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Page 2 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 9, 2024 FLOODGATES PROJECT | | FROM PAGE 1 surrounding communities on Jan. 13 “experienced some of the worst coastal flooding todate.” “In fact, in 2024 the 4th and 6th highest flood waters on record have occurred. The devastation experienced by our residents and property owners was both extreme and sobering,” the letter said. “Saugus officials, homeowners, property owners, and businesses clearly recognize that future flooding events will in fact become more frequent and more destructive,” it continued. At Tuesday’s meeting, selectmen agreed that the letter was an important step by the town to demonstrate a commitment to the feasibility study. But they noted that similar action needs to be taken by the cities of Lynn, Malden, Everett and Revere. In addition, the six state and federal elected officials need to aggressively support the project. “I cannot think of a situation in the past 40 years where the town has reached out to our entire state and federal representatives asking for their collective help,” Manoogian told The Saugus Advocate Wednesday. “Saugus is willing to do its part and pay its fair share to fund the updated study so that the floodgate project can proceed. The matter is now in the hands of Representative Wong, Representative Giannino, State Senator Crighton, Congressman Moulton, Senator Warren and Senator Markey,” Manoogian said. “Specifically, they will need to seek an appropriation from the state legislature and the US Congress as well as communicate the urgency of this with their peers in Malden, Everett, Lynn, and Revere. This will not happen unless those that represent Saugus make this a priority.” During Tuesday night ’s meeting, Manoogian told selectmen that Saugus would need to commit from $150,000 to $200,000 for its share of the feasibility study. “The other four communities also need to put their money on the table,” Manoogian said. “Saugus can’t do it alone. 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 Chris 2024 Perhaps they can start the process,” he said. Manoogian was one of four Precinct 10 Town Meeting members attending the meeting to show their support. Joining him were Peter Delios, Martin Costello and Darren Ring. Town Meeting Member Carla A. Scuzzarella was unable to attend the meeting, but emailed a letter urging selectmen to send a letter to state and federal officials concerning an updated study of the floodgate project. “The homeowners are facing more and more water damage. If residents start leaving this area of town, our community also loses,” Scuzzarella said. “East Saugus needs help, and the Board’s action tonight can definitely state Saugus’ commitment to improving the situation,” she said. Selectman Jeffrey Cicolini suggested that the town invite members of the state and federal delegation to meet with them. “This is something that needs the eyes and ears of our federal and state delegations on the fast track,” Cicolini said. “We need federal and state representation together,” he said. The letter selectmen approved Here is the text of the letter approved by selectmen. “On February 6th, the Saugus Board of Selectmen, at their regularly scheduled meeting, unanimously voted to approve and send this letter to our state and federal delegation requesting that funding for the Saugus River Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study be allocated as soon as possible. “In 2022, Senator Edward Markey sponsored legislation for a regional investigation for coastal flood protection and environmental enhancement, which he and Representative Katherine Clark did in the Water Resources Development Act of 2022. “This legislation was a result of five communities, Saugus, Revere, Lynn, Malden, and Everett, all jointly advocating for this study to take place. President Biden signed this legislation as part of the National Defense Authorization Act on December 23, 2022. “However, there was no funding allocated for this feasibility study. “We want to remind you that on January 13th, 2024, Saugus, Revere, Lynn and other surrounding communities experienced some of the worst coastal flooding to-date. “In fact, in 2024 the 4th and 6th highest flood waters on record have occurred. The devastation experienced by our residents and property owners was both extreme and sobering. Saugus officials, homeowners, property owners, and businesses clearly recognize that future flooding events will in fact become more frequent and more destructive. “Therefore, it is imperative that funding immediately occur so that this study can happen which would allow for a robust public participation process and ultimately a proposal to construct floodgates at the mouth of the Saugus River. The Saugus River Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study process would develop, evaluate, and update alternatives and impacts.” “Public involvement is required in order to evaluate alternatives and environmental concerns as well as to renew support from the Commonwealth and affected communities. “This support and an approved Feasibility Report and EIS/EIR are required before the design process can resume. “It is our understanding that the cost of this study would be between one and three million dollars. This cost would be shared between the federal and state government and the five local communities that are impacted. “Saugus is prepared to raise and appropriate its share of the cost for this study. “We now need your advocacy at the state level and with your respective city councils for a funding commitment. We need to immediately demonstrate to the Federal Government our commitment to cost sharing so that the study can commence. “We look forward to working with each of you to begin this process. Please call or e-mail our office should you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration on this matter of critical importance. “Respectfully Submitted, Debra Panetta, Chairman; Jeffrey Cicolini, Vice Chairman; Michael Serino, Corinne Riley and Anthony Cogliano. The letter was also copied to Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree, Precinct 10 Town Meeting members, the Board of Health and the Conservation Commission.”

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 9, 2024 Page 3 ~ The Advocate Asks ~ Local tree care company owner Dante Hibbard talks about the free service he performs to rescue cats from trees Editor’s Note: For this week’s interview, we sat down with Dante Hibbard, president of ASAP Tree Care, Inc., of Saugus, to talk about his latest rescue of a cat from a tree – a service he periodically performs at no cost. Hibbard, 39, grew up in Revere and is a 2003 graduate of Revere High School. He served for four years in the Army National Guard. His wife, Jessica, is a Saugus native who graduated from Saugus High School in 2006. They moved to Saugus about seven years ago. Their 13-year-old daughter Ayla is a sixth-grader at the Saugus Middle School. Last week (Wednesday, Jan. 31), the town’s Animal Control Officer, Darren McCullough, said he got a call from Warren Road residents about a cat stuck up in a tree. He requested help from the Fire Department and Department of Public Works to get the cat down. But they couldn’t reach the location with their equipment. The next day, Hibbard responded with his Spider Lift and was able to rescue the cat. McCullough went doorto-door to locate the cat’s owner, and the cat was reunited with its family on nearby Greenwood Avenue. Highlights from this week’s interview follow. Q: I hear you are a pretty big cat lover, and that’s why you go rescuing them out of trees. And you never charge people for your expenses. A: Yep. I’m a big cat lover, actually a big animal lover. Q: How many cats do you own? A: Two: Rose, a hairless Sphynx 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 Monday Tuesday A STRANDED CAT’S BEST FRIEND: Dante Hibbard, president of ASAP Tree Care, Inc., of Saugus, talked about the soft spot in his heart for cats during an interview this week. He responds to calls for helping cats stuck up in trees, but never charges for his services. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler) cat, and Raymond, an American short-haired cat. He was in an auto parts place when I found him. He had a bunch of problems. It cost about $1,600 to deal with his problems. He’s a great cat and he loves to sleep on my wife’s head. Q: Please tell me about the cat rescue last Thursday (Feb. 1). How did that go down? A: I got a call from my stepmom saying there was a cat in a tree and she asked me to come help. And I said, “Sure, I’ll come in a little bit.” And then she sent me a video of it, and I guess it was up there for two days, screaming, so I just took the equipment from my work site and went over to get it. Q: I understand that the Fire ASKS | SEE PAGE 10 Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday $9.00 Price includes Roller Skates Rollerblades/inline skates $3.00 additional cost Private Parties 7:30-11 p.m. $10.00 Price includes Roller Skates Adult Night 18+ Only Private Parties Private Parties 4-7 p.m. $9.00 12-9 p.m. 7:30-11 p.m. $10. 18+ Adults Only After 7 PM $9.00 Everyone must pay admission after 6 p.m. Sorry No Checks - ATM on site Roller skate rentals included in all prices Inline Skate Rentals $3.00 additional BIRTHDAY & PRIVATE PARTIES AVAILABLE www.roller-world.com For Advertising with Results, call The Advocate Newspapers at 617-387-2200 or Info@advocatenews.net SCENE OF THE RESCUE: Dante set up his Spider Lift to get to a cat stuck in a tree for more than 30 hours in the area of Warren Road and Greenwood Avenue. (Courtesy photo by Jeannie Meredith to The Saugus Advocate)

