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Lyon-Waugh BMW donates cars to PPD for community outreach By Christopher Roberson

way to start that conversation,” he said. “It’s going to be an attention-getter and a conversaix months ago, the Police tion-starter.” Department approached Mayor Edward Bettencourt Lyon-Waugh BMW of Peabody lauded Lyon-Waugh BMW with an interest in two of its vefor its continued generosity. hicles. In response, the dealer“We’re very fortunate to have ship recently donated a pair of their business here in the city,” its 2017 i3 models to the police. he said. “It’s very meaningful; Police Chief Thomas Griffin said this is very valuable and it will the new cars will be used in pago to good use.” rades and for routine business Warren Waugh, co-owner rather than as patrol vehicles. of Lyon-Waugh BMW, said he “They’re not frontline cars at does not want to see the city all, they’re not made for that,” saddled with the expense of he said during the Aug. 14 two new police cars. “This is donation event at the Leather City Commons. Griffin said Shown, from left to right, are Mayor Edward Bettencourt, Warren Waugh, co-owner of a great opportunity; I didn’t the cars will be assigned to Of- Lyon-Waugh BMW of Peabody, Police Chief Thomas Griffin and Deanne Healey, President see the city spending $42,000 ficer Richard Cameron and Of- of Peabody Main Streets, with one of the two BMW i3 vehicles that were donated to the for two BMWs,” he said. “It just made sense, I’ve tried to give ficer Richard Heath during the Police Department on Aug. 14 at the Leather City Commons. back to the city for 25 years one-year lease period. “It’s a cars will help bolster the de- ing efforts, which have dimin- to get back in touch with the trial thing,” he said. Griffin also said the new partment’s community polic- ished in recent years. “We need community and this is a great

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POLICE DEPT. | SEE PAGE 9

Middle school student gives mayor the “Buzz Off”

Despite solid effort, Peabody Champions fall to Swampscott in NSBL Game 5

Alaina Hutchinson, a rising seventh grade student at Higgins Middle School, shaved the head of Mayor Edward Bettencourt on Aug. 9 to help raise awareness for children afflicted with cancer. (Advocate Photo by Christopher Roberson)

By Christopher Roberson

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ack in May, Mayor Edward Bettencourt told Alaina Hutchinson, a student at Higgins Middle School, that if she shaved her head for this year’s Buzz Off For Kids With Cancer, she could shave his head as well. Having kept up her end of the deal, Hutchinson, a rising seventh grade student, and her

parents arrived at City Hall on Aug. 9 to take Bettencourt up on his offer. “I just thought it would be nice, because there’s millions of kids out there with cancer,” said Hutchinson. “So many kids lose their hair to chemo [therapy] so I thought it be nice to donate my hair so that they can wear it as a wig and actually have hair.”

Bettencourt said her involvement with the Buzz Off has been an inspiration, adding that Hutchinson had also participated in last year’s Buzz Off. Bettencourt also said his children were excited to see the finished product. “My kids can’t wait to see me without hair,” he said. “It’s been about 35 years

STUDENT GIVES | SEE PAGE 9

Catcher Marc Crovo hurls a ball to first during the Peabody Champions’ game against the Swampscott Sox in the North Shore Baseball League semifinals at Twi Field in Danvers, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. The Champions overcame Swampscott 5-2 in that game, but ultimately fell to the Sox 7-1 in a deciding game at Swampscott Middle School Field Thursday. See story and photos inside on page 8. (Advocate photo by Dave Sokol)


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New management approved at Smokey Bones and Seawitch By Christopher Roberson

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he Licensing Board voted unanimously on Aug. 14 to approve management changes at Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill as well as at the Seawitch Restaurant & Oyster Bar, which will be rebranded as Seagrilz. Michael Sanford will be taking the helm at Seagrilz with 15 years of experience in the food service industry; 14 of those years have been in a general manager capacity. Sanford said he is acutely aware of the dangers involved in over-serving alcoholic beverages. “There’s a lot of late nights, I’ve been very strict with my bartenders,” he said, adding that he has been responsible for as many as 75 employees. Sanford said he worked at The Continental Restaurant for a number of years as well as at Red’s Kitchen and Tavern for one year as the executive chef, but he was let go for financial reasons. “I was told they couldn’t afford my salary,” he said. In addition, Sanford said he owned a small

business for seven years; however, he was forced to close during the recession. Edwin McKean said he came to Smokey Bones five years ago after eight years with Uno Pizzeria & Grill and has served in a managerial capacity. McKean said he had his work cut out for him after arriving at Smokey Bones. “They were understaffed and poorly trained,” he said, adding that the restaurant’s finances were not any better – “I went through months of unpaid bills.”

