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Friday, June 16, 2017
The $186 million questions Pursuit of Excellence Saugus voters will decide Tuesday if they want to pay higher property taxes to finance construction of a new middlehigh school and the renovation of two other buildings
Valedictorian Nicholas Petkewich credits perfect attendance in all four years at Northeast Metro Tech as a key reason why his grades were tops in Class of 2017
By Mark E. Vogler
icholas Petkewich said he probably could have borrowed a line from New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick when he gave his valedictorian speech to his 2017 classmates at Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School’s recent graduation exercises. “I like to quote my best buddy – ‘No Days Off,’” Petkewich said of the quote BelichA VIEW OF THINGS TO COME? Saugus voters will decide in a Special Election on Tuesday (7 a.m. ick made famous shortly after to 8 p.m.) whether to finance the construction of a new middle-high school. Two ballot ques- the Patriots won their fifth Sutions must pass to keep the project alive. This is an artist’s rendering of what the new school per Bowl in February. “I wish I did make it part of my might look like from Highland Avenue. (Photo courtesy of HMFH Architects) speech,” the 18-year-old Saugus TOP OF HIS CLASS: Nicholas class people who won’t be able taxpayers as a way to assist with By Mark E. Vogler Petkewich of Saugus gives the Our 80th Year to afford to pay several hundred taxes associated with the investvaledictorian speech during he worst-case scenarios dollars more in taxes each year, ment in the proposed Middlerecent commencement exerHigh School District-Wide Maspredicted on both sides they say. cises at Northeast Metropolitan ter Plan Solution. Those eligible of the town’s great education Regional Vocational School A plan to double tax exemp- taxpayers who currently receive debate in Tuesday’s Special in Wakefield. Petkewich was Next Classes a tax exemption on their properElection have spurred scary tions among 42 students from SauTown Manager Scott C. Crab- ty taxes would automatically see thoughts. gus – and close to 300 graduates If the town votes “No” on two tree – a father of three children that amount double, according from 15 communities receiving ballot questions to finance con- whose futures in Saugus class- to Crabtree. Those eligible taxdiplomas. (Courtesy Photo Lifetouch to The struction of a new middle-high rooms could hinge on next Tues- payers who receive a full tax exSaugus Advocate) school and major renovations of day’s vote, reached out to some emption would continue to be 1 Week two other schools, education ad- of those troubled homeowners fully tax exempt on their propvocates worry about bad things this week with an offer for tax re- erty taxes, he added. Day Class “The proposed increased exto come. They fear a state take- lief for the elderly, veterans and July 10, 24, over of a Level 3 school district others who could be affected by emption would not only help mitigate tax increases under the and Saugus High School losing a spike in tax bills. & August 14 After a successful vote on project for eligible seniors, vetits accreditation. If the town votes “Yes,” some Tuesday, Crabtree said he will re- erans and other taxpayers, but CALL - ENROLL homeowners who oppose the quest a Special Town Meeting to it may also result in these resior Register Online school projects worry about get- consider an article that will dou- dents receiving savings greater 617-387-9121 ting taxed out of town. There ble the tax exemption for eligiHENRYSAUTOSCHOOL.COM could be an exodus of working ble seniors, veterans and other GALLON
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than the amount of the tax increase,” said Crabtree. “We know there are many residents who support the school district’s plan and its vision to provide facilities and resources that meet the academic needs of all students, and we hope this exemption plan will eliminate any tax concerns for these affected residents,” he said. Precinct 8 Town Meeting Member Eugene Decareau – one of
two members who oppose the new school building – said he doesn’t believe that the town manager will follow through with his offer. “I just think it’s a gimmick to get people to vote for the school,”Decareau said in an interview yesterday. “This is just something to get the people to vote ‘Yes.’ They’ll never follow through on this … Personally, I think it’s going to be a very close race and I don’t
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think it would pass. Everyone should get out and vote their conscience and let the cards fall as they may,” he said. Decareau said he sees the need for a new high school, but not the combined middle-high school project that most elected officials in the community support – or the proposed state-ofthe-art athletic facility. “I was at a barbershop today where a lot of people were vocal about tax increases,” Decareau said.“These people are complaining that the information that was provided was very little and the information is inaccurate and the actual taxes will be higher than what’s been quoted.” The proposed plan would offset the cost of the proposed new grades 6-12, Middle-High School District-Wide Master Plan Solution, which includes reno-
vations to the Belmonte School and Veterans Memorial School, by doubling the real estate property tax exemption already being provided to eligible seniors, veterans with a service-connected disability, and other qualifying taxpayers who meet statutory exemptions. The current taxpayer annual exemption for eligible seniors, veterans and other residents ranges from $309 to a full tax exemption of local property taxes. “This new, proposed grades 6-12, Saugus Middle-High School District-Wide Master Plan Solution is a vital initiative for the Town of Saugus and the future of education for our children,” Crabtree said. He continued, “We are taking proactive steps to negate additional taxes on our residents who would be most affected by
a tax increase so they can support this much-needed investment in our children and our community.” MSBA’s 53 percent reimbursement At a town-wide election on Tuesday (June 20), the residents of Saugus will consider two ballot questions that invest in a new 21st-century education plan and grades 6-12 Middle-High School District-Wide Master Plan Solution that will continue to prioritize education within the community. The first question on the ballot that the residents will be asked to support is the grades 6-12, new middle-high school, which includes a multipurpose athletic field and outdoor track. The Massachusetts School Building
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By the Numbers
1 The Academic Level that officials of Saugus Public Schools hope to achieve. 3: Current level of Saugus Public Schools and Saugus High School based on rating by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 21.4: acreage of site 30: Years period of Bond Issue. 53.2 percent: Feasibility study reimbursement rate.
715: 2016-17 Enrollment. 1,360: Students in grades 6-12 configuration 1954: The Year the current Saugus High School opened. 2020: Completion of construction 193,200: Square footage of the existing Saugus High School. $7.2 million: Estimated savings on finance charges because of bond rating increase.
$118.-million: the town’s share of project costs. $160.7-million: Construction costs for the new Middle-High School Building. $25.4 million: The costs of renovating the Belmonte Middle School and the Veterans Memorial Elementary School. $186-million: Total construction and project renovations costs.
