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Suffolk Downs casino proposal not dead yet

By Adrian Walker|  GLOBE COLUMNIST    DECEMBER 04, 2013   The hallway of the giant convention center in South Boston was the scene of a friendly takeover Tuesday. Half the prominent lobbyists in town had descended on the center, the site of a meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The panel’s mission was to decide whether Suffolk Downs, newly partnered with Mohegan Sun, would be permitted to move forward with its plan to apply for a casino license in Revere. You may remember Suffolk Downs’ casino plan from its earlier incarnation. Just a month ago, it was slated to be built in East Boston, at the racetrack, with a piece of the development stretching over the line into Revere. Both communities had to vote on whether to approve the casino. Revere voted heavily in favor of the casino; East Boston voted heavily against it. Undeterred, the Suffolk Downs people immediately announced …

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$1.5 Million MassWorks Grant for downtown revitalization awarded

Demo of old police station will provide additional downtown parking $1.5 Million MassWorks Grant for downtown revitalization awarded Demo of old police station will provide additional downtown parking By James David Mitchell  – Revere Advocate News Mayor Dan Rizzo’s promise to boost the downtown business district got a financial shot in the arm to the tune of a $1.5 million grant by Housing and Community Development Secretary Greg Bialecki at a formal announcement at city hall on Tuesday, all part of the state’s $8 million funding for four Metro North communities through the MassWorks Infrastructure Program to help support development and growth in the region. Crowding the city hall council chambers, city and state officials, along with department heads, listened as Bialecki spoke about his recent visit to the Gateway Cities, which included Revere, Chelsea, Everett, Malden and Melrose. Each of these cities received a portion of the $8 million for their infrastructure improvements. The $1.5 million …

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Gambling commission hears revised Suffolk Downs casino concept

By Mark Arsenault |  GLOBE STAFF     NOVEMBER 22, 2013 Proponents of salvaging a defeated Suffolk Downs casino by relocating the proposal entirely in Revere insisted Thursday before the state gambling commission that the project can be moved without a new referendum. Revere voters approved a Suffolk Downs casino Nov. 5, the same day voters in East Boston rejected the proposal. Original plans called for all the construction to take place on the East Boston side of the city line bisecting the property. Suffolk Downs’s strategy to stay alive in the fight for the sole Greater Boston resort casino license is to shift the proposal entirely into Revere, separate the casino from the racetrack, and — critically — convince the commission that the positive Revere vote two weeks ago remains valid for a new proposal. Read the Full story at Boston.com      

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Suffolk Downs, Mohegan developers furiously try to stay in Mass. casino game

Jon Chesto -Managing Editor, Print-Boston Business Journal   The fates of the casino projects in East Boston and Palmer were supposed to be decided on Election Day. It seemed simple: up or down votes for host community agreements, giving voters a chance to say if they wanted a casino in their backyards. In the end, the tallies on Tuesday showed a majority of voters rejecting casino projects in both locations. But the roulette wheel hasn’t stopped spinning yet. The developers of both casinos are furiously trying to figure out a way to stay in the potentially lucrative new market that is Massachusetts casino gaming. With a Dec. 31 deadline established by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for formal plans to be filed, both developers are certainly running out of time. But, despite their Election Day losses, they haven’t given up. Full Story by Jon Chesto – Managng Editor Print , Boston …

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Comeback of Columbus Day Parade …..See 2013 Parade and previous years at RevereTV

  The City of Revere, Mayor Dan Rizzo, the Revere Chamber of Commerce and the Columbus Day Parade Committee brought back the Columbus Day Parade to Revere after 5 years. The weather was perfect for a parade as thousands of Revere residents, families and friends gathered all along the parade route. The 2013 Columbus Day Parade was enjoyed by thousands here in Revere on a beautiful fall day! Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella were portrayed by Mr. & Mrs Nick & Marie Giacobbe. The parade featured many wonderful floats, attractions, and community organizations strutting their stuff for all the locals to enjoy. Be sure to watch the 2013 City of Revere Columbus Day Parade at www.reveretv.org  Enjoy the commentary by Revere TV staff and local personalities as well as descriptions of all the parade entries of this wonderful community tradition.      

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Columbus Day Parade will feature four divisions, many entries

Story by Seth Daniels, Revere Journal   For the first time in five years, the Columbus Day Parade will step off from lower Broadway and march the full route – and by all accounts, it will be larger than life “I think people are going to be quite surprised in the level and quality of the entries in the parade,” said Chamber of Commerce President Bob Upton. “This is not your Father’s Columbus Day Parade. I think people will really enjoy the different elements in the four divisions. We have a significant military presence in this year’s Parade that we believe people will really enjoy. We have bands from several New England states and floats that I think will really be enjoyable. 

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Beachmont Improvement Committee Says Thank You!

The Beachmont Improvement Committee would like to say THANK YOU to everyone that attended yesterday’s rededication of Douglas Cummings Park. For those who could not attend we would like to say THANK YOU for all your emails, letters and continued support of our committee. It is appreciated! For those who have donated their time throughout the past several years to renovate this park to what it is today we say THANK YOU! Without your sacrifice and dedication to our committee & vision, yesterday would never have happened! THANK YOU!!! To the Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, Rep. Kathi Ann Reinstein, Mayor Rizzo, Ward 1 Councilor Richard Penta and all of the elected officials who attended, we say THANK YOU for your continued support of our committee and look forward to working with all of you in the weeks, months and years to come. Your support is truly appreciated! THANK …

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Community Walk for Recovery and Revere Beach Memorial

The Community Walk for Recovery is an event led by Revere High School students and teachers, and the Revere CARES Coalition. The walk connects prevention efforts among youth and shows support for community members who are on a journey to recover from substance abuse.  Everyone is invited. The Revere Beach Memorial serves as a way to remember those who lost their lives to substance abuse. It is an opportunity for family members and friends to gain strength and support from others who have experienced a similar loss, and it is a reminder to those struggling with addiction that treatment can save lives. The planning committee for the Revere Beach Memorial is a group of dedicated individuals who are committed to helping Revere prevent and address substance abuse.

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Oceanside Walking Trail Marked- Beachmont Urban Trail

Story by John Laidler-Boston.com Residents are invited to help celebrate the opening of the Beachmont Urban Trail. The Beachmont Improvement Committee recently established the 2-mile “urban walking trail,” a designated route along city sidewalks — some of which run along Short Beach — that is marked with signs and painted footprints. Next Saturday the group is holding an official kick-off ceremony for the trail at 10 a.m. outside the Beachmont School, 15 Everard Ave. The event will be followed by a group walk of the looped trail, which begins and ends at the school, running along the perimeter of the Beachmont neighborhood. The trail project was intended to provide a safe route for people to walk and enjoy scenic ocean views. It was created through a grant from Revere on the Move, a program to promote healthy eating and fitness in the city that is funded in part by Partners …

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