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A Belated Honor

A Korean War veteran from Saugus is set to receive the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal tomorrow – 62 years after he served


Gone after nearly a year Athletic Director James Bunnell leaves Saugus today for a new job that’s about an hour’s drive closer to home

By Mark E. Vogler


A GIFT OF WAR: Something great happened to Donald Patti when he volunteered as a U.S. Marine to go to Korea in 1952. He wound up going to Japan instead, where he met his wife to be – Hisae Nakata. Patti, in his living room this week, displays a photo of him and his late wife, who died four years ago. (Saugus Advocate Photo by Mark E. Vogler)



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onald Patti didn’t have a job lined up and had no college plans when he graduated from Saugus High School in July of 1952. So, just a day later, the 18-year-old aspiring Marine got on a bus bound for North Carolina where he expected to train for duty during the Korean War. “I put in for Korea, and we were waiting in Japan to get our orders,” Patti, 84, of Saugus, recalled of the circumstances that spared him combat duty, but forever changed his life. A commander read out the names of two Marines – including his own – and asked them to step forward, according to Patti, who was among a group of 87


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little less than a year ago, James Bunnell declared he felt “honored and privileged” to become the new athletic director for Saugus Public Schools. But the School Department began advertising last week for Bunnell’s replacement after his recent resignation from the $70,000-a-year job with two years still remaining on his contract to accept an interim athletic director’s job for Lunenburg Public Schools. Bunnell, 36, a lifelong Leominster native, denied his decision was influenced by unhappiness with the job or a feeling of insecurity because of local politics – some of the speculation from supporters who hate to see him go. “There were never any issues like that,” Bunnell said in a telephone interview this week with The Saugus Advocate. “I enjoyed a great working relationship with (Saugus Public Schools Superintendent) Dr. (David) DeRuosi or (Saugus High School Principal) Mike Hashem. I couldn’t have asked to work with a better administrative team,” said Bunnell, whose final work day was today (Friday, Aug. 10). Bunnell cited money-related issues, his previous interest in a position he was applied for last year and a drastically-reduced commute from his Leominster home as his key reasons for leaving Saugus. “The new job is going to be just a 15-minute ride from my house, where before it was an hour and 20 minutes each way,” Bunnell said.

FAREWELL SAUGUS: Saugus Public School’s Athletic Director James Bunnell was expected to put in his last day of work today at Saugus High School, after finishing close to a year of a three-year contract. Bunnell has resigned to accept the interim director’s job at Lunenburg Middle School and High School. (Saugus Advocate file photo by Mark E. Vogler)

“With my two girls – who are 7 and three years old, I’ll be able to see more of them now. Right now, it’s a better opportunity for myself and my family,” he said. A better financial situation Bunnell said he got a significant pay increase with benefits over what he was making in his current position. He declined to elaborate, but estimated he would be enjoying about a $20,000 increase in his overall disposable income, which factored in a substantial savings in fuel and other commuting-related expenses.


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he said. So, Patti, who was a member “He told me and the other rea’,” Patti said. of the Marine’s Air Wing, spent guy ‘You’re staying in Japan and “They needed a sheet met- most of his time during the Kothe rest of you are going to Ko- al man to work on the planes,” rean War repairing aircraft to return to the combat that he had avoided. “I’m not a hero – just a regular guy that was repairing airplanes. That was my job,” he said. But tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 11), Patti will be among Friday, August 10 at 8 PM a group of Korean War veterans who will be honored for their service more than 60 years later. The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Boston, in Saturday, August 11 at 8 PM partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, will be awarding the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal to local Korean War Veterans at a ceremony to be held in the Hall of Flags at the State House. PatEnjoy ocean view sunsets! ti is the lone Saugus veteran receiving the medal. “They’re just doing what they should have done years Featuring Live Jazz Music / Only $19.95 pp ago, but I’m glad to be recogVoted Best Brunch! / 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. nized,” Patti said. “I can’t complain, because BOOK YOUR NEXT FUNCTION WITH US * GIFT CARDS I’ve had a very good life. Maybe some of my old classmates will find out where I am now,” 543 North Shore Rd. he said.


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species of ducks that he shot which were stuffed and preserved and now mounted on the walls of his house. “That’s why it’s called ‘The House of Quacks’,” he quipped. “I’m a survivor. I can’t lead this planet yet. I fish. I hunt. I walk and I talk,” he said. Patti said he tries to walk a couple of miles each day for his exercise. He also enjoys telling stories for visitors. A couple of war stories Patti has spent most of his life in Saugus. He was born in Chelsea, one of five children – four of them boys. He has a few favorite stories he likes to share with his family and visitors. Like the one about his late brother, Raymond Patti, Sr., who was a sniper with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. “My mom wanted me to go visit him in Korea,” Patti said. For pure, logistical reasons, that wasn’t possible. Patti had his eye on the girl he would eventually marry. And he wasn’t about to jeopardize that. Had he tried to go to Korea during wartime, he may have had difficulty returning to Japan. Then, there was the assignment that Patti had in Seattle. He had to check out a .45 caliber gun for protection. He needed the weapon to carry out orders to board a ferry and pick up some money to pay service people. Patti also likes to recall the story about his unsung heroic deed at a Marine base in


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VETERAN| from page 2 North Carolina. cidentally. He recalled spotting a fire Patti said he quickly extinunder a plane. A worker had guished the fire. fallen asleep inside the airBut his sergeant major (“He craft and had set the blaze ac- didn’t like me.”) didn’t write up a commendation for Patti and never acknowledged the incident, he said. “That’s what I should have gotten a medal for. I figure I saved 32 planes that day by putting that fire out,” Patti said. “If that plane had gone up in flames and exploded, it would have done a lot of damage. A lot of people could have been hurt,” he said. Tomorrow, Patti will be able to share some of his favorite stories with fellow Korean War veterans and some of his family who will accompany him to Boston for the medal ceremony at the State House. “We’re excited for him. It’s quite an honor. He took care of a lot of planes,” Patti’s brother Bruce, of Melrose, said in an interview this week.

Room, Town Hall, 1st Floor, at 71 Mt. Vernon St. in Winchester. For public officials, board chairs and/or board members and ordinary citizens who have the time and the interest in learning how to make their local government bodies more transparent, this would be a good training program to check out. Too bad the Division of Open Government didn’t accept the Saugus Advocate’s request to hold a training session in town. Even so, Winchester is not that far away. And Schena is right. Saugus residents -whether town officials, board members or ordinary citizens -would find the session helpful ABOUT THIS SERIES: With a flood of complaints The Saugus Advocate has received over the past year alleging violations of the state Open Meeting and Public Records laws, the paper has decided to take an in-depth look at concerns about the Public’s Right To Know in Saugus. We plan to monitor various town committees and commissions to see whether they comply with the laws. We also plan to interview local and state officials to get their views and we will assess what the town is doing to make local government more transparent. We invite readers to call or email us to express their concerns whether they feel government is operating openly or in the dark, and what they believe can be done to make local government more transparent. “We’re just very proud. He’s led a good life and he’s a good role model for kids,” said Tina Patti, Bruce’s wife. The couple will be among Marine Sgt. Patti’s guests who will be accompanying him on a bus ride from Wakefield to Boston tomorrow. The Ambassador for Peace Medal is a commemorative medal that expresses appreciation from the Korean government to American servicemen and women who served in the Korean War. Veterans who served during the Korean War from June 25, 1950 through July 27, 1953 are eligible to receive the medal. Veterans who participated in UN peacekeeping operations until the end of 1955 are also eligible. The commemorative medals may also be awarded posthumously. The next of kin, such as the spouse or descendants, may apply for the medal on behalf of the deceased veteran.

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Crescenzo announces Planned Parenthood endorsement in his campaign to turn the 9th District Essex Blue (Editor’s Note: The following is a press release issued by the campaign of Matthew Crescenzo, a Democratic candidate for state Rep. in the Ninth Essex House District race). Matthew Crescenzo, candidate for Massachusetts State Representative in the 9th District Essex, is pleased to be endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund. The endorsement comes at a key moment for reproductive rights and access to health care, as the Republican Party in Washington and its allies in Massachusetts, continues to support efforts that will destroy our current healthcare system. “Reproductive rights are under fire and it is vital that all members of the State House stand up in support of providing greater access to quality and affordable health care.” said Crescenzo. “I am honored to be joined by Planned Parenthood in the fight to flip the 9th Essex District. With their help, we can ensure that women and all Massachusetts residents continue to have the affordable health care they need.”

