SAUGUS Your Local News & Sports Online. Subscribe & Scan Here! CAT D Vol. 26, No.5 CAT -FREE- www.advocatenews.net Published Every Friday ELEVATING THE FLOODING ISSUE TE 781-233-4446 Friday, February 2, 2024 Going Green Again Town passes the million dollar mark after winning another Green Community Grant from the state A MILLION DOLLAR MILESTONE: After receiving last week’s award of $200,000 in Green Communities Grant funds, the town of Saugus has received $1.1-million from the state Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to fund clean energy and energy-effi cient projects. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) By Mark E. Vogler AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE IN SAUGUS: Glenn E. Bowie, president of Hamilton Elevator Interiors, stands at the entrance of his business on Belair Street in East Saugus. Nearly three weeks after the Jan. 13 fl ood that left water damage in his business, cleanup of the building continues. Meanwhile, Bowie said the recent history of fl ooding in the area has him contemplating a possible relocation from Saugus. Please see inside for more photos and this week’s “The Advocate Asks.” (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) ~ Home of the Week ~ Nestled in The Woodlands, this exquisite custom Colonial beckons you home. Boasting 8 rooms and 2 1/2 baths, its spacious open floor plan is perfect for entertaining, complemented by a cozy fireplace and gleaming hardwood floors. With convenient first-floor laundry, a finished lower level, and a 2-car garage, this residence offers unparalleled comfort. Enjoy serene summer evenings on the farmers porch in this sought-after neighborhood. Your dream home awaits! 5 SANDERS DRIVE, SAUGUS Carpenito Real Estate is now Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate OFFERED AT $925,000 (781) 233-7300 335 Central St. Saugus Commonmoves.com ©2024 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently owned and operated franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of Columbia Insurance Company, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. Equal Housing Opportunity. S augus received a $200,000 Green Communities Competitive Grant last week from the state Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to fund clean energy and energy-efficient projects. The town was one of 50 communities across the state receiving $7.7 million in grant money awards from the DOER. It marked the sixth time the town received the grant since being designated a “Green Community” in 2015. With the latest grant, the town has received $1.1-million from the program over the past decade. “These are competitive grants that fund projects that are beneficial for both the environment and for Saugus taxpayers, saving money on utility costs,” Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree said in a press statement this week. “Saugus is committed to sustainability and our comGOING GREEN | SEE PAGE 9 Mid-grade Regular $3.98 95 73 87 Over 45 Years of Excellence! Full Service $3.65 Order online at angelosoil.com

Page 2 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 2, 2024 ~ The Advocate Asks ~ Local elevator company president talks about how he wound up in Saugus and the flooding that threatens his business Editor’s Note: For this week’s interview, we sat down with Glenn E. Bowie, the president of Hamilton Elevator Interiors, Inc. at his warehouse on Belair Street in East Saugus. Bowie, 64, is a 1978 graduate of Malden High School who went to work for Hamilton Elevator Interiors 45 years ago as a welder and wound up buying the company about eight years ago. The company topped $4.2 million in sales last year. The company has a payroll of about 12 workers – including five in the shop, three in the office and four in the field. His 34-year-old son Scott is one of the shop workers. According to a company profile on its website, Hamilton Elevator Interiors originated in 1920. It has been designing, building and renovating custom elevator enclosures, interiors and entrances. In addition to running an elevator company, Bowie collects antique cars, enjoys photography and writes poetry and lyrics for music. He writes poetry and plays blues harmonica with John Butcher. Highlights from last week’s interviews follow. Q: So how did you wind up working most of your adult life in the elevator business? A: In 1979, I was working for a welder in Brookline. My brother and I were working for him, putting up a two-story building. The pope was coming to town. The whole city was shutting down, but we had to work. He was paying us crap, so we asked him for a raise and he said “no.” The same day I left, I responded to an ad for a job in Stoneham. They said they needed somebody with welding experience. It was an elevator company. It turned out to be a job where I fit right in, so I took the job. Q: How did you wind up THE HEART OF THE OPERATION: Glenn Bowie shows off the warehouse that holds the expensive machines that bend the metal, cut the various lengths of metal and punch holes in sheets of metal that become the components of elevators. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) Celebrating Our 52nd Year Dan - 1972 We Sell Cigars & Accessories! ALL MAJOR BRANDS Singles * Tins * Bundles * Boxes * Travel Humidors * Desk Top Humidors * Many Types of Lighters * Ash Trays * Juuls * Vapes * Glass Pipes * Rewards Program * CBD Infused Products * GIFTS UNDER $30 - GIFT CERTIFICATES STOCK-UP EARLY FOR CIGARS & ACCESSORIES! SUPER BOWL SUNDAY IS FEBRUARY 11th WINTER STORE HOURS: OPEN DAILY 7 DAYS A WEEK, 9AM - 6PM R.Y.O. TOBACCO & TUBES ON SALE! WE MAKE HOUSE KEYS! Green Label Cigar Sale! Buy 2 Cigars, Get One FREE! A.B.C. CIGAR 170 REVERE ST., REVERE (781) 289-4959 COMPANY PARTNERS: Glenn Bowie with company Vice President Sasa Samardzic, whom Bowie credits with helping build up annual sales at Hamilton Elevator Interiors, Inc. to $4.2 million since joining the company eight years ago. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) Chris 2024 working in Saugus? A: I was in Stoneham for about 10 years. Then the owner, John Hamilton, moved the company to 501 Main St. in the late 1980s. Then we outgrew that place. And about 20 years ago, we came here to Belair Street. I owe a lot to John Hamilton, because this was his company. And I pretty much built it into what it was until he sold me the place in 2016. Q: When you first arrived here on Belair Street, did you have flooding issues? A: No. It never really floodASKS | SEE PAGE 3

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 2, 2024 Page 3 ASKS| FROM PAGE 2 ed. We just got rain puddles and they would dissipate in a day or so. Q: When did you first notice the flooding? A: Around the same time that COVID came. We’d get two or three high tides and then the third one seemed like the one that caused the problem. It would come up in the back of our tires in the parking lot. Within hours, it would drain. In 2021, that’s the first time it came into the building. Up until then, we really didn’t have to deal with it. Q: How did it go from there? A: The first time it came into the building was on a weekend. It was about an inch deep. The following year, it was about two inches deep. And during this recent one was three inches. Slowly, but surely, it started coming up. Q: And how much damage did you experience from the flooding? A: We’ve gone through three furnaces in three years. Q: What’s been the estimated cost of the damage? A: Probably close to $100,000, which includes the $6,000 flood insurance we have to pay each year. And having to replace the heating system all of the time. There’s lost product. Metal got rusty and wood got damaged during the first two floods. We had wall-to-wall carpeting in the office area that had to be ripped out. We were worried about mildew. We had to rip out the whole kitchen. We don’t want any black mold. The water came up to the bottom of the truck in the parking lot. It won’t start now. The battery is junk. Q: Anything else that you experience down here when it floods? A: Besides the money damage, it kind of disrupts everything. People can’t get to work. There’s a whole snowball effect from it. Q: Please tell me a little bit about your business. A: We’ve been in business a long time. We’ve done all of the major hospitals and schools in the state. Q: What was your biggest project? A: During the recession in the 80’s, we did 64 elevators in the John Hancock Building. We had marble shipped up from Texas on big freight trucks – 64 crates for the 64 elevators. It was a project that lasted a year. I know we 425r Broadway, Saugus Located adjacent to Kohls Plaza Route 1 South in Saugus at the intersection of Walnut Street We are on MBTA Bus Route 429 781-231-1111 We are a Skating Rink with Bowling Alleys, Arcade and two TV’s where the ball games are always on! PUBLIC SKATING SCHEDULE 12-7 p.m. Sunday CRAFTING THEIR PRODUCT: Two workers at Hamilton Elevator Interiors, Inc. assemble the walls of a future elevator. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) would have gone out of business if we didn’t get that account. Q: What about today? A: We do the elevators in all of the colleges, hospitals and hotels. Q: What’s the big thing these days? A: The MBTA is our biggest project. We do all of the MBTA glass elevators. With the glass, you can see in and it’s a deterrent for sexual assaults. We do 10 to 15 of these a year. And in the elevators, we use urine-proof stainless steel. They’re not going to rust and will last forever. Q: You said you love Saugus. A: Yes, I do, and we’d rather stay here. It cost us $150,000 just to move here 20 years ago. I like this location because of the nature in the area. It’s quiet and secluded on a dead-end street. And it’s close to Boston. But the nuisance of the flooding has got us talking about moving. Q: You were talking about that at last week’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting (Jan. 23). You talked about your own experience and the need to reactivate the floodgate project. A: Before that meeting, I didn’t even know there was a plan for flood gates. It kind of makes me mad because if they [the federal and state governments] had dealt with it back then [in 1993, when the state Secretary of Environmental Affairs called a halt to the project], we wouldn’t have a problem now. Q: Because the project was halted, you have witnessed a growing problem that seems to be getting worse and worse every year. A: It sure does. The water can get four feet deep in the middle of the road. I’ve seen a guy where the whole front of his jeep was under water. And we had neighbors four years ago who just bought a house across the street, and they had a little green Honda and they couldn’t get down the street to get to their new house because the water in front of the house was four feet deep. 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Page 4 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 2, 2024 ~ The Old Sachem ~ The witches of France Y By Bill Stewart ou probably know about the witches of Salem in the late 1600s and the trials that went with it. You might even know that the idea of witches came across with the Pilgrims from England. But you probably never heard of the witches of France. In the Middle Ages there was little central control, so there is little national information of witches, but local areas started their own persecutions. The early 15th century saw accusations of citizens as witches in France and there were more accused of witchcraft than the other European nations. The Spanish kingdom and the Italian states saw fewer accused because the Holy Roman Empire had other interests. There was a decrease in accusations in the Gerry 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 15th century. The 16th and 17th centuries had a resurgence of accusation of witches, with the revival of old laws and new ways to criminalize witchcraft. People relied on the church to provide answers to mysteries of the world. Occurrences of life – such as paralysis, sudden seizure, birth of a baby born ill or disfigured – required people to search for answers, and witchcraft was a very easy choice to blame. The church believed in the Devil and witches were considered as primary disciples. The church took up the cause as their duty to rid the earth of the Devil’s protégés. About 2,000 witchcraft trials were taken during this period (1550 to 1700). Few women admitted to these alleged powers, and most vehemently denied the accusations. The church considered prosecution of witches as a necessary procedure and often used torture to obtain confessions. The church looked mostly at older women who were not protected by a husband, and prosecution included death using fire or hanging as the reasonable option. Midwives were a closely watched group and when they were assisting at a childbirth if the child or mother died, people often blamed the midwife. Heinreich Kramer, a German churchman, often referred to as the Witch Hammer, published a handbook for conducting torture. He listed a step-by-step process for inquisition of witches. Johaan Weyer and Jean Bodin published works that discussed witchcraft to the literary. Demonic possession was linked to the theories of witchcraft. Both women and men were linked to this process, ASKS| FROM PAGE 3 of that. To tell you how bad it gets down here – I bought a furnace for a house in Malden; it’s 30 years old and still going strong. I’ve put four furnaces in during a four-year time period while here on Belair Street. We had a crew come in and rip out the wallto-wall carpeting last week. Look at the paint on the cabinets peeling because of the mold. Q: Anything else that you would like to share? TRAPPED IN THE WATER: Todd “TJ” Patterson found himself stuck on the hood of a company van during the recent flooding outside of Hamilton Elevator Interiors, Inc. on Belair Street. (Courtesy Photo of Glenn Bowie to The Saugus Advocate) A: I really like doing this [running the elevator business]. It’s another creative outlet for me. Q: You consider yourself a very creative person? A: Yes. The writing and photography has taken me on this unbelievable journey. Q: How long have you been writing? A: Since 2008. I didn’t set out to be a writer, but just started writing one day. I went for a hypnosis session and came out as a writer. ASKS | SEE PAGE 5 particularly in the northern area of Normandy. Witchcraft was believed fueled by malevolent and mysterious forces. In one of the earliest cases, Louis Gaufridi, a priest, was accused of leading a nun, Madeleine de Demandolx de la Palud, to witchcraft. Gaufridi was eventually burned at the stake after gruesome torture. Madeleine much later was twice accused of being a witch and spent the rest of her life in prison. Another recorded case includes a nun, Jeanne des Anges, who was accused of feelings for a parish priest, Father Urbain Grandier. Jeanne’s group of nuns complained about her possession, and Cardinal Richelieu ordered a trial of Jeanne, which resulted in her death at the stake. Men were almost never accused of witchcraft. During these times various pamphlets were printed that showed images of blackrobed witches with pointy hats, which became the picture of a witch. Among the famous women accused of “The Old Sachem,” Bill Stewart. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Joanie Allbee) witchcraft was Joan of Arc. Although we have pretty much given up the accusation of witchcraft, women are often still rated as inferior to men, and men were very infrequently accused of witchery. (Editor’s Note: Bill Stewart, who is better known to Saugus Advocate readers as “The Old Sachem,” writes a weekly column about sports – and sometimes he opines on current or historical events or famous people.)

