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Page 2 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 MESSAGES| FROM PAGE 1 tained screenshots of Cogliano’s comments from his Facebook page. “I would hope that he realizes that an apology is the right thing to do,” Serino said. “I will not be apologizing” But Cogliano responded with a short email of his own to everyone who received the Demore email, which declared, “I will not be apologizing to anyone as I was referring to a crucifix and not a penis.” “At some point, this nonsense better end....because I’ve simply had enough now. I’m the last person to be anti anyone based on race or sexual orientation,” Cogliano wrote in a statement to The Saugus Advocate. “I don’t care if a person is $3.48 GALLON We accept: MasterCard * Visa * & Discover Price Subject to Change without notice 100 Gal. Min. 24 Hr. Service 781-286-2602 black, brown, yellow, red, or white. If they’re straight, gay, Bi, Trans, lesbian, queer or whatever they identify as. That’s their business and everyone deserves the right to be happy in their own skin and have a partner to share themselves with,” he said. “I have many friends and relatives in the LGBTQ family and to me they are simply just friends and relatives.... just like everyone else.” Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Debra Panetta suggested that Cogliano’s alleged conduct didn’t epitomize what is expected of a selectman. “As elected officials in Saugus, we should hold ourselves to a higher standard and be an example for those in the community,” Panetta said. “With that said, the words and actions of the Chairman do not represent the Board of Selectmen. We must move our Town forHere are the screenshots of social media exchanges between Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony Cogliano and Eliot Evan Smith, a Lynn man who has been critical of Cogliano’s involvement with WIN Waste Innovations. (Courtesy photos to The Saugus Advocate) ward in a positive manner, always in the best interest of our residents.” In an interview this week, Cogliano defended himself and said his controversial texting was in response to a social media sparring session with a man he believes was using a fake name. “I’ve never turned my back on anyone and have a track record to prove it. I respond to everyone on social media and try to take care of everyone’s problems,” Cogliano said. “Those that disagree with my political views take advantage and think they can say anything they want to me and about me....well I wasn’t put on this earth to take b.s from anyone, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen or not and I’m not starting today,” Cogliano said. “I treat everyone with kindness and the utmost respect and feel as though I deserve that in return. I believe Evan Smith is a fictitious person so for anyone to think I’d apologize to someone I don’t believe exists [it] is never going to happen,” he said. “The things he sends to me on Facebook messenger are deserving of a good solid backhander as my father would say..fortunately those days are long gone. When pushed to the limit, I responded back so he threatened to go to the press. Well here you go Mr whoever the hell you are. Here are you five minutes of fame...soak em up.” Smith says he’s for real Eliot Evan Smith insisted in an interview yesterday that he is a real person and that he was critical of Cogliano’s conduct when the board chair was accused of allegedly fabricating signatures for documents to defend WIN Waste Innovations in a lawsuit. “My full name is Eliot Evan Smith, but I’ve gone by Evan my whole life. My Facebook profile is legitimate. I’ve had it since 2005 or 2006,” Smith said. “Furthermore, even though multiple people confirmed to him that I am a real person, Cogliano has repeatedly claimed that my profile is fake or that I am (name deleted) or other critics of his. He went so far as to make a series of homophobic comments since (name deleted) is openly gay,” he said. But some of Cogliano’s colleagues on the board said his actions in his dealings with Smith do not reflect the character of the person they know. “I read the email and reviewed the attachments. I hear and fully understand the concerns raised by the author and empathize with him. I do not condone this type of behavior,” Selectman Jeffrey Cicolini said. “I have known Anthony for a long time, and I do not believe he had any malicious intent towards the GLBTQ community when he wrote the comments. I believe he felt provoked by the many critical comments made about him, and he responded in haste,” Cicolini said. “I learned a few years back about the impact words can have on others, even when not directed at someone in particular. These comments were out of character for Anthony. I am sure if he had the option to do it over, he would choose his words more wisely. I have asked that he refrain from any further posts with this individual for the betterment of the town, the board and our residents,” he said. Riley defends Cogliano Selectman Corinne Riley – Cogliano’s closest ally on the board – said she’s hesitant to make a judgment, noting that the letter received by selectmen presents just one side of a story. People need to get Cogliano’s side of the story, too, before passing judgment. If they have concerns, they should contact him directly, either at a public meeting or on social media. “Unfortunately, social media often becomes a place for airing of personal and political grievances, where people routinely use false names and spread false and derogatory information behind private pages. While posts like these may be satisfying in the short term, they just build resentment and ill will, and do nothing to help Saugus move forward,” Riley said. MESSAGES | SEE PAGE 8

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 Page 3 Saugus Over Coffee – Precinct 3 Stocker Street neighbors don’t want to see a dog park next door at Stocker Field By Mark E. Vogler S haron Floramo said she’s miffed that town officials would like to see a dog park near her home. But she seems to be even more angry that no town officials have reached out to her and, apparently, the residents in her small neighborhood overlooking the rundown Stocker Field and adjoining area. “I want to know why they want to put a dog park behind my home,” Floramo said when she got her chance to speak at the lectern in the Community Room of the Saugus Public Library on Monday night (March 13). “I requested a meeting with the town, but they denied it,” Floramo said, emphasizing how she believes that officials have kept her and a handful of other Stocker Street residents in the dark on possible future plans to build a dog park in the area off Winter Street which encompasses the baseball field and playground nestled near a stretch of the Saugus River that runs through Precinct 3. Floramo was one of three Stocker Street residents who shared their concerns during the latest forum of “Saugus Over Coffee,” which focused on Precinct 3. Precinct 4 will be the focus of the next forum, which is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Saugus Public Library. The forums, which began in January, will be filmed for viewing on SaugusTV started talking with the state because a lot of people were already using that space to bring their dogs,” she said. Calla said it is unfortunate that “everyone thinks it’s a dog park.” “There’s dog waste all over the place. It’s disgusting. But the park has been disgusting,” Calla said. “The town never cleaned up or put any effort or time into the playground. All of a sudden, because it gives a purpose, now there’s attention down there, and none of us were notified. And we should have been invited to the meetings as abutters,” she said. Sharon Floramo expressed dismay at the lack of information she and other Stocker Street residents have on a possible dog park being created at Stocker Field. (Courtesy photo by SaugusTV to The Saugus Advocate) through October, as the Town Meeting members from each of the town’s 10 precincts will get a chance to talk about what they consider to be the top issues in their respective precincts. After Town Meeting members share their views on top precinct issues and things that make their precinct special, residents will have a chance to speak their minds. At last Monday’s forum, Kim Calla, another Stocker Street resident, called the proposed Stocker Dog park “our top issue.” “We don’t want to see a dog park. We want to preserve the wildlife. We want to preserve that river because it’s absolutely beautiful,” Calla said. “We just want to know if the town has done all its research. I know it’s not a done deal, but we want to know that we are included in all of the decision-making,” she said. Calla, who has lived in her Precinct 3 home for about 30 years, said she is concerned about media reports that quoted officials as saying a dog park would only affect two abutters. “It affects all of us. If you care about the river and the wildlife, it affects all of us,” she said. Precinct 3 Town Meeting Member Annemarie Tesora, the lone Town Meeting member of five to attend the forum, said in an interview last week that her top priority is seeing a dog park created at Stocker Field. “We Tesora said she believes a public notice was given when the town’s dog committee initiated by Selectman Jeffrey Cicolini held a few meetings. Michelle Raponi, a lifelong Saugus resident who also lives on Stocker Street, said she supports the concept of a dog park – but not at Stocker Field. “I think a dog park is great,” Raponi said. “But wild and domestic do not mix,” she added, referring to the challenges of converting a wildlife area into a dog park. Floramo said she and othPRECINCT 3 | SEE PAGE 12 425r Broadway, Saugus Located adjacent to Kohls Plaza Route 1 South in Saugus at the intersection of Walnut St. 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 12-8 p.m. Sunday Monday Tuesday $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 Wednesday Thursday Friday Everyone must pay admission after 6 p.m. Private Parties Private Parties 4-11 p.m. Saturday 12-11 p.m. $9.00 $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

Page 4 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 ~ Letter to the Editor ~ Malden resident decries blasting for new Northeast Metro Tech Current plans for building the new NEMT (Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield, aka the “Voke”) call for blasting a huge swath of extremely hard bedrock out of a forested hilltop next to the existing school. I can say from personal experience what this might be like for abutters and near Gerry D’Ambrosio Attorney-at-Law Is Your Estate in Order? Do you have an update Will, Health Care Proxy or Power of Attorney? If Not, Please Call for a Free Consultation. 14 Proctor Avenue, Revere (781) 284-5657 neighbors. For an entire year, beginning September 2020, life in our Malden neighborhood was made miserable by developers who chose to build an enclave of expensive homes by reducing an 80-ft. rock outcropping in half. The location of this development is Maple Terrace/Hillside Park near Swain’s Pond in Melrose, near the Malden line. Several times a week we’d hear the warning horn, then brace ourselves for the inevitable blast that would follow. Experiencing your house shaking is unnerving, to say nothing of possible damage. We’ve had to close our windows during the loveliest weather and hottest summer days due to the loud incessant pounding into the remaining rock. This was accompanied day after day by the noise and vibration of large trucks hauling away the blasted stone. We had little say in this — despite the public process, the developer prevailed. It was imposed on us whether we liked it or not. Thus the pounding, scraping, and endless noise is ongoing even now, two and half years after it began, with two houses still to be built. If the new Voke is built on the site of the forested hilltop, I’m afraid those living nearby will endure the same hardship. Their ordeal could be worse, because the area to be blasted for that project is larger than that near our home. So I urge the planners of the new school to be thoughtful of those living in the area. Build on one of the two existing athletic fields next to the current school. Do what is typical in these cases: once the new school is built, raze the old school and create a new athletic field on that spot. Don’t lower the Voke’s neighbors’ quality of life by putting them through the misery of blasting. Jane Robie Malden Urgent Plea to Save the NEMT Forest To: Melissa Hoffer, Climate Chief From: Sherri Carlson, Wakefield MA resident Re: Urgent Plea to Save the NEMT Forest Date: March 12, 2023 Cc: Maura Healy, Governor, Friends of Wakefield’s NorthOur 50th Anniversary Dan - 1972 We Sell Cigars & Accessories! Chris 2023 * 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 R.Y.O. TOBACCO & TUBES ON SALE! 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As the Friends of Wakefield’s Northeast Metro Tech Forest (nemtforest.org) so aptly described, the beautiful and pristine NEMT forest, with its unique biodiversity is at risk. “We and our children are facing grave challenges in real time - global warming, loss of forests and native habitats, declining populations of birds, arthropods, and overall biodiversity. Therefore, it is incumbent upon each of us to protect and preserve the forests in our neighborhoods for wildlife, for us, for our children, and for future generations.” The environmental impact of the current site plan for the “Voke,” per Friends of Wakefield’s Northeast Metro Tech Forest, would be as follows: • Extensive land alteration including deforestation of >2000 trees • Destructive effects of Construction • Destruction of Native American Cultural sites • Pollution • Destruction of core forest and rare species habitat and native soils • Impairment of Wetlands and associated Buffer Zones • Impairment of Water Quality • Increases in flooding and storm water flows • Reduction of groundwater levels The construction plan of the “Voke” involves the partial destruction of the nearby Breakheart-Hill Forest, a cherished 13.5-acre spot known as home to some rare and endangered species with vernal pools and wetlands and a migratory forest for birds. The forest is home to Hentz’s Red-bellied Tiger Beetle and a previously undocumented population of Eastern Whippoor-will, a nocturnal bird whose habitat is being lost to development. The forested site is property owned by the school district – it was transferred from Breakheart Reservation to serve as a buffer between the Voke grounds and the reservation. Sources: https://neighborhoodview.org/2023/02/21/ the-vote-for-the-voke-hasled-to-a-surprising-twist/?fbclid=IwAR3sNZ_bEj_4MpwZqp35AB-3x10dHjQMfX2Fi7MxweOFDNvvGNWUTfbyp8U and https://www. nemtforest.org/ A SAVE the Forest and BUILD the Voke Facebook entry on February 22, 2023 highlighted that the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) noted in their February 11, 2021 meeting minutes (p. 7) that site C2 (baseball/football field location) was acceptable but had been removed from NEMT FOREST | SEE PAGE 12