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Authority (MSBA), as the town’s financial partner, would reimburse the town at a minimum rate of approximately 53 percent (which is expected to increase) of eligible approved project costs. Approximately 20 percent would be invested in by the commercial taxpayers in Saugus, leaving residential taxpayers with an investment of approximately 30 per-
cent, or 30¢ on the dollar, into the grades 6-12, MSBA new middle-high school. In total, an estimated 70%, or 70¢ on the dollar of the grades 6-12, MSBA new middle-high school would be reimbursed and/or supported by the town’s financial and community partners. The second question on the ballot that the residents will be asked to support is the town’s
initiative of a District-Wide Mas- initely going to be a better ex- perience,” he said. ter Plan Solution, which is comprised of the renovations and improvements at the Belmonte School (which will be grades 3-5) Dates: Monday, June 26 to Friday, June 30 and Veterans Memorial School Times: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Pre-K through grade 2) Saugus High School PrinciCost: $135; pal Michael Hashem, a Saugus Checks can be made out to Friends of SHS Girls Basketball native who has spent most life Location: Saugus High School around the town’s school buildings, called the high school “tired.” “It’s outlived its usefulness. It was well designed for the 1950s,” Hashem said. “We are on warning status because of the physical building plan,” he said of the high school risking the loss of its accreditation. “We can’t even host a science event because our science labs are inadequate. We have infrastructure that is deficient. We have sprinklers that don’t exist. When the learning environment is more positive, it’s def-
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said personifies his own philosophy in pursuit of academic exresident said of Belichick’s well- publicized comment, which he cellence. During an interview with The Saugus Advocate this week, Petkewich cited his perfect attendance during four years at Northeast Metro Tech as a major reason why he finished at the top of his class among the 300 graduates – 42 of them from Saugus – who received their diplomas.“As long as I can remember, I’ve always had perfect attendance,” said Petkewich, a recipient of the 2017 Northeast Metro Tech Perfect Attendance Award ($500) and many other scholarship awards. “I don’t know what I did in preK or kindergarten. But I never missed a day of school from first grade through Middle School and through The Voke [Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School]. It’s a great accomplishment. It shows that there’s a lot of commitment. What you put in now is going to set you up for the rest of your life,” Petkewich said. He was determined that not even illness would end his perfect attendance streak. “There are days when you had to tough it out. That’s what you got to do,” said Petkewich, who said he was always encouraged by his parents – Paul and Lynn Petkewich – to persevere for perfection. “I didn’t want to miss a day of
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learning. I didn’t want to miss a day off of the streak. If you miss a day of school, you have a lot to catch up on,” he said. Making up for absentee days is a bigger challenge for vocational school students than students at a traditional high school, where there are 180 days of academics. At a vocational school, there are 90 days of academic classwork to go along with 90 days of learning a trade. A family trait Principal Carla Scuzzarella
said it’s a rare accomplishment for someone to have perfect attendance throughout their high school career at The Voke. But for the Petkewich family, it would a rarity to miss classes, according to Petkewich. He notes that his sisters are already developing a reputation as excellent students who don’t miss school. Alexa, 16, will be a senior in the fall at The Voke, studying in the health assistant program. Gianna, 15, will be a sophomore in
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the dental assistant program. “Good grades and perfect attendance run in the family,” Petkewich said. “My sisters are the same way, so it must be in our blood. I guess my sisters saw me doing it and said to themselves, ‘We’ll do it’or‘We’ll have to do it.’” “Based on what our parents and family taught us through the years, that’s the guide to success in school … Our parents instilled good work ethics in us. They really try to do the best they can, so I definitely have to give thanks to my parents – for pushing me and driving me all of these years to get to the point I’m on today,” he said. ‘Taking a day off or slacking off in your work only hurts you. My parents wanted me to keep up the perfect attendance,” he said. From the time he started going to school, Petkewich learned from his parents about the value of getting a quality education. His mother is a 1980 Everett High School graduate and she received her bachelor’s degree in computer science at Suffolk University in 1984 and her master’s degree in computer engineering at Northeastern University in 1990. His father graduated from Northeast Metro Tech in 1977.
Why he chose The Voke For eight years in Saugus Public Schools, Petkewich was one of the top students in his hometown educational system. He and Rachel May – this year’s valedictorian at Saugus High School – shared Anthony A. Struzziero Principal’s Award, given to the boy and girl with the highest overall averages for their three years at Belmonte Middle School. “Funny, we’re still both top students … We went our separate ways and wound up being the valedictorian for separate schools,” Petkewich said. Petkewich said he has no regrets about that decision.“I wanted to have a trade as a backup, because going to college doesn’t always pan out. I knew that by having a trade, I would have a very big advantage in life. You can always count on having a trade,” Petkewich said. His independent research about the schools also influenced his decision. He compared Saugus High School to Northeast Metro Tech (The Voke) – which was in a higher tier (Level 1) than Saugus High (Level 3). The Voke also has better test scores than Saugus High. “For that reason, I felt The Voke would be better for me. I would rather go to the school with the better credentials. The Voke was Tier 1. Saugus High is Tier 3,” he said. A third reason, according to Petkewich, is that he was seeking“a change of scenery: Having been in Saugus for eight years, he and his family weren’t too fond of the town’s school system and
he was eager to move on. “It had nothing to do with the building; it was based on academic standards,” Petkewich said. “I could have gone and gotten a good education at Saugus High. But The Voke was my top choice. It was either The Voke or a private school. And I wanted to save money for college rather than spend it on a private school,” he said. “Basically, I climbed on the idea that if you can get a trade, it will work out for you. I’ve heard regrets from friends and other people who would say they wish they had gone to a trade school,” he said. College-bound with career options Soon after graduation, Petkewich began working as a Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC) apprentice in a Reading company. “My main goal right now, I want to become licensed in HVAC-R [Refrigeration],” Petkewich said. “I want to graduate college with a sports management degree and an MBA and become a sports general manager one day,” he said. “I’m well-versed in all sports. I spent all of my life watching and learning and playing sports and studying sports. No favorites, except that they all have to be Boston sports teams. If that doesn’t work out, I always have the trade [HVAC-R],” he said. In the fall, Petkewich said, he plans to attend the Isenberg School of Management at the University of MassachusettsAmherst. He will also attend classes at the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst. “UMass has the number one
sports management program in the world. I’m a fan of every sport. I researched and saw that Isenberg is one of the top schools,” Petkewich said. Famous alumni include three students who went on to become general managers of Major League Baseball teams: • Former Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, now vice-president of base-
ball operations for the Toronto Blue Jays. • Chris Antonetti, president of baseball operations for the Cleveland Indians. • Neal Huntington, general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. “If they can make it from UMass, then why can’t I? I put in a lot of time as valedictorian,” Petkewich said.
