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Vol. 20, No. 42


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Mixed results

Some good, some bad news for Saugus in latest MCAS scores released by state By Mark E. Vogler


he latest MCAS test results released this week by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education show mixed results for Saugus Public Schools. Students who took the tests at the elementary grade school level this spring showed great success in meeting or exceeding expectations – in most cases above average compared to school districts across the state. But in

most of the secondary school level – grades 6 through 10, Saugus students taking the test finished below the state average – by double digits in several instances: • 35 percent of the 8th graders taking Mathematics met or exceeded expectations – 13 percent below the state average • 37 percent of the 7th graders taking the test in English Language Arts (ELA) met or exceeded expectations – 13 percent less than the state average


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• 38 percent of 8th graders taking ELA met or exceeded expectations – 11 percent less than the state average • 69 percent of 10th graders were proficient or higher in Mathematics – 10 percent lower than the state average. A new test offers new challenge The results include scores from the next-generation MCAS,


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an updated version of the test that was given for the first time in spring 2017 to students in grades 3-8 in English Language Arts and Mathematics. High School students took the old exam. The new test is an updated version of the nearly 20-yearold MCAS assessment and focuses on students’ critical thinking abilities – their ability to apply their knowledge and make connections between reading and writing, according to Jacqueline Reis, spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE). Reis said it gives a clearer sig-

nal of readiness for the next grade level, and the majority of students in grades 3-8 took the next-generation MCAS on a computer. The Department expects that the move to computer-based testing should be complete by spring 2019. Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr., offering a preliminary analysis of the new MCAS results, summed them up as“a mixed bag.”“I think it’s a more rigorous exam,” DeRuosi told The Saugus Advocate this week. “The new generation MCAS is really trying to keep up with our changing educational world.



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The test is trying its best to raise the expectations. It was the first time we did a full-blown on-line testing,” DeRuosi said. “I see it all as a learning curve,” DeRuosi said, saying his staff will prepare an analysis to present to the School Committee when it meets next month. “We have to look at what we’re good at and where we need improvement. We really haven’t had time to review all the data. This is just preliminary,” he said. Two School Committee members disappointed If there was a silver lining, it was for the students in grades 3, 4 and 5, where Saugus bettered or at least matched the state average in the category for meeting and exceeding expectations. “Let’s dive into the data and do some more analysis,” DeRuosi said. These are the first set of MCAS scores under his leadership. He took over in July of last year. School Committee Members Peter Manoogian and Arthur Grabowski were disappointed with the MCAS scores. “In my opinion, the results are not good – especially at the secondary level. The High School level is par-

ticularly disappointing,” Manoogian said. “It’s a shame that the one level where we’ve had continued success at the elementary level is the one area that has been adversely affected in the recent budget that was voted by Town Meeting and adopted by the School Committee,” Manoogian said. “Since that test, we’ve seen dramatic increases in class size, up to 25 to 28 kids in a class. We have increased the class size by closing the Ballard School. Raising class sizes is not the way to improve MCAS scores,” he said. Grabowski said he was upset with the latest MCAS scores and also expressed dismay at the fact that the School Committee won’t get a full briefing on the superintendent’s analysis of the test results until after the election. State offers overview ESE spokesperson Reis provided an overview of the Saugus Public Schools:“Things look particularly good at the elementary level, particularly at Lynnhurst, Oaklandvale and Douglas Waybright,” Reis said. She noted the following: Douglas Waybright: A higher percentage of students scored Meeting Expectations or above at this school than in the state as a whole in both ELA and Math in all grades.

Oaklandvale: Students scored Meeting Expectations or above at the same rate or better than the state as a whole in both ELA and Math in all tested grades. Lynnhurst: A higher percentage of students scored Meeting Expectations or above than the state as a whole in most subjects and grades. Veterans Memorial: Overall, a smaller percentage of students scored Meeting Expectations or above than in the state as the whole. Belmonte Middle School: Smaller percentages of students scored Meeting Expectations or above than in the state as a whole, but student growth measures were solid. Saugus High School: Smaller percentages of students scored Meeting Expectations or above than in the state as a whole. Student growth measures looked low in Math, but both the Math and ELA growth measures have improved since last year. Sixty-eight percent of 10th graders who took the Science and Technology test were proficient or higher – 6 percent less than the state average. Eighty-nine percent of the 10th graders were proficient or higher in ELA – 2 percent lower than the state average. Next-generation MCAS scores



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School Committee Vice Chair says he exercised his citizen duties in filing Open Meeting Law complaints against the committee Editor’s Note: For this week, we interviewed Peter Manoogian, the vice chairman of the School Committee, on the recent complaints he filed against his colleagues, alleging violations of the state’s Open Meeting Law. Manoogian, 62, spent 34 years as an educator before retiring. The Saugus native has been involved in local government for more than three decades, including 20 years as an Annual Town Meeting member. He has also been a selectman, served as chair of the Finance Committee and has been a member of numerous boards. He co-chaired the screening committee that led to the appointment of School Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. last year. He is a 1972 graduate of Saugus High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in History from Salem State College (1976), a master’s degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University (1991) and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Salem State College (2001). He and his wife, Sandra, have three adult sons. Some highlights of the interview follow.

PRESSING FOR TRANSPARENCY: School Committee Vice Chairman Peter Manoogian says he would like to see his colleagues on the School Committee attend free training offered by the state Attorney General’s Division on Open Government, if that’s what it takes for them to treat the state Open Meeting Law more seriously. (Saugus Advocate file photo by Mark E. Vogler)

about Open Meeting Law violations cancelled last Thursday? And what’s next in this process? A: The simple answer is that it was not posted correctly. Imagine that – the meeting to discuss an Open Meeting violation was cancelled because it would have been an Open Meeting violation. Specifically, the agenda did not inform the public that the meeting would begin in Q: Why was the executive open session, rather it started session about your complaints by stating “executive session” at

4:30 and then the regular meeting would commence at 5:30. By writing the agendas this way, the public is being informed that the meeting is closed; however, the law is clear in that in order to go into Executive Session, the meeting and the agenda must first begin and indicate that from the outset the meeting is open to the public. The public has a right to know why

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ASKS | from page 3 the board is going into Executive Session, what the specific exemption is, which also must be stated, who will be present in the Executive Session, and hear

the roll call of members voting whether or not to go into Executive Session. When I picked up my packet early Thursday morning, I saw this flaw and informed the Superintendent that if such a meeting was to go forward with

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the agenda in violation, I would be filing a third complaint. At 11:34 a.m. I received this email from the Superintendent: Forwarded message --------From: Jeanette Meredith <> Date: Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 11:34 AM Subject: Fwd: meeting agenda To: David DeRuosi <dderuosi@> please forward this to full committee Forwarded message ---------From: Howard Greenspan <> Date: Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 11:24 AM Subject: meeting agenda To: Jeanette Meredith <> Dear Chair You have advised that tonight’s agenda does not have public session listed before executive session. The agenda does contain executive session items as well as public session items. I believe this inadvertent clerical error does not defeat the purpose of the Open Meeting Law. I would advise to open the meeting in public session, identify the date, time and members present and than entertain a motion for executive session for the purposes stated on the agenda. This should satisfy the intent of the statute. Howard Greenspan 200 Broadway Suite 304 Lynnfield, MA 01940 phone 781 598 4545 fax 781 598 4579 Within one hour, a second email was sent by the Superintendent: Follow-up email. The executive session will be postponed for today. There will be no executive session. Dave Q: Why are your complaints important in the context of Open Government in Saugus? A: The democratic process depends on the public having knowledge about the considerations underlying governmental action. One of my com-

plaints is based on the refusal of the Chairman to allow the minutes from an Executive Session to include my reason for voting against a $25,000 salary increase for the School Business Manager, bringing her salary to $137,000.00 a year. The reasons I gave were that the Town Budget Coordinator was only making $103,000.00 and had greater responsibilities and that the person holding the job in the School Department knew what the job required when she took it. Later in open session, the committee heard a report from the Superintendent on how there were 25 students in Kindergarten classes and 28 in a 3rd grade at the Waybright School. At the Executive Session, a document prepared by the Business Manager was submitted and that showed with her proposed salary increase she would be one of the top paid business administrators on the North Shore. The Open Meeting Law requires that such a document become part of the record and it was never included in the minutes. That is also part of my complaint. The public has a right to know what is decided by whom based on what information prepared by whom and how their elected representatives voted and why if said representatives give reasons. Q: It seems like it’s part of a

long pattern for this committee, as it relates to apparent Open Meeting Law Transgressions. Is this something that has begun since you have been on the School Committee? Or do you believe it goes back several years? A: Both. Since I have been on the committee, I have noticed a troubling pattern that I have tried to correct through many emails, proposing policy revision and outright boycotting of meetings that were not properly posted. Currently, there are no minutes for a legal claim that precedes this committee and was settled by this committee with the assistance of previous legal counsel. There were numerous documents that should be part of the public record, but as of now there is no record of the meetings ever taking place, what was discussed, what was viewed, what was voted and why. Q: Why should Saugus residents be concerned about the alleged violations in your complaints? What is the essence of your complaints and what do you hope comes out of the investigation by the Attorney General, if there is one? A: Saugus residents have shown they want to be engaged and they want their



