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Saugus Masons make history William Sutton Lodge A.F. & A.M. turned 150-years-old

By Mark E. Vogler


here aren’t too many organizations in town that can claim a century and a half of service. But the William Sutton Lodge A.F. & A.M. (Ancient Free and Accepted Masons) reached that milestone this week, making it one of the oldest organizations in town. The lodge turned 150 last Sunday, but will observe its historic birthday tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, Oct. 7) during “a Semi-Public Celebration” at the Saugus Masonic Apart-

ments (located in the First Congregational Church at 300 Central St.). Local officials and members of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts are expected to attend the celebration. Selectmen plan to present a citation to the William Sutton Lodge. “We wish them much good fortune,” Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta said at Wednesday night’s meeting. Named after Major General William Sutton – a prominent Mason and influential person of his time – the Saugus lodge be-

gan on Oct. 1, 1867. A group of 13 Saugus Masons were interested in starting a local lodge, which initially met in Lynn. It continued to meet there for 15 years before moving to Saugus. “The peculiar and interesting thing in connection with our history is that William Sutton Lodge was conceived of Saugus men, but actually born in Lynn, Mass.,” according to “150 Years of Saugus Masonry (1867-2017).” “The Lodge originally worked under a dispensation in Lynn.


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HISTORY| SEE PAGE 2 A PUMPKIN PATCH KID: Stella Kotkowski, two-year-old daughter of Amanda Kotkowski, of Saugus, enjoys her first chance to choose a pumpkin from the hundreds that are available for purchase at the First Congregational Church Pumpkin Patch. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

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HISTORY| from page 1 Although comprised largely of these Saugus men, who were members of the Mt. Carmel and Golden Fleece Lodges of Lynn, it continued to meet in Lynn until

A rich lodge heritage From its early history, the the year of 1882 before coming lodge has played a significant back to the soil of those from role in the development of Sauwhose loins it sprung, Saugus,” gus. Lodge members helped lay the booklet said. the cornerstone for the current Saugus Town Hall in 1874.

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HISTORIC BIBLE: William Sutton Lodge Master Kevin M. Wildman says this old Bible that belonged to William Sutton not long after the lodge’s inception 150 years ago still gets used in local Masonic ceremonies – like when he took the oath. The lodge observed its 150th anniversary this week. (Saugus Advocates Photo by Mark E. Vogler)

“I don’t know of any organizations in town that are older than us, so, we definitely have to be one of the oldest,” William Sutton Lodge Master Kevin M. Wildman said in an interview this week. “And we’re definitely one of the oldest lodges across the state,” Wildman said. Wildman is proud of the lodge’s heritage, pointing out that he took his oath on an old Bible that was owned by Sutton and dates back to the lodge’s early history. “William Sutton was a very prominent man back in his day. The men who opened the lodge asked to use his name to honor him and what he stood for,” he said. Besides Sutton’s Bible, there are other historic artifacts kept at the Saugus lodge. There’s a restored oil painting of Sutton that he presented as a gift to the lodge in 1869. It hung in several of the lodge’s homes before being placed in storage before eventually winding up on the wall of the new lodge room on the second floor of the First Congregational Church, which opened in 2007. A marble bust of Sutton that

was presented to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts in Boston In 1869 also sits in the Sutton Lodge’s current quarters. It was in the Grand Lodge for 142 years. William Sutton Lodge acquired it on permanent loan from the Grand Lodge in early 2011. Sutton’s legacy to Saugus Several members of William Sutton Lodge met with The Saugus Advocate for about an hour this week to reflect on the lodge’s legacy to Saugus and on the Mason for whom it was named. “It was unusual to use somebody’s name who was still alive,”said Alan Welch, the lodge marshal and a past lodge master. “On Saturday, we’re going to have the Grand Historian give a biography of William Sutton,” Welch said. Sutton’s military career progressed by merited promotions from the Danvers Cadet of his youth to the rank of Major General, according to a short biography in the lodge’s history booklet that highlights its 150 years. “Too old for active service during the Civil War, he was detailed for hospital work and received hon-




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MAN BEHIND THE SCENES: World Series Park Superintendent Bob Davis during an interview last week, talking about the logistics and challenges of putting together the Veterans/Military Appreciation Day that the park hosted on Sept. 16. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

1958 Saugus High School graduate. In 1962 he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Broadcasting from Boston University. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years (1962-68), discharging as a specialist fifth class. Davis worked at WHDH TV (the old Channel 5) as a television director for nine years. He taught a TV course at Graham Junior College in Boston. He later worked at WBZ TV for 31 years, directing news programing. He directed Evening Magazine for 13 years. He officially retired in 2005. But two years before that, he got involved in building World Series Park, and maintaining the park continues to be a

full-time, though volunteer job for him. The World Series Park Committee, a nonprofit, charitable organization, maintains and manages the park, which has been hosting baseball games since 2005. This marks the 13th season for the park, where 200 baseball games a year are played. Davis and his wife, Carolyn (a 1961 Saugus High School graduate), have been married 54 years and have three grown children (Peter Davis, Glen Davis and Rachel Shipulski), four grandchildren (Kevin Davis, Stephanie Bluestein, Nichole Lowe and David Shipuls-

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HISTORY | from page 2 orable mention at the close of his efficient service,” the lodge book notes. Sutton’s professional and public service career was marked by numerous accomplishments. The biography calls him a “scion of a family whose roots and traditions extended to Lexington and Bunker Hill.” “His life was spent in many areas of activity and public trust. His business life was that of the tannery and shipping trade, which he inherited from his father,” it notes. Sutton, who was born in Salem, Mass., was president of the First National Bank of Salem for 45 years. He was also director of the South Danvers Bank, Salem Commercial Bank and Commercial & Holyoke Insurance companies. He had an illustrious career in public service that included five terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, two terms as State Senator, two years in the Governor’s Council, treasurer of the Essex Agricultural Society, head of the Salem Fire Department, President of the Charitable Mechanics As-

sociation and Overseer of the Poor, and trustee of the State Insane Hospital and also of Rainsford Hospital, according to the lodge history. Sutton’s Masonic career began in 1822 and is marked by achievement and numerous honors. Several lodges bear his name. He was active in Scottish Rite Masonry and received the honorarium of the 33rd degree in 1862. He was hailed as“a great Mason.” “William Sutton was a philanthropist … He was very wealthy. He gave money to build lodges and buildings,” lodge member Gregory Beamon said.” Bettering the community William Sutton Lodge has an extensive legacy for the betterment of Saugus, which continues to this day, according to several Masons interviewed this week. “The Masons are here to do good for the community … But the men who belong come down here to become better men,” Wildman said. There are 27,000 Masons in Massachusetts, including 167 at the William Sutton Lodge, which is one of 230 lodges across the state. “We’re an organization that is

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heavily involved with the community … We try to make sure the town is aware of what we do. Right now, we have more than 160 members and they’re spread out all over the country. They did have Saugus connections at one time,” Welch said. “At one time, this lodge was up to about 600 to 700 members. That was in the 50’s and the 60’s. That was after the war

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when Masons had a big resurgence,” he said. The Saugus lodge has been involved in numerous charitable causes throughout its history. “We do blood drives and many other things, like MYCHIP [Masonic Youth Child Identification Program],” Welch said. “Parents can bring their kids in and get fingerprints and DNA swabs taken. And all of that gets to the parent in a nice, neat package. We did that last year at the Senior Center,” he said. “We also support the Senior Center. We offset some of their costs for lunch. And last year, we gave out red carnations on Valentine’s Day for the ladies in attendance,” he said. “The lodge is also involved with H.E.L.P. [Hospital Equipment Loan Program – everything from a cane to a motorized wheelchair or hospital bed. People can borrow it for free with no time limit. They only have to

bring it back when they’re done using it,” he said. Masons around the globe are currently involved in humanitarian efforts to help the victims of several hurricanes that ravaged Houston, Tex., Florida and Puerto Rico, according to Welch. “Right now, the Grand Lodge in Boston is hooking up with the Grand Lodges in Texas, Puerto Rico and Florida for all of the relief that is needed. We have members who have been affected by these hurricanes. We’re also doing something at the local level to help out,” he said. What’s it take to become a Mason? “You have to be 18 and a man, because it’s a fraternity,” Welch said. “And, you have to believe in a higher being. We want to make ourselves better and associate with men of like character,”he said. For more information, you can email questions to

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ed our country. But I thought it would be a nice thing to do. We’ve done other things at the park, where we’ve honored certain people, and done it as fundraisers, like Special Olympics. Q: So it wasn’t anything, like an old vet that helped to galvanize this event? A: No. I don’t even know how I came up with the idea, but it was back in September or October of last year that I thought of the idea, and I started working on it. Probably about midOctober, I started asking people if they would be involved with it and so forth. And then it escalated, through November and December, when I started filling out forms and so forth for getting different things – like the Navy Band, like the helicopter landing, the parachuters landing – and then inviting other people. I wanted it to be an all-day event where people could come and

ki) and two great-grandchildren. Bob Davis was one of five Saugus residents honored last year by the Saugus Public Library Foundation with the Readers Make Good Leaders Award. He is also a 2007 “Person of the Year Award” recipient at that year’s Annual Founders Day celebration. Some highlights of the interview follow. Q: Okay, Bob. Tell me about the idea for the Veterans/Military Appreciation Day, how that came into being. What was the spark plug that got it going? A: I don’t know. I don’t know how I even thought of the idea. I just thought it would be a nice thing to do, to honor the military and to bring the community together, to honor the veterans and the active military. I don’t think most people have any idea of the sacrifices that were made by people who have defend-


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ASKS | from page 4 not only have something to eat, but could come and experience a ceremony going on, which would honor veterans … and have a whole bunch of things as part of the ceremony and keep it interesting. Have entertainment going on all day long and different types of booths. Again, I just started asking different people that I had known from doing

