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Officials cancel two days of school; issue snow emergency and town-wide parking ban By Mark E. Vogler


ith eight inches to a foot of snow forecast for yesterday in the region’s first major snow storm of the young winter, Saugus town officials decided to cancel school for the rest of the week. They also issued a Snow Emer-

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night’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting as he delivered his ager Scott C. Crabtree advised the public during Wednesday manager’s report to the board. “Do the least amount of driving needed,” he said. In a meeting that lasted about 90 minutes, the only matter that Crabtree briefed the board on was the preparation and precautions that the town was taking as it prepared for the Nor’easter that was expected to bring gusty winds and blizzard conditions across the Northeast and Middle Atlantic states yesterday. “Dangerous travel, scattered power outages and bitter wind chill can be expected across the entire east coast,” the National Weather Service warned on its website Wednesday night. The weather service was predicting “Major East Coast winter storm to bring hazardous winter travel conditions from the Southeast to New England through Friday.” It added that Call for a Quote people should be prepared for “Bitterly cold temperatures and 617-387-7466 dangerous wind chills to persist Or email across the Eastern states into the weekend.”


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“Severe winter weather” The arctic chill was expected to resonate in the Saugus area today, with temperatures plummeting to a low of three degrees below zero and a high of just 14 degrees. It is expected to get even colder tomorrow, according to the weather service, with a high of 5 degrees and a low of -7 degrees. Sunday’s forecast calls for a high 16 degrees and a low of 13 degrees with mostly sunny skies. “Due to impending severe winter weather Saugus Public Schools will be closed Thursday 1/4 and Friday 1/5. This includes all evening events Thursday night,”Saugus Public Schools Superintendent David DeRuosi, Jr. tweeted on his Facebook page Wednesday -- on the first day back from the holiday vacation.

“High snow totals, extreme cold, and wind will make this storm dangerous on many levels and impede clean-up. Stay safe,” DeRuosi said. Meanwhile, Crabtree told selectmen Wednesday night that he had been in touch with state emergency management officials on a conference call to help prepare the town for the storm. “What is going to make this storm tough is the wind,” Crabtree said. Residents needed to be prepared for the possibility of power outages, he added, echoing the concerns of the weather service which noted that the storm system had the potential to produce strong, damaging winds that could result in downed trees and power outages. “In the event of severe power outages or heating issues, emergency shelter will be activated if needed at the Saugus Senior Center,” Crabtree said in an announcement issued by his office Wednesday night. “Anyone in need of these services should contact Saugus Emergency Management at 781231-4175, or call 911,” he said. “We have a trailer for power outages with blankets and emergency kits if needed,”Crabtree said during his briefing of selectmen. Crabtree urged the public to call 911 if they lose electrical power and need assistance. “Designated” parking at Saugus High As in past winter storms when a town-wide parking ban has been issued, residents will be able to use a “designated parking” area at Saugus High School. “Motor vehicles must be moved from streets in order for the Town to have roadways cleared, plowed, salted, and sanded for public safety and emergency vehicle access. Any vehicles remaining on

HOCKEYTOWN |frompage1 ed Wednesday night to issue a new license to operate a skating rink, a food license and a license for three coin-operated devices. “Frost Realty Associates IV, LLC intends to operate Hockeytown USA through its rink management company GLS Associates, Inc. for the same purpose and in the same manner as previously operated by Larry Abbott and Hockeytown USA Inc., including the same hours of operation (Monday-Sunday 6:30 a.m.-12:00a.m),” Paul T. GilmarABSOLUTELY tin, Jr. advised selectmen in a NO GIMMICKS! memo that was part of the package that was approved. “Hockeytown USA will continue to operate as a twin sheet ice skating facility, with a roller/street hockey rink located on the mezzanine level. Hockeytown will be the home rink for several of the local community youth hockey organizations, figure skating

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the streets may be ticketed and towed,” Crabtree noted in his statement. “Parking is available in the Saugus High School upper lot, located at 1 Pearce Memorial Drive. The official lot, designated for emergency overflow parking, is known as the “Upper Lot on Left” as you drive down Pearce Memorial Drive, “the town manager said. “It’s paramount for our emergency vehicles to be able to access the streets,” the town manager said. He also stressed for town residents “to keep in touch with your neighbors.” “Help out a neighbor. Or, check on them to make sure they’re okay,” Crabtree said. Snow piling up against the house and blocking the flow of air through a vent of a heating system can produce deadly carbon monoxide. That’s a situation that needs to be monitored in an anticipated blizzard like this, according to the town manager. Crabtree also said it was important for senior citizens and anyone with health-related issues -- like a heart condition -- to not overexert themselves shoveling snow. Trash and recycling collection was cancelled yesterday because of the storm and was expected to resume today (Friday), at 7 a.m., and continue through tomorrow (Saturday), weather permitting, according to Crabtree. Crabtree noted that many Saugus residents were responding as New Englanders frequently do on the eve of a snow storm -- with a last minute, mad rush to the supermarket to stock up on groceries, producing a temporary shortage of milk and eggs. “It’s nothing new and nothing different than what Saugus has dealt with in the past and what New England has dealt with,” Crabtree said. organizations, learn to skate organizations and surrounding community high school hockey teams,” Gilmartin said. “The Hockeytown USA Building and rinks, including all exits and restrooms will remain as is,” he said. New owner runs three other rinks Gilmartin is managing partner of Frost Realty Associates IV, LLC, which owns GLS Associates, a Haverhill-based rink management company. Gilmartin and his companies own and operate three other ice rink facilities: the Haverhill Valley Forum, the Malden Valley Forum and the Lawrence Valley Forum. John Abbott of Melrose – the father of Larry Abbott -- created Hockeytown USA in Melrose


