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Twin Sachem Scholars

Sisters Kristina and Katelyn Italiano excelled in the classroom, in Saugus High sports, as class leaders and on the 2017 graduation stage


“A lack of common sense” Rep. Vincent says bill to ban Native American mascots at Massachusetts schools – like the Saugus High School Sachem – is misguided By Mark E. Vogler


tate Rep. RoseLee Vincent said she believes Saugus residents won’t have to worry about renaming their beloved Sachem sport teams. “I don’t believe the legislation has any legs,” Vincent, a Revere Democrat who represents part of Saugus (Precincts 3 and 10), said of proposed legislation that would prohibit Massachusetts schools from using Native American mascots. “I would be opposed to that bill. I received quite a few emails from Saugus residents who

Our 80th Year MAKING MOM PROUD: Kristina and Katelyn Italiano, left to right, ranked second and fourth academically among the members of the Saugus High School Class of 2017 who graduated last Friday night during the school’s 146th commencement exercises at Stackpole Field. They are the twin daughters of Kerry and the late Richard Italiano, Jr. The sisters credit Kerry Italiano – a 1980 Saugus High School graduate and a veteran Everett schoolteacher – with being an inspiration for their scholastic achievements. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

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t the outset of her Salutatory address, Kristina Italiano took about two minutes to thank a small circle of family and friends for helping her become the second-best student in the Saugus High School (SHS) Class of 2017. “Rachel, you got me beat this time,” she said in a public tribute to“best friend”and Valedictorian

Rachel May – the straight A student who was tops among the seniors who received diplomas during the school’s 146th commencement exercises last Friday night at Stackpole Field. Kristina thanked her parents – Kerry and the late Richard B. Italiano, Jr. “for guiding me through all of these years and watching over me.” “I wouldn’t be able to make it here, especially without your

love and support, mom,”she told her mother. Kristina offered special words of praise to her 17-year-old twin sister Katelyn, one of two graduation marshals and the fourth highest ranking student in the class.“Katie, thank you for always being right by my side through thick and thin,” Kristina told her sister.


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aren’t happy about it,” she said. “If it came to the House floor, I don’t believe it would pass. I knew that when I saw it. Common sense should prevail. Unfortunately, a lot of people have lost common sense,” she said. One of Massachusetts’ most powerful politicians also stands in the way of the proposed statewide ban against Native American mascots. The legislation (S 291), which was the subject of a public hearing in Boston this week before the Legislature’s Education Committee, drew criticism from state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg. “I think this is something the cities and towns should decide for themselves,” the Democrat told WGBH Radio this week. “I don’t think the state needs to regulate it. We regulate enough things; it should be left up to the communities.” Saugus should be exempt from proposal In an interview with The Sau-

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ing up here today because I al- about the sibling rivalry. ways wanted to be just like you Some family competition Then she took a playful swipe – if not better,” she said, drawing Last spring Katelyn finished at the student she nosed out for some chuckles from classmates her junior year by winning the the Salutatory honors.“I’m stand- who recognized she was talking Yale Book Award – for being second in the class. Meanwhile, Kristina earned the Dartmouth Book “My care team at Adult Award for being third in the class Foster Care of the North up through that point. Shore has made me more aware of practicing good The fraternal twins continued health habits. With scholastic excellence in their sethe support and nior year. But Kristina earned the resources they better grades to edge ahead of provide, my her sister and finish with 4.43 daughter is able to care for me at grade point average (GPA) for home. We love runner-up to her best friend, AFCNS.” Rachel May. Katelyn’s 4.37 GPA ranked fourth in the Class of ~ Joanne, AFC Client 2017. But as president of the Stu978-281-2612 dent Council, she still earned a Celebrating 15 Years trip to the graduation stage to give the welcoming address. “We are a class full of such motivation and talent,” Katelyn told her classmates. “... 2017 … Do what others think is impossible,” she implored classmates, chanting the words that became a slogan for this year’s graduation class. Later, when the twins embraced for photos, Katelyn smiled when asked whether there was a little intra-family competition between her and Kristina for top grades. “Yes, we’re competitive. But we’re still very close,” Katelyn said. Kristina told The Saugus Advocate this week that she and her sister are nearly inseparable in whatever they do – as students, scholar athletes, class leaders and in their personal lives. They were co-captains of the girls’ basketball team that won a Northeastern Conference Championship – becoming the first Lady Sachems basketball team to win a conference crown in 37 years. The Lady Sachems finished with a 16-6 record and made the tournament. That was a huge improvement of their season two years ago, when they won just one of 22 games. “Me and Katie are fraternal

twins and the bestest of friends in senior year … We’ve done everything to• Student Council Secretary in gether since we were little – senior year, three-year member. same friends and everything,” • Four-year Class of 2017 ExecKristina said. utive Board Member • Four years of Varsity Outdoor Mom gets the credit Track (captain in senior year) The sisters credit Kerry Italia• Three years of Varsity Basno – a 1980 SHS graduate and ketball (captain in senior year, a veteran Everett schoolteach- played total of four years) er, with being an inspiration for • Two years of Varsity Field their scholastic achievements. Hockey (played a total of three “Regarding where the smarts years) come from, my mom has been • Earned 10 Varsity Letters over a teacher my whole life – so she the last four years has been a huge motivator and • In junior year earned the inspiration for Katie and I to al- Dartmouth Book Award for beways excel in whatever we do,” ing third in the class up through Kristina said. that point “My mom has been a teacher • MIAA Student Ambassador/ for Everett Public Schools for 23 Student Rep for School Comyears. She graduated from Sau- mittee gus High, too,” she said. • Three-year member of the The twins’ mother – the for- Student Athletic Leadership mer Kerry Donohue – is a 1980 Council (SALC) SHS graduate. Though not a • Two-time Athlete of the top-ranked high school student Month: for Cross Country in her like her daughters – she has had freshman year (before the proa remarkable career as an edu- gram was cut in her sophomore cator, which helped to reinforce year) and Basketball in her jugood study and learning hab- nior year its, according to her daughters. • Student of the Month in se“She taught third grade for 20 nior year years and is now a math inter• NEC All Star for Field Hockventionist,” Kristina said. ey and Basketball in senior year The twins also said their • NEC Student Athlete Award mom’s dedication to their get- Recipient and Agganis Scholarting the best education they ship Recipient, among others could was even more remark• North Shore Honor Scholar able because the family had to overcome the tragic death of Katelyn “Katie” Italiano their father, who passed away • Class of 2017 Graduation more than four years ago af- Marshal ter battling pancreatic cancer. • 4.37 GPA Ranked 4th in the Though he died at the age of Class 41 before they reached high • 12 honors classes, 10 AP school, the twins said their Classes in the Academy Prodad had a strong influence gram at SHS on their lives. He was a mem• Two-year National Honor Sober of the Screen Actors Guild ciety member, Executive Board and the American Federation in senior year of Television and Radio Artists. • Student Council President He appeared in several mov- in senior year, Executive Board ies filmed in Boston and loved member two years, four-year playing the piano, inspiring his member total daughters to be creative and • Four-year Class of 2017 Execalways striving to learn. utive Board member Next year, they embark on • Four years of Varsity Field their own careers. Kristina plans Hockey (captain in junior and to study nursing at Boston Col- senior year) lege and wants to use that ed• Three years of Varsity Basucation to help other people. ketball (captain in senior year, Katelyn plans to attend Saint played a total of four years) Anselm College in the fall. She • Three years of Varsity Softwill start as a Biology major on ball (played a total of four years) a premed track and is consider• Earned 10 Varsity Letters over ing a possible career in oncolo- the last four years gy for a career goal. • Yale Book Award for being second in the class up through Their Saugus High School junior year achievements • MIAA Student Ambassador/ Here are the highlights of Student Rep for School Comtheir individual scholastic and mittee athletic achievements at Sau• Three year SALC member gus High School: • Two-time Athlete of the Month: for Basketball in her Kristina “Krissy” Italiano sophomore year and Field hock• Class of 2017 Salutatorian ey in her senior year • 4.43 GPA ranked second in • NEC All Star for Field Hockclass ey in junior year, NEC All Confer• 13 honors classes, 10 AP ence (top 11 players in league) in Classes in the Academy Pro- senior year for Field Hockey gram at SHS • North Shore Honors Schol• Two-year National Honor So- ar and multiple scholarship reciety member, Executive Board cipient

