SAUGUS Have a Happy & Pr ADVOCATE Vol. 23, No. 1 -FREEwww.advocatenews.net Published Every Friday Year in Review: A monthly breakdown of the top stories in The Saugus Advocate during 2019 781-233-4446 Friday, January 3, 2020 ~ THE ADVOCATE ASKS ~ Board of Selectmen Chair Cogliano reflects on the most significant town events in 2019 and looks ahead CITIZEN HERO: Vietnam War veteran Randy P. Briand receives the 2019 “Person of the Year Award” at Founders Day, which was held last September in front of Saugus Town Hall. Debra Dion-Faust, who was not present for the ceremony, was also honored as the woman recipient. (Saugus Advocate Photo by Mark E. Vogler) By Mark E. Vogler January About 250 people start off the New Year on the right foot – with a healthy walk at Breakheart Reservation. Those participating in the “First Day Hike” are treated to sunny, 50-degree weather. The family learns the story behind World War II hero “Pop” Virnelli’s Bronze Star. Saugus police charge a Revere man with firing shots at a hotel. Selectmen vote to reduce speed limits to 25 mph on Essex and Main Streets and Lincoln Avenue. A town-wide speed limit analysis commissioned by Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree could focus on up to nine primary road corridors in Saugus where new regulations could be considered. Saugus Director of Public Health David G. Greenbaum resigns to return to Salem, Mass., the city he served before coming to Saugus. Interim Police Chief Ronald C. Giorgetti recommends additional funds in the town’s 2020 fiscal year budget so the Police Department can establish a traffic enforcement unit. The YEAR IN REVIEW | SEE PAGE 10 Happy New Year! Carpenito Real Estate Would like to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy & Blessed New Year! New Year - New Home! Call us, we’ll help you do what we do best!! 335 Central Street, Saugus, MA 01906 (781) 233-7300 View all our listings at: CarpenitoRealEstate.com “LOOKING FORWARD TO A GREAT 2020”: Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony W. Cogliano, Sr., relaxing after his resounding election victory in November. Cogliano says the new board faces a number of challenges in the New Year, but welcomes them. He is confident the new board’s members “will work well together.” (Saugus Advocate file photo by Mark E. Vogler) Editor’s Note: For this week, we asked Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony W. Cogliano, Sr. to share his thoughts as he looks back on 2019. We also asked him to share his expectations for the new year. Fellow board members elected Cogliano unanimously to lead them over his two-year term after he finished as the top vote-getter in November’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. CoASKS | SEE PAGE 17 ANGELO’S FULL SERVICE "Over 40 Years of Excellence!" 1978-2019 Regular Unleaded $2.399 Mid Unleaded $2.839 Super $2.899 Diesel Fuel $2.899 KERO $4.759 Diesel $2.629 DEF Available by Pump! Happy New Year! HEATING OI 24-Hour Burner Service Call for Current Price! (125—gallon minimum) Open an account and order online at: www.angelosoil.com (781) 231-3500 (781) 231-3003 367 LINCOLN AVE • SAUGUS • OPEN 7 DAYS Prices subject to change FLEET

Page 2 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, January 3, 2020 ~ Letter-to-the-Editor ~ Alan’s family appreciates your support “Thank you for loving our son, sharing in our grief, and helping his memory live on.” (Editor’s Note: The following letter was submitted by the family of the late Alan Joseph Silipigni, a 14-year-old Saugus High School student who died unexpectedly in late November.) To the amazing town of Saugus: My wife Pam and I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for the tremendous amount of love and support given to us and our family over the past few weeks. Losing a child is devastating and is the hardest thing we will ever have to endure. However, the generosity, support, and devotion of our fellow Saugonians have helped us begin to heal. I wish I could extend a personal thank you to each Alan was a member of Boy Scouts Troop 61, led by Kevin Wildman. After reading the article he wrote in The Saugus Advocate this week, I had tears in my eyes and my heart was filled with pride. I am so proud that Alan was part of such a loyal, dedicated, and honorable group of young men. They truly displayed what it means to be a Scout. The people in the town of REMEMBERING ALAN: A Christmas Eve Parade float that pays tribute to the late Saugus High School student Alan Joseph Silipigni. The second photo shows Alan’s dad, Joseph Silipigni, and his niece Krista Silipigni in one of the parade floats. (Courtesy photos to The Saugus Advocate) and every person who reached out, donated to Toys for Tots, wore Red Sox clothes, and just shared their stories and memories of Alan. Seeing the World Series trophy at Alan’s wake was just incredible. And then seeing the amount of people attending the ornament dedication was so touching. Pam and I are truly humbled by all of this. ~ Letter to the Editor ~ Some thoughts on Saugus’ future Dear Editor: So much land requires careful thinking for the future. Among the schools to be converted or demolished are the Lynnhurst, Waybright, Oaklandvale, Ballard, and the Evans. We should also consider the playgrounds, Stackpole, Stocker, and Grandview Park, along with the cluster of buildings around the Roby School. 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Price includes Adm. + Roller Skates. Cake, soda, paper goods, 20 tokens for birthday person plus 100 Redemption Tickets and a gift from Roller World in one of our private BP Rooms. vious, the Oaklandvale would be demolished and rebuilt to house the needed fire station in that part of town. The Ballard could be reconstructed as much needed family housing by the Saugus Housing Authority without cost to the town. Otherwise the land should be used for housing, either a number of small single houses or a small developed apartment facility such as found on the western end of Forrest Street. The Lynnhurst school could be demolished and single houses or apartments as listed in the prior paragraph could be built on the Walnut Street side and a park for the children of the area would remain at the site. The Waybright could be used by the Saugus Housing Authority to build vitally needed senior apartments, the town has reached the limits of the present facilities. This would fit nicely because Heritage Heights borders the site to provide easy maintenance. Additionally the Rice Street buildings are over fifty years old and will have to be replaced sometime in the future. The Roby building is about one hundred years old and inefficient within with high ceilings and large structured rooms. The Legion Hall and the Conservation building next to the Roby are both inefficient, and a new building at the site could encompass the current uses and additional town office space. Now we come to the Town Manager’s visualization of a central park at the corner of Central and Winter streets. He has suggested in the past of building a grandstand or pavilion to house concerts in the future and a large park area for families. We now have new tennis courts and a new basketball court reestablished there and a tribute to veterans at the corner. Demolishing the Evans school would improve the park as would the town purchasing the three houses along Winter Street to enhance the park. That leaves the play - grounds, Stackpole, Stocker, and Grandview Park. Stackpole could easily include houses or apartments such as the ones like those of Forrest Street and Grandview Park is too small to be used except for houses. Stocker could be developed as a beach area badly needed by the town. Although I realize that all the above could be completed over time we would have to produce a ten or twenty year plan to facilitate all the needs of the town. I do like the present efforts to improve the central park and the efforts of the Town Manager to improve streets throughout town. Sincerely, William B. Stewart Precinct 3 Town Meeting member Saugus are one big family; one who truly cares about each other. Thank you for loving our son, sharing in our grief, and helping his memory live on. For that, the entire Silipigni family will be forever grateful. Sincerely, Joseph Silipigni On Behalf of the Silipigni family

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, January 3, 2020 Page 3 Privatization sparks public outrage and a purge of School Committee Replacement of school custodians was the top Saugus news story of 2019 By Mark E. Vogler T he decision to replace 21 school custodians with a private maintenance company didn’t get much public discussion at School Committee meetings last year. It was a secretive process that remains the subject of multiple Open Meeting Law complaints still under review more than six months later by the state Attorney General’s Division of Open Government. After emerging from a threehour Executive Session meeting on June 26, the School Committee took its official 3-2 vote to privatize custodial services. But the decision was already a done deal, made behind closed doors. The committee’s vote to get rid of the custodians came 16 days after the town had signed the contract with the Lynn company. School Committee Members Lisa Morgante and Elizabeth Marchese called the committee’s decision to replace school custodians “illegal” and said they didn’t support the vote taken in Executive Session. Copies of committee members’ emails raise questions about the process of considering private companies for custodial services. The unpopular decision – and the way it was done – drew public outrage and eventually led to the purge of the entire School Committee in last November’s town elections. “From a political standpoint, the laying off of our custodians turned out to be the most significant event in 2019 in my opinion,” Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony W. Cogliano Sr. told The Saugus Advocate this were angered by the treatment of the custodians,” Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Corinne R. Riley said. PUBLIC OUTRAGE | SEE PAGE 5 A RAT AT THE ROBY: Jim Durkin, the legislative director of Council 93 of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), stands by an inflatable rat that guards the Main Street of the Roby School Administration Building to show union support for 21 school custodians who were replaced by a private maintenance company. Privatization of school custodial services was the top Saugus news story for 2019. (Saugus Advocate file photo by Mark E. Vogler) week. “The public hearings on the subject were nothing short of embarrassing, and because of it the citizens of Saugus spoke and replaced the entire School Committee,” he said. Saugus school custodians losing their jobs and the fallout that followed was easily the most-talked-about story in Saugus over the past year. It generated more letters to the editor, was the subject of more stories and drew more front page headlines than any other news event covered by The Saugus Advocate. Other major stories for 2019 Rounding out the newspaper’s list of top 10 stories for 2019: Payback at the polls An anti-incumbent climate prevailed in the fall town elections. And many candidates and political observers said the custodians issue appeared to resonate strongly with the voters. “Walking door-to-door, listening to the voters, it was crystal clear to me that the voters We Now Offer For Your Eating Pleasure “UBER EATS” Convenient Delivery Service Bianchi’s Pizza and Renzo’s Full Menu To Go ~ Renzo’s Entertainment Schedule ~ * Thursday: Smokin Joe * Friday: Joey Canzano Saturday: Tommy Bahama * Sunday, 3 p.m. : DJ George Entertainment Wed. Thru Sat. 7:30 p.m. 381 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere 781-284-5600