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 2, 2024 Page 5 ASKS| FROM PAGE 4 I was having premonition dreams my entire life, so I went to a friend of the family – a spiritual healer – and started writing. I went home that night and I wrote four poems. I never desired to be a writer. It just took off from there. Q: I understand you have an interest in music, too. A: I always had that rock and roll lifestyle. I started going to rock concerts when I was 12. The Allman Brothers was my fi rst concert. I used to go to four to fi ve concerts a week. Q: Do you play a musical instrument? A: I play the harmonica. I’ve been playing for three to four years for John Butcher. I love music. I love the rock and roll lifestyle. They have tried to pay me, but I don’t take anything. I let the band split up the money. I was down in Nashville, writing the lyrics for songs with James Taylor’s bands. A: I love old cars. I collect antique cars, but can’t keep them down here because of the fl ooding. Q: How many cars do you have in your collection and what are they? A: I have fi ve: a ’69 Pontiac Firebird; a ’67 Acadian – it’s A FLOOD CASUALTY: Glenn Bowie stands near the receding waters in the parking lot of Hamilton Elevator Interiors where the truck to his right was damaged. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) pretty rare – they only made 370; a ’64 Chevy Nova wagon; a ’65 Plymouth Fury; and a ’65 Chevy C-10 pickup. Q: So, what would you tell your congressmen who have an opportunity to fund the fl oodgate project? A: We’re going to move at some point. I’m not sure how the fl oodgate project would impact us right now. I think something should have been done 30 to 40 years ago. I’ve seen a lot of people come and go over the years. I’m sure there’s a lot of people who are going to move because of the fl ooding. I don’t think a lot of people know about the fl ooding potential when they move in. 8 Norwood St. Everett (617) 387-9810 Open Daily 4:00 PM Closed Sunday Announcing our Classic Specials Dine In Only: * FREE Salad with purchase of Entree, Monday & Tuesdays * Cheese Pizza - Only $10 Catch ALL The Live Sports Action On Our Large Screen TV’s SHOP LOCAL & DROP BY FOR DINNER! www.eight10barandgrille.com SABATINO INSURANCE AGENCY 519 BROADWAY EVERETT, MA 02149 Auto * Home * Boat * Renter * Condo * Life * Multi-Policy Discounts * Commercial 10% Discounts * Registry Service Also Available Sabatino Insurance is proud to welcome the loyal customers of PHONE: (617) 387-7466 FAX: (617) 381-9186 Visit us online at: WWW.SABATINO-INS.COM

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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 2, 2024 Page 7 Middle School Teacher charged with fentanyl possession on school grounds P olice arrested a seventh grade science teacher at the Saugus Middle High School last week (Thursday, Jan. 25) after seizing six grams of what they later determined to be fentanyl, a potent opioid she allegedly brought into the school with her. Roxanne Plaskon, 52, of Beverly, pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession of a Class A substance during her arraignment last Friday in Lynn District Court. She was released on personal recognizance, pending her next court appearance, which has been set for March 5. It was an emergency 911 call to police regarding “a suspicious substance” found in a faculty bathroom that led to Plaskon’s arrest. Police who responded to the call observed a white powdery substance on a shelf in a second floor restroom. Less than an hour after the first call, police responded to a second report, this one about a substance discovered in a classroom. A police report noted that a similar white powdery substance in a pill bottle was found in a school bag belonging to the teacher. Plaskon told police that the pill bottle contained fentanyl, which she said she took for pain, according to the police report. The evidence gathered by police included video surveillance showing Plaskon entering the restroom. Plaskon admitted to taking the fentanyl that day at school, according to the report. Soon after, police arrested her and took her to the police station. “At the time of the incident, no other staff or students were in danger,” communications strategist Kelli O’Hara said in a brief statement on behalf of the Saugus Police Department. Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Michael Hashem declined to comment on the situation. He would not say how long Plaskon had worked at the Middle School and whether she faced disciplinary action. He provided The Saugus Advocate the following statement he issued to news media following Plaskon’s arrest: “This message is to inform the Saugus Public School community that there was an incident today concerning a staff member at the Saugus Middle High School Complex which required the intervention of the Saugus Police Department. The allegations concerning this employee are deeply concerning to the Saugus Public Schools and the Town of Saugus and the employee was arrested at that time. The school department has worked cooperatively with the Saugus Police Department and will continue to do so. Both the Saugus Administration and Saugus Police Department addressed the situation, following the appropriate procedures and laws, to make sure that at no time was the safety of students or staff in jeopardy. Since this matter is the subject of an ongoing investigation and involves a personnel matter I cannot make any further comment. Any further questions may be addressed to the Saugus Police Department.” THIS WEEK ON SAUGUS TV Sunday, Feb. 4 from 9 to 11 p.m. on Channel 8 – “Sunday Night Stooges” (The Three Stooges). Monday, Feb. 5 all day on Channel 8 – “Movie Monday” (classic movies). Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. on Channel 9 –Board of Selectmen live. Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 22 – Girls Basketball vs. Gloucester from Feb. 5. Thursday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. on Channel 9 – Board of Health from Feb. 5. Friday, Feb. 9 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 9 – Library Board of Trustees from Feb. 8. Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2:30 p.m. on Channel 22– Boys Basketball vs. Danvers from Feb. 8. Saugus TV can be seen on Comcast Channels 8 (Public), 9 (Government) & 22 (Educational) ***programming may be subject to change without notice*** For complete schedules, please visit www.saugustv.org RON’S OIL Call For PRICE MELROSE, MA 02176 NEW CUSTOMER’S WELCOME ACCEPTING VISA, MASTERCARD & DISCOVER (781) 397-1930 OR (781) 662-8884 100 GALLON MINIMUM

Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 2, 2024 State Rep. Giannino and Kane’s Donuts host “Talks With Troopers” to benefit fallen first responders Benevolent Fund (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino) Kane’s co-owner Maria Delios was spotlighted during a NewsCenter 5 EyeOpener, which could run this week By Tara Vocino T he Saugus Police Department, State Police and state delegates joined forces to raise $700 for fallen first responders at Kane’s Donuts on Lincon Ave. on Tuesday morning. The “Talks With Troopers” brought together members of the Mass. State Police with statewide policymakers, over coffee and donuts, to discuss the nexus between public safety, public policy and various constituencies served by all. State Representative/event organizer Jessica Giannino said she looks forward to many positive community events with Kane’s, Stella Blue BENEFIT | SEE PAGE 9 Shown from left to right: Kane’s Co-Manager Nick Delios, Kane’s Co-Manager Peter Delios, State Police Lieutenant Bob Duprey, State Police Captain Tony Dear, Kane’s co-owner Peter Delios Jr., Kane’s co-owner Steve Delios, event organizer/State Representative Jessica Giannino and Kane’s co-owner Maria Delios. Shown from left to right: Kane’s co-owner Maria Delios, State Representatives Paul Donato and Jessica Giannino, Kane’s co-owner Peter Delios and Board of Selectman Chair Debra Panetta. Town Meeting Precinct 2 member Matt Parlante (at right) and Kane’s co-owner Peter Delios are shown at the Lincoln Avenue Kane’s Donuts on Tuesday morning. State Representative Jessica Giannino said it’s a great cause to help those injured or killed in the line of duty and their families – either police or fire departments. Essex County District Attorney Paul Tucker said the Benevolent Fund helps those who take care of us. Shown from left to right: Kane’s co-owner Peter Delios, Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta, State Representative Peter Capano, Kane’s co-owner Maria Delios, State Police Bourne barracks representative Jerry Dwyer, State Senator Brendan Crighton, State Representatives Jessica Ann Giannino, Jenny Armini and Paul Donato, Saugus Police Chief Michael Ricciardelli, State Police Association of Massachusetts President Brian Williams, Essex County District Attorney Paul Tucker and State Representatives Jeffrey Turco and Joseph McGonagle.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 2, 2024 Page 9 President of State Police Association of Massachusetts Brian Williams said the event was critical to State Police values of justice, accountability and transparency. BENEFIT | FROM PAGE 8 Coffee and the Mass. State Police. “Today’s “Talks with Troopers” was a great opportunity to foster community engagement and provide a comfortable setting for residents and local elected officials to connect with local and state law enforcement,” Giannino said. “I am thankful for the generosity and hospitality of Kane’s and the Delios family, who was instrumental in not only hostGOING GREEN | FROM PAGE 1 mitment is clearly recognized by the Commonwealth. I would like to thank the Healy/Driscoll Administration, Secretary of EOEEA Rebecca Tepper, Director of the Green Communities Division, Joanne Bissetta, the Legislature, and the Town’s state delegation for their continued support of these important initiatives.” Projects that will be funded through this grant include: • $79,942, DPW – air source heat pump • $12,452, DPW – weatherization door sealing • $65,440, Senior Center – heat pump RTU • $32,166, Senior Center – weatherization door sealing • $10,000, Town – administrative assistance “This funding will support the needed green upgrades in our town, which includes our DPW and our Senior Center,” Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta said. “This is a win-win for Saugus, where we will be saving taxpayer money while also reducing our carbon footprint and being environmentally focused. I would like to thank our Town Manager for always looking for grant opportunities for our community,” she said. Police Officers and Kane’s staff displayed donuts. ing the event, but giving back to the Benevolent Fund.” Kane’s co-owner and Saugus Town Meeting Precinct 10 member Peter Delios said it’s an honor to have the Mass. State Police at Kane’s Donuts in support of the Benevolent Fund. “Promoting a sense of community with the State Police – and those they serve – will help us all bring back trust into our communities,” said Delios. Saugus Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta said it was a well-attended event, where the public got to meet with Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Jeffrey Cicolini commended the town manager and his staff for their ongoing efforts to secure millions of dollars in grant money for Saugus. “Not only do these green grants allow us to ensure we are putting our best foot forward in reducing our carbon footprint and we are doing our part with energy conservation and reducing our reliance on natural resources, we do it without increasing the tax burden on our residents,” Cicolini said. “This grant as well as the many other grants the town has received in addition to the green community grants demonstrates the persistence and commitment that our administration has to explore all funding sources that are available to us. These successes allow us to invest in our community and make certain our Town remains attractive and desirable to our current and future residents while avoiding the need for any additional tax burden on our community.” Projects funded through prior grants have included: • The conversion from incandescent and fluorescent bulbs to LED in several town buildings, including Town Hall and the Senior Center, the exterior of the PubState Troopers and local police personnel. “Community involvement is very important, and I want to thank Rep. Giannino for coordinating this great event,” Panetta said. “I also want to thank Kane’s for hosting.” Kane’s Co-Owner Maria Delios said it was an opportunity to give back to the fallen first responders and bring the community together. This is the first of many events where Kane’s and Stella Blue will partner with the State Police to support the Benevolent Fund. They plan to bring lic Safety Building, and at the DPW, reducing electrical costs by more than $30,000 annually • Roof replacement