Matt Crescenzo is an Army veteran who served overseas in South Korea and Afghanistan as a communications specialist and personal security officer. Most recently he was an IT specialist at Lynn Community Health Center before leaving to campaign full time. Matt lives in Saugus. “As D.C. politicians wage attacks on access to reproductive health care and comprehensive sex education, we need leaders like Matt in the State House to defend Massachusetts and push our state forward,” Jennifer Childs-Roshak, President and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts (PPAF). “The people of Massachusetts are fed up with politicians playing games with their health and rights and want leaders who will put people first. The stakes have never been higher in the fight for reproductive rights and health care access, and the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund is proud to endorse and fight alongside of Matt.” The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts

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ATHLETIC DIRECTOR | from page 1 “Before I applied to Saugus, I had actually applied for this job last year,” Bunnell said. A friend wound up getting the job. But at the time, Bunnell had expressed an interest should the position ever become vacant. When his friend retired this spring and the position became open, Bunnell said he decided “it was a good fit for me,” and then initiated an application for the position. Had the Lunenburg position not become vacant, Bunnell said he would have kept working in Saugus because he found the job rewarding and got support from the administration. “I’m very grateful to have met some wonderful people in Saugus and have had the chance to work with them,” Bunnell said. “They made coming to work enjoyable every day. I’m not only gratified with administration and coaches I got to work with, but also the people of Saugus and the student athletes who accepted me. There are a lot of people that I met and got to know that I’m going to miss,” he said. “I felt like I brought life back to an athletic department that went a little stale. And I hope they enjoyed my time as much as I enjoyed working here,” he said. World Series Park Superintendent Bob Davis praised

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BATTLE | from page 6 Opioid deaths declining this year The latest DPH quarterly report found that opioid-related overdose deaths declined by an estimated 5 percent over the first three months of 2018 compared to the first three months of 2017, according to preliminary data. The report also found that the total number of estimated and confirmed opioid-related deaths declined 6 percent from 2017 to 2016. However, nonfatal overdoses continue to rise. DPH’s Chapter 55 report found that between 2011 and 2015 nonfatal overdoses increased by about 200 percent. Since December 2015, the state Office of Pharmacy Services has been making naloxone available to cities and towns at a discounted rate through what is known as the Municipal Naloxone Bulk Purchasing Program. More than 200 police and fire departments and 45 other municipal customers, including K-12 schools, colleges and universities, state police, and boards of health have made purchases through the program. “Naloxone saves lives and that’s why these grants and the state’s bulk purchasing program are so critically important, ’said Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “In addi-


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ASKS | from page 3 Q: So, Jay, what was your first day? A: My first day was sometime in March. My first day on the job was actually at a conference that Veterans Services Organization had in Leominster. So, my first day on the job, I knew how to spell veterans services officer, and that was it. I didn’t know much about the job. One of the things that I found, not only at that conference, but almost every day since I’ve been in this job, is that my fellow veterans services officers are always there. If I have a question, I can reach out to anyone. And they will all drop what they are doing and find me an answer or give me an answer. Because there isn’t really a formal training process where you can just jump in. There’s some online training stuff that you can do to help you manage the system. But, thankfully, I have Nancy (Stead), who’s been here 20 years and I’m her fifth VSO. So, she helps me out a lot. Q: Now, how did it come about that you got the job here?

A: Well, I was retired from my civilian job. I retired in April of 2017 after 27 years at a medical device company. It was the type of job where I was doing a lot of traveling and we had some family health issues, and it was just time for me to spend more time at home, with more of a family focus situation. And, at the time, I was on the Veterans Advisory Board in Wakefield. And the district director for the Veterans Service District here -- which is Melrose, Wakefield and Saugus -- Karen Burke, reached out to me to see if I was interested in “coming out of retirement” to fill an open position here in Saugus Town Hall as the veterans service officer. It’s 18 hours a week. Right now, I work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. But, my schedule is fairly flexible. And, basically, the way I’m going to approach this job is I’m here to serve the needs of the community. And if it’s a time that I am not normally scheduled to work, my schedule is flexible. All do whatever works best for the clients. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., gen-

erally. And the office is generally manned when Town Hall is open. If I’m not here, Nancy is here in the office. Nancy Stead, who splits her time between Veterans Services and the Planning Board. She’s been a great source of support and direction since I have been on the job. Q: How large a base -- people who you service at this office? A: Well, I think according to the census, there are 2,000 veterans here in Saugus. The current clientele that we have for our Chapter 115 benefit is only about 45 clients. Q: So, please tell me about Chapter 115. A: Chapter 115 is unique benefits program here in Massachusetts. I’m not sure how many other states, if any, have the equivalent of a Chapter 115 Program, which is designed to provide financial support for low income, low asset veterans and or their dependents, widows, etc … And if the clients meet the income and asset eligibility parameters, we can help them with money for their housing expenses, medi-


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cal expenses, etc ... And another thing we do here in the office, we can help veterans or their dependents with their entry into or obtaining information in the VA system. The Veterans Affairs system, where they can get pensions, disabilities, health care, etc… So, we can help on the front end. We can help them negotiate some of the hurdles. But, one of the things that I thought this office can do is try to get our veterans and dependents to “yes.” … to find ways to get benefits for folks that truly need them. Their budgets are always tight. Dollars are precious. So, we want to make sure that veterans and their dependents or survivors that are eligible for the benefits get the benefits that they deserve. Q: There are some people out there who aren’t taking advantage of benefits that they are entitled to. A: Yes. And one of the things that I would really like to do is do more outreach in the community. I have transferred my VFW and American Legion memberships to the posts here in town. And that has worked out pretty well, because now I am the chaplain of the VFW Post and I’m the service officer for the Legion Post. And, I hope to do some sessions

at the Senior Center and the Housing Authority facilities around town. But I think one of the biggest hurdles that we’re probably going to have -- and it’s not confined to this office -- because I think you see it in a lot of fraternal organizations these days, is how do we reach the Post 911 veterans? The veterans of the more current conflicts. How do we make sure that they understand that there are benefits that might be available to them and get them those benefits or point them in the direction to get the benefits before they’re in trouble. We want them to understand that these programs are out there if you need them, because a lot of the folks we see, unfortunately, they’re already in trouble before they come into the office. And, I can’t help but think that some of it is a lack of awareness. And hopefully, by doing more outreach in the community, I can do more with that. And I think that some of it is the fear of being perceived as weak or needy or less than a Marine or what have you, by asking for help. Q: How many do you know of the 2,000 that are in that group? A: Very few, unfortunately. I have less than a handful of veterans or family members from the 911 conflicts. Most of the demographics of the people

that I have been seeing in this office are older Vietnam, Korea and World War II veterans. Q: How many World War II people do you have -- veterans and survivors? A: They are probably 40 to 50 percent of the clients that I have right now. Q: And the clients would be like mostly the widows? A: Yes, mostly widows. Q: Like, there aren’t too many

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World War II people still around. A: No, there aren’t. They’re in their late 80’s or early 90’s. Q: Maybe there are four or five in the whole town. A: Yes. And I have a few of them here. I’ve had two guys come in. One Navy and one Army. Both served in Korea and World War II. And, all they wanted were hearing aids. They wanted to see if they could get hearing aids through the VA.

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ASKS | from page 9 who comes in here if that type of scenario comes up, “You’re entitled to this and more because you put your right hand in the air and swore to defend the constitution of the United States, so, if we can work the system right, hopefully, you will get your hearing aids.” And they have both gotten their hearing aids. And they need them because they’re 90 or 91 years old. One of them did Navy in World War II and Army in Korea. And they were both involved with artillery. Q: Of the 2000 veterans in town, other than 45 in the high need end, how many do you hear from? A: Very, very few. I’d love to connect to many more. And that’s what I want to do, either working through or with the DAV, VFW, Legion … working through the local newspapers. Maybe if I put my stuff together, I can put a monthly blurb or column in the there … this is a benefit … this is a benefit. Getting information out there on the benefits that may be available, even if it something that is simple like “you want to go to school or your kids want to go to school.” Just keeping the officer or just the benefits out there in front of the community. If I could figure out a website, maybe I could do some work in there, that way too. But, just doing the outreach and doing the information sharing to hopefully let people know what’s out there. I’m not paid by the veteran. I get paid for my 18 hours and the office is busy, thankfully. I got a lot of people that are knocking on the door. Maybe it’s because they know someone’s here now and there wasn’t before. Maybe it’s the result of stuff that has been in the newspapers, I don’t know. And one person tells another person and tells another person. So, hopefully, we can start a groundswell. Because, I know we run a monthly food pantry at the Senior Center. And we have about 80 people that have signed up for the food pantry. That’s more than I think for Melrose and Wakefield combined. So, being on the Wakefield Veterans Advisory Board, I want to make sure that the people in the community of Wakefield understand it. Q: And most of those 80 who go to the Saugus Senior Center are from Saugus? A: Pretty much all Saugus. There might be a few from Revere or Lynn who may not have access to it. Or maybe it’s a situation where they don’t want to stand in line at My Brother’s Table, because they think they’re in a situation where they might be taking something away from somebody. But here, once a month, they