But McKean assured the board that those problems have since been eradicated. He also said two bartenders were terminated and latenight programming came to an end as it was “attracting the wrong crowd.” In addition, McKean said the restaurant has passed its last two health inspections with “flying colors.” He also said he only lives five miles away in Swampscott and will stop by the

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LETTERS / OP-ED Letter to the Editor

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Peabody’s business community supports public safety

Dear Editor: As a concerned citizen and animal lover, I want to make the City of Peabody aware that since they have taken over “Tillie’s Farm Stand” that we now have deer coming into our back yards, which means that they are crossing Lynn St. from Browns Pond into the high tension wire wooded area behind Sunset Drive. There should be a sign posted “DEER CROSSING” in that area before their crossings cause an accident. I have lived here 44 years and never saw deer here before. People should be made aware that they now have arrived. Peabody officials should post a sign in that area. Signed, Norma F. Mularz Sunset Drive Peabody

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eave it to Mayor Ted Bettencourt and Warren Waugh of Lyon-Waugh BMW of Peabody to step up efforts to support public safety and the citizens of the Tanner City with the donation of two electric vehicles for the Peabody Police Department. The BMW i3’s are the latest in technology that will be an extension of the city’s community outreach efforts – a new bridge between police and residents. Peabody Police Chief Thomas Griffin said it best at Tuesday’s event, stating the importance of the department getting back in touch with the community. Griffin called them “conversation starters” – not “front-line” vehicles. We congratulate Peabody BMW’s longstanding commitment to the city and Mayor Bettencourt for their continued relationship for the betterment of the city.

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Champions battle back but lose deciding semifinal game By Greg Phipps

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aving rebounded from a 0-2 deficit in the bestof-five semifinal round of the North Shore Baseball League (NSBL) playoffs, the Peabody Champions couldn’t take that all-important third step. The top-seeded Swampscott Sox jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the fifth inning and deciding game last Thursday at the Swampscott Middle School Field and never looked back on their way to a 7-1 win and 3-2 series victory. The fourth-seeded Champions forced the deciding contest by taking Game 4 by a 5-2 score last Wednesday at Twi Field in Danvers. Swampscott advanced to the best-of-seven league title series against the second-seeded Kingston Night Owls, who defeated Beverly, 3 games to 1, in their semifinal matchup.

Mike Gallo of the Peabody Champions covers home plate as a Swampscott Sox player is called out at the plate during their North Shore Baseball League semifinals game at Twi Field in Danvers, Wednesday, August 9. (Advocate photo by Dave Sokol)

In Game 5, the Champions ran into a strong performance from Swampscott starter Ben Kendrew, who hurled a complete game, allowing five hits and striking out five. They also

Peabody starter Joe Gallo went four strong innings with four strikeouts in last Wednesday’s Game 4 triumph.

experienced some bad luck and a couple of calls that didn’t go their way. Peabody had two potential home runs taken away when Mark Shorey’s long drive was caught up against

David Ruggiero had a solid semifinal series. He had two hits and scored twice in Peabody’s 5-2 Game 4 victory.

Derek Lyons covers second base as a Swampscott Sox players safely slides into the bag.

Mark Shorey follows this long blast to right that just missed being a first-inning home run in last Thursday’s fifth game. The ball was caught up against the fence.

the right field fence to end the first inning. Zach Keenan’s shot to right in the second frame was caught at the fence as well. Two important calls also went against Peabody. Chad Martin was called out on strikes with two on to end the third on a pitch that appeared low. With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the fifth, Martin hit a scorcher down the third base line that was ruled foul. The call led to a heated argument between the home plate umpire and Peabody third base coach Joe Gallo, who was ejected as a result. Swampscott ended up getting out of the inning unscathed. Shorey singled home BJ Weed, who had reached on a base hit, for Peabody’s lone run in the third inning. Meanwhile, the Sox iced the game for good when Esteban Paula drilled a homer over the left field fence

in the sixth to give Swampscott a commanding 7-1 advantage. “We didn’t come up with the big hits tonight, and a couple of plays didn’t go our way,” said Peabody player-manager Mike Giardi after the game. “They made a nice catch at the fence; a ball we thought was fair was called foul and then they turned a double play at the end. They made the big plays and we didn’t.” Giardi added that the Champions felt good about their chances entering Game 5 after clawing back from a 2-0 hole, much as they had in their best-of-three first-round series against the North Shore Phillies, when they lost the first game but rebounded to win games 2 and 3. “Our guys battled. We were down 1-0 to the Phillies and we came back to