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ASKS | from page 4 public schools to be successful. They should be concerned when the disclosure of information is held back for months and sometimes for years. With a $180 million school project moving forward, there should be more timely disclosure of decisions and documents, not less. As I stated in my complaints, I would be satisfied if the committee immediately adopted policies, procedures and protocols regarding Executive Session minutes. I would also like the committee to attend free training offered by the AG’s Division on Open Government. Saugus residents have clearly indicated they want great schools. Great schools exist where there is open and transparent dialogue and communication among all parties. Any member of the public has a right to view the record of our proceedings. An informed public is a longer lasting ally of public schools than a public that is temporarily manipulated. Q: Shouldn’t the committee be well-versed about the state’s Open Meeting Law [OML], Public Records Law and Ethics Commission Law? Didn’t the Massachusetts Association of School Committees have a workshop on these topics, and didn’t the entire committee attend? A: MASC did come to train the committee and provided each member with a handbook on the OML as well as other topics. The committee seems to rely on past practice that predates the revised OML. I am hopeful that such will change, quickly. Q: Additionally, were there other training sessions for the committee members about these issues? A: Not to my knowledge. I have provided committee members specifics on point rulings and decisions by the AG’s Office on Open Government. Q: Why do you think the minutes are maintained the way they are: late and vague? A: Minutes are a time-consuming and laborious task. When I chaired the Superintendent Search Committee that resulted in the hiring of Dr. DeRuosi, I was fortunate that Selectman Jennifer D’Eon served as an ad hoc non-voting member. She and I spent hours writing and editing the minutes for presentation and approval. Those minutes were completed and submitted in a timely manner. School Committee Executive Session minutes are vague because in many cases they are being created without notes or documents. Our own policy states that the time the meeting starts and ends should be in the minutes. When I pointed out this omission, Mrs. Meredith

stated I was “nit-picking.” One of my complaints addresses this. Q: As a longtime veteran of town government – elected and appointed – what is the minimum expectation of maintaining the minutes? And why is that so important for a community like Saugus? A: Several years ago I pointed out that the Finance Committee had neglected to keep minutes, and that situation was corrected. Minutes provide current and future officials and citizens reasoning and clarity as to why things were decided as they were. Without a clear, accurate and comprehensive record of what took place, both good and bad, decisions are not available. Succinctly, the public is paying for all of this, and therefore, they have a right to know how and why their money is spent the way it is. Any citizen or public official has a right to access public documents to become better informed. Sadly, I sense that access to public records in Saugus is becoming more challenging than ever before. There is now a gauntlet of procedures in place to monitor who is asking for what and why. Q: You are the only incumbent on the School Committee who decided not to seek another two-year term. Why? A: First and foremost, we have our first grandchild arriving in January. Over 32 years, I only missed one properly posted meeting for all of the elected boards I have served on [Town Meeting, Selectman, Charter Commission, School Committee]. Often, that commitment would come at the expense of a family event, be it a sporting event, a recital, a school play or a family get-together. We have been so looking forward to the arrival of this grandchild that I made a commitment to myself and my family that I would be

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there for those moments in the as there is no media specialist/ reason it is in Saugus. Saugus has done a great librarian there at the Belmonte, near and distant future. I was also somewhat dis- where there are libraries. This thing by committing to new appointed that Town Meet- would not be tolerated in othing made a conscious deci- er communities, but for some sion on funding the Saugus Schools with a 1 percent budget increase knowing full well that the Ballard School would close. Now, we see Kindergarten classrooms at 25 and other elementary classrooms at 26 to 28. Recently, one Town Meeting member that voted against the schools lamented that he didn’t expect the Ballard School would close so soon. Yet, it was made clear what the consequences could be. As I stated, people want good schools, but over the last two years I am more acutely aware of what we don’t have. One of the most poignant moments for me during this term was when I attended a Veterans when you follow us on School PTO meeting. I heard Visit us: the young mothers talk about Comm'l Pete 1 3/17/2017 11:32:05 AM how they “covered the library”



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fall into four categories: Exceeding Expectations, Meeting Expectations, Partially Meeting Expectations and Not Meeting Expectations. Approximately 50 percent of grades 3-8 students are already scoring in the Meeting or Exceeding Expectations categories on the new test. Some students will find that they scored Proficient on the legacy MCAS in 2016 but only Partially Meeting Expectations on the next-generation MCAS in 2017. “With the help of hundreds of educators, we revised our curriculum standards to boost

student achievement and revamped the assessments to ensure we have a tool to appropriately gauge whether a student is prepared for the next grade level and eventually college or career,”Education Secretary James Peyser said. “While our schools rank among the top performing in the nation, we want to ensure we prepare all our students for future successes.” Massachusetts educators set the new standards to help signal students’ readiness for the next grade level and indicate when students might need addition-

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~ Political Announcement ~

Jeffrey Cicolini announces his candidacy for re-election to the Board of Selectmen Editor’s Note: The following statement was submitted to The Saugus Advocate by Jeffrey Cicolini to announce his intention of seeking another term on the Board of Selectmen. The Saugus Advocate welcomes campaign announcements from Selectman and School Committee candidates seeking public office in the fall elections. Jeffrey Cicolini of 27 Beachview Ave. announces his candidacy for reelection to the Board of Selectmen. I would like to thank the Saugus Advocate for allowing me to submit this press release to help provide the residents of Saugus with a summary of my family life, education, business and life accomplishments as well as my plan for the next two years. Family life: Jeff, a 4th generation Saugonian and his wife Julie, also a lifelong resident, live with their two children Gianna and Anthony in East Saugus. Gianna is a Junior at Saugus High School where she attends the Academy for the Advanced Program of Studies and is her class Vice President. Anthony is in the 8th grade at the Belmonte Middle School. Both children are actively involved in Saugus athletic programs. Julie is a licensed family childcare provider in Saugus. Jeff’s mother, Cam, is also a lifelong Saugus resident as is his sister Joia, who is a Town Meeting member (also seeking reelection) and member of the Board of Health. My family has a long history of public service in Saugus. Employment: Jeff, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), is a partner and shareholder at AAFCPAs, a 200+ employee CPA firm with offices in Boston, Wellesley and Westborough. Jeff manages the firm’s Boston office and is on the Executive Committee and is the firm’s Treasurer. He began his employ-