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 ~ Letter to the Editor ~ Page 5 Clear-cutting Mature, Virgin Forest – Is That the ONLY Option? I’m writing in response to Northeast School Building Committee’s recent letter to the Wakefield Daily Item titled “Debunking inaccurate claims about Northeast.” I read the letter with an open mind, as I am very interested to hear both sides of the issue. Admittedly, I am just recently becoming more familiar with the details surrounding the controversy of the chosen site for the new Northeast Metro Tech school facility. The extent of my contribution to date has been to vote in favor of the new school. I recall rushing home from my full-time job and arriving just in the nick of time, with moments to spare, in order to cast my vote. I was thrilled when the vote was passed in favor. However, when I voted I had absolutely no idea this meant a large swath of mature, virgin forest would be clear-cut for the new school site. Had I known this, I would at the very least wanted to know more about why this was necessary. Most likely I would have pushed for another option before agreeing to the new school. Soon after I moved to Wakefi eld in 1989, a section behind my house was clearcut to make way for an entirely new street. Although the neighbors are great, it was heartbreaking to hear the sound of so many trees crashing down, and to this day I still mourn the loss of beautiful, pristine habitat. I viewed NortheastBuildingProject.com to review the information and FAQs. As an Engineer with experience in Design and Construction of major facilities (in a different industry), I am quite familiar with the long, drawn out process to arrive at the fi - nal desired product. There are meetings, meetings, and more meetings. There are multiple drawings and documents, with multiple revisions. There are codes, standards, and procedures to follow. The process is lengthy and arduous. Thus, I understand the frustration by the proponents of the school site when they are getting so close to the fi nish line and opponents step in and speak out against the current design. However, one thing that jumped out at me while reviewing the “Questions and Answers” section on NortheastBuildingProject.com was the following response to the question “How/why was the new school construction option chosen?”: “Options were evaluated by the SBC for their ability to satisfy the following key criteria: • Ability to accommodate educational delivery plan • Cost versus MSBA reimbursement and long-term value • Disruption to existing school’s operations • Flexibility of design to allow for change in the future / expansion potential • Final site layout: site access, vehicular circulation, safety & security • Operating costs/maintenance The selected option was found to be most advantageous in all key criteria established above.” What I DON’T see in the bulleted list is something along the lines of: • Minimal environmental impact Whether or not opponents of the project are making erroneous claims as you state, the fact remains that this project does not consider the best options to avoid clear-cutting 13.5 acres (amount cited per the Boston Globe). The committee selected “the best site for students and their education.” However, what about the best site that also preserves a rare, natural habitat? Trees will be planted, but that cannot make up for the huge loss in established habitat that includes a diverse ecosystem with a multitude of innocent creatures, including rare species, that have no voice and depend on the forest for their survival. I am hoping to be that voice. Forests benefit humans in multiple ways as well, including improved mental health, stress relief, air purification, water purifi cation, fi ghting the greenhouse eff ect, and fl ood For Advertising with Results, call The Advocate Newspapers at 781-233-4446 or info@advocatenews.net *Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is accurate as of the date posted and is subject to change without notice. APY assumes that interest remains on deposit until maturity. A withdrawal will reduce earnings. A penalty may be imposed for early withdrawal. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. 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Page 6 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 Stories From Saugus Past you’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! (Editor’s Note: This is the latest in an occasional series of articles in which readers contribute stories related to the town’s past history. Today’s article was written by frequent contributor and longtime Saugus resident and writer Janice K. Jarosz.) By Janice K. Jarosz V irginia Slims was a cigarette brand developed by Philip Morris in 1968 and marketed exclusively to women. Its early advertising campaigns exploited civil rights movements of the ’60s with the slogan “You’ve come a long way, baby,” a slogan which has lasted into modern times. In the early days of 1915, Saugus was made up of mostly God fearing, pitchfork kind of people who valued straight talk and hard work, houses of worship, sprawling farms, and with small businesses nestled in our young community. Saugus was no diff erent than any other New England town; most residents minded their own business with very little mingling outside of their borders; a tight rein was kept on the people, as common trust was not prevalent with “outsiders.” Those reins were held in the hands of religious leaders, town offi cials and offi - cers of the law, in that order. All three groups were in charge and caretakers of the moral fi ber of the community. They handed down approved methods of social correctness, much diff erent than today. Church laws prevailed and attendance at church on the Sabbath was mandatory; obedience to parents was a given, and if young whippersnappers gave them any trouble, the pastor, then the Police were called in. If all else failed, an errant child, as young as nine, could be sentenced to a “Home for Need 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? 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So, between the stringent laws that could land you in jail, places of worship for the soul served the needs of the spirit, and it was very difficult to find entrainment or fun that didn’t come with a religious or Blue Law violation. It was a time in the early years that Republicans seldom dated Democrats and it was a common practice not to be on the same sidewalk if you were of a different affiliation. (I often wondered how they could tell the difference.) Irish Catholics were not welcome at Riverside until the 1900s, but they were taught that they were the only ones going to heaven! Rainbow girls were not allowed to accept Catholics into their membership, while Catholics were not allowed to attend a non-Catholic church and could not be a part of a wedding party or serve as a God Parent to a non-Catholic family. When two very prominent Irish Catholic families, the Monahans and the Luceys, moved into Prospect Street, the hue and cry from the neighbors was “there goes the neighborhood.” In 1934, orange ties were banned at Saugus High School by Principal Earle Macleod because of the “horseplay” at the previous St. Patrick’s Day celebration, and signs were posted all over the school – “NO ORANGE TIES!” A strict dress code prevailed throughout the schools. Girls’ skirts had to be at least one inch lower than the knee, and tape measures were held in the hands of the teachers. In 1948, the Saugus Board of Selectmen voted to ban Sunday bowling when local proprietors of the Saugus View Inn, on Bristow Street, requested a permit to operate a bowling alley in a basement on the Sabbath. “sexy, wanton, vulgar, and obscene, showing women unduly exposed and showing judges and policemen as stupid and using obscene language as well.” A retired policeman spoke about another issue concerning the horrible deeds being committed over the air waves that prompted the recommendation of instituting a “Censor Bureau.” If you sat too close to your date, an attendant at the State Theater would shine his flashlight on the both of you. If you danced too close to one another at Miss Virginia Austin’s School of the Dance, your chances of winning a candy bar were slim or next to none. Only males were allowed in the Rat Hole during its 15-year operation as the Central Street hangout was looked upon as the den of iniquity by the elders – believing there was nothing there but bad boys smoking, playing pool and bowling. The Rat Hole was run by Harry Bamford, who ran the business with an iron fist. Anyone who didn’t go by the strict rules he set was banned and could only return if he had an apology letter written and signed by a parent. We may have come a long way since those early times. The stigma of religious differences has subsided somewhat: The Irish are learning how to cook from their Italian neighbors, and teenagers have the freedom today to dress the way they choose. Today we can holler, “Pull up your pants” and get away with it. We can now bowl on Sundays and proudly wear an orange tie on St. Paddy’s Day, but have we truly come a long way?

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 Page 7 Seven Boston Marathoners run for The Angel Fund for ALS research Special (Wakefield, MA) – Seven runners will participate in this year’s 127h Boston Marathon in support of The Angel Fund for ALS Research, a 501 (c)(3) independent charity that benefi ts ALS research at UMass Chan Medical School. The seven marathoners include veteran runners Matt Bergin, running his 32nd consecutive Boston Marathon, Russell Becker, running his 11th consecutive Boston Marathon; Meghan Osterlind, running her 20th consecutive Boston Marathon; Mike Myers and Dawn Timlin, their second Boston Marathon, and Brooke Stewart and Mykayla Timlin who are both running their fi rst Boston Marathon. The Angel Fund team has been raising funds for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research at UMass Chan Medical School Day Lab under the direction of Dr. Robert H. Brown, Jr., a world-renowned researcher in the fi eld of ALS. “The Angel Fund is grateful he Angel Fund for ALS Research Marathon Team consists of seven runners, including a former Boston Red Sox pitcher Mike Myers and the mother-daughter team, wife and daughter of former Red Sox pitcher Mike Timlin. to the seven supporters who are running for Team ALS in this year’s Boston Marathon,” Rich Kennedy, President of The Angel Fund for ALS Research and a longtime Boston Marathon runner said. “They all have an inspirational story as to why they train and run the 26.2 miles in honor of The Angel Fund for ALS Research. We look forward to following them as they run the marathon and celebrating their eff orts when they cross the fi nish line.” The team members have created a fundraising page which enables supporters to donate and to learn more about the runner and his/her inspiration behind their fundraising efforts. To donate to the runners and to read their stories, visit the fundraising page: https:// secure.frontstream.com/boston-marathon-2023. To follow the runners’ progress during and after the Boston Marathon on April 17th, visit the Boston Athletic Association’s webpage at www.baa.org. In addition to the Boston Marathon team, The Angel Fund conducts fund raising events throughout the year which, along with other individual and corporate donations, have been beneficial in helping make significant strides in ALS research. For a list of upcoming events, visit The Angel Fund website, www. theangelfund.org.Donations to the Angel Fund can also be made online at www.theangelfund,org, or can be sent to The Angel Fund, 649 Main Street, Wakefi eld, MA 01880.

Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 “The Old Sachem” Glenna Collett-Vare By Bill Stewart I don’t often write about golf, although I love the game. But this week The Boston Globe printed an article about a women golfer of another era. Glenna Collett was born June 20, 1903, in New Haven, Connecticut, and died February 3, 1989, in Gulf Stream, Florida. She married Edwin H. Vare Jr. in 1931. She was enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1975 for her lifetime career as an amateur golfer who won six US Championships. She started playing golf at the age of 14; her parents encouraged sports, so Glenna started competition in swimming and diving. After she took up golf, at the age of 16 she competed in the 1919 Women’s Amateur Championship and won her first-round game. Two years later she was the Championship Medalist for shooting the lowest qualifying score. In the golfing period before professional competition, the U.S. Women’s Amateur was the most prodigious event in the country. In the competition of 1922, Glenna set a new single round scoring record and went on to win the Championship that year. In 1923 she was beaten when a ball shot by Mary Browne bounced off Glenna’s ball on the green and it fell into the cup. Glenna wasn’t too upset; she went up to Canada and won the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship. That year she won 59 matches in competition while only losing the one. She won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in 1925 and three straight championships between 1928 and 1930. Between 1928 and MESSAGES| FROM PAGE 2 “I’ve known Anthony Cogliano long enough to know that he is not a person that has ha1931, she reeled off 16 consecutive victories. She won six North and South Women’s Amateur titles and six Women’s Eastern Amateur titles and was runner-up in 1929 and 1930 in the British Ladies Amateur Championship. She went to France and won the French Women’s Amateur title. She married Edward Vare, and after having two children, she returned to competition in 1934 in the U.S. Women’s Amateur but lost in the semifinals to Virginia Van Wei. She won in 1935 by defeating Patty Berg, who went on to be a top professional golfer. Glenna joined the American women’s team that won the first Curtis Cup played at Wentworth Golf Club in England in 1932. She became the player captain in 1934, 1936, 1938 and 1948. She won 49 championships throughout the world, retiring in the 1959 Rhode Island Women’s Golf Association tournament at the age of 56. Glenna turned to writing books and was the author of “Golf for Young Players” in 1926 and “Ladies in the Rough” in 1928. The Bob Jones Award was presented to Glenna Collett-Vare – the United States Golf Association’s highest honor given in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. She was among the first class inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, and at the age of 81 her handtred in him for any group of people. In fact, I can offer recent examples where he has worked to help groups that have experienced hatred, “The Old Sachem,” Bill Stewart icap was 15, and she played in her sixty-first consecutive Invitational event in 1984 at the Point Judith Country Club in Rhode Island. Glenna was the single women’s champion until Patty Berg emerged in the Women’s Professional league, and, remember, Patty lost to Glenna in 1935. Author Phyllis Hollander listed Glenna ahead of Babe Zaharias and Patty Berg in the 1977 book “One Hundred Women in Sports” and wrote that Collett-Vare’s career was unequaled in the annals of golf.” Gene Sarazen called her “the greatest women’s golfer of all time.” (Editor’s Note: Bill Stewart, better known to Saugus Advocate readers as “The Old Sachem,” writes a weekly column about sports – and sometimes he opines on current or historical events or famous people.) including Black Lives Matter in June 2020, and the rally to support the local Jewish community after a hate group targeted them in September 2022,” she said. “Rather than tearing people down, he has routinely worked to build people up, like when he worked with a local Rabbi to bring the first ever menorah to the front lawn of town hall this past December, and when he started a new Saugus tradition of recognizing graduating seniors with banners around town, and when he spent months delivering food, at no cost, to so many local families in need at the beginning of the pandemic, and when he recognized many local families who lost loved ones with ornaments on the town Christmas tree, and the countless instances where he has helped local sports groups with transportation costs, fundraising and more.” Riley credited Cogliano with MESSAGES | SEE PAGE 9

