SAUGUS Vol. 24, No. 1 -FREEwww.advocatenews.net A household word in Saugus! AADVOCATEDV CAT Published Every Friday A super bad surge in Saugus Town had the 8th highest rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases during a recent two-week period By Mark E. Vogler T he state’s final COVID-19 Weekly Public Health Report for 2020 released late last week showed that confirmed cases in Saugus continue to soar at a staggering rate. As of Dec. 29, the town had 2,314 cases of the virus and registered a whopping average daily incidence rate of 104.6 over a recent 14-day period through Dec. 26 – the 8th highest rate in the state. And there seems to be no letup in the ongoing surge of the dreaded disease, based on the new numbers that Registered Nurse Teresa Riley-Singh presented to the Board of Health on Monday (Jan. 4). There were 159 new confirmed cases in just six days, raising the total to 2,473, according to the latest Coronavirus Count released by Riley-Singh. But the most alarming figure was from a report she compiled that showed 1,255 COVID-19 cases in Saugus since Thanksgiving – more than half of the number of cases reported in town since the outbreak of the global pandemic back in March. Over the past week through Monday, there were 208 confirmed COVID-19 cases, Riley-Singh said. Board of Health Chair William Heffernan wanted to know if the nurse thought the ongoing surge in Coronavirus cases was related to holiday gatherings, as state and federal health officials have suggested. “I think so,” she said. “People are getting frustrated with the masks and not being so compliant,” she said. At Monday’s meeting, Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree expressed alarm that the town has had more than 300 cases of the virus since Christmas. “Things are surging,” Crabtree said. “We’re one of the top communities [in the state] for this infectious spread here in Saugus,” he said. “As every medical expert and science expert in the country is saying, this is going to be the worst month out of the entire pandemic and could spill into February,” he said. Crabtree stressed it’s important that Saugus residents “continue to wear masks, social distance, wash your hands regularly and stay away from the gatherings.” “This is pretty serious,” Crabtree warned, adding that the public needs to “hang in there” and take precautions until they can receive the vaccine later in the year – which, according to health officials, will be sometime in April for the general public. 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From Sunday night through Monday, I just felt awful: a wicked cough, headache, a sore throat and – the worst part of it – just being so dizzy,” he said. Cogliano was being treated for viral pneumonia and had a “Zoom” medical appointment with his doctor on Wednesday (Jan. 6) before his interview with The Saugus Advocate. “I feel 100 percent better today [Wednesday],” he said. “I feel great, but I just can’t believe it came back. I had gone 14 days and had felt pretty good. But on day 15, I felt bad again. With the dizziness, the whole house was spinning around. I couldn’t lay down. The dry cough was really bad, and I had a fever that was on and off,” he said. “But I want people to know that I feel a lot better now. I hope it’s just a couple of more days at home and then back to normal.” Cogliano said he doesn’t believe that contracting COVID-19 has changed his perspective on the Coronavirus. 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Page 2 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 Mass. 1st in nation to get OK for federal Pandemic-EBT funds extension for local families $1.94 Like us on Facebook advocate newspaper Facebook.com/ Advocate.news.ma Everett, Malden, Revere and Saugus families will receive additional help against food insecurity By Steve Freker T here was some good news this week for thousands of Massachusetts families, including many of those in Everett, Malden, Revere and Saugus struggling with the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Many local families with school-aged children will be among the first in the nation to receive extra financial assistance to combat food insecurity. State officials have announced that federal funding has been approved to continue the Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program through the end of the 2020-21 school year. In Malden, Everett and Revere, for instance, all families who have public school students in their households are eligible for P-EBT funds for the 2020-21 school year to help buy food. The funds that will be dispensed through the state-run program, using federal funds, are restricted to food purchases. Saugus families should check with local officials regarding P-EBT funds eligibility. The primary determining factor is if students are attending schools who benefit from the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP). How much will families reSURGE | FROM PAGE 1 Phase One vaccines next week At Monday’s meeting, Saugus Director of Public Health John Fralick said the town’s first responders – firefighters, police and EMTs – should be receiving a COVID-19 vaccine as early as next week. Saugus will receive 145 doses of the Moderna vaccine for its first responders. The vaccine is being made available to Saugus under its partnership with Andover, Lynnfield, Reading and North Reading through the Cape Ann Emergency Preparedness Coalition. Andover serves as the host community of the coalition. Phase One of ceive? Families of students in a fully remote learning situation will get $117.20 per month. Students in a hybrid learning situation will get $58.60 per month. Students attending school either half-day or fully in person are not eligible for P-EBT. Massachusetts received federal approval to issue P-EBT through the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. The Bay State is the first in the nation to receive approval for the federal dollars. “COVID-19 has exacerbated food insecurity, especially for children who receive nutrition support in school settings. This remains a significant challenge for many families throughout the Commonwealth,” Secretary of Health and Human Services and COVID-19 Command Center Director Marylou Sudthe state’s vaccine distribution also includes health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. Phase Two of the vaccine distribution under Gov. Charlie Baker’s plans will start in mid to late February and last through April. It includes individuals with two-plus comorbidities (high risk for COVID-19 complications); early education, K-12, transit, grocery, utility, food and agriculture, sanitation, public works and public health workers; adults who are 65 and older and individuals with one comorbidity. The third phase of the governor’s vaccine distribution will cover the general public and be available sometime in April. “If we get a solid play book to operate, we will be ready to go,” Fralick said of the logistics of future vaccine distribution clinics. Who were the 52 residents who died? Nurse Riley-Singh told the Board of Health that 90 percent of the 52 Saugus residents who have died from COVID-19 were over the age of 70. She added that 30 percent of the dead were in rehab and long-term care facilities. Ten percent of the people who died were between the ages of 50 and 70, she said. Veteran Board of Health Member Joia Cicolini thanked Riley-Singh for presenting this age statistic. “On a personal note, people should not think it [COVID-19] just affects older ders said in a statement. “Massachusetts continues to maximize every opportunity to tackle food insecurity across the state. The rapid approval of our plan to issue P-EBT through the end of the school year will provide relief to hundreds of thousands of families across the state for many months as we continue to navigate this public health crisis.” P-EBT is a relief program created out of the CARES Act for families whose children qualify for free and reduced lunch. The program was launched in Massachusetts in April to help low-income families across the state cover the cost of missed school meals while their children learn remotely. It was extended in September to support students starting the school P-EBT | SEE PAGE 16 people,” Cicolini said. “We buried my 52-year-old cousin just before Christmas, so it does affect younger people. He was healthy – no underlying conditions.” During Monday’s meeting, Fralick fielded questions from Cicolini and other board members on the enforcement of COVID-19 rules in Saugus and the state of businesses complying with the regulations. “From what I’ve seen, the compliance levels are where they need to be,” Fralick said. Cicolini asked whether there were any large gatherings and how restaurants were complying. “According to our police chief, we haven’t been getting any reports regarding large super-spreader events,” Fralick said. “We haven’t had any egregious violations … I think at this point, everybody is aware of the protocols that they need to follow,” he said. When the large stores in town have been linked to COVID-19 outbreaks, they have responded well and have been diligent in addressing problems as they arise, according to Fralick. When employees test positive for the virus, Fralick said, he treats it seriously. “We’ve set a protocol for all establishments. They need to test negative to return,” Fralick said. “That’s something we haven’t skimped on … It is a Saugus policy that they need to test negative to return to work,” he said.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 Page 3 Rep. Jessica Giannino sworn into Massachusetts House of Representatives B OSTON – In a socially distanced inaugural ceremony, Governor Charlie Baker officially administered the oath of office to the 192nd Massachusetts General Court on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Among the legislators being sworn in was the newly elected State Representative for the 16th Suffolk District, Jessica A. Giannino (D-Revere). Representative Giannino, whose district includes parts of the Cities of Revere and Chelsea and the Town of Saugus, was assigned “Seat 22” in the House Chamber, a seat that has a lot of meaning to the district and served as the very seat of Rep. Giannino’s immediate three predecessors. “I am so very humbled and grateful to have this opportunity to serve you – the people of Revere, Chelsea and Saugus. A sincere thank you to the votGerry D’Ambrosio Attorney-at-Law Is Your Estate in Order? Do you have an update Will, Health Care Proxy or Power of Attorney? If Not, Please Call for a Free Consultation. 14 Proctor Avenue, Revere (781) 284-5657 State Rep. Jessica Giannino is pictured with fellow State Rep. Donald Wong in front of the Grand Staircase at the State House on Wednesday. (Courtesy Photos) State Rep. Jessica Giannino is pictured with fellow state representatives at the swearing in ceremony at the State House this week. ers of the 16th Suffolk District who have chosen to send me to Beacon Hill to be your voice in the Massachusetts House of Representatives,” said Representative Giannino. “Now, the work truly begins! I look forward to working with Speaker Mariano and all of my colleagues this upcoming legislative session to achieve great things for the 16th Suffolk District and the entire Commonwealth.” Giannino acknowledged that because of COVID restrictions it was unfortunate that her family and supporters were not able to join her at the State House on this special day. “I want to express my sincere appreciation to my family – particularly my grandmother, Joann Giannino, and my father, Chris Giannino – for their unwavering love and encouragement over the years, and my deep gratitude to my friends and supporters for your dedication in helping to get me elected to this position,” Giannino said. “I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my late grandfather, Christy Giannino. I know that he would be so proud if he was here to say that both his granddaughter and his niece served as State Representative for the 16th Suffolk District.”

