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TIME TO SHINE: The Town of Saugus officially welcomes in the holiday season tonight at its Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Festivities. Just like last year’s event, the front lawn of Town Hall will be lit up with Christmas lights. Activities get underway at 5 p.m., with the tree lighting and Santa’s arrival to follow at 7 p.m. (Saugus Advocate file photos by Mark E. Vogler)

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The holiday spirit is back at Town Hall for another year. And Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and the Board of Selectmen will officially open the Yuletide season with tonight’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Festivities. “For people who live in Saugus who haven’t been to it … it’s something not to be missed,” Crabtree said during his report at Wednesday night’s selectmen’s meeting. “We have four horse-drawn carriages as well as a sleigh that

Santa comes down,” he said. The program begins at 5 p.m., a full two hours of family-oriented events – especially for kids. But the main event gets underway at 7 p.m., when Santa Claus arrives shortly after the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. As soon as Santa makes his grand entrance with a police escort, he’ll hurry up to the second floor auditorium of Town Hall, where he’ll sit in a chair by the Christmas tree that was set up this week. Then he will spend all of 90 minutes – and maybe


he Saugus Retirement Board this week voted to rescind former Saugus Town Manager Andrew Bisignani’s membership in the town’s retirement system after concluding that his criminal convictions earlier this year violated state laws, thus forfeiting his right to receive a pension. Bisignani, 71, and his wife Denise DiCarlo, 57, stand to lose about $1.5 million in pension benefits, “exclusive of their loss of health care benefits and life insurance,” according to a document filed by his Boston attorney, William G. Rehrey. The Retirement Board voted 3-2 at its Tuesday meeting to adopt the Hearing Officer’s recommended decision to stop Bisignani’s pension as of Nov. 30, and to not proceed on collecting the overpayment until the appeal process is complete. Board members Eugene F. Decareau, Doreen L. DiBari and Don-

na Matarazzo voted in favor of the motion for Bisignani to forfeit his pension. Members William E. Cross III and Mark Gannon opposed the motion. A guilty plea to corruption charges Bisignani, who served nine years as Saugus town manager before leaving in December of 2011, pleaded guilty earlier this year to 12 counts of procurement fraud, destroying public


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A HOLIDAY ROTARY: Residents enjoying last year’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Festivities look across from the steps of Town Hall at the tree set up at the rotary.

SIGN OF THE SEASON: Gingerbread houses on display in the second floor auditorium at Saugus Town Hall will help usher in the holiday season.

and wreaths are sold out. Delivery is available and all proceeds support the scouts of Troop 62. zz A large gift-wrapped open box has been set up in the lobby of Town Hall to help collect donations for the toy drive being organized by the Fire Department for children who are less fortunate.

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DEP extends public comment period on Wheelabrator’s proposed ash landfill expansion By Mark E. Vogler


itizens who didn’t get a chance to testify at last night’s public hearing by the state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) on Wheelabrator Technologies Inc.’s’ plans to expand its ash landfill will still have an opportunity to comment on the project in writing. The DEP has granted a request by state Rep. RoseLee Vincent (D-Revere) to extend the period for written comments beyond today’s deadline. Any person who missed the hearing at Saugus High School may submit written comments to MassDEP by postal mail, delivery or email until 5 p.m. Jan. 12, 2018, according to MassDEP’s Regional Director, Eric S. Worrall. But the agency denied Vincent’s request for a public hearing to be held in Revere. “MassDEP has determined that a single public hearing is appropriate and consistent with past practices on other permit applications,” Worrall wrote in a letter to Vincent on Monday. Vincent, whose district includes Precincts 3 and 10 in Saugus, this week expressed mixed concerns about MassDEP’s response.

“While I am disappointed that the Department of Environmental Protection has chosen to not hold a public meeting in Revere regarding this proposed expansion of the Saugus ash landfill, I am thankful to Commissioner [Martin] Suuberg and the Department as a whole for extending the public comment period until January 12th, 2018,”Vincent said. “I believe the extension of the comment period will give my constituents in Saugus and Revere ample time to submit written comments outlining their concerns with Wheelabrator’s proposal without feeling rushed to do so during this busy holiday season,” she said. Last month MassDEP issued a provisional decision approving Wheelabrator Technology Inc.’s application to continue using the ash monofill at its trash-to-energy facility on Route 107 in Saugus. Wheelabrator’s proposed modification of its ash landfill would provide an additional disposal capacity at the landfill estimated at 400,000 yards, according to MassDEP’s 11-page decision. “We believe the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) provisional decision grant-

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A panel picks its “Fabulous 15” among Saugus High School Sports Hall of Famers Editor’s Note: With candidates being sought for induction into the Saugus High School Sports Hall of Fame, we assembled a group of four local sports experts to compile a list of a dozen top Sachem athletes who stand out among the more than 200 who have already been inducted since 1987. Our panel came up with a list of 15 Saugus High stars which include several NFL football players – including one who played on two championship teams, a

member of the 1998 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team that won the Gold Medal and several collegiate sports stars. Our list doesn’t rank the Saugus Hall of Famers individually. Eight of the athletes were the choice of three of our panelists. Seven other Sachem athletes received two votes apiece. Our panel: zz Rich Salerno: a 1954 Saugus High School graduate who played three years on the varsity football team as

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a starter on defense (defensive back) and offense (tight end) and also was a three-year pitcher and outfielder on the Saugus High baseball team. Salerno went to Salem State College, where he played on the baseball team for three years as a pitcher and outfielder. He coached football for 22 years. In 2004, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame after being recognized as an important member of the 1953 Championship football team. He is a member of the Saugus High Hall of Fame Committee. zz Dave Soper: a 1957 Saugus High School graduate who starred in basketball and baseball. He was a Sau-

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where I articulated “note free” solid answers to the Town’s “hot topics.”This is a Town without “staggered” elections, most if not all boards are Appointed positions for reasons that are plain to see. For my followers that can discern “running” for Selectman as a group of “five” is a plain “get in your face to our citizens” and certainly a suspect campaign strategy, I applaud your insight. For those that don’t, I respect your opinion and wish you luck. If I have enlightened just a few Citizens, it has been all worth it. Certainly this has been a difficult few months that I am glad is over. With that said I have exceeded all my expectations and formally resign from the Conservation Committee. Happy Holidays to all. Michael A. Coller

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Advocate. Here’s what our panelists had to say about the “Fabulous 15” list they compiled last week during a morning of local sports talk in the living room of Salerno’s home. Salerno: What makes this the outstanding cream of the crop of Saugus High School athletes? Well, it’s because you have a group of people who have above average, excellent athletic ability, drive and determination. Unfortunately, we were restricted to 15 people, but there are many more well-qualified athletes. But it was hard to break it down to 15 without excluding some very good ones. Boudreau: As the youngest person here, these were the best people that I have seen. Obviously, there were some great players before me that I really couldn’t comment on. S t e w a r t : We ’ v e g o n e through the years of a lot of different players. And we decided that these were among the best as far as athletic ability goes.

as the junior varsity coach, two years as an assistant and four years as varsity. This fall, he helped his friend Chris Tarantino revive the crosscountry running program at the Belmonte Middle School that Tarantino had coached for 15 years before the program went dormant several years ago. He is a member of the Saugus High Hall of Fame Committee. zz Veteran Town Meeting and Housing Authority member Bill Stewart: a 1952 graduate of Saugus High School who has followed the local sports scene closely for more than half a century. Stewart is a huge sports fan who shares his perspective in his column, “The Old Sachem,” which is a weekly feature of The Saugus

