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CRASH VICTIM: Kathleen M. “Kathy” Callahan, 47, of Saugus, leaves behind seven children and a grandchild, after fatal injuries she received when her Ford SUV collided with an MBTA bus last Sunday on Essex Street. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere)

ROAD WRECKAGE: The driver of this MBTA bus and his four passengers were treated for minor injuries after a head-on collision with a silver Ford SUV in last Sunday’s crash on Essex Street near Felton Street. Kathleen Callahan, 47, of Saugus, the driver of the SUV, died in the crash. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate by Damian Drella of The Saugus Fire Department)

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um in Saugus Town Hall. It’s possible that Town Meeting could also be voting on a proposed By-Law that would ban the recreational sale of marijuana in town. Gearing up for the future After a briefing and PowerPoint demonstration on FY 2019 Water and Sewer rates by town consultant Matt Abrahams of The Abrahams Group, the Finance Committee voted overwhelmingly to recommend the 3 percent water increase and the $6.6 million water enterprise fund for the next fiscal year. Only veteran Finance Committee Member Ronald “Rocky” Jepson opposed the water rate increase. He preferred to see a 2 percent water rate increase. “I’ve been an advocate for doing small, steady increases instead of larger ones,” Jepson said after the meeting, emphasizing that he didn’t oppose a water rate increase – but just wanted to see a smaller one. Crabtree stressed that he thinks it is important for the town to maintain a 10 percent balance in retained earnings in order to budget for future long overdue capital improve-

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the near future,” the Abrahams report noted. “The town has begun addressing additional capital infrastructure or equipment, but more needs will be addressed in the near future.” Abrahams’ report also noted a top objective is to develop a five-year rate plan that would eliminate budget shortfalls, eliminate the use of retained earnings to supplement the operating budget and fund new capital infrastructure and equipment over the next five years. The town plans to borrow more than $6 million over the next three years to pay for projects in its water capital plan: • $3.1 million for water main replacements in the 2019 fiscal year – all but $500,000 of that through a zero-percent Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) loan. • $2 million for water replacements in the 2020 fiscal year – the entire amount through a MWRA loan at zero percent interest. • $1.1 million for water main replacements in the 2021 fiscal year – the entire amount through a zero percent interest MWRA loan. • $60,000 for a new truck in the 2020 fiscal year and $190,000 for a new truck in the 2021 fiscal year – borrowed at 4.5 percent interest. The town increased water rates by 9.5 percent in the 2017 fiscal year and by 2.5 percent during the current (2018) fiscal year. Meanwhile, the town increased the sewer rates by 7.5 percent in FY 2017 and 2.5 percent in FY 2018. The Board of Selectmen, which approve the sewer rates, did not accept the respective recommended increases of 10.8 percent (FY 2017) and 9.5 percent (FY 2018). Selectmen were sched-

uled last night to vote on the new sewer rates for the 2019 fiscal year. “Sewer projections are similar to last year’s,” the Abrahams report noted. “Due to the large amount of existing and projected new debt and general inaction on rates during the Town’s ACO period, a substantial change to sewer rates is recommended,” it concluded. Finance Committee Chair Kenneth DePatto called the recommended approach to the water rate increases “proactive” rather than “reactive.” The marijuana article The Planning Board last night was expected to review a proposal (Article 14) that would ban the recreational sale of marijuana in town. The proposed article would amend the town’s zoning bylaws to prohibit “the operation of any marijuana establishment … including, without limitation, a marijuana cultivator, marijuana testing facility, marijuana product manufacturer, marijuana retailer or any other licensed marijuana-related business” in all zoning districts of the town. The prohibition would not apply to the sale, distribution or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes licensed by the state. In 2016, Saugus voters – by a margin of 53 percent – opposed Question 4, the measure that Massachusetts voters adopted statewide, thus legalizing the sale of commercial marijuana throughout the state. But legislation passed last year and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker allows towns like Saugus that opposed commercial pot sales to “opt out.” Voters statewide approved Question 4 by a 54 percent margin, allowing the possession, use, distribution, and cultivation of limited amounts of marijuana by persons age 21 and older.

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Saugus Public Library Director discusses his library improvement plans Editor’s Note: For this week, we sat down with Alan M. Thibeault, the director of the Saugus Public Library, to see how things are going for him during his first year on the job. We asked him about his plans for improving the library. Thibeault, 58, a Plymouth, N.H., native, received his B.A. in Criminal Justice and English from Norwich University in 1982. He is a U.S. Army veteran and served as a field artillery officer for a decade before deciding to embark on a career as a librarian. He worked for more than 15 years as chief librarian at the Boston Herald. Later on he decided to work at public libraries, first as director at the Winthrop Public Library. Before joining the staff of the Saugus Public Library last fall, Thibeault had worked six years as director of the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers. He received his MLS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in 1997. Some highlights of this week’s interview follow. Q: How many months have

you been on the job now, Alan? A: Seven months. Q: Have you gotten to learn the lay of the land yet? A: Yes. It’s a cumulative thing. I’m getting there, I suppose. I think when you start a job like this, the first year that you do the job, everything is new for the first time; you are seeing things for the first time. Everything is seasonable. It’s sort of a calendar-driven agenda, if you will. I’m really sort of learning the ropes here. It takes a good year before you really have a handle on it, I think. But things are going well. I have to say that the Board of Trustees have been very supportive. Town Hall has been great to work with. We’ve identified some early goals that we are going to work on, and things are going well. Q: Let’s talk about some of the early goals. A: Well, the town manager and the Board of Trustees got together, and they have been setting quarterly goals for the first year here – and a lot of it has been learning the accounting system, and things like that – getting to know people in town. The Board of Trustees is putting a big premium on building alliances with different groups in the town and not just the bigger ones. I’ve done a lot of work with the schools and also smaller groups. You had Christine Saia in the paper last week. We worked with her and DCF [state Department of Children & Families] in promoting foster parent awareness here during the month of May. Little things like that. And we’re

back in November when the town switched over to the new system. As a result, for a short period of time, our phone was a laptop at the circulation desk that was masquerading as a phone system … barely, barely adequate. But we got through

back to that. Q: Air-conditioning and the ventilation? A: Yes. It kind of comes back to that 12-month thing. I haven’t lived through four seasons yet, so I don’t know what it’s like. But they replaced all of the HVAC equipment up on the roof during the winter, in fact, so we’re waiting to see how that works out when we crank up the air-conditioning in a week or two. Also, the new phone system has been installed, a couple of months after Town Hall had it done; they stepped up and made sure we were a part of that. It’s really nice to have a good, functioning phone system again. Q: How bad was that? Because we got several calls complaining that the 911-system was down and that you can’t call 911 from the library. A: Well, we lost our phones

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per hour in total from both the facility’s two boilers,” he wrote. The letter noted the immediate steam release “causes an instantaneous loud noise.” The noise lasted about 20 minutes after facility engineers routed the steam to the facility’s silencer. “This facility has an extensive process in place to prevent small animals from accessing the site and recently enhanced these controls in response to an incident on April 24, 2018, in which a raccoon also briefly upset operations at that time. Wheelabrator is considering “further preventative measures” to correct the situation, according to Kendrigan. “I know it wasn’t the nicest of nights,” Heffernan said of the May 5 incident. “We’re just going to have to take them at their word that they’re going to enhance the facility,” he said. Board of Health member Maria G angemi-Tamagna said town residents noticed an odor smell the following day. “ The odor that followed the next day was pungent,” Panetta said. She had other concerns about potential safety problems. “It’s totally dark … It’s in the line of a flight path which is a huge safety concern,” Panetta said.