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He was then drafted by the Patriots in the first-round, as 23rd player overall. His first game for the Patriots was ironically against Bill Belichick, coach of the Cleveland Browns at that time. Ty became a starting cornerback in week 12 when the Patriots released Maurice Hurst. Law made six combined tackles, deflected a pass and made his first professional interception against Jim Kelly of the Buffalo Bills. His week 15 game was even better as he had eight combined tackles, a pass deflection and an interception against “Boomer” Esiason. Ty had three consecutive games with an interception after taking over the starting position. In week 17 he got his first sack, drilling Jim Harbaugh for a six-yard loss. During his rookie season he had 47 combined tackles – 40 of them solo shots – nine pass deflections and a single sack. In 1996 Belichick became an assistant head coach of the Patriots. In week 15, Law intercepted a pass from Jets quarterback Glenn Foley and returned it for a 38-yard touchdown, his first as a pro. He intercepted two passes off Troy Aikman of the Dallas Cowboys during a 12-6 loss. As a rookie, Ty Law had 62 combined tackles – 56 were solo tackles – nine pass deflections, three interceptions and a touchdown for a glorious start. The Patriots finished first in the AFC East, and Ty had three combined tackles in a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the playoffs, as the Pats had a bye week to start. He recorded four tackles as the Patriots defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he had three combined tackles in a losing battle with the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXI. In 1997 head coach Bill Parcells resigned and Pete Carroll became the head coach. Ty started all 16 games and made 77 combined tackles – 69 solo – one pass deflection and three interceptions and was credited with a half-sack. In 1998 he had 70 tackles – 60 solo – 32 pass deflections, nine interceptions and a single touchdown. Law became the first Patriot to lead the league in interceptions and was voted to the Pro Bowl for the first time. In 1999 he signed a six-year, $50 million contract extension that included a $14 million signing bonus. Against Dan Marino, Law intercepted a pass and raced 27 yards for a TD. His season totals were 57 combined tackles – 48 solo – nine pass deflections, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and a touchdown. In 2000 the Pats fired Pete Carroll after an 8-8 season and made Bill Belichick the head coach. On December 18, Law was stopped by U.S. Customs officials while returning to New York after a trip to Canada with teammates Terry Glenn and Troy Brown. Law was suspended by Belichick after it was disclosed that he had three whole ecstasy pills and four more crushed pills in his possession. Because of the small amount he was not prosecuted; the officials seized the pills and fined him $700 for the violations. Belichick suspended Law for the final game of the season. Law’s season totals were 74 combined tackles – 58 solo – 11 pass deflections and two interceptions. In 2001 he earned his first Super-Bowl ring (XXXVI) intercepting a Kurt Warner pass dashing 47 yards for the first touchdown of the game. The Patriots went on to win 20-17. In 2003 Law was selected for the Pro-Bowl for the second consecutive year, and for the fourth time in his career. In the AFC Championship game, he intercepted three passes from the Colts quarterback, helping the Pats to a 24-14 win. The team went on to win the Super Bowl over the Carolina Panthers, 32-29. In 2094 he earned his third Super Bowl ring with the Pats, but missed the final nine games due to a foot injury. The Patriots released Law in February – due to his $12.5 million contract – to save money. Law signed to the New York Jets as a free agent for $28 million over three years and had options for $50 million over seven years. He had one of his best years there with a careerhigh of 10 interceptions. He was the only Jet selected to the Pro Bowl that year. He was released on February 22, 2006, because the Jets were projected to be $26 million over the salary cap for the year and had to cut salaries. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on July 25, 2006, on a five-year deal worth $30 million. Released in 2008, he signed with the Jets again on November 10, 2006, on a oneyear contract. He was released in February of 2009 and signed with the Denver Broncos on November 7, 2009. He finished the season with 10 tackles and one interception. He was released on February 24, 2010. Ty Law had professional career totals of 203 games, 839 combined tackles of which 703 were solos, five sacks, 53 interceptions and seven touchdowns. After retiring from football, he founded Launch Trampoline Park, a chain of entertainment facilities with large areas of connected trampolines. The company has franchised facilities around New England and a park in Delaware. He often visits the Rhode Island facility to participate in games of trampoline dodgeball with customers. Ty Law was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2014 and into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2019. Also among the honors he received were three Super Bowl rings, five Pro Bowl selections, two NFL First-team All-Pro selections, twice the NFL interception leader, NFL 2000s AllDecade Team. You can look up the statistics of Ty Law and other NFL players on www.nfl.com/ players. After retiring from football, he declared “I am a Patriot for life” and I remember him that way. Advocate Newspapers Free Every Week Everett, Malden, Revere and Saugus Call for Great Advertising Rates 781-233-4446

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, January 3, 2020 Page 5 PUBLIC OUTRAGE | from page 3 “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. 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 – were all defeated convincingly in their reelection bids. Meredith, the most veteran member of the committee and its longtime chair, had topped the field two years earlier with 2,252 votes. But this time, she finished a distant seventh with 1,455 votes. Gaieski finished ninth among 10 candidates, plummeting from 2,124 in 2017 to 1,224. Magliozzi finished dead last at 1,122 – 799 votes less than when he was first elected two years earlier. Incumbent office holders became casualties in the other town political races. 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 – lost two incumbents. Selectmen Jennifer E. D’Eon and Scott Albert Brazis, who finished third and fourth, respectively, when the entire board was reelected two years earlier, both lost badly. D’Eon’s vote total slipped from 1,935 in 2017 to 1,447, a disappointing eighth place finish. Brazis went from 1,905 two years earlier to 1,385. In addition, 10 incumbent Town Meeting members – 20 percent of the 50-member body – were kicked out of office. 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 is unprecedented during his threeplus decades of involvement in town government. “In the 10 atlarge seats, you had an opportunity to reelect 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 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. Room for improving Saugus Public Schools Two major stories involving the town’s public education system provided a reminder that it will take more than a brand-new Saugus MiddleHigh School – which is due to open this year – to improve the quality of local education. There was some encouraging news for parents who send their children to Lynnhurst Elementary School. That school was one of 67 on the “School of Recognition” list for remarkable results in the state’s 2019 MCAS test. But students at two other schools in the district didn’t score as well. Saugus High and Belmonte were among the 132 schools classified “among the lowest 10 percent of schools in the state” that were determined to be “in need of focused/targeted support.” The two schools were also classified as “requiring assistance or intervention” by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). In November, there was more cause for concern among Saugus educators. Despite spending millions of dollars to build a new Middle-High School and to renovate other buildings, there is no guarantee that the quality of Saugus Public Schools will improve when the new facilities open, according to a report released by DESE. “Buildings are important, but no matter how fine they are, they cannot ensure student success,” states the executive summary of the District Review Report of Saugus Public Schools. The 90-page report compiled by a team of consultants that visited the school district for a four-day period back in March noted “the urgent need for a series of change.” It cited a long list of deficiencies which need to be corrected to improve Saugus Public Schools. The District Review – a process that every school district undergoes periodically (Saugus Public Schools had its last one in 2010) – is used to assess a school district’s strengths and weaknesses and offer recommendations that can be used to make significant improvements in a school system. 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Page 6 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, January 3, 2020 A portrait of Breakheart in winter Local artist Kelly Slater begins 2020 with artist residency, free workshop and exhibit at DCR Breakheart A forest of ice-gilded maples, hickories and oaks; a pond glazed in the thinnest coating of black ice; a hillside of streamlets and tiny waterfalls on a warm winter’s day; a sharp blue sky glimpsed through the boughs of towering white pines. This is the enchanted landscape of DCR Breakheart Reservation in winter. Throughout the month of $3.39 $2.45 GALLON GALLON We accept: MasterCard * Visa * & Discover Price Subject to Change without notice 100 Gal. Min. 24 Hr. Service 781-286-2602 * Corporate Litigation * Criminal/Civil * MCAD * Zoning/Land Court * Wetlands Litigation * Workmen’s Compensation * Landlord/Tenant Litigation January, local painter and printmaker Kelly Slater will be depicting DCR Breakheart’s wintry beauty as an artist-in-residence. 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To accommodate as many participants as possible, there will be three one-hour sessions in the workshop: from 1 to 2 p.m., from 2 to 3 p.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. All supplies will be provided. The workshop will be appropriate for all skill levbiggest story. Safety concerns raised by the In House Dental Plan for $399 (Cleanings, X-Rays, Exams twice a year and 20% OFF Dental work) Schedule your FREE Consultations today small, local group Citizens for a Safer Saugus over pedestrians being injured by speeding cars while crossing the street influenced selectmen to vote in January to reduce the speed limit to 25 mph on three major Saugus streets – for Essex Street, Main Street and Lincoln Avenue. Later in the month, selectmen voted to reduce the speed limit on Central Street to 25 mph. But in March, the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) denied the town’s request to reduce the speed limit to 25 mph on three maels and ages; however, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The workshop and accompanying supplies, the exhibit and the artist talk are all free of charge. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Saugus Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Select art supplies are provided by your local Artist & Craftsman Supply (751 Broadway [Rte. 1 S] in Saugus). PUBLIC OUTRAGE | from page 5 jor town roads. Proper documentation and data are lacking and the town needs to conduct speed studies to determine whether the speed reductions are necessary, MassDOT advised. Meanwhile, the town was already proceeding with a townwide speed limit analysis commissioned by Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree, which could focus on up to nine primary road corridors in Saugus where new regulations could be considered. Crabtree also announced that getting money to fund a PUBLIC OUTRAGE | SEE PAGE 15 ARTIST AT WORK: Kelly Slater works on a painting of Rumney Marsh in her Saugus art studio. This month she will be creating wintry landscapes of Breakheart Reservation as an artist-in-residence. Next month she will be offering free workshops. Breakheart is managed by the state Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR). (Saugus Advocate file photo by Mark E. Vogler) BREAKHEART ART: This is a drypoint print by Kelly Slater titled “White Pine in Winter, Pierce Lake.” (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate)

