SAUGUS The Advocate–A household word in Saugus! OCDVOCATE AD Vol. 24, No. 12 -FREEwww.advocatenews.net Saugus United 2035 Second public visioning forum produces “preliminary goals and next steps” in economic development, transportation and public facilities components of town’s Master Plan By Mark E. Vogler I t may take years to solve Saugus’s most challenging problems in the public’s quest for building a better community for the future. But about 700 town residents and community leaders have made the journey a lot easier by sharing their views on the scope of the problems and what can be done about them. And analysis of that feedback by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) has already developed some “preliminary goals and next steps” on the economic development, transportation and public facilities components of the town’s Master Plan. A two-hour forum conducted by MAPC staff via Zoom teleconferencing on Wednesday (March 24) focused on the results of a survey and the first public forum from last fall. MAPC off ered its survey findings of the public feedback and data staff examined, followed-up by “preliminary goals.” The forum broke into smaller discussion groups after each of the three presentations. How to revitalize Cliftondale Square, making Route 1 safer and less congestive and 2035 | SEE PAGE 2 CT Published Every Friday 781-233-4446 Friday, March 26, 2021 Honoring Vietnam War veterans Randy P. Briand, a Vietnam Army Airborne veteran, scanned the Vietnam War plaque at Veterans Memorial Park for his name among more than 450 fellow veterans from Saugus who served their country in Vietnam as the town observed Veterans Day in 2019. Monday (March 29) marks the fourth anniversary of National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Please see Saugus Veteran Services Offi cer Jay Pinette’s essay, “A reader’s perspective,” inside. (Saugus Advocate fi le photo by Mark E. Vogler) Replacing DeRuosi A 15-member superintendent search committee is assembled and will soon begin screening the best candidates for leading Saugus Public Schools By Mark E. Vogler A bout 30 people wanted to serve on a search committee to screen a fi eld of candidates aspiring to be the next superintendent of Saugus Public Schools. But only a dozen of them have been selected for the 15-member panel that will recommend a slate of fi nalists to the School Committee who they believe are most qualifi ed to replace Schools Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. He plans to retire eff ective June 30, at the end of the current school year, which would end his service to DERUOSI | SEE PAGE 2 ANGELO’S FULL SERVICE Regular Unleaded $2.659 Mid Unleaded $2.739 Super $2.839 Diesel Fuel $2.819 "42 Years of Excellence!" 1978-2020 KERO $4.65 DEF $3.49 9 Diesel $2.399 9 HEATING OIL 24-Hour Burner Service Call for Current Price! (125—gallon minimum) DEF Available by Pump! Open an account and order online at: www.angelosoil.com (781) 231-3500 (781) 231-3003 367 LINCOLN AVE • SAUGUS • OPEN 7 DAYS Prices subject to change Spring is around the Corner! FLEET

Page 2 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 DERUOSI | FROM PAGE 1 the town at five years. “We got a great mix and I really look forward to working with this team,” School Committee Member Joseph “Dennis” Gould told his colleagues at last week’s (Thursday, March 18) School Committee meeting. “There were some obviously qualified that didn’t make it,” said Gould, who is serving as vice-chair of the search committee, alongside School Committee Vice-Chair Ryan Fisher, who is chairing the special panel. “But, I think demographically, we hit what Saugus looks like. I also think we hit a wide range of educational experience, whether they’d be teacher, administrator or parent,” he said. The superintendent search committee’s work gets underway officially next Thursday night (April 1) when members convene via Zoom teleconferencing for an organizational meeting. They will begin reviewing applications on April 6. Superintendent candidates have until Monday (March 29) to apply for the position. The screening committee at a glance Here are the members of the 15-member committee: Ryan Fisher: He is in the second year of his first two-year term on the Saugus School Committee, where he serves as vice-chair. He is also the chair of the superintendent search committee. He says his fiveyear-old daughter’s educational future – possibly in Saugus Public Schools – motivates him to find the best possible candidate to become the next superintendent of Saugus Public Schools. He previously served as a Town Meeting member. He is the Program coordinator for the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board. Dennis Gould: He is the vice-chair of the superintendent search committee and is among the five new School Committee members elected two years ago. He has been active in local government of his home town: as a Town Meeting member for four years (20032007), as chairman of the Cemetery Commission and Secretary of the Disabilities Commission. He helped inspire the community-wide initiative “Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus” – also known as HS2 – which is aimed at eliminating hunger among the schoolchildren of Saugus. Stephannie Barboza: She is $2.39 a Saugus parent, has a Master’s in Administration of Higher Education and serves as a university academic advisor. Steve Black: He is an assistant principal at the middle school and a former fine 2035 | FROM PAGE 1 establishing the vision for future economic development throughout the town were among the issues that drew arts teacher in Saugus Public Schools – a 14-year educator. Julie Cicolini: She is a parent of a Saugus High School graduate and a current High School student. She is also president of Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus. Scott C. Crabtree: Saugus Town Manager and the parent of three children in Saugus Public Schools. He is one of four members who served on the superintendent search committee four years ago which eventually led to the hiring of School Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. He was a primary player in the campaign to gain community support and build a new Saugus Middle-High School. Michelle Dwyer: She is a district faculty member, instructional leadership team member, COVID-19 response team member, racial justice professional learning community member and a coordinator for Next Steps to Success. Sabrina Jaeger: She is a Saugus parent, educator in Medford schools and trained social justice advocate Richard Lavoie: He is a 20year educator, a Precinct 7 Saugus Town Meeting member and the president of the Saugus Educators’ Association. Charlie Naso: He is a retired educator of 35 years, including time as a teacher and educator at Everett Public Schools. He served as the Vice Principal and Principal of Belmonte Middle School. He's on the School Committee’s Policy Subcommittee and is a board member for Saugus sports. much discussion. “We’ve had people killed in the crosswalk at St. Margaret’s,” said Linda Riley, business manager at St. Margaret’s, as she expressed her concerns during William Palmerini: He is a 35-year educator who served on the last superintendent search committee five years ago. He teaches 5th grade at the Veterans Memorial Elementary School. When the Saugus High Class of 2020 valedictorian and salutatorian spoke at the School Committee meeting last year, they were both asked who their favorite teacher was in their time at Saugus Public Schools and they both said Bill Palmerini without hesitation. Tracey Ragucci: She is principal of the Veterans Memorial Elementary School and was a member of the superintendent search committee five years ago. She is also the incoming STEAM academy principal and a Saugus parent. Michael Sullivan: He is a Saugus parent, chair of the Saugus Cultural Council, chair of the Saugus Public Library Board of Trustees, a PhD in history, has university teaching experience and is a certified financial planner and Cub Scout master. Dawn Trainor: She is the Director of Pupil Personnel Services and is another member who served on the superintendent search committee five years ago. She is also a former paraprofessional, special education (SPED) teacher, team leader, assistant principal and parent of three graduates. Kelly Wolff: She is a 25-year educator, coach, administrator and parent. She is also the athletic director for Swampscott Public Schools a small discussion that focused on traffic and parking in the Cliftondale area. “If we could resolve some of these parking and traffic issues, Cliftondale Square should have a bright future,” she said. In another small discussion group, Selectman Debra Panetta complained about some of the ongoing, neglected problems of Route 1 – filth, trash scattered along the highway, thousands and thousands of apartments sprouting up – adding to the traffic congestion. “Route 1 is not safe – way too many accidents,” she said. “The car is really the kind in Saugus,” MAPC staffer Maura Holland said. About 120,000 cars per day pass down Route 1. Meanwhile, on Main Street in Saugus, the traffic load is 18,000 to 23,000 a day, she said. MAPC Planner Chris Kuschel said another forum is planned for late spring to early summer, as the discussion will focus on Casting “a wide net” for members In an interview this week, Fisher stressed that he and Gould considered it crucial to create a committee with a wide range of experience and viewpoints. “The bottom line is as we move through the screening process we would like as many points of view represented as possible and wanted to cast a wide net for applicants. We don’t want 15 people who all think alike,” Fisher said. “We tried very hard to balance the committee with representatives of as many groups as possible. We wanted representatives of the district, from central office to building leadership to district faculty on both the elementary levels and from the middle-high, administration and union, veteran educators and newer teachers, as well as retired educators and those from outside the district,” Fisher said. “We wanted advocates for SPED, athletics, fine arts, those promoting racial and social justice. We have parents from all age groups, from those who volunteer for everything and anything to those who have been hesitant to get involved in the past but who want to make a difference. I think we put together a team of people who all wear a number of hats with very diverse points of view and experience and we’re looking forward to getting to work.” The screening committee will be introduced to the community next Thursday DERUOSI | SEE PAGE 6 other elements of the Master Plan, which is at the midway point of a two-year process. The plan, once completed, can be used as a tool to guide the community through future growth and development through the year 2035. Planning Board Chair Peter A. Rossetti. Jr., who is also a Town Meeting Member in Precinct 2, has seen better days in Cliftondale – once the site of three supermarkets. “We’ve been attempting for the last 30-odd years to try to revitalize Cliftondale,” Rossetti said, noting that 15,000 people live within a two-mile radius. He noted there’s a connection between the area and downtown Boston. One contributor to the area’s economic decline is the lack of mixed-use zoning. Mixed-use zoning is grandfathered on some properties, but it is not allowed because Town Meeting voted against it, he said. (Read more about the forum in next week’s edition.)

