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tion, said in her brief speech at the Saugus Iron Works National son, a member of the group Horses and Heroes Founda- Historic Site on Tuesday as Gecoya received a special tribute. “Today we honor the first recipient of the Medal of Honor in the history of the Saugus Police Department,” said Benson, a Saugus resident who owns Indian Rock Stables on Walden Terrace. “Lt. Detective David Gecoya is a testament to the level of excellence we expect from law enforcement officers and how they stand ready for whatever situation demands of them. … “I BEG YOUR PARDON!”: Skyllar Mullvaney (left) president of the Horses and Heroes Foundation, and Saugus Police Lieutenant Detective David Gecoya are amused at the way the officer’s namesake horse reacts after being introduced by the nickname “Shorty” – which is also Gecoya’s nickname. (Saugus Advocate photos by Mark E. Vogler)

Today we say thank you for being a true hero,” she said. Gecoya – joined by his wife and two sons and a handful of local and town officials – became the first Saugus police officer honored by the Horses and Heroes Foundation of Revere by having a horse named after him. The foundation bestowed the special recognition upon Lt. Detective Gecoya for his role in a March 2012 police chase during which he pursued a bank robbery and carjacking suspect from Saugus into Malden. Officers from the Malden Police Department were ex-

changing gunfire with the suspect when Gecoya arrived on the scene. He was credited with playing a crucial role in the detainment of the suspects, as well as with bringing those involved to safety. Lt. Detective Gecoya later received the 2013 Trooper George L. Hanna Award for bravery, the State of Massachusetts’s highest honor for bravery, for his role in the chase. A great honor “It is a great honor for the


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A FAMILY HONOR: Saugus Police Lieutenant Detective David Gecoya (right) shares a proud moment with his wife, Laura, and their two sons, Daniel (in front), 10, holding a plaque, and Dominick, 15, at the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site.

Horses and Heroes Foundation to name a police horse after our own Saugus Police Lieutenant Detective Gecoya,” Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree said. “Lieutenant Detective Gecoya’s actions exemplified extreme bravery and we in the Town of Saugus are lucky to have him as a member of our public safety department, working hard to keep our residents safe every day,” Crabtree said. The Revere-based foundation has donated 17 horses throughout the United States, according to its president, Skyllar Mullvaney. “The … Founda-

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Page 3 general public. They are a living memory and a reminder to all of us [of] the sacrifices that are made in the line of duty,” she said. The Foundation got its start in 2011 when it received the donation of a racehorse from Suffolk Downs. “We were barely up and running,” Mullvaney recalled. “The Foundation reached out to retired Alaska State Trooper


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HORSE AND HERO HONORED: Saugus Police Lieutenant Detective David Gecoya and his family are joined by Saugus Police Chief Domenic DiMella, Town Manager Scott Crabtree and State Rep. Donald Wong – and the horse that was named after Gecoya.

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An interview with Saugus TV Executive Director Bryan Nadeau on the role and potential of local public access television Editor’s Note: For this week’s interview, we sat down with Bryan Nadeau, who is nearing his four year-anniversary as executive director at Saugus TV, the town’s cable television station. Nadeau, 38, is a Beverly native and a 1997 Beverly High School graduate. He received his associate’s degree in radio and television production from Hesser College (1999) in Manchester, N.H. Before taking charge of the day-to-day operations of the local public access television station in Saugus, he worked more than 13

A: Saugus TV is the public access television station here in Saugus and the town. And what that means is we actually run the three channels of public access. There are three branches: Public (Channel 8), Government (Channel 9) and Educational (Channel 22). We run all three of those channels, subsequently, Channels 8, 9 and 22, on ComQ: Okay, Bryan. Tell me a lit- cast. And we’re here to assist the tle bit about Saugus TV, what it community in making their own stands for and what it encom- programing – if they have their passes. own ideas and they have their years as production coordinator at Marblehead Public Access (MHTV). He has worked for more than a decade as a producer and director of television for New England Championship Wrestling. Nadeau and his wife, Carrie, live in Derry, N.H., with their 14-month-old son, Brody. Some highlights of this week’s interview follow.


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Admitting to corruption Former town manager Bisignani pleads guilty to wrong doing in Saugus and Nahant


ormer Saugus Town Manager Andrew R. Bisignani has admitted he betraying the public trust in corrupt ways while administering local government in Saugus and later Nahant. Bisignani, 70, pleaded guilty yesterday to 12 counts of procurement fraud, destroying public records, municipal bid-rigging and other crimes related to his position as Town Manager of Saugus and Nahant from Jan. 1, 2009 to June 30, 2014. Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley sentenced him to two years of probation including six months of home confinement to begin after the federal home confinement sentence he is currently serving is completed in January, 2018. While on home confinement, Bisignani will only be allowed to leave his home for work, community service, medical and court appointments and religious services.Judge Feeley also imposed a $60,000 fine. “This scheme charged in this case did not just create an unfair playing field, but an almost entirely secret playing field where hundreds of thousands of dol-

