Sounds of Everett

Ventura Family honored at city hall

The city government paid tribute to one of Everett’s outstanding families Tuesday night at city hall. The patriarch of the well-known family was the late Tony Ventura, owner and proprietor of Everett Square Sporting Goods, which   has been an Everett institution for 64 years. Ald. Millie Cardello, who presented Tony’s widow, Lillian, with a city citation and a bouquet of flowers, noted that Tony was not only a World War II veteran – “and hero”— but he was also a great businessman, outstanding civic leader and a caring philanthropist, who truly embodied the “Everett Pride” spirit. Cardello also noted that Everett Square Sporting Goods has given more than six decades of service to Everett and surrounding communities.

Aldermen mourn colleagues’ losses

The aldermen observed “moments of silence” at their Tuesday night meeting in memory Ald. Sal Sachetta’s twin brother and Ald. Joseph McGonagle’s mother, both of whom passed away recently. May they rest in peace.

Councillor Cornelio to wed

It was the “buzz” around city hall earlier this week – Councillor Sergio Cornelio and his girlfriend Jackie Powers announced their engagement. Congrats and best wishes to the couple!

“Wine Tasting” fund-raiser at library

The aldermen have granted a permit to allow a “wine tasting” fundraiser to be held at the Parlin Library on Thursday, Dec. 6. Proceeds from the event will benefit both local libraries.

Cost of sidewalk plows questioned

A couple of the aldermen this week thought that the price the city received for a pair of sidewalk snow plows was exorbitant and have asked the finance committee to look into the matter. Ald. Chuck DiPerri claimed that the $300,000 the mayor was requesting to buy two of the sidewalks plows “was an awful lot of money”. Ald. Mike Marchese agreed, noting that “we need more information before we vote on this”.

Housing “explosion” continues

Ald. Robert Van Campen is still pressing for a moratorium on residential housing in the city. At Tuesday night’s meeting, he offered a good example for adopting his proposal. He said he has learned that a foundation permit has been issued for a multi-unit, townhouse-style complex to be built on a Grover Street lot that currently has only one house on it. That’s the type of housing “explosion” that the Ward Five alderman has been preaching about.