REVERE Vol. 34, No.27 -FREEHave a Safe & Happy July 4th! ADVOCATE www.advocatenews.net Free Every Friday Our Lady of Lourdes Faithful Celebrate 20th Anniversary Mass 781-286-8500 Wednesday, July 3, 2024 City Council unanimously approves Mayor’s FY2025 Budget Balanced budget emphasizes fiscal responsibility and investments in core City services Special to The Advocate T his week the Revere City Council unanimously apTOGETHER AGAIN: Shown from left to right are, event co-host John Verrengia, Boston College Philosophy Director Father Ronald Tascelli, Father Thomas Keyes, Father Leonardo Moreira and event co-host Jim Mercurio. See page 10 for photo highlights. (Advocate photo by Tara Vocino) proved the City of Revere’s Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) Budget. Prepared and submitted by Mayor Patrick M. Keefe, Jr. and Chief Financial Officer Rich Viscay, the FY25 budget totals $274 million, with nearly 70% of investments focused on Revere Public Schools (RPS) and public safety and infrastructure. No one-time revenues were required to balance the budget. With an eye towards proBUDGET | SEE Page 1 Patrick Keefe, Jr. Mayor MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE PASSES HOME EQUITY LEGISLATION Legislation will protect property owners from “equity theft” BOSTON – The Massachusetts House of Representatives last week passed “An Act relative to municipal tax lien procedures and protections for property owners in the Commonwealth,” which would align current statute with a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The legislation secures the rights of property owners to reclaim any excess equity to which they are entitled after all taxes and fees are repaid to the municipalities following a tax foreclosure, while substantially increasing notifications and other protections for property owners throughout the foreclosure process. “This legislation is not only an effort to ensure that the Commonwealth’s laws comply with court rulings, it is also about protecting the rights of property owners here in Massachusetts throughout the tax lien foreclosure process,” said House Speaker Ronald J. Mariano (DQuincy). “I want to thank Chairman Cusack for his work on this legislation, as well as all my colleagues in the House for voting to advance these important reforms.” "This legislation provides by which property owners lose all of their equity as a result of a small amount of unpaid property taxes," said Rep. Jeffrey Rosario Turco (D. Winthrop). The Supreme Court ruled in Jessica Giannino State Representative much needed consumer protections to property owners and clarity to municipalities on tax lien procedures," said Representative Mark J. Cusack (DBraintree), House Chair of the Joint Committee on Revenue. “Equity will now be returned to its rightful owner while making cities and towns whole. Thank you to Speaker Mariano, Ways and Means Chair Michlewitz and my colleagues for their leadership and diligence on this important legislation that will positively impact Massachusetts." “The tax lien foreclosure process is already a difficult time for Jeffrey Rosario Turco State Representative anyone facing the situation. It is only fair that profits are returned to the rightful owners,” said Representative Jessica Giannino (D-Revere). “I’m grateful to the Speaker, Chairs Michlewitz and Cusack, and my colleagues for their support.” "Cities and towns rely on property tax receipts to fund important government services. This important legislation strikes a balance by allowing struggling taxpayers to work with their communities on workable payment plans. More importantly, this legislation eliminates the abhorrent practice Tyler v. Hennepin County, Minnesota that state laws allowing municipalities to retain equity from a foreclosed property, in excess of any taxes and fees owed by a property owner, were unconstitutional under the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This ruling had an impact on the municipal tax lien foreclosure process in the Commonwealth, since Massachusetts law also allowed municipalities or third parties that purchased tax liens to keep excess equity following a property foreclosure for unpaid taxes. Underscoring the need for legislative action, a recent ruling by the Massachusetts Superior Court (Ashley M. Mills v. City of Springfield) found that the property foreclosure process in Massachusetts was unconstitutional, a ruling that was supported by legal briefings from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. This bill ensures that Massachusetts law is constitutional throughout all municipalities in the Commonwealth, and EQUITY | SEE Page 7

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Repeated offenses would mean a confiscated phone could only be returned to parents. “Too many teachers won’t take phones away,” said Caggiano who added a ban on cell phones in schools is being considered at Celebrating Our 52nd Year Chris 2024 ing months to figure out which way to go with a cell phones. Attendance, which is down since before Covid, was also up for discussion at this week’s meeting. Committee member John Kingston shared a story about a conversation with a retired teacher who told him about a student who missed 15 days of school while travelling with his family. Kingston questioned the attenANTHONY CAGGIANO School Committee Member the state level. He suggested Revere be ahead of the curve and ban them now. “Do the teachers a favor and throw them out of the classroom,” he said. Superintendent Diane Kelly, who has expressed concerns about teachers taking a phone and students physically responding, said there has been talk about a contract program with families, most of whom carry their kids on their phone plans. Kelly said parents can go into their plans and limit their student’s phone use to emergency calls during school hours. Kelly suggested some parents would embrace the idea of a contract. Committee members agreed to continue hammering out a policy as they have three upcomdance policy and if there were any consequences for students who missed so much class time. Supt. Kelly intervened and said if a student can miss 15 days and still master class content, there’s something wrong with the class. It’s not rigorous or challenging enough. Kelly asked the committee if they wanted to go back to the old days when if you missed five days, you failed. And that’s not where committee members wanted to go. They suggested better tracking methods and alerts to parents when students are absent. Engaging parents for an intervention about problems with attendance was seen as a next step. The committee also felt there was room to accommodate family vacations and trips. “I get offended when you say we are going back to the old days,” committee member Aisha Milbury-Ellis said to Kelly. “We don’t want to go back, but we want to have standards.” A Day at the Beach: All-Abilities Beach Day August 17 By Barbara Taormina T he Commission on Disabilities is putting the final touches on an All-Abilities Beach Day, a free event scheduled for August 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Revere Beach. There will be music and beach accessible mats and wheelchairs provided by the MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation. "We want to get people with disabilities on the sand and in the water with accessible wheelchairs," said Ralph DeCicco, Chairman of the Commission who will be spreading the word about this event throughout the city. Commission members also look forward to hearing from a special guest from a program in Everett for Alzheimer patients. According to one Commission member, the program has a strong emphasis on community and social interaction and will be a good resource for Revere families and residents struggling with Alzheimers. Commissioners also took some time to discuss accessibility and a new state law that would allow homeowners to add a 900 square foot handicapped-accessible residential unit to their property by right. Commissioners feel this would be a huge benefit to disabled people wanting to live at home. Members also discussed the problems with creating accessibility in historical buildings and older structures. They are unable to get to the top floor of the library. Commission has a transitions plan that maps out all the places and items in Revere that need upgrades to comply with requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act. DeCicco reminded fellow Commissioners that they take the month of July off and the next Commission meeting will not be until August.

