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Vol. 20, No. 39


Round Hill Historic Site dedication - See page 6

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Saugus Public Library’s new leader

Alan Thibeault says a decade in the Army paved the way for his librarian career on the North Shore

MASTER OF THE BOOKS: New Saugus Public Library Director Alan Thibeault – a former director of two North Shore public libraries – began work this week. Here he stands in front of a marine life mural in the children’s area of the library. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

By Mark E. Vogler


lan Thibeault was well on his way to dedicating his professional life to military service when he decided to switch careers and become a librarian. “I went to college thinking I was going to be a cop, but I wound up going in the Army,” Thibeault, 57, of Malden, said in an interview this week as

he sat in his new office at the Saugus Public Library, where he began a new job as the library’s director. “After I left the Army, I ended up working as a librarian. And when I became a librarian, I never realized I would become a public librarian. I thought I would stay in the corporate field,” Thibeault told The Saugus Advocate. “But, this is what I

wound up doing. And I like what I do and I really wish I got into this sooner. I wish I had done it decades ago.” Thibeault replaces Brian Hodgdon – a young and very popular director, who resigned in July to accept a position as assistant library director at the Salem Public Library. Hodgdon,


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LIBRARY | from page 1 36, left after just 14 months on the job. Most recently, Thibeault served as director for five years and seven months at Peabody Institute Library of Danvers up until this past May. Prior to his work at the 125-year-old Danvers town-run library, Thibeault worked for nearly three years as director of the Winthrop Public Library. His experience also includes 15 years and seven months as chief librarian at the Boston Herald.

The best of both skills Thibeault, who was born and raised in Plymouth, N.H., received his B.A. in Criminal Justice and English from Norwich University in 1982. Then he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a field artillery officer for a decade. “Toward the end of my time in the Army, I knew the Army was getting smaller … I had done 10 years. It was either trying to make it through 20 years or quit,” Thibeault said, reflecting

on a major turning point in his professional career. Thibeault, of course, was in that military position because of his leadership skills. “I remember working as a staff officer – an artillery officer – and I enjoyed gathering information for the commander to make decisions,” Thibeault said. “But the thing I got the greatest satisfaction out of was doing the staff work and supporting others. I did a lot of staff time. And I was better at staff work.” So Thibeault decided that by becoming a librarian, he would make the most of both skills.

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“I’ve been doing this library thing since 1993,” Thibeault said. “I started after I got out of the Army.” He began working at the Boston Herald in June 1993. As the chief librarian at a major metropolitan daily newspaper, he was responsible for management and administration of library, research and archiving operations, according to his professional background as noted on LinkedIn. Thibeault honed his librarian skills by also working as a training coordinator for IME Systems, Inc. for 18 months while still working at the Boston Herald. There, he coordinated and conducted client training in support of the company’s integrated library automation system while also providing helpdesk services to supported clients. “A community on the rise” He received his MLS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in 1997. So Thibeault, a candidate with impressive library credentials, was offered the position two weeks ago and accepted following a lengthy application period. “I’m excited about being here. I think it’s a great time right now. I think this is a community on the rise,” Thibeault said of his arrival in Saugus. “I’m not ready to go with specifics yet, but I think the place has run pretty well. The place is going in a good direction. I’d like to be that guy who can stay for a while,” he said. Thibeault’s familiarity with the Saugus library and Hodgdon has made the transition from his predecessor to his

own administration easier. “I knew Brian before I came here, and we’ve been in touch,” Thibeault said. “My predecessor did a good job bringing in new technologies into the library. I want to continue to do that,” Thibeault said. “I’m familiar with this place, having been a director of town libraries in Winthrop and Danvers,” he said, noting they were both members of the North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE), which includes 27 libraries on the North Shore, both public and academic. He’s also well-acquainted with Saugus and oriented to the area. “I never spent much time here – other than driving up and down Route 1,” Thibeault said. “While living in Malden, I did most of my shopping and dining at stores and restaurants in Saugus,” he said. Soon he will be moving to Boxford. Before Malden, he lived in Boston for about 25 years. So far, he loves the Saugus Public Library, which was built in 1996. “This is a nice building – not a historic building like the other two I served in,”Thibeault. “It’s light. It’s airy. It’s welcoming. It’s a really beautiful building. I don’t know why more people don’t come in. Maybe we can change that,”Thibeault said. “The best asset: The library staff is friendly, courteous and capable, which makes my job a lot easier,” he said. His initial work entails writing a financial report for the Massachusetts Board of Library Com-




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Small Saves

CREATED IN SAUGUS: Here’s a copy of Saugus artist James DeMarco’s latest in the ongoing comic strip series “Small Saves,” with the Saugus Sachem added by DeMarco, who wanted to share it with readers of The Saugus Advocate. The original cartoon will appear this weekend on 80 websites, Facebook pages and online newspapers. DeMarco, who has been playing goalie at Hockeytown USA on Route 1 in Saugus for 40 years, said he draws a lot of his inspiration from playing at the local rink and everyday life, then goes back to his Austin Court condominium unit’s studio draw. (Courtesy Cartoon by James DeMarco to The Saugus Advocate)






Veteran Town Meeting Member Eugene Decareau says “frustrations” with the current state of town government led to his decision to not seek reelection Editor’s Note: For this week, we sat down with Eugene F. Decareau, town meeting member of Precinct 8, to talk about his reasons for not running for another term in the Nov. 7 town election. Decareau, 86, was born in Saugus, where he has lived most of his life. He is a 1948 Saugus High School graduate. He served in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1951, during part of the Korean War era. He discharged as a staff sergeant. Decareau is a retired vice president of Eastern Tool & Stamping Co., Inc., where he worked for 28 years. He is finishing his second two-year term on the Saugus Town Meeting. He has served on the Retirement Board for 20 years and is a former member of the Board of Appeals. For many years Decareau has been active in community service. He is a Life Time Member of the Saugus Lions Club and one of the group’s past presidents. During his 50 years with the club, he received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award “For dedicated humanitarian services” – the highest award from the Lions Club International Foundation. He has volunteered at the Food Pantry for 20 years. He served as a Cub Scout

Carolina); five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Some highlights of the interview follow.

CALLING IT QUITS: Precinct 8 Town Meeting Member Eugene F. Decareau in an interview at his Central Street home last week talks about “frustrations” that he says contributed to his decision not to seek another two-year term on the Saugus Town Meeting. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

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“Outrageous” labor costs Union representative for public safety dispatchers says town has wasted more than $260,000 in legal expenses on unsettled contract

By Mark E. Vogler


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LIBRARY | from page 2 missions. He is learning about the financial systems and the schedules of library employees – a staff of 18 – including himself and four other full-time workers and the part-time employees. Another project he hopes to complete early in his administration is a five-year strategic plan for the library. “The facility is great. The people who work here are phenomenal. The people who come here seem to enjoy it. I just like to make the library relevant and useful to everybody in the


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town,” Thibeault said. “I want to make sure that we’re offering what they need, and making sure everybody is aware of what we have, make sure we give them the right product … We should be seen as a resource for the whole town – organizationally and individually,” Thibeault said. Thibeault said he is married, but separated, with two adult daughters and two grandchildren living in the Boston and Quincy areas. When he’s not working or reading, his hobbies include brewing beer, biking and hiking. “I’ve spent a lot of time in Breakheart Reservation. I think I’ve hit every trail,” Thibeault said. “I’m interested in a lot of things, and I’m a sports fan,” he said, noting that the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox are his favorite professional sports teams. His favorite book: “Memories, Dreams, Reflections,” by Carl Jung. “He’s a psychologist. It’s a semi-autobiographical book about the afterlife,” Thibeault said of Jung. Lauded by past employers Thibeault was held in high esteem by town officials at his previous two jobs. Under his supervision, the library in Danvers underwent a multimillion dollar renovation in 2011. Thibeault oversaw a massive, $2.1 million overhaul and modernization of the 1892 library build-

fiscal year and $156,648.49 for the 2017 fiscal year – expenses that she said were revealed in legal fee information obtained by

OUTRAGEOUS | SEE PAGE 6 ing’s heating, cooling and ventilation systems. “He did a great job while he was here, and the board wishes him well,” Dana Michael Hagan, chairman of the library’s board of trustees, told The Salem News in an article published earlier this year. Thibeault served in the position for almost six years and earned $93,123 in 2016, according to the newspaper. Before coming to Danvers, he was the director of the Winthrop Public Library. That job was beset with its challenges, no fault of Thibeault. Just a few weeks after he was hired in January 2009, town leaders were considering closing the library due to a financial crisis. But the library remained open with reduced staffing and hours, according to a Sept. 22, 2011, story in The Winthrop Transcript. “It a tremendous loss for Winthrop and a tremendous gain for Danvers,”Town Council President Jeffrey Turco told the newspaper. “Alan is a true professional. He understood his job and was committed to the business of making the public library available to the people with the limited tax dollars that Winthrop has. We’re going to have a very difficult task finding a suitable replacement,” Turco said. Then-Winthrop Town Manager James McKenna told The Winthrop Transcript that Thibeault “did an outstanding job” and “We’re going to miss his contributions to our community as the highly efficient leader of our library.”