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 Page 9 A Sad Irony The construction site of the new vocational school endangers a local forest on the international Day of Forests On March 22, the day after International Day of Forests, Wakefi eld’s Zoning Board of Appeals will be considering whether to permit a variance for constructing the four-story building in a residential zoned neighborhood. This is one of the last steps before the destruction begins. Despite our thinking that there are legal protections to vernal pools and water quality, it does not appear that there are enough legal protections to prevent the destruction of this forest. Already the trails have been blocked off from the parking lot, and power lines have been installed for the cutting and blasting equipment. MAKING A STAND FOR TREES: A pack of protesters gathered last fall at the construction site of the new vocational school in Wakefi eld to demonstrate against what they claimed to be the unnecessary destruction of forest. (Saugus Advocate fi le photo by Laura Eisener) By Laura Eisener T his Tuesday, March 21, is the International Day of Forests. It would seem ironic to spend the day contemplating cutting down yet another forest in our area when there is already plenty of built-upon land that could be repurposed. Not only is this a great loss of trees, but also displaces the community of wildlife, including the microorganisms that make forest soils so diverse and nutrient rich. Science is still discovering the value of these soils and how long it takes to rebuild them, let alone the obvious value of the trees and how long it takes them to grow. Most deforestation currently occurs in tropical areas. Much of the intentional deforestation is due to logging MESSAGES| FROM PAGE 8 working “tirelessly to bring new revenue into Saugus to ease the burden on Saugus taxpayers, via legislation for marijuana dispensaries and a WIN Host Agreement.” “He doesn’t just talk, he puts in the work to get things done, and while in my opinion, we all might be better served with more civil discussion on social media on both ‘sides’, it would be Saugus’ loss if this social media issue were to continue,” Riley said. “Let me be clear, the comments that and clearing land for agriculture, but in developed areas where there are already a lot of buildings, removal of remaining forests is often done in order to clear sites for even more construction. Additional forest loss worldwide occurs from fi res. For the last several years we have been hearing of signifi cant fi res in the western parts of this country, and last summer it hit very close to home when approximately 20 acres burned in the 600acre Breakheart Reservation in Saugus. The UN General Assembly in 2012 established the International Day of Forests to encourage people to thinking carefully of the ways in which forests benefi t the world, and from its first celebration in 2013 member nations have made efforts to encourage people to appreciate the imwere posted on social media were unnecessary, and I don’t condone any derogatory remarks against any group regardless of religion, sexual orientation or any other circumstance that may off end anyone’s belief or freedoms of the way people choose to live their lives. I urge all involved to act more civilly toward one another, act like adults, and for the Board of Selectmen to focus on the work at hand to address the many issues facing Saugus.” Serino suggested Cogliano needed to be more tolerant portance of maintaining forests in all parts of the world. Forests help preserve biodiversity, improve air quality, sequester carbon, cool the earth surface (especially in the summer months when deciduous trees have leaves), provide homes and food for wildlife and off er many other benefi ts. Studies in the last decade have shown that people benefi t from living close to forests, and longer lifespans and better mental health often results from living in proximity to forests and other natural areas. Here on the town boundary with Saugus, Wakefi eld is on the verge of allowing deliberate destruction of a significant historical wooded area adjacent to Breakheart Reservation that is scheduled to be destroyed very soon for the construction of the new vocational school. in accepting criticism. “When you are a public official, at times we all get criticized. Unfortunately, that is a part of our job that I am sure we all don’t like,” Serino said. “However, the Board of Selectmen are the top elected offi cials in our town. We represent all the residents of our community. Our words do matter.” For his part, Cogliano said he’s not about to take public abuse from his critics. “These individuals, some of which I believe to be fake, love to dish MESSAGES | SEE PAGE 12 www.eight10barandgrille.com OPEN DAILY FOR DINNER AT 4 PM. 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Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 The 2023 Boston Marathon Five Saugus Police Officers are ready to run for charity By Mark E. Vogler embers of the Saugus Police Department will be doing a lot of running around on Patriots Day, April 17 – 131 miles worth collectively. Five police officers have been training for months to run the 26.2 mile course from Hopkinton to Boston in the 127th Boston Marathon. They are among 22 Saugus residents registered to run in the legendary race that will draw a field of 30,000 runM ty groups,” the chief said. “The members of the Sauners from all over the world. “This is definitely the most participation that we have ever had in the Boston Marathon,” Saugus Police Chief Michael Ricciardelli told The Saugus Advocate this week. “I am very proud of the hard work and dedication that the five officers have put in. I am also very proud of how the rest of the Saugus Police Department has supported them in raising money for the various charigus Fire Department have been very generous and supportive too. Together, the five officers will raise over $50,000,” he said. Here are the officers who are registered to compete in this year’s Boston Marathon, and the cause they will be running for: • Officer Alison Cooper is running for the Herren Project, which focuses on helping individuals and families who have been affected by substance abuse with treatment and recovery. The Donation link is https://www. givengain.com/ap/alisoncooper-raising-funds-for261-fearless/ • Lieutenant Anthony LoPresti is running for Tedy Bruschi’s charity team, “Tedy’s Team,” – its mission is to improve the quality of life for stroke survivors and to also help with their recovery. They also advance communities’ knowledge of the warning signs of stroke as well as heart disease. To donate to Lt. LoPresti’s charity, please see https://www.givengain.com/ap/anthony-lopresti-raising-funds-for-tedTree art Two Saugus women artists offer students the handson approach while teaching at the Lynn Museum By Joanie Allbee O n Saturday, March 11, Saugus artist Kelly Slater and Laura Eisener of Saugus put together a two-part Art class at the Lynn Museum. Laura explained different trees and their fruits and brought examples to pass around, while Kelly bought an array of art mediums to explore with different drawing techniques. After Laura educated the class on classifications of trees and their fruits, Kelly demonstrated techniques, such as blind contour, continuous contouring, scribbling and ant’s eye view. She used the leaves and tree branches scattered about for models. After choosing their art mediums, students worked fun timed techniques. Kelly contoured a tree branch with scribbles, a leaf with a cotton ball, a walnut stained pine cone sketch, and students followed. Kelly introA student’s work of contouring a white oak leaf (Quercus Alba) and tulip tree leaf (liriodendron tulipifera) with a cotton ball and paint Kelly Slater made using spirulina (for green) and turmeric (warm orangey yellow). duced the class to using natural sources to make paints; she had several varieties to share; a couple colors were Kelly Slater practices the technique of scribble to capture an image of a red oak leaf (Quercus rubra). made of spirulina (green) and turmeric orange / brown. It was a peaceful, relaxing time of art exploration. The second class of their two-part series will be Tuesday, March 21, from 5:307:30 at the Lynn Museum (590 Washington St. Laura Eisener sketches an ant’s eye view and regular view of a cone from a Norway spruce (picea abies). (Courtesy photos to Saugus Advocate by Joanie Allbee) ys-team/ • Detective Stacey Forni is running for the Venessa T. Marcotte Foundation; its mission to advocate for a world where women are safe and free to live boldly and fearlessly. The donation link is https://www.givengain. com/ap/stacey-forni-raising-funds-for-the-vanessa-t-marcotte-foundation/ • Officer Brett DiPanfilo is running for TB12 Foundation. Their mission is to help educate and inspire athletes to excel in both sports and life by providing access to innovative health and wellness resources that support preparation, performance and recovery. They provide tools and resources to those who are most “at-risk,” whether it be for the underprivileged, military, first responders or others who have been through trauma, physically and mentally. To donate, please see https://www.givengain. com/ap/brett-dipanfilo-raising-funds-for-tb12-foundation/ • Sergeant Stephen Rappa is running for the Officer Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund; the mission of the Officer Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund is to foster connections between law enforcement and the communities they serve. To donate, please see https://www.givengain. com/ap/stephen-rappa-raising-funds-for-officer-sean-acollier-memorial-fund-inc/ (Editor’s Note: The Saugus Advocate will publish articles on the marathon runners from the Saugus Police Department, leading up to Patriots’ Day weekend. Other Saugus runners who would like to share their story about their motivation for running in marathon and information about the charity they plan to run for can email Saugus Advocate Editor Mark E. Vogler at mvoge@comcast.net.)

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 Page 11 A Cap on Ash Acting DEP Commissioner says agency ruling continues on no future expansion of ash landfi ll at WiN Waste innovations incinerator site By Mark E. Vogler A cting state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commission Gary Moran said he doesn’t expect any change in the previous administration’s ban on expansion of the ash landfi ll at WIN Waste Innovations trash-to-energy landfi ll. “The Department’s interpretation of the regulations remains unchanged from the writing of the November 2021 letter and there has been No alteration of the conditions at the site to warrant a different outcome,” Acting Commissioner MassDEP Gary Moran wrote in a letter this week to state Rep. Jessica Giannino (D-Revere), whose district includes Precincts 3 and 10 in Saugus. Moran cited the letter signed by former DEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg, who wrote that any future proposals for expansion would require a modification to the facility’s site assignment and approval from MassDEP and the Saugus Board of Health. “As the landfill is located within an [ACEC], an expansion of the landfi ll (Including vertical expansion) would need to meet the site suitability criteria in the Regulations with respect to the site assignment,” Suuberg wrote. “While an applicant is free to propose a site assignment modifi cation, and MassDEP will review information submitted, based upon the information presently before MassDEP, the facility fails to meet the necessary site suitability criteria to allow for expansion within the ACEC and therefore would not receive a positive site suitability determination,” Suuberg wrote. “Without a positive site suitability determination from MassDEP, a proposal to amend the facility’s site assignment to allow for vertical expansion would not advance to the Saugus Board of Health for consideration.” Saugus Selectman Debra Panetta hailed it as major good news for residents of Saugus and nearby communities who oppose further expansion of the ash landfi ll at the incinerator site on Route 107. “This administration’s position is the same as the last – the landfill can only be changed if the regulations or law changes. Given that that is highly unlikely, the Town of Saugus should proceed as if this landfi ll is about to close. A closure committee should be established along with discussions on remediation,” Panetta said Wednesday (March 15) in a statement to The Saugus Advocate. “It’s important to note that the Saugus Board of Selectmen have no jurisdiction to sign a host agreement with WIN Waste. Even with their proposed host agreement, WIN Waste still can’t get their nitrogen oxide levels down to 150 PPM minimum requirement without purchasing emission credits from more effi cient facilities. That is not good for the health and well-being of Saugus residents and our neighboring communities,” Panetta said. “There should be a focus on getting just fi nancial compensation from WIN as there are on-going impacts from the operation of the incinerator itself. The town’s compensation should not be tied to the landfi ll issues as that is on track for closure. It’s important to remember that WIN Waste Saugus is the oldest incinerator in the nation,” she said. World Series Park welcomes McGovern Ford (Editor’s Note: The following info is from a press release issued by World Series Park this week.) W orld Series Park in Saugus depends on the support of Saugus businesses. Many Saugus businesses purchase advertising signs that are displayed on the outfi eld fence and dugouts each season. People who come to the park are encouraged to support these businesses, since without the support of these businesses the park wouldn’t be possible. Each season World Series Park hosts over 250 games. The 2023 season is about to get underway. McGovern Automotive Group, a regional powerhouse that operates two dozen dealerships across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York, recently purchased York Ford. The new McGovern Ford in Saugus sells and services a large selection of new and used vehicles. Starting this season, they have willingly offered to be a World Series Park sponsor. McGovern Ford believes in serving the community by not only catering to people’s automotive needs but also supporting causes that make Saugus a better place to live, like World Series Park, which provides a great facility for Saugus youth to play baseball. “We very much appreciate McGovern Ford’s support and encourage people to check out their large selection of vehicles and service on Route 1, south in Saugus,” World Series Park Superintendent Bob Davis said. “We hope that other new and already established Saugus businesses will help us by purchasing advertising signs and making donations. This kind of support is what SUPPORTING HOMETOWN BASEBALL: Pictured from left to right: World Series Park Superintendent Bob Davis and McGovern Ford of Saugus General Manager Alex Avanesau hold the McGovern Ford sign that will be displayed on the third base dugout at World Series Park this season. (Courtesy Photo to The Saugus Advocate) got us started and has kept us going over the last eighteen years. The Saugus businesses that have helped us deserve a lot of credit for making the park what it is today.” It’s always worth celebrating being green. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 100 Salem Turnpike, Saugus, MA 01906 winwastesaugus.com

