We always enjoy seeing Winthrop residents outside our town borders taking part in large-scale events and such was the case with Revere’s Columbus Day festivities that included a breakfast Sunday and a parade down Broadway Revere on the holiday.
Of course, Speaker Robert A. DeLeo was in the spotlight at the breakfast, generating an incredible reception as he entered the Revere High School cafeteria where the breakfast was held and scores of Revere residents coming up to the head table to greet the popular Speaker, who represents Revere (along with State Rep. Roselee Vincent) in the House of Representatives. (Of course, there were some who wondered how the Speaker could be in Revere at the same time that he was appearing as a guest on Channel 5’s “On The Record” show but they realized the TV show is videotaped in advance of the broadcast).
The Speaker marched in the parade as did Councilor-at-Large Philip Boncore and his son, attorney Joseph Boncore, who were representing the Sons of Italy Lodge of Massachusetts. We were also excited to see the Winthrop Police Explorers marching in the parade. The Explorers looked so professional in their official uniforms and we’re sure that their advisers, Police Lt. Frank Scarpa and Sgt. Steve Rogers, are so proud of the impression they made on the many parade spectators, including the many youths who might consider joining the Explorers’ organization.
Richard Gay, U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War also took part in the parade bringing great honor to himself and his fellow war veterans.
Speaking of the “On the Record” show, Bob aced the pop quiz, once again demonstrating his superior knowledge of sports and his grasp of current events. It’s clear that the Speaker reads the newspaper thoroughly every day and watches the local and national news shows. He was candid in his responses to questions about such topics as the proposed Indy car race in the Seaport District and the fantasy sports craze that has become a hot issue.