, because the girls put up a dominant 17-5 third quarter to extend their lead to 39-23 and the rout was on. A balanced scoring attack in the period had Shayna Smith and Nisrin Sekkat sticking threes and a plethora of Patriots contributing a bucket apiece including, Belloise, Jean, Gonzalez and Stamatopoulos. The fourth quarter brought more of the same as Revere doubled up Everett, 14-7, with Belloise contributing eight of those points. On a tougher note, junior captain Velic left in the third quarter with an ankle injury. She did not return and may miss the next few games, every indication since then has her being ready to go when Revere hits the postseason tournament. This was Revere’s ninth win out of 10 games at home, with the lone blemish coming against Milton in the finals of last year’s holiday tournament. Against Lynn English, Belloise had 15 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Marwa Riad added a huge spark off the bench with 13 points and eight rebounds. Jean domined the boards with 13 rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Revere fi nishes out the year with two consecutive road games, at Somerville on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 at Gloucester. Revere boys hoop picks up win over Greater Lowell The Revere boys basketball team (5-11) took the long bus ride up to Tyngsborough last Monday night to take on non-league opponent Greater Lowell. Revere won, 58-49, against a young Gryphons squad. Junior guard Ethan Day had 18 points, six rebounds and fi ve assists. Senior Center Amir Yamani added nine points and eight rebounds, and senior guard Domenic Belmonte added seven points and three steals. Everett topped Revere, 66-61. “So proud of our guys,” Revere coach David Leary said. “We were down 12 at half and down 15 mid third, but we never quit. We just ran out of gas.” Junior guard Avi Lung had a fi ne night with 20 points, fi ve assists and four steals. Day dropped 15 points and five boards, and senior co-captain Andrew Leone added 13 pts and six rebounds. Lynn English beat Revere, 77-45. Day scored 22 points and added fi ve boards, and junior guard Josh Mercado added six points and four steals. Revere has its senior night against Somerville Thursday, Feb. 8.

THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2024 Page 15        ROTH IRA ACCOUNTS Notice is hereby given in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 185 of the Acts of 1983, and Chapter 13 of the           will conduct a Public Hearing on February 15, 2024 at                            regulations of the City of Revere: Public Hearing:                        and voted on:                                                signalized intersection operations and reduce                                 Harris/Eustis intersections and provide the City of Revere an allowance, to be used at the City’s       in the area.                                                                                      by adding the following:                   Attest: – Acting Chairman: Frank Stringi February 09, 2024 For Advertising with Results, call The Advocate Newspapers at 781-286-8500 or Info@advocatenews.net BUYER1 BUYER2 T he Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 created the ROTH IRA eff ective January 1, 1998. Although ROTH IRA’S are not tax deductible, if certain requirements are met, the earnings can be withdrawn tax free. Furthermore, the so-called “minimum distribution rules” that apply to Traditional IRA’S do not apply to ROTH IRA’S. Traditional IRA’S require withdrawals no later than April 1 following the Calendar Year in which the owner reaches age 73. Earnings in a ROTH IRA can accumulate tax-free during the owner’s lifetime. An individual can contribute the lesser of his or her earned income for the year or $6,500 to either a ROTH IRA or a Traditional IRA. The Taxpayer, however, must meet certain adjusted gross income (AGI) limitations. In addition, the owner may still participate in an employer-sponsored retirement plan. If you are age 50 or older, you can contribute an additional $1,000 to a Roth IRA or Traditional IRA. For single Taxpayers, eligibility phases out with AGI between $138,000 and $153,000 and for married, fi ling joint Taxpayers, eligibility phases out with AGI between $218,000 and $228,000. For a married, fi ling joint Taxpayer, if the couple’s AGI is less than $218,000, and the working spouse has at least $6,500 in earned income, then each spouse can contribute $6,500 to a ROTH IRA. This is so even if the non-working spouse has no earned income. The nonworking spouse in eff ect “borrows” the earned income of the other spouse. If you are an active participant in a qualifi ed retirement plan, and a single taxpayer, your contribution to a Roth IRA is phased out with AGI between $73,000 and $83,000. If you are married fi ling a joint tax return, the contribution is phased out with AGI between $116,000 and $136,000. For a spouse who is not an active participant in a qualifi ed retirement plan, the Roth IRA contribution is phased out with AGI between $218,000 and $228,000. Why contribute to a ROTH IRA? The benefi ts of “tax-free” earnings are simply too good to ignore. You may, however, still decide to