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, August 10, 2018 can get something. Sometimes there’s frozen meals. Sometimes, there’s canned foods or fresh vegetables. They all walk out of there with a couple of bags of vegetables. We have a fantastic group of volunteers here that will help you carry your bags out, whatever you need. It doesn’t happen without the volunteers. Volunteers are what make it run. Q: How many volunteers do you have? A: We probably have 20 volunteers every month. And, Nancy and I could not do it without the volunteers. Q: What are the most underutilized resources available to the veterans? A: It’s probably healthcare. Healthcare, I think, has to be number one. Q: So, it’s something that they could get, but are not applying for? A: Yea. It’s not easy, especially if you have -- like I got a call today from a daughter. And she was interested in healthcare for her dad who is in his late 80’s. But, he doesn’t have a (military) service-connected disability. Nothing that happened to him during his service is affecting him now. He’s just elderly and he has a lot of medications and co-pays. And, that’s a hurdle for him to negotiate with the VA. He has financial resources. Not a lot. But he has some financial resources. That’s a hurdle that he needs to negotiate. So the VA …. If you were able to interview about 100 people on the street, I’m sure the VA would probably get a very negative rating because of all the bad press that it’s gotten. And probably rightfully so, because there have been some horrific stories. And I think we are pretty fortunate around here with the facilities in Bedford and Jamaica Plains and there’s a center in Lynn that I still need to go over and visit. I think we have access to good resources here. But, it’s not easy to get into that system. And, one of the things that I hope we can do in this office is make that entry a little bit easier. And there’s things that people can do online. But many of these people don’t have computers. Q: Now, the 18 hours-aweek that you work is strictly Saugus? Do you do any of the other communities? A: No. I don’t. We’re very fortunate here in the district that Karen Burke, who is the district director, at one time was doing all three communities. Now, she’s running the Melrose office. I’m here in Saugus. And we have a brand new VSO in Wakefield, Hector Erinna, who is a Navy vet who has a lot of experience in the VA system. So, Karen has two new guys she’s trying to bring

through the system. Q: In the past, the person you had in Saugus might be working in one or two of the other communities. A: Right. At one point, we had people doing all three communities. And that’s impossible. That’s impossible. So, we’re fully staffed in the district. Hector is part-time. Karen is full-time. So, even with the part-time VSO here and in Wakefield, we have an assistant who can at least greet the potential clients and provide them with some information, take some documents and just help us start the process. It’s a great job. I’m glad to be here. Q: What’s the best part of your job? A: Helping people. It’s just all about helping people, especially our veterans. Q: What’s the toughest part of your job? A: Having to tell people “No.” There was a lady who came in yesterday. Her late husband was a Marine reservist and he never deployed. He did the typical reserve, two weeks sometime during the year and one weekend a month. And, because he was never activated or deployed, he’s not considered a veteran. And, I’m sure that we have some people in the National Guard and other reserve services that were never activated or never deployed. They can do 30 years and there out there serving their country. But, in the eyes of the government, they’re not considered veterans. And, I think that’s wrong. There’s been some moves afoot to change that. So, the woman came in. Her husband passed and I had to basically tell her that she wasn’t entitled to any VA benefits. Q: How many years did her husband do as a Marine reservist? A: He did six years. And he died shortly after. She said there were some emotional issues that may have contributed to his death. It’s hard. I don’t know where that line is. You need to ask some personal questions, but I don’t want to invade their privacy. Q: So, here you have a guy who served in the reserves for six years, and he’s not considered a veteran. A: Correct. Q: How often do you encounter that? A: Not very often. Thankfully. Then, maybe it’s a function of the people who are coming into the office. Since 911, we’re seeing a lot of reserves activated and we’ve created a whole new generation of veterans. Q: Now, do you have a tackle plan -- maybe five things you hope to accomplish in your

OFFICE HOURS FOR SAUGUS VETERANS: Veterans Service Officer Jay Pinette this week sits in his first-floor office at Saugus Town Hall. Pinette says he’s available to talk to veterans about benefits-related issues on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

first year? A: In my first year, I hope to start that outreach that I talked about. And, I want it to be more of a regular outreach plan, in addition to attending monthly meetings at the local posts, maybe quarterly sessions at the Senior Center, something like that. Learning Saugus. Like I said, I know where some of the wellknown sites are. I took part in the Procopio Road Race that we had here. Mr. Procopio actually came into the office one day, and I didn’t know who he was. Q: Are you a runner? A: Well, I used to be. I’ve run marathons. Q: Did you do Boston? A: Yes. I’ve done Boston seven times -- twice officially. Five times as a back-of-the-pack rat. I’ve done the Marine Corps twice and Disney once. Q: How long ago was you last one? A: The last one was Boston 2005. And I did it like in four hours and 20 minutes. I think I was just burned out on the run. I was able to do the marathon through team training to raise funds for leukemia. That was the only way I was able to do Boston, with a number of people doing it for charity. Back in the day, you used to be able to line up in the back of the line in Hopkinton and just straggle along. My daughter was running in ‘13 when they

had that tragedy. She ran in in ‘14 and finished. She’s one and done. She’s done it once and is never going to do it again. But she did it. Q: Do you have a wish list? A: Other than increasing awareness here in town. Since I’ve been here, it’s sort of like I’m drinking at the end of a fire hose. But, I learn things every day. I learn things about the people here. I learn things about Saugus and I learn a lot about my job every day. And I’ve also thought that when you are learning, it doesn’t get any better than that. And I’m helping people. Every day, I’m trying to get people to “yes.” I’m trying to get people benefits that they are entitled to. And, that’s as good as it gets. Thank God I haven’t found myself in a position where I need any of these benefits. When I got all my treatment and care through the VA 20 years ago, I got great experience. And if I can help people have the same type of experience, that’s as good as it gets. I intend to be very active in the Veterans Council. For the Memorial Day Ceremony, I saw the parade and the ceremony in the cemetery. This was the first time I’ve been here for the parade. It was impressive. And the number of town’s people who were involved, I think it was a tribute to the people in Saugus.

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Highlights of his year Bunnell called his year at the helm of Saugus interscholastic athletics a productive one. He noted: • Three of the teams – football, wrestling and cheerleading – received state sportsmanship awards from the MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association). “That says something about the coaches who are there and something about the athletes who are there,” he said. • He helped to build a better working relationship with other school districts in several sports by developing three cooperative programs. “I think I was able to bring stability and organization to sports by creating a co-op with Lynn English for boys and girls cross country at the high school,” Bunnell said. “Beverly, Danvers, Ipswich and Saugus also have a co-op for girls’ ice hockey. And pending district approval, there will be a co-op between Northeast Voke Tech School (Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School of Wakefield) for boys and girls swimming,” Bunnell said. “Bringing in these three coops provides more opportunities for the students to be involved in something they might not have had the opportunity to participate in before,” he said. Bunnell downplayed the controversy and negative publicity that was generated by an incident at this year’s Saugus High School graduation. Seven senior student athletes – six members of the lacrosse team and another on the baseball team – got suspended because they smoked

cigars to celebrate getting their diplomas during graduation ceremonies. “It’s one of those things that when it’s kind of a slow news day gets more attention than it should,” Bunnell said. “I’ve been dealing with chemical health violations the whole year,” he said, noting that many incidents don’t get the same attention. “After it happened, I went back and did my job … I reported it (the smoking incident) to Mr. Hashem and Dr. DeRuosi. The rules are the rules. There was never an issue about it,” he said. “A strong education in the profession” Saugus High School Principal Michael Hashem, who headed up the screening committee that recommended Bunnell for the job last summer, called him “a modest man,” but somebody that school officials had high expectations for as he took charge of the school district’s athletic program. Bunnell replaced Mike Nelson, who resigned at the end of June last year to accept a job as Athletic Director at Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover. But Nelson, who was also an assistant High School principal, had been doing the athletic director’s job on a parttime basis during his final year. School committee members voted to restore the position to a full-time job. Bunnell had been athletic director for the North Middlesex Regional School District for about four years before resigning from the post last summer. “Mr. Bunnell is an accomplished professional who

FUN WHILE IT LASTED: James Bunnell was visibly excited last August when he was introduced as the new athletic director of Saugus Public Schools. But just short of completing the first year of his three-year contract, Bunnell resigned effective today (Friday, Aug. 10) to accept a new position as interim athletic director for Lunenburg Public Schools. (Saugus Advocate file photo by Mark E. Vogler)

brings a wealth of experience to the position,” declared a one-page statement issued by Hashem after Bunnell’s hiring... “The Saugus Public Schools is confident that Mr. Bunnell will help our student-athletes achieve success both on and off the athletic fields.” Before getting hired by Saugus Public Schools last summer, Bunnell has an aggregate of eight years’ experience as an athletic director. He previously worked as athletic director at Marian High School. He began his career at Saint Peter Marian where he served as the assistant athletic director, a social studies/science teacher, and a varsity boys soccer and junior high basketball coach, according to Hashem’s statement. “Beyond his professional

experience, Mr. Bunnell has a strong education in the profession. He received his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Fitchburg State University,” the statement said. “He is one of only twentytwo athletic directors in Massachusetts to possess a Certified Master Athletic Administrator Certification from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA),” it continued. “Mr. Bunnell is a MIAA certified coach and coaching education instructor. He is a National Federation of High School Certified Interscholastic coach. He is an accredited Sports Field Safety Inspector through UBU Sports Turf. Mr. Bunnell is Double Goal Coach certified (and working to become one of only four-

teen trainers in New England) by the Positive Coaching Alliance.” Bunnell was one of only three athletic directors in the state named to the NIAAA National Faculty, according to the statement announcing his hiring. It also notes that he is an American Red Cross Certified Instructor of Adult and Child CPR and First Aid. “Mr. Bunnell has been an active member of the athletic community during his career,” Hashem’s statement said. He is a committee member for the Massachusetts Prevent Injuries Now Network and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Concussion Council. At press time, it was not clear what the timetable and hiring process would be for replacing Bunnell.