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 PRECINCT 3| FROM PAGE 3 er residents of Stocker Street have safety concerns that a potential dog park would create. People and their dogs that live in the area face the threat of being attacked by other dogs visiting the park, Floramo said. “My neighbors are concerned about the safety of the neighborhood,” Floramo said. “We have senior citizens there, and we have a senior medical home next door to me. People like to sit out in their chairs in the driveway on a summer day. I like to sit out in the yard in the summertime,” she said. “And we’re going to have dogs coming from all sides of us that could come up to us,” she said. Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Debra Panetta confirmed that Selectman Cicolini created a committee to look into having a dog park. “He did look at Stocker Park and he did think it would be a good idea,” Panetta said. “There’s nothing set in stone,” Panetta said, reassuring the Stocker Street residents that no decision has been made about making Stocker Field a dog park. “I’m sure they’re going to have public discussion,” she added. “Selectman Cicolini is very transparent,” Panetta added. Tesora tried to reassure her constituents that “a lot of research is involved in applying for the grant” that would essentially be a starting point for any dog park site. NEMT FOREST| FROM PAGE 4 consideration by the Project team (not by the MSBA). It sounds like – although all three drafted designs (options C1, C2, and C3) were designed to accommodate 1600 students in a 383,000 square foot building space – one of the main reasons the Northeast School Building Committee decided on the costlier option to clear cut 13.5 acres of pristine virgin forest was so they would not disrupt the current athletic fields during construction, and to allow for a future hockey rink: “The location of the new school allows construction to occur with the least amount of disruption to the existing school of any option. The district gains additional athletic fields with this option and maintains the potential of reserving the current football field/track for future development as a hockey rink.” Source: Preferred Schematic Report - 3.3.1 Final Evaluation of Alternatives – Dec 21, 2020. Thus, even though there is With a shortage of Precinct 3 Town Meeting members available for this week’s filming of “Saugus Over Coffee,” Stocker Street resident Kim Calla (left) and Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Debra Panetta (right) joined Precinct 3 Town Meeting Member Annemarie Tesora on the panel. (Courtesy photo by SaugusTV to The Saugus Advocate) an existing hockey rink ten minutes away from the school, and they could certainly find alternatives on a temporary basis for the loss of athletic fields, the Committee decided that their wants and desires override the needs of rare and endangered species to have a livable habitat, and override the irreplaceable environmental benefits of a virgin forest. As you most likely know, unStocker Street resident Michelle Raponi expresses her concern about building a dog park in a wilderness area, noting that “wild and domestic do not mix.” (Courtesy photo by SaugusTV to The Saugus Advocate) MESSAGES| FROM PAGE 9 it out but cry wolf when they get a taste of it back,” Cogliano said. “I wasn’t put on this earth to take anyone’s b.s. and I will not start now....Chairman of the Board of Selectmen or not… I think most people in this town know who I am and what I stand for. I never turn my back on anyone. This ridiculous noise will not deter me from leading this town. I’m not going anywhere.” The letter from Ross Demore Here’s the entire letter that selectmen received via email this week: Dear Members of the Saugus Board of Selectmen et al., I was disturbed to read that Chairman Anthony Cogliano allegedly falsified documents under penalty of perjury in an ongoing lawsuit against WIN Waste Saugus. Subsequently several people have criticized him publicly on social media for his unlawful behavior. In response to his critics, he has denied that they are real people, and has made homophobic comments towards them on social media, as you can see in the attached screenshots. Cogliano’s homophobic comments do not align with the policies and values of the touched old-growth forests exhibit a number of important properties that younger, disturbed forests cannot match. It would take approximately 100 years for replanted trees to mature into an oldgrowth forest again. Meanwhile a native habitat rich in biodiversity, dependent on the unique environmental conditions of a virgin forest will be lost, and the corresponding benefits for humans will be lost as well, including improved mental health and stress relief; air purification, water purification, and flood control; and fightTown of Saugus. The Town’s Use and Email policy prohibits “Comments that offensively address someone’s age, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, national origin or disability.” Furthermore, the town’s Sexual Harassment Policy specifically prohibits “gossip regarding one’s sex life” and “…sexual messages or images posted on social media, including but not limited to instant ing the greenhouse effect. Although we have minimal and dwindling natural resources left, avoiding clear-cutting a mature, virgin forest was never prioritized by the committee. See my attached letter published in the Wakefield Daily Item on February 21, 2023 for further discussion of this point. On January 27, 2023 Friends of Wakefield’s Northeast Metro Tech Forest submitted a 26-page Fail Safe petition through 301 CMR 11.04 of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) documenting nine areas of environmental damage (bulleted at the beginning of my letter) that would result if the Voke is built on the Hilltop site. The letter urges the MEPA Director to require a full MEPA review including an Environmental Impact Report, which shockingly has never been done. The letter can be found at nemtforest.org. As the first-ever climate chief with a “mandate to do nothing less than reshape the state government to focus on climate” per the Boston Globe, I request you include preservation of the NEMT forest in your plans to combat climate change, including: • Placing a moratorium on this project as suggested by The Massachusetts Sierra Club in their letter to the editor of the Saugus Advocate, February 17, 2023. o The fencing is already up in the area and I am very concerned the clear cutting will begin shortly. Thus, I request this moratorium be put in place ASAP. • Pushing through a full MEPA review with an Environmental Impact Report that includes investigation of loss of habitat for rare and endangered species The above actions would directly contribute to your quest to “make the change that we need to make with climate so that this can be a habitable planet.” Sincerely, Sherri Carlson Wakefield messages, Facebook posts, Tweets, Snapchat, Instagram, or blog entries.” Cogliano should publicly apologize to members of the LGBTQ+ community that he has offended. Furthermore, in accordance with the policies of the town, he must immediately be removed as chairman and publicly reprimanded for his hate speech. Regards, Ross Demore

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 Page 13 Saugus Over Coffee Town Meeting member rick Smith offers a message to Precinct 3 residents (Editor’s Note: Precinct 3 Town Meeting Member Rick A. Smith was unable to attend the “Saugus Over Coffee” forum held at the Saugus Public Library last Monday, March 13. But he submitted the following letter, which was read into the record by Saugus Advocate Editor Mark E. Vogler, who has been serving as moderator of the forums being cosponsored by The Saugus Advocate and the Saugus Public Library. Town Meeting members who are unable to attend the forums are invited to submit a letter, which is read in their behalf.) Good evening, my name is Rick Smith and I want to thank you for allowing me to serve as 1 of your 5 elected Precinct 3 Town Meeting Members. I would also like to thank Mark Vogler and the Saugus Advocate for sponsoring this evening’s “Saugus Over Coffee” meeting. Unfortunately, due to a prearranged commitment I am unable to attend in person tonight. However, the “how” and the “why” of tonight’s gathering is important to me, therefore, I prepared this letter, with my ongoing commitment to all Precinct 3 residents. Here’s a little background about myself. I have resided in Saugus since 2002. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management. I have worked in the insurance industry since 2002. Prior to residing in precinct 3, I resided in precinct 9 for several years. I purchased my first home in precinct 3 in 2009. I started my town meeting journey in 2007. Since 2007, I’ve had the pleasure to serve the residents of Precinct 9 and currently the residents of Precinct 3 as one of your Town Meeting Members. I got involved in Saugus politics because I believe every voice matters and that local government is here to serve the people. I further believe that tough times demand strong leadership. During my Town Meeting tenure, there have been several times where hard decisions have had to be made. You have my ongoing commitment that my vote will always represent the best interests of the residents and hard-working families of Precinct 3. My vote will continue to be based on facts and will never be based on what’s viewed as politically correct or convenient. Like many other communities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Saugus faces challenges as well. One of my main priorities as 1 of your Town Meeting Members is to continue to vote on a budget that is balanced and has no decrease to our public services. We need to continue to work together to ensure that our budget fully supports and staffs our schools, library, youth & rec, public safety, infrastructure, DPW, Senior Center [etc.]…. I want to thank the Town Manager for submitting a budget to the Board of Selectmen that is balanced and has a zero reduction in services. The residents of Saugus deserve to live in peace and have safe streets; therefore, I will continue to fully support all of our Public Safety Departments. I also want to thank all of our Public Safety Departments for their service and courage to keep the people of Saugus safe. I also fully support the funding of a 3rd fire station in West Saugus. A continued priority for the Town should be our commitment to fully invest in our School Department. By fully investing in our School Department, we continue to educate, which puts our children on a full path to success. Our children are the future of tomorrow. With high rising costs and inflation, we need to identify ways to increase revenue and not put any additional burden on the hard-working families of Saugus. As a Town Meeting Member, I’m responsible for voting on new and amended Town bylaws. Most of these bylaws have fee penalties attached when the bylaw is not in compliance. I believe that one of the town’s main priorities should be creating and hiring an Enforcement Officer. This position has the ability to collect additional revenue, set precedent and hold law breakers accountable. Just like our surrounding communities, another challenge facing Saugus is our infrastructure. Although, everything comes with a price, I think there is an opportunity to invest more in our infrastructure and ensure that our infrastructure is safe, secure, accessible, up to code and handicapped compliant. I want to thank everyone who attended or is watching this meeting tonight. If you have any questions or concerns involving Precinct 3 please reach out. Stay Safe and Be Well, Sincerely, Rick A. Smith Town Meeting Member Precinct 3 Northeast Metro Tech Responds to Inaccurate Claims of Building Project Opponents By: School Building Committee Chair Theodore Nickole, School Committee Chair Deborah Davis, and School Committee Vice Chair Judith Dyment In January 2022, voters in the 12 communities served by Northeast Metro Tech voted overwhelmingly, with 82.6% in favor, to authorize construction of a new, modern facility that will allow our school to take our extremely strong career and technical education programs to the next level and to increase the amount of students we can accept from 1,280 to 1,600 students when the new building opens. The $317 million project has received significant funding support from the MSBA in the form of a $141 million grant, lowering the project cost nearly in half. This has been a long, deliberative and inclusive process that began over four years ago. The construction site in Wakefield was deemed by that process to be the only feasible site for the new building, and after significant public input, feedback, community meetings and the final support of our residents at the ballot, more than $11 million has already been spent on site work for the new school, which broke ground late last year. After years of public input and a transparent, state-supported process, a small group of residents opposed to the project have taken to typical “not in my backyard” tactics and grandstanding in a last ditch effort to thwart the will of the voters and in an attempt to strip the $141 million in state funding from the hands of our students. To push their NIMBY agenda, this group has posted egregious falsehoods and misrepresentations about the project and have resorted to a little known tactic called Reverse Greenwashing. This small group has used environmental activists and wellknown environmental rally cries to make false, misleading and deceptive claims about the Northeast Metro Tech construction project. Like virtually all construction projects, the new NEMT building project will require site work and the removal of trees from the new building site. The School District and project team anticipated this in the years of lead-up to the project, as any construction project anywhere would require similar work. We have proactively taken measures to preserve woodlands on the project site to the maximum extent possible. The overall footprint of the school was reduced during planning, and an additional floor was added in order to provide more circulation around the building for safety which resulted in the removal of fewer trees and requiring less blasting of ledge. The project team has also worked closely with the Wakefield Conservation Commission for alignment of the driveway and to reduce the width to minimize the impacts to both trees and wetlands. Also, an accessible ramp that traverses from the athletic campus/lower parking lot to the school building/upper parking lot has been included in the project reducing the tree removal and blasting scope of work. The District also plans to plant new trees around the new school grounds to reverse our overall carbon footprint. Northeast Metro Tech is a responsible steward of our environment and of the communities and people we serve. The District has partnered with the MSBA to gain site and funding approval utilizing the same process that every other school seeking MSBA funding must follow. This process was public, and we have conducted and attended over 100 meetings, presentations, and hearings and have participated in board and commission meetings in all 12 cities and towns. We ask that you review the process as a whole and not be taken in by false claims by a small group trying to derail the biggest educational project in our region in a half century because they don’t want it in their neighborhood, and are willing to press false claims about environmental impact to push their agenda. The location, chosen after years of deliberative labor, is final for all intents and purposes. The MSBA simply would not allow the District to reject years’ worth of planning, design and validation for sites we already deemed substandard and that may have even more expensive and challenging environmental requirements. The alternative sites did not undergo the detailed analysis that the approved location did and certainly would have included much more blasting, environmental impacts to not only non-jurisdictional wetlands but also streams, rivers and wetlands. The site for the new NEMT building was selected as part of the MSBA’s Preferred Schematic Report (PSR) process and submitted to the MSBA on December 23, 2020. Following this submission, and the approval from the MSBA Board of Directors in February 2021, the project continued into the Schematic Design Phase which led to a District wide vote on January 25, 2022 to approve the Project Scope and Budget. The proposed layout, adjacencies and building configuration achieved the District’s educational goals and vision and was supported by an overwhelming supermajority of voters. The location of the new school also allows for construction to occur with the METRO TECH | SEE PAGE 20

Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 Sachem girls’ players make NEC all-star team By Greg Phipps T here will be much anticipation entering the 2023-24 season for the Saugus High School girls’ basketball team. This winter, the Sachems captured a share of the Northeastern Conference’s Lynch Division championship and earned a state Div. 3 postseason berth despite having no senior players on the squad. One of the most promising aspects for next season is the fact that every underclassman player on this year’s team was a contributor on the court and has varsity experience. Therefore, that playing experience and depth should be a major strength for Saugus next year. Under Head Coach Mark Schruender, who reached the 100-career-win plateau as a coach this season, the Sachems, who finished with a 13-8 overall record, concluded the campaign with a close Round of 32 loss at Archbishop Williams in the Div. 3 tournament. In fact, that game was tied in the Saugus all-conference player Ashleen Escobar Saugus conference all-star selection Jessica Bremberg Saugus all-conference guard Peyton DiBiasio final minutes before Archbishop pulled away at the end. Last week, five Saugus players were chosen for the Northeastern Conference (NEC) all-star team. Making the higher-level all-conference squad were freshman guard Peyton DiBiasio and junior forward Ashleen Escobar. DiBiasio was the team’s top overall scorer (exceeding the 20-point mark on Saugus conference all-star selection Ashleigh Moore Saugus conference all-star selection Ana Silva several occasions) and led Saugus in the scoring column many times this year. She’s a strong penetrator to the basket and is a scrappy defender. Escobar is a solid two-way player and a fierce defender. She netted 12 points in the tourney loss at Archbishop Williams. The other three players – juniors Ashleigh Moore, Ana Silva and Jessica Bremberg – were selected to the overall all-star unit. Co-captain Moore was a team leader and stabilizing presence on the court. She was the team’s leading scorer with 19 points in the playoff game at Archbishop. Silva was another consistent performer and contributor on both sides of the floor. She also possesses a strong outside shot. Co-captain Bremberg was a strong presence inside the paint and played solid defense. She is also an excellent rebounder. Saugus boys’ players named to NEC all-star squad By Greg Phipps T he Saugus High School boys’ basketball team made significant strides this season. The Sachems earned their first playoff berth in three years and captured the Northeastern Conference’s Lynch Division title, the first such finish for the Saugus boys since the early 1990s. After falling to Seekonk in the Round of 32 portion of the state Div. 3 postseason tournament, the Sachems concluded the 2022-23 campaign with a 13-8 overall record and some promise for the near future. However, Saugus will see the departure of five key players from this year’s team. Seniors Ben Tapia-Gately, Max Anajjar, Josh Osawe, Chris Flynn and Isaiah Garcia were important members of this year’s squad. They will be missed. But head coach Joe Bertrand said last week that it will be up to the underclassmen players to pick Saugus conference all-star selection Max Anajjar. Saugus conference all-star selection Josh Osawe. up where the departing senior group left off. Last week, three Saugus players - Tapia-Gately, Anajjar and Osawe - were named to the conference all-star team. Tapia-Gately was the team’s leading scorer all season and poured in a team-high 22 points, to go along with nine rebounds, in his final game as a Sachem in the playoff loss at Saugus conference all-star selection Ben Tapia-Gately. Seekonk. Anajjar was a consistent floor captain and contributed mightily both on the offensive and defensive end. He was routinely among the team’s top scorers from game to game. Osawe was similar to Anajjar, as he made his presence felt on both ends of the floor, and on several occasions led the team in the scoring column. He collected 13 points in the final game at Seekonk.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 Page 15 The Sounds of Saugus By Mark E. Vogler Good Morning, Saugus! Are local politicians and citizens who love to participate in Saugus politics on social media sites becoming cyberbullies? And are they getting a little too cruel, crude, vulgar and downright nasty for the good of Saugus while sullying their own reputations? As an outside observer who tries to observe, but not get caught up on Facebook and other social media sites, it sure looks like that. Maybe I’m a bit of a prude when it comes to this stuff. But I seldom go onto local social media sites to watch how Saugus politicians and their supporters engage in the notorious blood sport of Saugus politics à la social media. Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony Cogliano now finds himself in a bit of a public controversy because he dabbled a little too much in the town’s seedy side of social media, essentially trash-talking in crude ways that he most likely wouldn’t be doing on the street or in public. And selectmen received a recent email from somebody who criticized the chair for making homophobic comments (please see front page story). A lot of newspaper people, including myself, would prefer not to write a story like this. The problem is social media is indeed a public matter, particularly when government emails are used. Normally, I wouldn’t be writing a story about people engaging in crude and vulgar trash talk that might be construed as highly inappropriate. But when a public official is involved, and a person claiming to be offended emails a complaint to the entire Board of Selectmen, several prominent town officials and several media outlets – including The Saugus Advocate – it is worth approaching the entire Board of Selectmen for public comment on the matter. And depending upon what they say would dictate doing a story. So it goes that this past Tuesday, after receiving a copy of an email addressed to the Board of Selectmen and copied to several Greater Boston newspapers, I decided I needed to put the question to everyone on the Board of Selectmen: Do you have any concerns that you want to comment on, regarding the Ross Demore letter that was addressed to the Board of Selectmen in an email today? Are the comments made by Mr. Demore a matter that should be addressed by the Board of Selectmen? Please feel free to comment or elaborate. As it turned out, several of the selectmen expressed concerns to varying degrees about the choice of words used by Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony Cogliano in a social media jousting match. Nobody’s calling for Cogliano to step down from his leadership role, as Ross Demore had called for. But one colleague called for Cogliano to apologize. Another said he should refrain from similar conduct in the future. Another said that Cogliano’s words and actions didn’t represent the Board of Selectmen. Since taking over the editor’s job at The Saugus Advocate seven years ago, I noticed that social media can get downright ugly in Saugus, and I’ve tried to steer clear of it. But perhaps it’s time for all town officials to take a look at the instant case before them and engage in meaningful public discussion about how public officials should conduct themselves on local social media sites. And the discussions shouldn’t just focus on the Cogliano situation. There have been other cases of public officials saying inappropriate things on Facebook and other social media sites. It’s definitely stuff that borders on cyberbullying. What kind of example are adults in Saugus setting for the community’s children in matters of this sort? It’s time for a public conversation. Several of Cogliano’s colleagues would probably agree, based on comments they shared in this week’s Saugus Advocate. Stay tuned. “Saugus over coffee” Early last Monday evening (March 13), I was worried about whether our latest edition of “Saugus Over Coffee” would turn out to be a complete disaster. That was a likely possibility if all five Town Meeting members from Precinct 3 failed to show up for the forum. Shortly after 6 p.m., I already knew that at least two of the five Town Meeting members in the precinct would be absent. Richard E. Thompson and Rick A. Smith, two very conscientious and active members in the precinct had already notified me that they would be out of town on work-related busiMeeting members prepared a statement that was read. On the negative side: 1. Only one of five Town Meeting members participated in the discussion. This is the worst attendance so far 2. At one point, one of the residents tried to engage in a debate with the panel members in an adversarial fashion. 3. The overall discussion involved too much time on procedural matters and townwide issues instead of Precinct 3 issues. Tuesday, April 25, will be the next forum in the “Saugus Over Coffee” series. The original date has been changed because April 17 is Patriots’ Day – a state holiday when the Saugus Public Library is closed. Precinct 4 will be the focus that night. Stay tuned for more inforLast Friday (March 10), future Eagle Scout Jake D’Eon stood outside Prince Pizzeria, where 140 people gathered for a fundraiser for his Eagle Scout public service project. The event raised enough money to pay for supplies to build at least eight handicap accessible picnic tables at Breakheart Reservation. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) ness. Meanwhile, members Arthur D. Connors and Daniel I. Schena never bothered to respond to the invitation letters I mailed to their homes, or the emails and the phone calls I made to them. I’ve got to wonder whether the residents they represent have received similar treatment. Fortunately, Annemarie Tesora, the subject of last week’s “The Advocate Asks” interview, did show up ahead of time. And the show did go on. I sensed that Annemarie, the self-described “freshman Town Meeting member” in her precinct, would feel nervous and lonely sitting by herself. So, I invited one of her friends from Precinct 3 to join her at the front table, along with Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Debra Panetta. That may not have been a good call, as Annemarie still seemed nervous while Selectman Panetta fielded most of the questions and did most of the talking, sharing a lot of valuable information that applies to Saugus local government. But the purpose of these forums is to focus on precinct-specific issues, with residents from the precinct being showcased doing most of the talking, along with their representatives on the Town Meeting. I drew some criticism from several Town Meeting members from other precincts about allowing a selectman to sit on a panel that was meant for Town Meeting members. Naturally, any selectman with Debra Panetta’s background in local government is going to command a great deal of respect. And she did what any selectman would do – keep the discussion going and sharing her views on a wide variety of subjects. So, here are the “positive” and the “negative” takeaways from Monday’s forum. On the positive side: 1. Seven Precinct 3 residents – more than the first two forums combined – showed up for the forum. Three of those residents, in addition to Annemarie, spoke publicly on issues that concerned them. In the previous forums, most of those attending were from other precincts. 2. There was passionate and quality discussion. The residents who spoke complained about issues near and dear to them. 3. The Precinct 3 residents who spoke came prepared, with notes and written material. 4. One of the absent Town mation as “Saugus Over Coffee” continues. Here is the remaining schedule: Precinct 4 – April 25 Precinct 5 – May 8 Precinct 6 – June 12 Precinct 7 – July 10 Precinct 8 – August 14 Precinct 9 – September 11 Precinct 10 – October 23 Please check with The Saugus Advocate or library for any changes in dates. Residents can check the programming guide on the station’s website (www.saugustv.org) for dates and times. A video of the forum will also be available for viewing on the station’s vimeo page within a day or two after the event (www.vimeo.com/ saugustelevision). Seeking Hall of Fame nominations Do you know of a former Saugus High School athlete who deserves to be inducted into the Saugus High School Sports Hall of Fame? If you do, nominations are open for the Hall of Fame from now until March 28. There have been 263 athletes inducted since the Hall of Fame’s inception (1987). The Hall of Fame’s first class included Arthur Spinney, a Saugus High football great who played for two NFL championship teams with the Baltimore Colts in 1958 and 1959. A Saugus High athlete has to be out of school for at least 10 years before he or she can be nominated. Anyone looking to nominate a former Saugus High athlete can mail their letter of nomination to Barbara Wall at 28 Pleasant St., Saugus, MA 01906. THE SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 16