Special Olympics over the years. It was a similar type of event where we had all those kinds of things going on. And I also wanted to have a baseball game going on, on the field. It’s a baseball field, so why not have a game, too? My ultimate thing was to do an Army vs. Navy game and put out invitations to West Point and to the U.S. Naval Academy. I was immediately turned down by the U.S. Naval Academy. West Point had a real interest in do-

ing it, so I had to find an opponent for them, which was going to be Boston College. They had an interest in doing it. I thought it would be good baseball, college level baseball, and half of it would be a military team. But then that fell through because the NCAA has a ruling that if they play a game like that, they would be penalized during the regular season – a game would be taken away. So, it didn’t make sense to me. And the Navy band turned us down. We received the approval back in December, but they also cancelled out on me. I didn’t get it, because here we are

honoring active and military veterans, of which they will be some day. So, I always have a Plan B to go to, all along the line from who I wanted to be the host of the ceremony up until the entertainment. You always have to find another plan if things don’t work out. But it all fell into place, and I was able to call on people I knew from the past. Q: So you tried to get some celebrities, like a former president? A: Yes. As far as the host goes, my first choice was Gary Sinise, the actor, and then I tried to get Joe Mantegna. They both host the Memorial Day Salute [Na-

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So I’m not sure there were more at the appreciation day. We had a lot of Vietnam vets. We had some from Winthrop – Magee’s Corner Militia – who brought their military vehicles. Then I was able to get that major general: John Deyermond. He’s actually from Pelham, N.H. He lives on the same street as my daughter. That’s how I happened to get him. Major General. Then the older gentleman – he was 94 – Pat Walor. I met him at a game down here. His grandson was playing baseball and we got talking, so I reconnected with him, with his daughter, actually. And he turned out to be the hit of the show Q: Oh yeah. Everybody wanted to get their picture taken with him. A: Yeah! He wanted to make it clear that he was not involved in the Normandy Invasion, but he landed in Normandy after the invasion and was shot in France by the Germans, and he was in the hospital for quite a while. His daughter sent me pictures of when he was in. But he’s a Purple Heart recipient. Q: And a Bronze Star recipient, too. A: Yes. Q: And then you had – I saw him sitting right over here near the backstop – the 97-year-old guy; I guess he’s a Revere native who was in the Navy who got torpedoed on the ship and wound up in the water. He’s [US. Navy veteran Maurice DiBlasi, whose transport ship was hit by two torpedoes during November 1942, during the invasion of North Africa] lived in Saugus for a number of years. A: Yeah. That was interesting how you put that in the article [in the The Saugus Advocate]. I never met him that day, but I was impressed with his story of how he felt that he was fi-


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pened to know. But they came just for that event. My son and his wife actually came from nally honored and recognized New York City to help me for with such an event, which was the event – my oldest son, Pethe goal of what we were try- ter. And I appreciated that. And ing to do. then my daughter and her famQ: A lot of the Vietnam vet- ily, from Pelham, N.H. came and erans I ran into, that’s the way helped us as well. they felt. Q: What is the biggest chalA: Yes. This was a very re- lenge of putting something like warding day. I was disappoint- this together? ed that because of the weather, A: Just all of the details, conwe couldn’t land the helicopter tacting people and then having and the parachuters. They were them actually come through at ready to go. They were in the sky. the end for you. As I said, I always But the weather just wouldn’t had to have a Plan B, because permit them to land. people would cancel, right up Q: How many volunteers did to the day before [the event]. you have to help you pull this Something would just come thing off? up in their lives or whatever. A: It was mainly volunteers for But that always kind of threw a that day, but I guess there were curve at me:“What do I do now?” probably 20. Some people came You know. The Navy Band was from a church called TrueVine. supposed to give an hour and Others came from the Veterans a half concert, and they, all of a Council. And there were a lot sudden, decided they couldn’t of people I knew, just from do- come. And then I had to think ing the Special Olympics. I was of something else, so I got a able to bring them back togeth- group called “The Uncle Steve er again. Band.” And then the day before, Q: What was the farthest dis- some of their band members tance from which people came? had come down with the flu. So A: Somebody came from just Steve, the guy who was the Maryland, I believe. leader of the band, he was here. Q: Yes, we interviewed them. But we had some really good A: That was a relative of a vet- entertainment. I just wanted to 2017 Wakefield 1 9/11/2017 12:40:30 PM eran whoFTHBwas here that I hap- fill all of the slots and make sure

that we were going to have constant entertainment and things for people to do so they weren’t just sitting around. Q: Did you meet some interesting people, milling around in the crowd? A: I didn’t really have time to do that. I was just running around like a nut. The field was flooded from heavy rain we had the day before. We had a baseball game coming up at 3, so I got out there as soon as I could to start pumping water, so I was completely taken apart from what was going on. I was distanced from a lot of people I wanted to meet and never got a chance to meet. But I met a few people who were very appreciative of all we did. Q: I noticed, because we did an interview with her last year – Julie Liuzza (a sixth grader) – from Lynnhurst Elementary School, who got some kind of proclamation at the event. A: Oh yeah. Julie Liuzza. I read about her in The Advocate, as a matter of fact, the article that you did with her. And I was impressed, so early on, I include her in the ceremony. I contacted her mother and we talked. And then I talked with [state Rep.] Donald


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ASKS | from page 7 Wong, who got the [Massachusetts House] proclamation and Debra Panetta from the selectmen, who decided she wanted to do something as well. We wanted to present her with a citation for what she had done. She had done a lot of work presenting Christmas gifts for the homeless vets. And then she collected socks for the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home. I just thought that would be a good person to include, where she had done some projects to help the homeless vets. Q: It’s pretty impressive for somebody that young to be that connected to that part of life. A: Yes. And she’s just in the

sixth grade this year. She’s very young. Q: And then you had a Belmonte Middle School teacher or educator who is the son of two Green Berets. A: I didn’t know about that – Kim Tobey, who sang near the end of the ceremony – I guess she told this woman, and the woman came to witness the ceremony. But I didn’t even know about her. It wasn’t until I read it in your article. [Sophia Hennessey, a Special Education teacher at the Belmonte Middle School and the son of two Green Berets, came to see Tobey sing “The Ballad of the Green Berets.”] Q: As I got a chance to walk around during the event, I got to meet some pretty interesting people – these vets – and they

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had all sorts of interesting stories to tell. A: Oh yeah. I wish I had more time to seek people out and so forth. There were people that I wanted to speak to, but it was crazy just going from one thing to another. Q: Now, did you draw the type of crowd that you had hoped for? A: Yes. It was what I thought. I was hoping that we would get about a thousand people, and I think that there were at least a thousand. There were people coming and going, so it was hard to keep a count. The last time we had a Special Olympics here, we estimated we had about 1,500 people here. It almost seemed like that [Veterans/Military Appreciation Day] exceeded it. I really don’t know how many people were here, because, as I said, there were people coming and going. And if you included all of the people who were involved – like Lynn English Marine Corps Jr. ROTC and all that, and there were people inside the soccer field and along the track, and all of the people with the classic cars. We’ve never had that many cars before. Previously, we only had half a dozen to 10 cars. But I think there were close to 20 cars over there and maybe more. And, there was a real interest in that. Q: Yeah, there was a neat one with an American flag inside the hood that was opened up. A: I got connected with the Route 1 Riders. They have a classic car show at Fuddruckers every Thursday night, and I went and met with them. They created the interest. So, there were people who came with their cars for that and drew a lot of interest. A lot of people were willing to donate food. And Wheelabrator was the big donator, and they were willing to make a financial donation to us to cover some of the costs: like the cost of the challenge coins that we gave out to all of the veterans, the little flags that we gave out to everybody and some of the inciden-

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tal expenses. We had to pay for expenses for different things – people coming and so forth, gas mileage and that sort of thing. Q: What did Wheelabrator contribute as sponsor, if you don’t mind my asking? A: $4,000. Q: $4,000? A: Right. Q: And about how much does it cost to put something on like this? A: About that – $4,000 to $5,000. The people who come, especially with the military vehicles, they don’t get very good gas mileage, so they needed something to cover the mileage. And we had a half-track that can’t travel on the streets. A halftrack is half tank with treads on it and half military vehicle with guns on the top. And they were coming from Winthrop, so I was able to get G/J Towing through a guy who is a coach down here who knew how to make a con-

tact. And they donated a flatbed tow truck to bring that here because you can’t you really can’t drive that. And other people, like the parachuters, needed to pay for insurance for them to jump, and also for transportation. They live in New Hampshire, the people who were going to jump. Even though they didn’t jump, they asked for some money to do that. But there was cost for most of the people who came with whatever they came here with. And we got a whole bunch of restaurants to donate food, which we gave out free. The biggest suppliers were Old Neighborhood Foods – and Sidekim Foods donated the hamburgers – and Stop & Shop, Sidekim Foods and Big Y donated the food and water. All of the food was donated. There was no cost to any of the food. Q: More than you can use, because I saw a lot that was leftover. A: And that either got returned or given away. The hot dog rolls we had left were given to the Saugus Food Pantry, so nothing went to waste. There was nothing thrown out. Q: So what was the highlight of the day for you? A: Probably, inviting all of the veterans to come on the field as the group of people sang“Hallelujah.” That brought tears to my eyes. And Tom Rosa, who has a group of people who perform at different places – we know him from the past from our church. He has put together a really talented group of people. “Hallelujah” is a very touching song by Leonard Cohen. So I sat down to change the lyrics of the song to comply with military lyrics. It had to do with people leaving their families and going to war. I would say there were probably 50 to 70 veterans who actually came on the field as they sung the song. It was probably the most touching moment that I had. Q: It seemed like there were


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ASKS | from page 8 a lot more veterans who didn’t come on the field who were there for the ceremony. A: Yes. Q: Sounds like a lot of logistics went into the event. A: Oh, the details were unbelievable. I mean, I’m still returning things, what, two weeks later? I came up with all of these things. I wanted to bring the torch in and light the caldron like in the Special Olympics. It actually came from Lexington and the torch came from Methuen. And I had to go get those and bring those together and then return them later. Q: The caldron came from Lexington? A: Yes. It’s right over there in the dugout. I still have to bring it back. It’s owned by the LABBB [Lexington, Arlington, Burlington, Bedford, Belmont Collaborative], a special needs unit that has a Special Olympics every year, out of Lexington High School. And the torch comes from a guy in Methuen who makes plaques and trophies. Then the red, white and blue balloon release we had … Party City donated the balloons. Q: So you had a lot of businesses donating and contributing things to the cause? A: Yes. That’s how you get things done. You get people to donate. We didn’t have any budget, other than the $4,000 that Wheelabrator gave us. And again, that was pretty much spent. Q: So who got to suspend the American flag? A: A business called Junk-

ster Bags. He came in with two cranes, and he supplied the flag as well. They’re the ones who drop off the bags at your house and then come to pick them up when they’re full. He actually donated some of those bags, too. Q: Now, what do you do for an encore? A: There is no encore. Q: So, this is a one-shot deal? A: Yes, it’s a one-shot deal. I’m done with doing special events. We were involved with Special Olympics for nine years and have been involved with other events. You don’t realize how much work is involved. Q: Any advice to somebody who might want to do a salute to the vets again? A: Just realize that it’s a lot of work and you have to start early. You have to start probably six months ahead of time. It doesn’t just happen that day. Q: Anything else that you would like to share about the event? A: Just that it was very rewarding doing it. I’m glad it’s over. I was disappointed at some of the things we didn’t have that I felt we could have had, and that would have even made it better. But people seemed to be happy with it and, again, we accomplished our goal, which was to honor the veterans and military people in Saugus and surrounding towns. Everybody was invited. Q: Yes. I noticed there were a couple of people from Revere. A: We tried to get it out there that everybody was invited. It wasn’t just Saugus. And I think we accomplished what we set out to do.