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ASK | from page 3 not, that it’s – to use the term – “cliquey.”They’re very focused on they’re going to vote one way regardless of what the facts are. They will not ask questions. They will not open up and try to communicate back and forth. When you get up and point out issues, I would hope that there would be discussions and understanding. But they blindly, blindly go forward. Now, is it because there are too many town employees on Town Meeting? I happen to disagree with town employees being on Town Meeting. It’s a conflict of interests, regardless of what the Attorney General says in Massachusetts. Some of these people may want to vote “no”on an issue. But because the Town Manager – whoever it is, it doesn’t have to be who we have now – is sitting there with the selectmen, and these employees, they want to vote different than what the manager wants them to vote. But the manager is their boss. There is so much pressure on some of these people – they’re going to vote the establishment. They’re going to vote it because they are afraid of losing their job. Q: Yes, I guess that’s the downside of having employees on the Town Meeting. But the Attorney General has ruled it’s okay. And the Town Meeting ... it’s a separate entity unto itself. It’s another branch of town government in Saugus, so they shouldn’t be beholding to the Town Manager. A: They shouldn’t be, but anyone who works for a boss and wants to say “no” to the boss is afraid to do so. A few of us have been very open over the years.

And I had no problem with saying“no”to my supervisor, whomever it was, when I was working. But I always ended up saying, “Sir, that’s my opinion; however, you are the boss, so I’ll do what you tell me. But my opinion isn’t wrong.” And people should be willing to get up and stand up for what they believe, regardless of who is standing there. It does not happen in Town Meeting. For instance, there was one gentleman – no names mentioned – that I sat near, and he never, ever, ever spoke at Town Meeting. Then, when an article come up from the Retirement Board to increase their pay and the cost of living, then, he gets up and speaks in favor of it. Now, that’s self-serving. And that’s not what it [Town Meeting] is about. Town Meeting is about the community. Q: As a Town Meeting member, do you feel that the public access has been there for individual members to get information? A: It’s very difficult in this town to get information on anything. “Transparency” is a word that they use, but they don’t have it. The only thing transparent about this group running this community at this time is that they are not transparent at all. It’s very difficult. For instance, back in April, I requested some information under Freedom of Information (an Act – the state’s public records law) through the Board of Selectmen to get a copy of an agreement that the selectmen made with SCT TV. Two people who were charged with contempt of court and they were fined so many days if they didn’t turn over the books

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and the money. They didn’t turn over the books and the money for approximately two years. This board seemed to feel that they could make an agreement and drop the charges. The present board did not bring the charges against them. It was brought by the previous Board of Selectmen. And the town manager said that he would get me a copy of the agreement. However, he wanted the board to know that I had made a mistake and that the town never sued these two individuals and SCT. However, there is a court document and a court number for the lawsuit. There’s been an agreement made. I would like to know what the agreement is. Q: Now, you requested information on that and you have not received it? A: Well, the manager, after my calling him several times, finally gave me a copy of what he said was the agreement. What I received is the bylaws of the new SCT TV. I then submitted in writing a request again, and under the Freedom of Information Act, they’re supposed to notify you within 10 working days. If they’re not going to do that, by law, they have to call and tell you and give you a reason they’re going to be late. They did not call me and they were eight days

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force today. “The Saugus Police Department has no Traffic Enforcement Unit. We have no one dedicated to fostering greater traffic safety for motorists, bicyclists or pedestrians. We have no one dedicated to analyzing crash data for the purpose of reducing the number of accidents and the severity of accidents in town. We have no motorcycles, no one doing accident reconstruction, no one doing commercial vehicle enforcement,” Cash said. “The Saugus Police Department has no School Resource Officers. We have no dedicated staff that focuses directly on the high school. No dedicated staff that focus directly on the middle school or the elementary schools,” Cash said. “The Saugus Police Department has no Domestic Violence Unit. We have no dedicated staff focusing solely on the many complicated and delicate issues associated with domestic violence. The Saugus Police Department has no Drug Unit. We have no dedicated staff assigned to the prevention of drug sales or procurement of drugs. No one is assigned to combat drug violence or drug overdoses,” he said. “I’ve been told that many of the positions I’ve outlined to you were staffed at one time or another in the past. For whatever reason, over the last 10plus years your Police Department has lost focus. We’ve taken our eye off the ball. While the town was moving forward, the Police Department was left behind. Talking to various people, I was unable to come up with the ‘how.’ How did this happen? Today, someone said to me, ‘How, no longer matters. The real question is what are you going to do to fix it?’ In our positions as union officials, the only thing we can do is educate the public and we’ll do just that.”

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TOWN HALL | from page 6 the audience in a Native American Prayer. Ricky Simaratana, a member of the Wampanoag Tribe, burned what he called “sacred sage” near the stage in the auditorium. “We burn sage daily to clean and cleanse our space,” Simaratana said. Fourth Grade students from the Veterans Memorial Elementary School, directed by Christine Jankowiak – a Saugus Public Schools music teacher – sang a Native American song, “The Earth is Our Mother.” Saugus Historical Commission Chairman Stephen Carlson credited numerous businesses, organizations and individuals work-

ing together to make the project possible. Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree hailed the dedication as “A great day to bring everyone together as a town and a community.” Historical Commission Chairman Stephen Carlson noted in his remarks that Round Hill’s “Summit was a popular place for people to gather” and that it took“a community effort to support this project.” The Historical Commission has been working on the Round Hill project since the fall of 2011 when a Special Town Meeting approved an article for its creation as a historic site. This is property that the town purchased back in 1910. It had been an open area that became over-

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ASK | from page 5 number of issues you requested information for, like the salary of the town manager? A: Yep. There have been several requests – by not only me – by other people in the community. Q: Now the town manager’s salary. Tell me a little bit about how that went down, please. You had a meeting with the Retirement Board. Tell me what you can tell. A: The only thing I can say is that the town manager is very reluctant to give any information to anybody at any time. And, historically, he tends to let things slide, hoping they will just pass away and nothing will happen. I feel that is the wrong way to manage. Transparen-

cy means to be open forward, give information and give and take. We may not always agree, but there is no reason we can’t communicate. Q: Now, were you against the recall (of the selectmen who fired Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree)? A: Yes. Very much so. Q: Do you feel like this is kind of retribution for being against it? And that if you were for the recall, you might have an easier time getting the information? A: It appears that way. It has happened that way. In my opinion, if you didn’t support the recall, you’re on the outside. If you supported this new board, then you’re on the inside. If you supported the old board, then you’re on the outside. And

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there have been rumors around that a lot of the individuals that supported the old board have been removed from all of the boards in the community. And only those who agree with the manager and the selectmen have been appointed. But that’s not the way you run a business. You have to have give and take. There’s no reason you cannot be agreeable disagreeing. That’s the way life is. You should be able to go up, talk to people, get your opinion, get their opinion and afterwards, go out and break bread together. For gosh sakes, that’s what life is! And people take everything personal. It’s not personal. It has nothing to do with personalities. It has to do with facts. Q: So is it fair to say your frustrations with the lack of access … A: Lack of access. Lack of communications with the Town Meeting itself … Q: And that has frustrated you, and that’s why you have chosen not to run for another term on Town Meeting? A: Yes. It has. It has. And I feel like I am quitting, but I’m not. Believe me, I’m not. I’m willing to stand alone. If I believe something, then I’m going to be firm and stand up for what I believe and voice my opinion. Whether you agree or not, it is up to you. Q: Now, even though you are bowing out, you are still going to remain … A: An advocate for responsible government. Yes. I intend to … Q: Go to Town Meeting and voice your opinion? A: Yes. And if I feel I ought to get up and say something, I’m going to request permission to do so. Q: Now, over the past year when you got up and spoke out about an issue – and a lot of times, I sat in on those meetings, and you took a position that was contrary to what the town manager believed – have you gotten any kind of static or cold shoulder? What kind of reaction have you gotten? A: Well. I will give you one example. When they brought up

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the original million, five-hundred thousand for playgrounds, when I got up, I made a statement. But they don’t listen to you. My statement was simple: I am not against the playgrounds. I am not against the money per se. What I’m against is the lack of information of where the money is going to go and how it’s going to go. There was no list of priorities for the playgrounds. There’s no list of building materials. And all I wanted to do was send it back and have the town manager go get quotes and come back with information that would give us a complete breakdown of materials and priorities of each playground and how they’re going to do it and the cost related to it, too. That’s a business approach. You don’t vote a million and a half dollars and not know where the heck it is going to go. And that’s why I did what I did. And it had nothing to do with the manager. It had to do with the facts. It’s how you do business. And it is frustrating. It’s frustrating when people don’t care enough to understand why they voted for what they voted – just to go in blindly because “the Finance Committee approved it,” that doesn’t make it right. It doesn’t make it wrong but it doesn’t make it right. You still have a right to question. And that’s what freedom of speech is: to be able to get out and talk. It has nothing to do with individuals. The problem with the people today is they take everything personal. The way they take it …. If you don’t agree with them, then you don’t like them. It has nothing to do with that. Anyone that understands people, understands that you may disagree. But you have right to agree or disagree. Q: You intend to continue to follow the process and participate as a Saugus citizen and raise questions publicly when you feel like it? A: Absolutely. And if I need some information, I will file a request asking for it again. And if I don’t get it again, then I will have

to go to the state to see if I can get some help. Q: Okay. Anything else that you would like to share about your concerns? A: You know the frustrating part of this – when I got up and I spoke at Town Meeting, I may have lost 42-1, that’s okay. What’s frustrating is to come home and get a half dozen calls or a dozen calls saying that they agreed with what I said, but they voted the other way. It doesn’t make sense. That’s what’s so frustrating about it. And I don’t mind you disagreeing with me. That’s okay. But don’t tell me you agree with me and then vote against me. Q: So you are talking about the vote on the playground, where you were the only Town Meeting member who opposed it? A: Yes. And everybody was openly saying I was against playgrounds. That’s not true. I wasn’t. It’s just like the new school. I didn’t agree with the big package. Do we need the new school? Of course we do. Would I support a new school? Yes. Q: Have you been to Town Hall in the last couple of months and made requests for information? A: Yes, I have. Q: Have you noticed that they have you filling out forms for very simple, basic information that you would normally be handed in the past without any hassle? Are you finding a change in the policy now, where you are practically being discouraged from seeking the information? A: Yes. You can’t get information. I’m sorry. They only give you what they want to give you, and it may not be what you asked for. And in my case, it was not what I asked for – twice. Now we’re going to go a third time, and if I have to reword it another way, I’ll reword it. But I spelled out the document, the case number at Superior Court and I gave them a copy of it. I still didn’t get what I specifically requested. I don’t know what else I can do, and it’s


