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Editor’s Note: For this week’s interview, we sat down with Anthony W. Cogliano, Sr. and questioned him about some of his concerns as he begins his two-year term as chair of the Board of Selectmen. Fellow board members elected him unanimously to that position after he finished as the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s town elections. Cogliano, 53, is a fourth-generation Saugonian and has lived in East Saugus most of his life. He has been married to Therese (Meehan) Cogliano for 29 years. They have four children. He is a 1984 graduate of Saugus High School. Cogliano has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Management. He also attended Massachusetts School of Law. He is the owner of A. Cogliano Realty Services and a licensed realtor with Littlefield Real Estate, which is also located in Saugus. He was first elected to the Saugus Board of Selectmen in 1991. Highlights of this week’s interview follow.

TOP VOTE GETTER: Anthony W. Cogliano Sr. during an interview Tuesday night at La Vita Mia, where he and his campaign supporters celebrated a triumphant return to the Saugus Board of Selectmen after topping a field of a dozen candidates. Cogliano, who drew 2,729 votes while winning all 10 precincts, was the biggest winner in Tuesday’s Town Elections. The other four selectmen-elect made him the unanimous choice to chair the board for his two-year term. He was first elected to the Q: So, congratulations on board 28 years ago and served getting the most votes of the for 10 years before taking a dozen candidates running for break from Saugus politics. the five seats on the Board of Selectmen. Has this happened 53. I was first elected 28 years ago, and I was third on the balbefore? A: The best I ever came in lot then. It’s a whole lot difbefore was third. The first time I was elected I was 25. Now I’m ASKS | SEE PAGE 16


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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, November 8, 2019

Payback at the Polls

Voters avenge School Committee’s decision to replace school custodians • 100 percent of School Committee incumbents voted out • Half of the Selectmen incumbents defeated • 20 percent of Town Meeting Members ousted

By Mark E. Vogler

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inutes after the School Committee took a public vote to replace 21 school custodians with a private company, a union official vowed there would be political consequences. Jim Durkin, the legislative director for AFSCME Council 93, predicted that the School Committee members who voted for privatization of custodial services would have difficulty getting reelected in the town’s fall elections. “There are 4,063 union house-

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hold members in Saugus,” Durkin told The Saugus Advocate after the June 26 meeting. “We’re going to make sure that every single one of them is aware of what transpired here today ... They will all live to regret it. We’re going to make sure people never forget who owns this,” he said in an interview. As events turned out, Durkin’s threat for political payback became a battle cry for the custodians, local union members and a large network of supporters. During the fall political campaign, they targeted the three incumbent School Committee members who were in the majority of the split 3-2 vote to privatize: Committee Chair Jeanette E. Meredith and Members Linda N. Gaieski and Marc Charles Magliozzi. The custodians and their supporters widened their targets beyond the School Committee. They pointed fingers at the Board of Selectmen and even at Town Meeting, which passed a symbolic non-binding resolution supporting the custodians after Town Meeting Member Ronald Wallace of Precinct 5 was denied the opportunity to introduce the measure. The resolution came too late though, because selectmen didn’t accommodate Selectman Candidate Corinne R. Riley’s request for a Special Town Meeting to be scheduled before the School Committee’s vote. By the time voters went to the polls on Tuesday, the summertime memory of the beloved custodians losing their jobs was very much on their minds. Meredith, the most-veter-

VOTER OUTRAGE: “Walking door-to-door, listening to the voters, it was crystal clear to me that the voters were angered by the treatment of the custodians,” says new Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Corinne R. Riley (Saugus Advocate Photo by Mark E. Vogler)

an member of the committee and its longtime chair, became an Election Day casualty along with members Gaieski and Magliozzi. Meredith, who had topped the field two years ago with 2,252 votes, finished a distant seventh with 1,455 votes. Gaieski finished ninth among 10 candidates, plummeting from 2,124 in 2017 to 1,224 on Tuesday. Magliozzi finished dead last at 1,122 – 799 votes less than when he was first elected two years ago. Impact on selectmen’s race Many local observers of the School Department figured it would be an uphill battle for the three School Committee members. But there would be more political fallout. The Board of Selectmen – which had ridden a popular tide since engineering the successful 2015 recall

of the four selectmen responsible for firing Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree, and then rehiring Crabtree – had several casualties. Selectmen Jennifer E. D’Eon and Scott Albert Brazis, who finished third and fourth, respectively, when the entire board was reelected two years ago, both lost badly in Tuesday’s election. D’Eon’s vote total slipped from 1,935 in 2017 to 1,447 this week, a disappointing eighth place finish. Brazis went from 1,905 two years ago to 1,385 on Tuesday. And the Board’s Chair – Debra C. Panetta, who was the top vote-getter two years ago with 2,314 votes – finished fourth on Tuesday (2,033) while Vice Chair Jeffrey V. Cicolini went from second place (2,055) to fifth place (1,803) in this week’s elections. Meanwhile, 10 incumbent Town Meeting members – 20 percent of the 50-member body – were kicked out of office. Several winners and losers in this week’s elections told The Saugus Advocate that they believe the custodian issue resonated loudly with town voters. So why did so many incumbents lose their seats on Town Meeting, School Committee and the Board of Selectmen? “Walking door-to-door, listening to the voters, it was crystal clear to me that the voters were angered by the treatment of the custodians,” concluded Corinne R. Riley, who finished second among selectmen after garnering 2,210 votes on Tuesday. “Moreover, when the whole town made their case to the School Committee, they were ignored. We all need to remember that in our democracy the power rests with the people more than the government or its employees,” she said. Riley organized a petition drive for a Special Town Meeting that allowed Wallace to introduce a nonbinding resolution to support the custodians. She also organized a petition drive for an article that would set up procedures for Town Meeting members to introduce resolutions on short notice. That was later invalidated by the state Attorney General’s Office, which determined that all business coming before Town Meeting needs to be on the warrant. “The voters wielded that power yesterday [Tuesday, Nov. 5] and spoke very clearly,” Riley said of the impact that the custodian issue had on the election results. “I heard them loud and clear, and what I heard was

that there will be accountability in Saugus, regardless of who occupies any seat or office – no exceptions. I would not have it any other way; that’s the beauty of our democracy.” Riley finished 14 votes behind fifth-place finisher Mark Mitchell two years ago. Mitchell decided not to run for reelection this year after being indicted for allegedly stealing $1.3 million for the nonprofit Boston Center for Adult Education. It’s clear Riley’s visible support of the custodians helped her election chances. As the second-top vote-getter among selectmen, she will serve as the board’s vice chair for the next two years. “It was like a revolution” Selectman D’Eon, a popular member of the Board of Selectmen over the past five years, was visibly upset with Tuesday’s outcome. In an interview with The Saugus Advocate, D’Eon said she believes she was a casualty of the custodian issue – but unfairly so. “Playing Monday morning quarterback, I can tell you, there were many reasons so many incumbents were not reelected to the Board of Selectmen and School Committee this term,” D’Eon said. “I believe many incumbents, myself included, were targeted by outraged residents for the School Committee’s decision to privatize the custodial staff. The political factions within the town capitalized on the momentum of said custodian elimination in a coordinated effort to overturn the two major Boards in Saugus,” she said. “The custodial issue provided the perfect storm to execute this plan. The amount of people that pulled papers and ran in the election diluted the votes for both boards, further drawing votes from the incumbents. The wave of opposition was insurmountable. It is a testament to their effort that Selectman Cicolini and Selectman Panetta prevailed in such a large group of nominees.” Newly elected Town Meeting Member Peter Z. Manoogian, Sr. of Precinct 10 said he believes the election defeat of so many incumbent candidates in several town-wide offices s is unprecedented during his threeplus decades of involvement in town government. “I’ve never seen it across the board like this,” Manoogian said. “In the 10 at-large seats, you had an opportunity to reelect

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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, November 8, 2019