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“Last year, she was too young to do this. Coming here has been a family thing that I’ve enjoyed doing for 10 years. I usually take my nieces and nephews,” said Kotkowski, a makeup artist who lives in Saugus. “It’s nice to be able to do this with my daughter. Halloween is my favorite holiday, because I can be a little more creative and have more fun than usual. We’ll go home and carve these,” she said. Kotkowski and her daughter are among hundreds of Saugus and area residents who have visited or passed by the “Pumpkin Patch” across from Saugus Town Hall since last Saturday,


when an 18-wheeler carrying more than 2,500 pumpkins from the Navajo Reservation near Farmington, N.M., pulled up to the sidewalk on Hamilton Street near the front lawn of the church. “We have a lot of parents who like to come here and have their children’s picture taken among the pumpkins,” said Carolyn Davis, a longtime church member who helped to coordinate volunteers for last Saturday’s pumpkin drop-off. “Many people who come here, call this ‘The Orange Glow.’ A lot of people come and get their pumpkins, take them home and make beautiful carv- “I WANT THAT ONE”: Two-year-old Stella Kotkowski tells her mom, Amanda Kotkowski, of Saugus, which pumpkin she would like to take home during her first visit to the First Congregational Church Pumpkin Patch in Saugus Center. (Saugus Advocate photos by Mark E. Vogler)

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ings and then bring back pic- – Tyler Oxley, 13, of the Belmontures to show us,” Davis said. te Middle School, and Joshua Rawson, 15, a sophomore A slippery load at Saugus High School – who The heavy periods of rain decided to put in some public made last Saturday’s unloading service hours, which included of the pumpkins more challeng- helping to unload the pumping than usual. The rain makes kin truck last Saturday. the pumpkins slippery and dif“I touched almost all of these ficult to handle, according to pumpkins … I worked inside Davis. the truck, where it was hot and “We set up a conga line – I had to do a lot of lifting. There passing the pumpkins out of were some heavy pumpkins … the truck. And as the pumpkins The rain made the pumpkins go from person to person, they pretty slippery,” Joshua said. are put on a pallet,” Davis said. “The Pumpkin Patch” is the “Once a line of pallets is full, then we move up one and start another pallet. We had about 30 to 40 people here helping out on Saturday: members of the church, members of the community and relatives and friends. It took us three hours to unload.” “Everybody got soaking wet. But the people from the church served us breakfast when it was all over,” she said. Davis worked a three-hour shift Monday with two students


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We all get a percentage of the sales,” Davis said. While “The Orange Glow” has become a tradition for Saugus families who like to celebrate Halloween, the Pumpkin Patch at Saugus Center also draws people from neighboring com-


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THE HELP: Working a shift this week at the First Congregational Church Pumpkin Patch, left to right, were Tyler Oxley, of the Belmonte Middle School; Carolyn Davis, a church member and one of the coordinators of this year’s event; and Joshua Rawson, a student at Saugus High School. (Saugus Advocate Photos by Mark E. Vogler)

“THIS ONE IS HEAVY”: Amanda Kotkowski, of Saugus, helps her two-year-old daughter Stella, pick up a pumpkin to take home from the First Congregational Church Pumpkin Patch.

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tral and Hamilton Streets and buy a pumpkin to take home. “We’ve been coming here for about five years,” said Corey Levesque, a Lynn resident who lives at the end of Boston Street. “This is the second time here for my son, Nolan. We do most of the fun things in Saugus because we live so close. I think this pumpkin patch is nice. I love it because there’s a wide variety of things to decorate for Halloween that you find here,” he said. His four-year-old son Nolan spent time admiring the unusually shaped gourds and miniature pumpkins that are displayed on tables and are also for sale at the Pumpkin Patch. Another Lynn resident, Kanha Net, stopped by with her fiveyear-old son, William. “This is the first time he gets to pick out a pumpkin,” Net said. “This is also our first time coming here. We happened to see all the pumpkins and decided to stop here,” she said. Another shipment of pumpkins from New Mexico is scheduled to arrive at the church next Saturday (Oct. 14) at 9 a.m. Davis said the church is looking for volunteers to help unload about 1,500 more pumpkins. Anyone interested in helping to unload the truck or working a shift selling the pumpkins should call her at 781-233-4555. The Pumpkin Patch will be open daily through Nov. 1. The hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. until dark. Upcoming Pumpkin Patch events: • The Pumpkin Patch Craft Fair: Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; lots of homemade items along with pumpkins for Halloween will be for sale at the First Congregational Church at 300 Central St. • The Pumpkin Patch Inn Pie Social: Saturday, Oct. 28, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. Treat yourself to a slice of homemade pie with ice cream and a drink to celebrate the autumn season.

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A WIDE RANGE OF SIZES: left to right: Joshua Rawson, who is a student at Saugus High School, and church member Carolyn Davis, who is one of the coordinators of this year’s event, are on hand to help customers who want to buy a pumpkin at the First Congregational Church Pumpkin Patch at Saugus Center. The patch is open daily through Nov. 1. (Saugus Advocate Photos by Mark E. Vogler)

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Looking at the future

Opening of new Saugus Middle/High School is planned for fall 2020 but Supt. DeRuosi wants parents to know what it’s going to be like now By Mark E. Vogler


ore than three months have passed since the town voted overwhelmingly by a 2-1 margin for a new Saugus Middle/High School that will accommodate students in grades 6 through 12. The School Building Committee hasn’t held a public meeting since before that historic June 20 vote. Students won’t get to enter that brand new school until the fall of 2020. But Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. said he is looking for help from the public – particularly the parents of the projected 1,360 students who will be learning in that school when it opens about a month shy of three years from now – in determining how that new building will be used. “We’re building a vision statement and a strategic plan,” DeRuosi said in an interview Tuesday night after briefing a crowd of close to 40 people in the Community Room of the Saugus Public Library. “We’re interested in what people have to say, because this helps us build the plan,” DeRuosi said. But while the superintendent is encouraging ideas from the public on how education will proceed in Saugus’s school of the future, he spent time answering questions – and in some instance, allaying some of the apprehension from parents who have concerns about the district’s mega education project – the biggest in the town’s history. “People are excited about this, but they also have a lot of questions,” DeRuosi said in the interview. “I’m trying to ease some of the anxiety, and I’m here to clear some of the confusion,” he said. Questions for the parents At the outset of his public

briefing, which was titled “Envisioning the Future of the Saugus Public Schools,”DeRuosi divided the room into three groups to develop answers for three different questions: What characteristics and skills do Saugus Public School graduates possess today? (Project into the future; imagine it is five years later. Use the present tense!) What does Saugus, as a district, look like, sound like and feel like today? (Remain in the future. Use the present tense! How did the Saugus Public School system become what it is today? (Remain in the future, and describe as specifically and concretely as possible. Use the past tense!) “You’re building my future. You’re building the kids’ future. You’re building the district’s future,” DeRuosi told the audience before handing out their assignments. He encouraged them to answer their respective questions after a group discussion and write them down on a large sheet of paper attached to the wall for each of the three groups. “Employers don’t want one smart person any more. They want a team of smart people … Twenty-first Century kids will not need the right answers. They will need to work through a ton of information to find the right answer,” the superintendent said. The answers for Question 2 – What does Saugus, as a district, look like, sound like and feel like today? – were a level One School District (a model), transparency, unified, inner town collaboration, sufficient program fundraising, a 100 percent graduation rate, 100 percent college acceptance, no drug problems, small classes/consistent class size, student centered education, a high level of student engagement, schools consolidated and no out-of-district students.

A NEW SCHOOL UPDATE: Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr., briefs a crowd of close to 40 people, mostly parents, who showed up at the Community Room of the Saugus Public Library on Tuesday night for an update on plans for the new Saugus Middle/High School, which is targeted for opening in the fall of 2020. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

“You’re looking at a future of inter-town collaboration. It started June 20,” DeRuosi said, referring to the vote that approved the new consolidated middle/ high school. It’s just going to be one school While the Middle and High Schools will be built side-by-side on the site of the existing Saugus High School, the superintendent said the programs that will be incorporated will discourage that concept. “I don’t want them to ever think that they’re in separate buildings,” he said. He briefed the parents on what will be the configuration of the grades that will be paired up on each of the floors. The High School grades will occupy four floors while the Middle School will have three floors. But there will mixing of grades on three of the floors: • First floor: Grades 6 and 12. • Second floor: Grades 7 and 11. • Third floor: Grades 8 and 9, significant because that’s the transition from a Middle School to the High School.

• Fourth floor: Grade 10. “These kids will travel in their buildings. We’re hoping to get them to travel across,” DeRuosi said. For instance, he suggested the use of High School seniors to mentor sixth-graders. And while there is concern about the school not being large enough to accommodate the potential for future enrollment growth, DeRuosi noted there will be a space provided within the floor plan so a wing could be built if future enrollment did soar. The superintendent noted that 1,360 is close to the current population. “The problem we’re having right now in Saugus: Our enrollment is going down. It’s a death spiral,” DeRuosi said. One parent suggested: “You gotta … give the parents a reason to put the kids in the school.” “The future is ours … It’s up to us to be creative,” DeRuosi said. Future security important The new school will be built with “flexible learning” in mind – “right down to the furniture,” he said.