Petkewich regards politics as another potential “backup” option. “If the day ever comes, I want to get my hand in the door and help out the country … I don’t want it to go into the downward spiral that it could in the future,” he said. Petkewich is disappointed that he wasn’t able to vote in
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Schools Superintendent DeRuosi is town’s top paid department head
augus Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. is the town’s toppaid department head, ac-
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Some other salaries of town ly a year ago, is scheduled to earn about $4,400 more than department heads: Police Chief Domenic J. Dimel• Fire Chief Michael Newbury: la’s $160,605. $146,000 • Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree: $128,378 • Department of Public Works Director Brendan O’Regan: $118,450 • Executive Director of Finance and Administration Pola G. Andrews: $111,000 • Finance Director and Treasurer Collector Wendy Hatch: $98,892 • Deputy Assessor Ron Keohan: $85,822 • Economic Development
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An interview with Town Meeting member Jonathan M. McTague on why he supports the new Middle-High School project Editor’s Note: Last week’s “The Advocate Asks” featured an interview with one of the two Town Meeting members who opposes the new school project that voters will consider in a Special Election set for Tuesday (June 20). For this week, we sat down with Precinct 9 Town Meeting Member Jonathan M. McTague to ask him to elaborate on why he supports the two ballot questions: 1) Whether to finance the construction of a new grades 6-12 school building ($160.7 million) at the site of the current Saugus High School and 2) Improvements for Saugus Veterans Memorial Elementary School and the Belmonte Middle School ($25.4 million). McTague, 21, is nearly three-quarters of the way through his first twoyear term on Town Meeting. He was the youngest of those elected to the 50-member body in November 2015. McTague, a 2014 Saugus High graduate, served all four years as president of his class. He is in his senior year at Suffolk University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major in Government and Economics. He is a student Trustee Ambassador at Suffolk, working for the university’s Undergraduate Admissions Office while representing prospective students through campus tours. He is also a Suffolk Class of 2018 Senator. This year he created Gaining Opportunity, Access, Leadership & Success (GOALS), an educational program for at-risk freshmen at Saugus High School. While at Saugus
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ly heartbreaking to know – just coming out of there [in 2014] and having it still be there and knowing it will still be there for another three years even if we vote “Yes.” And, it’s very heartbreaking to know that we’re putting kids through this school that does not have the resources necessary for them to succeed. Q: What are the five most important reasons why you believe that voters should vote “Yes” for the two ballot questions on June 20? A: One: to allow our youth to learn in the 21st century. Two: to give the teachers the resources necessary that the students need to be willing and ready to learn. A third one is going to be the economic impact on the entire community. If you have children, grand-kids or no kids in the school system, you are going to reap the benefits economically because your property values are going to increase over the next 20 to 30 years with a new building there. Four: You are also getting a brand-new sports complex over there, where you are going to have many different sports. The students will have a sense of pride. And I think they already do have a sense of pride, of course, but I definitely think that having those new facilities and having those new resources – they are going to be able to run out on that field and be energized and have that. And five: to bring a sense of community back to this great community of Saugus. I think sometimes that we overlook the youth because the youth doesn’t speak up. As I used to say to a lot of my friends, “What’s the use because they’re not going to listen to us anyway?”But those five reasons, I believe, are exactly why we need a new one [school]. Q: Let’s go back. If you were to go in there, what are the five things that are wrong with that building – which, perhaps, most of the community is not aware of? A: A lot! More than five, for sure! Q: Well, go on and name them. A: Some of the different issues are – we have text books (and I mentioned this the other day at Special Town Meeting) – text-
books that don’t mention the economic collapse of 2008 and 2009. That was almost 10 years ago, and we don’t have textbooks that mention that? We don’t have textbooks that mention our first African American president. I mean, we’re teaching our students history that is old history, and not current history or new history. Ceiling tiles are missing. Roofs are leaking. The fire alarm goes off every time you turn the heater on – at the beginning of the fall or winter – because there’s a malfunction. Q: So you have buckets in some of the classrooms to put under the leaks? A: Oh yes. If it’s down-pouring out, you can definitely find a bucket or several buckets in that building catching the leaks. It’s awful, and I don’t think it’s fair for our students and our faculty and administrators to be teaching in those kinds of conditions, or with those resources that are technically – I wouldn’t even consider them resources because they are outdated. That’s why I feel passionately about speaking out that our community does need a new school. Q: What about the acoustics in the building, especially in the auditorium? A: Awful! And, the courtyard in the middle – right in the middle of all of the wings – there’s only a little area you can go out to and eat lunch. For the longest time, it was only seniors because you don’t have enough space, and it’s not appealing to the eye, either. … I mean, the biggest thing is a sense of pride for our students, and that’s what we’re missing. It was missing when I was in school. So, that’s why I am so strongly in favor of a “Yes” vote, because it’s time to bring that pride back to the students and back to this community. Q: What’s the most glaring deficiency with that building? A: Safety. I think safety is a very big issue. I mean, you have a building that when you walk in the front door – technically, if you walk through the front door, you could walk right into the school, because the main office is off to the left-hand side. As soon as you gain access to that building, you can go direct-
ly in. That’s definitely a safety issue, especially in today’s world, and I think that we need to correct that. And definitely with a new school, of course, you are going to have state-of-the art safety and technology in there to make sure the students and staff at all times are protected. There’s a million and five exits and entrances into our school, just because it’s so flat and so long that there have to be so many emergency exits and entrances. But that also poses safety concerns as well, because there are so many doors in and out of that building. And in the case of an emergency, it could be a very dangerous situation. I think that’s the biggest issue, too. We’re not just thinking about a building to look nice, but we’re also thinking about the safety of the students and staff who are inside of it. Q: What else is wrong with that building? A: A lot. I mean you have an auditorium that used to have a balcony – that you can no longer use the balcony anymore because it’s just not safe to have so many people up there, whatever the case may be. You have multiple gyms and they are not appealing to the eye. We modified the whole front gym where basketball and volleyball sports are played, and that was when I was in high school; so now we’re talking about three and a half to four years ago. And that was just a facelift, not really a full renovation, so there’s a lot lacking in that building. Q: And AC and the climate control? A: Yes, exactly. The AC and climate control. Q: The recent awards ceremony I went to … it was nice and mild outside, but inside that auditorium, it was a little warm and uncomfortable. A: Exactly, and that’s what you get every day. It’s very cold or very hot. It’s never in between. That’s also an issue, too, because that affects learning. Of course it does. Because if I’m sitting in a classroom and I’m freezing cold, I’m going to be focused on trying to get warm, not trying to focus on the next chapter in the
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ASKS | from page 8 reading. And that’s an issue. Q: How serious is it for Saugus residents, the exodus – I guess you can call it an exodus – of students who might go to Saugus High, but are going other places because they don’t have confidence in the school system because of the substandard and
outdated facilities and lack of resources? A: Well, I think that a new school would bring that confidence back, because it would show that the community cares enough to invest in our youth. I think we see this increasing now, which is great, with the new parks and playgrounds that took place over the past year, especially with everything that
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Town Meeting has voted on – as well as with the help of the School Committee, the Board of Selectmen, the Finance Committee and the town manager – and from the top down, of course. I think it’s great to see us invest in things that we neglected for a long time. And one of those things should be a brand-new school. I said the other night at Town Meeting, you know – when some people said they would be for it if it were just a new high school – I’m for it if it’s a new high school, middle school, middle-high school, whatever it may be. We need a new school – definitely, a new high school. We do need a new middle school, I believe, too. By putting them in the same area in the same complex, physically, and giving them the resources they need … you can’t go wrong. The amount of money you are going to be saving in the long run, because you are going to be taking so many buildings offline and only utilizing three; it’s going to be a huge savings in the long run because some of the things we just talked about – heating, air-conditioning and cost efficiencies – left and right, you’re going to be saving. So, I believe strongly that a “Yes” vote is needed and necessary. And it needs to happen now, because if it does not happen now, it gets tossed to the back of the line behind 350some other communities. Q: So, what is the worst-case scenario if the town votes “No” on this project? A: I think you are going to see a very disappointed community – a very disappointed youth, if it’s voted down. And that’s something that stinks, of course. You’re looking at students who – 99 percent of them are under the age of 18, which would be preschool all the way to seniors in high school. The ones who