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he regulars at the Dunkin’ Donuts shop on Broadway near Essex Street are “going to miss” getting served by Kathleen Callahan, according to a coworker. “Five years ago, we hired her and she proved to be a great employee,” a longtime worker at the store said yesterday. “The customers here just loved her. And she was great to work with. Kathy was the one you could count on if you needed extra coverage,” said the coworker, who declined to be named. “She was a wonderful woman who I hired five years ago. She is going to be greatly missed. What more can you say?” she said. Callahan, 47, of Saugus – a mother of seven children and a grandmother to another – died last Sunday, on Mother’s Day, after the silver Ford SUV she was driving collided headon with an MBTA bus on Es-

The cause of the crash re- S. Torres of Revere, Chad Cal- headed to the Dunkin’ Domained under investigation lahan of Cape Cod, Ashley nuts to grab a cup of coffee, sex Street in Saugus near Fel- yesterday, according to an L. Scoppettuolo, Carmen G. according to one of the stories ton Street. It was a tragic ac- MBTA spokesman. Scoppettuolo, Tiffany C. Scop- the worker heard. Yesterday a cident that got national expopettulo & Samantha J. Scop- photo of the late coworker sat sure because of a security camFuneral planned for to- pettuolo, all of Revere. Cher- on the counter, along with inera at the home of Town Meet- morrow ished fiancé of Joseph Cobb of formation about the funeral ing Member Albert J. DiNardo M eanwhile, family and Saugus. Adored nana of Koda arrangements. of Precinct 4 that captured on friends prepared for funeral Leo’n Lumpkin.” film the final seconds leading arrangements that are set for Back at the Dunkin’ Donuts, Saugus residents “ready up to the crash – including the tomorrow (Saturday, May 19). the coworker said Callahan to help” moment that Callahan’s SUV The Vertuccio & Smith Home was in happy spirits, making On Essex Street near the glanced off a parked car on Es- for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. plans to get married. On the sex Street and into the path of 107), Revere, is in charge of ar- final day of her life, she was the MBTA bus. rangements. A funeral will be DiNardo said he was finish- held at 10 a.m. tomorrow in ing up a Mother’s Day meal in the funeral home, followed by his home at 199 Essex St. when a funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. in he heard “a loud bang” short- St. Anthony of Padua Church ly before 4 p.m. After learning at 250 Revere St., Revere. Inthat he had the accident on terment will be private. film, he made it available for Callahan was born and Saugus and MBTA police – and raised in Charlestown. She reporters who learned of its was educated in Boston Pubexistence. Television viewers lic Schools and attended East and newspaper readers got to Boston High School, according view the film on the Internet to an obituary on the funeral or learn about the accident in home website. It notes that papers across the country. she worked at area Dunkin’ “I didn’t know her, but I Donuts as a clerk, and for the knew of her by her face. I rec- past five years at the Dunkin’ ognized her the times I’ve Donuts near the intersection been in that Dunkin’ Donuts,” of Route 1 North and Essex DiNardo said. Street. “She also had a flair for bakWith the purchase of a Bunk or Loft Bed. ing, she worked at the Stop & Shop Bakery in Danvers and formerly the Revere locations,” the obituary continues. “Kathy was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with I left,” he said. them. She especially loved Before the Fire Departher role as Nana. She had a ment arrived, he had othvivacious personality and al15% Off Free Futon Cover er concerns about the posways made people around sibility of a child being in her laugh. She made friends with the purchase of a Crib or Bed with the purchase of a Futon the car. everywhere she went and her + a case piece (Excluding the Frame and Mattress “When I looked in the customers at Dunkin Donuts Venezia Collection) back seat, it was scary. and Stop & Shop loved her as 88 Newbury St, Peabody, MA 01960 | 978-535-6421 There was a child seat in well,” it says. there. So, I thought, po“She is the loving & devotWWW.BEDROOMS1.COM www.bedrooms1.com tentially, there could have ed mother of Latia M. Torres Hours: M - F 10-8 pm | SAT 9-6 PM | SUN SUN 11-6 11-6 PM PM been a baby in there,” he of Windsor Locks, CT., Eddy said. But a search revealed there wasn’t a baby. Rossetti, who also chairs the Planning Board, said the area near the crash “is known for having issues.” A number of years ago there was a police officer that was killed in that area (Harold Vitale). And there have been two or three serious accidents right in that area,” Rossetti said. He was referring to the case of Saugus Police Officer Harold Vitale, who was killed in the line of duty on June 18, 97A Andover Street 1985 after he was dragged Danvers, MA 01923 to his death by the 19-yearold driver of a car that had Sales: 888-601-9016 driven through a stop sign. Direct: 508-901-0973 “I would like to think there was nothing that the driver did that created the accident. Just that she was the wrong person in the wrong place. Just one of those freak accidents,” Rossetti said.

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TRAGEDY |frompage 5 scene of the crash, DiNardo said he was emotionally moved by the effort of Saugus residents who rushed to assist Callahan soon after the crash. “There were so many people who came out to try to help. We had a lot of volunteers ready to do something to assist this woman – unfortunately, we couldn’t do anything,” DiNardo said. DiNardo commended the quick response of fellow Town Meeting Member Peter A. Rossetti, Jr. of Precinct 2, who“pulled over his car immediately, got out and went over and opened the door” to the injured woman’s

SUV. “He just felt that moving her with no fire there should be left to the ambulance crews. He didn’t want to cause her any further injury,” DiNardo said. “And I think that Peter did the right thing,” he said. The crash resurrected memories of other bad accidents that DiNardo said he’s seen near his home over the years. “About 10 years ago, there was a bad one where three young kids were killed in front of my home. That made the news as well,” DiNardo recalled. “We’ve had a lot of bad accidents out here. I’ve had trees taken down. I’ve had a tele-

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Police respond to Northeast Metro Tech after student makes gun threat; handgun turns out to be BB gun

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State police charge two in Route 1 bust for trafficking in oxycodone (Editor’s Note: Massachusetts State Police issued the following press release) n Sunday, May 13 at approximately 12:15 a.m., Trooper Andrew Patterson assigned to the State Police Barracks in Revere was on patrol on Route 1 in Saugus when he observed a black Mercedes speeding. Trooper Patterson subsequently stopped the vehicle, which had two occupants, on Route 1 along the Route 99 off ramp in Saugus. As a result of an investigation and search of the vehicle 100 Oxycodone pills, a Springfield SD-40 with eight live car-