THE REVERE ADVOCATE – WEDnEsDAy, JuLy 3, 2024 Page 3 Board of Health upholds fine against convenience store for selling tobacco to a minor Revere Beach water quality and residential rodent control also addressed By Barbara Taormina he Board of Health met last week for a round of usual business and updates on community health. Board Chair Drew Bunker and Board member Kathleen Savage upheld a $2,000 fine and seven-day license suspension for Shirley Ave. Variety Store for a second offense of selling tobacco products to a minor. The Board felt the high fine was justified because it was a second offense and because the owners of the shop have several convenience stores in Revere and hold several tobacco sales licenses. The owner of Shirley Ave. VaT riety attended the meeting and told Board members they do not intentionally sell tobacco products to underage youth, but he added that it was difficult to avoid the error. Bonny Carroll of Six City Tobacco Initiative asked if the shop asked all customers buying tobacco products for identification. Carroll stressed requiring an ID is the only way to avoid selling to minors and the fines that come with that. “We know it’s hard, but a $2,000 fine is hard, too,” said Bunker. Carroll said the Six City Tobacco Initiative offers training for employees and help with signs that let customers know they need to provide identification to make tobacco purchases. Public Health Director Lauren Buck gave a monthly update on various aspects of community health. Buck said influenza and Covid cases have decreased, as expected, during the warm weather. Buck also noted that opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts have decreased by 10 percent over the past year and Revere has followed that trend and seen a similar decrease. Buck also highlighted some seasonal health information. She said the water at Revere Beach is tested every Tuesday, and any closures due to bacterial counts will be listed with a red banner on the city’s website. Residents can also check the state’s website at https://www.mass.gov/beachwater-quality for a list of any local beaches closed for health reasons. Buck offered several other seasonal reminders, including one not always heard. She advised residents taking any medications to check with doctors or the CDC website to make sure their meds do not interfere with heat tolerance. The Board of Health also received an update on the city’s rodent control program. Residents who have seen rats or evidence of rats on their property can request the city to send a professional exterminator to inspect and treat the exterior of a home. Residents who need help with rodents must sign a waiver online or at the 311 Constituents Service Center. 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Page 6 THE REVERE ADVOCATE – WEDnEsDAy, JuLy 3, 2024 Fo Representative Jessica Giannino & Family State Representative Jeffrey Turco & Family Ward 6 City Councillor Christopher Giannino Councillor-at-Large Juan Jaramillo & Family The Publisher & Staff of Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky Ward 4 City Councillor Paul Argenzio Ward 5 City Councillor Angela Guarino-Sawaya urth Please Drive Safely! State uly H a of J p py

THE REVERE ADVOCATE – WEDnEsDAy, JuLy 3, 2024 Page 7 Please Drive Safely! y Fourth o Councillor-at-Large Anthony Zambuto Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School Committee & Revere School Committeeman Anthony Caggiano Ward 1 Councillor Joanne McKenna Kingston School Committeeman John Go 4th and celebrate! Have a safe, enjoyable holiday. 100 Salem Turnpike, Saugus, MA 01906 WINWASTESAUGUS.COM EQUITY | FROM Page 7 fair to those subject to municipal tax lien foreclosure proceedings. This legislation does the following: • Requires that a detailed accounting be taken following a foreclosure in a tax taking of the excess equity that is available; • Any excess equity must be returned to the former owner within 60 days; • Allows for retroactive claims for excess equity from May 25, 2023, until date of passage; • Updates notice requirements where the subject property is residential; • Allows former owners the opportunity to file a claim in Superior Court if there is a dispute on the amount of excess equity owed; • Increases the maximum length for repayment agreements for owed taxes from five to 10 years; • Decrease the amount for a down payment for the repayment agreements from 25 percent to 10 percent and; • Establishes a special commission to conduct a comprehensive study relative to the current law and practices around the collection of delinquent property tax revenue by municipalities in the Commonwealth. “For far too long, unscrupulous collectors have taken advantage of Massachusetts homeowners in foreclosure - a practice the U.S. Supreme Court and, more recently, the Hampden County Superior Court, has deemed unconstitutional. This legislation rectifies this systematic problem once and for all,” said Representative John J. Mahoney (D-Worcester), a lead sponsor of the bill. “By protecting the hard-earned equity of our neighbors, while balancing the needs of cities and towns, we can stifle the corruption of bad-faith lienholders and make the Commonwealth a more prosperous place for working families. Thank you to Speaker Mariano and Chair Michlewitz for their leadership in bringing this comprehensive measure to the floor for passage today. I also want to thank Chair Cusack and his staff for their dedication on this critical issue.” “The best way for property owners to keep the equity in their homes, is for them to keep their homes. This bill protects homeowners by providing better notices in the municipal tax lien process and presenting opportunities to cure deficiencies,” said Representative Tram T. Nguyen (D-Andover), a lead sponsor of the bill. “I want to thank Speaker Mariano, Chair Michlewitz, and Chair Cusack for advancing a thoughtful antidote to the scourge of home equity theft.” “Today’s vote by the legislature makes the tax taking process more just and erases the patently unfair and unconstitutional processes used to rob homeowners of their home’s equity built over years,” said Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (DFranklin), a lead sponsor of the bill. “The bill enhances due process protections which will ensure that a homeowner receives adequate notice and has affirms their right and opportunity to claim that equity. Moreover, this significant legislative step provides homeowners with an equitable process for resolving tax delinquencies and rectifies constitutional problems with the current law.” “This is a matter of simple fairness. Massachusetts residents ought to pay municipalities what they owe; no less, no more,” said Representative Tommy Vitolo (D-Brookline), a lead sponsor of the bill. “I’m grateful to the Speaker, Chairs Michlewitz and Cusack, and my colleagues for their support.” Having passed the House of Representatives 154-0, the bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration. y H f Jul app

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THE REVERE ADVOCATE – WEDnEsDAy, JuLy 3, 2024 Page 9 —The Phunk Phenomenon team is raising funds for their international competition trip to Arizona in August. Find out more at https://app.99pledges. com/fund/PHUNKatHHIworlds. You can also learn more about Phunk Phenomenon at https:// www.phunkphenomenon.com/. And to learn more and contribute to Jared Connor’s fight with Sanfilippo syndrome, the family has a website: http://www.jaredsfight.org/. 8 Norwood St. Everett (617) 387-9810 Open Tues. - Sat. at 4:00 PM Closed Sun. & Mon. Announcing our Classic Specials Dine In Only: hot the whole time. It’s almost like they don’t even need entertainment because they’re all in it. The crowd is already loud. So, I try to keep the music to match that, obviously taking what they love like ‘Shipping up to Boston’ and keeping it in the theme of Boston. And then Donnie Wahlberg, he sponsored the team with these beautiful New Kids on the Block Boston shirts. So, I did a nice tribute piece to the Boston boy bands to keep the crowd pumped for everything that comes from Boston and keep that luck flowing. That was my idea of what I went into this year.” The NBA Finals appearance for her younger dancers – called Lil Phunk and ranging in ages from five to 13 – was a crowning moment much like the Boston Celtics’ championship. Her dancers have been hard at work at their craft, and they now got to shine on an international stage right in the TD Garden, which they’ve called home for decades. The studio prides itself on “urban dance,” and Briggs-Connor describes it as a “non-traditional dance studio.” Their mission? To connect with youth through the art of urban dance. “Hip Hop is not just a dance; it is a culture containing five elements,” according to the mission statement on the studio’s website. “Our goal is to educate our students on those five elements