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Environmental group puts Wheelabrator on notice of possible federal court action to require groundwater monitoring at ash landfill By Mark E. Vogler

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tor’s President and CEO, Robert Boucher Jr., and Saugus Plant Manager Peter Kendrigan, the environmental group outlined its “Notice of Intent to File Suit for Violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Clean Water Act” at the ash landfill. “Upon information and belief, Wheelabrator is not conducting any groundwater monitoring at the Saugus ash landfill, in violation of RCRA regulations and the

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state permitting programs implementing RCRA regulations,” CLF Staff Attorney Heather A. Murray wrote in her letter threatening a federal lawsuit. “Wheelabrator has operated and expanded, and continues to operate and expand, the ash landfill without any information whatsoever about which pollutants, and in what quantities, are leaching into the surround-

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MEMORIAL DAY ART: Students from the Tuesday art class at Veterans Memorial Elementary School created this poster to express their feelings about what Memorial Day means to them. (Saugus Advocate Photo by Mark E. Vogler)

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n a unique departure from the town’s past patriotic celebrations, at least nine veterans will be sharing the grand marshal honors at the head of this year’s Memorial Day Parade. All of them are Purple Heart recipients – eight from the Vietnam War and one who served in World War ll and Korea. If any other Purple Heart recipients come to light before Saturday’s parade, they will be extended the same honor, according to Saugus Veterans Council Commander Steve Castinetti. “We have nine right now,” Castinetti said in an interview this week. “But if anybody else shows between now and Saturday, even better. They will all be welcome,” Castinetti said of the largest collection of living war heroes to be publicly recognized at the annual parade. Sponsored by the Saugus Veterans Council, the parade kicks off at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow from

Jackson Street to Lincoln Avenue. Traditionally, one grand marshal has been selected to lead a procession of about 500 participants from Cliftondale Square to Saugus Center. The parade route will wind from Lincoln Avenue to Central Street to Winter Street, and back to Central Street, where

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it will conclude with a ceremony at Town Hall. Once on Winter Street, the parade will enter Riverside Cemetery for a ceremony in front of the main veterans’ lot. “I’m sure there are a lot more people [Purple Heart recipients] in Saugus,” U.S. Marine and Vietnam War Veteran Lawrence L. Capuzzo said in an interview this week. (See“The Advocate Asks.”) “This is a special thing that they’re doing this year. Normally, there is only one grand marshal for the Memorial Day parade. But the [Saugus] Veterans Council decided they wanted to honor all Purple Heart recipients. And that’s when they went out to try and find as many as they could in Saugus. I know that there’s a heck of a lot more than nine,” he said.

REMEMBERING FALLEN HEROES: U.S. Marine and Vietnam War Veteran Lawrence L. Capuzzo stands near the parking lot monument dedicated to all departed members of S/Sgt. Arthur F. DeFranzo V.F.W. Post 2346. Capuzzo is one of at least nine Purple Heart recipients who live in Saugus who will be honored The line-up of honored he- as grand marshals in this year’s Memorial Day Parade, which roes is set for 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Capuzzo talks about the PurUp until recently, Capuzzo said ple Heart and Memorial Day in this weeks “The Advocate Asks.” he was only aware of four Purple Heart recipients in Saugus, nam War grand marshals,” Castinetti counting himself. He is a mem• Martin Galvin, U.S. Army, said. “Now, we have five more ber of S/Sgt. Arthur F. DeFranzo World War II and Korean War than previously known. I handV.F.W. Post 2346 of Saugus. • Louise Sirignano, U.S. Ma- delivered invitations to everyOther Purple Heart recipients rine Corps, Vietnam War one. As far as I know, every who will be joining Capuzzo: • Nicholas Hartt, U.S. Ma- one of them is coming, even • Michael Arsenault, U.S. rine Corps, Vietnam War Billy [Boomhower]. His daughMarine Corps, Vietnam War • Lester Markovitz, U.S. Ma- ter is getting married that after• William Boomhower, U.S. rine Corps, Vietnam War noon and he has to be in BosArmy, Vietnam War “I thought at one point that ton by noon, so he’s going to • Lawrence Capuzzo, U.S. we would only have four comMarine Corps, Vietnam War ing forward to be identified as • Dominic Cataldo, U.S. Army, Vietnam War • John Ciampa, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy, Viet-

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“But, there was no database that I could find to locate them. Most of these databases are a volunteer-only listing, so you don’t get all of them. But I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more that come forward.” Instead of just one grand marshal car, there will be several this year. The first car, of course, will be the grand marshal car donated by York Ford every year – which will carry at least two of the Purple Heart recipients. And there will be at least three or four other cars transporting grand marshals – each of those sporting a grand marshal vanity license tag, according to Castinetti. Nine grand marshals for one parade would be historic. “We’ve always had one,” Castinetti said. “I brought it up at a Veterans Council meeting about recognizing Purple Heart veterans as a group, and it went over big. The council supported it unanimously. Every year we look to have a grand marshal, but we felt like doing something different this year,” he said. Castinetti said he will make a point during Saturday’s ceremonies to publicly recognize each Purple Heart recipient by name, branch of the service, their rank and the war they served in. “We need to rec-

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flowers and wreaths, particularly after church services on Sunday or on Monday, the official holiday. Saugus residents will join citizens across the country for a minute of silence in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. on Monday. This is how America honors those who have died in the service of their country. The Traditional Order of March for this year’s parade, as posted on the Saugus Veterans Council website (saugusveteranscouncil.org), includes the Grand Marshal, platoon of police, platoon of firefighters, invited guests, Worcester City Brass Band, Lynn English MC ROTC, Saugus Veterans Council, auxiliaries, Lynn English MC ROTC, American Legion, DAV, VFW, auxiliaries, Revere JROTC, Saugus military families, Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, youth organizations, Saugus High

School Band and vehicles. As always, super-volunteer Gordon Shepard, 70, a U.S. Army Spec 5 who served as crew chief in the 244th Aviation Company in Can Tho, Vietnam, has been credited with getting Riverside Cemetery into holiday shape. One of his projects this year was the installation of stone skirts at the base of each of the flagpoles. Emblems for the five branches of the service were recently set in the stone skirt at the bottom of the main flagpole in the cemetery. The work was recently done by Sunline Patio and Fireside of Danvers, according to Shepard, who has been involved in numerous volunteer projects to improve the cemetery grounds and honor the hometown veterans buried at the cemetery. “I think the work they [Sunline Patio and Fireside] do makes the cemetery look like a real veterans’ cemetery now,” Shepard said.