Page 4 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 The latest Coronavirus Count: 2,557 cases in Saugus (Editor’s Note: Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree's Office issued the following info in a press release shortly before deadline yesterday. The confirmed COVID-19 cases jumped by 104 just two days after the town’s report earlier in the week.) he Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 2577 confirmed cases of COVID-19. According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 51 deaths in Saugus. Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic. Massachusetts health officials have announced as of January 6, 2021, 99 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 12,563. In addition, there were 6,419 newly reported cases. So far, 368,052 cases in total have been confirmed while 11,308,785 total tests for the virus have been T administered. The Town of Saugus has partnered with the Commonwealth, Fallon Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and the Square One Mall as a collaborative effort to work to downgrade the Town’s designated “High Risk” red COVID-19 status by establishing and extending the following COVID-19 testing sites in Saugus: Fallon EMS at the Square One Mall (Far Side Parking Lot on Essex Street), located at 1201 Broadway with entry off of Essex Street, will offer free mobile drive-up testing in for Saugus residents in their cars Monday through Saturday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. No appointment is needed. Residents drive-up and register using a tablet when they arrive. Saugus Police will be assisting with traffic. The testing site will be staffed by 10-12 individuals to handle registrations. All samples go directly to the Broad Institute in Cambridge for immediate testing with a 24-36 hour turnaround time. Notification of results will be made for negative results via emails while phone calls will be made for positive COVID-19 results. These sites do close when it rains because of risk of test contamination. This site has recently been extended until January 15. This information will be on the Town’s website and on the state’s website: https:// www.mass.gov/info-details/ stop-the-spread?rgja#saugusThe Board of Health and the Saugus Health Department will continue to partner with the state and are workSounding out Wheelabrator Consultants for trash-to-energy company brief Board of Health on how they will help minimize noise generated at the Route 107 plant By Mark E. Vogler T he loud noise generated at Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.’s trash-to-energy plant in East Saugus has been a source of numerous complaints by Saugus and Revere residents in recent years – including on several occasions last month. What is typical background noise? 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Monitoring other area noise generators Roland noted that the ongoing study involves monitoring of several sites surrounding the Wheelabrator plant which generate loud noise. These include GE Aviation in Lynn, noise generated by the Logan Airport corridor, Route 107 traffic and the MBTA’s Newburyport/ Rockport rail line. Roland said the collection of various data from monitoring sound at seving on a planned response to COVID-19. They are analyzing the data from the past couple of weeks and developing specific strategies to combat the spread through additional enforcement and intervention measures. We need to do whatever is necessary to keep ourselves, family, neighbors, and communities safe. Continue to wear your masks, wash hands, avoid gatherings, and continue to follow the CDC and MDPH guidelines. The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus. Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why Governor Baker’s directive is to wear a cloth face cover over your face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatheral locations surrounding the plant is being used to put the noise from the Wheelabrator plant into context. “I think it’s important to point out that Wheelabrator did agree to step up,” Wood’s Paul Richard stressed, on the engineering program that was approved by MassDEP officials. Board of Health Vice Chair Shawn Ayube expressed an interest in “the big picture/longterm” aspects of the study. “Part of the value of doing this – if there is an event at the plant and we’re getting complaints, then we can point to something and say ‘Well, it looks like the noise level is actually exceeding at this point,’” Ayube said. “How is that accomplished? How does that add value to those future problems?” he asked. Roland responded, “It’s going to be a challenge unless an event is planned or known prior to, or is a recurring, continuous thing.” “A steam vent that is given 24 hours’ notice is going to be near impossible to capture, realistically,” he said. “But a situation like what you guys were experiencing last year with the on-again, offagain dry vent sounds – and issues where you could reasonably target a day – then you could get the data and compare it to the background,” he said. Saugus Board of Health Director John Fralick praised Roland’s PowerPoint presentation as “fantastic” and requested that Wood representatives proerings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance. Again, this is a reminder that the CDC and MDPH have provided guidance to everyone regarding preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the Commonwealth. Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by: • Cleaning your hands often for at least 20 seconds • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth • Staying at least six feet between yourself and others • Covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs. We are here for you. For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at 781-231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781231-4111. vide a similar briefing when the Board of Health’s Wheelabrator Subcommittee meets again. He suggested that Wood representatives also have a question and answer session at that upcoming meeting. “I think it’s going to be important moving forward,” Fralick said. Heffernan requests an end to 3:15 a.m. noise Earlier in the meeting, Wheelabrator’s Peter DiCecco briefed board members and responded to their concerns about four noise complaints stemming from incidents at the plant last month. DiCecco noted that the noise on Dec. 11, Dec. 16 and Dec. 23 involved the return of a boiler to service. Board of Health Chair William Heffernan questioned DiCecco about a complaint emailed by a Revere resident at 3:15 a.m. on Dec. 19. He wanted to know what the reason was for the noise complaint. “We had a boiler come off-line…We needed to vent the steam through the turbine,” DiCecco explained. Heffernan asked what could be done to avoid similar complaints in the future. “Possibly vent during the day,” DiCecco answered. Heffernan apparently preferred that option. “We all know the pain Lynn, Saugus and Revere went through last year,” Heffernan said. “I want to avoid any of these events at 3:15 in the morning. If there is anything you can do to keep these events during the day...The last thing I want to see is emails from people – ‘they woke me up again,’” he said.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 Page 5 Knucksie P By The Old Sachem, Bill Stewart hil Niekro was a very talented side-arm pitcher signed by the Milwaukee Braves in 1959 for $250. He travelled throughout the minor leagues, mostly as a relief pitcher. In 1960 he was assigned to the Louisville Colonels in triple A and eventually was sent down to the Jacksonville Braves in double A. His next season was with the Austin Senators in double A, and he returned to Louisville in 1962, where he had a 9 and 6 record for the Colonels. He was in the service during the war and missed the 1963 season. Philip Henry Niekro was born on April 1, 1939, and his knuckleball surely became an “April Fooler” to batters. Born in Blaine, Ohio, he grew up in Lansing, Ohio, the son of a Polish couple, Henrietta (Klinkoski) and Philip Niekro. He graduated from Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, Ohio, and among his friends was John Havlicek, who went on to play for the Celtics. His brother, Joe, was also a big-league pitcher. They grew up as sons of a coal miner who pitched in amateur baseball and developed a knuckleball, which he taught to his sons. During his high school Saugus Democratic Committee elects new officers T he Saugus Town Democratic Committee elected a new slate of officers at the November 29 virtual meeting. Elected to office is: Chairman Joseph Malone, Vice Chairwoman Karen Rakinic, Treasurer Mary Kinsell, Secretary Hilary Matthews and Outreach Officer Mary Robblee. The two-year term is dedicated to supporting Democrats for election to public office in Massachusetts as well as nationally. The next committee meeting will be on January 31 at 7 p.m. Please come join us virtually! If you are interested in learning about the Town Committee and its mission or would like to join, please contact us at the following email address saugusdtc@ gmail.com. seasons, he pitched not only for the high school, but also for the local American Legion team. In 1964 the Braves brought him up to the majors, and he pitched for the Braves in Milwaukee, then in Atlanta and pitched for the team for 20 seasons. He was up and down that first year, but in 1965 he became a regular, amassing 74 2/3 innings in 41 games with six saves. In 1966 he was up and down again, pitching in the minors and then in the majors. His 1967 season gained him full time in the majors, and he led the league with an ERA of 1.87, 11 wins and nine losses, 10 complete games and nine saves. The 1968 season brought Phil to the regular rotation, and he finished the season with a record of 14 and 12, appearing in 37 games and completing 15 games. Three of his appearances were in relief for the Braves. Niekro became a regular starter in 1969, his first All-Star season, with a record of 23-13 and an ERA of 2.56, which brought him to second place behind Tom Seaver for the Cy Young Award. In the playoffs that year he pitched and lost to the New York Mets against Tom Seaver. In 1970 he was 12-18 with an ERA of 4.27 and was the league leader, giving up 40 home runs. From 1971 to 1973 his record was 44-36 for the