Revere Through Years

10 years ago

April 20, 2005

State Senator Jarrett Barrios said this week that if Middlesex County D.A. Martha Coakley decides to run for Attorney General, he will seek Coakley’’s D.A. post. The current Atty. General, Tom Reilly, recently announced  his candidacy for Governor.

Revere school officials and the teachers’ union have agreed that the schools will be in session for a half day on Bunker Hill Day in order to make up some of the large number of snow days that occurred this winter.

After police broke up a group of 45-50 underage youths who were engaged in a beer bash on top of the abandoned overpass at Copeland Circle, from where the youths were hurling rocks at passing motor vehicles, police officials said they will step up their enforcement of the underage drinking laws in the city.

Police arrested five youths for their assault with a brick upon another youth at the Bell Circle bus stop.

The Amityville Horror, Sahara, and Fever Pitch are playing at the Revere Showcase Cinemas.

20 years ago

April 19, 1995

A Superior Court judge has reconsidered his decision that had thrown a major roadblock at the construction of the Wonderland Marketplace, thereby clearing the way for the construction of the mall that will feature a Super Stop & Shop. However, some residents of Ward 6 said they will continue to oppose the project.

Acting Fire Chief Daniel Doherty said that the explosion and fire at the house at 107 Larkin St. Monday morning has been deemed an arson. The family who lived in the home reportedly had received threats prior to the blaze.


30 years ago

April 17, 1985

The residential tax rate has been set at $17.98, an increase of 43 cents. The commercial tax rate has been set at $32.01, an increase of 10 cents.

Carabetta Enterprises, the developer of the Ocean’s Edge condo and rental development of 630 units at Revere Beach, has agreed to the selection of an accounting firm by Mayor George V. Colella to determine whether the state financing plan known as TELLER for low and moderate income tenants is feasible.

The Post Office has curtailed mail delivery in certain sections of the city because mailmen have been attacked by loose dogs in recent weeks.

Mayor George V. Colella reiterated this week that the $15.7 million school budget proposed by the independent accounting firm of Peat, Marwick is unrealistic given the state of the city’s finances and that the school budget must be cut by about $2 million.

40 years ago

April 16, 1975

School officials discovered what they believe had been an arson attempt at the new Revere High over the weekend when they came to work Monday morning.

Strict enforcement of the parking regulations in the Pt. of Pines area starting this weekend is expected to alleviate the parking problems stemming from the Jacob’s Ladder nightclub.

The Revere Journal reports that Supt. of Schools William J. Hill, Mayor William G. Reinstein, and six members of the School Committee will be attending the 35th annual National School Board Convention in Miami at a cost to the taxpayers of $3528. Air fare for each person is $296 and a night’s stay at the Eden Roc Hotel is $73.

50 years ago

April 22, 1965

The city has retained a Boston architectural firm to draw up plans to renovate the former Suburban Gas and Electric facility on Beach St. into a youth center and to renovate the entire top floor of City Hall including the City Council Chamber and auditorium.

John F. “Red” Moran of 70 Neponset St., a vice president of the International Longshoreman’s Assoc.,  presently is recognized as among the most respected labor leaders in the nation.

Building Inspector Michael Ancillo has been found guilty of attempted larceny in Suffolk Superior Court and sentenced to one year in the House of Correction by Judge Harry Kalas. Ancillo allegedly sought to obtain $12,000 from Elmer Taber to secure a variance to allow Taber to constrict a $1.5 million apartment building on Revere Beach Blvd. at the corner of Revere St. Ancillo allegedly had been acting as an intermediary for other parties and reportedly has been given until Friday to name the other parties in exchange for a lighter sentence.

Robert Stack and Polly Bergen star in The Caretakers at the Revere Drive In.

60 years ago

April 21, 1955

Mrs. Ruth Rosenthal is the new President of the Prince-Strauss Jewish War Veterans Ladies Auxiliary and Samuel Sallop is the new Post Commander.

Parents must give their consent by the end of next week in order for their children to receive the Salk polio vaccine before the end of the school year.

The shareholders of the Revere Cooperative Bank have voted to convert the bank into a Federal Home Loan and Savings Association, the first such banking entity north of Boston. The bank, which was founded 50 years ago, now will be able to borrow up to 50 percent above its assets, which total $2 million, thus enlarging the bank’s borrowing and lending capacity by $1 million.

Rev. John W. Crowther has resigned as the rector of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church to take a new assignment in Fall River. He came to Revere in 1952 from Nova Scotia.

Mrs. Matilda Boote is the new president of the local Emblem Club.

A capacity throng attended the 50th anniversary reunion banquet of St. Anthony’s parish at the Oceanview Ballroom Saturday night.

Philip J. Scimone is the new President of the local Orioles.

70 years ago

April 19, 145

Revere joins the nation in mourning the passing last Thursday of our wartime President, Franklin D. Roosevelt,  who was elected to an unprecedented four terms starting in 1932.  Mayor Raymond Carey declared that the city shall observe 30 days of mourning. School was let out early Friday and all stores were closed Saturday. Pres. Roosevelt had been popular in Revere and had received a majority of votes from Revere’s men and women in all of his four presidential elections.

A spectacular, three-alarm blaze destroyed the once-famous Ocean Pier Baths at Eliot Circle on Revere Beach Friday night. Fire Chief Thomas McCarrick said the blaze caused $10,000 in damage and required 400,000 gallons of water to extinguish. A crowd of some 3000 persons watched the scene. The city had been set to take the property by foreclosure because of $12,000 owed in back taxes.

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