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A GRAND VIEW: Tim Hawkes, left, a member of the Board of Directors for Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE), and SAVE President Ann Devlin enjoyed a bird’s-eye view from the summit of Vinegar Hill last Saturday. SAVE members, joined by a small group of town officials, held a dedication ceremony to publicize the recently installed signs that mark and explain the historical significance of the public park that many Saugus residents have never visited or known about. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

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ob Belyea calls this “the worst year” for the Saugus-Lynnfield Youth Hockey Program. The North Shore Stars – which includes more than 200 children from ages four to 15 – expected to be playing hockey at Kasabuski Memorial Arena in late August. But they haven’t been able to skate at Kasabuski at all yet – because there’s no ice and the rink might not have any until the end of this month or early next month. “This certainly has been the worst year because we’re not playing hockey,” Belyea – the past president of the SaugusLynnfield North Shore Stars – told The Saugus Advocate this week. “We missed the end of August, all of September and will probably miss all of October. The season is about eight months long and we’re probably going to miss more than a quarter of the season,” Belyea said. “All of the games we play right now are affected. Games that we play here in Saugus might be all the way up in Haverhill. They’re all over the place, wherever ice time is available … We’re able to scrape some hours together – but it’s very random and on short notice. And it’s not enough,” Belyea said. Kasabuski Arena operator Daniel Maniff – who has a lease

with the town and the state – said this week that “a major renovation” at the rink has taken longer than expected, thus causing delay. “We’re doing remodeling and hopefully, we’ll be open by the end of October,” Maniff told The Saugus Advocate when asked about his anticipated opening. “The worst case scenario would be the first week of November,” he said. State memo contradicts Maniff Everything Ice – an ice rink design, construction and installation company out of Pennsylvania – has been installing new refrigeration, according to Maniff. “They have to take care of the refrigeration system on the floor. They have been working on it for a while,” Maniff said. “We’re spending $200,000 on this upgrade. You’ll never see it. It isn’t apparent to the naked eye because it has to do with the ice surface. The average person has no idea what it takes to operate a hockey rink,” he said. But an Oct. 4 letter from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to the town notes that the rink never opened on time because “the rink bed is no longer capable of sustaining ice.” The memo, signed by DCR Commissioner Leo P. Roy and



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HISTORY| from page 1 the Atlantic Ocean, Boston Harbor, the Prudential Building and more local landmarks – like Route 1, Town Hall and the Saugus Iron Works Na-

tional Historic Site. “It’s quite a vista – very few people know you can see all of this from up here … This is very comparable to the

view from Breakheart Hill. And that’s another great vista,” Hawkes said as he looked out toward Boston. Hawkes, a member of the Board of Directors for Saugus Action Volunteers for

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the Environment (SAVE), was among the SAVE members who turned out for an unveiling and dedication of the interpretive signs that would probably help enlighten town residents about a little known park that is a key part of the town’s ancient past, dating back hundreds and thousands of years. “Presently, archaeological findings have revealed the ancient history of the first people in Saugus. They left behind cultural evidence of their occupation and making of stone tools for hunting and survival skills,” Hawkes said earlier in the day during a low-key dedication ceremony organized by SAVE.

“ These findings offer us a glimpse into the lives of these ancient people who once lived here. I am grateful that the original Native People are finally being recognized and honored,” Hawkes said. “First by the dedication of Round Hill and now by the Interpretive Signs and Public Park on Vinegar Hill. I am hopeful that historic sites throughout Town will be recognized and listed, such as the nearby 1640s Stockade and many more,” he said. “Passive recreation and conservation”


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SIGNING ON: Some members of the SAVE Board of Directors – Margery Hunter, Ann Devlin and Tim Hawkes – got to inspect the signs recently installed at the bottom of Vinegar Hill, which they hope will give town residents a better appreciation for the site’s historical significance and also lead to more visitors.



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Pot positions and politics A question about marijuana should come up at next Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen Candidates Forum sponsored by the Saugus Chamber of Commerce By Mark E. Vogler


he nine candidates running for the five seats on the Board of Selectmen in the Nov. 7 town election can expect to be quizzed about their public positions on pot when they assemble for Tuesday’s candidates’ forum. It’s one of four “mandatory questions” they have had a chance to prepare for in advance. “In November 2016, the residents of Revere, much like the residents of Saugus, voted down Question 4 on the legalization of the sale of recreational marijuana,” Question 21 begins. “However, this ballot question did pass overall for the Commonwealth. Last month, the Revere City Council approved a ban on all recreational marijuana retailers,” it continues. “Would you support the same type of ban in Saugus? Please explain and include in your response the economic vs. social impact of your position.” That’s one of the questions which could spur some interest at the Board of Selectmen Candidates Forum,

which is being sponsored by the Saugus Chamber of Commerce. The forum is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the second floor auditorium at Town Hall. Doors will open at 7 p.m. All five incumbent members of the Board of Selectmen will be running for reelection: Board Chair Debra Panetta and her colleagues Jennifer D’Eon, Scott A. Brazis, Mark Mitchell and Jeffrey Cicolini. They are being challenged by former Selectman Michael J. Serino and candidates Corinne R. Riley, Michael A. Coller and Assunta A. Palumba. Jim Mitchell, Editor and Publisher of The Advocate Newspapers – which owns The Saugus Advocate – will be moderator of the forum, which is expected to last about two hours. Michael Procopio, of Procopio Construction and vice chairman of the chamber’s Board of Directors, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the forum. Timekeepers will be Denise Selden – owner and creative director of Salon 345 Day Spa and chair of the chamber’s Board of Directors – and Julie Mitchell, the cham-

ber’s acting director. No questions will be taken from the audience, and the forum will be filmed and broadcast on SaugusTV. Each candidate will have two-minute opening statement, two minutes to answer each question and two minutes to give a closing statement. Another Mandatory (Question #10) focuses on Route 1: “Undoubtedly, dining and entertainment options will be growing along Route 1. Without board action, the market value of a liquor license will be too cost prohibitive for smaller business owners to establish themselves locally here in Saugus,” the question notes. “Would you be willing to approach the state regarding additional licenses to specifically be used to jump start economic activity in our local neighborhoods like Cliftondale, Saugus Center, and RiverWalk?” Question 23 – another mandatory question – relates to the Saugus Housing Production Plan, which was prepared by the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, adopted by the Town Manager in Decem-


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Editor’s Note: The following statement was submitted by Debra Panetta to announce her intentions of seeking another term on the Board of Selectmen. The Saugus Advocate welcomes campaign announcements from candidates running for the Board of Selectmen or the School Committee in the Nov. 7 town election. Debra Panetta of 1 Bellevue Street announces her candidacy for reelection to the Board of Selectmen. “I am grateful to the

voters of Saugus and the four Selectmen for electing me as their Chairman,” Panetta states. “I would like to thank the Saugus Advocate for allowing me this opportunity to share with its readers my background, experience, and vision for Saugus.” Debra will be having a meetand-greet at the Tumble Inn on Saturday, October 21st, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Tumble Inn is located at 488 Lincoln Avenue, Saugus (Cliftondale Square). Ev-


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eryone is welcome to come out and meet and support Debra as well as ask questions. Background Information Debra lives with her husband, Mark, her son, Mark Jr. and her daughter, Sabrina. Both Mark Jr. and Sabrina are in college. Debra is a graduate from Suffolk University where she earned a BSBA in Accounting, and she also hold a Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern University. She works full-time at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston as the Director of Financial Reporting and Analysis, where she is responsible for an $85M budget. “I am proud of my affiliation with Joslin, a noted non-profit organization, that is world-renowned for their Diabetes care and education ... with a mission of finding a cure,” Panetta states. Along with serving as a Saugus Selectman for the past six years, she also serves as the President of the Saugus River Watershed Council, as the VP of Publicity for the Rumney Marsh Toastmasters club, President of the Joslin Toastmasters club, and as a member of the Historical Society, Friends of Breakheart, and the Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE). She is also a member of the Saugus Chamber of Commerce and the Saugus Business Education Collaborative. She is a member of the Conservation Law Foundation and has (again) been endorsed by the Sierra Club. Debra has received Distinguished Toastmaster status and received the Triple Crown Award. She has also been named a Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achiever due to her many esteemed years of professional accomplishments. Previously, Debra served as the Chairman of the Saugus School Committee, a five-term Town Meeting Member representing Precinct 5, Vice-Chair of the Saugus Charter Commission, 12-year member of the Tree Committee, member of

supported our Town Manager, who is a Saugus resident and has the 200th Anniversary of the In- a young family, along with his vicorporation of Saugus Commit- sion to move Saugus forward.” tee, past President of SAVE, past District Governor of District 31 Accomplishments Toastmasters, as well as many Since originally taking office, other organizations and com- Debra has participated in demittees in Saugus. “Giving back veloping a capital improvement to the community through vol- plan and has been involved in unteering and participating many programs, including: in community events is some• approval by MSBA and award thing that I strongly believe in,” of up to $65.1M for new Middlesays Panetta. High School – with voter apAs Chairman of the Board of proval district-wide of over 70%, Selectmen, Panetta has con• completion of the Belmonte ducted the meetings with cour- Middle School renovation, tesy, dignity, and respect, not • rebuilding of our parks, playonly with her colleagues, but grounds, and recreational facilifor all those that appear before ties (Bucchiere/Bristow Park, Vetthe Board. “We have two pub- erans School playground, Bellic comment agenda items, one monte Middle School, Round at the beginning of our meet- Hill), ing and one at the end, so that • accepted as a designated we can hear the concerns of the green community, which will public” said Panetta. “I have also save residents tax dollars while