Board of Selectmen’s Race at a Glance

cluding those that held signs, provided advice and encourloaned me a portion of their agement, and more. Thank you front lawn for a month, in- to outgoing members of the troduced me to new people, made financial contributions,

Anthony W. Cogliano Sr., 2,729 Corinne R. Riley, 2,210 Michael J. Serino, 2,063 *Debra C. Panetta, 2,033 *Jeffrey V. Cicolini, 1,803 Domenic Montano, 1,656 Paul H. Allan, 1,558 *Jennifer E. D’Eon, 1,447 *Scott Albert Brazis, 1,385 Christopher R. Jones, 1,337 Alberto Vito Morgante, 772 Michael Coller, 746 *Denotes incumbent

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What the winners had to say Selectman Jeffrey Cicolini “I said from the first day that I was elected in March, 2015, I will ALWAYS respect and honor the will of the voters as they are the ones who put me in the seat and the ones I work for. That being said, the results of the election last night sent a clear message to me that the voters held every elected official in town, to some degree, accountable for the privatization of the custodians and were seeking change. “Whether I agree or disagree is not important, it is their right to feel the way they do. My focus now and over the next 2 years will be to work with each member of the BOS collaboratively so we can continue the unprecedented progress Saugus has been experiencing over the past 5 years. I am confident that we each have strengths and weaknesses to complement one another and we will put our best foot forward for the best interest of Saugus. I would like to wish Jennifer D’Eon, Mark Mitchell and Scott Brazis all the best in their future endeavors. It has been an amazing honor and experience serving the residents of Saugus together over the past five years.” Selectman Debra Panetta “Clearly, the situation with the custodians had an impact on the Selectman’s race, even though the Selectmen have no authority to interfere with

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TRACKING THE NUMBERS: Left to right, former Selectman Mark Mitchell and Selectman Jeffrey Cicolini, scan the precinct totals in the race for Selectmen to see what’s trending after the voting ended Tuesday night. The two men were among candidates, friends, family and supporters who turned out for a post-election party at Prince Pizzeria. (Saugus Advocate Photos by Mark E. Vogler)

school personnel negotiations. “With that said, I look forward to working with Chairman Anthony Cogliano, Vice-Chairman Corrine Riley, Selectman Michael Serino, and Selectman Jeffrey Cicolini over the next two years. “Were there other factors like lack of transparency in government? “Again, walking door-todoor, listening to the voters, they told me that they did not have faith in the process of how the Custodians were treated. To me, that speaks to the need for transparency. Without that, the voters hold their elected offi-

cials accountable by the most powerful method they have – their vote. “Now that the voters have elected me to this Board, I pledge to do my very best to promote transparency and accountability, and to cooperate with the other members of this and other Boards and Committees, employees of the town, State resources, the business community, and most importantly, the people of Saugus, toward all the challenges and opportunities in front of us. Lastly, thank you to my family, and many friends that helped with my campaign, in-

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MAKING A STATEMENT: Longtime former school custodian Bill Moore savors winning a Town Meeting seat in Precinct 2 in Tuesday’s town elections. (Saugus Advocate Photo by Mark E. Vogler)

“I think what happened to the custodians had a big impact on all of the races in town: School Committee, Selectmen and Town Meeting. You know, it’s tough to knock out an incumbent Town Meeting member. But my precinct knocked out three of them,” he said. Moore finished fourth with 212 votes and was among three newcomers. Joseph John Vecchione IV finished second, just one vote behind longtime Town Meeting Member Peter A. Rossetti, who topped the field with 247 votes. Newcomer Christopher P. Riley, husband of Select-

man-elect Corinne R. Riley, finished third with 244 votes and incumbent member Robert James Camuso, Sr. took the fifth and final seat with 192 votes. The three incumbents who lost their seats were Thomas A. Falasca (188), Christine M. Moreschi (170) and Stephen D. Sweezey (151). “I think this election is really going to affect the morale of a lot of people in town,” Moore said. “They will be more productive and happier employees, and the town will move in the right direction,” he said.

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School Committee Race at a Glance Winners are in bold: Thomas R. Whittredge 2,366 Ryan P. Fisher 2,260 John S. Hatch 1.907 Arthur Grabowski 1,888 Joseph D. Gould 1,715 William A. Marchand Jr. 1,707 *Jeanette E. Meredith 1,455 Darren S. Ring 1,415 *Linda N. Gaieski 1,224 *Marc Charles Magliozzi 1,122 *Denotes incumbent

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What the winners had to say Thomas Whittredge “It’s a little bit overwhelming, but at the same time I know people wanted some change. I think the custodians issue definitely had an impact on what happened here. And I think people wanted new leadership. “Right now, I am looking forward to the challenge and working closely with the superintendent and the other committee members to improve the school district. I know Jeannie has done a lot for the town. And I want to thank her for all of the work she has done over the last couple of years.” Ryan Fisher “The custodians meant a lot to a lot of people. They aren’t just people who clean the schools. This was a hot button issue that people didn’t forget. “I was surprised and very gratified at the results. I wasn’t expecting this to happen. I just appreciate the work everybody does as a School Committee member. This is a thankless job and you don’t get a lot of pats on the back for doing this. This is our chance to address a lot of tough issues.” Arthur Grabowski “It was a tough day in Saugus if an “I” (incumbent) followed your name on the ballot. “I think that the School Committee vote showed that the residents will not stand for arrogance and disrespect in their elected officials. They also recognized that the privatization of the school custodians was something that they vehemently opposed. There was overwhelming community support for keeping the custodians, as witnessed by the hundreds who signed a petition in opposition to the privatization, as well as a near unanimous vote from town meeting for a resolution opposing the privatization of the custodians and asking the School Committee to reconsider. “While the electorate in Saugus may be somewhat forgiving of their elected officials, the fact that Saugus high school and middle school have fallen from the bottom 25 percent of

TOP VOTE-GETTER: Thomas Whittredge celebrates at Prince Pizzeria on Tuesday night after learning he had drawn the most votes – 2,366 – of any of the candidates running for School Committee. (Saugus Advocate Photos by Mark E. Vogler)

all similar schools in Massachusetts to the bottom 10 percent of similar schools…has caused parents to expect more from a school committee and administration that seems to concern themselves with everything else but bringing a laser focus on improving student performance. That lack of achievement and the total arrogance and disrespectful display at School Committee meetings brought the broom out and swept an ineffectual school committee out of office. “The new school committee, to a man, has committed themselves to being the servants of the public and having meetings at times that are convenient to the parents and being completely transparent and above board in all their actions. The goal is to instill a sense of confidence and trust that the residents can approach any school committee meeting and be assured that their ideas and thoughts will be heard and considered.” Joseph Gould “The custodian issue hurt the incumbents so I believe that was the driver for them getting low vote totals. “I personally was very pleased that so many gave me the support and votes and I very much look forward to serving.”

taken lightly by any of us and if we could turn back time, I would have handled the situation differently. I would not have changed my decision but I would have had more discussions about the process. Unfortunately, I was bound by laws and an oath that I took to not speak during Impact Bargaining. “What I am truly disappointed about is how many people carried themselves during the last month. While I understand that being in public office puts myself under a microscope, what I didn’t realize is that people wouldn’t have regard for me when I was with my children. “There were times when I was driving with my children in the car and people would call me names and be disrespectful with my children in the car. When I had to explain to my children what the reason was, they couldn’t understand why someone would resort to name calling. I have always tried to teach my children to be respectful even when you don’t

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to be subjected to it. “In summary, I wish the new board the best of luck and know that Tom, Ryan, John and Dennis will do what is best for the children of Saugus.” Jeannie Meredith: “I would like to congratulate the new School Committee members and wish them well in the upcoming term. I would also like to  thank my family, friends, and all the Saugus residents that have trusted in and supported me in my six-year journey. It was truly an honor to serve on the School  Committee and many sub-committees, advocate for the children, and make real, positive change in the community over the years. Unfortunately, my time on the Committee was cut short  because a professional decision  was made personal. My hope is  that the new Committee will choose to put the children of Saugus first and make decisions that focus on direct education.

