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ike his father and grandfather before him, Mike Moriello knew before he graduated from Saugus High School that he would always have a job for life. Unlike them, Moriello would never see his first name attached to the family business that began in 1902 as George’s Barber Shop – unless he wanted to mess with tradition. “The three guys who owned this before me were all ‘George’ – but then I came along and ruined it with ‘Mike,’” Moriello quipped in an interview this week. “There are no more Georges, but the name lives on. And I’ll never change it. I plan on keeping it the way it’s always been – for 115 years,” he said.

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A LEGENDARY CHAIR: Mike Moriello, of George’s Barber Shop, says this green barber’s chair dates back more than a century and has seated thousands of customers at the 115-year-old Cliftondale Square business that promotes itself as America’s oldest family owned and operated barbershop. George’s, which recently expanded at its 57-59 Jackson St. location, welcomes the public to a “Grand Re-Opening” Monday at 6 to 8 p.m. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

“My great grandfather was George. He came from Genoa, Italy. He started a place right here in Cliftondale Square. The second generation was George – my grandfather – followed by George, my father. They both

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t was supposed to be a simple vote to restore the athletic director’s position to a fulltime job. “This is not a debate,” School Committee Chairman Jeannie Meredith advised colleagues at the outset of Tuesday night’s special committee meeting. “There will be no back and forth from committee members,” she said, in an effort to clarify the sole purpose of the session. Committee members voted 4-0 to restore athletic director to a full-time position, with member Elizabeth Marchese abstaining to avoid the appearance of a possible conflict of interest – voting on a salary increase for a position for which she is a candidate. But a majority of the members deviated from Meredith’s specific instructions on the task at hand in a meeting that was marked by acrimonious discussion and lasted about 45 minutes. • Members Linda Gaieski and Marchese, each reading from prepared statements, accused one of their colleagues – without naming him (Arthur Grabowski) of improperly involving himself

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of any kind in Saugus, has invited the public to a “Grand Reowned and family-operated bar- bershop and the oldest business Opening” from 6 to 8 p.m. next Monday (Aug. 14) at its shop at 57-59 Jackson St. in Cliftondale Square. Moriello and his staff will treat guests to light music and food at the open house to celebrate a major expansion and remodeling that will more than double its size. It includes the addition of four new barber stations to the current five. A throwback in time Entering the one-level con-

SERVING SAUGUS FOR A CENTURY: Mike Moriello, of George’s Barber Shop, sits outside the concrete block building that was built in the mid-50’s. The oldest continuing business in Saugus has been in Cliftondale Square since 1902. It promotes itself as America’s oldest family-owned and operated barbershop. George’s, which recently expanded at its 57-59 Jackson St. location, welcomes the public to a “Grand Re-Opening” on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. (Saugus Advocate photos by Mark E. Vogler)

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ated one in the country. being “a real family place” where The building on Jackson Street it’s not unusual for a grandfawas built in the mid-1950s. The ther, his son and his grandson original George’s was based in to come into the shop togethanother building near the Post er to get their haircuts at the Office, according to Moriello. same time. “Getting a visit from Inside, there are a few relics of a ‘three’ is like a regular event the past – the most noticeable around here all the time. There’s the green Koken barber chair a lot of three-generation families that Moriello said dates back a who come here,” Moriello said. century. There’s a shelf of old ra“We got families who have zors and other antique barber- been coming here for well over a ing tools. But perhaps the best hundred years. I have a 90-yearevidence that this barbershop old guy who comes in here with is an institution that spans gen- a walker who said, ‘I got my first erations of Saugonians is the cli- haircut here.’ We’re grateful to entele. have that kind of loyalty,”he said. Miami Attorney George Kara“People come in here and still vetsos, a former Saugus resi- tell me stories about my granddent who went on to become father – and he passed away 30 an assistant U.S. attorney in Flor- years ago,’ he said. ida, considers the barbershop as part of his Saugus roots, of “A popular men’s which he remains proud. Moriel- meeting spot” lo keeps a flattering tweet he reThe spirit of the late George R. ceived from Karavetsos in mes- Moriello is alive and well three sages he is saving on cellphone. decades after his death. Cus“George’s Barber Shop, The Aquar- tomers can’t help but notice ium, Legal Sea Foods and the Bru- the presence of “the second ins – a little bit of Boston for Little George,” as Moriello refers to George,” the tweet says. him. A vanity Massachusetts li“I can’t believe people think of cense plate, CLIP, for 1966 – that us like that. I’m honored,” Mori- once belonged to his grandfaello said. ther – hangs on the wall. “I don’t Karavetsos got his first hair- know what car it was on,”Morielcut at George’s when he was a lo said.“I happen to know he was young boy, according to Moriel- a Cadillac guy, so there’s a good lo. “All three of his boys got their chance it was on a Cadillac.” first haircuts here, too,” MorielThere’s also a photo on the lo said. wall of his grandfather cutting “They live down in Florida, but hair during World War II when he they all came up here on visits to was in the U.S. Navy. “Being the get their haircuts. He [Karavet- ship’s barber, he got to know the sos] planned it that way,”he said. high-ranking officials. And beFor years, George’s has been cause he did, he probably got awarding certificates to kids out of doing a lot of things he who have received their first didn’t like,” Moriello said. haircuts. And in a tradition that A giant enlarged photo he has goes back to the 1950’s, barbers of his grandfather shows a sign reach into a special drawer that with two prices for haircuts – 35 holds the lollipops for the young cents for weekdays and 50 cents customers. on Saturdays. “They charged George’s, Moriello notes, has more on Saturdays to discour20 Mos 1 8/1/2017 11:30:48 AM developed the reputation for age women and children from

coming,” Moriello said. “You got to remember, this was a popular men’s meeting spot, especially on Saturdays. In the 50s and 60s, barbershops were the center of the community – like a meeting place to talk about sports and politics. You get to meet everyone,” he said. Some things never change. George’s continues to be a popular place for men to hang out and get their haircut or wait for their turn in the chair – while they talk sports or politics. “The politicians come here around election time … We got a pretty good pulse on what goes on in the community and how people are thinking,” Moriello said. “From what I hear in here, I’m pretty good at calling presidential elections. But this past one was the first time I couldn’t get a good read on people and who they wanted, from Trump and Hillary,” he said. Saugus was one of 92 Massachusetts communities that voted for Trump over Clinton in last fall’s presidential election. The town supported Trump by about a 51 percent margin, 7,252 to 6,319. “People make this place special” Sports has always been a constant fabric woven into the world of George’s, too. Harry Sinden, coach of the 1970 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, like a number of the Boston players from that team, lived in Saugus and got his haircut at George’s, according to Moriello. “Gerry Cheevers, Derek Sanderson and Gary Doak were a few of the Bruins who lived in Saugus and got their hair cut here, too,” he said. George’s experienced a little bit of that pro sports excitement earlier this year when the


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A FATHER’S LEGACY: The late George T. Moriello, who died in 2013, followed in the footsteps of father and grandfather – both named George – in owning and running George’s Barber Shop in Cliftondale Square. He was cutting hair until the day he died, according to his son, Mike, the fourth generation to own the family business. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate by Mike Moriello of George’s Barber Shop in Saugus)




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Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL signed Saugonian Mike Vecchione to a $1.8 million free agent contract. “Mike Vecchione has been coming here since he was a little kid … Last time I was cutting his hair, he was waiting for a call from the NHL. He lives right around the corner,”Moriello said. “I remember him sitting right in the chair, holding his cellphone, telling me ‘I’m either leaving late tonight or early tomorrow,’” he said. Like his father and grandfather, Moriello said he doesn’t

take many days off from work, because he feels guilty whenever he’s not around. It’s because of the strong bond he’s established over the years with his customers. “People make this place special,” Moriello said. “A lot of friends come through these doors. It’s the people who make the day interesting. We laugh and joke. There are funny stories and crazy stories. It’s the good people of Saugus who make it all interesting. The haircut is almost like a secondary thing,” he said.