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for benefits through the Veterans Administration, such as Health Care, Disability, Education, Burial Benefits, Survivor Benefits and Pension With Aid and Attendance. LeShane also assists local veterans in administration of Chapter 115 Benefits, which include the state veterans benefits for individuals with low or fixed incomes, obtaining DD-214’s, state annuity program and the Welcome Home Bonus. He also runs a local food market that is held once a month at the Saugus Senior Center for veterans who are in need of assistance. He is also on the Department of Veterans Services Committee for Veterans Outreach, and his specialty is working with incarcerated veterans who are transitioning from prison back into the community. Some highlights of the interview follow. Q: Okay, Doug. Please tell me a little bit about the program you are helping out on – the program you have coming up in November at the VFW. A: On Nov. 4 at the VFW, we are doing a fundraiser that benefits the Saugus Veterans Relief Fund. The purpose for that is – the state Legislature passed a law that each city and town can have a relief fund. It’s brandnew to us and we don’t have a very large account right now. We’re trying to raise money so that anything that I cannot cover through Chapter 115 for local residents who are local veterans only, I can help them out using the relief fund, whereas, something like something medical – where Chapter 115 will only cover a certain part – I can use the remainder from the relief fund to cover that so that the veteran doesn’t have to pay out of pocket for something. Q: How long has the relief fund been in existence? A: About a year. Q: What’s the balance in it now? A: I think it’s at about $600. There’s really not a lot in it. That’s why we are trying to get information out about this and try

to raise some money – because of the legislation – when you pay your taxes, there’s a checkoff box so you can make a voluntary contribution to the relief fund. But if you don’t look at it, you’ll just bypass it and come in and pay the bill, so we’re trying to get that out there through media and social media and advertise it so that people know about it and – as well as doing fundraisers. Q: What should the balance be? A: My goal would be at least over $10,000. That’s what I would like to have it at in the next two years. Obviously, we have a very long way to go on that. But I think it’s a very attainable goal as far as what we can do in this town. Q: What’s the main source of funding for the relief fund right now? A: Right now, it’s just people’s donations. That’s the only way: strictly donations. It does not come from the budget from the town. It does not come from the state budget. It is only through donations. Q: And it’s been in existence for about a year? A: About a year. Q: And the only way to fund it is through donations? A: Absolutely. That’s the only way to get money into that account. Q: And these are expenses right now that you normally wouldn’t have covered? A: Exactly – stuff that we can’t cover through Mass. General Law, Chapter 115. There are certain things that we can cover and certain things that we cannot cover. Most medical stuff will go off of what Mass. will pay. And let’s say you go to an eye doctor and they’re not willing to get the MassHealth rate, that’s how we can pay out. So, anything in the remainder would be you as a veteran being stuck with that balance. This way, we can pay that balance, using the


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ASK | from page 6 relief fund – and that veteran does not have to pay anything out of pocket. That’s ultimately the goal: to have it as high as we can so that we’re not picking and choosing who we can help. We don’t want to deplete the account completely just on one bill. Q: Right now, how many Saugus residents are your clients? A: Right now, my roll is about 55 or 56 … that I have on the rolls for Chapter 115. But, I do, as far as doing VA stuff, federal stuff – we really don’t keep track of how many claims we do on the federal level, but I have probably done easily 100 since I’ve been here – since December. Q: You have a lot more veterans living in town, though. A: Exactly. Chapter 115 is geared more toward people who are low income or fixed income and get it for their spouses or are widows [of veterans]. Whereas, doing anything through the federal system is strictly just the veteran. Yes, there are the survivor benefits. But that is only if, say, that the veteran was at 100 percent disabled and died of a serviceconnected disability – so, something like Agent Orange – the cancers that were caused by Agent Orange – or something of that nature. That’s the only way

we can really help a spouse or child. So Chapter 115 is geared more toward low-income veterans who are out of work or underemployed, trying to help them get back on their feet. If a veteran is underemployed or unemployed, we can do a job search and send him or her to the Career Center over in Salem, and they have to go there a couple of times a week, check in and at least make an attempt to look for work. Because the goal is for them to get back into the workforce, and sometimes that can be difficult when you have a job-set in the military that really doesn’t translate very well into the real world, like infantry or artillery doesn’t translate well in the real world as far as job skills, sometimes. Q: Are there a lot more veterans or veterans’ families who could be receiving services in town from your office? A: Absolutely. As far as Chapter 115 goes, there’s way more people who could benefit, especially through the Housing Authority. But they just don’t know about the program. And, it’s just a matter of getting them over to the Housing Authority and doing the actual outreach, which can be challenging sometimes, when you’re only here 18 hours a week. Q: So what’s the best estimate you have heard on the potential

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ASK | from page 7 education. Some people don’t want to go back to school, but some people appreciate that benefit very much so. The way jobs are now, you can’t get any kind of decent job without at least a Bachelor’s degree. And some jobs you can’t even get without a Master’s degree. So if you don’t have to pay for it and the VA is going to pay for everything, you don’t have to worry about student loans, and that’s a win, in my opinion. I used the GI Bill and I have zero student loans. Most people coming out of college have hundreds of thousands of dollars that they have to pay back that probably will never get paid back until they’re in their 60s or 70s sometimes.

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receiving. A: Chapter 115, which are state low-income benefits for veterans, and also anything through the VA as far as disability pensions and burial benefits – those are all main ones that people would benefit greatly from. From my client list, I don’t have anybody who is not on it: all retirees – Korean or Vietnam Vets – widows and spouses; I have a couple of World War II vets. So, as far as burial goes, that’s another huge one that I get questions asked all of the time about. And burials, they cost a lot of money, and if you can get some of that paid for by either the state or the federal government, it kind of alleviates some of the pressure for your next of kin. Yeah, those I would say are the ones that would most benefit veterans of this town. Q: You mentioned that use of this office – it’s a matter of visibility – of people not being familiar with it and the programs offered here? A: Yes. I mean this office isn’t very big, and you could probably walk by and not even know where it was. Q: And sometimes it’s shared? A: Yes, and it’s a shared office. That’s another whole issue that’s well above my pay grade, and that I can’t really address. So having that be a challenge, I need to get the program more out of this office and into the community. Q: So, are there other options? Like the Senior Center or the Library? A: I would think so. Q: Is that something you’re hoping could happen some day? A: I would actually like that. Being down at the Senior Center … If this office was down at the Senior Center, it would probably be more beneficial because the majority of the veterans in this town that I deal with on a daily basis … go to the Senior Center. So they are already going to be there. Instead of having to drive all the way here – not that it’s that far – but to

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drive down here or get somebody to drive them down here, it would be more convenient to have it there [the Senior Center]. When you’re done playing bingo, you could walk down to my office. That would be my suggestion. Again, it’s well above my pay grade. Q: Right. A: But I think that would be a little more beneficial – to be over at the Senior Center. Q: The Senior Center or the Library, it seems it would be better. A: Yes. Senior Center or the Library. Even if it’s being able to go out into the community – to hold office hours, even if it’s not permanently at the Senior Center – but like a couple of hours a week at the Senior Center or a couple of hours a week at the Housing Authority or a couple of hours a week at the library: Those are places that veterans go to. And trying to come up here [to Town Hall] can be a challenge sometimes if they don’t drive and are dependent upon somebody else to give them a ride. So, at least if I could come to them, it would benefit them than having to come to me all of the time [at Town Hall]. Q: So, ideally, it would be kind of a rotating schedule, at locations out of Town Hall? A: Yes. That would be my goal if I had to decide. Q: Boston determines where the VSO office is here in town? A: No, the town. The town manager wants somebody in this office at all times. It’s either me or my clerk. But on the same note, I understand the standpoint that we’re here and that somebody can go to the assessor’s office or the clerk’s office. Yes, I get that it’s a one-stop shopping situation [at Town Hall], but on the same note, that’s fine for individuals my age – I’ll pay my property tax and go talk to that guy and see what’s going on, even if it’s just a chat. But for that individual who is confined to a wheelchair or can’t drive anymore, and they

take a ride to the Senior Center or can’t go anywhere except to the Housing Authority, how does that benefit them by me being here? So I’d like at least a couple of times a week to be out of this office if I could. Q: Have you ever expressed an interest in the Senior Center? A: Actually, not the Senior Center. In general, anywhere but here. I would go upstairs in the auditorium. I’d go up on the stage. Something big enough so that myself and my veterans’administrative assistant could be in the same office at the same time. So, that way, there isn’t me walking outside going to the assessor’s office and talking to her. That way, there’s never any confusion; there’s not anything misconstrued between the veteran, myself and Nancy [Stead], my administrative assistant. Everybody knows exactly what’s going on. Like if I’m not here, she can answer all of the questions. She can still do that, but on the same note, with her next door, it doesn’t say “Veterans Assistant next door.” It’s just the Assessor’s Office. So, if you don’t know that Nancy is over there, you wouldn’t know. You would just see that I’m not here, so if I’m in a meeting or I’m in the clerk’s office or I’m across the way in the treasury office, you don’t know where I’m at. Or even if I’m in the bathroom, you wouldn’t know where I’m at. Q: But the town is not really interested in changing the location? A: No, they’re not, but years ago, before I was here, the office was over in the Annex Building. Q: Okay, so you’ve raised the question before about location? A: Yes, the previous person raised the question before. She’s over in Melrose now. She used to be the VSO here. I guess it isn’t a priority, which is fine. I’m willing to do whatever. I don’t have a problem with being here in this office. Q: But it’s access. It’s about


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New Officer Daniela Salinas joins Police Department


own Manager Scott C. Crabtree and Saugus Police Chief Domenic DiMella this week announced the appointment of a new police officer at the Saugus Police Department: Daniela Salinas. Officer Salinas holds her Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from North Shore Community College. She was sworn in to her new role on Sept. 15, during a ceremony at Town Hall, and her first day on the job was Sept.18, ac-

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NEW OFFICER SWORN IN: Daniela Salinas, center, became a member of the Saugus Police Department last month. Joining her are Saugus Police Chief Domenic DiMella, left, and Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate)