Page 4 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 9, 2024 Town’s first woman jake graduates from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Advocate staff report R achael Patrizzi, who became the town’s first woman firefighter in August of 2022, was among the 24 recruits who graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy last Friday (Feb. 2). Patrizzi’s colleagues offered their congratulations on the Saugus Firefighters Local 1003 Facebook page with this post: “Congratulations to Saugus FFOP Rachael Patrizzi on her graduation from the Mass Fire Academy today. “Rachael is continuing the tradition of public service in her family and following in the footsteps of her father, Saugus Police Officer Jim Donovan (Ret.), her brother former Saugus FF & current Boston FF James Donovan and her husband Revere Police officer Guido Patrizzi.” Patrizzi, 29, of Beverly, is a Gerry Saugus High School 2013 graduate and was an outstanding student-athlete who ran track and field. “I feel proud becoming the first female firefighter,” Patrizzi said in an August 2022 interview during her first week on the job. “Having the opportunity to represent the town is an honor,” she said. Patrizzi is a personal trainer and competes in CrossFit competitions, adding that it prepares her for the physical demands of the job. 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Detective Donovan worked briefly for the Saugus Fire Department as a temporary firefighter. But there were budget cuts in the town and the funding for the Fire Department. Several months later, the town received funding for police officers, and he took both tests and applied to the Police Department. He got hired and spent a long career as a Saugus police officer. Patrizzi’s great-grandfather – the late Edwin “Bucker” Holmes – was a “Person of the Year Award” recipient at the 1996 Founders Day Saugus Firefighter Rachael Patrizzi was among the 24 recruits from 14 fire departments who graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy last Friday. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) and also a member of the Volunteer Saugus Fire Department. She said she drew her inspiration from growing up in a civil service family. Patrizzi earned a degree from Middlesex Community College and worked as a phlebotomist at Massachusetts General Hospital. State Fire Marshal Jon M. Davine and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Director Eric Littmann last Friday announced the graduation of 24 firefighters from the 50-day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program. “Massachusetts firefighters are on the frontlines protecting their communities every day, and today’s graduates are needed now more than ever,” State Fire Marshal Davine said during a ceremony at the Department of Fire Services’ campus in Bridgewater. “The hundreds of hours of foundational training they’ve received will provide them with the physical, mental, and technical skills to perform their jobs effectively and safely,” he said. Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Director Eric Littmann said the academy’s instructors draw on decades of experience in the fire service to train the new recruits.“Through consistent classroom instruction and practical exercises, today’s graduates have developed the tools they’ll need to work seamlessly with veteran firefighters in their home departments and in neighboring communities as mutual aid,” Littmann said. The graduating firefighters of Class #BW28 represent the fire departments of Brewster, Dennis, Duxbury, Easton, Hingham, Mashpee, North Attleboro, Reading, Saugus, Truro, Walpole, Wellfleet, Westborough and Yarmouth. The intensive, 10-week program involved classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter skills training and live firefighting practice. To graduate, students must demonstrate proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation, and fire attack. Fire attack operations range from mailbox fires to multiple-floor or multiple-room structural fires. Upon successful completion of the Career Recruit Program, all students have met the national standards of NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, and are certified to the levels of Firefighter I/II and Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations by the Massachusetts Fire Training Council, which is accredited by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 9, 2024 Page 5 Two companies say they were unfairly denied special permits to operate retail marijuana businesses By Mark E. Vogler T wo companies that were denied special permits to operate retail marijuana dispensaries in Saugus have fi led complaints seeking to overturn the decision by the Board of Selectmen last December. • Uma Flowers, LLC – which received a perfect rating score from the Marijuana Establishment Review Committee (MERC) – claimed in its appeal that Selectman Anthony Cogliano appeared to be biased against Uma and in favor of Bostica, LLC – a company managed by a personal friend. • Northeastcann, Inc. in its complaint, seeks a judicial review of two decisions made by selectmen in their hearing last Dec. 12. It seeks to overturn the board’s decision to deny the S-2 permit. It also challenges the board’s decision to grant a permit to Sanctuary Medicinals, Inc. – the lone company of seven applicants to receive approval from the board. Uma’s complaint seeks to refer its application back to the board for reconsideration with orders that Cogliano be disqualified from participating in the public hearing or voting on the application. In its appeal, lawyers for Uma noted that Cogliano admitted to having a personal relationship with Raymond Falite, manager of Bostica and a personal friend for 30 years. The court complaint noted that Cogliano had even fi led a confl ict of interest disclosure. During the hearing process, Cogliano disparaged Uma and made factually inaccurate statements about the company. “Mr. Cogliano’s personal interest confl icted with his public duty,” the complaint said. Cogliano, who has been an outspoken critic of the MERC report and its ranking of Uma Flowers with a perfect score, cast the lone vote against Uma Flowers, which fell one vote short of the four-fi fths majority to obtain the permit. In Northeastcann’s complaint, attorneys for the company were highly critical of Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and his use of the MERC to usurp the role of selectmen. “There is an apparent political dispute between the town manager and selectmen members,” the complaint said. “The town manager failed to follow the bylaws related to the Host Community Agreement,” according to the Northeastcann attorney. “Selectmen improperly relied on the findings of the MERC. Selectmen came to meetings with preconceived decisions,” the complaint said. “Selectmen came to the meeting for the special permit, improperly swayed by the MERC and its fl awed process.” Northeastcann lawyers alleged that Sanctuary Medicinals’ project contained numerous adverse conditions that prevented it from being a marijuana establishment. Sanctuary Medicinals has submitted plans to build its dispensary at 181 Broadway, site of the former 99 Restaurant. Issuance of the S-2 permit enables the company to enter into a host community agreement with Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree. 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

Page 6 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 9, 2024 Remembering the Four Chaplains Eighty-one years later, a memorial service honors the selfl ess acts of the brave men of faith who gave up their life jackets so others on board the torpedoed Dorchester could live; they joined in song and prayer as the ship sank By Joanie Allbee S augonians Shirley Bogdan, Diane McConnell (Shirley and deceased Veteran U.S. Army SGT. Peter E. Bogdan’s daughter) of American Legion Auxiliary Post #210 and District 8 Commander & Speaker John Cannon went to Haverhill last Sunday (Feb. 4) to attend the Four Chaplains Memorial Service at the Temple Emanu-El. This year’s Memorial Service was sponsored by the American Legion Post #4 and hosted by Rabbi Ashira Stevens in the Temple Emanu-El in Haverhill. The American Legion Post #4 hosted a luncheon for all those in attendance. Each year an American Legion Post puts together the Special Service that Commemorates the selfless heroism acts of the Four Chaplains. When there were no more supplies of life jackets for the desperate men of the sinking USAT Dorchester, the Chaplains each took their life jackets off and gave them to the next man in line. No race, creed or religion discussed – only the next man in line. The torpedoed Dorchester sank in minutes with the Chaplains aboard. Sgt. Maj. David Tuttle, U.S. Marine Veteran and American Legion District 8 Chaplain, organized the annual Service. District 8 covers several communities in Essex County, including Saugus. District 8 Commander John Cannon gave the Welcome address. PCC Ted Butler of Post 277 read the saga of the four Chaplains; how they gave their lives for their fellow man, then perished into the sea; united while singing hymns as they perished. · Chaplain George L. Fox (Methodist Minister) · Chaplain Alexander D. Goode (Rabbi) · Chaplain John P. Washington J (Catholic Priest) · Chaplain Clark V. Poling (Minister of the Reformed Church) In the early dawn hours, on Feb. 3, 1943, after these four Chaplains gave their life jackets to the next man in line, they prayed and assisted putting the men into rafts. Raft survivors later told of how they witnessed the four Chaplains with arms linked together praying, singing hymns and losing their lives as the ship sunk to the depths...immorNeed a hall for your special event? The Schiavo Club, located at 71 Tileston Street, Everett is available for your Birthdays, Anniversaries, Sweet 16 parties and more? For more info, call (857) 249-7882 JOHN MACKEY & ASSOCIATES ~ Attorneys at Law ~ * PERSONAL INJURY * REAL ESTATE * FAMILY LAW * PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY * LANDLORD/TENANT DISPUTES 14 Norwood Street Everett, MA 02149 Phone: (617) 387-4900 Fax: (617) 381-1755 WWW.JMACKEYLAW.COM Framed photos of the Four Chaplains were on display during a special memorial service honoring them last Sunday. (Courtesy Photo of Joanie Allbee) tal heroes. This year, Chaplain Tuttle added another hero to the memorial service to remember; Coast Guard Sailor Charles Walter David Jr. Sailor David rescued two of his shipmates and those who were victims of the torpedoed Dorchester. Charles Walter David Jr. was a Coast Guard Steward’s Mate First Class, USCG Sailor and aboard the USS Comanche, a Coast Guard Cutter. Comanche was assigned to escort a convoy of three ships: Escanaba, Tampa and the Troop transport ship the USAT Dorchester. In the North Atlantic near Newfoundland, the Dorchester was torpedoed by a U-boat. As the Dorchester was sinking below the horizon line, hundreds jumped into near freezing waters because lifeboats were unable to be released fast enough to keep up with the rapid demise of the Dorchester. When his USS Comanche shipmates Lt. Anderson & David Swanson had grown too weak from helping the men to safety, Sailor David dove into icy winds, 10 foot waves and hypothermia-inducing waters and saved lives of his shipmates and assisted with Dorchester rescues. Sailor David, on all accounts, was a pillar of strength and encouragement to his shipmates. He was known as an instinctive leader and was quickly promoted. He had enjoyed playing his harmonica with other shipmates’ instruments during their off duty times. Together these shipVeteran Sgt. Maj USMC and American Legion District 8 Chaplain David Tuttle of Groveland Post #248 is responsible for annually overseeing the Four Chaplains Memorial Service. He stood near a framed photo of the USAT Dorchester and a replica life preserver from the ship that was torpedoed by a German submarine in the North Atlantic on Feb. 3, 1943. (Courtesy Photo of Joanie Allbee) mates rescued 93 men from the Dorchester. There were 902 men aboard the Dorchester; 672 died. Most of the men died within minutes of exposure to the frigid temps in the icy waters; there were 230 survivors. Sailor David got hypothermia from jumping into the sea to rescue others. He later contracted pneumonia and passed away 54 days after the rescues from the torpedoed ship. In 2010, he received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal posthumously. David’s widow and son received the medal from Stanley V. Parker and Lt. Anderson; David’s shipmate he had rescued that fateful night. REMEMBERING | SEE PAGE 7

