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Friday, February 7, 2020


Eric Brown and his two daughters return from an Antarctica adventure with some great stories to tell

Editor’s Note: For this week, we sat down with Eric W. Brown, a Saugus native and software developer who last month accompanied his two daughters – both students in Saugus Public Schools – on a 16-day cruise from Santiago, Chile, to the Antarctica Peninsula, where Brown was one of the 20 speakers at a technical conference titled “The Conference at the End of the World.” Their unique trip included stops at South American cities, the Falkland Islands – where they got to spend some time up close with the Gentoo penguins, and rounding Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet. Brown is a 1986 Saugus High School graduate. Brown received a dual Bachelor of Science deAT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD: Eric W. Brown, center, of Saugus, joins his two daughters, gree in Physics and Mathematics Rhianon, left, and Ariana, right, on the deck of their cruise ship last month in Antarctica waters in 1991 from Northeastern University. He received a Master of – more than 9.000 miles away from their Saugus home. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate)

Science degree in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) from Northeastern University in 1996. He and his wife, Nhung Pham Brown, have been married for 18 years. They met when Brown was teaching at Boston University. They are the parents of two daughters: Ariana, 16, a junior at Saugus High School; and Rhianon, 12, a seventh-grader at the Belmonte Middle School. A program for AntarctiConf lists Brown as giving a talk on Interactive Fiction. A short biography says his software “has been sent into space, carried up Mt. Everest, and strapped to the head of an Indy 500 driver.” It also notes that he designed the webbased medical monitoring system used by the two U.S. Navy hospital ships USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy and “was even awarded a challenge coin by the Comfort to prove it – a rarity for


Saugus students discuss unique educational trip to Antarctica


“It’s learning, but it feels more fun and exciting”

ast month’s ship cruise through Antarctica waters was more than a trip of a lifetime for Saugus sisters Ariana and Rhianon Brown. It was an educational venture which needed the backing of Saugus Public Schools. This week the girls cited the highlights of their trip and talked about how it would benefit their education.

Q: How does a trip like this enrich your education? Ariana: The trip gave a more in-depth understanding of some of the topics that have been covered in school. Seeing these things firsthand, such as the geography of the region or the culture of the people at the ports we visited, gives me a personal connection to them and deepens the meaning of what

I’ve learned in school. Rhianon: It provides a learning experience most people won’t ever get to see. I was able to see the icebergs in person and watch the way penguins walk in person. It’s easier to understand if you see it in person, rather than through a video or a picture online. It’s learning, but it feels more fun and exciting. I was also able to watch all

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GETTING CLOSE TO WILDLIFE: Twelve -year-old Rhianon Brown gets up close and personal with a group of Gentoo penguins during a stop on the Falkland Islands last month. (Courtesy Photo by Eric W. EDUCATIONAL TRIP | SEE PAGE 2 Brown to The Saugus Advocate)


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during the trip. Rhianon: There was a lot of time to do schoolwork. The plane trip was long enough to do a lot of the work there, and then on the ship I had plenty of free time to work on schoolwork. Q: How do you plan to use this unique experience in the context of your public education? Feel free to elaborate on any upcoming school projects that will result from this trip. Ariana: For Latin class, I wrote about the trip in a small booklet for a project. I essentially retold the main points and summed up my favorite experiences, although I recounted them in Latin. Rhianon: Some of the things we talk about in class, such as ecosystems and plant life, I’ve seen in real life and can understand better. Having been down near the Antarctic tundra, I know that the ecosystem there isn’t very diverse. Q: As you look back on this trip, what was the most amazing part of the experience? The most fun part of the experience? The most challenging part of the experience? The most delicious part – that being the best food! Ariana: The most amazing part of the trip was, defi-

nitely, seeing the glaciers. Although I’ve seen them in photos, they’re breathtaking. It felt very surreal to be seeing them in person, and the sheer size of them was shocking. The most fun experience for me was walking around some of the ports the ship docked at, particularly Ushuaia in Argentina. I loved seeing the differences in architecture and plant life, which were quite different from Saugus. More particularly, they had many sculptures and other works of art around the port, which were interesting to see. Because we only ate once off of the ship, most of the food I ate was relatively generic, although it was definitely very well prepared. When we did eat out – in Chile – the food was quite good. Chile’s biggest economy is salmon farming, so I tried salmon when we had lunch there, and it was definitely a good choice. Rhianon: The most amazing part of the experience was probably seeing all of the beautiful landscapes. The sunsets look so beautiful next to glaciers. Further north in South

America the night sky is so dark. I also noticed that the color of the water was so much more saturated around the Antarctic than anywhere I’ve seen around here. The most fun part of the trip must’ve been seeing Gentoo penguins at the Falkland Islands. I’ve always dreamed of seeing penguins in person, since I was little. Finally seeing them – and seeing them so close – made me feel awestruck that I got to see everything at such a young age. A lot of people never get to see many of the things that I saw. The trip was, surprisingly, not so challenging. Compared to what others had to live through in the past when exploring the Antarctic, it was quite easy. We had fresh food and water, and very nice living quarters. However, it was my first time on a plane trip, and it wasn’t fun being on a plane for 10 or more hours, and then wait around in an airport for a few more. The most delicious food was probably the ice cream and sorbets. They had many unique flavors, such as honey, pineapple, apple cider and honeydew.

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Hands-free law for mobile phone users while driving goes into effect this month Police to allow grace period through March 31

(Editor’s Note: The Saugus Police Department issued the following info this week.) nterim Police Chief Ronald Giorgetti and the Saugus Police Department would like to remind residents of the upcoming hands-free law for drivers. On Feb. 23, An Act requiring the hands-free use of mobile telephones while driving will go into effect – prohibiting drivers from using cell phones and other hand-held devices while operating a vehicle. There will be a grace period through March 31 in which drivers will get a warning for their first vi-

olation rather than a fine. The law states that no motor vehicle operator may use electronic devices while driving unless the technology is being used hands-free. Operators found to be texting, dialing phone numbers or using a phone with their hands in any capacity while driving will be fined. Operators are permitted to use hands-free technology, including Bluetooth, “single tap or swipe” to activate or deactivate hands-free mode, navigation technology mounted to the car’s dash and phone use in emergency situations. Driv-

ers may use their phones if they are stationary and not in an active traffic lane. The penalty for drivers who are found guilty of violating the hands-free law is a $100 fine for a first offense, a $250 fine for a second offense and a $500 fine for a third or subsequent offense. Operators who commit a second or subsequent offense are also required to complete an educational program focused on distracted driving prevention. A third or subsequent violation will count as a “surchargeable” incident, which can affect the driver’s in-

ASKS | from page 1

penguins and baby seals. Q: So, what’s it like down there, at the bottom of the world? A: While we were in the peninsula, it didn’t get dark. Around Antarctica, the water is turquoise-colored. It’s not like a gray color. Q: So, what about life on the ship? A: We were on the Coral Princess. The ship has 2,500 people on it, which includes a crew of about 800. There were 40 people who attended the conference – half of them who were speakers. I was the only speaker from Massachusetts, and we were the only three people from Massachusetts. The crew was from all over the world. The captain was Canadian. The departure point [in Santiago, Chile] is so far removed that not everybody who was going to speak at the conference got there on time. There were lectures on the ship about the past Antarctic explorers. We had a choice of fresh food. Q: How were the living accommodations? A: The two girls had their own single beds. I had a pullout couch. It was a couch. The girls thought the beds were okay. Q: When did you decide to go on this trip? A: The process started about a year and a half ago. If you get a chance to do something like this, you do it. If you see something like this, you shouldn’t feel afraid to try it. I happened to spot this ad about the conference. I submitted several different talk proposals to the conference planner, hoping that I would get accepted. One of them was about interactive fiction, which I thought would be a light topic. As it turned out,

the planner is a fan of interactive fiction. So, she was interested in my talk. As soon as I saw the ad, I wanted to run it by both my girls and see if they were willing to go. If they didn’t do it, I couldn’t do it. But they both wanted to. And from that point on, I single-mindedly planned to make it happen, so I set out to deal with the schools. About a year ago, I spoke to the School Department to get permission for my two kids to attend. I wound up meeting with the superintendent, the individual principals and the teachers. I had to set up an appointment with the school superintendent [Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr.]. He thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and would be something good for the girls to do.