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POLICE DEPT. | FROM PAGE 1 now.” Waugh said the agreement was that he would pay for the lease and the city would pay for the insurance as well as maintenance and repair costs. “We got creative,” he said. Speaking about the vehicles themselves, Waugh said the

i3 was chosen for its visibility. “An i3 is a distinctive looking vehicle,” he said. “Electric vehicles are the wave of the future; this is BMW’s attempt at future transportation.” Although the cars are electric, Waugh said they do carry a small gas tank in the event of an electrical failure. He also said that there are parts of

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the i3 that are literally biodegradable. According to the BMW website, the starting price of an i3 is $42,500; it has a range of 180 miles per charge and weighs less than 3,000 pounds. Although not necessary for its use in Peabody, the vehicle sports a top speed of 93 miles per hour.

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and my daughter who just turned 13,” he said. Bettencourt’s head was not shaved completely bald as Hutchinson left him with a military-style haircut. According to buzzforkids. org, 4,890 individuals have had their heads shaved for the charity since 2010. The Buzz Off has also raised $5.7 million

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Mayor Edward Bettencourt high-fived Alaina Hutchinson, a rising seventh grade student at Higgins Middle School, after she shaved his head as part of this year’s Buzz Off for children afflicted by cancer. (Photo Courtesy of Peabody TV)

However, Bettencourt assured him that those days are not far away. “I know the grays are coming, between this job

and provided support for 7,000 patients and their families. The annual event is hosted in June by One Mission, a chari-

their families.” As a result of the care provided by Children’s, their son survived the ordeal and has remained cancer-free.

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tory, the Champions were led offensively by Martin, who homered, Shorey (a single and two RBIs) and Ruggiero (two hits, two runs scored). Gallo got the start and worked four innings, allowing two runs and fanning four. Brian Marshall relieved him and hurled three scoreless frames with

five strikeouts to get the win. Peabody made two huge defensive plays to thwart Swampscott scoring threats. On a passed ball, Gallo made a nice play by gathering in a throw on the run and tagging out a runner at the plate, and Corvo gunned down a base runner at third.

win that series,” he said. “We felt like we had a little bit of momentum coming back here for Game 5.” David Ruggiero, Jon Cahill, Martin and Marc Crovo had singles in the loss. In Wednesday’s Game 4 vic-

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BAKULA | FROM PAGE 2 What’s your political background (e.g. elected and appointed number of years, whether you are an incumbent)? I currently serve on the Rent Control Board, appointed by Mayor Bettencourt in January 2016. I currently do not hold a city elected office, but I’m an elected member of my co-operative community's executive board. What’s your occupation? Retail Department Manager How many years have you lived in Peabody? Born and raised – 47 years

Questions: 1. Why are you running? It is something I've always wanted to do, and a change in occupations in 2013 gave me the chance to run for office.

THE PEABODY ADVOCATE - Friday, August 18, 2017 2. What do you see are the biggest issues in Peabody as a whole? Keeping taxes at reasonable rates, keeping development (and traffic) manageable, controlling health care costs, and maintaining the city's infrastructure. 3. If elected, what will be your priorities? To always do what's in the best interests of the taxpayers. As members of the City Council, we have a responsibility to the residents to reasonably manage the city's revenue,

4. What about Peabody do you love the most? The diversity in cultures that exists in our city and our International Festival; Brooksby Farm, and the feel of country in the midst of our bustling city, right up the street from one of New England's largest malls. And the Pride that I think most people who live in Peabody have for their city.

Holiday Hours at the Peabody Library The Peabody Institute Library and its branches will be closed from Saturday, September 2 through Monday, September 4 for the Labor Day Holiday. The library and its branches will reopen on Tuesday, September 5. For more information please call 978.531.0100.

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and look for ways to save taxpayer’s money whenever possible. Also to examine ways we can improve the traffic situation in the city.

ontinuing with online exchange shopping, having registered, had your military record verified and been notified of your eligibility to online shop at the four military exchanges you may be chosen to shop prior to the official start date of November 11. Veterans are being selected to early shop as a “dry run” for this program. There are a few things to keep in mind relating to this benefit. Shopping is exclusively for the Veteran and not for your spouse or family members. It looks like you will have to do the shopping for the family. You cannot buy uniforms, alcohol or tobacco products. Online pricing is for the Veteran authorized to shop at the exchanges. The first time you visit each exchange you will have to create a new username to be your unique identifier with that exchange. The four exchange websites are as follows: www. mymcx.com; www.shopmyexchange.com; www.mynavyexchange.com and www.shopcgx.com. Shopping on these exchange sites includes exclusive military pricing on name brand products and of course tax free shopping. Thank you for your service.