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It was only recently that CLF learned Wheelabrator wasn’t conducting groundwater monitoring of the area surrounding the ash landfill, according to Pecci. As part of a research involving the review of 20 ash and solid waste landfills around the state, CLF filed a public records request for groundwater monitoring reports for the last two years. When MassDEP granted access to the Saugus ash landfill files, there were no groundwater monitoring reports, Pecci noted. MassDEP staff reviewed the Saugus files again and still couldn’t find any groundwater monitoring reports, she added. Finally, Robert Brown, an attorney from MassDEP’s office of the general counsel, confirmed in a telephone conversation with CLF that there was no quarterly groundwater monitoring at the Saugus site, according to Pecci. “The leachate is collected and tested in the landfill, but there is no testing to make certain that leachate is not leaving the landfill,” Pecci said. “Of all of the landfills we looked at, the only one that has no monitoring also has no liner. And, the unlined landfill just exacerbates the situation,”she said. “The reason groundwater monitoring is required is because you don’t know if any leachate is escaping into the environment unless you test for leachate escaping. That’s the issue. There has been no groundwater testing around that landfill as far as we can tell. And, I don’t think many people were aware of that,” she said. MassDEP satisfied site is monitored Wheelabrator’s “only potentially protective systems that are in place are a slurry wall surrounding the landfill and a leachate collection system,” according to the CLF notice. MassDEP spokesman Ed Coletta confirmed that no groundwater monitoring reports exist for the Wheelabrator ash landfill because the company it is not

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“The federal regulations require groundwater monitoring for a reason. All landfills leak. Landfills that don’t have the required two plastic liner systems leak on a large scale. While pumping leachate out of the landfill may capture some of it, there is no evidence that all of the leachate over the 140 acre site is being captured. Hence, the need for groundwater monitoring,” she said. “I am aware generally that this part of Massachusetts has a complicated pollution history. If anything, that indicates that we should demand more data, and more certainty about where the landfill is leaking and how much. A complicated site is no excuse for not monitoring the groundwater at all,” she said. “Finally, it’s the law, and Wheelabrator is required to follow federal regulations. If they cannot, maybe that is an indicator that this site is too unstable and dangerous to be used as an ash landfill and should be closed.” Highlights of the CLF notice In her letter to Wheelabrator officials, CLF Attorney Murray alleged the company is “contributing to an imminent and

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U.S. Marine and Vietnam War Veteran Lawrence L. Capuzzo talked about the Purple Heart during an interview this week at S/Sgt. Arthur F. DeFranzo V.F.W. Post 2346. Capuzzo is one of at least nine Purple Heart recipients from Saugus who will be honored as grand marshals in the town’s Memorial Day Parade, set for 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

A: I’m sure there are a lot more people (Purple Heart recipients) in Saugus. This is a special thing that they’re doing this year. Normally, there is only one grand marshal for the Memorial Day parade. But the [Saugus] Veterans Council decided they wanted to honor all Purple Heart recipients. And that’s when they went out to try and find as many as they could in Saugus. I know that there’s a heck of a lot more than nine. Q: How many do you think live in Saugus? A: There’s no telling. A lot of Purple Heart recipients, they go into a coma when they come back. They forget everything they were involved in and they don’t want to talk about it. When they come back, they don’t want

to bring back some of the serious memories [of war]. And – my time in the service – I try to think about the good times. Q: Are you surprised that they got nine Purple Hearts to be grand marshals in this year’s parade? A: Yeah, because, like I say, Bill Boomhower [a fellow Purple Heart] and I have been together many years, and from time to time we’ve tried to see if we could find more [Purple Heart recipients]. And we only had four people we knew about – myself, him and two others. It’s nice that they’re doing this and some of these other fellows are coming forward. There haven’t been a lot of times when they’ve been thanked for their service. Many of the Vietnam veterans were spit on when they came back. Q: As a Purple Heart recipient yourself, how do you hope that the public looks upon the men and women that have that medal? A: I tell you – my personal experience – and it’s probably not so much to do with the Purple Heart; it has to do with the Vietnam War. When we came back, people in the United States, the majority blamed us, blamed the veterans … at least the guys over there now aren’t fighting in an unpopular war. They’re [the public is] not blaming them. They’re giving them the credit they deserve, whereas in Vietnam, we never got that. A lot of VFW posts didn’t want to take Vietnam veterans in. That’s how bad it was. But it’s come a long way and I think it’s only because

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ASKS | from page 10 things that are happening now. People are opening up and trying to redirect some of their energy toward the positive instead of the negative things we dealt with for over 40 years. Q: So, this is kind of going to be a special part of the healing? A: It’s always nice to turn around and be recognized for something that will help you heal. When you come back and you can’t say anything because you are going to get in a fight over it, you can’t heal. And that’s what happened back then. Today, the people when they come back home are proud to walk off that plane in their uniform. Ninety percent of the people who served in Vietnam wouldn’t come home in their uniforms. They’d be wearing civilian clothes, which is sad, because the war might have been unpopular, but when you’re there, it becomes very personal. And there comes a point when you’re not fighting for your county anymore. You’re fighting for the people you are with. Q: So, you look upon Memorial Day a lot differently than the other days of the year? A: Yes. I always look upon Memorial Day and Veterans Day with sadness, but remembrance because I have 12 individuals I keep in my mind that never came home. So, every Memorial Day and Veterans Day, they are always with me. Q: So, these are men that you served with over in ’Nam? A: That I served with and was friends with. I lost one guy the morning we were getting ready to come home. The funny thing is, when it happened over there, it didn’t sink in. You kind of let it ride, and as soon as you come, you’re thinking about it. You can’t grieve over there. I had breakfast with two buddies one day … an hour and a half later, they’re dead. Q: So, those two are among the 12 you remember? A: Oh yeah. I remember them all of the time, not just on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Q: How many years of your seven and a half years with the Marines were you over in ’Nam? A: I spent about 13 months over there. It’s kind of funny. In ’64 I went to Okinawa. Then we went on a training exercise to Japan. We spent ’64 and ’65 stationed in Tokyo, and the next thing I know, I’m getting off a plane in Vietnam. Initially, we were there as advisors, then three months later, the crap hit the fan, and we were involved. Q: So, on Memorial Day, you remember the 12 that you lost over there? A: That and silent prayers for all the rest of them. There were 56,000 [killed in action] in Vietnam alone. God knows how

many in all other wars. And it just bothers me when I see kids who have no respect for veterans and then they do crap in the cemetery. These people don’t realize that the freedom they had came with a price. It wasn’t free. And the kids, they don’t realize that. And it’s not just the kids. There are a lot of adults. Like the old saying out there, “We’re the home of the brave and the land of the free.” And that’s basically what it is. So people are burning flags. What can I say? We fought for that freedom so they could burn those flags. It’s their freedom that we defended. Sometimes you don’t like it. But that’s what we fought for, so they can sit around and do that. You don’t have to like it. But, that’s the way it is. Q: What would be your message to the school kids today? A: You have to remember, when you look at your father and your grandfather and your relatives who served in the service, no matter what they did, they all turned around and made a sacrifice, so that the kids today can sit around and enjoy the freedom to go to school. Every veteran has made a sacrifice in their time for family and loved ones so that we can enjoy the freedom that most of us take for granted today. You cannot take freedom for granted. Q: Did you leave school early so you could sign up? A: No. I just happened to be a high school dropout who joined the service. My father was shocked when I told him I joined the Marine Corps. He said, “Well, they’re going to teach you some discipline.” And they did. Q: Any Marines in your family? Or are you the first? A: I was the first. Q: Any other service people in your family? A: No, except for my father.

