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Friday, December 7, 2018

Saugus Christmas Spirit “The YES A week after Saugus’s tree lighting, MEG Foundation begins 8th Annual Christmas Tree Festival tonight

By Mark E. Vogler he Saugus holiday season officially began a week ago (Friday, Nov. 30) on the lawn surrounding Town Hall with the town’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Festivities. That popular classic event drew thousands, including some visitors from neighboring towns who wanted to en- A FACE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Emma Le, 4, of Saugus, proudly shows off the snowman that Our 80th Year was painted on her face last Friday (Nov. 30) during the Town of Saugus’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Festivities. See more photo highNext Classes lights inside. (Saugus Advocate



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By Mark E. Vogler yan Barry will be the first to tell you about the “inspiring group of kids� he knows at the Belmonte Middle School who may be the best that happened in Saugus Public Schools this year. “I’m excited about the future of these kids and what they could be doing for their school and their community,� said Barry, the adult leader who has been working closely with this after-


THE BEST PRESENT OF ALL: Everyone loves a little kindness. So, Belmonte Middle School students who are members of the “YES Club� – which stands for “Youth Empowering Saugus� – recently created “Belmonte Kindness Rocks� as their first project, just in time for Christmas. The club, which includes nine members joined by school officials and their principal, met with local media on Wednesday (Dec. 5) to talk about several projects they engaged in to improve their school and future education. YES| SEE PAGE 16 (Saugus Advocate Photo by Mark E. Vogler)



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he latest listing of upcom- announcements! ing events and programs Does your church, parish at Saugus places of worship. or house of worship have an upcoming holiday event that Keeping town’s ministries you think would be of interin the public eye est to the community at large? The Saugus Faith Commu- Perhaps a Christmas concert, nity has created a Facebook crafts fair or play? Then, email page at https://www.facebook. your announcement to The com/SaugusFaith/. Follow this Saugus Advocate. You may column and the new Face- also send it to the editor at book page for future details of important upcoming events. A gospel musical A call for holiday event Christmas play! The First Baptist Church presents its Third Annual Gospel Musical Christmas Play, “Celebrate the King,� later this month. This a twenty-first century version of Christ born to Mary and Joseph. The cast will perform all of your favorite Christmas songs, such as ON THE MUSIC HALL STAGE “Jesus, Oh What a WonderSaturday, December 8 ful Child,� “I’m Dreaming of a JOSHUA TREE White Christmas,� “The Christmas Song,� “King of Glory� and other great gospel songs. Get ready for some handclapping, toe-tapping, footstomping gospel music along w/ 80's REUNION BAND with some jazzy and spiritual standards. You will enjoy IN THE MUSIC HALL Saturday, December 15 The Stajez dance company in this exciting and energetic musical production along with great voices from some of Massachusetts’s best gospel singers, The Higher Praise Community Gospel Choir. This is a family event for two nights: Dec. 14 and 15. Come out and be blessed at the First Get Your Tickets Now! Monday, December 31 Congregational Church-UCC Ring in The New Year with Saugus. This promises to be absolutely amazing! Get your tickets now! Order tickets online at https://www.eventbrite. com/e/celebrate-the-king-gospel-musical-christmas-playtickets-52378341028.

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crackers. Lunch: two cans of chicken (5 or 10 oz.), four mayo packets, one loaf of bread, one can of mixed fruit (4 oz.), one can of carrots (15 oz.). Week four Breakfast: two containers of cereal (small packages, can get 30-packs at BJ’s). Snack: two bags of pretzels. Lunch: two boxes of macaroni & cheese (7.5 oz., can get 18-box at BJ’s), two boxes of apple juice, one can of peas (15 oz.). To make grocery donations, please drop off at any one of the following local sites. If you can volunteer to help bag groceries, see the days and times listed. S t . J o h n ’s E p i s c o p a l Church, 8 Prospect St., Saugus; 781-233-1242. Bagging groceries: first Thursdays at 7 p.m. Cliftondale Church of the Nazarene, 60 Essex St., Saugus; 781-233-2886. Bagging groceries: second Thursdays at 4 p.m. First Baptist Church of Saugus, 105 Main St., Saugus; 781-231-1690. Bagging groceries: second Thursdays at 7 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St., Saugus; 781-233-2497. Bagging groceries: third Thursdays at 7 p.m. First Congregational Church UCC, 300 Central St., Saugus; 781-233-3028. Bagging groceries: fourth Thursdays at 4 p.m. New Hope Assembly of God, 9 Assembly Dr., Saugus; 781-233-6384. Bagging groceries: fifth Thursdays at 7 p.m. The church will also be a backup site in case another church cannot host on their day. Tell it to the town Got a special event at your parish that you would like to tell the community about? Email the information under the subject line “Saugus Advocate Faith Notes� to mvoge@

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Homeless veteran discusses living on Saugus’s streets and getting help from residents Editor’s Note: For this week, we sat down with Doncristino J. Racca, who is known by his friends as “Tino,� a homeless veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard who has been living on the street the last two years, including the past year in Saugus. A loyal Saugus Advocate reader who learned of Racca’s plight suggested we contact him to do a story about his situation, in hopes that it might help him get back on his feet. We asked Racca about the circumstances that led to his becoming homeless, the daily challenges he faces to survive, the reactions he has received from strangers – both good and bad – what he’s doing to get back on his feet, what he plans to do once he finds a place to live, what he has learned from his experience, and anything else he wanted to share. Racca, 30, grew up in Revere and is a 2006 graduate of Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School in Wakefield. He said he tried to join the Marines, but was denied because of a tattoo. He said he joined the Army National Guard in 2010 and he received an honorable discharge several years ago. His military honors include Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal With M Device and Nato Medal. Some highlights of the interview follow. Q: Tino, tell me a little bit about how you became homeless. A: Well, it started before I left for my deployment. I was seeing this girl. She was going to school. I was working in the military, so I was the breadwinner. We had a split bank account. While I was away, she was paying the bills. We had been living together and we were thinking about getting married. When I came home, I went to the apartment and she was no longer there. Somebody else was living there and all my stuff was gone and my bank account was negative $800. My deployment money and everything I had in the bank was gone. All I had were the clothes on my back.