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TOWN HALL | from page 7 grown with trees and brush. Carlson singled out Ray Lawrence, a former Saugus Historical Commission member who is retired and no longer lives in Saugus, with bringing Round Hill to the commission’s attention – and another commission member, Stephen Rich, with recommending the basic concept of what the historic site should be like. Round Hill is linked to the Native American occupation of the Saugus area and has been a local landmark for its views of the surrounding area. Local historian Alonzo Lewis chose Round Hill to be the focal point of the Saugus Town Seal in 1870,“most likely because it was one of the most beautiful spots in Saugus,” according to the program prepared by the Saugus Historical Commission for the dedication. “The seal features a tall spruce tree growing on top of the hill and the Saugus sachem, Montowampate, holding his bow and arrow with the sun rising in the east, signifying the beginning of a new day,” the program noted. “Native American use of local stone in stone tool manufacture is well documented. There is a ledge of jasper located at the foot of the hill … A number of Native American ar-

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Raiche presented a mini-play ti- Murray, Grade 4, first place; Jotled “The Incorporation of Sau- seph Botto, Grade 4, second gus in 1815,” which was written place; Matthew Deming-Estraby Marilyn Carlson and direct- da, Grade 4, third place. ed by Stephen Black. The Sau• Grades 6 to 8 – Riley Burke, gus High School Improv Troupe Grade 8, first place; Gianna Pethelped to bring the play to life kewich, Grade 8, second place; as Raftery and Raiche read from David Jarosz, Grade 8, third Carlson’s mini-play. place. Board of Selectmen Chair • Grades 9 to 12 – Rachel May, Debra Panetta presented spe- first place; Sabrina Panetta, seccial proclamations to the con- ond place; Caroline Aiello, third test winners of the writing con- place. test sponsored by Eastern Bank, • Adult – Laura Eisener, first Hammersmith Restaurant and place; Natalie Agreste, second Banana Splitz. The winners in- place; Lisa Parker, third place. A NATIVE AMERICAN BLESSING: Ricky Simaratana, a retired clude the following: police sergeant, Vietnam veteran and member of the Wampa• Grades 3 to 5 – Samantha noag Tribe, burned “the sacred sage” in the second floor auditorium of Saugus Town Hall Sept. 19 during an indoor dedication of the restoration of Round Hill Historic Site a landmark park that celebrates the town’s Native American heritage. (Sau170 Revere Street Revere, MA 02151



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tifacts and several uncomplet- placed by the people of Saugus ed arrowheads have been found to provide a community’s peron and about Round Hill,” it said. spective of Saugus at its 200th anniversary as a town to the inAt the Time Capsule habitants of Saugus at its 300th Ceremony anniversary in 2115. Saugus During a “Burying Saugus His- 200th Anniversary Committee.” tory” event on Sept. 16, the SauJean Swanson, chairman of gus Historical Commission & the Saugus 200th Anniversary Saugus 200th Anniversary Com- Committee, welcomed and inmittee sponsored a Time Cap- troduced the guests. Boy Scout sule Ceremony, in conjunction Troop 62 led the gathering in with the Essex National Heritage the Presentation of Colors and Area “Trails & Sails.” The inscrip- Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. tion of the plaque that was set Belmonte Middle School stuin the ground after the capsule dent Catherine Schena sang the was covered with dirt reads as National Anthem. follows: “This Time Capsule was Sherri Raftery and Thomas

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Saugus-Everett Elks to host annual Italian Night on October 5


he Saugus-Everett Elks will be hosting their annual Italian Night at the lodge at 401 Main St. on Thursday, October 5th starting at 6:30 p.m. Honorees this year include Businessman of the Year Peter

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ennis Eckersley recently got into a standoff with David Price, and Price stated that Dennis did not know how hard it is to be a major league pitcher. Well, Eck lasted 24 years, so I think he knows even better than Price. Price has been rather awful this season before going on the injured list, but on coming back, he had a very good 2+ innings recently. I still doubt he can withstand the pressures of Boston fans, who expect the most from their players, while Price believes that fans should adore each player regardless of performance. But getting back to Eckersley, his 24 years started with Cleveland for 3, Boston in 1978 where he had a record of 40 wins vs. 32 losses; he had 7 seasons never matching his start. He was 84 and 70 during the Boston time. Three years with the Chicago Cubs, where he went 27 and 26, was followed by 9 seasons with Oakland, where he became a reliever and amassed a record of 41 and 31, with 320 saves for an average of 35+ per season. His best was in 1992: He recorded 51 saves for the Athletics. Next was two seasons in St. Louis with the Cardinals, where his record was 1 and 11 while recording 66 saves. He finished his career in Boston in 1998 with a record of 4 and 1 with 1 save. His career record is 197 and 171, played in 1,071 games; he had 20 shutouts and 390 saves while pitching 3,285.2 innings, and gave up 3,076 hits, 1,382 runs and 347 home runs, walking 738 and striking out 2,401. Eckersley’s playoff record was 1 and 3 over 11 series with 15 saves. He went into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004, played in 6 All-Star games and was the MVP and the Cy Young Award winner in 1992. I guess he does know a lot about the pressures of pitching in the major league. On the Saugus High School front, our football team lost its third straight, dropping a 22-19 game to undefeated Salem. The Witches roared out to a 22-6 lead at halftime, and the Sachems roared to 13 points in the second half while shutting Salem down. Vincent Cirame bolted over for the first Sachem touchdown from 3 yards out. In the third period, Cirame had one one-yard plunge into pay dirt, and Marvens Jean galloped for 25 yards for the final Sachem score. Javier Martinez-Moretta kicked the PAT for





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The legacy of Pam Harris

Saugus government leaders laud the contributions of the late nurse who was hailed as a fervent protector of the town’s public health and environment By Mark E. Vogler


he recent passing of Pam Harris touched off an avalanche of tributes for the registered nurse and longtime Board of Health member who was touted as one of the town’s top citizen advocates for public health and the environment. The Board of Selectmen opened their Wednesday night meeting with a moment of silence and prayers for Harris, 66, who succumbed to brain cancer last Saturday. “She was an unsung hero to Saugus,” Board of Selectman Chair Debra Panetta said as citizens in the second floor auditorium of Town Hall bowed their heads in prayer for the Saugus native who was credited with leading the charge on a number of significant environmental controls over Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc., the trash-to-energy incinerator on Route 107. “She leaves a huge void in our community,” Panetta said. Harris was a registered nurse for many years, working for the Saugus Public Schools and the former Saugus General Hospital. She served on the town’s Board of Health for 16 years. She was also a member of two local environmental groups: the Saugus River Watershed Council (where she served on the Board of Directors) and Saugus Action Vol-

unteers For The Environment (SAVE). TV captured a signature moment Saugus School Committee Vice-Chairman Peter Manoogian said Harris “left an indelible mark on her family, her neighborhood, and her community.” “Her commitment to those aspects of her life was evident when you would speak with her. Pam’s legacy is one of ‘principled advocacy’ for what is right for all and the willingness to speak out for all,” Manoogian wrote in an email yesterday to The Saugus Advocate. Manoogian, considered one of the town’s top environmental watchdogs and a fellow Precinct 10 resident, credited Harris with being “instrumental” in town efforts to require that scrubbers be installed on the Wheelabrator plant in the early 1990’s. “As a registered nurse, Pam showed that taking care of people included protecting them from unnecessary risks. As a member of the Saugus Board of Health, she advocated for the greatest level of oversight and protection be afforded her community on matters of food handling, tobacco control, and Wheelabrator,” Manoogian said. “I still recall Pam being fea-

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TRIBUTE TO “AN UNSUNG HERO”: Selectmen paid their respects to the late Pam Harris Wednesday night by opening up the board’s meeting with a moment of silence for the longtime Board of Health member, who died Sunday after battling cancer. Here, Harris, far right, joins Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta and Selectman Jennifer D’Eon at a Casino Night fundraiser for the Saugus River Watershed Council in 2016. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate)

