Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, March 8, 2019 ASKS | from page 6 A: Yes. Q: So, you work with them on the reading program. A: Right. Q: So, what’s the biggest reward from your job? A: I would say it’s just great working here because it’s a great community. There’s a great team here; we have a lot of hard-working students, and I feel like everyone is enthusiastic about learning. Q: And what’s the biggest challenge for you? A: I feel like the biggest challenge is not having enough time. I feel like there’s just so much that I want to accomplish and that I don’t have time to do it. Q: Now, is there something that you would like to impart to the parents … maybe how they can help improve their child’s reading skills? A: Just try to read every night, even if it’s just 15 or 20 minutes. I feel like it helps so much to read out loud. Q: And what is the age range of the students you are dealing with? A: From five to ten. Q: So, you would encourage parents of kids in this age range to read to their children every night? A: Right. Q: What’s the most fascinating experience you can share, related to your association with this school and the reading program? A: I remember being a student here and actually enjoying this celebration … We had “Read Across America” … and it’s great now that I am on the other side of it. So now, being on the teaching side, I can now relate to how it felt being a student and to now bringing that feeling back as a teacher. Q: Did you get to read that day, with one of those top hats? A: It was similar, but I remember the feeling, not so much of what we did. Q: So, this week did you wear the hat? A: I did “Crazy Hair Day.” I didn’t do a hat. Q: I noticed the fire chief had the tall hat on and some other people were wearing them today. TOWN-WIDE STUDY | from page 1 The agenda for Wednesday night’s board meeting listed “MassDOT letter” as the third item, under correspondence. But other than some brief comments from Panetta, there was no discussion among members on how to respond to the letter. “The Public Safety has always been a priority with this Board of Selectmen as well as the Saugus administration,” Panetta said. “Considering this, the board, working with our town manager, hired a traffic consultant to look at the traffic speeds and other traffic issues that we have in town … We tried to alleviate the resident traffic concerns and be responsive by approving the FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS: Karen Small, the reading specialist at the Oaklandvale Elementary School, in her classroom this week. Small says “a passion for helping” Special Education students learn to read motivated her to become a reading teacher. A: Yes. Q: Do you work in other schools in the district? A: I just work here, but we do have meetings every month where I work with other teachers at the elementary level. Q: Do you notice any trends through your job? A: I feel like we all try to work together, and I feel like we all share some of the same stories. Sometimes, something that’s happening with one person could be happening reduction of speeds on selected streets until the traffic study was completed.” Town-wide 25 mph speed limit needs analysis Panetta’s comments echoed some of the concerns she expressed in a statement she emailed to The Saugus Advocate in response to last week’s frontpage story. The paper received those comments too late to include in the story. In that statement, Panetta noted that board members had already determined the need for more study before proceeding with major adjustments in speed limits throughout Saugus. Yet, the board was also receiving feedback from several Saugus residents who wanted “an immediate response to the traffic and speed issues in town.” “There were repeated requests for a town-wide 25 MPH speed limit, where the Board felt strongly that a more comprehensive analysis was needed and wanted to wait until a proper speed and traffic study was completed by a professional traffic engineering consultant,” Panetta said. “However, the Board also wanted to be responsive to the immediate concerns of residents. The Board tried to alleviate the imminent traffic concerns and be responsive by approving the reduction of the speeds on selected streets until the traffic study was completed,” she said. somewhere else. Q: Do you find yourself sometimes feeling like you are competing with social media and computers and video games and stuff like that? A: Well, the good thing about it is a lot of media that is online today involves reading, so it’s just one more thing to get the kids to read. Q: So, what drew you to this specialty position? When did you know you wanted to become a reading teacher? “We now understand that a traffic study may come back suggesting a higher speed limit. We received notification from the State DOT on February 19th that the traffic analysis that the town is currently undergoing is what is needed prior to making any speed limit changes. In addition, since taking the vote, we have received many concerns and different points of view on the speed limits that need to be considered before moving forward.” The Engineering Corp. (TEC) of Andover has identified Essex Street (east of Route 1), Main Street, Water Street, Hamilton Street, Lincoln Avenue and Central Street and will include up to three additional roadways to be identified by town stakeholders during an upcomREAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS Copyrighted material previously published in Banker & Tradesman/The Commercial Record, a weekly trade newspaper. 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Q: How many books do you read a week? A: I read about 15 to 20, but they are children’s books, because I have two little ones at home, so I find I’m reading a lot of children’s books. As far as books for enjoyment, I try to read them over the summertime. Q: How many books do you read for enjoyment over the summertime? A: Usually, just one book. Q: So, when you were in school, you were a voracious reader? A: I did like to read. Yes. Q: So, you were a bookworm? A: Right. Q: Anything else that you would like to share about your role here, about your outlook on the reading scene? A: I just enjoy teaching. It’s a great job and I really just love working here. ing meeting this spring. The consultant group is expected to provide a draft report to the town detailing the current speed limit inventory and current regulations and outlining the results of the data collection and analysis while providing recommendations for speed limits throughout town. The study will cost the town up to $39,000, which will be paid for by grant money, according to Crabtree. A draft report would be available by March 29, with April 19 as the target completion date of the final report. The timeline for the report appears to provide Crabtree and other town officials time to prepare budget recommendations for the Annual Town Meeting, which convenes in May.

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