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GRATIFIED TO WIN: Ryan Fisher, right, joined by his wife, Danielle, at a post-election celebration at Prince Pizzeria on Tuesday night. He was runner-up in total votes among the five winners. Three incumbent School Committee members were ousted by voters. Winners and losers said it was because of the unpopular School Committee vote to replace 21 school custodians.

“Moving forward, I will con- dren of Saugus, as I have done tinue to advocate for the chil- for the past 22 years.”   What the losers had to say Former Selectman Scott Brazis “I feel that the residents wanted some change and they got some change. It was never a forever job. I knew this day was going. Either you walk away from it, or you knew it would come with a vote. I’m disappointed, but I consider myself lucky. “I think the new Board of Selectmen is a good group and I hope they continue to do great things for the town. I’d like to thank my wife and kids for always supporting me in this endeavor. I feel lucky that I was able to serve my community for five years. It’s something I will always cherish. It was a lot of fun, I met a lot of good people, I

learned a lot and I am proud that I was able to work for my town. “I think the future is very bright. And now I have new priorities. I feel I can now concentrate on my son being away at college (University of New Hampshire), my youngest daughter away at Cushing Academy and my oldest daughter blessed us with a grandson five months ago. And I really do enjoy working in my yard.” Former Selectman Jennifer D’Eon “I am proud of everything I accomplished in my five years on the Board of Selectmen. I have a lot of good memories that I will cherish. And I wish the new Board of Selectmen good luck.

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Car crashes through Giovanni’s front window

~ Letter-to-the-Editor ~

The voters spoke up for the 21 custodians

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he Saugus Police Department is investigating an incident involving a car that crashed through the entrance of a local restaurant last weekend. Interim Chief Ronald Giorgetti said in a statement that Saugus Police and Fire responded to Giovanni’s Roast Beef & Pizza located at 194 Broadway for a reported motor vehicle crash on Nov. 2 shortly after 7 a.m. First responders found a 2016 Mercedes Benz E350 had crashed about threequarters of the way into the front of the building. Rescuers located the driver, a 57-year-old Melrose woman. The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle. She was evaluated at the scene but declined further medical attention.  Police said no one was inside the building at the time, as the business was closed. Police called Saugus Inspectional Services to the scene. The business will not be allowed to reopen un-

STOREFRONT DAMAGE: This car caused significant damage to Giovanni’s Roast Beef & Pizza when it drove right into the restaurant. (Photo Courtesy to The Saugus Advocate by Lt. Damian Drella of The Saugus Fire Department)

til any structural damage is assessed. The incident is under investigation by the Saugus Police Department. An initial on-scene investigation

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indicates that the driver did not appear to be impaired and that human error or mechanical failure are the two most likely causes of the crash.

To The Editor: Through all of our efforts as citizens of Saugus to make the existing School Committee understand the travesty of eliminating 21 school custodians in favor of privatization, we hoped they would listen to all of us. That never happened. Along with the Superintendent of Schools (DeRousi), the School Committee clandestinely worked to make the change. It was so frustrating, sad and unjustified. We held signs that said “See you on November 5th.” And indeed we did. It is so bittersweet – our hearts break for those 21 custodians who were disrupted from their jobs that they loved and their lives in general. But, WE WON! Big Time! All the remaining School Committee (Meredith, Gaieski and Magliozzi) – OUT!! It doesn’t save the 21 custodians that lost their jobs to privatization but it is both

pay back and pay it forward with a new slate of School Committee members who will hopefully have a better value system. A free press allowed so many of us to let the town know about the travesty that had taken place. In a small town it is such a voice. I am writing this as my thank you to the paper and the others who wrote letters to the editor and kept the issue in the face of town voters! To Bill Moore (former custodian at the Veterans Memorial School) who I met once again as I went to vote – the sign you were holding said all that could be left for us to do “REMEMBER THE CUSTODIANS” – and we did! I sincerely wish we could have saved your jobs - all the best to you and the other faithful, hard-working custodians. Signed, Gini Pariseau Saugus, MA

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Taking their seats

After getting sworn in for their two-year terms on the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday night, members offered best wishes to family, supporters and each other during the ceremony at Saugus Town Hall. Elected this week were, from left to right, former Selectman Michael Serino, newcomer and new Vice Chair Corinne Riley, former Selectman and new Chair Anthony Cogliano, Sr. and incumbent Selectmen Debra Panetta and Jeffrey Cicolini. (Saugus Advocate Photo by Mark E. Vogler)

Work begins on Town-Wide Master Plan (Editor’s Note: The following info is from a press release issued by Town Manager Scott Crabtree.) own Manager Scott C. Crabtree is pleased to announce that work towards the development of a Townwide Master Plan is underway as part of an effort to assist the Town in managing future growth and development. When completed, the Master Plan will also aid the Town in protecting environmental resources, setting priorities for developing and maintaining infrastructure and public facilities, creating a framework for future policy decisions, promoting open democrat-

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ic planning and providing guidance to land owners, developers and permitting authorities. The Town is moving forward, with the assistance of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, in researching and assembling the Master Plan, which will include a statement of goals and policies for land use, housing, economic development, natural and cultural resources, open space and recreation, services and facilities, transportation and implementation. The Town will incorporate input from residents and stakeholders as part of the compilation process, which

could take one-and-a-half to two years. The latest version of the Town’s Master Plan is decades old. Town Meeting members recently supported a $150,000 investment to update the it. Town Meeting members also supported and approved a two-year moratorium on the construction of multifamily dwellings of three or more units to allow the Town to analyze the impact on Saugus, which will be addressed through the Master Plan. “An updated Town-wide Master Plan will study and analyze local development and how it has and will contin-

ue to impact the community,” said Town Manager Crabtree. “It will certainly benefit the Town and its residents and businesses to have and build off of that information, and serve as a guide to the Town on how best to move forward with current and future growth and development.” The two-year temporary moratorium will provide the Town with time to conduct an analysis and comprehensive study to determine the impact of construction on police, fire and emergency public safety, the school district, the water, sewer and roadway infrastructure and the safety

of the general public. The Town-wide Master Plan development and the twoyear temporary housing moratorium were both supported and approved by the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and Town Meeting earlier this year. “I would like to thank the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, Town Meeting, and residents of Saugus for their continued support of important community initiatives such as this,” said Town Manager Crabtree. For more information on the project, contact the Town Manager’s Office at 781-2314111.

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Saugus celebrates Evans Park grand opening (Editor’s Note: The following info is from a press release issued by the Saugus Town Manager’s Office.) hildren, residents, Town officials, employees and business owners gathered at Evans Park on Monday, November 4 to admire Saugus’s two brand-new basketball courts and celebrate the park’s grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Excited residents received the first official tour of the new reconfigured park, which features two new, regulation-sized basketball courts, new surrounding sidewalks and granite curbing, reconfigured parking, and new landscaping, drainage, a water fountain, benches and trash receptacles. Security cameras and lighting will be installed as part of the project to increase safety and security on the premises. Lines have been painted in the courts, and the final surface color will be completed in the spring when the weather is warmer. The upgrades, which were supported by the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and Town Meeting earlier this year, are part of an ongoing effort to continue to improve Saugus’s parks, playgrounds and athletic fields for the

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Town installs Solar Radar Speed Signs

children and families of Saugus. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Town Manager Scott Crabtree thanked everyone for their hard work in making this vision a reality, and for their support of important community capital investments such as this. “When we work together as one team, we are able to accomplish so much for our Town,” said Town Manager Crabtree. “I look forward to the children and families being able to enjoy this wonderful park for many years to come.” The Board of Selectmen, School Committee, Town Meeting and Fi n a n ce Co m m i t te e m e m b e r s helped to hold the ribbon in place while Board of Selectmen Chairwoman Debra Panetta ceremoniously cut it in two. Following the ceremony, children immediately began playing basketball on the new courts. “The revitalization of the Town’s parks and playgrounds has been a priority of the Board of Selectmen,” said Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta. “I am so pleased to see all the amazing progress we have made together.” For more information, contact the Town Manager’s Office at 781231-4111.