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Memorial Day Art Winners Lynnhurst Elementary School fifth graders win top honors in art contest sponsored by the Saugus Veterans Council Mark E. Vogler

The council also thanked Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. and Amy Guider, the executive assistant to the superintendent, for their support of the contest. “Special thanks to the art


rudy Williamson’s fifth grade class at Lynnhurst Elementary School did the best job in illustrating Memorial Day with art. That was the decision of visitors who turned up at Cpl. Scott J. Procopio Saugus American Legion Post 210 a few days before Memorial Day to review the artwork submitted by fifth grade classes from the town’s four elementary schools. A total of 10 classes from the Lynnhurst Elementary School, the Veterans Memorial Elementary School, the Waybright Elementary School and the Oaklandvale Elementary School submitted entries in the Saugus Veterans Council’s first annual “What Memorial Day Means to Me” art contest. “The First Place class who captured the meaning of Memorial Day was Ms. Williamson’s class at the Lynnhurst School,” said Corrine Riley, who coordinated the contest for the Veterans Council. “There was one winner from each school, with the overall winning class asked to march in the Memorial Day Parade. All the submissions were very well done,” Riley said. Winners from each of the

PROUD AND PATRIOTIC: Lynnhurst Elementary School students Juliana Scalisi, Caio Rodrigues and Anthony Sarnsom – all from Trudy Williamson’s fifth grade class – display their winning artwork in Riverside Cemetery. They got to carry their posters in the town’s Memorial Day Parade for winning the first annual “What Memorial Day Means to Me” art contest, which was 18 Mos 1 the 6/2/2017 sponsored by the Saugus Veterans Council. (Courtesy photo to Sau- 10:02:52 AM gus Advocate)

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gus Advocate yesterday, Vincent also considered the matter a home rule issue that didn’t need state government involved. And even under the unlikely circum-

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tended,’” according to a recent brochure published by the Saugus Historical Commission on the Round Hill project. The brochure continues, “First settled by English colonists in 1629, the area once included Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Reading, Swampscott, and Wakefield. “A number of Native American sites are recorded in the area, dating from all known phases of human occupation over the past 13,000 years. Native Americans used stone from local sources, including the ledge of jasper at the foot of Round Hill, for tools which served them in their daily lives.” “It’s our heritage” The proposed ban, if applied to Saugus, would affect local government and community buildings in addition to the Sachem mascot. “It’s our heritage,” said Reed. “He was raised here. He’s on our town seal and our street signs and all over documents. He helped the founders here develop Saugus.” When Saugus residents talk about Sachem pride, it’s intended as a compliment – showing virtues of a leader or chief, according to Reed, who believes the legislation doesn’t apply to the town. “I believe what they’re targeting is disrespect to any culture, nationality or religion,

While fans of Saugus High sports root on their Sachem teams, the homegrown Native American is depicted in the town seal that is on local government documents like the town flag that stands in the second floor auditorium at Town Hall. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

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bol being stripped of the Native American. Nor should we be removing a symbol in a community.” State Rep. Donald Wong (RSaugus) expressed his opposition to the legislation in a letter to the Education Committee and in discussions with several members of the panel after Tuesday’s hearings. “We are honoring them,” Wong said in an interview yesterday. “We’re not taking them for granted and we are not using their name in vain … If you say ‘We don’t want the Sachem as the mascot,’ what would be the next thing? Would the next step be on the state level, which would be our state emblem? How far would this go?” Wong said. “We’re using the Sachem to honor the tribe that lived in Saugus. It’s like anything else, we have named rotaries and bridges after veterans. So this shouldn’t be any different,” he said. “You have casinos that name themselves Mohegan Sun. They’re not using it for pride. So why are they allowed to use it and we would not be?” Saugus one of 40 “mascot” communities Around 40 Massachusetts schools use Native American imagery and themes for their mascots and logos, according to a parent seeking to ban the practice. Lisa Thomas, one of two Tewksbury residents who petitioned State Sen. Barbara L’Italien to file legislation that would impose the ban, told the Joint Committee on Education on Tuesday that she grew concerned the town’s Redmen mascot would teach her children that “stereotypes and caricatures were OK.” Jason Packineau, an enrolled citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota and community coordinator at the Harvard University Native American Program, discussed what he described as the impact of such mascots on his own life. The Lincoln resident said people call him “chief” or “savage,” and strangers ask to

touch his long hair, which he wore in braids Tuesday. On Tuesday the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee decided to retire its Native American mascot and Indians name for its sporting teams. “Native people want to control their identity,” he said, asking the committee to remember that the mascots were not created by Native Americans. While bill (S 291) supporters said the portrayal of Native Americans as mascots can be harmful and disrespectful to people they are intended to represent, opponents of the ban said the mascots honor historical relationships with Native American tribes and have become sources of town pride over the years. “The town has an affinity and a great relationship with this name,” said Rep. Jim Miceli, who represents Tewksbury, citing a well-known statue in the town “of an Indian brave overlooking the community,” and the recent opening of a bowling alley and recreation complex named after the Wamesit village. “I’ve lived in Billerica essentially all my life,” Rep. Marc Lombardo wrote. “Never in over

three decades have I ever witnessed the name ‘Billerica Indians’ used and received by residents in anyway other than with pride and joy.” A priority in Tewksbury The Massachusetts Teachers Association supports the bill, and the union’s Shauna Manning said mascots do not represent the “rich and complex history” of Native American people and do not acknowledge a “long history of genocide from the United States toward Native Americans.”“We feel that Native American mascots are demeaning and perpetuate a myth that Native Americans are relics of the past who no longer exist,” she said. Residents of Amesbury, Melrose and Winchester testified in support of the bill, saying they disagreed with their towns’ use of Native American mascots. Miceli, a Wilmington Democrat, told the committee the issue is a priority in Tewksbury, where the School Committee in March 2016 voted 4-1 to keep its mascot after hearing support from residents. “I would love to see this bill killed, and I’m looking around and I think that’s a possibility,” Miceli said. Billerica Republican Rep. Lombardo changed his Twit-

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THE MINORITY VIEW: Town Meeting Member William S. Brown, of Precinct 6, in an interview this week, answering questions about why he was one of just two members voting at last week’s Special Town Meeting against the proposed new Middle-High School project. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

graduate (Class of 1969). Their son, Alex, recently graduated from Salem State University after receiving his high school diploma from Essex Agricultural and Technical High School in Danvers. Next week’s “The Advocate Asks” will feature an interview with a proponent of the new school project. The two articles that will be on the June 20 Special Election ballot: 1) Whether to finance the construction of a new grades 6-12 school building ($160.7 million) at the site of the current Saugus High School and 2) Improvements for Saugus Veterans Memorial Elementary School and the Belmonte Middle School ($25.4 million). Some highlights of this week’s interview follow. Q: Okay, Bill. Why do you oppose the school project – the two articles that are set for the June 20 Special Election in town? You were one of just two Town Meeting members who voted against it. Please explain your reasons why. A: When I sit on Town Meeting, I look at what comes before me and decide: Am I for it? Am I against it? And then I look at all the reasons for it and against. And there were