a civilian.” Brown is the son of George W. and Carolyn Brown of Saugus. Like many members of his family, Brown has been active in public service to his hometown. He has served on the Saugus Town Meeting and the Planning Board. He helped set up the original website for the Town of Saugus. He founded Saugus. Net in 1998 at a time when there weren’t many community sites anywhere. Highlights of this week’s interview follow. Q: Why did you sign up for a technical conference that was held in January on board a cruise ship out in the waters of Antarctica? A: It was an easy way to see one of the most remote and beautiful areas in the world. Q: How far is it from Saugus, Mass., to Antarctica? A: If you Google it, it says 9,583 miles. Q: How did you get there? A: We flew out of Boston to Atlanta, from Atlanta to Santiago, Chile. In Santiago, we picked up the ship. It is 5,242 miles from Saugus to Santiago. Q: How close did you come to the bottom of the world? A: We spent our time in the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula. Q: Why take a trip like this in the winter? A: It was the Antarctic summer. The average temperature was warmer down there than it was up here. Even though it was 42 degrees, it didn’t feel that warmer. With the sea winds blowing in at high speeds, that’s what made you feel cold. It was the time of the year when you could see baby


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suing a (blank) S-2 permit for a Motor Freight Terminal would not be in Saugus’s best interest. 4.) The Town’s Planning Department has concerns regarding the final use of the property. 5.) The building could potentially evolve into a Motor Freight Terminal / Distribution Center for companies such as: UPS, FedEx (and) Amazon. Consequently, hundreds of trucks could potentially be traveling daily throughout our Town roadways in order to access Route One north or continue west onto Wakefield, Stoneham, etc. Furthermore, in my opinion, it would be extremely difficult and maybe not even legal, to effectively enforce conditions for this volume of truck traffic. Delivery trucks will use the (shortest) and (fastest) routes to deliver their products. 6.) Over the past several years the residents of our community, rightfully so, have been concerned regarding traffic and speeding in our community. The Town did engage (TEC) an

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Meeting shouldn’t be held on Primary Day from 2 to closing. I can’t be there. Just putting it out there. Why would this open workshop be scheduled the same Thanks. day as primary election? The Sincerely, polls are still open at the time of Ellen Santosuosso the workshop. Poor planning; I certainly think so. Editor’s Note: Ellen SantosuosI am working at the polls Dear Editor:

so is referring to the Board of Selectmen’s decision to schedule a public input session for Tuesday, March 3 at 6 p.m. in the first floor conference room. This is on the same day that the Massachusetts presidential primary is scheduled.

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A six-month wait Resolution time for Open Meeting Law complaints nearly doubles, according to state Attorney General By Mark E. Vogler


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• Failure to follow appropriate procedures for entering executive session • The remedial actions most frequently ordered by the Division: • Ensuring immediate and future compliance with the OML • Creation or approval of open session minutes • Release or revision of executive session minutes • Attendance at a training on the OML or review of all or part of the AG’s online training video The AG’s Office also continued to focus on education to help ensure compliance with the law, including a monthly newsletter with OML guidance, updates on training opportunities, and Division news to nearly 530 subscribers. The Division also offered eight regional in-person trainings on the OML in towns throughout the state and held 11 live web-based trainings on the law. The Division participated in training events with the M assachusetts Town Clerks Association, the Massachusetts Association of S c h o o l Co m m i t t e e s a n d Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. In 2019 the AG’s OML hotline re sponded by telephone and email to nearly 2,000 inquiries seeking guidance on the requirements of the law. Additional information and resources about the OML can be found on the AG’s OML website.

Town offers Civilian Police Academy next month (Editor’s Note: Saugus Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree’s Office issued the following info this week.) own Manager Scott Crabtree and Interim Saugus Police Chief Ronald Giorgetti are pleased to announce that the Police Department is now accepting applications for the Civilian Police Academy, a free eight-week program designed to give residents an idea of what it’s like to be a local police officer. The Civilian Police Academy allows residents to learn a great deal about all aspects of police work and leave with a true representation of life as a police officer. During the course, residents will have the


In a press release issued this week about the division’s annual report, Attorney General Maura Healey didn’t mention the whopping increase in resolution time. “In 2019, the AG’s Office received 324 new OML complaints, issued 170 determination letters, and resolved a historic total of 351 complaints,” the AG press release noted. “By comparison, the Division resolved 235 complaints in 2018 and 249 complaints in 2017. “Our Division of Open Government offers many resources to help educate the public about the Open Meeting Law and its requirements,” said AG Healey. “This report demonstrates the record amount of work we did in 2019 to resolve complaints and promote good governance and transparency across the state.” The AG’s Division of Open Government was created in 2010 to ensure a continued and consistent focus on the law by educating individuals and public bodies about the OML, enforcing the OML, and acting as a readily accessible resource for public bodies. The most frequently occurring OML violations in 2019: • Insufficiently detailed meeting notices • Failure to approve meeting minutes in a timely manner • Failure to properly respond to requests for meeting minutes • Convening in executive session for an improper purpose

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Larry Eisenhauer and the early Patriots By The Old Sachem


hen I noticed the passing of one of the earliest Patriots, Larry Conway Eisenhauer, I decided to write a column to acquaint current Pats fans to an early star, but in researching early Patriots situations I ran into some humorous data on the early teams. But first Eisenhauer. He played nine seasons for the Pats from 1961 to 1969 and was named four times as an AFL All-Star. The early team was an original member of the American Football League in the days before they joined the NFL. Larry was named a three-time AFL All-Pro and a member of the Patriots’ 1960s All-Decade team. Eisenhauer was born February 22, 1940, in Hicksville, N.Y., and died January 29, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. Eisenhauer stood six-feet-five and his playing weight was 258 pounds, which was quite suitable for a defensive end in this era. He attended Chaminade High School in Mineola, N.Y., then was recruited into Boston College, where he was an outstanding defensive end. He was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978. Eisenhauer was selected by the Pats in the 1961 AFL draft, in round six as the forty-second pick. During his career he led the team in sacks at 47.5, over 115 regular season games and two playoff games. Although I don’t normally include BC players (I prefer BU athletes), Eisenhauer was

ASKS | from page 3 The principals and teachers were all in favor of it and were all very cooperative. They pretty much went above and beyond to help out. They wanted the girls to do something special for it. It’s a worthwhile trip, the kind you don’t get to do too often. Antarctica is like nothing else you have ever seen. It’s a very beautiful place and pictures really don’t do it justice. When I was talking to the science teacher – here are the science benefits. When I was talking to the social studies teacher – I said here are the social stud-

a delight to watch; as I said in an earlier column, I would get tickets in Kenmore Square when attending Boston University. The AFL awarded the eighth and final franchise to a Boston business executive, Billy Sullivan, and his partners, who included his brother Joseph, owner of the Sullivan Brothers Printers, Dean Boylan of Boston Sand & Gravel, Dom DiMaggio, formerly of the Red Sox, and seven others. They put up $10,000 to capitalize the team. As many of you know, the early Pats did not have a field of their own in the beginning years. They played their home games in Nickerson Field at BU (Braves Field at the time), Harvard Stadium, Boston College Alumni Stadium, Fenway Park, San Diego, Calif., and Birmingham, Ala. The early tickets were printed without listing the field as it was subject to change from time to time. They were nomads in the early days like a traveling circus. There was quite a bit of comedy in the early years. In a home game against the Dallas Texans, the Pats were leading 2821 and Dallas was down to the one-yard line with time running out. On fourth down the Texans quarterback tossed a pass to an uncovered end in the end zone, and a person described as wearing a trench coat dashed in and batted away the pass and saved the Patriots game. In those days many fans stood behind the end zone and made noise and waved to distract the oppoies benefits. We had extra luggage. The bags were heavy because of the textbooks the girls brought from school. There was plenty of time for schoolwork. It was a day to get from Boston to Santiago [Chile] and a day to get back. Q: Did you see many people out there at sea? A: We ran into a yacht with about 20 people on it. They were the only actual humans we encountered before we hit the research base. It was the Club Med version of seeing Antarctica. We didn’t