Saugus Advocate this week: “ I m e t Pa m ye a r s a g o, when she was on the Board of Health. When she briefly stepped down, I asked her if she’d be on the Board of Directors of the Saugus River Watershed Council, and she agreed. When she told me she was interested in returning to the Board of Health, I was thrilled since she was an experienced member and knew the issues facing our community. When she had to step down August 2016 due to health issues, it saddened her that she couldn’t continue in her role. “Pam always put the residents of our town before herself. She was knowledgeable, compassionate, strong, respectful, loving, and kind. She would research every issue that came before her, bringing leadership and solid facts into every decision she made to protect the Saugus residents. She was an unsung hero in Saugus, dedicating much of her life promoting a safe and healthy community. “I remember when we had to testify before the Joint Commission in Boston, where everyone was given two minutes to speak. Pam spoke for 15 minutes, and each member of the Commission listened intently as she spoke. Pam com“Pam commanded manded attention, as only attention” Pam could, in her gentle, yet Panetta lauded Harris as the powerful manner. consummate Saugus citizen “As I think about Pam, I rein an email she sent to The member years ago when she tured on the 10 o’clock news with Christopher Lydon and Meg Vallincourt. She is seen holding her daughter Jaqueline, then a toddler, as she wiped her finger on the siding of her home and showed the sooty residue while in the background was the Wheelabrator incinerator. This one news clip helped raise awareness that the people of Saugus, and particularly East Saugus, were being asked to accept burdens and risks that were not being asked of other Massachusetts host communities,” Manoogian said. “While Pam is no longer with us, her legacy of ‘principled advocacy’ can and must live on. It will live on when an elected or appointed official or Town Manager refuses to sell out Saugus and will have the courage to say to the peddlers of poison, ‘no, your money is not worth the risk to my family, my neighborhood, and my community accepting unnecessary risk.’ It will live on when health professionals come forward to serve their community with only the greater good in mind. It will live on whenever a wife, mother, and daughter exhibits the strength and courage to fight personal and community challenges,” he said.

received the Saugus River Watershed Council’s award for environmental excellence. She was so humble and grateful for the acknowledgement. Everyone who met her was immediately taken by what a genuine and hard-working person she was. She would say exactly what was on her mind, and ask the important questions. I trusted her judgement on town health, safety, and environmental issues explicitly. “Pam loved Saugus. This was her home, and she treated everyone like family. I will never forget the wonderful work Pam did for our town, nor will I forget her patience, strength, and most importantly, her friendship. Her courage, her common sense and her intelligence were obvious, and she leaves a huge void in our community. Her spirit and environmental awareness will continue to inspire us to work for a healthier community.” Panetta’s colleagues on the Board of Selectmen echoed her sentiments at the end of Wednesday night’s meeting. Selectman Jeffrey Cicolini called her “a fantastic woman who set the bar pretty high for volunteers in the town.” Selectman Scott Brazis said town residents should “Thank her for all of her dedicated service.” In an interview after the meeting, Selectman Jenni-


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Pumpkins arrive Saturday at First Congregational H

elp is needed from the Saugus community to help unload the “Pumpkin Truck” this Saturday, September 30. Three thousand pumpkins will be arriving at the First Congregational Church in Saugus Center at 9 a.m. for this yearly fall event. The church is again hosting the Annual Pumpkin Patch, which will run through Halloween, October 31. Pumpkins of all sizes will be displayed on the church lawn and will be available for purchase every day from 9 a.m. to closing. Volunteers are not only needed to help with the unloading but also to fill the various all-day selling shifts. The Pumpkin Patch will also offer several weekend activities. A Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Pie Social takes place Saturday, October 28 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. “The Pumpkin Patch” looks forward to having everyone come to celebrate the Church members and community volunteers are shown during a previous year unloading the “Pumpkin Truck.” great fall season. For more information please Pumpkins of all sizes will be available for purchase at the First Congregational Church Pumpkin Patch in Saugus contact Carolyn Davis at 781-233-4555. Center starting September 30.

LEGACY | from page 12 fer D’Eon called Harris “a really nice lady” who was fearless in fighting to protect public health and the environment. “I met Pamela Harris in 2015, long after she had become an advocate for public health,” D’Eon said. “By the time I had met her, she had already spent more than 30 years educating the public. One of her most important achievements was educating the Town of Saugus about Wheelabrator and the health issues that could be contributed by the fly ash.” CELEBRATING THEIR TOWN’S HISTORY: Town officials and representatives of the Saugus Historical Commission and Saugus “Pam Harris was a lovely 200th Anniversary Committee gather after the ceremony. woman. She was an unselfish woman. She was a good friend and she will be missed,” | she said. Board of Health Chair Wilfrom page 9 liam Heffernan, who served • Video Contest (Grades 6 to on the board with Harris for 12) – Lauren Pozark and Ariana about three of his five years, Johnson, grade 6, first place; issued the following stateShannon Gayron, grade 12, secment: “Pam’s passion for the ond place; Victoria Quagenoverall health and well beti (grade 6), Arianna Quagenti ing of the citizens of the town (Grade 9) and Nova Greer (Grade will surely be the legacy she 6), third place. leaves behind for the town • Poster Contest – Grades K and the board. My thoughts and prayers go out to her to 4 – Skylar Ross, Grade 1, first place; Jake D’Eon, Grade 3, secfamily.” ond place; Caitlin Dixon, Grade Kirstie Pecci, a staff attor3, third place. ney at the Conservation Law • Poster Contest – Grades 5 to Foundation, said Harris’s rep8 – Krista Castle, Grade 6, first utation as a staunch citizen place; Justin Ciampa, Grade 8, advocate for the environsecond place; Cadence Callahment has been well-known for an, Grade 6, third place. years. “Pam was on the Board The winning essays, posters of Health of the Town of Sauand videos were placed in the gus, and had been fighting time capsule – a vault donatthe Wheelabrator solid waste ed by the Bisbee-Porcella Fuincinerator and ash landfill neral Home; it has a stainless since before the incinerator steel liner that would fully prowas built in the mid-1970’s,” tect the contents until the year Pecci said. 2115 when it will be unearthed. “As often happens in this The time capsule also includes work, we bonded almost indocuments from the 200th cel- BURYING SAUGUS HISTORY: A time capsule that will be opened by town residents in 2115 – on stantaneously. Her courage, ebration and objects from Sau- the town’s 300th anniversary – was planted in the ground (Sept. 16) during a special ceremony gus veterans observances. at the Round Hill Historic Site.



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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, September 29, 2017


By Mark Vogler


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

Time to vote for SHS Hall of Fame Do you know of a former Saugus High School athlete who deserves to be inducted into the Saugus High School Hall of Fame? Well, the nomination process has begun. Anyone looking to nominate a former Saugus High athlete into the Athletic Hall of Fame can mail their nominations to: Saugus High School 1 Pearce Memorial Drive Saugus Ma. 01906 Attention: Athletic Hall of Fame-Mike Hashem Or, you could also mail your nomination to: Don Trainer 5 Appleton Place Saugus Ma. 01906 Nominations can also be emailed to: SaugusHSAthelticHOF@ Stay tuned for more details. The pumpkins are coming - tomorrow! The First Congregational Church will again host the annual “Pumpkin Patch, from September 30 (tomorrow) through Halloween (Oct. 31). And if you want to chip in be a part of something really big -- the unloading of those pumpkins, get to the church tomorrow before 9 a.m. That’s when the “Pumpkin Truck” carrying 3,000 pumpkins is due to arrive in Saugus Center. Volunteers again are needed to help unload the pumpkins. Anyone interested in helping to unload the truck or working a shift selling the pumpkins should call Carolyn Davis at 781-233-4555. Pumpkins of all sizes will be displayed on the church lawn and will be for sale every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. This has become a great Saugus family tradition over the years. I learned from interviewing some out-of-town folks from last year that town residents aren’t the only ones who love visiting “The Great Saugus Pumpkin Patch.”

Yet, I was there snapping photos and taking copious notes of the Time Capsule burial and the dedication ceremony that was held indoors on the second floor auditorium at Town Hall. For the record, the weather did not dampen historic spirits on Sept. 19, as there more people showing up at the auditorium than I’ve ever seen in my days covering Saugus. The good news is that we are publishing a story along with some photos related to those two events. And, Round Hill won’t have to compete for attention with the Veterans/Military Appreciation Day hosted at World Series Park. Of course, the bad news is I wrote stories and shot photos for the Round Hill events, with the intention that they were to run last week. Okay, keep Round Hill is an ongoing event, and there will be more photos and more developments to come. On any week, I have the challenge of fitting photos and stories into what I treat as a news magazine for Saugus residents. There is always something left in my notebooks that I could have written if I had the space and had the time to crank it out. So, I have the luxury -- and, of course, my bosses in Everett have luxury of deciding what makes the paper and what doesn’t in a given week. I know a few residents -- particularly those folks who showed up for the Round Hill events -- were disappointed when they found nothing in last week’s paper about it. To them, I apologize, and hope to make it up with this week’s coverage. Have a great week.