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 Page 3 “Saugus was his passion and he never left it” Longtime East Saugus businessman Andrew Cogliano dies at age 80 – just a week after becoming a great-grandfather for the first time By Mark E. Vogler J ust a couple of weeks ago, 80-year-old Andrew Cogliano was looking forward to the birth of his first great-grandchild. Luciana Cross, the daughter of Mike and Gabriela Cross, made for another memorable milestone of his life last week (Tuesday, March 16) when she was born a healthy baby at Boston Medical Center. But as Cogliano joined his family in celebrating the arrival of Luciana, he was preparing to say some sudden, sad goodbyes to his family. He had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia two weeks ago and wasn’t given long to live. “We never know what twists and turns life brings,” Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony Cogliano said last week of his dad’s fatal illness, who at the time was himself enjoying his first days as a first-time grandfather. “I hope he gets to see his first great-grandchild in person,” he said. Andrew Cogliano – a longtime Saugus businessman – died before he could get that chance – on Wednesday morning (March 24), according to his son, Anthony. “He couldn’t [hold the baby] 1940. He was the father of five children: Anthony, Andrew, Jr., and Scott – all of Saugus, and daughter Kathy Weishaar and husband Richard of Middleton. He had another daughter, Lisa Marie, who was 10 days old when she passed away. In addition to his wife, he leaves 11 grandchildren. Family, his business and the Town of Saugus were the greatest loves of his life. “Aside from my mother, CarHIS THREE LOVES: Family, his business and Saugus mattered the most to Andrew Cogliano. He closed A Cogliano Food Market in 1982 and turned it into Cogliano Plaza on Lincoln Avenue, where he loved running the family properties until his passing this week. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) because of COVID restrictions,” Anthony said in an interview yesterday as he prepared to make funeral arrangements at Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home in Saugus. “But he did get to facetime with her. He was overwhelmed with emotion looking at her,” he said. Andrew was born on Dec. 3, ol, who he was married to for 59 years, his passion was his grocery store – A Cogliano Food Market – which he ran until we closed it in 1982,” Anthony said. “He then turned the store into Cogliano Plaza and loved running the family properties until his passing. One thing that everyone seems to recall about my dad was his smile. He loved to reminisce about the old days and his friends from the Bristow Street area,” the selectman said. “My father loved driving around Saugus and waving to everyone. He never forgot a face or a name and had a story for everyone. Every conversation somehow made it back to the grocery store and the good ole days. He never got it out of his system. If we were on vacation, somehow we’d end Helping your community S t. John’s Episcopal Church invites anyone who wants to help create a community vegetable garden in Saugus. Open Community Meeting dates: 9:30 a.m., April 6; 7:30 p.m., April 7. For Zoom invitation please email revjbeach@ gmail.com. (Editor’s Note: The following info is from an announcement issued this week by the Rev. John T. Beach of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Saugus.) As winter snow was beating a hasty retreat, and the rising vaccination rate was making the summer look much more inviting, I met with local resident and agricultural expert Laura Eisener. Inspired by her knowledge and love of the fruits of the earth, we called a small Zoom meeting of local residents to consider how we might contribute to the reconstruction of our community after COVID-19. What emerged was the vision of establishing a community vegetable garden on property owned by St. John’s Episcopal Church. We began to consider how we can work as a community to produce vegetables for those who are food insecure in the aftermath of the COVID virus. As we started to iron out the thousand details, we have outlined a project to which we invite interested persons of all ages to participate. Local residents have contributed their stimulus check to this project for the purchase of seeds, mulch, fertilizer and equipment. We have designated a plot which is well suited for growing vegetables. Several members of the Saugus Garden Club have offered their expertise. We are hosting two open meetings via Zoom for all community members who would like to find out more about this project (see dates above). The fruits (pun intended) of the garden are twofold. First, it will provide local fresh produce to those who are financially vulnerable. Second, it provides an HELPING | SEE PAGE 6 up checking out supermarkets … it was his life. My dad was a very successful business man … could’ve done anything or gone anywhere – but Saugus was his passion and he never left it.” Illness came suddenly, according to his son Scott. “He went for a checkup two weeks ago today,” Scott said yesterday (Thursday, March 25). “They told him his white blood count was very high. He was admitted to Mass General. And he was diagnosed with AML leukemia,” he said. Scott said his dad will be remembered for his smile. “He was always a happy guy and was always smiling at a lot of people in town. 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THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 Page 5 The latest Coronavirus Count State health officials notify Saugus of 106 new cases over the past week; death toll remains at 67 By Mark E. Vogler T he Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) advised the town of 106 new confirmed COVID-19 cases yesterday, raising the overall total to 3,804 since the outbreak of the virus last March. Meanwhile, the number of deaths in Saugus linked to the virus remained at 67, according to the latest statistics released yesterday by Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree’s office. A week ago, the state had reported 72 new cases – an increase of 27 over the previous week. This marks the second consecutive week of a significant spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases. “Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic,” Crabtree said in the latest press release updating the latest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths. Last week, Saugus had registered its fourth consecutive week in the “yellow” rather than the “red” category on the state’s colored-coded map, which is for the state’s highest risk communities for COVID-19. “Yellow” stands for a moderate risk. Information was not available yesterday at press deadline showing the latest COVID-19 ranking for Saugus. But officials were concerned that the recent upward trend might push Saugus back into the “red” category. The Town of Saugus notes the following COVID-19-related information as a public service to town residents: “The Town of Saugus has partnered with the Commonwealth, Fallon Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and the Square One Mall as a collaborative effort to work to downgrade the Town’s risk of spread of COVID-19 … by establishing and extending the following COVID-19 testing sites in Saugus: “Fallon EMS at the Square One Mall (Far Side Parking Lot on Essex Street), located at 1201 Broadway with entry off of Essex Street, will offer free mobile drive-up testing … for Saugus residents in their cars Monday through Saturday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. No appointment is needed. [Residents] drive-up and register using a tablet when they arrive. Saugus Police will be assisting with traffic. The testing site will be staffed by 1012 individuals to handle registrations. All samples go directly to the Broad [Institute] in Cambridge for immediate testing with a 24-36 hour turnaround time. Notification of results will be made for negative results via emails while phone DeRuosi says he is ready for kids to go ‘Back to five days a week – in school!’ By Mark E. Vogler S augus Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr. has announced a more ambitious plan for getting all students back to a fivedays-a-week in-person learning routine. State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley announced earlier this month that he expects elementary school students back in school by April 5, Middle School students returning on April 28 and High School students back in class at a date to be announced in May. But, in his “Superintendent’s Special Report” for March 18, DeRuosi said he plans to have all students back to a full week of in-person learning much sooner. “My hope is to bring our kindergarten to grade five kids back the week of April 5, and grades six to 12 back the week of April 12,” DeRuosi said. “This would give us a chance to bring all our students back before the April break (April 19-23). If we need to make adjustments, we will make them at the break,” he said. Saugus Publ ic Schools closed last March 13 in what school officials envisaged as a two-week period. But the students were forced to learn remotely from home. Students in grades kindergarten through 5 switched to the so-called Hybrid learning model – which allows two days of in-person learning a week, alternating with remote learning – in late February. Students in grades 6 through 12 transitioned into Hybrid learning on March 2. “As the state continues to relax the COVID restrictions, it is calls will be made for positive COVID-19 results. These sites do close when it rains because of risk of test contamination. The state has indicated the site will remain open until further notice. “This information will be on the Town’s website and on the state’s website: https:// www.mass.gov/info-details/ stop-the-spread?rgja#saugus“The Board of Health and the Saugus Health Department will continue to partner with the state and are working on a planned response to the COVID-19. They are analyzing the data from the past couple of weeks and developing specific strategies to combat the spread through additional enforcement and intervention measures. We need to do whatever is necessary to keep ourselves, family, neighbors, and communities safe. Continue to wear your masks, wash hands, avoid gatherings, and … follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.” time to bring students back,” DeRuosi said in his message. “Our teachers are ready. Our administration is ready. I believe the community is ready. I am encouraged by the governor’s recent adjustment to the vaccine schedules for the state. This new timeline may alleviate some concerns for people that they had DERUOSI | SEE PAGE 13

Page 6 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 DESE Offi ce of Public School Monitoring to conduct required triennial review at Northeast Metro Tech W AKEFIELD – Superintendent David DiBarri reported that during the week of April 12 the Offi ce of Public School Monitoring (PSM) of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School. PSM visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process and IEP development and impleDERUOSI | FROM PAGE 2 night (April 1), according to Fisher. Members will then receive some instruction from the School Committee’s paid consultant, the New England School Development Council (NESDC). 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We Pay Cash For Your committee to narrow the fi eld of potential candidates during the week of April 11, inviting HELPING | FROM PAGE 3 opportunity for the citizens of the town to become a community again in an outdoor activity which provides for physical distancing. Among the ways to participate in this project are: • Receive seeds, pots and soil to begin the growing of tomato plants in your home or classroom – which can later be planted in the ground mentation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint and equal access to school programs for all students. In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The PSM review chairperson will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, PSM will interview the chairperson(s) of the district's Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff eight to 10 of “the most promising ones” in for interviews, according to NESDC Search Consultant Donald J. Beaudette. April 27 is the target date for the search committee to make an announcement, recommending a list of four to fi ve fi nalists. “But they aren’t fi nalists until the School Committee says they are fi nalists,” Beaudette told the School Committee last week. “You have the ability to override if you wish. It doesn’t happen very often,” he said. But, if School Committee members prefer candidates that weren’t fi nalists, they have the powwhen the ground is warmer. These could be delivered to your home. • Assist in the preparing of soil and planting of seeds at a community work day in mid-May. • Volunteer for an hour a week to assist in the watering and the weeding of the garden. This could be done to fulfi ll community service hours required of students. • Assist in the harvesting and and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations. Parents and other individuals may call PSM Chairperson Moses Nduati at 781-338-3707 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements. Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide Northeast Metro Tech with a report with information about areas in which the school meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which it requires assistance to correct or improve practices. er to make that decision, he stressed. The full School Committee should be ready to interview the fi nalists during the period of May 6-13, with a target date of May 29 to select a new superintendent or to enter into negotiations with the fi nalist. NESDC expects up to 30 candidates Beaudette told the School Committee last week that 14 candidates had already completed applications for the superintendent’s position. In addition, 13 others had made inDERUOSI | SEE PAGE 8 distribution of vegetables in the late summer. Invite your friends and neighbors to participate in this project. We are very excited about this initiative and are looking forward to meeting some of you at one of the Zoom meetings in April. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact The Rev. John Beach at 774-961-9881. THIS WEEK ON SAUGUS TV Sunday, March 28 from 9 to 11 p.m. on Channel 8 – “Sunday Night Stooges” (The Three Stooges). Monday, March 29 all day on Channel 8 – “Movie Monday” (classic movies). Tuesday, March 30 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 9 – Finance Committee Meeting from March 24. Wednesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. on Channel 9 – Finance Committee Meeting ***live*** Thursday, April 1 at 7 p.m. on Channel 9 – Planning Board Meeting ***live*** Friday, April 2 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 9 – School Committee Meeting from March 25. Saturday, April 3 at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 9 – Board of Appeals Meeting from March 25. Saugus TV can be seen on Comcast Channels 8, 9 & 22 (Public, Governmental and Educational). For complete schedules, please visit www.saugustv. org. ***programming may change without notice***

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 Page 7 The Savings Bank wins two regional marketing awards W AKEFIELD – The Savings Bank was the recipient of two awards at the 2021 New England Financial Marketing Association (NEFMA) virtual 2021 Awards Gala. The Bank was recognized as the fi rst runner-up in the Best Educational Program category for its Bill Pay and Zelle webinar, and fi rst runner-up in the Best PR Campaign category for its “Warmth of Giving” hot soup for essential workers program. According to NEFMA, the 2021 awards refl ect the challenges of marketing in a pandemic. The Savings Bank was among the financial institutions in the six New England states that submitted entries in 12 categories: Best Educational Program; Rising Stars – an early-career individual who is showing promise as a superstar; Best Branch Refresh; Best Website; Best Fintech Integration; Best Brand Event Activation; Best Internal (Employee) Event; Best Video/Animation; Best Radio Ad; Best PR campaign; Best Rebrand; Best Overall Campaign; Pandemic Pivot – How did institutions make the most of the events of 2020. In addition to the Bank’s two fi rst runner-up entries, two entries submitted by the Bank were fi nalists for consideration: Headbands for WE ARE OPEN Health Care Workers, Employee Holiday Game Night. “Just earning a spot as a fi nalist is a reason to celebrate and acknowledge that our initiatives positively impacted our employees, customers, and communities during this challenging year,” said Bank President Robert DiBella. “We are more than excited that two of our programs were selected among the top winners. This is a testament not only to The Savings Bank’s resiliency during a challenging year, but also to the bank’s continuing focus on the positives and being mindful of the good we can do for others.” DESE Offi ce of Language Acquisition to conduct required review at Northeast Metro Tech W AKEFIELD – Superintendent David DiBarri reported that during the week of April 12 the Offi ce of Language Acquisition (OLA) of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School (Northeast Metro Tech) OLA reviews each district’s and charter school’s English Learner Education (ELE) program every six years to monitor compliance with federal and state ELE laws and regulations. Areas of review will include English learners’ student assessments, identifi cation of English learners, what programs English learners are placed in, parent and community involvement, curriculum and instruction, student support services, licensure requirements for faculty, staff and administration, program plans, and evaluation and recordkeeping. In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The OLA review chairperson will send a survey to the parents of students whose records the review team examines. The survey focuses on key areas of their child’s ELE program. Survey results will contribute to the monitoring report. Parents and other individuals may call OLA Review Chairperson Sibel Hughes at 781338-3569 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, DESE will make the necessary arrangements. Within approximately 60 business days of the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide Northeast Metro Tech with a report with information about areas in which the district meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which it requires assistance to correct or improve practices. MARCH SPECIALS Visit us at www.villagebareverett.com ONLINE ORDERING For Advertising with Results, call The Advocate Newspapers at 781-233-4446 or Info@advocatenews.net Banking with a hometown touch. Open a free checking account with no monthly fees, and get access to Mobile Banking, Bill Pay and other features. Because no matter where you go, we’re right by you. Call or visit us to sign up. 419 BROADWAY, EVERETT MA 02149 61 7-38 7 - 1 1 10 7 7 1 SALEM ST, LYNNFIELD, MA 01940 781-7 76- 4444 WWW.EVERET TBANK . COM Right by you. Member FDIC Member DIF

Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 DERUOSI | FROM PAGE 6 quiries about the position and four others had “reached out,” indicating they would be fi ling applications. So far the Saugus superintendent’s job has drawn interest from “a nice mixture of experienced superintendents as well as some up and coming district leaders and building administrators,” he said. The field of candidates should increase to 20 to 30 by the time of next Monday’s (March 29) fi ling deadline, according to Beaudette. “I’m really impressed with what I see,” Beaudette said. “I’m excited about the position. I’m also excited about some of the candidates. … We’ll pick up half a dozen to a dozen [candidates] before applications close,” he said. Beaudette called the job “a wonderful opportunity for the right person, also noting that it presents “some exciting challenges with growth potential.” With the opening of the new Saugus Middle-High School Law Offices of Terrence W. Kennedy 512 Broadway, Everett • Criminal Defense • Personal Injury • Medical Malpractice Tel: (617) 387-9809 Cell: (617) 308-8178 twkennedylaw@gmail.com and the district’s reconfi guration of the grade alignment within a consolidation of buildings, the school district has “laid a solid foundation.” Beaudette urged the School Committee to begin preparing a compensation package and terms of the contract – especially the length of the contract. With the possibility of major turnover on the fi ve-member School Committee every two years – as was the case of fi ve new members getting elected two years ago, local school governance is going to be an issue, according to Beaudette. “That’s going to cause some people to think twice,” he said. What makes a successful candidate? During his visit with the School Committee, Beaudette briefed members on the eight-page “Communitywide Needs Assessment and Successful Candidate Profile Report,” which was compiled based on considerable input from the community. NESDEC search consultants conducted a Communitywide Needs Assessment through a series of virtual focus groups during the week of March 1, at the direction of the Saugus School Committee. Through interviews and an online survey, about 150 Saugus community members, parents, teachers and staff , town offi cials and members of the Saugus Public Schools leadership team participated in this outreach process. Based on public participation in the outreach eff ort, the collective results determined that the successful candidate to be the next Saugus Public Schools Superintendent will be someone who: • Listens thoughtfully and respectfully, communicates effectively and honestly and establishes and utilizes a variety of approaches and media to keep all stakeholders informed and involved in the schools • Enthusiastically promotes and advocates for the schools, students and staff , while openly acknowledging shortcomings and taking appropriate action to address them • Is thoughtful but decisive; endeavors to consult with those affected by decisions and informs them directly before implementation • Understands and is comfortable with political dynamics, but is capable of making tough and unpopular decisions for the benefi t of all students and the schools • Fosters a sense of community and collaboration through trusting relationships, open communications and continuous outreach to all segments of the diverse school community • Has a vision for and successful experience with eff ective approaches to school improvement and increasing student achievement grounded DERUOSI | SEE PAGE 9 The Saugus Public library will host a recorded visit by New York Times bestselling children’s author Eric Litwin (Editor’s Note: The following story is based on a press release issued this week by The Saugus Public Library.) T he Saugus Public Library has something special planned next week for children who want to have fun while they read. “The Saugus Library is thrilled to bring a presentation by New York Times best-selling author of the original ‘Pete the Cat’ books to our patrons and students,” said the Head of the Children’s Department, Amy Melton. “Eric Litwin makes reading joyful by adding humor, music and movement to his stories. I highly recommend tuning in – the kids will have a blast and parents [and] adults will watch a master class on how to make reading fun for kids. We are so grateful to the Saugus Cultural Council for making this program possible,” Melton said. Litwin is also the author of “The Nuts,” “Groovy Joe” and “The Poop Song.” Litwin’s books have sold over 12.5 million copies, been translated into 17 languages and won 26 literacy awards. Explore his website and books and enjoy free downloads of his work at https://www.ericlitwin.com/. Stream at your convenience! This presentation will be available for viewing anytime between Monday, March 29 and Monday, April 5. Stay tuned for the link: Check back for the link on Monday, March 29! Funding for this program was made possible by a grant from the Saugus Cultural Council. More about Litwin Eric Litwin is a song singing, guitar strumming, # 1 New York Times best-selling, award winning author who brings early literacy and music together. Eric is also the co-author of “The Power of Joyful Reading: Help Your Young Readers Soar to Success,” a popular professional development book for teachers. His books have sold over 13 million copies, been translated into 17 languages and won 26 literacy awards, including a The000 odor Geisel Seuss Honor Award. Litwin is a multi-talented, award winning musician. He plays guitar and harmonica and sings. He has eight award winning music CDs. His music curriculum company, The Learning Groove, won a 2013 Totally Awesome Award for its music. His musical performances of his books have won several awards, including 2017 AudioFile Magazine – Earphones Award for his narration of “Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs.” Litwin writes dances to accompany his books. What a fun way to make literacy even more exciting! Please go to Free Downloads on his website and download the songs. More about the Library Read! Borrow books using the library’s Front Door Pick Up service (search the catalog for Eric Litwin) or download ebooks, audiobooks and even videos using Hoopla, Overdrive and Libby. Overdrive: Remember, if the NOBLE e-collections suggest placing a hold, scroll to the bottom of the screen and you’ll fi nd seven diff erent partner library systems to seamlessly borrow from, including the Boston Public Library.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 Page 9 THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS By Mark E. Vogler H ere are a few tidbits that you might want to know about this week in Saugus. Volunteer for something else! It’s hard to believe that people who felt snubbed by not getting named to the Saugus Public Schools superintendent search committee took the time to write some nasty emails. Thirty people volunteered to serve on the committee that will screen potential candidates to replace School Superintendent David DeRuosi, Jr., who will be retiring on June 30 – the end of the 2021 Fiscal Year and school year – after presiding over the town’s school system for five years. But only a dozen people got selected to fill out the 15-member committee. Most people were gracious. “There’s always a couple that get very upset and unprofessional,” School Committee Chair Tom Whittredge said at last Thursday night’s School Committee meeting. “We’re not going to keep explaining to 50-yearold guys why you can’t make the committee. Sorry to be so blunt,” Whittredge said. “If it hurts your feelings, I apologize.” But it was clear that Whittredge was annoyed by the negative emails that he said would be going into the trash can. “This is where it ends,” he stressed. With all of the challenges facing the School Committee, being chided by citizens who felt jilted for not being among the chosen dozen wasn’t a complaint that the School Committee would be taking very seriously. To those folks who feel left out, call up Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree’s office and request to fill a vacancy on one of the numerous Town Committees. If you want to do something noble, request to be on the town’s Commission on Disability. They lack enough members to meet – only three members when they need at least five. Or, do something challenging. There will be town elections this fall for Town Meeting, the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee, among others. The News that’s never welcome I can probably count on one hand the number of times during my journalism career that I was working on a sad story involving the loss of somebody’s loved one – only to get distracted by the loss of somebody that affects me personally. One time is bad enough. But it happened again yesterday when I was finishing up a story about the passing of Saugus Board of Selectmen Chair Anthony Cogliano’s dad, Andrew. DERUOSI | FROM PAGE 8 in best practices, data and research and the expertise and cooperation of staff • Understands that postCOVID schools will require sensitivity to and support for the social, emotional and mental health of students, staff and parents, as well as the need to address and compensate for lost learning time and incorporate new instructional practices • Is a transformational yet stabilizing leader who is committed to building morale, earning trust and establishing a visible presence in the community and schools for an extended period of time • Is quick to study and is prepared to hit the ground running; is eager to make a positive difference in the lives of WHAT’S COOKING? Liz Barbour of The Creative Feast, frequent visitor to the Saugus Public Library, will be leading a webinar titled “Cook Along w/Liz: Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day” on April 8, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Mass Cultural Council. Go to the Saugus Public Library website for the registration link at www.sauguspubliclibrary.org. (Courtesy photos to The Saugus Advocate) I got a call from my cousin Beverly, who had been trying to reach me for a couple of days about the passing of her mom – my Aunt Betty Almeida of Somerset, who had died Sunday at age 85. Aunt Betty was a crusty, tough-talking lady who wouldn’t be afraid to tell you where to go if you crossed her. But she was a person who was full of love and had a huge soft spot in her heart for the underdog and downtrodden people of the world. “Betsy was a longtime member of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Fall River and dedicated countless hours volunteering at the church thrift shop, outreach programs and soup kitchen,” read her obituary. “Betsy also with the assistance of long time friend Florence Lawrence sewed and delivered stuffed compassion bears to cancer patients in the surrounding communities. Over the years, her faith and her family came above all else, and Betsy cherished the time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren ...She will be fondly remembered as a kind, giving and strong woman with a quick wit, who would do anything for those in need, especially children.” students and the community and can skillfully transform conflict into collaboration • Demonstrates the knowledge of and commitment to providing 21st century learning opportunities for students of all backgrounds, abilities and learning styles • Effectively recruits, develops, supervises and retains high-quality and diverse teachers and specialists, support staff and leadership team members • Is thoroughly familiar with the budget development and implementation process and can persuasively advocate for the financial resources needed to address the district’s shortterm and long-term school improvement goals Through an analysis of feedback provided by the seven focus groups and the online survey, four major themes emerged. They are as follows: • Raising Student Achievement Is Job #1 and the Key Strategy for Retaining and Attracting Students Back to the District. • Effective, Open and Varied Communication and Community Building Strategies Are Prerequisites to Fostering Trust and Support for the Schools. • Politically Skilled but Non-Political Leadership Are Required and the Needs of ALL Students Must Drive All Decisions. • The New Superintendent Will Be “Stepping onto a Moving Treadmill” and Will Need to Immediately Address Two Major Developments: The Return to School in the Aftermath of COVID and the Transition to a New Three-School-Facility Model Sounds like quite a few kind and compassionate people I’ve met in Saugus over the five-plus years I have been editor of The Saugus Advocate. After fielding the call from my cousin Beverly, I got an email from the wife of another cousin down in Southeastern Massachusetts. I was looking forward to relaxing today and having a fun weekend. Instead, I will be down in Somerset expressing condolences to relatives. But the silver lining will be celebrating a life that was well lived. And that’s the best way to deal with the death of a loved one or close friend. My Aunt Betty seemed like both. Multiple “Shout-Outs” for Saugus residents Precinct 6 Town Meeting Member Jeanie Bartolo offered a double “Shout-Out” for this week’s issue: “The first one is for Done Right Landscaping for once again cleaning and sprucing up the rotary at Cliftondale Square. They do this every year for us at no cost to the town,” Jeanie wrote us in an email this week. “All of us who live in Cliftondale are grateful to them because it makes the Square look so much nicer. Which leads me to my second “Shout Out” to Town Meeting Member from Precinct 3, Rick Smith, who went before the Board of Selectmen at their last meeting to request getting Route 1 cleaned of all the trash and debris that makes the whole corridor look awful. Thanks Rick!” Avid Saugus Advocate reader Sue Fleming wanted to heap praise on the Saugus Public Library THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | SEE PAGE 12

Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 Volleyball Sachems win Senior Night game By Tara Vocino he Saugus Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Sachems defeated the Salem Witches 3-1 during their Senior Night at home on Monday night. T Sachems Head Coach Gina Vozzella with seniors Paige Prezioso, Madison Niles, Serena Cacciola, Carissa Sargent and Haley McLaughlin (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino) Carissa Sargent plans to attend Framingham State University. Pictured from left to right are proud mother Sharon, Co-Captain Serena Cacciola holding flowers and father, Paul Cacciola. Co-Captain Paige Prezioso (Libero) plans to attend Stonehill College or URI to become a special education therapist. Pictured from left to right are proud sister Arianna, a SHS ’17 alum, mother Dawn, athlete Carissa wearing a senior sash and father, Kevin Sargent. Madison Niles serves. Co-Captain Serena Cacciola plans to attend UMass Amherst, in the honors program, to become a physician’s assistant. Pictured from left to right are proud father Charles, brother Kyle, athlete Haley holding flowers, and mother, Maureen McLaughlin.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 Page 11 FROM PAGE 10 Pictured from left to right are proud mother Julie, sister, Grace, 7 (at bottom), athlete Madison Niles wearing a sash and grandmother, Linda Niles. Haley McLaughlin plans to attend Coastal Carolina University, Plymouth State, the University of Rhode Island or Simmons University to become a preschool teacher. Pictured from left to right are proud father Fred, Co-Captain Paige Prezioso holding flowers, mother, Melissa, and sister, Kylie Prezioso. Madison Niles plans to attend Curry College or Plymouth State to become an Athletic Director. Co-Captain Serena Cacciola serves. (Courtesy photos, Maureen McLaughlin)

Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 THE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | FROM PAGE 9 and a local artist for teaming up to provide a meaningful outlet for town residents who are looking for fun things to do in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic: “I would like to give a Shout Out to Kelly Slater and the Saugus Library for offering the Express Yourself art workshops. My husband Jack has been participating and really enjoying them. It’s great to have some different opportunities offered during the continuing pandemic when we are still limited to what we can do.” Saugus resident Marie Mojica wished to express her appreciation for two of the most prominent elected town officials: “I am writing to give a shout-out to our 2 charismatic board chairmen, Tom Whittredge and Anthony Cogliano. “Although they are on opposite ends of the spectrum as far as political experience goes, they are extremely similar in their leadership role. “Mr. Whittredge has stepped into a role that has been easily the most scrutinized position in recent political history. Education in this town has long been considered bottom of the barrel. Throw an unprecedented pandemic into the mix, irate parents and teachers, a retiring superintendent and a move from 7 schools to 3, that’s the perfect recipe for failure for any elected official. The political rookie has not folded. In fact he has answered the bell for every crisis and seems to become a stronger leader each week, all while remaining a personable guy. “Mr. Cogliano is a savvy political veteran. He is a natural leader whose political experience gives everyone around him confidence that goals will be accomplished. He has developed relationships over the years that are invaluable resources. He has made a large impact in his return to the board. He too is a popular and polarizing figure. “Their only difference seems to be experience. Both gentlemen are family oriented and always put the children in town first. Both are engaging but not afraid to bark back. Most importantly, both are 2 of the most personable gentlemen I’ve ever met. “For the future sake of Saugus, I hope these two dynamic personalities continue to show us what can be accomplished when leaders stay humble and focus on what’s important. “Let’s pray both are on the November ballot!” 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 photo. A sunrise service for Easter On Easter Sunday, April 4, at 6:30 a.m., the Saugus Faith Community will hold its annual Sunrise Easter Service at Vitale Park. “We hope that you can join us for a time of celebration through music and prayer, kicking off the most important holiday of the Christian tradition! More information to follow.” Saugus Public Library Foundation seeks new board members (Editor’s Note: The following info is from a press release issued this week by the Saugus Public Library Foundation.) Do you love libraries? Do you want to help support public library services in Saugus? The Saugus Public Library Foundation (SPLF) is seeking people who can bring new ideas and energy to our Board of Directors. The SPLF is a 501(c)(3) charity which supports the Saugus Public Library. The Foundation Board returns 100 percent of the profits of all fundraising efforts to the Library by supporting events and funding purchases that are not typically covered by the Library’s Town-funded budget. In the past several years, the Foundation has purchased electronic signage, a flat screen TV for the Community Room, new computers and new furniture and paid for a redesign of the Library’s website, and it sponsors the genealogy research tools used by Library patrons. Please consider joining the SPLF and helping to guide us in these efforts to enhance the Saugus Library experience. If you are interested, please contact us at saugusplf@gmail.com. For more information, visit our website: http://www.sauguspubliclibrary.org/get-involved/saugusplf/ The Saugus Public Library Foundation was established in 2004 through significant gifts from the estates of Douglas Lockwood, Josephine Kibbey and Marie Weeks, as well as funds turned over by the now-disbanded environmental nonprofit Noblast, Inc. and smaller individual trust funds and bequests. The Foundation provides the means for the library to make long-range plans and commitments using the interest earned on the principal balance of the Foundation, and promotes and carries out charitable and fundraising activities. SAVE Scholarship Time The local citizen group Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) is, once again, offering a $500 environmental scholarship to any Saugus resident graduating with the class of 2021 (from any high school) and pursuing a degree in any field which will positively impact the environment. This is a scholarship aimed at students who will be 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 2021 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 brief summary of any of your activities relating to the environment and describes how you feel your career choice will positively impact the environment. Please mail your application (postmarked by April 23, 2021) to: SAVE, P.O. Box 908, Saugus, MA 01906 or email your application (no later than midnight on April 23, 2021) to: SAVE President Ann Devlin at adevlin@aisle10.net. Again, the deadline for applications is April 23, 2021. “Express Yourself! Fun and easy art experiments” Kelly Slater has teamed up with the Saugus Public Library this winter and spring to present several free online workshops, “Express Yourself! Fun and Easy Art Experiments.” Ranging in subject from kitchen table printmaking to artist’s accordion books, the workshops share a common emphasis on fun and experimentation. No previous art experience is required, and all art supplies will be provided free at the Saugus Public Library in “Take and Make” bags. The program began last month and there are two workshops left: The third session, which is scheduled for Thursday, April 15, will focus on drawing experiments and will invite participants to overcome any and all fears of drawing by letting go of control. The series will conclude on Thursday, April 29 with a foray into making accordion-style artists books. Both sessions will last 90 minutes – running from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Workshops are open to ages teens through adults. Students may sign up for one or both sessions. Advance registration is required through the Saugus Public Library. At the end of the sessions, interested students can submit class work for a virtual art exhibit hosted through the Saugus Public Library website. To reserve your space at the free workshop, send an email to sau@noblenet.org with “SPL workshops” in the subject line. If you have questions about the content of the workshops, please contact Slater at kellyslaterart@hotmail.com with “SPL workshops” in the subject line. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Saugus Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Zoom support is provided by the Saugus Public Library, and select art supplies are provided by your local Artist & Craftsman Supply, which is located at 751 Broadway (Rte. 1 South) in Saugus. Cook along with Liz at the library This just in from Mary O’Connell, the Head of Reference at the Saugus Public Library: “Join us for Cook Along w/Liz: Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day on April 8, 2021 at 6:30 PM. “This no-knead, 5-minute artisan bread is truly the easiest bread you will ever bake-even if you have never baked bread before! This class will focus on the ‘Master Recipe’ from the best selling cookbook ‘Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day’. You are welcome to prepare your first batch of dough along with Liz in class. “Liz Barbour of The Creative Feast has been to the library many times for cooking demonstrations, and we are looking forward to welcoming her back again, virtually. “Go to the Saugus Public Library website for the registration link at www.sauguspubliclibrary.org. “After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. “This free program is supported in part by a grant from the Saugus Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.” And the winner is …. Nobody Believe it or not, not one reader took the time to email, telephone or text me with an answer to last Friday’s “Guess Who Got Sketched” contest. Nobody! And to make matters worse, we don’t have a sketch for this week’s paper because somebody had second thoughts about the new sketch they had initially approved. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, here’s the answer to last week’s contest, offered by the person who goes by the name of “The Sketch Artist”: “Last week’s answer to our sketch is the very Generous couple Ben and Lourdes Lagman! Together Ben and Lourdes with her Bachelor’s degree in music started a Sing A Long Group at Saugus Senior Center. They have been volunteering for 13 plus years singing and putting together Music performances. “Ben often encourages and teaches the singers as a conductor teaching various tempos to melodies. “Lourdes plays the piano beautifully and she breezes through the keys like a butterfly as she effortlessly plays song after song. “They spend a lot of their time & finances and love on their Sing A Long. “Every week they bring cookies for the group, and will purchase a cake if it’s a singer’s Birthday. “The couple donated the original Baby Grand piano to the Senior Center. They made song books with over # 200 songs per book! “This beautiful couple from the Philippines started a lunch program in the Philippines where they actively feed 15 children a week for 10 months out of the year. These two started and funded 6 Libraries in the Philippines. “(Five in Elementary Schools and one in the hospital.) “You two are a gift! Thank you for your time “Yours Truly, “The Sketch Artist” Virtual program celebrates history of Black women in Essex County This press release comes from the people at Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works. “In celebration of Salem Women’s History Day, join us for a virtual program, “Unsung Heroes: Black Women in Essex County,” at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 28, 2021. Presented in partnership with Essex Heritage this program is free, but registration is required. “Dr. Kabria Baumgartner of University of New Hampshire and Dr. Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello of Salem State University have spent the past two years visitTHE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | SEE PAGE 13

