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wo emails that School Committee Member Elizabeth Marchese wrote last month to her colleagues on the committee, expressing concerns about the hiring of James Bunnell as the new Athletic Director, appear to have violated provisions of the state Open Meeting Law.

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aged the Houston area. “One of our friends mentioned that they had their families up on the roof,” Allison said. “We’re going to do what we can to help people back on their feet. If anyone did want to give TrueVine something to pass along, that would work out well, whether it’s money, supplies that need to be shipped out to Bay Area Church, they can pass it along to us. They should make the check out to the Bay Area Church and we can just pass it along … Obviously, we can’t do a ton of stuff from up here, but we’ll do a little if we can … We’ll collect any money that comes to us and pass it along,” he said.

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An interview with Boy Scout Troop 62 leaders John Kane and Chris Finnie about the troop’s recent Grand Canyon trip Editor’s Note: For this week’s interview, we sat down with two adult leaders of Saugus Boy Scout Troop 62 – Scoutmaster John Kane and Assistant Scoutmaster Chris Finnie, who is also the Cubmaster of Cub Pack 62. We asked them about their recent trip across

ALONG FOR THE RIDE: Boy Scout Troop 62 leaders John Kane and Chris Finnie this week reflected on their troop’s recent twoweek adventure out West, featuring a stop at the Grand Canyon. They said they organized the trip, but that the scouts actually ran the event, keeping to a tight schedule. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

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the country, which featured a stop at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and a hike down into the canyon. The two-week trip by van took the scouts through Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and South Dakota and to the U.S. side of Niagara Falls. The Scouts stopped at many places along the way, including the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Tex., Cadillac Ranch, the Marble Canyon in northern Arizona, and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colo. They camped out in the Badlands National Park in South Dakota while working on completing requirements towards Rank Advancement, and they completed several Merit Badges along the way. Kane, a 1994 graduate in plumbing from Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School, has spent 30 years with the troop, including 20 as an adult leader. He earned an Eagle Scout badge as a member of Troop 62. Finnie, who has been an adult leader of the troop for seven years, is a 1993 graduate of Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School, with a certificate in automobile technology. Some highlights of this week’s interview follow.

Q: Okay, John. Tell me a little bit about how this Grand Canyon trip came into being. Kane: We sat down with a bunch of our Boy Scouts and said, “We want to do a big trip with you guys, and let us know what you’d like to do; give us some ideas and we can try to work on it.” And one of the guys came up with the Grand Canyon, jokingly. And we said, “No problem. We’ll get the stuff for you.” Q: So, the kids embraced it right away? Kane: Yes. We had some parents concerned about money and stuff like that. But we told them we’d be able to have some fundraisers and accomplish the trip. Q: Chris? How do you recall it? Finnie: It was a couple of years in the making. We did different fundraisers. We sold Christmas trees. We did a golf tournament. We had a roast beef dinner. It seemed like every time we turned around, we had our other scouting duties as well. But it was quite impressive to see the final project all come to fruition. Q: What did it cost? How much


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did you raise and how much personal expense was required to supplement the fundraisers? Kane: We got it down to $900 and then kids raised from $200 up to $500 per person. It was well worth it. We said we were going to keep it under the cost of summer camp for a year, and that was accomplished. Q: So, you raised a couple of hundred to augment the costs of $900 per person. Kane: We wound up getting the total cost of the trip down to $900 per person, depending upon what each person did for a fundraiser. Finnie: We were able to knock it down from $900. Q: Was this a first for everybody, going to the Grand Canyon? Kane: I took another group of Boy Scouts out to Salt Lake City about 15 years ago. We were a much smaller troop back then. Q: So this was the second time for you out to the Grand Canyon? Kane: That was a cross-country trip also. Last time we flew, this time we drove all the way. Q: How long a trip? Kane: We ended up spending two weeks. Q: So, other than you, this was

a fresh experience for everyone else – first time to the Grand Canyon? Kane: Yes. Q: Now, you went down into the canyon on one of the trails? Finnie: We were up on the North Rim. Kane: The place was amazing out there. There was a lot to see. It would takes weeks see everything and you probably wouldn’t catch everything. Q: Do you recall what the elevation drop was? Finnie: When we entered the North Rim, it was 8,000 feet and I think our camp was at 7,000 feet – the campground that we were staying at. Q: So, you dropped about 1,000 feet? Finnie: Yeah, the campground we stayed at was just outside the North Rim Park, about a 10-minute drive to the North Rim. We had to climb to get up to the North Rim. And once we were there, we climbed down. It was almost indescribable, the pictures that we took. They didn’t do it justice. It was just phenomenal. Q: What was your best part of the trip, John? Kane: Watching everybody work together and pull togeth-

er as a team. That was the highlight for me. Q: And once you got to the canyon? Kane: The views were just unbelievable. The temperature was a little hot out there, but we enjoyed it. Q: Chris? Finnie: I had three boys on the trip, so, speaking as a father, it was absolutely amazing to see a group of boys that more or less has been in a van together for two weeks. Q: So, you went with your three sons? Finnie: Yes. Two weeks stuck in a van together – all of the kids – and not even just mine. … It was amazing to see how all of the kids got along. And you very rarely see that. They were laughing. They were joking. There were times when there was a long day and what have you, where kids would hit the wall and the kids would go to bed and wake up in the morning fresh. And we had these kids on a real demanding time schedule. And they met every deadline that we asked them to, and then some. It was very impressive to see all that responsibility that we’re trying to teach them over the course of the year – fundraising and even our weekly meetings. We told them these are the marks we have to hit tomorrow, this is what we need to do. And they knocked it out of the park. The way these kids responded was phenomenal– being able to spend that much time on preparation and have that much fun. For boys and the others, this was a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Q: Okay. Did you see any rattlesnakes, bears or other dangerous critters? Kane: We had seen some snakes, but no ratters. We had seen some antelope and deer.


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Kane: No. We camped in areas where there were a lot of people There were all different kinds of around, and they didn’t want to wildlife. be there. But the kids learned Q: So no encounters with any about safety beforehand and rattlers? were told “Just don’t go in the

TOURING AMERICA: These leaders and scouts of Saugus Boy Scout Troop 62 took a two-week tour last month, which included stops at several scenic landmarks, including the Grand Canyon. Back Row (L to R) Asst. Scoutmaster Chris Finnie, Asst. Scoutmaster Bill Ferringo, Joe Finnie, Brennan Donohue, Nicholas Finnie, Connor Lynch, Asst Scoutmaster/Chartered Org. Rep. David Craig, Scoutmaster John Kane.Front Row (L to R) Carl Finnie, Ryan Dennison, Billy Ferringo, Sam Craig. (Courtesy Photos from Saugus Boy Scout Troop 62 to The Saugus Advocate)

tall grass.” Q: Did you see any eagles? Kane: We did. We saw an eagle and a hawk out there. We saw the eagle down at Mount Rushmore [National Memorial in Keystone, S.D.] Q: Did you get any film of them? Kane: No, but it was nice to see them, you know. And there were plenty of animals out there that we saw along the way. Q: Okay, so you stopped at Mount Rushmore, aside from the Grand Canyon? Kane: Yes. We actually had

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many stops along the way. Q: But no eagles in the canyon? Kane: No, but we saw a lot of the different levels of ground and erosion over the years of the canyon, which was underwater. But it was an unbelievable sight. Q: So, the part where you went down, were you near the Colorado River? Kane: No. Finnie: No, but when we stayed near the Marblehead Canyon for two nights, we were near the Colorado River. It was a small canyon and the boys were

wading into the Colorado River. And I believe their reaction was “Oh my God! It’s freezing!” Q: So, it was really cold? Finnie: Yeah, but it was really nice. That camp site where we were at, I don’t think the temperature has ever dropped below 98 degrees. It was hot and muggy. We walked down to the water’s edge and the temperature dropped about 10 to 15 degrees, so in the heat of the day, the boys were able to go down there and they went swimming,



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ASK | from page 4 so they went wading in the water and just came right back out. Q: Doesn’t the temperature drop a bit overnight once the sun goes down? Finnie: It would go down a little bit, but not much. It was still hot. I think the coldest it got at night was in the low 80s or high 70s, something like that. It wasn’t terrible for most of us. Q: John? This being your sec-

ond trip down there, was there anything new that you got walking away from the experience? If you go into the Grand Canyon once, it’s like Chris said – the trip of a lifetime, so what’s the second time like? Kane: The first time we went out to Salt Lake City and didn’t actually go into the Grand Canyon. We sort of went to the edge. But this time, we were on a traveling tour, so we were able to get a lot more scenery and see