There will be sliding walls to increase or decrease the size of a classroom and tables and desks that also could be varied in size. Color-coding will also be integrated in the design so students are better oriented within the structure of their learning environment, he added. While the current Saugus High School has 49 access points – which undermine security within the school, the new school will have mega-security measures. “You can get out of that building. But you can’t get in,” DeRuosi said of the future school.“It will be ‘cameraed’ – inside and out.” He called the modern day security that can be installed in future schools “phenomenal.” Once people enter the High School, “there will be a booth to buzz you into the High School,” he said. “ID badges will most likely be the future for all of us – adults and kids … These will not look like the schools we went to,” DeRuosi said. A few parents expressed apprehension about several aspects of the new school: whether the new school with an exit onto Route 1 would contribute to the traffic congestion or safety of the town’s major travel corridor; if the 1,250 seats for the stadium were enough; and whether the school needed more than 350 parking spots. A parent of a special needs student expressed concerns that the child might not feel safe and comfortable in the new school. But the superintendent reassured her that there would be the same kind of dialogue that she receives from the principal of her current school. DeRuosi said he plans to hold more community meetings to help develop the educational vision and strategic plan – while also addressing parents’ concerns about the future school.

Seniors vs. school parents Parking around Waybright Elementary school stirs showdown over safety and access By Mark E. Vogler


atricia St. Pierre said that some parents who come to pick up their children at Waybright Elementary School are so desperate to find temporary parking that they make life miserable for seniors and disabled people who live near the school. “It’s getting bad. They don’t care how they park,” St. Pierre told selectmen Wednesday

night during the citizen’s comment period. “They park right on the sidewalk. I really feel bad for the people in the wheel chairs because they have to go out in the street. They don’t care what you say. They still do it,” said St. Pierre, who has lived on Talbot Street since 1962. Housing Authority Member John Cannon, who lives at Heritage Heights, had requested to be on the agenda for discussion

of traffic and parking issues at the Waybright School. “The situation should be addressed and corrected as soon as possible,” Cannon told the board. He said that 12 to 14 parents are “creating a public safety problem,” with the way they park -- blocking access for fire trucks and ambulances that made need to get into Heritage Heights.

Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta will request a recommendation from the Police Department on the matter. “There have been various types of actions that have been taken,” Panetta said. For instance, selectmen vote in January of 2002 to prohibit parking on Talbot Street 15 feet on either side of the entrance to Heritage Heights. In August of 2009, the board voted to ban parking

during school hours on the south side of Talbot Street from Denver Street. They also approved a “Stop” sign west at Vine Street. Town Meeting Member William B. Stewart of Precinct 3, who is also a member of the Housing Authority, called it “a dangerous situation.” The traffic access gets so bad during school closing time that “we can’t get a fire truck through that street.”

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Compromising on Christmas Selectmen approve man’s license to open new business on Lynn Fells Parkway – minus his request to sell Christmas trees By Mark E. Vogler


hilip Consolo had plans to sell 100 Christmas trees as part of a market stand he plans to open at 172 Lynn Fells Parkway, near the intersection of Main St. But Consolo won’t be able to sell any Christmas trees as a result of conditions set on a transient vendor’s license approved unanimously by selectmen Wednesday night. “I fully support this -- but without the Christmas trees,” Selectman Mark Mitchell said in making a motion to approve Consolo’s license -- but with the stipulation that he can’t sell Christmas trees. Mitchell expressed concerns that allowing Consolo to sell the Christmas trees would hurt

a seasonal holiday business involving several nonprofit organizations in town. “It has nothing to do with competition,” Mitchell said, adding “I think we have too many folks in that immediate area selling trees.” Selectmen supported Mitchell’s motion by a 5-0 vote, contingent upon Consolo satisfying conditions set by the Board of Health. Consolo, a Malden resident and former Saugus resident who lived near the Lynn Fells Parkway for about 25 years, said he plans to begin his proposed Rosa Farms this month. He will sell a variety of fresh farm grown fruits and vegetables at a market stand, along with a selection of pumpkins, gourds and wreaths. Rosa Farms

would be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Saturday. “For over 50 years my family has owned and passed down through generations outdoor open markets where we have sold fresh grown fruits and vegetables to the Boston Community,” Consolo said. “During the holiday season, we also supply the public with Christmas trees, homemade wreaths, flower arrangements and pumpkins,” he said. “Our company has great affiliations with and continues to sell produce to prominent establishments such as: The Boston Public Market, the New England Produce Center, Rosa Farms grocery store in Hanover, Mass. and the farm-



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Sachems football team shows fight in loss to Lynn English By Julian Cardillo


he Saugus football team continue to show some of their youth and inexperience, even though the Sachems generally appear to be trending in the right direction. Last Saturday, the team fell to 0-4 after a 46-22 loss to Lynn English at Stackpole.

Slow starts have been dooming Saugus this season. That was the case again against Lynn English, which scored three unanswered touchdowns to begin the game. Lynn English opened the scoring on an 11-play drive to roll into the lead. Saugus couldn’t respond on offense until the second quarter, when Ricky

Martinez took a 15-yard run into the end zone to cut Lynn English’s lead to 22-7. On the plus side, the Sachems scored one touchdown in every quarter but the first. Saugus’s best play of the game came on defense. Christian Correia caught an interception in the third quarter, batting a pass by Lynn English quarter-

back Matt Severance into the air before catching it and running it all the way to the English 15. From there, Sachems quarterback Mike Mabee needed only one play to get the ball into the end zone. He ran the ball in himself, with the PAT from Ricard Martinez-Moretta making it a 38-14. Time was not on Saugus’s side

to pull off an upset, but they still managed to get more points on the board. Mabee hooked up with James Moise on a 34yard pass into the end zone as time ticked away in the fourth quarter. Saugus will look for their first win of the season in their next game, which is against Gloucester on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Sun Devils capture eighth Saugus Softball Little League Major Division Championship T

he Sun Devils of the Saugus Softball Little League recently captured their 8th Major Division Championship in 10 seasons with a thrilling 5-1 victory over an extremely well-coached Gators team. The Sun Devils, coming off a second-place regular season finish, once again found themselves back in the Championship game, and for the second year in a row they had the good fortune of coming away victorious. In a game that featured the League’s top two teams and pitchers, neither the Sun Devils’ Fallon Millerick (2 for 3, RBI, 2 runs scored) nor the Gators’ Corinne Halley (14 strikeouts, 4 hits, 5 runs) disappointed the large crowd in attendance as both turned in masterful pitching performances.

The visiting Sun Devils wasted no time getting on the board in the top of the second inning. Macy Cadigan (0-0, 3 walks, 2 runs scored) drew a leadoff walk and promptly stole second and third. Cadigan eventually scored on a wild pitch, giving the Sun Devils an early 1-0 lead. The Gators answered right back with one of their own in the home half. Halley, the Gators’ cleanup hitter, walked and stole second and third, and with 2 outs she came around to score on a perfectly executed delay steal, knotting the score at 1. The Sun Devils plated the goahead runs in the top of the fourth, highlighted by some fine base running from Millerick and Cadigan. Millerick, who lead off the inning reaching first on a dropped 3rd strike, prompt-


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The Sun Devils, from left to right: front row, kneeling: Lindsey Tammaro, Fallon Millerick, Lily Ventre, Paige Hogan; second row: Nicole Orent, Kristin Mosher, Jessica Valley, Nina Penachio; back row: Coach Kelly Ventre, Coach Joe Cimetti, Macy Cadigan, Samantha Valley, Kali Penachio, Coach Leah Ventre, Manager Steve Almquist, Coach Anthony Ascolese. Missing from photo: Ava Rogers.

ly stole second and third before scoring on a wild pitch. Cadigan followed suit with a walk and swiped 2 more bases before scoring on a passed ball, giving the Sun Devils a 3-1. Millerick, who was dominant all night, held the Gators scoreless in the fourth by striking out the side. The Sun Devils went back to work in the fifth, trying to add a few more insurance runs against the equally impressive Halley. With one out, first baseman Samantha Valley walked and stole second. Millerick helped her own cause by ripping a base hit to left field, scoring Valley. Sun Devils 10-year-old standout catcher Lily Ventre (1-3, RBI) stepped up to the plate and capped off the scoring by lacing a base hit to center, plating Millerick for a 5-1 lead. Millerick, who took a no-hitter into the sixth, continued her masterful pitching performance by retiring the Gators in order in the bottom of the fifth. The Sun Devils were held scoreless in the top of the sixth,

setting the stage for Millerick to close things out. But the Gators refused to go down quietly. Third baseman Elise Rego, who made several highlight reel plays in the game, led off the inning with a line drive base hit to right field, spoiling Millerick’s bid for a no-hitter. However, any hopes of a Gators’ comeback were quickly dashed as the flame-throwing Millerick fanned the final 3 batters, preserving the 5-1 win and the Championship for her Sun Devil teammates. Millerick pitched a phenomenal game (14 strikeouts, 1 hit, 1 earned run, 3 walks), and as was the case all year, it took a total team effort from all Sun Devil players to secure the victory. Ventre, Cadigan, Samantha Valley, Jessica Valley, Kali Penachio, Emily Orent, Lindsey Tammaro, Paige Hogan and Kristin Mosher all had standout games for the Sun Devils. Halley, Rego, Molly Cummings, Lindsey McGovern, Adrianna Bowker, Rylee Kahn, Madison Casaletto, Noelle Marulli,

Felicia Alexander, Chloe Swartz and Natalie Phat all played well for the Gators. Throughout the season and playoffs, the Sun Devils relied on contributions from all 12 players as their keys to success. The pitching staff was led by Millerick and Lily Ventre. Offensive leaders were Millerick, Ventre, Samantha Valley, Nicole Orent, Kali Penachio and Cadigan. Hogan, Jessica Valley, Mosher, Tammaro, Nina Penachio (who unfortunately had to sit out the playoffs due to a broken collarbone) and Ava Rogers (who also missed the playoffs as she moved out of state) contributed timely offense, played outstanding defense and were instrumental in the team’s success. Coaches Steve Almquist, Joe Cimetti, Anthony Ascolese, Kelly Ventre and Leah Ventre would like to thank all of the Sun Devils parents and players for helping to making this another fun and rewarding softball season.