I lost everything because of that and have been trying to get back on my feet ever since. Q: So, you have been like this for over a year now? A: Over two years. Q: And how long have you been living in Saugus? A: It’s been about a year now or a little over a year. Q: So, you have been living in the woods? A: Pretty much, yeah. I bounce around to different places here in Saugus. I don’t want anybody to see where I am. Q: So, you live somewhere along Route 1? A: Pretty much. Q: What are you doing now to get back on your feet? A: I panhandle. I try to pick up any odd jobs I can – anybody that I know that has something to do – maybe have their garage cleaned or backyard mowed. I go to Boston a lot to find jobs out there. I panhandle on the side of Route 1 part of the time until I can get some place where it’s warm and comfortable and I can get a shower. And that will make looking for a job easier. If I go to an interview looking the way I do, it makes it tough. Q: Have you had any job interviews? A: I had a couple. Yeah. I called them back. They said they had my application and would get back to me. Sometimes when I’m at an interview – and the way people look at me – I can tell right off the bat that it’s not going to happen. Q: Just the way they look at you? A: Yeah, I can tell. I don’t really have the cleanest of clothes or the nicest of clothes. It’s difficult. Q: And you had been in a couple of shelters before you went out on the street? Please tell me a little bit about your experience at the shelters. A: I stayed at the shelter in Lynn; I was there for about a week. There was a guy there who overdosed. Another broke a window in the living area to try to buy drugs from a guy who was outside. There were people stealing yourself: You had to put your

HIS “HELP� SIGN: Homeless veteran Doncristino J. Racca during an interview this week in the Dunkin’ Donuts coffee shop off of Essex Street near Route 1. The U.S. Army National Guard veteran, who served more than a year in Afghanistan, says he uses this sign when he heads out on the streets of Saugus to panhandle or seek whatever kind of help he can find. It includes 12/4/2018 1:32:39 PM ies of his9_15Mos veteran’s card and1 honorable discharge papers “so people will know I’m no fraud.� (Saugus Advocate Photo by Mark E. Vogler)

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ere are a few tidbits that you A Veterans program might want to know about that really exists this week in Saugus. The best story I had this week that I had to report, but Having plenty to couldn’t get it done? report, but not enough It was a news tips about writing time the Veterans Relief Fund -The worst part of reporting something that does exist, but for a weekly newspaper is not doesn’t get much attention. being able to write everything I got a good tip this week you work on in a given week. that didn’t wind up in the paYou might have the makings per, but is still worth sharing in of an interesting story with this week’s column instead of good quotes in the middle of holding it. the work week, but not enough The tip was about a local distime to write the story. abled Veteran who is confined When you’re a daily news re- to a wheelchair. But he couldn’t porter, you can always write the use his wheelchair because the story the next if you don’t get batteries in the chair weren’t to it when you planned. able to power the chair any lonBut when you miss a story ger and the Veteran could not with a weekly, you have to wait afford replacements. another whole week. And only “I was approached on the sitif it’s still salvageable. uation by another local Vet. AfAs in most weeks with The ter some additional searches Saugus Advocate, I had a few and fact-finding, it was decided such news tips that I wanted to that funds from the Saugus vetget to -- but couldn’t. erans’ relief Fund would be utiBut, that’s nature of news lized to purchase new battergathering. ies and a charger for the chair,� You can’t be at more than one Veterans’ Service Officer Jay Piplace at a time. nette told me. And there are only so many “I thought that this would stories you can write a week. be a good opportunity to reinI think they’re all worth re- force the fact that the fund exporting. ists and how funds may be pro-





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Selectmen object to emission control plan Wheelabrator has filed with MassDEP By Mark E. Vogler electmen at Wednesday night’s meeting voted 5-0 to file a letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), objecting to a recent Emission Control Plan filed by Wheelabrator Saugus. Board of Selectmen Chairman Debra Panetta told board members she felt it was “very important� for the board to go on record opposing the plan that Wheelabrator filed with MassDEP in September. “The plan states that Wheelabrator Saugus does not want to adhere to the required emission standards that the DEP has imposed, specifically, Nitrogen Oxide,� the letter signed by Panetta said in part. The letter was addressed to Susan Ruch, MassDEP’s Deputy Regional Director at the agency’s Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington. “Just because Wheelabrator Saugus is the oldest incinerator in the United States should not preclude them from adhering to the current emission standards that the DEP has deemed safe. Any upgrades


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SOUNDS | from page 4 the repair,â&#x20AC;? Pinette said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In doing so, the discovered that the scooterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charger was also defective (with the assistance of Batteries+) When all was said and done, Mr. Graney and Mr. Dion were able to return the scooter to operation, which provided Mr. Stentiford with a greater freedom and the ability to resume a more normal level of activity.â&#x20AC;? The Saugus Veterans Relief Fund was established in 2016 as a result of legislation initiated by state Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) that became law. This great law helped to create a voluntary method for the public to contribute to the relief fund when they pay their taxes. The tax form includes a check-off box that may be used to direct additional funds to the relief fund. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The purpose of the fund is to provide support for Veterans and their dependents facing more immediate/emergent needs with food, transportation, heating repair/expenses and other emergency needs,â&#x20AC;? Pinette said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fund was envisioned to provide a one-time infusion of funds in urgent/emergency conditions.â&#x20AC;? Sounds like a great option for veterans who could use a little help to improve their lives, especially this time of year. Thanks for sharing, Jay Pinette. Hopefully, the story will help other veterans who may not be aware that such a program exists in Saugus. And the veterans should be thanking Rep. Wong. PAOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Toys For Tots Xmas party tomorrow Feel like partying to help some kids this Christmas? PAOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Toys For Tots Christmas Party is set for tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 8) from 8 PM to 1 AM upstairs, at the Saugus Italian American Club, located at 1 Beachview Ave. in Saugus. There will be a DJ along with foot buffet. Please donate an unwrapped present for boy or girl. These items will be delivered by â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elf Paoâ&#x20AC;? the next morning to Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Compost/recycling ends tomorrow The Town of Saugus Compost/Recycling Drop-Off Site will close for the winter season a week from tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 8), at 2 p.m. This site will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. prior to closing. The site will re-open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month in January, February, and March, weather permitting. Please contact Solid Waste/

Recycling Coordinator Lorna Cerbone at 781-231-4036 with any questions. The Christmas trees are back! Boy Scout Troop 62 is at it again this year, selling Christmas trees of all dimensions and other holiday stuff at the lot adjacent to the northbound lane of Route 107, just as turn left at the traffic lights at the intersection of Ballard Street. Storage LLC has generously provided use of the lot without charge and Armand and Michael of AM Details are providing electricity. The lot will be open at 20 Salem Turnpike Route 107, Monday through Friday 4-10 and Saturday and Sunday 9-9, now through Christmas Eve -- or until the trees sell out. Troop 62 offers delivery and also free tie down service. The troop will sell balsam trees and wreaths as well as kissing balls tree stands and other accessories. Tree sizes range from table tops to 9 foot tall trees. Larger ones can be ordered by request and the scouts will also be selling wreaths from 12â&#x20AC;? to 48â&#x20AC;?. In stock tree prices range from $25-$60. Cash and credit cards accepted Money raised will go to the scoutsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; next big trip to Alaska Old photos sought for calendar George W. Brown is at again -- looking for old photos that might make next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saugus Historical Society calendar a little more interesting. Brown says that nostalgic (if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a townie) calendar should be out on the streets in time for New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. But, there is still a window of opportunity, which he is trying to take advantage of. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am just looking for photos of Saugus (landmarks or