and a new roof unit on the Public Safety Building, ensuring proper functioning, improved interior air quality and uniform temperatures within the building • The replacement of pumps, drives and motors on the heating system in Town Hall, which included high-efficiency motors, reducing wear-and-tear and energy use costs • The replacement of the hot water boiler at Town Hall to reduce energy consumption and costs Under the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet five criteria to be designated a Green Community and receive funding. The grants provide financial support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the designated communities’ clean energy goals and are awarded to existing Green Communities that have successfully invested their initial designation grants and previous competitive grant awards. With the exception of $500,000 building decarbonization grants, awards are capped at $200,000 per muCoffee with a Cop, a networking event, to Kane’s with the Saugus Police Department in November. “Stella Blue Coffee and Kane’s Donuts partnered together for [today’s] event to give all proceeds back to the benevolent fund,” Maria Delios said. President of State Police Association of Massachusetts Brian Williams, on behalf of the members of the Association, thanked Rep. Giannino, the Delios family and Stella Blue Coffee for sponsoring the morning’s “Talks with Troopers” event in Saugus. “Having nicipality. “Reducing energy use is good for municipal budgets and good for our climate,” Governor Maura Healey said. “It’s important to recognize the hard work being done by our cities and towns to address climate change. Local action is essential to help Massachusetts meet its climate goals. We are happy to support these communities as they move forward with projects that help make Massachusetts a healthier and more affordable place to live and do business.” Members of the town’s state legislative delegation said in a joint press release that the state’s investment in Saugus aligns with the broader statewide effort to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “We are grateful to the Department of Energy Resources for awarding us this grant, which will be instrumental in aiding the Town of Saugus to continue its commitment to a green and sustainable future,” Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) said. State Rep. Jessica Giannino (D-Revere) said making investments to improve energy conservation measures in municipal facilities “will pay dividends in the future for the residents of Saugus.” the opportunity to connect with members of the community, elected leaders and fellow law enforcement officials from around the Commonwealth is critical to our values of justice, accountability and transparency,” Williams said. “The turnout was incredibly humbling, and the generous contributions to our Benevolent Fund, which helps the families of first responders who have given their lives in the line of duty, is a testament to every participant’s commitment to the troopers and families we represent.” “The funding to secure these improvements will ensure that our community has clean and efficient energy sources in these spaces and will save tax dollars in the long run,” Rep. Giannino said. State Sen. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) noted that the latest grant allows the town “to implement crucial upgrades that will benefit the community and the environment.” “These efforts will help advance Saugus’ efforts towards a greener and more sustainable future,” Crighton said. Here is a summary of the six Green Community grants received by the town: • December 2015, $208,335 to fund energy conservation measures, electric vehicle purchase, EV charging station, lighting, HVAC improvements, variable frequency drives and motors, and administrative costs in municipal facilities, including Veterans Memorial and Belmonte Middle Schools, and vehicle fleet • July 2017, $242,903 to fund energy conservation measures in municipal facilities, including Public Safety Building and Public Library. The energy conservaGOING GREEN | SEE PAGE 11

Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 2, 2024 ~ Mystic Valley regional Charter School Sports ~ Eagles Swim Team Earns 17th Consecutive CAC Title T he Mystic Valley Varsity Girls Swim team competed in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference League Championship Meet at Lynn Technical High School on the afternoon of Thursday, January 25. In the meet, the Eagles dominated the other eight teams, winning Gold in every event and scoring 638 points – outdistancing the Coop team of Lowell/Innovation/ Nashoba by over 300 points. In a dominant display of speed and endurance that set the tone for the day in the first event, the girls relay team of Sydney Cao, Isabella Cirame, Lucia Antonucci and Britney Nayiga took first in the 200 Yard Medley relay with a seed time of 2:00.81. In the nine individuThe Eagles Swim Team Champs, from left to right: Back row: Belinda Mwebaza, Britney Nayiga, Noely Mendez, Nicole Kelso, Isabelle Pennachio, Makda Johannes, Gracy Thapa, Miriam Johannes and Crystal Tang; front row: Melina Catic, Isabella Cirame, Lana Santos-Albuquerque, Khloe Co, Brook Burke and Sydney Cao. al events, Mystic Valley swimmers placed first, second and third in every event. Winning both their individual events were Isabella Cirame, 200 Free and 200 Individual Medley; Britney Nayiga, 50 Free and 100 Breaststroke; and Sydney Cao, 100 Free and 100 Back. Isabelle PenEagles Earn Senior Day Win I t was Senior Day on Friday for the Mystic Valley Eagles. Four seniors were honored prior to the Eagles’ meet against Greater Lowell. The Eagles were victorious with an 89-71 win. A few highlights of the meet: • In the 200-yard IM, Jaden Anthony took first with a lifetime best time of 2:10.21. Anthony was followed by sophomore Britney Nayiga in a time of 2:30.35 and Khloe Co in 2:31.54. • In the 500-yard freestyle, sophomore Christian Antonucci added a lifetime best of 5:15.81. • In the 200-yard medley relay, the team of Jason Yan, Antonucci, Kevin Sodeyama-Cardoso and Lucas Freitas placed first with a time of 1:46.22. • In the 100-yard IM, Yan placed first with a time of 57.16. • In the 100-yard butterfly, sophomore Thomas Sodeyama-Cardoso led the way with a time of 56.24. • In the 100-yard freestyle, junior Sydney Cao placed first with a time of 56.81. • In the 200-yard freestyle, Kevin Sodeyama-Cardoso led with a time of 1:56.80, followed by Lucas Santos in 1:57.58 and Isabelle Pennachio in 2:12.94. • In the 50-yard freestyle, Antonucci placed first with a time of 23.89. Seniors, pictured from left to right: Makda Johannes, captain Jason Yan, George George and Miriam Johannes. ~ SHS Sachems Sports roundup ~ SAUGUS BOYS’ BASKETBALL TEAM SPLITS LAST TWO Saugus High School picked up a much-needed 64-59 win at home vs Winthrop to snap a losing streak. Danny Shea led the way with 29 points, and Huey Josama ended up in double figures with 11 points. Cam Victor added nine points, and Cam Soroko (six points), Isaiah Rodriguez (five points) and Ryan Shea (four points) contributed on offense. Saugus fell in its next game to Dracut, 66-49, in a non-leaguer with the Merrimack Valley Conference foe. The Sachems fell to 4-10 with the loss. Danny Shea, Ryan Shea and Josama led Saugus with 13 points each. Rodriguez added seven and Travis Goyetche dropped home three. Saugus hosts Salem on Friday, Feb. 2 at home (7 p.m.) and travels to Gloucester on Tuesday, Feb. 6 (7 p.m.). SAUGUS-PEABODY WRESTLING TAKES THIRD AT NEC/CAL MEET The Saugus-Peabody wrestling squad took third place at the Northeastern Conference/Cape Ann League meet with 180 points, behind second-place Gloucester (209.5) and champion Beverly (222.5). Ten teams competed. Saugus’ Max LoRusso at 138 pounds won three matches, including a pin in the finals against Lynnfield/North Reading’s David Glynn. LoRusso finished second last year. Saugus’ Sam LoRusso won his division of 157 pounds. Other results: Peabody’s Jackson Deleidi (second, 113), Saugus’ Elias Diaz (second, 132), Saugus’ Justin Bremberg (second, 150) and Saugus’ Luke Calder (second, 165). Saugus-Peabody tied Marblehead-Swampscott, 38-38. Winners for Saugus-Peabody were: 126: Landon Rodriguez of Peabody over Andrew Delisle of Marblehead. 132: Diaz over Chuck Conlon of Marblehead. 138: Max Lorusso over Devin DiBarri of Marblehead, 16-1. 150: Bremberg over Clive Connolly, 19-2. 157: Sam Lorusso over Alejandro Haven of Marblehead, 17-2. 165: Calder over Phineas Jakious of Marblehead, 19-2. 285: Antonio Anzalone of Peabody over Justin Gonzalez of Marblehead. PEABODY-SAUGUS HOCKEY TEAM PICKS UP TWO WINS The Peabody-Saugus hockey team grabbed a pair of wins in its last three games. The team beat Minuteman, 7-1, at home and topped Chicopee, 5-3, on the road. Those came sandwiched around an 8-0 loss to Gloucester on the road. “We had a flurry of scoring from all three of our lines over the first two periods getting up to a large lead,” Peabody-Saugus coach Jason Marshall said of the Minuteman game. Freshman Demetri Breton of Saugus got his first varsity goal. Senior captain Trevor Pacheco of Peabody had a goal and two assists, and senior captain Michael Ryan of Saugus, junior Nate Palhares of Peabody and sophomore Brandon Berone of Peabody each had two points. Against Chicopee, Berone had a natural hat trick in the first 10 minutes of the game to give the Tanners an early lead. Senior Dom Chianca of Saugus added two goals in the third to clinch the win. Each finished the game with four points. nachio and Lana Santos-Albuquerque won gold in the 100 yard butterfly and 500 yard freestyle, respectively. In the two other relays, Mystic Valley also swam to victory. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Antonucci, Crystal Tang, Santos-Albuquerque and Kelso placed first with a time of 1:52.11, and in the final event of the day, the 400 yard freestyle relay, Mystic Valley’s team of Cao, Nayiga, Cirame and Santos-Albuquerque placed first with a time of 3:50.91. The Eagles will be back in the water on Saturday, February 3, at home for a last chance meet and again on Saturday, February 10, at the MIAA Sectional Tournament at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. For more information on Mystic Valley athletics, visit mvrcs.com/athletics.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 2, 2024 Page 11 Arlington Catholic win a microcosm of Saugus girls basketball’s surge By Dom Nicastro T he Saugus High School girls basketball team are as red-hot as the color of their uniforms. The Sachems have won seven out of eight games, the latest coming Tuesday, Jan. 30 over Division 3 nonleague foe Arlington Catholic. That puts them at 9-3 and en route to land their second-straight Northeastern Conference Lynch division title. First-year Head Coach Joe Lowe’s team beat Arlington Catholic, 50-45. That was a significant win. Arlington Catholic came into the game at 7-5 and ranked 16 in the latest MIAA Division 3 power rankings. Saugus was ranked 19. A win over a higher-ranked team? On the road? Always a good thing. Saugus is eyeing the postseason not only for qualification but to win a game when they get there. That’s been the one thing missing from the past decade of success. “That’s a good measuring stick game for us,” Lowe said of Arlington Catholic. “That’s the kind of team that’s going to be in the tournament. And they’re tough.” Lowe wants nothing more than for his team to grab a home game in the tourney and get a big win in front of a big home crowd. “I’ve been trying to preach to the girls that being the only team in the school who’s playing in late February/early March is fun,” Lowe said. “Everybody’s coming to your games, and I want that for them. That’s one of the big things I’m pushing for. I want a home playoff game. I want them to get that first win that Saugus hasn’t had in a while. I graduated in 2010, and I know they haven’t GOING GREEN | FROM PAGE 9 tion measures funded by this grant are interior LED lighting retrofits, exterior LED lighting retrofits, commissioning, efficient motors, energy management system upgrade, and rooftop unit replacement • July 2018, $238,560 to fund from anywhere and DiBiasio’s athleticism. This points to a well-rounded team with players who can step up in crucial moments. Then you have standout defenders like Millerick, Femino and Madison Botta. The latter two were captains on the Northeastern Conference champion soccer team that made a nice run in the postseason to the Round of 16 in the fall. “Madi didn’t play a ton last year. She had a fractured tibia or fibula, something with her leg in the first six weeks of the season last year,” Lowe said. Shown from left to right: Bottom row: Juliana Powers, Ella Castle, Madison Botta, Ashleen Escobar, Ana Silva, and Taylor Deleidi; back row: Assistant Coach Chris Brablc, Assistant Coach Norma Waggett, Ashleigh Moore, Jessica Bremberg, Amelia Pappagallo, Devany