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nents. After the game it was noted that the owner, Billy Sullivan, was wearing a trench coat similar to that described to the interloper, but the fan disappeared into the crowd before anyone could positively identify him. A game at BC saw a fire develop in the stands interrupting the game, and the fans ran out to the fifty-yard line to escape the inferno. Other games had power outages and snowball fights, and when the referees refused to start the game before they were paid. In another contest an ex-player, Bob Gladieux, was summoned from the stands by the sound system, dressed in a uniform and made the tackle on the beginning kickoff. They practiced on a grassless high school field. A first season game drew only 8,446 fans, and it was reported that most of the tickets were given away by local supermarkets. Richard Johnson, curator of the Sports Museum in Boston, said, “There were elements of Mel Brooks mixed with Knute Rockne. The Patriots were the underdog team in an underdog league. But there was also a Horatio

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Alger aspect to it all; they persevered and found their place.” The team moved to Fenway Park in 1963 and the players were astounded by the quality of the Red Sox dressing room. A goalpost was planted on the third base line, and the other end was before the bleachers in right field. A temporary grandstand was put up before the Green Monster, seating 5,000 fans. The team didn’t want fans blocked by the view in the seats along the first base line, and so both team benches were in front of the Green Monster field seats, which led to many questions by the fans to the players during the games. Gino Cappelletti said, “This led to some crazy things. We could wander near their bench and eavesdrop on their play-calling. I remember coach Hank Stram calling for screen passes and us yelling to our defense about what was coming.” In another game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Pats quarterback, Babe Parilli, had thrown many pass interceptions and was being berated by Pats coach Mike Holovak. Lennie St. James said that Babe went over to the Chiefs’ end of the sideline to get away from the abuse. Fans

often suggested plays to the team which were dismissed but caused laughter among the players. When the Red Sox were in the playoffs, the Pats had to quickly change venues, once playing their home game in San Diego. The daily practices usually ended at 2 p.m. because the players had to get to their other jobs, such as car dealerships, insurance offices or restaurants. Linebacker Nick Buoniconti rushed to Suffolk University to earn his law school degree. The players were paid $7,500 to $11,000 annually, and the Patriots withheld 25% of the salary until the season ended to keep them from leaving. Things have cer tainly changed from the first year when the Pats finished in last place. If you were around in these early years you often thought that the Patriots would find another city with a stadium that would stabilize the team, but the owners plodded on, and as we know the team ended up in Foxboro. They started out as a professional laughingstock and advanced with fan support to the Super Bowl Champions we have idolized today.









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Local robotics teams on a roll Saugus Christian School students continue winning ways at weekend Robotics tournament (Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Christine Saia of Saugus, the Director of Admissions and Community Engagement North Shore Christian School.)


or th Shore Chr istian School’s Lynn Robotics Club students competed in their third Southern New England VEX IQ Robotics tournament, hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The middle school Steam Punks Team brought home the victory, competing against

22 other middle and elementary schools to win both the Teamwork Champion Award and the Robot Skills Champion Award. The team scored 107 and 114 points, respectively, achieving record-breaking totals for their region. The Competition consists of seven match play events during which teams must use their robots to complete specific tasks within one minute. Ten teams are paired together to battle it out in the Final rounds, one of which was the Steam Punks Team.

PUTTING IT TOGETHER: Members of the Steam Punks squad develop a plan at a recent robotics tournament, hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute. They went on to beat out 22 other middle and elementary schools to win both the Teamwork Champion Award and the Robot Skills Champion Award.

During the Finals, the Steam Punks, with their partner team from Hopkinton, were the last team to compete and had to top a record-breaking score in order to claim the Teamwork Champion Award. The Steam Punks also earned the number 1 spot in the VEX IQ Southern New England Skills rankings. The team consists of seventh-grader Matthew Chatterton of Lynn, and eighth-graders Sebastiano Dimodica of Saugus, Matias W. Gebriel of Saugus and McLaren Cook of Wenham. NSCS’s elementary school team, The Bros, were awarded their second Judge’s Award this season, which is a special commendation for exemplary effort and perseverance in the face of unexpected setbacks during the event and for design and programming that exemplifies the future of Engineering and Robotics. The Bros have earned the number one skills ranking among the elementary school teams in the Southern New England region. The Bros consist of fourthgraders Nicholas Saia of Saugus, Ralph Gerber of Peabody and Gabriel Barbosa of Lynn and fifth-grader Brendon Sharwood of Saugus. Both the Steam Punks and the Bros scored skills points for programming their robots to operate via remote control and autonomously, a complicated programming feat for students new to this arena. Coach David Cook notes “It’s amazing how the kids’ love of math and science blossoms when they get to apply it in the real world. It’s particularly powerful for students who struggle with these subjects in school to see for themselves how much they can achieve.”

VICTORY IS THEIRS: The Brobots (3rd-4th graders) display their recent commendation from recent robotics tournament; from left to right: Brendan Sharwood, Nicholas Saia, Gabriel Barbosa and Ralph Gerber. Brendan and Nicholas are Saugus residents. Gabriel lives in Lynn. (Courtesy Photos to The Saugus Advocate)

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State awards two public fire education grants to Saugus Fire Department sixth year, providing firefighters with the funding to deliver fire safety education to another vulnerable population – seniors. “Home visits, smoke and CO alarm installations, and fire safety presentations at senior centers by firefighters with senior agencies help older adults develop strategies to stay safe at home for longer,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.

State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey said, “The SAFE and Senior SAFE programs are successful because we have trained firefighters who deliver education to children and older adults. The fire departments being supported in these public education efforts are increasing the safety of the people in their communities.” The SAFE program provides $1.2 million through the Exec-

utive Office of the Public Safety and Security to local fire departments. The Senior SAFE program provides $600,000 in grant funds from fees paid by tobacco companies to the Fire Standard Compliant Cigarette Program to ensure their products meet the fire safety requirements to be sold in Massachusetts. The programs are administered by the state’s Department of Fire Services.

augus is among 248 municipal fire departments that will receive nearly $2 million in grants to fund fire safety programs geared toward children and older adults across Massachusetts. Saugus will receive $4,565 for Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) and $2,552 in Senior SAFE grants. “Since 1995, the SAFE program has brought fire educa-

tion to hundreds of thousands of students in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This program allows firefighters and teachers to work together to provide fire and life safety education to young people.” The average number of children dying in fires annually has dropped by 76 percent since the SAFE program began. The Senior SAFE program is in its

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on the ship deck. I ran a couple of times. And a lot of times I did not because I didn’t want to be swept off the ship by a big wave. Q: Were there concerns about icebergs or floating ice? A: They picked up ice pilots in Chile who are familiar with the area. There were some areas that were tight; some of the passages were very narrow. They don’t do these cruises in the area very often. They had stopped doing them about 10 years ago, and as far as I know, this is the second one since they have restarted. It’s not clear how long they will conHAZARDOUS WATER CONDITIONS: Navigators through the waters of Antarctica always have tinue doing them, as they are to keep an eye out for icebergs and floating ice. (Courtesy Photo by Eric W. Brown to The Saugus Advocate)

have to go over any hostile terrain. Q: What did it cost? A: It was expensive. It was in the thousands, but it was worth it. Q: What’s so special about the conference? A: This was the first technical conference in Antarctica. One of the speakers was eight years old. One of the speakers was one of the developers of GPS. Q: Were there any harrowing moments in the journey? A: The storm that drove us off the deck was pretty rough, and there were 30-foot waves. I run 5K a day. I planned on running