since 1993 • Treasurer at the Point of Pines Yacht club since 2010 • Serves on other non-profit boards and volunteers in their programs and events to help support their mission “Our slogan at AAFCPAs is ‘Great Minds ~ Great Hearts.’This originates from our 44 year commitment to the non-profit community and our passion for giving back to the community. It is one of our guiding principles and a key component of the culJeff Cicolini ture you grow up in at the firm. ment at AAFCPAs in 1994. We work with 400 non-profit orJeff specializes in providing ganizations so helping public audit, tax and business consult- charities succeed is what we do,” ing services to non-profit orga- Cicolini said. nizations and commercial businesses. He specializes in opera- Service on the Board of tional budgeting and forecast- Selectmen: ing as well as designing cost This administration shares a containment strategies. Jeff joint vision with the Town Manleads the firm’s human and so- ager. We have consistently provcial services division as he focus- en that with hard work, profeses the majority of his time work- sionalism and collaboration, the ing with those organizations. sky is the limit for Saugus. In addition to being the initiator and Education: a leader in the 2014/2015 moveJeff graduated Magna Cum ment that changed the political Laude from Salem State Univer- dynamics of the town forever, sity with his Bachelor’s degree in Jeff was overwhelmingly electBusiness Administration with a ed to the Board of Selectmen Major in Accounting and Minor in March 2015. He promised to in Economics. help heal the town and move past the divide that was evident Volunteer activities/ and has delivered consistently community service: on his promise. Saugus pride has • Saugus Selectman since been restored and a new genMarch 2015 eration of involvement in town • Coach for Saugus American government has surfaced. Little League since 2009 Here are some of the town’s • Former Manager in Saugus successes we have seen over Wings AAU Baseball program his tenure on the Board of Se• Treasurer and Chair of the lectmen: Audit/Finance Committee and • A record amount of funds member of the Executive Com- deposited into the town’s stamittee at Salem State Universi- bilization fund (approximately ty’s Foundation since 2008 $6 million). • Honorably recognized with • Increase in the bond rating to the Salem State University Pres- AA+ by Moody. This is the highident’s award for exemplary ser- est rating in Saugus’s history. vice on the board This rating will save the taxpay• Assistant Harbormaster in ers more than $7 million in inSaugus from 2009-2015 terest costs associated with the • Member of Saugus Chamber debt service on the new school of Commerce project mentioned below. • Member of Saugus ITAM • Reached a memorandum

of understanding to extend our Town Manager’s contract beyond its approaching April 2018 expiration. This provides us much needed stability at the top to continue our progress. • Fully support the revised Economic Development Plan to align with the Route 1 overlay district plan that was passed at Town Meeting. This will help maximize the town’s revenue base and alleviate the tax burden on our residents. • Approval for a new High School/Middle School – with voter approval of over 70%. Sau-

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Jeff’s shared vision for the next two years: • Fully support deploying the resources necessary to address the opioid (and other drug) epidemic head on. This is very serious and the resources must be made available locally as well as from the state and federal governments in order to help alleviate this epidemic that is

plaguing so many children and adults. Continuous education, community outreach and student and family counseling are critical factors necessary in order to reduce the pervasiveness of this problem. The results of the recent student risk survey were extremely enlightening and emphasized the pervasiveness of this issue. We need to continue to support the youth and recreation department who will be at the forefront as we work to tackle this issue. I would also like to see our community policing program reinvigorated as a way to have more of our public safety/first responders available to assist in the process. • Additional increase in our stabilization to further improve our bond rating to the highest level possible. • Continued improvements and renovations to our parks and playgrounds and open spaces in town. • Progress on the Riverwalk project • Continued progress on the new High/Middle School and athletic stadium with targeted breaking ground in June 2018 and completion in September 2020. • Continue to perform the

detailed research necessary and keep an open minded approach for each applicant who comes before the board for a license or permit. Thinking outside the box and getting away from the old school way of thinking is critical to being probusiness. • Remain focused on protecting the environment. • Continue to support making investments that are necessary to ensure top quality services are available to our elderly, disabled and veterans. • Continue to pursue the revitalization of Cliftondale Square and Saugus Center with community involvement. Conclusion: “I am honored to have served as one of your Selectmen for the past 2 1/2 years. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve you for another term and keep moving our town forward,” Cicolini said. “I feel the current board has restored integrity, professionalism and respect to the board and has helped Saugus achieve some pretty exciting things. I would really appreciate your vote on Tuesday November 7th, I am #5 on the ballot. Thank you for your consideration.”

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~ Political Announcement ~ th

DiNardo announces his 15 bid for Town Meeting A

l DiNardo of 199 Essex St. is running for Town Meeting from Precinct 4. Mr. DiNardo is a lifelong resident, homeowner and Saugus business owner. He serves as Chairman of the sidewalk and Open space Access committees and

a very strong voice on issues facing our town,” DiNardo said. “Saugus has been through a lot the last few years, but I know the stands I have taken have made Saugus a much better community for all,” he added. Under his tenure in Town

Meeting Al DiNardo has lead the fight to keep our library open along with Essex Street fire station. He also fought for ADA handicap ramps to be installed and help jump start tree planting more than 15 years ago all while defeat-

ing a trash fee in Town Meeting in 2006. ”I thank my parents for teaching me to give back and to tell the truth, those two things have help guide me in Town Meeting and in life. I hope to be re-elected to continue my work.”

tion to ask ourselves is are we better off as a town now then star state tournament at World we were 3 years ago. The answer is absolutely yes. The town Series Park Saugus Wings Baseball Pro- is clearly moving in a positive direction with a strong town gram 2009-Present Founded in September 2009 manager and a great team of along with John Furey Program has grown from 1 team to 10 teams. S u m m e r b a s e b a l l p ro grammed designed to keep Saugus children playing baseball in town. Allows Saugus kids to compete against larger AAU programs without being charged exorbitant fees Participated in tournaments in SC, DE, ME, MA, NH, CT, RI, NY, NJ Participated in college prospect camps at San Diego State University 2011, 2013, Coastal Carolina 2014 Participate yearly in Saugus High Alumni Baseball and Basketball Games President of Save Saugus PAC – 2014-2015 Please check out my facebook page: There’s an old saying if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I think the biggest travesty would be changing what has been working since March of 2015. The ques-

selectmen. While we don’t always agree we have a mutual respect for one another. I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished. We are not done however. We have a long term plan for Saugus. Please consid-

er one of your five votes for me Mark Mitchell and let’s keep our leadership team together. With your help we will continue this positive track and lead Saugus to heights it has never seen before.

is a member of the Tree committee. Mr. DiNardo was recently elected as President of Saugus TV (SCTV) our local cable station. “It has been an honor to serve our town for almost 30 years now; I hope to continue to be

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on pro championships in two different sports, the other being Otto Graham, who won in football and basketball. Conley played for the Braves in Milwaukee in the 1957 World Series, and in three Boston Celtics championships from 1959 to 1961. While he was a youngster his family moved to Richland, Wash., and in high school there he was a member of the all-state all stars in both baseball and basketball. He was also the state champion in the high jump. He went on to Washington University, where he played on the baseball team that reached the College World Series. He was twice selected honorable mention to the AllAmerica Team in basketball, playing for the Cougars. He was on the All-Pacific Coast Conference basketball first team in 1950. During summers he pitched in semi-pro for the Walla Walla, Wash., team and was scouted by and recruited by almost every major league baseball team. At the same time, he was receiving contract offers to play pro-

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Suffolk Construction Selected as Construction Manager at Risk for Saugus Middle-High School Project (Editor’s Note: This is based on a press release from Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree’s Office). Suffolk Construction will be the town’s Construction Manager-atRisk (CMR) for the Saugus MiddleHigh School Project, Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and the School Building Committee announced this week. “Suffolk is a national construction management firm with over 34 years of experience deliver-

ing first-class facilities for some of the finest academic institutions across the nation,” Crabtree’s office noted in a press release. “Suffolk has completed school building projects at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Suffolk University, and Everett High School. Suffolk Construction is currently managing phased construction projects at Somerville High School, Massa-

Open Meeting Law complaint: State attorney general grants School Committee a second extension to negotiate settlement with Manoogian By Mark E. Vogler


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ating the firms and their respective proposals. Suffolk’s expertise, ideas, and commitment led the Subcommittee’s selection, according to Crabtree. “We are extremely excited to welcome Suffolk Construction aboard our project team, and to continue moving forward on this project with the Massachusetts School Building Authority,” Crabtree said. “The selection of Suffolk Con-