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Peter and Ruth Ruggeri talk about the many things they’ve made in Saugus since building their house more than 60 years ago Editor’s Note: For this week, we sat down with Peter and Ruth Ruggeri in the living room of their 1950s one family ranch home on Lenox Avenue, at the corner of Elm Street. We talked about many of things they’ve made during more than six decades living in Saugus -- including the house and many of the furnishings inside. Peter, 90, is a retired carpenter and home builder. He is one of three boys who grew up in Revere. He was in his senior year at Revere High School when he left to join the service. He is a U.S. Naval veteran who served two years at the end of World War II, working in the engine room of the U.S.S. Pocono, AGC-16 and later served six months in the U.S. Coast Guard. After serving his country, he made as a home builder and was a member of the Carpenters Union for 60 years. He made many of the furnishings and furniture inside the house -- including tables, chairs, beds, shelves, clocks, bowls and Nantucket-style baskets. He is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Saugus Historical Society. His wife, Ruth, 86, is a Lynn native and one of 13 children. She’s a 1948 graduate of Lynn English High School. They will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in August. They live with an adopted daughter, Jennifer Rose Ruggeri. Ruth is very creative too, having made many quilts, rugs, dolls, teddy bears. Hailed as “a great cook” by her husband, she still makes her own bread. At the outset of the interview, Ruth Ruggeri points out a book on a shelf in the living room -- “Your Dream Home; How to build it for less than $3,500,” 1950, by Hubbard Cobb. She says it was a useful guide that helped her and Peter actually build their “dream home,” in the town where they settled and decided to spend their adult lives together after moving into their house in 1955. Some highlights of the interview follow. Q: So, you actually built this house based on this book? Is that right? Ruth: Yes, we did. The house actually had a $6,000 mortgage in the end. We were so young, no bank would lend us the money to build it. If you want to do something and you can’t afford it any other way, you do it. Both of us have that spirit. Coming from a big family, I learned to be very thrifty. He’s terrible. He’s no good with money. But I was studying to be a bookkeeper. And I helped a CPA get his paper through me. I just liked numbers and I had no problem with it and I was very frugal. I still am.

HOMEMADE IN SAUGUS: Ruth and Peter Ruggeri sit in the living room of the home they built in Saugus more than six decades ago. Peter, a retired carpenter and home builder, made the grandfather clocks in the background (Advocate photos by Mark E. Vogler)

My sisters made fun of me all of the time because I’m frugal. Q: Okay, Peter, let’s talk about this house. How did you get it going? Peter: This house was my start right here. As far as building houses is concerned, this is where I really started. Ruth: He said all of the mistakes he ever made were here. Q: So, you were the builder and your wife was the economist or, rather, the clerk of the works on the project? Peter: Exactly. Ruth: But, I also worked. I even helped put the roof on. And I was so scared because I was afraid of heights. And I climbed up on there and helped him put the first rafters up. Q: Tell me some interesting things about the house. Ruth: There are a few mistakes in it, but nobody will ever see them. Peter: To me, I’ll tell you one. Walter Donovan was a police officer in the Town of Saugus. He used to come up here and

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dation from blocks, we brought them week by week as many as we could afford, with as much cement and sand. And our car became a truck. And we wore the car out dragging stuff. It was a Ford, a little four-door Ford. Q: So, it took you about five years to build the house? Ruth: Yes. We built the foundation first and put the first floor on and then went to a bank and they laughed at us. They said ‘You’re a couple of kids. You’re crazy.’ They said we couldn’t do it. But then we got the lumber company to lend us the money for one year. And we’d have to pay it back. We borrowed $5,500. And the interest was going to be $500. So, it was $6,000. And we did it. And by the end of the year, we moved in here with a lot of unfinished stuff. But, we moved in. Q: In 1955? Ruth: Yep. And we wrote the date on the mantel Q: So, this was the first house you built? Peter: That’s right. It was my apprenticeship. Right here. Q: So, you developed your career with this building. Peter: That’s right. And I helped build schools all around the area. The John Hancock Building in Boston. The canopy in the front of the building, I ran that job. I worked on several different floors and several different places in it. I built the cafeteria down underneath it. With the Prudential, I put the restaurant right at the top of it. I was working for a company when I did this, but I ran the jobs. At Quincy Market, I did restaurants, all kinds of things in there where they were remodeling it. Q: So, you worked at all of those buildings in Boston? Peter: Yes. Ruth: To me, one thing that he did that was really amazing … Mrs. Nat King Cole (wife of the famous singer) bought a floor in the Ritz Carlton, and he built that. She invited me to come and see it when he was working there. So, I got to see her beautiful place. But her kitchen was navy blue. Got, I thought her kitchen was awful. But she had beautiful tastes. But he (Peter) built that whole floor. Q: So, what’s your favorite of