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all different parts of the counFinnie: No. I think that’s more try and get to appreciate ev- at the Southern Rim. There was erything. surprisingly green around the Q: So the Grand Canyon was North Rim, more green than definitely the highlight of this what I expected. It sounds corny, trip? I know, but it was just indescribKane: Yes. There were tons of able. It was like nothing I have highlights. But that was definite- ever seen before. ly the most impressive place that Q: Did you have an uneasy we had ever seen. feeling like when you got too Q: Did you encounter any close [to the edge] when you guys on mules while at the walked down? Grand Canyon? Pack mules goFinnie: Sort of like vertigo? Comm'l Nick 1 8/21/2017 10:47:08 AM ing down? Kane: It didn’t bother me the

least bit, but some of the guys were timid near the edges. Q: So, did they have a tendency to walk toward the wall to avoid the edge as much as possible? Kane: Yeah. Q: While there are some beautiful sights, once you get the orientation and you know the height or the distance down, some of us start to feel a little


VISITING WITH THE PRESIDENTS AT MOUNT RUSHMORE: Saugus Boy Scout Troop 62 got to visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota last month. Back Row (L to R) Sam Craig, Joe Finnie, Nicholas Finnie, Carl Finnie, Brennan Donohue, Connor Lynch. Front Row (L to R) Ryan Dennison, Billy Ferringo.

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stop to the canyon? Of interest or excitement? Finnie: For me, I’d have to say the Badlands in South Dakota. Again, it’s just another one of those places where the pictures don’t do it justice. Take away the paved roads, and it looks like you’re on Luke Skywalker’s home planet. We’re used to seeing pretty sceneries around here, but it pales in comparison to what we saw out there. It’s just the vast expanse. It was just phenomenal. And third on my list was Colorado. How green it was and how high the roads were. I’m not as much of an adrenaline junkie as John is, but I did enjoy the adventure park that we went to out there. We were actually able to connect with another scout troop, actually from Colorado Springs, about three hours away from the park. And a friend of mine that I graduated


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ASKS | from page 6 with, her son is part of that troop. So she gathered her sons and a couple of her scouts and they came out, and our boys met her boys. And it was like they had been friends for years. They all got together and went out and spent the day together. Q: So, did they swap neckerchief slides or scout patches? Finnie: We didn’t have any patches. In the process, we decided we’re going to swap them through the mail. We weren’t that prepared for that part of the trip. We weren’t sure that was going to come to fruition. But above the sights and everything, to see the boys mingle like they did with five or six boys they never met before that day – like they had been best friends or lived next door to each other all of their lives … they all got along … it was just really, really good. Q: John? Kane: I would have to say Philmont Scout Ranch [in New Mexico]. Being an Eagle Scout myself, that was always something I wanted to see. And, we were able to see all of the museums out there and the nature trails – just all of the history of scouting that’s out there. Q: Did you have any people who went to Philmont with you?

Kane: No. Q: I’m a Philmont alumnus. It’s a pretty neat place. I went in ’68 and did a 60-mile trip through the wilderness. Kane: It’s quite an undertaking to do it. The hiking part for me wouldn’t be in my best interests nowadays. But we still had a great time – just to see all of the history out there – the museums that they had. Q: Did you stay overnight or camp out there? Kane: No. We just stopped by there and spent a couple of hours looking at the scenery. We were on a very tight schedule as far as time was concerned. We had done over 7,000 miles of driving. Q: 7,000 miles for the whole trip? Kane: Yeah. Q: Wow. How much time did you spend at Mount Rushmore? Kane: Oh, we probably spent a half day there. Q: What was that like? Kane: You see it on TV, it just doesn’t do it justice. You get up close to it and see the images of the presidents. Finnie: And the detail. It’s phenomenal: the scale of that monument and the detail that they are able to achieve, based on the plaster casts that they had built, and then walking down to the museum below and seeing some of the artifacts of how

they actually did it. As a father, I sat back and watched the kids walk around with genuine interest in what they were looking at and learning about it. I kind of chuckled, and said, “Yeah, we’re doing something right with these kids, because they’re not

just out for a vacation. Actually, they’re interested.” And we worked really hard with them as well before we left on the trip, asking them what they wanted to do and what they wanted to see on the trip. And for the most part, we the adults made the ar-

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for each violation if the state Attorney General’s Office investigates the matter and determines there is reasonable cause that they failed to comply with the law. Meanwhile, a review of the statute by The Saugus Advocate shows it’s clear that several committee members committed these apparent violations of the state Open Meeting Law: • A public body member may lawfully email a quorum of the public body only to discuss scheduling a meeting, distribute a meeting agenda, or to distribute reports or documents to be discussed at a meeting, provided that no opinion of a member of the public body is expressed. (See G.L. c. 30A, § 18) • The Open Meeting Law requires that a public body, or its chair or designee, review the minutes of its executive sessions at reasonable intervals to determine if the Open Meeting Law warrants continued non-disclosure. (G.L. c. 30A, § 22 [g][1]). Upon a request for executive session meeting minutes, it shall review those minutes and release “the non-exempt minutes, or any portion thereof, not later than the body’s next meeting or 30 days, whichever first occurs.” (G.L. c. 30A, § 22 [f ]) Marchese – who was a candidate for the athletic director’s position that Bunnell was hired for on Aug. 15 – wrote her first email shortly after learning she did not get the appointment. “Are we allowed to inquire why he left his previous employment and for a substantial pay decrease?” Marchese asked in her email that day. “I think this is a valid inquiry since North Middlesex has had a new AD since July,” she wrote. Two days later (Aug. 17), Marchese wrote another email, raising more concerns about the man who beat her out for athletic director. “I have some serious concerns with the commute and travel time involved and Mr. Bunnell’s ability to be accessible and visible, not only to our high school and Middle school athletes but also to our youth organizations,” Marchese wrote. “I am suggesting there be a one-year contract upon evaluation and review with the option to extend or terminate based upon said evaluation and performance. This would safeguard the athletic department and program should problems arise,” she added.

a quorum of School Committee members might have deviated from the Open Meeting Law again by meeting in a recess with the superintendent to discuss how The Saugus Advocate obtained emails that were cited in the paper’s “The Sounds of Saugus” column. Meredith called a “recess” that appeared to be an unofficial executive session to discuss how Marchese’s emails had become public. “I have just been made aware that we’ve had some committee members share some confidential School Committee emails correspondence amongst the committee with a newspaper reporter, which I have to say if you were to look into ethics, I would say the person pointing the finger should be the one looking in the mirror,” Meredith said. “I am absolutely disgusted by this and I can’t even find the words right now to say the behavior of this committee. It’s horrible that the committee as a whole gets brushed with these broad strokes of the behavior of certain committee members,” she said. Grabowski said he took great umbrage to Meredith’s comments, which accused unnamed members of improper conduct. “I think what happened at that last meeting was completely unprofessional and violated the Open Meeting Law,” Grabowski told The Saugus Advocate. “There was no leaking of anything. Our emails – as you well know – are public documents. There are no secrets. The reason for the Open Meeting Law is so we can have business transacted in public and no backdoor deals, no sweetheart deals or people working behind the scenes for things they shouldn’t be working for,” Grabowski said. “They should be out in the open. The law isn’t to make your life miserable. The law is so the public knows what is going on,” he said.