three seasons, but he threw a no-hitter on August 5 against the San Diego Padres, the first in Atlanta after the move from Milwaukee. The 1974 season was among his best, with 20 wins to lead the league while pitching 302.1 innings. He was an All-Star in 1975 with a record of 15 and 15, then in 1976 he went 17-11. Between 1977 and 1979, he was the league leader in complete games, innings pitched and batters faced and in 1979, at 40 years old, he led the league in both wins and losses: 21 wins, 20 losses. He won three consecutive Gold Glove Awards for the three seasons and made his third All-Star appearance. He had tough seasons in 1980 through 1981, going 15-18 and 7-7. He was 43 years old in 1982; Phil led the team with a 17-4 season while winning his fourth Gold Glove and an appearance in the All-Star game. On October 1 with the Braves ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers by one game, Niekro beat the San Diego Padres, throwing a complete game and hitting a home run. In the playoffs he pitched well, but the St. Louis Cardinals won the series with a sweep. He won his fifth Gold Glove in 1983, had a record of 11-10 and was released in the off-season. The Yankees signed him to a two-year contract in 1984, and in his first season there he won 16 games and made his fifth All-Star appearance. In 1985 on October 6, he entered the 300-win club with a shutout victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. At 46 years and 188 days, Niekro became the oldest pitcher to earn a shutout in the major leagues. He finished the season with a record of 16-12 and was released by the Yankees in the off-season. He spent the next two seasons (1986-1987) with the Cleveland Indians and his record was 18-22. In August he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, and with a record of 0-2 he was released during the season. In September he signed a one-year contract back with the Braves and retired at the end of the season. Niekro was a side-arm, knuckleball pitcher for 24 seasons in the majors. Peter Rose commented that “I work for three weeks to get my swing down pat and Phil messes it up in one night. Trying to hit the thing is a miserable way to make a living.” One of his catchers, Bob Uecker, was often frustrated by the pitches and said, “Niekro struck out a hitter once and I never touched the ball. It hit me in the shin guard, bounced out to Clete Boyer at third base and he threw out the runner at first. Talk about a weird assist, catcher to third baseman to first on a strikeout.” After retirement he became the manager of the women Colorado Silver Bullets baseball team. He joined the Kiz Toys company as a member of the Board of Directors, based in Cumming, Georgia, advising the company on the baseball line – reviewing product designs and development. The Gwinnet Braves’ home field, Coolray Field, has a restaurant named after Niekro which features the Knucksie Sandwich made of barbecue and coleslaw over a corn muffin, said to be his favorite. Niekro supported the students of Bridgeport High School, where he once played, with the proceeds of an annual golf tournament, “The Niekro Classic.” Phil Niekro had major league career records of 318 wins, 274 losses, an ERA of 3.35, 864 games, 45 shutouts, 29 saves, 5,404 innings pitched, giving up 5,044 hits, 2,012 earned runs, 2,337 runs, 482 home runs, 1,809 bases on balls and 3,342 strikeouts. Niekro was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1997, the only player elected that year. Phil Niekro died in his sleep on December 26, 2020. He had earlier been diagnosed with cancer. I doubt if we will ever again see such a talented 48-yearold pitcher throwing a sidearm knuckleball in the major leagues. Thanks for the memories, Phil Niekro. 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Page 6 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 Helping the town battle COVID-19 Crabtree announces town’s recent hiring of an additional public health nurse: Teresa Riley-Singh By Mark E. Vogler lic Health Nurse for the Town T own Manager Scott C. Crabtree yesterday announced the appointment of an additional public health nurse to bolster the town’s effort to protect residents from the spread of COVID-19. of Saugus,” Crabtree said. “Teresa holds extensive experience in and advanced knowledge of public health and nursing, which will make her an asset to our community, residents and employees, especially during these unprecedented times.” Riley-Singh previously worked as a Registered Nurse for Phillips Academy, Melrose Public Schools and East Boston Health Clinic. She also served as an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Registered Nurse in the Pediatric Burn Unit at Shriners Hospital for Children and as an Assistant Nurse Manager at Monte Nido Center for Eatwww.eight10barandgrille.com We Have Reopened for Dine-In and Outside Seating every day beginning at 4 PM COGLIANO | FROM PAGE 1 “I have a close group of NEW NURSE: The Town of Saugus recently hired Teresa R. Riley-Singh, a Registered Nurse, to join the Health Department’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) Teresa R. Riley-Singh, a WE'RE OPEN! 8 Norwood Street, Everett (617) 387-9810 Like us on Facebook advocate newspaper Facebook.com/Advocate.news.ma STAY SAFE! Registered Nurse, is a highly-qualified public and private health professional with 15 years of experience in the field, according to the press release issued by Crabtree’s office. It also noted that Riley-Singh will assist the community’s Health Director and Board of Health “in better supporting and aiding the public during these extraordinary times.” “We are happy to welcome Teresa as an additional Pubfriends – about six people – that I hang out with…we all got it,” he said. One of his friends who got infected with the virus is a member of the Saugus Fire Department. “I’ve been out and about everywhere. And I didn’t think I would get this. But nobody is immune to it. I had tested positive on the 20th [of December],” he said. Cogliano’s advice to people who want to avoid the virus: “Social distance, wear a mask, wash your hands and stay at home as much as possible.” His advice to folks who contract the virus: “Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate and get some rest.” ing Disorders. Riley-Singh is currently working towards obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Bay Path University, and she holds an Associate of Nursing Degree from North Shore Community College. She is certified in the ICU and as a Provider of Basic Life Support. In addition, Riley-Singh holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Saint Michael’s College, and she studied African Literature at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Riley-Singh started her new post and training at the end of last year, according to the press release. BATTLING COVID-19: A flare-up of the virus keeps Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony Cogliano feeling cooped up at home. (Saugus Advocate file photo by Mark E. Vogler)                                        

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 Page 7 Rep. Wong supports climate change bill targeting net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 S tate Representative Donald H. Wong recently supported a comprehensive climate change bill that establishes short- and long-term targets designed to help Massachusetts reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050. Senate Bill 2995, An Act creating a next-generation roadmap for Massachusetts climate policy, was enacted by the House of Representatives on a vote of 145-9 on January 4. The bill, which was negotiated by a six-member legislative conference committee, represents a compromise between two earlier versions of the bill passed by the House and Senate. Senate Bill 2995 is now before Governor Charlie Baker for his review. Senate Bill 2995 requires the Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), in consultation with the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), to adopt greenhouse gas reduction targets in five-year increments beginning in 2025, with the goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Each of these targets must be accompanied by a comprehensive, clear and specific roadmap plan for reaching these goals. Under the bill, statewide emissions must be reduced by 50 percent compared to 1990 levels in 2030, by 75 percent in 2040 and by at least 85 percent in 2050. Senate Bill 2995 also accelerates the Class I Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard that requires electric utility companies to increase their renewable energy purchases. A 2018 law established a target of 35 percent renewable energy purchases by 2030, but Senate Bill 2995 increases this target to 40 percent by 2030 and requires annual increases of one percent for each subsequent year. Wong noted that the final bill does not include a controversial carbon tax proposal that was previously endorsed by the Senate. It also does not authorize the state’s participation in the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), which was a concern when the House first debated the bill last July after some advocates falsely claimed the legislation would provide for a backdoor increase in the gas tax. Representative Wong said he would have opposed the bill if it contained either of those provisions. Senate Bill 2995 establishes a new Clean Energy Equity Workforce and Market Development Program within the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) that will be funded at $12 million annually. This program will provide workforce training, educational and professional development, job placement, startup opportunities and grants promoting participation in the Commonwealth’s energy efficiency, clean energy and clean heating and cooling industries. The bill also includes funding authorization for the research, design and evaluation of pilot programs designed to promote energy innovation. Senate Bill 2995 also addresses the issue of gas pipeline safety by requiring gas distribution companies to maintain accurate and timely records of any Grade 3 leaks that, upon reinspection, are upgraded to a Grade 1 or 2 leak. The state’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will be responsible for establishing regulations regarding the maintenance, timely updating, accuracy and security of gas distribution company maps and records. Gas companies will also be required to file plans to address aging or leaking natural gas infrastructure within the Commonwealth. In addition to requiring DPU to establish rules and regulations regarding contractor certification and whistleblower protections for public utility employees of gas and electric companies, Senate Bill 2995 also directs DPU to establish a publicly accessible database on all gas provider customer complaints it receives, and to develop a process for investigating and responding to complaints in a timely manner. The bill also increases the fines DPU can impose on a gas or electric company for violating acceptable performance standards for emergency preparation and restoration of service. The bill doubles the maximum fine from $250,000 to $500,000, and it allows DPU to impose a maximum combined penalty of up to $50 million for a series of violations. Wong said the climate change bill also: • Updates state energy effiBanking with a hometown touch. Open a free checking account with no monthly fees, and get access to Mobile Banking, Bill Pay and other features. 