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 9, 2024 Page 7 Election 2024 Town Clerk’s Offi ce seeks poll workers and student volunteers for March 5 Presidential Primary T Saugus Post #210 American Legion Auxiliary Members Diane McConnell and Shirley Bogdan (left to right) and Saugus resident District 8 Commander John Cannon (standing at the lectern) looked at the photos of the Four Chaplains who gave up their life jackets to let others live as they sunk with the torpedoed USAT Dorchester. The three Saugonians attended last Sunday’s Memorial Service. (Courtesy Photo of Joanie Allbee) REMEMBERING | FROM PAGE 6 A U.S. Coast Guard Sentinel-class cutter was named in sailor David’s name. The USCGC Charles David Jr. was offi - cially commissioned on November 16, 2013. All fi ve gave their lives to help others in brave acts of courage, sacrifice and strength – watching out for their fellow man. ” It’s important to remember,” Chaplain Tuttle said last Sunday after the service. District 8 commander John Cannon commended Chaplain Tuttle for his devotion to the Memorial Service. 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 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. 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 9, 2024 Lady Sachems Basketball Net Gloucester, 59-40 on Senior Night (Advocate Photos by Emily Harney) Ashleen Escobar looks to the basket for a shot as a Gloucester defender attempts to block. Madi Femino gets fouled under the basket by two Gloucester opponents. Ana Silva and Devany Millerick battle a Gloucester player for the ball. Senior Juliana Powers sets up in front of the net on defense. Saugus senior girls’ basketball players pose for a photo after their win over Gloucester 59-40. Pictured from left to right, are; Ashleen Escobar, Devany Millerick, Madi Femino, Amelia Pappagallo, Juliana Powers, Ashleigh Moore, Ana Silva, and Jessica Bremberg. Jessica Bremberg drives the ball past a Gloucester defender. Ashleen Escobar attempts a layup to the Gloucester basket despite the defense. Madi Femino gets fouled under the basket by two Gloucester opponents. Saugus High head basketball coach Joe Lowe goes over the game plan for Monday night’s match up against Gloucester. Lady Sachem Ana Silva attempts to steal the ball from a Gloucester player

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 9, 2024 Page 9 Devany Millerick looks to make a pass to her teammate. Madi Femino drives the ball up court for Saugus as a Gloucester defender attempts to steal the ball. Madi Femino signals to a teammate as she heads up court. By Dom Nicastro SAUGUS GIRLS HOOP CLOSES IN ON OUTRIGHT NEC TITLE With the results of Northeastern Conference games this week, the Saugus High School girls basketball team has clinched a share of the Northeastern Conference Lynch division and can win it outright with a win Thursday, Feb. 8 at Danvers. “I’m very proud of the work and effort the girls put in to attain one of their season goals,” Saugus coach Joe Lowe said. Saugus beat Gloucester, 59-40. Peyton Dibiasio led the way with 18 points. Ashleen Escobar added 13 points, and Ana Silva dropped in nine. “Congrats to our eight seniors on their senior night and all their contributions to the Saugus High School program,” Lowe said. Saugus seniors are: Escobar, Devany Millerick, Madi Femino, Amelia Pappagallo, Juliana Powers, Ashleigh Moore, Silva and Jess Bremberg. Saugus also beat Salem, 63-32. Freshman Syd Deledi got her first varsity points with four, and sophomore Shawn Sewell added her first career varsity bucket chipping in with two points. Peyton DiBiasio with the ball for Saugus. Saugus’s Ashleigh Moore defends against a Gloucester opponent during Monday’s home game. ~ SHS Sachems Sports roundup ~ Saugus officially clinched a tournament berth with its 10th win. SAUGUS BOYS HOOPS DROP A PAIR Saugus fell to 4-12 on the year with a couple of losses. The Sachems fell to Gloucester in a barnburner, 42-40. Danny Shea had 18 points, and Huey Josama added seven while Ryan Shea dropped in six. “It was a good battle at Gloucester,” Saugus coach Joe Bertrand said. “The boys never gave up and were in it all game.” The Sachems earlier fell to Salem, 7741. Danny Shea led the way with 12 points, and Isaiah Rodriguez was also in double figures with 11. Nathan Soroko added seven points. SAUGUS-PEABODY WRESTLING SPLITS FOUR Saugus-Peabody split its last four matches. Here are the Saugus-Peabody winners from each of those matches: Saugus-Peabody 64, Newton South 18 113: Jackson Deleidi of Peabody over Xinqi Zheng, 0:28 126: Landon Rodriguez of Peabody over Isaiah Ortega, 5:08 132: Elias Diaz of Saugus over Alex Rhein, 5:40 144: Michael Maraio of Peabody, MD, over Nicholas Genin, 11-2 157: Sam Lorusso of Saugus over Nathaniel Arguello, 3:24 165: Luke Calder of Saugus over Avery Hamilton, 2:23 190: Freddy Espinal of Peabody over William Cuphone, 0:55 Lawrence 47, Saugus-Peabody 25 113 Deleidi, MD, over Mario Vincente, 10-1 132: Diaz, DEC, over Alexander Gomez, 8-6 138: Max Lorusso of Saugus, DEC, over Ronald Nguyen, 9-5 144: Maraio, DEC, over Angel Lantigua, 6-1 150: Justin Bremberg of Saugus, over Rancis Santana, 2:35 157: Sam Lorusso over Yansel Martinez, 2:59 Andover 42, Saugus-Peabody 27 106: Anna Felicio of Saugus, over Riley Mclean, 1:15 113: Deleidi over Madeline Li, 1:15 138: Diaz over Colin Flanagan, 2:25 144: Max Lorusso, MD, over Charles Tedeschi, Jr., 11-2 150: Maraio, DEC, over Adrian Luck, 5-2 165: Sam Lorusso over Lucas Tavares Vasconcelos, 1:56 190: Espinal, DEF, over Nicolas Welch Saugus-Peabody 57, Excel Academy 24 113: Deleidi over Alvis Tejeda, 3:00 126: Rodriguez over Damian Cepeda, 1:00 132: Diaz, DEC, over Outtman Eddahbi, 5-2 144: Maraio over Jaime Nunez, 3:00 157: Sam Lorusso over Samy Legzouli, 1:00 165: Calder over Kevin Tabares, 3:00 190: Espinal over Nathan Santiago, 3:00 285: Antonio Anzalone of Peabody over Rafael Rivas, 3:00 Saugus-Peabody 42, Lexington 33 120: Deleidi over Adam Keene, 4:53 138: Max Lorusso over Harshil Amineni, 1:14 144: Maraio over Jihoon Lee 150: Bremberg, DEC, over Eric Tomasio, 3-0 157: Sam Lorusso over Alexander Manson, 3:41 165: Calder, DEC, over Harald Reitshamer, 9-4 5:37 dez. 175: Espinal over Thomas Higgins, 285: Anzalone over Daniel Hernan

Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 9, 2024 Peabody-Saugus hockey: Blending youth and experience for late-season surge By Dom Nicastro T he Peabody-Saugus boys hockey team is looking for a strong finish to the season. And based on some recent results, the Tanners are heading in that direction. Peabody-Saugus is 3-81 after 12 games. But it has played well lately. In its last five games, it is 2-2-1, including a 7-1 win over Minuteman and a 5-3 victory over Chicopee. Coach Jason Marshall reflected on the team’s recent performances, indicating a period of positive results and competitive play, particularly after key games. This momentum is attributed to the team’s ongoing development and efforts to play a complete game, emphasizing the importance of consistency across all periods. “We’ve jumbled up the lines a little bit going into this past couple of weeks,” Marshall said. “We moved Dom Chianca (senior of Saugus) up to forward coming from defense. And so ASKS | FROM PAGE 3 Department and the DPW had responded, but couldn’t do anything to get the cat because of the location of the tree near the houses in between Warren Road and Greenwood Avenue. A: Yeah. I can get into difficult locations where they can’t. The Spider Lift fits in a 36-inch gate. You can drive it right into the backyard. Q: How long did it take you to get it? A: Maybe an hour – well, we had to take a fence down, get the equipment off the trailer and get the equipment next to the tree. But once I went up on the lift, it wasn’t even five minutes before I got to the cat. Q: The cat was crying the whole time? A: The whole time – screaming, like it wanted help. Q: So, there was no resistance when you got closer to the cat? A: No. It actually came right to me; it was so happy to see me. Then after I saved it, it was rubbing its face. Q: Was it purring? A: No, it was still meowing, but it was rubbing its face all over me. It was grateful. He knew I it’s definitely left our defense a little bit lighter. But it’s really bolstered that second line, and I say second line, very lightly, because both of our top two lines I view as our first line. But that line of Brandon Barone (Peabody sophomore), Dom and freshman Artie O’Leary (of Saugus) … they’ve been lights out over the past three, four games or so.” Senior Ryan Jones of Saugus, senior Michael Ryan Peabody and Peabody junior Tyson Higgins form the first line. “They’re very solid defensively,” Marshall said. “I’ve coached Michael Ryan now for four years. And he’s one of the better defensive forwards that I’ve seen, just at the high school level in general. Ryan Jones has got one of the best shots in our conference. And then Tyson Higgins has been really making huge strides this year, both in terms of puck battling, but really creating his own offense on the rush as well.” As for the blue line crew, had helped him. Q: How many times before have you used this equipment to rescue a cat from a tree? A: Probably three times since I’ve had this machine – the Spider Lift – probably over a year now. Q: So, you usually get a call from the Animal Control Officer or the cat owner? How does that work? A: It’s usually the cat owner. Q: And this is like a public service that you do? Some of the companies would charge like 15 hundred bucks just to bring your rig to a place. A: A minimum of four hours would be about 15 hundred bucks. Q: The Animal Control Officer Darren McCullough said he gave a number of another company to the cat’s owner, but apparently they wanted to charge for the service of coming to help out. A: Some people charge. Yeah. But I want to be able to sleep at night, so I don’t charge. Q: Was there any challenge for this particular rescue? A: Not at all. It was pretty easy. Darren helped me take the fence down; a neighbor gave us a drill, and we took the fence down. The whole neighborhood kind STUCK NEAR THE TREE TOP: MeMe, a 10-monthold male cat (shown within the blue circle) clung to a branch of a tree on Warren Road, just minutes before his rescue. (Courtesy photo by Jeannie Meredith to The Saugus Advocate) of helped, actually. Then we got the equipment in, we set it up and went up and grabbed the cat, and that was it. And I think they found the owner of the cat. Q: Yes, they did. Darren said he went door-to-door in the neighborhood to locate the owner. How high was it where the cat was? A: About 60 feet maybe. It wasn’t that high. The Spider Sachems senior Ryan Jones eyes the puck during a recent game against Marblehe junior Zach Hartnett has been huge, Marshall said. “He’s logging a ton of minutes,” Marshall added. “He gets some power play time as well. But really just being a stabilizing force for our defense, as well as our senior captain Trevor Pacheco (of Peabody), who’s always just very reliable. In our own zone, he’s really a commanding force, especially in front of our own net. Not many guys are able to get good positioning in front of the net. And he’s been huge for us as well stepping up.” Sophomore goalie Evan Tybinkowski is still getting most of the looks in net. “He’s a huge competitor,” Marshall said. “I mean, even on these games where he’s given up a lot of goals, he doesn’t stop, he doesn’t quit for like a single second for a single play. He is someone who wants to be on the ice in the net, as much as possible. Luckily, over the past few games, he’s not seeing as many shots as he has the entire season. I mean, at one point, we had maybe a five- or six-game stretch, where we were seeing easily 45 shots a game. So now we’re back at a good level. And that’s kind of been key for us in keeping us in these games. But he’s been lights out nonstop for us all season.” Looking ahead, Coach Marshall emphasizes the importance of consistency and the desire to see improvement across all lines and from younger players. The upcoming games present a challenging schedule, but also an opportunity for the team to measure their progress and competitiveness against strong opponents. “I always tell them — it’s something that was kind of told to me and it’s an old hockey term — but just have a short memory,” Marshall said. “If you’re going to make a mistake, go back out there the next shift and completely forget about it. And just on to the next one. So, I try to reiterate that as much as possible.” MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Dante Hibbard, president of ASAP Tree Care, Inc., of Saugus, gave the thumbs up sign after completing the successful rescue of a cat named MeMe, which was stuck in a tree for more than 30 hours before he used his spider lift to reach it. (Courtesy photo by Jeannie Meredith to The Saugus Advocate) Lift goes about 90 feet, and it wasn’t even close to being fully extended. Q: Now, if you didn’t rescue the cat, what would happen? A: I don’t know. That’s why I rescue them, because I don’t know what’s going to happen if I don’t. Q: I guess in the area where the tree was, there were picket fences and other pointed structures in that area, so that if it fell, the cat could get hurt. ASKS | SEE PAGE 14

