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GEARING UP FOR ANOTHER YEAR: Saugus High School Principal Michael Hashem and Brendon Sullivan, assistant principal and curriculum director, are already planning for the opening of a new Saugus Middle-High School, still three years away. When classes begin next Tuesday (Aug. 29) for the start of a new school year, the freshman and sophomores will have their own wings – with their lockers and core teachers located in their respective areas – one of the major changes at the High School (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

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A Team Leader’s Task Veteran Special Education teacher Nicole Newbury takes charge of program at Saugus High School

A NEW CHALLENGE: Veteran Special Education teacher Nicole Newbury in her office this week at Saugus High School, preparing for a new role as Evaluation Team Leader (ETL) when the new school year opens next Tuesday (Aug. 29). After a dozen years as a classroom teacher, Newbury will supervise seven special education teachers responsible for the day-to-day instruction of about 100 students. The 2017 numerals above her whiteboard contain the signatures of the graduates from er classes last year. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

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s she sat in her new office at Saugus High School this week, Nicole Newbury recalled a story that many educators would consider a career-defining moment: helping a student succeed against enormous odds. “I had a student last year that nobody gave much hope of



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toring from Newbury, who never gave up on the child. His signature is among the the final day. But in the end, he persevered, with the help of tuautographs of 20 students who signed the numerals “2017,” a piece of art prominently displayed on a wall in Newbury’s new office. It celebrates the seniors she taught in last year’s graduating class. After a dozen years of teaching Special Education students, Newbury will embark on a more demanding and encompassing assignment next Tuesday (Aug. 29) when a new academic year begins for Saugus Pub-

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ment with parents, writing IEPs (Individual Education Plans) and making sure their accomplishments are being met in the classroom. It’s going to be a lot of paperwork. But, I’m pretty organized, so I am confident it will be a smooth transition,”she said.

“It was awesome.” The memory of the kid that Newbury never gave up on is still fresh. It’s the type of experience that will help sustain her determination and dedication for the new task at hand whenever she confronts adversity. “Kids were high-fiving him and cheering him on. It was awesome,” Newbury noted of last spring’s success story. “It was in doubt, right up until the final buzzer. People were surprised. Nobody thought he was going to pass,” she said. Some of Newbury’s colleagues even teased her, saying that the student didn’t pass when he actually did succeed on his final exams. Newbury now embraces what surely will be her greatest challenge as a career Saugus educator. “When the opening was posted, I was encouraged to apply,” said the 1998 Saugus High graduate. “It came at just the right time. It’s a new challenge and I am very excited about it,” she said. Her new job will entail at least 100 meetings throughout the school year – as many as needed for a caseload of about 100 students at the High School – plus additional meetings if necessary. And there’s always a chance of new students enrolling in the district later in the year, as in past years -- or current students being referred to Special Education courses. Newbury is married to Fire Chief Michael Newbury. They have two young daughters, Ava, 6, and Mia, 4. “It’s going to be a big change for me, because I am so used to working directly with students,” Newbury told The Saugus Advocate this week. “The biggest challenge is not being in the classroom with the kids, because that’s where I shine the most,” Newbury said. “Now, it’s a lot more involve-

Working with kids became her calling After graduating from Saugus High, Newbury figured her career would be in the field of education or nursing. She’s a 2002 University of New Hampshire graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Right out of college, she went to work with the town’s Youth & Recreation Department. It was there that she found her true calling. “When I worked with the Saugus Youth & Recreation Department, I could see what my future role would be -- that I’m wellsuited to be working with kids,” Newbury said. “I started thinking that teaching was the path that I wanted to be on and I applied to North Reading High as a paraprofessional. Then, I decided to go to Cambridge College to get my Master’s Degree. In 2006, she received her Master’s in Special Education. Twelve years ago, she accepted a full-time position as a Special Education teacher at her alma mater -- Saugus High School. “Working as a teacher with a small group of students who have emotional disabilities -that’s where I got experience and my direction,”Newbury said. “And, it’s been a lot of fun,” she said. “I enjoy the challenge of working with these kids. They’re awesome. Now, I can oversee a lot more students than a small caseload,” she said. “But, I know I’m going to really miss being with the students. Some of my former students are already saying they will miss me because I’ll be behind a desk and not amongst the students. But, I tell them I’ll still be here in the building – just in a different role.” The new job will be“a big transition,” Newberry said. “But, it’s one that I’m excited about and looking forward to.”

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An interview with Amy Melton, the children’s librarian at the Saugus Public Library, reflecting on the success of this year’s summer reading program Editor’s Note: For this week’s interview, we sat down with Amy Melton, the children’s librarian at Saugus Public Library, to talk about the success of the Summer Reading Program, which she oversaw. Melton, who was hired last March, is a native of the Rochester, N.Y. area. She worked previously for nearly three years as a reference librarian at the Onondaga County Public Library in Syracuse, N.Y. She receive her Bachelor of Science degree in linguistics from Georgetown University. She received her Master’s degree in Library Science from Syracuse University (2012). She has worked close to 18 years in the fields of education and library science. She speaks French and Spanish. Melton and her husband Jack live in Newburyport. They have two daughters who are in college. Some highlights of this week’s interview follow.

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the Saugus Public Schools. You had how many students this year? A: We had 454 children in Saugus sign up for the Summer Reading Program. And we collaborated with the schools’ reading teachers to help the kids work on their assigned reading from school as well as to support reading for pleasure in the summertime. Q: And, how many books did these kids have to read? A: The children for school read three books -- one on the American Revolution and two more on Massachusetts. Q: What was the most popular book read by the students? A: Wow. I think a lot of students read about Paul Revere this summer. And we had quite a few different books about him. Q: And other people …. A: Other people who were popular (subjects of books)? Definitely Tom Brady (Five-time Super Bowl Champion quarterback of the New England Patriots). He is definitely a person that a lot of children read about. (President) John Kennedy (of Massachusetts). Q: So, a lot of kids read about Tom Brady and wrote book reports about him? A: Yes. And other sports heroes from Massachusetts, including Babe Ruth (the one-time Red

Sox star pitcher who was traded away to the New York Yankees in 1919, leading them to World Series four titles and great success in Yankee Stadium, which was dubbed “The House that Ruth Built.”) who played for the Red Sox. Q: What was the most popular topic within that realm of Massachusetts history. A: I think a lot of the kids read about the Boston Tea Party, and a lot of the older kids were interested in the Salem Witch Trials. Q: So, those are the two big items? A: Yes. Q: Now, to make a program like this successful, how many adults are involved? A: Oh gosh. There were quite a few teachers who were involved. The reading teachers in every single school at the elementary level participated and supported the Summer Reading Program, and led the Summer Reading Program at their schools. For each of those schools, there was a leader and then some. And I think there were even support staff who worked on it. And then, all of the staff in my department and multiple people who aren’t from my department, but come from a certain desk and help. We had high circulation all summer. So, everybody in the Circulation Department was part of it because children were checking out a lot

of books. Q: In noticed when I came in today that you were busy looking over a bunch of ‘thank you’ notes. So, are you sending them out to everybody involved? A: Those notes would be for a lot of the community partners that gave prizes like Banana Splitz, Orange Leaf, Soc’s (Ice Cream), the Big Y, Roller World, Paradise Golf, Barnes & Noble, among others who donated ice cream. It was great for the kids to be able to come in and get a free ice cream as one of their prizes. They really loved that, or miniature golf, a trip to Roller World -- things like that. In addition to the little things, like tubs of Playdo or Silly Putty or free books. The kids chose books and they chose crayons and things like that. Q: I guess the fact that you had more kids than last year, … you had an increase. That’s one yardstick to measure the success of the program. How many kids did you have over last year? A: About 400 last year. And we did 454 this year. That was nice to see. And even parents that read to their children were part of it. And we worked with kids’ reading lists from all over Boston, from all different schools. They came in. Some private schools. Not every child from Saugus was reading the same things. Q: So you had some kids