contribute to a Traditional IRA if you (i) expect to retire relatively soon; (ii) you expect that your tax bracket will signifi cantly drop during retirement; (iii) you will need the funds soon; (iv) and you plan on investing the savings in tax dollars generated from the Traditional IRA contribution itself. If you were to be laid off, switch jobs or retire, tremendous fl exibility is gained when viewing basic ROTH IRA planning. When you terminate your employment, your 401(k) balance, for example, can be rolled over first into a Traditional IRA “roll-over” account. This would constitute a taxfree “roll-over.” From there, you could convert the Traditional IRA to a ROTH IRA. This would constitute a taxable conversion. You have the fl exibility of determining in which calendar years to perform the conversion, based upon whether or not you had been working in a particular calendar year, whether or not your other income is unusually low in a particular year, or whether or not you had suffi cient mortgage interest or real estate tax deductions to help offset the “conversion” income. One problem with Traditional IRA’S is that the “deferred income” is ultimately taxed to the benefi ciaries. Under the Secure Act, non-spousal benefi ciaries have 10 years to withdraw the account balance as opposed to over his or her life expectancy. This is a game changer. With ROTH IRA’S, the income when received is received “tax free.” Furthermore, tax-free growth can continue after your death unlike with a Traditional IRA. Spousal benefi ciaries can establish their own Spousal Roth IRA account and continue with tax deferral. There would be no required minimum distributions during the surviving spouse’s lifetime, unlike with a Traditional IRA account. Children old enough to earn income should be encouraged to earn at least $6,500 per year in order to contribute to a ROTH IRA. This will result in a tremendous benefi t based upon many years of contributions. The investment accumulates income tax free. One often overlooked benefi t of a ROTH IRA is found in the Medicaid Planning area. An individual who foresees the possibility of being admitted into a nursing home, expecting to apply for MassHealth benefi ts, could withdraw the account balance and place into an irrevocable trust in order to commence the five-year look back period. None of the withdrawal would be taxable so there is a much greater incentive to take action to protect the assets in the Roth IRA. This is not the case with a Traditional IRA account. The entire withdrawal would be taxable. Once the required fi veyear look back period is satisfi ed, that individual may be eligible for MassHealth benefi ts as a result of having transferred the countable ROTH IRA assets from his or her name.. ROTH IRA’S off er signifi cant planning opportunities. If you are eligible to make a contribution, it is almost always a good idea to do so. A ROTH IRA contribution must been made by April 17, 2024 for Calendar Year 2023. Joseph D. Cataldo is an Estate Planning/Elder Law Attorney, Certifi ed Public Accountant, Certifi ed Financial Planner, AICPA Personal Financial Specialist and holds a Master’s Degree in Taxation. 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 Jesus, Maria D REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS SELLER1 SELLER2 Rus c Ft Rus c, Richard ADDRESS DATE PRICE 30 Jarvis St. Revere 01.24.24 560000 Revere

Page 16 THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2024 ably the most important part of our legislative process.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A By Bob Katzen If you have any questions about this week’s report, e-mail us at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com or call us at (617) 720-1562 Volume 49 — Report No. 5 January 29-Februay 2, 2024 Copyright © 2024 Beacon Hill Roll Call. All Rights Reserved. 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 infl uence. 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/aPTLucK THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of January 29-February 2. There were no roll call in the House last week. APPROVE FIREARMS BILL (S 2572) Senate 37-3, approved a bill that would change some of the state’s gun laws. The House has already approved a different version of the measure and a House-Senate conference committee will try to hammer out a compromise version. Provisions in the Senate bill include cracking down on the spread of ghost guns — unserialized and untraceable fi rearms; codifying the state’s existing prohibition on assault weapons; making it illegal to possess devices that convert semi-automatic fi rearms into fully automatic machine guns; giving firearm licensing authorities access to some of a gun permit applicant’s mental health hospitalization history; prohibiting the carrying of fi rearms in government administrative buildings, with exceptions for law enforcement offi cers and municipalities that choose to opt out; allowing health care professionals to petition courts to remove fi rearms and licenses from patients who pose a risk to themselves or others; and creating a commission to analyze the allocation of state violence prevention funding and recommend changes to reduce gun violence in