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 9, 2024 Page 11 Saugus High School Girls’ Varsity Sachems share collegiate plans during Senior Night game By Tara Vocino T he Saugus High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball Sachems shared their collegiate plans during Monday’s Senior Night against the Gloucester High School Fishermen at Saugus High School. Their banquet will be held on Tuesday, March 12 at Rosaria’s at 6 p.m. Captain Ashleen Escobar was escorted by her cousins, Izzy, Gabby, Brookelyn and Lily, her brothers, Anthony and Cobe. The four-year player plans to study cosmetology or play college basketball. (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino) Ana Beatriz Silva was escorted by her father, Mario, her mother, Debora, and her sister, Maria. The five-year player plans to study biology at Merrimack College. Madi Femino was escorted by her parents, Chris and Alexyss. The four-year player plans to study nursing after graduating from Saugus High School. Amelia Pappagallo was escorted by her father Mike, her mother, Val, and her brother, Alex. The four-year player plans to travel the world with her teammate, Devany Millerick, after she graduates from high school. Captain Jessica Bremberg was accompanied by her mother, Jennifer, her father, Eric, and her brother, Justin. The five-year player plans to study at Saint Anselm’s. Devany Millerick was surprised by her sister, Fallon, and escorted by her parents, Buddy and Kathy. The four-year player plans to travel the world with her teammate, Amelia Pappagallo, after high school graduation. The bleachers were packed during Monday’s Saugus High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball Senior Night at Saugus High School. Juliana Powers was accompanied by her father, Dennis, and her brother, Cole. The four-year player plans to study business or teaching after graduation. Captain Ashleigh Moore was accompanied by her father, Fred, her mother, Michelle, her brother, Nick, and her sister, Jenna. Her top choices are University of Rhode Island or University of New Hampshire to study nursing.

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 9, 2024 Saugus Gardens in the Winter Here’s what’s blooming in town this week to make your walks more enjoyable By Laura Eisener D ee LeMay’s amaryllis which had such promising buds last week has bloomed, and a few bulbs in my house have stalks stretching upward this week. These impressive blossoms are reliable and easy to enjoy from year to year. Since it is still cold outside, the drama and color of these flowers are very welcome throughout the winter months. Tomorrow is Chinese New Year, and for many people their tradition is to celebrate with food. It is a busy day for the Asian restaurants throughout the town. There are some traditional plants and flowers that are given as New Year gifts. Among these, chrysanthemums are always very popular as they represent good health and longevity. Also popular are peonies, which are symbols of love and prosperity. Branches of blooming peach and plum blossoms represent spring and have long been appropriate for gifts and home decoration at this time of year. A popular New Year houseplant is lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana), although it is not from China and not a bamboo – it is actually in the asparagus family (Asparagaceae) and comes from Africa. It is often said to bring happiness and good luck in general. They may be grown with their stems braided or twisted into shapes – some online floral vendors sell them with stems shaped into hearts. Money trees (Pachira spp.) are also sold as houseplants, often three in a pot with their trunks braided and, as their common name suggests, are believed to bring good fortune. Since this coming year is the year of the dragon, dragon fruit (Hylocereus undatus) would seem especially appropriate for this year in particular. Many people will be familiar with the reddish pink skinned fruits available in supermarkets, but not with the plant that produces them. Dragon fruit plants are easy to grow as houseplants although they are unlikely to produce fruit on a windowsill. A climbing cactus with soft thorns, it needs sunlight but thrives without frequent watering. The origins of Valentine’s Day have little to do with flowers, but this holiday is one of the most popular times to send and receive a bouquet of flowers. I asked Andrea Hanafin at Little Brook Florist & Garden Center Heart hoya, in this case just a rooted leaf, is a popular indoor valentine plant because of its heart-shaped leaf. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) what flowers are most popular for Valentine’s Day. She said “roses [Rosa spp.] of course, with baby’s breath [Gypsophila paniculata] are always popular, but another good choice is carnations [Dianthus spp.] which last a long time in a vase. Some restaurants give out a single carnation to each of the ladies on Valentine’s Day.” To make your bouquet last longer, Andrea suggests choosing flowers that are still in bud, because if they are in full bloom they will not last as long. Also, don’t forget to change the water in the vase regularly. The shop at Little Brook Florist & Garden Center also has lots of gifts for Valentine’s Day and other occasions. Artist Jeff Fioravanti, who spent many years of his life in Saugus and often walks through town from his current home in Lynn, has captured the details and complex colors of a rose in one of his recent paintings titled “Each Year The Rose Returns.” It was chosen for an exhibit by Alchemy + Art (44 Main Street in Amesbury, Massachusetts) which runs through the middle of next month. Jeff’s painting is on display through March 13, 2024. While an individual rose may only last a few weeks, many modern rosebush varieties produce flowers over a long growing season, in some cases from June until December in Saugus. Exactly how long the shrubs continue to produce new blossoms will depend on the variety of rose, the location (the more sun the better) and the temperature fluctuations in any given year.Of course, getting the right amount of water and fertilizer, as well as the gardener’s attention to deadheading the A LOVELY PAINTING: “Each Year The Rose Returns” – this rose painting by artist Jeff Fioravanti is a touching tribute to the most popular Valentine’s Day flower. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Fioravanti) faded blossoms, also play a part in ensuring the flowers perform at their best. For those who want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with plants that last longer than a bouquet, one interesting “houseplant” is heart hoya, also known as sweetheart hoya (Hoya kerrii). It is a succulent vine with heart-shaped foliage that can be grown as a houseplant here. Often for Valentine’s Day, single heart-shaped leaf cuttings in small pots with well-draining soil are sold. They can live for years as a single leaf and are ideal for small spaces like a windowsill. A few additional names for it are hoya hearts, valentine hoya and lucky heart hoya. Like most succulents, it likes full sun. If you have a whole plant, it may bloom when days are longer with pink or white flowers, but the single-leaf forms of the plant will not bloom nor grow more leaves. 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. A dragon fruit plant and a Chinese dragon statue together celebrate the year of the dragon, which begins Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener) Dee LeMay’s amaryllis is spectacular in full bloom! (Photo courtesy of Dee LeMay) Shelves full of Valentine’s themed gifts – including teddy bears, red and pink gnomes and signs – at Little Brook Florist and Garden Center offer appealing additions to traditional bouquets. (Photo courtesy of Laura Eisener)