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Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 Saugus Gardens in the Pandemic J Here’s what’s blooming in town this week to make your walks more enjoyable By Laura Eisener anuary is the month when we look back toward the year left behind and forward Gina S Soldano REALTOR® ABR®, AHWD, e-PRO®, GREEN, MRP®, PSA®, SFR®, SRES®, SRS® Broker/Associate Millennium Real Estate 291 Ferry Street, Everett, MA 02149 (857) 272-4270 Gina.Soldano@era.com gsoldanorealtor.com Law Offices of Terrence W. Kennedy 512 Broadway, Everett • Criminal Defense • Personal Injury • Medical Malpractice Tel: (617) 387-9809 Cell: (617) 308-8178 twkennedylaw@gmail.com to the new year ahead. “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome,” said the first published poet of North America, 17th century Massachusetts poet Anne Dudley Bradstreet. While we may have to bundle up a bit to walk around our neighborhoods this month, the exercise gets us warmed up pretty quickly. I am hoping that people leave some of their holiday decorations up a little longer this year, since I haven’t seen them all yet and continue to enjoy them! Two of the pictures this week are of “reindeer,” which is a popular winter decorating theme. There are quite a few styles of deer decorations around town. Undoubtedly residents in some neighborhoods have been seeing real deer in their gardens or have seen evidence that they have been snacking on the trees and shrubs. I’ve only seen deer in my yard twice in the many decades I’ve lived here, but near Appleton Street, I’ve heard, people see them on a regular basis, especially in winter. If they live near woods, residents need to choose deer-resistant plants to keep their gardens from being devoured! Exactly what is really deer-resistant will depend on how hungry the deer are – winters with deep snow make food much harder to find. Plants like holly, which are prickly and not usually a deer favorite, may become desirable food when other plants are not accessible. The one plant that seems to be especially deer-resistant, even to the point of making adjacent plants seem less appetizing, is boxwood (Buxus spp.). If you have ever been close to boxwood, you are likely to be aware of a very distinctive aroma from the foliage. While some people actually like it, other people liken the scent to a cat litter box that hasn’t been cleaned! Possibly the deer feel the same way – it may remind them of a bobcat marking its territory. A few popular evergreens that seem to be favorites of deer are eastern arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) and yews (Taxus cuspidata and GARDENS | SEE PAGE 17 A WINTER FLOWER: Snow pansy (Viola hiemalis) blooming in the snow alongside Route 1 at Bernie & Phyl’s. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) A WINTER DECORATION: One of a pair of wooden deer at the home of Lisa Frost on Central Street, locally made in Saugus and bought at the Veterans’ school fair at a “Christmas stroll” several years ago. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) NO LONGER TEAMMATES: A herd of “Boston Patriots reindeer” that have graced this front yard in Lynnhurst for several winters have been updated – two of their number (Gronk and Brady) are now wearing different colors and facing their former teammates. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener)

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 Page 9 THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS By Mark E. Vogler H ere are a few tidbits that you might want to know about this week in Saugus. About this week’s issue Several years ago, we decided to split up our package of Year-In-Review stories and “The Cover Photos” of the year, and decided to run them over two weeks. We felt that would provide more room to showcase what we considered were the best page one photos of the year – one for each month. These are primarily feature photos which take more time and effort to prepare. And they are intended to offer a flavor or feel for the year in a compact and attractive way that can be viewed in seconds. So, as the old English adage goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” And this past year it is particularly appropriate, as a number of the photos show people wearing protective face coverings in the midst of a year dominated by COVID-19. The killer virus is blamed for 51 deaths in Saugus alone – more than 12,600 across Massachusetts and more than 361,000 throughout the nation. A lot of the traditional Saugus town celebrations – like Founders Day and the annual Christmas tree lighting and festivities event – got cancelled last year because of health concerns which link the spread of the virus to large crowd gatherings. During 2020, parades became a popular and safe alternative to crowd gathering celebrations. There were a number of surprise drive-by parades or processions that paid tribute to very young and very old people. Many of them were birthday parties. The popular “Unsung Heroes Awards Night” couldn’t be held at Prince Pizzeria last year, so event organizers and local officials staged a drive-by to honor the kids from the various grades. Some of our “cover photos” are from these parades. For instance, for the month of April we have Nicholas DiVola sitting in a car with a huge smile as he celebrates turning 17 – by watching a long and loud horn-blowing surprise birthday parade which also drove past his house to show support for his family and dad, Robert DiVola, Jr., who was in the hospital being treated for COVID-19. Perhaps the best example of the parade was the one in June that honored the 160 graduating members of the Saugus High Class of 2020.The parade was organized as a special tribute to the seniors, who saw many of their class activities cancelled and had their graduation ceremonies postponed for two months because of COVID-19. A few of the photos reflect the faces of goodwill during these troubled times. That was evident in our October cover shot of Eleanor Bourque, a member of the Saugus Knitting Club, which met in the parking lot of the Saugus Senior Center on Tuesday afternoons to create items that will go to troops, the homeless and others during the challenging days of COVID-19. There’s no question that our “2020: Year In Pictures” was based on subjective choices I made during the time I spent reviewing each edition of The Saugus Advocate published last year. But I did confer with my longtime newspaper buddy, David Spink, who was a crackerjack photo journalist during his days in the newspaper business. I worked with David back in the late 1980s and early 1990s on the staff of North Shore Sunday when that paper was considered “a must read” for its 110,000 readers in 11 cities and towns on the North Shore – including Saugus, a community I covered for five and a half years. David had also covered the town of Saugus for “Sunday” and offered me plenty of advice on how to cover the blood sport known as Saugus Politics and the town that was nicknamed “The graveyard of Town Managers.” David had developed some expertise in that area by penning the famous North Shore Sunday article that focused on “R-rated politics” in Saugus. Some residents still recall that compelling piece some three and a half decades later. When I returned to cover Saugus again in March of 2016 as editor of The Saugus Advocate, I asked David to read the paper each week and offer a critique. I also sought his advice on how to take and process better photos. sporting a patriotic face covering with miniature American flags in the background as the town observed a scaled-down Memorial Day Service. Feel free to critique our selections and we will be glad to publish reader feedback in next week’s edition. We have a winner! We have a winner in last week’s “Guess Who Got Sketched” contest. Congratulations to Kathy Murphy – who contacted us first and offered us her very creative take on the New Year – for naming “3 great things” she expects in 2021. Thanks to other readers who responded by email or phone message. Try again this week. Here’s last week’s answer, offered by the person who goes by the name of The Sketch Artist: “Our Winner for this week’s sketch is Kathy Murphy! A winner indeed with her happy Outlook of Vision for 2021! “Kathy won by being first to respond! I too share her fondness of the strawberry festival & those wonderful shortcakes (Margie helped make) “Here it is Ms. Kathy Murphy’s own winning words. “Happy New Year. I’m calling with my three wishes and hopes for New New Year ... I’m hoping and wishing for an effective and ample supply of an antiviral for all of us. I am hoping and wishing that we will be able to once again leave our homes, albeit without the mask, but to go out …. and you know … enjoy the strawberry festival, perhaps in the changed way with tables outside to get our strawberry shortcake. If it has to be in the line so be it and I’m hoping that everyone will be kind GUESS WHO GOT SKETCHED? In this week’s edition, we continue our weekly feature where a local artist sketches people, places and things in Saugus. Got an idea who’s being sketched this week? If you do, please email me