Millerick, Madi Femino, Peyton DiBiasio and Head Coach Joseph Lowe. had a playoff win since then. And it didn’t in the 10 years prior so it’s been a long time.” In the big win over Arlington Catholic, Peyton DiBiasio led the way for the Sachems with a monster, 25-point effort. Ashleigh Moore had some clutch 3-pointers, and Madi Femino and Devany Millerick played solid defense down the stretch. Saugus picked up another win the day before. The Sachems defended their homecourt against Lynn English. DiBiasio led Saugus with 17 points. Ana Silva chipped in with nine points; Ella Castle scored 11 in the win. Saugus last week topped Winthrop, 47-42. Castle topped the Sachems in scoring this time with 17, and DiBiasio (12) and Ashleen Escobar (11) were also in double figures. Once again, it was Millerick and Femino who came up big on the defensive end of the floor down the stretch. The Sachems have showenergy conservation measures, interior and exterior lighting, rooftop unit replacement, pumps/motors/drives, hot water boiler, and administrative costs in municipal facilities, including Public Safety Building, Town Hall and Senior Center • August 2019, $135,565 cased a blend of skill, tenacity and strategic gameplay. Coach Lowe expressed great satisfaction with his team’s defensive capabilities and its prowess in rebounding, especially against taller opponents. One notable aspect of the Sachems’ play has been their ability to compete effectively despite a height disadvantage. This has been possible through excellent boxing out and physical play, a testament to the team’s determination, focus on fundamentals and coaching strategy. “I’ve just been happy with the way they defend and rebound, and we’re starting to shoot the ball a little better,” Lowe said. “We made seven threes the other night, but Winthrop rolls out two girls close to six-footers and three girls that are closer to 5-10, and I think the tallest girl we have is 5-8. And we outrebounded them and on the offensive boards, too. We held them to eight offensive boards, and we had around to fund energy conservation measures, lighting, RTU replacement, and administrative and technical support in municipal facilities, including DPW, Town Hall Annex and Public Safety • January 2022, $118,844 to fund energy conservation measures, variable frequency 11-12. The effort and the tenacity that they play with … I couldn’t be happier.” The Sachems have displayed a remarkable ability to adapt to various defensive strategies, ranging from man-to-man to various zone defenses with traps. Lowe’s approach of implementing a “multi-D” philosophy has been effective, as evidenced by the team’s performance in limiting opponents’ scoring. “We’ll do a lot of different defenses,” Lowe said. “They are moving in the right spots, and they’re moving aggressively. Peyton’s one of our better players, and she had seven steals the other night against Winthrop. And she was just all over the place. That’s kind of how most of our girls have been on the defensive end.” Coach Lowe lauded the contributions of players DiBiasio, Castle and Escobar, noting their significant scoring impact. He particularly praised Castle’s ability to hit drives/motors, building management system update, air source heat pump, kitchen hood controls, weatherization and administrative assistance in municipal facilities, including Public Safety, Library, Belmonte School, Youth and Recreation Center and Veterans Memorial School. “And going into this year, I told her I just need you to play defense. And she does. She’s all over the court. And she rebounds, and she gets offensive rebounds. But with that, though, she’s been knocking down open threes, and she’s stepped up her game going to the basket and making decisions and passing. She’s one of our highest plus-minus kids. So when she’s on the court, we score more than the other teams, because she just works. Madison, too. I call them the two Maddies. They just work. I’ll just say go cover the team’s best player, and it’s usually pretty successful for us.” Coach Lowe emphasized the strong community support and the multi-sport background of many players. He said there’s a big crossover of athletes, and he has many multi-sport athletes, indicating the athletic versatility and the supportive community that contributes to the team’s success. Looking forward, Coach Lowe is focused on securing a home playoff game. His goal of playing deep into the postseason reflects his ambition to elevate the team to new heights. • January 2024, $200,000 to fund energy conservation measures, air source heat pumps, heat pump RTU, weather-stripping and administrative assistance in municipal facilities, including DPW and Senior Center Total in Green Community Grants: $1,144,207

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 2, 2024 Town takes step to bolster cybersecurity T he Town of Saugus will receive cybersecurity training from the state Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS) under the Cybersecurity Awareness Grant Program. “We’re thrilled to again be included in this important grant program,” Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree said this week. He noted that the town had received a grant for this program back in 2022. “We’re excited about the positive impact these funds will have on our town’s overall capabilities and security posture,” Crabtree said. “By prioritizing comprehensive training and investing in cutting-edge cybersecurity measures, we are reinforcing our commitment to the well-being of our community and the efficient functioning of our government.” The 2024 Municipal Cybersecurity Awareness Grant Program will provide 78,000 employees from 227 municipalities and public school districts across Massachusetts with critical cybersecurity training to better detect and avoid cyber threats. It is designed to support local government efforts to improve overall cyber readiness through comprehensive online end-user training, evaluation and threat simulation. Awarded communities will receive licenses for end-user training, assessment and phishing simulation procured by the EOTSS. Program participants begin their training with an initial cyber strength assessment to measure baseline cybersecurity awareness. Following the assessments, periodic assessments consisting of training modules and simulated phishing email campaigns help participants build good cyber hygiene habits to increase their awareness of deceptive techniques used by bad actors to gain unauthorized access to government systems. At the end of the program, participants complete a final cyber strength assessment to measure their progress. The EOTSS offers the training program free to municipal organizations, which are further supported with quarterly threat briefings and weekly newsletters with cybersecurity best practices and program updates provided by the EOTSS Office of Municipal and School Technology. Municipal information technology officials also receive monthly summary progress reports that detail the number of employees who inadvertently clicked on malicious links contained in the simulated phishing emails, offering important visibility on the threat landscape. “In my time as the Commonwealth CIO I’ve had a chance to talk to municipal officials from all over the state,” EOTSS Secretary Jason Snyder said in a press release announcing this year’s grant awards. “In every discussion, cybersecurity comes up as a top priority. EOTSS is proud to advance the Healey-Driscoll Administration’s priority of supporting municipal cybersecurity readiness,” Snyder said. Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll noted that the free program offered to municipalities and employees taking the training “makes clear that cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility, whether we have IT in our job titles or not.” The Town of Saugus continues to take significant steps to enhance its organizational capabilities by launching a comprehensive training initiative and bolstering its cybersecurity infrastructure, according to Crabtree. Saugus’ Information Technology Department is collaborating with Human Resources to ensure that all town departments actively participate in this initiative. The town manager said the goal is a completion rate of 80 percent of town employees who work on computers for the training program. “We’re committed to encouraging the active involvement of all users in the upcoming training sessions,” Crabtree said. “To facilitate seamless coordination, a top-down approach will be implemented: Department Heads will spearhead the initiative within their respective departments. Regular follow-ups will be conducted to monitor the progress of employees and address any challenges they may encounter Saugus Birthday Celebrations T he Senior Center ended the month in grand style last Friday, honoring 11 Saugus residents who shared January as their birthday month. Birthdays are always special occasions at the throughout the year-long training program,” he said. Crabtree noted that the town recently decommissioned its outdated computer legacy servers and applications. “This move aligns with the town’s commitment to remain in compliance with supported operating systems, ensuring the highest level of efficiency and security in its operations,” Crabtree said. “In addition to these upgrades, the Town of Saugus is set to introduce an encrypted email option in critical departments, including Accounting, Treasury, HR, and the Town Manager’s office. This initiative aims to fortify communication channels and safeguard sensitive information against potential threats,” he said. “Looking ahead, the town is exploring the possibility of migrating to a higher-level Sophos package, which includes a managed threat response. This proactive step reflects Saugus’s dedication to staying ahead of cybersecurity challenges and maintaining the utmost protection for its digital assets. Saugus residents named to Dean’s List at University of New England T he following students have been named to the Dean’s List for the 2023 fall semester at the University of New England (UNE): Abigail Anthony and Sarah McGonigle. Dean’s List students have attained a grade point average of 3.3 or better out of a possible 4.0 at the end of the semester. UNE is Maine’s largest private university, with two beautiful coastal campuses in Maine, a one-of-akind study-abroad campus in Tangier, Morocco, and an array of flexible online offerings. UNE is the state’s top provider of health professionals and home to Maine’s only medical and dental colleges, a variety of other inter-professionally aligned health care programs, and nationally recognized degree paths in the marine sciences, the natural and social sciences, business, the humanities and the arts. Visit une.edu. Election 2024 Town Clerk’s Office seeks poll workers and student volunteers for March 5 Presidential Primary Saugus Senior Center. The center likes to recognize the Seniors Birthday on the last day of the month with a collective birthday celebration. They receive a free lunch, cake, ice cream and a souvenir group photo. T own Clerk Ellen Schena said she is still looking for residents who are interested in filling paid positions to help staff the town’s polling locations for the March 5 Presidential Primary Election. As in past elections over the years, the Clerk’s Office will also be recruiting Saugus High School juniors and seniors to work for money or credit for Community Service hours. Students who are 16 years old can work part-time shifts of six to eight hours. Seventeen and 18 year olds can work full shifts of eight to 12 hours. The town clerk said her office is willing to accommodate any student credit hours, which help to enhance college applications and resumes. For more information about paid and volunteer poll worker jobs, please contact Andrew DePatto, the Saugus Election Coordinator, at 781-231-4102, or stop by the Town Clerk’s Office on the Main floor of Saugus Town Hall. The Town Clerk’s Office is already preparing for the Presidential Primary Election. Plans are already set to use the Community Room of the Saugus Public Library as the polling location for In-Person/Early Voting for the March 5 Presidential Primary Election. Here is the schedule: · Saturday, February 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (also last day to JANUARY 2024 BIRTHDAYS: The Senior Center celebrated the collective birthdays of the month for 11 Saugonians last Friday (Jan. 26). Pictured from left to right are the celebrated seniors: Marylou Ciampoli, Louise Martin, Louise Hoyt, Sandy Tozza, Ralph Littlefield, Ted Pollack, Betty Pauley, Sony Dall, Terry Cronin, Mark DiGregorio and Elaine Cox. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) register to vote for March Election) · Monday, February 26, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. · Tuesday, February 27, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. · Wednesday, February 28, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. · Thursday, February 29, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. · Friday, March 1, 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 2, 2024 Page 13 Saugus Gardens in the Winter Here’s what’s blooming in town this week to make your walks more enjoyable By Laura Eisener F eb. 2 has been known since the Middle Ages as a Christian celebration called Candlemas. From sundown Feb. 1 until sundown Feb. 2, early Gaelic pagan religions celebrated Imbolc. It is halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, so in the northern hemisphere people consider it the midpoint until spring. The United States and Canada celebrate Feb. 2 as Groundhog Day, but the groundhog (also called marmot or whistle pig) is not native to Europe, so there they may choose a different burrowing and hibernating mammal, such as the European badger (Meles meles) or the West European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) to predict the coming of spring warmth. If I were a Saugus groundhog, I would not come out to check my shadow for a while yet. There have been no tracks in the snow where the groundhog excavated a burrow underneath my bulkhead last fall, so I assume she or he is still happily hibernating. Outdoors in New England, few flowers are blooming. I have been looking for signs of snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis), which are among the earliest late winter bulbs, but have not yet seen any in my yard or other peoples’. One of the names of snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) is Candlemas bells, since in much of Europe they often bloom around now, and occasionally I have seen them this early here. My Christmas rose (Helleborus niger), which was in almost full bloom at Christmas, is fully open now, undeterred by the snowstorms early this week. Winter flowers seem often to bloom in slow motion. Most individual flowers in warmer weather would go from bud to bloom to gone by in two weeks or less, though the plant might continue to produce new blooms for a longer period. Feb. 4 last year was the notorious day when the temperatures plunged from 20°F into negative numbers overnight, killing many spring flower buds like forsythia, azalea and magnolia so that these plants had very few blossoms in April and May. So far weather predictions have not suggested anything that drastic for this year, but you never know. One good result An azalea grown as a houseplant blooms indoors. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) Anticipation builds as amaryllis buds develop on Dee LeMay’s windowsill. (Photo courtesy of Dee LeMay) was that overwintering eggs of certain pesty insects were killed by the cold, in particular the hemlock woolly adelgid, which has for decades been killing Canadian hemlocks (Tsuga canadensis), which is a shade-tolerant native evergreen in much of New England and also a popular ornamental tree in gardens, often pruned as a hedge. In many places around Saugus, there are formerly beautiful but now dead hemlock hedges, and other places where gardeners struggle to keep their hedges or fullsized trees alive by having them sprayed annually. Perhaps these surviving hemlocks will get a break from these insects and from elongated hemlock scale, which has also threatened them in recent decades. Indoors, tropical flowering bulbs like amaryllis (Hippeastrum spp.) are providing something to look forward to. At Dee LeMay’s house in East Saugus, there may be bare twigs outside the window but inside are promising amaryllis buds rising from the bulbs. At my house, some from previous years seem about ready to flower any day; two others have only emerged a couple of inches from the soil; and a few others still don’t have much green at all. Once the buds begin to come up, they need water and light. The taller stalks have to be turned once every day or two to keep them from leaning so far over they might break. Plants’ natural tendency is to lean toward the sun, so they will straighten themselves out if you rotate the pot to make them lean away from the window; then they adjust themselves again. If the stalks are extremely tall, you might give them the extra support of stakes. This often happens when the short days or a north facing window provides less than the optimum amount of light. If the worst happens and the stalks break, you can cut them and put them in a vase of water. 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” shortly after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was inspired after seeing so many people taking up walking. Flowering kale planted in fall still has its color and shape late in the winter season. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) The Christmas rose is still blooming halfway through winter, dusted by Monday night’s snow. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener)

Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 2, 2024 The Sounds of Saugus By Mark E. Vogler Good morning, Saugus! But it was hardly a good morning this time last week for the Saugus Public Schools Community when a 52-year-old Middle School teacher was arraigned in Lynn District Court the day after she was arrested for bringing fentanyl, a dangerous opioid, into the school – in fact, right into her classroom. Roxanne Plaskon, 52, of Beverly, pleaded innocent at her arraignment last Friday (Jan. 26) in Lynn District Court after being charged with possession of a Class A substance. She deserves her day in court. And for that reason, town school officials and police aren’t saying much about Plaskon’s arrest. The attorney who represented her said it is clear that Plaskon would likely lose her teaching job at the Saugus Middle School. It came out at the arraignment that she has no prior criminal record, but has been undergoing treatment for a drug problem. That begs the question as to whether school officials were aware of this at the time of Plaskon’s hiring or during her employment. School officials and police in their statements to the media insist that neither the staff nor the students were ever at risk, and that the school and police handled the situation the way it should have been handled. “Both the Saugus Administration and Saugus Police Department addressed the situation, following the appropriate procedures and laws, to make sure that at no time was the safety of students or staff in jeopardy,” Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Michael Hashem said in his statement. Obviously, the person who discovered the “suspicious white powdery substance” in the faculty bathroom used proper judgment by making sure police were aware of the situation. And police making a second trip to the school after a similar substance was found in a bag in the teacher’s classroom shows good collaboration on the part of police and school officials. Unfortunately, no matter what the police and school officials did, there will be a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking. How did it happen that a seventh grade teacher brought fentanyl into the school? That’s a question that’s bound to be troubling a lot of parents in the Saugus Public Schools community today, particularly the ones whose children had Plaskon as their teacher. Hopefully, Plaskon gets the help she needs to overcome whatever drug-related problem she’s being treated for. But the number one priority should be protecting the children. And their parents need to be assured that school administrators and police are doing everything they can to protect students from exposure to dangerous drugs like fentanyl in the learning environment. It’s an issue that merits some serious public discussion. Saugus, like every community in the Commonwealth, has a drug problem. That should be abundantly clear from the federal indictments and prosecution of Saugus residents on drug charges in recent years. The latest incident involving the arrest of the Middle School teacher should be of serious concern for all civic-minded Saugonians – and a great starting point for some meaningful discussion. Stay tuned. EXTRA “Shout Outs” for Saugus firefighters We didn’t receive any nominations from readers who want to heap praise on fellow Saugonians for good deeds, acts of kindness or impressive achievements. So, as editor, I nominate the Saugus firefighters, particularly the ones who will be graduating today from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. Saugus will be represented among the 26 recruits from 14 different fire departments who receive their certificates of completion at the Department of Fire Services campus in Bridgewater. There was an embargo on the story at press time yesterday, so stay tuned for the story in next Friday’s newspaper. Want to “Shout Out” a fellow Saugonian? This is an opportunity for our paper’s readers to single out – in a brief mention – FUN FOR GROWNUPS: The Saugus Public Library will offer Adult Craft Night this Tuesday (Feb. 6) from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Brooks Room. (Saugus Advocate Photo by Mark E. Vogler) remarkable acts or achievements by Saugus residents or an act of kindness or a nice gesture. Just send an email (mvoge@comcast. net) with a 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 a photo. Food Pantry notes: The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry is open today (Friday, Feb. 2) from 9:3011 a.m. Legion Breakfast today There’s a good breakfast deal for Saugus veterans and other folks who enjoy a hearty breakfast on Friday mornings. The American Legion Post 210 at 44 Taylor St. in Saugus offers Friday morning breakfasts for the 2023-24 season. Doors open at 7:30 a.m., with breakfast served from 8-9:00 a.m. for an $8 donation. Veterans who cannot afford the donation may be served free. Compost/Recycling Drop-Off Site winter hours The Town of Saugus Compost/Recycling Drop-Off Site is closed for the winter. But it will reopen for recycling on the third Saturday of February and March 2024 weather permitting. Please note: The site will be open on Feb. 17 and March 16 during the period from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please contact Scott Brazis, Director of Solid Waste/Recycling, with any questions at 781-231-4036. Town Meeting Sessions Precinct 10 Town Meeting Member Peter Manoogian is providing an opportunity for Saugus citizens who want to learn the basics about Town Meeting – the legislative body of Saugus town government. Manoogian is a veteran of about four decades in local town government at various levels, including many years as a Town Meeting member. The three sessions Manoogian will be leading this year are tailored for newly elected Town Meeting members or veterans who want to refresh themselves about Robert’s Rules of Order or how to put forward an article for consideration. The sessions that Manoogian is planning are free and open to the public – for all interested citizens. The sessions will take place on these three nights – Feb. 16 and 29 and March 25 – from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Saugus Public Library at 295 Central St. Kowloon 80s Dance Party tomorrow nite The Kowloon Restaurant is set to host an 80s Dance Party with WildFire playing live in concert. The event is set for February 3; doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show is from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $30 per person and include a light dinner buffet. Guests are invited to dress in 1980s costumes – with cash prizes awarded to the best dressed. For more information, call the Kowloon Restaurant at 781-233-0077 or access online at www.kowloonrestaurant.com Cornhole League begins Feb. 8 The Knights of Columbus is holding a Cornhole League, starting Feb. 8. It will be held at 57 Appleton St. in Saugus. For more information and league rules, please sign up at https://www.volosports. com/l/6569015e70de58f41da6e7af Pre-K Parent Information Night The Veterans Early Learning Center at 39 Hurd Ave. will host a Pre-K Parent Information Night on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. The event is designed for new parents to learn about the center’s preschool programming. Parents will get to learn about the preschool vision, entering the lottery, the registration process, financial obligations, daily operations, parent questions and registration documents. All Pre-K programs run Monday through Friday, with an early release on Wednesday. Based on the child’s date of birth (DOB), placement will be in one of the following programs: DOB between Sept. 1, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2021: three-year-old a.m. (8:30 to 11 a.m.), three-year-old p.m. THE SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 15