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Saugus golf team secures state tournament berth By Julian Cardillo


he Saugus boys’ golf team is rolling, capturing a state championship berth through just 13 contests – the earliest they’ve qualified in program history. Saugus is 9-4 on the season after beating Revere twice this week and North Quincy and

Malden once apiece. Senior Nick Moore, who is also a hockey player for the Sachems, is the team’s number one and shot 34 this week. Brandon Naumann is in the two spot and has also been playing well. “We have nine seniors this year, which is good and bad in both directions,” said coach Jeff

Mitchell. “But I’ve been with a lot of them for years, including middle school.” This is Saugus’s third straight year getting to states, which take place starting on October 23. The finals are held on October 30. “Now we can concentrate on getting everyone to states,”

Mitchell said. “We had 14 kids playing on varsity, and everyone plays, so we have a tournament at the end of the year to figure out the six who will go to states. From my point of view, it’s the fairest way to do things.” Saugus is jockeying with Salem for the top spot in the

Northeast Conference. One of the Sachems’ goals was qualifying for the state tournament, the other is winning the conference. “It’s a good group of kids and they’re motivated and confident,” Mitchell said. “It’s a closeknit bunch. It’s fun to see them come together like this.”

Make that 9-0 for Saugus girls’ soccer By Julian Cardillo


he Saugus girls’ soccer team’s trend of steamrolling opponents continued on Tuesday as they buried Winthrop, 5-0, at home. Saugus is now 9-0 on the season ahead


of two tough games against Gloucester and Lynn Classical. Olivia Burke opened the scoring in the second minute on Tuesday. Rachel Nazzaro doubled the lead five minutes later, and Allie Kotkowski scored two more goals before halftime.

Burke scored her second goal in the second half. “We’ve been fortunate at times, but our defense is also smothering everyone before they get in our end,”said Saugus coach Chris Coviello.“We’re good with the ball and we don’t give up possession.

Our shots are going in.” Coviello credits the team culture with their success. “We’re very loose in practice … these girls have been playing together for years. They all know each other and they get along great. Practices are competitive, too.

“I think the fact that they play so well together and get along so well helps, too. I’ve had teams that didn’t get along well and had great talent and then teams that are not so talented get along really well. It’s kind of a perfect storm.”

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he Saugus girls’ volleyball In boys’ soccer action, the Juniors Jonathan Rodriguez and win of the season. they helped Saugus beat Catheteam lost to Somerville, Sachems collected a 4-1 win Ryan Pugh each scored twice for Pugh and Ryan picked up right dral, 8-0. Pugh had two goals while 3-0, on Tuesday. against Winthrop on Monday. Saugus to collect the team’s fifth where they left off last Friday when Rodriguez recorded four.

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ineteen nineteen was a historic year for the baseball World Series. That was the year when the Chicago White Sox were labelled the Black Sox. The White Sox had defeated the New York Giants in 1917, four games to two, and in 1919 were considered by the public and the sportswriters as an elite team that could not lose the series. They did not do well in 1918 because they had lost many players to the military in World War I, including “Shoeless Joe” Jackson. Some of the players allegedly accepted bribes to lose games, receiving up to $100,000, which would be about one and a half million today. The Cincinnati Reds won the series, but it was not a great achievement. Suspicions arose during the first game after uncharacteristically sloppy pitching by knuckleballer Eddie Cicotte, who had won 29 games that season, was not happy and felt insulted by the owner, Charles Comiskey, who reportedly told the manager, Kid Gleason, to not have Cicotte pitch near the end of the regular season because he had won 29 games and would receive a substantial bonus if he won 30 games. The owner also refused to have the players’ uniforms cleaned on a regular basis, and they became grubby, hence the name “Black Sox.” Jackson was the outstand-

ing leader of the team. He batted .351, which was fourth in the league. He was in the top five in slugging percentage, RBIs, total bases, and base hits. Eddie Collins – considered one of the greatest second basemen although in his 30s – batted .319 with on-base percentage of .400. Right fielder Nemo Leibold hit .302 and scored 81 runs. First baseman Chick Gandil hit .290; third baseman Buck Weaver, .296; Oscar Felsch, .275; catcher Ray Schalk, .282; and shortstop Swede Risberg batted .246. Jackson and Felsch led the team with seven home runs each in the dead-ball era (around 1900 to 1919). The hurlers were led by Cicotte, who had a record of 29–7 to lead the league. Claude“Lefty”Williams was 23–11, and Dicky Kerr, 13–7. The eight players later banned from professional baseball (though acquitted of criminal charges) were Gandil, Cicotte, Jackson, Felsch, Risberg, Weaver, Williams, and Fred McMullin. McMullin, a utility infielder, was not originally in on the fix, but he overheard conversations among the others and demanded money along with the others. The series started in Cincinnati and the Reds won 9-1. In the bottom of the first inning, Cicotte hit the leadoff batter, Morrie Rath, which was the signal to gambler Arnold Rothstein that the fix was

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on. The game continued leisurely until the fourth inning when Cicotte allowed a succession of base hits climaxed by a two-out triple by the opposing pitcher, as the Reds tallied 5 runs to break a 1-1 game wide open. The second-game starter for the Sox was Williams, who pitched well until the fourth inning when he allowed 3 runs as he walked 3 batters. Game three was in Comiskey Park and with rookie Dickie Kerr, who was not in the fix and who shut out the Reds 3 to nothing. Cicotte was on the mound for game four, and the Sox were beaten 2 to zip. Through the four games, the players in on the fix where grumpy because they had not been paid the money promised. They had only received $30,000. Williams was on the mound for game 5, which was delayed by a day because of rain. The game was a standoff for 5 innings, then Williams allowed 4 runs under many questionable plays by his coconspirators, and the Reds won 5-0. Kerr was up again for game 6 and the Sox won 5 to 4. Game 7 saw Cicotte pitching for his third effort, and the Reds won 4-1. Game 8 had Williams pitch-

ing for the Sox, and he gave up 4 runs in the first and another in the second. The Reds won 10--5 and took the title. In Sachemville this week the awesome girls’ soccer team continued their winning ways, topping Malden with another shutout, 4-0. Allie Kotkowsky banged home a pair of goals, Alivia Burke and Rachel Nazzaro scoring the remainder. The team is still undefeated for the season. The boys’ soccer team also found success. They took their third win of the season with a 3-2 victory over Northeast Regional. Jon Rodriguez had a pair of tallies and Ralph Pugh contributed the third. The field hockey team dropped

a close contest to Beverly, 2 to nothing. The golf team lost to Brookline 81-47. The football team faced an undefeated Lynn English on Saturday and gave up 30 points in the first half. They staged a comeback in the second half, only to lose 4822. For the Sachems, quarterback Mike Mabee dashed 15 yards for the first Saugus score, and Ricardo Martinez-Moretta kicked the PAT. James Moise got to pay dirt on a 15-yard pass play from Mabee, and Martinez added another PAT. The final Sachem tally was Moise hauling a Mabee toss for a 35-yard touchdown, and the Sachems added two points on the PAT.

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issues facing our Town,” according to a press release we received from SAVE. “The event will also be televised in order to reach as many residents as possible. Candidates’ invitations will be sent out on or By Mark Vogler shortly after September 20th. SAVE hopes the public will plan to join us for this informative event.” ere are a few tidbits that you might want to know about this For more information about SAVE, please contact SAVE President week in Saugus. Ann Devlin at or call her at 781-233-5717. You can also visit SAVE websites at or http:// See and hear the Selectmen candidates and follow the link to SAVE’s Facebook group. Saugus voters will get to hear from eight of the nine candidates who will be on the ballot for the Nov. 7 Town Election, in sched- Farewell to Wally Ward uled political forums. Candidate Assunta A. Palumba is the only one A Middleton woman who once lived in Revere called me earliwho failed to register for “a Board of Selectmen Candidates Forum,” er this week to share a nice story about the days when blue collar which is being sponsored by the Saugus Chamber of Commerce and urban city kids could enjoy some horseback riding that they for Tuesday, Oct. 17, set for 7 p.m. in the second floor auditorium of probably couldn’t afford. Marcia Skinner said the recent death of Town Hall, according to the chamber’s acting director, Julie Mitchell. Saugus resident and former Mass Racing Commissioner Wallace. All five incumbent members of the Board of Selectmen will be A. “Wally” Ward, Jr. rekindled some fond High School memories. running for reelection: Board Chair Debra Panetta and her col- Ward, formerly of Revere, was also the owner of the Revere/Sauleagues Jennifer D’Eon, Scott A. Brazis, Mark Mitchell and Jeffrey gus Riding Academy, which is located in Revere. Skinner, a senior in Cicolini. They are being challenged by former Selectman Michael the Revere High School Class of 1974, said she remembers getting J. Serino and candidates Corinne R. Riley, Michael A. Coller and Pa- signatures for petitions to have the zoning laws changed, which lumba. would enable the riding academy to get built. “There won’t be any questions taken from the audience,” Mitch“I know of tons of kids from Revere, Saugus and some of the othell said this week. “Questions will determined in advance. And we er communities who got to ride there, who probably never would encourage residents to come and hear what the candidates have have had the chance,” Skinner told The Saugus Advocate. to say.” “This man had the idea to bring horseback riding to inner city James Mitchell, Editor and Publisher of The Advocate Newspa- kids. He would get horses from Suffolk Downs that weren’t racing pers – which owns The Saugus Advocate – will be moderator of the well and would turn them into school horses. And sometimes he forum, which is expected to last about two hours. Michael Procop- would get a truck load of horses from out west,” Skinner said. io, vice chairman of the chamber’s Board of Directors, will serve as “They had a really nice carriage they rented out for weddings the master of ceremonies for the forum. and pony parties. And all the kids that volunteered or worked There’s at least one other political event set for this month, in there felt like they were a part of something. I remember the Blizwhich residents will get to see their selectmen candidates talk zard of ’78. We all wanted to be at the barn. We didn’t want to be about issues. Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) at home,” she said. will sponsor a forum on Monday, October 23, starting at 7:00 p.m. Skinner said she has memories of treating a blind niece to a at the second floor auditorium at Saugus Town Hall Auditorium pony ride. She also remembers how Wally let her decorate a pony (298 Central St.). The doors will be open to the public at 6:30 p.m. around Christmas with festive red and green and bells that made for this free event. “As we have in the past, SAVE provides this pub- noise and take the niece for a holiday ride. lic-service forum for candidates for the Board of Selectmen so that “That academy that Wally ran probably did a lot for a lot of kids. each candidate can share their views of the critical environmental It was nice to be able to fulfill that dream of riding,” Skinner said. Ward’s family has made arrangements for calling hours and a funeral tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 7). The Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home in Saugus is in charge. Skinner says she hoping to be there to share some of those memories with friends and others who knew Wally.