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from outside of Saugus Public Schools? A: And even the Middle Schoolers. We have a lot of their titles down here, so we helped them too. Not every kid that walks into the building signs up

for the Summer Reading Program … just wanders in asking for help and then checks out a book and goes. Q: So these kids from out-of-

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town? A: Sometime if their grandparents live here and they visit for the summer ...or if they live in Peabody and they’re here in the library looking for a book. Yes, we are part of that consortium of libraries. Q: And some of the other highlights -- because I noticed all summer the fish bowls where you were taking a vote for a continent …. Please tell me about that. A: Yes. That was a great project for the children to participate in. So, the New Friends of Saugus Public Library generously funded a program because the National Summer Reading Theme

was Build a Better World. We sat down and we thought ‘How can we build a better world. What could we do at the Saugus Public Library. So, we thought about making a donation to the Habitat For Humanity in honor of the children reading. And we had the kids thinking about helping to give less fortunate families a home. And so, all summer long, the children could vote on four different continents -- North America, South America, Asia and Africa. And, the winning continent was Africa. Q: Was it by a landslide? A: It was by quite a bit. Yes. Q: Okay, what happens now as far as where the money goes? A: So, we send in the check to Habitat For Humanity and we

tell them where we would like to have them use the funds. Q: So, you can choose a country? A: Yes. So, we’ve chosen Kenya, in honor of all of the fabulous wildlife that live there. So, I think the kids sometimes voted, based on the wildlife. They had pictures they could color that included the different continents that included the animals. And we had atlases and other books that would help think about geography and other things in the world. They thought about economics -- and things like the U.S. Dollar can go further in the world and things like that. Q: Okay, so you are going to specify Kenya as the destination in Africa. But, from what


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FROM THE BOOK SHELVES: Amy Melton, the children’s librarian at the Saugus Public Library, called this year’s summer reading program a success. Young readers from from kindergarten through the sixth grade, got to read about the American Revolution, Massachusetts history and freedom.

I understand, Habitat will decide whether it’s for a house to be built. And what are the other options? A: Sanitation, hygiene and clean water. Q: Of course, the kids would like to see it go to a house. A: Yes. Q: But Habitat has to use the money where it sees its biggest need in the particular country. So, I guess they’ll use the money according to what they see as the major need. A: Yes. The greatest need. Maybe clean water. That’s a major thing. Q: But that’s kind of a neat program for kids. A: It is. Whenever talked to kids about the Summer Reading Program, I would tell them, ‘And the best part of your summer reading, you’re going to help someone get a new home.’ And

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also said they had re-enactors from the Salem Trayned Band and that they would love to participate too. So, that was great. And they had bins of dress-up clothing reflective of the Colonial period. And there was ice cream donated by the Big Y. So, that was great. Q: So, you’re kind of bringing that reading to life. The kids are going out and getting feel for what they’re reading about. And even though there was a threat of rain that day, it was a pretty good turnout. A: Oh yes. There were over 200 people there. So, that was a great turnout. In fact some guy from the National Park Service said it was one of the best programs they’ve had there in several years. And, the New Friends got period costumes for the kids. So, when I went around the schools for the Summer Reading Program, the kids tried on the costumes. Again, this was something we did to try to bring the reading to life for them. A lot of the families went and visited historic sites, settings, or went into Boston and saw the statues of the ducklings and went to John Adams place. Q: Sounds like there were a lot of spinoffs of the program? A: Yes, it was a great thing. Q: Learning about Massachusetts history … A: Yes. We had other things, like involvement of the Saugus Garden Club, and some of the plants that were tied to Massachusetts history. Like the English when they came and didn’t recognize the gardens of the Native Americans, because they were so different. Q: Back to the Summer Reading Program, you had a lot of people involved. And what were some of the other highlights for the summer? A: The Saugus Cultural Council funded a magician that came to visit. And he was part of her End of Summer Reading Program party. And we were very grateful for receiving ice cream that made the events a little more fun for the kids.

Q: And the kangaroo guy? A: Oh yea, Nature Nick was funded by The New Friends. Q: And that was all part of the reading program? A: Yes. Q: So, you had quite a few guests that were part of the program. Right? A: Yes. Several guests and several programs. We had a play and some things for the kids to do during the summer. Q: This is your second time with the Summer Reading Program. Right? A: Yes. Q: So, how do you measure the success of a program like this? A: One thing that I was pleased about this year is that we had more books available for the patrons. The decision to have the American Revolution as a theme came late in the year (last year). So, we knew it was coming. So, we were prepared in programing and sewing. The volunteers sewed the costumes by hand. That was months in the making. So, we had time to prepare a more robust program and think about ways to support this idea

of the American Revolution and how to bring it to life for them. So, that was great. So, when we did it last year, we found out about it in late spring. And they hired me in March. And I didn’t find out about it til April. So, we just had a month or two to get some books out there. But this year, we had a lot more books. So, that was good. We had a lot

more to choose from. So, I was glad about that, for sure. Resources were more robust than the previous year. Q: So, as you look back, how do you assess success? A: How do I assess it? I guess one of the things that made me happy personally was that I had done some outreach in the schools and I said, ‘Now come to

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that was sweet. That felt rewarding to me, and I was grateful and impressed by the parents who kind of took the idea of the Summer Reading Program and went with it. They decided to help make it come alive for their kids by doing things with them and showing them local sites and coming to the Minute Men program. Q: So, you had 454 kids and they all read a minimum of three books? A: Yes. Q: Some of them read more? A: Yes. Q: On the high side, what was the biggest total of books that individual kids read? A: Oh, I think 100. You know, some of the younger kids can read two or three books a night. It’s harder for the older kids to read that many books. Q: So, you had a few kids reading 100 books or more? A: Yes. Q: How old were they? A: Gosh. I don’t know. Q: Probably the brainy kids of the Saugus Public Schools? A: Well, yes, or their parents were reading to them too. But

two or three books a night over 70 days, yes. … That adds up. Q: And this is an age range from … A: From very young children to about sixth grade. They’re going into Middle School. Not all of them. We had some kids from pre-school. Q: So, it was a great summer? A: It was a great summer. I think it was a great summer. It was great because of the New Friends and the Cultural Council. I think you could say that it was the community that came together. More than just a handful of adults. The best way to think about it is that the community came through. That was great for us. There’s a team of women who come in every week and keep that Children’s Garden watered. So, I would definitely say the Summer Reading Program was successful this summer because of a community that came together and gave so much. Q: And what was the most interesting thing for you in overseeing the Summer Reading Program? What was the most interesting and fun part? A: I started reading a lot of books about the American Revolution, actually. I have been reading and reading now about the American Revolution. So, my personal knowledge about it has increased and it’s something I have become really interested in. And it was great to see the Minute Men here in Saugus. That was really fun. Q: How many books did you read this summer? A: I don’t know, maybe six. Something like that. But it has been and it has been interesting learning about the American Revolution through my own reading. Q: Have you thought about how you are going to tackle next year’s Summer Reading Program? A: A little bit. We sort of work with the Saugus Public Schools. And, I don’t know if they are planning to do the same theme again. There are only so many books on the subject. But, I