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ASKS | from page 6 very close to finally getting off the streets. Q: How so? What kind of generosity have you received from the people of Saugus? A: I’ve had people who have reached out to me – people familiar with resources – they have helped me look for apartments, rooms and kind of spread my name out there on Facebook and kind of lit a fire under social media. A lot of people have reached out to me and helped me with food and some money or a home-cooked meal or a shower at their home. There’s a lot of good people out there. That’s probably the biggest high. Q: So, you recently started a GoFundMe page? How has that worked out? A: Well, I started one about eight months ago. I put the goal at $4,000 so I could be able to put down first and last month’s and security on an apartment. And within a couple of months, it’s reached just under a thousand. Q: So, right now, if you get a little more, you will be able to put down a deposit on an apartment. Is that right? A: Yes, so right now, I’m just a thousand away from moving into a room, so once I come up with that $1,000, I’ll be able to move into that room in no time. Q: So, right now, you’re packed up. You said you had been camp-

ing at a place nearby, so you are going to be staying someplace else tonight? A: Yes, I bounced around. I don’t like to stay in one spot too long, especially if someone knows I’m there. This is the third tent I have now. The first one I had, someone just packed it up and stole it from me with all my stuff: my sleeping bag and some clothes and socks and some food. They just took the whole tent. My second one I had, somebody came by and broke it, poked holes in the thing and cut it up and just destroyed it. Q: Right here in Saugus? A: Yeah. Q: Have you ever been evicted from a campsite by the police? A: Yeah, only because somebody complained about it. Normally, I try to stay out of sight so that wouldn’t happen. Q: Do you have family in the area? A: My father passed away in 2004. My mother left him when I was real young. My mother got involved with drugs and stuff like that. I haven’t had much contact with her in years. Q: So, you really don’t have roots in the area. A: No, I don’t. I lost contact with mother because of the drugs and really don’t want to get back in touch with her. Q: So, for the most part, people in Saugus help you out? A: Yeah. They have been great to me. Some people have given me a hard time – call the police or make up lies about me. Q: So, what happened last week in an incident involving the police? A: Last week, I sent a text to a friend. He misinterpreted what I said and ended up calling the police, saying that I was going to hurt myself, so the police came and they wanted to section me. They gave me the chance for either them to take me or for me to go voluntarily, so I ended up going voluntarily in an ambulance to go to a hospital. And they ended up keeping me in a hospital. Q: So, this has happened a couple of times? A: This was actually the second time that I wound up getting PCed [protective custody]. And a few days ago, I was out in front of Walgreens and someone called the police and said I was laying

A COMMENDATION FOR DUTY IN AFGHANISTAN: A 2011 photo of Doncristino J. Racca, showing a commendation he received for his service with the U.S. Army National Guard in Afghanistan. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate)

down on the ground, holding my chest and screaming in pain, so the police came. They talked to me and said they got a call and they wanted to bring me to the VA or something like that. I denied. I thought they were going to try to PC me again, but luckily they didn’t. A lot of people call and they make up stories. Q: What’s the worst thing that has happened to you during this experience? A: The worst thing that’s probably happened to me during this experience is, probably, people stealing a lot of the things I had. There’s been more good than bad, really. Like I’ve said, I’ve made a lot of friends. Sure, I’ve had people try to fight me, call me names, yell at me and tell me I should get a job or tell me that I’m fake or have stolen valor – people who pretend to be in the military or a veteran to steal benefits. Like I said, I’ve had people try to fight me. I’ve had glass bottles thrown at me; I’ve had drinks thrown at me, so that’s probably the worst stuff that’s happened. The rumors and stuff that people post on Facebook – bad-mouthing me and stuff like that. Q: Sort of like the opening scene of Rambo [“First Blood”] when Rambo comes to town and gets harassed and bullied by people who don’t want him around?


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ASKS | from page 8 Because of your long hair and beard. A: Yeah! Exactly. That explains it perfectly. Q: Now, has anyone attacked you in your tent? A: No. Usually, I’m pretty hidden. The only way somebody would find me is if they’re hiking, walking a dog or something like that. Nobody has physically attacked me or anything like that. Only a couple of times people have actually approached me at the tent. Once people called the police on me, and I had to pack up. Another time a family saw the tent there, yelled inside to ask if there was anyone there, then they gave me some water and money. Q: So, what’s the best thing that’s happened to you during this whole experience? A: The best thing that’s happened to me, I would say, are the people that I have met. Before I was homeless, I was very negative – just miserable. Once I became homeless, the experience made it seem that there’s still good left in the world and kind of changed my whole persona. I went from being a miserable, negative person to a happy, cheery person who always has a smile on my face. Even though I am in this crappy situation, I try to make the best of it. I try to make somebody else smile every day. I try to help anybody as much as I can. I would give the shirt off my back if I could. Q: So, you do odd jobs and go to Boston to pick up work where you can get paid that day? A: Yeah. Pretty much. I do what I can to get enough to get something to eat or some clothes or socks. I never make more than what I need. Q: What’s the single most generous act that’s happened to you during this experience? A: A gentleman saw me on the ramp (the Main Street ramp just before Bob’s Stores) – the onramp going northbound. When I was out there, the gentleman pulled up on the side, stopped and talked to me for a while. He asked me my story, and he asked me what was going on and he asked me if I needed anything. I told him I needed something to eat, so he took me out to get something to eat and we chatted, and before we left, he handed me $200 and told me to go get some food and clothes. And the next day he came back and took me to his house to let me shower. And I have met a lot of good people just through him. That’s probably one of the most generous things that’s happened to me, and that’s just one person of so many good people I’ve met. Q: This was a Saugus person? A: Yes, he’s from Saugus. Q: Regular guy or retired guy? A: Regular working-class guy – middle-class.

Q: Did he seem like a veteran? A: No. He just has a lot of respect for the military. He told me he stopped because he saw that I was legitimate because he saw I has my VA card out and 214 form [discharge papers] on my sign. He saw that I wasn’t a fake and he had to help me, so he stopped me. And I met a lot of good people, just through him. Q: So, do you belong to a church or house of faith? A: I go to a couple of churches in Boston. I can shower there. I can chow there. They do a breakfast and lunch. Not too many churches here local that I go to. Q: So, what’s been the biggest learning experience for you during the time you have been homeless? A: Be careful who you trust – I’d say that’s the biggest one. I thought everything was good when the ex [girlfriend] and I were together – little did I know – she took all my money and up and left the apartment. I lost all of my furniture, clothes, including my dress uniform, and dog. I learned another lesson. Don’t always believe what you read on social media. Some people say I’m a fake, drive a car and make over a thousand dollars a week. Q: Now, are some people intimidated by you because of the beard and the long hair? A: Yeah. I get a lot of that, just when I ask for directions or what time it is. People will ignore me or run away. I get the stares, but it doesn’t bother me anymore. I get it. It’s the way I look. It’s my persona. When you see a homeless person, it’s kind of an eyesore. Q: What will you do with your life once you are not homeless anymore? Do you have a plan? A: Oh yeah! Once I get a roof over my head, the first thing is to clean up and shave, get a haircut, get some nice, clean clothes and get a job. That’s Number One. The big thing is to get some work, and I plan on going back to school. Q: What do you want to do with the rest of your life? A: I would like to take up criminal justice. I’d want to be a police officer, but because of my past injuries, I couldn’t do that. Q: What kind of injuries? A: I hurt my knee, my back, I got tinnitus – ringing in my ears – I’m almost 100 percent deaf in my right ear. I got what’s called TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury. Because of that, there are a lot of things that come with it, like PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder]. Q: So, you were in the combat zone when you were over in Afghanistan? A: Yeah. I was in Paktia, Afghanistan. It’s kind of close to the border of Pakistan. Q: And what happened? A: Some days are better than others, you know. One day nothing will happen, and then another day, everything will happen. I got hit by a couple of IEDs [Improvised Explosive Device] – a cou-