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Time to vote for SHS Hall of Fame Do you know of a former Saugus High School athlete who deserves to be inducted into the Saugus High School Hall of Fame? Well, the nomination process has begun. Anyone looking to nominate a former Saugus High athlete into the Athletic Hall of Fame can mail their nominations to: Saugus High School 1 Pearce Memorial Dr. Saugus, MA 01906 Attention: Athletic Hall of Fame – Mike Hashem Or, you could also mail your nomination to: Don Trainer 5 Appleton Pl. Saugus, MA 01906 Nominations can also be emailed to SaugusHSAthelticHOF@ Stay tuned for more details. Fire Department to host free Open House The Saugus Fire Department will be hosting a free Open House tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 7), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the public safety building at 27 Hamilton St. in Saugus. The Open House, which is sponsored by Papa Gino’s, is aimed at teaching families fire safety and prevention practices. Papa Gino’s will be providing free pizza and educational materials. This open house commemorates National Fire Safety Month (October). Participants will receive safety tips, such as “stop, drop and roll,” learning how to plan escape routes and how to crawl safely through a smoke-filled room. In addition, Papa Gino’s, the Dedham, Mass.-based pizza chain, will provide free pizza and children’s fire safety coloring sheets at the Open House. “This event allows us to reach out to the community and arm local families with fire safety tips and procedures … Our Open House allows families to get together and prepares them to react if a fire does start,” Saugus Fire Chief Michael Newbury said. Papa Gino’s is celebrating its 23rd anniversary of sponsoring fire safety open houses throughout New England to encourage families to learn about fire safety. For the past 23 years, Papa Gino’s has sponsored open houses throughout New England, helping

to educate more than two million people about fire prevention and safety. During the month of October, Papa Gino’s will provide customers with fire-prevention coloring sheets and certificates for kids. Fire department open houses are being hosted throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island in October. For more information about the Saugus Fire Department’s Open House, call Captain James Hughes or Captain Scott Phelan at 781-941-1170. One-day trash and recycling delay The Town of Saugus announced that trash and recycling collection will run on a one-day delay from next Tuesday (Oct. 10) through next Saturday (Oct. 14), due to the observance of Columbus Day. Trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday (Oct. 9), due to the holiday. Collection will then resume on a one-day delay for the remainder of the week. Residents should leave trash and/or recycling out the morning after their regularly scheduled collection day. The Compost and Recycling drop-off site will be open normal hours tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 7), from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Town of Saugus would like to thank everyone for their cooperation. Please contact Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Lorna Cerbone at 781-231-4036 with any questions. “Praying for our Adult Children” series begins This note of interest for Saugus residents from Rev. Martha Leahy of the First Congregational Church UCC, 300 Central St., Saugus; here’s a press release she passed onto us for this week’s paper: “When children are small, parents seem to easily come up with ways to teach them lessons and act as their guides in life. Things change dramatically when children become adults. How or what can we say when we see them going down a destructive path? When their choices of friends and partners trouble us? When they can’t seem to find who they are and what they want to become? Prayer is a way to ease our worries. “In a five-part series, we will explore these topics and more. All parents, guardians and caregivers of adult children are welcomed to attend. “Series co-leaders are Susan Finnegan, RN, Director of the HIV Clinic at Lynn Community Health Center and Rev. Martha Leahy, Pastor of First Congregational Church UCC in Saugus. “The five sessions will be held on Wed., Oct.11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 29 and Dec. 13, 7-8:30 p.m.


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SOUNDS | from page 16 at First Congregational Church UCC, 300 Central St., Saugus. The building is entirely wheelchair-accessible. We welcome parents of LGBTQIA adult children. We are non-judgmental and encourage those of all faiths and no religious affiliation to come. “For the first session, please bring a photo of one adult child. By the end of the sessions, participants will have learned five ways to pray for their adult children. Additional sessions may be added at the request of participants. For questions, call Rev. Leahy at 781233-3028 or email at” “Native American Sunday” The First Congregational Church UCC (300 Central Street, Saugus) invites the public to their annual Native American Sunday, which is set for Oct. 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. This is a celebration of the arrival of the annual Pumpkin Patch and its Native American origins, as our pumpkins are grown by the Navajo Nation of New Mexico. The special guest speaker this year is Donna Edmonds Mitchell, also known as Minoweh Ikidowin (Cloud in the Wind). She is a member of the Troy/Fall River Band of Wampanoag peoples in Fall River, Mass. She is an inspirational poet and storyteller using spirituality as her main theme. Mitchell travels throughout southeastern New England to share her ancestors’ rich history of survival since the early 1700s to the present day. Using photographs, original stories and poetry, she keeps the voices of her ancestors alive by continuing their legacy of daily prayers filled with wisdom, gratitude, inspirations and affirmation. Please join us as we celebrate our Native American heritage and come meet Minoweh Ikidowin. For questions call 781-233-3028, email or find us on Facebook. Hey taxpayers! Here’s a note that appeared on the town website this week, which Saugus taxpayers would consider of great interest: “Chairman Michael Serino and the Board of Assessors, in accordance with the Bureau of Local Assessment Guidelines, urge local property owners to verify that their new 2018 property assessment data is accurate during a state-mandated period of public disclosure from October 3, 2017 through October 13, 2017. “The Town of Saugus is in the process of completing its required recertification of all new 2018 property values, which ensures that properties are at full and fair market value, and that values are equitable throughout the community. “The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has conducted an extensive review of the new values, and preliminary certification of all property values has been approved. It is now recommended that all property owners also check the data on their property to make sure the information is correct. “Residents can check their data [on the Town website]. Residents can also verify this data in person by visiting the Assessor’s Office, located at 298 Central Street, or Saugus Public Library, located at 295 Central Street. “All values are based on sales or income and expenses for calendar year 2016, as required by state law. “This public disclosure period will run for eight business days, as recommended by the Bureau of Local Assessment. The Saugus Board of Assessors advises all taxpayers to review their proposed assessments and contact the Assessor’s Office with any questions during the Public Disclosure period, October 3, 2017 through October 13, 2017. “The Assessor’s Office hours are: Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “For more information, contact the Assessor’s Office at 781-2314130.” Some citizen concerns It might worth town legal counsel and the town manager’s office doing an audit of various boards in town to see if they are complying with the state Open Meeting and Public Records Laws. We’re already receiving emails from town residents alerting us to their intentions of filing complaints, particularly with the town, alleging violations of the Open Meeting Law. With campaign forums scheduled for later this month, Open Government would be a good subject to quiz the candidates on. In the meantime, if we can be of help in breaking through the red tape known as the state’s Public Records Law, or if you are just frustrated and want to vent, feel free to email me at By introducing this new component to our weekly “Sounds of Saugus” column, we hope to engage citizens on issues that matter to them – and to get answers, of course. Stay tuned for new developments. Essex County Trivia Quiz

For those readers who enjoyed the “How Well Do You Know Saugus?” program recently sponsored by the Saugus Historical Society, maybe you would like to take in a trivia quiz about Essex County History. Here’s some information from Saugus Historical Society President Laura Eisener: The October General meeting, to which the public is invited, is at 7 p.m. next Wednesday (Oct. 11). There are light refreshments. “The ‘Essex County Trivia Quiz’ features questions about history and geography of Essex County towns. There are small prizes (such as a postcard) for each correct answer, and at the end whoever has the most postcards wins a larger prize (this fall it is a $25.00 Gift Certificate to Trader Joe’s) and is declared the overall winner. It is designed to have a range of topics and interesting stories connected with each answer. “As examples, past questions (I’m not giving away any of the current crop of questions) include ‘Which City was nicknamed Oniontown?’ and ‘Where did Rowland Macy open his first dry good store – and hold the first Macy’s Parade?’ (Hint – It’s not New York! It’s a city in Essex County.) “This is a fun and interactive event. Whether you wish to compete or just watch, answer one question or many, it is amusing and informative. Saugus is the southwesternmost town of this very historic county. It has a very rich history and was home to many inventions, industries, and educational institutions.” Laura Eisener will provide the quiz questions and answers. “At our last meeting, Marilyn Carlson spoke to a standing room only crowd, providing tantalizing details in the history of Saugus,” Laura told us. “A few attendees left behind items – if you are missing a red sweater please call Laura Eisener 781-231-5988. Or, you can email her at” More deadlines for candidates There are a few more deadlines for political candidates to follow as they prepare for the Nov. 7 town elections: • Oct. 18 from 8:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. Last day to register to vote. • Oct. 24 Office of Campaign Finance Reports are due. • Dec. 7 Office of Campaign Finance Reports are due. Curbside leaf collection commences The Town of Saugus will hold several curbside leaf collection days over the next couple of months. Residents may dispose of leaves curbside on their regularly scheduled collection day during the following upcoming weeks: Oct. 23-27, Nov. 13-17 and 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 (298 Central St., 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. At the Iron Works The Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site has a neat program coming next month: a special river trip at $15 per person on Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. “Join us on a paddle up the Saugus River and experience the River’s place in the nature, history, and community of Saugus,” according to the website. “Visitors will paddle for three hours round trip with guides to the Saugus Iron Works from Stocker Playground,” the website adds. To register, email Iron pour at the Iron Works Come to the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site on Sunday, Oct. 15 at noon for the annual iron pour demonstration. The set up begins at 10:30 a.m. The Iron Works is located at 244 Central St. in Saugus. For more Information: 781-233-0050. High School students should apply Town Clerk Ellen Schena asked me to put the word out that she’s still looking for a few good men and women to work as election workers for the Nov. 7 town election. There will be two shifts: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to closing. “I’m willing to be flexible with the hours,” Schena said in a recent interview. “And they can work a full day, which is about 15 hours.” Schena is looking to fill vacant poll workers’ position at each of the 10 precincts, at about a $9-an-hour rate. People under age 17 need not apply, as they would be too young. She said she always