at mvoge@comcast.net or leave a phone message at 978-683-7773. The first reader to respond between now and Tuesday morning and correctly identify the loving couple being sketched is the winner of a $10 gift certificate, compliments of Dunkin’ at the 1204 Broadway Saugus location at Route 1 North. But you have to enter to win! Look for the winner and identification in next week’s “The Sounds of Saugus.” Please leave your mailing address in case you are a winner. (Courtesy illustration to The Saugus Advocate by a Saugonian who goes by the name of “The Sketch Artist”) For this week’s package of photos, I asked David to review my choices, and I deferred to him on a few of the photos. I also asked him to select what he thought was the best photo of the 2020 “cover shots.” My favorite was the cover photo for the month of February – the one showing Arlene Decareau giving her husband, Eugene, a hug after discovering a vase full of red roses on their living room table – a Valentine’s Day gift that also celebrates 67 years of marriage. “That is the most beautiful shot of the year. But it has no COVID hook, which has to be your cover story,” David told me in a text earlier this week. “The Army vet masked up patriotically in front of the flags is the easy pick to me. Sums up what Saugus and the nation faced in 2020,” David answered in response to my question of what he thought was “the best cover shot.” So, for “the cover shot of 2020,” I took David Spink’s advice and went with our photo of Saugus American Legion Post 210 Finance Officer David Nelson, a Vietnam War–era U.S. Army veteran. That photo captures Nelson in Riverside Cemetery and loving to one another. “Thankyou and Happy Joyful New Year! Yum suddenly I have a craving for a strawberry shortcake! Yours Truly, “The Sketch Artist” A couple of “Shout-Outs” for this week Two loyal Saugus Advocate readers bothered to send in their “shout-out” nominations by deadline. Jeannie Meredith: “I would like to give a "shout out" to Stephanie and Tony Mastrocola for stepping up to deliver several bags of food and gallons of fresh milk to families the week of Christmas for HS2. A special thank you to a family that always drops everything to lend a helping hand. Wishing you a happy Healthy New Year! Arthur Grabowski: “I want to nominate Mark Vogler...editor of The Saugus Advocate for a New Years shout out...Over the years, Mark has reported on many stories in Saugus in a very factual and informative fashion. Many times this has not been easy as several elected and appointed officials have been less than accommodating with requests for information. Mark has done many informative articles with individuals who have contributed greatly to the Town of Saugus....Here’s to another year of good and honest reporting and informative articles that help keep the citizens of Saugus informed.” 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. 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Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 2020: Year in Photos FEBRUARY: Arlene Decareau, right, gives her husband Eugene a hug after discovering a vase full of red roses on the living room table — a Valentine’s Day gift that also celebrates 67 years of marriage. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) JANUARY: Miguel Fernandes, 3, displays a “peace dove” cutout that he plans to color as a child’s way to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Saugus Public Library. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) APRIL: Nicholas DiVola celebrates turning 17 by watching a long and loud horn-blowing surprise birthday parade which also drove past his house to show support for his family and dad — Robert DiVolar, Jr., who was in the hospital, being treated for COVID-19. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) MARCH: U.S. Marine veteran Alphonse D’Amico, 92, adorses President Donald Trump so much that he goes home after voting in the state’s presidential primary and returns to the Precinct 9 poll location and displays this abstract portrait of the president, who later lost his bid for a second term in the November election. President-Elect Joe Biden also beat Trump in Saugus — a town that Trump took four years earlier. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) JUNE: Saugus High School senior Joseph Perez celebrates in his marching band uniform as he rides down Dow Street during the “Senior Roll,” a parade of cars transporting the 160 graduating members of the Saugus High Class of 2020.The parade was organized as a special tribute to the seniors, who saw many of their class activities cancelled and had their graduation ceremonies postponed for two months because of COVID-19. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 Page 11 2020: Year in Photos JULY: Saugus High School graduate Michelle Lee Barowksi, wearing a mask and carrying her 5-month-old son Josiah, crosses the stage to get her diploma during the school’s 149th Commencement Exercises at Stackpole Field, where the audience was limited and observing social distancing protocols because of COVID-19. The Class of 2020 was the last one to graduate from the old Saugus High School, which was torn down and replaced with the new Saugus Middle-High School. (Saugus Advocate photo by Tara Vocino) AUGUST: “Montowampate, the Sachem of Saugus” greets voters of Precincts 1, 3, 4 and 8 when they go to the polls to vote in the new Saugus Middle-High School. Voting booths are set up in front of this reproduction of an illustration of one of the town’s famous native Americans, which is part of the Helen Cutter Collection, Courtesy of the Saugus Public Library. This is an example of some of the town history which is incorporated in the new building (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) SEPTEMBER: Anna Parker Field Supervisor Paul Furey shows off a fall decoration display on the six-acre lawn that he mowed recently. The mums in the autumn display are being sold to benefit the Saugus Youth Soccer Association, which is gearing up for some pickgames during a season altered by COVID-19. (Saugus Advocate photo by Tara Vocino) OCTOBER: Eleanor Bourque, of Saugus, knits one of her beige and brown slippers for servicemen and women. She’s a member of the Saugus Knitting Club which meets in the parking lot of the Saugus Senior Center on Tuesday afternoons and creates items that will go to troops, the homeless and others during the challenging days of COVID-19. (Saugus Advocate photo by Tara Vocino) NOVEMBER: About 20 Saugus High School Sachem football players turn out as a team to help deliver close to 200 turkey meals to needy Saugus homes. Contributing to the Saugus United Parish Food Pantry’s annual Thanksgiving food drive are, left to right, Doug Clark, Tommy Cameron, Braden Faiella, Saugus High Football Coach Steve Cummings and Chase Ledbury. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 2020: Year in Photos SECOND HONORABLE MENTION: World War II U.S. Navy veteran Maurice DiBlasi, who is believed to be the town’s oldest living veteran, celebrates his 100th Birthday in July, in front of his home. He clutches the U.S. Navy uniform he wore during World War II and an American flag. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) DECEMBER: Here is the last full moon of 2020 as seen through the bare branches of trees outdoors in Saugus on the evening of Dec. 29. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) HONORABLE MENTION: Karen and John Coburn dress up as Santa’s helpers. Karen, a retired postal worker at the Saugus Post Office, continues the project she began 20 years ago — answering children’s letters to Santa, with some help from her husband. They are joined by the 19-year-old cat, Fluffy. (Saugus Advocate Photo by Mark E. Vogler) Replacing DeRuosi School Supt. search nears starting point; requests for proposal on consultant due next week By Mark E. Vogler he School Committee should be able to officially launch its search to find a replacement for Superintendent T Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. next week. “The first step is to bring onboard a search agent who will guide us through the search process,” School Committee Vice Chair Ryan Fisher said Wednesday. “We want to do this professionally and aboveboard, and we've asked for quotes to be submitted to the committee by January 11th, at which point we’ll get this search started,” Fisher said. Fischer, who serves as chair of the yet-to-be-named superintendent search panel, said the committee late last year had requested quotes from a handful of agencies that specialize in superintendent job searches. School Committee Member Joseph “Dennis” Gould will serve as vice chair of the search panel. DeRuosi informed the committee in December that he plans to retire next June 30 at the end of his five years as leader of Saugus Public Schools. School Committee members voted unanimously at their December 15 meeting to solicit quotes from search agencies on how they can help the town conduct an effective search process and what it will cost. School Committee Member Arthur Grabowski, who was involved in the search process and the eventual committee vote to hire DeRuosi more than four and a half years ago, stressed that the committee already has somewhat of a blueprint that will guide members in the search and hiring of the next superintendent. Grabowski suggested that the committee work from and revise the same documents which led to hiring of the New England School Development Council – the firm that consulted for a 21-member search committee in a process that eventually led to DeRuosi’s appointment. But because of the nature of recent public meetings being conducted via “Zoom” video conferencing, it is unlikely that the School Committee would select a panel that large, according to Grabowski. He said it cost less than $50,000 to hire a consultant to advise the 2016 search committee. During the meeting, Grabowski asked the School Department’s Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Pola Andrews, to brief the committee on the logistics for hiring a consultant. “If anything is lower than $50,000, you only need three quotes,” Andrews said. “I can’t imagine it being more than $50,000.” Grabowski said he believes the New England School Development Council was hired for an amount “a little north of $40,000.”