everything you built? Peter: This house. This is my favorite. Why wouldn’t it be? I mean, this is from my hands, my skills. And everything in it, really. I have a full-sized bed I made for my wife when we were married. Q: Everything in it is handmade. You got furniture, clocks, bowls. How much of it is handmade? Ruth: Just about everything in it. You’ve got upholstered furniture he built. All of these tables and all of these clocks. And the desk there, see? All this stuff. And the beds and things in the bedroom. There’s nothing he can’t do. He’s what you call a real renaissance man Q: How many clocks do you have in the house? Ruth: We still have six left. Some of the neighbors have them. He sold nine of them -- nine full-sized grandfather clocks. He also gave away granddaughter clocks. And that amazing cabinet right there. Q: Now, what did you build, Ruth? Ruth: I used to do the finishing. I do teddy bears and quilts and dolls. All of those dolls and teddy bears. Peter: We’re a couple of weird characters. We love to make things. And the thing is, we don’t keep a lot of the stuff. We give them to people. Q: And you make bowls too besides the clocks? Peter: Oh, I’ve made hundreds of bowls. Q: And you’ve made this chair and it looks like it’s antique. Peter: Yes, I made it to look like it’s antique. Q: What are you most proud of that your husband has made in this house? Ruth: Everything. And just being married to this man. He’s an amazing person. He’s the kindest person. He never hurts other people. He’ll stop and help people. We were driving along the highway and a car in front of us was smoking. He beeped and beeped and finally got the woman to stop. He jumped out of the car and runs into this store to get a fire extinguisher and puts the fire out. In the meantime, they call the Fire Department. When



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ASKS | from page 4 they got there, we’re driving away. He put the fire out. Q: How long ago was this? Was this in Saugus? Ruth: When we were first married. This was on Highland Avenue in Salem. Q: Now, what about your wife. What are you most proud of? Peter: Well, when I first started coming here, I built the house around her. Right from the front door in. Everything she wanted, anything she wanted ...the house is built around her. I had that feel for me, anyway. Ruth: That’s not what he asked you. Peter, he asked you what are you most proud of about me. Peter: Quilts. She cooks great … Q: But isn’t that the ultimate tribute? He said he built the house around you. Ruth: He did. But I love to cook. My mother was a great cook. I learned to cook when I was nine years old. I still cook my own bread. Q: So, what brought you to Saugus? Why did you want to move to Saugus? Ruth: We had a young couple that we were friends with and we used to go a lot of places with them. And they wanted to build a house. And the man told us one day a good place to buy land at a reasonable price. And, he said, Saugus has a lot of quitclaim property and it’s as cheap as anything. So, Peter came to the town and looked in the book and he came and looked at the property. He brought me and showed it to me. And he said, ‘What do you say we try to get this property?’ And he did. For $90. That was the unpaid taxes on this piece of property. When we first built this house, our taxes were $24.70. And now they’re almost $5,000. It’s unbelievable how things have changed. I thought when we retired, life would be so much easier. But, it’s scary. Just buying oil today, it was $493. It used to cost me $150 a year to heat this house. It was 11 cents a gallon. Now, it’s almost four dollars a gallon. It’s disgusting. Q: So, it took a little longer for you to build this house because the bank wouldn’t loan you any money? Ruth: They thought we were kids. So, we were doing it on our own. Peter: When we went to see if we could get a loan one day, they laughed us right out of the bank. Ruth: There were two or three of them that turned us down. They looked at us like two children, ‘What have you got for collateral?’ Well, we had the foundation and the first floor on. We had done that on our own. But that wasn’t enough collateral. Q: What are you most proud of? This house and just about

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everything in it is homemade. Ruth: Like I said, being married to this guy. How smart he is…. Q: I mean what you do. Ruth: I’m proud that I know how to cook, because today I don’t believe the young people don’t cook. And I sew. I make my own clothes. Q: Peter, so what are you most proud of that you’ve done? Peter: Well, I’m proud of the fact that I was able to help a lot of people. Not just in town. I’ve helped people everywhere. I’m proud to be able to help other people. Q: So, Ruth, what did you do for work? Did you have a job? Ruth: My husband wouldn’t let me work. I worked maybe one year into our marriage as a bookkeeper. But he did not want me to work, because his mother worked during the war. And he just thought a woman should not work. So, I said I didn’t marry him to change him. So, I decided I would do what I could. I was his helper. We did everything together in building this house. Everything. All of the finishing on all of these walls. He would put up a few boards, and I would sand them. I’d put the first coat

on and the second coat. I even mixed the cement, which is bad on your hands. Q: So you put a lot of hours in this house/ Ruth: I shingled almost the whole house in the freezing cold weather. To show you how determined we are, he bought that organ for me when I was 32 years old. I can’t read music. But I learned to play it. And he taped me. I thought I was playing terrible. But he said listen. … from the day I got it, I was getting discouraged. But I improved. But I don’t play it anymore because I would rather do quilts. Q: So, what’s the best thing you’ve made -- the favorite thing you’ve made in all of your life? Peter: This house and everything in it. Another thing I enjoyed doing was making model airplanes. Flying models, radio controlled. I used to make them from scratch. Q: Anything else that you would like to share about the life you have both made, here in Saugus? Ruth: Don’t go to bed mad,



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ASKS | from page 5 ever. Never, never go to bed mad. Picking on the little things is stupid. You married this person. Look at that part of him that’s good. It’s still there, hopefully. He wrote me the most beautiful poem, and I carry it with me all of the time -- a poem from being his wife. Q: How old is the poem? Ruth: Oh, a long time ago.