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A night-after celebration? Selectmen hope to be talking about the town getting a new school project when they meet again – one day after the June 20 Special Election By Mark E. Vogler


he four selectmen at Wednesday night’s meeting took their turns calling on residents at home to support the town’s campaign for a new Middle-High School when they go to the polls in less than two weeks. “We don’t meet til the day after … Hopefully, we’ll be celebrating,” Selectman Jeff Jeffrey Cicolini said, referring to the next time the board convenes in public session – 7:30 p.m. on June 21. Cicolini and three of his colleagues – Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta and Selectmen Scott Brazis and Jennifer D’Eon – all said they are looking forward to the victorious vote in the June 20 Special Election which Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree said “will make history” for the town’s education system. The two questions to be considered: • Whether to support the new Middle -High School Building which includes a multipurpose athletic field and outdoor track. For this project, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), as the Town’s financial partner, will reimburse the Town at a minimum rate of 53.32% (expected to increase) of eligible approved project costs. The price tag on this project

is $160.7 million. • Consideration of the District-Wide Master Plan Solution, which is comprised of the renovations and improvements at the Belmonte Middle School (which will be grades 3-5) and Veterans Memorial Elementary School (Pre-K through grade 2). Saugus Public Schools administrative offices will vacate the historic Roby Building on Main Street and move into the Belmonte Middle School building under the plan. These changes will cost $25.4 million, which would not be reimbursable. A 30-year bond issue The town share would be an estimated $118.9 million of the total $186 million for the new construction and rehabbing, which would be bonded over a 30-year period. Registered voters would need to pass both questions in order for the school project to proceed. Two articles similar to the ballot questions received overwhelming approval by members at a Special Town Meeting last week. Only two members opposed the measure. But town officials and citizens on both sides of the ballot questions have said they expect a much closer vote than the last week’s landslide decisions at the Special Town Meeting – 44-2 for the new

school building and 43-2 on the article to rehab and make the Saugus Veterans Memorial Elementary School and the Belmonte Middle School suitable for new roles. “Get out and vote June 20. Get out and vote for your community,” Selectman Brazis declared, making a pitch during the meeting and ending the members’ comment period for voters watching selectmen at home on Saugus Community Cable TV. Panetta was upbeat in her remarks about the school project and related education plan. “It’s a very exciting time right now. A lot of ku-

dos to you,” she told the town manager. Crabtree was late getting to the board’s meeting, because he was addressing the Saugus Lions Club, answering members’ questions about the school project. The Town Manager told selectmen that he and Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. have been meeting various citizen groups and service organizations in recent weeks, providing details and answering questions about the project. “We’ve been out promoting and providing information about the project,” Crab-

tree said He called the new school “the cornerstone to this community’s” education plan. “This is an investment for everybody. This will have major impact for the next 60 years,” Crabtree said. Cranking up the campaign Crabtree also narrated two educational programs in recent weeks on cable television, titled “Town Manager’s Desk,” in which he has guests who are involved with the school project. Recently, School Committee Chair Jeannie Meredith did a 22-minute segment that can


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bout 110 fifth-graders from the Veterans Memorial Elementary School recently experienced interactive learning during an environmental adventure at Wheelabrator Technologies’ Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. Rotating among five stations, the students learned about bees and the importance of pollination; plants at the sanctuary and the animals that rely on them; the coastal landscape and estu-

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Saugus Boosters Award Winners Mikayla Allan Andrea McGonigle Memorial Scholarship Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship in Memory of John Burns Alexandra Almquist Veterans Memorial School Staff Scholarship Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Outstanding Character Saugus Boosters Club Scholarship Kristen Barry Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Chorus Award Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Fine Arts Nicole Beliveau Saugus Italian-American Club Scholarship Waybright School PTO Scholarship Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Fine Arts Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Outstanding Character Jenna Bolognese Louise Meiggs Scholarship Class of 1983 Memorial Scholarship Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship Kelsey Cameron Saugus Police Association Scholarship Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Outstanding Character Saugus School Personnel Scholarship Emma Vatcher Scholarship Margaret Cetrullo John J. Bucchiere Humanitarian Scholarship Saugus High School Scholarship

Foundation Award for Fine Arts Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Honors Scholars Award Andrea Dame Foxhill Yacht Club, Inc. Scholarship in Memory of Paul Collette The SAVE Environmental Scholarship funded by the Garden Club Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Fine Arts Kyle Davey Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Sachem School Spirit Hoffman Family Scholarship Anastasia Deane Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Resiliency Dylan Deforge Tim White Memorial Scholarship Mourad Deihim Kowloon Restaurant Scholarship Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Honors Scholars Award Haley Dennis Lillian Pooler Sewell Memorial Scholarship Autumn Dion Theatre Company of Saugus Scholarship Joseph DiVola Lynnhurst School P.T.O. Scholarship Shad-Lee Dorlean International Order of Odd Fellows Scholarship - Cliftondale Lodge #193 Delvin Duncan VFW DeFranzo Post #2346 Joseph Rosano Scholarship Matthew D. Webb Memorial Scholarship

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Diane Bena presents her Unsung hero Award to Haley Dennis.

Saugus American Little League LaCortiglia Scholarship The Salvatore J. Rauseo Basketball Scholarship Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship in Honor of Leonard Aubrey Kristina Italiano Class of 1983 Memorial Scholarship Saugus Boosters Club John W. Towers Memorial Scholarship Certificate of Merit with Highest Honors from the Society of Women Engineers Coach Barney Bryan Memorial Scholarship Joey LoRusso Memorial Foundation Scholarship Saugus Italian-American Club Scholarship Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Honors Scholars Award Saugus High School Alumni Association Class of 1966 Scholarship in Memory of Richard Devine Jessica Jeffrey Cpl. Scott J. Procopio Memorial Scholarship Zeinab Jubeili Kowloon Restaurant Scholarship Saugus High School Alumni As-




Coach Steve Boudreau presents the John Scarborough Unsung Hero Award (boys) to Michael Titus, who was also awarded the Coaches Award in Wrestling.

Michael J. Spinosa presents the Outstanding Sportsmanship Award to James Alcott and Kristina Italiano. Alcott also received a Coaches Award In Baseball and a Boosters Scholarship, Kristina also receiveda Coaches Award in Field Hockey and a Boosters Scholarship.

sociation Scholarship Emily Kay Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Student Council Award Lions Club Scholarship in Memory of Robert Macero Mary J. Shea Foundation Scholarship Natalya Kazokus-DaCosta Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Outstanding Character Matthew LeBlanc George F. & Frances P. Price Memorial Scholarship Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Honors Scholars Award Peter A. Rossetti, Sr. & Suzanne M. Rossetti Family Scholarship Fund, Inc. Alexandria Lembo Peter A. Rossetti, Sr. & Suzanne M. Rossetti Family Scholarship Fund, Inc. Saugus Everett Lodge of Elks Outstanding Male/Female Scholarship Program Saugus Italian-American Club Scholarship Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship Kyle Lennan Saugus Boosters Club Scholarship Saugus Italian-American Club Scholarship Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Sportsmanship Isabella LoPresti Saugus Police Patrol Officers Scholarship

in Memory Augustine Belmonte & Harold Vitale Saugus Rotary Club Taco Bell Scholarship Alicia Luongo Saugus American Legion Unit 210 Auxiliary Scholarship Saugus Everett Lodge of Elks Outstanding Male/Female Scholarship Program VFW DeFranzo Post # 2346 William B. Merrithew Sr. Scholarship Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Resiliency Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship David J. Solimine, Jr. Honarary Scholarship Saugus Knights of Columbus Council Ronnie Lusso Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Technology International Order of Odd Fellows Scholarship - Cliftondale Lodge #193 Gabriela Marquez North Shore Bank Scholarship Saugus Boosters Club Scholarship VFW De Franzo Post #2346 Everett Millea Memorial Scholarship Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship Nycollas Marshall Knights of Columbus Scholarship Marcella White Memorial Scholarship Saugus High School Scholarship


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Foundation Award for Citizenship Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship Antonio Masiello Class of 1983 Memorial Scholarship Louis M. Pelosi Memorial Scholarship Theatre Company of Saugus Scholarship Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Drama Club Award Rachel May Certificate of Merit with Highest Honors from the Society of Women Engineers Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation National Honor Society Award Saugus High School Alumni Association Deborah Gecoya Cole Scholarship Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Honors Scholars Award Christopher McGrane Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Athletic Leadership Saugus Boosters Club John W. Towers Memorial Scholarship Ailyn Minaya Gretchen Ludwig Memorial Scholarship Saugus Booster Club Scholarships in Memory of John Heaney William Mironchuk Casey Family Scholarship Endowment for UMass Amherst Mikayla Montemurro P.F.C. William L. Hobbs Memorial Scholarship Allison Moore Abraham & Frances Pinciss Memorial Scholarship International Order of Odd Fellows Scholarship - Cliftondale Lodge #193 Matthew R. Ouellette Memorial Scholarship Veteran’s Memorial Paraprofessional Scholarship in Memory of Carol Brandenburg Veteran’s Memorial School PTO Scholarship Tyla Morgante Essex Agricultural Society Scholarship International Order of Odd Fellows

Shown, from left to right, are Brett Morey, Klye Lennan, Jack Trainor, Aexandra Almquist, Gabrella Marquez, Caitlin Sheehan, Olivia Valente, and James Alcott.

