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WATER RESCUE: Saugus firefighters use their rescue boat to bring a woman in her early 80s who wanted to be evacuated from her Milton Street home during last week’s snow storm. Accompanying the storm was a tidal surge that flooded several Saugus streets, including Milton Street. See story and photos on page 2. (Courtesy Photo by the Saugus Fire Department to The Saugus Advocate)

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State Legislature asked to refund early voting costs By Christopher Roberson

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hortly after 1 p.m. on Jan. 4, with about four feet of water outside the house at 12 Milton Street, a woman in her early 80’s wanted to get out of harm’s way so she wouldn’t become a casualty of the flooding that packed a wallop in the winter’s first major snowstorm. The Saugus Fire Department responded with its foot-long Inflatable Zodiac boat, used for water rescues. And the boat would transport the woman to a Chevy Trailblazer where a family member was waiting to drive her to a place where she could stay until it was safe for her to return home. The foot of snow that fell on Saugus and many surrounding communities was nothing compared a tidal surge that accompanied it, which flooded several Saugus streets -- including Milton Street. Fire officials estimated there were flooded basements in up to 50 homes, leading to a shutoff of electrical and gas service

in many of them. But the Milton Street woman was the only one who was evacuated. “There were people sheltered in place until they knew where they were going,” Saugus Fire Chief Michael Newbury said in an interview this week, reflecting on the town’s response to the storm. “We didn’t have to open a shelter. In all of the cases where people needed to leave their homes, they wound up staying with family members or friends,” Newbury said. A potential for danger There was the potential for real danger in this storm, according to Fire Capt. James Hughes. Due to the flooding condition, the lack of heat and electricity, chest-high water -- salt water that got cold enough to freeze -- firefighters and other emergency workers were prepared for the worst. “Some of the streets were covered with salt water, which was

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~THE ADVOCATE ASKS~

State Rep. Donald Wong discusses his plans for 2018, including a fifth two-year term representing Saugus on Beacon Hill Editor’s Note: For this week, we talked with state Rep. Donald Wong about his legislative priorities for the New Year. Naturally, we asked the question that most people are curious about – whether he plans to run for reelection this fall. And he said he will seek his fifth two-year term for the Ninth Essex District seat. Precincts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in Saugus make up the core of the district, which also includes parts of Lynn and Wakefield. Wong, 65, is a 1970 graduate of Belmont High School. He has lived in Saugus for 43 years. Prior to his election to the State House, he served as chairman of the Saugus Board of Selectmen (20072011) and was a member of the Saugus Annual Town Meeting (2005-2007). He is a third-generation Chinese American. He, along with state Rep. Tackey Chan (DQuincy), were the first Asian Americans elected to the state Legislature in 2010. Wong and his wife, Jeannie, have three grown children and four granddaughters. He is a businessman and president of Mandarin House, Inc., which manages the Kowloon Restaurant – a popular Route 1 restaurant owned by three generations of his family at the same location for 66 years. Some highlights of the interview follow. Q: So, what are some of your priorities for the New Year? A: I have a lot things that I’m working on. One major project … Route 1 is going to be repaved, from Route 99 all the way to Lynnfield. Q: So, before we go on, one thing I want to ask you, whether you would be running for reelection. A: Yes. I do plan on seeking a fifth term. Like always, I want to work with [in local government] whoever wants to work with me. My hands are always open to help people in my district. I spend a lot of my time working on issues to help law enforcement, firefighters, veterans, seniors and education. Q: Who will be your campaign manager? A: Corinne Riley is still my campaign manager. Q: When do you plan to make your candidacy official? A: We plan to make a formal announcement next month or in March sometime. Q: So what are some of the major projects you are working on this year? A: Kasabuski Rink is one. I want to help straighten out the mess we have there. It’s a complicated situation because of the