Nowadays, there are specialty cuts – like the colorful New England Patriots or Red Sox logos cut and colored into the side of the head of the youngsters who want to do their favorite teams proud. Any team logo is doable. Little League players like to show them. And there are haircuts for all occasions. Earlier this summer, George’s had a couple of young customers who had haircuts proclaiming “Vote Yes”in the Special Election for the proposed MiddleHigh School. “We do some crazy haircuts,” Moriello said. There’s also a retreat to the THE FUTURE OF GEORGE’S? These two Saugus boys will determine whether George’s Barber Shop is passed onto a fifth generation. Jesse Moriello, 12, gives his brother Jaiden, 14, a haircut. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Mike Moriello of George’s Barber Shop in Saugus)

past. The old-fashioned shave has come back. That’s the one where the barber takes the leather strop belt on the side of the barber’s chair to sharpen the straight edge razor. A heated shaving cream dispenser and hot and cold towels are part of a barber’s job that faded away several years ago. “But the oldfashioned straight edge razor shaves are cool again … It’s a trend that’s come back around again,” Moriello said. George’s promise to customers new and old is visible for all to see on the wall of the bar-

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want them to feel like they have to do this. I don’t want to put any pressure on them that this is what they have to do. But I know my younger one, Jesse, would make a good barber,” Moriello said. “Since the day I got out of High School in 1992, all I’ve ever done and wanted to do was to be a barber … My grandfather and father started young like me and did it til the day they died. Both of them made lifelong careers out of it. They worked hard for years. As they got older, they cut back. But neither one ever retired. They never hung up the clippers,” he said. “My dad never gave it up. He worked through chemo. Three days after his 70th birthday, he passed. He didn’t need to work. He didn’t need the money. Even when he was sick and had cancer and was taking chemo, he still showed up. He wanted to see his old friends. He would stand here cutting hair all day,” he said. An 81-year-old barber who works at George’s has that same work ethic, according to Moriello. “Dickie Robbins doesn’t need the money. He doesn’t want to give it up, and he works very hard … He’s like an honorary Saugonian even though he’s not a true Saugonian, Dickie Robbins,” Moriello said. Looking back over the history of the family business, George’s

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has endured some hard financial times that would have forced other barbershops to close their doors, according to Moriello. “When I was a young guy in the 70’s, barbershops were becoming a dying art,” Moriello said.

“Long hair was in style. And a lot of place were going out of business.” But George’s continued to survive, mostly out of “family tradition and pride,” according to Moriello.

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An interview with Anne Blake, one of the organizers of the “First Annual Saugus Ride” to raise youth awareness about substance abuse Editor’s Note: For this week’s interview, we sat down with Anne Blake, one of a small group of Saugus natives who got together to organize the First Annual Saugus Ride, a benefit to raise youth awareness about the dangers of substance abuse. The ride is set for tomorrow morning (Saturday, Aug. 12). Blake, a 1979 Saugus High School graduate, has been riding her motorcycle for about three years. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1999 from Salem State College. She worked many years as a reg-

istered nurse. Currently, she works as a Lyft driver. Blake has a daughter and son; Lynn is a 2011 Saugus High School graduate and Jack is a student at the Pioneer Charter School in Saugus. Blake has an interesting hobby as a volunteer photographer for Find A Grave. She has a collection of about 700 photos taken from the gravesites of Civil War soldiers. They include her great-grandfather, Bernard Lone, a private in Company F of the 30th Massachusetts Infantry. Like the rest of the organizers of the Saugus Ride, she said person-

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ed. And then I said, “Maybe Tammy Surette would, too,” because we’re all from the same graduating class, although Dana went to the vocational school. So, we met and John Delello was also there, and we talked about what causes or what issues were really important to us. And the issue of substance abuse came to the forefront, just because of the growing epidemic and the public health crisis that the opioid problem has become. We’re very concerned about it – the loss of life, the ruining of people’s lives – including the parents who have to survive these ordeals. Q: Yes. I believe it has tripled over the past year [Overdose

deaths in Saugus during 2016 – 15, compared to 5 over the previous year]. A: It’s horrendous. Q: It’s [the big spike in overdose deaths in town] in the town’s Annual Report. A: Yes. It used to be kind of an isolated incident, and now it’s commonplace. And I applaud the parents who have started putting the cause of death in the obituaries, because I think, for the friends and associates to see that somebody died of a drug overdose, it’s more powerful. Though everyone seems to know it, to see it in print and

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to have the parents acknowledge that’s what took their child from them, I think is hugely important. Probably the biggest problem facing the community as a whole is the problem of denial. And I think that comes from a stigma that’s been attached to substance abuse for so long – that people are ashamed of the problem and think they can somehow not be affected by it. But, as we can see, from the statistics and recent data from the DPH [state Department of Public Health], that this is a problem of epic proportions. And denial will not save anybody, will not change anything and nobody in any community – affluent or poor, white or black, no matter where you are – is untouched by it. This crisis affects all of us. And so what we wanted to do … was not so much – I mean it would be great to raise money and donate it to the school district, so they can use the funds so maybe they can purchase educational material – so, I don’t know what they’re going to do with the money. That’s immaterial to me … Q: Creating awareness about the problem is your main goal? A: Yes. Opening the eyes of the community further and bolstering the information related to what the people are faced with right now, so they know what everyone is dealing with – and that it’s okay, if your kid has a problem. It’s okay. It doesn’t mean that you failed as a parent or that they are a poor example of a human being. It’s none of that. It’s stripping away the stigma, dealing with this problem, seeing who can be at risk for it and intervening before the problem becomes deadly. Although I applaud the efforts of law enforcement to carry Narcan, I think we need to address the problem before Narcan is needed, so we can prevent drug abuse. If we can stop one person from picking up drugs – one person from dying – then all of our efforts will be worth it. Q: Now, this core group of people who are behind the First