Minutes released more than a year late Meanwhile, new business on the agenda that was approved by the School Committee were minutes for 10 executive sessions – seven of them for meetings that were more than a year old, the oldest one dating back to Jan. 19, 2016. In most cases, the Open Meeting Law provides that minutes of executive sessions must be released to the public within 30 days if a vote has been taken and there is no further need to keep the proceedings private. School Committee ViceWas “recess” an illegal Chair Peter Manoogian has meeting? complained in the past about At last Thursday’s meeting, major delays in making the

minutes of executive session meetings public. “A recent ruling by the Attorney General makes it clear that all public bodies that meet on a bimonthly basis are required to update the public on the progress of executive session minutes but also to release them within 30 days of the matter which was the subject of the executive session being concluded. See http:// news/20170629/ag-stoughton-school-committee-violated-open-meeting-law,” Manoogian wrote in an email to The Saugus Advocate. “It has been past practice for the Saugus School Committees, both past and present, to approve such minutes periodically, often many weeks or months after the matter has concluded,” Manoogian said. “In light of the recent Stoughton decision by the Attorney General it is clear that this practice is no longer acceptable nor is it in the best interest of the public which has a right to know what took place, who participated, and how such matters were concluded.” “On our last agenda I asked that we be updated on the progress of Executive Session minutes, some of which date as far back as late 2015. I was pleased that ten sets of those minutes were presented in our packets and approved by the committee and are now in the public domain,” he said. “It is also my understanding that our very capable clerk, Susan McBride, will continue to work off of notes that she was provided by the Chairman so that all of our housekeeping will be in order. It is my hope that prior to the conclusion of the term of office for this school committee that all of the meetings that we participated in will have minutes that will be made public along with any support documents that were provided during those meetings.” Grabowski said he believes that a quorum might have met with the superintendent after Meredith called the recess without explaining a reason on Thursday night of last week. “They went in the hallway, came back, grabbed DeRuosi and went in his office. That’s when Linda [Gaeiski] went up and was gone for an extended period of time,” Grabowski said. “These personal agendas are not conducive to running a good school district. I would say there have been Open Meeting Law violations at a lot of meetings we had. We are five people duly elected. To leave the room leaving two behind doesn’t speak well of transparency in the process,” he said.

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Veteran Saugus patrolman gets state trooper’s job


eteran Saugus Police Patrol Officer Thomas Wilson has left the Saugus Police Department to become a state trooper. Wilson, a town resident who has been on the local police force for about 10 years, is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. “On behalf of the men and women of the Saugus Police Patrol Officers Union, we want to thank Officer Wilson for his dedicated service to our community and we wish him the very best as he continues his law enforce-

ASKS | from page 7 Q: A lot of trail food? Finnie: Not really. Kane: They had a lot of good home-cooking. Q: Fresh meats? Finnie: Yes, we did our food shopping two or three days at a time. Q: When I was at Philmont, there was some pretty nasty food. A lot of powdered and prepared stuff. A lot of dry, powdered stuff. The veggies would come to life when they hit the hot water. Finnie: We did pretty good. We had Shepherd’s Pie and had the Dutch Oven on the campfire. Q: Apple Cobbler? Finnie: We didn’t do cobbler. We did the monkey bread. We did chicken. We did steak tips. We just didn’t eat hotdogs and hamburgers over the campfire. A couple of times, we did macaroni and cheese and hotdogs. We kind of guided them to base their menu on what our time frame was. Things that would take a longer time, we stirred them toward the days when we would have a little more time to cook. And there were a couple of mornings where we told them “Okay guys, here’s a bowl of cereal and a glass of milk. One you eat that, get in the van and let’s go.” It all came down to how the kids dealt with the tight time schedule. It was a tighter time schedule than they had to deal with in school. They stumbled at first, but as the time went on, you could see the progression. They were getting better at packing their bags. They were getting more organized. There was less of “Well, I can’t find this.” Q: These are kids from what age group? What age range? Kane: Between 10 and 17. Q: So were there a couple of Cubs in there? Finnie: No. We had one firstyear Boy Scout. Actually 11, I think. Q: So tell me about the eagle. How close did you get to him? Finnie: Maybe George Washington’s head! Kane: Yeah, it was quite a dis-

ment career with the Massachusetts State Police, Patrol Union President Officer Frank McKinnon said in recent statement. “It’s very difficult to see someone like Tom leave. Tom is an outstanding Police Officer whose positive attitude and work ethic will make him a tremendous asset to the State Police,” he said “As a field training officer, Tom was a role model to all new officers. He was someone that Patrol Officers looked up to and respected. “He was a cops, cop and his

presence around the public safety building will surely be missed,” said Patrol Union Representative Officer Mike Richards. “It’s tough for small towns to compete with the salary and benefit packages that larger departments are able to offer their employees,” Patrol Union Representative Officer William Cash said. “We’re hopeful that the Town and the Union can reach an agreement to make the salary structure for Patrol Officers more competitive so that we don’t lose officers like Tom,” he said.

“There’s still some debate on whether or not he had the largest forearms in the Patrol Division, but there’s no debate on his level of professionalism and charisma that he brought to each and every shift that he worked. The State Police picked up a great cop.” “He’s just an all-around good guy. It’s a tremendous loss to the SPD,” McKinnon said. Wilson received shared a commendation last year with firefighter Craig Serino after being credited with saving the life of an unconscious man in a vehicle

outside of Sizzle Tanning Salon. A citizen reported to Officer Wilson, who was off-duty at Cogliano’s Plaza at the time of the Feb. 21 incident. Officer Wilson and nearby Firefighter Serino, who was also in the parking lot, responded to the scene quickly. They ran to the scene and broke into the vehicle to pull the man out and then administered CPR to the victim, who was suffering from a heroin overdose. The victim regained consciousness as he was being rushed to the hospital.

tance away. Q: Were you able to get a photograph of him? Kane: No. Finnie: We had one guy with a pretty good camera, and just as he zoomed in on it. Mother Nature stepped in and the bird took off, and he wasn’t able to get the picture. But it was quite an impressive sight [the eagle], and to be able to say we saw one. Q: Was it a bald eagle? Kane: I believe it was. Finnie: I saw the silhouette of it flying away. From all accounts, I was told it was a bald eagle. Q: Okay. Is there anything else that you would like to share about the trip? Kane: I mean scouting gives everybody a great opportunity, you know? And I think this was one of them. Basically, everybody had worked together as a team to get this going, and it was just amazing how well the kids worked together. The [adult] leaders aren’t going to be there pushing them, saying “We got out of there.” We put it on them. It’s up to them if they hit their goals. And they truly did. Q: This is one of the biggest trips that you have been on during your many years with the troop? Kane: Yeah. This is the biggest trip by far. Q: And you have been how many years associated with the troop? Kane: I was a Tiger Cub, so I spent over 30 years in scouting – and 20 years as a scout leader. This is by far one of the biggest trips that we have ever done. It was well worth it. A lot of people thought we were nuts for going all the way out there, but through all of the planning and getting everybody involved with it, it really worked out well. Q: Chris? How many years have you been with the troop? Finnie: I’ve been involved in scouting for about seven years now. All three of my boys went through Cub Scouts. All three now are up in the Boy Scout troop. And this is the biggest undertaking I have ever been involved in, short of family vaca-

tions and driving down to Disney – or something like that. Again, that pales in comparison to what we pulled off … two weeks on the road. To see

everything come together and in their meeting halls and what the amount of planning and the have you, or calling ahead and work that John did himself, coor- saying, “Okay, we’re going to be dinating with other troops along the way and allowing us to stay