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(The following info is from a press release issued this week by the Town Manager’s Office.) own Manager Scott C. Crabtree and the Board of Selectmen announced this week that a series of radar speed signs are being installed throughout Saugus as part of a continued effort to improve roadway safety and create a safer and more secure environment for walkers and riders alike. Residents will see the solar-powered, ultra-bright, tri-color, LED speed radar signs strategically placed in areas of high traffic volume that have been identified and recommended by a traffic engineering firm through results of the traffic study. The Town engaged The Engineering Company ( TEC) of Andover, Mass., to conduct a Town-wide speed limit analysis and take a global approach towards addressing speeding within the Town. TEC worked closely with Town officials and community representatives to identify and study areas where traffic volumes and speeds are a concern and to identify the best placement for accompanying signage. At TEC’s recommendation, the Town invested in a series of Elan City EVOLIS Solar Radar Speed Signs that are being installed throughout the community in an effort to create a safer,

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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, November 8, 2019

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Engagement Grant, helps kids prepare for kindergarten. Fall and winter hours are Saturdays at 10 a.m. It’s recommended for children ages three through five. Activities change weekly.

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

A chance for Saugus kids to meet a Patriots Star Amy Melton, head of the Children’s Department at Saugus Public Library writes that a group of kids are gearing up for a visit with New England Patriots star Julian Edelman tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 9) at 1:30 p.m. at the JE11 Pop Up shop on 350 Boylston St. “Last summer, the students in Saugus once more read about Massachusetts history, heroes, and authors. We reached out to JE11 to purchase copies of his books (Flying High 1 & Flying 2) to enhance their summer reading choices,” Amy writes. “They responded so generously – donating books to the library and all four elementary schools. They also donated t-shirts, some of which were raffled off at the end of summer. Kids read and drew pictures of his books to enter the raffle. “Now that he has written his third book, JE11 wanted to partner with us for the debut reading. Kids who participated in the drawing and read the books were chosen to attend. There will be about 30-40 people, and the event will be taped for promotional purposes.” Opportunities for the disappointed candidates We’ve gotten some reports of grown candidates and officeholders crying like children or playing the blame game on social media. And it sounds like it has gotten out of hand. Hey folks. Just because you lost an election or didn’t come in as well as you thought you would doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. If you are mixing it up on social media or letting the Election Day results ruin your week, perhaps you have too much time on your hands. You can still help the town out in a constructive fashion. You don’t have to get elected to perform some public service. Here’s a few opportunities you might want to check out. The Saugus Board of Selectmen is accepting applications for the following appointments: the Affordable Housing Trust Board of Trustees, the Cemetery Commission and the Cultural Council. These are volunteer / nonpaid positions for Saugus residents. Those interested in any of these may submit a letter of interest /resume no later than Nov. 27 to: Saugus Board of Selectmen Saugus Town Hall, Suite #4 298 Central Street. Saugus, MA 01906 One-day delay in trash/recycling collection The Town of Saugus announces that trash and recycling collection will run on a one-day delay from Tuesday, Nov. 12 through Saturday, Nov. 16, due to the observance of Veterans Day. There will be no collection on Monday, Nov. 11, due to the holiday. Services will then resume on a one-day delay from Tuesday, November 12 through Saturday, Nov. 16. Residents whose collection falls on Monday will be collected on Tuesday. Collection will then continue to run on a one-day delay for the remainder of the week. The compost site will be open normal hours, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the following days: Saturday, Nov. 9; Wednesday, Nov. 13; and Saturday, Nov. 16. The Town of Saugus would like to thank everyone for their cooperation. Please contact Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Lorna Cerbone at 781-231-4036 with any questions. Some Election Day “Shout Outs” Precinct 6 Town Meeting member Jean M. Bartolo emailed us a couple of “Shout Outs” to celebrate the conclusion of Election Day. “I think some After Election comic relief is needed. So I thought that a “Shout Out” should go out to all the Lawn Signs in town for the candidates who had one. These sturdy, trusty, hardworking Lawn Signs withstood sun, rain, wet leaves and hurricane winds for their owners and have earned a well-deserved rest and a Shout Out! “A thank you Shout Out to our new chairman of the Selectmen Anthony Cogliano, Officer Dominick Montano, new vicechairman of the School Committee Ryan Fisher and State Representative Donald Wong for dropping off Kane’s Donuts and coffee, muffins, water, and hot pizza to all of us holding signs at Precincts 2 and 6 on Election Day. It was such a kind thing to do

Aaron Connor of Veterans Memorial Elementary School is looking forward to meeting Patriots Star Julian Edelman. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate)

for all of us. Many thanks!”

Cub Scout and Boy Scout recruitment Cub Scout Pack 62 and Boy Scout Troop 62 are still seeking new members after a successful recruitment effort on Founders Day. Cubs can sign up on Monday nights from 6:45 to 8 p.m. at the Cliftondale Congregational Church at 50 Essex St. in Saugus. Please use the door marked “office” in the front of the church. We are located in the basement. Cub Pack 62 welcomes boys from age five (kindergarten) to age 10 (Grade 5.) Boy Scouts can register on Tuesday nights from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. in the basement of the Cliftondale Congregational Church. Our Boy Scout program is for young men ages 10 1/2 to 17 (Grades 6-12). For any questions on our Cub Scout program, please contact Cubmaster Bill Ferringo at pack62saugus@gmail.com or bferringo@comcast.net. For Boy Scouts, please contact Scoutmaster John Kane at troop62saugus.org or 781-389-2708.

Want to “Shout Out” a fellow Saugonian? This is an opportunity for our paper’s readers to single out – in a brief mention – remarkable acts or achievements by Saugus residents or an act of kindness or nice gesture. Just send an email (mvoge@comcast.net) with the mention in the subject line of “An Extra Shout Out.” No more than a paragraph – anything Too many books at library! longer might lend itself to a story and/or photo. “We’re sorry: we are unable to accept book donations at Fall curbside leaf collection continues The Town of Saugus announces that fall curbside leaf collec- this town.” That was the flyer posted in tion will take place during the following weeks: November 18– the entranceway of the Saugus 22 and December 2–6. Residents should place leaves outside by 7 a.m. during their Public Library this week. While the flyer hailed the regularly scheduled collection day. Please ensure that leaf conNew Friends’ Annual Book Sale tainers are physically separated from trash and recycling. Paper leaf bags are the preferred method of leaf disposal; how- “a great success,” it also noted “a ever, when using barrels, they must be clearly marked with yard considerable excess of books at waste stickers. Stickers, which are free, may be obtained at In- this time and no more space to spectional Services in the lower level of Town Hall at 298 Cen- store them.” “Therefore, we are no longer tral St. in Saugus. Barrel covers must remain removed so that accepting book donations for the leaves are visible. Plastic bags, cardboard boxes, branches and brush will not be the foreseeable future,” it continued. accepted. The flyer also suggested Please note that separate trucks collect the rubbish, recycling and leaves, so the leaves may be collected at a different time of that folks who have excess day. “Missed pick-ups” will not be conducted. Please contact Lor- books they would like to donate might consider making a na Cerbone at 781-231-4036 with any questions. donation of “clean and gentlyused books to these Saugus loBreakfast at Legion Hall Cpl. Scott J. Procopio Saugus American Legion Post 210 has cations: “Council on Aging, 466 Cenbegun its seventh year of Friday morning breakfasts. The doors open at 7:30 a.m. (44 Taylor St., Saugus). Breakfast will be served tral St., call 781-231-4178 “Salvation Army, 209 Broadfrom 8 to 9 a.m. The breakfasts will run through the end of May, with the exception of school vacations or Fridays when there is way, call 781-231-0803 “Savers, 1160 Broadway, call no school. A $6 donation is requested, with all proceeds going to help the Legion operate. Everyone is welcome, according to 781-231-1232” John Cannon, the cook on duty. CHaRM Recycling Drop-Off site open Main attractions at the Saugus Public Library The Town of Saugus anThere’s always something interesting or entertaining going on at the Saugus Public Library – for people of all ages – from young nounces that the communichildren to senior citizens. Here are a few events to check out: ty’s Center for Hard to Recycle Friendship Storytime on Fridays continues. This special pro- Materials (CHaRM) is open to gram for children, which begins at 9:30 a.m., is sponsored by the residents on Wednesdays and Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Grant. It can help Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. parents nurture their child’s social and early literacy skills with The site is located behind the Department of Public Works at structured story time. Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten Playgroup! This playgroup, 515 Main St. There is no preregwhich is sponsored by the Coordinated Family & Community

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Town officials sworn in for new term

ADMINISTERING THE OATH: Saugus Town Clerk Ellen Schena swears in the new Board of Selectmen during a special ceremony at Town Hall on Wednesday night.