Peter: As far as what I’m proudest of is helping people. More than anything else -- just helping people. Q: Anything else that you want to share? Peter: We don’t have enough mechanics. And we don’t have enough teachers anymore. Q: Any advice you want to share? Peter: Learn something about taking care of yourself and build-

ing something with a piece of wood. Make things. Use your hands for more than pushing just dials and buttons. I’m not saying you shouldn’t learn computers or learn how to use these new things. But don’t drop the woodworking or the electrical working or the plumbing and the stuff like that. We don’t have any more tradesmen who know what the hell they are doing. Not only that, but the trades them-

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selves are almost being put out of business. Because if you buy a house today and pay a guy to put in a foundation for you. And they go and build a house right in the shop and come out and put the house right on the foundation and it’s done. Where is the skill in that? What happened to the skill in peoples’ hands? If something were to happen to all of these people and they had one of these epic wars, what

would people do? Q: Okay, before we end the interview, I want you to read the poem you wrote for your wife many years ago. Peter: “A touch of the hand. A smile A kiss Is the words I love you necessary Sometimes Yes Ruth: He’s romantic. But he can’t spell! MAY: Students from the Tuesday art class at Veterans Memorial Elementary School created this poster to express their feelings about what Memorial Day means to them.

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Basketball Sachem boys’ hoops captures first win of season By Julian Cardillo


fter weeks of changes and interruptions, the Saugus High boys’ basketball team finally got back to work on Wednesday night, edging Bishop Fenwick, 55-53 in Peabody for their first victory of the season.

The Sachems were down for most of the game until a blockbuster fourth quarter. “In the break between the third and fourth I told the kids to work hard and that good things would happen,” said Saugus coach Mark Bertrand. “I looked in their eyes and I could just tell that they were going to go af-

ter it.” Saugus, now 1-3 on the young season, got help from Mike Mabee, who scored nine of 12 game points in the fourth quarter, plus another seven from Vinny Cirame. Cirame had 17 points overall. “With the score tied at 42, Mabee made back to back threes,” said Bertrand. “That was huge. That broke their back. With two minutes left, we had a couple of runners put us up. “Next thing you know, it’s 5350. We stole the ball to end the game. We played great defense. It wasn’t just about the offense.” Christian Correia chipped in

eight points and 15 rebounds. “He was a monster on the ball all game,”Bertrand said.“A greater effort overall.” Freshman Mason Nickolas also had a standout performance, recording 14 points. “He carried us through the second and the third,” Bertrand said. “And I can’t remember the last time in this program that a freshman had 14 points.” Betrand, who take over for former coach Paul Moran (health), is slowly putting his own stamp on Saugus basketball. Bertrand thinks his players are starting to understand him and is looking forward to his team’s next

game, which is away at Peabody on Tuesday. The snow postponed the Sachems’ Friday clash against Revere. As of Wednesday night, though, Bertrand and his players were basking in the glow of their first win of the campaign. “That first win is always the hardest but, as they say, winning can get contagious,” Bertrand said. “We know where we are as a team. “For Peabody, they’re very athletic and well-coached. We have our work cut out for us. It’s another division 1 opponent and we have to be ready.”

Well-rounded offense leads Lady Sachems basketball past Whittier By Julian Cardillo


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while Jessica Nazzaro chipped in seven points and three offensive rebounds. “We were very balanced with our scoring,” said Schruender. “We were balanced off the bench too. “Jessica Nazzaro came in and got three offensive rebounds in her first minute and a half. “Honestly the kids don’t really care about who scores the points. It’s about making the play and the pass that leads to pass that gets us the basket. The team ego is more important than the individual ego.”



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1. In January 1622 what playwright was born? (Hint: “The Misanthrope”) 2. At which western ski resort were the first U.S. chairlifts installed? 3. What do most cacao trees grow near? 4. Which came first, the Summer or Winter Olympics? 5. In what state was the Paris Manufacturing Co., the first U.S. mass-producer of sleds and skis? 6. How is Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, usually depicted? 7. What imaginary beast is Scotland’s national animal? 8. On Jan. 5, 1943, what Tuskegee Institute agricultural teacher/ researcher died? 9. In which book did John Steinbeck write “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness”? (Hint: a dog’s name.) 10. What Frenchwoman said “Let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer’s

forehead”? 11. Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote that what Statehouse “is the hub of the solar system”? 12. On Jan. 7, 1839, Louis Daguerre announced what invention? 13. What three-letter word is pronounced like “you”? 14. Between 1892 and 1924, Ellis Island had the most immigrants from what country? 15. What vegetable is a green kind of banana? 16. On Jan. 8, 1902, what founder of humanistic psychology was born? 17. True or false: The arctic fox has fur-covered footpads? 18. What minister said, “Every man should be born again on the first of January. Start with a fresh page”? (Hint: initials HWB.) 19. What plant with Chinese in its name blooms in winter? 20. In 1939 a Maine legislator introduced a bill to outlaw what in clam chowder?

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Selectmen seek to alleviate traffic problems at two schools By Mark E. Vogler


arents who would rather drive their children to school than have them ride the school bus are contributing to traffic troubles around several schools in town. At the recommendation of Saugus police, selectmen took action to help alleviate the problems at two of the schools during Wednesday night’s board meeting. Selectmen voted to amend the town’s traffic rules and regulations to prohibit parking on

Talbot Street between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 2 and 3 p.m. on the north side of Tabot from Vine Street to within 100 feet of the Waybright Elementary School. They also voted to prohibit parking on the section of Intervale Avenue that abuts the back of Veterans Memorial Elementary School from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. “As the Board may be aware, traffic in the area of the Waybright and the rear of the Veteran’s schools continues to be an issue primarily at drop off and

pick up times,” Saugus Police Lt. Art Connors wrote selectmen in his Nov. 29 request for‘No standing” signs on Talbot Street and Intervale Avenue. “There is concern that emergency vehicles would have difficulty accessing Heritage Heights if an emergency were to occur during pick up or drop off at the Waybright due to the level of traffic and Talbot Street is the only way to access the school. “A review of previous correspondence in this matter revealed documentation dating back to October 2003 attempt-

ing to address the Waybright issues with “No Parking” restrictions on one side of Talbot Street and various other recommendations including opening the Emory Street bridge following an engineering study. Several residents who live near the schools asked selectmen to consider how they the parking restrictions would affect them before establishing the new regulations. “This has been an issue as long as I can remember. In a few years, it won’t be an issue anymore,” Board of Select-

men Chair Debra Panetta noted, referring to the district’s future education plan which would eliminate the Waybright School. The Police Department had recommended installation of both sides of Intervale Avenue, as Lt. Connors noted that “Intervale Ave. is a narrow dead end street that simply does not support the level of school traffic.” But selectmen voted to modify the restrictions on Intervale Avenue to address the concerns of one of the residents.