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that. But because of the meeting schedule and things going on around the station, it’s tough to do it with one person. You really need a news team. And possibly in the future if we have more growth, we might be able to hire a reporter and videographer just to go around town and find stuff. But right now, that [the High School vandalism] was just a freak incident that affected us and we did it. Q: Any plans for the future of doing anything more like that? A: At the moment, no, just because it is a lot more work and we would have to hire more staff or scale back some of the meetings we cover. Because if you look at the schedule behind us, you can see that we’ve got all sorts of meetings. And then in the down times, that’s when we try to work with classes. Like right now, we’re doing a Stop-Motion [Animation Workshop] Class for teens to show them how to do the type of program that we won the award for. We had seven kids sign up. Two never showed up and one dropped out. We got about four now. But they are really into it. They’ve got stuff coming out that’s really cool. So, we have been doing that for the past few weeks. Then there’s also vacations and other stuff. But it takes time. Like you were saying, you’re doing an article and you got all of your notes, but you have to sit there and spend time writing it and proofreading it, making sure that it’s all set, spend some time fact-checking. Just because we tape something doesn’t mean it’s ready for viewing right away. We have to put the words on, the graphics, the date, the copyright … all of that stuff. And then we have to wait for the computer to do its thing. It’s almost like baking a cake. You put all of the ingredients together, shove it in the oven and wait for the oven

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to do its job. Q: You’ve been here almost about four years. If there is one single program that drew the most attention or most hits, what would that be? A: Well, our Founders Day coverage is definitely our flagship program, where we go live at 9 o’clock in the morning and we go off the air at 3 o’clock, or whenever the last act [in front of Town Hall] is done on the stage. A lot of people really enjoy that. They’ll watch us, or they’ll come down and see themselves on TV. Some people can’t get out of their house to see the festivities, so they really enjoy that. There was a year before I got here that it wasn’t covered live, and there was a huge backlash in town. Q: People were in an uproar? A: Yeah, they were very disappointed. Q: So, that would be your signature event? A: Yes, that’s our biggest thing. Come spring, we’ve got to start thinking about Founders Day and what we’re going to do. Q: And then the Tree Lighting, too. A: The Tree Lighting is probably our second biggest event. That one isn’t as tough, because we don’t go live. We’re just shooting all of the things and we edit it, so our stress level goes down a little bit. But actually doing a live production for eight hours is a huge undertaking. Especially to make sure that the feed stays up the whole eight hours so everybody can see it and can hear it good, and there’s enough material so there’s not dead air. And, then, there’s also the setup and breakdown, all in the same day, too. We bring a whole truckload of equipment, set up the tent. That’s our biggest thing [Founders Day]. It’s usually a 10-hour day to add to about a 40-hour-week. Q: And then you do the football games in the fall. A: Yes. We have been doing single camera shoots of those; we’ll come back and put the words and graphics on them and air those about a week later. Q: Do you go on the road with the Sachems [football team]? A: Normally we don’t, unless the team is good and in post-season tournaments. If something is at Salem State or a neighboring

town that’s not too far … and again, there’s availability, we’ll do our best to cover it. And one of the things in the future that we’re hoping, is to get a production van as part of our equipment. And what that will allow – we can have more volunteers and have multi-cameras for these games instead of just the one camera in centerfield going back and forth. We can have more cameras and edit it right there. And, depending upon the location, we may be able to go live. Especially, if they give us a new drop here. So, in the future, we’d hope to grow the sports coverage. Again, we had a board a few years ago that didn’t want us to cover any sports … that it was up to the schools. And so there was a full year that we didn’t cover any sports and people were disappointed, so when we got the new board, it was one of the things – we decided to at least cover three or four of each game. There are certain sports that just don’t lend well to single camera, like track or tennis. But we do a good majority of the sports, like hockey, girls’ and boys’ basketball. We’ve actually tried covering wrestling, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ field hockey, volleyball – which I didn’t think was going to be easy, but it came out pretty good – football, baseball, softball. We try to cover the gamut. Q: Do you have any plans for, like, a half-hour weekly news program? A: At the moment, no, just because things happen so much during the week and I would have to dedicate staff just to work on news. When I was in Marblehead, we did do a weekly newscast. It was a half hour newscast. But we didn’t have all of those meetings to cover. We just did Selectmen every other week and School Committee every other week. And there was just a twoperson staff and we got it done. This town has so many meetings pop up and people want them covered, so we focus on that rather than try to do a newscast. Like I said, I tried to do that “Saugus Our Town,” which was more like a “Chronicle”-type monthly broadcast, and even that got to be too much. Then you have


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ASK | from page 10 to dig and try to find stuff and find stuff, and it becomes not tedious, but more than we can do here. Because we also have the volunteers who come and go all day long, too. And that volunteer base has been growing. Q: How many volunteers? A: We have a good corps of a dozen volunteers that come in throughout the week. Q: All ages? A: All ages. We got a couple of church groups that come in every week. They’ll take out a camera to cover their Sunday service. They’ll come in Monday to drop it off, then they’ll come in another day so they can edit it. We’ve got the Teen TV Workshop that we held last year, that gave us a good half dozen students from the High School and Middle School age. One of them is producing a Ninja movie, so we have been helping him produce that over the school year here. I think he says it should be done by the fall. We’ve got that wrestling show, Starship Wrestling, a perfect example of public access user – Jimmie Carabineris – he lives in town, he knew we have studio and he had an idea for a show. And we helped him get there. It was a little rough, the first episode or two. We advised that he find a co-host. And he did. And now he’s been doing it for well over a year with his co-host [Josh Clabeaux]. And he does it once a month, so we make sure that the studio is available for him. In a perfect world, he would have