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TEAM | from page 1 themselves from each other. Rather, they touted the accomplishments they achieved together – “as a team” – including their decision to rehire Town Manager Robert C. Crabtree after their involvement in a successful March 2015 recall of the four selectmen who had fired Crabtree. In his closing statement, challenger Michael A. Coller made reference to the closeknit board when he mentioned being labeled “a political novice.”“I think it’s a shallow attempt to say that I may not be ready for this field, due to the fact that I might break up ‘The Fabulous Five,’” Coller said. Selectman Mark Mitchell seized the opportunity to use Coller’s comments to promote the current board. “The Fabulous Five? I actually take that as a compliment … I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished,” Mitchell said. “The bottom line is we’ve done a great job. We have a great team in place, a great town manager, great leadership. It would be a travesty to change that. The town has never been going in a better direction. We’ve seen great success. … I’m very proud to be a part of this team,” Mitchell said. During the forum, Board of Selectmen Chairman Debra Panetta and colleagues Jennifer D’Eon, Scott Brazis and Jeffrey Cicolini each echoed Mitchell’s campaign theme of board unity and a great working relationship with the town

under the Crabtree administration. “As the former Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, I am proud to be part of a team that has moved Saugus forward,” Serino said. “My involvement includes: 1) Making the critical decision to hire our present Town Manager … When working together as a team, Saugus will always have a bright future,” he said. Cicolini declared, “Saugus pride is back.” He echoed Mitchell’s comments, saying he felt flattered by being reShown, from left to right, are Master of Ceremonies Mike Procopio, Timekepper Denise Selden, ferred to as “The Fabulous Five.” Selectmen Michael Serino, Jennifer D’Eon, Jeffrey Cicolini, Mark Mitchell, Corinne Riley, Scott Brazis, Debra Panetta, Michael Coller, and Advocate Publisher and Moderator James Mitchells.


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ere are some highlights of Tuesday night’s selectmen candidates’ forum sponsored by the Saugus Chamber of Commerce. Candidate Michael Coller is a member of the Conservation Commission and the Saugus Public Library Board of Trustees. “The only good thing about being a political novice is my inability to brag about the past, only make my promises for the future. I have spoken from the heart, my education, my intellect and my common sense – not from a piece of paper or a folder.” Former Selectman Michael Serino: a veteran Town Meeting Member and current Chairman of the Board of Assessors. He’s also a former chairman of the Board of Selectmen and the Conservation Commission and a Vice-Chairman of the Town Meeting Charter Committee. “As a former chairman of the Board of Selectmen, I made the critical decision to hire our town manager. Having served on the Board of Selectmen with the manager for two years, we did establish a good working relationship. Moreover, we both shared the same passion and vision for our community. I truly believed he would do a good job. Today, because of my leadership, Saugus is moving forward.” Former School Committee Member Corinne Riley: “Saugus, in particular Route 1, is overly dependent on retail shopping. With online shopping growing rapidly and brickand-mortar stores becoming less popular, Saugus is in a precarious situation. Moving from retail to professional-type services like engineering, financial and medical businesses would grow our tax base, provide an influx of high-paying jobs to the town and could also make Saugus a more attractive destination for home buyers. Wouldn’t it be nice if some of the thousands of commuters

who pass through Saugus every day actually worked here? I would like to see our Economic Development team and town leadership more proactive in attracting professionaltype businesses rather than relying on business to find us. An Economic Development program could leverage our proximity to many outstanding colleges, the city of Boston, and Logan Airport – give Saugus a huge advantage over more rural locations, and with recent zoning changes, Saugus is now poised to attract more types of business than ever before.” Selectman Mark Mitchell: “Recently we extended the contract of our town manager for five years, giving Saugus the stability it needs to move forward. There’s an old saying: ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ I think the biggest travesty would be to change what has been working since March of 2015 ... The town is truly moving in a positive direction with a great town manager. ... We are not done; however, we have a long-term plan for Saugus.” Selectman Jeffrey Cicolini: “This town is in much better shape today than it was three years ago. And the future is only, only bright. We have so many things that are attracting new people moving into this town with families because they can see the handwriting on the wall. I have said it many times … Saugus will become the next Lynnfield. Well, guess what? We’re already there. People are coming here in droves and they know they see a good thing. Saugus Pride is back. And I’m glad to have [been] a small part of that.” Board of Selectmen Chairman Debra Panetta: “With a sound financial future, Saugus can now look toward its future with optimism and progress. And I truly believe that this town is going in the right direction. ... I have been honored to serve as your select-

man for the past six years, and I want to continue working with our business community for a healthy and strong Saugus. I’m running for reelection because I believe that Saugus is well positioned to leverage off the initiatives now in place.” Candidate Assunta Palomba: The local real estate agent was a “no show” for Tuesday night’s candidates’ forum. Board of Selectman Vice Chairman Scott Brazis: “I consider being a selectman an honor and a privilege. And I got to tell you, working for all the residents of the town, what I try to do every time that I’m sittin’ up here is to do what I feel is in the best interests of the town. It might not be what’s in the best interest because somebody may have made a phone call to you and said,‘Hey, can you help somebody out?’ If it’s not in the best interests of the town, then I can’t go along with it. George S. Patton once said, ‘Say what you mean, mean what you say.’ I live by those words. I stick by those words.” Selectman Jennifer D’Eon: “I want you all to know I enjoy my position as selectman, and I would like to continue the progress that I know that has been made in this town. I have lived to do the impossible. I was elected to the Board of Selectmen, and that was like being hit by lightning. But then I got a hit by lightning a second time when we were able to get new parks in our town – working collaboratively – all the boards and all the different groups in town. And then a third time, I should have died of shock from all that I was struck. But we voted yes, for a new middle school and high school. And 10 years ago, I don’t think I could have imagined it, but I’ve seen it. I’m going to ask you one more time, to hit me with lightning again, because I want to continue … I would love to work for you if you would like for me to work for you.”

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Sachems football team celebrates first win By Julian Cardillo


fter five weeks of coming close but still not putting it all together, the Saugus High School football team recovered spectacularly last Friday night, beating rivals Winthrop, 40-13, at home for their first win of the season. In snapping a five-game losing streak to start the season, the Sachems put forth a strong, complete performance over quarters. Both offense and defense shined for the Sachems.

“We played a complete game. We did a great job finishing our plays,”Saugus coach Anthony Nalen told reporters after the game. Quarterback Mike Mabee recorded three touchdown passes for his team’s first win of the season. Christian Correia and Dante McGrane both caught touchdown passes and also had a rushing touchdown; Ricky Martinez caught Mabee’s third. Overall, Mabee was 13 for 26. The Sachems were able to control most of the game, shutting out theWinthrop offense through

the entire second half after building up a 33-13 halftime lead. Saugus opened the scoring in the first as Mabee connected with Correia for a 10-yard touchdown pass. Javier Martinez-Moretta kicked through the extra point. Marvens Jean blew past the entire Winthrop defensive line in the second as part of an 84yard touchdown rush. The PAT after the stunning play was not good. Correia then recorded his second TD, this time running 16 yards into the end zone. Another

failed kick brought Saugus’point total to 19. McGrane caught a four-yard pass from Mabee, and then Ricky Martinez caught another pass by Mabee in the end zone (19 yards). Dante McGrane rounded out the scoring with a 28-yard end zone rush in the third. Martinez-Moretta kicked through the extra point on Saugus’s last two scores. “It felt great to get our first win,” said Nalen. “I’m happy for the kids, more than anything. They worked really hard this week. They knew this was a

game we could win, and I’m very happy for them.” Saugus will now shift gears and play Swampscott, who are firing on all cylinders. The team is now 6-0 after shutting out Revere without too much trouble. The game is on Saturday at Swampscott. “Our guys will be excited, coming off a win,” Nalen said. “But Swampscott is Swampscott. They’re a playoff team. We have to be ready to go to make this a good game.” Time will tell if momentum will stay on the Sachems’ side.

patched Revere, 6-0, scoring five times in the first half. Rachel Nazzaro opened the scoring after just two minutes, and Shaylin Groark doubled the advantage four minutes later. Hal-

ey McLaughlin recorded her first two varsity goals shortly thereafter; Allie Leblanc added another before halftime. The lone second-half goal came from Jamie Rodriguez.