Page 16 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 THE SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 15 SAVE 2023 Environmental Scholarship Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) is very pleased to announce that it is offering a $1,000 Environmental Scholarship to Saugus residents of the graduating Class of 2023 or to Saugus residents who are currently firstyear college attendees. This is a scholarship for students who will be or are attending a two/ four-year college or other educational institution and pursuing a degree in an area that would positively impact the environment. Applicants can download the SAVE 2023 Environmental Scholarship Application Form found at www.saugusSAVE. org. Together with the completed application form, please include a separate sheet (identified with your initials only) that provides a summary of any of your activities relating to the environment and describe how you feel your career choice will positively impact the environment. Please email (preferred method) your application – no later than midnight on April 21, 2023 – to: SAVE Co-President Ann Devlin at adevlin@aisle10.net or mail your application (postmarked by April 21, 2023) to: SAVE, P.O. Box 908, Saugus, MA 01906. Again, the deadline to submit your application is April 21, 2023. Comedy at the Kowloon The Kowloon Restaurant has its latest comedy lineup set for the month, and next week will feature Jimmy Dunn (Friday, March 24) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and showtime is 8 p.m. at the Kowloon Restaurant (Route 1 North in Saugus). For tickets, call the Kowloon Restaurant at 781-233-0077. Bingo is back! The Kowloon Restaurant announced Bingo every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Hong Kong Lounge. Prizes will be given away each week with a grand prize set at the finale in March. A full Chinese gourmet spread is available during Bingo – featuring pupu platters, egg rolls, crab Rangoons, Saugus Wings, General Gau’s chicken, lobster sauce, fried scallops, lo mein, moo shi pork, salt and pepper calamari and sushi – along with a full bar menu, including the signature mai tais and scorpion bowls. Celebrating the Saugus High band The Saugus Historical Society is planning its spring season of programs. A new exhibit opened in March. The exhibit features Saugus High School Band memorabilia from several time periods and some Color Day posters recently donated to the society. Anyone who was a band member at any time, or who had an ancestor who was a band member, is invited to share some of their memories. Please call Saugus Historical Society President Laura Eisener at 781-2315988 to share your story. “We are looking for some anecdotes and stories from people involved in Saugus High School Band at any time,” Laura says. “The Historical Society is putting together a display of band uniforms, parents’ jackets, photos etc. which will be ready by the first meeting in the Spring,” she said. Food Pantry notes The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry is open today (Friday, March 17) from 9:3011 a.m. Veterans bricks available The Saugus War Monument Committee, once again, is sponsoring the Buy A Brick Program to honor all those who have served their country. If you would like to purchase one in the name of someone who is presently serving or has served, in the memory of a loved one, or just for someone from your family, school, etc., the general pricing is $100 for a 4” x 8” brick (three lines) or $200 for an 8” X 8” brick (five lines). Each line is a maximum of 15 characters. The improvement and upkeep of the monument on the corner of Winter and Central Streets rely on the generosity of donors through fundraising. The brick application must be in by Sept. 15 to ensure the bricks will be ready for Veterans Day. Please contact Corinne Riley at 781-231-7995 for more information and applications. We have a winner! Congratulations to Joe Johnson for making the right identification in last week’s “Guess Who Got Sketched” contest. There were several winners. But Joe was the lucky reader to have his name drawn from the green Boston Red Sox cap. Joe wins a $10 gift certificate, compliments of JIMMY’S STEER HOUSE at 114 Broadway (Rt. 1 North) in Saugus. We would like to point out that our original winner graciously declined the offer of a gift certificate and requested that we “give it to a veteran or some other deserving person.” As things turned out, the winner’s wish was honored when we drew Joe Johnson’s name from the hat. Joe is a Vietnam Era veteran who served as a Spec 4-E4 with the U.S. Army. Here’s the correct answer offered by the person who goes by the name of The Sketch Artist: “The answer to last week’s sketch is a young man who is like a barrel of light and focused like a laser beam on the greater good and service to mankind. “Jake D’Eon! “Jake is a 16-year-old, three sports student athlete at Essex North Shore Agricultural School and Technical School, competing in football, swimming & track & field team. “Saugus Advocate Editor Mark E. Vogler chose Jake D’Eon for “The Advocate Asks” interview. D’Eon is on the March 3 Front Cover and article & photos are pages 2, 3, 4, 5, 8. The article is an inspiring read, and I would encourage you to read for more encouragement about our youth. “This scout from Troop 62 has consistently through the years laid the track down to obtain his Eagle Scout Badge. With 33 Merit badges – 11 more than the required 21, he already shows a young Boy Scout Soaring high above the crowd. “At the Fundraiser March 9th at Prince Pizza /Comedy Show, there were basket raffles to help raise funds for Jake to obtain his Eagle Scout Badge by building needed picnic tables for Breakheart. “He plans on building 8 handicap accessible picnic tables. Jake states in the article on page 3 of the March 3rd Advocate, ‘The picnic table idea is to make them feel more included, so they don’t feel like they are separated from the group they are a part of or are able to be a part of’ “How many times have we seen the person in the wheelchair off to the side because they could not sit with the crowd at the table? Well young Jake solves this in his proposal. When asked if the tables will be raised so wheelchairs can fit under them, Jake states ‘Oh yes. Some of them are long tables and the benches are short. A lot of the tables at the site are not handicapped accessible.’ This is such a compassionate effort; wonder if the Disabilities Commission reached out to this young man with help in fundraising since he’s making major strides to ensure people with disabilities have comfort and inclusion in Nature, park and recreation?… “When asked if Jake will build more tables than eight? Jake states on page 4 of the article ‘oh yes. there’s a possibility there will be more depending on donations. However much money we raise will determine how many tables we will manage, what can be done and how much nicer they can be.’ “Well let’s all do what we can even if it’s a little, as that good ol’ story of long ago (like birds with a little water in each beak we together can put out a forest fire so to speak.) “Jake is a Sophomore at Essex Agricultural & Technical School he is a student in Advanced Manufacturing. “Let’s help Jake D’Eon rightfully sit among the ranks of Eagle Scout by helping with fundraising and or perhaps swinging a hammer or two to volunteer during his April School Vacation to build these tables. “Any Business for volunteer lunches for Jake and his crew on picnic table Building Day? Go Jake SOAR like your meant to and onward where your dreams and visions take you! “It’s a pleasure to sketch a young Adult who has more maturity than many adults. “Congratulations on your way to earning your Eagle Scout’s badge! Much Success to your clear vision of your future goals as a Navy Seal. “As you continue on your Career path of service to people and our Country may your brilliant light continue to shine on. “Jake in this Sketch Artist’s little bird beak I bring to you $ 50.00 dollars for the handicap accessible picnic tables! Any other little sparrows? …. “Thankyou “Yours Truly, “The Sketch Artist” “Sketch Artist” takes a break Beginning today, the “Sketch Artist” takes a well-deserved break while we search for sponsors for future sketches to anchor “The Sounds of Saugus” column. Any local restaurant, coffee shop or business that wishes to sponsor future sketches should contact The Saugus Advocate at mvoge@ comcast.net. Over the past several years, sponsors have donated small gift certificates to award the winners of our “Guess Who Got Sketched” contest. Also, we are looking for suggestions from readers on Saugus residents who might be good subjects for future sketches by “The Sketch Artist.” If you have some ideas, please mail them to mvoge@ comcast.net, naming the person and key reasons why he or she contributes to the betterment of Saugus. The recurring theme throughout “The Sketch Artist’s” work is shining the light on positive people involved in positive activities in town “The Sketch Artist” is our local version of “a thousand points of life.” For those who don’t recall the origin of that phrase, it was coined by U.S. President George H.W. Bush. His speech writers were credited with crafting the language that was used for Bush’s acceptance speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention. The speech characterized volunteerism in America as “a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.” After getting elected, Bush repeated his praise of volunteerism in his Jan. 20, 1989, inaugural address. “I have spoken of a thousand points of light of all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the Nation, doing good,” the late former president said. At the time that Bush was a big booster for volunteerism, so was my Editor, Dan Warner, who presided over the newsroom at The (North Andover) Eagle-Tribune. Dan decided he wanted his newspaper to devote regular feature articles to spotlight “a thousand points of light” across the Greater Lawrence area in the Merrimack Valley and our circulation communities of Southern Vermont. Well, we hope “the Sketch Artist” can keep sketching positive people who make up “a thousand points of light” in Saugus. Stay tuned. A few good “Shout Outs” This week we received a couple of shout outs. From Laura Eisener, the articulate and ecologically minded author of “Saugus Gardens,” a major weekly feature in The Saugus Advocate: “I’d like to give a shout-out to Deb Panetta for moving Saugus toward non-poisonous rat control options. The death of the mother eagle in Arlington was very upsetting to many people and we should make every effort to avoid having that happen here. This afternoon I saw a small group of photographers out looking for the eagles, and I am glad to hear that the birds are being seen frequently here again this year. We hope their offspring will have a better outcome this season.” From “The Sketch Artist,” who wanted to acknowledge the recent support of a sponsoring business: “I would Love to give a BIG Shout Out to Jimmy’s Steer House at 114 BroadTHE SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 17

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 Page 17 THE SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 16 way (Rt. 1 North) Saugus 781233-8600! Jimmy’s generously sponsored the ‘Guess Who Got Sketched’ Contest with FIVE of their gift cards at $10 each for our contest winners! Thank you and much gratitude! yours Truly, ‘The Sketch Artist’” Here’s an Editor’s Choice: Everyone who turned out to Prince Pizzeria last Friday for Eagle Scout candidate Jake D’Eon’s fundraiser so he can purchase supplies to build eight handicap accessible picnic tables at Breakheart Reservation. “It was incredible! Off the chart successful,” Jake’s mom – former Saugus Selectman Jen D’Eon – wrote to us in a recent text. “Anthony Cogliano got the Eagle photo. He paid $300,” she wrote. “Very, very generous of Anthony.” As an Eagle Scout from Troop 26 of Swansea, Mass., I had put in what I thought was a generous bid of $50 for the Eagle photo artwork donated by Stephen MacDougall, and was even thinking about doubling or tripling that original bid. But I still would have come up way short. Selectman Jeff Cicolini paid $300 for the lighthouse art in the silent auction last Monday night. The entire Board of Selectmen – including Board Vice Chair Debra Panetta and Selectmen Corinne Riley and Michael Serino – all turned out to support the future Eagle Scout. “We had 140 people,” Jen D’Eon wrote to us. “We have not reconciled the whole fundraiser (we had to pay Prince and the comedians) but I know we made the goal … people came after reading your article. Boosted our numbers!” Sure glad to help out. If Saugus residents want to help build some extra picnic tables at Breakheart beyond the eight, make out a check to Saugus Boy Scout Troop 62, indicating “Eagle Scout Public Service Project” and mail it to Jake D’Eon at 34 Myrtle St., Saugus, MA 01906. 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. Run For a Cause, Run with the Y Join the Saugus Family YMCA’s Not a Walk in the Park 5k and help support your community. This family-friendly run/walk takes you through the beautiful scenery of Breakheart Reservation in Saugus. Registration includes post-race refreshments and prizes for runners in every age category. All proceeds support the YMCA of Metro North Annual Fund to provide access to YMCA child care, camp and health and wellness programs to everyone. Race Details: Saturday, April 22, 8:30 a.m. race start. Packet pick-up for preregistered runners: 7:00 a.m. Race Day registration: 7:00 a.m. Where: Breakheart Reservation – 177 Forest St., Saugus. Packet Pick-up: Friday, April 21, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Saugus Family YMCA, 298 Main St., Saugus. Race Features: Chip Timing by Bay State Race Services, post-race refreshments, awards to the top finishers in each age group, T-shirt guaranteed to those who register prior to April 7. The YMCA of Metro North Road Race Series raises funds for a variety of charitable activities that benefit our community. Participants in their four unique 5k races run or walk to support the YMCA of Metro North Annual Fund and raise money to provide access to YMCA childcare, camp and health and wellness programs for everyone. In 2022 the YMCA of Metro North provided more than 1.6 million dollars in financial aid – providing children, adults and families with opportunities to develop a healthy spirit, mind and body regardless of income. Legion breakfasts on Friday mornings Saugus American Legion Post 210 hosts its popular breakfasts from 8-9 a.m. on Fridays. The Legion requests a donation of $8 from those who are looking for a delicious meal at Legion Hall. The Legion also welcomes veterans who can’t afford the meal to enjoy a free breakfast. Bon appétit! Compost/Recycling DropOff Site Information The Town of Saugus Compost/Recycling Drop-Off Site is closed for the winter season. But the site will reopen for recycling on the third Saturday of the month weather permitting – tomorrow (Saturday, March 18), from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please contact Scott Brazis, Director of Solid Waste/Recycling, at 781-231-4036 with any questions. For more information about the Town of Saugus, visit www.saugus-ma.gov. Spring cleanup at Riverside Cemetery The Saugus Cemetery Department announced this week that the spring grounds cleanup will begin at Riverside Cemetery on Monday, April 3. The Cemetery Commission kindly asks members of the public to remove any personal and/or holiday/seasonal items from the grounds before the cleanup begins. All Veteran flags will be THE SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 19

Page 18 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 Saugus Gardens in the Spring Here’s what’s blooming in town this week to make your walks more enjoyable By Laura Eisener oday is St. Patrick’s Day, St. Gertrude’s Day and, at least in some parts of Massachusetts, Evacuation Day! In 1776, the British soldiers who had been camped out on Boston Common for eight years evacuated by boat to Nova Scotia, almost 11 months after the Battle of Lexington and Concord. St. Gertrude of Nivelles was a 7th century abbess in what is now Belgium – she may not have anything directly to do with gardens but is sometimes considered the patron saint of cats, so in my household at least we would not want to fall out of grace with her. And many of us are dressing in green today, in honor of the emerald isle’s patron saint who lived in the 5th century. People still debate which trifoliate plant is the true shamrock – a clover or an oxalis – so several species in each genus are often sold as decorations on this holiday. It may be green in Ireland alT ready, but in our Saugus climate we have to look carefully for any wee bit o’ green that might be sprouting from the ground outside. Daffodils have had leaves poking up a few inches for a few weeks, and this week I can see the plump shapes of their flower buds. Early species of crocuses are blooming, and snowdrops and winter aconite have been flowering for a few weeks already, accompanied by their green leaves. We got off somewhat lightly with Tuesday’s rain/snowstorm compared with the around three feet of snow some inland Massachusetts towns received. It is not as unusual as many people think to have significant snowstorms in March.Winter storm Stella of 2017, while more severe in western Massachusetts than here, brought high winds and some snow on March 14 of that year. The Great White Hurricane of 1888, also known for decades as the Great Blizzard, was this same week in March. Snow began on the evening of March 11 and continued falling until March 14 from Maryland up to Canada’s maritime provinces. Transportation and communication was shut down for nearly a week in most areas. This storm is often given credit for Boston’s decision to build its subway system. On Monday, March 20 we celebrate the first day of astronomical spring, also known as the spring equinox. Surely it is no coincidence that this date Early crocuses are popping up, snow or no snow, and open on sunny days. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) was chosen by the UN as the International Day of Happiness. Whatever the forecast may be, winter is officially over on that day, and we can all delight in the arrival of spring! March 21 is the International Day of Forests, and this year is the tenth anniversary. The UN General Assembly first observed this holiday in 2013. This year’s theme is Forests and Health. A great way to observe it would be to take a walk in the woods and contemplate the many benefits that forests confer on the world. A fairly new variety of white clover, ‘Pirouette’ mini-clover (Trifolium repens ‘Pirouette’) is a very tiny version of a familiar plant. As a St. Patrick’s Day decoration, we might appreciate its ability to fit in a tiny pot on a windowsill, but it is also a plant that is often planted outdoors in a lawn or garden to help suppress weeds, increase nitrogen supply in the soil and act as a fine textured bright green filler plant. Like some other members of the pea family (Fabaceae), bacteria nodules on its roots are able to take nitrogen from the air and transform it into a form that is water soluble, so roots of other plants can benefit as Tonia Chadwick’s garden is ready for St. Patrick’s Day and St. Gertrude’s Day. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) well. Micro-clover is sometimes mixed with grass seed in a lawn for this reason, but it can also be the entire lawn with no grass at all. It will tolerate some foot traffic, but not as much as most popular lawn grass varieties. It does green up a little earlier in spring, as long as it has a sunny location that is not too dry. Ordinary white clover is also used in lawns, but it grows taller so does not meet the low height requirements of many people who want a manicured lawn look. All white clovers have heads of small white blossoms in the summer, but as you might expect, the mini-clover has tinier flowers as well as 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. Micro-clover is a tiny “shamrock” that can fit on a small shelf now, and be planted in the lawn later. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) Closed due to the cloudy weather, a clump of crocus buds emerges through the snow. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) Looking through the trees toward Pearce Lake at Breakheart Reservation – walking in the woods is a good way to celebrate International Day of Forests. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener)