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 Page 13 DERUOSI | FROM PAGE 5 about returning to school in our buildings,” he said. “It has been a long, difficult year, but I am confident that we are reaching the end.” DeRuosi warned that the transition to five days a week of in-person learning “is going to be a work in progress.” Parents who wish to have their children remain in remote learning for next month will still have an opportunity to transfer into in-person learning in May. The fiTHE SOUNDS OF SAUGUS | FROM PAGE 12 ing historic repositories throughout Essex County to collect, compile and catalog the rich history of African Americans in this area. There are a wide range of stories and accounts of Black women in these collections and repositories. However, there is no singular Black woman’s story; there is richness and diversity in the lives they lived. “Black women built lives, careers, and families; fought for change; survived and resisted oppression in a myriad of ways; and spoke out boldly for themselves and others. “In this virtual presentation, learn about the impetus behind the project, what they have learned, and how local residents, organizations and institutions can honor the stories of Black women in Essex County. “The link to register for ‘Unsung Heroes: Black Women in Essex County’ can be found on Salem Maritime’s website at https://www.nps.gov/sama/planyourvisit/calendar.htm and on Facebook at https:// www.facebook.com/events/1102549433554038 . An online version of this News Release can be found at https://www.nps.gov/sama/learn/news/virtual-program-celebrates-history-of-black-women-in-essex-county.htm.” We did inquire as to whether any Saugus women are among the “unsung heroes.” A spokesperson for Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works told us that they don’t believe anybody researched the archives in Saugus for African American lives and experiences, but noted, “It is definitely something that needs to be done!” We agree. Stay tuned. Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus (HS2) continues In 2021 the Grab-N-Go meals program returned for another year at the Saugus Public Schools to keep needy students from going hungry. Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus (HS2), in partnership with Whitsons Food Service, continues with its noble program. Breakfasts and lunches will be available for pick up at Veterans Memorial School at 39 Hurd Ave. every Tuesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. HS2 is a nonprofit group that helps to offset food insecurity in households. HS2 provides a supply of nutritious food for weekends or school holidays during the school year. For more information or assistance, please email hs2information@gmail.com or visit the Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus Facebook page. Food Pantry still open The Saugus United Parish Food Pantry will continue to remain open on Fridays between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. despite concerns over the Coronavirus. They have made adjustments to protect their core of volunteers and the needy people who receive the food. For the protection of volunteers & clients, and to limit personal contact and crowding/ gathering, the food pantry has been distributing prebagged groceries. Even though clients may receive items they don’t want or need, food pantry organizers feel this is the best course of action to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. Those in need, even for short-term or one-time assistance, are encouraged to come. nal dates are May 3 for elementary school students and May 10 for the Middle-High School students. The building principals have to be notified ahead of time to allow that transition. Once parents make a decision in May for their children to remain in remote learning, they will remain in that learning arrangement for the remainder of the year, according to DeRuosi. The superintendent has been meeting on Mondays with his administration in recent weeks to plan and prepare for the The food pantry is in the basement of Cliftondale Congregational Church at 50 Essex St. in Saugus. Food help for veterans Saugus offers a Veterans Food Pantry on the third Wednesday of each month. “We have been holding it in Melrose since the Saugus Senior Center has been closed,” Saugus Veteran Services Officer Jay Pinette says. “The pantry provides a mix of fresh produce and non-perishable foods. The pantry is open to Veterans and/or surviving spouses. Registration is required and may be done by contacting the Veterans Services Office.” “The food market is generally held at the Saugus Senior Center, but given the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently offering a contact-free, drive-thru food pantry at Memorial Hall on Main Street in Melrose. If you are unable to pick-up, some limited deliveries may be available. This offering is year round. Please call the Saugus Veterans’ Service Office at 781-231-4010 or e-mail VeteransServices@ saugus-ma.gov in order to register. Proof of Veteran status is required.” Helping the Vet During these challenging times, your local Veterans’ Service Officers (VSOs) would like to share some information on a benefit program that is available to those who qualify. If you are a Veteran or the surviving spouse of a Veteran, the “Chapter 115 Benefits Program” is a Massachusetts state initiative that provides financial aid for Veterans and/or their surviving spouses who reside in Massachusetts and meet certain income and asset guidelines. Benefits may include monthly ordinary benefits and/or payment/reimbursement for medical expenses. Whether you are laid off, in transition or living on a fixed income, the program is designed to provide short-term or longterm assistance as needed to provide relief. The program is overseen by the Massachusetts Department Veterans’ Services (DVS), which runs the program in partnership with local VSOs. Every town or district in Massachusetts has a VSO. VSOs assist Veterans and their dependents in learning about, applying for and receiving Chapter 115 benefits. VSOs can also help you in applying for other benefits and connecting with local resources. Your local VSO handles applications, obtains program approval from DVS and provides local benefits. The program is funded by a combination of state and local funds. DVS pays for 75% of the approved benefits and your city or town pays for 25%. There are income and asset limits for the program. As a general rule, income and asset requirements are: Family of 1 – monthly income less than $2,081and an asset limit of $5,000. Family of 2 – monthly income less than $2,818 and an asset limit of $9,800. To determine if you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Chapter 115 program, visit the following link and follow the instructions – https:// massvetben.org/ – or call your local VSO for more information. The VSOs are also able to help Veterans apply for Federal VA benefits and local benefits and provide food assistance monthly. For example, did you know that if you own a home and have a VA service-connected disability, you are eligible for a partial or full switch to in-person learning every day. School staff have been creating three-foot separations between students’ desks in classrooms – half of what had been required previously. All other COVID-19 protocols will remain in place, according to DeRuosi. exemption of your property taxes? “Please contact your local Veterans’ Service Officer for more information on any of the services mentioned. We are all here to assist. We are regularly checking voicemails and emails as we continue to work remotely and in our offices throughout COVID-19.” Melrose: Karen Burke, 781-979-4186, kburke@cityofmelrose.org Wakefield: David Mangan, 781-246-6377, dmangan@wakefield.ma.us Saugus: Jay Pinette, 781-231-4010, jpinette@saugus-ma.gov Buy a brick to honor your vets “Veterans Buy-a-Brick Program. Due to the low number of orders and the uncertainty of how a Veterans Day ceremony will be allowed, the program will be extended until May. The installation of bricks will be during the Memorial Day ceremony. We will be contacting the people who have already purchased a brick. Any questions, please call 781-231-7995.” Side Door Pickup at the Saugus Public Library To help keep the building and staff warmer during the winter, the Saugus Public Library moved its Front Door Pickup service from Central Street to Taylor Street in mid-December. Patrons are required to place items on hold via the library’s online catalog and then, once notified that their item(s) are ready, schedule a pickup date. Pickup times remain the same: Tuesday: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thursday: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. “In addition to the slight change in location, the library has made it easier for its patrons to retrieve their items. Instead of waiting for a librarian to place your item on the table, we’ll place all scheduled holds on a table in the Taylor Street hallway. All you’ll have to do is walk in (one at a time, please, and don’t forget to wear a mask!) and retrieve the bag with your name on it. The library also provides remote printing pickup and take & make crafts from the Taylor Street hallway.” “And should you need assistance, a librarian will be standing by to help. “Fast, simple, and easy!” For more information on this and other services, visit http://www.sauguspubliclibrary.org. Let’s hear it! 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Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 Undermanned Sachems fall to Vikings H By Greg Phipps aving to compete with just half its roster, the Saugus High School football team was faced with a nearly impossible, shorthanded situation and lost its second game of the season at Winthrop last Friday evening. The Sachems dressed just 17 players against the Vikings, and that proved to be too much to overcome. More than half the Saugus team was forced to quarantine due to the pandemic, and the effects of the depleted manpower showed. The Sachems were blanked 28-0 by the hosts. “We came here with 17 guys and we knew it was going to be a tall task against a strong team, but our guys wanted to play,” head coach Steve Cummings told the press after the contest. “We had to avoid all mistakes if we wanted to keep this one close, and we weren’t able to do that.” Coming off a season-opening loss at Gloucester in which they committed five costly turnovers, the Sachems were beset by mistakes once again. In particular, a fumble deep in Saugus territory in the third quarter led to a third Winthrop touchdown and what turned out to be an insurmountable 21-0 deficit for the visitors. The Sachems did have some bright moments. The offense, led by backup quarterback Donovan Clark, produced an impressive 13-play, nine-minute drive that unfortunately didn’t produce any points. Running back Sal Franco also had another strong game, rushing for 66 yards. He ran for over 60 in the loss at Gloucester. Cummings praised his team for its willingness to play despite being so undermanned. “I couldn’t be prouder of my guys for the effort they [gave] out there,” he said. “They could have said [earlier in the week] that they didn’t want to play shorthanded, but they stepped up and worked hard until the final whistle.” In a contest that was originally scheduled as a home game, the Sachems, now 0-2, will have to take to the road for a third consecutive week this Saturday afternoon when they travel to face an always-formidable Marblehead team (scheduled 2 p.m. kickoff). But with their full roster back intact this week, Cummings is optimistic looking ahead. “We were having trouble even practicing [last week] because of our numbers,” he observed. “So we’re going to get back at it, move forward and prepare for what’s going to be another tough game.” Two Old Dominion Women Basketballers By The Old Sachem, Bill Stewart Y ou probably never heard of the Olympians in this week’s column. The first is Anne Donovan, born on November 1, 1961, in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and died in Wilmington, Delaware, on June 13, 2018. Donovan was 6 foot 8 inches tall and a dominating force in basketball. She attended Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey, and, at 6 foot 6 inches in high school, led Paramus Catholic to consecutive undefeated seasons, with two state championships. As a senior she averaged 25 points and 17 rebounds per game. Donovan was the most recruited female player in the United States by colleges – she had offers from 250 colleges – and even Penn State sent Joe Paterno, the men’s basketball coach, to try to bring her to Pennsylvania; she chose Old Dominion University (ODU) to follow Nancy Lieberman at ODU. More on her later. In 1980 Donovan led the Lady Monarchs, as a freshman, to the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women basketball championship. Donovan was the first female Naismith College Player of the Year in 1983. She won the 1983 Honda Sports Award and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year in 1983. Donovan set the ODU career marks for points scored (2,719), rebounds (1,976) and blocked shots (801). She holds seasonal records for ODU of most games played (38), most minutes played (1,159), most field goals (377) and field goal percentage of .640. She averaged a double-double for her entire college career with 20 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. Her career blocked shot numbers, 801, is still the best in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) history. The Lady Monarchs won the 1980 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women national title with a record of 37-1; Donovan completed 10 blocks and 17 rebounds in their victory over Tennessee. In the 1981 tourney, ODU finished third; they had a 28-7 record for the year. In 1982 the NCAA started the Women’s Tournament and Old Dominion lost to Kansas State in the East Regional Semifinals. Her senior year, 1983, ODU advanced to the Final Four, but lost to rival Louisiana Tech in the National Semifinals. With few professional opportunities for women basketball players in the United States, Donovan went overseas to play in Japan for the Chanson V-Magic in Shizuoka, Japan, and then Modena, Italy, from 1984 to 1989. She was selected to the U.S. team for the inaugural William Jones Cup competition in Taipei, Taiwan. She was picked for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, but the team did not play because of the American-led boycott of the Summer Olympics. Donovan was a three-time Olympian earning gold medals in 1984 and 1988. Donovan played for two USA Women’s Pan American Teams that won Gold Medals in 1983 and 1987. Donovan was named to the U.S. team to compete in Moscow in the 1986 Goodwill Games. The United States defeated teams from Yugoslavia, Brazil, Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria and then faced the Soviet Union in the Championship. The Soviets behind Ivilana Semenova, a 7-foot, 2-inch center, had a record of 152-2 in major international competition. The United States won, 83-60, to claim the championship, earning another Gold Medal. On to the World Championships where the USA team again defeated the Soviets, 108-88, for another Gold Medal. Donovan was a double-digit scorer with 16 points. Donovan won a national championship with ODU, going to three Final Fours, and two Olympic Gold Medals and was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995. She was inducted into the first class of the Women’s Hall of Fame in 1999 and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Hall of Fame in 2015. Donovan decided on a college coaching career as an assistant at ODU from 1989 to 1995, then as the head coach at East Carolina University from 1995 to 1998. She joined the professional ranks as the coach of the American Basketball League’s Philadelphia Rage in 1997-1998. When that league folded, she moved to the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) as an assistant coach for the Indiana Fever in 1999 and became the interim head coach when coach Nell Fortner led the U.S. Olympic team in 2000. Her next assignment was the Charlotte Sting in 2001, then the Seattle Storm, who had two number one draft picks in 2001 and 2002, and the team selected the Australian, Lauren Jackson and then-University of Connecticut star, Sue Bird. She resigned from the Storm in 2007 and was appointed the assistant coach of the New York Liberty in 2009 and became the head coach when Pat Coyle resigned. She completed the season with Liberty, but was signed to coach Seton Hall University in March of 2010. Donovan ended as coach at Seton Hall in January 2013, and accepted a position with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, spending three seasons. Nancy Lieberman was born July 1, 1958, in Brooklyn, New York, and as a professional basketball player was known as “Lady Magic.” She described herself as a red-headed Jewish girl from Queens, as the family moved from Brooklyn to Far Rockaway. Her great-grandparents were lost in the Holocaust, and her paternal grandparents had concentration numbers on their wrists. Lieberman attended Far Rockaway High School in Queens, New York, and during her high school years was selected for the USA National Team. In 1975 she earned a Gold Medal, playing in the Pan American Games, then the World Championships. During her school year she played for her high school team, and in the summer played for the Harlem Chuckles in the Amateur Athletic Union. Lieberman was three years younger than the youngest of her teammates in the 1975 USA Women’s Pan American Team. In Mexico City the team won the Gold Medal for the first time since 1963. Lieberman attended Old Dominion University 1976 to 1980. She was selected by the Phoenix Mercury in the 1997 draft 15th overall and played from 1980 to 1987. Lieberman played for the Dallas Diamonds in 1980, 1981 and 1984 and the Springfield Fame in 1986. In 1987 she was with the Long Island Knights, in 1997 with the Phoenix Mercury and in 2008 with the Detroit Shock. Lieberman continued with the Olympic team for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal in the first ever Women’s Olympic Basketball Team competition. She was barely 18 and the youngest basketball player to win an Olympic Medal, the Silver in 1976. She was also named to the 1980 Olympic team, but she withdrew from the squad when the Summer Olympics were boycotted by President Jimmy Carter. Lieberman went into coaching with the Detroit Shock from 1998 to 2000, the Texas Legends from 2009 to 2011 and the Sacramento Kings as an assistant from 2015 to 2018. Lieberman as a player won the Honda Sports Award for basketball in 1979 and 1980 and the Honda-Broderick Cup for all sports in 1979. She has a Silver Medal from the Olympics in 1976, a Gold Medal in the World Championship in 1979, and the Pan American Games in 1975. She received a Silver Medal for the Pan Am Games in 1979 and a Gold for the Jones Cup in 1979. Lieberman was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. These two ladies will always be remembered as among the best to ever play the game of basketball.