his own crew and we would just open the door and let him in. It’s harder to find those types of people, so I always say that the more effort the volunteer shows, the more effort we’ll show in helping him or her get that production off of the ground. Q: Any plans for the fall, for the Selectmen and School Committee election campaigns? A: Yes. Nothing official yet. But the board [Cable Television Commission] and I have been in discussions about our coverage and possibly a debate. We’re sort of in the preliminaries on that. In years past, candidates have been invited in to do their, like, three-minute statements. We’ll most likely be doing that again … flush out the dates and the logistics of it all. And then there will be the ads on the community bulletin board, the paid ads that they always do. I would like to try to do some sort of election result show. They used to do that years ago before I got here, but things fell apart, kind of with the division of the town. So, now, it’s about trying to find a person who is neutral and doesn’t care about which way the wind blows, but just wants to get the information out there. Q: What’s the most challenging part of your job? A: The toughest part is probably – I don’t want to say making everybody happy – everybody wants something from us, and we do our best to give that to them. We cover all of these meetings. Obviously, we can’t cover every single meeting that there is under the sun, so the hardest

part is trying to figure out what’s more important and what the town wants. I’d love to see more community involvement to help out on these things. Yes, they are volunteer positions. But it’s helping out your community. Instead of all of us working Memorial Day – maybe two or three of us working with several community people – and now it’s a community production instead of just a station production. That’s what I’d like to see. It’s tough getting people that have the time and drive to want to volunteer, pretty much. And then scheduling all of these meetings that pop up within 48 hours’ notice. But I do have the good staff. Michelle [Madar] is my production manager, so she looks at that [Town of Saugus] website 300 times a day to see if a meeting pops up. She’ll go down to Town Hall to see if something is posted. Any time that a volunteer comes in who needs a camera or a computer, she takes care of it. Rachel [Appel] is my program manager. Anything you see on those three channels, she sits there all day … making sure that everything is programed correctly and that you don’t see something that you’re not supposed to see. There’s not a lot of black [on the screen] or dead air. And John [Prudent] is a real artist. The creative aspect of making a production look a little better – because anybody can just take a camera and shoot something and put it on TV – but it’s the graphics and the design of it and putting it all


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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, July 21, 2017

3rd Annual Moms Cancer Fighting Angels Car Show and Cruise Night at Fuddruckers in Saugus

Organizers, Guy Moley, John Melanson, Jodi Comeau and Shawn Murphy.

Alan Difaba was getting a few batarang lessons from Batman.

To the Batmobile, Mauri Torres was ready to fight crime.

Daniel Carnovale checks out the custom painted Harley-Da- John Squatrito with a great vidson Trike. face painting.

Danielle and Dash Addario.

Lili Teheen shown with a SS Monte Carlo.

Beth Broughton sold jewelry to fight cancer.

A 1966 Chevelle owned by Karen and Don Nicolls.

Lauren Murphy and Alexis Joy Comeau.

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The car club members, The Route 1 Riders are, Paul Birchmore, VP Cara Sartorelli, President Jim Mullin and Steve Sancchetti.

Elizabeth Silipini with Batman.

Cameron and Hannah Strong.

Lookin’ good are Alison Gauthier, Darlene Coates and Nicole Coates.

2016 All American Harley-Davidson Trike shown with June Hawkins and Lance Blais.

Gino Trichilo, owns a ‘67 Mustang and Don Manfra a ‘56 Chevy Belair

Bill Pappas and Jonah the balloon guy.

Welcoming over 200 cars and motorcycles enthusiasts is Guy Moley.

A ‘71 Dart Swinger, Ron and Alex Wallace.

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SHS Class of 1967 to hold 50th reunion September 9


he Saugus High School Class of 1967’s 50 th Reunion will be held Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Four Points by Sheraton Wakefield Hotel. On Friday, September 8, from 6:30 p.m. there will be a meet and greet at the hotel bar. The main event is on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., featuring a cocktail hour and buffet dinner. A remembrance will be held, to honor depart-

ed classmates, and a tribute to military classmates. On Sunday, September 10 at 11 a.m., a walkthrough of Saugus High School will be held. Please check out the Facebook page Saugus High Class of 1967. If anyone has not received their invitation, please post on the Facebook page or contact Janet Wilson Wallace, 9 Pevwell Dr., Saugus, MA 01906.

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roll in courses to learn how to use video production equipment. Once certified, members can borrow equipment or reserve studio time for creating a program that will air on Saugus TV. Members also help Saugus TV on community productions, such as Founders Day. Meeting coverage: Board of Selectmen, School Committee, Town Meeting, Board of Health, Library Board of Trustees, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals. Event coverage: Founders Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Saugus High School

graduation. Member programs: Starship Wrestling, In The Know, Jesus Center of Good News, Cliftondale Congregational, and Just My Opinion. Station programs: Town Manager’s Desk, Teen TV Workshop, and Saugus Our Town. Staff: Bryan Nadeau, executive director (b.nadeau@; Rachel Appel, program manager (r.appel@; Michelle Madar, production manager (; John Prudent, studio associate (

problematic when you’re trying to run a business. Q: Where would be the place or the best option for relocating? That big building down in Cliftondale [MEG Building]? A: The old Cliftondale School? That’s one of the options. We could always rent something on Route 1. We could kind of hold out and see if any of these buildings that are going to be taken off-line become available, because I think that Youth & Rec is going to go into one of the schools, eventually, so the Youth & Rec building might open up. So it’s all the logistics of trying to figure out what our best option would be, because we have to spend money no matter where we are, to outfit us to where we need to be and also upgrade us for the future. Because that would be the time to become HD-ready … stream-ready, so we can actually start streaming these meetings live or streaming our channel live on the Internet. Those are some of the plans. But, right now, nothing is set in stone. We don’t have a lease with anybody. We’re trying to figure out our best cost options. Q: What’s the most fun part or the most interesting part of your job? A: Well, everything we do, and everything the volunteers do, it’s creative, so you really never know what you are going to get and everybody else has a different set of eyes. So, I can see something one way, give it to John [Prudent] and he’ll see it a completely different way – and it’s a completely different approach than what I thought. Public access is a truly collaborative effort. And the more people who join in, the easier and more fun things become. To be honest, sometimes these meetings become just literal chores, so it’s nice to do the studio productions where you can control the environment – it’s not a live thing – and we can stop and fix your hair or fix a mike … the lighting is too bright here, let’s

