YOUR LOCAL NEWS & SPORTS ONLINE! SCAN & SUBSCRIBE HERE! Vol. 34, No.23 -FREEwww.advocatenews.net Free Every Friday Highlighting momentum and importance of women’s sports, Governor joins Mayor for Boston Renegades’ Women’s Football Alliance Game Visit included tour of Harry Della Russo Stadium and pregame pep talk Special to Th e Advocate O n Saturday, June 1, Governor Maura Healey visited Revere to cheer on the Boston Renegades, New England’s premier women’s tackle football team and defending Pro Division Champions in the Women’s Football Alliance. Mayor Patrick Keefe, First Lady Jennifer Keefe and Renegades’ representatives welcomed Governor Healey for a tour of Harry Della Russo Stadium — the Renegades’ home stadium since 2015 — as well as a pregame visit with the team. “Revere has been a proud host to the Renegades for nearly a decade and I’m grateful to have been joined by Governor Healey to bring much deserved attention to this team’s accomplishments and the bright future of women’s sports — not just in the Commonwealth, but nationwide,” said Mayor Keefe. “We are lucky to have a true dynasty in professional sports right in our backyard. We look forward to celebrating many more championships with the Renegades.” Before heading into the stands to cheer on the Renegades, the Governor and Mayor visited the team locker room to congratulate the team, thank them for HIGHLIGHTING | SEE Page 4 781-286-8500 Friday, June 7, 2024 School Committee unanimously approves FY25 School District budget By Barbara Taormina T he School Committee held a public hearing this week on the 2024/2025 school district’s $126,284,616 budget. This year’s operating school budget proposal represents a $4,572,970 increase over last year’s $121,711,646 budget. It was a quiet hearing. No one from the public came to the meeting and no one tuned in through Zoom. The only person to speak in favor of the budget was Superintendent Dianne Kelly. “We did not see the enormous increase that we saw in previous years,” said Kelly, “but it was an increase.” But, as Kelly explained, the cost of level services due to infl ation and the district’s pulling in staff previously funded by grants did not Dr. Dianne Kelly Supt. of Schools leave much room to play with. Still, Kelly highlighted that the budget increases middle school staff , supports the reorganization of the Special Education department, increases English language learners’ staff, strengthens the early FY25 | SEE Page 4 City Council approves hourly rate increase for Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Abatement Program By Barbara Taormina T Governor Maura Healey gives the coin toss before the start of the Boston Renegades football game at Harry Della Russo Stadium last Saturday. he City Council unanimously voted to adjust the city’s Senior Citizen Property Tax WorkOff Abatement Program to offer more assistance to seniors struggling to keep up with bills and stay in their homes. Councillor-at-Large Michelle Kelley explained several proposed changes that will bring the city’s abatement program into alignment with state law. The hourly rate seniors will REVERE FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL Sunday, June 9, 2024 8:15 A.M. Relatives and friends of the Revere Fire Department, especially our retirees, are cordially                                           Christopher P. Bright Chief of Department earn is set at minimum wage, $15 an hour. The abatement amount has been increased from $750 to $1,000, which required an increase in hours for participants from 62 to 66.6. Kelley also proposed increasing funding for the city account that covers the WorkOff Abatement from $25,000 to $70,000. Councillors had questions, including whether or not the APPROVES | SEE Page 8

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