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New tax rates set

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he owner of an average single-family home in Saugus – valued at $386,300 – will pay $16 less in taxes. The tax bill for an average commercial property – valued at $1,127,500 – will decrease by $7,105. Those scenarios will take effect as a result of the new tax rates for the 2018 fiscal year, which were approved unanimously Tuesday night by the Board of Selectmen. Once again, selectmen followed their past practice of recent years by adopting a plan calculating the lowest possible residential factor – a plan that would tax Commercial, Industrial and Personal (CIP) property at a maximum share of the tax levy for the 2018 fiscal year at 175 percent. Overall, residential tax rates in Saugus will decrease from $12.05 for $1,000 of assessed valuation to $11.59 – a 3.82 percent decrease. The value of the average single-family home will increase from $372,900 to $386,300. The current average residential tax bill of $4,493 will increase to a projected $4,477, according to the report compiled by the Board of Assessors, assisted by Deputy Assessor Ronald J. Keohan, Jr. and Assistant Deputy Assessor Tamara Sands. Overall, CIP tax rates in Saugus will decrease from $25.78 for $1,000 of assessed valuation to $24.60 – a 4.58 percent decrease. The average commercial property value of $1,351,500 will decrease to $1,127,500. The current average commercial property tax bill of $34,842 is projected to decrease to $27,737, according to the Board of Assessors report. New School costs not included “Saugus’ tax rate does remain among the lowest of surrounding communities,” Board of Assessors Chair Michael Serino said, citing highlights from a re-

port he presented to selectmen. Serino noted that two-thirds of the town’s residential property has been revalued and that the remaining third would be done next year. All of the commercial property has been revalued. This year’s taxes do not include any finance costs for the new Saugus Middle/High School project approved by voters earlier in the year, according to Serino. He said taxpayers would begin to see that when selectmen set the tax rates for the 2019 fiscal year. “Whatever we borrow moving forward won’t kick in until the new fiscal year,” Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree said. The Full and Fair Cash Value of all taxable property – real and personal – within the Town of Saugus has been established as $4,518,642,898, according to the Board of Assessors. Residential property accounts for $3,661,724,258 or 81.04 percent of that amount. That will generate $42.4 million in taxes. But CIP property will account for $21.1 million or 33 percent of the tax base in the 2018 fiscal year, according to the plan approved by selectmen. Sizing up Saugus’s tax rate Compared to the Fiscal Year 2017 residential tax rates of other area towns, Saugus’s will remain considerably lower; the Board of Assessor’s report noted: • Saugus (FY18) – $11.59, • Lynnfield – $13.78, • Melrose – $11.80, • Reading – $14.03, • Stoneham – $12.39, and • Wakefield – $13.03. The report also noted the CIP tax rate for Saugus compared to Fiscal Year 2017 CIP rates of other area towns: • Saugus (FY18) – $24.60, • Lynnfield – $16.80, • Melrose – $16.76, • Reading – $14.03, • Stoneham – $23.21, and • Wakefield – $25.85. Selectman Jeffrey Cicolini said he is pleased by the Board of Assessors report. He suggested

that the average tax bill be included when comparing Saugus to other communities. “If you could put in an average tax bill … that’s going to tell the true story,” Cicolini said. Crabtree agreed that the selectman made a “great point.” The town manager noted last year’s average tax bills for surrounding communities: Lynnfield, $8,200; Melrose, $5,746; Reading, $7,485; Stoneham, $6,212; and Wakefield, $5,438. Crabtree noted that Saugus’s average tax bill is about half of Lynnfield’s. “We have a full-time Fire Department,”the town man-

ager said. Lynnfield has a mostly $649,900 will pay $46.29 less in volunteer Fire Department. property taxes effective next fiscal year despite an increase in Tax hikes and tax cuts valuation to $671,700 – because The Board of Assessors includ- of the decrease in the tax rate. ed sample residential and comLowe’s, which will pay mercial parcels to show value $413,750.19 in property taxes and tax changes. A two-fami- during the current fiscal year, ly home on Essex Street that is will pay $8,847.53 more next valued at $272,500 will see a year after its projected valuation $153.97 increase in its tax bill – increased from $16.1 million to or a 4.68 percent increase – for $17.2 million. the 2018 fiscal year because of The Border Cafe’s tax bill for an increase in its property valua- the 2018 Fiscal Year will be a tion from $272,500 to $296,600. projected $50,425–$4,705.45 Meanwhile, a homeowner less. The valuation of its properon Candlewood Court whose ty decreased from $2.1 million property is currently valued at to $2.05 million.

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ticket raffle basket at the Cookies by Stacey table to help raise funds for their class. The Holiday Stroll has been going on for at least 10-plus years in Saugus, according to Guarino. All of the elementary schools take part in it and have different attractions, all of them tomorrow. • The Lynnhurst Elementary School Holiday Stroll is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. • The Oaklandvale Elementary School Holiday Stroll is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. • There will be breakfast with Santa at the Waybright Elementary School from 9 a.m. to noon.

p.m. It’s the 2017 Holiday Stroll. There will be vendors of homemade craft items, candles, baked goods, food – pizza, pretzels and soda – and several items auctioned off, including Walt Disney World Passes, a Microblading Gift Certificate, Boston Celtics tickets and Themed Gift Baskets. “This is a PTO-sponsored event. We rent space to vendors who bring in their goods to sell to the public,” Guarino said. “This year we have 40 different vendors, including Cookies by Stacey, Title Boxing, Pampered Chef, Castle Corner Creations, Lularoe, Lipsense, Avon and many more! Each grade (pre k-5) will have their own themed

basket for raffle. All the money brought in from the raffles that the PTO sponsors will be used for field trips, field day, and events for the students of the school,” she said. “This is such a fun family day for everyone! It is also a little bittersweet. This is my last year as Vice President and also the last year for the President, Lisa Frost, and Secretary Jean Bloom, as we will be moving on with our children in June. We will miss the fun in planning this great event for everyone but look forward to visiting in the years to come,” she said. The Belmonte Middle School Trees galore at the MEG 7th Grade will have a scratch It’s all about trees and raising money for a good cause at the 7th Annual Christmas Tree Festival. Participants have decorated trees in memory of a loved one, to promote a cause or to advertise a business. The trees will be on display for two weekAppearing In Our Lounge ends, and viewers will have the opportunity to purchase Friday, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 chances in the hopes of being the lucky winner of their favorite choice of tree. Next Saturday, December 16 Sunday, Dec. 10, the names from 11AM-2PM of the winners will be announced.