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sublease. I have been working very closely with DCR [state Department of Conservation and Recreation]. I’m trying to set up a meeting between DCR and the town. DCR leases the rink to Saugus and Saugus subleases it. But DCR can only talk to Saugus. Right now, I’m trying to facilitate a meeting to see how we can get the rink in better shape. Q: Anything else that’s a high priority this year? A: We’re planning on putting a walkway from Lynn Fells Parkway to Breakheart Reservation, hopefully this spring. I think it’s dangerous the way it is now, with no sidewalks there … with kids on bicycles and parents with carriages. They should be able to walk on a sidewalk and not out in the street. The other big project that I’m involved with is the High School/ Middle School. I’ve been work-

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A FRIEND OF THE VETS: State Rep. Donald Wong, left, hangs out with U.S. Army veteran and World War II hero Frederick “Pat” Walor, 94, last September, during the Veterans/Military Appreciation Day at World Series Park. Wong (R-Saugus) said in an interview this week that veterans issues will continue to be a top priority as he seeks a fifth two-year term in the state House of Representatives.

Business Partnership [Feb. 4, 2003] way before I became a politician. Q: You have worked on a lot of veterans-type legislation. And Francisco Ureña, the Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans Services, calls you a big advocate for veterans in the state. Please, tell me a little bit about recent veterans legislation you have been working on. A: I filed a bill that would allow any city or town to adopt a monument for veterans. And the legislation is set up so that people can donate for the maintenance and repair of veterans monuments when they go to pay their excise or real estate tax. I see a lot of monuments where moss is growing on the marble stones or where the monuments are in disrepair. If the bill passes, people can donate to a fund that would help

repair these monuments and memorials without using taxpayers’ money. On the bottom of the excise tax or real estate tax bill, there would be a box to check off where people can donate to help fix the monuments in their town. If we had that, before the end of the year, we could go to the businesses and ask if they need a tax write-off. The businesses would be able to donate more than individuals. This is for everyone. Another thing I’m proud of is my support for firefighters and law enforcement, and last year I was able to get $25,000 for the Saugus Fire Department and another $25,000 for the police in Saugus. The firefighters had a situation where it would take 48 hours for their clothes to dry after a fire. With the $25,000, the Fire Department is able to get a special drier that can dry the clothes within 24 hours.

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et you have never heard of Mamie Johnson. In 1943 Philip K. Wrigley had a large stadium with its associated costs of maintenance in Chicago. He needed a way to cover these costs so he developed the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPB). The teams were all in the Midwest near Chicago so the teams could travel by bus. It was not feminism giving women a chance to play, it was strictly a temporary cash solution until the players returned from World War II. The first year was strictly softball but after that they played a modified form of baseball with a ball 12 inches in circumference (baseballs are 9 and ¼ inches). The pitcher’s mound was the softball distance, 40 feet, and the bases were 65 feet apart. The uniforms were belted, short sleeve tunic dresses worn no more than 6 inches above the

knee. During spring training the girls were required to attend evening charm school, to learn etiquette, personal hygiene, mannerisms and dress code. Each player was given a beauty kit with instructions on usage. The first-year salaries were $45 to $85 a month which in today’s dollars would be about $636 to $1,202. These were the enticements of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson. Mamie was born September 27, 1935, in Ridgeway, South Carolina, and died December 19, 2017. She tried out two consecutive years for teams in the AAGPB, but was turned down both years because she was black. When she could not play in the women’s professional league, she turned to the Negro Leagues. She was the first woman to play in men’s professional baseball, starting with the Indianapolis Clowns. As a youngster she developed a yearning for baseball – using tree limbs for bats, plates for bases and rocks covered in tape for balls. She developed a strong