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Open Meeting Law Violation Minutes for the improper May 8, 2019, Executive Session of the Saugus School Committee (Editor’s Note: These are the minutes of the May 8, 2019, Executive Session held by the Saugus School Committee, which the state Attorney General’s Division of Open Government later determined to be an illegal meeting that was held without a proper purpose. The Saugus Advocate, which was among several complaints alleging the meeting violated the Open Meeting Law, reprints the recently released minutes of that meeting as a public service to its readers.) Saugus School Committee Executive Session May 8, 2019 An executive session of the Saugus School Committee was held on this date at the Roby School, School Committee Room for the purpose of clause 3, collective bargaining with Custodial Union. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 AM. Committee saluted the flag. Mr. Magliozzi made a motion to enter into executive session for the purpose of collective bargaining with the custodians in accordance with M.G.L. c.30A, sec 21 (a). The chair Jeannie Meredith, seconded the motion. Roll Call: Ms. Gaieski present Mr. Magliozzi present Ms. Marchese present Ms. Meredith present Ms. Morgante present. Custodian Contract Negotiations: [Superintendent of Schools] Dr. [David] DeRuosi reiterated to the committee that: 1) We voted unanimously on July 12, 2018 to direct the superintendent to take immediate steps to analyze effective cost savings in the custodial services budget line item. 2) That the superintendent should take steps to analyze and accomplish this goal immediately whether by outsourcing, job reductions or other budgetary eliminations with the goal to redirecting potential savings to immediate educational necessities by the start of the school year or when they become available to further the goal of closing the districts educational achievement gap and increasing student achievement. An RFP went out and bids were received. Dr. DeRuosi updated the committee that we have been meeting with the Union for Impact Bargaining sessions, and the Department of Labor Relations had helped us schedule through a mediator,

as we had numerous canceled meetings by the union. The negotiating team has only received one verbal proposal for a settlement agreement with the union at this time, they continue to ask for documents i.e.: RPF and proposals. They stated that they need to see the RFP and proposals before they will make a written offer. The superintendent and Attorney Kevin Smith explain the process and tell them we are not in custody of those documents; they need to file a FOIA request through the procurement office at the town hall. We have another Impact Bargaining session scheduled in a couple weeks. The committee inquired as to the proposals and the process. It was explained to us by Dr. DeRuosi and Mark Magliozzi. Dr. DeRuosi and Ms. Andrews sat on the review committee and updated committee on the company they thought best met the needs for Saugus Public Schools. We were given the numbers and what the savings would be to the district. Dr. DeRuosi presented a detailed plan outlining exactly how these savings would be utilized to improve education and close the achievement gap in SPS.* See attached for the complete plan. The plan illustrated the many benefits to the school district with cost savings from the privatization move. Discussion included benefits to the system financially. Mr. Magliozzi calculated and the superintendent affirmed a baseline savings of $615,472.00 will be added to the school department. FY20 Budget =1,225,472 + 20,000 Outsourced company cost =$590,000 Total savings $615. 472 to the school department for night cleaning Mark Magliozzi asked Ms. Andrews to explain the numbers again and reiterate what the savings would be to the District. Ms. Andrews went over all the numbers again. The committee discussed future custodial needs as the district down sizes buildings, current cleaning schedules and responsibilities, the need to focus budget funding on the instructional needs of the district, the potential of some of these employees to be hired by a cleaning company, potential retirements within

the unit staff, the importance of the student safety, and impact bargaining. Dr. DeRuosi explained to the committee that it was in the RFP that SPS Custodians had a right to apply to the new cleaning company. Ms. Marchese asked if there was any chance of letting some of them go and keeping some of them. With the new school opening, we don’t need all of them. Dr. DeRuosi reminded the committee that you would have to follow the current contract language and seniority would prevail. The time for those discussions should have taken place in regular negotiations. Dr. DeRuosi and Ms Meredith both explained Impact Bargaining was different from negotiations. Impact Bargaining, being the negotiation of terms that enhance the impact of the outsourcing of the custodial services at the end of their employment. Negotiations involved the agreement to terms of a contract for employment. The committee and the union have agreed (Jan 25, 2019 MOA) to five dates to Impact bargain. We are currently in Impact Bargaining that’s where we bargain any impacts on the union as a result of the privatization. Discussion ensued on the breakdown of impact bargaining due to the unions repeated cancellation of dates and repeated insistence on documents we didn’t have in our possession. Ms. Marchese stated that she would like to see the RFP and the bids. Dr. DeRuosi explained that we are not in possession of those documents and she would have to file a public records request with the procurement officer at the town hall. Ms. Marchese stated that when she voted to outsource the food service, she had access to those documents. Dr. DeRuosi stated he didn’t know what process they followed with the food service outsourcing, he was not here for that. The privatization took place with the prior Superintendent and past school committee members, Arthur Grabowski and Peter Manoogian. Mark Magliozzi explained the difference between an open bid process and a sealed proposal process. Dr. DeRuosi reiterated what Mark Magliozzi stated in regard to the process. Dr DeRuosi explained that the procurement officer solicits the pro-

posals and appoints a reviewing committee (which was Dr. DeRuosi and Ms. Andrews). The reviewing committee selects the best proposal and notifies the procurement officer to form a contract with the private company. During this process the bids are sealed, pursuant Mass Law and could not be disclosed to the committee. Ms. Marchese asked if she could have the name of the company, so she could make reference calls. Dr. DeRuosi explained that it’s not in the purview of the School committee to make reference calls or participate in contract negotiations with this company. That is strictly the role and responsibility of the superintendent. Lisa Morgante stated she still had some unanswered questions and concerns about graduation set up. The committee collectively agreed that this plan presented by Dr. DeRuosi was just what the district needed and we all thanked him and his administrative team for all the work that went into this. Mark Magliozzi asked Dr. DeRuosi how much time he would need to roll this out. Dr. DeRuosi said he could be ready for first day of school. Liz Marchese asked how we could guarantee that this is where the money would be spent? Liz Marchese asked if this had to be voted today or could we have more time to think about it, she had reservations about the savings being spent as presented. Jeannie Meredith stated emphatically that she was prepared to vote today. Jeannie Meredith stated that the first motion was made by Mrs. Marchese, back when the committee was first elected in 2017, and it was to move in this direction, and all four votes since then have been unanimous to move in this direction. We voted unanimously to end the custodial contract in Feb, to end on June 30, 2019. We cannot afford to wait any longer, it’s not fair to these employees and their families, and they need to plan accordingly. None of us want to see anyone lose their job; this is the hardest decision in my life. But I was elected to improve the education for Saugus Public Schools, For the last five years, I have sat on a committee that had to make cuts in order to give salary increases and as a re-

sult we were forced to make cuts to balance the budget. The cuts always come from Teaching staff, educational programming and raising user fees. After receiving the news about the Middle School being ranked 8th lowest in the state, I feel as though I owe this to the children. I understand that there is a lot of political pressure, but I am standing firm that I was elected to be the voice of the children and I am not ok with leaving this district with lower scores. I feel as though I am prepared to vote this today. Lisa Morgante stated that she came to the meeting prepared to vote one way today, but after hearing Dr. DeRuosi’s plan to help the kids’ education, she has totally changed her mind. She made mention of being very torn, because of her daughter Jana’s stance on this, but felt compelled to be a voice for the kids. Mark Magliozzi also noted that this was a very tough decision, but that’s what we were elected to do. He also feels terrible for anybody that loses their job, he has lived through it and very compassionate towards these men and women. Mark is ready to vote today, given the time frame needed to notify employees and implement education plan as presented by superintendent. Mrs. Gaieski also echoed the same sentiments about these men and women since she had worked with many of them over the years and considers many of them friends. This is not personal, it’s about educating children, and with over 40 years in the business, I cannot sit back and watch these scores continue to decline. Lisa Morgante and Liz Marchese asked a couple more technical questions and Dr. DeRuosi stated he would have to iron those details out once the contract is awarded and he entered into negotiations. Ms. Marchese asked if that would be the school. Mrs. Gaieski asked Dr. DeRuosi to confirm that the savings would be applied to his plan presented today and fully implemented at the start of the school year. Dr. DeRuosi confirmed that it would be. Mrs. Gaieski motioned to: Outsource the custodial duties in the Saugus Public Schools with a private cleaning company due to the substantial savings accrued that will be applied to a multifaceted plan


