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Purple Heart Day is Aug. 7

There are so many days of remembrance on the calendar its no wonder many can be forgotten. Our Auxiliary has chosen Purple Heart Day Aug. 7 as our date of remembrance. Each year Auxiliary VFW Post 6712 shall try its best to Honor community recipients on this very day with a simple message of appreciation, a warm meal and a thank you. This by NO means compares to the sacrifices a veteran gives to our country.

The Beachmont Auxiliary/VFW 6712 shall honor local purple heart recipients on Purple Heart Day. We will host an Italian style dinner on Aug. 7   at 6pm Tuesday evening. The Purple Heart recipient and one invited guest are Free. Those who wish to attend please purchase tickets at the VFW at $10 each be sure to write your numbered tickets and your Purple Heart friends name in book for seating arrangements. Community Donations are also welcomed to Sponsor the cost of Purple Heart Recipient Dinner.

Do you know someone who has a Purple Heart medal?  The Purple Heart medal is awarded to military servicemen wounded while serving our country. Our VFW 6712 and Auxiliary and community recognizes these veterans as United States of America’s greatest Heroes.  If you know of a Purple Heart recipient, please contact the VFW so we can invite them. 781–284–9724.  To Sponsor a Purple Heart recipient payable to Aux/ VFW Post 6712 at 150 Bennington St. Revere, MA. 02151.

The VFW and Auxiliary is a nonprofit organization.  Nobody does more for our Veterans. Thank you! GOD bless America!


Wear a bike helmet and get a free ice cream cone

Chief James Guido is happy to announce a “sweet” incentive this week.

Revere Kids on bicycles, skateboards and scooters that are 16 years of age and under, could be surprised with a sweet treat if they are caught wearing their bicycle helmets during the week of July 30-Aug. 3.

Revere Police Community Resource Officer Gerard Salvati will be on the look-out for kids wearing their safety helmets while riding and will be rewarded with a free ice cream cone from the Banana Boat located on Ocean Avenue in Revere,  which donated the coupons.

“If Officer Salvati catches any kids wearing their bicycle helmets while riding their bicycles, skateboards or scooters, they will be rewarded with a free ice cream cone coupon,” said Chief James Guido. “This incentive is a true community partnership between local businesses and law enforcement to promote a fun and safe environment.”

According to the Bicycle Safety Fact sheet, a helmet reduces the chance of a head injury by 85 percent yet majority of children don’t wear one. Each year, approximately 5,566 school aged children are hospitalized or treated in emergency room for bicycle injuries. Among this population:  Most non-fatal bike injuries occur in 10-14 year olds. Most bike-related deaths are due to a head injury.

“This great incentive not only promotes public safety but further bridges the partnership between our community, the Revere Police Department and a long standing local business, Banana Boat” said Mayor Brian Arrigo.


Commission raises parking fees

Owners of parking lots in the city are going to be paying more for their parking spaces, but in a two-tiered system instead of one flat fee.

Back in April the commission raised the fee per space to $365 per year, up from $25. But last week the commission revisited the idea and changed the fee.

“[Twenty-five dollars] is almost embarrassing,” said Commissioner Linda Guainasso.

Ward 2 Councilor Ira Novoselsky told the commission on July 18 that the new fee was excessive. Parking lot owners also complained.

Commission Chairman Robert Selevitch suggested a two-tiered system with a commuter lot at $100 per space per year and a park-n-fly lot be $200 per space per year. Novoselsky also proposed a third-tier for potential parking lots that just storing cars. While none exist in the city now, Guinasso said she didn’t think that should be in Revere’s future.

Selevitch also wanted to see the commuter lots operate at the same times as the MBTA.

“They should mirror the hours,” Selevitch said.

Commissioner John LaCroix said he liked the tiered approach but wanted to see a lower fee in fairness of the businesses.

The commission agreed to phase in the new fee schedule over a two-year period.

“Parking is at a premium and this city is entitled to its fair share,” Selevitch said.


Tips for the effective use of sandbags

In response to the possibility of severe weather in your area, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® offers the following tips for the effective use of sandbags:


Fill sandbags one-half full.

Use sand if readily available, otherwise, use local soil.

Fold top of sandbag down and rest bag on its folded top.


Take care in stacking sandbags.

Limit placement to three layers, unless stacked up against a building or sandbags are placed in a pyramid.

Tamp each sandbag into place, completing each layer prior to starting the next layer.

Clear a path between buildings for debris flow.

Lay a plastic sheet in between the building and the bags to control the flow and prevent water from seeping into sliding glass doors.


Sandbags will not seal out water.

Sandbags deteriorate when exposed to continued wetting and drying for several months. If bags are placed too early, they may not be effective when needed.

Sandbags are for small water flow protection – up to two feet. Protection from larger flow requires a more permanent flood prevention system.

Wet sandbags are very heavy and caution should be used to avoid injury.

Consult your local environmental protection department before disposing of used sandbags. Sandbags exposed to contaminated floodwaters may pose an environmental hazard and require special handling.

For more information on protecting your home from flood visit

The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) is the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and man-made disasters. The FLASH partnership includes more than 100 innovative and diverse organizations that share a vision of making America a more disaster-resilient nation including: BASF Corporation, FEMA, Florida Division of Emergency Management, The Home Depot, Huber Engineered Woods, International Code Council, National Weather Service, Portland Cement Association, Simpson Strong-Tie, State Farm, and USAA. In 2008, FLASH, and Disney opened the interactive weather experience StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes, in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Learn more about FLASH and access free consumer resources by visiting

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