within each of our specialized classes. Urban dance styles have always been the heart of inner cities as a way of expression and a means of building self-esteem.” She refers to a teaching style called “EDUTAINMENT,” or teaching the history behind each art form in addition to choreography. Boston, she said, has a specific dance style that includes a penchant for a very hypedup and energetic vibe. “We still have a very bouncy style compared to the West Coast teams, who are more smooth,” she told The Advocate, “so we like artists like DMX. The studio that I own and the company is predominantly Hip Hop. We do mostly urban dance, street styles, so break-dancing from back in the day, we still do that, popping, locking, krump. New school HipHop, old-school Hip Hop. So, it’s all Hip Hop.” And this studio is not just performing; they’re winning on a large stage. A group of 40 dancers from Phunk Phenomenon recently competed in a national competition run by Hip Hop International. Ranging in ages from nine to dancers in their 30s, the team won a Gold Medal for the Megacrew category. Now they’re preparing for an international competition in Arizona in August, where they will compete against 50 countries. They secured the nationals win earlier this year with a routine to the song “Ante Up,” a collaboration by Hip Hop artists Busta Rhymes, Teflon and Remy Martin. When she makes a mix, Briggs-Connor likes to entertain all ages of her audiences, blending old-school memories with new beats. For this routine, they took “Ante Up” and layered it with new beats like dance hall and Afrobeat. “Everything had to be within the realm of street dance for the rules of this competition,” BriggsConnor said, “so we’re going with a full mixed style routine, basically hitting all the genres of hip-hop dance.” For BriggsConnor, these competitions are full-circle moments where all the hard work of choreography, dancing and sweating until near midnight on weekday nights comes together. She’s been hitting the dance floor since she was three years old at Genevieve’s Dance Studio in Chelsea, and she basically hasn’t left since. “I danced at that studio in Chelsea, and I grew up there,” Briggs-Connor said. “My mom [Barbara Casino of Chelsea] put me in when I was three years old because I loved to dance. I danced all the way until I was 18 there, and I started teaching for her when I was 16, and I cheered for Chelsea High School. I’ve danced my whole life.” * FREE Salad with purchase of Entree, Tuesdays & Wednesdays * Cheese Pizza - Only $10 Catch ALL The Live Sports Action On Our Large Screen TV’s Scan & Follow Us on Facebook! www.810bargrille.com For Advertising with Results, call The Advocate Newspapers at 781-286-8500 or Info@advocatenews.net

Page 10 THE REVERE ADVOCATE – WEDnEsDAy, JuLy 3, 2024 Our Lady of Lourdes Faithful Celebrates 20th Anniversary Mass By Tara Vocino T he Grotto Park of Our Lady of Lourdes celebrated their 20th anniversary outdoor Mass in Beachmont Square on Sunday morning. The parish faithful have been meeting every year to honor the Our Lady of Lourdes Church which was closed by the archdiocese over 20 years ago. The crowd listens on during the homily. The crowd sings the entrance hymn, “Here I am, Lord.” Communion celebrates Jesus’s life and resurrection, according to the Scriptures. Cantor Sandy Strate sings “Alleluia.” Organizers Jim Mercurio, at left, with John Verrengia. The priests walked into the procession. 425r Broadway, Saugus Located adjacent to Kohls Plaza Route 1 South in Saugus at the intersection of Walnut Street We are on MBTA Bus Route 429 781-231-1111 We are a Skating Rink with Bowling Alleys, Arcade and two TV’s where the ball games are always on! PUBLIC SKATING SCHEDULE 12-7 p.m. Sunday Monday Tuesday $9.00 Price includes Roller Skates Rollerblades/inline skates $3.00 additional cost Private Parties 7:30-11 p.m. Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday $10.00 Price includes Roller Skates Adult Night 18+ Only Private Parties Private Parties 4-8 p.m. $10.00 8:30-11 p.m. $11. 18+ Adults Only After 7 PM 12-9 p.m. $9.00 Everyone must pay admission after 6 p.m. Sorry No Checks - ATM on site Roller skate rentals included in all prices Inline Skate Rentals $3.00 additional BIRTHDAY & PRIVATE PARTIES AVAILABLE www.roller-world.com Cheryl Delaney, at left, with Valda Barry by the refreshments. Shown from left to right, are: Mary Vigliotta, Juan Jaramillo, Juanita Haas, Kathleen Heiser and Carol Tye prays. Event Organizer Jim Mercurio thanked the Beachmont Improvement Committee, the Department of Public Works, and dessert donors. Event Co-Organizer John Verrengia read from the Book of Wisdom. Benjamin Soares, 17 months, dances to “Ave Maria.” Our Lady of Lourdes Father Thomas Keyes read from the Gospel of Mark. Event co-host Jim Mercurio holds the stoal with Father Ronald Tascelli, which is an ecclesiastical vestment consisting of a long usually silk band worn traditionally around the neck by bishops and priests. Shown from left to right, are: McKenna’s Campaign Manager Larry Smith, Ward 1 City Councillor Joanne McKenna and CouncillorAt-Large Juan Jaramillo. Shown from left to right, are: event cohost John Verrengia, Former Ward 1 Councillor Doug Goodwin, and Boston College Philosophy Director Jesuit Father Ronald Tascelli. Immaculate Concept ion Parochial Vicar Father Leonardo Moreira. Father Ronald Tascelli is a Jesuit priest from Boston College. Erin Murphy prays the Lord’s Prayer.

THE REVERE ADVOCATE – WEDnEsDAy, JuLy 3, 2024 Page 11 School Committee Roundup By Barbara Taormina Congrats, Mrs. Martell The School Committee at their last meeting congratulated and celebrated Nancy Martell, who was named the new principal of the Staff Sergeant James J. Hill school. “You’ve been ready to take over this leadership role for a long time,” School Superintendent Dianne Kelly told Martell as she was announcing Martell’s appointment to the committee. Martell said she felt her job involved understanding the stories of students, families, colleagues and others. “Thank you for entrusting me with this opportunity,” Martell told the committee. Welcome, Mr. Huppert Superintendent Dianne Kelly also introduced Ryan Huppert, a Harvard Graduate School of Education resident who will be working with the administration for the next 10 months. Huppert told the committee he wanted his residency to be in place with a leader doing great work and Revere is where he landed. Caregiver survey gives district high marks Dr. Kelly shared some of the highlights of a recent parent and caregiver survey with the School Committee. The survey drew 603 responses. Among those who answered the questions, which ranged on a variety of topics, 83 percent said they feel welcomed and included in their child’s school. Among parents and caregivers, 82 percent feel teachers are responsive and communication with teachers is good. Among parents with children with special needs, 90 percent said they felt engaged in creating their child’s individual education plan. For families with children in English as a second language classes, 72 percent of parents and caregivers said they agreed they understand how their child receives ESL instruction. The new math Parents of school-age children sometimes complain and sometimes joke about the troubles they have helping with math homework. The days of math facts, multiplication tables and algorithms are over and math has become an exciting and relevant world. Superintendent Dianne Kelly gave the School Committee an update on the district’s math curriculum. Lower elementary grades have been using the Illustrative Mathematics program for the past few years. A pilot program will now expand Illustrative Mathematics through middle school. According to Kelly, the advisory team that assessed different math curricula choices liked that Illustrative Mathematics asks students to describe what they were seeing and discovering. The program promotes classroom conversation and collaboration among students and builds on students’ innate knowledge, explained Kelly. According to the illustrative Math website, “6-8 math is a problem-based core curriculum rooted in content and practice standards to foster learning and achievement for all. Students learn by doing math, solving problems in Mathematical and real-world contexts, and constructing arguments using precise language.” At Revere High, students will participate in a pilot program with Reveal Math, which the advisory team chose because the program allows for differentiation to accommodate low and high achievers. According to the Reveal Math website, the program is derived from the latest research on how students learn best. The goal is to fuel student engagement and deepen conceptual understanding. Curriculum advisors also liked the online component of Reveal Math, which provides personalized or customized help to students based on their individual strengths and needs.

