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    Friday, June 09, 2017 00:00
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    Friday, August 25, 2017 08:53
  • Sergio Cornelio unanimously appointed City Clerk

    Saturday, August 05, 2017 09:22
  • DeRuosi’s Report Card

    Friday, August 04, 2017 10:24
  • Help choose the next Malden Reads 2018 book selection!

    Friday, June 09, 2017 00:00


Sergio Cornelio unanimously appointed City Clerk




Sergio Cornelio will replace his mentor Michael Matarazzo as City Clerk, the city council having voted unanimously at a special meeting Thursday evening to promote him from his current position of Assistant City Clerk.

Cornelio was one of three finalists, along with Angelo Febbo of the Mayor’s Constituent Services office and Linda Greeley, to advance from a field of eight after a private interview session with the council’s Legislative Affairs and Elections Committee last week. Widely considered the frontrunner, Cornelio had been groomed for the position by Matarazzo, who retired at the end of June after serving in the role for over a decade. Cornelio argued that his ability to “step right into the job” made him the best candidate for the role.

In the initial round of voting, Councillor-at-Large John Hanlon voted for Febbo. After it became clear that Cornelio was the overwhelmingly favorite, however, Hanlon asked that his vote be changed to a “yes”, making the roll unanimous.

Cornelio thanked the council in a brief speech after the vote, saying that he was “humbled” by the appointment.

“I promise to work harder and harder to be the best city clerk I can be,” said Cornelio. “I don’t intend to be John Hanlon or Mike Matarazzo. I intend to be my own man, but I’ve learned from them.”

Cornelio also thanked his family, as well as Matarazzo, whom he said had “been the most tremendous help over the last two year getting me prepared for this. I didn’t expect him to leave this soon, but I am ready for this task. I’m ready to move the city forward and help forge this community. There’s a lot of work to, but it’s going in the right direction.”

State Senator Sal DiDomenico was also on hand to congratulate Cornelio – and the City of Everett – on the selection.

“He has been a person that a lot of people have relied on over the years,” said DiDomenico. “He comes from a great family. It is a proud moment for our family to see him rise up through for the ranks, and also for us who have known him for a long time.

Cornelio was appointed Assistant City Clerk in late 2015. He previously served as a common councillor.

By Brendan Clogston


Speaker DeLeo promotes Rep. Joe McGonagle to Vice Chair of the Committee on Housing


Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Robert A. DeLeo has announced the appointment of Everett Representative Joseph W. McGonagle as Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Housing. Rep. McGonagle, a Democrat, is serving his second term in the House of Representatives.

“I’m very proud and also very humbled by this appointment,” Rep. McGonagle said. “The Speaker has shown great faith and confidence as a second-term member. Housing is one of the critical issues facing state government today and is the single most important issue that my constituents of Everett raise. I am excited for the opportunity and look forward to the challenge.”

In addition to his new duty as Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Housing, Rep. McGonagle also serves on the powerful Joint Committee on Ways and Means, the Joint Committee on Transportation, the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, and the Joint Committee on Election Laws.

McGonagle began his career in public service in 2002. He has served on the Everett Common Council and the Board of Aldermen. During his time as an Alderman, he was twice elected as President of the Board.

You can contact Rep. McGonagle as the State House at (617) 722-2400 or visit him at the Connolly Center on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.


Mayor encourages residents to attend Malden River Greenway meeting on August 8


The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA), in partnership with the cities of Everett, Malden and Medford, is undertaking a visioning process for a waterfront park system with connected paths, new amenities, and vibrant open spaces along the Malden River. Mayor Carlo DeMaria encourages Everett residents to join the second public meeting – on Tuesday, August 8, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., at River’s Edge, which is located at 200 River’s Edge Drive in Medford –which will include a workshop featuring early design concepts for the greenway plan.

In a 2016 meeting, Mayor DeMaria, discussed his vision for the Malden River, including increasing access to the river with canoe and kayak launches, fishing piers, bike paths, and new parks, such as the River Green Park at GE. His administration is currently working with the Friends of the Malden River, MyRWA and MIT to examine increasing recreational opportunities on the river.

