News Briefs

DeMaria to Host Second Shapiro Park Community Meeting

Mayor Carlo DeMaria is pleased to announce that he will be hosting a community meeting at Shapiro Park at Alpine Road on Wednesday, July 28, at 6 p.m. to further discuss its upcoming renovation.

“My Administration and I are committed to developing a design for Shapiro Park that will best serve the community,” said Mayor DeMaria. “The first meeting on July 6th was very informative and we listened to the residents in this neighborhood express their thoughts. We are looking forward to meeting with them again to continue our discussion and finalize a design.”

The previous meeting was held at Shapiro Park at Alpine Road on Tuesday, July 6th where residents explained their concerns and shared their ideas regarding the proposed design of the park. After receiving the community’s feedback, the Administration and the architect will be presenting the new proposed design at the July 28th meeting.

City of Everett Hosts Indian Flag Raising Ceremony

Mayor Carlo DeMaria is pleased to announce that the City of Everett in collaboration with the India Association of Greater Boston will be raising the Indian Flag to celebrate India’s Independence Day. The ceremony will occur on Tuesday, August 3,at 11 a.m. outside of City Hall, on the corner of Broadway and Church Street.

“India is honoring their Independence Day with their 75th Independence Day Celebration this year,” said Mayor DeMaria. “Through collaborative efforts with the India Association of Greater Boston, I am proud to participate in the celebrations by raising the Indian flag. The City of Everett is committed to being inclusive and embracing traditions from all cultures in our community.”

India’s Independence Day is celebrated each year on August 15th and the India Association of Greater Boston will be visiting cities throughout the Commonwealth in August to commemorate the occasion. The City of Everett is honored to be part of this year’s celebration and looks forward to joining the festivities. All members of the community are welcomed to attend and join the City in celebrating India’s independence.

Good Things Happen at The Connolly Center

Mayor Carlo DeMaria and The Council on Aging are excited to announce that our senior programming will resume in August. We have all been patiently waiting to get moving again and once again interact with our old friends or make new friends. Beginning August 2, the schedule is as follows;

Monday:

9 a.m.: Low Impact Aerobics with Miguel

10 a.m.: Healthy Steps with Julie Kaufman

11 a.m.: Country Western Line Dancing with Julie Kaufman

Tuesday:

9 a.m.: Zumba Gold with Miguel

11 a.m.: Glee Club with Diane Ellis

Wednesday:

No classes/Food Pantry

Thursday:

9 a.m.: Chair Yoga with Miguel

10 a.m.: Senior Cardio Boxing with Christian

1 p.m.: Senior Belly Dancing with Sue

Friday

9 a.m.: Mindful stretch and gentle movement with Christian

10:15 a.m.: Low Impact Aerobics and balance with Calvin

Seniors, over the age of 62, that would like to participate in our classes, must register with either

Margaret, by calling 617.394.2323 or Joanne, by calling 617.394.2260.

Luma Announces Multicultural Festival

LUMA Director Lucy Pineda this week announced they will hold the 14th annual Everett Multicultural Festival all day long on Aug. 29 at the Lafayette Playground.

The event is free of charge and has moved from Sacramone Park to the Lafayette after not having a festival last year. There will be lots of music, including Grupo Los Nitidos, Carlos Latin Band and others – as well as food from around the globe and traditional dancers.

Kristin Fulton Memorial Dedication Ceremony

Mayor Carlo DeMaria is pleased to announce that the City of Everett will be hosting a memorial dedication ceremony for Kristin Fulton on Sunday, August 1st at 6 p.m. The event will occur at the Tot-Lot in Glendale Park.

“Kristin Fulton was a truly loving, caring, and inspirational member of the Everett community,” said Mayor DeMaria. “It is with great honor that we are hosting a memorial event to dedicate the Tot-Lot in Glendale Park to Kristin. She will forever be in our hearts, and I know that seeing our Everett children playing in this Tot-Lot would her bring joy and happiness.”

The Tot-Lot is being dedicated to Kristin Fulton to commemorate her love and devotion to the children of Everett. All members of the community are welcomed to attend the dedication to pay tribute to her.

Suffolk DA Rollins Nominated for US Attorney

U.S. President Joe Biden announced on Monday the nomination of Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins as his pick to be the next permanent US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts – a post that would include Everett.

Though Suffolk County DA Rollins does not currently represent Everett, the new post would include Everett and the rest of the state.

Currently, Acting US Attorney Nathaniel Mendell is serving as US Attorney. Rollins would have to go through extensive Congressional hearings and have to be voted in by Congress. That likely wouldn’t happen until sometime in the fall.

President Biden said her nomination, and that of seven others around the country, are part of larger plan nationwide.

“The President has launched a comprehensive effort to take on the uptick in gun crime that has been taking place for the last 18 months—putting more cops on the beat, supporting community prevention programs, and cracking down on illegal gun trafficking. Confirming U.S. Attorneys as the chief federal law enforcement officers in their district is important for these efforts,” read the statement.

Rollins would be the first Black woman to be the Massachusetts US Attorney.

Ward 5 and 6 Community Meetings

Mayor DeMaria is pleased to announce that he will be hosting an in-person community meeting for the City of Everett’s Ward 5 community at Swan Street Park on Tuesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. to learn more about the current issues facing the specific neighborhood.

“My Administration and I have enjoyed meeting with the community over the past few months,” said Mayor DeMaria. “Throughout our community meetings, I have learned about the issues and concerns facing the neighborhoods of Everett. Residents asked questions and shared concerns, and we are working to find solutions. I look forward to having our in-person community meeting with the residents of Ward 5.”