Page 12 THE REVERE ADVOCATE – WEDnEsDAy, JuLy 3, 2024 EVERETT KIWANIS 38th ANNUAL FRANK E. WOODWARD GOLF TOURNAMENT!!! Supporting Scholarships for Everett High School Students Register online to play and to buy tee box signs at www.everettkiwanisgolf.com Date: July 26, 2024 Time: 7:00AM Registration – 8:00 AM Shotgun Start Location: Mount Hood Golf Course – 100 Slayton Rd. Melrose, MA Fee: $150.00 per golfer – includes 18-hole best ball scramble format, cart, greens fees, lunch, and prizes Please buy a tee box sign for $125.00 per hole Questions: Contact David LaRovere at david@larovere.com or 617-387-2700 Online registration gives option to be invoiced or pay online Fireworks Caused More Than 200 Injuries, $1.5M in Property Damage since 2019 STOW – Every year in Massachusetts, illegal fireworks cause fires, explosions, property damage, and serious injuries. As we enter the weeks around July 4th , when more than 60% of these incidents occur, State Fire Marshal Jon M. Davine is reminding residents and visitors to leave fireworks to the professionals. “Fireworks are inherently dangerous,” said State Fire Marshal Davine. “Possessing or using them in Massachusetts requires licensing and certification. They are illegal for personal use here even if purchased legally in another state. These laws work: the rate of fireworks injuries in Massachusetts is about one-fifth the national average.” Over the past five years, fireworks have caused 532 fires and explosions, about $1.5 million in property damage, and more than 200 serious injuries that required treatment in a hospital emergency department. The following incidents were reported last year alone: • On May 21, 2023, a Kingston man who was allegedly manufacturing destructive devices for use as homemade fireworks suffered life-altering injuries to his hands, chest, and face. He was MedFlighted to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Additional devices found at the scene were secured and rendered safe by the State Police Bomb Squad. • On July 3, 2023, commercial-grade fireworks caused a fire on the second-floor porch of a multi-family home in Chelsea. State Police fire investigators assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s office and Chelsea officials determined that commercial-grade aerial fireworks being discharged in front of a nearby masonry business struck the rear porch and ignited combustible materials. Additional fireworks were found nearby and seized. • On July 4, 2023, a West Yarmouth man was badly injured after attempting to discharge illegal fireworks. He was transported first to Cape Cod Hospital and then to Brigham and Women’s Hospital with severe injuries to his right hand and thigh. • On July 5, 2023, a teenage boy lost part of his hand and a teenage girl suffered burn inFIREWORKS | SEE Page 15 License Commission issues 1-day licenses for summer events By Barbara Taormina A t their last meeting, the Licensing Commission approved applications for events for residents looking for ways to enjoy the summer locally. The Neighborhood Developers received 1-day entertainment license for the Shirley Ave. Cultural Festival scheduled for Sept. 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This is an established annual event that allows Shirley Ave neighbors to gather at Sandler Square and share food, music and other aspects of their different cultures. The American Legion reFor Advertising with Results, call The Advocate Newspapers at 781-286-8500 or Info@advocatenews.net ceived beer, wine, and food licenses for evening concert events at Veterans Memorial Park. On the following Sundays, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4 and August 11, the Legion will host a beer and wine garden with hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages and chips to accompany the city's Sunday night concerts. The Commission granted the Revere Beach Partnership a special 1-day license for all Alcohol to be served at a special VIP party on July 20, from 6 to 10 p.m. for donors and sponsors of the International Sand Sculpting Festival. The event will be held in a roped off tent with security and police details. The Revere Beach Partnership also received three 1-day licenses for July 19, 20, and 21 to serve beer and wine from noon to 8 p.m. as part of the Sand Sculpting festival. Diana Cardona was granted a 1-day virtually and entertainment license for an event celebrating Colombian Independence Day, on July 18, 5 -7 p.m. at McMakin Memorial Park. Cardona said she expected a crowd of about 120 people. Have a Safe, Happy 4th of July: Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

BUDGET | FROM Page 13 viding equitable municipal resources and services, Mayor Keefe also emphasized his goals of benefitting neighborhoods and fostering local economic development. “The approval of this budget affirms some of the key initiatives that this administration has prioritized: developing a culture based on results, and achieving a common goal. I’m proud of all the teamwork that went into it, including the City Councillors who made every consideration to ensure that the right decisions were being made for our taxpayers,” stated Mayor Keefe. “We want to do what’s right by our residents, our businesses, and our neighborhoods. I feel confidently that this budget reflects that effort.” CFO Rich Viscay added, “I want to thank all of the departments who collaborated on this budget. I also want to thank the City Council for their vote, and to my team for their hard work in preparing this budget.” FY25 Budget Highlights THE REVERE ADVOCATE – WEDnEsDAy, JuLy 3, 2024 • Investments in Public Education: Nearly 44% of the FY25 budget is dedicated to RPS. The City Council appropriated $126,284,616 for RPS in FY25, $102,000,000 of which is Chapter 70 funding provided by the Commonwealth, as the City works toward full funding of the Student Opportunity Act by FY2027. RPS continues to work toward district goals of purchasing new instructional tools, upgrading technology and facilities and providing appropriate supplemental services for all students. • Investments in Public SafePage 13 ty: The FY25 budget increases uniformed police officers from 115 to 117, and firefighters from 119 to 121. • Reorganization and Increased Efficiency: Strategic planning is at the forefront of this administration’s mission, with the aim of consolidating and centralizing city services to benefit residents and personnel alike. Mayor Keefe initiated a major departmental reorganization to ensure ease of access to resources for residents and emphasized his mission to protect the tax dollar. Some of the consolidation includes common-sense solutions, such as incorporating Consumer Affairs into Constituent Services (311) and consolidating DEI, the Community School and Talent and Culture under the umbrella of Human Resources. 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Page 14 THE REVERE ADVOCATE – WEDnEsDAy, JuLy 3, 2024 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 GET A FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO MASSTERLIST – Join more than 22,000 people, from movers and shakers to political junkies and interested citizens, who start their weekday morning with MASSterList—the popular newsletter that chronicles news and informed analysis about what’s going on up on Beacon Hill, in Massachusetts politics, policy, media and influence. The stories are drawn from major news organizations as well as specialized publications. MASSterlist will be e-mailed to you FREE every Monday through Friday morning and will give you a leg up on what’s happening in the blood sport of Bay State politics. For more information and to get your free subscription, go to: https:// lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/ aPTLucKs THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of June 24-28. $540 MILLON FISCAL 2024 SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET (H 4790) House 153-1, approved and sent to the Senate a $540 million fiscal 2024 supplemental budget to close out the books for fiscal year 2024. Provisions include millions of dol- LEGAL NOTICE - COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS THE TRIAL COURT PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT Suffolk Probate and Family Court 24 New Chardon Street Boston, MA 02114 (617) 788-8300 Docket No. SU22P1091EA Estate of: JOSEPH R LUNETTA Date of Death: 03/19/2024 CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION To all interested persons: A petition for Formal Adjudication of Intestacy and Appointment of Personal Representative has been filed by: Marcia Rossi of Boston, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. The Petitioner requests that: Marcia Rossi of Boston, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond in unsupervised administration. IMPORTANT NOTICE You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before: 10:00 a.m. on the return day of 07/15/2024. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an affidavit of objections within thirty (30) days of the return day, action may be taken without further notice to you. UNSUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE MASSACHUSETTS UNIFORM PROBATE CODE (MUPC) A Personal Representative appointed under the MUPC in an unsupervised administration is not required to file an inventory or annual accounts with the Court. Persons interested in the estate are entitled to notice regarding the administration directly from the Personal Representative and may petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including the distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, Hon. Brian J. Dunn, First Justice of this Court. Date: June 03, 2024 STEPHANIE L. EVERETT, ESQ. REGISTER OF PROBATE July 03, 2024 lars in funding for 18 collective bargaining agreements; $26.5 million for cities and towns to prepare for and celebrate in 2026 the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution; $5.5 million for tax abatements for veterans, widows, blind persons and the elderly; and $29.6 million for Income-Eligible Child Care; $2.1 million for Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Services. Supporters said the bill funds necessary and important projects and programs to help close out the books on fiscal 2024. Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica), the only member who voted against the bill, did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on why he opposed the bill. (A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A “No” vote is against it.) Rep. Jessica Giannino Rep. Jeff Turco 4791) Yes Yes BAN HOME EQUITY THEFT (H House 154-0, approved and sent to the Senate a measure that would prohibit cities and towns that foreclose on properties on which the owner owes back property taxes, from keeping all of the profits when the city or town sells the property at auction. Current Massachusetts law allows this practice. The bill would allow the city or town to keep only the amount owed in back taxes and send the remainder to the owner. Last year, the United States Supreme Court ruled that cities and towns that foreclose on properties on which the owner owes back property taxes, cannot keep all of the profits when the city or town sells the property at auction. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, writing a unanimous decision about a similar Minnesota law, said that “a taxpayer who loses her $40,000 house to the state to fulfill a $15,000 tax debt has made a far greater contribution to the public fisc than she owed.” “This legislation provides much needed consumer protections to property owners and clarity to municipalities on tax lien procedures,” said Rep. Mark Cusack (D-Braintree), House Chair of the Committee on Revenue. “Equity will now be returned to its rightful owner while making cities and towns whole.” The bill was based on earlier versions of the measure sponsored by Reps. John Mahoney (D-Worcester), Tram Nguyen (D-Andover) and Jeff Roy (D-Franklin), “For far too long, unscrupulous collectors have taken advantage of Massachusetts homeowners in foreclosure,” said Mahoney. “This legislation rectifies this systematic problem once and for all. By protecting the hard-earned equity of our neighbors, while balancing the needs of cities and towns, we can stifle the corruption of bad-faith lienholders and make the commonwealth a more prosperous place for working families. “The best way for property owners to keep the equity in their homes, is for them to keep their homes,” said Nguyen. “This bill protects homeowners by providing better notices in the municipal tax lien process and presenting opportunities to cure deficiencies.” “Today’s vote by the Legislature makes the tax taking process more just and erases the patently unfair and unconstitutional processes used to rob homeowners of their home’s equity built over years,” said Roy. “The bill enhances due process protections which will ensure that a homeowner receives adequate notice and affirms their right and opportunity to claim that equity. Moreover, this significant legislative step provides homeowners with an equitable process for resolving tax delinquencies and rectifies constitutional problems with the current law.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill.) Rep. Jessica Giannino Rep. Jeff Turco Yes Yes $3.4 BILLION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PACKAGE (H 4789) House 155-2, approved and sent to the Senate a $3.4 billion economic development package that supporters said includes an array of investments and policy initiatives that aim to bolster support for workers and businesses, particularly in the life sciences, clean energy technology and manufacturing industries, while retaining a larger focus on making Massachusetts more affordable and competitive. Provisions include $500 million for the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to provide grants and loans to grow the life sciences industry in Massachusetts; $400 million for MassWorks public infrastructure grants to cities and towns; $150 million for grants for cities and towns for library projects; $100 million for the Rural Development Program providing financial assistance to exclusively rural areas; $100 million for the Seaport Economic Council Grant program for municipalities for the construction and repair of coastal assets; and $100 million for Applied AI Hub Capital grant program to support the adoption and application of AI technology in the state’s tech sectors. The bill includes several tax credits including a $30 million annual tax credit for a program to expand the Climatetech industry; $7 million annual tax credit to support pre-Broadway, pre-off Broadway, national tour launches and regional professional theater productions; $5 million per year, to support the production of video games; and a $10 million tax credit for employers, consisting of $100,000 per employee that employ for 12 weeks a recent graduate of a public or private institution of higher education in Massachusetts. “Through billions of dollars in critical investments and tax credits, the House’s economic development bill provides support for companies at the forefront of innovation in the clean energy and the life sciences sectors, among other burgeoning industries,” said House Speaker Ron Mariano (D-Quincy). “Ultimately, this legislation will help to ensure that the commonwealth remains a hub for those industries of the future, while also enhancing support for workers across Massachusetts.” “This well-rounded economic development package makes significant, targeted investments into major sectors of the commonwealth’s economy,” said Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (D-Boston), Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means. “By renewing our commitment to the life sciences industry, and by making significant new investments into ClimateTech, we will be elevating the commonwealth’s economy to be able to compete and thrive for years to come.” “This legislation promotes economic growth across all regions of the state and makes several targeted investments in key sectors like life sciences and climatetech,” said Rep. Jerry Parisella (D-Beverly), House chair of the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. “Highlights of this session’s bill include $700 million in meaningful tax credits, new permitting reforms, workforce training and consumer protections around ticket sales, electric vehicle charging and home improvement contractors. This is an exciting time in Massachusetts history and I’m proud of the work done to keep us not only competitive, but a leader in vital industries.” Reps. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica) and Nicholas Boldyga (R- Southwick), the only two members to vote against the bill, did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on the bill and why they opposed it. (A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A “No” vote is against it.) Rep. Jessica Giannino Rep. Jeff Turco Yes Yes CLEAN ENERGY (S 2829) Senate 38-2, approved and sent to the House climate legislation that supporters say will make systemic changes to the state’s clean energy infrastructure that will help the state achieve its net zero emissions by 2050 goals. They say it will also expand electric vehicle use and infrastructure and protect residents and ratepayers. The bill would ban competitive energy suppliers from enrolling new individual residential customers – a move that supporters say will save residents’ money and protect residents from unfair and deceptive practices. Other provisions would lower utility rates for consumers with low- and middle-incomes by directing utility providers to offer lower rates to eligible consumers; consolidate the review of clean energy siting and permitting and expedite the timeline of projects; extend through 2027 the state’s MOREV program which gives residents $3,500-$6,000 for the purchase of BEACON | SEE Page 16