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ment policies that illuminated structural deficit budget practices, • water and sewer improvements, • investments in new police cruisers, building maintenance equipment, and DPW trucks/ equipment, • a new state of the art financial accounting system, • designation of Saugus becoming a Purple Heart Community, • supporting Planning & Development department to handle rising economic development demands, especially dealing with Route 1 and overlay districts, • road and sidewalk improvements (including major sections of Lincoln Avenue), • supporting solar landfill project, bringing in $80K/year, • completion of the rail / bike trail, and • instituting a reverse 911 system. My Vision for the Next Two Years With a sound financial foundation, Debra believes that Saugus can now look towards the future with optimism and progress. That is why over the next two years, she wants to see: • additional increases in our reserve funds and continue improvement of our bond rating, • reestablishment of the debtreserve account to offset principal and interest costs relating to a town wide capital improvement plan, • continued development of a capital improvement plan that is based on reliable data and criteria, including a process that involves public input,

• continued progress on our new Middle-High school that the voters overwhelmingly supported back in June, • continued growth in public confidence in town government, • further review of zoning bylaws and economic development within town, • additional opportunities to supplement Town services by supporting community objectives relating to community safety, infrastructure, and transportation, •a focus on the environment, especially dealing with any expansion plans by Wheelabrator, and • further retention and hiring of highly qualified and experienced staff for key town positions. Conclusion “I am honored to have served as your Selectman for the last 6 years. I believe I have conducted myself with dignity and professionalism with the office you have entrusted me with,” Panetta states. Debra is running for re-election because she believes that Saugus is now well-positioned to leverage from the financial foundation now in place. “I am also excited to be working with the current Board of Selectmen, where we work well as a team for the betterment of Saugus residents and business owners,” Panetta states. “I respectfully request that you cast one of your five votes on Tuesday, November 7th for me, Debra Panetta. I am #6 on the ballot.” To contact Debra, please call her at (781-233-9720) or e-mail her at Thank you for your consideration!

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ASKS | from page 8 what’s the best location. Right? A: Exactly. Yes, in theory, you would think that being here would be the best area because you can come to Town Hall and do everything you need to do. But, as I said before, if you don’t have a ride up here and I can come see you – say at the Senior Center or the Housing Authority – it would be a lot easier; trying to find that happy medium of being in the office and also holding office hours outside of here. Q: Besides the access, what are some other ways you could improve the services? A: That’s one of the major ones that I suggested. Also through social media; I post my hours every morning I’m in on Twitter. We have a Facebook Page. But then again, that’s fine for people that go on the Internet, use social media or even have a computer. Again, the individual that doesn’t have a cellphone and just goes to the Senior Center – it would be nice to find that happy medium. You’re not going to please everybody. That’s just life. But the more people that you can reach out to, the more veterans that I can help. Obviously, that would be more beneficial to the town, this office and also the veteran him or herself. Q: Okay. It would seem like that would be a natural location, to have something at the Senior Center. A: I would like to go over there. I don’t know if they have any space over there, but that’s a good suggestion. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it first, because the Wakefield office [Veterans Service Office] is actually in the [Wakefield] Senior Center. But I think the town manager wants everybody up here. Again, that would be his call. Q: Okay. Do you think when you’re talking about use of the office, there is a certain percentage of veterans who are out there – out of pride – that don’t come here? A: Yes, absolutely. Yes, there are individuals who will say that “I was a reservist. I’m not really a veteran.” Or, “I didn’t deploy, so I don’t consider myself a veteran.” And you have the individual that did deploy and they weren’t in combat or were in combat and they didn’t have any problems. They didn’t get shot. And they view it as “Oh, let the younger generation have the services” – the guys coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan – when the reality is that you still did the same thing that all of us did. Whether you deployed or not, you still signed the contract that you would, if you were called upon to serve your country. And so you are still eligible and deserve the same benefits that anybody like myself, who did two tours in Iraq, or the guy who did five

tours in Afghanistan, or the guy who did three tours in Vietnam, or one in Korea or was all over Europe during World War II. Just because you didn’t go past Fort Devens or you were stationed in Germany the whole time doesn’t mean that you’re any less deserving than any other veteran. And I think that’s more of a pride issue than it is anything else. You can say that to somebody til you are blue in the face, but if they’re stuck in that mindset, you know … Q: If they don’t want the help, what can you do? A: Exactly. You can’t force people to get help. You can try. God knows I’ve tried a lot with individuals. My main specialty is dealing with veterans that are incarcerated – transitioning back out into the community and helping them find a job. Programs for substance abuse. Mental health. Stuff of that nature. Even housing, because there are people out there who are thinking “Guys who are going to jail, oh they don’t care.” Well, that individual, unless they are going away for the rest of their life for murder or something, they eventually will come back into the community. And I would rather have that individual have some kind of trade or stable housing or a job in some kind of treatment than nothing at all – and have them just go back to what they were doing, committing crimes – breaking into your house or breaking into your car because they have a drug problem. I would rather have somebody doing treatment, whether it be through AA or NA – doing the steps. That way, they can give back to the community. I’m not saying that just because you’re a veteran, you deserve more than anybody else as far as being incarcerated. But there are certain things – why veterans are incarcerated – because of issues of PTSD or traumatic brain injuries and where they self-medicate. And again, the pride issue comes back into it. Nobody wants to talk to a psychologist or a psychiatrist. And they self-medicate, either with alcohol or drugs. There are some guys who have medical issues that the doctor did give them painkillers … and all of a sudden, they shut them off. And now they have an addiction to opiates, so they go out and buy pills off the street or they’re doing heroin. And, the next thing you know, they’re with me at the jail. And you have individuals that again go back to substance abuse, whether it be alcohol. Or they have PTSD or anger issues. And the next thing you know, they’re having this confrontation between girlfriend, husband, spouse, child – it’s domestic violence. That’s another thing that needs to be addressed and taught as far as how to fully function back in society.

That’s where I try to be more of a help as far as on a broader spectrum of this office. Q: Do you think if you were based out of the Senior Center in this town that you would draw a lot more people? A: I think so. I think you would get a lot more of the Vietnam era individual be able to access the office a little bit better. I don’t think that veterans of my era and the first Gulf War … they’re not going to really care where they go, as long as they know where it is. That individual that doesn’t have to worry about driving somewhere, it’s not going to affect them where they have to go. It’s that individual that needs to rely on someone else to drive them here, whether it be a relative, child, friend or just public transportation. At least if they’re at the Senior Center already, it would be a lot easier for them if I were over there. But, like I said, that’s well above my pay grade. Q: Anything else that you would like to share? Maybe about the fundraiser coming up next month? A: Yes. It’s on Nov. 4. It’s at the VFW. You can donate either directly to the fund, or we are holding a fundraiser with raffle tickets where you can come and get the tickets at $10 apiece. The grand prize is a book of $10 scratch tickets. There’s a hundred in the book, so the value is $1,000. You can get the tickets either at the VFW or in this office. At the VFW, they can see Bill Doucette or Bill Boomhower. The event will be from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Saugus VFW, 190 Main St. Editor’s Note: For more details about how to help the Saugus Veterans Relief Fund or about programs offered by the Saugus Veterans Service Office, you can contact VSO Doug LeShane at 781-231-4010 or email him at His current office hours are Tuesday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also check Facebook: http://

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Congregation Agudas AchimEzrath Israel Malden host afternoon of music, lunch and dancing Sunday, Nov. 5


ongregation Agudas Achim-Ezrath Israel 245 Bryant St. Malden will be sponsoring an afternoon of music, lunch and dancing on Sunday afternoon, November 5, 2017 at 3:30 PM.“The Shpilkes Klezmer Band” will be the entertainment, promising an afternoon of fun for all ages.A deli dinner with all the fixings will be served. Clapping, dancing and enjoying by all will be encour-

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A frightening Friday the 13th

The basement of the MEG Building turns into Saugus’ haunted house tonight By Mark E. Vogler


onight might not be a good time to wander around in the basement of the historic MEG Building -- which is already reputed to be a very freaky place this time of year. “I think having a Friday the 13th in October allows us to have a little more fun that night,” Bob Catinazzo said as he gave a creepy glance at the makeshift guillotine that will get another workout for the next three weekends. Catinazzo and a small group of volunteers -- including longtime friend Mark Andrews -spent most of their rainy Columbus Day holiday converting the cellar of century-old building at 58 Essex St. into the town’s Haunted House for the seventh straight Halloween season. “My room has always been freaky,” boasted Catinazzo, 50, referring a part of the Haunted House he calls “the boiler room sewer.” “But this year is probably going to be the scariest it’s ever been. We got one thing planned for this room that’s never been done before,” Catinazzo said. Thrill seekers eager to get frightened can get a tour tonight and tomorrow, from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5. The Haunted House will also be open over the same hours next weekend (Friday, Oct. 20; Saturday, Oct. 21) and the weekend before Halloween (Friday, Oct. 27; Saturday, Oct. 28). A special “Lights On Tour”

will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 for a local Girl Scouts troop. Andrews, who began dabbling in the Halloween hobby of haunted houses out of the basement of his own home 11 years ago -- has been perfecting it every year until the crowds got too big and he and his friends moved into the old Clifton School house, which is owned by the town and leased to The MEG Foundation. “If I can get a minimum of 100 a night in here, I’ll be very happy,” said Andrews, who has already invested about $2,000 of his own money into this year’s Haunted House. All of the proceeds are split up among a handful of charities. Benefiting from this year’s fundraiser will be: The Leonard family of Saugus to help buy a van for Abigail Leonard, who has a disease called FOXG1 which confines her to a wheelchair. Boston Children’s Hospital’s Miles for Miracles Program. The MEG Foundation, which rents the MEG Building from the town. The Saugus High School Drama Club, who will be represented by many volunteers who will be using their talents to scare the wits out of visitors to the Haunted House. The family of the late Somerville Police Officer Louis Remigio, a 30-year veteran of the city’s police force, who died of injuries this week after his motorcycle was allegedly struck by a dragracing teen in New Hampshire.