Due to inclement weather, the original date for the community meeting for this ward had to be cancelled.

•Next week, Mayor DeMaria said he will hold the Ward 6 Community meeting on Aug. 4, 7 p.m., in Meadows Park. The meeting will address specific issues in the neighborhood.

“My Administration and I are looking forward to meeting with the residents of Ward 6,” said Mayor DeMaria. “Throughout our past community meetings, I have learned about the issues and concerns facing the neighborhoods of Everett. We have enjoyed meeting with each ward and will continue to work to find solutions to any issues or concerns that are presented.”

This ward meeting had been rescheduled from the original date of Wednesday, July 14.

Everett Seniors on the Road Again!!

Mayor Carlo DeMaria and The Council on Aging have planned a long awaited trip to Maine for our annual Lobster Bake for Wednesday September 22, 2021. Our luxury Silver Fox coach will pick us up at The Everett Stadium Parking lot at 8:30am. Our first stop is the   famed Stonewall Kitchen, where you will have time to browse through the many jellies, jams and other onsite made goodies. Our next stop is the fabulous Foster’s for a traditional Down East lobster bake. Our meal includes, New England clam chowder, Steamed mussels and Maine Clams, Fresh lobster (or chicken) baked potato and dessert. After our feast, we will stop at When Pigs fly artisan breads, and then to Yummies Candy emporium, featuring over 10, 000lbs of bulk candy, packed sweets and vintage products. Reservations must be made in person   with our trip coordinators Hazel McNeil and Carol Dello Russo, at The Connolly Center August 9 through August 13. Please make checks payable to The City of Everett. For additional information please call 617.394.2323 or 617.394.2260

COVID Testing Site

The Everett COVID-19 testing sit has been moved to RiverGreen Park, 1 RiverGreen Drive, as of July 3.

The testing will be walk-up only with no appointment necessary.

Testing times include:

•Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-7 p.m.

•Friday and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

Baldwin Avenue Playground Survey

The City and the design team for the reconstruction of the Baldwin Avenue Playground are looking for public input online. They are looking for resident input via a survey. They would like to know what the residents’ ideas, priorities and vision are for the new park. Please participate in the survey by Aug. 1.

To access the online survey, go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/BaldwinParkSurvey1. For questions, call (617) 394-2334, or e-mail Robert Moreschi at [email protected]

Free Annual Senior Summer BBQ

Mayor Carlo DeMaria and The Council on Aging have planned their annual Free Senior Summer BBQ for Everett Seniors only, aged 60 and over. This year, due to the changes at The Connolly Center, the Council on Aging has decided to host the event at Anthony’s Restaurant, 105 Canal Street in Malden, Friday August 6, at 3 p.m. The COA has chosen the theme of “Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.” You will enjoy traditional BBQ fare with entertainment by Doo Wop  DeVille. Tickets are available at The Connolly Center, July 19 through July 23 from 9 a.m. until noon. If you need transportation for this event, or have any questions, please call us at 617.394.2323 or 617.394.2260.

Meditation for Senior Citizens

Mayor Carlo DeMaria and The Council on Aging are happy to announce Mindful Meditation for seniors at The Connolly Center. The schedule is as follows; Fridays, August 8, August 20 and September 3 at 8:30 a.m.  This class is designed for you commune with your inner self, promoting self-awareness and the well-being of mind body and spirit. Please join Anna Noble from East Boston Health for this rewarding class. Reservations are required by calling 617.394.2260 or 617.394.2323. Class size is limited to 20 people.

Volunteers Needed

The Bread of Life mobile food pantry at the Lafayette school in Everett needs volunteers to help distribute free groceries on Thursdays from 3 to 5pm. Call Charlene @ 781-824-0564 or email [email protected] The Bread of Life mobile food pantry distributes food to needy families every Thursday from 3-5 p.m. at the Lafayette School in Everett.

Mass Humanities Grants

Mass Humanities announces new grants for organizations across Massachusetts as they continue to recover from the impacts of the coronavirus. Through funding provided to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by the American Rescue Plan, the “Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP)” grants will provide up to $20,000 in support for eligible non-profit organizations and tribal entities.

Applications are open with a final deadline of August 4. Mass Humanities expects to make awards by mid-September.

For more information: https://masshumanities.org/sharp/.

Everett School Parent Info Center

The Everett Public Schools Parent Information Center (PIC) at the Keverian School will continue to be open this summer to register children in all grades for the 2021-22 school year.

The hours on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The hours on Wednesday are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The hours on Friday are 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Appointments are suggested and can be made online at the Everett Public Schools website.

As a change this year, each student enrolled will be given a new children’s book in their native language.

Council on Aging/Connolly Center

Mayor Carlo DeMaria and The Council on Aging, together, have been working diligently to be able to offer programing to our senior residents to slowly open up The Connolly Center while maintaining current safety practices and protocol.  We are happy to announce our “Coffee Clutch” program.

The Connolly Center will be open Mondays and Fridays only. There will be two sessions offered to Everett Seniors, and one session offered on Friday.  Each session will allow a maximum of 24 seniors. There will be 6 tables of 4 people each for a 90 minute session. Seniors will have the opportunity to see old friends, enjoy a snack and coffee and scheduled entertainment. Safety protocols, such as mask wearing, temperature checks and social distancing are mandatory. Our staff is required to sanitize before and after each session.

The  “Coffee Clutch” Schedule is as follows:

Monday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Monday from 10:45 a.m. to noon

Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Reservations are a must. To make a reservation please call Margaret @ (617) 394-2323.

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