GLAD TO BE ELECTED: Incumbent Saugus Housing Authority Member Maureen Whitcomb and newcomer James A. Tozza take the oath during a Wednesday night swearing-in ceremony after being elected to four-year terms on the Saugus Housing Authority on Tuesday.

A CLEAN SWEEP: A brand-new School Committee takes the oath from Town Clerk Ellen Schena during a swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday night. The new committee members are Joseph “Dennis” Gould, Thomas Whittredge, former School Committee Member Arthur Grabowski, Ryan Fisher and former School Committee Member John Hatch.

SOUNDS | from page 12 istration or fee required to enter the site; however, proof of residency is required. At the CHaRM center, the Town will accept the same recycling items that can be placed outside for curbside collection each week, such as paper, cardboard, bottles, cans and glass containers. Additional acceptable items include TVs and computers (up to three per year per address); bulky rigid plastic items, such as toys, laundry baskets, trash barrels and 5-gallon pails; car tires up to 22” (for a fee of $3); books; and textiles, such as clothing, bedding, pocketbooks, belts and shoes. Plastic bags are not permitted. Residents are kindly asked to empty recyclables out of any plastic bags and remove the bags from the site. Residents may call Lorna Cerbone at the Solid Waste and Recycling Department at 781-231-4036 with questions or for more information. Town compost site open The Town of Saugus announces that the community’s compost site will be open to residents on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site is located behind the Department of Public Works at 515 Main St. Stickers are required to gain seasonal access to the site. Stickers may be purchased for $25 at the Department of Public Works and at the Inspectional Services Department located on the lower level of Town Hall at 298 Central St. Stickers may also be purchased at the compost site, by check only. Compost site stickers must be permanently placed on the lower left corner of residents’ automobile windshields. Vehicles registered out of state are not permitted. Entry to the compost site without a sticker will not be allowed. Yard waste must be disposed of in brown compost bags or

NEW SELECTMEN: Elected to lead Saugus for the next two years, from left to right, are Anthony Cogliano, Sr. (a former Selectman), incumbent Selectman Jeffrey Cicolini, Michael Serino (a former Selectman), newcomer Corinne Riley and incumbent Selectman Debra Panetta. Cogliano will chair the new Board, and members elected Riley to be the vice chair. (Saugus Advocate Photos by Mark E. Vogler)

open containers. The Town will accept grass clippings, leaves ~ Letter to the Editor ~ and brush. As in years past, no branches or limbs larger than three inches in diameter are permitted. Residents may call Lorna Cerbone at the Solid Waste and he First Congregational volunteered to do shifts selling Recycling Department at 781Church in Saugus Center ex- pumpkins and those who pur231-4036 with questions or for tends a “big thanks” to all who chased pumpkins. more information. This was the 16th Annual supported the Pumpkin Patch Pumpkin Patch, which couldn’t this year. Let’s hear it! A successful event was the have been done without the Got an idea, passing thought result of all those who helped support of the Saugus comor gripe you would like to unload the trucks, those who munity. share with The Saugus Advocate? I’m always interested in your feedback. It’s been more than three and a half years since I began work at The Saugus Advocate. I’m always interested in hearing readers’ suggestions for possible stories or good candidates for “The Advocate Asks” interview of the week. Feel free to email me at mvoge@comcast.net. Do you have some interesting views on an issue that you want to express to the community? Submit your idea. If I like it, we can meet for a 15to 20-minute interview at a lo- VERY GRATEFUL: The First Congregational Church thanks all cal coffee shop. And I’ll buy who supported the16th Annual Pumpkin Patch. “See you next the coffee. year!” (Pumpkins decorated by Rebecca Panico)

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Saugus girls lose to BF in double-overtime playoff By Greg Phipps

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he Saugus girls’ soccer team entered this year’s Div. 3 North tournament on a roll, having won six games in a row. The Lady Sachems played well in their Div. 3 North first-round tilt on Tuesday night against Bishop Fenwick (BF). Unfortunately, they couldn’t produce a goal in over 90 minutes of play and that ended up being their undoing. BF’s Isabella DelVecchio scored in the second overtime of a scoreless game to lift the Lady Crusaders to a 1-0 win. The loss left Saugus with a 12-7 overall record for the season – a campaign that proved to be a rollercoaster of sorts for the Lady Sachems. Saugus started off strong this fall before hitting a rough patch and dropping five of seven games to fall to 6-6. That got turned around in earnest; however, as the Lady Sachems regrouped to go 6-0 the rest of the way. The final stretch included outscoring the opposition by a combined 20-1 margin. Defen-

Saugus’s Jeimmy Monroy Rodrigues charges for a loose ball as teammate Kiley Ronan trails the play in Tuesday’s playoff at Bishop Fenwick.

sively, Saugus had allowed just one goal over its last 14-plus periods of play before Tuesday’s overtime tally. Offense was hard to come by on Tuesday in the foggy conditions at Fenwick’s Steven E. Donaldson Stadium. The Lady Sachems did penetrate the BF zone on a number of occasions but struggled to get off real quality shots on goal. It was much the same for BF, at least

through the first half, as Saugus’s defense stood firm and made it difficult for the hosts to muster good chances. As the game wore on, the Lady Crusaders slowly took control of the territorial play and had Saugus playing in its defensive zone for much of the time. Still, the game remained scoreless through regulation and one OT period before DelVecchio’s goal ended it.

Saugus forward Shaylin Groark pursues the ball in Tuesday’s double-overtime playoff loss at Bishop Fenwick. (Advocate Photos by Greg Phipps)

Saugus had perhaps its best chance to score late in the second half when forward Shaylin Groark tracked down a loose ball in front of the BF net but was robbed from point-blank range by the Fenwick goalie. Saugus head coach Chris Coviello acknowledged that having to spend so much energy defending may have impacted his team as the contest progressed.

“We got a little tired toward the end,”he told the press afterward. “When you’re defending a lot of the game you get tired.” Coviello cited the effort all season from his senior players, calling them “a great group of kids.” The team’s six graduating seniors are Vanessa Andujar, Sarah McGonigle and Jill Ricupero and co-captains Groark, Jessica Nazzaro and Kiley Ronan.