More than 40 candidates have applied for vacant Saugus athletic director’s position as of yesterday By Mark E. Vogler


augus Public Schools superintendent David DeRuosi, Jr. said his office had received more than 40 applications as of yesterday from candidates interested in becoming the school district’s next athletic director. DeRuosi said he would like to find a replacement for the school district’s outgoing athletic director James Bunnell, who was expected to complete his last day on the job today (Friday, Aug. 10). The district began running ads last Friday after learning that Bunnell was leaving to take a job as interim director for Lunenburg Public Schools (see re-

lated story on page one). The deadline for filing an application is Aug. 18, according to the ad posted on SchoolSpring. DeRuosi said he hopes to begin the screening process soon, with the goal of finding a replacement for Bunnell as soon as possible. He didn’t know whether it was possible to have the vacancy filled by the time students return from summer vacation on Aug. 28 for the start of a new school year. “I don’t know if I can do that, this late in the year,” DeRuosi told The Saugus Advocate. “The athletic director’s job right now is at the forefront. I do want to stay open for at least 10

days,” the superintendent said, referring the time period for accepting applications. He said he would begin reviewing them soon. The position would pay up to $70,000 -- the same amount that Bunnell was making. He gave notice in late July that he would be resigning after serving close to a year of his three-year contract, according to the superintendent. Superintendent gives Bunnell high praise “I was a little bit surprised (about Bunnell’s departure), but I also knew my AD was traveling a great distance to get here from the town he’s

living in,” DeRuosi said. “It’s always tough to lose any staff this late in the game, just before the start of school. Administrators are hard to replace. But we’re pretty resilient here in Saugus and we’ll make it work,” he said. “I’m going to start to look through the applications. I can’t leave it open forever because my fall season has already started. With any luck, we’ll get the right candidate,” he said. The district is at a disadvantage in filling the position because many of the candidates might still be employed and be required to give notice before accepting a position with Saugus Public Schools. Meanwhile, DeRuosi lauded

Bunnell’s overall performance during nearly year of working in Saugus. “James was a good man. I had no complaints with him as a person or about his performance,” DeRuosi said. “I was very happy. I know James did a great job on the ground. He’s leaving the department in a great place. He had a good knack about organizational skills,” the superintendent said. “He did a lot of housekeeping we needed to have done. He did take the time to go through what we were buying and how we were buying. He was able to take the department and move it forward, He did a great job.”

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New Report: Dangerous Jobs Directly Linked to Opiate Epidemic in Massachusetts Death certificates show construction workers, low-wage earners, and those with limited access to paid sick leave more likely to die of an overdose This Wednesday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) released a groundbreaking report confirming what labor advocates have been saying for years: dangerous jobs are playing a direct role in opiate addiction and overdoses in the state. The 21-page study titled Opioid-related Overdose Deaths in Massachusetts by Industry and Occupation, 2011-2015 found that there were a total of 5,580 opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts from 2011 through 2015. Of the 4,284 worker death certificates deemed comprehensive enough to study, 1,096 were found to be employed in construction/extraction. The opioid-related death rate for these workers was six times the average rate for all Massachusetts workers with 150.6 deaths per 100,000 workers as compared to the 25.1 average. Workers in the farming, fishing and forestry occupation were also very hard hit. With 61 deaths in that industry during the study period (67.2% of these deaths

occurred among workers employed in fishing occupations), the rate was five times higher than average. Click here to view the report. The occupations within construction and extraction that suffered heavy losses include: • Construction laborers, with 374 deaths, 34.2% of all construction worker deaths; • Carpenters, with 201 deaths, 18.4% of all construction worker deaths; • Painters, construction and maintenance, with 92 deaths, 8.4% of all construction worker deaths; • Pipe layers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters, with 66 deaths, 6.0% of all construction worker deaths; and • Roofers with 64 deaths, 5.9% of all construction worker deaths. The study calls for educational and policy interventions targeting at-risk workers as a means to prevent opioid-related overdose deaths. DPH states these interventions should immediately address workplace hazards that cause injuries for which opioids are prescribed in order to save lives. The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) was provided an advance copy of the doc-

ument as a stakeholder working to better understand the role work plays in the region’s opioid epidemic. “This sobering report confirms that hazardous jobs are not just dangerous because of the risk of fatal injury, but because they can also directly lead to tragic opioid addiction that can shatter families and end lives,” said MassCOSH Executive Director Jodi Sugerman-Brozan. “It also makes clear that if those working to end the opioid epidemic in our state are not looking at investing in policies and efforts that reduce work-related injuries, they are missing a key strategy.” Low wage earners were particularly hard hit by opioid-related overdose death. High rates of overdose death were observed among workers in the $10,000- $19,999, and $20,000- $29,999 income range. Death rates were also examined in relation job insecurity and availability of paid sick leave. A significantly higher death rate was observed among workers in occupation groups with high job insecurity compared with workers in occupation groups with low job insecurity. The report also goes into great detail linking jobs with

a high prevalence of musculoskeletal pain, such as lower back pain, with the need to work while in pain, contributing to the use and potential overdoes of opioids. The study cites a recent Massachusetts study by the Journal of occupational and environmental medicine/American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine of construction workers on a large commercial construction site. 74% of the workers reported having some kind of musculoskeletal pain in the last three months and about 40% reported having one or more injuries in the last month. Advocates state these workers are unable to take time off to heal and work though their pain, exacerbating their injuries and increasing their medication intake, leading to addiction. “This is a very important report,” said Les Boden, professor at the Boston University School of Public Health and member of the MassCOSH Health Tech Committee. “It shows that industries and occupations with high injury rates also have high rates of opioid-related deaths. This strongly suggests that workers suffering from injuryrelated pain have often been prescribed opioids to control



uffolk Downs concluded the third live racing and food truck festival weekend of the summer on Sunday, August 5th with 12 races, two of which were $50,000 stakes races for horses bred in Massachusetts. Saint Anna, owned by Dr. Anthony Zizza of Saugus, Massachusetts, stretched her speed out to two turns for the first time and notched her second consecutive stakes victory in $50,000 John Kirby Stakes.Trained by Dylan Clarke, the sophomore daughter of Kodiak Kowboy had Luis Perez aboard as she drew off to win by 3 1/4 lengths and she now has three wins from four starts. The race was run as an exhibition race to start the program. In the featured race of the day, Jonathan Buckley saddled Princess Dream to her turf debut in the $50,000 George F. Brown Memorial Turf Mile. A five-year-old daughter of Freud bred and owned by Mrs. Patricia Moseley of Hamilton, Massachu-

their pain. This can begin a chain of events leading to addiction and death. The best way to address these problems is to prevent these injuries in the first place.” DPH states that although the opioid epidemic is multifaceted and additional research is necessary, given the strong evidence that dangerous jobs are linked to opioid-related death, they recommend immediate action be taken to prevent workplace injuries. “With thousands of workers being exposed to opioids and dying, this report is a resounding call to action to better protect our labor force,” said Sugerman-Brozan. “We call on our leaders to fully staff and fund the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Massachusetts Occupational Health Surveillance Program, reinstate the Workplace Injury and Illness recordkeeping rule that required employers to keep five years of workplace injury records, legislate increased access to paid sick leave, and empower unions, not hamper them, in their efforts to improve working conditions for their members. These are steps we can take right now to help end all this needless suffering and loss.”



setts, Princess Dream broke alertly and contested the pace under jockey Joel Sone. She took command at the top of the stretch and held off a late charge from Saint Alfred to prevail by a neck and complete one mile in 1:41.29 over a firm turf course. Princess Dream is now undefeated from four starts this year and has won seven of her thirteen lifetime starts. She returned $4.80, 3.00 and 2.60. Saint Alfred paid $3.60 and