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leagues were integrating black players, and the Negro Leagues were in decline, so the owners were looking for fresh ideas to bring fans to their games. A scout for Indianapolis had seen Mamie pitch and brought her to a tryout in Washington. The Clowns had recently hired two other women, Toni Stone and Connie Morgan, and signed Mamie up. During that season the team often had to sleep on the bus because hotels would not take them in. Her greatest joy was striking out male batters and she excelled at that. She began attending school in the offseason to learn nursing. She returned to baseball in 1954, playing 150 games in the three seasons. There she ran into Satchel Paige, who returned to the Negro Leagues after retiring from MLB. He worked with her to improve her curve ball which augmented her blazing fastball. Over this time she won 33 games, lost eight and had a batting average of 270. Pay was

right arm throwing rocks at birds, and that led to an exceptional fastball. Her family moved to New Jersey in 1945, and she began competing in softball but got discouraged by the slowness of the game. She was used to the faster game of baseball, playing with boys in South Carolina. She tried out and was selected to an all-white boys’ team in the Long Branch Police Athletic Club, the only black and only girl on the team. Her fastball won two division championships for Long Branch. In 1947 her family moved to Washington, D.C., and she began playing semipro ball for two local black male teams in a recreational baseball league: the Alexandria All-Stars and the St. Cyprians near her house. After marriage and having a son, she was working in an ice TTT Nick LA_SA_LPW.ai 1 1/3/2018 12:01:30 PM cream shop and pitching on the weekends. By now the big

not good in the Negro Leagues. Salaries were $400 to $700 a month. She decided she would never break into the major leagues and retired from baseball to raise her son. She graduated from college and became a Licensed Practical Nurse. She also coached youth baseball. She was honored by the Clintons at the White House as a female baseball legend, and she later received the Mary McLeod Bethune Continuing Legacy Award. Her life’s story came out in a book in 2003, “A Strong Right Arm.”In 2005 a one-woman show about her life, “Change Up,” was premiered at Brown University, and she was invited by Washington, D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams to join him at the first game of the Washington Nationals. She was not the only women to compete against men in baseball – Ila Borders, Jackie Mitchell, Connie Morgan, Toni Stone, Alta Weiss, Eri Yoshida and Tiffany Brooks come to mind. More about them in future columns.

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Editor’s Note: Here are some highlights from the Saugus Fire Department dispatcher log responding to events related to the Jan. 4 storm. 12:26 p.m. Flooding, 14 Milton St. 12:33 p.m. Multiple calls for 20 and 26 Houston Ave. are currently flooded. At 96 Ballard St., there is a dock floating in the street. Police notify DPW to block off Ballard Street and Salem Turnpike. 12:42 p.m. Police report Johnson and Spencer streets flooded. Revere and Lynn police departments blocking off streets at their end. 12:48 p.m. Ladder responding to the scene with a boat. 12:54 p.m. Lincoln Avenue at Spuds shutdown. Lynn police

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SNOWSTORM | from page 2 about 10 degrees when the blizzard was out. Can’t get much worse than this,” Hughes said. He noted that a wind-driven tidal storm surge peaked at 11.95 feet at 12:40 p.m. Thursday of last week on the day of the storm. “Some of the houses have significant flooding in the basement and had their heating systems lost. The flood caused substantial damage,” Hughes said. “I’m just glad nobody got killed,” said Hughes, who has spent more than 30 years in the fire service -- the last 26 in Saugus after he began his career in Malden. “This was a tidal surge. This was a rare type of event. We had a few power outages and had to shut off the gas in a number of homes. The tide was higher than the storm in 1978,” he said. Chief Newbury said he “extremely proud” of the way his department worked with closely with police, emergency service, utility crew, DPW work and other to respond in the wake of a fierce storm “I’m proud of the way the Fire, Police and EMS responded in a great team effort,”Newbury said. “We had 30 to 50 houses flooded. We pulled the electricity to about eight houses and shut down about a dozen homes with gas, working with National Grid Gas and Electric,” he said. Pre-storm preparation helped effort Chief Newbury credited the “pre-storm preparation,” that involved meeting between police, fire, emergency management personnel, public works, the building department and utility companies. It was all hands on deck at the outset of the storm and the after-response. “We had 22 people working. We had people pumping base-