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community. “She helped us organize this. She did a tremendous job, sitting down with my staff … It’s By Mark Vogler great to have students like her,” Hashem told me in an interview ere are a few tidbits that you might want to know about last week. this week in Saugus. High School students should apply “Sorry for that interruption” This has got to be a first in my newspaper reporting and editing Town Clerk Ellen Schena asked career: that something I wrote the night before the paper comes me to put the word out that she’s out causes a commotion and a subsequent impromptu recess at a still looking for a few good men School Committee meeting that I didn’t even attend. But, such are and women to work as election the possible scenarios in these days of social media where news- workers for the Nov. 7 town elecpapers put out a few of their stories on a Facebook page to draw tion. There will be two shifts – 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to closing. public attention to the next day’s stories or columns. But what might be of some concern to a few Saugus citizens is “I’m willing to be flexible with why a newspaper column that’s on Facebook should even be of in- the hours. And they can work terest to a committee that is supposed to be transacting business. a full day, which is about 15 Shouldn’t members be following the meeting instead of focusing hours,” Schena said in a recent on a text? In any event, last week’s “The Sounds of Saugus” column interview. apparently did pique the interest of several members, causing a stir. Schena is looking to fill vacant A review of the videotape of the meeting shows School Com- poll workers’ positions at each mittee Member Elizabeth Marchese standing up and trying to get of the 10 precincts, at about a the attention of School Committee Chair Jeannie Meredith, who $9-an-hour rate. People under called for a brief recess. When the tape resumes, Committee Mem- age 17 need not apply, as they bers Peter Manoogian and Arthur Grabowski are not in their seats. would be too young. She said They apparently left the meeting instead of walking into School she always needs to have extra Superintendent David DeRuosi, Jr.’s office, where a discussion took people available, in case someplace, apparently related to part of last week’s “The Sounds of Sau- body cancels their assignment gus” column – the top item titled “Emails that shouldn’t have been on or near Election Day. written.” I questioned whether it was appropriate for Marchese – “I usually get about five canwho was a candidate for the athletic director’s job – to be writing cellations before the election,” emails expressing her concerns about James Bunnell – the candi- Schena said. “Most people who date who was hired for the athletic director’s position. I raised some work for us are retirees. But I’m concerns about the appearance of a potential conflict of interest. starting to get more High School Following a brief discussion about the two incriminating emails students. So, this would be a becoming the subject of a column in The Saugus Advocate, the good job for them – somebody School Committee – minus members Manoogian and Grabowski who is smart, quick and has the – returned to open session. energy. And it’s actually a good “Sorry for that interruption,” Meredith remarked. Then she went way for them to help support onto explain that she was irked over the circumstances involving their community.” Marchese’s emails becoming public. Letters were due to go out to “I have just been made aware that we’ve had some committee about 80 to 90 people, schedulmembers share some confidential School Committee emails cor- ing them to work. Usually 100 respondence amongst the committee with a newspaper report- to 110 are signed up to work on er, which I have to say if you were to look into ethics, I would say Election Day, Schena said. the person pointing the finger should be the one looking in the Well, if some High School students who are at least 17 are mirror,” Meredith said. “I am absolutely disgusted by this and I can’t even find the words looking to pick up a little pocket right now to say [about] the behavior of this committee. It’s horri- money while helping their comble that the committee as a whole gets brushed with these broad munity, go down to the Town strokes of the behavior of certain committee members,” she said. Clerk’s Office at Town Hall to apAt that point, Committee Member Linda Gaieski offered some ply. advice to the chair. “Perhaps saying nothing would be the better The paper-pulling count recourse,” Gaieski said. It appears that although the committee is now more fractured Speaking of this fall’s election, than it’s ever been, all five members maintained silence when ap- Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree has got to be happy that proached by The Saugus Advocate. I was curious about a couple of things. Like the rumors I was hear- the five incumbent members of ing – whether it was true that an IT person in the School Depart- the Board of Selectmen have all ment would be checking emails to determine who sent the emails pulled papers for an anticipated to The Saugus Advocate. I was also interested in knowing whether reelection campaign. Of course, there was a quorum assembled discussing matters related to the it won’t really matter until 5 p.m., emails. If it did happen, that would constitute an apparent viola- Sept. 19 – the deadline for filing nomination papers bearing 50 tion of the state Open Meeting Law. But none of the committee members responded to my ques- signatures of registered voters. tions. And suddenly, I’m not hearing back from the School De- Just because people pull papers partment on other matters unrelated to this one, like a request doesn’t mean they are going to to meet with teachers and perhaps a few students at each of the run for public office. But, of intown’s schools for some back-to-school photos and some discus- terest to those who like to folsion about what they’re looking forward to as a new school year low town politics, there are nine begins. A story of optimism. people who pulled nomination But optimism seems in short supply with this School Commit- papers the last time I checked – tee these days. all five incumbents and four potential challengers. Kudos to Amanda Napoli One of the people I had hoped to interview this week was Aman- Take caution with da Napoli, president of the Saugus High School Class of 2018. Sau- mosquitoes gus High School Principal Michael Hashem told me how thrilled he Here’s a Public Service Anwas last week that 45 students – seniors, juniors and sophomores nouncement from the Town of – had showed up to help out at the Freshman Class Orientation. Saugus about mosquitoes. But Hashem was particularly impressed by Napoli’s assistance and made a point of singling her out as a role model in the High School


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Tom Rosa & Company Singers will perform at the Veterans/ Military Appreciation Day at World Series Park in Saugus


orld Series Park in Saugus will host a Veterans/ Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, September 16. This will be a 10 a.m.-5 p.m., allday event that will be free and open to the public. Tom Rosa & Company Singers will perform at noon. This popular group of singers is made up of Amanda Rosa, Ryann Murray, Patty Vellucci and Tom Rosa. Previously, they’ve performed at Special Olympics Day in Saugus, the TargetCancer events in Saugus and shows in Melrose and the Stoneham Theatre, and they will appear at the North Shore Music Theatre. Ryann Murray and Patty Vellucci perform as “Girls Night Out” in many local clubs and restaurants. This day is being sponsored by Wheelabrator Saugus, the energy-from-waste company that has been part of the Saugus community since 1975. Wheelabrator has been an ongoing contributor to numerous Saugus events and organizations and is once again stepping up to support this community event. Bob Davis, the superintendent of World Series Park, said, “The goal of this event is to have the community come together to honor our veterans and active military. All veterans and active military are invited to attend. They will be our special guests and will be presented with Challenge Coins and be treated to food and drink. We

very much appreciate Wheelabrator’s sponsorship and the many Saugus and out-of-town restaurants and businesses who have agreed to make donations of food. We also appreciate the support of the Saugus Veterans Council. We think this will be a fun community event and encourage the public to attend.” A Commemorative Ceremony will take place on the baseball field starting at 11 a.m. Parachutists and the landing and display of a Massachusetts National Guard Army Blackhawk helicopter will highlight the ceremony. The host/master of ceremonies will be former Boston TV personality Barry Nolan. The honored guest will be Captain Richard Kent, a Purple Heart recipient who served in Afghanistan. Invited to participate in the ceremony are federal, state and local officials, military officials, the clergy, singers and many more. A torch-lighting, a balloon release and music will be part of the ceremony. Free American flags will be distributed to everyone. Before and after the ceremony, there’ll be all kinds of entertainment under the pavilion. At 10 am the Senior Tones will perform; at noon it will be Tom Rosa & Company Singers; at 1 p.m., the Uncle Steve Band; at 2:30 p.m., Beat ConnXtionz Dance Company. The Annual Saugus Baseball Alumni Game will be played at 3 p.m. This year the game will be held in memory of Steve Fau-

Tom Rosa & Company Singers will perform at the Veterans/ Military Appreciation Day at World Series Park in Saugus on September 16.

ci, an outstanding three-sport Saugus athletes who recently passed away. Steve’s family will participate in the game’s opening ceremony. Former Saugus baseball players who’d like to play in the game may contact Mark Mitchell at 781-858-5048. Other elements of the all-day event include a military vehicles display, a classic cars display, drill teams and marching units, military reenactments and displays, a parade of motorcycles and a large American flag displayed from cranes donated by Junkster Bags. Two other ceremonies will also take place. One will be an unveiling and dedication of a POW/MIA stadium seat. The other will be the Annual Ceremony Honoring POWs and MIAs that will be conducted by the Saugus Veterans Council. A moon bounce, costumed characters and games will provide entertainment for the children. Booths, raffles and lots of food and drinks round out the event.

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SOUNDS | from page 12 Earlier this month the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced that West Nile virus (WNV) was detected in a mosquito collected from Saugus, according to a release from Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree’s office. This positive test, which was conducted by MDPH, is considered to be low risk to humans as the mosquito the virus was detected in is considered a “dirty mosquito” that only bites birds. This positive test was found during routine testing that is conducted throughout mosquito season. To date, 3,687 mosquito samples statewide have been tested for WNV and 127 samples were positive. WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and they are found in urban as well as more rural areas. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection. The Town of Saugus has treated all storm drains and catch basins with larvicide and conducted targeted spraying, and it has scheduled another targeted area spraying for next Tuesday night, Sept. 5, weather permitting. The Town of Saugus will continue to work with the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control & Wetland Management District to reduce the mosquito population and the risk of WNV transmission. The Town and the Board of Health will continue to work closely with MDPH and other agencies to take all the necessary preventive precautions and to closely monitor any virus activity. People can also help to protect themselves and their loved ones by taking a few, common-sense precautions: Avoid mosquito bites • Be aware of peak mosquito hours – the hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant. • Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites. Although it might be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin. • Apply insect repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use