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tridges in a 12-cartridge capacity magazine and $7,582 in cash were located. The operator, Irving Terrero, 25, of Lynn, the front seat passenger, Chayanne Sanchez, 23, of Peabody, were placed under arrest and transported to the Revere Barracks where they were booked. Both Terrero and Sanchez were held pending bail of $75,000 each. Terrero was charged with use of a motor vehicle without authority, speeding, registration not in possession, trafficking in Class A (Oxycodone), possession to distribute Class A

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The Public’s Right to Know An ongoing series on the challenges of making open government work in Saugus

By Mark E. Vogler

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pose for the secret session, the board’s members are probably not well informed on those 10 specific reasons for going into Executive Session. And some of the members on local boards will test the boundaries of the law if they feel like they can get away with it. They choose to do so because nobody is challenging them. It’s rare when a Saugus citizen files an Open Meeting Law complaint with the state Attorney General’s Office. It’s also possible that some of the local board members might not even realize that they are violating the law. They might assume they are entitled to call an Executive Session to discuss anything controversial. But it’s not a legitimate Executive Session unless they can cite a lawful reason for calling one. For the benefit of those who want to be better informed about the Open Meeting Law and what constitutes a proper Executive Session, here are the 10 official “purposes” for meeting in secrecy: • 1) To discuss the reputation, character, physical condition or

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mental health of an individual. Or to discuss the discipline or dismissal of, or complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual. The individual to be discussed in such Executive Session shall be notified in writing by the public body at least 48 hours prior to the proposed executive session; provided, however, that notification may be waived upon written agreement of the parties. This purpose is designed to protect the rights and reputation of individuals. However, public bodies must meet in public when it comes to discussing an employee evaluation, considering applicants for a position or discussing the qualifications or professional competence of any individual • 2) To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with nonunion personnel. A public body must identify the specific nonunion personnel or collective bargaining unit with which it is negotiating before entering into executive session under Purpose 2. A public body may withhold the identity of the nonunion personnel or bargaining unit if publicly disclosing that information would compromise the purpose for which the executive session was called. • 3) To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body and the chair so declares. Generally, a public body must identify the collective bargaining unit with which it is negotiating or the litigation matter

it is discussing before entering into executive session under Purpose 3. A public body may withhold the identity of the collective bargaining unit or name of the litigation matter if publicly disclosing that information would compromise the purpose for which the executive session was called. • 4) To discuss the deployment of security personnel, devices or strategies. • 5) To investigate charges of criminal misconduct or to consider the filing of criminal complaints. This purpose permits an Executive Session to investigate charges of criminal misconduct and to consider the filing of criminal complaints. Thus, it primarily involves discussions that would precede the formal criminal process in court. • 6) To consider the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property if the chair declares that an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the negotiating position of the public body. A public body must identify the specific piece of property it plans to discuss before entering into Executive Session. A public body may withhold the identity of the property if publicly disclosing that information would compromise the purpose for which the Executive Session was called. • 7) To comply with, or act under the authority of, any general or special law or federal grant-in-aid requirements. There may be provisions in state statutes or federal grants that require or specifically allow a public body to consider a particular issue in a closed session. Before entering executive session under this purpose, the public body must cite the specific law or federal grant-in-aid requirement that necessitates

confidentiality. • 8) To consider or interview applicants for employment or appointment by a preliminary screening committee if the chair declares that an open meeting will have a detrimental effect in obtaining qualified applicants. This clause shall not apply to any meeting, including meetings of a preliminary screening committee, to consider and interview applicants who have passed a prior preliminary screening. • 9) To meet or confer with a mediator with respect to any litigation or decision on any public business within its jurisdiction involving another party, group or entity, provided that: (i) any decision to participate in mediation shall be made in an open session and the parties, issues involved and purpose of the mediation shall be disclosed; and (ii) no action shall be taken by any public body with respect to those issues which are the subject of the mediation without deliberation and approval for such action at an open session. • 10) To discuss trade secrets or confidential, competitivelysensitive or other proprietary information. For more information about Executive Sessions, elaboration on the 10 purposes and other aspects of the state Open Meeting Law, contact the state Attorney General’s Division of Open Government at (617) 963-2540 or visit the website at www. mass.gov/ago/openmeeting. About this series: With the flood of complaints The Saugus Advocate has received over the past year alleging violations of the state Open Meeting and Public Records laws, the paper has decided to take an in-depth

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Saugus Faith Notes

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he latest listing of upcom- enjoy a day set aside to celebrate ing events and programs who they are. Women will be at Saugus places of worship. welcomed as special guests at a Women’s Day Tea and Sing-along. Keeping town’s ministries We will be served tea and a in the public eye light lunch and hear the amazThe Saugus Faith Community ing voices of Rebecca Harhas created a Facebook Page at rold, Elizabeth Manalo and https://www.facebook.com/Sau- Steve Rich sing to us and ingusFaith/. Follow this column vite us to request our favorite and the new Facebook Page for songs. Bring your mother, sister, future details of important up- friends, neighbors and significoming events. cant others (yes, men are invited, too!) for this fun time of food First Congregational Church and song. Harrold will share the UCC celebrates women story of the African American All women of Saugus and be- woman who was the real Betty yond are invited to First Congre- Boop and how she overcame atgational Church UCC (300 Cen- tempts to steal her stage chartral St., Saugus) this Sunday (May acter and profit from her talent. 20) from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., to A freewill offering will be taken

to support our music program. RSVP on Facebook, or call 781-233-3028 or email uccsaugus@verizon.net. We are an Open and Affirming congregation, and our building is fully accessible for all abilities.

the Fish Fry Dinner, please contact Natavia Mahoney at 781983-7698 or Pat Campbell at 617-240-8711. The Men’s Ministry of the Church has scheduled its dinein or takeout BBQ, for Saturday, June 16, beginning at noon in New cookout dates at the the church parking lot at 105 First Baptist Church Main St. To place an order for Due to the rain that was fore- the BBQ, please contact the cast for last Saturday (May 12), church clerk at 617-231-1690. the First Baptist Church cancelled two outdoor cookout Gospel music Sunday at events. Here are the new dates First Baptist Church for the rescheduled events: The First Baptist Church will The Women’s Ministry is host- host its annual music concert ing a Fish Fry Dinner tomorrow on Sunday (May 20) at 3:30 (May 19), beginning at noon in p.m. at 105 Main St. The conthe church parking lot at 105 cert, which is presented by the Main St. To place an order for church Minister of Music, Mel-

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Lady Sachems’ bats explode against Swampscott By Julian Cardillo

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he Saugus softball team notched a 14-9 victory over Swampscott on Monday night in a game that also served as a fundraiser for pediatric cancer relief. In addition to supporting a worthy cause, the Lady Sachems kept their postseason hopes alive. “This game was a huge suc-

cess, as it keeps us alive for the state tournament,” said Saugus coach Steve Almquist. “Unlike most of our other games, we jumped on Swampscott early.” The Sachems took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, getting on the scoreboard courtesy of hits from Alexa Ferraro, Emma Howard and Caitlyn Wood. Saugus increased their advantage to 5-0 in the bottom of the third

as Howard tripled and scored off a single by Wood. DJ Munafo’s sac fly helped Wood cross the plate. “Unfortunately, against a team like Swampscott no lead is ever safe, and they scored four times in the top of the fourth and twice in the top of the fifth, giving them a 6-5 lead heading into our home half of the inning,” Almquist said. “This

is when our bats exploded and we batted around the order, scoring six times.” Ferraro, Taylor Bogdanski and a pair of doubles by Sadie DiCenso and Munafo helped Saugus’s offense come back to life. The team added three insurance runs in the home half of the sixth off RBI doubles from Nystasia Rowe and Emma Howard.