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 Page 13 THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | FROM PAGE 9 Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus (HS2) continues With the start of 2021, the Grab-N-Go meals program is back for another year at the Saugus Public Schools to keep needy students from going hungry. Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus (HS2), in partnership with Whitsons Food Service, continues with its noble program. Breakfasts and lunches will be available for pick up at the Veteran Memorial School at 39 Hurd Ave. every Tuesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. HS2 is a nonprofit group that helps to offset food insecurity in households. HS2 provides a weekend’s supply of nutritious food for weekends or school holidays during the school year. For more information or assistance, please email hs2information@ gmail.com or visit the Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus Facebook page. Food Pantry still open The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry will continue to remain open on Fridays between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. despite concerns over the Coronavirus. They have made adjustments to protect their core of volunteers and the needy people who receive the food. “For the protection of our volunteers & clients, and to limit personal contact & crowding/gathering, the food pantry has been distributing prebagged groceries,” says Wendy Reed, Clerk of the Saugus Board of Selectmen, who also oversees the operation of the all-volunteer food pantry. “We understand clients may receive items they don’t want or need, but feel this is the best course of action to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. Those in need, even for short term or one-time assistance are encouraged to come.” The food pantry is in the basement of Cliftondale Congregational Church at 50 Essex St. in Saugus. Food help for veterans Saugus offers a Veterans Food Pantry on the third Wednesday of each month. “We have been holding it in Melrose since the Saugus Senior Center has been closed,” Saugus Veteran Services Officer Jay Pinette says. “The pantry provides a mix of fresh produce and non-perishable foods…The pantry is open to Veterans and/or surviving spouses. Registration is required and may be done by contacting the Veterans Services Office…The food market is generally held at the Saugus Senior Center, but given the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently offering a contact-free, drive-thru food pantry at Memorial Hall on Main Street in Melrose. If you are unable to pick-up, some limited deliveries may be available. This offering is year round. Please call the Saugus Veterans’ Service Office at 781-231-4010 or e-mail VeteransServices@saugus-ma.gov in order to register. Proof of Veteran status is required.” Helping the Vet During these challenging times, your local Veterans’ Service Officers (VSOs) would like to share some information on a benefit program that is available to those who qualify. If you are a Veteran or the surviving spouse of a Veteran, the “Chapter 115 Benefits Program” is a Massachusetts state initiative that provides financial aid for Veterans and/ or their surviving spouses who reside in Massachusetts and meet certain income and asset guidelines. Benefits may include monthly ordinary benefits and/or payment/reimbursement for medical expenses. Whether you are laid off, in transition or living on a fixed income, the program is designed to provide short-term or long-term assistance as needed to provide relief. The program is overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS), which runs the program in partnership with local VSOs. Every town or district in Massachusetts has a VSO. VSOs assist Veterans and their dependents in learning about, applying for and receiving Chapter 115 benefits. VSOs can also help you in applying for other benefits and connecting with local resources. Your local VSO handles applications, obtains program approval from DVS and provides local benefits. The program is funded by a combination of state and local funds. DVS pays for 75% and your city or town pays for 25% of the approved benefits. There are income and asset limits for the program. As a general rule, income and asset requirements are: Family of 1 – monthly income less than $2,081and an asset limit of $5,000. Family of 2 – monthly income less than $2,818 and an asset limit of $9,800 To determine if you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Chapter 115 program, visit the following link and follow the instructions – https://massvetben.org/ – or call your local VSO for more information. The VSOs are also able to help Veterans apply for Federal VA benefits and local benefits and provide food assistance monthly. For example, did you know that if you own a home and have a VA service– connected disability, you are eligible for a partial or full exemption of your property taxes? “Please contact your local Veterans’ Service Officer for more information on any of the services THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | SEE PAGE 17

Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen A message from Bob Katzen, Publisher of Beacon Hill Roll Call: Thanks to the many readers who have been joining me on Sunday nights between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. for my talk show “The Bob Katzen Baby Boomer and Gen X Fun and Nostalgia Show.” Our recent special guests include Jerry Mathers (Beaver Cleaver) and Tony Dow (Wally Cleaver) from the timeless sitcom “Leave it to Beaver,” Mike Lookinland who played Bobby Brady during the five-year run of the iconic sitcom “The Brady Bunch” and Tina Louise who played Ginger Grant on “Gilligan’s Island.” Tune in every Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. as we jump in my time machine and go back to the simpler days of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Stop by my website at www.bobkatzenshow.com and say hi. There are many ways you can listen to the show from anywhere in the world: If you have a smart speaker, simply say, “Play WMEX on RADIO. COM” Download the free RADIO.COM app on your phone or tablet Listen online at: www.radio. com/1510wmex/listen Tune into 1510 AM if you still have an AM radio THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of December 28, 2020 to January 1, 2021. OVERRIDE BAKER’S VETO OF BILL TO INCREASE ABORTION ACCESS (H 5179) House 107-50, Senate 32-8, overrode Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of a bill that would allow abortions after 24 weeks in the case of lethal fetal anomalies and lower the age from 18 to 16 at which a minor can choose to have an abortion without parental or judicial consent. “I strongly support a woman’s right to access reproductive health care, and many provisions of this bill,” said Baker in a letter that accompanied his veto. “I support, for example, the provision that would enable a woman to access an abortion where the child would not survive after birth, and the modifications to the judicial bypass process that make it more accessible to minors who are unable to obtain the consent of a parent or guardian. I also support the changes that eliminate many outdated requirements and the 24-hour waiting period.” “However, I cannot support the sections of this proposal that expand the availability of later-term abortions and permit minors age 16 and 17 to get an abortion without the consent of a parent or guardian,” continued Baker. “With the passing of the ROE Act, Massachusetts has codified reproductive rights, protected vulnerable populations, empowered women, created an environment for healthier families, combated racial injustice, and made it loud and clear, that Massachusetts values are contrary to the values of the current president, and the deeply conservative Supreme Court that Donald Trump and his right-wing colleagues and allies have helped create,” said Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), Senate chair of the Judiciary Committee. “There are no surprises here,” said Catholic Action League Executive Director C.J. Doyle. “Elected officials are proficient at cost-benefit analyses. Democratic legislators know they have more to fear from a progressive primary challenger than they do from a pro-life Republican in the general election. This vote marks the completion of a historic reversal. For most of the 20th century, Bay State Democrats, at the state and local level at least, were socially conservative, while Republicans were socially liberal. As late as 1978, a pro-life Democrat, Ed King, ran against a pro-abortion Republican, Frank Hatch, for governor. Now, Charlie Baker notwithstanding, legislators from both sides reflect their national parties.” “The passage of these reforms to improve abortion access is a historic milestone for reproductive freedom in Massachusetts,” read a statement from the ROE Act Coalition which includes the ACLU of Massachusetts, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts and Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts. “Today, the commonwealth reestablished itself as a national leader in health care by removing political barriers to abortion and becoming the first state to legislatively ease burdensome restrictions on young people’s access to care. The Legislature’s leadership means no Bay State family who receives a devastating diagnosis later in pregnancy will ever be forced to fly across the country to access compassionate care and no 16- or 17-year-old will ever be forced to navigate the court system to access the health care they need. This legislation will significantly improve the health and wellbeing of Massachusetts residents and represents an important step in removing medically unnecessary barriers to abortion care in our state.” “The ROE Act was introduced nearly two years ago,” said Myrna Maloney Flynn, president of Massachusetts Citizens for Life. “Every day since then, thousands of Massachusetts Citizens for Life members, who reside in every corner of our state, used their voices to speak for those who cannot. They learned the truth about this irresponsible and dangerous legislation and bravely spread that truth within their communities—even during a pandemic. Almost as disheartening as this new law is the fact that legislators rammed this damaging bill through during COVID-19, inserting it