SHUTDOWN: A public safety vehicle blocks off Hamilton Street as road conditions worsen in last week’s snowstorm. (Courtesy photo by Damian Drella of the Saugus Fire Department to The Saugus Advocate)

ments until midnight,” Newbury said. “We had two firefighters on Rescue 1, pumping cellars on Thursday and Friday. Flooding was the Number One cause of damage in this storm,” he said. Deputy Chief Thomas D’Eon, Jr. played a key role in coordinating the dispatchers and calling in resources as the storm progressed, according to Newbury. Firefighters dressed in cold water suits, called “Mustang suits,” worked on the flooded streets throughout town. Flooding forced closure of Hamilton Street, Ballard Street and Lincoln Avenue, Seagirt and Venice avenues, Bristow Street, Harlow Street, Harvard Avenue, Eastern Avenue, Houston Avenue, Spencer Avenue and Milton Street and Route 107. Capt. Hughes said he was disappointed about the prevalence of “unnecessary traffic during the storm.” “I ran across a couple of people stranded in a snowbank, but nothing serious. And, as far as I know, nobody got taken out of a flooded car,” Hughes said. “But, I just wish people had heeded the warning and stayed home. There was a lot of unnecessary traffic out there. There was just no reason to be driving. People who were stuck in snowbanks were out joyriding. “They told us they were out to see what it was like, what was going on.

Storm-related police calls

Editor’s Note: The following are highlights from the Police Department dispatchers in incidents related to the Jan. 4 storm. 10:35 a.m. 595 Broadway, officer stops car and give warning to driver for failure to remove snow from vehicle. Officer assisted with removing snow from windows and sending driver away with warning. 11:59 a.m., 6 Vine St. @ 104 Main St., police report vehicles unable to get up slight incline by the set of lights. 12:27 p.m., 855 Broadway, vehicle stuck on the sidewalk in the area. 3:34 p.m., 5 Westland Ave., four motor vehicles stuck on the hill. 4:20 p.m. 50 Hamilton St., hazardous road conditions reported in the area of Polo Gas station. 5:40 p.m., 16 Granite Road, caller reports wires down across her car and on the ground.

But they were out there in very bad conditions. With wind, poor visibility and slick conditions,” he said. Capt. Hughes marveled at the overall response in Saugus in the face of challenging circumstances. “Although there was substantial property damage, nobody was seriously injured and there was no loss of life,” he said.


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Wall of Fame will be a new addition to World Series Park

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s a result of requests to donate to World Series Park, a “Wall of Fame” will be erected on the building. This will be a permanent plaque that will list the names of people who make a minimum donation of $100. Donations can also be made in honor of others or in memory of past loved ones. Since World Series Park is a publicly supported facility, it seems appropriate to honor individuals, businesses and organizations that are willing to offer their support to help to continue to provide a firstclass place to play baseball in Saugus.

“Recently we’ve had several requests from people, saying they’d like to make a donation to the park,” said Bob Davis, superintendent of World Series Park. “In light of the August 2017 vandalism, necessitating the need for a new, costly security system and the complete renovation of the infield project, we’ve had to expend a great deal of funds. We, therefore, would certainly appreciate any donations that will help to maintain and improve the park. The Wall of Fame will provide a way to show our ap-

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REELECTION | from page 1 The Saugus Advocate. “Like always, I want to work with [in local government] whoever wants to work with me. My hands are always open to help people in my district. I spend a lot of my time working on issues to help law enforcement, firefighters, veterans, seniors and education,” he said. The Saugus Republican said he intends to make a formal announcement next month or in March. Corinne Riley, who was his campaign manager two years ago, will oversee his campaign again, according to Wong. Precincts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in Saugus make up the core of the district, which also includes parts of Lynn and Wakefield. Two years ago, district voters reelected Wong over Democratic challenger Jen Migliore. Wong won all eight Saugus precincts and each of the four precincts in Wakefield. Migliore avoided a total shutout by beating Wong in Precincts 1 and 2 in Lynn’s Ward 1. No candidates have formally announced in the Ninth Essex House District race yet. However, there is speculation among political observers that Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta is considering a possible run for Wong’s House seat. And some Wong supporters consider her a viable candidate because of her town-wide popularity. When pressed for comment, Panetta wouldn’t confirm or deny the reports. “That’s interesting ...... curious who you heard this from,” Panetta wrote in an email to The Saugus Advocate. Panetta was a candidate for the State House seat in 2004, losing in the Democratic Primary to then-state Rep. Mark V. Falzone, 2,437 to 1,677.