“This was certainly a big win for us as we still need four more wins over our final six games to make the tournament,” Almquist said. “Beating a quality opponent, such as Swampscott, might just give us the confidence and momentum we need down the stretch to achieve this goal.” Saugus is at Lynn Classical on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Tringale’s perfect game, Sachems’ pitching, puts Saugus on the brink By Julian Cardillo

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odd Tringale threw a perfect game last Thursday night against Stoneham, then came on in relief to secure a victory against Swampscott on Monday. That leaves Saugus at 9-7 on the season, just one game away from clinching a state tournament berth.

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the equipment and making sure that we had the cabling we needed in the building to support the system. We were no longer using the landlines or the old telephone cords. We have a lot of equipment that belongs to NOBLE [North of Boston Library Exchange], and we had to make sure that whatever we did, didn’t violate their policies, because a lot of the equipment was purchased with federal funds. There are certain compliances that you have to meet, so it was a bit of a bureaucratic dance around the Maypole for a while; but once they got it straightened out, we got it up [the new phone system], and it’s running and it’s a great system. Q: After seven months here, what do you look upon as the major assets of the Saugus Public Library? A: Definitely the staff; we have a good staff here – very knowledgeable, very good with the patrons. They provide really, really good services. I’d

“It’s something you don’t see very often, so it’s a great accomplishment for Todd,” Saugus coach Joe Luis told reporters. “He was on fire today. He controlled his fastball and his curveball, mixed up his pitches in different counts and was really aggressive with guys all night.” Tringale struck out 12 batters in the victory, though he was

greatly aided by strong defense. Jackson Stanton went two for two and had a pair of RBIs. The Sachems followed up with a 9-6 victory over Swampscott on Monday. Tringale came on in relief; Dominick Clark got the start with Mike Mabee also coming in for some support. Saugus got into an early hole, falling behind 3-0, though

their bats woke up before long. Three straight singles from Anthony Cogliano, Mabee and Stanton procured the Sachems’ opening run. Clark then sacrificed, advancing runners to second and third. John Torres’s ground ball to third brought Mabee home, while CJ Graffeo singled to score Stanton. Ronnie Paolo led the fifth

inning off with a walk and reached second on a sac bunt by Cogliano. He then stole third and scored on a sac fly by Mabee into deep center. Saugus followed up with a 3-2 loss in extra innings on Wednesday night. They’ll get a chance to clinch a spot in the post-season against Lynn Classical on Friday afternoon.

say that is our biggest asset. It’s kind of a double-edged sword, if you will, but the facility itself is a very nice facility. It’s 20 years old now, which in library years isn’t that much. I’ve been in much older buildings that have been renovated many years before. It’s a functional building. There are some issues with it; lack of storage space is one of them. The acoustics in here are a little bit tough sometimes. Libraries aren’t places where we “shsssh” anymore, so when we have a lot of children in the room, it gets loud. It gets loud pretty much everywhere in the building. The main staircase here turns into an echo chamber; it just magnifies everything, so I’m looking at some ways to mitigate that. But, overall, I think this is a good building. It’s attractive. It’s clean. It’s comfortable. It’s welllighted. So I am happy with that as well. The library management is very, very good, I think, and I’m not including myself in that. The Board of Trustees is dedicated to what they

are doing; we have a lot of people with a lot of different ideas – a lot of smart people on the board who really care about library services in the Town of Saugus. Q: And you’ve got a nice Community Room. A: Yes, we do. Q: Some of the boards in town meet there. I’m surprised that there is not more use of it, being right across the street from Town Hall. A: It is right there for anybody who wants to use it. It is a busy place, particularly during the daytimes; a lot of children’s programing and meetings during the day, and then we do programs in the evening as well. But there are gaps in the calendar, so anybody who wants to use it, I highly encourage them to give me a call, and we’ll see if we can fit them in there. Q: What’s the most interesting thing about this building or the library in Saugus that you have learned through your first seven months? Something neat that many folks don’t

know about. A: What’s the most interesting thing? I’ve gone back and looked at the plans when they built this place, and what this building replaced was an old Carnegie Library. If you go to most communities, what they did – if you took that Carnegie Library and they build onto it – so you’ve got this large facility, and the Carnegie Library is sort of the feature of it because it’s been the historic face of the building for a long time. Here, they did a study and said it’s not feasible to keep it, so they tore it down and they built a new building. This building looks something like the original building. There’s a picture of it right behind you there. A lot of the features are close to what we had with the original building and the library here now, and that’s great. But I think it’s a better use of space here. That building was a smaller building than the facade we have now. There was an addition on it as well. They made it about the same size as the front part of the building here, and we added in the two floors behind it, so it’s a nice functional spot. The biggest issue I have here is storage space, but I suppose that keeps us from keeping too much junk at the same time. Q: Who are the biggest consumers of the library? A: Demographically? Q: Yeah, old people, young people, middle-aged, housewives, you know … A: I think you’ve got two big

groups. One is, I think we will call it the AARP [American Association of Retired Persons] crowd, of which I’m a member myself; you get a lot of people 50 or older in here. We have a lot of people under the age of five in here as well, and we have others coming in here with them. Those are probably the two largest groups. The rest of the demographic is pretty well spaced – a lot of teenagers and people 30 and 40 years old. They’re all represented. But those [AARP and five and under] are probably the two biggest groups that we service. It’s been that way at every public library that I’ve worked at. Q: Any particular day of the week that’s most demanding? A: I’d say the middle three days of the week – Tuesday through Thursday – that’s when we tend to do most of our programing. It’s when we tend to have our story hours. That’s when most people tend to want to come in here, so it’s usually pretty noisy on those afternoons, particularly between 2 and 5. It’s really a bit of a madhouse. I think you have been here during those periods and can attest to that. But those seem to be the busiest times. Q: You do get a few people from out-of-town here. In the course of interviewing people and taking pictures, I find that oftentimes there are people in here from some of your