GEARING UP THE GUILLOTINE: Columbus Day was a work day for the volunteers who kept busy in the basement of the MEG Building at 58 Essex St., converting it into the town’s Haunted House for the seventh straight Halloween Season. Checking out the guillotine, front row, from left to right are Cam Catinazzo, Aidan Andrews (with his head under the blade) and Mark Andrews; back row, left to right, Bob Catinazzo, Richard Andrews and Anthony Andrews. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

“We’re going to do a separate donation for Remigio family.” said Andrews, who noted that one of Remigio’s daughters -- Ali (Alexandra) “has been a good partner of the Haunted House for years.” Remigio’s death hit close to home for Andrews. “His (Officer Remigio’s) wife -- Amy -- passed away last year. Amy was my first cousin, and her daughter Ali has really helped out with the Haunted House,” Andrews said. Andrews, 47, a member of the Saugus High School Class of 1987, attended classes in the

old schoolhouse, in grades one through four. In the past, money raised from the haunted house has been donated to Saugus We Care, Saugus Anti-Drugs, Saugus Youth and Recreation and the Friends of Saugus Parks. The main ingredient that gives visitors a chilling feeling is the cast of actors who volunteer to dress up in masks and costumes -- many of them from contemporary horror movies. Andrews and his friends were holding “It” close to the vest earlier this week, because they wanted “It” to be a surprise.

But he hinted that scary-looking clowns could be lurking in the basement of the MEG Building. “It’s hard to do it without saying what’s in it,” Andrews quipped. “But we’re trying to do something very scary. We got a couple of surprises and a little bit of everything. We got clowns, we got spiders, we got snakes, we got blood and we got gore -- anything who thinks they can make it through and thinks that nothing can scare them. But every year we have people who find it too scary,” he said.

HISTORY | from page 2 Hawkes, joined by a group of town officials who are also SAVE members and supporters, stood in front of the sign chronicling the history of Vinegar Hill as he read from his brief speech. “We are here today to celebrate the public land on Vinegar Hill that is protected for passive recreation and conservation. Vinegar Hill has been an historic area as far back as anyone can remember with pirate legends, etc. This area was placed into protection over 100 years ago with the Lynn Historical Society. Lynn Historical Society recently sold their properties nearly 100 years later and it became part of Vinegar Hill development,” he said. In her speech, SAVE President Ann Devlin recalled how SAVE played a crucial role in acquiring Vinegar Hill and surrounding land, which will remain a park for genera-

tions to come. “Approximately 20 years ago, a local developer acquired land from Lynn Historical Society and, together with the lots that he already owned, proposed his development plans to the town, which would have been spaced across the entire area,” said Devlin, who is also a Town Meeting member. “The Vinegar Hill Committee was formed, and I served as a member, to work out a plan which would cluster the developer’s design and preserve the Vinegar Hill Summit, Pirate’s Cave and Pirate’s Glenn. The committee was able to negotiate with the developer and eventually, an Article was voted on at Town Meeting, which involved a land swap of several Townowned parcels so that the design for the development


A GRAND VIEW: Tim Hawkes, left, a member of the Board of Directors for Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE), and SAVE President Ann Devlin enjoy a bird’s-eye view from the summit of Vinegar Hill last Saturday. SAVE members, joined by a small group of town officials, held a dedication ceremony to publicize the recently installed signs that mark and explain the historical significance of the public park that many Saugus residents have never visited or know about.

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state Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) Commissioner Carol Gladstone also noted that the two agencies believe the ongoing work is only a temporary fix to the current problem. “DCR and DCAMM are prepared to waive certain of the requirements of Section 8 of the Lease and accept the installation and continued maintenance of the temporary rink bed solution proposed and funded by your sublessee as a solution to the current floor problem,” the memo said, referring to Maniff, whose had the lease with the town since Sept. 30, 2008. “I n exchange DCR and DCAMM require the Town and its sub-lessee to affirm and complete the capital maintenance repairs required …,” the memo continued. Those improvements include new dasher boards and glass, upgrading the locker rooms, a new refrigeration system (compressor), new edger or repair of the nonworking unit on the premises and “removal of any non-compliant structures within the rink.” Crabtree said the town will be monitoring the situation closely to make sure that Maniff follows the latest requirements set by the state. “We hope that there’s not going to be any construction issues and everything goes smoothly and as planned, so the rink will be open for the residents and the hockey community as was intended for its use … The town and the state are requiring the operator to reaffirm the additional capital that’s needed and required under the lease. He is also supposed to give weekly updates,”Crabtree said in an interview this week. A “disrupted” season Crabtree said he believes it will cost more than $2 million for a permanent overhaul of the rink to complete improvements that he said should have been made years ago. Meanwhile, several youth hockey officials interviewed by The Saugus Advocate said they were outraged on how their season was disrupted on short notice – and without options. “We found out about it Sept. 3 – that they weren’t going to be open on time,” said Mark Andrews of Saugus, a youth hockey coach. “At the time, we figured it was normal, because it’s happened before. In the past, at least three times a year, we showed up and there was no ice. And when you don’t have ice, there’s no place to play,” Andrews said. “We figured that it was probably going to be open within a week. But it never opened. We have no ice right now. We’re getting the ice time that oth-

er people can’t make. It’s been bad sheets, bad time, bad location – but we have to take what we can get. And we’re scrambling around looking for it,” he said. Andrews said it’s not fair because it costs about $2,000 for each participant to play in a youth hockey season. And Maniff didn’t provide help in getting the program resettled on a temporary basis until Kasabuski Arena is ready. “If he’s going to be doing all of that work, I think it’s great,” Andrews said. “But we’re way behind schedule. I can tell you, there are a lot of unhappy people because of this. The season was supposed to open Sept. 15. A few people have quit the program.” Belyea called the unexpected rink problems “a complete disruption to our program” and one that will make it difficult to retain participants. “At least 200 kids in Lynnfield and Saugus don’t have a place to skate right now – at least on a regular basis … It’s been real difficult on the program – the uncertainty of when it’s [Kasabuski Arena] going to open. Until it does, we’re going all around the North Shore at this point,” Belyea said. “You never know, week to week, what hours you are going to have. It’s unsettling. Families need a plan. We should have been able to put our schedule out for the whole year in August,” he said. The North Shore Stars were contracted to begin using the ice on Aug. 21. Maniff was officially in violation of the contract on Sept. 15, according to Belyea. “Right now, we’re trying to be polite. We’re looking to see if the rink is going to be open sometime this month,” Belyea said. “We would like to go back to Kasabuski for the foreseeable future. There’s a lot of work that was supposed to be done years ago – by contract … The operator is supposed to put a whole new rink bed down. What we’re hearing is that they’re going to put down a temporary mat. The solution is a brand-new rink bed and concrete,” he said. Crabtree, whose eight-yearold daughter plays in the local youth hockey program, said he

shares the pain of the families who are involved. “We’ve had to go to Malden and Peabody. They’ve had very limited ice,”the town manager said. The Town of Saugus will make sure that Maniff complies with the new timetables and requirements established by the state, Crabtree said. Maniff defends his rink record In an interview this week, Maniff defended his overall performance in running Kasabuski Arena. “If somebody thinks they can run this rink better, then they should take it over,” Maniff said. “They couldn’t give that rink away eight years ago. Nobody wanted it. It’s easy to throw stones at me, but we do our best to take care of the Saugus and Lynnfield youth hockey groups,” Maniff said. “Since I took the rink over eight years ago, it’s in much better shape. This rink was a total mess. I’ve made this place 100 times better than when I took it over,” he said. Maniff estimated the delay in opening Kasabuski Arena this year has cost “in the ballpark of several hundred thousand dollars” in potential lost revenue. “Any delay is unacceptable. We’re losing money by not opening. It’s out of my hands,” he said. “I’m disappointed, of course. I want to be open. I’m spending money to be open. Everything takes time and we’re moving forward. Permits plus everything else takes time,” he said. Maniff wouldn’t elaborate on the chief reason for the delay. He refused to accept the blame himself or to criticize the contractor. But he vowed that the ice rink would be back in operation by the first week of November – under the “worst case scenario.”“We’ll clearly be ready for the High School season. They don’t start til after Thanksgiving,” Maniff said. Maniff estimated that he has already invested close to a million dollars of his own money in Kasabuski Arena. “We’ve already paid about $500,000 in lease money to the town. When you add up the lease money and the money I have spent on improvements, it’s about a million dollars I’ve spent already,” he said.

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Sachems football loses squeaker to Gloucester By Julian Cardillo


he Saugus High School football team is getting closer to winning its first game of the season, but the wait nevertheless continues. Saugus nearly captured a shock upset against Gloucester last Saturday, but gave up 12 fourth quarter points to lose 26-25. “We definitely played well, the kids did a good job implementing the game plan into the game,” said Sachems coach An-

thony Nalen.“They’ve bought in. Obviously, it’s frustrating to lose by one but we’re definitely getting closer.” Avoiding slow starts has been a challenge for Saugus this season, but they finally did it on Saturday by jumping out to a 19-6 lead by halftime. “That’s been one of the biggest knocks this season, the slow starts,” Nalen said. “The second piece is playing well consistently through all four quarters.” The Sachems opened the

scoring off a 38-yard pass by Mike Mabee to Javier MartinezMoretta. Gloucester pulled six points back with a touchdown of their own in the first quarter, but Martinez-Moretta scored two more times before the half. First, he caught a 92-yard pass from Mabee; after Saugus’s defense stopped the Fishermen, he came up with a 49-yard end zone rush. Mabee finished the game 12 for 22 with 250 yards passing and two touchdowns. Argu-

ably the biggest highlight was the 92-yard pass to MartinezMoretta. Gloucester pulled more points back with the only touchdown of the third quarter. Saugus extended their lead temporarily to start the fourth as Marvens Jean scored a touchdown off a 10yard run, but the Fishermen rallied as time ticked away to come from behind and win. “We’re focused – the biggest thing is putting a complete game together,” said Nalen. “We

don’t have a lot of depth, and Gloucester was able to wear us down. We have to develop to be able to play four quarters of football.” Saugus will try again against rivals Winthrop at Stackpole in Week 6. “They’ve got good coaches, like all teams in the NEC,” said Nalen. “They have some favorable matchups on the offensive and defensive lines, some skilled players and real big boys. We need to have the same intensity.”

