Revere Through the Years

April 7, 2010

Ward 6 residents are urged to vote on Tuesday in the special senate election being held to fill the seat vacated by former Senator Anthony Galluccio. The special election offers a number of candidates, but the campaign has evolved into a contest between Cambridge Attorney Tim Flaherty and Everett City Councillor Sal DiDomen­ico. Both men have cam­paigned in Revere and in Ward 6 to capture the hearts and minds of those who will be coming out to vote on Tuesday.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s expanded gam­bling bill has made it out of the House Committee on Commerce and will be sent to the full House for a vote next week after being reported favorably. Suffolk Downs has stated its in­terest in operating a casi­no-hotel complex, while Wonderland will seek to re­develop its property rather than become a slots parlor.

It was a loaded handgun discovered in the bushes by a toddler at a Fourth of July cookout that pushed several Beachmont neighbors over the edge and sparked them into action to form a neigh­borhood crime watch.

“Clash of the Titans,” “Why Did I Get Married Too?”, and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” are playing at the Revere Showcase Cine­mas.

20 years ago

April 12, 2000

A former Department of Corrections officer report­edly is being investigated for allegedly having taken $100 in cash bribes to allow inmates who were on work release to meet with their girlfriends at bars or to go on strolls along the Boule­vard unattended.

The trial of a mother and her boyfriend is underway today on charges that the couple locked the moth­er’s two children in a room where the children perished in a blaze at their Morris St. townhouse.

Six councilors have filed a motion asking the coun­cil’s Public Safety Commit­tee to look into charges that former Council candidate Richard Ireton threatened Ward 6 Councilor Mark Casella because Casella had voted for Dan Rizzo to replace former Council Pres. Albert Fiore. Ireton reportedly did not favor Rizzo’s appointment and had tried to get Casella to vote against Rizzo.

Revere’s John DiComan­drea, 72, will lace up his sneakers for another Boston Marathon. DiComandrea’s best time was in 1955 when he ran a 2:37 and finished 12th. He has been running in the Marathon since 1947, when only 400 men com­peted.

Four cases of whoop­ing cough have been con­firmed among eighth grade students at the Beachmont school.

A nine-alarm fire de­stroyed the Orient Heights Yacht Club Saturday after­noon.

“29 Days,” “Rules of En­gagement,” and “The Road to El Dorado” are playing at the Revere Showcase Cine­mas.

30 years ago

April 11, 1990

Faced with the worst budget crisis in city history, officials said they are plan­ning to issue layoff notices for as many as 60 teachers next week.

The City Council met with representatives from the Revere police union. Councilors pledged to find funds to keep the police de­partment properly staffed and equipped, but in return they said they wanted a more professional attitude displayed by officers.

The city’s cable TV li­cense is expected to be transferred to Continental Cablevision this Friday from Colonial Cablevision, the holder of the original franchise that began in 1968.

“I Love You to Death,” “Ernest Goes to Jail,” and “The Hunt for Red Octo­ber” are playing at the Re­vere Showcase Cinemas.

40 years ago

April 9, 1980

The City Council will hold a public hearing on April 29 to take up a mea­sure offered by Ward 1 Councillor Rita Singer that would set strict guidelines on apartment units being converted into condomini­ums.

Homeowners Ginny and Burt DeVeaux, whose Beachmont home was de­stroyed in the Blizzard of 1978, have rebuilt a new home that features solar heating and water ducts to channel any future flood waters away from the home. The couple had lived at the location since 1938.

Mayor George V. Colella and new Police Chief John DeLeire told City Council members that the Special­ized Patrol Unit of the Re­vere Police Department is doing a fine job in the war on drugs. However, coun­cillors said they were dis­pleased with the unit’s per­formance.

Orson Welles stars in “The Late, Great Planet Earth” at the Kincade The­atre in Winthrop.

50 years ago

April 9, 1970

The City Council, in an unusual Friday night ses­sion just before the dead­line, approved a budget for 1970 of $13,393,367, slashing $221,322 from the budget that had bene sub­mitted by Mayor George V. Colella.

Revere High students hosted students from Bed­ford High School this week as part of a student ex­change day program.

The City Council reaf­firmed its decision to grant a permit to Colonial Ca­blevision for pole and wire locations throughout the city.

Revere Detective Mi­chael Casoli, with help from a tip, arrested a juve­nile on charges of selling marijuana after watching the youngster hide a cache of marijuana, estimated to be valued in the $1000 range, in a field off East Mountain Ave.

City Councillor Arthur Nigro reported to the full council that, “The drug problem in the city is not as great as we had feared,” after he had met with law enforcement officials.

Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voigt star in “Midnight Cowboy” at the Revere Drive In.

60 years ago

April 14, 1960

A meeting among the 10 area communities that might join together to form a regional technical school resulted in a conclusion that an ideal site for the school would be in No. Revere on Rt. C-1.

Gov. Foster Furcolo has sent a special message to the legislature seeking $550,000 for repairs to the seawalls and shore areas of Revere, Lynn, Nahant, and Winthrop.

The $500,000 fund drive for the Revere Memorial Hospital is just $70,000 short of its goal.

Anthony M. Vegelante is the new President of the Our Lady of Lourdes Holy Name Society.

Richard Burton and Barbara Rush star in “The Bramble Bush” at the Re­vere Drive In. Disney’s “Toby Tyler” is playing at the Revere Theatre.

70 years ago

April 13, 1950

New Plan E City Man­ager Edward C. Monahan, speaking before a gathering of the newly-organized Re­vere Municipal League for Good Government, lashed out at the politicians, graft­ers, and others “who often have used every means to sabotage good govern­ment.” He declared that “the gravy train has end­ed” and indirectly attacked former elected Mayor Ray­mond Carey, who presently sits on the City Council, for having operated a “politi­cally ridden government.”

Carmine DiPietro is the new Venerable of the Re­vere Men’s Lodge, Sons of Italy of America.

Beatrice Price is the new President of the Revere Lodge and Chapter, B’nai B’rith.

Broderick Crawford, Mercedes McCambridge, and Joanne Dru star in “All the King’s Men” at the Re­vere and Boulevard The­atres.

80 years ago

April 11, 1940

RHS students Rita Ham­mel of 16 Highland St. and Richard M. Bagnulo of 44 Vane St. are the winners of the essay contest sponsored by the Auxiliary of the local VFW.

The rolling stock and other equipment of the defunct Narrow Gauge Railroad has been sold to Chelsea junk dealer Samuel Gordon Inc. of Chelsea for $118,756.

Seventy students re­ceived diplomas at the closing exercises of Amer­icanization classes last Thursday in the high school auditorium.

Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman, and Eddie Albert star in “Brother Rat and the Baby” at the Winthrop and State theatres.

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