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pieces of equipment will be on display at the annual benefit organized by Guy Moley (781-640-1310). Fuddruckers will donate 20 percent of all sales to the American Cancer Society. The Saugus Police and Fire Departments as well as local car By Mark Vogler club Rt. 1 Riders will be among the many groups and businesses joining in. Saugus Police Officer Tim Faucet and his K9 police ere are a few tidbits that you might want to know about this dog will offer a demonstration. week in Saugus. Some citizen concerns Memorial Day Parade The Saugus Veterans Council Memorial Day Parade & CeremoYou can count on Saugus Public Library Director Alan M. Thibeault as somebody who could become a welcomed ally in the nies will be next Saturday, May 26. The Parade will step-off at 9:30 Saugus citizens’ pursuit of more transparency in local govern- a.m. from Jackson Street to Lincoln Avenue to Central Street to ment. That was pretty clear from a conversation I had with the Winter Street to Riverside Cemetery, where there will be a Melibrary director last Friday as we interviewed him for this week’s morial Day Ceremony. The Parade will reform and march from Riverside Cemetery, Winter Street to Central Street to Town Hall, “The Advocate Asks.” It’s one thing to say you are all for “transparency.” But how many where a ceremony will be held. The Saugus Veterans Council invites the public to attend and in local government actually walk the walk, when it comes to making their public bodies as accessible as possible. participate in the town’s annual Memorial Day observance. I think Thibeault is indeed an advocate for more transparency, based on a look at the wonderful website that’s evolving for the Selectmen cancel next week’s meeting Saugus Public Library (see http://www.sauguspubliclibrary.org). This in from Wendy Reed, clerk of the Saugus Board of SelectCheck out the link to the Saugus Public Library Board of Trust- men: The board has cancelled its meeting scheduled for next ees, in particular. Check out the Trustee Minutes. Wednesday (May 23). “One of the things that we’ve been trying to do here over the last two months is to be a little bit more transparent in how we A Ninety Nine Memorial Day Salute govern ourselves. To that end, we’re trying to get ourselves into The Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub announced this week that better compliance with the Open Meeting Law,” Thibeault told the Ninety Nine will celebrate Memorial Day with veterans past me. and present as well as active duty military with special meal “Getting all of our minutes up as far back as we can, online. The deals. These tributes launch with Memorial Day, Monday, May meetings are always open. I post them on the library’s website 28, followed by July 4 and Veteran’s Day. All 106 Ninety Nine resso that everybody knows that they are there. Things like that. If taurants across New England and Upstate New York – including trustees approve a change to a policy at the library – and there’s the Ninety Nine on Route 1 in Saugus – will continue the mila lot of that going on right now because they started revising itary initiative of honoring veterans and activity duty military all of the library policies about a year ago. And we’re still sort of which started in 2016. “For the men and women who have dedicated their lives to working our way through that, so every time we do that, we’ll put something up on our blog – right on the front page of the our country, including some of our very own Ninety Nine team members, we want to honor their tremendous courage and eflibrary’s website,” he said. Other than the Board of Selectmen, there aren’t too many lo- forts in protecting our country,” said Ninety Nine Restaurant & cal bodies that post up-to-date meeting minutes on the town Pub President Charlie Noyes. “These special offerings and celebrations are our way of saying thank you not just on Memorial website. During my interview with Thibeault last Friday, I fired a few Day, July Fourth or Veteran’s Day, but all year long.” On Memorial Day, veterans or active duty military who purquestions at him about how the library could become creative and facilitate transparency in government by establishing a “Cit- chase any meal will receive a free entrée from the “9 Real Size izens’ Corner” where you’ve got a computer or several set up Entrées for $9.99 menu” by presenting proof of service. All year where citizens can retrieve municipal budgets and a multitude long veterans and active duty military who visit their local Nineof other public information about their local government. What ty Nine can receive a 10 percent food discount (offered daily) by I proposed to the library director was something a little more us- presenting proof of service. er-friendly than people going into Town Hall or trying to navigate the town website on their home computers. Some folks Take a Kid Fishing Day This just in from the Saugus Youth and Recreation Department: don’t even have a computer at home. And there isn’t a computer for public viewing in Town Hall. And people in many offices “Take a Kid Fishing Day 2018” is set for Saturday, June 2, from 8 are reluctant to give you information unless you file a public re- a.m. to noon at Camp Nihan, which is located on Walnut Street, cords request. You can’t even get the minutes for most local bod- just after Kohl’s Plaza. ies in a timely fashion! “Maybe you haven’t fished in years, but remember the joy? This “You could set up a couple of computers and program them for is your time to pass it along to your child,” says the announcecertain aspects of town government. And anybody who wants ment. “Is your child asking to go fishing, but you don’t know where something could come to an information center and look for it. And there are senior citizens who might be interested in some- to start? We can help … We provide all the bait, tackle, snacks thing like that,” I suggested to Thibeault. and a limited number of rods to help your child experience the “You could have information, like for the Open Meeting Law joys of fishing,” it continues. or the laws that affect the local government and history. I notice Tom’s Bait & Tackle and the Massachusetts Department of Conthat you do have a collection of the annual reports going back servation and Recreation are sponsoring this free event. All chilon the shelves upstairs and some other things behind locked dren must be accompanied by an adult. glass cabinets,” I told him. “I’m surprised that Town Hall doesn’t use you for making infor- Learn about birds of prey mation more readily available. There are meeting minutes for a Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) is sponlot of committees that aren’t readily available. It’s like you have soring a very special free event presented by Wingmasters to to make an appointment and file public records request and help town residents of all ages learn more about our New Engstuff for information that should be readily available. So, this is land birds of prey. The program will be held at the Saugus Pubalmost like fertile ground here – if you had a couple of comput- lic Library (295 Central St.) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesers set up here in the library for public access on information re- day, May 23. Space is limited, so please make your reservations early for lated to the local government.” Thibeault seemed to embrace the idea of the library helping this event – simply contact the Saugus Public Library at 781-231to facilitate the public’s right to know. “Yeah, I would be open to 4168, ext. 3106, to make your reservation. Birds of prey are also known as raptors, and they are huntdoing something like that, for sure,” Thibeault said. “Well, I certainly would be willing to play that role.” ing birds characterized by hooked beaks and powerful grabSure seems like there’s a lot of potential here. Just think: “A Cit- bing feet armed with sharp talons (the word raptor comes from izens’ Corner” at the Saugus Public Library. Of course, it proba- a Latin word that means “to seize”). Raptors can also boast the bly won’t happen unless the library directors hear from enough best eyesight and the sharpest hearing in the animal kingdom. Raptors include hawks, falcons and owls, and this presentation, citizens to make it a worthwhile project. Stay tuned. which incorporates five to six live birds of prey, gives an overview of these different categories. The program is designed to explain Еouch-a-Truck benefit Sunday If you like kids, trucks, classic cars and good causes, Mom’s Can- predation, the birds’ place at the top of the food web, their difcer Fighting Angels is hosting a Touch-a-Truck event Sunday (May ferent hunting adaptations and their status in a rapidly chang20) from noon to 3 p.m. at Fuddruckers in Saugus. More than 30 ing world. Because many birds of prey are declining in number,