Sachems girls’ soccer team piles on another rout By Julian Cardillo


he Saugus High School girls’ soccer team re mained unbeaten and improved to 11-0 without too much trouble, downing Lynn Classical, 6-2, on Wednesday night. Classical opened the scoring early in the first

half and lived to regret it, the Sachems responding with six consecutive goals, five of which came before halftime. “We came out sluggish, but our opponents were strong, so give them credit,” said Saugus coach Chris Coviello. “We woke up after not having played a game since last week. Even-

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would be clustered,” she said. “ This plan left the Town with 23 acres of contiguous open space, including the preservation of the summit, Glenn and cave,” she said.

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tually we just started possessing the ball better and stringing some passes and scoring goals.” Rachel Nazzaro equalized first, then Allie LeBlanc scored off a corner kick to give the Sachems the lead. Shaylin Groark and Olivia Tapia-Gately found the back of the net next. Allie

Kotkowski scored twice, with a goal on either side of halftime. Kotkowski is the team’s leading scorer with 15 goals. Alivia Burke has 11 and Nazzaro has seven. Classical got a consolation goal at the end of the second half. Saugus plays Lynn English

tonight, looking to go 12-0. The Sachems beat English, 5-0, earlier this season. “They’re a good team, but their leading scorer isn’t available,” said Coviello. “But I know they’ll come out and give us a tough game. Typically, teams are more prepared the second time.”

project, along with SAVE. “For years, many townspeople were unaware of how to access this Town-owned public space and were not sure where the boundary lines were or if they were trespassing … It was frustrating to know that our hard-won open space was there but that it was difficult to access,” Devlin said. With the interpretive signage, “We are able to clearly define this important historic site so that everyone can appreciate its significance and beauty,” Devlin said. The SAVE leader expressed appreciation to a number of people who helped SAVE in its conservation efforts. She offered “a very special thanks to Eric Johnson, from UMASS Amherst, who helped design the content and fabricate the signs, and to Tim Hawkes, Al DiNardo, Eric Devlin and Brian Maes, all of whom worked very hard to bring this project to fruition.”

Hawkes paid his respects to “two dedicated SAVE members who are passed over who loved Vinegar Hill and were local residents who grew up in the area: Nora Shaughnessy and Ray Maes.” “Nora was a former Town Meeting Member and was passionate about protecting public land for future generations. She wrote a brochure about the history of Vinegar Hill,” Hawkes said. “Ray was a Scout Troop leader. He was a naturalist much like Thoreau at Walden Pond in Concord. Ray helped take care of Vinegar Hill before it was developed. He planted several native trees and showed children and adults the diverse living community of vernal pools and wetland habitat in the area,” Hawkes said. He also lauded Bill Steelman and the Essex National Heritage Commission for the grant to create the signs – “and Eric Johnson and the

students at UMass Amherst Archaeological Services for putting together the signs.” A tribute to Native Americans Hawkes also thanked Devlin and SAVE “for all the planning and work done over the years” and Town Manager Scott Crabtree and the Town of Saugus for their contributions and help financing the project, Migliore for writing the grant proposal and donating money for the sign project “and all the other folks who helped along the way.” Hawkes also paid tribute Native Americans, who loom large in the town’s history. He closed his speech by sharing some quotes from great Native American Chief Seattle who gave a reply to President Franklin Pierce in 1854 when the U.S. Government offered to buy two million acres of In-


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Students share their stories EDITOR’S NOTE: Three stu- The Saugus Advocate in this dents from Megan Agola’s jour- week’s edition. nalism class at Saugus High Students in the class submitSchool contributed articles to ted their articles to Ms. Agola,

who, along with Saugus High School Assistant Principal Brendon Sullivan, selected the articles to be published in The Ad-

vocate. These are the first in a series of articles contributed by Ms. Agola’s class written about the high school and Sau-

gus from a student perspective. The articles reflect the writing and the viewpoint of the student writers.

A student’s profile of “Mrs. Knudsen,” Saugus An interview with new Saugus High School’s new adjustment counselor High School Assistant By Sam Lopez Principal Kim Politano


ho is the new and mysterious adjustment counselor at Saugus High? Her name is Mrs. Knudsen and she is a very interesting person. I sat down with her in her office the other day and got to know this family-oriented woman very well. With the calming scents of lavender flowing into the room, she told me about her life. Mrs. Knudsen went to Duke University in North Carolina for undergrad and majored in psychology. She expressed to me that she’s always loved learning how the brain works and even in college she loved working with high school students and helping them solve problems in their daily lives. After Duke she got her masters at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Billerica High School was her last job, and she now commutes to Saugus from the North Shore every day. Outside of school, Mrs. Knudsen loves to go to the beach and kayaking with her husband and four kids. She told me that two of her kids are adopted and I am still amazed that she can keep up with four kids. The happy family has a schnoodle, and she explained to me that they named him Maccabee because it’s a Jewish name which is also her religion. Her favorite vacation destination is Rome because of the

By Gabby Garcia-Mendoza


A NEW FACE AT SAUGUS HIGH SCHOOL: Katie Knudsen is the new adjustment counselor. (Courtesy photo from Megan Agola’s journalism class at Saugus High School to The Saugus Advocate)

food and history (but mostly the food). She loves decorating her house and the only sport she’s good at is skiing. She told me that her favorite movie is “Shawshank Redemption” and her favorite book is “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson. Her favorite color is green and she absolutely loves Indian food. Her favorite way to wind down is exercising, especially walking. Although she grew up in New Jersey, her mom grew up in Peabody so she knows the area here well. She is very excited to work at SHS and can’t wait to get to know all the stu-

dents. About the writer Sam Lopez has been reading and writing since preschool. She has two cats and a dog and spends her free time reading, writing and drawing. She lives with her parents and sister, and is a senior at SHS. She is the president of the SHS Book Club and her dream is to own a bookstore. She moved to Saugus from Revere when she was five and plans on moving to New Hampshire to complete her studies and become either a psychologist or an English teacher.

im Politano, the new Assistant Principal at Saugus High School, transitioned into her position in August. After former Assistant Principal Dawn Trainor moved on to a different position, Politano gladly stepped forward to fill her shoes. In 1989 Politano graduated from high school and then shortly attended Essex Tech and Salem State University with her goals directed at obtaining a career in fitness and nutrition. “While I was working as a personal trainer and food expert, I finally understood how much I enjoyed teaching others. But what I really wanted to do was teach the young.” After returning to school and earning a master’s degree in education from Cambridge College, she was hired in 2006 by the Belmonte Middle School to be a health teacher, until taking in a new place at SHS. Saugus High School added in a freshman house this year as a way to help middle school students adjust to high school. Houses are responsible for the well-being of students during freshman year. Politano felt this was the right time for her to make her way into the high school, as she was a familiar face to the new freshmen.


’m sure most people have already heard about Hurricane Irma that struck Florida. It was a very tragic and horrific experience for most. Hurricane Irma was actually one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes to be recorded. Irma pushed inland through Florida as it hit the area with high winds and floodwater. Irma left a deadly path of destruction along the Caribbean according to the National Hurricane Center. About 6.5 million homes and businesses lost power due to this storm. Twenty-five percent of the residents stayed through

the storm despite evacuation orders and some sadly didn’t make it through. I spoke to an anonymous student in Saugus High School whose uncle stayed through the storm. The source said, “My uncle and his wife’s home didn’t make it through the storm. A tree fell right on top of the home instantly damaging it.” However, the source claims her relatives are alright because at the time they were in their second home on the other side of Florida. Tragically an estimated 68 people passed away during this hurricane and many more are injured. As of Monday, Irma was labeled as a tropical storm.

Most of the residents are safe as of now and dealing with the devastation. About the writer Jade Fernandes was born in Melrose on May 8, 2003. When she was little she moved houses a lot, from Chelsea to Revere to Winthrop and then Saugus. She is currently 14 years old and attends Saugus High School as a freshman. She is into traveling and rescuing animals. She is living with her mom, step dad, her three siblings – Crystal, Anthony, and Guiliana – and her three pets: dog Tyson and cats Cinnamon and Sammy. She is into drawing and helping people.

About the writer Gabriela Garcia-Mendoza, better known as Gaby Garcia, the child of Gabriel and Gloria Garcia, who gave birth to her on the second of October 2002, later to give birth to a brother in 2006. Coming up as a self-taught artist, the honor roll student decided to join a journalism class. Joining the class allowed Gaby to express her ways not only with art, but with words too. When not spending her time drawing, she often goes ahead and practices piano, reading, and keeping up with the latest news. Oddly enough, she might not strike you as an athletic type, but surprisingly she does play a single sport, volleyball. And on she lives as a 9th grade student just trying to get by in Saugus High School.