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, January 3, 2020 Page 7 The District Review Report Questions persist over whether Saugus Public School resources are being allocated adequately and effectively By Mark E. Vogler and areas for growth:” The district’s budget docu(Editor’s Note: This is part of an ongoing series of stories about The District Review Report of Saugus Public Schools recently issued by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Today’s article looks at shortcomings in the area of Financial and Asset Management.) N et school spending by Saugus Public Schools has consistently exceeded the required level over the past decade by margins ranging from 17.3 percent to 49.3 percent. Yet, questions have been raised whether the school district’s resources are being allocated adequately and effectively. “Many principals, teachers, and students expressed concern and frustration with the history of allocation of financial resources, which they stated has led to an inadequate deployment of staff, both at the leadership level and in key school-based roles, and insufficient provision of learning materials, textbooks, and supplies,” the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) notes in 90page document titled the “District Review Report of Saugus Public Schools. “Whether accurate or not, the widespread perception that the allocation of resources is inadequate and ineffective may be creating the impression that the district is not fully supporting the needs of staff and students,” the report suggests. “The current allocation of resources may not be sufficient to improve students’ performance, opportunities and outcomes.” Those are the observations of a team of educational consultants that visited the school district for a four-day period back in March as part of its research for the report. The District Review -- a process that every school district undergoes periodically (Saugus Public Schools had its last one in 2010) is used to assess a school district’s strengths and weaknesses and offer recommendations that can be used to make significant improvements in a school system. The category of “Financial and Asset Management” -- one of several major components to an effective school system -was identified in the report as a critical area which needed to be addressed. The report identified these major “challenges ments for fiscal year 2019 and fiscal year 2020 do not include key information that connects improvement planning and student performance to the allocation of resources, nor do they include all available resources, such as grants and revolving accounts. In addition, the district and the town do not have an up-to-date and signed written agreement on municipal expenditures in support of the district. The district and the town do not have a comprehensive plan to improve and maintain its buildings and to ensure the effective use of buildings and operational systems. Staffing of facilities is incomplete. Some students and teachers do not have current textbooks, or do not have access to classroom materials that are available in sufficient quantities. Teachers and students said they were using outdated textbooks, some of which were falling apart. Other teachers said they had no textbooks at all. Teachers sometimes find it necessary to purchase their own classroom materials or ask parents to contribute materials. Although the fiscal year 2019 and fiscal year 2020 budget documents include some important financial data, neither document includes student performance data, the goals and priorities of the district to improve performance, and detail on all sources of funds that can be used to meet goals. The district and the town do not have a current and signed written agreement on municipal expenditures in support of the schools. The district and the town do not have an up-to-date, written agreement on a method for determining the cost of municipal services that are provided to the district by the town, as required by state regulation CMR 10.05. District leaders and town officials reported that it has been many years since there has been an agreement. However, a town official said town officials were drafting the agreement and would meet with district leaders to discuss it. This document did not exist at the time of the last district review in 2010, at which time the district and town were urged to reach agreement through improved communication. The district and the town do not have a comprehensive plan to improve and maintain its buildings and to ensure the effective use of buildings and operational systems. Staffing of facilities is incomplete. A comprehensive review of available documents by the review team indicated that neither a long-term capital improvement plan nor a preventive maintenance manual was available or public. Upon inquiry, district leaders and town officials told the review team that the district did not have a comprehensive capital improvement plan for its buildings and systems, or a preventive maintenance manual. A town official stated that the district had only a short, informal informational document for capital improvements. The town plans to hire an engineer who will serve as town wide maintenance officer and have responsibility for compiling a comprehensive capital plan. The district had a head custodian who retired recently and has not been replaced. The head custodian’s only districtwide responsibility was for accepting supply deliveries to a central location and monitoring inventory. The district does not have a buildings or facilities manager. The superintendent is responsible for buildings and grounds, including areas such as appropriate use of pesticides and water testing for the presence of lead, while the executive director of finance and administration is responsible for the financial costs associated with buildings and grounds. Given the depth and complexity of the superintendent’s other responsibilities, the review team found the idea that he bore responsibility for pesticide and lead testing to be a concrete example of the consequence of a hollowed out central office staffing pattern. There is no preventative maintenance manual at either the district or the town level. The absence of a capital improvement plan and a preventative maintenance manual were noted in the 2010 district review. The District Review Report noted potential impacts from the limitations in financial and asset management. “A budget document that is only marginally connected to district and school goals, and with limited student performance data, does not give stakeholders a clear picture of how resources are allocated to support the district’s priorities,” the report concluded. “Without a current and signed written agreement on a methodology for calculating the cost of municipal services that are provided to the district by the town, the district cannot effectively monitor and internally audit costs for education-related services and ensure the accuracy of these expenditures,” it warned.. 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Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, January 3, 2020 YEAR IN REVIEW | from page 1 Santoro brothers reflect on four decades of running the family sub shop, which closes next month after more than 65 years as a Saugus family business along Route 1. Quick response by the Saugus Fire Department saves a Cleveland Street home from total destruction; property damage is estimated at $200,000. Caitlin Lopez’s essay wins a national grant to fund a handwriting improvement project for her kindergarten class at Oaklandvale Elementary School. Selectmen vote to reduce the speed limit on Central Street to 25 mph. Stephen “Steve” G. Rauseo, 74, dies in a freak accident when his car crashes through a garage and down an embankment at his Hammersmith Drive home; his family believes a heart attack or medical emergency caused the crash. Chief Giorgetti credits three members of the Saugus Police Department with helping to save a newborn baby boy’s life after he was born unresponsive in his parents’ minivan; a dispatcher helps the dad deliver the baby. February From Southern New Hampshire to Cape Cod, New England Patriots fans come to Saugus to get their hair cut and colored in red, white and blue at George’s Barber Shop. Interim Police Chief Ronald Giorgetti says a special traffic enforcement unit staffed by three fulltime police officers would go a long way toward improving traffic safety. Square One Mall and Wheelabrator rank first and second in 2019 property taxes in Saugus. Walkers and bicyclists at risk: emergency crews respond to 30 accidents over the past two years, Fire Department records show. Absenteeism alert: School Committee targets major changes in student attendance policy as a top priority. Sidewalk improvements: A multiyear project has replaced 7,490 feet since 2014, according to town manager. Vacant for three decades: A five-unit townhouse on Vine Street near Pennybrook Gardens apartments is still nobody’s home 30 years after it was built. Kelly’s Saugus celebrates 25 years on Route 1. State Representative Donald Wong (R-Saugus) introduces several bills to help reduce congestion on Route 1. Saugus town officials urge residents to complain about proposed MBTA bus route changes. Fran Carlino and Alan Thibeault join the Saugus Lions Club. Selectmen approve Kane’s Donuts’s application for a license to open a shop on Route 1. The state Department of Environmental Protection gives Wheelabrator a four-month extension to answer concerns about the emission control plan it submitted last year. Brazilian national admits to skimming ATMs in several towns north of Boston, including in Saugus. Saugus Snow Angels: Volunteers offer to shovel driveways and sidewalks for snowbound seniors and the disabled. Revere and Saugus collaborate on Route 1 and Route 99 improvements as the Everett casino nears completion. Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree wants the town to benefit from the Everett casino set to open in June; he seeks a $50,000 grant “to undertake some marketing and to spread some awareness” about a video he said the town government would make highlighting Saugus attractions and hospitality options. Half a century of hometown drama: The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) opens the second half of its 50th anniversary season; TCS President Amanda Allen discusses the group and its history. March The state Department of Transportation denies the town’s request to reduce the speed limit to 25 mph on three major town roads – proper documentation and data lacking; the town government needs A CLEAN SWEEP: Saugus voters elected a brand-new School Committee to replace the one that eliminated the jobs of 21 school custodians. Pictured from left to right are Joseph “Dennis” Gould, Thomas Whittredge, former School Committee Member Arthur Grabowski, Ryan Fischer and former School Committee Member John Hatch. (Saugus Advocate file photos by Mark E. Vogler) to conduct speed studies, the state says. Officials say the failure of electrical wiring in an attic caused a two-alarm blaze on Bennett Avenue with an estimated $200,000 in property damage. Grown-ups love the pinewood derby, too. Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree says getting money to fund a new unit staffed by three police officers is a top priority in the town budget he is recommending for the 2020 fiscal year that beROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. faces the challenge of correcting a host of deficiencies found by the “District Review Report” and turning around MCAS scores at two different schools. gins July 1. The town manager and chief of police announce the appointment of new Police Officers Jenna Loverme and Vince Johnston. World Series Park looks forward to its 15th season this year. State Representative Donald Wong withdraws his support from proposed legislation that would ban children in the seventh grade or lower from playing tackle football; Wong says he was unaware of the civil fines being part of the bill and opposes them. The selectmen say lower speed limits will have to wait until a consultant completes a town-wide study. Saugus and Lynn Area Chambers of Commerce boards consolidate as one. The state Seaport Economic Council awards Saugus an additional $1 million for the final design and construction of the first phase of the Ballard Street RiverWalk, a local development project along the river aimed at providing direct access to the waterfront and economic opportunities in the area. Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree is having problems hiring replacements for two key Planning and Development Department jobs. A Vietnam War Era veteran dedicates his birthday present to the Veterans Relief Fund. Saugus Police and Fire Department officials help Oaklandvale Elementary School celebrate Dr. Seuss and “Read Across America Day.” Town Manager Crabtree makes public safety the top priority in the budget he has crafted for the 2020 fiscal year, which begins July 1; he includes funds for three new police officers and two new firefighters. The Police Department’s beloved German Shepherd dog, “K9 Bruin,” gets an emotional public tribute during his final ride through the streets of Saugus before being taken to the vet to be put to sleep. Former Saugus Health Director Frank Giacalone returns to Saugus for temporary, part-time duty as the town government seeks to fill the health director’s vacancy. Lawyers for the development of a proposed residential and commercial project located on Central Street claim approval of its site plan on a technicality because the Planning Board failed to file paperwork on time, but the town’s special counsel disputes the claim. Four Precinct 3 Town Meeting members elect Saugus Youth & Recreation Director Gregory Nickolas to fill a vacant seat created by the departure of member Steven W. Murphy, who resigned after moving out of town with nine months remaining to his two-year term. Local concerns about Airbnbs prompt Town Manager Crabtree to call for a special Town Meeting next month. Selectmen celebrate 25 Saugus Pop Warner players as All-American Scholar Athletes. Saugus native Kristin Kelly receives a gubernatorial appointment to the Massachusetts Fire Safety Commission’s Automatic Sprinkler Appeals Board. Saugus Police Lt. Anthony LoPresti talks about his plans to run in this year’s Boston Marathon on Patriots Day, April 15. Finance Committee member Stephen M. Horlick says he has some concerns about the possible financial impact that a proposed two-year moratorium on multifamily dwellings could have on the town’s revenues. Town Manager Crabtree calls the neglected and deteriorating playground at the center of town behind Veterans Park an eyesore. Fixing up Evans Park is YEAR IN REVIEW| SEE PAGE 11

