Big Things To Come For Revere Parks & Recreation in 2018: Making Revere Fun for All Ages

By Mayor Brian Arrigo and Michael Hinojosa, Director of Revere Parks and Recreation 
This is the second of a pair of articles highlighting the achievements of Revere Parks and Recreation in 2017 and introducing more of what’s to come in 2018.
Last week’s article details the steps Revere Parks and Recreation took to become a better department in 2017. Student feedback resulted in a record expansion of the summer camp program; the addition of a free weekly Video Game Club; monthly Friday Night Open Gym; an intramural High School Basketball League; and the opening of a Teen Center.
But as excited as we are about everything we achieved in 2017, we know that we can always do more. As long as there are students or parents in Revere who don't feel like there is a program for them, we must do more. Thanks to this administration's willingness to invest in staff and facilities, we will take more steps forward in 2018, so that we can continue to make this city fun and safe for people of all ages.
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A Great Year and A Promising Future For Revere Recreation

by Mayor Brian Arrigo and Michael Hinojosa, Director, Revere Parks and Recreation

The Revere Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for a great number of events and programs for the city and its residents including basketball leagues, baseball clinics, drop-in plays for toddlers, cooking classes, T-Ball and special events such as the Fall Festival, Fright Night, the Tree Lighting and the 4th of July BBQ. However, despite all of this current programming and success, we recognize that we can always be better, and we can always try and do more. This growth mindset motivated the department in 2017 and we went into the year with a goal of expanding and improving our offerings in unprecedented ways.

The end result was a record breaking year for our department. Our summer camp saw its highest enrollment in the department’s history. Movie nights on Revere Beach were paired with weekly sponsors whose contributions covered all of the department movie night costs. And our toddler sports program switched from outside vendors to an in-house instructor, resulting in a better and more affordable program for Revere families.

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The Time is Now for Question 1: Vote Yes for Senior Tax Relief

On Tuesday, November 7, Revere voters have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote for a 10% residential tax exemption for qualifying senior citizens who own and occupy their homes.

Now is the right time for Revere to take this step. I urge residents to vote yes.

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Coming Together as a Community to Stop Domestic Violence

Two weeks ago, the City of Revere was shaken by a terrible tragedy - the murder of Vanessa MacCormack, a 30-year-old school teacher, allegedly due to an incident of domestic violence.

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Mayor Brian Arrigo announced a series of community meetings this fall, aimed at educating Revere voters about Question 1, which would lower approximately 1,000 Revere seniors’ property tax bills. The approval of Question 1 would give the city a chance to create and test a process for validating residency when a city-wide 10% property tax exemption is put in place. Arrigo sees the passage of this question as the first step to implementing his 2015 campaign promise to enact a 10% property tax exemption for Revere home-owners. Question 1 will be voted on in the November 7, 2017 election, and is the only question on the ballot. 

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Mayor Arrigo's Statement Regarding Former Chief Joseph Cafarelli

To the residents of Revere:

As your Mayor, I pledge to always address issues in an honest and transparent manner, and I promise to always deal in facts. 

Unfortunately, there has been a lot of conversation around the status of former Police Chief Joe Cafarelli that is not grounded in facts or reality.

Out of respect for him, his service, and the Revere Police Department, I have gone out of my way to not disparage former Chief Cafarelli over the last number of months, or air out any issues publicly. Despite this, my administration has been the target of false and misleading statements.

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Revere DPW Update: Operations Will Be Moved To Temporary Mobile Facility; Long-Term Investments Will Continue

Last night, the Revere City Council approved my request for an $82,000 appropriation to pay for both a lease of land and the procurement of mobile trailers to temporarily move DPW operations.

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Investing in Public Safety

This week, I went before the City Council to request expanding the pool of candidates for Revere Police Chief. To make sure we provide the City of Revere with the best possible Police Department, we need to expand the candidate pool, increase competition, and put the best from our department up against the best from around the Commonwealth.

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Seeking Your Input to Improve Resident Parking

Last week, I announced the formation of a Resident Parking Working Group, which will make recommendations on the implementation of a resident permit parking program for the City. The goal is to have a program in place for 2018.

During these working group sessions, we will seek resident feedback on what kind of permit system would work best for our residents and businesses.

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Mayor Arrigo's Remarks at Swearing-In of Five Lieutenants of Revere Fire Department

Good afternoon.

Welcome to this important day for the City of Revere, as we welcome five new firefighters to the rank of Lieutenant.


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