My father was in World War II. I always thought he was a mechanic. I didn’t find out until two months before he passed away that he made five trips into Germany as a waist gunner – the ones [that] fire on the sides of the B-52s. He made five trips into Germany and I never knew about it, because that was another generation that didn’t talk about it.

Q: Was he unscathed, or was he a Purple Heart, too? A: No, he was unscathed. Q: He saw a lot of activity in five trips to Germany. A: Yes. The Purple, like I said, is a medal that – 90 percent of the people who get the Purple Heart, get it posthumously. Sometimes it goes to the living and they deserve the same amount of respect. As I look

Page 11 back, I was lucky. Like I tell Bill Boomhower, who has three Purple Hearts, I learned after the first one to duck. Q: For obvious reasons, a lot of the Purple Heart recipients don’t like to talk about it because of the emotional scars. A: Yes. Without even going into the stories, I could turn

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THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS

By Mark Vogler

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

A personal connection with Memorial Day For the past 39 years, I’ve taken Memorial Day very personally. Not a year goes by without the data generating fond memories of my late twin brother Lance who was killed in a motorcycle accident on Memorial Day of 1978. I was a reporter for the San Angelo Standard-Times in West Texas at the time of this family tragedy. Lance, who served with the U.S. Air Force in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam during scary times during the Vietnam War, was an honor roll student going into his junior year at then Southeastern Massachusetts University -- now UMass Dartmouth -- at the time of his accident. He wasn’t much of a student during his High School days. But, his professors regarded him as an excellent student as he pursued his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology. And so it goes, on a dark, foggy night, less than a quarter of a mile from my folks’ house in Swansea, he hit a curb with his motorcycle and went flying off the vehicle. He died quickly after snapping a vertebra, according to the doctors. The night before, I had covered a tragic accident for the San Angelo Standard Times, where a family of seven perished in an accident in the Texas Hill Country. I recall waking up to a knock on my motel room door in San Angelo the next morning. A desk person told me to call home, where I learned about Lance’s fate. My brother -- the Air Force veteran who came home safely after dangerous duty in Southeast Asia -- was a Memorial Day traffic fatality statistic. It’s something you never forget. Memorial Day is one of the most deadly holidays for people traveling the nation’s roads and highways. And I’ve covered many of those tragedies during my journalism career. So, enjoy the holiday with family and loved ones. But be careful out there on the roads. Pay attention while you’re driving or you’ll become a Memorial Day traffic statistic. Spend some time too remembering Saugus’ fallen heroes. If you are around Town Hall over the weekend, read the names of the brave souls who made the ultimate sacrifice. On Wednesday before a Finance Committee meeting at Town Hall, I counted 14 stars on the World War I Honor for the Saugus men and

ASKS | from page 11 around and break down. When you start talking about it, you’re not talking about history, but what happened to you. Q: So, do you guys [Purple Heart recipients] get together and talk about it [war experiences]? Wouldn’t you feel more comfortable talking about it with somebody you can relate to? A: We don’t go into depth on anything. We joke about different things, but we don’t joke about the war. Q: Is it somewhat of a support group, now that you know that there are nine guys in town who received the Purple Heart? A: I didn’t know a lot of these guys. Q: Well, now that nine have come forward to be grand marshals, do you think you will get others? And do you think they’ll give each other some support? A: I hope so. These nine are coming out because of Memorial Day. I don’t know if we’ll end up meeting some more as a group. That’s something we will have to see. Like I said, it’s a sen-

sitive, touchy thing. Q: But you don’t have to say anything or get into details. It’s just the group of people who get together as Purple Heart recipients understand each other and can relate to what people are going through because they experienced it. A: Right. They’ll turn around and it will help them to know there’s more of us out there. For a long time, I just knew about Billy and I and a couple of other guys. They [Purple Heart recipients] just don’t want to talk about it. Q: I guess with the 10 percent [recipients who received it as living service people], there’s a guilt thing because they realize the lucky ones who lived. A: That goes along with every living Purple Heart recipient. They received the same medal as friends of theirs who are no longer with us. There is a guilt there: “Why I’m here and he wasn’t.” What was the difference? You don’t want to bring religion into it, but you ask, “Why did God take him and spare me? Am I supposed to do something special in my life?”The only thing I did was get married and raise

women who served their country. 14 stars for 14 Saugonians who sponse coupon, go to either sacrificed their lives during “the war to end all wars.” www.SaugusSAVE.org or www. saugussave.com Attention Saugus Voters! You may also contact SAVE Here’s a few important dates from Town Clerk Ellen J. Schena’s President Ann Devlin at adevoffice. lin@aisle10.net or SAVE TreasurIf you want to vote in the Special Election set for June 20 when er Carol Chelf at 1-978-208-8321. the town will decide whether to move forward on a new combi- Please let SAVE officials know nation Middle/High School, better make sure you are registered. as soon as possible, but no latTown Clerk Schena says the last day to register will be Wednes- er than June 14th. Free parking day, May 31. is available on site, and the facilThe clerk’s office will be open from 8:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day. ity is accessible for the disabled. So, registration for the Special Election closes the day after the Special Town Meeting (Tuesday, May 30). Seeking candidates for Voters should also be aware that Absentee Ballots for the June 20 Board of Health Special Local Election are now available in the Town Clerk’s Office. The Saugus Town Manager is If you are not in Saugus for the Special Local Election, you can ei- accepting applications from Sauther come into the office to vote Absentee or you may request an gus residents for a volunteer poAbsentee Ballot Application be mailed. Please contact the Clerk’s sition on the Board of Health for office at 781-231-4101 with your information as soon as possible. the Town of Saugus. The Board is responsible for protecting and Graduation Alert serving the citizens in health arHard to believe that another school career has nearly ended for eas, such as: food sanitation, resstudents at Saugus High School. Graduation is set for June 2, from taurants, markets, compliance 5 to 7 p.m. Make the most of your remaining time, Sachems. Don’t with the State sanitary and othtake it for granted. College and life-after-high school are right around er health codes, as well as emerthe corner. gency preparedness. Medical degree or physicians preferred. Save to hold its annual dinner June 21 Please submit a letter of inSaugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) will hold its terest and a resume by Friday, Annual Meeting and Dinner on Wednesday, June 21 at the Sau- June 2, to: Saugus Town Managgus Italian American Club, 1 Beachview Ave. Saugus. A social hour er; 298 Central Street; Saugus, begins at 6:30 p.m. with a dinner buffet to begin at about 7:15 p.m. MA 01906. The public is invited to for the Italian Buffet (catered by Spinelli’s) consisting of mixed salad, several assorted pasta / meat dishes, Saugus Historical Society dessert, coffee and tea. A cash bar will also be available. The cost is sets Strawberry Festival at $19.50 per person. St. John’s Church As part of SAVE’s annual event, guest speaker Carol Oldham, ExThe Saugus Historical Sociecutive Director of Mass Climate Action Network (MCAN), will speak ety will hold its annual Strawon the topic of “100% Renewables for All,” a most interesting and berry Festival on its traditional current topic. Carol holds an MBA in policy and planning from the date, the third Saturday of June University of New Mexico and an undergraduate degree from Ben- - this year that falls on Saturday, nington College. June 17.It is in a new Location SAVE is also planning a small “Free SWAP” table at this event. A this year: St. John’s Church at the great way to keep still usable goods out of the waste stream. So bring corner of Central St. and Prosone or two items that you no longer need or want to add to the ta- pect St. As it has for over 3 deble, if you wish. You may also find something to take home with you. For further information or to download the Annual Dinner re-