Town Election 2017 Season Underway With the candidates for various elected town offices filing their nomination papers a couple of weeks ago, the local campaign season is officially underway. We already received word on one event that should be worth watching by civic-minded town residents. Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) will sponsor a forum for candidates for the Board of Selectmen on Monday, October 23, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the second floor auditorium at Saugus Town Hall Auditorium, 298 Central Street. The doors will be open to the public at 6:30 p.m. for this free event. “As we have in the past, SAVE provides this public-service forum for candidates for the Board of Selectmen so that each candidate can share their views of the critical environmental issues facing our Town,” according to a press release we received from SAVE. “The event will also be televised in order to reach as many resA great error of omission idents as possible. Candidates’ invitations will be sent out on or As editor of The Saugus Advocate, I take the blame for the fail- shortly after September 20th. SAVE hopes the public will plan to ure of the two events related to the Round Hill Historic Site not join us for this informative event. getting into last week’s paper. For more information about SAVE, please contact SAVE President Ann Devlin at or call her at 781-2335717. You can also visit SAVE websites at SAVE or and follow the link to SAVE’s Facebook group. There’s at least one other political event set for Tuesday Oct. 17 -- “a Board of Selectmen Candidates Forum which is being sponsored by the Saugus Chamber of Commerce, at 7:30 p.m. in the second floor auditorium of Town Hall. “Saugus residents welcome to join us and get to know your candidates,” the chamber says on its Facebook Page. That’s all we have for details at this point, but we’ll keep you posted. Fire Department to host Free Open House This just in from the Saugus Fire Department, which will be hosting a free Open House on Saturday, Oct. 7th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the public safety building, at 27 Hamilton St. in Saugus. The Saugus Fire Department welcomes local families to a free Open House on Saturday, October 7th. The open house, sponsored by Papa Gino’s, is aimed at teaching families fire safety and prevention practices. Papa Gino’s will be providing free pizza and educational materials. This open house commemorates National Fire Safety Month (October). Participants will receive safety tips such as “stop, drop and roll”, Learn how to plan escape routes and how to crawl safely through a smoke filled room. In addition, Papa Gino’s, the Dedham, Mass.-based pizza chain, will provide free pizza and children’s fire safety coloring sheets at the open house. “This event allows us to reach out to the community and arm local families with fire safety tips and procedures,” Saugus Fire Chief Michael Newbury said. “Our open house allows families to get together and prepares them to react if a fire does start,” he said. Papa Gino’s is celebrating its 23rd anniversary of sponsoring fire safety open houses throughout New England to encourage families to learn about fire safety. For the past 23 years, Papa Gino’s

has sponsored open houses throughout New England, helping to educate more than 2 million people about fire prevention and safety. During the month of October, Papa Gino’s will provide customers with fire prevention coloring sheets and certificates for kids. Fire department open houses are being hosted throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island in October. For More information about the Saugus Fire Department open house, call Captain James Hughes or Captain Scott Phelan at 781-941-1170. Holiday Hiring at Square One Mall The Square One Mall will be hosting a Holiday Hiring Fair today (Sept. 29) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 20 retailers are hiring for both seasonal part-time and full-time positions. An upto-the-minute listing of all participating employers will be available in Center Court the day of the event, which will be held at the mall’s Center Court at 1201 Broadway. This should be of interest to residents of the North Shore and beyond who are seeking work experience and extra pay during holiday break. Those looking to take advantage of employee discounts to help pay for holiday shopping are welcome. Permanent positions for those looking for employment beyond the holidays will also be available. Representatives from more than 20 retailers including Best Buy, Charlotte Russe, Claire’s, Forever 21, GameStop, Pink, Victoria’s Secret, Yankee Candle Company and more will aim to fill seasonal part-time and fulltime positions, ranging from store managers and sales associates to stock and security. Some retailers seek to fill yearround positions as well as seasonal ones; all retailers will accept applications ONLINE and some will conduct on-the-spot interviews. Job seekers should come dressed for success with copies of their resume and cover letters, mall officials say. For more information on the Holiday Hiring Fair, squareonemall. “Praying for our Adult Children” Series Begins This note of interest for Saugus residents from Rev. Martha Leahy of the First Congregational Church UCC, 300 Central St., Saugus. Here’s a press release she passed onto us for this week’s paper: “When children are small, parents seem to easily come up with ways to teach them lessons


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SOUNDS | from page 18 and act as their guides in life. “Things change dramatically when children become adults. “How or what can we say when we see them going down a destructive path?When their choices of friends and partners trouble us?When they can’t seem to find who they are and what they want to become? “Prayer is a way to ease our worries. In a five-part series, we will explore these topics and more.All parents, guardians and caregivers of adult children are welcomed to attend. Series co-leaders are Susan Finnegan, RN, Director of the HIV Clinic at Lynn Community Health Center and Rev. Martha Leahy, Pastor of First Congregational Church UCC in Saugus.The five sessions will be held on Wed., Oct.11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 29 and Dec. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church UCC, 300 Central St., Saugus. “The building is entirely wheelchair-accessible.We welcome parents of LGBTQIA adult children.We are non-judgmental and encourage those of all faiths and no religious affiliation to come.” For the first session, please bring a photo of one adult child.By the end of the sessions, participants will have learned five ways to pray for their adult children.Additional sessions may be added at the request of participants.For questions, call Rev. Leahy at 781233-3028 or email her at Some Citizen Concerns For the Saugus residents who were seeking information about the names of streets on the town manager’s paving list after the town manager’s office sent us a press release, titled “Town of Saugus Tackles Pavement Improvement Projects to Improve Roadway Safety and Traffic Flow”a couple of weeks ago, we received an email from the town manager’s office this week. We received this response from the town manager’s Communication Specialist/Administrative Aide Kate Evans: “See below the streets that have been paved/are scheduled to be paved. Please note this list is subject to change,” Kate writes us. Then, he names the streets that are on the Department of Public Works’ list: Vine Street Crescent Avenue to Adams Avenue Adams Avenue From Vine Street for approximately 400 feet Parsons Avenue Entire Roadway Stockade Road Entire Roadway Reservoir Avenue Entire Roadway Aberdeen Avenue Approximately 300 feet at end of roadway Horton Avenue Entire Roadway Oakwood Avenue From Atlantic Avenue to Mt. Ridgeway Road Appleton Street Carol Drive to Summer Street Myrtle Street Entire Roadway Seminole Avenue From Social Street to dead end Forest Avenue From Knowles Avenue to Jewett Street It doesn’t really differentiate between the streets that have already been paved and those that are scheduled to be paved. But, at least our readers know at this point which streets are involved. We will keep you updated as we receive more information. In the meantime, if we can be of help in breaking through the red tape known as the state’s Public Records Law, or if you are just frustrated and want to vent, feel free to email me at By introducing this new component to our weekly “Sounds of Saugus” column, we hope to engage citizens on issues that matter to them -- and to get answers, of course. Essex County Trivia Quiz For those readers who enjoyed the “How Well Do You Know Saugus?” program recently sponsored by the Saugus Historical Society, maybe you would like to take in a trivia quiz about Essex County History. This just in from Laura Eisener, president, Saugus Historical Society: The October General meeting, to which the public is invited, is at 7 PM on Oct. 11.There are light refreshments. “The “Essex County Trivia Quiz” features questions about history and geography of Essex County towns. There are small prizes (such as a postcard) for each correct answer, and at the end whoever has the most postcards wins a larger prize (this fall it is a $25.00 Gift Certificate to Trader Joe’s) and is declared the overall winner.It is designed to have a range of topics and interesting stories connected with each answer. “As examples, past questions (I’m not giving away any of the current crop of questions) include “Which City was nicknamed Oniontown?”and “Where did Rowland Macy open his first dry good store

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- and hold the first Macy’s Parade?” (Hint - It’s not New York!It’s a city in Essex County.) “This is a fun and interactive event.Whether you wish to compete or just watch, answer one question or many, it is amusing and informative. Saugus is the southwesternmost town of this very historic county. It has a very rich history and was home to many inventions, industries, and educational institutions. Laura Eisener will provide the quiz questions and answers. “At our last meeting, Marilyn Carlson spoke to a standing room only crowd, providing tantalizing details in the history of Saugus,” Laura told us. “A few attendees left behind items - if you are missing a red sweater please call Laura Eisener 781-231-5988. Or, you can email her at