Page 17 needs to have extra people available, in somebody cancels their assignment on or near Election Day.“I usually get about five cancellations before the election,” Schena said. “Most people who work for us are retirees, but I’m starting to get more high school students. So this would be a good job for them – somebody who is smart, quick and has the energy. And it’s actually a good way for them to help support their community.” Letters were due to go out to about 80 to 90 people, scheduling them to work. Usually 100 to 110 are signed up to work on Election Day, Schena said. Well, if some high school students are at least 17 and looking to pick up a little pocket money while helping their community, go down to the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall to apply. A political sign primer All candidates for public office are expected to comply with the Town of Saugus Zoning Bylaws (Article 7, Section 7.3, Sub-Section 8) regarding political signs. Here’s what you need to know: • No more than one sign per election contest, per lot, on private property, and only with the property owner’s permission. • Signs shall not exceed 3 feet by 2 feet, or a total of 6 square feet in size. • Freestanding signs shall be no higher than five feet above ground level at highest point. • Signs shall be stationary and not directly illuminated. • Signs shall not be erected earlier than 30 days before an election, and shall be removed within seven days after the election. • If you have any questions or concerns regarding the town’s regulations for political signs, check with Building Inspector Fred Varone for more details at 781-231-4119. Candidates’ views are welcome It looks like most candidates for selectmen and all of the candidates for the School Committee don’t care about getting some nice exposure to 7,000 to 8,000 readers. The way I look at, it’s their own fault. We’ve already run the statements and photos of three candidates who are challenging the incumbent selectmen. No takers in the School Committee race yet. The Saugus Advocate welcomes campaign announcements from candidates seeking public office in the fall elections. Email me a letter stating your interest and qualifications for the position you are seeking, and we’ll be glad to publish it along with a photo at no charge. Anything additional the candidate


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Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on several of the roll calls on overriding some of Gov. Charlie Baker’s cuts of $320 million in spending in the $39.4 billion fiscal 2018 state budget. A two-thirds vote in both branches is needed for a veto to be overridden. The House has so far restored an estimated $284 million and the Senate $24.9 million.

House and Senate Democratic leaders said the budget was balanced and that Baker’s cuts were unnecessary and would hurt many people including the sick, seniors, children and minorities. The governor and GOP leaders said the Legislature should wait until more tax revenue figures are in so that members can see if the state can afford to restore this funding. Some Republicans said that because

of this uncertainty they voted to sustain all of Gov. Baker’s vetoes, even though it meant voting against restoring funding for many good programs they would otherwise have supported. “The Baker-Polito Administration put forward a balanced budget, eliminated millions of dollars in earmark spending and increased funding for education, addiction prevention initiatives and other key programs this fiscal year,” said Baker spokesman Brendan Moss. “The current fiscal environment, specifically soft revenue collection reports to date, indicates there is no basis to support the legislature’s decision to increase spending by $284 million.” “The Senate has carefully reviewed vetoes in the context of our difficult fiscal situation and ongoing efforts on health care cost containment,” said Senate Ways and Means chair Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “I am confident that the budget remains in balance and cautiously optimistic about revenue collections and potential savings moving forward.” CUT $1.1 MILLION FOR RECOVERY HIGH SCHOOLS (H 3800) House 139-15, overrode a reduction of $1.1 million (from $3.6 million to $2.5 million) for recovery high schools -- public schools where students can earn a high school diploma and are supported in their recovery from alcohol and drug use. (A “Yes” vote is for funding the $1.1 million. A “No” vote is against funding it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Didn’t Vote Rep. Donald Wong Yes

1. In what epic poem were the lotus-eaters paralyzed on an island? 2. On Oct. 6, 1926, in the World Series, who hit three homeruns? 3. What crime writer said, “I’m an incredible sausage machine, a perfect sausage machine! I always think it must end soon, then I’m so glad when the next one comes along”? 4. In what game would you find a stickman? 5. On Oct. 7, 1916, what Southern football team beat Cumberland University 220-0? 6. In what country did the tradition of a bride tossing her garter begin? 7. What movie ends “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”? (Hint: a city name.) 8. What do Fawcett, Jackson and Smith have in common? 9. On Oct. 7, 1826, the country’s first chartered railroad began, hauling granite blocks from

Quincy, Mass. for what monument? 10. Who was called “the funniest pianist on Earth”? 11. In 1972 who started the arcade video game Pong? 12. What was “Wild Bill” Hickok playing when he was shot dead by Jack McCall? 13. What does a conchologist collect? 14. Do most insects lay eggs? 15. What does the Spanish “guau guau” mean? 16. On Oct. 9, 1917, Clarence Saunders received a patent for his method of operating Piggly Wiggly, which was what? 17. On the frontier what besides horses pulled wagons? 18. In October 2010, who said, “If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you’re in real trouble”? (Hint: initials BG.) 19. What organization is LOOM? 20. Houlton’s annual Potato Feast is in what state?

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CUT $550,000 FOR PROMOTION OF HEALTH AND DISEASE PREVENTION (H 3800) House 125-28, overrode a reduction of $550,000 (from $4,110,977 to $3,560,977) 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. (A “Yes” vote is for funding the $550,000. A “No” vote is against funding it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Didn’t Vote Rep. Donald Wong Yes CUT ENTIRE $60,000 FOR TEACHING FINANCIAL LITERACY (H 3800) House 120-33, overrode the veto of the entire $60,000 for a program that mentors and teaches financial literacy to lowincome women. (A “Yes” vote is for funding the $60,000. A “No” vote is against funding it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Didn’t Vote

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CUT ENTIRE $50,000 FOR POST-PARTUM DEPRESSION (H 3800) House 141-12 overrode the veto of the entire $50,000 for a post-partum depression pilot program. (A “Yes” vote is for funding the $50,000. A “No” is against funding it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Didn’t Vote Rep. Donald Wong Yes

in Massachusetts participate in the program, serving 186,000 children and families. (A “Yes” vote is for funding the $1 million. A “No” vote is against funding it.) Sen. Thomas McGee Yes $1 MILLION FOR TUFTS VETERINARY SCHOOL (H 3800) Senate 30-6, overrode Gov. Baker’s $1 million veto reduction (from $5 million to $4 million) in funding for Tufts Veterinary School in North Grafton. Tufts is the only veterinary school in New England. Tufts’website says that its progressive academic programs, high-quality clinical care services and original research have brought them national and worldwide acclaim. (A “Yes” vote is for funding the $1 million. A “No” vote is against funding it.) Sen. Thomas McGee Yes

CUT ENTIRE $250,000 FOR CHEFS IN SCHOOL (H 3800) House 136-17, overrode the veto of the entire $250,000 for the Chefs in Schools program that brings chefs into school cafeteria kitchens to work with existing staff to create healthier meals that students would find tasty and visually appealing. (A “Yes” vote is for funding the $250,000. A “No” is against funding it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Didn’t Vote HOW LONG WAS LAST Rep. Donald Wong Yes WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of CUT $1.25 MILLION FOR time that the House and SenKIDS’ MENTAL HEALTH (H ate were in session each week. 3800) Many legislators say that legisSenate 31-5, overrode a re- lative sessions are only one asduction of $1.25 million (from pect of the Legislature’s job and $2.5 million to $1.25 million) for that a lot of important work is early childhood mental health done outside of the House and consultation services in early Senate chambers. They note education and care programs. that their jobs also involve com(A “Yes” vote is for funding mittee work, research, constituthe $1.25 million. A “No” vote is ent work and other matters that against funding it.) are important to their districts. Sen. Thomas McGee Yes Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long CUT $800,000 FOR PEDIAT- enough to debate and vote in RIC PALLIATIVE CARE (H 3800) public view on the thousands of Senate 37-0, overrode a re- pieces of legislation that have duction of $800,000 (from been filed. They note that the $2,606,334 to 1,806,334) for pe- infrequency and brief length diatric palliative care. of sessions are misguided and (A “Yes” vote is for funding the lead to irresponsible late-night $800,000. A “No” vote is against sessions and a mad rush to act funding it.) on dozens of bills in the days Sen. Thomas McGee Yes immediately preceding the end of an annual session. CUT $200,000 FOR SAMARDuring the week of SeptemITANS (H 3800) ber 25-29, the House met for a Senate 34-2, overrode a reduc- total of six hours and five mintion of $200,000 (from $400,000 utes while the Senate met for a to $200,000) for the Samaritans total of five hours and 38 minfor suicide prevention services. utes. (A “Yes” vote is for funding the MON.SEPT. 25 $200,000. A “No” vote is against House11:02 a.m. to11:12 a.m. funding it.) Senate 11:03 a.m. to11:13 a.m. Sen. Thomas McGee Yes TUES. SEPT. 26 CUT ENTIRE $1 MILLION No House session FOR REACH OUT AND READ No Senate session PROGRAM PROGRAMS (H 3800) WED.SEPT. 27 Senate 31-5, overrode Gov. House11:04 a.m. to 3:58 p.m. Baker’s veto of the entire $1 mil- No Senate session lion in funding for the Reach Out and Read (ROAR) program that THURS.SEPT. 28 trains pediatricians and nurs- House11:08 a.m. to12:09 p.m. es to advise parents about the Senate 11:11 a.m. to 4:39 p.m. importance of reading aloud to their children to prepare them FRI.SEPT. 29 for school. The program also No House session funds the purchase of books No Senate session to give to children who are six Bob Katzen months to five years old durwelcomes feedback at ing their visits to their doctors. Some 254 hospitals and clinics

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ast month’s decision by the state Attorney General’s Office to reject three articles passed by a Special Town Meeting to place new restrictions on Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.’s ash landfill has no immediate bearing on whether the Board of Health will seek to block expansion of the landfill. “That doesn’t affect us right now,” Board of Health Chair William Heffernan said this week.