would imagine that they could keep it going. And if you think about it -- if you had to read books about history three or four summers in a row, and maybe even five -- you are going to learn some stuff. Everybody has a growing interest in a certain genre. Everybody has their genre. And we try and find books for kids that they love. And not every child loves historical fiction or biographies. But, I think if you introduce it to them, it can be great. So, we try to keep a variety of things. We have graphic novels about Nathan Hale. We have picture books and reader books … Q: On George Washington? A: Yes, we try to keep a variety of levels, but reader level books for kindergarteners and first graders. Q: Of the 454 kids, what was the biggest grade grouping? A: I didn’t ever separate by that. We took all grade levels.\ Q: Okay, anything else that you would like to share about the Summer Reading Program? A: I was grateful for my teen volunteers. They came back a second year, which was great. They were a big help. There are so many people who contributed to this: parents, teen interns, countless volunteers. Other people I should mention: Lawrence Kennett, Bank Manager of Saugus Lincoln Avenue branch, Bruce Torrey, Manager of Saugus Main Street branch. The Youth and Nature (formerly Plantastic!) is an offshoot of the Saugus Garden Club. The program leaders are: Nancy Sayles, Kathy Murphy, and Maureen Murray. The program is held every Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 pm all summer long.  It teaches children about gardening, and the joy of growing your own vegetables, herbs and flowers. The children will start plants from seed, learn about sundials, paint plant markers, water conservation, biology of plants, healthy food choices, making


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~ Letter-to-the-Editor ~

Reader suggests better location for Community TV Station Dear Editor Recently, an Advocate article mentioned the possibility of relocating the local Community TV station to the MEG building in Cliftondale because of the new school complex construction. I believe this is a grave and serious error in judgment on many levels, for students, for the citizens of Saugus and the community at large. As in many other communities, newly constructed school facilities incorporate their local cable station into their new schools. Why? There are many factors why it is smart to incorporate such a new facility in the new school complex: including incorporating an up to date facility, which will both help and facilitate teaching media & communications, a centralized location - offering ease of access by all in the community - (along with being ADA compliant without incorporating additional construction costs and plenty of parking) and use for current and future municipal purposes. The school’s many new functions can be initially wired into the educational net, The I-Net, which already exits in the town infrastructure as a modern Fiber Optic system. Possibilities for the new School complex

could include the New auditorium (for community events, theatre, the arts and even community meetings), the gymnasium for sporting events that could be streamed live, to the community and select classrooms such as science, computer science, and graphic arts, to name a few. This way the entire community will benefit from having the new facility located in the new school complex. In my opinion, another major issue is the previous lack of fiduciary responsibility and transparency evidenced with the current MEG Board president, who was also a Board member of SCTV during the years 2014 and 2015. Although requested publicly, and mandated by SCTV’s own bylaws, NO audits were forthcoming during her tenure at SCTV for the years 2014 & 2015. Why not? Where did the money go? Where was the accountability? Many Saugus citizens have tried to find out what happened to all the public funds that were initially received by the station as a 501 C3. No records are forthcoming or currently available for the years requested 2014 and 2015. No audits were undertaken although requested by many seeking fiscal transparency. Is this who the community wants

to hold accountable for the new station? I think not. Everything positive points towards incorporating the Cable TV station in the new school megaplex. Take a look at what the new Concord MA High School complex accomplished with their local TV station. They’ve created a student and citizen-friendly cable TV facility - a facility that helps both students and the community. It is a sleek, well-designed, modern and functional operation. We can have the same type of first class operation. Why not take advantage of circumstances, rather than lock us into an untenable position with an antiquated structure. There is no comparison having the Community Television Station in the New School complex versus an old building in need of much infrastructure support, upgrades and maintenance. Heating, roofing, ADA access, electrical upgrades, interior stairs, restroom facilities, security, insurance liabilities, fire sprinkler systems, no school class accessibility - thereby eliminating our students opportunity to learn, parking and limited access by the community are only





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The Saugus Veterans Relief Fund provides rapid support to low-income veterans. While federal and state benefit options are the town’s first choice, local issues sometimes call for local solutions. The relief fund allows Saugus Veterans Services staff the ability to solve local veteran issues like hunger, homelessness and heating/oil emergencies. In order to be eligible you must be a veteran or the nonremarried spouse or widow of a veteran. Certain other exceptions apply, so if you are somehow connected to a veteran,

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ASKS | from page 8 fairy houses, and other naturebased activities. They read a brief book to kick off each class, and often end with a tasty treat from the garden! The box garden will contain a variety of herbs and greens including Swiss chard, basil, cilantro and more. It will soon be growing corn. The round “pizza garden” will contain ingredients used for making pizza sauce and toppings.  The garden will be cared for by children, teens, library staff and program leaders.   The donation helped pay for a new raised bed - that  doubled the size of our garden.  It will also go toward the purchase of seeds, plants, pots, soil, fertilizer, and fruits and vegetables. And, finally, thank you Webster First Credit Union for helping to develop a new generation of gardeners!

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EXTENSION | from page 4 community,” Brazis said. “But I’m excited to see where we are going to be in five years under his leadership. I’m just thrilled for the town and thrilled for Scott and his family that he’s going to be with us for a long time. And I look forward to working with him,” he said. Selectman Mark Mitchell called it “an exciting time for the town.” “With Scott and the board working together, we have a great team,” Mitchell said. “And I’m looking forward to working with him for years to come,” he said. Town manager thanks the town Crabtree thanked the selectmen for their support. He was unavailable for an interview, but emailed this statement to The Saugus Advocate in response to the board’s unanimous vote: “It is a great honor and privilege to be able to continue to serve the residents of Saugus as Town Manager in the Town I grew up in and now raise my family in. I am very appreciative of the Board of Selectmen for this continued opportunity. “My goal has always been to create a vision for higher standards and expectations in the Town of Saugus. In working alongside the residents, Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, Town Meeting Members, boards and commissions, other town officials and employees, we have helped ensure that decisions are made in the best interest of the community, and we have seen that vision become a reality. Everyone should be truly

proud of what we have accomplished together. “I would like to thank the Board of Selectmen for their continued support and leadership in helping to change the culture and vision in the Town. I am extremely thankful for everyone’s hard work and dedication to this Town and our vision. “It is amazing what can be accomplished for our Town when we all put our energy and efforts into working together collaboratively on common goals that are in the best interest of Saugus.I look forward to continuing to serve the Town of Saugus and its residents, continuing to create higher standards and expectations, and providing our community with a continued sense of Saugus pride.” Crabtree is a fourth generation Saugus resident. He and his wife, Christina, have three children: Scotty, 9; Chloe, 7; and Brody, 3. He is a Saugus High School graduate from the class of 1988. He has been town manager for about five and a half years. Previously, he served as chairman of the Saugus Board of Selectmen and was a town police officer for more than a decade. Crabtree holds a bachelor of science degree in management with a concentration in accounting from Boston University and a juris doctor from New England School of Law. He clerked for a Superior Court judge and worked as an accountant for a Boston law firm before starting his own Saugus law practice. He has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since December