are being affected the most by this can’t even vote on this, so I think you are going to see a very disappointed youth. But I also think you are going to see a very disappointed school system in general, because, basically, if there is a “No” vote on this, we’re saying to our youth that “We’re not going to invest in you,” that “We’re not going to give you this chance or opportunity.” And what does that tell our youth? That when they graduate and go off to the military, workforce, college or whatever it may be, that they’re just going to move out of Saugus because we never cared. And that’s what we don’t want. Q: Do you think you risk losing another school superintendent if this project gets voted down? A: I don’t think so. Dr. [David] DeRuosi, I believe, is an incredible, incredible person and he knows what this community needs. And I think that’s why he’s fighting so hard as well. And he’s been to different school districts, of course, very similar to Saugus and that faced the same challenges of Saugus. And whether it’s a “Yes” vote or “No” vote, he cares about this community, as I see it. And I believe he’s going to stay, regardless of what happens, and figure it out, because that’s what he does best. Q: What’s the best-case scenario? A: The best-case scenario – if it gets approved – you’re going to see an amazing change in our community. You’re not going to see an eyesore on Route 1 anymore. You’re going to see a nice, big, beautiful building. But the main thing to think about – it’s not just the building. It’s what happens inside that building. We’re going to now have resources for our students. We’re going to have students who feel like the community is more invested in them, because they are going to be learning with those new resources and they’re going to be learning things they want to learn. If people vote “Yes,” it’s a “win-win” for the community, because, not only do you impact the students and the staff and the faculty and the administrators directly by giving them all of these resources, you’re also impacting the entire community as a whole, by showing that you actually care. So when that family who is moving in from out of town is looking at our community vs. a surrounding community, they’re going to choose the one for their kids that works best for them. And it’s going to be Saugus, because we’re going to be digging holes to put in a brandnew school district, and that’s what’s important to people. Q: Have you had a chance to look at the other schools? I know the High School Project Building Committee set up some tours. A: Yes. I went to the Belmonte and the Oaklandvale, and it’s
kind of like the high school. All of our buildings are falling apart and it’s just not fair to our students. It’s not fair at all. Especially for our younger students in elementary school. They don’t know, really, what’s going on. They don’t understand what resources they are missing out on, and that’s not fair to them. And those buildings are also lacking their full potential, which is why I support the entire master plan that the School District, School Committee, School Building Project Committee and [Massachusetts] School Building Authority [MSBA] all came up with – which is to put our entire school district into those three buildings instead of the eight or nine or whatever we have now. Q: So, what happens if the first question [Middle-High School] passes and the second one [renovation of Veterans Memorial and Belmonte] doesn’t. A: I’m not 110 percent sure on that one. I believe they both have to pass. Q: Yes, I know, they both have to pass. But, what if … A: If the first one does and the second one doesn’t, I’m not really sure of what happens then Q: Would they go to the next scenario, which is just the high school building? Wouldn’t there be a backup plan? A: I’m not entirely sure, but I think if only one passes and the other does not, you don’t get either. Because the MSBA approved our current plan, which is a middle-high school. And, I think that’s something that people need to note. And something that’s very important: We looked at just the high school option – the entire community, School Committee and the School Building Authority – everyone that was involved in this, they looked at all of these options. It just wasn’t the middlehigh school or “We’re just going to do this.” There were six, seven or eight options. And all of the meetings the town manager, School Committee and others have invited us to, they mentioned there were so many plans. But the one that was approved by the MSBA – the one we would get reimbursed for – was this middle-high school. And that’s something to note and is very, very important to share – that this is the one they want to reimburse us for. This would be our only opportunity to do so for years and years to come, if it doesn’t pass. Q: Have you had an opportunity in recent weeks to talk to neighbors about this project? A: Absolutely. Q: People who are opposed? A: A lot of people are for this. A lot of people are ready for this – a lot of my neighbors and people in my area, in the community, who are a little older – my par-
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ASKS | from page 10 ents’ age or a little older than that. And they saw this kind of scenario with a failure of a vote 20 years ago or so. And most of them were on board back then and are on board again, because, like I said, whether you have kids or grandchildren or no kids, it benefits you. It does affect you. Of course, there are so many cases, and it’s a caseby-case basis as to whether people want to vote “Yes” or “No.” But it affects you positively if it does pass. Q: So, what do you tell the segment of the Saugus community that says this is going to cost the town too much, that it will cost the taxpayer too much? A: I think anyone who plans to vote “No” or is thinking about voting “No,” take the time to sit down and go through what Saugus has been doing – and I’m sure they have and I think everyone is. This is something that I really enjoy right now about Saugus, is that when you Featuring: * Full Service Tobacconist * Cigar Accessories * Pipes
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itation. A: Yes. Q: So, if I’m on the fence – say I’m a Saugus homeowner who is on the fence – sell me. Why is this project so important and please tell me why I need to vote “Yes” on these questions? A: The most compelling argument, I believe, is the amount of resources our students are going to receive from a new building. We’re going to give them a new building. We’re going to give them a new sports complex, hopefully – a new field anyway. And they would really have a sense of pride for that. When I was a kid, I remember people use to drive by the high school or middle school and say, “That’s a piece of junk.” Now, you’re going to have a sense of pride when you drive by or walk through those doors. I always had a sense of pride walking through those doors. I really didn’t care about the building until I got inside and realized what resources were missing. And I saw a lot as class president – “What resources we do not have” and “What do we have to work with?” and “What can we work with?” and “What can we try to go around?” Anyone on the fence has got to be understanding that our students deserve this opportunity, that they need this opportunity and that we as a community need to back it, because not only is it a benefit for them but the entire community – the energy savings, the costs saved by taking inefficient buildings offline and bring it down to just the three buildings that will provide a sense of pride for our students. Like I said, it’s a “win-win” for the community, no matter what, if the town votes “Yes” on both questions. Q: Do you think the vote is going to be close on June 20, or do you think there’s going to be a lot more people out there voting “Yes”? A: The way I see it right now … as I’m definitely going around, talking to people … Q: Going around door-todoor? A: I mean talking to neighbors and kind of everybody I see or run into, you know, making sure that people know there’s an election. Whether it’s a “No” vote or a “Yes” vote, vote on the day that there is an election. The biggest thing is getting that information out. But getting the correct information out there, too, is very important. That’s where I stand, too – making sure that the correct information is out there and understanding that there is going to be a vote on June 20, and we do need to get out there and voice our opinions.
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Saugus Catholics Collaborative celebrates Blessed Sacrament Parish’s 100th Anniversary with a Fun Festival
augus Catholics Collaborative hosted an on June 4 on the grounds of Blessed Sacraafternoon of fun and games for all ages ment Parish.
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Book author/writer/private investigator Michael Coller plans to run for seat on Board of Selectmen Editor’s Note: The following statement was submitted to The Saugus Advocate by Michael Coller to announce his intention of seeking elective office in Saugus as a candidate for the Board of Selectmen. The Saugus Advocate welcomes campaign announcements from candidates seeking public office in the fall elections. Michael A. Coller, born, raised, educated in Saugus, Security Professional, Best Selling Author and Freelance Journalist has announced his candidacy to run for the Saugus Board of Selectmen this upcoming November. “It’s my goal to bring some independence to the process,”said Coller. “Saugus has always been my home, no matter what I’ve done or where I’ve gone. I want to see this community tackle the difficult issues we face, and that means creative thinking that isn’t necessarily what we’ve been doing traditionally. I’d like to shake things up.” Coller brings 23 years in Corporate Security and now as a Massachusetts State Police Li-
censed private investigator to the table, as well as experience as a published author of two novels and public service on the Saugus Library Board of Trustees and the Saugus Conservation Commission. Michael A. Coller has worked as commercial fishermen both within the Lobster Industry and on large vessels far off our coastlines in order to afford a University education which is the impetus for his passion of the environment. In addition to working as a Corporate Security Manager for several firms protecting profitability, he founded MAC Investigations and Constable Services in 2009. It is in this capacity that Coller has worked as an appointed constable in Essex County and Criminal Investigator. “I’m a strong believer in public service. I’ve always seen being involved in this line of work as helping people – running for selectman seemed like the next logical step. I’ve always been told that you should always knock on a door before you en-
ter. I’m done knocking on doors, I’m just going to open them. The doors I’m opening are for this community.” Coller is interested mainly in economic revitalization, education, and bringing openness and integrity to town government, with Cliftondale Square revitalization, the town waterfront, a new high school, and fair sound government topping the agenda. Coller states that one of his major “dragons to slay” is eradicating small town politics which surely will be his biggest challenge. “All of these issues tie together. We need economic activity to fund our public schools and help keep the tax burden down. We need strong schools to educate our next generation of civic leaders. We need strong leaders to get it all done – and that’s what I hope to bring to the table.” Coller is a 1985 Saugus High School graduate and received a Bachelor of Science in Management degree from Bridgewater State College in 1990.