ple explosions at the front of the base, a couple of firefights. An IED blew up and I got a concussion from it. It was a pretty big explosion. It kind of rattled my brain a bit. That’s how I got the TBI. Q: So, what do you want to do with your life, once you get back on your feet, if you can’t be a cop? A: It’s possible I could do security. But I plan on going back to school. I used to draw a lot, so maybe the arts, graphic design or something like that. I enjoyed drawing a lot in my younger years. Q: Anything else that you would like to share about your situation or say to the people out there? A: First, I want to thank the people that I have met. [His voice starts cracking up and his eyes well up with tears.] Q: You’re getting emotional? A: Yeah. Just a lot of people have helped me. With all the negative things that have happened to me while I’ve been homeless, good people have stuck by me and helped me, not just with money, but with their support – emotional and mental health. I really want to thank them for everything they have done for me, because if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am now and in the state of mind that I am in now. Good things wouldn’t be happening because of a lot of people I’ve met. There’s two people who really stand out; I talk to them every day. Every day. And I don’t know what I would do without them right now. I call them both my guardian angels. Q: And these are Saugus residents? A: Yes. Saugus residents. These two are at the top, but there have probably been over a dozen that have helped me. Fortunately, I have two guardian angels. Emotionally, they are my rocks – Julie Pulson and Kathy Whittredge – since I’ve been here in Saugus, I have known Kathie for over a year now and she’s been there for me every day. I’ve known Julie for about three months, and every day she calls or texts me. I don’t know what I would do without them. I have them to lean on no matter what – whether it’s two in the morning or three in the morning. I get no judgments from either of them about anything. They didn’t assume anything about me – like some people who have said untruthful things about me – that I’m a drug addict, alcoholic, scam artist or fake veteran. Q: Well, do you have a problem with alcohol? A: As far as alcohol, when I first got home from my deployment, I was bad, but I’ve sobered up. Now I have three beers a year: on Memorial Day, on Veterans Day and on my buddy’s birthday. My buddy was killed over there [Afghanistan]. My stress – I’ve gotten it from what I’ve seen and witnessed

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over there. The anxiety and depression comes along with it. I have flashbacks. I jump when a car hits a pothole or backfires, or when a balloon pops. Fourth of July is the worst for me. I have to hide because of the explosions from the fireworks or firecrackers. On the Fourth of July, I try to stay inside somewhere. Q: Do you get much support from fellow veterans? A: Yes. Veterans in the area who know me or have heard about

me have been supportive – just local vets. Q: Anything else? A: I’d like to thank the police force. Those guys have been great to me. They never gave me a hard time. They’ve been friendly and have helped me out as well. I just want to thank Saugus – the residents of Saugus. Some businesses have not been too good to me, but there’s been


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Town aglow at Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

BACK AGAIN: Melissa McLeod, right, and her friend Marc Arsenault, showed up again to feed the masses with free samples of Harrows chicken pies MAKING FRIENDS: School Committee Chair Jeannie Meredith HAPPY NIGHT: Mike Procopio, of Saugus, holds his 2-year-old on the front lawn of Saugus cradles a bunny so 4-year-old Izabella Spinelli can pet it. son Michael on a stroll through the petting zoo. Town Hall. (Saugus Advocate Photos by Mark E. Vogler)

MY BUNNY BUDDY: Abigail Johnson, 6, of Saugus, finds herself a furry friend at the STARING DOWN A GOAT: Derek Santoro, 4, makes a friend at GOOD TIMES WITH THE ANIMALS: Avalynn Giacobbe, 6, with petting zoo. the petting zoo. brother Brayden, 4, check out Eve, the friendly Alpaca.

MY NEW FRIEND: Dania Sobezenski, 5, of Salem, Mass., shares a little affection from one of the pigs.

MAN OF THE HOUR: Santa Claus enters Saugus Town Hall to begin a 90-minute gifts requests with children who packed the second floor auditorium.

POLS AND A PIG: Left to right, Selectman Jeff Ciocolini, Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta and Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree meet with the pig at the petting zoo, held by School Committee Chair Jeannie Meredith.

THEY MAKE GREAT MUSIC: Left to right, Saugus High School band members Joseph Perez, Justin Fajardo and Brandon Borda take a break during the band’s performance on the front lawn at Saugus Town Hall.

BEFRIENDING THE PENGUIN: Left to right, Layla Manderson, Olivia Migliore, Louis Migliore and Mary Migliore, pose for a photo with the inflatable penguin in front of the Saugus Public Library.

THEY GOT THE SPIRIT: Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree with Donna Manoogian and her daughter Myra Monto, who is also the Belmonte Middle School Principal. The three savored the holiday atmosphere that was abound in the second floor auditorium at Saugus Town Hall.

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LIGHTS GALORE: The front lawn of Saugus Town Hall became A HOLIDAY VIEW: How Saugus Town Hall looks during the hol- a Winter Wonderland of color at the town’s annual tree lightiday season from the Saugus Public Library. ing ceremony last Friday night. A FAN FAVORITE: Eve, the friendly Alpaca, was popular among the kids and adults visiting the petting zoo.

FIRST CHRISTMAS: Cieara McManus takes her baby daughter Eva through the petting zoo. WRIST PAINTING: Samantha Allan, a 2017 Saugus High School graduate, does a special holiday design on Ava MacTaggart, BRIGHT KIDS: Francesca Lincoln, 3, and Teaghan Arsenault, 8, 11, of Saugus. both of Saugus, show off their Christmas light bulbs.

A SPLASH OF SPIRIT: Saugus High School senior Gabriella Moreschi, does a face-painting on Mikayla Lee, 6.

ME AND MY GOAT: Robbin Hayes, of Animal Craze of Winchen- FROSTY ON MY FACE: Samantha Allan, a 2017 Saugus High don, with the Patriots goat. School graduate, paints a snowman for Emma Le, 4, of Saugus

ALL DONE: Emma Le, 4, of Saugus, is happy with the freshly-painted snow man she is sporting on her face.