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Malden Catholic High School names second quarter Honor Roll students from Saugus


Nicole Uribe Lopez – Grade 9 he following students at First Honors Courtney Casaletto – Grade Malden Catholic are Saugus Khloe Camblin – Grade 10 residents who have achieved 10 Anthony Caruso – Grade 10 Carolina Munera Restrepo – the following honors for the Stephen Dewsnap – Grade second quarter of the 2019- Grade 10 10 Christopher Femino – Grade 9 2020 academic year. Devin Williams – Grade 10 Kevin Jolicoeur – Grade 9 Colin Cadigan – Grade 11 Nicholas Sambataro – Grade 9 Anthony Zannella – Grade 12 Headmaster’s List Duy Thuc Trinh – Grade 10 Lily Nguyen – Grade 9 Gabriel Portal – Grade 11 Ashley Reardon – Grade 9 Second Honors Olivia Sullivan – Grade 9 Ava Imbrescia – Grade 9

ASKS | from page 9 concerned about the environment. They are very particular that nothing from the ship gets into the environment Q: So, what about your experience with the penguins? A: In the Falklands, we got to see them up close. The ones we got close to were the Gentoo penguins. Q: How close? A: You couldn’t get too close to them, because if you walked toward them, they would walk away. If you stayed still, they would come closer. A lot of times, they would gather in little circles as if they were having a conversation and talking to each other. Q: Did you see any other in-

teresting things? A: We went around Elephant Island. That’s the place where Shackleton – one of the most famous Antarctic explorers – got stuck with his crew for 100 days. The island itself got the name, probably, because it used to be the abode of the Elephant seals. Humans overhunted them and there are no longer any Elephant seals on Elephant Island. And that’s where we had a fire in the ship. It took out one of the generators. The Coral Princess was somewhat crippled by the loss of the generator, but it wasn’t something that endangered the ship. Q: Were there any potential challenges that stood in the way of this trip?

A: We got down to Cape Horn, the tip of South America. Once you pass that, you’re heading into the Drake Passage. But we had to get permission from the Chilean Navy to pass into the Drake Passage. They could always say “No.” And that would have ruined the conference. If the Chilean Navy thought going down into Antarctic waters would endanger the trip, they would put the kibosh on it. But we had some surprisingly clear days in Antarctica. The entire time away, we never saw the night sky once. In South America, there was too much weather to actually see anything; it was too cloudy. And there was 24 hours of daylight in Antarctica.

Madelyn Ragucci – Grade 9 Kayla Jackson – Grade 10 Lily Mineo – Grade 10 Diego Portal – Grade 9 Kameron Young – Grade 9 Michael Azzari – Grade 10 Zak Rizzo – Grade 10 Aung Hein – Grade 11 Joseph Meuso – Grade 11 Stephen Mineo – Grade 11 David Jarosz – Grade 12 Q: Ten years from now, what will you remember most about this trip? A: Probably different categories of things. On one hand, anyone who is nutty enough to go on a conference on a ship in Antarctica – that is something I won’t forget. We were all kindred spirits. No matter where we all came from – from all over the world – we all got along. We were all different ages, from different countries and with different customs. The youngest was eight and he was a speaker. And the oldest – probably in their early 60s. Going to a conference at the end of the world was odd. But for both of the girls, it was a really good experience for them. Q: How does a trip like this

Ryan Saint Fort – Grade 12 To qualify for the Headmaster’s List, students must have scores of 90 and above in all classes; to qualify for First Honors, students must have scores of 85 and above in all classes; and to qualify for Second Honors, students must have scores of 80 and above in all classes. widen your world, professional career and your personal life? What do you get out of it? A: It’s been observed by many before me that travel broadens the mind, and it’s doubly true for participating in a conference like this in Antarctica. Through common interests and a shared adventure, all the AntarctiConf presenters have become friends. We’ll be going out of our way to meet up again in future conferences as well as work together on future projects. As we have dramatically different backgrounds, we naturally have different takes on things, and that makes the prospects of future collaborations all the more like-



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Saugus gets $57,000 IT grant to improve record-keeping T

he Town of Saugus has received a $57,000 Community Compact IT grant which it will use to create a GIS-based “geoindex” for document imaging. Saugus was among 51 municipalities receiving a total of $3 million in Community Compact Information Technology

(IT) grants to help strengthen their own technological infrastructure. This latest round of funding brings the total amount of municipal IT grants awarded over the past five years to $12 million – a significant investment that is supporting over 300 municipal and school district projects de-

signed to modernize and improve technology systems. “This $3 million in new funding for these communities highlights our commitment to improving technological infrastructure and enabling local cities and towns to deliver high quality services,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are pleased

to continue working closely with our municipal partners while making key investments that modernize technology services across Massachusetts.” “The 51 municipalities receiving funding…will be empowered to undertake critical projects such as improving recordkeeping systems, enhancing

public safety systems, consolidating billing platforms, implementing new software and integrating systems,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “As the Community Compact Cabinet Chair, I am proud of the success of this program and congratulate each of the award winners.”

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Q: Anything else that you ing hit by the big waves, there twice your weight. The ship lightful mix of presentations. were multiple challenges – would push up, then your The presentations were all re- would like to share? A: For the first few days going up and down the stairs weight would drop. It made corded and will all be made ly to be fruitful. Q: You mentioned you wish freely available online, too, back, when I first woke up, I when your weight would walking a challenge. The efyou would have spent more so you don’t need to take my could feel the movement of change. We were going from fects of going through the the ship. When we were be- complete weightlessness to weight change was strange. time on certain parts of the word for it. trip. Do you plan on a return trip? What do you plan for an encore? A: Certainly not immediately, but I wouldn’t turn down a future trip to Antarctica. Besides seeing more of Antarctica itself, I’d like to spend more time in both Tierra del Fuego and the Falkland Islands. Various AntarctiConf speakers have been tossing around ideas for unusual places to hold future tech conferences. Nothing is concrete yet, and even once such a thing were settled upon it’s important to note that it can take over a year to successfully organize such an event. The logistics are a bit more complicated than they are for a more traditional sort of conference. I’m still amazed that Heather Wilde and Matthew Renze were able to pull this off so successfully; countless things could have gone wrong, but instead everything worked out extremely well. The result was THREE GENERATIONS OF SAUGONIANS: Left to right rear, George Brown, his son Eric and granddaughters, left to right front, a memorable one-of-a-kind Rhianon and Ariana, at the town’s 2018 Founders Day. Eric and his two daughters returned recently from an Antarctica trip. conference that sported a de- (Saugus Advocate file photo by Mark E. Vogler)

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to restore and create new educational programs and to continue impact bargaining over separation and termination on June 30, 2019 based upon our discussion today. Motion seconded by Ms. Meredith Roll Call vote (by Dr DeRuosi) Mrs. Gaieski yes Ms. Morgante yes Ms. Marchese yes Mr. Magliozzi yes Mrs. Meredith yes Ms. Morgante asked that we not announce this until the kids are out of school, with fear of reprisal on her children. Ms. Marchese agreed and Mark Magliozzi voiced his concerns how this would impact his children as well. After discussing this, we all agreed it would be in the best interest of their children to wait until

school was out to announce the final vote to privatize. Ms Marchese asked if we would have to vote this in open session, and Ms Meredith stated the Attorney advised us to vote in executive first and in open session after the completion of Impact bargaining. Committee unanimously voted Dr. DeRuosi’s recommendation to outsource the custodians. Committee agreed to table Dr. DeRuosi’s contract to a later date as everyone had to go to work. Ms. Meredith seconded Roll Call: Ms. Gaieski yes Mr. Magliozzi yes Ms. Marchese yes Ms. Morgante yes Ms. Meredith yes Meeting was adjourned 9:30 AM