A VOW TO “SHAKE THINGS UP”: Michael A. Coller, this week in front of Saugus Town Hall, making a statement on his plans to run for a seat on Board of Selectmen. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)
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Aggregate Industry delivers cement to Round Hill Historic Site
Opportunities galore Northeast Metro Tech Superintendent tells Class of 2017 students they face the best job market in school history
he job opportunities are better than they have ever been for graduates at Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School, The Voke’s Superintendent-Director, David DiBarri, told the Class of 2017 at the school’s recent commencement exercises. “It is estimated that over the next five years, approximately half a million new jobs will open in the state of Massachusetts related to vocational education,” DiBarri told students. “What makes this data even more amazing is that during that time, there will be only about 60,000 privileged students graduating from vocaPictures from left to right: Steve Rich & Marilyn Carlson (Historical Commission), Ricky Labon- tional high schools. You are te (Plant Manager, Aggregate),Gino Cuscuna (Sales Representative, Aggregate), and Thomas entering a job market with more opportunities than any D’Eon (Historical Commission,In background : Rory Gillis (Aggregate). other graduating class in the history of Northeast,” he said. DiBarri and Deputy Director/Principal Carla Scuzzarella painted a positive outlook for the 300 seniors from 15 different communities who graduated from Northeast Metro Tech. Scuzzarella reminded students that the road to success is always under construction, but that detours are anything but failures. In fact, Scuzzarella said, pro basketball legend MiDPW Workers: Dan Schenna, Kevin Vater, Rich Salerno, and volunteer Michael Grella spread cement for Round Hill platform.
ASKS | from page 11 Q: Now, you’ve heard what the other side is saying. Anything you want to rebut? Any facts or information that you believe is being misrepresented or misunderstood – that you’d like to address? A: No. Like I said, I respect everyone’s opinion and understand that everyone has opinions and that’s great. That’s what we want. Definitely, just understanding what the facts are – and there has been a bunch of literature and meetings and things where people have had the opportunity to address those concerns. And that’s great. That’s what I think the whole community needs to hear – those questions – because some people have some doubts. And those are great concerns to have, and to be able to ask those questions and get some answers is something that should happen. I believe it has happened and has been happening very, very well. That’s where I stand on that issue – making sure that people do have the facts. I believe that people have been
doing a great job of getting the facts out: like how much the community is being reimbursed and how much it will cost and what the taxes are. So, I think the material is out there and the facts are out there. And now for people to use those [facts] and make their decisions, of course. Q: Anything else that you would like to say? A: Vote “Yes” on June 20th. You know, this is very important for our students. And being on Town Meeting and being the most recent graduate of Saugus High School on Town Meeting and elected to Town Meeting, which is why I got up and spoke the other night for the new school – we need to fight for these students; we need to fight for the staff and faculty who are inside these buildings and fight for the administration and the entire school district. We need to give them an opportunity and to give them a chance for a 21st century learning environment. So, if everyone goes out there and votes “Yes” on June 20, that will exactly be the opportunity that these students deserve.
chael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, Steven Spielberg was rejected both times he applied to film school at the University of Southern California and a newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he “lacked imagination and had no original ideas.” “These are all people like you – ordinary people who kept pursuing their dream or passion,” Scuzzarella said. “ They obviously were detoured, but each one found those big orange ‘Detour’ signs and got back on the right road. As Doc told Marty at the end of Back to the Future III, ‘Your future is what you make it!’ So make it a good one, Class of 2017.” Valedictorian Nick Petkewich, of Saugus, told students that it took commitment and perseverance to get where they are today. Citing his favorite poet Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” Petkewich explained that students at Northeast took the road less traveled, attending a vocational school over their city or town’s high school. Taking that risk made all the difference, he added.
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By Mark Vogler
ere are a few tidbits that you might want to know about this week in Saugus.
Election Help Wanted Town Clerk Ellen J. Schena is still looking for some willing and available paid help -- wardens, clerks and inspectors -- for the Special Election set for next Tuesday (June 20), when the town will decide whether to move forward on a new combination Middle/High School. For details, call 781-231-4104. Voters will go to the polls from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to consider two ballot questions. In the minds of many town residents, the future of Saugus Public Schools will be riding on this vote. If the town supports the two ballot questions, the Saugus High School Class of 2020 would be the first to graduate from the proposed four-level High School that would flank a threelevel Middle School at the same site of the current High School. Another local election campaign is creeping up. Nomination papers won’t be available at the town clerk’s office until July 24. But, there are already two newcomers who have commenced their campaigns for the Board of Selectmen. Michael Coller joined Corrine Riley this week as candidates who are gearing up.
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Coach John Wooden of UCLA was born October 14, 1910, in Martinsville, Indiana, and died June 4, 2010, at the UCLA Medical Center. Wooden was a star at Martinsville High School and he led his team to the Indiana State Championship in 1927. Wooden was an All-American guard at Purdue University as a basketball player for three consecutive years and a captain as a junior. He graduated with honors and a degree in English. He was College Basketball Player of the year, and with his leadership, Purdue became national champions in 1932. After Historical happenings on Round Hill The Saugus Historical Commission has set out an informative graduating from Purdue he pamphlet at Town Hall, reporting the progress of the Round was a teacher and high school coach of multiple sports team Hill Historical site, which sets befor Dayton High School in Kenhind the Public Safety Building tucky, and in his first season as basketball coach the team was 6 and 11. He never had a losing season after the first. He returned to his home state of Indiana in 1934 to teach English and coach basketball, baseball and tennis at South Bend Central High School, down the street from Notre Dame University. During this time he developed his “Pyramid of Success” teaching model, which even today inspires students and teams to reach their highest potential. Wooden served as a Lieutenant in the Navy during World War II, and on returning to civilian status he became the coach of both the basketball and baseball teams at Indi-
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was named national champions. His record at UCLA stands at 664 wins and 162 losses, with 10 national championships. He was honored by President George W. Bush in 2003 when presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor that a civilian can attain. You can see his “Pyramid of Success” on the website H T T P: / / D 3 Kv 8 AY P L K 3 L L E . CLOUDFRONT.NET/SITES/UPLOADS/FILES/JRW_PYRAMID. PDF NOW TO SACHEMVILLE With the high school season ended, it’s time for Northeastern Conference All-Stars. The tennis All-Stars from the NEC South were as follows: first singles – Lanna Queiroz; second singles – Alicia Luongo; and third singles – Alivia Burke. The Girls’ Lacrosse team listed juniors Marissa McClolan, a midfielder, and Nicole Orent, a defenseman, on the first team. The second team included Madeline Claffey, a sophomore defenseman, Ashley Poussard, a junior midfielder, and Sabrina Dembro, a junior goalie. Three returning All-Stars bodes well for next year and we expect a great season to come.