2.40 while Desert Dotty returned $3.20. This weekend also marked the third $5,000 Jockey Challenge in which the riders accumulated points towards a cash bonus at the conclusion of the weekend. Jockey Erik Barbaran took home the top prize of $2,000 and led the standings with 43 points. Dylan Davis finished second with 34 points for a prize of $1,500 while Pedro Monterrey, Jr. landed in the third spot

with 33 points which was worth $1,000 and Dyn Panellrounded out the standings with 31 points for the $500 fourth prize. Suffolk Downs has a request pending before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to add another weekend of live racing to its 2018 schedule, September 15-16. It is expected the MGC will take up the request at its August meeting. For more information, visit

ive racing returned to Suffolk Downs on Saturday, August 4 as the track held the third weekend-long racing and food truck festival of the summer. A rain dampened crowd of 6,776 was on hand as Fiesta made every call a winning one in the $100,000 Jill Jellison Memorial Dash. The four-year-old daughter of Speightstown broke alertly under jockey Luis Ocasio and controlled the pace. At the top of the stretch, she kicked clear to win by 2 ½ lengths and completed the distance of about five furlongs in :58.40. It was the fifth victory of her career and her first black type win. Trained by Joe Sharp and owned by Seajay Racing, LLC, Fiesta returned $13.40, 6.60 and 5.00. Orecchiette returned $5.00 and


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The latest listing of upcoming events and programs at Saugus churches and places of worship Keeping town’s ministries in the public eye The Saugus Faith Community has created a Facebook Page at Follow this column and the new Facebook Page for future details of important upcoming events. A Vigil for Unity This is a recent posting on the Saugus Faith Community Facebook Page: The Saugus Faith Community held a Vigil for Unity on Sunday, Aug. 5 in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Rev. Sarah van Gulden led us in prayer, ritual, and song designed to send messages of understanding, compassion, reconciliation, and peace out to our country and our world. We read this beautiful litany by a writer whose name we do not know, and who expressed what we were all feeling: in God’s world, everyone is equally welcomed and equally loved. We encourage the sharing of this powerful prayer for peace. For all of you who aren’t sure, It is possible to be gay and Christian It’s also possible to believe in God and science It is possible to believe in God and science. It is possible to be prochoice and anti-abortion. It is equally possible to be a feminist and love and respect men. It’s possible to have privilege and be discriminated

BATTLE | from page 7 tion, DPH’s Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution program has trained more than 37,000 individuals since 2015 on how to use naloxone.”

against, to be poor and have a rich life, to not have a job and still have money. It is possible to believe in sensible gun control legislation and still in one’s right to defend one’s self, family and property. It is possible to be anti-war and pro-military. It is possible to love they neighbor and despise his actions. It is possible to advocate Black Lives Matter and still be pro-police. It is possible to no have education and be brilliant. It is possible to be Muslim and also suffer at the hand of terrorists. It is possible to be a nonAmerican fighting for the American dream. It is possible to be different and the same. We are all walking contradictions of what “normal” looks like. Let humanity and love win. AMEN.

lies all over the world: goats, sheep, chickens, bees, even water buffalo!Take home a free Heifer calendar which shows how we can help “Fill the Ark” with donations big and small. RSVP on Facebook, or call 781-233-3028 or are an Open and Affirming Congregation and our building is fully accessible for all mobilities. Come on down to this fun, family-friendly event for children of all ages.

Blessing of the Animals Founder’s Day at First Congregational Church UCC On Founder’s Day, Sat., Sept. 8, stop by for a Blessing of the Animals at First Congregational Church from 10 to noon. Bring your dog, cat, bird, iguana, fish, or any pet at all for a blessing from Rev. Martha Leahy. Visit the Animal Craze Petting Zoo from noon to 1:00 p.m.Learn about the Heifer Project and how your donations can help buy animals needed by struggling fami-

Healthy Students – Healthy Saugus! The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry in collaboration with the Saugus Faith Community, the Saugus School Superintendent, and area businesses and organizations are running a new initiative called “Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus,” which aims to address food insecurity in the Saugus public school system. In 2014 Feeding America published the Hunger in America Report. The report drew attention to the fact 15.8 million children nationwide live in food insecure households. As a community we recognize there are children and families in Saugus who could use our help. To offset food insecure households, Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus will provide a weekend supply of nutritious food for each eligible child when school lunches and breakfasts are unavailable to them on weekends or school holidays during the school year. Take-home gro-

cery bags will contain two breakfasts, two lunches, two snacks, one can of vegetables and one can of fruit. All food will be nonperishable and provided to children free of charge. If additional food is needed for extended family members, it will be provided. It is our hope these resources will support the health, behavior, and achievement of every student who participates. Parents will apply for the program by filling out a simple consent form. The program will be run by the school department’s current food service provider, Whitsons Food Service, and many wonderful volunteers who will be packing the food bags. Whitson will deliver food and grocery bags to each volunteer site on Thursdays where the bags will be packed, then picked up by Whitsons on Fridays and delivered to the schools for students to take home. The program will begin first at the elementary schools and, if the need arises, will be expanded to the upper grades. The school district will use the utmost discretion in identifying students and working with families to ensure the grocery bags make it home with minimal barriers. The aim of Healthy Students – Healthy Saugus is to keep children healthy, thriving, and able to succeed in school. Area businesses and organizations supporting this effort are Whitsons Food Service, Rotary Club of Saugus, Wheelabrator, and Saugus Pub-

lic Schools. Packing sites are St. John’s Episcopal Church, Blessed Sacrament/St. Margaret’s Catholic Churches, Cliftondale Church of the Nazarene, First Congregational Church UCC, and First Baptist Church. A weekly schedule of which sites volunteers can go to will be published soon as well as the official start date sometime in September. Monetar y donations of any size, large and small, are needed. Each one will help feed a hungry child. Please send checks made out to Saugus Clergy Association, with “Healthy Students – Healthy Saugus” in the memo line, c/o First Congregational Church UCC, 300 Central St., Saugus, MA 01906. Donations of food are also needed (see below). A Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus public informational session will be held Wednesday, August 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Belmonte School. It will be led by Superintendent of Schools Dr. David DeRuosi Jr. and members of the working group. We hope this program succeeds in building a healthy network of caring and support for students and citizens of Saugus. For questions or to arrange pick up or drop off of donations, please contact Dennis Gould of the United Parish Food Pantry at 617-257-4847. 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@

“All Brockton first responders: Fire, Police, and EMS, have been carrying Naloxone since 2014. Last year, the City of Brockton responded to 759 overdose calls where first responders administered life-saving Naloxone

447 times, “said Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter. “Despite these heroic efforts, Brockton Fire and Police responded to 31 fatal overdoses during 2017. The funding provided by the First Responder Naloxone grant is

critical in supporting our ongoing efforts to save lives.” In FY17, the Baker-Polito Administration invested more than $3.87 million to improve access to naloxone throughout the Commonwealth. Since the First Responder Naloxone

grant program began in 2015, more than 7,400 overdose rescues by first responders have been reported to DPH. Earlier this year, the Saugus Police Department’s Annual Report showed some positive developments in trends for reported drug overdoses and drug-related deaths. Overdoses dropped from 130 in 2016 to 85 last year, while overdose-related deaths fell from 15 to 6 over the past year. “Obviously, that’s a positive,” Saugus Police Chief Domenic J. DiMella told The Saugus Advocate in an interview earlier this year. “Having the Narcan available is a big plus in lowering the deaths. Nothing is acceptable. But, I’m glad we’re seeing a downward trend. I hope it’s zero next year. The Narcan has saved a lot of lives,” the chief said.

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OF SAUGUS By Mark Vogler few tidbits that you might want to know about this HereweekareinaSaugus. Transparency at the Fire Department The state Public Records Law says the custodians of public records can make a citizen wait 10 business days on a simple public records request. But, what is the point of making a citizen wait for information if the document or documents they are requesting is something that can be generated quickly off a computer and emailed to the requester or just printed up in a few pages? I hate it when I go into a government office and ask to look at file that could take a minute or so to fetch -- just to inspect the contents to see if I want to pay for copies. Really, there is no call for delaying a request unless the requestor is making a huge request that could tie up office time and resources at Town Hall, the School Department or any other government office. I am convinced of that more than ever, after some pleasant dealings with Administrative Assistant Michele Wendell at the Central Fire Station on Hamilton Street. Whenever I make a request of any public records custodian in town, I try to be considerate. If it’s something that’s going to take a lot of hours or paper, I might send it in email form to make it less cumbersome for the clerk who is handling my request. Even so, they often put me through hoops. Not so at the Fire Department. Michele is courteous, respectful and will do what she can to honor requests for public information. And you know how crazy the Fire Department can get sometimes. But in between phone calls and taking care of the Fire Department business that she’s responsible for, Michele is responsive -not just on my requests but for other citizens that drop by. Michele makes the public information readily available if she can, while making sure that the information she is releasing doesn’t contain anything that needs to be kept confidential. I’m convinced that she could give some great pointers to a lot of records custodians in town government who act like it’s top secret stuff

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Important election information Saugus Town Clerk Ellen Schena wants to remind Saugus residents about several important election-related announcements: Absentee Ballots for the September 4, 2018 State Primary Election are now available in the Town Clerk’s office. Last day to Register to vote for the September 4, 2018 State Primary Election is next Wednesday, Aug. 15.The Clerk’s Office will be open from 8:15am to 8pm. Election Workers are needed to work the Polls.These are paying positions.There is an Election Worker Training class on Wednesday August 15th from 4:30pm to 6pm in the Town Hall Auditorium, where new Election workers can sign up while attending the class. School days around the corner Hard to believe summer is almost over for the students of Saugus Public Schools. Two weeks from Tuesday (Aug. 28) is the official start of the 2018-19 school year. Pretty soon, it will be time to learn new things and return to the great educational adventure The beginning of a new year is always an exciting time.