Coach Steve presents the Boosters Bill MacNeill Most Competitive Athletes aware to Olivia Valente and Christopher McGrane, The Chief Drew Award Most Outstanding both of whom were also awarded Booster All-Around Athlete was awarded to Caitlin Scholarships. Sheehan and Cameron Williamson.

Scholarship - Cliftondale Lodge #193 Saugus Firefighters Local 1003 Scholarship Saugus Italian-American Club Scholarship Saugus Rotary Club Susan J. Streeter Scholarship Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Resiliency MacKensie Murray Sweetser School Scholarship Elaine A. Espindle Memorial Scholarship Gustavo Oliveira Peter A. Rossetti, Sr. & Suzanne M. Rossetti Family Scholarship Fund, Inc. Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Honors Scholars Award Dorothea A. Routhier Scholarship Kacey Phillips Louis & Jean Sherman Scholarship Jenny Prag Louis M. Pelosi Memorial Schol-

KFC Grand Knight Paul Berthiaume presented the Kasabuski Most Outstanding Scholar/Athlete Awards to Matthew Waggett and Kristina Italiano. Both were also chosen for Coaches Award’s in Basketball and received Boosters Scholarships.

arship Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Honors Scholars Award Melissa Rebidue George William & Eleanor Jean Wood Memorial Scholarship Ashley Rolli Class of 1983 Memorial Scholarship Wanda Murphy Memorial Scholarship Eastern Bank Scholarship Megan Rowlings Cpl. Scott J. Procopio Memorial Scholarship Franklin Santiso Casey Family Scholarship Endowment for UMass Amherst Arianna Sargent Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship in Memory of Mary Thommy Thomas Sherman Beeler Memorial Scholarship Michael Sarnarcchiaro Edna Winslow Hockey Alumni Scholarship

Caitlin Sheehan Comcast Scholarship Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Sportsmanship Paul Maguire Memorial Scholarship Saugus Boosters Club Scholarship John Scarborough Memorial Scholarship

Molly Shutt Cpl. Scott J. Procopio Memorial Scholarship Certificate of Merit with Highest Honors from the Society of Women Engineers Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award North Shore Bank Scholarship Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Honors Scholars Award Jenna Silipigni Cpl. Scott J. Procopio Memorial Scholarship Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Award for Resiliency Jack Trainor John Naso Memorial Scholarship Saugus Boosters Club Scholarship Olivia Valente Coach Tom Burns Memorial Scholarship Saugus Boosters Club Scholarship


Coach Max Cox and Booster Joanne Harritos present the Towers Scholarships to Nicholas Ferrari, Christopher McGrane, Katelyn Italiano, and Kristina Italiano.

Keith Manning & Ms. Lindquist present the Willard Lindquist Memorial Basketball Scholarship to to Matthew Waggett and Cameron Williamson.

Coach Max Cox and Booster Joanne Harritos present the John f. Heaney Award for $1,000 each to Ailyn Minaya and Matthew Wagget.

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Saugus High School Cla

Vice President of the Class of 2017 Alyssa Filippone leads the pledge of allegiance.

Nicole Beliveau, Andrea Dame, and Kristen Barry sing the National Anthem.

The SHS band performs a rendition of “God Only Knows” by the The Saugus High School Chorus performs a rendition of “Good Riddance (Time of Your Beach Boys. Life)” by Green Day.

Class President Emily Kay.

Salutatorian Kristina Italiano. Michaelle Lee.

Michael Nelson presents the Salutatorian, Kritina Italiano. Principal Michael C. Hashem.

Andrea Dame delivers the S chool Committee chair Superintendent Dr. David closing remarks. Jeanette Meredith. DeRuosi. Kristina Crepeau.

Kevin Fontanella presents the Valedictorian, Rachel May.

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Student Council Presi- Autumn Dion and Megan Witkowski presdent Katelyn Italiano. ent the SHS band. Valedictorian Rachel May.

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Richard Lavoie and Kathryn Payne present Class President Emily Kay.

The sky’s the limit!

Elated graduates throw their caps into the air.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017. Good luck in all you do.

(Advocate photos by Mike Kearney)

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Saugus baseball team out in second round of playoffs By Julian Cardillo

School baseball team’s playoff run on Sunday night as they fell he clock struck mid- 8-0 to Lynnfield in the second night on the Saugus High round of the state tournament.


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An 8-0 score certainly suggests a blowout, but Sachems coach Joe Luis said that’s not the case and that he’s proud of all his team accomplished this season, hinting at a bright future. “It was competitive, we were right in it against Lynnfield … It was 3-0 heading into the fifth and it was only an error or two in the last few innings that blew the game open,” said Luis, whose team played on the road just one day after beating North Reading, 7-4, in round one of the tournament. Jimmy Alcott was on the mound, as Justin Horvath, who pitched a sterling game against North Reading the day before, needed rest. Lynnfield’s field is turf. Ath-

letic department policy states that metal cleats aren’t allowed on the turf, which meant Saugus players had to use regular sneakers. “It’s not excuse, it’s just kind of the conditions we had to play in,” Luis said. “It was good experience. We were on the road against a big crowd and a tough environment. But Lynnfield had plastic cleats and we were all in sneakers, not playing in the equipment we’d been using all season.” Despite the loss, Luis is pleased with what he saw from the team all season. They squeaked into the playoffs but made some noise, particularly with a strong showing against North Reading. In that game, Horvath, Christian Correia and Nick Descoli all tallied RBIs.

“It was a goal of ours to reach the post-season, to play more than the 20 games of the regular season,” Luis said, bringing up a sentiment echoed by Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane in Moneyball. He continued, “I told the guys that I’d rather lose the way we did to Lynnfield in a playoff game than win the last game of the regular season and not make the playoffs. “We got a big win in our final game against Winthrop to make the playoffs. We achieved a goal and played well to beat North Reading. We can hang with the best of them, even Lynnfield on the road, and we have a good building block for next season.”

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Saugus softball team takes pride in successful season By Julian Cardillo

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peted to the best of their ability. He added, “Not much was expected of us this year but to make the tournament and end the season with a winning record in an extremely competitive NEC Conference says a lot about the character and hard work that these kids, as well as my coaching staff, put in.” Saugus is also led by assistant coaches Amanda Naso, Joe Cimetti, Anthony Ascolese and Mike Shaw. “They don’t get the recognition nor the credit that they deserve,” said Almquist of his staff. “Without their efforts, this team would in no way have been as successful as we were the past two years.” Saugus will graduate captains Alex Almquist and Caity Sheehan as well as Katie Italiano. “I cannot say enough good things about these kids; they epitomize what it is to be a student athlete,” Almquist said.