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, January 3, 2020 Page 11 YEAR IN REVIEW | from page 10 more than half of $840,000 in projects Crabtree will be requesting at the upcoming special town meeting. The town manager credits security cameras with protecting the town’s capital improvement projects from vandals. April Michelle Branciforte begins work as town’s new deputy assessor, replacing Ronald J. Keohan, Jr., who will retire in late June; Keohan will stay on as a consultant to assist the transition. Two veteran Fire Department members are promoted: Lt. Damian Drella and Acting Lieutenant Paul Eaves. Aison Cooper and Jean Carlos Giraldo begin careers as Saugus police officers. Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) wants to greatly reduce the use of plastic checkout bags and polystyrene food containers – with the submission of two articles for next month’s Annual Town Meeting. A twoyear moratorium on building multifamily homes of three units or more passes at special town meeting; members also pass $840,000 in funding – including $500,000 for recreational improvements and additions at Evans Park. Former Saugonian Ed Fallon discusses his book and mission to enlighten Americans about climate change. Saugus Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree estimates the town could be paying $25 million as its share for building a new Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School. The Boston Center for Adult Education alleges in a court complaint that Saugus Selectman Mark Mitchell “misappropriated” at least $515,000 during his time as controller of the Boston-based nonprofit school. Saugus native Peter Decareau receives an honorary diploma 77 years after dropping out of Saugus High School to join the Navy and serve his country during World War II. The Stop & Shop strike enters a second week as employees picket outside the Main Street store in Saugus. The community gathers for a “topping off” ceremony at the site of the new Saugus MiddleHigh School where the final piece of steel is installed in the building, marking a new milestone in the project. Saugus is paying less in Northeast Metro Tech assessments this year, but still $1 million more than anyone else. Brenda Harris tops a field of 17 Saugus runners in the Boston Marathon. The Saugus Faith Community invites the town to join in National Day of Prayer observances to help heal and unify the country. The Saugus Public Schools custodians speak out on school administration efforts to eliminate their jobs by privatizing custodial services. Corinne Riley, a political challenger who lost by a narrow margin to Selectman Mark Mitchell in the 2017 town elections, says Mitchell should resign in the wake of allegations that he misappropriated more than a half million dollars while working as controller for a Boston-based nonprofit organization. During Mitchell’s days as controller, the Boston Center for Adult ing privatization of the Saugus Public Schools maintenance department. Two Saugus High School seniors say replacing the custodians is a mistake. A state trooper says a dead TACKLING TRAFFIC SAFETY CONCERNS: More than a dozen of these solar radar speed signs have been installed around town in an effort to get drivers to slow down. Education didn’t file timely reports with the IRS or Attorney General, The Saugus Advocate reports. The Finance Committee isn’t supporting two environmental articles introduced by SAVE on the warrant for the Annual Town Meeting; the articles would greatly reduce the use of checkout bags and foam polystyrene food containers in Saugus. The town is one of 27 communities receiving climate change grants from the state. Kowloon owners hope to draw customers away from the casino with new outdoor dining and entertainment. An Easter Sunrise Service is celebrated indoors because of rainy weather. May A Special Town Meeting will spotlight the town manager’s request to fund capital needs/ master plan. Saugus challenges a Lynn zoning decision to allow a pot shop on the town line. Residents of many communities clean up Saugus’s portion of the Northern Strand Community Trail. The Plastic Bag Reduction Bylaw of the Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) passes without Finance Committee endorsement; the committee maintained it is best to allow the state to adopt regulations that would apply to all communities. A Special Town Meeting approves eight articles totaling several million dollars, including $150,000 for upgrading and completion of a townwide Master Plan. Town Meeting Member RonWHEELABRATOR ISSUES: Saugus Town Meeting Member Martin Costello of Precinct 10 wears a respirator to dramatize the plight of Saugus residents affected by the Wheelabrator trash-toenergy plant and also shows his support for the Saugus Board of Health during a rally on the front lawn of Town Hall just before the board held a show cause hearing asking Wheelabrator to explain the plant problems that led to a spate of resident complaints about noise during June and July. ald M. Wallace is blocked from introducing a nonbinding resolution supporting school custodians. Saugus High School students show support for the school custodians, who could lose their jobs. The Town Meeting Moderator silences Town Meeting Member Ronald Wallace on another attempt to read a nonbinding resolution supporting school custodians. Citizen support grows for the school custodians. Former School Committee Member Corinne Riley instigates a petition drive seeking a special town meeting for a nonbinding resolution to support the school custodians while opposSaugus man’s license was being used in “fraudulent” auto purchases and sales. The annual sewer bill for the average residential user will increase by $22 to $328 – a 7 percent increase, according to new rates approved by selectmen; the average commercial user will pay $3,050 – an increase of $200 a year. A car crashes into a Central Street home. Selectmen on 3-2 vote schedule a site plan visit to a Hamilton Street auto dealership that appears to lack board support. Another SAVE victory: Town Meeting votes to support an article that would reduce the use of food container products made of polystyrene; the Finance Committee had recommended the article be postponed indefinitely because members preferred to see the state Legislature adopt comprehensive regulations for Massachusetts instead of the town adopting local regulations that might conflict with state policies. Workers vote to organize a strike at the Saugus Care and Rehabilitation Center. Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services Secretary Francisco Ureña participates in Saugus’s annual Memorial Day Parade. Town officials visit Saugus Auto Repairs, Inc. to view the business, which is plagued by problems. A 38-year-old Saugus man suffers life-threatening injuries in a head-on collision between his car and a tow truck. Five area fire departments assist Saugus in the knockdown of a two-alarm Memorial Day fire at Riverside Court that resulted in $100,000 in property damage and damaged contents within the house. June The Annual Town Meeting passes a budget, but the superintendent sends mixed messages on $1 million–plus in funds for custodians for the 2020 fiscal year that begins in July. Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. won’t say whether the money for custodial services will be used to balance the $188,000 shortfall between what he requested and what Saugus Public Schools will receive. School Committee Members Lisa Morgante and Elizabeth Marchese call the School Committee’s decision to replace the school custodians “illegal.” Copies of committee members’ emails raise questions about the process of considering private compaYEAR IN REVIEW| SEE PAGE 12

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, January 3, 2020 YEAR IN REVIEW | from page 11 nies for custodial services. Former School Committee Member Arthur Grabowski says voters should replace the committee members who support privatization of custodians. The state Inspector General’s Office says the School Department’s custodial service bid documents should have become public once the decision was made. Saugus school custodians’ jobs were eliminated to provide funding for the superintendent’s new educational plan. The School Committee’s vote to replace school custodians violated the state’s Open Meeting Law, The Saugus Advocate alleges. At a Special Town Meeting, members vote overwhelmingly for a nonbinding resolution to oppose privatization; members also vote unanimously to set up procedures for initiating future nonbinding resolutions. The School Committee ignores public support for the custodians, confirms secret vote to privatize with little public discussion. The Town of Saugus signs a one-year contract with a Lynn company to replace the Saugus Public Schools custodians. A Saugus High School student shows custodians they are appreciated and loved by many – more than 3,500 – on her online website. A car hits a pedestrian on Main Street, causing life-threatening injuries. At Saugus High School’s 148th Commencement Exercises, 95-year-old World War II Navy veteran Peter J. Decareau is assisted up to the stage in his wheelchair to get his diploma and then tips his cap after getting a standing ovation from the Saugus High School Class of 2019. The Annual Town Meeting approves a budget that features three police officers for the new traffic safety enforcement unit. World Series Park and Saugus High School host a state tournament game – a first in the park’s 15-year history. School Committee Member Lisa Morgante celebrates at Saugus High School graduation as her twins – daughter Jana and son Jake – are among the graduates. Kelly’s Roast Beef draws rave reviews from the Board of Health on the way management responded to a health issue. The Saugus Lions Club celebrates its 90th birthday. State Representative RoseLee Vincent (D-Revere) is honored for “her unswerving commitment to environmental issues and the health and safety of her constituents” during the 46th Annual Meeting of Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE). The healthcare workers of Saugus Care and Rehabilitation Center rescind their strike notice originally planned for June 20 and 21. Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc. shuts down its trash-toenergy plant on Route 107 to make repairs to solve noise problems which have bothered residents in Saugus and Revere over the past two weeks. The Citizens for a Safer Saugus leader sounds off on pending traffic safety concerns that the group wants addressed. July Successful Saint – Saugusbred and owned by Anthony Zizza of Saugus – is one of the winners on the last day of horse racing at Suffolk Downs. Selectmen give an ultimatum to National Grid, which owes the town more than $47,000 for public safety details at its work sites. Healthcare workers and Saugus Care and Rehabilitation settle on a new contract. A businessman who seeks an auto dealer’s license to go with an auto repair shop on Hamilton Street faces a new obstacle in his dealings with the town. Privatization should have been discussed publicly, The Saugus Advocate alleges in a second Open Meeting Law complaint. The School Committee voted to privatize custodial services 16 days after the town signed a contract with the company that will replace the 21 school custodians, The Saugus Advocate reports. School Committee Members Elizabeth Marchese and Lisa Morgante say the minutes from the May 8 Executive Session meeting, in which a vote was taken to replace 21 custodians with a private company, are filled with inaccuracies. There is no basis for speed limit reduction on major Saugus streets, a consultant hired by the town concludes in a town-wide speed limit study; The Engineering Corp. (TEC) of Andover makes preliminary recommendations for six streets. Neighborhood opposition grows for proposed doggy daycare on Lincoln Avenue. Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree announces he has launched a comprehensive organizational needs and staffing analysis of the Saugus Police Department. The Board of Health votes to hold Wheelabrator accountable for alleged noise violations; stiff fines and revocation are possible. The Evans School Playground reconstruction project is underway. Saugus Fire Chief Michael Newbury stresses that a water loop is necessary to make the Saugus Ridge housing project safe. A Suffolk County grand jury indicts Saugus Selectman Mark Mitchell on 18 counts; the prosecutor says Mitchell allegedly embezzled close to $1.3 million from the Boston Center for Adult Education during his eight years as controller of the Boston-based nonprofit. Mitchell is also charged with the alleged embezzlement of funds from his own political campaign. Town Manager Crabtree says Stackpole Field improvements will benefit Saugus youngsters. A Lynn man crashes his SUV into the rotary of Saugus Center early Sunday morning, toppling the town’s tall Christmas tree that has been used for many years in the town’s annual tree lighting ceremony. The former owner of Giovanni’s Roast Beef & Pizza pleads guilty to tax fraud for failing to report $800,000 in corporate and personal income to the IRS. August All four of his colleagues on the Saugus Board of Selectmen say Mark Mitchell should resign from the board. They say Mitchell has lost the public’s trust and become a distraction after being indicted for his alleged embezzlement of nearly $1.3 million from the Boston Center for Adult Education while he served as its controller. Interim Police Chief Ronald Giorgetti recognizes several members of the Saugus Police Department for exemplary service. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission awards Saugus and Revere an additional $425,000 for a Route 1 improvement project. A Suffolk Superior Court judge concludes that the state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) made the right decision in approving Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.’s plans to expand the ash landfill at its trash-to-energy plant on Route 107. Area citizens rally on the front lawn at Town Hall to protest recent noise from Wheelabrator. During a show cause hearing held by the Board of Health, a Wheelabrator official apologizes for the noise, but insists the company kept the state and Board of Health informed of its response to problems. A Wheelabrator attorney disagrees with the “violations” cited by the Board of Health. The School Committee FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES: Saugus Selectman Mark Mitchell outside the courtroom in Suffolk Superior Court after pleading not guilty to charges that he embezzled close to $1.3 million during an eight-year period as controller of the nonprofit organization Boston Center for Adult Education. (Saugus Advocate file photos by Mark E. Vogler) grades Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. “proficient” in most performance standards. Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree touts completion of historic Saugus Town Hall renovations and sidewalk repaving. The Board of Selectmen vote to lower the Central Street speed limit to 30 mph. Saugus Firefighter Robert Johnson finishes tops in his class among those graduating from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. School Committee members cite areas where Supt. DeRuosi needs improvement. A former Saugus Chamber of Commerce executive director says he is on a six-month mission to revive it. A classic grand piano is donated to the Saugus Senior Center. Officials reflect on the passing of Joseph Attubato, who worked 50-plus years for the Town of Saugus – mostly as DPW director. Retired K9 Officer Tim Fawcett and his beloved dog – the late K9 Bruin – get a Boston Bruins salute at a fundraising car show. Supt. DeRuosi welcomes new teachers to the ground level of Saugus Public Schools “total revamp” as the new school year begins. The town hires Todd Baldwin as the Engineering Department’s full-time engineer, filling a long-vacant position in town government. School Committee Chair Jeannie Meredith hails the future opening of the future Saugus MiddleHigh School in 2020 as a highlight of the new 2019-20 academic school year. Town Accountant Donna Matarazzo lands a job as finance director of Lawrence Public Schools. September Due to an impending storm, town officials decide to postpone this year’s Founder’s Day Celebration a week. Two die from injuries in a head-on crash involving a wrong-way driver on Route 1. Saugus receives a $33,000 state grant to help assist climate change actions. Selectmen won’t back down from “pay up or no pole” ultimatum to National Grid. The state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) issued a draft approval to Wheelabrator Saugus, Inc. on its pending application to update its existing Emission Control Plan (ECP). Saugus remembers the 9/11 tragedy in a Fire Station Ceremony. Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc. accuses the town’s Board of Health of violating the Open Meeting Law during the show cause hearing the board held in response to noise complaints against the company. Saugus honors Vietnam War veteran Randy P. Briand and Debra Dion-Faust, a retired educator who has been active in the town’s community affairs, with the 2019 “Person of the Year Award” at the 39th Annual Saugus Founders Day Celebration. The Town of Saugus receives a FEMA grant totaling $884,883 to hire five new firefighters. The Town receives $135,565 in Green Communities Competitive Grant funds. The Town Manager touts a $3.5 million savings, crediting it to less expensive bond borrowing, the Town’s “solid financial YEAR IN REVIEW| SEE PAGE 13