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on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and net or should not be applied to skin. World Series Park will host Mosquito-proof your home “Remembering Su” vigil • Drain standing water – Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standA vigil commemorating the ing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mos- life of Susan Taraskiewicz will be quitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold held Thursday, September 14 at water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flower- 6:30 p.m. at World Series Park in pots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently. Saugus. The public is invited to • Install or repair screens – Some mosquitoes like to come in- attend. This date, 25 years ago, doors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all Susan was murdered. Those reof your windows and doors. sponsible were never found and Information about WNV and reports of current and historical the case is still open. Susan’s WNV virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH mother, Marlene, has never givwebsite at en up hope that her daughter’s killer will be brought to justice. One-day trash-recycling delay The vigil is titled“Remembering The Town of Saugus announced that the trash and recycling Su.” Family and friends will gather collection will run on a one-day delay from next Tuesday, Sept. 5, for a candlelight ceremony which through Saturday, September 9, 2017, due to the observance of will consist of testimony, prayers Labor Day. and music. Members of the clergy There will be no collection on Monday, Sept. 4, due to the holi- and law enforcement have been day. Services will resume on a one-day delay from Tuesday, Sept. invited to participate. 5 through Saturday, Sept. 9. Residents whose collection day falls “We are conducting this vigon Monday will be collected from on Tuesday. Collection will con- il on the 25th anniversary of us tinue to run on a one-day delay for the remainder of the week. losing Susan to say thanks to the The compost site will be open normal hours tomorrow (Satur- many people who have helped, day, Sept. 2) from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. consoled and supported us over The Town of Saugus would like to thank everyone for their co- the years, never giving up hope operation. Please contact Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Lor- that answers will be found in the na Cerbone at 781-231-4036 with any questions. tragic loss of my daughter,” Marlene Taraskiewicz said.“We invite Outdoor yoga back at the Iron Works everyone to come out to hear Gentle Yoga returns to the Saugus Iron Works National Historic about what a beautiful person Site on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. It’s back by popular demand – Susan was.” and it’s free! The National Park Service at Saugus Iron Works is once again teaming up with the Saugus Family YMCA for an outdoor Cub Scout Pack 62 Gentle Yoga class led by Certified Flower Yoga Teacher Mimi Izzo. recruitment Interested participants should bring mat or towel. Cub Pack 62 is pleased to anGentle Yoga is a form of classical Hatha Yoga – a gentler, slower nounce we will be hosting our paced practice that is more accessible to people of all sizes, ages annual recruiting day on Sepand fitness levels. Gentle Yoga removes any fears or challenges in tember 16 from 9 to 1 in front doing yoga, promoting stress relief and deeper relaxation while of Saugus Town Hall on Central still providing physical exercise. It creates an atmosphere of safety Street in Saugus. and comfort that fosters self-acceptance and self-love. Cub Scouts has been expandNo registration required. Meet at 244 Central St. in Saugus. For more ed with a new program this information, call 781-233-0050. Visit the Facebook Event Page for year called the Lion program. up-to-date information: The Lion program is for kindergarten age boys. The lions will How well do you know Saugus? Find out Sept. 13 work with their adult partners On Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 7:00 p.m., the Saugus Historical So- on many activities and will be ciety will feature a PowerPoint presentation by Marilyn Carlson to directed by one of our experitest your knowledge of Saugus history. You are invited to see and enced, trained adult leaders. Our hear this fascinating story: How long have people lived here? How Cub Scout program is opened to did they live, and how did their lives change over time? Beginning boys in grades k-5. We meet on with prehistoric times and extending to the 1900’s this fascinat- Monday nights at the Cliftoning story will be retold: from the early inhabitants who travelled dale Congregational Church at the land to the Native Americans who built villages along the Sau- 50 Essex St in Saugus. The lions gus River and the English settlers who arrived in 1629 to make a will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. and new life. The construction of the Iron Works, and the tales of Par- the rest of our pack will meet son Roby and the Revolutionary War; the legacy of the ice indus- from 6:45 to 8 pm. try and mills that once flourished here will be examined. The Civil Over the past several years, War and Gustavus Vasa Fox, early public buildings, abolitionists, the Cub Pack 62 has become one of old race track, public safety and transportation will all be explored. the best run programs. We keep The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments our kids and parents active with will be served. The Saugus Historical Society house is at 30 Main our weekly meetings and activSt. in Saugus. ities. We are fortunate to have a Marilyn Carlson is the Vice-Chairman of the Saugus Historical large gym for the scouts to play Commission, and has served as Chairman of the Board of Direc- ball and other games in. Some tors of the Saugus Housing Authority and the Saugus Public Li- of last year’s activities includbrary. She is currently a member of the New Friends of the Saugus ed several campouts, hikes, a Public Library and the Saugus Historical Society. She is the author Museum of Science overnight, of the “Historic Saugus Coloring Book” and the “Saugus Chroni- a pinewood derby race and cles” Booklet & Video. She was awarded a Teaching American His- more. We have a team of deditory Grant by the U.S. Dept. of Education in 2005 to produce a cur- cated trained leaders and comriculum guide which focused on teaching American history by uti- mittee members always worklizing historic places. Marilyn taught in the Saugus Public Schools ing to provide the best program for 36 years and wrote numerous grants for the school system and there is. town organizations she supported in the past, like the Friends of The cost for the year is $150.00, Town Hall (to restore the Founding of Saugus Mural) and the MEG which includes your memberFoundation (to restore the Cliftondale School). She was awarded ship fees, achievement book, Person of the Year for her dedication to the Town in 2006. Most re- “Boys’ Life” magazine, slider, cently she has been very active in the restoration of the Round Hill Historic Site, which will be dedicated on Sept. 19, 2017. For details, contact Laura Eisener at 781-231-5988, ldeld@shore.


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SOUNDS | from page 14 neckerchief and all awards. For your convenience we accept cash, checks and credit cards. We are open to scouts from other communities as well. Many people know of the program we have in place and are willing to travel. We also run an awesome Boy Scout program for boys ages 10 1/2 to 18. If you have any questions, need more information or can’t make the sign up times, please contact Cubmaster Chris Finnie at or 781-816-3001 or Scoutmaster John Kane at or 781-389-2708.

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Book Sale at Saugus Public Library New Friends of Saugus Public Library will hold their annual book sale on Saturday, Sept. 9, in conjunction with Founders Day. Adult, young adult and children’s books, as well as CD’s and DVD’s, will be available. Avid readers in search of a book can come to the community room between the hours of 9:00 and 2:00, using the Taylor Street entrance to pick up some great reads! Donations of newer or gently used books are currently being accepted at the library. Please note: the library does not accept textbooks, computer books or encyclopedias. Important dates for candidates Also, in conjunction with Founders Day, New Friends will have If you are contemplating running for public office in the town’s a table in front of the library selling “white elephant” items. The 2017 election – or have already decided to run – you might want proceeds from this table will help to defray the costs of decoratto clip this information out and put it on your refrigerator. ing a tree at the Meg Holiday Tree Festival in December. Nomination papers have already become available at the Town Clerk’s Office. The Board of Selectmen and the School Committee Historical Happenings on Round Hill will each have five seats to be considered. Voters will also elect 50 The Saugus Historical Commission has set out an informative Town Meeting members – five in each precinct – in the Nov. 7 elec- pamphlet at Town Hall, reporting the progress of the Round Hill tion. While the names of people with candidate’s papers is of in- Historical site, which is behind the Public Safety Building on Hamilterest to a lot of folks, it really doesn’t mean much until people get ton Street. That brochure may be in greater demand, now that town the required signatures and return the papers to the town clerk. officials have announced two events set for this month: And they have until Sept. 19 to do that – and that’s a long way off. • A formal dedication of the site is set for Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 10 Fifty certified signatures of registered voters are required for can- a.m. at Round Hill. didates for the Board of Selectmen, School Committee and the • In a related event, the Saugus Historical Commission and the Housing Authority. New candidates for Town Meeting must ob- 200th Anniversary Committee will be “Burying Saugus History” on tain 10 certified signatures of registered voters – all from within Saturday, Sept.16 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at Round Hill. the candidate’s precinct. Incumbents just have to send in a letter The brochure available at Town Hall describes Round Hill as “Part indicating they are running again. of a highly significant Native American Cluster,” noting that Native Here are the important dates: Americans gathered stone from the ledge of jasper at the foot of • Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. Last day for incumbent Town Meeting mem- Round Hill for tools. bers wishing to become a candidate for reelection to submit writ“As we near the realization of this collaboration with a variety of ten notice to the Town Clerk. individuals and groups, we look forward to a site where the gener• Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. Last day to obtain nomination papers from al public will be able to visit, attend events and share in the proud the Town Clerk’s Office. history of Round Hill,” the brochure notes. • Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. Last day for candidates to submit nomina“The area’s extensive history, culture and natural resources will tion papers to the Board of Registrars (Town Clerk’s Office) for cer- be preserved for future generations. The results of this partnership tification of signatures. will be an amazing picture of our past being created in-situ through • Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. Last day to file objections or withdrawals. the preservation of the Round Hill Historic Site,” it continues. • Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m. Drawing of ballot positions (second floor Anyone can become “A Friend of Round Hill” by making a donaauditorium at Town Hall) tion to the Saugus Historical Commission ℅ Round Hill Project, 298 • Oct. 18 from 8:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. Last day to register to vote. Central St., Saugus, MA 01906, • Oct. 24 Office of Campaign Finance Reports are due. • Dec. 7 Office of Campaign Finance Reports are due. Town-Wide Collection Day – Sept. 30 Residents are invited to dispose of their household hazardous A political sign primer waste in an environmentally responsible manner during a collecAll candidates for public office are expected to comply with the tion event on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon. The rain-orTown of Saugus Zoning Bylaws (Article 7, Section 7.3, Sub-Section shine event will allow residents to dispose of a series of household 8) regarding political signs. Here’s what you need to know: waste products, including rubber cement, airplane glue, fiberglass • No more than one sign per election contest, per lot, on private resins, aerosol cans, photo chemicals, furniture polish, floor and property, and only with the property owner’s permission. metal polish, oven cleaner, drain and toilet cleaner, spot remover, • Signs shall not exceed 3 feet by 2 feet, or a total of 6 square rug and upholstery cleaner, hobby and artist supplies, photografeet, in size. phy chemicals, turpentine and chemistry sets. • Freestanding signs shall be no higher than five feet above ground level at highest point. • Signs shall be stationary and not directly illuminated. • Signs shall not be erected earlier than 30 days before an election, and they shall be removed within seven days after the election. • If you have any questions or concerns regarding the town’s regulations for political signs, check with Building Inspector Fred Varone for more details at 781-231-4119. Candidates view are welcome We’ve already had two potential challengers surface in the selectmen’s race in recent months. And we’ve run their statements as a courtesy. Speaking of a willingness to talk about the issues, we’re going to hear a lot more from potential candidates as the summer moves on. The Saugus Advocate welcomes campaign announcements from candidates seeking public office in the fall elections. Email me a letter stating your interest and qualifications for the position you are seeking, and we’ll be glad to publish it along with a photo. Tuesday is Farmer’s Market Day The Annual Saugus Farmer’s Market has returned for another season. The market will operate every Tuesday until October – from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – in the Anna Parker Playground parking lot at 120 Essex St. The market offers vegetables, fruits, fresh fish, baked goods and other good stuff. Coming attractions at Saugus Public Library. Speaking of the library, here a few things coming up:

Interested residents can preregister for this free event by visiting or calling the Inspectional Services Department at Town Hall as early as Tuesday, Sept. 5. Proof of residency is required. The following garage supplies will also be accepted: fuel, gasoline, kerosene, engine degreaser, brake fluid, carburetor cleaner, transmission fluid, car wax, polishes, driveway sealer, car batteries, antifreeze, cesspool cleaners, roofing tar, swimming pool chemicals, motor oil and car batteries. Accepted workbench waste includes oil-based paints, stains, varnishes, wood preservatives, paint strippers or thinners, solvent adhesives and lighter fluid. Residents may also bring the following yard waste: weed killer, chemical fertilizers, flea control products, moth balls, poisons, insecticides, herbicides, pesticides and fungicides. Latex paint may be disposed of by removing the canister’s lid and drying out the paint then adding an absorbent material, such as cat litter. TVs and monitors may also be disposed. Propane tanks require a $5 disposal sticker, while automobile tires cost $2 each and truck tires cost $10 per tire. Stickers may be purchased prior to the event at the Inspectional Services Department. Residents are urged to take caution when transporting household hazardous materials. Locals may do so by keeping the materials in their original containers, tightening caps and lids, sorting and packing products separately and packing containers in sturdy upright boxes padded with newspaper. Please remember never to mix chemicals or to smoke while handling hazardous materials. The hazardous household




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SMALL SAVES | from page 9 five, starting with a team in Watertown Youth Hockey. For the last 40 years, he’s been playing amateur hockey at Hockeytown USA on Route 1 in Saugus. DeMarco’s dream of becoming a Hall of Fame goaltender lives on through “Small Saves,” the cartoon character he created in 1991. Small Saves is about a nine-year-old, and he truly believes he will be a future Hall of Famer – the same dream that DeMarco had when he was a young boy. “He takes on a life of his own.” So, is DeMarco the real-life Small Saves? “People who read it say ‘yes,’” said DeMarco, who wears the same plain black and red jersey and an undecorated white goalie’s mask. “He takes on a life of his own. If I did his antics, I’d be in trouble. He’s a little boy, too – 4th grade. He’s from Watertown [just like DeMarco] ... but Saugus is his new home,” he said. In the books, though, Small

Saves lives in a small, unnamed northeast U.S. town. He also has a cat, named Mia, who is based on DeMarco’s namesake cat. Mia, who is 11, is a half-Tabby and half-Egyptian Mao, from Winthrop/Everett’s Veterinary Hospital. “The reason why I don’t use the school or town – I want everyone to relate to it,” DeMarco said. “Even with other characters around him, I don’t relate to them. Everyone remains nameless, except him [Small Saves],” he said. Clearly, it’s DeMarco’s life passion to stand between the pipes and keep the puck out of the net. Add in his love of cartooning, Small Saves emerged and took on a life of his own. “To play goaltender, then come home and draw Small Saves, is my definition of a good day,” DeMarco said. DeMarco’s goal is to have Small Saves become a household name like Charlie Brown and Snoopy. “And people of all ages and nationalities can en-

“MY FAVORITE GOALIE:” One hockey legend who seems to enjoy “Small Saves” is Tony Esposito, the Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender from the Chicago Blackhawks who has been Saugus artist James DeMarco’s goalie idol since he became a hockey fan about 50 years ago. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate)

joy him and have a few laughs and a moment of happiness in the day,” DeMarco said. “Maybe somebody is having a bad day and reads him. And gets a good laugh. That’s my goal,” he said. “The guys I skate with don’t know him, so I’m not out there yet. There’s a saying in hockey: ‘Work so hard so you never have to introduce yourself.’ He has a burning desire to walk out on the ice someday and hear people say, “Hey, you’re the guy who draws Small Saves.” Small Saves, in the early 90’s appeared in “Faceoff Magazine,” “Goalies’World Magazine,”“New England Hockey Journal” and a few goalie-themed instructional books. In 2001-02, Small Saves appeared under contract for one year with The comic strip had a weekly slot on their main page. Small Saves has appeared on his own THE REAL LIFE CAT: James DeMarco cradles Mia, his real life weekly website from late 1990’s cat, who appears as Mia in the cartoon series. Mia is 11 and a to today. He now appears in half-Tabby and half-Egyptian Mao cat. more than 70 online newspa-

pers, websites, Facebook hockey pages, etc. Amazon carries the Small Saves line of hockey and goalie T-shirts, which not only includes him, but unique, oneof-a-kind graphic hockey wear. Amazon also carries his six books, including the up-andcoming number seven Small Saves Storybook, “The Day the Dinosaurs Played Hockey.” He plays goalie in his sleep Seeing the world through the eyes of a goaltender is a unique perspective that DeMarco said he tries to present in his cartoons. “How does a goaltender see the world?” he asked. “A little different than the average person – just the way we do things – say you had a real good game and it stays with you throughout the day,” he said. Another example: You see somebody coming over the line to shoot at you. “In your sleep,

CREATED IN SAUGUS: Here’s a copy of Saugus artist James DeMarco’s latest in an ongoing comic strip series, “Small Saves,” with the Saugus Sachem added by DeMarco, who wanted to share it with readers of The Saugus Advocate. The original cartoon will appear this weekend on 80 websites, Facebook pages and online newspapers. DeMarco, who has been playing goalie at Hockeytown USA on Route 1 in Saugus for 40 years, said he draws a lot of his inspiration from playing at the local rink and every day life, then goes back to his Austin Court condominium unit to draw in bedroom studio. (Courtesy Cartoon by James DeMarco to The Saugus Advocate)

you’ll make a save and you’ll wake up, throwing out a block glove to make the save, or kicking out the goalie pad,” DeMarco said. “And you found out that you have fallen asleep and almost fall off the couch.” His girlfriend, Kristin McAdams, an administrative staff person for professors at Tufts University, frequently sees the animated behavior of DeMarco when he’s sleeping. McAdams, who attends night school for accounting, sings soprano for the Arlington Belmont Chorale. “She asks, ‘Did you make the save?’” DeMarco said. “And I answer, ‘I don’t know. I just woke up. I hope I did.” DeMarco works as a full-time building assistant for the City of Boston. When he’s not working or drawing, he is playing hockey at his favorite rink – Hockeytown USA. “I play three mornings a week with the 50 and over group. They’re ex-college players from the 70s – lawyers, professionals,” DeMarco said. “People like Bill Seabury, who’s in the Northeast Hockey Hall of Fame – most points in a Bean Pot Tournament … I get on the ice by 8:45 a.m. and play for an hour and 15 minutes.” He’s played scrimmage against former Bruin greats Brad Park, Terry O’Reilly and Ray Bourque. “To me, it’s the greatest position in the world. No place else that I would rather be,” he said. Linked to a Hockeytown legend At 5’4” and weighing 203 pounds, DeMarco resembles one of those cartoon characters that he draws. He wears a crazy-looking plain white mask and 30-year-old pads on his


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IN THE STUDIO: James DeMarco, in the bedroom studio of his Austin Court condominium unit, shows off some of the books containing his comic strips of “Small Saves,” which was originally published in 1991.