dim it. So, that’s always been my passion with television: trying to find the right bounds and be creative. It’s almost like painting or a drawing, but it’s just a different type of artistic medium. So, that’s what I find fun about it. And seeing the people – like the kids – enjoying the Stop-Motion Class and really being involved in it. Or a volunteer coming through the door and saying, “I have an idea” and then responding, “Great. Let’s figure out if we can do it.” That’s what I like about Public Access. That’s why I’ve been in it almost 20 years now. Q: Anything else that you would like to share about the studio, about Saugus TV or about plans for the future? A: Not really. Just with all the turmoil that’s happened in the four years that I’ve been here, it’s kind of nice that we’re out of that darkness and we’re going on the path to grow us in the future. Not that we’ve been stagnant, but it’s now time that we have to start thinking of the next 10 years. Basically, this station, as the town knows it, came about in 2007 after Comcast. The TV station has been around since the 80s. But, really, people see it from 2007 to now and the whole mess there. I’m very excited to be looking ahead to the next 10 years, because we got all of that stuff behind us. I don’t see us going back that way. And I want to see us grow. I want to see the volunteerism – people really use us. Maybe our new location will help that if we are in the center of town or have more visibility on Route 1, or something like that. And, the fact that … I know people have stayed away because of the turmoil. Hopefully, all of the positive press that has been coming up over the past six months to a year now is going to trump all of the bad press we’ve had over the past four years. We really do need to move into the future. We’re still in SD Mode. At some point, we could be switching over to HD and we need to be ready.

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By Mark Vogler

Farmer’s Market is Back! The Annual Saugus Farmer’s Market returned last week for another season. The market will operate every Tuesday until October – from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – in the Anna Parker Playground parking lot at 120 Essex St. The market offers vegetables, fruits, fresh fish, baked goods and other good stuff.

ere are a few tidbits that you might want to know about this week in Saugus. Coming attractions at Saugus Public Library Here a few things coming up: • Special Author Visit and Storytime Saugus police officer chides governor on identity Saugus native Kelli Conley Martini will be here on Tuesday, July fraud Saugus Police Officer James Scott drew some attention this 25 at 4:30 p.m., to read her picture book – “A School Year in the week when he called Governor Charlie Baker out on the immi- Life of a Pencil” – and share her story about her journey as a writer. There’s a book-signing, too. gration issue. • Build a Better World Egg Drop Competition “I think the fraud starts at the registry,” Scott said in a story pubThursday, Aug. 10 at 3:30 p.m. Can you and your team make a lished by the Boston Herald. He told the newspaper that hundreds of police officers around the region who’ve been trained in “Build a Better World”–themed contraption that when dropped his “Identifying the Impostor” class are nabbing illegal immigrants from a considerable height will not break the raw egg put inside? We’ll drop your contraption from the top front windows of the liwith fraudulently obtained Massachusetts driving licenses. “He talks a good game. He says he wants to do something about brary at 295 Central St. Winners will enter into a drawing for a spethe heroin epidemic, but in the end he doesn’t make any chang- cial prize. • Tend the Children’s Garden with Youth and Nature! es,” Scott told the Herald. Scott is being credited by police officers with training them to Every Tuesday, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. • Healthy Lifestyle at Saugus Public Library detect illegal immigrants – many when they are busted on drug“Fitness & Nutritional Meal Design” will be presented by Don dealing charges – who’ve obtained Massachusetts driver’s licenses by stealing other people’s identities,” according to the newspaper. Doward at the library on Thursday, August 17 at 6:00 p.m. Don is “He said database searches showing duplicate documentation a Lifestyle Design Consultant, Culinary Consultant, Chef, Master suggest there could be tens of thousands of fraudulent IDs in Mas- of Fitness Design and Master of Fitness Sciences with 20 years in the fitness industry to go along with his restaurant experience. He sachusetts alone,” the Herald reported. Scott said his program, which trains cops to compare the ap- uses this expertise to craft programs that will create a profound plicant’s date of birth and Social Security number to an FBI data- life change. Don was also a chef at Hilltop Steakhouse for 36 years. This free program is sponsored by New Friends of Saugus Pubbase, could help Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) officials identify illegal immigrants when they are seeking licenses with fraudu- lic Library lent information. The governor defended the state’s ability to detect identity fraud Buy a brick to honor vets The Saugus War Monument Committee is sponsoring the“BUY A after he was criticized by Scott for ignoring the success of a training system that some 700 cops and government officials – including BRICK” program to honor all those who have served their country. New Hampshire RMV employees – are using to spot bogus docu- If you would like to purchase one in the name of someone who is ments. Baker told the Herald the state has “ongoing training and presently serving or has served, in the memory of a loved one, or people who work at the Registry on fraud intervention and fraud just from your family, school, etc., the general pricing is $100 for a 4” x 8” brick (three lines), $200 for an 8” x 8” brick (five lines) and protection and fraud referral mechanisms all the time.” $500 (five lines) for a corporate brick. Each line is a maximum of 15 characters. A “Friday Night Lights” Connection The improvement and upkeep of the monument on the corner I have a couple of things in common with Brandon and Miryam Allison, the couple from Texas who are the driving force behind of Winter and Central Streets relies on the generosity of donors TrueVine Church of Saugus. They were the subject of “The Advo- through fundraising. The brick application must be in by August 15 to assure the bricks cate Asks”column two weeks ago. They both hail from Odessa, Tex. They spent most of their lives there before heading to Massachu- will be ready for Veterans Day.Please contact Corinne Riley at 781231-7995 for any information and applications. setts on a mission from God a few years ago. I’m a former Odessa resident, too, though I had a very brief stay. I lived and worked as a reporter out in the oil patch, back in 1977 Summer Pre-K and Elementary Registration When: Tuesday, July 25, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.; Tuesday, August and 1978. Our second connection is the Permian High Panthers – the subject of the famous book “Friday Night Lights” and the mov- 1; Tuesday, August 8; Tuesday, August 15. Where: 23 Main St., Roby Building, downstairs School Commitie that was produced. To earn a little extra money, I moonlighted by covering the Permian Panthers on Friday nights – a decade be- tee Room. What to Bring: Child’s birth certificate (official copy), recent physfore the book was written. Brandon tells me he was a linebacker on the Panthers and they ical exam with immunization records, proof of residency (utility bill, mortgage or lease agreement); picture ID of parent/guardian were filming the movie in his senior year at Permian High. (passport or driver’s license). Registration Packets with additional documents that will need A teachable moment Somebody filed a complaint with the Office of Campaign & Po- to be completed will be provided at the registration site. litical Finance (OCPF) last month, alleging that the Saugus Parents for a New High/Middle School raised and spent money to support Beyond Walls in neighboring Lynn What: Today through Saturday, 10 murals are being painted by inthe proposed project without organizing a ballot question committee. Members of the group and administrators of the Facebook Page coordinated with vendors and town residents on the process by which supporters could obtain campaign materials, including lawn signs and bumper stickers. “Based on our review, we have determined that Saugus Parents for a New High/Middle School failed to organize as ballot question committee prior to soliciting and receiving funds (in the form of selling bumper stickers or pooling their resources [in the form of coordinating to print lawn signs]) to support the ballot question,” said OCPF Director Michael J. Sullivan. “Once this office contacted you, however, the Committee organized and filed its pre-election campaign finance report prior to the election,” Sullivan wrote in his letter to William Marchand. The OCPF goes on to say it is satisfied that the Saugus Parents for a New High/Middle School has filed the required statement of organization and all campaign finance reports. Sullivan concluded in his letter that “because we believe the guidance provided as a result of this review will ensure compliance in the future, we have determined that no further action is required and this matter may now be closed.”