Peabody Library’s Hours of Operation Fall Schedule The Peabody Institute Library resumes its Sunday schedule after the Labor Day weekend. Effective September 10 the Main Library’s hours of operation are as follows: Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The hours at the South Branch Library and the West Branch Library remain unchanged: Monday and Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Thursday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.; and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. For more information please call 978.531.0100.


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Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen THE HOUSE AND SENATE. There were no roll call votes in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports local representatives’ roll call attendance records for the 2017 session through August 11. The House has held 80 roll call votes so far in 2017. We tabulate the number of roll calls on which each representative was present and voting and then calculate that number as a percentage of the total roll call votes held. That percentage is the number referred to as the roll call attendance record. Several quorum roll calls, used to gather a majority of members onto the House floor to conduct business, are also included in the 380 roll calls. On quorum roll calls, members simply vote “present” in order to indicate their presence in the chamber. When a representative does not indicate his or her

presence on a quorum roll call, we count that as a roll call absence just like any other roll call absence. Only 69 (43 percent) of the House’s 160 members have 100 percent roll call attendance records. The representatives who missed the most roll calls are Reps. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica) and Rep. Jose Tosado (D-Springfield), who both missed 17 (78.8 percent attendance). Also included in the top six worst records are Reps. James Arciero (D-Westford) who missed 13 (83.8 percent attendance); Chris Walsh (D- Framingham) who missed 13 (83.8 percent attendance); John Rogers (D-Norwood) who missed 12 (85.0 percent attendance record); and Nicholas Boldyga (R-Southwick) who missed 10 (87.5 percent attendance record).

Beacon Hill Roll Call requested a statement from those six representatives. Here are their responses. Rep. Marc Lombardo: “I missed the rules debate in January where the majority of the session’s roll calls all occurred on the same day. This was a rules debate, not a policy debate. I was out of town that day.” Rep. Jose Tosado: “Most [of the roll calls], if not all occurred on the same day. My-sister in-law had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and my wife and I flew out to Orlando Florida to pay our last respects. She has [since] passed away.” Rep. Chris Walsh: “In 2015 I discovered a lump in my leg that when biopsied tuned out to be a reasonably rare form of lymphoma ... And since then I have been undergoing weeklong continuous chemotherapy sessions in a 21-day cycle that required hospitalization for a week, followed by a week when I could barely stand ... [It is] a very dangerous condition to be around people with all their various germs ... I am at Dana Farber being infused in a new immunotherapy trial that has promised to get me to a place where I can have a successful bone marrow transplant hopefully this fall. All in all I have continued to work by phone when I could not make it to the office, and attended functions

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and meetings when humanly possible. This new therapy will allow me to go back to a full schedule.” Rep. James Arciero: Jeff Tucker from Arciero’s office responded. “The representative’s mother had terminal lung cancer and he spent some time with her at the end of her life. She lived in North Carolina, so [he] missed these roll calls.” Rep. John Rogers: Rogers did not respond to the requests for a statement. Rep. Nicholas Boldyga: Boldyga did not respond to the requests for a statement. 2017 ROLL CALL ATTENDANCE RECORD THROUGH AUGUST 11 The percentage listed next to the representative’s name is the percentage of roll call votes for which the representative was present and voting. The number in parentheses represents the number of roll calls that the representative missed. Rep. Thomas Walsh 100 percent (0)

HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late-night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of August 7-11, the House met for a total of 19 minutes while the Senate met for a total of 12 minutes.

Mon. August 7 House 10:15 a.m. to 10:23 a.m. Senate 10:01 a.m. to 10:09 a.m. Tues. August 8 No House session No Senate session Wed. August 9 No House session No Senate session Thurs. August 10 House 11:03 a.m. to 11:14 a.m. Senate 11:08 a.m. to 11:12 a.m. Fri. August 11 No House session No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com

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ARRESTS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2