Annual Saugus Ride, you’ve had a couple of Sunday night meetings. Dana [Gould] said he would drive down from Maine; and all of you, he said, have had issues – whether it’s alcohol or drugs – and everyone involved has been touched by it in one way or another. A: Everyone has been touched by it. And some have been touched harder than others. Q: And some of the people – without naming names – have they lost some members of their family? Some of the people in this core group? A: Not that I know of, but we have all lost friends, and I have two very dear friends who have both lost children to this. And, you know, that can’t be undone. They never come back from it. These women, they are both mothers: wonderful people, great parents, great mothers. And the kids – they just got into it. And, the feeling of immortality – I know, is very cliché to talk about that – but kids really do have it. You can tell by the way they drive, by the stuff they engage in. They just think it is not going to happen to them. And it does happen, and it’s tragic when it does. Q: This was going to be like a ride amongst friends that evolved into – “Well, we’re going to do a benefit ride for something.” A: Yes. Q: How did that happen? A: We got in touch with Greg Nickolas of the Youth & Recreation Department, and he has gotten behind us 100 percent. He’s helping with arrangements, supplies at the High School – that’s where we are going to start the ride from. Just stuff that you don’t even think of, like tables and chairs, tents and electrical power, so we can have microphones. And we have been in touch with Jeannie Meredith, the chairperson of the Saugus School Committee. We have her full cooperation, as well as the town manager, Scott Crabtree. And then along the way, we got Karlene Fleuriel and Kevin Raiche. They have joined us and been tremendous assets in

terms of experience. They both have been experienced riders and have been involved with a lot of activities like this before, so they have been able to help us. Initially, we sent out letters to try to get donations to a lot of the area businesses, and they have responded with overwhelming generosity. We’ve gotten gift certificates from a lot of restaurants in town. Even the Red Sox have sent us an autographed photograph to use for a raffle. We’ve gotten donations of Patriots tickets. We have all kinds of stuff. And we’re going to give away a lot of door prizes, just to thank our participants. And it’s great; it’s like a nice feel-good event. A lot of my family is coming: my nieces, my kids are coming, my ex [Jenny Crampe] is coming. It’s great! It’s great – people coming together. I have someone coming down from New Hampshire who is going to be at the door to collect money [at O’Brien’s Pub in Lynn]. In Saugus we have like a common thread, and it’s always been very strong.

Q: Any representatives from the families who have lost some people? A: Yes. Q: They’ll be riding or they’ll be at the party? A: At the party afterward, because they don’t ride. Q: So, you are going to have some the survivors of lost loved ones there? A: Yes. And we’re also having Sopeep Bau and Brandon Allison. Brandon is the pastor of the TrueVine Church. Q: Oh yes, I did an interview with him [Allison] a few weeks ago. A: Good. And Sopeep works with the town [Youth & Recreation Department]. He’s, like, a drug counselor. They’re also going to have a table there. He’s going to man the table. We got tons of pamphlets that I got from the state. I got several cases of posters and pamphlets and all kinds of stuff. So, Soap is going to be there. He says people have a hard time pronouncing his name, so he goes by Soap. Q: Yes, he works with Greg and

Page 7 is also a member of the TrueVine Church. A: Yes. He’s a really nice guy and they’re bringing some volunteers, kids, to help us in the parking lot [of Saugus High] and to help us at O’Brien’s afterward at the party. We also have Ellen and Bob Stead. Ellen is an event coordinator. She is going to be at O’Brien’s while we’re doing the ride, and Bob Stead is going to do all of the cooking for us. So, it just kind of blossomed out. Q: They’re [the Steads] Saugus residents? A: Yes, they are, and actually, we went to school with Bob, too. He graduated in 1979. So, it’s a nice thing. Q: Please share with me, like, how this evolved … one moment, friends getting together for a ride … and then, all of a sudden “Why don’t we dedicate this for something?” A: Yes. Dana and I were talking about it [the ride], and we just felt this was the most pressing issue facing our communi-


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ty. Other people had suggested, like, scholarships and stuff like that. We just felt like more people were affected by this [the opioid crisis]. Q: Sort of like, “If we’re going to ride for a cause, let’s ride for this.” A: Exactly. We felt like we could have a bigger impact. And, like I said, stigma is such a big part of this. It’s to reach the parents as well as the kids of Saugus. Q: And then you got the Sachem on top of the motorcycle as your ride logo, so it looks like you got the blessing of the School Department. A: Exactly. Even though there is some controversy about using Native Americans as mascots now, we’ve done it anyways. For me, it’s a matter of respect. I love that we have the Native American heritage here – so, no disrespect intended to anyone. Q: At this point, about how many people will be riding if the weather is good? A: We have commitments from a lot of people, so I think that we’ll have somewhere between a hundred and two hundred.

Q: Now, anything special – will you be carrying any banners or anything? A: No. We don’t have any banners to put on the bikes or anything like that. We are going to get bandanas, with the [ride] logo on them, and every rider who registers will get one. And, also, we have these bracelets made, too, and after registration, everyone will get one of these, to indicate that they’ve paid so they won’t be charged again when they go into O’Brien’s. Q: Now, along the way, will there be any pause for prayers to remember the victims? A: No. We will stop for ice cream at Richardson’s. We’re going to try to keep it light and not get too morose about it. It’s like a celebration, really, a celebration for people in the community who care about the youth – I mean, we are here for you. Q: Will there be any town officials riding with you? A: I don’t know if they will be riding. Q: Will Jeannie [Meredith] be riding? A: I don’t know. I haven’t asked her. Q: Any police? A: We will have police details, but I don’t think any of them will be riding with us. And Jeannie will be there in the morning to speak as will Scott Crabtree. I did invite [U.S. Rep.] Seth Moulton, but he can’t make it. We don’t want to get too bogged down with too many people speaking, you know? People just want to get on the bikes and ride. Q: Later, when you have the party in Lynn, has the owner of the bar [O’Brien’s], has he been affected by this? A: Yes, he has. He generously opened the doors to us. We met with him a couple of weeks ago. He’s really a nice guy. Q: Any Saugus connections? A: Yes, he lives in Saugus – John O’Brien. His sister-in-law was a classmate … I feel really great about this event. To do



If you want to join the Saugus Ride What: The First Annual Saugus Ride, a 63-mile motorcycle ride through about a dozen North Shore communities, including Saugus, Wakefield, Reading, North Reading, Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Lynn, Lynnfield, Middleton and Peabody. There will be a stop at Richardson’s Ice Cream on Route 114 in Middleton. Purpose: To raise money and public awareness for the education and prevention of substance abuse. All profits will be directed to the Saugus School District for the express purpose of funding education/prevention programs in the Saugus Schools. When: 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 12. Cost: $25 per bike, $10 per passenger. Admission Fee: $10 at door for non-ride participant for after-ride cookout and party at O’Brien’s Pub (829 Boston St., Lynn on Saugus/ Lynn line). Raffles, food and entertainment by Boston Pub Rockers, a classic rock and Southern rock band. The party begins at 1 p.m. Registration: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Saugus High School. Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and School Committee Chair Jeannie Meredith are expected to attend and offer remarks to the public before the ride begins. Kickstands up: 10 a.m. Pre-registration and Donations: can be made at https://www.Saugusride., a PayPal portal that takes credit cards. **Like us on Facebook – Saugus Ride**