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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, October 13, 2017


By Mark Vogler


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

Welcome Saugus High scribes! In this week’s edition, we introduce a new feature that we believe will broaden the readership base of The Saugus Advocate. In the past, I understand The Advocate and other local newspapers have published articles written by Saugus High School students. Saugus High School Assistant Principal Brendon Sullivan recently approached me about having regular contributions from students in Megan Agola’s journalism class. During my three years as editor of the now-defunct Nantucket Beacon weekly newspaper back in the early 1990’s, I ran a summer internship program for college students. So, naturally, this was an offer I couldn’t refuse. If a creative and motivated High School student can write a declarative sentence, they are certainly capable of writing interesting stories for this and any other newspaper. I look forward to reading the articles – which will be the sole work of the students under the guidance of Agola and Sullivan. Students certainly have an important voice in this town’s education community. While I won’t be editing their work, I will embrace it just as I would a Letter-To-The-Editor from a citizen who wants to express himself or herself on a local issue. Who knows, some of these students might be future journalists. One of my summer interns on Nantucket was an undergraduate at Harvard University. I worked with Andrew L. Wright during my first summer. Two years later, he invited me to brunch at Harvard University before I got to do a workshop with his news staff at the Harvard Crimson. Andrew was president of that prestigious college paper. But, instead of journalism, he used that writing skill for a more lucrative profession. He decided to go to law school and become an attorney. The point is, journalism doesn’t have to be an end-all for Saugus High students. Writing skills will come in handy in other professions. And I feel good about giving these students a shot to express themselves. See and hear the selectmen candidates There’s another political event set for this month, in which residents will get to see their selectmen candidates talk about issues. Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) will sponsor a forum on Monday, October 23, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the second floor auditorium at Saugus Town Hall Auditorium (298 Central St.). The doors will be open to the public at 6:30 p.m. for this free event. “As we have in the past, SAVE provides this public-service forum for candidates for the Board of Selectmen so that each candidate can share their views of the critical environmental issues facing our Town,” according to a press release we received from SAVE. “The event will also be televised in order to reach as many residents as possible. Candidates’ invitations will be sent out on or shortly after September 20th. SAVE hopes the public will plan to join us for this informative event.” For more information about SAVE, please contact SAVE President Ann Devlin at or call her at 781-2335717. You can also visit SAVE websites at SAVE or and follow the link to SAVE’s Facebook group. Birthday girls What are the odds of two members of the Board of Selectmen having daughters who share the same birthday? Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Scott Brazis made sure at last week’s board meeting that the town would know about that bit of rare trivia. This past Sunday – Oct. 8 – Selectmen Jennifer D’Eon and Jeffrey Cicolini celebrated special birthdays in their homes: Ally D’Eon and Gianna Cicolini turned 15 and 17, respectively. A belated Happy Birthday to Ally and Gianna! Spooky outdoor movie The Saugus High School Drama Club and Chorus will hold a community outdoor movie today – Friday the 13th – on the athletic fields of Saugus High School. Come and watch the spooky film “Hocus Pocus” for $5. This is a family event and is open to the public and begins at 7:00 p.m. Please bring a blanket or chair. Rain location will be in the SHS Auditorium. Please e-mail with any quesions.

serves to be inducted into the Saugus High School Hall of Fame? Well, the nomination process has begun. Anyone looking to nominate a former Saugus High athlete into the Athletic Hall of Fame can mail their nominations to: Saugus High School 1 Pearce Memorial Dr. Saugus, MA 01906 Attention: Athletic Hall of Fame-Mike Hashem Or you could also mail your nomination to: Don Trainer 5 Appleton Pl. Saugus, MA 01906 Nominations can also be emailed to SaugusHSAthelticHOF@ Stay tuned for more details. One-day trash and recycling delay The Town of Saugus announces that trash and recycling collection will run on a one-day delay through tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 14), due to the observance of Columbus Day. Residents should leave trash and/or recycling out the morning after their regularly scheduled collection day. The Town of Saugus would like to thank everyone for their cooperation. Please contact Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Lorna Cerbone at 781-231-4036 with any questions. “Praying for our Adult Children” series begins This note of interest for Saugus residents is from Rev. Martha Leahy of the First Congregational Church UCC (300 Central St., Saugus). Here’s a press release she passed onto us for this week’s paper: “When children are small, parents seem to easily come up with ways to teach them lessons and act as their guides in life. “Things change dramatically when children become adults. “How or what can we say when we see them going down a destructive path? When their choices of friends and partners trouble us? When they can’t seem to find who they are and what they want to become? “Prayer is a way to ease our worries. In a five-part series, we will explore these topics and more. All parents, guardians and caregivers of adult children are welcomed to attend.” “Series co-leaders are Susan Finnegan, RN, Director of the HIV Clinic at Lynn Community Health Center and Rev. Martha Leahy, Pastor of First Congregational Church UCC in Saugus. The five sessions will be held on Wed., Oct.11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 29 and Dec. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church UCC.” “The building is entirely wheelchair-accessible. We welcome parents of LGBTQIA adult children. We are non-judgmental and encourage those of all faiths and no religious affiliation to come. “For the first session, please bring a photo of one adult child. By the end of the sessions, participants will have learned five ways to pray for their adult children. Additional sessions may be added at the request of participants. For questions, call Rev. Leahy at 781233-3028 or email her at” “Native American Sunday” The First Congregational Church UCC (300 Central St., Saugus) invites the public to its annual Native American Sunday, which is set for Oct. 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. This is a celebration of the arrival of the annual Pumpkin Patch and its Native American origins, as the patch’s pumpkins are grown by the Navajo Nation of New Mexico. The special guest speaker this year is Donna Edmonds Mitchell, also known as Minoweh Ikidowin (Cloud in the Wind). She is a member of the Troy/Fall River Band of Wampanoag peoples in Fall River, Mass. She is an inspirational poet and storyteller using spirituality as her main theme. Mitchell travels throughout southeastern New England to share her ancestors’ rich history of survival since the early 1700s to the present day. Using photographs, original stories and poetry, she keeps the voices of her ancestors alive by continuing their legacy of daily prayers filled with wisdom, gratitude, inspirations and affirmation. Join this celebration of Native American heritage and come meet Minoweh Ikidowin. For questions call 781-233-3028, email or find the church on Facebook.

Some citizen concerns With School Committee Vice-Chair Peter Manoogian filing complaints for alleged Open Meeting Law violations – which were set for an executive session discussion last night – it might be worth town legal counsel and the town manager’s office doing an audit of various boards in town to see if they are complying with the state Open Meeting and Public Records Laws. Besides Manoogian’s complaints, we’re already receiving emails from town residents alerting us to their intentions of filing complaints, particularly with the Time to vote for SHS Hall of Fame town alleging violations of the Open Meeting Law. Do you know of a former Saugus High School athlete who deWith campaign forums scheduled for later this month, Open

Government would be a good subject to quiz the candidates on. In the meantime, if we can be of help in breaking through the red tape known as the state’s Public Records Law, or if you are just frustrated and want to vent, feel free to email me at mvoge@ By introducing this new component to our weekly “Sounds of Saugus” column, we hope to engage citizens on issues that matter to them – and to get answers, of course. Stay tuned for new developments. An odd email exchange Here’s an email exchange between Saugus Superintendent of Schools Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. and Saugus School Committee Member Arthur Grabowski which should raise some eyebrows as far as access by School Committee members to various events. It began with an email that the superintendent wrote last Friday to the entire committee: “Good morning, “Just a reminder that all visits to schools need to be approved through me. If there is any reason a member wishes to attend a school event, visit the schools, or be on schools grounds I respectfully request you notify me for approval. “I would also ask that a 24 hour notice be provided. There are times I may be in a meeting, out of the district, or away from my email which would delay my ability to grant approval and notify principals. An email/text request the same day or a short notice before a visit may be a problem if I cannot respond. “I will also caution on the photographing of students and posting of pictures. Not all parents wish their child’s photo to be out there. My principals have also been brought-up to date on this. Thank you for your cooperation and enjoy the long weekend. Dave.” Grabowski fired off his own email last Friday to the superintendent: “This is getting to be a silly vendetta. I fully intend as I have in the past to inform principal and Superintendent of intentions to visit the school to observe classroom activities as well as observe and partake in in school activities for which my role as a school committee member makes me responsible for. “I do not need any permission to be on school grounds outside the physical building, nor any permission to partake in any activities that are scheduled for after school hours. “AS a resident and taxpayer I have the right to participate and observe any activities af-


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SOUNDS | from page 16 ter school hours as well as any other parent, resident or taxpayer. “AS to photographs, I will continue to take photos, with the same caveats as the Superintendent, teachers, staff, and parents, to promote the great things happening in our schools. Some people need to become acquainted as to our rights as individuals as well as responsibilities as school committee members to advocate for our students and schools. If you are going to do the bidding of one or two school committee members who continue to press personal vendettas........” Of course, it’s always a good thing for a School Committee member to call a school principal in advance to let him or her know he’s coming to the school. Or, if he wants to schedule an interview, that’s the proper thing to do. But to make it a blanket requirement that a School Committee member get permission from the superintendent and give 24-hour notice is a bit much if that School Committee member wants to attend a public event. I as a reporter go to many school activities or events during the year and I’m not being required to get permission from Dr. DeRuosi. To suggest that School Committee members should seek permission and give 24 hours advance notice to the superintendent for events I attend is absurd. Certainly, a School Committee member shouldn’t have blanket access to school buildings to do his or her research. But to say a School Committee member needs permission from the superintendent to do things that any citizen in town can do without permission just isn’t right. And if it’s a School Committee policy or a superintendent-initiated policy, it needs to be modified. What next? Does a School Committee member have to ask permission to go to the bathroom? Stay tuned for more on this.

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need not apply, as they would be too young. She said she always needs to have extra people available, in somebody cancels their assignment on or near Election Day. “I usually get about five cancellations before the election,” Schena said. “Most people who work for us are retirees. But I’m starting to get more High School students. So, this would be a good job for them – somebody who is smart, quick and has the energy. And it’s actually a good way for them to help support their community.” Letters were due to go out to about 80 to 90 people, scheduling them to work. Usually 100 to 110 are signed up to work on Election Day, Schena said. Well, if you are a High School student who is at least 17 and looking to pick up a little pocket money while helping your community, go down to the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall to apply.

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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, SubSection 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 they 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.