Schena said. “Most people who work for us are retirees. But, I’m starting to get more High School students. So, this would be a good job for them -- somebody who is smart, quick and has the energy. And it’s actually a good way for them to help support their community. Letters were due to go out to about 80 to 90 people, scheduling them to work. Usually 100 to 110 are signed up to work on Election Day, Schena said. More deadlines for candidates Well, if some High School stuThere are a few more deadlines for political candidates to follow dents who are at least 17 and as they prepare for the Nov. 7 town elections: looking to pick up a little pockOct. 5 at 5 p.m. Last day to file objections or withdrawals. et money while helping their Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m. Drawing of ballot positions (second floor au- community, go down to the ditorium at Town Hall) Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall Oct. 18 at 8:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. Last day to register to vote. to apply. Oct. 24 Office of Campaign Finance Reports are due. Dec. 7 Office of Campaign Finance Reports are due. A political sign primer All candidates for public office Curbside leaf collection commences are expected to comply with the The Town of Saugus will hold several curbside leaf collection days Town of Saugus Zoning Bylaws over the next couple of months. Residents may dispose of leaves (Article 7, Section 7.3, Sub-Seccurbside on their regularly scheduled collection day during the tion 8) regarding political signs. following upcoming weeks: Oct. 23-27; Nov. 13-17; and Dec. 4-8. Here’s what you need to know: Leaves should be left outside by 7 a.m. on the appropriate days. No more than one sign per Please ensure that leaf containers are physically separated from election contest, per lot, on pritrash and recycling. vate property, and only with the Paper leaf bags are the preferred method of leaf disposal. If using property owner’s permission. barrels, however, they must be clearly marked with yard waste stickSigns shall not exceed 3 feet ers. Stickers, which are free, may be obtained at Inspectional Ser- by 2 feet, or a total of 6 square vices in the lower level of Town Hall, at 298 Central Street, Saugus. feet in size. Barrel covers must remain removed so that the leaves are visible. Freestanding signs shall be Plastic bags, cardboard boxes, branches, and brush will not be no higher than five feet above accepted. ground level at highest point. Please note that separate trucks collect the rubbish, recycling Signs shall be stationary and and leaves, so the leaves may be collected at a different time of day. not directly illuminated. “Missed pick-ups” will not be conducted. Please contact Lorna Signs shall not be erected earCerbone at 781-231-4036 with any questions. lier than 30 days before an election, and shall be removed withAt the Iron Works in 7 days after the election. The Saugus Iron Works National Historic site has a neat program If you have any questions or coming next month: concerns regarding the town’s A special river trip at $15 per person on Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to regulations for political signs, 2 p.m., and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. check with Building Inspector “Join us on a paddle up the Saugus River and experience the Riv- Fred Varone for more details at er’s place in the nature, history, and community of Saugus,” accord- 781-231-4119. ing to the website. “Visitors will paddle for three hours round trip with guides to the Saugus Iron Works from Stocker Playground,” the website aid. To register, email:


High School students should apply Town Clerk Ellen Schena asked me to put the word out that she’s still looking for a few good men and women to work as election workers for the Nov. 7 town election. There will be two shifts -- 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to closing. “I’m willing to be flexible with the hours,” Schena said in a recent interview. “And, they can work a full day, which is about 15 hours,” she said. Schena is looking to fill vacant poll workers’ position at each of the 10 precincts, at about a $9-an-hour rate. People under age 17 need not apply, as they would be too young. She said she always needs to have extra people available, in somebody cancels their assignment on or near election day. “I usually get about five cancellations before the election,”

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Saugus Knights participate in annual fundraising campaign


he Saugus Knights of Columbus, Council #1829, will participate in the annual Campaign for People with Intellectual and Physical Disabilities, also known as the Tootsie Roll Drive, from October 6 through 9, 2017, at various locations around Saugus. In association with more than 14,000 K of C councils around the world, the Saugus Knights will raise funds to assist people with developmental disabilities. Designated by their colorful yellow and red aprons, the Knights of Columbus will collect donations and offer the donor a Tootsie Roll. “Every year, the Saugus Knights of Columbus actively participate in this event to raise funds for people with intellectual and physical disabili-

ties. This fundraising campaign allows the Saugus Knights of Columbus to collect funds to improve the quality of life for Saugus residents with developmental disabilities,” Grand Knight Paul Berthiaume said. “One of the missions of the Knights of Columbus is charitable work, and the Saugus Knights are committed to helping those less fortunate than ourselves.” In addition to the annual Campaign for People with Intellectual and Physical Disabilities, the Saugus Knights of Columbus donate to feed the needy in Saugus; support programs for veterans; host family activities for its members; sponsor church-oriented events, like the Silver Rose Program and children’s hol-

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iday parties; and participate in community observances and parades, such as Founders Day. 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 781233-9858

Shown, from left to right, are Paul Berthiaume, Grand Knight, and Anthony LaRosa, Chancellor, of the Saugus Knights of Columbus, beginning the 2017 Campaign for People with Intellectual and Physical Disabilities.

me a letter stating your interest and qualifications for the posi- cat litter. tion you are seeking, and we’ll be glad to publish it along with a TVs and monitors may also be Candidates’ views are welcome photo at no charge. Anything additional the candidate requests disposed. It looks like most candidates for selectmen all of the candidates would be a political ad. Propane tanks require a $5 for the School Committee don’t care about getting some nice expodisposal sticker, while automobile tires cost $2 each and truck sure to 7,000 to 8,000 readers. The way I look at, it’s their own fault. Coming attractions at Saugus Public Library. We’ve already run the statements and photos of three candidates The library’s Third Annual Gala and Silent Auction is coming up tires cost $10 per tire. Stickers who are challenging the incumbent selectmen. No takers in the soon -- Saturday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the library. may be purchased prior to the School Committee race yet. Join your friends and neighbors in supporting the Saugus Pub- event at the Inspectional ServicThe Saugus Advocate welcomes campaign announcements lic Library while enjoying a fun filled evening sponsored by the es Department. from candidates seeking public office in the fall elections. Email Foundation for the Saugus Public Library! Residents are urged to take All who attend the Gala and Silent Auction must be 21 or old- caution when transporting er. Tickets are household hazardous materials. $25 per person in advance and $30 per person at the door. Tick- Locals may do so by keeping the ets are available online at or at the materials in their original conSaugus Public Library. Sponsorship opportunities are available tainers, tightening caps and lids, and auction items are welcome. To donate an item, please call sorting and packing products 781-245-7070. separately and packing containers in sturdy upright boxes padBook Sale at Saugus Public Library ded with newspaper. Please reNew Friends of Saugus Public Library are continuing their an- member never to mix chemicals nual book sale, which began last Saturday in conjunction with or to smoke while handling hazFounder’s Day.Adult, young adult and children’s books, as well as ardous materials. CD’s and DVD’s, will be available.Avid readers in search of a book The hazardous household can come to the community room between the hours of 9:00 and waste collection will not ac2:00, using the Taylor Street entrance to pick up some great reads! cept commercial waste. ResDonations of newer or gently used books are currently being idents will be limited to two accepted at the library.Please note:the library does not accept car-loads, the equivalent of 50 Now Available by Subscription textbooks, computer books or encyclopedias. pounds or 50 gallons, of hazYour Hometown News Delivered! ardous waste. Town-Wide Collection Day -- Sept. 30 The following items will not be Residents are invited to dispose of their household hazardous accepted: empty containers or waste in an environmentally responsible manner during a col- trash, wet latex paint, commercial lection event tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 30), from 9 a.m. to noon. or industrial waste, radioactive The rain-or-shine event will allow residents to dispose of a se- waste, smoke detectors, infecries of household waste products, including rubber cement, air- tious and biological wastes, amplane glue, fiberglass resins, aerosol cans, photo chemicals, furni- munition, fireworks, explosives, ture polish, floor and metal polish, oven cleaner, drain and toilet fire extinguishers or syringes. 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Sachem girls’ soccer team continues to roll By Julian Cardillo


he Saugus High School girls’ soccer team kept up their unbeaten run and habit of blowing out teams. Everett and Malden were the latest Northeast Conference opponents to fall victim to the Sachems’wrath. Saugus defeated Malden, 4-0, on Wednesday after beating

Everett, 5-0, on Monday; the Sachems are now 8-0 on the season and are showing no signs of slowing down. “We have good ball movement and we possess well,” said Coach Chris Coviello. “We don’t give things away cheaply. We pass around to everyone and wear teams down. All they do in the first half is chase the ball,

that’s kind of our key.” Rachel Nazzaro, Olivia Burke and Allie Kotkowski (two goals) scored in the rout against Malden. Nazzaro and her sister, Jess (two goals) scored against Everett, as did Jess Carter, and Burke. Carter and Jess Nazzaro scored their first career varsity goals. The Sachems play Winthrop at home on Tuesday.

Sachems football team falls just short against Salem, 22-19 By Julian Cardillo


udging success relative to the past just isn’t in Saugus football coach Anthony Nalen’s playbook. Nalen wants his team to get better every week, which is what they’re doing. But the Sachems are still winless after their 22-19 loss to unbeaten Salem on Friday. “Our job is to go out there and compete,” said Nalen. “We did it for three quarters, but we dug a hole for ourselves in the first. We showed heart in the way we played.” “Salem is a good team with a great coaching staff,” he added. “They came out of the game firing on all cylinders. It wasn’t a

good start by us, but I can’t say if us starting better would have changed the result.” The Witches scored three unanswered touchdowns, going up, 22-0, before the Sachems could reply. Mike Mabee was 15 for 21 and threw one interception; he accrued 124 yards in the air. Saugus’s best asset on Friday was their running game, which accounted for all three of their touchdowns. Vincent Cirame scored on a pair of touchdown runs, one in the second and one in the third. But the Sachems missed the extra point on both scores. Marvens Jean rounded out the scoring for Saugus, his 25-

yard touchdown run helping bring his team to 19 points after Javier Martinez-Moretta kicked through the extra point. “Marvens Jean sparked us with what he can do on the ground, and moving forward I think he can be an important player for us,” said Nalen. “That was a good touchdown run for us.” Saugus will attempt to snap their three-game losing streak against Lynn English on Saturday at Stackpole. “They’re top athletes, different than Salem,” said Nalen. “Salem’s players were big and strong, Lynn English has speed and quickness. It’s an NEC team, so like every other team they’ve got a great coach.”