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Lady Sachems knock Sachems play well off Lynn English in loss to Pentucket By Greg Phipps

and improving to 12-3 on the season. The Lady Sachems have gone 10-1 s the season progresses, the Sau- since opening the season at 2-2 and are gus High School girls’ basketball playing their best basketball as the regteam is looking more and more like a ular season begins to wind down. Sauserious postseason contender. After gus’s lone loss over the last 11 games defeating always-tough Lynn Classi- was a two-point setback at Marblehead cal late last week, the Saugus girls did early last week. That game was the secone better Tuesday night by knocking ond of a back-to-back. On Tuesday, Molly Granara, who prooff Lynn English, 42-30, on the road duced a career-high 21 points in last Fridays’ 59-48 win at Classical, rose to the occasion once again with 13 rebounds and nine points. She was followed by Taylor Bogdanski with 12 points and six rebounds, and Jessica Nazzaro with nine points. Saugus led, 20-16, at halftime and increased the advantage to 32-18 in the third after Nazzaro drilled consecutive three-pointers. The Lady Sachems pulled ahead 13-9 after one quarter when Kiley Ronan scored four points to close out the period. Head coach Mark Schruender said the defense fueled the team’s offense in the victory.“It was just the kids making plays. Our defense led to offense. Kids weren’t hesitating. Their confidence was great,” he told the press after the win. “We said in the locker room, they’re going to come out firing in the second half so we have to bring the intensity. We did.” Along with Granara’s 21 in the victory over Classical, Bogdanski poured in 15 and Shaylin Groark and Nazzaro each added six in that conSenior Kiley Ronan had another strong all- test. Saugus played at Revere around effort in Saugus’s huge win at Lynn on Thursday and host Winthrop on Monday night. English on Tuesday. (Advocate Photo by Greg Phipps)


Saugus forward Lorenzo Keegan finished with a goal and an assist in Monday’s loss to Pentucket. (Advocate Photo by Greg Phipps)

By Greg Phipps


hough this season has not been a good one in terms of wins and losses, the Saugus High School hockey team has had several moments it can hang its hat on for future reference. Monday night’s close loss to Pentucket at Kasabuski Arena is one of those. Goalie Jack Devereaux was once again outstanding in net, making 35 saves, and Saugus made some noise offensively by scoring four times. But that wasn’t enough, as the visitors grabbed a 6-4 victory. The defeat dropped Saugus’s season record to 2-12-1. Head coach Jeff Natalucci said their errors that have cost the Sachems all winter. “It’s been the story for us all season. We just make too many mistakes out there, especially in our own end,” he told the press after the game. “When you give a team second and third chances on a bunch of posses-

sions, they’re going to cash in. If you turn the puck over in your own zone, it’s going to hurt you. We paid for every mistake we made.” Saugus took a 3-2 lead in the second period but couldn’t see it through, as Pentucket went on to outscore the Sachems, 4-1, over the remainder of the contest. Jason Caron tallied twice for Saugus while Lorenzo Keegan added a goal and an assist. Freshman Dante Mauro netted his first-ever varsity goal, and Andrew Cipriano and Richie Mauro each contributed an assist. Deservedly so, Natalucci had high praise for Devereaux’s usual standout effort in goal. “Jack has been a rock for us all year and it was no different today,” he said. “We have to do a better job in front of him. Just because he’s capable of making all those saves doesn’t mean we should make him have to.” The Sachems played Lynnfield on Wednesday and host Watertown on Saturday (scheduled 5:40 p.m. faceoff).

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principals at Belmonte Middle School and Saugus High School for giving their support to this trip. Without the superintendent’s approval, it doesn’t happen. I’m sure Ariana and Rhianon are going to have some great stories to share with their classmates. And the various organizations in town ought to be inviting their dad to give a talk and photographic presentation once he organizes several thousand photos he took during the trip. I got to spend a good part of Super Bowl Sunday – maybe six hours – looking at some of those photos and hearing some of the stories from Eric and Rhianon. I later communicated in emails with Ariana. I understand that Ariana is going to prepare a travelogue in Latin as one of her school projects. What a great project, which should benefit Saugus Public Schools immensely.

A “shout-out” for Joe Vecchione and Robert Camuso This week’s nomination comes from Doug and Linda Mellor: “We would like An Extra Shout Out for Town Meeting Members, Joe Vecchione and Robert Camuso for all the time and work they have put in to getting information out to the residents regarding Caddy Farms LLC. “It is a good feeling knowing that elected town officials are A time for citizen input Saugus residents who believe they have the answers for providing information and giving the residents a chance to exstraightening out Town Hall have a chance to sound off to an press their views. audience of Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and the Board of “Thank you.” Selectmen at a workshop session set for 6 p.m., March 3 in the first floor conference room at Saugus Town Hall. Want to “shout-out” a fellow Saugonian? “We’re hoping that a lot of the public gets involved and gives This is an opportunity for our paper’s readers to single out – in a brief mention – remarkable acts or achievements by Sau- input,” Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Corinne Riley said at Tuesgus residents or an act of kindness or a nice gesture. Just send day night’s board meeting. “We hope to have a lot of people an email ( with the mention in the subject there to let us know what you think.” Residents who attend the workshop will be able to comment line of “An Extra Shout Out.” No more than a paragraph – anyon what the town manager and selectmen recommend as top thing longer might lend itself to a story and/or photo. goals and projects. Here is a chance for citizens to chime in on what they see as to the future of Saugus. A project worth shouting about How many Saugus Public Schools students can brag about hanging out with a crowd of Gentoo penguins in the Falkland Should selectmen be meeting on primary night? Ever since the Board of Selectmen embraced Selectman Islands? Or staring at icebergs in turquoise-colored waters in Corinne Riley’s idea for a workshop to seek public input on goals the Antarctic Peninsula? for the town, we have done our part to promote the meeting. Only two. Ariana Brown, 16, a junior at Saugus High School, and her sis- When selectmen scheduled the workshop for March 3, it didn’t ter, Rhianon, 12, a seventh grader at the Belmonte Middle School register that it fell on the day of the Massachusetts Presidential – the daughters of Eric W. and Nhung Pham Brown – just got Primary. I’m not sure that selectmen thought about that either back from a great educational adventure which is featured in when they set the date. But Ellen Santosuosso, who will be working the polls that day this week’s “The Advocate Asks.” They were gone 16 days on a journey that took them to places that nearly all of us can only from 2 p.m., wrote to tell us this week that she thought it was “poor planning.”“Why would this open workshop be scheduled read about or see in television programs. Their dad, Eric, was responsible for instigating the trip, which the same day as primary elections??” Ellen wrote to us this week. Well, Ellen raises a good point. And the other town residents he also participated in. But you also have to tip your hat to Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. and the who are scheduled to work the polls that night also won’t be able to be heard from. Perhaps it might be good for selectmen to reschedule the workshop to another night.