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a family. Maybe that’s what God planned. So, we do associate a little guilt with it, I guess. Q: Have you ever talked to a class of school kids? A: I haven’t, but Billy Boomhower has. Q: If you did, what would you tell them about the Purple Heart? What does it mean? What does it exemplify? A: It exemplifies courage. The biggest thing it represents is sacrifice because everyone who gets the Purple Heart has sacrificed something. Courage and sacrifice – people make the sacrifice to keep others free. I guess that’s the only thing I can say about it. Q: It is the nation’s oldest military medal. It goes back to the days of George Washington and the Continental Army. Right? A: Yep. Back then, it was just a strip of cloth that they gave you. George Washington wasn’t the picture on the medal at that time. The Purple Heart means different things to different people because it’s all different situations. But I think they would all turn around and say courage and sacrifice are what it means. And I think most of the

recipients would have that little bit of guilt in them. That’s the way I would interpret it. Q: So, what would you tell the school kids as you look upon the Memorial Day holiday? A: To turn around and enjoy it. That Memorial Day is not just for cookouts, parades and everything else. It’s a time to turn around and give thanks to everyone – no matter what they did in the service or whatever they have done in their life – because they all made a sacrifice for the freedom that we enjoy today, so the kids can enjoy their freedom and have their cookouts. You don’t find that out in too many other countries. In Russia, when they celebrate May Day, they bring out their armies and tanks. There aren’t any cookouts. I’m just glad that today’s veterans aren’t going through what we went through. These guys who are over in Iraq and Afghanistan, Iran and all the different places ... at least when they come back, they’re being honored. And the government is finally listening to the veteran. When we came back from Vietnam, we were forgotten by the government.

At least now, the government is owning up to it. The VA is getting a lot better and trying to improve services for the veterans. Hopefully, something positive came out of what we [Vietnam War veterans] did. I hope something positive comes out of everything all of the guys did. Q: Anything else that you would like to share with our readers and the people of Saugus? A: Well, Saugus is a great town. I have been through many towns. And I’m happy to be able to call Saugus my home for the last 30 years. Just to turn around and enjoy our way of life. We all have the right to choose the way we want to go. Nobody is telling me we got to do this or got to do that. We can say what we want. We’re not living with an oppressive government. We can enjoy our way of life in Saugus. The younger veterans should get involved with veterans groups. We’ve got to get the young guys involved because 90 percent of the members are in their 70s, so we need some new blood.


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Coffee cup economics? Town manager explains how many Saugus homeowners could afford the additional taxes for new school project

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By Mark E. Vogler

or less than the price of a daily cup of coffee, the average Saugus owner of a $300,000 single-family home could afford to pay the additional taxes needed for the new school building project voters will consider next month, according to Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree.“The grades 6-12, new MSBA Middle-High School which includes a multipurpose athletic field and outdoor track and District-Wide Master Plan Solution, including the construction renovations to Belmonte School and Veterans Memorial School, would require Saugus residents with a single-family home assessed value of $300,000 to invest a daily average of 98¢ over the life of the bond – less than any size cup of coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts,” says an information sheet released Wednesday by Crabtree’s office. “Average single-family homes with a value assessed at $375,000 and below make up 70% of the Town’s residential taxpayers. Average single-family homes with a value assessed between $250,000 and $350,000 make up approximately 55% of the residential taxpayer,” the sheet said. “Saugus taxpayers would realize a gradual increase in their taxes being invested into the total project in the first several years of the bond. At approximately seven years, the financing would reach its highest amount and then begin to gradually decline. The taxpayers should be aware that existing debt exclusions that are rolling off have been factored into the financing estimates,” it continued. Crabtree circulated his office’s statement, which was titled “Saugus Taxpayers Given a Tremendous Opportunity to Save an Estimated $7.2 Million with New Middle-High School District-Wide Master Plan Solution,” at Wednesday night’s Finance Committee meeting. It was part of the information the committee received before giving a favorable recommendation on two related warrant articles that will be considered at a Special Town Meeting set for 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday (May 30) in the second floor auditorium at Saugus Town Hall: • An article to approve financing for the construction of a $160.7 million combination Middle/High School • A second article that would authorize another $25 million for the renovations of the Veterans Memorial Elementary School and the Belmonte Middle School. Town Meeting members need to pass both articles at Tuesday’s meeting to keep the project alive. But efforts by town officials to build a state-of-the-art school that would be the centerpiece of Saugus’s proposed “21st Century Education Plan”won’t proceed without a majority vote of residents during a Special Election set for June 20.

A $7 million savings in finance costs “The initiative would create a grades 6-12, new Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) Middle-High School which includes a multipurpose athletic field and outdoor track,” according to the statement prepared by Crabtree’s office. “The current Belmonte Middle School would be established as an Upper Elementary School for grades 3-5; and the Veterans Memorial Elementary School would become a Lower Elementary School for Pre-K to grade 2. The recently earned S&P AA+ bond rating will save the taxpayers of Saugus an estimated $7.2 million in savings over the life of the bond for the new Middle-High School which includes a multipurpose athletic field and outdoor track and additional construction,” the document said. “The sound financial practices of the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, and Town Meeting, as well as, Town department heads and employees, have contributed to the Town’s consistent annual free cash and significant stabilization reserves, ultimately resulting in the Town’s vastly improved bond rating,” it said. If the school building project receives the backing of the Special Town Meeting and the approval of town voters in a special election, the historic Roby School – which houses Saugus Public Schools offices – would close. The Ballard Early Childhood Center, the Lynnhurst Elementary School, the Oaklandvale Elementary School and the Waybright Elementary School would no longer be used as public school buildings. But it’s not clear whether any of the buildings would be razed or how they would be used. They could be used to help alleviate the town’s shortage of affordable housing, Crabtree acknowledged. But there are no definite plans on how the buildings will be used at this point, and that would require public discussion, he added. Meanwhile, Crabtree’s information sheet regarding the upcoming warrant articles predicted Saugus residents will realize a financial benefit of the Town’s highest-ever S&P AA+/Stable bond rating when they have the opportunity to vote in a June 20 election to support and invest in a new 21st century education plan and Middle-High School District-Wide Master Plan Solution that will continue to prioritize education in the community. “This is the highest bond rating in Saugus’history, which is a strong indicator of the Town’s credit worthiness,” Crabtree said. “Supporting this project and the educational plan’s vision to change the way education is delivered will help Saugus achieve its goal of becoming a top-rated, Level 1 School District in Massachusetts,” he said.