SPORTS | from page 10 Whittier didn’t go down easy, though Saugus held a 24-14 halftime lead. Saugus was greatly helped on defense by the elder Nazzaro, who recorded 12 steals, three blocks, and eight rebounds. The Sachems are currently 3-2 ahead of next Tuesday’s game against Peabody. Schruender is excited for his team to play its first competitive game in almost two weeks, but he’s also cautious. “We see the same faces again and again in practice,” Schruender said. “When we run a play

Rachel Nazzaro, Alessia Salzillo, Molly Granara, and Taylor Bogdanski chipped in eight points each to the Sachems’ 50-37 win over Whittier on December 27.

in practice our defense knows what’s going to happen. We’re able to recognize our strengths and weaknesses. But some-

“Peabody is very good,” times we don’t react as sharp when someone rebounds a Schruender said. “We haven’t certain way or runs something beaten them in a long time. They’re a solid shooting team we’re not used to seeing.

and they mix it up on defense. We just have to prepare. I think some of our strengths really match up well to theirs.”

Sachems icemen blank Peabody, 5-0 By Julian Cardillo


he Saugus High Sachems hockey team took some time to find their mojo on Wednesday night against Peabody, as they didn’t find the back of the net until the third

period. Of course, once the Sachems did finally score they didn’t let up. Saugus won 5-0 to improve to 4-2-1 on the season. “I’m glad we’ve found a way to win some games,” said Saugus coach Jeff Natalucci. “In the

third period on Wednesday we found a way to win. We let a lot of rebounds sit. We’ve been a bit inconsistent, but we were able to pull it together in the third.” “We’ve picked up points here but I think we can be better. We’ve got more to give.”

Adam Rodrigues had two goals and an assist in Wednesday’s win. Dante McGrane, Nick Moore, and Ryan Granara also had goals for the Sachems. John Torres leads team scoring with six goals. Saugus’ next game is on Sat-

urday against Medford. “That’s going to be a tough game,” said Natalucci. “We’re playing a really good team. Honestly, any NEC North game is going to be tough. We have to be ready to play – in all three periods.”

Lady Sachems hockey battle Marblehead in seesaw fight By Julian Cardillo


he Saugus girls’hockey team is now 4-0-1 after beating Marblehead 6-4 on Wednesday night at Salem State. Saugus scored four goals on the power play to the delight of Coach Anthony Martucci. “Marblehead is a very, very

good team,” Martucci said. “They’re balanced and fast, but they put us in a power play situation too many times. We’ve worked on power plays a lot in practice and we pulled it off. “It was really rewarding to see. The girls work hard at it. In the playoffs the power play is very important. You have to work on

it all year to get it right.” Marblehead scored first but Saugus equalized off the power play through Abby Stafford. Grace Carlton made it 2-1 for the Sachems shortly thereafter, and then Caitie O’Shea scored to make it 3-1. At the end of the first, Marblehead scored to make it 3-2. Ash-

ley Miles scored the eventual game-winner for the Sachems. “Every time we took control, they got one back, “Martucci said. “It kept giving them hope. They were relentless and attacked well. Fortunately, we were able to respond to their goals.” Saugus plays Masconomet

on Saturday. The game has implications for winning the conference. “It’s a huge game,” said Martucci. “Right now it’s us two teams battling for the conference. It’s the last time we see each other, so the winner of this game has a distinct advantage moving forward.”

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ere are a few tidbits that you might want to know about this week in Saugus.