Page 15 ternational and domestic artists on building exteriors throughout downtown Lynn as part of Beyond Walls, an ambitious effort to galvanize the city of Lynn by using art to encourage visitation and spark economic vitality. This bold initiative – which includes art and lighting installations and a series of events staged throughout the downtown area – is designed to showcase Lynn as a vibrant, multicultural community and a welcoming destination for visitors and a new generation of residents. This Saturday, July 22, Beyond Walls will host a ‘Rock the Block’ party with live music, artists at work, gourmet food trucks and craft beer. All programs are free and open to the public. The friends at Uber are helping bridge the gap from Wonderland Station to Rock the Block. On Saturday from noon to 10:00 p.m., enter code BEYOND WALLS in the Uber app and get 10% off two rides between Wonderland Station and Central Square. Who: • 10 international and local artists • Al Wilson, Founder, Beyond Walls When: • Artists painting from 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 21; Saturday, July 22 • Rock the Block party, Saturday, July 22 – 12:00-10:00 p.m. Where: • Map of artist locations: – Rock the Block party: Central Square, Downtown Lynn Contact: •Lauren Judge, ljudge@, 781.223.6124 or 617.391.9625; on-site contact: Carla Scheri, carlascheri@gmail. com, 617.455.5980 2017 Salem Maritime Festival – “Maritime 101” Friday, August 4 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Saturday, August 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, August 6 from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. The 2017 Salem Maritime Fes-


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Town promotes five veteran firefighters By Mark E. Vogler


t was the main event last Friday at Saugus Town Hall. Five veteran firefighters with an aggregate of 107 years of employment gathered with family and friends near the inside entrance for a swearing-in ceremony. The installation of new Deputy Chief Thomas D’Eon topped the list of promotions. D’Eon – a 13-year veteran of the town’s fire service and husband of Selectman Jennifer D’Eon – Replaces former Deputy Chief Donald Shea, who retired last December after 38 years with the department. D’Eon is a Malden native, but has planted strong roots in Saugus -- his father and grandparents are from here. D’Eon’s 10-year-old son, Jake, pinned the deputy chief badge on his father

Firefighter Joe Phelan pinned a new captain’s badge on his father, Saugus Fire Captain Scott Phelan, who has 19 years with Saugus Also among those receiving promotions: • Lt. Damian Drella, a 1985 Saugus High School graduate with 26 years of experience with the Fire Department. • Lt. Mark Gannon, who has 23 years fighting fires in Saugus. • Capt. James Hughes, A Melrose High School graduate who has worked 26 of his 31 years in firefighting in Saugus. “It is an honor and a privilege to promote these five individuals,” said Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree, who presided over the ceremony. “I am confident that they will excel in their new positions and continue to serve our Town and