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MITCHELL | from page 5 payers of Saugus millions of dollars over the years. I have advocated for continued healthy economic development in Saugus that will benefit and support resident services within the annual budget such as the Senior Center, the Saugus Public Library, trash pickup, snow and ice services, repaving and repair of our roadways, etc. Again I want to thank everyone. I look forward to continuing to move our Town forward with the great team we’ve had in place for the last three years, and to bring Saugus to heights it has never seen before. Selectman Mark D. Mitchell

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Sachem Football All Stars By the Old Sachem, Bill Stewart


rt Spinney was listed by the Lynn Item on their Top 100 Century List of athletes. He was born and died in Sachemville, on November 8, 1927, and May 27, 1994. He was an end for the Sachems and went on to Boston College, where he excelled as a guard. Art was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1950 in the 15th round as the 184th pick. He played guard for the Colts in 1950, then did two years of military service during the Korean War. After the war he returned to the Colts and played for eight more years. Art was selected for the pro bowl twice, 1959 and 1960. He was named All Pro by the UPI four times, 1957 through 1960. Spinney played in the World Championship twice as a Colt. He played in 96 games, had two pass receptions for 19 yards, recov-

ered two fumbles and returned one punt for 10 yards. Among his all-star selections: twice by the New York Daily News, the Newspaper Enterprise Association and the UPI, and once by the Sporting News and the Associated Press. After his pro career he was an offensive line coach, first for Boston College, then the Boston Patriots, with Mike Holovak, and he also served as a public relations official for the Pats. Spinney was not through yet. He went into business with the American Biltrite Rubber Company in Cambridge as a consultant to the Sports Surfaces Division, and along with Lawrence J. Warnalis, he was awarded U.S. Patent Number 3661687 – developing Biltrite’s artificial grass product, Poly Turf, which was applied over asphalt for football and soccer fields. This product provided safety over the grass fields. Another old-timer Sachem

football great was Art Statuto, who played for the Class C State Champions in 1941. He was born in Saugus on July 17, 1925, and died March 2, 2011, in Carrollton, Texas. After graduating from Saugus High in 1943, he went to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as a center and played for the AP National Champions in 1943 and 1946. Art was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1948 in the 31st round, pick number 292, but signed with the Buffalo Bills in 1948, where he played two seasons then signed with the LA Rams for his final season, 1950. He played in 38 games as a pro. I was lucky enough to have seen both of these outstanding linemen play at Saugus and in the NFL.


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$1.5 MILLION | from page 1 records, municipal bid-rigging and other crimes related to his position as Town Manager of Saugus and Nahant from Jan. 1, 2009 to June 30, 2014. He received two years’probation with special conditions – GPS monitoring, home confinement – being allowed out for work, medical appointments, religious services and court appointments. Retirement Board Administrator Ann C. Quinlan advised Rehrey of the board’s vote in a Tuesday letter. “Mr. Bisignani Saugus Retirement System (“System”) membership is hereby rescinded, and while he would ordinarily be entitled to receive a return of his accumulated total deductions, less any accrued interest, since his retirement allowance received to date exceeds his contributions, no distribution

will be made,” Quinlan wrote in her letter to Rehrey. “As you know, the Board also voted to defer collection on the overpayment until such time as Mr. Bisignani has an opportunity to challenge the Board’s decision as being in violation of the 8th Amendment’s Excessive Fine clause,” she wrote. Bisignani has the right to appeal the board’s decision within 30 days of the decision’s certification in Massachusetts District Court within the jurisdiction in which he lives. Hearing officer’s findings In his findings and recommended decision, Hearing Officer Michael Sacco noted that “the direct nexus between Bisignani’s crimes and his official public duties is so clear that even

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he is not disputing that he has violated the statute” which requires that he forfeit his pension. “As noted above, while the allegations in the all 12 indictments suggest each crime occurred during the course of Bisignani’s official duties, it is clear that 8 of the convictions were for violating with which only a public official or employee can be charged and convicted,” Sacco wrote in his decision. “I further find that since Bisignani’s retirement allowance payments ($440,996.28) through September 30, 2017 exceed the amount of contributions that were in his System annuity savings account when he retired ($151,299.03), Bisignani must remit back to the System $289,697.25 forthwith, in addition to any retirement allowance payment made after September 30, 2017. So ordered.” In his Post Hearing memorandum dated Oct. 24, Attorney Rehrey requested that the Retirement Board find that forfeiture of Bisignani’s pension “constitutes an excessive fine or punishment prescribed by the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Part 1 Article 26 of the Declaration of Rights of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and should not be applied against him.”

of pension benefits that would be imposed by the Retirement Board, according to Rehrey. While Bisignani faced a maximum of 54 years in prison if he went to trial and were convicted, the court imposed probation and no incarceration, he added. Rehrey also made the argument that there was no evidence Bisignani’s criminal acts caused any loss to the towns of Nahant and Saugus. And there was no evidence of personal gain by Bisignani or people close to him. Bisignani spent 34 years as a career public servant. He worked two years for the state, followed by 23 years with the City of Revere before becoming Saugus Town Manager in January 2003. After he retired in early 2012, he began receiving a gross monthly retirement allowance of $6,425.46 from the Saugus Retirement System. An Essex County Grand Jury indicted Bisignani on Dec. 30, 2014, after a two-year investigation by the District Attorney’s Office. The investigation was led by Trooper Brian O’Neill of the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office. Investigative support was provided by the office of State Auditor Suzanne Bump. The investigation was prompted by the discovery of improper spending by forensic auditors who examined the Town of Saugus finances after Bisignani left the position of Town Manager on Jan.12, 2012. Last year Bisignani admitted that he failed to report more than $375,000 of his income on federal tax returns he filed over several years. He pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Boston to four counts of filing false tax returns. Bisignani, who served nine years as Saugus town manager before leaving in December of 2011, admitted that from

2010 to 2013, he collected rental income from three real properties in Revere.

decades from 1940 onward. We understand that this Soper: We’ve covered the might make some people unhappy. But this is our guess. I’m sure there are many players who also qualify to be in this group, but this was our best estimate. I guess it’s similar to electing people to the Baseball Hall of Fame. You can only elect so many. And there are many players who are worthy of being inducted. Here are The Saugus Advocate’s “Fabulous 15,” whose names are among dozens inscribed on plaques that make up the Saugus High School Sports Hall of Fame.

the Northeast Conference. In basketball, he was the scoring leader in the Northeast Conference. In golf, he was an allstar on a championship golf team. After high school, he played baseball at the University of Alabama, where he won the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award for baseball. Soper was drafted out of Alabama by the Cleveland Indians. He was one of only two Saugus High baseball players drafted by the Major Leagues. While with the Cleveland Indians organization, he played four years. In 1991, he set a Minor League record as a closer with 41 saves, winning the Cleveland Indians Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award. Shoulder problems kept him from pitching in the Major Leagues.

Bisignani’s pension loss called excessive Rehrey called the amount of the forfeiture “grossly disproportionate to the gravity of Mr. Bisignani’s offenses.” He noted there was no showing that Bisignani’s criminal offenses caused any harm, especially since there was no restitution ordered by Essex Superior Court during his sentencing. The maximum aggregate fine that could have been imposed by the court was $102,500 – just 7 percent of the forfeiture

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Mike Soper This 1984 Saugus High School graduate was a threesport star for the Sachems. He was a Northeast Conference Baseball All-Star for two years and an MVP in baseball for

A Revere connection Bisignani began working as town administrator in Nahant in February 2012. But he only had the job for two years before resigning in June 2014 over accusations that he had given public contracts to people or entities that he favored. An Essex County grand jury indicted him in December 2014 on 14 counts related to his improper handling of contracts while he was Saugus town manager and continuing to tenure as Nahant town administrator. Four of the charges relate to his actions as Saugus town manager and occurred between Jan. 1, 2009, and Feb. 1, 2012. They included two counts of procurement fraud that cited Bisignani for spending $92,425 to purchase seven vehicles from Brothers Auto Body in Revere without waiting for potentially lower outside bids, according to the Essex District Attorney’s office. Bisignani’s alleged illegal actions as Saugus town manager also include one count of knowing violation of laws relating to the incurring of liability and expenditure of public funds and one count of failure to provide public notice of competitive bids. The violations that led to the Nahant charges occurred between Feb. 1, 2012, and June 30, 2014, according to the Essex District Attorney’s office. They include “destroying public records, unlawfully intercepting oral communications and misleading person(s) in connection with a criminal proceeding.” Bisignani was also accused of procurement fraud and failure to provide notice of competitive bids, as was the case in Saugus.