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 2, 2024 Page 15 OBITUARIES Janeen GuilianoMiranda poured her heart into shaping young minds, a role she carried out with unwavering dedication. Janeen’s love for learning was evident in her personal life as well; she was a proud holder of a Master’s Degree, a remarkable achievement that embodied her commitment to intellectual growth. Her passion for teaching was only rivaled by her love for her family and friends, as well as her fondness for the Cape, a place she often escaped to with her loved ones. Janeen’s vibrant spirit and A ffectionately known to her friends and family as “Neenie”, was a beacon of light to those who had the privilege of knowing her. Born on August 14, 1975, in Everett, MA, Janeen was a woman of grace, strength, and ceaseless compassion. She embraced life with open arms and a radiant smile, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those she encountered. As a beloved teacher for 25 years, she profoundly impacted the lives of countless students, leaving a lasting legacy in the field of education. Janeen’s life was a testament to the famous quote by Henry Adams, “A teacher affects eternity; she can never tell where her influence stops.” She SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 14 (noon to 2:30 p.m.) DOB between Sept. 1, 2019, and Aug. 31, 2020: four-year-old (8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) Kindergarten Enrollment 2024-2025 Open enrollment for kindergarten will begin on Monday, April 22, and continue through Friday, April 26. Kindergarten is free and full day (8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.). Families can pick up a kindergarten registration packet at the main office of the Veterans Early Learning Center between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Completed registration packets will be due on Wednesday, May 22, and Thursday, May 23, during the following hours: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (All registration documents must be included on the packet return dates.) Staff will be available to collect your documentation at the main entrance. Once all documentation is confirmed they will schedule an appointment for a mandatory kindergarten screening. Kindergarnurturing heart touched everyone she met. She is survived by her loving parents, Joseph and Christine Guiliano, her devoted husband, Joseph Miranda, and their three wonderful children, Jojo, Ellie, and Gianna, who were the center of her universe. Janeen also leaves behind her loving brother Richard Guiliano and his wife Karen, her dear sister Donna Wortman and her husband Scott D, and her cherished nieces and nephews Anna, Scotty, Kevin and Lauren. Janeen’s infectious laughter, her unwavering courage, her immense strength, and her relentless optimism will continue to live on in the hearts of her family and friends. A Visitation was held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St, Revere on Thursday February 1, 2024 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm. Funeral Mass from St. Anthoten screenings will be held on June 3 & 4 and will last 20 minutes. *While there is no official deadline for kindergarten registration, we ask that you register your student by May 24, to help us effectively plan staffing and programming for next year.” SAVE 2024 Environmental Scholarship Available Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) is very pleased to announce that it is offering a $1,000 Environmental Scholarship to a Saugus resident who is or will be attending a twoor four-year college or other educational institution and pursuing a degree in an area that would positively impact the environment. A qualifying applicant may be a 2024 high school graduating senior or a current college undergraduate student continuing their education. Applicants can download the SAVE 2024 Environmental Scholarship Application Form found at www.saugusSAVE.org. Please note: Section C of the application should be identified with ny’s of Padua Church in Revere on Friday February 2, 2024 at 11:00am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. As we remember Janeen, we encourage you to share your memories, photos, and stories on her memorial page at Buonfiglio.com John Michael O’Neill Mr. O’Neill is survived by his two children, Jennifer O’Neill of Saugus and Jon O’Neill of NH; three grandchildren, Connor, Kacey and Kaley; one sister, Gina Cronin and her husband Danny of Stoneham; cousins Bobby and Mary Jane O’Neill and many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother William F. O’Neill, Jr. and his wife Marion. Relatives and friends were invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus on Thursday February 1. A funeral will be held in the funeral home on Friday at 11 a.m. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mike’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association at heart.org O f Saugus. Died on Friday, January 26th at the age of 83 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital with his daughter by his side. He was the loving husband of the late Joan M. (Koscielicki) O’Neill. Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late William F. and Virginia (Guillen) O’Neill. Mike was a refrigeration engineer specializing in ammonia. He enjoyed spending time on Cape Cod with his extended family and friends. your initials only and should provide a brief summary of any of your activities relating to the environment, as well as describe how you feel your career choice will positively impact the environment. Please email your application – no later than midnight on April 19, 2024 – to: SAVE Co-President Ann Devlin at adevlin@aisle10. net What’s new at the Saugus Public Library? There’s always something interesting going on. Here’s a few activities with checking out: Adult Craft Night: On the first Tuesday of each month, the library offers Adult Craft Night from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Brooks Room. This Tuesday (Feb. 6), those who attend will be making Mason Jar Luminaries. It’s your chance to bring a little light to the winter darkness! Please sign up in advance. Call or use the online Events Calendar to sign up – Saugus Public Library, 295 Central St., 781-2314. $5 for a bag of books: If Ralph J. Maccioli O f Saugus. Passed away on January 23rd, 2024, at 85. Born in Malden, he was the beloved husband for over 60 years to Joanne L. (Raimo) Maccioli. Loving father of Ralph Maccioli Jr of Saugus, and Denise Maccioli and her husband Peter Stinchfield of Maine. Loving brother of Paul Maccioli and his wife Nancy of Malyou love reading, here’s a great deal. Buy a New Friends of the Saugus Public Library mesh book bag for $5 and fill it with as many books as you’d like. Proceeds benefit the New Friends so they can support public library service in Saugus. loon! Bingo is back at the KowJoin the Kowloon Restaurant for Wednesday Night Bingo. The event takes place every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will continue to April 3. Entry is free. Games, prizes and music highlight the event. For more information, call the Kowloon Restaurant at 781-233-0077 or access online at www.kowloonrestaurant.com Winter is calling at Breakheart If you love hiking, nature and the great outdoors, there’s a lot going on this winter at Breakheart Reservation – courtesy of the state Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR). All programs are free and open to the public. An adult den, the late Joseph Maccioli and his wife Dot, and the late Domenic Maccioli Jr and his surviving wife Marcia Maccioli of Everett. Loving brother-in-law of Bill and Roberta Raimo of Saugus. He is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews. Ralph was a US Army veteran and a longtime employee for Sears prior to his retirement. He loved bowling and was an avid Red Sox and NE sports fan. Relatives and friends were invited to attend a visitation at the JF Ward Funeral Home Everett, on Friday, January 26th, followed by a funeral service in the funeral home. Services concluded with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In Ralph’s memory, donation in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society @ www.donate. cancer.org must accompany children. Reasonable accommodations are available upon request. Parking fees may apply depending on program location. For more information please email Jessica Narog-Hutton, Visitor Services Supervisor, at jessica. narog-hutton@mass.gov Here are a few programs that DCR has in the works: –On Sundays now through March, why not do something easy, like a Sunday morning hike, from 10 a.m. to noon. Check in at the Visitor Center (177 Forest St., Saugus). Join the Park Interpreter for a weekly guided hike. Each trip will highlight natural and historic features that make Breakheart unique. Hikes will be moderately paced and range from two to three miles over sometimes uneven and rocky terrain. This activity is best suited for ages eight years and up. Meet at the Visitor Center. The hike will be canceled in the event of heavy rain. –On Thursday s now through March, the Camp Nihan Educational Center, at THE SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 18

Page 16 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 2, 2024 Say nr Sa a y Senior Seni by Jim Miller Keeping Older Drivers Safe on the Road Dear Savvy Senior, What safety tips can you recommend for older drivers? My 86-year-old mother, who still drives herself, had a fender bender last month and I worry about her safety. Back Seat Daughter Dear Back Seat, With more and more older Americans driving well into their 70s, 80s and beyond, there are a variety of things your mom can do to help maintain and even improve her driving skills. Here are some recommendations by driving rehabilitation specialists that work with older drivers. Get an eye exam: Because about 90 percent of the information necessary to drive is received through our eyes, this is a good fi rst step in ensuring your mom’s driving safety. So, get your mom’s eyes checked every year to be sure her vision and eyewear is up to par. Get a physical or wellness exam: As people age, it’s also very important to monitor changes in overall health as it relates to driving. Medical conditions like arthritis, dementia, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, sleep apnea and stroke can all aff ect driving. In addition, many seniors also take multiple medications or combinations of medications that can make them drowsy or lightheaded, which can impair judgment or aff ect refl exes or alertness necessary for safe driving. So, an annual physical or wellness examination and medication review is also a smart way to verify your mom’s driving safety. Ta k e a r e f r es h e r course: AARP and the American Automobile Association (AAA) both have older driver improvement courses that can help your mom brush up her driving skills and understand how to adjust for slower refl exes, weaker vision and other age-related physical changes that can aff ect driving. Taking a class may also earn her a discount on her auto insurance. To locate a class, contact your local AAA (AAA.com) or AARP (AARPdriversafety.org, 888227-7669). Most courses cost around $20 to $30 and can be taken online. Make some adjustments: Adjusting when and where your mom drives are another way to help keep her safe and behind the wheel longer. Some simple adjustments include not driving after dark or during rush hour traffi c, avoiding major highways or other busy roads, and not driving in poor weather conditions. Evaluate her driving: To stay on top of your mom’s driving abilities you should take a ride with her from timeto-time watching for problem areas. For example: Does she drive at inappropriate speeds, tailgate or drift between lanes? Does she have diffi culty seeing, backing up or changing lanes? Does she react slowly, get confused easily or make poor driving decisions? For more evaluation tips, AAA offers a senior driver self-rating assessment exercise (Drivers 65 Plus) that you or she can access at Exchange. AAA.com/safety/senior-driver-safety-mobility. If your mom needs a more thorough evaluation, you can turn to a driver rehabilitation specialist who’s trained to evaluate older drivers and off er suggestions and adaptations to help keep her safe. But be aware that this type of assessment can run anywhere between $100 and $500 or more. To locate a professional in your area, visit ADED. net or AOTA.org – search “driving practitioner directory.” When it gets to the point that your mom’s driving isn’t safe anymore and she needs to quit, you may need to help her create a list of names and phone numbers of family, friends and local transportation services that she can call on for a ride. To fi nd out what transportation services are available in your mom’s area contact the Eldercare Locator (800-6771116), which will direct you to her area agency on aging for assistance. 