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edicaid (MassHealth in Massachusetts) law provides certain protections for the spouse of a nursing home resident in order to make sure he or she has the minimum support necessary to live in the community. If the MassHealth applicant is married, the countable assets of both the community spouse and institutionalized spouse are totaled as of the date of “institutionalization”, the day on which the ill spouse enters either a hospital or a long-term care facility in which he or she then stays for at least 30 days. This is also commonly referred to as the “snapshot” date because MassHealth is taking a picture of the couple’s assets as of this date. For calendar year 2017, the community spouse may keep up to a maximum of $120,900. Called the“community spouse resource allowance”, this is the most that a state may allow a community spouse to retain without a hearing or a court order. Example: If a couple has $122,900 in countable assets on the date the applicant enters a nursing home, the institutionalized spouse will be eligible for MassHealth. The community spouse may keep $120,900 in his or her own name while the institutionalized spouse may keep up to $2,000 in his or her own name. Therefore, in Massachusetts, the entire $122,900 may be kept and no spend down is necessary. The income of the community spouse will continue undisturbed. He or she will not have to use his or her income to support the nursing home spouse receiving MassHealth benefits. What if most of the couple’s income is in the name of the institutionalized spouse, and the community spouse’s income is not sufficient to live on? In such cases, the community spouse is entitled to some or all of the monthly income of the institutionalized spouse. How much the community spouse is entitled to depends on what MassHealth determines to be the minimum income level for the community spouse. This figure, known as the minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance or MMMNA, is calculated for each community spouse according to a complicated formula based on his

Kristi Theodhori, 21, of 22 Redberry Ln., Peabody, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with license suspended, subsequent offense.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 Jacklyn R. Walsh, 35, homeless/Peabody, was charged with an arrest warrant. Kevin John Barnes, 34, of W. Suffield, Conn., was charged with three arrest warrants.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 or her housing costs. From July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, the MMMNA may range from a low of $2,030 to a high of $3,022.50. If the community spouse’s income falls below his or her MMMNA, the shortfall is made up from the nursing home spouse’s income. In some instances community spouses may seek to retain more of the couple’s countable assets and/or some of the institutionalized spouse’s income by asking for a Fair Hearing with MassHealth. The spousal resource allowance is adjusted on January 1st of each year. It is important to know that for a married couple, there may not be a need to transfer assets directly to the children if the countable assets are at or below the $122,900 figure and one spouse is healthy and at home. Planning ahead of time with married couples is very important from an asset protection standpoint. Avoiding an unnecessary spend down is often critical in terms of maintaining some sense of financial stability for the community spouse. It is important to know all of the options available to you under the law. For example, there are numerous key exceptions to certain asset transfers that would otherwise constitute a disqualifying transfer under MassHealth rules. It is important to know whether or not you might fall under one of these exceptions. Obtaining MassHealth eligibility is often a daunting task these days, particularly in light of MassHealth’s legal department challenging many of the applications on numerous legal fronts. I believe the staggering Medicaid budget has a lot to do with the increased difficulty in obtaining approvals on applications. Such has been the case for that past four years or so.

S cott Guarino, 3 9 , o f Dorchester, was charged with an arrest warrant. Renan A. Dossantos, 22, of 8 Cottage St., Peabody, was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

MONDAY, AUGUST 7 Benjamin Neftali Chavez-Perez, 38, of Lynn, was charged with speeding and with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

OBITUARIES Robert Claxton “Bob” Robinson

Age 98, passed away peacefully in Peabody, Massachusetts on July 28, 2017. He lived a long and full life and now rests in the loving arms of God. He is a 1936 graduate of Gill St. Bernard’s School in New Jersey. He attended Antioch College for one year and graduated from Michigan State University in 1941. Following college, he married June Wood and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he was the first student to return to Gill St. Bernard’s School as a teacher and coach. During his tenure there, he earned a master’s degree from Columbia University. He returned to service during the Korean War and remained in the U.S. Air Force as a meteorologist for the balance of 20 years. In those years, he served in Virginia, London, England,

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Finding Money for Long-Term Care Dear Savvy Senior, What resources can you refer me to for long-term care financial help? My 84-year-old mother needs assisted living or nursing home care, but we don’t have a lot of money and she doesn’t have long-term care insurance. Searching Daughter Dear Searching, If your mother does not have a long-term care insurance policy, depending on her circumstances, here are several other sources you should check into that can help pay for her care. Medicaid: The first thing you need to understand is that Medicare (the government health insurance program for seniors 65 and older and those with disabilities) does not cover longterm care, which includes nursing home care, the costs of assisted living facilities and home aide services, unless your mom is receiving skilled nursing or therapy services too. It only provides limited short-term coverage, up to 100 days for skilled nursing or rehabilitation services after a hospital stay. However, Medicaid (the joint federal and state program that covers health care for the poor) as it currently stands, does cover long-term care facilities and it covers in-home care too. But to be eligible for coverage, your mother must be very low-income. Her countable assets can’t be more than around $2,000, including investments. Note that most people who enter a nursing home don’t qualify for Medicaid at first, but pay for care out-of-pocket until they deplete their savings enough to qualify. Contact your state Medicaid office (see Medicaid.gov) for eligibility details. Veterans aid: If your mom is a wartime veteran, or a spouse or surviving spouse of a wartime veteran, there is a benefit called Aid and Attendance that can help pay between $1,153 and $2,127 a month toward her long-term care. To be eligible, your mom must need assistance with daily living activities like bathing, dressing or going to the bathroom. And her yearly income must be under $13,836 as a surviving spouse, $21,531 for a single veteran, or $25,525 as a married veteran – after her medical and long-term care expenses. Her assets must