THE REVERE ADVOCATE – WEDnEsDAy, JuLy 3, 2024 Page 15 OBITUARIES Salvatore R. Giarrantani so). Loving father of Robert Giarratani and his wife Susan of Winthrop, Cheryl Giarratani of Revere and Nicholas Giarratani and his wife Sumiko of Japan. Dear brother of Nina Whipple of NH, Michelangelo Giarratani and his wife Mary of FL, Paulina Swift of Wakefield and the late Phyllis Gorman and Nicholas Giarratani. Cherished grandfather of Samantha, Robert Alexander, Vanessa and Victoria. Also survived by his granddogs, Levi and Gustavo. Family and friends were invitO f Revere, formerly of Somerville. Passed away on June 27, 2024. Devoted husband of the late Sylvia (SantosuosFIREWORKS | FROM Page 12 juries after igniting illegal fireworks in Hyde Park. Both were transported to the hospital for their injuries. • On July 7, 2023, a residential structure fire in Danvers displaced four residents. State Police and Danvers fire investigators determined that it was caused by the unsafe use of sparklers in the home’s basement during an Independence Day party. This was the second year in a row in which sparklers caused a fire that displaced all residents from a home: in 2022, a similar fire in Dracut went to three alarms. Massachusetts law requires police to seize any illegal fireworks they encounter in the course of their duties. People ed to attend the Visitation and Funeral from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home in Winthrop, on Monday, July 1. Services concluded with the Interment in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. who use or possess them illegally are also subject to a fine, while the illegal sale of fireworks is an arrestable offense that carries potential jail time. “We want everyone to have a safe, happy Fourth of July,” State Fire Marshal Davine said. “Please don’t risk a fire, injury, or a day in court. There are dozens of permitted municipal shows across Massachusetts this season, so leave fireworks to the professionals.” The Department of Fire Services posts a list of permitted fireworks displays and updates it each week through the summer. To view the list – and to learn more about the dangers of illegal fireworks – visit the DFS website at https:// www.mass.gov/info-details/ leave-fireworks-to-the-professionals ~ School Bus Drivers Wanted ~ 7D Licensed School Bus Drivers Malden Trans is looking for reliable drivers for the new school year. We provide ongoing training and support for licensing requirements. Applicant preferably lives local (Malden, Everett, Revere). Part-time positions available and based on AM & PM school hours....15-30 hours per week. Good driver history from Registry a MUST! If interested, please call David @ 781-322-9401. CDL SCHOOL BUS DRIVER WANTED Compensation: $28/hour School bus transportation company seeking active CDL drivers who live LOCALLY (Malden, Everett, Chelsea and immediate surrounding communities). - Applicant MUST have BOTH S and P endorsements as well as Massachusetts school bus certificate. Good driver history from Registry a MUST! - Part-time hours, BUT GUARANTEED 20-35 HOURS PER WEEK depending on experience. Contact David @ 781-322-9401. Savvy Senior How to Hire a Caregiver for In-Home Help Searching Sarah Dear Sarah, Finding a good in-home caregiver for an elderly parent is not always easy. How can you find one that’s reliable and trustworthy, as well as someone your parent likes and is comfortable with? Here are some tips that can help. Know His Needs Before you start the task of looking for an in-home caregiver, your first step is to determine the level of care your dad needs. For example, if he only needs help with daily living tasks like shopping, cooking, doing laundry, bathing or dressing, a “homemaker” or “personal care aide” will do. But if he needs health care services, there are “home health aides” that may do all the things a homemaker does, plus they also have training in administering medications, changing wound dressings and other medically related duties. Home health aides often work under a nurse’s supervision. Once you settle on a level of care, you then need to decide how many hours of assistance he’ll need. For example, does your dad need someone to come in just a few mornings a week to cook, clean, run errands or perhaps help him with a bath? Or does he need more continuous care that requires daily visits? After you determine his needs, there are two ways in which you can go about hiring someone. Either through an agency, or you can hire someone directly on your own. Hiring Through an Agency Hiring a personal care or home health aide through an agency is the safest and easiest option, but it’s more expensive. Costs typically run anywhere between $15 and $30 an hour depending on where you live and the qualification of the aide. How it works is you pay the agency, and they handle everything including an assessment of your mom’s needs, assigning appropriately trained and prescreened staff to care for her, and finding a fill-in on days her aide cannot come. Some of the drawbacks, however, are that you may not have much input into the selection of the caregiver, and the caregivers may change or alternate, which can cause a disruption. To find a home care agency in your dad’s area use search engines like Google or Bing and type in “home health care” or “non-medical home care” followed by the city and state your dad lives in. You can also use Medicare’s search tool at Medicare.gov/care-compare – click on “home health services.” Most home health agencies offer some form of non-medical home care services too. You also need to know that original Medicare does not cover in-home caregiving services unless your dad is receiving doctor ordered skilled nursing or therapy services at home too. But, if your dad is in a certain Medicare Advantage plan, or is low-income and qualifies for Medicaid, he may be eligible for some coverage. Hiring Directly Hiring an independent caregiver on your own is the other option, and it’s less expensive. Costs typically range between $12 and $25 per hour. Hiring directly also gives you more control over who you hire so you can choose someone who you feel is right for your dad. But be aware that if you do hire someone on your own, you become the employer so there’s no agency support to fall back on if a problem occurs or if the aide doesn’t show up. You’re also responsible for paying payroll taxes and any worker-related injuries that may happen. If you choose this option, make sure you check the aide’s references thoroughly and do a criminal background check at companies like eNannySource.com. To find someone use an elder-care matching service like Care.com or CareLinx.com, which both provide basic background checks. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book. Dear Savvy Senior, I need to hire a good in-home caregiver to help my elderly father who lives alone. What’s the best way to do this?

Page 16 THE REVERE ADVOCATE – WEDnEsDAy, JuLy 3, 2024 BEACON | FROM Page 14 new or used electric vehicles; allow residents who own parcels within condominiums, homeowner associations and historic districts to install EV chargers; make it easier to decarbonize buildings across the state; modernize the ‘bottle bill’ by adding noncarbonated beverages, wine and spirits to the list of containers eligible for a bottle deposit and increasing the deposit amount from 5 cents to 10 cents; and rein in a statutory provision that for decades has given gas companies a preferential ratemaking advantage over providers of other heating sources. “Today’s vote isn’t just a step toward reaching our net-zero emissions mandate,” said Senate Majority Leader Cynthia Creem (D-Newton), Chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. “It’s a leap toward a greener, cleaner future. The gas system reforms in the Senate climate bill make Massachusetts the national leader in the transition from gas to clean forms of heating, and they also protect residents’ wallets.” “We are in a climate crisis,” said Senate President Karen Spilka (DAshland). “The Senate has heard loud and clear from residents, advocates and clean energy leaders that we need systemic infrastructure changes to deliver on our net zero by 2050 emissions goals. Today we are taking action to make it easier and more efficient to build clean energy infrastructure so that Massachusetts can deliver on our climate commitments and leave our kids with the green state and planet that they deserve.” “Mass Audubon is proud that our legislative climate and energy leaders and the Healey Administration have delivered an omnibus climate bill which reflects so many of the recommendations of the Commission on Clean Energy Infrastructure Siting and Permitting,” said Michelle Manion, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at Mass Audubon. “[The bill] accelerates clean energy while also recognizing the importance of nature – our forests, wetlands and farms – in the climate fight, and that our towns and cities are essential partners in delivering on the solution set. This bill is the commonwealth’s next best step in addressing the climate crisis.” “The Massachusetts Senate has approached this legislation like Don Quixote, mistaking natural gas as an enemy worth eliminating when instead it should be considered a useful ally,” said Sen. Ryan Fattman (RSutton) who voted against the bill. “This legislation not only severely undercuts the use of natural gas, it fails to address the cost of electricity in the commonwealth which is currently ranked as the fourth highest in the nation. If you love paying higher costs for electricity year after year, you’ll love this Senate legislation.” Fattman continued, “While more than half of Massachusetts households rely on natural gas for heating their homes and cooking their food, this legislation all but eliminates that possibility without providing a clear path on making other energy sources achievable, accessible and affordable. We are not prepared to implement these vast changes to our energy sector and a lack of preparation will, no doubt, lead to chaos down the road.” Sen. Peter Durant (R-Spencer) the only other senator who voted against the bill, did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call asking him to comment on the bill and his vote. (A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A “No” vote is against it.) Sen. Lydia Edwards Yes $1 BILLION CLEAN ENERGY AND CLIMATE ACTION FUND (S 2829) Senate 1-38, rejected an amendment that would create a $1 billion Clean Energy and Climate Action Fund to be administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Technology Center, which would distribute funds to efficient retrofits and upgrades that fit into the state’s commitment to reducing emissions from the built environment. “I am extremely disappointed that this amendment was rejected as part of this bill,” said amendment sponsor Sen. Mark Pacheco (D-Taunton). “The transition to clean energy will require a significant investment, and this investment is currently one of the biggest barriers to the transition to clean energy. The cost of this fund pales in comparison to the costs the Commonwealth will incur if the transition to clean energy is not expedited.” Amendment opponents said the $1 billion would come from the Rainy Day Fund which, because of lower tax revenue, has not been as flush with money as the Senate thought it would be. Sen. Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), a lead sponsor of the bill, did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on his opposition to this amendment. (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment. A “No” vote is against it.) Sen. Lydia Edwards No HOUSING (S 2834) Senate 40-0, approved a housing bill that would authorize $5.4 billion in borrowing to spur housing production in the Bay State. Supporters said the package makes crucial policy changes with the goal of building new housing, accelerating the rehabilitation of existing housing, reducing barriers to development and promoting affordable housing. The House has already approved a different version of the package and a House-Senate conference committee will likely attempt to hammer out a compromise version. Provisions include $2.2 billion for repairs, rehabilitation and renovation of public housing; $425 million for the Housing Stabilization and Investment Trust Fund which works with cities and towns, non-profits and developers to support housing preservation, new construction,and rehabilitation projects to create affordable rental units; $800 million for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund to create and preserve housing for households with an income at or below 110 per cent of the area’s median income; $275 million for innovative, sustainable and green housing initiatives; $200 million for the CommonWealth Builder program to further the production of housing in gateway cities for first-time homebuyers; and creates a process for tenants to seal their eviction records in cases of no-fault evictions. “The … bill is more than a legislative measure -- it is a bold commitment to the principles of production, preservation and protection of housing across the commonwealth,” said Sen. Lydia Edwards (D-Boston), Chair of the Senate Committee on Housing. “With a $5.4 billion investment, we are building new homes, preserving existing ones and ensuring that all residents, especially the most vulnerable, have access to safe and affordable housing.” “An affordable, equitable, and competitive commonwealth is one in which a renter can find an apartment within their budget, a family can afford a down payment on their first home, and residents aren’t priced out of communities where they want to live,” said Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “Today the Senate took concrete action to make that vision a reality, a first step in rectifying decades of underinvestment that has led to our housing crisis.” “I’m thrilled that the Senate, in partnership with the House and the Healey-Driscoll administration, has addressed the very real housing crisis we face today, the greatest impediment to making it in Massachusetts,” said Sen. Mike Rodrigues (DWestport), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “This crisis takes many forms, including the lack of available housing, the lack of affordable housing, housing access and the waitlist for seniors and lower income families. This comprehensive bond bill addresses those barriers—and more—by dedicating $5.4 billion in a multi-year package to tackle this crisis head on. The passage of this legislation today now puts our ambitious plans in motion.” Although no senators voted against the bill, some tenant advocates criticized the package, noting that while both the House and Senate versions would take meaningful steps towards expanding affordable housing options, neither version does anything for people who are currently struggling to stay in their homes. “Even if all the housing envisioned in the bond bill is ultimately built, it would still be a drop in the bucket compared to the scale of the housing crisis that is forcing working people out on the street today,” said Carolyn Chou, executive director of Homes for All Mass. “Without immediate relief, tens of thousands of Massachusetts residents will be forced out of their homes by rising rents in the coming years, and we’ll continue to lose the working people who power our economy as they fall victim to predatory real estate speculators.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill.) Sen. Lydia Edwards Yes APPEAL MBTA COMMUNITIES ACT (S 2834) Senate 6-34, rejected an amendment that would require the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop and promulgate regulations allowing a city or town affected by the zoning provisions of the MBTA Communities Act to appeal for relief from those provisions. Any appeal would have to be based on at least one of the following criteria: the community’s inability to meet the drinking water supply or wastewater requirements necessary to support the housing units authorized by the law’s zoning provisions; the inability of municipal transportation infrastructure to safely accommodate the increased population attributable to this housing development; any adverse environmental impacts attributable to the development of housing units under this act; and any adverse impacts on historic properties. Amendment supporters said the amendment would offer a reasonable appeal process to assist cities and towns impacted by the MBTA Communities Act. Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), the sponsor of the amendment, did not respond to repeated requests by Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on his amendment. Sen. Mike Rodrigues (D-Westport) said that this amendment is similar to budget amendments that were discussed robustly and noted the Senate was firm in its opinion that it did not want to change course on the MBTA Communities Act. (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment allowing an appeal. A “No” vote is against the amendment.) Sen. Lydia Edwards No HOME INSPECTIONS (S 2834) Senate 39-0, approved an amendment that requires the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities to implement regulations that secure a homebuyer’s right to have an inspection done on a property before finalizing the purchase of the home. The regulation bans the conditioning of a sale on waiving or limiting the buyer’s right to inspect the home. “Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases many families will ever make,” said amendment sponsor Sen. Mike Moore (D-Millbury). “Shouldn’t you have the right to know exactly what you’re purchasing before you sign a binding contract? This amendment will curb the practice of making offers that waive the right to a home inspection, something that’s become increasingly common in this ultra-competitive real estate market. Moore continued, ”Buyers must not feel obligated to waive inspections, risking their most important investment, in order to find their forever home. In a commonwealth where we have long taken a strong approach to consumer protections, this is an obvious step to protect families from financial ruin due to costly undisclosed repairs.” (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment.) Sen. Lydia Edwards Yes ALSO UP ON BEACON HILL REQUIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS (H 2289) – The House approved and sent to the Senate legislation that would allow cities and towns to require the installation of an automatic sprinkler system in every newly-constructed 1- or 2-family home. Sponsor Rep. Ruth Balser (DNewton) said that today’s new homes burn hotter and faster than those of the past because of modern construction techniques and synthetic furnishings. She noted that as a result, residents have only one to three minutes to flee the average home without sprinklers. “Automatic sprinklers work fast and give people more time to escape,” said Balser. “According to the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, having both sprinklers and smoke alarms reduces the risk of dying in a home fire by 80 percent. Additionally, automatic sprinklers put out 90 percent of home fires