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Saugus boys fall to Sachems lose tight Northeast in tourney opener one at Wilmington By Greg Phipps

By Greg Phipps

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hough their final season record may not have indicated it, the Saugus boys’ soccer team proved to be a worthy postseason opponent, losing a close, hard-fought 2-1 battle against second-seeded Northeast Metro Tech in their Div. 3 North first-round clash on Monday afternoon in Wakefield. Northeast entered the game sporting 12 wins while 15th-seeded Saugus had just five to its credit. The Sachems were a surprise entry in this year’s tournament but showed they belonged by giving the host Knights all they could handle. “It was a very good and close game. I thought both teams were evenly matched,” said Saugus head coach Josh Hickey. “Time of possession seemed similar; both teams had scoring chances and it could have gone either way. Unfortunately for us, we came out with the loss.” Saugus finished its season 5-14 overall after Monday’s loss. But having to play a formidable schedule against tough Northeastern Conference (NEC) opposition seemed to have prepared the Sachems for Division 3 postseason play. “It’s a tough conference, and it’s a battle for us every night,” Hickey told the press after Monday’s contest. “Going up against those teams, most of which are Division 1 or Division 2, gave us confidence going up against another Division 3 team.” After falling behind 1-0 early in the game, Saugus produced some quality scoring chances and eventually hit pay dirt when James Rodrigues, the teams’ leading goal scorer, retrieved a deflected ball about 20 feet from the Northeast goal and unleashed a rocket just un-

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t seems the Saugus Sachems have been living on the road as of late. Coming off an away loss at Wilmington last Friday night, the Sachems travel once again to face off against Triton this Friday. Though its lone victory came on the road (a 36-18 win at Salem), Saugus hasn’t particularly enjoyed its recent away visits. A shutout loss at Lynn Classical two weeks ago was followed by a close 14-8 setback to Wilmington last week. That defeat dropped the Sachems to 1-7 on the season. Losing starting quarterback Mason Nickolas to injury in the second week has definitely impacted the Sachems’ season. The team put up 30 points in the season opener at Bedford but has since struggled to muster much offense, the one exception being the 36 points in the win at Salem several weeks ago. Saugus has scored just 15 points in its last three games. Against Wilmington, quar-

terback Christian Correia, who took over for the injured Nickolas, produced Saugus’s lone touchdown in the second half when he snuck one in from a yard out and then ran for the two-point conversion. To their credit, the Sachems hung tough but couldn’t come out on top in the end. The host Wildcats led 7-0 at halftime and added another seven points in the second half to emerge victorious and notch their third win of the season. Saugus head coach Steve Cummings praised the effort of his team, citing the performances of running backs Marvens Jean and Sal Franco and linebacker Kyle Surette. “We had a lot of guys step up,” he told the press. “It was a tough battle. Wilmington’s a tough football team. It was a good, hard-fought high school football game.” Saugus will look to earn its second win against Triton on Friday night. The host Vikings have lost five straight and, like the Sachems, have tasted victory just once so far.

Saugus forward James Rodrigues tallied the team’s lone goal in Monday’s first-round playoff loss against Northeast Metro Tech. (Advocate Photo by Greg Phipps)

der the crossbar to make it 1-1 seven minutes into the second half. Northeast ended up netting the game-winner midway through the period and was able to stave off the Sachems the rest of the way. This year marked the third consecutive season Saugus has made the postseason tournament. Before the season, Hickey talked about notching a playoff win, but that will have to wait.

The coach is excited about the team’s prospects moving forward with a young corps of players consisting mostly of sophomores and juniors. “I’m proud of how the guys always fought in every game and steadily improved their play over the course of the season,” he said. “Despite our record, I thought it was a great season and I’m looking forward to next year.”

Saugus QB Christian Correia scored the only touchdown and ran for a two-point conversion in last Friday’s loss at Wilmington. (Advocate Photo by Greg Phipps)


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ASKS | FROM PAGE 1 ferent perspective now than back then. Q: Do you think that the big anti-incumbent feeling out there in town that we saw in this recent election, that it all boils down to what happened to the custodians? A: Yes. That’s a huge underlying factor. Q: How huge? A: It could easily have been a situation where everybody was gone; it was that close that everybody who was on the board could have disappeared. And I think that the people in town are smart enough to realize that did just not come from the school side of town government. If you look at past statements from the town manager – he’s questioned the “paras,” the custodians, the cafeteria workers. It’s all been something that’s been said before. So, I think that was something that was discussed between the two sides of government. Q: If you were on the Board [of Selectmen] at the time, would you have done something to head that off [replacement of the custodians]? And what would it have been? A: Absolutely. I certainly would have stood up and said, “You’ve got to take care of Saugus people first.” You know, there are other ways they could have done things: They could have gotten creative and taken some money instead of going about it that way; and there are other ways they could have handled that. In my opinion, they were treated so disrespectful, and it showed. I think everyone came out and spoke loud and clear that they weren’t going to stand for it again. And I will make sure that – like I had said during a debate, had I been on the board at the time, I still would have gotten up and spoken for them because you don’t lose your rights as a citizen even if you are not speaking as a member of the Board of Selectmen. I just think it was wrong. I think they [custodians] were handled terrible, and, hopefully, that’s the last of it. Q: You feel it was a major mistake to get rid of the custodians and something that cost the School Committee members the election? A: Yes, that was huge. You got to protect Saugus people. It looks like the paraprofessionals are the next people on the list to eliminate, but that’s not going to happen Q: So, what if the state Attorney General’s Division of Open Government determines there were Open Meet-

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, November 8, 2019 ing Law violations during the privatization of custodial services? Would you support bringing back school custodians? A: If there is any way for them to come back, it would be 100 percent focus for me. Saugus workers are important to me. I can see the DPW numbers dwindling. I really want to sit down with the manager and the board and get an understanding of where we are going with everything. We have the police chief that’s been acting for over a year. Q: Over a year? A: Yes, and I want to know what’s going on with that. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered. Q: You mention the interim police chief, but there are several key department heads and positions that have not been filled… like the planning director and the town planner … A: And it shows – and with the issues on Route 1 with the building moratorium – that’s a critical issue: not to have a planner in place … and putting forth a plan that’s going to work. Q: I believe there are a half dozen key positions that haven’t been filled… A: And need to be filled. Q: Is that something because of the low-wage scale in Saugus? A: I’m not sure what to make of it, but I think there are a lot of factors. Q: Then why hasn’t the Board of Selectmen addressed this issue over the last couple of years? A: Well, I think there were a lot of things that weren’t addressed over the last couple of years. Q: Well, what’s the major thing? A: It just seems as though everything was just one big “rubber stamp” on everything. I don’t think there was much oversight on things that were going on. Q: What do you mean “rubber stamp”? You mean approving whatever the town manager requested? A: Yeah. Absolutely. As for myself, I will question everything that’s going on. If I have questions, I am certainly going to ask them, and I am going to demand that I get answers. I think the fact that there are so many department head positions that are open – it is not a comfortable environment to work in. The pay scale is not right. Something is not right for this to be going on. Q: How is the morale among Town employees? A: You know, I don’t know.

I have been away from town government so long; I kept my distance from the Town. I did my thing with town sports and everything else and stayed very active with the high school, but now that I’m back in [on Board of Selectmen], I have walked around and introduced myself to some people I didn’t know, and I intend on doing that quite a bit. I want to talk to everybody and get an understanding of what’s going on, and talk to the department heads myself, but I’m not trying to micromanage the manager. That’s his job, but I want to get a feeling for what it is. And if I can help correct it, I will. Q: Now, do you want to see a public evaluation for the town manager, something similar to the school superintendent? A: Yes. That is 100 percent correct. Q: Has that been something you will be talking about with other members of the board? A: I will speak to other members of the board. I want to get a meeting with Scott [Town Manager Crabtree) as soon as possible. If he can bring us up to speed on a lot of things and a lot of questions that we discussed tonight… and I want to hear from him: his take on it, why these positions are still available, and also to bring up the fact that everybody needs to be evaluated. You know, there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s how you judge someone’s highs and lows, and I think it’s a good thing. Q: Now, have you been in a position to give your own evaluation of him? A: Well, I have some opinions on what he’s doing great. I have my opinion on things I don’t think he does that well, but again, I want to get a chance to sit down with him and talk to him before I get into that. Everybody has strengths and weaknesses. And where I think I can help with some things, I will give my opinion on it. I’m looking forward to hearing from the other board members, too, because I’m sure there are some questions that they may have that maybe they didn’t feel comfortable with asking. It’s got to be a different situation. Q: Well, let me ask you this to follow-up on some of your earlier comments: Do you think the town manager was too involved with the custodian issue? A: I think he was quite heavily involved with that. Q: How so? A: He was part of the eval-