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ASKS | from page 8 something that is unselfish is against my nature! Q: So, the day of the event, will there be sodas and tonic drinks? A: No, the bar will be open so John can make his money. He needs to make some money off it. Usually, when people are riding, they might have, like, one beer and that’s it. But there are other people who are coming that aren’t riding, and we’ll encourage them to get somebody to drive them if they drink excessively. We won’t let anybody leave who has had too much to drink. We’ll have an eye on them. The most important thing to understand about this [event] is that we’re all in this together – not just Saugus – the whole human race. We’re in so many struggles right now. We just need to come together. And there’s really nothing we can’t do when we come together. Q: Will there be any – either at the beginning or at the end – any kind of prayer or acknowledgement of the local victims? A: Oh, yes. Brandon is going to make some comments at the beginning, in the morning. Q: Will the victims be mentioned by name? A: I don’t think so. I don’t think so. We don’t want to violate anybody’s privacy. But we do want

to acknowledge that we’ve had some victims in Saugus, just like in every other community. Q: What are some other interesting things you can share about, on how this all came together for this weekend’s ride? A: We [the small group of organizers] have been meeting regularly. And we are meeting Friday night at Dana’s mom’s house. She is cooking us dinner … to get all of the last-minute concerns and kinks out of the way. And we’re all getting really nervous. I just spoke to Dana yesterday and he and I are kind of nervous about the whole thing, but nervous in a good way: nervous and excited. Q: Anything else that you want to share about the ride? A: I forgot, we will have entertainment there, too – the Boston Pub Rockers, a band for the party that will be starting up at 1 p.m. You know that feeling that you might leave somebody out? That’s a sickening feeling, and I don’t want to leave anybody out! Q: I understand. A: I think it’s going to be really successful. I feel that it’s going to be. And we plan to be at Founders Day this year with information. Q: You are going to have a booth? A: Yes, we are. And we’ll probably get some stuff so we can raffle off, so we can have some

upfront money for next year. Because this is really expensive. We all put money into this out of our own pockets, and none of us have a lot of money. Q: Maybe there’s some grant money out there to support future rides. A: Yeah. Perhaps. Perhaps. But so far for this year, Dana is paying for stuff. Everyone is paying for stuff. We can’t afford it, but we’ve done the best we can with what we have. Even the small stuff, like stamps; stamps are expensive, and you send out 30 or 40 things in the mail – that’s a lot of money. I paid for the bracelets. Dana is paying partially for the bandanas. Tammy has made a monetary contribution. Everybody has been pitching in. Tammy has people coming from far away because she and her husband do a lot of riding. So, she has friends. This guy from New Hampshire called and said he’s coming down with 15 people. It’s just like a lot of small groups getting involved and coming together. Q: Will anybody be riding in the ride who has lost children or siblings? A: No one I can think of specifically, but just statistically, there will be. I am sure. Q: You mentioned that you will have some family members who lost people at the party in Lynn later. A: Yes, at the party, they’re

confirmed to be coming. They’re coming for a lot of reasons. They’re from Saugus. They’re my friends. One graduated in ’79. One in ’80. Q: Both parents of children who they have lost [drug overdose]? A: Yes. But I also knew the kids. I knew the kids. Oh, the heartbreak. I don’t even know if I could survive that. Q: So, what has been the toll on Saugus? A: I don’t have any statistics, but I know I hear about it all of the time. It’s, like, every day. There isn’t a day that goes by when you don’t hear about a cousin, nephew or neighbor, son or daughter – or somebody – who dies. So, it’s such a waste of human life and potential; it’s just so devastating. I hope that we can just convey to kids that drugs might be fun when used recreationally, but you don’t know who is going to become addicted to it. You don’t know, so you and your friend could both do the same thing. They could go on with their life and then the next thing you know, you have a needle sticking out of your arm. And your life expectancy has just dropped about 40 years. Q: Will there be any representatives from the student classes at the High School? A: The kids that Greg Nickolas is bringing are all associated

Page 9 with the Youth Commission, so they are High School students. Yeah, and we’re just going to plaster the message – get the message out there. Q: This is going to be the first of what you hope will be many of an annual event for years to come? A: Yeah. I love people and I love kids, and I would just open myself up if anyone needed anything. They can contact me. I know how to plug into the resources. Dana knows. Tammy knows. Soap knows. Even if you are not sure if you have a problem, you can talk to someone. You can look to somebody. There are people out here that really care about you. Maybe we don’t know you, but we care about you anyway, because we are all part of the same human family. Q: Anything else that you would like to share? A: I would just like to invite anybody and everybody from the town to just come down. You can have a burger or just hang out or do whatever you want. If you have a bike [motorcycle], by all means, hop on it and join us in the morning. And we’re all going to be at the party afterwards. And it’s going to be a great time, and whatever funds we raise will go to a great cause. And we will be raising community awareness for a serious problem that affects our community.

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the job description. • Manoogian offered a motion for the athletic director’s position to take on the additional responsibility of teaching a drug education course – a suggestion that drew criticism from Meredith, who insisted that changing the job description was not part of

the vote before the committee. “We are only simply voting on whether it’s a full-time position or a part-time position,” Meredith said. Manoogian’s motion failed on a 2-2 vote, with Grabowski supporting it. Meredith and Gaieski voted against it. Marchese abstained from the vote


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to avoid the appearance of a potential conflict of interest. To avoid the appearance of a potential conflict of interest, Marchese should have avoided participation in the discussions about the athletic director’s position – as her comments could influence the public discussion, Manoogian said later. Tuesday night’s vote gives DeRuosi authority to proceed with negotiations with whomever he picks from the candidates who were interviewed last month by a screening committee at the High School. He was expected to make a decision by last night or late today. The athletic director’s position was advertised as a fulltime position. But the School Department budget approved by this year’s Annual Town Meeting provided a line item of about $47,000 – which would be the part-time pay. “Based on the last time Saugus had a full time AD the salary was $72,000. I believe this position, with a full time clerk, should range from $65,000$72,000 based on experience. It is fair salary,” DeRuosi wrote in an email to School Committee members last week, requesting Tuesday night’s meeting. There should not have been any doubts as to what the committee’s position was on the issue, according to Meredith. “It was agreed upon in a budget workshop,” she said. “It was recommended that the position become full-time. And that’s what we voted on in the workshop,” she said. Marchese defends herself The statement that Marchese read into the record took umbrage to what she perceived as unethical and unfair treatment she received as a candidate for athletic director.

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“Over the past few weeks, my character, ethics and integrity have been called to task by certain members of this committee in an attempt to cast a shadow over my application for the position of athletic director,” Marchese said. “Since then, every allegation, innuendo and inference has been proven false and unsubstantiated,” she said. “So let us really discuss ethics,” she said, before raising these questions: • Was it ethical for a member of this committee to attempt to assert his authority over the superintendent to change the job description and prerequisites of this position prior to it being posted to prevent certain persons from being eligible to apply? • Was it ethical for a School Committee member to insert himself into a confidential interview process, subsequently breaking that confidentiality by referencing to the media that one applicant was a member of the School Committee? • Was it ethical for that same member to cause so much disruption that one member of the screening committee had to leave an interview to deal with him, thus missing the interview of one job applicant? How fair is that to the individual applying for the job and what message does that send to this applicant? • Was it ethical for this member to falsely state to the media that it was unethical for said School Committee member to apply even when he knew that she had obtained the proper formal opinion from counsel of the State Ethics Commission allowing her to do so? • Was it ethical to then once again use the media to question her ability to fairly and objectively evaluate the superintendent, the same again which proved completely false? Marchese said she was the victim of an unfair, “personal” attack. “I personally can only surmise it is fear and revenge,” Marchese said. “Fear that the majority of this committee will continue to do what is right and just for our children and families rather than be manipulated. Revenge: Revenge