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 9, 2024 Page 13 The Sounds of Saugus By Mark E. Vogler Good morning, Saugus! For the men who are having difficulty picking out a Valentine’s gift for their girlfriend or wife, they might get some good ideas by reading Laura Eisener’s “Saugus Gardens in the Winter” in this week’s Saugus Advocate. Plants and flowers make romantic gifts, and Laura offers her thoughts on how to celebrate Feb. 14 with plants. Red roses are always a favorite choice for 94-year-old Eugene Decareau when he tries to get something for his wife Arlene, 90. They have been married 71 years. “We have each other; we don’t need flowers or anything,” Eugene said this week, as he reflected on his approach to Valentine’s Day. “At our age, we don’t give each other presents. We got so much to be thankful for. But I might get her a bouquet of flowers,” he said. Eugene credits his good health to eating a banana every day. For someone his age, he has an impressive blood pressure at 110 over 70. And he stresses that he’s on “Zero medication.” Eugene and Arlene are believed to be the longest-married couple in town. Budget time nearing Selectmen have scheduled their next meeting for 6 p.m. Feb. 27 in the first floor conference room at Saugus Town Hall. That session will essentially kick off the town’s municipal budget season. Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree will unveil his spending plan for the 2025 Fiscal Year that begins July 1. Soon after, the town’s Finance Committee will schedule its series of Wednesday review sessions of each of the department budgets and make recommendations for the Annual Town Meeting, which is set to convene on the first Monday in May. Stay tuned. A “Shout Out” for library staffer Avid Saugus Advocate reader Sue Fleming gave a huge “Shout Out” to Lisa LeJeune, the Young Adult/Reference Librarian at the Saugus Public Library, “for organizing the first Adult Craft Night at the Saugus Library.” “We made Mason Jar Luminaries and everyone did a great job! Hopefully the first craft night of many to come. Thank you Lisa!!” Want to “Shout Out” a fellow Saugonian? This is an opportunity for our paper’s readers to single out – in a brief mention – remarkable acts or achievements by Saugus residents or an act of kindness or a nice gesture. Just send an email (mvoge@ comcast.net) with 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. 9) from 9:30-11 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 DropOff 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 inA COLLECTION OF HEART ROCKS: Joanie Allbee shows off all the heart-shaped rocks she has found in her travels. (Courtesy Photo by Joanie Allbee, the Valentine’s Day Birthday girl, as a gift of love to our readers) terested 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. Democratic Town Committee Caucus Feb. 28 The Saugus Democratic Town Committee (SDTC) will hold its Caucus on Feb. 28 to elect delegates to the Democratic State Convention held in June. The Caucus will be at 7 p.m. at the Saugus Public Safety Building, 27 Hamilton Street, Second Floor. The Caucus is open to the public, but only registered Saugus Democrats can vote on delegates. The primary function of the SDTC is to support Democratic candidates for office, both locally and at the state level. It also engages in voter education and voter registration. Registered Democrats living in Saugus who are interested in playing an active role in the political process in Saugus are welcome to attend any meetings of the Committee. For questions contact saugusdtc@ gmail.com 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. Kindergarten 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 two- or fouryear 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 your initials only and should provide a brief summary of any of THE SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 14

Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 9, 2024 SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 13 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 worth checking out: · Tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 10) is a great time for kids to join Miss Victoria and make some awesome Valentines. No registration is required. Just meet in the Craft Room from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For details, please contact Amy Melton at 781-231-4168 or email her at melton@noblenet.org · Monday (Feb. 12) from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the Community Room will be hosting another session of “Just Sew!” for adults. This free program will teach you how to perform various sewing tasks you can begin to use right away. Sewing is a basic skill everyone should have. We’ll cover beginner topics like sewing buttons, hemming clothing and mending torn fabric and move on to more advanced topics. Bring any projects you would like to work on. You can also bring your sewing machine for tips on machine sewing. If you don’t have a project right now, come anyway and learn from the class. Thread, needles, scissors and basic supplies will be provided. · On Tuesday (Feb. 13), the library hosts its popular Game Night, which is held the second Tuesday of each month in the Community Room from 6 to 7:30 p.m. – a fun-filled evening of games and good company! There is no fee for admission and all are welcome! · Wednesday (Feb. 14) features The Yoga Experience from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room. This is a free, basic yoga class that is ideal for beginners. This 45-minute slow flow class opens with a brief meditation, followed by a gentle warmup, some core strengthening, standing postures, and flexibility poses. Each session winds down with deep relaxation. Lisa Poto is a registered yoga teacher and a member of the Yoga Alliance. She graduated from Barre & Soul’s 200hour yoga teacher training program. · Thursday (Feb. 15) the Book Squad meets from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Craft Room. Kids ages nine to 12 are invited to join Miss Kathryn for book discussion, snack and craft! This month we will be discussing any title of your choice from the Science Comics series (a nonfiction graphic novel collection). Stop by the Children’s Room to pick up a copy ahead of the meeting! For more details, please contact Kathryn Walton at 781-231-4168 or kwalton@noblenet.org. 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 Friday Night Dance Jam at the Kowloon The Kowloon Restaurant is set to host Friday Night Dance Jam where Motown meets Freestyle, starring the Classic THIS WEEK ON SAUGUS TV Sunday, Feb. 11 from 9 to 11 p.m. on Channel 8 – “Sunday Night Stooges” (The Three Stooges). Monday, Feb. 12 all day on Channel 8 – “Movie Monday” (classic movies). Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. on Channel 8 – Boys Basketball vs. Danvers from Feb. 8. Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 9 – Saugus TV BOD from Feb. 13. Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. on Channel 9 – School Committee live. Friday, Feb. 16 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 9 – Planning Board from Feb. 15. Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 22– Girls Basketball vs. Peabody from Feb. 13. 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 Supremes, the Cover Girls, and P2, Lance Bernard Bryant, and Jovian Ford. DJ Ricky will spin club classics. The event is slated for March 8. VIP Tickets are $75 per person for reserved seating, buffet and photos with the artists. Doors open for VIP tickets 6-8 p.m. General admission tickets are $65 per person for reserved seating only. Doors open for General admission tickets at 8 p.m. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are available by Order Online at Kowloonrestaurant.com or the Kowloon front desk or charge-byphone: 781-233-0077. Wednesday fireside chats at Breakheart this month The state Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) invites the public to join agency staff by the fire in Breakheart Reservation’s Visitor Center every Wednesday morning throughout February. The new series offers visitors a unique opportunity to engage directly with DCR’s staff experts and learn more about the agency’s work, with a specific focus on Breakheart Reservation. Each week will feature a different speaker who will share insights, experiences and knowledge about various aspects of the reservation, including its work to protect the climate, archeological finds, the local bird population and the Breakheart fires. The chats include: · Feb. 14: Sean Riley, Supervisor, Belle Isle Marsh, 10 a.m. Explore the diverse bird species, with a focus on shorebirds, that inhabit Breakheart Reservation. Learn valuable insights into the local bird population from an expert in the field. · Feb. 21: JP Patton, DCR Archaeologist, 10 a.m. Delve into the fascinating world of archaeology as JP Patton shares discoveries and insights into archaeological finds at Breakheart Reservation. · Feb. 28: Ben Jenelle, DCR District 5 Fire Warden, 10 a.m. Hear firsthand accounts of the Breakheart fires from the ASKS | FROM PAGE 10 A: I’ve never seen one fall. I’ve been lucky because I’ve gotten every one of them that I went after. But, I’m assuming it would probably perish in the worst case. Sixty feet is far, even for a feline. Q: But cats have been known to drop five stories or more and live. A: Yeah, but it can still get hurt. I’ve seen a squirrel jump a hundred feet or more and live. They can fly a little bit, believe it or Spring/Summer of 2022 and understand their impact on the reservation. The Warden will tell us about the measures taken by DCR to manage and mitigate future fire risks. 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 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. Meet 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. The hike will be canceled in the event of heavy rain. · On Thursdays now through March, the Camp Nihan Educational Center at 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 wintertime. This 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 Birdnot. But a cat – it’s still got some weight to it and could hurt itself. If we didn’t get to it, the cat would probably perish. I’m not sure. I didn’t want to take that chance. Q: And the cat acknowledged your rescue? A: Oh yeah. Sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they attack me. They can get pretty rough. There’s been a couple, I’d put them in a pillowcase. I’ve got a bunch of scars on my hand from one of them that attacked me. There were some kids ing 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. · On Saturdays now through March, “Step into the Past” from 10 a.m.to noon. 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 releases, 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 978-683-7773. 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. watching me. I had to climb next to it and it didn’t want me there, so I climbed above it and I was probably there for three hours trying to get it. I just rappelled down really fast. I grabbed it and it bit me, and I just held it by its face, and I came down as fast as I could to let it go. That was a cat that nobody owned. It attacked me pretty good and ripped my glove to shreds. Q: A feral cat? A: Yeah. And they can do some ASKS | SEE PAGE 18