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Page 15 this presentation also features one or more of the endangered raptors that Wingmasters cares for, and explains why these species face an uncertain future. Please plan to join us for this exciting free event. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about this SAVE event and for any questions regarding SAVE, please contact SAVE President Ann Devlin at 781-233-5717 or adevlin@aisle10.net. You can also visit the websites www. saugussave.org and www.saugussave.com. Town announces reopening of CHaRM Center Recycling Drop-Off Site The Town of Saugus announces that the community’s Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) site will be open to residents on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site is located behind the Department of Public Works at 515 Main St. There is no preregistration or fee required to enter the site; however, proof of residency is required. At the CHaRM center, the Town will accept the same recycling items that can be placed outside for curbside collection each week, such as paper, cardboard, bottles, cans and glass containers. Additional acceptable items include TVs and computers (up to three per year per address); bulky rigid plastic items, such as Little Tikes toys, laundry baskets, Rubbermaid trash barrels, 5-gallon pails, etc.; car tires up to 22” (for a fee of $3); books; and textiles, such as clothing, bedding, pocketbooks, belts and shoes. Plastic bags are not permitted. Residents are kindly asked to empty recyclables out of any plastic bags, and to remove the bags from the site. Residents may call Lorna Cerbone at the Solid Waste and Recycling Department at 781231-4036 with questions or for more information. “Fun Run” Sundays Saugus natives and running exercise buddies Stephen Boudreau and Chris Tarantino have an open invitation for children in grades 1 through 8 to participate in weekly Sunday morning “Fun Runs” at Breakheart Reservation. Here’s all you need to know to check out this opportunity brought to you by the two Saugus High track star alumni who resurrected the sport of Cross Country at the Belmonte Middle School last year: When: Come to the Visitor’s Center at Breakheart Reservation on any Sunday at 9:45 a.m. Who: Any Saugus children in

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neighbors [surrounding communities] who come and use the library. A: Yeah, it’s kind of funny. I have noticed this, too, in public libraries. It’s encouraged a bit. If you think about us being part of the NOBLE Network, anybody who has a card in Melrose, Lynn, Lynnfield, Wakefield, Peabody, Reading, Revere – any of those places – is allowed to come here, and they can check out books just like the regular patrons. The same thing for Saugus patrons. Somebody carrying a Saugus card can go to one of those libraries and get treated pretty much like a citizen of the town. A fun statistic for you: In the 2017 fiscal year, we circulated items to almost 23,000 outof-towners during that year; that’s about a quarter of our circulation. Q: So during the 2016-17 period, 23,000? A: Yes, during the period July 1 2016, through June 20, 2017. A lot of our people go to other people, too. A lot of it is sort of “where do you live and what’s convenient for you do to do.” I mean, you can live in Saugus but be closer to the Wakefield library, and you can live in Melrose but be closer to the Saugus Public Library, so you kind of go where you like, and you go to what’s most convenient. Q: Did you ever have any famous people come in here?

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13. What TV sitcom youngster said, “There’s something neat about a sweater with a hole. It makes you look like a tough guy”? 14. During the first Memorial Day, the graves of soldiers from what war were decorated? 15. In swimming which is faster, the but-

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A: I haven’t seen anyone yet – just you! The only one so far … I guess we had an ambassador in here a few years back. Ed Jeffrey, who is the president of the Foundation for the Saugus Public Library – his brother [former senior American diplomat James Franklin Jeffrey, a Saugus native] came in and gave a talk here. But I’m not aware of any others. I’m sure there are, but I just haven’t found out about it. Q: As you look ahead to the future, what are some of the programs or projects – if you had a “wish list” – that you would like to see for this library? A: I can break those up a couple of ways for you. One is the facilities, because I have been spending a lot of time thinking about facilities during my first seven months here. From a noise mitigation standpoint, I don’t think we need to wall anybody off in here and put a plexiglass between the Children’s Room and the rest of the library; I think we can solve the problem through other means: noise baffling and stuff, particularly in the stair casing. But that’s a big concern of mine, and I get a lot of complaints from patrons about the noise levels in here, particularly during the busy afternoon hours when we have a lot of children and students in here. Other facilities issues that I think about are how are we going to use our space in the future. Public

law in the country? 7. What did Rudyard Kipling catch in Oregon’s Clackamas River before saying “I have lived!”? 8. What is the Memorial Day flower? 9. Who was Aimee Semple McPherson, who, on May 18, 1926, disappeared for several weeks from Venice, Calif.? 10. Has the word unicorn ever appeared

terfly or the crawl (freestyle)? 16. What letter of the alphabet was slang for a German submarine? 17. Solitaire is a girl’s name in what James Bond movie? 18. On May 24, 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus died; what field of expertise is he well known for? 19. What beef dish was named after a Russian count? 20. What was the name of a sitcom with Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor about

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libraries – most libraries – actually have always been places that are marked by big, tall, static bookshelves with a lot of books on them. They don’t move. They just sit there. The wave of the future, if you will – and it’s happening already – if you ever visited a newly constructed elementary school library, what you find there is movable shelving. They can take the shelves and they can push them off to one side of the room and create a larger meeting space and whatever you want to call it. I think the future of public libraries is that they’re going to be more multifunctional. There are going to be more things that you can do there; adjustable spaces that can be used for different purposes and then returned to what you had them originally for. Q: I guess with an eye toward the future, you have that Community Room. You get a projector there, you can set it up and you can watch educational movies. Right? Like you’ve got coming up. A: Right. Right now we’re doing some programs for teen students for the early release date. Simple things. Show them a new movie and buy pizza and do it right in the Community Room. Bring them in here and they have a place to go for the afternoon to do something. That’s the sort of stuff that we want to do. We’re also looking at working with the Foundation right now – the Foundation for the Saugus Public Library – where we will try to introduce information things around the building that tells you what’s coming up and special programs and the hours without having to post flyers on the walls and glass doors and everything. I’d like to see us clean up the look of the place: make it look a little bit cleaner and neater. We’re challenged here, because of the size of the facility and the layout of the facility, but I think we can do a lot more to make it a user-friendly facility. Q: You got the flower ladies and the Saugus Garden Club, as far as making the place aesthetically-pleasing in terms of beautification and landscaping. A: Sure. Absolutely. They are outside in front doing the gardening stuff with the kids. I guess you call it the Community Garden or the Children’s Garden. The Garden Club is a great asset. They meet here, but they also do the “Books in Bloom” for us (a few months back), and they run programs here for us where they actually have the kids come in one afternoon a week and they sit down and they teach them how to do