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FROSTY FUN FOR FOUR YEAR OLDS: Saugus mothers (rear row, left to right) Debora Miranda and Luana Majevski, with their children (front row, left to right) Radassah Miranda (front) and Jose Majevski on Wednesday during an hour of sledding on one of the hills at the Veterans Memorial Elementary School.

SLIP SLIDING AWAY: Radassah Miranda (front) and Jose Majevski, both four years old and of Saugus, take a spill after sliding down one of the hills at Veterans Memorial Elementary School late Wednesday afternoon. (Saugus Advocate photos by Mark E. Vogler)

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Lady Sachems basketball team dominates Tanners, 51-36 By Julian Cardillo

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quickly. “Really good team game,”said Saugus coach Mark Schruender. “That’s been the case a few times this season. After the slow start, we just called a timeout and the kids picked it up.” Saugus ended the first quarter up 18-13 and carried a 27-20 lead into halftime. Alessia Salzillo was the team’s

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Saugus’ Molly Granara and Peabody’s Liz Zaiter fight for the ball during the tip off. (Advocate photos by Laura Jolly)

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last-second goal. Marblehead had a 2-0 lead and were up a goal and a player in the final minute. But Saugus coach Jeff Natalucci took a gamble and pulled the goalie to level the field. With 14 seconds left on the clock, Nick Moore tipped a CJ Graffeo shot into the back of the net to equalize. “Really crazy finish,” Natalucci said. “It would have been easier for our guys to pack it in, but they showed some real adversity … It was very back and forth, but we didn’t quit. At that point, we just wanted to make it an even five-on-five. We took a chance with an empty net and tried to get it even. Nick went to the area in front of the net and got a big goal for us.” Drew Worthly scored his first career goal to put Saugus within one. The Sachems are now 4-3-2 on the season. A date with Danvers on Saturday afternoon comes next for the Sachems. “They’re the team that everyone in division two is talking about,” said Natalucci. “We’ll have our work cut out for us. We need to bring it for the full 45 minutes.”