also be less than $80,000 excluding her home and car. To learn more see Benefits. VA.gov/pension, or contact your regional VA office, or your local veterans service organization. Call 800-827-1000 for contact information. Life insurance: If your mom has a life insurance policy, find out if it offers an accelerated death benefit that would allow you to get a tax-free advance to help pay for her care. Or, consider selling her policy to a life settlement company. These are companies that buy life insurance policies for cash, continue to pay the premiums and collect the death benefit when she dies. Most sellers generally get four to eight times more than the policy cash surrender value. If you own a policy with a face value of $100,000 or more and are interested in this option, there are various companies you can turn to like GWG Life (GWGLife. com), which offers some of the highest cash payouts for life insurance policies. Tax breaks: If you’re helping out your mom financially, you may also be able to claim her as a dependent on your taxes and reduce your taxable income by $4,050, which you could use for her care. To qualify, you must pay at least half of your mom’s yearly expenses, and her annual income must be below $4,050, not counting Social Security. For more information, see IRS Publication 501 at IRS.gov/pub/irspdf/p501.pdf. If you can’t claim your mom as a dependent because her income is too high, you may still be able to get a tax break if you’re paying at least half her living expenses including her medical, dental and long-term care costs, and they exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income. You can include your own medical expenses in calculating the total. See the IRS publication 502 (IRS.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p502.pdf) for details.

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.


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OBITUARIES | FROM PAGE 12 Maine and Hawaii. Following his military service, he ret u r n e d to te a c h i n g a n d taught at Salisbury School in Connecticut and The Park School in Massachusetts. Along the way, he raised a family and was a devoted father and grandfather. Follow-

ing Juneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long illness and death, he married Ruth Nayor. Together, they traveled the world. They toured the United States, Canada, South America, China, Africa and Europe. Ruth taught Bob to ski at age 70 and he became an avid skier until age 85. They spent many weeks each winter at their getaway near

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. For the last fifteen years, he has lived happily at Brooksby Village in Peabody, Massachusetts. He loved Brooksby and was a high-spirited member of the community. He is pre-deceased by his wife June Robinson, his second wife, Ruth Robinson and by his son, James Robin-

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son and daughter, Marsha Robinson. He is survived by his step-son, Norman Gorin, his wife Amy and their family of Wellesley, MA, as well as his step-daughter, Harriet Lockett and her family of Framingham, MA. He is also survived by his son, Thomas Robinson, his daughter-in-law Carla Murray, and his grandchil-

dren, Haley Robinson and Tyler Robinson, of Mercer Island, Washington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to his hospice providers at Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

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Copyrighted material previously published in Banker & Tradesman/The Commercial Record, a weekly trade newspaper. It is reprinted with permission from the publisher, The Warren Group. For a searchable database of real estate transactions and property information visit: www.thewarrengroup.com.

R E A L E S TAT E T R A N S AC T I O N S BUYER1

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Cole, Christopher M

Ingalls-Cole, Michele

Cheryl I Schedin LT

Schedin, Cheryl I

6 Baldwin Ln

Lynnfield

MA

1940

31.07.2017

$768 000,00

Yang, Michael

Yang, Jessica

3 Ostis Way RT

Harris, Michelle R

3 Ostis Way

Lynnfield

MA

1940

27.07.2017

$1 000 000,00

Gass LT

Gass, Valerie

7 Priscilla Rd

Lynnfield

MA

1940

31.07.2017

$575 000,00

Ravotti-Maietta, Felicia

Mahoney, Stephen V

Karimova, Irina

10 Ryan Rd

Lynnfield

MA

1940

25.07.2017

$840 000,00

Steiner, Joel R

Steiner, Dana B

Sidiropoulos, Vasilios

Sidiropoulos, Antonia

19 Thomas Rd

Lynnfield

MA

1940

26.07.2017

$829 000,00

Kelly, Erica R

Mccauley, Shaun

Riley, Joseph G

Riley, Michelle T

2 Knoll Rd

Lynnfield

MA

1940

28.07.2017

$590 000,00

Bui, Joe

Bui, Thom N

Wood, Mary E

9 Winchester Dr

Lynnfield

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1940

24.07.2017

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Kaur, Mahinder

Lagorio, Peter A

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1940

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Peabody

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Gangi, Michael P


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Appian club to host adult Italian classes