Ballot questions need to pass The residents would need to approve both ballot questions for either of the initiatives to move forward. The first question is to support the new Middle-High School Building, which includes a multipurpose athletic field and outdoor track. For this project, MSBA, as the Town’s financial partner, would reimburse the Town at a minimum rate of 53.32% (expected to increase) of eligible approved project costs. “When a residential taxpayer invests an estimated 30% into the grades 6-12, new MSBA Middle-High School which includes a multipurpose athletic field and outdoor track, in turn an estimated 70% will be reimbursed and/or supported by the Town’s financial and community partners,” Crabtree’s information sheet noted. The second question on the ballot is the District-Wide Master Plan Solution, which is comprised of the renovations and improvements at the Belmonte School (which will be grades 3-5) and Veterans Memorial School (Pre-K through grade 2). The School Building Committee recently unanimously approved a total project budget investment of $186,129,460, with an investment of $160,720,553 for a proposed grades 6-12 new MSBA MiddleHigh School which includes a multipurpose athletic field and outdoor track. In addition, this Master Plan would include an investment of $25,408,907, which is a Town project, not through the MSBA. Pursuant to the School Building Committee’s project approval, the Town share would be an estimated $118,863,420, of the total project. This investment would be bonded over a 30-year period. “As an example, the homeowner of an average single family home value assessed at $300,000 would contribute an additional estimated $61.34 in 2018; an estimated $94.84 in the second year, 2019; an estimated $144.89 in the third year, 2020; and an estimated $224.25 in the fourth year, 2021; with the maximum contribution of $433.12 in year seven,” according to Crabtree’s information sheet. “After this, the contribution would begin to gradually decline over the life of the bond,” it continued. “Endorsing this vision and the School District’s Plan will provide equal, equitable opportunities for students to access educational resources and reach their highest potential,” explained Crabtree. In addition, this will allow the School District to maintain accreditation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; to resolve inadequacies related to outdated lighting, technology and power systems; and to address health and safety issues, such as deficiencies in fire protection, sprinkler systems, and ADA

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own Manager Scott C. Crabtree released financial information at Wednesday night’s Finance Committee meeting which he said should give comfort to taxpayers who are concerned about the impact of the proposed new school project on their tax bills. “Saugus taxpayers would realize a gradual increase in their taxes being invested into the total project in the first several years of the bond,”Crabtree said in a single-page information sheet showing the estimated tax rate contribution. It further states that in about seven years the financing would increase to the highest amount and then it would begin to gradually lessen. The taxpayer should know that existing debt exclusions that are lessening have been factored into the tax estimates. Here is the estimated tax rate contribution, broken down by groups of assessments for single-family homes:

Fiscal Year 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024

$150,000 $30.67 $47.42 $72.45 $112.12 $161.87 $200.56 $216.56

$250,000 $300,000 $51.12 $61.34 $79.03 $94.84 $120.74 $144.89 $186.87 $224.25 $269.79 $323.75 $334.26 $401.12 $360.93 $433.12

accessibility, including structural, mechanical and code issues, he noted. The town’s top school officials, including the entire five-member School Committee, are solid backers of the initiative. “Giving our students and staff the resources and facilities that achieve the vision of our Town’s educational plan is critical,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. said. “This solution will facilitate a shift from teacher-centered to student-centered instruction, and an emphasis on the critical thinking, communication and technology skills needed to enhance 21st century skills our students need to be successful,” he said. Jeanette Meredith, Chair of the School Committee and Saugus High School Project Building Committee, echoed DeRuosi’s sentiments. “This solution will enhance our children’s education and change the way education is valued and delivered in the community,” Meredith said. “This new school is not just a building. It is part of a comprehensive, district-wide solution to the issues facing the school district. This capital plan will address our educational and structural issues and will save the Town immensely in maintenance costs,” she said. Some dissent on FinCom The two warrant articles received the overwhelming recommendation of Finance Committee members at Wednesday night’s meeting. However, at least two members aren’t backing the project at this point. Finance Committee Member Ronald “Rocky” Jepson is a harsh critic and cast the lone votes

$375,000 $76.67 $118.55 $181.12 $280.31 $404.68 $501.40 $541.40

against both articles. “There’s nothing that you could say that would make me agree to this,” Jepson told Crabtree at Wednesday night’s meeting. Jepson said he didn’t trust the process run by MSBA, which is overseeing the project and would ultimately determine financial reimbursement the town would receive. “One of the many things I don’t like about this process is the state is heavily involved … I don’t think the state has our best interests at heart,” Jepson said. Jepson also took great umbrage to what he considered an inadequate briefing of the project by town officials. “All of the pertinent information should be brought to us … At this point, I don’t know what questions to ask because I don’t know what I don’t know,” Jepson complained. Finance Committee Member Steven DiVirgilio also complained about a lack of information and then abstained from the vote. He said he needed to have more information before backing such an expensive project. Crabtree acted surprised that several Finance Committee members weren’t well-briefed and were complaining about a lack of information when the opposite was true. Two Finance Committee members are on the High School Building Committee, and the town website has a number of public documents readily available for anyone who is interested in the project. “This isn’t something that just happened. It’s been going on for three years,” Crabtree said. For more information, readers should visit www.saugus-ma.gov/ saugus-high-school-project-building-committee.


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Saugus’ Little Lifesaver

A public safety investment

Asia Leedy- Andreozzi honored with Lifesaving Award

Town Meeting approves purchase of new fire engine By Mark E. Vogler

T Asia Leedy-Andreozzi is shown standing with Mass. State Police troopers who were also honored at the State House ceremony on Monday. (Boston Herald staff photo by Nancy Lane)

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from cardiac syncope. The it any wonder? fourth-grader was awarded a Lifesaving Award by the State Police at a State House ceremony on Monday, an honor given to civilians whose actions save other lives. Asia, in a Boston Herald interview with Jessica Heslam, said she wants to be a police officer when she grows up. Is

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own Meeting members voted overwhelmingly at Monday night’s session to appropriate $695,000 for a new fire engine. It will take 18 months or more for the Fire Department to receive the new vehicle, which will replace an aging fire truck that will be 23 years old by the time the new one arrives. Town Meeting Member William S. Brown of Precinct 6 wanted to know if the town could keep the truck and use it if a third fire station ever gets built on the west side of town. Saugus Fire Chief Michael Newbury said he couldn’t see keeping the fire truck operating, considering its age. “I don’t think we want to put that out there,” Newbury said. He noted the life expectancy of a fire truck is 15 years, with an additional five years being used as a reserve vehicle. Town Meeting member of Precinct 10 wanted to know if it was possible for the town to receive some financial assistance in purchasing the vehicle. “ There’s nothing out there, but we’ll continue to look for any state or federal grant money,” Town Meeting member Scott C. Crabtree said. “It’s something we’re pretty savvy on. We’ll definitely look at that,” he said.

