Page 2 THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2021 State Rep./Councillor Giannino and Councillor McKenna help pass ban on polystyrene unanimously “I am thrilled to announce that Monday night, the City of Revere joined 53 cities and towns across 12 counties representing over one million people to ban Polystyrene, plastic made from petrochemicals, in food packaging,” said State Rep./Councillor-at-Large Jessica Giannino. “I want to thank the City Council and my cosponsor of this ordinance, Councilor Joanne McKenna.” Polystyrene is commonly used in food packaging, where it comes in two forms, rigid and foam. Polystyrene is based on styrene, a neurotoxin and probable carcinogen based on benzene. Styrene leaching increases with temperature and with certain foods. Other risks include synthetic chemical additives, such as colorants. Polystyrene also poses a significant environmental hazard. The foam form is often mistaken as food by both domesticated and wild animals. Birds may also use foam for nesting material. Untold numbers of animals die per year by ingesting polystyrene and other plastic items. It does not ANGELO’S FULL SERVICE Regular Unleaded $3.259 Mid Unleaded $3.299 Super $3.419 Diesel Fuel $3.399 "43 Years of Excellence!" 1978-2021 KERO $4.81 DEF $3.49 9 Diesel $3.099 9 HEATING OIL 24-Hour Burner Service Call for Current Price! (125—gallon minimum) DEF Available   Open an account and order online at: www.angelosoil.com (781) 231-3500 (781) 231-3003 367 LINCOLN A  A    DA biodegrade; it just fractures into smaller and smaller bits called “microplastics.” These small particles present the greatest long-term danger, as they contaminate drinking water as well as displace food supplies in the world’s oceans. Once microplastics enter our oceans, they will stay there virtually forever, because they persist, and their removal is not possible. As Revere is a coastal community, this is incredibly concerning. The bulky foam form is not accepted in curbside recycling programs in Massachusetts (and most other states). The reason for this is because foam is 95% air and often contaminated with food residue; recycling is impractical. “It is for all these reasons and more that I am so proud this ordinance is now in place in Revere,” said Giannino. “This is the last major ordinance I will have presented and passed as a City Councilor and another accomplishment in a series of environmental motions Councilor McKenna, and I have worked on together.” State Rep./Councilor-at-Large Jessica Giannino (right) and Ward 1 Councillor Joanne McKenna “Sounds of Christmas” Concert Returns in Revere M usic Director Robert Lehmann and The North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra will return to St. Anthony’s Church on Sunday, December 5 at 4 p.m. for the Robert A. Marra Memorial “Sounds of Christmas” concert, resuming a tradition that began in 1976 but was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Covid precautions will be enHappy Thanksgiving! We are grateful for your business and trust this year. We will be closed for Thanksgiving on 11.25, but back open 11.26. As always, access our ATMs and your Online & Mobile Banking anytime. Enroll at www.EverettBank.com forced at the Concert: all patrons must present a vaccination card or proof of a negative Covid test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the concert. “We want everyone to feel safe, for themselves and for others. “ Everyone, including the musicians, will wear masks during the concert. The concert is principally sponsored by Global Partners LP, Bocchino Insurance Agency, RCN, Comcast, and Action Emergency Services. Admission to the “Sounds of Christmas” Concert is free in exchange for a generous donation of non-perishable food to benefi t the Revere Food Pantry. “The concert has a long and proud relationship with our sponsors and the Revere Food Pantry,” said Marra. “The Food Drive is a way that everyone can enlarge the sponsors’ generosity. The need is great. Although the world is slowly getting back on track amid the pandemic, many people are still staggered by the economic hardship that has resulted from last year’s drastic restrictions.” The Concert is named in honor of life long Revere resident, violinist Robert A. Marra Sr., a 40 - year Revere High teacher, concertmaster of the NSPO, and one of the concert originators 45 years ago who died in 2002. The concert program will feature a variety of popular holiday favorites and feature soprano Jean Danton, who has performed many times with the NSPO. “We’re obviously happy to be back,” said NSPO president Robert Marra Jr. “The Orchestra played its fi rst live concert since March of 2020 this past Sunday and it was both a relief and a thrill for everyone.” 419 BROADWAY. EVERETT, MA 02149 771 SALEM ST. LYNNFIELD, MA 01940 WWW.EVERETTBANK.COM   Member FDIC | Member DIF Prices subject to change        FLEET

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