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

What am I, “Spam”?! I try not to take life too seriously, especially when the halls of government treat me like “Spam” – that is “junk email” – and not the kind of spam you cook in a frying pan and serve up to eat. I got a nice email yesterday from Kate Evans, the communications specialist and administrative aide in the town manager’s office, who felt bad that a well-wishing email I sent her last week wound up in her computer spam folder. “Not sure why my computer thinks your spam!” Kate quipped in an email to me. “Anyway, I wanted to apologize for not getting back to you sooner. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!” Well, it’s the thought that counts, right? Computers want to replace people. But what the heck do they know about humans? About the Panetta speculation I wasn’t planning on doing a political story this week about who was running for the Ninth Essex House District seat. Or who might be considering a run. During my travels around Saugus this week, about six people whom I called about possible story leads said they heard Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta was considering a run for state Rep. Donald Wong’s seat. And some of the people I talked to were Wong supporters. Some of the others were Democrats. Right now, as far as I’m concerned, it’s political speculation. I have no way of knowing whether Madam Chair is considering it or not. If she is entertaining such thoughts, she’s not confirming it. But she’s also not denying it. And even if she’s not a candidate at the moment, I would think she is pretty flattered about being talked about as a potential candidate. Stay tuned, as the political rumor mill heats up and speculation either becomes reality or turns out to be nothing more than unsubstantiated rumor. But reporting on speculative reports is part of the business of reporting on politics. One of the people I talked to even had Panetta considering a write-in candidacy for Tommy McGee’s vacant Senate seat. But I seriously doubt there’s much chance of that happening. How to weigh in on Wheelabrator Do you have concerns – pro or con – that you would like to express about Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.’s plans to expand its ash landfill near the trash-to-energy plant on Route 107? Well, today (Friday, Jan. 12) by 5 p.m. is your last chance to weigh in on Wheelabrator. It’s your last opportunity to submit comments to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The state is currently accepting feedback on a provisional decision to approve Wheelabrator’s expansion. Information about the permit and where to submit comments is available at https://www.mass. gov/service-details/wheelabrator-saugus-inc-ash-landfill-saugus. IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING SNOW This just in from the Town Manager’s Office: “With the anticipated heavy rains today (Friday, Jan. 12) and recently experienced snow events, the Town of Saugus asks for your assistance in clearing snow and other debris from catch basins and other drainage infrastructure. This will result in stormwater runoff entering the stormwater collection system as quick as possible and reduce the likelihood of flooding or ponding of water on the roadways. “We thank you in advance for your assistance. If you have any questions on this issue, please contact the Saugus Department of Public Works at 781-231-4145.” Trash/Recycling running on one-day holiday delay The Town of Saugus announced that the trash and recycling collection will run on a one-day delay from Tuesday (Jan. 16) through next Saturday (Jan. 20) due to the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There will be no collection on Monday (Jan. 15), due to the holiday. Services will resume on a one-day delay from Tuesday, Jan. 16, through Saturday, Jan. 20. Residents whose collection day falls on Monday will be collected on Tuesday. Collection will continue to run on a one-day delay for the remainder of the week. The compost site will be open on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Town of Saugus would like to thank everyone for their cooperation. Please contact Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Lor-