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Savvy Senior by Jim Miller

How to Create an Ethical Will Dear Savvy Senior, Can you write a column on ethical wills and how to make one? The attorney that made up my will recently suggested I write one as a tool to explain the intentions of my will, as well as express my thoughts and feelings, but I don’t know where to start. Interested Senior Dear Interested, An ethical will – also referred to as a legacy letter – can be a valuable complement to your legal will, as well as a wonderful gift to your family or other loved ones. Here’s what you should know along with some tips to help you make one. Ethical Wills Unlike a last will and testament, which tells your loved ones (and the legal world) what you want them to have, an ethical will (which is not a legal document) tells them what you want them to know. With an ethical will, you can share with your loved ones your feelings, wishes, regrets, gratitude and advice, as well as explain the elements in your legal will, give information about the money and possessions you’re passing on, and anything else you want to communicate. Usually no more than a few pages, the process of writing an ethical will can actually be quite satisfying. But be careful that you don’t contradict any aspects of your legal will or estate plan. If you’re having trouble with the writing, there are resources available to help you, or you can express yourself through an audio or video recording. Where to Start To craft an ethical will, start by jotting down some notes about what’s really important to you and what you want your loved ones to know. Take your time and remember that you’re not trying to write for the Pulitzer Prize. This letter is a gift of yourself written for those you love. After you’ve gathered your thoughts you can start drafting your letter. You can also revise or rewrite it anytime you want. And for safekeeping, keep your ethical will with your other legal documents in a secure location but be sure your executor has access to it. A safe-deposit box or fireproof filing cabinet or safe in your home is a good choice. Get Help If you need some help, there are numerous resources available like Celebrations of Life (CelebrationsofLife.net), which offers how-to information and examples of ethical wills, along with a “Ethical Wills: Putting Your Values on Paper” book, and the Ethical Wills/Legacy Letters workbook that you can purchase for $16 and $10 respectively. Another good resource is Personal Legacy Advisors (PersonalLegacyAdvisors.com), a company that offers ethical will writing classes and workshops, along with personalized services like coaching, editing, writing and/or audio or video recording your ethical will. Prices will vary depending on the services you choose. They also sell a doit-yourself guidebook “The Wealth of Your Life: A Step-byStep Guide for Creating Your Ethical Will,” by Susan Turnbull for $24. You also need to know that many people choose to share their ethical will with their family and friends while they’re still living so they can enjoy their reactions, while others think it should be read after their death. It’s up to you. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.


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ASKS | FROM PAGE 16 uation team that hired the superintendent, so I’m sure he’s had plenty of input. I know he has a very good relationship with the former chairman of the School Committee [Jeannie Meredith]. I know they speak, because she works for the Town, so I know there was contact – to the extent, I can only speculate, but I would speculate that he had his hand in it [privatizing the custodians], and I want to discuss that with him, too. I just don’t want to see it continue. There is low morale when that happens. Q: Your sense is the previous board sort of gave him too much latitude in running the town the way he wanted? A: I think they did. I don’t want to call it inexperience on their part. They all came in. They were all new. None of them served on the board. Deb [Panetta] was here for a short period of time as a selectman, and she was on

the School Committee for several years, but I think they relied heavily on him to tell them what their job was and how they were supposed to do it, and I think that he pretty much ran the show. And I’ve been around here a long time – I don’t need anyone to show me how to do my job, and I expect the residents of Saugus voted for me for that one very reason. I know what I am talking about. Q: As you said tonight, this is the sixth time you have been elected to this board. A: Yeah, sixth time. I got to sit in every chair up there except the chair’s chair, but I am looking forward to it. And I hope that we have a good working relationship. I know that Scott and I have known each other for years. I graduated with his brother Alan. So, I am sure there are some things that we will need to square away. I’ve got some questions

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Mozart, Schubert begin 72nd season of North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra

usic Director Robert Lehmann and North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra (NSPO) begin the Orchestra’s 72nd season on Sunday, November 17 with music of Franz Schubert and Wolfgang A. Mozart. The 3 p.m. concert at Swampscott High School Auditorium will feature Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (popularly known as the Unfinished Symphony) and Mozart’s Mass in C minor. Tickets will be available at the door for $30, $25 for seniors and students and free for children age 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www. nspo.org. The concert marks the start of Maestro Lehmann’s 22nd year as the Orchestra’s Music Director. Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 was begun six years before the composer’s death in 1828; however, it contains only two fully orchestrated movements, and musical scholars have debated whether the composer intended to write a traditional four-movement symphony. Mozart’s Mass in C minor was completed in 1783. The piece depicts the traditional outline of a Mass celebration in the order of liturgy and ritual. It is considered one of Mozart’s greatest works. It is grand in scale and reveals the influence in Mozart’s work of Bach and Handel, whom Mozart stud-

Music Director Robert Lehmann leads the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra in the first concert of the Orchestra’s 72nd season on Sunday, November 17 at 3 p.m. at Swampscott High School Auditorium.

ied diligently. The NSPO, founded in 1947, plays a season of three subscription concerts at Swampscott High School Auditorium. After the November 17 “Fall” concert, the “Winter” Concert will be held Sunday, March 1, 2020, at 3 p.m. with a program that includes Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and the New England premiere of Daniel Crozier’s Concerto for Two Clarinets, with soloists William and Catherine Hudgins. The Orchestra’s “Spring” Concert is on April 26, 2020, also at 3 p.m.

The program will include Ralph Vaughn-Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, William Walton’s Viola Concerto, featuring Kimberly Lehmann, and Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5. In addition, the Orchestra plays two holiday concerts: on December 8 at 4 p.m. at St. Richard’s Church in Danvers and on December 15 at 4 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere. Admission to both concerts is free in exchange for a substantial donation of nonperishable food to benefit local food pantries. For more information visit www. nspo.org.

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Town Meeting Races at a Glance Note: An asterisk (*) denotes “in- *Ronald Mark Wallace, winner, 267 cumbent.” *Laura Z. Groark, tie for 5th, 259 Julie Ann Mitchell, winner, 335 Precinct 1 *Brendon H. Spencer, tie for *F. Ann Devlin, winner, 251 5th, 259 *Susan C. Dunn, winner, 266 *Pamela J. Goodwin, winner, *Ronald W. Witten, 185 Anthony Roger Arone, win- 333 ner, 248 Precinct 6 *Joyce C. Rodenhiser, 193 *Christopher R. Jones, win- *William S. Brown, winner, 236 Matthew John Scrivano, winner, 233 Assunta A. Palomba, winner, ner, 224 *Jean M. Bartolo, winner, 301 246 *Matthew A. Canterbury, 215 *Kevin D. Currie, winner, 241 Precinct 2 Christopher P. Riley, winner, Allen V. Panico, winner, 238 244 Precinct 7 *Christine M. Moreschi, 170 William R. Moore, winner, 212 Shawn J. Ayube, winner, 206 Robert A. Palleschi, winner, 230 *Thomas A. Falasca, 188 Joseph John Vecchione IV, win- *Stephen F. McCarthy, winner, 211 ner, 246 *Peter A. Rossetti, Jr., winner, *Michael J. Paolini, winner, 205 *Richard Patrick Lavoie, win247 *Robert James Camuso, Sr., ner, 256 John George Chipouras, 193 winner, 192 *Stephen D. Sweezey, 151 Precinct 8 *Thomas E. Traverse, winner, Precinct 3 *Gregory Angelo Nickolas, win- 265 *Stephen M. Horlick, 167 ner, 267 *William B. Stewart, winner, *Anthony J. Lopresti, winner, 264 250 *Joia C. Cicolini, winner, 228 *Philip J. Rando, 205 *Richard E. Thompson, win- *Joan I. Fowler, winner, 220 William E. Cross III, winner 338 ner, 224 Rick A. Smith, winner, 210 *Arthur David Connors, Jr., win- Precinct 9 *Judith A. Worthley, winner, ner, 209 215 *Ryan P. Fisher, winner, 240 Precinct 4 Katrina L. Berube, winner, 182 *Keith Allen McCabe, 79 Andrew James Whitcomb, 92 *John S. Cottam, 161 *Daniel M. Kelly, winner, 192 George E. Falardeau III, 51 *Albert J. DiNardo, winner, 13 Robert J. Long, winner, 275 *Stephen N. Doherty, winPrecinct 10 ner, 96 *Michael J. Serino, winner, 352 *William L. Leuci, winner, 93 Darren S. Ring, winner, 208 Glen R. Davis, winner, 131 *Maureen E. Whitcomb, win- *Martin J. Costello, winner, 199 Peter Z. Manoogian, Sr., winner, 98 ner, 294 *Steven C. DiVirgilio, winner, Precinct 5 Mary Frances Migliore, win- 199 ner, 297