for publicly exposing certain members and their nonsupport for the new school project.” “Confidentiality violated” by committee member Gaieski said she felt compelled “to express my dismay at the unfortunate turn of events surrounding the recent interviews for the position of athletic director.” “The action of a committee member taking it upon himself to intervene and insinuate himself in the process under the guise of insuring transparency and the fair hiring of this individual only served to interfere with what should have been a closed, confidential and unbiased selection process resulting in a breach of confidentiality and trust in this entire process,” Gaieski said. In her statement, she stressed that past practices in hiring procedures of Saugus Public Schools prevent members of the School Committee, the School Department and the public from knowing who the applicants are, their qualifications and who is on the hiring committee that screens the candidates. “In closing, the actions surrounding these interviews violated the confidential nature of the process, resulting in what some candidates felt was an unfair interview, questioned the integrity and the ethics of one candidate, impugned the integrity of the hiring process and diminished the reputation of this entire board,” Gaieski said. Grabowski challenged the allegations that he did anything improper. And he took issue with Gaieski and Marchese being allowed to read their statements into the record. Grabowski insisted that he wasn’t interfering with the interview. “I was observing the interview process,” he said. He noted that School Committee members in the past have observed interviews involving a basketball coach and a football coach. He said he was not responsible for confidentiality being breached in the recent inter-


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read of Life’s 25th Annual Walk for Bread & 5K Run will take place on Sunday, October 1 – 12 p.m. Registration, 1 p.m. Start – at Pine Banks Park in Melrose and Malden. Help feed neighbors in need in Malden, Medford, Everett, Melrose, Stoneham, Wakefield, Reading, North Reading, Winchester and Saugus. All participants receive a free T-shirt, snacks and drinks, and enjoy a DJ, henna hand painting and information tables sponsored by local organizations. Runner registration: $25 ($30 day of event). Walkers collect pledges. To register, pledge, download a printable pledge sheet, or become an event sponsor, see or call Bread of Life at 781-397-0404.

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Saugus Knights of Columbus holds Installation of Officers

Shown, from left to right, in the front row, are Warden Joseph Cefalo, Massachusetts Knights of Columbus District Deputy Michael DiBenedetto, Grand Knight Paul R. Berthiaume, Chaplain Rev. Timothy J. Kelleher, Chancellor Anthony LaRosa, Treasurer Peter G. DePlacido; back row: Inside Guard Stephen Socci, Trustee Gerald F. Marzeotti, Trustee Michael A. Sicuranza, Trustee Lawrence C. Donovan, Outside Guard Simeon Korkpor and Outside Guard Christopher Luongo.


he Saugus Knights of Columbus, Council #1829, held an Installation of Officers on August 5 at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Saugus. Following the invocation by Rev. Timothy J. Kelleher, Pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church, District Deputy Michael DiBenedetto of the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus State Council administered the oath of office to the Council officers, who will serve for 2017-2018. The Saugus Knights of Columbus was founded in 1916 by the Catholic men of Saugus, their members being active participants in their church parish communities, raising funds for various charities and sponsoring community-related events. The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic men’s fraternal service organization, dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. The Saugus Knights of Columbus Council #1829 Officers for 2017-2018 are as follows: Grand Knight: FDD Paul R. Berthiaume Deputy Grand Knight: PGK Peter F. D. Frontiera Chancellor: PGK Anthony LaRosa Warden: BRO Joseph Cefalo Treasurer: FDD Peter G. DePlacido Financial Secretary: PGK Joseph A. DeFranzo Recording Secretary: PGK Ste-

phen Gerome Advocate: PGK George R. Morris Inside Guard: BRO Stephen Socci Outside Guard #1: BRO Christopher Luongo Outside Guard #2: BRO Simeon Korkpor Trustees: PGK Lawrence C. Donovan, PGK Gerald F. Marzeotti and PGK Michael A. Sicuranza “The Saugus Knights of Columbus Council #1829 was founded 101 years ago and has a rich history of service to the Church and to the community; it is my objective to continue that noble tradition,” Grand Knight Paul R. Berthiaume said. “I look forward to working with my brother Knights in the coming year to sponsor projects and events that will be beneficial to area Catholics and the Saugus community.” “We already have several events planned for the coming year, including our annual participation in the Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities – also known as the Tootsie Roll Drive – which raises funds to help people with intellectual disabilities; a children’s Christmas Party at Blessed Sacrament Church; and a Membership Drive to extend the benefits of being a Knight to area Catholic men,” Berthiaume added. The Saugus Knights of Columbus Council #1829 meet

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Family-owned furniture store continues to thrive on Rt. 1 By Christopher Roberson


hen he was 14 years old, Luke Taber began selling bedroom furniture with his father and has never looked back. “I love the product, I love what we do; we deliver a lot of kids’ first beds,”said Taber, who is now 37 and the operations manager at Bedrooms on Route 1 South. “It feels good, it feels like you’re doing the right thing.” In the same vein, Taber said their line of Maxtrix Kids Furniture continues to be the store’s top seller. He said customers are attracted to Maxtrix products, as the same bed can be converted into a loft bed or a bunk bed to accommodate the changing needs of a growing child. “It’s basically à la carte,” said Tabor. “They’re really a dedicated youth furniture line.” Although business is typically steady throughout the year, Taber said July and October tend to be the most profitable months, adding that July was the store’s best month thus far in 2017. “There’s never a dull moment here at Bedrooms,” he said, adding that the store has done well for a small business on Route 1. Taber also said Bedrooms’ products are made from either Canadian birch or maple and are tested for quality using European standards. “They base everything off European standards, which are a lot tougher than U.S.

Bedrooms is located at 88 Newbury St., Route 1 South in Peabody.

standards,”he said.“It’s not going Taber said having a diverse to be that $999 [Discount Furni- product line and personalized ture] special that you’re going to customer service is what sets get a year out of.” Bedrooms apart from its com-

treated like mere numbers. “We know customers’ names, where they live and what they do,” he said, adding that many of the

the process of becoming more involved with the city and is currently exploring different opportunities for community out-

Bedrooms’ expansive showroom includes not only bedroom sets but top name brand mattresses including Sealy and Serta.

petition. “We’re a specialty store, we have all the options,” he said, adding that their beds are available in “at least three to four” different colors. Taber also emphasized that none of his customers are ever

same faces come back for additional purchases. In addition, Taber said Bedrooms offers a line of adult furniture and features an array of Serta mattresses. Taber also said Bedrooms is in

reach. Bedrooms is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store can be reached at 978-535-6421.

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Round Hill Happenings

Town sets September dates for time capsule burial and dedication of historic site


he Round Hill Historic Site will be in the spotlight next month with two major events planned to celebrate completion of the small park that honors the town’s Native American heritage. The Saugus Historical Commission and the 200th Anniversary Committee will be “BURYING SAUGUS HISTORY” on Saturday, Sept.16, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the site, which sits behind the Public Safety Building on Hamilton Street. Local students and adults – who previously contributed posters, poems, essays, DVD’s, and mementos that were chosen to be placed in the time capsule and buried – will be honored. The program will also include the presentation of a mini-play acting out the Incorporation of Saugus in 1815. Boy Scout Troop #62 and Middle School student Catherine Schena will also be participating. This historic event will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails & Sails Weekend and is open to the general public.