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Those interested may submit letter of interest / resume no latGetting creative at the library er than Feb. 15 to: Hey, kids! Want to get creative this year? Saugus Board of Selectmen The Saugus Public Library is hosting a “Just Build” program on Saugus Town Hall, Suite #4 two Saturdays this month – tomorrow (Jan. 13) and Jan. 27 at 1:30 298 Central St. p.m. Come and recycle your leftover holiday tissue paper and boxes and see what you can build! The library will provide a few boxes Annual Food for Fines and other building materials. Creative people of all ages are invitThe Saugus Public Library ed, especially kids. That box might become a cave, a castle, a dun- wants to strike a deal with those geon, a spaceship, a battleship, a race car, an airplane, a fortress, a readers who are procrastinating mansion or whatever you want to make of it. in paying their overdue fines. So come to the library and discover the limits of your creativity. You can reduce the fines in return for donations of food which Countdown to kindergarten will be given to local food panPreschool Playgroup: Every Saturday at 11 a.m., the Saugus Public tries. The standing offer from the Library will host “Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten!”This playgroup Saugus Public Library Board of is geared to help families navigate and understand Preschool De- Trustees and staff is that your velopment. Children will explore different Literacy, Art, Science, fine will be reduced by a dollar Building, Writing, Math, Fine Motor, Gross Motor and Pretend Play for each item donated. materials and activities. Food items that are needed inThis drop in playgroup is limited to 15 students. Parents are re- clude cereal, pasta, rice, tuna, dry quired to stay. Please email Trish at Tricia928@yahoo.com with any milk, pancake mix, baked beans, questions. The Playgroup is sponsored by the Saugus Coordinated baking mix, peanut butter and Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Program. jelly, canned fruit or juice, canned vegetables, canned or dry soups, The snowman cometh! macaroni and cheese dinners, in“Snowman with Kelly” is set for 3:30 p.m. next Thursday (Jan. stant potatoes, canned tomatoes 18) at the library. Kids can join Kelly for a snowman story and then or sauce, and canned meat. make their very own snowman later. Time to vote for SHS Hall Happy Birthday, Winnie! of Fame The library will be hosting a Winnie the Pooh Birthday Party, next Do you know of a former SauFriday (Jan. 19) from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Kids can join the cele- gus High School athlete who bration by enjoying a story and crafts. This is an ideal program for deserves to be inducted into ages three and up, according to the library. the Saugus High School Hall of Fame? Important voter news! Well, the nomination proThis announcement from Town Clerk Ellen Schena: The last day cess has begun. Anyone lookto register to vote and the Late Night Voter Registration for the Spe- ing to nominate a former Saucial State Primary Election scheduled for Feb. 6 will be on Wednes- gus High athlete into the Athday Jan. 17, from 8:15 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The last day to register to letic Hall of Fame can mail their vote, and the Late Night Voter Registration for the Special State nominations to: Election scheduled for March 6, will be on Wednesday, Feb. 14, Saugus High School from 8:15 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 1 Pearce Memorial Dr. Also, Ellen says the Clerk’s office needs election workers for both Saugus, MA 01906 the February and March elections, especially for the Warden and Attention: Athletic Hall of Clerks roles. If interested, please go to the Clerk’s office at Town Hall Fame-Mike Hashem to fill out paperwork. All positions are paid. Or you could also mail your These elections are necessary to fill the seat vacated by former nomination to: state Sen. Thomas McGee, who was elected as the new mayor of Don Trainer Lynn. The Lynn Democrat has already vacated his Third Essex Dis5 Appleton Pl. trict seat. State Rep. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn), who worked for a Saugus, MA 01906 decade at the State House as an aide to McGee before running for Nominations can also be his state representative seat in 2014, will be the only one running emailed to SaugusHSAthelt– unless somebody mounts a write-in campaign. icHOF@gmail.com. This is one of those times when the Democratic process is defStay tuned for more details. initely a waste of time and a waste of money – unless one or two write-in candidates emerge on short notice to give voters a bona Students helping fide choice. It’s always preferable to have a choice. It never serves students the public well when a politician gets a free ride on Election Day. Here’s an example of great Public office should be earned. collaboration between the SauSo, Saugus, is there anybody out there who would like to make gus Public Library and a Belthis a real election? monte Middle School teacher Stay tuned. – and, of course, Junior National Honor Society students from Don’t miss out on a great calendar! the Belmonte Middle School. It is indeed a great calendar and well worth the donation, espe- Each Tuesday and Thursday afcially if you are a proud Saugonian who is interested in your town’s ternoon from 3 to 5 p.m., the history. Frankly, it’s worth much more than the $2 donation the so- library provides tutoring and ciety is suggesting. That’s my personal endorsement of the Saugus homework help for the town’s Historical Society’s 2018 Calendar, which was the focus of a cover elementary school students. The story in The Saugus Advocate two weeks ago. elementary school students get These calendars – which feature the reproduction of an old help, the Belmonte students get postcard or photo for each month – are available while they last credits for community service. at Saugus Town Hall, Saugus Public Library and the Senior Center. The library again will be partAnd there’s a suggested donation of $2.00 per calendar. Get them nering with the Belmonte Midwhile they’re hot! dle School to offer free, drop-in homework help in the CommuTown Hall seeks candidates for cable board nity Room to Saugus elementaThe Saugus Board of Selectmen is searching for a few good civ- ry school students to help foster ic-minded men and women to serve their local government as a strong academic and study skills member of the Board of Directors for Saugus Cable Television Station (SCTV Inc.). This is a volunteer/nonpaid position for Saugus residents.

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eabody took down the Saugus boys’ basketball team without too much trouble on Tuesday, beating the Sachems, 61-43. But Sachems coach Mark Bertrand said the actual contest was closer than the final score suggests. “We had a rough second quarter; they really turned the heat up on us,” Bertrand said. “We raced to get it within 10 in the third, and near the end of the game both teams put their subs in. I think their subs just shot better when they come on the court … It was a good close game. The