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ASKS | from page 10 Chris Serino While at Saugus High, the 1967 graduate starred in football, hockey and baseball. He was the Saugus Sachems’ MVP in all three sports in 1967. He threw for more than 4,000 yards at Saugus High School. Serino went on to star at American International College (AIC) and set records there. He also played three sports at AIC and made the college’s Hall of Fame. His best sport was baseball, where he was an All-American. He was head hockey coach at Merrimack College. He won numerous championships at Malden Catholic High School. John Nicolo Another three-sport star for the Sachems. He was AllScholastic in baseball and an award-winning football player for the Sachems at halfback. Nicolo made All American in football and baseball at Ithaca College. He was named Male Athlete of the Year at Ithaca in 1980 and was inducted into the Ithaca College Sports Hall of Fame. As senior captain and the team’s shortstop, Nicolo was named the World Series Most Valuable Player after setting records for most runs (nine) and hits (12) in the NCAA baseball championship tournament. He was also a member of Ithaca’s 1979 national champion football team. He played one season of Minor League baseball for the Auburn Americans in the New York-Pennsylvania League He was also a head football coach at Saugus High School. Alex Winn This 1966 Saugus H igh graduate was a star center on the basketball team and is the all-time leading scorer in Saugus High School history, scoring 1,610 points. He led the Essex County League in scoring for three straight years for the Sachems. Winn also was a key player on Saugus High’s 1965 baseball team that finished as Essex County League Champions. He played right field and batted .465. He was the second-leading career scorer at Dartmouth College when he graduated. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons. “He was the best basketball player who ever played for Saugus,” Stewart said. Arthur Spinney He became one of the most famous athletes who ever played at Saugus High School. He was an All Scholastic football player in 1943

and 1944 at Saugus High School. After graduating from Saugus High, he played end for Boston College and later made the BC Hall of Fame. He switched to offensive guard and played eight years for the Baltimore Colts. Spinney played for two NFL championship teams with the Colts in 1958 and 1959. He was co-captain on the Colts. He played in “The Greatest Game Ever Played” – between the Colts and the Giants – when Alan Ameche scored the touchdown against the Giants in 1958, the Sudden Death Overtime game that led to Baltimore’s victory and put pro football in the National Limelight.

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Local realtor hosts holiday food drive S

ue Palomba, a local realtor for Century 21 Saugus, is once again hosting a collection of nonperishable foods for our neighbors in need. All donations will be collected at the Century 21 Realty office (442 Lincoln Ave.). The donations will go directly to Cliftondale Congregational Church (50 Essex St. Saugus) every Friday.

hockey and softball. Whyte went on to star in college, too. She was named the Ivy League’s Woman Player of the Year in Ice Hockey for Harvard University in 1991 and 1992. She was a member of the National Hockey Team. She scored a goal and assisted on two others in Team USA’s Gold Medal performance against Canada in the 1998 Olympics – Saugus’s only Gold Medal Olympian.

Sardi Nicolo. This 1950 Saugus H igh graduate was a halfback who helped lead the Sachems to consecutive state football titles in 1948 and 1949. He also played baseball at Saugus High. He was an all-scholastic player who went on to play football at Louisiana Pam Thornton State University. He was John She was a three-sport star Nicolo’s father. for the Sachems and the first area high school player in the Kristin Potito Lary early 1980s to score 1,000 caThis 1985 Saugus H igh reer points. She scored 1,080 graduate was All-Scholastic career points for the Saugus in field hockey and basket- High basketball team. And ball for the Sachems in the that ’s without the three early 80s. As a member of the point shot, too. She also University of Southern Maine played softball and soccer. field hockey and basketball She continued her basketball teams, she has the unique career for Boston College, distinction of going to the where she played four years. Final Four in two sports: basketball and field hockey. She Steve Peach was first team All-American This 1981 Saugus H igh Division III in field hockey. School graduate was a threesport athlete. He was an AllSandra Whyte Scholastic quarterback for This 1987 Saugus H igh graduate excelled in field


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OF SAUGUS By Mark Vogler are a few tidbits that you might want to know about this Here week in Saugus. Final thoughts on the recount I’m not a big social media fan. But, readers have sent me some of the screen shots of local politicians and supporters criticizing Selectman Candidate Corinne Riley for her having the audacity to call for a recount after losing by 16 votes in the recent town elections. Please. Actually, she probably did the town more of a service than a disservice. You know, requesting a recount is part of our Democratic way. Sixteen votes might seem like a lot of ground to make up. But, if you divide that number of votes by the 10 precincts, we’re talking just a handful of votes. Sure, Corinne only picked up two votes for a long day’sworth of work on Monday by the Town Clerk Ellen Schena, her staff, other town employees and volunteers who took the time to participate in what might seem like a tedious process. But from all accounts I heard around Town Hall this week -- especially at the Tuesday and Wednesday night Board of Selectmen’s meeting -- people from Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree all the way down to people who showed up to observe the process, the process drew more praise than criticism. The town manager called it “an excellent process” and “professionally done.” “I think it was a good test for the new machines we brought in,” he said. The town manager was raving so much about it when I saw him this week, saying he was surprised I wasn’t there to observe a long, but interesting day -- something he thought would make for a good story. For what it’s worth, he may have been right. But, some stories are old news by the time I report on them -especially at the beginning of the week. I can understand Selectman Mark Mitchell’s point of view, having to go through a second election within a couple of weeks. That can be tedious, and also stressful. But again, it’s part of the process. I don’t see it as sour grapes on the part of Corinne Riley, who was involved in a very close race and ran a hard campaign. She owes it to her supporters to leave no stone unturned. Riley’s riled When I talked to Corrine Riley this week, she wasn’t happy about some of the fire she was drawing from detactors on social media. But, she said she had no regrets about requesting the recount. And, she sent this email along to us on Wednesday: “First I would like to thank Town Clerk Ellen Schena and her staff for performing the recount. It was a long and tedious process, taking about 7 hours altogether, and the readers and counters from town hall, and those brought in from other towns were professional and did a great job. I would also like to thank all of the people who came out today to count and track votes on my behalf. I am glad that I had the opportunity to request the recount and that it was performed in a timely manner, despite being attacked by a sitting selectman for exercising that right. “I’d like to address recent social media posts by Mark Mitchell regarding the recount. In February 2015, Mark Mitchell promised, ‘If I am fortunate enough to get elected I will treat the residents of Saugus, fellow selectmen and employees of the town with respect. I first became involved with the recall because I was horrified the way the four selectmen facing recall treated the residents of Saugus in public at their meetings. This needs to change immediately.’Since the recount was announced he had gone out of his way to make the following unprompted posts about me, ‘Interesting that someone who supposedly cares about the town would waste thousands of the towns money because she can’t handle losing an election,’ ‘Now you can lose twice,’ ‘I am embarrassed for her. It’s an absolute joke…she would have been annihilated and you’d never hear from her.’ “Going out of his way to post these things, unprompted, does not appear as though Mr. Mitchell has kept his promise of ‘respecting the residents of Saugus.’ Saugus deserves better. A wiser candidate might have taken a look at the original results and realized the he has lost a significant amount of support compared to the other selectmen. In addition of him saying that I hadn’t shown class in congratulating him or shaking his hand, I say to him you earn respect Mr. Mitchell.” “In my original press release, I stated reasons why I wanted to serve on the Board of Selectmen, they were to promote transparency, accountability, cooperation and to ensure that all voices are heard in