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own Manager Scott C. Crabtree, the Planning and Development Department, and the Department of Public Works are excited to announce that the Town of Saugus, in conjunction with the Great American Rain Barrel Company, will offer free rain barrels to 25 Saugus households in order to promote water conservation and sustainability. This giveaway is part of the Town’s “Saugus Saves the Rain” initiative, which aims to reduce water consumption and reduce the amount of storm water entering the Saugus sewer system. Rain barrels are an excellent way to accomplish these goals, as well as to help lower water bills and curb water usage during droughts. Each rain barrel captures up to 60 gallons of rain, filling quickly with just an eighth inch of rain. Rain barrels can individually capture thousands of gallons of water each year that residents can use for lawns and gardens instead of having it flow into the sewer system. “We are excited to offer residents an easy way to collect and save water, and to help manage
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year earlier. Petkewich volunteers two to three hours a week, helping children learn and play sports. On weekends, he and his two sisters are altar servers at Our Lady of Assumption Church in Lynnfield, assisting the priests during Mass. “I give back to my community the best way I can … I live in a nice house. I have a nice family and things worked out well,” Petkewich said. His achievements at The Voke Here are the highlights of Petkewich’s individual scholastic and athletic achievements at The Voke:
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diameter and weighs 20 pounds when empty. Each rain barrel comes with an overflow elbow and spigot, and residents simply connect a hose in the spigot of the rain barrel for use in watering lawns and gardens. The rain barrels, which have a retail value of $119, will be given to 25 residents for free through a Town lottery. Interested residents can fill out a lottery form in the Planning and Development Department, which is located in the lower level of Saugus Town Hall (298 Central St.). Residents have until 4 p.m. on Monday, June 26, 2017, to enter. This giveaway is only available to Saugus residents, so proof of address at
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SOUNDS | from page 14 on Hamilton Street. A formal dedication of the site is expected in September. The ceremony will include burial of the time capsule created during the 2015 anniversary celebration. The brochure describes Rund Hill as “Part of a highly significant Native American Cluster,” noting that Native Americans gathered stone from the ledge of jasper at the foot of Round Hill for tools. “As we near the realization of this collaboration with a variety of individuals and groups, we look forward to a site where the general public will be able to visit, attend events and share in the proud history of Round Hill,” the brochure noted. “The area’s extensive history, culture and natural resources will be preserved for future generations. The results of this partnership will be an amazing picture of our past being created in-situ through the preservation of the Round Hill Historic Site,” it continued. Anyone can become “A Friend of Round Hill by making a donation to the Saugus Historical Commission, ℅ Round Hill Project, 298 Central St,, Saugus, MA 01906, Salaries are public business A few weeks back, I received an email from a town official wanting to know where I got my information for a story I wrote about the cable television budget. I told the official I got it from the public file, as salaries are very public information. Evidently some folks are under the misconception that stuff like salaries shouldn’t be publicized, as I was approached by another person at the Saugus High School graduation inquiring about how I got the information for my story. I told that person the same thing: it’s in the public file. And there’s a very basic reason for that. People have the right to know how their public money is spent. A time to remember Officer Vitale It’s been nearly 32 years since Saugus Police Officer Harold L. Vitale was killed in the line of duty. But his family and friends -- many of them from Revere, where he grew up -- keep his memory alive every year at about this time. Next Saturday (June 17) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the family and representatives of the Officer Harold L. Vitale Memorial Fund will gather near the end of Ballard Street in Officer Vitale Memorial Park, which was constructed by the Town of Saugus in 1992 in his honor. There, they will gather to award several scholarships in his honor to students from Saugus, Revere and other area communities. Since the scholarship fund was launched in 1992, 110 scholarships totaling more than $110,000 have awarded to collegebound students. Officer Vitale was killed in the line of duty in the early morning hours of June 18, 1985 while attempting to make an arrest when he was dragged over 1000 feet to his death. Officer Vitale was 42 at the time and married to his wife Eileen where he lived in Ipswich with three children, Paul, Michelle and JacLyn. Officer Vitale’s badge # 17 was retired upon his death Teen TV Summer Workshop This just in from Michelle Madar, production manager at Saugus Community Television Inc. Stop-Motion Animation Workshop. “Did you hear the news?” Madar wrote in an email we received last week. “Saugus TV won an Award for a 2-minute Stop-Motion Animation Promo. Want to know how we did it? Here is your chance to find out how, AND to make one for yourself!” Saugus TV is offering a two-week workshop for Grades 8-12 (2017 Grads welcome) where you will learn the major stop-motion techniques, the basics of editing the video with Final Cut X and a brief history of Stop-Motion. This workshop will meet Monday, July 10; Tuesday, July 11; Wednesday, July 12; Monday, July 17; Tuesday, July 18 and Wednesday, July 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. It is free to all Saugus Teens. “We will also be hosting a viewing party on Friday July 21 for friends and family to view the final production,” Madar said. Space is limited. So, register with Michelle Madar at m.madar@ saugustv.org by July 7. Technology grants for Saugus Public Schools Saugus Public Schools is one 16 school districts that have been selected to receive a total of $847,059 in state grants for technology infrastructure that will strengthen digital learning, the Baker-Polito Administration announced last week. The Belmonte Middle School will receive $31,642 and the Veterans Memorial Elementary School will get $24,220 in grant mon-
ey, according to a press release from the governor’s office. The state’s investment will leverage approximately $1.13 million in additional local funds. The grants to these schools, which include 11 rural schools, 19 suburban schools and 11 urban schools, will impact nearly 22,000 students. “Technology in the classroom is an essential part of preparing our students for successful academic and professional careers,” Governor Charlie Baker said. “The enhanced access to technology through these grants will improve each district and help ensure Massachusetts remains a national leader in education.” “The Digital Connections Partnership School Grants announced today are another example of the state and municipalities working together to provide better services at the local level,” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said. “We look forward to the sixteen school districts and forty schools across the Commonwealth utilizing these funds to improve their students’ educational experience.” “Technology is essential in preparing our students for success in the 21st century,” Secretary of Education James Peyser said.“ The opportunities these students will receive due to these grants will put them at a great advantage when they are preparing for the college and the workforce demands of the future.” Administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Office of Municipal and School Technology at MassIT, the program provides state funds to increase the discounts communities receive from E-rate, a federal program that provides technology discounts to schools and libraries. Grant recipients were selected through a competitive application process. The Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant is a matching state grant program that will help public schools strengthen 21st-century teaching and learning through the use of technology such as Wi-Fi and increased broadband access. “I am thrilled that the state is able to help make better technology available to students and teachers,” Mitchell D. Chester, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education said. “The ability to use technology and harness resources from around the world will broaden students’ horizons and make them stronger scholars, citizens, and, eventually, members of the workforce.” More information about the Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant is available athttp://www.doe.mass.edu/odl/ grants/DigitalConnections.html.
continue until 2 PM.Strawberry Festivals were held in many New England towns in the 18th and 19th centuries to celebrate the first fruits of the season. The Saugus Historical Society picked up this tradition in the mid 1980’s and has held its festival every year since.The location has varied, with other locations including the former Unitarian Universalist Church now the Iglesia Bautista, the American Legion Hall and the Roby School lawn.Shortcake tickets are available for sale at the door or by advance sale.A limited amount of table space for craft vendors is still available. For more information contact Saugus Historical Society president Laura D. Eisener ldeld@ shore.net or 781-231-5988.