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Election set for June 20, when the town will decide whether to move forward on a new combination Middle/High School. Voters will go to the polls from 7 a.m. to consider two ballot questions Attention Saugus Voters! Don’t worry if you won’t be in town on By Mark Vogler June 20. Absentee Ballots are now available in Town Clerk Schena’s office. You can either come into the office to vote Absentee or ere are a few tidbits that you might want to know about you may request an Absentee Ballot Application be mailed. Please contact the Clerk’s office at 781-231-4101 with your information this week in Saugus. as soon as possible. Leaders of their class In more than four decades of newspaper reporting, I never fig- A time to remember Officer Vitale ured how valuable it would be to cover a High School graduation It’s been nearly 32 years since Saugus Police Officer Harold L. Viawards ceremony. But I wanted desperately to meet the leaders tale was killed in the line of duty. But his family and friends – many of the Saugus High School Class of 2017 so I could interview them of them from Revere, where he grew up – keep his memory alive for last week’s “The Advocate Asks” question and answer feature every year at about this time. of The Saugus Advocate. Next Saturday (June 17) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the family and Saugus High School Principal Michael Hashem suggested that representatives of the Officer Harold L. Vitale Memorial Fund will the best time with just days left to seniors’ school careers would be gather near the end of Ballard Street in Officer Vitale Memorial Park, to show up at the high school auditorium last Wednesday and catch which was constructed by the Town of Saugus in 1992 in his honor. them after the school’s annual Academic and Service Awards Night. There they will award several scholarships in his honor to students So, the principal talked me into it. And I’m glad he did. from Saugus, Revere and other area communities. Since the scholI already knew that I would be interviewing Rachel May – the arship fund was launched in 1992, 110 scholarships totaling more 2017 Valedictorian. She struck me as a top high school scholar than $110,000 have been awarded to college-bound students. when I met her last fall at the Saugus Public Library. She was one Officer Vitale was killed in the line of duty in the early morning hours of June 18, 1985, while attempting to make an arrest; he was of six people being honored as a recipient of the “Readers Make Good Leaders” Award – and the first-ever high school student. dragged over 1,000 feet to his death. Officer Vitale was 42 at the Frankly, I had no idea who the second student might be – until time and married to his wife, Eileen, and they lived in Ipswich with I learned after the awards ceremony that I would also be inter- three children: Paul, Michelle and JacLyn. viewing Salutatorian Kristina Italiano. Having watched the cer- Officer Vitale’s badge #17 was retired after his death. emony, I had already developed background on Krissy, as she went up to get quite a few scholarships and academic awards. Teen TV summer workshop Wow! I suddenly learn I’ll be interviewing the number one and This just in from Michelle Madar, production manager at Saugus Community Television Inc.’s Stop-Motion Animation Workshop. number two students in this year’s graduating class. Rachel and Krissy were in great demand of family and friends “Did you hear the news?” Madar wrote in an email we received last who wanted to shoot photos of the two in front of the giant week. “Saugus TV won an Award for a 2-minute Stop-Motion Ancardboard number “17” standing up near the podium on the imation Promo. Want to know how we did it? Here is your chance stage in the auditorium. After about 15 minutes, the two star to find out how, AND to make one for yourself!” Saugus TV is offering a two-week workshop for Grades 8-12 students eased their way in from the “17,” for a few photos and then sat down on the stage for about a 12-minute interview. Ear- (2017 Grads welcome) where you will learn the major stop-moly on, I learned they were “best friends” since the seventh grade. tion techniques, the basics of editing the video with Final Cut X What a story line, which led to a front page feature titled “Best and a brief history of Stop-Motion. This workshop will meet Monof both worlds: Two Saugus High School seniors graduating to- day, July 10; Tuesday, July 11; Wednesday, July 12; Monday, July 17; night are best friends and best two students.” That was one of Tuesday, July 18; and Wednesday, July 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. It is free our lead stories in last Friday’s edition. to all Saugus Teens. In the course of the interview, I also learned that Krissy has a “We will also be hosting a viewing party on Friday, July 21 for twin, Katelyn Italiano, or “Katie,” who was the second top-ranked friends and family to view the final production,” Madar said. student in last year’s Junior Class, when Krissy was Number 4. Space is limited, so register with Michelle Madar at m.madar@ But Krissy overtook Katie this year for the honor to be Saluta- by July 7. torian. But while falling to fourth in her class, Katie was still an Technology grants for Saugus Public Schools A student. And to have twin sisters graduating – and both of them se- Saugus Public Schools is one 16 school districts that have been lected to speak at commencement – while excelling in the class- selected to receive a total of $847,059 in state grants for technolroom, in school athletics, as leaders involved in school activi- ogy infrastructure that will strengthen digital learning, the Bakerties and just great ambassadors for Saugus High … well, that’s Polito Administration announced last week. The Belmonte Middle a story that easily wrote itself in this week’s paper, “Twin Sachem School will receive $31,642 and the Veterans Memorial ElementaScholars: Sisters Kristina and Katelyn Italiano excelled in the class- ry School will get $24,220 in grant money, according to a press reroom, in Saugus High sports, as class leaders and on the 2017 grad- lease from the governor’s office. The state’s investment will leverage approximately $1.13 million uation stage.” Of course, there are many great stories to be written about this in additional local funds. The grants to these schools, which includes year’s graduating class, for a reporter who has the interest and time 11 rural schools, 19 suburban schools and 11 urban schools, will to ferret them out. This was one of the largest classes in recent mem- impact nearly 22,000 students. ory and one of the closest, according faculty and students I talked “Technology in the classroom is an essential part of preparing to. The Saugus Sachems of 2017 also distinguished themselves in our students for successful academic and professional careers,” the athletic arena as well as in non-sport afterschool activities. And Governor Charlie Baker said. “The enhanced access to technology in the School Committee meetings I’ve attended over the past year through these grants will improve each district and help ensure – or watched on television – I heard a lot about “the Sachem Pride” Massachusetts remains a national leader in education.” exuded by this year’s Saugus High graduates. “The Digital Connections Partnership School Grants announced In an emotional, teary-eyed tribute during the commencement today are another example of the state and municipalities workceremonies last Friday, School Committee Member Elizabeth Mar- ing together to provide better services at the local level,” Lieutenchese showed the soft spot she had for this year’s class – “You have ant Governor Karyn Polito said. “We look forward to the 16 school united a community. You have brought back Sachem pride.” districts and 40 schools across the Commonwealth utilizing these Hats off to the students in the Saugus High Class of 2017. In more funds to improve their students’ educational experience.” than four decades of reporting, I can’t recall a more enjoyable task “Technology is essential in preparing our students for success in of covering a high school class as I did this one. the 21st century,” state Secretary of Education James Peyser said. And there were fitting words from Saugus Public Schools Su- “The opportunities these students will receive due to these grants perintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr., in the midst of his first com- will put them at a great advantage when they are preparing for the mencement exercises in Saugus since taking charge of the school college and the workforce demands of the future.” district last July 1. “Resiliency is the key to success,” DeRuosi said. Administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary “Never give up … Don’t settle … always work to achieve more.” Education and the Office of Municipal and School Technology of “Always stay true to yourself and your core values,” School Com- the Massachusetts Office of Information Technology (MassIT), the mittee Chair Jeannie Meredith chimed in. program provides state funds to increase the discounts communities receive from E-rate, a federal program that provides technology discounts to schools and libraries. Grant recipients were Election help wanted Town Clerk Ellen J. Schena is looking for some willing and avail- selected through a competitive application process. The Digital able paid help – wardens, clerks and inspectors – for the Special Connections Partnership Schools Grant is a matching state grant



program that will help public schools strengthen 21st-century teaching and learning through the use of technology such as Wi-Fi and increased broadband access. “I am thrilled that the state is able to help make better technology available to students and teachers,” Mitchell D. Chester, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education said. “The ability to use technology and harness resources from around the world will broaden students’ horizons and make them stronger scholars, citizens and, eventually, members of the workforce.” More information about the Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant is available at grants/DigitalConnections.html. SAVE to hold its annual dinner June 21 Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) will hold its Annual Meeting and Dinner on Wednesday, June 21 at the Saugus Italian American Club, which is located at 1 Beachview Ave. A social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. and a dinner buffet begins at about 7:15 p.m. The public is invited to the Italian Buffet (catered by Spinelli’s) consisting of mixed salad, several assorted pasta / meat dishes, dessert, coffee and tea. A cash bar will also be available. The cost is $19.50 per person. As part of SAVE’s annual event, guest speaker Carol Oldham, executive director of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN), will speak on the topic of “100% Renewables for All,” a most interesting and current topic. Carol holds an MBA in policy and planning from the University of New Mexico and an undergraduate degree from Bennington College. SAVE is also planning a small “Free SWAP” table at this event – a great way to keep still usable goods out of the waste stream. So bring one or two items that you no longer need or want to add to the table, if you wish. You might also find something to take home with you. For further information or to download the Annual Dinner response coupon, go to either or www. You may also contact SAVE President Ann Devlin at or SAVE Treasurer Carol Chelf at 1-978-208-8321. Please let SAVE officials know as soon as possible, but no later than June 14. Free parking is available on-site, and the facility is accessible for the disabled. Saugus Historical Society sets Strawberry Festival at St. John’s Church The Saugus Historical Society