LETTER | from page 9 a few issues that come to mind that restrict the use of the MEG building for everyone. In the interim, while the new school facility is being built, why not use an already existing wired municipal facility that already exists? Since there is hardly any new content being produced, (wrestling? oval dirt track NH auto racing? old movies?). Why not use the School Administration building (the present school committee meeting room would work well as a studio with no additional cost to the town or station), Town Hall, the Police station or, if necessary, wire up the bottom floor of the Old Hamilton street Fire station, (these would all be only temporary fixes, at minimal cost, until the new home at the New school complex is completed). Every municipal broadcast, Town Meeting, Board of Selectmen, etc., will still be broadcast live, and everything else could

be previously recorded and edited for later broadcast, as it is now. This would minimize the need for a larger studio facility, temporarily. This will save money, lessen long term costs and expense, and guarantee the youth and citizens of Saugus the first class facility they deserve. As we all know, the educational system is a primary concern in any community. It is the standard by which a community is judged suitable for raising a family. In order to enrich our educational system nothing would enhance the new school megaplex and community more than a state of the art community television and communications center. Such a facility will benefit ALL the citizens of Saugus. This is truly, a win-win scenario. Anything else is not. Thank you. Rich Garabedian Broadway, Saugus




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SCHOOL | from page 1 High School earlier this summer, Saugus High School Principal Michael Hashem said he and other school officials were moving forward with plans to ease the transition between the new schools. “Our incoming freshmen are scheduled to spend three years in this building -- and then be the first class to graduate from the new school, which is scheduled to open in September 2020 -- three years from now,”Hashem told The Saugus Advocate as he prepared for the start of classes next Tuesday (Aug. 29). “From a freshman standpoint, it makes sense to begin the transition now. This was something I thought about even before the school vote,” he said. The freshman and sophomore classes at Saugus High will have their own wings, with lockers and core teachers located in their respective areas -- a configuration that Hashem said will be similar the layout of the new four-story High School scheduled to open three years from now, according to Hashem. “The model we are doing this year will be similar to the school model for September 2020,”he said. The new layout model for 9th and 10th grade classes is called “the House concept,” according to Brendon Sullivan, assistant principal and curriculum director, who has been working with Hashem on the transition plans that have been initiated at the High School. On Wednesday, Sullivan escorted The Saugus Advocate

on a tour of the East Wing (“the Freshman House”) and the two levels the WD Wing (“the Sophomore House”), explaining the logistics and the reasons involved. “English, Math, Science and Social Studies are going to be grouped together for the ninth and tenth grades,” Sullivan said. “We realigned this to go along with the district’s educational vision. Teachers in the Freshman House can get to know the students better and collaborate on lessons. “We think it’s important that teachers in the house have close proximity to each other,”he said. Under the previous configuration, teachers’ classrooms were arranged by subject. For instance, math classes might be clustered at one of the building and English classes located in another area. But all of the core subjects taught to freshman and sophomore classes will be located in their common respective areas, under the new plan that goes into effect next week. “The students will be taking four out of seven classes in their designated house,”Sullivan said. “That’s going to help us to adjust to the new model of the new school when it opens in 2020,” Sullivan said. Plans are for the 8th and 9th grades to be on the same floor in the new Middle-School High School, which will create a better transition between Middle and High School, along with a more modern educational phi-

A TEACHER’S WONDERLAND: Veteran special education teacher Christa Corricelli is proud of the giant “Alice in Wonderland” puzzle she put together several years ago, but decided to display in her classroom at Saugus High School this year. Much of the walls in her room are bare. But she plans to decorate them with art produced by her students. Classes begin next Tuesday (Aug. 29).

losophy, according to Sullivan. Hashem noted that he was trying to implement part of the district wide vision plan adopted by the school district at the end of 2016. “The transition between the 8th and 9th grades was part of the building project,”Hashem said “It bridges the gap between Middle and High School. It gives them common faces and common focus,” he said. The WD Wing which will serve as “the Sophomore House” will include nine teachers -- just as freshman -- two each for the core subjects and for Special Education, according to Sullivan. But it will be spread over two floors, because it also includes chemistry labs -- which are part of the sophomore class curriculum. While the new configuration is a top priority for the High School year, Hashem noted several other changes, including staff ad-

ditions: Katie Knudson has been hired as an adjustment counselor to work with students who have emotional issues. Dorothy Hull has appointed as the new Spanish teacher. And there is new assistant principal -- Kimberly Politano, who was formerly a Middle School health and wellness teacher and president of the teachers union. “She’ll be the assistant principal for the Freshman House. Her knowledge of the Middle School and Middle School students will definitely help us as we transition to the Freshman House,” Hashem said. There was a lot of optimism in the air this week at the High School. “I think everyone starts the new year excited,” said veteran special education teacher Christa Corricelli, who is begin-

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The Saugus Success Story Crabtree, who met with selectmen for about a half hour in executive session for contract negotiations at the end of last week’s selectmen’s meeting, presented a 15-page powerpoint demonstration on the screen behind selectmen which highlighted “the priorities, objectives, accomplishments and successes of Saugus for the past five-plus years” -- overlapping the period he took charge of town government. The report highlighted more than four dozen “accomplishments & successes.” They included: Bond rating increased to AA+/ Stable by S&P in 2016 -- the highest in Saugus history. The potential savings for taxpayers of $7.2 million estimated in borrowing for MiddleHigh School District Wide Plan that was approved by voters this summer. An award of up to $65.1-mil-

lion from the Massachusetts School Building Authority for the new Middle-High School that will serve students in grades 6 through 12. A stabilization fund estimated at $6-million -- the highest in Saugus history. The development of financial management policies and practices that were lauded by the state Department of Revenue. Expanded economic development opportunities achieved by amending Route 1 zoning. Organized efforts to re-build and design new parks and playgrounds. Brazis raved about the report which took the town manager about 45 minutes to read into the record. “It was enjoyable to hear, but also an eye-opening for the town when he talked about all of the accomplishments for the last five and a half year,” Brazis said. “I think Scott’s biggest strength is his vision – his vi-

ning her 14th year at the High School. “You’re a little bummed out that summer vacation has ended. But you glad to be back. We spend a lot of time being teachers and perfecting our craft. This is our career, so it’s fun coming back. It’s awesome,” she said. “Teachers look forward to going school because this is what we devote our lives to,” she said. Corricelli, the daughter of parents who taught in the Peabody Public Schools years ago, had little to put on her walls, except for an Alice in Wonderland puzzle she made years ago and decided to bring from home. But, she prefers to see her class room take on the personality of her students. “I want the kids to put their stuff up on the wall because this is their room. So, I want it to reflect their personality,” she said. sion to see what the town needs moving forward for the next five years,” Brazis said. “He’s also got a vested interest in this community -- the town he grew up in -- and his wife and three children. The town is the biggest to benefit from all he’s accomplished as town manager,” he said. Brazis said he couldn’t cite the number one accomplishment from the list provided by the town manager. “I don’t think there is a single one above the rest because they are all important accomplishments for the town,” Brazis said. “These are all impressive things and all are benefit to everyone in the community. Saugus is moving forward,” he declared. Crabtree has several times thanked the board publicly for backing him after he got fired. Crabtree credited the incumbent members’ support which eventually led to the successful 2015 recall of the four selectmen who voted to fire him. Crabtree got his job back.