into the state budget, knowing our opposition could not fight it in person due to quarantine restrictions.” Flynn continued, “So while we pause today to grieve for the many lives that will be severely damaged and lost as a result of the ROE Act, we anticipate, much as abolitionists did, the inevitability of a brighter tomorrow. Pro-lifers know setbacks. What we don’t know how to do is give up, look the other way, and allow injustice to stand.” “It’s heartbreaking to see that our legislators are so enslaved to Planned Parenthood,” said Andrew Beckwith, executive director of the Massachusetts Family Institute. “There are over 18,000 abortions every year in Massachusetts, which averages out to the deaths of more than 125 on the heads of every state representative and state senator who voted to override the governor’s veto.” “Abortion is health care,” responded the ROE Act Coalition. “This legislation will significantly improve the health and wellbeing of Massachusetts residents and represents an important step in removing medically unnecessary barriers to abortion care in our state. Tens of thousands of Massachusetts voters advocated to improve access to safe, legal abortion and applaud the legislatures’ unwavering leadership in the face of a global pandemic, inflammatory attacks from anti-abortion activists, and a governor who stood in the way of meaningful reform.” “Sen. Chandler’s office does not respond to libelous and out of touch statements like the one from Mr. Beckwith,” responded Kevin Connor, the communications director for the Worcester Democrat. “One might remind him that the vast majority of Massachusetts voters support abortion.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill expanding abortion. A “No” vote is against it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Rep. Donald Wong No No Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes MORE VETOES Gov. Baker vetoed millions of dollars in funding in the $46.2 billion fiscal 2021 state budget. This is in sharp contrast to last fiscal year when, in an unusual move, the governor signed the fiscal 2020 state budget into law without vetoing any of the $43.3 billion in spending approved by the House and Senate. Baker said his reason for vetoing most of the funding in this fiscal 2021 budget was because it was not consistent with the budget he had filed. Override supporters defendBHRC | SEE PAGE 15 Savvy Senior BY JIM MILLER Is Social Security Income Taxable? Dear Savvy Senior, I understand that a portion of my Social Security benefits may be taxable when I retire. Can you tell me how to calculate this? Ready to Retire Dear Ready, Whether or not you’ll be required to pay federal income tax on your Social Security benefits will depend on your income and filing status. About 35 percent of Social Security recipients have total incomes high enough to trigger federal income tax on their benefits. To figure out if your benefits will be taxable, you’ll need to add up all of your “provisional income,” which includes wages, taxable and non-taxable interest, dividends, pensions and taxable retirement-plan distributions, self-employment, and other taxable income, plus half your annual Social Security benefits, minus certain deductions used in figuring your adjusted gross income. How to Calculate To help you with the calculations, get a copy of IRS Publication 915 “Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits,” which provides detailed instructions and worksheets. You can download it at IRS.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p915. pdf or call the IRS at 800-8293676 and ask them to mail you a free copy. After you do the calculations, the IRS says that if you’re single and your total income from all of the listed sources is: zLess than $25,000, your Social Security will not be subject to federal income tax. zBetween $25,000 and $34,000, up to 50 percent of your Social Security benefits will be taxed at your regular income-tax rate. zMore than $34,000, up to 85 percent of your benefits will be taxed. zIf you’re married and filing jointly and the total from all sources is: zLess than $32,000, your Social Security won’t be taxed. zBetween $32,000 and $44,000, up to 50 percent of your Social Security benefits will be taxed. zMore than $44,000, up to 85 percent of your benefits will be taxed. If you’re married and file a separate return, you probably will pay taxes on your benefits. To limit potential taxes on your benefits, you’ll need to be cautious when taking distributions from retirement accounts or other sources. In addition to triggering ordinary income tax, a distribution that significantly raises your gross income can bump the proportion of your Social Security benefits subject to taxes. How to File If you find that part of your Social Security benefits will be taxable, you’ll need to file using Form 1040 or Form 1040SR. You also need to know that if you do owe taxes, you’ll need to make quarterly estimated tax payments to the IRS, or you can choose to have it automatically withheld from your benefits. To have it withheld, you’ll need to complete IRS Form W-4V, Voluntary Withholding Request (IRS.gov/pub/irs-pdf/ fw4v.pdf), and file it with your local Social Security office. You can choose to have 7 percent, 10 percent, 12 percent or 22 percent of your total benefit payment withheld. If you subsequently decide you don’t want the taxes withheld, you can file another W-4V to stop the withholding. If you have additional questions on taxable Social Security benefits call the IRS help line at 800-829-1040. State Taxation In addition to the federal government, 13 states – Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia – tax Social Security benefits to some extent too. If you live in one of these states, check with your state tax agency for details. For links to state tax agencies see TaxAdmin.org/statetax-agencies. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 Page 15 BHRC | FROM PAGE 14 ed the funding and the programs and said cutting them would be irresponsible and result in a cut in services. Here are some of the vetoes: $121,395 FOR MASSACHUSETTS COMMISSION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION (H 5164) House 144-11, Senate 38-1, overrode Gov. Baker’s $121,395 veto reduction (from $4,169,189 to $4,047,794) in funding for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). According to its website, the MCAD’s mission is to “eradicate discrimination in the commonwealth by investigating and prosecuting complaints of discrimination that occur in employment, housing, public places, access to education, lending and credit.” The MCAD also offers training to help prevent discrimination from occurring. (A “Yes” vote is for the $121,395. A “No” vote is against it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Rep. Donald Wong Yes Yes Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes $191,845 FOR STATE ETHICS COMMISSION (H 5164) House 147-8, Senate 38-1, overrode Gov. Baker’s $191,845 veto reduction (from $2,583,694 to $ 2,391,849) in funding for the State Ethics Commission. According to its website, the commission is “an independent state agency that administers and enforces the provisions of the conflict-of-interest law and financial disclosure law.” (A “Yes” vote is for the $191,845. 1. On Jan. 8, 1852, what Bay Stater and inventor of the cotton gin died? 2. What N.E. state’s tallest building (124 feet) is the shortest building of the U.S. states’ tallest buildings? 3. In “Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months,” who praised enjoying that soup in January? 4. What is skijoring? 5. On Jan. 9, 1324, what Italian explorer – and namesake of a game – died? 6. How are No Toes, New South Wales; The Wedge, California; and Waimea Bay, Hawaii, similar? 7. How are Graves, Great Misery and Plum similar? 8. January 10 is annual Houseplant Appreciation Day; what chemical element do houseplants give off that is beneficial? 9. What town in northern France became known for a type of lace? 10. On Jan. 11, 1895, Laurens Hammond was born, who invented what electronic keyboard instrument? 11. How are Mahabharata, Odyssey and Beowulf similar? 12. What toy does an arctophile collect? 13. In 1897 what newspaper began using the slogan All the News That’s Fit to Print? 14. January 12 is annual National Hot Tea Day; what flower is also the name of the tea plant family? 15. The world’s longest freshwater beach, Ontario’s Wasaga Beach, is on what lake? 16. On Jan. 13, 1968, who performed at Folsom State Prison? 17. How are Abel, Cain and Seth similar? 18. What N.E. native minister and abolitionist said, “Every man should be born again on the first of January. Start with a fresh page”? 19. What candy was originally called “Papa Sucker”? 20. January 14 is annual National Dress Up Your Pet Day; what fashion company with NYC flagship stores has “The Pup Shop” for dog wear? ANSWERS A “No” vote is against it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Rep. Donald Wong Yes Yes Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes $12,448 FOR THE DIVISION OF LOCAL MANDATES (H 5164) House 126-30, Senate 38-1, overrode Gov. Baker’s $12,448 veto reduction (from $381,474 to $369,026) in funding for the Division of Local Mandates. According to its website, the division “responds to requests from local government leaders to determine if a state law is an unfunded mandate on municipalities. In addition, we serve as a source of information on issues harming municipal budgets and provide recommendations to address those issues.” (A “Yes” vote is for the $12,448. A “No” vote is against it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Rep. Donald Wong Yes No Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes $19 MILLION FOR MASSHEALTH FOR DENTAL BENEFITS (H 5164) House 124-31, Senate 37-2, overrode Gov. Baker’s veto of $19 million funding for MassHealth for expanded dental benefits for adult members. “I am striking language that earmarks funding for a program expansion not recommended,” wrote Gov. Baker in his veto message. “At a time when managing chronic conditions and helping people stay healthy could not be more important, reinstating these services for the first time in 10 years will make a meaningful impact on the health of thousands of Massachusetts residents,” said Amy Rosenthal, executive director of Health Care for All. “State budget shortfalls led to significant