YOUR LOCAL NEWS & SPORTS ONLINE! SCAN & SUBSCRIBE HERE! Vol. 34, No.20 -FREEwww.advocatenews.net Free Every Friday Suffolk Downs developer addresses rumors, dispels worries of project By Barbara Taormina T om O’Brien, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of The HYM Investment Group, met with the City Council this week to update them on the status of the development of Suffolk Downs. City Councillors Joann McKenna and Michelle Kelley requested the SUFFOLK | SEE Page 12 Michelle Kelley Councillor-at-Large Remember and Honor City to Host Annual Memorial Day Services May 27 O n Monday May 27, 2024, the city will hold observance as well as an event following the observance at the American Legion Hall. This year’s keynote speaker will be Commander BJ Farrell, 77th the US Constitution. The program begins at 12:30 pm at McMackin Veterans Memorial Park, 249 Broadway, Revere, adjacent to Revere City Hall. Following the program, a Commanding Offi cer of Meet and Greet with combat veterans will take place at 1:30 pm at the American Legion Post 61, which will include a barbecue and live music by Ryan and Tommy Flynn. All residents are invited to attend. SENIORS: Shown from left to right: Back row: Ambra DeCicco-Clyne, Anabella Sandy-Roche, Captain Camila Echeverri, Captain Yara Belguendouz and Coach Racquel MacDonald-Ciambelli; front row: Bella Stamatopoulos and Captains Giselle Salvador, Angelina Montoya and Rocio Gonzalez. Missing: Captain Ashley Chandler. Going to Pot Councillor’s motion seeks weed dollars as one option to fund new high school By Barbara Taormina V oters rejected it, the City Council banned it, but now Last year’s Keynote Speaker, author and veteran Andrew Biggio displayed a rifl e that more than 300 veterans have signed. (Advocate fi le photo) city offi cials are taking another look at permitting adult-use marijuana shops in Revere. This week, the City Council’s Economic Development Subcommittee met to discuss Councillor-at-Large Marc Silvestri’s motion that the council begin preliminary discussions on zoning changes related to medical and adult-use marijuana in the city. While opposition to retail marijuana shops was strong several years ago, much has changed over time. The city is now looking for available options to raise revenue to fund the new high school. City Chief Financial Offi cer Richard Viscay recommended that the council consider permitting retail marijuana to bolster city revenue. According to the state’s Cannabis Control Commission, 2023 marijuana sales in Massachusetts exceeded $1.5 billion, an increase of $78 million, or fi ve percent, from 2022. Marijuana is subject to a 6.25 state sales tax, a 10.75 percent state excise tax and an additional three percent tax from cities and towns. But beyond the dollars, retail marijuana shops have also shown they do not create problems some people feared. City Planner Tom Skwierawski, who was the city planner for Fitchburg during the early days of the cannabis industry in Massachusetts, shared his experience with members of the subcommittee. Skwierawski explained that communities typically limit the number of mariFUND | SEE Page 5 781-286-8500 Friday, May 17, 2024 Another perfect regular season in the books for Revere girls track By Dom Nicastro T he Revere High School girls track program just doesn’t lose. Period. The Patriots won another Greater Boston League regular season title with a 7-0 mark after a win over Malden on Tuesday, May 14. That is the second consecutive season the Patriots fi nished perfectly in the dual meet regular season. They did so also in the winter indoor track season. And they even topped that off with a Greater Boston League meet championship in the winter, completing the ultimate sweep. GIRLS TRACK | SEE Page 12

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