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The eclipse turns into local happening that attracts 240 at Saugus Iron Works worthy said, referring to people bound by a common interest by n a typical Monday in late social media. August, the Saugus Iron More than 200 sets of viewWorks National Historic Site ing glasses distributed will draw about 40 to 50 peoKenworthy noted that the Visple, according to Ranger Paul itors Center was flooded by calls Kenworthy. But this past Monday (Aug. from people inquiring whether 21), about 240 visitors gathered the park had the special plastic on the upper lawn to witness a viewing glasses available. The Iron Works distributed historic event that was happening up in the sky and had noth- more than 200 of the glasses, ing to do with the town’s past, along with a couple of keepsakes for youngsters who Kenworthy said. People came with lawn chairs showed up to view the eclipse: to sit down and watch the To- a Junior Ranger Eclipse Explortal Solar Eclipse in a local hap- er booklet which contained inpening that was dubbed “The formation about the eclipse and All-American Total Solar Eclipse” plastic viewing glasses -- plus a that was repeated in National wooden Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer badge. Parks all over the country. Park Ranger Peter Laraba said “This was a surprising turnout for us on a Monday -- especially he ordered the special viewwhen it’s getting back to school ing glasses, badges and booktime,”Kenworthy said in an inter- lets about two weeks ago from the National Park Service. The view this week. “We got about 240 people Iron Works had enough to ac-- that’s basically five times the commodate visitors’ requests, number of people we would he said. “ We also had UV Beads normally get. It was simply a on pipe cleaners -- which lot,” he said. “I had just come back from the when brought out in the sun morning tour. And when I went changed color, reminding peoover to the Visitors Center, it was ple to put on their sun screen,” packed. We were astounded at Laraba said. Kids used the beads to make the turnout,” he said. While a few people had come bracelets that glowed under the for the tour, Kenworthy said it ultra-violet light. Overall, Laraba said it was an was evident that the majority of visitors came to see the eclipse. impressive showing at the park, Many of them converged on the considering that Saugus was not center to specifically request on the path of a total eclipse. “This really had a feel for a special viewing glasses being promoted by the National Park community gathering,” Laraba said. Service. “For the folks who were here, it “There were even Meetup groups that decided to come was fun event. It’s nice to be able to The Saugus Iron Works,” Ken- to use this site beyond what ev-

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DANCERS | from page 10 energy-from-waste company that has been part of the Saugus community since 1975. Wheelabrator has been an ongoing contributor to numerous Saugus events and organizations and is once again stepping up to support this community event. Bob Davis, the superintendent of World Series Park, said, “The goal of this event is to have the community come together to honor our veterans and active military. All veterans and active military are invited to attend. They will be our special guests and will be presented with Challenge Coins and be treated to food and drink. We very much appreciate Wheelabrator’s sponsorship and the many Saugus and out-of-town restaurants and businesses who have agreed to make donations of food. We also appreciate the support of the Saugus Veterans

Council. We think this will be a fun community event and encourage the public to attend.” A Commemorative Ceremony will take place on the baseball field starting at 11 a.m. Parachutists and the landing and display of a Massachusetts National Guard Army Blackhawk helicopter will highlight the ceremony. The host/master of ceremonies will be former Boston TV personality Barry Nolan. The honored guest will be Captain Richard Kent, a Purple Heart recipient who served in Afghanistan. Invited to participate in the ceremony are federal, state and local officials, military officials, the clergy, singers and many more. A torch lighting, a balloon release and music will be part of the ceremony. Free American flags will be distributed to everyone.


GUIDES FOR THE ECLIPSE: left to right, Park Rangers Paul Kenworthy, Peter Laraba and Curtis White say viewing the Eclipse was the major reason why more than 200 visitors showed up Monday at the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. The upper lawn behind them was full of spectators with lawn chairs. (Saugus Advocate photos by Mark E. Vogler)

erybody thinks it was intended for. We had people come with box tops and welding glasses. But there was quite an interest in the glasses we had on hand,” Laraba said. “This event reminded me of people watching Old Faithful (geyser) at Yellowstone (National Park). They waited and waited, then they watched and walked away,” he said. Curtis White, who has been a park ranger at the Iron Works for three decades, had the day off. But, he showed up with his daughter to watch the event after having lunch. “The entire field was set up with lawn chairs. A couple of people didn’t have the glasses. They were just here to be here. It was an unusual event,” White said. “We had two water wheels working. But, that wasn’t the reason why we had so many people here on Monday,” Cur-

tis said. “What I liked about this event is that it made feel part of what was going on all over the country. Where else can you have everybody looking up at the sky at the same event at the same

time? I think it was really cool to know that we had this shared event experienced by millions of people,” he said. It was a mixed crowd that ranged from grandkids to grandparents, according to Curtis.

THE FREEBIES: Special viewing glasses, a Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer badge for children and a booklet prepared by the National Park Service to teach Junior Rangers about Monday’s Total Solar Eclipse were distributed free to visitors who showed up at the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site Monday to view the Eclipse.


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Cross Country Calling Two former Saugus High School track star greats try to get middle school cross country program running again By Mark E. Vogler


elmonte Middle School students have a chance to become part of one of the greatest Saugus sports comebacks in recent memory. Boys and girls in grades six through eight are guaranteed to make this team even if they aren’t gifted athletes. As long as they have the dedication and passion to run several miles a week on the William L. MacNeill Memorial Track & Field, located behind their school and on Saturdays on trails through the Breakheart Reservation, they could help bring back cross country running as an official Middle School sport. “We’re looking to register 20 kids to make this happen,” Chris Tarantino told The Saugus Advocate this week, as he sat in a local coffee shop, outlining his plans for reviving the Belmonte Middle School sports program he coached for 15 years. “It’s much more than a sport. It’s a life choice. It fosters health and wellness. If you desire for your child to be healthy in mind, body and soul, this is a sport to get involved in,” Tarantino said. “So far, three kids at the Middle School have expressed an interest in running cross country and are involved. I believe we can get 20 or more kids signed up and actually get some meets lined up this fall. But, we’re in the 11th hour right now. So, parents and kids need to come forward,” he said. Two Sachem sports greats team up Tarantino, 45, a 1990 Saugus High School graduate, has a reputation for mentoring young athletes in track and cross country. He himself learned as an athlete under the late and legendary Sachems Coach William L. MacNeill, for whom the track and field behind the Belmonte Middle School was named. And if Tarantino succeeds in getting enough Middle School students registered to bring back cross country, he’ll be getting some help from Stephen Boudreau -- a 1965 Saugus High School graduate and track star who later was Tarantino’s basketball coach. “Even though there’s 25 years difference in our ages, we have great respect for each other and have a close friendship,” said Boudreau, 70, of Peabody. “He knows how much I believe in what he does. He knows I will support him in all of his endeavors. And I have his back,” Boudreau said. “I coached four years as an assistant coach to Chris. I plan to be his assistant if he gets the ap-

pointment (at Belmonte Middle School),” he said. Boudreau coached basketball at Saugus High for 24 years -- 17 years as the junior varsity coach, two years as an assistant, and four years as varsity. Before that, he worked 20 years as basketball coach and athletic director at Blessed Sacrament - CYO. Boudreau -- who maintains a tireless fitness schedule for somebody his age -- runs and works out every day. And he is careful about his diet. He too received mentoring from the late Coach MacNeill in cross country, track and basketball -- the three sports that MacNeill coached. Tarantino teamed up with Boudreau this spring, in an effort to revive cross country at the Middle School. Tarantino received initial encouragement from the School Committee’s Athletic Subcommittee and other school officials. Belmonte had cross country for boys and girls until 2012 -averaging about 40 student athletes-a-year, according to Tarantino. At one point, Tarantino said he decided it was best for the Middle School program to be taken over by the High School, in order to bolster High School cross country with a natural feeder system. “I made the suggestion that the Middle School (7th and 8th graders) fall under High School control,” Tarantino said. “I had hoped to sustain both programs. When the High School numbers waned, the Middle School program was affected. The High School program got cut and the Middle School program eventually fell by the wayside. The lack of numbers ultimately did both programs in,” he said. Health and other benefits Boudreau said he sees himself as volunteer role model for Middle School students who are interested in achieving a healthier lifestyle. “We have a family atmosphere, where we encourage kids to have self-esteem. We try to put kids in a position to succeed and feel good about themselves, cheer for each other,” Boudreau said. “The thing about cross country is you don’t have to be the best runner to be a very important member of the team. If you are the fifth-best runner on the team, your goal is to beat their fifth-best runner. And by doing that, you can be the determining factor in the victory by your team,” he said. “It’s a lifelong sport. When you’re in shape and well-con-