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SOUNDS | from page 14 Farmer’s Market in full swing The annual Farmer’s Market is back in Saugus for parts of another summer and fall. The market made its debut for this season early last month in the parking lot area of the Anna Parker Playground, at 120 Essex St. The market will continue every Tuesday now, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through October. Stay tune for more information. For details, call Peter Rossetti at 781-816-2419 ‘Preschoolers in the Park’ Ready for some summertime fun at the Saugus Iron Works? If you are between the ages of 2 and 6, your parents ought to be checking out the ‘Preschoolers in the Park’ programs that take place on most Mondays, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM, alternating between Saugus Iron Works and Salem Maritime. The program gives the children and their adult caregivers the opportunity to learn together about the National Park Service as well historical and environmental topics through a fun, age appropriate, hands-on approach. Each program is run by National Park Service Rangers who read a children’s book aloud, facilitate an active, engaging learning experience in the national park, and end with a make-and-take project. Each program is designed to connect with the themes, topics, and/or resources of either Salem Maritime or Saugus Iron Works as well as with the developmental and learning goals of preschoolers. For programs at Saugus Iron Works, meet at the Visitor Center and Eastern National Park Store, “Broadhearth,” 244 Central St, Saugus. For the most up-to-date information, like us on Facebook at Or visit or call (781) 233-0050. Here’s this summer’s schedule for Saugus: August 20th - Life in the Past September 10th - Monarch Butterflies September 24th - Gardening Party

Lowell Spinners at family-friendly Edward A. LeLacheur Park (Capacity 5,030) in Lowell. These passes, like all of our discount passes, are funded by the New Friends of the Saugus Public Library. Patrons will be able to reserve passes at the beginning of June. The Spinners are a Short-Season Single-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. They will play 76 games in 79 days (38 home, 38 road) this season with their last home game on Sept. 3rd. Home Games begin at 7:05 pm, Monday-Friday, and at 5:05 PM, Saturday & Sundays. The Library offers a dated voucher for most Spinners home games. Each voucher allows patrons to purchase up to six tickets at 50% off the regular price (For example: a $7 Reserved Ticket would cost $3.50). Vouchers will be able to be reserved online ( or at the Library and can be picked up in-person at the Library. Only one voucher is available for each home game; first-come, first-served. Vouchers must be presented at the Spinners Ticket Office on the day of the game (or in advance) in order to receive the discount. The Library does not carry vouchers for away games. Other upcoming library events Registration for the Summer Reading Program has already begun. Kids will again be reading about the American Revolution in addition to a book of their choice. This summer’s theme is “Libraries Rock!” On Thursday Aug. 16 at 3 p.m., the library will host an “End of Summer Reading Ice Cream Party with Stephen the Magician! (good for all ages) Also this summer at the library:

Read to a Dog! A unique, fun program planned this summer at Saugus Public Library is to have children read to Lydia the Comfort Dog Children register to read to Lydia, who will sit on the floor in the Craft Room. Children, their caregivers and the dog’s handler will stay in the room. Children will read for 15 minutes time slots. Bricks for the veterans Five 15 minute slots from 1pm -2:15pm. Wednesdays: August 15, Corinne Riley is making an appeal on behalf of all those vet- 22, 29.Sept 5. Registration is required. erans out there who deserve to be commended for service to LYDIA’S CONTACT INFO: this nation: “The Saugus War Monument Committee is sponsoring the “BUY A BRICK” Program to honor all those who have served their Countdown to Kindergarten country.If you would like to purchase one in the name of somePreschool Playgroup one who is presently serving or has served, in the memory of Every Tuesday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Saugus Public a loved one, or just from your family, school, etc., the general Library will host its popular “Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten!” pricing is $100 for a 4” X 8” brick (3 lines), $200 for 8” X 8” brick (5 This playgroup is geared to help families navigate and underlines), and $500 (5 lines) for a corporate brick.Each line is a max- stand Preschool Development. imum of 15 characters. Children will explore different Literacy, Art, Science, Building, “The improvement and upkeep of the monument on the cor- Writing, Math. Fine Motor, Gross motor and Pretend Play matener of Winter and Central Streets rely on the generosity of do- rials and activities. nors through fundraising. This drop in playgroup, however, is limited to 15 students. ParThe brick application must be in by August 30th to assure the ents are required to stay. Please email Trish at Tricia928@yahoo. bricks will be ready for Veteran’s Day. Please contact Corinne Ri- com with any questions. The Playgroup is sponsored by Sauley at 781-231-7995, for more information and applications.” gus CFCE. Town Announces reopening of CHaRM Center Recycling Drop-Off Site The Town of Saugus announces that the community’s Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) site will be open to residents on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site is located behind the Department of Public Works at 515 Main Street. There is no pre-registration or fee required to enter the site, however proof of residency is required. At the CHaRM center, the Town will accept the same recycling items that can be placed outside for curbside collection each week, such as paper, cardboard, bottles, cans, and glass containers. Additional acceptable items include: TVs and computers (up to three per year per address); car tires up to 22” (for a fee of $3); and textiles such as books, clothing, bedding, pocketbooks, belts, and shoes. Plastic bags and rigid plastics are not permitted due to the international recycling market. Residents are kindly asked to empty recyclables out of any plastic bags, and remove the bags from the site. Residents may call Lorna Cerbone at the Solid Waste and Recycling Department at 781-231-4036 with questions or for more information.

Annual Book Sale New Friends of Saugus Public Library will hold their Annual Book Sale on Saturday, September 8, 2018 in the Community Room of the library in conjunction with Founder’s Day.Adult, young adult and children’s books, as well as CD’s and DVD’s will be available. Donations of newer or gently used books, CDs, DVDs and Audiobooks are now being accepted.Books must be in good condition; no moldy or musty smell and bindings must be in good shape with no stains or tears on the cover or pages.Textbooks, computer books, VHS tapes, cassette tapes or encyclopedias will not be accepted.Donations may be brought to the main desk on the first floor of the library.The staff can provide a receipt for tax purposes, but cannot provide donors with an estimated value. Please join us on Saturday, September 8, to peruse all the wonderful books, etc. and pick up some good reads for the fall.Please be sure to use the Taylor Street entrance to the library.

Solid Waste/Recycling Department Announces Acceptable Recyclable Materials The Town of Saugus’ Solid Waste and Recycling Department Coordinator Lorna Cerbone would like to remind residents that the following materials are recyclable and may be placed curbside for collection each week: paper, cardboard, pizza boxes, and mixed containers such as glass, tin, plastic cans, various containSome upcoming library events ers, and jugs. All cardboard boxes should be broken down to 3’ There’s always something going on at the Saugus Public Li- by 3’, and pizza boxes and mixed containers should be clean. brary. Here are a few events to check out: The following materials may not be recycled through the This summer, we will be offering discount passes to see the Town’s curbside collection service:

Page 15 Plastic bags and film wraps – can be recycled at a local food store, Walmart, or Target. Styrofoam – should be placed in the trash. Clothes hangers – can be given to dry cleaners. Plastic hoses – dispose in the trash. Rigid plastics and kids toys – may be disposed of curbside with $2 sticker Scrap metal – can be recycled at the drop-off site. “Due to recent international recycling restrictions, our local collection facility is no longer able to recycle materials in plastic bags or rigid plastic items,” said Cerbone. “We encourage residents to recycle their plastic bags at your local supermarket or retailer, and dispose of any rigid plastic items curbside with a $2 sticker.” JRM will only collect accepted items. The Town of Saugus would like to thank everyone for their cooperation. Please contact Solid Waste/ Recycling Coordinator Lorna Cerbone at 781-231-4036 with any questions. 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 close to two and a half years 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 Do you have some interesting views on an issue that you want express to the community? Submit your idea. If I like it, we can meet for a 15 to 20 minute interview at a local coffee shop. And, I’ll buy the coffee.