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CHRISTMAS | from page 1 Santa Claus was the main event. But there were also horse-drawn sleigh rides, a petting zoo that drew kids and grownups, hot chocolate and cookies, Christmas caroling, members of the Saugus High School band performing and a bunch of other fun stuff. Tonight (Friday, Dec. 7) the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holiday season continues with a big crowd pleaser being the MEG Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 8th Annual Christmas Tree Festival at the former Cliftondale School, known as the MEG Building, at 54-58 Essex St., Saugus. More than 50 decorated

Christmas trees and gift baskets chock-full of goodies will be on display. Admission is free and tickets will be sold to take chances on a list of the beautiful trees and other gifts. Money raised will go toward supporting foundation programs and preservation of the century-old schoolhouse. A live Nativity Scene that is set to be on display on the front lawn of the MEG building is expected to be a main draw at â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Meg.â&#x20AC;? The festival is open today from 3 to 8 p.m. and during the same hours tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 8) and Sunday

(Dec. 9). For those who prefer to be inside admiring the trees, they can also walk Candy Cane Lane and experience the North Pole, Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Workshop and the Christmas CafĂŠ. For those who have set their sights on a tree to bring home, raffle tickets cost $1 each, $3 for 5, $10 for 15 or $20 for 25. There will be a winning ticket drawn for each tree, which will go home with its owners on Dec. 16 during the tree pickup time (8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Next weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schedule: Friday (Dec. 14), 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, (Dec. 15), 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Xmas Calendar Saugus has a number of holiday events coming up, including: â&#x20AC;˘ Saugus Boy Scout Troop 62â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Christmas Tree Sale is underway in the lot on Salem Turnpike (Route 107) at the Ballard Street lights. Residents will be able to buy holiday wreaths and trees â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from table top size to eight feet tall â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Monday through Friday: 4 to 10 p.m.; and Saturday through Sunday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., through Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) or until the trees and wreaths are sold out. Delivery is available and all proceeds support the scouts of Troop 62. â&#x20AC;˘ A large gift-wrapped open

box has been set up in the lobby of Town Hall to help collect donations for the toy drive being organized by Saugus firefighters for families who need a little help this holiday season. People who want to contribute can leave unwrapped toys in the box. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 14. The need for gifts is greater for older kids. â&#x20AC;˘ A gospel musical Christmas Play! The First Baptist Church presents its Third Annual Gospel Musical Christmas Play, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrate the King,â&#x20AC;? next weekend: two nights, Dec. 14 & 15, at the First Congregational ChurchUCC Saugus (300 Central St.). This a twenty-first century version of Christ born to Mary and Joseph. The cast will perform all of your favorite Christmas songs, such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child,â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m dreaming of a White Christmas,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Christmas Song,â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x153;King of Gloryâ&#x20AC;? and other great gospel songs. Get ready for some hand-clapping, toe-tapping, foot-stomping gospel music. For more details, check out this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saugus Faith Notes.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ The Theatre Company of Saugus performs â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,â&#x20AC;? adapted by Joe Laundry and produced by special arrangements with Playscripts, Inc. Tickets for the show, which begins next weekend, cost $17 to $23. The dates are as follows:

Friday, Dec. 14 (8 p.m.); Sat., Dec. 15, (2 p.m.), Sat., Dec.15 (8 p.m.), Sunday, Dec. 16 (5 p.m.). The American Legion (44 Taylor St., Saugus) will host the shows. For more details, go to For questions, email or call 781-816-7019. For each unwrapped toy brought to donate for Toys for Tots, patrons can receive $3 off each ticket purchased at the door. â&#x20AC;˘ There are a number of holiday-themed events happening now through the end of the year at the Saugus Public Library. Coming attractions include the following: Holiday Cookie Decorating, next Wednesday (Dec. 12), noon to 1 p.m. in the Young Adult Room. This event is designed for Grade 6 and up. A Snowflake Workshop! This a program that features art with Ms. Jess, set for next Thursday (Dec. 13) at 3 p.m. Basic scissors will be required for those who want to have fun making snowflakes from simple to complex designs. Youth and Nature Evergreen Flower Arranging on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 3:30 p.m. Make one to keep or to gift! Recommended for children ages four and up. Storytime and Craft with Kelly. Be prepared for â&#x20AC;&#x153;A very Grin-






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Kelly’s Roast Beef’s Bob Belmonte celebrates retirement

Kelly’s Roast Beef staff gave Past and present employees of Kelly’s Roast Beef turned out to congratulate 50-year employee Bob Belmonte on his retire- a meat slicer as a gift to Bob ment, along with members of his family, wife, Linda, sons, Nicholas and Bob, and daughter, Sophia. Belmonte.

Pictured, from left to right, are (top row) Tony Augusta, Linda Belmonte, Bob Belmonte, Sophia Belmonte, Nick Belmonte, Haley Repici (bottom row) Marie Long, Gigi Belmonte, Bobby Bel- State Representative Donald Wong presented a citation to Bob Belmonte, along with Kelly’s monte Jr., and Liz Belmonte. owners Brian McCarthy, Ray Carey, Kevin Carey, and Kathy Barnes.

Some of the many Kelly’s Roast Beef Revere alumni who turned out to honor Bob Belmonte.. (Advocate photos by Ross Scabin)

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YES | from page 1 school group of nine 6th and 7th graders who are called The “The YES Club.” “That stands for Youth Empowering Saugus, and they are really doing some great things. And it’s only just the beginning,” he said. Barry, 25, is the regional coordinator of the Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative which serves Saugus, Revere, Winthrop and Chelsea, where his office is based. He’s been overseeing a unique program funded by state funds that makes it possible for young people – Middle Schoolers in this instance – to do extraordinary things that will improve their education and the quality of education in their school by encouraging them to have a say in curriculum and afterschool programs at the Belmonte Middle School. Barry meets several times a week after school with the group, which has its very own room on the school’s second floor. There’s a whiteboard in their room that allows them to “brainstorm” about possible future projects and also chart the progress of ones they have completed.

“YES CLUB” IN PLANNING ROOM: Members of the Belmonte Middle School group, “Youth Empowering Saugus,” also known as “The Yes Club,” stand in front of their strategy and planning board at the Belmonte Middle School. Left to right, the members include Daniel Zeitz, grade 6; George Salsman, grade 6; Stephen Gaffey, grade 6; Apollo Fernandes, grade 6; Tyler Riley, grade 6; Joseph Botto, grade 7; Allie Souza, grade 7; Nathaniel Chadwick, grade 7; and Belmonte Middle School Principal Myra Monto. The second row shows Ryan Barry, regional coordinator of the Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative; Gianni Baez Dellelo, grade 6; and Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. (Saugus Advocate Photos by Mark E. Vogler)

Jr. calls the group a “youth empowerment team” and “a very special group of middle school “Very special” students.” Saugus Public Schools SuperOn Wednesday, the superinintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, tendent, joined by Belmonte

PLANNING OVER PIZZA: Left to right, sixth graders Stephen Gaffey, George Salsman and Gianni Baez Dellelo enjoy some pizza while listening to the plans of the other members of the student group “Youth Empowering Saugus,” also known as “The YES Club.”