disproportionately impacted communities. “Concern for public safety, a commitment to equity, respect for the Second Amendment, and a focus on the root causes of gun crime and gun accidents—these principles underlie each of the policies included in the bill the Senate passed today,” said Sen. Cindy Creem (DNewton), the chief sponsor of the measure. “I’m proud of the collaborative eff ort that went into the [the bill] and I look forward to seeing these policies signed into law by the end of [the 2024] session.” “Today the Senate came together and acted on gun violence—rising above the divisiveness of this critical issue in the name of protecting our residents from gun crime, modernizing our laws and supporting communities who have been torn apart by unnecessary violence,” said Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “I’m proud to lead a body that is committed to building on our commonwealth’s record as a national leader on gun safety. “ “Despite not having a public hearing on the gun bill which means the public didn’t have the opportunity to weigh in on it and despite having one of the lowest gun crime rates in the country, the Massachusetts Senate voted in favor of more restrictive laws for gun owners in the commonwealth,” said Sen. Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton). “The bill went too far infringing upon lawful gun owners rights while not going far enough to attack illegal firearm trafficking and unlawful possession … I was disappointed we didn’t do more to penalize career criminals perpetrating the vast majority of gun crime in the commonwealth. We need to spend our time and eff ort on addressing security issues at the border that will prevent guns and substances from entering the country at rates as high as they are now.” “I voted against this bill because I have deep concerns with a number of provisions that I feel lead us into a constitutional gray area and risk opening up our great gun laws to legal challenge in front of the Supreme Court,” said Sen. Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth). “In a fairly unprecedented move, this bill also did not have a public hearing, which is argu“No” vote is against it.) Sen. Lydia Edwards Yes SEND BILL BACK TO COMMITTEE FOR A PUBLIC HEARING (S 2572) Senate 9-31, rejected a motion to send the fi rearms bill to the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security in order to have a public hearing on it. “Sending this bill to the Joint Committee on Public Safety [and Homeland Security] will allow for it to have a public hearing where industry experts and people from all walks of life can weigh in and share their perspectives,” said Sen. Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth). “Public hearings are one of our greatest assets as legislators, and forgoing the opportunity to hold one on this bill is a disservice to ourselves as legislators and our constituents.” Sen. Cindy Creem (D-Newton) said that in November, the Public Safety Committee held a public hearing on 57 fi rearm-related bills, many of which provide the foundation of the current bill under consideration. “Given that the policies in the bill have been vetted both at the public hearing and through months of conversations with senators, gun safety advocates, gun owners’ groups, gun industry groups, police chiefs, district attorneys and health care professionals, the [bill is] ready for consideration on the Senate fl oor.” (A “Yes” vote is for sending the bill back to the committee. A “No” vote is against sending it to committee.) Sen. Lydia Edwards No SUBSTITUTE NEW VERSION OF BILL (S 2572) Senate 6-33, rejected an amendment to substitute an alternative version of the fi rearms bill in place of the current one. “This amendment was fi led so that I could go on the record in support of commonsense gun control measures,” said sponsor Sen. Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth). “The provisions in this amendment maintain focus on gun violence reduction and prevention while respecting the rights aff orded in the Second Amendment.” “The proposed amendment would have removed several components of the Senate bill that will make Massachusetts a safer place, including its codifi cation of our existing assault weapons law, its provisions ensuring that firearm licensing authorities are aware of an applicant’s history of involuntary mental health hospitalizations and its provisions empowering Massachusetts residents to hold the gun industry accountable if they are harmed due to reckless industry practices,” said Sen. Cindy Creem (D-Newton). “The Senate bill does more to prevent gun violence, gun crime and gun accidents than the amendment’s proposed alternative.” (A “Yes” vote is for the alternative bill. A “No” vote is against it.) Sen. Lydia Edwards No MARKETING GUNS TO PEOPLE UNDER 18 (S 2572) Senate 37-2, approved an amendment that would allow fi rearm companies to “design, advertise, market, import or sell at wholesale or retail a fi rearm industry product in a manner that recommends or encourages persons under the age of 18 to participate lawfully in hunting or shooting sports.” Under Massachusetts law, applicants for a Firearms Identification Card (FID) must be 18 years or older — or can be 14—17 years of age with parental consent. While applicants 14 years old may apply, a card will not be issued until they reach age 15. “Sponsoring this amendment enables us as a Legislature, to implement laws that respects the constitutional right to bear arms and instill the importance of fi rearm safety to our youth when they engage in lawful activities such as hunting and competitive shooting sports,” said sponsor Sen. Adam Gomez (D-Springfi eld). “This approach balances the interests of a variety of stakeholders and sets a precedent for responsible participation.” “I have consistently opposed the advertising or marketing to minors of dangerous products, whether they be vaping, alcohol, marijuana, sports betting or guns,” said Sen. John Keenan (D-Quincy) who opposed the amendment. (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment. A “No” vote is against it.) Sen. Lydia Edwards Yes LEGACY” GUNS (S 2572) Senate 39-0, approved an amendment to clarify that certain guns legally bought prior to 2016 are “legacy” weapons, and can still be legally held, though this new Senate bill would make new purchases of such weapons illegal. “The Senate’s intention, in codifying our existing assault weapons ban was to enshrine the current law without changing the status of any fi rearms that are currently legally owned in the commonwealth,” said sponsor Sen. Cindy Creem (DNewton). “This … amendment removes any ambiguity on that point, making absolutely clear that a firearm that is legally owned in Massachusetts today will still be legally owned when [this bill] becomes law.” (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment.) Sen. Lydia Edwards Yes ALSO UP ON BEACON HILL BAN EMPLOYERS FROM ASKING FOR CREDIT REPORTS (H 2372) — The House gave initial approval to a proposal 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 fi nancial institution. “Massachusetts has moved one step closer to ending employment credit check discrimination,” said former Rep. Josh Cutler (D-Duxbury), chair of the Committee on Workforce Development, who resigned from the House to become Gov. Maura Healey’s Undersecretary of Apprenticeship, Work-based Learning and Policy in the Executive Offi ce of Labor and Workforce Development. “I’m proud of the progress we’ve made towards eliminating needless barriers to employment for otherwise qualifi ed employees and am confi dent my colleagues will see this bill through to the fi nish line.” “Credit reports should not be a part of the hiring process,” said Chi Chi Wu, senior attorney at the National Consumer Law Center. “They don’t predict job performance they are riddled with errors, and the scores blatantly refl ect racial inequities and injustices,” ILLEGAL FIREWORKS (H 3634) — The Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on a bill that would amend current law which imposes a fi ne between $10 and $100 on anyone convicted of illegal possession or use of fi reworks. The bill would increase the penalty, in areas with a population density of 1,000 or more persons per square mile, to a fine of between $200 and $500 and/ or a prison sentence or up to six months. “The misuse of fi reworks poses a signifi cant threat to public safety, property and the wellbeing of our communities,” said sponsor Rep. Rodney Elliott (D-Lowell). “The current fi ne is less than a parking ticket. By increasing fi nes for illegal fi reworks usage, we not only deter irresponsible behavior but also send a clear message that the safety of our citizens is eminent.” Elliott continued, “Fireworks, when used improperly, can cause devastating fi res, severe injuries and signifi cant distress to individuals, pets etc. There have been 979 fires and ex

THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2024 Page 17 plosions involving illegal fi reworks in Massachusetts in the past ten years. By escalating penalties, we enforce accountability and discourage reckless behavior that endangers lives and property. Protecting our communities and upholding the values of safety and consideration for all is key to having sustainable neighborhoods.” REGULATE RIDES ON MOBILE AMUSEMENT CARNIVALS (H 3896) — Another measure heard by the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee would require that mobile carnival rides which use enclosed pods, cabins, compartments or other enclosed passenger areas as part of a ride have a safety restraint system that includes seat belts. Violators would be subject to up to a $1,000 fi ne and/or 1-year prison sentence. “The goal of this bill is to protect children and families who use these amusement park rides at fairs and carnivals,” said sponsor Rep. Jim Arciero (DWestford). “Several years ago, a young girl in my district was severely injured on such a ride which resulted in temporary paralysis and months of physical therapy and recovery following her passing out on such a ride which did not have a restraint,” continued Arciero. “She was thrown about for several minutes as the ride continued in an unconscious state. While improvements have been made in regulations regarding amusement rides over the years, I believe a simple change in state law will ensure that this dangerous and unfortunate situation is never repeated