Halloween Stories and Songs Here’s some not-so-scary fun involving Halloween stories and songs for a young audience. Jeannie Mack, a popular attraction at the Saugus Public Library, will tell stories and sing some songs for a targeted audience of one to five year olds at an event planned for 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 26. You should contact the library, as there is a limit of 75 people who can attend. The program is funded by the New Friends of Saugus Public Library.

More deadlines for candidates There are a few more deadlines for political candidates to follow as they prepare for the Nov. 7 town elections: Candidates’ views are welcome • Oct. 18 from 8:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. Last day to register to vote. It looks like most candidates for selectmen and all of the can• Oct. 24 Office of Campaign Finance Reports are due. didates for the School Committee don’t care about getting some • Dec. 7 Office of Campaign Finance Reports are due. nice exposure to 7,000 to 8,000 readers. The way I look at, it’s their own fault. Curbside leaf collection commences We’ve already run the statements and photos of several candiThe Town of Saugus will hold several curbside leaf collection days dates for selectmen. No takers in the School Committee race yet. over the next couple of months. Residents may dispose of leaves The Saugus Advocate welcomes campaign announcements curbside on their regularly scheduled collection day during the from candidates seeking public office in the fall elections. Email following upcoming weeks: Oct. 23-27, Nov. 13-17 and Dec. 4-8. me a letter stating your interest and qualifications for the posiLeaves should be left outside by 7 a.m. on the appropriate days. tion you are seeking, and we’ll be glad to publish it along with a Please ensure that leaf containers are physically separated from photo at no charge. Anything additional the candidate requests trash and recycling. would be a political ad. Paper leaf bags are the preferred method of leaf disposal. If using barrels, however, they must be clearly marked with yard waste stick- Students helping students ers. Stickers, which are free, may be obtained at Inspectional SerHere’s an example of great collaboration between the Saugus vices in the lower level of Town Hall (298 Central St., Saugus). Barrel Public Library and a Belmonte Middle School teacher – and, of covers must remain removed so that the leaves are visible. Plastic course, Junior National Honor Society students from the Belbags, cardboard boxes, branches, and brush will not be accepted. monte Middle School. Please note that separate trucks collect the rubbish, recycling “Beginning next week, we are re-starting an initiative my preand leaves, so the leaves may be collected at a different time of decessor began last spring that went quite well,” Saugus Pubday. “Missed pick-ups” will not be conducted. Please contact Lor- lic Library Director Alan M. Thibeault wrote me in an email this na Cerbone at 781-231-4036 with any questions. week. “Each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 3 to 5 pm, we’ll At the Iron Works provide tutoring and homework help for the Town’s elementary The Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site has a neat program school students. The elementary school students get help, the coming this month: On next Sunday, Oct. 22, you can participate Belmonte students get credits for community service,” he said. in “Kayaking on the Saugus River” – a special river trip, at $15 per “The students in the program are scheduled by Terrie Bater person, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. “Join us on a paddle up the from the Belmonte,” he said. Saugus River and experience the River’s place in the nature, histoOh yes! I remember that name well. Terrie is the Belmonte’s ry, and community of Saugus,” according to the website. “Visitors National Junior Honor Society Faculty Advisor and last year was will paddle for three hours round trip with guides to the Saugus one of the people I interviewed for “The Advocate Asks.” Iron Works from Stocker Playground,” the website adds. To regisSo, it’s no surprise that this a program worth continuing. And ter, email the library again will be partnering with the Belmonte Middle School to offer free, drop-in homework help in the CommuniIron Pour at the Iron Works ty Room to Saugus elementary school students to help foster Come to the Saugus Iron Works National Historic site this Sun- strong academic and study skills outside of school hours. day (Oct. 15) at noon for the annual iron pour demonstration. The No registration is required, but students must be signed in/ set-up begins at 10:30 a.m. The Iron Works is located at 244 Cen- out by a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian must retral St., Saugus. For more Information: 781-233-0050. main on library grounds while the student is receiving homework assistance pursuant to our unaccompanied minors poliHigh School students should apply cy. This program is open to students in grades K-5. Town Clerk Ellen Schena asked me to put the word out that she’s The subjects students can get help with include math, scistill looking for a few good men and women to work as election ence, grammar, reading, social studies, geography and more. workers for the Nov. 7 town election. There will be two shifts: 6 a.m. Hey, parents, here’s some help if your child needs it. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to closing. “I’m willing to be flexible with the hours,” Schena said in an in- Coming attractions at Saugus Public Library terview. “And they can work a full day, which is about 15 hours,” The library’s Third Annual Gala and Silent Auction is coming she said. up soon – next Saturday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the liSchena is looking to fill vacant poll workers’ positions at each of brary. Join your friends and neighbors in supporting the Sauthe 10 precincts, at about a $9-an-hour rate. People under age 17 gus Public Library while enjoying a fun-filled evening sponsored

New donation options at the library New Friends of the Saugus Public Library are now set up to accept donations of stocks as well as cash. Also, New Friends are accepted by the GE Match Program. Your gift of $25.00 or more may be matched in full. Stock donations are also eligible for the match program. This program is for current GE employees, retirees of GE and spouses of deceased GE retirees. We encourage GE people to help the library out. Your donation is tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to New Friends of Saugus Public Library and noted “eligible for GE Match”. Drop off or mail to Saugus Public Library, 295 Central St., Saugus, MA 01906. Please mark the envelope, “Attention: New Friends”. Report your donation of check or stock to The GE Foundation Matching Gift Center at 1/800-305-0669. When you call, please have the following information available: your social security number, zip code of the Saugus Public Library and amount and date of your gift. Please consider helping New Friends to help to keep our library a busy and vital part of the community. Pumpkin Decorating Contest Here’s another fun Halloween event at the library. It’s a book character pumpkin-decorating contest. You can decorate your pumpkin as your favorite book character. Paint it. Dress it. Accessorize it. But


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Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on several of the roll calls on overriding some of Gov. Charlie Baker’s cuts of $320 million in spending in the $39.4 billion fiscal 2018 state budget. A two-thirds vote in both branches is needed for a veto to be overridden. The House has restored the entire $320 million and the Senate has restored $39.8 million and is expected

1. What insect migrates to Mexico for the winter? 2. What does the trademark DayGlo mean? 3. What does the 1993 Brady Act require? 4. Bicycle polo was once played at the Olympics. True or false? 5. What is Sasquatch also known as? 6. On Oct. 13, 1792, the cornerstone was laid for the President’s Palace, better known as what? 7. The first sequel to the film “King Kong” was what? 8. What is the wild carrot also called? 9. What sea is named for a color and is 169,000 square miles? 10. Pat Brady’s jeep Nellybelle was on what TV show? 11. On Oct. 15, 1878, Edison Electric was organized in what city to provide light?

to override many other vetoes in the coming weeks. House and Senate Democratic leaders say the budget is balanced and that it was necessary and fiscally responsible to override Baker’s cuts that would hurt many people including the sick, seniors, children and minorities. The governor and GOP leaders question if the state can afford to restore this funding. Some Republicans said that because of this uncertainty

12. On Oct. 15, 2003, what became the third country to put a man in space? 13. On The Mary Tyler Moore Show, who said “Love stinks”? 14. The last case at the Salem Witch Trials was Bridget Bishop. True or false? 15. In 1810, where was the first Oktoberfest held? 16. On Oct. 15, 1966, what U.S. agency was created? 17. In what book did L.M. Montgomery write “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet”? (Hint: green.) 18. What bird painter earned his living painting portraits? 19. On Oct. 19, 2007, what Massachusetts town had a 2.5 earthquake? 20. The Bible does not have the word “Sunday.” True or false?

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they voted to sustain all of Gov. Baker’s vetoes, even though it meant voting against restoring funding for many good programs they would otherwise have supported.

Gov. Baker’s reduction from $300 to $250 in the annual clothing allowance for the children in these families. (A “Yes” vote is for funding the $6.6 million. A “No” vote is against funding it.) Yes CUT $302,500 FOR TOBAC- Rep. RoseLee Vincent Rep. Donald Wong Yes CO TASK FORCE (H 3800) House 117-35, Senate 34- Sen. Thomas McGee Yes 3, overrode a reduction of $302,500 (from $897,499 to CUT $122,274 FOR PRIS$594,999) for the Tobacco Task ONER’S LEGAL SERVICES (H Force.The force was created by 3800) the Legislature in 2015 to crack House 117-35, overrode a down on the black market of reduction of $122,274 (from people who sell unstamped $1,609,465 to $1,487,191) in cigarettes in order to avoid funding for Prisoners’ Legal paying taxes. The commission Services, a program that proestimates the state loses mil- vides legal representation for lions of dollars in tax revenue indigent and disadvantaged each year from illegal tobac- defendants. co sales. (A “Yes” vote is for funding the (A “Yes” vote is for funding the $122,274. A “No” vote is against $302,500. A “No” vote is against funding it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes funding it.) Rep. Donald Wong No Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes Rep. Donald Wong No Sen. Thomas McGee Yes CUT ENTIRE $150,000 FOR JOB TRAINING FOR YOUNG CUT $300,000 FOR SNAP ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES (H 3800) (H 3800) House 125-27, Senate 37House 136-16, overrode the 0, overrode a reduction of veto of the entire $150,000 for $300,000 (from $600,000 to an employment training pro$300,000) for the Supplemen- gram for unemployed young tal Nutrition Assistance Pro- adults with disabilities. gram (SNAP), also known as (A “Yes” vote is for funding the food stamps. The state’s web- $150,000. A “No” vote is against site describes SNAP as “provid- funding it.) Yes ing a monthly benefit to buy Rep. RoseLee Vincent nutritious foods. To receive Rep. Donald Wong Yes SNAP, you must be low income and be a U.S. citizen or legal CUT $303,734 FOR CHELnon-citizen. Eligibility for SNAP SEA SOLDIERS’ HOME (H benefits depends on financial 3800) and non-financial criteria.” Senate 37-0, overrode a re(A “Yes” vote is for funding the duction of $303,734 (from $300,000. A “No” vote is against $27,210,690 to 26,906,956) in funding it.) funding for the maintenance Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes and operation of the Chelsea Rep. Donald Wong Yes Soldier’s Home, a Bay State VA Sen. Thomas McGee Yes Hospital serving veterans. (A “Yes” vote is for funding the CUT $6.6 MILLION FOR $303,734. A “No” vote is against TRANSITIONAL ASSISTANCE funding it.) Sen. Thomas McGee Yes (H 3800) House 132-20, Senate 35-2, overrode a reduction of $6.6 CUT ENTIRE $50,000 FOR million (from $162.8 million to POST-PARTUM DEPRESSION $156.2 million) for the Transi- (H 3800) tional Aid to Families with DeSenate 37-0, overrode the pendent Children (AFDC) Pro- veto of the entire $50,000 for gram. The vote also overrode a post-partum depression pi-