COACHING BUDDIES ON A MISSION: Saugus High School track greats, left to right, Chris Tarantino and Stephen Boudreau -- veteran Saugus coaches, running partners and close friends -- have made it their goal to resurrect the sport of cross country running at the Belmonte Middle School this fall. On Monday, they trained at the William L. MacNeill Memorial Track & Field behind the Middle school, named in honor of the coach who mentored them both. Tarantino, a 1990 Saugus High School graduate, coached Cross Country for 15 years at the Belmonte. There hasn’t been a team for four years. Boudreau, a 1965 Saugus High School graduate, said he will work for free as assistant coach if cross county becomes a Middle School sport again. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

ditioned and you feel good about yourself, you feel good about others. I always tell the kids, ‘When you look in the mirror, you gotta like what you see.’ Being fit builds confidence for the kids and self-esteem. It gives them a feeling of accomplishment,” he said. Tarantino said he sees other benefits, including the opportunity for students who lack athletic skills in more traditional sports to engage in low impact and stress-free physical fitness. Unike football, hockey, basketball, baseball and soccer, the chances of participants getting knee injuries, broken legs and concussions are very slim, he added. Whether a school has two dozen runners or up to a hundred, every athlete participates, he noted. “There’s no sitting on the bench,” Tarantino said. “Everyone participates, regardless of age and experience. You don’t have to catch the balls. There is no physical contact. It’s a team sport, but it’s also an individual sport. Your individual success is what brings success to the team,” Tarantino said. “You have to take care of yourself. You have to eat right. You have to get your rest,” he said. Plans to start a grade school program Boudreau and Tarantino said they hope there’s enough interest in cross country to launch an elementary school program that can work as “a feeder system,” generating future participation right through High School. “We both have a tremendous passion for the sport,” Boudreau

said. “We’ve always talked about trying to make Saugus a running community. We truly care about the kids, not just as athletes, but as people. We want them to be good student athletes,” he said. “Of course, this a team effort for the community. We’re willing to give our time. We’ll sacrifice to get this done. But, we can’t do it alone. We’re going to make this work, but we need help,”he said. For Tarantino, there’s some personal pride involved in bringing back the sport which thrived for years under his coaching. As the father of a 5-year-old daughter, Naomi – who begins kindergarten at the Lynnhurst Elementary School this fall – there’s also a sense of civic duty that fuels his commitment. “I live in town and the youth of this town are the single most important thing, as far as I’m concerned,” Tarantino said. “At the end of the day, it’s important for me to move this forward as a community member. Whether I’m coaching or not, it’s important for me to give back to the community.” At the moment, Tarantino remains optimistic that he and Boudreau can recruit enough Middle School boys and girls to field a cross country team this fall. A minimum of nine runners are needed to participate in meets. But Tarantino hopes to draw interest from at least 20 Middle Schoolers. Even if they are only able to get a handful of runners registered, Tarantino vowed to proceed with a scaled-down plan.

“If you are one person, I will train one person and give you exposure to competition,” Tarantino said. “But, I’m confident we’ll get something going and have a few Middle Schoolers running this year,” he said. Cross Country Checklist If you have students enrolled in Belmonte Middle School and are looking for a safe and healthy sport for them to participate in, consider registering for cross country. What: a kid-friendly team sport where participants at the Middle School level run courses from 1.2 to 1.9 miles in length. High School cross country courses are 2.5 to 3.5 miles. Where: At Belmonte Middle School Who: Student athletes in grades six through eight. When: Monday and Thursday at 4 p.m. (at Belmonte Middle School) Saturday, 10 a.m. (at Breakheart Reservation) Cost: None, initially. If cross country is restored as a Middle School sport, there would be a $150 user for participation. What’s Next: Anyone interested should come with a water bottle and comfortable footwear. If and When the Middle School numbers are there to have a team, it will be a 2:304 p.m. commitment, Monday through Friday. With the elementary school program to be determined. For more details: Contact Chris Tarantino at 781-854-6778 Or email him at ctarantino@

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Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen THE HOUSE AND SENATE. There were no roll call votes in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports local senators’ roll call attendance records for the 2017 session through August 18. The Senate has held 76 roll call votes so far in 2017. We tabulate the number of roll calls on which each senator was present and voting and then calculate that number as a percentage of the total roll call votes held. That percentage is the number referred to as the roll call attendance record. In the 39-member Senate, 31

senators (82.1 percent) have 100 percent roll call attendance records. The senators who missed the most roll calls are Sens. Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster) and Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover), who each missed six roll calls (92.1 percent attendance); and Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell), who missed three roll calls (96.1 percent attendance). Beacon Hill Roll Call requested a statement from those three senators. Here are their responses. Flanagan: “Unfortunately, this year I had to miss six votes out of

76 roll calls. The first four votes were missed due to work-related travel and the last two were because of a personal family matter that kept me from attending [the] session.” L’Italien: “I was unfortunately unable to vote on six roll calls this session.” L’Italien went on to explain that there were several reasons for missing the six votes including the unexpected death of her mother on April 3; her service as a Massachusetts legislative delegate at the Government of Canada Rising State Leaders Tour; her attendance at the Women in Government Conference in Nevada; and her convening a mediation meeting between SEIU 509 and Class, Inc. to avert a large labor strike in the city of Lawrence. Donoghue: “On the evening of Thursday, June 22, I traveled to the Women in Government Conference in Las Vegas and was unable to attend the final few hours of [the] formal session.”

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CALL ATTENDANCE RECORD THROUGH AUGUST 18 The percentage listed next to the senator’s name is the percentage of roll call votes for which the senator was present and voting. The number in parentheses represents the number of roll calls that the senator missed. Sen. Thomas McGee

100 percent (0)

HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legis2017 SENATORS’ ROLL lation that have been filed. They

note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late-night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of August 7-11, the House met for a total of one hour and seven minutes while the Senate met for a total of 39 minutes. MON.AUGUST 14 House11:03 a.m. to11:19 a.m. Senate 11:05 a.m. to11:37 a.m. TUES. AUGUST 15 No House session No Senate session WED.AUGUST 16 No House session No Senate session THURS.AUGUST 17 House11:05 a.m. to11:56 a.m. Senate 11:05 a.m. to11:12 a.m. FRI.AUGUST 18 No House session No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at