HORSE | from page 3 Terrence Shannigan and asked his permission to name a horse in his honor. That horse is now a United States Park Police Horse,” she said. “We recently had the honor of naming a horse after Auburn Police Officer Ron Tarentino. He was slain in the line of duty last May. The horse named in his Honor, Tarentino Strong, is in Washington, D.C., working as a United States Park Police

horse,” she said. “Shorty” meets “Shorty” Tuesday’s event began on a comical note when Lt. Detective Gecoya got to greet the horse that received his name. Mullvaney noted that the horse’s nickname was “Shorty” – just like Gecoya. The horse raised his head and made a noise, as if to object to being called Shorty. “He wasn’t

SOUNDS | from page 15 tival, a celebration of “Maritime 101,” will be held Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6, 2017, and hosted by the National Park Service on the historic wharves and in the yards of the historic buildings at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. In its 29th year, the three-day Salem Maritime Festival offers an exciting array of free fun for everyone, including live music, harbor cruises, craft demonstrations, reenactors, story-telling, visiting vessels, fish-painting, kite-flying, radio-controlled boats, and much more! Candidates’ views are welcome Speaking of a willingness to talk about the issues, we’re going to hear a lot more from potential candidates as the summer moves on. Another local election campaign is creeping up. Nomination papers won’t be available at the Town Clerk’s Office until July 24. But we’ve already had two potential challengers surface in the selectmen’s race. The Saugus Advocate welcomes campaign announcements from candidates seeking public office in the fall elections. Email me a letter stating your interest and qualifications for the position you are seeking, and we’ll be glad to publish it along with a photo. It should be interesting to see whether the overwhelming supporter by voters on the school building project will give incumbents on the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee a tide to ride right into the November general election. Stay tuned. Want to volunteer to help Saugus government? This is my final email from Susan Dunn. It’s an announcement about Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree accepting resumes/applications from Saugus residents for several volunteer positions on the following boards and commissions. So, if you have spare time and feel civic-minded, check these out: • Board of Assessors – one position. The responsibility of this Board is to annually determine the full and fair market value of all real estate in the Town. Guidelines are set by the Dept. of Revenue, Bureau of Local Assessment.

SALUTING A CENTURY OF SERVICE: Saugus Fire Chief Michael Newbury, left, stands with the five members of his department who recently received promotions. Overall, the men account for more than a hundred years of collective service with the town’s Fire Department. They include Lt. Mark Gannon, Lt. Damian Drella, Capt. Scott Phelan, Capt. James Hughes, Deputy Chief Thomas D’Eon and Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree. (Courtesy photos from Andrea Drella to The Saugus Advocate)

FOR YOU, DAD: Firefighter Joe Phelan pins a new captain’s badge on his father, Saugus Fire Captain Scott Phelan last Friday during a swearing-in ceremony at Saugus Town Hall.

the residents to the best of their abilities,” Crabtree said. Chief Michael Newbury said he considered each of the men assets to the department.

“I’ve been through the ranks bury said. and I appreciate the effort “I’m proud of all of them. I they’ve all put into their careers think they’re going to fill their and sacrifices they’ve made to new roles very well,” he said. get to these positions.” New-

too happy,” Gecoya said later. “Nothing short about him. He’s a big boy.” “L.T.” is a Standardbred Holdsteiner-cross, about 11 years old, according to Mullvaney. He is 17 hands tall and weighs about 1,400 pounds, she said. Shari Wolk of Michigan donated the horse to the Horses and Heroes Foundation. The horse had spent its previous years as a dressage horse. “He’s a Canadian Warmblood,” Benson said. “Now, he’s onto the next stage of his life. The

life of a mounted police horse ized bank employees and stole is very nice.” $4,900 from Saugusbank on March 23, 2012, before fleeing Honored for bravery to Malden in a stolen car. “We decided to Honor Lt. DeDuring the incident, the sustective Gecoya for his bravery,” pects took off from Saugusbank Mulvaney said. “We will head and initiated a police chase into to Malden late in the summer Malden. After abandoning the to Honor Sgt. Casaletto for his getaway car, the suspects hibravery.” jacked a vehicle containing a Lt. Detective Gecoya and De- mother and child, and then tective Michael Casaletto were after a chase, one suspect hithe recipients of the Trooper jacked a second car and forced George L. Hanna 2013 Med- the female occupant out of it. al of Honor for helping to apprehend two men who terror-

• Board of Health – one position. Members are responsible for protecting and serving the citizens in health areas, such as food sanitation, restaurants, markets, compliance with the state sanitary and other health codes as well as emergency preparedness. Medical degree or physicians preferred. • Boats and Waterways Commission – two positions. One position requires that the person be a waterway-abutting homeowner with no commercial interest in waterways or adjacent lands. One position requires that the person be a Saugus Town Meeting member. • Commission on Disabilities – three positions. The responsibilities of these positions are to answer questions and provide referral guidance regarding disability-related issues in accordance with the Mass. General Laws. • Conservation Commission – one position. The Commission’s responsibility is to preserve the natural resources of Saugus and to protect the remaining open spaces, wildlife, salt marshes and ponds, and restore streams and the Saugus River to their natural state. • Youth and Recreation – two positions. The Commission was established for the purpose of carrying out programs, including but not limited to, those designed to meet the opportunities, challenges and problems of the youth of the town. If interested in one or more of these positions, please submit a letter of interest and a resume by Friday, July 28 to: Saugus Town Manager; 298 Central St., Suite 1, Saugus, MA 01906. Historical happenings on Round Hill The Saugus Historical Commission has set out an informative pamphlet at Town Hall, reporting the progress of the Round Hill Historical Site, which sits behind the Public Safety Building on Hamilton Street. A formal dedication of the site is expected in September. The ceremony will include burial of the time capsule created during the 2015 anniversary celebration. The brochure describes Round Hill as “Part of a highly significant Native American Cluster,” noting that Native Americans gathered stone from the ledge of jasper at the foot of Round Hill for tools.