Flower Power in Saugus Now in its 72nd year, the Saugus Garden Club has several events planned for the first half of the year. If you love flowers, adore your town and want to meet some new friends, check out some of these events: Field Trip this month, date to be announced. A car pool trip is planned to Harvard University’s Museum of Natural History where members can tour the newly-reopened glass flower museum. Saturday, June 17, the club holds its annual plant sale on the lawn of the Roby School during the Saugus Historical Save to hold its annual dinner June 21 Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) will Society’s Strawberry Festival. hold its Annual Meeting and Dinner on Wednesday (June 21) Let’s hear it! at the Saugus Italian American Club, 1 Beachview Ave. Saugus. Got an idea, passing thought A social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. with a dinner buffet to begin or gripe you would like to at about 7:15 p.m. The public is invited to for the Italian Buffet (catered by Spi- share with The Saugus Advonelli’s) consisting of mixed salad, several assorted pasta / meat cate? I’m always interested in dishes, dessert, coffee and tea. A cash bar will also be available. your feedback. It’s been a year since I began work at The SauThe cost is $19.50 per person. As part of SAVE’s annual event, guest speaker Carol Oldham, gus Advocate. I’m always interExecutive Director of Mass Climate Action Network (MCAN), will ested in hearing readers’ sugspeak on the topic of “100% Renewables for All,” a most inter- gestions for possible stories or esting and current topic. Carol holds an MBA in policy and plan- good candidates for The Adning from the University of New Mexico and an undergraduate vocate Asks interview of the week. Feel free to email me at degree from Bennington College. SAVE is also planning a small “Free SWAP” table at this event. email@example.com A great way to keep still usable goods out of the waste stream. Some Attractions at the So bring one or two items that you no longer need or want to add to the table, if you wish. You may also find something to Saugus Public Library There are some cool events take home with you. For further information or to download the Annual Dinner coming up at the Saugus Pubresponse coupon, go to either www.SaugusSAVE.org or www. lic Library: Summer Reading Begins! saugussave.com The 2017 Summer Reading You may also contact SAVE President Ann Devlin at adevlin@ aisle10.net or SAVE Treasurer Carol Chelf at 1-978-208-8321. program is set to begin MonPlease let SAVE officials know as soon as possible, but no later day (June 19), from 9 a.m. to than June 14th. Free parking is available on site, and the facili- 8 p.m. Students from Pre-School to ty is accessible for the disabled. the 5th grade need to register Saugus Historical Society sets Strawberry Festival at St. for a chance to earn prizes, get smarter and have fun. Contact John’s Church The Saugus Historical Society will hold its annual Strawberry Amy Melton at 781-231-4168 Festival on its traditional date, the third Saturday of June - this ext. 14 or email melton@noyear that falls on Saturday, June 17.It is in a new Location this blenet.org. year: St. John’s Church at the corner of Central St. and Prospect Music and Mother Goose St. As it has for over 3 decades, the Festival features our famous J o i n u s fo r m u s i c a n d Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake, hot dogs and soda. Come enjoy this traditional celebration of the beginning of rhymes, dancing and skipsummer with your family and neighbors.Shortcakes are available ping, shaking and marching, to eat inside or to take out. Plant and Flower Sale by Saugus Gar- from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. den Club, craft tables and more outside on the lawn will open at For ages up to four years old. 9 AM, shortcakes will be served inside starting at 10 AM and will Thursday (June 22).
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n June 13th, legal counsel (as well as a member of the litigation committee of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys) for the Estate of Mary E. Daley filed a Petition for Rehearing with the SJC asking for the SJC to reconsider technical corrections and reconsiderations of law based upon the decision it handed down on May 31, 2017. Although this decision was a victory for the elderly and the elder law bar, the SJC brought up an issue that was never even argued during the court proceedings. MassHealth was shot down on its argument that a “use and occupancy” provision in an irrevocable trust somehow made the entire trust corpus countable as part of a MassHealth eligibility determination process. If MassHealth had succeeded on this issue, trusts that included such a provision would have been vulnerable to attack by MassHealth in an attempt to deny MassHealth benefits to an individual in need of care. The SJC heard both the Daley case and the Nadeau case on appeal at the same time. The SJC cited a provision in the Nadeau trust which read “The Nadeaus may appoint all or any part of the trust property to any one or more charitable or nonprofit organizations” over which they have no controlling interest”. The court went on to say that “had Nadeau received care at a nursing home operated by a non-profit organization, he could have used the assets of the trust, including
his home, to pay the nonprofit organization for his care”. The Mass NAELA attorney essentially argued that this limited power of appointment does not allow the holder of that right (the Settlor of the trust, viz. Nadeau) to exercise the power of appointment in favor of himself. Appointing trust principal is essentially the same as distributing trust principal to a named individual or entity. A general power of appointment means you can distribute to yourself. A limited power of appointment means you cannot distribute to yourself or for your benefit. This is consistent with the Restatement 3 rd Property (Wills and Donative Transfers, Section 19.15). Mass NAELA litigation committee is working on resolving this lingering issue as well as other lingering issues as a result of the SJC decision in the Daley and Nadeau cases. The power to appoint trust principal to a charity or non-profit organization does not mean that your nursing home care will be paid for with the assets you appoint to such charity or non-profit organization. The charity or non-profit organization could use the funds to build a new addition to one of its facilities, for example. The SJC remanded the case back to MassHealth for further consideration of this issue. This came out of the blue. The bottom line is the fight will c o n t i n u e. M a s s H e a l t h may very well latch on to this “non-briefed” issue in the case and seek to deny MassHealth benefits due to such a provision in an irrevocable trust. This is precisely why the elder law bar is taking pro-active steps in order to bring more certainty into this area of the law. Without these extremely important steps, MassHealth would be operating without any checks and balances and would be free to interpret trust law any way it damn pleases.
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or most of us living in the northeast longing for summer is a yearly ritual. These all too brief summer months become a break from the year round hustle and bustle. This can also be a time when healthy eating becomes a vague memory but it doe not have to. In fact make this a time to revamp your diet to keep your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar in check. Experts agree Consuming fruits and vegetables is the best way to defy nutrition related diseases experts agree. This summer do both stay cool and eat nutritiously. To stay cool in the hot temperatures of summer, assemble your meals with loads of refreshing fruits and vegetables. Utilize the season’s fresh foods to reduce the high fat, sugar and salt often used to
make food tasty. Sweet ripe fruits from the ‘pick your own’ farms or the farmers market, the ‘local flavors’ from supermarkets are all within reach and ready to flavor our meals. Foods such as strawberries, corn, blueberries, zucchini and many more are picked at their peak of ripeness. Enjoy a sandwich of grilled zucchini, peppers and hummus instead of the usual deli meats and pair it with farm fresh cucumber slices instead of chips. Trade your hamburger for a homemade turkey burger and an English muffin in place of a hamburger bun. If you must have a hamburger make it yourself with very lean hamburger meat (ask your butcher) and make a fourounce patty and it will cook down to a perfect 3-ounce portion. Keep saturated fats from animal foods down to help with maintaining cholesterol low, as well as blood pressure. Cookies and candies are not needed when you can grab a handful of berries or cherries to satisfy a sweet tooth and help with managing blood sugar at the same time. Make an easy and delicious frozen concoc-
Cookout meal Make colorful vegetables and fruits a large part of your cook out meal. Relish the flavors of these fresh foods and feel good about all the nutrients that come with it. Let the simple pleasures of summer living lightly move you to a healthier diet and ready to handle the impending yearly hustle and bustle. Bring Eating From Within to your workplace! Contact me to learn more about my corporate wellness programs.