Town officials have also invited the public to attend the official Dedication of the Round Hill Historic Site, set for Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. at Round Hill. Local students will entertain the audience with a medley of songs. Rev. Martha Leahy, of First Congregational Church, will recite a Native American Prayer. Special guest Ricky Simaratana, who is a direct descendent of the Wampanoag tribe, will give the blessing. “The centerpiece of the town seal” Saugus Historical Commission Chair Stephen P. Carlson said completion of the Round Hill Historic Site is a significant development for town residents. “I think they should care about Round Hill because it represents part of our heritage that goes back to the Native Americans that were in the area and the first settlers,”Carlson told The Saugus Advocate earlier this summer. “It was a landmark for the first settlers. It was obviously chosen to be the centerpiece of the

town seal. And I think part of the significance to the project is it is a way for people to gain an appreciation for the town – that it is more than either just the Iron Works or the Route 1 commercial strip – which is what most people, when they think of Saugus, that’s what they think of: the Iron Works or Route 1. And there’s a lot more to the town than that,” he said. The Historical Commission has been working on the Round Hill project since the fall of 2011 when a Special Town Meeting approved an article for its creation as a historic site. This is property that the town purchased back in 1910. It had been an open area that became overgrown with trees and brush. In his interview several weeks ago, Carlson was asked to share a little-known, but fascinating bit of Saugus history related to Round Hill. “I think one that comes to mind (kind of a weird one) is when we were one time out there looking over the site, one of the older neighbors – who I don’t think is there any-

MARKING HISTORY: This monument is the centerpiece of the Round Hill Historic Site, a small park behind the Public Safety Building, which pays tribute to the town’s Native American heritage. A dedication of the site is set for Sept. 19. A time capsule will be buried on Sept. 16. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

more – came over and recalled that she was told by her parents that in the early years of the century (1900s), they would have the Easter sunrise service at the top of the hill and they would actually drag a portable pump organ to the top of the hill where they would have music,” Carl-

son said. “That was kind of an unusual thing – a pump organ at the top of Round Hill. At the turn of the twentieth century, the hill was basically not covered with trees. It was largely open. And right now, it’s covered with trees,” he said.

“On Hold” State Attorney General’s office suspends review of three warrant articles over procedural defect in posting meeting notice By Mark E. Vogler


he Town of Saugus might have wait for up to several more months to learn if the state Attorney General’s Office approves of three warrant articles passed by a Special Town Meeting in February that would curb expansion of Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.’s ash landfill. “Because of a procedural defect in the adoption of Articles 1, 2 and 3 from the Special Town Meeting of February 6, 2017 the Attorney General has elected to … place these articles on hold,” the town was advised in a letter written Wednesday by Margaret J. Hurley, chief of the Central Massachusetts Division of the Attorney General’s Office. Hurley said the notice for a Feb. 2 Planning Board hearing was not posted until Jan. 27 – thus failing to meet the 14-day posting requirement. The posting only allowed six days’ notice for the hearing. To rectify the procedural defect, the state Attorney General has advised the town it must file a public notice to alert citizens about the posting mistake. If nobody files a claim within 21 days, the Attorney General has the option to waive any defects and resume the 90-day

review period of the three warrant articles, according to Emily Snyder, a spokesperson for the Attorney General. However, under the worst case scenario, the Attorney General could decide to invalidate the Special Town Meeting action, if someone files a claim within 21 days of the public notice about the defect, according to Snyder. “Any resident of the Town of Saugus, or the owner of any real property in the Town of Saugus, or any other party entitled to notice of the planning board hearing may file with the Town Clerk a written statement that the notice defect was misleading or otherwise prejudicial,”according to the Attorney General’s Notice to the town. “The statement must include the reasons supporting the claim that the defect in the Planning Board Notice was misleading or otherwise prejudicial,” the document notes. Attorney calls it“a small clerical error” An attorney for an environmental group that attended the Planning Board hearing said she doesn’t believe that the articles passed at the Special Town Meeting will be overturned because of the procedural defect. “I think it’s a small clerical error

that won’t impact anything,”said Kirstie Pecci, staff attorney for the Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation (CLF). “Somebody being at the Planning Board hearing wasn’t going to prevent the Special Town Meeting. No matter what happened at the Planning Board

hearing, the articles were going to Town Meeting,” she said. “There was very little testimony before the Planning Board. It’s just a mistake and now it’s going to be corrected. It didn’t change the outcome. This is just a procedural bump in the road,” she said.

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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, August 11, 2017


By Mark Vogler


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

Calling all SHS and Belmonte fall athletes! The Saugus High School/Belmonte Middle School’s Fall Sports Information Night will be held next Tuesday (Aug.15) at 6 p.m. in the Saugus High School Auditorium. All students who plan on playing a fall sport must be in attendance with a parent or guardian. This informational session will review rules, regulations and policies put forth by the Saugus Public School System and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). Also, coaches will address players and parents about the upcoming season and their expectations. “Saugus High School is proud to announce that we will be offering Girls and Boys Cross Country Track in our fall sports schedule,” said School Committee Member Elizabeth Marchese, who chairs the committee’s Athletic Subcommittee. “We feel that Cross Country would be a perfect complement to our athletic program as it is another option for those student athletes who may not be interested in the traditional ‘contact’ sports but would like to participate in the ‘team’ experience … XC Track will be offered to all students, Grades 8 through 12,” she said. One candidate’s campaign has begun Michael A. Coller has more than five weeks to file nomination papers bearing 50 certified signatures of registered voters so he can get his name on the Nov. 7 town election ballot as a candidate for the Board of Selectmen. But Coller isn’t wasting any time in waging his campaign. “I am currently ‘in talks’ with an independent Filming and Editing Team to hopefully record a discussion with myself on our local cable station,” Coller said in an email he sent to us this week, titled “Stay Tuned!” “This is not affiliated with the Town of Saugus just my interpretation of Town Events. My experiences with Town Government since The Town Meeting Vote “losing by one” will surely be discussed,” he said. Coller was making an apparent reference to his unsuccessful bid for a Precinct 8 seat on Town Meeting two years ago. Coller also referred to help he hopes to be getting on the taping, but isn’t disclosing who that might be. “The guest ‘host’ will be a former Elected Town Official and lifelong resident,” Coller said. “Stay Tuned!” The suspense mounts. Important dates for candidates If you are contemplating running for public office in the town’s 2017 election, or have already decided to run, you might want to clip this information out and put it on your refrigerator. Nomination papers have already become available at the Town Clerk’s Office. The Board of Selectmen and the School Committee will each have five seats to be considered. Voters will also elect 50 Town Meeting members – five in each precinct – in the Nov. 7 election. While the names of people with candidate’s papers is of interest to a lot of folks, it really doesn’t mean much until people get the required signatures and return the papers to the town clerk. And they have until Sept. 19 to do that – and that’s a long way off. Fifty certified signatures of registered voters are required for candidates for the Board of Selectmen, the School Committee and the Housing Authority. New candidates for Town Meeting must obtain 10 certified signatures of registered voters – all from within the candidate’s precinct. Incumbents just have to send in a letter indicating they are running again. Here are the important dates: • Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. Last day for incumbent Town Meeting members wishing to become a candidate for reelection to submit written notice to the Town Clerk. • Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. Last day to obtain nomination papers from the Town Clerk’s Office. • Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. Last day for candidates to submit nomination papers to the Board of Registrars (Town Clerk’s Office) for certification of signatures. • Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. Last day to file objections or withdrawals. • Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m. Drawing of ballot positions (second floor auditorium at Town Hall) • Oct. 18 from 8:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. Last day to register to vote. • Oct. 24 Office of Campaign Finance Reports are due. • Dec. 7 Office of Campaign Finance Reports are due. A political sign primer All candidates for public office are expected to comply with the