“As we near the realization of this collaboration with a variety of individuals and groups, we look forward to a site where the general public will be able to visit, attend events and share in the proud history of Round Hill,” the brochure noted. “The area’s extensive history, culture and natural resources will be preserved for future generations. The results of this partnership will be an amazing picture of our past being created in-situ through the preservation of the Round Hill Historic Site,” it continued. Anyone can become “A Friend of Round Hill” by making a donation to the Saugus Historical Commission, ℅ Round Hill Project, 298 Central St., Saugus, MA 01906. 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 16 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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Ballard Early Childhood Center students experience nature at Wheelabrator

ore than 150 students, teachers and parents from the Ballard Early Childhood Center got up close and personal with nature during the school’s annual field trip to Wheelabrator Technologies’Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. The students learned about bees and the importance of pollination, plants at the sanctuary and the animals that rely on them, the coastal landscape and estuary and how butterflies come into being. They also planted wildflower seeds, and there was an arts and crafts station. After the learning stations, the students enjoyed lunch from Prince Pizzeria and entertainment. “The students look forward to visiting Wheelabrator’s Bear

Creek Wildlife Sanctuary every year,” said Ballard Principal Marie Bridges. “It’s an opportunity for them to learn about nature in a fun environment.” “The kids love coming here,” teacher Barbara Wall said. “Wheelabrator Saugus does a great job of making an educational field trip an enjoyable experience. The kids learned a lot and had a good time doing it.” Bear Creek is a 370-acre wildlife refuge abutting the 2,274acre Rumney Marsh ecosystem in Saugus and Revere that operates in concert with the adjacent Wheelabrator monofill and energy-from-waste facility. The sanctuary, which has received the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Conservation Certification, dem-

HAVING FUN AT BEAR CREEK WILDLIFE SANCTUARY: Students enjoyed the entertainment after lunch (Courtesy Photo from Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. to The Saugus Advocate)

onstrating Wheelabrator’s com- ardship, is home to 178 species of mitment to environmental stew- migratory birds, as well as other

wildlife, such as coyotes, foxes, raccoons and snakes. Wheelabrator has strived to increase diversity on the site, providing quality food sources, cover and space for migratory birds. Through partnerships with local educational institutes, the sanctuary is actively used as a classroom and field laboratory for a variety of environmental studies. “We are proud of Bear Creek and pleased to share it with the community,” said Wheelabrator Saugus General Manager Peter Kendrigan. “The students learn about environmental sustainability, responsible waste management and a natural resource in their own community that they may not have been aware of.”

Selfless sisters sell lemonade for Children’s Hospital


n Saturday, Emma, 6, and Gianna Guarente, 8, of Saugus, sold lot of lemonade, raising over $1,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital outside their dad’s business on Route 1 south. The caring young ladies received some big donations, including $100 from Timothy Hogan and $100 from Junk Depot. Jamie Perkins, whose son, Jace, has been helped greatly by Boston Children’s Hospital, came by with his donation of $100. And a lot of other people came out for a great cause. Business neighbor Gentle Dental donated cookies and helped out the girls as well. According to their dad, Leo, owner of, the girls enjoyed their fundraising event so much, they have decided to make it an annual summer event. Saugus Police Officer Greg Wells with Emma


Caring sisters Emma and Gianna Guarente are shown with their proud parents, Leo Jamie Perkins is shown with and Aimee, during Saturday’s Emma and Gianna. event on Route 1 south.

HISTORY AT THE IRON WORKS: Skyllar Mullvaney, president of the Horses and Heroes Foundation, enjoys a moment of calm with “L.T.,” the first horse being named after a Saugus police HEADED TO WASHINGTON: The horse nicknamed “L.T.,” which officer for his heroics. “L.T.” is the nickname of the horse named after Saugus Police Lieutenwas named after Saugus Police Lieutenant Detective David Ge- ant Detective David Gecoya, who was honored this week for being the first Saugus Police Decoya, relaxes with Skyllar Mullvaney, president of the Horses partment recipient of the Trooper George L. Hanna Medal of Honor. and Heroes Foundation. “L.T.” will report to duty in Washington, D.C., next month to join other horses in a mounted unit. all fired shots at the suspect and There will be a future cere- think it’s a beautiful horse and the vehicle hit the curb. Ekasa- mony for the officer in Malden it will be put to great use in the la was fatally struck during the who was involved with the inci- parks of Washington, D.C.” | from page 16 arrived on the scene to ob- exchange. dent – probably later this year, Gecoya said his namesake serve the gunfire exchange and A plaque that Gecoya re- according to Mullvaney. horse hasn’t seen the last of According to police reports, shot at the suspect, but “then ceived at the ceremony this him. “We’ll check in on him,” Casaletto ordered the suspect, stopped, realizing there were week described the essence of “A beautiful horse” Gecoya said. “We go down to William Ekasala, 35, of East Bos- civilians in the area.” bravery. “Bravery is not the ab“I was a little taken back that Washington, pretty much evton, to drop his weapon and Officers Casaletto, Gecoya, sence of fear but action in the they are doing this,” Gecoya ery year. So, we hope to see was then fired upon. Gecoya Delaney, Correale and Selfridge face of fear,” the inscription says. said. “It’s an honor, obviously. I him again.”