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 Page 19 THE SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 17 placed back on gravesites in May, prior to Memorial Day. For more information, please contact the Cemetery Department at 781-231-4170 or email Stacy Billingsley at sbillingsley@saugus-ma.gov. What’s happening at the Saugus Public Library For schoolchildren looking for interesting projects and programs to participate in this fall, there’s plenty to do at the Saugus Public Library. There are some very good programs off ered for grownups, too. Join our Teen Advisory Board: first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Teen Room; Grades 5 and up; meet with the Teen Librarian once a month to talk about what you’d like for programs and materials at the library. Your opinion matters! No registration required. Snacks provided! sauguspubliclibrary.org – 781-231-4168 Just Sew! Saugonians are welcome to join a monthly sewing class for adults that is held the third Monday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Saugus Public Library. The class covers basic topics like sewing buttons, hemming clothing and mending torn fabric and will move on to more advanced topics in the coming weeks. This class is free. (See sauguspubliclibrary.org.) A neat teen group called Manga & Anime Club: The Manga & Anime Club, from all accounts, is a lot of fun for kids in Grades 6 and up. So, if you are curious, check out the Teen Room. Chat with friends! Make crafts! Try Japanese snacks! Club meetings will continue on Saturdays, through May, from 10-11 a.m. They will be held on April 1 and May 13. Please sign up in advance; call 781-2314168 or stop by the Reference Desk. (https://www.sauguspubliclibrary.org/new-mangaanime-club.../ Bento Boxes presented by Table for Two: Learn how to make lunch the Japanese way! Why is using five colors of food important? What does it mean to eat with your eyes? Join us to make two Japanese rice balls, one traditional triangle shape and one cute penguin. Turn cherry tomatoes into hearts and cucumbers into quick pickles. You will get your very own bento box to take home. When: Thursday, March 23, 4:30-6 p.m. in the Community Room. Age 11 and up. Please sign up in advance; call or register online from our Event Calendar (https://www.sauguspubliclibrary.org/events/). Saugus Public Library, 781231-4168, 295 Central St., Saugus, Mass. – www.sauguspubliclibrary.org Tree sci ence and art classes at the Lynn Museum Saugus artist Kelly Slater and landscape designer/horticultural instructor Laura Eisener will be teaching several classes on looking at and drawing trees at the Lynn Museum this month and in April. Participants will learn how to identify trees in winter and also how to draw them using several fun drawing techniques. The Lynn Museum is located at 590 Washington Street in Lynn, Mass. On Tuesday, March 21 – International Day of Forests – from 5:30–7:30 p.m., Laura D. Eisener and Kelly Slater will present a two-part workshop on urban tree care and printmaking inspired by trees. Laura’s workshop, Urban Tree Care, will include information about the signifi cance of urban trees in improving life for residents and those who work in these environments, how trees improve morale and property values, enhance safety and separation of vehicle traffi c and pedestrians, decrease noise and glare, improve air quality, reduce heating costs, improve views and provide other benefi ts. There will be suffi cient time for questions and answers. Kelly will lead participants in a trace monotype class. Inspired by urban and oldgrowth trees of Massachusetts, participants will make one-of-a-kind prints without a press using the simple but expressive trace monotype technique. Participants will have the opportunity to use the solvent-free, least toxic Akua Intaglio Inks and one or two homemade inks created with items such as blue spirulina powder, turmeric, rice paste and honey. Photos of urban and oldgrowth trees will be provided for inspiration, but people are encouraged to bring pictures or drawings of their favorite trees. Registration is required for this workshop. The workshop is free to participants, thanks in part to a grant from the Lynn Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Additional support for Kelly’s participation is provided by a Sustaining Practice Grant from the Collective Futures Fund, which is administered by Tufts University and funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation. The purpose of Kelly’s Collective Future’s Fund grant is to allow her to research the feasibility of a multiyear project depicting, teaching about and leading art workshops on old-growth trees of Massachusetts. As part of her overall project, Kelly will be visiting Mohawk Trail State Forest (in Charlemont, Mass.) to photograph and depict old-growth areas; teaching free art workshops both in Essex County and at the Mohawk Trail State Forest, which will include information on the benefi t of both oldgrowth and all trees; and having an exhibit and artist talk that will focus on old-growth and urban trees. Registration for this workshop is required. Participants can register through the Lynn Museum website at lynnmuseum.org. For more information about workshop content, contact Kelly by email at kellyslaterart@hotmail.com or by phone at 617-529-0181 (cell) or 781231-6864 (landline). Here are the Lynn Museum links to the upcoming programs: https://lynnmuseum. org/events/after-hours-artmaking-featuring-urban-treecare-presentation-and-treeinspired-printmaking-workTHE SOUNDS | SEE PAGE 20 ~ Help Wanted ~ ~ Help Wanted ~ K-6 Paraprofessional Job Opportunities Starting Salary: 35,000 About MVRCS: Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden, MA was founded in 1998. The School serves over 1,400 students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Great teachers, carefully selected curricula presented with fidelity, high expectations, and traditional pedagogy are the keys to student success at Mystic Valley. Mystic Valley annually finds itself among the top public schools not only within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts but in New England and throughout the nation. Our students have attained the highest levels of success at the post-secondary level, a testament to the preparation they received from their time at Mystic Valley. Mystic Valley students in Grades K-12 report to school in dress code and are in attendance for 200 days of instruction. The normal school day is 60 minutes longer than most traditional public schools. Together, these factors have enabled MVRCS to deliver on its promise of providing its students with the opportunity to obtain a world-class education. Job Summary: The Paraprofessional is responsible for actively engaging students through classroom and behavior management strategies to preserve integrity of the learning environment. The Paraprofessional completes instructional tasks under the general supervision of a teacher and non-instructional tasks under the general supervision of their assigned Assistant Director. Responsibilities: • Support daily classroom design and collaborate with classroom teacher • Assist with classroom management through assertive discipline model and redirection • Support and adhere to School Policies and rules • Assist with Group Work while the teacher is presenting and Independent Work • Reinforce learning posture (students are on task, attending, tracking, on the right page, etc. • Teach reading, language, math, reasoning and writing, and/or spelling groups as assigned • Monitor students and provide assistance to those not proficient or at mastery • Check, record, and/or grade per teacher request • Assist students with correcting their work, reading activities, and questions • Note students who have not completed work • Administer checkouts or retests per teacher • Participate in the assigned morning, lunch/recess and afternoon bus duties • Attend “Back to School Night” and other mandatory after-school events • Perform additional duties stated by other members of the Leadership Team • Attend in Professional Development training provided by the school Requirements: • A high school degree • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in oral and written form. • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. • Ability to perform duties with awareness of all school requirements, state and federal laws, and MVRCS policies. • Strong collaborative, teaching, coaching, and leadership skills to support student programming and work in a team setting. • Successful completion of applicable MTEL tests within one year of employment. The position will be evaluated yearly and will be an annual appointment. Mystic Valley is an equal-opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status. Covid 19 vaccines are not required If interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact kwhite@mvrcs.org or call 781 388-0222 ex. 2006