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SOUNDS | from page 16 will hold its annual Strawberry Festival on its traditional date, the third Saturday of June – this year that falls on Saturday, June 17. It is in a new location this year: St. John’s Church at the corner of Central Street and Prospect Street. As it has for over three decades, the Festival features their famous Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake, hot dogs and soda. Come enjoy this traditional celebration of the beginning of summer with your family and neighbors. Shortcakes are available to eat inside or to take out. A Plant and Flower Sale by the Saugus Garden Club, craft tables and more outside on the lawn will open at 9 a.m.; shortcakes will be served inside starting at 10 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m. Strawberry Festivals were held in many New England towns in the 18th and 19th centuries to celebrate the first fruits of the season. The Saugus Historical Society picked up this tradition in the mid 1980’s and has held its festival every year since. The location has varied, with other locations including the former Unitarian Universalist Church (now the Iglesia Bautista), the American Legion Hall and the Roby School lawn. Shortcake tickets are available for sale at the door or by advance sale. A limited amount of table space for craft vendors is still available. For more information contact Saugus Historical Society President Laura D. Eisener at or 781-231-5988. Flower Power in Saugus Now in its 72nd year, the Saugus Garden Club has several events planned for the first half of the year. If you love flowers, adore your town and want to meet some new friends, check out these events: • Field Trip this month, date to be announced. A carpool trip is planned to Harvard University’s Museum of Natural History, where members can tour the newly-reopened glass flower museum. • Saturday, June 17, the club holds its annual plant sale on the lawn of the Roby School during the Saugus Historical Society’s Strawberry Festival. Let’s hear it! Got an idea, passing thought or gripe you would like to share with The Saugus Advocate? I’m always interested in your feedback. It’s been a year since I began work at The Saugus Advocate. I’m always interested in hearing readers’ suggestions for possible stories or good candidates for “The Advocate Asks” interview of the week. Feel free to email me at Some Attractions at the Saugus Public Library There are some cool events coming up at the Saugus Public Library: Got kids and a green thumb? On Tuesday, June 13 at 3:30 p.m., check out the official planting of the Children’s Garden. Plant some flowers, vegetables and herbs. Enjoy some refreshments and make some new friends with green thumbs. Raptors and Birds of Prey Kick off teen summer reading with this program, on Thursday, June 15, from 4 to 5 p.m. “Learn facts about birds of prey such as hawks, falcons, owls and eagles and see some of these beautiful birds up close,” says the flyer posted on a glass window. Ages eight and up – call or come into the library to sign up. Free After School Homework Help at the Saugus Public Library The SPL is partnering with the Belmonte Middle School to offer free, drop-in homework help to Saugus elementary school students to help foster strong academic and study skills outside of school hours. Here are the details: • Homework Help is in session and runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the Saugus Public Library. • Homework helpers are National Junior Honor Society students from the Belmonte Middle School. • This program is open to students in grades K-5. • No registration is required, but students must be signed in/out by a parent or guardian. • Parent or guardian must remain on library grounds while student is receiving homework assistance. • Subjects: math • science • grammar • reading • social studies • geography & others. • For more information, visit, where you’ll also find online resources for a variety of grade levels as well as free test-prep help from the College Board and others. • Email with any questions.

Satchel Paige, One of a Kind O

ne of his sayings is “Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common”. Satchell certainly was not common. He defied age. His last appearance as a Major League Baseball pitcher was with the Kansas City Athletics on September 25, 1965 when he was 59 years old. He was born Leroy Robert Page to John Page and Lula Coleman Page in the Down the Bay section of Mobile. Mr. Paige was born in Mobile, Alabama on July 7, 1906 and died June 8, 1982 at 75 years old. He became a semi-professional pitcher with the Mobile Tigers from 1924 to 1926. His professional career started with the Chattanooga Black Lookouts in 1926 in the Negro Southern League. Paige pitched his last professional game on June 21, 1966 for the Peninsular Grays of the Carolina League. He was noted for his control and also as a cocky individual. In his younger years he toured the country in the off season and he would have his infielders sit down while he struck out the side. Blacks were not chosen to play in the white professional baseball leagues so he was faced with the option of the Negroe leagues. He pitched for Chattanooga and Birmingham from 1926 to 1929; Cuba, Baltimore and Cleveland from 1929 to 1931; Pittsburgh, California and North Dakota from 1931 to 1936; Dominican Republic 1937; Mexico 1938; Kansas City Travelers 1939; Puerto Rico 1939-1940; and the Kansas City Monarchs 1940 to 1947. He pitched in the Negro World Series in 1942 and 1946, and started barnstorming with Bob Feller in 1967 and 1947. Finally in 1948 the Cleveland Indians in desperate need of pitching took a chance on the

42 year old Satchel Paige and he continued on the Indians rotation in 1949. He pitched for the St. Louis Browns 1951 to 19534 and the Kansas City Athletics in 1965 at 59. His two seasons in Bismarck, North Dakota, Paige was 35 and 2while striking out 440 batters, in the Dominican league he was 8 and 2. In 1931 and 1932 he pitched in the California Winter league for the Philadelphia Giants with a record of 6 and 0 with 70 strike outs over 58 innings pitched. In 1932 and 1933 he pitched for the Tom Wilson’s Elite Giants and had a record of 7 – 0 with 91 strike outs in 63 innings. The team was renamed the Wilson’s Elite Giants where he pitched for 193 through 1936 with a record of 37 and 2, striking out 461 batters in 335 innings. On July 9, 1948 he became the oldest pitcher ever having a debut at 42 years and 2 days. The 1948 season was great for the rookie, finishing with a 6 and 1 mark, a 2.48 ERA, 2 shutouts, 43 strike outs, 22 walks, and 61 base hits allowed in 72 and 2/3 innings. He was released by the Indians after the 1948 season when his record slipped to 4 and 7, 1 and 3 as a starter. He barnstormed for a couple of years and then was picked up by the St. Louis Browns in 1951. Where he ended the season at 3 and 4. In 1954 his record was 12 -10 and he was the first black selected to the American League All Star Team although the game ended after 5 innings because of rain and Satchel never got a chance to show his stuff. His style was somewhat unique. He fired a stinging fast ball and an occasional curve the after arm trouble he developed what he called his :hesitation pitch” which was a type of changeup with such a log delay between starting the mo-

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tion and delivery that many managers complained that the type was a balk, but umpires sided with the old man. By the 1950s he had added a screwball, knuckleball, and an eephus pitch that went high up and finally down by the batter. He also used different angles of his arm, sometimes overhead, sometimes side arm and sometimes different angles in between. Paige was the first black to be elected to the MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. SACHEMVILLE Our baseball team and softball team both lost opening round games in the MIAA State Tournaments, baseball losing to Danvers 6 – 0 and softball losing to Lynnfield 8 – 0. At the All State Track and Field meet last weekend Haley Dennis finished 14th in the 100 meters. The Boston Globe featured the Saugus High School Girls Golf team this past week. The team under Coach Jeff Mitchel has 32 student on the squad which is very unusual for any high school golf team. The team went 10 and 8 over the season as one of the few teams north of Boston which meant long trips south and west to compete. Their home course is Cedar Glen. In the state north sectional they finished in fifth place with a score of 441. Rachel May, a senior, led the Sachems with a score of 103 strokes, and the other senior, Emma Caron had 111. The two sophomores, Madison Slane and Caitlin Wright had 110 and 117 respectively. The team has 10 sophomores and 9 freshmen so we can expect grand things of Mitchel and his squad.