kids played hard every minute. I’m never happy with a loss, but I was happy with the effort.” Christian Correia led Saugus, scoring 15 points; Vincent Cirame had nine; Mike Mabee had eight. Bertrand also singled out the efforts of his two big men on the court: Kenny Okoye (eight rebounds) and Jake Morgante (strong defending off the bench). The Sachems, now 1-4, play Gloucester tonight and look for their second win of the season. “It’ll be a tough game, they’re very well-coached,” said Bertrand of the Fishermen. “It’s a city like us: blue collar, hard-

working.” Bertrand’s assistant, Bill Cahill, coached at Gloucester for the last 26 years. Cahill is helping the Sachems prepare for a tough test against his former team. “[Former coach] Paul Moran invited Bill down at the end of last season; they’re longtime friends,” said Bertrand. “Even with coach Moran stepping away, Bill has been a standup guy and has said he’s here to stay … Gloucester has four good shooters, a few football players and athletes. That’s good talent. It’ll really be a dogfight. We know our kids are good at battling, too.”

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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. 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 mvoge@comcast.net. Do you have some interesting views on an issue that you want to express to the community? Submit your idea. If I like it, we can meet for a 15- to 20-minute interview at a local shop. And I’ll buy the coffee.


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New Cemetery Commission members sworn-in

TAKING THE OATH: Left to right, Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta swears in Joseph Giordano and William Marchand at Town Hall this week as the newest members to the Saugus Cemetery Commission. This is a voluntary board. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate)

Saugus Man Sentenced for Role in LawrenceBased Heroin/Fentanyl Trafficking Scheme

Saugus man was sentenced A today in federal court in Boston for his role in a heroin trafficking scheme operating in and around Lawrence. Edwin Soto, 46, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to four years in prison, six years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $99,200 in forfeiture. In October 2017, Soto pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of a controlled substance – heroin and fentanyl. From about April 2015 to March 2016, law enforcement investigated the drug distribution

MASCO | from page 12 two of the goals came from a young player was a positive for Martucci. “It’s great because we always look to young players to rise to the occasion,” he said. “In a tough game like that, she

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activities of Ramon Baez and his associates in and around the City of Lawrence. Baez obtained kilograms of heroin and cocaine from local suppliers and suppliers based in Mexico.Baez’s coconspirator, Jose A. Rosario, supplied Baez with heroin, which Baez then repackaged for distribution. Soto and co-defendant Waner Manuel Lara purchased heroin and fentanyl from Baez. On Dec. 29, 2015, law enforcement officers seized $99,200 in drug proceeds from Soto, intended for Baez.On March 19, 2016, agents seized from Lara 140 grams of heroin and fentanyl supplied to

him by Baez. Baez was sentenced in June 2017 to 121 months in prison, andRosario was sentenced in September 2017 to 22 months in prison. Lara pleaded guilty in October 2017 and is awaiting a sentencing date. United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division, made the announcement today.Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Ferguson of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the cases.

Police probe came up big and delivered two great goals.” report of armed Martucci also singled out the home invasion efforts of eighth grade goalie ntruders wielding bats, shovSummer Talent, who finished els and “blunt objects” atthe game with 23 saves. tacked the residents of a GarSaugus is 4-1-1 as of Thursday field Avenue home during a remorning. ported home invasion last Friday night. 1:18 p.m. 15 Houston Ave. The suspects fled the area in has a flooded basement. a silver Honda, with the possi1:22 p.m. barricades are up ble three characters of the Masat Riverbank/Saville/Hamilton Street sachusetts registration 348, ac3:42 p.m. basement being cording to police. pumped at 15 Milton Ave. “The case is still active and 4:20 p.m. Flooding inside 3 an open investigation. No adNaples Ave., gas shut off at ditional details are being rehome. leased, ” Saugus Police Lieuten4:54 p.m. National Grid reant Ronald Giorgetti said. sponding to flooding and a

blocked off. 1:15 p.m. The resident being evacuated at 12 Milton St. will be picked up by a family member in a silver Chevy Trailblazer. 1:18 p.m. 5 Ballard St. at 82 Lincoln Ave. Caller reports her basement is flooded and the heating system that is about to go under water. entire street is flooded.

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