SOUNDS | from page 17 don’t carve it. You can do this as a family or as an individual. Winners will be determined by a popular vote. The library will accept entries at the Children’s Room Desk between Monday, Oct. 23 and Wednesday, Oct. 25. Voting will take place between Thursday, Oct. 26 and Oct. 31. Invite your family and friends to visit the library to vote for your pumpkin. The pumpkins will be displayed in the Children’s Room. Winners will receive gift certificates from Barnes & Noble. See the Children’s Room Desk

lot program. (A “Yes” vote is for funding the $50,000. A “No” is against funding it.) Sen. Thomas McGee Yes HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late-night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of October 2-6, the House met for a total of five hours and 13 minutes and Senate met for a total of two hours and 52 minutes. MON.OCTOBER 2 House11:04 a.m. to11:12 a.m. Senate 11:06 a.m. to11:16 a.m. TUES. OCTOBER 3 No House session No Senate session WED.OCTOBER 4 House11:01 a.m. to 3:58 p.m. Senate1:07 p.m. to 3:37 p.m. THURS.OCTOBER 5 House 2:00 p.m. to 2:08 p.m. Senate 11:04 a.m. to11:16 a.m. FRI.OCTOBER 6 No House session No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at

some great reads! Donations of newer or gently for more details. used books are currently being accepted at the library. Please Book Sale at Saugus note: The library does not accept Public Library textbooks, computer books or enNew Friends of the Saugus cyclopedias. Public Library are continuing their annual book sale, which Let’s hear it! began last Saturday in conGot an idea, passing thought junction with Founders Day. or gripe you would like to share Adult, young adult and chil- with The Saugus Advocate? I’m dren’s books, as well as CD’s and always interested in your feedDVD’s, will be available. Avid back and in hearing readers’ readers in search of a book can suggestions for possible stocome to the community room ries or good candidates for “The between the hours of 9:00 a.m. Advocate Asks” interview of the and 2:00 p.m., using the Tay- week. Feel free to email me at lor Street entrance, to pick up

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Obituaries Arthur Viveiros, Jr.

rial Park, Peabody. If you wish, donations in Bill’s name may be made to Compassionate Care ALS, POB 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574. For condolences, please visit: Richard “Richie” Giovanniello f Saugus, formerly of East Boston, on Oct. 5, at the age of 60. Beloved husband of Andrea Seracuse. Devoted father of Stephen Seracuse, SFD, of Saugus. Dear brother of John Giovanniello of East Boston, Robert Giovanniello and his wife Patricia of East Boston, and the late Rocco and Anthony Giovanniello. Cherished uncle of Vanessa, Nikkii and Maria. Also survived by many loving cousins and friends. Services held at Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston, on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and again on Wednesday. A funeral service was held in the Serenity Chapel of the Memorial Home on Tuesday. At the conclusion of the services, Richie was laid to rest in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. For more info or to send an online condolence, please visit:


f Saugus, October 1, age 51. Loving husband of Renee Viveiros. Beloved father of Ashley Viveiros of Saugus. Cherished son of Arthur Viveiros, Sr. of Saugus & the late Maureen (Dufour) Viveiros. Dear brother of Richard Viveiros of Middleton, Sharon Tassel of Nahant, Julie Viveiros of W. Peabody, Michelle Palazzolo of Topsfield. Also survived by many nieces & nephews. A funeral service was held at First Church of the Nazarene, Malden on Friday, October 6. Interment Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Arthur’s memory to the Northeast Animal Shelter, For condolences William J. “Finny” Finngan f Saugus, formerly of Malden, age 75. Bill passed away peacefully on October 4th at his home surrounded by his family. He fought hard, but lost his battle with ALS. He was the loving husband of Gail (Mileto) Finnegan with whom he shared 45 years of marriage. Besides his wife he is survived by his two daughters, Darcie DiGrazia and her husband Joel of Topsfield, and Amanda Delmonico and her husband Ray of Hanover. He was devoted to his six young grandchildren who were the love of his life. He also leaves a sister, Virginia Zampitella of Saugus, and many other relatives and friends. Bill was a 50 year member of the Roofers Union Local 33. He worked in the trade over 37 years. Funeral was held from the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 10, followed by a funeral mass at the Blessed Sacrament Church, Saugus. Interment Puritan Lawn Memo-


Warren Murray augus, formerly of Everett on October 1st. Beloved husband of Mary (McLaughlin). Father of Alberto, Ken, Jim, Virginia, Kathleen, Brian, Maria and the late Ellen. Brother of the late Howard, Jr. Also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral was held from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett on Thursday, October 5. Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in Warren’s memory may be to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 220 N. Main St., Suite 104, Natick, MA 01760. Interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Warren was a decorated 9 year Navy veteran Seaman 1st Class who survived during WW II. He followed his Navy service with 32 years on the Everett


POSITIONS| from page 3 come, meaning that they have annual incomes of 80% of the Area Median Income, or less. (At 80% that is $73,050 for a household of 4.) “The Saugus Housing Production Plan outlines a path forward for the Saugus com-

munity. The state has still yet to approve this plan, as it has not been accepted by the Board of Selectmen. “Why has this process been stalled and will you approve this plan when it comes before you? If not, what will Saugus

Fire Department retiring as a Captain. Carolina “Carol” (Antonelli) Pizzarello f Saugus, Oct. 3, age 81, former waitress at the Continental Restaurant. Wife of the late Joseph F. Pizzarello. Loving mother of Dr. Joseph Pizzarello of Stoneham, Carla Pizzarello of Berlin, MA. Dear sister of Rita Avola of Reading. Cherished grandmother of Sara, Peter, David, & Mark. A funeral Mass was held on Friday, October 6 at St. Patrick’s Church, Stoneham. Interment Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. For condolences


Wallace A. “Wally” Ward f Saugus, formerly of Revere, October 1st. Former Mass Racing Commissioner, former owner of Revere/Saugus Riding Academy. Beloved father of Wallace A. Ward, Jr. of Boston, William R. Ward, III of Ocala, FL, April Wilson & Shellee Mendes both of Boston. Dear brother of Charles Ward of Lynn, Barbara Jackson-Shepherd of Quincy, predeceased by 1 brother & 1 sister. Former husband of Mary (Williams) Ward. Also, a grandfather to many. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund at Funeral service held in First Baptist Church on Saturday, October 7. Interment Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Arrangements by Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. For condolences www.


Rocco Nanni f Saugus, formerly of Everett on October 7. Beloved husband of 66 years to Maria (D’Angelo). Loving father of Tina Patti and her husband Bruce, Linda Fama and her husband Rick and Angela Miller and her husband Chad. Also survived by 7 grandchildren: Melissa, Bruce Jr. and his wife Jessica, Luke, Christina, Dan, Blake and Brady and 4 great grandchildren: Greyson, Scarlett, Makenna and Jackson. Funeral was held from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett on Thursday, October 12. Funeral Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church in Saugus. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.


do to ensure there is enough affordable housing for people to stay in Saugus, raise their families, and age in place?” There will also be two unk n ow n q u e s t i o n s p u l l e d from a list of 23 that could come up during the forum – selected randomly from a fishbowl.

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Saugus Public Library Foundation Gala on Oct. 21

Readers Make Good Leaders award presented


ickets are still available for the 3rd annual Saugus Public Library Foundation Gala, which will be held on Saturday evening, October 21 from 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. at the Saugus Public Library. The event will feature gourmet hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, music, raffles and a silent auction. Flower arrangements, created by members of the Saugus Garden Club, will be on display throughout the library. The Gala will continue the Foundation’s Readers Make Good Leaders promotion, which celebrates and encourages reading throughout the community. Several local residents will be recognized this year as honorees: Bill Stewart, Tracy Ragucci, Attorney Nelson Chang and SHS student Amanda Napoli. “Please join us on October 21st for our third annual gala,”

Saugus Public Library Foundation President Ed Jeffrey said. “Last year’s annual gala was a great success and provided the opportunity to celebrate the library and its importance in our community.” All who attend the Gala and Silent Auction must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $30 per person at the door. Tickets are available online at or at the Saugus Public Library. Sponsorship opportunities are available and auction items are welcome. To donate an item please call 781-245-7070. For further information about the Gala, call Edward Jeffrey at 781-462-8275. Additional information can be obtained on the Saugus Public Library Foundation website:

HISTORY | from page 14 dian land in the Northwest: “How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The Idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?” “Every part of this Earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and every humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people. The sap which courses through the trees carries the

memories of the Red Man. So, when the Great Chief in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land, he asks much of us ... Our people love this Earth as a newborn loves its mother’s heartbeat. So, if we sell our land, love it as we’ve loved it. “Care for it as we’ve cared for it. Hold in your mind the memory of the land as it is when you take it. And preserve it for your children, and love it as God loves us all. One thing we know. Our God is the same God. This Earth is precious to Him.”



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