“We came out strong,” said Sachems coach Chris Coviello. “We got goals right away and put them on their heels. We closed the game out in the end.” Saugus is unbeaten. They’ve

recorded 11 shutouts in 13 of their victories thanks to the efforts of goalkeeper Alana Aldred. The Sachems play Everett on Saturday.

ous town Board of Selectmen made a bad decision to sublease the rink to current operator Daniel Maniff. If the rink were to be subleased now, the new lessee would start off with a deficit of more than $1 million and would still not have “the real problem of the rink bed addressed,” according to Riley. “The state passed this problematic rink to Saugus, who could not make it work, and Saugus passed the problem to a lessee whose failure was foreseeable,” Riley said. “Given the required repairs, any new lessee would have the same problems as the current lessee, and the people who suffer are the hockey leagues, school teams, ice skaters and taxpayer. If an ice rink is a priority for Saugus, then we should stop kicking the can down the road and include a new rink in our Capital Improvement Plan,” she said. Jim Mitchell, editor and publisher of The Advocate Newspapers, Inc. – which owns The Saugus Advocate – moderated the forum. Michael Procopio, of Procopio Construction and vice chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, served as the master of ceremonies for the forum. The timekeepers were Denise Selden – owner and creative director of Salon 345 Day Spa and chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors – and Julie Mitchell, the Chamber’s acting director. Saugus residents can view the candidates’ forum by logging in to Saugus TV on Vimeo ( on their computers or tun-

ing in to Saugus TV, which will broadcast the event for several times between now and next month’s election. Residents will also get a chance to see the candidates

again on Monday night. Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) will sponsor a forum on environmental issues this coming Monday (Oct. 23), starting at 7:00 p.m.

in the second floor auditorium at Saugus Town Hall (298 Central St.). The doors will be open to the public at 6:30 p.m. for this free event (See “Sounds of Saugus” for more details)

Sachem girls’ soccer team undefeated, 13-0 By Julian Cardillo


he Saugus High School girls’ soccer team continues to sweep past teams with no end in sight. On Tuesday they dis-

TEAM | from page 14 This town is in much better shape today than it was three years ago, and the future is only bright,” he said. Corinne R. Riley, a former School Committee chair, stressed that supporting her candidacy would be “a vote for progress, collaboration and transparency.” There was very little difference between the candidates on the four “mandatory questions” that were asked. And the format did not allow for a traditional debate with rebuttal, but the views were unanimous on the featured questions: The candidates said they: • Would follow the example set by the Revere City Council last November in approving a ban on the sale of recreational marijuana. Revere, like Saugus, voted against Ballot Question 4 last November, legalizing the sale of recreational pot in Massachusetts. Though voters passed the measure, communities that voted against it can follow the wishes of their community by adopting a ban. • Would be willing to approach the state regarding additional liquor licenses in town. Several of the candidates mentioned that new economic growth and development on Route 1 has effectively rekindled the issue of building a third fire station that would focus exclusively on the west end of town. Each of the candidates also opined on the ongoing problems at the Kasabuski Memorial Arena. They noted a previ-


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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, October 20, 2017


By Mark Vogler


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

A big night at the library tomorrow The Saugus Public Library’s Third Annual Gala and Silent Auction is tomorrow night (Saturday, Oct. 21), from 7 to 10 p.m. Join your friends and neighbors in supporting the library while enjoying a fun-filled evening sponsored by the Foundation for the Saugus Public Library. It’s a young, but popular event in town for this time of year. There will be a presentation of the Readers Make Good Leaders. There will be beer, wine, drinks, musical entertainment, plenty to eat and flowers to admire. All who attend the Gala and Silent Auction must be 21 or older. Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $30 per person at the door. Tickets are available online at www.sauguspubliclibrary. org or at the Saugus Public Library. Sponsorship opportunities are available and auction items are welcome. To donate an item, please call 781-245-7070. A toast to transparency! Glad to see copies of the Open Meeting Law Guide circulating in the Roby School Building this week. The 21-page guide, which is dated Oct. 6, 2017, and was prepared by Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office, should be required reading – not just for the School Committee – but for everyone in town who plans on running for public office or being part of an appointed or elected committee or board. I noticed a stack of guides available at the School Committee’s Policy Subcommittee, which is chaired by School Committee Member Linda Gaieski. It was good to see that this subcommittee is essentially embracing a document that will help members become better public servants. With a town election less than three weeks away now, we hear a lot of talk about “transparency in government” and people having access to it. But if you don’t back up the talk with actions, then Open Government in Saugus is a charade. There’s no reason why any self-respecting chair of any committee in this town can’t take the time to make sure his or her members know how to follow the rules of open government. And citizens should demand nothing less from the people who represent them. It’s not a club sport. It’s a civic duty. The public has a right to know how its tax dollars are being spent. One town, one party! The Nov. 7 Town Election is just 18 days away. But Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and the five-member Board of Selectmen – which seems to be running as a tag team after voting a couple of months ago to extend his contract another five years – is already planning a celebration for next week. “Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and the Board of Selectmen invite you to join them in celebrating Saugus’ success,” trumpets the flyer promoting the special night, next Wednesday (Oct. 25) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Prince Pizzeria at 517 Broadway (Route 1) in Saugus. “All elected and appointed officials, staff, residents and business owners of the town are invited…” it continues. “I encourage all residents, elected and appointed officials, staff, and business owners to come out and celebrate the Town’s collective success, and to reflect on all that we have accomplished by working together and speaking in one voice,” said Town Manager Crabtree. All are encouraged to attend this special event, which will highlight the Town’s historic accomplishments and success, including: • Overwhelming town-wide support for a new, 21st century education plan and grades 6-12, new MSBA Middle-High School and renovations to the Belmonte Middle School and Veterans Memorial Elementary School; • A $65.1 million grant through MSBA for new Middle-High School; • The Town’s financial success and stability; • Green initiatives, including investment in electric cars and an electric car charger; • $5.5 million in outside grants/funding over past three-plus years; • Capital improvements made to several local parks and playgrounds; • And much more.

Selectman Mark Mitchell has posted on social media a March 2015 photograph of the current five board members standing with Crabtree after they reinstated him as town manager. “You’ve seen what we have done since we’ve been together. Saugus has done a 180 since this picture was taken,” Mitchell wrote, referring to a successful recall election of the selectmen who fired Crabtree. “We have just gotten started. Give us another 2 years together and the sky is the limit!” he said. So maybe Tuesday night they’ll be making victory toasts. If you want to be part of the celebration, you’ve got ’til next Tuesday (Oct. 24) to R.S.V.P. to Christine at 781-231-4111 or email to Wonder if there will be any party-crashers at the Prince that night? Perhaps some of the four bold challengers who are determined to break up the “Fabulous Five.” Stay tuned. Celebrating solar Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree’s Office has scheduled a ribboncutting ceremony later this month to celebrate the grand opening and activation of the Town’s new Solar Farm, which is located behind the Public Works at 515 Main St. The Solar Farm, which consists of 5,000 solar panels sitting atop a former landfill site, will provide power for all municipal Town buildings (excluding school buildings), the pump station, traffic lights and street lights, according to the announcement coming out of Town Hall. The ceremony will take place on Monday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. at the site. Absentee voter alert This in from Town Clerk Ellen J. Schena: Absentee Ballots for the Local Election on Nov. 7 are now available in the Town Clerk’s Office on the first floor of Town Hall. Flag pole dedication next Saturday American Legion Post 210 is gearing up for the dedication of a new flag pole at 9 a.m. next Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Legion Hall at 44 Taylor St. “We’re dedicating our new flag pole to the veterans of the Global War on Terrorism that started back on 9-11 (Sept. 11, 2001),” John Cannon, junior vice commander of the American Legion, told us this week. Cannon, who is also food service officer for the Saugus Veterans Council, said he will make a brief speech before the ceremony. And those in attendance will be invited into the Legion Hall for coffee and donuts in the downstairs area where those famous Friday breakfasts are served up. “We can fit at least 80 people there. But I’d like to see a hundred people show up … It’s time to honor these veterans, because I think this war is going to be going on forever,” said Cannon, a U.S. Navy veteran from the Vietnam War Era who was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet. VFW Fundraiser coming up On Nov. 4 the Saugus VFW Post 2346 will be doing a fundraiser to raise money for the Saugus Veterans Relief Fund. You can donate either directly to the fund, or by showing up and buying raffle tickets at $10 apiece. The grand prize is a book of $10 scratch tickets. There’s a hundred in the book, so the value is $1,000. You can get the tickets either at the VFW or through the town’s Veterans Service Office. At the VFW, ask to see Bill Doucette or Bill Boomhower. The event will be from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Saugus VFW (190 Main St.). For more details about how to help the Saugus Veterans Relief Fund or about programs offered by the Saugus Veterans Service Office, you can contact Veterans Service Officer Doug LeShane at 781-231-4010 or email him at