OBITUARIES Gloria Castellarin

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dult Italian classes for beginners will be offered by the Appian Club of Stoneham on Tuesday evenings, starting Sept. 12. If you are planning to visit Italy, this course will be for you. Registration for children Italian classes for beginners is Saturday, Sept. 2 from 9 am - 12 at the Appian Club, 100 A Fallon Road, Stoneham. (new location). Child must be 6 years or older. Classes are on Saturday mornings, starting September 9. Contact coordinator John Nocella for further details at 781-438-5687 or, preferably by email, at john02180@gmail. com. Please pass along to other family members, friends and neighbors. The class is sponsored by the Appian Club of Stoneham, a non-profit, social charitable 501(c)(7)organization whose mission is to promote Italian culture and heritage.

1. What scale measures hurricane strength? 2. What treasury secretary in Lincoln’s cabinet appeared on the $10,000 bill? 3. Dolbear’s Law states the relationship between air temperature and what? 4. What is an amicus curiae a friend of? 5. Which spouse did these much-married people have in common? Mickey Rooney and Frank Sinatra. 6. What was the 1928 claim to fame of Ann Turner Cook, today a Tampa mystery novelist? 7. What large religious denomination believes that Christ’s second coming already happened back in 1914? 8. What state was “bleeding” in the 1850s, in the words of Horace Greeley? 9. What is the lowest-ranking ace in bridge? 10. What object was returned to Edinburgh Castle in 1996, though Westminster Abbey is still allowed to borrow it for coronations?

11. What’s the only U.S. state name with only one syllable? 12. What nation was led by ruler Casimir the Great? 13. What does this fearsome foursome of sports greats have in common? Rocky Marciano, Thurman Munson, Knute Rockne and Payne Stewart. 14. What state, ironically, cast the 36th and deciding vote to repeal Prohibition in 1933? 15. In 1970, psychologist Linnda Caporael claimed that a crop of fungus-infested rye was responsible for what historical event? 16. Crop rotation farmers often alternate their grains with soybeans to help “fix” what element in the soil? 17. What kind of farm is a formicarium? 18. What kind of bird is an eider, from which true eiderdown comes? 19. According to Emily Dickinson, what’s “the thing with feathers”? 20. According to Erma Mombeck’s bestseller, where is the grass always greener?

THE ADVOCATE HOROSCOPE Aries (March 21st-April 20th): We’re all really counting on you Aries these next couple of weeks! Due to all the retrogrades communication mishaps will be more common Toyota Camrys, and your direct energy can help us all. Point out and speak up when things aren’t lining up or others look confused- you’ll look like a hero! Taurus (April 21st-May 20th): Time to wrap up and revisit any issues within the home that have bee put off. This could be actual physical projects- or some that are a bit more emotional. Wherever the loose screw is in your home- tighten it, and empty out those boxes sitting in the corner/closet!

O f Peabody, formerly of Beachmont Revere, passed away on August 13th at the age of 85. Cherished daughter of the late Albert and Louise (Gasparini) Castellarin. Dear sister of Esther Smith of West Virginia, and the late Robert “Bob” Castellarin and his surviving wife Rosalie Castellarin of Saugus, and Catherine and Albert Castellarin. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Family and friends honored Gloria’s life by gathering at Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere on Thursday, August 17 before leaving in procession to the Blessed Sacrament Church, Saugus for a Funeral Mass celebrated in her honor. Inurnment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery Everett, MA. Late retired employee for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division, of Public, Health and Communicable Disease. For book www.vazzafunerals.com Vazza Funeral Home