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 9, 2024 Page 15 OBITUARIES Leonard S. Goodwin O f Saugus. P a s s e d away on February 2nd, 2024, at 80 years. Loving son of the late Maxine and Sheldon Goodwin. Loving father of Robert Goodwin and his wife Kim of Saugus, Douglas Goodwin of Everett, and James Goodwin and his wife Jennifer of Methuen. Loving brother of Lorraine Carson and her husband Bruce of Temple City, CA. Cherished grandfather of Ashley, Gabrielle, Jamie, Sophia, Ava, and Douglas Goodwin Jr. He is also survived by several dear nieces and nephews. Leonard served in the National Guard and was a union floor coverer and member of the NE Regional Carpenters & Floor Coverers Local # 2168. Leonard was an avid car enthusiast who owned several classic cars over the years. He loved watching movies with his family and enjoyed listening to oldies Doo-Wop music. He was a man of faith and read his bible regularly. A visitation was held at the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett, on Wednesday, Feb 7th. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. In his memory, donations may be made to www.myasthenia.org Michael C. Light O f Saugus. Died on Saturday, February 3, at Massachusetts General Hospital at the age of 83. He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Grella) Copeland for 60 loving years. Born and raised in EverO f Saugus. Died on Monday, February 5th at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital at the age of 82. He ett, Dick was the son of the late Nelson and Anna (Merrill) Copeland. He had been a resident of Saugus for the past 60 years. Dick was an accomplished finish carpenter as a member of Local Union 218 for half a century. He enjoyed vacationing in Hampton Beach, NH in the summer, deer hunting in Vermont and enjoying the sun in Lauderdalewas the beloved husband of Priscilla (Copeland) Light with whom he shared 60 years of marriage. Born in Lynn and raised in Saugus, Mr. Light was the son of the late Charles and Eleanor (Latauskas) Light. A resident of Everett for the past 60 years, Michael was a retired Mechanical Engineer for Draper Labs where he worked for 47 years. Michael enjoyed hunting with his family, fishing with his friends and loved being around his grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Mr. Light is survived by his three children, Michael A. Light and his wife Marilena of Malden, Traci Mazzie and her husband John of Saugus, and Matthew A. Light and his wife Erica of Concord; six grandchildren, of Melissa and her fiancé Justin, Michael, James, Jacob, Stephanie and Shauna; and his sister, Eleanor Doole and her husband Frank of Kittery, ME. Relatives and friends are invited to attend an hour of visitation in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus on Saturday 10 from 9 – 10 a.m. followed by a service in the funeral home at 10 a.m. Interment in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association at heart.org. Richard “Dick” Copeland by-the-Sea, FL in the winter, and finding a casino anywhere in between. Dick was happiest when sharing with loved ones, whether he was cooking for his family and friends, distributing the bounty of his garden harvest among them, or slyly slipping cash into the hands of his unsuspecting little nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Dick is survived by his sister, Priscilla Light and her husband, Mike, of Everett and many loving nieces, nephews and Godchildren. He is predeceased by his brother, William Copeland, and sisters, Evelyn Millea and Barbara Marrocco. Relatives and friends were invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Avenue, Saugus, on Thursday (2/8) from 4-7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer Street, Saugus on Friday (2/9) at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. For condolences www.BisbeePorcella.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dick’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org. ROTH IRA ACCOUNTS T he Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 created the ROTH IRA effective January 1, 1998. Although ROTH IRA’S are not tax deductible, if certain requirements are met, the earnings can be withdrawn tax free. Furthermore, the so-called “minimum distribution rules” that apply to Traditional IRA’S do not apply to ROTH IRA’S. Traditional IRA’S require withdrawals no later than April 1 following the Calendar Year in which the owner reaches age 73. Earnings in a ROTH IRA can accumulate tax-free during the owner’s lifetime. An individual can contribute the lesser of his or her earned income for the year or $6,500 to either a ROTH IRA or a Traditional IRA. The Taxpayer, however, must meet certain adjusted gross income (AGI) limitations. In addition, the owner may still participate in an employer-sponsored retirement plan. If you are age 50 or older, you can contribute an additional $1,000 to a Roth IRA or Traditional IRA. For single Taxpayers, eligibility phases out with AGI between $138,000 and $153,000 and for married, filing joint Taxpayers, eligibility phases out with AGI between $218,000 and $228,000. For a married, filing joint Taxpayer, if the couple’s AGI is less than $218,000, and the working spouse has at least $6,500 in earned income, then each spouse can contribute $6,500 to a ROTH IRA. This is so even if the non-working spouse has no earned income. The non-working spouse in effect “borrows” the earned income of the other spouse. If you are an active participant in a qualified retirement plan, and a single taxpayer, your contribution to a Roth IRA is phased out with AGI between $73,000 and $83,000. If you are married filing a joint tax return, the contribution is phased out with AGI between $116,000 and $136,000. For a spouse who is not an active participant in a qualified retirement plan, the Roth IRA contribution is phased out with AGI between $218,000 and $228,000. Why contribute to a ROTH IRA? The benefits of “tax-free” earnings are simply too good to ignore. You may, however, still decide to contribute to a Traditional IRA if you (i) expect to retire relatively soon; (ii) you expect that your tax bracket will significantly drop during retirement; (iii) you will need the funds soon; (iv) and you plan on investing the savings in tax dollars generated from the Traditional IRA contribution itself. If you were to be laid off, switch jobs or retire, tremendous flexibility is gained when viewing basic ROTH IRA planning. When you terminate your employment, your 401(k) balance, for example, can be rolled over first into a Traditional IRA “rollover” account. This would constitute a tax-free “roll-over.” From there, you could convert the Traditional IRA to a ROTH IRA. This would constitute a taxable conversion. You have the flexibility of determining in which calendar years to perform the conversion, based upon whether or not you had been working in a particular calendar year, whether or not your other income is unusually low in a particular year, or whether or not you had sufficient mortgage interest or real estate tax deductions to help offset the “conversion” income. One problem with Traditional IRA’S is that the “deferred income” is ultimately taxed to the beneficiaries. Under the Secure Act, non-spousal beneficiaries have 10 years to withdraw the account balance as opposed to over his or her life expectancy. This is a game changer. With ROTH IRA’S, the income when received is received “tax free.” Furthermore, tax-free growth can continue after your death unlike with a Traditional IRA. Spousal beneficiaries can establish their own Spousal Roth IRA account and continue with tax deferral. There would be no required minimum distributions during the surviving spouse’s lifetime, unlike with a Traditional IRA account. Children old enough to earn income should be encouraged to earn at least $6,500 per year in order to contribute to a ROTH IRA. This will result in a tremendous benefit based upon many years of contributions. The investment accumulates income tax free. One often overlooked benefit of a ROTH IRA is found in the Medicaid Planning area. An individual who foresees the possibility of being admitted into a nursing home, expecting to apply for MassHealth benefits, could withdraw the account balance and place into an irrevocable trust in order to commence the five-year look back period. None of the withdrawal would be taxable so there is a much greater incentive to take action to protect the assets in the Roth IRA. This is not the case with a Traditional IRA account. The entire withdrawal would be taxable. Once the required fiveyear look back period is satisfied, that individual may be eligible for MassHealth benefits as a result of having transferred the countable ROTH IRA assets from his or her name.. ROTH IRA’S offer significant planning opportunities. If you are eligible to make a contribution, it is almost always a good idea to do so. A ROTH IRA contribution must been made by April 17, 2024 for Calendar Year 2023. Joseph D. Cataldo is an estate planning/elder law attorney, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, AICPA Personal Financial Specialist and holds a masters degree in taxation.