or and follow the link to SAVE Facebook group. Time to vote for SHS Hall of Fame Do you know of a former Saugus High School athlete who deserves to be inducted into the Saugus High School Hall of Fame? Well, the nomination process has begun. Anyone looking to nominate a former Saugus High athlete into the Athletic Hall of Fame can mail their nominations to: Saugus High School 1 Pearce Memorial Dr. Saugus MA 01906 Attention: Athletic Hall of Fame-Mike Hashem Or, you could also mail your nomination to: Don Trainer 5 Appleton Pl. Saugus MA 01906 Nominations can also be emailed to Stay tuned for more details. Still time to visit the Haunted House Have you dared to go in the basement of the historic MEG Building yet? The century-old building at 58 Essex St. has evolved into the town’s Haunted House for the seventh straight Halloween season, thanks to buddies Mark Andrews and Bob Catinazzo. Thrill seekers eager to get frightened can get a tour today and tomorrow, from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5. The Haunted House will also be open over the same hours next weekend (Friday, Oct. 27; Saturday, Oct. 28). A special “Lights On Tour” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 21) for a local Girl Scout troop. All of the proceeds will be split up among a handful of charities. Benefiting from this year’s fundraiser will be the following: • The Leonard family of Saugus: to help buy a van for Abigail Leonard, who has a disease called FOXG1 which confines her to a wheelchair. • Boston Children’s Hospital’s Miles for Miracles Program. • The MEG Foundation, which rents the MEG Building from the town. • The Saugus High School Drama Club, who will be represented by many volunteers who will be using their talents to scare the wits out of visitors to the Haunted House. • The family of the late Somerville Police Officer Louis Remigio, a 30-year veteran of the city’s police force, who died of injuries last week after his motorcycle was allegedly struck by a drag-racing teen in New Hampshire.

See and hear the Selectmen candidates One candidates’ forum down, another one to go. In case you missed last week’s Board of Selectmen’s Candidates’ Forum sponsored by the Saugus Chamber of Commerce, you can see and hear the selectmen live again next week. Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) will sponsor a forum this coming Monday (Oct. 23), starting at 7:00 p.m. at the second floor auditorium at Saugus Town Hall Auditorium (298 Central St.). The doors will be open to the public at 6:30 p.m. for this free event. “As we have in the past, SAVE provides this public-service forum for candidates for the Board of Selectmen so that each candidate can share their views of the critical environmental issues facing our Town,” according to a press release we received from SAVE. “The event will also be televised in order to reach as many residents as possible. … SAVE hopes the public will plan to join us for this informative event.” For more information about SAVE, please contact SAVE Presi- Halloween Boo Bash dent Ann Devlin at or call her at 781-233-5717. You can also visit SAVE websites at


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cycling and leaves, so the leaves may be collected at a different time of day. “Missed pick-ups” will not be conducted. Please contact Lorna coming Square One Mall will host a day of trick-or-treating and Hallow- Cerbone at 781-231-4036 with any questions. een arts and crafts for everyone later this month. All are invited to attend the mall’s Halloween Boo Bash dressed in costume, and par- At the Iron Works For those who feel like a three-hour adventure on Sunday (Oct. ticipants will be able to take home delicious treats and handmade creepy crafts. Families will also have the chance to take haunted 22), maybe it’s worth a trip to the Saugus Ironworks National Hispictures in the photo booth. The event is set for Saturday, Oct. 28, toric Site. How does “Kayaking on the Saugus River” sound? The price for a special river trip from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees must visit the registration table in Center Court to $15 per person. “Join us on a paddle up the Saugus River and experience the Rivmake a $1 donation for event participation. All proceeds benefit er’s place in the nature, history, and community of Saugus,” accordthe Simon Youth Foundation. ing to the website. “Visitors will paddle for three hours round trip with guides to the Saugus Iron Works from Stocker Playground,” “Praying for our Adult Children” series continues This note of interest for Saugus residents is from Rev. Martha Lea- the website adds. To register, email hy of the First Congregational Church UCC (300 Central St., SauHigh School students should apply gus). Here’s a press release she passed onto us recently: Town Clerk Ellen Schena asked me to put the word out that she’s “When children are small, parents seem to easily come up with still looking for a few good men and women to work as election ways to teach them lessons and act as their guides in life. workers for the Nov. 7 town election. There will be two shifts: 6 “Things change dramatically when children become adults. “How or what can we say when we see them going down a de- a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to closing. “I’m willing to be flexible with the hours,” Schena said in a recent structive path? When their choices of friends and partners trouble us? When they can’t seem to find who they are and what they interview. “And they can work a full day, which is about 15 hours.” Schena is looking to fill vacant poll workers’ positions at each of want to become? “Prayer is a way to ease our worries. In a five-part series, we will the 10 precincts, at about a $9-an-hour rate. People under age 17 explore these topics and more. All parents, guardians and care- need not apply, as they would be too young. She said she always needs to have extra people available, in somebody cancels their givers of adult children are welcomed to attend. “The building is entirely wheelchair-accessible. We welcome par- assignment on or near Election Day. “I usually get about five canents of LGBT adult children. We are non-judgmental and encour- cellations before the election,” Schena said. “Most people who work for us are retirees. But I’m starting to age those of all faiths and no religious affiliation to come.” get more High School students. So this would be a good job for Series co-leaders are Susan Finnegan, RN, Director of the HIV Clinic at Lynn Community Health Center, and Rev. Martha Lea- them – somebody who is smart, quick and has the energy. And hy, Pastor of First Congregational Church UCC in Saugus. The sec- it’s actually a good way for them to help support their community. Letters were due to go out to about 80 to 90 people, scheduling ond of five sessions will be held this coming Wednesday, Oct. 25, and there will be three other Wednesdays – Nov. 8, Nov. 29 and them to work. Usually 100 to 110 are signed up to work on ElecDec. 13 – from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church UCC. tion Day, Schena said. Well, if you are a High School student who is at least 17 and For the first session, please bring a photo of one adult child. By looking to pick up a little pocket money while helping your comthe end of the sessions, participants will have learned five ways to pray for their adult children. Additional sessions may be add- munity, go down to the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall to apply. ed at the request of participants. For questions, call Rev. Leahy at Candidates’ views are welcome 781-233-3028 or email her at The Saugus Advocate welcomes campaign announcements from candidates seeking public office on the Board of Selectmen or the Some citizen concerns With School Committee Vice-Chair Peter Manoogian filing com- School Committee in the fall elections. Email me a letter stating plaints for alleged Open Meeting Law violations (See this week’s your interest and qualifications for the position you are seeking, “The Advocate Asks”) – it might be worth town legal counsel and and we’ll be glad to publish it along with a photo at no charge. the town manager’s office doing an audit of various boards in Anything additional the candidate requests would be a political ad. town to see if they are complying with the state Open Meeting and Public Records Laws. Besides Manoogian complaints, we’re re- Students helping students Here’s an example of great collaboration between the Saugus ceiving emails from town residents alerting us to their intentions of filing complaints, alleging violations of the Open Meeting Law. Public Library and a Belmonte Middle School teacher – and, of If you get a chance to meet and greet some of your candidates in course, Junior National Honor Society students from the Belmonthe next two weeks, Open Government would be a good subject te Middle School. Each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 3 to to quiz them on. If they don’t think the Open Government Laws 5 p.m., the library provides tutoring and homework help for the are a big deal, then, maybe they don’t deserve your vote. In the town’s elementary school students. The elementary school stumeantime, if we can be of help in breaking through the red tape dents get help; the Belmonte students get credits for communiknown as the state’s Public Records Law, or if you are just frustrat- ty service. The library again will be partnering with the Belmonte Mided and want to vent, feel free to email me at By introducing this new component to our weekly “Sounds of dle School to offer free, drop-in homework help in the CommuSaugus” column, we hope to engage citizens on issues that mat- nity Room to Saugus elementary school students to help foster ter to them – and to get answers, of course. Stay tuned for new strong academic and study skills outside of school hours. No registration is required, but students must be signed in/out by a pardevelopments. ent or guardian. The parent or guardian must remain on library grounds while the student is receiving homework assistance purMore deadlines for candidates There are a few more deadlines for political candidates to fol- suant to the library’s unaccompanied minors policy. This program is open to students in grades K-5. The subjects low as they prepare for the Nov. 7 town elections: students can get help with include math, science, grammar, read• Oct. 24 Office of Campaign Finance Reports are due. ing, social studies and geography. Hey parents, here’s some help • Dec. 7 Office of Campaign Finance Reports are due. if your child needs it. Curbside leaf collection commences The Town of Saugus will hold several curbside leaf collection Coming attractions at the Saugus Public Library Halloween Stories and Songs: Here’s some not-so-scary fun indays over the next couple of months. Residents may dispose of leaves curbside on their regularly scheduled collection day dur- volving Halloween stories and songs for a young audience. Jeannie ing the following upcoming weeks: Oct. 23-27, Nov. 13-17 and Mack, a popular attraction at the Saugus Public Library, will tell stoDec. 4-8. Leaves should be left outside by 7 a.m. on the appropri- ries and sing songs for a targeted audience of one to five year olds ate days. Please ensure that leaf containers are physically separat- at an event planned for 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 26. You should contact the library, as there is a limit of 75 people who can attend. The proed from trash and recycling. Paper leaf bags are the preferred method of leaf disposal. If us- gram is funded by the New Friends of the Saugus Public Library. New donation options at the library: The New Friends of the ing barrels, however, they must be clearly marked with yard waste stickers. Stickers, which are free, may be obtained at Inspectional Saugus Public Library are now set up to accept donations of stocks Services in the lower level of Town Hall (298 Central St., Saugus). as well as cash. Also, New Friends are accepted by the GE Match Barrel covers must remain removed so that the leaves are visible. Program. Your gift of $25.00 or more might be matched in full. Plastic bags, cardboard boxes, branches and brush will not be Stock donations are also eligible for the match program. This program is for current GE employees, retirees of GE and accepted. Please note that separate trucks collect the rubbish, re-