again.” TOXIC CHEMICALS IN CHILDREN’S TOYS (S 2564) — The Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee has recommended passage of a bill that would direct the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in consultation with the Toxics Use Reduction Institute, to create and publish a list of toxic chemicals in children’s products; a list of high priority chemicals in children’s toys and other products; and a list of safer alternative chemicals that can replace chemicals on the high priority chemical list. Manufacturers who make children’s consumer products that are for sale in the state would be required to report detailed information to DEP about the inclusion of toxic chemicals in their products. The information would then be made public on DEP’s website. DEP would be required every call The A three years to report and make recommendations on additional ways to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals in children’s products. The bill would also ban PFAS in children’s products, subject to rules and regulations promulgated by the department. “We know that these forever chemicals are in our everyday products and the harm that they pose to our health--especially the health of our children,” said sponsor Sen. Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) who said she hopes to see it move to the fl oor for a vote soon.” QUOTABLE QUOTES “For years, Publicis Health’s marketing schemes helped fuel the nationwide opioid crisis, which has shattered some of our most vulnerable communities, while creating signifi cant fi nancial strain on our state systems. I am proud of my team’s national leadership in securing this settlement, which will not only bolster accountability and transparency for this ongoing crisis but will also provide millions of dollars for much needed treatment and services to support individuals and families across Massachusetts.” ---Attorney General Andrea Campbell announcing a $350 million national settlement with Publicis Health that would resolve the state’s litigation against the marketing and communications firm for its role in the opioid crisis, including its work for opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma. Massachusetts will receive nearly $8 million from the settlement to help address the opioid crisis. “You are not on your own, kid, when declaring what is rightfully yours. Be fearless and write your name in the blank space on our website at any time.” ---State Treasurer Deb Goldberg urging everyone to check the list of unclaimed money held by the state at fi ndmassmoney.gov or call 888-344MASS (6277). “We made universal free school meals permanent in Massachusetts, helping students and families access the food they need without a hassle or stigma. We’re grateful for the organizations that have stepped up already as sponsors, and we encourage more to join us as we work with the Biden-Harris Administration to advance access to meals and food security for students and families during the summer when school isn’t in session.” ---Gov. Maura Healey on the upcoming June launch of “Summer Eats” — a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded initiative that provides free, nutritious meals to children when school is not in session. “This legislation’s core purpose is to protect survivors of abuse. It is unconscionable to me that a survivor of spousal abuse, who had the courage to get away from an abusive partner, should have to be reminded of that abuse and continue to pay for it once the marriage is over.” ---Sen. Jake Oliveira (d-Ludlow) on his newly-fi led bill requiring courts to decline alimony payments by the victim to a spouse convicted of abuse. 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 January 29-February 2, the House met for a total of two hours and nine minutes and the Senate met for a total of 11 hours and 14 minutes Mon. Jan. 29 House 11:03 a.m. to 1:12 p.m. Senate 11:07 a.m. to 1:16 p.m. Tues. Jan. 30 No House session No Senate session Wed. Jan. 31 No House session No Senate session Thurs. Feb. 1 House 11:00 a.m. to 11:21 a.m. Senate 11:05 a.m. to 8:10 p.m. Fri. Feb. 2 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. For Advertising with Results, call he Advocate Newspapers at 781-286-8500 or Info@advocatenews.net cate Ne spapers 1. What city in the early 1900’s had a “Black Wall Street”? 2. How many NFL stadiums have artifi cial grass: 10, 15 or 30? 3. On Feb. 10, 1976, what U.S. president said, “I urge my fellow citizens to join me in tribute to Black History Month and the message of courage and perseverance it brings to all of us”? 4. What two teams have won six Super Bowls? 5. Why was the ghost town of Reefer City near Mojave, Calif., called that? 6. From Feb. 11-17 is International Flirting Week; what Italian was a legendary fl irt? 7. What Founding Father was once an indentured servant and is said to have sold chocolate at a printshop? 8. Which is the world’s oldest tree variety: bristlecone pine, giant sequoia or African baobab? 9. What tree’s name means “food of the gods”? 10. On Feb. 12, 1809, what U.S. president who issued the Emancipation Proclamation was born? Answers 11. The nursery rhyme “Pease Porridge Hot” includes the title of what 1959 crime comedy fi lm? 12. What U.S. state produces the most cheese: Idaho, Vermont or Wisconsin? 