Saugus. This recount was about the integrity of the vote count, and with this recount, I am satisfied that the voters voice has been heard, and that the closeness of this race will indicate to the sitting board that there is a lot of room for improvement with regard to transparency and accountability.” “As a candidate who lost this election by only 14 votes, it is apparent that there is an appetite to change the voting of a ‘pack’ and hopefully in the next election all candidates will run on their own merit, because as I have said before the strong bring up the weak. I will still be following town issues and the Board of Selectmen meetings to address concerns which I heard from residents, especially regarding transparency and accountability.” Corrine Riley makes some good points, particularly about the need for civility in the local government process. We could all use a little more civility. And as far as whether it was worth the taxpayers’ dollars to do a recount. Heck, yes. It sure was worth it. The town manager was still raving about on Wednesday night. “A great exercise and a great process we were able to go through,” Crabtree said. Indeed. And congratulations to Selectman Mitchell for finally nailing down the close election win. And congratulations to each of the selectmen, School Committee member, Housing Authority members and Town Meeting members who were elected. Commit yourself to doing something positive for your community over the next two years.

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Holiday event at Breakheart Reservation The Christopher P.Dunne Visitor Center at Breakheart Reservation is gearing up for a special holiday event next Sunday Dec. 10, from Noon to 2 p.m. There will be some tree decorating at the reservation. Children will be able to get photos with Santa Claus. And there will be cookies and crafts in the Friends of Breakheart Gift Shop. Bring a can for the food pantry and hang an ornament on the tree. The Annual Santa Visit & Tree Time for a good idea Trimming is a free event open to I heard more than a few good ideas during the campaign. Most the public of the candidates raised some good points that are worth followthrough by the town fathers. Time to vote for SHS Hall For this week’s issue, I’ll share a good one I heard from Selectman of Fame Scott Brazis when I interviewed him before the election: Do you know of a former Sau“If I’m privileged enough to serve the people of Saugus once again gus High School athlete who for the next two years, I would want to be able to revitalize and reju- deserves to be inducted into venate the project of expansion on each end of Route 1 in Saugus -- the Saugus High School Hall of at the underpass in Lynnfield and the part of the highway leading Fame? to Copeland Circle in Revere. As we all know, Saugus has three lanes Well, the nomination process of traffic going each way. When you get to Lynnfield, it gets down to has begun. two lanes. And then when you get to Route 99 in Saugus, it gets back Anyone looking to nominate to two lanes, all the way to Revere. These areas needto be widened so a former Saugus High athlete the traffic flows through Route 1. This was a project that looked like into the Athletic Hall of Fame can it was going to become reality at one time and has now been put on mail their nominations to: the back burner. We will have some good things happening in the next few years on Route 1 and I hope things can be rejuvenated to improve Saugus High School traffic on the North Shore using Route 1.” 1 Pearce Memorial Drive I’ll add to this good idea. How about selectmen creating an ad Saugus Ma. 01906 hoc committee on Route 1 and assigning Selectman Brazis to coAttention: Athletic Hall of chair it with somebody in the business community? Fame-Mike Hashem Put a couple of veteran Town Meeting members like Albert J. DiOr, you could also mail your Nado of Precinct 4 on it. Include state Rep. Donald Wong, some- nomination to: body who would be in a position to help out by virtue of his posiDon Trainer tion as the town’s local man on Beacon Hill as well his family’s years 5 Appleton Place of being a huge part of the Route 1 business community. Yea, a Saugus Ma. 01906 good mix of Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberNominations can also be als, young and old people. emailed to: SaugusHSAtheltSelectman Brazis offered a good idea in his candidate’s interview before the election. Now it’s time for a group of civic-minded SauStay tuned for more details. gonians to help him persevere with that good idea. There’s a few good men and women out there who were either “Broadhearth” Holiday beaten or decided not to run for reelection who should be recy- Pop-up Shop and Open cled. Anyway, stay tuned. House Congratulations to everyone on the Board of Selectmen. The Saugus National Iron The war is over and it’s time to move on. Works Historic Site will host “Broadhearth” Holiday Pop-up Another Election coming up Shopand Open House, on SaturState Sen. Thomas McGee’s election as the next mayor of the day & Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3, from City of Lynn means there will be a need for another election ear- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ly next year. Here’s a chance to enjoy a speThe Lynn Democrat will be leaving his Third Essex District seat cial winter opening of the Iron in January. Works House! Step back in time So Saugus Town Clerk Ellen Schena has provided as important and enjoy light refreshments, upcoming dates to put on the election calendar next year: early music, and shop Eastern Special Election Primary is set for February 6, 2018 National’s Pop-up Shop, “BroadSpecial Election set for March 6, 2018 hearth,” for unique items inspired by “Old America.” Annual Food for Fines On Saturday only, from 10:00The Saugus Public Library wants to strike a deal with those read- 11:00 am, there will be a speers who are procrastinating in paying their overdue fines. cial playing of the Virginal -You can reduce the fines in return for donations of food which a keyboard instrument of the will be given to local food pantries. harpsichord family -- by Francis The standing offer from the Saugus Public Library Board of Trust- Conover Fitch, a distinguished ees and staff is that your fine will be reduced by a dollar for each musician and teacher. This is a item donated. Food items that are needed include cereal, pasta, rice, tuna,


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the joy and magic of the holiday season with Santa and a variety of holiday programming taking place throughout November and December.The full line-up of holiday events, community partnerfree event. No reservation required. For more information call 978- ships, entertainment, and more are open to the public, and Sau740-1650 or email gus-area families are encouraged to join in the festive fun! Curbside leaf collection commences The Town of Saugus will hold several more curbside leaf collection days next month. Residents may dispose of leaves curbside on their regularly scheduled collection day during the following period: Dec. 4-8. Leaves should be left outside by 7 a.m. on the appropriate days. Please ensure that leaf containers are physically separated from trash and recycling. Paper leaf bags are the preferred method of leaf disposal. If using barrels, however, they must be clearly marked with yard waste stickers. Stickers, which are free, may be obtained at Inspectional Services in the lower level of Town Hall, at 298 Central Street, Saugus. Barrel covers must remain removed so that the leaves are visible. Plastic bags, cardboard boxes, branches, and brush will not be accepted. Please note that separate trucks collect the rubbish, recycling and leaves, so the leaves may be collected at a different time of day. “Missed pick-ups” will not be conducted. Please contact Lorna Cerbone at 781-231-4036 with any questions.