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Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators and representatives’ votes on roll calls from the week of July 30-August 3. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (H 4868) House 151-0, Senate 370, approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker an economic development package including a sales tax holiday allowing consumers to buy most products that cost under $2,500 on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 without paying the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax. Other provisions authorize $50 million for a grant program targeting coastal communities and create jobs in the maritime economy sector; $250 million for the MassWorks Infrastructure Program which provides a one-stop shop for municipalities and other eligible public entities seeking public infrastructure funding; and $12.5 million in capital dollars for MassVentures to continue providing competitive grants to Massachusetts-based companies commercializing technologies. Tax breaks in the package include tax credits to businesses to occupy vacant storefronts in downtown areas and the establishment of a $2.5 million Apprenticeship Tax Credit program for apprenticeships in computer occupations, healthcare and the manufacturing industry. Supporters said the bill

percent on operators who rent out two or more professionally-managed short-term rental units within a municipality. Other provisions create a central state registry of shortterm rentals and require that a city or town dedicate no less than 35 percent of revenue generated from the new local option fee to either affordable housing or local infrastructure needs. Supporters said the bill strikes a balance and levels the playing field of taxes and regulation of these untaxed and unregulated short-term rentals and hotels and motels that are currently regulated and taxed. Opponents said the bill is simply another example of an anti-business, unwarranted tax and overregulation by the state. Estimates are that the state will reap $34.5 million from the new taxes and local communities which impose the optional local tax will receive some $25.5 million. (A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A “No” vote is against it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes Rep. Donald Wong No Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes

would be a real shot in the arm for the state by stimulating the economy, creating jobs and making Massachusetts friendlier to business. “Too many families are struggling to make ends meet and too many workers are looking for work,” said Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow), the sponsor of the package.“This bill is designed to rebalance the scales so that our economy works for everyone and fosters growth in every corner of our commonwealth. It will put people back to work rebuilding our roads and bridges and revitalizing our downtowns. And it will prepare the next generation with the skills needed to succeed in a changing economy.” (A “Yes” vote is for the package.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISRep. Donald Wong Yes TRATION (H 4667) Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes House 134-16, Senate 360, approved and sent to Gov. REGULATION AND TAXING Baker a bill that would autoOF SHORT-TERM RENTALS matically register to vote a (H 4841) person who fills out an apHouse 119-30, Senate 30- plication with the Registry 8, approved and sent to the of Motor Vehicles (RMV) or governor a bill that extends MassHealth, unless the person the state’s current 5.7 percent opts out. Officials at the RMV hotel and motel tax and up to and MassHealth would be rea 6 percent local option room quired to explain to each peroccupancy tax to short-term son that the transaction aurentals offered by Airbnb, Ho- tomatically registers them to meAway and VRBO while leav- vote, unless they opt out, and ing the regulation of these also inform them that non-citirentals including registration, zens are ineligible to vote. licensing and inspections up Supporters said an estimatto local cities and towns. ed 680,000 eligible voters in The measure also allows lo- the Bay State who are not regcal cities and towns to impose istered to vote. a local impact fee of up to 3 “Automatic Voter Registra-

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ter Trust to improve water by providing low-interest loans to municipalities; $45 million for hazardous waste cleanup; and $15 million for the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program that gives grants to cities and towns, state agencies, and state universities to purchase electric vehicles and install charging station. “We’ve come out with a strong bond bill that funds necessary environmental investments across the state, including an agricultural estate tax credit, which aims to ensure a thriving agricultural economy here in Massachusetts, and investments in protecting our cities and towns,” said Rep. “Smitty” Pignatelli (D-Lenox), chairman of the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. “This bond bill aims to preserve our land and restore dams and seawalls, which as we know, have suffered severe damage from storms over the years. I believe these efforts will have a lasting impact throughout the commonwealth.” Neither of the two opponents of the bill responded to Beacon Hill Roll Call’s request for a statement from them. (A “Yes” vote is for the package. A “No” vote is against it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes Rep. Donald Wong Yes Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes OPIOIDS (H 4866) House 151-0, Senate on a voice vote without a roll call, approved and sent to Gov. Baker a bill aimed at combatting the opioid problem in the Bay State by addressing opioid addiction, prevention and treatment. The measure establishes a statewide standing order for Narcan, expanding access to this opioid overdose-reversing drug without an individual prescription; establishes a


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et ready to row, row, row for some great fun in the sun and a truly wonderful cause as registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Row, Row, Row In Revere on Saturday, August 11. Canoers will start at the Point of Pines Yacht Club for the opening ceremonies and then paddle or row down the Pines River to the finish line at North Shore Marine. The after-party will take place at the home base, The Marina Restaurant & Bar at the Wharf. Once again, Charles River Canoe will be donating all the canoes for the event. The event is still seeking sponsors, donations and raffle items as well as volunteers. Please view the event on the Facebook page www.Facebook. com/RowRowRowInRevere and on Instagram: Row_Row_Row_ in_Revere. Money raised will help support programs and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Thanks to the generosity of the local community last year, all proceeds helped to provide horseback riding, dance lessons and music therapy for children diagnosed with Au-

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READY TO ROW: The 2nd Annual Row, Row, Row In Revere organizers and safety officers display the paddles from past events which will take place this year on Saturday, August 11; participants must be registered by August 9. The event is still seeking sponsors so email Stacey at: Pictured is Victor, Andrea, and Vanessa Molle of the Marina Restaurant; safety officers Steve Ferro, Sr. and Steve Ferro, Jr. of North Shore Marine, Stacey Livote of Row, Row, Row In Revere and Bobby Otolo with Cody, the Marina mascot. (Missing from photo is Carl Svendsen, Director of Marina Operations). (Revere Advocate photo)

tism Spectrum Disorder. Additionally, many local programs were supported, and a Sensory Integration Gym in a local elementary school is being built, which will benefit many stu-

BEACON | from page 16 statewide program to provide remote consultations with primary care practices, nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers for persons over the age of 17 experiencing chronic pain; establishes a community-based behavioral health promotion and prevention trust fund to promote positive mental, emotional and behavioral health among children and young adults and to prevent substance use disorders among children and young adults; and establishes a center for police training in crisis intervention to serve as a clearinghouse for best practices in police response to people with mental illness and substance use disorders. Other provisions require most prescriptions for controlled substances be provided electronically; permit a patient to partially fill a prescription for a schedule II substance and return to the original dispensing pharmacy for the remaining amount of the prescription, and prohibit the use of drug coupons for opiate drugs. “Despite efforts to suppress the opioid crisis, families across the Commonwealth continue

taurant & Bar at the Wharf. All rowers participating in the event must be registered no later than August 9, 2018. Check out the video “Row, Row, Row In Revere” and see what all the fun is about. Thank you in advance for your support!

to lose their loved ones to substance use disorder,” said Sen. Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington), Senate Chair of the Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery. “This legislation builds upon the work the state has done around opioid misuse and prevention and provides another set of tools to reduce harm, save lives and increase access to evidencebased treatment. We have a major epidemic on our hands and we have to use everything at our disposal to cure this disease.” “The Massachusetts Legislature has been steadfast and unwavering in the face of the relentless disease of addiction,” said Rep. Denise Garlick (DNeedham), House Chair of the Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery. “This disease is a reality that people face every single day, but we are pouring our best expertise and resources into this fight,” “We are in this for the long haul and we are not backing down – we are in this battle together to save lives.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes Rep. Donald Wong Yes

dents affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. To register, come down to The Marina Restaurant & Bar at the Wharf (543 North Shore Rd., Rte. 1A South, Revere) or

HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late-night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of July 30-August 3, the House met for a total of 25 hours and 24 minutes while the Senate met for a total of 28 hours and 32 minutes. MON. JULY 30 House 11:01 a.m. to 8:22 p.m.

Charlie Youssef

Senate 10:38 a.m. to 9:56 p.m.

race Regan, President of Boston College High School, is pleased to announce that Charlie Youssef, class of 2021, of Saugus, received an Academic Excellence Award in Biology I and Geometry/Algebra II Honors at an end-of-the-year assembly to honor BC High undergraduates. B o s to n Co l l e g e H i g h School is a Jesuit, Catholic, college-preparatory school for young men founded in 1863. The school enrolls approximately 1,600 students from more than 100 communities in eastern Massachusetts. For more info, visit

THURS. AUGUST 2 House 11:00 a.m. to 1:52 p.m. Senate 11:00 a.m. to 1:56 p.m.