MASSDEP | from page 5 and state Rep. RoseLee Vincent (D-Revere). Vincent’s district includes Precinct 3 and 10 in Saugus. In a Sept. 4 “Request for a Source-Specific Alternative NOx Emission Limit,” Wheelabrator said it couldn’t meet new regulations affecting Municipal Waste Combustors. “Due to the vintage (circa 1975) and physical constraints of the two existing MCW units at this facility, the revised 150 ppm NOx limit could not be achieved without major modifications of the existing Municipal Waste Combustors,” the document

concluded. “In particular, the Saugus MWC’s are a vintage European design that incorporates a low profile ‘tail-end boiler’ configuration with a single pass short waterwall furnace. The older tail end design and short furnace limits the ability to install additional NOx controls that could achieve the 150 ppm limit as such, the facility is applying for approval to meet a source specific alternative limit.” MassDEP will determine whether to approve or deny Wheelabrator’s request.

Middle School Principal Myra Monto and Brendon Sullivan – the school district’s executive director of curriculum, instruction and accountability – held the first of several focus groups with the students. DeRuosi is so proud of the group and confident in its potential that he invited local newspaper reporters to observe the students in an hour-long session while joining them for pizza and asking them questions about their projects. “This group is basically about helping out the school and the community in Saugus,” said sixth grader Gianni Baez Dellelo. “We try to become leaders and help the school.” Allie Souza, a seventh grader, told the visitors about the “Belmonte Kindness Rocks,” painted rocks in different colors that sit on a shelf. “If anybody has a bad day, they can pick them,” she said, referring to school staff or students who might need an emotional lift. The superintendent, during Wednesday’s meetings, sought feedback from the students on what they liked about the school, what they didn’t like, programs they liked to see and equipment they’d like to see.

GETTING THEIR OPINION: In an a rare situation that could become very common at the Belmonte Middle School, Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr., right, asks a select group of sixth and seventh graders what they like about the school and what they think can be done to make their education better. Seventh grader Allie Souza, left, listens to the suggestions.

Future leaders DeRuosi said he hopes that by empowering the students, they will become valuable leaders in their school. This will lead to improved education and instruction, he added. “This group comes together and they brainstorm. We get a lot of ideas out on the table,” said Monto, a longtime educator who is now in her second year as principal – the first time

as permanent principal. Monto remarked that the group functions “like a think tank in here.” And there’s a focus on “the positive,” something that is encouraged by the adult educators and Barry. “I like how we can just talk and hang out and help people out,” sixth grader Apollo Fernandes said.


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Obituaries Alessandro J. “Alex” Corrado

Of Saugus, formerly of Malden, Nov. 29. Beloved husband of Carmela “Mimma” (D’Avanzo) for over 53 years. Dear and devoted father of Lucy Celani and her husband, Anthony and Francesca Corrado-Dello Iocono all of N. Reading. Brother of late Concetta Acierno and Joseph Corrado. Loving “Papa” of Allesandra and Michael Celani and Christopher and Arianna Dello Iacono. Alex is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews. His Funeral was from the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 4, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, Everett. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Late retired longtime member of the Massachusetts National Guard, retired Lieutenant with Everett Police Auxiliary and member of the DAV. Contributions in Alex’s memory to the Disabled American Veterans-DAV, Room 546, State House, 24 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02133 would be sincerely appreciated. Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home Everett 617.387.3120

Samuel J. “Sam” Donato, Jr. ing in 2004, he and his wife, Kathy, migrated to central Florida, where he worked for Walt Disney World & Nickelodeon Hotel in entertainment. It was always his dream to work for Disney, and to be part of the Disney Family. He returned to Salem in 2016, where he worked at Pet Smart, until he retired in 2018. Husband, dad, papa, brother-in law and friend were some of the most cherished roles Sam played during his lifetime. He was taken from us too soon. Sam is preceded in death by his parAge 70, formerly of Saugus and Wake- ents Samuel J. Donato, Sr. and Phyllis E. field, died after a long illness, surround- (Barratt); his brother Ronald “Jake” Donaed by his loving family. He was husband to and his sister Denise D’Anotuono. Many to Kathleen M. (Stafford) Donato, with loved ones will carry on his memory, inwhom he shared 29 years of marriage. He cluding his loving wife, Kathy, his daughwas born in Malden to Samuel J Donato, ter, Jennifer M. Cheever of Wakefield; his Sr. and Phyllis E (Barratt) Donato. He was step son, Ryan M. Chouinard of Burlington, a graduate of Saugus High School, class VT; 3 grandchildren, Annabelle D. Cheevof 1966 and he attended Emerson Col- er, Theo J. Cheever and Harry J. Cheevlege. Sam held many occupations, most- er of Wakefield; his niece Tricia Morrison ly in the field of entertainment. He began of Amesbury and his great nephew Dahis career as a character actor at the Plea- vid Morrison of Amesbury. Also, his two sure Island Amusement Park in Wakefield, brother-in-laws and wives, Michael F. Staffrom there he started his long tenure with ford and his wife Loretta Stafford of DanRex Trailer’s Boomtown. In 1974, he went vers; Richard W. Stafford and his wife Perla into the music business performing in Peguero of Salem and many friends. In lieu various bands until 1980. He then formed of flowers, expressions of sympathy may the Class of ‘66, New England’s Premier be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan 60’s and 70’s Band, which lasted about Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 25 years. He loved theatre! He performed or Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Phiwith the Wakefield Repertory Theatre for lanthropy Office, 41 Mall Road, Burling9 productions. Winning 8 EMACT awards. ton, MA 01805. Services held at McDonald His favorite production was playing Tevye Funeral Home, Wakefield on Thursday, Dein the Fiddler on the Roof in 1999. He also cember 6. A Celebration of Life will be held did many radio shows with the Colonial at the West Side Social Club, 4 Harrington Radio Theatre as a voice artist. He worked Court, Wakefield, MA on Sunday, January for the US Postal Service in Andover from 13, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00. For directions/ 1994, until he retired in 2004. Upon retir- guestbook:

Uriel J. (Allen) Melon

Chhay Y. Neang

Of Saugus, formerly of Boston, on November 18th at 86 years. Devoted wife of the late Richenel A. Melon, who passed on September 2nd, 2016. Loving & cherished mother of Matthew L. Melon & his wife Lia C. Peacock–Melon of Saugus. Adored Nanny of Elena & Brody Melon & the late John Melon. Dear sister of John Ryan of Florida & the late Matthew Ryan. She is also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews and many loving friends and extended family members. Family & friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, December 8th at 11:00 a.m. in the Greenwood Memorial United Methodist Church, 378-A Washington Street, Dorchester. Interment will be private. Uriel was a devoted member of Greenwood Memorial United Methodist Church in Dorchester, serving as an organizer and past treasurer. She was a retired chef whose career at Boston Children’s Hospital spanned over 30 years. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. For more information, please visit