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ed to go to the hospital and she would say “no, I am fine.” My Mother was housebound and had very little mobility for many years. The team at the Saugus Firehouse are so professional, I knew they could help my mother when we called. My brother and I would like to thank the Firemen and

Emergency team for all their help and dedication. Thank you just doesn’t seem enough. I am sad to say my Mother passed away in April. We will never forget the Saugus Firemen and Emergency team for assisting us in caring for her. Thank you, From Angela and Jack

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own Manager Scott C. Crabtree told selectmen Wednesday that he’s going to get a vicarious thrill this summer when he observes the public recreation of children and their parents who visit the new playground at Bucchiere Park, more popularly known as Bristow Park. “It’s going to be the payday of a lifetime to go down and watch what people do,” Crabtree told selectmen. “People are calling (about their visits to the park)... It’s just embarrassing that we didn’t have a playground or park I could bring my children to,” Crabtree recalled of his early days as a young parent. That shouldn’t be a problem anymore, according to the town manager, who reflected on this week’s re-opening of the playground at 23 Bristow St., which was rededicated in honor the late John J. Bucchiere. Saugus children, residents, town officials, employees and business owners were all invited to last night’s ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the brand-new playground and park. The park was par t of a $2-million parks improvement plan approved last year

A NEW PLACE TO PLAY: Saugus residents have another option for families to get their daily exercise -- at Bucchiere/Bristow Park, located at 23 Bristow St. (Courtesy photo to Saugus Advocate)

by the Annual Town Meeting. In a statement released this week by Crabtree’s office, the town manager boasted with pride about “the new, safer, and brightly-colored playground at Bucchiere/Bristow Park,” which features a large, handicap-accessible play area with swings, slides, a seesaw, and more, as well as shade trees, seating, and a nearby water bubbler. The existing field has been irrigated and now includes a 10-foot tall, 30-foot long lacrosse wall, and the Tee-ball field has been rehabilitated with a new infield, backstop, bleachers, and players’ benches. In addition, the park has


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been equipped with LED lights, and security cameras will be added to the park to increase safety and security. Also included in the park is a new basketball court, a bathroom, storage shed, and concession stand. In addition, children and adults alike can enjoy a walking track that surrounds the site. The Park also features a series of workout stations from playground equipment company Landscape Structures, according to the town manager. These HealthBeat Outdoor Fitness Systems, which are for ages 13 and up, bring the best of the gym to the great outdoors. HealthBeat uses the latest exercise methodologies to provide a tailored workout for teens and adults of all fitness levels,” Crabtree said. Bristow Park offers the following systems: Squat Press, Chest/Back Press, Parallel Bars, Assisted Row/Push Up, and AbCrunch/Leg Lift. While children play in the fenced-in playground, teenagers and adults can enjoy a workout. Park-goers can park their vehicles in a new, off-street, onsite parking area, which has 15 spots. Last year, Town Meeting members approved the funding for upgrades to some of the Town’s parks and playgrounds. Bristow Park is one of the results of this initiative. “When I drove by Bristow Park the other day, I couldn’t help but smile,” said the town’s Youth and Recreation Director Greg Nickolas. “Seeing all the young families playing on the new structures while some middle school kids were playing basketball on the new court was a great sight. This is the way it’s supposed to be in Saugus. I commend the Town Manager for his leadership in addressing these quality of life issues in our Town,” he said.

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ASKS | from page 6 far more reasons to go against it than there were to vote for it. Q: What are the major reasons to vote against it? A: The first thing that I look at with this is, our school system is currently at a Level 3, which is about as low as you can go in the state for a state ranking of a school district. One step lower and the state would step in and probably take over our schools and we will lose accreditation. So, yes, something has to be done with our school system. I look at the current administration, and at the same time, they’re telling all of the citizens in this town,“You should vote for this school. We should spend millions and millions of dollars – $186 million for the school project.”At the same time they are saying that they are also offering up a budget … for the schools that is only a one and a half percent increase. A $400,000 increase over last year’s budget, in my opinion, is disgraceful. To fix a Level 3 problem that we have in this town, it’s going to take a commitment from everybody. And everybody is going to have to work together, as a new school alone will not raise us out of a Level 3. I don’t see that commitment when I see a $400,000 increase in the school budget. Q: So, you’re saying the new school is inconsistent with the school budget vote? A: Yes. I think that the admin-

istration – by the administration, I mean Finance Committee, School Committee, Town Manager and Board of Selectmen – they all should have been on top of this. A $400,000 increase for the school budget requires that the superintendent not replace teachers who retire, cut staff and close schools. That’s not the commitment that I want to see. Q: Do you believe that the two articles will pass on June 20? A: I believe this is going to be a really close vote in this election. Q: Do you think they will pass? A: I hope not. I hope people look at this for what it is. I hope they ask questions. I hope they come to the polls and vote, and that’s a problem, because there hasn’t been all that much publicity around this. I believe that whether it’s intentional or not, I think the information getting out about this election and the school project itself – it’s very scant. There should be a lot more out there. Q: If the town approves this project, what’s the best that can happen? A: What’s the best that can happen out of this? The best that can happen is we will probably rise from a Level 3 … maybe we get to Level 2. We’ll have a new school, obviously. We’ll have to see how it works out. I don’t know that this is going to be in the best interests of everybody in the town. Q: What’s the worst that can happen?

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A: Well, the worst that can happen is that the taxes could get outrageously high, the MSBA could be shut down by the state – and what happens to payments to the town if that happens? We’ll assume the whole burden of the cost of the school if that happens. And the worst thing, I think, would be that we don’t get out of Level 3 and this doesn’t do what everybody says it’s going to do. The bottom line: I want to see the kids in this town get a decent education. I just happen to disagree with how we go about it. Q: If the town votes this project down, what’s the best alternative? A: Well, that’s a problem because I don’t see that there is an alternative. Q: They’re saying, like, they get up to 57 or 58 percent of the costs reimbursed by the state – the MSBA. At least that’s what is being presented by the administration. They have been working at this for about a year and a half now. If the town turns it down – they say you [Saugus] would go to the back of the line in funding eligibility by the state. So, what about that? That’s a lot to lose in state funding assistance. A: You know, I’m kind of disappointed in this town and this project. We should have a backup plan. We have a 10-day period after the election if this doesn’t pass. I believe we have 10 days to resubmit a plan, and I don’t see any reason why there shouldn’t be a backup Marleah E. Graves Scholastic Achievement Award Superintendent William P. Doyle, Jr.& Elisa M. Doyle Scholarship Phil & Ernestine Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Matthew Waggett Saugus Booster Club Scholarships in Memory of John Heaney The Salvatore J. Rauseo Basketball Scholarship Saugus Firefighters Scholarship in Memory of Former Chief George B. Drew Joshua Whiting Saugus High School Scholarship Foundation Drama Club Award Saugus High School Alumni Association Scholarship Megan Witkowski Saugus Band Parents Scholarship Matthew LeBlanc Saugus High Scholarship Foundation Principal’s Leadership Award Giovanni Cornetta Saugus High School Most Improved Award Isabella LoPresti Saugus High School Unsung Hero Award Dalia Rajeh Douglas Lockwood Scholarship -Most All Around Kristina Italiano Saugus High School Salutatorian Award Rachel May Saugus High School Valedictorian Award