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 Page 15 SAUGUS GARDENS IN THE PANDEMIC Here’s what’s blooming in town this week to make your walks more enjoyable By Laura Eisener I n the Victorian language of flowers, crocuses stand for cheerfulness and it’s easy to see why. Once they appear it’s a sign that spring is not going back! Several different species of crocus are coming up in lawns and gardens. Early species crocuses were starting last week, but now there are also Dutch hybrid crocuses, which are twice as big. The Dutch hybrids can be seen in bright yellow, several shades of purple and white. On a sunny day, these flowers open and reveal a vivid orange pistil and stamens. A sophisticated cook may notice the resemblance to saffron, a popular red-orange spice. An autumn blooming species, saffron crocus (Crocus sativus), not quite hardy enough for a Saugus winter, is the source of this flavoring, food coloring and fabric dye. South-facing gardens, especially those with a heat collecting wall or pavement nearby, are likely to be where you see early spring flowers blooming first. North-facing gardens or those in shade may not produce blooms for another week or two, even if they are in the same town or on the same street. Microclimates, such as these variations in exposure, can have a dramatic effect on where plants sprout, leaf out or flower in the spring. Plants which get heat reflected from pavement, stone or brick walls, concrete foundations, or chimneys can bloom earliest but may suffer from drought and heat once summer has advanced. Many of the bulbs and other geophytes blooming now will be fully dormant IN A TIGHT SPOT: Squill grows between sidewalk and wall. Reflected heat encourages early bloom. (Courtesy photos to The Saugus Advocate by Laura Eisener) by then, so such a location may not be a disadvantage. Crocuses, snowdrops and winter aconites may still be going strong and are gathering a lot of company. Another tiny geophyte has started to bloom: the bright blue Siberian squill (Scilla siberica). Each stem has several nodding flowers, usually a bright sky blue, but occasionally white. They grow from tiny true bulbs and are native to the Near East, not Siberia! If you are willing to delay mowing your lawn until late May, all these early little bulbs can all be safely grown in a lawn. Over many decades, or if you plant them thickly enough to start with, you can have a breathtakingly colorful lawn in early spring. The foliage goes dormant by late May, and once it does the lawn can be mowed without damage to the bulbs. Squill, winter aconite and, to some extent, snowdrop and crocus, can also thrive under trees. Silver maple (Acer saccharinum) and red maple (Acer rubrum) have somewhat less conspicuous flowers but both are in bloom now. Other woody plants in flower are poplar (Populus spp.), juniper (Juniperus spp.) and yew (Taxus spp.). The maples are noticeable because of the flower color – bright red in the case of red maple – and because they bloom before the leaves so there is little to distract from them. Trees and grasses with windborne pollen are often allergens, so those with allergies may already be aware. If you brush against a branch, ripe pollen may come out in a pale yellow cloud from the yews and junipers. Plants with showy flowers, pollinated by bees and other insects, rarely produce such a cloud. Also blooming in a few gardens now is heath or winter heather (Erica carnea and Erica x darleyensis). Heath has nearly 900 different species, but most of them are actually from the southern hemisphere, and the European winter heather is the only one widely available here. Its tiny bell-shaped SPRING COLORS: Silver maple and red maple flowers close-up. DUTCH HYBRID CROCUS: Yellow, white and purple flowers in a garden near Vine Street. flowers are reddish pink, pale pink or occasionally white. It is a sub-shrub with narrow evergreen leaves, and it is usually less than a foot tall at maturity. They are very similar to heather and closely related, but bloom in late winter rather than June. I have seen plants bloom some years as early as February and other years in the same location as late as mid-April, depending on weather. They like full sun and good drainage, so they are often planted on sandy slopes where a lawn meets the street, or other garden areas where there is a slight change in elevation. Blooming daffodils, pansies and tulips are all making their way into garden centers now and from there into our gardens. If you are lucky you may see Asian witch haHEATH IN BLOOM: Erica x darleyensis ‘Mediterranean Pink.’ TREES IN FLOWER: Red maple and silver maple. zels (Hamamelis intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’) that looks from a distance like forsythia. A few other bulbs popped up in my garden just today, and there may be more discoveries tomorrow. Editor’s Note: Laura Eisener is a landscape design consultant who helps homeowners with landscape design and 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.

Page 16 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 Local residents named Conference All-Stars S By Tara Vocino everal Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School students were named All-Stars for their respective sports on Tuesday. Revere brothers Thomas and Dom Chesna were named hockey All-Stars. Saugus resident Tyler Duggan was named a basketball All-Star. Braden Fitzpatrick, a Varsity Boys’ Hockey Center who lives on the Malden-Melrose town line, was named an All Star. Revere resident Dom Chesna, a Varsity Boys’ Hockey player, was named an All-Conference All-Star. Saugus resident Tyler Duggan, Shooting Guard, was named an All-Star for Varsity Boys’ Basketball in the gymnasium at Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School on Tuesday. Revere resident Thomas Chesna, a Varsity Boys’ Hockey player, was named an All-Conference/All Star. (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino) Introducing the 2020-2021 Saugus High School Sachems Girls’ Junior Varsity Volleyball Team TEAM: Bottom row, from left to right in front of the net are, Abby Enwright, Paige Hogan, Jessica Valley, Kristyn Camacho, Joemy Lopez, Sorida Omoruyi, Gisselle Posada, and Nina Penachio. Top row, from left to right are, Rayssa DeSouza, Kaitlyn Pugh, Madison Casaletto, Devaney Millerick, Amelia Pappagallo, Madison Riera, Felicia Alexander, and Head Coach Jeffrey Engler. (Advocate photo by Tara Vocino)

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 Page 17 OBITUARIES Winnie V. Mercer March 17, of Saugus. Loving wife of the late Rev. Dr. Gordon J. Mercer. Devoted mother of Rev. Dr. David and Donna Mercer of NH, Beloved son Paul who preceded her in death and Kiki Mercer of Arlington, Rev. Dr. James and Debbie Mercer of TX, and Karen and Robert Milordi of Lynnfield. Devoted sister of the late Bernice Lindstrom, Ruth Lindsay, Olive Nemcovich, Jack Mulley, George Mulley, and the Rev. Ralph Mulley. Proud Grammy of Heidi, James, Sarah, Adam, Robert, Lauren, Meredith and Rachele. Great-Grammy to Mayley, Logan, Jude, Elijah, Sadie, Jaxson, Emmeline and Winnie. Winnie Mercer. Winnie. Win. Mom. Grammy. Bam. Mrs. Mercer. Miss Winnie. Second-to-youngest of the seven Mulley children, Winnie grew up in Revere, Massachusetts, graduating from Revere High School. . She worked after school in Boston at Thompson’s Spa, taking the bus home at night to do her homework before bed. Instead of going into hairdressing at her cousin’s salon, as desired by the family, Winnie created her own adventure and enrolled in the Whidden Memorial Hospital Nursing School in Everett, Massachusetts. She was one of the last to complete their Cadet Nurse Corps Program that was created to address the nursing shortage in World War II. The war ended and Winnie never saw service, but the Cadet Nurse Corps expedited the nursing course to 30 months, with intensive, residential placements that included the Veteran’s Home, Children’s Floating Hospital and a mental health institution. She liked to say that nurses had to know it all – from laundry and paperwork, to birthing babies and psychiatric medical care. Winnie planned on going to Egypt to work with orphans, but then she met Gordon Mercer and they began their adventure together. They started married life in Everett, where son David was born. Soon they moved to the country, Saugus, and worked on making their new house a home. Son Paul was born, followed by son James. Completing the family was Karen – the girl everyone was waiting for. Mom would tell the story that David insisted that his sister be named Karen, because he had a crush on the minister’s daughter Karen at church. Church and family, family and church. Being a part of Parkway Assembly of God in Revere, Winnie would organize meals and the women’s ministry, and ran the nursery for decades. The photos where she is smiling most are when she was holding a baby. Family was the greatest gift to Winnie. She took care of her own parents, then mother-in-law, while caring for her own growing family. Every daughter-in-law and son-in-law became another child – their family quickly became hers. Memorable Sunday dinners, vacations on Long Lake with the aunts, uncles and cousins. Home showers and weddings – Winnie was always organizing ways for family to be together. All the grandchildren and great-grandchildren were such precious gifts to her, and she would talk about each one – about their wonderful qualities as individuals – with such great love and pride. Winnie’s hospitality was legendary – so many people were touched by her generosity, and well-stocked home – from clothes and Amish friendship bread to cookie tins filled with candy – she was a giver. Mom and Dad would travel in their RV, spend time at the Trapp Family Lodge, and make trips to visit children and grandchildren. As Gordon’s health became an issue, she put her quiet strength and determination into caring for him – we often said that it was her sheer will and the tenacity of her prayers that kept him with us for so long. Winnie’s is a legacy that runs deep – her joy came from her relationship with Jesus and her family. Her fierce love was felt by all who were blessed to know her. Thank you, Mom, for loving us so well. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Good Shepherd India at https://give.dayspringinternational.org. For Advertising with Results, call The Advocate Newspapers at 781-233-4446 or Info@advocatenews.net