Saugus Knights of Columbus sponsor religious icon


he Saugus Knights of Columbus, Council #1829, will participate in the Silver Rose Program in tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, at Blessed Sacrament Church (14 Summer St., Saugus) on Saturday, September 2. The event will begin at 3 p.m. with the Presentation of the Silver Rose by the Knights and the praying of the Rosary, followed by the celebration of Mass at 4 p.m., before the Silver Rose continues on its epic journey to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. The Knights of Columbus began the international Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Program in 1960 to honor the Blessed Virgin under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and Protectress of Unborn Children. The program has continued since then: Each year, six Silver Ros-

es honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe and reaffirming the Knight’s commitment to the sanctity of human life are carried by Knights from Canada through the United States and into Mexico to arrive at the Basilica in Monterrey, Mexico, on December 12, for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This year, the Saugus Knights of Columbus was designated to sponsor one of the Silver Roses at a Catholic parish in Saugus. “The Saugus Knights of Columbus is honored to have been selected by the State Council to participate in this international program to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is our hope that the parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Church, and Catholics from neighboring parishes and communities, will take this opportunity to view the Silver Rose while it is on display in Saugus, and join us in honoring Our Lady

of Guadalupe and the promotion of a Culture of Life,” Grand Knight Paul R. Berthiaume said. “We are grateful to Father Tim Kelleher, Father Michael Farrell and Blessed Sacrament Church for partnering with us to bring the Silver Rose to Saugus.” Catholic tradition states that in 1531 a peasant walking from his village to Mexico City saw a vision of the Virgin Mary on the slopes of the Hill of Tepeyac. Speaking to him in the local language, She asked that a church be built at that site in Her honor. The peasant went to the city and told his story to the Spanish Archbishop, who instructed him to ask the Lady for proof of Her identity. Upon his return, the Virgin Mary told the peasant to gather flowers from the top of Tepeyac Hill. Although it was very late in the growing season for flowers to bloom, the peasant found Castilian roses – not

native to Mexico – at the usually barren hilltop, which the Virgin arranged in his peasant cloak. Returning to the Bishop a second time, the peasant

opened the cloak, the roses fell to the floor, and in their place, was the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, imprinted on the fabric. The miraculous cloak is now displayed in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, one of the most visited Marian shrines. The Saugus Knights of Columbus Council #1829 was chartered in 1916 through the efforts of the Catholic men of Saugus. The Knights meet every Tuesday of the month at the Columbus Building Association Hall (57 Appleton St., Saugus) at 8 p.m. Membership in the K of C is open to Catholic men aged 18 years of age and older who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Persons interested in more information about the Saugus Knights of Columbus are invited to call the Council Office at 781-233-9858.

SAUGUS POLICE INCIDENTS & ARRESTS Tuesday, August 1 When Bambi dropped by for a visit

A Water Street resident called police to report that a fawn had wandered into her garage and didn’t want to leave. The animal control officer arrived on the scene and was able to coax the deer back into the woods.

Wednesday, August 2 Tell your friends midnight basketball is cancelled

A caller reported that some kids were playing basketball at the

Bristow Street playground at 12:30 a.m. An officer sent to the scene advised the kids of the town bylaw and sent them on their way.

and were looking for accommodations for the night. The group was given the address of a nearby motel.

Someone can’t wait for school to start

Police investigated a possible breaking & entering at a modular classroom at the Oaklandvale ElWas a crime committed? ementary School; they discovered When you’re stranded Police received a 911 call about a three screens in the rear of the on Route 1 woman at Kmart on Main Street: school had been cut. A caller reported that a group of When she returned to her vehiyelling, disruptive people were cle in the parking lot, her dog Saturday, August 5 outside Polcari’s Restaurant on was gone. According to the reBroadway. According to the report, the temperature outside He was cut loose port, dispatched officers found was approximately 92 degrees Loss Prevention personnel at various individuals running toand it was believed that someKohl’s Department Store on Route wards Jimmy’s Steer House and one might have taken the dog 1 South reported that a skinny another running in the opposite for safety reasons. man wearing a blue MBTA unidirection. The officer reported that form and Nike hat was carrythe group were from Rhode Island Thursday, August 3 ing wire cutters as he attempted

to conceal iWatches in the Electronics Department of the store. The man was trespassed from the store.

Sunday, August 6 A victim at his own crime

An emergency caller reported that a man was injured after he attempted to jump out of a moving taxicab to avoid paying the fare. But the man would end up bruised and in trouble unless he came up with the money when he was accompanied home by a police escort.

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By Mark Vogler

tential conflict of interests. And the School Department would be wise to request a formal opinion from the state Ethics Commission on this situation. There needs to be a dialogue on the issue soon.