Page 16 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 9, 2024 Sy Senior ay Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover any weight-loss treatments for overweight retirees? I just turned 65 and need to lose about 100 pounds and would like to know if Medicare can help. Overweight Owen Dear Owen, Yes, traditional Medicare does indeed cover some weight-loss treatments like counseling and certain types of surgery for overweight benefi ciaries, but unfortunately it doesn’t cover weight-loss programs or medications. Here’s what you should know. Who’s Eligible For benefi ciaries to receive available Medicare-covered weight-loss treatments your body mass index (BMI), which is an estimate of your body fat based on your height and weight, must be 30 or higher. BMI of 30 or above is considered obese and increases your risk for many health conditions, such as some cancers, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and sleep apnea. To fi nd out your BMI, the National Institutes of Health has a free calculator that you can access online at nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm. What’s Covered If you fi nd that your BMI is 30 or higher, Medicare Part B will cover up to 12 months of weight-loss counseling conducted by a medical professional in a primary care setting (like a doctor’s offi ce). Most counseling sessions entail an initial obesity screening, a dietary assessment and behavioral therapy designed to help you lose weight by focusing on diet and exercise. Medicare also covers certain types of bariatric and metabolic surgery for morbidly obese benefi ciaries who have a BMI of 35 or above and have at least one underlying obesity-related health condition, such as diabetes or heart disease. You must also show that you’ve tried to lose weight in the past through dieting or exercise and have been unsuccessful. These procedures make changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight and improve the health of your metabolism. Some common bariatric surgical procedures covered include Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, which reduces the stomach to a small pouch that makes you feel full even following small meals. And lapy Senin r ior or by Jim Miller Does Medicare Cover WeightLoss Treatments? aroscopic adjustable gastric banding, which inserts an infl atable band that creates a gastric pouch encircling the top of the stomach. hat’s Not Covered Unfortunately, original Medicare does not cover weight-loss programs such as fitness or gym memberships, meal delivery services, or popular weightloss programs such as Jenny Craig, Noom and WW (formerly Weight Watchers). Medicare also does not cover any weight-loss drugs, but it does cover FDA approved diabetes drugs that have unintentionally become very popular for weight loss. Medicare Part D plans cover Ozempic and Mounjaro for diabetes only, not for weight loss! So, your doctor will need to prescribe these medications for diabetes in order to get them covered. Medicare also does not cover Wegovy or Zepbound because they’re approved only for weight loss. The reason behind the weight-loss drug omission is the Medicare Modernization Act, which specifi cally excluded them back when the law was written 20 years ago. They also excluded drugs used for cosmetic purposes, fertility, hair growth and erectile dysfunction. ithout insurance, weight-loss medications are expensive, often costing $1,000 to $1,300 a month. To help curb costs, try websites like GoodRX.com or SingleCare.com to fi nd the best retail prices in your area. Or, if your income is limited, try patient assistance programs through Eli Lilly (LillyCares.com) which makes Mounjaro and Zepbound, or Novo Nordisk (NovoCare.com) the maker of Ozempic and Wegovy. Medicare Advantage If you happen to be enrolled in a private Medicare Advantage plan, you may have coverage for gym memberships and some weight loss and healthy food delivery programs. These are considered expanded supplemental benefits and have gradually been added to some plans to provide coverage for nutrition, health and wellness. Contact your plan to see what it provides. 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. Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen If you have any questions about this week’s report, e-mail us at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com or call us at (617) 720-1562. Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 49 - Report No. 5 January 29-Februay 2, 2024 Copyright © 2024 Beacon Hill Roll Call. All Rights Reserved. By Bob Katzen GET A FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO MASSTERLIST – Join more than 22,000 people, from movers and shakers to political junkies and interested citizens, who start their weekday morning with MASSterList—the popular newsletter that chronicles news and informed analysis about what’s going on up on Beacon Hill, in Massachusetts politics, policy, media and infl uence. The stories are drawn from major news organizations as well as specialized publications. MASSterlist will be e-mailed to you FREE every Monday through Friday morning and will give you a leg up on what’s happening in the blood sport of Bay State politics. For more information and to get your free subscription, go to: https://lp.constantcontactpages. com/su/aPTLucK THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of January 29-February 2. There were no roll call in the House last week. APPROVE FIREARMS BILL (S 2572) Senate 37-3, approved a bill that would change some of the state’s gun laws. The House has already approved a different version of the measure and a House-Senate conference committee will try to hammer out a compromise version. Provisions in the Senate bill include cracking down on the spread of ghost guns -- unserialized and untraceable firearms; codifying the state’s existing prohibition on assault weapons; making it illegal to possess devices that convert semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic machine guns; giving fi rearm licensing authorities access to some of a gun permit applicant’s mental health hospitalization history; prohibiting the carrying of fi rearms in government administrative buildings, with exceptions for law enforcement offi cers and municipalities that choose to opt out; allowing health care professionals to petition courts to remove fi rearms and licenses from patients who pose a risk to themselves or others; and creating a commission to analyze the allocation of state violence prevention funding and recommend changes to reduce gun violence in disproportionately impacted communities. “Concern for public safety, a commitment to equity, respect for the Second Amendment, and a focus on the root causes of gun crime and gun accidents—these principles underlie each of the policies included in the bill the Senate passed today,” said Sen. Cindy Creem (D-Newton), the chief sponsor of the measure. “I’m proud of the collaborative effort that went into the [the bill] and I look forward to seeing these policies signed into law by the end of [the 2024] session.” “Today the Senate came together and acted on gun violence—rising above the divisiveness of this critical issue in the name of protecting our residents from gun crime, modernizing our laws and supporting communities who have been torn apart by unnecessary violence,” said Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “I’m proud to lead a body that is committed to building on our commonwealth’s record as a national leader on gun safety. “ “Despite not having a public hearing on the gun bill which means the public didn’t have the opportunity to weigh in on it and despite having one of the lowest gun crime rates in the country, the Massachusetts Senate voted in favor of more restrictive laws for gun owners in the commonwealth,” said Sen. Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton). “The bill went too far infringing upon lawful gun owners rights while not going far enough to attack illegal fi rearm traffi cking and unlawful possession … I was disappointed we didn’t do more to penalize career criminals perpetrating the vast majority of gun crime in the commonwealth. We need to spend our time and eff ort on addressing security issues at the border that will prevent guns and substances from entering the country at rates as high as they are now.” “I voted against this bill because I have deep concerns with a number of provisions that I feel lead us into a constitutional gray area and risk opening up our great gun laws to legal challenge in front of the Supreme Court,” said Sen. Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth). “In a fairly unprecedented move, this bill also did not have a public hearing, which is arguably the most important part of our legislative process.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A “No” vote is against it.) Sen. Brendan CrightonYes SEND BILL BACK TO COMMITTEE FOR A PUBLIC HEARING (S 2572) Senate 9-31, rejected a motion to send the fi rearms bill to the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security in order to have a public hearing on it. “Sending this bill to the Joint Committee on Public Safety [and Homeland Security] will allow for it to have a public hearing where industry experts and people from all walks of life can weigh in and share their perspectives,” said Sen. Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth). “Public hearings are one of our greatest assets as legislators, and forgoing the opportunity to hold one on this bill is a disservice to ourselves as legislators and our constituents.” Sen. Cindy Creem (D-Newton) said that in November, the Public Safety Committee held a public hearing on 57 fi rearm-related bills, many of which provide the foundation of the current bill under consideration. “Given that the policies in the bill have been vetted both at the public hearing and through months of conversations with senators, gun safety advocates, gun owners’ groups, gun industry groups, police chiefs, district attorneys and health care professionals, the [bill is] ready for consideration on the Senate fl oor.” (A “Yes” vote is for sending the bill back to the committee. A “No” vote is against sending it to committee.) Sen. Brendan CrightonNo SUBSTITUTE NEW VERSION OF BILL (S 2572) Senate 6-33, rejected an amendment to substitute an alternative version of the fi rearms bill in place of the current one. “This amendment was fi led so that I could go on the record in support of commonsense gun control measures,” said sponsor Sen. Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth). “The provisions in this amendment maintain focus on gun violence reduction and prevention while respecting the rights afforded in the Second Amendment.” “The proposed amendment would have removed several components of the Senate bill that will make Massachusetts a safer place, including its codifi cation of our existing assault weapons law, its provisions ensuring that firearm licensing authorities are aware of an applicant’s history of involuntary mental health hospitalizations and its provisions empowering Massachusetts residents to hold the gun industry accountable if they are harmed due to reckless industry practices,” saidSen. Cindy Creem (D-Newton). “The Senate bill does more to prevent gun violence, gun crime and gun accidents than the amendment’s proposed alternative.” (A “Yes” vote is for the alternative bill. A “No” vote is against it.) Sen. Brendan CrightonNo BEACON HILL ROLL | SEE PAGE 17