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OPPORTUNITIES | from page 13 Salutatorian Alexa Cuellar, of Chelsea, stated the best part of being a student at Northeast is the school’s diversity and unification. “As students of Northeast, we all have the privilege of experiencing different cultures and ethnic backgrounds,” Cuellar said to her classmates. “All our home towns come together as one here. Our school symbolizes what America represents, what we are made of – different people with distinctive circumstances, varying skills and outstanding school and work ethics. Despite our differences, what I am most grateful for is the community we have created and what we stand for as a group.” Vocational Student of the
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Year Joseph DeBenedictis, of Wakefield, said the greatest lesson he’s learned at Northeast is to find what you love to do and fully embrace that passion so it no longer feels like
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to close? 2. What Concord, Mass. native wrote, “I believe in the forest, and in the
States and Russia signed the SALT II agreement, meaning what?
meadow, and in the night in which 13. What was the “Our Gang” of films the corn grows”? 3. What is the Fortune 500? 4. Where is Smithwick’s ale brewed? 5. What does SXSW® stand for? 6. On June 17, a commercial car
also known as? 14. Which president proclaimed Father’s Day a federal holiday? 15. On TV’s “Happy Days” what was the father’s name?
phone was first used in what year:
16. What is the Italian word for sauce?
1946, 1956 or 1966?
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ies “National Velvet” and “Bite the 18. Who is known as “The Father of Bullet”?
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a church in what Massachusetts
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f Ossipee, NH formerly of Lynn & Saugus, age 70, June 6. Loving husband of Nan (Champagne) Gregorio with whom he shared 34 years of marriage. Beloved father of Larry Gregorio & his wife Mary TX, step-father of William & his wife Melanie, & Johnie. Dear brother of William Gregorio of FL, his twin sister Roberta Casey & her husband Paul of Saugus. Also survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces & nephews, & his devoted dog Stella. U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran. Funeral from the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 13, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Margret’s Church, Saugus. Interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice . For condolences www. BisbeePorcella.com.
Joseph Conti t 96, of Peabody, formerly of Saugus, passed away peacefully June 6, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife, Antoinette (Oliveri) whom he married in 1947. Honorably discharged from his military service in the 879th Air Engineering Squadron in Northern France in 1945. He attended Bentley School of Accounting and Finance and most proudly attended the University of Michigan. He spent thirty-one years in a career with the Internal Revenue Service, retiring as the Audit Division Chief at the Andover Service Center. He retired early at age 55 and enjoyed playing golf, taking winter trips to Florida and gardening in his back yard. After 57 years with his family in Saugus, Joe and Ann moved to Brooksby Village in Peabody. Joe is survived not only by his wife Ann but also by his two sons Frederick Conti and wife Penny Conti from Falmouth, Maine; Richard Conti and his wife Kathryn Keats from San Rafael, California; three grandchildren, Andrew Conti, Lorenzo Conti, and Brianna Conti Hodges, and one
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How to Hire a Home Helper Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to hire a personal assistant/home helper for my mom to assist with some simple household chores like housekeeping, errand running, driving her to the doctor, and keeping her company. But mom doesn’t require personal/physical caregiving nor does she require any home medical care. Any tips to help us find someone? Looking for Mom Dear Looking, Getting your mom some help at home to handle some of her household chores can make a big difference keeping her independent longer. Here’s what you should know, along with some tips to help you find someone reliable for your mom. Home Helpers For seniors who could use some help at home – but don’t need a caregiving aide for personal care – there are a bevy of personal assistance/home helpers out there that can help make life a little easier. Most home helpers can assist with any number of things like shopping, running errands, transportation, light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, arranging services (home maintenance, lawn care, etc.) and other household chores, along with providing companionship and support. And, if your mom gets to the point she needs personal/ physical care like bathing or dressing, they can usually help with this too. Most home helpers are part time workers who work a few hours a day or a few days per week. You also need to know that while Medicare does cover home health care services if a doctor orders it, they do not cover home helper/personal assistant services. There are two ways in which you can go about hiring someone for your mom; either through a home care agency, or you can hire someone directly on your own. Home Care Agency Hiring a home helper through a non-medical home care, or non-medical companion care agency is the easiest, but most expensive option of the two. Costs run anywhere from $12 up to $30 an hour depending on where you live and the qualification of the assistant/aide. How it works is you pay the company, and they handle everything including assigning appropriately trained and prescreened staff to care for your mom, and finding a fill-in on days her helper cannot come. Some of the drawbacks, however, are that you may not have much input into the selection of the aide, and the helpers may change or alternate, which can cause a disruption. To find a home care agency in your area, Google “non-medical home care” followed by the city and state your mom lives in, or you can use Medicare’s home health agencies search tool Medicare.gov/hhcompare. Most home health agencies offer some form of non-medical home care services too. You can also check your local yellow pages under “home healthcare services.” Hiring Directly Hiring a personal assistant/home helper on your own is the other option, and it’s less expensive. Costs typically range between $10 and $20 per hour. Hiring directly also gives you more control over who you hire so you can choose someone who you feel is right for your mom. But, be aware that if you do hire someone on your own, you become the employer so there’s no agency support to fall back on if a problem occurs or if the assistant doesn’t show up. You’re also responsible for paying payroll taxes and any worker-related injuries that may happen. If you choose this option make sure you check the person’s references thoroughly, and do a criminal background check. To find someone, ask for referrals through friends or check online job boards like CraigsList.org, or try Care.com, CareLinx. com, CareFamily.com or CareSpotter.com. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.
OBITUARIES | from page 18 great grandson Jack Hodges, all from California. A celebratory funeral mass was held on Friday, June 9 at St. Margaret’s Church, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Bentley University, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Linda L. (Stevenson) Serino f Saugus, June 1. Loving mother of Joy Serino of FL, Valerie Serino & Julie Serino both of Saugus. Cherished grandmother of Mary of FL. Former wife of John Serino of Saugus. Daughter of the late Thomas & Marion (Ledwell) Stevenson. Dear sister of Thomas Stevenson of OH, Richard Stevenson of Abington, Robert Stevenson of FL, Marion Dunford of NC, Ruthann Pitta of Taunton & the late Norman & Donna Stevenson. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in the Blessed Sacrament Church, Saugus on Saturday, June 10. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org or Care Dimensions at www.caredimensions.org. For condolences www.BisbeePorcella.com.
OPPORTUNITIES | SEE PAGE 19 sons learned during his time at Northeast, stating that simply having a positive mindset and making smart choices can greatly alter one’s course. “We must recognize that we are the future of this earth – our home and the home of the children after us,” White said. “More importantly, we must learn to accept and respect one another as human beings. So, as we leave this chapter of our lives behind, I ask one thing of each of you: that you keep a level head, an open heart and be kind toward the people you encounter on your journey.” Several students from Saugus who made their mark in the Class of 2017 include the following: • Samantha Dost – Class of 2017 Secretary and Craftsmanship Award winner for Drafting & Design • Jordan Lavino – Craftsmanship Award winner for Health Assisting • Shane Whittredge – Academic Excellence Award in Mathematics, Prom King The Academic Excellence Award is given in each major subject area for outstanding achievement in the subject, chosen by the teachers in that department. One student is selected in each subject area.
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