13. Who wrote the story “A Retried Reformation” with a main character named Jimmy Valentine? 14. What type of comedy has a name that comes from a wooden device used by clowns to make noise? 15. What team has been in 11 Super Bowls? 16. Esther Howland, who is known as the “Mother of the American Valentine” and “New England’s fi rst career woman,” was born in what Massachusetts city? 17. In what sport would you fi nd a peloton? 18. What company with a 5th Ave. fl agship store makes trophies, including for the Super Bowl and fi gure skating and horse racing trophies? 19. In 1868, the first heartshaped box of chocolates was created by who: Richard Cadbury, Milton Hershey or Louis IV? 20. What songwriting duo created the song “My Funny Valentine” in the 1937 musical “Babes in Arms”? 1. Tulsa, Okla. 2. 15 3. Gerald Ford 4. New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers 5. It was founded by a mining company that used refrigerator (or “reefer”) boxcars to house miners. 6. Giacomo Casanova 7. B enjamin Franklin 8. Methuselah, a Great Basin bristlecone pine in Nevada (4,854 years old) 9. Theobroma cacao (an evergreen that produces cocoa beans) 10. Abraham Lincoln 11. “Some Like it Hot” 12. Wisconsin 13. O. Henry 14. Slapstick 15. New England Patriots 16. Worcester 17. Bicycling (the main pack of riders in a race) 18. Tiff any & Co. 19. Richard Cadbury 20. Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart

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THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2024 Page 19 OBITUARIES Genevieve M. “Jenny” (Szarek) Murray O f Revere. Died at her home on Monday, February 5th following a long illness, she would have celebrated her 92nd birthday on February 25th. Jenny was born to her late parents, Joseph P. Szarek & Mary (Urbanek) Szarek in Chicopee, MA. She was one of three children who was raised & educated in Chelsea. Jenny was an alumna of Chelsea High School, Class of 1950. It was in 1951 that Jenny came to live in Revere and several years later she would marry the love of her life, Charles F. Murray. On May 6, 1956, she and Charlie married and lived in her family home Rose P. (Condardo) Santangelo O f Revere. Entered into eternal rest surrounded by her loving and caring family on Sunday, January 28, 2024, in her home that she loved. Rose was 96 years old, just two months shy of her 97th birthday. Born in Chelsea and resided in Revere for all her life. She was the daughter of the late Antonio and Lucy Condardo (DeGregorio), and the beloved wife of late Nicholas J. Santangelo. who passed away in 1962. years. She was an avid bowler and a member of the Tiger Mixed League for many years at Town Line Ten Pin in Malden. Jenny loved her family very much and cherished her time with them. She will be sorely missed. She is the beloved wife of 59 years to the late Charles F. Murray. Loving mother of Charles P. on Beach Street. Together they proudly raised their two sons. Jenny’s working career was with Temp Agencies, mostly in downtown Boston in administrative roles. She was an extremely talented knitter & crocheter, gifting many blankets and sweaters to family & friends throughout the “Chuck” & his wife Jacqueline of Newfields, New Hampshire & Christopher P. “Chris” Murray & his wife Darlene of Malden. Cherished grandmother of Kayleigh M. Davis & her husband, Matthew of Exeter, New Hampshire, Melissa R. Murray of Hooksett, New Hampshire, Alexa J. Murray & Nicholas J. Murray, both of Malden & great grandmother of Rose worked at the Gibson Card Company in her earlier years. Rose loved to knit and crochet in her spare time. Nothing gave her great pride and joy to make a scarf, hat or even a blanket to anyone she adored. Rose enjoyed cooking for her family especially chicken cutlets and just having them always around her. She is survived by her son Richard Santangelo and his wife Rita of Revere, Robert Santangelo and his wife Gloria of Middleton. Loving Grammy Rose of Richard Jr, Nick, Breana, Jordan and Rosa Santangelo. Sister of the late Joseph and Rocco Condardo, Louise Silvestri, Josephine Condardo and Carmella DiPadova. Logan. She is the sister of the late Thaddeus K. Szarek & Charles B. Szarek. She is also survived by her dear brothers in law John Murray & Richard “Skip” Murray, many nieces & nephews, including Fred McDonough of Revere whom she aff ectionately referred to as her third son. Family & friends are respectfully invited to attend Visiting Hours on Monday, February 12th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza, Beechwood Home for Funerals, 262 Beach St., Revere. A funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Tuesday, February 13th at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Service in the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. InterRelatives and friends were invited to attend Rose’s visiting hours in the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, on Friday, Feb. 2 followed by a Funeral Service. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN, 38105, would be sincerely appreciated. 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