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 9, 2024 Page 17 BEACON HILL ROLL | FROM PAGE 16 MARKETING GUNS TO PEOPLE UNDER 18 (S 2572) Senate 37-2, approved an amendment that would allow firearm companies to “design, advertise, market, import or sell at wholesale or retail a firearm industry product in a manner that recommends or encourages persons under the age of 18 to participate lawfully in hunting or shooting sports.” Under Massachusetts law, applicants for a Firearms Identification Card (FID) must be 18 years or older – or can be 14–17 years of age with parental consent. While applicants 14 years old may apply, a card will not be issued until they reach age 15. “Sponsoring this amendment enables us as a Legislature, to implement laws that respects the constitutional right to bear arms and instill the importance of firearm safety to our youth when they engage in lawful activities such as hunting and competitive shooting sports,” said sponsor Sen. Adam Gomez (D-Springfield). “This approach balances the interests of a variety of stakeholders and sets a precedent for responsible participation.” “I have consistently opposed the advertising or marketing to minors of dangerous products, whether they be vaping, alcohol, marijuana, sports betting or guns,” said Sen. John Keenan (D-Quincy) who opposed the amendment. (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment. A “No” vote is against it.) Sen. Brendan CrightonYes LEGACY” GUNS (S 2572) Senate 39-0, approved an amendment to clarify that certain guns legally bought prior to 2016 are “legacy” weapons, and can still be legally held, though this new Senate bill would make new purchases of such weapons illegal. “The Senate’s intention, in codifying our existing assault weapons ban was to enshrine the current law without changing the status of any firearms that are currently legally owned in the commonwealth,” said sponsor Sen. Cindy Creem (D-Newton). “This … amendment removes any ambiguity on that point, making absolutely clear that a firearm that is legally owned in Massachusetts today will still be legally owned when [this bill] becomes law.” (A “Yes” vote is for the amendment.) Sen. Brendan CrightonYes ALSO UP ON BEACON HILL BAN EMPLOYERS FROM ASKING FOR CREDIT REPORTS (H 2372) - The House gave initial approval to a proposal that would prohibit employers from obtaining the credit reports of existing or potential employees except in certain circumstances including hiring for a position that requires national security clearance; a position for which a person is required by federal or state law to obtain a consumer report; and some executive or managerial positions at a financial institution. “Massachusetts has moved one step closer to ending employment credit check discrimination,” said former Rep. Josh Cutler (D-Duxbury), chair of the Committee on Workforce Development, who resigned from the House to become Gov. Maura Healey’s Undersecretary of Apprenticeship, Work-based Learning and Policy in the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. “I’m proud of the progress we’ve made towards eliminating needless barriers to employment for otherwise qualified employees and am confident my colleagues will see this bill through to the finish line.” “Credit reports should not be a part of the hiring process,” saidChi Chi Wu, senior attorney at the National Consumer Law Center. “They don’t predict job performance they are riddled with errors, and the scores blatantly reflect racial inequities and injustices,” ILLEGAL FIREWORKS (H 3634) – The Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on a bill that would amend current law which imposes a fine between $10 and $100 on anyone convicted of illegal possession or use of fireworks. The bill would increase the penalty, in areas with a population density of 1,000 or more persons per square mile, to a fine of between $200 and $500 and/ or a prison sentence or up to six months. “The misuse of fireworks poses a significant threat to public safety, property and the well-being of our communities,” said sponsor Rep. Rodney Elliott (D-Lowell). “The current fine is less than a parking ticket. By increasing fines for illegal fireworks usage, we not only deter irresponsible behavior but also send a clear message that the safety of our citizens is eminent.” Elliott continued, “Fireworks, when used improperly, can cause devastating fires, severe injuries and significant distress to individuals, pets etc. There have been 979 fires and explosions involving illegal fireworks in Massachusetts in the past ten years. By escalating penalties, we enforce accountability and discourage reckless behavior that endangers lives and property. Protecting our communities and upholding the values of safety and consideration for all is key to having sustainable neighborhoods.” REGULATE RIDES ON MOBILE AMUSEMENT CARNIVALS (H 3896) – Another measure heard by the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee would require that mobile carnival rides which use enclosed pods, cabins, compartments or other enclosed passenger areas as part of a ride have a safety restraint system that includes seat belts. Violators would be subject to up to a $1,000 fine and/or 1-year prison sentence. “The goal of this bill is to protect children and families who use these amusement park rides at fairs and carnivals,” said sponsor Rep. Jim Arciero (D-Westford). “Several years ago, a young girl in my district was severely injured on such a ride which resulted in temporary paralysis and months of physical therapy and recovery following her passing out on such a ride which did not have a restraint,” continued Arciero.“She was thrown about for several minutes as the ride continued in an unconscious state. While improvements have been made in regulations regarding amusement rides over the years, I believe a simple change in state law will ensure that this dangerous and unfortunate situation is never repeated again.” TOXIC CHEMICALS IN CHILDREN’S TOYS (S 2564) –The Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee has recommended passage of a bill that would direct the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in consultation with the Toxics Use Reduction Institute, to create and publish a list of toxic chemicals in children’s products; a list of high priority chemicals in children’s toys and other products; and a list of safer alternative chemicals that can replace chemicals on the high priority chemical list. Manufacturers who make children’s consumer products that are for sale in the state would be required to report detailed information to DEP about the inclusion of toxic chemicals in their products. The information would then be made public on DEP’s website. DEP would be required every three years to report and make recommendations on additional ways to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals in children’s products. The bill would also ban PFAS in children’s products, subject to rules and regulations promulgated by the department. “We know that these forever chemicals are in our everyday products and the harm that they pose to our health--especially the health of our children,” said sponsor Sen. Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) who said she hopes to see it move to the floor for a vote soon.” QUOTABLE QUOTES “For years, Publicis Health’s marketing schemes helped fuel the nationwide opioid crisis, which has shattered some of our most vulnerable communities, while creating significant financial strain on our state systems. I am proud of my team’s national leadership in securing this settlement, which will not only bolster accountability and transparency for this ongoing crisis but will also provide millions of dollars for much needed treatment and services to support individuals and families across Massachusetts.” ---Attorney General Andrea Campbell announcing a $350 million national settlement with Publicis Health that would resolve the state’s litigation against the marketing and communications firm for its role in the opioid crisis, including its work for opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma. Massachusetts will receive nearly $8 million from the settlement to help address the opioid crisis. “You are not on your own, kid, when declaring what is rightfully yours. Be fearless and write your name in the blank space on our website at any time.” ---State Treasurer Deb Goldberg urging everyone to check the list of unclaimed money held by the state at findmassmoney.gov or call 888-344-MASS (6277). “We made universal free school meals permanent in Massachusetts, helping students and families access the food they need without a hassle or stigma. We’re grateful for the organizations that have stepped up already as sponsors, and we encourage more to join us as we work with the Biden-Harris Administration to advance access to meals and food security for students and families during the summer when school isn’t in session.” ---Gov. Maura Healey on the upcoming June launch of “Summer Eats” -- a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded initiative that provides free, nutritious meals to children when school is not in session. “This legislation’s core purpose is to protect survivors of abuse. It is unconscionable to me that a survivor of spousal abuse, who had the courage to get away from an abusive partner, should have to be reminded of that abuse and continue to pay for it once the marriage is over.” ---Sen. Jake Oliveira (d-Ludlow) on his newly-filed billrequiring courts to decline alimony payments by the victim to a spouse convicted of abuse. 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 brieflength of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible latenight 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 29-February 2, the House met for a total of two hours and nine minutes and the Senate met for a total of 11 hours and 14 minutes Mon. Jan. 29 House11:03 a.m. to1:12 p.m. Senate 11:07 a.m. to1:16 p.m. Tues.Jan. 30 No House session No Senate session Wed. Jan. 31 No House session No Senate session Thurs. Feb. 1House11:00 a.m. to11:21 a.m. Senate 11:05 a.m. to 8:10p.m. Fri. Feb. 2No 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.

Page 18 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 9, 2024 ASKS | FROM PAGE 14 real damage. Q: Now, in this recent rescue, Darren said he offered you some gloves, but you said “No.” A: Yeah. I didn’t want to scare We follow Social Distancing Guidelines! him. If he was going to go after me, I would have used the gloves. But I wanted to give it a shot and see what he would do. I’ve tried using treats before. 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 Treats never work. Q: You go to work prepared with equipment in your rig in case you need to rescue a cat? A: Yeah, I have some gear. I have it in my office at home – some nice thick gloves – I have a cat carrier if I need it. I try not to use it. Q: In this case, was there a cat carrier involved? A: No. I was on a job site and I had to take the machine off of the job site, so I didn’t have anything with me. But they said the cat was in the tree for two days, so I came right away. Q: After you rescued the cat, you returned to the job site? A: Yeah, I went back to finish the job. Q: Over the years, about how many cats have you rescued? A: About 15. Q: Up in high places where they couldn’t get down? A: Yeah. Sometimes when I respond to a call, the cat is already down when I get there, which sucks. There was a time I drove two and a half hours and when I got there, the cat was already down. It was 11 o’clock at night. The owner didn’t even call me. My wife came with me and then we had to drive home. Q: Was this somebody you knew or a friend? A: No, I didn’t know them at all. They called everybody. It was late at night and nobody wanted to do it. Q: So, would you have charged them? A: No. Q: That was two and a half hours, though. A: Yeah, I was pretty upset. At least the cat got down. It was down on the South Shore, somewhere past Braintree. Q: When do you get called by cat owners on rescue requests? A: The owners will call after a day. They usually give it a day to see if the cat comes down. Q: Did you encounter any desperate situations? A: We got one call for a cat that was up in the tree for three days. The owners thought a hawk was going to get to it. That one was scary. The cat was up about 80 feet in a big oak tree. You could tell by looking at it that the cat hadn’t slept for three days. And it wanted me to come get it. Q: Do you get contacted by the people thanking you when you rescue their cat? A: All of the time. Q: How about this recent one? A: No. I don’t think they know I saved it. I’m sure they’re thankful, as most of the people are. Sometimes they try to pay me, but I never accept it. It feels wrong. I always say “No.” Q: You’ve been into cats for a long time? A: Yes, forever. Q: Since childhood? A: Yeah. We grew up with Great Danes and cats. We had everything. Q: Do you have any advice for people whose cats are stuck in a tree? A: Yeah. Don’t try and get it yourself; it’s very dangerous, and it doesn’t take much to get hurt. Q: What’s the motivation for you to go out and rescue a cat at personal expense? A: I don’t want to have a situation where people won’t call me because they don’t want to pay. If nobody responds to help, it’s bad news for everybody. There could be a kid who loves that cat. If one of my animals was in trouble, I’d hope that somebody would help out. I remember a cat we had, named Cuddles, that had some problems. My stepdad paid $3,000 for surgery for the cat. It only lasted six months. But I didn’t want that cat to die. I love all animals – not just cats. I’ve rescued baby raccoons and squirrels from trees I’ve cut down or worked on in Saugus. When I find baby squirrels, I usually put them in a box and the mother usually comes back to get them. 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

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, FEbrUAry 9, 2024 Page 19 1. What city in the early 1900’s had a “Black Wall Street”? 2. How many NFL stadiums have artificial grass: 10, 15 or 30? 3. On Feb. 10, 1976, what U.S. president said, “I urge my fellow citizens to join me in tribute to Black History Month and the message of courage and perseverance it brings to all of us”? 4. What two teams have won six Super Bowls? 5. Why was the ghost town of Reefer City near Mojave, Calif., called that? 6. From Feb. 11-17 is International Flirting Week; what Italian was a legendary fl irt? 7. What Founding Father was once an indentured servant and is said to have sold chocolate at a printshop? 8. Which is the world’s oldest tree variety: bristlecone pine, giant sequoia or African baobab? 9. What tree’s name means “food of the gods”? 10. On Feb. 12, 1809, what U.S. president who issued the Emancipation Proclamation was born? 11. The nursery rhyme “Pease Porridge Hot” includes the title of what 1959 crime comedy fi lm? 12. What U.S. state produces the most cheese: Idaho, Vermont or Wisconsin? 13. Who wrote the story “A Retried Reformation” with a main character named Jimmy Valentine? 14. What type of comedy has a name that comes from a wooden device used by clowns to make noise? 15. What team has been in 11 Super Bowls? 16. Esther Howland, who is known as the “Mother of the American Valentine” and “New England’s fi rst career woman,” was born in what Massachusetts city? 17. In what sport would you fi nd a peloton? 18. What company with a 5th Ave. fl agship store makes trophies, including for the Super Bowl and figure skating and horse racing trophies? 19. In 1868, the first heart-shaped box of chocolates was created by who: Richard Cadbury, Milton Hershey or Louis IV? 20. What songwriting duo created the song “My Funny Valentine” in the 1937 musical “Babes in Arms”? 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