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, January 3, 2020 Page 13 A NEW MILESTONE IN SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECT: Decorated with an American flag and a fir tree, the final piece of steel is hoisted to the top of the future Saugus Middle-High School during last April’s “Topping Off” ceremony. YEAR IN REVIEW | from page 12 standing” and high bond rating. A split MCAS report card for Saugus – excellent: Lynnhurst Elementary School on “School of Recognition” list; poor: Saugus High and Belmonte Middle School “requiring assistance or intervention.” Saugus Cable TV gets help to build a studio in the Saugus Historical Society building and money for new equipment after overwhelming support on funding articles at a Special Town Meeting. Sean Moynihan and Michael Richards receive sergeant promotions at the Saugus Police Department. Town Meeting Member Steven DiVirgilio chides the Saugus TV board for not filing timely reports. The state Attorney General rejects an article setting procedures for nonbinding resolutions. The Town Charter keeps Michael A. Coller from running for two “major” town offices concurrently, the town clerk advises; Coller picks the Board of Selectmen over the School Committee as the office he will seek. The Saugus Police Department earns state reaccreditation. October Vietnam War veteran Gordon Shepard receives a national award for restoration of the G.A.R. Burial Plot at Riverside Cemetery; Shepard receives the 2019 Founder’s Award from Edward J. Norris, Commanderin-Chief of the National Organization of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. A Saugus firefighter is thankful smoke detectors were working when the fire broke out in the basement of his home. Another wrong-way driver crash on Route 1; two receive serious injuries in a head-on collision. The Highland Avenue sidewalk/paving project is completed. State Representative RoseLee Vincent says the state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) misled her about the preliminary Emission Control Plan for Wheelabrator Technologies. Saugus and Revere residents express concerns about Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc. being allowed to use emission credits to meet proposed pollution standards. Wheelabrator-related issues draw attention during SAVE’s Candidates Night. The state Attorney General’s Office rules that the temporary two-year moratorium on multifamily homes of three units or more – which was approved by a Special Town Meeting in April – is proper. A Saugus man pleads guilty to a scam that enabled his Malden-based cleaning company to evade $74,000 in workers’ compensation insurance premiums. Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree presents the Board of Selectmen with a Capital Improvement Plan during their final 2019 meeting together. The Saugus Garden Club observes its 75th anniversary. Saugus environmental leaders are honored with a Clean Water Action Award. November Candidates seeking 62 positions – including Selectmen and School Committee seats – gear up for Election Day. A town-wide ED streetlight conversion is underway, could save town close to $600,000 a year, according to Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree. The town government says new, brightlycolored crosswalks will reduce maintenance and improve safety. The town government reports that 60 percent of the work has been completed on the new Saugus Middle-High School project. Payback at the polls: Voters avenge the School Committee’s decision to replace school custodians: 100 percent of the School Committee incumbents are voted out, half of the selectmen incumbents are defeated and 20 percent of Town Meeting members ousted. Former custodian Bill Moore celebrates as victorious Town Meeting Member. New Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony W. Cogliano Sr. says he would have saved custodians’ jobs. Corinne Riley finishes second in Selectmen’s race to gain support as the next vice chair. Thomas R. Whittredge tops the field of 10 School Committee candidates to become the committee’s next chair. Ryan P. Fisher gets the vice chair assignment after finishing as runner-up in the voting for School Committee. New School Committee Chair Whittredge says he would have opposed replacement of school custodians and will bring them back if possible. Work begins on the TownWide Master Plan. Saugus celebrates at the Evans Park grand opening. The town government installs Solar Radar Speed Signs. A car driven by a Melrose woman crashes through the front window of Giovanni’s Roast Beef & Pizza. New Board of Selectmen Chair Cogliano calls on fellow selectmen and Town Manager Crabtree to “get the ball rolling” on building a west side fire station. One-vote margin loser Andrew James Whitcomb says he won’t seek a recount in the Precinct 4 Town Meeting race. A group of Saugus citizens are calling for the Saugus Department of Public Works Building to be named after the late, long-time DPW Director Joseph Attubato, who worked more than 50 years for the town and passed away earlier in the year. Town Meeting members Michael J. Serino and Ryan P. Fisher resign their seats after getting elected to the Board of Selectmen and School Committee, respectively. Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree tells selectmen he will consider hiring a company to help find a permanent replacement for former Saugus Police Chief Domenic DiMella. Young readers at the Saugus Public Library get to spend part of a Saturday with New England Patriots Star Julian Edelman during a book reading in Boston. The First Congregational Church-UCC Saugus makes plans to “unveil” the restored pipe organ at a Thanksgiving concert; the organ was damaged in a Dec. 8, 2017, two-alarm blaze. Despite spending millions YEAR IN REVIEW| SEE PAGE 16

Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, January 3, 2020 Saugus drops two at Christmas tourney Sachems sophomore defenseman Matty Robbins avoids the check of a North Reading opponent to make a forward pass in Thursday’s opening round contest. Saugus players Jason Freehling (8) and Andrew Cipriano (16) defend the front of the net in last Thursday’s 5-4 loss to North Reading in the opening round of the Kasabuski Christmas Tournament. (Advocate Photos by Greg Phipps) By Greg Phipps D espite being outshot by a hefty margin, the Saugus High School hockey team came close to earning its first victory of the season last Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the annual Kasabuski Christmas Tournament at Kasabuski Arena. Trailing North Reading, 5-2, in the third periLawn and Yard Care SNOW PLOWING *REASONABLE RATES * PROMPT SERVICE * PARKING LOTS USA 781-521-9927 od, the Sachems scored twice to pull within one with just over a minute left in regulation. But they couldn’t notch the equalizer and dropped a 5-4 decision. Saugus then fell to Peabody by a 5-1 count in last Friday’s consolation game and was blanked, 5-0, at Winthrop on Tuesday. As a result, the team’s record dropped to 0-5 on the early season. Saugus head coach Jeff Natalucci, whose squad had been outscored 13-2 in its first two games, was encouraged by the performance against North Reading. “I liked our effort. If we just learn to execute a little better in certain areas and certain situations, we’ll be better,” he told the press after the game. “We gave ourselves a shot and stuck with it. We were down 5-2 in the third period. It would have been easy to mail it in. We gave ourselves a chance to win this game right until the end.” The Sachems scored first when Lorenzo Keegan tallied on a breakaway off a nice feed from Richie Mauro. The visitors would score twice to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Mauro was penalized for five minutes late in the second period, and that helped lead to two quick North Reading goals and a 4-1 deficit. After Saugus’s Massey Ventre whipped in a shorthanded goal off a rebound to make it 4-2, North Reading tallied again to increase its lead to three. Jason Caron connected for a thirdperiod score to close the gap to 5-3, and Keegan netted his second tally of the day with just over a minute to go and goalie Jack Devereaux out of the net. The contest would not have been as close had it not been for the stellar goaltending by Devereaux, who was pressured all game and held North Reading at bay. He made an amazing 61 saves on 66 shots to keep his team in it. The major penalty to Mauro proved to be a key turning point. North Reading scored three times while Mauro was in the box. “We’re not built to be a man down or play four-on-four hockey, and Mauro is one of our better players,” said Natalucci. “He’s a captain and a guy we need on the ice. We can’t have him in the penalty box for five minutes.” In the loss to Peabody, eighth grader Cam Anderson scored his first varsity goal to account for the lone Sachems tally. Saugus is scheduled to host Lynn at Kasabuski on Saturday (scheduled 8 p.m. faceoff). Saugus goalie Jack Devereaux maneuvers for position in the crease against a North Reading forward. Devereaux stopped 61 shots in last Thursday’s first-round defeat. Call Driveways from $25