ASKS | FROM PAGE 17 for him. I’m sure he has some questions for me. Q: Now, what is your top priority? A: Number One, we’ve got to get a westside fire station. We need to straighten that issue out. Aside from the capital improvement plan, that needs to be resolved. And I want to square away this issue with building on Route 1 – the moratorium [multifamily housing]. Before we address this, we need a planner in here, ASAP. And the other big-ticket item we need to figure out right away is why we have so many department head open positions. And my biggest issue running is to finally sit down and talk to Wheelabrator, as I think there is so much money out there on the table that we don’t get as a host community. And it’s tiring to just watch other communities benefit when we get nothing. And for people to just think we can snap our fingers and they are going to go away – it’s never going to happen. Q: Do you have any concerns about the closure of the ash landfill and setting a timetable? A: I have more concern about the NOX (nitrogen oxide) level than with the closure of the ash landfill, because if they are doing the right thing, I am not so concerned about the closure of the ash landfill. I want to make sure the residents of East Saugus, Revere and Lynn are safe. That’s Number One for me. And not so much the ash: If they’re not having a problem with the ash, I rather see it here than paying them to truck it away. So, those are issues that we have to sit down and discuss. I definitely want to make sure that, Number One, we’re safe, we’re breathing clean air and drinking clean water, and Number Two, I want to get that money for the town. I think that just finally having a discussion with them is going to go a long way, because we haven’t done it in years. We have always listened to certain members of the community that are loud about Resco and “We’re going to do this and we’re going to do that.” And we waste money hand over fist on legal fees. I want to sit down and have a real discussion and make sure

PAYBACK | FROM PAGE 2 seven incumbents. But instead, only two returned. It was like a revolution,” he said. “An anti-incumbent wave swept over the town. It’s very

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we are safe and do things the right way, because we haven’t been doing it. Q: So, how do you feel about the new board? A: I have some great people to work with. Deb Panetta is a valuable asset. She and Jeff Cicolini have done good work. I am looking forward to working with them and Mike Serino [former Selectman], who has a lot of past experiences on the board. It’s also great to have Corinne Riley. She is very deserving and will be a hard worker. She has been (state Rep.) Donald Wong’s campaign manager. I’m also happy that we’re going to have Donald Wong back in the fold, because without him we are lost. Donald has always been a friend and a tremendous person. Q: So, the board will be meeting at the beginning of each year with Representative Wong and see what issues he can assist the Board of Selectmen and the town on, and develop an ongoing relationship that hasn’t existed previously? From what I understand, the previous board didn’t accept his invitation for periodic meetings? A: Yes, and that shouldn’t be happening. The town needs to be working with Donald for the betterment of Saugus. That is something that should be happening. Q: Setting up legislative priorities for Saugus? A: Yes. Q: Anything else that you would like to share? A: Well, once again, I’m just happy that I have the opportunity to be here, and I plan on working well with everybody on the board and having a great open dialogue with everyone. And the other thing I’d like to see – the citizens’ forum brought back to the town. We haven’t had that in a while. I think if citizens have a complaint, they should be able to come in an address it, so I want to discuss that with the board members, too. And one last thing: If people call this Town Hall with a question, I want to make sure they get some answers. Q: Do you have any concerns about public access? People complaining about having to fill out public records requests for information that should be readily available.

A: I think that’s crazy, to be honest with you. I’ve heard the complaints, especially with the complaints about the capital improvements plan that appeared. I’m glad that it’s finally here, but whether or not it was put together at the last minute, I don’t know, but I have seen requests from people in emails from two years ago and no response until the report finally appeared. I really want to have a chance to see what the report says and go through it. I want to see what that report is, and I want to take a look at the master plan. And people should be able to walk into this Town Hall at any time and get information that they can get. It shouldn’t have to be a freedom of information request and a delay and a delay. Q: When a document is submitted at a public meeting and discussed at that moment, there should be no reason why the information shouldn’t be made available when somebody asked for it. I don’t think it should take several days or weeks, like some people have complained. A: Absolutely. And they are not going to wait; if somebody brings a request to me and I can get an answer right away, they are going to get it. And I would expect that the other board members and the manager will agree with that. That’s good business. Q: And repor ters won’t have to look in the trash can for stuff that is thrown out at the end of the meeting! A: Yeah. I hope that stuff is over and done with. I want to have a good, open relationship with everybody.

hard to knock out an incumbent Town Meeting member. But you had 10 in this case. The custodian thing really resonated with people,” he said. “It’s not so much that it was done, but how it was done. I believe the people of Sau-

gus have a fundamental fairness. You don’t treat people that way – the way they were treated at the June meeting. I just can’t recall a situation where an anti-incumbent wave swept three different elected bodies.”

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f Saugus, age 101, died at the Bear Hill Nursing Center in Wakefield on Friday, October 25. She was the wife of the late Leonard P. Smith and the late James V. Howard, Sr. Born and raised in Saugus, Mrs. Howard-Smith was the daughter of the late Harry M. and Mary C. (Tobey) Wilson. A graduate of Saugus High School, Bernice had worked as a secretary for the Saugus School Department. She was a member of the Hammersmith Quilt Guild, the Saugus Senior Center, St. John’s Woman’s Guild and the Saugus Historical Society. Mrs. Howard-Smith is survived by two children, James

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V. Howard of Saugus and Lee Ellen Lewalski of Melrose; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Anne S. Roy; two brothers, Harry and Irving Wilson; one sister, Marion Wilcomb. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to St. John’s Memorial Fund, c/o St. John’s Episcopal Church, 8 Prospect St., Saugus, MA 01906 or to the Saugus Senior Center, 466 Central St., Saugus, MA 01906.

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f Saugus, age 84, passed away peacefully on October 31, 2019. Leo was born in Everett, MA December 11, 1934. He was a late Navy Veteran. The son of the late Rose

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and Peter Marino. He was the beloved husband of Josephine Ciampa married in 1959. Loving father of Peter Marino, Joseph Marino and his wife Patty, Rose McNall, Josephine Jancsy and her husband Brian, Jeannette Marino, and the late Leo M. Marino Jr. who is survived by his former spouse, Dawn Marino. Loving brother of Peter and sister in law Rosalie Marino, Joseph and sister in law Kathy Marino, Josephine and brother in law Paul Sevigny, and the late Louie and (living) sister in law Marie Marino. Leo is also survived by sister in law, Teresa Ciampa. He is survived by his ten cherished grandchildren; Joey, Jessica, Kristina, Brian, Annette, Kurt, Nicholas, Brandon, Nicolette, and Angelica. He loved his nieces, nephews and his extended family. He was a loving father, husband, grandfather, and friend to all. He loved carpentry, and worked as a talented cabinet maker. Went on to run his own successful business for 35 years, he worked hard up till the time of his illness. He loved to have family over for dinner. He was always there to help friends and family with carpentry projects, or whatever else they needed him for. A special thanks you to Sergia, Mer-

che, and Mia, and to all of the All Care Hospice in Saugus for their loving care and support. Lastly, a special thanks to Rocco Funeral home and all of their arrangements. Donations in Leo’s memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson Foundation at wwwmichaeljfox.org.

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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

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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

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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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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, November 8, 2019  

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