Michael J. Juliano

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Gemini (May 21st-June 20th): Mercury, your ruling planet, is retrograde until September 5th. Although this comes with many silly annoyances- technology problems, communication misunderstandings and delays, it is an important time for you to slow down and take a look at the big picture. Where are you leaving things unfinished? Where are you just accepting instead of changing? Cancer (June 21st-July 22nd): Expect the unexpected Cancer! This week and next, people are going to surprise you with good news…and possibly some bad. Be sure to not get caught up in emotions quickly, and ground yourself back down before responding to others. Mercury retrograde is throwing you some curveballs! Leo (July 23rd-August 22nd): An opportunity to get involved with an upcoming event could be casually mentioned in conversation. Stay extra focused during all conversations this week- and you will pick up a lot more information! Being half awake will lead to missing out on big things and get you feeling frazzeled. Virgo (August 23rd-September 22rd): This week and next your main focus should be releasing emotions that no longer serve you. Be observant of your own behavior and you may start to notice a couple things you do that are rooted in experience. Release it all! This Mercury retrograde until September 5th is all about letting go of these habits and reactions. Libra (September 23th-October 22rd): Listen to the advice and recommendations being thrown at you all week, but when it comes to making a decision soon- listen to your heart! There are lots of things to consider- but at the end of the day it is important that you do what YOU want if you want to be happy long term. Scorpio (October 23rd-November 22nd): Step out of your comfort zone this weekend and next week and be in the spotlight. Putting yourself out there, and doing a little bragging could actually open up a lot of doors. Mercury is in retrograde until the 5thabandon your usual ways and boast a little for once! Sagittarius (November 23rd-December 21st): You may find yourself really determined this weekend to adventure off to somewhere new. Due to the retrogrades, opt for team adventures instead of going solo! The more brains the better, although your passion is high misunderstanding are likely!

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Saturday, September 30th, 2017 at 10am - RAIN OR SHINE Emerson Park (Perkins St.), Peabody, MA Donations will be accepted on behalf of Northeast Animal Shelter: ‰Canned Dog & Cat food (Blue Buffalo, Wellness, Merrick, 9-Lives, Friskies, Fancy Feast) ‰Dry puppy, dog, kitten, & cat food (Blue Buffalo or other high quality and grain-free *first 3 ingredients no corn or by-products) ‰Jars of all-meat baby food (beef or chicken) ‰Baby Rice powdered cereal ‰Canned chicken for “picky eaters” ‰Treats (Milkbones- small & unflavored, Charlie Bears, Wellness, Blue, Iams) ‰Cloth Towels, Fleece Blankets, Paper Towels, Soft Dog Toys, Nylabones ‰6ft Dog Leashes, Trash Bags, Post-It Notes, & Gift Cards

Of Peabody, formerly of East Boston, passed away August 9, 2017. Beloved husband of MaryAnn (Schifano) Juliano. Loving father of Michael J. Juliano and his wife Lisa of Lynnfield, Ann Marie Azarian and her husband Michael of NH, and Lisa Albertian and her husband Jack of Georgetown. Dear brother of the late Angelo Juliano. Adored grandfather of Anthony, Joseph, Jillian, Nicole, Alex, Justin and Matthew. Cherished great-grandfather of Austin. Family and friends honored Michael’s life by gathering in

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Capricorn (December22nd- January 19th): Talk yourself down next week when anger gets the best of you. Your going to be a little testy these upcoming weeks- and being a little more aware of your vibe will help others help you! If you put up the guard- nobody can get in, and your going to need them. Aquarius (January 20th- February 19th): This week communication issues can cause some big problems. It is likely that a small mistake will lead to a breakdown rooted in many other things. Whether it is you, or someone you love getting to their limit- feel and hear it all…then DO SOMETHING!!! Mercury want you to finish what you brushed under the carpet months ago. Pisces (February 20th- March 20th): Health is on your mind right now- but avoid getting ahead of yourself. Signed up for a gym? Great! Trying to quit smoking, cut out sugar, strength train and also get a massage? Take it easy, one thing at a time Pisces!

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OBITUARIES | FROM PAGE 14 Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere on Sunday, August 13 and again Monday morning before leaving in procession to the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere for a Funeral Mass celebrated in his honor. Interment in Holy

Cross Cemetery, Malden. Michael was a late U.S. Marine Korean War Veteran. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Michael’s name to The Alzheimer’s Association 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA. 02472. For guestbook www. vazzafunerals.com Vazza Funeral Home.

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1. The Saffir-Simpson Scale 2. Salmon P. Chase 3. The speed at which crickets chirp 4. “The Court” 5. Ava Gardner 6. She was the model for the Gerber baby. 7. Jehovah’s Witnesses 8. Kansas 9. Clubs 10. The Stone of Scone 11. Maine 12. Poland 13. They all died in plane crashes. 14. Utah 15. The Salem Witch Trials 16. Nitrogen 17. An ant farm 18. A duck 19. Hope 20. Over the septic tank


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THE PEABODY ADVOCATE - Friday, August 18, 2017

The region’s most established realty firm. While other firms have come and gone, Northrup Associates has stood the test of time since 1952. With over 60 years of experience and 5,000 sales under out belt we are the firm you can trust with the biggest decision of your life. Chairman Government Affairs Committee Greater Boston Real Estate Board

THE PEABODY ADVOCATE - Friday, August 18, 2017