THE REVERE ADVOCATE – WEDnEsDAy, JuLy 3, 2024 Page 17 Copyrighted material previously published in Banker & Tradesman/The Commercial Record, a weekly trade newspaper. It is reprinted with permission from the publisher, The Warren Group. For a searchable database of real estate transactions and property information visit: www.thewarrengroup.com BUYER1 Hourani, Cannan Lako, Gentian Velasco, Maria N before the fire department arrives, which reduces firefighters’ exposure to the toxic products of combustion that cause cancer.” SEXUAL ASSAULT BY FRAUD (H 4350) - The House approved and sent to the Senate a proposal that would make it a crime for a doctor or other medical professional to commit sexual contact with a patient even when the doctor claims the contact is necessary for a legitimate medical purpose. Under current law, sexual contact by medical professionals represented to the patient as necessary for a legitimate medical purpose cannot be prosecuted, as the patient may be viewed as consenting to it, either explicitly or implicitly. Two courts have ruled that if a person consents to sexual intercourse, even under false pretenses, it is still consent. “I am pleased to see [the bill] once again be passed by the Massachusetts House,” said the bill’s sponsor Rep. Kate Hogan (D-Stow). “The bill establishes protections for vulnerable patients and criminalizes medical or healthcare professionals who knowingly and falsely claim sexual contact for a medical purpose. This legislation provides necessary updates to Massachusetts’ sexual assault laws.” REQUIRE SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE INFO ON STUDENT IDS (H 1999) – The House approved and sent to the Senate legislation that would require all public schools with grades 6 to 12, and all public and private colleges to include on their student identification cards the telephone and text number for the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. The bill includes a provision that allows any schools and colleges which have a supply of old ID cards without the 988 line to continue to distribute those IDS until the supply is gone. Supporters said that while suicide is a leading cause of death for people of all ages in the United States, young people are particularly at risk. They noted that according to a study published by the National Center for Health Statistics at the end of last year, suicide was the second leading cause of death for Americans aged 15-24, representing a 56 percent increase from the previous decade. They argued that there are significant disparities in these numbers, with LGBTQ+ youth being at greater risk and Black youth seeing a 73 percent increase in youth suicide rates in that same time period. “Suicides were the second leadREAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS SELLER1 BUYER2 Lako, Elvana Pano, Anastas Saliaj Ft Dineen, Judith ing cause of death among children in Massachusetts in 2020, which is an alarming statistic,” said cosponsor Rep. Jack Lewis (D-Framingham). “We must ensure that every student has the information at their fingertips to get the support and resources they need. Seeking help is hard even for the most selfaware adults. Providing the avenues to support is essential to promoting positive and sustainable public health practices. “This is a simple proposal that can have critical impact, ensuring our students are equipped with the 988 Behavioral Help Line on their student IDs, if they, or their friends, need to connect with resources to support and trusted mental health resources,” said co-sponsor Rep. Natalie Higgins (D-Leominster). DELIVERING CARS TO DEALERSHIPS (H 3472) – The House gave initial approval to a bill that would prohibit any car carriers delivering cars to a dealership from parking on a public street or highway. A car carrier operator who violates this law would be subject to a $250 fine and potential license suspension. The carrier company is also subject to forfeiting its carrying permit. Supporters said that regular drivers are often forced to take evasive action, on short notice, to avoid a collision with the haphazardly parked car carrier and the vehicles being offloaded and driven perpendicular to traffic to their dealership destinations. “Like many Peabody residents who drive on Route 114, I experience first-hand the risky and dangerous practice of car carriers unloading their vehicles in the center lane and driving across several lanes of oncoming traffic to reach the dealerships,” said Rep. Tom Walsh (D-Peabody). “To protect roadway user safety, we filed this common-sense legislation to explicitly outlaw this practice and provide our police the tools they need to enforce the law accordingly.” QUOTABLE QUOTES “Ensuring every veteran receives the proper status and respect they deserve is a top priority of the Executive Office of Veterans Services. The injustices faced by LGBTQ+ service members are a stain on our history that we are committed to erasing. Massachusetts is leading the way when it comes to supporting our veterans and this initiative is a crucial step to healing past wounds and fostering a more inclusive military community.” ---Secretary Jon Santiago of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Veterans Services, applauding President Joe Biden’s decision to pardon thousands of former U.S. service members convicted under the now-repealed Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which criminalized consensual gay sex. This law, in effect since 1951, was revised in 2013 to prohibit only forcible acts. “When someone is struggling with feelings of despair, a caring and compassionate presence on the other end of the 988 Lifeline can be lifesaving. Suicide prevention is a critical public health responsibility and the 988 Lifeline is a resource that offers emotional support at some of the most vulnerable moments in a person’s life.” ---State Public Health Commissioner Robbie Goldstein on the Department of Public Health’s announced that $8.3 million in state and federal grant funding will be awarded to five community organizations to support the continuation of services for the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Network. “Fireworks are inherently dangerous. Possessing or using them in Massachusetts requires licensing and certification. They are illegal for personal use here even if purchased legally in another state. These laws work: the rate of fireworks injuries in Massachusetts is about one-fifth the national average.” --- State Fire Marshal Davine on the upcoming 4th of July celebrations. 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 Sena er 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 filed. 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 June 24-28, the House met for a total of 15 hours and 46 minutes and the Senate met for a total of 23 hours and 44 minutes. Mon. June 24 House 11:02 a.m. to 11:09 a.m. SELLER2 Saliaj, Anisa Saliaj, Anisa ADDRESS 168 Winthrop Ave 17 Waverly Ave 65 Davis St #4 DATE 06.10.24 06.13.24 06.12.24 PRICE 1200000 1160000 350000 Revere 1. On July 5, 1865, what would later become The Salvation Army was founded; around what wartime was the song “Don’t Forget The Salvation Army (My Doughnut Girl)” published? 2. Who takes The Hippocratic Oath? 3. On July 6, 1933, the first MLB All-Star Game was played at Comiskey Park in what city? 4. What common Asian plant is the world’s tallest grass? 5. What gourmet item did William Perrins and John Lea first bottle? 6. What is mycology? 7. July 7 is World Chocolate Day; what Massachusetts woman (Ruth) whose last name is that of a town invented chocolate chip cookies? 8. What fictional character has a dog named Pluto? 9. What is the world’s tallest flower: corpse flower, holly hock or sunflower? 10. What was branded Good Humor? 11. On July 8, 1775, during the Siege of Boston, there was a fight at Boston Neck – a then peninsula in what current BosAnswers ton neighborhood? 12. What frozen dessert containing not much or any air has a World Cup competition? 13. Hampton Court Palace’s “The Great Vine,” the world’s largest grape vine (one part 120’ long) was planted in what year by Lancelot “Capability” Brown: 1768, 1905 or 1947? 14. Where would you find the fictional sisters Anna and Elsa? 15. On July 9, 1819, Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine, was born in Spencer, Mass.; he was a factory apprentice in what city on the Merrimack and Concord Rivers? 16. What is the world’s largest cat? 17. On July 10, 1941, what composer and jazz pianist with a nickname like a dessert died? 18. In 1830 the lawn mower was invented and took the place of what? 19. What Maryland-born former slave said, “The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful and virtuous”? 20. On July 11, 1960, what book by Harper Lee with a bird in its title was published? Senate 11:07 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Tues. June 25 No House session Senate 11:30 a.m. to 8:52 p.m. Wed. June 26 House 11:00 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. No Senate session Thurs. June 27 House 11:00 a.m. to 9:49 p.m. Senate 10:08 a.m. to 11:52 p.m. Fri. June 28 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. 1. World War I 2. Doctors 3. Chicago 4. Bamboo 5. Worcestershire Sauce (Lea & Perrins) 6. The study of mushrooms 7. Ruth Wakefield 8. Mickey Mouse 9. Corpse flower 10. The first (1920) chocolate-covered ice cream bars 11. The South End (The area was filled in over the years.) 12. Gelato 13. 1768 14. “Frozen” 15. Lowell 16. Tiger 17. “Jelly Roll” Morton 18. The scythe (The lawnmower was a catalyst for creating sports fields.) 19. Frederick Douglass 20. “To Kill a Mockingbird”

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