Page 20 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 THE SOUNDS | FROM PAGE 19 shop/ and https://lynnmuseum.org/exhibits-and-collections/ Laura D. Eisener is the landscape designer at Northeast Nursery and teaches in the horticulture department at North Shore Community College. She also writes the weekly column on Saugus gardens in The Saugus Advocate. Kelly Slater is a local painter and printmaker who teaches stress-free, improvisational art workshops. Both women are longtime Saugus residents. Participants will be able to exhibit one or more of their creations at the upcoming Lynn Museum exhibit. Opening in May, the exhibit “A Closer Look at Trees: From OldGrowth To Our Urban Forest” will display the work of Kelly and participants in Kelly and Laura’s early spring workshop. Kelly and participants in her tree art workshop at the Lynn Museum/LynnArts will exhibit their work depicting both old-growth trees and the trees of our local urban forest from May through August. Works will include experimental drawings of twigs and cones, trace monotypes of trees, artist’s books and woodblock prints using nontoxic, plant-derived inks. The opening reception will include a short artists’ talk and a chance to ask questions of participating artists. For more details, or to register for the March 21 class, follow this link: https://lynnmuseum.org/events/second-saturday-march-23/ First Baptist Church presents “Can We Talk…” First Baptist Church Pastor Leroy Mahoney invites troubled people to join others in a special program called “Can We Talk … Community conversations on Trauma and Healing” the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 7 p.m. at Rev. Isaac Mitchell Jr. Fellowship Hall (105 Main St. in Saugus). “Join us as we gather in community to share our stories, thoughts and feelings about whatever you are going through,” Rev. Mahoney states in a written announcement. “As always, it is a safe space to come together in community,” he says. Scholarship available to Saugus High students Greater Lynn Senior Services ~ LEGAL NOTICE ~ Board of Selectmen Public Hearing Notice is hereby given that the Saugus Board of Selectmen will conduct a Public Hearing on the request of Centercorp Reality Properties, 600 Loring Avenue, Salem, MA for a Special Permit (S-2), under Chapter 40A, Section 9, and under Section 12.5D of the Zoning By-Laws of Saugus, MA, as follows: To allow the operation of a business with a drive-through window. This Public Hearing will be held in the Saugus Town Hall Auditorium, second floor, 298 Central Street, Saugus, MA on April 4, 2023. Anthony Cogliano, Chairman Janice K. Jarosz, Temp Clerk March 3, 17, 2023 ~ LEGAL NOTICE ~ Extension of Special Permit Saugus Board of Selectmen Public Hearing Notice is hereby given that the Saugus Board of Selectmen will conduct a Public Hearing on the application of Aggregate Industries, Inc., 1831 Broadway, Saugus, MA to extend a Special Permit (S-2) to allow the removal of earth and rock and for the operation of a quarry at Rear Broadway and Whittier Avenue, Assessor’s Plan 2030, Lot A-61 and Assessor’s Plan 2031, Lot A-122 for a period of six (6) months. This Public Hearing will be held in the Saugus Town Hall Auditorium, second floor, 298 Central Street, Saugus, MA on April 4, 2023. Anthony Cogliano, Chairman Janice K. Jarosz, Temp Clerk March 3, 17, 2023 (GLSS) is accepting applications from high school seniors through the Lique Human Services Scholarship. Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to students who have an interest in or are considering a career in human services and who have made an impact in their community or the world through community service. The Lique Human Services Scholarship will be awarded to two seniors who attend one of the eight high schools located in GLSS’ service area – including Saugus High School. The scholarship is named in memory of Vince Lique, the Agency’s long-time Executive Director, who devoted his career to helping others, particularly vulnerable senior citizens and people of all ages with disabilities, demanding that all people be treated with dignity and respect. “Vince’s legacy is firmly rooted in his compassion for people. He measured success by the quality of his service to and advocacy for others,” said Kathryn C. Burns, GLSS’ Chief Executive Officer. “I believe in Vince’s theory that one’s individual success is directly related to the benefits received by those around us. The Lique Human Services scholarship honors the man and his service by encouraging others to do the same.” Applications are available through each high school’s guidance office or can be completed online at www.glssnet/ LiqueScholarship. Completed applications are due on or before Friday, April 7. Healthy Students–Healthy Saugus (Editor’s Note: The following info is from an announcement submitted by Julie Cicolini, a member of the Board METRO TECH | FROM PAGE 13 least amount of disruption to the existing school and allows for additional athletic fields. Additionally, the proposed driveway has undergone extensive review by the Wakefield Conservation Commission and their third-party experts in cooperation with project designers and engineers. The driveway has been deemed a necessity by Wakefield representatives and will provide much needed relief on the current traffic flow issues at the bottom of Hemlock Road and the existing Wakefield High School. It has also been remarked in public meetings by Wakefield officials that the relief in which the NEMT project is seeking through the Conservation Commission is not uncomof Directors for Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus.) Who we are: Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus (HS2) is a nonprofit group of volunteers who are helping to offset food insecurity in households. HS2 provides students/ families who enroll in the program a supply of nutritious food for when school lunches and breakfasts are unavailable to them on weekends. How HS2 can help you: HS2 bags are distributed at Saugus Public schools on Fridays to take home. Bags include such items as peanut butter, canned meals/soups/tuna/vegetables, pasta, fruit cups, cereal, oatmeal, goldfish, pretzels and granola bars. All food is provided to children free of charge. It is our hope these resources will support the health, behavior and achievement of every student who participates. To sign up go here to complete online form: https://forms.gle/ gmMGguycSHBdziuE9 Want to partner with us: We would love to partner with organizations, sports teams, youth groups, PTOs, businesses and individuals to assist in feeding students of Saugus. To learn more about how you can partner with us, visit the Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus Facebook page or email us at HS2Saugus@gmail.com HS2 relies on donations to create take-home bags for a weekend full of meals. Checks can also be sent directly to: Salem Five C/O Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus, 855-5 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906. Online donations can also be made at https://givebutter. com/HealthySaugus About The Saugus Advocate We welcome press releases, mon and has been approved on other Town projects. The continued misinformation and claims by project opponents has the potential to be quite damaging to all 12 cities and towns in the NEMT district. Our shop areas no longer meet state standards. Our building does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, denying some students equal access to a technical education. Starting over means continuing to provide less than our best for students. It means starting over, and accepting a much more expensive future price tag. And it means gambling that the state will approve, or help pay for, another project. NEMT’s student population is one of the most diverse throughout the state. Any delay in this project will deprive news announcements, freelance articles and courtesy photos from the community. Our deadline is noon Wednesday. If you have a story idea or 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 Let’s hear it! Got an idea, passing thought or gripe you would like to share with The Saugus Advocate? I’m always interested in your feedback. It’s been over six and a half years since I began work at The Saugus Advocate. I’m always interested in hearing readers’ suggestions for possible stories or good candidates for “The Advocate Asks” interview of the week. Feel free to email me at mvoge@comcast.net. Do you have some interesting views on an issue that you want to express to the community? Submit your idea. If I like it, we can meet for a 15- to 20-minute interview over a hot drink at a local coffee shop. And I’ll buy the coffee or tea. Or, if you prefer to continue practicing social distancing and be interviewed from the safety of your home on the phone or via email, I will provide that option to you as the nation recovers from the Coronavirus crisis. If it’s a nice day, my preferred site for a coffee and interview would be the picnic area of the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. generations of students from 12 communities the ability to seek an alternative to unaffordable college loans and deny many of them the opportunity to become leaders in their career fields. The District and project team are supporting this plan as it is the one and only feasible project, which will undoubtedly provide education and opportunities for generations of students to come. We urge our residents to call or write to their elected and appointed leaders statewide and urge them to support the Northeast Metro Tech building project, which more than 82% of voters supported at the polls last year. A message from the Northeast Metro Tech Building Committee

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Page 22 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 OBITUARIES Violeta (Agolli) Hysenbegasi O f Saugus. Passed away peacefully at CHA Everett Hospital surrounded by her loving family on March 9, 2023 at the age of 92. She was the widow of the late Nevrus Hysenbegasi. Violeta was born on January 20, 1931 in Korca, Albania. She was the daughter of the late Hysni and Sadet Agolli. Violeta was a baker by profession and spent many years working for a local baking Evans Painting No Hassle. No Fuss. Call Amy and Russ Interior/Exterior Amy Evans Tel: 781-820-8189 ~ Help Wanted ~ VENDING MACHINE MOVER $500.00 Signing Bonus for All New Hires Driver with clean driving record for the greater Boston area to move and service vending equipment. Must have valid driver’s license. Any Electronics experience is helpful but not necessary. Our company was established in 1961. We offer competitive wages, salary commensrate with job experience. 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PO Box 490407, Everett, MA 02149 Sandy Juliano Broker/President company in Albania. In addition to being a doting wife and mother, Violeta was a loving grandmother who took care of her grandchildren. She took great pride in caring for her family and devoted her entire life to doing so. Violeta was especially proud of her grandchildren, and relished the time spent with them. She will be remembered for her warm smile, friendly personality, her impeccable cooking skills and her love for Turkish coff ee. Violeta is survived by her son Ismail Hysenbegasi and his wife Paskali of Saugus, MA, her daughter Pranvera Fega and husband Agim of Lyon, France and her five grandchildren: Erta Hysenbegasi of Lexington, Genti Hysenbegasi and his wife Laura of Topsfield, Jonida Fega, Valbona Fega and Enri Fega of Lyon, France. She was predeceased by her sisters Valentina Leka and Hatixhe Progri. She is also survived by nine great grandchildren. Relatives and friends were invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus, on Wednesday March 15, followed by interment in Riverside Cemetery in Saugus. John W. Essery O f Saugus. Formerly of Wakefi eld, died on Monday, March 13th at Melrose-Wakefi eld Hospital at the age of 80. He was the beloved husband of Laurel (Perkins) Essery with whom he shared 61 years of marriage. Born in Lynn and raised in Saugus, Mr. Essery was the son of the late William and Frances (Wheeler) Essery. After living in Wakefi eld, John had been a resident of Saugus for the past 15 years. He worked as a volunteer at the Saugus United Parish Food Pantry. John was dedicated to his family and was always helping out in anyway. He had a creative mind and self-taught skill set which showed in his ability to complete any project or renovation put in front of him. Anyone that knew John personally knew his generous spirit and compassion for others. In addition to his wife, Mr. Essery is survived by his three children, John W. Essery, II and his wife Donna of Rockport, Cheryle A. Robinson and her husband Richard of Wakefi eld and Kathy A. Lupien and her husband James of NH; eight grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He was predeceased by his brother James Essery and sister Elizabeth Smith. Relatives and friends were invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus on Thursday, March 16. A graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to the Saugus United Parish Food Pantry, 50 Essex St., Saugus, MA 01906. Roberta R. (Mercurio) McDonough O f Saugus. At 75 years young, has entered into eternal life, not without a fi ght, after a battle with cancer for the last year and a half. She was the wife of 52 years of the late James “Jimmy Mac” McDonough. 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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MArCH 17, 2023 Page 23 REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS Copyrighted material previously published in Banker & Tradesman/The Commercial Record, a weekly trade newspaper. It is reprinted with permission from the publisher, The Warren Group. For a searchable database of real estate transactions and property information visit: www.thewarrengroup.com. BUYER1 Lopez, Freddie Lucio, Patricia P BUYER2 Pulecio-Pulgarin, Mauricio Nickerson, Chase SELLER1 Littlefi eld, Keith 43 Bristow St Rt SELLER2 Klein, Robert F ADDRESS 63 Denver St 43 Bristow St CITY Saugus Saugus OBITUARIES | FROM PAGE 22 rounded by most of her family, Roberta was the daughter of the late Salvatore “Bucky” and Florence (Odoardi) Mercurio. She started her career as a hairdresser and once she had her children, her time and devotion were dedicated to them. Roberta and her husband later moved to Saugus to raise their family. She also shared a very big part in raising her nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Roberta was a discerning woman who provided comfort and solace while asking for very little in return. She had a love for cooking and always had the TV tuned on to cooking shows. She also enjoyed time spent with her sisters-in-law. Roberta is survived by her two children, Jodie McDonough and her husband Matthew DeAmelio of Saugus and James “Jay” McDonough and his companion Beth Allen of Norwood; four beloved grandchildren, Bella, Talia, Madi DATE 02.24.23 02.22.23 PRICE 675000 640000 and Cam; two brothers, Richie and Sal Mercurio; as well as many cherished nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Joey Mercurio and sister Betty Griffi n. Relatives and friends were invited to attend an hour of visitation in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus on Thursday, March 15 followed by a funeral mass in St. Margaret’s Church. In lieu of fl owers, donations in Roberta’s memory may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice House, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 019123 Lawrence mangorealtyteam.com 38 Main St. Saugus (781) 558-1091 20 Railroad Ave. Rockport (978)-999-5408 14 Norwood St, Everett (781)-558-1091 Just Listed - Saugus This nicely located, spacious townhome offers 2-3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths and attached garage. Main level features large picture windows with plenty of natural light, eat in kitchen, half bath, and exterior access. The next level features two nice sized bedrooms with large closets and a full bath. Third level features heated loft area with skylights and additional storage. Could be used as 3rd bedroom, office, or fun bonus room. In unit aundry, brand new heating and cooling system, brand new water heater. This 8 unit complex with ample parking is Located just outside of Saugus Center. Close proximity to the Northern Strand Trail and Breakheart Reservation, shopping, restaurants, highways and bus routes. Offered at $399,000 Listing agent Lea Doherty 617-594-9164 ListwithLea@yahoo.com Mango Realty is excited to introduce buyers to new luxury townhouses located in a beautiful North Shore Community just minutes away from major highways. Boasting 2100 square feet or more, each unit features six large rooms, 3.5 bathrooms, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, generous walk-in closets, 3 zone gas heat with central air, 200 amp service with recessed lighting throughout, deck and third floor balcony, one car garage and plenty of parking. Two units will have elevators. Get in early to help pick your colors and personalize your townhouse and be ready for occupancy by the end of May. Prices starting at $799,900. Schedule an appointment now by calling 781-820-5690 Rental-Saugus Clean, convenient, and private best describes this "must see" 1 bedroom apartment in an owner-occupied home. Plenty of electrical outlets in each room, modern appliances including refrigerator with ice maker, microwave, garbage disposal and dishwasher. Open concept living space can be easily decorated to suit tenant taste. Tenant will have their own washer and dryer, provided by landlord, in a common area that also provides a small space for storage. Landlord will provide two window air conditioners. Tenant will have their own paved driveway sufficient for two vehicles. The I-95 walking trail is within 1/2 mile as is the very popular Northern Strand Rail Trail. Located just minutes from the 426 bus line and abutting conservation land this is a very attractive location away from traffic and a busy street. Tenant must provide full credit and background report along with at least two references. $1900.00 Call Peter @ 781-820-5690 Townhouse Rental- Peabody 3 bedroom in Peabody $3600.00, washer & dryer hookup and plenty of parking. Call Christine 603-670-3353 Opportunity Knocks. This 4 bedroom home offers tons of potential for someone looking for an affordable home with great yard. Did I mention large rooms? Enter the home from the driveway and on deck leading to kitchen. Lots of storage including walk up attic. Enjoy by sitting on your front porch.. The fenced in yard is perfect for outdoor activities and entertainment. Easy access to major routes, restaurants, and more. Hurry will not last. $379,000 Prime downtown Rockport Rental Commercially zoned, 630 square feet. Elegant granite walls and floors. Perfect retail/office space with plenty of foot traffic on Main Street. Heat included $1200.00 1 year lease First/Last/1 month Fee for rental agent. Call Jeanine Moulden 617-312-2491 or Rosa Rescigno 781-820-0096 Everett Location! Would you like to own in Everett? This 4 family offers an inviting foyer on the first floor apartment along with 3 bedrooms. Patio out back, fenced in yard, driveway and more. Convenient location to bus line, orange line, shopping, restaurants and minutes from Encore and Boston. Everett is booming! Are you ready to buy? Hurry will not last! 1,300,000 like to ow he fir like b catio d atio o d yo you re d min ou re n you re on to n on to ow he fir back es in te eady nute nute e nute eady back fe he back f o bus es fr o bus o y to b es rom E ore an o us ne es from E ore an s line s lin o e, or om E E buy buy Rentals Available Saugus, 6 rooms, 3 bedroom $2900.00, washer & dryer hookup and plenty of parking. 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