cuts to adult dental benefits in MassHealth in 2010. Since then, advocates and legislative leaders have worked together to incrementally restore these benefits including coverage of fillings, full dentures, gum disease treatment and now finally root canals and crowns.” (A “Yes” vote is for the $19 million. A “No” vote is against it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Rep. Donald Wong Yes No Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes $2,427,239 FOR THE CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION (H 5164) House 127-28, Senate 37-2, overrode Gov. Baker’s $2,427,239 million veto reduction (from $12,400,000 to $9,972,761) in funding for the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC). According to its website, "the mission of the commission is to honor the will of the voters of Massachusetts by safely, equitably and effectively implementing and administering the laws enabling access to medical and adult use marijuana in the commonwealth.” (A “Yes” vote is for the $2.4 million. A “No” vote is against it.) Rep. RoseLee Vincent Rep. Donald Wong Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes No Yes DELEO RESIGNS, HOUSE ELECTS REP. RON MARIANO SPEAKER Former House Speaker Bob DeLeo resigned last week to take a job at Northeastern University. His second in command, Majority Leader Ron Mariano (D-Quincy) was easily elected as the new speaker of the House. Mariano received 123 votes. GOP Rep. Brad Jones (R-North Reading), the current minority leader, received 31 votes. All Democrats who voted did so for Mariano. All members of the GOP voted for Jones. Reps. Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown) of Watertown and Tami Gouveia (D-Acton) did not vote while Denise Rep. Provost (D-Somerville) voted “present.” Rep. RoseLee Vincent Voted for Mariano Rep. Donald Wong Voted for Jones HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK'S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature's job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late-night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of December 28, 2020 to January 1, 2021, the House met for a total of 11 hours and 42 minutes while the Senate met for a total of five hours and 52 minutes. Mon. Dec. 28 House 11:05 a.m. to 5:52 p.m. Senate 11:11 a.m. to 2:36 p.m. Tues. Dec. 29 House 1:03 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Senate 12:39 p.m. to 2:48 p.m. Wed. Dec. 30 House 12:36 p.m. to 2:04 p.m. Senate 1:19 p.m. to 1:37 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 31 No House session Fri. Jan. 1 No House session No Senate session No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com For Advertising with Results, call The Advocate Newspapers at 617-387-2200 or Info@advocatenews.net 1. Eli Whitney 2. Vermont (in Burlington) 3. Maurice Sendak 4. When a skier is drawn over ice or snow by a vehicle or horse 5. Marco Polo 6. They are popular big wave surfing spots. 7. They are islands in Massachusetts. 8. Oxygen 9. Chantilly 10. The Hammond organ 11. They are epic poems – in Sanskrit, Greek and Old English, respectively 12. Teddy bears 13. The New York Times 14. Camellia 15. Lake Huron 16. Johnny Cash 17. They are children of Adam and Eve mentioned in the Book of Genesis. 18. Henry Ward Beecher 19. Sugar Daddy 20. Ralph Lauren

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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 Page 17 THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | FROM PAGE 13 mentioned. We are all here to assist. We are regularly checking voicemails and emails as we continue to work remotely and in our offices throughout COVID-19.” Melrose: Karen Burke, 781-979-4186, kburke@ cityofmelrose.org. Wakefield: David Mangan, 781-246-6377, dmangan@wakefield.ma.us. Saugus: Jay Pinette, 781-231-4010, jpinette@saugus-ma.gov. Buy a brick to honor your vets “Veterans Buy-a-Brick Program. Due to the low number of orders and the uncertainty of…a Veterans Day ceremony…the program will be extended until May. The installation of bricks will be during the Memorial Day ceremony. We will be contacting the people who have already purchased a brick. Any questions, please call 781-231-7995.” Side Door Pickup at the Saugus Public Library To help keep the building and staff warmer during the winter, the Saugus Public Library moved its Front Door Pickup service from Central Street to Taylor Street in mid-December. Patrons are required to place items on hold via the library’s online catalog and then, once notified that their item(s) are ready, schedule a pickup date. Pickup times remain the same: Tuesday: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thursday: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. In addition to the slight change in location, the library has made it easier for its patrons to retrieve their items. Instead of waiting for a librarian to place your item on the table, we’ll place all scheduled holds on a table in the Taylor Street hallway. All you’ll have to do is walk in (one at a time, please, and don’t forget to wear a mask!) and retrieve the bag with your name on it. The library also provides remote printing pickup and take & make crafts from the Taylor Street hallway. And should you need asGARDENS | FROM PAGE 8 hybrids). The western arborvitae (Thuja plicata) is less delectable. In summer, hostas are often relished by both deer and rabbits. We might have to search hard to find flowers outdoors at this time of year, but they are there if you know where to look. Pansies are blooming on Route 1, and I also spotted a few in a decorative pot on Main Street. Snow pansies, also known as ice pansies and winter pansies (Viola hiemalis), can survive the winter and will bloom during thaws, so it is not unusual to see them blooming in January and February. Winter pansies’ species epithet, hiemasistance, a librarian will be standing by near the hallway to help. Fast, simple and easy! For more information on this and other services, visit http://www.sauguspubliclibrary.org. 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 four 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 while practicing social distancing outside a local coffee shop. And I’ll buy the coffee. Or, if you prefer to be interviewed from the safety of your home on the phone or via email, I will provide that option to you as the nation copes with the Coronavirus crisis. lis, is actually Latin for “wintry.” They need full sun and ample water (which means you should bring out a watering can of water for them now and then, since irrigation systems will be drained during this time and hoses put away), and they are more likely to perform well if planted in September or October since spring planted ones are likely to be worn out by this time. While bicolor ones are supposedly available, I have usually seen solid yellow, white or purple to be the most reliable colors in the winter pansies. The more familiar spring blooming pansies (Viola wittrockiana) can survive freezing temperatures, which is why it is safe to plant them outside in April, but they will certainly be damaged if temperatures are consistently below freezing, as they are likely to be for the next few months. Editor’s Note: Laura Eisener is a landscape design consultant who helps homeowners with landscape design, plant selection and placement of trees and shrubs, as well as perennials. She is a member of the Saugus Garden Club and offered to write a series of articles about “what’s blooming in town, since so many people have taken to walking the streets in their neighborhoods as a way to get some exercise and get out of the house” during the global pandemic. Space for Lease 3 Large Rooms, each with Large Walk-in Storage Area. or Aerobics Studio. Located at Route 1 South at Walnut Street. Rollerworld Plaza, Route 1 South, 425 Broadway, Saugus. Call Michelle at: 781-233-9507

Page 18 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 OBITUARIES Florence D. (Mantini) Harris Of Saugus, formerly of Revere, age 91, died at Tufts Medical Center in Boston on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. She was the wife of the late Edward R. Harris, Sr. Born and raised in Revere, Mrs. Harris was the daughter of the late Dominic and Delia (DiGregorio) Mantini. A resident of Saugus since 1963, Florence was a people person who loved family Sundays and especially loved her grandchildren. Mrs. Harris is survived by her three daughters, Sandra Hart of Amesbury, Denise Harbison of Saugus, and Rhonda Harris of CA; nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Edward R. Harris, Jr. as well as her brothers and sisters. In lieu of flowers, donations in Florence’s memory may be made to the Fisher House of Boston at fisherhouseboston.org. Linda R. (Hinckley) Lewis Melchionna Of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea, age 73, died on Wednesday, December 30 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Anthony L. Melchionna with whom she shared 45 years of marriage and her 1st husband the late John Lewis. Born and raised in Chelsea, Mrs. Lewis Melchionna was the daughter of the late Robert and Rose (Buckley) Hinckley. Linda is survived by her three children, Nicholas Melchionna of Lynn, Patricia Lewis Pepi of Saugus, Laura M. Shugarts of FL; six grandchildren; one sister, Ann Gannon of CT; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son Anthony L. Melchionna, Jr. and her brother Robert Hinckley, Jr. In lieu of flowers, donations in Linda’s memory may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center at joslin.org. REAL ESTATE TRANSAC TIONS 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 BUYER2 Brown, James Caruso-Mcgrail, Cynthia Defrancesco, James Johnson, Marquis Ramos, Jose Toukhmanian, Armen DeJesus, Ouriel Brown, Janelle Kaplan-Bevans, Mandi SELLER1 Ciaramitaro, Dorothy A Bono, Erica Montgomery, Robert E Brown, Lisa M Caruso, Michael Chaille, Lisa M Whyte, Edward SELLER2 Ciaramitaro, Paul S ADDRESS 15 Ballard St 308 Reynolds Dr #308 2 Parkway Dr Brown, Robert L Caruso, Trisha Chaille, Michael 29 Felton St 8 Makepeace St 15 Pine Tree Dr 87 Golden Hills Rd CITY Saugus Saugus Saugus Saugus Saugus Saugus Saugus DATE 16.12.2020 16.12.2020 16.12.2020 15.12.2020 15.12.2020 15.12.2020 14.12.2020 PRICE $540 000,00 $415 000,00 $765 000,00 $475 000,00 $590 000,00 $735 000,00 $840 000,00

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