“When we receive a decision by the state (Department of Environmental Protection), we’ll consider all of our options,” Heffernan told The Saugus Advocate following Monday’s monthly meeting. “Right now, we’re in a holding pattern. But, we’ll make a decision as a board,” he said. Heffernan was referring to a pending decision by DEP on whether to approve Wheelabrator Technologies’ plans to expand its ash landfill near its trash-to-energy incinerator on

SOUNDS| from page 17 requests would be a political ad. Coming attractions at Saugus Public Library. The library’s Third Annual Gala and Silent Auction is coming up soon – Saturday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the library. Join your friends and neighbors in supporting the Saugus Public Library while enjoying a fun-filled evening sponsored by the Foundation for the Saugus Public Library! All who attend the Gala and Silent Auction must be 21 or older. Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $30 per person at the door. Tickets are available online at www.sauguspubliclibrary. org or at the Saugus Public Library. Sponsorship opportunities are available and auction items are welcome. To donate an item, please call 781-245-7070. Halloween stories and songs Here’s some not-so-scary fun involving Halloween stories and songs for a young audience. Jeannie Mack, a popular attraction at the Saugus Public Library, will tell stories and sing some songs for a targeted audience of one- to five-year-olds at an event planned for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26. You should contact the library, as there is a limit of 75 people who can attend. The program is funded by the New Friends of Saugus Public Library. New donation options at the library New Friends of the Saugus Public Library are now set up to accept donations of stocks as well as cash. Also, New Friends are accepted by the GE Match Program. Your gift of $25.00 or more may be matched in full. Stock donations are also eligible for the

Route 107. The Board of Health has held several executive sessions over the past year on whether to file suit against Wheelabrator to assert its local powers and force Wheelabrator to file a new site assignment. Opponents of Wheelabrator’s expansion plans received a setback last month when the attorney general ruled that three warrant articles approved overwhelmingly at a Special Town Meeting were invalid.


New Friends of the Saugus Public Library are continuing their annual book sale, which began last Saturday in conjunction with Founders Day. Adult, young adult and children’s books, as well as CD’s and DVD’s, will be available. Avid readers in search of a book can come to the community room between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., using the Taylor Street entrance to pick up some great reads! Donations of newer or gently used books are currently being Pumpkin Decorating Contest accepted at the library. Please Here’s another fun Halloween event at the library. It’s a book note: The library does not accept character pumpkin-decorating contest. You can decorate your textbooks, computer books or enpumpkin as your favorite book character. Paint it. Dress it. Ac- cyclopedias. cessorize it. But don’t carve it. You can do this as a family or as an individual. Let’s hear it! Winners will be determined by a popular vote. The library will Got an idea, passing thought accept entries at the Children’s Room Desk between Monday, Oct. or gripe you would like to share 23 and Wednesday, Oct. 25. Voting will take place between Thurs- with The Saugus Advocate? I’m day, Oct. 26 and Tuesday, Oct. 31. Invite your family and friends to always interested in your feedvisit the library to vote for your pumpkin. The pumpkins will be back. I’m always interested in displayed in the Children’s Room. Winners will receive gift certif- hearing readers’ suggestions for icates from Barnes & Noble. possible stories or good candiSee the Children’s Room Desk for more details. dates for “The Advocate Asks” interview of the week. Feel free to Book Sale at Saugus Public Library email me at

32 years on the Everett Fire De- Wallace A. “Wally” Ward f Saugus, formerly of Revere partment retiring as a Captain. on October 1, 2017. Former For more information, please call 1-877-71ROCCO or www.rocco- Mass Racing Commissioner, former owner of Revere/Saugus Riding Academy. Beloved father of Wallace A. Ward, Jr. of Boston, Sheila E. (Mellor) Turin f Saugus, Sept. 24. Wife of William R. Ward, III of Ocala, FL, the late Alan Turin. Dear April Wilson & Shellee Mendes sister of Douglas Mellor & his both of Boston. Dear brother of Charles Ward of Lynn, Barbawife Linda. Step-mother of Carra Jackson-Shepherd of Quincy, rie Waters of NY & Cindy Bur- predeceased by 1 brother & 1 siston of CA. Loving aunt of Doug- ter.Also, a grandfather to many. las Mellor Jr. & his wife Jenni- In lieu of flowers, donations in fer & their son Jackson of Sau- his memory may be made to gus and Brett Mellor of Saugus. the Jimmy Fund at jimmyfund. Step-grandmother of Jordyn Tu- org. An hour of visitation will be rin of Millis & Isabel Burton of CA. held in the First Baptist Church, Cherished friend of Andrea Pear- 105 Main St., on Saturday 10 a.m. son. Memorial service held in the – 11 a.m. Relatives & friends inBisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, vited. A funeral service will be Saugus, on Saturday, September held in the church at 11 a.m. In30. In lieu of flowers, the family terment Puritan Lawn Memorial asks that you perform a random Park, Peabody. Arrangements by act of kindness in Sheila’s mem- Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, ory. For condolences www.Bis- SAUGUS.For directions & condolences



ash landfills that interfere with the broad regulatory authority of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP),” Healey wrote. Meanwhile, town official expect a decision by the DEP on whether to issue permits for Wheelabrator’s expansion project won’t come until next year. The DEP would schedule a public hearing somewhere in Saugus so residents could comment on the proposal. No date or location for that hearing has yet been given.

match program. This program is for current GE employees, GE retirees and spouses of deceased GE retirees. We encourage GE people to help out. Your donation is tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to New Friends of Saugus Public Library and noted “eligible for GE Match.” Drop off or mail them to Saugus Public Library, 295 Central St., Saugus, MA 01906. Please mark the envelope “Attention: New Friends.” Report your donation of check or stock to the GE Foundation Matching Gift Center at 1-800-305-0669. When you call, please have the following information available: your social security number, zip code of the Saugus Public Library, amount and date of your gift. Please consider helping New Friends to help to keep our library a busy and vital part of the community.

Obituaries Warren Murray f Saugus, formerly of Everett on October 1st. Beloved husband of Mary (McLaughlin). Father of Alberto, Ken, Jim, Virginia, Kathleen, Brian, Maria and the late Ellen. Brother of the late Howard, Jr. Also survived by many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Funeral was held from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett on Thursday, October 5. Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in Warren’s memory may be to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 220 N. Main St., Suite 104, Natick, MA 01760. Interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Warren was a decorated 9 year Navy veteran Seaman 1st Class who survived during WW II. He followed his Navy service with

“We write to notify you that we are required by state law to disapprove Articles 1, 2 and 3 from the Saugus Special Town Meeting of February 6, 2017 (seeking to regulate “Ash Landfills”) because of procedural defects in the hearing process and because the Articles conflict with state law,” Attorney General Maura Healey said in a six-page opinion addressed to Town Clerk Ellen J. Schena. “Specifically, towns are not authorized to place land use restrictions on landfills and

COMPROMISING| from page 13 er’s stands of Haymarket.” he said. Consolo told selectmen he had verbal consent from property owner Philip Veneziano to lease the property for his produce stand, pending approval of the transient vendor license. He promised that any trash or leftover debris from the stand would be removed every night before closing. Other than Mitchell’s opposition to the Christmas trees being part of what Consolo could sell,

selectmen spoke enthusiastically about the proposed business. “I’m always looking for a place to go for fresh produce. It would be nice to have something local,” Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta said. Selectmen said they are happy to see a new business occupy a location that’s been vacant for several years. Consolo said if the business is successful, he’ll consider making it a year-round venture.

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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.........$699,900.

SAUGUS Unique mini estate 7 rm, 4 bedrm Col, 8 car gar, a carriage house, granite kit w/ new CT flr, diningrm, livingrm w/columns & built-ins, 2 baths, wrap around, covered farmer’s porch, lg lot, hardwood, 2 story gar, carriage house offers heat & electricity, newer roofs, 3 yr old above ground Gibraltar pool completes this one of a kind property................. $599,900.

SAUGUS Custom CE Col, 10+ rms, 4 bedrms, 3 ½ baths, NEW gourmet kit w/quartz counters & oversized island, huge 1st fl fmrm w/marble fp, incredible master suite, custom woodwork, hdwd, fin LL w/kitchenette, gorgeous backyd w/IG pool, 2 c gar, ALL amenities, located in Homeland Estates......................................................$959,900.

SAUGUS Parkway Farms Split Entry Ranch offers 8 rms, 3 bdrms, 3 baths, 2 fireplaces, beautiful, updated kit open to 1st flr famrm, master w/bath, great rm in LL, hdwd, cen air, alarm, 2 c gar, sprinkler system, cul-de-sac MINT!!.........$585,000.




38 Main Street, Saugus MA



LYNN ~ 2 bedroom condo, eat in kitchen, hardwood flooring, ocean views, short walk to public transportation. Call today!…………………$219,900

MELROSE~ 3 bed, 3 bathroom cape, Large eat in kitchen, hardwood flooring, finished lower level.fireplace,3 car parking, Call today!…………………………………………$499,900

SAUGUS ~ 2 bedroom cape, finished basement, 2 sheds, great location, convenient to center of town and major highways. ……………………………………………….…$335,000

New construction, 10 rooms, 4 beds, 2-1/2/baths 2 car garage, 3300-3600 square feet, 2 car garage Still time to customize! ….. …….$950,000 Call Rhonda Combe


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MELROSE~ Rehabbed colonial. New kitchen with quartz counters, SS appliances , new bathroom, new gas heating system, paver driveway, fresh paint throughout. Call today!………………………$699,900

SAUGUS ~ Come see this well maintained colonial, 3 beds,1.5 baths, granite counters hardwood flooring, gas heat, mudroom, oversized 13k lot, granite, ………….$399,900

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SAUGUS ~ Rehabbed split entry. New kitchen with SS appliances, quartz counters, marble backsplash, new windows, finished lower level, great location, pool, cabana…………………………………$639,900

SAUGUS~ Colonial, 3 Bedroom, 1.5 bathroom Detached garage, Fireplace living room, dead end street, gas heat. Hardwood flooring, Eat in kitchen………………………………….……$389,900

SAUGUS ~ 1 bedroom condo, remodeled bath, pool, biking and walking trail steps away., conveniently located .…………………….$189,900

SAUGUS ~ New construction 4 bed, 2.5 baths, granite kitchen, SS appliances, great location!!, hardwood, central AC, gas fireplace………$685,000

SAUGUS………………Call Rhonda Combe at 781-706-0842 for details!!

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE - Friday, October 6, 2017  
THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE - Friday, October 6, 2017