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grades 1 through 8. What to wear: sneakers and comfortable running clothes. Also bring: a water bottle. What are the benefits: This is an opportunity for students who lack athletic skills in more traditional sports to engage in low-impact and stress-free physical fitness and get involved in a sport they can enjoy for many years. Participation can build selfesteem as well as a healthy lifestyle. It’s an opportunity to make new friends. Also, if students enjoy the run and find themselves good at it, they may want to compete on one of the school teams. For more details: Call Coach T at 781-854-6778. Some upcoming library events There’s always something going on at the Saugus Public Library. Here are a few events to check out: • Wednesday, May 30: Movie and Pizza for Teens!: 11:30 a.m.2:00 p.m. in the Community Room. Teens! Come hang out at the library on Early Release Day. We will show a movie and have pizza and soda. Bring your friends! Please note the date has been changed. • Also, beginning in June, we will be offering discount passes to see the Lowell Spinners at family-friendly Edward A. LeLacheur Park (capacity 5,030) in Lowell. These passes, like all of our discount passes, are funded by the New Friends of the Saugus Public Library. Patrons will be able to reserve passes at the beginning of June. The Spinners are a Class A Short Season affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. They will play 76 games in 79 days (38 home, 38 road) this season, with their home opener scheduled for June 18 and their last home game on September 3. Home Games begin at 7:05 p.m., Monday-Friday, and at 5:05 p.m., Saturday & Sundays. The Library offers a dated voucher for most Spinners home games. Each voucher allows patrons to purchase up to six tickets at 50% off the regular price. (For example, a $7 Reserved Ticket would cost $3.50.) Vouchers will be able to be reserved online (sauguspubliclibrary.org) or at the Library and can be picked up in-person at the Library. Only one voucher is available for each home game; first come, first served. Vouchers must be presented at the Spinners Ticket Office on the day of the game (or in advance) in order to receive the discount. The Library does not carry vouchers for away games. A playgroup for three year olds Fridays, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., now through May 25: Literacy, music, games and art will be the basis for exploring and exercising emotional development. The focus will be on friendship, self-soothing, transitions, emotions and feeling words; play, both

ASKS | from page 16 gardening and how to grow things, and talk about different ways and materials and stuff that they can work with. It’s a nice educational program. The Garden Club ladies – some of them also do other things for us as well. Some of the principals in the Garden Club are also members of the New Friends of the Saugus Public Library, who give us support in terms of museum passes and programing and stuff like that. One of the most impressive things here in Saugus about the way the community treats the library, is this whole idea of having groups coming in and doing something rather than providing us funds and resources to do something: actually coming in here and getting their hands dirty and working with the kids. This is something that I find is really unique; I don’t see a lot of that out there happening in a lot of other libraries. You have to control those sorts of things because you just can’t have anybody coming in here and doing it. But, at the same time, it’s not good to put

up barriers. We do our due diligence with the volunteers in the building. They are all CORIed [subjected to background checks through the Criminal Offender Record Information Act.] But I like the fact that the town actually feels invested in the library and does some programing here. Q: What’s the most exciting thing that you are aware of that is going to be coming down – new programs or new features at the library – that the public isn’t aware of yet? A: One thing that comes to mind: I was at a meeting with the Foundation for the Saugus Public Library a couple of months ago, and they have agreed to provide funds to some classical music concerts here next fall. I’ve been in contact with New England Conservatory to get some good musicians in here to do those. Obviously, we’re not going to be able to fit an orchestra in this place, but I think a string trio, or something like that, is something we can do. It’s not something I see done anywhere else in the town. The school music department might do a bit with it. But I’m talking about doing

parallel and cooperative. Check it out at the library. Countdown to kindergarten Preschool Playgroup: Every Saturday, at 11 a.m., the Saugus Public Library will host “Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten!” This playgroup is geared to help families navigate and understand Preschool Development. Children will explore different Literacy, Art, Science, Building, Writing, Math, Fine Motor, Gross Motor and Pretend Play materials and activities. This drop in playgroup is limited to 15 students. Parents are required to stay. Please email Trish at Tricia928@yahoo.com with any questions. The Playgroup is sponsored by Saugus CFCE. Students helping students Here’s an example of great collaboration between the Saugus Public Library and a Belmonte Middle School teacher – and, of course, Junior National Honor Society students from the Belmonte Middle School. Each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m., the library provides tutoring and homework help for the town’s elementary school students. The elementary school students get help, the Belmonte students get credits for community service. The library again will be partnering with the Belmonte Middle School to offer free, drop-in homework help in the Community Room to Saugus elementary school students to help foster strong academic and study skills outside of school hours. No registration is required, but students must be signed in/out by a parent or guardian. The parent/guardian must remain on library grounds while the student is receiving homework assistance pursuant to an unaccompanied minors policy. This program is open to students in grades K-5. The subjects students can get help with are math, science, grammar, reading, social studies, geography and more. Hey parents, here’s some help if you child needs it. What are acceptable solid waste/recycling materials? The town’s Solid Waste and Recycling Department Coordinator, Lorna Cerbone, would like to remind residents that the following materials are recyclable and may be placed curbside for collection each week: paper, cardboard, pizza boxes, and mixed containers, such as glass, tin, plastic cans, various containers and jugs. All cardboard boxes should be broken down to 3’ by 3’, and pizza boxes and mixed containers should be clean. The following materials may not be recycled through the Town’s curbside collection service: • Plastic bags and film wraps – can be recycled at a local food store, Walmart or Target. • Styrofoam – should be placed in the trash. a 60- to 90-minute concert – maybe two or three of them in the fall. Q: And where would it be? A: We’ll do it in the Community Room. I figured out a way where we can fit 50 people in there and still be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and not break the fire codes and provide a good eight-foot deep front [for] the musicians to perform in, so I think it’s going to work well. The acoustics in there, as you noted earlier, are pretty good, so I’m excited about that. I’d also like to look at some of the things that I liked to do at other libraries – and that’s bringing in more art. We’re a little pressed for space here. I’ve got some works that are up now: some paintings and some jewelry by a local artist named Joan Allbee. I’d like to be able to do more of that. Anybody who is interested in exhibiting their works here …. We do have a limited – I wouldn’t even call it a gallery space, because it’s not anywhere near that. I’m looking to do more the art side of it. I’d like to get in some sculpture. Maybe we can get something in the summer, just out-

side the building. Something different that the town hasn’t seen before and something that I think is valuable and will enhance everybody’s aesthetic life, if you will. Q: What’s something that’s doable that would set this library apart from other libraries in the area? A: Well, I’m not really looking to make a splash. I’m not looking to do something big that’s going to draw everybody’s attention right now. That may come down the road; I certainly won’t rule that out. But what my focus has been since I’ve been here, is largely on shoring up the administrative practices here – the unsexy stuff that library directors have to do, that can assure the staff know what the schedule is going to be on a regular basis; making sure they have a good handle on when they can take time off. This is stuff we have to do. Making sure the trustees are aware of where our funds are. I have been spending a lot of time doing these administrative things. I have spent a lot of time locked in here doing that. Q: You have a full-time staff of four or five people?