Crabtree said the town might be able to sell the fire truck to somebody who is a collector or wants to use it for parades. The request to appropriate money for a new fire engine was one of four financial articles that passed in a 30-minute period with little discussion. Town Meeting members also voted To appropriate $4.7 million to operate the Sewer Enterprise Fund. To appropriate $6.5 million to operate the Water Enterprise Fund. To raise water rates by 2.5 percent, allowing for all receipts to be held within the Water Enterprise Fund to be used exclusively for water expenses, water maintenance, water debt and interest and water improvement programs. Town officials called the increase “minimal.” Members voted 35-4 to approve the water rate increase. “The goal is to be able to have 10 percent in retained earning, which is a lower amount,” Crabtree said. The town manager said a 10 to 25 percent was a better goal for the water system. He noted the built-in disadvantage that applied to water conservation. “The more water you conserve and cut down on, the less revenue you generate,” he said.

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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 26, 2017 ity Sheehan had 2 hits and an RBI; Shaw doubled and had 2 RBIs; and Hallie Kahn had a hit and RBI. The Sachems went on the road to Division 1 Arlington and fell, 11-2, which puts their season record to 8 and 8. Our baseball squad was edged by Salem, 5-3. The boys’ track team was run

THE GREATEST FOOTBALL PLAYER

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y the title you probably thought I would write about Tom Brady or some other NFL player. But no, I am writing about what the world calls football and we in the USA call soccer. The greatest player over time would be PelÊ. He was born as Edson Arantes do Nascimento in Três Coraçþes, Minas Gerais, Brazil, on October 23, 1940. He started his career as a youth with Bauru AtlÊtico Clube from 1953 to 1956. In his professional career he went to Santos and played in the Brazil Professional League from 1956 to 1974. He finished his professional career with the New York Cosmos in Major League Soccer, with 56 appearances and 31 goals, from 1975 to 1977. He played for the Brazilian National team from 1957 to 1971 with 91 appearances and 77 goals in international competition. He was a member of

the team winning the FĂŠdĂŠration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Sweden in 1958, in Chile in 1962 and in Mexico in 1979. He played for Brazil in the Copa America competition in Argentina in 1959. In 1999 he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). He was selected as the Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee, also in 1999. That same year Time magazine named him among the 100 most influential people of the 20th Century. The IFFHS and the Guinness World Records list him as the top goal scorer in the world, counting not only his professional games but also unofficial friendlies and tour games. His listed total is 1,281 goals in 1,363 games. The Sachem softball team

over by Lynn Classical, 84-50, as Nick Silva was a triple winner: the 100 in 11.3, the 200 in 23.4 and the high jump to 5 feet, 8 inches. Joe Alba took the 800 in 2:21.8; Delvin Duncan, the shot put with a toss of 32 feet, 2 inches; and the 4X100

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used the broom to sweep by the Salem Witches, 5-0, as Caitlyn Wood recorded her first varsity shutout while tossing a complete game 2-hitter and striking out 11. Ashley Shaw and Alex Almquist each notched a hit in 3 trips to the plate, and each drove in 2 runs for the Sachems. Emma Howard, D.J. Munafo, Katie Italiano and Taylor Bogdanski got hits for Saugus. Next up for Saugus was Northeast Regional, and the Sachems formed a rout, 11-4. Sadie DiCenso had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 3 runs; Almquist had 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. Nystasia Rowe whacked 2 hits, a double and a triple driving home a run; Italiano had 2 hits, including a home run and an RBI; Ca-

                                            

                         

                 

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Lady Sachems softball team within one after big Senior Night win By Julian Cardillo

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he Saugus High School softball team followed up a tough 4-0 loss to Stoneham on Monday night with a memorable performance on Wednesday evening against rivals Winthrop. Saugus defeated the Vikings, 4-2, on Senior Night and is now 9-9 on the season. With two games left in the regular season, the Sachems need one win to clinch a post-season berth. “After that tough loss to Stoneham, we rebounded with a great team win,” said Saugus

coach Steve Almquist. “Winthrop are a solid team.” Caitlyn Wood went the distance on the mound. She struck out seven and walked just three. She conceded two hits and two earned runs. Winthrop took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Saugus responded in the home half of the inning. Katie Italiano tripled and eventually scored on an infield groundout by Caity Sheehan. In the bottom of the third, the Sachems made it 2-1. Sadie DiCenso doubled and later went to third on a single by

Taylor Bogdanski. A sacrifice fly by Alex Almquist deep in the outfield scored DiCenso. DiCenso then recorded a two-run double in the fourth to make it 4-1. Winthrop loaded the bases in the sixth but only scored one thanks to resolute pitching by Wood. “She buckled down and worked herself out of the jam to preserve our lead,” said Almquist of Wood. Wood retired the side in order in the seventh, but needed a highlight reel catch by Italiano in right to seal the deal. The first batter of the inning

blasted a shot over her head to deep right, but Italiano raced back and made a tumbling catch,” said Almquist. “If that ball gets in, it’s at least a triple and the whole dynamic of the game changes.” On offense, DiCenso was perfect on the day; she was three for three with two RBIs. Italiano, Bogdanski and Nystasia Rowe each had two hits. Wood had one hit. Sheehan and Almquist also chipped in Caitlyn Wood went the disan RBI apiece. tance for the Sachems on the mound, strking out seven Saugus’s next game is on Fri- and walking just three. (Advoday at Swampscott. cate file photo)

Saugus baseball team earns memorable win against Winthrop By Julian Cardillo

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poulos scored the winning run against rivals Winthrop on an overthrow to third base by the Vikings pitcher. The Sachems won, 2-1 – on Senior Night, no less – to close out their regular season slate Wednesday evening. “Absolutely, this is my favorite game of the season,” said Luis, whose team may now be playoff-bound because of the Sullivan Rule. Though Saugus are 8-12 overall, their 3-3 record in Division 3 should clinch them a playoff berth. “We said at the beginning of the season that making the playoffs was our goal; we wanted

to be here, in the state tournament,” Luis said. “We’ve come a long way since then and we put together a great performance with hitting, pitching, fielding, base-running.” Justin Horvath played a complete game on the mound for Saugus. He struck out six and allowed just five hits. The Sachems took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Steve Pettenati singled, stole second, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Descoli. Winthrop tied the game in the top of the sixth, which set up Saugus to win the game with a walk-off run. The pivotal bottom of the sev-

enth started out with an out, but Stamatopoulos doubled. Nick Ferrari then walked, and Stamatopoulos stole third. On the ensuing at bat, the Vikings pitcher tried to pick off Stamatopoulos, who held an aggressive lead at third, but botched his toss, sending Stamatopoulos home for the winning run. “Oh yeah, it was crazy; the whole team mobbed him – a really memorable night,” said Luis. Though making the state tournament was a goal, Luis and his team are hungry for more. They’ll find out their seeding by Tuesday and from there will try to go on a long playoff run.