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and ash disposal. Members include public officials and concerned residents of Saugus and Revere, as well as representatives from many highly respected environmental advocacy groups, including the Conservation Law Foundation, Clean Water Action, Toxics Action Center, the Saugus River Watershed Council, Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment, Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, and the Point of Pines Beach Association. Early primary voting There will be Early Voting for five days only for the upcoming March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election. The dates for Early Voting are Monday, February 24 through Friday, February 28. Early Voting will take place in the Town Clerk’s Office during regular Town Hall hours: Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Absentee Voting will remain the same as in all past elections. Deadline for registering to vote next week The last day to register to vote for the Presidential Primary is Wednesday, Feb. 12. The Town Clerk’s Office will be open until 8 p.m. that day. “As a remainder, the Annual Census DOES NOT register you to vote,” Town Clerk Ellen Schena advised us in an email this week. Dog Days are here The new 2020 Dog Licenses are now available in the Town Clerk’s Office – must have a copy of the Rabies Certificate to license your dog or use the new web portal. Saugus author writing up a storm Saugus author Tom Sheehan is like The Energizer Bunny. He just keeps going. In this case, he just keeps writing. Sheehan, a 1947 Saugus High School graduate and a 1956 Boston College graduate, was celebrated in England last December for being the first writer who had appeared 100 times in the website Literally Stories. He recently reached a new level in manuscript submissionsacceptances in January of 2020 with 37 pieces in magazine and internet sites. The sites include Short-Story-Me, Literally Stories (England), Rope and Wire Western Magazine and its Beyond the Western section, Frontier Tales, and The Linnet’s Wings (Ireland). Rope and Wire Magazine has published 12 pieces, including a break-out new section called Beyond the Western where his World War II war story, “The Emphatic Prisoner,” now appears, as well as “Death at the First


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And if a church’s pastor was ception of school vacations or Fridays when there is no school. A $6 donation is requested, with all proceeds going to help the Le- too busy to participate, the pasgion operate. Everyone is welcome, according to John Cannon, tor could have another member Iron Works of America” and other stories. of the church submit a column. Those who enjoy Sheehan’s writings should check out the the cook on duty. There is no charge for World War II veterans. There were no takers, although I websites. did manage to interview about As for Sheehan, he notes in a recent press release, “37 pieces, Main Attractions at the Saugus Public Library There’s always something interesting or entertaining going on five members of the Saugus better than one-a-day for the first month of the year, making an old man in his 92nd year gasp for breath as he looks at the future.” at the Saugus Public Library – for people of all ages – from young Faith Community for our feachildren to senior citizens. Here are a few events to check out: ture “The Advocate Asks.” So, he continues to write up a storm. At one point, I had plans of • An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation – if you are curious about the benefits of meditation and how to begin, this introducing a Faith page, simiA chance to serve your town lar to what I did when I was edThe Saugus Board of Selectmen is accepting applications for class is for you. Monday, Feb. 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. • Digital Animation and Storytelling – Tuesday, Feb. 11, 4 to itor of The Nantucket Beacon appointment to the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Library back in the early to mid-1990’s. Board of Trustees in Saugus. These are volunteer/nonpaid posi- 6 p.m., grades 6 and up; call or come to the reference desk • Annual Food for Fines – now through Feb. 29. The library During my three years on Nantions for Saugus residents. Those interested may submit a letter will help you so that you may help others. If you have overdue tucket, I managed to recruit 14 of interest/resume no later than March 17, 2020, to: fines, the library will reduce your fines in return for donations of members of the island’s interSaugus Board of Selectmen nonperishable food, Donations will be given to local food pan- faith council representing 13 Saugus Town Hall tries. Your fines will be reduced $1 for each item donated. Please churches or houses of worship. 298 Central St. #4 Every single one wanted to pardon’t drop off expired food. • A Hands On Workshop – Tuesday, March 10, from 4 to 5:30 ticipate in the writer rotation by Breakfast at Legion Hall Cpl. Scott J. Procopio Saugus American Legion Post 210 is in its p.m. Watch a pottery wheel demonstration and then make your sharing a short sermon. It was during those three seventh year of Friday morning breakfasts. The doors open at 7:30 own dragon out of clay! Master Potter Rick Hamelin will teach you a.m. at 44 Taylor St. in Saugus. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 9 how. Grades 6 and up – please sign up in advance. This program years that I noticed the faith a.m. The breakfasts will run through the end of May, with the ex- is supported in part by a grant from the Saugus Cultural Council. community was a very impor• Friendship Storytime on Fridays continues. This special tant part of Nantucket’s makeprogram for children, which begins at 9:30 a.m., is sponsored by up. A powerful force of good the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Grant. It can in the community. When chalhelp parents nurture their child’s social and early literacy skills lenges came up, they rallied to support people in the commuwith structured story time. • Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten Playgroup! This play- nity who needed help. I know a lot of that goes on group, which is sponsored by the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Grant, helps kids prepare for kindergarten. in Saugus today as I’ve seen 1. What do Monkey Puzzle, 11. On Feb. 10, 1840, Queen Winter hours are Saturdays at 10 a.m. It’s recommended for chil- members of the faith commuHens and Chicks and Skullcap Victoria married what nity working behind the scenes dren ages three through five. Activities change weekly. have in common? cousin? • The Yoga Experience – here’s a free, basic yoga class that is to get things done individually. 2. What bank is also known as ideal for beginners. This 60-minute slow flow class opens with But, collectively, there’s no tell12. How many U.S. presidents the Institute for the Works of have previously been a brief meditation, followed by a gentle warm up, some core ing how much more effective Religion? lawyers: 5, 12 or 26? strengthening, standing postures, and flexibility poses. Each ses- they could be. I’ve been told that one of sion winds down with deep relaxation. 3. On Feb. 7, 1812, what author 13. On Feb. 11, 1970, what Asian of the unfinished work “The the key reasons why the SauLisa Poto is a registered yoga teacher and a member of the Yoga country became the fourth Mystery of Edwin Drood” was gus Faith Community isn’t as Alliance. She graduated from Barre & Soul’s 200-hour yoga teachcountry with an orbiting born? organized and as active is beer training program. “Yoga is my passion, and has been transsatellite? cause many of the pastors are 4. In 1934 at the Chicago 14. What group of birds has been forming in my life. I believe that yoga is for everybody. It is your part-time and don’t live in SauWorld’s Fair, what was called own personal exploration and journey, ” Poto said. called a flamboyance? the “hit food of the Century If this is something that sounds appealing to you or worth a try, gus. That may be true. But that 15. Where was the sequoia tree of Progress”? (Hint: starts show up in the Community Room at the Saugus Public Library shouldn’t be a barrier to makcalled Wawona, which had with D.) on one of the following dates: All times are at 6:30 p.m. unless ing the Saugus Faith Commua tunnel you could drive otherwise noted – Tuesday, Feb. 11; Thursday, Feb. 20 at noon; nity a more valuable compo5. What government through? building has an address in Tuesday, Feb. 25; Tuesday, March 3, Tuesday, March 10; Thursday, nent of the community, a great16. What U.S. university has a Washington, D.C., although it er force for good. March 19; Tuesday, March 24; and Tuesday, March 31. dress code that discourages is on the side of the Potomac Since the departure of Rev. growing beards? (Hint: a River in Virginia? (Hint: starts Martha of First CongregationCub Scout and Boy Scout recruitment with P.) religious leader.) Cub Scout Pack 62 and Boy Scout Troop 62 are still seeking al and Rev. Sarah van Gulden 6. On Feb. 8, 1910, what 17. In 1931, Nevada dropped the new members after a successful recruitment effort on Found- of St. John’s, I’ve noticed a great American organization for residency requirement for ers Day. Cubs can sign up on Monday nights from 6:45 to 8 p.m. void. It would be great for Sauboys was formed? divorces to how many weeks: at the Cliftondale Congregational Church at 50 Essex St. in Sau- gus if members of the Saugus one, six or 12? 7. What do “Hullabaloo” and gus. Please use the door marked “office” in the front of the church. Faith Community stepped up to “Shindig!” have in common? The Pack is located in the basement and welcomes boys from fill that void. For they should be 18. On Feb. 12, 1931, what the heart and soul of the comage five (kindergarten) to age 10 (Grade 5). horror film starring Bela 8. In the 1950s what federal Lugosi debuted in theaters? munity. Boy Scouts can register on Tuesday nights from 6:45 to 8:30 agency started the Ten Most p.m. in the basement of the Cliftondale Congregational Church. Wanted list? 19. What is the world’s largest The Boy Scout program is for young men ages 10 1/2 to 17 Let’s hear it! nonpolar desert? 9. On Feb. 9, 2020, the Got an idea, passing thought (Grades 6-12). Academy Awards show will 20. On Feb. 13, 1913, the 13th Any questions on our Cub Scout program – please contact Cub- or gripe you would like to share be held; what is it also called? Dalai Lama proclaimed master Bill Ferringo at or bferringo@ with The Saugus Advocate? I’m 10. Saudi Arabia has no rivers but the independence of what For Boy Scouts, please contact Scoutmaster John always interested in your feedhas wadis, which are what? country? back. It’s been close to four Kane at or 781-389-2708. years since I began work at The Saugus Advocate. I’m always Have we no faith? A couple of years ago, we introduced the weekly feature “Sau- interested in hearing readers’ gus Faith Notes” in an effort to let our readers know of various suggestions for possible stocommunity events sponsored by the town’s churches and faith ries or good candidates for “The Advocate Asks” interview of the organizations. It’s a free service. But it’s been months since we ran the column because we have week. Feel free to email me at FROM no submissions. Surely, there are events going on at churches PAGE 15 Do you have some interestand houses of faith throughout town that would be of interest ing views on an issue that you to newcomers and longtime Saugonians alike. A couple of years ago, at the invitation of Rev. Martha Leahy want to express to the comof Saugus First Congregational Church UCC, I attended a meet- munity? Submit your idea. If ing of the Saugus Faith Community held at St. John’s Episcopal I like it, we can meet for a 15Church. I introduced “Saugus Faith Notes” at that point and also to 20-minute interview at a loinvited members of the town’s faith community to submit a short cal coffee shop. And I’ll buy the coffee. “Sermon of the Week” on a rotating basis.