Page 18 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 A note from Bob Katzen, Publisher of Beacon Hill Roll Call: Join me this Sunday night and every Sunday night between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST for my talk show “The Bob Katzen Baby Boomer and Gen X Show.” Jump in my time capsule and come back to the simpler days of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. There are many ways you can listen to the show from anywhere in the world: If you have a smart speaker, simply say, “Play WMEX on RADIO.COM” Download the free RADIO.COM app on your phone or tablet Listen online at: www.wmexboston.com Tune into 1510 AM if you still have an AM radio THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives and senators from the week of March 15-19. CLIMATE CHANGE (S 9) House 145-14, Senate 39-1, approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a lengthy climate change bill. A key section makes the state’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal net zero by 2050. The House and Senate both voted to adopt many of the amendments that Gov. Baker proposed to the original measure approved by the Legislature in February. Other provisions in the measure codify environmental justice provisions into Massachusetts law by defining environmental justice populations and providing new tools and protections for affected neighborhoods; provide $12 million in annual funding for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to create a pathway to the clean energy industry for environmental justice populations and minority-owned and women-owned businesses; require an additional 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind and increase the state’s total authorization to 5,600 megawatts; set appliance energy efficiency standards for a variety of common appliances including plumbing, faucets, computers and commercial appliances and set benchmarks for the adoption of clean energy technologies including electric vehicles, charging stations, solar technology, energy storage and heat pumps. “History has been made today with the passage of the Next-Generation Roadmap bill,” said Rep. Tom Golden (D-Lowell). “The roadmap sets us on a strong course to net zero by 2050 and significantly advances offshore wind, truly representing the best ideas from both chambers. Hats off to the House and the Senate for holding firm on ambitious emissions targets.” “Massachusetts leads the nation in reducing carbon emissions, of which there are some measures that I have supported,” said Sen. Ryan Fattman who was the only senator who voted against the measure. “However, this legislation, often described as ‘far reaching’ by the media and economic experts, will ensure the costs of building homes and commercial economic development dramatically increase, making us the most expensive state in the nation to live and do business. In this time of economic recovery from COVID-19, this is not only inadvisable, it is detrimental to the long-term interests of keeping Massachusetts affordable and prosperous.” “Today, the Legislature will take an important step toward a cleaner, healthier future by putting the climate bill back on the governor’s desk,” said Ben Hellerstein, State Director for Environment Massachusetts. “I applaud House and Senate leadBeacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen ers for preserving the key elements of last session’s bill, including energy efficiency standards for appliances, expanded offshore wind procurements, and a requirement for at least 40 percent of Massachusetts’ electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. If Gov. Baker vetoes the bill, I hope legislators move quickly to override the veto and turn this bill into a law.” A new study by the Beacon Hill Institute says that legislation calling for a net-zero emissions policy by 2050 is flawed and unrealistic. “In this study, we conclude that this legislation is misconceived,” said co-author David Tuerck, president of the institute. “The ‘absolute zero’ approach embodied in the legislation would be economically ruinous. It would increase costs to the average Massachusetts household to unacceptable levels. If the commonwealth sought to reduce emissions by 100 percent, the price of a gallon of gasoline would have to rise above $14.10.” “The Next-Generation Climate Roadmap Act reflects the concerns of people of every age, from every part of the state,” tweeted Sen. Mike Barrett (D-Lexington). “There is little doubt the legislation that passed today, if it becomes law, will cost taxpayers and businesses greatly in the future,” said Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance Executive Director Paul Craney. “The only questions that remain are just how much it will cost them and how ordinary, working-class families will be able to pay for it moving forward. Today’s legislation puts ideology ahead of common sense. It asks nearly every resident to make economic sacrifices in order to achieve unrealistic and ideologically driven climate goals.” (A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A “No” vote is against it.) Rep. Jessica Giannino Yes Rep. Donald Wong Yes Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes HELP BUSINESSES AND WORKERS (S 35) Senate 40-0, approved a bill that excludes Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans from being taxed by the state in 2020; excludes $10,200 of unemployment compensation received by an individual with a household income of less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level from gross income for tax purposes; and makes employees eligible for up to five days of paid leave, at their regular rate of pay, capped at $850 per week. Other provisions waive penalties on unemployment insurance taxes; freeze unemployment insurance rates paid by employers; create a mechanism ensuring all employees will be able to access 40 hours of paid sick time for any COVID-related issues, including testing positive, needing to quarantine or caring for a loved one; and extend the state’s tax filing deadline from April 15, 2021 to May 17, The day after this vote, the Department of Revenue (DOR), citing powers it says it can use when the U.S. president declares a disaster, unilaterally moved the Massachusetts tax filing deadline to conform with the postponed federal deadline of May 17. DOR said Massachusetts individual personal income tax returns and payments for the 2020 tax year that would have been due April 15 are now due May 17 under this automatic extension. Businesses would also face a new surcharge, in the form of an excise tax on employee wages, through December 2022 to help repay interest due in September on the federal loans. “In January, I declared that we must act quickly to provide our workers with COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave, and today the Senate has delivered on that promise,” said Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “I am proud of the collaboration that brought about this agreement, which will provide needed relief for both businesses and workers … As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 emergency, these measures will provide stability to our economy, and keep workers safe.” “No worker should have to choose between staying home if they risk spreading COVID-19 and earning a paycheck to support their family, but unfortunately this impossible choice faces many workers who do not have adequate job-protected paid sick leave during this pandemic, especially low-income essential workers,” said Sen. Jason Lewis (D-Winchester). “As we slowly emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, I am proud of the collective action taken by the Senate and House to pass this comprehensive bill that strikes a balance to help businesses, workers, and jumpstart an equitable recovery for our commonwealth,” said Sen. Mike Rodrigues (D-Westport), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “With more people getting vaccinated by the day, and our economy re-opening, this bill will bring much needed relief to small businesses, keep our essential front-line workers safe, and target tax relief to lift up low-income families who lost jobs during this pandemic.” The House has approved a different version of the measure and the Senate version now goes to the House for consideration. (A “Yes” vote is for the bill.) Sen. Brendan Crighton Yes TAKE-OUT AND DELIVERY OF ALCOHOL BEVERAGES (S 35) Senate 9-30, rejected an amendment that would extend the life of a current law that allows restaurants during the pandemic state of emergency to sell sealed containers of mixed drinks, beer and wine with takeout and delivery orders. Under the current law, restaurants would be able to continue doing this only until the governor lifts the ban. The amendment BHRC | SEE PAGE 19