Simon® Santa Photo Experience Saturday, November 18th– Sunday, December 24th During Regular & Holiday Mall Hours Center Court Children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience. Children will have a chance to visit and have their picture taken with Santa.For a complete list of Santa’s photo hours click on “Santa’s Waiting” under “News and events”(OR) Save time, avoid the line with Santa by Appointment! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Santa online by packages and pricing vary). Visitors can get more information at the Santa set. The Simon Santa Photo Experience is again sponsored by GYMBOREE GROUP. The GYMBOREE GROUP is a specialty retailer operating stores selling high-quality apparel and accessories for children under the Gymboree, Gymboree Outlet, Janie and Jack, and Crazy 8 brands. The 2017 Simon Santa Photo Experience is also sponsored by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment which is celebrating the highly-anticipated release of “Despicable Me 3,” available on Digital and Digital 3D November 21 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand December 5. Come visit the Simon Santa Photo Experience and receive a fun-filled Despicable Me 3 activity sheet and watch highlights from the movie. Guests to every Simon Photo Experience will have another opportunity to share Santa’s heart by making a donation via The Cherry Hill Programs to Save the Children. For nearly 100 years, this non-profit has given underserved children in the U.S. a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Since this program began five years ago, Cherry Hill Programs has collected over $1,000,000 largely due to the generosity of Simon shoppers.

Students helping students Here’s an example of great collaboration between the Saugus Public Library and a Belmonte Middle School teacher -- and, of course, Junior National Honor Society students from the Belmonte Middle School. Each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 3 to 5 pm, the library provides tutoring and homework help for the Town’s elementary school students. The elementary school students get help, the Belmonte students get credits for community service. The library again will be partnering with the Belmonte Middle School to offer free, drop-in homework help in the Community Room to Saugus elementary school students to help foster strong academic and study skills outside of school hours. No registration is required, but students must be signed in/out by a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian must remain on library grounds while student is receiving homework assistance Caring Santa pursuant to our unaccompanied minors policy. Sunday, December 3rd – 8:30 – 10:00a.m. This program is open to students in grades K-5. The subjects stuCenter Court dents can get help with include: math, science, grammar, reading, Caring Santa Provides a sensory-friendly environment for famsocial studies, geography and more. Hey parents, here’s some help ilies of children with special needs, to safely experience the timeif you child needs it. honored tradition and magic of Santa. Guests can register in advance is an event dedicated Let’s hear it! to providing families a subdued and welcoming environment as Got an idea, passing thought or gripe you would like to share many steps are taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more with The Saugus Advocate. I’m always interested in your feedback. comforting environment for the children’s magical visit with SanIt’s been 20 months since I began work at The Saugus Advocate. ta.Caring Santa events have expanded from seven Simon malls in I’m always interested in hearing readers’ suggestions for possible 2011 to 108 Simon malls today, reflecting the positive impact of stories or good candidates for The Advocate Asks interview of the this unique program across the country. week. Feel free to email me at Pet Photo Night with Santa XMAS Time at Square One Sunday, December 10th– 7:30 – 9:00pm. Square One Mall, a Simon mall is inviting families to experience Center Court

ASKS | from page 11 the Sachems. In baseball, he was a pitcher for the Saugus champion tournament team in 1981. In basketball, he played for Coach David Soper, who used him as his sixth man. He was named the “Sixth Man of the Year” in the Northeast Conference that year. He was heavily recruited by Syracuse and Boston College, and he decided on going to Syracuse, where he started as a freshman. After that he transferred to Boston College as a junior and was the backup to Doug Flutie and was also the punter for the BC Eagles in the Cotton Bowl. He was scouted heavily by the Red Sox and other professional teams in base-

ball as a pitcher.

Sachems football team, was heavily recruited and went to the University of New Hampshire, where he was the starting quarterback. He was also a three-year player on the basketball team at Saugus High. He was a right-hand pitcher on a very good Saugus baseball team – a state tournament team in 1970. He was one of the best pitchers in the league. He was also an outstanding pitcher at UNH.

David Mathews Another three-sport athlete at Saugus High, he was the quarterback on a strong Saugus High football team and led them to a championship in 1959. He played four years on the Saugus High baseball team. In hockey, Mathews’ best sport, he was a three-year All-Star in the Essex County League and was the leading scorer for Saugus High. He was recruited heavily and went to BC and Doug Mackie played hockey. This 1976 Saugus H igh graduate was recognized as Bob Osgood the outstanding lineman of This 1970 Saugus H igh the East Coast in 1975. He graduate was a three-sport was a High School All Amerathlete. He played football, ican. He was the Massachubasketball and baseball. He setts and New England diswas the quarterback for the cus championship in track.

Mackie later went on to become an outstanding offensive lineman for Ohio State. He played pro ball in the USFL with Steve Young, Doug Flutie and Herschel Walker for the New Jersey Generals. He was also an offensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants. Arthur Statuto A 1943 Saugus High School graduate who starred in football and played on the 1941 Class C State Champions. After that he went to Notre Dame University, where he was a member of their 1946 and 1947 National Champion football teams. He was selected to the 1948 College Football All Star Team. After graduating, he played professional football for three seasons

Page 13 The popular Pet Photo Nights add a magical element to visiting with Santa, as many pet owners view their pets as important members of the family.Pets will have their own turn to sit on Santa’s lap on December 10th. Pet Photo Nights are hosted after the mall closes and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential risk to allergy sufferers.Reservations can be made by petphoto. *All pets must be leashed or crated.Pets and owners must use the lower level mall entrance closest to Sears.* Charity Giftwrap Friday, November 24th– Sunday, December 24th Near Macy’s Lower Level Students from Saugus High School will provide holiday gift wrapping which will benefit Saugus High School. Visithttp:// gift wrap hours. Seasonal Giftcard Booth Friday, November 24ththrough Sunday, December 24th During Select Mall Hours Center Court, Upper Level Shoppers buying for those who may want to pick out their gifts themselves with a Visa or American Express Simon Giftcard®, as well as dozens of other retailer and restaurant gift cards,can purchase giftcards throughout the season at a special holiday booth set up on the upper level of Center Court. Square One Mall is located at 1201 Broadway in Saugus, MA. For more information, and up to the minute event updates, please Square One Mall on Twitter at@ShopSquare1Malland on Instagram atshopsquare1mall. with the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams at the offensive center position. John “Iron Mike” Harrington He was All-Scholastic football and baseball player at Saugus High School in 1941. He was a star halfback on the 1941 state championship football team. A serious car accident after graduation curtailed his playing career. He later became an assistant coach at Saugus High School. Honorable Mention (Each received one vote) Ed “Googie” Amery, Ed Shupulski, Frank Pysko, Robert Meagher, Rober t Gaudet, Lou Finocchiaro, Harry Gates, Tracey Ouellette Ragucci and Starr Ann Rouleau.

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Lynnfield and Saugus Democratic Town Committees host meeting with Brendan Crighton – Dec. 3

Sachems fall to Peabody O in T-Day showdown

n Sunday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m., please join the Lynnfield Democratic Town Committee and the Saugus Democratic Town Committee for a meeting with Brendan Crighton, candidate for the Third Essex Massachusetts Senate seat recently vacated by Sen. Tom McGee’s election to Mayor of Lynn. The event is open to the public and offers voters the opportunity to ask questions and express concerns to someone who might represent our district in the Senate. The Third Essex District includes Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott. The meeting will be held at the Saugus

Police Headquarters community room (27 Hamilton St. in Saugus). Brendan is the current State Representative for the 11th Essex District, serving the towns of Lynn and Nahant. After graduating from Colby College and earning his master’s in public administration from Suffolk University, he worked as McGee’s chief of staff. He then served as a Lynn City Councillor; he was elected to the Massachusetts State House in 2014. He lives in Lynn with his wife and two-yearold son. For more information please check the Lynnfield Democratic Town Committee’s Facebook page.

DEP EXTENDS | from page 3

Sachems QB Mike Mabee lets a pass fly.