Get them while they last! I got an email I wanted to share from Laura Eisener of the Saugus Historical Society regarding the society’s 2018 Calendar, which was the focus of a cover story in last week’s paper. Laura wanted to remind Saugus residents that the calendars are available while they last at Saugus Town Hall, Saugus Public Library, and the Senior Center.And, there’s a suggested donation of $2.00 per calendar. “As always, the Calendar features important holidays, dates of full and new moons, as well as dates of the Saugus Historical Society General Meetings (free and open to the public) and our annual Strawberry Festival.The 2018 Strawberry Festival is Saturday, June 16 – already marked on your calendar!Also there is plenty of room for you to mark your own important dates. “This year the cover picture is of the old Cliftondale School, now known as the M.E.G. Building, from a postcard in the collection of George W. Brown.Although no longer framed by the Elms seen in the picture, the building is happily very familiar to most Saugus residents due it its beautiful restoration and its use in popular events and activities throughout the year. “Each month features scenes from Saugus past - such as the Lincoln Ave. trolley, the Park Press Building when it was still a Post Office, and a crumbling mill building on Water Street. “In July and August, the spires of Town Hall are easily recognized in the distance although the surroundings are very different. In July’s picture of Round Hill the top of Town Hall is just to the left of the crest of the Hill. “August’s photo, taken from near the intersection of Central Street and Winter Street where the Veterans’ Memorial is now, shows the old train station and the former G.A.R. building with its impressive flagpole, while in the distance the spires of Town Hall rise above the trees. “Most of the pictures come from the Saugus Historical Society Archives, but several were contributed by George W. Brown.November’s dramatic scenes in honor of Veterans’Day feature Saugus aviator Walter J. Daniels and were contributed by Edward Moore. “The Saugus Historical Society extends its grateful appreciation to the following individuals and organizations who assisted in the preparation of the 2018 calendar: George W. Brown, Jayne Parrott, Eric W. Brown,, Carolyn Brown, Gabriel Farhat, Park Press Printers, and the many local businesses whose sponsorships help make it possible for the Society to produce this popular calendar. This year’s sponsors include Agganis Construction; Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home; Carbone and Sons, Inc. Autobody; Carpenito Real Estate; Nelson Chang, Esq.; Elder Law Center; GCA Jewelers; George Gregson Law Offices; Kowalsky Insurance Agency, Inc.; Kowloon Restaurant; Law Offices of Thomas F. Colonna and William P. Doyle III; Richard Magnan, Attorney at Law; Mike’s Barber Shop; Nickole Auto Body; North Shore Bank; Park Press Printers; Peter A. Rossetti Insurance Agency, Inc.; Prince Restaurant; RESCO/Wheelabrator Environmental Systems; Russo’s Fine Chocolates;; Saugus Business Partnership; Saugus Federal Credit Union; ShellTown; Stefano’s Landscaping; and the Wong Family.” It is indeed a great calendar and well worth the donation, especially if you are a proud Saugonian who is interested in your town’s history. Frankly, it’s worth much more than the $2 donation the society is suggesting. The “no contest” elections Seems like a darn shame that two elections have already been scheduled for early this year -- a Special State Primary Election for Feb. 6 and a Special State Election for March 6 -- all to fill the vacancy created when former state Sen. Thomas McGee was elect-

ed as the new mayor of the City of Lynn. State Rep. Brendan Crighton, D-Lynn, who worked for a decade at the State House as an aide for McGee before running for his state representative seat in 2014, will be the only one running -- unless somebody mounts a write-in campaign. So, if less than a quarter of the town’s registered voters will bother to vote in a local town election, a political race with only one name on the ballot might draw a 5 to 10 percent turnout at the polls. This is one of those times when the Democratic process is definitely a waste of time and a waste of money -- unless one or two write-in candidates emerge on short notice to give voters a bonafide choice. It’s always preferable to have a choice. It never serves the public well when a politician gets a free ride on Election Day. Public office should be earned Stayed tuned I’m not missing storm duty days Right now, as I monitor the weather situation in what’s being forecast as a foot or more of snowfall for Saugus, I’m working in the comfort of my home office with no need to go out and cover the storm in my car and bring back some storm photos and comments from people out in the snow. In the course of my career, I’ve had my fill of chasing down storm stories while covering the weather. Many years ago while a young reporter working in Western Massachusetts, I had to hail down a taxi to go cover an early morning murder in Williamstown because my car was stuck in the driveway from the overnight snowfall. Several years ago, while assigned to cover a blizzard for The Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, I had no fear driving around in my Chevy Lumina, which had great traction with its Michelin tires and front wheel drive. The car handled the road very well, until I drove home and got stuck in the driveway at my North Andover home. During my days as a late night cops reporter at The Eagle-Tribune, driving around in a blizzard went with the assignment. And the worst events to cover were the three-alarm fires where it was so cold that the ink in your pen might freeze up. Or, the wind was so strong that it might blow icy spray from a firefighter’s hose on your jacket. Don’t miss those days at all. How to weigh in on Wheelabrator Do you have concerns -- pro or con -- that you would like to express about Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.’s plans to expand its ash landfill near the trash-to-energy plant on Route 107? If you haven’t had the chance to comment yet, there is still time. You have until Jan. 12, 2018 to submit comments to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The state is currently accepting feedback on a provisional decision to approve Wheelabrator’s expansion. Information about the permit and where to submit comments is available at:

The collection was due to resume at 7 a.m. today and continue through tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 6). Routes from Wednesday and Thursday will be collected today and today’s route will be collected tomorrow. Residents are asked to leave trash and recycling in a shoveled out, accessible area near their driveway or walkway. Trash and recycling must be out by 7 a.m. today and Saturday. Please contact Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Lorna Cerbone at 781231-4036 with any questions. The Compost/Recycling dropoff site is now closed for the season. This site will re-open to residents on the third Saturday of the month in January, February, and March, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Important voter news! This just in from Town Clerk Ellen Schena: The last day to register to vote and the Late Night Voter Registration for the Special State Primary Election scheduled for Feb. 6 will be on Wednesday, January 17, from 8:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. The last day to register to vote and the Late Night Voter Registration for the Special State Election scheduled for March 6, will be on Wednesday, February 14, from 8:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. Also, Ellen says the Clerk’s office needs election workers for both the February and March elections, especially for the Warden and Clerks roles.If interested, please go to the Clerk’s office at Town Hall to fill out paperwork.All positions are paid. These elections are necessary to fill the seat vacated by former state Sen. Thomas McGee, who was elected as the new mayor of the City of Lynn. The Lynn Democrat has already vacated his Third Essex District seat.