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, January 3, 2020 Page 15 Saugus girls lose to Everett By Greg Phipps W ith about a week of practice time under their belt, the Saugus High School girls’ basketball team hoped to resume the season on a winning note. Unfortunately, they ran up against an undefeated Everett squad and came out on the short end of a 50-36 final Monday night. The loss left the Lady Sachems at 2-2 on the early season with a Friday contest on tap at Winthrop. Saugus will then host Lynn Classical on Monday. One highlight in the Everett contest was Taylor Bogdanski Saugus boys fall twice after earning first win finishing with a career-high 15 points. No other Saugus player reached double figures. Fallon Millerick netted seven while Kiley Ronan and Molly Granara held their own defensively against a formidable Everett front line. Thus far, Saugus’s victories have come against Salem and Beverly, with the two defeats being handed down by Lynn English in the season opener and Everett on Monday. The Lady Sachems are looking to carry over the momentum of a 14-8 campaign a year ago – a season that included a first round playoff win. By Greg Phipps M aking some adjustments on defense, the Saugus High School boys’ basketball team earned its first victory of the season last Monday, Dec. 23, at home. But the Sachems couldn’t extend the momentum of that first win and ended up dropping their next two games to fall to 1-5 as the New Year enters. Senior forward and team captain Christian Correia poured home 28 points in a 77-62 win over Essex Tech. That contest featured an effective 2-3 zone defense employed by Saugus – a move that led to numerous turnovers and mistakes by the opposition. Joe Lusso contributed 19 points to the victory, and Myles Manalaysay dropped in 15. Nick Israelnew traffic safety enforcement unit staffed by three police officers is a top priority in the town budget he would be recommending for the 2020 fiscal year that begins July 1. His request – which was also recommended by Interim Police Chief Ronald C. Giorgetti – passed at the Annual Town Meeting. There is no basis for speed limit reduction on major Saugus streets, according to a consultant hired by the town to do a town-wide speed limit study; The Engineering Corp. (TEC) of Andover offered preliminary recommendations for six streets. One of the highlights of the Saugus’s Taylor Bogdanski, shown here in action against Beverly, finished with a career-high 15 points in a loss to Everett on Monday. (Advocate Photo by Greg Phipps) town-wide speed limit analysis was the installation of solar radar speed signs, which Crabtree said have had “a pretty good calming effect” on drivson also netted six points and grabbed six rebounds. “We had a lot of really good performances. Christian played great, Joe came out hot and Myles is really starting to settle into the offense,” head coach Mark Bertrand told the press after the game. “When we can get all three of them going in a game like we did tonight, we can really be dangerous on offense.” Lusso produced 10 points in the opening quarter as Saugus led 22-12 after one period. and increased the margin to 40-27 by halftime. After an Essex Tech rally made it a seven-point game, the Sachems went on a late-third-quarter surge to build the advantage back to 59-42 after three quarters. Last Friday, despite strong PUBLIC OUTRAGE | from page 6 ing. More than a dozen of the solar speed signs had been installed by year’s end. Wheelabrator issues Relations between town officials and Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc. remained strained. Wheelabrator representatives continued to skip Board of Health meetings, contending that the board’s ongoing threats of litigation against the company created an adversarial atmosphere. A Suffolk Superior Court judge concluded that the state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) made the right decision in approving Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.’s plans to expand the ash landfill at its trash-to-energy plant on Route 107. New issues of conflict arose games from Correia and Manalaysay, the Sachems couldn’t keep up with the Beverly Panthers and fell by a 67-56 final last Friday at home. Correia finished with a double-double effort of 15 points and 12 boards while Manalaysay tallied 13 points and had four steals. On Monday, the Sachems found themselves in a close battle, trailing 35-30 after three quarters at Medford. But they managed just 10 points in the final stanza while the hosts put up 15 in an eventual 50-40 loss. Points were at a premium in this one, as Correia once again had a team-high 14, followed by Israelson with 13 and Manalaysay with nine. The Sachem boys host Winthrop this Friday night and travel to take on Lynn Classical on Monday. during 2019. The first one developed when Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc. shut down its trash-to-energy plant on Route 107 to make repairs to solve noise problems which had bothered residents in Saugus and Revere for two weeks. At that point, the Board of Health voted to hold Wheelabrator accountable for alleged noise violations, noting that stiff fines and revocation were possible. Area citizens rallied on the front lawn at Town Hall to protest noise from Wheelabrator. During a show cause hearing held by the Board of Health, a Wheelabrator official apologized for the noise, but insisted the company kept the state and Board of Health informed of its response to problems. A Wheelabrator attorney disagreed with the “violations” cited by the Board of Health. Also last year, MassDEP issued a draft approval to Wheelabrator Saugus, Inc. on its pending application to update its existing Emission Control Plan (ECP). State Rep. RoseLee Vincent said MassDEP officials misled her about the preliminary ECP for Wheelabrator Technologies. Saugus and Revere residents expressed concerns about Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc. being allowed to use emission credits to meet proposed pollution standards. Wheelabrator and MassDEP PUBLIC OUTRAGE | SEE PAGE 19

Page 16 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, January 3, 2020 YEAR IN REVIEW | from page 13 A FUTURE HOME: Saugus TV personnel, town officials and others gather for a groundbreaking ceremony in the backyard of 30 Main St., home of the Saugus Historical Society – and the future home of Saugus TV – where a major construction and renovation project began last month. of dollars to build a new Middle-High School and to renovate other buildings, there is no guarantee the quality of Saugus Public Schools will improve when the new facilities open, according to a report released by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Citing a long list of deficiencies which need to be corrected to improve the schools, the “District Review Report” declares “The urgent need for a series of changes.” Saugus Public Schools are hindered by the lack of leadership and school improvement plans, according to the District Review Report. On average, homeowners will pay $178 more and businesses $160 more, under new tax rates approved by the selectmen. Selectmen approve a Peabody family entertainment business’s relocation to Square One Mall. Wheelabrator and MassDEP sign a consent order over summer noise that disturbed Revere and Saugus residents. Board of Selectmen Chair Cogliano advocates the creation of a special committee on Wheelabrator issues. Saugus Firefighter Anthony Roger Arone and Fire Department Lieutenant William E. Cross are recognized at the state’s 30th Annual Firefighter of the Year Awards Ceremony. December Nearly a week after Alan Joseph Silipigni’s tragic death, the spirit of the Saugus boy sparks a celebration of his life at the town’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Town Meeting Member Peter Manoogian submits an article for the 2020 Annual Town Meeting that would prohibit Saugus elected officials from obtaining town employment or contracts during their term of office. Student learning outcomes in Saugus Public Schools are jeopardized by inconsistent instruction and curriculum districtwide, according to the District Review Report. The report further states that Saugus Public Schools are limited by an inability to analyze data used for measuring educational progress. And high turnover in administration has hampered efforts for professional development of Saugus Public Schools educators. Too many students in Saugus Public Schools are getting suspended while the school district is also plagued by “high chronic absence rates” for grades 7-12, according to the report. A 31-foot Norway spruce that was planted in the island near the Civil War monument in Saugus Center takes the place SAVORING SAVE SUCCESS: Precinct 1 Town Meeting Member Ann Devlin, who is also president of Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE), is thrilled after Town Meeting approved two environmental articles: one to greatly reduce the use of plastic checkout bags, and another measure to reduce the use of polystyrene food containers.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, January 3, 2020 Page 17 ASKS| from page 1 gliano Realty Services and also 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 and served for 10 years before taking a break from Saugus politics. Highlights of this week’s interview follow. Q: What do you consider the most significant events that happened in Saugus during 2019? A: From a political standof the Colorado blue spruce, which stood 45 to 48 feet tall before it got knocked down by a reckless Lynn driver in July. Retired town nurse Ginny Atwood talks about turning 100 years old. Selectmen welcome public input at a Jan. 14 workshop on various projects and key issues. Four Precinct 10 Town Meeting members caucus and select Peter Delios, Jr. to fill the Town Meeting seat vacated by Michael Serino after he was elected to the Board of Selectmen. A Saugus woman is charged with wire fraud after allegedly stealing more than $400,000 from her elderly uncle. Alex Mello is hired as the town’s new Senior Planner, filling a position that has been vacant for more point, the laying off of our custodians turned out to be the most significant event in 2019 in my opinion. The public hearings on the subject were nothing short of embarrassing, and because of it the citizens of Saugus spoke and replaced the entire School Committee – Tommy Whittredge being voted in as Chairman, along with former School Committee Members Arthur Grabowski and John Hatch YEAR IN REVIEW | from page 16 than a year. A construction and renovation project begins at the Saugus Historical Society building on Main Street, breaking ground for the future site of Saugus TV. Precinct 2 Town Meeting member Bob Camuso warns about Revere development’s negative impact on dead-end streets in Saugus. Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony W. Cogliano, Sr. says he is concerned about a proposed development being considered by Revere officials having a negative impact on traffic and the quality of life in the Cliftondale neighborhood. A man escapes potential life-threatening injuries after his car hits a tree near the area of 119 Main St. and rolls over on its roof. and new Members Dennis Gould and Ryan Fisher. I also believe it had a huge effect on the Board of Selectmen’s race as well. Former Selectman Michael Serino was once again elected to the Board along with Vice Chairman Corinne Riley and myself, while incumbents Jeff Cicolini and Deb Panetta maintained their seats. People were looking for change and this was a huge statement on their behalf. We also saw the retirement of one of Saugus’s favorites, Police Officer Tim Fawcett, and the passing of longtime DPW Director Joe Attubato. Just after Thanksgiving we shared in grief with the sudden passing of Allan Silipigni. What makes this community great is our people, and they didn’t disappoint with the tremendous outpouring of support for the Silipigni Family at our Annual Tree Lighting. Q: What do you see as the major issues facing the town in 2019? A: As I look to the year ahead, there are many things to address. If the custodians were a tough issue to handle last year, the School Committee will be faced with even more tough personnel decisions as we close four elementary schools and get ready for the opening of the new High School/Middle School. From the Town side, we need to solve the development moratorium as a result of the rezoning of Rt 1., the ASKS| SEE PAGE 22 www.reverealuminumwindow.com