By Greg Phipps


n their traditional Thanksgiving Day clash against the Tanners last Thursday morning at muddy Stackpole Field in Saugus, the Sachems found themselves in a gritty 0-0 deadlock through one quarter before Peabody broke it open with two second-quarter touchdowns on their way to a convincing 33-7 victory. The host Sachems came out strong and could have tallied early points if not for one big turnover in particular. Elijah

White of Peabody forced a Saugus fumble at the goal line and the ball was recovered by Cam Powers to thwart the scoring chance. In all, Saugus would actually outgain Peabody by 72 yards in the first half, but the Tanners carried a 14-0 lead into the break. Running backs Noah Freedman (5-yard TD run) and Eric DeMayo (2-yard score) gave Peabody their first-half cushion, which increased to 27-0 by the end of the third period. Quarterback Jonell Espinal tossed two scoring passes – a 26-yarder to

Freedman and a 9-yard strike to Dylan Peluso, who also hauled in a 58-yard bomb from QB Colby Therrien in the fourth stanza to account for the final Peabody points. Saugus managed to avoid the shutout with an 84-yard kickoff return for a score late in the final quarter. The Peabody defense ended up holding the Sachems to just five total yards in the second half. The Tanners have won the last four Thanksgiving Day battles and now own a 44-28 series advantage over the Sachems.

and economic solution for the town, the state and the region,” Wheelabrator’s VP Environmental, Health & Safety, James Connolly, told The Saugus Advocate several weeks ago. “While maintaining jobs and other economic benefits, it will not change the nature of the Monofill, the daily capacity of the Monofill, the materials deposited in the Monofill, or operations at the Monofill,” Connolly wrote in an email to the paper in response to MassDEP’s decision. “It will not increase the Monofill’s height, footprint or lateral measurement. We remain open to a dialog with the town about a long-term plan for Wheelabrator Saugus that will maintain and enhance our economic and environmental value to the community,” he said. Vincent has tenaciously opposed Wheelabrator’s expansion plans, while commending MassDEP’s efforts to be more accessible to the public. “I am extremely proud that for the first time in over 20 years,

Wheelabrator Saugus will be required to go through a public permitting process. We have made tremendous strides in the last few years to get the DEP to at least listen to our concerns,” Vincent told The Saugus Advocate last month. “Our voices, joining together as one, have made a difference. I am thankful to all those who have joined with me in opposition to any further expansion of the Saugus ash landfill, and I am grateful to Commissioner Suuberg and this administration for at least committing to a public process, unlike in years past,” she said. Citizens can email comments to or mail them to Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Northeast Regional Office, Solid Waste Management Section, Attention: Mark G. Fairbrother, Chief, 205B Lowell Street, Wilmington, MA 01887. The draft decision is available for review at

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The Nutritionist Corner

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Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend to help make a home safer for aging-in-place? My 76-year-old mother wants to stay living in her own home for as long as possible, but she doesn’t have the money for any big renovations. Concerned Son Dear Concerned, There are dozens of small adjustments and simple modifications you can do to help make your mom’s home safer and more fit for aging-in-place, that won’t cost her much if anything at all. Here are some suggestions to get you started. Eliminate Trip and Slip Hazards Since falls are the leading cause of home injury among seniors, a good place to start is by arranging or moving your mom’s furniture so there are clear pathways to walk through. Position any electrical or phone cords along the wall so they won’t be a tripping hazard. If she has throw rugs, remove them or use carpet tacks or double-sided tape to secure them. And pick up items on the floor that could cause her to trip like papers, shoes or clothes. In the bathroom, buy some non-skid rugs for the floors, and a rubber mat or adhesive nonslip strips for the floor of the tub or shower to prevent slipping, and have a carpenter install grab bars in and around the tub/shower and near the toilet for support. Improve Lighting Good lighting is very important for safe aging-in-place, so check the wattage ratings on your mom’s lamps and light fixtures, and install the brightest bulbs allowed. Purchase some nightlights for the bathroom and in the hallways that are used after dark. And consider adding under-cabinet task lighting in the kitchen, and motion sensor lights outside the front and back doors and in the driveway. Hand Helpers If your mom has hand arthritis or problems griping, install lever-style door handles (or doorknob lever adapters), which are easier to use than doorknobs. The same goes for twist knob kitchen or bathroom faucets, which you can replace with a single lever, touch or sensor-style faucet. And consider replacing knobs on cabinets and drawers with easier-to-grip D-shaped handles. Easier Living To help make your mom’s kitchen easier to use, organize her cabinets so the things she uses most often are within easy reach without a lot of stooping or using a step stool. Also, consider installing pullout shelves beneath the counter and Lazy Susans in corner cabinets for easier access. And get her a kitchen stool so she can sit down while she’s working. In the bathroom for easier and safer bathing, consider purchasing a shower chair and install a hand-held shower so your mom can bathe from a seated position if need be. Accessibility Solutions If your mom uses a walker or wheelchair, you can adapt her house by installing ramps on entrance steps, and miniramps to go over high thresholds. You can also install “swingaway” or “swing-clear” hinges on her doors to add two inches of width for easier access. Safety Improvements To keep your mom safe, set her hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below to prevent scalds. If she has stairs, put handrails on both sides. Also, install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on all levels of her house, and place a lightweight, easy-to-use ABC-rated fire extinguisher in an easily accessible location in the kitchen. For more tips, get a copy of AARP’s “HomeFit Guide” that’s filled with dozens of aging-in-place recommendations. You can access it at, or call 888-687-2277 and ask them to mail you a free copy. Also note that all the previously mentioned products can be purchased either in local retail stores, home improvement stores, pharmacies or medical supply stores, or online at 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.

Tangerines, walnuts, baby carrots, and multigrain crackers are all great examples for a welltimed and properly sized snack!

and prevent a big blood sugar spike followed by a drastic fall. Foods such as low-fat yogurt, cheese sticks, nuts, seeds and lean meats are quick sources of protein and healthy fat. Choosing whole grains or whole fruit is an easy way to get carbohydrate with fiber.

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ake sure you’re properly fueled through out the day, which is especially important during these holiday times, but avoid mindless snacking. If you let yourself get too hungry you could end up feeling weak and run out of steam by the end of the day. Or you may simply feel hungry, making it hard to focus on activities to get accomplished. However, unnecessary snacking inbetween meals may leave you uncomfortable and add calories you don’t need. Timing Snacks: A good way to assess if you need a snack is to keep track of your meal times. A snack may be appropriate if you it’s been at least 3 hours since your last meal and you feel hungry. For example, if you had lunch at 12:30 pm and then stop at the mall for an hour at 4:30 pm, about 4 hours have lapsed since lunch. A snack at this time may be smart, as it will keep you fueled until dinner later in the day. Choosing Snacks: Munching a snack while you head to the mall may not give you the benefits you’re seeking if it’s a high fat, sugar and salt fast food type choice. A well-timed snack can help fuel your energy as well as stabilize blood sugar levels, which helps fuel the brain and central nervous system. This helps keep you mentally alert. A well-balanced snack consisting of whole grain, protein and fat helps with satiety

Selecting Snack Size: The size of your snack should depend on you mealtime. If your mealtime is within two hours then make your snack simple and light - typically 100 to 200 calories. If the meal is within the hour stick with cut up vegetables or fruit. So, avoid unnecessary snacking, but if your energy lags during the day, a smart in-between snack may give you a boost and keep you well energized and focused.