Page 17 spouses of deceased GE retirees. We encourage GE people to help us out. Your donation is tax deductible. Checks should be payable to New Friends of Saugus Public Library and noted “eligible for GE Match”. Drop off or mail to Saugus Public Library, 295 Central St., Saugus, MA 01906. Please mark the envelope, “Attention: New Friends”. Report your donation of check or stock to The GE Foundation Matching Gift Center at 1/800-305-0669. When you call, please have the following information available: your social security number, zip code of the Saugus Public Library, amount and date of your gift. Please consider helping New Friends to help to keep our library a busy and vital part of the community. Pumpkin Decorating Contest: Here’s another fun Halloween event at the library. It’s a book character pumpkin decorating contest. You can decorate your pumpkin as your favorite book character. Paint it. Dress it. Accessorize it. But don’t carve it. You can do this as a family or as an individual. Winners will be determined by a popular vote. The library will accept entries at the Children’s Room Desk between Monday, Oct. 23 and Wednesday, Oct. 25. Voting will take place between Thursday, Oct. 26 and Oct. 31. Invite your family and friends to visit the library to vote for your pumpkin. The pumpkins will be displayed in the Children’s Room. Winners will receive gift certificates from Barnes & Noble. See the Children’s Room Desk for more details. Book Sale at Saugus Public Library: New Friends of the Saugus Public Library are continuing their annual book sale, which began last Saturday in conjunction with Founders Day. Adult, young adult and children’s books, as well as CD’s and DVD’s, will be available. Avid readers in search of a book can come to the community room between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., using the Taylor Street entrance, to pick up some great reads! Donations of newer or gently used books are currently being accepted at the library. Please note: The library does not accept textbooks, computer books or encyclopedias. 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 18 months 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

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Students share their stories EDITOR’S NOTE: Two students gus Advocate in this week’s edifrom Megan Agola’s journalism tion. Students in the class submitclass at Saugus High School contributed articles to The Sau- ted their articles to Ms. Agola,

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

Advocate. These are the latest in a series of articles contributed by Ms. Agola’s class written about the high school and

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

The man behind the Saugus High sports scene An interview with Athletic Director James Bunnell

By Adam Abdelmegid


recently had the opportunity to sit down with the new athletic director, Mr. Bunnell, and conduct an interview with him. From the interview I found out that Mr. Bunnell has been in education and athletics for 15 years as a teacher, a coach and an athletic director. Mr. Bunnell informed me that being able to help impact the lives of many student athletes is special to him, and he works hard to ensure his coaches and

athletes have the best opportunity to succeed. Before Saugus High School, Bunnell was the athletic director for the North Middlesex Regional School district for four years. I asked him why he wanted to come to Saugus, and he said that he saw the passion that the community has for athletics and that’s something special. They see the value that being a part of a team brings to the table. I asked if he had ever played sports when he was in high school or college, and he said that he had played

soccer in high school and he still plays soccer now. He had the opportunity to play in college, but he didn’t take it. He also likes baseball and basketball. I then asked Mr. Bunnell if there are any additional standards or rules athletes have to follow that a normal student does not. He said it is important for athletes to conduct themselves well while in their uniform because they are representing Saugus High and, even more importantly, they represent their family so how students carry and conduct themselves means a lot. I also asked him about what contributions he wants to make to Saugus High’s athletics department, and he said that he wants to improve its use of technology, through social media and an updated website. I also asked what do you think of Saugus High’s current situation with athletics, and he said

he has noticed the athletes and the coaches are very hard workers and they don’t give up. Bunnell said Saugus has to play some larger, tougher schools and they don’t back down. They continue to work hard and get better. He admires the players and coaches because it’s not easy to do what they are doing. It’s easier to give up, and from what he has seen Saugus teams don’t back down. They battle it out to the end.

SACHEM PRIDE: Saugus High School’s new Athletic Director, James Bunnell, outside the High School in August after being hired to oversee the school district’s sports program (Saugus Advocate file photo by Mark E. Vogler)

About the author Adam Abdelmegid was born in Boston, Mass. He resides with his parents now, along with his little sister and parakeet. Abdelmegid grew up in Everett and just recently moved to Saugus, where he is attending his Junior year of high school. He enjoys writing and photography and currently is taking two semesters of Journalism at Saugus High School.

Color Day at SHS By Katie Szymanski


1. From what culture does the word banshee (a fairyland woman) come? 2. Who were the Montreal AAA, the Montreal Victorias and the Montreal Shamrocks? 3. What is campanology? 4. Who said, “It is not true that I was born a monster. Hollywood made me one”? (Hint: initials BK.) 5. On Oct. 21, 1964, what move based on “Pygmalion” pre miered? 6. The only mummified Egyptians were pharaohs. True or false? 7. In Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz,” who said, “Can you give me brains?” 8. In 1968 what Beatle’s song set a record for longest radio single? 9. On Oct. 23, 1803, John Quincy Adams noted there wasn’t a church where?

10. What Boston team played in the World Series in 1914 and 1948? 11. Name a water sport involving mostly moving backward. 12. Who wrote a classic children’s book at Orchard House? 13. On Oct. 26, 1861, what mail service ended? 14. What poet and short-story writer was expelled from West Point? 15. What wealthy American said, “Rise early. Work late. Strike oil”? 16. What is Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible” about? 17. What radio “doctor” has been inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame? 18. Which planet has more moons? 19. “The Little Glass Slipper” is better known as what? 20. What candy did Admiral Byrd bring to the South Pole?