At 90, passed away on November 17, 2018 at the Chestnut Woods Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Saugus with her son Song by her side. Chhay was born in Kandal, Cambodia on February 6, 1928. She was the loving wife of the late Ly Eang and loving mother of Song Eang of Lynn and Peou Eang and her family of Worcester and the late Seng Hak Eang, Paula Eang and Sai Eang. Funeral services were held on Friday November 30 in the Cambodian Temple 110 Chestnut St. Lynn and continued until Saturday morning. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery Elm Street Everett. Arrangements by the Murphy O”Hara Funeral Home 519 Broadway Everett. Anne T. (Simpson) Penza Of Saugus, formerly of South Boston, on November 24th, at 86 years, following a long illness. Devoted wife of 40 years to the late Gaetano D. “Guy” Penza. Cherished mother of James J. Penza & his wife Linda M. of Saugus. Cherished grandmother of Stephanie L. Pen-


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SPEED | from page 1 to reduce the existing limits. Many of the speakers implored selectmen to reduce speed even further. But Crabtree and board members told residents repeatedly that 25 mph is the lowest they could legally reduce the speed limit for the roads. There was also criticism from some speakers that the board wasn’t doing enough to focus on the town-wide speeding problem on at least the trafficplagued major roads. The leadoff speaker – Town Meeting Member William S. Brown, who represents Precinct 6 – said he didn’t like the idea that the board was focusing on streets in smaller neighborhoods instead of “starting on your busiest streets and working your way” down the list of streets by size and priority. “I don’t think we disagree,” Panetta told Brown. The list of streets that the board was acting on had just happened to “come up first,” she added. But Selectman Jeffrey Cicolini later addressed that con-

ASKS | from page 9 more good than the bad. Q: So, there have been a few places that called the cops on you? A: Yeah – fast-food places, shopping centers and at the mall. They just fear the way I look.

1. In what Roald Dahl book does an elevator go “up and down, sideways, slant ways, and any other way you can think of”? 2. On Nov. 30, 1755, 900 Acadian exiles arrived in Louisiana; what was “Acadian” later shortened to? 3. In December 2000 what retailer announced closing of its stores? 4. In what winter sport would you find the term kiggle-kaggle? (Hint: zigzag on ice.) 5. In what country has Dunkin’ served Garlic Glazed and Kimchi donuts? 6. What is considered the world’s most popular sport? 7. On Dec. 1, 1824, who defeated John Quincy Adams in the presidential election but was defeated in a House of Representatives vote? (Hint: later became 7th president.) 8. What was the first U.S. dog breed? 9. What is the name of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s first children’s book?

cern when he introduced a measure to hold a public hearing at the board’s January 9, 2019, meeting to consider lowering the speed limit to 25 mph on Essex, Main and Central Streets and Lincoln Avenue. “I think this board fully embraces public safety,” said Cicolini, who recently moved with his family to a new home on Vinegar Hill Drive – one of the streets receiving the lower speed limit. Speed is just a part of traffic study Town Manager Crabtree, Panetta and other town officials stressed during the hearing that the town will be considering the reduction of speed on streets across town once it receives the results from a special traffic study that the town has initiated. Crabtree also stressed that speed is only a portion of the overall town-wide study that a traffic consultant is undertaking. “This is a 40-year problem that we are trying to resolve,” Crabtree said.

Q: Did anybody go after you because of the panhandling? A: No. When I first came around, police came out there – I was on the side of the highway – and they didn’t want me to be out there because of that. They told me as long as I’m on the sidewalk and not out on the street, I should be alright. They’ll

10. What state has the 10 highest mountains in the United States? 11. Is Hanukkah mentioned in the Bible? 12. What Christmas carol title has the name of two plants? 13. In December 2010 what remake of a movie with John Wayne and Glen Campbell opened? 14. Which U.S. state’s official vehicle is the chuck wagon? 15. In 1928, 1932 and 1936, who won the Olympic Figure Skating Women’s Singles? 16. What 1945 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical has the song“You’ll Never Walk Alone”? 17. National Whiners Day comes after what holiday? 18. On Dec. 4, 1967, what actor who played the Cowardly Lion died? 19. The term “Christmas pudding” was first used in the 1858 novel “Doctor Thorne”: who wrote it? (Hint: initials AT.) 20. What country is thought to have originated coffee?

Answers on page 21

“Central Street alone has a speed limit that has changed five different times,” the town manager said, adding that town officials are “trying to get something uniform” after safety road hazards, unsafe street crossings and streets without posted speed limit signs have gone ignored in the community for decades. Crabtree, a former police officer who served his hometown for more than a decade, said he was well aware of the issues, noting “we’ve had pedestrians who were killed in these crosswalks.” “It’s about safety for pedestrians and traffic,” Crabtree said, adding “speed is one aspect.” He noted “road design is another.” After the hearing, Brown said he had mixed feelings about the board’s vote and the progress of the town in making Saugus streets safer. “I’m glad they are on their way to getting speed limits reduced,” Brown said. “But I’d like to see this done across the town. Unfortunately, it’s going to take several years to do this.” “There are 700 streets in the

town of Saugus. This is just six streets [with reduced speed limits approved]. That’s one percent. Now, we have to look at the other 99 percent,” he said. But Brown also applauded Cicolini’s decision to target Essex, Main and Central Streets and Lincoln Avenue for public hearings on speed limit reductions early next year. “That’s a good first step. Those are the major streets in Saugus,” he said. Precinct 4 Town Meeting Member Albert J. DiNardo, one of the dozen speakers who testified, said he is “looking forward to the overall study.” But, he added, “90 percent of our problem is that 60 percent of our drivers need to go back to driving school,” referring to poor overall driving habits of many drivers who come through town. It will take resources to fund enforcement Cicolini, like the town manager, said he believes aggressive traffic enforcement is key to safety concerns. “Without traffic enforcement and without the resources for traffic enforcement, you can change

all the speeds you want,” Cicolini said. Many of the residents on the streets affected by the selectmen’s vote suggested that the speed limit should be lowered to 20 mph or even 15 mph. Cicolini said he wouldn’t be surprised if the speed limits of some of the six streets that will be set at 25 mph – pending state approval – get reduced even further in the future, after the traffic study comes out. “This is the maximum reduction we can make without having to petition the state,” Cicolini said. Some traffic experts might consider the 25 mph approved by selectmen “a little unrealistic,” he added. Selectman Mark Mitchell advocated the use of extra police cruisers in strategic locations to help deter speeding through town. Crabtree noted that the Police Department has been doing that. Brown advocated more fines being leveled against offending drivers. “It’s not just a Saugus problem,” Mitchell stressed, referring to the current town concerns over speeding.

drive by to make sure I’m not in the road. They will wave at me, stop to talk to me or bring me food. They’ve treated me really good. Q: So, what do you do in your spare time when you have it? A: I usually walk around and talk to everybody – all the people in the good support group that I have. And I want to thank you for having me here and doing this interview and, hopefully, this reaches a lot of people and opens their eyes and shows them that not all homeless people are bad. You know, don’t judge a book by its cover; get to know somebody before you assume the worst. Q: Before we end this interview, any special message that you want to leave for the people of Saugus?