Page 18 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, January 3, 2020 THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS By Mark Vogler H ere are a few tidbits that you might want to know about this week in Saugus. Happy New Decade If you like numbers, this is going to be an interesting year. It’s the start of a new decade. It’s also a presidential election year. And, in case you are interested, the Massachusetts Presidential Primary is set for March 3 – just a couple of months from now. And for those of us who graduated from High School in 1970, it’s also a class reunion year. So, a few of us will be celebrating their 50th. I’m a member of the Joseph Case High School Class of 1970. We had about 160 members in our class. Case was a small school back then, which set by the Swansea Dam in Swansea, Mass. Swansea was and still is a small town of under 16,000 people located in Bristol County in southeastern Massachusetts near Fall River and about a dozen miles southeast of Providence, R.I. As I recall – though my graduating class was a small one – we were on double sessions during my last two years. Eventually, the town got a new high school and Case High became Joseph Case Junior High School. I for one, along with a lot of other Swansea natives, think the Junior High School is a better building than the high school that it replaced. I’m on a roll this morning about Case after getting an email reminding me that 2020 is a reunion year for the Class of 1970. But I was also reminded that it was up to each class to plan and organize its own event. And at the moment, there is no reunion scheduled for the Joseph Case High Class of 1970. And from what I understand, there probably won’t be one. But if there were one, I’d be interested in going back and seeing how my classmates made out. The last time I went to a reunion was 30 years ago. “The Year in Review” This week’s edition of The Saugus Advocate is devoted to a look back at 2019 and some of the major events that happened over the last 12 months. In the course of my journalism career, I always found it a lot of fun to assemble a “Year in Review” edition, particularly for a weekly newspaper. This is my fourth “Year in Review” issue for The Saugus Advocate. I find it interesting to leaf through 52 newspapers and select the top stories and photos that chronicle a year of life in a community. Of course, it’s a lot of work and takes a considerable commitment of time to look through each of the week’s papers. And that’s the only way to determine what the major stories were, which ones were the most important, the most interesting and the most entertaining over a year’s time. This year, there is no question which Saugus story tops them all – the case of the 21 custodians who were replaced by a private Lynn company. The letters-to-the-editor opining on the issue whether the school district is better off with them or without them began trickling in in March. And we got more letters on the custodians than on any other topic. We ran more “Advocate Asks” interviews on privatization of custodial services than on any other issue. Overall, there were far more stories – particularly front-page stories – than on any other subject we covered in The Saugus Advocate during the year. There were other education stories – like MCAS results and the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s District Review Report – that were far more significant to our readers than the custodians issue. And also the ongoing construction of the new Saugus Middle-High School, which is due to open this year (spring for the middle school and the fall for the high school). But none of those hit home and on the same humane level as the plight of the custodians, who are truly the unsung heroes who work for the betterment of the schools. The Saugus Public Schools custodians getting the shaft from the school administration in a way that truly lacked transparency was a story that everyone can relate to: young kids, teenagers, college kids, parents and senior citizens. And depending on what happens with the pending and multiple Open Meeting Law (OML) complaints, Saugus residents could be talking about it for months to come. As an outsider coming into Saugus several days a week, I observed that what happened to the school custodians really stuck in the average Saugonian’s craw. As Peter Manoogian put it in an interview shortly after the election: “It’s not so much that it was done, but how it was done. I believe the people of Saugus have a fundamental fairness. You don’t treat people that way – the way they were treated at the June meeting.” Agreed. Had the School Committee held public discussions on the privatization of custodial services instead of being so secretive and adopting “a public-be-damned” attitude, the discourse would have been more civil. The process would have been fair, and anyone who wanted to talk about the issue would have had the opportunity Instead, the custodians didn’t receive a fair shake. The voters, for the most part, understood this well. And there was payback at the ballot box. Open Meeting Law determinations overdue As far as the Open Meeting Law complaints filed by The Saugus Advocate and others alleging violations by the School Committee in their decision to privatize the custodians, the time for determinations by the state Attorney General’s Division of Open Government is ridiculously late. We’re into the seventh month now. That’s way too long And the cynical side of me wonders whether the Division of Open Government even cares about making a determination at this point. I was told back in late October that it would probably be December by the time the complaint was reviewed because of a backlog of cases. I called the division a couple of weeks ago and left a message, but got no response back. I will withhold judgment on the division’s thoroughness and quality of work until I see the written determination. But it sure does seem like the OML was in better hands when each county’s District Attorney’s Office had a prosecutor who specialized in OML complaints. I remember the Essex County District Attorney’s Office having a prosecutor named Bender who was highly efficient in dispensing these cases. Bender could determine within weeks if not days whether there was a violation. Now we’re talking months and half years to get the job done. If the Attorney General is so interested in Open Government, she needs to spend more time making sure that it works. Early primary voting This just in from Town Clerk Ellen Schena: 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. A “shout-out” for Ruth Berg I got an email this week from Ruth Berg, one of the founders of the North Shore Computer Society. Ruth sent me an email with a flyer attached titled “The Second Coming...of Santa.” “‘Santa’ will tell you how to save money on your Comcast bill, as well as answer your questions. Santa already helped one customer save $60 per month, and in addition provided Netflix for free!” according to the flyer. “Presented by the North Shore Computer Society, a 501(c)(7) nonprofit. Find out more at: www.northshorecomputer.org, call 978-977-2618, or email: info@northshorecomputer.org” If you want to find out about it firsthand, go listen to the presentation of Comcast Service Representative Richard Mireault at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Peabody Municipal Light Plant at 201 Warren St., Ext., Peabody. Oh, by the way, Ruth tells me she is the one who got $60 shaved off her monthly Comcast bill. It’s worth checking out. A shout-out for David Silipigni Joseph Silipigni tells us that is brother David did a masterful job in launching a holiday Toys for Tots Drive in memory of Joe’s son, Alan Joseph Silipigni, the 14-year-old Saugus High School student who died unexpectedly in late November. Joe said the drive raised $12,670. “Alan’s memory sure did help many kids in need this Holiday Season,” Joe said of his late son. 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 a 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 longer might lend itself to a story and/or photo. Volunteer civic opportunities galore If you didn’t get elected to public office this fall or wish you ran, there’s plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in public service to Saugus. You can still help the town out in a constructive fashion. You don’t have to get elected to perform some public service. Become a part of the town’s future. Here’s a few opportunities you might want to check out. The Saugus Town Manager is accepting resumes/applications from Saugus residents for several volunteer positions on the following Boards or Commissions: Board of Assessors: The responsibility of this Board is to annually determine the full and fair market value of all real estate in the town. Guidelines are set by the Dept. of Revenue, Bureau of Local Assessment. Board of Health: They are responsible for protecting and serving the citizens in health areas, such as food sanitation, restaurants, markets and compliance with the state sanitary and other health codes as well as emergency preparedness. Medical degree or physicians preferred. Boats and Waterways Commission: The responsibilities of these positions are to provide a clear, effective and professional policy, that will ensure the interests of commercial, fishing and recreational boating and that the waterways will be accessible to all citizens. One position requires that the person be a waterway-abutting homeowner with no commercial interest in waterways or adjacent lands. One position requires that the person be a Saugus Town Meeting Member. Commission on Disabilities: The responsibilities of these positions are to answer questions and provide referral guidance regarding disability-related issues in accordance with the Mass. General Laws. Conservation Commission: The Commission’s responsibility is to preserve the natural resources of Saugus and to protect the remaining open spaces, wildlife, salt marshes, and ponds, and to restore streams and the Saugus River to their natural state. Historical Commission: The Commission’s responsibility is to preserve and register all historical sites in Saugus. Planning Board: The Board’s responsibilities are to hear, review and vote on the applicaSOUNDS | SEE PAGE 19

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, January 3, 2020 Page 19 PUBLIC OUTRAGE | from page 15 later in the year signed a consent order over the summer noise that disturbed Revere and Saugus residents. Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony W. Cogliano, Sr. advocated the creation of a special committee on Wheelabrator issues. The indictment of Selectman Mark Mitchell A Suffolk County grand jury indicted Selectman Mark Mitchell on 18 counts; the prosecutor said Mitchell allegedly embezzled close to $1.3 million from the Boston Center for Adult Education during his eight years as controller of the Boston-based nonprofit. Mitchell is also charged with the alleged embezzlement of funds from his own political campaign. All four of Mitchell’s colleagues on the Saugus Board of Selectmen said Mitchell should resign from the board. They said Mitchell lost the public’s trust and became a distraction after being indicted for his alleged embezzlement of nearly $1.3 million from the Boston Center for Adult Education during the eight years he served as its controller. Earlier in the year, Mitchell was named in a lawsuit filed by the Boston Center for Adult Education, which alleges that the Saugus selectman “misappropriated” at least $515,000 during his time as controller. Work continues on the new Saugus MiddleHigh School It’s the biggest and most expensive project in town and has been a major, ongoing stoSOUNDS | from page 18 tions proposed to the Town of Saugus regarding subdivision plans, zoning special permits, rezoning issues and site plan review of permits. Youth and Recreation: The Commission was established for ry since its conception. In late October, the town reported that about 60 percent of the work had been completed on the construction of the new Saugus Middle-High School project since work had begun on the project during the summer of 2018. When complete, the new Middle-High School complex will total 270,000 total square feet, including a 12,000-squarefoot gymnasium and capacity for 1,360 students in grades 6-12. It will house state-of-theart science labs and technology classrooms, fine and performing arts classrooms and a 750-seat auditorium. In addition, plans include a new sports complex and outdoor track, walking paths, outdoor classrooms and student gardens. Current plans call for the Middle School to open in the spring and for classes to start in the new High School in the fall. Environmental victories for SAVE It is a rare, uphill battle for any warrant article submitted to Town Meeting to pass without a favorable recommendation from the Finance Committee. But Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) received overwhelming support from the Town Meeting on two articles which the Finance Committee had recommended to be postponed indefinitely. SAVE authored an article to greatly reduce the use of plastic checkout bags, and another measure to reduce the use of and polystyrene food containers. The Finance Committee had recommended the articles be postponed indefinitely because members preferred to see the state Legislature adopt the purpose of carrying out programs including but not limited to, those designed to meet the opportunities, challenges and problems of the youths of the town. If you are interested in volunteering and are a resident of Saugus, please submit a letter of interest and resume to: Saugus Town Manager; 298 Central Street, Suite 1; Saugus, MA 01906, or email Cmoreschi@saugus-ma.gov. Other volunteer opportunities This info is from Wendy Reed, clerk of the Saugus Board of Se1. “Wonder Girl” was a character on what TV series? 2. What planet is known for its ring? 3. On Jan. 4, 1965, who called for creating the “Great Society”? 4. What does USB mean? 5. How many bones are in the human body: 51, 102 or 206? 6. On Jan 5, 1914, due to mass production benefits, what manufacturer changed its wage rate to be $5/eight hours from $2.40/nine hours? 7. What is the Eve of Epiphany also called? 8. On Jan. 6, 1941, whose State of the Union message concerned Four Freedoms? 9. What is the name of Little Orphan Annie’s dog? 10. Who was the first person elected to the Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.? 11. What is the body’s largest internal organ? 12. What fruit is gewürztraminer? 13. On Jan. 7, 1896, who came out with “The Boston CookingSchool Cookbook”? 14. In January 1793, the first successful U.S. balloon flight was witnessed by what president? 15. On Jan. 8, 1902, what founder of humanistic psychology was born? (Hint: initials CR.) 16. What pair appeared in “Keeper of the Flame,” “Adam’s Rib” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”? 17. On Jan. 9, 1913, what U.S. president was born whose parents had a citrus farm? 18. What group has a monthly magazine called Boys’ Life? 19. President Abraham Lincoln thought that reading what is “the best cure for the ‘Blues’”? (Hint: starts with B.) 20. On Jan. 10, 1812, the New Orleans became the first of what type of boat to travel down the Mississippi? Answers below, please no cheating! FROM PAGE 19 lectmen. Selectmen are extending the deadline for those interested in applying for the following positions on volunteer boards: The Affordable Housing Trust Board of Trustees The Cemetery Commission The Cultural Council These are volunteer/nonpaid positions for Saugus residents. Those interested may submit a letter of interest/resume no later than January 14, 2020, to: Saugus Board of Selectmen Saugus Town Hall, Suite #4 298 Central Street Saugus, MA 01906 Breakfast at Legion Hall Cpl. Scott J. Procopio Saugus American Legion Post 210 is in its seventh year of Friday morning breakfasts. The doors open at 7:30 a.m. at 44 Taylor St. in Saugus. Breakfast will be served from 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 no school. A $6 donation is requested, with all proceeds going to help the Legion operate. Everyone is welcome, according to John Cannon, the cook on duty. Main attractions at the Saugus Public Library There’s always something interesting or entertaining going on at the Saugus Public Library – for people of all ages – from young children to senior citizens. Here are a few events to check out: • Annual Food for Fines: now through Feb. 29. The library will help you so that you may help others. If you have overdue fines, the library will reduce your fines in return for donations of nonperishable food, Donations will be given to local food pantries. Your fines will be reduced $1 for each item donated. Please don’t drop off expired food. • Friendship Storytime on Fridays continues. This special program for children, which begins at 9:30 a.m., is sponsored by the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Grant. It can help parents nurture their child’s social and early literacy skills with structured story time. • Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten Playgroup! This playgroup, which is sponsored by the Coordinated Family & Community 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. comprehensive regulations for Massachusetts instead of the town adopting local regulations that might conflict with state policies. Planning for the future: building moratorium State Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office has approved the temporary building moratorium on multifamily units that was adopted during a Special Town Meeting in April. The measure bans the construction of multifamily homes of three units or more. Crabtree said the temporary moratorium was necessary because the town has been experiencing an unanticipated increase in the construction of multifamily dwellings. He noted the town was conducting a comprehensive study of the PUBLIC OUTRAGE | SEE PAGE 20 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. Let’s hear it! Got an idea, passing thought or gripe you would like to 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 15- to 20-minute interview at a local coffee shop. And I’ll buy the coffee. 1. “Wonder Woman” 2. Saturn 3. President Lyndon Johnson 4. Universal Serial Bus 5. 206 6. The Ford Motor Company 7. Twelfth Night 8. President Franklin D. Roosevelt 9. Sandy 10. Johnny Weissmuller 11. Liver 12. A grape 13. Fannie Farmer 14. George Washington 15. Carl Rogers 16. Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy 17. Richard Nixon 18. The Boy Scouts of America 19. The Bible 20. Steamboat