Answers on page 22

t Saugus High School, many students don’t view the last day of school as the best day of school; they view Color Day as the best day of the school year. Color Day is a huge event at Saugus High in which all of the grades perform skits to show school spirit before the football team plays against their rival team, the Peabody Tanners, the day before Thanksgiving. Color Day also features the Towers Gym completely decorated in each section to represent each grade’s skit, which is done the night before; students wearing all red and white, which are the school colors; but what leads up to Color Day is even better – Spirit Week. Spirit Week starts about a week before Color Day with

mentor room door decorating kicking it off. Following door decorating, there are different themes each day, such as color wars or movie day. Spirit Week and Color Day are known to be a lot of fun for students. For seniors, it can be bittersweet because it is their last one. I spoke to an SHS senior who said that they “were upset it was their last Color Day, but also said that they would like to see the other grades’ skits.” Another senior at Saugus High was also “upset, but had high hopes for our skit and feels as if the Class of 2018 will win every category in Color Day and Spirit Week.” I also got a conclusion from the two students that I interviewed that they are very excited for Color Day and Spirit Week as well. In conclusion, not only are Spirit Week and Color Day fun,

they can bring a whole grade together. Whether it’s through a day during Spirit Week or on Color Day, a whole grade comes together to support one another and to have an enjoyable experience. The majority of the student body at Saugus High enjoys Color Day, and so do the teachers as well. In the end, all of the hard work students put towards these events really does pay off. About the author Katie Szymanski is an author from Saugus, Mass., who is currently studying at Saugus High School and is in her senior year. She lives at home with her father, two brothers, grandmother and dog Happy. She enjoys reading, listening to music, watching T.V. and movies, shopping and spending time with friends and family.

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Saugus sports round-up T

he Saugus High School boys’ soccer team defeated Greater Lawrence, 4-0, on Wednesday. That followed a 3-1 victory over Pope John in which Joel DaSilva bagged a

brace and Jonathan Rodriguez also scored. Unfortunately, the Sachems boys’ soccer team couldn’t remain unbeaten over a seven-day stretch as they lost 2-0 to Swampscott.

The Saugus golf team fell to Wellesley, 218 to 279, on Wednesday. The Sachems field hockey team also lost to Gloucester, 6-0, and girls’ volleyball fell to Danvers, 3-0.

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ore pumpkins arrived Saturday at the First Congregational Church in Saugus Center for the Annual Pumpkin Patch, which will run through Halloween, October 31. A large crowd of people volunteered, unloading

the “pumpkin truck.” Pumpkins of all sizes are displayed on the church lawn and are available for purchase everyday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Pumpkin Patch Crafts Fair will be held this Saturday, October 21 from 9am to

3pm. Homemade crafts will be available for purchase as well as refreshments, a raffle table and a homemade baked goods table. The Pumpkin Patch looks forward to having everyone come and enjoy this great fall event.

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On Saturday volunteers unloaded a new shipment of pumpkins at the Annual Pumpkin Patch at the First Congregational Church in Saugus.

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project to ensure it remains on track and meets the expectation of both the District and the MSBA as defined in the Project Funding Agreement. Additionally, the MSBA assigns a Commissioning Agent to the project who facilitates an intensive quality assurance process and ensures that the new building operates efficiently and as the Town intended. Specifically, the District and its team generate construction documents which are reviewed by the MSBA in accordance with the requirements prescribed in the above-

mentioned contracts. “We are absolutely honored to partner with the Town of Saugus on the planning and construction of the impressive Saugus Middle/High School project,” said John Fish, Chairman and CEO of Suffolk. “We understand this is more than just a construction project or building—this is about the future of the community. We are confident our innovative ‘build smart’ approach and passionate team will deliver a unique project experience that will exceed expectations and

OLD SACHEM | from page 12 lanc, Olivia Taplin-Gatley and Shaylin Groark each added goals. The team reached their 12th win, defeating Lynn English, 5-0; Burke banged home 2 goals, and Kotkowski and Groark netted scores for the Sachems. In her second varsity game, freshman Jamie Marino scored her first Sachem goal. Aldred notched her 11th shutout for the season. The football team faced Gloucester and lost a heartbreaker, 26-25, as the Fishermen scored twice after the Sachems scored their 25th point. Sachem scoring started with Ricky Martinez hauling in a

pass from Mike Mabee for a 50yard touchdown play and Javier Martinez-Moretta adding the PAT. The next touchdown was a 92-yard pass play: Mabee to Vincent Cirame. The Sachems scored again when Martinez raced 50 yards to pay dirt. Marvens Jean added the fourth TD for Saugus on a 10-yard jaunt. Saugus finally got their first win in a rout of Winthrop, 40-13. The Sachems led 20-13 at the half and poured on in the second half for the victory. Quarterback Mike Mabee had touchdown passes to Martinez and Dante Mcgrane and two to Christian Correia. Marvens dashed 84

COMPLAINT| from page 13 town treasurer was receiving $103,000 for a position which had greater duties. Manoogian said the School Committee almost prompted him to file another Open Meeting complaint when it was ready to proceed with a recent executive session that was posted improperly. That agenda failed to state that the committee would be meeting open session before proceeding to the executive session. If the School Committee is unable to negotiate a settlement with Manoogian, the matter would be resolved by the state Attorney General. Jonathan Sclarsic, an Assistant Attorney General Director for the Division of Open Government, granted the School Committee an extension to file a formal answer to Manoogian’s complaint by Nov. 3. The committee is expected to review the complaint in executive session at its Oct. 26 meeting. Meanwhile, the School Committee has been looking at its formal policies to make sure they can comply with the state Open Meeting Law. During a meeting of the policy subcommittee this week, members agreed to grant two of five proposed changes submitted by Manoogian.

One of the proposals would require that all School Committee future agendas begin with the phrase “open session” at the top of the agenda, even if the executive session is the only agenda item. The other proposal that was approved would require the agendas “to be sufficiently specific to reasonably inform the public of the issues to be discussed at the meeting. Those changes would have to be approved by the full committee. “I’m glad that it was finally taken up after eight months,” Manoogian said in an interview this week. “I’m hoping that they pay attention to this. I would like them to resolve this so it doesn’t have to go to the AG’s Office,” he said. But Manoogian said he was disappointed that the subcommittee didn’t recommend approval of another measure that would list the 10 specific reasons for exemptions that allow discussion in executive session. “Is there such a thing as too much transparency? To state the 10 reasons, there is no harm in doing that,” Manoogian said. “There’s an old saying -there’s no such thing as too

become a source of pride for the Town of Saugus,” Fish said. “We are extremely excited to be moving forward with the middle-high school project and to welcome Suffolk aboard our project team,” said Building Committee and School Committee Chair Jeannie Meredith. “The detailed design phase of the project, where we are now, is another important step towards the continued prioritization of education within the community, which will benefit the children and residents for decades to come.” yards for a TD, Correia 16 yards and Mcgrane 28 yards for the rushing scores. Mabee completed 13 of 26 passes. The boys’ soccer team added a couple of victories, beating Winthrop, 4-1, and Pope John, 3-1. Jonathan Rodriguez and Ryan Pugh each converted two goals in the Winthrop contest. Against Pope John Joel DaSilva banged home two and Rodriguez added a goal. The team is now 6 and 2. Coach Larry Bolduc credited Gaspar Jean for his outstanding play as a playmaker in the Sachem back half. The golf team had a 46-26 victory over North Quincy and qualified for the state tournament.

much democracy. In this instance, there’s no such thing as too much transparency unless you are affecting somebody’s rights and privileges,” he said. “Overly vague” minutes that lack “specificity” are at the heart of the complaints Manoogian filed over the minutes for executive session. “The chairman expressed her feeling that to request such specificity and that such specificity was ‘nitpicking.’ “The chairman further claims that it has always been the practice of the Saugus School Committee to wait till the end of a two year term to approve minutes,” Manoogian wrote. As part of a settlement to his complaint, Manoogian said he would like to see the committee request training or attend training offered by the attorney general’s Division on Open Government. He also seek the immediate adoption of a policy that all meeting minutes be presented for adoption within 30 days, backed up with the supporting documents that were presented at the meeting. Manoogian contends that minutes written by the School Committee are so vague they often don’t say when a meeting began, when it ended, who was there and what was discussed.

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