A new principal for Belmonte? This just in: Belmonte Middle School Principal Kerry Robbins has ere are a few tidbits that you might want to know about given notice that she will be moving on from Saugus Public School, this week in Saugus. effective Sept. 1. Several School Committee members received the word on RobEmails that shouldn’t have been written Shortly before 5 p.m. on Aug. 15, School Committee member Eliz- bins’s surprise announcement, just the school was preparing for the abeth Marchese sent this email to Saugus Public Schools Superin- start of the 2017-18 academic year next Tuesday (Aug. 29). “Obviously, this is not good timing,” School Committee member tendent David DeRuosi Jr., Saugus High School Principal Michael Arthur Grabowski said Hashem and her colleagues on the School Committee. “This is a blow. This disrupts the continuity of that school. I think Marchese wrote it shortly after learning that James Bunnell had been hired as the new Athletic Director -- a position she was a can- she did a great job last year. For me, it’s a said day to see her leavdidate for. She also expressed disappointment on social media ing. She was an integral part of our culture,” he said. For me, it was surprising, because it came the day after I interabout not getting the job. “Are we allowed to inquire why he left his previous employment viewed for an upcoming story related to the new school year. She shared some of her goals and hopes for the new year and and for a substantial pay decrease?,” Marchese asked in her email. “I think this is a valid inquiry since North Middlesex has had a introduced me to some of the teachers. I’m sure the superintendent will be looking within his own adnew AD since July,” she wrote. ministration to see if there is any qualified administrative candi“Thank you, Liz” The email -- which is a matter of a public record and obtained date in house who is familiar with the school. by The Saugus Advocate -- didn’t receive any public discussion by school officials who are satisfied that Bunnell has the right creden- Important dates for candidates If you are contemplating running for public office in the town’s tial for the job and more qualified than Marchese. It wasn’t much of an issue to the superintendent and Hashem, 2017 election, or have already decided to run -- you might want to who headed up the screening committee that led to Bunnell’s ap- clip this information out and put it on your refrigerator. Nomination papers have already become available at the Town pointment. Bunnell briefed officials on the circumstances. So, it shouldn’t Clerk’s Office. The Board of Selectmen and the School Committee will each have be an issue at this time. And Marchese, as a candidate for the position, shouldn’t be raising questions about the School Department’s five seats to be considered. Voters will also elect 50 Town Meeting members -- five in each precinct -- in the Nov. 7 election. choice for the job she wanted. While the names of people candidates papers is of interest to a lot And for Bunnell’s sake -- and the School Department -- the School Committee woman’s inquiry doesn’t merit an answer. Bunnell will of folks, it really doesn’t mean much until people get the required be judged on his performance in overseeing the Saugus Public signatures and return the papers to the town clerk. And they have School’s Athletic Department -- not why he decided to leave his last until Sept. 19 to do that -- and that’s a long way off. Fifty certified signatures of registered voters are required for canjob several weeks before he was hired by Saugus Public Schools. It’s also not within the purview of a School Committee member -- didates for the Board of Selectmen, School Committee and the especially one who was among the candidates competing against Housing Authority. New candidates for Town Meeting must obtain 10 certified signatures of registered voters -- all from within Bunnell -- to raise questions about the finalist’s qualifications. This kind of scenario smacks of at least the appearance of a con- the candidate’s precincts. Incumbents just have to send in a letter indicating they are running again. flict of interests. Here are the important dates: And it would be wrong for Marchese to raise the issue when Bun● Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. Last day for incumbent Town Meeting memnell appears before the Athletic Subcommittee, which she chairs. Given all of the circumstances involving her candidacy for the bers wishing to become a candidate for re-election to submit writathletic director’s position, Marchese should have consulted with ten notice to the Town Clerk. ● Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. Last day to obtain nomination papers from the state Ethics Commission before firing off last week’s email. She should also be careful to avoid any line of questioning of Bunnell the Town Clerk’s Office. ● Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. Last day for candidates to submit nominathat would present the slightest appearance of conflict. And this is something that school officials need to monitor go- tion papers to the Board of Registrars (Town Clerk’s Office) for certification of signature. ing forward. ● Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. Last day to file objections or withdrawals. Another email surfaced at press time. ● Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m. Drawing of ballot positions (second floor On Aug. 17, Marchese requested that the committee be provided with a copy of the athletic director’s contract -- which is abso- auditorium at Town Hall) ● Oct. 18 at 8:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. Last day to register to vote. lutely her right as well as any citizen’s right. Contracts are public re● Oct. 24 Office of Campaign Finance Reports are due. cords, just as salaries. ● Dec. 7 Office of Campaign Finance Reports are due. But, she raised more concerns about the man who beat her out for athletic director. “I have some serious concerns with the commute and travel time A political sign primer All candidates for public office are expected to comply with the involved and Mr. Bunnell’s ability to be accessible and visible, not only to our our high school and Middle school athletes but also to Town of Saugus Zoning Bylaws (Article 7, Section 7.3, Sub-Section 8) regarding political signs. our youth organizations,” Marchese wrote. Here’s what you need to know: “I am suggesting there be a one year contract upon evaluation ● No more than one sign per election contest, per lot, on private and review with the option to extend or terminate based upon said evaluation and performance. This would safeguard the ath- property, and only with the property owner’s permission. ● Signs shall not exceed 3 feet by 2 feet, or a total of 6 square letic department and program should problems arise,” she added. Again, it’s the appearance of a disappointed candidate who hap- feet in size. ● Freestanding signs shall be no higher than five feet above pens to be a School Committee member raising issues about the ground level at highest point. person who was hired. ● Signs shall be stationary and not directly illuminated. Marchese has done some good work as chair of the Athletic sub● Signs shall not be erected earlier than 30 days before an eleccommittee, particularly on raising academic standards for students athletes. She has articulated very well on that issue and many oth- tion, and shall be removed within 7 days after the election. ● If you have any questions or concerns regarding the town’s ers. And she has deep passion for athletics. Which is obvious to all regulations for political signs, check with Building Inspector Fred who follow the Saugus School Committee. But emails like these which are disparaging a new athletic direc- Varone for more details at 781-231-4119. tor before he even gets a chance to get his feet on the ground do raise questions about Marchese’s ability to be fair when it comes Candidate views are welcome time to questioning the new athletic director. We’ve already had two potential challengers surface in the seIt might even be wise for Marchese to consider a change in sub- lectmen’s race in recent months. And we’ve run their statements committee assignments so all parties concerned can move on, for as a courtesy. what’s best for the Saugus Public Schools. Speaking of a willingness to talk about the issues, we’re going to I offer these observations as a 40-plus-year veteran newsman hear a lot more from potential candidates as the summer moves on. who believes the emails point at least to the appearance of a poThe 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. Tuesday is Farmer’s Market Day The Annual Saugus Farmer’s Market has returned 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. Coming attractions at Saugus Public Library. Speaking of the library, here a few things coming up: Tend the Children’s Garden with Youth and Nature! Every Tuesday, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Book Sale at Saugus Public Library New Friends of Saugus Public Library will hold their annual book sale on Saturday, September 9, in conjunction with Founder’s 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 and 2:00, 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. Also, in conjunction with Founder’s Day, New Friends will have a table in front of the library selling ‘white elephant’ items. The proceeds from this table will help to defray the costs of decorating a tree at the Meg Holiday Tree Festival in December. 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 sets behind the Public Safety Building on Hamilton Street. That brochure may be in greater demand, now that town officials have announced two events set for next month: ● A formal dedication of the site is set for Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 10 am. at Round Hill. ● In a related event, the Saugus Historical Commission and the 200th Anniversary Committee will be “BURYING SAUGUS HISTORY” On Saturday, September 16th from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at


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revious articles set out the procedure to register for online shopping at military exchanges.Let me repeat that your eligibility to shop must first be established through sooner you establish your eligibility the better because you may be selected to shop through the exchanges before the Veterans Day scheduled starting date for this benefit.Categories of merchandise available are extensive and within the categories the merchandise available is lengthy.Everything is available at exclusive military pricing, name brand products are featured, there are sales as well, you can ask to be notified of specials and of course everything is TAX FREE.There is more tax free shopping available to Veterans without any verification procedure at “Patriot Stores” operated by Veterans Canteen Services at each VA hospital where you can also shop through catalogs located there or online at shopping. Thank you for your service.

Round Hill The brochure available at Town Hall 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 gripes you would like to share with The Saugus Advocate. I’m always interested in your feedback. It’s been 17 months since I began work at The 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


from page 15 1. What is fantan? 2. Name the states where these national parks are located: Yosemite, Zion and Glacier.

12. On Aug. 26, 1959, the British Motor Corporation introduced what tiny car? 13. Is there sand in sandpaper?

3. In 1948 what countries did the 14. On Aug. 31, 1837, in a speech Olympic Games prohibit?

in Cambridge, Mass., who said,

4. The pen name Mark Twain

“Our day of dependence, our

means what distance? 5. Where was America’s first

long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands, draws to a close”? (Hint: initials RWE.)


6. What U.S. agency was estab- 15. Name an early disco dance lished on Aug. 25, 1916?

beginning with an “H”?

7. What early 1900’s sports car 16. What was Ray Parker Jr.’s hit had clutches with “springs so

song in 1984?

stiff that a woman couldn’t op- 17. What Dame and mystery writer erate them”? (Hint: an animal.)

died in 1976?

8. What U.S. president’s estate 18. What men’s sport championwas sold to pay off debts? 9. On Aug. 25, 1973, what type of scan was first made?

ship was first held on Aug. 31, 1881, in Newport, R.I.? 19. In what decade was the record

10. What Danish writer of fairy

“Music to Grow Plants By” pop-

tales died in August 1875?

ular: the 1970’s or the 1990’s?

11. New Yorkers once called what animal “coneys”?

20. The word hobbyhorse is derived from what English dance?

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Before and after the ceremony, there’ll be all kinds of entertainment under the pavilion. At 10 a.m. the Senior Tones will perform. At noon it will be Tom Rosa & Company Singers – made up of Amanda Rosa, Ryan Murray, Patti Vellucci and Tom Rosa – at 1 p.m., the Uncle Steve Band; at 2:30 p.m., Beat ConnXtionz Dance Company. Other elements of the all-day event include a military vehicles display, a classic cars display, drill teams and marching units, military reenactments and displays, a parade of motorcycles and a large American flag displayed from a fire ladder truck. Two other ceremonies will also take place. One will be an unveiling and dedication of a POW/MIA stadium seat. The other will be the Annual Ceremony Honoring POWs and MIAs that will be conducted by the Saugus Veterans Council. A moon bounce and costumed characters will provide entertainment for the children. Booths, raffles and lots of food and drinks round out the event.

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