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singles, Alicia Luongo at second singles, and Alivia Burke at third singles – all won their matches at 6-0 and 6-0. The first doubles, Zeinab Jubel-

li and Amanda Napoli, won their match 6-0 and 6-1, and the second doubles of Nicole Ing and Hannah Spillman won 6-0 and 6-0.

| from page 15 relay team was victorious with Alba, Kyle Lennan, Marvens Jean and Bruno Auzec. The girls’ track team conquered Classical, 85-50, with Gianna Filaretos winning 3 events: the 100 hurdles, the high jump and the triple jump. Shaylin Groark and Haley Dennis were double winners for the Sachems. Groark took the 400 hurdles and the discus, while Dennis won the 100 and 200 dashes. Jenni Costa won the 400 and Ailyn Minaya won the shot put. The team competed in the NEC Championship Meet and won the 4X100 relay. Second place finishers for Saugus were Dennis in the 100 meter dash, Kiley Ronan in the 200, and Filaretos in the high jump. The girls’ tennis team shut out St. Mary’s, 5-0, and improved to 13 wins and only 2 losses. Lanna Queiroz at first

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A century of worship

Blessed Sacrament Parish celebrates 100 years in Saugus with “Fun Festival For All” on June 4 By Mark E. Vogler

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t will be a day of fun and food for children of all ages in the community. That includes adults. That’s how the Saugus Catholics Collaborative and Blessed Sacrament Parish will host an outdoor ”Fun Festival For All” on Pentecost Sunday, June 4. The event takes place on the grounds of Blessed Sacrament Parish at 14 Summer St. in Saugus. The Festival begins at 12:00 p.m., immediately after the conclusion of the 11 a.m. Parish Mass, and will conclude at 4 p.m. “Everyone is welcome!” said

Scott Morin, Youth Minister of Saugus Catholics Collaborative. “Join us for food trucks, a petting zoo, outdoor games, music, face painting and some great company. And bring the kids, there will be games and prizes,” Morin said. Saugus Catholics Collaborative is made up of Blessed Sacrament Parish and Saint Margaret of Antioch Parish. Both parishes are in Saugus. Blessed Sacrament Parish was incorporated in 1917 as a Parish in Saugus. “The original wooden church was built in 1898 at the corner of Adams Avenue and Herbert Avenue,” Morin said. “It was de-

Parishioners observe a mass at Blessed Sacrament Parish. The church will celebrate its 100th Anniversary at a “Fun Festival For All” on June 4. (Courtesy photo)

stroyed by fire in 1909. A new stone church was built on Central Street and was dedicated in 1910. It is now the Saugus

Youth and Recreation building. Our present church on Summer Street was formally dedicated on January 21, 1950.”

mer, according to the council. All collections of bulbs or plants are $10 each with 50% of proceeds supporting the Saugus River Watershed Council’s river restocades, the Festival features our famous Old-Fashioned Strawberry ration and environmental education programs. Shortcake, hot dogs and soda.Come enjoy this traditional celebraFor more information, follow the link on the council’s homepage tion of the beginning of summer with your family and neighbors. at: www.saugusriver.org and THINK SPRING! Shortcakes are available to eat inside or to take out. Plant and Flower Sale by Saugus Garden Club, craft tables and more outside on Let’s hear it! the lawn will open at 9 AM, shortcakes will be served inside startGot an idea, passing thought or gripe you would like to share ing at 10 AM and will continue until 2 PM.Strawberry Festivals were with The Saugus Advocate. I’m always interested in your feedback. held in many New England towns in the 18th and 19th centuries It’s been a year since I began work at The Saugus Advocate. I’m alto celebrate the first fruits of the season.The Saugus Historical So- ways interested in hearing readers’ suggestions for possible stories ciety picked up this tradition in the mid 1980’s and has held its fes- or good candidates for The Advocate Asks interview of the week. tival every year since.The location has varied, with other locations Feel free to email me at mvoge@comcast.net including the former Unitarian Universalist Church now the Iglesia Bautista, the American Legion Hall and the Roby School lawn.Short- Some Attractions at the Saugus Public Library cake tickets are available for sale at the door or by advance sale.A There are some cool events coming up at the Saugus Public Lilimited amount of table space for craft vendors is still available.For brary: more information contact Saugus Historical Society president Laura D. Eisener ldeld@shore.net or 781-231-5988. Got kids and a green thumb? On Tuesday, June 13 at 3:30 p.m., check out the official planting Flower Power in Saugus of the Children’s Garden. Now in its 72nd year, the Saugus Garden Club has several events Plant some flowers, vegetables and herbs. Enjoy some refreshplanned for the first half of the year. If you love flowers, adore your ments and make some new friends with green thumbs. town and want to meet some new friends, check out some of these events: Raptors and Birds of Prey Field Trip in June, date to be announced. A car pool trip is planned Kick off teen summer reading to Harvard University’s Museum of Natural History where members with this program, on Thursday, can tour the newly-reopened glass flower museum. June 15, from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 17, the club holds its annual plant sale on the lawn “Learn facts about birds of prey of the Roby School during the Saugus Historical Society’s Straw- such as hawks, falcons, owls and berry Festival. eagles and see some of these beautiful birds up close,” says the Environmental Leadership Scholarship being offered flyer posted on a glass window. The Saugus River Watershed Council is accepting applications for Ages eight and up. Call or its 2017 Environmental Leadership Scholarship. One $500 scholar- come into the library to sign up. ship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior who will attend college during the fall of 2017. Pirates and magicians The recipient will be selected based upon commitment to enviPirates, magicians and magronmental protection, academic record, demonstrated leadership ic teachers. and participation in school and community activities, and stateCheck out the magic show ment of personal commitment to the environment. Thursday, June 1 at 3:30 p.m. To be eligible, applicants must live in one of the following 11 There will be magic lessons later. communities that are part of the Saugus River watershed: Saugus, Lynn, Lynnfield, Wakefield, Reading, Revere, Everett, Malden, Mel- Free After School rose, Peabody, or Stoneham. Homework Help at the Applications must be submitted to the Saugus River Watershed Saugus Public Library Council via email atsrw@shore.net or Scholarship Committee, P.O. 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Some parish history Morin also noted how the parish evolved: Saugus was given as a station of Salem in the Catholic Almanac for 1854-1855. Saugus then became a mission of Lynn in 1862, when St. Mary Parish of Lynn was dedicated for all Catholics of Lynn, Saugus, Swampscott and Nahant. Saugus remained a mission of St. Mary Parish in Lynn until 1894, when it became a mission of Sacred Heart Parish in West Lynn. In 1906, Blessed Sacrament Parish became a mission of St. Joseph Parish in the Maplewood section of Malden, remaining so until 1917 when Blessed Sacrament Parish was incorporated. tional Junior Honor Society Students from the Belmonte Middle School. This program is open to students in grades K-5. No registration is required, but students must be signed in/out by a parent or guardian. Parent or guardian must remain on library grounds while student is receiving homework assistance. Subjects: math • science • grammar • reading • social studies • geography & others. For more information, visit www.sauguspubliclibrary.org/ children/homework, where you’ll also find online resources for a variety of grade-levels as well as free test-prep help from The College Board and others. Email sau@noblenet.org with any questions.