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. nior ior Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House and Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on the number of times each representative sided with Gov. Maura Healey on her 24 vetoes of mostly state budget items in the 2023 legislative session.A two-thirds vote is required to override a gubernatorial veto. In a full 160-member House, the governor needs the support of 54 representatives to sustain a veto when all 160 representatives vote—and fewer votes when some members are absent or a seat is vacant. Healey fell short of that goal as 25 votes was the most support she received on any veto. The House easily overrode all 24 vetoes, including nine that were overridden unanimously.No Democrats voted with Healey to sustain any vetoes. All 134 voted to override all the vetoes. Only GOP members voted with Healey to sustain the vetoes, but no Republican representative voted with Healey 100 percent of the time. The three GOP members who voted with Healey the most times are Reps. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica) and Nicholas Boldyga (R-Southwick) who both voted with her 14 times (58.3 percent); and Donald Berthiaume (R-Spencer) who voted with her 12 times (50 percent).The GOP member who supported Healey the least number of times was Rep. David Vieira (R-Falmouth) who voted with Healey only seven times (29.1 percent). NUMBER OF TIMES REPRESENTATIVES SUPPORTED GOV. HEALEY’S VETOES IN THE 2023 SESSION Gov. Healey vetoed 24 proposals that were approved by the Legislature in 2023. Here is how your representative fared in his or her support of Gov. Healey on the vetoes. The percentage next to the representative’s name represents the percentage of times that he or she supported Healey. The number in parentheses represents the actual number of times the representative supported Healey. Rep. Jessica Giannino (0) Rep. Donald Wong 41.6 percent (10) ALSO UP ON BEACON HILLHEALEY FILES $58.15 BILLION FISCAL YEAR 2025 STATE BUDGET – Gov. Maura Healy fi led her second annual state budget, this one with a price tag of $58.15 billion. The package calls for about $2.07 billion or 3.7 percent more 0 percent spending compared to the fi scal 2024 budget she signed in August 2023.“We are tightening our belts,” Healey said. “I want to be clear about that, Our economy remains strong, but the revenue picture is changing. Pandemic-era funding relief has gone away, and nationally, the economic recovery has stabilized. So, in this environment, it is important that we manage spending in a way that is making strategic choices, examining the impact of every dollar we propose to spend and that we bring our budget in line with a rate of infl ation and in line with the resources and the revenue that we have.”“What Gov. Maura Healey is proposing is an irresponsible budget, coming in higher than last year which was already too high, while missing the much-needed reforms to curtail our immigration problems along with making our state more competitive,” said Paul Craney, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. “The governor is continuing to spend taxpayer money on immigrants, while cutting spending on taxpayers, closing a state jail and shifting money away from dedicated savings. The governor describes this budget as fi scally responsible, but this budget refl ects a state that is fi scally crumbling from the top down.”“As a former mayor, and someone who has traveled around the state listening to our local offi - cials, I’m proud of the way that this budget proposal responds to local needs,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll. “We’re fully funding the Student Opportunity Act to make sure our K-12 schools have equitable access to the resources their students and educators need. We’re also increasing the amount of local aid going to cities and towns and boosting Chapter 90 funding to improve roads and bridges, particularly in rural communities.”“Gov. Healey has filed a fiscal year 2025 budget that calls for significantly increased spending across state government, but those aspirations need to be tempered by the fi scal realities facing the commonwealth,” said House Minority Leader Rep. Brad Jones (R-North Reading). “After six-plus months of tax revenues coming in lower than expected, Gov. Healey has already implemented hundreds of millions of dollars in mid-year cuts and downgraded projected revenues by $1 billion for fi scal year 2024. At the same time, funding for the migrant shelter crisis continues to drain much-needed revenues that would otherwise have been spent on other programs and services, with no end in sight.”The budget now goes to the House which will craft and approve its own version and then it moves to the Senate which will off er a diff erent plan. A House-Senate conference committee will eventually hammer out a compromise version that will be approved by both branches and sent to Gov. Healey who has the power to veto any spending and any other items. The House and Senate can then choose to override any of the governor’s vetoes. GOV. HEALEY SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER INSTITUTING SKILLS-BASED HIRING – Gov. Healey signed an executive order requiring all state agencies to institute skills-based hiring practices. The order requires hiring to focus primarily on an applicant’s skills, knowledge and abilities rather than educational credentials. The only jobs exempt from the requirement are jobs when education degree conditions are absolutely necessary for the performance of the job. In addition, people in charge of hiring will receive training to help them implement these new hiring policies. “As the state’s largest employer, we rely on a strong, diverse workforce to deliver crucial services and programs for Massachusetts residents, businesses and communities every day,” said Healey. “But too many job applicants are being held back by unnecessary degree requirements. This Executive Order directs our administration to focus on applicants’ skills and experiences, rather than college credentials. It will expand our applicant pool and help us build a more inclusive and skilled workforce than ever before. Our administration is leading by example, and we encourage the business community to join us by adopting similar skills-based hiring practices.” “Massachusetts has an incredible opportunity to leverage its platform as a major employer, lead by example, and encourage more employers to do the same,” said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Lauren Jones. “As employers, including the commonwealth, embrace a skills-based hiring practice, we will collectively open more opportunities to hire, retain and develop the diverse, skilled talent employers need to grow and thrive in regions across the state.” FREE BUSES (H 3266) - The Transportation Committee held a hearing on legislation that would create a 1-year pilot program for free access to bus service for the MBTA and regional transit authorities. The measure also would establish advisory committees to evaluate the impacts of the pilot program on ridership, equity, increased access, effi ciency, on-time perforBEACON HILL ROLL | SEE PAGE 17

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 2, 2024 Page 17 BEACON HILL ROLL | FROM PAGE 16 mance, cost savings and other metrics. “Sen. [Pat Jehlen] and I filed [the bill] because access to public transit is critical to the well-being and economic development of our communities,’ said House sponsor Rep. Christine Barber (D-Somerville). “As we continue to see lower ridership compared to before the pandemic, removing barriers to public transit is an important method to get people out of their cars, decrease bus waiting time, decrease carbon emissions, reduce traffic and improve health.” PRIVACY OF COLLEGE STUDENTS (H 4266) – The House gave initial approval to a bill that would prohibit colleges from being required to release certain student education records to third parties that request the records. The prohibition would not apply to federal, state or municipal agency requests. “This bill is about protecting and safeguarding the privacy of our students in public higher ed and ensuring they have the same rights as all students who are afforded the same protections under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act,” said Senate sponsor Sen. Jake Oliveira (D-Ludlow).WAIVE FIRST ANNUAL INSPECTION FOR NEW CARS (H 3255) - Another proposal before the Transportation Committee, offered by Rep. Jim Arciero (D-Westford), would eliminate the initial state-required annual inspection for brand new vehicles for one year. Supporters said that the legislation is based on the fact that pre-delivery inspections (PDIs) are required by each motor vehicle manufacturer from their dealers prior to the sale of a vehicle to a consumer. The PDI check list parallels the state’s vehicle inspection checklist and is an unnecessary duplication of the state’s inspection process. STATE PANEL DENIES EFFORT TO REMOVE FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP FROM MARCH 5 REPUBLICAN PRIMARY BALLOT – The State Ballot Law Commission dismissed a challenge that alleged Donald Trump is ineligible for office due to his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, ruling that it does not have jurisdiction over the case.“The commission, having reviewed the materials submitted, has determined that the State Ballot Law Commission does not have jurisdiction over the matters presented,” the panel wrote.“Donald Trump’s name will not be appearing on the presidential primary ballot as a result of the submission of nomination papers or a certificate of nomination over which the commission does have jurisdiction,” the panel continued. “Rather, Donald Trump’s name will appear on the presidential primary ballot as a result of the Republican State Committee’s submission of his name to the Secretary of the commonwealth on September 29, 2023 … This submission from the state party should not be confused with a certificate of nomination.” GOV. HEALEY PLANS TO CLOSE OPERATION AT MCI-CONCORD – The Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) announced its intention to shut down MCI-Concord, a medium-security men’s prison which currently operates at 50 percent capacity with an incarcerated population of approximately 300. The shutdown is proposed by Gov. Healey in her fiscal 2025 budget proposal. The shutdown needs legislative approval before it goes into effect.The DOC said in a press release that the decision to end operations at MCI-Concord and relocate its staff and population is based on a “thorough assessment of decreased housing needs and the aging facility’s high maintenance costs.” It noted that the closing “allows the department to dispose of the property, making it available for non-correctional purposes and potential redevelopment to the benefit of the surrounding community.”“During its first year, the Healey-Driscoll Administration has worked closely with the Legislature, community partners and advocates to invest in justice initiatives that have contributed to the lowest rates of incarceration and recidivism in decades,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Terrence Reidy. “Strategically consolidating DOC resources makes financial sense and enables the department to build upon the proven, evidence-based rehabilitative programs that support successful reentry and improve outcomes.”The Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union’s Executive Board announced it is adamantly against the closing of MCI-Concord or any other prison. ”The Executive Board feels that the closing of MCI-Concord or any other prison will burden our already violent and dangerous prisons,” the group said in a statement. “We are witnessing extreme and daily violence at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center [in Lancaster] after the closing of Walpole.”The statement continued, “With over three hundred inmates at Concord our classification system will undoubtedly need to reclassify many of these and other inmates statewide. This will potentially place higher risk inmates in lower-level facilities, thus placing our officer’s safety at risk. We ask the governor, Public Safety Secretary and DOC Commissioner to halt any plans to close Concord until a comprehensive plan is in place.” QUOTABLE QUOTES “Partnership between law enforcement and the communities they serve is the cornerstone of effective public safety. This funding is an investment in the enduring success of strong partnerships. Through this grant program, we provide public safety with essential resources to enhance community engagement and deliver evidence-based programs.” ---Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll on awarding a $1.9 million grant to support statewide strategies for violence prevention and enhance community-based partnerships. “We are incredibly excited about this program, which will make a difference in the lives of residents across the state and provide greater affordability, opportunity, and access to all MBTA service for residents as they travel throughout the week. This underscores the bold vision and commitment of the HealeyDriscoll Administration to deliver equitable, reliable and resilient transportation in a big way.” --- Massachusetts Transportation Secretary and CEO Monica Tibbits-Nutt on the MBTA’s announcement of several fare change proposals, including the introduction of a reduced fare program for riders with low income, that aim to improve equity, increase ridership and simplify fare rules,“Climbing rents have propelled cost burdens to staggering new heights. In 2022, half of all U.S. renters were cost burdened. The number of renter households spending more than 30 percent of their income on rent and utilities rose by 2 million in just three years to a record high of 22.4 million. Among these renters, 12.1 million had severe burdens, paying over half of their income for housing -- also an all-time high. And while rental markets are finally cooling, evictions have risen, the country is seeing the highest homelessness counts on record and the need for rental assistance is greater than ever.” ---From “America’s Rental Housing 2024,” a new report by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. “Overall, the story of criminal justice reform in Massachusetts since 2018 is largely positive. This research finds crime and incarceration have fallen, and we have significantly expanded services for many. Our challenge now is to continue with a focus on reducing the large racial and ethnic disparities in our prison populations with housing, treatment and restorative justice practices.” ---Lee Pelton, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation, on its new report “Criminal Justice Reform in Massachusetts: A Five-Year Progress Assessment.” 