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Saugus boys pull off win over Rams By Greg Phipps


inning t wo straight Northeastern Conference games coming into last Friday’s game against the Lynn Classical Rams seemed to set the stage for the Saugus High

School boys’ basketball team, as the Sachems pulled off an exciting 72-65 league win over the Rams last Friday night at John Towers Gymnasium. It was the third straight conference victory for the Sachems, who saw that streak

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WIN OVER RAMS | from page 16 back at us and never gave up. But my guys, their backs were against the wall, they were down and they stepped up and hit big shots and big free throws.” The Sachems have already qualified for the playoffs, and three straight impressive conference wins over Danvers,

Marblehead and Classical only make their chances in the tournament more promising. The win streak hit a bit of a sobering note on Tuesday when powerful and topranked Lynn English visited Saugus and ended up rolling to a 90-40 victory. Manalaysay did net 17 points and col-

lect four rebounds, and Correia added nine points, but the game was determined fairly early when English entered halftime owning a 4421 bulge. The Sachems never challenged after that. “There’s a reason why [Lynn English is] the number one team in the state,” Bertrand told the press after Tuesday’s game. “They really make you

work for everything. They’re a well-coached group and a very talented group, and that combination is tough to beat. But our guys fought hard the whole game and never gave in.” Sitting at 6-10 overall after Tuesday’s loss, the Sachems don’t see action again until Monday when they travel to take on Winthrop.


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510 REVERE BEACH BLVD, REVERE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2:00 - 3:30 PM: Gorgeous Ocean Views. 1 bedrm., indoor pool, off-street parking & more...$309,900

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53 Jackson St. Saugus (781) 813-3325

69 FOWLER AVE., REVERE POINT OF PINES SAT., FEB. 8TH FROM 12:00 - 1:30 PM - Gorgeous single 3/2 with gleaming hdwd flrs,fireplace, High end Gourmet kit., SS appliances, 3 car pkng and So Much More.............................................Call for Details!


SAUGUS Darlene Minincleri & Sue Palomba


SAUGUS - Meticulously maint. 4 level townhouse, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, Kitchen w/ granite counters, stainless/ steel appliances,washer/dryer in unit, 2 car parking, pool & and so much more.................................$457,900

REVERE BEACH - Magnificent Ocean Views from all windows; Stainless & Granite Kitchen, Balcony, Brazilian Cherry Floors throughout...........................................$499,900

LYNN - Hood St. 2nd flr. unit, Meticulous 5rm/2 bed liv/dining E.I.Kit. w/ granite, SS appliances wash/dry. Gleaming hdwd. flrs and more...$274,900

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Revere, Wakefield , Winthrop, East Boston from $1600 - $2900 / Some incl. all utilties. Saugus - 1 bdrm Stainless Kitchen. incl. elect. $1650 Revere - 1 bdrm Gorgeous Newly Renovated $1800 Call for details!

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EVERETT - Great location, 2 Family, open floor plan, 2 Car Driveway, near Wellington St., Encore Casino & Shopping. $685,000

Lisa Polignone

John Marino

Lea Doherty

Pat Rescigno

Rosa Rescigno

Marisa Dinucci

Xavier Ortiz

Sharon D’Allesandro

Kevin O’Toole

Maureen Gaeta

Kevin Alvorado (Office Assistant)

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

Thinking of Selling? SAUGUS - Free Standing Building with off street parking, spacious, corner lot, conveniently located just outside of Cliftondale Square..................$349,900.

Call us for a Complimentary Market Evaluation of your home. Allow us to do what we do best and find out why more Buyers & Sellers choose Carpenito Real Estate!

SAUGUS - CONTRACTORS YARD with oversized, heated 2 bay gar., updated electric, call for details......$309,900.

Thinking of Buying? Call us and ask how you can save $2,200.00 on your purchase! REVERE - 1st AD Welcome to Williamsburg Square! 5 rm., 2 bdrm., 1½ bath townhouse w/ corian counters, step down to living rm. w/ cath. ceiling & fireplace to deck, gar., great location..................................................$405,000.


SAUGUS - Under Construction, New Condo Conversion offers 5 rms., 3 bdrms., 2 baths. This amazing Condex/Townhouse has been gutted, newly framed and plastered. 1st fl. laundry, New hrdwd. flooring, New gas heat, cent. air, maintenance free vinyl siding, oversized detached gar.....................$475,000. Unit w/o gar........................................$445,000.




SOLD SAUGUS ~ Rehabbed colonial. New windows, siding, new kitchen with quartz counters, stainless appliances, new cabinets. New hardwood flooring throughout house. New heat. Central AC. New maintenance free deck..........$570,000

SAUGUS ~ Desirable 2 family. Each unit has 2 beds, updated kitchens and baths, vinyl siding, in-unit laundry, rear decks .......$499,000


SOLD SAUGUS ~ 4 bed, 3 bath colonial. Spacious kitchen, SS appliances, Oversized one car garage, irrigation, gas heat enclosed porch, centralVac, finished lower level ... $569,900

Rhonda Combe For all your real estate needs!! 781-706-0842

SAUGUS ~ Rehabbed colonial, 4-5 bedroom, 2 full baths, gas heat, central AC, new siding, new roof, hardwood flooring, fresh paint, new kitchen with SS appliances quartz counters ...............$559,900

SAUGUS ~ Raised ranch, 3 bed, 3 bath, gas heat, central AC, garage under, great location, master bedroom with master bath and walk in closet, finished lower level for the extended family......... $579,900



SAUGUS ~ 3 bed, 1.5 bath colonial. Open concept 1st floor, 2 car garage, newer gas heat, roof and HW heater, prof landscaping....$439,900

REVERE ~ 2 family located in the Beachmont area, 3 beds, one bath in top unit, 2 beds, one bath lower unit .....................................$639,000


FOR SALE WILMINGTON ~ Colonial featuring 4 beds and 2 full baths, great dead end location, central AC, hardwood flooring, finished lower level ..$534,900

SAUGUS ~ 3 bed ranch, open concept, stainless appliances, private dead end street, newer gas heat, hardwood flooring, 10k lot, garage ..............$435,000

LYNN ~ New construction. 3400 sq feet, 4 bed, 2.5 bath, gas heat, central AC, hardwood flooring, walking closet, great cul de sac location, garage under ........... $879,999

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

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