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Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ votes on several of the roll calls from September 13 overriding Gov. Charlie Baker’s cuts of $320 million in spending. A two-thirds vote in both branches is needed in order for a veto to be overridden. The Senate has not yet taken up the vetoes. The House restored an estimat-

ed $275 million. House Democratic leaders say the budget is balanced and that Baker’s cuts were unnecessary and would hurt many people including the sick, seniors, children and minorities. Gov. Baker and some Republicans say that state revenues are running behind projections and urged the House to wait several weeks to see whether revenues increase and whether restoring the funds makes fis-

cal sense. Some GOP members said because of the uncertainty, they voted to sustain all of Gov. Baker’s vetoes, even though it meant voting against restoring funding for many good programs they would otherwise have supported. CUT ENTIRE $1 MILLION FOR REACH OUT AND READ PROGRAM PROGRAMS (H 3800) House 139-13, overrode Gov. Baker’s veto of the entire $1 million in funding for the Reach Out and Read (ROAR) program. ROAR is a national nonprofit group that began in 1989 at Boston Medical Center to address the problem that most pediatricians’ waiting rooms did not have books available to read. Nationally, the group annually distributes 6.5 million books. The Massachusetts ROAR program trains pediatricians and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud to their children in order to prepare them for school. The program also funds the purchase of books to give to children who are six months to five years old during their visits to their doctors.Some 254 hospitals and clinics in Massachusetts participate in the program, serving 186,000 children and families. (A “Yes” vote is for spending the $1 million. A “No” vote is against spending it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes Donald Wong Yes $1 MILLION FOR TUFTS VETERINARY SCHOOL (H 3800) House 122-30, overrode Gov. Baker’s $1 million veto reduction (from $5 million to $4 million) in funding for Tufts Veterinary School in North Grafton. Tufts is the only veterinary school in New England. The school offers a four-year

professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree program, three combined DVM/ Masters of Science degree programs, and four stand-alone graduate programs. Its website says that its progressive academic programs, high-quality clinical care services and original research have brought them national and worldwide acclaim. (A “Yes” vote is for spending the $1 million. A “No” vote is against spending it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes Donald Wong Yes $600,000 FOR BOSTON REGIONAL INTELLIGENCE CENTER (H 3800) House 128-24, overrode Gov. Baker’s $600,000 veto reduction (from $850,000 to $250,000) in funding for the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) to upgrade, expand and integrate technology and protocols related to anti-terrorism, anti-crime, anti-gang and emergency response. According to its website, “Information gathered by the BRIC pinpoints areas of crime, shootings and gang violence, as well as helping to identify major players and ex-offenders returning to neighborhoods.” (A “Yes” vote is for spending the $600,000. A “No” vote is against spending it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes Donald Wong Yes $250,000 FOR CHELSEA SOLDIERS’ HOME (H 3800) House 142-10, overrode Gov. Baker’s $303,734 veto reduction (from $27,210,690 to $26,906,956) in funding for the maintenance and operation of the Chelsea Soldier’s Home, a Bay State VA Hospital serving veterans. (A “Yea” vote is for spending the


from page 1 1. Storyteller brothers Jacob and Wilhelm shared what last name? 2. What disco song about a bird is a parody of “Macho Man”? 3. A cat named Igloo (nicknamed Iggy) explored the polar regions with Admiral Byrd. True or false? 4. In “ The Faerie Queen,” what 1500’s poet wrote, “Then came October, full of merry glee”? (Hint: initials ES.) 5. What dancewear became fashionable in the 1980’s? 6. In Boston on Sept. 30, 1846, dentist William Morton was the first to use what anesthetic? 7. In 1988 what sportsmen went on strike for 50 days? 8. What did Walt Disney refer to as Black Sunday? 9. Inspector Fenwick said “DoRight, you’re a disgrace to your underwear” on what TV show? 10. The Goodyear “Pilgrim” Airship, first tested in 1925, is more com-

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lic Schools. , Founder of Rothenbach Research & Consulting, said, assessing one of the more significant numbers in the findings of his company’s survey. Rothenbach also said the student response to marijuana use – 23 percent of High School students saying they used it over a 30-day period – was “something to keep an eye on” given the new laws legalizing marijuana use. School Committee Chair Jeannie Meredith – one the panelists who participated in the Tuesday night forum – was blunt in the concerns she expressed about the survey results. “These drug dealers are trying to kill our children and we need to stop them, “Meredith told the audience. “She noted “there are so many ways to disguising drug abuse.”

ANALYZING THE NUMBERS: Dr. Bert Rothenbach, Founder of Rothenbach Research & Consulting, in the second floor auditorium of Saugus Town Hall Tuesday night, briefing the public on the results of the “2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey” his firm conducted for Saugus Public Schools. (Saugus advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

The issue of drug prevention was a primary factor that initially motivated Meredith’s decision

$303,734. A “No” vote is against spending it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Yes Donald Wong Yes HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late-night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of September 18-22, the House met for a total of 23 minutes while the Senate met for a total of 31 minutes. MON.SEPT. 18 House11:05 a.m. to11:17 a.m. Senate 11:04 a.m. to11:24 a.m. TUES. SEPT. 19 No House session No Senate session WED.SEPT. 20 No House session No Senate session THURS.SEPT. 21 House11:05 a.m. to11:16 a.m. Senate 11:02 a.m. to11:13 a.m. FRI.SEPT. 22 No House session No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at

to run for School Committee. Since her election, Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree said she’s played a pivotal role in raising awareness about Substance Use Disorder issues within Saugus, and she continues to promote the need for comprehensive evidence-based prevention programming within our schools. “The information is alarming, but it’s also not unique to Saugus,” Crabtree told the audience in the second floor auditorium at Town Hall. Close to 50 people – parents, educators, town officials, health officials and others – turned out for the forum, which was similar to one Rothenbach and Western Massachusetts-based firm conducted two years ago. “They market to our kids,” the town’s Youth & Recreation Director Greg Nickolas, Greg said of the drug peddlers who have


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been targeting young people. “It’s a cultural battle we are losing, but we don’t give up,” Nickolas said. “It’s not a school problem. It’s a community problem …. We put the politics aside. We’re all in this together,” he said. Nickolas has played a leading role in the community’s fight against Substance Use Disorder, according to Crabtree. In an interview after the forum, Nickolas said he hopes to secure a grant that would help pay for a Substance Abuse Prevention Collaboration (SAPC) coordinator that would be shared by Saugus, Revere, Chelsea and Winthrop. “They would be responsible for identifying existing resources or a lack of resources for prevention. We’re going to start looking at some new initiatives,” Nickolas said. Crabtree, a former police officer, said he hopes the survey’s will heighten community awareness about risky behaviors among Saugus youth while educating parents on what to be on the lookout for in their children’s behavior. “We’ll try to do some workshops to try to educate the parents,” Crabtree said. “This is a community thing – not just a school thing. And it’s something we all have to figure out together,” the town manager said. “We’ll be looking at opportunities for new partnerships with the schools working with police and public safety and other agencies,” he said. The survey included numerous questions about sexual behavior, symptoms of depression, suicidal thinking, bullying, cyber bullying, whether students safe in their environment, how they were threatened and many other issues related to risky behavior. Meredith noted that the survey pointed out that“vaping has evolved.” She added that school officials would consider addressing the problem with “a standalone policy with consequences.” “Vaping is really off the charts,” Nickolas said. “It’s extremely difficult to track it,” he said. “Half of the kids in High School said they have tried to vape,” Rothenbach said. In Middle School, he noted that close to 8 percent of the students said they tried vapor products compared to 4.5 percent use of alcohol over the last 30 days. “This is one of the first districts I’ve seen where vapor is higher than alcohol,” he said. Rothenbach suggested that the town schedule workshops to educate parents on the def-

initions of the vapor products. A comparison of the this year’s survey compared to the 2015 survey shows that High School students say they have increased use of vapor products from 26.6 percent to 33.3 percent, Rothenbach said. Unfortunately, local officials can’t yet determine how Saugus students compare to the state and national average because the latest vaping data available is from 2105, he said. “Dr. Rothenbach is the Founder of Rothenbach Research & Consulting, and he has supervised or supported the technical and scientific components of numerous statewide survey efforts across the country,”Crabtree noted. “He’s also designed and coordinated multi-site county and district youth survey efforts. Saugus first procured Rothenbach’s services in 2015 to conduct and analyze the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, in which his firm provided an exceptional service. We are happy to have him return for this year’s analysis of our Youth Risk Behavior Survey.” he said In 2013, the Town of Saugus joined its neighboring communities of Revere, Chelsea, and Winthrop in forming the Winnisimmet Regional Opioid Collaborative (WROC) to address the opioid epidemic. Through the WROC, the City of Revere applied and was awarded the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC) Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS). Through the MOAPC’s regional framework, the WROC developed a regional response to prevent overdose deaths and address primary prevention (preventing substance misuse) Some of the regional efforts include: • The Drop in Center expansion with Narcan trainings in Chelsea, Saugus and Winthrop • Hiring Peer Recovery Coaches in each community • Developing multi-sector projects that include public safety official and school administrators. What you can do To learn more information about the survey and the results, you can search the following websites on the internet: For Saugus High School-related survey results, go to http:// For Saugus Middle School-related survey results, go to http:// Parents and other interested parties can also tune into a recording of last Tuesday (Sept. 26) Youth Behavior Risk Prevention Meeting at https://vimeo. com/saugustv.