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plan to resubmit. Q: Resubmit a plan? A: Yes. This election is not going to be a choice. It’s going to be a take-it or leave-it election, and I’m disappointed that there is no choice. Q: So, the backup plan – what would be the backup plan if you had your druthers? Scale it back to a new High School? A: Scale it back to just the new High School. We don’t need the stadium. We certainly do not need the stadium because we’re funding $1.3 million to rebuild Stackpole Field. So, why do we need a stadium if a stadium will do nothing to lift us out of a Level 3? Q: Do you believe the costs to the taxpayer as presented recently … are those accurate? Or do you think they are being under-reported, the actual impact on the taxpayer? A: I think people should look at the chart that is being passed around now. They’re claiming that

it’s going to be a 30-year bond. And, on the chart, they list several years, but there is a 22-year gap that they’re not putting down on that chart. There are 10 years in between 2024 and 2034. And then between 2036 to 2048, there’s another 12 years. There’s no figures in those columns. And those are going to be high-priced years for the taxpayer. This is just a minimized version of what people should be looking at. It also only goes to $370,000 as far as the valuation. There are a lot of houses in Saugus that are higher than $370,000. I think it should go to $450,000, at least. People should know what they’re paying for, and they don’t know all of the facts about this project and what it will cost. Q: What’s the information that is not being reported that you believe the taxpayer should know about? A: Well, first of all, the actual


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fic problem that will be occurring not just at the High School but at all of the schools– the High School in particular. I think that the Veterans Memorial [Elementary School] is going to see a large increase in traffic. I think the Belmonte will see a large increase in traffic. And I think the project people haven’t done all of their homework on this. And before anyone approves this, they should know what the traffic flow will be. Q: You are one of two residents who apparently attended a recent forum set up by the town manager. I believe the superintendent of schools, and they had the two project planners – the town’s project manager [PMA Consultants, the Owner’s Project Manager] and the architect [HMFH Architects,

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for the song “Keep on the Sunny Side”? 12. The word karaoke comes from what language? 13. On June 10, 1652, where was the first American mint established? 14. In 1804 Haiti declared independence from what country? 15. Who was the first athlete on a Wheaties box? 16. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress decided on a national flag with how many stars and stripes? 17. What was the Duesenberg? 18. How are Guinness stout and the “Guinness Book of World Records” related? 19. On June 14, 1951, what computer began operating (the first one commercially built)? 20. What baseball star said, “Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you”?

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designer for the project] and the School Committee chair. My question is: Was it helpful? Did you get a lot of information out of that? A: That was my second forum. The first night, I went and found it somewhat informative. Q: This was during the day. Right? A: Yes. The following morning at 10:30 in the morning, it was open to all Town Meeting members, and myself and another citizen showed up. I had more questions and I tried to get them answered at that time. Q: What are the chief unanswered questions about this project that you want to put out there? A: Well, I think that if I am a parent and living on the outer edges of Saugus and I have small children going to school, I have to look at the options I have for my children. My children can walk. They can be driven by my wife or myself or whatever, or they can take a bus. Currently, the bus fees are $360 per child per year. So, when you factor in the cost of the debt exclusion, you also have to factor in the cost of sending your child by bus to school. And, if you’re going to drive, you are going to be adding to the traffic problem I have already stated – the traffic problem is a serious problem. Q: Are there some questions that you asked the administration or that you asked at these forums that you feel you haven’t got any satisfactory answers for? A: Yes. Just today I went to the Senior Center. And while I didn’t ask the questions, somebody asked a question about square footage. He had four comparisons to local communities that just built schools within the last year, and every one of them came in underpriced and under the cost of the Saugus School that we’re building by $185 a square foot. I think that’s significant. The town manager tried to tell us that in the time period between when their schools were built and this is being built, it’s $400,000 a month more every month. I find that a little bit steep. But that figure needs to be scrutinized a little more. I think that this is just a very high ticket item for the people of Saugus. Q: You sent an email to fellow

Town Meeting members about the project, about what you considered hidden costs that they should consider. I was wondering, what kind of reaction did you get from your colleagues? A: Two of my colleagues challenged me on where I got my information. I thought that that was kind of irrelevant to the information that I sent. Q: You got that information from the MSBA. A: I got it from the MSBA. The town manager suggested that I try a website. His staff gave it to me. I took the information off of there. I should tell you that I’m so computer illiterate, I lost the information. I called a friend and she got it back for me. And because her name is on this, people are challenging it. One Town Meeting member did; however, ask if I knew how much it’s going to cost per household. And at the time, I didn’t have that figure. I have a rough idea now. But this is still a fluid figure. The figures they [the administration] are putting out now are subject to change. People need to understand that. It’s not a project that’s going to get cheaper. It’s going to get more and more expensive. Q: Anything else that you want to share about this project – your concerns or frustrations that you have complained about? A: I have a list of questions. One of the things that I’m wondering – there is going to be a $1.75 million penalty payback to the MSBA because of prior rehab at the Belmonte Middle School. As folks know, we rehabbed the Belmonte about five or six years ago. And at the time, it was a $20 million project – half of which was paid by the MSBA. Because we are now considering repurposing the Belmonte for an elementary school, we’d be paying a fine or penalty of $1.75 million. I think that people should understand that in the next few weeks, tax bills come in for 2018 … they’re going to see an increase because we’re going to be paying for a debt exclusion for the first Belmonte rehab. That’s unrelated to this school. So, we’ll be paying for the Belmonte rehab. I’m not quite sure how long that is. I venture to guess that it’s between

CELEBRATION | from page 7 be accessed on Saugus Cable Television Station on Vimeo. Selectman D’Eon said she’s been out campaigning hard with other supporters of an improved education plan. “This is a great project and something we need very badly for our children … It’s something the whole community needs,” D’Eon said. Selectman Mark Mitchell was absent from Wednesday night’s meeting, but shares similar enthusiasm about the project. Crabtree told selectmen one of the best financial rea-

sons for the town financing the new school and related projects is because of an estimated $7 million he predicts the town will be saving in finance costs. “Our bond rating is at the highest it’s ever been,” Crabtree said. Added Panetta, “There is never going to be a less expensive time to build a new High School,” urging voters to support the two articles. In a related development, a Political Action Committee (PAC) was formed, called “Saugus Parents for a New High/ Middle School,” according to

10 and 20 years. Then we’re going to be picking up another debt exclusion for the new High School. And for two years, we’ll still be paying for the Veterans Memorial School. There may be a period of time where we are actually paying for three debt exclusions. People need to realize, “Yeah, we are spending a lot of money.” On another matter – I look at Route 1. We passed a comprehensive zoning bylaw at the 2015 Town Meeting. I see what possibly could be violations of that bylaw. If they are not violations, they certainly are not holding with the spirit of that zoning change. We wanted to try and make Route 1 a little more accessible. We wanted to cut down on curb cuts. And here we are with this school, the solutions for traffic – they’ve got a curb cut on Route 1. I think that’s a bad idea. There’s a perimeter road that runs between the school and Route 1. If the state decides to widen Route 1, that perimeter road will be in jeopardy. We at Town Meeting suggested a 50-foot setback from Route 1. And that road does not fall within a 50-foot setback, and it may cause a problem to traffic flow. I’ve just recently learned that there is a major sewer pipe that runs underneath where they want to build the school. So, that’s going to have to be re-routed down Route 1, which will require the Department of Transportation in the state of Massachusetts to weigh in. Their engineers are going to have to get involved, and they’re going to have to re-route it down Route 1 and disrupt traffic while they do that. This is a major problem for this whole project that people need to look at. There’s a lot more to this. The proponents of this project are trying to make it seem more like people of my generation – older people living on fixed incomes – they’re taking the attitude that we don’t have children in the schools system and why should we care. That is totally inexcusable – that kind of logic. We care. We want these children to have the education that we got out of Saugus, and that’s all there is to it. I think that’s about it. Town Clerk Ellen Schena, who accepted the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) Form on June 2. “It was a group that started on Facebook and was contacted by OCPF – that they need to fill out paperwork with me. They did and I spoke with OCPF and everything is all set,” Schena told The Saugus Advocate. There were reports of improper signs that didn’t comply with OCPF regulations being used without qualifying who was paying for the advertising. “With regards to the signs question …. I do not know anything about that issue,” Schena said.

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