A: I want to let all the people see the generosity of what people have done. I have received more than a simple hello. I want people to see how great people and Saugus are. This town is just a veterans-loving community. Not a lot of towns are. God works in mysterious ways. I believe I have been homeless for a reason, and that’s to help other people in a situation I was once in. I believe that’s why I became homeless – to help others. If it wasn’t for the generosity, care and support I received here in Saugus. I wouldn’t be as close as I am to getting into a place. I want people to see how thankful I am. My initial goal, once I get on my feet, is to sit down with homeless vets and talk to them. I’ll do what I can to help, whether it’s one person a week or month.

I’d like to sit down with people in government and share what I have learned about the situation firsthand and try to put a dent in the homeless problem, to try to help these guys and girls who are homeless. My plan is to go around and talk to them and get some ideas on what can help them, because I know what it’s like. Q: And if people want to help you? A: They can get in touch with me. I have a GoFundMe page and my Facebook page. There are different ways they can get a hold of me. I have set up a GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme. com/helpavetgetaplacetolive. People can email me at My cellphone number is 781-309-0531.

YES | from page 16 “We can work on projects that help students out and help out the school,” he said. One of The Yes Club’s future projects is to create an anti-vaping campaign that will better overall student health. During Wednesday’s session, several students said they didn’t like fighting in the school or on the playground. It goes on because most students are afraid of retribution if they try to do something about it. But the adults in the room encouraged the students not to be afraid of reporting that kind of behavior. “Your name will never

WAITING FOR FEEDBACK: Apollo Fernandes, a sixth grader, listens to reaction to his ideas from School Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. Also interested in the conversation, in the back, left to right, are sixth graders Daniel Zeitz and Tyler Riley and Belmonte Middle School Principal Myra Monto.

come up,” Monto told the students. “The adults in the building

will take care of things without your name coming into it,” she said.

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Obituaries | from page 17

Deborah A. (Brenner) Spallone Longtime Employee of Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Saugus (Cosmetics Dept.). At 60 years, unexpectedly, November 23, formerly of Revere in Middleton. Beloved wife & best friend of 39 years to Retired Revere Firefighter, Joseph J. Spallone. Devoted mother of Joseph J. Spall-

Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 in her memory, Julia was a seamstress for many years and was devoted to caring for her family. For obituary and guestbook, visit

za of Saugus & Tracey L. Penza & her companion Joseph Casali of Danvers. Adored great grandmother of Isobel M., Nicholas J., & Lucas B. Dear sister of Ret. Boston Fire Dept. Lt. John J. â&#x20AC;&#x153;O.J.â&#x20AC;? Simpson & his wife Millie of Bellingham. Affectionately known as Auntie Anne to many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, friends & extended family. Services on Saturday, December 1 in the Vertuccio and Smith, Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment private. Anne was a proud South Boston Native and worked for Commercial Union Assurance for approximately 27 years as a rater until her retirement. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) New England Chapter, 60 Walnut Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481. For more information, please visit Julia (Perosino) Signorelli

Age 100, of Peabody, formerly of Medford, Saugus, and East Boston, November 30, 2018. Wife of the late Alfred Signorelli and beloved mother of Arlene Giovanni and her late husband Ronald of Peabody and the late Robert Signorelli. Cherished grandmother of Ronald and Robert Giovanni and Lori LaVoie and the devoted great grandmother of Michael and Joseph LaVoie. She was predeceased by many brothers and sisters and survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral held on Monday, December 3 at the

one, Jr. & Jessica L. Spallone, both of Revere. Cherished daughter to Stanley J. Brenner & his wife Rossella A. of Merrimack, NH. Adoring daughter to the late Merilyn (Shifres) Brenner. Dear

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SOUNDS | from page 7 Main Attractions at the Saugus Public Library Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always something interesting or entertaining going on at the Saugus Public Library -- for people of all ages -- from young children to senior citizens. Here are a few events to check out: Keeping Us in Stitches returned recently. It will continue every second and third Wednesday, at 3:30 p.m. Grade 2 and up, and older children can learn to sew using needle, thread (and maybe a sewing machine) with teachers Miss Joyce and Miss Margie. There are a number of holiday-themed events happening now through the end of the year at the Saugus Public Library. Coming attractions include: Holiday Cookie Decorating, next Wednesday (Dec. 12) Noon to 1 p.m. in the Young Adult Room. This event is designed for Grade 6 and up. A Snowflake Workshop! This a program that features art with Ms. Jess, set for next Thursday (Dec. 13) at 3 PM. Basic scissors will be required for those who want to have fun, making snowflakes from simple to complex designs. Youth and Nature Evergreen Flower Arranging on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 3:30 PM. Make a one to keep or to gift! Recommended for children ages 4 and up. Storytime and Craft with Kelly. Be prepared for â&#x20AC;&#x153;A very Grinchy Story Time!â&#x20AC;? Thursday, Dec. 20, 3:30 PM. Listen to a holiday favorite. Stay for a Grinchy craft, games and cookies! Wear something Christmasy! Music with Marybeth Maes. This is a Winter Holiday Concert, set for Thursday, Dec. 27, at 10:30 AM. For children of all ages! Winter Break Craft! Make a giant snowman! Saturday, Dec. 29, 1:30-3:30 PM. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll provide materials to make a darling snowman, or snowgirl! Bring anything special to make it your very own! Recommended for children ages 4 and up!

and women to participate on volunteer boards. The board is accepting applications for appointment to: The Affordable Housing Trust Board of Trustees. The Cultural Council. The Cemetery Commission. These are volunteer / non paid positions for Saugus residents. Those interested may submit letter of interest /resume no later than Dec. 12, to: Saugus Board of Selectmen Saugus Town Hall, Suite #4 298 Central Street. These are the kinds of positions that enable civic-minded residents to perform a public service for their town while developing experience for town government positions that might one day qualify them to run in local elections. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your chance to get involved.

Square One Mall announces holiday programs Square One Mall, a Simon mall, is inviting families to experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with Santa and a variety of holiday programming taking place throughout November and December. The full line-up of holiday events, community partnerships, entertainment, and more are open to the public, and Saugus-area families are encouraged to join in the festive fun! This holiday season, Simon Malls invites everyone to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Find It. Gift It.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Share the Holiday Spirit with Simon and experience the seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good cheer with the best of holiday shopping and entertainment. When sharing your Simon holiday experiences socially, make sure to use the#foundatsimonwhen posting. The mall is offering: SimonÂŽ Santa Photo Experience: Now through Monday, Dec. 24, during regular and holiday mall hours, at Center Court. Children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the SimonÂŽ Santa Photo A Chance for citizens Experience. Children will have to get involved This just in from Saugus Town a chance to visit and have their Hall: The Board of selectmen picture taken with Santa. For a is looking for a few good men complete list of Santas photo

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