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ADMITTING | from page 7 Grand Jury had subpoenaed from the Town of Nahant. During the period of the grand jury investigation and service of the subpoena, Bisignani met with one of the Selectmen for the Town of Nahant and discussed whether hei would continue to be employed as Town Administrator.During this meeting, Bisignani concealed a tape recorder in the room and secretly recorded the meeting, according to prosecutors. The scheme orchestrated by Bisignani during his tenure as Town Manager in Saugus and Nahant entailed the hiring of choice vendors without, effectively, any public procurement process. Through the scheme, Bisignani directed the Town of Saugus to pay invoices for projects that were never advertised, not subject to any public bidding, and were identified as so-called ‘emergency’ procurements that were not approved by the Department of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM). The invoices approved by Bisignani (1) disclosed only a portion of a project’s cost, (2) designated foreseeable projects as ‘emergency’ work, and (3) did not include payment of prevailing wages. Bisignani also caused payments of for these ‘split invoices’ to be spread out, further concealing the true cost of the projects, and obscuring the necessity that those projects be subject to public bidding and advertising.Additionally, Bisignani’s purposeful failure to comply with procurement laws caused the Town of Saugus to hire a vendor during a period that the vendor had been barred from providing services to municipalities by the Department of Industrial Accidents.Moreover, Bisignani also approved multiple payments by the Town of Saugus to vendors for the same services. An Essex County Grand Jury indicted Bisignani on Dec. 30, 2014 after a two-year investigation by the District Attorney’s Office.Essex ADAs Hopwood and Mallard were cross-designated as Spe-
























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ty grand jury indicted him in December 2014 on 14 counts related to his improper handling of contracts while he was Saugus town manager and continuing to tenure as Nahant town administrator. Four of the charges relate to his actions as Saugus town manager and occurred between Jan. 1, 2009, and Feb. 1, 2012. They included two counts of procurement fraud that cited Bisignani for spending $92,425 to purchase seven vehicles from Brothers Auto Body in Revere without waiting for potentially lower outside bids, according to Essex District Blodgett’s office. Bisignani’s alleged illegal actions as Saugus town manager also include one count of knowing violation of laws relating to the incurring of liability and expenditure of public funds and one count of failure to provide public notice of competitive bids. The violations that led to the Nahant charges occurred between Feb. 1, 2012, and June 30, 2014, according to the district attorney’s office. They include “destroying public records, unlawfully intercepting oral communications and misleading person(s) in connection with a criminal proceeding.� Bisignani was also accused of procurement fraud and failure to provide notice of competitive bids, as was the case in Saugus.


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Mary A. (Deveau) Phipps f Saugus, age 91, July 17. Loving wife of Albert J. Phipps with whom she shared 69 years of marriage. Beloved mother of Debra Provost & her husband John of Billerica. Dear sister of Donald Deveau of Peabody, the late Robert Deveau & the late Barbara Pynn. Also survived by many nieces & nephews. Funeral service held in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus on Thursday, July 20. Interment Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Saugus Senior Center, 466 Central St., Saugus, MA 01906.

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SAUGUS Perfectly located 6 room Col offers 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, lvrm, dnrm, spac eat-in kitchen, walk-up attic, updated roof, windows, & heat, two car detached garage, level lot, loc Saugus Center..............................................................$419,900.

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SAUGUS Brookdale Condos offers this 3 room condo, spacious living room, large bedroom, one off street parking, extra storage, located just outside Saugus Center ...........................................................................$169,900.

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NORTH END BOSTON 1st AD Battery Wharf Penthouse condo offers one bedroom, gourmet kit w/granite & stainless, great open floor plan, king-size bedrooms w/custom bathrm, whirlpool & sep shower, central air, two car garage parking, great amenities, PERFFECT!...............$1,300,000.

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SAUGUS VERY RARE opportunity to own two houses on one lot! One home offers 8 rooms, 2 baths, garage. Second home offers 4 room on two levels. Sits on large, level lot....................$499,900.

SAUGUS 1st AD Split Entry Ranch offers 7 rms, 2-3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, lvrm w/cath ceil & skylight, dnrm, eat-in kitchen, hardwood flooring, finished lower level, newer gas heat, level yard w/patio......................$399,900.

SAUGUS Parkway Farms Split Entry Ranch offers 8 rms, 3 bdrms, 3 baths, 2 fireplaces, beautiful, updated kit open to 1st flr famrm, master w/bath, great rm in LL, hdwd, cen air, alarm, 2 c gar, sprinkler system, cul-de-sac MINT!!...........$599,900.

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SAUGUS ~ Rehabbed colonial. 3 beds, 2 new baths. New kitchen, granite counters, double wall ovens, new plumbing, new gas heat, new AC system, 1st floor laundry …………………………….……$459,900

MELROSE: 2 Family, 2900 square feet, 1 car garage, shed. Owners unit has 3 bedrooms and 2 levels, great investment opportunity., deck, central AC, Call today!……………………………$599,900

SAUGUS ~ Newer (1985) 2 unit. 3 beds, 2 baths in top unit, master bath, deck, pellet stove. 1 bedroom apartment has separate driveway and entrance. Walk to busline………………………………………$529,000

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