TUES. JULY 31 House 12:01 p.m. to 1:12 a.m. (Wednesday) FRI. AUGUST 3 Senate 11:02 a.m. to 1:20 a.m. No House session (Wednesday) No Senate session WED. AUGUST 1 No House session. No Senate session

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WINS FOUR | from page 12 longshot Eye on Berlin paid $13.20. Also on the card, the Massachusetts Thoroughbred breeding program was showcased in the opener with the $50,000 Massachusetts Stallion Stakes. Desert Wonder, a five-year-old son of Wild Desert, went gate to wire to win by 1 ¼ lengths as the favorite. The gelding is owned by Arlene Brown and was bred with her husband, the late George Brown, at their Briar Hill Farm in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. George Brown 5 with a card of twelve races Post time is 12:55 p.m. passed away in July. including two stakes races for For more information, visit “I am just sure that George Massachusetts-bred horses. was pushing for us,” said an emotional Arlene Brown in the winner’s circle. “He just would have been so happy.” Desert Wonder returned $4.40, 3.20 and 2.40. Spectacularsociano, who was also bred by George and Arlene Brown, finished second and paid $4.80 and 3.60 while Tropical Joy returned $2.80. Also on the card, jockey Dylan Davis piloted home four winners and is sitting at the top of the standings (Cor. Sterns & Eastern Ave.) for the third $5,000 Jockey Challenge in which the riders compete for points over the course of the weekend. Davis Starting at 8 a.m. (both days) kicked off his four win day in the second race with Eighth Commandment ($5.60) and teamed up with Michael Stidham to win the fifth race with Fetching Fury ($3.40). He went on to win the sevMore info please call (617) 504-6667 enth race with the Jonathan Thomas trained Escapade ($5.60) for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and capped off his day with Peppi the Hunter ($8.80 for Joseph Minieri). Davis won the Jockey Challenge in June and heads into Sunday’s card with 37 points, 9 ahead of Erik Barbaran in Part-time, weekend hours second. Need reliable transportation “I am having an incredible Proficient in English, references day so far,” said Davis. “I am just taking it one race at a time but I love getting to come to Please call 617-943-7847 Boston.” Live racing is scheduled to or email continue on Sunday, August

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Where Seniors Can Get Help With Home Chores and Small Jobs Dear Savvy Senior, What’s the best way to find good, trustworthy, qualified people who can help seniors with home chores or small jobs? Looking for Mom Dear Looking, Getting help at home for any number of household tasks is a lot easier than it use to be thanks to a number of web-based tools that can quickly and easily connect you and your mom to a wide variety of skilled, carefully vetted workers. Here’s what you should know. Finding Qualified Help One of the best ways to find qualified, reliable, trustworthy people that can help with home chores and other small jobs is through referrals from people you trust. But if your friends or family don’t have any recommendations, there are a number of online companies you can turn to now like TaskRabbit. com and These are on-demand service companies that can quickly and easily connect you to skilled workers to handle a wide variety of household chores and small jobs, like cleaning and housekeeping, moving and packing, lawn and yard cleanup, handyman tasks, grocery shopping, running errands, furniture assembly, picture hanging, closet organizing, and much more. TaskRabbit currently has more than 60,000 Taskers (workers) in 47 U.S. cities, while Takl currently serves 75 U.S. cities with around 35,000 workers. All you need to do is download their app, or go to their website, and select the service your mom wants done and set a time when she would like the worker to show up. The software then matches your request and provides you a list of qualified, feedback rated workers (including their hourly rate) from which to choose. Once the job is complete, payment is done through the company’s app. You should also know that all TaskerRabbit and Takl workers have to go through a thorough vetting process before they can join their respective company including extensive background checks. If, however, you can’t find a skilled worker through TaskRabbit or Takl, or if they don’t serve your area, another option is Amazon Home Services at Like TaskRabbit and Takl, Amazon will connect you to qualified workers that handle dozens of household chores and other small jobs. Amazon also screens all workers through media searches, online interviews, reference checks, and background checks. And all experts need to have licenses and insurance. To purchase and book a service, you can either buy a prepackaged service with a fixed price (like two hours of cleaning) or you can submit a custom request and receive estimates. When booking, you select three different dates and time frames and the pro confirms an appointment. All payment is done through your Amazon account. Need a Tradesman If your mom primarily needs of a tradesman like a plumber, electrician, painter, roofer or carpenter for home repairs or remodel projects, you should also check and Both of these sites can connect you with prescreened, customer-rated service professionals in your area for free. Senior Specific Another option you should know about is, which is a fee-based membership service for seniors 60-plus that provides qualified, vetted workers to do small jobs in and around the house for only $16 per hour. Currently available in New York, they are expanding nationally over the next year. Lower-Income Option If your mom is on a tight budget, you should also contact her nearby Area Aging Agency (call 800-677-1116), who can refer you to services in her area, if available. For example, some communities have volunteer programs that provide chore and handyman services to help seniors in need. And some local non-profit’s offer residential repair services that offer seniors minor upgrades and adaptations to their homes. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

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pucci) Bonaiuto. Loving mother of Patricia Terranova & her husband John of Orlando, FL & the late Stephen Porretta & his surviving wife Ellen. Dear sister of Anthony Bonaiuto & the late Paul Bonaiuto. Cherished grandmother of Maria Terranova-Sadovnik & her husband

Rico, & Lori, Joanna & Cory, & great grandmother of RJ, Siena, Maeve, & Carter. Funeral Service held from the A. J. Spadafora Funeral Home, Malden, on




f Reading, formerly of Saugus, passed away, surrounded by his loved ones, on July 27, 2018. He was 74. Devoted father of Kelly A. Moynihan of Reading, Cheryl M. Rufo of N. Reading, Lynn M. Strazzere and her husband Guy of Reading, Kimberly J. Brown of Reading and John R. Mahoney and his wife Hillary of Wakefield. Loving brother of John “Jack” Mahoney and his wife Cheryl of Northborough & Jane O’Sullivan of VT. Cherished grandfather of Stephanie, Michael, Kristi, Michael, Allyson, Kevin, Jamie, Thomas, Morgan, and Charlie, and his loving niece Molly. Services held on Wednesday, August 1 in the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, Malden. At the family’s request, Bob’s funeral service in the funeral home was private. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford on Thursday, August 2. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions in Bob’s memory be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215. Bob was a Retired Sergeant with the Medford Police Department. After his retirement, Bob worked in the funeral industry. He was known as a compassionate and longtime dedicated asset to all the funeral homes in the area. He always brought a smile to his fellow workers. Bob was a longtime, wellknown associate of the Weir– MacCuish Funeral Home in Malden. For Obit: Theresa M. (Bonaiuto) Mello


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nder Massachusetts law, the home of a MassHealth resident owning a long-term care policy that meets the daily benefit minimum and pays out for at least 730 days, will not be counted in determining eligibility for benefits and will be exempt from estate recovery. MassHealth’s Estate Recovery Unit has the right to collect against the probate estate in order to recoup the amount it paid in benefits during the decedent’s lifetime. Homes are a non-countable asset for MassHealth eligibility as long as the equity in the home is less than $858,000 and the nursing home resident/applicant checks off the box on the MassHealth application stating that he or she “intends to return home”. The problem is when the home is in the nursing home resident/applicant’s name alone. In this case, the home will be part of the probate estate. Without a long term care policy meeting the minimum requirements, the home will be subject to the Estate Recovery Unit’s lien. A newly-issued long-term care policy must provide a daily benefit of at least $125 and for a minimum of 730 days. In 2013, the Massachusetts legislature enacted a new law which states that the minimum requirements must be met at the time of the purchase of the long-

term care policy, not at the time of nursing home admission. Under the old law, if a policy holder used up the 730 days of coverage while receiving the care at home, there would be no coverage available for nursing home expenses which would put the home at risk of estate recovery. The Massachusetts legislature wanted to encourage people to purchase longterm care policies, not discourage them. The relevant law is found at Mass General Laws, Chapter 118E, Section 33. MassHealth has taken the position that there should be at least $1 left on the policy before transitioning to a nursing home for the home to avoid estate recovery. When attempting to avoid estate recovery against the home due to the fact that a long-term care policy is owned by the applicant meeting the minimum requirements, you must check off the box on the MassHealth application stating that you “do not’ intend to return home. In all other cases, you would check off the box stating that you “do” intend to return home in order to make the home non-countable for eligibility purposes. The applicant can only have $2,000 of countable assets in order to qualify. The home in this situation will quality for an exemption under the long-term care policy exception and there will be no limit on the amount of equity you can have in the home. There are older long-term care policies still in force that were purchased prior to March 15, 1999 that provided for only a $50/day benefit. Those policies still meet the minimum requirements in order to avoid estate recovery.

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2017 | FROM PAGE 8 title, defeating Xaverian for the second season in a row, 3510, at Gillette Stadium. DiBiaso reached another milestone this season, earning his 300th coaching win on September 23 at St. John’s Prep. Mayor, City Council to apply $12.5 million Wynn payment to reduce tax rate The City Council unanimously approved a proposal by Mayor Carlo DeMaria on Monday, November 13 to apply the entirety of Wynn Boston Harbor’s $12.5 million payment to the City of Everett toward reducing next year’s tax rate. The mayor made a similar move last year, when he successfully applied the entirety of a $5 million payment from Wynn toward the tax rate.

City Council adopts FY 18 tax rate The City Council unanimously voted to adopt a split levy rate on Monday, November 27, shifting the burden from residential to Commercial, Industrial and Personal Property (CIP) at the highest shift of 175 percent. The FY 18 tax rate will be $13.78 per $1,000 of valuation on residential properties and $33.74 per $1,000 of valuation on CIP properties. If the council hadn’t approved the shift, the flat rate for residential property and CIP would have been $19.28 per $1,000. The shift will not prevent homeowners from seeing a small increase in their actual taxes, as home values have skyrocketed in the city over the last year. On average, single-family home values rose by about $39,000 since the last fiscal year, while two-family and three-family residences on average rose $50,000.

City Council bans pot shops The City Council unanimously passed an ordinance on Monday, December 11 banning the establishment of marijuana shops within the city’s borders. Such a move was possible because of a provision in the state law created in the wake of the ballot initiative le-

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