The DeMaria administration is working on several projects that involve connecting the walking/biking path network around the Malden and Mystic Rivers. He and his team are also working with MyRWA, Wynn Development, National Grid, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to create a complete system of pathways along the Malden River and use the new Woods Bridge on Rte. 16 to connect to Wellington and River’s Edge Park in Malden.

Mayor DeMaria stated, “The Malden River is a hidden gem in the City of Everett. Working with our partners at the Mystic River Watershed Association, we can open up access to the river, create recreational opportunities and encourage development along the river which will complement those activities. Now is both a critical time for the river and for our community. We will continue to work with private property owners, nonprofit organizations, state agencies and our municipal partners to make this riverway an asset for all of us.”

Please visit the Mystic River Watershed Association website (https://mysticriver.org/) for more information.


A recipe for inspiration



Divitto visits Life Skills Program

Collette Divitto, a 26-year-old entrepreneur born with Down syndrome, gave an inspirational and informative talk to the students in Everett’s Life Skills Program on Thursday, July 27.

Three years ago, after unsuccessfully trying to land a job in an office or a bakery, Divitto turned her passion for baking into a business, Collettey’s Cookies. The business is based in the North End. Her signature item is the “Amazing Cookie,” which is filled with semisweet chocolate chips and cinnamon sugar.

Divitto’s story has garnered a lot of local and national attention, and demand for her cookies has skyrocketed in recent months. To keep up, she has hired two people with disabilities to help produce and distribute her delicious cookies. In the future, Divitto plans to develop her own kitchen and distribution facility, with an eye toward replicating the model in different locations around the country.

Everett’s Life Skills Program is designed to create opportunities for students to gain vocational skills to be successful adults after they graduate from the program.


Phunk Phenomenon promotes positives of Hip-Hop dance


Talented crew head to International competition in Arizona

For the past 15 years, Reia Briggs-Connor and her husband Rick have been teaching students as young as three years old the art of hip hop dance.

In addition to dancing hip-hop since she was three years old herself, Briggs-Connor also spent three years as a cheerleader for the New England Patriots.

In 2002, she and Rick opened their first Phunk Phenomenon studio at 1760 Revere Beach Parkway in Everett. The opening of their Peabody studio, located at 201 Andover St., followed in 2012.

Some of the classes offered include Baby Hip Hop and Breaking, Advanced Breaking and Tricking, Ballet and Contemporary Dance as well as Salsa.

Briggs-Connor said that on Aug. 5, she and six groups of dancers between the ages of six and 30 will be travelling to Phoenix for 11 days for this year’s International Hip-Hop Competition.

“It’s the Olympics of hip-hop dance,” she said, adding that they have participated in the competition in prior years.

Emphasizing the positive aspects of hip-hop, Briggs-Connor said Phunk Phenomenon aims to dispel the negative stigma that is often associated with this style of street dancing.

Briggs-Connor also said that she and Rick established Hip-Hop for Hope after learning that their son, Jared, who was two at the time, had been diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called Sanfilippo Syndrome.

Briggs-Connor said not many people are aware of the disease and those who have heard of it assume that it is some form of Autism.

“It’s worse than Autism,” she said.

However, Hip-Hop for Hope continually strives to make an impact.

“All the dancers are philanthropists,” said Briggs-Connor. “I decided to use what we had as a tool, we always make it a point to talk about the disease.”

Briggs-Connor said anyone who walks into Phunk Phenomenon will find that it does not share many parallels with conventional dance studios.

“It’s not as structured as the traditional dance studio,” she said, adding that her students are free to come to class wearing sneakers and sweatpants. “The type of dancing we do is realty energetic, it’s aggressive.”

In addition, Phunk Phenomenon is the home of Lil Phunk, the official Junior Dance Team for the Boston Celtics.

Established in 2004, Lil Phunk has done performances for KISS 108, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Puma, Disney and Hasbro Toys.

In addition, the Lilphunk Boyz were ranked number one in the world at the Hip-Hop International World Championships in 2009. In 2010, the Lilphunk Boyz were ranked first in the country while the Lilphunk Girlz were ranked third in the country at the Hip-Hop International Championships.

For additional information, Phunk Phenomenon can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The studio will also be hosting a sign-up session on Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for anyone who would like to be a part of Hip-Hop for Hope. There will also be an online sign-up session on Aug. 10, which can be accessed at http://teamsanfilippo.org.

By Christopher Roberson


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