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Obituaries Patricia “Patty” “Mia” Capone n Sept. 2 3 , 2017, of Saugus, formerly of Peabody, beloved wife of Frank Capone of Saugus, loving mother of Christine & her husband Barry Calvani of Peabody, cherished grandmother of Breanna and Caitlin Calvani of Peabody, sister of Carmel Seferian of Northborough, and she leaves a niece Nicole Seferian of Dover, MA. Visiting Hours: Funeral Mass held in St. Adelaide’s Church, Peabody on Tuesday, September 26. Burial will follow in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Please visit: for online obituary or sign condolences. Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home 82 Lynn St., Peabody, MA 01960


Craig S. “Dusty” Dustin, Sr. f Saugus, formerly of Everett, age 72, September 20. Loving husband of Patricia (McLeod) Dustin with whom he shared 50 years of marriage. Beloved father of Craig Dustin, Jr. & his wife Kimberly of Framingham, Keith Dustin of Brockton & Kerry Dustin of Saugus & her boyfriend Kirk Koleff. Cherished grandfather of Peter, Kiley, Zachary, Benjamin & Cecilia. Dear uncle of Melissa McLeod & Colleen Goyetche both of Saugus. Retired quality control engineer with over 30 years service at Polaroid & salesman at New England School Service


for 20 years. Served honorably in the U.S. Army Reserve. An avid outdoorsman since childhood, he had a passion for gardening, loved golfing, fishing, & kayaking. He was his family’s biggest fan, was very active in coaching Everett youth sports & never missed his children & grandchildren’s sporting events & school activities. He was so full of life in everything that he did & he was loved by all who knew him. Funeral was held from the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home on Monday, September 25, followed by a funeral mass in St. Margaret’s Church, Saugus. Interment Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Craig’s memory to Framingham Youth Hockey Program, PO Box 2391, Framingham, MA 01703.For condolences John P. Galasso


ge 53, of Wilmington, formerly of Saugus, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on September 22, 2017. John was the beloved husband of Cheryl M. (Gendron) Galasso. Loving father of Samantha Condell & husband Michael, Zachery Galasso and John Galasso all of Wilmington. Cherished son of Paula and the late John Galasso of Saugus.

Dear brother of Michael Galasso & wife Laurel of Danvers and Nancy MacDonald & husband Ernie of Derry, NH. Sonin-law of Charles & Lillian Gendron. Brother-in-law of Charles & Michele Gendron and Steven Gendron & Silvia Simone. John is also survived by the “G” Squad, as well as several nieces, nephews, and many friends. Services held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, on Tuesday, September 26, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in John’s memory may be made to Zero Cancer, 515 King St., Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22314, Nichols Funeral Home 978-658-4744 Joseph Paul Collette f Saugus, by accident, September 24. Son of the late Paul & Ellie (Fenton) Collette. Loving brother of Kathleen Tozza & her husband John of Saugus, Kelley Collette McMillan & her husband Kevin of Melrose. Cherished uncle of Karen Tozza and her husband Frank Cotton of Saugus, Jill Feeney and her husband Shawn of Melrose, Kristen Tozza of Saugus. Great uncle of Alex, Jack, Isabella & Ryan. Lifetime friend of Fred Scholl of Saugus. Services held at the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus, on Thursday, September 28. Paul was a Mail Carrier in Saugus & Lynn for the U. S. Postal Service for 24 years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Paul’s memory to NF Northeast, 9 Bedford St., Burlington, MA 01803. For condolences,



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very frustrating. Q: When you see the town manager, do you say “hello”? Are you guys still on speaking terms? A: Of course. I don’t have any problem with that. What I would love to see is for us to change the Town Charter. I think we ought to be a city. And people say, “Well, you’re old and you think the old way.”Well, that’s not true. Q: Why should it be a city? A: It should be a city because this charter that we have makes the town manager – whomever it is – I’m not talking about Crabtree. I’m talking about the charter. And the charter says “You’re a dictator.” He or she – whoever is town manager – has too much power. They don’t work for the selectmen. And this is odd. Read the charter and you find out that all the selectmen do is hire and fire the manager. They can’t tell him what to do. Then why have the Board of Selectmen? It should be a town administrator instead of manager and work directly for the Board of Selectmen, whoever they are, or be a city where you have city councillors and you have checks and balances. We do not have that [checks and balances] here. And in my years of experience in manufacturing and working with people, it’s okay to be tough. But darn it all, be fair. And that’s what life is about. Q: You don’t think right now that they’re fair? A: Far from it.

LEGACY | from page 13 her common sense and her intelligence were obvious, and she leaves a huge void in her community,” she said. Harris and her husband, Bob,

former director of the Greater Boston Youth Bowling Travel League, long time employee at General Electric. Husband of the late Alice M. (Crone) Fitzpatrick. Beloved father of Jeff Fitzpatrick & his wife Robyn of Revere. Funeral was held from the BisbeePorcella Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 27, followed by a Funeral Mass

at St. Anthony’s Church, Revere. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association at www., American Cancer Society at www.cancer. org, Autism Speaks at www. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For condolences www.

Q: And we’re talking about town government as a whole? A: We’re talking about town government as we see it today. Q: Have you gotten much feedback from people in your precinct about your decision not to run for reelection? A: I’ve heard people say that they’re sorry I’m not running, but I haven’t had a lot of discussion on it. I’m just stepping aside. I’m not going to run. Just let somebody else run. I’ll support who I think is the best candidate. I have no particular person in mind. There are five seats for each precinct. Q: Now, do you go on Facebook? A: No way! No way! I have never been on Facebook and I don’t intend to go on Facebook. And the social media, the way the people are using it, in my opinion, it’s an absolute disgrace. They will criticize. They will belittle. They will say things about people that they wouldn’t have the nerve to say in front of them. Q: For instance? A: No! No! You’re not going to get me talking about that. Q: Do you have a computer? Do you do emails? A: I have a computer, but I don’t do a lot with it. Q: Somebody can send you a screenshot of social media, where you might be getting trashed in a mean way. A: Well, they can say what they want; they can put it in print; they can put up signs. It doesn’t bother me. I don’t take things personal. I never have. When you

work with people – you have to understand – you can’t take it personal. Q: Let me ask you … You’re nearing the end of four years on Town Meeting, what’s the one thing you’re most proud of to have been associated with during that time? Something that you helped get done during your two terms on the Town Meeting? A: Boy, that’s a tough one. I feel good about having stood up for what I believed, whether I’m alone or not. I am extremely frustrated with Town Meeting per se, because I don’t think it’s doing the job it should do. People do not represent the town; they represent their own individual issue or individual community of what they want. One precinct should not try to control what the town does. You should fight for your precinct – I’m not saying you don’t – but not at the expense of hurting the community. The community should be first. Q: Are you talking about Precinct 10? A: Ha! Ha! That’s one of them. I worked there for 28 years. It was not easy. It was not easy, in the whole 28 years. Q: Anything else that you would like to share? A: I would hope that people get out and vote their hearts, not vote for what’s going to help them personally as an individual. But vote for what’s going to help the community, because that’s what we are here for: to work together, to help us grow as one.

operated an international travel agency for four decades. Besides her husband, she leaves her father, William Howell, of Saugus; a brother, William Howell, Jr. and Jean, of Saugus; a sister, Joan Howell of Lawrence; a daughter, Jackie Mercurio and Scott of Saugus; her aunts Louise O’Connell and

Mary Valliere, both of Saugus; and niece and nephew Jillian and Anthony Howell. Funeral services were held yesterday at the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home in Saugus, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Margaret’s Church (431 Lincoln Ave.). She was buried in Riverside Cemetery.

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SAUGUS Custom CE Col, 10+ rms, 4 bedrms, 3 ½ baths, NEW gourmet kit w/quartz counters & oversized island, huge 1st fl fmrm w/marble fp, incredible master suite, custom woodwork, hdwd, fin LL w/kitchenette, gorgeous backyd w/IG pool, 2 c gar, ALL amenities, located in Homeland Estates...............$959,900.

SAUGUS Parkway Farms Split Entry Ranch offers 8 rms, 3 bdrms, 3 baths, 2 fireplaces, beautiful, updated kit open to 1st flr famrm, master w/bath, great rm in LL, hdwd, cen air, alarm, 2 c gar, sprinkler system, cul-de-sac MINT!!...........$585,000.

MELROSE 1st AD 6 room Expanded Cape offers 3 bedrooms, 27’ 1st floor family room w/woodstove & sliders to 26’ sunroom, hdwd, 1st floor master bdrm, central air, alarm, 3 car heated garage w/half bath, huge lot, located on dead-end street............................................$699,900.



38 Main Street, Saugus MA



SAUGUS ~ Come see this well maintained colonial, 3 beds,1.5 baths, granite counters hardwood flooring, gas heat, mudroom, oversized 13k lot, granite, ………….$399,900

MELROSE~ 3 bed, 3 bathroom cape, Large eat in kitchen, hardwood flooring, finished lower level.fireplace,3 car parking, Call today!…………………………………………$499,900

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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MELROSE~ Rehabbed colonial. New kitchen with quartz counters, SS appliances , new bathroom, new gas heating system, paver driveway, fresh paint throughout. Call today!………………………$699,900

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

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

SAUGUS~ Colonial, 3 Bedroom, 1.5 bathroom Detached garage, Fireplace living room, dead end street, gas heat. Hardwood flooring, Eat in kitchen………………………………….……$389,900

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!!

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE - Friday, September 29, 2017  
THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE - Friday, September 29, 2017