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FAN MAIL FROM CANADA: James DeMarco counts former Boston Bruins Coach Don Cherry of Hockey Night in Canada as one of his fans. He holds up a note he received from Cherry, who says DeMarco’s cartoon character Small Saves “really has the hockey feel down.” (Saugus Advocate Photos by Mark E. Vogler)

legs that make him “old-schoollooking,” he said. DeMarco is proud of those pads and the original owner who he calls “my mentor,” who was quite a legend here in town. Chicky DeAngelis was a practice goalie for the Boston Bruins alumni at Hockeytown USA and was still playing the position at age 80 when he passed away in 2010. “Chicky DeAngelis started playing goalie when he was 12. He is somebody I always looked up to and still do,” DeMarco said. “When he died, his pads went to me. So, I hope to play always – even up there,” he said, pointing toward the sky, laughing.” “These were the pads he was wearing when he passed away at 80. I’ll see if they need a goalie [in heaven]. I wear them in his honor. Kids freak out, because they are so old-school-looking,” he said. DeMarco remembers their last time on the ice together. DeAngelis was a goalie on one side, and DeMarco was protecting the net at the other side. Suddenly, DeAngelis kept saying “I can’t do it.”

“I said, ‘C’mon Chick. Come back in.” And I undressed him. I told him, ‘You don’t owe anybody anything. You’ve done enough.’ A couple of weeks later, he took a stroke and passed,” DeMarco recalled. “I wear his pads with pride and in his honor. They’re getting beat up, so I just use them for the games now, because I want to preserve them. So, I have another set for scrimmages and save Chick’s for the games,” he said. “Whenever I do well, I tell him, ‘Thanks a lot Chick, for helping me out with that save. We’re in this together,’” he said. As for why he moved to Saugus in 2013, DeMarco said it was meant to be. He and his girlfriend moved into a small, but cozy one-bedroom condo at Austin Court, which they bought and share with Mia, DeMarco’s cat. “I love Saugus. It’s peaceful. It’s a friendly town. I love the way Town Hall looks. It’s just a nice community,” he said. A couple of years ago, he was up at Hockeytown at Christmas break. Some of the Sau-

gus High School players were up there, doing stick practice. “And a mother of one of the players asked me what High School I played for. As I lifted up my mask, I said, ‘In 1982, I played for Christopher Columbus in the North End of Boston [no longer there],’ and she was shocked. She told me, ‘I thought you were one of the kids.’” Those are flattering comments coming from a Saugus hockey mom. “Saugus is a big hockey town. Hockeytown is always packed. In the back seat of every car in Saugus, there’s a hockey stick,” DeMarco said. “In the driveway of a lot of houses, there’s a net setup for street hockey. And the town has three rinks and Hockeytown is always packed – and upstairs at Hockeytown. I just love being a goalie and I love sharing Small Saves with the world,” he said. And there are a few NHL legends who appreciate the artist’s work. DeMarco counts former Boston Bruins Coach Don Cherry of Hockey Night in Canada as one of his fans. He holds up a note he received from Cherry, who says DeMarco’s cartoon character Small Saves “really has the hockey feel down.” For-

ASKS | from page 11

other two leaders saying, “Hey, we’re going to do this.” It was everybody gathering around. The boys were just as much involved in as we were. I joke around, but it’s really the truth. The boys run this troop. They make the decisions. They provide the leadership. We’re there to make sure that nobody gets hurt and to offer some suggestions and some nudges in the right direction. But, for the most part, our program runs the way it should be running: It’s boy-run. And I think that’s the most important part. This program is probably one of the most important parts.

Q: John? Do you want to add anything? Kane: I mean, it was just an amazing trip. We put in a lot of planning. We were able to get special meals and we hit a lot of different places. We went horseback riding and spent some time in an adventure park. And we were able to get the costs down tremendously for everybody, just with all of the planning and talking to people ahead of time. We wanted to make sure everybody could afford it, and this [was a] once-ina-lifetime adventure for a lot of people.

in this area tonight and we need to find a campground or campsite.” And we found three campsites along the way that we were able to stay at. It was phenomenal to say that, yeah, we had everything planned, but there was still a lot that was kind of left up in the air. And we built in enough flexibility that we were able to call … on the fly and adjust as we needed to. To see everybody work together … and any time that we had to make a change, it wasn’t just me and John and the

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mer Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, who guided his team to their last Stanley Cup in 2012, likes the cartoon strip, too. How it all began DeMarco’s artistic talents were evidently a lot better than his hockey skills. And he developed them at an early age. He received an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Communications and spent 30-plus years in the silk screen industry. “Small Saves” – which didn’t have a name at the time – actually came out of the comic strip “Sports Kidz,” which DeMarco had been trying to syndicate back in the early 1990s. But that project failed. “My problem was

I didn’t know baseball. I didn’t know football. I didn’t know basketball,” DeMarco said. “For my last one, I drew a little goalie. When I drew it, I said ‘Wow. This is special. This is unique. So, I started my Small Saves. He originally was part of “Sports Kidz.” I had no knowledge or experience with the other sports, so that strip was very generic and nothing special. That’s why it failed,” he said. Saugus’s Hockeytown gives him his primary inspiration to draw Small Saves. But the creative spark can come from anywhere. “I can be walking down the street. When an idea hits you, you better write it down,” DeMarco said. “Anything can inspire me. That’s why I keep a mini-composition book with me at work, anywhere, except at the net. But I keep it in the locker room.” Some things he observes in Saugus wind up in cartoons. “There’s a running track [at the Belmonte Middle School] behind my house that I might draw inspiration from,” DeMarco said. He said he’s inspired by everything he observes. “I can be watching TV and something hits me,” he said. “When I started self-syndicating Small Saves, people couldn’t relate to goalies. Well, Beetle Bailey was in the Army and not everyone is in the Army. I love that cartoon strip and it makes me laugh,” he said. “People have always been drawn to cartoons. My favorites are ‘Family Circus’ and Charlie Brown, the classic ‘Peanuts.’”







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Savvy Senior

The Nutritionist Corner

Snack Time!