Town Hall seeks volunteers The Saugus Board of Selectmen is searching for a few good civic-minded men and women to serve their local government. There are vacancies on the following boards: Affordable Housing Trust Board of Trustees Cemetery Commission Cultural Council These are volunteer / nonpaid positions for Saugus residents. Those interested may submit a letter of interest or reCountdown to Kindergarten sume through Jan. 9 to: Preschool Playgroup Saugus Board of Selectmen Every Saturday, beginning tomorrow (Jan. 6) at 11 a.m., the SauSaugus Town Hall, Suite #4 gus Public Library will host “Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten!” 298 Central Street. This playgroup is geared to help families navigate and understand Preschool Development. Children will explore different Literacy, Art, Science, Building, Annual Food for Fines The Saugus Public Library Writing, Math. Fine Motor, Gross motor and Pretend Play materiwants to strike a deal with those als and activities. This drop in playgroup, however, is limited to 15 students. Par- readers who are procrastinating ents are required to stay. Please email Trish at paying their overdue fines. You can reduce the fines in rewith any questions. The Playgroup is sponsored by Saugus CFCE turn for donations of food which will be given to local food pantries. Trash, recycling delays Yesterday’s anticipated snowstorm prompted the town to cancel trash and recycling collection. Getting creative at the library Hey kids? Want to get creative this year? The Saugus Public Library is hosting a “Just Build” program on two Saturdays this month -- Jan. 13 and 27 at 1:30 p.m. Come and recycle your leftover holiday tissue paper and boxes and see what you can build! The library will provide a few boxes and other building materials. Creative people of all ages are invited, especially kids. That box might become a cave, a castle, a dungeon, a spaceship, a battleship, a race car, an airplane, a fortress, a mansion, or whatever you want to make of it. So, come to the library and discover the limits of your creativity.


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day, January 3, followed by a Funeral Mass on Wednesday at Blessed Sacrament Church, Saugus. Interment Riverside Cemetery in Saugus. Late U.S. Army Korean War veteran. For condolences,

augus – Mrs. Eileen P. Cerasuolo, retired Lynn District Court Clerk’s office administrative assistant, died on Tuesday, December 26th, after a brief illness surrounded by her family & friends. She was the loving wife of the late N. Edward “Ned” Cerasuolo with whom she shared 61 years of marriage. Mrs. Cerasuo-

lo leaves one son, Mark Cerasuolo & his wife Dawn of WA; one daughter, Karen Valeri & her husband Frank of Saugus; three grandchildren, Francesca Valeri, Pierce Chamberlain and Hillary Washburn & her husband Brian; two brothers, John Stewart & his wife Lucia and Alfred Stewart, all of Newton; her sister-in-law, Sheila Cerasuolo of Saugus. She was also the sister-in-law of the late John V. “Jack” & Vincent Cerasuolo. Mrs. Cerasuolo is also survived by many nieces, nephews, loving family & close friends. Donations in her memory may be made for the lift at St. Margaret’s Church, checks made payable to St. Margaret’s Church, 14 Summer St., Saugus, MA 01906 or to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. Funeral from the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus on Friday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Margaret’s Church, 431 Lincoln Ave., Saugus at 10:30 a.m. Interment Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. For directions & condolences

perience operating ice hockey leagues and 21 years of experience in ice rink facility development, management and operations, according to Gilmartin, who acknowledged the success of Hockeytown USA’s previous owners -- the Abbott family. “Frost Realty Associates and GLS Associates has also retained the facility’s management and operations staff from Hockeytown USA, Inc., including Paul Powers, senior facility manager with 25 years of experience,” Gilmartin advised selectmen. “The Hockeytown USA operations staff also includes 3 fulltime employees and 10 parttime employees,” he said.

GLS Associates must obtain permits from the town’s Board of Health to operate an ice rink and operate a food establishment. The company must also meet grease trap requirements. When mechanical issues led to the temporary shutdown of Kasabuski Memorial Arena last fall, Hockeytown USA helped to fill an important void, according to Gilmartin. Hockeytown USA adjusted its fall schedule to accommodate the practice ice needs of Saugus-Lynnfield Youth Hockey Program and Saugus High School during their brief displacement period from Kasabuski Arena, Gilmartin said.

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f Saugus, Dec. 30. Husband of the late Amy (Adams) Bourque. Loving father of Valerie Green of Saugus, Pamela Bourque of Saugus, Sandra Fitzgerald of NH, Amy Pereira of Lynn, Marcia Jepson of Everett, Denise Heffernan of Saugus, Michael Bourque of NH & the late Ronald Bourque. Dear brother of Mary Lillian Surette, DECEMBER: All eyes are on Santa Claus, who gets an escort Pauline Bourque, Paul Bourque up the front sidewalk to Saugus Town Hall during the Annual all of Saugus & the late Frances DeLeo & Yvonne Moffat. CherChristmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Festivities. ished grandfather of 16 grandchildren, and the late Samantha Green & 8 great grandchildren. Also survived by his beloved dog Rusty. Funeral was held from the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home on Wednes-




This 1920s era photo of the stone formation known as Indian Rock is featured for the month of January in the Saugus Historical Society 2018 Calendar. It is near Indian Rock Drive off of Walnut Street, not far from Water Street. “According to local lore it was a meeting place for Native Americans prior to European settlement of the area,” says the calendar caption. The Saugus Advocate plans to publish a photo each month from this year’s calendar. (Photo Courtesy From the Saugus Historical Society to The Saugus Advocate).