Town of Saugus Zoning Bylaws (Article 7, Section 7.3, Sub-Section 8) regarding political signs. Here’s what you need to know: • No more than one sign per election contest, per lot, on private property, and only with the property owner’s permission. • Signs shall not exceed 3 feet by 2 feet, or a total of 6 square feet in size. • Freestanding signs shall be no higher than five feet above ground level at highest point. • Signs shall be stationary and not directly illuminated. • Signs shall not be erected earlier than 30 days before an election, and shall be removed within seven days after the election. • If you have any questions or concerns regarding the town’s regulations for political signs, check with Building Inspector Fred Varone for more details at 781-231-4119. Candidates’ views are welcome We’ve already had two potential challengers surface in the selectmen’s race in recent months. And we’ve run their statements as a courtesy. Speaking of a willingness to talk about the issues, we’re going to hear a lot more from potential candidates as the summer moves on. The Saugus Advocate welcomes campaign announcements from candidates seeking public office in the fall elections. Email me a letter stating your interest and qualifications for the position you are seeking, and we’ll be glad to publish it along with a photo. A local “tax free” weekend at the mall? It’s “Better Than Tax Free” weekend at Square One Mall. Today (Friday, Aug. 11) through Sunday, customers will have a potential tax savings to look forward to as they shop the latest fall styles and back-to-school must-haves. The mall has a new feature this year: If shoppers spend $150 or more at select stores and present receipts from the participating stores to Simon Guest Services or the Mall Office, they will receive a $25 American Express Simon Giftcard, while supplies last. Tap, tap, bang, bang! Fun at the Iron Works Speaking of the Saugus Iron Works, there’s a special presentation by Emma Garcia coming up on Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. This is the latest of the Preschoolers in the Park program, in which park rangers at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site entertain toddlers, and preschoolers ages two to six. This month’s program: Discover what kinds of tools were used and made at the Iron Works. See a waterwheel in action at it powers one of the site’s largest tools – the bellows – then use modeling clay tools to make your own “iron” creations to take home. Bring your favorite adult and learn something neat. No reservations required. Meet at the Saugus Iron Works Visitor Center at 244 Central St. in Saugus. Tuesday is Farmer’s Market Day The Annual Saugus Farmer’s Market has returned for another season. The market will operate every Tuesday until October – from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – in the Anna Parker Playground parking lot at 120 Essex St. The market offers vegetables, fruits, fresh fish, baked goods and other good stuff. Coming attractions at Saugus Public Library. Speaking of the library, here a few things coming up: • Want to see a real kangaroo? Today (Friday, Aug. 11) from 1 to 2 p.m.: If you would love to make the acquaintance of a kangaroo, come see Nature Nick and his Exotic Animal Show. I’m told he will introduce the kids and adults who show up to some of the strangest animals on earth while also sharing little-known facts about each one. Learn how every animal in nature plays a role which helps to build a better world. For more details, contact Amy Melton at 781-231-4168, extension 14 or email • Do you believe in magic? Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 3 to 4 p.m.: Come see the Scott Jameson Magic Show. Watch umbrellas plucked from thin air, a drawing come to life, basketballs spun and juggled and the audience – including curious you – travel through time. Amy Melton says this will be a great show that you don’t want to miss – if you love magic acts. • Tend the Children’s Garden with Youth and Nature! Every Tuesday, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. • Healthy Lifestyle Fitness & Nutritional Meal Design will be presented by Don Doward at the library on Thursday, August 17 at 6:00 p.m. Don is a Lifestyle Design Consultant, Culinary Consultant, Chef, Master of Fitness Design and Master of Fitness Sciences with 20 years in the fitness industry to go along with his restaurant experience. He uses this expertise to craft programs that will create a profound life change. Don was also a chef at Hilltop Steakhouse for 36 years. This free program is sponsored by New Friends of Saugus Public Library. Buy a brick to honor vets The Saugus War Monument Committee is sponsoring the“BUY A BRICK” program to honor all those who have served their country.

If you would like to purchase one in the name of someone who is presently serving or has served, in the memory of a loved one, or just someone from your family, school, etc., the general pricing is $100 for a 4” x 8” brick (three lines), $200 for an 8” x 8” brick (five lines) and $500 (five lines) for a corporate brick. Each line is a maximum of 15 characters. The improvement and upkeep of the monument on the corner of Winter and Central Streets relies on the generosity of donors through fundraising. The brick application must be in by August 15 to assure the bricks will be ready for Veterans Day. Please contact Corinne Riley at 781-231-7995, for any information and applications.” Summer Pre-K and Elementary Registration When: Tuesday, August 15. Where: 23 Main St., Roby Building, downstairs School Committee Room. What to Bring: child’s birth certificate (official copy), recent physical exam with immunization records, proof of residency (utility bill, mortgage or lease agreement); Picture ID of parent/guardian (passport or driver’s license). Registration Packets with additional documents that will need to be completed will be provided at the registration site. Book Sale at Saugus Public Library New Friends of Saugus Public Library will hold their annual book sale on Saturday, September 9, in conjunction with Founders Day. Adult, young adult and children’s books, as well as CD’s and DVD’s, will be available. Avid readers in search of a book can come to the community room between the hours of 9:00 and 2:00, using the Taylor Street entrance, to pick up some great reads! Donations of newer or gently used books are currently being accepted at the library. Please note: The library does not accept textbooks, computer books or encyclopedias. Also, in conjunction with Founders Day, New Friends will have a table in front of the library selling “white elephant” items. The proceeds from this table will help to defray the costs of decorating a tree at the MEG Holiday Tree Festival in December. Historical Happenings on Round Hill The Saugus Historical Commission has set out an informative pamphlet at Town Hall, reporting the progress of the Round Hill Historical Site, which sits behind the Public Safety Building on Hamilton Street. That brochure may be in greater demand, now that town officials have announced two events set


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SOUNDS | from page 16 for next month: • A formal dedication of the site is set for Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. at Round Hill • In a related event, the Saugus Historical Commission and the 200th Anniversary Committee will be “BURYING SAUGUS HISTORY” on Saturday, September 16 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at Round Hill. The brochure available at Town Hall describes Round Hill as “Part of a highly significant Native American Cluster,” noting that Native Americans gathered stone from the ledge of jasper at the foot of Round Hill for tools. “As we near the realization of this collaboration with a variety of individuals and groups, we look forward to a site where the general public will be able to visit, attend events and share in the proud history of Round Hill,” the brochure notes. “The area’s extensive history, culture and natural resources will be preserved for future generations. The results of this partnership will be an amazing picture of our past being created in-situ through the preservation of the Round Hill Historic Site,” it continues. Anyone can become “A Friend of Round Hill” by making a donation to the Saugus Historical Commission ℅ Round Hill Project, 298 Central St., Saugus, MA 01906. 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 17 months 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