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 January 22-26, the House met for a total of one hour and two minutes and the Senate met for a total of five hours and five minutes. Mon. Jan. 22 House 11:01 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. Senate 11:22 a.m. to 11:38 a.m Tues. Jan. 23 No House session No Senate session Wed. Jan. 24 No House session No Senate session Thurs. Jan. 25 House 11:02 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. Senate 11:13 a.m. to4:02 p.m. Fri.Jan. 26 No House session No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com Bob founded Beacon Hill Roll Call in 1975 and was inducted into the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) Hall of Fame in 2019. - LEGAL NOTICE - COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS THE TRIAL COURT PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT Essex Division Docket No. ES24P0118EA Estate of: NANCY O’HANLEY Date of Death: November 01, 2023 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Amy Lynch of Concord, NH Petitioner Timothy O’Hanley of Saugus, MA a Will has been admitted to informal probate. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Representative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under formal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. February 2, 2024

Page 18 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 2, 2024 SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 15 We follow Social Distancing Guidelines! Frank Berardino MA License 31811 • 24 - Hour Service • Emergency Repairs BERARDINO Plumbing & Heating Residential & Commercial Service Gas Fitting • Drain Service 617.699.9383 Senior Citizen Discount 121 Walnut St. in Saugus will offer the Wild Breakheart Series from 9 to 10 a.m. Join Breakheart staff for this rotating nature series that will explore different aspects of Breakheart in the winter time. This month check out the Winter Tree ID. Explore the birds that stay for the wintertime and how they thrive in a cold New England winter. Next month learn about animal tracking. Discover how tracks that animals leave behind can tell us a story about what they do when no one is around. In March be a part of the Breakheart Birding Club. Discover what birds are starting to come back for the spring and what birds stay from the winter. –On Fridays now through March, check out Kidleidoscope from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Visitor Center (177 Forest St., Saugus). Come join a park interpreter for a story time and nature walk. Complete a small craft and explore the woods! Walks are gently paced and approximately one mile, though not accessible for strollers. This activity is appropriate for families with children who are three to five years old. Meet at the Visitor Center. –On Saturdays now through March, “Step into the Past” from 10 a.m.to noon at the Visitor Center (177 Forest St., Saugus). Join the park interpreter to discover the park history. Hikes are about two and a half miles and moderate difficulty along rocky trails with several stops. Best for adults and older children with a keen interest in history. Meet outside the Visitor Center. This activity will be canceled in the event of rain. –First and third Saturdays – Stories in Stone: Breakheart has been shaped not only by nature but by the many people who have called it home. –Second and fourth Saturdays – Glacial Giants: Countless clues to a glacial past dot the landscape. If one knows where to look, this hidden geologic history can be revealed. About The Saugus Advocate We welcome press releas~ House For Rent ~ Furnished Comfortable House - Malden Very comfortable fully furnished large 3 bedroom, one family house, 1,656 ft. in Malden, near Melrose line. 15 minute drive to Boston, located on 1/2 acre lawn/forested site. Quiet neighborhood. All utilities/ wifi/landscape services included. Off street parking. Convenient public bus transportation, minutes to Oak Grove MBTA and Wyoming commuter rail station with direct train line to downtown Boston. Short/long term OK. No security or fees required. Pets okay. $3,500/month. First and last month required. Credit and reference check application. Avail. Feb. 1. Call Joe at: (857) 350-0575 Your Hometown News Delivered! EVERETT ADVOCATE MALDEN ADVOCATE REVERE ADVOCATE SAUGUS ADVOCATE One year subscription to The Advocate of your choice: $150 per paper in-town per year or $200 per paper out-of-town per year. Name_________________________________________ Address_______________________________________ City_______________ State_______ Zip ____________ CC# _______________________________ Exp. _____ Sec. code____ Advocate (City):___________________ Clip & Mail Coupon with Credit Card, Check or Money Order to: Advocate Newspapers Inc. PO Box 490407, Everett, MA 02149 Clean-Outs! We take and dispose from cellars, attics, garages, yards, etc. Call Robert at: 781-844-0472 es, news announcements, freelance articles and courtesy photos from the community. Our deadline is noon Wednesday. If you have a story idea, an article or photo to submit, please email me at mvoge@comcast.net or leave a message at 978683-7773. Let us become your hometown newspaper. The Saugus Advocate is available in the Saugus Public Library, the Saugus Senior Center, Saugus Town Hall, local convenience stores and restaurants throughout town.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 2, 2024 Page 19 1. On Feb. 9, 1895, what sport – originally called mintonette – was invented in Holyoke, Mass.? 2. Charles Ponzi, the source of “Ponzi scheme,” emigrated to what city that is in a dog’s name? 3. What number is the next Super Bowl: LII, LV or LVII? 4. What musical instrument was used in the 1960s hit “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport”: steel drum, theremin or wobble board? 5. On February 10, Chinese (Lunar) New Year starts; 2024 is the year of what animal symbol? 6. How are Goat, Luna and Three Sisters similar? 7. What is a printer’s devil? 8. On Feb. 11, 1878, the first bicycle club in the USA was founded in what New England city? 9. Who is the NBA’s oldest active player? 10. Reportedly, which country has a “chimney sweep mafia”: Switzerland, UK or USA? 11. What three-letter word means a computer program able to perform automatic recurring tasks? 12. On Feb. 12, 2004, the Mattel VP of Marketing announced that what dolls felt “it’s time to spend some quality time — apart”? 13. What American author who died in Hartford, on a trip to Boston in 1869, said, “One of the most winning features of Boston is the politeness of the people”? 14. February 13 is Mardi Gras; what is the traditional Mardi Gras dessert? 15. In what county is the place that is the namesake of the USS Housatonic, the fi rst ship sunk by a submarine (in 1861)? 16. In 1400 on Valentine’s Day, King Charles VI created a royal Court of Love in what city that has been called the city of love? 17. How are electrons, neutrons and protons similar? 18. On Feb. 14, 1966, who achieved an NBA career scoring record of 20,884 points? 19. Reportedly, in the 1800s, Chinese immigrants in Massachusetts developed a sandwich from what Chinese dish? 20. On Feb. 15, 1927, the silent fi lm “It” was released; who was the fi lm’s star (or “it girl”)? 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. BUYER1 For a searchable database of real estate transactions and property information visit: www.thewarrengroup.com. SELLER1 BUYER2 Kunwar, Jhalak B Velasquez, Natalie Kunwar, Rekha B Scaduto, Jason Littlefi eld, Keith Thinking of selling your Saugus property? E V E R E T T Desirable 1-bedroom apartment in Everett, conveniently situated just off Broadway, will be available in early February or possibly sooner. Priced at $1,975.00. For inquiries, please contact Peter at 781-820-5690. S A U G U S C O MM E R C I A L & R E S I D E N T I A L P R O P E R T Y Sue Palomba and Peter Manoogian, proud Saugus residents with a deep understanding and love for the community, are your reliable guides to present your property with accuracy and professionalism. They understand that buyers are not just purchasing a home but will also become part of a community. Reach out to Sue at 617-877-4553 or Peter at 781-8205690 for a complimentary market analysis of your property. Discover the benefits of our low commission structure and let them showcase the essence of Mango, bringing a blend of excellence and satisfaction to your journey. SUE PALOMBA Founder Mango Realty Inc. Exceptional investment opportunity! Long-standing commercial fishing pier/residential property adjacent to Saugus Waterfront Mixed Use Overlay District (WMOD). Owner petitioning Town of Saugus for inclusion in WMOD, providing diverse land use possibilities per Article 18 in Saugus Zoning Bylaws. Zoning contingency applies to sale. Property features licensed pier, boat storage, residential use with permitted accessory dwelling unit. Utilities include electricity, water to pier, and natural gas to dwelling. Deed transfer for pier rights. Offered at $1,455,000. Contact Sue at 617-877-4553 for details. 3 8 M A I N S T . S A U G U S ( 7 8 1 ) 5 5 8 - 1 0 9 1 soldwithsue@gmail.com 617-877-4553 PETERMANOOGIAN t Agent Mango Realty Inc. pm1963@comcast.net 781-820-5690 Mango Realty has extended our business model to rentals, property management and short-term rentals and use the platform such as Airbnb, including our Rockport office. Contact Information: For inquiries and to schedule a viewing, please call Sue Palomba at +1 (617) 877-4553 or email soldwithsue@gmail.com. 2 0 R A I L R O A D A V E . R O C K P O R T ( 9 7 8 ) - 9 9 9 - 5 4 0 8 SELLER2 ADDRESS 4 Sylvan St 10 Clifton St CITY Saugus Saugus DATE 01.19.24 01.18.24 PRICE 612500 1075000 ANSWERS Discover the ideal fusion of charm, convenience, and comfort at Revere Apartments for Rent. This exquisite 2bedroom, 2-bathroom residence occupies the coveted first floor of a 40-unit building, ensuring a serene and private living experience. Immerse yourself in the contemporary allure of the updated kitchen, featuring newer floors that seamlessly complement the overall aesthetic. Convenience is elevated with in-unit laundry, completewith awasher, dryer, and refrigerator for added ease. Securing this haven requires the standard first, last, and security deposit, along with a one-month broker fee. The monthly rent stands at $2,700. To qualify, applicants must boast a credit score exceeding 680, provide references, and undergo abackground check. For inquiries and to seize this opportunity, contact Sue at 617-877-4553. or soldwithsue@gmail.com Availability begins March 1, and please note that pets and smoking are not permitted. Immerse yourself in the vibrant surroundings, including nearby trails and eateries, making this residence a perfect blend of modern living and local exploration. 1 4 N O R W O O D S T . E V E R E T T ( 7 8 1 ) - 5 5 8 - 1 0 9 1 1.Volleyball 2.Boston (Boston terrier) 3.LVII 4.Wobble board 5.The dragon 6.They are names of American Niagara River islands. 7.A printing offi ce apprentice 8.Boston (the Boston Bicycle Club) 9.LeBron James (39) 10.Switzerland (The government protects the sweeps.) 11.Bot 12.Barbie and Ken 13.Mark Twain 14.King cake 15.Berkshire County in Mass. 16.Paris 17.They make up atoms. 18.Wilt Chamberlain 19.Chop Suey 20.Clara Bow


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