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Residents in favor of RCN coming to city

Residents said they want competition in terms of cable providers in the Beach City and they let their voices and pocketbooks be heard on Monday night.

Cable TV newcomer RCN appeared before the city on August 21 to have a public ascertainment hearing on whether or not the city will grant them a contract. Currently, the only cable provider in the city is Comcast whose contract expires March 18, 2018.

“I speak in favor of competition,” said School Committeewoman Carol Tye. “Competition is what is best for the city.”

Ward 3 Councillor Arthur Guinasso agreed.

“Competition leads to better prices for our consumers,” he said. Guinasso said he pays $244 a month for Comcast and does not have any of the premium channels like HBO or Stars. While the city cannot negotiate rates, Guinasso said competition would eventually lower the rates in the city.

Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky said “competition is a key thing in any world and Revere needs it to.”

Councilor-at-Large Steve Morabito said he is in favor of RCN getting a contract with the city because it will give residents a choice.

Others wanted to make sure if RCN is granted a contract that they give RevereTV all the resources they need.

“RTV is a lifeline to active seniors and seniors that are isolated in their homes,” said Steven Fielding, director of the senior center.

Others agreed.

“I would ask for the continued support for Revere Television,” said Matthew Amato.

Amato said he would like to see RevereTV be able to broadcast in high definition.

“They do a great job showcasing the Sandcastle Festival and they should be able to do that in high def,” he said.

Ward 5 Councillor John Powers agreed.  “High definition is necessary,” he said.

Novoselsky said RevereTV is an asset to the city because of its rich multicultural programming and that it highlights the many different demographics Revere has to offer.

Thomas Steel of RCN said they would be willing to give RevereTV three channels with high definition. Also, they would be willing to hook up city buildings and schools with 3D fiber optics so it would be easier for RevereTV to do live broadcasts.

Steel said if customers decide to go with RCN, they should expect quality customer service.

“We have to compete with the giants,” he said. “We have to provide customer service on a higher level to survive.”

He said it will take six months to a year for RCN to set up everything they need before customers can get their services.

Steel said RCN is in 16 communities in the state and was impressed by the turnout of residents at City Hall.

“It’s great to see people are interested in different cable providers,” he said.

 

Annual National Night Out Big Success

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FAMILY FUN: Pictured enjoying their treats on Tuesday evening, from left to right, are James Rose with Ava, Sadie and Danny Patch at the National Night Out at the West Revere School Complex on Tuesday. The event was sponsored by the City of Revere, the Police & Fire depts. and Revere Recreation. (Advocate photo by Ross Scabin)


   

School dept., contractor ready to resolve Hill School problems

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dianne Kelly said problems at the Hill School are finally getting resolved. Kelly said at the July 25 School Committee meeting that the contractor finally seems to be willing to work with the school department on these issues. Since the school opened three years ago on Park Avenue, it has been dealing with problems with the Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) system.

However, Kelly said the AC now appears to be working properly. “It is now functioning,” she said.

The school is still having problems with the heating system portion of the HVAC. Kelly said they’re working with the contractor to develop an extended warranty for them to take care of any issues over a period of time. They are still negotiating on what that time length should be.

“For a while it may have seemed like our problems were falling on deaf ears,” said Kelly. “We do feel the contractor is working with us on these issues.”

Kelly said the problem could be worse. “I do not want to say the problems are not serious, because we have invested a lot of time and money into the school,” she said. “But the issues have not prevented us from having school on any day. We deserve a state-of-the-art, best job possible and that is what we are working towards to make sure we get.”

Mayor Brian Arrigo said they have been working very hard to make sure the school is the best it can be. “We have beaten them up a lot privately,” said Arrigo about the contractor. “They have turned a corner with their willingness to work with us.”

Update on Garfield School roof work

In other news, work on the Garfield School roof continues throughout the summer and will most likely continue when school starts again in the fall. However, Kelly said it will only be minor details at that point. “It will not be intrusive for the school,” she said. “It will not impede student progress.”

By Sara Brown


   

Councillor concerned over pedestrian safety at Overlook

Ward 6 Councillor Charlie Patch wants to put a pedestrian signal on Salem Street at Overlook Ridge. Patch requested the crossing signal at the City Council’s July 24 public safety subcommittee meeting, saying he has received many emails from residents at Overlook Ridge about the dangerous intersection.

“There is a bus stop there and when people get off the bus, they often go into the street to cross as cars are coming their way. It is a traffic safety problem at the crossing,” he said.

Patch said he has been trying for years to get something done in that neighborhood and he thinks his third attempt in the form of a motion will do the trick.

If approved, the pedestrian signal light will stop traffic along the busy thoroughfare, providing time for pedestrians to cross the street. The amount of time and placement of the pedestrian crosswalk will be discussed by the Traffic Commission.

City Planner Frank Stringi agreed with Patch. “There is a need for a pedestrian crossing,” he said. “That area can be hazardous.”

Stringi said in order for this to happen Patch will need to get the Traffic Commission’s approval. Stringi, who is on the commission, said he didn’t think that would be a problem.

Ward 5 Councillor John Powers asked how much it would cost the city to put a pedestrian signal in place. Stringi estimated approximately $15 to $20,000. “That is short money when you consider what could happen to somebody if they got hit by a car there,” he said.

Ward 3 Councillor Arthur Guinasso agreed. “The cost should be no factor in public safety,” he said.

The City Council unanimously voted in favor of the motion and it was sent to the Traffic Commission for review.

By Sara Brown


   

New restaurant coming to Wonderland Marketplace

A new restaurant, Hook & Reel, to be located at 151 VFW Parkway, has requested an all liquor license from the license commission at their July 19 meeting.

The manager, Liyu Lin, has owned several restaurants in the northeast ranging from New York, New Jersey and Maryland. This will be his first restaurant in Massachusetts. He first heard about the open space at the Wonderland Marketplace a year ago and thought it was a prime location for his newest concept.

Hook & Reel will be a seafood restaurant with a low country boil and Cajun twist. Patrons are encouraged to eat with their hands but silverware is available upon request. There will be about 154 seats and requested hours are Sunday through Thursday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday to Saturday 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.

They are looking to hire 25 to 35 employees and will be open in 12 to 15 weeks.

Commissioner Linda Guinasso said she thought the location was ideal for this type of establishment.

“I like where it is,” she said. “It’s not in a residential neighborhood.”

She also said Revere could benefit from having a seafood restaurant.

“This is the type of place I would like to go to,” she said.

She said she hopes they hire Revere residents during their hiring process.

Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky also said he is excited about the new establishment.

“Everyone is excited about a new restaurant coming to this part of Revere,” he said. “We are all talking about it on the beach. It is a good change of pace.”

The license commission granted the all liquor license.

By Sara Brown


   

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