Page 20 PUBLIC OUTRAGE | from page 19 construction’s impact on police, fire, emergency public safety, the school district, the water, sewer, roadway infrastructure and the safety of the general public. THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, January 3, 2020 wide Master Plan. The impact of development on the town has become a major issue. During a Special Town Meeting last year, members approved $150,000 for upgrading and completion of the townGetting a new home for Saugus TV It was a busy and productive year for the staff and Board of Directors of Saugus TV. A Special Town Meeting in September approved $550,000 to build a Public, Education and Government (PEG) access studio/facility in Saugus. Town Meeting members also approved a $275,000 request to buy equipment for the studio. They also voted to provide $215,088 for the operating budget of the PEG access studio. 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This newspaper assumes no financial responsibility for errors in advertisements printed herein, but will reprint without charge that part of an advertisement in which the error occurs. the Saugus Historical Society held a joint groundbreaking ceremony where a new studio and employee area will be added onto the 1865-era Saugus Historical Society building at 30 Main St. The unique, new partnership forged between Saugus TV and the Historical Society should work out ideally for both nonprofit organizations, according to Saugus TV Executive Director Bryan Nadeau. “Now that we have a home, inefficient allocation of education resources in maintaining and operating six school buildings -- three of which are over 50 years old, The school district is headed we’re trying to revitalize and keep two nonprofits alive,” Nadeau said in an interview later. “We’re hoping that we can breathe new life into the Historical Society. They are still going to be in the building, and we will be doing the renovations in lieu of rent,” he said. Current plans call for Saugus TV to move into the Saugus Historical Society building once it vacates its current quarters at the back of the existing Saugus High School, which is set to be demolished next year. Honorable Mention • Vietnam War veteran Gordon Shepard received national award for restoration of G.A.R. Burial Plot at Riverside Cemetery; Shepard received the 2019 Founder’s Award from Edward J. Norris, Commander-in-Chief of the National Organization of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. • At Saugus High School’s 148th Commencement Exercises, 95-year-old World War II Navy veteran Peter J. Decareau was assisted up to the stage in REVIEW REPORT | from page 7 in a positive direction with its ambitious building program. “The district hopes to find significant savings in building operations and maintenance when grades are reSnow Shovelers Wanted (Everett, Revere, Chelsea) Earn extra money! Need to be in good health to shovel snow, spread salt, and run a snow blower. Pays $20 per hour, based on experience. Call Anthony at (617) 212-2003 SPADAFORA AUTO PARTS JUNK CARS WANTED SAME DAY PICK UP 781-324-1929 Quality Used Tires Mounted & Installed Used Auto Parts & Batteries Family owned & operated since 1946 his wheelchair to get his diploma and then tipped his cap after getting a standing ovation from the Saugus High School Class of 2019. • It was a special March tribute for a dying friend of the Saugus Police Department – particularly by his handler, K-9 Officer Tim Fawcett. K9 Bruin – a nineyear-old German shepherd that had been on the Police Department since February of 2011 – got an escort from about 30 cruisers from Saugus and area communities during his final ride through the streets of Saugus. Grade School kids holding posters chanted K-9 Bruin’s name as they bid him an emotional farewell. • During the town’s annual tree lighting event, town officials and residents rallied behind the family of Alan Joseph Silipigni, a 14-year-old Saugus High School student who died unexpectedly in late November. Many wore Boston Red Sox apparel at the family’s request and came to see a special ornament honoring Alan placed on the giant Christmas tree. configured, enabling the district to locate pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in just 3 buildings, and close the 3 older buildings,” the report said. “As part of a comprehensive restructuring of its educational model, the district has secured funding for construction of a new middle/high school building, an addition and renovations for another school, and renovations to one other school building. By 2021, all students will attend a new, renovated, or renovated/expanded school with up-to-date facilities.” WASTE REMOVAL & BUILDING MAINTENANCE • Landscaping, Lawn Care, Mulching • Yard Waste & Rubbish Removal • Interior & Exterior Demolition (Old Decks, Fences, Pools, Sheds, etc.) • Appliance and Metal Pick-up • Construction and Estate Cleanouts • Pick-up Truck Load of Trash starting at $169 LICENSED & INSURED Call for FREE ESTIMATES! 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Page 22 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, January 3, 2020 ASKS | from page 17 hiring of a planner is, hopefully, a step in the right direction. We also need to fill all of our vacant positions and figure out why we’ve become a revolving door. We will be forming a committee this month to start discussions with Wheelabrator for post-closure use as well as establishing a host community agreement whereas the Town would receive a per town fee for the ash placed in the landfill. Lowering the nitrogen oxide levels will be number one on the agenda as the safety of our neighborIS YOUR HOME NEXT? The Saugus Real Estate Listings are brought to you by: ing residents is of the utmost importance. Discussion of the West Side fire station that is long overdue will also begin this month as part of our Capital Improvements Plan. Finding the right fit for the four schools that are coming offline will be another major part of the Capital Plan, and we will seek plenty of public input in the discussions. I am confident that this Board of Selectmen will work well together and I’m looking forward to a great 2020. I wish everyone a healthy and Happy New Year and thank you for your trust in me. Call for Classified Advertising Rates 781-233-4446 53 Jackson Street Saugus, MA 01906 781-813-3325 REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS Copyrighted material previously published in Banker & Tradesman/The Commercial Record, a weekly trade newspaper. It is reprinted with permission from the publisher, The Warren Group. For a searchable database of real estate transactions and property information visit: www.thewarrengroup.com. BUYER1 Ortiz-Garcia, Blanca M Vega, Paula A 12.12.2019 Dang, An Polito, Kristen D Mcgilley, Thomas J Jaynes, Harold Pai, Ankuei Jaynes, Kimberly EVERETT BUYER2 Ortiz, Victor M $885 000,00 Dang, Hien SELLER1 Haskell, Elaine M Phung, Lam D Thomas, Christina M Brosseau, Jaime JMJ T Cirrone, James R Have a Happy & Prosperous New Year! SELLER2 ADDRESS 15 Central Pl Raymond F Bourgoin RET Phung, Hien L Mcgilley, Thomas J Bourgoin, Raymond F 14 Summit Ave 7 Austin Ct #B 6 Eastside Ave Johnston, Patricia H 12 Newcomb Ave 16 Pearl St CITY Saugus Saugus Saugus Saugus Saugus Saugus DATE 17.12.2019 33 Blacksmith Way 11.12.2019 11.12.2019 11.12.2019 11.12.2019 11.12.2019 PRICE $415 000,00 Saugus $595 000,00 $240 000,00 $35 000,00 $420 000,00 $549 900,00 LYNN - PRICE REDUCED! 53 Jackson St. Saugus (781) 813-3325 EVERETT - Zoned as a 3 family but used as 2, great location, open floor plan, Near Wellington Station, Encore Casino & Shopping.......$699,000 REVERE Darlene Minincleri & Sue Palomba LYNN - Great 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, 1 Parking space. Move-in Ready. Great neighborhood, close to public transportation & amenities..............................$284,900 EVERETT REVERE BEACH - Magnificent Ocean Views from all windows; Stainless & Granite Kitchen, Balcony, Brazilian Cherry Floors throughout...........$499,900 ADMIRAL’S HILL - Gorgeous 2 bed, 2 bath..................................$400,000 ~ APARTMENTS FOR RENT ~ Revere, Wakefield , Winthrop, East Boston from $1600 - $2900 / Some incl. all utilties. Call for details! Call for a FREE Market Analysis John Marino Lea Doherty Pat Rescigno Rosa Rescigno Xavier Ortiz Sharon D’Allesandro Kevin O’Toole Maureen Gaeta Kevin Alvorado (Office Assistant) EVERETT - 5/5 2 bdrm ea.unit. Spacious eat in kitchens, hdwd/fls, partial new roof, driveway, and more. Steps from Orange line....................$699,000 ~ Meet our Agents ~ SOLD

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Page 24 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, January 3, 2020 ............. # 1 Listing & Selling Office in Saugus “Experience and knowledge Provide the Best Service” Free Market Evaluations CarpenitoRealEstate.com View our website from your mobile phone! 335 Central St., Saugus, MA 781-233-7300 SAUGUS: 1st AD Free Standing Building with off street parking, conveniently located just outside of Cliftondale Square.............$349,900. SAUGUS: AFFORDABLE 6 rms. Col. offers 3 brms., updated, eat-in kitchen, living room open to dining room, 1st floor laundry, level yard, convenient side street location...............................................$389,900. EVERETT: Spacious 3 family offers 21 rms., 10 brms., 5 full & 2 half baths, right side added in 1994 offers 4 levels w/5 br., 3 ½ baths, hrwd, deck & cent. air, washer & dryer hook-ups in each unit, located in desirable Woodlawn neighborhood.......................................$859,900. REVERE, WEST: NEW 2 br Townhome offers 2 ½ baths, spac. lvrm. open to kit w/granite & stainless, master w/bath, hardwood floors, cent. air, one car gar, pavers driveway, located on dead-end........................................$529,900. WONDERING WHAT YOUR HOME IS WORTH? CALL FOR YOUR FREE MARKET ANALYSIS! SAUGUS: Custom, 5-yr-old Col. offers 9 rms., 4 br, 3½ baths, 2 master suites, two story fam. rm. w/gas frplce, wd. flooring, gourmet kitchen, dining rm., incredible details thruout, cent. air (2 units), 1st floor lndry room, breezeway, 3-car garage, level yard with sprinkler sys. & patio w/ awning, located in desirable Stonecliffe Heights. Great home in Great location!...................................$899,900. SAUGUS: One of the last buildable lots left in Saugus! Land runs from Hanson Rd. to Hamilton St. creating a unique opportunity to build new construction home!..................................$169,000. LITTLEFIELD REAL ESTATE 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 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 38 Main Street, Saugus MA WWW.LITTLEFIELDRE.COM 781-233-1401 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 Call Rhonda Combe For all your 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 real estate needs!! 781-706-0842 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 LAND 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!! SOLD SOLD UNDER CONTRACT SOLD

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