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in 1965. He was a non-skater, but decided the region needed an additional artificial ice arena while driving his sons and kids in the neighborhood to a couple of area rinks well after midnight. Abbott decided to expand his operations to Saugus when he bought a vacant lot on Route 1 in 1971. In the following year, he had three ice rinks in operation. Hockeytown USA continued to thrive for more than five decades under three generations of the Abbott family. The management group that took it over has 25 years of ex-


Saugus, MA 01906 social studies, geography and Nominations can also be emailed to: SaugusHSAthelticHOF@ more. Hey parents, here’s some help if your child needs it. The standing offer from the Saugus Public Library Board of Trust- Stay tuned for more details. ees and staff is that your fine will be reduced by a dollar for each item donated. Let’s hear it! Food items that are needed include cereal, pasta, rice, tuna, dry Students helping students Got an idea, passing thought Here’s an example of great collaboration between the Saugus or gripe you would like to share milk, pancake mix, baked beans, baking mix, peanut butter and jelly, canned fruit or juice, canned vegetables, canned or dry soups, Public Library and a Belmonte Middle School teacher -- and, of with The Saugus Advocate. I’m almacaroni and cheese dinners, instant potatoes, canned tomatoes course, Junior National Honor Society students from the Belmon- ways interested in your feedback. te Middle School. or sauce and canned meat. It’s been 22 months since I began Each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 3 to 5 pm, the library work at The Saugus Advocate. provides tutoring and homework help for the Town’s elementary I’m always interested in hearing Time to vote for SHS Hall of Fame Do you know of a former Saugus High School athlete who de- school students. The elementary school students get help, the Bel- readers’ suggestions for possible stories or good candidates for serves to be inducted into the Saugus High School Hall of Fame? monte students get credits for community service. The library again will be partnering with the Belmonte Middle The Advocate Asks interview of Well, the nomination process has begun. Anyone looking to nominate a former Saugus High athlete into School to offer free, drop-in homework help in the Community the week. Feel free to email me Room to Saugus elementary school students to help foster strong at the Athletic Hall of Fame can mail their nominations to: academic and study skills outside of school hours. Do you have some interesting Saugus High School No registration is required, but students must be signed in/out views on an issue that you want 1 Pearce Memorial Drive by a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian must remain on li- express to the community? SubSaugus, MA 01906 brary grounds while the student is receiving homework assistance mit your idea. If I like it, we can Attention: Athletic Hall of Fame-Mike Hashem pursuant to our unaccompanied minors policy. meet for a 15 to 20-minute interOr, you could also mail your nomination to: This program is open to students in grades K-5. The subjects stu- view at a local shop. And, I’ll buy Don Trainer dents can get help with include: math, science, grammar, reading, the coffee. 5 Appleton Place

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SAUGUS RARE FIND – Mixed use property offers office on 1st floor with central air, and great 2 bedroom apt on 2nd level, separate utilities, lots of off street parking, located off Cliftondale Sq .............................................................................................$580,000.

SAUGUS 1st AD Picture Perfect 8 room Ranch, 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, sunken, fireplace living room, hardwood flooring, 1st floor familyrm, granite kit, finished LL, gar, Inground pool, Lynnhurst area .............................................................................................$499,900.

335 Central St., Saugus, MA 781-233-7300

SAUGUS 1st AD Nicely located 5 room, 2 bedroom Colonial offers fireplace living room, natural woodwork, hardwood flooring, detached garage, level lot, located near schools, shopping and easy access to Route I.....$379,900.

SAUGUS CE Col offers over 4,000 sq ft. 11 rms, 4-5 bedrms, 3 ½ baths, spac kit w/island & slider to deck, open to familyrm w/FP, dnrm, lvrm, master w/bath & walk in closet, hardwd, cen air & vac, alarm, finished lower level w/kit, bedrm, den & bath, 2c gar, located on Wakefield line in Homeland Estates on cul-de-sac......$779,900.



MALDEN 1st AD Nicely renovated 7 room Townhouse/ Condex offers 3 bedrms, 2 ½ baths, granite kit w/stainless appliances, lvrm w/fp, dnrm w/slider to deck, hdwd, fin LL w/famrm, updated windows, heat & slider, side st loc, No Condo Fee............................................................$459,900.

SAUGUS 2 yr old CE Col offers 9 rms, 4 bdrms, 2 ½ baths, gourmet granite kit w/island, office, fireplace 23’ famrm, master w/private bath & walk in, 1st flr laundry, cen air, alarm, sprinkler system, 2 car garage...........$689,900.

PEABODY 11 rm Col, 4 bdrms, 3 ½ baths, custom kit w/built-ins, French doors to gorgeous heated florida rm, two sided f/p, hdwd flooring,1st flr famrm, crown molding, master suite,attached inlaw, cen air, alarm, 1 c gar, deck IMPRESSIVE............$639,900.

MELROSE 6 room Expanded Cape offers 3 bedrooms, 27’ 1st floor family room w/woodstove & sliders to 26’ sunroom, hdwd, 1st floor master bdrm, central air, alarm, 3 car heated garage w/ half bath, huge lot, located on dead-end street...........$650,000.

LYNN/SAUGUS line 1st AD RENOVATED 6 rm Col offers 3 bedrms, granite kit w/stainless, pantry, NEW ½ bath w/ washer & dryer, wood flooring, master w/slider to balcony, NEW full bath, cen air, deck, farmer’s porch, MOVE RIGHT IN! ....................................................................................$329,900.

SAUGUS Conveniently located 6 rm Colonial 3 bedrms, lvrm, dnrm, eat-in kitchen, New gas heating system, deck, 1st floor laundry, walk-up attic, walk to Cliftondale Sq – needs TLC...............................$239,900.



Pictured are President Khloe Littlefield (right) and Vice Vice-President P Kasey Littlefield.


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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE - Friday, January 5, 2018  
THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE - Friday, January 5, 2018