Page 17 • Clothes hangers – can be given to dry cleaners. • Plastic hoses – dispose in the trash. • Rigid plastics and kids toys – may be recycled at the dropoff site located behind 515 Main St. • Scrap metal – can be recycled at the drop-off site. “Due to recent international recycling restrictions, our local collection facility is no longer able to recycle materials in plastic bags,” said Cerbone. “We encourage residents to recycle their plastic bags at your local supermarket or retailer.” JRM will only collect accepted items. The Town of Saugus would like to thank everyone for their cooperation. Please contact Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Lorna Cerbone at 781231-4036 with any questions. Let’s hear it! Got an idea, passing thought or gripe you would like to share with The Saugus Advocate? I’m always interested in your feedback. It’s been more than two years since I began work at The Saugus Advocate. I’m always interested in hearing readers’ suggestions for possible stories or good candidates for “The Advocate Asks” interview of the week. Feel free to email me at mvoge@comcast.net. Do you have some interesting views on an issue that you want express to the community? Submit your idea. If I like it, we can meet for a 15to 20-minute interview at a local coffee shop. And I’ll buy the coffee. A: There are four of us who are full-time and 14 part-time. I got one employee who works six hours a week on average, and the highest number of hours by a part-time employee is 25. Q: What would you say is the average daily traffic that comes through the doors? A: For the first three months of this year, we averaged 11,011 people per month. Q: You have a lot of people who come in just to use the computers. A: Yes, people come in for different reasons. We have a group of people who come in who like to sit in the reading room and read magazines and newspapers. We’ve got other people who come in for the story hours. I’ve got other people who come in to do drop-in crafts in the Children’s Room and play on the computers in the Children’s Room in the afternoon or get books for their homework. Parents bring their kids in here and do projects with them in the Children’s Room. If you go upstairs, you’ve got a group of people

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Saugus Rotary Club hosts annual scholarship luncheon

Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ and repre sentatives’ votes on roll calls from the week of May 7-11. RAISE AGE FROM 18 TO 21 TO PURCHASE TOBACCO (H 4479) House 147-4, approved and sent to the Senate a bill raising from 18 to 21 the age to legally purchase cigarettes and electronic cigarettes in the Bay State. Other provisions ban e-cigarettes and other vape devices from the workplace and prohibit pharmacies and health care facilities from selling any tobacco products and vape products. “When teens start smoking, studies show that they often become smokers for life,” said Rep. Kate Hogan (D-Stow), Chair of the Committee on Public Health. “Youth are particularly susceptible to nicotine addiction and fall victim every day to the damaging effects nicotine has on the developing brain, heart, and lungs. The legislation passed by the House aims to prevent our kids from starting a dangerous habit that can last a lifetime.” “Today is a real victory for Massachusetts youth,” said Dr. Lynda Young, pediatrician and Chair of Tobacco Free Mass. “I see kids in my practice who are already addicted—to cigarettes, vaping, chewing tobacco. Raising the age of sale will help break that cycle.” “… Simply changing 18 to 21 in our current state law, will have a profound and lasting impact for generations to come [by] saving thousands of lives and billions of dollars,” said Rep. Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham), the sponsor of one of the original bills that was rolled into this new version that was approved

The Saugus Rotary Club gave five $2,000 scholarships to five local residents at their annual scholarship luncheon on May 10. The winners and the scholarship committee: From left to right: Rotarian Kathy Cucinelli, Nicole Viera, Amanda Napoli, Sophia Struzziero, Rotarian Ajla Rovcanin, Arianna Raftelis, President-Elect Tara Leary, Laureen Coccoluto, Rotary member David Fama. The Saugus Rotary Club has been active in the community for over 60 years. It is a service club made of professional men and women giving back to their community and the world by volunteering their time. The motto of Rotary is Service above Self.

last week. “To me, there is nothing more meaningful in our role as policy makers than that. By raising the age to purchase to 21 we eliminate smoking from the high school social setting and give teenagers time to make a more informed decision about whether or not to begin the oftentimes deadly habit of smoking.” “You can vote at 18. You can serve in the military at 18. You should be able to buy cigarettes at 18,” said Rep. Jim Lyons (R-Andover) one of four representatives who voted against the bill. Rep. Nick Boldyga (R-Southwick) noted that supporters of the age hike stated that 90 percent of tobacco users start smoking before the age of 18, yet current laws prohibit the sale to youths under 18. “Current laws did not

curb tobacco use and neither will adding yet another law to the books.We need to educate people and incentivize them to make responsible choices in life.” “At the age of 18 in Massachusetts, one can get married, get a tattoo, get your FID[Firearms Identification Card], serve in the military and vote in elections,” said Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica). “If at 18 in Massachusetts you have the right to make these major decisions, I’m not convinced that taking away the right to purchase tobacco makes sense. In addition, the research fails to show that taking away the ability to purchase tobacco from adults will make significant impacts on stopping underaged smoking.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A “No” vote is against it.)

Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes Rep. Donald Wong Yes CHANGES IN PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDING (S 2506) Senate 38-0, approved and sent to the House a bill that would make changes to the way public schools are distributed funds by the state. The bill is a response to the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission that in 2015 reported that the current funding formula and system underestimates the cost of education by $1 billion to $2 billion every year. The 1993 Education Reform Act established a “Foundation Budget” to make sure all school districts could provide their students with a quality education. This current proposal requires the Secretary of Ad-

ministration and Finance and the Senate and House Committees on Ways and Means to hold a public hearing and then meet annually to determine an implementation schedule to fulfill the recommendations of the commission. Another provision permits the implementation schedule to be changed by the Senate and House Committees on Ways and Means chairs to reflect changes in enrollment, inflation, student populations or other factors that may affect the remaining costs in the schedule. Supporters of the bill said that the 1993 formula is outdated and failed to consider the costs of skyrocketing health care and special education, and understated the funding to provide the re-

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New construction, 10 rooms, 4 beds, 2-1/2/baths 2 car garage, 3300-3600 square feet, 2 car garage Still time to customize! $950,000 Call Rhonda Combe

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Rhonda Combe MELROSE ~ Rehabbed colonial. New kitchen with quartz counters, SS appliances, new bathroom, new gas heating system, paver driveway, fresh paint throughout. Call today! ......$699,900

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SOLD SAUGUS ~ Colonial, 3 Bedroom, 1.5 bathroom Detached garage, Fireplace living room, dead end street, gas heat. Hardwood flooring, Eat in kitchen ......$389,900

SAUGUS ~ New construction 4 bed, 2.5 baths, granite kitchen, SS appliances, great location!!, hardwood, central AC, gas fireplace ...$685,000

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FOR SALE SAUGUS ~ 2 family. 3200 sq feet,Completely rehabbed, new kitchen with SS appliances, new hardwood flooring, new bathroom, separate driveways, gas heat, in-ground pool ..............$689,000

SAUGUS ~ Split entry, 4 bedrooms, 3-1/2 baths, newer kitchen with granite counters and SS appliances, hardwood flooring, 2 car garage, plenty of parking .................$624,900

SAUGUS ~ 1 bedroom condo, remodeled bath, pool, biking and walking trail steps away., conveniently located ...........................$205,000

SAUGUS Call Rhonda Combe at 781-706-0842 for details!!

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 18, 2018  
THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 18, 2018  
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