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 Page 19 BHRC | FROM PAGE 18 would extend the law for another two years after the governor lifts the ban. “A year into the state of emer1. On March 26, 1812, in the Boston Gazette, a political cartoon coined what term to describe dividing election districts to give an unfair advantage? 2. In what Asian country would you fi nd the Palace of Winds with 953 windows in “The Pink City”? 3. In 1842 what abolitionist wrote, “Friendship should be a great promise, a perennial springtime”? 4. What is the oldest known musical instrument (43,000-82,000 years old), which is made from bone? 5. On March 27, 1972, what Dutch artist died who created “Ascending and Descending,” “Waterfall” and “House of Stairs”? 6. What strong smelling fruit has been called “King of Fruits”? 7. What is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C.? 8. On March 28, 1990, a Congressional Gold Medal was posthumously presented to what 1936 Olympics track & field four-time gold medalist? 9. What 1990s song mentions 16 Hollywood celebrities? 10. On March 29, 1973, the last U.S. combat soldiers left what county? 11. Bactrian camels were used by caravans on what well-known travel route between the East and West? 12. On March 30, 1923, the liner Laconia arrived in NYC, becoming the fi rst passenger ship to circumnavigate the world – in how many days: 45, 80 or 130? 13. What food never goes bad? 14. March 31 is National Crayon Day; Crayola crayons were invented in what year as an alternative to expensive European crayons: 1829, 1902 or 1953? 15. As an April Fools’ Day joke in 2016, people were warned by a sign not to photograph what in Boston’s Public Garden? 16. What does blarney mean? 17. In 2004 for April Fools’ Day what company posted job opportunities at a fi ctional research center on the moon with a new operating system called Copernicus? 18. What are pussy willow fl owers called (also named for cats)? 19. In Sonnet 98, who wrote that “proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim, Hath put a spirit of youth in everything”? 20. On April 1, 1889, Josephine Cochrane’s commercial dishwasher invention was fi rst marketed; in 1893 she received an award for it at what Midwest fair? ANSWERS gency we are seeing glimmers of hope for economic recovery,” said Sen. Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen), the amendment’s sponsor. “But businesses, particularly in the food and beverage sector and other segments of the hospitality industry, are still in survival mode. If we have any intention of helping them actually recover, we will continue to need programs like beverages to-go that provide our restaurants with much needed revenue streams now and in the future.” Amendment opponents said they support the alcohol takeout and delivery options for restaurants but noted that the emergency ban is still in eff ect and will likely be in eff ect for a long time. They argued there is no pressing need to extend the take-out and delivery options and noted the extension can be revisited sometime in the future. (A “Yes” vote is for extending the take-out and delivery of alcoholic beverages for two years following the end of the emergency. A “No” vote is against extending it). Sen. Brendan Crighton No PERMANENT CAP ON DELIVERY CHARGES (S 35) Senate 8-31, rejected an amendment that would permanently cap delivery fees by third parties like Grubhub, DoorDash and Uber Eats at 15 percent of the order price. The amendment would replace the current law which lifts the cap on the day the governor lifts the pandemic emergency. “We fi nally addressed the issue of capping third-party delivery fees to prevent price-gouging and pandemic-related windfalls in January of this year, ten months into the state of emergency as our restaurant industry was hanging on for dear life,” said sponsor Sen. DiZoglio. “We know that even when the state of emergency comes to an end and businesses are allowed to fully reopen that recovering from the losses incurred during this strange chapter of our history will take a very long time. We need to make permanent the cap on the amount that third-party delivery services are able to charge local restaurants at 15 percent of the purchase price of the online order. The need to regulate these fees will persist as delivery services continue to play an ever-increasing role in our lives post-pandemic. If we agree these delivery services should not be able to price gouge during the pandemic, we BHRC | SEE PAGE 22 S y Senior Keeping Your Sa e a BY JIM MILLER i Y Balance as You Age Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about balance exercises? I’ve fallen a few times over the past year and have read that balance exercises can help me regain my steadiness, but I’m not exactly sure what to do. Unsteady at 70 Dear Unsteady, Most people don’t think much about practicing their balance, but they need to. As we age, our balance declines if it isn’t practiced, which can lead to falls that often result in a broken bone. Every year more than one in four people age 65 and older fall, and the risk increases with age. Here’s what you should know about balance problems, along with some diff erent exercises that can help you improve it. Aging Aff ects Balance Balance is something most people take for granted until it’s challenged by a medical condition, medication or advanced age, which dulls our balance senses and causes most seniors to gradually become less stable on their feet over time. Poor balance can also lead to a vicious cycle of inactivity. You feel a little unsteady, so you curtail certain activities. If you’re inactive, you’re not challenging your balance systems or using your muscles. As a result, both balance and strength suff er. Simple acts like strolling through a grocery store or getting up from a chair become trickier. That shakes your confi dence, so you become even less active. Balance Exercises If you have a balance problem that is not tied to illness, medication or some other specifi c cause, simple exercises can help preserve and improve your balance. Here are four exercises you can do that will help: • One-legged stands: Stand on one foot for 30 seconds, or longer, then switch to the other foot. In the beginning, you might want to have a wall or chair to hold on to. Or, for an extra challenge try closing your eyes, or standing on a throw pillow or Bosu ball (an infl ated rubber disc on a stable platform). • Heel-to-toe walking: Take 20 steps while looking straight ahead. Think of a sobriety test. • Standing up: Without using your hands, get up from a straight-backed chair and sit back down 10 to 20 times. This improves balance and leg strength. • Tai chi: Research has shown that the Asian practice of tai chi – which uses a combination of slow, graceful movements, meditation and deep breathing – can help reduce the risk of falls. For more information on diff erent balance exercises you can do at home, there are a variety of balance and strength exercises and beginner Tai Chi DVDs you can purchase at Amazon.com or through Amazon Prime video. There are also senior fi tness programs, like SilverSneakers (silversneakers.com) and Silver&Fit (silverandfi t.com), that off er online classes that can guide you through a series of exercises you can do at home during the pandemic. See a Doctor I do, however, want to emphasize that if you’ve already fallen, are noticeably dizzy or unsteady, or have a medical condition aff ecting your balance, you need to see a doctor. They might refer you to a physical therapist or to an appropriate balance-training class in your community. It’s also important to know that many medicines and medical conditions – from Parkinson’s disease to diabetes to inner-ear disorders – can aff ect balance. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book. Seni nior n r ior 1. Gerrymander 2. India (in Jaipur) 3. Henry David Thoreau 4. A fl ute found in Slovenia 5. Maurits Cornelis (M.C.) Escher 6. Durian 7. The White House 8. “Jessie” Owens 9. “Vogue” by Madonna 10. Vietnam 11. The Silk Road 12. 130 13. Honey 14. 1902 15. The duck/duckling statues (because “The Light Emitted From Your Cameraphone is Causing the Sculptures to Erode”) 16. Nonsense or skillful fl attery 17. Google 18. Catkins 19. Shakespeare 20. The Chicago World’s Fair

Page 20 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 OBITUARIES Michelle A. (Dumas) Hannaford Age 79, of Saugus, died at The Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on Friday, March 19. She was the wife of the late Andrew Hannaford. Born and raised in Coburn Gore, ME and a resident of Saugus for 60 years, Mrs. Hannaford was the daughter of the late Liniere and Margaret (Vachon) Dumas. She was the co-owner of Hannaford & Dumas Corp. Michelle is survived by her brother, Robert Dumas of India; her niece, Casey Howard and her nephew Stephen L. Bryer. She was predeceased by her sister Jaqueline M. Nelson. In lieu of flowers, donations in Michelle’s memory may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter at northeastanimalshelter.org. WASTE REMOVAL & BUILDING MAINTENANCE • Landscaping, Lawn Care, Mulching • Yard Waste & Rubbish Removal • Interior & Exterior Demolition (Old Decks, Fences, Pools, Sheds, etc.) • Appliance and Metal Pick-up • Construction and Estate Cleanouts • Pick-up Truck Load of Trash starting at $169 • Carpentry LICENSED & INSURED Call for FREE ESTIMATES! Office: (781) 233-2244 Mold & Waterproofing EXPERTS • Sump Pumps • Walls & Floor Cracks • ALL WORK GUARANTEED - Licensed Contractor - JPG CONSTRUCTION Cell phone 781-632-7503 508-292-9134 Frank Berardino MA License 31811 • 24 - Hour Service • Emergency Repairs BERARDINO Plumbing & Heating Residential & Commercial Service Gas Fitting • Drain Service 617.699.9383 Senior Citizen Discount We follow Social Distancing Guidelines! ADVOCATE Call now! 781 233 4446

THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 Page 21 000 | FROM PAGE 4 nam War.” The commemoration seeks to recognize all U.S. Armed Forces personnel with active duty service between November 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, regardless of the location of service. By Presidential Proclamation, The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration will continue through Veterans Day, November 11, 2025. The objectives of the commemoration are: • To thank and honor Veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these Veterans • To highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the Armed Forces • To pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War • To highlight the advances in technology, science and medicine related to military research conducted during the Vietnam War • To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War Since 2008, Americans have been uniting to thank and honor Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. Today, as the world struggles with the impact of the COVID-19 emergency, most formal commemoration ceremonies have been cancelled. The Veterans’ Service Officers (VSOs) of Melrose, Wakefield and Saugus are proud to serve as Commemorative Partners to recognize Vietnam Veterans’ and their families’ service, valor and sacrifice. Your local VSOs would like to ask that you take a moment on March 29 to reach out to any local Vietnam Veterans in our community to thank them for their service and say “Welcome Home!” This “Welcome Home” does not need to be confined to the 29th. It can, and should, be offered whenever one sees any Veteran. Vietnam veterans and/or the families of those who served during Vietnam may contact their local VSO to obtain a commemorative lapel pin as a “lasting memento of the Nation’s thanks.” The VSOs also have a book that has been published for the commemoration. It is called “A Time to Honor: Stories of Service, Duty, and Sacrifice.” Please feel free to contact VSO Jay Pinette in the Veterans’ Services Office at Saugus Town Hall at 781-231-4010 or at jpinette@ saugus-ma.gov. On behalf of a grateful nation, “Welcome Home and THANK YOU for your service.” Editor’s Note: Jay Pinette, of Wakefield, is the VSO for Saugus. He wrote this essay to locally recognize National Vietnam War Veterans Day, which will be observed Monday, March 29, and to also call attention to the ongoing 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War commemoration. Pinette is a veteran of the U.S. Marines, having served from 1973-1976 and as a reservist from 1976 through 1996. He was activated for service during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. He served as an Operations/Communications Chief and was responsible for the leadership and management of Marines who served in a variety of technical and combat support roles. Pinette retired as a Master Gunnery Sergeant in 1996. FRANK’S Housepainting (781) 289-0698 • Exterior • Ceiling Dr. • Power Wash • Paper Removal • Carpentry FREE ESTIMATES — Fully Insured “Proper prep makes all the difference” – F. Ferrera • Interior Office/Commercial Space for Lease 3 Large rooms, each with walk-in storage area. Ideal for Law Office or Aerobics Studio. Like new condition. Second floor elevator direct to unit. Seperate entrances - New Baths - Large Parking Area. On MBTA Bus Route #429. Located on Route 1 South at Walnut Street. Rollerworld Plaza Rte. 1 South 425 Broadway Saugus Call Michelle at: 781-233-9507

Page 22 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021 BHRC | FROM PAGE 19 should agree they should not be able to price gouge once the state of emergency is lifted.” “I have been a strong supporter of measures to support the restaurant industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, including capping delivery fees charged to restaurants and allowing limited cocktails to go,” said Sen. Cindy Creem (D-Newton). “These measures are currently in place and will remain in place throughout the duration of the governor’s declaration of a public health emergency … I did not believe the underlying bill— focused on time-sensitive tax relief to businesses and individuals— was the appropriate legislation to consider these important issues, and I look forward to considering them as separate legislation after the public hearing process.” (A “Yes” vote is for making the cap permanent. A “No” vote is against making it permanent.) Sen. Brendan Crighton No $5 MILLION FOR BUSINESS RELIEF FUND (S 35) Senate 8-31, rejected an amendment that would create and fund a $5 million Business Relief Fund to provide grants to struggling businesses affected by COVID-19 that thus far have not qualified for grants because of a lack of operational and income history. The amendment requires that businesses must have been open at least 90 days before the pandemic state of emergency was declared and on the day it was declared. Amendment supporters explained that businesses that were not in business in 2019 don’t have income tax returns and other documentation from 2019 to compare to 2020 and show how their business has been adversely affected. “When people dedicate their lives and their savings to starting their own businesses, to contributing to the economy and to the strength of the workforce by hiring and training employees, only to be told that they haven’t been around long enough to receive the aid that is being offered to established businesses, it is devastating,” said sponsor Sen. DiZoglio. “They deserve a chance to survive, to see a return on their investment, to contribute to the tax base and employ our family, friends, neighbors and fellow residents of the commonwealth. Every additional business that survives the pandemic in Massachusetts will enhance the longer-term health of our economy.” Amendment opponents said they are open to the idea of the relief fund but argued that the Senate should focus on the bill itself which offers millions of dollars in relief to businesses rather than add amendments at this juncture. They said this idea can be revisited in the future. (A “Yes” vote is for the $5 million grant program. A “No” vote is against it.) Sen. Brendan Crighton No HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible latenight sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of March 1519, the House met for a total of four hours and 56 minutes while the Senate met for a total of seven hours and 44 minutes. Mon. March 15 House 11:00 a.m. to 11:02 a.m. Senate 11:07 a.m. to 12:46 p.m. Tues. March 16 No House session Wed. March 17 No House session Fri. March 19 No House session No Senate session No Senate session Thurs. March 18 House 11:01 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. Senate 11:49 a.m. to 5:54 p.m. No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com REAL ESTATE TRANSAC TIONS Copyrighted material previously published in Banker & Tradesman/The Commercial Record, a weekly trade newspaper. It is reprinted with permission from the publisher, The Warren Group. For a searchable database of real estate transactions and property information visit: www.thewarrengroup.com. BUYER1 BUYER2 Bakhiet, Mutaz SELLER1 Suncrest Development LLC SELLER2 ADDRESS 2 Woodbury Ave CITY DATE PRICE Saugus 26.02.2021 $715 000,00

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