by Jim Miller

Check-In Services That Can Help Seniors Stay Put

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any services you know of that check in on elderly seniors who live alone. I worry about my 84-year-old father falling or having a medical emergency, and not being able to get to the phone to call for help. And he won’t wear a lifeline help-button. Desperate Daughter Dear Desperate, Depending on where your dad lives, there are check-in call services, volunteer visiting programs, and a variety of technology options you can turn to that can help you keep tabs on him. Here are several to check into. Daily Check-in Calls To make sure your dad is OK every day, consider signing him up with a daily check-in call service program. These are telephone reassurance programs run by police or sheriff’s departments in hundreds of counties across the country and are usually provided free of charge. Here’s how they work. A computer automated phone system would call your dad at a designated time each day to check-in. If he answers, the system would assume everything is OK. But if he didn’t pick up or if the call goes to voice mail after repeated tries, you (or whoever his designee is) would get a notification call. If you are not reachable, calls are then made to backup people who’ve also agreed to check on your dad if necessary. The fallback is if no one can be reached, the police or other emergency services personnel will be dispatched to his home. To find out if this service is available in your dad’s community, call his local police department’s nonemergency number. If, however, the police or sheriff’s department in your dad’s community doesn’t provide a daily check-in call program, there are a number of companies you can turn to that offer similar services offered directly to consumers for under $15 per month. Some to check into include the CARE senior calling program (, CareCheckers ( and IAmFine ( Volunteer Visiting Programs Another option you may also want to investigate is volunteer visiting programs, which are usually run by churches, community groups, or social service agencies. These programs provide volunteers who will visit an older adult in their home usually for an hour or two once a week, providing companionship as well as the reassurance that someone is checking in on a regular basis. They can also alert you if they notice your dad’s health or living conditions start to decline. To find out if these services are available, check with local churches or the area agency on aging near your dad – call the Eldercare Locator at 800-677-1116 for contact information. Technology Solutions Technology also offers a number of ways to help keep your dad safe at home, and help you keep an eye on him from afar. For example, for safety and peace of mind there are medical alert systems, which provide a wearable “help button” that would allow him to call for help anytime he needed it. Some of these systems (like Bay Alarm Medical, also offer wall-mounted buttons that can be placed near the floor in high fall risk areas like the bathroom or kitchen, if he didn’t wear a help button. And to help you keep daily tabs on your dad, there are wireless sensor-monitoring systems (like Silver Mother, Sen. se/silvermother) you could put in his home that will notify you if something out of the ordinary is happening; and video monitoring cameras (like the Nest Cam, that have built-in motion and sound detection that will let you know when something is detected, and two-way audio that will let you talk and listen to him. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

By Anna Tourkakis, Nutritionist Tasty snacks to keep energy up and mind focused. A recent magazine cover touted “20 best snacks ever”. I eagerly flipped the pages to get some ideas. Instead I found a list of supermarket shelf products of chips and snack bars. Not my idea of a “best snack ever”. Snacks are a great opportunity to energize in-between meals. Preparing your own homemade snacks can add nutrient rich foods. Healthy snacks that also contain fiber-rich whole grains and protein can give lasting energy. Steer clear of highly processed snacks. Such as chips, candy and even many types of crackers are filled with added sugar, salt and saturated fat. The combination of these ingredients


is designed to make us crave more and over eat. Yet with a little creativity, it’s easy to whip up some nutritious and tasty snacks. If you are going more than 5 hours between meals or find you are ravenous at meal times, a snack in-between is needed to prevent from getting over hungry. Start by replacing less healthy snacks with healthier foods and beverages. Snack ideas Have a plan for your snacks. Make a snack a mini meal. Begin with nutritious components, which would include: a protein source, a fruit or vegetable and/ or a grain. Here are some ideas: Crunchy snack; • Almond butter or peanut butter with whole grain crackers • Whole wheat crackers with nuts and fruits • Cereal, low sugar (6 grams or less), with fruit and milk Savory snack: • Toast with egg

• Hummus with whole grain crackers • Whole grain crackers with string cheese Sweet snack: • Banana mixed into plain yogurt and sprinkled with 1 tablespoon of mini dark chocolate chips • Graham crackers drizzled with a tablespoon of honey and chocolate milk • Homemade granola fruit square (recipe below) Make it fun As your student gets more involved in the school year keep up with the nutrition supply. Good nutrition has been found to be an imperative piece of overall performance at any age. Advertising may make the supermarket shelf snacks appealing. Don’t be tempted - healthier homemade snacks are fun to prepare and delicious to eat. Bring Eating From Within to your workplace! Contact me to learn more about my corporate wellness programs.

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hese homemade fruit and nut squares are a healthy combination of whole grain oats and nuts. Fresh blueberries and an assortment of dried fruits add a touch of sweetness and colorful variety to start the school year off right. • 1 cup old-fashioned oats or quick oats, uncooked (not instant) • 1/4 cup almonds • 1/4 cup walnuts • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon • 1/2 tsp. baking powder • 1/4 tsp. salt • 1/4 cup canola oil • 1/4 cup honey, softened by placing the jar in a pan of water over low heat • 1/4 cup brown sugar • 1/2 tsp. vanilla • 2 eggs • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries • 1/2 cup combination raisins, dried cranberries and dried cherries • Cooking spray Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Line 9-inch square baking dish with aluminum foil and leave 2-inches of foil hanging over edges. 3. In large nonstick skillet over medium heat

stir oats, nuts and seeds and toast for 6-8 minutes. Set aside to cool. When cool, in food processor, pulse mixture until coarse. Avoid making the mixture too fine. 4. In mixing bowl combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Whisk until blended. Set aside. 5. In another mixing bowl combine oil, honey, sugar, vanilla and eggs and mix well. Stir in flour mixture until just combined.

Gently add oat mixture, fresh blueberries and dried fruit. 6. Lightly coat baking dish with cooking spray. Pour granola batter into dish and spread evenly. Bake until mixture is set, about 25 to 28 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to completely cool. Use overhanging foil to lift granola slab from baking dish to cutting board. Cut into desired size.

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voted with Jones only 85.9 percent of the time.

Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports the percentage of times local representatives voted with their party’s leadership in 2017 through August 25. The votes of the 2017 membership of 34 Republicans were compared with those of GOP House Minority Leader Bradley Jones (R-North Reading). The votes of the 2017 membership of 122 Democrats were compared to House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop). Beacon Hill Roll Call uses 72 votes from the 2017 House session as the basis for this report. This includes all roll calls that were not quorum calls or on local issues. A total of 78 of the 123 Democrats voted with De-

Leo 100 percent of the time. That means nearly two-thirds of the Democrats always voted with DeLeo. The Democratic representatives who voted the lowest percentage of times with DeLeo are Reps. Colleen Garry (D-Dracut) who voted with DeLeo only 62.3 percent of the time and Jonathan Zlotnik (D-Gardner) who voted with DeLeo only 68.1 percent of the time. Only four of the 34 GOP members voted with Jones 100 percent of the time.That means only 11.8 percent of the Republicans always voted with Jones. The GOP representatives who voted with Jones the lowest percentage of times are Reps. Susannah Whipps (Independent-Athol) who voted with Jones only 79.2 percent of the time and Jim Lyons (R-Andover) who

1. On Sept. 1, 1916, the U.S.

workers of “orderly appearance

Congress banned what kind of

and sobriety of manner” gath-

labor for interstate commerce

ered in New York City for what?


13. The cha-cha-chà dance origi-

2. Can moose swim?

nated in what country?

3. A national park in Kentucky is

14. What female comic said, “Nev-

named for what frontiersman?

er go to bed mad; stay up and

4. Where was the fictional Batmobile housed? 5. On Sept. 3, 1783, what two countries signed the Treaty of Paris? 6. What author said, “When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain”? (Hint: initials MT.) 7. After 72 years, what soap opera ended in September 2009? 8. In Canada and the United States, when is Labor Day (or Labour Day) celebrated? 9. What TV comic always said he

fight”? (Hint: initials PD.) 15. What sport has the term “sticky wicket”? 16. On Sept. 6, 1954, in Pennsylvania, the world’s first full-scale atomic electricity power station for peaceful uses broke ground via a bulldozer radiosignaled by which president? 17. In what decade was AstroTurf patented? 18. On Sept. 7, 1867, what American financier was born? 19. In what islands are the most northerly penguins?

was 39? 10. What is Massachusetts’s state

20. In 1830 what Irishman wrote, “’Tis the last rose of summer, /

tree? 11. Which is colder, the South or

Left blooming alone; / All her lovely companions / Are faded

North Pole? 12. On September 5, 1882, 10,000

and gone”?

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REPRESENTATIVES’ PERCENTAGE OF VOTES SUPPORTING THEIR PARTY’S LEADER IN 2017 The percentage next to the representative’s name represents the percentage of times the representative supported his or her party’s leader. The number in parentheses represents the number of times the representative opposed his or her party’s leader. Some representatives voted on all 72 roll call votes. Others missed one or more of the 72 votes. The percentage for each representative is calculated based on the number of roll calls on which he or she voted and does not count the roll calls for which he or she was absent. Rep. Donald Wong 98.6 percent (1)

HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late-night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of August 21-25, the House met for a total of 40 minutes while the Senate met for a total of 46 minutes. MON.AUGUST 21 House11:04 a.m. to11:10 a.m. Senate 11:05 a.m. to11:16 a.m. TUES. AUGUST 22 No House session No Senate session WED.AUGUST 23 No House session No Senate session THURS.AUGUST 24 House11:04 a.m. to11:38 a.m. Senate 11:06 a.m. to11:41 a.m. FRI.AUGUST 25 No House session No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at

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