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Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ and representatives’ votes on roll calls from earlier November sessions. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. CORRECTION: Beacon Hill Roll Call made an error in a recent report. The first roll call vote below (CUT $550,000 FOR VARIOUS HEALTH-RELATED PROGRAMS) has the correct information and how your local legislators voted.

ruling of Acting House Speaker Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset) that prohibited consideration of an amendment that would authorize police officers, court officers and other law enforcement officers to detain a person under certain circumstances, at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on the grounds that there is probable cause that such person is a removable illegal alien. This would apply only in those cases where an individual has already been arrested and is about to be released from custody or is deemed to pose a threat to public safety because he or she has engaged in terrorism or has been convicted of a serious crime such as a felony, human trafficking or drug trafficking. The amendment also restricts the amount of time an individual can be detained to no more than 12 hours. The amendment was filed in response to a July decision by the state’s highest court which ruled that state local law enforcement officials do not have the authority to detain a person based solely on a request from ICE. Haddad ruled that the amendment is not properly before the House because it was not included in any earlier versions of the bill and introduction of this new subjectmatter would expand upon the bill and violate House rules. Supporters of the ruling said the ruling is appropriate and follows the rules of the House. Opponents of the ruling said clearly the issue of arresting and holding illegal immigrants is related to a bill making changes in the criminal justice system. (A “Yes” vote is for the ruling. A “No” vote is against it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes Rep. Donald Wong No

CUT $550,000 FOR VARIOUS HEALTHRELATED PROGRAMS (H 3800) House 125-28, Senate 352, overrode Gov. Charlie Baker’s reduction of $150,000 for programs for the promotion of health and disease prevention including prevention of breast cancer, hepatitis C and colorectal cancer; and screening for prostate cancer, diabetes, ovarian cancer, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis. The $150,000 is not earmarked for any specific program. The governor also vetoed another $400,000 for specific programs including $100,000 for macular degeneration research into prevention and treatment of the disease; $25,000 for a diabetes prevention program; $25,000 for a program that provides peer support and education, home independence training and adaptive aids to people who are learning to cope and function safely and independently with the loss of sight; $100,000 for research to provide solid scientific evidence for the cranberry’s role in health and nutrition; and $100,000 for providing medically tailored meals to persons battling chronic illnesses and providing workforce training programs to people recovering from addiction. (A “Yes” vote is for funding the $550,000. A “No” vote is against funding it.) PROHIBIT MORE Rep. RoseLee Vincent Didn’t Vote WIRETAPPING TO BE Rep. Donald Wong No CONSIDERED (H 4011) Sen. Thomas McGee Yes House 123-34, upheld the ruling by Acting House SpeakPROHIBIT er Paul Donato (D-Medford) CONSIDERATION OF that prohibited consideration DETAINING ILLEGAL of an amendment that would IMMIGRANTS (H 4011) allow law enforcement to reHouse 119-34, upheld the quest the authority from the

courts to use wiretapping in cases of murder, manslaughter, rape, human trafficking, drug trafficking, the manufacturing or distribution of drugs, weapons trafficking, witness intimidation and use or possession of explosives or chemical weapons. Current law, which has not changed since 1968, allows wiretapping to be used only when the crime is committed in connection with organized crime. D o nato r u l ed that the amendment is not properly before the House because it was not included in any earlier versions of the bill and introduction of this new subject-matter would expand upon the bill and violate House rules. “Such new subject-matter in the form of an amendment from the floor of the House and thereby by-passing the deliberative steps required under our rules for the passage of a bill,” said the ruling. “That would violate the essence of the legislative process.” Supporters of the ruling said the ruling is right on target and follows the rules of the House. Opponents of the ruling said the issue of using wiretaps to help convict criminals is related to a bill making changes in the criminal justice system. (A “Yes” vote is for the ruling. A “No” vote is against it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes Rep. Donald Wong No EXPUNGE JUVENILE RECORDS (H 4011) A section of a proposed criminal justice bill would have allowed offenders who committed a crime before their 21st birthday to apply for expungement of certain records after 10 years for a felony or a misdemeanor if the individual has met all other qualifying criteria. The House 127-26, ap proved an amendment that reduced that waiting period to seven years for a felony and three years for a misdemeanor. Amendment suppor ters said research shows states with shorter expungement periods have reduced recidivism rates. They noted that the amendment will create earlier possibilities for these offenders to turn their lives around while still ensuring public safety. They argued that the amendment will reduce barriers to employment, housing and educational opportunities. Amendment opponents said the reduction is excessive and argued that the original ten-year waiting period for both felonies and misdemeanors is fair to offend-

ers and also in the best interest of public safety. They noted that allowing an offender who is convicted of breaking and entering and larceny under $1,000 to apply to have his or her record expunged after three years is too lenient. (A “Yes” vote is for the reductions. A “No” vote is against the reductions.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes Rep. Donald Wong No CUT ENTIRE $60,000 FOR TEACHING FINANCIAL LITERACY (H 3800) Senate 30-7, overrode Gov. Baker ’s veto of the entire $60,000 for a program that mentors and teaches financial literacy to low-income women. (A “Yes” vote is for funding the $60,000. A “No” vote is against funding it.) Sen. Thomas McGee Yes CUT $122,274 FOR PRISONER’S LEGAL SERVICES (H 3800) Senate 30-6, overrode a reduction of $122,274 (from $1,609,465 to $1,487,191) in funding for Prisoners’ Legal Services, a program that provides legal representation for indigent and disadvantaged defendants. (A “Yes” vote is for funding the $122,274. A “No” vote is against funding it.) Sen. Thomas McGee Yes

tors 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 November 20-24, the House met for a total of 34 minutes and the Senate met for a total of 27 minutes. MON.NOVEMBER 20 House11:02 a.m. to11:17 a.m. Senate 11:09 a.m. to11:21 a.m. TUES. NOVEMBER 21 No House session No Senate session WED.NOVEMBER 22 House11:00 a.m. to11:19 a.m. Senate 11:08 a.m. to11:23 a.m. THURS.NOVEMBER 23 No House session No Senate session.

HOW LONG WAS LAST FRI.NOVEMBER 24 WEEK’S SESSION? No House session Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks No Senate session Bob Katzen the length of time that the welcomes feedback at House and Senate were in sion each week. Many legisla-

1. Who wrote, “I don’t mind eels / Except as meals / And the way they feel”? (Hint: initials ON.) 2. What 1950’s Biblical epic starred Charlton Heston? 3. On Dec. 3, 1775, what flag with stripes was raised on a naval vessel? 4. In car racing, what does F1 stand for? 5. When was the first k nown newspaper crossword puzzle published: 18th, 19th or 20th century? 6. On what day of the week does Advent start? 7. On Dec. 5, 1969, what computer “network of networks” established connection between four universities? 8. What is the word thespian derived from? 9. In 1969 what song from the movie “Butch Cassidy and the

Sundance Kid” won an Oscar? 10. What brand was advertised as “the first truly feminine cigarette”? 11. On Dec. 6, 1917, a ship explosion devastated what Nova Scotian city? 12. The Greek god of the wind, Aeolus, is the namesake of what instrument? 13. What profession wears a toque? 14. What does DNA stand for? 15. In the carol “Jingle Bells,” what is the horse’s name? 16. On Dec. 7, 1787, what state became the “First State of the Union”? 17. In December 2010, what Internet entrepreneur was Time’s Person of the Year? 18. What is Arabica? 19. Who first used an Advent calendar? 20. What Latin word means 10?

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Obituaries Karen A. (Wood) Blais

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