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TWO BEDROOM

$1650/ MONTH

UNDER AGREEMENT

72 SAMMET STREET Everett, MA - $429,900

SOLD BY SANDY!

22 GRISWOLD STREET Everett, MA - $449,900

SOLD BY NORMA!

75 BUCKNAM STREET Everett, MA - $714,900

TWO BEDROOMS

$1800/MONTH

CALL SANDY FOR MORE DETAILS.

PLEASE CALL MARIA OR ROSEMARIE FOR DETAILS.

NEWLY LISTED

NEWLY LISTED

APARTMENT FOR RENT

6 OFFICE RENTALS

SOLD BY NORMA AS BUYERS AGENT!

SOLD BY SANDY!

SOLD BY DENISE!

SOLD BY DENISE!

394 LOWELL STREET Peabody, MA

19 GILMORE STREET Everett, MA - $498,900

74 BALDWIN AVENUE Everett, MA - $474,900

22 FREEMAN AVENUE Everett, MA - $330,000

NEWLY LISTED

WITH HEAT AND ELECTRIC INCLUDED! CALL NORMA FOR MORE DETAILS.

SOLD BY SANDY AS BUYERS AGENT!

474 REVERE BEACH BOULEVARD - Revere, MA

SOLD BY SANDY!

3 LAUREL STREET Malden, MA - $475,000

SOLD BY MARIA!

20 GATEWAY LANE Lynn, MA

SOLD BY DENISE AS BUYERS AGENT!

Joe DiNuzzo - Broker Associate

Norma Capuano Parziale - Agent

Denise Matarazzo - Agent

Sandy Juliano - Broker

Rosemarie Ciampi - Agent

THREE BEDROOM

$1900/ MONTH CALL NORMA FOR MORE DETAILS.

PRICES RANGE FROM

$336 -> $819

Open Daily From 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 433 Broadway, Suite B, Everett, MA 02149

www.jrs-properties.com

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20 PUTNAM ROAD Revere, MA - $399,900

Jessica Jago - Agent

617.544.6274


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335 Central St., Saugus, MA 781-233-7300

SAUGUS Custom 12 rm Col, 3 1/2 baths, gas f/p, granite kit, huge dnrm, great open floor plan, master w/priv bath, hdwd, finished LL, attached au-pair suite, cen air & vac, alarm, one car garage, deck w/custom stone pizza oven, great cul-de-sac loc, AMAZING!...........$729,900.

SAUGUS 1st AD Unique 7 room Ranch, 3 bedrms, 1 ½ baths, spac lvrm, dnrm, 1st flr famrm, heated sunrm, 6 yrs old granite kit w/ dining area, finished loft, beautiful hardwood flooring, cen vac, 1 car gar, corner lot......................................................................$385,000.

SAUGUS Perfectly located 6 room Colonial offers 3 bedrooms, kitchen leading to deck, private yard, updated heat, roof and siding, one car garage, located in Oaklandvale area,close to everything!................$415,000.

SAUGUS HARD-TO-FIND Two Family. 6 rooms, 3 bedrms, 2 full baths, eat-in kitchen, open floor plan, hardwood flooring, finished lower level, rental unit offers 4 rms, 2 bedrms. IG pool, sprinkler system, summer screen house..........$599,900.

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..................$550,000.

SAUGUS Exceptional Split Entry Ranch offers 6+ rms, 3 bedrms, 3 full baths, oversized lvrm/dnrm, open concept, granite kit, hardwood,master w/bath, finished LL, cen air, 2c garage....................................$550,000.

SAUGUS 1st AD Wonderful Family Cape offers 7 rooms, 3 bedrooms, great 1st floor family room with sliders to deck, living room, dining room, updated electric & windows, farmers porch, nice lot.........$339,900.

SAUGUS 1st AD 7 room, 4 bedroom Cape offers 2 full baths, Granite kitchen, cen air, deck, finished lower level w/famrm and kitchenette, inground pool, updated roof & heat IMPRESSIVE............................$449,900.

MALDEN 1st AD Briar Hill Condo offers 5 rooms, 2 bedrooms, 1 ½ baths, hardwood flooring, lvrm w/balcony, master w/bath, coin-op laundry on same floor, IG pool, parking, close to everything...........$269,900.

SAUGUS 1st AD Family Colonial offers 6 rooms, 3 bedrms, 1 ½ baths, fireplace lvrm, hardwood flooring, dnrm w/slider to deck,granite kit w/island,1st flr laundry, cen air, one car garage, located on dead-end......$435,000.

SAUGUS/MELROSE line 1st AD 8 rm Raised Ranch offers 4 bedrms, 1 ½ baths, fp lvrm, dnrm, familyrm w/fp, screen porch for summer enjoyment, 3 yr old cen air, 1 car gar, updated windows & heat, circular driveway, large 14,000 sq ft lot....$399,900.

SAUGUS 1st AD Spac Col offers 10 rms, 6 bedrms, 3 full baths, lvrm w/fireplace, hdwd, cherry kit w/granite, 3 season rm, great room w/fireplace & cath ceil, master w/bath, manicured, fenced yard, Lynnhurst area............$579,900.

WONDERING WHAT YOUR HOME IS WORTH? 
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38 Main Street, Saugus MA
 WWW.LITTLEFIELDRE.COM

781-233-1401

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SAUGUS ~ Come see this 9 room, 6 bed cape. Private location., 3 bathrooms, hardwood flooring, new kitchen with granite, new roof, siding, windows, …………………….$520,000

Coming soon!

Melrose single family 2400 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. hardwood throughout. garage under, paver driveway and patio. $725k

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

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

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 781-706-0842

SAUGUS ~ Rehabbed split entry. New kitchen with SS appliances, quartz counters, marble backsplash, new windows, finished lower level, great location, pool, cabana…………………………………$639,900

PEABODY~ Colonial, 4 Bedroom, 2 bathroom Maintenance free siding, Fireplace living room, 3 season porch, new gas heat. Hardwood flooring, Eat in kitchen………………………………$339,900

LYNN ~ New Listing! 2 bedroom condo built in 2006, gas heat, central AC, gas fireplace, pets allowed, conveniently located .……….$215,000

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

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

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