Retaining wall collapses in Cheever Avenue resident’s backyard By Mark E. Vogler


he collapse of a 30-foot retaining wall in the backyard of 13 Cheever Ave. Monday morning created some scary moments for the home owners and neighbors. An emergency 911 caller reported shortly before 9 a.m. that the retaining wall collapsed into her pool house, exposing a live gas line inside, according to Dispatcher Patrick R. Murphy. Several Saugus firefighting


units were dispatched to the scene. At one point, firefighters reported pumping water out of an In-ground pool that may have been endangered. Engine 3 stood by with a 2” hose to supply water to 13 Cheever Ave., according to police. Officials called in Eastern Propane to secure and relocate 125 gallon propane tanks at the scene. There were also concerns about a second retaining wall being compromised at a neigh-

bor’s house at 15 Cheever Ave. Officials used yellow crime scene tape to cordon off both properties to keep neighbors away from the area of the collapse. Engineers were on Cheever Avenue this week, assessing the damage. Building Commissioner Fred Varone said he believes the retaining wall is about 20 to 25-years old. Varone estimated it would cost about $100,000 to replace the collapsed wall.

“If they want to put it back, they’ll have to hire a structural engineer and have peer review on it,” Varone said. Varone called the apparent cause of the collapse “unheard of.” “There’s a grid that goes between the block (of the wall) and the earth that just split and failed,” he said. The yellow tape will remain on both properties “as a precaution” until the safety threat has been removed, according to Varone.

Northeast Metro Tech hosts successful summer enrichment program for incoming freshmen

chool Committee Chairman Deborah Davis, of Woburn, is pleased to announce that Northeast Metro Tech hosted a successful summer enrichment program for incoming freshmen. From July 10-21, approximately 200 students from Northeast’s 12 districts partook in the free summer enrichment program, which is designed to give incoming ninth graders the opportunity to tour the school, meet their teachers, coaches and peers from other cities and towns, and experience shops prior to the start of the year. “This program is designed to relieve any potential anxiety students may have coming to a new school and district,” Summer Transition Director Joe O’Brien said “It also serves as a great way for students to make friends from out of their hometown district.” Each week students spent time in English, Math and Biology classes, and rotated through two shops. In auto body, students painted license plates; while in auto tech, they learned how to change oil and tires. In plumbing, students worked with copper tubing; and in elec-

ON HOLD | from page 15 landfills or ash landfills to 50 feet above the mean sea level. Another key change would prohibit new landfill or new ash landfill being established in or adjacent to an Area of Critical Environmental Concern and would also bar an existing landfill or ash landfill from being expanded in or adjacent to an Area of Critical Environmental Concern. Another article would add three new definitions – for ash, landfill and ash landfill. The final article would add a line on “Landfill/ Ash Landfill” in the “Table of Use Regulations” within the zoning bylaws.

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Wheelabrator has threatened court action Members of Alliance for Health and Environment – the group that initiated the new measures – hailed the passage of the articles as a step in the right direction to protect the town. “When our air and water suffer, our people suffer – it’s as simple as that,” Alliance founding member and CLF Attorney Pecci said in an interview earlier this year. She said the bylaws are sensible and well within the Town’s zoning powers. “If we allow landfills to be built higher and higher with no end in sight, then we are telling our neighbors that their

Alex Uceda, of Chelsea, works on a postcard in the design and visual shop during the 2016 summer enrichment program. (Courtesy Photo Northeast Metro Tech)

trical, they learned the basic fundamentals of wiring. Over in cosmetology, students practiced hair braiding, nail paint-

ing and makeup application. Instructors in design and visual showed incoming freshmen how to make creative greet-

ing cards that they could send to family and friends. In the culinary shop, students made chicken potpies, and for the baking session, they were led by Stephen Delios, owner of Kane’s Donuts, on how to make dessert pies and turnovers. During classroom time, teachers went over the summer reading in English class, completed MCAS prep work in Math and took part in hereditary experiments surrounding genealogy in Biology. The two weeks concluded with a slush party where stuJosh Yandoli, of Revere, works on a car in the auto tech shop dents spent time with new during the 2016 summer enrichment program. (Courtesy Photo friends and teachers and took Northeast Metro Tech) home their shop projects.

health and their safety don’t matter,” Pecci said. “Last night, the Town of Saugus stood on the side of families and communities by placing limits on the future build-out of landfills. There is still work to be done in managing toxic methane emissions, groundwater contamination and other serious health issues that accompany these sites, but the bylaws established last night are an important step in the right direction.” Officials of Wheelabrator Technologies have already threatened to file a lawsuit to invalidate the proposed regulations. James J. Connolly, vice president of Environmental, Health and Safety for Wheela-

brator Technologies, called the warrant articles “unnecessary” and “counterproductive.” “Articles such as this have been attempted before,” Connolly said, referring to amendments Town Meeting members passed in 2003, which the company challenged “because we were certain this amendment was outside the law.” “In 2005, the Massachusetts Land Court determined the amendment was unlawful … These proposed town meeting articles are just not going to help,” Connolly said. “We hope to avoid lengthy and unnecessary repeat of the previous legal dispute … We’d encourage you to have town counsel look at the previous

case,” he said. Connolly said the articles would “impair” Wheelabrator’s working relationship with the town. He noted that the plant contributes about $15 million in economic activity to the area – including about 50 jobs. He noted that Wheelabrator is the town’s highest taxpayer. In his ruling 12 years ago, Land Court Justice Charles W. Trombly, Jr. concluded “Article 32 is null and void because the Town exceeded its authority. Specifically, the Town’s Passage of Article 32 is an impermissible attempt to regulate a solid waste disposal facility properly permitted under the Commonwealth’s Site Assignment Statute.”

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CONTENTION | from page 10 view process. If confidentiality was breached, it was because “of other members going to the press about the situation,” Grabowski said. Manoogian said he saw “an opportunity” to improve drug education in the school district. “I see it as an opportunity not just for the athletic program, but in addressing a serious health problem that affects the town,” said Manoogian, referring to the opioid crisis. He suggested that the next athletic director develop a course that would reach everyone in grades nine through 12. “At this stage of the game, we are not voting to change the job description,” Meredith told the committee. In an interview later, Manoogian wanted it known that he

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f Peabody, formerly of Saugus, August 3rd. Beloved wife of Frank DellaPiana. Loving mother of Denise Fournier-Carmosino of Pelham, NH. Cherished grandmother of Gina, Rico, Carl, Anthony & Michele, great grandmother of Braden & Trevor. Dear sister of Barbara Witkowski of Saugus & the late Charlie, Georgie, Bobby & Arthur. A funeral mass was celebrated at St. Margaret’s Church, Saugus, on Monday, August 7. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Heart For condolences



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